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marry, I will think nothing to any purpose that the || dance ere we are married, that we may lighten our world can say against it ; and therefore never flout at own hearts, and our wives' heels. me for what I have said against it; for man is a giddy Leon. We'll have dancing afterwards. thing, and this is my conclusion. For thy part, Bene. First o' my word ; therefore, play, music.Claudio, I did think to have beaten thee ; but in that Prince, thou art sad ; get thee a wife, get thee a wife: thou art like to be my kinsman, live unbruised, and there is no staff' more reverend than one tipped with love my cousin.

horn. Claud. I had well hoped, thou would'st have denied

Enter Messenger. Beatrice, that I might have cudgelled thee out of thy Mess. My lord, your brother John is ta'en in flight, single life, to make thee a double dealer : which, out

And brought with armed men back to Messina. of question, thou wilt be, if my cousin do not look ex Bene. Think not on him till to-morrow ; I'll devise ceeding narrowly to thee.

thee brave punishments for him.-Strike up, pipers. Bene. Come, come, we are friends :- let's have a

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LET fame, that all hunt after in their lives,

ACT I.

The which, I hope, is not enrolled there :

And then, to sleep but three hours in the night, SCENE 1.- Navarre. A Park, with a palace in it. And not be seen to wink of all the day; Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain.

(When I was wont to think no harm al) night,

And make a dark night too of half the day ;)
King.

Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there :

O, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep; Live register'd upon our brazen tombs,

Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep. And then grace us in the disgrace of death;

King. Your oath is pass'd to pass away from these. When spite of cormorant devouring time,

Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an if you please; The endeavour of this present breath may buy I only swore, to study with your grace, That honoar, which shall bate his scythe's keen edge, and stay here in your court for three years' space. And make us heirs of all eternity.

Lon. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest. Therefore, brave conquerors !--for so you are,

Biron. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in jest.That war against your own affections,

What is the end of study? let me know. [koow. And the huge army of the world's desires,

king. Why, that to know, which else we should not Our late edict shall strongly stand in force :

Biron. Things lid and barr'd, you mean, from conNavarre shall be the wonder of the world;

mon sense? Our court shall be a little Academe ;

King. Ay, that is study's god-like recompense. Still and contemplative in living art.

Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study 80, Year three, Biron, Dumain, and Longaville,

To know the thing I am forbid to know : Have sword for three years' term to live with me, As thus, – To study where I well may dine, My fellow-scholars, and to keep those statutes,

When I to feast expressly am forbid ; That are recorded in this schedule here:

Or, study where to meet some mistress fine, Foar oaths are past, and now subseribe your names ;

When mistresses from common sense are hid : That his own hand may strike his honour down, Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath, That violates the smallest branch herein :

Study to break it, and not break my troth.
If you are arm'd to do, as sworn to do,

If study's gain be thus, and this be so,
Stubscribe to your deep oath, and keep it too. Study knows that, which yet it doth not know:
Lon. I am resolvd : 'tis but a three years' fast;

Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, no.
The ruind shall banquet, though the body pine: king. These be the stops that hinder study quite,
Ha paunehes have lean pates; and dainty bits And train our intellects to vain delight.
Make rich the ribs, but bank'ront quite the wits. Biron. Why, all delights are vain; but that most
Duam. My loving lord, Dumain is mortified;

vain, The grosser manner of these world's delights

Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain : He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves : As, painfully to pore upon a book, To love, to wealth, to pomp, 1 pine and die;

To seek the light of truth ; while truth the while With all these living in philosoplıy.

Doth falsely blind the eye-sight of his look : Biren. I can but say their protestation over,

Light, seeking light, doch light of light beguile : So much, dear liege, I have already sworn,

So, ere you find where gut in darkness lies, That is, To live and study here three years,

Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes. But there are other strict observances :

Seudly me how to please the cre inderd, As, not to see a woman in that term;

By fixing it upon a fairusive; Wlich, I hope well, is not enrolled there :

Who dazzling 50, that eye shall b bis herd, And, one day in a week to touch no food;

And give him light that was it blinded by. And here one meal on every day beside ;

Study is like the heavens glorious sun);

That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks ; 'Tis won, as towns with fire; so won, so lost. Small have continual plodders ever won,

King. We must, of force, dispense with this decree; Save base authority from others' books.

