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All's Well, that Ends Well. o not beleeue him. O behold this Ring, hose high respect and rich validitie id lacke a Paralell: yet for all that e gaue it to a Commoner a'th Campe
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I be one.
Coun. He blushes, and 'tis hit: f sixe preceding Ancestors that Iemme >onfer'd by testament to'th sequent issue ath it beene owed and worne. This is his wife,
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hat Ring's a thousand proofes.
King. Me thought you saide ou saw one heere in Court could witnesse it. Dia. I did my Lord, but loath am to produce o bad an instrument, his names Parrolles. Laf.
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I saw the man to day, if man he bee.

Kin.

Finde him, and bring him hether.

Ros. What of him: e's quoted for a most perfidious slaue ith all the spots a'th world, taxt and debosh'd,
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hose nature sickens: but to speake a truth, m I, or that or this for what he'l vtter, hat will speake any thing.
Kin.

She hath that Ring of yours.

Ros. I thinke she has; certaine it is I lyk'd her,
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nd boorded her i'th wanton way of youth: he knew her distance, and did angle for mee, adding my eagernesse with her restraint, s all impediments in fancies course re motiues of more fancie, and in fine,
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er insuite comming with her moderne grace, ubdu'd me to her rate, she got the Ring, nd I had that which any inferiour might t Market price haue bought.
Dia. I must be patient:
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ou that haue turn'd off a first so noble wife, May iustly dyet me. I pray you yet, Since you lacke vertue, I will loose a husband) end for your Ring, I will returne it home, nd giue me mine againe.
Ros.
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I haue it not.

Kin.

What Ring was yours I pray you?

Dian.

Sir much like the same vpon your finger.

Kin.

Know you this Ring, this Ring was his of late.

Dia.

And this was it I gaue him being a bed.

Kin.
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The story then goes false, you threw it him

ut of a Casement.

Dia.

I haue spoke the truth. Enter Parolles.

Ros.

My Lord, I do confesse the ring was hers.

Kin. You boggle shrewdly, euery feather starts you:
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s this the man you speake of?
Dia.

I, my Lord

Kin. Tell me sirrah, but tell me true I charge you, Not fearing the displeasure of your master: Which on your iust proceeding, Ile keepe off,
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By him and by this woman heere, what know you?
Par.

So please your Maiesty, my master hath bin an

honourable Gentleman. Trickes hee hath had in him,

which Gentlemen haue.

Kin.

Come, come, to'th' purpose: Did hee loue this

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woman?

Par.

Faith sir he did loue her, but how.

Kin.

How I pray you?

Par.

He did loue her sir, as a Gent. loues a Woman.

Kin.

How is that?

Par.
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He lou'd her sir, and lou'd her not.

Kin.

As thou art a knaue and no knaue, what an equi­

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uocall Companion is this?

Par.

I am a poore man, and at your Maiesties com­

mand.

Laf.
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Hee's a good drumme my Lord, but a naughtie

Orator.

Dian.

Do you know he promist me marriage?

Par.

Faith I know more then Ile speake.

Kin.

But wilt thou not speake all thou know'st?

Par.
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Yes so please your Maiesty: I did goe betweene

them as I said, but more then that he loued her, for in­

deede he was madde for her, and talkt of Sathan, and of

Limbo, and of Furies, and I know not what: yet I was in

that credit with them at that time, that I knewe of their

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going to bed, and of other motions, as promising her

marriage, and things which would deriue mee ill will to

speake of, therefore I will not speake what I know.

Kin.

Thou hast spoken all alreadie, vnlesse thou canst

say they are maried, but thou art too fine in thy euidence,

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therefore stand aside. This Ring you say was yours.

Dia.

I my good Lord.

Kin.

Where did you buy it? Or who gaue it you?

Dia.

It was not giuen me, nor I did not buy it.

Kin.

Who lent it you?

Dia.
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It was not lent me neither.

Kin.

Where did you finde it then?

Dia.

I found it not.

Kin. If it were yours by none of all these wayes, How could you giue it him? Dia.
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I neuer gaue it him.

Laf.

This womans an easie gloue my Lord, she goes

off and on at pleasure.

Kin.

This Ring was mine, I gaue it his first wife.

Dia.

It might be yours or hers for ought I know.

Kin.
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Take her away, I do not like her now, To prison with her: and away with him, Vnlesse thou telst me where thou hadst this Ring, Thou diest within this houre.
Dia.

Ile neuer tell you.

Kin.
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Take her away.

Dia.

Ile put in baile my liedge.

Kin.

I thinke thee now some common Customer.

Dia.

By Ioue if euer I knew man 'twas you.

King.

Wherefore hast thou accusde him al this while.

Dia.
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Because he's guiltie, and he is not guilty: He knowes I am no Maid, and hee'l sweare too't: Ile sweare I am a Maid, and he knowes not. Great King I am no strumpet, by my life, I am either Maid, or else this old mans wife.
Kin.
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She does abuse our eares, to prison with her.

Dia. Good mother fetch my bayle. Stay Royall sir, The Ieweller that owes the Ring is sent for, And he shall surety me. But for this Lord, Who hath abus'd me as he knowes himselfe,
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Though yet he neuer harm'd me, heere I quit him. He knowes himselfe my bed he hath defil'd, And at that time he got his wife with childe: Dead though she be, she feeles her yong one kicke: So there's my riddle, one that's dead is quicke,
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And now behold the meaning.
Enter Hellen and Widdow. Kin. Is there no exorcist Beguiles the truer Office of mine eyes? Is't reall that I see? Hel.

No my good Lord,

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[Act 5, Scene 3] Flourish. Enter King, old Lady, Lafew, the two French Lords, with attendants. Kin.

We lost a Iewell of her, and our esteeme

as made much poorer by it: but your sonne,

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s mad in folly, lack'd the sence to know

er estimation home.

Old La.

'Tis past my Liege,

nd I beseech your Maiestie to make it

aturall rebellion, done i'th blade of youth,

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hen oyle and fire, too strong for reasons force,

re‑beares it, and burnes on.

