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where her shoe, which is baser, guided by her foot, Between lord Perigort and the beauteous heir which is basest, doth tread. "I shall be forsworn of Jacques Falconbridge solemnized, (which is a great argument of falschood,) if I love: In Normandy saw I this Longaville: and how can thai be true love, wh his falsely at- A man of sovereign parts he is esteemid; tempted ? Love is a familiar; love is a devil: there Well filled in the arts, glorious in arms; is no evil angel but love. Yet Samson was so Nothing becoines him ill, that he would well. lempted: and he had an excellent strength : yet The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss, was Solomon so seduced; and he had a very good (It' virtue's gloss will stain with any soil,) wit. Cupid's bull-shall is too hard for Hercules' Is a sharp wit match'd with too blunt a will; club, and therefore too much odds for a Spaniard's Whose edge hath power to cut, whose will still rapier. The first and second cause will not serve
wills my turn; the passado he respects not, the duello It should none spare that come within his power. he regards not: his disgrace is to be called boy ; Prin. Some merry mocking lord, belike; is't so? but his glory is, to subdue men. Alicu, valour! Mar. They say so most, that most his humours rust, rapier! be still, drum! for your manager is
know. in love, yea, he loveth. Assist me, some extem
Prin. Such short-liv'd wits do wither as they poral god of rhyme, for, I am sure, I shall turn son
grow. netteer. Devise wit; write pen ; for I am for whole Who are the rest ? voluines in folio.
[Exit. Kath. The young Dumain, a well-accomplish'd
Most power to do most harm, least knowing ill;
For he hath wit to make an itl shape good, SCENE 1.–Another part of the same. A pavi- I saw hiin at the duke Alençon's once;
And shape to win grace though he had no wit. lion and tents at a distance. Enter the Princess And much too little of that good I saw, of France, Rosaline, Maria, katharine, Boyet, is my report, to his great worthiness. Lords, and other altendants.
Ros. Another of these students at that time Boyet. Now, madam, summon up your dearesta Was there with him: if I have heard a truih, spirits :
Biron they call him: but a merrier man,
For every object that the one doth catch,
The other turns to a mirth-moving jest; Matchless Navarre; the plea of no less weight Which his fair tongue (conceil's expositor,) Than Aquitain; a dowry for a queen.
Deliver's in such apt and gracious words, Be now as prodigal of all dear grace,
That aged ears play truant at his tales,
And younger hearings are quite ravished;
Prin. God bless my ladies! are they all in love ; Prin. Good lord Boyet, my beauty, though but That every one her own hath garnished mcan,
With such bedecking ornaments of praise ?
Now, what admittance, lord ? Than you much willing to be counted wise
Boyet. Navarre had notice of your fair approach; In spending your wit in the praise of inine. And he, and his competitors' in oath, But now to task the tasker, -Good Boyet, Were all address'd' io meet you, gentle lady, You are not ignorant, all-telling fame
Before I came. Marry, thus much I have learnt, Doth noise abroad, Navarre hath made a vow, He rather means to lodge you in the field Till painful study shall out-wear three years, |(Like one that comes here to besiege his court,) No woman may approach his silent court : Than seek a dispensation for his oath, Therefore to us seemeth it a needful course, To let you enter his unpeopled house. Before we enter his forbidden gates,
Here comes Navarre.
[The ladies mask. To know his pleasure, and in that behall, Bold of your worthiness, we single you
Enter King, Longaville, Dumain, Biron, and atAs our best-moving fair solicitor:
tendants. Tell him, the daughter of the king of France, King. Fair princess, welcome to the court of On serious business, craving quick despatch,
Navarre. Importunes personal conference with his grace. Prin. Fair, I give you back again; and, welHaste, signily so much; while we attend, come I have not yet: the roof of this couri is too Like humble-visao'd suitors, his high will. high to be yours; and welcome to the wild fields Boyet. Proud of employment, willingly I go. too base to be mine.
(Erit. King. You shall be welcome, madam, to my Prin. All pride is willing pride, and yours is so.
court. Who are the votaries, my loving lords,
Prin. I will be welcome then; conduct ine That are vow-fellows with this virtuous duke?
thither. 1 Lord. Longaville is one.
