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Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer: While it doth study to have what it would,
Tis won, as towns with fire ; so won, so lost.
An envious sneaping frost,
The Foliy and Danger of making Vows.
Necessity will make us all forsworn (space: Though now this grained face of mine be hid Three thousand times within these three years' In sap-consuming winter's drizzled svow,
For every man with his affects is born, And all the conduits of my blood froze up:
Not by might master'd, but by special grace: Yet hath my night of life some memory;
If I break faith, this word shall speak for me, My wasting lamp some fading glimmer left;
I am forsworn on mere necessity. My dull deaf ears a little vse to hear :
A conceited Courtier, or Man of Compliments. Al these old witnesses, -I cannot err,
Our court, you know, is haunted Tell me, thou art my son, Antipholus.
With a refined traveller of Spain;
A man in all the world's new fashion planted, $ 4. LOVE'S LAEQUR'S LOST. That hath a mint of phrases in his brain :
One whom the music of his own vain tongue A laudable Ambition for Fame and true Con- A man of compliments, whom right and wrong
Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony: quest described.
Have chose as umpire of their mutiny. King. Let Fame, that all hunt after in their This child of fancy, that Armado bighi, lives,
For interim to our studies, shall relate
Biron, Armado is a most illustrious wight,
A man of fire-new words, fashion's own knight. Therefore, brave conquerors! for so you are
My beauty though but mean,
d Wit. Still and contemplative in living art.
In Normandy saw I this Longaville: Longaville. I'am resolv'd ; 'tis but a three A man of sovereign parts he is esteem'd; years' fast ;
Well fitted in the arts, glorious in arms:
Dumain. My loving lord, Dumain is morti- Is a sharp wit match'd with two blunt a will;
Pri. Some merry mocking lord, be like is't so!
Mar. They say so most, that most his hu-
Pri. Such short-liv'd wits do wither as they
A Merry Man.
A merrier man,
Within the limit of becoming mirth,
Save base authority from others' books: For every object that the one doth catch
That give a name to every fixed star, Which his fair tongue (conceit's expositor)
And younger hearings are quite ravished;
A Comical Description of Cupid or Love.
O! and I forsooth, in love!
I, that have been love's whip:
A very beadle to a humorous sigh:
Thou for whom e'en Jove would swear
And deny himself for Jove,
Commanding Beauty. boy,
-Who sees the heai enly Rosalind, This Signior Julio's giant dwarf, Dan Cupid, That, like a rude and savage man of Inde, Regent of love-rhymes, lord of folded arms, At the first opening of the gorgeous east, Th' anointed sovereign of sighs and groans; Bows* not his vassal head, and, strucken blind, Liege of all loiterers and malcontents ;
Kisses the base ground with obedient breast ? . Sole imperator, and great general
What peremptory eagle-sighted eye Oi trotting 'paritors : (O my liule heart) Dares louk upon the heaven other brow, And I to be a corporal of his file,
That is not blinded by her majesty?
The Power of Love.
As motion and long-during action tire
go right? Ill Deeds often done for the Sake of Fame. When would you, my liege-or you—or you A giving hand, though foul, shall have fair In leaden contemplation have found out praise
Such fiery numbers, as the prompting eyes But couse, the bow :-Now mercy goes to kill, Of beauteous tutors have enrich'd you with ? And shooting well is then accounted ill. Other slow arts entirely keep the brain ; Thus will I save my credit in the shoot: And therefore finding barren practisers, Not wounding, pity would not let me do't; Scarce show a harvest of their heavy toil • If wounding, then it was to show my skill, But love, first learned in a lady's eyes, That more for praise than purpose meant to kill. Lires not alone immured in the brain; And, out of question, so it is sometimes : But, with the motion of all elements, Glory grows guilty of detested crimes ; [part, Courses as swift as thought in every pow'r ; When, for fume's sake, for praise, an outward | And gives to every pow'r a double pow'r; We bend to that the working of the heart: Above their functions and their offices, As I, for praise alone, now seek to spill [ill It adds a precious seeing to the eye; The poor deer's blood that my heart means no A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind : Sonnet.
A lover's ears will hear the lowest sound, Did not the heavenly rhetoric of thine eye When the suspicious head of theft is stopt.
(Gainst whom the world cannot hold argu- Love's feeling is more soft and sensible Persuade my heart to this false perjury? [ment.) Than are the tender horns of cockled snails.
Vows, for thee broke, deserve not punish- Love's tongue proves dainty Bacchus gross in A woman I forswore; but I will prove (ment. For valor, is noi love a Hercules, [taste.