Kin. My honour'd Lady, haue forgiuen and forgotten all, Though my reuenges were high bent vpon him,
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And watch'd the time to shoote.
Laf. This I must say, ut first I begge my pardon: the yong Lord id to his Maiesty, his Mother, and his Ladie, ffence of mighty note; but to himselfe
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he greatest wrong of all. He lost a wife, hose beauty did astonish the suruey f richest eies: whose words all eares tooke captiue, hose deere perfection, hearts that scorn'd to serue, Humbly call'd Mistris.
Kin.
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Praising what is lost, Makes the remembrance deere. Well, call him hither, We are reconcil'd, and the first view shall kill All repetition: Let him not aske our pardon, The nature of his great offence is dead,
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And deeper then obliuion, we do burie Th' incensing reliques of it. Let him approach A stranger, no offender; and informe him So 'tis our will he should.
Gent.

I shall my Liege.

Kin.
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What sayes he to your daughter, Haue you spoke?
Laf.

All that he is, hath reference to your Highnes.

Kin.

Then shall we haue a match. I haue letters sent

me, that sets him high in fame.

Enter Count Bertram. Laf.
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He lookes well on't.

Kin. I am not a day of season, For thou maist see a sun‑shine, and a haile In me at once: But to the brightest beames Distracted clouds giue way, so stand thou forth,
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The time is faire againe.
Ber. My high repented blames Deere Soueraigne pardon to me. Kin. All is whole, Not one word more of the consumed time,
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Let's take the instant by the forward top: For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees Th' inaudible, and noiselesse foot of time Steales, ere we can effect them. You remember The daughter of this Lord?
Ber.
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Admiringly my Liege, at first I stucke my choice vpon her, ere my heart Durst make too bold a herauld of my tongue: Where the impression of mine eye enfixing, Contempt his scornfull Perspectiue did lend me,
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Which warpt the line, of euerie other fauour, Scorn'd a faire colour, or exprest it stolne, Extended or contracted all proportions To a most hideous obiect. Thence it came, That she whom all men prais'd, and whom my selfe,
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Since I haue lost, haue lou'd; was in mine eye The dust that did offend it.
Kin. Well excus'd: That thou didst loue her, strikes some scores away From the great compt: but loue that comes too late,
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Like a remorsefull pardon slowly carried To the great sender, turnes a sowre offence, Crying, that's good that's gone: Our rash faults, Make triuiall price of serious things we haue, Not knowing them, vntill we know their graue.
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Oft our displeasures to our selues vniust, Destroy our friends, and after weepe their dust: Our owne loue waking, cries to see what's don,e done, While shamefull hate sleepes out the afternoone. Be this sweet Helens knell, and now forget her.
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Send forth your amorous token for faire Maudlin, The maine consents are had, and heere wee'l stay To see our widdowers second marriage day: Which better then the first, O deere heauen blesse, Or, ere they meete in me, O Nature cesse.
Laf.
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Come on my sonne, in whom my houses name Must be digested: giue a fauour from you To sparkle in the spirits of my daughter, That she may quickly come. By my old beard, And eu'rie haire that's on't, Helen that's dead
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Was a sweet creature: such a ring as this, The last that ere I tooke her leaue at Court, I saw vpon her finger.
Ber.

Hers it was not.

King. Now pray you let me see it. For mine eye,
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While I was speaking, oft was fasten'd too't: This Ring was mine, and when I gaue it Hellen, I bad her if her fortunes euer stoode Necessitied to helpe, that by this token I would releeue her. Had you that craft to reaue her
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Of what should stead her most?
Ber. My gracious Soueraigne, How ere it pleases you to take it so, The ring was neuer hers. Old La. Sonne, on my life
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I haue seene her weare it, and she reckon'd it At her liues rate.
Laf.

I am sure I saw her weare it.

Ber. You are deceiu'd my Lord, she neuer saw it: In Florence was it from a casement throwne mee,
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Wrap'd in a paper, which contain'd the name Of her that threw it: Noble she was, and thought I stood ingag'd, but when I had subscrib'd To mine owne fortune, and inform'd her fully, I could not answer in that course of Honour
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As she had made the ouerture, she ceast In heauie satisfaction, and would neuer Receiue the Ring againe.
Kin. Platus himselfe, That knowes the tinct and multiplying med'cine,
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Hath not in natures mysterie more science, Then I haue in this Ring. 'Twas mine, 'twas Helens, Who euer gaue it you: then if you know That you are well acquainted with your selfe, Confesse 'twas hers, and by what rough enforcement
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You got it from her. She call'd the Saints to suretie, That she would neuer put it from her finger, Vnlesse she gaue it to your selfe in bed, Where you haue neuer come: or sent it vs Vpon her great disaster.
Ber.
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She neuer saw it.

Kin. Thou speak'st it falsely: as I loue mine Honor, And mak'st connecturall feares to come into me, Which I would faine shut out, if it should proue That thou art so inhumane, 'twill not proue so:
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And yet I know not, thou didst hate her deadly, And she is dead, which nothing but to close Her eyes my selfe, could win me to beleeue, More then to see this Ring. Take him away, My fore‑past proofes, how ere the matter fall
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Shall taze my feares of little vanitie, Hauing vainly fear'd too little. Away with him, Wee'l sift this matter further.
Ber. If you shall proue This Ring was euer hers, you shall as easie
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Proue that I husbanded her bed in Florence, Where yet she neuer was.
Enter a Gentleman. King.

I am wrap'd in dismall thinkings.

Gen. Gracious Soueraigne. Whether I haue beene too blame or no, I know not,
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Here's a petition from a Florentine, Who hath for foure or fiue remoues come short, To tender it her selfe. I vndertooke it, Vanquish'd thereto by the faire grace and speech Of the poore suppliant, who by this I know
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Is heere attending: her businesse lookes in her With an importing visage, and she told me In a sweet verball breefe, it did concerne Your Highnesse with her selfe.

A Letter.

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Upon his many protestations to marrie mee when his wife was

dead, I blush to say it, he wonne me. Now is the Count Ros­

sillion a Widdower, his vowes are forfeited to mee, and my

honors payed to him. Hee stole from Florence, taking no

leaue, and I follow him to his Countrey for Iustice: Grant

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it me, O King, in you it best lies, otherwise a seducer flou­

rishes, and a poore Maid is vndone.

