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Or for love's sake, a word that loves all men ; Hol. Bone ? — bone, for benè : Priscian a little
Enter Armado, Moth, and Costard.
Nath. Videsne quis venil ? It is religion to be thus forsworn :
Hol. Video, et gaudeo. For charity itself fulfils the law;
(To Moth. And who can sever love from charity ?
Hol. Quare Chirra, not sirrah? King. Saint Cupid, then! and, soldiers, to the
Arm. Men of peace, well encounter'd. field !
Hol. Most military sir, salutation. Biron. Advance your standards, and upon them, Moth. They have been at a great feast of lanta lords ;
guages, and stolen the scraps. (To Costard aside. Pell-mell, down with them! but be first advis'd, Cost. O, they have lived long in the alms-basket In conflict that you get the sun of them.
of words! I'marvel, thy master hath not eaten Long. Now to plain-dealing; lay these glozes by : thee for a wore!; for thou art not so long by the Shall we resolve to woo these girls of France ?
head as honorificabilitudinilalibus : thou art easier King. And win them too: therefore let us devise swallowed than a flap-dragon. Some entertainment for them in their tents.
Moth. Peace; the pcal begins. Biron, First, from the park let us conduct them Arm. Monsieur, [To Hol.) are you not letter'd ? thither;
Moth. Yes, yes; he teaches boys the hornbook: Then, homeward every man attach the hand
What is a, b, spelt backward, with a horn on his Of his fair mistress : in the afternoon
head ? We will with some strange pastime solace them, Hol. Ba, puerilia, with a horn added. Such as the shortness of the time can shape ; Moth. Ba, most silly sheep, with a horn :-You For revels, dances, masks, and merry hours, hear his learning. Fore-run fair love, strewing her way with flowers. Hol. Quis, quis, thou consonant?
King: Away, away! no time shall be omitted, Moth. The third of the five vowels, if you re. That will be lime, and may by us be fitted. peat them; or the fish, if I. Biron. Allons ! Allons !-Sow'd cockle reap'd Hol. I will repeat them, a, e, i.no corn;
Moth. The sheep: the other two concludes its And justice always whirls in equal measure:
0, u. Light wenches may prove plagues to men forsworn;
Irm. Now, by the salt wave of the Mediterra If so, our copper buys no better treasure.
neum, a sweet touch,' a quick venew of wit : snip, (Exeunt.
snap, quick and hoine ; it rejoiceth my intelleci: true wit
Moth. Offer'd by a child to an old man; which ACT V.
Hol. What is the figure? what is the figure ? SCENE I. Another part of the same. Enter
Hol. Thou disputest like an infant : go, whip
thy gig. Hol. Satis quod sufficit.
Moth. Lend me your horn to make one, and I Nath. I praise God for you, sir : your reasons will whip about your infamy circùin circà ; A gig at dinner have been sharp and sententious; plea- of a cuckold's horn! sant without scurrility, witty without affection,*| Cost. An I had but one penny in the world, audacious without impudency, learned without thou should'st have it to buy gingerbread: hold, opinion, and strange without heresy. I did con- there is the very remuneration I had of thy nraster, verse this quondam day with a companion of the thou half-penny purse of wit, thou pigeon-egg of king's, who is intituled, nominated, or called, Don discretion. o, in the heavens were so pleased, that Adriano de Armado.
thou wert but my bastard ! what a joyful father Hol. Novi hominem tanquam te: His humour would'st thou make me! Go to; thou hast it ad is lofty, his discourse peremptory, his tongue fled, dunghill, at the fingers' ends, as they say, his eye ambitious, his gait majestical, and his gene- Hol. Ó, I smell false Latin ; dunghill for un. ral behaviour vain, ridiculous, and thrasonical."
guem. He is too picked,“ too spruce, too affected, too odd, Arm. Arts-man, præambula; we will be sing d as it were, too perigrinate, as I may call it. from the barbarous. Do you n-teducate youth at Nath. A most singular and choice epithet. the charge-house on the top of the mountain ?
