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To know his pleasure ; and in that behalf,
Boy. Proud of employınent, willingly I go. [Erit.
Prin. All pride is willing pride, and yours is so.Who are the votaries, my loving lords, That are vow-fellows with this virtuous Duke?
1 Lord. Lord Longaville is one. Prin.
Know you the man? Mar. I know him, madam; at a marriage feast, Between Lord Perigort and the beauteous heir Of Jacques Faulconbridge, solemnized, In Normandy saw I this Longaville. A man of sovereign parts he is esteemid, In arts well fitted, glorious in arms; Nothing becomes him ill, that he would well. The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss -If virtue's gloss will stain with any soilIs a sharp wit match'd with too blunt a will; Whose edge hath power to cut, whose will still wills It should none spare that come within his power.
Prin. Some merry mocking lord; belike; is't so? Mar. They say so most, that most his humours know.
Prin. Such short-liv'd wits do wither as they grow.
Ros. Another of these students at that time
Prin. God bless my ladies ! are they all in love;
Re-enter Boyet. Prin.
Now, what admittance, lord ? Boyet. Navarre had notice of your fair approach ; And he and his competitors in oath Were all address’d to meet you, gentle lady, Before I came. Marry, thus much I have learnt, He rather means to lodge you in the field -Like one that comes here to besiege his court-Than seek a dispensation for his oath, To let you enter his unpeopled house. Here comes Navarre.
[The Ladies mask. Enter King, LONGAVILLE, DUMAIN, BEROWNE,
and Attendants. King. Fair Princess, welcome to the court of NaPrin. “Fair' I give you back again; and welcome' I have not yet. The roof of this court is too high to be yours; and welcome to the wide fields is too base to be mine.
King. You shall be welcome, madam, to my court.
Prin. I will be welcome then; conduct me thither. King. Hear dear lady; I have sworn an oath. Prin. Our Lady help my lord ! he'll be forsworn. King. Not for the world, fair madam, by my will. Prin. Why, will shall break it; will, and nothing
else. King. Your ladyship is ignorant what it is.
Prin. Were my lord so, his ignorance were wise, Where now his knowledge must prove ignorance. I hear your grace hath sworn-out house-keeping : 'Tis deadly sin to keep that oath, my lord, And sin to break it. But pardon me, I am too sudden bold; To teach a teacher ill beseemeth me. Vouchsafe to read the purpose of my coming, And suddenly resolve me in my suit. [Gives a paper.
King. Madam, I will, if suddenly I may.
Prin. You will the sooner, that I were away ;
Ber. Did not l dance with you in Brabant once ?
How needless was it then
You must not be so quick. Ros. 'Tis ’long of you that spur me with such ques
Disbursed by my father in his wars.
say, that he, or we—as neither have-
my breast, And go well satisfied to France again.
Prin. You do the King my father too much wrong;
King. I do protest, I never heard of it;
We arrest your word.—
come, Where that and other specialties are bound; To-morrow you shall have a sight of them.
King. It shall suffice me; at which interview,
All liberal reason I will yield unto.
[Exeunt King and his Train. Ber. Lady, I will commend you to my own heart.
Ros. 'Pray you, do my commendations; I would be glad to see it.
Ber. I would, you heard it groan.
same? Boyet. The heir of Alanson, Katherine her name. Dum. A gallant lady! Monsieur, fare you well.
[Eait. Long. I beseech you a word. What is she in the
white? Boyet. A woman sometimes, if you saw her in the
light. Long. Perchance, light in the light. I desire her