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Biron. Sweet lords, sweet lovers, 0 let us em King. 'Twere good, yours did ; for, sir, to tell brace !
you plain, As true we are as flesh and blood can be:
I'll find a fairer face not wash'd to-day. The sea will ebb and flow, heaven show his face ; Biron. I'll prove her fair, or talk till doomsday Young blood will not obey an old decree :
here. We cannot cross the cause why we were born; King. No devil will fright thee then so much as Therefore, of all hands,' must we be forsworn.
she. King. What, did these rent lines show some love Dum. I never knew man hold vile stuff so dear. of thine ?
Long. Look, here's thy love: my foot and her Biron. Did they, quoth you? Who sees the hea
(Shewing his Shoe. venly Rosaline,
Biron, O, if the streets were paved with thine That like a rude and savage man of Inde,
eyes, Al the first opening of the gorgeous east,? Her feet were much too dainty for such tread! Bows not his vassal head; and, strucken blind, Dum. O vile! then as she goes, what upward Kisses the base ground with obedient breast ?
lies What peremptory eagle-sighied eye
The street should see as she walk'd over head. Dares look upon the heaven of her brow, King. But what of this ? Are we not all in love ? That is not blinded by her majesty ?
Biron. O, nothing so sure ? and thereby all for King. What zeal, what fury hath inspir'd thee now ?
King. Then leave this chat; and, good Biron, My love, her mistress, is a gracious moon;
now prove She, an attending star, scarce seen a light. Our loving lawful, and our faith not torn. Biror. My eyes are then no eyes, nor I Biron :3 Dum. Ay, marry, there ;-—some flattery for this O, but for my love, day would turn to night!
evil. Of all complexions the culld sovereignty
Long. O, some authority how to proceed ;
Dum. Some salve for perjury.
O, 'tis more than noed! seek.
Have at you, then, affection's men at arms : Lend me the flourish of all gentle tongues, - Consider what you first did swear unto;
Fre, painted rhetorick! 0, she needs it not: To fast,- to study,--and to see no woman ;To things of sale a seller's praise belongs; Flat treason 'gainst the kingly state of youth. Sae passes praise; then praise too short doth Say, can you fast? your stomachs are too young; blot,
And abstinence engenders maladies. A wither'd hermit, five-score winters worn, And where that you have vow'd to study, lords,
Might shake off fifty, looking in her eye: In that each of you hath forsworn his book : Beauty doth varnish age, as if new-born,
Can you still dream, and pore, and thereon look ? And gives the crutch the cradle's infancy. For when would you, my lord, or you, or you, O, 'tis the sun, that maketh all things shine! Have found the ground of study's excellence, king. By heaven, thy love is black as ebony. Without the beauty of a woman's face? Biron. Is ebony like her? O wood divine ! From woman's eyes this doctrine I derive : A wife of such wood were felicity.
They are the ground, the bocks, the academes, 0, who can give an oath? where is a book? From whence doth spring the irue Promethean fire.
That I may swear, beauty doth beauty lack, Why, universal plodding prisons up
The nimble spirits in the arteries;
The hue of dungeons, and the scowl of night; Now, for not looking on a woman's face,
For where is any author in the world,
Teaches such beauty as a woman's eye? It mourns, that painting, and usurping hair, Learning is but an adjunct to ourself, Should ravish doters with a false aspect :
And where we are, our learning likewise is. And therefore is she born to make black fair. Then, when ourselves we see in ladies' eyes, Her favour turns the fashion of the days ;
And in that vow we have forsworn our books; Dunt. To look like her, are chimney-sweepers For when would you, my liege, or you, or you, black.
In leaden contemplation, have found out Long. And since her time, are colliers counted Such fiery numbers, as the prompting eyes bright.
Of beautévus tutors have enrich'd you with? King. And Ethiops of their sweet complexion Other slow arts entirely keep the brain; crack.
And therefore finding barren practisers, Dam. Dark needs no candles now, for dark is Scarce show a harvest of their heavy toil: light.
But love, first learned in a lady's eyes, Biron. Your mistresses dare never come in rain, Lives not alone immured in the brain ; For fear their colours should be wash'd away.
