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Mar. Dumain is mine, as sure as bark on tree.

Boyet. Madam, and pretty mistresses, give ear:
Immediately they will again be here
In their own shapes; for it can never be,
They will digest this harsh indignity.

Prin. Will they return ?
Boyet. They will, they will, God knows;
And leap for joy, though they are lame with blows:
Therefore, change favours; and, when they repair,
Blow like sweet roses in this summer air.
Prin. How, blow? how blow? speak to be under-

stood. Boyet. Fair ladies, mask'd, are roses in their bud; Dismask'd, their damask sweet commixture shewn, Are angels vailing clouds, or roses blown.

Prin. Avaunt, perplexity! What shall we do, If they return in their own shapes to woo?

Ros. Good madam, if by me you'll be advis'd, Let's mock them still, as well known, as disguis'd : Let us complain to them what fools were here, Disguis'd like Muscovites, in shapeless gear ; And wonder, what they were; and to what end Their shallow shows, and prologue vilely penn'd, And their rough carriage so ridiculous, Should be presented at our tent to us.

Boyet. Ladies, withdraw; the gallants are at hand, Prin. Whip to our tents, as roes run o'er the land.

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Enter the King, BIRON, LONGAVILLE, and DUMAIN,

in their own Habits.

King. Fair sir, God save you! Where's the priņ.

cess? Boyet. Gone to her tent: Please it your majesty, Command me any service to her? King. That she vouchsafe me audience for one

word. Boyet. I will; and so will she, I know, my lord.

[Exit. Biron. This fellow picks up wit, as pigeons peas ; And utters it again, when Jove doth please : 490 He is wit's pedlar; and retails his wares At wakes, and wassels, meetings, markets, fairs; And we that sell by gross, the Lord doth know, Have not the grace to grace it with such show. This gallant pins the wenches on his sleeve; Had he been Adam, he had tempted Eve : He can carve too, and lisp: Why, this is he, That kiss'd away his hand in courtesy ; This is the ape of form, monsieur the nice, That, when he plays at tables, chides the dice 500 In honourable terms; nay, he can sing A mean most meanly; and, in ushering, Mend him who can: the ladies call hiin, sweet; The stairs, as he treads on them, kiss his feet : This is the flower that smiles on every one, To shew his teeth as white as whale his bone :--

And consciences, that will not die in debt,
Pay him the due of honey-tongued Boyet.
King. A blister on his sweet tongue, with my

heart, That put Armado's page out of his part! 510 Enter the Princess, ROSALINE, MARIA, KATHARINE,

BOYET, and Attendants. Biron. See, where it comes !-Behaviour, what

wert thou, Till this mad man shew'd thee? and what art thou

now? King. All hail, sweet madam, and fair time of day! Prin. Fair, in all hail, is foul, as I conceive. King. Construe my speeches better, if you may. Prin, Then wish me better, I will give you leave. King. We came to visit you ; and purpose now

To lead you to our court : vouchsafe it then. Prin. This field shall hold me; and so hold your


Nor God, nor I, delight in perjur'd men. 520 King. Rebuke me not for that which you provoke ;

The virtue of your eye must break my oath. Prin. You nick-name virtue ; vice you should have

spoke ;
For virtue's office never breaks men's troth.
Now, by my maiden honour, yet as pure

As the unsully'd lily, I protest,
A world of torments though I should endure,
Į would not yield to be your house's guest :


So much I hate a breaking cause to be
Of heavenly oaths, vow'd with integrity. 53
King. O, you have liv'd in desolation here,

Unseen, unvisited, much to our shame.
Prin. Not so, my lord ; it is not so, I swear ;

We have had pastimes here, and pleasant game; A mess of Russians left us but of late.

King. How, madam Russians ?

Prin. Ay, in truth, my lord ;
Trim gallants, full of courtship, and of state.

Ros. Madam, speak true :-It is not so, my lord;
My lady (to the manner of these days), 54
In courtesy, gives undeserving praise.
We four, indeed, confronted were with four
In Russian habit : here they staid an hour,
And talk'd apace; and in that hour, my lord,
They did not bless us with one happy word.
I dare not call them fools; but this I think,
When they are thirsty, fools would fain have drink.

Biron. This jest is dry to me.-Fair, gentle, sweet, Your wit makes wise things foolish : when we greet With eyes best seeing heaven's fiery eye, 550 By light we lose light: Your capacity Is of that nature, that to your huge store Wise things seem foolish, and rich things but poor. Ros. This proves you wise and rich ; for in my

eye, Biron. I am a fool, and full of poverty.

Ros. But that you take what doth to you belong, It were a fault to snatch words from my tongue.

Biron. O, I am yours, and all that I possess.
Ros. All the fool mine?
Biron. I cannot give you less.

560 Ros. Which of the visors was it, that you wore ? Biron. Where? when what visor? why demand

you this ?

Ros. There, then, that visor ; that superAuous

case, That hid the worse, and shew'd the better face. King. We are descry'd; they'll mock us now down

right. Dum. Let us confess, and turn it to a jest. Prin. Amaz’d, my lord? Why looks your high

ness sad? Ros. Help, hold his brows! he'll swoon! Why look

you pale ? Sea-sick, I think, coming from Muscovy. Biron. Thus pour the stars down plagues for perjury.

570 Can

any face of brass hold longer out? Here stand I, lady; dart thy skill at me;

Bruise me with scorn, confound me with a flout; Thrust thy sharp wit quite through my ignorance ;

Cut me to pieces with thy keen conceit; And I will wish thee never more to dance,

Nor never more in Russian habit wait. O! never will I trust to speeches penn'd,

Nor to the motion of a school-boy's tongue ; -Nor never come in visor to my friend ;

580 Nor woo in shime, like a blind harper's song:



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