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Dum. The worthy knight of Troy.
Arm. I will kiss thy royal finger, and take leave: I am a votary; I have vowed to Jaquenetta to hold the plough for her sweet love three years. But, most esteemed greatness, will you hear the dialogue that the two learned men have compiled, in praise of the owl and the cuckoo ? it sbould have followed in the end of our show.
King. Call them forth quickly, we will do so.
Enter Holofernes, Nathaniel, Moth, Costard, and
This side is Hiems, winter; this Ver, the spring; the one maintain'd by the owl, the other by the cuckoo. Ver, begin.
Spring. When daisies pied, and violets blue,
And lady-smocks all siloer-white,
Do paint the meadows with delight,
When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
And merrylarks are ploughmen's clocks,
And maidens bleachtheir summer smocks,
Cuckoo, cukoo,–0 word of fear,
Winter. When icicles hang by the wall,
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail, And Tom bears logs into the hall,
And milk comes frozen home in pail,
Then all aloud the wind doth blow,
And coughing drowns the parson's saw, And birds sits brooding in the snow,
And Marian's nose looks red and raw,
Arm. The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo. You, that way; we, this way.
'In this play, which all the editors have concurred to censure, and some have rejected as unworthy of our poet, it must be confessed that there are many
passages mean, childish, and vulgar : and some which ought not to have been exhibited, as we are told they were, to a maiden queen. But there are scattered through the whole many sparks of genius; nor is there any play that has more evident marks of the hand of Shakspeare.