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Study me how to please the eye

indeed, By fixing it upon


eye; Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed,

And give him light that was it blinded by. Study is like the heaven’s glorious sun,

That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks; Small have continual plodders ever won,

Save base authority from others' books. These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights,

That give a name to every fixed star, Have no more profit of their shining nights,

Than those that walk, and wot not what they are, Too much to know, is to know nought but fame ;

And every godfather can give a name.
King. How well he's read, to reason against

reading! Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good proceed

ing! Long. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow

the weeding. Biron. The spring is near, when green geese are

a breeding. Dum. How follows that? Biron.

Fit in his place and time. Dum. In reason nothing. Biron.

Something then in rhyme. Long. Birón is like an envious sneaping 2 frost, That bites the first-born infants of the spring: Biron. Well, say I am ; why should proud sum

mer boast, Before the birds have any cause to sing ? Why should I joy in an abortive birth ? At Christmas no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows 3; But like of each thing, that in season grows. 2 Nipping

3 Games, sports.



with you:

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So you, to study now it is too late,
Climb o'er the house to unlock the little gate.

King. Well, sit you out: go home, Birón; adieu !

Biron. No, my good lord; I have sworn to stay And, though I have for barbarism spoke more,

Than for that angel knowledge you can say, Yet confident I'll keep what I have swore,

And bide the penance of each three years' day. Give me the paper, let me read the

same; And to the strict'st decrees I'll write my name. King. How well this yielding rescues thee

from shame! Biron (reads.] Item, That no woman shall come within a mile of my court. And hath this been proclaim’d? Long.

Four days ago Biron. Let's see the penalty. (Reads.] - On pain of losing her tongue.

Who devis'd this?
Long. Marry, that did I.
Biron. Sweet Lord, and why?
Long. To fright them hence with that dread

Biron. A dangerous law against gentility.

(Reads.] Item, If any man be seen to talk with a woman within the term of three years, he shall endure such publick shame as the rest of the court can possibly devise. This article, my liege, yourself must break;

For, well you know, here comes in embassy The French King's daughter, with yourself to

speak, A maid of grace, and complete majesty, – About surrender-up of Aquitain

To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father :

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Therefore this article is made in vain,

Or vaínly comes the admired princess hither. King. What say you, lords ? why, this was

quite forgot. Biron. So study evermore is overshot; While it doth study to have what it would, It doth forget to do the thing it should: And when it hath the thing it hunteth most, 'Tis won, as towns with fire; so won, so lost. King. We must, of force, dispense with this

decree; She must lie 4 here on mere necessity. Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn Three thousand times within this three years'

space: For every man with his affects is born;

Not by might master'd, but by special grace: If I break faith, this word shall speak for me, I am forsworn on mere necessity.So to the laws at large I write my name :

Subscribes. And he, that breaks them in the least degree, Stands in attainder of eternal shame;

Suggestions 5 are to others, as to me; But, I believe, although I seem so loth, I am the last that will last keep his oath. But, is there no quick 6 recreation granted ? King. Ay, that there is : our court, you know, is

haunted 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 enchanting harmony: 4 Reside. 5 Temptations. 6 Lively, spritely.


A man of complements, whom right and wrong

Have chose as umpire of their mutiny: 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 debate. 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 minstrelsy.

Biron. Armado is a most illustrious wight, A man of fire-new words, fashion's own knight. Long. Costard the swain, and he, shall be our

And, so to study, three years is but short.

Enter Dull, with a letter, and CoSTARD.
Dull. Which is the duke's own person ?
Biron. This, fellow; What would'st ?

Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for I am his grace's tharborough 8: but I would see his own person in flesh and blood.

Biron. This is he.
Dull. Signior Arme Arme

commends you. There's villainy abroad; this letter will tell you

Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching
King. A letter from the magnificent Armado.

Biron. How low soever 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 ?




7 Called.
Si. e. third-borough, a peace-officer.


Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh moderately; or to forbear both.

Biron. Well, sir, be it as the style shall give us cause to climb in the merriness.

Cost. The matter is to me, sir, as concerning Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken with the manner.

Biron. In what manner?

Cost. 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 this letter with attention ? Biron. As we would hear an oracle. Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken after the flesh.

King (reads.] Great deputy, the welkin's vicegerent, and sole dominator of Navarre, my souls earth's God, and body's fostering patron,

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

Cost. It may be so: but if he say it is so, he is, in telling true, but so, so.

King. Peace.

Cost. – be to me, and every man that dares not fight!

King. No words.
Cost, - of other men's secrets, I beseech you.


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