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Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there :

woman within the term of three years, he shall endure 0, these are barren tasks, too bard to keep ; such public shate as the rest of the court can possibly Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep.

King. Your oath is pass'd to pass away from these. This article, my liege, yourself must break:

Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an if you please ; For, well you know, here comes in embassy
I only swore, to study with your grace,

The French king's daughter, with yourselfto speak, And stay here in your court for three years' space. A maid of grace, and complete majesty,

Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest. About a surrender-up of Aquitain
Biron. By yea and pay, sir, then I swore in jest. To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father :
What is the end of study ? let me know. (not know. Therefore this article is made in vain,

King. Why, that to know, wbich else we should Or vainly comes the admired princess hither. Biron. Things hid and barr'd, you mean, from com- King. What say you, lords? why, this was quite mon sense:

Biron. So study evermore is overshot; (forgot. King. Ay, that is study's godlike recompense. While it doth study to have what it would,

Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study so, It doth forget to do the thing it should : To know the thing I am forbid to know:

And when it hath the thing it hunteth most, As thus-To study where I well may dine,

"Tis won, as towns with fire; 80 won, so lost. When I to feast expressly am forbid;

King. We must, of force, dispense with this decree; Or, study where to meet some mistress fine,

She must lie here on mere necessity.
When mistresses from common sense are hid: Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn
Or, having sworn too bard-a-keeping oath,

Three thousand times within this three years' Study to break it, and not break my troth.

For every man with his affects is born; (space : If study's gain be thus, and this be so,

Not by might caster'd, but by special grace : Study knows that, which yet it doth not know : If I break faith, this word shall speak for me, Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, no.

I am forsworn on mere necessity...
King. These be the stops that binder study quite, So to the laws at large I write any name: (Subscribes.
And train our intellects to vain delight. (vain, And he that breaks them in the least degree,

Biron. Why, all delights are vain : but that most Stands in attainder of eternal shame :
Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain : Suggestions are to otbers, as to me;
As, painfully to pore upon a book,

But, I believe, altbough I seem so loath,
To seek the light of truth : while truth the while I am the last that will last keep his oath,
Doth falsely blind the eyesight of his look: But is there no quick recreation granted ! Chaunted

Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile : King. Ay, that there is : our court, you know, is So, ere you find where light in darkness lies,

With a retined traveller of Spain ;
Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes. A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
Study me how to please the eye indeed,

That hath a mint of phrases in his brain :
By fixing it opon a fairer eye.

One, whom the music of his own vain tongue Who dazzling so, that eye shall be bis heed,

Doth ravish, like enchanting barmony; And give him light that was it blinded by. A man of compliments, whom right and wrong Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,

Have chose as umpire of their mutiay : That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks; This child of fancy, that Armado hight, Small have continual plodders ever won,

For interim to our studies, shall relate, Save base authority from others' books.

Io high-born words, the worth of many a knight These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights,

From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate. That give a name to every fixed star,

How you delight, my lords, I know not, I ;
Have no more profit of their shining nights, But I protest, I love to hear him lie,

Than those that walk, and wot not what they are. And I will use him for my minstrelsy.
Too much to know, is, to know nought but fame; Biron. Armado is a most illustrious wight,
And every godfather can give a name.

A man of fire-new words, fashiou's own kaight.
King. How well he's read, to reason against reading! Long. Costard the swain, and he, shall be our sport,
Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good proceeding! And, so to study, three years is but short.
Long. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow the


Enter Dull, with a Letter, and Costard. Biron. The spring is near, when green geese are a

Dull. Which is the duke's own person ! Dum. How follows that!

Biron. This, fellow; What wouldst! Biron.

Fit in his place and time. Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for I am Dum. In reason nothing.

his grace's tharborough: but I would see his own Biron.

Something then ip rhyme. person in flesh and blood. Long. Biron is like an envious sneaping frost, Biron. This is he.

That bites the first-born infants of the spring. Dull. Signior Arme-Arme-commends you. Biron. Well, say I am ; hy should proud summer There's villany abroad; this letter

will tell yon more. Before the birds have any canse to sing ! [boast, Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching me. Why should I joy in an abortive birth?

King. A letter from the magnificent Armado. At Christmas I do more desire a rose

Biron. How low soever the matter, I hope in God Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows; for high words. But like of each thing, that in season grows.

