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Moth. I will add the l'envoy : Say the moral again. Cost. Pray you, sir, how much carnation ribbon
Arm. The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, may a man buy for a remuneration ?
Were still at odds, being but three :

Biron. What is a remuneration ?
Moth. Until the goose came out of door,

Cost. Marry, sir, half-penny farthing. And stay'd the odds by adding four.

Biron. O, why then, three-farthings-worth of silk. Now will I begin your moral, and do you follow Cost. I thank your worship: God be with you! with my l'envoy.

Biron. O, stay, slave; I must employ thee: The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, As thou wilt win my favour, good my knave, Were sull at odds, being but three :

Do one thing for me that I shall entreat. Arm. Until the goose came out of door,

Cost. When would you have it done, sir?
Staying the odds by adding four.

Biron. O, this afternoon.
Moth. A good l'envoy, ending in the goose, Cost. Well, I will do it, sir : Fare you

well. Would you desire more ?

Biron. O, thou knowest not what it is. Cost. The boy hath sold him a bargain, a goose ; Cost. I shall know, sir, when I have done it. that's flat :

Biron. Why, villain, thou must know first. Sir, your pennyworth is good, an your goose be Cost. I will come to your worship to-morrow fat.

morning. To sell a bargain well, is as cunning as fast and loose: Biron. It must be done this afternonn. Hark, Let me sec a fat l'envoy; ay, that's a fat goose.

slave, it is but this ;-Arm. Come hither, come hither: How did this The princess comes to hunt here in the park, argument begin?

And in her train there is a gentle lady; Moth. By saying that a Costard was broken in When tongues speak sweetly, then they name her a shin.

name, Then call'd you for the l'envoy.

And Rosaline they call her : ask for her ; Cost. True, and I for a plantain; Thus came your And to her white hand see thou do commend argument in;

This seal'd-up counsel. There's thy guerdon ;' Then the boy's fat l'envoy, the goose that you bought; go.

(Gives him money. And he ended the market.'

Cost. Guerdon,-0 sweet guerdon! better than Arm. But tell me; how was there a Costarda remuneration; eleven-pence farthing better : Most broken in a shin?

sweet guerdon !-I will do it, sir, in print. Moth. I will tell you sensibly.

Guerdon--remuneration.

[Exit. Cost. Thou hast no feeling of it, Moth; I will Biron, 0!-And I, forsooth in love! I, that speak that l'envoy.

have been love's whip;
Costard, running out, that was safely within, A very beadle to a humorous sigh ;
Fell over the threshold, and broke my shin. A critic; nay, a knight-watch constable ;

Arm. We will talk no more of this matter. A domineering pedant o'er the boy,
Cost. Till there be more matter in the shin. Than whom no mortal so magnificent !"
Arm. Sirrah Costard, I will enfranchise thee. This wimpled, " , whining, purblind, wayward boy;

Cost. 0, marry me io one Frances :- I smell This senior-junior, giant-dwarf, Dan Cupid ; some l'envoy, some goose, in this.

Regent of love rhymes, lord of folded arms, Arm. By my sweet soul, I mean, setting thee at The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans, liberty, enfreedoming thy person ; thou wert im- Liege of all loiterers and malcontents, mured, restrained, captivated, bound.

Dread prince of plackets, king of codpieces, Cost. True, true; and now you will be my pur- Sole imperator, and great general gation, and let me loose.

Of

trotting paritors?"-O my little heart' Arm. I give thee thy liberty, set thee from du- And I to be a corporal of his field," rance; and, in lieu thereof, impose on thee nothing And wear his colours!? like a tumbler's hoop! but this : Bear this significants to the country maid What? I! I love ! I sue ! I seek a wife ! Jaquenetta : there is remuneration; (Giving him A woman, that is like a German clock," money.) for the best ward of mine 'honour, is, re- Still a-repairing ; ever out of frame; warding my dependants. Moth, follow. (Exit. And never going aright, being a waich,

Moth. Like the sequel, I.--Signior Costard, adieu. But being watch'd that it may still go right? Cost. My sweet ounce of man's flesh! my in- Nay, to be perjur'd, which is worst of nil; cony Jew!

