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" said swain) I keep her as a vessel of thy law's Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congruent tury; and shall, at the least of thy sweet notice, epitheton, appertaining to thy young days, which

bring her to trial. Thine, in all compliments we may nominate, tender. “ of devoted and heart-burning heat of duty, Moth. And I, tough signior, as an appertinent

“Don ADRIANO DE ARMADO." 5 title to your old time, which we may name Biron. This is not so well as I look'd for, but tough. the best that I ever heard.

Arm. Pretty, and apt. King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrah, Moth. Ilow mean you, sir? I pretty, and my what say you to this?

saying apt? or I apt, and my saying pretty? Cost. Sir, I confess the wench.

10 Arm. Thou preity, because little. King: Did you liear the proclamation?

Moth. Littie pretty, because little: Wherefore Cost. I do confess much of the hearing it, but

pt? little of the marking of it.

Arm. And therefore apt, because quick. King. It was proclaim'd a year's imprisonment Moth. Speak you this in my praise, master ? to be taken with a wench.

15 Arm. In thy condign praise. Cout. I was taken with none,

I was taken Moth. I will praise an eel with the same praise. with a damo el.

Arm. What that an eel is ingenious ? king. Weil, it was proclaimed damosel.

sloth. That an eel is quick. Cost. This was no damosel, neither, sir; she Arm. I do say, thou art quick in answers :was a virgin.

120 Thou heatst my blood. King. It is so varied too; for it was proclaiın'd, Moth. I am answer'd, sir. virgin.

Arm. I love not to be cross'd. Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity; I was Noth. He speaks the mere contrary, cros:es taken with a maid.

hove not him. King. This maid will not serve your turn, sir. 25 Arm. I have promised to study three years Cost. This maid will serve my turn, sir.

with the duke. King. Sir, I will pronounce sentence; You shall Moth. You may do it in an hour, sir. fast a week with bran and water.

Arm. Impossible. Cost. I had rather pray a month with mutton Moth. How many is one thrice told? and porridge.

30 Arm. I am ill at reckoning, it fitteth the spirit King. And DonArmado shall be your keeper.- of a apster. My lord Biron, see him deliver'd o'er.-

Moih. You are a gentleman, and a gamester, sir. Alid go we, lords, to put in practice that

Arm. I confess both; they are both the varnish Which each to other hath so strongly sworn. of a complete man.

[Ereunt:35 Aloth. Then, I am sure, you know how much Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's hat, the gross sumn of deuce-ace amounts to.

These oaths and laws will prove an idle scorn. Arm. It doth amount to one more than two. Sirrah, come on.

Moth. Which the base vulgar do call, three. Cost, I suffer for the truth, sir : for true it is, I Arm. True. was taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is a 40 Moth. Why, sir, is this such a piece of study? true girl; and therefore, Welcome the sour cup of Now here is three studied, ere you'll thrice wink: prosperity! Allliction may one day smile again, and and how easy it is to put years to the word three, till then, Sit thee down, sorrow! [Exeunt. and study three years in two words, the dancing S CE N E II.

Thorse * will tell you.

145 Arm. A most fine figure!
Armado's House.

Mioth. To prove you a cypher.
Enter Armado and Moth,

Arm. I will hereupon confess, I am in love : Arm. Boy, what sign is it, when a man of great and as it is base for a soldier to love, so I am in spirit grows melancholy?

|love with a base wench. If drawing my sword Moih. A great sign, sir, that he will look sad. 150 against the humour of affection would deliver me

Arm. Why, sadness is one and the self-same from the reprobate thought of it, I would take thing, dear imp'.

desire prisoner; and ransom him to any French Mioth. No, no: O lord, sir, no.

courtier for a new-devised court'sy. I think scorn Arm. How canst thou part sadness and melan- to sigh; methinks, I should out-swear Cupid. choly, my tender juvenal??

55 Comfort me, boy; What great men have b.en in Moth. By a familiar demonstration of the work- love? ing, my tough signior.

Moth. Hercules, master. Arm. Why tough signior: why tough signior ? Arm. Most sweet Hercules!—More authority,

Moth. Why tender juvenal ? 'why tender ju- dear boy, name more; and, sweet my child, let venal ?

foolthem be men of good repute and carriage. Imp means his infant or little page. ? i. e. my tender youth.

3 Crosses here mean money. * This alludes to a horse belonging to one Banks, which played many remarkable pranks, and is frequently ment oned by many writers contemporary with Shakspeare,

Dloth.

