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  • Title: Love's Labor's Lost (Quarto 1, 1598)
  • Editor: Timothy Billings

  • Copyright Timothy Billings. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Timothy Billings
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    Love's Labor's Lost (Quarto 1, 1598)

    Maid. Thats hereby.
    440Ar. I know where it is situate.
    Ma. Lord how wise you are.
    Ar. I will tell thee wonders.
    Ma. With that face.
    Ar. I loue thee.
    445Ma. So I heard you say.
    Ar. And so farewell.
    Ma. Faire weather after you.
    Clo. Come Iaquenetta, away.
    Ar. Villaine, thou shalt fast for thy offences ere thou be
    Clo. Well sir I hope when I do it, I shall do it on a full
    Ar. Thou shalt be heauely punished.
    Clo. I am more bound to you then your fellowes, for they
    455are but lightly rewarded.
    Ar. Take away this villaine, shut him vp.
    Boy. Come you transgressing slaue, away.
    Clo. Let me not be pent vp sir, I will fast being loose.
    460Boy. No sir, that were fast and loose: thou shalt to prison.
    Clo. Well, if euer I do see the merry dayes of desolation
    that I haue seene, some shall see.
    Boy. What shall some see?
    465Clo. Nay nothing M. Moth, but what they looke vppon.
    It is not for prisoners to be too silent in their wordes, and
    therfore I will say nothing: I thanke God I haue as litle pa-
    tience as an other man, & therfore I can be quiet.
    470Arm. I do affect the verie ground (which is base) where her
    shoo (which is baser) guided by her foote (which is basest)
    doth tread. I shall be forsworne (which is a great argument
    of falsehood) if I loue. And how can that be true loue, which
    is falsely attempted? Loue is a familiar; Loue is a Diuell.
    475There is no euill angel but Loue, yet was Sampson so temp-
    ted, and he had an excellent strength: Yet was Salomon so
    seduced, and he had a very good wit. Cupids Butshaft is too
    hard for Hercules Clubb, and therefore too much oddes for a
    Spaniards Rapier: The first and second cause will not serue
    called Loues Labor's lost.