Long. A high hope for a low having : God grant So you, to study now it is too late,

us patience ! Climb o'er the house to unlock the little gate.

Biron. To hear! or forbear hearing? King. Well, set you out : go home, Biron ; adieu ! Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh modeBiron. No, my good lord; I have sworn to stay rately; or to forbear both with you:

Bíron. Well, sir, be it as the style shall give us And, though I have for barbarism spoke more, cause to climb in the merriness. Than for that angel knowledge you can say,

Cost. The matter is to me, sir, as concerning JaYet confident P'll keep what I have swore,

quenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken with the And bide the pedance of each three years' day.

manper. Give me the paper, let me read the same;

Biron. In what manner 1 And to the strict'st decrees I'll write my name. Cost. Ju manner and form following, sir; all those King. How well this yielding rescues thee from three : I was seen with her in the manor house, sitting shame!

with her upon the form, and taken following her into Biron. (Reads ] Item, That no woman shall come the park; which, pat together, is, in manner and form within a mile of my court.

following. Now,sir, for the manner,-it is the manner And huth this been proclaim'd?

of a man to speak to a woman : for the form,-in some Long.

Four days ago.

form. Biron. Let's see the penalty.

Biron. For the following, sir ! (Reads )-On pain of losing her tongue.-

Cost. As it shall follow in my correction; and God Who devis'd this?

defend the right! Long. Marry, that did I.

King. Will you hear this letter with attention ! Biron. Sweet lord, and why!

Biron. As we would hear an oracle. Long. Tofrigbt thern hence with that dread penalty. Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken Biron. A dangerous law against gentility.

after the flesh. [Reads) Item, If any man be seen to talk with a King.[Reads) Great deputy, the wolkin's vicegerent,

and sole dominator of Navarre, my soul's earth's God,

SCENE II. and body's fostering patron,-.

Another part of the same. Armado's House. Cost.'Not a word of Costard yet. King. So it is,

Enter Armado and Moth. Cost. It may be so : but if he say it is so, he is, in Arm. Boy, what sign is it, when a man of great telling true, but so, so.

spirit grows melancholy? King. Peace.

[fight - Moth. A great sign, sir, that he will look sad. Cost.-be to me, and every man that dares not Arm. Why, saduess is one and the self-same thing) King. No words.

dear imp. Cost.--of other men's secrets, I beseech yon.

Moth. No, no; O lord, sir, no. King. So it is, besirged with sable-coloured melan- Arm. How canst thou part sadness and melancholy, choly, I did commend i'he black-oppressing humour to my tender juvenal ? the most wholesome physic of tay health giving air, Moth. By a familiar demonstration of the working, and, as I am a gentleman, betook mysel; to walk. The my tough senior. time, when! About the sixth hour ; when beasts most Arm. Why tough senior ? why tough senior! graze, birds best peck, ani men sit down to that Moth. Why tender juvenal? why tender juvenal! nourishment which is called supper. So much for the Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congruent time inhen Now for the ground which; which, 1 epitheton, appertaining to thy young days, which we mean, I walked upon : it is ycleped thy park. Then may nominate tender. for the place or here ; ac here, I mean, I did encounter Moth. And I, tough senior, as an appertinent title that obscene and most preposterous event, that draw- to your old time, which we may name tough. eth from my snow-arhite pen the ebon-coloured ink, Arm. Pretty, and apt. which here thou viewest, beholdest, surreyest, or Moth. How mean you, sir? I pretty, and my saying seest : but to the place, where, -- It standeth north- apt! or I apt, and my saying pretty? north-east and by east from the west corner of thy Arm. Thou pretty, because little curious-knotted garden there did I see thai loro Moth. Little pretty, because little : Wherefore apt? spirited swain, that base minnow of thy mirth, Arm. And therefore apt, because quick. Cost. Me.

Moth. Speak you this in my praise, master! King.--that unletter'il small-knowing soul,

Arm. In 'thy coadign praise. Cost. Me.

Moth. I will praise an eel with the same praise. King.--that shalloro vassal,

Arm. What that an eel is ingenious! Cost. Still me.

