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FERDIN AND, king of Navarre.
LoN GAv ILLE, }*. attending on the king.
DULL, a constable.
Cost ARD, a clown.
Moth, page to Armado.
}lords, attending on the princess of France.
Princess of France.
MARIA, ladies, attending on the princess.
JAQUENETTA, a country wench.
Officers and others, Attendants on the King and Princess. LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST.
* This enumeration of persons was made by Mr. Rowe.—Johnson.
Sc ENE I.—Navarre. A Park, with a Palace in it. Enter the King, BIRoN, LoN GAv ILLE, and DUMAIN.
King. Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives,
Long. I am resolv’d: 'tis but a three years' fast;
Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortified; The grosser manner of these world's delights He throws upon the gross world’s baser slaves: To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die; With all these living in philosophy. Biron. I can but say their protestation over, So much, dear liege, I have already sworn, That is, To live and study here three years. But there are other strict observances : As, not to see a woman in that term ; Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there: And, one day in a week to touch no food; And but one meal on every day beside; The which I hope, is not enrolled there : And then, to sleep but three hours in the night, And not be seen to wink of all the day; (When I was wont to think no harm all night, And make a dark night too of half the day;) Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there; O, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep ; Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep. King. Your oath is pass'd to pass away from these. Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an if you please; I only swore, to study with your grace, And stay here in your court for three years' space. Long. You swore to that, Birón, and to the rest. Biron. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in jest.— What is the end of study ? let me know. King. Why, that to know, which else we should not know. Biron. Things hid and barr’d, you mean, from common sense? King. Ay, that is study's god-like recompense. Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study so, To know the thing I am forbid to know : As thus, To study where I well may dine, When I to feast expressly am forbid; Or, study where to meet some mistress fine, When mistresses from common sense are hid : * With all these—l i. e. The King, Biron, &c.
Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath,
d Proceeded well, to stop all good proceeding 1] He has proceeded well, means only, he has gone on well.—Mason.
V. O. L. II. - Z
Dum. How follows that ?
Biron. Fit in his place and time.
Long. Birón is like an envious sneaping frost," That bites the first-born infants of the spring. Biron. Well, say I am : why should proud summer boast, Before the birds have any cause to sing 2 Why should I joy in an abortive birth 2 At Christmas I no more desire a rose, Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows;" } But like of each thing, that in season grows. So you, to study now it is too late, Climb o'er the house to unlock the little gate. King. Well, sit you out: go home, Birón; adieu ! Biron. No, my good lord; I have sworn to stay with you: And, though I have for barbarism spoke more, Than for that angel knowledge you can say, Yet confident I’ll keep what I have swore, And bide the penance of each three years' day. Give me the paper, let me read the same; And to the strict'st decrees I'll write my name. } King. How well this yielding rescues thee from shame! Biron. [reads.] Item, That no woman shall come within a mile of my court.— And hath this been proclaim'd Long. Four days ago. Biron. Let's see the penalty. [Reads.]—On pain of losing her tongue.— Who devis’d this 2 Long. Marry, that did I. Biron. Sweet lord, and why? Long. To fright them hence with that dread penalty.
e sneaping frost,) So sneaping winds in the Winter's Tale. To sneap is to
check, to rebuke.
f Mays new-fangled shows;] This is only a periphrasis for May.— T. WAR.To N.
s Well, sit you out:] To sit out, is a term from the card-table. The person who cuts out at a rubber of whist, is still said to sit out ; i. e. to be no longer engaged in the party.—Stervens.