(Thou being a goddess) I forswore not thee. Suill climbing trees in the Hesperides? My vow was earthly, thou a heavenly love : Subtle as Sphinx; as sweet and musical Thy grace being gain'd cures all disgrace in As bright Apollo's lute, strung with his hair : mne.
And when love speaks, the voice of all the gods Vows are but breath, and breath a vapor is; Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.
Then thou, fair sun, which on my earth dost Never durst poet touch a pen to write,
If broken then, it is no fault of mine; O chen his eyes would ravish savage ears,
From women's eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire: On a day (alack the day!)
They are the books, the arts, the acadenies, Love, whose month is ever May,
That show, contain, and nourish all the world; Spyd a blossom passing fair
Else, none at all in aught proves excellent. Playing in the wanton air :
Wise Men greatest Fools in Love. Through the velvet leaves the wind,
Ri. None are so surely caught, when they All unseen, 'gan passage find;
are catch'd That the lover, sick to death,
As wit turn'd fool : folly in wisdom hatch'd, Wish'd hiinself the heaven's breath.
Hath wisclon's warrant, and the help of school, Air, quoth he, thy cheeks may blow;- And wit's own grace to grace a learned fool. Air, would I might triumph so!
Ros. The blood of youth burns not with But, alack! my hand is sworn
such excess Ne'er to pluck thee from thy thorn.
As gravity's revolt to wantonness. Vow, alack! for youth unineet,
Mar. Folly in fools bears not so strange a note, Youth so apt to pluck a sweet.
As foolery in the wise, when wit doth dote : Do not call it sin in me,
Since all the power thereof it doth apply, That I am forsworn for thee :
To prore by wit, worth in simplicity.
Keenness of Women's Tongues. To every vary'd object in his glance : The longues of mocking wenches are as keen Which-party-colored presence of loose love, As is the razor's edge invisible,
Put on by us, if, in your heavenly eyes, Cutting a smaller hair than may be seen ; 'T hath misbecom'd our oaths and gravities, Above the sense of sense, so sensible
Those heavenly eyes that look into these faults Seemeth their conference; their conceit hath Suggested us to make them : therefore, ladies, wings
Our love being yours, the error chat love makes Fleeter than arrows, bullets, wind, thought, Is likewise yours. swifter things.
Trial of Love.
If this austere, insociable life
Nip not the gaudy blossoms of your love, Are angels vailing clouds, or roses blown. But that it bear this trial, and last love; A Lord Chamberlain or Gentleman Usher.
Then, at the expiration of the year, This fellow pecks up wit, as pigeons pease;
Come challenge me. And utters it again when God doth please :
Jest and Jester. He is wit's pedlar; and retails his wares
Ros. Oft have I heard of you, my lord Biron, At wakes, and wassels, meetings, markets, fairs. Before I saw you: and the world's large tongue And we that sell by gross, the Lord doth know, Proclaims you for a man replete with mocks; Have not the grace to grace it with such show. Full of comparisons, and wounding flouts ; This gallant pins the wenches on his sleeve;
Which you on all estates will execute, Had he been Adam he had tempted Eve.
That lie within the mercy of your wit : (brain He can carve too, and lisp: Why this is he To weed this wormwood from your fruitful That kiss'd his hand away in courtesy;
And therewithal to win me, if you please,
(Without the which I am not to be won) [day, This is the ape of form, Monsieur the nice, That when he plays at tables, chides the dice
You shall this twelvemonth term, from day to In honorable terms: nay, he can sing
Visit the speechless sick, and still converse A mean most meanly; and in ushering
With groaning wretches : and your task shall Mend him who can: the ladies call him sweet; With all the fierce endeavour of your wit, [be, The stairs as he treads on them kiss his feet. T enforce the pained impotent to smile. This is the flower that smiles on every one,
Bir. To move wild laughter in the throat To show his teeth as white as whale his bone:
of death? And consciences that will not die in debt,
It cannot be, it is impossible : Pay him the due of honey-tongu'd Boyet.
Mirth cannot more a soul in agony. (spirit,
Ros. Why, that's the way to choak a gibing See where it comes ! Behaviour, what wert thou Whose influence is begot of that loose grace Till this man show'd thee? and what art thou Which shallow laughing hearers give to fools : now?
A jest's prosperity lies in the ear
of him that hears it, never in the tonglie Elegant Compliment to a Lady.
of him that makes it. Then, if sickly ears, Fair, gentle, sweet, [greet Deaft with the clamors of their own dear groans, Your wit makes wise things foolish : when we will bear your idle scorns, continue then, With eyes best seeing Heaven's fiery eye,
And I will have you, and that fault withal; By light we lose light: your capacity Is of that nature, as to your huge store [poor. And I shall find you empty of that fauli,
But if they will not, throw away that spirit, Wise things seem foolish, and rich things but
Right joyful of your reformation.
