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

A pleasant conceited Comedie:

Cost. It may be so: but if he say it is so, he is in telling true:
but so.
Ferd. Peace.
Clow. Be to me, and euerie man that dares not fight.
240Ferd. No wordes.
Clow. Of other mens secrets I beseech you.
Ferd. So it is besedged with sable coloured melancholie, I did
commende the blacke oppressing humour to the most holsome phisicke
of thy health-geuing ayre: And as I am a Gentleman, betooke my
245selfe to walke: the time When? about the sixt houre, When Beastes
most grase, Birdes best peck, and Men sit downe to that nourishment
which is called Supper: So much for the time When. Now for the
ground Which? which I meane I walkt vpon, it is ycliped Thy Park.
Then for the place Where? where I meane, I did incounter that ob-
250seene & most propostrous euent that draweth frõ my snowhite pen the
ebon coloured Incke, which here thou viewest, beholdest, suruayest, or
seest. But to the place Where? It standeth North North-east & by
East from the West corner of thy curious knotted garden; There
255did I see that low spirited Swaine, that base Minow of thy myrth,
(Clowne. Mee?) that vnlettered smal knowing soule, (Clow. Mee?)
that shallow vassall (Clown. Still mee.) which as I remember,
hight Costard,(Clow. O mee)sorted and consorted contrary to
thy established proclaymed Edict and continent Cannon: Which
with, ô with, but with this I passion to say wherewith:
Clo. With a Wench.
With a childe of our Grandmother Eue, a female; or for thy
more sweete vnderstanding a Woman: him, I (as my euer esteemed
265duetie prickes me on) haue sent to thee, to receiue the meede of pu-
nishment by thy sweete Graces Officer Anthonie Dull, a man of
good reput, carriage bearing, and estimation.
Antho. Me ant shall please you? I am Anthony Dull.
For Iaquenetta (so is the weaker vessell called) vvhich I
270apprehended with the aforesayd Swaine, I keepe her as a vessell of
thy Lawes furie, and shall at the least of thy sweete notice, bring
hir to tryall. Thine in all complements of deuoted and hartburning
heate of duetie.
Don Adriano de Armado.