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Ferdinand, king of Navarre.

A Forester.
Longaville, lords, allending on the king. Princess of France.


lords, attending on the princess of Maria, ladies, allending on the princess. Mercade, France.

Don Adriano de Armado, a fantastical Spaniard. Jaquenetta, a country wench.
Sir Nathaniel, a curate.
Holofernes, a schoolmaster.

Officers and others, attendants on the king ana Dull, a constable.

princess. Costard, a clown. Moth, page to Armado.

Scene, Navarre,


And, one day in a week to touch no food;

And' but one meal on every day beside ; SCENE 1.Navarre. A park, with a palace And then to sleep but three hours in the night,

The which, I hope, is not enrolled there : in il. Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and And not to be seen to wink of all the day; Dumain.

(When I was wont to think no harm all night, King.

And make a dark night too of half the day ;) Let

Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there : fame, that all hunt aster in their lives, o, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep; Live register'd upon our brazen tombs,

Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep. And then grace us in the disgrace of death; King. Your oath is pass'd to pass away from these When, spite of cormorant devouring time,

Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an if you please; The endeavour of this present breath may buy I only swore, to study with your grace, That honour, which shall bate his scythe's keen And stay here in your court for three years' space. edge,

Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest. And make us heirs of all eternity.

Biron. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in Therefore, brave conquerors !--for so you are,

jest. That war against your own affections,

What is the end of study ? let me know. And the huge army of the world's desires,- King. Why, that to know, which else we should Our late edíct shall strongly stand in force:

not know. Navarre shall be the wonder of the world ; Biron. Things hid and barr'd, you mean, from Our court shall be a little académe,

common sense ; Still and contemplative in living art.

King. Ay, that is study's god-like recompense. You three, Birón, Dumain, and Longaville, Biron. Come on, then, I will swear to study so Have sworn for three years' term to live with me, To know the thing I am forbid to know: My fellow-scholars, and to keep those statutes, As thus–To study where I well may dine, That are recorded in this schedule here:

When I to feast expressly am forbid; Your oaths are past, and now subscribe your names; Or, study where to meet some mistress fine, That his own hand may strike his honour down, When mistresses from common sense are hid : That violates the smallest branch herein:

Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath, If you are arm'd to do, as sworn to do,

Study to break it, and not break my troth.
Subscribe to your deep oath, and keep it too. If study's gain be thus, and this be so,

Long. I am resolvd. 'tis but a three years' fast; Study knows that, whích yet it doth not know :
The mind shall banquet, though the body pine : Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, no.
Fat paunches have lean pates; and dainty bits King. These be the stops that hinder study quite,
Make rich the ribs, but bank'rout quite the wits. And train our intellects to vain delight.

Dilm. My loving lord, Dumain is mortified ; Biron. Why, all delights are vain ; but that
The grosser manner of these world's delights

most vain, He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves : Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain : To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die ; As, painfully to pore upon a book, With all these living in philosophy,

To seek the like of truth; while truth the while Biron. I can but say their protestation over, Doth falsely! blind the eyesight of his look : So much, dear liege, I have already sworn, Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile. That is, 'To live and study here three years, So, ere you find where light in darkness lies, But there are other strict observances :

Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes. As, not to see a woman in that term; Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there :

(1) Dishonestly treacherouslr.

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