She must lie here on mere necessity, These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights,

Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn That give a name to every fixed star,

Three thousand times within this three years' space: Have no more profit of their shining nights,

For every man with his affects is born ; Than those that walk, and wot not what they are.

Not by might masterd, but by special grace: Too much to know, is, to know nought but fame;

If I break faith, this word shall speak for me, , And every godfather can give a name.

I am forsworn on mere necessity.King. How well he's read, to reason against read.

So to the laws at large I write my name: [Subscribes. ing!

And he, that breaks them in the least degree,
Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good proceeding! Stands in attainder of eternal shame:
Lon. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow the

Suggestions are to others, as to me;
Weedling

But, I believe, although I seem so loth,
Biron. The spring is ncar, when green geese are a

I am the last that will last keep his oath. breeding.

But is there no quick recreation grauted ? Dum. How follows that?

King. Ay, that there is: our court, you know, is Biron. Fit in his place and time.

haunted Dum. In reason nothing.

With a refined traveller of Spain;
Biron.
Something then in rhyme.

A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
Lon. Biron is like an envious sncaping frost,

That hath a mint of phrases in his brain : That bites the first-born infants of the spring,

One, whom the music of his own vain tongue Biron. Well, say I am: why should proud summer

Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony;

A man of complements, whom right and wrong boast, Before the birls have any cause to sing ?

Have chose as umpire of their mutiny: Why should I joy in an abortive birth?

This chiid of fancy, that Armado hight, At Christmas I no more desire a rose,

For interim to our studies, shall relaté, Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows;

In high-born words, the worth of many a knight But like of each thing, that in season grows.

From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate. So you, to study now it is too late,

How you delight, my lords, I know not, I ;
Climb o'er the house t' unlock the little gate.

But I protest, I love to hear him lie,
King. Well, set you out : go home, Biron; adieu ! And I will use him for my minstrelsy.
Biron. No, my good lord ; I have sworn to stay with Biron. Armado is a most illustrious wight,

A man of fire-new words, fashion's own knight.
you:
And, though I bave for barbarism spoke more,

Lon. Costard the swain, and he, shall be our sport; Than for that angel knowledge you can say,

And, so to study, three years is but short. Yet confident I'll keep what I have swore,

Enter Dull, with a letier, and Costard. And 'bide the penance of each three years' day.

Dull. Which is the Duke's own person? Give me the paper, let me read the same;

Biron. This, fellow ; What would'st? And to the strict'st decrees I'll write my name.

Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for I am King. How well this yielding rescues thee from his grace's tharborough: but I would see his own per shame!

son in flesh and blood. Biron. [Reads.] Item, That no woman shall come Biron. This is he. within a mile of my court.-And hath this been pro Dull. Signior Arme-Arme-commends you. There's claim'd ?

villany abroad. this letter will tell you more. Lon. Four days ago.

Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching me. Biron. Let's see the penalty.-[Reads.] On pain of King. A letter from the magnificent Armado. losing her tongue-Who devis d this?

Biron. How low soever the matter, I hope in God Lon. Marry, that did I.

for high words. Biron.

Sweet lord, and why? Lon. A high hope for a low having: God grant us Lon. To fright them hence with that dread penalty, paticutee! Biron. A dangerous law against gentility.

