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Moth. Why, sir, is this such a piece of study? Arm. I will have the subject newly writ o'er, Now here is three studied, ere you'll thrice wink: that I may example my digression' by some mighty and how easy it is to put years to the word three, precedent. Boy, I do love that country girl, ihat and study three years in two words, the dancing I took in the park with the rational hinde' Costard : horsed will tell you.

she deserves well. Am. A most fine figure !

Moth. To be whipped ; and yet a better love Moth. To prove you a cypher, (Aside. than my master.

[Aside. Arm. I will hereupon confess, I am in love: and, Arm. Sing, boy; my spirit grows heavy in love. as it is base for a soldier to love, so am I in love Moth. And that's great marvel, loving a light with a base wench. If drawing my sword against wench. the humour of affection would deliver me from the Arm. I say, sing: reprobate thought of it, I would take desire prisoner, Moth. Forbear till this company be past. and ransom him to any French courtier for a new devised courtesy. I think scorn to sigh; methinks,

Enter Dull, COSTARD, and JAQUENETTA. I should out-swear Cupid. Comfort me, boy: What Dull. Sir, the duke's pleasure is, that you keep great men have been in love?

Costard safe : and you must let him take no delight, Moth. Hercules, master.

nor no penance; but a'must fast three days a-week: Arm. Most sweet Hercules !-More anthority, For this damsel, I must keep her at the park; she dear boy, name more ; and, sweet my child, let is allowed for the day-woman.”. Fare you well. them be men of good repute and carriage.

Arm. I do betray myself with blushing.–Maid. Voth. Samson, master : he was a man of good Jaq. Man. carriage, great carriage! for he carried the town- Arm. I will visit thee at the lodge. gales on his back, like a porter: and he was in love. Jaq. That's hereby. 8

Arm. O well-knit Samson! strong-jointed Sam- Arm. I know where it is situate. n! I do excel thee in my rapier, as much as thou Jaq. Lord, how wise you are ! didst me in carrying gates. I am in love too,- Arm. I will tell thee wonders. Who was Samson's love, my dear Moth?

Jaq. With that face? Moch. A woman, master.

Arm. I love thee. Arm. Of what complexion ?

Juq. So I heard you say. Moth. Of all the four, or the three, or the two; Arm. And so farewell, or one of the four.

Jaq. Fair weather after you! Arm. Tell me precisely of what complexion ? Dull. Come, Jaquenetta, away. Moth, or the sea-water green, sir.

[Ereunt Dull and JAQUENETTA. Arm. Is that one of the four complexions ? Arm. Villain, thou shalt fast for thy offences, Noth. As I have read, sir; and the best of them ere thou be pardoned.

Cost. Well, sir, I hope, when I do it, I shall do Arn. Green, indeed, is the colour of lovers: it on a full stomach. byt to have a love of that colour, methinks, Sam- Arm. Thou shalt be heavily punished. son had small reason for it. He, surely, affected Cost. I am more bound to you, than your fellows, ber for her wit.

for they are but lightly rewarded. Moth. It was so, sir ; for she had a green wit. Arm. Take away this villain; shut him up. Arm. My love is most immaculate white and red. Moth. Come, you transgressing slave į away. Moth. Most maculate thoughts, master, are

Cost. Let me not be pent up, sir ; I will fast, masked under such colours.

being loose. Arm. Define, define, well-educated infant. Moth. No, sir; that were fast and loose: thou

Moth. My father's wit, and my mother's tongue, shalt to prison. assist me!

Cost. Well, if ever I do see the merry days of Arm. Sweet invocation of a child; most pretty, desolation that I have seen, some shall seeand pathetical!