Diana Capilet.

Laf.

I will buy me a sonne in Law in a faire, and toule

for this. Ile none of him.

Kin.
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The heauens haue thought well on thee Lafew, To bring forth this discou'rie, seeke these sutors: Go speedily, and bring againe the Count. Enter Bertram.

I am a‑feard the life of Hellen (Ladie)

Was fowly snatcht.

Old La.
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Now iustice on the doers.

King. I wonder sir, sir, wiues are monsters to you, And that you flye them as you sweare them Lordship, Yet you desire to marry. What woman's that? Enter Widdow, Diana, and Parrolles. Dia. I am my Lord a wretched Florentine,
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Deriued from the ancient Capilet, My suite as I do vnderstand you know, And therefore know how farre I may be pittied.
Wid. I am her Mother sir, whose age and honour Both suffer vnder this complaint we bring,
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And both shall cease, without your remedie.
King.

Come hether Count, do you know these Wo­

men?

Ber. My Lord, I neither can nor will denie, But that I know them, do they charge me further? Dia.
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Why do you looke so strange vpon your wife?

Ber.

She's none of mine my Lord.

Dia. If you shall marrie You giue away this hand, and that is mine, You giue away heauens vowes, and those are mine:
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You giue away my selfe, which is knowne mine: For I by vow am so embodied yours, That she which marries you, must marrie me, Either both or none.
Laf.

Your reputation comes too short for my daugh­

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ter, you are no husband for her.

Ber. My Lord, this is a fond and desp'rate creature, Whom sometime I haue laugh'd with: Let your highnes Lay a more noble thought vpon mine honour, Then for to thinke that I would sinke it heere. Kin.
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Sir for my thoughts, you haue them il to friend, Till your deeds gaine them fairer: proue your honor, Then in my thought it lies.
Dian. Good my Lord, Aske him vpon his oath, if hee do's thinke
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He had not my virginity.
Kin.

What saist thou to her?

Ber. She's impudent my Lord, And was a common gamester to the Campe. Dia. He do's me wrong my Lord: If I were so,
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He might haue bought me at a common price. o not beleeue him. O behold this Ring, hose high respect and rich validitie id lacke a Paralell: yet for all that e gaue it to a Commoner a'th Campe
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I be one.
Coun. He blushes, and 'tis hit: f sixe preceding Ancestors that Iemme >onfer'd by testament to'th sequent issue ath it beene owed and worne. This is his wife,
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hat Ring's a thousand proofes.
King. Me thought you saide ou saw one heere in Court could witnesse it. Dia. I did my Lord, but loath am to produce o bad an instrument, his names Parrolles. Laf.
[2825]

I saw the man to day, if man he bee.

Kin.

Finde him, and bring him hether.

Ros. What of him: e's quoted for a most perfidious slaue ith all the spots a'th world, taxt and debosh'd,
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hose nature sickens: but to speake a truth, m I, or that or this for what he'l vtter, hat will speake any thing.
Kin.

She hath that Ring of yours.

Ros. I thinke she has; certaine it is I lyk'd her,
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nd boorded her i'th wanton way of youth: he knew her distance, and did angle for mee, adding my eagernesse with her restraint, s all impediments in fancies course re motiues of more fancie, and in fine,
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er insuite comming with her moderne grace, ubdu'd me to her rate, she got the Ring, nd I had that which any inferiour might t Market price haue bought.
Dia. I must be patient:
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ou that haue turn'd off a first so noble wife, May iustly dyet me. I pray you yet, Since you lacke vertue, I will loose a husband) end for your Ring, I will returne it home, nd giue me mine againe.
Ros.
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I haue it not.

Kin.

What Ring was yours I pray you?

Dian.

Sir much like the same vpon your finger.

Kin.

Know you this Ring, this Ring was his of late.

Dia.

And this was it I gaue him being a bed.

Kin.
[2855]

The story then goes false, you threw it him

ut of a Casement.

Dia.

I haue spoke the truth. Enter Parolles.

Ros.

My Lord, I do confesse the ring was hers.

Kin. You boggle shrewdly, euery feather starts you:
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s this the man you speake of?
Dia.

I, my Lord

Kin. Tell me sirrah, but tell me true I charge you, Not fearing the displeasure of your master: Which on your iust proceeding, Ile keepe off,
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By him and by this woman heere, what know you?
Par.

So please your Maiesty, my master hath bin an

honourable Gentleman. Trickes hee hath had in him,

which Gentlemen haue.

Kin.

Come, come, to'th' purpose: Did hee loue this

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woman?

Par.

Faith sir he did loue her, but how.

Kin.

How I pray you?

Par.

He did loue her sir, as a Gent. loues a Woman.

Kin.

How is that?

Par.
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He lou'd her sir, and lou'd her not.

Kin.

As thou art a knaue and no knaue, what an equi­

uocall Companion is this?

Par.

I am a poore man, and at your Maiesties com­

mand.

Laf.
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Hee's a good drumme my Lord, but a naughtie

Orator.

Dian.

Do you know he promist me marriage?

Par.

Faith I know more then Ile speake.

Kin.

But wilt thou not speake all thou know'st?

Par.
[2885]

Yes so please your Maiesty: I did goe betweene

them as I said, but more then that he loued her, for in­

deede he was madde for her, and talkt of Sathan, and of

Limbo, and of Furies, and I know not what: yet I was in

that credit with them at that time, that I knewe of their

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going to bed, and of other motions, as promising her

marriage, and things which would deriue mee ill will to

speake of, therefore I will not speake what I know.

Kin.

Thou hast spoken all alreadie, vnlesse thou canst

say they are maried, but thou art too fine in thy euidence,

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therefore stand aside. This Ring you say was yours.

Dia.

I my good Lord.

Kin.

Where did you buy it? Or who gaue it you?

Dia.

It was not giuen me, nor I did not buy it.

Kin.

Who lent it you?

Dia.
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It was not lent me neither.

Kin.

Where did you finde it then?

Dia.

I found it not.

Kin. If it were yours by none of all these wayes, How could you giue it him? Dia.
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I neuer gaue it him.