King. Hear me, dear lady; I have sworn an oaih. Prin.
Know you the man? Prin. Our lady help my lord! he'll be forsworn. Mar. I know him, madam; at a marriage feast, King. Not for the world, fair madam, by my will. (1) Arrow to shoot at butts with. (2) Best. (3) Confederates. (4) Prepared.
Prin. Why, will shail break it; will, and nothing Boyet. So please your grace, the packet is not else.
come, King. Your ladyship is ignorant what it is. Where that and other specialities are bound, Priñ. Were my lord so, his ignorance were wise. To-morrow you shall have a sight of them. Whered how his knowledge must prove ignorance. King. Ii Shail sullice me: at which interview I hear, your grace hath sworn out house-keeping : All liberal reason I will yield unto. "Tis deadly sin to keep that oath, my lord, Meantime, receive such welcome at my hand, Aad sin to break it:
As honour, without breach of honour, may But pardon me, I am too sudden-bold;
Make tender of to thy true worthiness : To teach a teacher ill beseemeth me.
You may not come, fair princess, in my gates ; Vouchsafe to read the purpose of my coming, But here without you shall be so receiv'd, And suddenly resolve me in my suit.
As you shall deem yourself lodg’d in my heart,
[Gives a paper. Though so denied fair harbour in my house. King. Madam, I will, if suddenly I'may. Your own good thoughts excuse me, and farewell;
Prin. You will the sooner, that I were away; To-morrow shall we visit you again. For you'll prove perjur'd, if you make me stay. Prin. Sweet health and fair desires consort your Bíron. Did not î dance with you in Brabant grace! once ?
King. Thy own wish wish I thee in every place! Rns. Did not I dance with you in Brabant once ?
(Exeunt King and his Train. Biron. I know, you did.
Biron. Lady, I will commend you to my own Ros. How needless was it then
heart. To ask the question!
Ros. 'Pray you, do my commendations ; I would Biron.
You must not be so quick. be glad to see it. Ros. 'Tis ’long of you that spur me with such Biron. I would, you heard it groan ? questions.
Ros. Is the fool sick ? Biron. Your wit's too hot, it speeds too fast, Biron. Sick at heart. 'twill tire.
Rus. Alack, let it blood.
Ros. My physic says, 1.3
Diron. Will you prick’t with your eye ? Biron. Now fair befall your mask!
Ros. No poyni," with Ros, Fair fall the face is covers !
Biron. Now, God save thy life! Biron. And send you many lovers !
Ros. And yours from long living ! Ros. Amen, so you be none.
Biron. I cannot stay thanksgiving. [Retiring. Biron. Nay, then will I be gone.
Dum. Sir, I pray you, a word: What lady is King. Madam, your father here doth intimate,
that same? The payment of a hundred thousand crowns; Boyet. The heir of Alençon, Rosaline her name. Being but the one half of an entire sum,
Dum. A gal'ant lady! Monsieur, fare you well. Disbursed by my father in his wars.
(Erit. Bit say, that he, or we (as neither have,)
Long. I beseech you a word; What is she in Receiv'd that sum ; yet ihere remains unpaid
the white ? A hundred thousand more; in surely of the which, Boyet. A woman sometimes, an you saw her in One part of Aquitain is bound to us,
the light. Although not valued to the money's worth. Long. Perchance, light in the light: I desire her Ir then the king your father will restore But that one hali which is unsatisfied,
Boyet. She hath but one for herself; to desire We will give up our right in Aquitain,
that, were a shame. And hold fair friendship with his majesty.
Lon.. Pray you, sir, whose daughter ? But that, it seerns, he little purposeth,
Boyet. Hier mother's, I have heard.
Long. Gud's blessing on your beard !
Long. Nay, my choler is ended.
Boyet. Vot unlike, sir ; that may be.
(Exit Long. Dear princess, were not his requests so far
Biron. What's her name, in the cap?
Boyel. To her will, sir, or so.
