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Dem. Well roared, lion.

Dem. And thus she moans,' videlicet.The. Well run, Thisbe.

This. “ Asleep, my love? Hip. Well shone moon.

1.- Truly, the moon shines “What, dead, my dove ? with a good grace.

“O Pyramus, arise, The. Well moused,' lion.

“Speak, speak. Quite dumb ? [The Lion tears Thisbe's Mantle, and exit. “Dead, dead ? A tomb Dem. And so comes Pyramus.

“Must cover thy sweet eyes. Lys. And then the moon vanishes.

“ These lily brows,

“ This cherry nose, Enter PYRAMUS.

“ These yellow cowslip cheeks, Pyr. “ Sweet moon, I thank thee for thy sunny "Are gone, are gone: beams :

Lovers, make moan! “I thank thce, moon, for shining now so bright. “His eyes were green as leeks. "For, by thy gracious, golden, glittering streams, “O sisters three, “I trust to taste of truest Thisby's sight.

“Come, come, to me, “But stay;-0 spite !

“With hands as pale as milk ; “ But mark ;-Poor knight,

“ Lay them in gore, " What dreadful dole is here!

“Since you have shore “Eyes do you see?

"With shears his thread of silk. “ How can it be?

“Tongue, not a word: “O dainty duck! O dear!

“ Come, trusty sword; “ Thy mantle good,

"Come, blade, my breast imbrue: “What, staind with blood ?

*“ And farewell, friends ;“ Approach, ye furies fell !

“ Thus Thisby ends : o'o fates! come, come;?

Adieu, adieu, adieu."

(Dies “ Cut thread and thrum ;3

The. Moonshine and lion are left to bury the dead “Quail, crush, conclude, and quell !!

Dem, Ay, and wall too. The. This passion, and the death of a dear friend, Bot. No, I assure you; the wall is down that would go near to make a man look sad.

parted their fathers. Will it please you to see the Hip. Beshrew my heart, but I pity the man. epilogue, or to hear a Burgomask dance, between Pyr. “O, wherefore, nature, didst thou lions two of our company? frame?

The. No epilogue, I pray you: for your play “ Since lion vile hath here deflour'd my dear : needs no excuse. Never excuse; for when the " Which is--no, no-which was the fairest dame, players are all dead, there need none to be blamed. “That liv'd, that lov'd, that lik’d, that look's Marry, if he that writ it, had play'd Pyramus, and with cheer.”

hanged himself with Thisbe's garier, it would have "Come, tears, confound:

been a fine tragedy: and so it is, truly; and very “Out, sword, and wound

notably discharged. But come, your Bergomask: “The pap of Pyramus :

let your epilogue alone. (Here a dance of Clowns. Ay, that left pap,

The iron iongue of midnight hath told twelve :"Where heart doth hop :

Lovers, to bed ; 'ris almost fairy time. “Thus die I, thus, thus, thus.

I fear we shall outsleep the coming morn, “Now am I dead,

As much as we this night have overwatch'd. "Now am I Hed;

This palpable-gross play hath well beguild “My soul is in the sky:

The heavy gaitlo of night.--Sweet friends, bed. “ Tongue, lose thy light !

A fortnight hold we this solemnity “Moon take thy Hight! In nightly revels, and new jollity. (Ezeunl

. “Now die, die, die, die, die."

SCENE II. Enter Puck. (Dies.-Exit Moonshine.

Puck. Now the hungry lion roars, Dem. No dic, but an ace, for him; for he is but

And the wolf behowls the moon ; Lys. Less than an ace, man; for he is dead; he

Whilst the heavy ploughman snores, is nothing.

All with weary iask fordone, The. With the help of a surgeon, he might yet

Now the wasted brands do glow, recover, and

Whilst the scritch-owl, scritching loud, prove an ass. Hip. How chance moonshine is gone, before

Puts the wretch that lies in woe, Thisbe comes back and finds her lover?

