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You got it from her: she callid 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 só ;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. My fore-past proofs, howe'er the matter fall, Shall tax my fears of little vanity, Having vainly fear'd too little.:—-Away with him ;We'll sift this matter further. Ber.
If you shall prove This ring was ever hers, you shall as easy Prove that I husbanded her bed in Florence, Where yet she never was. [Exit BERTRAM, guarded.
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 ų ' widower; his vows are forfeited to me, and my honour's paid to him. He stole from Florence, taking no leave, and I follow him 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.
[Ereunt Gentleman, and some Attendants.
Now, justice on the doers !
you, sillon, in consequence of having been four or five removes behind you. MALONE.
2 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. e. enter him on the toul or toll-book, to prove I came honestly by him, and ascertain my title to him.
And that you fy 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,
Wid. I am her mother, sir, whose age and honour
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?
If you shall marry,
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
Till your deeds gain them : Fairer prove your ho
Good my lord,
King. What say'st thou to her?
She's impudent, my lo
Dia. He does me wrong, my lord; if I were so,
Count. He blushes, and 'tis it:
Methought, you said,
Dia. I did, my lord, but loath am to produce
Laf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be.
What of him?.
4 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;
I have it not.
Sir, much like
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. ance, 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. • 4 May justly diet me.] May justly make me fast, by depriving me (as Desdemona says) of the rites for which I love you,