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(When I was wont to think no harm all night, Why should I joy in an abortive birth
shows; Not to see ladies, study, fast, nor sleep.
But like of each thing, that in season grows. King. Your oath is pass'd' to pass away from So you, to study now it is too late, these.
Climb o'er the house to unlock the little gate. Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an if you King. Well, sit you out: go bome, Biroa ; please ;
adien 1 I only swore, to study with your grace,
Biron. No, my good lord; I have short to And stay here in your court for three years' space.
stay with you : Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the And, though I have for barbarism spoke mpore, rest
Than for that angel knowledge you can was, Biron. By yea and nay, Sir, then I swore in Yet confident I'll keep what I have swore, jest.
And bide the penance of each three years' day. What is tbe end of study I let me know. Give me the paper, let me read the same; King. Why, that to kuow, which else we and to the strict'st decrees I'll write my should not know.
name, Biron. Things hid and barr'd, you mean, King. How well this yielding rescoes the from commou sense ?
from shame! King. Ay, that is study's god-like recom- Biron. (Reads.] Item, That no woman sich pense.
come within a mile of my court.-
Long. Four days ago.
(Reads.)-On pain of losing her tongue.Or, study where to meet some mistress fine, Who devis'd this?
When mistresses from common sense are hid : Long. Marry, that did I. Or, having sworn too bard-a-keeping oath,
Biron. Sweet lord, and why? Study to break it, and not break my troth. Long. To fright them bence with that dread If study's galu be thus, and this be so,
penalty. Study knows that, which yet it doth not know : Biron. A dangerous law against gentility. Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, uo. [Reads.) Item, If any man be serr te tek King. These be the stops that binder study with a woman within the term of three youts, quite,
he shall endure such public shame as the resi And train our intellects to vain delight.
of the court can possibly derise.Biron. Why, all delights are vain; but that This article, my liege, yourself must break; most vain,
For well you know, here comes in eines Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain : The Freuch king's daugbter, with you set to As, painfully to pore upon a book,
speak,To seek the light of truth; while truth the A maid of grace, and complete majesty. while
About surrender-up of Aquitain Doth falsely blind the eyesight of his look : Tu ber decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father ; Light, seeking light, doth light of light be. Therefore this article is made in vain, guile :
Or vainly comes tbe admired princess bitber. 6o, ere you And where light in darkness lies, King. What say you, lords i why, this is Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes.
qnite forgot. Study me how to please the eye indeed,
Biron. So study evermore is overstrot; By fixing it upon a fairer eye;
While it doth study to bave what it would, Wbo dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed, It dotb forget to do the thing it sbould :
And give him light that was it blinded by. And when it hath the thing it bunteth Dost, Study is like the beaven's glorious sun,
'Tis won, as lowns with fire ; so won, so ost. That will not be deep-search'd with saucy
King. We must of force, dispeuse with this looks ;
decree; Small have continual plodders ever won,
She must lie bere on mere necessity.
Three thousand times within this three That give a name to every fixed star,
years' space : Have no more profit of their shining nights, For every man with his affects is born ; Than those that walk, and wot not what they Not by might master'd, but by special
grace : Too much to know, is, to know acught but !f I break faith, this word sball speak for be, fame;
I am forsworn on mere necessity.And every godfather can give a name.
So to the laws at large I write my name : King. How well he's read, to reason against
And he, that breaks them in the least degree, Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good pro- Stands in altainder of eterual shame: ceediog!
Suggestions | are to others, as to me ; Long. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow | But, I believe, although I seem so loath, the weeding.
I am the last ibat will last keep his oall. Biron. The spriug is near when green geese But is there no quick 6 recreation granted ! are a breeding.
King. Ay, tbai there is : our court, you know, Dum. How follows that I
is haunted Biron. Fit in his place and time.
With a refined traveller of Spain ; Dum. lo reason nothing.
A man in all the world's new fashion planted, Biron. Something then in rhyune.
