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noon: the word is well cull'd, chose: sweet and Hol. Quare Chirra, not sirrah?
apt, i do assure you, sir, I do assure. Arm. Men of peace, well encounter’d.
Arm. Sir, the king is a noble gentleman; and Hol. Most inilitary, sir, salutation.
ny familiar, I do as ure you, very good friend:Aloth. They have been at a great feast of lan- 5 for what is inward between us, let it pass:-1 do guages, and stolen the scraps. [To Costard aside. beseech thee, rememberthy courtesy;--I beseech
Cost. O, they have liv'd long on the alms-basket thee, apparel thy head:--and among other imporof words?! I marvel, thy master hath not eaten thee tunate and most serious designs, and of great imfor a word; for thou art not so long by the head as port indeed, too ;-but let that pass :-for I must honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier swai- 10 tell thee, it will please bis grace (by the world) lowed than a tlap-dragon?.
sometime to lean upon my poor
shoulder; and Moth. Peace, the peal begins.
with his royal tinger, thus, dally with my excreArm. Monsieur, are you not letterd?
ment", with my mustachio; but, sweet heart, Ict Moth. Yes, yes; he teaches boys the horn-book : that pass. By the world, I recount no fable: some What is a, b, spelt backward, with a horn on his 15 certain special honours it pleas+th his greatnes; to head ?
impart to Armado, a soldier, a man of travel, that Hol. Ba, pueritia, with a horn added.
hath seen the world: but let that pass.---The Aloth. Bà, most silly sheep, with a horn:-Yon very all of all is-but, sweet heart, I do implore hear his learning:
secresy,--that the king would have me preses t lol. Quis, quis, thou consonant?
20 the princess, sweet chuck, with some delighetul Noth. The third of the tive vowels, if you repeat ostentation, or show, or pageant, or antick,or tirethem; or the fifth, it l.
work. Now understanding that the curate, and Hol. I will repeat them, a, e, i.-
your sweet self, are good at such eruptions, and Moth. The sheep: the other two concludes it; sudden breakings out of inirth, as it were, I have
25 acquainted you withal, to the end to crave your Arm. Now, by the salt water of the Mediterra- assistance. nean, a sweet touch, a quick venew* of wit : snip, Hol. Sir, you shall present before her the nine siap, quich and home; it rejoiceth my intellect: worthies.---Sir Nathaniel, as concerning some entrue wit.
tertainment of time, some show in the posterior of Moth. Offered by a child to an old man; which 30 this day, to be render'd by our assistance,-atthe is wit-old.
king's command ; and this inost gallant, illustrate, Hol. What is the figure? what is the figure? andlearnedgentleman,-before the princess;lsay, Moth. Horns.
none so fit as to present the nine worthies, Hol. Thou disputest like an infant: go, whip Nah. Where will you tind men worthy enough thy gigg.
35 to present them? Moth. Lend me your horn to make one, and I Hol. Joshua, yourself; myself, or this gallant will whip about your intamy circùm circà; Agigg gentleman, Judas Maccabæus ; tlris swain, because of a cuckold's horn!
of his great limb or joint, shail pass Pompey the Cost. An I had but one penny in the world, thon great; the page, Hercules. shouldst have it to buy ginger-bread: hold, there is 10 Arm. Pardon, sir, error; he is not quantity the very remuneration I had of thy master, thou enough for that worthy's thumb: he is not so big hali-penny purse of wit, thou pigeon-egg of discre- as the end of his club. tion. (, an the heavens were so pleased, that thou Hol. Shall I have audience? he shall present wert but my bastard! what a joy ful father wouldst Hercules in minority: his enter and exit shall be thou make me? Go to; thou hast it ad dunghill, 45 strangling a snake; and I will have an apology for at the singers' ends, as they say.
Hol. Oh, I smell false Latin; dung.ill for un- Moth. An excellent device! so if any of the auSuom.
dience hiss, you may cry, Well done, Hercules ! Arm. Arts-man, præambula; we will be singled now thou crushest the snuke! that is the way to from the barbarous. Do you not educate youth at 50 make an offence gracious; though few have the the charge-house on the top of the mountain? Hol. Or, mons the hill.
