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Nath. A most singular and choice epithet. is liable, congruent, and measurable for the afternoon:
(Takes out his table-book. the word is well cull’d, chuse; sweet and apt, I do Hol. He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer assure you, sir, I do assure. than the stable of his argument. I abhor such fanatical Arm. Sir, the king is a noble gentleman; and my faphantasms, such insociable and point-devise compa- miliar, I do assure you, very good friend. -For what nions ; such rackers of orthography, as to speak, dout, is inward between us, let it pass :- I do beseech thee, fine, when he should say, doubt; det, when he should remember thy courtesy ;-I beseech thee, apparel thy pronounce, debt; d, e, b, t; not, d, e, t: he clepeth head ;--and among other importunate and most seria calf, cauf; half, hauf; neighbour, vocatur, nebour; ous designs,—and of great importindeed, too;-but neigh, abbreviated, ne: this is abhominable, (which let that pass:—for I must tell thee, it will please his he would call abominable,) itinsinuateth me of insanie; grace (by the world) sometime to lean upon my poor Ne intelligis domine? to make frautic, lunatic. shoulder; and with his royal finger , thus, dally witlı Nath. Laus deo, bone intelligo.
my excrement, with my mustachio : but, sweet heart, Hol. Bone ? ---bone, for bené: Priscian a little let that pass. By the world, I recount no fable; some scratch'd ; 'twill serve.
certain special honoursit pleaseth his greatness to im
part to Armado, a soldier, a man of travel, that hath Enter Armado, Mota, and COSTARD. seen the world: but let that pass.-The very all of all is,Nath. Videsne quis venit?
but, sweet heart, I do implore secrecy,—that the king Hol. Video, et gaudeo.
would have me present the princess, sweet chuck, with Arm. Chirra!
[To Moth. some delightful ostentation, or show, or pageant, or Hol. Quare Chirra, not sirrah?
antic, or fire-work. Now, understanding that the Arm. Men of peace, well enconnter'd!
curate and your sweet self are good at such eruptions, Hol. Most military sir, salutation!
and sudden breaking out of mirth, as it were, I have Moth. They have been at a great feast of languages, acquainted you withal, to the end to crave your assisand stolen the scraps.
[To Costard aside. tance. Cost. 0, they have lived long in the alms-basket of Hol. Sir, you shall present before her the nine worwords ! I marvel, thy master hath not eaten thee for a thies.—Sir Nathaniel, as concerning some entertainword; for thou art not so long by the head as honorifi- ment of time, some show in the posterior of this day, cabilitudinitatibus : thou art easier swallowed than to be rendered by our assistance, -the king's coma flap-dragon.
mand, and this most gallant, illustrate, and learned Moth. Peace! the peal begins.
gentleman,-before the princess; I say, none so fit as
Hol. Joshua, yourself; myself, or this gallant gentleMoth. Ba, most silly sheep, with a horn :-you hear man, Judas Maccabaeus; this swain, because of his his learning.
great limb or joint, shall pass Pompey the great; the Hol. Quis, quis, thou consonant?
page, Hercules. Moth. The third of the five vowels, if you repeat Arm. Pardon, sir, error: he is not quantity enough them; or the fifth, if I.
for that worthy's thumb: leis nctso big as the end of Hol. I will repeat them, a, e, i,
his club. Moth. The sheep : the other two concludes it; o, u. Hol. Shall I have audience ? he shall present HerenArm. Now, by the salt wave of the Mediterraneum, a les in minority: his enier and exit shall be strangling sweet touch, a quick venew of wit : snip, snap, quick a snake; and I will have an apology for that purpose. and home; it rejoiceth my intellect: true wit. Moth. An excellent device! so, it'any víthe audience
Moth. Offer'd by a child to an old man; which is hiss, you may cry, -well done, Ilercules! now thou wit-old.
crushest the snake! that is the way to make an offence
Arm. For the rest ofthe worthies?-
Hol. We attend.
