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Cost. Let me not be pent up, sir ; I will fast, being loose.

Moth. No, sir ; that were fast and loose : thou shalt to prison.

Cost. Well, if ever I do see the merry days of desolation that I have seen, some shall see

Moth. What shall some see ?

Cost. Nay, nothing, master Moth, but what they look upon. It is not for prisoners to be too silent in their words; and, therefore, I will say nothing : I thank God, I have as little patience as another man; and, therefore I can be quiet.

[Exe. Moth and Cost. Arm. I do affect the very ground, which is base, where her shoe, which is baser, guided by her foot, which is basest, doth tread. I shall be forsworn, (which is a great argument of falsehood,) if I love : And how can that be true love, which is falsely attempted ? Love is a familiar; love is a devil; there is no evil angel but love. Yet Samson was so tempted; and he had an excellent strength : yet was Solomon so seduced; and he had a very good wit. Cupid's butt-shaft? is too hard for Hercules'club, and therefore too much odds for a Spaniard's rapier. The first and second cause' will not serve my turn; the passado he respects not, the duello he regards not : his disgrace is to be called boy; but his glory is, to subdue men. Adieu, valour! rust, rapier! be still, drum! for your manager is in love ; yea, be loveth. Assist me some extemporal god of rhyme, for, I am sure, I shall turn sonneteer. Devise, wit ; write, pen ; for I am for whole volumes in folio. [Exit.

ACT II.

SCENE I.-Another part of the same. A Pavilion and Tents

at a distance. Enter the Princess of France, Rosaline, MA. RIA, KATHARINE, Boyer, Lords, and other Attendants.

Boyet.
Now, madam, summon up your dearest spirits :
Consider who the king your father sends ;
To whom he sends; and what's his embassy :

(2) Butt-shafi--) i. e. an arrow to shoot at bults with. The butt was the place 00 wbich the mark to be shot at way placed STEEVENS.

[3] See the last act of as you like it, with the potez. JOHNSON.

Yourself, held precious in the world's esteem;
To parley with the sole inberitor
Of all perfections that a man may owe,
Matchless Navarre ; the plea of no less weight
Than Aquitain ; a dowry for a queen.
Be now as prodigal of all dear grace,
As nature was in making graces dear,
When she did starve the general world beside,
And prodigally gave them all to you.

Prin. Good lord Boyet, my beauty, though but mean,
Needs not the painted Hourish of your praise ;
Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye,
Not utter'd by base sale of chapmen's tongues :
I am less proud to hear you tell my worth,
Than you much willing to be counted wise
In spending your wit in the praise of mine.
But now to task the tasker, -Good Boyet,
You are not ignorant, all-telling fame
Doth noise abroad, Navarre hath made a vow,
Till painful study shall out-wear three years,
No woman may approach his silent court :
Therefore to us seemeth it a needful course,
Before we enter his forbidden gates,
To know his pleasure ; and in that behalf,
Bold of your worthiness, we single you
As our best-moving fair solicitor:
Tell him, the daughter of the king of France,
On serious business, craving quick despatch,
Impórtunes personal conference with his grace.
Haste, signify so much ; wbile we attend,
Like humble-visag'd suitors his high will.

Boyet. Proud of employment, willingly I go. [Erit.

Prin. All pride is willing pride, and yours is so.
Who are the votaries, my loving lords,
That are vow-fellows with this virtuous duke ?

1 Lord. Longaville is one. i Prin. Know you the man ?

Mar. I know him, madam ; at a marriage feast,
Between lord Perigort and the beauteous heir
Of Jaques Falconbridge solemnized,
In Normandy saw this Longaville :

[4] Chapman here seems to signify the seller, not. as pow commonly, the buyet. Cheap or cheaping was anciebtly the market; chapman therefore is markelman. The meaning is, that the estimation of beauty nds not on the uttering or procla. mation of the seller, out on the eye of the buyer. 'JOHNSON.

A man of sovereign parts he is esteemid;
Well fitted in the arts, glorious in arms :
Nothing becomes bim ill, that he would well.
The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss,
(If virtue's gloss will stain with any soil,)
Is a sharp wit match'd with too blunt a will ;
Whose edge hath power to cut, whose will still wills
It should none spare that come within his power.

Prin. Some merry mocking lord, belike ; is't so?
Mar. They say so most, that most his humours know.

Prin. Such short-liv'd wits do wither as they grow. Who are the rest ?

Kath. The young Dumain, a well-accomplish'd youth,
Of all that virtue love for virtue lov'd :
Most power to do most harm, least knowing ill;
For he hath wit, to make an ill shape good,
And shape to win grace though he had no wit.
I saw him at the duke Alençon's once ;
And much too little of that good I saw,
Is my report to his great worthiness.

