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FERDINAND, King of Navarre.

HOLOFERYES, a Schoolmafier. BIROX, bree Lords, attending upon the

COSTARD, a Clown.

MOTH, Page to Don Adriano d. Armade.
King in his retirement.

A Forefter.
BOYET, Lords, attending upon the Princess of
MERCADE, France,

Princess of France.

MARIA, Ladies, attending on the Princess. NATHANIEL, a Curate.

KATHERINE, Dull, a Conflable.


Country Werich.
Officers, and others, Attendants upon the King and Princess.
SCENE, she King of Navarre's Palace, and the Country near it.


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Navarre. The Palace.
Enter obe King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain.

Fat paunches have lean pates; and dainty bits
Make rich the ribs, but bankerout the wits.

Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortify'd;
The groffer manner of these world's delights

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Live registred our brazen tombs, love, to to pomp, I pine and die; And then grace us in the disgrace of death; With all these living in philosophy. When, spight of cormorant devouring Time, Biron. I can but say their protestation over, The endeavour of this present breath may buy So much, dear liege, I have already sworn, That honour, which shall bate his icythe's keen edge, That is, To live and study here three years. And make us heirs of all eternity.

But there are other strict observances : Therefore, brave conquerors !—for so you are, As, not to see a woman in that term; That war against your own affections,

Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there. And the huge army of the world's desires, And, one day in a week to touch no food; Our late edict shall strongly stand in force: And but one meal on every day belide; Navarre shall be the wonder of the world; The which, I hope, is not enrolled there. Our court shall be a little Academe,

And then, to sleep but three hours in the night, Still and contemplative in living art.

And not be seen to wink of all the day; You three, Biron, Dumain, and Longaville, (When I was wont to think no harm all night, Have sworn for three years' term to live with me, And make a dark night too of half the day) My fellow-scholars, and to keep those statutes, Which, I hope well, is not enr ed there, That are recorded in this schedule here: O, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep; Your oaths are past, and now subscribe your names ; Not to see ladies, study, fast, nor sleep. "That his own hand may strike his honour down, King. Your oath is pass’d to pass away from these, That violates the smallest branch herein:

Biron. Let me say, no, my liege, an if you please ; If you are arm’d to do, as sworn to do, I only swore, to study with your grace, Subscribe to your deep oath, and keep it too. And Itay here in your court for three years' space.

Long. I am resolvd : 'tis but a three years falt; Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest. The mind shall banquet, though the body pine : Biron. By yea and nay, fir, then I swore in jest.

with you:


What is the end of study? let me know. 1.4 Christmas I no more desire a rose, $116. Wlry, that to know, which else we should Than with a fnow in May's new-fangled show's; not know,

But like of each thing, that in season grows. Biron. Things hid and barr'd (you mean) from 'So you, to study now it is too late, [gite. common sense!

That were to clinib o'er the house t'unlock the King. Ay, that is study's god-like recompence. King. Well, fit you out: go home, Biron; adieu!

Birun. Come on then, I will swear to study to, Biron. No, my good lord; I have tworn to stay To know the thing I am forbid to know: As thus,—To study where I well may dine, And, though I have for barbarism spoke more, When I to feast expressly am forbid;

Than for that angel knowledge you can say, Fr, ítudy where to meet some mistress fine, Yet confident I'll keep what I have twore,

When mittreiles from common tense are hid: ind bite the penance of each three years' day. Or, having sworn too hard-a-kecping outh, Give me the paper, let me read the fame; Study to break it, and not break my troth. And to the atri&t'st decrees I'll write my name. If Trudy's gain be thus, and this be to, 21 King. How we!! this yielding rescues thee Study knows that, which vet it doth not know:

from thame! Swear me to this, and I will ne'er fay, no.

Biron. “ Item, That no woman thall come withK'ing. These be the 1tops that hinder study quite,“ in a mile of my court.”-[Reading.] Hath this And train our intellects to vain delight. (vain, been proclaimed?

Biron. Why, all delights are vain; but that most Long. Four days ago. Which with pain purchas'd Joth inherit piin: Biron. Let's see the penalty.- :-" On pain of As, painfully to pore upon a book,

" loting her tongue."—[Reading.] Who devis To seek the light of truth; while truth the while, this penalty? Doth falsely ? blind the eyesight of his look: Long. Marry, that did I.

Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile : Bison. Sweet lord, and why? (penalty, So, ere you find where light in darkness lies, Long. To fright them hence with that dread Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes. Biron. A dangerous law against gentility 5! Sindy me how to please the eye indced, “ Jtem, [Rodirg.] If any man be fcen to talk By fixing it upon a finirer eve:

“ with a woman within the term of three years, Who dazzling so, that eye ihall be his heed ?, " he shall endure fuch public shame as the rest of

And give hin light that was it blinded by. " the court can potlibly devise."Study is like the heaven's glorious full,

This article, mu liege, yourself must break;
That will not he deep-search'd with faucy looks; For, well you know, here comes in embally
Small have continual providers ever woll, The French king's daughter, with yourselftofpeakers
Save bare authority from others' hooks.

A maid of gace, and complete majesty, -
These earthly godfathers of heller's lights, About furrenler-up of Aquitain
That give i nanie to evert fixed 1ta,

To her decrepit, fick, and bed-rid father:
Ilare no more profit of their mining nights, Therefore this article is made in vain,

Than those that walk and wrot not what they are. Or mainly comes the admired princess hither. Too much to know, is, to kuow nought but fame; King. What say you, lords ? why, this was quite And every godfather can give a name.

forget. King. How well he's reai, to reaton against red- Bivou. So ftudy evermore is overshot ; Dum. Proceeded 3 well, to stop all good pro-While it doth study to have what it woul', ceeding!

It doth forget to do the thing it should; Long. He weeds the air, and till lets grow the And when it hath the thing it hunteth moft, weeding

'Tis won, as torns with fire; so svon, fo lost. Biron. The spring is near, wlica green gecle are i Ky. Wennuft, of force, dispense with this decree; a-breediny.

Sbo muit lye here on mere veceility. Dim. How follow this

Birin. Nece:lity will make us all fortworn Piron. Et in his place and time.

Turee thousand times within this three years Dux. In realou nothing.

For every man with us attects is born; space, biron. Something then ir rhime.

Not by might masterd, but hy special grace: Yeng. Birun is like an envions freaping 4 front, If I break faith, this word fhall 1peak for me,

That bites the full-born infints of the prin.. tam forlu ori on here necetiity.Bion. Well, t.ty I am? why thould proud i:inSu to the ku's at large I'write my name : nc: bott,

And he, that breaks thein in the least degree, Before the bids have any cause to fuis Stands in attainiler of eternal shame: Biriy should I yo; in tu abortive both

Suggestions are to others, as to me:

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2 fight!

But, I believe, although I seem so loth, 1 Co. As it thall follow in my correction ; And. I am the last that will last keep his o.uh.

God defend the right! But is there no quick recreation "granted: King. Will you hear the letter with tention King. Ay, that tliere is : our cout, you know, Biror. As v. tould liei an oncle. is haunted

Cult. Such is the finpacity of man to herken alWith a retined traveller of Spain;

ter the flesh. A man in all the world's new Glion planted, King. (Riud. « Crent Jeputy; the welkin's ,

That hath a mint of pharifes in bi: brian: “ viie-gcrent, and ivic dominator of Navarre, my One, whom the muück of his own win tongue

« soul's earth's God, and body's fott'ring paa. Doth ravith, like inciunting Harnany;

* tron,...” A man of complements?, whom right and wrong Colt. Not a word of Contard yet :

Have chose as umpirt of their mutiny: King. “ So it is," This child of fancy, that Armado hight,

COM. It may be so : but if he say it is so, he is, For interim to our ftudies, Mall relate, in telling true, but so, fo. In high-born words, the worth of many a knight

King. Pezice. From tauny Spain, lost in the worid's debate. Col. --be to me, and every man that dares not How you delight, my lords, I know not, i ; But, I proteit, I love to hear him lie,

King. No words. And I will use him for my ministreliv.

