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For wisdom's sake, a word that all men love;
King. Saint Cupid, then! and, foldiers, to the field !
Biron. Advance your standards, and upon them, lords;
Long. Now to plaindealing; lay these glosses by:
King. And win them too'; therefore let us devise
Biron. First, from the park let us conduct them thither;
King. Away, away! no time shall be omitted,
And justice always whirls in equal measure:
If so, our copper buys no better treasure. [Exeunt.
HOL OF ERNE S. Atis quod fufficit.
Nath. I praise god for you, sir; your reasons at dinner have been sharp and sententious; pleafant without scurrility, witty without affectation, audacious without impudency, learned without opinion, and strange without herefy: I did converse this quondam-day with a companion of the king's, who is entitled, nominated, or called, don Adriano de Armado. Hol. Novi hominem tanquam te.
His humour is lofty, his discourse peremptory, his tongue filed, his
tongue filed, his eye ambitious, his gait majestical, and his general behaviour vain, ridiculous, and thrasonical. He is too picked, too spruce, too affected, too odd, as it were, too peregrinate, as I may call it. Nath. A most singular and choice epithet !
[ draws out his tablebook. Hol. He draweth out the thread of his verbofity finer than the staple of his argument. I abhor such fanatical phantasms, such insociable and point-devise companions, such rackers of orthography, as do speak, dout, fine, when he should say, doubt; det, when he should pronounce debt;. d, e, b, t; not d, e, t: he clepeth a calf, cauf: half, hauf: neighbour vocatur nebour; neigh, abbreviated ne: this is abominable, which we would call abhominable, it insinuateth to me of insany: ne intelligis, domine? to make frantick, lunatick?
Nath. Laus deo, bone intelligo.
Hol. Bone ? bone for benè ; Priscian a little scratch'd, 'twill ferve.
Enter Armado, Moth, and Costard.
Moth. They have been at a great feast of languages, and stole the scraps.
Cost. o, they have liv'd long on the almsbasket of words. I marvel, thy master hath not eaten thee for a word, for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus : thou art easier swallow'd than a flapdragon.
Moth. Peace ! the peal begins.
Moth. Yes, yes, he teaches boys the hornbook :
Hol. Ba, pueritia, with a horn added.
Moth. The third of the five vowels, if you repeat them, or the fifth, if I.
Hol. I will repeat them, a, e, i, -
Arm. Now, by the salt wave of the Mediterraneum, a sweet touch, a quick venew of wit ; snip, snap, quick and home; it rejoiceth my
intellect ; true wit.
Moth. Lend me your horn to make one, and I will whip
Coft. An I had but one penny in the world, thou should'st have it to buy gingerbread; hold, there is the very remuneration I had of thy master, thou half-penny purse of wit, thou pigeon-egg of discretion. O, an the heav'ns were so pleased, that thou wert but my bastard! what a joyful father wouldst thou make me? go to, thou hast it ad dunghil, at the finger's ends, as they say.
Hol. O, I smell false latin, dunghil for unguem.
Arm. Arts-man, præambula ; we will be singled from the barbarous. Do you not educate youth at the charge-house on the top of the mountain ?
Hol. Or, mons, the hill.
Arm. Sir, it is the king's most sweet pleasure and affection, to congratulate the princess at her pavilion, in the posterior of this day, which the rude multitude call, the afternoon.
Hol. The posterior of the day, most generous sir, is liable, congruent, and measurable for the afternoon: the word is well cull d, choice, sweet, and apt, I do assure you, sir, I do assure.
Arm. Sir, the king is a noble gentleman, and my familiar, I do assure ye, my very good friend; for what is inward between us, let it pass — I do beseech thee, remember thy courtesy; I beseech thee, apparel thy head—and among other importunate and most serious designs, and of great import, indeed, too that pass—for I rnust tell thee, it will please his grace, by the world, sometime to lean upon my poor 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; some 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, sweet chuck, with some delightful oftentation, or show, or pageant, or antick, or firework. Now, understanding that the curate and your fweet self are good at such eruptions, and
- but let
fudden breaking out of mirth, as it were, I have acquainted you withal, to the end to crave your assistance.
Hol. Sir, you shall present before her the nine worthies. Sir, [to Nathaniel] as concerning some entertainment of time, some show in the posterior of this day, to be render'd by our assistance at the king's command, and this most 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. Joshua, yourself; this gallant gentleman, Jadas Maccabeus; this swain, because of his great limb or joint, shall pass for Pompey the great; and the page, Hercules.
Arm. Pardon, fir, errour: 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 shall be, strangling a snake; and I will have an apology for that purpose.
Moth. An excellent device! so, if any of the audience hiss,
to know it.
Hol. Via! goodman Dull, thou hast spoken no word all this while.
Dull. Nor understood none neither, sir.
Dull. I'll make one in a darice, or fo: or I will play on the
[Exeunt. Vol. II.