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KING. Well, sit you out;a go home, Biron ; King. What say you, lords ? why, this was adieu !
quite forgot. Biron. No, my good lord; I have sworn to Biron. So study evermore is over-shot ; stay with you:
While it doth study to have what it would, And, though I have for barbarism spoke more, It doth forget to do the thing it should :
Than for that angel knowledge you can say; And when it hath the thing it hunteth most, Yet, confident I'll keep what I have swore, ’T is won, as towns, with fire; so won, so lost.
And bide the penance of each three years' day. King. We must, of force, dispense with this Give me the paper,—let me read the same;
decree; And to the strict'st decrees I'll write my name. She must lie c here on mere necessity. King. How well this yielding rescues thee from Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn shame!
Three thousand times within this three years' Biron. [Reads.]
For every man with his affects is born, Item, That no woman shall come within a mile Not by might master'd, but by special grace. of my court
If I break faith, this word shall speak* for me, Hath this been proclaim'd ?
I am forsworn on mere necessity.Long. Four days ago.
So to the laws at large I write my name : Biron. Let's see the penalty. [Reads.]
And he that breaks them in the least degree, -on pain of losing her tongue.
Stands in attainder of eternal shame :
Suggestions" are to others, as to me; Who devis'd this penalty ?
But, I believe, although I seem so loth, Long. Marry, that did I.
I am the last that will last keep his oath. Biron. Sweet lord, and why ?
But is there no quick recreation granted ? Long. To fright them hence with that dread
King. Ay, that there is : our court, you know, penalty,
is haunted A dangerous law against gentility.”
With a refined traveller of Spain ; BIRON. [Reads.]
A man in all the world's new fashion planted, Item, If any man be seen to talk with a woman That hath a mint of phrases in his brain : within the term of three years, he shall endure such
One who the music of his own vain tongue public shame as the rest of the court cant possibly
Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony; devise ..
A man of complements, whom right and wrong
Have chose as umpire of their mutiny: This article, my liege, yourself must break; This child of fancy, that Armado hight,
For, well you know, here comes in embassy For interim to our studies, shall relate, The French king's daughter, with yourself to In high-born words, the worth of many a knight speak,
From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate. A maid of grace, and complete majesty, - How you delight, my lords, I know not, I; About surrender-up of Aquitain
But, I protest, I love to hear him lie, To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father : And I will use him for my minstrelsy. Therefore this article is made in vain,
BIRON. Armado is a most illustrious wight, Or vainly comes th' admired princess hither. A man of fire-new words, fashion's own knight. (*) old copies, stoorne. (+) First folio, shall.
(*) First folio, break. a Well, sit you out :) The folio reads, fit you out, which is
is satisfactory. By a dangerous law, we are to understand a biting
law. In Act I. Sc.2, there is a similar use of the word: a palpable misprint. To sit out, a phrase borrowed from the card table, was a common expression in Shakespeare's age. Steevens “A dangerous rhyme, master, against the reason of white and quotes the following illustration from Bishop Sanderson :
c She must lie here-1 i.e. reside here. “ They are glad, rather than sit out, to play very small game."
d Suggestions--] Temptations, seducements. To this may be added another given by Mr. Dyce, from The No quick recreation-) i.e. lively pastime, brisk diversion. Tryall of Cheualty, 1605, sig. G. 3
the quick comedians
Extemporally will stage us.' King of Nauar, will onely you sit out?
Antony and Cleopatra, Act V. Sc. 2. * Nau. No, king of Fraunce, my bloud's as hot as thine :
f A man of complements,-) One versed in punctilios, of point. And this my weapon shall confirme my words."
de-vice manners,-a formalist. b LONG. To fright them hence with that dread penalty,
" He walks most commonly with a clove or pick-tooth in his A dangerous law against gentility.]
mouth; he is the very mint of compliment; all his behaviours are
printed; his face is another volume of essays; and his beard is an So the old copies, but Theobald first, and all the modern editors Aristarchus."-BEN Jonson's Cynthia's Rerels, (Gifford's Ed.) since, have deprived Longaville of the second line, and given it vol. ii. p. 264. to Biron. I have no hesitation in restoring it to the proper & Fire-new words,-) Words freshly coined; brand-new. speaker. The only difficulty in the passage is the word gentility,
“Your fire-new stamp of honour scarce is current." (in the quarto, gentletie,) which could never have been the expres
Richard the Third, Act I. Sc. 3, sion of the poet. Mr. Collier's old annotator proposes garrulity; Again, in “Twelfth Night,” Act III, Sc. 2:-that, or scurrility, certainly comes nearer to the sense, but neither “ And with some excellent jest, fire-new from the mint," &c.
LONG. Costard the swain, and he, shall be our
sport; And, so to study, three years is but short.
Enter DULL," with a letter, and COSTARD.
DULL. Which is the duke's own person ?
Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for I am his grace's tharborough ;but I would see his own person in flesh and blood.
