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Catb. Not so, my lord, a twelve month and a day, I'll mark no words that smooth-fac'd wooers say. Come, when the King doth to my lady come; Then if I have much love, I'll give you some.

Dum. I'll serve thee true and faithfully till then.
Cath. Yet swear not, left you be forsworn again.
Long. What says Maria?
Maria. At the twelve month's end,
I'll change my black gown for a faithful friend.
Long. I'll itay with patience; but the time is long.
Mar. The liker you ; few taller young.

Biron. Studies my lady? mistress, look on me,
Behold the window of my heart, mine eye,
What humble Suit attends thy answer there ;
Impofc fome service on me for thy love.

Rof. Oft have I heard of you, my lord Biron,
Before I saw you; and the world's large tongue
Proclaims you for a man replete with mocks ;
Full of comparisons and wounding flouts ;
Which you on all estates will execute,
That lye within the mercy of your wit :
To weed this wormwood from your fruitful brain,
And therewithal to win me, if you please,
(Without the which I am not to be won ;)
You shall this twelve-month-term from day to day
Visit the speechless Sick, and still converse
With groaning wretches; and your task thall be,
With all the fierce endeavour of your wit,
T' enforce the pained Impotent to smile.

Biron. To move wild laughter in the throat of death!
It cannot be, it is impoflible:
Mirth cannot move a foul in agony:

Res. Why, that's the way to choak a gibing spirit Whose influence is begot of that loose grace, Which shallow laughing hearers give to fools : A jeft's profperity lies in the ear of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it: then, if fickly ears, Deaft with the clamours of their own dear groans, Will hear your idle scorns; continue then,

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And I will have you, and that fault withal :
But if they will not, throw away that spirit ;
And I shall find you empty of that fault,
Right joyful of your Reformation.
Biron. A twelve-month well ; befall, what will be

fall, T'll jeft a twelve-month in an Hospital. Prin. Ay, sweet my lord, and fo I take my leave.

[to the King King. No, Madam ; we will bring you on your way. Biron. Our wooing doth not end like an old Play : Jack hath not Jill; these ladies' courtefie Might well have made our sport a Comedy.

King. Come, Sir, it wants a twelve-month and a day, And then 'twill end.

Biron. That's too long for a Play.

Enter Armado.

Arm. Sweet Majesty, vouchsafe me
Prin. Was not that Hector ?
Dum. That worthy Knight of Troy.

Arm. I will kiss thy royal finger, and take leave. I am a Votary; I have vow'd to J aquenetta to hold the plough for her sweet love three years. But, most esteem'd Greatness, will you hear the dialogue that the two learned men have compiled, in praise of the owl and the cuckow ? it should have follow'd in the end of our Show.

King. Call them forth quickly, we will do so.
Arm. Holla! approach.

Enter all, for the Song.

This fide is Hiems, winter.
This Ver, the spring: the one maintain’d by the owl,
The other by the cuckow.
Ver, begin.

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The SON G.

SPRING. When daizies pied, and violets blue,

And lad mocks all filver white, And cuckow.buds of yellow hue,

Do paint the meadows with delight;
The cuckow then on every

Tree
Mocks married men; for thus fings bens
Cuckow !

Cuckow! cuckow ! O word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear!

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When shepherds pipe on oaten Araws,

And merry larks are ploughmens' clocks :
When turtles tread, and rooks and daws;

And maidens bleach their summer smocks 3;
The cuckow then on every tree
Mocks married, men; for thus fings beg.
Cuckow !

Cuckow ! cuckow ! O word of fear,
Unpleafing to a married ear /

WINTER.
When iicles hang by the wall,

And Dick the bepherd blows his nail;
And Tom bears logs into the ball

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And milk comes frozen home in pail;
When blood is nipt, and ways be foul,
Then nightly fings the flaring owl
Tu whit! to-whoo!

A merry note,
While greafie Jone doth keel the pot.

When all aloud the wind doth blow,

And coughing drowns the Parson's faw ; And birds fit brooding in the snow,

And Marian's nose looks red and raw ;.

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When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly fings the flaring owl
Tu-whit! to whoo!

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merry note,

While greafie Jone doth keel the pot. Arm. The words of Mercury Are harsh after the Songs of Apollo : You, that way; we, this way. [Exeunt omnes,

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