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LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST.
DULL, a Constable.
COSTARD, a Clown.
Moth, Page to Armado.
Princess of France.
Princess. Sir NATHANIEL, a Curate.
JAQUENETTA, a country Wench.
As, not to see a woman in that term;
Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there : Enter the King, BIRON, LONGAVILLE, and And but one meal on every day beside;
And, one day in a week to touch no food; DUMAIN.
The which, I hope, is not enrolled there: King. Let fame, that all hunt after in their And then, to sleep but three hours in the night, lives,
And not be seen to wink of all the day; Live register'd upon our brazen tombs, (When I was wont to think no harin all night, And then grace us in the disgrace of death ; And make a dark night too of half the day ;) When, spite of cormorant-devouring time, Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there: The endeavour of this present breath may buy 0, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep ; That honour, which shall bate his scythe's keen Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep. [these. And make us heirs of all eternity. (edge, King. Your oath is pass'd to pass away from Therefore, brave conquerors !--for so you are, Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an if you That war against your own affections, I only swore, to study with your grace, (please ; And the huge army of the world's desires,— And stay here in your court for three years' Our late edíct shall strongly stand in force:
(rest. Navarre shall be the wonder of the world ; Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the Our court shall be a little Academe,
Biron. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in Still and contemplative in living art. What is the end of study? let me know. (jest. You three,Birón, Dumain,and Longaville, [me, King: Why, that to know, which else we Have sworn for three years' term to live with shonld not know. common sense ? My fellow-schulars, and to keep those statutes, Biron. Things hid and barr'd, you mean,from That are recorded in this schedule here: names; King. Ay, that is study's god-like recompense. Your oaths are past, and now subscribe your Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study That his own hand may strike his honour down, To know the thing I am forbid to know: (so, That violates the smallest branch herein : As thus-To study where I well may dine, If you are arm'd to do, as sworn to do, When I to feast expressly am forbid; Subscribe to your deep oath, and keep it too. Or, study where to meet some mistress fine,
Long. Iam resolv'd: 'tis but a three years' fast; When mistresses from common sense are bid: The mind shall banquet, though the body pine: Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oaths, Fat paunches have lean pates; and dainty bits Study to break it, and not break my troth. Make rich the ribs, but bank’rout quite the wits. If study's gain be thus, and this be so,
Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortified; Stadyknows that which yet it doth not know: The grosser manner of these world's delights Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, no. He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves : King. These be the stops that hinder study To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die ; And train our intellects to vain delight. (quite, With all these living in philosophy.
Biron. Why, all delights are vain; but that Biron. I can but say their protestation over, * most vain, So much, dear liege, I have already sworn, Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain: That is, To live and study here three years. As, painfully to pore upon a book, (while But there are other strict observances :
To seek the light of truth; while truth the
Doth falsely * blind the eyesight of his look : years, he shall endure such public shame as
Light,seeking light, doth light of light beguile: the rest of the court can possibly devise. So, ere you find where light in darkness lies, This article, my liege, yourself must break; Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes. For, well you know, here comes in embassy Study me how to please the eye indeed, The French King's daughter, with yourself to By fixing it upon a fairer eye ;
speak, Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed, À maid of grace, and complete majesty,
And give him light that was it blinded by. | About surrender-up of Aquitain
That will not be deep-search'd with saucy Therefore this article is made in vain,
(fame; And when it hath the thing it bunteth most, Too much to know, is, to know nought but 'T'is won, as towns with fire; so won, so lost. And every godfather can give a name. [reading! King. We must, of force, dispense with this King. How well he's read, lo reason against She must lies here on mere necessity. (decree; Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good pro- Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn ceeding!
(grow the weeding. Three thousand times within this three years' Long. He weeds the corn, and still lets For every man with his affects is boru; [space : Biron. The spring is near, when green geese Not by might master'd, but by special grace: Dum. How follows that? [are a breeding. If I break faith, this word shall speak for me, Biron.
Fit in his place and time. I am forsworn on mere necessity. Dum. In reason nothing.
So to the laws at large I write my name: Biron. Something then in rhyme.
Subscribes. Long. Biron is like an envious sneaping t And he, that breaks them in the least degree, frost,
(spring. Stands in attainder of eternal shame: That bites the first-born infants of the Suggestions || are to others, as to me; Biron. Well, say I am; why should proud But, I believe, although I seem so loth, summer boast,
I am the last that will last keep his oath. Before the birds have any cause to sing? But is there no quick T recreation granted? Why should I joy in an abortive birth 3 King. Ay, that there is : our court, you At Christmas I no more desire a rose
know, is haunted Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled With a refined traveller of Spain; shows I;
A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain : you, to study now it is too late,
One, whom the music of his own vain tongue Climb o'er the house to unlock the little gate. Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony; King. Well, sit you out: go home, Biron; A man of complements, whom right and wrong adieu !
