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hoon: the word is well cull'd, chose: sweet and Ilol. Quare Chirra, not sirrah?
diut, i do assure you, sir, I do assure. Arm. Men of peace, well encounter'd.
Arm. Sir, the hing is a noble gentleman; and Hol. Most military, sir, salutation.
ny familiar, I dio as cre you, very good friend:-Moth. They have been at a great feast of lan- 5 for what is inward between 15, let it pass:-1 do guages, and stolen the scraps. [To Costard aside. beseech thee, rememberthy courtesy ;-I beseech Cost
. O, they have liv'd long on the almis-basket linee, apparel thy head:--and among other imporof words!! I marvel, thy master hath not eaten thee tunate and most serious designs, -and of great innfor a word; for thou art not so long by the head as port indeed, too ;-but let that pass :--for I must honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art casier swa:- 10 tell thee, it will please his grace (by the world) lowed iban a tlap-dragon'.
sometime to lean upon my poor
shoulder; and Jsoth. Peace, the peal begins.
with his royal singer, thus, dally with my excreArm. Monsieur, are you not letter'd? ment", with my mustachio; bui, sweet heart, 1.t Moth. Yes, yes; he teaches boys the horn-book:
By the world, I recount no fable: sonie What is a, b, spelt backward, with a horu on his 15 certain special honour: it pleasi eh bis greatnes, la head ?
umpart to Armado a soldier, a man of travel, that Hol. Ba, pueritia, with a horn added.
haib seen the world: but let that pass.---The Moth. Ba, most silly sheep, with a horn:-Yon very all of all is--but, sweet heart, I do implore hear his learning:
secresy,—that the king would have me present Hol. Quis, quis, thou consonant?
20 the princess, sweet chuck, with some delightful Moth. Thethird of the tive vowels, if you repeat Jostentation, or show, or pageant, or antick,or firethem; or the fifth, if I.
work. Now understanding that the curate, and Hol. I will repeat them, a, e,i.
your sweet self, are good at such eruptions, and Noth. The sheep: the other two concludes it; sudden breakings out of mirth, as it were, I have 0, u!
25 acquainted you withal, to the end 10 crave your Arm. Now, by the salt water of the Mediterra. assistance. nean, a sweet touch, a quick venew* of wit : snip, Ho!. Sir, you shall present before hier tl:e nine stap, quick and home; it rejoiceth my intellect : worthies.--Sir Nathaniel, as concerning some en
tertainment of time, some show in the posterior of Moth. Offered by a child to an oldman; which 30 this day, to be render'd by our assistance,--atthe is hil-old.
king's command ; and this inost gallant, illustrate, Ho!. What is the figure? what is the figure? and learnedgentleman,-before the princess; I say, Jiach. Horns.
none so fit as to present the pine kortbies, Hol. Thou disputest like an infant: go, whip Nuhi. Where will you find men worthy enough thy gigg.
35 to present them? Moth. Lend me your horn to make one, and I Hol. Joshua, yourself; myself
, or this gailant will whip about your in.amy circùmcircà; Agig3 gentleman, Judas Maccabæus; this swain, because of a cuckold's homi!
of his great limb or joint, shall pass Pompey the Cost. An I had but one penny in the world, thou great; the page, Hercules. should have it to buy ginger-bread: hold, there is 40 Arm. Pardon, sir, error; he is not quantity the very remuneration I had of thy master, thou enough for that worthy's thumb: he is not so big half-penny purse of wit, thou pigeon-egg of discre as the end of his club. tion. (, an the heavens were so pleased, that thou Hol. Shall I have audience: he shall present wert but my bastard! what a joyful father would Ilercules in minority: his enter and erit shall be thou make me? Go to; thou hast it ad dunghill, 45 strangling a snake; and I will have an apology for at the fingers' ends, as they say.
that purpose. Hol. Oh, I smell false Latin; dunghill for un Noth. An excellent device! so if any of the auguem.