Moth. That an eel is quick. King.--which, as I remember, hight Costard, Arm. I do say, thuu art quick in answers : Thou Cost. O me!

heatest my blood. King. --sorted and consorted, contrary to thy esta- Moth. I am answered, sir. blished proclaimed edict and continent canon, irith- Arm. I love not to be crossed. with,-0 with--but with this I passion to say where- Moth. He speaks the mere contrary, crosses love with

not him.

[Asicte. Cost. With a wench.

Arm. I have promised to study three years with the King.--with a child of our grandmother Eve, a fe- duke. male; or, for thy more sweet understanding, a woman. Moth. You may do it in an hour, sir. Him I (as my ever-esteemed duty pricks me on) have Arm. Impossible. sent to thee, to receive the meed of punishment, by thy Moth. How many is one thrice told? sweet grace's officer, Antony Dull; a man of good re- Arm. I am ill at reckoning, it fitteth the spirit of a pute, carriage, bearing, and estimation.

tapster. Dull. Me, an't shall please you ; I am Antony Dall. Moth. You are a gentleman, and a gamester, sir

King. For Jaguenetia, (so is the weaker vessel called, Arm. I confess both; they are both the varnish of which I apprehended with the aforesaid swain,) I keep a complete man. her as a vessel of thy law's fury; and shall, at the least Moth. Then, I am sure you know how much the of thy sweet notice, bring her to trial. Thine, in all gross sum of deuce-ace amounts to. compliments of devoted and heart-burning heat of Arm. It doth amount to one more than two.

Moth. Which the base vulgar do call, three. DON ADRIANO DE ARMADO. Arm. True. Biron. This is not so well as I looked for, but the Moth. Why, sir, is this such a piece of study? Now best that ever I heard.

here is three studied, ere you'll thrice wink: and how King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrah, what easy it is to pat years to the word three ,and study three say you to this!

years in two words, the dancing horse will teil

you. Cost. Sir, I confess the wench.

Arm. A most tine figure ! King. Did you hear the proclamation !

Moth. To prove you a cipher.

(4 side. Cost. I do confess much of the hearing it, but little Arm. I will hereupon contess, I am in love : and, as of the marking of it.

it is base for a soldier to love, so ai l in love with a King. It was proclaimed a year's imprisonment, to base wench. If drawing my sword against the hube taken with a wench

mour of affection would deliver me from the reprobate Cost. I was taken with none, sir, I was taken with thought of it, I would take desire prisoner, and rana damosel.

som him to any French courtier for a new-desised King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel.

courtesy. I think scorn to sigh ; methioks, I should Cost. This was no damosel neither, sir; she was a out-swear Cupid. Comfort we, boy: What great men virgin.

have been in love! King. It is so varied too; for it was proclaimed, Moth. Hercules, master. virgin.

Arm. Most sweet Hercules ! - More anthority, dear Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity; I was taken boy, pame more; and, sweet my child, let thein be with a maia

men of good repute and carriage. King. This maid will not serve your turn, sir. Moth. Samson, master : he was a man of good carCost. This maid will serve my turn, sir.

riage, great carriage ; for he carried the town gates King. Sir, I will prononnce your sentence ; You on his back, like a porter: and he was in love. shall fast a week with bran and water.

Arm. O well-knit Samson! strong jointed Samson! Cost. I had rather pray a month with mutton and I do excel thee in my rapier, as much as thou dids: porridge.

me in carrying gates. I am in love too.- Who was King. And Don Armado shall be your keeper. Samson's love, my dear Moth! My lord Biron, see him deliver'd o'er.

Moth. A woman, master. And go we, lords, to put in practice that

Arm. Of what complexion ! Which each to other hath so strongly sworn. Moth. Of all the four, or the three, or the two; or

(Eseunt King, Longaville, and Dumain. one of the four. Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's hat, Arm. Tell me precisely of what complexion.

These oaths and laws will prove an idle scorn. Toth. Of the sea-water green, sir, Sirrah, come on.

Arm. Is that one of the four complexions ? Cost. I suffer for the truth, sir : for true it is, I was Moth. As I have read, sir; and the best of them too. taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is a true girl ; Arm. Green, indeed, is the colour of lovers. but to and therefore, Welcome the sour cup of prosperity have a love of that colour, methinks, Samson bad small Affliction may one day smile again, and till then, sit reason for it. He, surely, affected her for lier wit. thee down, sorrow.