(Erit Morn. And, among three, to love the worst of all; Now will I look to this remuneration. Remunera- A whitely wanton with a velvet brow, tion! O, that's the Latin word for three farthings: With two pitch balls stuck in her face for eyes, three farthingsremuneration.-What's the price of Ay, and, by heaven, one that will do the deed, this inkle ? a penny :-No, l'U give you a remunera- Though Argus were her eunuch and her guard : tion: why, it carries it.—Remuneration !- why, it And I to sigh for her! to watch for her! is a fairer name than French crown. I will never To pray for her! Go to; it is a plague buy and sell out of this word.

That Cupid will impose for my neglect
Enter BIRON.

or his almighty dreadful little might.
Well, I will love, write, sigh, pray, sue,

and

groan, Biron. O, my good knave Costard! exceedingly Some men must love my lady, and some Joan. well met.

(Exil.

which nuns wear about their neck.' Shakspeare means 1 Alluding to the proverb, “Three women and a goose no more than that Cupid was hood-rinked. make a market.'

9 Plackets were stomachers. See Note on Winter's See p. 196, nnte 11.

Tale, Activ. Sc. 3. 3 Armado sustains his character well; he will not 10 The officers of the spiritual courts who serve cita. give any thing its vulgar name, he calls the letter he tions. would send to Jaquenetta, a significant. 4 Incony: The meaning and etymology of this phrase 199, chai a corporal of the field was employed, as an

11 It appears from Lord Stafford's Letters, vol. il. p. is not clearly defined, though numerous instances of its aid-de-camp is now, in taking and carrying to and fro use are adduced. Sweet, pretty, delicate seem to be the directions of the general, or other higher officers of some of its acceptations; and the best derivation seems the field.' to be from the northern word canny or conny, meaning 12 le was once a mark of gallantry to wear a lady's pretty, the in will be intensive and equivalent to very. colours. So in Cynthia's Revels by Jonson, 'despatches 5 Guerdon, Fr. is reward.

his lacquey to her chamber early, to know what ber 6 With the utmost nicety.

colours are for the day.' It appears that a tumbler's 7 Magnificent here means glorying, boasting. hoop was usually dressed out with coloured ribande.

8 To wimple is to veil, from guimple, Fr. which 13 Clocks, which were usually imported from GerCotgrave explains, ' The crepine of a French hood,' many at this time, were intricate and clumsy pieces of I. e. the cloth going from the hood round the neck. mechanism, soon derangod, and frequently out of Kersey explains it, The muffler or plajted linen cloth I frame.'

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say, no?

ACT IV.

Prin. What's your will, sir ? what's your will

Cost. I have a letter from monsieur Biron, to one SCENE I. Another part of the same. Enter the

lady Rosaline. Princess, RosALINE, MARIA, KATHARINE,

Prin. O, thy letter, thy letter; he's a good friend BOYET, Lords, Attendants, and a Foreslır.

of mine: Prin. Was that the king, that spurrd the horse Stand aside, good bearer.—Boyet, you can carve ; so hard

Break up this capon. Against the steep uprising of the hill ?

Boyet.

I am bound to serve. Boyet. I know noi; but, I think, it was not he. This letter is mistook, it importeth none here; Prin, Whoe'er he

It is writ to Jaqueneita. he show'd a mounting

was, mind.

Prin.

We will read it, I swear : Well, lords, to-day we shall have our despatch;

Break the neck of the wax, and every one give ear, On Saturday we will return to France.-

Boyet. (Reads.] By hearen, that thou art fair, in Then, föresier, my friend, where is the bush, most infallible ; true, that thiru art beauteous : truth That we must stand and play the murderer in?

itself, that thou art lovely: More fairer than fair, For. Here by, upon the edge of yonder coppice ; commiseration on thy heroical vassal! The magnani

beautiful than beauteous ; truer than truth itself, have A stand, where you may make the fairest shoot. Prin. I thank my beauty, I am fair that shoot,

mous and most illustrates king Cophetua sel eye And thereupon thou speak'st, the fairest shooi,

upon the pernicious and indubitate beggar ZeneluFor. Pardon me, madam, for I meant not so.

phon; and he it was that might rightly say, veni, Prin. What, what ? first praise me, and again vidi, vici; which to anatomize in the vulgar, (o base

und obscure vulgar!) videlicet, he came, saw, and O short-liv'd pride! Not fair ? alack for woe!

overcame : he came, one ; Rau, tuo; overcame,

three. For. Yes, madam, fair.

