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have his way
Shall be for me: and to requite you further,
Enter Bertram, and the two French Lords. 1 Lord. Nay, good my lord, put him to't: let him
2 Lord. If your lordship find him not a hilding, hold me no more in your respect.
Lord. On my life, my lord, a bubble.
i 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 lord/hip's entertain
2 Lord. It were fit you knew him, left, repofing 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.
i Lord. I, with a troop of Florentines, will suddenly furprize him ; such I will have, whom, I am sure, he knows not from the enemy: we will bind and hood-wink 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 own 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 (20) when your lordship fees the bottom of his success in't, and
(20) When your lordship fees tbe bottom of bis Success in't, and so wubat Metal Ibis Counterfeit Lump of Ours will be melted, if you give bim not John Drum’s Entertainment, your Inclining cannot be remov'd.] Lump of Ours has been the Reading of all the Edi. tions. Oars, according to my Emendation, bears a Consonancy with the other Terms accompanying, (viz. Metal, Lump, and melted) and helps the Propriety of the Poet's Thought : For so one Metaphor is kept up, and all the words are proper and suitable to it. But, what is the Meaning of Fobn Drum's Entertainment ? Lafeu several times afterwards calls Parolles, Tom Drum. But the Difference of the Christian Name will make None in the Explanation. There is an old Motley Interlude, (printed in 1601) callid, Jack Drum's Entertainment: Or, the Comedy of Pasquil and Katharine. In this, Jack Drum is a Servant of Intrigue, who is ever aiming at Projects, and always foil'd, and given the Drop. And there is another old piece (publish'd in 1627) call'd, Apollo proving, in which I find these Expressions. Thuriger. Thou Lozel, bath Slug infeEled you ?
Why do you give such kind Entertainment to tbat Cobweb? Scopas. It shall have Tom Drum's Entertainment ; a Flap
witb a Fox-tail. But Both these Pieces, are, perhaps, too late in Time, to come to the Affiftance of our Author: fo we must look a little higher. What is said here to Bertram is to this Effect. “ My Lord, 28
you have taken this Fellow [Parolles] into so near a Confi. " dence, if, upon his being found a Counterfeit, you don't « casheer him from your Favour, then your Attachment is not " to be remov'd." I'll now subjoin a Quotation from Holingshed, (of whose Books Sbakespeare was a most diligent Rea. der) which will pretty well ascertain Drum's History. This Chrc. nologer, in his Description of Ireland, speaking of Patrick Scar. Sefield, (Mayor of Dublin in the Year 1551,) and of his extravagant Hospitality, subj. ins, that no Guest had ever a cold or forbidding Look from any part of his family : fo that his Porter, or any oiber Officer, durft not, for both bis Ears, give the fimpleft Man, that resorted to his House, Tom Drum's Entertainment, which is, to hale a Man in by the Head, and thrust him out by both the Shoulders.
to what metal this counterfeit lurnp of Oar will be melted, if you give him not John Drum's entertainment, your inclining cannot be removed.
Here he comes.
Enter Parolles. 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 forely 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 fo loft! there was an excellent command ! 'to charge in with our horse upon our own wings, and to rend our own foldiers.
2 Lord. That was not to be blamed in the command of the service ; it was a disaster of war that Cæfar himself could not have prevented, if he had been there to command.
Ber. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our fuccess : fome dishonour we had in the loss of that drum, but it is not to be recover'd.
Par. It might have been recover'd.
Par. It is to be recover'd; but that the merit of fervice 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 ftomach to't, Monsieur ; if you think your mystery in stratagem can bring this inftrument of honour again into his native quarter, be magnanimous in the enterprize 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 utmolt fyllable of your worthiness. Par. By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it.
Ber. But you must not now flumber in it.
Par. I'll about it-this evening; and I will presently pen down my dilemma's, encourage myself in my cer
tainty, put myself into my mortal preparation ; and, by midnight, look to hear further from me.
Ber. May I be bold to acquaint his Grace, you are gone
about it? Par. I know not what the success will be, my Lord; but the attempt I vow.
Ber. I know, th'art valiant ; and to the possiblity of thy soldiership, will subscribe for thee; farewel. Par. I love not many words.
[Exit. i Lord. No more than a fish loves waterthis a strange fellow, my Lord, that so confidently seerns to undertake this business, which he knows is not to be done ; damns himself to do it, and dares better be damn'd than to do't.
2 Lord. You do not know him, my lord, as we do ; certain it is, that he will steal himself into a man's favour, and for a week escape a great deal of discoveries ; but when you find him out, you have him ever aster.
Ber. Why, do you think, he will make no deed at all of this, that so seriously he does address himself unto ?
2 Lord. None in the world, but return with an invention, and clap upon you two or three probable lies; but we have almost imboss'd him, you shall see his fall to-night ; for, indeed, he is not for your lordship’s respect.
i Lord. We'll make you some sport with the fox, ere we case him. He was first smoak'd by the old lord Lafeu ; when his disguise and he is parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him ; which you shall see, this very nigbt.
2 Lord. I must go and look my twigs ; he shall be caught.
Ber. Your brother, he shall go along with me.
- Ber. That's all the fault: I spoke with her but once,
i Lord. With all my heart, my lord. [Exeunt.
SCENE changes to the Widow's House.
Enter Helena, and Widow.
misdoubt me that I am not she,
Wid. Tho' my estate be fallen, I was well born,
Hel. Nor would I wish you.
Wid. I hould believe you,
Hel. i'ake this purse of gold,