(Exeunt. Moth. It was so, sir ; for she had a green wit.



Arm. My love is most immaculate white and red. rust, rapier ! he still, drum ! for your manager is in

Moth. Most maculate thoughts, master, are masked love ; yea, he loveth. Assist me some extemporal under such colours.

god of rhyme, for, I am sure, I shall turn sonneiteer. Arm. Define, define, well-educated infant.

Devise wit ; write pen; for I am for whole volumes Moth. My father's wit, and my mother's tongue, as-in folio.

(Exit. sist me! Arm. Sweet invocation of a child ; most pretty and

ACT II. pathetical! Moth. If she be made of white and red,

SCENE I. Another part of the same. A Pavilion Her faults will ne'er be known;

and Tents at a distance, For blushing cheeks hy faults are bred, And fears by pale-white shown:

Enter the Princess of France, Rosaline, Maria, KaThen, if she fear, or be to blame,

tharine, Boyet, Lords, and other Attendants. By this you shall not know;

Boyet. Now,madam, summon up your dearest spirits: For still her cheeks possess the same,

Consider who the king your father sends;
Which native she doth owe,

To whom he sends; and what's his embassy : A dangerous rbyme, master, against the reason of Yourself, held precious in the world's esteem; white and red.

To parley with the sole inheritor Arm. Is there not a ballad, boy, of the King and or all perfections that a man may owe, the Beggar!

Matchless Navarre ; the plea of no less weight Moth. The world was very guilty of such a ballad Than Aquitain; a dowry for a queen. some three ages since : but, I think, now 'tis not to be Be now as prodigal of all dear grace, found; or, if it were, it would neither serve for the As patare was in making graces dear, writing nor the tune.

When she did starve the general world beside, Arn. I will have the subject newly writ o'er, that And prodigally gave them all to you. 1 may example my digression by some mighty prece- Prin. Good lord Boyet, my beatly, thongh but mean, dent. Boy, I do love that country girl, that took Needs not the painted flourish of your praise ; in the park with the rational hind Costard ; she de Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye, serves well.

Not uiter'd by base sale of chapmen's tongues: Moth. To be whipped ; and yet a better love than I am less proud to hear you tell my worth, my master.

[ Aside. Than you much willing to be counted wise Arm. Sing, boy; my spirits grow heavy in love. In spending your wit in the praise of mine. Moth. And that's great marvel, loving a light wench. But now to task the tasker.--Good Boyet, Arm. I say, sing.

You are not ignorant, all-telling fame Moth. Porbear till this company be past.

Doth noise abroad, Navarre hath made a vow,

Till painful study shall odt-wear three years,
Enter Dull, Costard, and Jaqaenetta.

No woman may approach his silent court :
Dull. Sir, the duke's pleasure is, that you keep Cos- Therefore to us seemeth it a needful course,
tard safe : and you must let bim take no delight, nor before we enter bis forbidden gates,
no penance; but aʼmust fast three days a-week: For To know his pleasure ; and in that behalf,
this damsel, I must keep her at the park : she is al- Bold of your worthiness, we single you
lowed for the day-woman. Fare you well.

As our hest-moving fair solicitor:
Arm. I do betray myself with blushing.--Maid. Tell him, the daughter of the king of France,
Jag. Man.

On serious business, craving quick despatch,
Arm. I will visit thee at the lodge.

Importunes personal conference with his grace. Jag. That's hereby.

Haste, signify so macb; while we attend, Arm. I know where it is situa'e.

Like humbly-visag'd suitors, his high will. Jaq. Lord, how wise you are !

Boyct. Prond of employment, willingly I go. [ Exit, Arm. I will tell thee wonders.

Prin. All pride is willing pride, and yours is so.Jaq. With that face?

Who are the votaries, my loving lords, Arm. I love thee.

That are vow-fellows with this virtuous duke ! Jaq. So I heard you say.

1 Lord. Longaville is one. Arm. And so farewell.


Know you the man ? Jaq. Fair weather after you !

Mar. I know him, madam; at a marriage feast, Dull. Come, Jaquenetta, away.