Ros. Another of these students at that time
Was there with him: if I have heard a truth.
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 ;
For every object that the one doth catch,
The other turns to a mirth-moving jest ;
Which his fair tongue (conceit's expositor,)
Delivers in such apt and gracious words,
That aged ears play truant at his tales,
And younger hearings are quite ravished;
So sweet and voluble is his discourse.

Prin. God bless my ladies! are they all in love ;
That every one her own hath garnished
With such bedecking ornaments of praise ?
Mar. Here comes Boyet.

Re-enter Boyer.
Prin. Now, what admittance, lord ?

Boyet. Navarre had notice of your fair approach;
And he, and his competitors in oath,
Were all address'd to meet you, gentle lady,
Before I came. Marry, thus much I've learnt,

He rather means to lodge you in the field,
(Like one that comes here to besiege bis court,)
Than seek a dispensation for bis oath,
To let you enter his unpeopled house.
Here comes Navarre.

[The ladies mask. Enter King, LONGAVILLE, DUmain, Biron, and Attendants.

King. Fair princess, welcome to the court of Navarre.

Prin. Fair, 1 give you back again ; and, welcome I have not yet : the roof of this court is too high to be yours; and welcome to the wild fields too base to be mine.

King. You shall be welcome, madam, to my court.
Prin. I will be welcome then ; conduct me thither.
King. Hear me, dear lady; I have sworn an oath.
Prin. Our Lady help my lord! he'll be forsworn.
King. Not for the world, fair madam, by my will.
Prin. Why, will shall break it ; will, and nothing else.
King. Your ladyship is ignorant what it is.

Prin. Were my lord so, bis ignorance were wise,
Where now his knowledge must prove ignorance.
I hear, your grace hath sworn-out house-keeping :
'Tis deadly sin to keep that oath, my lord,
And sin to break it : 6
But pardon me, I am too sudden-bold;
To teach a teacher ill beseemeth me.
Vouchsafe to read the purpose of my coming,
And suddenly resolve me in my suit.

[Gives a paper. King. Madam, I will, if suddenly I may.

Prin. You will the sooner that I were away;
For you'll prove perjur'd, if you make me stay.

Biron. Did not 1 dance with you in Brabant once ?
Ros. Did not I dance with you in Brabant once ?
Biron. I know, you did.

Ros. How needless was it then
To ask the question !

Biron. You must not be so quick.
Ros. 'Tis 'long of you that spur me with such questions.
Biron. Your wit's too hot, it speeds too fast, 'twill tire.
Ros. Not till it leave the rider in the mire.
Biron. What time o' day?
Ros. The hour that fools should ask.
Biron. Now fair befall your mask!
Ros. Fair fall the face it covers !

(6) The princess shews an inconvenience very frequently attendin; rash oath, which, whether kept or broken, produce guilt. JOHNSON

Biron. And send you many lovers !
Ros. Amen, so you be none.
Biron. Nay, then will I begone.

King. Madam, your father here doth intimate
The payment of a hundred thousand crowns ;
Being but the one half of an entire sum,
Disbursed by my father in his wars.
But say, that he, or we, (as neither have,)
Receiv'd that sum; yet there remains unpaid
A hundred thousand more ; in surety of the which,
One part of Aquitain is bound to us,
Although not valued to the money's worth.
If then the king your father will restore
But that one half which is unsatisfied,
We will give up our right in Aquitain,
And hold fair friendship with his majesty.
But that, it seems, he little purposeth,
For here he doth demand to have repaid
An hundred thousand crowns; and not demands,
On payment of a hundred thousand crowns,
To have his title live in Aquitain ;
Which we much rather had depart withal,?
And have the money by our father lent,
Than Aquitain so gelded as it is.
Dear princess, were not his requests so far
From reason's yielding, your fair self should make
A yielding, 'gainst some reason, in my breast,
And

go well satisfied to France again.
Prin. You do the king my father too much wrong,
And wrong the reputation of your name,
In so unseeming to confess receipt
Of that which hath so faithfully been paid.

King. I do protest, I never heard of it ;
And, if you prove it, I'll repay it back,
Or yield up Aquitain.

Prin. We arrest your word :-
Boyet, you can produce acquittances,
For such a sum, from special officers
Of Charles his father.

King. Satisfy me so.

Boyet. So please your grace, the packet is not come, Where that and other specialties are bound ; To-Monow

you shall have a sight of them. 17] To depart and to part were ancieatly synony mous.

STEEVENS.

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