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Love’s Labour’s Lost: Act 4, Scene 2

Love’s Labour’s Lost
Act 4, Scene 2

The King of Navarre’s park.

  1. Enter Dull, Holofernes the Pedant, and Nathaniel from
  2. watching the hunt.

Sir Nathaniel

3 - 4
  1. Very reverent sport truly, and done in the testimony of a
  2. good conscience.

Holofernes

5 - 8
  1. The deer was (as you know) sanguis, in blood, ripe as the
  2. pomewater, who now hangeth like a jewel in the ear of caelo,
  3. the sky, the welkin, the heaven, and anon falleth like a
  4. crab on the face of terra, the soil, the land, the earth.

Sir Nathaniel

9 - 11
  1. Truly, Master Holofernes, the epithites are sweetly varied,
  2. like a scholar at the least; but, sir, I assure ye it was a
  3. buck of the first head.

Holofernes

12
  1. Sir Nathaniel, haud credo.

Dull

13
  1. ’Twas not a haud credo, ’twas a pricket.

Holofernes

14 - 20
  1. Most barbarous intimation! Yet a kind of insinuation, as it
  2. were in via, in way, of explication; facere, as it were,
  3. replication, or rather ostentare, to show, as it were, his
  4. inclination, after his undressed, unpolished, uneducated,
  5. unpruned, untrained, or rather unlettered, or ratherest
  6. unconfirmed fashion, to insert again my haud credo for a
  7. deer.

Dull

21
  1. I said the deer was not a haud credo, ’twas a pricket.

Holofernes

22 - 23
  1. Twice sod simplicity, bis coctus!
  2. O thou monster Ignorance, how deformed dost thou look!

Sir Nathaniel

24 - 38
  1. Sir, he hath never fed of the dainties that are bred in a
  2. book;
  3. He hath not eat paper, as it were; he hath not drunk ink;
  4. his intellect is not replenished; he is only an animal, only
  5. sensible in the duller parts;
  6. And such barren plants are set before us, that we thankful
  7. should be
  8. Which we of taste and feeling arefor those parts that do
  9. fructify in us more than he.
  10. For as it would ill become me to be vain, indiscreet, or a
  11. fool,
  12. So were there a patch set on learning, to see him in a
  13. school:
  14. But omne bene, say I, being of an old father’s mind:
  15. Many can brook the weather that love not the wind.

Dull

39 - 41
  1. You two are book-men: can you tell me by your wit
  2. What was a month old at Cain’s birth, that’s not five weeks
  3. old as yet?

Holofernes

42
  1. Dictynna, goodman Dull, Dictynna, goodman Dull.

Dull

43
  1. What is Dictynna?

Sir Nathaniel

44
  1. A title to Phoebe, to Luna, to the moon.

Holofernes

45 - 47
  1. The moon was a month old when Adam was no more,
  2. And raught not to five weeks when he came to five-score.
  3. Th’ allusion holds in the exchange.

Dull

48
  1. ’Tis true indeed, the collusion holds in the exchange.

Holofernes

49 - 50
  1. God comfort thy capacity! I say, th’ allusion holds in the
  2. exchange.

Dull

51 - 53
  1. And I say, the pollution holds in the exchange, for the moon
  2. is never but a month old; and I say beside that, ’twas a
  3. pricket that the Princess kill’d.

Holofernes

54 - 56
  1. Sir Nathaniel, will you hear an extemporal epitaph on the
  2. death of the deer? And to humor the ignorant, call I the
  3. deer the Princess kill’d a pricket.

Sir Nathaniel

57 - 58
  1. Perge, good Master Holofernes, perge, so it shall please you
  2. to abrogate squirility.

Holofernes

59 - 65
  1. I will something affect the letter, for it argues facility.
  2. The preyful Princess pierc’d and prick’d a pretty pleasing pricket;
  3. Some say a sore, but not a sore, till now made sore with shooting.
  4. The dogs did yell: put l to sore, then sorel jumps from thicket,
  5. Or pricket sore, or else sorel; the people fall a-hooting.
  6. If sore be sore, then L to sore makes fifty sores o’ sorel:
  7. Of one sore I an hundred make by adding but one more L.

Sir Nathaniel

66
  1. A rare talent!

Dull

67 - 68
  1. Aside.
  2. If a talent be a claw, look how he claws him with a talent.

Holofernes

69 - 75
  1. This is a gift that I have, simple; simple, a foolish
  2. extravagant spirit, full of forms, figures, shapes, objects,
  3. ideas, apprehensions, motions, revolutions. These are begot
  4. in the ventricle of memory, nourish’d in the womb of pia
  5. mater, and delivered upon the mellowing of occasion. But the
  6. gift is good in those in whom it is acute, and I am thankful
  7. for it.

Sir Nathaniel

76 - 79
  1. Sir, I praise the Lord for you, and so may my parishioners,
  2. for their sons are well tutor’d by you, and their daughters
  3. profit very greatly under you. You are a good member of the
  4. commonwealth.

Holofernes

80 - 83
  1. Mehercle, if their sons be ingenious, they shall want no
  2. instruction; if their daughters be capable, I will put it to
  3. them: but vir sapit qui pauca loquitur. A soul feminine
  4. saluteth us.
  1. Enter Jaquenetta and the Clown Costard.

