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To the best bride-bed will we,
Which by us shall blessed be;
And the issue there create,
Ever shall be fortunate. And the wolf behow is the moon;
So shall all the couples three Whilst the heavy ploughinan snores,
Ever true in loving be: All with weary task fordone.
And the blots of nature's hand Now the wasted brands do glow,
Shall not in their issue stand; Whilst the scritch-owl, scritching loud,
Never mole, hare-lip, nur scar, Puts the wretch that lies in wo,
Nor mark prodigious, such as are In remembrance of a shroud."
Despised in nativity, Now it is the time of night,
Shall upon their children be. That the graves all gaping wide,
With this field-dew consecrate, Every one lets forth his sprite,
Every fairy take his gate ; In the church-way paths to glide:
And each several chamber bless, And we fairies, that do run,
Through this palace with sweet peace: By the triple Hecat's team,
E'er shall it in safety rest, From the presence of the sun,
And the owner of it blest. Following darkness like a dream,
Trip away ; Now are frolick: not mouse
Make no stay ; Shall disturb this hallow'd house:
Meet me all by break of day. I am sent with broom, before,
(Exeunt Oberon, Titania, and Train To sweep the dust behind the door.
Puck. If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, (and all is mended) Enter Oberon and Titania, with their Train.
That you hare but slumber'd here, Obe. Through this house give gliminering light, While these rivions did appear. By the dead and drowsy fire :
And this weak and idle theine, Every elf, and fairy sprite,
No more yiclding but a dream, Hop as light as bird from brier;
Gentles, do not reprehend; And this ditty after me,
If you pardon, we will mend. Sing and dance it trippingly.
And, 18 I'm an honest Puck, Tita. First, rehearse this song by rote:
If we have unearned luck To each word a warbling note,
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue, Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
We will make amends, ere long : Will we sing, and bless this place.
Else the Puck a liar call.
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends, Obe. Now, until the break of day,
And Robin shall restore amends. Through this house each fairy stray.
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST.
PERSONS REPRESENTED. FERDINAND, King of Navarre.
COSTARD, a Clown. BIRON,
Lords, attending on the LONGAVILLE,
MOTH, Page to Armado.
Princess of France.
Ladies, attending on the DON ADRIANO DE ARMADO, a fantastical KATHA'RINE,
JAQUENETTA, a country Wench.
Officers and others, attendants on the King DULL, a Constable.
and Princess SCENE-Navarre.
Our court shall be a little Academe, SCENE I Navarre. A Park with a Palace Still and contemplative in living art. in it.
You three, Biron, Dumain, and Longa ville,
Have sworn for three years' term to live with me, Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain. My fellow-scholars, and to keep those statutes, King. Let fame, that all hunt after in their That are recorded in this schedule here: lives,
Your oaths are past, and now subscribe your Live register'd upon our brazen tombs,
names; And then grace us in the disgrace of death; That his own hand may strike his honour down, When, spite of cormorant devouring time, That violates the smallest branch herein: The endeavour of this present breath may buy If you are arm'd to do, as sworn to do, That honour, which shall bate his scythe's
keen Subscribe to your deep oath, and keep it too. edge,
Long. I am resolv'd : 'tis but a three years' And make us heirs of all eternity,
fast; Therefore, brave conquerors !---for so you are, The mind shall banquet, though the body pine : That war against your own affections,
Fat paunches have lean pates; and dainty bits And the huge army of the world's desires, Make rich the ribs, but bank'rout quite the wits. Our late edict shall strongly stand in force: Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortified ; Navarre shall be the wonder of the world ; I The grosser manner of these world's delights
He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves; | Long. He weeds he corn, and still lets grow To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die;
the weeding: With all these living in philosophy:
Biron. The spring is near, when green geese Biron. I can but say their protestation over, are a breeding. So much, dear liege, I have already sworn, Dum. How follows that ? That is, to live and study here three years. Biron.
