Sivut kuvina


Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there :

uroman within the term of three years, he shall endure 0, these are barren tasks, too bard to keep; such public shame as the rest of the court can possibly Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep.

King. Yoar oath is pass'd to pass away from these. This article, my liege, yourself must break:

Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an if you please ; For, well you know, here comes in embassy I only swore, to study with your grace,

The French king's daughter, with yourself to speak,And stay here in your court for three years' space. A maid of grace, and complete majesty,

Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest. About a surrender-up of Aquitain
Biron. By yea and Day, sir, then I swore in jest. To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father :
What is the end of study ? let me know. (not know. Therefore this article is made in vain,

King. Why, that to know, wbich else we should Or vainly comes the admired princess hither. Biron. Things bid and barr'd, you mean, from com King. What say you, lords ? why, this was quite mon sense :

Biron. So study evermore is overshot; (forgot. King. Ay, that is study's godlike recompense. While it doth study to have what it would,

Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study so, It doth forget to do the thing it should : To know the thing I am forbid to know :

And when it hath the thing it hunteth most, As thus-To study where I well may dine,

"Tis won, as towns with fire ; so won, so lost. When I to feast expressly am forbid;

King. We must, of force, dispense with this decree; OT, study where to meet some mistress fine,

She must lie here on mere necessity.
When mistresses from common sense are'hid : Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn
Or, having sworn too bard-a-keeping oath,

Three thousand times within this three years' Study to break it, and not break my troth. For every man with his affects is born ;. (space : If study's gain be thus, and this be so,

Not by might L'aster'd, but by special grace : Stady knows that, which yet it doth not know : If I break faith, this word shall speak for me, Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, no.

I am forsworn on mere necessity..
King. These be the stops that hinder study quite, So to the laws at large I write my name : [Subscribes.
And train our intellects to vain delight. (vain, And he that breaks them in the least degree,

Biron. Why, all delights are vain : but that most Stands in attainder of eternal shame:
Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain : Suggestions are to others, as to me;
As, painfully to pore upon a book,

But, I believe, although I seem so loath,
To seek the light of iruth: while truth the while I am the last that will last keep his oath.
Doth falsely blind the eyesight of his look : But is there no quick recreation granted ! [haunted

Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile : King. Ay, that there is : our court, you know, is So, ere you find where light in darkness lies,

With a retined traveller of Spain;
Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes. A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
Stud y me how to please the eye indeed,

That hath a mint of phrases in his brain :
By fixing it apon a fairer eye ;,

One, whom the music of his own vain tongue Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed,

Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony ; And give him light that was it blinded by: A man of compliments, whom right and wrong Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,

Have chose as umpire of their mutiny: That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks; This child of faney, that Armado hight, Small have continual plodders ever won,

For interim to our studies, shall

relate, Save base authority from others' books.

Io high-born words, the worth of many a knight These earthly god fathers of heaven's lights,

From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate. That give a name to every fixed star,

How you delight, my lords, I know not, I;
Have no more profit of their shining nights, But I protest, I love to hear him lie,

Than those that walk, and wot not what they are. And I will use him for my midstrelsy.
Too much to know, is, to know nought but fame; Biron. Armado is a most illustrious wight,
And every godfather can give a name.

A man of fire-new words, fashion's own kaight.
King. How well he's read, to reason against reading! Long. Costard the swain, and he, shall be our sport,
Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good proceeding! And, so to study, three years is but short.
Long. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow the


Enter Dull, with a Letter, and Costard. Biron. The spring is near, when green geese are a

Dull. Which is the duke's own person ! Dum. How follows that?

Biron. This, fellow; What wouldst? Biron.

Fit in his place and time. Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for I am Dum. In reason nothing.

his grace's tharborough : but I would see his own Biron.

Something then in rhyme. person in flesh and blood. Long. Biron is like an eo vious sneaping frost,

Biron. This is he. That bites the first-born infants of the spring. Dull. Signior Arme-Arme-commends you. Biron. Well, say I am ; why should proud summer There's villany abroad; this letter will tell yon more.

Before the birds bave any cause to sing ! [boast, Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching me. Why should I joy in an abortive birth ?