Moth, What shall some see? Moth. If she be made of white and red,

Cost. Nay, nothing, master Moth, but what they Her faults will ne'er be known;

look upon. It is not for prisoners to be too silent For blushing cheeks by faults are bred, in their words; and, therefore, I will say nothing : And fears by pale white shown:

I thank God, I have as little patience as another Then, if she fear, or be to blame,

man; and, therefore, I can be quiet. By this you shall not know;

(Ereunt Moth and CostaRD. For still her cheeks possess the same,

Arm. I do affectio the very ground, which is Which native she doth owe,

base, where her shoe, which is baser, guided by her A dangerous rhyme, master, against the reason of foot, which is basest, doth tread. I shall be forwhite and red.

sworn, (which is a great argument of falsehood,) .if Arm. Is there not a ballad, boy, of the King and I love: And how can that be true love, which is the Beggar ?*

falsely attempted? Love is a familiar: love is a Moth. The world was very guilty of such a bal- devil: there is no evil angel but love. Yet Samlad some three ages since: but, I think, now 'tis not son was so tempted: and he had an excellent to be found; or, if it were, it would neither serve strength: yet was Solomon so seduced ; and he had for the writing, nor the tune.

a very good wit. Cupid's butt-shaft'ı is too hard

for Hercules' club, and therefore too much odds for I This alludes to the celebrated bay horse Morocco, balonzing to one Bankes, who exhibited his docile and 7 Taberna Cuscaria is interpreted in the old Dictionkazarious animal through Europe. Many of his re: aries a daye house, where cheese is made. A day.womarkable pranks are mentioned by cotemporary wri- man is therefore a dairy-woman. Johnson says day is ters, and he is alluded to by numbers besides Shak. an old word for milk. A dairy.maid is still called a dey spare. The fate of man and horse is not known with or day in the northern parts of Scotland, pertainty, but it has been asserted that they were both 8 Jaquenetta and Armado are at cross-purposes. bent at Rome, as magicians, by order of the Pope. Herrby is used by her, (as among the common people The best account of Bankes and his horse is to be found of some counties,) in the sense of as it may happen. in the notes to a French translation of Apuleius's Gold. He takes it in the sense of just by. en A<3, by Jean de Montlyard, 1602.

9 This odd phrase was still in use in Fielding's time, ? The allusion probably is to the rillou, the suppo. who, putting it into the mouth of Beau Didapper, thinks ead ornament of unsuccessful lovers,

it necessary to apologize (in a note) for its want of sense, 3 of which she is naturally possessed.

by adding that it was taken verbatim from very polita 4 See Percy's Reliques of Antient Poetry, fourth edi. conversation. ting, vol. i. p. 199.

10 Love. 5 Digression is here used for the act of going out of 11 A kind of arrow used for shooting at butts with. the right way, transgression.

The butt was the place on which the mark to be shot at 6 Armado applies this epithet ironically to Costard. was placed.


a Spaniard's rapier. The first and second cause Most power to do most harm, least knowing ill; will not serve my turn;' the passado he respects For he hath wit to make an isl shape good, not, the duello he regards not: his disgrace is to And shape to win grace though he had no wit. be called boy; but his glory is to subdue men. I saw him at the duke Alençon's once : Adieu, valour! rust, rapier! be still, drum! for And much too little of that good I saw, your manager is in love; yea, he loveth. Assist Is my report, to his great worthiness. me, some extemporal god of rhyme, for, I am sure, Rós. Another of these students at that time I shall turn sonneteer. Devise, wit; write, pen; Was there with him : if I have heard a truth, for I am for whole volumes in folio. (Erit. Biron they call him ; but a merrier man,

Within the limit of becoming mirth,

I never spent an hour's talk withal:

His eye begets occasion for his wit;

For every object that the one doth catch, SCENE I. Another part of the same. A Pavilion and Tents at a distance. Enter the Princess of which his fair tongue (conceit's expositor,)

The other turns to a mirth-moving jest ; France, Rosaline, MARIA, KATHARINE, Bo- Delivers in such apt and gracious words, YET, Lords, and other Attendants.