In remembrance of a shroud. The. She will find him by star-light.-Here she

Now it is the time of night, comes; and her passion ends the play.

That the graves all gaping wide,

Every one lets forth his sprite,
Enter THISBE.

In the church-way paths to glide:
Hip. Methinks, she should not use a long one, And we fairies, that do run,
for such a Pyramus : I hope, she will be brief.

By the triple Hecat's team, Demi A mote will turn the balance, which Py- From the presence of the sun, ramus, which Thisbe, is the better.

Following darkness like a dream, Lys. She hath spied him already with those sweet Now are frolic; not a mouse eyes.

Shall disturb this hallow'd house: I To mouse, according to Malone, signified to mam. You shall taste him more as a soldier than as a wit,' mock, to tear in picces, as a cat tears a mouse.

which is a distinction he is here striving to deserve, 2 Dr. Farmer thought this was written in ridicule of a though with little success; as in support of his preten. passage in Damon and Pythias, by Richard Edwards, sions he never riscs higher than a pun, and frequently 1582:

sinks as low as a quibble. "Ye furies, all at once

7 The old copies read means, which had anciently On me your torments tire. Gripe me, you greedy griefg

the same signification as moans. Theobald made the

alteration.
And present pangues of death ;
You sisters three, inith cruel hands,

& The old copies read lips instead of broups. The

alteration was made for the sake of the rhyme by TherWith speed come stop my breath,

bald. 8 Thrum is the end or extremity of a weaver's warp. It is used for any collection or tuit of short thread.

9 A rustic dance framed in imitation of the people of 4 Destroy. 5 Countenance.

Bergamasco (a province in the state of Venice, whe 6 The character of Theseus throughout this play is and dialect than any other people of Italy. The lingua

are ridiculed as being more clownish in their manners more exalted in its humanity than in its greatness. rustica of the bufioone, in the old Italian comedies, is Though some sensible observations on life and anima- an imitation of their jargon. led descriptions fall from him, as it is said of lago, 10 i. e. elow passage, progress.

11 Overcome

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I am sent, with broom, before,

Trip away; To sweep the dust behind the door.'

Make no stay;

Meet me all by break of day. Enter Oberon and TITANIA, with their Train.

(Exeunt OBERON, TITANIA, and Train. Obe. Through this house give glimmering light, Puck. If we shadows have offended, By the dead and drowsy fire:

Think but this (and all is mended,)
Every elf, and fairy sprite,

That
you

have but slumber'd here, Hop as light as bird from brier ;

While these visions did appear, And this dirty after me,

And this weak and idle theme, Sing and dance it trippingly.

No more yielding but a dream, Tila. First, rehearse this song by rote:

Gentles, do not reprehend : To each word a warbling note,

If you pardon, we will mend. Hand in hand, with fairy grace,

And, as I'm an honest Puck,
Will we sing, and bless this place.

If we have unearned luck,
SONG AND DANCE.

Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,

We will make amends, ere long : Obe. Now, until the break of day,

Else the Puck a liar call. Through this house each fairy stray.

So, good night unto you all. To the best bride-bed will we,

Give me your hands, if we be friends, Which by us shall blessed be ;3

And Robin shall restore amends. '[Exit. And the issue,

there create, Ever shall be fortunate. So shall all the couples three

WILD and fantastical as this play is, all the parts in Ever true in loving be :

their various modes are well written, and give the kind And the blots of nature's hand

of pleasure which the author designed. Fairies in his Shall not in their issue stand;

time were much in fashion; common tradition had Never mole, hare-lip, nor scar,

made them familiar, and Spenser's poem had made them great.