Between lord Perigort and the beauteous heir (Exeunt Dull and Jaquenetta. of Jaques Falconbridge solemnized, Arm. Villain, thou shalt fast for thy offences, ere In Normandy saw I this Longaville: thou be pardoned.

A man of sovereign parts he is esteemid; Cost. Well, sir, I hope, when I do it, I shall do it Well fitted in the arts, glorious in arms on a full stomach.

Nothing becomes bim ill, that he would well. Arm. Thou shalt be heavily punished.

The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss, Cost. I am more bound to you, than your fellows, if virtue's gloss will stain with any soil,) for they are but slightly rewarded.

Is a sharp wit match'd with too blunt a will; Arm. Take away this villain ; shut him np.


Whose edge hath power to cut, whose will still wills Moth. Come, you transgressing slave ; away. It should none spare that come within his power.

Cost. Let me not be pent up, sir; I will fast, being Prin. Some merry mocking lord, belike; is't so! loose.

Mar. They say so most,that most bis humours know. Moth. No, sir; that were fast and loose : thou Prin. Such sbo:t-liv'd wits do wither as they grow. shalt to prison.

Who are the rest ? Cost. Well, if ever I do see the merry days of de- Kath. The young Domain, a well-accomplish'd solation that I have seen, some shall see

of all that virtue love for virtue lord: Moth. What shall some see!

Most power to do most harm, least knowing, Cost. Nay, nothing, master Moth, but what they For he hath wit to make an ill shape good, look upon. It is not for prisoners to be too silent in And shape to win grace though he had no wit. their words; and, therefore, I will say nothing: I thank I saw him at the duke Alencon's once ; God, I bave as little patience as another man; and, And much too little of that good I saw, therefore, I can be quiet. [ Exeunt Moth and Costard. Is my report, to his great worthiness.

Arm. í do affect the very ground, which is base, Ros. Another of these students at that time where her shoe, which is baser, guided by her foot, Was there with him : if I have heard a truth, which is basest, doth tread. I shall be forsworn,(which Biron they call him; but a merrier man, is a great argument of falsehood,) if I love: and how within the limit of becoming mirth, can that be true love, which is falsely attempted! Love I never spent an hour's talk withal is a familiar ; love is a devil : there is no evil angel His eye begets occasion for his wit; but love. Yet Samson was so tempted : and he had For every object that the one doth catch, an excellent strength: yet was Solomon so seduced : The other turns to a mirth-moving jest: and be bad a very good wit. Cupid's butt-shaft is too Which bis fair tongne (conceit's expositor,) hard for Hercules club, and therefore too much odds Delivers in such apt and gracious words, for a Spaniard's rapier. The first and second cause That aged ears play truant at his tales, will not serve my turn; the passado he respects not, And younger hearings are quite ravished; the duello he regards not: his disgrace is to be called So sweet and voluble is his discourse. boy; but his glory is, to subdue men. Adieu, valour! Prin. God bless my ladies") are they all in love ;

That every one her own hath garnished


We arrest your word : With such bedecking ornaments of praise !

Boyet, you can produce acquittances,
Mar. Here comes Boyet.

For such a sam, from special officers
Re-enter Boyet.

of Charles his father. Prin.

Now, what admittance, lord ?

Satisfy me so.
Boyet. Navarre had notice of your fair approach;

Boyet. So please your grace, the packet is not come, And he, and his competitors in oath,

Where that and other specialties are bound; Were all address'd to meet you, gentle lady,

To-morrow you shall have a sight of them. Before I came. Marry, thus much I have learnt,

King. It shall suffice me : at which interview, He rather means to lodge you in the field,

All liberal reason I will yield unto. (Like one that comes here to besiege his court,)

Meantime, receive such welcome at my hand, Than seek a dispensation for his oath,

As honour, without breach of honour, inay

Make tender of to thy true worthiness :
To let you enter his unpeopled house.
Here comes Navarre.

You may not come, fair princess, in my gates;
[The Ladies mask.

But here without you shall be so receiv'd, Enter King, Longaville, Domain, Biron, and As you shall deem yourself lodg'd in my heart, Attendants.