(to stay with you : Have chose as umpire of their mutiny: Birin. No, my good lord; I have sworn This child of fancy, that Armado hight **, And, though I have for barbarism spoke more, For interim to our studies, shall relate,
Than for that angel knowledge you can say, In high-born words, the worth of many a koight
And bide the penance of each three years'day. How you delight, my lords, I know not, I;
A man of fire-new words, fashion's own knight. Biron. (Reads.] Item, That no woman Long. Costard, the swain, and ho, shall be shall come within a milé of my court.
our sport; Ane bath this been proclaim'd ?
And, so to study, three years is but short. Fonr days ago
Enter DULL, with a letter, and CostARD. Biron. Let's see the penalty,
Dull. Which is the duke's own person ? (Reads.)-On pain of losing her tongue.-- Biron. This fellow; What wouldst?
Who devis'd this? Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, Long. Marry, that did I.
for I am his grace's tharborough tt: bat Biron. Sweet lord, and why? (penalty. would see his own person in flesh and blood. Long. To fright them hence with that dread Biron. This is he. Biron. A dangerous law against gentility. Dull. Signior Arme- Arme - commends (Reads.] Item, If any man be seen to you. There's villany abroad; this letter will talk with a woman within the term of three tell you more. • Dishonestly, treacherously. + Nipping.
Games, sports. Reside. || Temptations. Lively, sprightly.
** Called. # in e., third-borough, a peace-officer.
Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touch- King. –that unletter'd small-knowing ing me.
soul, King. A letter from the magnificent Armado. Cost. Me.
Biron. How low soever the matter, I hope King. –that shallow vassal, in God for high words.'
Cost. Still me. Long. A high hope for a low having: God King. -which, as I remember, hight grant us patience!
Costard, Biron. To hear? or forbear hearing?
Cost. O me! Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh King. -sorteil and consorted, contrary moderately; or to forbear both.
to thy established proclaimed edict and Biron, Well, sir, be it as the style shall continent canon, with-with-0 with—but give us cause to climb in the merriness. with this I passion to say wherewith,
Cost. The matter is to ine, sir, as concern- Cost. With a wench. ing Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was King. —with a child of our grandmother taken with the manner*.
Eve, a female ; or, for thy more sweet un. Biron. In what manner?
derstanding, a woman. Him I (as my everCost. In inanner and form following, sir; esteemed duty pricks me on) have sent to all those three: I was seen with her in the thee, to receive the ineed of punishment, by manor house, sitting with her upon the form, thy sweet grace's officer, Antony, Dull; and taken following her into the park; which, man of good reputë, carriage, bearing, and put together, is, in manner and form follow- estimation. mg. Now, sir, for the manner, --it is the Dull. Me, an't shall please you; I am manner of a man to speak to a woman: for Antony Dull. the forın,-in some form.
King. For Jaquenetta, ( so is the weaker Biron. For the following, sir?
vessel called, which I apprehended with Cost. As it shall follow in my correction; the aforesaid swain,) I keep her as a vessel And God defend the right!
of thy law's fury; and shall, at the least King. Will you hear this letter with attention? of thy sweet notice, bring her to trial, Biron. As we would hear an oracle. Thine, in all compliments of devoted and
Cost. Such is the simplicity of máu to heart-burning heat of duty, hearken after the flesh.
Don ADRIANO DE ARMADO. King. (Reads.] Greut deputy, the welkin's Biron. This is not so well as I looked for, vicegerent, and sole dominator of Navarre, but the best that ever I heard. my soul's earth's God, and body's fostering King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, patron,
sirrah, what say you to this? Cost. Not a word of Costard yet.
Cost. Sir, I confess the wench. King. So it is,
King. Did you hear the proclamation! Cost. It may be so: but if he say it is so, Cost. I do confess much of the hearing it, he is, in telling true, but so, so.
but little of the marking of it. King. Peace.
King. It was proclaimed a year's imprison. Cost. -be to me, and every man that dares ment, to be taken with a wench. pot fight!
Cost. I was taken with none, sir, I was King. No words.
taken with a damosel. Costi. -of other men's secrets, I beseech you. King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel.
