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If I break faith, this word shall speak for me:
I am forsworn on meer necessity.
So to the laws at large I write my name,

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 fo loth, 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


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 :
One, whom the musick of his own vain tongue,

Doth ravish, like inchanting harmony: 3 A man of complements, whom right and wrong Have chose as umpire of their mutiny.



his extravagancies, speaks with wrong friends : and to persuade great justness against the folly of the one to reccde from the acvows. They are made without customed stubbornness of her nasufficient regard to the variations ture, and wink at the liberties of lite, and are therefore broken by of her opposite, rather than be some unforeseen necessity. They would incur the imputation of proceed commonly from a pre- ill-breeding in keeping up the Jumptuous confidence, and a falle quarrel. And as our author, and estimate of human power.

Johnson his contemporary, are, Suggestions) Temptations. confeffedly, the two greatest wri

- quick recreation] Lively ters in the Drama that our na. sport, spritely diversion. tion could ever boast of, this may 3 A man of complements, whom be no improper occasion to take right and wrung

notice of one material difference Have chose as umpire of their between Shakespear's worst plays,

mutiny) As very bad a Play and the other's, Our author as this is, it was certainly Shake owed all to his prodigious natuspeare's, as appears by many fine 'ral genius; and Johnson moft to malter-Strokes fcattered up and his acquired parts and learning. down. An excessive complai. This, if attended to, will exfance is here admirably painted, plain the difference we speak of. in the person of one who was Which is this, that, in Jobnjon's willing to make even right and bad pieces, we do not discover


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 debates.
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 minstrelsie.

Biron. Armado is a molt illustrious wight,
A man of fire-new words, fashion's own Knight.


the least traces of the author of nal meaning, the trappings, or the Fox and Alchemist ; but, in ornamental appendages of a cha. the wildest and most extravagant racter, in the same manner, and notes of Shakespeare, you every on the same principles, of speech now and then encounter strains with accomplishment. Compliment that recognize their divine com- is, as Armado well expreffis it, pofer. And the reason is this, the varnish of a complete mon. that johnson owing his chief ex- * From tawny Spain, &c.}i.e. allence to art, by which he fome. he shall relate to us the celebrated times i:ain'd himself to an un- stories recorded in the old ro. common pitch, when he unbent mances, and in their very file. bimself, had nothing to support Why he says from tawny Spain him ; bat fell below all likeness is, because these romances being of himself: while Shakespeare, in- of Spanish original, the Heroes debted more largely to nature and the Scene weré generally of than the other to his acquired that country. Why he says, loft talents, could never, in his most in the worlil's debuite is, becaus: negligent hours, so totally divest the subject of those romances himself of his Genius, but that were the crusades of the Euroit would frequently break out pean Christians against the Sarawith amazing force and splen. cens of Asia and Africa.

So dour.

WARBURTON. that we see here is meaning in This passage, I believe, means the words. WAR EURTON. no more than that Don Armado

in the world's debate.] was a man nicely versed in ce. The world seems to be used in remonial distinctions, one who the monastick sense by the king could distinguish in the most de- now devoted for a time to a molicate questions of honour the nalick life. In the world, in je. exact boundaries of right and culo, in the bustle of human afwrong. Compliment, in Shake- fairs, from which we are now peare's time, did not fignify, happily fequeftred, in the world, at least did not only signify, ver- to which the votaries of folitude bal civility, or phrases of cour- have no relation. tefy, but according to its origi.

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Long. Costard the swain, and he, shall be our sport; And, lo to study, three years are but short,


Enter Dull and Costard with a letter.

Dull. Which is the King's own persono?
Biron. This, fellow; what would'It?

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.

L'ul. Signior Arme, Arme —-commends you. There's villainy abroad ; this letter will tell you more,

Cost. 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!

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 clinb in the merriness.

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for a low heaven;] A low beaDull. Which is the Duke's own ven, sure, is a very intricate Mat

Person?] The King of ter to conceive. I dare warrant, Navarre is in several Passages, I have retrieved the Poet's true thro' all the Copies, called the Reading; and the Meaning is Duke: but as this - must have this. « Tho' you hope for high sprung rather from the Inadver- " Words, and should have them, tence of the Editors, than a For. " it will be but å low Acquisi. gettu nels in the Poet, I have « tion at beit." This cur Poet every where, to avoid Confusion, calls a low Having : and it is a restored King to the Text. Substantive, which he uses in fe

THEOBALD. veral other Passages.
In old editions, A high hope



Coft. The matter is to me, Sir, as concerning Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken in the manner S.

Biron. In what manner?

Coft. In manner and form, following, Sir; all those three. I was seen with her in the Manor-house, sitting 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!

King. Will you hear the letter with attention?
Biron. As we would hear an oracle.

Coff. Such is the fimplicity of 'man to hearken after the flesh. king reads.

REAT deputy, the welkin's vice-gerent,

and sole dominator of Navarre, my soul's earth's God, and body's fostring patron

Cost. Not a word of Costard yet.
King. So it is

Coft. It may be so; but if he say it is so, he is, in telling true, but fo, fo.

King. Peace
Cofi. Be to me, and every man that dares not fight!
King. No words
Cot. Of other men's secrets, I beseech you.

King. So it is, Besieged with sable-coloured melancholy, I did commend the black oppreffing humour to the most wholesome phyfick of thy health-giving air ; and as I am


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taken with the manner.] Donne in his letters, But if I The following question arising melt into melancholy while I write, from these words thews we should I fhall be taken in the manner; read--taken in the manner. And and I fit by one, too tender to these this was the phrase in use to lig- impressions. WARBURTON. dify, taken in the fact. So Dr.


a gentle

a gentleman, betook myself to walk : The time, when? about the fixth hour, when beasts most graze, birds beft peck, and men sit down to that nourishment which is calld supper: so much for the time, when. Now for the ground, which: which, I mean, I walkt upon; it is yeleped, 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-colour'd ink, which here thou viewest, beholdest

, surveyest, or feest. But to the place, where; It standeth north-north-east and by east from the wes corner of thy curious-knotted garden. There did I see that low-spirited swain, that base mincw of thy mirth', (Cost. Me?) that unletter'd small-knowing foul, (Ceft. Me?) that fallow vassal, (Cost. Still me?) which, as I remember, hight Coftard; (Cost. O me!) forted and conforted, contrary to thy establired proclaimed edict and continent canon, with, with with, but with this, I passion to say wherewith :

Coft. With a wench.

King. With a child of our grandmother Eve, a female; or for thy more understanding, a woman; bim, I as my ever-esteemed 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 an estimation. Dull . Me, an't shall please you: I am Anthony Dull

. King. For Jaquenetta, (fo is the weaker vessel calld) which I apprehended with the aforesaid suain, I keep ber as a valjal of thy law's fury, and fall at the leas of thy sweet notice bring her to trial. Thine in all complime.its 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.


base minow of thy mirth.] not be intended here. We may A minow is a little fith which can- read, the baje minion of thy mirth.

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