King. A letter from the magnificent Armado. At Christmas I no more desire a rose

Biron. How low soever the matter, I hope in God Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows; for high words. But like of each thing, that in season grows.

Long. A high hope for a low having: God grant So you, to study now it is too late,

us patience ! Climb o'er the house to unlock the little gate. Biron. To bear? or forbear bearing!

King. Well, set you out: go home, Biron; adieu ! Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh modeBiron. No, my good lord; I have sworn to stay rately; or to forbear both with you:

Bíron. Well, sir, be it as the style shall give us And, though I have for barbarism spoke more, cause to climb in the merriness. Tban for that angel knowledge you can say,

Cost. The matter is to me, sir, as concerning JaYet confident I'll keep what I have swore,

quenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken with the And bide the penance of each three years' day. ander. Give me the paper, let me read the same;

Biron. In what manner ? And to the strict'st decrees I'll write my name. Cost. Ju manner and form following, sir; all those King. How well this yielding rescues thee from three : I was seen with her in the manor house, sitting sbame 1

with her upon the form, and taken following her into Biron. (Reads] Item, That no woman shall come the park; which, put together, is, in manner and foran within a mile of my court.

following. Now,sir, for the manner,-it is the manner And bath this been proclaim'd ?

of a man to speak to a woman : for the form,-in some Long

Four days ago.

form. Biron. Let's see the penalty.

Biron. For the following, sir ! (Keads )-On pain of losing her tongue.

Cost. As it shall follow in my correction; and God

Who devis'd this 1 defend the right! Long. Marry, that did I.

King. Will you hear this letter with attention ! Biron. Sweet lord, and why!

Biron. As we would hear an oracle. Long. To fright themn hence with that dread penalty. Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearten Biron. A dangerous law against gentility,

after the flesh. [Reads) Item, If any man be seen to talk with a King.[Reads] Great deputy, the wolkin'svicegerent,

and sole dominator of Navarre, my soul's earth's God,

SCENE II. and body's fostering patron,

Another part of the same. Armado's House. Cost. Not a word of Costard yet. King. So it is,

Enter Armado and Moth. Cost. It may be so: but if he say it is so, he is, in Arm. Boy, what sign is it, when a man of great telling true, but so, so.

spirit grows inelancholy? King. Peace.

(fight! Moch. A great sign, sir, that he will look sad. Cost --be to me, and every man that dares not Arm. Why, saduess is one and the self-same thing, King. No words.

dear imp. Cosi'.-of other men's secrets, I beseech yon.

Moth. No, no; O lord, sir, no. King. So it is, besirged with sable-coloured melan Arm. How canst thou part sadness and melancholy, choly, I did commend the black-oppressing humour to my tender juvenal ? the most cholesome physic of tay health-giving air ; Moth. By i familiar demonstration of the working, and, as I am a gentleman, betook mysel; to walk. The my tough senior. time, when? About the sixth hour, when beasts most Arm. Why tough senior ? why tongh senior! graze, birds best peck, and men sit down to that Moth. Why tender juvenal? why tender juvenal ! nourishment which is called supper. So much for the

Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congruent time when. Now for the ground which; which, 1 epitheton, appertaining to thy young days, which we mean, I walked upon : it is ycleped thy park. Then may nominate tender. for the place inhere ; where, I mean, I did encounter Moth. And I, tough senior, as an appertinent title that obscene and most preposterous event, that draw- to your old time, which we may name toagh. eth from my snorc-rhite pen the ebon-coloured ink, Arm. Pretty, and apt. which here thou viewest, beholdest, surveyest, or Moth. How mean you, sir? I pretty, and my saying seest: but to the place, where,- It standeth north- apt! or I apt, and my saying pretty? north-east and by east from the best corner of thy Arm. Thou pretty, because little, curious-knotted garden there did I see thai lor. Moth. Little pretty, because little : Wherefore apt! spirited swain, that base minnow of thy mirth, Arm. And therefore apt, because quick. Cost. Me.

Moth. Speak you this in my praise, master! King.--that unletter'd small-knowing soul,

Arm. Ia'thy coadign praise. Cost. Me.

Moth. I will praise an eel with the same praise. King.--that shalloro vassal,

Arm. What? that an eel is ingenijus! Cost. Still me.

