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Dia. They say, the French count has done most honourable service,

Wid. It is reported that he has taken their greatest commander: and that with his own hand he slew the duke's brother. We have lost our labour; they are gone a contrary way: hark! you may know by their trumpets.

Mar. Come, let's return again, and suffice ourselves with the report of it. Well, Diana, take heed of this French earl: the honour of a maid is her name; and no legacy is so rich as honesty.

Wid. I have told my neighbour, how you have been solicited by a gentleman his companion.

Mar. I know that knave; hang him! one Parolles: a filthy officer he is in those suggestions for the young earl.?-Beware of them, Diana; their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust, are not the things they go under:8 many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the misery is, example, that so terrible shows in the wreck of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession, but that they are limed with the twigs that threaten them. I hope, I need not to advise you further; but, I hope, your own grace will keep you where you are, though there were no further danger known, but the modesty which is so lost. Dia. You shall not need to fear me.

Enter HELENA, in the dress of a Pilgrim. Wid. I hope so. -Look, here comes a pilgrim: I know she will lie at my house: thither they send one another: I'll question her.God save you, pilgrim! Whither are you bound?

Hel. To Saint Jaques le Grand.
Where do the palmers' lodge, I do beseech you?

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7 those suggestions for the young earl.] Suggestions are temptations. So, in Love's Labour's Lost: Suggestions are to others as to me.”

Steevens. are not the things they go under:] They are not really so true and sincere, as in appearance they seem to be. Theobald.

To go under the name of any thing is a known expression. The meaning is, they are not the things for which their names would make them pass. Fohnson.

palmers -] Pilgrims that visited holy places; so called

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Wid. At the Saint Francis here, beside the port.
Hel. Is this the way?
Wid.

Ay, marry, is it.-Hark you!

[ A march afar off. They come this way:- If you will tarry, holy pilgrim, But till the troops come by, I will conduct you where you shall be lodg’d; The rather, for, I think, I know your

hostess As ample as myself. Hel.

Is it yourself?
Wid. If you shall please so, pilgrim.
Hel. I thank you, and will stay upon your leisure.
Wid. You came, I think, from France?
Hel.

I did so.
Wid. Here you shall see a countryman of yours,
That has done worthy service.
Hel.

His name, I pray you? Dia. The count Rousillon: Know you such a one?

Hel. But by the ear, that hears most nobly of him :
His face I know not.
Dia.

Whatsoe'er he is,
He's bravely taken here. He stole from France,
As ’tis reported, for the king2 had married him
Against his liking: Think you it is so?

Hel. Ay, surely, mere the truth;3 I know his lady.

from a staff, or bough of palm they were wont to carry, espe. cially such as had visited the holy places at Jerusalem. “ A pilgrim and a palmer differed thus : a pilgrim had some dwellingplace, a palmer none; the pilgrim travelled to some certain place, the palmer to all, and not to any one in particular; the pilgrim must go at his own charge, the palmer must profess wilful poverty; the pilgrim might give over his profession, the palmer must be constant, till he had the palm; that is, victory over his ghostly enemies, and life by death." Blount's Glossography, voce Pilgrim. Reed.

- holy pilgrim,] The interpolated epithet holy, which adds nothing to our author's sense, and is injurious to his metre, may be safely omitted. Steevens.

for the king &c.] For, in the present instance, signifies because. So, in Othello:

and great business scant, For she is with me.” Steevens. Smere the truth;] The exact, the entire truth. Malone

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Dia. There is a gentleman, that serves the count,
Reports but coarsely of her.
Hel,

What's his name?
Dia, Monsieur Parolles.
Hel.

O, I believe with him,
In argument of praise, or to the worth
Of the great count himself, she is too mean
To have her name repeated; all her deserving
Is a reserved honesty, and that
I have not heard examin’d.4
Dia.

Alas, poor lady!
'Tis a hard bondage, to become the wife
Of a detesting lord.

Wid. A right good creature:5 wheresoe'er she is,
Her heart weighs sadly: this young maid might do her
A shrewd turn, if she pleas’d.
Hel.

How do you mean?
May be, the amorous count solicits her
In the unlawful purpose.
Wid.

He does, indeed;
And brokes6 with all that can in such a suit

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examin'd.] That is, questioned, doubted. Johnson. 5 A right good creature:] There is great reason to believe, that when these plays were copied for the press, the transcriber trusted to the ear, and not to the eye; one person dictating, and ano. ther transcribing. Hence, probably, the error of the old copy, which reads--I write good creature. For the emendation now made I am answerable. The same expression is found in The Two Noble Kinsmen, 1634: “ A right good creature, more to me deserving,” &c.

Malone. Perhaps, Shakspeare wrote

I weet, good creature, wheresoe'er she is, i. e. I know, I am well assured. He uses the word in Antony and Cleopatra. Thus also, Prior:

“But well I weet, thy cruel wrong

“ Adorns a nobler poet's song.” Steevens. I should prefer the old reading to this amendment. I write good creature, may well mean, I set her down as a good creature. The widow could not well assert, that a woman was a right good creature, that she had never seen before. M. Mason. In Bell's edition the passage is printed thus: « Ay! right: good creature! wheresoe'er,” &c.

Arner. Edit, VOL. V.

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