Spring. A Song. When zeal strives to content, and the contents
And lady-smocks all silver white, Die in the zeal of that which it presents,
And cuckow buds of yellow hue, Their form confounded makes most form in
Do paint the meadows with delight: mirth,
[birth. The cuckow, then, on every tree, When great things laboring perish in their Mocks married men; for thus sings he, The Effects of Love.
Cuckow ! For your fair sakes have we neglected time, Cuckow ! Cuckow ! O word of fear, Play'd foul play with our oaths; your beauty, Unpleasing to a married ear! ladies,
(mors When shepherds pipe on oaten straws, Hath much deformd us, fashioning our hu- And merry larks are plowmen's clocks; Even to the opposed end of our intents ; When turtles tread, and rooks and daws; And what in us hath seem'd ridiculous And inaidens bleach their summer smocks : As love is full of unbefitting strains,
The cuckow then, on every tree, All wanton as a child, skipping and vain; Mocks married men; for thus sings he, Form'd by the eye; and therefore like the eye, Cuckow ! Full of strange shapes, of habits, and of forms, Cuckow! Cuckow! O word of fear, Varying in subjects as the eye doth roll
Unpleasing to a married car !
Winter. A Song.
And none of them been worn; and for a namco When icicles hang by the wall,
Now puts the drowsy and neglected act And Dick the shepherd blows his nail;
Freshly on me: 'tis surely for a name.
Eloquence and Beauty.
In her youth
There is a prone and speechless dialect,
Such as moves men; beside she hath a proThen nightly sings the staring owl To-whoo!
sp'rous art, Tu-whit, to-whoo, a merry note,
When she will play with reason and discourse,
And well she can persuade. While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
Retired Life. When all aloud the wind doth blow,
My holy Sir, none better knows than you And coughing drowns the parson's saw ;
How I have ever lov'd the life remov'd : And birds sit brooding in the snow,
And held in idle price to haunt assemblies And Marian's nose looks red and raw : When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery
keeps. Then nightly sings the staring owl To-whoo!
Licentiousness the Consequence of unexecuted To-whil, to-whoo, a merry note,
Laws. While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
We have strict statutes, and most biting laws,
(steeds), (The needful bits and curbs to headstrong
Which for these nineteen years we have letsleep; 5. MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
Even like an o'ergrown lion in a cave,
SHAKSPEARE. That goes pot out to prey: now as fond fathers Virtue given to be exerted.
Having bound up the threat’ning twigs of birch, There is a kind of character in thy life,
Only to stick it in their children's sight
For terror, not for use; in time the rod That, to the observer, doth thy history
Becomes more mock'd than fear'd; so our Fully unfold: thyself and thy belongings
decrees, Are not thine own so proper, as to waste
Dead to ipfliction, to themselves are dead; Thyself ::pon thy virtues, them on thee. Heav'n doth with us as we with torches do,
And liberty plucks justice by the nose : Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues Goes all decorum.
The baby beats the nurse, nd quite athwart Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike (touch'd As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely
Pardon the Sanction of Wickedness. But to fine issues : nor nature never lends
For we bid this be done, The smallest scruple of her excellence,
When evil deeds have their permissive pass, But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines
And not the punishment. Herself the glory of a creditor,
A severe saint-like Governor. Both thanks and use.
Lord Angelo is precise : Dislike of Popularity.
Stands at a guard with envy: scarce confesses I love the people,
That his blood flows, or that liis appetite But do not like to stage me to their eyes : Is more to bread than stone: heuce shall we see, Though it do well, I do not relish well
If pow'r change purpose, what our seemers be. Their loud applause and aves vehement:
A Virgin addressed. Nor do I think the man of safe discretion Hail, virgin, if you be; as those cheek-roses That does affect it.
you are no less ! Authority.
A Religious profest. Thus can the demi-god authority
I hold you as a thing ensky'd and sainted ; Make us pay down for our offence by weight. By your renouncement, an immortal spirit, The words of Heav'n: On whom it will, it will; And to be talk'd with in sincerity, On whom it will not, so ; yet still 'tis just. As with a saint. The Consequence of Liberty indulged.
Embracing Lacio. Why how now, Claudio? whence Your brother and his lover have embrac'd : comes this restraint?