JOHNSON. Nor mark prodigious,* such as aro

JOHNSON'S concluding observations on this play are Despised in nativity,

not conceived with his usual judgment. There is no Shall upon their children be.

analogy or resemblance between the Fairies of Spen. With this field-dew consecrate,

ser and those of Shakspeare. The Fairies of Spenser, Every fairy take his gate;

as appears from his description of them in the second And each several chamber bless,

book of the Faerie Queene, canto x. were a race of Through this palace with sweet peace:

mortals created by Prometheus, of the human size, E'er shall it in safety rest,

shape, and affections, and subject to death. But thoso

of Shakspeare, and of common tradition, as Johnson And the owner of it blest.

calls them, were a diminutivé race of sportsul beings,

endowed with imiportality and supernatural powers, 1 Cleanliness is always necessary to invite the resi- totally different from those of Spenser. M. MASON. dence or favour of the Fairies. 2 Milton perhaps had this picture in his thoughts : married couple would no doubt rejoice when the beneAnd glowing embers through the room

diction was ended. Teach night to counterfeit a gloom.?

4 Portentous.

5 Way, course. 3 This ceremony was in old times used at all mar. 6 The same superstitious kind of benediction occurg riazes. Mr. Douce has given the formula from the in Chaucer's Millere's Tale, vol. i. p. 105, 1. 22. WhitManual for the use of Salisbury. We may observe on tingham's Edit. this strange ceremony, that the purity of modern tinies 7 i. e. if we have better fortunc than we have deserved. stands not in need of these holy aspersions to lull the Si. e. hisses. Beikes and dissipate the illusions of the devil. The 9 Clap your hands, give us your applause.

6

LOVE'S LABOU R’S LOST.

PRELIMINARY REMARKS.

THE novel upon which this comedy was founded has The grotesque characters, Don Adrian de Armado, hitherto eluded the research of the commentators. Mr. Nathaniel the curate, and Holofernes, that prince of peDouce thinks it will prove to be of French extraction.dants, with the humours of Costard the clown, are well "The Dramatis Personæ in a great measure demons. contrasted with the sprightly wit of the principal chahave this, as well as a palpable Gallicism in Act iv. Sc. racters in the play. It has been observed that Biron 1: viz. the terming a letter a capon.'

and Rosaline suffer much in comparison with Benedick This is one of Shakspeare's early plays, and the and Beatrice, and it must be confessed that there is atbur's youth is certainly perceivable, not only in the some justice in the observation. Yet Biron, that merry eyle and manner of the versification, but in the lavish mad-cap Lord," is not overrated in Rosaline's admira. superfluity displayed in the execution : the uninterrupt- ble character of himed succession of quibbles, equivoques, and sallies of

-A merrier man, every description. The sparks of wit fly about in

Within the limit of becoming mirth, such profusion that they form complete fireworks, and I never spent an hour's talk withal: the dialogue for the most part resembles the bustling His eye begets occasion for his wit ; callision and banter of passing masks at a carnival.'* For every object that the one doth catch, The scene in which thc king and his companions detect The other turns to a mirth-moving jest ;each other's breach of their mutual vow, is capitally So sweet and voluble is his discourse.' contrived. The discovery of Biron's love-letter while Shakspeare has only shown the inexhaustible powers rallying his friends, and the manner in which he extri. of his mind in improving on the admirable originals of cates himself, by ridiculing the folly of the vow, are his own creation in a more mature age.

Malone placed the composition of this play first in 1591, afterwards in 1594. Dr. Drake thinks we may

safely assign it to the earlier period. The first edition * Schlegel.

was printed in 1598.

admoirable.

1

PERSONS REPRESENTED. FERDINAND, King of Navarre.

| Princess of France. Biron,'

ROSALINE, LONGAVILLE, Lords, attending on the King.

MARIA,

Ladies, attending on the Princess. Dumain,

KATHARINE, S BoYET, Lords, attending on the Princess of JAQUENETTA, a country Wench. Mercade, ) France. Don Adriano DE ARMADO, a fantastical Spaniard. Officers and others, attendants on the King and SIR NATHANIEL, a Curate.

'Princess.
HOLOFERNES, 2 Schoolmaster.
Dull, a Constable.

SCENE, Navarre.
Costard, a Clown.
Moth, Page to Armado.

This enumeration of Persons was made by Rowe. A Forester.

vain,

ACT I.