That bath a mint of pbrases in bis bras: Long., Birou is like an euvious steaping + One, whom the music of his owu vain feague frost,
Doth ravish, like enchanting hai mony That bites the first-boru infants of the spring. A man of compliments, whom right and wrong Biron. Well, say I am ; why should proud Have chose as on pire of their actisy: summer boast,
This child of faucy, that armado bighi, Before the birds have any cause to sing ? For interim to our studies, shall relate, • Dishobestly, treacherously,
Reside. | Teras Arruz.
3 Out. Being nimble footed, he hath outrun And that's far worse than none; better have
us, But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him.
Than plural faith, which is too much by one: Go thou with her to the west end of the wood, | Thou counterfeit to thy true friend! There is our captain : we'll follow him that's Pro. In love,
Who respects friend ! The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape.
Sil. All men but Proteus. i Out. Come, I must bring you to our cap Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words tain's cave :
Can no way change you to a milder form, Fear pot; be bears an honourable mind, l'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end; And will not use a woman lawlessly,
And love you 'gainst the nature of love, force Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee!
Pro. I'll force thee yield to my desire.
Vab. Rufhan let go, that rude uncivil touch ; SCENE IV.- Another part of the Forest.
Thou friend of an ill fashion !
Pro. Valentine !
Val, Thou common friend, that's without faith Val. How use doth breed a babit in a man!
or love. This shadowy desert, anfrequented woods, (For such is a friend now,) treacherons man! I better took than flourishing peopled towns : Thou bast beguil'd my hopes; sought but mins Here can I sit alone wnsceu of any,
eye And, to the nightingale's complaining notes, Could bave persuaded me : Now I dare not Tune ay distresses, and record my woes.
[me. O thou, that dost inhanit in my breast,
I have one friend alive
thou would'st disprove Leave not the mansion so long tenantless ; Who should be trusted now, when one's right Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall,
band And leave no memory of what it was 1
Is perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus, Repair me with thy presence, Silvia;
I am sorry I must never trust thee more, Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forloru swain ! But count the world a stranger for thy sake. What halloing, and what stir, is this to-day? The private wound is deepest : O time, most These are my mates, that make their wills their
'Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the Have some unhappy passenger in chase :
worst ! They love me well; yet I bave much to do,
Pro. My shame and guilt confounds me. To keep them from ancivil outrages.
Forgive me, Valentine : if hearty sorrow Withdraw thee, Valentine ; who's this comes Be a sufficient ransom for offence, here 1
(Steps aside. I tender it here ; I do as truly sutser,
As e'et I did commit. Enter PROTEUS, Silvia, and JULIA. Val. Then I am paid; Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you, And once again I do receive thee honest:(Though you respect not aught your servant who by repentance is not satisfied, doth)
is nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are To bazard life, and rescue you from him
pleas'd ; That would bave forc'd your honour and your By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'd :love.
And, that my love may appear plain and free, Vouchsafe me, for my mecd, + but one fair took ; All that was mine in Silvia, I give thee. A smaller boon than this I cannot beg,
Jul. O me, unhappy !
(Faints. And less than this, I ain sure, you cannot give.
Pro. Look to the boy. Vul. How like a dream is this I see and Val. Why boy! wby wag ! how now? what is hear!
the matter 3 Lore, tend me patience to forbear awhile. Look up ; speak.
(Aside. Jul. O good sir, my master charg'd me
Pro. Where is that ring, boy? Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most un. Jul. Here 'tis : this is it. (Gives a ring happy.
Pro. How I let me see : Jul. And me, when he approachetb to your Why this is the ring I gave to Julia. presence.
(Aside. Jul. O cry your mercy, Sir, I have mistook ; Sil. Had I been seized by a bungry lion, This is the ring you sent to Silvia. I would have been a breakfast to the beast,
(Shnu's another ring. Rather than have false Proteus rescue me.
Pro. But, how cam'st thou by this ring i at o heaven be judge, how I love Valentine,
my depart, Whose life's as tender to me as my soul; I gave this unto Júlia. And full as much (for more there cannot be,)
Jul. Aud Julia herself did give it me ; I do detest false perjurd Proteus :
And Julia herself hath brought it hither. Therefore be gone, solicit me no more.
