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we will put it, as they say, to fortuna della guerra. I wish you the peace of mind, most royal couplement!
[Exit ARMADO. King. Here is like to be a good presence of worthies : He presents Hector of Troy; the swain, Pompey the great; the parish curate, Alexander; Armado's page, Hercules; the pedant, Judas Machabæus. And if these four worthies in their first show thrive, These four will change habits, and present the other
five. Biron. There is five in the first show. King. You are deceiv'd, 'tis not so.
Biron. The pedant, the braggart, the hedgepriest, the fool and the boy :Abate a throw at novum;' and the whole world
Pageant of the Nine Worthies.
Enter COSTARD arm’d, for Pompey.
You lie, you are not he.
With libbard's head” on knee. Biron. Well said, old mocker; I must needs be friends with thee.
Cost. I Pompey am, Pompey surnam'd the big,Dum. The great. i Abate throw at novum ;] Novum (or novem) appears to have been some game at dice.
2 With libbard's head-] i.e. leopard's.
Cost. It is great, sir;-Pompey surnam'd thegreat; That oft in field, with targe and shield, did make
my foe to sweat : And, travelling along this coast, I here am come by
chance; And lay my arms before the legs of this sweet lass of
France. your ladyship would
say, Thanks, Pompey, I had done. Prin. Great thanks, great Pompey.
Cost. 'Tis not so much worth; but, I hope, I was perfect: I made a little fault in, great.
Biron. My hat to a halfpenny, Pompey proves the best worthy.
Enter NATHANIEL arm’d, for Alexander. Nath. When in the world I liv'd, I was the
world's commander ; By east, west, north, and south, I spread my con
quering might: My'scutcheon plain declares, that I am Alisander. Boyet. Your nose says, no, you are not ; for it
stands too right. Biron. Your nose smells, no, in this, most ten
Your servant, and Costárd. 3 - it stands too right.] It should be remembered, to relish this joke, that the head of Alexander was obliquely placed on his shoulders. STEEVENS.
take away Ali-
and soon dash’d! He is a marvellous good neighbour, insooth; and a very good bowler : but, for Alisander, alas, you see, how 'tis ;-a little o'erparted :—But there are worthies a coming will speak their mind in some other sort.
Prin. Stand aside, good Pompey.
arm’d, for Hercules.
Thus did he strangle serpents in his manus :
Hol. Not Iscariot, sir.
A-jax :] There is a conceit of Ajax and a jakes, which, paltry as it is, was used by Ben Jonson, and Camden the antiquary
a little o'er-parted: That is, the part or character allotted to him in this piece is too considerable. Malone.
Dum. Judas Machabæus clipt, is plain Judas. Biron. A kissing traitor :- How art thou prov'd
Judas? Hol. Judas, I am,-Dum. The more shame for Hol. What mean you, sir? Boyet. To make Judas hang himself. Hol. Begin, sir; you are my elder. Biron. Well follow'd: Judas was hang'd on an
elder, Hol. I will not be put out of countenance. Biron. Because thou hast no face. Hol. What is this? Boyet. A cittern head. Dum. The head of a bodkin. Biron. A death's face in a ring. Long. The face of an old Roman coin, scarce seen. Boyet. The pummel of Cæsar's faulchion. Dum. The carv'd-bone face on a flask. Biron. St. George's half-cheek in a brooch.? Dum. Ay, and in a brooch of lead.
Biron. Ay, and worn in the cap of a tooth-drawer: And now, forward; for we have put thee in counte
Boyet. Therefore, as he is, an ass, let him go. And so adieu, sweet Jude! nay, why dost thou stay?
Dum. For the latter end of his name.
on a flask.) i. e. a soldier's powder-horn. · St. George's half-cheek in a brooch.] A brooch is an ornamental buckle, for fastening hat-bands, girdles, mantles, &c.
Hob. This is not generous, not gentle, not humble. Boyet. A light for monsieur Judas : it grows
dark, he may stumble. Prin. Alas, poor Machabæus, how hath he been
Enter ARMADO arm'd, for Hector. Biron. Hide thy head, Achilles ; here comes Hector in arms.
Dum. Though my mocks come home by me, I will now be merry.
King. Hector was but a Trojano in respect of this.
Dum. He's a god or a painter; for he makes faces. Arm. The armipotent Mars, of lances the al
mighty, Gave Hector a gift,
Dum. A gilt nutineg.
Gave Hector a gift, the heir of Ilion;
From morn till night, out of his pavilion. I am that flower,
* Hector was but a Trojan -). A Trojan was, in the time of Shakspeare, a cant term for a thief.
of lances --} i.e. of lance-men.