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Dum. To look like her, are chimney-sweepers
black. Long. And, since her time, are colliers counted
bright. King. And Ethiops of their sweet complexion
crack. Dum. Dark needs no candles now, for dark is
light. Biron. Your mistresses dare never come in rain,
For fear their colours should be wash'd away. King. 'Twere good, yours did; for, sir, to tell
you plain, I'll find a fairer face not wash'd to-day. Biron. I'll prove her fair, or talk till dooms-day
here, King. No devil will fright thee then so much
Dum. I never knew man hold vile stuff so dear. Long. Look, here's thy love : my foot and her
[Showing his shoe. Biron. O, if the streets were paved with thine
eyes, Her feet were much too dainty for such tread! Dum. O vile! then as she goes, what upward
lies The street should see as she walk'd over head. King. But what of this ? Are we not all in love? Biron. O, nothing so sure; and thereby all for
Dum. Ay, marry, there ,--some flattery for this
evil. Long. O, some authority how to proceed ; Some tricks, some quillets, how to cheat the devil.
Dum. Some salve for perjury.
0, tis more than need?
and thereon look? For when would you, my lord, or you, or you, Have found the ground of study's excellence, Without the beauty of a woman's face ? From women's eyes this doctrine I derive? They are the ground, the books, the academes, From whence doth spring the true Promethean fire, Why, universal plodding prisons up The nimble spirits in the arteries ; As motion, and long during action, tires The sinewy vigour of the traveller. Now, for not looking on a woman's face, You have in that forsworn the use of eyes ; And study too, the causer of your vow : For where is any author in the world, Teaches such beauty as a woman's eye?
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Learning is but an adjunct to ourself,
Never durst poet touch a pen to write,
field! Biron. Advance your standards, and upon them,
Pell-mell, down with them! but be first advis'd,
Long. Now to plain-dealing ; lay these glozes by: Shall we resolve to woo these girls of France ?
King. And win them too: therefore let us devise Some entertainment for them in their tents. Biron. First, from the park let us conduct them
Then, homeward, every man attach the hand
King. Away, away! no time shall be omitted,
corn; And justice always whirls in equal measure : Light wenches may prove plagues to men forsworn; If so, our copper buys no better treasure.
SCENE I. Another part of the same,
Enter HOLOFERNES, Sir NATHANIEL, and DULL,
Hol. Satis quod sufficit.
Nath. I praise God for you, sir : your reasons 6 at dinner have been sharp and sententious; pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, ? audacious without impudency, learned without opinion, and strange without heresy. I did converse this quondam day with a companion of the king's, who is intituled, nominated, or called, Don Adriano de Armado.
Hol. Novi hominem tanquam te: His humour is lofty, his discourse peremptory, his tongue filed,