Pro. How! Julia ! Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy death,
oaths, Would I not undergo for one calın look ? And entertain'd them deeply in her heart : Oh! 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd. . How oft bast thou with perjury cleft the root? + When women cannot love where they're belova. O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush ! Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's be- Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me lov'd.
Such an immodest raiment; is shame live Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love,
In a disguise of love : For whose dear sake thou did'se tben rend thy It is the lesser blot, modesty finds, faith
Women to change their shapes, than men their into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths
minds. Descended into perjury, to love me.
Pro. Tban men their minds? 'tis true: 0 Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou badst
heaven! were man But constant, he were perfect : that one error
• Direction. + An allusion to clearing the pin is archery
Arm. How can'st thou part sadness and me- Arm. Is that one of the four complexions : lancholy, my tender juvenalpo
Moth. As I have read, Sir; and the best of Moth. By a familiar demonstration of the them too. working, my tough senior.
Arm. Green, indeed, is the colour of lovers : Arm. Why tough senior why tough senior ? but to have a love of that coloar, methints,
Moth. Why tender juvenal ? why tender ju- Samson bad small reason for it. He, sareb, vepal
affected ber for her wit. Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a con- Moth. It was so, Sir ; for she bad a green wit. gruent epitheton, appertaining to thy young Arm. My love is most immaculate while and days, which we may nominate tender.
red. Moth. And I, tough senior, as an apperti. Moth. Most maculate thoughts, master, ure nent title to your old time, which we may name masked under such colours. tough.
Arm. Define, define, well-educated infant. Arm. Pretty, and apt.
Moth, My father's wit, and my Loiber's Moth. How mean you, Sir? I pretty, and my tongue, assist me! saying apt? or I apt, and my saying pretty? Arm. Sweet invocation of a child; mas Arm. Thou pretty, because little.
pretty and pathetical ! Moth. Little pretty, because little : Where- Moth. If she be made of wbile and red, fore apt?
Her faults will ne'er be known : Arm. And therefore apt, because quick.
For blushing cheeks by faults are bred, Moth. Speak you this in my praise, master ? And fears by pale-white shown: Arm. In thy condign praise.
Then, if she fear, or be to blame, Moth. I will praise an eel with the same By this you shall not know; praise.
For still her cheeks possess the same, Arm. What ? that an eel is ingenious ?
Which native she doth owe, Moth. Tbat an eel is quick,
A dangerous rhyme, master, against the saka Arm. I do say, thou art quick in answers : of white and red. Thou heatest my blood.
Arm. Is there not a ballad, bey, of the King Moth. I am answer'd, Sir,
and the Beggar ? Arm, I love not to be crossed.
Moth. The world was very guilty of such a Moth. He speaks the mere contrary, crosses ballad some three ages since bat, I think love not him.
(Aside. now 'tis not to be found ; or, if it were, k rodd Arm. I bave proinised to study three years neither serve for the writing, nor the tube. with the duke.
Arm. will have the subject newly wii ofer, Moth. You may do it in an hour, Sir. that I may example my digression + by scene Arm. Impossible.
mighty precedent. Boy, I do love that caesary Moth. How many is one thrice told ?
girl, that I took in the park with the Arm. I am ill at reckoning, it aitteth the spirit bind Costard ; she deserves well. of a tapster.
Moth. To be whipped ; and get a better love Moth. You are a gentleman, and a gamester, than my master. Sir.
Arm. Sing, boy, my spirit grows bear un Arm. I confess both; they are both the var. love. nish of a complete man.
Moth. And that's great marvel, loving a hebat Moth. Then, I am sure, you know how much wench. the gross suin of deuce-ace amounts to.
say, sing. Arm. It doth amonot to one more than two. Moth. Forbear till this company be past. Moth. Which the base vulgar do call, three. Arm. True.