King. Your oath is pass'd 10 pass away from

these. SCENE I. Navarre. A Park with a Palace in it. -Enter the King, Biron, LONGAVILLE, and I only swore, to study with your grace,

Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an if you please ; Dumain.

And stay here in your court for three years' space.
King.
Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives,

Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest.
Biron. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in jest

. Live register'd upon our brazen tombs,

What is the end of study? let me know. And then grace us in the disgrace of death; King. Why, that to know, which else we should When, spite of cormorant devouring time,

not know. The endeavour of this present breath may buy Biron. Things hid and barr’d, you mean, from That honour, which shall bate his scythe's keen edge, common sense? And make us heirs of all eternity. Therefore, brave conquerors!—for so you are,

King. Ay, that is study's god-like recompense.

Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study so, That war against your own affections,

To know the thing I am for bid to know : And the huge army of the world's desires, - As thus–To study where I well may dine, Our late edict shall strongly stand in force : When I to feast expressly am forbid; Navarre shall be the wonder of the world; Or, study where to meet some mistress fine, Our court shall be a little Academe,

When mistresses from common sense are bid: Still and contemplative in living art.

Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath, You three, Biron, Dumain, and Longaville, Study to break it, and not break my troth. Have sworn for three years' term to live with me, If study's gain bé thus, and this be so, My fellow-scholars, and to keep those statutes, Study knows that, which yet it doth not know: That are recorded in this schedule here:

Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, no. Your oaths are past, and now subscribe your names; K'ing. These be the stops that hinder study quite, That his own hand may strike his honour down, And train our intellects to vain delight. That violates the smallest branch herein:

Liron. Why, all delights are vain; but that most
If you are arm’d to do, as sworn to do,
Subscribe to your deep oath, and keep it too. Which, with pain purchas’d, doth inherit pain:

Long. I am resolv’d: 'tis but a three years' fast; As, painfully to pore upon a book,
The mind shall banquet, though the body pine: To seek the light of truth : while truth the while
Fat paunches have lean pates; and dainty bits

Doth falsely" blind the eyesight of his look:
Make rich the ribs, but bank’rout quite the wits.
Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortified;

Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile :

So, ere you find where light in darkness lics, The grosser manner of these world's delights Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes. He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves : Study me how to please the eye indeed, To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pino and die ; With all these? living in philosophy.

By fixing it upon a fairer eye;

Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed, Biron. I can but say their protestation over, And give him light that it was blinded by." So much, dear liege, I have already sworn, Study is like the heaven's glorious sun, That is, To live and study here three years. That will not

be deep-search'd with saucy looks ; But there are other strict observances :

Small have continual plodders ever won, As, not to see a woman in that term;

Save base authority from others' books. Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there: Theso earthly godfathers of heaven's lights, And, one day in a week to touch no food;

That give a name to every fixed star, And' but one meal on every day beside;

Have no more profit of their shining nights, The which, I hope, is not enrolled there:

Than those that walk, and wot not what they are: And then, to sleep but three hours in the night, Too much to know, is, to know nought but fame; And not be seen to wink of all the day;

And every godfather can give a name. (When I was wont to think no harm all night, King. How well he's read, to reason against and make a dark night too of half the day ;)

reading ! Which, I hope well,

is not enrolled there : , these are barren tasks, too hard to keep;

· Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good proceeds

ing! Not to see ladies-study-fast-not sleep. I Beroune in all the old editions.

5 The meaning is; that when he dazzies, that is, has posed to point to the king, Biron, &c.

2 i. e. with all these companions. He may be sup- his eye made weak, by fixing his eye upon a fairer eye, 3 Dishonestly, treacherously.

that fairer eyr shall be his heed or guile, his luic-stat,

and vive him linh that was blinded by it. 4 The whole sense of this gingling declamation is 6 Thaiis, 100 much knowledoc gives no real solutia only this, that a man by too close stady may read him of doubts, but herely from, or a name, a thin, which se it blind.

every godiather can give.

