Love's Labour's Lost

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Enter Ferdinand, King of Navarre, Berowne, Longaville,

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and Dumaine

 

KING

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Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives,

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Live registered upon our brazen tombs,
brazen (adj.) 1 everlasting, imperishable, impenetrable

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And then grace us in the disgrace of death;
disgrace (n.) 2 disfigurement, marring

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When, spite of cormorant devouring Time,
cormorant (adj.) greedy, insatiable, all-devouring

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The endeavour of this present breath may buy
breath (n.) 1 utterance, speech, voice

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That honour which shall bate his scythe's keen edge,
bate (v.) 1 abate, modify, lessen

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And make us heirs of all eternity.

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Therefore, brave conquerors – for so you are,

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That war against your own affections
affection (n.) 3 desire, passion, lustful feeling

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And the huge army of the world's desires –

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Our late edict shall strongly stand in force:
late (adj.) 1 recent, not long past

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Navarre shall be the wonder of the world;

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Our court shall be a little academe,
academe (n.) academy, place of learning

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Still and contemplative in living art.
art (n.) 1 knowledge, learning, scholarship, science
still (adj.) 2 quiet, calm, subdued

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You three, Berowne, Dumaine, and Longaville,

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Have sworn for three years' term to live with me,

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My fellow-scholars, and to keep those statutes

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That are recorded in this schedule here.
schedule (n.) 1 inventory, list, itemization

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Your oaths are passed; and now subscribe your names,

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That his own hand may strike his honour down

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That violates the smallest branch herein.
branch (n.) division, section, part [of an argument]

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If you are armed to do as sworn to do,
armed (adj.) 2 provided, ready, prepared [for]

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Subscribe to your deep oaths, and keep it too.
subscribe to (v.) 3 sign, endorse, put one's name to

 

LONGAVILLE

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I am resolved. 'Tis but a three years' fast.

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The mind shall banquet though the body pine.

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Fat paunches have lean pates, and dainty bits
bit (n.) morsel, scrap, titbit
pate (n.) head, skull

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Make rich the ribs but bankrupt quite the wits.
wits, also five wits faculties of the mind (common wit, imagination, fantasy, estimation, memory) or body (the five senses)

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He signs
mortified (adj.) 2 dead to earthly pleasures, insensible to worldly desires

 

DUMAINE

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My loving lord, Dumaine is mortified.

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The grosser manner of these world's delights
gross (adj.) 7 coarse, vulgar, unrefined

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He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves.
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank

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To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die,

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With all these living in philosophy.

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He signs
protestation (n.) solemn declaration, affirmation

 

BEROWNE

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I can but say their protestation over.

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So much, dear liege, I have already sworn,

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That is, to live and study here three years.

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But there are other strict observances:

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As not to see a woman in that term –

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Which I hope well is not enrolled there;
enrol (v.) record, register, legally enter

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And one day in a week to touch no food,

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And but one meal on every day beside –

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The which I hope is not enrolled there;

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And then to sleep but three hours in the night,

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And not be seen to wink of all the day,
wink (v.) 5 sleep, doze, nod off

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When I was wont to think no harm all night,
wont (v.) be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of

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And make a dark night too of half the day –

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Which I hope well is not enrolled there.

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O, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep,

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Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep.

 

KING

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Your oath is passed, to pass away from these.

 

BEROWNE

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Let me say no, my liege, an if you please.

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I only swore to study with your grace,

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And stay here in your court for three years' space.

 

LONGAVILLE

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You swore to that, Berowne, and to the rest.

 

BEROWNE

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By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in jest.

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What is the end of study, let me know?

 

KING

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Why, that to know which else we should not know.

 

BEROWNE

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Things hid and barred, you mean, from common sense?
common (adj.) 1 average, usual, general, ordinary
sense (n.) 4 perception, awareness, discernment, appreciation

 

KING

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Ay, that is study's god-like recompense.

 

BEROWNE

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Com'on then, I will swear to study so,

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To know the thing I am forbid to know:

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As thus – to study where I well may dine,
study (v.) 1 deliberate, meditate, reflect [on]

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When I to feast expressly am forbid;

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Or study where to meet some mistress fine,

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When mistresses from common sense are hid;

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Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath,
hard-a-keeping (adj.) too hard to keep

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Study to break it and not break my troth.
troth (n.) 1 truth, good faith

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If study's gain be thus, and this be so,

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Study knows that which yet it doth not know.

