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Biron. I'll prove her fair, or talk till dooms-day
here, King. No devil will fright thee then so much as
she. Dum. I never knew man hold vile stuff so dear. Long. Look, here's thy love: my foot and her face see.
[Showing his shoe. Biron. O, if the streets were paved with thine
eyes, Her feet were much too dainty for such tread! Dum. O vile! then as she goes, what upward lies
The street should see as she walk'd over head. King. But what of this ? Are we not all in love? Biron. O, nothing so sure; and thereby all for
sworn. King. Then leave this chat; and, good Birón,
now prove Our loving lawful, and our faith not torn. Dum. Ay, marry, there ;—some flattery for this
evil. Long. O, some authority how to proceed; Some tricks, some quillets, how to cheat the devil.
Dum. Some salve for perjury.
0, 'tis more than need!
s— some quillets,] Quillet is the peculiar word applied to law-chicane.
– affection's men at arms:) i. e. Ye soldiers of affection.
Have found the ground of study's excellence,
caden conteners, as the premid you with ..
7 The nimble spirits in the arteries;] In the old system of physic they gave the same office to the arteries as is now given to the nerves.
s Other slow arts entirely keep the brain ;] As we say, keep the house, or keep their bed. M. Mason.
Above their functions and their offices.
.'- the suspicious head of theft is stopp'd ;] i. e. a lover in pursuit of his mistress has his sense of hearing quicker than a thief (who suspects every sound he hears) in pursuit of his prey. Or, The suspicious head of theft may mean the head suspicious of theft.
cockled-) i. e. inshelled, like the fish called a cockle. * Still climbing trees in the Hesperides?] Our author seems to have thought that the latter word was the name of the garden in which the golden apples were kept: and some of his contemporaries are chargeable with the same inaccuracy.
3- a word that loves all men ;] i. e. that is pleasing to all men.
Or for men's sake, the authors of these women;
field! Biron. Advance your standards, and upon them,
lords; Pell-mell, down with them! but be first advis'd, In conflict that you get the sun of them.
Long. Now to plain-dealing; lay these glozes by: Shall we resolve to woo these girls of France ?
King. And win thern too: therefore let us devise Some entertainment for them in their tents. Biron. First, from the park let us conduct them
thither; Then, homeward, every man attach the hand Of his fair mistress : in the afternoon We will with some strange pastime solace them, Such as the shortness of the time can shape; For revels, dances, masks, and merry hours, Fore-run fair Love, strewing her way with flowers,
King. Away, away! no time shall be omitted, That will be time, and may by us be fitted. Biron. Allons! Allons!-Sow'd cockle reap'd no
corn; And justice always whirls in equal measure : Light wenches may prove plagues to men forsworn; If so, our copper buys no better treasure.
ACT V: SCENE I. Another part of the same. Enter HOLOFERNES, Sir NATHANIEL, and Dull. Hol. Satis quod suffi
Nath. I praise God for you, sir : your reasons at dinner have been* sharp and sententious ; pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, audacious without impudency, learned without opinion, and strange without heresy. I did converse this quondam day with a companion of the king's, who is intituled, nominated, or called, Don Adriano de Armado.
Hol. Novi hominem tanquam te: His humour is lofty, his discourse peremptory, his tongue filed, his eye ambitious, his gait majestical, and his general behaviour vain, ridiculous, and thrasonical. He is too pricked,? too spruce, too affected, too odd, as it were, too peregrinate, as I may call it. Nath. A most singular and choice epithet.
[Takes out his table book.
:4 y our reasons at dinner have been, &c.] I know not well what degree of respect Shakspeare intends to obtain for his vicar, but he has here put into his mouth a finished representation of colloquial excellence. It is very difficult to add any thing to his character of the schoolmaster's table-talk, and perhaps all the precepts of Castiglione will scarcely be found to comprehend a rule for conversation so justly delineated, so widely dilated, and so nicely limited.
It may be proper just to note, that reason here, and in many other places, signifies discourse; and that audacious is used in a good sense for spirited, animated, confident. Opinion is the same with obstinacy or opiniatreté. JOHNSON.
5 without affection,] i.e. without affectation.
He is too picked,] nicely drest.