Jaquenetta

85
  1. God give you good morrow, Master Person.

Holofernes

86 - 87
  1. Master Person, quasi pers-one. And if one should be pierc’d,
  2. which is the one?

Costard

88 - 89
  1. Marry, Master Schoolmaster, he that is likel’est to a
  2. hogshead.

Holofernes

90 - 92
  1. Of piercing a hogshead! A good lustre of conceit in a turf
  2. of earth; fire enough for a flint, pearl enough for a swine:
  3. ’tis pretty; it is well.

Jaquenetta

93 - 95
  1. Good Master Person, be so good as read me this letter. It
  2. was given me by Costard, and sent me from Don Armado. I
  3. beseech you read it.

Holofernes

96 - 104
  1. Facile, precor gelida quando pecus omne sub umbra ruminat,
  2. and so forth. Ah, good old Mantuan! I may speak of thee as
  3. the traveler doth of Venice:
  4. Venechia, Venechia,
  5. Che non te vede, che non te prechia.
  6. Old Mantuan, old Mantuan! Who understandeth thee not, loves
  7. thee not. Ut, re, sol, la, mi, fa. Under pardon, sir, what
  8. are the contents? Or rather, as Horace says in hisWhat, my
  9. soul, verses?

Sir Nathaniel

105
  1. Ay, sir, and very learned.

Holofernes

106
  1. Let me hear a staff, a stanze, a verse; lege, domine.

Sir Nathaniel

107 - 121
  1. Reads.
  2. If love make me forsworn, how shall I swear to love?
  3. Ah, never faith could hold, if not to beauty vowed!
  4. Though to myself forsworn, to thee I’ll faithful prove;
  5. Those thoughts to me were oaks, to thee like osiers bowed.
  6. Study his bias leaves, and makes his book thine eyes,
  7. Where all those pleasures live that art would comprehend.
  8. If knowledge be the mark, to know thee shall suffice;
  9. Well learned is that tongue that well can thee commend,
  10. All ignorant that soul that sees thee without wonder;
  11. Which is to me some praise that I thy parts admire.
  12. Thy eye Jove’s lightning bears, thy voice his dreadful thunder,
  13. Which, not to anger bent, is music and sweet fire.
  14. Celestial as thou art, O, pardon love this wrong,
  15. That sings heaven’s praise with such an earthly tongue.”

Holofernes

122 - 131
  1. You find not the apostraphus, and so miss the accent. Let me
  2. supervise the canzonet.
  3. He takes the letter.
  4. Here are only numbers ratified, but for the elegancy,
  5. facility, and golden cadence of poesy, caret. Ovidius Naso
  6. was the man. And why indeed Naso,” but for smelling out the
  7. odoriferous flowers of fancy, the jerks of invention?
  8. Imitari is nothing: so doth the hound his master, the ape
  9. his keeper, the tired horse his rider. But, damosella
  10. virgin, was this directed to you?

Jaquenetta

132 - 133
  1. Ay, sir, from one Monsieur Berowne, one of the strange
  2. queen’s lords.

Holofernes

134 - 145
  1. I will overglance the superscript: To the snow-white hand
  2. of the most beauteous Lady Rosaline.” I will look again on
  3. the intellect of the letter, for the nomination of the party
  4. Writing.
  5. to the person written unto: Your ladyship’s in all desired
  6. employment, Berowne.” Sir Nathaniel, this Berowne is one of
  7. the votaries with the King, and here he hath framed a letter
  8. to a sequent of the stranger queen’s, which accidentally, or
  9. by the way of progression, hath miscarried. Trip and go, my
  10. sweet, deliver this paper into the royal hand of the King;
  11. it may concern much. Stay not thy compliment; I forgive thy
  12. duty. Adieu.

Jaquenetta

146
  1. Good Costard, go with me. Sir, God save your life!

Costard

147
  1. Have with thee, my girl.
  1. Exit with Jaquenetta.

Sir Nathaniel

149 - 150
  1. Sir, you have done this in the fear of God, very
  2. religiously; and as a certain father saith

Holofernes

151 - 153
  1. Sir, tell not me of the father, I do fear colorable colors.
  2. But to return to the verses: did they please you, Sir
  3. Nathaniel?

Sir Nathaniel

154
  1. Marvelous well for the pen.

Holofernes

155 - 161
  1. I do dine today at the father’s of a certain pupil of mine,
  2. where, if (before repast) it shall please you to gratify the
  3. table with a grace, I will, on my privilege I have with the
  4. parents of the foresaid child or pupil, undertake your bien
  5. venuto; where I will prove those verses to be very
  6. unlearned, neither savoring of poetry, wit, nor invention. I
  7. beseech your society.

Sir Nathaniel

162 - 163
  1. And thank you too; for society, saith the text, is the
  2. happiness of life.

Holofernes

164 - 168
  1. And certes the text most infallibly concludes it.
  2. To Dull.
  3. Sir, I do invite you too, you shall not say me nay: pauca
  4. verba. Away, the gentles are at their game, and we will to
  5. our recreation.
  1. Exeunt.
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