That aged ears play truant at his tales, Boyet. Now, madam, summon up your dearest? And younger hearings are quite ravished : spirits :

So sweet and voluble is his discourse. Consider who the king your father sends ;

Prin. God bless my ladies ; are they all in love ; To whom he sends; and what's his embassy : That every one her own hath garnish'd Yourself, held precious in the world's esteem; With such bedecking ornaments of praise ? To parley with the sole inheritor

Mar. Here comes Boyet.
Of all perfections that a man may owe,

Re-enter Boyet.
Matchless Navarre; the plea of no less weight
Than Aquitain; a dowry for a queen.


Now, what admittance, lord? Be now as prodigal of all dear


Boyet. Navarre had notice of your fair approach; As nature was in making graces dear,

And he, and his competitors in oath, When she did starve the general world beside, Were all address'do io meet you, gentle lady, And prodigally gave them all to you.

Before I came. Marry, thus much have I learnt, Prin. Good lord Boyet, my beauty, though but Ile rather means to lodge you in the field mean,

(Like one that comes here to besiege his court,) Needs not the painted Aourish of your praise; Than seek a dispensation for his oath, Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye, To let you enter his unpeopled house. Not uiter'd by base sale of chapmen's tongues ; Here comes Navarre.

(The Ladies mask. I am less proud to hear you tell my worth, Than you much willing to be counted wise

Enter King, Lona AVILLE, DUMAIs, Biros, and

In spending your wit in the praise of mine.
But now to task the tasker, -Good Boyet,

King. Fair princess, welcome to the court of You are not ignorant, all-telling fame

Navarre. Doth noise abroad, Navarre haih made a vow, Prin. Fair, I give you back again : and, welcome Till painful study shall out-wear three years, I have not yet: the roof of this court is too high to No woman may approach his silent court: be yours; and welcome to the wild fields too base Therefore to us seemeth it a needful course, to be mine. Before we enter his forbidden gates,

King. You shall be welcome, madam, to my court. To know his pleasure ; and in that behall,

Prin. I will be welcome then; conduct me thither. Boldof your worthiness, we single you

King. Hear me, dear lady; I have swom an oath. As our best moving fair solicitor :

Prin. Our lady help my lord! he'll be forswort. Tell him the daughter of the king of France,

King. Not for the world, fair madam, by my will. On serious business, craving quick despatch, Prin. Why, will shall break it; will, and nothing Importunes personal conference with his grace.

else. Haste, signify so much ; while we attend,

King. Your ladyship is ignorant what it is. Like humbly-visag'd suitors, his high will.

Prin. Where my lord so, his ignorance were wre, Boyet. Proud of employment, willingly I go: (Erit. Where now his knowledge must prove ignorance. Prin. All pride is willing pride, and yours is 80,- I hear your grace has sworn-out house-keeping Who are the votaries, my loving lords,

'Tis deadly sin to keep that oath, my lord, That are vow-fellows with this virtuous duke? And sin to break it: 1 Lord. Longaville is one.

But pardon me, I am too sudden-bold; Prin.

Know you the man ? To teach a teacher ill beseemeth me. Mar. I know him madam; at a marriage feast, Vouchsafe to read the purpose of my coming, Between lord Perigort and the beauteous heir And suddenly resolve me in my suit. of Jaques Falconbridge, solemnized

(Gives a paper. In Normandy, saw I this Longaville :

King. Madam, I will, if suddenly I may. A man of sovereign parts he is esteem'd;

Prin. You will the sooner, that I were away; Well fitted in the aris, glorious in arms :

For you'll prove perjur’d, if you make me stay. Nothing becomes him ill, that he would well. Biron. Did not'I dance with you in Brabant onee? The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss

Ros. Did not I dance with you in Brabant once? (If virtue's gloss will stain with any soil,)

Biron. I know you did. Is a sharp wit match'd with too blunt a will;


How needless was it then Whose edge hath power to cui, whose will still wills To ask the question ! It should none spare that come within his power. Biron.

You must not be so quick. Prin. Some merry mocking lord, belike; is't so ? Ros. 'Tis 'long of you that spur me with such Mar. They say so most, that most his humours

questions. know.

