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Gra. Were you the clerk, that is to make me
cuckold ? Ner. Ay, but the clerk, that never means to do it, - Unless he live until he be a man.
Baj. Sweet Doctor, you shall be my bedfellow; 1 When I am absent, then lie with
Por. How now, Lorenzo ?
Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a fee.
, Of starved people.
Por. It is almost morning,
Gra. Let it be so: the first interr’gatory,
- you drop Manna in the
way Of starved people.] Shakespear is not more exa& in any Thing, than in adapting his Images with Propriety to his Speakers ; of which he has here given an Initance in making the young Jewess call gool Fortune, Manna,
} Loretan etending upon the Princess of
FERDINAND, King of Navarre.
three Lords, attending upon the King in Longaville,
Princess of France.
Officers, and others, Attendants upon the King and
SCENE, the King of Navarre's Palace, and the Country
Love's Labour's Loft.
A CT 1. SCENE I.
P A LA CE.
Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain.
ET Fame, that all hunt after in their lives,
Live registred upon our brazen tombs ; And then grace us in the disgrace of death : When, spight of cormorant devouring time, Th' endeavour of this present breath may buy That honour which shall'bate his fcythe's keen edge; And make us heirs of all eternity. Therefore, brave Conquerors ! for so you are, That war against your own Affections, And the huge army of the world's desires ; Our late edict shall strongly stand in force. Navarre shall be the wonder of the world; Our Court shall be a little academy, Still and contemplative in living arts. You three, Biron, Dumain, and Longaville, Have sworn for three years' term to live with me, My fellow Scholars; and to keep those Statutes, That are recorded in this schedule here. Your oaths are past, and now subscribe your names: That his own hand
strike his honour down,