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Is a sharp wit match'd' with too blunt a will; Before the King of Naturre's Palace.

Whose edge hath power to cut, whose will still wills

It should none spare that come within his power. Enter the Princess of France, Rosaline, Maria,

Prin. Some inerry mocking lord belike; is't so? Katharine, Boyet, Lords, and other Attendants.

Mar. They say so most, that most his humours Boyet. Now, madam, summon up your dearest


[grow. spirits;

Prin. Such short-liv'd wits do wither as they Consider who the king your father sends ;

Who are the rest?

[youth, To whom he sends; and what's his embassy: Kath. The young Dumain, a well-accomplish d Yourself, held precious in the world's esteem; 10 Of all that virtue love for virtue lord: To parley with the sole inheritor


power to'do most harm, lea-t knowing ill; Of all perfections that a man may owe,

For he hath wit to make an ill shape gooil, Matchless Navarre; the plea of no less weight And shape to win grace though he had no wit. Than Aquitain, a dowry for a queen.

I saw hiin at the duke Alençon's once; Be now as prodigal of all dear grace,

15 And much too little, of that good I saw, As nature was in making graces dear,

Is my report to his great worthiness.
When she did starve the general world beside, Ros. Another of these students at that time
And prodigally gave them all to you. (mean, Was there with him, as I have heard a truth;

Prin. Good lord Boyet, my beauty, though but Biron they call him; but a merrier man,
Needs not the painted tlourish of your praise; 20 Within the limit of becoming mirth,
Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye, I nerer spent an hour's talk withal:
Not uiter'd by base sale of chapmen's' tongues: His eye begets occasion for his wit;
I am less proud to hear you tell my worth, For every onject that the one doth catch,
Than you much willing to be counted wise The other turns to a mirth-moving jest;
In spending thus your wit in praise of mine, 25 Which his fair tongue (conceit's expositor)
But now to task the tasker,--Good Boyet, Delivers in such apt and gracious words,
You are not ignorant, all-telling fame

That aged ears play truant at his tales,
Doth noise abroad, Navarre hath made a vow, And younger bearings are quite ravished;
Till painful study shall out-wear three years, So sweet and voluble is his discourse.
No woman may approach his silent court : 301 Prin. God bless my ladies! are they all in love;
Therefore to us seemeth it a needful course, That every one her own hath garnished
Before we enter his forbidden gates,

With such bedecking ornaments of praise? To know his pleasure; and, in that behalf,

Mar. Here comes Boyet. Bold of your worthiness, we single you

Re-enter Boyet. As our best-moving fair solicitor :

33 Prin. Now, what admittance, lord ? Tell him, the daughter of the king of France, Boyct. Navarre had notice of your fair approach; On serious business, craving quick dispatch, And he and his competitors in oath Importunes personal conference with his grace, Were all address’d* to meet you, gentle lady, Haste, signify so much; while we attend,

Before I came. Marry, thus much I have learnt, Like humble-visag'd suitors, his high will

. 40 le rather means to lodge you in the field, Boyet. Proud of employment, willingly I go.

I (Like one that comes here to besiege his court)

[Erit. Than seek a dispensation for his oath, Prin. All pride is willing pride, and yours is so.— To let you enter his unpeopled house. Who are the votaries, my loving lords,

Here coines Navarrr. That are yow-fellows with this virtuous duke? 45 Enter ihe King, Longarille, Dumain, Biron, and Lord. Longaville is one.

Attendants. Prin. Know you the man?

King. Fair princess, welcome to the court of Alar. I knew him, madam; at a marriage feast,

Navarre. Between lord Perigort and the beauteous heir Prin. Fair, I give you back again; and, welOf Jaques Paulconbridge solemnized,

Oleome I have not yet : the root of this court is too In Normandy saw I this Longaville:

Thigh to be yours; and welcome to the wide fields, A man of sovereign parts he is esteem'd;

too base to be inine, Well fitted? in the arts, glorious in arms:

King. You shall be welcome, madam, to my Nothing becomes him il, that he would well.

court. The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss,

Prin. I will be welcome then; conduct me (lf virtue's gloss will stain with any soil)

thither. Cheap or cheping was anciently the market; chapman therefore is marketman.

?i. e. well qualified. i. e. joined. * i. e. were prepared.


King. Hear me, dear lady; I have sworn an And wrong the reputation of your name,

In so unseeming to confess receipt
Prin. Our Lady help my lord! he'll be forsworn. Of that which hath so faithfully been paid.
King. Not for the world, fair madam, by my will. King. I do protest, I never heard of it;
Prin. Why, will shall break it; will, and no- 5 And, if you prove it, I'll repay it back,
thing else.