1

with you:

Long. He weeds the

corn, and still lets grow the 1! I break faith, this word shall speak for me, weeuing.

I am forsworn on mere necessity.Diron. The spring is ncar, when green gecse are So io the laws at large I writo my namne: (Subscribes. a breeding.

And ho, that breaks them in the least degree, Dim. How follows that ?

Stands in attainder of cternal shame; Biron.

Fit in his place and time. Suggestions are to others, as to me; Dum. In reason nothing.

But, I believe, although I seem so loath, Biron.

Something then in rhyme. I am the last that will last keep his oath. Long. Biron is like an envious sneaping' frost, Bui, is there no quické recreation granted ?

That bites the first-born infants of the spring. King. Ay, that there is : our court, you know, Biron. Well, say I am; why should proud sum

is haunted mer boast,

With a refined traveller of Spain; Before the birds have any cause to sing ? A man in all the world's new fashion planted, Why should I joy in an abortive birth?

That hath a mint of phrases in his brain: Christmas Ï no more desire a rose

One, whom the music of his own vain tonguo Than wish a snow in May's new-sangled shows;? Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony; But like of each thing that in season grows.

A man of compléments," whom right and wrong So you, to study now it is too late,

Have chose as umpire of their mutiny: Climb o'er the house to unlock the little gate. This child of fancy, thai Armado hight, King. Well, sit you out: go home, Biron, adieu! For interim to our studies, shall relate, Biron. No, my good lord; I have sworn to stay In high-born words, the worth of many a knight

From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate. And, though I have for barbarism spoke more, How you delight, my lords, I know not, I; Than for that angel knowledge you can say,

But, I protest, I love to hear him lie, Yet confulent I'll keep what I have swore,

And I will use him for my minstrelsy.” And bide the penance of each three years' day. Biron. Armado is a most illustrious wight, Give me the paper, let me read the same; A man of fire-new!" words, fashion's own knight. And to the strict'st decrees I'll write my name. Long. Costard the swain, and he, shall be our King. How well this yielding rescues thee from sport; shame!

And, so to study, three years is but short. Birm. (Revuls.] Item, That no woman shall come within a mile of any courl.-Hath this been pro

Enter Dull, with a Letter, and CostaRD. claim'd?

Dul. Which is the duke's own person? long. Four days a go.

Biron. This, fellow; What would'st? biron. Let's see the penalty. (Reals.] On pain

Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for I of lasing her tongue.- Who devis'd this penalty? am his grace's tharborough :' but I would sce his long. Marry, that did I.

own person in flesh and blood. Buon. Sweet lord, and why?

Biron. This is he. long. To fright them hence with that dread

pe

Dull. Signior Armc-Arme-commends you. nalty.

There's villany abroad; this letter will tell you more. Biron. Å dangerous law against gentility: Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching [Reads.] Item, If any man be seen to tidk with a me. kemaan rithin the term of three yeurs, he shall endure King. A letter from the magnificent Armado. such public shame as the rest of the court cun possibly Biron. How low soever the matter, I hope in God cerise,

for high words. This article, my liege, yourself must break; Long. A high hope for a low having: God grant For, well you know, here comes in embassy us patience! The French king's daughter, with yourself to speak,

Biron. To hear? or forbear hearing ?12 med of grace, and complete majesty, —

Lang. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh modeAbraut surrender-up of Aquitain

rately; or to forbcar both. To her decrepit, sick, anů bed-rid father: Biron. Well, sir, be it as the style13 shall give us Therefore this article is made in vain,

cause to climb in the merriness. Or vainly comes the a'lmired princess hither. Cost. The matter is to me, sir, as concerning JaKing. What say you, lords ? why, this was quite quenetia. The manner of it is, I was taken with forgot.

the manner. 14 Biron. So study evermore is overshot;

