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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, loft 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.


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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 expresses it, poter. And the reason is this, the varnish of a complete man. 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 train'd himself to an un stories recorded in the old ro. common pitch, when he unbent mances, and in their very stile. 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 were generally of than the other to his acquired that country. Why he says, los? talents, could never, in his most in the world's debute 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 fplen- cens of Asia and Africa. So dour.

WARBURTON. that we fee here is meaning in This paffage, I believe, means the words.

WAREURTON. 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 senfe by the king could diftinguish in the most de now devoted for a time to a molicate questions of honour the narick life. In the world, in je. exact boundaries of right and culo, in the bustle of human afwiong. Compliment, in Shake. fairs, from which we are now peore's time, did not fignify, happily fequeftred, in the world, at leait did not only signify, ver to which the votaries of folitude bal civility, or phrases of cour have no relation. tely, but according to its origi.

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· Long. Costard the swain, and he, shall be our sport; And, fo 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.

Biion. This is he.

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

Coft. 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 climb in the merriness.

6 In former editions ; 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 {prung rather from the Inadver " Word's, and should have them, tence of the Editors, than a For. " it will be but a low Acquifigettu'nds in the Poet, I have “ cion ai 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 Pallages.
In old editions, A bigh hope



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Coft. The matter is to me, Sir, as concerning Jaqueneita. 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?

Coft. 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 simplicity of 'man to hearken after the Aeth 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, so.

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

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

taken with the mann

anner.] Donne in his letters, But if I The following question arising melt into melancholy while I write, from these words thews we should I shall 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 fig- imprellions. WARBURTON. pify, taken in the fact. So Dr.


a gentle

a gentleman, betook myself to walk : The time, when? about the fixth hour, when beasts mos graze, birds bejt peck, and men fit down to that nourishment which is call’d 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 jee that low-spirited swain, that base minow of thy mirth', (Coft. Me?) that unletter'd small-knowing foul, (Cej. Me ?) that skallow valsal, (Cost. Still me?) which, as I remember, bight Coftard; (Coft. O me!) forted and consorted, contrary to thy establiswed proclaimed edict and continent canon, with, with with, but with this, I passion to say wherewith :

Colt. 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-esteenied duty pricks me on:) have sent to thee, to receive the meed of punisoment, by thy tweet Grace's Oficer, 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 calPd) which I apprehended with the aforesaid suain, I keep her as a vassal of thy law's fury, and fall at the least of thy sweet notice bring her to trial. Thine in all come plime.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 minor of thy mirih.] not be intended here. We may A minow is a little fith which can- read, the base minion of thy mirth.

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King. Ay; the best for the worst. But, firrah, what say you to this?

Coft. Sir, I confess the wench.
King. Did you hear the proclamation?
Cost. 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 damosel.

King. Well, it was proclaimed damofel.

Cost. This was no damosel neither, Sir, she was a virgin.

King. It is so varied too, for it was proclaim’d virgin.

Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity: I was taken with a maid.

King. This maid will not ferve your turn, Sir.
Coft. This maid will serve iny turn, Sir.

King. Sir, I will pronounce sentence; you shall fast a week with bran and water.

Coft. I had rather pray a month with mutton and porridge.

King. And Don Armado shall be your keeper. My
lord Biron, see him deliver'd o'er.
And go we, lords, to put in practice that,
Which each to other hath so strongly sworn.

[Exeunt. Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's hat,

These oaths and laws will prove an idle scorn. Sirrah, come on.

Coft. 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 sour cup of prosperity: affliction may one day smile again, and until then, sit thee down, sorrow.


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