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Leor. Good morrow, prince; good morrow, Bine. They swore, that you were almost fick Claudio ;
for me. We here attend you ; are you yet determinal Beat. They fwore, that you were well-nigh dead To-day to marry with my brother's daughter? | Bene. 'Tis no lucha matter :- Then, you do not Claud. I'll hold my mind, were she an Ethiope.
love me? Leon. Call her forth, brother, here's the friar Beat. No, truly, but in friendly recompence. ready.
[Exit Antonio. Leon. Come, cousin, I am sure you love the Pedro. Good morrow, Benedick: Why, what's
gentleman. That you have such a February face, [the matter, Claud. And I'll be sworn upon't, that he loves her; So full of frost, of storm, and cloudiness: For here's a paper, written in bis hand,
Claud. I think he thinks upon the savage bull:- A halting fonnet of his own pure brain,
Hero. And here's another,
Writ in my cousin's hand, stolen from her pocket, When he would play the noble beast in love. Containing her affection unto Benedick.
Bene. Bull Jove, fir, had an amiable low; | Bene. A miracle ! here's our own hands against And some such strange bull leapt your father's cow, our hearts !—Come, I will have thce ; but, by this And got a calf in that same noble feat,
light, I take thee for pity. Much like to you, för you have just his bleat. Beat. I would not deny you ;--but, by this good Re-enter Antonio, with Hero, Beatrice, Margaret, day, I yield upon great persuasion; and, partly, to and Ursula, mask'd.
save your life, for I was told, you were in a conClaud. For this I owe you : here come other sumption. reck'nings.
Bene. Peace, I will stop your mouth... Which is the lady I must seize upon ?
[Killing ber. Ant. This same is the, and I do give you her. Pedro.How dost thou, Benedick the married man? Claud. Why, then she's mine : Sweet, let me Bene. I'll tell thee what, prince; a college of · fee your face.
hand wit-crackers cannot fiout me out of my humour : Leon. No, that you shall not, till you take her Doft thou think I care for a satire, or an epigram? Before this friar, and swear to marry her. No: if a man will be beaten with brains, he hall
Claud. Give me your hand before this holy friar ; wear nothing handsome about him : In brief, since I am your husband, if you like of me.
I do purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any Hero. And when I livd, i was your other wife : purpose that the world can say against it; and
[Unmasking. therefore never fout at me for what I have said And when you lov'd, you were my other husband. against it ; for man is a giddy thing, and this is Chrud. Another Hero?
my conclusion.--For thy part, Claudio, I did think Hero. Nothing certainer :
to have beaten thee; but in that thou art like to One Hero dy'd defil'd; but I do live,
be my kinsman, live unbruis'd, and love my couAnd, surely as I live, I am a maid.
fin. Pedro. The former Hero! Hero, that is dead ! Claud, I had well hoped, thou wouldst have Leon. She dy'dl, my lord, but whiles her sander denied Beatrice, that I might have cudgelld thee liv'd.
out of thy single life, to make thee a double dealer ; Frier. All this amazement can I qualify; which, out of question, thou wilt be, if my couWhen, after that the holy rites are ended, | fio do not look exceedingly narrowly to thee. I'll tell you largely of fair Hero's death :
Bene. Come, come, we are friends :-let's have Mean time let wonder leem familiar,
a dance ere we are marry'd, that we may Lighten And to the chapel let us presently.
our own hearts, and our wives' heels. Bene. Soft and fair, friar. Which is Beatrice? Leon. We'll have dancing afterwards. Bear, I answer to that name; What is your will?! Bene. First, o' my word; therefore, play, mu. Bene. Do not you love me?
sick.---Prince, thou art (ad; get thee a wife, get the Beat, Why, no, no more than reason. | a wife: there is no statk more reverend than ont Benc. Why, then, your uncle, and the prince, tipt with horn. and Claudio,
Enter Mellenger. Have been deceived ; they swore you did.
Mejl: My lord, your brother John is ta en in flight Beat. Do not you love me?
And brought with armed men back to Metlina. Bene. Troth, no, no more than reason.
Bere. Think not on him till to-morrow : I' Beat. Why, then, my cousin, Margaret, and devife thee brave punihments for him.-Strike u Ursula, pipers.
[Dund Are much deceiv'd; for they did swear you did. I
PERSONS REPRESENTE D.
FERDINAND, King of Navarre.
| HOLOFERNES, a Schoolmaster. Bizon,
COSTARD, a Clorun. bree Lords, attending upon the LOXGAVILLE,
Moth, Page :0 Don Adriano di Armade.
Princess of France.
s a fantastical Spa- Rosaline, 2 Da ADRIANO DE ARMADO,
MARIA, Ladies, attending on the Princess. NATHANIEL, a Carate.