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Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say no.

 

KING

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These be the stops that hinder study quite,
stop (n.) 1 obstruction, obstacle, hindrance

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And train our intellects to vain delight.
train (v.) 1 lure, entice, decoy

 

BEROWNE

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Why, all delights are vain, but that most vain

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Which, with pain purchased, doth inherit pain:
inherit (v.) 1 receive, obtain, come into possession [of]

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As painfully to pore upon a book
painfully (adv.) diligently, taking great pains

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To seek the light of truth, while truth the while

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Doth falsely blind the eyesight of his look.
falsely (adv.) treacherously, deceitfully, dishonestly

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Light seeking light doth light of light beguile;
beguile (v.) 2 deprive by deception, cheat out of

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So, ere you find where light in darkness lies,

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Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes.

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Study me how to please the eye indeed

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By fixing it upon a fairer eye,

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Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed,
heed (n.) 2 that which one heeds; or: guardian

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And give him light that it was blinded by.

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Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,

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That will not be deep-searched with saucy looks.
saucy (adj.) 1 insolent, impudent, presumptuous, defiant

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Small have continual plodders ever won,

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Save base authority from others' books.
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy

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These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights,

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That give a name to every fixed star,

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Have no more profit of their shining nights
shining (adj.) brightly lit, illuminated

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Than those that walk and wot not what they are.
wot (v.) 1 learn, know, be told

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Too much to know is to know naught but fame,

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And every godfather can give a name.

 

KING

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How well he's read, to reason against reading.

 

DUMAINE

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Proceeded well, to stop all good proceeding.

 

LONGAVILLE

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He weeds the corn, and still lets grow the weeding.

 

BEROWNE

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The spring is near when green geese are a-breeding.

 

DUMAINE

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How follows that?
fit (adj.) 1 suited, fitting, appropriate

 

BEROWNE

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                         Fit in his place and time.

 

DUMAINE

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In reason nothing.

 

BEROWNE

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                         Something then in rhyme.

 

KING

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Berowne is like an envious sneaping frost
envious (adj.) malicious, spiteful, vindictive, full of enmity
sneaping (adj.) nipping, biting, sharp

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That bites the first-born infants of the spring.

 

BEROWNE

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Well, say I am! Why should proud summer boast

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Before the birds have any cause to sing?

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Why should I joy in an abortive birth?
abortive (adj.) 1 monstrous, defective, unnatural

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At Christmas I no more desire a rose

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Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows,

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But like of each thing that in season grows.
like of (v.) admire, enjoy, derive pleasure from

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So you, to study now it is too late,

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Climb o'er the house to unlock the little gate.

 

KING

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Well, sit you out. Go home, Berowne. Adieu!

 

BEROWNE

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No, my good lord, I have sworn to stay with you.

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And though I have for barbarism spoke more
barbarism (n.) 2 lack of culture, uncivilized ignorance

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Than for that angel knowledge you can say,

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Yet, confident, I'll keep what I have sworn,

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And bide the penance of each three years' day.

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Give me the paper, let me read the same,

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And to the strictest decrees I'll write my name.

 

KING

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How well this yielding rescues thee from shame!
yielding (n.) consent, compliance, agreement

  

BEROWNE

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(reading)

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Item: that no woman shall come within

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a mile of my court – hath this been proclaimed?

 

LONGAVILLE

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Four days ago.

 

BEROWNE

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Let's see the penalty – on pain of losing her

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tongue. Who devised this penalty?

 

LONGAVILLE

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Marry, that did I.

 

BEROWNE

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Sweet lord, and why?

 

LONGAVILLE

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To fright them hence with that dread penalty.
dread (adj.) 2 frightening, terrifying, fearful
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify

 

BEROWNE

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A dangerous law against gentility!
gentility (n.) 2 good manners, polite behaviour

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Item: if any man be seen to talk with a woman within the

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term of three years, he shall endure such public shame as

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the rest of the court can possibly devise.

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This article, my liege, yourself must break;

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For well you know here comes in embassy
embassy (n.) 2 ambassadorial role, function as ambassador

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The French King's daughter with yourself to speak –

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A maid of grace and complete majesty –

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About surrender up of Aquitaine

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To her decrepit, sick, and bedrid father.
bedrid, bed-rid, bedred (adj.) bed-ridden, confined to bed through infirmity

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Therefore this article is made in vain,

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Or vainly comes th' admired Princess hither.