Though so denied fair harbour in my house. King. Fair princess,welcome to the court of Navarre. Your own good thoughts excuse me, and farewell;

Prin. Fair, I give you back again; and, welcome To-morrow shall we visit you again. (grace! I have not yet : the roof of this court is too high to Prin. Sweet health and fair desires consort your be yours; and welcome to the wild fields too base to ;

King. Thy own wish, wish I thee in every place! be mine.

[Exeunt King and his Train. King. Yon shall be welcome, madam, to my coart. Biron. Lady, I will commend you to my own heart. Prin. I will be welcone then, conduct me thither. Ros. 'Pray you, do my commendations ; I would be King. Hear me, dear lady; I have sworn an oath. glad to see it. Prin. Our lady help my lord! he'll be forsworn. Biron. I would, you heard it groan. King. Not for the world, fair madam, by my will. Ros. Is the fool sick ?

Prin. Why, will shall break it; will, and no- Biron. Sick at heart. thing else.

Ros. Alack, let it blood.
King. Your ladyship is ignorant what it is.

Biron. Would that do it good!
Prin. Were my lord so, his ignorance were wise, Ros. My physic says, I.
Where now his knowledge must prove ignorance.

Biron. Will you prick't with your eye!
I hear, your grace hath sworn-out house-keeping: Ros. No poynt, with my knife.
'Tis deadly sin to keep that oath, my lord,

Biron. Now, God save thy life! And sin to break it :

Ros. And yours from long living! But pardon me, I am too sudden-bold ;

Biron. I cannot stay thanksgiving. [Retiring. To teach a teacher ill beseemeth me.

Dum. Sir, I pray you, a word: What lady is that Vouchsafe to read the purpose of my coming,

Sanne ! And suddenly resolve me in my suit. Gives a Paper. Boyet. The heir of Alencon, Rosaline her namie. King. Madam, I will, if suddenly I may.

Dumn. A gallant lady! Monsieur, fare you well. (Exit. Prin. You will the sooner, that I were away ; Long. I beseech you a word; What is she in the For you'll prove perjnr'd, if you make me stay.

white !

(light. Biron. Did noi I dance with you in Brabant once ? Boyet. A woman sometimes, an you saw her in the Ros. Did not I dance with you in Brabant once! Long. Perchance, light in the light : I desire her Biron. I know, you did.


(were a shame. How needless was it then Boyet. She hath but one for herself; to desire that, To ask the question !

Long. Pray you, sir, whose daughter? Biron.

You must not be so quick, Boyet. Her mother's, I have heard. Ros. 'Tis 'long of you that spur me with sach Long. God's blessing on your beard. questions.

Boyet. Good sir, be not offended :
Biron. Your wit's too hot,it speeds too fast, 'twilltire. She is an heir of Falconbridge.
Ros. Not till it leaves the rider in the mire. Long. Nay, my choler is ended.
Biron. What time o'day!

She is a most sweet lady.
Ros. The hour that fools should ask.

Boyet. Not unlike, sír ; that may be. (Exit Long, Biron. Now t'air befall your mask!

Biron, What's her name, in the cap? Ros. Fair fall the face it covers !

Boyet. Katharine, by good hap. Biron. And send you many lovers!

Biron. Is she wedded, or no! Ros. Amen, so you be none.

Boyet. To her will, sir, or so. Biron. Nay, then I will he gone.

Biron. You are welcome, sir, adieu ! King. Madam, your father here doth intimate Boyet. Farewell to me, sir, and welcome to you., The payment of a hendred thousand crowns;

[Exit Biron-Ladies unmask. Being but the one half of an entire sum,

Mar. That last is Biron, the merry wad-cap lord ; Disbursed by my father in his wars.

Not word with hiin but a jest. But say, that he, or we, (as neither have,)


And every jest but a word. Receiv'd that sum ; yet there remains unpaid

Prin. It was well done of you to take him at his word. A hundred thousand more ; in surety of the which, Boyet. I was as willing to grapple,as he was to board. One part of Aquitain is bound to us,

Mar. Two hot sheeps, marry! Although not valued to the money's worth.


And wherefore not ships? li' then the king, your father will restore

No sheep, sweet lamb, unless we feed on your lips. But that one hall which is uasatisfied,

Mar. You sheep, and I pasture; Shall that finish the We will give up our right in Aquitain,

Boyet. So you grant pasture for me.