Enter Dull, COSTARD, and JAQCENETTI. Moth. Why, Sir, is this such a piece of study ? Dull. Sir, the duke's pleasure is, that res Now here is three studied, ere you'll thrice keep Costard safe ; and you mast let te wink: and how easy it is to put years to the take no delight, nor no penance; but z word three, and study three years in two words, fast three days a week: for this damsel, I EN the dancing horse will tell you.
keep her at the park ; she is allowed for the Arm. A most fine figure !
day-woman. I Fare you well. Moth. To prove you a cipher. (Áside. Arm. I do betray myself with blushing.
Arm. I will hereupon confess, I ain in love : Maid. and, as it is base for a soldier to love, so am Jaq. Man. I in love with a base wencb. li drawing my Arm. I will visit thee at the lodge. sword against the humour of affection would Jaq. That's hereby. deliver me from the reprobate thought of it, I Arm. I know where it is situate. would take desire prisoner, and ransom him to Jaq. Lord, how wise you are! any French courtier for a new devised cour. Arm. I will tell thee wouders. tesy. I think scorn to sigh ; methinks, I should Jaq. With that face? out-swear Cupid. Comfort me, boy : What Arm. I love thee. great men have been in love ?
Jaq. So I heard you say. Moth. Hercules, master.
Arm. And so farewell, Arm. Most sweet Hercules - More authori. Jaq. Fair weather after you ! ty, dear boy, name more ; and, sweet my child, Dull. Come, Jaquenetta, away. let them be men of good repute and carriage.
(Ereunt DuLL and JaQTEXETTA. Moth. Samson, master : he was a mau of Arm. Villain, thou shalt fast for thiy ofarer, good carriage, great carriage ; for be carried ere thou be pardoned. the town-gates on his back, like a porter : and Cost. Well, Sir, I hope, wbeo I do it, I shali he was in love.
do it on a full stomach. Arm. O well-knit Samson ! strong-jointed Sam. Arin. Thou shalt be heavily ponisbed. son! I do excel thee in my rapier, as much as Cost, I ain more bound to you, than you tbou didst me in carrying gates. I am in love fellows, for they are but lightly rewarded. too,-- Who was Samson's love, my dear Moth 3- Arm. Take away this villain ; shat time. Moth. A woman, master.
Moth. Come, you transgressing slave; utin Arin. of what complexion ?
Cost. Let me not be pent up, Sir; I will last Moth. of all the four, or the three, or the being loose. two; or one of the four.
Moth. No, Sir: that were fast and louse : Arm. Tell me precisely of what complexion ? thou sbalt to prison. Moth. Of the sea water green, Sir. • Young man.
• of which she is naturally possessed. # The name of a coin once current.
Cost. Well, if ever I do see the merry days of Prin. All pride is willing pride, and your's desolation that I have seen, some shall see
is so.Moth. What shall some see ?
Who are the votaries, my loving lords, Cost. Nay, nothing, master Moth, but what That are vow-fellows with this virtuous duke ? they look upon. It is not for prisoners to be 1 Lord. Longaville is one. too silent in their words: and therefore, I Prin. Know you the man ? will say nothing : I thank God, I have as little Mar. I know bim, madam ; at a marriage patience as another man; and, therefore, I can
feast, be quiet.
