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Unless you can find sport in their intents, This man, with lantern, dog, and bush of thorn, Extremely stretch'd, and conn'd with cruel pain, Presenteth moonshine: for, if you will know, To do you service.

By moonshine did these lovers think no scorn The. I will hear that play;

"To meet at Ninus' tomb, there, there to woo. For never any thing can be amiss,

*This grisly beast, which by name lion hight,» When simpleness and duty tender it.

The trusty Thisby, corring first by night, Go, bring ihem in ;-and take your places, ladies. Did scare away, or rather did affright;

(Exit Philostrate.' And, as she fed, her mantle she did fall; Hip. I love not to see wretchedness o'ercharg'd, Which lion vile with bloody mouth did stain : And duty in his service perishing.

* Anon comes Pyramus, sweet youth, and tall, The. Why, gentle sweet, you shall see no such * And finds his trusty Thisby's mantle slain : thing.

'Whereat with blade, with bloody blameful blade, Hip. He says, they can do nothing in this kind. He bravely broach'd his boiling bloody breast; The. The kinder we, to give them thanks for And, Thisby tarrying in mulberry shade, nothing.

His dagger drew, and died. For all the rest, Our sport shall be, to take what they mistake : Let Lion, Moonshine, Wall, and lovers twain, And what poor duty cannot do,

'At large discourse, while here they do remain.' Noble respect takes it in might, not merit.

(Exeunt Prol. Thisbe, Lion, and Moonshine, Where I have come, great clerks have purpos'd The. I wonder, if the lion be to speak. To greet me with premeditated welcomes ;

Dem. No wonder, my lord : one


may, when Where I have seen them shiver and look pale, many asses do. Make periods in the midst of sentences,

Wall. In this same interlude, it doth befall, Throttle their practis'd accent in their fears, * That I, one Snout by name, present a wall: And, in conclusion, dumbly have broke off, * And such a wall, as I would have you think, Not paying me a welcome : Trust me, sweet, * That had in it a cranny'd hole, or chink, Out of this silence, yet, I pick'd a welcome; Through which the lovers, Pyramus and Thisby, And in the modesty of fearful duty

• Did whisper often very secretly: I read as much, as from the rattling tongue * This loam, this rough-cast, and this stone, doth Of saucy and audacious eloquence.

show Love, therefore, and tongue-tied simplicity, "That I am that same wall; the truth is so : In least, speak most, to my capacity.

And this the cranny is, right and sinister,

|* Through which the fearful lovers are to whisper.' Enter Philostrate.

The. Would you desire lime and hair to speak Philost. So please your grace, the prologue is better? addrest.

Dem. It is the wittiest partition that ever I heard The. Let him approach. (Flourish of trumpets. discourse, my lord. Enter Prologue.

The. Pyramus draws near the wall; silence!

Enter Pyramus.
Prol. If we offend, it is with our good will.
That you should think, we come not to offend,

Pyr. 'O grim-look'd night! O night with hue so But with good will. To show our simple skill,

black ! That is the true beginning of our end.

O night, which ever art, when day is not ! Consider then, we come but in despite.

O night, 0 night, alack, alack, alack, We do not come as minding to content you,

I fear my Thisby's promise is forgot !Our true intent is. Au for your delight,

"And thou, 0 wall, o sweet, O lovely wall, We are not here. That you should here repent you,

"That stand'st between her father's ground and The actors are at hand; and, by their show,

mine; You shall know all, that you are like to know.

'Thou wall, O wall, O sweet and lovely wall, The. This fellow doth not stand upon points.

‘Show me thy chink, to blink through with mine eyne.

(Wall holds up his fingers. Lys. He hath rid his prologue, like a rough colt, “Thanks, courteous wall; Jove shield thee well for he knows not the stop. A good moral, my ford: It

this! is not enough to speak, but to speak true.