Ljest? And hold fair friendship with his majesty.

[Offering to kiss her. But that, it seeins, le little parposeth,


Not so, gentle beast; For here he doth demand to have repaid

My lips are no common, though several they be. A hundred thousand crowns; and not demands, Boyet. Belonging to whom? Ou payment of a hundred thousand crowns,


To my fortunes and me. To have his title live in Aquitain;

Prin. Good wits will be jangling : but, gentles, Wbieh we much rather had depart withal,

The civil war of wits were much better nsed (agree : And have the money by our father lent,

On Navarre and his book-men ; for here 'tis abused. Thab Aquitain so gelded as it is.

Boyet. It' my observation, (which very seldom lies, Dear princess, were not his requests so far

By the heart's still rhetorie, disclosed with eyes, From reason's yielding, your fair self should make Deceive me not now, Navarre is infected. A yielding, 'gainst some reason, in my breast,

Prin. With what ! And go well satisfied to France again.

Boyet. With that which we lovers entitle, aflected. Prin. You do the king my father too much wrong, Prin. Your reason? And wrong the reputation of your name,

Boyet. Why,all his behaviours did make their retire In so unseeming to confess receipt

To the court of his eye, peeping thorough desire : Of that which bath so faithfully been paid.

His heart, like an agate, with your print impressed King. I do protest, I never heard of i;

Proud with his form, in his eye pride expressed, And, if you prove it, I'll repay it back,

His tungue, all impatient to speak and not see, Or yield up Aquitain.

Did stumble with haste in his eyesight to be!



my love.

All senses to that sense did make their repair,

Arm. Thy meaning, pretty ingenious! To feel only looking on fairest of fair :

Is not lead a metal heavy, dull, and slow? Methought, all his senses were lock'd in his eye, Moth. Minime, honest master; or rather, master, no. As jewels in crystal for some prince to buy ;

Arm. I say, lead is slow. Who, tend'ring their own worth, from where they Moth.

You are too swift, sir, to say so ; were glass'd,

Is that lead slow which is fir'd from a gun? Did point you to buy them, along as you pass'd. Arm. Sweet smoke of rhetoric ! His face's own margent did quote such amazes, He reputes nue a cannon; and the bullet, that's he :That all eyes saw his eyes enchanted with guzes : I shoot thee at the swain. I'll give you Aquitain, and all that is his,


Thump then, and I flee. An you give him for my sake but one loving kiss.

(Erit. Prin. Come, to our pavilion : Boyet is dispos'd- Arm. A most acute juvenal; voluble and free of Boyet. But to speak that in words, whichi bis eye By thy favour, sweet welkin, I must sigh in thy face;

hath disclos'd :
I only have made a mouth of his eye,

Most rode melancholy, valour give thee place.
By adding a tongue which I knot will not lie. My herald is return'd.
Ros. Thou art an old love-monger, and speak'st

Re-enter Moth and Costard. skilfully. Mar. He is Cupid's grandfather, and learns news Moth. A wonder, master; here's a Costard broken of him.

in a shin. Ros. Then was venas like her mother; for her Arm. Some enigma, some riddle: come,- thy l'enfather is but grim.

voy ;-begia. Boyet. Do you hear, my mad wenches?

Cost. No egma, no riddle, no l'envoy; no salve in Mar.

the mail, sir : o, sir, plantaiu, a plain plantain ; no Loyet.

What then, do you see? i'envoy, no l'envoy, no salve, sir, but a plantain. Ros. Ay, our way to be gone.

Arm. By virtue, thou enforcest laughter; thy silly Boyet.

You are too hard for me. thought, my spleen; the heaving of my lungs provokes

(Exeunt. me to ridiculous smiling: 0, pardon me, my stars!

Doth the inconsiderate take salve for l'envoy, and the

word, l'envoy, for a salve ? ACT III.

Moth. Do the wise think them other! is not l'envoy

a salve ? SCENE I. Another part of the same.

Arm. No, page: it is an epilogue or discourse to Enter Armado and Moth.

make plain Arm. Warble, child ; make passionate my sense of Some obscure precedence that hath tofore been sain. hearing.

