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You have in that forsworn the use of eyes ;
Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony."
King. Saint Cupid, then! and, soldiers, to the field !
Pell-mell, down with them! but be first advis'd,
Long. Now to plain-dealing; lay these glozes by; Shall we resolve to woo these girls of France ?
King. And win them too: therefore let us devise Some entertainment for them in their tents. Biron. First, from the park let us conduct them
thither; Then, homeward, every man attach the hand Of his fair mistress : in the afternoon
• When Love speaks, the responsive harmony of the voice of all the gods makes heaven drowsy.
We will with some strange pastime solace them,
King. Away, away! no time shall be omitted,
corn; And justice always whirls in equal measure : Light wenches may prove plagues to men forsworn;
If so, our copper buys no better treasure. [Exeunt.
SCENE I.-- Another part of the same. Enter HOLOFERNES, SIR NATHANIEL, and Dull. Hol. Satis quod sufficit.
Nath. I praise God for you, sir : your reasons at dinner have been sharp and sententious; pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, audacious with. out impudency, learned without opinion, and strange without heresy. I did converse this quondam day with a companion of the king's, who is intituled, nominated, or called, don Adriano de Armado.
Hol. Novi hominem tanquam te: His humour is lofty, his discourse peremptory, his tongue filed, his eye ambitious, his gait majestical, and his general behaviour vain, ridiculous, and thrasonical. He is too picked, too spruce, too affected, too odd, as it were, too peregrinate, as I may call it. Nath. A most singular and choice epithet.
[Takes out his table-book. Hol. He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument. I abhor such fanatical phantasms, such insociable and point-devise e companions; such rackers of orthography, as to speak, dout, fine, when he should say, doubt; det, when he should pronounce debt;—d, e, b, t; not d, e, t:-he clepeth a calf, cauf; half, hauf; neighbour, vocatur, nebour ; neigh, abbreviated, ne: This is abhominable, (which he would call abominable,) it insinuateth me of insanie; Ne intelligis domine ? to make frantic, lunatic. Nath. Laus Deo bone intelligo.
Affection-affectation. b Filed-polished. • Thrasonical—from Thraso, the boasting soldier of Terence. d Picked-trimmed.
e Point: devise-nice to excess, and sometimes, adverbially, for exactly, with the utmost nicety.
Hol. Bone? — bone, for benè : Priscian a little scratch'd; 't will serve.
Enter ARMADO, Moth, and COSTARD.
Moth. They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.
[To COSTARD aside. Cost. O, they have lived long on the alms-basket of words ! I marvel, thy master hath not eaten thee for a word; for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus : a thou art easier swallowed than a flap-dragon.
Moth. Peace! the peal begins.
Moth. Yes, yes; he teaches 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 silly 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.-
a Taylor, the water-poet, has given us a syllable more of this delight of schoolboys-honorificicabilitudinitatibus. But he has not equalled Rabelais, who has thus furnished the title of a book that might puzzle Paternoster Row-Antipericatametaparhengedam ribrationes.
b"The pedant asks who is the silly sheep-quis, quis ? " The third of the five vowels, if you repeat them,” says Moth; and the pedant does repeat them a, e, l; the other two clinches it, says Moth, o, u (O you).