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Before the King of Navarre's palace. Enter the Princess of France, Rosaline, Maria Catha.
rine, Boyet, Lords, and other attendants. Boyet. TOW, Madam, fummon up your dearest
to task the tasker ; good Boyet,
Like humble-visag'd fuitors, his high will.
Boyet. Proud of employment, willingly I go, [Exit.
Prin. All pride is willing pride, and your's is so.
Lord. Longaville is one.
Mar. I knew him, Madam, at a marriage-feast,
Prin. Some merry mocking Lord, belike; is't fo? Mar. They say so most, that most his humours know.
Prin. Such short-liv'd wits do wither as they grow. Who are the rest ?
Cath. The young Dumain, a well-accomplish'd youth,
And younger hearings are quite ravished;
Prin. God bless my ladies, are they all in love,
Boyet. Navarre had notice of your fair approach ;
SC EN E Enter the King, Longaville, Dumain, Biron, and at
tendants. King. Fair Princess, welcome to the court of Navarre.
Prin. Fair I give you back again; and welcome I have not yet : the roof of this court is too high to be your's; and welcome to the wide fields, too base to be mine.
King. You shall be welcome, Madam, to my court. Prin. I will be welcome then; conduct me thither. King. Hear me, dear Lady, I have sworn an oath. Prin. Our Lady help my Lord ! he'll be forsworn. King. Not for the world, fair Madam, by my will. Prin. Why, will shall break its will, and nothing else. King. Your Ladyship is ignorant what it is.
Prin. Were my Lord fo, his ignorance were wise, Where now his knowledge must prove ignorance. I hear your Grace hath lworn out house-keeping: 'Tis deadly fin to keep that oath, my Lord; Not fin to break it. But pardon me, I am too sudden bold: To teach a teacher ill beseenieth me. VOL. II.
Vouchsafe to read the purpose of my coming,
King. Madam, I will, if fuddenly I may.
Prin. You will the fooner, that I were away ;
Biron. Did not I dance with you in Brabant once?
be none ! Biron. Nay, then will I be gone.
King. Madam, your father licre doth intimate The paynient of a hundred thousand crowns; Being but th’ one half of an entire fum, Dilbursed by my father in his wars. But say, that he, or we, as neither have Receiv'd that sum; yet there remains unpaid A hundred thoufand more; in furety of the which, One part of Aquitain is bound to us, Although not valu’d to the money's worth : If then the King your father will restore But that one half which is unsatisfy'd, We will give up our right in Aquitain, And holi fair friendship with his Majesty But that it seems he little purposeth, For here he doth demand to have repaid an hundred thousand crowns, and not demands, On payment of an hundred thousand crowns, To have his title live in Aquitain; Which we much rather had depart withal, And have the money by our father lent, Than Aquitain fo.gelded as it is.
Dear Princess, were not his requests so far
well satisfied to France again. Prin. You do the King my father too much wrong, And wrong the reputation your name, In so unseeming to confess receipt Of that which hath fo faithfully been paid.
King. I do protest I never heard of it;
Prin. We arrest your word.
King. Satisfy me fo.
King. It shall fuffice me; at which interview, All liberal reason I will yield unto : Mean time receive such welcome at my hand, As honour without breach of honour may Make tender of, to thy true worthiness. You may not come, fair Princess, in my gates; But here, without, you shall be so receiv'd, As you shall deem yourself lodg'd in my heart, Though so deny'd fair harbour in my house : Your own good thoughts excuse me, and farewel ; To-morrow we shall visit you again. [Grace!
Prin. Sweet health and fair desires confort your King. Thy own wish wish I thee in every place.
[Exit. Biron. Lady, I will commend you to my own bcart.
Rof. I pray you, do my commendations ;