Jaq. Man.

Moth. Samson, master : he was a man of good Costard safe: and you must let him take no decarriage, great carriage; for he carried the town light, nor no penance; but a' must fast three days gates on his back, like a porter: and he was in a-week: For this damsel, I must keep her at the love.

park; she is allowed for the day-woinan. Fare Arm. O well-knit Samson ! strong-jointed 5 you well. Samson! I do excel thee in my rapier, as much

Arm. I do betray myself with blushing.--Maid. as thou didst me in carrying gates. I am in love too.-Who was Samson's love, my dear Moth? Arm. I will visit thee at the lodge, Moth. A woman, master.

Jng. That's hereby, Arm. Of what complexion?

10 Arm. I know where it is situate. Moth. Of all the four, or the three, or the two: Jaq. Lord, how wise you are! or one of the four.

Arm. I will tell thee wonders.
Arm. Tell me precisely of what complexion? Jag. With that face?
Moth. Of the sea-water green, sir.

Arm. I love thee.
Arm. Is that one of the four complexions ? 15 Jaq. So I heard you say,

Aloth. As I have read, sir; and the best of them Arm. And so farewell. too.

Jaq. Fair weather after you ! Arm. Green, indeed, is the colour of lovers: Dull. Come, Jaquenetta, away. but to have a love of that colour, methinks, Sam

[Ereunt Duli and Jaquenetta. son had small reason for it. He, surely, affected 20 Arm. Villain, thou shalt fast for thy oitences, her for her wit.

ere thou be pardoned. Moth. It was so, sir; for she had a green wit. Cost. Well, sir, I hope when I do it, I shall do

Arm. My love is most immaculate white and lit on a full stomach. red.

Arm. Thou shalt be heavily punished. Moth. Most maculate thoughts, master, are25

Cost. I am more bound to you, than your felmasked under such colours.

lows, for they are but lightly rewarded. Arm. Define, detine, well-educated infant. Arm. Take away this villain; shut him up. Voth. My father's wit, and my mother's tongue,

Mloth. Come, you transgressing slave; away. assist me.

Cost. Let me not be pent up, sir; I will tast, Arm. Sweet invocation of a child; most pretty, 30 being loose. and pathetical!

Moth. No, sir; that were fast and loose: thou Moth. If she be made of white and red, shalt to prison. Her faults will ne'er be known;

Cost. 'Well, if ever I do see the merry days of
For blushing cheeks by faults are bred, desolation that I have seen, some shall sce-

And fears by pale-white shown: 35 Moth. What shall some see?
Then, if she fear, or be to blame,

Cost. Nay, nothing, master Motlı, but what they
By this you shall not know;

look upon. It is not for prisoners to be silent i For still her cheeks possess the same,

their words; and, therefore, I will say nothing; Which native she doth owe.

I thank God, I have as little patience as another A dangerous rhime, master, against the reason of 40 man; and therefore I can be quiet. white and red.

[Exeunt och and Costard. Arm. Is there not a ballad, boy, of the King and Arm. I do affect the very ground, which is base, the Beggar?

where her shoe, which is baser, guided by her Moth. The world was very guilty of such a bal- foot, which is basest, doth tread, I shall be forlad some three ages since: but, I think, now, 'tis 45 sworn, (which is a great argument of falshood) if not to be found; or, if it were, it would neither I love: And how can that be true love, which is serve for the writing, vor the tune.

falsely attempted? Love is a familiar; love is a Arm. I will have that subject newly writ o'er, devil: there is no evil angel but love. Yet Samthat liay example my digression' by some mighty son was so tempted ; and he had an excelleut "precedent. Boy, I do love that country girl, that 50 strength: yet was Solomon so seduced; and he I took in the park with the rational hind Costard; bad a very good wit. Cupid's butt-shaft is too hard she deserves well.

for Hercules' club, and therefore too much odds Aloth. To be whipp’d; and yet a better love for a Spaniard's rapier. The first and second cause than my master.

[Aside. will not serve my turn; the passado he respects Arm. Sing, boy; my spirit grows heavy in love.55 not,the duello he regards not; his disgrace is to be

Moth. And that's great marvel, loving a light cali’d boy; but his glory is, to subdue men. Adieu, wench.

valour! 'rust, rapier ! 'be still, drum! for your Arm. I say, sing.

manager is in love; yea, he loveth. · Assist me Moth. Forbear, till this company be past.

iome extemporal god of rhime, for I am sure, I Enter Dull, Costard, and Jaquenetta.

