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Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest.
Biron. By yea and nay, fir, then I fwore in jest...
King. Why, that to know, which else we should not
Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study so,
When I to feast expressly am forbid;
When mistresses from common sense are hid:
troth. if study's gain be thus, and this be fo, Study knows that, which yet it doth not know: Swear me to this, and I will ne'er fay, no.
King. These be the stops that hinder study quite,
Biron. Why, all delights are vain; but that most vain,
To seek the light of truth; while truth the while
Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile :
And give him light that was it blinded by. Study is like the heaven's glorious fun,
That will not be deep search'd with saucy looks; Small have continual plodders ever won,
Save base authority from others' books. These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights,
That give a name to every fixed star, Have no more profit of their shining nights,
Than those that walk, and wot not what they are, Too much to know, is, to know nought but fame And every godfather can give a name.
King. How well he's read, to reason against reading! Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good proceeding! Long. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow the weeding.
[breeding Biron. The spring is near, when green geese are a Dum. How follows that? Biron. Fit in his place and time, Dum. In reason nothing. Biron. Something then in rhime.
Long. Biron is like an envious sneaping frost,
Before the birds have any cause to sing?
King. Well, sit you out: go home, Biron ; adieu !
you: And, though I have for barbarism spoke more;
Than for that angel knowledge you can say,
Yet confident I'll keep what I have swore,
And bide the penance of each three years' day.
King.How well thisyielding rescuesthee from shame!
Birón. [Reads.] Item, That no woman shall come within a mile of my court.And hath this been proclaimed ?
LONG. Four days ago.
Biron. Let's see the penalty.
Long. Marry, that did I.
[Reads.] Item, If any man be seen to talk with a woman within the term of three years, he shall endure such publick Jhame as the rest of the court can possibly devise.. This article, my liege, yourself must break;
For, well you know, here comes in embassy The French king's daughter, with yourself to speak,
A maid of grace, and complete majesty, About surrender-up of Aquitain
To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father ;
Or vainly comes the admired princess hither.
Biron, So study evermore is overshot;
King. We must, of force, dispense with this decree ; She must lie here on mere necessity. Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn
Three thousand times within this three years' space: For every man with his affects is born ;
Not by might master'd, but by special grace: If I break faith, this word shall speak for me, I am forsworn on mere necessity.-So to the laws at large I write my name : [Subscribes,
And he, that breaks them in the least degree, Stands in attainder of eternal shame :
Suggestions are to others, as to me;
With a refined traveller of Spain;
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain :
Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony;
Have chose as umpire of their mutiny;
For interim to our studies, shall relate,
From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate,
Biron. Armado is a moft illustrious wight,
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? Biron. This, fellow; What would'st ?
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.
Cost. This is he.
Dull. Signior Arme-Arme-commends you. There's villainy abroad; this letter will tell you more.
Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching me,
Biron. How low foever the matter, I hope in God for high words.
(patience! Long. A high hope for a low having : God grant us Biron. To hear? or forbear hearing ?
Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh moderately; or to forbear both.
Biron. Well, sir, be it as the stile shall give us cause to climb in the merriness.
Cost. The matter is to me, fir, as concerning Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken with the manner.
Biron. In what manner?
Cost. In manner and form following, fir; all those three: I was seen with her in the manor house, sitting with her
the form, and taken following her into the park; which, put together, is, in manner and form following. Now, fir, for the manner,--it is the manner of a man to speak to a woman : for the form,-in some form.
Biron. For the following, fir ?
Cost. As it shall follow in my correction ; And God defend the right!