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Four d
Biron. Let's see the penalty.
[Reads.)--On pain of losing her tongu.

Who d
Long. Marry, that did I.
Biron. Sweet lord, and why?
Long. To fright them hence with tha

nalty.
Biron. A dangerous law against gent

[Reads.] Item, If any man be seen ta woman within the term of three yea endure such public shame as the rest can possibly devise. This article, my liege, yourself must bre

For, well you know, here comes in e The French king's daughter, with yoursel

A maid of grace, and complete majest About surrender-up of Aquitain

To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid fati
Therefore this article is made in vain,

Or vainly comes the admired princess
King. What say you, lords? why, th

forgot.
Biron. So study evermore is overshot
While it doth study to have what it wou
It doth forget to do the thing it should :
And when it hath the thing it hunteth me
'Tis won, as towns with fire ; so won, sc
King. We must, of force, Uispense v

cree;
She must lie* here on mere necessity.
Biron. Necessity will make us all for
Three thousand times within this

space :
For every man with his affects is born;

: Not by might master'd, but by speci If I break faith, this word shail speak fo I am forsworn on mere necessity.

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Biron, This is he.

Dull. Signior Arme-Arme-commends you.There's villaing abroad; this letter will tell you more.

Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching

me.

he that breaks them in the least degree, i attainder of eternal shame: gestions* are to others, as to me; elieve, although I seem so loth, ; last that will last keep his oath. rere no quickt recreation granted :

Ay, that there is : our court, you know, is haunted in a refined traveller of Spain; in all the world's new fashion planted, t hath a mint of plirases in his brain: rom the musick of his own vain tongue h ravish, like enchanting harmony; of coinplements, whom right and wrong re chose as umpire of their mutiny: ld of fancy, that Armado hightf, interim to our studies, shall relate, born words, the worth of many a knight m tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate. u delight, my lords, I know not, I; 'otest, I love to hear him lie, vill use him for my minstrelsy. 2. Armado is a most illustrious wight, of fire-new words, fashion's own knight.

Costard the swain, and he, shall be our sport; to study, three years is but short.

King. A letter from the magnificent Armado.

Biron. How low soever the matter, I hope in
God for high words.

Long. A high hope for a low having: God grant
us patience!

Biron. To hear? or forbear hearing?

Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh mode. rately; or to forbear both.

Biron. Well, sir, be it as the style shall give us cause to climb in the merriness.

Cost. The matter is to me, sis, as concerning Jan
quenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken with the
manner.

Biron. In what manner?
· Cost. In manner and form following, sir; all those
three: I was seen with her in the manor house, sit-
ting with her upon the form, aud taken following
her into the park; which, put together is, in manner
and form following. Now, sir, for the

manner-it
is the manner of a man to speak to a woman: for the
form,-in some form.

Biron. For the following, sir?

Cost. As it shall follow in my correction; and
God defend the right!

King. Will you hear this letter with attention?
Biron. As we would hear an oracle.

Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken af.
ter the flesh.

King, [Reads.] Great deputy, the welkin's vicegerent, and sole dominator of Navarre, my souls eurth's God, and body's fostering patron,

Cost. Not a word of Costard yet.

iter Dull, with a letter, and Costard.

Which is the duke's own person? 2. This, fellow; What would'st? I myself reprehend his own person, for I race's tliarboroughs: but I would see his owa n flesh and blood.

aptations. + Lively, spritely. .ed.

§ i.e. third-borough,

peace-officer.

In the fact.

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Biron, This is he.

Dull. Signior Arme-Armecomm There's villainy abroad ; this letter more.

Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are me,

King. A letter from the magnificent

Biron. How low soever the matter God for high words.

Long. A high hope for a low having: us patience!

Biron. To hear? or forbear hearing?

Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to 1 rately; or to forbear both.

Biron. Well, sir, be it as the style s cause to climb in the merriness.

Cost. The matter is to me, sir, as co quenetta. The manner of it is, I was tal manner*.

Biron. In what manner?

Cost. In manner and form following, s three: I was seen with her in the mano ting with her upon the form, and take her into the park; which, put together is and form following. Now, sir, for the is the manner of a man to speak to a wor form,-in some form.