Arm. For the rest of the worthies?
Moth. Thrice-worthy gentleman! Arm. Sir, it is the king's most sweet pleasure and 55 Arm. Shall I tell you a thing? affection, to congratulate the princess at her pavi- Hol. We attend. lion, in the posteriors of this day; which the rude Arm. We will have, if this faulge’not, an antick. multitude call the afternoon.
I beseech you, follow. Hol. The posterior of the day, most generous sir, Hol, Viao, goodman Dull! thou hast spoken po is liable, congruent, and measurable for the after-60 word all this while.
'That is, the very offal, or refuse of words. ? A fap-dragon is a small inflammable substance, which topers swallow in a glass of wine. ? By o, u, Moth would mean-- -Oh, you--i. e. You are the sheep still, either way; no matter which of us repeats them. * A renew is the technical term at the fencing-school for a bout. "Mr. Steevens supposes the charge-house to mean the free-school. “Meaning, bisbeard. ? That is, suit not. An Italian ex :lamation, signifying Couruge! come on!
grace to do it.
Dull. Nor understood none neither, sir.
Ros. 'Ware pencils ?! How? let me not die your Hol. Allons ! we will employ thee.
My red dominical, my golden letter: [debtor, Dull. Pll make one in a dance or so; or I will 10, that
face were not so full of O'st! play on the tabor to the worthies, and let them Kath. Pox of that jest! and l be hrew all slırows. dance the hay.
5 Prin. But what was sent to you from lair DuHol. Mosť dull, honest Dull, to our sport away. Kath. Madam, this glove.
(inain [Exeunt. Prin. Did he not send you twain ?
Kath. Yes, madam; and moreover,
Some thousand verses of a faithiullover:
Vilely compil'd, profound simplicity. (ville ;
Prin. I think noless; Dost thou not wishin heart, Look you,
what I have from the loving king. 15 The chain were longer, and theletter short? (part. Ros. Madam, came nothing elsealong with that? Alar. Ay, or I would the e hands might never.
Prin. Nothing but this? yea, as much love in Prin. We are wise girls, to mock our lovers so. Aswouldbe cramm’dup in a sheet of paper [rbime, Ros. They are worse fools to purchase mocking Writ on both sides the leaf, margert and all; That same Biron I'll torture ere I go.
[so. That he was fain to seal on Cupid's name. 200, that I knew he were but in by the wrek'!
Ros. That was the way to mrakéhis god-head wax'; How I would make him fawn, and beg, and seck; For he hath been five thousand years a boy. And wait the season, and observe the times,
Kath. Ay, and a shrewd unhappy gallows too. and spend his prodigal wit in bootless i himes; Ros. You'll ne'er be friends, with him ; he kill'd And shape his service all to my behests: your sister.
25 Andmakehim proud to make me proud that jests ! Kath. Hemade her melancholy, sad, and heavy; So portent-like would I o'essway his state, And so she died; had she been light like you,
Thatheshould be my fool, and I his fate! (catch'd, Of such a merry, nimble, stirring spirit,
Prin. None are so surely caught, when they are She might have been a grandam ere she dy'd: As wit turn’d fool: folly, in wisdom batch’d, And so may you, for a light heart lives long. |30 Hath wisdom's warrant, and the help of school ; Ros. What's
your dark meaning, mouse, of this And wit's own grace to grace a learned fool. light word?
Ros. The blood of youth burns not with such Kath. A light condition in a beauty dark. [out. As gravity's revolt to wantonness. [excess, Ros. We need more light to find your meaning
Mar. Folly in fools bears not so strong a note,, Kath. You'll mar the light, by taking it in snutla; 35 As foolery in the wise, when wit doth dote; Therefore I'lldarkly end the argument.
Since all the power thereof it doth apply, Ros. Look what you do, you doit stilli’thedark. To prove, by wit, worth in simplicity. Kath. So do not you, for you are a light wench.
Enter Boyet. Ros. Indeed, I weigh not you; and therefore light. Prin. Herecomes Boyet, and mirth is in his face. Kuth. You weigh me not,-0, that's, you care 40 Boyet. O, I am stabb’d with laughter! Where's not for me.
