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lords, attending on the princess of
France. 10 de Armado, a fantastical Spaniard. el, a curate.
a schoolmaster. nstable. clown. to Armado.
SCENE I. Navarre. A purk, with a palace
Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Domain
ladies, attending on the princess.
, a country wench. nd others, attendants on the king and
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 tlıree years' term to live w
W-scholars, and to keep those statutes,
Dames; 3 own hand may strike his honour down, lates the smallest branch herein: ire 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. n. I can but say their protestation over, h, dear liege, I have already sworn,
To live and study here three years. ere are other strict observances : [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, t 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 from these. 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 rest. m. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in
jest. .s the end of study? let me kuow.
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,
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 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;
And give him light that was it blinded by.
That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks ; Small have continual plodders ever won,
Save base anthority from others' books.
That give a name to every fixed star,
Than those that walk, and wot not what they are.
King. Why, that to know, which els
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—so study where I well may dira
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 ivheri As, painfully to pore upon a book,
To seek the light of truth; while truth Doth 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,
uch to know, is, to know nought but fame; Fery godfather can give a name. Sot 5. How well he's read, to reason against read2. Proceeded well, to stop all good proceed
ing! 5. He weeds the corn, and still lets
weeding. on. The spring is near, when green geese are
a breeding. n. How follows that?
Fit in his place and time. n. In reason nothing. on.
Something thien in rhyme. g. Biron is like an envious sneaping* frost, Chat 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. g. Well, sit you out: go home, Birón; adieu! on. No, my good lord; I have sworn to stay 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 from
shame! con. [Reads.] Item, That no woman shall within a mile of my court. ath this been proclaim'd?
Biron. Let's see the penalty.
Who devis a this!
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.
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 do
стее; ; 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; 11v 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