5 This alludes to the fashion prevalent among la. 1 l. e. at any rate, at all events,
dies in Shakgpeare's time, of wearing false hair, or ? Mikon has transplanted this into the third line of periwigs as they were then called, before that covering the second book of Paradise Lost :
for the head had been adopted by men. • Or where the gorgeous east.'
6 A quillet is a sly trick or turn in argument, or ex. 3 Here, and indeed throughout the play, the name of|cuse N. Bailey derives it, with much probability, from Biron is accented on the second syllable. In the first quibblet, as a diminutive of quibhle. Sun and quarto copies it is spelled Berovone. From 7 This hemistich is omitted in all the modern editions the line before us it appears that it was pronounced Bi- except that by Mr. Boswell. It is found in the first
quarto and first folio. 4 Creal is here properly opposed to badge: Black, 8 i. e. our true books, from which we derive most in. says the King, is the borge of hell, but that which graces formation ; the eyes of woman. heaven is the crest of beauty. Black darkens hell, 9 So in Milton's Il Penseroso : and is therefore hateful: white adorns heaven, and is • With a sad leaden, downward cast." therefore lovely. Crest, is the very top, the height of And in Gray's Hymn to Adversity : beauty of utmost degree of fairness.
"With leaden eye that loves the ground."
But, with the motion of all elements,
SCENE I. Another part of the same. Enter HoAbove their functions and their offices.
LOFERNES, Sır NATHANIEL, and DULL. It adds a precious seeing to the eye;
Hol. Satis quod sufficit. A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind ;
Nath. I praise God for you, sir : your reasons' al A lover's ear will hear the lowest sound,
dinner have been sharp and sententious; pleasant When the suspicious head of theft is stoppid; without scurrility, witty without affection, audacLove's feeling is more soft, and sensible,
ous without impudency, learned without opinion, Than are the tender horns of cockled snails; and strange without heresy. I did converse this Love's tongue proves dainty Bacchus gross in taste : quondam day with a companion of the king's, who For valour, is not love a Hercules,
is intituled, nominated, or called, Don Adriano de Still climbing trees in the Hesperides ?'
Armado. Subtile as sphinx ; as sweet, and musical,
Hol. Nori hominem tanquam te: His humour is As bright Apollo's lute, strung, with his hair ; lofty, his discourse peremptory, his tongue filed, his And, when love speaks, the voice of all the gods eye ambitious, his gait majestical, and his general Make heaven drowsy with the harmony.?
behaviour vain, ridiculous, and thrasonical. He is Never durst poet touch a pen to write,
too picked, io too spruce, too affected, too odd, as it Until his ink were temper'd with love's sighs; were, too peregrinate, as I may call it. O, then his lines would ravish savage ears,
Nith. Å most singular and choice epithet. And plant in tyrants mild humility.
[Takes out his Table-break. From woman's eyes this doctrine I derive:
Hol. He draweth out the thread of his verbosity They sparkle still the right Promethean fire; finer than the staple of his argument. I abhor such They are the books, the arts, the academes, fantastical phantasms, such insociable and pointThat show, contain, and nourish all the world; deviseli
companions; such rackers of orthography, Else, none at all in aught proves excellent : as to speak, doubt, fine, when he should say, doubt; Then fools you were these women to forswear; det, when he should pronounce, debt: d, e, b, t; Or, keeping what is sworn, you will prove fools. not d, e, t: he clepeth a calf, cauf; half, bauf; For wisdom's sake, a word that all men love
neighbour, vocatur, nebour, neigh, abbreviated, ne: Or for love's sake, a word that loves all men ;) This is abhominable, (which he would call abomi Or for men's sake, the authors of these women; pable,) it insinuateth me of insanje; Ne intelligis, Or women's sake, by whom we men are men; domine ? to make frantic, lunatic. Let us once lose our oaths to find ourselves,
Nath. Laus deo, bone intelligo. Or else we lose ourselves to keep our oaths: Hol. Bone ?-bone, for bene : Priscian a little It is religion to be thus forsworn:
scratch'd; 'twill serve. For charity itself fulfills the law; And who can sever love from charity ?
Enter ARMADO, Moth, and COSTARD. King. Saint Cupid, then! and, soldiers, to the Nath. Videsne quis venit ? field !
Hol. Video, et gaudeo.
Hol. Quare Chirra, not sirrah?
Hol. Most military sir, salutation.
