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Thrust thy sharp wit quite through my ignorance;
Cut me to pieces with thy keen conceit; And I will wish thee never more to dance,
Nor never more in Russian habit wait. 0! never will I trust to speeches penn'd,
Nor to the motion of a school-boy's tongue; Nor never come in visor to my friend; Nor woo , in rhyme, like a blind harper's
song: Taffata phrases, silken terms precise,
Three-pild hyperboles,' spruce affectation, Figures pedantical ; these summer-flies
Have blown me full of maggot ostentation : I do forswear them: and I here protest, By this white glove, (how white the hand, God
knows !) Henceforth my wooing mind shall be express'd
In russet yeas, and honest kersey noes :
Ros. Sans SANS, I pray you,
Yet I have a trick
eyes : These lords are visited; you are not free, For the Lord's tokens on you do I see,
my friend ;] i.e. mistress. · Three-pil'd hyperboles,] A metaphor from the pile of velvet.
* Write, Lord have mercy on us,] This was the inscription put upon the doors of the houses infected with the plague, to which Biron compares the love of himself and his companions; and pursuing the metaphor finds the tokens likewise on the ladies. The tokens of the plague are the first spots or discolorations, by which the infection is known to be received. Johnson,
Prin. No, they are free, that gave these tokens
Biron. Our states are forfeit, seek not to undo
Ros. It is not so; For how can this be true,
Biron. Peace ; for I will not have to do with you.
The fairest is confession.
King. Madam, I was.
And were you well advis'd ?
When you then were here,
reject her. King. Upon mine honour, no. Prin.
Peace, peace, forbear; Your oath once broke, you force not to forswear.»
King. Despise me, when I break this bath of mine.
Prin. I will : and therefore keep it :-Rosaline,
Ros. Madam, he swore that he did hold me dear
3 —you force not to forswear.] You force not is the same with you make no difficulty. This is a very just observation. The crime which has been once committed, is committed again with less reluctance. Joussox.
Prin. God give thee joy of him! the noble lord Most honourably doth uphold his word. King. What mean you, madam? by my life, my
troth, I never swore this lady such an oath.
Ros. By heaven, you did ; and to confirm it plain, You gave me this : but take it, sir, again.
King. My faith, and this, the princess I did give; I knew her by this jewel on her sleeve.
Prin. Pardon me, sir, this jewel did she wcar; And lord Birón, I thank him, is my dear :What; will you have me, or your pearl again?
Biron. Neither of either; I remit both twain. I see the trick on't ;-Here was a consent,* (Knowing aforehand of our merriment,) To dash it like a Christmas comedy : Some carry-tale, some please-man, some slight zany,' Some mumble-news, some trencher-knight, some
Dick,That smiles his cheek in years; and knows the trick To make my lady laugh, when she's dispos’d, — Told our intents before: which once disclos'd, The ladies did change favours; and then we, Following the signs, woo'd but the sign of she. Now, to our perjury to add more terror, We are again forsworn ; in will, and error. Much upon this it is :- And might not you,
[To Boyet. Forestal our sport, to make us thus untrue? Do not you know my lady's foot by the squire,
And laugh upon the apple of her eye?
Holding a trencher, jesting merrily?
a consent,] i.e. a conspiracy.
You put our page out: Go, you are allow'd ; 8
Enter COSTARD. Welcome, pure wit! thou partest a fair fray,
Cost. O Lord, sir, they would know, Whether the three worthies shall come in, or no.
Biron. What, are there but three?
No, sir; but it is vara fine,
And three times thrice is nine, Cost. Not so, sir; under correction, sir; I hope,
it is not so: You cannot beg us, sir, I can assure you, sir ; we
know what we know : I hope, sir, three times thrice, sir,Biron.
Is not nine. Cost. Under correction, sir, we know whereuntil it doth amount. Biron. By Jove, I always took three threes for
nine. Cost. O Lord, sir, it were pity you should get
your living by reckoning, sir. Biron. How much is it?
Cost. O Lord, sir, the parties themselves, the actors, sir, will show whereuntil it doth amount: for my own part, I am, as they say, but to parfect & Go, you are allow'd;) i. e. you may say what
will. 9 You cannot beg us,] That is, we are not fools, or lunatics; our next relations cannot beg the wardship of our persons and fortunes.
one man,--e'en one poor man; Pompion the great, sir.
Biron. Art thou one of the worthies :
Cost. It pleased them, to think me worthy of Pen.pion the great: for mine own part, I know not the degree of the worthy; but I am to stand for him.
Biron. Go, bid them prepare.
[Exit COSTARD. King. Biron, they will shame us, let them not Biron. We are shame-proof, my lord: and 'tis
some policy To have one show worse than the king's and his
company. King. I say, they shall not come. Prin. Nay, my good lord, let me o'er-rule you
now; That sport best pleases, that doth least know how : Where zeal strives to content, and the contents Die in the zeal of them which it presents, Their form confounded makes most form in mirth When great things labouring perish in their birth. Biron. A right description of our sport, my lord.
Enter ARMADO. Arm. Anointed, I implore so much expence of thy royal sweet breath, as will utter a brace of words. [Armado converses with the King, and delivers
him a paper. Prin. Doth this man serve God? Biron. Why ask you? Prin. He speaks not like a man of God's making.
Arm. That's all one, my fair, sweet, honey monarch: for, I protest, the school-master is exceeding fantastical ; too, too vain; too, too vain : But