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shoulder, and with his royal finger thus dally with my excrement, with my mustachio; but sweet heart, let that pass. By the world, I recount no fable; fome certain special honours it pleaseth his Greatness to impart to Armado, a soldier, a man of travel, that hath seen the world ; but let that pass—the very all of all is--but sweet heart, I do implore secrecy--that the King would have me present the Princess (fweet chuck) with fome delightful oftentation, or show, or pageant, or antick, or fire-work. Now, understanding that the Curate and your sweet self are good at such eruptions, and sudden breaking out of mirth, (as it were) I have acquainted you withal, to the end to crave your asfiftance.
Hol. Sir, you shall present before her the nine worthies. Sir, as concerning some entertainment of time, fome show in the posterior of this day, to be rendered by our affiftants at the King's command, and this moft gallant, illustrate and learned gentleman, before the Princess : I say, none so fit as to present the nine worthies.
Nath. Where will you find men worthy enough to present them
Hol. Yoshua, yourself; this gallant man, Judas Macabeus ; this swain (because of his great limb or joint) Mall pass Pompey the great; and the page, Hercules.
Aim. Pardon, Sir, error: he is not quantity enough for that worthy's thumb; he is not so big as the end of his club,
Hol. Shall I have audience ? he shall present Hercules in minority: his Enter and Exit thall be ftrangling a snake; and I will have an apology for that purpose.
Moth. An excellent device: for if any of the audience hiss, you may cry; “ well done, Hercules, now thou “ crustieft the snake;" that is the way to make an offence gracious, tho’ few have the grace to do it.
Arm. For the rest of the worthies.
Hol. We attend.
Arm. We will have, if this fadge not, an antick. E beseech you, follow. .
Hel. Via! good-man Dull, thou haft spoken no word all this while.
Dull. Nor understood none neither, Sir.
Dull. I'll make one in a dance, or so: or I will play on the taber to the worthies, and let them dance the hay. Hel. Moft dull, honest, Dull, to our fport away.
SCEN E, before the Princess's Pavilion.
Enter Princess, and Ladies.
If fairings come thus plentifully in.
Roja. Madam, came nothing else along with that?
Prin. Nothing but this yes, as much love in rhime, (39) As would be cram'd up in a sheet of paper, Writ on both sides the leaf, margent and all ; That he was fain to seal on Cupid's name.
Rola. That was the way to make his god-head wax, For he hath been five thousand years a boy.
Cath. Ay, and a shrewd unhappy gallows too.
as much love in rbime,
· Writ on both sid.s tbe leaf, margent and all.) I dare not affirm this to be an imitation, but it carries a mighty reSemblance of this passage in the beginning of Juvenal's first satire.
fummi plenâ jam margine libri Scriptus, & in tergo, nec dum finitus Orestes
Śhe might have been a grandam ere the dy'd.
word ? Cath. A light condition, in a beauty dark. Rofa. We need more light to find your meaning out.
Cath. You'll marr the light, by taking it in fnuff: Therefore I'll darkly end the argument.
Rofa. Look, what you do; and do it still i'th' dark.
Prin. Well bandied both; a set of wit well play'd.
Rofa. I would, you knew.
Prin. Any thing like ?
Rofa. Ware pencils. How? let me not die your debtor,
Prin. (4) --- for pasi care is fill past cure. 1 The transposition which I bave made in the two words, care and cure, is by the direction of the ingenious Dr. Thirlby. The reason speaks for vi self.
(41) Prin. Pox of that jest, and I beforew all shrews. As the Princess has behav'd with great decency all along hitherto, there is no reason to be assign'd why she should start all at once into this course dialect. But I am persuaded, the editors only have inade her go out of character. In short, Rosaline and Caibarine are rallying one
Prin. But what was sent to you from fair Dumaine
Cath. Yes, madam ; and moreover,
Mar. This, and these pearls, to me sent Longaville;
Prin. I think no less; dost thou not wish in heart, The chain were longer, and the letter short ?
Mar. Ay, or I would these hands might never part. Prin. We are wise girls, to mock our lovers for’t. Rofa. They are worse fools to purchase mocking so. That fame Biron I'll torture, ere
Prin. Nonę are so surely caught, when they are catch’d,
Rosa. The blood of youth burns not in such excess,
(42) So pertaunt like would I o’ersway bis fiare.] If the editors are acquainted with this word, and can account for the meaning of it, their industry has been more successful than mine, for I can no where trace it. So pedant like, as I have ventur'd to replace in the text, makes very good sense, i. e, in such lo:diy, controlling, manner would I bear myself over him, &c. What Biron says of a pedant, towards the conclufion of the 2d Act, countenances this conjecture.
A domineering pedant o'er the bay,
Mar. "Folly in fools bears not so strong a note,
Boyet. Prepare, inadam, prepare.
your heads like cowards, and Hy hence.
Bryet. Under the cool thade of a sycamore,