[Takes out his table-hook. Hol, Or, mons, the hill. Hol. He draweth out the thread of his verbosity
Arm. At your sweet pleasure, for the mountain, finer than the staple of his argument. I abhor such Hol. I do, sans question. fanatical phantasms, such insociable and point-de- 29.m. Sir, it is the king's most sweet pleasure vise' companions; such rackers of orthography, as and affection, to congratulate the princess at heç to speak, dout, fine, when he should say doubt; pavilion, in the posteriors of this day; which the det, when he should pronounce debt; d, e, b, t;rude multitude call the afternoon. not d, e, t: he clepeth a calf, cauf; hall, 'hauf Ilol. The posterior of the day, most generous neighbour, vocatur, nebour ; neigh, abbreviated, sir, is liable, congruent, and measurable for the ne: This is abhominable (which he would call afternoon: the word is well cull'd, chose ; sweet abominable,) it insinuateth me of insanie ; Ne and apt, I do assure you, sir, I do assure. Intelligis dominc ? to make frantic, lunatic. Arm. Sir, the king is a noble gentleman; and Nath. Laus deo, bone intelligo.
my familiar, I do assure you, very good friend :(1) Discourses. (2) Affectation.
(6), A small inflammable substance, swallowed (3) Boastful.
(4) Over-dressed, in a glass of wine. 5) Finical exactness.
(7) A hit. (8) Free-school.
For what is inward' between us, let it pass :-I do Prin. Nothing but this ? yes, as much love in beseech thce, remember thy courtesy ;-I beseech rhyme thee, apparel thy head; and among other importu- As would be cramm'd up in a sheet of paper, Date and most serious designs, -and of great im- Writ on hoth sides the leaf, margent and all; pori, indeed, too ;--but let that pass :- for I must That he was sain to seal on Cupid's name. iell thee, it will please his grace (by the world) Ros. That was the way to make his god-head sometime to lean upon my poor shoulder; and with wax;* his royal finger, thus, dally with my excrement, For he hath been five thousand years a boy. with my mustachio: but sweet heart, let that pass. Kath. Ay, and a shrewd unhappy gallows too. By the world, I recount no fable ; some certain Ros. You'll ne'er be friends with him ; he kill'd special honours it pleaseth his greatness to impart your sister. to Armado, a soldier, a man of travel, that hath Kath. He made her melancholy, sad, and heavy; seen the world: but let that pass.-The very all of And so she died : had she been light, like you, all is,-but, sweet heart, I do implore secrecy,- of such a merry, nimble, stirring spirit, that the king would have me present the princess, She might have been a grandam ere she died : sweet chuck, with some delightful ostentation, or And so may you; for a light heart lives long. show, or pageant, or antic, or fire-work. Now, Ros. What's your dark meaning, mouse,' of this understanding that the curate and your sweet sell, light word ? are good at such cruptions, and sudden breaking Kath. A light condition in a beauty dark. out of mirth, as it were, I have acquainted you Ros. We need more light to find your meaning withal, to the end to crave your assistance.
out. Hol. Sir, you shall present before her the nine Kath. You'll mar the light, by taking it in snuff;' worthies.—Sir Nathaniel, as concerning some en- Therefore, I'll darkly end the argument. tertainment of time, some show in the posterior of Ros. Look, what you do, you do it still i' the dark. this day, to be rendered by our assistance,-the Kath. So do not you; for you are a light wench. king's command, and this most gallant, illustrate, Ros. Indeed, I weigh not you; and therefore light. and learned gentleman,-before the princess; I Kath. You weigh me not, -0, that's, you care not say, none so fit as to present the nine worthies.
Nuth. Where will you find men worthy cnough! Ros. Great reason; for, Past cure is still past care. to present them?
Prin. Well bandied both; a set of wit well play'd. Ilul. Joshua, yourself; myself, or this gallant But Rosaline, you have a favour too : fentleman, Judas Maccahæus; this swain, because Who sent it?' and what is it? of this great limb or joint, shall pass Pompey the Ros.
I would, you knew. great; the page, Hercules.