King. And win them too: therefore let us devise Cost. O, they have lived long in the alms-bas. Some entertainment for them in their tents. ket12 of words ! I marvel, thy master hath not eaten Biron. First, from the park let us conduct them thee for a word: for thou art not so long by the thither;
head as honorificabilitudinitatibus :13 thou art easkr Then, homeward, every man attach the hand swallowed than a flap-dragon.14 or his fair mistress : in the afternoon
Moth. Peace; the peal begins. We will with some strange pastime solace them, Arm. Monsieur, (T. Hol.) are you not letter'd? Such as the shortness of the time can shape; Moth. Yes, yes; he teaches boys the horn-book: For revels, dances, masks, and merry hours, What is a, b, spelí backward with a horn on his Fore-run fair Love, strewing her way with flowers. head ?
King. Away, away! no time shall be omitted, Hol. Ba, pueritia, with a horn added. That will be time, and may by us be fitted.
Moth. Ba, most silly sheep, with a horn :-You Biron. Allons ! Allons !--Sow'd cockle reap'd no hear his learning.
corn; And justice always whirls in equal measure :
Shakspeare intends to obtain for his vicar, but he has Light wenches may prove plagues to men forsworn, loquial excellence. It is very difficult to add any thing
here put into his mouth a finished representation of col. If so, our copper buys no better treasure.
to his character of the school-master's table talk, and (Exeunt. perhaps all the precepts of Castiglione will scarcely he
found to comprehend a rule for conversation so justly 1 Shakspeare had read of the gardens of the Hes. delineated, so widely dilated, and so nicely limited.' perides,' and thought the latter word was the name of the garden. Some of his contemporaries have made the in a good sense for spirited, animated, confident ; at
Reason, here signifies discourse ; audacious is used same mistake. 2 Few passages have been more discussed than this. 'trete.
section is affectation; opinion is obstinacy, opinia The most plausible interpretation of it is, 'Whenever love speaks, all the gods join their voices in harmonious
8 Filed is polished.
9 Thrasonical is vainglorious, boastful. concert.' 3 i. e. that is pleasing to all men. So in the language that is, too nice in his dress.' The substantive is tised
10 Picked, piked, or picket, neat, spruce, over nice; of the time :-illikes me well, for it pleases me. Shak. by Ben Johnson in his Discoveries : Pickedness for speare uses the word licentiously for the sake of the nicely in dre88. antitheais. 4 In the days of archery, it was of consequence to
11 A common expression for eract, precise, or finical.
12 i. e. the refuse of words. The refuse meat of famihave the sun at the back of the bowmen, and in the face lies was put into a basket, and given to the poor, in of the enemy. This circumstance was of great advan. Shakspeare's time. tage to our Henry V. at the Battle of Agincourt. Shak. 13 This word, wbencesoever it comes, is often men speare had, perhaps, an equivoque in his thoughts. tionod as the longest word known. 6 Fair love is Venus. So in Antony and Cleopatra : 14 A flap-dragon was some small combustible barily
* Now for the love of love, and her soft hours.' set on fire and put afloat in a glass of liquor. It was an o i. e. enough's as good as a feast.
act of dexterity in the toper to swallow it without bers7 I know not (says Johnson) what degree of respectling his mouth.
Hol. Quis, quis, thou consonant?
Hol. Joshua, yourself; myself, or this gallant Moth. The third of the five vowels, if you repeat gentleman, Judas Maccabeus ; this swain, because them; or the fifth, if I.
of his great limb or joint, shall pass® Pompey the Hol. I will repeat them, a, e, i.
Hercules. Moth. The sheep: the other two concludes it; o, u. Arm. Pardon, sir, error: he is not quantity
Arm. No , by the salt wave of the Mediterra- enough for that worthy's thumb: he is not so big neum, a sweet touch, a quick venewl of wit: snip, as the end of his club. snap, quick and home; it rejoiceth my intellect : Hol. Shall I have audience ? He shall present
Hercules in minority: his enter and erit shall be Moth. Offered by a child to an old man; which strangling a snake; and I will have an apology for is wit-old.
that purpose. Hol. What is the figure ; what is the figure ?
