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King. Ay, that there is. Our court, you know, is
haunted With a refined traveller of Spain; A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain :
Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony;
Have chose as umpire of their mutiny.
For interim to our studies, shall relate,
From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate.
Ber. Armado is a most illustrious wight,
Long. Costard the swain, and he, shall be our sport; And, so to study, three years is but short.
Enter Dull, with a Letter, and COSTARD. Dull. Which is the Duke's own person? Ber. This, fellow. What would'st?
Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for I am his Grace's tharborough; but I would see his own person in flesh and blood.
Ber. This is he. Dull. Signior Arme — Arme — commends you. There's villainy abroad; this letter will tell you more.
Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching me. King. A letter from the magnificent Armado.
Ber. How low soever the matter, I hope in God for high words.
Long. A high hope for a low having :? God grant us patience!
Ber. To hear? or forbear laughing ?3
Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh moderately; or to forbear both.
Ber. Well, sir, be it as the style shall give us cause to climb in the merriness.
Cost. The matter is to me, sir, as concerning Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I'was taken with the • manner.
Ber. In what manner?
Cost. In manner and form following, sir ; all those three. I was seen with her in the manor house, sitting with her upon the form, and taken following her into the park; which, put together, is, in manner and form following. Now, sir, for the manner,—it is the manner of a man to speak to a woman; for the form, -in some form.
Ber. For the following, sir?
Cost. As it shall follow in my correction; and God defend the right!
you hear this letter with attention? Ber. As we would hear an oracle.
Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken after the flesh.
King. [Reads.] Great deputy, the welkin's vicegerent, and sole dominator of Navarre, my soul's earth's God, and body's fostering patron
Cost. Not a word of Costard yet.
Cost. It may be so: but if he say it is so, he is, in telling true, but so.
King. So it is, besieged with sable-coloured melancholy, I did commend the black-oppressing humour to the most wholesome physic of thy health-giving air ; and, as I am a gentleman, betook myself to walk. The time when ? About the sixth hour; when beasts most grase, birds best peck, and men sit down to that nourishment which is called supper. So much for the time when. Now for the ground which ; which, I mean, I walked upon: it is yeleped thy park. Then for the place where ; where, I mean, I did encounter that obscene and most preposterous event, that druveth from my snow-white pen the ebon-coloured ink, which here thou viewest, beholdest, surveyest, or seest. But to the place, where,—it stundeth north-north-east and by east from the west corner of thy curious-knotted garden. There did I see that low-spirited swain, that base minnow of thy mirth,
King. sorted and consorted, contrary to thy established proclaimed edict and continent canon, which with,-Oh! with—but with this I passion to say wherewith,
Cost. With a wench.
King, with a child of our grandmother Eve, a female ; or, for thy more sweet understanding, a woman. Him l-as my ever-esteemed duty pricks me on-have sent to thee, to receive the meed of punishment, by thy sweet Grace's officer, Antony Dull; a man of good repute, carriage, bearing, and estimation.
Dull. Me, an't shall please you; I am Antony Dull.
King. For Jaquenetta—so is the weaker vessel called which I apprehended with the aforesaid swain—I keep her as a vessel of thy law's fury; and shall, at the least of thy sweet notice, bring her to trial. Thine, in all compliments of devoted and heart-burning heat of duty,
Don ADRIANO DE ARMADO. Ber. This is not so well as I looked for, but the best that ever I heard.
King. Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrah, what say you to this?
Cost. Sir, I confess the wench.
Cost. I do confess much of the hearing it, but little of the marking of it.
King. It was proclaimed a years' imprisonment, to be taken with a wench.
Cost. I was taken with none, sir; I was taken with a damosel.
King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel.
Cost. This was no damosel neither, sir; she was a virgin.
King. It is so varied too; for it was proclaimed, virgin.
Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity; I was taken with a maid.
King. This maid will not serve your turn, sir.
King. Sir, I will pronounce your sentence ;
Cost. I had rather pray a month with mutton and porridge.
King. And Don Armado he shall be your keeper. My lord Berowne, see him deliver'd o'er.And go we, lords, to put in practice that Which each to other hath so strongly sworn.
[Exeunt King, LONGAVILLE, and DUMAIN. Ber. I'll lay my head to any good man's hat, These oaths and laws will prove an idle scorn.Sirrah, come on.
Cost. I suffer for the truth, sir; for true it is, I was taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is a true girl; and therefore, Welcome the sour cup of prosperity. Affliction may one day smile again, and till then, sit thee down, Sorrow!
[Exeunt. SCENE II. Another part of the same.
grows melancholy Moth. A great sign, sir, that he will look sad.
Arm. Why, sadness is one and the self-same thing, dear imp.
Moth. No, no; O lord ! sir, no.
Arm. How canst thou part sadness and melancholy, my tender juvenal ?
Moth. By a familiar demonstration of the working, my tough senior.
Arm. Why tough senior? why tough senior ?
Arm. I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congruent epitheton, appertaining to thy young days, which we may nominate tender.
Moth. And I, tough senior, as an appertinent title to your old time, which we may name tough.
Arm. Pretty, and apt.
Moth. How mean you, sir? I pretty, and my say-
Moth. I am answered, sir.