Boyet. Farewell to me, sír, and welcome to you. In so unseeming to confess receipt
[Exit Biron.-Ladies unmask. Of that which hath so faithfully been paid. Mar. That last is Bison, the merry mad-cap lord;
King. I do protest, I never heard of it; Not a word with him but a jest. And, if you prove it, I'll repay it back,
And every jest but a word. Or yield up Aquitain.
Prin. It was well done of you to take him at his Prin. We arrest your word:
word. Boyet, you can produce acquittances,
Boyet. I was as willing to grapple, as he was to For such a sum, from special officers
board. or Charles his father.
Mar. Two hot sheeps, marry!
And wherefore not ships? (1) Whereas. (2) Part.
(3) Ayc, yes.
(4) 1 French particle of negation.
I will prove.
No sheep, sweet lamb, unless we feed on your lips. Arm. How means't thou ? brawling in French ? Mar. You sheep, and I pasture; Shall that finish Moth. No, my complete master: but to jig off the jest ?
a tune at the tongue's end, canarye to it with your Boyet. So you grant pasture for me.
feet, humour it with turning up your eyelids ; sigh
[Ofering to kiss her. a note, and sing a note; sometime ihrough the Mar.
Not so, gentle beast; throat, as if you swallowed love with singing love; My lips are no common, though several' they be sometime through the nose, as if you snuffed up Boyel. Delonging to whom?
love by smelling love; with your hat penthouseMar.
To my fortunes and me. like, o'er the shop of your eyes; with your arms Prin. Good wits will be jangling: but, gentles, crossed on your thin belly-doublet, like a rabbit on agree :
a spit; or your hands in your pocket, like a man The civil war of wits were much better used after the old painting; and keep not too long in On Navarre and his book-men; for here'tis abused. one tune, but a snip and away: These are comBoyet. If my observation (which very seldom plements, these are humours; these betray nice lies,)
wenches-that would be betrayed without these ; By the heart's still rhetoric, disclosed with eyes, and make them men of note (do you note, men ?) Navarre is infected.
that are most affected to these. Prin. With what
Arm. How hast thou purchased this experience ? Boyel. With that which we lovers entitle, affected. Moth. By my penny of observation. Prin. Your reason?
Irm. But 0,--but 0,Boyet. Why, all his behaviours did make their Moth. -the hobby-horse is forgot, retire
Arm. Callest thou my love, hobby-horse ? To the court of his eye, peeping thorough desire : Moth. No, master; the hobby-horse is but a colt, His heart, like an agate, wiih your print impressed, and your love, perhaps, a hackney. But have you Proud with his form, in his eye pride expressed, forgot your love? His tongue, all impatient to speak and not see,
Arm. Almost I had. Did stumble with haste in his eye-sight to be ; Moth. Negligent student ! learn her by heart. All senses to that sense did make their repair, Arn. By heart, and in heart, boy. To feel only looking on fairest of fair:
Moth. And out of heart, master : all those three Methought, all his senses were lock'd in his eye, As jewels in crystal for some prince to buy: Arin. What wilt thou prove? Who, tendering their own worth, from where they Moth. A man, if I live: and this, by, in, and were glassd,
without, upon the instant: By heart you love her, Did point you to buy them, along as you pass’d. because your heart cannot come by her; in heart His face's own margent did quote such amazes, you love her, because your heart is in love with her; That all eyes saw his eyes enchanted with gazes : and out of heart you love her, being out of heart I'll give you Aquitain, and all that is his, that you cannot enjoy her. An you give him for my sake but one loving kiss. Arm. I am all these three. Prin. Come, to our pavilion: Boyet is dispos’d--
Moth. And three times as much more, and yet Boyet. But to speak that in words, which his nothing at all! eye hath disclos’d:
Arm. Fetch hither the swain ; he must carry me I only have made a mouth of his eye,
a letter, By adding a tongue which I know will not lie. Moth. A message well sympathised; a horse to Ros. Thou art an old love-monger, and speak'st be ambassador for an ass ! skilfully.
Arm. Ha, ha! what sayest thou ? Mar. He Cupid's grandfather, and learns Moth. Marry, sir, you must send the ass upon news of him.
the horse, for he is very slow-gaited : But I go. Ros. Then was Venus like her mother; for her
Arm. The way is but short; away. father is but grim.