Biron. Your wit's too hot, it speeds too fast, 'twill Prin. Such short-liv'd wits do wither as they grow.

tire. Who are the rest ?

Ros. Not till it leave the rider in the mire. Kath. The young Dumain, a well accomplish'd Biron. What time o' day? youth,

Ros. The hour that fools should ask. Of all that virtue love for virtue lov'd;

Biron. Now fair befall your mask! 1 See Notes on the last Act of As You Like It.

5 Confederates. 2 Bext. 3 1. e. confident of it.

6 Prepared. 4 Well filted is well qualified.

7 Where is here used for whereas.

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Ras, Fair fall the face it covers !

Biron. Will you prick’t with your eye ? Biron, And send you many lovers!

Ros. No point, with my knife. Ros. Amen, so you be none.

Biron. Now, God save thy life! Biron. Nay, then will I be gone.

Ros. And yours from long living ! King. Madam, your father here doth intimate Biron. I cannot stay thanksgiving: (Retiring. The payment of a hundred thousand crowns; · Being but the one half of an entire sum,

Dum. Sir

, I pray you, a word : What lady is that • Disbursed by my father in his wars.

Boyet. The heir of Alençon, Rosaline her name. But say, that he, or we (as neither have,)

Dum. A gallant lady! Monsieur, fare you well. Receiv'd that sum; yet ihere remains unpaid

(Exit. A hundred thousand more; in surety of the which, Long. I beseech you a word; What is she in the One part of Aquitain is bound to us,

white ? Although not valued to the money's worth.

Boyet. A woman sometimes, an you saw her in li then the king your father will restore

the light. But thai one half which is unsatished,

Long. Perchance, light in the light: I desire her We will give up our right to Aquitain, And hoid fair friendship with his majosty.

Boyet. She hath but one for herself; to desire But that, it seems, he little purposeth,

that, were a shame. For here he doth demand to have repaid

Long. Pray you, sir, whose daughter ?
A hundred thousand crowns; and not demands, Boyet. Her mother's, I have heard.
On payment of a hundred thousand crowns,

Long. God's blessing on your beard'
To have his tite live in Aquitain;

Boyet. Good sir, be not offended : Ihich we much rather had depart' withal,

She is an heir of Falconbridge. ini have the money by our father lent,

Long. Nay, my choler is ended. Than Aquitain so gelded? as it is.

She is a most sweet lady. Dear princess, were not his requests so far

Boyet. Not unlike, sir; that may be. From reason's yielding, your fair self should make

(Erit Long. A yielding 'gainst some reason, in my breast, Biron. What's her name, in the cap? And go well sausfied to France again.

Boyet. Katharine, by good hap. Pria. You do the king my father too much wrong, Biron. Is she wedded, or no ? Ani wrong the reputation of your name,

Boyet. To her will, sir, or so. In so unseeming to confess receipt

Diron. You are welcome, sir; adieu ! Of that which hath so faithfully been paid.

Boyet. Farewell to me, sir, and welcome to you. King. I do proiest, I never heard of it;

[Erit Biron.-Ladies unmask. And, if you prove it, I'll repay it back,

Mar. That last is Biron, the merry mad-cap lord ; Or vield up Aquitain.

Not a word with him but a jest.
We arrest your word:- Boyel.

And every jest but a word. Buyet, you can produce acquittances,

Prin. It was well done of you to take him at his For such a sum, from special officers

word. Oi Charles his father.

Boyet. I was as willing to grapple, as he was to King. Satisfy me so.

board. Boyet. So please your grace, the packet is not Mar. Two hot sheeps, marry! come,


And wherefore not ships ? Where that and other specialties aro bound; No sheer, sweet lamb, unless we focd on your lips. To-morrow you shall have a sight of them.

Mar. You sheep, and I pasture; Shall that finish King. It shall suffice me: ai which interview,

the jest ? All liberal reason I will yield unto.

