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LOVE'S LABOUR’S LOST.
FERDINAND, King of Navarre. COSTARD, a Clown.
MOTH, Page to Armado.
ords, attending DUMAIN, I
on the King. BOYET, Lords, attending on | PRINCESS OF FRANCE. MERCADE. the Princess of ROSALINE, Ladies, attending France.
MARIA, DON ADRIANO DE ARMADO, a
KATHARINE. I on the Princess. fantastical Spaniard.
JAQUENETTA, a Country Wench. SIR NATHANIEL, a Curate. HOLOFERNES, a Schoolmaster. OFFICERS and Others, ATTENDANTS DULL, a Constable.
on the KING and PRINCESS.
DO, a KATUA
Enter the KING, BIRON, LONGAVILLE, and DUMAIN.
Your oaths are pass'd, and now subscribe your names;
Long. I am resolved : 'tis but a three years' fast;
Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortified;
Biron. I can but say their protestation over,
King. Your oath is pass'd to pass away from these
Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an if you please;
Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest.
Biron. By yea and nay, Sir, then I swore in jest. What is the end of study ? let me know.
King. Why, that to know, which else we should not know.
Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study so
When I to feast expressly am forbid;
When mistresses from common sense are hid:
* 1.e. the king, Biron, &c.
King. These be the stops that hinder study quite,
Biron. Why, all delights are vain ; but that most vain,
To seek the light of truth; while truth the while
Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile :
By fixing it upon a fairer eye;
And give him light that was it blinded by.
That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks; Small have continual plodders ever won,
Save base authority from others' books.
That give a name to every fixed star,
Than those that walk, and wot not what they are,
King. How well he's read, to reason against reading!
Long. Biron is like an envious sneapingt frost,
Biron. Well, say I am; why should proud summer boast,
King. Well, sit you out :// go home, Biron; adieu !
Biron. No, my good lord; I have sworn to stay with you: And, though I have for barbarism spoke more,
Than for that angel knowledge you can say,
And bide the penance of each three years' day,
† Direction, aim. Nipping. Games, sports. | A term of the card -table : give up your place.
. Biron. [Reads.] Item, That no woman shall come within a mile of my court.And hath this been proclaim'd ?
Long. Four days ago.
Biron. Let's see the penalty. [Reads]-On pain of losing her tongue. Who devised this ?
Long. Marry, that did I. Biron. Sweet lord, and why ? Long. To fright them hence with that dread penalty. Biron. A dangerous law against gentility.* [Reads.] Item, If any man be seen to talk with a woman within the term of three years, he shall endure such public shame as the rest of the court can possibly devise. This article, my liege, yourself must break;
For, well you know, here comes in embassy
A maid of grace, and complete majesty, -
To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father:
Biron. So study evermore is overshot;
King. We must, of force, dispense with this decree;
Three thousand times within this three years' space:
Not by might master'd, but by special grace:
[Subscribes And he that breaks theni in the least degree, Stands in attainder of eternal shame:
Suggestions are to others, as to me;
With a refined traveller of Spain;.
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain:
Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony;
This child of fancy* that Armado hight,t
For interim to our studies, shall relate,
From tawny Spain lost in the world's debate.
Biron. Armado is a most illustrious wight,
Long. Costard the swain, and he, shall be our sport;
Enter DULL, with a letter, and COSTARD.
Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for I am his grace's tharborough :|| but I would see his own person in flesh and blood.
Biron. This is he.
Dull. Signior Arme-Arme-commends you. There's villany abroad; this letter will tell you more.
Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching me.
Biron. How low soever the matter, I hope in God for high words.
Long. A high hope for a low having: God grant us patience ! Biron. To hear ? or forbear hearing ?
Long. To hear meekly, Sir, and to laugh moderately; or to forbear both.
Biron. Well, Sir, be it as the style shall give us cause to climb to the merriness.
Cost. The matter is to me, Sir, as concerning Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken with the manner. T
Biron. In what manner?
Cost. In manner and form following, Sir; all those thres: I was seen with her in the manor-house, sitting with her upon the form, and taken following her into the park; which, put together, is, in manner and form following. Now, Sir, for the manner, it is the manner of a man to speak to a woman: for the form,in some form. .
Biron. For the following, Sir?
Cost. As it shall follow in my correction: And God defend the right.
King. Will you hear this letter with attention ?
King. [Reads.] “ Great deputy, the welkin's vicegerent, and sole dominator of Navarre, my soul's earth's God, and body's fostering patron,Cost. Not a word of Costard yet. * I. e. fanciful invention.
+ Is called. As my minstrel, or story-teller.
$ Bran new. | I.e. Third-borough, a peace-officer.
In the fact.