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Love's LABOUR'S LOST. A& IV.
But with the motion of all elements,
as sweet, and musical, As bright Apollo's lute, strung with his hair ; 680 And, when love speaks, the voice of all the gods. Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony. Never durst poet touch a pen to write, Until his ink were temper'd with love's sighs; 0, then his lines would ravish savage ears, And plant in tyrants mild humility. From women's eyes this doctrine I derive : They sparkle still the right Promethean fire; They are the books, the arts, the academes, That shew, contain, and nourish all the world; 690 Else, none at all in aught proves excellent : Then fools you were, these women to forswear ; Or, keeping what is sworn, you will prove fools. For wisdom's sake, a word that all men love; Or for love's sake, a word that loves all men;
Or for men's sake, the authors of these women;
field! Biron. Advance your standards, and upon them,
lords; Pell-mell, down with them! but be first advis'd, In conflict that you get the sun of them.
Long. Now to plain-dealing ; lay these glozes by: Shall we resolve to woo these girls of France ?
King, And win them too : therefore let us devise Some entertainment for them in their tents. 710
Biron. First, from the park let us conduct them
Then, homeward, every man attach the hand
King. Away, away! no time shall be omitted,
And justice always whirls in equal measure: Light wenches may prove plagues to men forswern; If so, our copper buys no better treasure.
AEt V. SCENE 1.
The Street. Enter HOLOFERNES, NATHANIEL, and
Hol. Satis quod sufficit.
Nath. I praise God for you, sir : your reasons at dinner have been sharp and sententious; pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, audacious without impudency, learned without opinion, and strange without heresy I did converse this quondam day with a companion of the king's, who is intituled, nominated, or called, Don Adriano de Armado.
Hol. Novi hominem tanquam te: His humour is lofty, his discourse peremptory, his tongue filed, his eye ambitious, his gait majestical, and his general behaviour vain, ridiculous, and thrasonical. He is too picked, too spruce, too affected, too odd, as it were ; too peregrinate, as I may call it.
14 Nath. A most singular and choice epithet.
[Draws out his Table-Book. Hol. He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument. I abhor such
phanatical phantasms, such insociable and point-devise companions; such rackers of orthography, as to speak, dout, fine, when he should say, doubt; det, when he should pronounce, debt; d, e, b, t; not, d, e, t: he clepeth a calf, cauf; half, hauf; neighbour, vocatur, nebour ; neigh, abbreviated, ne: This is abhominable (which he would call abominable), it insinuateth me of insanie; Ne intelligis, domine ? to make frantick, lunatick?
26 Nath. Laus deo, bone; intelligo.
Hol. Bone? -bone, for benè: Priscian a little scratch'd ; 'twill serve.
Enter ARMADO, MOTH, and COSTARD,
Moth. They have been at a great feast of languages, and stol'n the scraps.
[To COSTARD aside. Cost. O, they have liv'd long on the alms-basket of words! I marvel, thy master hath not eaten thee for a word; for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus : thou art easier swallowed than a flap-dragon.