Moth. An excellent device! so, if any of the auMoth. Horns.
dience hiss, you may cry: well done Hercules ! now Hol. Thou disputest like an infant: go, whip thy thou crushest the snake ! that is the way to make an
offence gracious ;' though few have the grace to Moth. Lend me your horn to make one, and I do it. will whip about your infamy circum circa ; A gig of Arm. For the rest of the worthies ? a cuckold's horn!
Hol, I will play three myself. Cost. An I had but one penny in the world, thou Moth. Thrice worthy gentleman! shouldst have it to buy gingerbread: hold, there is
Arm. Shall I tell you a thing the very remuneration I had of thy master, thou Hol. We attend. half-penny purse of wit, thou pigeon-egg of discre Arm. We will have, if this fadge® not, an antic. tion.o, an the heavens were so pleased, that thou I beseech wert but my bastard! what a joyful father wouldst Hol. Vía,' goodman Dull! thou hast spoken no thou make me! Go to; thou hast it ad dunghill, word all this while. at the fingers' ends, as they say.
Dull. Nor understood none neither, sir. Hol. O, I smell false Latin; dunghill for
Hol. Allons ! we will employ thee. Arm. Arts-man, præambula; we will be singled Dull. I'll make one in a dance, or so; or I will from the barbarous. Do you not educate youth at play on the tabor to the worthies, and let them the charge-house on the top of the mountain? dance the hay. Hol. Or, mons, the hill.
Hol. Most dull, honest Dull, to our sport, away. Arm. At your sweet pleasure for the mountain.
[Errunt. Hol. I do, sans question.
SCENE II. Another part of the same. Before the Arm. Sir, it is the king's most sweet pleasure Princess's Pavilion. Enter the Princess, KATHAand affection, to congratulate the princess at her RINE,
and MARIA. pavilion, in the posteriors of this day; which the Prin. Sweet hearts, we shall be rich ere we derude multitude call, the afternoon.
part, Hol. The posterior of the day, most generous sir, If fairings thus come plentifully in; is liable, congruent, and measureable for the after- A lady wall'd about with diamonds !noon: the word is well cull'd, chose ; sweet and Look you, what I have from the loving king, apt, I do assure you, sir, I do assure.
Ros. Madam, camo nothing else along with that? Arm. Sir, the king is a noble gentleman; and my Prin. Nothing but this ? yes, as much ve in familiar, I do assure you, very good friend :-For rhyme, what is inward) between us, let it pass :—I do be- As would be cramm'd up in a sheet of
paper, seech thee, remember thy courtesy ;^-I beseech Writ on both sides the leaf, margent and all; thee, apparel thy head ;-and among other impor- That he was fain to seal on Cupid's name. tunate and most serious designs,-and of great im Ros. That was the way to make his god-head port indeed, too ;---but let that pass :—for I must
wax:10 tell thee, it will please his grace (by the world) For he hath been five thousand years a boy. sometime to lean upon my poor shoulder; and with Kath. Ay, and a shrewd unhappy gallows too. his royal finger, thus, dally with my excrement, Ros. You'll ne'er be friends with him; he kill'd with my mustachio: but, sweet heart, let that pass.
your sister. By the world, I recount no fable; some certain spe Kath. He made her melancholy, sad, and heavy; cial honours it pleaseth his greatness to impart to And so she died: had she been light like you, Armado, a soldier, a man of travel, that hath seen Of such a merry, nimble, stirring spirit, the world: but let that pass.—The very all of all | She might have been a grandam ere she died : 1,-but, sweet heart, I do implore secrecy,—that And so may you ; for a light heart lives long. the king would have me present the princess, sweet Ros. What's your dark meaning, mouse,
11 of this chuck, with some delightful ostentation, or show,or
light word? pageant, or antic, or firework. Now, understand Kath. A light condition in a beauty dark. ing that the curate and your sweet self, are good at Ros. We need more light to find your meaning out. such eruptions, and sudden breaking out of mirth, Kath. You'll mar the light by taking it in snuff;? as it were, I have acquainted you withal, to the end Therefore I'll darkly end the argument. to crave your assistance.
