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Enter the King, Biron, LONGAVILLE, and Du
MAIN, disguised like Muscovites; Moth with musick,
Moth. All hail, the richest beauties on the earth!
[The Ladies turn their Backs to him. That ever turn'd their-backs to mortal views.
Biron. Their eyes, villain, their eyes.
Moth. That ever turn'd their eyes to mortal views !
Boyet. True; out, indeed.
safe Not to beholder
Biron, Once to behold, rogue.
Moth. Once to behold with your sun-beamed eyes, With your sun-beamed eyes
Boyet. They will not answer to that epithet; You were best call it daughter-beamed eyes. Moth. They do not mark me, and that brings me
out. Biron. Is this your perfectness ? be gone, you rogue.
330 Ros. What would these strangers ? know their
minds, Boyet :
Boyet. What would you with the princess ?
gone. Boyet. She says, you have it, and you may be gone.
340 King. Say to her, we have measur'd many miles, To tread a measure with her on this
grass. Boyet. They say, that they have measur'd many a
mile, To tread a measure with you on this grass. Ros. It is not so: Ask them, how many
inches Is in one mile : if they have measur'd many, The measure then of one is easily told.
Boyet. If, to come hither you have measur'd miles, And many miles; the princess bids you tell, How many inches do fill up one mile.
350 Biron. Tell-her, we measure them by weary steps. Boyet. She hears herself.
Ros. How many weary steps,
Biron. We number nothing that we spend for you;
Ros. My face is but a moon, and clouded too.
King. Blessed are clouds, to do as such clouds do! Vouchsafe, bright moon, and these thy stars, to shine (Those clouds remov'd) upon our watery eyne.
Ros. O vain petitioner! beg a greater matter ; Thou now request'st but moon-shine in the water. King. Then in our measure do but vouchsafe one
change : Thou bid'st me beg; this begging is not strange. Ros. Play, musick, then : Nay, you must do
369 Not yet ;-no dance :thus change I like the moon. King. Will you not dance? How come you thus
estrang'd ? Ros. You took the moon at full; but now she's
Ros. Our ears vouchsafe it.
; -we will not dance. King. Why take you hands then? Ros. Only to part friends :
380 Court'sy, sweet hearts; and so the measure ends.
King. More measure of this measure ; be not nice.
Ros. Your absence only.
Ros. Then cannot we be bought: And so adieu ; Twice to your visor, and half once to you !
King. If you deny to dance, let's hold more chat.. Ros. In private then.
390 King. I am best pleas'd with that. Biron. White-handed mistress, one sweet word with
thee. Prin. Honey, and milk, and sugar; there is three. Biron. Nay then, two treys (an if you grow so
Prin. Seventh sweet, adieu !
Biron. One word in secret.
words Mar. Name it. Dum. Fair lady,
Mar. Say you so ? Fair lord,
Dum. Please it you,
Kath. What, was your visor made without a
tongue ? Long. I know the reason, lady, why you ask. Kath, O, for your reason! quickly, Sir; I long. Long. You have a double tongue within your
mask, And would afford my speechless visor half. Kath. Veal, quoth the Dutchman ;-Is not veal a
420 Take all, and wean it; it may prove an ox. Long. Look, how you butt yourself in these sharp
mocks! Will you give horns, chaste lady? do not so.
Kath. Then die a calf, before your horns do grow. Long. One word in private with you, ere I die. Kath. Bleat softly then, the butcher hears you
cry. Boyet. The tongues of mocking wenches are as
430 Seemeth their conference ; their conceits have wings, Fleeter than arrows, bullets, wind, thought, swifter things.