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The PRINCESS of France..
Lords, Attendants, &c.
SCENE I. The king of Navarre's park.
Enter FERDINAND, king of NAVARRE, BIRON, LONGAVILLE, and DUMAIN.
King. Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives,
Still and contemplative in living art.
are recorded in this schedule here :
oaths are pass'd; and now subscribe your names,
are arm'd to do as sworn to do,
eribe to your deep oaths, and keep it too.
I hope well is not enrolled there; -ne day in a week to touch no food ut one meal on every day beside, hich I hope is not enrolled there; hen, to sleep but three hours in the night, ot be seen to wink of all the day
I was wont to think no harm all night nake a dark night too of half the dayI hope well is not enrolled there: se are barren tasks, too hard to keep, see ladies, study, fast, not sleep! g. Your oath is pass'd to pass away from these on. Let me say no, my liege, an if you please: swore to study with your grace
cay here in your court for three years' space. 9. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest. on. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in jest. is the end of study? let me know.
7. Ay, that is study's god-like recompense.
7. Why, that to know, which else we should not know. n. Things hid and barr'd, you mean, from common
When mistresses from common sense are hid;
King. These be the stops that hinder study quite And train our intellects to vain delight.
Biron. Why, all delights are vain; but that most vain, Which with pain purchased doth inherit pain: As, painfully to pore upon a book
To seek the light of truth; while truth the while Doth falsely blind the eyesight of his look:
Light seeking light doth light of light beguile :
By fixing it upon a fairer eye,
Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed
And give him light that it was 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.
That give a name to every fixed star
Than those that walk and wot not what they are.
King. How well he's read, to reason against reading!
Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth;
Dum. How follows that?
Fit in his place and time
Dum. In reason nothing. Biron. Something then in rhyme. King. Biron is like an envious sneaping frost That bites the first born infants of the spring. Biron. Well, say I am; why should proud summer boast Before the birds have any cause to sing? Why should I joy in any abortive birth? At Christmas I no more desire a rose
to study now it is too late,
'er the house to unlock the little gate. Well, sit you out: go home, Biron: adieu. -. No, my good lord; I have sworn to stay with you: -ugh I have for barbarism spoke more
for that angel knowledge you can say, fident I'll keep what I have swore Dide the penance of each three years' day. the paper; let me read the same;
the strict'st decrees I'll write my name.
How well this yielding rescues thee from shame! . [reads] "Item, That no woman shall come within f my court:" Hath this been proclaimed ?
Four days ago.
. Let's see the penalty. [Reads] "On pain of lostongue." Who devised this penalty? Marry, that did I.
c. Sweet lord, and why?
To fright them hence with that dread penalty.
. A dangerous law against gentility!
s] "Item, If any man be seen to talk with a woman che term of three years, he shall endure snch public s the rest of the court can possibly devise."
cicle, my liege, yourself must break;
ell you know here comes in embassy. ench king's daughter with yourself to speakid of grace and complete majestyurrender up of Aquitaine
-r decrepit, sick and bedrid father:
re this article is made in vain,
inly comes the admired princess hither.
What say you, lords? why, this was quite forgot.
-. So study evermore is overshot:
t doth study to have what it would
We must of force dispense with this decree ; st lie here on mere necessity.
-. Necessity will make us all fors worn housand times within this three years' space; ry man with his affects is born,
y might master'd but by special grace: ak faith, this word shall speak for me; Tsworn on mere necessity."
e laws at large I write my name.
Stands in attainder of eternal shame :
King. Ay, that there is. Our court, you know, is haunted
A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
For interim to our studies shall relate
Biron. Armado is a most illustrious wight,
Enter DULL with a letter, and COSTARD.
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.
Dull. Signior Arme-Arme-commends you. There's villany 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 soever the matter, I hope in God for high words.
Long. A high hope for a low heaven: God grant us pa tience!
Biron. To hear? or forbear laughing?
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.