JAQUENET TA, a Country Wench.
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Fat paunches have lean pates; and dainty bits
Make rich the ribs, but bankerout the wits.
1 Dum. My loving lord, Rumain is mortify'd; Farm King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain. The groffer manner of these world's delights Av. ET fame, that all hunt after in their lives, He throws upon the gross world's bafer Naves :
L Live registred upon our bi azen tombs, To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die; And then grace us in the disgrace of death; With all these living in philosophy. Wien, ipigiit of cormorant devouring Time, | Biron. I can but say their protestation over, The eadea ,our of this present breath may buy So much, dear liege, I have already swom, That hopoor, 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; Os late ediet shall strongly stand in force: And but one meal on every day befide; Szparre fhall be the wonder of the world; The which, I hope, is not enrolled there. My court shall be a little Academe,
And then, to sleep but three hours in the night, $. and contemplative in living art.
And not be seen to wink of all the day; 1 three, Biron, Dumain, and Longaville, (When I was wont to think no harm all night, Here worn for three years' term to live with me, And make a dark night too of half the day)
felke u-scholars, and to keep those statutes, Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there. Tix are recorded in this schedule here:
O, there are barren tasks, too hard to keep; Toer oaths are past, and now fubscribe your names; Not to see ladies, study, fast, nor sleep. That bus own hand may strike his honour down, King. Your oath is pass’d to pass away from these. Ta riblates the smallest branch herein: | Biron. Let me say, no, my liege, ar if you please; V some are arm'd to do, as sworn to do,
I only swore, to ftudy with your grace, Sbície to your deep oath, and keep it too. And stay here in your court for three years' space.
Lxy. I am refolvid: 'tis but a three years falt; Lorg. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest. The mind shall banquet, though the body pine : 1 Biron. By yea and nay, fır, then I swore in jeft.-La
What is the end of Nudy ? let me know. At Christmas I no more defire a rose, King. Why, that to know, which else we should Than with a snow in May's new-fangled shows; not know,
But like of each thing, that in season grows. J Birom. Things hid and barrd (you mean) from 'So you, to study now it is too late,
gate. common sense
That were to climb o'er the house t' unlock the Xing. Ay, that is study's god-like recompence. | King. Well, fit you out : go home, Biron; adieu !
Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study fo, į Biron. No, my good lord; I have sworn to stay To know the thing I am forbid to know:
With you: As thus, To study where I well may dine, | And, though I have for barbarism spoke more, When I to feast expressly am for bid;
Than for that angel knowledge you can say, 5, study where to meet some mistress fine, Yet confident I'll keep what I have swore,
When mistresles from com:non sense are hid: And bide the penance of each three years' day. Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath, Give me the paper, let me read the fame; Gruicy to break it, and not break my troth. And to the strict'ft decrees I'll write my name. If Itudy's gain be thus, and this be so,
King. How well this yielding rescues thee Study know's that, which yet it doth not know:
from shame! Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, no. Si Biron. “ Item, That no woman shall come with
King. These be the stops 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 mort Long. Four days ago. Which with pain purchas'd doth inherit pain: Biron. Let's see the penalty.-" On pain of As, painfully to pore upon a book,
“ losing her tongue."-Reading. ] Who devis'd To seek the light of truth; while truth the while, this penalty? Doth falsely í blind the eyesight of his look: Long. Marry, that did I. Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile: I Biron. 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 hy lofing of your eyes. Biron. A dangerous law against gentility S! Study me how to please the eye indeed,
“ Item, [Reading.) If any man be seen to talk By fixing it upon a fairer eye:
“ with a woman within the term of three years, Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed 2, “ he shall endure such public shame as the rett of
And give him light that was it blinded by. “ the court can pofsibly devife.”Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,
This article, my liege, yourself must break; That will not be deep-search'd with faucy looks; For, well you know, here comes in embaffy Small have continual plodders ever won,
The French king's daughter, with yourself to speak -Save base authority from others' books.
A maid of grace, and complete majesty,
To her decrepit, fick, and bed-rid father :
Than those that walk and wot not what they are. Or vainly comes the admired princess hither. Too much to know, is, to know nought but fame; King. What say you, lords ? why, this was quite And every godfather can give a name. (ing!
forgot. King. How well he's read, to reason againít read- Biron. So study evermore is overshot; Dum. Proceeded 3 well, to Itop all good pro- While it doth study to have what it would, - ceeding!
It doth forget to do the thing it should; Long. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow the And when it hath the thing it hunteth most, weeding.
'Tis won, its towns with fire; so won, lo lott. Biron. The spring is near, when green gecse are King. Wemust, of force, dispense with this decreer a-breeding.
She must lye here on mere neceflity. Dum. How follows that?