Laf.

This womans an easie gloue my Lord, she goes

off and on at pleasure.

Kin.

This Ring was mine, I gaue it his first wife.

Dia.

It might be yours or hers for ought I know.

Kin.
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Take her away, I do not like her now, To prison with her: and away with him, Vnlesse thou telst me where thou hadst this Ring, Thou diest within this houre.
Dia.

Ile neuer tell you.

Kin.
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Take her away.

Dia.

Ile put in baile my liedge.

Kin.

I thinke thee now some common Customer.

Dia.

By Ioue if euer I knew man 'twas you.

King.

Wherefore hast thou accusde him al this while.

Dia.
[2920]
Because he's guiltie, and he is not guilty: He knowes I am no Maid, and hee'l sweare too't: Ile sweare I am a Maid, and he knowes not. Great King I am no strumpet, by my life, I am either Maid, or else this old mans wife.
Kin.
[2925]

She does abuse our eares, to prison with her.

Dia. Good mother fetch my bayle. Stay Royall sir, The Ieweller that owes the Ring is sent for, And he shall surety me. But for this Lord, Who hath abus'd me as he knowes himselfe,
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Though yet he neuer harm'd me, heere I quit him. He knowes himselfe my bed he hath defil'd, And at that time he got his wife with childe: Dead though she be, she feeles her yong one kicke: So there's my riddle, one that's dead is quicke,
[2935]
And now behold the meaning.
Enter Hellen and Widdow. Kin. Is there no exorcist Beguiles the truer Office of mine eyes? Is't reall that I see? Hel.

No my good Lord,

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'Tis but the shadow of a wife you see, The name, and not the thing.
Ros.

Both, both, O pardon.

Hel. Oh my good Lord, when I was like this Maid, I found you wondrous kinde, there is your Ring,
[2945]
And looke you, heeres your letter: this it sayes, When from my finger you can get this Ring, And is by me with childe, &c. This is done, Will you be mine now you are doubly wonne?
Ros. If she my Liege can make me know this clearly,
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Ile loue her dearely, euer, euer dearly.
Hel. If it appeare not plaine, and proue vntrue, Deadly diuorce step betweene me and you. O my deere mother do I see you liuing? Laf. Mine eyes smell Onions, I shall weepe anon:
[2955]
Good Tom Drumme lend me a handkercher. So I thanke thee, waite on me home, Ile make sport with thee: Let thy curtsies alone, they are scuruy ones.
King. Let vs from point to point this storie know, To make the euen truth in pleasure flow: If thou beest yet a fresh vncropped flower,
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Choose thou thy husband, and Ile pay thy dower. For I can guesse, that by thy honest ayde, Thou keptst a wife her selfe, thy selfe a Maide. Of that and all the progresse more and lesse, Resoluedly more leasure shall expresse:
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All yet seemes well, and if it end so meete, The bitter past, more welcome is the sweet.
Flourish. THe Kings a Begger, now the Play is done, All is well ended, if this suite be wonne, That you expresse Content: which we will pay,
[2970]
With strife to please you, day exceeding day: Ours be your patience then, and yours our parts, Your gentle hands lend vs, and take our hearts.
Exeunt. omn.
 