As those that feed grow full; as blossoming Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, time, As surfeit is the father of much fast, (liberty : That from the seedness the bare fallow brings So every scope, by the immoderate use, To teening foyson; so her plenteous womb Turns to restraint. Our natures do pursue, Expresseth his full tilth and husbandry. Like rats that raven down their proper bane,
School-fellows. A thirsty evil; and when we drink we die. Luc. Is she
your cousin ? [their names, Neglected Laws.
Isab. Adoptedly, as schoolmaids change This new governor By vain though apt atfection. Awakes me all th' enrolled penalties,
Resolution. Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by
Our doubts are traitors; the wall
And make us lose the good we oft might win, So long, that nineteen zodiacs have gone round, By fearing to attempt.
The Prayers of Maidens effectuel. And you as he, you would have slipt like him, Go to lord Angelo,
But he, like you, would noi have been so stera. And let him learn to know, when maidens sue,
The Duty of mutual Forgiveness. Men give like gods; but when they weep and knecl,
Alas! alas! All their petitions are as freely theirs
Why, all the souls that were, were forfeit once, As they themselves would owe them.
And he that might the vantage best have look, All Men frail.
Found out the reniedy. How would you be, Angelo. We must not make a scare-crow of But judge you as you are? Oh! think on that:
If he, which is the top of judgement, should the law,
then will breathe within your lips, Setting it up to scare the birds of prey,
Like man new made.
Isab. To-morrow! O, that's sudden! spare Let us be keen, and rather cut a little,
him, spare bim :
[kitchens Than fall, and bruise to death : alas! this gen-We kill the fowl of season; shall we serve Hea
He's not prepar'd for death! Even for our tleman, Whom I would save, had a most noble father. With less respect than we do minister (ven Let but your honor know,
To our gross selves? Good, good mny lord, (Whom I believe to be most strait in virtue)
you; That in the working of your own affections, Who is it that hath dy'd for this offence? Had time coher'd with place, or place with - There's many have commited it. wishing,
Ang. The law hath not been dead, though Or that the resolute acting of your blood
it hath slept; Could have attain'd th effect of your own Those many had not dared to do that evil, purpose,
If the first inan that did th' edict infringe Whether you had not some time in your life
Had answer'd for his deed : now, 'tis awake; Err'd in this point, which now you censure him, Take note of what is done; and, like a prophet, And pulld the law upon you.
Looks in a glass, that shows what future evils Angelo. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Es. (Or new, or by remissness new conceir’d, Another thing to fall. I not deny, [calus, | And so in progress to be hatch'd and born) The jury, passing on the pris'ner's life, Are now to have no successive degrees, May in the sworn twelve have a thief or two But, ere they live, to end. Guiltier than him they try; what's open made
Justice. To justice, that justice seizes. What know Isab. Yet show some pity. Cjustice; the laws
[pregnant, Ang. I show it most of all when I show That thieves do pass on thieves ? Tis very For then I pity those I do not know, The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it, Which a dismiss'd offence would after gall; Because we see it; but what we do not And do him right, that, answering one foul We tread upon, and never think of it.
Lives not to act another.
[wrong, You may not so extenuate his offence,
The Abuse of Authority.
Oh, 'tis excellent
To have a giant's strength! but it is tyrannous And nothing come in pariial.
Great Men's Abuse of Power.
Could great men thunder,
(quiet; Pardon is still the nurse of second woe.
As Jove himself does, Jove would ne'er be
For ev'ry pelting, petty officer [but thunder! Not to be too hasty in Actions irremediable.
Would use his heav'n for thunder! Nothing Under your good correction I have seen
Merciful heav'n! When, after execution, judgement hath
Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt Repented o'er his doom.
Split'st the unwedgable and gnarled oak, Bad Actions already condemned, the Actors to Than the soft myrtle. O, but man! proud man, be punished
Drest in a little brief authority, Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it? Most ignorant of what he's most assur'd, Why, every fault's condemn'd, ere it be done: His glassy essence-like an angry ape, Mine were the very cipher of a function, Plays such fantastic tricks before high Heav'n To fine the faults whose fine stands in record, As makes the angels weep; who, with our And let go by the actor.
Would all themselves laugh mortal. (spleens, Mercy in Governors recommended.
The Privilege of Authority. No ceremony that to great ones 'longs, We cannot weigh our brother with ourself. Not the king's crown, nor the deputed sword, Great inen mayjest with saints; 'tiswit in then; The marshal's truncheon, nor the jurige's robe, But, in the less, foul profanation. Become them with one half so good a grace That in the captain's but a choleric word, As mercy does. If he had been as you, Which in the soldier is flat blasphemy.