Moth. That au eel is quick. King.--which, as I remember, hight Costard, Arm. I do say, thou art quick in answers : Thou Cost. O me!

heatest my blood. King.--sorted and consorted, contrary to thy esta Moth. I am answered, sir. blished proclaimed edict and continent canon, irith Arm. I love not to be crossed. with,-0 with--but with this I passion lo satynohere Moth. He speaks the mere contrary, crosses love with

not him

[Aside. Cost. With a wench.

Arm. I have promised to study three years with the King.--with a child of our grandmother Eve, a fe- duke. male; or, for thy more sweet understanding, a woman. Moth. You may do it in an hour, sir. Him I (as my érer-esteemed duty pricks me on) have Arm. Impossible. sent to thee, to receive the meed of punishment, by thy Moth. How many is one thrice told ! sweet grace's officer, Antony Dull; a man of good re Arm. I am ill at reckoning, it fitteth the spirit of a pute, carriage, bearing, and estimation,

tapster. Dull. Me, an't shall please you ; I am Antony Dal. Moth. You are a gentleman, and a gamester, sir. King. For Jaquenetia, (so is the weaker vessel called, Arm. I confess both; they are both the varnish of which I apprehendirt rith the aforesaid swain,) I keep a complete man. her as a vessel of thy law's fury; and shall, at the least Moth. Then, I am sure you know how much the of thy sweet notice, bring her to trial. Thine, in all gross sum of deuce-ace amounts to. compliments of devoted and heart-burning heat of Arm. It doth amount to one more than two. duty,

Moth. Which the base valgar do call, three. DON ADRIANO DE ARMADO. Arm. True. Biron. This is not so well as I looked for, but the Moth. Why, sir, is this such a piece of study? Now best that ever I heard.

here is three studied, ere you'll thrice wink: and how King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrah, what easy it is to put years to the word three,and stody three say you to this!

years in two words, the dancing horse will tell you, Cost. Sir, I confess the wench.

Arm. A most line figure ! King. Did you hear the proclamation !

Moth. To prove you a cipher.

(A side. Cost. I do confess much of the hearing it, but little Arm. I will hereupon conless, I am in love : and, is of the marking of it.

it is base for a soldier to love, so am I in love with King. It was proclaimed a year's imprisonment, to base wench. If drawing my sword against the hube taken with a wench.

mour of affection would deliver me from the reprobate Cost. I was taken with none, sir, I was taken with thought of it, I would take desire prisoner, and rana damosel.

som him to any French courtier for a new-devised King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel.

courtesy. I think scorn to sigh; methinks, I should Cost. This was no damosel neither, sir; she was a out-swear Capid. Comfort me, boy: What great men virgin.

have been in love! King. It is so varied too; for it was proclaimed, Moth. Hercules, master, virgin.

Arm. Most sweet Hercules !-More anthority, dear Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity; I was taken boy, pame more ; and, sweet my child, let thein be with a maid.

men of good repute and carriage. King. This maid will not serve your turn, sir, Moth. Samson, niaster : he was a man of good carCost. This maid will serve my turn, sir.

riage, great carriage ; for he carried the town gates King. Sir, I will prononuce your sentence; You on his back, like a porter : and he was in love. shall fast a week with bran and water.

Arm. O well-knit Samson! strong jointed Samson ! Cost. I had rather pray a month with mutton and I do excel thee in my rapier, as much as thou didst porridge.

me in carrying gates. I am in love too.-Who was King, And Don Arinado shall be your keeper. Samson's love, my dear Moth! My lord Biron, see him deliver'd o'er.

Moth. A woman, master. And go we, lords, to put in practice that

Arm. Of what complexion ! Which each to other hath so strongly sworn. Moth. Of all the four, or the three, or the two ; or

[Exeunt King, Longaville, and Dumain. one of the four. Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's bat, Arm. Tell me precisely of what complexion.

These oaths and laws will prove an idle scorn. Moth. Of the sea-water green, sir. Sirrah, come on.

Arm. Is that one of the four complexions ! Cost. I suffer for the truth, sir : for true it is, I was Moth. As I have read, sir ; and the best of them tuu. taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is a true girl ; Arm. Green, indeed, is the colour of lovers, but to and therefore, Welcome the sour cup of prosperity have a love of that colour, methinks, Samson bad small Afliction may one day smile again, and till then, sit reason for it. He, surely, affected her for lier wit. thee down, sorrow.