An if my face were but as fair as yours,
The numbers true; and, were the numb'ring too, Hol. Shall I have audience ? he shall present I were the fairest goddess on the ground; Hercules in minority; his enter and erit shall be I am compar'd to twenty thousand fairs. strungling a snake ; and I will have an apology for 0, he hath drawn my picture in his letter ! iha! purpose.
Prin. Any thing like? Moth. An excellent device! so, if any of the Ros, Much, in the letters ; nothing in the praise, andience hiss, you may cry: well done, Hercules ! Prin. Beauteous as ink ; a good conclusion, nou Chou crusheth the snake! that is the way to Kath. Fair as text B in a copy-book. make an offence gracious; though sew have the Ros. 'Ware pencils! How ? let me not die your grace to do it.
debtor, Arm. For the rest of the worthics ?
My red dominical, my golden letter : Hol. I will play three myself.
0, that your face were not so full of O's! Moth. Thrice-worthy gentleman!
Kath. A pox of that jest! and beshrew all shrows! Arin. Shall I tell you a thing ?
Prin. But what was sent to you from fair Du: Hol. Tie attend.
main ? Arm. We will have, if this fadge* not, an antic. Kath. Madam, this glove. I beseech you, follow.
Did he not send you twain ? Hol. Via,' good man Dull! thou has spoken no Kalh. Yes, madam; and moreover, word all this while.
Some thousand verses of a faithful lover;
Vilely compild, profound simplicity. Dull. I'll make one in a dance, or so; or I will Mar. This, and these pearls, to me sent Longa. play on the labor to the worthies, and let them
ville; dance the hay.
The letter is too long by half a mile, Hol. Most dull, honest Dull, to our sport, away.
Prin. I think no less: Dost thou not wish in
(Ereunt. heart, SCENE II.-Another part of the same. Before Mar. Ay, or I would these hands might never
The chain were longer, and the letter short? the Princess's Pavilion. Enter the Princess,
part. Katharine, Rosaline, and Maria.
We are wise girls, to mock our lovers so. Prin. Sweet hearts, we shall be rich ere we depart, That same Birón I'll torture ere I go.
Ros. Thevare worse fools to purchase mocking so. If fairings come thus plentifully in : A lady walled about with diamonds !
0, that I knew he were but in by the week! Look you, what I have from the loving king.
How would I make him fawn, and beg, and seek, Ros. Madam, came nothing else along with that? And wait the scason, and observe the times,
And spend his prodigal wits in bootless rhymes ; (1) Confidential. (2) Beard. (3) Chick.
Suit. (5) Courage. (6) Grow. (7) Formerly a term of endearment. (8) In anger.
And shape his service wholly to my behests ; Hold, Rosaline, this favour thou shalt wear;
Woo contrary, deceiv'd by these removes.
And mock for mock is only my intent.
Their several counsels they unbosom shall
With visages display'd, to talk, and greet.
Ros. But shall we dance, if they desire us toʻt!
Prin. No; to the death, we will not move a foot : Enter Boyet.
Nor to their penn'd speech render we no grace; Prin. Here comes Boyet, and mirth is in his face. But, while 'tís spoke, each turn away her face. Boyet. 0, I am stabb'd with laughter! Where's Boyel. Why, ihat contempt will kill the speaker's her grace?
heart, Prin. Tly news, Boyet ?
And quite divorce his memory from his part.
Prin. Therefore I do it ; and, I make no doubt, Arm, wenches, arm; encounters mounted are
The rest will ne'er come in, if he be out. Against your peace : Love doih approach disguis’d, There's no such sport, as sport by sport o'erthrown; Arm'd in arguments; you'll be surpris'd:
To make theirs ours, and ours none but our own : Muster your wits ; stand in your own defence;
So shall we stay, mocking intended game; Or hide your heads like cowards, and fly hence. And they, well inock'd, depart away with shame. Prin. Saint Dennis lo saint Cupid! What are
[Trumpets sound within. they,
Boyet. The trumpet sounds ; be mask'd, the Thai charge their breath against us? say, scout, say.