Klience hiss, you may cry, liell done, Hercules! Arm. Arts-inan, præambula; we will be singled now thou crushest ihe snuke! that is the way to from the barbarous. Do you not educate youth at 50 make an oilence gracious; though few have the the charge-house on the top of the mountain? Hol. Or, mons the hill.
strin. For the rest of the vorthies? Arm At your sweet pleasure, for the mountain Hol. I will play three myself. Hol. I do, sans question.
Moth. Thrice-wortly gentleman! Ar. Sir, it is the king's most sweet pleasure and 55 Arm. Shall I tell you a thing? allection, to congratulate the princess at her pavi Ilol. We attend. lion, in the posteriors of this day; which the rude Arm. We will have, if this falge'not, an antick. multitude call the afternoon.
I beseech you, follow. Hol. The posterior of the day, most generous sir, Hol. Vin", goodman Dulli thou hast spoken no is liable, congruent, and measurable for the after-60 word all this while.
· That is, the very oftal, or refuse of words. ? A fiap-dragon is a small inflammable substance, which topers swallow in a glass of wine. By o, u, Moth would mean---Oh, you—i. e. You are the sheep still, either way; no matter which of us repeats them. A renere is thieti'chnical term at the fencing school for a bout. "Mr. Steevens supposes the charge-house to mean the free:school, Meanivo, his beard. That is, suit not. : An Italian exclamation, signifying Couruge! come on!
grace to do it.
Dull. Nor understood none neither, sir.
Ros.'Ware pencils ?! How? let me not die your Hol. Allons ! we will employ thee.
My red dominical, my golden letter: [debtor, Dull. I'll make one in a dance or so; or I will 10, that your face were not so full of O's"! play on the tabor to the worthies, and let them Kath. Pox of that jest! and I beshrew all shrows. dance the hay.
5 Prin. But what was sent to you from fair DuHol. Most dull, honest Dull, to our sport away. Kath. Madam, this glove.
[main ? [Exeunt. Prin. Did he not send you twain ?
Kath. Yes, madam; and moreover,
Some thousand verses of a faithful lover:
Vilely compil'd, profound simplicity. (ville;
Prin. I think no less; Dost thou not wishin heart, Look you, what I have from the loving king, 15 The chain were longer, and theletter short: (part. Ros. Madam, came nothing elsealong with that? Mar. Ay, or I would these hands might never
Prin. Nothing but this yea, as much love in Prin. We are wise girls, to mock our lovers so. Aswouldbe cramm’dupin asheet of paper (rhime, Ros. They are worse fools to purchase mocking Writ on both sides the leaf, margent and all; That same Biron I'll torture ere I go. [so. That he was fain to seal on Cupid's name. 2010, that I knew he were but in by the week'!
Ros. That was the way to make his god-head wax'; How I would make him fawn, and beg, and seek; For he hath been five thousand years a boy. And wait the season, and observe the times, Kath. Ay, and a shrewd unhappy gallows too.
And spend his prodigal wit in bootless rhiines; Ros. You'll ne'er be friends, with him; he killd And shape his service all to my behests: your sister.
25 Andmake him proud to make me proud that jests! Kath. He made her melancholy, sad, and heavy; So portent like would I o'ersway his state, And so she died; had she been light like you, That he should be my fool, and I his fate! (catchd, Of such a merry, nimble, stirring spirit,
Prin. None are so surely caught, when they are She might have been a grandam ere she dy'd: As wit turn'd fool: folly, in wisdom hatch'd, And so may you, for a light heart lives long. 30 Hath wisdom's warrant, and the help of school ; Ros. What's your dark meaning, mouse, of this And wit's own grace to grace a learned fool. light word?
Ros. The blood of youth burns not with such Kath. A light condition in a beauty dark. [out. As gravity's revolt to wantonness. [excess, Ros. We need more light to find your meaning Mar. Folly in fools bears not so strong a note, Kath. You'llmar the light, by taking it in snutta: 35 As foolery in the wise, when wit doth dote; Therefore l'Il darkly end the argument.
Since all the power thereof it doth apply, Ros. Look what you do, you do it stilli’ the dark. To prove, by wit, worth in simplicity. Kath. So do not you, for you are a light wench.
