Enter Second French Lord, with
five or six other
|Second Lord||He can come no other way but by this hedge-corner.
When you sally upon him, speak what terrible
language you will: though you understand it not
yourselves, no matter; for we must not seem to
understand him, unless some one among us whom we
must produce for an interpreter.
|First Soldier||Good captain, let me be the interpreter.|
|Second Lord||Art not acquainted with him? knows he not thy voice?|
|First Soldier||No, sir, I warrant you.|
|Second Lord||But what linsey-woolsey hast thou to speak to us again?|
|First Soldier||E'en such as you speak to me.|
|Second Lord||He must think us some band of strangers i' the
adversary's entertainment. Now he hath a smack of
all neighbouring languages; therefore we must every
one be a man of his own fancy, not to know what we
speak one to another; so we seem to know, is to
know straight our purpose: choughs' language,
gabble enough, and good enough. As for you,
interpreter, you must seem very politic. But couch,
ho! here he comes, to beguile two hours in a sleep,
and then to return and swear the lies he forges.
|PAROLLES||Ten o'clock: within these three hours 'twill be
time enough to go home. What shall I say I have
done? It must be a very plausive invention that
carries it: they begin to smoke me; and disgraces
have of late knocked too often at my door. I find
my tongue is too foolhardy; but my heart hath the
fear of Mars before it and of his creatures, not
daring the reports of my tongue.
|Second Lord||This is the first truth that e'er thine own tongue
was guilty of.
|PAROLLES||What the devil should move me to undertake the
recovery of this drum, being not ignorant of the
impossibility, and knowing I had no such purpose? I
must give myself some hurts, and say I got them in
exploit: yet slight ones will not carry it; they
will say, 'Came you off with so little?' and great
ones I dare not give. Wherefore, what's the
instance? Tongue, I must put you into a
butter-woman's mouth and buy myself another of
Bajazet's mule, if you prattle me into these perils.
|Second Lord||Is it possible he should know what he is, and be
that he is?
|PAROLLES||I would the cutting of my garments would serve the
turn, or the breaking of my Spanish sword.
|Second Lord||We cannot afford you so.|
|PAROLLES||Or the baring of my beard; and to say it was in
|Second Lord||'Twould not do.|
|PAROLLES||Or to drown my clothes, and say I was stripped.|
|Second Lord||Hardly serve.|
|PAROLLES||Though I swore I leaped from the window of the citadel.|
|Second Lord||How deep?|
|Second Lord||Three great oaths would scarce make that be believed.|
|PAROLLES||I would I had any drum of the enemy's: I would swear
I recovered it.
|Second Lord||You shall hear one anon.|
|PAROLLES||A drum now of the enemy's,--|
|Second Lord||Throca movousus, cargo, cargo, cargo.|
|All||Cargo, cargo, cargo, villiando par corbo, cargo.|
|PAROLLES||O, ransom, ransom! do not hide mine eyes.|
|[They seize and blindfold him]|
|First Soldier||Boskos thromuldo boskos.|
|PAROLLES||I know you are the Muskos' regiment:
And I shall lose my life for want of language;
If there be here German, or Dane, low Dutch,
Italian, or French, let him speak to me; I'll
Discover that which shall undo the Florentine.
|First Soldier||Boskos vauvado: I understand thee, and can speak
thy tongue. Kerely bonto, sir, betake thee to thy
faith, for seventeen poniards are at thy bosom.
|First Soldier||O, pray, pray, pray! Manka revania dulche.|
|Second Lord||Oscorbidulchos volivorco.|
|First Soldier||The general is content to spare thee yet;
And, hoodwink'd as thou art, will lead thee on
To gather from thee: haply thou mayst inform
Something to save thy life.
|PAROLLES||O, let me live!
And all the secrets of our camp I'll show,
Their force, their purposes; nay, I'll speak that
Which you will wonder at.
|First Soldier||But wilt thou faithfully?|
|PAROLLES||If I do not, damn me.|
|First Soldier||Acordo linta.
Come on; thou art granted space.
|[Exit, with PAROLLES guarded. A short alarum within]|
|Second Lord||Go, tell the Count Rousillon, and my brother,
We have caught the woodcock, and will keep him muffled
Till we do hear from them.
|Second Soldier||Captain, I will.|
|Second Lord||A' will betray us all unto ourselves:
Inform on that.
|Second Soldier||So I will, sir.|
|Second Lord||Till then I'll keep him dark and safely lock'd.|
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