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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)

    A pleasant conceited Comedie:

    Curat. A most singuler and choyce Epithat,
    1755Draw-out his Table-booke.
    Peda. He draweth out the thred of his verbositie, finer
    then the staple of his argument. I abhorre such phanatticall
    phantasims, such insociable and poynt deuise companions,
    such rackers of ortagriphie, as to speake dout fine, when he
    1760should say doubt; det, when he shold pronounce debt; d e b t,
    not det: he clepeth a Calfe, Caufe: halfe, haufe: neighbour
    vocatur nebour; neigh abreuiated ne: this is abhominable,
    which he would call abbominable, it insinuateth me of in-
    famie: ne inteligis domine, to make frantique lunatique?
    Curat. Laus deo, bene intelligo.
    Peda. Bome boon for boon prescian, a litle scratcht, twil serue.
    Enter Bragart, Boy.
    1770Curat. Vides ne quis venit?
    Peda. Video, et gaudio.
    Brag. Chirra.
    Peda. Quari Chirra, not Sirra?
    Brag. Men of peace well incontred.
    1775Ped. Most millitarie sir salutation.
    Boy. They haue been at a great feast of Languages, and
    stolne the scraps.
    Clow. O they haue lyud long on the almsbasket of wordes.
    I maruaile thy M. hath not eaten thee for a worde, for thou
    1780art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus:
    Thou art easier swallowed then a flapdragon.
    Page. Peace, the peale begins.
    Brag. Mounsier, are you not lettred?
    1785Page. Yes yes, he teaches boyes the Horne-booke: What
    is Ab speld backward with the horne on his head?
    Poda. Ba, puericia with a horne added.
    Pag. Ba most seely Sheepe, with a horne: you heare his (learning.
    1790Peda. Quis quis thou Consonant?
    Pag. The last of the fiue Vowels if You repeate them,
    or the fift if I.
    Peda. I will repeate them: a e I.
    Pag. The Sheepe, the other two concludes it o u.
    1795Brag. Now by the sault wane of the meditaranium, a