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      <lb n="2605"/>
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              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>hen oyle and fire, too strong for reasons force,
      <lb n="2606"/>
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>re‑beares it, and burnes on.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2607">My honour'd Lady,</l>
      <l n="2608">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>haue forgiuen and forgotten all,</l>
      <l n="2609">Though my reuenges were high bent vpon him,</l>
      <l n="2610">And watch'd the time to shoote.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-laf">
      <speaker rend="italic">Laf.</speaker>
      <l n="2611">This I must say,</l>
      <l n="2612">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>ut first I begge my pardon: the yong Lord</l>
      <l n="2613">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="2"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>id to his Maiesty, his Mother, and his Ladie,</l>
      <l n="2614">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>ffence of mighty note; but to himselfe</l>
      <l n="2615">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>he greatest wrong of all. He lost a wife,</l>
      <l n="2616">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>hose beauty did astonish the suruey</l>
      <l n="2617">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>f richest eies: whose words all eares tooke captiue,</l>
      <l n="2618">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>hose deere perfection, hearts that scorn'd to serue,</l>
      <cb n="2"/>
      <l n="2619">Humbly call'd Mistris.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2620">Praising what is lost,</l>
      <l n="2621">Makes the remembrance deere. Well, call him hither,</l>
      <l n="2622">We are reconcil'd, and the first view shall kill</l>
      <l n="2623">All repetition: Let him not aske our pardon,</l>
      <l n="2624">The nature of his great offence is dead,</l>
      <l n="2625">And deeper then obliuion, we do burie</l>
      <l n="2626">Th' incensing reliques of it. Let him approach</l>
      <l n="2627">A stranger, no offender; and informe him</l>
      <l n="2628">So 'tis our will he should.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-gen">
      <speaker rend="italic">Gent.</speaker>
      <p n="2629">I shall my Liege.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2630">What sayes he to your daughter,</l>
      <l n="2631">Haue you spoke?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-laf">
      <speaker rend="italic">Laf.</speaker>
      <p n="2632">All that he is, hath reference to your Highnes.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2633">Then shall we haue a match. I haue letters sent
      <lb n="2634"/>me, that sets him high in fame.</p>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter Count Bertram.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-aww-laf">
      <speaker rend="italic">Laf.</speaker>
      <p n="2635">He lookes well on't.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2636">I am not a day of season,</l>
      <l n="2637">For thou maist see a sun‑shine, and a haile</l>
      <l n="2638">In me at once: But to the brightest beames</l>
      <l n="2639">Distracted clouds giue way, so stand thou forth,</l>
      <l n="2640">The time is faire againe.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ber.</speaker>
      <l n="2641">My high repented blames</l>
      <l n="2642">Deere Soueraigne pardon to me.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2643">All is whole,</l>
      <l n="2644">Not one word more of the consumed time,</l>
      <l n="2645">Let's take the instant by the forward top:</l>
      <l n="2646">For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees</l>
      <l n="2647">Th' inaudible, and noiselesse foot of time</l>
      <l n="2648">Steales, ere we can effect them. You remember</l>
      <l n="2649">The daughter of this Lord?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ber.</speaker>
      <l n="2650">Admiringly my Liege, at first</l>
      <l n="2651">I stucke my choice vpon her, ere my heart</l>
      <l n="2652">Durst make too bold a herauld of my tongue:</l>
      <l n="2653">Where the impression of mine eye enfixing,</l>
      <l n="2654">Contempt his scornfull Perspectiue did lend me,</l>
      <l n="2655">Which warpt the line, of euerie other fauour,</l>
      <l n="2656">Scorn'd a faire colour, or exprest it stolne,</l>
      <l n="2657">Extended or contracted all proportions</l>
      <l n="2658">To a most hideous obiect. Thence it came,</l>
      <l n="2659">That she whom all men prais'd, and whom my selfe,</l>
      <l n="2660">Since I haue lost, haue lou'd; was in mine eye</l>
      <l n="2661">The dust that did offend it.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2662">Well excus'd:</l>
      <l n="2663">That thou didst loue her, strikes some scores away</l>
      <l n="2664">From the great compt: but loue that comes too late,</l>
      <l n="2665">Like a remorsefull pardon slowly carried</l>
      <l n="2666">To the great sender, turnes a sowre offence,</l>
      <l n="2667">Crying, that's good that's gone: Our rash faults,</l>
      <l n="2668">Make triuiall price of serious things we haue,</l>
      <l n="2669">Not knowing them, vntill we know their graue.</l>
      <l n="2670">Oft our displeasures to our selues vniust,</l>
      <l n="2671">Destroy our friends, and after weepe their dust:</l>
      <l n="2672">Our owne loue waking, cries to see what's<choice>
            <orig>don,e</orig>
            <corr>done,</corr>
         </choice>
      </l>
      <l n="2673">While shamefull hate sleepes out the afternoone.</l>
      <l n="2674">Be this sweet<hi rend="italic">Helens</hi>knell, and now forget her.</l>
      <l n="2675">Send forth your amorous token for faire<hi rend="italic">Maudlin</hi>,</l>
      <l n="2676">The maine consents are had, and heere wee'l stay</l>
      <l n="2677">To see our widdowers second marriage day:</l>
      <l n="2678">Which better then the first, O deere heauen blesse,</l>
      <l n="2679">Or, ere they meete in me, O Nature cesse.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-laf">
      <speaker rend="italic">Laf.</speaker>
      <l n="2680">Come on my sonne, in whom my houses name</l>
      <l n="2681">Must be digested: giue a fauour from you</l>
      <l n="2682">To sparkle in the spirits of my daughter,</l>
      <pb facs="FFimg:axc0272-0.jpg" n="252"/>
      <cb n="1"/>
      <l n="2683">That she may quickly come. By my old beard,</l>
      <l n="2684">And eu'rie haire that's on't,<hi rend="italic">Helen</hi>that's dead</l>
      <l n="2685">Was a sweet creature: such a ring as this,</l>
      <l n="2686">The last that ere I tooke her leaue at Court,</l>
      <l n="2687">I saw vpon her finger.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ber.</speaker>
      <p n="2688">Hers it was not.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">King.</speaker>
      <l n="2689">Now pray you let me see it. For mine eye,</l>
      <l n="2690">While I was speaking, oft was fasten'd too't:</l>
      <l n="2691">This Ring was mine, and when I gaue it<hi rend="italic">Hellen</hi>,</l>
      <l n="2692">I bad her if her fortunes euer stoode</l>
      <l n="2693">Necessitied to helpe, that by this token</l>
      <l n="2694">I would releeue her. Had you that craft to reaue her</l>
      <l n="2695">Of what should stead her most?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ber.</speaker>
      <l n="2696">My gracious Soueraigne,</l>
      <l n="2697">How ere it pleases you to take it so,</l>
      <l n="2698">The ring was neuer hers.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-cou">
      <speaker rend="italic">Old La.</speaker>
      <l n="2699">Sonne, on my life</l>
      <l n="2700">I haue seene her weare it, and she reckon'd it</l>