Ros. Look, what you do, you do it still i'the Hol. Sir, you shall present before her the nine
dark. worthies.-Sir Nathaniel, as concerning some enter Kath. So do not you ; for you are a light wench. tainment of time, some show in the posterior of this Ros. Indeed, I weigh not you; and therefore light. day, to be rendered by our assistance,—the king's Kath. You weigh me not, -0, that's you care not command, and this most gallant, illustrate, and learned gentleman,-before the princess; I say, Ros. Great reason; for, Past cure is still past hone so fit as to present the nine worthies.
care. Nath. Where will you find men worthy enough Prin. Well bandied both: a set1s of wit well to present them?
play'd. 1 A hit. 2 Free-school. 3 Confidential.
7 That is, convert our offence against yourselves into 4 By remember thy courtesy, Armado probably means a dramatic propriely. remember that all this time thou art standing with thy 8 i. e. suit not, go not. hat off," "The putting off the hat at table is a kind of 9. An Italian exclamation, signifying Courage ! Come courtesie or ceremonie rather to be avoided than other on ! wise. :-- Florio's Second Frutes, 1591.
10 Grow. 6 The beard is called valour's excrement in the Mer 11 This was a term of endearment formerly. chant of Venice.
12 Snuff is here used equivocally for anger, and the 61. e. shall march, or walk in the procession for snuff of a candle. See King Henry IV. Act i. Sc. 3
13 A set is a term at tennis for a game.
But Rosaline, you have a favour too:
Against your peace : Love doth approach disguis’d, Who sent it? and what is it?
Armed in arguments ; you'll be surpris’d: Ros.
I would, you knew : Muster your wits ; stand in your own defence; And if my face were but as fair as yours,
Or hide your heads like cowards, and fly hence. My favour were as great : be witness this.
Prin. Saint Dennis to saint Cupid ! What are Nay, I have verses too, thank Biron :
they, The numbers true : and, were the numb'ring too, That charge their breath against us ? say, scout, say. I were the fairest goddess on the ground :
Boyet. Under the cool shade of a sycamore, I am compared to twenty thousand fairs.
I thought to close mine eyes some half an hour : 0, he hath drawn my picture in his letter! When lo! to interrupt my purpos'd rest, Prin. Any thing like?
Toward that shade I might behold addrest
And overheard what you shall overhear; Ros. 'Ware pencils !' How! let me not die your | That, by and by, disguis'd they will be here. debtor,
Their herald is a pretty knavish page, My red dominical, my golden letter :
Thal well by heari hath coun’d his embassage : O, that your face were not so full of O's!
Action, and accent, did they teach him there; Kath. A pox? of that jest! and beshrew all shrows! Thus must thou speak, and thus thy body bear; Prin. But what was sent to you from fair Dumain? And ever and anon they made a doubt, Kath. Madam, this glove.
Presence majestical would put him out; Prin.
Did he not send you twain. For, quoth the king, an angel shalt thou ser ; Kath. Yes, madam ; and moreover,
Yet fear not thou, but speak audaciously. Some thousand verses of a faithful lover:
The boy reply'd, An angel is not evil; A huge translation of hypocrisy,
I should have fear'd her, had she been a devil. Vilely compild, profound simplicity.
With that all laugh’d, and clapp'd him on the Mar. This, and these pearls, to me sent Longa
Making the bold wag by their praises bolder. The letter is too long by half a mile.
One rubb'd his elbow, thus; and Neer'd, and swore, Prin. I think no less: Dost thou not wish in heart, A better speech was never spoke before : The chain were longer, and the letter short? Another, with his finger and his thumb,
Mar. Ay, or I would these hands might never part. Cry'd, Via !' we will do't, come what will come: Prin. We are wise girls, to mock our lovers so. The third he caper'd, and cried, All
well: Ros. They are worse fools to purchase mocking so. The fourth turn'd on the toe, and down he fell
. That same Biron I'll torture ere I go.
With that they all did tumble on the ground, 0, that I knew he were but in by the week !3 With such a zealous laughter, so profound, How I would make him fawn, and beg and seek; That in the spleen ridiculouse appears, And wait the season, and observe the times, To check their folly, passion's solemn tears. And spend his prodigal wits in bootless rhymes; Prin. But what, but what, come they to visit us ? And shape his service wholly to my behests; Boyet. They do, they do; and are appáreld thus, – And make him proud to make me proud that jests ! Like Muscovites, or Russians :' as I guess, So potent-likes would I o'ersway his state, The purpose is, to parle, to court, and dance : That he should be my fool, and I his fate.