. I'll make one in a dance, or so: or I will play
on the tabor to the worthies, and let them dance Hol." o, Í smell false Latin; dunghill for unguem,
the hay. Arm. Arts-man, praeambula; we will be singled Hol. Most dull, honest Dull, to our sport, away! from the barbarous. Do you not educate youth at the
[Exeunt. charge-house on the top of the mountain ? Hoi, Or, mons, the hill.
SCENE II. - Another part of the same. Before the
Enter the Princess, KATHARINE, ROSALINE and MARIA.
Look you, what I have from the loving king.
Prin. Nothing but this? yes, as much love in rhyme, | Ros. The blood of youth burns not with such excess,
As gravity's revolt to wantonness.
Mar. Folly in fools bears not so strong a note, That he was fain to seal on Cupid's name.
As foolery in the wise, when wit doth dote;
To prove, by wit, worth in simplicity.
Enter Boyet. sister.
Prin. Here comes Boyet, and mirth is in his face. Kath. He made her melancholy, sad, and heavy; Boyet, 0, I am stabb’d with laughter! Where's her And so she died: had she been light, like you,
grace? Of such a merry, nimble, stirring spirit,
Prin. Thy news, Boyet? She might have been a grandam ere she died :
Boyet. Prepare, madam, prepare!-And so may you; for a light heart lives long.
Arm, wenches, arm! encounters mounted are Ros. What's your dark meaning, mouse, of this light Against your peace. Love doth approach disguis’d, word?
Armed in arguments; you'll be surpris’d:
Muster your wits; stand in your own defence;
That charge their breath against us? say, scout, say.
The king and his companions: warily
That, by and by, disguis'd they will be here.
Their her:!d is a pretty kpavish page, Ros. I would, you knew :
That well by heart hath conn’d his embassage: Anif my face were but as fair as yours,
Action, and accent, did they teach him there; My favour were as great; be witness this.
Thus must thou speak, and thus thy body bear: Nay, I have verses too, I thank Birón:
And ever and anon they made a doubt, The numbers true; and, were the numb’ring too, Presence majestical would put him out; I were the fairest goddess on the ground:
For, quoth the king, an angel shalt thou see; I am compar'd to twenty thousand fairs.
Yet fear not thou, but speak audaciously. O, he hath drawn my picture in his letter!
The boy reply'd, An angel is not evil;
I should have fear'd her had she been a devil.
shoulder; Kath. Fair as a text B in a copy book.
Making the bold wag by their praises bolder. Ros.'Ware pencils! How? let me not die your debtor, One rubb’d his elbow, thus; and feer'd, and swore, My red dominical, my golden letter:
A better speech was never spoke before:
Another, with his finger and his thumb,
The fourth turn'd on the toe, and down hefell.
With that, they all did tumble on the ground, Kath. Yes, madam; and moreover,
With such a zealous laughter, so profound, Some thousand verses of a faithful lover:
That in this spleen ridiculous appears, A huge translation of hypocrisy,
To check their folly, passion's solemn tears. Vilely compil'd, profound simplicity.
Prin. But what, but what, come they to visit us? Mar. This, and these pearls, to me sent Longaville; Boyet. They do, they do; and are appareld thus, – The letter is too long by half a mile.
Like Muscovites, or Russians : as I guess, Prin. I think no less. Dost thou not wish in heart, Their
purpose is, to parle, to court, and dance: The chaiu were longer, and the letter short?
And every one his love-feat will advance Mar. Ay, or I would these hands might never part. Unto his several mistress ; which they'll know Prin. We are wise girls, to mock our lovers so. By favours several, which they did bestow. Ros. They are worse fools to purchase mocking so. Prin. And will they so ? the gallants shall be task'd: That same Birón I'll torture cre I go.
For, ladies, we will every one be mask'd;
And not a man ofthem shall have the grace,
Hold, Rosaline, this favour thou shalt wear;
And change you favours too; so shall your loves
Woo contrary,deceived by these removes. Prin. None are so surely caught, when they are Ros. Come on then ; wear the favours most in sight. catch'd,
Kath. But, in this changing, what is your intent?
And mock for mock is only my intent.
Their several counsels they unbosom shall
Vouchsafe to show the sunshine of your face,
That we, like savages, may worship it.
Ros. My face is but a moon, and clouded too.
