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Prin. No, they are free, that gave these tokens to us. Biron. Our states are forfeit, leek not to undo us.
Roja. It is not fo; for how can this be true,
you stand forfeit, being those that sue?
King. Teach us, sweet Madam, forourrude transgression Some fair excuse.
Prin. The faireft is confeffion.
King. Madam, I was.
Prin. When you then were here,
King. That more than all the world I did respect her.
Prin. Peace, peace, forbear :
King. Despise me when I breakthis oath of mine.
Prin. I will, and therefore keep it. Rosaline, What did the Rufian whisper in your ear?
Rofa. Madam, he swore, that he did hold me deas As precious eye-light; and did value me Above this world; adding thereto moreover, That he would wed me, or else die my
lover, Prin. God give thee joy of him! the noble Lord Moft honourably doth uphold his word.
King. What mean you, Madam? by my life, my troth, I never swore this Lady such an oath.
Rofa. By heav'n, you did; and to confirm it plain, You gave me this: but take it, Sir, again.
King. My faith, and this, to th’ Princess I did give; I knew her by this jewel on her sleeve.
Prin. Pardon me, Sir, this jewel did she wear:
Biron. Neither of either : I remit both twain.
And laugh upon the apple of her eye,
Holding a trencher, jefting merrily?
Boyet. Full merrily
Welcome, pure wit, thou parteft a fair fray.
Ceft. O Lord, Sir, they would know Whether the three worthies shall come in, or no. Biron. What, are there but three ?
Coft. No, Sir, but it is vara fine ; For every one pursents three.
Biron. And three times thrice is nine?
(48) That Smiles bis cheek in years,] Thus the whole set of impreffions: but I cannot for my heart comprehend the sense of this phrase. I am persuaded, I have restor'd the poet's word and meaning. Boyer's character was that of a ficerer, jeerer, mocker, carping blade.
Coft. Not fo, Sir, under correction, Sir; I hope, it is not fo. You cannot beg us, Sir; I can affure you, Sir, we know what we know : I hope, three times thrice, Sir
Biron. Is not nine.
Coft. Under correction, Sir; we know where until it doth amount.
Biron. By Jove, I always took three threes for nine, Coft. O Lord, Sir, it were pity you should
get your living by reckoning, Sir.
Biron. How much is it?
Coft. O Lord, Sir, the parties themselves, the actors, Sir, will shew where until it doth amount; 'for my own part, I am, as they say, but to perfect one man in one poor man, Pompion the Great, Sir.
s' Biron. Art thou one of the worthies ?
Coff. It pleased them to think me worthy of Pompior the great: for mine own part, I know not the degree of the worthy, but I am to fand for him.
10:963 Biron. Go bid them
prepare, Coft. We will turn it finely off, Sir, we will take fome care.
King. Biron, they will shame us; let them not approach.
[Exit Coit. Biron. We are fame-proof, my Lord; and 'tis foine
policy To have one showworse than the King's and his company,
King. I say, they shall not come.
Prin. Nay, my gocd Lord, let me o'er-rule you now; That sport beft pleases, that doth least know how. Where zeal ftrives to content, and the contents Dies in the zeal of that which it presents ; Their form, confounded, makes most form in mirth When great things, labouring, perifh in' their birth. Biron. A right description of our sport, my Lord.
Enter Armado. Arm. Anointed, I implore so much expence of thy royal sweet breath, as will utter a brace of words.; : Prin. Doth this man serve God
Biron. Why ask you ?
Arm. That's all one, my fair sweet honey monarch ; for, I proteft, the schoolmaster is exceeding fantastical ; too, too vain ; too, too vain : but we will put it, as they say, to fortuna de la guerra. I wish you the peace of mind, most royal cupplement.
King. Here is like to be a good presence of worthies : he presents Hector of Troy, the fwain Pompey the Great, the parish-curate Alexander, Armado's page Hero cules, the pedant Judas Machabeus. And if these four worthies in their first show thrive, These four will change habits, and present the other five.
Biron. There are five in the first show.
the fool, and the boy.
Enter Coftard for Pompey.
Biron. Well , faid, old mocker : I must needs be friends with thee.
Coff. I Pompey am, Pompey, surnam’d the Big.
Coft. It is Great, Sir; Pompey, surnam'd the Great ; That oft in field, with targe and shield,
Did make my foe to sweat : And travelling along this coaft, I bere am come by chance; And lay my arms before the legs of this sweet lass of France. If your Ladyfhip would say, 'thanks Pompey,” I had done.
(49) with Li hard's bead on knee.] This alludes to those oldfashion'd garments, apon the knees and elbows of which it was frequent to have, by way of ornament, a Leopard's, or Lion's head. This accoutremeat the Frenb call d une masquine,
Prin. Great thanks, great Pompey.
Coft. 'Tis not so much worth ; but, I hope, I was perfect. I made a little fault in great.
Biron. My hat to a halt-penny, Pompey proves the best worthy.
Enter Nathaniel for Alexander,
Coft. O Sir, you have overthrown Alijander the conqueror. [to Nath] You will be scraped out of the painted cloth for this ; your lion, that holds the poll-ax fitting on a close-ftool (50), will be given to A-jax; he will be then the ninth worthy. A conqueror, and afraid to
(50) Tour lion that holds the poll-ax fitting on a closestool,] Alexander the Great, as one of the nine wortbies, bears gules; a lion, or, feiant in a chair, holding a battle-ax argent. Vid. Ger. Leigh's Accidence of Armouries. But why, because Natbaniel had behaved ill as Alexander, was that worthy's lion and poll-ax to be given to Ajax ? Coftard, the clown, has a conceit in this very much of a piece with his character. The name of Ajax is equivocally us’d by him; and he means, the infgnia of such a conqueror, as the curate exhibited in his wretched representation ought to be given to a Jakes; - fit verbo reverential the same sort of conundrum is used by B. Yonfon at the close of his poem, call'd, The famous Voyage.
And I could wish, fpr their eternizd fakes,