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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 oath of mine. Prin. I will ; and therefore keep it:–Rosaline, What did the Russian whisper in your ear? Ros, Madam, he swore, that he did hold me dear As precious eye-sight; and did value me Above this world: adding thereto, inoreover, That he would wed ine, or else die my lover. Prino give thee joy of him 1 the noble rd Most honourably doth uphold his word. Aing. 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. Aing. My faith, and this, the princess I did give ; I knew her by this jewel on her sleeve. Prin. Pardon ine, Sir, this jewel did she wear ; And lord Biron, I thank him, is my dear :— What ; will you have me, or your pearl again f Biron. Neither of either ; I remit both twain. I see the trick on't ;-Here was a consent, t (Knowing aforehand of our merrinent,) To dash it like a Christmas comedy : Some carry-tale, some please-mau, some slight zany, I Some numble-news, some trencher-knight, some - Dick,That smiles his cheek in years; and knows the trick To make my lady hangh, when she's dispos'd, Told our intents before : which ouce 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 Boy E.T. Forestal our sport, to make us thus untrue
Welcome, pure wit! thou partest a fair fray.
* Make no difficulty. * Conspiracy. 1 Buffoon. y ; Rul piracy
Prin. When she shall challenge this, you will I
Arm. Anointed, I implore so much expense of thy royal sweet breath, as will utter a brace of words. [ARMA Do converses orith the Kix c, ssd 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, berry monarch ; for, I protest, the schoolauaster is exceeding fantastical ; too, too vain ; too, too won : But we will put it, as they say, to for forta Eelii guerra. I wish you the peace of unitid, host royal couplement 1 [&rit A six so. King. Here is like to be a good presence of worthies: He presents Hector of Troy ; the swain, Pompey the great; the parish corate, Alexander; Arnado's page, Hercules; the pedant, Judas Maccabaeus. Aud if these four worthies in their first stan 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 again, Cannot prick + out five such, take each ene in his vein. King. The ship is under sail, and here she comes amain. [seats brought for the Kiso, Psixcess, &c.
This gallant pins the wenches on his sleeve;
King. o blister on his sweet tongue, with my
That put Armado's page out of his part 1
Enter the PRINcess, ushered by Boy gr: Rosaline, Maria, Katharina, and Attendants.
Biron. See where it comes I-Behaviour, - what wert thou, Till this o, show'd thee? and what art thou now King. All hail, sweet madam, and fair time ... of day ! King. Fair, in all hail, is foul, as I conceive. Ring. Construe my speeches better, if you may. Prin. Then wish me better, I will give you leave. *ing. We came to visit you; and purpose now to . you to our court : vouchsafe it en. Prin. This field snall hold me; and so hold your vow ; Nor God, nor 1, delight in perjur'd men. Ring. Rebuke one not for that which you provoke; The virtue of your eye must break my onth. Prin. You nickname virtue; vice you should have spoke; ... For virtue's office never breaks men's troth. Now, by my maiden honour, yet as pure As the unsullied lily, 1 protest, * "orld of torments though i should endure, I would not yield to be your house’s guest: So much i hate a breaking-cause to be of heavenly oaths, vow’d with integrity. Kong. 0 you have liv'd in desolation here, Unseen, unvisited, much to our shame. Prin. Not so, my lord; it is not so, I swear: We have had pastines here, and pleasant
Ros. Bnt that you take what doth to you be long, it were a fault to snatch words from my tongue. Biron. Oh I I am your’s, and all that I posst'ss. Ros. All the fool mine 7 Biron. I cannot give you less. Ros. Which of the visors was it, that you wore ? Biron. Where 7 when f what visor f why demand you this? Ros. There, then, that visor; that superfluous case that bid the worse, and show'd the better face. Aing. We are descried : they mock us now downright. Dum. Let us confess, and turn it to a jest. Prin. Amaz'd, my lord? why looks your highness sad Î Ros. Help, hold his brows I Why look you pale 1– Sea-sick, I think, couning from Muscovy. Biron. Thus pour the stars down plagues for perjury. Can any face of brass hold longer out 1– Here stand I, lady; dart thy skill at me; Bruise me with scorn, confound me with a flout : Thrust thy sharp wit quite through my igno. rance ; Cut me to pieces with thy keen conceit ; And i will wish thee never more to dance, Nor uever more in Russian habit wait. Oh never will I trust to speeches penu'd, Nor to the motion of a school-boy’s tongue; Nor never come in visor to my sriend; * Nor woo in rhyme, like a blind harper's song : Taffata phrases, silken terms precise, Three-pil'd 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 1) Henceforth my wooing mind shall be express'd in russet yeas, and bonest kersey noes: And, to begin, wench,-so God help me, la 1My love to thee is sound, saus crack or flaw, Ros. Sans sans, I pray you. Biron. Yet I have a trick of the old rage :-bear with me, I am sick; I'll leave it by degrees. Soft, let us see;— write, Lord have mercy on us, on those three ; They are infected, in their hearts it lies; They have the plegue, and caught it of your eyes : These lords are visited ; you are not free, For the Lord's tokens on you do I see. Prin. No, they are free, that gave these tokens to us. Biron. Our states are forfeit, seek not to undo us. Ros. It is not so ; For how can this be true, That you stand forfeit, being those that sue 1 Biron. Peace; for i will not have to do with wou. Ros. Nor shall not, if I do as I intend. Biron. Speak for yourselves, my wit is at an end. King. Teach ns, sweet madam, for our rude transgression Some fair excuse. Prin. The fairest is confession. .. Were you not here, but even now disguis'd : Aoing. Madam, I was. Prin. And were you well advis'd 1 King. I was, fair madam. Prin. When you then were o ear? what did you whisper in your lady's Aoing. T. .ro all the world I did re