Biron. In what manner? While it doth study to have what it would,

Cost. In manner and form following, sir; all those Idth forget to do the thing it should:

three : I was seen with her in the manor house, sitAni when it hath the thing it hunteth most,

ting with her upon the form, and taken following her Tis won, as towns with fire; so won, so lost. into the park; which, put together, is, in manner L’ing. We must, of force, dispense with this de- and form following. Now, sir, for the manner,-it

is the manner of a man to speak to a woman : for She must lie here on mere necessity.

the form, --in some form. Buron. Necessity will make us all forsworn

Biron. For the following, sir? Three thousand times within this three years'

Cost. As it shall follow in my correction; And space :

God defend the right! For every man with his affectz is born ;

King. Will

you hear this letter with attention? Not by might master’d, but by special grace:

Biron. As we would hear an oracle.

8 i. e. who is called Armado. ? By these shorts the poet means May-gam£8, at

9 I will make use of him instead of a minstrel, whose a saou would be very unwelcome and unexpect-occupation was to relate fabulous stories. It is only a periphrasis for May.

10 i. c. new from the forge; we have still retained a The word gentility here does not signify that rank similar mode of speech in the colloquial phrase brundapple called gentry; but what the French express new. pontilesse, i. e. elegantia, urbanitas.

II i. e. third-borough, a peace-officer. 4 That is, reside here. So in Sir Henry Wotton's 12 · To hear? or forbear luughing?' is possibly the tual definition: An ambassador is an honest man true reading 24un tie (i. e. reside) abroad for the good of his coun. 13 A quibble is here intended between a stile and style. .

14 That is, in the fact. A thich is said to be takon with Temptations.

6 Lively, sprightly. the manner (muinoilr') when he is taken with the thing Complements is here used in its' ancient sense of swien about him. The thing stolen was called munour, Samal siments. Vide Note on K lonry V. Act is manour, or muinvur, from the French murdict, manu

tracture,

cree;

Ti.e. ripping:

Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity; I was taken after the flesh.

with a maid. King. [Reads.) Great deputy, the welkin's rice- King. This maid will not serve your turn, sir. gerent, and sole dominator of Navarre, my souls Cost. This maid will serve my turn, sir. earth’s God, anul body's fostering patron.

King. Sir, I will pronounce your sentence; Cost. Not a word of Costard yet.

You shall fast a week with bran and water. King. So it 18,

Cost. I had rather pray a month with mutton and Cost. It may be so: but if he say it is so, he is, porridge. in telling true, but so, so.

King. And Don Armado shall be your keeper. King. Peace.

-My lord Biron, see him deliver'd o'er.Cost. -be to me, and every man that dares not And go we, lords, to put in practice that fight!

Which cach to other hath so strongly sworn.King. No words.

[Errunt King, LONGAVILLE, and Dumais. Cost. —of other men's secrets, I beseech you. Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's hat,

King. So it is, besiegel with sable-coloured melan- These oaths and laws will prove an idle scom.choly, I did commend the black-oppressing humour to Sirrah, come on. the most wholesome physick of thy herulth-giving cir; Cost. I suffer for the truth, sir: for true it is, I and, as I am a gentleman, betook myself to walk. was taken with Jaqueneita, and Jaqucnetia is a truo The time when ? About the sixth hour; when beasts girl; and therefore, Welcome the sour cup of prosmost graze, birds best peck, and men sit down to that perity! Affliction may one day smile again, and till nourishment which is called supper. So much for the then, Sit thee down, sorrow!

[Excutul

. time when : Now for the ground which; which, I

Armado's mean, I walked upon : it is yclepe thy park. Then SCENE II.