Biron. To hear? or forbear hearing? (Reads.] Item. If any man be seen to talk with a Lon. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh moderately ; woman within the term of three years, he shall endure

or to forbear both. such public shame as the rest of the court can possibly

Biron. Well, sir, be it as the style shall give us cause devise.

to climb in the merriness. -This article, my liege, yourself must break;

Cost. The matter is to me, sir, as concerning Jaque For, well you know, here comes in embassy netta. The manner of it is, I was taken with the The French king's daughter, with yourself to speak,A maid of grace, and complete majesty,

Biron. In what inanner? About surrender-up of Aquitain

Cost. In manner and form following, sir; all those To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father:

three: I was seen with her in the manor house, sitting Therefore this article is made in vain,

with her upon the form, and taken following her into Or vainly comes the admired princess hither, the park; which, put together, is, in manner and form King. What say you, lords ? why, this was quite following. Now, sir, for the manner,-it is the man forgot.

per of a man to speak to a woman: for the form,-in Biron. So study evermore is overshot ;

some form. While it doth study to have what it would,

Biron. For the following, sir? It doth forget to do the thing it should :

Cost. As it shall follow in my correction ; And God And when it hath the thing it hunteth most,

defend the right!

manner.

King. Will you hear this letter with attention?, Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity; I was taken Biren. As we would hear an oracle.

with a maid. Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken af King. This maid will not serve your turn, sir. ter the flesh.

Cost. This maid will serve my turn, sir. King. (Reads.) Great deputy, the welkin's vierge King. Sir, I will pronounce your sentence; You rent, and sole dominator of Navarre, my soul's earth's shall fast a week with bran and water. Ged, and body's fostering patron,

Cost. I had rather pray a month with mutton and Cost. Not a word of Costard yet.

porridge. King. So it is,

King. And Don Armado shall be your keeper.Cast. It may be so: but if he say it is so, he is, in My lord Biron, see him deliver'd o'er.telling true, but 90, SO.

And go we lords, to put in practice that King. Peace.

Which each to other hath so strongly sworn. Cart -be to me, and every man that dares not fight!

[Exe, King, Longaville, and Dumain. King. No words.

Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's hat, Cast. of other men's secrets, I beseech you.

These vaths and laws will prove an idle scorn. King. So it is, besieged with sable-coloured melan Sirrah, come on. ckoly, I did commend the black-oppressing humour to Cost. I suffer for the truth. sir: for true it is, I was the most wholesome physic of thy health-giving air ; taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is a true girl; end, as I am a gentleman, betook myself to walk. and therefore, Welcome the sour cup of prosperity ! The time when? About the sixth hour; when beasts | Afiction may one day smile again, and till then, Sit TEOSE graze, birds best peck, and men sit down to that thee down, sorrow!

[Eveunt. nourishment which is called supper. So much for the

SCENE II.- Another part of the same. Armado's time when : Now for the ground which; which, I

House. Enter Arinado and Moth. Bicar, I walked upon : it is ycleped, thy park. Then for the place where ; where, I mean, I did encounter

Arm. Boy, what sign is it, when a man of great ited tobscene and most preposterous event, that drme spirit grows melancholy? es from my snom-white pen the ebon-coloured ink,

Moth. A great sign, sir, that he will look sad. thick here thou viewest, beholdest, surveyest, or scest :

Arm. Why, sadness is one and the self-same thing,

dear imp. But to the place, where - It standeth north-north-cast

Moth. No, no; O lord, sir, no. od by cast from the west corner of thy curious-knotteed garden : There did I see that lon-spirited swain.

Arm. How canst thou part satiness and melancholy, the base minnow of thy mnirth. [Cost. Me ) that un

my tender juvenal ? letter'd small-knoring soul, [Cost. Me.] that shallow

Moth. By a familiar deinonstration of the working; 00338], [Cast. Sull me.) which, as I remember, hight my tough senior. Catferd, [Cost. O me!) sorted and consorted, contrary

Arm. Why tough senior? why tough senior? to thy retonished proclaimed edict and continent can

Moth. Why tender juvenal? why tender juvenal ? 62, zithrith,-0 withbut with this I passion to

Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congruent epikay wherewith,

theton, appertaining to thy young days, which we may

nominate tender. Cort. With a wench. King. -rith a child of our grandmother Eve, a for

Moth. And I, tough senior, as an appertinent title male; or, for thy more sweet understanding, a wo

to your old time, which we may name tough. mar. Him I (as my ever-esteemed duty pricks me

Arm. Pretty, and apt. on) have sent to thee, to receive the meed of punish- apr? or I apt, and my saying pretty?