Cost. The party is gone, fellow Hector, she is gone ; she is two months on her way. Arm. What ineanest thou ? Cost. Faith, unless you play the honest Trojan, the poor wench is cast away : she's quick; the child brags in her belly already ; 'tis yours. Arm. Dost thou infamonize me among potentates ? thou shalt die. Cost. Then shall Hector be whipp'd, for Jaquenetta that is quick by him ; and hang'd, for Poinpey that is dead by him. Dunn. Most rare Pompey Boyet. Renowned Pompey ! Biron. Greater than great, great, great, great Pompey, Pompey the huge ADunn. Hector trembles. Biron. Pompey is mov’d :—More Ates," more Ates ; stir them on stir them on 1 Dum. Hector will challenge him. Biron. Ay, if he have no more man’s blood in’s belly than will sup a flea. Arm. By the north pole, I do challenge thee. Cost. I will not fight with a pole, like a northern man; t ill slash ; I'll do it by the sword.— I pray you let me borrow my arms again. Dum. Room for the incensed worthies. Cost. I'll do it in my shirt. Dum. Most resolute Pompey Moth. Master, let me take you a button-hole lower. Do you not see, Poinpey is uncasing for the combat f What mean you? you will lose your reputation. A rin. Gentlemen, and soldiers, pardon ine; I will not combat in my shirt. Dum. You may not deny it ; Pounpey hath made the challenge. Arm. Sweet bloods, I both may and will. Biron. What reason have you for’t Arm. The naked truth of it is, I have no shirt; I go woolward for penance. Boyet. True, and it was enjoin’d him in Rome for want of linen : since when, I’ll be sworn, he wore none, but a dish-clont of Jaqeenetta's ; and that 'a wears next his heart, for a favour.
Mer. God save you, madam 1 Prin. Welcome, Mercade ; But that thou interrupt’st our merriment. Mer. I am sorry, madam; for the news I bring, Is heavy in my tongue. The king your father— Prin. Dead, for my life. Mer. Even so ; my tale is told. Biron. Worthies, away; the scene begins to cloud. A ron. For mine own part, I breathe free breath : I have seen the day of wrong through the little hole of discretion, and I will right myselt like a soldier. [Eneunt Worthies. Aing. How fares your majesty : Prin. Boyet, prepare ; I will away to-night. A ing. Madam, not so ; I do besecch you, stay. Prin. Prepare, I say.-1 thauk you, gracious lords, For all your fair endeavours; and entreat, Out of a new-satl soul, that you vonchsafe In your rich wisdom, to excuse, or hide, The liberal ; opposition of our spirits: If over-boldly we have xoine ourselves In the converse of breath, your gentleness Was guilty of it.—Farewell, worthy lord A heavy heart bears not an humble tongue: Excuse me so, coming so short of thanks, For my great suit so easily obtain'd. Aing. The extreme parts of time extremely form All causes to the purpose of his speed ; And often, at his very loose, decides That which long process could not arbitrate : And though the Inourning brow of progeny
Forbid the smiling courtesy of love,
Prin. I understand you not ; my griefs ire double.
Biron. Honest plain words best pierce the ear of grief ;
And by these badges understand the Ainr.
loves In their own fashion, like a merriment. Dum. Our letters, malain, slow'd much
more than jest. Long. So did our looks. Ros. We did not quote t them so. A ing. Now, at the latest uniulute of the bass, Grant us your loves. Prin. A time methinks, too short To make a world-without-end bargain in : No, no, my lord, your grace is perjur’d usch Full of dear guiltiness : and, therefore this, If for my love (as there is no such cause You will do ancht, this shall you do sor one: Your oath l will not trust; but go with speed To some forloin and naked hermitage, Remote from all the pieasures of the world; There stay, until the twelve celestial signs Have brought about their annual reckosans: If this austere in sociable life Change not your offer made in heat of blood: If frosts, and fasts, had lodgiug, and thus weeds, Nip not the gaudy blossoms of our love, But that it bear this trial, and last love; Then, at the expiration of the year, Coule challenge, challenge ine by these deserts, And, by this virgin palin, now kissing thine, I will be thine ; and, till that instant, shut My woesul self up in a mourning house; Raining the tears of lamentation, For the remembrance of uny father's death. If this thou do deny, let our hands part; Neither intitled in the other's heart. A ing. If this, or more than this, I would desy, To flatter up these powers of mine with resi, The sudden hand of death close up iniue eye Hence ever then my heart is in thy breast.