Boyet. So you grant pasture for me. Mean time, receive such welcome at my hand,

[Offering to kiss her. As honour, without breach of honour, may


Not so, genile beast; Make tender of to thy true worthiness:

My lips are no common, though several they be. You may not come, fair princess, in my gates; Bojet. Belonging to whom? Bat here without you shall be so receiv'd,


To my fortunes and me. As you shall deem yourself lodg'd in my heart, Prin. Good wits will be jangling; bui, gentles, Though so denied fair harbour in my house.

agree: Your own good thoughts excuse me, and farewell: The civil war of wits were much better uscd Timorrow shall we visit you again.

On Navarre and his book-men; for here'tis abused. Prix. Sweet health and fair desires consort your Boyet. If my observation (which very seldom lies,) grace!

By the heart's still rhetorick, disclosed with eyes, King. Thy own wish wish I thee in every place! Deceive me not now. Navarre is infected.

(Exeunt King and his Train. Prin. With what? Biron. Lady, I will commend you to my own heart. Boyet. With that which we lovers entitle, affected. Ros. 'Pray you, do my commendations ; I would Prin. Your reason ? be glad to see it.

Boyet. Why, all his behaviours did make their Biron. I would, you heard it groan.

retire, Ror. Is the fool sick ?

To the court of his eye, peeping thorough desire ;. Biron. Sick at heart,

His heart, like an agate, with your print impressed, Rns. Alack, let it blood.

Proud with his form, in his eye pride expressed: Biron. Would that do it good ?

His tongue, all impatient to speak and not see,' Ros. My Physick says, 1.

Did stumble with haste in his eye-sight to be ;

All senses to that sense did make their repair, To depart and 10 part were anciently synonymous. To feel only looking on fairest of fair ; * This phrase appears to us unseennly to a princess, berpe was a common metaphorical expression then much used. Perhaps it was no more considered offensive than which besides its ordinary signification of separate, dis.

Bould be now to talk of the castrations of Holinshed. tinct, signified also an enclosed pasture, as opposed to an It was not peculiar to Shakspeare.

open ficld or common. Bacon and others used it in this 3 The old spelling of the affirmative particle ay is here sense. retained for the sake of the rhyme.

6 So in Daniel's Complaint of Rosamond, 1.594 : 4 Point, in French, is an adverb of negation, but, if • Sweet silent rhetoric of persuading eyes. operly spoken, is not sounded like the point of a knife. Dumb eloquence.' A quibble was however intended. Perhaps Shakspeare 7 Although the expression in the text is extremely 28 not well acquainted with the pronunciation of odd, yet the sense appears to be, that his tongue envied

the quickness of his eyes, and strove to be as rapid in its 6 A quibble is here intended upon the word several, utterance, as they in their perception,


I will prove:


my love.

Methought all his senses were lock'd in his eye, and your love perhaps a hackney. But have you
As jewels in crystal for some prince to buy ; forgot your love?
Who tending their own worth, from where they Arm. Almost I had.
were glass'd

Moth. Negligent student? learn her by heart.
Did point you to buy them along as you pass’d. Arm. By heart, and in heart, boy.
His face's own margent' did quote such amazes, Moth. And out of heart, master: all those three
That all eyes saw his eyes enchanted with gazes;
I'll give you Aquitain, and all that is his,

Arm. What wilt thou prove ? An you give him for my sake but one loving kiss. Moth. A man, if I live ; and this, by, in, and

Prin. Come, to our pavilion : Boyet is dispos’d- without, upon the instant : By heart you love her, Boyet. But to speak that in words, which his eye because your heart cannot come by her : in heari hath disclos'd :

you love her, because your heart is in love with her; I only have made a mouth of his eye,

and out of heart you love her, being out of heart that By adding a tongue which I know will not lie. you cannot enjoy her. Ros. Thou art an old love-monger, and speak'st Arm. I am all these three. skilfully.