(Exeunt. Moth. It was so, sir ; for she had a green wit.


Arm. My love is most immaculate wbite and red. rust, rapier! be still, drum ! for your manager is in Moth. Most maculate thoughts, master, are masked love,

yea, he loveth. Assist me some extemporal under such colours.

god of rhyme, for, I am sure, I shall turn sonneiteer. Arm. Define, define, well-educated infant.

Devise wit ; write pen; for I am for whole volumes Moth. My father's wit, and my mother's tongue, as-in folio.

(Exil. sist me! Arm. Sweet invocation of a child; most pretty and

ACT II. pathetical! Moth. If she be made of white and red,

SCENE I. Another part of the same. A Pavilion Her faults will ne'er be known;

and Tents at a distance. For blushing cheeks by faults are bred, And fears by pale-white shown:

Enter the Princess of France, Rosaline, Maria, KaThen, if she fear, or be to blame,

tharine, Boyet, Lords, and other Attendants. By this you shall not know;

Boyet. Now,madam, summon up your dearestspirits: For still her cheeks possess the same,

Consider who the king your father sends;
Which native she doth owe.

To whom he sends; and what's his embassy : A dangerous rhyme, master, against the reason of Yourself, held precious in the world's esteem; white and red.

To parley with the sole inheritor Arm. Is there not a ballad, boy, of the King and or all perfections that a man may owe, the Beggar?

Matchless Navarre ; the plea of no less weight Moth. The world was very guilty of such a ballad Than Aquitain ; a dowry for a queen. some three ages since: but, I think, now 'tis not to be Be now as prodigal of all dear grace, found; or, if it were, it would neither serve for the As nature was in making graces dear, writing nor the tune.

When she did starve the general world beside, Arn. I will have the subject newly writ o'er, that and prodigally gave them all to you. 1 may example my digression by some mighty prece Prin. Good lord Boyet, my beauty, though but mean, dent. Boy, I do love that country girl, that I took Needs not the painted flourish of your praise ; in the park with the rational hind Costard ; she de- Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye, serves well.

Not uiter'd by base sale of chapmen's tongues : Moth. To be whipped; and yet a better love than I am less proud to hear you tell my worth, my master.

[Aside. Than you much willing to be connted wise Arm. Sing, boy; my spirits grow heavy in love. In spending your wit in the praise of mine, Moth. And that's great marvel, loving a light wench. Bat now to task the tasker

-Good Boyet, Arm. I say, sing,

You are not ignorant, all-telling fame Moth. Forbear till this company be past.

Doth noise abroad, Navarre hath made a vov,

Till painful study shall oat-wear three years,
Enter Dull, Costard, and Jaquenetta. No woman may approach his silent court :
Dull. Sir, the duke's pleasure is, that you keep Cos Therefore to us seemeth it a needful course,
tard safe : and you must let him take no delight, nor before we enter his forbidden gates,
no penance; but a'must fast three days a-werk: For To know his pleasure ; and in that behalf,
this damsel, I must keep her at the park : she is al- Bold of your worthiness, we single you
lowed for the day-woman. Fare you well.

As our best-moving fair solicitor:
Arm. I do betray myself with blushing.--Maid. Tell him, the daughter of the king of France,
Jag. Man.

On serious business, craving quick despatch,
Arm. I will visit thee at the lodge.

Importones personal conference with his grace. Jag. That's hereby.

Haste, signify so mucb; while we attend, Arm. I know where it is situa'e.

Like humbly-visag'd suitors, his bigh will. Jaq. Lord, how wise you are !

Boyct. Prond of employment, willingly I go. [Erit. Arm. I will tell thee wonders.

Prin. All pride is willing pride, and yours is so.Jaq. With that face?

Who are the votaries, my loving lords, Arm. I love thee.

That are vow-fellows with this virtuous duke! Jaq. So I heard you say.

1 Lord. Longuville is one. Arm. And so farewell.


Know you the man? Jaq. Fair weather after you !

Mar. I know him, madam; at a marriage feast, Dull. Come, Jaquenetta, away.

