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But Rosaline, you have a favour too:
Ros. I would, you knew :
Prin. Any thing like ?
debtor, My red dominical, my golden letter : 0, that your face were not so full of O's! 199
Kath. Pox of that jest! and I beshrew all shrows.
Kath. Yes, madam; and moreover,
Mar. This, and these pearls, to me sent Longa
The letter is too long by half a mile,
Prin. I think no less; Dost thou not wish in heart, The chain were longer, and the letter short?
Mar. Ay, or I would these hands might never part.
catch’d, As wit turn'd fool : folly, in wisdom hatch'd, Hath wisdom's warrant, and the help of school; And wit's own grace to grace a learned fool. Ros. The blood of youth burns not with such
excess; As gravity's revolt to wantonness.
Mar. Folly in fools bears not so strong a note, 230 As foolery in the wise, when wit doth dote; Since all the power thereof it doth apply, To prove, by wit, worth in simplicity.
Enter Boyet. Prin. Here comes Boyet, and mirth is in his face. Boyet. 0, I am stabb’d with laughter! Where's her
grace? Prin. Thy news, Boyet ?
Boyet. Prepare, madam, prepare! Arm, wenches, arın!-encounters mounted are Against your peace : Lovę doth approach disguis'd, Armed in arguments ; you'll be surpris'd : 240 Muster your wits ; stand in your own defence ; Or hide your heads like cowards, and fy hence.
Prin. Saint Dennis to St. Cupid ! What are they, That charge their breath against us? say, scout, say.
Boyet. Under the cool shade of a sycamore,
The boy reply'd, An angel is not evil;
Prin. But what, but what, come they to visit us ?
Boyet. They do, they do; and are apparel'd thus, Like Muscovites, or Russians : as I guess, Their purpose is, to parle, to court, and dance : And every one his love-feat will advance Unto his several mistress; which they'll know 280 By favours several, which they did bestow. Prin. And will they so? the gallants shall be
task'd :For, ladies, we will every one be mask'd ; And not a man of them shall have the grace, Despight of suit, to see a lady's face.Hold, Rosaline, this favour thou shalt wear; And then the king will court thee for his dear : Hold, take thou this, my sweet, and give me thine; So shall Biron take me for Rosaline.
And change your favours too; so shall your loves Woo contrary, deceiv’d by these removes.
291 Ros. Come on then ; wear the favours most in
sight. Kath. But, in this changing, what is your
intent? Prin. The effect of my intent is, to cross theirs : They do it but in mocking merriment; And mock for mock is only my intent. Their several counsels they unbosom shall To loves mistook; and so be mock'd withal, Upon the next occasion that we meet, With visages display'd, to talk, and greet.
Ros. But shall we dance, if they desire us to't?
Prin. No; to the death, we will not move a foot : Nor to their penn'd speech render we no grace ; But, while 'tis spoke, each turn away her face. Boyet. Why, that contempt will kill the speaker's
heart, And quite divorce his memory from his part.
Prin. Therefore I do it; 'and, I make no doubt, The rest will ne'er come in, if he be out. There's no such sport, as sport by sport o'erthrown; To make theirs ours, and ours none but our own : So shall we stay, mocking intended game; And they, well mock'd, depart away with shame.
[Sound. Boyet. The trumpet sounds; be mask'd, the maskers
[The Ladies mask.