Coj. --of other men's secrets, I beseech you. L'iron. Armado is a moit illustrious wight, King. “ So it is, hefieged with fable-colour'd A man of fire-new words, fashion's own knight. “ melancholy, I did commend the bl.kk oppretting Long. Coftard the swain and he thall be our “ lumour to the most wholesome physick of thy. sport ;

" heilth-giving air; and, as I am a gentleman, And, so to study, three years is but short. " betook myfelf to waik. The time, when?,

Enter Dill, and Card, with a letter. “ About the sixth hou'; when beasts mos graze, Dull. Which is the duke's own person? “ birds bett pack, and men sit down to that noliBiron. This, feilow; What wouli'it :

“ rishment which is called lupper. So much for Dull. I mytelt reprehend his own person, for I “ the time when : Now for the ground which ;; am his grace's tharborough 3 ; but I would see his" which, I meill, I walk u upon : it is yclepe', own perfon in flesh and blood.

" thy park. Then for the place where : where, Birons. This is he.

“ I mean, I did encounter that obscene and mort Dull. Signior Arme--, Arme, --commends you. prepofterous event, that draweth from my snowie. There's villainy abroad ; this letter will tell you " white pen the eben-colour'u ink, which here

6 thou vieweit, behokiert, surveyelt, or lerit :--Cofi. Sir, the contempts thereof are us touching " But to the face, where,-Ii ftandech noriti

" north-cult and by cait írom the west corner of K ng. A letter from the magnificent Arnado, " thy curious-knotted garden : There did I see

Biron. How low fuever the matter, I hope in “ thiit low-spirited fwain, that base minnowrof thy God for high words.

“ mirth," rok. Me.) “ that unletter'd smallLong. A high hope for a low having 4 :-God “ knowing woul," (Coil. Me.) “that thallow salgrant us patience.

“ fal," (Cf. Still me.) “ which, as I remember, Birga. To hear? or forbear hearing?

hight Custard," (Col. O me!) “ forted and Long. To

ar mcekiv, fir, and to laugh mode- " contorted, contrary to thy established proclaimed rately; or to forbear boin.

** edict and continent cuon, with,-withBiron. Well, fir, be it as the itile shall give us " with,---but with this I pailion to say where, caule to climb in the merriness.

* with " Cof. The matter is to me, fir, as concerning Ja- Coft. With a wench. quenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken with


“ with a child of our grandmother Eve, a the manner.

“ female ; or, for thy more sweet understanding, Biror. In what manner ?

2 woman. Him, I (its my ever esteemed duy Col. In manner and form following, fir; all pricks me on) have sent to thee, to receive the thole three : I was seen with her in the manor-“ meed of punishment, by thy sweet grace's offihouse, fitting with her upon the form, and taken “ cer, Anthony Dull; a man of good repute, following her into the park ; which, put together, carrige, bearing, and estimation." is, in Dianner and form following. Now, 117, for Dull. Me, an't shall please you; I am Anthony the manner, it is the manner of a man to speak Dull. to a woman : for the form, in some form,

King. “Por Jaquienetta, (so is the weaker vefBiron. For the following, firs

“ fel called which I apprehended with the afori

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li. c. lively sport, or sprightly diversion. 2. Complement, in Shak sprarc's time, not only signified. verbal civility, but the external accumplishments for ornamental appendages of a character. 31. e. Thirdborough, a peace-officer equal in authority to a headborough or a contable... 4 i. c. a low job'ello, of a guption. A phrate then used to signify, taken in the fact. Meaning, thai conteniptibiy hidle object of thy mirth, I 3


said swain) I keep her as a vefsel of thy law's Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congruent “ fury; and thall, at the least of thy sweet notice, epitheton, appertaining to thy young days, which “ bring her to trial. Thine, in all compliments we may nominate, tender. « of devoted and heart-burning heat of duty, Mth. And I, cough signior, as an appertinent

“ Do: ADRIANO DE ARMADO.” title to your old time, which we may name, Biron. This is not so well as I look'd for, but the tough. best that ever I heard.

Arm. Pretty, and apt. King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrah, Moth. How mean you, fir ? I pretty, and my what fay you to this ?

Saying apt? or I apt, and my saying pretty? Caft . Sir, I confess the wench.

Arm. Thou pretty, because little. King. Did you hear the proclamation ?

