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Action and accent did they teach him there ;
Prin. But what, but what, come they to visit us?
Boy. They do, they do; and are apparel'd thus,Like Muscovites, or Russians : as I Their purpose is, to parle, to court, and dance : And every one his love-feat will advance Unto his several mistress, which they 'll know By favors several, which they did bestow.
1 This ridiculous fit of laughter.
Prin. And will they so ? the gallants shall be
task'd :For, ladies, we will every one be mask'd ; And not a man of them shall have the grace, Despite of suit, to see a lady's face.Hold, Rosaline, this favor thou shalt wear; And then the king will court thee for his dear : Hold, take thou this, my sweet, and give me thine ; So shall Biron take me for Rosaline.And change you favors too; so shall your
loves Woo contrary, deceived by these removes. Ros. Come on then; wear the favors most in
Ros. But shall we dance if they desire us to 't? Prin. No; to the death, we will not move
Nor to their penn'd speech render we no grace;
Prin. Therefore I do it; and I make no doubt, The rest will ne'er come in, if he be out.
There's no such sport, as sport by sport o'erthrown;
[trumpets sound within. Boy. The trumpet sounds: be mask'd; the maskers come.
(the ladies mask.
Enter the KING, BIRON, LONGAVILLE, and DUMAIN, in
Russian habits, and masked ; MOTA, Musicians, and Attendants.
Moth. ‘All hail, the richest beauties on the
earth!' Boy. Beauties no richer than rich taffeta. 1 Moth. ‘A holy parcel of the fairest dames,
[the ladies turn their backs to him. That ever turn’d their—backs—to mortal views!'
Bir. “Their eyes,' villain, ‘their eyes.'
Boy. True; 'out,' indeed.
vouchsafe Not to behold'
Bir. “Once to behold,' rogue.
1 The taffeta inasks which they wore to conceal them. selves.