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Biron. O, stay, slave; I must employ thee:
Cost. When would you have it done, sir?
Cost. I will come to your worship to-morrow morning.
Biron. It must be done this afternoon. Hark, slave, it is but this;The princess comes to hunt here in the park, And in her train there is a gentle lady; When tongues speak sweetly, then they name her
name, And Rosaline they call her: ask for her; And to her white hand see thou do commend This seal'd-up counsel. There's thy guerdon;ø go.
[Gives him money. Cost. Guerdon,–0 sweet guerdon! better than remuneration; eleven-pence farthing better: Most sweet guerdon!-I will do it, sir, in print. —Guerdon-remuneration.
[Exit. Biron. O!-And I, forsooth, in love! I, that have been love's whip; A very beadle to a humorous sigh; A critick; nay, a night-watch constable; A domineering pedant o'er the boy, Than whom no mortal so magnificent!? This wimpled, whining, purblind, wayward boy;
guerdon ;] i. e. reward.
$0 magnificent!) i. e. glorying, boasting. * This wimpled,] The wimple was a hood or veil which fell over
This senior-junior, giant-dwarf, Dan Cupid;
for her! Go to; it is a plague
· Dread prince of plackets,] A placket is a petticoat.
of trotting paritors,] An apparitor, or paritor, is an officer of the Bishop's court, who carries out citations; as citations are most frequently issued for fornication, the paritor is put under Cupid's government.
s And I to be a corporal of his field,] A corporal of the field was employed as an aide-de-camp is now, in taking and carrying to and fro the directions of the general, or other the higher officers of the field.
And wear his colours like a tumbler's hoop!) Tumblers' hoops are to this day bound round with ribbands of various colours,
SCENE I. Another part of the same.
Enter the Princess, ROSALINE, MARIA, KATHARINE, Boyet, Lords, Attendants, and a Forester. Prin. Was that the king, that spurr'd his horse
Against the steep uprising of the hill?
Boyet. I know not; but, I think, it was not he.
For. Here by, upon the edge of yonder coppice; A stand, where you may make the fairest shoot.
Prin. I thank my beauty, I am fair that shoot, And thereupon thou speak’st, the fairest shoot.
For. Pardon me, madam, for I meant not so. Prin. What, what? first praise me, and again
O short-liv'd pride! Not fair? alack for woe!
For. Yes, madam, fair.
Nay, never paint me now; Where fair is not, praise cannot mend the brow. Here, good my glass, take this for telling true;
[Giving him money. Fair payment for foul words is more than due.
For. Nothing but fair is that which you inherit.
Prin. See, see, my beauty will be sav'd by merit. O heresy in fair, fit for these days! A giving hand, though foul, shall have fair praise.
But come, the bow:-Now mercy goes to kill,
Prin. Only for praise: and praise we may afford To any lady that subdues a lord,
Prin. Here comes a member of the common
wealth. Cost. God dig-you-den? all! Pray you, which is the head lady?
Prin. Thou shalt know her, fellow, by the rest that have no heads.
Cost. Which is the greatest lady, the highest?
? God dig-you-den-) A corruption of—God give you good Prin. What's your will, sir? what's your will? Cost. I have a letter from monsieur Biron, to one
lady Rosaline. Prin. O, thy letter, thy letter; he's a good friend
of mine: Stand aside, good bearer.—Boyet, you can carve; Break
I am bound to serve.-
We will read it, I swear: Break the neck of the wax, and every one give ear.
Boyet. [Reads.] By heaven, that thou art fair, is most infallible; true, that thou art beauteous; truth itself, thal thou art lovely: More fairer than fair, beautiful than beauteous; truer than truth itself, have commiseration on thy heroical vassal! The magnanimous and most illustrate king Cophetua set eye upon the pernicious and indubitate beggar Zenelophon; and he it was that might rightly say, veni, vidi, vici; which to anatomize in the vulgar, (O base and obscure vulgar!) videlicet, he came, saw, ånd overcame: he came, one; saw, two; overcame, three. Who came? the king; Why did he come? to see; Why did he see? to overcome: To whom came he? to the beggar; What saw he? the beggar; Who overcame he? the beggar: The conclusion is victory; On whose side? the king's: the captive is enrich'd; On whose side? the beggar's: The catastrophe is a nuptial; On whose side? The king's ?-no, on both in one, or one in both. the king; for so stands the comparison: thou the beggar; for so witnesseth thy lowliness. Shall I command thy love? I may: Shall I enforce thy love?
& Break up this capon.) i. e. open this letter. Our poet uses this metaphor, as the French do their poulet; which signifies both a young fowl and a love-letter.