Prin. Thy news, Boyet ? [her grace? Ros. Great reason; for, Past cureisstill past care. Boyet. Prepare, madam, prepare !
Prin. Wellbandied both; a set of wit well play’d. Arm, wenches, arm!-encounters mounted are But, Rosaline, vou have a favour too:
Against your peace: Lovedoth approach disguis’d, Who sent it? and what is it? :
45 Armed in arguments; you'll be surpris’d: Ros. I would, you knew :
Muster your wits; stand in your own defence; Anif my face were but as fair as yours,
Or hide yer heads like cowards, and fly hence. My favour were as great, be witness this.
Prin. St. Dennis to St. Cupid ! What are they, Nay, I have verses too, I thank Biron :
That charge their breath against us? say, scout, The numbers true; and, were thenumb'ring too, 50. Boyet. Under the cool shade of a sycamore, [say. I were the fairest goddess on the ground:
I thought to close my eyes some balf an hour: I am compare to twenty thousand fairs.
When, lo! to interrupt my purpos'd rest,
The king and his companions: warily
That, by and by, disguis'd they will be here. 'Towar here signifies to grow. ? Snuff is here used equivocally for anger, and the snuff of a candle. Meaning “'Ware painting. * Alluding, perhaps, to the pits in her face, occasioned by the smallpox. * This expression probably alludes to the practice of hiring servants or artificers by the week; and the meaning of the passage inay be, I wish I was as sure of his service for any time limited, as it I had hired himn. • See note 4, p. 87, in Measure for Measure. The meaning is, I would be his fate or destiny, and like a portent, hang over and intluence his fortunes. For porterits were not only thought to forebode, but io ieuence,
Their herald is a pretty knavish page,
Boyet. The trumpet sounds; be masked, the That well by heart hath conn'd his embassage:
maskers come. [The ladies mask. Action, and accent, did they teach him there; Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain, Thus must thou speak, and thus thy body bear: disguised like lluscorites; N70thtuithmusick,dic. And ever and anon they made a doubt,
5 Aloth. “ All hail, the richest beauties on the Presence majestical would put him out;
" earth!” For, quoth the king, an angel shalt thou see; Boyet. Beauties no richer than rich taffata?. Yet fear not thou, but speak auduciously:
Aholy parcel of the tairest danie The boy reply'd, An angel is not evil;
[The ladies turn their backs to him, I should hure fear'dher, had she been a decil.[der;10"That everturn’d their-backs--to mortal views." With that all laugli’d, andclapp'd him on the shoul- Biron. Their eyes, villian, their eyes. Making the bold wag by their praises bolder. Moth. “ That ever turn'd their eyes to mortal One rubb’d his elbow,
and leer'd, and swore, A better speech was never spoke before:
1. Out" Another, with his finger and his thumb,
15 Bryet. True; out, indeed.
(vouch safe Cry'd, Via! we will do't, come achat will come : Mloth. “Out of your favours, heavenly spirits, The third he caper'd, and cry'd, All gues
well: " Not to behold) The fourth turn'd on the toe, and down he fell. Biron. Once to behold, rogue. [eyes, With that, they all did tumble on the ground, Moth. "Once to behold with your sun-beamed With such a zealous laughter, so profound, 20“ With your sun-beamed eyes” That in this spleen ridiculous' appears,
Boyet. They will not answer to that epithet; To check their folly, passion's solemn tears. You were best call it daughter-beamed eyes.
Prin. But what, but what,come they to visit us? Moth. They do not mark me, and that brings Boyet. They do, they do; and are appareld thus,
[rogue. Like Vluscovites, or Russians: as I guess, 125 Biron. Is this your perfectness? begon ', you Their purpose is, to parle, to court, and dance: Ros. What would these strangers? know thir And every one his love-feat will advance
minds, Boyet: Unto his several mistress; which they'll know If they do speak our language, 'tis our will By favours several, which they did bestow. That some plain man recount their purposes: Prin. And will they so? the gallants shall be 30 know what they would. task'd :
Boyet. What would you with the princess? For, ladies, we will every one be mask'd;
Biron. Nothing but peace and gentle visitation, And not a man of them shall have the grace,
Ros. Wbat would they, say they? Despight of suit, to see a lady's face.