Moth. As swilt as lead, sir. Boyet. Do you hear, my mad wenches ?
Arm. Thy meaning, pretty ingenious ? Mar.
No. Is not lead a metal heavy, dull, and slow? Boyet.
What then, do you see? Moth. Minimé, honest master; or rather, mas. Ros. Ay, our way to be gone.
ter, no. Boyet,
You are too hard for me. Arm. I say, lead is slow.
(Exeunt. Moth. You are too swist, sir, to say so;
Is that lead slow which is fir'd from a gun ?
Armı. Sweet smoke of rhetoric!
He reputes me a cannon; and the bullet, that's
he:SCENE I.-Another part of the same. Enter
I shoot thee at the swain.
Thump then, and I flee.
(Elit. Arm. Warble, child; make passionate my sense
Arm. A most acute juvenal; voluble and free of hearing.
of grace! Moth. Concolinel
(Singing. By thy favour, sweet welkin, I must sigh in thy face; Arm. Sweet air !–Go, tenderness of years; take Most rude melancholy, valour gives thee place. this key, give enlargement to the swain, bring him My herald is return'd. festinately? hither ; I must employ him in a letter
Re-enter Moth and Costard. to my love.
Moth. Master, will you win your love with a Moth. A wonder, master; here's a Costard French brawl ?"
broken in a shin. A quibble, several signified unenclosed lands. (4) Canary was the name of a sprightly dance, Hastily. (3) A kind of dance.
(5) Quick, ready. (6) A head
Arm. Some enigma, some riddle: come,-thyrance; and, in lieu thereof, impose on thee nothing l'envoy; '-begin.
but this : Bear this significant to the country-maid Cost. No egma, no riddle, no l'envoy; no salve Jaquenetta : there is remuneration ;, [Giving him in the mail, sir: 0, sir, plantain, a plain plantain ; money.) for the best ward of mine honour, is, reno l'enroy, no l'envoy, no salve, sir, but a plantain! warding my dependents. Moth, follow. [Erit.
Arm. By virtue, Thou enforcesi laughter; thy Moth. Like the sequel, 1.-Signior Costard, silly thought, my spleen; the heaving of my lungs adieu. prorokes me to ridiculous smiling: 0, pardon me, Cost. My sweet ounce of man's desh! my incony: my stars! Doth the inconsiderate take salve for
(Erit Mo:h. l'enroy, and the word, l'enroy, for a salve? Now will I look to his remuneration. Remunera
loh. Do the wise think them other ? is not tion! O, that's the Latin word for three farthints: l'envoy a salve ?
three farthings-remuneration.- What's the price Ară. No, page: it is an epilogue or discourse of this inkle? a penny :-No, I'll give you a reto make plain
muneration : why, it carries it.-Remuneration ! Some obscure precedence that hath tofure been why, it is a fairer name than French crown. I will sain.
never buy and sell out of this word. I will example it : The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee,
Enter Biron. Were still at odds, being but three.
Biron. O, my good knave Costard ! exceedingly There's the moral: Now the l'envoy.
well met. Moth. I will add the l'envoy: Say the moral Cost. Pray you, sir, how much carnation ribbon again.
may a man buy for a remuneration ? Arm. The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, Biron. What is a remuneration ? Were still at odds, being but three :
Cost. Marry, sir, hall-penny farthing. Moth. Until the goose came out of door,
Birm. 0, why then, three-farthings-worth of silk. And stay'd the odds by adding four.
Cost. I thank your worship: God be with you! Now will I begin your moral, and do you follow Birun. O, stay, slave; I must employ thee: with my l'enroy.
As thou wilt win my favour, good my kinave, The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, Do one thing for me that I shall entrcat. Were still at odds, being but three:
Cosl. When would you have it done, sir ? Arm. Until the goose came out oi' door,
Biron. O, this aliernocn. Staying the odds by adding tour.
Cost. Well, I will do it, sir: Fare you well. Moth. A good l'envoy, ending in the goose ; Biron. 0, thou knowest not what it is. Would you desire more?
