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He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves: Long: He weeds the 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? TŁat 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 sneuping 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, suy I am; why should proud T'he 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 Ànd inake a dark night too of half the day ;) Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows Which, I 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 luree years' Than for that angel knowledge you can say, space.

Yet confident l'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 l'll write my name. What is the end of study ? let me know. King. How well this yielding rescues thee 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. [Reada. 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 thus, and this be so.

[Reads.] Item, 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 onr 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 io 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, doth 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, Sundy 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; so 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 anthority 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; readiug!

But I believe, although I seem so loath, Drum. 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 : Now for the ground which / A man in all the world's new fashion planted, which, I mean, I walked upon : it is ydleped thy

That hath a nint of phrases in his brain : park. Then for the place where; where I mean, One, whom the musick of his own vain tongue I did encounter thai obscene and most prepos

Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony; terous event, that draweth from my snow-white A man of compliments, whom right and wrong ren the ebon-coloured ink, which here thou

Have chose as umpire of their mutiny: viewest, beholdest, surveyest, or seest : But This child of fancy, that Armado hight, to the place, where,- It standeth north-north

For interim to our studies, shall relate, east and by east from the west corner of thy
In high-born words, the worth of many a knight curious-knotted garden : There did I see that

From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate. low-spirited swain, that base minnow of thy
How you delight, my lords, I know not, 1; mirth,
Bat, protest, I love to hear him lie,

Cost. Me.
And I will use him for my minstrelsy.

King--that unlettered small-knowing soul, Biron. Armado is a most illustrious wight, Cost. Me. A man of fire-new words, fashion's own knight. King.--that shallow vassal, Long. Costard the swain, and he, shall be our Cost. Still me. sport;

King. -- which as I remember; hight Costard, And, so to study, three years is but short. Cost. O me!

King.-sorted and consorted, contrary to thy Enter Dull, with a Letter, and Costard.

established proclaimed edict and continent Dull. Which is the duke's own person ? canon, with-with-with--but with this 1 Riron. This, fellow ; What would'st ? passion to say wherewith, Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for

Cost. With a wench. I am his grace's tharborough: but I would see King --with a child of our grandmother Evo, his own person in flesh and blood.

a female ; or, for thy more sweet understand Biron. This is he.

ing, a woman. Him I (ds 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, Antony Dull; a 'man of good repute, Cosi. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touch- carriage, bearing, and estimation. ing me.

Dull. Me, an't shall please you; I am Antony King. A letter from the magnificent Armado. Dull. Biron. How low so ever the matter, I hope in King: For Jaquenetta, (80 is the weaker desGod for high words.

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 noe Biron. To hear ? or forbear hearing ? lice, bring her to trial. Thine, in all compli. Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh moments of devoted and heart-burning heat of derately; or to forbear both.

duty, 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 ot' it is, I was taken what say you to this ? with the manner.

Cost. Sir, I confess the wench. Biron. lo what manner?

King. Did you hear the proclamation ? Cost. In manner and form following, sir; all Cosi. 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 taker 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 proclaimel, 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.

Cost. 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. 1 had rather pray a month with multon patron,

and porridge. Cost. Not a word of Costard yet.

King. And Don Armado shall be your keeper. King. So it is,

-My lord Biroti, see him deliver'd o'er.-. 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.

[Eceunt King, Longaville, and Dumain. Cost. -be to me, and every man that dares Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's lat, not fight!

These oaths and laws will prove an idle King. No words. Cosi. -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 ! was taken with Jaquenetia, and Jaquenette ing humour to the most wholesome physick of is a true girl ; and therefore, Welcome the sour 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 II. 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 Samson'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-samo 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. Why 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. nal?

Moth. It was 80, sir ; for she had a green wit. Arm. I spoke it, lendler 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 1: tough senior, as an appertinent masked under such colours. title to your old time, which we may name tough. Arm. Define, detine, well-educated infant. Arm. Pretty, and apt.

Moth. My father's wil, and my inother's Moth. How mean you, sir? I pretty, and my tongue, assist me! saying apt? or I api, and my saying pretty?

Arm.' Sweet invocation of a child ; most Arm. Thou pretty, because lille.

pretty, and pathetical! Moth. Little preuy, because liide: Wherefore Mih. If she be ina le of white and red,

Her finto will ne'er be known; Arm. And therefore apt, because quick.

For blushing cheeks by faults are bred, Moth. Speak you this in my praise, master ? And frars by pale-white shown: Arin. In thy condign praise.

Then, if she lear, or be to blame, Moth. I will praise an eel with the same praise.

By this yon 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 Thor healest 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 luve not him.

(Asidc. ballad sone 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 Inpossible.

that I may example my digression by some Moth, How many is one thrice told ? mighty precedent. Boy, I do love that country Arm. I am ill at 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 Muth. Then, I am sure, you know how much wench. the gross sum of deuce-ace amounts to.