W'ho came ? the king; Why did he come ? to see; Prin

Nay, never paint me now; "hy did he see? to overcome; To whom came he? Where fair is not, praise cannot mend the brow.

to the beggar; What saw he ? the beggar; Who overHere, good my glass,' take this for telling true ; came he ! the beggar: The conclusion is victory; On

(Giving him money.

whose side? the king's: the cuplive is enrich'd; On Fair payment for four words is more thiau due. whose sile ? the beggar's; The catastrophe is a nup. For. Nothing but fair is that which you inherit.

tial ; On whose side ? the king's ? no, on both in one, Prin. See, see, my beauty will be sav'd by merit, or one in both. I am the king; for so stands the O heresy in fair, fit for these days!

comparism : thou the beggar; for so witnesseth thy A giving hand, though foul, shall have fair praise.- luliness, Shall I command thy love ? I may : Shall But come, the bow :-Now mercy goes to kill,

I enforce thy love ? I could : Shall I entreat ihy love ?

I will. And shooting well is then accounted ill.

What shalt thou erchange for rags ? robes ; Thus will I save my credit in the shoot:

For tittles, titles ; For thyself, me. Thus, expecting Not wounding, pity would not let me do't; thy reply, I profane my lips on thy foot, my eyes on If wounding, then it was to shew my skill, thy picture, and my heart on thy every part: That more for praiso, than purpose, meant to kill.

Thine, in the dearest design of industry, And, out of question, so it is sometimes;

Don ADRIANO DE ARMADO. Glory grows guilty of detested crimes;

Thus dost thou hear the Nemean lion roar When, for faine's sake, for praise, an outward part, 'Gainst thee, thou lamb, that standest as his prey; We bend to that the working of the heart:

Submissive fall his princely feet before, As I, for praise alone, now seek to spill

And he from forage will incline to play: The poor deer's blood, that my heart means no ill. But if thou strive, poor soul, what ari thou then? Boyet. Do not curst wives hold that self-sove- Food for his rage, repasture for his den. reignty

Prin. What plume of feathers is he, that indited Jnly for praise' sake, when they strive to bo

this letter? words o'er their lords?

What vane ? what weathercock ? did you ever hear Prin. Only for praise: and praise we may afford better? To any lady that subdues a lord.

Boyet. I am much deceived, but I remeraber the

style. Enter CostARD.

Prin. 'Else your memory is bad, going o'er it

erewliile, Here comes a member of the commonwealth.2 Cost. God dig-you-den: all! Pray you, which is

Boyet. This Armado is a Spaniard, that keeps

here in court ; the head lady?

Prin. Thou shalt know her, fellow, by the rest A phantasm, a Monarcho,' and one that makes sport that have no heads.

To the prince, and his book-mates.

Prin. Cost. Which is the greatest lady, the highest ?

Thou, fellow, a word: Prin. The thickest, and the tallest.

Who gave thee this letter?

Cost. Cost. The thickest, and the tallest! it is so; truth

I told you; my lord.

Prin. To whom shouldst thou give it ? is truth,

Cost. An your waist, mistress, were as slender as my wit,

From my lord to my lady. One of these maids'girdles for your waist should be fit.

Prin. From which lord, to which lady? Are not you the chief woman? you are the thickest

Cost. From my lord Biron, a good master of mine, here.

To a lady of France, that he callid Rosaline.

1 Here Drs. Johnson and Farmer have each a note 5 Illustrious. too long and too absurd to quote, to show it was the 6 The ballad of King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid fashion for ladies to wear mirrors at their girdles. Stee- may be seen in the Reliques of Ancient Poetry, vol. i. vens says justly (though he qualifies his assertion with The beggar's name was Penelophon. Shakspeare al. perhaps) that Dr. Johnson is mistaken, and that the ludes to the ballad again in Romeo and Juliei; Henry forester is the mirror. It is impossible for common IV. Part ii. ; and in Richard II, sense to suppose otherwise.-- Pye.