Between lord Petigort and the beauteous heir (Exeunt Dull and Jaquenetta. of Jaques Falconbridge solemnized, Arm. Villain, thou shalt fast for thy offences, ere In Normandy saw I this Longaville: thou be pardoned.

A man of sovereign parts he is esteemid; Cost. Well, sir, I hope, when I do it, I shall do it Well fitted in the arts, glorious in arms on a full stomach.

Nothing becomes bim ill, that he would well. Arm. Thou shalt be heavily punished.

The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss, Cost. I am more bound to you, than your fellows, If virtue's gloss will stain with any soil,) for they are but slightly rewarded.

Is a sharp wit match'd with too blant a will; Arm Take away this villain ; shut him np. Whose edge hath power to cut, whose will still wills Moth. Come, you transgressing slave ; away. It should none spare that come within his power.

Cost. Let me not be pent up, sir; I will fast, being Prin. Some merry mocking lord, belike; is't so! loose.

Mar. They say so most, that most his humours know. Moth. No, sir; that were fast and loose : thou Prin. Such sbo:t-liv'd wits do wither as they grow. shalt to prison.

Who are the rest? Cost. Well, if ever I do see the merry days of de Kath. The young Dumain, a well-accomplish'd solation that I have seen, some shall see

Of all that virtue love for virtue lov'd : [youth, Moth. What shall some see?

Most power to do most harm, least knowing ill; Cost. Nay, nothing, master Moth, but what they For he hath wit to make an ill shape good, look upon. It is not for prisoners to be too silent in And shape to win grace though he had no wit. their words; and, therefore, I will say nothing: I thank I saw him at the duke Alencon's once ; God, I bave as little patience as another man; and, And much too little of that good I saw, therefore, I can be quiet. [ Exeunt Moth and Costard. Is my report, to his great worthiness.

Arm. Í do affect the very ground, which is base, Ros. Another of these students at that time where her shoe, which is baser, guided by her foot, Was there with him

: if I have heard a truth, which is basest, doth tread. I shall be forsworn,(which Biron they call him ; but a merrier man, is a great argument of falsehood,) if I love: and how Within the limit of becoming mirth, can that be true love, which is falsely attempted! Love I never spent an hour's talk withal is a familiar; love is a devil : there is no evil ange! His 'eye begets occasion for his wit; but love. Yet Samson was so tempted : and he had For every object that the one doth catch, an excellent strength : yet was Solomon so seduced ; The other turns to a mirth-moving jest: and be had a very good wit. Cupid's butt-shaft is too Which bis fair tongne (conceit's expositor) hard for Hercules' club, and therefore too much odds Delivers in such apt and gracious words, for a Spaniard's rapier. The tirst and second cause That aged ears play truant at his tales, will not serve my turn; the passado he respects not, And younger hearings are quite ravished; the duello he regards not : his disgrace is to be called So sweet and voluble is his discourse. boy; but his glory is, to subdue men. Adieu, valour! Prin. God bless my ladies' are they all in love ;

That every one her own hath garnished


We arrest your word: With such bedecking ornaments of praise ?

Boyet, you can produce acquittances,
Mar. Here comes Boyet.

For such a sam, from special officers
Re-enter Boyet.

of Charles his father.
Now, what admittance, lord !


Satisfy me so. Boyet. Navarre had notice of your fair approach ;

Boyet, so please your grace, the packet is not come, And he, and his competitors in oath,

Where that and other specialties are bound; Were all address'd to meet you, gentle lady,

To-morrow you shall have a sight of them. Before I came. Marry, thus much I have learnt,

King. It shall suffice me : at which interview, He rather means to lodge you in the field,

All liberal reason I will yield unto. (Like one that comes here to besiege his court,)

Meantime, receive such welcome at my hand, Than seek a dispensation for his oath,

As honour, without breach of honour, may To let you enter his unpeopled house.

Make tender of to thy true worthiness : Here comes Navarre.

You may not come, fair princess, in my gates ; [The Ladies mask.

But here without you sball be so receiv'd, Enter King, Longaville, Domain, Biron, and As you shall deem yourself lodgid in my heart, Attendants.