Arm, I say, sing. drm. It doth amount to one more than two.

Moth. Forbear, till this company be past. Noth. Which the base vulgar do call three.

Enter Dull, Costard, and Jaquenetta. Arm. Trne. 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 Jay. Man. and, as it is base for a soldier to love, so am I Ari. I will visit thee at the lodge. in love with a base wench. JI drawing my Jan. That's hereby. sword against the humour of affection would Arm. I know where it is situate. reliver me from the reprobate thought of it, 1 Jaz. Lord, how wise you are ! would take desire prisoner, and ransom him to Arm. I will tell thoe wonders. soy French courtier for a new devised courtesy. Jaf. With that face? I think scorn to sigh ; methinks, I should out- Arm. I love thee. swear Cupid. Comfort me, boy : What great Jaq. So I beard you say. men have been in love ?

Arm. And so firewell. 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 Jaquenetta. then be men of good repnte and carriage. Arm. Villain, thou shalt fast for thy offences,

Moth. Samson, master : he was a man of good ere thou be pardoned. carriage, great carriage! for he carried the Cost. Well, sir, I hope, when I do it, I shall wowa-gates on his back, like a porter : and he do it on

a full stomach. was in love.

Arm. Thou shall be heavily punished.

Cost. I am more bound to you, than your fel-, Boyel. Proud of employment, willingly I go. lows, for they are but lighuy rewarded.

[Erit. Arm. Take away this v.llain; shut him up. Prin. All pride is willing pride, and yours is so, Moth. Come, you transgressing slave; a way. Who are the votaries, iny loving lords,

Cost. Let ine 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, Cosl. Well, if ever I do see the merry days of Between lord Perigort and the beauteous heir desolation that I have seen, some shall see- Of Jacques Falconbridge, solemnized Moth. What shall some see ?

In Normandy, saw I this Longaville : Cost. Nay, nothing, master Moth, but what A man of sovereign parts he is esteem'd; they look upon. It is not for prisoners to be Well fitted in the arts, glorious in arms: too silent in their words; and, therefore, I will Nothing becomes himn ill, that he would well. say nothing: I thank God, ! have little pa- The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss tience as another inan; and, therefore, I can be (If virtue's gloss will stain with any soil,) quiet.

[Ereunt 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 forsword (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 Samson was so tempted: and he had an ex- grow,

seduced cellent strength: yet was Solomon

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 100 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 be 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, soine extem- Is my report, to his great worthiness. poral god 'oi rhyme, for I am sure, I shall turn

Ros. Another of these students at that time sopneteer. 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 Tents 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; Consider who the king your father sends; That every one her own hath garnish'd To whom he sends, and what's his embassy : With such bedecking ornaments of praise ? Yourself, held precious in the world's esteem ; Mar. Here comes Boyet. To parley with the sole inheritor or all perfections that a man may owe,

Re-enter Boyet. Matchiess Navarre; the plea of no less weight Prin.

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, When she did starve the general world beside. Were all address'd to meet you, gentle lady, And prodigally gave them all to you.

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

(Like one that comes here to besiege his court,) Needs not the painted flourish of your praise ; T'han seek a dispensation for his oath, Beauty is bonght by judgment of the eye, To let you enter his unpcopled 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 connted wise

Enter King, Longa ville, Dumain, Biron, and In spending your wit in the praise of mine.

Attendants. 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 hath made a vow, Prin. Fair, 1 give you back again; and, welTill painful study shall out-wear three years, come I have not yet : the roof of this court is too No woman may approach his silent court: high to be yours; and welcome to the wild fields Therefore to us seemeth it a needful course, too base to be mine. Before we enter his forbidden gater,

King. You shall be welcome, madam, to my To know his pleasure ; and in that behalf, Bold of your worthiness, we single you

Prin. I will be welcome, then; conduct me As our best-moving fair solicitor:

thither. Tell him, the daughter of the king of France, King. Hear me, dear lady; I have sworn an On serious business, craving quick despatch,

oath. Importunes personal conference with his grace. Prin. Our lady help my lord ! he'll be forsworn. Haste, signify so much ; while we attend, King. Not for the world, fair inadam, by my Like humbly-visag'd suitors, his high will.



Prir. Why, will shall break it; will, and no- Mean time, receive such welcome at my hand, thing else.

As honvur, without breach of honour, may King. Your ladyship is ignorant what it is. Make tender of to thy true worthiness: Prin. Were my lord so, his ignorance were wise, You may not come, fair princess, in my gates ; Where now his knowledge must prove ignorance. But here without you shall be so receiv'd, I hear your grace hath sworn-out house-keeping : As you shall deem yourself lodg'd in my heart, 'Tis deadly sin to keep that oath, my lord, Though so denied fair harbour in my house. And sin to break it :

Your own good thoughts excuse me, and fareBut pardon me, I am too sudden-bold;

well; To teach a teacher ill beseemeth me.

