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ACT III. . HUMOUROUS DESCRIPTION OF LOVE. 0—And I, forsooth, in love! I, that have been
love's whip; A very beadle to a humourous sigh: A critic; nay, a night-watch constable; A domineering pedant o'er the boy, Than whom no mortal so magnificent! This wimpled," whining, purblind, wayward boy; This senior-junior, giant-dwarf, Dan Cupid; Regent of love-rhymes, lord of folded arm, The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans, Liege of all loiterers and malecontents, Dread prince of plackets, king of codpieces, Sole imperator, and great general: of trotting paritorst--O my little heart! And I to be a corporal of his field, And wear his colours like a tumbler's hoop! What! I! I love! I sue! I seek a wife! A woman, that is like a German clock, Still a repairing; ever out of frame; And never going aright, being a watch, But being watch'd that it may still go right?
('Gainst whom the world cannot hold argument,) Persuade my heart to this false perjury?
Vows, for thee broke, deserve not punishment. A woman I forswore; but, I will prove,
Thou being a goddess, I forswore not thee:
Thy grace being gain’d, cures all disgrace in me.
+ Petticoats. # The officers of the spiritual courts who serve citations.
I broken then, it is no fault of mine; If by me broke, what fool is not so wise, To lose an oath to win a paradise?
On a day, (alack the day!)
THE POWER OF LOVE.
But love, first learned in a lady's eyes, Lives not alone immured in the brain; But with the motion of all elements, Courses as swift as thought in every power; And gives to every power a double power, Above their functions and their offices. It adds a precious seeing to the eye; A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind; A lover's ear will hear the lowest sound, When the suspicious head of theft is stopp'd; Love's feeling is more soft, and sensible, Than are the tender horns of cockled snails; Love's tongue proves dainty Bacchus gross in taste: For valour, is not love a Hercules, Still climbing trees in the Hesperides?
Subtle as sphinx, as sweet and musical,
JEST AND JESTER. Your task shall be With all the fierce* endeavour of your wit, To enforce the pained impotent to smile. Biron. To move wild laughter in the throat of
death? It cannot be; it is impossible: Mirth cannot move 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.
Spring. When daisies pied, and violets blue,
And lady-smocks all silver-white,
Do paint the meadows with delight,
Cuckoo, cuckoo,-0 word of fear,
When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,
And maidens bleach their summer smocks,
Winter. When icicles hang by the wall,
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,
And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When all aloud the wind doth blow,
And coughing drowns the parson's saw,
And Marian's nose looks red and raw,
MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
VIRTUE GIVEN TO BE EXERTED.
HEAVEN doth with us, as we with torches do; Not light them for themselves: for if our virtues
+ Wild apples.
Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike
THE CONSEQUENCE OF LIBERTY INDULGED.
ELOQUENCE AND BEAUTY.
PARDON THE SANCTION OF WICKEDNESS.
A SEVERE GOVERNOR.
+ Interest. # Voraciously devour
Prompt ll On his defence