      <l n="2701">At her liues rate.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-laf">
      <speaker rend="italic">Laf.</speaker>
      <p n="2702">I am sure I saw her weare it.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ber.</speaker>
      <l n="2703">You are deceiu'd my Lord, she neuer saw it:</l>
      <l n="2704">In Florence was it from a casement throwne mee,</l>
      <l n="2705">Wrap'd in a paper, which contain'd the name</l>
      <l n="2706">Of her that threw it: Noble she was, and thought</l>
      <l n="2707">I stood ingag'd, but when I had subscrib'd</l>
      <l n="2708">To mine owne fortune, and inform'd her fully,</l>
      <l n="2709">I could not answer in that course of Honour</l>
      <l n="2710">As she had made the ouerture, she ceast</l>
      <l n="2711">In heauie satisfaction, and would neuer</l>
      <l n="2712">Receiue the Ring againe.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2713">
         <hi rend="italic">Platus</hi>himselfe,</l>
      <l n="2714">That knowes the tinct and multiplying med'cine,</l>
      <l n="2715">Hath not in natures mysterie more science,</l>
      <l n="2716">Then I haue in this Ring. 'Twas mine, 'twas<hi rend="italic">Helens</hi>,</l>
      <l n="2717">Who euer gaue it you: then if you know</l>
      <l n="2718">That you are well acquainted with your selfe,</l>
      <l n="2719">Confesse 'twas hers, and by what rough enforcement</l>
      <l n="2720">You got it from her. She call'd the Saints to suretie,</l>
      <l n="2721">That she would neuer put it from her finger,</l>
      <l n="2722">Vnlesse she gaue it to your selfe in bed,</l>
      <l n="2723">Where you haue neuer come: or sent it vs</l>
      <l n="2724">Vpon her great disaster.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ber.</speaker>
      <p n="2725">She neuer saw it.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2726">Thou speak'st it falsely: as I loue mine Honor,</l>
      <l n="2727">And mak'st connecturall feares to come into me,</l>
      <l n="2728">Which I would faine shut out, if it should proue</l>
      <l n="2729">That thou art so inhumane, 'twill not proue so:</l>
      <l n="2730">And yet I know not, thou didst hate her deadly,</l>
      <l n="2731">And she is dead, which nothing but to close</l>
      <l n="2732">Her eyes my selfe, could win me to beleeue,</l>
      <l n="2733">More then to see this Ring. Take him away,</l>
      <l n="2734">My fore‑past proofes, how ere the matter fall</l>
      <l n="2735">Shall taze my feares of little vanitie,</l>
      <l n="2736">Hauing vainly fear'd too little. Away with him,</l>
      <l n="2737">Wee'l sift this matter further.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ber.</speaker>
      <l n="2738">If you shall proue</l>
      <l n="2739">This Ring was euer hers, you shall as easie</l>
      <l n="2740">Proue that I husbanded her bed in Florence,</l>
      <l n="2741">Where yet she neuer was.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter a Gentleman.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">King.</speaker>
      <p n="2742">I am wrap'd in dismall thinkings.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-gen">
      <speaker rend="italic">Gen.</speaker>
      <l n="2743">Gracious Soueraigne.</l>
      <l n="2744">Whether I haue beene too blame or no, I know not,</l>
      <l n="2745">Here's a petition from a Florentine,</l>
      <l n="2746">Who hath for foure or fiue remoues come short,</l>
      <l n="2747">To tender it her selfe. I vndertooke it,</l>
      <cb n="2"/>
      <l n="2748">Vanquish'd thereto by the faire grace and speech</l>
      <l n="2749">Of the poore suppliant, who by this I know</l>
      <l n="2750">Is heere attending: her businesse lookes in her</l>
      <l n="2751">With an importing visage, and she told me</l>
      <l n="2752">In a sweet verball breefe, it did concerne</l>
      <l n="2753">Your Highnesse with her selfe.</l>
      <p rend="italic center" n="2754">A Letter.</p>
      <p rend="italic" n="2755">Upon his many protestations to marrie mee when his wife was
      <lb n="2756"/>dead, I blush to say it, he wonne me. Now is the Count Ros­
      <lb n="2757"/>sillion a Widdower, his vowes are forfeited to mee, and my
      <lb n="2758"/>honors payed to him. Hee stole from Florence, taking no
      <lb n="2759"/>leaue, and I follow him to his Countrey for Iustice: Grant
      <lb n="2760"/>it me, O King, in you it best lies, otherwise a seducer flou­
      <lb n="2761"/>rishes, and a poore Maid is vndone.</p>
      <p rend="rightJustified" n="2762">Diana Capilet.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-laf">
      <speaker rend="italic">Laf.</speaker>
      <p n="2763">I will buy me a sonne in Law in a faire, and toule
      <lb n="2764"/>for this. Ile none of him.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2765">The heauens haue thought well on thee<hi rend="italic">Lafew</hi>,</l>
      <l n="2766">To bring forth this discou'rie, seeke these sutors:</l>
      <l n="2767">Go speedily, and bring againe the Count.</l>
      <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter Bertram.</stage>
      <p n="2768">I am a‑feard the life of<hi rend="italic">Hellen</hi>(Ladie)</p>
      <p n="2769">Was fowly snatcht.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-cou">
      <speaker rend="italic">Old La.</speaker>
      <p n="2770">Now iustice on the doers.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">King.</speaker>
      <l n="2771">I wonder sir, sir, wiues are monsters to you,</l>
      <l n="2772">And that you flye them as you sweare them Lordship,</l>
      <l n="2773">Yet you desire to marry. What woman's that?</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter Widdow, Diana, and Parrolles.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <l n="2774">I am my Lord a wretched Florentine,</l>
      <l n="2775">Deriued from the ancient Capilet,</l>
      <l n="2776">My suite as I do vnderstand you know,</l>
      <l n="2777">And therefore know how farre I may be pittied.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-wid">
      <speaker rend="italic">Wid.</speaker>
      <l n="2778">I am her Mother sir, whose age and honour</l>
      <l n="2779">Both suffer vnder this complaint we bring,</l>
      <l n="2780">And both shall cease, without your remedie.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">King.</speaker>
      <p n="2781">Come hether Count, do you know these Wo­
      <lb n="2782"/>men?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ber.</speaker>
      <l n="2783">My Lord, I neither can nor will denie,</l>
      <l n="2784">But that I know them, do they charge me further?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <p n="2785">Why do you looke so strange vpon your wife?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ber.</speaker>
      <p n="2786">She's none of mine my Lord.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <l n="2787">If you shall marrie</l>
      <l n="2788">You giue away this hand, and that is mine,</l>
      <l n="2789">You giue away heauens vowes, and those are mine:</l>
      <l n="2790">You giue away my selfe, which is knowne mine:</l>
      <l n="2791">For I by vow am so embodied yours,</l>
      <l n="2792">That she which marries you, must marrie me,</l>
      <l n="2793">Either both or none.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-laf">
      <speaker rend="italic">Laf.</speaker>
      <p n="2794">Your reputation comes too short for my daugh­
      <lb n="2795"/>ter, you are no husband for her.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ber.</speaker>
      <l n="2796">My Lord, this is a fond and desp'rate creature,</l>
      <l n="2797">Whom sometime I haue laugh'd with: Let your highnes</l>
      <l n="2798">Lay a more noble thought vpon mine honour,</l>
      <l n="2799">Then for to thinke that I would sinke it heere.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2800">Sir for my thoughts, you haue them il to friend,</l>