 

KING

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What say you, lords? Why, this was quite forgot.

 

BEROWNE

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So study evermore is overshot.
overshoot (v.) 1 [miss a target by shooting too high] go astray in aim, wide of the mark

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While it doth study to have what it would,

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It doth forget to do the thing it should;

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And when it hath the thing it hunteth most,

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'Tis won as towns with fire – so won, so lost.

 

KING

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We must of force dispense with this decree.
dispense with (v.) 3 gain exemption from, set aside, dissolve
force, of necessarily, of necessity, whether one will or not

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She must lie here on mere necessity.
lie (v.) 1 live, dwell, reside, lodge
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter

 

BEROWNE

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Necessity will make us all forsworn
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word

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Three thousand times within this three years' space;

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For every man with his affects is born,
affect (n.) 1 desire, passion, appetite

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Not by might mastered, but by special grace.
grace (n.) 8 means of salvation, divine favour
special (adj.) particular, specific, distinctive

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If I break faith, this word shall speak for me:

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I am forsworn on mere ‘ necessity.’

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So to the laws at large I write my name,
large, at 2 in general, as a whole

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And he that breaks them in the least degree

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Stands in attainder of eternal shame.
attainder (n.) 1 accusation, allegation, denunciation

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Suggestions are to other as to me,
suggestion (n.) temptation, instigation, prompting towards evil

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But I believe, although I seem so loath,

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I am the last that will last keep his oath.

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He signs
quick (adj.) 2 lively, animated, vivacious

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But is there no quick recreation granted?

 

KING

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Ay, that there is. Our court, you know, is haunted
haunt (v.) 1 frequent, visit habitually

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With a refined traveller of Spain;

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A man in all the world's new fashion planted,

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That hath a mint of phrases in his brain;

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One who the music of his own vain tongue

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Doth ravish like enchanting harmony;
ravish (v.) 1 entrance, enrapture, carry away with joy

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A man of compliments, whom right and wrong
compliment, complement (n.) 1 example of good manners, instance of proper behaviour

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Have chose as umpire of their mutiny.
mutiny (n.) 1 riot, civil disturbance, state of discord

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This child of fancy, that Armado hight,
fancy (n.) 6 fancifulness, flamboyance, showiness
hight (v.) [archaism] is called

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For interim to our studies shall relate
interim (n.) interval, break, interlude

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In high-born words the worth of many a knight
high-born (adj.) noble, lofty, grand

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From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate.
debate (n.) quarrel, wrangling, strife

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How you delight, my lords, I know not, I,

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But I protest I love to hear him lie,

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And I will use him for my minstrelsy.
minstrelsy (n.) 2 court singer

 

BEROWNE

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Armado is a most illustrious wight,
wight (n.) [archaism] person, human being

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A man of fire-new words, fashion's own knight.
fire-new (adj.) fresh from the fire, brand-new, freshly minted

 

LONGAVILLE

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Costard the swain and he shall be our sport,
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment
swain (n.) 1 [contemptuous] rustic, yokel, fellow

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And so to study three years is but short.

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Enter Dull with a letter,

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and Costard

 

DULL

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Which is the Duke's own person?

 

BEROWNE

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This, fellow. What wouldst?

 

DULL

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I myself reprehend his own person, for I am his
reprehend (v.) 2 malapropism for ‘represent’

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grace's farborough. But I would see his own person in
farborough (n.) malapropism for ‘thirdborough’ [= parish officer]

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flesh and blood.

 

BEROWNE

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This is he.

 

DULL

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Signeour Arm-, Arm-, commends you. There's
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards

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villainy abroad. This letter will tell you more.
abroad (adv.) 2 around, about, on the move

 

COSTARD

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Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching me.
contempts (n.) malapropism for ‘contents’
touch (v.) 1 affect, concern, regard, relate to

 

KING

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A letter from the magnificent Armado.
magnificent (adj.) grand, stately, majestic

 

BEROWNE

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How low soever the matter, I hope in God for

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high words.

 

LONGAVILLE

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A high hope for a low heaven. God grant us

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patience!

 

BEROWNE

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To hear, or forbear hearing?
forbear (v.) 1 stop, cease, desist

 

LONGAVILLE

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To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh moderately;

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or to forbear both.

 

BEROWNE

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Well, sir, be it as the style shall give us cause to

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climb in the merriness.