Though so denied fair harbour in my house. King. Fair princess, welcome to the court of Navarre. Your own good thoughts excuse me, and farewell;

Prin. Fair, 1 give you back again; and, welcome To-morrow shall we visit you again. [grace! I have not yet : the roof of this court is too high to Prin. Sweet health and fair desires consort your be yours; and welcome to the wild fields too base to KingsThiy own wish, wish I thee in every place! be mine

[Exeunt King and his Train. King. You shall be welcome, madam, to my court.

Biron. Lady, I will commend you to my own heart. Prin. I will be welcome then ; conduct me thither. Ros. 'Pray you, do my commendations; I would be King. Hear me, dear lady; I have sworn an oath. glad to see it. Prin. Our lady help my lord! he'll be fors worn.

Biron. I would, you heard it groan. King. Not for the world, fair madam, by my will. Ros. Is the fool sick ?

Prin. Why, will shall break it; will, and no Biron. Sick at heart. thing else.

Ros. Alack, let it blood. King. Your ladyship is ignorant what it is.

Biron. Would that do it good! Prin. Were my lord so, his ignorance were wise, Ros. My physic says, J. Where now his knowledge must prove ignorance.

Biron. Will you priek't with your eye! I hear, your grace hath sworn-out house-keeping: Ros. No poynt, with my knife. 'Tis deadly sin to keep that oath, my lord,

Biron. Now, God save thy life ! And sin to break it :

Ros. And yours from long liviog! But pardon me, I am too, sudden-bold ;

Biron. I cannot stay thanksgiving. [Retiring To teach a teacher ill beseemeth me.

Dum. Sir, I pray you, a word : What lady is that Vouchsafe to read the purpose of my coming,

same! And suddenly resolve me in my suit. [Gives a Paper. Boyet. The heir of Alencon, Rosaline her name. King. Madam, I will, if suddenly I may.

Dum. A gallant lady! Monsieur, fare you well. (Esit. Prin. You will the sooner, that I were away ; Long. I beseech you a word ; What is she in the For you'll prove perjar'd, if you make me stay.

white !

[light. Biron. Did not I dance with you in Brabant once ? Boyet. A woman sometimes, an you saw her in the Ros. Did not I dance with you in Brabant once ? Long. Perchance, light in ihe light : I desire her Biron. I know, you did.


(were a shame. Ros.

How needless was it then Boyet. She hath but one for herself; to desire that, To ask the question !

Long. Pray you, sir, whose daughter? Biron.

You must not be so quick, Boyet. Her mother's, I have heard. Ros. "Tis 'long of you that spur me with such Long. God's blessing on your beard. questions.

Boyet. Good sir, be not offended :
Biron. Your wit's too hot,it speeds too fast,'twilltire. She is an heir of Falconbridge.
Ros. Not till it leaves the rider in the mire.

Long. Nay, my choler is ended.
Biron. What time o'day!

She is a most sweet lady. Ros. The hour that fools should ask.

Boyet. Not unlike, sír ; that may be. (Exit Long. Biron. Now fair befall your mask!

Biron, What's her name, in the cap ? Ros. Pair fall the face it covers !

Boyet. Katharine, by good hap. Biron. And send you many lovers!

Biron. Is she wedded, or no ! Ros. Amen, so you be none.

Boyet. To her will, sir, or so. Biron. Nay, then I will he gone.

Biron. You are welcome, sir, adieu ! King. Madam, your father here doth intiinate Boyet. Farewell to me, sir, and welcome to you, The payment of a hundred thousand crowns ;

(Exit Biron-Ladies unmask. Being but the one half of an entire sum,

Mar. That last is Biron, the merry mad-cap lord ; Disbursed by my father in his wars.

Not a word with him but a jest. But say, that he, or we, (as neither have,)


And every jest but a word. Receit'd that sum ; yet there remains unpaid

Prin. It was well done of you to take him at his word. A hundred thousand more ; in surety of the which, Boyet. I was as willing to grapple,as he was to board. One part of Aquitain is bound to us,

Mar. Two hot sheeps, marry! Although not valued to the money's worth.


And wherefore not ships ? It then the king your father will restore

No sheep, sweet lamb, unless we feed on your lips. But that one half which is unsatisfied,

Mar. Yon sheep, and I pasture; Shall that finish the We will give up our right in Aquitain,

Boyet. So you grant pasture for me. (jest? And hold fair friendship with his majesty.

