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The French King's daughter with yourself to speak,
A maid of grace and compleat majesty, About surrender
up of Aquitain
Or vainly comes th’admired Princess hither.
Biron. So study evermore is overfhot ;
King. We must of force dispense with this decree,
Three thousand times within this three years space:
Noi by might master'd, but by special grace.
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 mint of phrafes in his brain :
Doth ravish, like inchanting harmony:
Have chole as umpire of their mutiny.
For inte;im to our studies, shall relate
How you delight, my Lords, I know not, I;
Biron. Armado is a moit illustrious wight,
Long. Coftard the swain, and he, shall be our sport; And, so to study, three years are but short.
Enter Dull, and Costard with a letter. Dull. Which is the King's own person ? (5) Biron. This, fellow; what would'st? 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.
Coji. 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! (6)
Biron. (5) Dull. Which is the Duke's own perfon?] The King of Navarre is in several passages, thro' all the copies, call'd the Duke: but as this must have sprung rather from the inadvertence of the editors, than a forgetfulness in the poet, I have every where, to avoid confufion, reftor'd King to the text.
(6) Abigb hope for a low heaven ;] A low beaven, fure, is a very intricate matter to conceive. But our accurate editors seem to observe the rule of Horace, whenever a moot point staggers them, dignus vina dice nodus; and where they cannot overcome a difficulty, they bring in heaven to untie the knot. As God grant us patience immediately preceded, they thought, heaven of consequence must follow. But, I dare warrant, I have retriev'd the poet's true reading; and the meaning is this. • Tho' you hope for high words, and should have 'them, it will be but a low acquisition at best'. This our poet calls a low having : and it is a substantive, which he uses in several other passages.
Merry Wives of Windfor.
Not by my consent, I promise you : the gentleman is of no having, - he kept company with the wild Prince and Poinz.
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 stile shall give us cause to climb in the merriness.
Coff. The matteris tome, Sir, as concerning Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken with the manner.
Biron. In what manner?
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?
Cost. As it shall follow in my correction; and God defend the right!
hear the letter with attention ? Biron. As we would hear an oracle.
Cofi. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken after
But par'd my present havings, to bestow
My bounties upon you. Timon of Athens.
The greatest of your having lacks a half
To pay your present debt. And in many other places. So, amongst the older Romans, they made a substantive of Habentia, in the like fignification. Nonius Marcellus furnishes an authority from Claudius Quadrigarius his annals. Verebar enim ne animos esrum inflaret habentia. For I was afraid left their hava ings (i. e. their riches, large circumstances) fhould elate their minds. St. Auflin likewise, in the lower age of Latinity, uses it in the same manner. And the Spariards have from thence form’d their bazienda, which signifies either wealth, posieliions, ability, or buliness.
Cost. Not a word of Coftard yet.
Coff. It may be so; but if he say it is so, he is, in telling true, but fo.
King. So it is, besieged with sable-coloured melancholy, I did commend the black oppressing humour to the most wholefome physick of thy health-giving air; and as I am a gentleman, betook myself to walk : The time, when? about the fixth hour, when beafts moft graze, birds best peck, and men fit down to that nourishment which is callod 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 coloured ink, which bere thou viewest, beholdest, Jurveyest, or feeft. But to the place, where; it ftandeth north-north-east and by east from the west corner of thy curious-knotted garden. There did I see that low-spirited wain, that base minow of thy mirth, (Cost. Me?) that unletter'd small-knowing foul, (Cost. Me?) that shallow vafal, (Cost. Still me:) which, as I remember, hight Costard; (Coft. O me!) sorted and conforted, contrary to thy established proclaimed edist and continent canon, with, with, O with, but with this I passion to say wherewith:
Coff. With a wench.
King. With a child of our grandmother Eve, a female; or for thy more understanding, a woman; him, I (as my ever-esteem'd duty pricks me on) have sent to thee, to receive the meed of punishment, by thy sweet Grace's officer, Anthony Dull, a man of good repute, carriage, bearing and estimation. * Dull. Me, an't Thall please you: I am Anthony Dull.
King. For Jaquenetta, so is the weaker vessel calld) which I apprehended with the aforesaid swain, I keep her as a vajal of thy law's fury, and shall at the least of thy
sweet notice bring her to trial. Thine in all compliments of devoted and heart-burning heat of duty,
Don Adriano de Armado.
Biron. This is not so well as I look'd for, but the best that ever I heard.
King. Ay; the best for the worst. But, firrah, what say you to this? Cor. Sir, I confess the wench. King. Did you hear the proclamation ? Coff. I do confess much of the hearing it, but little of the marking of it.
King. It was proclaim'd a year's imprisonment to be taken with a wench.
Coft. I was taken with none, Sir, I was taken with a damofel.
King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel.
Coft. If it were, I deny her virginity : I was taken with a maid.
King. This maid will not serve your turn, Sir.
King. Sir, I will pronounce sentence; you shall fast a week with bran and water.
Coff. I had rather pray a month with mutton and porridge.
King. And Don Armado fhall be your keeper. My .
Which each to other hath so strongly sworn. [Exe.
These oaths and laws will prove an idle feorn. Sirrah, come on.
Coff. I suffer for the truth, Sir: for true it is, I was taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is a true girl; and therefore welcome the four cup of prosperity: affliction may one day smile again, and until then, fit thee down, sorrow.
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