"But what see I ? No Thisby do I see. Hip. Indeed he hath played on this prologue,"O wicked wall, through whom I see no bliss; like a child on a recorder ;- a sound, but not in Curst be thy stones for thus deceiving me ! government. The. His speech was like a tangled chain ; no

The. The wall, methinks, being sensible, should

curse again. thing impaired, but all disordered. Who is next?

Pyr. No, in truth, sir, he should not. Deceiving Enter Pyramus and Thisbe, Wall, Moonshine, and me, is Thishy's cue: she is to enter now, and I am Lion, as in dumb show.

to spy her through the wall. You shall see, it will

fall pat as I told you :-Yonder she comes. Prol. "Gentles, perchance, you wonder at this show;

Enter Thisbe. But wonder on, till truth make all things plain. This. 'O wall, full often hast thou heard my 'This man is Pyramus, if you would know;

moans, “This beauteous lady Thisby is, certain. 'For parting my fair Pyramus and me: *This man, with lime and routh-cast, doth present. My cherry lips have often kiss'd thy stones; "Wall, that vile wall which did these lovers Thy stones with lime and hair knit up in thee.' sunder:

Pyr. 'I see a voice; now will I to the chink, 'And through wall's chink, poor souls, they are "To spy an I can hear my Thisby's face. content

* Thisby!' "To whisper; at the which let no man wonder. This. "My love! thou art my love, I think.' (1) Ready. (2) A musical instrument.

(3) Called.

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Ferdinand, king of Navarre.

A Forester.
Longaville, lords, attending on the king. Princess of France.

Boyet, lords, allending on the princess of Maria, ladies, allending on the princess.
Mercade, } France.

Don Adriano de Armado, a fantastical Spaniard. Jaquenetta, a country wench.
Sir Nathaniel, a curate.
Holofernes, a schoolmaster.

Oficers and others, attendants on the king ana Dull, a constable.

princess. Costard, a clown. Moth, page to Armado.

Scene, Navarre.


And, one day in a week to touch no food;

And but one meal on every day beside ; SCENE I.Navarre. A park, with a palace. And then to sleep but three hours in the night,

The which, I hope, is not enrolled there : in it. Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and And not to be seen to wink of all the day; Dumain.

(When I was wont to think no harm all night, King.

And make a dark night too of half the day ;) LET

Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there : fame, that all hunt after in their lives, 0, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep; Live register'd upon our brazen tombs,

Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep. And then grace us in the disgrace of death; King. Your oath is pass'd to pass away from these. When, spite of cormorant devouring time,


Let me say no, my liege, an it you please ; The endeavour of this present breath may buy I only swore, to study with your grace, That honour, which shall bate his scythe's keen And stay here in your court for three years' space, edge,

Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest. And make us heirs of all eternity.

Biron. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in Therefore, brave conquerors !-for so you are,

jest. That war against your own affections,

What is the end of study ? let me know. And the huge army of the world's desires,

King. Why, that to know, which else we should Our late edict shall strongly stand in force:

not know. Navarre shall be the wonder of the world ; Biron. Things hid and barr'd, you mean, from Our court shall be a little académe,

common sense; Still and contemplative in living art.

King. Ay, that is study's god-like recompense. You three, Birón, Dumain, and Longaville, Biron. Come on, then, I will swear to study so. Have sworn for three years' term to live with me, to know the thing I am forbid to know: My fellow-scholars, and to keep those statutes, As thus-To study where I well may dine, That are recorded in this schedule here:

When I to feast expressly am forbid; Your oaths are past, and now subscribe your names; Or, study where to meet some mistress fine, That his own hand may strike his honour down, When mistresses from common sense are hid: That violates the smallest branch herein: Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath, If you are arr'd to do, as sworn to do,

Stúdy to break it, and not break my troth.
Subscribe to your deep oath, and keep it too. If study's gain be thus, and this be so,

Long, I am resolvd: 'tis but a three years' fast ; Study knows that, whích yet it doth not know:
The mind shall banquet, though the body pine & Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, no.
Fat paunches have lean pates; and dainty bits King. These be the stops that hinder study quite,
Make rich the ribs, but bank'rout quite the wits. And train our intellects to vain delight.

Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortified ; Biron. Why, all delights are rain ; but that
The grosser minner of these world's delights

most vain, He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves : Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain : To ove, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die; As, painfully to pore upon a book, With all these living in philosophy.

To seek the like of truth ; while truth the while Biron. I can but say their protestation over, Doth falsely' blind the eyesight of his look: So much, dear liege, I have already sworn, Light, sceking light, doth light of light beguile : That is, To live and study here three years, So, ere you find where light in darkness lies, But there are other strict observances :

Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes. As, not to see a woman in that term; Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there :

(1) Dishonestly treacherously.

Study me how to please the eye indeed, Therefore this article is made in vain,
By fixing it upon a fairer

Or vainly comes the admired princess hither. Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed, King. What say you, lords ? why, this was And give him light that was it blinded by.

quite forgot. Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,

Biron. So study evermore is overshot;, That will not be decp-search'd with saucy looks; While it doth study to have what it would, Small have continual plodders ever won, It doth forget to do the thing it should :

Save base authority from others' books. ! And when it hath the thing it hunteth most, These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights, "Tis won, as towns with fire; so won, so lost. That gave a name to every fixed star,

King. We must, of force, dispense with this Have no more profit of their shining nights,

decree; Than those that walk, and wot not what they are. She must lie3 here on mere necessity. Too much to know, is, to know nought but fame; Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn And every godfather can give a name.

Three thousand times within this three years' King. How well he's read, to reason against space : reading!

For every man with his affects is born; Dun. Proceeded well, to stop all good pro- Not by might master'd, but by special grace : ceeding!

If I break faith, this word shall speak for me, Long. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow the I am forsworn on mere necessity weeding.

So to the laws at large I write my name : Biron. The spring is near, when green geese

(Subscribes. are a breeding.

And he that breaks them in the least degree, Dum. How follows that?

Stands in attainder of eternal shame : Biron.

Fit in his place and time. Suggestions are to others, as to me; Dum. In reason nothing.

But, I believe, although I seem so loth, Biron.

Something then in rhyme. I am the last that will last keep his oath. Long. Biron is like an envious sneaping' frost, But is there no quick recreation granted :

That bites the first-born infants of the spring. King. Ay, that there is : our court, you know, Biron. Well, say I am ; why should proud sum

is haunted
mer boast,

With a refined traveller of Spain;
Before the birds have any cause to sing ? A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
Why should I joy in an abortive birth ?

That hath a mint of phrases in his brain : At Christmas, I no more desire a rose

One, whom the music of his own vain tongue Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows ;? Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony; But like of each thing, that in season grows.

A man of complements, whom right and wrong So you, to study now it is too late,

Have chose as umpire of their mutiny : Climb o'er the house to unlock the little gate. This child of fancy, that Armado hight,

King. Well, sit you out: go home, Birón; adieu ! For interim to our studies, shall relate, Biron. No, my good lord; I have sworn to stay in high-born words, the worth of many a knight with you:

From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate. And, though I have for barbarism spoke more, How you delight, my lords, I know not, I;

Than for that angel knowledge you can say, But I'protest, I love to hear him lie, Yet confident I'll keep what I have swore,

And I will use him for my minstrelsy. And 'bide the penance of each three years' day.

Biron. Armado is a most illustrious wight, Give me the paper, let me read the same; A man of fire-new words, fashion's own knight. And to the strict'st decrees, I'll write my name.

Long. Costard the swain, and he, shall be our King. How well this yielding rescues thee from

sport; shame!

And, so to study, three years is but short. Biron. (Reads.] Item, That no woman shall come within a mile of my court.

Enter Dull, with a letter, and Costard. And hath this been proclaim'd ?

Dull. Which is the duke's own person ? Long.

Biron. This, fellow; What would'st ? Biron. Let's see the penalty.

Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for I [Reads.)-On pain of losing her tongue.- am his grace's tharborough : but I would see his

Who devis'd this ? own person in flesh and blood. Long. Marry, that did I.

Biron. This is he. Biron. Sweet lord, and why?

Dull. Signior Arme-Arme-commends you.Long. To fright them hence with that dread There's villany abroad ; this letter will tell you

penalty. Biron. A dangerous law against gentility. Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching

(Reads.] Item, If any man be seen to talk with a icoman within the term of three years, he shall King. A letter from the magnificent Armado. endure such public shame as the rest of the court Biron. How low socver the matter, I hope in can possibly devise

God for high words.
This article, my liege, yourself must break; Long. A high hope for a low having: God grant

For, well you know, here comes in embassy us patience!
The French king's daughter, with yourself to Biron. To hear? or forbear hearing?

Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh mode-
A maid of grace, and complete majesty, rately; or to forbear both.
About surrender-up of Aquitain

Biron. Well, sir, be it as the style shall give us To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father : cause to climb in the merriness. (1) Nipping. (2) Games, sports, (5) Lively, sprightly.

(6) Called. (3) Reside. LA) Templations.

(7) i, e. third-borough, a pcace-officcr.

Four days ago.



Cost. The matter is to me, sir, as concerning'swain,), I keep her as a vessel of thy lav's fury; Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken and shall, at the least of thy sweel notice, bring her with the manner.'

lo trial. Thine, in all compliments of devoted and Biron. In what manner ?

heart-burning heat of duty, Cost. In manner and form following, sir ; all

DON ADRIÁNO DE ARMADO. those three: I was seen with her in the manor house, sitting with her upon the form, and taken

Biron. This is not so well as I looked for, but

the best that ever I heard. following her into the park; which, put together, is, in manner and form following. 'Now, sir, for) King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrah, the manner,-it is the manner of a man to speak what say you to this ? to a woman : for the form,-in some form.

Cost. "Sir, I confess the wench. Biron. For the following, sir ?

King. Did you hear the proclamation ?
Cost. As it shall follow in my correction; and little of the marking of it.

Cost. I do confess much of the hearing it, but
God defend the right!
King. Will you hear this letter with attention?

King. It was proclaimed a year's imprisonment,

to be taken with a wench. Biron. As we would hear an oracle. Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken

Cost. I was taken with none, sir, I was taken after the flesh.

with a damosel. King. (Reads.) Great deputy, the welkin's vice

King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel. gerent, and sole dominator of Navarre, my soul's

Cost. This was no damosel neither, sir; she was earth's God, and body's fostering patron,

a virgin. Cost. Not a word of Custard yet.

King. It is so varied too; for it was proclaimed, King. So it is,

virgin. Cost. It may be so: but if he say it is so, he is, taken with a maid.

Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity; I was in telling true, but so, so.

King. This maid will not serve your turn, sir. King. Peace.

Cost. This maid will serve my turn, sir. Cost. be to me, and every man that dares not fight !

King. Sir, I will pronounce your sentence ; You

Ishall last a week with bran and water.
King. No words.
Cost. — of other men's secrets, I beseech you.

Cost. I had rather pray a month with mutton
King. So it is, besieged with sable-coloured

and porridge, melancholy, I did commend the black-oppressing

King. And Don Armado shall be your keeper.humour to the most wholesome physic of thy health- My lord Biron see him deliver'd o' air; and, as I am a gentleman, belook my

And go we, lords, to put in practice that

Which each to other hath so strongly sworn. self to walk. The time when? About the sixih hoir ; when beasts most graze, birds best peck, and

(Exeunt King, Longaville, and Dumain. men sil down to that nourishment which is called

Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's hat, supper. So much for the time when. Vor for the —Sirrah, come on.

