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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Timothy Billings
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Love's Labor's Lost (Quarto 1, 1598)


Dull. Nor vnderstoode none neither sir.
Ped. Alone, we will employ thee.
Dull. Ile make one in a daunce, or so: or I will play on
1885the Taber to the worthies, and let them dance the hey.
Peda. Most Dull, honest Dull, to our sport: away.
Exeunt.
Enter the Ladyes.
Quee. Sweete hartes we shalbe rich ere we depart,
Yf Fayrings come thus plentifully in.
1890A Ladie walde about with Diamondes: Looke you, what I
haue from the louing King.
Rosa. Madame, came nothing els along with that?
Quee. Nothing but this: yes as much loue in Rime,
As would be crambd vp in asheete of paper
1895Writ a both sides the leafe, margent and all,
That he was faine to seale on Cupids name.
Rosa. That was the way to make his god-head Wax:
For he hath been fiue thousand yeere a Boy.
Kath. I and a shrowde vnhappie gallowes too.
1900Ros. Youle neare be friendes with him, a kild your sister.
Kath. He made her melancholie, sad, and heauie,
And so she died: had she bin Light like you, of such a mery
nimble stiring spirit, she might a bin Grandam ere she died.
And so may you: For a light hart liues long.
1905Ros. Whats your darke meaning mouce, of this light word?
Kath. A light condition in a beautie darke.
Ros. We neede more light to finde your meaning out.
Kath. Yole marre the light by taking it in snuffe:
1910Therefore Ile darkly ende the argument.
Ros. Looke what you do, you do it still i'th darke.
Kath. So do not you, for you are a light Wench.
Ros. In deede I waigh not you, and therefore light.
Kath. You waigh me not, O thats you care not for me.
1915Ros. Great reason: for past care, is still past cure.
Quee. Well bandied both, a set of Wit well played.
But Rasaline, you haue a Fauour too?
Who sent it? and what is it?
Rosa.
called Loues Labor's lost.