Imatges de pÓgina

that between you and the women, the Play may please. If I were a woman, I would kiss as many of you as had beards that pleas'd me, complexions that lik'd me, and breaths that I defy'd not : and, I am sure, as many as have good beards, or good faces, or sweet breaths, will for my kind offer, when I make curt’sy, bid me farewel.

[Exeunt omnes

- If I were a woman,] is natural and well preserved. Note that in this author's time The comick dialogue is very the

parts of women were always sprightly, with less mixture of performed by men or boys. low buffoonery than in some other

HANMER. plays ; and the graver part is 2 of this play the fable is elegant and harmonious. By wild and pleasing. I know not haftening to the end of his work how the ladies will approve the Shakespeare suppressed the diafacility with which both Rosalind logue between the usurper and and Celia give away their hearts. the hermit, and loft an opporta To Celia much may be forgiven pity of exhibiting a moral lesson in for the heroism of her friends which he might have found matthip. The character of Jaques ter worthy of his highest powers.





FERDINAND, King of Navarre.

three Lords, attending upon the King in

bis retirement. Dumain, Boyer,

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Lords, attending upon the Princess of Macard,

Don Adriano de Armado, a fantastical Spaniard.
Nathanael, a Curate.
Dull, a Constable.
Holofernes, a Schoolmaster.
Costard, a Clown.
Moth, Page to Don Adriano de Armado.
A Forefter.
Princess of France.

Maria, Ladies, attending on the Princess:
Jaquenetta, a Country Wench.


Officers, and others, Attendants upon the King and


SCENE, the King of Navarre's Palace, and the

Country near it.

This enumeration of the per- tion in 4to 1593, by W. W. for fons was made by Mr. Rowe. Cuthbert Burby, which I have not

Of this Play there is an edi. seen.

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ACT 1.


The 'PA'L A C E.

Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain.


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ET Fame, that all hunt after in their lives,
Live registered upon our brazen tombs ;

And then grace us in the disgrace of death:
When, spight of cormorant devouring time,
Th' endeavour of this present breath may buy
That honour which shall bate his fcythe's keen edge ;
And make us heirs of all eternity.
Therefore, brave Conquerors ! for so you are,
That war against your own Affections,
And the huge army of the world's desires;
Our late edict shall strongly stand in force.
Navarre shall be the wonder of the world;
Our Court shall be a little academy,
Still and contemplative in living arts.
You three, Biron, Dumain, and Longaville,
Have sworn for three years' term to live with me,
My fellow Scholars; and to keep those Statutes,
That are recorded in this schedule here.
Your oaths are past, and now subscribe your names :


That his own hand may strike his honour down,
That violates the smallest branch herein :
If you are arm’d to do, as sworn to do,
Subscribe to your deep oaths, and keep them too.
Long. I am resolv'd; 'tis but a three years

The mind shall banquet tho' the body pine;
Fat paunches have lean pates; and dainty bits
Make rich the ribs, but bankerout the wits.

Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortify’d:
The groffer manner of these world's delights
He throws upon the gross world's baser llaves :
To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die;
With all these living in philosophy':

Biron. I can but say their prote station over.
So much (dear liege) I have already sworn,
That is, to live and study here three years :
But there are other strict observances;
As, not to see a woman in thạt term,
Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there.
And one day in a week to touch no food,
And but one meal on every day beside ;
The which, I hope, is not enrolled there.
And then to sleep but three hours in the night,
And not be seen to wink of all the day;
(When I was wont to think no harm all night,
And make a dark night too of half the day ;)
Which, I hope .well, is not enroiled there.
O, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep;
Nor to see ladies, study, falt, not leep.

King. Your Oath is pass’d to pass away from thefe.

Biron Let me fay, no, liege, an’ if you please; I only swore to study with your Grace, And stay here in your Court for three years' space.

* Wiih all these living in phi- not certainly to what all these is lofophy.) The file of the rhym- to be referred; I suppose be means ing Icenes in this play is often that he tinds love, pomp, and entangled and obscure. I know cvealth in philosophy.


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