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Birox. 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. Birori, By yea and nay, Sir, then I swore in jest. What is the end of study? let me know. King. Why, that to know, which else we should not
know. Biron. 'Things hid and barr'd (you mean) from com
Biron. Come on then, I will swear to ludy fo,
When I to feast expressly am forbid;
When mistrefits from cominou fenfe are hid;
King. These be the stops that linder study quite,
Biron. Why, all delights are vai; 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
Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile;
By fixing it upon a fairer eye;
And give him light, that it was blinded by.
That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks; Small have continual plodders ever won,
Save base authority from others' books. Thele earthly godfathers of heaven's lights That give a name to every fixed itar,
Have no more profit of their shining 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 stop all good proceeding.
1.ong. He weeds the corn, and still let's grow the weeding. Biron. The spring is near when green geese are a
That bites the first-born infants of the spring.
you, to study now it is too late,
King. Well, fit you out-Go home, Biron: adieu! Biron. No, my good Lord, I've sworn to stay with
you. And though I have for barbarisın 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 stricteft 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.
Who devis'd this penalty?
Long. Marry, that did I.
Item. [reading. ] If any man be feen to talk with a woman within the term of three years, he shall endure such public shame as the rest of the court can possibly devise. This article, my Liege, yourself must break;
For, well you know, here comes in embassy
A maid of grace and complete majesty,
To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father :
Or vainly comes th' admired Princess hither.
King. We must, of force, dispense with this decree;
Three thousand times within this three years' space: For
with his affects is born:
And he that breaks them in the least degree,
Suggestions are to others, as to me;
With a refined traveller of Spain,
That hath a mínt of phrases in his brain:
“ Doth ravish, like inchanting harmony: " A man of compliments, whom right and wrong
“ Have chofe as umpire of their mutiny. “ This child of fancy, that Armado hight,
“ For interim to our studies, shall relate
“ From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate."
Biron. Armado is a moft illustrious wight,
Long. Coftard the fwain, and he, shall be our sport; And, fo to study, three years are but short.
SCENE II, Enter Dull and Coftard with a letter.
Dull. Which is the King's own person?
Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for I am his Grace's Tharborough: but I would see his own person in flesh and blood.
Biron. This is he. Dull
. Signior Arme, Arme--commends you. There's villany abroad; this letter will tell you more.
Coft. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching me. King. A letter from the magnificent Armado.
Biron. How low foever the matter, I hope in God for high words.
Long. A high hope for a low having; God grant us patience!
Biron. To hear, or forbear hearing?
Long. To hear meekly, Sir, to laugh moderately, or to forbear both.
Biron. Well, Sir, be it as the Atyle shall give us cause to climb in the merriness.
Coft. The matter is to me, Sir, as concerning Jaque-
Coft. 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 some form.
Biron. For the following, Sir?
Cot. As it shall follow in my correction; and God defend the right!
King. Will you hear the letter with attention!
Coff. Such is the fimplicity of man to hearken after the flesh.
King. [reads ] Great deputy, the welkin's vicegerent, and fole dominator of Navarre, my soul's earth's God, and body's fostering patron
Cof. Not a word of Coftard yet.
Cof. It may be so; but if he say it is so, he is, in telling true, but fo, fo.
King. So it is, besieged with fable-coloured melancholy, I did commend the black oppreffing humour to the most wheleSome phyfic of the health giving air; and as I am a gentleman, betook myself to walk. The time, when? about the fixth hour, when beasts molt graze, birds best peck, and men fit down to that nourishment which is calld supper : so much for the time, when. Now for the ground, which? which, I mean, I walk'd upon; it is ycleped, thy park.
Then for the place, where? where, I mean, I did encounter that obscene and most preposterous event, that draweth from my snow-white pen the ebon-colour'd ink, which here thou viewet, beholdef, surveyejl, or feeft. But to the place, N 2