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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.
Arm. Thy meaning, pretty ingenious ?
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,
Re-enter Moth and CostaRD.
in a shin.
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.
Moth. I will add the l'envoy : Say the moral again.
Were still at odds, being but three:
And stay'd the odds by adding four.
2 A head.
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,
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.
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
Arm. We will talk no more of this matter.
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.
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
Cost. Marry, sir, half-penny farthing.
Biron. O, stay, slave; I must employ thee :
Cost. When would you have it done, sir?
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.
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;
6 With the utmost exactness.