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" For, by thy gracious, golden, glittering “ Since you have shore streams,

“ With shears his thread of silk. “ I trust to taste of truest Thisby's sight.

“ Tongue, not a word :“ But stay ;-0 spite!

“ Come, trusty sword ; “ But mark ;-Poor knight,

“ Come, blade, my breast imbrue: ** What dreadful dole is here?

" And farewell, friends ; “ Eyes, do you see?

Thus Thisby ends : “ How can it be?

“Adieu, adieu, adieu.”

[Dies. “ dainty duck! O dear!

The. Moonshine, and lion are left to bury “ Thy mantle good,

the dead. “ What, stain'd with blood ?

Dem. Ay,

and wall too. “ Approach, ye furies fell!

Bot. No, I assure you ; the wall is down that * O fates! come, come;

parted their fathers. Will it please you to see “ Cut thread and thrum ;* *

the epilogue, or to hear a Bergomask dance, Quail, crush, conclude, and quell!!" between two of our company? The. This passion, and the death of a dear The. No epilogue, I pray you; for your play friend, would go near to make a man look sad. needs no excuse. Never excuse ; for when the

Hip. Beshrew my heart, but I pity the man. players are all dead, there need none to be Pyr. “0, wheretore, nature, didst thou lions blamed. Marry, if he that writ it, had play'd frame?

Pyramus, and hanged himself in Thisbe's gar“Since lion vile hath here deflour'd my dear: ter, it would bave been a fine tragedy: and so " Which is-no, no—which was the fairest it is, truly; and very notably discharged. But dame,

come, your Bergomask: let your epilogue “That liv'd, that lov'd, that lik’d, that look'd

alone. [Here a dance of Clowns. with cheer.

The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve: “ Come, tears, confound;

Lovers, to bed ; 'tis almost fairy time. “ Out, sword, and wound

I fear we shall out-sleep the coming morn, " The pap of Pyramus:

As much as we this night have overwatch'd. Ay, that left lap,

This palpable-gross play hath well beguil'd « Where heart doth hop:

The heavy gait* of night.–Sweet friends, to " Thus die I, thus, thus, thus.

bed.« Now am I dead,

A fortnight hold we this solemnity, * Now am I fled;

In nightly revels, and new jollity. (Exeunt , “ My soul is in the sky: Tongue, lose thy light!

SCENE II.-Enter Puck. “ Moon, take thy flight! “Now die, die, die, die, die.

Puck. Now the hungry lion roars,

And the wolf behowls the moon; (Dies.-Exit MOONSHINE. Dem. No die, but an ace, for him; for he is

Whilst the heavy ploughman snores, but one.

All with weary task fordone.t Lys. Less than an ace, man; for he is dead;

Now the wasted brands do glow, he is nothing.

Whilst the scritch-owl, scritching loud, The. With the help of a surgeon, he might

Puts the wretch, that lies in woe, yet recover, and prove an ass.

In remembrance of a shroud. Hip. How chance moonshine is gone, before

Now it is the time of night, Thisbe comes back and finds her lover?

That the graves, all gaping wide, The. She will find him by star-light.--Here

Every one lets forth his sprite, she comes; and her passion ends the play.

In the church-way paths to glide:

And we fairies, that do run
Enter ThisBE.

By the triple Hecat's team,
Hip. Methinks, she should not use a 'long

From the presence of the sun,

Following darkness like a dream, one, for such a Pyramus: I hope, she will be

Now are frolic; not a mouse brief.

Shall disturb this hallow'd house:
Dem. A mote will turn the balance, which
Pyramus, which Thisbe, is the better.

I am sent, with broom, before,

To sweep the dust behind the door. Lys. She hath spied him already with those sweet eges.

Enter OBERON and TITANIA, with their Truin. Dem. And thus she moans, videlicet.Asleep, my love?

Obe. Through this house give glimmering “ What, dead, my dove?

By the dead and drowsy tire: (light, “ O Pyramus, arise,

Every elf, and fairy sprite, “ Speak, speak. Quite dumb ?

Hop as light as bird from brier; Dead, dead? A tomb

And this ditty, after me, " Must cover thy sweet eyes.

Sing and dance it trippingly. “ These lily brows,

Tita. First, rehearse this song by rote ; “ This cherry nose,

To each word a warbling note, “ These yellow cowslip cheeks,

Hand in hand, with fairy grace, Are gone, are gone:

Will we sing, and bless this place. “ Lovers, make moan! “ His eyes were green as leeks.