Cost. I shall know, sir, when I have done it. Cost. The boy hath sold him a bargain, a goose, Biron. Why, villain, thou must know tirst. that's fat:
Cost. I will come to your worship to-morrow Sir, your pennyworth is good, an your goose be morning. fit.
Biron. It must be done this asternoon. Hark, To sell a bargain well, is as cunning as fast and slave, it is but this ;Joose :
The princess comes to hunt here in the park, Let me see a fat l'envoy; ay, that's a int goose. And in her train there is a gentle lady; Arm. Come hither, come hither : How did this When tongues speak sweetly, then they name her argument begin?
name, Noth. By saying that a Costard was broken in And Rosaline they call her : ask for her; a shin.
And to her white hand see thou do commend Then callid you for the l'envoy.
This seal’d-up counsel. There's thy guerdon;' go. Cost. True, and I for a plantain; Thus came
[Gives him money. your argument in ;
Cost, Guerdon,-0) sweet guerdon! better than Then the boy's fat l'envoy, the goose that you remuneration; eleven-pence farthing better : Most bou'ht;
sweet guerdon!-I will do it, sir, in print. *-GuerAnd he ended the market.
[Eril. Arm. But tell me; how was there a Costard. Biron. 0 !- And I, forsooth, in love! I, that broken in a shin?
have been love's whip ; Moth. I will tell you sensibly.
A very beadle to a humourous sigh; Cost. Thou hast no feeling of it, Moth; I will A critic; nay, a night-watch constable; speak that l'enroy :
A domineering pedant o'er the boy, 1, Costard, running out, that was safely within, Than whom no mortal so magnificent! Fell over the threshold, and broke iny shin. This whimpled, whining, purblind, wayward boy; Arm. We will talk no more of this matter. This senior-junior, giant-dwars, Dan Cupid; Cost. Till there be no more matter in the shin. Regent of love-rhymes, lord of Tolded arms, Arm. Sirrah Costard, I will enfranchise thee. The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans,
Cost. 0, marry me to one Frances :- I smell Liege of all loiterers and makontents, sotne l'envoy, some goose, in this.
Dread prince of plackets, king of codpieces, Arm. By my sweet soul, I mean, setting thee at Sole imperator, and great general liberty, enfreedoining thy person ; thou wert im- of trotting paritors,my little heart !mured, restrained, captivated, bound.
And I to be a corporal of his field, Cost
. True, true ; and now you will be my pur- And wear his colours like a tumbler's hoop! gation, and let me loose.
What? I! I love! I sue! I seek a wife! Arm. I give thee thy liberty, set thee from du- A woman, that is like a German clock,
(1) An old French term for concluding verses, (4) With the utmost exactness. which served either to convey the moral, or to ad (5) Hooded, veiled. (6) Petticoats. dress the poem to some person.
(7) The officers of the spiritual courts who servo (2) Delightful. (3) Reward. citations.
Still a repairing; ever out of frame;
Enter Costard. And never guing aright, being a watch,
Prin. Here comes a member of the commonBut being watch'd thut it may still go right? wealth. N', io be perjur'd, which is worst of all;
Cost. God dig-you-den' all! Pray you, which is And, anang ihrec, io love the worst of all; the head lady? A whitely wanton with a velvet brow,
Prin. Thou shalt know her, fellow, by the rest Whiwu pilch balls stuck in her face for eves;
that have no heads. Ay, and, by heaven, one that will do the deed, Cos'. Which is the greatest lady, the highest? Though digus verébur eunuch and her guard : Prin. The thickest, and the tallest. And I to sigh for her! to watch for her!
Cust. The thickest, and the tallest! it is so; truth To pray for her! Go to; it is a plague
is truth. Thii Cupid will impose for my neuleet
An your waist, mistress, were as slender as my wit, Oi' his almighty dreadiul little mighi.
One of these maids' girdles for your waist should Well, I will love, write, sigli, pray, sue,
be fit. Soiné men musi love my lady, and soine Joan. Are not you the chief woman? you are the thickest
here. Prin. What's your will, sir? what's your will ? Cost. I have a letter from monsieur Biron, to one
lady Rosaline. ACT IV.