Or yield up Aquitain.
King. Your ladyship is ignorant what it is. Prin. We arrest your word:-

Prin. Were my lord so, his ignorance were wise, Boyet, you can produce acquittances,
Where now his knowledge must prove ignorance. For such a sum, from special officers
I hear, your grace hath sworn-out house-keeping: 100f Charles his father.
'Tis deadly sin to keep that oath, my lord,

King. Satisfy me so.

(come, And sin to break it:

Boyet. So please your grace, the packet is not But pardon me, I ani tou sudden bold;

Where that and other specialties are bound ; To teach a teacher ill beseemeth me.

To-morrow you shall have a sight of them. Vouchsafe to read the purpose of my coming,

115 King. It shall suffice me; at which interview, And suddenly resolve me in my suit.

All liberal reason I will yield unto. King. Madam, I will, if suddenly I may. Mean timne, receive such welcome at my land,

Prin. You will the sooner, that I were away; As honour, without breach of honour may For you'll prove perjur'd, if you make me stay. Make tender of to thy true worthiness :

Biron. Did not Idance with you in Brabant once:20 You may not come, fair princess, in my gates ; Ros. Did not I dance with you in Brabant once But here without you shall be so receiv'd, Biron. I know, you did.

As you shall deem yourself lodg’d in my heart, Ros. How needless was it then

Though so deny’d fair harbour in my house. To ask the question!

Your own good thoughts excuse me, and farewell; Biron. You must not be so quick.

25 To-morrow we shall visit you again. [grace! Ros. 'Tis long of you, that spur me with such

Prin. Sweet health and fáir desires consort your questions


King. Thy own wish, wish I thee in every place! Biron. Your wit's too hot, it speeds toofast,'twill

[Erit. Ros. Not till it leave the rider in the mire.. Biron. Lady, I will commend you to my own Biron. What time o' day?

130 Ros. I pray you, domy coinmendations; [heart, Ros. The hour that fools should ask.

I would be glad to see it. Biron. Now fair befall your mask!

Biron. I would, you heard it groan. Ros. Fair fall the face it covers!

Ros. Is the fool sick? Biron. And send you many lovers!

Biron. Sick at the heart. Ros. Amen; so you be none.

35 Ros. Alack, let it blood. Biron. Nay, then will I be gone.

Biron. Would that do it good?
King. Madam, your father here doth intimate Ros. My physick says, I.
The payment of a hundred thousand crowns; Biron. Will you prick 't with your eye?
Being but the one half of an entire sum

Ros. Non point, with my knife.
Disbursed by my father in bis wars.

40 Biron. Now, God save thy life! But say, that he, or we, (as neither have)

Ros. And yours from long living! Receiv'd that sum; yet there remains unpaid Biron. I cannot stay thanksgiving. A hundred thousand more, in surety of the which Dum. Sir, I pray you, a word; What lady is One part of Aquitain is bound to ns,

that same? Although not valu'd to the money's worth. 45 Boyet. The heir of Alençon, Rosaline her name, If then the king your father will restore

Dum. A gallant lady! Monsieur, fare you well. But that one half which is unsatisfy'd,

[Erit. We will give up our right in Aquitain,

Long. I beseech you, a word; What is she in And hold fair friendship with his majesty.

the white?

[the light. But that, it seems, he little purposeih,

501 Boyet. A woman sometimes, an you saw her in For here lie doth demand to have repaid

Long. Perchance, light in the light: I desire A hundred thousand cruwns; and noi demands,

her name. On payment of a hundred thousand crowns, Boyet. She hath but one for herself; to desire To have his title live in Aquitain;

that, were a shame. Which we much rather had depart' withal, 55 Long. Pray you, sir, whose daughter? And have the money by our father lent,

Boyet. Her mother's, I have heard.
Than Aquitain so gelded as it is.

Long. God's blessing on your beard!
Dear princess, were not his requests so far Boyet. Good sir, be not offended:
From reason's yielding, your fair self should make She is an heir of Faulconbridge.
A yielding, 'gainst some reason in my breast. 601 Long. Nay, my choler is ended.
And go well satisfied to France again.

She is a most sweet lady.
Prin. You do the king my fathertoo much wrong, Boyct Not unlike, sir"; that may be. (Er. Long.
Pepart is here synonymous to port with.

Biron. 2

Biron. What's her name in the cap?