Between lord' Perigort and the beauteous heir (Ereunt Moth and COSTARD. Of Jaques Falconbridge solemnized, Arm. I do affect the very ground, which is in Normandy saw I this Longaville : base, where her shoe, which is baser, guided by A man of sovereign parts be is esteem'd ; ber foot, which is basest, doth tread. I shall be Well fitted in the arts, glorious in arms : forswort, (which is a great argument of false. Nothing becomes bim ill, that he would well. hood,) if I love : And how can that be true love, The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss, which is falsely attempted ? Love is a familiar: (if virtue's gloss will stain with any soil,) love is a devil: there is no evil angel but love. is a sharp wit match'd with too blunt a will; Yet Samson was so tempted : and he bad an ex. Whose edge bath power to cut, whose will still cellent strength : yet was Solomon so seduced :
wills and he had a very good wit. Cupid's butt. It should none spare that come within his shalt + is too hard for Hercules' club, and there
power. fore too much odds for a Spaniard's rapier. The Prin. Some merry mocking lord, belike ; is't first and second cause will not serve my turn;
so ? the passado he respects not, the duello he re- Mar. They say so most, that most bis hugards not: his disgrace is to be called boy ; but
mous know. his glory is, to subdue men. Adieu, valour! Prin. Such short-liv'd wits do wither as they rust, rapier! be still, drum ! for your manager
grow. is in love ; yea, he loveth. Assist me some ex- Who are the rest ? temporal god of rhyme, for, I am sure, I shall Kath. The young Dumain, a well-accomtaru sonneteer. Devise wit; write pen ; for I
plish'd youth, am for whole volumes in folio.
(Erit. of all that virtue love for virtue lov'd :
Most power to do most barm, least knowing
For he bath wit to make an ill shape good,
And shape to win grace though he had no wit.
I saw him at the duke Alençon's once ;
And much too little of that good I saw,
Ros. Another of these students at that time, Enter the PRINCESS OF FRANCE, ROSALINE, Was there with him : if I bave heard a truth,
MARIA, KATHARINE, BOYEV, Lords and Biron they call him ; but a merrier man,
Within the limit of becoming mirth,
His eye begets occasion for his wit ; Consider who the king your father sends;
For every object that the one doth catch, To whom he sends ; and what's his embassy :
The other turns to a mirth-moving jest ; Yourself held precious in the world's esteem ;
Which his fair tongue (conceit's expositor,) To parley with the sole inheritor
Delivers in such apt and gracious words, of all perfections that a man may owe,
That aged ears play truant at his tales, Matchless Navarre ; the plea of no less weight
And younger hearings are quite ravished; Than Aquitain; a dowry for a queen.
So sweet aud voluble is his discourse. Be now as prodigal of all dear grace,
Prin. God bless my ladies ! are they all in As nature was in making graces dear,
Jove; When she did starve the general world beside,
That every one her own hath garnished
With such bedecking oraments of praise ?
Mar. Here comes Boyet.
Prin. Now, what admittance, lord ?
proach; Than you much willing to be counted wise And he, and his competitors • in oath, In spending your wit in the praise of mine. Were all address'd + to meet you, gentle lady, But now to task the tasker,--Good Boyet,
Before I caine. Marry, thus much I have You are not ignorant, all-telling fame
learnt, Doth noise abroad, Navarre bath made a vow, He rather means to lodge you in the field, Till painful study shall out-wear three years, (Like one that comes here to besiege bis court,) No woman may approach bis silent court : Than seek a dispensatiou for his oath, Therefore to us seemeth it a needful course, To let you enter his unpeopled house. Before we enter bis forbidden gates,
Here comes Navarre. [The Ladies mask. To know his pleasure ; and in that beball, Bold of your worthiness, we single you
Enter KING, LONGAVILLE, DOMAIN, BIROX, As our best-moving fair solicitor :
and Attendants. Tell bim, the daugbter of the king of France On serious business, craving quick despatch,
King. Fair princess, welcome to the court of
Prin. Fair, I give you back again ; and, wel. Like humbly-visag'd suitors, bis high will.
come I have not yet : the roof of this court is Boyet. Proud of employment, willingly I go.
too high to be your's ; and welcome to the wild
fields too base to be mine. (Exit.
King. You shall be welcome, madam, to my
Prin. I will be welcome then ; conduct me And, if you prove it, I'll repay it back, thither.
Or yield up Aquitain. King. Hear me, dear lady; I have sworn an Prin. We arrest your word: oath.
Boyet, you can produce aquittances, Prin. Our Lady help my lord! he'll be for- for such a suin, froin special officers
of Charles his father. King. Not for the world, fair madam, by my King. Satisfy me so. will.
Boyet. So please your grace, the packet is not Prin. Why, will sball break it: will, and
come, nothing else.