Moth. How mean you, sir? I pretty, and iny saying tutat, by thy sweet grace's officer, Antony Dull; a man Agued resute, carriage, bearing, and estimation.

Arm. Thou pretty, because liule.

Moth. Little pretty, because little : Wherefore apt? Dull. Me, an't shall pleast you; I am Antony Dull.

Arm. And therefore apt, because quick. King. For Jaquenetta, (80 is the weaker vessel call

Moth. Speak you this in my praise, master? zakirh I a sprehended with the aforesaid swain,) I

Arm. In thy condign praise. kera ker as a tessel of thy imu's fury; and shall, at

Moth. I will praise an eel with the same praise. the least of thy sweet notice, bring her to trial. Thine,

Arm. What? that an cel is ingenious ? el compliments of devoted and heart-burning heat

Moth. That an eel is quick.
Don Adriano de Armado.

Arm. I do say, thou art quick in answers: Tbora Biren. This is not so well as I looked for, but the

heatest my blood.Bere that ever I heard.

Moth. I am answered, sir. King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrah, what

Arr. I love not to be crossed. af Ton to this?

Moth. He speaks the mere contrary, crosses love Cest. Sir, I confess the wench.

not him.

[ Aside. King. Did you hear the proclamation?

Arm. I have promised to study three years with the Cast. I do confeas much of the hearing it, but little duke. of the marking of it.

Moth. You may do it in an hour, sir. King. It was proelaimed a year's imprisonment, to Arm. Impossible. betakrn with a wench.

Moth. How many is one thrice told? Cest. I was taken with none, sir, I was taken with a Arm. I am ill at reckoning, it fitteth the spirit of a

tapster. King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel.

Moth. You are a gentleman, and a gamester, sir. Cust. This was no damosel neither, sir ; she was a Arm. I confess both; they are both the varnish of irgin.

a complete man. King. It is so varied 100; for it was proclaimed,

Mioth. Then, I am sure, you know how much the gross sun of dence ace amounts to.

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arm. It doth amount to one niore than two. dent. Boy, I do love that country girl, that I took iri Moth. Which the base vulgar do call, three. the park with the rational hind Costard; she deserves Arm. True.

well,Moh. Why, sir, is this such a piece of study? Now Moth. To be whipped ; and yet a better love than bere is three studied, ere you'll thrice wink: and how my master.

(Aside. easy it is to put years to the word three, and study Arm. Sing, boy; my spirit grows heavy in love. three years in two words, the dancing-horse will tell Moth. And that's great marvel, loving a light wench. you.

Arm. I say, sing. Arm. A most fine figure !

Moth. Forbear till this

company be past. Moth. To prove you a cypher.

[ Aside.

Enter Dull, Costard, and Jaquenetta. Arm. I will hereupon confess, I am in love: and, as it is base for a soldier to love, so am I in love with

Dull. Sir, the duke's pleasure is, that you keep Cos: a base wench. If drawing my sword against the hu

tard safe : and you must let bim take no debight, nor mour of affection would deliver me from the repro

no penance; but a' must fast three days a-week: For bate thought of it, I would take desire prisoner, and

this damsel, I must keep her at the park ; she is allow. ransom him to any French courtier for a new devised

ed for the day-woman. Fare you well. courtesy. I think scorn to sigh ; methinks, I should Arm. I do betray myself with blushing.-Maid.. out-swear Cupid.-Comfort me, boy: What great men

Jaq. Man.

Arm. I will visit thee at the lodge. have been in love? Muth. Hercules, master.