Prin. 0, ihy letter, thy letter; he's a good friend
of mine: SCENE I. Another part of the same. Enter
Stand aside, bearer.-Boyet, you can carve ; the Princess, Rosaline, Maria, Katharine, Boyet,
this capon. Lords, altendants, and a Forester.
I am bound to serve.
This letter is mistook, it importeth none here; Prin. Was that the king, that spurr'd his horse It is writ to Jaquenciia. so hard
We will read it, I swear: Against the steep uprising of the hill ?
Break the neck of the wax, and every one give ear. Boyet. I know not; bui, I think, it was not he. Boyet. [Reads.] By heaven, that thou art fair, Prin. Whoe'er he was, he show'd a mounting is most infallible; true, that thou art beauteous; mind.
truth itself, that thou art lovely: More fairer than Well, lords, to-day we shall have our despatch; Vair, beautiful than beauteous; truer than truth On Saturday Be will return to France.
Titself, haré commiseration on thy heroical rassal! Then, forester, my friend, where is the bush, The magnanimous and most illustrated king CoThat we must stand and play the murderer in? phetua set eye upon the pernicious and indubitate
For. Here by, upon the edge of yonder coppice; beggar Zenelophon; and he it was that might A stand, where you may make the fairest shoot. rightly say, veni, vidi, vici ; which to anatomize in
Prin.' I thank my beau'y, I am fair that shoot, the rulgar (o base and obscure rulgar!) videlicet, And thereupon thou speak'st, the fairest shoot. he came, sau, and overcame : he came, one ; saw,
For. Pardon me, madam, Tor I meant not so. tuo; overcame, three. Who came ?' The hing; Prin. What, what? first praise me, and again Why did he come? to see; Why did he see ? to say, no?
overcome : To whom came he? to the beggar; O short-liv'd pride! Not fair ? alack for wo! What saw he ? the beggar; Who overcame he? For. Yea, madam, fair.
the beggar: The conclusion is victory; On whose Prin.
Nay, never paint me now; side ? the king's : the captive is enriched ; On whose Where fair is not, praise cannot mend the brow. side ? the beggar's; The catastrophe is a nuptial; Here, good my glass, take this for telling true; On whose side? the king's—no, on both one, or
(Giving him money. one in both. I am the king; for so stands the comFair payment for foul words is more than due. parison : thou the beggar; for so witnesselh thy
For. Nothing but fair is that which you inherit. lcaliness. Shall I command thy love? I may
Prin. See, see, my beauty will be savid by merit. Shall I enforce thy love ? I could: Shall I entreut O heresy in fair, fit for these days!
thy love? I will. What shalt thou exchange for A çiving hand, though foul, shall have sair praise.— rars ? robes; For titles, tilles : For thyself, me. But come, the bow:-Now mercy goes to kill, Thus, expecting thy replý, 1 profane my lips on thy A shooting well is then accounted ill.
tool, my eyes on thy picture, and my heart on thy Thus will I save my credit in the shoot:
every part. Not wounding, pity would not let me do't;
Thine, in the dearest design of industry, II wounding, then it was to show my skill,
Don Adriano de Armado. That more for praise, than purpose, meant to kill. Thus dost thou hear the Nemean lion roar. And, out of question, so it is sometimes;
'Gainst thee, thou lamb, that standest as his prey; Glory grows guilty of detested crimes;
Submissive fall his princely feet before, When, for famc's sake, for praise, an outward part,
And he from forage will incline to play: We bend to that the working of the heart:
But if ihou strive, poor soul, what art thou then ? A: I, for praise alone, now seek to spill
Food for his rage, repasture for his den. The poor deer's blood, that my heart means no ill.
Prin. What plume of leathers is he, that indited Boyel. Do not curst wives' hold that self-sove
this letter ? reignty
What vane ? what weathercock? did you ever hear Only for praise sake, when they strive to be
better? Lords o'er their lords? Prin. Only for praise : and praise we may afford Boyet. I am much deceived, but I remember
the style. To any lady that subdues a lord.
Prin. Else your memory is bad, going o'er it
(4) Just now.