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Cost. My sweet ounce of man's flesh! my inconyl Jew!
(Exit Moth. Now will I look to his remuneration. Remuneratioin! O, that's the Latin word for three farthings : three farthings-remuneration.-What's the price of this inkle ? a penny :-No, I'll give you a remuneration : why, it carries it.-Remuneration ! why, it is a fairer name than French crown. I will never buy and sell out of this word.
Enter Biron. Biron. O, my good knave Costard! exceedingly well met.
Cost. Pray you, sir, how much carnation ribbon may a man buy for a remuneration?
Biron. What is a remuneration ?
Biron. 0, stay, slave; I must employ thee:
Cost. When would you have it done, sir?
Cost. I will come to your worship to-morrow morning.
Biron. It must be done this afternoon. Hark, slave, it is but this ; The princess comes to hunt here in the park, And in her train there is a gentle lady; When tongues speak sweetly, then they name her
name, And Rosaline they call her: ask for her; And to her white hand see thou do commend
This seal'd-up counsel. There's thy guerdon ;' go.
(Gives him money. Cost. Guerdon,-0 sweet guerdon! better than remuneration ; eleven-pence farthing better : Mest sweet guerdon I will do it, sir, in print.2--Guerdon-remuneration.
Eril. Biron. 0 !-And I, forsooth, in love! 1, that have been love's whip; A very beadle to a humorous sigh;. A critic; nay, a night-watch constable ; A domineering pedant o'er the boy, Than whom no mortal so magnificent! This whimpled, 3 whining, purblind, wayward boy; This senior-junior, giant-dwarf, Dan Cupid; Regent of love-rhymes, lord of folded arms, The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans, Liege of all loiterers and malcontents, Dread prince of plackets,4 king of codpieces, Sole imperator, and great general Of trotting paritors,
5 0 my little heart ! And I to be a corporal of his field, And wear his colours like a tumbler's hoop! What? I! I love! I sue! I seek a wife! A woman, that is like a German clock, Still a repairing; ever out of frame; And never going aright, being a watch, But being watch'd that it may still go right? Nay, to be perjur'd, which is worst of all; And, among three, to love the worst of all; A whitely wanton with a velvet brow, With two pitch balls stuck in her face for eyes ; Ay, and, by heaven, one that will do the deed, Though Argus were her eunuch and her guard : And I to sigh for her! to watch for her! To pray for her! Go to; it is a plague
(1) Reward. (2) With the utmost exactness. (3) Hooded, veiled. (4) Petticoats.
(5) The officers of the spiritual courts who serve citations.
That Cupid will impose for my neglect
SCENE I.-Another part of the same. Enter
the Princess, Rosaline, Maria, Katharine, Boyet, Lords, attendants, and a Forester. Prin. Was that the king, that spurr'd his horse
so hard Against the steep uprising of the hill ?
Boyet. I know not; but, I think, it was not he. Prin. Whoe'er he was, he show'd a mounting
mind. Well, lords, to-day we shall have our despatch; On Saturday we will return to France. Then, forester, my friend, where is the bush, That we must stand and play the murderer in?
For. Here by, upon the edge of yonder coppice; A stand, where you inay make the fairest shoot.
Prin. I thank my beauty, I am fair that shoot, And thereupon thou speak'st, the fairest shoot.
For. Pardon me, madam, for I meant not so. Prin. What, what? first praise me, and again
say, no? O short-liv'd pride! Not fair? alack for wo!
For. Yea, madam, fair.
Prin. . Nay, never paint me now; Where fair is not, praise cannot mend the brow. Here, good my glass, take this for telling true;
[Giving him money. Fair payment for foul words is more than due.
For. Nothing but fair is that which you inherit.
Prin. See, see, my beauty will be sav'd by merit. O heresy in fair, fit for these days !
A giving hand, though foul, shall have fair praise.
Prın. Only for praise : and praise we may afford To any lady that subdues a lord.
Enter Costard. Prin. Here comes a member of the commonwealth.
Cost. God dig-you-denall! Pray you, which is the head lady?
Prin. Thou shalt know her, fellow, by the rest that have no heads.
Cost. Which is the greatest lady, the highest?
is truth. An your waist, mistress, were as slender as my wit, One of these maids' girdles for your waist should be
fit. Are not you the chief woman! you are the thickest
here. Prin. What's your will, sir? what's your will? Cost. I have a letter from monsieur Biron, to one
Prin. O, thy letter, thy letter; he's a good friend
of mine :
I am bound to serve.-
We will read it, I swear : Break the neck of the wax, and every one give ear.
Boyet. (Reads. By heaven, that thou art fair, is most infallible; true, that thou art beauteous, truth itself, that thou art lovely: More fairer than
itself, have commiseration on thy heroical vassal! The magnanimous and most illustrate2 king Cophetua set eye upon the pernicious and indubitate beggar Zenelophon; and he it was that might rightly say, veni, vidi, vici; which to anatomize in the vulgar (O base and obscure vulgar!) videlicet, he came, saw, and overcame: he came, one ; saw, two; overcame, three. Who came the king ; Why did he come? to see ; Why did he see? to overcome: To whom came he? to the beggar ; What saw he? the beggar; Who overcame he? the beggar: The conclusion is victory; On whose side.? the king's: the captive is enrich'd; On whose side? the beggar's; The catastrophe is a nuptial; On whose side the king's-no, on both in one, or one in both. I am the king; for so stands the comparison: thou the beggar; for so witnesseth thy lowliness. Shall I command thy love? I may: Shall I enforce thy love? I could : Shall I entreat thy love? I will. What shalt thou exchange for rags? robes ; For tittles, tittes: For thyself, me. Thus, expecting thy reply, I profane my lips on thy foot, my eyes on thy picture, and my heart on thy every part. Thine, in the dearest design of industry.
Don Adriano de Armado. (1) Open this letter. (2) Illustrious.