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You got it from her: she call'd the saints to surety,
She never saw it.
honour; 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.
Enter a Gentleman.
9 My fore-past proofs, &c.] The proofs which I have already had are sufficient to show that my fears were not vain and irrational. I have rather been hitherto more easy than I ought, and have unreasonably had too little fear. Johnson. • Who hath, for four or five removes
, come short, &c.] Who hath missed the opportunity of presenting it in person to your majesty, either at Marseilles, or on the road from thence to Rou
To tender it herself. I undertook it,
King. [Reads.] Upon his many protestations to marry me, when his wife was dead, I blush to say it, he won me. Now is the count Rousillon a widower; his vows are forfeited to me, and my honour's paid to him. He stole from Florence, taking no leave, and I follow himn to his country for justice : Grant it me, O king ; in you it best lies; otherwise a seducer flourishes, and a poor maid is undone.
Laf. I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and toll him :for this, I'll none of him. King. The heavens have thought well on thee,
Lafeu, To bring forth this discovery.-Seek these suitors :Go, speedily, and bring again the count.
[Eveunt Gentleman, and some Attendants. I am afeard, the life of Helen, lady, Was foully snatch'd. Count.
Now, justice on the doers ! Enter Bertram, guarded. King. I wonder, sir, since wives are monsters to
you, sillon, in consequence of having been four or five removes behind you. MALONE.
* I will buy me a son-in-law in a fair, and toll him :) i. e. I'll buy me a son-in-law as they buy a horse in a fair ; toul him, i. him on the toul or toll-book, to prove I came honestly by him, and ascertain my title to him.
And that you fly them as you swear them lordship, Yet
you desire to marry.- What woman's that?
Re-enter Gentleman, with Widow, and Diana.
Dia. I am, my lord, a wretched Florentine,
be pitied. Wid. I am her mother, sir, whose age and honour Both suffer under this complaint we bring, And both shall cease, without your remedy. King. Come hither, count; Do you know these
women ? Ber. My lord, I neither can, nor will deny But that I know thein : Do they charge me further
Dia. Why do you look so strange upon your wife?
yours, That she, which marries you, must marry me, Either both or none.
Laf. Your reputation [To BERTRAM.] comes too short for my daughter, you are no husband for her. Ber. My lord, this is a fond and desperate crea
ture, Whom sometime I have laugh'd with : let your
highness Lay a more noble thought upon mine honour, Than for to think that I would sink it here. King. Sir, for my thoughts, you have them ill to
3 shall cease,] i. e, decease, die.
Till your deeds gain them : Fairer prove your ho
Good my lord,
King. What say’st thou to her?
She's impudent, my lord ; And was a common gamester to the camp:
Dia. He does me wrong, my lord; if I were so,
Count. He blushes, and 'tis it:
Methought, you said, You saw one here in court could witness it.
Dia. I did, my lord, but loath am to produce
Laf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be.
What of him?
and rich validity,] Validity means value. s Methought, you said,] The poet has here forgot himself, Diana has said no such thing. BlackstoNE.
6 He's quoted -] i. e. noted, or observed.
? Whose nature sickens, but' to speak a truth :) i. e. only to speak a truth.
Am I or that, or this, for what he'll utter,
She hath that ring of yours.
I must be patient; You, that turn’d off a first so noble wife, May justly diet me. I pray you yet, (Since you lack virtue, I will lose a husband,) Send for your ring, I will return it home, And give me mine again. Ber.
I have it not. King. What ring was yours, I pray you? Dia.
Sir, much like The same upon your finger. King. Know you this ring? this ring was his of
late. Dia. And this was it I gave him, being a-bed.
King. The story then goes false, you threw it him Out of a casement.
Dia. I have spoke the truth.
8 — all impediments in fancy's course, &c.] Every thing that obstructs love is an occasion by which love is heightened. And, to conclude, her solicitation concurring with her fashionable appear
she got the ring. I am not certain that I have attained the true meaning of the word modern, which, perhaps, signifies rather meanly pretty. Johnson.
May justly diet me.] May justly make me fast, by depriving me (as Desdemona says) of the rites for which I love you.