Fit in his place and time. But there are other strict observances :
Dum. In reason nothing. As, not to see a woman in that term;
Something then in rhyme. Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there : Long. Biron is like an envious sneaping frost, And, one day in a week to touch no food; That bites the first-born infants of the spring. And but one meal on every day beside;
Biron. Well, say I am; why should proud The which, I hope, is not enrolled there :
summer boast, And then, to sleep but three hours in the night, Before the birds have any cause to sing ? And not be seen to wink of all the day; Why should I joy in an abortive birth ? (When I was wont to think no harm all night, At Christmas I no more desire a rose and make a dark night too of half the day ;) Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows : Which, 1 hope well, is not enrolled there : But like of each thing that in season grows. 0, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep; So you, to study now it is too late, Not to see ladies-study-fast-not sleep. Climb o'er the house to unlock the little gate. King: Your oath is pass'd to pass away from King. Well, sit you out: go home, Biron; these.
adieu! Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an if you Biron. No, my good lord; I have sworn to please;
stay with you: I only swore, to study with your grace, And, though I have for barbarism spoke more And stay here in your court for three years' Than for that angel knowledge you can say, space.
Yet confident I'll keep what I have swore, Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the And bide the penance of each three years' rest.
day. Biron. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in Give me the paper, let me read the same : jest. —
And to the strict'st decrees I'll write my name. What is the end of study ? let me know. King. How well this yielding rescues ihee from King. Why, that to know, which else we should shame! not know.
Biron. (Reads.] Item, That no woman shall Biron. Things hid and barr'd, you mean, from come within a mile of my court.-Hath this common sense?
been proclaim'd? King. Ay, that is study's godlike recompense. Long. Four days ago. Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study so, Biron. Let's see the penalty: [Reads, on To know the thing I am forbid to know: pain of losing her tongue.- Who devis'd this As thus,To study where I well may dine,
penalty? When I to feast expressly am forbid; Long. Marry, that did I. Or, study where to meet some mistress fine, Biron. Sweet lord, and why?
When mistresses from common sense are hid: Long. To fright them hence with that dread Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath,
penalty. Study to break it, and not break my troth. Biron. A dangerous law against gentility. If study's gain be thns, and this be so.
[Reads.] Itein, If any man be seen to talk Study knows that, which yet it doth not know: with a woman within the term of three years, Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say no. he shall endure such public shame as the rest King. These be the stops that hinder study of the court can possibly devise. quite,
This article, my liege, yourself must break; And train our intellects to vain delight.
For, well you know, here comes in embassy Biron. Why, all delights are vain; but that The French King's daughter, with yourself to most vain,
speak,Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain : A maid of grace, and complete majesty,As, painfully to pore upon a book,
About surrender up of Aquitain To seek the light of truth: while truth the To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father: while
Therefore this article is made in vain, Doth falsely blind the eyesight of his look: Or vainly comes the admired princess hither. Light, seeking light, doch light of light be- King. What say you, lords ? why, this was guile:
quite forgot. So, ere you find where light in darkness lies, Biron. So study evermore is overshot; Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes. While it doth study to have what it would, Study me how to please the eye indeed, It doth forget to do the thing it should : By fixing it upon a fairer eye;
And when it hath the thing it hunteth most, Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed, 'Tis won, as towns with fire; 50 won, so lost.
And give him light that was it blinded by: King: We must, of force, dispense with this Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,
decree; That will not be deep-search'd with saucy she must lie here on mere necessity; looks;
Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn Small have continual plodders ever won,
Three thousand times within these three years' Save base authority from others' books.
space; These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights, For every man with his affects is born: That give a name to every fixed star,
Not by might master'd, but by special grace; Have no more profit of their shining nights, If I break faith, this word shall speak for me Than those that walk, and wot not what they I am forsworn on mere necessity
So to the laws at large I write my name : Too much to know, is, to know nought but
[Subscribes. fame :
And he, that breaks them in the least degree, And every godfather can give a name.
Stands in attainder of eternal shame : King. How well he's read, to reason against Suggestions are to others, as to me; reading!
But I believe, although I seem so loath, Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good pro- I am the last that will last keep his oath, ceeding!
But, is there no quick recreation granted ?