7 i. e. lately. 2 The princess calls Costard a member of the com. "I who erechile the happy garden sung.' monro-alih, because he is one of the attendants on the

Milton, Par, Reg king and his associales in their new modelled society A pun is intended upon the word stile.

:3 A corruption of God give you good even. Seu Ro 9 The allusion is to a fantastical character of the time meo and Juliet, Act ii. Sc. 4.

Popular applause (says Meres in Wil's Treasurie, p. Hi. e, open this letter. The port uses this metaphor 178,) doch nourish some, neither do they gape after any as the French do their poulet; which signifies both a other thing but vaine praise and glorie, -as in our ago young lowland a love letter. To break up was a phrase Peter Shakerlye of Paules, and Monarcho that lived for to carve.

about the court.

near.

Prin. Thou hast mistaken his letter. Come, lords, Armatho o' the one side,-0, a most dainty man! away.

To see him walk before a lady, and to bear her fan! Here, sweei, put up this; 'twill be thine another day. To see him kiss his hand ! and how most sweetly

[Exit Princess and Train. a' will swear! Boyet. Who is the soitor? who is the suitor ? And his page of other side, that handful of wit ! Rns.

Shall I teach you to know? Ah, heavens, it is a most pathetical" nit! Boyet. Ay, my continent of beauty.

Sola, sola! [Shouting within. Exit Cost, running. Ros.

Why, she that bears the bow. Finely put off!

SCENE II. The same. Enter HOLOFERNES, Boyet. My lady goes to kill horns; but, if thou

SIR NATAANIEL, and DULL. , Hang me by the neck, if horns that year miscarry. the testimony of a good conscience.

Nath. Very reverent sport, truly; and done in Finely put on!

Hol. The deer was, as you know, in sanguis, Ros. Weil then, I am the shooter. Boyet. And who is your deer ?

blood ; ripe as a pomewater, who now hangeth like Ros. If we choose by the horns, yourself: come heaven; and anon falleth like a crab, on the face of

a jewel in the ear of cælo, the sky, the welkin, the Finely put on, indeed!

terra,-ihe svil, the land, the earth.' Mer. You still wrangle with her, Boyet, and she sweetly varied, like a scholar at the least; But, sir,

Nath. Truly, master Holofernes, the epithets are strikes at the brow.

I assure ye, Boyet. But she herself is hit lower: Have I hit

it was a buck of the first head. her now?

Hol. Sir Nathaniel, haud credo. Ros. Shall I come upon thee with an old saying,

Dull. 'Twas not a haud credo, 'twas a pricket.

Hol. Most barbarous intimation! yet a kind of that was a man when king Pepin of France was a little boy, as touching the hit it?

insinuation, as it were, in via, in way, of explication; Boyei.' So I may answer thee with one as old, facere, as it were, replication, or, rather, ostentare, that was a woman when queen Guinever of Britain to show, as it were, luis inclination, after his unwas a little wench, as louching the hit it.

dressed, unpolished, uneducated, unpruned, unRos. Thou cansł not hit it, hit it, hit it, (Singing. Girmed fashion,—to insert again my haud credo for a

trained, or rather unlettered, or, ratherest, unconThru canst not hit it, my good man.

deer. Boyet. An I cunnot, cannot, cannot, An I cannol, another can.

Dull. I said, the deer was not a haud credo ;

'twas a pricket [Ereunt Ros. and KATH. Cost. By my troth, mosi pleasant! how both did

Hlol. Twice sod simplicity, bis coclus !-0 thou fit it!

monster, ignorance, how deformed dost thou look ! Mar. A mark marvellous well shot! for they both

Nath. Sir, he hath never fed of the dainties that did hit it.

are bred in a book; he hath not eat paper, as it Boyet. A mark! 0, mark but that mark; A were; he haih not drunk ink; his intellect is not mark, says my lady!

replenished; he is only an animal, only sensible in

the duller parts ; Let the mark have a prick in't, to mete at, if it may be. Mar. Wide o’the bow hand !? l'faith your hand And such barren plants are set before us, that we

thankful should be Cost. Indeed, a' must shoot nearer, or he'll ne'er (Which we of taste and feeling are) for those parts hit the clout.

that do fructify in us more than he.”

