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Than you expect; unseal this letter soon,
There you shall find, three of your Argosies
Are richly come to Harbour suddenly.
You shall not know by what strange accident
I chanced on this letter.

Ant. I am dumb.
Baf. Were you the Doctor, and I knew you not?
Gra. Were you the clerk, that is to make me

cuckold?
Ner. Ay, but the clerk, that never means to do it,
Unless he live until he be a man.
Bas: Sweet Doctor, you shall be my

bedfellow; When I am absent, then lye with my wife.

Ant. Sweet lady, you have giv'n me life and living;
For here I read for certain, that my ships
Are fafely come to road.

Por. How now, Lorenzo ?
My clerk hath some good comforts too for you.

Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a fee.
There do I give to you and Jeffica,
From the rich Jew, a special Deed of Gift,
After his death, of all he dies poffefs'd of.

Lor. Fair ladies, 4 you drop Manna in the way
Of starved people.

Por. It is almost morning,
And yet, I'm sure, you are not satisfy'd
Of these events at full. Let us go in,
And charge us there upon interr'gatories,
And we will answer all things faithfully,

Gra. Let it be fo: the first interrogatory,
That my Nerisa shall be sworn on, is,

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you Of farved people. Shakespear is not more exa&t in any thing, than in adapting his images with propriety to his speakers ; of which he has here given an instance in making the young Jewels call good fortune, Manna,

Whether

Whether 'till the next night she had rather Atay,
Or go to bed now, being two hours to day.
But were the day come, I should wish it dark,
'Till I were couching with the Doctor's clerk.
Well, while I live, I'll fear no other thing
So sore, as keeping safe Nerissa's ring.

[Exeunt omnes.

Love's

LOVE's LABOUR's lost.

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COM E DY

Dramatis Personæ.

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FERDINAND, King of Navarre.
Biron,

tbree Lords, attending upon the King in Longaville,

bis retirement. Dumain, Boyet, Lords, attending upon the Princess of Macard, France. Don Adriano de Armado, a fantastical Spaniard. Nathaniel, a Curate, Dull, a Constable. Holofernes, a Schoolmaster. Costard, a Clown. Moth, Page to Don Adriano de Armado, A Forefter.

Princess of France.
Rosaline,
Maria, Ladies, attending on the Princess.
Catharine,
Jaquenetta, a Country Wench.

Officers, and others, Attendants upon the King and

Princess. SCENE, the King of Navarre's Palace, and

the Country near it.

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Love's LABOUR'S loft

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A C T I. SCEN E I.

The P A LA C E.

Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain.

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KING.
ET Fame, that all hunt after in their lives,
Live registred upon our brazen tombs ;
And then grace us in the disgrace of death:
When, spight of cormorant devouring

time,
Th' endeavour of this present breath may buy
'That honour which fhall 'bate his fcythe's keen edge;
And make us heirs of all eternity.
Therefore, brave Conquerors! for so you are,
That war against your own Affections,
And the huge army of the world's desires;
Our late edict shall strongly stand in force.
Navarre shall be the wonder of the world;
Our Court shall be a little academy,
Still and contemplative in living arts.
You three, Biron, Dumain, and Longaville,

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