King: Ay, that there is: our court, you know, birds best peck, and men sit down to that nou. is haunted
rishment which is called supper. So much for With a refined traveller of Spain;
the time when : Nov for the ground which; A man in all the world's new fashion planted, which, I mean, I walked upon : it is ycleped thy
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain : park. Then for the place where; where mean, One, whom the musick of his own vain tongue I did encounter that obscene and most prepos
Dóth ravish, like enchanting harmony; terous event, that draweth from my snow-white A man of compliments, whom right and wrong pen the ebon-coloured ink, which here thou
Have chose as umpire of their mutiny: viewesi, beholdest, surveyest, or seest : But
For interim to our studies, shall relate, east and by east from the west corner of thy
King.--that unlettered small-knowing soul,
Cost. Still me.
King.--which as I remember, hight Costard,
King. --sorted and consorted, contrary to thy
am his grace's tharborough: but I would see King: --with a child of our grandmother Eve, his own person in flesh and blood.
a female ; or, for thy more sweet understand Biron. This is he.
ing, a woman. Him I (as my ever-esteemed Dull. Signior Arme-Arme-commends you. duty pricks me on) have sent to thee, to receive There's villany abroad; this letter will tell you the meed of punishment, by thy sweet grace's more.
officer, Aniony Dull; a man of good repute,
Dull Me, an't shall please you; I am Antony
sel called, which I apprehended with the aforeLong. A high hope for a low having: God said swain,) I keep her as a vessel of thy law's grant us patience!
fury; and shall, at the least of thy sweet noBiron. To hear? or forbear hearing? | tice, bring her to trial. Thine, in all compliLong. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh moments of devoted and heart-burning, heat of derately; or to forbear both.
DON ADRIANO DE ARMADO. Biron. 'Well, sir, be it as the style shall give Biron. This is not so well as I looked for, but us cause to climb in the merriness.
the best that ever I heard. Cost. The matter is to me, sir, as concerning King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrah, Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken what say you to this ? with the manner.
Cost. Sir, I confess the wench. Biron. In what manner?
King. Did you hear the proclamation ? Cost. In manner and form following, sir; all
Cost. I do confess much of the hearing it, but those three: I was seen with her in the manor little of the marking of it. house, sitting with her upon the form, and taken King. It was proclaimed a year's imprison following her into the park; which, put toge- ment, to be taken with a wench. ther, is, in manner and form following. Now, Cost. I was taken with none, sir; I was taken sir, for the manner,-it is the manner of a man with a damosel. to speak to a woman :-for the form,-in some King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel. form.
Cost. This was no damosel neither, sir ; she Biron. For the following, sir ?
was a virgin. Cost. As it shall follow in my correction ; And King. It is so varied too; for it was proclaimed, God defend the right!
virgin. King. Will you hear this letter with attention ? Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity: I was Biron. As we would hear an oracle.
taken with a maid. Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken King. This maid will not serve your turn, sir. after the flesh.
Cosi. This maid will serve my turn, sir. King. [Reads.) Great deputy, the welkin's King. Sir, I will pronounce your sentence ; vicegerent, and sole dominator of Navarre, You shall fast a week with bran and water. my soul's earth's God, and body's fostering Cost. I had rather pray a month with mutton patron,
and porridge. Cost. Not a word of Costard yet.
King. And Don Armado shall be your keeper. King. So it is,
-My lord Biron, see him deliver'd 'o'er.it Cost. It may be so: but if he say it is so, he And go we, lords, to put in practice that is, in telling true, but so, 80.
Which each to other hath so strongly sworn. King. Peace.
[Ereunt King, Longaville, and Dumain. Cost. -be to me, and every man that dares Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's has, not fight!
These oaths and laws will prove an idle King. No words. Cost. -of other men's secrets, I beseech you. Sirrah, come on. King. So it is, besieged with sable-coloured Cost.' 1 suffer for the truth, sir; for true it is, melancholy, I did commend the black-oppress. I was taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenette ing humour to the most wholesome physick of is a true girl; and therefore, Welcome the sou thy health-giving air; and, as I am a gentle cup of prosperity! Affliction may one day smile man, betook myself to walk. The time when ? again, and till then, Sit thee down, sorrow ! About the sixth hour; when beasts most graze,
SCENE IL Another part of the same.
Arm. O well-knit Samson! strong jointed
Samson ! I do excel thee in my rapier, as much Armado's House.
as thou didst me in carrying gates. I am in love
too,-Who was Samsou's love, my dear Moth ? Enter Armado and Moth.