I will example it : Moth. Concolinel

[Singing. The fox, the ape, and the hamble-bee, Arm. Sweet air!-Go, tenderness of years ; take Were still at odds, being but three. this key, give enlargement to the swain, bring him There's the moral: Now the l'envoy. festinately hither ; I must employ him in a letter to Moth. I will add the l'envoy: Say the moral again,

Arm. The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, Moth. Master, will you win your love with a French Were still at odds, being but three : brawl?

Moth. Until the goose came out of door, Arm. How mean'st thou ? brawling in French !

And stay'd the odds hy adding four. Moth. No, my complete master : bat to a tune Now, will I begin your moral, and do you follow with at the tongue's end, canary to it with your feet, humour my l'envoy. it with turning up your eyelids ; sigh a note, and sing The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, a note; sometime through the throat, as if you swal. Were still at odds, being but three : lowed love with singing love; sometime through the Arm. Until the goose came out of door, nose, as if you snuffed up love by smelling love, with Staying the odds by adding four. your hat penthouse-like, o'er the shop of your eyes; Moth. A good l'envoy, ending in the goose with your arms crossed on your thin belly-doublet, like Would yon desire more?

(that's flat: a rabbit on a spit; or your hands in your pocket, like Cost. The boy hath sold him a bargain, a goose, a man after the old painting; and keep not too long Sir, your pennyworth is good, an your goose be fat. in one tune, but a snip and away: These are com- To sell a bargain well, is as cunning as fast and loose : pliments, these are humours; these betray nice Let me see a fat l'envoy; ay, that's a fat goose. wenches-that would be betrayed without these; and Arm. Come hither, come hither : How did this armake them men of note, (do you note, men!) that

gument begin? most are affected to these.

Moth. By saying that a Costard was broken in a shin, Arm. How hast thou purchased this experience!

Then call'd you for the l'envoy. Moth. By my penny of observation,

Cost. True, and I for a plantain ; 'Thus came your Arm. But 0,--but 0,

argument in; Moth.--the hobby-horse is forgot.

Then the boy's fat l'envoy, the goose that you bought; Arm. Callest thou my love, hobby-horse?

And he ended the market. Moth. No, master ; the hobby-horse is but a colt, Arm. But tell me, how was there a Costard broken and your love, perhaps, a hackney. But have you in a shin? forgot your love?

Moth. I will tell you sensibly. Arm. Almost I had.

Cost. Thou hast no feeling of it, Moth; I will speak Moth. Negligent stadent ! learn her by heart. that l'envoy. Arm. By heart, and in heart, boy.

1, Costard, running out, that was safely withia, Moth. And out of heart, master all those three 1 Fell over the threshold, and broke my shin.

Arm. We will talk no more of this matter. Arm. What wilt thou prove?

Cost. Till there be more matter in the shin. Moth. A man, if I live and this, by, in, and with Arm. Sirrah Costard, I will enfranchise thee. out, upon the instant: By heart you love her, because Cost. 0, marry me to one Frances :-) smell some your heart cannot come by her: in heart you love her, Penvoy, some goose, in this. because your heart is in love with her; and out of Arm. By my sweet soul, I mean, setting thee at liheart yon love her, being out of heart that you cannot berty, enfreedoming thy person ; thou wert immured,

restrained, captivated, bound. Arm. I am all these three.

Cost. True, true; and now you will be my purgaMoth. And three times as much more, and yet no- tion, and let me loose. thing at all!

Arm. I give thee thy liberty, set thee from durance; Arm. Fetch hither the swain; he must carry me a and, in lieu thereof, impose on thee nothing but this: letter.

Bear this significant to the country maid Jaquenetta : Moth. A message well sympathised; a horse to be there is remuneration; [Giving him Money for the ambassador for an ass!

best ward of mine honour, is, rewarding my dependArm. Ha, ha! what sayest thou ?

ants. Moth, follow,

(Erit. Moth. Marry, sir, you in ust send the ass upon the Moth. Like the sequel, I.--Signior Costard, adieu. horse, for he is very slow-gaited : But I go.

Cost. My sweet ounce of man's flesh ! my incony Arm. The way is but short ; away.


[Exit Moth Moth. As swift as lead, sir.

Now will I look to his remuneration. Remuneration !

will prove.

enjoy her,

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