      <l n="2801">Till your deeds gaine them fairer: proue your honor,</l>
      <l n="2802">Then in my thought it lies.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dian.</speaker>
      <l n="2803">Good my Lord,</l>
      <l n="2804">Aske him vpon his oath, if hee do's thinke</l>
      <l n="2805">He had not my virginity.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2806">What saist thou to her?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ber.</speaker>
      <l n="2807">She's impudent my Lord,</l>
      <l n="2808">And was a common gamester to the Campe.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <l n="2809">He do's me wrong my Lord: If I were so,</l>
      <l n="2810">He might haue bought me at a common price.</l>
      <pb facs="FFimg:axc0273-0.jpg" n="253"/>
      <cb n="1"/>
      <l n="2811">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>o not beleeue him. O behold this Ring,</l>
      <l n="2812">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>hose high respect and rich validitie</l>
      <l n="2813">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>id lacke a Paralell: yet for all that</l>
      <l n="2814">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>e gaue it to a Commoner a'th Campe</l>
      <l n="2815">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="2"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>I be one.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-cou">
      <speaker rend="italic">Coun.</speaker>
      <l n="2816">He blushes, and 'tis hit:</l>
      <l n="2817">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>f sixe preceding Ancestors that Iemme</l>
      <l n="2818">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>&gt;onfer'd by testament to'th sequent issue</l>
      <l n="2819">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>ath it beene owed and worne. This is his wife,</l>
      <l n="2820">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>hat Ring's a thousand proofes.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">King.</speaker>
      <l n="2821">Me thought you saide</l>
      <l n="2822">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>ou saw one heere in Court could witnesse it.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <l n="2823">I did my Lord, but loath am to produce</l>
      <l n="2824">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>o bad an instrument, his names<hi rend="italic">Parrolles</hi>.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-laf">
      <speaker rend="italic">Laf.</speaker>
      <p n="2825">I saw the man to day, if man he bee.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2826">Finde him, and bring him hether.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ros.</speaker>
      <l n="2827">What of him:</l>
      <l n="2828">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>e's quoted for a most perfidious slaue</l>
      <l n="2829">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>ith all the spots a'th world, taxt and debosh'd,</l>
      <l n="2830">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>hose nature sickens: but to speake a truth,</l>
      <l n="2831">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>m I, or that or this for what he'l vtter,</l>
      <l n="2832">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>hat will speake any thing.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2833">She hath that Ring of yours.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ros.</speaker>
      <l n="2834">I thinke she has; certaine it is I lyk'd her,</l>
      <l n="2835">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>nd boorded her i'th wanton way of youth:</l>
      <l n="2836">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>he knew her distance, and did angle for mee,</l>
      <l n="2837">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>adding my eagernesse with her restraint,</l>
      <l n="2838">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>s all impediments in fancies course</l>
      <l n="2839">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>re motiues of more fancie, and in fine,</l>
      <l n="2840">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>er insuite comming with her moderne grace,</l>
      <l n="2841">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>ubdu'd me to her rate, she got the Ring,</l>
      <l n="2842">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>nd I had that which any inferiour might</l>
      <l n="2843">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>t Market price haue bought.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <l n="2844">I must be patient:</l>
      <l n="2845">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>ou that haue turn'd off a first so noble wife,</l>
      <l n="2846">May iustly dyet me. I pray you yet,</l>
      <l n="2847">Since you lacke vertue, I will loose a husband)</l>
      <l n="2848">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>end for your Ring, I will returne it home,</l>
      <l n="2849">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>nd giue me mine againe.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ros.</speaker>
      <p n="2850">I haue it not.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2851">What Ring was yours I pray you?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dian.</speaker>
      <p n="2852">Sir much like the same vpon your finger.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2853">Know you this Ring, this Ring was his of late.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <p n="2854">And this was it I gaue him being a bed.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2855">The story then goes false, you threw it him
      <lb n="2856"/>
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>ut of a Casement.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <p n="2857">I haue spoke the truth.<stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="entrance">Enter Parolles.</stage>
      </p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ros.</speaker>
      <p n="2858">My Lord, I do confesse the ring was hers.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2859">You boggle shrewdly, euery feather starts you:</l>
      <l n="2860">
         <gap reason="illegible"
              agent="cropped"
              extent="1"
              unit="chars"
              resp="#JS"/>s this the man you speake of?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <p n="2861">I, my Lord</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2862">Tell me sirrah, but tell me true I charge you,</l>
      <l n="2863">Not fearing the displeasure of your master:</l>
      <l n="2864">Which on your iust proceeding, Ile keepe off,</l>
      <l n="2865">By him and by this woman heere, what know you?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-par">
      <speaker rend="italic">Par.</speaker>
      <p n="2866">So please your Maiesty, my master hath bin an
      <lb n="2867"/>honourable Gentleman. Trickes hee hath had in him,
      <lb n="2868"/>which Gentlemen haue.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2869">Come, come, to'th' purpose: Did hee loue this
      <lb n="2870"/>woman?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-par">
      <speaker rend="italic">Par.</speaker>
      <p n="2871">Faith sir he did loue her, but how.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2872">How I pray you?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-par">
      <speaker rend="italic">Par.</speaker>
      <p n="2873">He did loue her sir, as a Gent. loues a Woman.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2874">How is that?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-par">
      <speaker rend="italic">Par.</speaker>
      <p n="2875">He lou'd her sir, and lou'd her not.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2876">As thou art a knaue and no knaue, what an equi­<cb n="2"/>
         