King. Blessed are clouds, to do as such clouds do !
Ros. O vain petitioner! beg a greater matter;
Thou bid'st me beg; this begging is not strange.
[Trumpets sound within. chang'd.
[The ladies mask. The music plays; vouchsafe some motion to it.
Ros. Our ears vouchsafe it.
Ros. Since you are strangers, and come here by
King. Why take we hands then?
Ros. Only to part friends :-
Ros. We can afford no more at such a price.
pany? Boyet. True; out, indeed.
Ros. Your absence only. Moth. Out of your favours, heavenly spirits, vouch- King. That can never be. safe
Ros. Then cannot we be bought; and so adieu ;
Twice to your visor, and half once to you!
King. If you deny to dance, let's hold more chat.
King. I am best pleas'd with that.
(They converse apart. You were best callit, daughter-beamed eyes.
Biron. White-handed mistress, one sweet word with
Methegiin, wort, and malmsey ;-Well run, dice!
Prin. Seventh sweet, adieu!
Prin. Let it not be sweet.
Mar. Name it.
Mar. Say you so ? Fair lord, -
Take that for your fair lady.
Dum. Please it you,
(They converse apart. Boyet. If, to come hither, you have measur'd miles, Kath. What, was your visor made without a tongue? And many miles; the princess bids you tell,
Long. I know the reason, lady, why you ask.
Kath. 0, for your reason! quickly, sir; I long.
And would afford my speechless visor half.
Kath. Veal, quoth the Dutchman; - is not veal
Long. A calf, fair lady?
Long. Let's part the word.
Kath. No, I'll not be your half :
Take all, and wean it ; it may prove an ox.
Boyet. Gone to her tent. Please it your majesty, Long. Look, how you butt yourself in these sharp Command me any service to her thither? mocks!
King. That she vouchsafe me audience for one word. Tie the Will you give horns, chaste lady? do not so. Boyet. I will; and so will she, I know, my lord.
RAT! Kath. Then die a calf, before your horns do grow.
(Exit. Buron Long. One word in private with you, ere I die. Biron. This fellow pecks up wit, as pigeons peas ; Res. B Kath. Bicat softly then, the butcher hears you cry. And utters it again, when God doth please :
I were [They converse apart. He is wit's pedlar; and retails his wares
Biros. Boyet. The tongnes of mocking wenches are as keen At wakes, and wassels, meetings, markets, fairs;
Res. As is the razor's edge invisible, And we that sell by gross, the Lord doth know,
Euron. Cutting a smaller hair than may be seen;
Have not the grace to grace it with such show.
That kiss'd away his hand in courtesy; Ros.Notone word more,my maids;break off, break off! This is the ape of form, monsieur the nice,
Ling: Biron. By heaven, all dry-beaten with pure scoff! That, when he plays at tables, chides the dice
ng King. Farewell, mad wenches! you have simple wits. In honourable terms; nay, he can sing
King, Lords, Moth, Music, and Attendants. A mean most meanly; and, in ushering,
SeaRos. Well-liking wits they have; gross,gross; fat, fat. And consciences, that will not die in debt, Prin. O poverty in wit, kingly-poor flout! Pay him the due of honey-tongued Boyet. Will they not, think you, hang themselves to-night?) King. A blister on his sweet tongue, with my heart, Cap Or ever, but in visors, show their faces ? That put Armado's page out of his part !
Here This pert Birón was out of countenance qnite.
Brs Ros. 0! they were all in lamentable cases ! Enter the Princess, usher'd by Boyet ; Rosaline, Ma
Thru The king was weeping-ripe for a good word. RIA, KATIArise, and Attendants.
CU Prin. Birón did swear himself out of all suit. Biron. See where it comes !-- Behaviour, what wert And Mar. Dumain was at my service, and his sword: thou,
N No point, quoth I; my servant straight was mute. Till this man show'd thee? and what art thou now? 0!
Kath. Lord Longaville said, I came o'er his heart; King. All hail, sweet madam, and fair time of day!
NO Prin. Qualm, perhaps.
King. Construe my speeches better, if you may. Kath. Yes, in good faith.