Moth. And three times as much more, and yet Mar. He is Cupid's grandfather, and learns news nothing at all. of him.

Arm. Fetch hither the swain; he must carry me Ros. Then was Venus like her mother; for her a letier. father is but grim.

Mith. A message well sympathised; a horse to Boyet. Do you hear, my mad wenches?

be an embassador for an ass! Mar. No.

Arm. Ha, ha! what sayest thou ? Boyet.

What then, do you see? Moth. Marry, sir, you must send the ass upon the Ros. Ay, our way to be gone.

horse, for he is very slow-gaited : But I go. Boyet.

You are too hard for me. Arm. The way is but short; away.

[Ereunt. Moth. As swift as lead, sir,

Arm. Thy meaning, pretty ingenious ?
Is not lead a metal heavy, dull, and slow?

Noth. Minime, honest master; or rather, mas-

ter, no. SCENE I. Another part of the same. Enter Arm. I say, lead is slow ARMADO and Moth.

Moth. You are too swift, 'o sir, to say so: Arm. Marble, child, make passionate my sense Is that lead slow which is fir’d from a gun ? of hearing,

Arm. Sweet smoke of rhetoric ! Moth. Concolinel?

[Singing. He reputes me a cannon; and the bullet, that's he ;Arm. Sweet air !--Go, tenderness of years ; take I shoot thee at the swain. this key, give enlargement to the gwain, bring him


Thump then, and I flee. festinately hither; I must employ him in a letter to


Arm. A most acute juvenal: voluble and free of Moth. Master, will you win your love with a

grace! French brawl ?"

By thy favour, sweet welkin, I must sigh in the face: Arm. How mean'st thou ? brawling in French?

Most rude melancholy, valour gives thee place. Moth. No, my complete master : but to jig off a My herald is return'd. tune at the tongue's end, canarys to it with your feet,

Re-enter Moth and COSTARD. humour it with furning up your eye-lids; sigh a note, and sing a note; sometime through the throat, as if Moth. A wonder, master; here's a Costard!!

broken in a shin. you swallowed love with singing love ; sometime through the nose, as if you snuffed up love by smell

Arm. Some enigma, some riddle ;-come, -thy l'envoy ;)

:12_berin. ing love; with your hat penthouselike o'er ihe shop of your eyes; with your arms crossed on your thin C st. No egma, no riddle, no l'envoy: no salve in belly-doublet, like a rabbit on a spit; or vour hands the mail, sir : 0, sir, plantain, a plain plan:ain; no in your pocket, like a man after the old painting; Penroy, no l'envoy, no salve, sir, but a plantain and keep not too long in one tune, but a snip and

Arm. sue, thou enforcest laughter; thy away. These are complements, these are humours; silly thong. y spleen; the hearing of my lungs these betray nice wenches-that would be betrayed provokes me to ridiculous siniling; 0, pardon me, without these ; and make them men of note, (do my stars! Doth the inconsiderate take salve for you note, men ??) that most are affected to these. l'envoy, and the word, l'envoy, for a salve ? Arm. How hast thou purchased this experience ?

Moth. Do the wise think them other ? is not Moth. By my penny of observation.

l'envoy a salve ? Arm. But 0,---but 0,

Arm. No, page; it is an epilogue or discourse, Moth, the hobby-horse is forgot.

to make plain Arm. Callest thou my love, hobby-horse ?!

Some obscure precedence that hath tofore been sain. Moth. No, master; the hobby-horse is but a colt, I will example it :

The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, 1 In Shak-peare's time, notes, quotatione, &c. were Were still at odds, being but three. usually printed in the exterior margin of books. There's the moral: Now the l'enroy.

2 A song is apparently lost here. In old comedies the Bongs are frequently omitted. On this occasion the stage the sides of the horse. Latterly the Hobby-horse was direction is generally Here they sing---or Cantun!. frequentlv omitted, which appears to have occaejoned a 3 i. e. hastily:

popular ballad, in which w.. this line, or burden 4 A kind of dance; spelt bransle by some authors: io Quick, ready. being the French name for the same dance.