Biron. Neceflity will make us all forsworn Biron. Fit in his place and timc.
Three thousand times within this three years Dum. In reason nothing.
For every man with his affects is born; [spacey Biron. Something then in rhime.
Not by might matter'd, but by special grace: Long. Biron is like an envious ineaping 4 froft, If I break faith, this word Ihall speak for me,
That bites the first-born infants of the spring. I am fortworn on mere necetlity.-Biron. Well, say I am: why should proud sum. So to the laus at large I write my name: mer boast,
And he, that breaks them in the least degree, Before the birds have any cwse to fing? Stands m attainder of eternal thame: Why thould I joy in an abortive birth? 1 Suggestions are to others, as to me:
That is, treacherouris. ? led here means his áro7.01 or lode-kur. 3 Proceeded must here be understood in the academical sense of tak?rg a degree: the meaning of the pastage then will be *. He has taken his degree on the art of Itopping the degrees of otheis." *. . Checking. 5 Mean inn: against politeness and arbunity. ¢i. c. Tenptations.
But, I believe, although I seem so loth, 1 Coff. As it Thall follow in my correction ; And
King. Will you hear the letter with attention ? X . Ay, that there is : our court, you know, Birbn. As we would hear an or.cle. is haunted
Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken afWith a refined traveller of Spain ;
ter the flesh. A man in all the world's new fashion planted, King. [Reads.] « Great deputy, the welkin's
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain : “ vice-gerent, and fole dominator of Navarre, my One, whom the musick of his own vain tongue " soul's earth's Gol, and body's folt'ring pa
Doch ravish, like inchanting harmony; “ tron,"
Have chose as umpire of their mutiny: King. “ So it is,"—
Coft. It may be fo: but if he say it is so, he is, For interim to our ftudies, shall relate, in telling true, but so, so. La high-born words, the worth of many a knight King. Peace.
From taway Spain, loft in the world's debate. Coft. -be to me, and every man that dares not How you delight, my lords, I know not, I ; ] \fight! But, I proteft, I love to hear him lie,
King. No words. And I will use him for my ministrelly.
1. Coft. -of other men's secrets, I beseech you. Biras. Armado is a mott illustrious wight, King. “ So it is, besieged with fable-colour'd. A man of fire-new words, fahion's own knight. " melancholy, I did commend the black opprelfing Leg. Coitard the swain and he shall be our “ humour to the most wholesome phyfick of thy sports
* health-giving air ; and, as I am a gentleman, And, fo to study, three years is but Thort, " betook myself to walk. The time, when ?
Esfer Dall, and Caftard, with a letter. « About the sixth hour ; when beasts most graze, Dull. Which is the duke's own person ? “ birds beft peck, and men sit down to that nouB.752. This, fellow ; What would'nt ?
« rishment which is called supper. So much for Dal I myself reprehend his own person, for I " the time when : Now for the ground which ; an his grace's tharborough 3 : but I would see his " which, I mean, I walk'd upon : it is yclepet', own person in flesh and blood.
" thy park. Then for the place where : ,u here, Birss. This is he.
“ I meu, I did encounter that obscene and most Dall. Signior Arme, Arme, --commends you." preposterous event, that draweth from my snowThere's villainy abroad ; this letter will tell you " white pen the ebon-colourd ink, which here
“ thou viewett, beholdest, surveyeit, or fecit :Cali. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching“ But to the place, where, It standeth north
“ north-east and by east froin the west corner of ki. A letter from the magnificent Armado. “ thy curious-knotted garden : There did I sta
Birze. How low foever the matter, I hope in " that low-spirited fwain, that base minnow of thy God for high words.
J“ mirth," (C.ll. Me.) “ that unietter'd smallLong. A high hope for a low having 4 ;-God knowing 10ul," Cll. Me.) “that shallow valu s patience.
“ fil," (Cadi. Still me.) “ which, as I remember, Birom. To hear? or forbear hearing?
“ hight Custard," loft. () me!) « forted and Lang. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh mode- « conforted, contrary to thy established proclaimed rately; or to forbear both.
« edict and continent canon, with,--with-0) Baron. Well, fir, be it as the stile shall give us with, --but with this I pallion to fay wherefaale to climb in the merriness.
“ with Lot. The matter is to me, fir, as concerning Ja- Coft. With a wench, menetta. The manner of it is, I was taken with King. “ with a child of our grandmother Eve, a e manner 5.
“ female ; or, for thy more sweet undertanding, Brsta In what manner?
