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Arm. A most acute juvenal: voluble and free of
grace ! By thy favour, sweet welkin, I must sigh in thy
face: Most rude melancholy, valour gives thee place. My herald is return'd.
Re-enter Moth and CostaRD. Moth. A wonder, master; here's a Costard 2
broken in a shin. Arm. Some enigma, some riddle: come, - thy
l'envoy 3; - begin. Cost. No egma, no riddle, no l'envoy ; no salve in the mail, sir: 0, sir, plantain, a plain plantain ; no l'envoy, no l'envoy, no salve, sir, but a plantain!
Arm. By virtue, thou enforcest laughter; thy silly thought, my spleen; the heaving of my lungs provokes me to ridiculous smiling; 0, pardon me, my stars! Doth the inconsiderate take salve for l'envoy, and the word, l'envoy, for a salve ?
Moth. Do the wise think them other ? is not l'envoy a salve? Arm. No, page: it is an epilogue or discourse, to
make plain Some obscure precedence that hath tofore been
sain. I will example it :
The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee,
Were still at odds, being but three. There's the moral : Now the l'envoy.
Moth. I will add the l'envoy: Say the moral again.
% A head. s An old French term for concluding verses, which served either to convey the moral, or to address the poem to some person.
Arm. The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee,
Were still at odds, being but three: Moth. Until the goose came out of door,
And stay'd the odds by adding four. Now will I begin your moral, and do you follow with my l'envoy.
The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee,
Were still at odds, being but three: Arm. Until the goose came out of door,
Staying the odds by adding four. Moth. A good l'envoy, ending in the goose; Would you desire more? Cost. The boy hath sold him a bargain, a goose ;
that's fiat: Sir, your pennyworth is good, an your goose be
fat. To sell a bargain well, is as cunning as fast and
loose : Let me see a fat l'envoy; ay, that's a fat goose. Arm. Come hither, come hither : How did this
argument begin? Moth. By saying that a Costard was broken in a
shin. Then call'd you for the l'envoy. Cost. True, and I for a plantain ; Thus came
your argument in; Then the boy's fat l'envoy, the goose that you
bought; And he ended the market.
Arm. But tell me; how was there a Costard broken in a shin?
Moth. I will tell you sensibly.
Cost. Thou hast no feeling of it, Moth ; I will speak that l'envoy: I, Costard, running out, that was safely within, Fell over the threshold, and broke my shin.
Arm. We will talk no more of this matter.
Cost. O, marry me to one Frances : - I smell some l'envoy, some goose, in this.
Arm. By my sweet soul, I mean, setting thee at liberty, enfreedoming thy person; thou wert immured, restrained, captivated, bound.
Cost. True, true; and now you will be my purgation, and let me loose.
Arm. I give thee thy liberty, set thee from durance; and, in lieu thereof, impose on thee nothing but this: Bear this significant to the country maid Jaquenetta: there is remuneration; [Giving him money.) for the best ward of mine honour, is, rewarding my dependents. Moth follow.
[Exit. Moth. Like the sequel, I. - Signior Costard,
adieu. Cost. My sweet ounce of man's flesh ! my in
(Exit Moth. Now will I look to his remuneration. Remuneration ! O, that's the Latin word for three farthings ; three farthings remuneration.
What's the price of this inkle ? a penny:
No, I'll give you a remuneration : why, it carries it. - Remuneration ! why, it is a fairer name than French crown. I will never buy and sell out of this word.
Enter BIRON. Biron. O, my good knave Costard ! exceedingly well met.
Cost. Pray you, sir, how much carnation ribbon may a man buy for a remuneration ?
cony 4 Jew
Biron. What is a remuneration ? Cost. Marry, sir, half-penny farthing. Biron. 0, why then, three-farthings-worth of silk.
Cost. I thank your worship: God be with you!
Biron. O, stay, slave; I must employ thee:
Cost. When would you have it done, sir?
Cost. I will come to your worship to-morrow morning. Biron. It must be done this afternoon. Hark,
slave, it is but this ;The princess comes to hunt here in the park, And in her train there is a gentle lady; When tongues speak sweetly, then they name her
name, And Rosaline they call her: ask for her; And to her white hand see thou do.commend This seald up counsel. There's thy guerdons; go.
[Gives him money. Cost., Guerdon, O sweet guerden! better than remuneration; eleven-pence farthing better: Most sweet guerdon! - I will do it, sir, in print.6. Guerdon remuneration.
[Erit. Biron. O! — And I, forsooth, in love! I that have been love's whip; A very beadle to a humorous sigh; A critick; nay, a night-watch constable;
With the utmost exactness.
A domineering pedant o'er the boy,
(Erit. 7 Hooded, veiled.
8 Petticoats. 9 The officers of the spiritual courts who serve citations.