maskers come. The ladies mask. Boyet. Under the cool shade of a sycamore, I though lo close mine eyes soine half an hour:
Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain,
in Russian habits, and masked; Moth, musiWhen, lo! to interrupt iny purpos'd rest,
cians, and allendants. Toward that shade I michi behold addrest The king and his companions : warily
Moth. All hail ! the richest beauties on the earth! I stole into a neighbour thicket by,
Boyet. Beauties no richer than rich taffeta. And overheard what you shall overhcar;
Moth. A holy parcel of the fairest dames, That, by and.by, disguis'd they will be here.
l'the ladies turn their backs to him. Their herald is a pretty knavish pare,
That ever turn'd their-backs-to mort al views ! That well by heart hath conn'd his einbassage: Biron. Their eyes, villain, their eyes. Action, and accent, did they teach him there; Moth. Thal ever turn'd their cyes to mortal views ! Thus must thou speak, and thus thy body bear : OutAnd ever and anon they made a doubt,
Boyet. True; out, indeed. Presence majestical would put hiin out:
Moth. Out of your favours, heavenly spirits, For, quoth the king, an angel shalt thou see;
rouchsafe Yel fear not thou, but speak audaciously.
Not to beholdThe boy replied, An angel is not evil ;
Biron. Once to behold, rogue. I should have fear'd her, had she been a devil. Moth. Once to behold with your sun-beamed With that all laugh’d, and clapp'd him on the eyes, --ith your sun-beamed eyesshoulder;
Boyet. They will not answer to that epithet; Making the bold wag by their praises bolder. You were best call it, daughter-beamed eye One rubb'd his elbow, thus; and fleerd, and swore, Moth. They do not mark me, and that brings A better speech was never spoke before:
me out. Another, with his finger and his thumb,
Biron. Is this your perfectness ? be gone, you Cry'd, Via ! we will do't, come what will come :
rogue. The third he caper'd, and cried, Ill goes well : Ros. What would these strangers ? know their The fourth turn'd on the toe, and down he fell.
minds, Boyet :
Know what they would.
Prin. But what, but what, come they to visit us? Biron. Nothing but peace, and gentle visitation.
King. Say to her, we have measur'd many miles, Prin. And will they so ? 'the gallants shall be To tread a measure with you on this grass. task'd :
Boyet. They say, that they have measur'd many For, ladies, we will every one be mask'd ;
a mile, And not a man of them shall have the grace, To tread a measure with you on this grass. Despite of suit, to see a lady's face.
Ros. It is not so: ask them how many inches
Is in one mile: if they have measur'd many, Mar. Name it.
Fair lady, Boyel. If, to come hither you have measur'd miles,
Say you so ? Fair lord, And many miles; the princess bids you tell, Take that for your sair lady. How many inches do till up one mile.
Please it you,
[They converse apart. Ros.
How many weary steps, Kath. What, was your visor made without a of many weary miles you have o'ergone,
tongue ? Are number'd in the travel of one mile?
Long. I know the reason, lady, why you ask. Biron. Wenumber nothing that we spend for you, Kath. O, for your reason? quickly, sir;. 1 long. Our duty is so rich, so infiniie,
Long. You have a double icngue within your That we may do it still without accompt.
mask, Vouchsafe to show the sunshine of your face, And would afford my speechless visor half. That we, like savages, may worship it.
Kath. Veal, quoth the Dutchman ;-Is not real Ros. My face is buí a moon, and clouded too.
a call? King. Blessed are clouds, to do as such clouds do! Long. A call, fair lady? Vouchsafe, bright moon, and these thy stars, to shine Kath.
No, a fair lord call. (Those el buds remov'd,) upon our wat'ry eyne. Long. Let's part the word. Ros. O vain petitioner! beg a greater matter;
No, I'll not be your half: Thou now request'st but moonshine in the water. Take all, and wean it; it may prove an ox. King. Then, in our measure do but vouchsafe Long. Look, how you butt yourself in these one change :
sharp mocks! Thou bid'st me beg; this begging is not strange. Will you give horns, chaste lady? do not so. Ros. Play, music, then : nay, you must do it Kaih. Then die a call, before your horns do grow. soon.