Moth. A woman, master. Arm. Boy, what sign is it, when a man of Arm. Of what complexion ? great spirit grows melancholy ?
Moth. Of all the four, or the three, or the two; Moth. A great sign, sir, that he will look sad. or one of the four. Arm. Why sadness is one and the self-samg Arm. Tell me precisely of what complexion ? thing, dear imp.
Moth. Of the sea-water green, sir. Moth. No, no; o lord, sir, no.
Arm. Is that one of the four complexions ? Arm. How canst thou part sadness and melan-. Moth. As I have read, sir; and the best of choly, my tender juvenal ?
them too. Moth. By a familiar demonstration of the Arm. Green, indeed, is the colour of lovers : working, my tough senior:
but to have a love of that colour, methinks, Arm. Whý tough senior? why tough senior? Samson had small reason for it. "He, surely, Moth. Why tender juvenal ? why tender juve affected her for her wit.
Moth. It was so, sir; for she had a green wit. Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congru-Arm. My love is most immaculate white and ent epitheton, appertaining to thy young days, red. which we may nominate tender.
Moth. Most maculate thoughts, master, are Moth. And I, tough senior, as an appertinent masked under such colours. title to your old time, which we may name tough. Arm. Define, define, well-educated infant. Arm. Pretty, and apt.
Moth. My father's wit, and my mother's Moth. How mean you, sir? I pretty, and my tongue, assist me! saying apt? or I apt, and my saying pretty ?
Arm Sweet invocation of a child; most Arm. Thou pretty, because little.
pretty, and pathetical ! Moth. Little pretiy, because little: Wherefore Moth. If she be made of white and red,
Her faults will ne'er be known; Arm. And therefore apt, because quick.
For blushing cheeks by faults are bred, Moth. Spenk you this in my praise, master ?
And fears by pale-white shown: Arm. In thy condign praise.
Then, if she fear, or be to blame, Moth. I will praise an eel with the same praise.
By this you shall not know ; Arm. What? that an eel is ingenious ?
For still her cheeks possess the same, Moth That an eel is quick.
Which native she doth owe. Arm. I do say, thou art quick in answers; A dangerous rhyme, master, against the reason Thou heatest my blood.
of white and red. Moth. I am answered, sir.
Arm. Is there not a ballad, boy, of the King Arm. I love not to be crossed.
and the Beggar? Moth. He speaks the mere contrary, crosses
Moth. The world was very guilty of such a love not him.
(Aside. ballad some three ages since but, I think, now Arm. I have promised to study three years 'tis not to be found ; or, if it were, it would with the duke
neither serve for the writing, nor the tune. Moth. You may do it in an hour, sir.
Arm. I will have the subject newly writ o'er, Arm Impossible.
that I may example my digression by some Moth. How muy is one thrice told ? mighty precedent: "Boy, I do love that country Arm. I am ill al reckoning, it fitteth the spirit girl, that I took in the park with the rational of a tapster
hind Costard : she deserves well. Moth. You are a gentleman, and a gamester,
Moth. To be whipped ; and yet a better love sir.
than my master.
[Aside. Arm. I confess both; they are both the varnish Arm. Sing, boy: my spirit grows heavy in love. of a complete man.
Moth. And that's great marvel, loving a light Moth. Then, I am sure, you know how much wench. the gross sum of deuce-ace amounts to.
Arm. I say, sing:
Enter Dull, Costard, and Jaquenetta. Arm. True. Moth. Why, sir, is this such a piece of study ? Dull. Sir, the duke's pleasure is, that you keep Now here is three studied, ere you'll thrice Costard safe: and you must let him take no wink: and how easy it is to put years to the delight, nor no penance; but a must fast three word three, and study three years in two words, days a week : For this damsel, I must keep her the dancing horse will tell you.
at the park; she is allowed for the day-woman. Arm. A most fine figure !
Fare you well. Moth. To prove you a cipher. [Aside. Arm. I do betray myself with blushing.-Maid. Arm. I will hereupon confess, I am in love ;| Jar. Man. aod, as it is base for a soldier to love, so am i Arm. I will visit thee at the lodge. in love with a base wench. If drawing my Jay. That's hereby. sword against the humour of affection would Arm. I know where it is situate. deliver me from the reprobate thought of it, 1 Jaq. Lord, how wise you are ! would take desire prisoner, and ransom him to Arm. I will tell thee wonders. aby French courtier for a new devised courtesy. Jaq. With that face? I think scorn to sigh; methinks, I should out- Arm. I love thee. stear Cupid. Comfort me, boy What great Jaq. So I heard you say, men have been in love?