Enter Boyet. Ros. Indeed, I weigh not you; and therefore light. Prin. Herecomes Boyet, and mirth is in his face. Kaih. You weigh me noi,-0, that's, you care 40 Boyet. O, I am stabb'd with laughter! Where's not for me.
Prin. Thy news, Boyet? [her grace ? RO Great reason; for, Past cureisstill past care. Boyet. Prepare, madam, prepare !
Prin. Well bandied both; a setofwit well play'd. Arm, wenches, arm!-encounters mounted are Bit, Rosaline, you have a favour too:
Against your peace: Love doth approach disguis'd, Who sent it? and what is it?
45 Armed in arguments; you'll be surpris'd: Ros. I would, you knew :
wits ; stand in your o own defence; Anif my face were but as fair as yours,
Or hide your heads like cowards, and fly bence. My favour were as great, be witness this.
Prin. St. Dennis to St. Cupid ! What are they, Näy, I have verses too, I thank Biron :
That charge their breath against us? say, scout, The numbers true; and, were the numbʼring too, 50. Boyet. Under the cool shade of a sycamore, [say. I were tlie fairest goddess on the ground:
I thought to close my eyes some half an hour: I am compar'd to twenty thousand fairs.
When, lo! to interrupt my purpos'd rest,
The king and his companions: warily
l'That, by and by, disguis'd they will be here.
Alluding, perhaps, to the pits in her face, occasioned by the smallpox. 5 This expression probably alludes to the practice of hiring servants or artificers by the week; and the meaning of the passage inay be, I wish I was as sure of his service for any time limited, as if I had hired him. •See note 4, p. 87, in Measure for Aleasure. The meaning is, I would be his fate or destiny, and like a portent, hang over and intluence his fortunes. For portents were not only thought to jorebode, but to influence.
• Meaning-Ware painting grow. Afinalinis here used equivocally for anger, and the snuff of a candle.
Their herald is a pretty knavish page,
Boyet. The trumpet sounds; he masked, the That well by heart hath conn'd his embassage:
[The ladies maski Action, and accent, did they teach him there; Enter the King, Biron, Longarille, and Dumain, Thus must thou speak, and thus thy body bear: disguised like Muscorites; Alothrithmusick, 8c. And ever and anun they made a doubt,
Aloth. “All hail, the richest beauties on the Presence majestical would put him out ;
" earth!" For, quoth the king, an angel shalt thou see ; Boyet. Beauties no richer than rich taffata ?. Yet fear not thou, but speak audaciously:
Moth. “A holy parcel of the fairest damies, The boy reply'd, An angel is not evil;
[The ladies turn their backs to him, I should have fear'd her, had she been a devil.[der; 10 "That everturn’dtheir---backs—to mortal views. With that all laugh’d, andclapp'd him on the shoul Biron. Their eyes, villian, their eyes. Making the bold wag by their praises bolder. Moth. “That ever turn’d their eyes to mortal One rubb'd his elbow, thus; and fleer'd, and swore, A better speech was never spoke before:
« Out-" Another, with his finger and his thumb, 15 Bayet. True; out, indeed. [voucl safe Cry'd, t'ia! we will do't, come that will come : Moth. “Out of your favours, heavenly spirits, The third he caper'd, and cry’d, All goes well: “ Not to behold_ The fourth turn'd on the toe, and down he fell. Biron. Once to behold, rogue. [eyes. With that, they all did tumble on the ground, Moth.“ Once to behold with your sun-beamed With such a zealous laughter, so profound, 20 f" With your sun-beamed eyes” That in this spleen ridiculous' appears,
Boyet. They will not answer to that epithet; To check their folly, passion's solemn tears. You were best call it daughter-beamed eyes. Prin. But what, but what, come they to visit us? Moth. They do not mark me, and that brings Boyet. They do, they do; and are apparel'd thus,
[rogue. Like Muscovites, or Russians: as I guess, 25 Biron. Is this your perfectness? begun, you Their purpose is, to parle, to coyrt, and dance: Ros. What would these strangers? know th :r And every one his love-feat will advance
minds, Boyet ; Unto his several mistress; which they'll know If they do speak our language, 'tis our will By favours several, which they did bestow. That some plain man recount their purposes: Prin. And will they so: the gallants shall be 30 Know what they would. task'd :
Boyet. What would you with the princess? For, ladies, we will every one be mask'd;
Biron. Nothing but peace and gentle visitation, And not a man of them shall have the grace,
Ros. What would they, say they? Despight of suit, to see a lady's face.