(Music plays. Long. One word in private with you, ere I die. Not yet ;-no dance:--thus change I like the moon. Kath. Bleat softly then, the butcher hears you King. Will you not dance? How come you thus
[They converse apart. estrang'u ?
Boyet. The tongues of mocking wenches are as Ros. You took the moon at full; but now she's
As is the razor's edge invisible,
Seemeth their conference; their conceits have
wings, Ros. Since you are strangers, and come here by Fleeter than arrows, bullets, wind, thought, swister chance,
things. We'll not be nice : take hands ;-we will not dance. Ros. Not one word mere, my maids; break off, King. Why take we hands then ?
break ofl. Ros.
Only to part friends :- Biron. By heaven, all dry-beaten with pure scoff! Court'sy, sweet hearts; and so the measure ends. King. Farewell, mad wenches; you have simple King. More measure of this measure; be not nice.
wits. Ros. We can afford no more at such a price.
[Exeunt King, Lords, Moth, music, King. Prize you yourselves; What buys your
and attendants. company ?
Prin. Twenty adieus, my frozen Muscovites.Ros. Your absence only.
Are these the breed of wits so wonder'd at ? king.
That can never be, Boyet. Tapers they are, with your sweet breaths Ros. Then cannot we be bought: and so adieu ; puft'd out. Twice to your visor, and half once to you!
Ros. Well-liking wits they have; gross, gross King. If you deny to dance, let's hold more chat.
fat, fat. Ros. In private then.
Prin. O poverty in wit, kingly-poor fout! King.
I am best pleas'd with that. Will they not, think you, hang themselves to-night?
(They converse apart. Or ever, but in visors, show their faces ? Biron. White-handed mistress, one sweet word This pert Bırón was out of countenance quite. with thee.
Ros. O! they were all in lamentable cases! Prin. Honey, and milk, and sugar; there is The king was weeping-ripe for a good word. three.
Prin. Birón did swear himsell out of all suit. Biron. Nay then, two treys (an if you grow so Mar. Dumain was at my service, and his sword : nice)
No point, quoth I: my servant straight was mute. Metheglin, wort, and malmsey ;-Well run, dice! Kath. Lord Longaville said, I came o'er his heart; There's half a dozen sweets.
And trow you, what he call'd me?
Go, sickness as thou art ! Prin.
Let it not be sweet. Ros. Well, better wits have worn plain statuleBiron. Thou griev'st my gall.
Gall? bitter. But will you hear ? the king is my love sworn. Biron.
Therefore meet. Prin. And quick Birón hath plighted faith to me.
(They converse aparl. Kalh. And Longaville was for my service born. Dum. Will you vouchsafe with me to change a Mur. Dumain is mine, as sure as bark on tree. word }
Boyet. Madam, and pretty mistresses, give ear:
Immediately they will again be here (1) Falsify dice, lie. (2) A quibble on the French adverb of negation. (3) Better wits may be found among citizons,
In their own shapes ; for it can never be,
King. Construe my speeches better, if you may. They will digest this harsh indignity.
Prin. Then wish me better, I will give you leave. Prins Will they return ?
King. We came to visit you; and purpose now Boyet. They will, they will, God knows; To lead you to our court : vouchsafe it then. And leap for joy, though they are larne with blows: Prin. This field shall hold me; and so hold your Therefore, change favours;' and when they repair, Blow like sweet roses in the summer air.
Nor God, nor I, delight in perjur'd men. Prin. How blow ? how blow ? speak to be un- King. Rebuke me not for that wbich you pro
derstoud. Boyet. Fair ladies, mask'd, are roses in their bud : The virtue of your eye must break my oath. Dismask'd, their damask sweet commixture shown, Prin. You nick-name virtue: vice you should Are angels veiling clouds, or roses blown.
have spoke; Prin. Avaunt, perplexity! What shall we do,
For virtue's office never breaks men's troth.