Prin. Then wish me better, I will give you leave. Ta Prin, Go, sickness as thou art !
King: We came to visit you; and purpose now Ros. Well, better wits have worn plain statnte-caps. To lead you to our court: vouchsafe" it then.
Fig Bat will you hear? the king is my love sworn. Prın. This field shall hold me; and so hold your Prin. And quick Birón hath plighted faith to me.
Ide Kath. And Longaville was for my service born. Nor God, nor I, delight in perjur'd men.
E Mar. Dumain is mine, as sure as bark on tree. King. Rebuke me not for that which you provoke: Boyet. Madam, and pretty mistresses, give ear: The virtue of your eye must break my oath.
He Immediately they will again be here
Prin. You nick-name virtue: you
should In their own shapes; for it can never be,
have spoke; They will digest this harsh indignity.
For virtue's office never breaks men's troth. Prin Will they return?
Now, by my maiden honour, yet as pure
As the unsullied lily, I protest,
So much I hate a breaking cause to be
Prin. Not so, my lord; it is not so, I swear; Prin. Avaunt, perplexity! What shall we do, We have had pastimes here, and pleasant game; If they return in their own shapes to woo ?
A mess of Russians left us but of late.
We four, indeed, confronted here with four
In Russian habit: here they stay'd an hour,
(Exeunt Princess, Ros. Kath. and Maria. I dare not call them fools; but this I'think, Enter the King, Birox, Longaville, and Domain, in When they are thirsty, fools would fain hare drink. their proper habits.
Biron. This jest is dry to me. — Fair, gentle sweet, King. Fair sir, God save you! Where is the prin- Your wit makes wise things foolish; when we greet cess?
With eyes best seeing heaven's fiery eye,
By light we lose light: your capacity
King. That more than all the world I did respect
King. Upon mine honour, no!
Biron. O, I am yours, and all that I possess. King. Despise me, when I break this oath of mine.
Prin. I wil}; and therefore keep it. ~Rosaline,
What did the Russian whisper in your ear?
Above this world : adding thereto, moreover,
King. What mean yon, inadam? by my life, my troth,
I never swore this lady such an oath! Prin. Amaz'd, my lord? Why looks'your highness Ros. By heaven, you did! and to confirm it plain, sad?
You gave me this : but takeit, sir, again.
I knew her by this jewel on her sleeve.
Prin. Pardon me, sir, this jewel did she wear; Biron. Thus pour the stars down plagues for per- And lord Birou, I thank him, is my dear:jury.
What? will you have me, or your pearl again?
I see the trick on't!-Here was a consent
To dash it like a Christmas comedy:
Some carry-tale, some please-man, some slight zany,
Some mumble-news, some trencher-knight, somo Nor never more in Russian habit wait.
Dick, 0! never will I trust to speeches penn’d,
That smiles his check in years; and knows the trick Nor to the motion of a school-boy's tongue;
To make my lady laugh, when she's dispos’d, Nor never come in visor to my friend ;
Told our intents before: which once disclos’d, Nor woo in rhyme, like a blind harper's song:
The ladies did change favours; and then we; Taffata phrases, silken terms precise,
Following the signs, woo'd but the sign of she.
We are again forsworn; in will, and error.
Forestal our sport, to make us thus untrue?
And laugh upon the apple of her eye?
Holding a trencher, jesting merrily?
You leer tipon me, do you? there's an eye,
Wounds like a leaden sword.
Boyet. Full merrily
Hath this brave manage, this career, been run.
Welcome, pure wit ! thou partest a fair fray.
Biron. What, are there but three?
you stand forfeit, being those that sue? Cost. No, sir; but it is vara fine,
Biron. And three times thrice is nine.
You cannot beg us, sir, I can assure you, sir ; we know
what we know :
I hope, sir, three times thrice, sir, –
Cost. Under correction, sir, we know whereuntil
it doth amount. King. I was, fair' madam.
Biron. By Jove, I always took three threes for nine. Prin. When you then were here,
Cost. O Lord, sir, it were pity you should get your What did you whisper in your lady's ear? living by reckoning, sir.