Boyet. Nothing but peace and gentle visitation. Hold, Rosaline, this favour thou shalt wear; 135 Ros. Why, that they have ; and bid them so And then the king will court thee for his dear :
[gone. Hold, take thou this, my sweet, and give methine: Boyet. She says, you have it, and you may be So shall Biron take me for Rosaline.
King. Say to her, we have measur'd-inany miles, And change your favours too; so shall your loves To tread a measure with her on this grass. Woo contrary, deceiv'd by these removes. (sight. 40 Boyet. They say, that they have measur'd many Ros. Come on then ; wear the favours most in
a mile, Kath. But, in this changing, what is your intent:
To tread a measure with you on this grass. Prin. The effect of my intent is, to cross theirs: Ros. It is not so: Ask them, how many inches They do it but in mocking merriment;
Is in one mile: if they have measur'd many, And mock for mock is only my intent.
45 The measure then of one is easily told. (miles, Their several counsels they unbosom shall
Boyet. If, to come hither you have measur'd To loves mistook; and so be mock'd withal, And many miles; the princess bids you tell, l'pon the next occasion that we meet,
How many inches do fill up one mile. (steps, With visages display'd, to task, and greet.
Biron. Tell her, we measure them by weary Ros. But shall ise dance, if they desire us to't? 50 Boyet. She hears herself.
Prin. No; to the death, we will not move a foot: Ros. How many weary steps,
55 Our duty is so rich, so infinite,
Prin. Therefore I do it; and, I make no doubt, Vouchsafe to shew the sunshine of your face, The rest will ne'er come in, if he be out.
That we, like savages, may worship it. There's no such sport, as sport by sport o'erthrown; Ros. My face is but a moon, and clouded too. To make theirs ours, and ours none but our own: 100 King. Blessed are clouds, to do as such clouds do! So shall we stay, mocking intended game; Vouchsafe, bright moon, and these thy stars, to And they, well mock’d, depart away with shame.
į Sound. l(Those clouds remov'd) upon our watery eyae. • Spleen ridiculous is, a ridiculou, fit. •i, e. the taffata masks they wore to conceal themselves.
Ros. O vain petitioner! beg a greater matter; Long. A calf, fair lady? Thou now request'st but moon-shine in the water. Kath. No, a fair lord calf. King. Then in our measure do but vouchsafe Long. Let's part the word. one change:
kuth. No, I'll not be your half: Thou bidst me beg; this begging is not strange. 5 Take all, and wean it; it may prove an ox. Ros. Play, music, ther: Nay, you must do it Lorg. Look, how you buit yourself in these
sharp mocks? Not yet:-10 dance:- thuschangel likethe moon. Will you give horns, chaste lady? do not so. King. Will you not dance? How come you thus Kuth. Then die a calf before your horns do grow. estrangd:
[chang’d.10 Long. One word in private with you, ere I die. Ros. You took the moon at full; but now she's Kath. Beatsoftly then, the butcher hears you cry. King. Yet still she is the moon, and I the man. Boyet. The tongues of mocking wenches are as The inusic plays; vouchsafe some motion to it.
keen lios. Our ears vouchsafe it.
As is the rázor's edge invisible, King. Put your legs should do it.
15 Cutting a smaller hair than inay be seen ; Ros. Since you are strangers, and come here by Above the sense of sense; so sensible chance,
seemeth their conference; their conceits have We'll not be nice: take hands;-We will not dance.
[things. King. Why take you hands then?