11 i. e. a head; a name adopted from an apple shaped 5 Canary was the name of a sprightly dance, some like a man's head. It must have been a cornmon sort times accompanied by the castanets.

of apple, as it gave a name to the dealers in apples 6 i. e, accoinplishments.

who were called costar-mongers. 7 One of the modern editors, with great plausibility, 12 An old French term for concluding verses, which proposes to read 'do you note me py

served either to convey the moral, or to address the 9 The allusion is probably to the old popular pamph. poem to some person. let. A Pennyworth of Wit.'

13 A mail or male was a budget, wallet, or portman. 9 The Hobby-horse was a personage belonging to the teau. Costard, mistaking enigma, riddle, and rearer ancient Morris dance, when complete. It was the figure for names of salves, objects to the application of any of a horse fastened round the waist of a man, his own salve in the budget, and cries out for a plantain leaf. legs going through the body of the horse, and enabling There is a quibble upon satre and salve, a word with him to walk, but concealed by a long footcloth: while which it was not unusual in conclude epistes, &c. and false legs appeared where those of the man should be at I which therefore was a kind of l'envoy.

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Moth. I will add the l'envoy : Say the moral again. Cost. Pray you, sir, how much carnation ribbon
Arm. The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, may a man buy for a remuneration ?
Were still at odds, being but three :

Biron. What is a remuneration ?
Moth. Until the goose came out of door,

Cost. Marry, sir, half-penny farthing.
And stay'd the odds by adding four.

Biron, 0, why then, three-fărthings-worth of silk. Now will I begin your moral, and do you follow Cost. I thank your worship: God be with you! with my l'envoy.

Biron, 0, stay, slave; I must employ thee:
The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, As thou will win my favour, good my knave,
Were still at odds, being but three :

Do one thing for me that I shall entreat.
Arm. Until the goose came out of door,

Cost. When would you have it done, sir?
Staying the odds by adding four.

Biron. O, this afternoon.
Moth. A good l'envoy, ending in the goose, Cost. Well, I will do it, sir : Fare you well.
Would you desire more?

Biron. O, thou knowest not what it is.
Cost. The boy hath sold him a bargain, a goose ; Cost. I shall know, sir, when I have done it.
that's flat :-

Biron. Why, villain, thou must know first. Sir, your pennyworth is good, an your goose be Cost. I will come to your worship to-morrow fat.-

morning. To sell a bargain well, is as cunning as fast and loose: Biron. It must be done this afternoon. Hark, Let me sec a fat l'envoy; ay, that's a fat goose. slave, it is but this Arm. Como hither, come hither: How did this The princess comes to hunt here in the park, argument begin?

And in her train there is a gepile lady; Moth. By saying that a Costard was broken in When tongues speak sweeily, then they name her a shin.

name, Then call'd you for the l'envoy.

And Rosaline they call her : ask for her; Cost. True, and I for a plantain ; Thus came your And to her white hand see thou do commend argument in;

This seal'd-up counsel. There's thy guerdon;' Then the boy's fai l'envoy, the goose that you bought; go.

(Gives him money. And he ended the market.'

Cost. Guerdon,- sweet guerdon! better than Arm. But tell me; how was there a Costarda remuneration; eleven-pence farthing better : Most broken in a shin?

sweet guerilon !-I will do it, sir, in print.Moth. I will tell you sensibly.


(Exit. Cost. Thou hast no feeling of it, Moth; I will Birm. 0! And I, forsooth in love ! I, that speak that l'envoy.

have been love's whip ;
I, Costard, running out, that was safely within, A very beadle to a humorous sigh ;
Fell over the threshold, and broke my shin. A critic; nay, a knight-watch constable;

Arm. We will talk no more of this matter. A domineering pedant o'er the boy,
Cost. Till there be more matter in the shin. Than whom no mortal so magnificent!"
Arm. Sirrah Costard, I will enfranchise thee. This wimpled,", whining, purblind, wayward boy ;

Cost. 0, marry me to one Frances :-I smell This senior-junior, giant-dwarf, Dan Cupid ; some l'envoy, some goose, in this.

