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When I should take possession of the bride,--
Laf. A good traveller is something at the latter end of a dinner; but one that lies three-thirds, and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, should be once heard, and thrice beaten.--God save you, captain.
Ber. Is there any unkindness between my lord and you, monsieur ?
Par. I know not how I have deserved to run into my lord's displeasure.
Laf. You have made shift to run into't, boots and spurs and all, like him that leaped into the custard;' and out of it you'll run again, rather than suffer question for your residence.
Ber. It may be, you have mistaken him, my lord.
Laf. And shall do so ever, though I took him at his prayers. Fare you well, my lord ; and believe this of me, There can be no kernel in this light nut; the soul of this man is his clothes : trust him not in matter of heavy consequence; I have kept of them tame, and know their natures.-Farewell, monsieur: I have spoken better of you, than you
have or will deserve at my hand; but we must do good against evil.
[Exit. Par. An idle lord, I swear. Ber.. I think so. Par. Why, do you not know him?
Ber. Yes, I do know him well; and common speech Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.
Hel. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you,
I shall obey his will.
y You have made shift to run into't, boots and spurs and all, like him that leaped into the custard ;] This odd allusion is not introduced without a view to satire. It was a foolery practised at city entertainments, whilst the jester or zany was in vogue, for him to jump into a large deep custard, set for the purpose. THEOBALD.
Which holds not colour with the time, nor does
This to my mother :
[Giving a letter. 'Twill be two days ere I shall see you; so I leave you to your wisdom. Hel.
Sir, I can nothing say,
Ber. Come, come, no more of that,
And ever shall
Hel. Pray, sir, your pardon.
Well, what would you say?
What would you have ? Hel. Something; and scarce so much :-nothing, in
deed. I would not tell you what I would : my lord—'faith, yes;Strangers, and foes, do sunder, and not kiss.
Ber. I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse.
[Exit Helena. Go thou toward home; where I will never come, muse,] i. e. Wonder.
owe ;] i. e. Own.
Let that go :
Whilst I can shake my sword, or hear the drum :-
Bravely, coragio! [Exeunt.
SCENE I.-Florence. A Room in the Duke's Palace.
Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, attended; two French
Lords, and others.
Holy seems the quarrel
Duke. Therefore we marvel much, our cousin France
Good my lord,
Be it his pleasure.
Welcome shall they be;
an outward man,] i. e. One not in the secret of affairs.—WARBURTON.
the younger of our nature,] i. e. as we say at present, our young fellows. -STEEVENS.
Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's Palace.
Enter Countess and Clown. Count. It hath happened all as I would have had it, save, that he comes not along with her.
Clo. By my troth, I take my young lord to be a very melancholy man.
Count. By what observance, I pray you?
Clo. Why, he will look upon his boot, and sing; mend the ruff, and sing; ask questions, and sing; pick his teeth, and sing : I know a man that had this trick of melancholy, sold a goodly manor for a song."
Count. Let me see what he writes, and when he means to come.
[Opening a letter. Clo. I have no mind to Isbel, since I was at court; our old ling and our Isbels o'the country are nothing like your old ling and your Isbels o’the court : the brains of my Cupid's knocked out; and I begin to love, as an old man loves money, with no stomach.
Count. What have we here?
[Exit. Count. [reads.] I have sent you a daughter-in-law : she hath recovered the king, and undone me. I have wedded her, not bedded her; and sworn to make the not eternal. You shall hear, I am run away ; know it, before the repart come. If there be breath enough in the world, I will hold a long distance. My duty to you.
Your unfortunate son,
BERTRAM. This is not well, rash and unbridled boy,
mend the ruff,] The tops of the boots, in our author's time, turned down, and hung loosely over the leg. The folding is what the clown means by the ruff. Ben Jonson calls it ruffle ; and perhaps it should be so here. WHALLEY.
I know a man, &c.] The only authentic copy'reads, "I know a man that had this trick of melancholy hold a goodly manor for a song." The reading which is now found in the text is that of the third folio, and does not seem to have much connexion with the preceding portion of the clown's speech. Some alteration is evidently necessary, and I think it would be more in agreement with the context to read, " I know a man that has this trick of melancholy, kolds a goodly manner for a song, i. e. has an excellent habit of singing.
To fly the favours of so good a king;
Re-enter Olown. Clo. O madam, yonder is heavy news within, between two soldiers of my young lady.
Count. What is the matter?
Clo. Nay, there is some comfort in the news, some comfort; your son will not be killed so soon as I thought he would.
Count. Why should he be kill'd ?
Clo. So say I, madam, if he run away, as I hear he does: the danger is in standing to't; that's the loss of men, though it be the getting of children. Here they come, will tell you more: for my part, I only hear, your son was run away
[Exit Clown. Enter HELENA and two Gentlemen. 1 Gen. Save you, good madam. Hel. Madam, my lord is gone, for ever gone. 2 Gen. Do not say so.
Count. Think upon patience.—'Pray you, gentlemen,-
Hel. Look on his letter, madam ; here's my passport. [Reads.] When thou canst get the ring upon my finger, which
never shall come off, and show me a child begotten of thy body, that I am father to, then call me husband; but in
such a then I write a never. This is a dreadful sentence,
e Can woman me—] i. e. Affect me suddenly and deeply, as my sex are usually affected.--STEEVENS.
f When thou canst get the ring upon my finger,] i. e. When thou canst get the ring, which is on my finger into thy possession.-WARBURTON.