Fleeterthan arrows, bullets, wind, thought, switter Ros. Onlyio part friends:--
201 Ros. Not one word more, my maids; break oft, Court'sy, sweet hearts; and so this measure ends.
break off. King More measure of this measure ; be not Biron. By heaven, allery-beaten witli purescoff! pice.
king. Farewel, nia wenches! you have simple Pos. We can afford no more at such a price.
[Exeunt king and lords. king. Prize yourselves, then; what buys your 25. Prin. Twenty adieus, my frozen Muscovites.company?
Are these the breed of wits so wondered at? Ros. Your absence only.
Boyet. Tapers they are, with your sweet breaths king. That can nyer be.
puff’d out. Ros. Then cannot we be bouglit: and so adieu; Ros. Well-liking wits they have; gross, gross; Twice to your visor, and half once to you! 1.30 Prin. O poverty in wit, Kingly-poor ílout!
kingIf you desiy to dance, let's hold more Will they not, think you, hang themselves to-night? Ros. In private, then.
[chat. Or ever, but in visors, shew their faces? king. I a:n best pleas'd with that.
This pert Birou was out of countenance quite. Biron. White-handed mistress, one sweet word Pos. ()! they were all in lamentable cases! with thie.
[three. 35 The king was weeping.ripe for a good word. Prin. Honey, and milk, and sugar; there is Prin. Biron did swear himself out of all suit. Biron. Nay, then, two treys, (an if you grow Mar. Dumain was at my service, and bis sword: so nice,)
No point, quoth I; my servant strait was mute. Netheglin, wort, and malmsey:-well run, dice! Kath. Lord Longaville said, I came o'er his heart, There's half a dozen sweets.
40 And trow you, what he calld me? Prin. Seventh sweet, adieu!
Prin. Qualm, perhaps. Since you can cog', I'll play no more with you. Kath. Yes, in good faith. Biron. One word in secret.
Prin. Go, sickness, as thou art! Prin. Let it not be sweet.
Ros. Well, better wits have worn plain statuteBiron. Thou griev'st my gall.
caps ? Prin. Gali? bitter.
But will you hear? the king is my love sworn. Biron. Therefore meet.
(word: Prin. And quick Biron hathplighted faith to me. Dum. Will you vouchsafe with me to change a Kath. And Longaville was formy service born. lur, Name it.
Yiar. Dumain is mine, as sure as bark on tree. Dium. Fair Lady,–
|50Boyet. Niadam, and pretty mistresses, give ear: Jlur. Say you so?-Fair lord,
Immediately they will again be here Take that for your fair lady.
In their owo shapes; for it can never be, Dum. Please it you,
They will digest this harsh indignity.
Kath. What, was your visor macle without a 55 Boyet. They will, they will, God knows:
Prin. How, blow? how, blow? speak to be And would atfordmy speechless visor half. [a call:403 understood.
Kath. Veal, quoti the Dutchwan; is not veall Boyet. Fairladics, mask'd, are roses in their bud;
'To cog, significs to falsify the dice, and metaphorically, to lye. 2 Woollen caps were enjoined by act of parliament, in the year 1571, the 13th of Queen Elizabeth.-Probably the meaning is, "Better wiis may be found among men of inferior or more humble rank.”
Dismask'd, their damasksweet commixture shewn, King. Rebuke me not for that which you proAre angels vailing' clouds, or roses blown.
voke; Prin. Avaunt perplexity! What shall we do, The virtue of your eye must break my oath, If they return in their own shapes to woo?
Prin. You nick-naine virtue ; vice you should Ros. Good madam, if by me you'll be advis’d, 5
have spoke; Let's mock them still, as well known as disguis'd: For virtue's office never breaks men'stroth, Let us complain to them what tools were here, Now by my maiden honour, yet as pure Disguis'd, like Muscovites, in shapeless. gear; As the unsully'd lily, I protest, And wonder, what they were; and to what end A world of tornients though I should endure, Their shallow shows, and prologue vilely penn'd, 10 I would not yield to be your house's guest: And their rough carriage so ridiculous,
so much I hate a breaking cause to be Should be presented at out tent to us.