      <lb n="2877"/>uocall Companion is this?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-par">
      <speaker rend="italic">Par.</speaker>
      <p n="2878">I am a poore man, and at your Maiesties com­
      <lb n="2879"/>mand.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-laf">
      <speaker rend="italic">Laf.</speaker>
      <p n="2880">Hee's a good drumme my Lord, but a naughtie
      <lb n="2881"/>Orator.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dian.</speaker>
      <p n="2882">Do you know he promist me marriage?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-par">
      <speaker rend="italic">Par.</speaker>
      <p n="2883">Faith I know more then Ile speake.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2884">But wilt thou not speake all thou know'st?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-par">
      <speaker rend="italic">Par.</speaker>
      <p n="2885">Yes so please your Maiesty: I did goe betweene
      <lb n="2886"/>them as I said, but more then that he loued her, for in­
      <lb n="2887"/>deede he was madde for her, and talkt of Sathan, and of
      <lb n="2888"/>Limbo, and of Furies, and I know not what: yet I was in
      <lb n="2889"/>that credit with them at that time, that I knewe of their
      <lb n="2890"/>going to bed, and of other motions, as promising her
      <lb n="2891"/>marriage, and things which would deriue mee ill will to
      <lb n="2892"/>speake of, therefore I will not speake what I know.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2893">Thou hast spoken all alreadie, vnlesse thou canst
      <lb n="2894"/>say they are maried, but thou art too fine in thy euidence,
      <lb n="2895"/>therefore stand aside. This Ring you say was yours.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <p n="2896">I my good Lord.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2897">Where did you buy it? Or who gaue it you?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <p n="2898">It was not giuen me, nor I did not buy it.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2899">Who lent it you?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <p n="2900">It was not lent me neither.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2901">Where did you finde it then?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <p n="2902">I found it not.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2903">If it were yours by none of all these wayes,</l>
      <l n="2904">How could you giue it him?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <p n="2905">I neuer gaue it him.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-laf">
      <speaker rend="italic">Laf.</speaker>
      <p n="2906">This womans an easie gloue my Lord, she goes
      <lb n="2907"/>off and on at pleasure.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2908">This Ring was mine, I gaue it his first wife.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <p n="2909">It might be yours or hers for ought I know.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2910">Take her away, I do not like her now,</l>
      <l n="2911">To prison with her: and away with him,</l>
      <l n="2912">Vnlesse thou telst me where thou hadst this Ring,</l>
      <l n="2913">Thou diest within this houre.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <p n="2914">Ile neuer tell you.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2915">Take her away.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <p n="2916">Ile put in baile my liedge.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2917">I thinke thee now some common Customer.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <p n="2918">By Ioue if euer I knew man 'twas you.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">King.</speaker>
      <p n="2919">Wherefore hast thou accusde him al this while.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <l n="2920">Because he's guiltie, and he is not guilty:</l>
      <l n="2921">He knowes I am no Maid, and hee'l sweare too't:</l>
      <l n="2922">Ile sweare I am a Maid, and he knowes not.</l>
      <l n="2923">Great King I am no strumpet, by my life,</l>
      <l n="2924">I am either Maid, or else this old mans wife.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <p n="2925">She does abuse our eares, to prison with her.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-dia">
      <speaker rend="italic">Dia.</speaker>
      <l n="2926">Good mother fetch my bayle. Stay Royall sir,</l>
      <l n="2927">The Ieweller that owes the Ring is sent for,</l>
      <l n="2928">And he shall surety me. But for this Lord,</l>
      <l n="2929">Who hath abus'd me as he knowes himselfe,</l>
      <l n="2930">Though yet he neuer harm'd me, heere I quit him.</l>
      <l n="2931">He knowes himselfe my bed he hath defil'd,</l>
      <l n="2932">And at that time he got his wife with childe:</l>
      <l n="2933">Dead though she be, she feeles her yong one kicke:</l>
      <l n="2934">So there's my riddle, one that's dead is quicke,</l>
      <l n="2935">And now behold the meaning.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter Hellen and Widdow.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">Kin.</speaker>
      <l n="2936">Is there no exorcist</l>
      <l n="2937">Beguiles the truer Office of mine eyes?</l>
      <l n="2938">Is't reall that I see?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-hel">
      <speaker rend="italic">Hel.</speaker>
      <p n="2939">No my good Lord,</p>
      <pb facs="FFimg:axc0274-0.jpg" n="254"/>
      <cb n="1"/>
      <l n="2940">'Tis but the shadow of a wife you see,</l>
      <l n="2941">The name, and not the thing.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ros.</speaker>
      <p n="2942">Both, both, O pardon.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-hel">
      <speaker rend="italic">Hel.</speaker>
      <l n="2943">Oh my good Lord, when I was like this Maid,</l>
      <l n="2944">I found you wondrous kinde, there is your Ring,</l>
      <l n="2945">And looke you, heeres your letter: this it sayes,</l>
      <l n="2946">When from my finger you can get this Ring,</l>
      <l n="2947">And is by me with childe, &amp;c. This is done,</l>
      <l n="2948">Will you be mine now you are doubly wonne?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-ber">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ros.</speaker>
      <l n="2949">If she my Liege can make me know this clearly,</l>
      <l n="2950">Ile loue her dearely, euer, euer dearly.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-hel">
      <speaker rend="italic">Hel.</speaker>
      <l n="2951">If it appeare not plaine, and proue vntrue,</l>
      <l n="2952">Deadly diuorce step betweene me and you.</l>
      <l n="2953">O my deere mother do I see you liuing?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-aww-laf">
      <speaker rend="italic">Laf.</speaker>
      <l n="2954">Mine eyes smell Onions, I shall weepe anon:</l>
      <l n="2955">Good Tom Drumme lend me a handkercher.</l>
      <l n="2956">So I thanke thee, waite on me home, Ile make sport with
      <lb/>thee: Let thy curtsies alone, they are scuruy ones.</l>
   </sp>
   <cb n="2"/>
   <sp who="#F-aww-kin">
      <speaker rend="italic">King.</speaker>
      <l n="2957">Let vs from point to point this storie know,</l>
      <l n="2958">To make the euen truth in pleasure flow:</l>
      <l n="2959">If thou beest yet a fresh vncropped flower,</l>
      <l n="2960">Choose thou thy husband, and Ile pay thy dower.</l>
      <l n="2961">For I can guesse, that by thy honest ayde,</l>
      <l n="2962">Thou keptst a wife her selfe, thy selfe a Maide.</l>
      <l n="2963">Of that and all the progresse more and lesse,</l>
      <l n="2964">Resoluedly more leasure shall expresse:</l>
      <l n="2965">All yet seemes well, and if it end so meete,</l>
      <l n="2966">The bitter past, more welcome is the sweet.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="business">Flourish.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-aww-epi">
      <l rend="italic" n="2967">
         <c rend="decoratedCapital">T</c>He Kings a Begger, now the Play is done,</l>
      <l rend="italic" n="2968">All is well ended, if this suite be wonne,</l>
      <l rend="italic" n="2969">That you expresse Content: which we will pay,</l>
      <l rend="italic" n="2970">With strife to please you, day exceeding day:</l>
      <l rend="italic" n="2971">Ours be your patience then, and yours our parts,</l>
      <l rend="italic" n="2972">Your gentle hands lend vs, and take our hearts.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="rightJustified" type="exit">Exeunt. omn.</stage>
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