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Spy'd a bloffom paffing fair,
Playing in the wanton air :
Through the velvet leaves the wind,
All unfeen, 'gan passage find;
That the lover, fick to death,
Wife'd himself the heaven's breath.
Air, (quoth he) thy cheeks may blow ;
Air, would I might triumph so !
But, alack, my hand is fworn,
Ne'er to pluck thee from thy thorn:
Vow, alack, for youth unmeet,
Youth fo apt to pluck a fweet.
Do not call it fin in me,
That I am for fworn for thee:
Thou, for whom ev'n Jove would fwear,
Juno but an Ethiope were;
And deny himself for Jove,
Turning mortal for thy love.

This will I fend, and fomething elfe more plain,
That shall exprefs my true love's fasting pain;
O, would the King, Biron and Longaville,
Were lovers too! Ill, to example Ill,

Would from my forehead wipe a perjur'd note:
For none offend, where all alike do dote.

Long. Dumain, thy love is far from charity, That in love's grief defir'ft fociety: [coming forward. You may look pale; but I fhould blush, I know, To be o'er-heard, and taken napping fo.

King. Come, Sir, you blush; as his, your cafe is fuch ; [coming forward.

You chide at him, offending twice as much.
You do not love Maria? Longaville
Did never fonnet for her fake compile ;
Nor never lay'd his wreathed arms athwart
His loving bofom, to keep down his heart:
I have been clofely fhrowded in this bush,
And markt you both, and for you both did blush.
I heard your guilty rhimes, obferv'd your fashion ;
Saw fighs reek from you, noted well your paffion.


Ay me! fays one; O Jove! the other cries;
Her hairs were gold, cryftal the other's eyes.
You would for Paradife break faith and troth;
And Jove, for your love, would infringe an oath.
What will Biron say, when that he shall hear
A faith infringed, which fuch zeal did fwear?
How will he fcorn? how will he fpend his wit?
How will he triumph, leap, and laugh at it?
For all the wealth that eve I did fee,

I would not have him know fo much by me.
Biron. Now ftep I forth to whip hypocrifie.
Ah, good my Liege, I pray thee, pardon me.

[coming forward. Good heart, what haft thou thus to reprove grace Thefe worms for loving, that art most in love? Your eyes do make no coaches in your tears, There is no certain Princess that appears? You'll not be perjur'd, 'tis a hateful thing; Tufh; none but minstrels like of fonnetting. But are you not asham'd? nay, are you not All three of you, to be thus much o'er-fhot? You found his mote, the King your mote did fee: But I a beam do find in each of three.

O, what a scene of fool'ry have I seen,
Of fighs, of groans, of forrow, and of teen?
O me, with what ftrict patience have I fat,
To fee a King transformed to a Knot!
To fee great Hercules whipping a gigg,
And profound Solomon tuning a jigg!
And Neftor play at pufh-pin with the boys,
And Critick Timon laugh at idle toys!
Where lyes thy grief? O tell me, good Dumain;
And gentle Longaville, where lyes thy pain?
And where my Liege's? all about the breaft?
A candle, hoa!

King. Too bitter is thy jeft.

Are we betray'd thus to thy over-view?

Biron. Not you by me, but I betray'd by you.
I, that am honeft; I, that hold it fin
To break the vow I am engaged in.

I am betray'd by keeping company
With men, like men, of strange inconftancy.
When fhall you fee me write a thing in rhime?
Or groan for Joan? or spend a minute's time
In pruning me? when fhall you hear, that I
Will praise a hand, a foot, a face, an eye,
A gate, a ftate, a brow, a breast, a waste,
A leg, a limb?

King. Soft, whither away fo faft ?
A true man or a thief, that gallops fo!
Biron. I poft from love; good lover, let me go.
Enter Jaquenetta and Coftard.

faq. God bless the King!
King. What Present haft thou there ?
Coft. Some certain Treason.
King. What makes treafon here ?
Coff. Nay, it makes nothing, Sir.
King. If it mar nothing neither,
The treafon and you go in peace away together.
Jaq. I beseech your Grace, let this letter be read,
Our Parfon mifdoubts it: it was treason, he said.
King. Biron, read it over.
Where hadit thou it?