Boyet. Nothing but peace and gentle visitation. Hold, Rosaline, this favour thou shalt wear; 35 Ros. Why, that they have; and bid them so And then the king will court thee for his dear:
[gone. Hold, take thou this, my sweet, and give me thine: Boyet. She says, you have it, and you may be So shail Biron take me tor Rosaline,
King. Say to her, we have measur'd many miles, And change your favours too; so shall your loves To tread a measure with her on this grass. Woo contrary, deceiv'd by these removes. [sight. 40 Boyet. They say, that they have measur’d many Ros. Come on then ; wear the favours most in
a mile, kuth. But, in this changing, what is your intent:
To tread a measure with you on this grass. Prin. The effect of my intent is, to cross theirs: Ros. It is not so: Ask them, how many inches They do it but in moching merriment;
Is in one mile: if they have measur'd many, And mock for mock is only my intent.
45 The measure then of one is easily told. (miles, Their several counsels they unbosom shall
Boyet. If, to come hither you have measur'd To loves inistook; and so be mock'd withal, And many miles; the princess bids you teli, l'pon the next occasion that we meet,
How many inches do fill up one mile. (steps. With visages display'd, to talk, and greet.
Biron. Tell her, we measure them by weary Ros. But shall we dance, if they desire us to't? 150 Boyet. She hears herself.
Prin. No; to the death, we will not move a foot: Ros. How many weary steps,
Are number'd in the travel of one mile? [you; Boyet. Why,that contempt will kill the speaker's Biron. We nuniber nothing that we spend for heart.
55 Our duty is so rich, so intinite, And quite divorce his memory from his part, That we may do it still without accompt.
Prin. Therefore I do it; and, I make no doubt, Vouchsafe to shew the sunshine of your face, The rest will ne'er come in, if he be out.
That we, like savages, may worship it. There's no such sport, as sport by sport o'erthrown; Ros, My face is but a moon, and clouded too. To make theirs ours, and ours pone but our own: 100 King. Blessed are clouds, to do as such clouds do! So shall we stay, mocking intended game; Vouchsafe, bright moon, and these thy stars, to And they, well mock’, depart away with shame.
[Sound.l (Those clouds remov’d) upon our watery eyne. - Spleen ridiculous is, a ridiculous fit. ? i, e. the tassata masks they wore to conceal themselves.
Ros. O vain petitioner! beg a greater matter; Long. A calf, fair lady? Thou now request'st but moon-shine in the water. Kath. No, a fair lord calf. king. Then in our measure do but vouchsate Long. Let's part the word. one change:
Kath. No, I'll not be your half: Thou bid'st me beg; this begging is not strange. 5 Take all, and wean it; it may prove an ox. Ros. Flay, music, then: Nay, you must do i! Long. Look, hów you butt yourself in these
sharp mocks! Not yet ;
;-no dance:— thuschangellikethe moon. Will you give horns, chaste lady? do not so. King. Will you not dance: How come you thus Kaih. Then die a calf before your horns dr grow, estrang'd:
[chang’d. 10 Long. One word in private with you, ere I Ros. You took the moon at full; but now she's Kuth, Bleatsoitly tiven, the butcher hears you cry.
King. Yet still she is the moon, and I the inan. Boyet. The tongues of mocking wenches are as The music plays; vouchsafe some motion to it.
keen Ros. Our ears vouchsafe it.
As is the razor's edge invisible, King. But your legs should do it.
15 Cutting a smaller hair than may be seen; Ros. Since you are strangers, and come here by Above the sense of sense; so sensible chance,
Seemeth their conference; their conceits have We'll not be nice: take hands;-we will not dance.
[things. King. Why take you hands then?
Fleeterthan arrows, bullets, wind, thought, swiller Ros. Only to part friends:
20 Ros. Not one word more, my maids; break oft, Court'sy, sweet hearts; and so this measure ends.
break off. King: More ineasure of this measure ; be not Biron. By heaven,alldry-beaten with purescoff! nice.
king. Farewel, ma i wenches! you have simple Ros. We can afford no more at such a price.
