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2. L. If the business be of any difficulty, and this morning your departure hence, it requires haste of your lordship.

Ber. I mean, the business is not ended, as fearing to hear of it hereafter: But shall we have this dialogue between the fool and the foldier? -Come, bring forth this counterfeit medal ; - h’as deceiv'd me, like a double-meaning prophefier.

2. L. Bring him forth : - [Exeunt Soldiers.] ha's fat i'the stocks all night, poor gallant knave.

Ber. No matter; his heels have deserv'd it, in usurping his spurs so long. How does he carry himself?

2. L. I have told your lordship already; the stocks carry him. But, to answer you as you would be underftood ; He weeps, like a wench that had shed her milk: he hath confefl'd himself to Morgan, whom he supposes to be a friar, from the time of his remembrance, to this very instant disaster of his setting i'the stocks; And what, think you,

he hath confefd ? Ber. Nothing of me, has he?

2. L. His confession is taken, and it shall be read to his face ; if your lordship be in't, as I believe you are, you must have the patience to hear it.

Re-enter Soldiers, with PAROLLES, and first Soldier. BER. A plague upon him! mufi’d! he can say nothing of me.

1. L. Hush ! hoodman comes.- Porto tartarosa.

1. S. He calls for the tortures; What will you say without 'em

Par. I will confefs what I know without constraint; if ye pinch me like a pasty, I can say no more.

1. S. Bosko chimurco.

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1. L. Boblibindo chicurmurco.

1. S. You are a merciful general:- Our general bids you

answer to what I shall ask you out of a note. PÁR. And truly, as I hope to live.

1. S. First demand of him, how many horse the duke is Arong. What say you to that!

Par, Five or fix thousand ; but very weak and unserviceable: the troops are all scattered, and the commanders very poor rogues ; upon my reputation and credit, and as I hope to live.

1. S. Shall I set down your answer fo? PAR. Do; I'll take the facrament on't, how and which

[is this?” BER. “ All's one to him: What a paft-saving slave

1. L. “You're deceiv’d, my lord; this is monfieur' Parolles, the gallant militarist, (that was his own phrase)" “that had the whole theorique of war in the knot of” “his scarf, and the practice in the chape of his dagger."

2. L. “I will never trust a man again, for keeping « his sword clean ; nor believe he can have every thing' “in him, by wearing his apparel neatly."

1. S. Well, that's set down.

PAR. Five or fix thousand horse, I said, - I will say true, - or thereabouts, set down, - for I'll speak truth.

1. L. “He's very near the truth in this."

Ber. “But I con him no thanks for't, in the nature' “he delivers it.

Par. Poor rogues, pray you, fay. 1. S. Well, that's set down.

Par. I humbly thank you, fir: a truth's a truth, the rogues are marvelous poor.

1. S. Demand of him of what strength they are of foot.

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PAR. By my troth, fir, if I were to live but this present hour, I will tell true. Let me see: Spurio a hundred and fifty, Sebastian so many,

Corambus so

many, Jaques so many; Guiltian, Cosmo, Lodowick, and Gratii, two hundred fifty each; mine own company, Chitopher, Vaumond, Bentii, two hundred fifty each : so that the mufter file, rotten and sound, upon my life, amounts not to fifteen thousand poll; half of the which dare not Make the snow from off their cassocks, left they shake themselves to pieces.

BER. “What shall be done to him?”

1. L. “Nothing, but let him have thanks._Demand” “of him my conditions, and what credit I have with " “the duke.

1. S. Well, that's set down. You shall demand of him, whether one captain Dumaine be i'the camp, a Frenchman; what his reputation is with the duke, what his valour, honesty, and expertness in wars; or whether he thinks, it were not possible with well-weighing sums of gold to corrupt him to a revolt. What say you to this ? what do you know of it?

PAR. I beseech you, let me answer to the particulars of the interrogatory ; demand them fingly.

1. S. Do you know this captain Dumaine?

PAR. I know him: he was a botcher's prentice in Paris, from whence he was whip'd for getting the sheriff's fool with child ; a dumb innocent, that could not

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BER. “Nay, by your leave, hold your hands; though" “ I know, his brains are forfeit to the next tile that falls.”

1. S. Well, is this captain in the duke of Florence's camp?

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PAR. Upon my knowledge, he is, and lousy.

1. L. “Nay, look not so upon me; we shall hear of" “your lordship anon."

1. S. What is his reputation with the duke?

Par. The duke knows him for no other but a poor officer of mine; and writ to me this other day, to turn him out o'the band : I think, I have his letter in my pocket.

1. S. Marry, we'll search.

Par. In good sadness, I do not know ; either it is there, or it is upon a file, with the duke's other letters, in my tent.

1. S. Here ʼtis; here's a paper; Shall I read it to you? Par. I do not know, if it be it, or no. BER. “Our interpreter does it well." 1. L. “Excellently. J. S. Dian, the count's a fool, and full of gold,

Par. That is not the duke's letter, sir; that is an advertisement to a proper maid in Florence, one Diana, to take heed of the allurement of one count Rofillion, a foolish idle boy, but, for all that, very ruttish : I pray you, fir, put it up again.

1. S. Nay, I'll read it first, by your favour.

PAR. My meaning in't, I protest, was very honest in the behalf of the maid : for I knew the young count to be a dangerous and lascivious boy; who is a whale to virginity, and devours up all the fry it finds.

Ber. “Damnable ! both sides rogue.” (take it; 1. S. When he fwears oaths, bid bim drop gold, and

After he scores, he never pays the score : Half won, is match well made; match, and well make it;

He ne'er pays after-debts, take it before;

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And say, a soldier, Dian, told thee this,
Men are to mell with, boys are but to kiss :
For count of this, the count's a fool, I know it,
Who pays before, but not when he does owe it.
Thine, as he vow'd to thee in thine ear,

Parolles. BER. “He shall be whip'd through the army, with” “this rime in his forehead.”

2. L. “This is your devoted friend, fit, the manifold” “linguist, and the armipotent soldier.”

Ber. “I could endure any thing before but a cat,” " and now he's a cat to me.

1. S. I perceive, fir, by our general's looks, we shall be fain to hang you.

PAR. My life, sir, in any case: not that I am afraid to dye; but that, my offences being many, I would repent out the remainder of nature : let me live, fir, in a dungeon, i'the stocks, or any where, fo I may live.

1. S. We'll see what may be done, so you confess freely; therefore, once more to this captain Dumaine : You have answer'd to his reputation with the duke, and to his valour; What is his honefty?

Par. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister; for rapes and ravishments he parallels Neffus : he profefles not keeping of oaths ; in breaking them, he is stronger than Hercules : he will lye, fir, with such volubility, that you would think truth were a fool: drunkenness is his best virtue; for he will be swine-drunk; and in his sleep he does little harm, fave to his bed-cloaths about him; but they know his conditions, and lay him in straw. I have but little more to say, fir, of his honesty : he has every thing, that an honest man sould


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