BIRON. This is he.
Dull. Signior Arme—Arme-commends you. There's villainy abroad ; this letter will tell you
Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching me. 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 heaven : (2) God grant us patience !
Biron. To hear? or forbear laughing fe
Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh moderately; 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, sir, as concerning Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken with the manner.d
Biron. In what manner ?
(*) Old copies, constable. a Tharborough ;] A corruption of thirdborough; a constable.
b A high hope for a low heaven :) This passage has occasioned a great deal of controversy. Theobald proposed to read a low having ; Mr. Collier's manuscript-corrector reads, a low hearing ; and some critics will have, a low haven. The allusion may be to the representations of Heaven, and the attendant personifications of Faith, Hope, &c. in the ancient Pageants.
c Or forbear laughing?] The old copies have, " forbear hearing." The emendation is due to Capell.
d I was taken with the manner.) Costard quibbles on manner, written mainour in the old law-books; i.e. the thing stolen, and manor house, where he was arrested. With the manner, meant in the fact.
--- and being taken with the manner, had nothing to say for himself."-HEYWOOD's Rape of Lucrece, 1630.
those three: I was seen with her in the manor KING.
Cost. O me!
KING. Cost. As it shall follow in my correction : and
— sorteil, and consorted, contrary to thy established God defend the right !
proclaimed edict and continent canon, with*. King. Will you hear this letter with attention?
with,—0) with—but with this I passion to say Biron. As we would hear an oracle.
wherewith, Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken
Cost. With a wench. after the flesh.
KING. KING. [Reads.]
—with a child of our grandmother Eve, a female; Great deputy, the welkin's vicegerent, and sole or, for thy more sweet understanding, a woman. dominator of Navarre, my soul's earth's God, and
Him I (as my ever-esteemed duty pricks me on) body's fostering patron,
have sent to thee, to receive the meed of punish
ment, by thy sweet grace's officer, Antony Dull ; Cost. Not a word of Costard yet.
a man of good repute, carriage, bearing, and KING.
estimation. So it is,
Dull. Me, an 't shall please you; I am Cost. It may be so: but if he it is
King. is, in telling true, but so.
For Jaquenetta, (so is the weaker vessel called, KING. Peace!
which I apprehended with the aforesaid swain,) Cost. —be to me, and every man that dares
I keep her as a vessel of thy law's fury; and not fight!
shall, at the least of thy sweet notice, bring her to KING. No words! Cost, —of other men's secrets, I beseech
trial. Thine in all complements of devoted and
heart-burning heat of duty,
Don ADRIANO DE ARMADO. So it is, besieged with sable-coloured melancholy, I did commend the black-oppressing humour
Biron. This is not so well as I looked for, but to the most wholesome physic of thy health-giving the best that ever I heard. air; and, as I am a gentleman, betook myself to King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrah, walk. The time when ? About the sixth hour;
what say you to this? when beasts most graze, birds best peck, and men sit Cost. Sir, I confess the wench. down to that nourishment which is called supper. King. Did you hear the proclamation ? So much for the time when : Now for the ground Cost. I do confess much of the hearing it, but which ; which, I mean, I walked upon : it is little of the marking of it. yeleped, thy park. Then for the place where ; King. It was proclaimed a year's imprisonment, where, I mean, I did encounter that obscene
to be taken with a wench. and most preposterous event, that draweth from Cost. I was taken with none, sir ; I was taken my snow-white pen the ebon-coloured ink, which with a damosel. here thou viewest, beholdest, surveyest, or seest : King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel. But to the place where,—it standeth north-north Cost. This was no damosel, neither, sir ; she east and by east from the west corner of thy was a virgin. curious-knotted" garden : there did I see that King. It is so varied too; for it was proclaimed low-spirited swain, that base minnow of thy virgin. mirth,
Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity ; I was Cost. Me.
taken with a maid. Kixg.
King. This maid will not serve your turn, sir. —that unletter'd small-knowing soul,
Cost. This maid will serve my turn, sir.
King. Sir, I will pronounce your sentence: you Cost. Me.
shall fast a week with bran and water.
a Thy curious-knotted garden :) Ancient gardens, Steevens observes, abounded with figures, of which the lines intersected each other in many directions. Thus in “Richard II.” Act III. Sc, 4:
(*) Old copies, which with.
Cost. I had rather pray a month with mutton Arm. In thy condign praise. and porridge.
Moth. I will praise an eel with the same King. And don Armado shall be your keeper.- praise. My lord Biron, see him deliver'd o'er.
Arm. What? that an eel is ingenious ? * And go we, lords, to put in practice that
Moth. That an eel is quick. Which each to other hath so strongly sworn. Arm. I do say, thou art quick in answers : [Exeunt KING, LONGAVILLE, and DUMAIN. Thou heat'st
blood. Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's hat, Moth. I am answered, sir.
These oaths and laws will prove an idle scorn.- ARM. I love not to be crossed. Sirrah, come on.