Arm. And so farewell. Moth. Hercules, master.
Jaq. Fair weather after you ! Arm. Most sweet Hercules |- More authority, Dull. Come, Jaquenetta, away. dear boy, name more ; and, sweet my child, let
Exeunt Dull and Jaquencttn. them be men of good repute and carriage. Arm. Villain, thou shalt fast for thy offences,
Moth. Samson, master : he was a man of good ere thou be pardoned. earriage, great carriage! for he carried the Cost. Well, sir, I hope, when I do it, I shall town-gates on his back, like a porter : and he do it on a full stomach. was in love.
Arn. Thou shalt be heavily punished.
Cost. I am more bound to you, than your fel, Boyet. Proud of employment, willingly I go. lows, for they are but lightly rewarded.
[Erit. Arm. Take away this villain; shut him up.
Prin. All pride is willing pride, and yours is so, Moth. Come, you transgressing slave; away. Who are the votaries, my loving lords,
Cost. Let me not be pent up, sir; I will fast, That are vow-fellows with this virtuous duke? being loose.
1 Lord. Longaville is one. Moth. No, sir; that were fast and loose: thou Prin.
Know you the man? shalt to prison.
Mar. I know him, madam; at a marriage feast,
In Normandy, saw 1 this Longaville :
[Exeunt Moth and Costard. Is a sharp wit match'd with too blunt a will; Arm. I do affect the very ground, which is Whose edge hath power to cut, whose will still base, where her shoe, which is baser, guided
wills by her foot, which is basest, doth tread. i shall It should none spare that come within his power. be forsworn (which is a great argument of false.
Prin. Some merry mocking lord, belike; is't so ? hood,) if I love: And how can that be true love, Mar. They say so most, that most his humours which is falsely attempted ? Love is a familiar
know. love is a devil : there is no evil angel but love. Prin. Such short-liv'd wits do wither as they Yet Sanison was so tempted: and he had an ex grow, cellent strength : yet was Solomon so seduced: Who are the rest ? and he had a very good wit. Cupid's butt-shaft Kath. The young Dumain, a well-accomplish'd is too hard for Hercules' club, and therefore too
youth, much odds for a Spaniard's rapier. The first of all that virtue love for virtue lov'd; and second cause will not serve my turn; the Most power to do most harm, least knowing ill passado he respects not, the duello he regards For he hath wit to make an ill shape good, not: his disgrace is to be called boy ; but his And shape to win grace though he had no wit glory is to subdue men. Adieu, valour! rust, I saw him at the duke Alencon's once; rapier! be still, drum! for your manager is in And much too little of that good I saw, love ; yea, he loveth. Assist me, some extem-is my report, to his great worthiness. poral god of rhyme, for I am sure, I shall
turn Ros. Another of these students at that time sonneteer. Devise, wit ; write, pen; for I am Was there with him: if I have heard a truth, for whole volumes in folio.
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; SCENE I. Another part of the same. A Pa- For every object that the one doth catch,
vilion and Tenis at a distance. The other turns to a mirth-moving jest; Enter the Princess of France, Rosaline, Maria, Delivers in such apt and gracious words,
Which his fair tongue (conceit's expositor) Katharine, Boyet, Lords, and other Atten
That aged ears play truant at his tales, dants.
And younger hearings are quite ravished: Boyet. Now, madam, summon up your dearest So sweet and voluble is his discourse. spirits ;
Prin. God bless my ladies ; are they all in love;
Now, what admittance, lord ? Than Aquitain; a dowry for a queen.
Boyet. Navarre had notice of your fair apBe now as prodigal of all dear grace,
proach; As nature was in making graces dear,
And he, and his competitors in oath,
Before I came. Marry, thus much I have learnt,
(Like one that comes here to besiege his court)
King. You shall be welcome, madam, to my
court. Bold of your worthiness, we single you
Prin. I will be welcome, then; conduct me As our best-moving fair solicitor :