“ a woman. Him, I (as my ever esteemed duty Col. In manner and form following, sir; all“ pricks me on) have sent to thee, to receive the ole three : I was seen with her in the manor “ meed of punishment, by thy sweet grace's offikuube, fitting with her upon the form, and taken “ cer, Anthony Dull; a man of good repute, Hlowing her into the park ; which, put together, “ carriage, bearing, and estimation.”
in manner and form following. Now, fir, for Dull. Me, an't Thall please you; I am Anthony
manner, it is the manner of a man to speak Dull. De a woman : for the form, -in some form, 1 King. “ For Jaquenetta, (so is the weaker verBiron. For the following, sir
* fel called which I apprehended with the afore,
! i.e. lively sport, or sprightly diversion. 2 Complement, in Shakspcare's time, not only fignified
al civility, but the external accomplishments or ornamental appendages of a character. 3 i. c. Thirdtagh, a peace-officer equal in authority to a headborough or a conitable. 4 i. e, a low poffelhon,
regaitien., Ş A phrase then used to signify, taken in the fact. Meaning, that contemptibiy lande object of thy mirth, L3
6 said swain) I keep her as a vessel of thy law's Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congruent « fuay; and shall, 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, Moth. And I, tough fignior, as an appertinent
« Don 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, firrah, Moth. How mean you, fir? I pretty, and my what say you to this:
faying apt? or I apt, and my faying pretty? Cof. Sir, I confess the wench.
Am. Thou pretty, because little King. Did you hear the proclamation ?
Motb. Little pretty, because little : Wherefore Goft. I do confess 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. Coft. I was taken with none, fir ; I was taken Moth. I will praise an eel with the same praise, with a damosel.
Arm. What? that an eel is ingenious ? King. Well, it was proclaimed damofel.. Motb. That an cel is quick,
Caft. This was no damofel neither, sir ; she was Arm. I do say, thou art quick in answers :-a virgin.
Thou heat'st my blood. King. It is so varied 100; for it was proclaim'd, Moth. I am answer'd, fir. virgin.
Arm. I love not to be cross d. Cot. If it were, I deny her virginity; I was Mob. He speaks the mere contrary, crosses 3 love taken with a maid.
not him. King. This maid will not serve your turn, fir. Arm. I have promised to study three ycars with Coff. This maid will ferve my turn, fir. the duke.
King. Sir, I will pronounce sentence; You shall| Morb. You may do it in an hour, fir. fast a week with bran and water.
Arm. Impossible. Cof. I had rather pray a month with mutton Morb. How many is one thrice told? and porridge,
Arm. I am ill at reckoning, it fitreth the spirit of King. And Don Armado shall be your keeper.-la tapster. My lord Biron, tee him deliver'd o'er.
Moth. You are a gentleman, and a gamerter, sir., And go we, lords, to put in practice that
Arm. I confess both; they are both the varnish Which each to other bath so strongly sworn. lof a complete man.
[Exeunt. Mob. Then, I am sure, you know how much Biror. 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 idle icorn. Arm. It doth amount to one more than two. Sirrah, come on.
| Moth. Which the bare vulgar cio call, three, Cop. I luffer for the truth, (ir : for true it is, 1 . True. was taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is a Naib. Why, fir, is this such a piece of study , true girl ; and therefore, Welcome the four cup of Now here is three tudied, ere you'll thrice winh; proiperity! Affliction may one day smile again, and and how easy it is to put years to the word three, till then, Sit thee down, forrow ! [Fx.un! and study three years in the words, the dancing S CE NE II.
horse will tell you.
Arm. A moft fine figure !
Mosh. To prove you a cypher.
Am. I will hereupon confcis, I am in love: Am. Boy, what fign is it, when a man of great and as it is bare for a soldier to love, so I am in Spirit grow's melancholy?
love with a base wench. It drawing my sword Mob. A great fign, fır, that he will look fad. Jagainít the humour of affection would deliver me
Arm. Why, sadness is one and the felf-fame from the reprobite thought of it, I would take thing, dear imp. .
defire prisoner ; and raniom him to any Frenclı Mob. No, no: O lord, fir, no.
courtier for a new devis d court'íy. I think fcorn Arm. How can'lt thou part sadness and melan-to figh; methinks, I should out-Twear Cupid. choly, my tender juvenal ?
Comfort me, boy; What great men lave been in M:h. By a familiar demonstration of the work-love ? ing, ny tough signior.
. Moth. Hercules, master. Arin. Why tough fignior wly tough fignior? | Arm. Most sweet Heruules !--More authority,
Muih. Wlay tender juvenali why tender juve- dear boy, name more; and, sweet my child, let nal?
them be men of good repute and carriage,
i Imp was formerly a term of dignity. 2 j. e. mv tender youth. 3. Crosses here mean money. 4 This alludes to a horse belonging to one Banks, which played many remarkable pranks, and is frequently mentioned by many writers contemporary with Shakspeare. .