For as it would it become me to be vain, indiscreet, Boyet. An if my hand be out, then, belike your hand is in.

or a fool, Cost. Then will she get the upshot by cleaving So, were there a patch set on learning, to see him the pin.

in a school:10 Mar. Come, come, you talk greasily," your lips But, omne bene, say I ; being of an old father's mind,

Many can brooke the weather that love not the wind.

Dull. You two are book-men: Can you tell by Cost. She's too hard for you at pricks, sir; challenge her to bowl.

your wit, Boyet. I fear too much rubbing ;* Good night, my

What was a month old at Cain's birth, that's not

five weeks old as yet? good owl.

[Ereunt Boyer and MARIA. Cost. By my soul, a swain! a most simple clown!

Hol. Dictynna, good man Dull ; Dictynna," good

man Duil. Lord, lord! how the ladies and I have put him down!

Dull. What is Dictynna? O’my troth, most sweet jests ! most incony vulgar

Nath. A title to Phoebe, to Luna, to the moon. wit! When it comes so smoothly off, so obscenely, as it

Hol. The moon was a month old, when Adam

was no more ; were, so fit.

And raught'? not to five weeks, when he came to

fivescore. 1 An equivoque was here intended; it should appear that the words shooter and suitor were pronounced alike in Shakspeare's time.

8 In The Return from Parnassus, 1606, is the follow. 2 This is a rm in archery still in use, signifying 'a ing account of the different appellations of deer at their good deal to the left of the mark.' of the other expres. Different aces. imoretto. I caused the keeper to sions, the cloul was the white mark at which archers sever the riscal deer from the bucks of the first head. took aim. The pin was the wooden nail in the centre Now, sir, a buck is the first year, a färon ; the second of it.

year, a prickel; the third year, a sorrel; the fourth 3 i. e. grossly. This scene, as Dr. Johnsor jus:ly year, a soare; the fifth, a bitck of the first head ; the remarks, deserves no care.?

sixth year, a complete buck. Likewise your hart, is 4 To rub is a term at bowls.

the first year, a colfe; the second year, a brocket; the 5 Pathetical sometimes meant pussionale, and third year, a spade ; the fourth year, a stag; the sometimes passion-moving, in our old writers; but is sixth year, a hari. A ror-buck is the first year, a kid; here used by Costard as an idle expletive, as Rosalind's the second year, a gird: the third year, a hemuse; and pathetical break.promise,' in As You Like It. these are your special beasts for chase.' 6 Pamerater, 1 species of apple.

9 The length of these lines was no novelty on the 7 Warburton's conjecture that Florio, the author of Euclish stage.

The Moralities afford whole scenes of the Italian Dictionary, was ridiculed under the name of the like measure. Holofernes would derive some strength from the follow. 10 The meaning is, to be in a school wonld as ill be. ing definition: 'cielo, ha len, the skie, firmament or come a patch, or low fellow, as folly would become mo. welkin. Terra, the element called earth, anie ground, 11 Shakspeare might have found this uncommon title earth, countrie, land, soile. But Florio's Dictionary for Diana in the second book of Golding's translation of was riot published until 1598 ; and this play appears to Ovid's Metamorphoscs. have been written in 1594, though not printed until 1598. 12 Reaclied.

is out.

grow foul.

Cess kill'd.

The allusion holds in the exchange.?

thee not, loves theo not.-Ul, re, rol, la, mi, fa. Dull. 'Tis true indeed ; the collusion holds in the Under pardon, sir, what are the contents ? or, rather. exchange.

as Horace says in his—What, my soul, verses ? Hol. "God comfort thy capacity! I say, the allu Nath. Ay, sir, and very learned. sion holds in the exchange.

Hol. Let me hear a staff, a stanza, a verse : Dull. And I say the pollution holds in the ex- Lege, domine. change ; for the moon is never but a month old : Nath. If love make me forsworn, how shall I and I say beside, that 'twas a bricket that the prin

swear to love ?

Ah, never faith could hold, if not to beauty vowed ! Hol. Sir Nathaniel, wil. you near an extemporal Though to myself forsworn, to thee I'll faithful prove; epitaph on the death of the deer? and, to humour Those thoughts to me were oaks, to thee like osiers the ignorant, I have called the deer the princess bowed. kill'd, a pricket.

