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Arm. I will have the subject newly writ o'er, that I may example my digression* by some mighty precedent. Boy, I do love that country girl, that I took in the park with the rational hind Costard ; she deserves well.
Moth. To be whipp'd ; and yet a better love than my master.
[Aside. Arm. Sing, hoy; my spirit grows heavy in love. Moth. And that's great marvel, loving a light
wench. Arm. I say, sing. Moth. Forbear, till this company be past.
Enter DULL, COSTARD, and JAQUENETTA. Dull. Sir, the duke's pleasure is, that you keep Costard safe: and you must let him take no de. light, nor no penance; but a' must fast three days a-week: for this damsel, I must keep her at the park: she is allow'd for the day-woman t. Fare
Arm. I do betray myself with blushing.–Maid.
(Exeunt Dull and Jaquenetta. Arm. Villain, thou shalt fast for thy offences, ere thou be pardon'd.
Cost. Well, Sir, I hope, when I do it, I shall do it on a full stomach.
Arm. Thou shalt be heavily punish'd.
Cost. I am more bound to you, than your fellows, for they are but lightly rewarded.
Arm. Take away this villain; shut him up.
Cost. Let me not be pent up, Sir; I will fast, being loose.
Moth. No, Sir; that were fast and loose : thou shalt to prison. • Transgression.
Cost. Well, if ever I do see the merry days of desolation that I have seen, some shall see
Moth. What shall some see?
Cost. Nay, nothing, master Moth, but what they look upon. It is not for prisoners to be too silent in their words; and, therefore, I will say nothing : I thank God, I have as little patience as another man ; and therefore I can be quiet.
[Exeunt Moth and Costard. Arm. I do affect the very ground, which is base, where her shoe, which is baser, guided by her foot, which is basest, doth tread. I shall be forsworn, (which is a great argumen of falsehood,) if I love : and how can that be true love, which is falsely attempted ? Love is a familiar; love is a devil: there is no evil angel but love. Yet Sampson was so tempted ; and he had an excellent strength : yet was Solomon so seduced; and he had a very good wit. Cupid's butt-shaft + is too hard for Hercules' club, and therefore too much odds for a Spaniard's rapier. The first and second cause will not serve my turn; the passado he respects not, the duello he regards not; his disgrace is to be call'd boy ; but his glory is, to subdue men. Adieu, valour! Rust, rapier! Be still,drum! For your manager is in love; yea, he loveth. Assist me some extemporal god of rhyme, for, I am sure I shall turn sonneteer. Devise wit; write pen ; for I am for whole volumes in folio.
ACT II. SCENE I.- Another Part of the same.- A Pavilion
and Tents at a distance.
+ Arrow to shoot at butts with.
Be now as prodigal of all dear grace,
Boy. Proud of employment; willingly I go. (Exit.
Prin. All pride is willing pride, and yours is 80. Who are the votaries, my loving lords, That are vow-fellows with this virtuvus duke?
1 Lord. Longaville is one. Prin. Know you the man ? Mar. I know him, madam ; at a marriage feast, Between lord Perigort and the beauteous heir Of Jaques Falconbridge solemnized, In Normandy saw I this Longaville : A man of sovereign parts he is esteemid; Well fitted in the arts, glorious in arms; Nothing becomes him ill, that he would well. The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss, (If virtue's gloss will stain with any soil) Is a sharp wit inatch'd with too blunt a will; Whose edge hath power to cut, whose will still
wills It should none spare that come within his power.
Prin. Some merry mocking lord, be like ; is't so ? Var. They say so most, that most his humours
Prin. Such short lived wits do wither as they
grow. Who are the rest? Kath. The young Dumain, a well-accomplish'd
Rosa. Another of these students at that time
Prin. God bless my ladies! Are they all in love;
Re-enter Boyet. Prin. Now, what admittance, lord ? Boyet. Navarre bad notice of
approach; And he, and his competitors * in oath, Were all addressd + to meet you, gentle lady, Before I came. Marry, thus much I have learnt, He rather means to lodge you in the field, (Like one that comes here to besiege his court,) Than seek a dispensation for his oath, To let you enter his unpeopled house. Here comes Navarre.
[The ladies mask. Enter KING, LONGAVILLE, DUMAIN, BIRON, and
Attendants. King. Fair prince welcome to the court of
Prin. Fair, I give you back again; and, welcome I have not yet : the roof of this court is too high to be yours; and welcome to the wild fields too base to be mine. King. You shall be welcome, madam, to my
court. Prin. I will be welcome then; conduct me thi
ther. King. Hear me, dear lady ; I have sworn an oath. Prin. Our lady help my lord ! He'll be forsworn. King. Not for the world, fair madam, by my will. Prin. Why, will shall break it; will, and nothing
else, King. Your ladyship is ignorant what it is. Prin. Were my lord so, his ignorance were
wise, Where now his knowledge must prove ignorance. I hear, your grace hath sworn-out house-keeping: Tis deadly sin to keep that oath my lord, And sin to break it: But pardon me, I am too sudden bold; To teach a teacher ill beseemeth me. Vouchsafe to read the purpose of my coming, And suddenly resolve ine in my suit.
[Gives a PaperKing. Madam, I will, if suddenly I may.
Prin. You will the sooner, that I were away ; For you'll prove perjured, if you make me stay. Biron. Did not I dance with you in Brabant once! Ros. Did not I dance with you in Brabant once ! Biron. I know you did.
Ros. How needless was it then
Biron. You must not be so quick.
questions. Biron. Your wit's too hot, it speeds too fast, 'twill
tire, Ros. Not till it leave the rider in the mire. Biron. What time o' day? Ros. The hour that fools should ask. Biron. Now fair befall your mask! Ros. Fair fall the face it covers ! Biron. And send you many lovers ! Ros. Amen, so you be none. Biron. Nay, then will I be gone. King. Madam, your father here doth intimate The payment of a hundred thousand crowns, Being but the one half of an entire sum, VOL. II.