Moth. Little pretty, because little : Wherefore Col. I do confefs much of the hearing it, but apt? little of the marking of it.

Arm. And therefore apt, because quick. King. It was proclaim'd a year's imprisonment Moth. Speak you this in my praise, master ? to be taken with a wench.

Arm. In thy condign praise. Cof. I was taken with none, sir; I was taken Motb. I will praise an eel with the same praise, with a damorel.

Arm. What? that an eel is ingenious ? King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel.

Moth. That an eel is quick. Coff. This was no damosel neither, fir; the was Arm. I do say, thou art quick in answers :a virgin.

Thou heat'st my blood. King. It is fo varied too; for it was proclaim'd, Moth. I am answer'd, sir. virgin.

Arm. I love not to be cross'd. Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity; I was Mob. He speaks the mere contrary, crosses love taken with a maid.

not him. K'ing. This maid will not serve your turn, sir. Arm. I have promised to study three years with Coll. This maid will serve my turn, sir. the duke.

King. Sir, I will pronounce sentence; You shall Moth. You may do it in an hour, fır. fast a week with bran and water.

Arm. Impossible. Cost. I had rather pray a month with mutton Mob. How many is one thrice told and porridge.

Arm. I am ill at reckoning, it fitteth the spirit of King. And Don Armado Mhall be your keeper.- a tapster. My lord Biron, see him deliver'd o'er.

Moth. You are a gentleman, and a gamester, fir. And go we, lords, to put in practice that

Arm. I confess both; they are both the varnish Which each to other hath so strongly sworn. of a complete man.

[Exeunt. Mch. Then, I am sure, you know how much Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's hat, the gross sum of deuce-ace amounts to.

These oaths and laws will prove an idie ícorn. Arm. It doth amount to one more than two. Sirrah, come on.

Moth. Which the bale vulgar do call, three, Coff. I suffer for the truth, fir: for true it is, I Ar". True. was taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is a Moth. Why, sir, is this such a piece of Itudy ? true girl; and therefore, Welcome the sour cup of Now here is three studied, ere you'll thrice wink; prosperity! Amiction may one day smile again, and and how easy it is to put years to the word three, till then, Sit thee down, forrow ! [Exeunt. and Study three ye:urs in two words, the dancing

horse + will tell you. S CE N E

sim. A most fine figure !
Amado's House

Moth. To prove you a cypher.
Enter cirmado ard Moth.

Arm. I will hereupon confess, I am in love : Arm. Boy, what sign is it, when a man of great and as it is base for a soldier to love, so I am in Spirit grows melancholy?

love with a base wench. If drawing my sword Morb. A great sign, sir, that he will look sad. against the humour of affection would deliver me

Arm. Why, sadness is one and the self-fame from the reprobate thought of it, I would take thing, dear imp'.

desire prisoner ; and raniom him to any French Mob. No, no : O lord, sir, no.

courtier for a new devis'd court'ly. I think scorn Arm. How can'lt thou part {adness and melan- to find; methinks, I thould out-swear Cupid. choly, my tender juvenal 2 ?

Comfort me, boy; What great men have been in Moth. By a familiar demonstration of the work- love ? ing, my tough signior.

Moth. Hercules, master. Arm. Why tough signior? why tough signior ? Arm. Moit sweet Hercules !--More authority,

Marb. Why tender juvenal ? why tender juve- dear boy, name more ; and, sweet my child, let nal?

them be men of good repute and carriage.


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Imp was formerly a term of dignity. ? i. c. my tender youth. 3 Crojes here mean money. 4 This alludes to a horse belonging to one Banks, which played many remarkable pranks, and is frequently mentioned by many wsiters contemporary with Shakspearc.

Mob. Sampson, master : he was a man of good, Coftard safe: and you must let him take no delight, carriage, great carriage; for he carried the town nor no penance; but a' muit fast three days agites on his back, like a porter: and he was in week : For this damsel, I must keep her at the dove.

park; she is allow'd for the day-woman. Fare Arm. 0 well-knit Sampson! strong-jointed you well. Sampion! I do excel thee in my rapier, as much Arm. I do betray myself with blushing.-Maid. as thou didft me in carrying gates. I am in love

Faq. Man. 100.-- Who was Sampfon's love, my dear Moch? Arin. I will visit thee at the lodge. Moth. A woman, master.

fag. That's hereby. Arm. Of what complexion ?