[ Offering to kiss her. But that, it seems, be little parposeth,


Not so, gentle beast; For here he doth demand to have repaid

My lips are no common, though several they be. A hundred thousand crowns; and not demands, Boyet. Belonging to whom? Ou payment of a hundred thousand crowns,


To my fortunes and me. To have his title live in Aquitain;

Prin. Good wits will be jangling : but, gentles, W bieb we much rather had depart withal,

The civil war of wits were much better nsed (agree : And have the money by our father lent,

On Navarre and his book-men; for here 'tis abused. Than Aquitain so gelded as it is.

Boyet. If my observation, (which very seldom lies,) Dear princess, were not his requests so far

By the heart's still rhetoric, disclosed with eyes, From reason's yielding, your fair self should make Deceive me not now, Navarre is infected. A yielding, 'gainst some reason, in my breast,

Prin. With what? And go well satisfied to France again.

Boyet. With that which we lovers entitle, affected. Prin. You do the king my father too much wrong, Prin. Your reason ! And wrong the reputation of your name,

Boyet. Why,all his behaviours did make their retire In so unseeming to confess receipt

To the court of his eye, peeping thorough desire : Of that which hath so faithfully been puid.

His heart, like an agate, with your print impressed And, if you prove it, I'll repay it back, King: I do protest, never heard of i: ;

Proud with his form, in his eye pride expressed,

His tongue, all impatient to speak and not see, Or yield up Aquitain.

Did stumble witla haste in his eyesight to be !

All senses to that sense did make their repair,

Arm. Thy meaning, pretty ingenious! To feel only looking on fairest of fair :

Is not lead a metal heavy, dull, and slow? Methought, all his senses were lock'd in his eye, Moth. Minime, honest inaster; or rather, master, no. As jewels in crystal for some prince to buy ;

Arm. I say, lead is slow. who, tend'ring their own worth, from where they is that iead slow which is fir'd from a gun?

You are too swift, sir, to say so; were glass'd, Did point you to buy them, along you pass'd. Arm. Sweet smoke of rhetoric ! His face's own margent did quote such amazes, He reputes nie a cannon; and the bullet, that's he:That all eyes saw his eyes enchanted with gazes : I shoot thee at the swain. I'll give you Aquitain, and all that is liis,


Thump then, and I flee. An yon give him for my sake but one loving kiss.

(Brit. Prin. Come, to our pavilion : Boyet is dispos'd Arm. A most acute juvenal; voluble and free of Boyet. But to speak that in words, whichi his eye By thy favour, sweet welkin, I must sigh in thy face;

bath disclos'd :
I only have made a mouth of his eye,

Most rode melancholy, valour give the place.
By adding a tongue which I knowy will not lie. My lierald is return'd.
Ros, Thou art an old love-monger, and speak'st

Re-enter Moth and Costard. skilfully. Mar. He is Cupid's grandfather, and learns news Moth. A wonder, master; here's a Costard broken of him.

in a shin. Ros. Then was Venas like her mother; for her Arm. Some enigma, some riddle: come,-thy l'enfather is but grim.

voy ;-begia. Boyet. Do you hear, my mad wencles ?

Cost. No egma, po riddle, no l'envoy, no salve in Mar. No.

the mail, sir : o, sir, plantain, a plain plantain ; no Loyet.

What then, do you see? | P'envoy, no l'envoy, no salve, sir, but a plantain. Ros. Ay, our way to be gone.

Arm. By virtue, thoa enforcest laughter; thy silly Boyet.

You are too hard for me. thought, my spleen; the heaving of my lungs provokes

(Exeunt. me to ridiculous smiling: 0, pardon me, my stars!

Doth the inconsiderate take salve for l'envoy, and the

word, l'envoy, for a salve ? ACT III.

Moth. Do the wise think them other ! is not l'envoy

a salve ? SCENE I. Another Part of the same.

Arm. No, page: it is an epilogue or discourse to Enter Armado and Moth.

make plain Arm. Warble, child ; make passionate my sense of some obscure precedence that hath tofore been sain. hearing.

