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stepping aside.

Vows are but breath, and breath a vapour is: Then thou, fair sun, which on my earth doth

shine, Exhal'st this vapour vow; in thee it is :

If broken then, it is no fault of mine ; If by me broke, What fool is not so wise, To lose an oath to win a paradise? Biron. [Aside.] This is the liver vein, which

makes flesh a deity; A green goose a goddess : pure, pure idolatry. God amend us, God amend! we are much out o'

the way.

Enter Dumain, with a paper.
Long. By whom shall I send this ?-Company!

Biron. (Åside.) All hid, all hid, an old infant

Like a derni-god here sit I in the sky,
And wretched fools' secrets heedfully o'er-eye.
More sacks to the mill ! O heavens, I have my wish;
Dumain transform'd : four woodcocks in a dish!

Dum. O most divine Kate!
Biron. O most profane coscomb! [Aside.
Dum. By heaven, the wonder of a mortal eye!
Biron. By earth, she is but corporal; there you

(Aside. Dum. Her amber hairs for foul have amber

coted.1 Biron. An amber-colour'd raven was well noted.

[Aside. Dum. As upright as the cedar. Biron.

Stoop, I say ; Her shoulder is with child.

[ Aside. Dum.

As fair as day. Biron. Ay, as some days; but then no sun must shine.

[ Aside. Dum. O that I had my wish!

(1) Outstripped, surpassed.



And I had mine! (Aside. King. And I mine too, good Lord! Aside. Biron. Amen, so I had mine: Is not that a good

word? Dum. I would forget her; but a fever she Peigns in my blood, and will remember'd be. Biron. A fever in your blood, why, then inci

sion Would let her out in saucers; Sweet misprision !

Aside. Dum. Once more I'll read the ode that I have

writ. Biron. Once more I'll mark how love can vary wit.

[Aside. Dum. On a day (alack the day.)

Love, whose month is ever May,
Spied a blossom, passing fair,
Playing in the wanton air :
Through the velvet leaves the wind,
All unseen, 'gan passage find;
That the lover, sick to death,
Wish'd himself the heaven's breath.
Air, quoth he, thy cheeks may blow;
Mir, would I might triumph so!
But alack, my hand is sworn,
Ne'er to pluck thee from thy thorn :
Vow, alack, for youth unmeet ;
Youth so apt to pluck a sweet.
Do not call it sin in me,
That I am forsworn for thee :
Thou for whom even Jove would swear,
Juno but an Ethiop were ;
And deny himself for Jove,

Turning mortal for thy love.-
This will I send ; and something else more plain,
That shall express my true love's fasting pain.
O, would the king, Biron, and Longaville,
Were lovers too! III, to example ill,
Would from my forehead wipe a perjur'd note;
For none offend, where all alike do dote.

Long. Dumain (advancing.) thy love is far from

charity, That in love's grief desir’st society: You may look pale, but I should blush, I know, To be o’erheard, and taken napping so. King. Come, sir, advancing.) you blush ; as

his your case is such; You chide at him, offending twice as much : You do not love Maria; Longaville Did never sonnet for her sake compile; Nor never lay bis wreathed arms athwart His loving bosom, to keep down his heart. I have been closely shrouded in this bush, And mark'd you both, and for you both did blush. I heard your guilty rhymes, observ'd your fashion ; Saw sighs reek from you, noted well your passion : Ah me! says one; O Jove! the other cries; One, her hairs were gold, crystal the other's eyes : You would for paradise break faith and troth;

[To Long. And Jove, for your love, would infringe an oath.

To Dumain. What will Biron say, when that he shah hear A faith infring'd, which such a zeal did swear? How will he scorn? how will he spend his wit? How will he triumph, leap, and laugh at it? For all the wealth that ever I did see, I would not have him know so much by me.

Biron. Now step I forth to whip hypocrisy.Ah, good my liege, I pray thee pardon me :

[Descends from the tree. Good heart, what grace liast thou, thus to reprove These worms for loving, that art most in love? Your eyes do make no coaches; in your tears, There is no certain princess that appears : You'll not be perjur'd, 'uis a hateful thing; Tush, none hut minstrels like of sonnetting. But are you not asham'd ? nay, are you not, All three of you, to be thus much o'ershot? You found his mote; the king your moto did see;

But I a beam do find in each of three.
O, what a scene of foolery I have seen,
Of sighs, of groans, of sorrow, and of teen !1
O me, with what strict patience have I sat,
To see a king transformed to a gnat!
To see great Hercules whipping a gigg,
And profound Solomon to tune a jigg,
And Nestor play at push-pin with the boys,
And critic2 Timon laugh at idle toys!.
Where lies thv grief. O tell me, good Dumain ?
And, gentle Longaville, where lies thy pain?
And where my liege's all about the breast :-
A caudle, ho!

King. Too bitter is thy jest.
Are we betray'd thus to thy over-view ?

Biron. Not you by me, but I betray'd to you; I, that am honest; 1, that hold it sin To break the vow I am engaged in; I am betrayed, by keeping company With moon-like men, of strange inconstancy. When shall you see me write a thing in rhyme ? Or groan for Joan? or spend a minute's time In pruning3 me? When shall you hear that I Will praise a hand, a foot, a face, an eye, A gait, a state, a brow, a breast, a waist, A leg, a limb?— King.

Soft; Whither away so fast ?
A true inan, or a thief, that gallops so?
Biron. I post from love; good lover, let me go.

Enter Jaquenetta and Costard.
Jaq. God bless the king !

What present hast thou there? Cost. Some certain treason.

What makes treason here? Cost. Nay, it makes nothing, sir.

If it mar nothing neither, . The treason, and you, go in peace away together.

Jaq. I beseech your grace, let this letter be read; (1) Grief. (2) Cynic. (3) In trimıning myself.



Our parson misdoubts it; 'twas treason, he said.

King. Biron, read it over. Giving him the letter. Where hadst thou it?

Jaq. Of Costard.
King. Where hadst thou it?
Cost. Of Dun Adramadio, Dun Adramadio.
King. How now! what is in you? why dost

thou tear it?
Biron. A toy, my liege, a toy ; your grace needs

not fear it. Long. It did move him to passion, and therefore

let's hear it. Dum. It is Biron's writing, and here is his name.

Picks up the pieces. Biron. Ah, you whoreson loggerhead (T. Cos

tard.) you were born to do me shame.Guilty, my lord, guilty ; I confess, I confess.

King. What?
Biron. That you three fools lack'd me fool to

make up the mess : He, he, and you, my liege, and I, Are pick-purses in love, and we deserve to die. 0, dismiss this audience, and I shall tell you more.

Dum. Now the number is even.

True, true; we are four :-
Will these turtles be gone?

Hence, sirs; away. Cost. Walk aside the true folk, and let the trai

tors stay. (Exeunt Cost. and Jaq Biron. Sweet lords, sweet lovers, O let us em

brace! As true we are, as flesh and blood can be : The sea will ebb and flow, heaven show his face

Young blood will not obey an old decree: We cannot cross the cause why we were born; Therefore, of all hands must we be forsworn. King. What, did these rent lines show some

love of thine? Biron. Did they, quoth you? Who sees the

heavenly Rosaline,

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