160 shall turn sonneteer. Devise, wit; write, pen; for Dull. Sir, the duke's pleasure is, that you keepl li am for whole volumes in folio. [Exit. Digression here signifies the act of going out of the right way:

: That is, love.

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Is a sharp wit match'd' with too blunt a will; Before the King of Navarre's Palace.

Whose edge hath power to cut, whose will still wills

It should none spare that come within his power. Enter the Princess of France, Rosaline, Maria,

Prin. Some merry mocking lord belike; is't so? Katharine, Boyet, Lords, and other Attendants.

Mar. They say so most, that most his humours Boyet. Now, madam, sunmon up your dearest know.

[grow. spirits;

Prin. Such short-liv'd wits do wither as they Consider who the king your father sends ;

Who are the rest ?

[youth, To whom he sends; and what's his embassy: Kath. The young Dumain, a well-accomplish'd Yourself, held precious in the world's esteem; 10 Of all that virtue love for virtue lov'd: To parley with the sole inheritor

Most power to do most harm, least knowing ill; Of all perfections that a man may owe,

For he hath wit to make an ill shape good, Matchless Navarre; the plea of no less weight And shape to win grace though he had no wit. Than Aquitain, a dowry for a queen.

I saw him at the duke Alençon's once; Be now as prodigal of all dear grace,

15 And much too little, of that good I saw, As nature was in making graces dear,

Is my report to his great worthiness. When she did starve the general world beside, Ros. Another of these students at that time And prodigally gave them all to you. [mean, Was there with him, as I have heard a truth;

Prin. Good lord Boyet, my beauty, though but Biron they call him; but a merrier man,
Ne ds not the painted flourish of your praise; 20 Within the limit of becoming mirth,
Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye,

I never spent an hour's talk withal:
Not utter'd by base sale of chapmen's' tongues: His eye begets occasion for his wit;
I am less.proud to hear you tell my worth, For every object that the one doth catch,
Than you much willing to be counted wise The other turns to a mirth-moving jest;
In spending thus your wit in praise of mine. 25 Which his fair tongue (conceit's expositor)
But now to task the tasker,--Good Boyet, Delivers in such apt and gracious words,
You are not ignorant, all-telling fame

That aged ears play truant at his tales,
Doth noise abroad, Navarre hath made a vow, And younger hearings are quite ravished;
Till painful study shall out-wear three years, So sweet and voluble is his discourse.
No woman may approach his silent court: 30 Prin. God bless my ladies! are they all in love;
Therefore to us seemneth it a needful course, That every one her own hath garnished
Before we enter his forbidden gates,

With such bedecking ornaments of praise? To know his pleasure; and, in that behalf,

Mar. Here comes Boyet. Bold of your worthiness, we single you

Re-enter Boyet. As our best-moving fair solicitor :

351 Prin. Now, what admittance, lord ? Tell him, the daughter of the king of France, Boyet. Navarre had notice of your fair approach; On serious business, craving quick dispatch, And he and his competitors in oath Importunes personal conference with his grace. Were all address'd* to meet you, gentle lady, Haste, signify so much; while we attend, Before I came. Marry, thus much I have learnt, Like humble-visag'd suitors, his high will. 40 He rather means to lodge you in the field, Boyet. Proud of employment, willingly I go. (Like one that comes here to besiege his court)

Exit. Than seek a dispensation for his oath, Prin. All pride is willing pride, and yours is s0.- To let you enter his unpeopled house. Who are the votaries, my loving lords,

Here comes Navarre. That are vow-fellows with this.virtuous duke? 45 Enter the King, Longaville, Dumain, Biron, and Lord. Longaville is one.

Äitendants. Prin. Know you the man?

King, Fair princess, welcome to the court of Mar. I knew him, madam; at a marriage feast,

Navarre. Between lord Perigort and the beauteous heir Prin. Fair, I give you back again; and, welOf Jaques Faulconbridge soleninized, 50 come I have not yet ; the roof of this court is too In Normandy saw I this Longaville:

high to be yours; and welcome to the wide fields, A man of sovereign parts he is esteem'd;

too base to be mine. Well fitted in the arts, glorious in arms:

King. You shall be welcome, madam, to my Nothing becomes him ill, that he would well.

court. The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss,

155 Prin. I will be welcome then; conduct me (If virtue's gloss will stain with any soil)

thither. Cheap or cheping was anciently the market; chapman therefore is marketman. * i. e. well qualified. 3i. e. joined. * i. e. were prepared.