King. So it is besieged with sable-coloured Cost. This was no damosel neither, sir; she melancholy, I did commend the black-op- was a virgin. pressing humour 'to the most wholesome King. It is so varied too; for it was prophysic of thy health-giving air; and, as 1 claimed, virgin. am a gentleman, betook myself to walk. Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity; I The time when! About the sirth hour; was taken with a maid. when beasts most graze, birds best peck, King. This maid will not serve your turn, sir. and men sit down to that nourishment Cost. This maid will serve my turn, sir. which is called supper. So much for the King. Sir, I will pronounce your sentence; time when: Now for the ground which ; You shall fast a week with bran and water. which, I mean, I walked upon : it is ycleped Cost. I had rather pray a month with matthy park. Then for the place where; where, ton and porridge. I mean, I did encounter that obscene aná King.And Don Armadoshall be your keeper. most preposterous event, that draweth from - My lord Biron see him deliver'd o'er. my snow-white pen the ebon-coloured ink, And go we, lords, to put in practice that which here thou viewest, beholdest, survey- Which each to other hath so strongly sworu.-est, or seest : But to the place, where;-It
[Exeunt KING, LONG. and Dui. stundeth north-north-east and by east from Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's hat, the west corner of thy curious-knotted, These oaths and laws will prove an idle garden. There did I see that low-spirited Sirrah, come on. swain, that base minnow of thy mirth, Cost. I suffer for the truth, sir: for true it is, Cost. Me.
I was taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta • In the fact.
is a true girl ; and therefore, Welcome the, to the word three, and study three years in sour cup of prosperity! Afiction may one two words, the dancing horse will tell you. day smile again, and till then, Sit thee down, Arm. A most fine figure ! sorrow!
[Exeunt. Moth. To prove you a cipher. [Aside. SCENE II.
Arm. I will hereupon confess, I am in Another part of the same. Armado's flouse, love: and, as it is base for a soldier to love, Enter ARMADO and Morh.
so am I in love with a base wench, If
drawing my sword agaiust the hunour of Arm. Boy, what sign is it, when a man of affection would deliver me from the reprobate great spirit grows melancholy?
thought of it, I would take desire prisoner, Moth. A great sign, sir, that he will look sad. and ransom him to any French courtier for a
Arm. Why, sadness is one and the self- new devised courtesy. I think scorn to sigh ; same thing, dear imp.
methinks, I should out-swear Cupid. Comfort Muth. No, no; O lord, sir, no.
me, boy: What great men have been in love? Arm. How canst thou part sadness and Moth. Hercales, master. melancholy, my teuder juvenal * ?
Arm. Most sweet Hercules !-More autho. Moth. By a familiar demonstration of the rity, dear boy, name more; and, sweet my working, my tough senior.
child, let them be men of good repute and Arm. Why tough senior ? why tough senior ? carriage.
Moth. Why tender juvenal? why tender Moch. Sampson, master : he was a man of juvenal ?
good carriage, great carriage; for he carried Arm. I spoke it, tender javenal, as a con- the town-gates on his back, like a porter : and gruent epitheton, appertaining to thy young he was in love. days, which we may nominate tender.
Arm. O well-knit Sampson! strong jointed Moth. And I, tough senior, as an apper- Sampson ! I do excel thee in my rapier, as linent title to your old time, which we inay much as thou didst me in carrying gates. I name tough.
am in love too,-Who was Sampsou's, love, Arm. Pretty, and apt.
my dear Moth Moth. How mean you, sir ? I pretty, and Moth. A woman, master. my saying apt ? or I apt, and my saying Arm. Of what complexion ? pretty?
Moth. Of all the four, or the three, or the Arin. Thou pretty, because little.
two; or one of the fonr. Moth. Little pretty, because little: Where- Arm. Tell me precisely of what complexion ? fore apt?
Moth. Of the sea-water green, sir. Arm. And therefore apt, because quick. Arm. Is that one of the four complexions Moth. Speak you this in my praise, master ? Moth. As I have read, sir; and the best of Arm. In thy condign praise.
them too. Moth. I will praise an eel with the same Arm. Green, indeed, is the colour of lovers : praise.
but to have a love of that colour, methinks, Arm. What? that an eel is ingenious ? Sampson had small reason for it. He, surely, Moth. That an eel is quick:
affected her for her wit. Arm. I do say, thon art quick in answers : Moth. It was so, sir; for she had a green wit. Thon heatest my blood.
Arm. My love is most immaculate white Moth. I am answered, sir.
and red. Arm. I love not to be crossed.
Moth. Most maculate thoughts, master, are Moth. He speaks the mere contrary, masked under such colours. crosses t love not him.
(4.side. Arm. Define, define, well-educated infant. Arm. I have promised to study three Moth. My father's wit, and my mother's years with the duke.
tongue, assist me! Moth. You may do it in an hour, sir. Årm. Sweet invocation of a child; most Arm. Impossible.
pretty, and pathetical! Moth. How many is one thrice told ? Moth. If she be made of white and red,
Arm. I am ill at reckoning, it fitteth the Her faults will ne'er be known; spirit of a tapster.
For blushing cheeks by faults are bred, Moth. You are a gentleman, and a game- And fear's by pale-wbite shown: ster, sir.
Then, if slie fear, or be to blame, Arm. I confess both; they are both the By this you shall not know; varnish of a complete man.
