Imatges de pÓgina

Study me how to please the eye indeed,

80 By fixing it upon a fairer eye, Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed,

And give him light that it was blinded by. Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,

84 That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks: Small have continual plodders ever won,

Save base authority from others' books. These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights, 88

That give a name to every fixed star, 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 fame; 92 And every godfather can give a name. King. How well he's read, to reason against read

ing! Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good proceeding! Long. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow the

weeding. Ber. The spring is near,


green geese are abreeding. Dum. How follows that? Ber.

Fit in his place and time. Dum. In reason nothing. Ber.

Something, then, in rime. King. Berowne is like an envious sneaping frost 100 That bites the first-born infants of the spring. Ber. Well, say I am: why should proud summer

boast Before the birds have any cause to sing? Why should I joy in any abortive birth ?

96 108

104 80-83 Study me ... blinded by; cf. n.

85 saucy: bold

88-93 Cf. n.

95 Proceeded; cf. n. 97 green geese: grass-fed goslings, i.e. simpletons

99 Cf.n. 100 sneaping: nipping

101 infants: buds or flowers

86 Small: little 91 wot: know



At Christmas I no more desire a rose
Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows;

But like of each thing that in season grows.

you, to study now it is too late, Climb o'er the house to unlock the little gate.

King. Well, sit you out: go home, Berowne: adieu ! Ber. No, my good lord; I have sworn to stay with

you: And though I have for barbarism spoke more

Than for that angel knowledge you can say, Yet confident I'll keep what I have sworn,

And bide the penance of each three years' day. Give me the paper; let me read the same; And to the strictest decrees I'll write my name. King. How well this yielding rescues thee from


Ber. 'Item. That no woman shall come within a mile of my court.' Hath this been pro- 120 claimed? Long. Four days ago.

Ber. Let's see the penalty. 'On pain of losing her tongue.' Who devised this penalty? Long. Marry, that did I. Ber.

Sweet lord, and why? Long. To fright them hence with that dread pen

alty. [Ber.] A dangerous law against gentility!

'Item. If any man be seen to talk with a wo- 128 man within the term of three years, he shall endure such public shame as the rest of the court can possibly devise.'

124 132

106 new-fangled shows; cf. n.

109 Cf, n. 110 sit you out: withdraw

114 confident: I am confident; cf. n. 115 each three years' day: each day for three years 119 Item: Mkewise

127 gentility: courtesy haunted




This article, my liege, yourself must break;

For well you know here comes in embassy The French king's daughter with yourself to speak

A maid of grace and complete majestyAbout surrender up of Aquitaine

To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father.
Therefore this article is made in vain,

Or vainly comes th' admired princess hither.
King. What say you, lords? why, this was quite

Ber. So study evermore is overshot:
While it doth study to have what it would,
It doth forget to do the thing it should;
And when it hath the thing it hunteth most,
'Tis won as towns with fire; so won, so lost.

King. We must of force dispense with this decree; She must lie here on mere necessity. Ber. Necessity will make us all forsworn

Three thousand times within this three years' space: For every man with his affects is born,

Not by might master'd, but by special grace.
If I break faith, this word shall speak for me:
I am forsworn ‘on mere necessity.'
So to the laws at large I write my name:

[Signs.] And he that breaks them in the least degree Stands in attainder of eternal shame.

Suggestions are to others as to me; But I believe, although I seem so loath, I am the last that will last keep his oath. But is there no quick recreation granted ? King. Ay, that there is. Our court, you know, is




160 168

147 lie: lodge mere: absolute
151 special grace: divine help
157 Suggestions: temptations

150 affects: affections, passions
156 in attainder: convicted

160 quick: lively

With a refined traveller of Spain,
A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain;

164 One who the music of his own vain tongue

Doth ravish like enchanting harmony;
A man of complements, whom right and wrong

Have chose as umpire of their mutiny.
This child of fancy, that Armado hight,

For interim-to our studies shall relate
In high-born words the worth of many a knight

From tawny Spain lost in the world's debate. 172
How you delight, my lords, I know not, I;
But, I protest, I love to hear him lie,
And I will use him for my minstrelsy.

Ber. Armado is a most illustrious wight,
A man of fire-new words, fashion's own knight.

Long. Costard the swain and he shall be our sport;
And, so to study, three years is but short.
Enter a Constable [Dull] with Costard

with a Letter.


Const. Which is the duke's own person? 180
Ber. This fellow. What wouldst?

Const. I myself reprehend his own person, for I am his Grace's tharborough: but I would see his own person in flesh and blood.

184 Ber. This is he.

Const. Signior Arm-Arm-commends you. There's villainy abroad: this letter will tell you

188 200


165 who: whom

167 complements: accomplishments 169 hight: is called

171 high-born: lofty 172 debate: Warfare

175 for my minstrelsy: as my minstrel 177 fire-new: brand-new

180 duke's: i.e. king's 182 reprehend: 1.e. represent 183 tharborough: third borough (constable)

Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching me.

King. A letter from the magnificent Armado.

Ber. How low soever the matter, I hope in 192 God for high words.

Long. A high hope for a low heaven: God grant us patience! Ber. To hear, or forbear laughing?

196 Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh moderately, or to forbear both.

Ber. Well, sir, be it as the style shall give us cause to climb in the merriness.

Cost. The matter is to me, sir, as concerning Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken with the manner. Ber. In what manner?

204 Cost. In manner and form following, sir; all those three: I was seen with her in the manorhouse, sitting with her upon the form, and taken following her into the park; which, put together, 208 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.

Ber. For the following, sir?

Cost. As it shall follow in my correction; and God defend the right! King. Will you hear this letter with attention? Ber. As we would hear an oracle.

Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken after the flesh.



189 contempts: i.e. contents
191 magnificent: showy, vainglorious
194 low heaven: i.e. moderate pleasure
203 with the manner (mainour): in the act
207 form: bench

213 correction: punishment

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