 

COSTARD

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The matter is to me, sir, as concerning Jaquenetta.
matter (n.) 4 affair(s), business, real issue

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The manner of it is, I was taken with the

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manner.
manner (n.) 6 [legal] act, work, deed

 

BEROWNE

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In what manner?

 

COSTARD

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In manner and form following, sir – all those
form (n.) 5 way of behaving, behaviour, code of conduct

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three: I was seen with her in the ' manor '-house, sitting

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with her upon the ‘ form,’ and taken ‘ following ’ her
form (n.) 11 bench

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into the park; which, put together, is ‘ in manner and

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form following.’ Now, sir, for the ‘ manner ’ – it is the

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manner of a man to speak to a woman. For the ‘ form ’

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– in some form.

 

BEROWNE

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For the ‘ following,’ sir?

 

COSTARD

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As it shall follow in my correction – and God
correction (n.) punishment, retribution, rebuke

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defend the right!

 

KING

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Will you hear this letter with attention?

 

BEROWNE

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As we would hear an oracle.

 

COSTARD

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Such is the simplicity of man to hearken after
hearken after (v.) 2 hanker for, be attracted to

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the flesh.

  

KING

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(reading)
vicegerent (n.) 2 deputy, second-in-command
welkin (n.) sky, firmament, heavens

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Great deputy, the welkin's vicegerent, and

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sole dominator of Navarre, my soul's earth's god, and
dominator (n.) ruler, lord, sovereign

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body's fostering patron –

 

COSTARD

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Not a word of Costard yet.

 

KING

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So it is –

 

COSTARD

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It may be so; but if he say it is so, he is, in

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telling true – but so.
so (adv.) average, middling, so-so

 

KING

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Peace!

 

COSTARD

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Be to me and every man that dares not fight.

 

KING

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No words!

 

COSTARD

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Of other men's secrets, I beseech you.
secret (n.) private affair, confidence

 

KING

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So it is, besieged with sable-coloured melancholy, I did

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commend the black oppressing humour to the most wholesome

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physic of thy health-giving air; and, as I am a
commend (v.) 2 commit, entrust, hand over
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
physic (n.) 1 medicine, healing, treatment

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gentleman, betook myself to walk. The time when? About
betake (v.) 1 go, take oneself off, make one's way

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the sixth hour; when beasts most graze, birds best peck,

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and men sit down to that nourishment which is called

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supper. So much for the time when. Now for the ground

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which – which, I mean, I walked upon. It is yclept thy
yclept (v.) [archaism] called

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park. Then for the place where – where, I mean, I did

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encounter that obscene and most preposterous event that
obscene (adj.) disgusting, offensive, repulsive
preposterous (adj.) 2 totally out of place, extremely improper

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draweth from my snow-white pen the ebon-coloured ink
ebon (adj.) 1 ebony, black

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which here thou viewest, beholdest, surveyest, or seest. But

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to the place where. It standeth north-north-east and by

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east from the west corner of thy curious-knotted garden.
curious-knotted (adj.) with intricate patterns of flower-beds

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There did I see that low-spirited swain, that base minnow
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank
low-spirited (adj.) ignoble, abject, cowardly
minnow (n.) [variety of fish] insignificant object
swain (n.) 1 [contemptuous] rustic, yokel, fellow

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of thy mirth –

 

COSTARD

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Me?

 

KING

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That unlettered small-knowing soul –
unlettered (adj.) illiterate, unread

 

COSTARD

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Me?

 

KING

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That shallow vassal –
shallow (adj.) naive, gullible, lacking in depth of character
vassal (n.) 2 wretch, creature, slave

 

COSTARD

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Still me?

 

KING

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Which, as I remember, hight Costard –
hight (v.) [archaism] is called

 

COSTARD

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O, me!

 

KING

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Sorted and consorted, contrary to thy established
consort (v.) accompany, attend, go with
sort (v.) 4 associate, keep company with

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proclaimed edict and continent canon, which with – O, with –
canon (n.) 1 law, decree, rule
continent (adj.) 2 restrictive, constraining, enforcing restraint

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but with this I passion to say wherewith –
passion (v.) experience deep feeling, be profoundly moved, grieve

 

COSTARD

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With a wench.
wench (n.) girl, lass

 

KING

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With a child of our grandmother Eve, a female, or, for

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thy more sweet understanding, a woman. Him I – as my

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ever-esteemed duty pricks me on – have sent to thee, to
prick on (v.) incite, urge on, spur on

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receive the meed of punishment, by thy sweet grace's officer,
meed (n.) 1 reward, prize, recompense

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Anthony Dull, a man of good repute, carriage, bearing,
carriage (n.) 1 bearing, demeanour, manner of behaviour

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and estimation.
estimation (n.) 1 esteem, respect, reputation

 

DULL

LLL I.i.260 
Me, an't shall please you. I am Anthony Dull.