For still her cheeks possess the same, Moth. Then, I am sure, yon know how Which native she doth ower. much the gross sam of deuce-ace amounts to. A dangerous rhyme, master, against the reason
Arm. It doth amount to one more than two. of white and red.
King and the Beggar? Moth. Why, sir, is this such a piece of Moth. The world was very guilty of snch study? Now here is three studied, ere you'll a ballad some three ages since : but, I think, thrice wink : and how easy it is to put years now 'is not to be found ; or, if it were, it • Young man,
+ The name of a coin once current. Of which she is naturally possesa
would neither serve for the writing, nor the Arm. Thou shalt be heavily punished. tune.
Cost. I am more bound to you, than your Arm. I will have the subject newly writ fellows, for they are but lightly rewarded. o'er, that I may example my digression • by Arm. Take away this villain; shut him up. some mighty precedent. Boy, I do love that Moth. Come, you transgressing slave; away. country girl, that I took in the park with the Cost. Let me not be pent up, sir ; I will rational hind Costard ; she deserves well. fast, being loose.
Moth. To be whipped ; and yet a better Moth. No, sir; that were fast and loose ; love than my master.
(Aside. thou shalt to prison. Arm. Sing, boy; my spirit grows heavy Cost. Well, if ever I do see the merry days in love.
of desolation that I have seen, some shall see Moth. And that's great marvel, loving a
Moth. What shall some see? light wench.
Cost. Nay, nothing, master Moth, but what Arm. I say, sing.
they look upon. It is not for prisoners to be Moth. Forbear till this company be past. too silent in their words; and, therefore, I Enter DULL, COSTARD, and JAQUENETTA. will say nothing: I thank God, I have as
Dull. Sir, the duke's pleasure is, that you little patience as another man; and, therefore, keep Costard safe : and you must let him I can be quiet. take no delight, nor no penance; but a'must
(Exeunt Moth and COSTARD. fast three days a week : For this damsel, I Arm. I do affect | the very ground, which must keep her at the park ; she is allowed for is base, where her shoe, which is baser, guided the day-womant. Fare you well.
by her foot, which is basest, doth tread. I Arm. I do betray myself with blasbing. shall be forsworn, (which is a great argament Maid.
of Falsehood,) if I love: And how can that Jaq. Man.
be true love, which is falsely attempted ! Arm. I will visit thee at the lodge. Love is a familiar ; love is a devil: there is Jaq. That's hereby.
no evil angel but love. Yet Sampson was so Arm. I know where it is situate.
tempted : and he had an excellent strength : Jaq. Lord, how wise you are!
yet was Solomon so seduced ; and he had a Arm. I will tell thee wonders.
very good wit. Cupid's butt-shastý is too Jaq. With that face?
hard for Hercules' club, and therefore too Arm. I love thee.
much odds for a Spaniard's rapier. The first Jaq. So I heard you say.
and second cause will not serve my turn; the Arm. And so farewell.
passado he respects not, the duello he regards Jaq. Fair weather after you!
not : his disgrace is to be called boy ; but his Dúll. Come, Jaquenetta, away.
glory is, to subdue men. Adien, valour! (Ereunt Doll and JAQUENETTA, rust, rapier! be still, drum ! for your manager Arm. Villain, thou shalt fast for thy of- is in love ; yea, he loveth. Assist me some fences, ere thou be pardoned.
extemporal god of rhyme, for, I am sure, 1 Cost. Well, sir, I hope, when I do it, I shall turn sonneteer. Devise wit; write pen; shall do it on a full stomach.
for I am for whole volumes in folio. [Erit.
And prodigally gave them all to you.
Prin. Good lord Boyet, iny beauty, though
but mean, and Tents at a distance.
Needs not the painted flourish of your praise Enter the Princess of France, RoSALINE Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye,
MARIA, KATHARINE, Boret, Lords, and Not uiter'd by base sale of chapmen's tongues: other Attendants.
I am less proud to hear you tell my worth, Boyet. Now, madam, summon up your Than you much willing to be counted wise dearest|| spirits :
In spending your wit in the praise of mine. Consider who the king your father sends ; But now to task the tasker,-Good Boyet, To whom be sends; and what's his embassy : You are not ignorant, all-telling fame Yourself, held precious in the world's esteem ; Doth noise abroad, Navarre hath made a vow, To parley with the sole inheritor
Till painful study shall ont wear three years, Of all perfections that a man may owe, No woman may approach his silent court: Matchless Navarre ; the plea of no less weight Therefore to us seemeth it a needful course, Than Aquitain ; a dowry for a queen. Before we enter his forbidden gates, Be now as prodigal of all dear grace,
To know his pleasure; and in that behall, As uature was in making graces dear, Bold of your worthiness, we single you When she did starve the general worki beside, I As our best-moving fair solicitor : • Transgression. + Dairy.woman.
1 Love, Arrow to shoot at butts with. # Best.