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LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST.

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Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Domain

France.

> ladies, attending on the princess.

King. LET fame, that all hunt after in their lives, Live register'd upon our brazen tombs, And then grace us in the disgrace of death; When, spite of cormorant devouring time, The endeavour of this present breath diay buy That honour, which shall bate his scythe's keen edge, And make us heirs of all eternity Therefore, brave conquerors !--for so you are, That war against your own affections, And the huge army of the world's desiresOur late edíct shall strongly stand in force : Navarre shall be the wonder of the world; Our court shall be a little académe, Süill and contemplative in living art. You three, Birón, Dumain, and Longaville, Have sworn for three years term to live with me,

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princess.

Scene, Navarre.

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ACT I.

SCENE I. Navarre. A purk, with

in it.

Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, an

King. LET fame, that all hunt after in their 1 Live register'd upon our brazen tombs, And then grace us in the disgrace of deat When, spite of cormorant devouring time The endeavour of this present breath may That honour, which shall bate his scythe's And make us heirs of all eternity. Therefore, brave conquerors !for so you That war against your owu affections, And the huge army of the world's desires, Our late edíct shall strongly stand in forc Navarre shall be the wonder of the worlu Our court shall be a little académie, Still and contemplative in living art. You three, Birón, Dumain, and Longavill Have sworn for three years' term to live w

LOVE'S

Act I. W-scholars, and to keep those statutes, : recorded in this schedule here: ths are past, and now subscribe your names; 3 own hand may strike his honour down, lates the smallest branch herein: tre arm'd to do, as sworn to do, je to your deep oath, and keep it too. , I am resolv'd: 'tis but a three years' fast; id shall banquet, though the body pine: nches have lean pates : and dainty bits ch the ribs, but bank'rout quite the wits. . My loving lord, Dumain is mortified ; sser manner of these world's delights ws upon the gross world's baser slaves : , to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die; I these living in philosophy. R. I cap but say their protestation over, h, dear liege, I have already sworn,

To live and study here three years. ere are other strict observances : t to see a woman in that term;

I hope well, is not enrolled there : ne day in a week to touch no food; It one meal on every day beside; rich, I hope, is not enrolled there: en, to sleep but three hours in the night, ot be seen to wink of all the day;

I was wont to think no harm all night, ake a dark night too of half the day); , I hope well, is not enrolled there : se are barren tasks, too hard to keep ; see ladies, study, fast, not sleep. . Your oath is pass'd to pass away frot m. Let me say no, my liege, an if you please; swore, to study with your grace, ay here in your court for three years' space. 3. You swore to that, Biron, and to the te m. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore

jest. s the end of study? let me kuow.

Scene I. LABOUR'S LOST. . 163
King. Why, that to know, which else we should

not know,
Biron. Things hid and barr'd, you mean, from

common sense;
King. Ay, that is study's god-like recompense.

Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study so,
To know the thing I am forbid to know:
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 swom too hard-a-keeping oath,
Study to break it, and not break my troth.
If study's gain be thus, and this be so,
Sludy knows that, which get it doth not know:
Swear me to this, and I will neer say, 10.

King. These be the stops that hinder study quite,
And train our intellects to vain delight.
Biron. 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 wbile
Dotlı falsely* blind the eyesight 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,

By fixing it upon a fairer eye;
Who dazzling so, that eye sliall 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,

Than those that walk, and wot not what they are.

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not know. Biron. Things hid and barr’d, you

common sense; King. Ay, that is study's god-like re

Biron. Come on then, I will swear t To know the thing I am forbid to know: As thus-To study where I well may dir

When I to feast expressly am forbid; Or, study where to meet some mistress f

When mistresses from common sense a Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oat Study to break it, and not break my troti If study's gain be thus, and this be so, Study knows that, which yet it doth not Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, n

King. These be the stops that hinder And train our intellects to vain delight. Biron. Why, all delights are vain; bu

vain, Which, with pain purchas'd, doth ipheri As, painfully to pore upon a book,

To seek the light of truth; while truth Dotlı falsely* blind the eyesight of his lo

Light, seeking light, doth light of light
So, ere you find where light in darkness 1
Your light grows dark by losing of your e
Study me how to please the eye indeed,

By fixing it upon a fairer eye;
Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his hee

And give him light that was it blinded
Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,

That will not be deep-search'd with sau Small have continual plodders ever won,

Save base authority from others' books. These earthly godfathers of heaven's light

That give a name to every fixed star, Have no more profit of their shining nights

Than those that walk, and wot not what

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A Tour days ago
Biron. Let's see the penalty
[Reads.).-On pain of losing her tongue.--

Who devis'd this?
Long. Marry, that did I.
Biron. Sweet lord, and why?
Long. To fright them hence with that dread pe

nalty.
Biron. A dangerous law against gentility.
[Reads.] Item, If any man be seen to talk with
a woman within the term of three years, he shall
endure such public shame as the rest of the court

uch to know, is, to know nought but fame;
Fery godfather can give a name.
5. How well he's read, to reason against reade

ing!
2. Proceeded weil, to stop all good proceed.

ing! 3. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow the

weeding. on. The spring is near, when green geese are

a breeding. m. How follows that? on.

Fit in his place and time. n. In reason nothing. on.

Something then in rhyme. g. Biron is like an envious sneaping* frost, That bites the first-born infants of the spring. on. Well, say I am; why should proud sum.

mer boast, Before the birds have any cause to sing? hould I joy in an abortive birth? ristmas I no more desire a rose wish a snow in May's new-fangled showst; ke of each thing, that in season grows. 7, to study now it is too late, o'er the house to unlock the little gate. 8. Well, sit you out: go home, Birón; adieu! on. No, my good lord; I have sworn to stay

with you: though I have for barbarism spoke more, 11 for that angel knowledge you can say, onfident I'll keep what I have swore,

bide the penance of each three years' day. me the paper, let me read the same; co the strict'st decrees I'll write my name. eg. How well this yielding rescues thee

shame!' on. [Reads.] Item, That no woman within a mile of my court. nath this been proclaim'd?

Bitor: Loth study the thing it untetli maostiosta

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,

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 shonld:
And when it hath the thing it hunteth most,
'Tis won, as towns with fire; so won, so lost.
King. We must, of force, Uispense with this de

cree;
She must lie* here on mere necessity.
Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn
Three thousand times within this three years'

space:
For every man with his affects is born:
HIT 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
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