And every one his love-feat will advance Prin. None are so surely caught, when they are Unto his several mistress; which they'll know catch'd,
By favours several, which they did bestow. As wit turn'd fool; folly, in wisdom hatch'd, Prin. And will they so? the gallants shall be Hath wisdom's warrant, and the help of school;
task'd: And wit's own grace to grace a learned fool. For, ladies, we will every one be mask'd; Ros. The blood of youth burns not with such ex- And not a man of them shall have the grace, cess,
Despite of suit, to see a lady's face.As gravity's revolt to wantonness.
Hold, Rosaline, this favour thou shalt wear; Mar. Folly in fools bears not so strong a note, And then the king will court thee for his dear; As foolery in the wise, when wit doth dote; Hold, take thou this, my sweet, and give me thine ; Since all the power thereof it doth apply,
So shall Biron take me for Rosaline. To prove, by wit, worih in simplicity.
And change your favours too; so shall your loves Enter Boyet.
Woo contrary, deceiv'd by these removes.
Ros. Come on, then; wear the favours most in Prin. Here comes Boyet, and mirth is in his face.
sight. Boyet. 0, I am stabbid with laughter! Where's Koth. But, in this changing, what is your intent? her grace?
Prin. The effect of my intent is to cross theirs : Prin. Thy news, Boyet ?
They do it but in mocking merriment; Boyet.
Prepare, madam, prepare !- And mock for mock is only my intent. Arm, wenches, arm! encounters mounted are Their several counsels they unbosom shall
To loves mistook; and so be inock'd withal,
Upon the next occasion that we meet, I She advises Katharine to beware of drawing like. nesses, lest she should retaliate.
which Warburton has given an ingenious but unfounded ? Theobald is scandalized at this language from a explanation. princess. But Dr. Farmer observes there need no alarm 6 Johnson remarks that these are observations wor
the small.por only is alluded to ; with which it seems thy of a man who has surveyed human nature with the Katharine was pirted; or as it is quaintly expressed closest attention.' “her face was full of O's." Davison has a canzonet 7 Via. See p. 83.
8 Spleen ridiculous is a ridiculous fit of laughter. writes to his sister, " At iny return from Kent, i found The spleen was anciently supposed to be the cause of Pegge had the pure.”' Such a plaque was the small. laughter. por formerly, that its name might will be used as an 9 In the first year of K. Henry Vin. at a banquet made imprecation.
for the foreign ambassadors in the
parliament chamber vants; meaning, 'I wish I knew that he was in love with Shire and the Lorde Fitzwater, in two long gownes of me, or my servant,' as the phrase is.
yellow satin traversed with white satin, and in every 4 The meaning of this obscure line seems to be, -1 bend or white was a bend of crimosen satin after the would make him proud to flatter mo, who make
a mock fashion of Russia or Ruslande, with furred hattes of grey of his flattery.
• The old copies read pertaunt.like. The modern handes, and bootes with pykes turned up Hall, Henry editions read with Sir T. Hanmer, portentlike; of (VIII. p. 6.
With visages display'd, to talk and greet. Vouchsafe to show the sunshine of your face,
Ros. But shall we dance, if they desire us to't ? That we, like savages, may worship it.
Ros. O vain petitioner ! beg a greater matter ; And quite divorce his memory from his part. Thou now request'st but moonshine in the water.
Prín. Therefore I do it: and, I make no doubt, King. Then in our measure vouchsafe but one The rest will ne'er come in, if he be out.
change; There's no such sport, as sport by sport o'erthrown; Thou bid'st me beg; this begging is not strange. To make theirs ours, and ours none but our own : Ros. Play, music, then : nay, you must do it So shall we stay, mocking intended game;
(Music plays. And thev, well mock'd, depart away with shame. Not yet :-no dance:--thus change I like the moon.
[Trumpets sound within. King. Will you not dance ? How come you thus Boyet. The trumpet sounds ; be mask'd, the estrang'd ? maskers come. (The Ladies mask. Ros. You took the moon at full; but now she's
chang'd. Enter the King, BIRON, LONGAVILLE, and Du
King. Yet still she is the moon, and I the man. Main, in Russian habits, and masked; Moth, The music plays ; vouchsafe some motion to it. Musicians, and Attendants.
Ros, Our ears vouchsafe it. Moth. Al hail, the richest beauties on the earth!