Biron. For the following, sir?

Cost. As it shall follow in my corre
God defend the right!

King. Will you hear this letter with a
Biron. As we would hear an oracle.

Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to ter the flesh.

King. [Reads.] Great deputy, the we gerent, and sole dominator of Navarre earth's God, and body's fostering patt

Cost. Not a word of Costard yet.

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. In the fact.

It may be so: but if he say it is so, he is, in true, but so, so. Peace, . be to me, and every man that dares not

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No words. -- of other men's secrets, I beseech you.

So it is, besieged with sable-coloured mey, I did commend the black-oppressing huthe most wholesome physick of thy healthir; and, as I am a gentleman, betook my. ilk. The time when? About the sixth hour; asts most graze, birds best peck, and men 2 to that nourishment which is called sup1 much for the time when. Now for the which; which, I mean, I walked upon: it 2d thy park. Then for the place where; I mean, I did encounter that obscene and eposterous event, that draweth from my ite pen the ebón-coloured ink, which here west, beholdest, surveyest, or seest: but to e, where,- It standeth north-north-east past from the west corner of thy curious. garden : there did I see that low-spirited hat base minnow of thy mirth, Me. - that unletter'd small-knowing soul, Me. - that shallow passal, Still me. - which, as I remember, hight Costard,

me ! – sorted and consorted, contrary to thy d proclaimed edict and continent canon, th-0 withbut with this I passion to ?with. Vith a wench. -- with a child of our grandmother Eve, ; or, for thy more sweet understanding,

a woman. Him I (as my ever-esteemed duty pricks me on) have sent to thee, to receive the med. of punishment, by thy sweet graces officer, Antony Dull; a man of good repute, carriage, bearing, and estimation.

Dull. Me, an't shall please you; I am Antony Dull.

King. For Jaquenettu (so is the treaker vessel called, which I apprehended with the aforesaid. suain), I keep her as a dessel of thy luto's fury; and shall, at the least of thy sweet notice, bring her to trial. Thine, in all compliments of devoted and heart-burning heat of duty,

DON ADRIANO DE ARMADO. Biron. This is not so well as I looked for, but the best that ever I heard.

King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrali,
what say you to this?

Cost. Sir, I confess the wench.
King. Did you hear the proclamation?

Cost. I do confess niach of the hearing it, but lit. tle of the marking of it.

King. It was proclaimed a year's imprisonment, to be taken with a wench.

Cost. I was taken with none, sir, I was taken with a damosel.

King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel.

Cost. This was no damosel neither, sir; she was a virgin. .

King. It is so varied too ; for it was proclaimed, virgin.

Cost. If it were, I deny ber virginity; I was taken with a maid.

King. This maid will not serve your turn, sir.
Cost. This maid will serve my turn, sir.

King. Sir, I will pronounce your sentence; You shall fast a week with bran and water.

Cost. I had rather pray a month with matton and porridge.

King. And Don Armado shall be your keeper
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a woman. Him I (as my eder-esteem me on) have sent to thee, to rec of punishment, by thy sweet grace': ny Duell; a man of good repute, car and estimation.

Dult. Me, an't shall please you; Dull.

King. For Jaquenettu (so is the called, which I apprehended with swain), I keep her as a dessel of th and shall, at the least of thy sweet her to trial. Thine, in all complime and heart-burning heut of duty,

DON ADRIANO DI Biron. This is not so well as I lookbest that ever I heard.

King. Ay, the best for the worst what say you to this?

Cost. Sir, I confess the wench.
King. Did you hear the proclamat

Cost. I do confess niuch of the hear tle of the marking of it.

King. It was proclaimed a year's to be taken with a wench.

Cost. I was taken with none, sir, I a damosel.

King. Well, it was proclaimed dane

Cost. This was no damosel neither, virgin.

King. It is so varied too ; for it wa virgin.

Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity with a maid.

King. This maid will not serve you
Cost. This maid will serve my turn,

King. Sir, I will pronounce your se shall fast a week with bran and water.

Cost. I had rather pray a mouth wit porridge.

King. And Don: Armado shall be y. VOL. II.

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