Study his bias leaves, and makes his book thine Nath.' Perge, good master Holofernes, perge ; so eyes ;. it shall please you to abrogate scurrility.

Where all those pleasures live that art would Hol. I will 'something affect the letter ;? for it comprehend : ergues facility.

If knowledge be the mark, to know thee shall The praiseful princess pierc'd and prick'd a pretty suffice; pleasing pricket;

Well learned is that tongue, that well can theo Some say, a sore ; but not a sore, till now made sore commend : with shooting:

All ignorant that soul, that sees thee without The dogs did yell! put I to sore, then sorel jumps wonder; from thicket;

(Which is to me some praise, that I thy parts Or pricket, sore, or else sorel ;) the people fall a admire ;). hooting.

Thy eye Jove's lightning bears, thy voice his V sore be sore, then L to sore makes fifty sores : 0

dreadful thunder, sore L?

Which, not to anger bent, is musick and sweet Of one sore I a hundred make, by adding but one

fire. more L.

Celestial, as thou art, oh pardon, love, this wrong, Nath. A rare talent!

That sings heaven's praise with such an earthly Dull. If a talent be a claw, look how he claws tongue ! aim with a talent.*

Hol. You find not the apostrophes, and so miss Hol. This is a gift that I have, simple, simple; the accent; let me supervise the canzonet. Hero 4 foolish extravagant spirit, full of forms, figures, are only numbers ratified; but, for the elegancy, shapes, objects, ideas, apprehensions, motions, re- facility, and golden cadence of poesy, carel. Ović rolutions : these are begot in the ventricle of me- dius Naso was the man: and why, indeed, Naso ; nory, nourished in the womb of pia mater ; and de- but for smelling out the odoriferous flowers of fancy, liver'd upon the mellowing of occasion : But the gift the jerks of invention ? Imitari, is nothing : so doih is good in those in whom it is acule, and I am thank- the hound his master, the ape his keeper, the tired ful for it.

horse' his rider. But damosella virgin, was this Nath. Sir, I praise the Lord for you ; and so may directed to you? my parishioners; for their sons are well tutor'd by Jaq. Ay, sir, from one Monsieur Biron, ?" one of you, and their daughters profit very greatly under the strange queen's lords. you: you are a good member of the commonwealth. Hol. I will overylance the superscript. To the

Hol. Mehercle, if their sons be ingenious, they snow white hand of the most beauteous lady Rosaline, shall want no instruction: if their daughters be ca- I will look again on the intellect of the letter, for pable, I will put it to them: But, vir sapit, qui the nomination of the party writing to the person pauca loquitur : a soul feminine saluteth us. written unto : Enter JAQUENETTA and Costand.

Your ladyship's in all desired employment, Biron.

Sir Nathaniel, this Biron is one of the votaries with Jaq. God give you good morrow, master person. the king; and here he hath framed a letter to a seHol

. Master person, quasi pers-on. And if one quent of the stranger queen's, which, accidentally, should be pierced, which is the one ? Cost. Marry, master schoolmaster, he that is Trip and go, my sweet ; deliver this paper into the

or by the way of progression, hath miscarried. likest to a hogshead. Hol. Of piercing a hogshead! a good lustre of Siay not thy compliment; I forgive thy duty;

royal hand of the king ; it may concern much : conceit in a turf of earth; fire enough for a flint, adieu. pearl enough for a swine : 'us pretty; it is well.

Jaq. Good Costard, go with me.-Sir, God savo Jag. Good master parson, be so good as read me this letter; it was given me by Costard, and sent

Cost. Have with thee, my girl. me from Don Armatho : I beseech you, read it. Hol. Fauste, precor gelida quando pecus omne sub

(Eseunt Cost. and JAQ.

Nath. Sir, you have done this in the fear of God, umbra Ruminal,--and so forth. Ah, good old Mantuan's very religiousły;

and, as a certain father saith

Hol. Sir, tell me not of the father, I do fear coI may speak of theo as the traveller doth of Venice : Vinegia, Vinegia,

the opposite side of the page for the use of schools. In Chi non le vede, ei non te pregia.