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King. Hear me, dear lady; I have sworn an And

wrong the reputation of your name, oath.

in so unseeming to confess receipt
Prin. Our Lady help my lord! he'll be forsworo. Of that which bath so faithfully been paid.
King. Notfor the world, fair madam, hymy wil. king. I do protest, I never heard of it;
Prin. Why, will shall break it; will, and no- 5 And, if you prove it, l'il repay it back,
thing else.

Or vield up Aquitain.
King. Your ladyship is ignorant what it is. Prin. We arrest your word:-

Prin. Were my lord so, his ignorance were wise, Boyet, you can produce acquittances,
Where now his knowledge must prove ignorance. For such a sum, from special officers
I hear, your grace hath sworn-out house-hteping: 100f Charles his father.
'Tis deadly sin to keep that oath, my lord, King. Satisfy me so.

(come, And sin to break it:

Boret. So p ease your grace, the packet is not But pardon me, I am too sudden bold;

Where that and other specialties are bound; To teach a teacher ill beseemeth me.

To-morrow you shall have a sight of them, Vouchsafe to read the purpose of my coming, 15 King. It shall suffice me; at which interview, And suddenly resolve me in my suit.

Al liberal reason I will yield unto. hing. Madam, I wil, if suddenly I may. Mean time, receive such welcome at my hand,

Prin. You will the sooner, that I were away; As honour, without breach of honour may For you'll prove perjur'd, if you make me stay. Make tender of to thy true worthiness:

Biron. Did not luance with you in Brabantonce? 20 You may not come, fair princess, in my gates; Ros. Did not I dance with you in Brabant once? But here without you shall be so receiv'd, Biron. I know, you did.

As you shall deem yourself lodg’d in my heart, Ros. How needless was it then

Though so deny'd fair harbour in my house. To ask the question!

Your own good thoughts excuse me, and farewell; Biron. You must not be so quick.

25 To-morrow we shall visit you again. [grace! Ros. 'Tis long of you, that spur me with such Prin.Sweet health and fair desires consort your questions.

[tire. King. Thy own wish, wish I thee in every place! Biron. Your wit's too hot, it speeds toofast,'twill

[Exit. Ros. Not till it leave the rider in the mire. Biron. Lady, I will commend you to my own Biron. What time o' day?

30 Ros. I pray you, do my commendations; [heart. Pos. The hour that fools should ask.

I would be glad to see it. Biron. Now fair befall your mask!

Biron. I would, you heard it groan., Ros. Fair fall the face it covers!

Ros. Is the fool sick? Biron. And send you many lovers!

Biron. Sick at the heart. Ros. Amen; so you be none.

35 Ros. Alack, let it blood. Biron. Nay, then will I be gone.

Biron. Would that do it good ?
King. Madam, your father here doth intimate Ros. My physick says, I.
The payment of a hundred thousand crowns; Biron. Will you prick 't with your eye?
Being but the one half of an entire sum

Ros. Non poynt, with my

knife. Disbursed by my father in bis wars.

40 Biron. Now, God save thy life! But say, that he, or we, (as peither have)

Ros. And yours from long living! Receiv'd that sum; yet there remains unpaid Biron. I cannot stay thanksgiving.. A hundred thousand more, in surety of the which Dum. Sir, I pray you, a word; What lady is One part of Aquitain is hound to us,

that same? Although not valu'd to the money's worth. Boyet. The heir of Alençon, Rosaline her name, If then the king your father will restore

Dum. A gallant lady! Vonsieur, fare you well. But that one hali which is unsatisfy'd,

[Exita We will give up our right in Aquitain,

Long. I beseech you, a word; What is she in And hold fair friendship with his majesty.

the white

(the light. But that, it seems, he little purposeth,

501 Boyet. A woman sometimes, an you saw her in For here he doth demand to have repaid

Long. Perchance, light in the light: I desire A hundred thousand crowns; and not demands,

her name. On payment of a hundred thousand crowns, Boyet. She hath but one for herself; to desire To have his title live in Aquitain;

that, were a shame. Which we much rather had depart' withal, 155 Long. Pray you, sir, whose daughter? And have the money by our father lent,

Boyet. Her mother's, I have heard. Than Aquitain so gelded as it is.

Long. God's blessing on your beard!
Dear princess, were not his requests so far

Boyet. Good sir, be not oilended:
From reason's yielding, your fair self should make She is an heir of Faulconbridge.
A yielding, 'gainst some reason in my breast. 60. Long. Nay, my choler is ended.
And go well satisfied to France again.

