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Am Ill'speak any thing?
ther we this for what he'll utter, King.
She hath that ring of yours. Ber. I think she has : certain it is I liked hier,
210 And boarded her i' the wanton way of youth : She knew her distance and did angle for me, Madding my eagerness with her restraint, As all impediments in fancy's course Are motives of more fancy; and, in fine, Her infinite cunning, with her modern grace, Subdued me to her rate : she got the ring; And I had that which any inferior might At market-price have bought. Dia.
I must be patient. You, that have turn'd off a first so noble wife,
I have it not.
Sir, much like The same upon your finger.
King. Know you this ring? this ring was his of late.
King. The story then goes false, you threw it him
230 Enter PAROLLES. Ber. My lord, I do confess the ring was hers.
King. You boggle shrewdly, every feather starts you.
Ay, my lord.
Par. So please your majesty, my master hath been an honourable gentleman : tricks he hath had in him, which gentlemen have.
240 King. Come, come to the purpose : did he love this wo. man?
Par. Faith, sir, he did love her ; but how?
Par. He 10,
King. As thou art gir, and loved her not. equivocal companion is this ! - and no knave.
What an Par. I am a poor man, and at your majesu,
250 Laf. He's a good drum, my lord, but a naughty dand. Dia. Do you know he promised me marriage ? Par. Faith, I know more than I'll speak. King. But wilt thou not speak all thou knowest ?
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 which 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 say they are married : but thou art too fine in thy evidence; therefore stand aside.
270 This ring, you say, was yours? Dia.
Ay, my good lord.
It was not lent me neither.
I found it not.
I never gave it hini. 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. 280
King. Take her away ; I do not like her now ;
I'll never tell you.
I'll put in bail, my liege.
Diu. Because he's guilty, aud he is not guilty : 290 He knows I am no maid, and he'll swear to't ; I'll swear I am a maid, and he knows not.
Great king, I am no strumpet, by my, ljfwife.
: Dia a.
(Exit Widor. The jeweller that owes the ring is sent for, And he shall surety me. But for this lord, Who hath abused me, as he knows himself, Though yet he never harm’d me, here I quit him : 300 He knows himself my bed he hath defiled ; And at that time he got his wife with child : Dead though she be, she feels her young one kick: So there's my riddle : one that's dead is quick : And now behold the meaning..
Re-enter Widow, with HELENA.
Is there no exorcist
No, my good lord ;
Both, both. O, pardon !
you be mine, now you are doubly won ? Ber. If she, my liege, can make me know this clearly, I'll love her dearly, ever, ever dearly.
Hel. If it appear not plain and prove untrue,
320 Laf. Mine eyes smell onions ; I shall weep anon: [To Parolles] Good Tom Drum, lend me a handkercher : 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,
EPILOGUE. King. The king's a beggar, now the play is done : All is well ended, if this suit be won, That you express content; which we will pay, With strife to please you, day exceeding day : Ours be your patience then, and yours our parts; Your gentle hands lend us, and take our hearts. Exeunt.
SCENE: A city in Illyria, and the sea-coast near it.
Enter DUKE, CURIO, and other Lords ; Musicians attending.
Duke. If music be the food of love, play on :
Cur. Will you go hunt, my lord ?