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Par. O my good lord, you were the first that found
Laf. Was 1, in sooth? and I was the first that lost thee.
Par. It lies in you, my lord, to bring me in some grace,
you did bring me out. Laf. Out upon thee, knave! dost thou put upon me at once both the office of God and the devil? One brings thee in grace, and the other brings thee out. [Trumpets sound.] The king's coming, I know by his trumpets.
Sirrah, inquire further after me: 1 had talk of you last night: though you are a fool and a knave, you shall eat; go to, follow. Par. I praise God for you.
A Room in the Countess's Palace. Flourish.
Enter King, Countess, LAFEU, Lords, Gentlemen,
'Tis past, my liege:
My honored lady,
forgiven and forgotten all ; Though my revenges were high bent upon him, And watched the time to shoot.
This I must say,
1 i. e. in losing her we lost a large portion of our esteem, which she possessed.
2 Completely, in its full extent.
But first I beg‘my pardon,—The young
lord Did to his majesty, his mother, and his lady, Offence of mighty note; but to himself The greatest wrong of all. He lost a wife Whose beauty did astonish the survey Of richest eyes;' whose words all ears took captive, Whose dear perfection, hearts that scorned to serve, Humbly called mistress. King
Praising what is lost, Makes the remembrance dear. Well, call him
We are reconciled, and the first view shall kill
I shall, my liege.
[Exit Gentleman. King. What says he to your daughter? Have you
spoke ? Laf. All that he is hath reference to your highness. King. Then shall we have a match. I have letters
That set him high in fame.
He looks well on't, King. I am not a day of season, For thou mayst see a sunshine and a hail In me at once; but to the brightest beams Distracted clouds give way; so stand thou forth, The time is fair again.
1 So in As You Like It.-to have seen much and to have nothing, is to have rich eyes and poor hands."
2 i. e. the first interview shall put an end to all recollection of the past.
3 i. e. a seasonable day: a mixture of sunshine and hail, of winter and summer, is unseasonable.
My high-repented blames,
All is whole ;
Ber. Admirably, my liege : at first
Well excused :
stay To see our widower's second marriage-day.
1 This obscure couplet seems to mean, that “Our love awaking to the worth of the lost object, too late laments; our shameful hate or dislike baving slept out the period when our fault was remediable.”
Count. Which better than the first, О dear Heaven,
bless! Or, ere they meet, in me, O nature, cease!
Laf. Come on, my son, in whom my house's name Must be digested, give a favor from you, To sparkle in the spirits of my daughter, That she may quickly come.—By my old beard, And every hair that's on't, Helen, that's dead, Was a sweet creature ; such a ring as this, The last that e'er I took her leave at court, I saw upon her finger. Ber.
Hers it was not. King. Now, pray you, let me see it; for mine eye, While I was speaking, oft was fastened to't.This ring was mine, and, when I gave it Helen, I bade her, if her fortune ever stood Necessitied to help, that by this token I would relieve her. Had you that craft to reave her Of what should stead her most? Ber.
My gracious sovereign,
Son, on my life,
I am sure I saw her wear it.
1 «The last time that ever I took leave of her at court."
That knows the tinct and multiplying medicine,
it you. Then if you know
it from her. She called the saints to surety, That she would never put it from her finger Unless she gave it to yourself in bed, Where
you have never come,) or sent it us Upon her great disaster. Ber.
She never saw it. King. Thou speak’st it falsely, as I love mine honor, And mak'st conjectural fears to come into me, Which I would fain shut out. If it should prove That thou art so inhuman,-'twill not prove so ;And yet I know not :-thou didst hate her deadly, And she is dead; which nothing, but to close Her eyes myself, could win me to believe, More than to see this ring.–Take him away:
[Guards seize BERTRAM.
[Exit BERTRAM, guarded.
Enter a Gentleman.
Gracious sovereign, Whether I have been to blame, or no, I know not; Here's a petition from a Florentine,
i The proofs which I have already had are sufficient to show that my fears were not vain and irrational. I have unreasonably feared too little.