Jaq. That's hereby. Arm. Most sweet Hercules ! -- More authority, dear

Arm. I know where it is situate. boy, name more ; and, sweet my child, let them be Jaq. Lord, how wise you are ! men of good repute and carriage.

Arm. I will tell thee wonders. Moth. Samson, master : he was a man of good car Jaq. With that face? riage, great carriage ; for he carried the town-gates on

Arm. I love thee. his back, like a porter: and he was in love.

Jaq. So I heard you say.

Arm. And so farewell. Arm. O well-knit Samson! strong jointed Samson! I do excel thee in my rapier, as much as thou Jaq. Fair weather after you! didst me in carrying gates. I am in love too.-Who Dull. Come, Jaquenetta, away. (Ex. Doll and Jaq. was Saiason's love, iny dear moth?

Arm. Villain, thou shalt fast for thy offences, ere Moth. A woman, master.

thou be pardoned. Arm. Of what complexion ?

Cost. Well, sir, I hope, when I do it, I shall do it on Moth. Of all the four, or the three, or the two; or

a full stomach. one of the four.

Arm. Thou shalt be heavily punished. Arm. Tell ine precisely of what complexion ?

Cost. I am more bound to you, than your fellows, Moth. Of the sea-water green, sir.

for they are but lightly rewarded. Arm. Is that one of the four complexions ?

Arm. Take away this

in; shut him up. Moth. As I have read, sir; and the best of them

Moth. Come, you transgressing slave; away. too.

Cost. Let me not be pent up, sir ; I will fast, being Arm. Green, indeed, is the colour of lovers : but to

loose. bave a love of that colour, methinks, Sanison had Moth. No, sir; that were fast and loose : thou shalt small reason for it. He, surely, affectal her for her to prison. wit.

Cust. Well, if ever I do see the merry days of deso Moth. It was so, sir ; for she had a green wit.

lation that I have seen, some shall see

Moth. What shall some sce?
Arm. My love is most immaculate white and red.
Moth. Most maculate thoughts, master, are masked

Cost. Nay, nothing, master Moth, but what they under such colours

Jook upon. It is not for prisoners to be too silent in Arm. Define, define, well-educated infant. their words; and, therefore, I will say nothing : 1 Moth. My father's wit, and my

mother's
tongue, as-

thank God, I have as little patience as another man ; sist me!

and, therefore I can be quiet. Arm. Sweet invocation of a child; most pretty, and

[Exeunt Moth and Costand. pathetical!

Arm. I do affect the very ground, which is base, Moth. If she be made of white and red,

where her shoe, which is baser, guided by her foot, Her faults will ne'er be known;

which is lasest, doth invad. I shall be forsworn, (which For blushing cheeks by faults are bred, is a great argument of falsehood,) if I love: And how And fears by pale-white shown:

can that be true love, which is falsely attempted ? Then, if she fear, or be to blame,

Love is a familiar; love is a devil; there is no evil By this you shall not know;

ang I but love. Yet Samson was so tempted; and For still her cheeks possess

the
saine,

he had an excellent strength: yet was Solomon so se Which native she doth owe.

duced ; and he had a very good wit. Cupid's buttA dangerous rhynie, master, against the reason of white shaft is too hard for Hercules' club, and therefore too and red.

much odds for a Spaniard's rapier. The first and sto Arm. Is there not a ballad, boy, of the King and the ond cause will not suve my turd ; the passado he re Beggar?

spects not, the duello he regards not : his disgrace is Moth. The world was very guilty of such a ballad to be called boy ; but his glory is, to subdue men. some three ages since: but, I think, low 'tis not to be dieu, valour! rust, rapier! be still, drum! for your found ; or, if it were, it would neither serve for the manager is in love ; yea, he loveth. Assist me, soine writing, nor the tune.

extemporal god of rlıyme, for, I am sure, I shall tun Arm. I will have the subject newly writ o'er, that sonnetecr. Devise, wit; write, pen; for I am for I may example my digressiou by some mighty prece whole volumes in folio.

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