Another part of the same. for the place where ; where, I mean, I did encounter

House. Enter ARMADO and Moth. that obscene and most preposterous event, that traureth Arm. Boy, what sign is it, when a man of great from my snow-while pen the ebon-coloured ink, which spirit grows melancholy ? here thou viewest, beholdest, surveyest, or secst: But Moth. A great sign, sir, that he will look sad. to the place where, --Il standeth north-north-east and Arm. Why, sadness is one and the self-samo by east from the west corner of thy curimus-knotle thing, dear imp.: gaarden,

There did I see that low-spirited swain, Moch. No, no; O lord, sir, no. that base minnow of thy mirth, a

Arm. How canst thou part sadness and melarCost. Me.

choly, my tender juvenal ? King.--that unletter'd small-knowing soul,

Móth. By a familiar demonstration of the work. Cost. Me.

ing, my tough senior. King.--that shallow cassal,

Arm. Why tough senior ? why tough senior? Cost. Still me.

Moth. Why, tender juvenal? why tender juvenal? King.-—which, as I remember, hight Costard, Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congruent Cost. O me!

epitheton, appertaining to thy young days, which King.-sorted and consorted, contrary to thy esta- we may nominate tender. blished proclaimed eclict and continent canon, with- Moth. And I, rough senior, as an appertinent tities with,~0 withbut with this I passion to say where to your old time, which we may name tough. with,

Arm. Pretty, and api. Cost. With a wench.

Moth. How mean you, sir? I pretty, and my King.—with a child of our grandmother Eve, a saying apt? or I apt, and my saying pretty? female; or, for thy more sweet understanding, a uo- Arm. Thou preity, because liitle.

Him I (as my ever-esteemed duty pricks me Moth. Little preity, because little: Wherefore on) have sent to thee, io receive the meed of punish- apt? ment, by thy suec grace's officer, Antony Dull; a man Arm. And therefore apt, because quick. of good repute, carriage, bearing, and estimation. Moth. Speak you this in my praise, master ?

Dull. Me, an't shall please you; I am Antony Arm. In thy condign praise. Dull.

Moth. I will praise an eel with the same praise. King.--For Jaquenetta, (so is the weaker vessel Arm. What that an ecl is ingenious ? called, which I apprehended with the aforesaid swain,) Moth. That an eel is quick. I keep her as a vessel of thy law's fury; and shall, at Arm. I do say, thou art quick in answers: the least of thy sweet notice, bring her to trial. Thine, Thou heatest my blood. in all compliments of devoted and hearl-burning heat Moth. I am answered, sir. of duty.

Don ADRIANO DE ARMADO. Arm. I love not to be crossed. Biron. This is not so well as I looked for, but Moth. Ile speaks the mere contrary, crosses the best that ever I heard.

love not him. King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrah, Arm. I have promised to study three years wih what say you to this?

the duke. Cost. Sir, I confess the wench.

Moth. You may do it in an hour, sir. King. Did you hear the proclamation.

Arm. Impossible. Cosi. I do confess much of the hearing it, but Moth. How many is one thrice told? little of the marking of it.

Arm. I am ill at reckoning, it fitteth the spirit of King. It was proclaimed a year's imprisonment, a tapster. to be taken with a wench.

Noth. You are a gentleman, and a gamester, sir. Cost. I was taken with none, sir ; I was taken Arm. I confess both; they are both the varnish with a damosel.

of a complete man. King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel.

Moth. Then I am sure, you know how much tho Cost. This was no damosel neither, sir; she was gross sum of deuce-ace amounts to. a virgin.

Arm. h doth amount to one more than two. King. It is so varied too; for it was proclaimed, Moth. Which the base vulgar do call three. virgin.

Arm. True. 1 Ancient gardens abounded with knots or figures, of his son. which the lines intersected each other. In the old books now used only to signify young fienils ; as the Dori!

It was then perhaps growing obsolete. Il of gardening are devices for them.

and his imp8. 2 i. e, the contemptible liule object that contributes to 4 i. e. youth. thy entertainment.

Í By crosses he means monry. and by metonymy is used for a child or boy. Crom should bear no

3 Imp literally means a grast, slip, scion, or sucker; I: the Clown says to Celia • ff I should bear you, well, in his last louer to Henry VIII. vrays for the imp marked with a Cross on one side.

cross.' Many coins were alicien's

man.

[.Aside.

So in As Yon Laks

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