[Ereunt king and lords. King. Prize yourselves, then; what buys your25 Prin. Twenty adieus, myirozen Muscovites.company?
Are these the breed of wits so wondered at? Ros. Your absence only.
Boyet. Tapers they are, with your sweet breaths King. That can never be.
(fat, fat, Ros. Then cannot we be bought: and so adieu; Ros. Well-liking wits they have; gross, gross ; Twice to your visor, and half once to you ! 30 Prin. O poverty in wit, kingly-poor flout!
King, If you deny to dance, let's hold more Will they not, think you, hang themselves to-night? Ros. In private, then.
[chat. Or ever, but in visors, shew their f ces? K’ing. I am best pleas'd with that.
This pert Biron was out of countenance quite. Biron. White-handed mistress, one sweet word Ros. O! they were all in lamentable cases! with thee.
[three. 35 The king was weeping.ripe for a good word. Prin. Honey, and milk, and sugar; there is Prin. Biron did 'swear himself out of all suit. Biron. Nay, then, two treys, (an if you grow Mur. Dumain was at my service, and his sword: so nice,)
No point, quoth I; my servant strait was mute. Metheglin, wort, and malmsey :-well run, dice! Kath. Lord Longaville said, I came o'er his heart, There's half a dozen sweets.
40 And trow you, what he calld me? Prin. Seventlı sweet, adieu!
Prin. Qualın, perhaps. Since you can cog', I'll play no more with you. Kath. Yes, in good faith. Biron. One word in secret.
Prin. Go, sickness, as thou art! Prin. Let it not be sueet.
Ros. Well, better wits have worn plain statuteBiron. Thou griev'st my gall.
caps ? Prin. Gall? bitter.
But will you hear? the king is my love sworn. Biron. Therefore meet.
(word? Prin. And quick Biron hath plighted faith to me. Dum. Will you vouchsafe with me to change a Kath. And Longaville was formy service born. Mar. Name it.
Mar. Dumain is mine, as sure as bark on tree. Dun. Fair lady,
50 Boyet. Madam, and pretty mistresses, give ear : Mur. Say you so ?-Fair lord,
iminediately they will again be here Take that for your fair lady.
In their own shapes; for it can never be, Dum. Please it you,
They will digest this harsh indignity. As much in private, and I'll bid adieu. [tongue Prin. Will they return?
kath. What, was your visor made without a 55 Boyet. They will, they will, God knows: Long. I know the reason, lady, why you ask. And leap for joy, though ihey are lame with blows: Kath. (), for your reason! quickly, sir; 1 long. Therefore, change favours: and when they repair, Long. You have a double tongue within your Blow like sweet roses in this summer air. mask,
Prin. How, blow? how, blow? speak to be And would affordmy speechless visor half. [a call: 60
understood. Kuih. Veal, quoth the Dutchman; is not veall Boyet. Fair ladies, mask'd, are roses in their bud;
* To cog, signifies to fulsify the dice, and metaphorically, to lye. 2 Woollen caps were enjoined by act of parliament, in the year 1571, the 13th of Queen Elizabeth.—Probably the meaning is, 4. Better wits may be found among men of inferior or more humble rank.'
Dismask'd, Dismask’d, their damask sweet commixture shewn, King. Rebuke me not for that which you proAre angels vailing clouds, or roses blown.
voke ; Prin. Avaunt perplexity! What shall we do, The virtue of your eye must break my oath. If they return in their own shapes to woo ?
Prin. You nich-name virtue; vice you should fios. Good inadain, if by me you'll be advis’d, 5 have spoke; Let's mock them still, as well known as disguis’d: For virtue's office never breaks men's troth. Let us complain to them what fools were here, Now by my maiden honour, yet as pure Disguis’d, like Muscovites, in shapeless“ gear; As the unsully'd lily, I protest, And wonder, what they were; and to what end A world of tornients though I should endure, Their shallow shows, and prologue vilely penn'd, 10 I would not yield to be your house's guest: And their rough carriage so ridiculous,
So much I hate a breaking cause to be Should be presented at out tent to us.