She is a most sweet lady.
Prin. You do the king my fathertoo much wrong, Boyet Not unlike, sir; that may be. [Ex. Long,
Depart is here synonymous to part with,

Biron, 2

Biron. What's her name in the cap?

His heart, like ar: agat, with your print impressed, Boyet. Katharine, by good hap.

Proud with his form, in his eye pride expressed: Biron. Is she wedded, or no?

His tongue, all impatient to speak and not see, Boyet. To her wili, sir, or so.

Did stumble with haste in his eye-sight to be; Biron. You are welcome, sir; adieu! 5 All senses to that sense did make their repair, Boyet. Farewell to me, sir, and welcome to you. To feel only looking on fairest of fair:

[Erit Biron Methought, all his senses were lock'd in his eye, Mar. That last is Biron, the merry mad-caplord; As jewels in crystal for some prince to buy; Not a word with him but a jest.

Who, tendering their own worth, from whence Boyet. And every jest but a word. [word. 10 they were glass'd, Prin. It was well done of you to take him at his Did point out to buy them, along as you pass'd. Boyet. I was as willing to grapple, as be was to His face's own margent did quote such amazes, Mär. Two hot sheeps, marry! [board. That all eyes saw his eyes inchanted with gazes: Boyet. And wherefore not ships?

P'll give you Aquitain, and all that is his, Nosheep, sweet lamb, unless we feed on your lips. 15 An you give him for my sake but one loving kiss.

Mur. You sheep, and I pasture; shall ibat finish Prin. Come, to our pavilion: Boyet is dispos'de Boyet. So you grant pasture for me. [thejest? Boyet. But to speak that in words, which his Mar. Not so, gentle beast;

eye hath disclos'd: My lips are no common, though several' they be. I only have made a mouth of his eye, Boyet. Belonging to whom?

20 By adding a tongue which I know will not lye. Mar. To my fortunes and me. [agree: Ros. Thou art an old love-monger, and speak'st Prin. Good wits will be jangling: but, gentlus,

skilfully. The civil war of wits were much better used

Mar. He is Cupid's grandfather, and learns On Navarre and his bookinen; for here'tis abused.

news of him. Boyet. Ifmyobservation, (which very seldomlyes) 25 Ros. Then was Venus like her mother; for ber By the heart's still rhetorick, disclosed with eyes,

father is but grim. Deceive me not now, Navarre is iniected.

Boyet. Do you hear, iny mad wenches? Prin. With what?

[fected. Mar. No. Boyet. With that which we lovers intiile af- Boytt. What then, do you see? Prin. Your reason?

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Ros. Ay; our way to be gone. Boyet. Why, all his behaviours did make their Boyet. You are too hard for me. To the court of his eye, peeping thorough desire:

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|feet, humour it with turning up your eyelids; The Park; near the Palace.

sigh a note, and sing a note ; sometime through

the throat, as if you swallowed love with singing Enter Armudo and Moth.

45 love; sometime through the nose, as if you snutt'd Arm. WARBLE, child; make passionate my op love by smelling love with your bat, pentsense of hearing

house-like, o'er the shop of your eyes; with your Moth. Concolinile

[Singing arms crossid on your thin-belly doublet, like a drm. Sweet air!-Go, tenderness of years : rabbit on a spit; or your hands in your pocket, take this key, give enlargement to the swain, bring 50 like a man after the old painting; and keep not him festinately? liither; I must employ bim in a loo long in one tune, but a snip aud away: These detter to my love.

are complements’, these are humours: these beMioth. Master, will you win your love with a tray nice wenches—that would be betray'd withFrench brawl?

out these ; and make the men of note, (do you Arm. How mean'st thou? brawling in French:55 note mien?)that are most affected to these. Mloth. No, my compleat master; but to jig off Arm. How bast thou purchas'd this experience? a tune at the tongue's end, canary * to it with your Moth. By my penny of observation.

! This word, which is provincial, and ought to be spelt severell, means those fields which are alternately sown with corn, and during that time are kept severell, or severed, from the field which lies fallow, and is appropriated to the grazing of cattle, not by a fence, but by the care of the cowherd or shepherd, in which the town-bull only is allowed to range unmolested. ? That is, hastily. kind of dance. Canary was the name of a sprightly nimble dance. si, e. accomplishments. • The meaning is, that they not only inveigle the young girls, but make the men taken notice of too, who affect them.

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