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And was a common gamester to the camp.
Dia. He does me wrong, my lord : if I were so,
Count. He blushes, and 't is his.?
Methought, you said, You saw one here in court could witness it.
Dia. I did, my lord, but loth am to produce
Laf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be.
What of him?
She hath that ring of yours.
I must be patient :
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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.
Enter PAROLLES. Ber. My lord, I do confess, the ring was hers. King. You boggle shrewdly, every feather starts
you. Is this the man you speak of? Dia.
Ay, my lord. King. Tell me, sirrah, but tell me true, I charge
you, Not fearing the displeasure of your master, (Which, on your just proceeding, I'll keep off) By him, and by this woman here, what know you ?
Par. So please your majesty, my master hath been an honourable gentleman : tricks he hath had in him, which gentlemen have.
King. Come, come; to the purpose. Did he love this woman?
Par. 'Faith, sir, he did love her; but how? King. How, I pray you ? Par. He did love her, sir, as a gentleman loves a King. How is that ? Par. He loved her, sir, and loved her not. King. As thou art a knave, and no knave.What an equivocal companion is this !
• Par. I am a poor man, and at your majesty's command.
Laf. He's a good drum, my lord, but a naughty orator.
Dia, Do you know, he promised me marriage ?
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,
Ay, my good lord.
It was not lent me neither. King. Where did you find it then ? Dia.
I found it not. King. If it were yours by none of all these ways, How could you give it him ? Dia.
I never gave it him. 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. Dia. It might be yours, or hers, for aught I know.
King. Take her away: I do not like her now.
I'll never tell you.
I'll put in bail, my liege.
I am either maid, or else this old man 's wife.
(Pointing to LAFEU. King. She does abuse our ears. To prison with
her ! Dia. Good mother, fetch my bail.—[Exit Widow.
Stay, royal sir :
But for this lord,
Re-enter Widow, with HELENA.
Is there no exorcist
No, my good lord :
Both, both! 0, pardon! (Kneeling.'
[Rising' I'll love her dearly, ever, ever dearly.
Hel. If it appear not plain, and prove untrue, Deadly divorce step between me and you ! 0! my dear mother, do I see you living ?
Laf. Mine eyes smell onions, I shall weep anon.Good Tom Drum, [TO PAROLLES.) lend me a handkerchief: 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, To make the even truth in pleasure flow.[TO DIANA.) If thou be’st yet a fresh uncropped flower,
12 Not in f. e.
Choose thou thy husband, and I'll pay thy dower;
EPILOGUE BY THE KING.'
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