His heart, like ar. agat, with your print impressed, Boyet. Katharine, by good hap.

Proud with his form, in his eye pride expressed: Biron. Is she wedded, or no?

Ilis tongue, all impatient to speak and not see, Boyet. To her will, sir, or so.

Did stumble with haste in his eye-sight to be ; Biron. You are welcome, sir; adieu! 5 All senses to that sense did make their repair, Boyet. Farewell to me, sir, and welcome to you. To feel only looking on fairest of iair:

[Exit Biron

Methotight, all bis senses were lock'd in his eye, Mar. That last is Biron, the merry mad-caplord; As jewels in crystal for some prince to buy; Not a word with him but a jest.

Who, tendering their own worth, from whence Boret. And every jest but a word. [word. 10 they were glass d, Prin. It was well done of you to take him at his Did point out to buy them, along as you pass'd. Boyet. I was as willing to grapple, as be was to His face's own margent did quote such amazes, Mar. Two hot sheeps, marry! [board. That all eyes saw his eyes inchanted with gazes : Boyet. And wherefore not ships?

I'll give you Aquitain, and all that is bis, No sheep, sweet lamb, unless we teed on your lips. 15 An you give him for my sake but one loving kiss.

Mur. You sheep, and I pasture; shall that finish Prin. Come to our pavilion: Boyet is dispos'dBoyet. So you grant pasture for me. [the jest? Boyet. But to speak that in würds, which his Mar. Not so, gentle beast;

eye hath disclos'd: My lips are no common, though several' theybe. I only have made a mouth of his eye, Boyet. Belonging to whom?

20 By adding a tongue which I hnow will not lye. Mür. To my fortunes and me. {agree: Ros. Thou art an old love-monger, and speak'st Prin. Good wits will be jangling: but, gentles,

skilfully. The civil war of wits were much better used Mar. He is Cupid's grandfather, and learns On Navarre and his bookmen; for here'tis abused.

news of him. Boyet. Itmyobservation, which very seldomlyes) 25 Ros. Then was Venus like her mother; for her By the heari's still rhetorick, disclosed with eyes,

father is bul grim. Deceive me not now, Navarre is intected.

Boyet. Do you hear, my mad wenches? Prin. With what?

[fected. Mur. No. Boyet. With that which we lovers intitle af- Boyet. What then, do you see? Prin. Your reason?

(retire 30

Ros. Ay, our way to be gone. Boyet. Why, all his behaviours did make their Boyet. You are too hard for me, To the court of his eye, peeping thorough desire:


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feet, humour it with turning up your eyelids; The Park; near the Palace.

sigh a note, and sing a note; sometime through

the throat, as if you swallowed love with singing Enter Armado and Moth.

145 love; sometime through the nose, as if you snuti'd drm WARBLE, child; make passionate my up love by smelling love; with your hat pentsense of hearing.

bouse-like, o'er the shop of your eyes; with your Moth. Concolinil

[Singing arms cross'd on your thin-belly doublet, like a Arm. Sweet air!-Go, tenderness of years ; rabbit on a spit; or your hands in your pocket, take this key, give enlargement to the swain, bring 30 like a man after the old painting; and keep not him festinately? hither; I must employ him in a too long in one tune, but a snip and away: Thex letter to my love.

are complements ', these are humours: 'these beMoth. Master, will you win your love with a tray nice wenches--that would be betray'd withFrench brawl

out these; and make the men of note, (do you Arm, Liow mean’st thou? brawling in French?55 note mien:)that are most affected to theses.

Moth. No, my compleat master; but to jig off Anin. How hast thou purchas'd thisexperience: a tune at the tongue's end, canary * to it with your Moth. By my penny' of observation.

This word, which is provincial, and ought to be spel: severell, means those fields which are alternately sown with corn, and during that time are kept severell, or se rered, from the field which lies fallow, and is appropriated to the grazing of cattle, not by a fence, but by the care of the cowherd or shepherd, in which the town-bull only is allowed to range unmolested. * That is, hastily. kind of dance. Cury was the name of a sprightly nimble dance. si. e. accomplishments. • The meaning is, that they not only inveigle the young girls, but make the men tahen notice of too, who attect them.




I will prove:


Arm. But 0,--but 0.