Of heavenly oathis, vow'd with integrity. Bojet. Ladies,withdraw; the gallants are at hand. King. O, you have liv'd in desolation here, Prin. Whip to our tents, as roes run o'er the land. Unseen, unvisited, much to our shame.
[Ereunt ladies. 15 Prin. Not so, my lord; it is not so, I swear; Enter the King, Biron, Longarille, and Dumuin, We have had pastimes here, and pleasant gamez in their own habits.
A mess of Russians left us but of late, King. Fair sir, God save you! Where's the King. How, madam? Russians ? princess ?
Prin. Ay, in truth, my lord; Boyet. Gone to her tent: Please it your majesty,20 Trim gallants, full of courtship, and of state. Coinmand me any service to her? [word. Ros. Madam, speak true:- It is not so,my lord;
King. That she vouchsafe me audience for one My lady, (to the manner of these days) Boyet. I will: and so wiil she, I know, my In courtesy, gives undeserving praise. lord.
[Exit. We four, indeed, confronted were with four Biron. This fellow picks up wit, as pigeons peas; 25 In Russian babit: here they stay'd an hour, And utters it again when Jove doth please : And talk'd apace; and in that hour, my lord, He is wit's pedlar; and retails his wares
They did not bless us with one happy word. At wakes, and wassels', meetings, markets, fairs; I dare not call them fools; but this I think, And we that sell by gross, the Lord doth know, When they are thirsty, fools would fain have drink. Have not the grace to grace it with such show. 30 Biron. This jest is dry to me.--Fair, gentle, This gallant pins the wenches on his sleeve;
sweet, Had he been Adam, he had tempted Eve: Your wit inakes wise things foolish: when we He can carve, too, and lisp: Why, this is he,
greet That kiss'd away his hand in courtesy;
With eyes best seeing heaven's fiery eye, This is the ape of form, monsieur the nice, 35 By light we lose light: Your capacity That, when he plays at tables, chides the dice Is of that nature, that to your huge store In honourable terms; nay, he can sing
Wise things seem foolish,and rich things but poor: A mean* most meanly; and, in ushering,
Ros. This proves you wise and rich; for in my Mend biin who can: the ladies call him sweet;
eye, The stairs, as he treads on them, kiss his feet: 401 Biron. I am a fool, and full of poverty. This is the flower that smiles on every one, Ros. But that you take what doth to you belong, To shew his teeth as white as whale bis bone: 6- It were a fault to snatch words from my tongue. Aud consciences, that will not die in debt,
Biron. O, I am yours, and all that I possess. Pay him the due of honey-tongued Boyet. (beart,
Ros. All the fool mine?
Ros. Which of the visors was it, that you were? Enter the Princess, Rosaline, Maria, Katharine, Biron. Where? when? what visor why deBoyet, and attendants.
mand vou this?
(case, Biron. See, where it comes !-Behaviour, what Ros. There, ihen, that visor; that superfluous wert thou,
(now 250| That hid the worse, and shew'd the better face. Till this mad man shew'd thee? and what art thou King. We are descry'd: they'll mock us now King. All hail, sweet madam, and fairtime of day!
downright. Prin. Fair, in all hail, is foul, as I conceive. Dum. Let us confess, and turn it to a jest. King. Construe my speeches better, if you may. Prin. Amaz'd, my lord! Why looks your highPrin. Then wish me better, I will give you leave. 55
ness sad? King. We came to visit you; and purpose now Ros. Help, hold his brows: he'll swoon! Why To lead you to our court: vouchsafe it then.
look you pale?Prin. This field shall hold me; and so hold your Sea-sick, I think, coming from Muscovy.
Biron. Thus pour the stars down plagues for Nor God, nor I, delight in perjur'd men. 160
perjury. That is, letting those clouds which obscured their brightness sink from before them. pncouth. 3 Wassels were meetings of rural mirth and interperance. * The mean, in music, is the tenor. That is, the flower or pink of courtesy, "Ai white as whale's bone is a proverbial comparison in our ancient poets.