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Ber. How now, monsieur? this drum sticks sorely in your disposition.
2 Lord. A pox on't let it go; ’tis but a drum.
Par. But a drum! Is't but a drum? A drum so lost !—There was an excellent command! to charge in with our horse upon our own wings, and to rend our own soldiers.
2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the command of the service; it was a disaster of war that Cæsar himself could not have prevented, if he had been there to command.
Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our success: some dishonour we had in the loss of that drum; but it is not to be recovered.
Par. It might have been recovered.
Par. It is to be recovered: but that the merit of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact performer, I would have that drum or another, or hic jacet.
Ber. Why, if you have a stomach to't, monsieur, if you think your mystery in stratagem can bring this instrument of honour again into his native quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprize, and go on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy exploit: if you speed well in it, the duke shall both speak of it, and extend to you what further becomes his greatness, even to the utmost syllable of your worthiness.
Par. By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake
Ber. But you must not now slumber in it.
I would have that drum or another, or hic jacet.] i. e. Here lies; the usual beginning of epitaphs. I would (says Parolles) recover either the drum I have lost, or another belonging to the enemy; or die in the attempt. MALONE,
sently pen down my dilemmas, encourage myself in my certainty, put myself into my mortal preparation, and, by midnight, look to hear further from
Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his grace, you are gone about it?
Par. I know not what the success will be, my lord; but the attempt I vow.
Ber. I know, thou art valiant; and, to the possibility of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee. Farewell. Par. I love not many words.
[Exit. 1 Lord. No more than a fish loves water.Is not this a strange fellow, my lord ? that so confidently seems to undertake this business, which he knows is not to be done; damns himself to do, and dares better be damned than to do't.
2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we do: certain it is, that he will steal himself into a man's favour, and, for a week, escape a great deal of discoveries; but when you find him out, you have him ever after.
Ber. Why, do you think, he will make no deed at all of this, that so seriously he does address himself unto?
i Lord. None in the world; but return with an invention, and clap upon you two or three probable
I will presently pen down my dilemmas,] i. e. he will pen down his plans on the one side, and the probable obstructions he was to meet with, on the other. 6 Par. I love not many words.
1 Lord. No more than a fish loves water.] Here we have the origin of this boaster's name; which, without doubt, (as Mr. Steevens has observed,) ought, in strict propriety, to be writtenParoles. But our author certainly intended it otherwise, having made it a trisyllable:
“ Rust sword, cool blushes, and Parolles live." He probably did not know the true pronunciation. MALONF
lies: but we have almost embossed him, you shall see his fall to-night; for, indeed, he is not for your lordship’s respect.
2 Lord. We'll make you some sport with the fox, ere we case him. He was first smoked by the old lord Lafeu: when his disguise and he is parted, tell me what a sprát you shall find him; which you shall see this very night.
i Lord. I must go look my twigs; he shall be caught. Ber. Your brother, he shall
go along with i Lord. As't please your lordship: I'll leave you.
. Ber. Now will I lead you to the house, and show
you The lass I spoke of. 2 Lord.
But, you say, she's honest. Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her but
once, And found her wondrous cold; but I sent to
her, By this same coxcomb that we have i’the wind, Tokens and letters which she did re-send; And this is all I have done: She's a fair creature; Will you go see her? 2 Lord.
With all my heart, my lord.
7 --we hare almost enibossed him,] To emboss a deer is to inclose him in a wood.
ere we case him.] That is, before we strip him naked.
we have i'the wind,] To have one in the wind, is enumerated as a proverbial saying by Ray.
Florence. A Room in the Widow's House. .
Enter HELENA and Widow.
I should believe
you; For you have show'd me that, which well approves You are great in fortune. Hel.
Take this purse of gold, And let me buy your friendly help thus far, Which I will over-pay, and pay again, When I have found it. The count he wooes your
1 But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.] i. e. by discovering herself to the count.
Nor his important~] Important here, is importunate,
That she'll demand: A ring the county wears,
Now I see
Hel. You see it lawful then: It is no more,
I have yielded:
Why then, to-night
the county wears.] i. e. the count.