I will example it : Moth. Concolinel

[Singing. The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, Arm. Sweet air!-Go, tenderness of years ; take Were still at odds, being but three. this key, give enlargement to the swain, bring him There's the moral: Now the l'envoy. festinately hither ; I must employ him in a letter to Moth. I will add the l'envoy : Say the moral again. my love.

Arm. The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, Moth. Master, will you win your love with a French Were still at odds, being but three : brawl!

Moth. Until the goose came out of door, Arm. How mean'st thou ? brawling in French !

And stay'd the odds hy adding four. Moth. No, my complete master : but to jig off a tune Now will I begin your moral, and do you follow with at the tongue's end, canary to it with your feet, humour my l'envoy, it with turning up your eyelids ; sigh a note, and sing The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, a note; sometime through the throat, as if you swal Were still at odds, being but three : lowed love with singing love; sometime through the Arm. Until the goose came out of door, nose, as if you snuffed up love by smelling love ; with Staying the odds by adding four. your hat penthouse-like, o'er the shop of your eyes; Moth. A good l'envoy, ending in the goose ; with your arms crossed on your thin belly-doublet, like Would you desire more?

(that's fat:a rabbit on a spit; or your hands in your pocket, like Cost. The boy hath sold him a bargain, a goose, a man after the old painting; and keep not too long Sir, your pennyworth is good, an your goose be fat. in one tune, but a snip and away: These are com To sell a bargain well, is as cunning as fast and loose : pliments, these are humours; these betray nice Let me see a fat l'envoy; ay, that's a fat goose. wenches-that would be betrayed without these ; and Arm. Come hither, come hither : How did this armake them men of note, (do you note, men ?) that

gument begin ? most are affected to these.

Moth. By saying thata Costard was broken in a shin. Arm. How hast thou purchased this experience ?

Then call'd you for the l'envoy. Moth. By my penny of observation.

Cost. True, and I for a plantain ; Thus came your Arm. But o, but 0,

argument in; Moth.--the hobby-horse is forgot.

Then the boy's fat l'envoy, the goose that you bought; Arm. Callest thou my love, hobby-horse?

And he ended the market. Moth. No, master; the hobby-horse is but a colt, Arm. But tell me ; how was there a Costard broken and your love, perhaps, a hackney. But have you in a shin! forgot your love?

Moth. I will tell you sensibly. Arm. Almost I had.

Cost. Thou hast no feeling of it, Moth ; I will speak Moth. Negligent student ! learn her by heart.

that l'envoy. Arm. By heart, and in heart, boy.

1, Costard, running out, that was safely within, Moth. And ont of heart, master all those three 1 Fell over the threshold, and broke iny shin. will prove.

Arm. We will talk no more of this matter. Arm. What wilt thou prove?

Cost. Till there be more matter in the shin. Moth. A man, if I live and this, by, in, and with Arm. Sirrah Costard, I will enfranchise thee. out, upon the instant: By heart you love her, because Cost. 0, marry me to one Frances :- I smell some your heart cannot come by her: in heart you love her, l'envoy, some goose, in this. because your heart is in love with her; and out of Armi. By my sweet soul, I mean, setting thee at liheart you love her, being out of heart that you cannot berty, enfreedoming thy person ; thou wert immured,

restrained, captivated, bound. Arm. I am all these three.

Cost. True, true; and now you will be my purgaMoth. And three times as much more, and yet no- tion, and let me loose. thing at all!

Arm. I give thee thy liberty, set thee from durance; Arm. Fetch hither the swain; he must carry me a and, in lieu thereof, impose on thee nothing but this: letter.

Bear this significant to the country maid Jaquenetta: Moth. A message well sympathised ; a horse to be there is remuneration ; (Giving him Money for the ambassador for an ass!

best ward of mine bonour, is, rewarding my dependArm. Ha, ha! what sayest thou ?

ants. Moth, follow.

[Exit. Moth. Marry, sir, you must send the ass upon the Moth. Like the sequel, I.--Signior Costard, adien, horse, for he is very slow-gaited : But I go.

Cost. My sweet ounce of man's flesh ! my incony Arm. The way is but short ; away.


[Exit Moth. Moth. As swift as lead, sir.

Now will I look to his remuneration. Remuneration !

enjoy her.

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