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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)

    Holo. Sir Nathaniel, haud credo.
    Dul. Twas not a haud credo, twas a Pricket.
    Holo. Most barbarous intimation: yet a kind of insinua-
    tion, as it were in via, in way of explication facere: as it were
    1165replication, or rather ostentare, to show as it were his inclina-
    tion after his vndressed, vnpolished, vneducated, vnpruned,
    vntrained, or rather vnlettered, or ratherest vnconfirmed fa-
    shion, to insert again my haud credo for a Deare.
    1170Dul. I said the Deare was not a haud credo, twas a Pricket.
    Holo. Twice sodd simplicitie, bis coctus, O thou monster
    ignorance, How deformed doost thou looke.
    Nath. Sir he hath neuer fed of the dainties that are bred
    1175in a booke.
    He hath not eate paper as it were: he hath not drunke inck.
    His intellect is not replenished, he is only an annimall, only
    sensible in the duller partes: and such barren plantes are
    1180 set before vs, that we thankful should be:
    which we taste,
    and feeling, are for those partes that doe fructifie in vs
    more then he.
    For as it would ill become me to be vaine, indistreell, or a
    1185So were there a patch set on Learning, to see him in a schole.
    But omne bene say I, being of an olde Fathers minde,
    Many can brooke the weather, that loue not the winde.
    Dul. You two are book-men, Can you tel me by your wit,
    1190What was a month old at Cains birth, that's not fiue weeks
    old as yet?
    Holo. Dictisima goodman Dull, dictisima goodman Dull.
    Dul. What is dictima?
    1195Nath. A title to Phebe, to Luna, to the Moone.
    Holo. The Moone was a month old when Adam was no
    And rought not to fiue-weeks when he came to fiuescore.
    Th'allusion holdes in the Exchange.
    1200Dul. Tis true in deede, the Collusion holdes in the Ex-
    Holo. God comfort thy capacitie, I say th'allusion holdes
    in the Exchange.
    Dul. And I say the polusion holdes in the Exchange: for
    1205the Moone is neuer but a month olde: and I say beside
    that, twas a Pricket that the Princesse kild.
    called Loues Labor's lost.