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LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST.
king of Navarre.
} lords, attending on the king.
lords, attending on the princess of
France. 10 de Armado, a fantastical Spaniard. el, a curate. , a schoolmaster. nstable.
clown. eto Armado.
Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Domain
> 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,
, a country wench.
nd others, attendants on the king and
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LC
SCENE I. Navarre. A purk, with
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
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.
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Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study so,
When I to feast expressly am forbid;
When mistresses from common sense are hid:
King. These be the stops that hinder study quite,
To seek the light of truth; while truth the wbile
Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile:
By fixing it upon a fairer eye;
And give him light that was it blinded by,
That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks ;
Save base authority from others' books.
That give a name to every fixed star,
Than those that walk, and wot not what they are.
Smali h will not be caven's gloridtblinded by.
• Dishonestly, treacherously,
King. Why, that to know, which el
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
By fixing it upon a fairer eye;
And give him light that was it blinded
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
* Dishonestly, treacherously,
A Tour days ago
Who devis'd this?
uch to know, is, to know nought but fame;
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
A maid of grace, and complete majesty,
To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father:
Or vainly comes the admired princess hither.