Biron. And what to me, my love t and weal to ine? * Tempted. + Regard.
Ros. You must be purged too, your sins are rank ; You are attaint with faults and perjury; Therefore if you my favour mean to get, A twelvemonth shall you spend, and never rest, But seek the weary beds of people sick. 1914m. But to what to me, Iny love 1 but what to me t Kath. A wife –A beard, fair health, and honesty; With three-fold love I wish you all these three. Dunn. O shall I say, I thank you, gentle wife 7
Come when the king doth to my lady come, Then, if I have much love, I'll give you some. Lunn. I’ll serve thee true and faithfully till then. Kath. Yet swear not, again. Long, what says Mariat Mar. At the twelvemonth's end, I'll change my black gown for a faithful friend. *so stay with patience; but the time is ong. Mar. The liker you ; few taller are so young. Biron. Studies my lady ? mistress, look on ine, Behold the window of my heart, mine eye. what humble suit attends thy answer there; Impose some service on me for thy love. Ros. Oft have I heard of you, my lord Birán, Before I saw you : and the world’s large tongue Proclaims you for a man replete with mocks; Full of comparisons and wounding flouts; which you on all estates will execute, That ile within the mercy of your wit: To weed this wormwood from your fruitful brain ; And, there withal, to win me, if you please, (without the which i am not to be won,) You shall this twelvemonth term from day to day Visit the speechless sick, and still converse With groating wretches ; and your task shall
lest you be forsworn
with all the fierce • endeavour of your wit, To enforce the pained in potent to smile. Airon. To move wild laughter in the throat of death f It cannot be ; it is impossible : Mirth cannot inove a soul in agony. Ros. Why, that's the way to choke a gibing spirit, whose influence is begot of that loose grace, which shallow laughing hearers give to fools: A Jest’s prosperity lies in the ear of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it : then, if sickly ears, Deaf’d with the clainour of their own deart groans, Will hear your idle scorns, continue then, And I will have you, and that fault withal; . But, if they will not, throw away that spirit, And I shall find you empty of that fault, Right joyful of your reformation. Aaron. A twelvemonth 1 well, befal what will befal, I'll jest a twelvemonth in an hospital. Arin. Ay, sweet my lord : and so I take my
- leave. [To the King. Aing. No, madam: we will bring you on your way. Biron. Our wooing doth not end like an old play ;
Jack bath not Jill these ladies' conrtesy Might well have made our sport a comedy.
* Wehement. + Immediate.
When icicles hang by the wall, And Dick the shepherd blows his nail, And Tom bears logs into the hall, And milk comes frozen hone in pail. When blood is nipp'd, and trays be foul, Then nightly sings the staring owl, To-who : To-whit, to-who, a merry note, While greasy Joan doth keel " the pot. IV. When all aloud the wind doth bloor. And coughing drowns the parson's satt', And birds sits brooding in the snour, And Marian's nose looks red and raw, When roasted crabs + hiss in the bowl. Then nightly sings the staring otvá, To-who, To-orhit, to-trho, a merry note. While greasy Joan doth keet the pot. Arm. The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo, You, that way , we, this way. Ea cunt.
• Cool. + Wild apples.
THE Menorchmi of Plautus (translated by an anonymous author in 1595,) furnished Shakspeare with the precipal incidents of this play. It is one of his earliest productions. Stevens thinks that the force is as entirely of his writing. The singularity of the plot gives occasion to many amusing Perplexities : bet thro are repeated till they become wearisone, and varied till they become unintelligible. were it rossible to precure in the representation, two Dromios, or two Antipholus's, of whom one should be exactly the coasterpart of the other, no powers of perception or of memory, would enable an audience to carry their receiter-so * each individual beyond the termination of a second act. The very facility of invention with which the resembling individuals are made to puzzle and to thwart each other, would so confound the senses of a spectaset, that he would soon be as much bewildered as the parties themselves: whereas the zest of the estertaiaota depends upon his being able accurately to retain the personal identity of each ; without which, he was or involved in the intricacy, but cannot enjoy the humour, occasioned by similarity of person, and centrariety of purpose. Mr. Stevens has justly observed, that this comedy “exhibits more intricacy of plet thes 4-sistion of character; and that attention is not actively engaged, since every oue can tell how the deas star
Age. Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall,
Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more ;
Excludes all pily from our threat'ning looks.
* Name of a coin.