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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, nor 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, 51
And stay here in your court for three years' space.
Long. You swore to that, Biron, 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
COmamon Sense -
King. Ay; that is study's god-like recompence.
Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study so,
To know the thing I am forbid to know : 6o
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:
Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath,
Study to break it, and not break my troth.
If study's gain be thus, and this be so,
Study knows that, which yet it doth not know : :
Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, no.
Åing. These be the stops that hinder study quite,
And

And train our intelle&ts to vain delight. 71 Biran. Why, all delights are vain; but that most vain,

Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain:
As, painfully to pore upon a book, -
To seek the light of truth; while truth the while |
Doth falsely blind the eye-sight of his look:
Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile :
So, ere you find where light in darkness lies,
Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes.
Study me how to please the eye indeed, 89
By fixing it upon a fairer eye; -
Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed,
And give him light that was it blinded by.
Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,
That will not be deep search'd with saucy looks;
Small have continual plodders ever won,
Save base authority from others’ books.
These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights,
That give a name to every fixed star,
Have no more profit of their shining nights, 9&
Than those that walk and wot not what they are.
Too much to know, is, to know nought but fame;
And every godfather can give a name.
King. How well he's read, to reason against read-
ing !
Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good proceeding t
Hong. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow the
weeding. . -

Biron. The spring is near, when green geese are a breeding. Dum. How follows that Biron. Fit in his place and time. Dum. In reason nothing. 1 Oo Biron, Something then in rhime. Long. Biron 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 Why should I joy in an abortive birth 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, 1 1 O That—were to climb o'er the house.t'unlock the gate. King. Well, sit you out: go home, Biron; 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. Ring. How well this yielding rascues thee from - shame Biron. Item, That no woman shall come within a mise of my court. [Reading.] Hath this been proclaimed Long.

Long. Four days ago. 123
Biron. Let's see the penalty.—On pain of losing her
tongue.—[Reading.] Who devis’d this penalty
Long, Marry, that did I.
Biron, Sweet lord, and why?
Long. To fright them hence with that dread pe-
malty.
Biron. A dangerous law against gentility
Item, [Reading.] If any man be seen to talk with a
woman within the term of three years, he shall endure
such publick shame as the rest of the court can possibly
devise.— - 133
This article, my liege, yourself must break;
For, well you know, here comes in embassy
The French king's daughter, with yourself to speak,
A maid of grace, and complete majesty,+
About surrender-up of Aquitain
To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father:
Therefore this article is made in vain, 14o
Or vainly comes the admired princess hither.
King. What say you, lords? why, this was quite
forgot. -
Biron. So study evermore is overshot;
While it doth study to have what it would,
It doth forget to do the thing it should :
And when it hath the thing it hunteth most,
'Tis won, as towns with fire; so won, so lost.
King. We must, of force, dispense with this decree;
She must lie here on mere necessity.

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Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn 1.59
Three thousand times within this three years
space :
For every man with his affects is born;
Not by might master'd, but by special grace
If I break faith, this word shall speak for me,
I am forsworn on mere necessity.—
So to the laws at large I write my name :
And he, that breaks them in the least degree,
Stands in attainder of eternal shame:
Suggestions are to others, as to me;
But, I believe, although I seem so loth, 16o
I am the last that will last keep his oath.
But is there no quick recreation granted
King. Ay, that there is: our court, you know, is
haunted
With a refined traveller of Spain;
A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain :
One, whom the musick of his own vain tongue
Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony;
A man of compliments, whom right and wrong
Have chose as umpire of their mutiny: 17o
This child of fancy, that Armado hight,
For interim to our studies, shall relate,
In high-born words, the worth of many a knight
From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate. ,
How you delight, my lords, I know not, I ;
But, I protest, I love to hear him lie,
And I will use him for my minstrelsy,
- Biron,

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