Song, and DANCE. “ ( sisters three,

Obe. Now, until the break of day, " Come, come, to me,

Through this house each fairy stray. “ With hands as pale as milk;

To the best bride-bed will we, “ Lay them in gore,

Which by us shall blessed be; Coarse yarn. + Destroy. Countenance.

* Progress




And the issue, there create,

Meet me all by break of day. Ever shall be fortunate.

[Exeunt OBERON, TITANIA, and Train So shall all the couples three

Puck. If we shadows have offended, Ever true in loving be:

Think but this, (and all is mended,) And the blots of nature's hand

That you hare but slumber'd here, Shall not in their issue stand;

While these visions did appear. Never mole, hare-lip, nor scar,

And this weak and idle theme, Nor mark prodigious,* such as are

No more yielding but a dream, Despised in nativity,

Gentles, do not reprehend; Shall upon their children be.

If you pardon, we will mend. With this field-dew consecrate,

And, as I'm an honest Puck, Every fairy take his gait;t

If we have unearned luck And each several chamber bless,

Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue, Through this palace with sweet peace :

We will make amends ere long : E'er shall it in safety rest,

Else the Puck a liar call.
And the owner of it blest.

So, good night unto you all.
Trip away;

Give me your hands, if we be friends,
Make no stay;

And Robin shall restore amends. (Exit. * Portentous.

+ Way.



FERDINAND, King of Navarre.

Moth, Page to Armado. Biron,



BOYET, Lords, attending on the Princess ROSALINE, | Ladies, attending on the Prin-
MERCADE, of France,


JAQUENETTA, a Country Wench.

Officers, and Others, Attendants on the King HOLOFERNES, a Schoolmaster.

and Princess. DULL, a Constable. COSTÁRD, a Clown.

Scene, Navarre,


in jest.


But there are other strict observances : SCENE 1.–Navarre.-- A Park, with a Palace As, not to see a woman in that term; in it.

Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there :

And, one day in a week to touch no food; Enter the KING, BIRON, LONGAVILLE, und And' but one meal on every day beside; Dumain.

The which, I hope, is not enrolled there : King. Let fame, that all hunt after in their And then, to sleep but three hours in the night, lives,

And not be seen to wink of all the day; Live register'd upon our brazen tombs, (When I was wont to think no harm all night, And then grace us in the disgrace of death ; And make a dark night too of half the day ;) When, spite of cormorant devouring time, Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there: The endeavour of this present breath may buyo, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep; That honour, which shall bate his scythe's Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep. keen edge,

King. Your oath is pass'd to pass away And make us heirs of all eternity.

from these. Therefore, brave conquerors !-for so you are, Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an if you That war against your own affections,

I only swore, to study with yourgrace, (please; And the huge army of the world's desires, And stay here in your court for three years' Our late edict shall strongly stand in force :

space. Navarre shall be the wonder of the world; Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the Our court shall be a little Academe,

rest. Still and contemplative in living art.

Biron. By yea and nay, Sir, then I swore You three, Birón, Dumain, and Longaville, Have sworn for three years' term to live with What is the end of study ? let me know.

King. Why, that to know, which else we My fellow-scholars, and to keep those statutes,

should not know. That are recorded in this schedule here: Biron. Things hid and barr'd, you mean, Your oaths are past, and now subscribe your

from common sense? names ;

King. Ay, that is study's god-like recomThat his own hand may strike his honour down,

pense, That violates the smallest branch herein:

Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study If you are arm'd to do, as sworn to do, To know the thing I am forbid to know: [so Subscribe to your deep oath, and keep it too. As thus-To study where I well may dine, Long. I am resolv'd: 'tis but a three years' When I to feast expressly am forbid; fast;

Or, study where to meet some mistress fine, The mind shall banquet, though the body pine: When mistresses from common sense are hid: Fat paunches have lean pates; and dainty bits Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath, Make rich the ribs, but bank'rout quite the Study to break it, and not break my troth. wits.

If study's gain be thus, and this be so, Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortified; Study knows that, which yet it doth not know: The grosser manner of these world's delights Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, no. He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves : King. These be the stops that hinder study To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die;

quite, With all these living in philosophy,

And train our intellects to vain delight. Biron. I can but say their protestation over, Biron. Why, all delights are vain; but that So mncb, dear liege, I have already sworn,

most vain, That is, To live and study here three years. Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain :


pamially to pore upon a book, (while | This article, my liege, yourself must break; To seek the light of truth; while truth the For, well you know, here comes in embassy Doth falsely* blind the eyesight of his look : The French king's daughter, with yourself to Light, seeking light, doth light of light be- speak, guile :