Of heavenly oaths, vow'd with integrity. Boyet. Ladlies, withdraw; the gallants are at hand. King. O, you have liv'd in desolation here, Prin. Whip to our tents, as roes run o'er the land. L'nseen, unvisited, much to our shame.
[Ereunt ladies. 15 Prin. Not so, my lord; it is not so, I swear; Enter tive King, Biron, Longarille, and Dumain, We have had pastimes here, and pleasant game in their own habits.
A mess of Russians lett us but of late. King. Fair sir, God save you! Where's the King. How, madam? Russiais ? princess
Prin. Ay, in truth, my lord;
my lord; King. That she vouchsafe me audience for one Mly lady, (to the manner of these days) Boyet. I will: and so will she, I know, my in couriesy, gives undeserving praise. lord,
[Erit. We four, indeed, confronted were with four Biron. This fellow picks up wit, as pigeons peas:|25 In Russian habit: here they stay'd an hour, And utters it again when Jove doth please : And talk'd apace; and in that hour, my lord, He is wit's pedlar; and retails his wares
They did not bless us with one bappy word. At wahes, and wassels', nieetings, markets, fairs; I dare not call them fools; but this I think, And we that sell by gross, the Lord doth know, When they are thirsty, fools would tain have drink, Have not the grace to grace it with such show. 130 Biron. This jest is dry to me.-Fair, gentle, This gallant pins the wenches on his sleeve;
sweet, Had he been Adam, he had tempted Eve: Your wit makes wise things foolish: when we lle can carve, too, and lisp: Why, this is he,
greet That kiss'd away his hand in courtesy;
With eyes best seeing heaven's fiery eye, This is the ape of form, monsieur the nice, 35 by light we lose light: Your capacity That, when he plays at tables, chides the dice Is of that nature, ihat to your huge store In honourable terms; nay, he can sing
Wise things seem toolish,and rich things but poor. A mean* most meanly; and, in ushering,
Ros. This proves you wise and rich; for in diy Mend bim who can: the ladies call him sweet;
eye, The stairs, as he treads on them, kiss his feet: 140 Biron. I am a fool, and full of poverty. This is the tlower that smiles on every one, Ros. But that you take what doth to you belong, Toshew his teeth as white as whale his bone: - It were a fault to snatch words from my tongue. And consciences, that will not die in debt,
Bir n. 0, I am yours, and all that I possess. Pay him the due ot honey-tongued Boyet. [heart, Ros. All the fool mine?
King. A blister on his sweet tongue, with iny 45 Biron. I cannot give you less. That put Armado's page out of is part !
Ros. Which of the visörs was it, that you were? Enter the Princess, Rosaline, Mariu, Katharine, Biron. Where? when? what visor: why deBoyet, and attendants.
mand vou this?
case, Biron. See, where it comes!—Behaviour, what Ros. There, ihen, that visor; that supertíuous wert thou,
(now : 50 Chat hid the worse, and shew'i the better face. Tillthis mad man shew'd thee? and what art thou King. We are descry'd: they'll mock us now King. Ail nail, sweet madam, and fair time of day!
downright. Prin. Fair, in all hail, is foul, as I conceive. Dum. Let us confess, and turn it to a jest. king. Construe my speeches better, if you may.
Prin. Amaz'd, my lord! Why looks your highPrın. Then wish me better, I will give you leave. 55
ness sad? King. We came to visit you; and purpose now Ros. Ilelp, hold his brows! he'll swoon! Why To lead you to our court: vouchsafe it then.
luok you pale:Prin. This field shall hold me; and so hold your Sea-sick, I think, coining from Muscovy.
Biron. Thus pour the stars down plagues for Nor God, nor I, delight in perjur'd men. 1601 perjury. "That is, Jetting those clouds which obscured their brightness sink froin before them.
21. c. uncouth. ? Wassels were meetings of rural mirth and intemperance. * The mean, in music, is tbe tenor. That is, the flower or pint of courtesy. • As white us whale's bone is a proverbial comparison in our ancient poets.