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for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier swalllowed than a flap-dragon.
Moth. Peace, the peal begins.
Moth. Yes, yes, he teaches the boys the horn-book : What is A B spelt backward with a horn on his head?
Hol. Ba, pueritia, with a horn added.
Moth. Ba, most filly sheep, with a horn. You hear his learning :
Hol. Quis, quis, thou consonant ?
Moth. The third of the five vowels, if you repeat them ; or the fifth, if I.
Hol. I will repeat them, a, e, I.
Arm. Now by the falt wave of the Mediterranean, a sweet touch, a quick venew of wit; snip, snap, quick and home; it rejoiceth my intellect; true wit.
Moth. Offered by a child to an old man: which is wit old.
Hol. What is the figure? what is the figure ?
Moth. Lend me your horn tamake one, and I will whip about your infamy circum circa; a gigg of a cuckold's horn.
Cost. An' I had but one penny, in the world, thou shouldt have it to buy ginger-bread; hold, there is the very remuneration I had of thy master, thou halfpenny purse of wit, thou pigeon-egg of discretion. O, that the heav'ns were so pleased, that thou wert but my bastard! what a joyful father would'st thou make me? go to, thou hast it ad dunghill; at the finger's ends, as they say.
Hol. Oh, I smell falfe Latin, duoghill for unguem,
ARM. Arts-man, præambula; we will be singled from the barbarous. Do you not educate youth at the charge-house on the top of the mountain ?
Hoz. Or, Mons the hill.
ARM. Sir, it is the king's most sweet pleasure and affection, to congratulate the princess at her pavilion, in the porterior of this day, which the rude multitude call the after
Hol. The posterior the day, most generous Sir, is liable, congruent, and measurable for the aiternoon : the word is well cull’d, choice, sweet, and apt, I do assure you, Sir, I do assure.
ARM. Sir, the king is a noble gentleman, and my familiar; I do assure ye, my very good friend ;-for what is inward between us, let it pass—I do beleech thee, remember thy curtesy--1 beseech thee, apparel thy head, -and among other importunate and most serious designs, and of great import indeed too—but let that pass :--for I must tell thee, it will please his grace (by the world) sometime to lean upon my poor shoulder, and with his royal finger thus dally with my excrement, with my mustachio; but, sweet heart, let that pass. By the world, I recount no fable; fome certain special honours it pleaseth his greatness to impart to Armado, a soldier, a man of travel, that hath seen the world; but let that pass-the very all of all is--but, sweet heart, I do implore secrefy that the king would have me present the princess (sweet chuck) with some delightful ostentation, or Thow, or pageant, or antick, or fire-work. Now, understanding that the curate and your sweet self are good at such eruptions, and sudden breaking out of mirth (as it were) I
have acquainted you withal, to the end to crave your affif
Hol. Sir, you shall present before her the nine worthies. Sir, as concerning some entertainment of time, some show in the posterior of this day, to be rendered by our aflistance at the king's command, and this most gallant, illustrate, and learned gentleman, before the princess: I say, none so fit as to present the nine worthies.
Nath. Where will you find men worthy enough to prefent them.
Hol. Joshua, yourself; this gallant man, Judas Maccabeus; this fwain (because of his great limb or joint) shall pass Pompey the great; and the page, Hercules.
Arm. Pardon, Sir, error: he is not quantity enough for that worthy’s thumb; he is not so big as the end of his club.
Hol. Shall I have audience ? he shall present Hercules in minority: his Enter and Exit shall be strangling a snake; and I will have an apology for that purpose.
Moth. An excellent device; fur if any of the audience hiss, you may cry, “well done, Hercules, now thou crush“est the snake;" that is the way to make an offence gracious, tho’ few have the grace to do it.
ARM. For the rest of the worthies,
ARM. We will have, if this fadge not, an antick. I befeech you, follow.
HOL: Via! good man Dull, thou hast spoken no word all this while.
Dull. Nor understood none neither, Sir.
Hol. Allons; we will employ thee.
DULL. I'll make one in a dance, or fo: or I will play on
Enter Princess and ladies.
Ros. Madam, came nothing else along with That?
Prin. Nothing but this? Yes, as much love in rhime, As would be cram'd up in a sheet of paper, Writ on both sides the leaf, margent and all ; That he was fain to seal on Cupid's name.
Ros. That was the way to make his God-head wax,
Cath. Ay, and a shrewd unhappy gallows too.
Cath. He made her melancholy, fad and heavy,
word? CATH. A light condition, in a beauty.dark. Ros. We need more light to find your meaning out.
Catu. You'll marr the light, by taking it in snuff : Therefore I'll darkly end the argumert.
Ros. Look, what you do ; and do it still i'ch' dark.
Cath. So do not you, for you are a light wench.
Prin. Well bandied both; a set of wit well play'd.
Ros. I would, you knew.
PRIN Any thing like ?
Ros. 'Ware pencils. How? let me not die your debtor,
CATH. Pox of that jest, and I beshrew all shrews :
Mar. This, and these pearl, to me sent Longueville ;