As the unsullied lily, I protest,
I would not yield to be your house's guest; Disguis'd like Muscovitcs, in shapeless? gear;
So much I hate a breaking cause to be And wonder what they were ; and to what end Of heavenly oaths, vow'd with integrity. Their shallow shows, and prologue vilely penn'd, King. 0, you have liv'd in desolation here, And their rough carriage so ridiculous,
Unseen, unvisited, much to our shame. Should be presented at our tent to us.
Prin. Not so, my lord ; it is not so, I swear. Boyel. Ladies, withdraw; the gallants are at
We have had pastimes here, and pleasant game; hand.
A mess of Russians left us but of late. Prin. Whip to our tents, as roes run over land. King. How, madam ? Russians ? (Exeunt Princess, Ros. Kath. and Maria.
Ay, in truth, my lord;
Trim gallants, full of courtship, and of state. Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain, Ros. Madain, speak true :- It is not so, my lord ; in their proper habits.
My lady (to the manner of the days,') King. Fair sir, God save you! Where is the In courtesy, gives undeserving praise. princess ?
We four, indeed, confronted here with four Boyet. Gone to her tent: Please it your majesty, In Russian habit: here they stay'd an hour, Command me any service to her thither? And talk'd apace; and in that hour, my lord, King. That she vouchsafe me audience for one They did not bless us with one happy word. word.
I dare not call them fools ; but this I think, Boyet. I will; and so will she, I know, my lord. When they are thirsty, fools would sain have drink.
|Erit. Biron. "This jest is dry to me-Fair, gentle Biron. This fellow pecks up wit, as pigeons
sweet, peas ;
Your wit makes wise things foolish; when we greet And utters it again when God doth please: With eyes best seeing heaven's fiery eye, He is wit's pedlar; and retails his wares By light we lose light: Your capacity At wakes, and wassels,' meetings, markets, fairs; Is of ihat nature, that to your huge store And we that sell by gross, the Lord doih know, Wise things seem foolish, and rich things but poor. Have not the grace to grace it with such show. Ros. This proves you wise and rich, for in my This gallant pins the wenches on his sleeve;
eye, Had he been Adam, he had tempted Eve :
Biron. I am a fool, and full of poverty. He can carve too, and lisp: Why, this is he, Ros. But that you take what doth to you belong, That kiss'd away his hand in courtesy;.
It were a fault to snatch words from my tongue. This is the ape of form, monsieur the nice, Biron. O, I am yours, and all that I possess. That when he plays al tables, chides the dice, Ros. All the fool miné ? In honourable terms! nay, he can sing
I cannot give you less. A mean most meanly; and, in ushering,
Rvs. Which of the visors was it, that you worc? Mend him who can : the ladies call him, sweet ; Biron. Where? when? what visor ? why deThe stairs, as he treads on them, kiss his feet :
mand you this? This is the flower that smiles on every one,
Ros. There, then, that visor; that superfluous case, To show his teeth as white as whale's bone :: That hid the worse, and show'd the better face. And consciences, that will not die in debt,
King. We are descried: they'll mock us now Pay him the due of honey-tongued Boyet.
downright. King. A blister on his swcet tongue, with my Dum. Let us confess, and turn it to a jest. heart,
Prin. Amaz'd, my lord ? Why looks your highThat put Armado's page out of his part!
Ros. Help, hold his brows! he'll swoon! Why Enter the Princess, usher'd by Boyet; Rosaline,
look you pale ?Maria, Katharine, and altenılants.
Sea-sick, I think, coming from Muscory: Biron. See where it comes !-Behaviour, what Biron. Thus pour the stars down plagues for wert thou,
perjury. Till this man show'd thce ? and what art thou now? Can any face of brass hold longer out ? King. All hail, sweet madam, and fair time of Here stand ), lady; dart thy skill at me; day!
Bruise me with scorn, confound me with a flout; Prin. Fair, in all hail, is soul, as I conceive. Thrust thy sharp wit quite through my ignorance ;
Cut me to pieces with thy keen conceit; (1) Features, countenances. (2) Uncouth. (3) Rustic merry-meetings.
(5) The tooth of the horse-whale. (4) The tenor in music.
(6) After the fasbion of the times.