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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.
Hel. To Saint Jaques le grand.
Ay, marry, is it.-Hark you !
[A march afar off
Is it yourself?
I did so.
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.
- palmers--) Pilgrims that visited holy places; so called from a staff, or bough of palm they were wont to carry, especially such as had visited the holy places at Jerusalem. A palmer differed from a pilgrim thus : a pilgrim had some dwelling-place, a palmer none; the pilgrim travelled to some certain place, a palmer to all, and not to any one in particular ; the pilgrim might 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.
Whatso'er he is,
Hel. Ay, surely, mere the truth; I know his lady.
Dia. There is a gentleman, that serves the count,
What's his name?
0, I believe with him,
Alas, poor lady!
Wid. I write good creature wheresoe'er she is,
How do you mean?
He does, indeed ;
Enter with drum and colours, a party of the Florentine
army, BERTRAM, and PAROLLES. Mar. The gods forbid else! Wid.
So, now they com e: That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son ; That, Escalus. Hel.
Which is the Frenchman?
examin'd,] That is, questioned, doubted. * I write good creature-] I warrant her a good creature.
brokes---] To broke is to deal with panders. A broker, in our author's time, meant a bawd or pimp.-MALONE.
Hel. I like him well.
Which is he? Dia. That jack-an-apes with scarfs : Why is he melancholy?
Hel. Perchance he's hurt in the battle.
Mar. He's shrewdly vexed at something : Look, he has spied us.
Wid. Marry, hang you!
[Ereunt BERTRAM, PAROLLES, Officers,
I humbly thank you :
Camp before Florence.
Enter Bertram, and the two French Lords. 1 Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't; let him have
2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a hilding," hold me no more in your respect.
1 Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble.
1 Lord. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of him as my kinsman, he's a most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise-breaker, the owner of no one good quality worthy your lordship’s entertainment.
2 Lord. It were fit you knew him; lest, reposing too far in his virtue, which he hath not, he might, at some great and trusty business, in a main danger fail you.
Ber. I would, I knew in what particular action to try him.
2 Lord. None better than to let him fetch off his drum, which
you hear him so confidently undertake to do. 1 Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will suddenly surprise him; such I will have, whom I am sure, he knows not from the enemy : we will bind and hoodwink him so, that he shall suppose no other but that he is carried into the leaguer of the adversaries, when we bring him to our tents : Be but your lordship present at his examination ; if he do not, for the promise of his life, and in the highest compulsion of base fear, offer to betray you, and deliver all the intelligence in his power against you, and that with the divine forfeit of his soul upon oath, never trust my judgment in any thing.
2 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch his drum; he says, he has a stratagem for't: when your lordship sees the bottom of his success in't, and to what metal this counterfeit lump of ore will be melted, if you give him not John Drum's entertainment, your inclining cannot be removed.
Here he comes.
a hilding,] A hilding is a paltry, cowardly fellow.
leaguer-) i. e. Camp. They will not vouchsafe in their speeches or writings, to use our ancient termes belonging to matters of warre, but to call a campe by the Dutch name of Legar ; nor will not affoord to say, that such a towne or such a fort is besieged, but that it is belegard."-Sir John Smyth's Discourses, &c. 1590.-Douce.
- if you give him not John Drum's entertainment,] i. e. Treat him very ill; a proverbial expression of doubtful origin.—Holenshed thus defines it'; speaking of the hospitality of a mayor of Dublin, he says, that “ his porter or
1 Lord. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not the humour of his design : let him fetch off his drum in any hand.
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 enterprise, 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 it.
must not now slumber in it.
other officer durst not for both his ears give the simplest man that resorted to his house, John Drum's entertainment, which is, to hale a man in by the head, and thrust him out by both the shoulders,"—Hist. of Ireland, b. 2. col.i. cit. cap.
hand.] i. e. At any rate.
or hic jucet.) i. e. Or 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.