A maid of grace, and complete majesty,So, ere you find where light in darkness lies, About surrender-up of Aquitain Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes. To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father: Study me how to please the eye indeed, Therefore this article is made in vain, By fixing it upon a fairer eye;,

Or vainly comes the admired princess hither. Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed, King. What say you, lords ? 'why, this was And give him light that was it blinded by.

quite forgot. Study is like the heaven's glorious sun, Biron. So study evermore is overshot; That will not be deep-search'd with saucy While it doth study to have what it would, Jooks;

It doth forget to do the thing it should : Small have continual plodders ever won, And when it hath the thing it hunteth most,

Save base authority from others' books. 'Tis won, as towns with fire; so won, so lost. These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights, King. We must, of force, dispense with this That give a name to every fixed star,

decree; Have no more profit of their shining nights, She must lie* here on mere necessity. Than those that walk, and wot not what Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn they are.

[fame; Three thousand times within this three Too much to know, is, to know nought but

years' space: And every godfather can give a name. For every man with his affects is born ; King. How well he's read, to reason against Not by might master'd, but by special grace: reading !

If I break faith, this word shall speak for me, Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good pro- I am forsworn on mere necessity. ceeding!

So to the laws at large I write my name: Long. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow

[Subscribes. the weeding.

And he, that breaks them in the least degree, Biron. The spring is near, when green geese Stands in attainder of eternal shame: are a breeding.

Suggestions are to others, as to me; Dum. How follows that?

But, I believe, although I seem so loath, Biron, Fit in his place and time.

I am the last that will last keep his oath. Drm. In reason nothing.

But is there no quickt recreation granted ? Biron. Something then in rhyme.

King. Ay, that there is : our court, you Long. Biron is like an envious sneapingt know, is haunted frost,

With a refined traveller of Spain; That bites the first-born infants of the spring. A man in all the world's new fashion planted, Biron. Well, say I am ; why should proud That hath a mint of phrases in his brain : summer boast,

One, whom the music of his own vain tongue Before the birds have any cause to sing ? Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony; Why should I joy in an abortive birth ? A man of complements, whoni right and wrong AtChristmas I no more desire a rose (shows; Have chose as umpire of their mutiny: Than wish a snow in May's new fangled This child of fancy, that Armado hight, $ But like of each thing, that in season grows. For interim to our studies, shall relate, So you, to study now it is too late,

In high-born words, the worth of many a knight Climb o'er the house to unlock the little gate. From tawny Spain, lost in the world's deKing. Well, sit you out: go home, Biron;

bate. adieu!

How you delight, my lor is, I know not, I ; Biron. No, my good lord; I have sworn to But, I protest, I love to hear him lie, stay with you:

And I will use him for my ininstrelsy. And, though I have for barbarism spokemore, Biron. Armado is a most illustrious wight,

Than for that angel knowledge you can say, A man of fire-new words, fasbion's own knight. Yet confident I'll keep what I have swore, Long. Costard the swain, and he, shall be And bide the penance of each three years' day.

our sport; Give me the paper, let me read the same; And, so to study, three years is but short. And to the strict'st decrees I'll write my name. King. How well this yielding rescues thee

Enter Dull, with a letter, and COSTARD. from shame!

Dull. Which is the duke's own person? Biron., ( Reads) Item, That no woman shall Biron. This, fellow; What would'st ? come within a mile of my court.-

Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, And hath this been proclaim'd ?

for I am his grace's tharborough :|| but I would Long. Four days ago. Biron. Let's see the penalty.

see his own person in flesh and blood.

Biron. This is he. (Reads-On pain of losing her tongue.

Dull. Signior Arme-Arme-commends you, Who devis'd this?

There's villany abroad ; "this letter will tell Long. Marry, that did 1.

you more. Biron. Sweet lord, and why?

Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touchLong. To fright them hence with that dread ing me. penalty.

King. A letter from the magnificent Armado. Biron. A dangerous law against gentility. Biron. How low soever the matter, I bope [Reads.] Item, If any man be seen to talk in God for bigh words. with a woman within the term of three yeurs, he Long. A high hope for a low having : God shall endure such public shame as the rest of the grant us patience! court can possibly devise. Dishonestly, treacherously.

Reside. + Temptations. Lively, sprightly.
Games, sports.


nl i. e, Third-borough, a peace officer.

Biron. To hear? or forbear hearing?

Dull. Me, an't shall please you; I am Antony Long. To hear meekly, Sir, and to laugh mo- Dull. derately; or to forbear both.