Cost. No egma, no riddle, no l'endoy; no salve Moth. —the hobby-horse is forgot'.

in the male, sir: O sir, plantain, a plain planArm. Call'st thou my love, hobby-horse? tain; no l'entoij, no l'entoy, or salve, sir, but a

Moth. No, master; the hobby-horse is but a plantain ! colt“, and your love, perhaps, a hackney. But 5 Arm. By virtue, thou enforcest laughter; thy have you forgot your love?

silly thought, my spleen; the heaving of my lungs Arm. Alinost I had.

provokes me to ridiculous smiling: 0, pardon Moth. Negligent student! learn her by heart. ine, my stars! Doth the inconsiderate tahe salve Arm. By heart, and in heart, boy.

Mor l'entou, and the word l'entoy for a salve? Moth. And out of heart, master; all those three 10 Aloth. Doth the wise think them other? is not

ll'envoy a salve? Arm. What wilt thou prove?

Ari. No, page; it is an epilogue or discourse, Moth. A man, if I live; and this, by, in, and

to make plain

sain. without, upon the instant: By heart you love her, Some obscure precedence that hath tofore been because your heart cannot coine by her; in heart 151 will example it: you love her, because your heart is in love with The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, her; and out of heart you love her, being out of Were still at odds, being but three. heart that you cannot enjoy her.

There's the moral: Now the l'envoy. Arm. I am all these three.

A10th. I will add the l'entoy; Saythe moral again. Moth. And three times as much more, and yet20 Arm. The fox, the ape, and the humble-bce, nothing at all.

Were still at odds, being but three : Arm. Fetch hither the swain ; he must carry Moth. Until the goose came out of door, me a letter.

Staying the odds by adding four. Moth. A message well sympathiz'd; a horse to Now will I begin your moral, and do you

follow be embassador for an ass!

25 with my l'envoi. Arm. Ha, ha; what sayest thou?

The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee,
Moth. Marry, sir, you must send the ass upon Were still at odds, being but three:
the horse, for he is very slow-gaited: But I go. Arm. Until the goose came out of door,
Arm. The way is but short; away.

Staying the odds by adding four.
Moth. swift as lead, sir.

Moth. A good l'envoy, ending in the goose; Arm. Thy meaning, pretty ingenious ?

Would you


more? Is not lead a metal heavy, dull, and slow?

Cost. The boy hath sold him a bargain“, a goose Moth. Minimè, honest master; or rather,

that's flat:

{tat.master, no.

Sir, your penny-worth is good, an your goose be Arm. I say, lead is slow.

35 To sell a bargain well, is as cunning as fast and Noth. You are too swift, sir, to say so:

Joose: Is that lead slow, which is fir'd from a gun? Let me see a fat l'enroy; ay, that's a fat goose. Arm. Sweet smoke of rhetorick:

[he: Arm. Come hither, come hither: How did He reputes me a capnon; and the bullet, that's this argument begin? I shoot thee at the swain.

10 Moth. By saying, that a Costard was broken dloth. Thump then, and I fee. [Erit. in a shin: then call'd you for the l'entoj. Árm. A most acute juvenal; voluble and free Cost. True, and I for a plantain; thus came


your argument in: By thy favour, sweet welkin', I must sigh in thy Then the boy's fat l'enroy, the goose that you Most rude melancholy, valour give thee place.


bought; My herald is return'd.

And he ended the market.
Re-enter Moth and Costurd.

Arm. But tell me; how was there a Costard' Moth. A wonder, master; here's a Costard broken in a shin? broken in a shin.

Moth. I will tell you sensibly. Arm. Some enigma, some riddle: come,-thy 50 Cost. Thou hast no feeling of it, Moth; I will l'envoy" ;-begin.

speak that l'enroy :' In the celebration of May-day, besides the sports now used of hanging a pole with garlands, and dancing round it, formerly a boy was dressed up representing maid Marian ; another like a friar; and another rode on a hobby-horse, with bells jingling, and painted streaners. After the Reformation took piace, and Precisians multiplied, these latter rites were looked upon to savour of paganism; and then maiu Marian, the friar, and the poor hobby-horse, were turned out of the gaines. Some who were not so wisely precise, but regretted the disuse of the hobby-horse, no doubt, satirized this suspicion of idolatry, and archly wrote the epitaph above alluded to. Now Moth, hearing Armado groan ridiculously, and cry out, But oh! but oh!

-humourously pieces out his exclamation with the sequel of tiis epitaph. Meaning, a hot, mad-brain'd, unbroken young fellow; or sometimes an okei fellow with juvenile desires. 3 Welkin is the sky. *i. e. a head. The l'entoy, which is a term borrowed from the old French poetry, appeared always at the head of a few concluding verses to each piece, and either served to convey the moral, or to address the poein to some particular person.

