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Biron. Armado is a most illustrious wight,
Long. Costard the swain, and he, shall be our sport; And, so to study, three years is but short.
Enter Dull, and COSTARD, with a Letter.
Dull. Í myself reprehend his own person, for I am his grace's tharborough: but I would see his own person in flesh and blood.
Biron. This is he.
Dull. Signior Arme Arme, commends you. There's villainy abroad ; this letter will tell you more.
190 Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching
King. A letter from the magnificent Armado.
Biron. How low soever the matter, I hope in God for high words.
Long. A high hope for a low having: God grant us patience !
Biron. To hear? or forbear hearing?
Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh mode rately; or to forbear both.
Biron. Well, sir, be it as the stile shall give us cause to climb in the merriness. í Cost. The matter is to me, sir, as concerning Jaquenetta. The manner of-it is, I was taken with the manner.
Biron. In what manner?
Cost. In manner and form following, sir ; all those three : I was seen with her in the manor house, sit. ting with her upon the form, and taken following her into the park; which, put together, is, in manner and form following. Now, sir, for the manner,-it is the manner of a man to speak to a woman : for the form,---in some form.
Biron. For the following, sir?
Cost. As it shall follow in my correction; and God defend the right!
King. Will you hear the letter with attention?
Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken af. ter the flesh.
King. [Reads.) Great deputy, the welkin's vicegerent; and sole dominator of Navarre, my soul's earth's God, and body's fost'ring patron,
Cost. Not a word of Costard yet :
King. So it is,
230 Cost.---of other men's secrets, I beseech you,
King. So it is, besieged with sable-coloured melancholy, I did commend the black oppressing humour to the most wholesomne physick of thy health-giving air ; and, as I a gentleman, betook myself to walk. The time, when ?
About the sixth hour ; when beasts most graze, birds best peck, and men sit down to that nourishment which is called supper. So much for the time when : Now for the ground which; which; 1
I walk'd upon : it is ycleped, thy park. Then for the place where ; where, I mean, I did encounter that obscene and most preposterous event, that draweth from my snow-white pen the eboncolour'd ink, which here thou viewest, beholdest, surveyestz or seest : But to the place, where,-It standeth northnorth-east and by east from the west corner of thy curiousknotted garden : There did I see that low-spirited swain; that base minnoto of thy mirth, (Cost. Me.) that unletter'd small-knowing souls (Cost. Me.) that shallow vassal, (Cost. Still me.) which, as I remember, hight Costard, (Cost. O me!) sorted and consorted; contrary to thy established proclaimed edićt and continent canon, with, -with- with,---but with this I passion to say wherewith
253 Cost. With a wench.
King. With a child of our grandmother Eve, a female ; or, for thy more sweet understanding, a woman. Him, I (as my ever-esteemed duty pricks me on) have sent to thee, to receive the meed of punishments by thy sweet grace's officer, "Anthony Dull; a man of good repute, carriage, bearing, and estimation.
260 Dulb. Mė, an't shall please you; I am Anthony Dull.
King. For Jaquenetta (so is the weaker vessel called which I apprehended with the aforesaid swain), I keep her 'as a vessel of thy law's fury; and shall, at the least of the
sweet notice, bring her to trial. Thine, in all compliments of devoted and heart-burning heat of duty,
Don Adriano de Armado, Biron. This is not so well as I look'd for, but the best that ever I heard.
King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrah, what say you to this?
271 Cost. Sir, I confess the wench. King. Did you hear the proclamation ?
Cost. I do confess much of the hearing it, but little of the marking of it.
King. It was proclaim'd a year's imprisonment to be taken with a wench.
Cost. I was taken with none, sir ; I was taken with a damosel.
King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel. 280
Cost. This was no damosel neither, sir ; she was a virgin.
King. It is so varied too; for it was proclaim'd, virgin.
Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity ; I was taken with a maid.
King. This maid will not serve your turn, sir.
King. Sir, I will pronounce. sentence; You shall fast a week with bran and water.
290 Cost. I had rather pray a month with mutton and porridge.
King. And Don Armado shall be your keeper.My lord Biron, see him deliver'd o'er.
And go we, lords, to put in practice that
[Exeunt. Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's hat,
These oaths and laws will prove an idle scorn.“ Şirrah, come on.
299 Cost. I suffer for the truth, sir : for true it is, I was taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is a true girl ; and therefore, Welcome the sour cup of prosperity! Amiction may one day smile again, and 'till then, Sit thee down, sorrow !
ARMADO's House. Enter ARMADO, and Moth. Arm. Boy, what sign is it, when a man of great spirit grows melancholy?
Moth. A great sign, sir, that he will look sad.
Arm. Why, sadness is one and the self-same thing, dear imp. Moth. No, no; O lord, sir, no.
310 Arm. How canst thou part sadness and melancholy, ny tender juvenal ?
Moth. By a familiar demonstration of the working, my tough signior.
Arm. Why tough signior ? why tough signior ?
Moth. Why tender juvenal ? why tender juve nal? Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congruent