King. For Jaquenetta, ( so is the weaker vessel Biron. Well, Sir, be it as the style shall give called, which I apprehended with the aforesaid us cause to climb to the merriness.

swain,) I keep her as a vessel of thy law's fury; Cost. The matter is to me, Sir, as concerning and shall, at the leust of thy sweet notice, bring Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken her to trial. Thine, in all compliments of devoted with the manner.*

and heart-burning heat of duty, Biron. In what manner?

DON ADRIANO DE ARMADO. Cost. In manner and form following, Sir; all Biron. This is not so well as I looked for, those three: I was seen with her in the manor but the best that ever I heard. house, sitting with her upon the form, and taken King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrah, following her into the park;

which, put toge- what say you to this? ther, is, in manner and form following. Now, Cost. Sir, I confess the wench. Sir, for the manner,-it is the manner of a man King. Did you hear the proclamation ? to speak to a woman : for the form,-in some Cost. I do confess much of the hearing it, form.

but little of the marking of it. Biron. For the following, Sir?

King. It was proclaimed a year's imprisonCost. As it shall follow in my correction; And ment, to be taken with a wench. God defend the right!

Cost. I was taken with none, Sir, I was taken King. Will you hear this letter with atten. with a damosel. tion ?

King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel. Biron. As we would hear an oracle.

Cosť. This was no damosel neither, Sir ; she Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken was a virgin. after the flesh.

King. It is so varied too; for it was proKing. [Reads.), Great deputy, the welkin's claimed, virgin. ricegerent, and sole dominator of Navarre, my Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity; I was soul's earth's God, and body's fostering patron, taken with a maid. Cost. Not a word of Costard yet.

King. This maid will not serve your turn, Sir. King. So it is,-

Cost. This maid will serve my turn, Sir. Cost. It may be so: but if he say it is so, he King. Sir, I will pronounce your sentence; is, in telling true, but so, so.

You shall fast a week with bran and water, King. Peace.

Cost. I had rather pray a month with mutton Cost.-be to me, and every man that dares and porridge. not fight!

King. And Don Armado shall be your keeper. King. No words.

-My lord Biron see him deliver'd o'er.-Cost. -of other men's secrets, I beseech you. And go we, lords, to put in practice that

King. So it is, besieged with sable-coloured Which' each' to other hath so strongly melancholy, I did commend the bluck-oppressing humour to the most wholesome physic of thy [Exeunt KING, LONGAVILLE, and DUMAIN, health-giring air ; and, as I am a gentleman, be- Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's took myself to walk. The time when? About the


(scorn.sixth hour ; when beasts most graze, birds best These oaths and laws will prove an idle peck, and men sit down to that nourishment which Sirrah, come on. is called supper. So much for the time when : Cost. I suffer for the truth, Sir: for true it is, Now for the ground which; which, I mean, II was taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta walked upon: it is ycleped thy park. Then for is a true girl; and therefore, Welcome the sour the place where ; where, I mean, I did encounter cup of prosperity! Affliction may one day smile that obscene and most preposterous event, that again, and till then, Sit thee down, sorrow! draweth from my snow white pen the ebon-coloured

[Exeunt. ink, which here thou viewest, beholdest, surveyest, or seest: But to the place, where, -It standeth SCENE II.-Another part of the same.--ARnorth-north-east and by east from the west corner

MADO's House. of thy curious-knotted garden: There did I see

Enter ARMADO and Moth. that low-spirited swain, thut base minnow of thy mirth,

Arm. Boy, what sign is it, when a man of Cost. Me.

great spirit grows melancholy? King. -that unietter'd small-knowing soul, Moth. A great sign, Sir, that he will look sad. Cost. Me.

Arm. Why, sadness is one and the self-same King. —that shallow vassal,

thing, dear imp. Cost. Still me.

Moth. No, no; O lord, Sir, no. King. --which, as I remember, hight Costard, Arm. How canst thou part sadness and me. Cost. O me!

lancholy, my tender juvenal ?* King. --sorted und consorted, contrary to thy Moth. By a familiar demonstration of the established proclaimed edict and continent canon, working, my tough senior. trith-with-0 withbut with this I passion to Arm. Why tough senior ? why tough senior ? say wherewith.

Moth. Why tender juvenal ? why tender ju. Cost. With a wench.

venal ? King. -with a child of our grandmother Eve, Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a cona female ; or, for thy more sweet understunding, gruent epitheton, appertaining to thy young e roman, Him 1(as my ever-esteemed duty days, which we may nominate tender. pricks me on) hare sent to thee, to receive the Moth. And I, tough senior, as an appertimeed of punishment, by thy sweet grace's officer, nent title to your old time, which we may name Antony Dull; a man of good repute, carriage, tough. bearing, and estimation.

Årm. Pretty, and apt.

* Young man.


. In the fact.

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