Arm. I know where it is situate. Matb. Of all the four, or the three, or the two; Jag. Lord, how wife you are ! of one of the four.

drmn. I will tell thee wonders. Arm. Tell me precisely of what complexion ? Yaq. With that face? Motb. Of the fea-water green, fir.

Arm. I love thee. 49. Is that one of the four complexions? Jaq. So I heard you say.

Mob. As I have read, fir; and the best of Arin. And so farewell. them too.

Jaq. Fair weather after you ! Arin. Green, indeed, is the colour of lovers : Dull. Come, Jaquenetta, away. but to have a love of that colour, methinks, Samp

[Exeunt Dull and Jaquenett. fou had small reason for it. He, surely, affected Arm. Villain, thou thalt fast for thy offencese her for her wit.

ere chou be pardoned. Mosh. It was so, sir; for she had a green wit. Cot. Well, sir, I hope, when I do it, I

Arm. My love is most immaculate white and do it on a full stomach. red.

Him. Thou shalt be heavily punished. Moth. Most maculate thoughts, master, are Colt. I am more bound to you, than your fellows, mask'd under such colours.

for they are but lightly rewarded. Arm. Define, define, well-educated infant. Arm. Take away this villain ; thut him up.

Morb. My father's wit, and my mother's tongue, Morb. Come, you transgressing Nave; away. a lift me!

Gof. Let ine nut be pent up, sir; I will fast, sirm. Sweet invocation of a child ; most pretty, being loose. and pathetical!

Morb. No, fir; that were fast and loose : thou Viorb. If the be made of white and red!, shalt to prison.

Her faults will ne'er be known; Coll. Well, if ever I do see the merry days of
For blushing cheeks by faults are bred, defolation that I have seen, some thull fee-

Aud fears by pale-white shown: Morb. What shall fome fee?
Then, if the fear, or be to blame, Coft. Nay, nothing, master Moth, but what they
By this you Thall not know;

It is not for prisoners to be silent in
For still her cheeks possess the same, their words; and, therefore, I will tay nothing :
Which native she doth owe.

I thank God, I have as little patience as another A dangerous rhime, master, against the reason of man; and therefore I can be quiet. white and red.

[Exeuri: Moth ard Cofiard. A.-18. Is there not a ballad, boy, of the King and Arm. I do affect? the very ground, which is base, the Beggar?

where her shoe, which is barer, guided by her Morb, The world was very guilty of such a bal- fout, which is baseft, Joth tread. I shall be forlad some three ages fince : but, I think, now 'tis sworn, (which is a great argument of fallhood) if not to be found; or, if it were, it would neither I love: And how can that be true love, which is serve for the writing, nor the tune.

fally attempted ? Love is a familiar ;. love is a Arm. I will have that subject newly writ o'er, devil : there is no evil angel but love. Yet Sampthat I may example my digretlion' by sume mighty son was fo tempteds and he had an excellent precedent. Boy, I do love that country girl, that ftrength ; yet was Solomon so seduced ; and he I took in the park with the rational hind Coítard; had a very good wit. Cupid's butt-Thaft is too hard The deferves well.

for Hercules' club, and therefore too much odds Moth. To be whipp'd ; and yet a better love for a Spaniard's rapier. The first and second ca: 10 than my master.

[ Afide. will not serve my turn; the paisado he respects Arm. Sing, boy} my spirit grows heavy in love. not, the duello he regards not : his disgrace is to be

Mob. And that's great marvel, loving a light called boy; but his glory is, to subdue men. Adicu, wench.

valour! ruft, rapier! be still, drum! for your Arm. I say, sing.

manager is in love; yea, he loveth. ' Alift me Motb. Forbear, till this company be pat. fome extemporal god of rhime, for, I am sur“,

Enter Dull, Costard, and Jaquenetta. I thall turn fonneteer. Devise wit; write pen ; Dull, Sir, the duke's pleasure is, that you keep for I am for whule volumes in folio. [i:

look upon.

i Digreffon here fignifics the act of going out of the right way.

% That is, love,

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