6 To sell a bargain here means to lead a person to say something, which being applied to himself makes him ap. pear ridiculous, so Armado is supposed to call himself a goose. The head was anciently called thie costard, as observed above.--A costurd likewise signitied a crub-stick.

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1, Costard, running out, that was safeiy within, Cost. I will come to your worship to-morrow Fell over the threshold, and broke my shin. morning. Arm. We will talk no more of this matter.

Biron. It must be done this afternoon. Ilark, Cost. Till there be more matter in the shin. slave, it is but this: Arm. Sirrah, Costard, I will enfranchise thee. 5 The princess comes to hunt here in the park,

Cost. (, marry me to one Frances;-I smell And in her train there is a gentle lady; [name, some l'enroy, some goose, in this.

When tongues speak sweetly, then they name her Arm. By my sweet soul, I mean, setting thee And Rosaline they call her: ask for her; at liberty, enfreedoming thy person; thou wert And to her sweet hand see thou do commend immur'd, restrained, captivated, bound: 10 This seal'd-up counsel. There's thy guerdon; 39. Cost. True, true; and now you will be my

[Gives him inn purgation, and let me loose.

Cost. Guerdon,-() sweet guerdon'! better than Arm. I give thee thy liberty, set thee from dur- remuneration; eleven-pence farbing better :ance; and, in lieu thereof, impose on thee nothing Most sweet guerdon! will do it, sir, in print'. but this: Bear this significant to the country maid 15--Guerdon-remuneration.

(E12. Jaquenetta: there is remuneration; [Giving him Biron. 0 !-And I, forsooth, in love! I, that money.] for the best ward of mine honour, is, re

have been love's whip; warding my dependants. Moth, follow. [Erit. A


beadle to a humorous sigh; Moth. Like the sequel, I. Signior Costard, A critic; nay, a night-watch constable : adieu.

[Exit.20 A domineering pedant o'er the boy, Cost. My sweet ounce of man's flesh! my in- Than whom no mortal so magnificent! [boy: cony? Jew!-

This wimpled', whining, purblind, wayward Now will I look to his remuneration. Remunera- This signior Junio's giant-clwart, Dan Cupid; tion! O, that's the Latin word for three tar- Regent of love-rhimes, lord of folded arins, things: three farthings-remuneration.What's 25The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans, the price of this inkle? a pennu:--No, I'll give Liege of all loiterers and malcontents, you a remuneration: why, it carries it.-Remune- Dread prince of plackets, king of codpieces, ration !-wly, it is a fairer name than French Sole in perator, and great general crown. I will never buy and sell out of this word. Of trotting paritors', -O my little heart !-

30 And I to be a corporal of his fiel!, Enter Biron.

And wear his colours like a trimbler's hoop'! Biron. O, my good knave, Costard! exceed- Whal? what? I love! I ue! I seek a wite! ingly well met.

A woman, that is like a German clock, Cost. Pray you, sir, how much carnation rib- Still a repairing; ever out of trane; bon may a man buy for a remuneration? 35 And never going aright, being a watch, Biron. What is a remuneration ?

But being watch'd that it may still go right! Cost. Marry, sir, half-penny farthing.

Nay, to be perjur'd, which is worst of all: Biron. O, why then, three-farthing-worth of And, among three, to love the worst of all : silk.

A wnitely wanton with a velvet brow, Cost. I thank your worship: God be with you. 40 With two pitch-balls stuck in her face for eyes; Biron. O, stay, slave; I must employ thee: Ay, and by beaven, one that will do the deed,

thou wilt win my favour, good niy knave, Though Argus were her eunuch and her guard: Do one thing for me that I shall entreat.

And I to sigh for her! to watch for her! Cost. When would you have it done, sir? To pray for her! Go to; it is a plague Biron. O, this afternoon.

45 That Cupid will impose for my neglect Cost. Well, I will do it, sir: Fare you well. Of bis almighty dreadtul little inight. (groan: Biron. O, thou knowest not what it is.

Well, I will love, write, sigh, pray, sue, and Cost. I shall kuow, sir, when I have done it. Some men must love iny lady, and some Joan. Birorta Why, villain, thou must know first.

[Erit. * Incony, or kony, in the north, signifies fine, delicate--as a kony thing, a fine thing. i. e. reward. i.e. with the utmost nicely. * The ruimpli was a hood or veil which fell over the face.

An uppo ritor, or puritor, is an officer of the bishop's court, who carries out citations for fornication and other matters cognizable in his court. • That is, hanging on one shoulder, and falling under the opposite arm,

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