But your legs should do it. Boyet. Beauties no richer than rich taffata."
Ros. Since you are strangers and come here by Moth. A holy parcel of the fairest dames,
chance, The ladies turn their backs to him. We'll not be nice : take hands ;-We will not dance. That ever turn'd their-backs—to mortal views ! King. Why take we hands, then ? Biron. Their eyes, villain, their eyes.
Only to part friends :Moth. That ever turn'd their eyes to mortal views ! Court'sy, sweet hearts; and so the measure ends. Out
King. More measure of this measure ; be not nice. Boyet. True ; out, indeed.
Ros. We can afford no more at such a price. Moth. Out of your favours heavenly spirits, vouch
King. Prize you yourselves; What buys your safe
company ? Not to behold
Ros. Your absence only. Biron. Once to behold, rogue.
That can never be. Moth. Once to behold with your sun-beamed
Ros. Then cannot we be bought: and so adieu ;
eyes. with your sun-beamed eyes
Twice to your visor, and half once to you! Boyet. They will not answer to that epithet;
King. If you deny to dance, let's hold more chat. You were best call it daughter-beamed eyes.
Ros. In private then. Moth. They do not mark me, and that brings
I am best pleas'd with that.
(They converse apart. Biron. Is this your perfectness? begone, you
Biron. White-handed mistress, one sweet word
with thee. rogue. Ros. What would these strangers ? know their
Prin. Honey, and milk, and sugar; there is three. minds, Boyet:
Biron. Nay then, two treys (an if you grow so If they do speak our language, 'tis our will
nice,) Thai some plain man recount their purposes :
Metheglin, wort, and malmsey ;-Well run, dice ! Know what they would.
There's half a dozen sweets.
Prin. Boyet. What would you with the princess ?
Seventh sweet, adieu ! Biron. Nothing but peace and gentle visitation.
Since you can cog, 4 I'll play no more with you. Ros. What would they, say they ?
Biron. One word in secret.
Prin. Boyet. Nothing but peace and gentle visitation.
Let it not be sweet. Ros. Why, that they have ; and bid them so
Biron. Thou griev'st my gall.
Therefore meet. Beyel. She says, you have it, and you may be
(They converse apart. gone. King. Say to her we have measur'd many miles,
Dum. Will you vouchsafe with me to change a To tread a measure with her on this grass.
word ? Boyet. They say that they have measur'd many
Mar. Name it.
Dim. a mile,
Fair lady,To tread a measure? with you on this grass.
Say you so ? Fair lord, Ros. It is not so: ask them how
Take that for your fair lady. Is in one mile: if they have measur'd many,
Please it you, The measure then of one is easily told.
As much in private, and I'll bid adieu. Boyet. If,to come hither you have measur'd miles,
[They converse apart. And many miles, the princess bids you tell,
Kath. What, was your visor made without a How many inches do fill up one inile.
tongue ? Biron. Tell her we measure them by weary steps.
Long. I know the reason, lady, why you ask. Boyet. She hears herself.
Kath, O, for your reason! quickly, sir; I long. How many weary steps,
Long. You have a double tongue within your mask, Of many weary miles you have o'ergone,
And would afford my speechless visor half
. are number'd in the travel of one mile?
Kath. Veal,' quoth the Dutchman ;-Is not veal Biron. We number nothing that we spend for you;
a calf? Our duty is so rich, so infinite,
Long. A calf, fair lady ? That we may do it still without accompt.
No, a fair lord calf.
Long. Let's part the word. 1 le, the tassata masks they wore.
? A grave solemn dance, with slow and measured he liked her ladies ?--'It is hard,' said he, to judge of steps, like the minuet. As it was of so solemn a nature, stars in the presence of the sun.' I was performed at public entertainments in the Inns of 4 To cog is to lie or cheat. Hence, to cog the dice. Court; and it was not unusual, nor thought inconsistent, 5 The same joke occurs in ‘Dr. Dodypoll. Doct. for the first characters in the law to bear a part in tread: Hans, my very speciall friend : fait and irot me be right og a measure. Sir Christopher Hatton was famous for it. glad for see you veale. Hans. Whal, do you make a 3 When Queen Elizabeth asked an ambassador how I calfe of me, M. Doctor ?"