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Than Aquitain, a dowry for a queen.
Boy. Proud of employment, willingly I go. [Exit.
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. Prin.
Know you the man? Mar. I know him, madam : at a marriage feast, Between lord Perigort and the beauteous heir Of Jaques Falconbridge solemnised, In Normandy saw I this Longaville. A man of sovereign parts he is esteem'd ; Well fitted in the arts, glorious in arms : Nothing becomes him 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 humors
Prin. Such short-lived wits do wither as they
grow. Who are the rest ? Kath. The young Dumain, a well-accomplish'd
And much too little of that good I saw,
Ros. Another of these students at that time
Prin. God bless my ladies ! are they all in love;
Mar. Here comes Boyet.
Re-enter BOYET. Prin.
Now, what admittance, lord ? Boy. Navarre had notice of your fair approach ; And he, and his competitors 1 in oath, Were all address'd 2 to meet you, gentle lady, Before I came. Marry, thus much I have learn'd; He rather means to lodge you in the field, (Like one that comes here to besiege his court)
Than seek a dispensation for his oath,
[the ladies mask.
Enter KING, LONGAVILLE, DUMAIN, BIRON, and
Attendants. King. Fair princess, welcome to the court of
Navarre. Prin. Fair I 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, his ignorance were wise, Where 1 now his knowlege must prove ignorance. I hear, your grace hath sworn-out housekeeping: 'Tis deadly sin to keep that oath, my lord, And sin to break it : But pardon me, I am too sudden-bold ; To teach a teacher ill beseemeth me.
Vouchsafe to read the purpose of my coming,
King. Madam, I will, if suddenly I may.
Prin. You will the sooner, that I were away ; For you '11 prove perjured if
make me stay. Bir. Did not I dance with you in Brabant once? Ros. Did not I dance with you in Brabant
once ? Bir. I know,
How needless was it then
You must not be so quick.
questions. Bir. Your wit's too hot: it speeds too fast ; 'twill
King. Madam, your father here doth intimate