Moth. He speaks the mere contrary, crosses Cost. I suffer for the truth, sir : for true it is, love not him.
[A side. I was taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is Arm. I have promised to study three years a true girl ; and therefore, Welcome the sour cup with the duke. of prosperity! Affliction may one day smile again, Mots. You may do it in an hour, sir. and till then, Sit thee down, sorrow ! *
Arm. I am ill at reckoning; it fitteth † the spirit of a tapster.
Moth. You are a gentleman, and a gamester, SCENE II.-Another part of the same. sir.(3) Armado's House.
Arm. I confess both; they are both the varnish
of a complete man. Enter ARMADO and Moti.
Moth. Then, I am sure, you know how much Arm. Boy, what sign is it, when a man of
the gross sum of deuce-ace amounts to. great spirit grows melancholy?
Arm. It doth amount to one more than two. Moth. A great sign, sir, that he will look sad. Moth. Which the base vulgar do # call, three. Arm." Why, sadness is one and the self-same
ARM. True. thing, dear imp.
Moth. Why, sir, is this such a piece of study? Moty. No, no; O lord, sir, no.
Now here's three studied, ere you ’ll thrice wink:
and how ARM. How canst thou part sadness and melan
easy it is to put years to the word three, choly, my tender juvenal ?
and study three years in two words, the dancing Moth. By a familiar demonstration of the
horse (4) will tell you. working, my tough senior.+
ARM. A most fine figure! Arm. Why tough senior ?+ why tough senior? +
Moti. To prove you a cipher. [Aside. Moth. Why tender juvenal ? why tender
Arm. I will hereupon confess, I am in love: juvenal ?
and, as it is base for a soldier to love, so am I in Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congruent
love with a base wench. If drawing my sword epitheton, appertaining to thy young days, which against the humour of affection would deliver me we may nominate, tender.
from the reprobate thought of it, I would take Moth. And I, tough senior, t as an appertinent
Desire prisoner, and ransom him to any French old time, which we may name, tough.
courtier for a new devised courtesy. I think Arm. Pretty, and apt.
scorn to sigh ; methinks, I should outswear Cupid. Moth. How mean you, sir; I pretty, and my
Comfort me, boy: What great men have been
in love? saying apt ? or I apt, and my saying pretty? Arm. Thou pretty, because little.
Moth. Hercules, master. Moth. Little pretty, because little: Where
Arm. Most sweet Hercules !—More authority, fore apt?
dear boy, name more ; and, sweet my child, let ARM. And therefore apt, because quick.
them be men of good repute and carriage. Moth. Speak you this in my praise, master ? Moth. Sampson, master; he was a man of
title to your
(*) First folio, until then sit down, &c.
(t) First folio, signeur. a Armado.] Here and throughout the scene in the old copies we have Braggart, instead of Armado.
b Thou pretty, because little:) So in Ben Jonson's play of " The Fox," (Gifford's edition,) vol. iii. p. 236:-
" First for your dwarf, he's little and witty,
And every thing, as it is little is pretty." c Crosses love not him.) A punning allusion, very frequent in
(*) First folio, ingenuous. (+) First folio, fts.
(1) First folio, vulgar call. Shakespeare's day, probably to the ancient penny, which Stowe describes as having a double cross, with a crest stamped on it, so that it might easily be broken in half or into quarters. In “ Henry IV. Part II.” Act I. Sc. 2, we meet with the same quibble:
“ Not a penny, not a penny; you are too impatient to bear crosses," And again, in “ As You Like It," Act II. Sc. 4:
“ For my part, I had rather bear with you than bear you; yet I should bear no cross if I did bear you."
good carriage, great carriage; for he carried the Sampson had small reason for it. He, surely, town-gates on his back, like a porter : and he was affected her for her wit. in love.
Moth. It was so, sir ; for she had a green ARM. O well-knit Sampson ! strong-jointed wit. Sampson! I do excel thee in my rapier, as much ARM. My love is most immaculate white and as thou didst me in carrying gates. I am in red. love, too—Who was Sampson's love, my dear Moth. Most maculate * thoughts, master, are Moth ?
masked under such colours. Moth. A woman, master.
ARM, Define, define, well-educated infant. ARM. Of what complexion ?
Moth. My father's wit, and my mother's Moth. Of all the four, or the three, or the tongue, assist me. two; or one of the four.
ARM. Sweet invocation of a child ; most pretty, ARM. Tell me precisely of what complexion ? and pathetical ! Moth. Of the sea-water green, sir.
Moth. If she be made of white and red, ARM. Is that one of the four complexions ?
Her faults will ne'er be known; Moth. As I have read, sir : and the best of
For blushing + cheeks by faults are bred, them too.
And fears by pale-white shown: ARM. Green, indeed, is the colour of lovers ; but to have a love of that colour, methinks, (*) First folio, immaculate. (t) Old copies, blush-in.