Where that and other specialties are bound : King. Your ladyship is igaorant what it is. To-morrow you shall have a sight of tbeo. Prin. Were my lord so, bis ignorance were King. It shall suffice me ; at which ister. wise,
view, Where now his knowledge must prove igno- All liberal reason I will yield unto. rance.
Mean time receive such welcome at my hand, I hear, your grace hath sworn out bouse-keep- As bonour, without breach of bodoer, ibay ing :
Make tender of to thy true worthinrss : "Tis deadly sin to keep that oath, my lord, You may not come, fair princess, in my gates; And sin to break it :
But bere without you shall be so receit'd, But pardon me, I am too sudden-bold ;
As you sball deem yourself lodg'd in my beart, To teach a teacher ill beseemeth me.
Though so denied fair barbour in my bous. Vouchsafe to read the purpose of my coming, Your own good thoughts excuse me, and faseAnd suddenly resolve me in my suit.
well : (Gives a paper. To-morrow shall we visit you again. King. Madam, I will, if suddenly I may. Prin. Sweet health and fair desires consert Prin. You will the sooner, that I were
your grace! away ;
King. Thy own wish wish I thee in every For you'll prove perjur'd, if you make me stay.
place! Biron, Did not i dance with you in Bra
(Ereunt King and Ais Trais. bant once ?
Biron. Lady, I will commend you to my own Ros. Did not dance with you in Brabant
heart. once 3
Ros. 'Pray you, do my commendations; I Biron. I kuow, you did.
would be glad to see it. Ros. How needless was it then
Biron. I would, you beard it groan. To ask the question !
Ros. Is the fool sick ? Biron. You must not be so quick.
Biron. Sick at heart. Ros. 'Tis 'long of you that spur me with such Ros. Alack, let it blood. questions.
Biron. Would that do it good!
Biron. Will you prick't with your eye!
Biron. Now, God save thy life!
Ros. And your's from loog living ! Biron. Now fair befall your maski
Biron. I cannot stay thanksgiving, Ros. Fair fall the face it covers !
(Retiring. Biron. And send you many lovers!
Dum. Sir, I pray you, a word: Wbat lady is Ros. Amen, so you be done.
that same * Biron. Nay, then will I be gone.
Boyet. The heir of Alençon, Rosaline bes King. Madam, your father here doth intimate
name. The payment of a hundred thousand crowns; Dum. A gallant lady! Monsieur, fare you Being but the one balf of an entire sum,
well. Disbursed by my father in bis wars.
Long. I beseech you a word ; What is ite is But say, that he, or we, (as neither have,)
the white 1 Receiv'd that sum ; yet there remains unpaid Boyet. A woman sometimes, au you an ka A hundred thousand more ; in surety of the
in the light. which,
Long. Perchance, light in the light : 1 desire One part of Aquitain is bound to us,
her name. Although not valued to the money's worth. Boyet.
She hath but one for herself ; to de If then the king your father will restore
sire that were a shame. But that one bali which is unsatisfied,
Long. Pray you, Sir, whose daughter t We will give up our right in Aquitain,
Boyet. Her mother's I have beard.
Boyet. Good Sir, be not offended :
She is a most sweet lady.
(Exit LONGAVILLE. Which we much rather bad depart+ withal, Biron. What's her name, in the cap And have the money by our father lent,
Boyet. Katharine, by good hap.
Biron. Is she wedded, or no
Boyet. Farewell to me, Sir, and welcome to A yielding. 'gainst some reason, in my breast,
you. [Erit BIRON.-Ludies xxn. And go well satisfied to France again.
Mar. That last is Biron, the merry bad<2 Prin. You do the king my father too much
Not a word with him but a jetes And wrong the reputation of your name,
Boyet. And every jest but a word. Tu so unseeming to confess receipt
Prin. It was well done of you to take bim tt of that wbich hath so faithfully been paid.
bis word. King. I do protest, I never heard ci il; Boyet. I was as willing to grapple, as he was
+ A French particle of ergesies.
• Aye, yes.