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Coft. I Pompey am
Boyet. With Libbard's head on knee.
Biron. Well faid, old mocker: I muft needs be friends with thee.
Coft. I Pompey am, Pompey furnam❜d the Big.
Coft. It is Great, Sir; Pompey, furnam'd the Great; That oft in field, with targe and shield,
Did make my foe to sweat:
And travelling along this coaft, I here am come by chance; And lay my arms before the legs of this fweet Lafs of France.
If your ladyfhip would say, "thanks, — Pompey, I had done.
Prin. Great thanks, great Pompey.
Coft. 'Tis not fo much worth; but, I hope, I was perfect. I made a little fault in great.
Biron. My hat to a half-penny, Pompey proves the best Worthy.
Enter Nathaniel for Alexander.
Nath. When in the world I liv'd, I was the world's
By east, weft, north and fouth, I spread my conquering might:
My 'Scutcheon plain declares, that I am Alifander. Boyet. Your nofe fays, no, you are not; for it ftands too right.
Biron. Your nose smells, no, in this, most tender fmelling Knight.
Prin. The Conqueror is difmaid: proceed, good
Nath. When in the world 1 liv'd, I was the world's
3 With Libbard's head on knee.] This alludes to the old heroic habits, which on the knees and fhoulders had ufually, by way of ornament, the refemblance of a Leopard's or Lion's head.
Boyet. Moft true, 'tis right; you were fo, Alifander. Biron. Pompey the Great,
Coft. Your fervant, and Coftard.
Biron. Take away the Conqueror, take away AliSander.
Coft. O Sir, you have overthrown Alifander the Conqueror. [to Nath.] You will be fcraped out of the painted cloth for this; your lion, that holds the pollax fitting on a clofe-ftool, will be given to A-jax; he will be then the ninth Worthy. A Conqueror, and afraid to fpeak? run away for fhame, Alifander. There, an't fhall please you; a foolish mild man; an honest man, look you, and foon dafh'd. He is a marvellous good neighbour, infooth, and a very good bowler; but for Alifander, alas, you fee, how 'tis a little o'erparted but there are Worthies a coming will speak their mind in fome other fort.
Biron. Stand afide, good Pompey.
Enter Holofernes for Judas, and Moth for Hercules. Hol. Great Hercules is prefented by this imp, Whofe club kill'd Cerberus, that three-headed
And when he was a babe, a child, a fhrimp,
Ergo, I come with this apology.
Keep some state in thy Exit, and vanish. [Exit Moth. Hol. Judas I am.
Dum. A Judas!
Hol. Not Ifcariot, Sir;
Judas I am, ycleped Machabeus.
Dum. Judas Machabeus clipt, is plain Judas.
Hol. Judas I am.
Dum. The more fhame for you, Judas.
Hol. What mean you, Sir?
Hol. Begin, Sir, you are my elder.
Biron. Well follow'd; Judas was hang'd on an
Hol. I will not be put out of countenance.
Boyet. A cittern head.
Dum. The head of a bodkin.
Long. The face of an old Roman coin, fcarce feen.
Biron. Ay, and worn in the cap of a tooth-drawer;
Hol. You have put me out of countenance.
Biron. An thou wert a lion, we would do fo.
And fo adieu, fweet Jude; nay, why doft thou ftay?
Hol. This is not generous, not gentle, not humble. Boyet. A light for monfieur Judas; it grows dark, he may ftumble.
Prin. Alas! poor Machabeus, how he hath been baited!
Biron. Hide thy head, Achilles, here comes Hector
Dum. Tho' my mocks come home by me, I will now be merry.
King. Hector was but a Trojan in refpect of this.
King. I think, Hector was not fo clean-timber'd.
Dum. More caif, certain.
Boyet. No; he is beft indu'd in the small.
Biron. This can't be Hector.
Dum. He's a God or a Painter, for he makes faces. Arm. The armipotent Mars, of launces the Almighty, Gave Hector a gift,
Dum. A gilt nutmeg.
Long. Stuck with cloves.
Dum. No, cloven.
Arm. The armipotent Mars, of launces the Almighty,
A man fo breath'd, that certain he would fight ye
Dum. That mint.
Long. That cullambine.
Arm. Sweet lord Longaville, rein thy tongue. Long. I must rather give it the rein; for it runs against Hector.
Dum. Ay, and Hector's a grey-hound.
Arm. The fweet War-man is dead and rotten; Sweet chucks, beat not the bones of the bury'd: But I will forward with my device;
Sweet Royalty, bestow on me the fenfe of hearing. Prin. Speak, brave Hector; we are much delighted, Arm. I do adore thy fweet Grace's flipper.
Boyet. Loves her by the foot.
Dum. He may not, by the yard.
Arm. This Hector far furmounted Hannibal.
The is two months on her way.
Arm. What mean'ft thou?
Coft. Faith, unless you play the honest Trojan, the poor wench is caft away; the's quick, the child brags in her belly already. 'Tis 'Tis yours.
Arm. Doft thou infamonize me among Potentates? Thou shalt die.
Coft. Then fhall Hector be whipt for Jaquenetta, that is quick by him; and hang'd for Pompey, that is dead by him.
Dum. Moft rare Pompey!
Biron, Greater than great, great, great, great Pompey! Pompey the huge!
Dum. Hector trembles.
Biron. Pompey is mov'd; more Ates, more Ates ftir them on, ftir them on.
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. Coft. I will not fight with a pole, like a northern man: I'll flash; I'll do't by the Sword: I pray you, let me borrow my arms again.
Dum. Room for the incenfed Worthies.
Coft. I'll do it in my shirt.
Dum. Moft refolute Pompey!
Moth. Mafter, let me take you a button-hole lower. Do ye not fee, Pompey is uncafing for the combat: what mean you? you will lofe your reputation.
Arm. Gentlemen, and foldiers, pardon me; I will not combat in my fhirt.
Dum. You may not deny it, Pompey hath made the challenge.
Arm. Sweet bloods, I both may and will.