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Par. 'Faith, sir, he did love her; but how?
King. As thou art a knave, and no knave.-
Par. I am a poor man, and at your majesty's command.
Par. Yes, so please your majesty. I did go between them, as I said ; but more than that, he loved her,—for, indeed, he was mad for her, and talked of Satan, and of limbo, and of furies, and I know not what: yet I was in that credit with them at that time, that I knew of their going to bed, and of other motions, as promising her marriage, and things that would derive me ill will to speak of: therefore, I will not speak what I know.
King. Thou hast spoken all already, unless thou canst
Ay, my good lord.
you buy it? or who gave it you ?
It was not lent me neither.
I found it not.
I never gave it him. Laf. This woman's an easy glove, my lord: she goes off and on at pleasure.
King. This ring was mine: I gave it his first wife.
but a NAUGHTY orator.] i. e. Worth naught as an orator, a bad orator. 8 But thou art tOO FINE in thy evidence ;] i. e. Too full of finesse ; too artful. Malone needlessly cites several in ances.
9 This ring, you say, was your's ?] This speech is clearly intended to be metrical, though greatly marred, and printed as prose in all editions. The King invariably uses blank-verse. VOL. II.
Dia. It might be your's, or her's, for aught I know.
King. Take her away: I do not like her now.
I'll never tell you.
I'll put in bail, my liege.
Dia. Because he's guilty, and he is not guilty.
[Pointing to LAFET. King. She does abuse our ears.—To prison with her! Dia. Good mother, fetch my bail.—[Exit Widou.] Stay,
royal sir :
But for this lord,
Re-enter Widow, with HELENA.
Is there no exorcist
No, my good lord :
Both, both ! O, pardon !
[Kneeling. Hel. O! my good lord, when I was like this maid, I found you wondrous kind. There is your ring; And, look you, here's your letter: this it says :
“ When from my finger you can get this ring, And are by me with child ',' &c.—This is done : Will
you be mine, now you are doubly won ?
Hel. If it appear not plain, and prove untrue',
Laf. Mine eyes smell onions, I shall weep anon.—Good Tom Drum, [To PAROLLES.] lend me a handkerchief: so, I thank thee. Wait on me home, I'll make sport with thee : let thy courtesies alone, they are scurvy ones.
King. Let us from point to point this story know, To make the even truth in pleasure flow.[To Diana.] If thou be’st yet a fresh uncropped flower, Choose thou thy husband, and I'll pay thy dower; For I can guess, that by thy honest aid Thou kept’st a wife herself, thyself a maid.— Of that, and all the progress, more and less, Resolvedly more leisure shall express : All yet seems well ; and if it end so meet, The bitter past, more welcome is the sweet. [Flourish.
EPILOGUE by the King'.
The king's a beggar, now the play is done. All is well ended, if this suit be won,
1 “And are by me with child,"] Is for “ are," a grammatical error running through all the old copies. Helena only gives the import of the words of the letter, and not the exact words: for them, see p. 579.
2 If it appear not plain, and prove untrue,] In Painter, and his original, Boccaccio, Helen comes before Count Bertram at Rousillon with twins in her arms, “Io ti richieggio per Dio, che le conditioni postemi per li due cavalieri, che io ti mandai, tu le mi osservi : ed ecco nelle mie braccia non un solo figliuolo di te, ma due; ed ecco qui il tuo anello :" which Painter thus renders :-" Therefore I now beseche thee, for the honoure of God, that thou wilt observe the conditions which the twoo Knightes that I sent unto thee did commande me to doe: for beholde here, in my armes, not onely one sonne begotten by thee, but twayne, and likewyse thy ryng." Palace of Pleasure, i. fo. 92. Edit. 1567. It is to be remarked, as stated in the Introduction, p. 531, that in the original story the King is not present at the reconcilement of Bertram and Helena.
3 Epilogue by the King.] This heading is given in the corr. fo. 1632 to these six concluding lines, which are printed in Italic type in the first and other folios. There can be no doubt that they are properly called an Epilogue, and that they were spoken by the King.
That you express content; which we will pay,
• With strife to please you, day exceeding day :) i.e. One day exceeding the other in our endeavours to satisfy. We need hardly say that the change of “er. ceeding" to succeeding is worse than unauthorised.
s Exeunt omnes.] So the old editions, showing probably that all the per. formers remained before the audience until the King had concluded the Epilogue. Modern editors carelessly omit omnes.