[He reads the letter.

Faq. Of Cofiard.

King. Where hadft thou it?

Coft. Of Dun Adramadio, Dun Adramadio.

King. How now, what is in you? why doft thou tear it?

Biron. A toy, my Liege, a toy: your Grace needs not fear it.

Long. It did move him to paffion, and therefore let's

hear it.

Dum. It is Biron's writing, and here is his name.
Biron. Ah, you whorefon loggerhead, you were born
to do me fhame.
[To Coftard.

Guilty, my lord, guilty: I confefs, I confefs.

King. What?

Biron. That you three fools lack'd me fool to make up the mess..


He, he, and you; and you, my liege, and I
Are pick-purfes in love, and we deferve to die.
O, difmifs this Audience, and I shall tell
Dum. Now the number is even.

Biron. True, true; we are four :
Will these turtles begone?
King. Hence, Sirs, away.

Coft. Walk afide the true folk, and let the traitors ftay.
[Exeunt Coft. and Jaquen.
Biron. Sweet lords, fweet lovers, O, let us embrace:
As true we are, as flesh and blood can be.

The fea will ebb and flow, heaven will fhew his face: Young blood doth not obey an old decree. We cannot cross the cause why we were born: Therefore of all hands muft we be forfworn.

King. What, did these rent lines fhew fome love of thine?

Biron. Did they, quoth you? Who fees the heavenly Rofaline,

That (like a rude and favage man of Inde,

At the first opening of the gorgeous eaft) Bows not his vaffal head, and, ftrucken blind, Kiffes the bafe ground with obedient breast ? What peremptory eagle-fighted eye

Dares look upon the heaven of her brow, That is not blinded by her Majesty?

King. What zeal, what fury, hath infpir'd thee

you more.


My love (her miftrefs) is a gracious moon ;
She (an attending ftar) fcarce feen a light.
Biron. My eyes are then no eyes, nor I Biron.
O, but for my love, day would turn to night.
Of all complexions the cull'd Sovereignty

Do meet, as at a Fair, in her fair cheek;
Where feveral worthies make one dignity;

Where nothing wants, that want it felf doth feek. Lend me the flourish of all gentle tongues;

Fie, painted rhetorick! O, the needs it not: To things of fale a feller's praise belongs:

She paffes praise; the praife, too short, doth blot..

A wither'd hermit, fivefcore winters worn,

Might shake off fifty, looking in her eye
Beauty doth varnish Age, as if new-born,

And gives the crutch the cradle's infancy;
O, 'tis the fun, that maketh all things fhine.
King. By heav'n, thy love is black as ebony.
Biron. Is ebony like her? O wood divine! (24)
A wife of fuch wood were felicity.

O, who can give an oath? where is a book,
That I may fwear, Beauty doth beauty lack,
If that he learn not of her eye to look?

No face is fair, that is not full fo black?
King. O paradox, black is the badge of hell:

The hue of dungeons, and the fcowl of night; (25) And beauty's creft becomes the heavens well.

Biron. Devils fooneft tempt, resembling fpirits of light:

O, if in black my lady's brow be deckt,

It mourns, that Painting and ufurping Hair Should ravifh doters with a falfe afpect:

And therefore is fhe born to make black fair. Her Favour turns the fashion of the days,

For native blood is counted painting now; And therefore red, that would avoid dispraise, Paints it felf black to imitate her brow.

Dum. To look like her, are chimney-fweepers black. Long. And fince her time, are colliers counted bright.

King. And Ethiops of their sweet complexion crack.

(24) Is Ebony like her? O Word divine!] This is the Reading of all the Editions that I have feen: but both Dr. Thirlby and Mr. Warburton concurr'd in reading, (as I had likewife conjectur'd,) O Wood divine!

-black is the badge of Hell;

(25) The hue of dungeons, and the School of Night.] Black, being the School of Night, is a Piece of Mystery above my Comprehenfion. I had guess'd, it should be, the Stole of Night: but I have preferr'd the Conjecture of my Friend Mr. Warburton, as it comes nearer in Pronunciation to the corrupted Reading, as well as agrees better with the other Images.


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