To-morrow shall we visit you again. Vonchsafe to read the purpose of my coming, Prin. Sweet health and fair desires consort And suddenly resolve me in my suit.

your grace!

(Gives a Paper. King Thy own wish wish I thee in every place! King. Madam, I will, if suddenly I may.

(Ereunt King and his 1'rain. Prin. You will the sooner, that I were away; Biron. Lady, I will commend you to my own For you'll prove perjur'd, if you make me stay. heart. Biron. Did not' i dance with you in Brabant Ros. 'Pray you, do my commendations; I once ?

would be glad to see it. Ros. Did not I dance with you in Brabant Biron. I would, you heard it groan. once ?

Ros. Is the fool sick ? Biron. I know you did.

Biron. Sick at heart. Ros.

How needless was it then Ros. Alack, let it blood. To ask the question!

Biron. Would that do it good ? Biron.

You must not be so quick. Ros. My Physick says, I. Ros. 'Tis 'long of you that spur me with such Biron. Will you prick't with your eye? questions.

Ros. No point, with my knife. Biron. Your wit's too hot, it speeds too fast, Biron. Now, God save thy life! 'twill tire.

Ros. And yours from long living! Ros. Not till it leave the rider in the mire. Biron. I cannot stay thanksgiving [Retiring. Biron. What time o' day?

Dum. Sir, I pray you, a word: What lady is Ros. The hour that fools should ask.

that same ? Biron. Now fair befall your mask!

Boyet. The heir of Alencon, Rosaline her name. Ros. Fair fall the face it covers!

Dum. A gallant larly! Monsieur, fare you well. Biron. And send you many lovers!

(Erit. Ros. Amen, so you be none.

Long: I beseech you a word ; What is she in Biron. Nay, then will I be gone.

the white ? King. Madam, your father here doth intimate Boyet. A woman sometimes, an you saw her The payment of a hundred thousand crowns;

in the light. Being but the one half of an entire sum,

Long. Perchance, light in the light : 1 desire Disbursed by my father in his wars.

her name. But say, that he, or we (as neither have,) Boyet. She hath but one for herself; to desire Receiv'd that sum ; yet there remains unpaid

that were a shame. A hundred thousand more ; in surety of the Long. 'Pray yon, sir, whose daughter 1 which,

Boyet. Her mother's, I have heard.
One part of Aqiritain is bound to us,

Long. God's blessing on your beard !
Although not valued to the money's worth. Boyet. Good sir, be not offended;
Jf then the king y ur father will restore She is an heir of Falconbridge.
But that one half which is unsatisfied,

Long Nay, my choler is ended.
We will give ap our right in Aquitain,

She is a most sweet lady.
And hold fair friendship with his majesty. Boyet. Not unlike, sir; that may be.
But that, it seems, he little purposeth.

[Erit Long. For here he doth demand to have repaid

Biron. What's her name, in the cap ?
A hundred thousand crowns; and not demands, Boyet. Katharine, hy good hap.
On payment of a hundred thousand crowns, Biron. Is she wedded, or no ?
To have his title live in Aquitain;

Boyet. To her will, sir, or so.
Which we much rather had depart withal, Biron. You are welcome, sir; adieu !
And have the money by our father lent,

Boyet. Farewell to me, sir, and welcome to Than Aquitain so gelded as it is.

you. [Erit Biron.-Larlies unmask. Dear princess, were not his requests so far Mar. That last is Biron, the merry mad-cap From reason's yielding, your fair self should lord ; make

Not a word with him but a jest. A yielding 'gainst some reason, in my breast, Boyet.

And every jest but a word. And go well satisfied to France again.

Prin. It was well done of you to take him at Prin. You do the king my father too much his word. wrong,

Boyet. I was as willing to grapple, as he was And wrong the reputation of your name,

to board. In so unseeming to confess receipt

Mar. Two hot sheeps, marry! Of that which hath so faithfully been paid. Boyet.

And wherefore not ships ? King. I do protest, I never heard of it; No sheep, sweet lamb, unless we feed on your lips. And, if you prove it, i'll repay it back,

Mar. You sheep, and I pasture ; Shall that Or yield up Aquitain.

finish the jest ? Prin.

We arrest your word :- Boyet. So you grant pasture for me. Boyet, you can produce acquittances,

offering to kiss her. For such a sum, from special officers


Not so, gentle beast : Of Charles his father.

My lips are no common, though several they be. King. Satisfy me so.

Boyet. Belonging to whom ? Boyet. So please your grace, the packet is not Mar.

To my fortunes and me. come,

Prin. Good wits will be jangling; but, gentles, Where that and other specialties are bound;

agree: To morrow you shall have a sight of them. The civil war of wits were much better used King. It shall suffice me: at which interview, On Navarre and his book-men; for here 'tis All liberal reason I will yield unto.


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