Regent of love rhymes, lord of folded arms, Arm. By my sweet soul, I mean, setting thee at The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans, liberty, enfreedoming thy person ; thou wert im Liege of all loiterers and malcontents, mured, restrained, captivated, bound.

Dread prince of plackets, king of codpieces, Cori. True, true; and now you will be my pur- Sole imperator, and great general gation, and let me loose.

Of trotung paritors! –O my little heart'-Arn. I give thee thy liberty, set thee from du- And I to be a corporal of his field," rance; and, in lieu thereof, impose on thee nothing And wear his colours'? like a tumbler's hoop! but this : Bear this significant to the country maid What? I! I love! I sue ! I seek a wife! Jaquenetta : there is remuneration; (Giving him A woman, that is like a German clock,': money.) for the best ward of mine honour, is, rc- Still a-repairing; ever out of frame; warding my dependants. Moth, follow, [Éxit

. And never going aright, being a watch, Moth. Like the sequel, 1.- Signior Costard, adieu. But being watch'd that it may still go right? Cost. My sweet ounce of man's “ my in- Nay, to be perjur'd, which is worst of all; cony Jew!

-rit Motu. And, among three, to love the worst of all; Now will I look to this remuneratio... Remunera- A whitely wanton with a velvet brow, tion! O, that's the Latin word for three farthings: With two pitch balls stuck in her face for eyes; three farıhings-remuneration.-What's the price of Ay, and, by heaven, one that will do the deed, this inkle ? a penny :--No, I'll give you a remunera- Though Argus were her eunuch and her guard ; tion: why, it carries it.—Remuneration ! -- why, it And I to sigh for her! to watch for her! is a fairer name than French crown. I will never To pray for her! Go to; it is a plague buy and sell out of this word.

That Cupid will impose for my neglect
Enter Biron.

of his almighty dreadful little might.

Well, I will love, write, sigh, pray, sue, and groan; Biron. O, my good knave Costard! exceedingly Some men must love my lady, and some Joan. well met.


which nuns wear about their neck.' Shakspeare means 1 Alluding in the proverb, Three women and a goose no more than that Cupid was hood-rinked. make a market.'

9 Plachets were stomachers. See Note on Winter's 2 See p. 196, note 11.

Tale, Activ. Sc. 3. 3 Armado sustains his character well; he will not 10 The officers of the spiritual courts who serve cita. give any thing its vuugar name, he calls the letter he tions. would send to Jaquenetta, a significant.

11 It appears from Lord Stafford's Letters, vol. ii. p. 4 Incony. The meaning and etymology of this phrase 199, that a corporal of the field was employed, as an is not clearly defined, though numerous instances of its aid-de-camp is now, : in taking and carrying to and fro use are adduced. Sweet, pretty, delicate seem to be the directions of the general, or other higher officers of some of its acceptations, and the best derivation seems the field.' to be from the northern word canny or conny, meaning 12 It was once a mark of gallantry to wear a lady', pretly, the in will be intensive and equivalent to tery. colours. So in Cynthia's Revels by Jonson, 'despatches 5 Gurrdon, Fr. is reward.

his lacquey to her chamber early, to know what her 6 With the utmost nicely.

colours are for the day.' It appears that a tumbler's 7 Magnificent here means glorying, boasting. hoop was usually dressed out with coloured ribands.

9 To wimple is to peil, from guimple, Fr. which 13 Clocks, which were usually imported from GerCotgrave explains, The crepine of a French hood,' many at this time, were intricate and clumsy pieces of 1. e. the cloth going from the hood round the neck. mechanism, soon deranged, and frequently out of Kersey explains it, The muffler or plaited linen cloth I frame,'



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