 

KING

LLL I.i.261 
For Jaquenetta – so is the weaker vessel called –
vessel (n.) body, frame

LLL I.i.262 
which I apprehended with the aforesaid swain, I keep her
apprehend (v.) 1 seize, arrest, lay hold of

LLL I.i.263 
as a vessel of thy law's fury, and shall, at the least of thy

LLL I.i.264 
sweet notice, bring her to trial. Thine in all compliments of
notice (n.) 1 information, intelligence, notification

LLL I.i.265 
devoted and heart-burning heat of duty,

LLL I.i.266 
Don Adriano de Armado.

 

BEROWNE

LLL I.i.267 
This is not so well as I looked for, but the best

LLL I.i.268 
that ever I heard.

 

KING

LLL I.i.269 
Ay, the best for the worst. But, sirrah, what say you

LLL I.i.270 
to this?

 

COSTARD

LLL I.i.271 
Sir, I confess the wench.

 

KING

LLL I.i.272 
Did you hear the proclamation?

 

COSTARD

LLL I.i.273 
I do confess much of the hearing it, but little of

LLL I.i.274 
the marking of it.
marking (n.) noting, notice, attending [to]

 

KING

LLL I.i.275 
It was proclaimed a year's imprisonment to be taken

LLL I.i.276 
with a wench.

 

COSTARD

LLL I.i.277 
I was taken with none, sir; I was taken with a

LLL I.i.278 
damsel.

 

KING

LLL I.i.279 
Well, it was proclaimed ‘ damsel.’

 

COSTARD

LLL I.i.280 
This was no damsel neither, sir; she was a

LLL I.i.281 
virgin.

 

KING

LLL I.i.282 
It is so varied too, for it was proclaimed ‘ virgin.’
vary (v.) 1 express in fresh words, verbalize anew

 

COSTARD

LLL I.i.283 
If it were, I deny her virginity. I was taken with

LLL I.i.284 
a maid.

 

KING

LLL I.i.285 
This ‘ maid ’ will not serve your turn, sir.
serve one's turn meet one's need, answer one's requirements
turn (n.) 1 need, requirement, purpose [especially in the phrase ‘serve one's turn’ = meet one's need]

 

COSTARD

LLL I.i.286 
This maid will serve my turn, sir.

 

KING

LLL I.i.287 
Sir, I will pronounce your sentence: you shall fast a

LLL I.i.288 
week with bran and water.

 

COSTARD

LLL I.i.289 
I had rather pray a month with mutton and

LLL I.i.290 
porridge.
porridge (n.) meat and vegetable stew or broth [reputed to produce strength]

 

KING

LLL I.i.291 
And Don Armado shall be your keeper.

LLL I.i.292 
My lord Berowne, see him delivered o'er;
deliver (v.) 4 hand over, convey, commit to the keeping [of someone]

LLL I.i.293 
And go we, lords, to put in practice that

LLL I.i.294 
Which each to other hath so strongly sworn.

LLL I.i.294 
Exeunt King, Longaville, and Dumaine

 

BEROWNE

LLL I.i.295 
I'll lay my head to any goodman's hat
goodman (adj.) 1 title for a person under the rank of gentleman, yeoman
lay (v.) 12 wager, stake, bet

LLL I.i.296 
These oaths and laws will prove an idle scorn.
idle (adj.) 1 useless, barren, worthless

LLL I.i.297 
Sirrah, come on.

 

COSTARD

LLL I.i.298 
I suffer for the truth, sir; for true it is I was

LLL I.i.299 
taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is a true girl.
true (adj.) 4 honest, upright, law-abiding

LLL I.i.300 
And therefore welcome the sour cup of prosperity!
sour (adj.) bitter, harsh, painful

LLL I.i.301 
Affliction may one day smile again, and till then sit

LLL I.i.302 
thee down, sorrow!

LLL I.i.302 
Exeunt

 
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