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FERDINAND, King of Na-Costard, a clown,

Moth, page to Don Adriano de
Biron, three Lards, attend Armado.
Lorgaville, ing upon the King A Forester.
Dumain, in his retirement.
Boyet, Lords, attending upon. Rosaline, Ladies, attending on

Princess of France.
Macard, } the Princess of France.
Don Adriano de Armado, a fan-


the Princesse tastical Spaniard.

Catharine, Nathaniel, a curate.

Jaquenetta, a country-wench. Dull, a constable.

Officers, and others, attendants Holofernes, a schoolmaster. upon the King and Princess. SCENE, the King of Navarre's palace, and the country

near it.

A C T I.




The palace.
Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain.

ET fame, that all hunt after in their lives,,
Live registred upon our brazen tombst;
When, spight of cormorant devouring

Th' endeavour of this present breath may buy
That honour which shall 'bate his fcythe's keen edge,,
And make us heirs of all eternity.
Therefore, brave conquerors ! for so you are,
That war against your own affections,

* In this play are to be perceived several strokes of Shakespear's pen, but the whole ought by no means to pass for the work of it. +

- brazen tonibs; And then grace us in the disgrace of death : When, spight of, &c.

And the huge army of the world's delires ;
Our late edict shall strongly stand in force.
Navarre shall be the wonder of the world;
Our court shall be a little academy,
Still and contemplative in living arts.
You three, Biron, Dumain, and Longaville,
Have sworn for three years' term to live with me,
My fellow-scholars; and to keep those statutes,
That are recorded in this schedule here.
Your oaths are pass’d, and now subscribe your names :
That his own hand may strike his honour down,
That violates the smallest branch herein :
If you are arm’d to do as sworn to do,
Subscribe to your deep oaths, and keep them too.

Long. I am resolv'd; 'tis but a three years' faft:
The mind shall banquet tho' the body'pine ;
Fat paunches have lean pates; and dainty bits
Make rich the ribs, but bankerout the wits.

Dum. My loving Lord, Dumain is mortify'd :
The grosser manner of these world's delights
He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves :
To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die ;
With all these living in philofophy.

Biron. I can but say their protestation over,
So much (dear Liege) I have already sworn,
That is, to live and study here three years.
But there are other strict observances :
As, not to see a woman in that term ;
Which I hope well is not inrolled there :
And one day in a week to touch no food,
And but one meal on every day befide;
The which I hope is not inrolled there :
And then to sleep but three hours in the night,
And not be seen to wink of all the day ;
(When I was wont to think no harm all night,
And make a dark night too of half the day);
Which I hope well is not inrolled there.
O, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep;
Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep.

King. Your oath is pass’d to pass away from these.
Birou. Let me fay, No, my Liege, an' if you please;

I only swore to study with your Grace,
And stay here in your court for three years' space.

Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest.

Biron. By yea and nay, Sir, then I swore in jeit. What is the end of study? let me know. King. Why, that to know, which else we should not

Biron. Things hid and barr'd (you mean) from com-

mon sense.
King. Ay, that is ftudy's god-like recompence.

Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study fo,
To know the thing I am forbid to know;
As thus ; to study where I well may dine,

When I to fealt expressly am forbid;
Or study where to meet some inistress fine,

When mistresses from common sense are hid;
Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath,
Study to break it, and not break my troth.
If study's gain be his, and this be so,
Study knows that which yet it doth not know :
Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, No.

King. These be the stops that hinder study quite,
And train our intellects to vain delight.

Biron. Why, all delights are vain; but that most vain, Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain; As, painfully to pore upon a book,

To seek the light of truth ; while truth the while
Doth falsely blind the eye-light of his look :

Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile ;
So, ere you find where light in darkness lies,
Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes.
Study me how to please the eye indeed,

By fixing it upon a fairer eye;
Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed,

And give him light, that it was blinded by.
Study is like the heaven's glorious fun,

That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks; Small have continual plodders ever won,

Save bafe authority from others' books. These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights

That give a name to every fixed star,

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Have no more profit of their Mining nights,

Than those that walk, and wot not what they are. " Too much to know, is to know nought: but feign; * And every godfather can give a name.”

King. How well he's read, to reason against reading ! Dum. Proceeded well, to ftop all good proceeding. Long. He weeds the corn, and still let's grow the

weeding. Biron. The fpring is near when green geese are a

Duin. How follows that?
Biron, Fit in his place and time.
Dum. In reason nothing..
Biron. Something then in rlime.
Long. Biron is like an envious fueaping frost,
That bites the first-born infants of the spring.
Biron. Well; fay, I am ; why should proud summer

Before the birds have any cause to sing?
Why should I joy in an abortive birth?
At Christmas I no more desire a rose,
Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows :
But like of each thing that in seafon grows.
So you, to study now it is too late,
Climb o'er the house t’unlock the little gate.

King. Well, you -Go-home, Biron : adieu !
Biron. No, my good Lord, I've sworn to stay with

you. And though I have for barbarism spoke more,

Than for that angel knowledge you can say; Yet confident I'll keep what I have swore,

And 'bide the penance of each three years' day. Give me the paper, let me read the fame; And to the strict'it decrees I'll write my name. King. How well this yielding rescues thee from

shame! Biron. Item, That no woman shall come within a mile of my court.

[reading. Hath this been proclaimed?

Long. Four days ago.

Biron. Let's see the penalty. On pain of losing her tongue.

[reading VOL. II.




i Cost. The matter is to me, Sir, as concerning Jaquenetta, The manner of it is, I was taken in the manner.

Biron. In what manner?

Coji. In manner and form, following, Sir; all those three. I was seen with her in the manor house, fitting with her upon the form, and taken following her into the park; which, put together, is, in manner and form following. Now, Sir, for the manner : it is the manner of a man to speak to a woman; for the form, in fome form.

Biron. For the following, Sir?

Coff. As it shall follow in my correction; and God defend the right!

King. Will you hear the letter rith attention ?
Biron. As we would hear an oracle.

Col. Such is the fimplicity of man to hearken after the nelh.

King. [reads.] Great deputy, the welkin's. vicegerent, and fole dominator of Navarre, my soul's earth's God, and body's foftering patron--

Cost. Not a word of Costard yet.
King. So it is
Coil. It may be fo; but if he fay it is so, he is, in
telling true, but, fo, fo.

King. Peace
Coff. Be to me, and every man that dares 'not fight!
King. No words-------
Coli. Of other mens secrets, I beseech you.

King. So it is, besieged with fable-coloured melancholy, I did commend the black oppreljing humour to the mal wholesome phy he of thy bealth-giving air; and as I am a gentlemail, betook_1??yself to walk. The time, when? about the fixth hour, when beafts molt graze, birds beft peck, and men sit down to that nourishment which is call'd fupper: so much for the time, when. Now for the ground, which? which, I mean, I walk'd upon; it is yclepeil, thy park. Then for the place, where? where, I mean, I did encounter that obscene and most preposterous event, that draweth from my from-ruhite pen the ebon-colour'd ink, which here that viewest, beholdest, furvereft, or feeft. But to the place, where? it sandeih north-north-east and by east from

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