1367 they were also versified by Tuberville. Old Mantuan! old Mantuan! Who understandeth 6 This proverb occurs in Florio's Second Frutes,

1591, where it stands thus : 1 i. e. the ridele is as good when I use the name of Venetia, chi non ti vede non ti pretia Adam, as whenl use the name of Cain.

Ma chi ti vede, ben gli costa.' 2 i. e. I will use or practise alliteration. To affect is 7 He hums the notes of the gamul, as Edmund does thus used by Ben Jonson in his Discoveries : * Spen- in King Lear, Act i. Sc. 2. ser, in affecting the ancients, writ no language ; yet ! 8 These verses are printed, with some variations, would have him read for his matter, but as Virgil 'read in The Passionate Pilgrím, 1599. Ennius.'

9 i. e. The horse adorned with ribands; Bankes's 3 For the explanation of the terms pricket, sore or horse is here probably alluded to. Lyly, in his Mother boar, and sorel in this quibbling rhyme, the reader is Bombie, brings in a hackneyman and Mr. Halfpenny at prepared, by the extract from The Return from Par. cross-purposes with this word: Why didst thou bore nassus, in a note at the beginning of the scene.

the horse through the ears?'—'It was for tiring.'—'HA 4 Talon was often written talent in Shakspeare's would never lire,' replies the other. time. Honest Dull quibbles. One of the senses of to 10 Shakspeare forgot that Jaquenetta knew nothing claw is to flatter.

of Biron, and had said before that the letter had 5 The Eclogues of Mantuanus were translated be been sent to her from Don Armatho, and given to her fore tho time of Shakspeare, and the Latin printed on by Costard.'

your life!

ing papers.

the way.

lourable colours. But to return to the verses; Biron. Why, he comes in liko a perjure,' wear. Did they please you, sir Nathaniel ?

(Aside Nath. Marvellous well for the pen.

King. In love, I hope ; Sweet fellowship in shame! Hol. I do diae to-day at the father's of a certain

(Aside. pupil of mine ; where is, before repast, it shall Biron. One drunkard loves another of the name. please you to gratify the table with a grace, I will,

(Aside on my privilege I have with the parents of the Long. Am I the first that have been perjur'd so? foresaid child or pupil, undertake your ben venuto; Biron. (Aside.] I could put thee in comfort; not where I wili prove those verses to be very unlearned,

by two, that I know : neither savouring of poetry, wit, nor invention : I Thou mak'st the triumviry, the corner-cap of society, beseech your society.

The shape of love's Tyburn that hangs up simpliNath. And thank you too: for society, (saith the

city. text,) is the happiness of life.

Long. I fear, these stubborn lines lack power to Hol. And, certes, the text most infallibly con

move ; cludes it.-Sir, [DULL.) I do invite you too; O sweet Maria, empress of my love ! you shall not say me, nay: pauca verba. Away; These numbers will I tear, and write in prose. the gentles are at their game, and we will to our Biron. [ Aside.) 0, rhymes are guards on wanton recreation.

(Ercunt.

Cupid's hose:
SCENE JII. Another parl of the same.

Enler Disfigure noi his slop.'
Biron, with a Paper.

Long.

This same shall

go.Biron. The king he is hunting the deer: I am Did not the hearenly rhetorick of thine eye

(He reads the Sonnet. coursing myself: they have pitch'd a toil; I am toiling in a pitch ;? piích that defiles; defile ! a foul Persuarle my heart to this salse perjury?

('Gainst whom the world cannot hold a gument,) word. Well, set thee down, sorrow! for so, they say, the fool said, and so say I, and I the fool. A woman I foreswore; bul, I will prove,

Vous for thee broke, deserve not punishment.
Well proved, wit! by the lord, this love is as mad

Thou being a goldeas, I foreswore not thee,
as Ajax: it kills sheep; it kills ine,' I a sheep: My row was earthly, thou a heavenly love ;
Well proved again on my side! I will not love: if
I do, hang me; i'faith, I will not. 0, but her eye,- Vous are but breath, and breath a vapour is :