These oaths and laws will prove an idle scorn, ground which; which, I mean, I walked upon : It is ycleped thy park. Then for the place where; was taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is a

Cost. 'I suffer for the truth, sir: for true it is, I uchere, I mean,' I did encounter that obscene and

true girl ; and therefore, Welcome the sour cup of most preposterous event, thal draweth from my snow-while pen the ebon-coloured ink, which heré prosperity! Afliction may one day smile again, thou viewest, behollest, surveyest, or seest : but to and till then, Sit thee down, sorrow! (Exeunt. the place, where,It slandeth north-north-east and SCENE II. Another part of the same. ArmaSy east from the west corner of thy curious-knotted

do's house. Enter Armado and Moth. garden : there did I see thut low-spirited swairi, that baze minnow of thy mirth,

Arm. Boy, what sign is it, when a man of great Cost. Me.

spirit grows melancholy? King. that unletter'd small-knowing soul, Moth. A great sign, sir, that he will look sad. Cosi, Me.

Arm. Why, sadness is one and the self-same King. that shallow vassal,

thing, dear imp. Cosi. Still me.

Moth. No, no; O lord, sir, no. king. — rhich, as I remember, hight Cos Arm. How canst thou part sadness and melan. tar 1,

choly, my tender juvenal 12 Cost. O me!

Moth. By a familiar demonstration of the work King. sorted and consorted, contrary to thy ing, my tough senior. established proclaimed edict and contineni canon, Arm. Why tough senior ? why tough senior ? with-with, -0 withbut with this I passion to Moth. Why tender juvenal? why tender juvenal? say wherewith

Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congrrent Cost. With a wench.

epitheton, appertaining to thy young days, which King. - with a child of our grandmother Eve, we may nominate tender. a female ; or, for thy more sweet understanding, a

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Moth. And I, tough senior, as an appertinent
Him I (as my ever-esteemed duty pricks title to your old time, which we may name tough.
me on) have sent to thee, to receive the meed of Arm. Pretty, and apt.
punishment, by thy sweel grace's officer,, Antony Moth. How mean you, sir? I pretty, and my
Dull; a man of good repute, carriage, bearing, saying apt? or I apt, and my saving pretty?
and estimation.

Arm. Thou pretly, because little.
Dull. Me, an't shall please you; I am Antony Moth. Little pretty, because little: Wherefore apt?

Arm. And therefore apt, because quick.
King. For Jaquenetta (so is the weaker vessel Moth. Speak you this in my praise, master ?
called, which
apprehended with the aforesaid Arm. In thy condiçn praise.

Moth. I will praise an eel with the same praise. (1) In the fact.

(2) A young man. Arm. What ? that an cel is ingenious ?



Moth. That an eel is quick.

Moth. If she be made of white and red, Arm. I do say, thou art quick in answers: Thou Her faults will ne'er be known; heatest my blood.

For blushing cheeks by faults are bred, Moth. I am answered, sir.

And fears by pale-white shown: Arm. I love not to be crossed.

Then, if she fear, or be to blame, Moth. He speaks the mere contrary, crosses! I'y this you shall not know; love not him.


For still her cheeks possess the same, Arm. I have promised to study three years with Which native she doth owe. the duke.

A dangerous rhyme, master, against the reason of Moth. You may do it in an hour, sir.

white and red. Arm. Impossible.

Arm. Is there not a ballad, boy, of the King and Moth. How many is one thrice told ?

the Beggar? Arm. I am ill at reckoning, it fitieth the spirit of Moth. The world was very guilty of such a bala tapster,

lad some three ages since: but, I think, now 'tis Noth. You are a gentleman, and a gamester, sir. not to be found ; or, if it were, it would neither Arm. I confess both; they are both the varnish serve for the writing, nor the tune. of a complete man.

Arm. I will have the subject newly writ o'er, Moth. Then, I am sure you know how much the that I may example my digression by some mighty gross sum of deuce-ace amounts to.

precedent. Boy, I do love that country girl, that I Arm. It doth amount to one more than two. took in the park with the rational hind Costard; Moth. Which the base vulgar do call, three. she deserves well. Arm. True.

