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and out of heart you love her, being out of heart that you cannot enjoy her.

Arm. I am all these three.

Moth. And three times as much more, and yet nothing at all.

Arm. Fetch hither the swain; he must carry me a letter. · Moth. A message well sympathised; a horse to be embassador for an ass !

Arm. Ha, ha! what sayest thou?

Moth. Marry, sir, you must send the ass upon the horse, for he is very slow-gaited : But I go.

Arm. The way is but short; away.
Moth. As swift as lead, sir.

Arm. Thy meaning, pretty ingenious ?
Is not lead a metal heavy, dull, and slow?

Moth. Minime, honest master; or rather, master,


Arm. I say, lead is slow.

You are too swift,' sir, to say so: Is that lead slow which is fir'd from a gun?

Arm. Sweet smoke of rhetorick! He reputes me a cannon; and the bullet, that's


I shoot thee at the swain.

Thump then, and I flee.

[Exit. Arm. A most acute juvenal ; voluble and free of

grace! By thy favour, sweet welkin, I must sigh in thy


* Quick, ready.

Most rude melancholy, valour gives thee place,
My herald is return'd.

Re-enter Moth and CostaRD.
Moth. A wonder, master; here's a Costard a broken

in a shin.
Arm. Some enigma, some riddle : come,—thy

l'envoy ;3—begin. Cost. No egma, no riddle, no l'envoy; no salve in the mail, sir : 0, sir, plantain, a plain plantain; no l'envoy, no l'envoy, no salve, sir, but a plantain !

Arm. By virtue, thou enforcest laughter; thy silly thought, my spleen; the heaving of my lungs provokes me to ridiculous smiling: 0, pardon me, my stars! Doth the inconsiderate take salve for l'envoy, and the word, l'envoy, for a salve ?

Moth. Do the wise think them other? is not l'envoy a salve ? Arm. No, page: it is an epilogue or discourse, to

make plain Some obscure precedence that hath tofore been sain. I will example it:

The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee,

Were still at odds, being but three.
There's the moral: Now the l'envoy.

Moth. I will add the l'envoy : Say the moral again.
Arm. The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee,

Were still at odds, being but three:
Moth. Until the goose came out of door,

And stay'd the odds by adding four.

2 A head.
3 An old

term concluding verses, which served either to convey the moral, or to address, the poem to some person.

Now will I begin your moral, and do you -follow with my l'envoy.

The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee,
Were still at odds, being but three :
Arm. Until the goose came out of door,

Staying the odds by adding four. Moth. A good l'envoy, ending in the goose; Would you

desire more? Cost. The boy hath sold him a bargain, a goose,

that's flat :Sir, your pennyworth is good, an your goose be fat.To sell a bargain well, is as cunning as fast and

loose : Let me see a fat l'envoy; ay, that's a fat goose. Arm: Come hither, come hither : How did this

argument begin ? Moth. By saying that a Costard was broken in a


Then call'd you for the l'envoy.
Cost. True, and I for a plantain; Thus came your

argument in; Then the boy's fat l'envoy, the goose that you bought; And he ended the market.

Arm. But tell me; how was there a Costard broken in a shin?

Moth. Į will tell you sensibly,

Cost. Thou hast no feeling of it, Moth; I will
speak that l'envoy :
I, Costard, running out, that was safely within,
Fell over the threshold, and broke my shin.

Arm. We will talk no more of this matter.
Cost. Till there be more matter in the shin,

Arm. Sirrah Costard, I will enfranchise thee.

Cost. O, marry me to one Frances :- I smell some I envoy, some goose, in this.

Arm. By my sweet soul, I mean, setting thee at liberty, enfreedoming thy person; thou wert immured, restrained, captivated, bound.

Cost. True, true; and now you will be my purga.. tion, and let me loose.

Arm. I give thee thy liberty, set thee from durance; and, in lieu thereof, impose on thee nothing but this : Bear this significant to the country maid Jaquenetta : there is remuneration; [Giving him money.] for the best ward of mine honour, is, rewarding my dependents. Moth, follow.

[Exit. Moth. Like the sequel, I.- Signior Costard, adieu. Cost. My sweet ounce of man's flesh! my incony 4 Jew!

[Exit Moti. Now will I look to his remuneration. Remuneration ! O, that's the Latin word for three fathings: three farthings remuneration.—What's the price of this inkle ? a penny :-No, I'll give you a remuneration : why, it carries it.-Remuneration !- why, it is a fairer name than French crown. I will never buy and sell out of this word.

Enter BIRON.

Biron. O, my good knave Costard ! exceedingly well met.

Cost. Pray you, sir, how much carnation ribbon may a man buy for a remuneration?

Biron. What is a remuneration

4 Delightful.

Cost. Marry, sir, half-penny farthing.
Biron, O, why then, three-farthings-worth of silk.
Cost. I thank your worship : God be with you!

Biron. O, stay, slave; I must employ thee :
As thou wilt win my favour, good my knave,
Do one thing for me that I shall entreat.

Cost. When would you have it done, sir?
Biron. O, this afternoon.

Cost. Well, I will do it, sir: Fare you well, :: Biron. O, thou knowest not what it is.

Cost. I shall know, sir, when I have done it.
Biron. Why, villain, thou must know first.

Cost. I will come to your worship to-morrow morning.

Biron, It must be done this afternoon. Hark, slave, it is but this ;The princess comes to hunt here in the park, And in her train there is a gentle lady ; When tongues speak sweetly, then they name her

name, And Rosaline they call her : ask for her ; And to her white hand see thou do commend This seal'd-up counsel. There's thy guerdon;s go.

[Gives him money. Cost. Guerdon, sweet guerdon! better than remuneration; eleven-pence-farthing better: Most sweet guerdon! I will do it, sir, in print. —Guerdon -remuneration.

[Exit, Biron. 0!—And I, forsooth, in love! I, that have been love's whip; A very beadle to a humorous sigh;

5 Reward.

6 With the utmost exactness.

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