Thy grace being gain'd, cures all disgrace in me. by this light, but for her eve, I would not love her: yes, for her two eyes. Well, I do nothing in the Erhal'se this vapour vow); in thee it is :

Then, thou, fair sun, which on my earth dost shine, world but lie, and lic in my throat. By heaven, I do love: and it hath langhi me to rhyme, and to be if by me broke. What fool is not so wise,

If broken then, it is no fault of mine ; melancholy; and here is part of my rhyme, and To lose an oath to win a paradise ? here my melancholy. Well, she hath one o'my 'sonnets already; the clown 'bore it, the fool sent

Biron. (Asile.) This is the liver vein, whicn it, and the lady hath it: sweet clown, sweeter fool, A green goose, a goddess : pure, pure idolatry.

makes tiesh a deity; sweetest !ady! By the world, I would not care a God amend us, God amend! we are much out o pin if the other three were in: Here comes one with a paper; God give hun grace to groan! (Gels up into a tree.

Enter DUMAIN, with a Paper.
Enter the King, with a Paper.

Long. By whom shall I send this ?-Company' King. Ah me!

(Stepping aside. Biron. (Asirle.) Shot, by heaven !-- Proceed, Like a demi-god here sit'l in the sky,

Biron. ( Aside.) All hid, all hid, an old infant play. sweet Cupid; thou hast thump'd him with thy bird- And wretched fools' secrets heedfully o'er-eye. bolt under the left pap :-I'faith, secrets. More sacks to the mill! heavens, I have my King. (Reads.] So sucel a kiss the golden sun girer not

Dumain transformo'd: four woodcocks in a dish! To those fresh morning drops upon the rose,

Dum. O most divine Kate! As thy eye-heams, when their fresh roys hour mole Biron.

O most profane concomb! The night of low that on my checks dloun flous :

{Asidé. Nur shines the silver moon one half so bright

Dum. By heaven, the wonder of a mortal eye! Through the transparent bosom of the deep,

Biron. By earth she is but corporal; there you As doth thy face through letrs of mine give light;

lie.

(Aside. Thou shin'st in crery tear that I do weep:

Dum. Her amber hairs for foul haro amber No drop but as a coach oth carry thee,

coted." So ridest thoi triumphring in my woe;

Biron. An amber-colour'd raven was well noted. Do but beholil the tears thal sırell in me,

(Aside. And they thy glory through thy grief will show : Dum. As upright as the cedar. But do not love thyself ; then thou wilt kerp,

Biron,

Stoop, I say; My tears for glasses, and still make me werp.

Her shoulder is with child.

(Aside, o queen of qucens, how far dont thou merit?".

Dum.

As fair as day No thought can think, no tongue of mortal tdl. Biron, Ay, as some days; but then no sun must How shall she know my griefs ? I'll drop the paper;

shine.

(Aside, Sweet leaves, shade folly. Who is he comes here? Dum. O that I had my wish!

[Steps aside.
Long. And I had mine!

(Aside.

K’ing. And I mine too, good Lord ! Aside. Enter LONGAVILLE, with a Paper.

Biron, Amen, so I had mine : Is not that a good What, Longaville! and reading! listen car.

word ?

(Aside. Biron. Now, in thy likeness, one more fool, ap Hum. I would forget her ; but a fever she

Áside. Reigns in my blood, and will remember'd be. Long. Ah me! I am forsworn.

7 Slope wero wide knced breeches, the garb in fash. I That is, specious or fair seeming appearances. ion in Shakspeare's time. 2 Certainly, in truth.

8 It has been already remarked that the liver was 3 Alluding 1o Rosaline's complexion, who is repre. anciently supposed to be the seat of love. sented as a Wack beauty.

9 A croodcock means a foolish fellow; that bird being 4 This is given as a proverb in Fuller's Gnomologia. supposed to have no brains.

5 The ancient punishment of a perjured person was io Coted signifies marked or nofed. The word is to wear on the breast a paper expressing the crime. from the coter to quote. The construction of this pas

6 By triumviry and the shape of love's Tyburn, sage will therefore be, 'her amber hairs hare marked Shakspeare alludes to the gallows of the time, which or shown that real amber is foul in comparison with was occasionally triangular.

themselves.'

stav.

wish;

pear!

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