Moth. To be whipped; and yet a better love Moth. Why, sir, is this such a piece of study ? than my master.

[Aside. Now here is three studied, ere you'll thrice wink: Arm. Sing, boy; my spirits grow heavy in love. and how easy it is to put years to the word three, Moth. And that's great marvel, loving a light and study three years in two words, the dancing- wench. horse will tell you.

Arm. I say, sing:
Arm. A most fine figure!

Moth. Forbear till this company be past.
Moth. To prove you a cypher. [.Aside.
Arm. I will hereupon confess, I am in love: and,

Enter Dull, Costard, and Jaquenetta. as it is base for a soldier to love, so am I in love Duil. Sir, the duke's pleasure is, that you keep with a base wench. If drawing my sword against Costard safe'; and you must let him take no delight, the humour of affection would deliver me from the nor no penance; but a'must fast three days a-week: reprobate thought of it, I would take desire pri- For this damsel, I must keep her at the park; she soner, and ransom him to any French courtier for is allowed for the day-woman. Fare you well. a new deviscd courtesy. I think scorn to sigh; Arm. I do betray myself with blushing.-Maid. methinks, I should out-swear Cupid. Comfort me, Jaq. Man. boy: What great men have been in love ?

Arm. I will visit thee at the lodge. Moth. Hercules, master.

Jaq. That's hereby. Arm. Most sweet Hercules! More authority, Arm. I know where it is situate. dear boy, name more; and, sweet my child, let Jaq. Lord, how wise you are! them be men of good repute and carriage.

Arm. I will tell thee wonders. Moth. Samson, master : he was a man of good Jaq. With that face? carriage, great carriage; for he carried the town- Arm. I love thee. gates on his back, like a porter: and he was in love. Jaq. So I heard you say.

Arm. O well-knit Samson! strong-jointed Sam- Arm. And so farewell." son! I do excel thee in my rapier, as much as thou Jaq. Fair weather after you ! didst me in carrying gates. I am in love too,-Who Dull, Come, Jaquenetta, away: was Samson's love, my dear Moth?

(Exeunt Dull and Jaquenetta. Moth. A woman, masier.

Arm. Villain, thou shalt fast for thy offences, Arn. Of what complexion ?

jere thou be pardoned. Muth. Of all the tour, or the three, or the two; Cost. Well, sir, I hope, when I do it, I shall do or one of the four.

it on a full stomach. Arm. Tell me precisely of what complexion. Arm. Thou shalt he heavily punished. Moth. Or the sea-water green, sir.

Cost. I am more bound to you, than your fellows, Arm. Is that one of the four complexions ? for they are but lightly rewarded.

Molh. As I have read, sir; and the best of them Arm. Take away this villain; shut him up. too.

Molh. Come, you transgressing slave; away. Arm. Grren, indeed, is the colour of lovers: but Cost. Let me not be pent up, sir ; I'will fast, to have a love of that colour, meihinks, Samson being loose. had small reason for it. He, surely, affected her Moth. No, sir; that were fast and loose: thou for her wil.

shalt to prisen. Moth. It was so, sir; for she had a green wit. Cosi. Well, if ever I do see the merry days of Arin. My love is most immaculate white and red. desolation that I have seen, some shall seeMoth. Most maculate thoughts, master, are

Moth. What shall some sce? masked under such colours,

Cost. Nay, nothing, master Moth, but what they Arm. Define, deline, well-educated infant. look upon. It is not for prisoners to be too silept

Moth. My father's wit, and iny mother's tongue, in their words; and, therefore, I will say nothing : assist me!

I thank God, I have as little patience as another Irm. Siveet invocation of a child ; most pretty, man; and, therefore, I can be quiet, and pathetical!

[Ereunt Moth and Costard.

Arm. I do affects the very ground, which is base, (1) The name of a coin once current. (2) Of which she is naturally possessed. |(3) Transgression. (4) Dairy-woman. (5) Love.

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