Banished the kingdom? 'Tis a benefit,
A mercy I must thank 'em for; but banished
The free enjoying of that face I die for,
O, 'twas a studied punishment, a death
Beyond imagination; such a vengeance
That, were I old and wicked, all my sins
Could never pluck upon me. Palamon,
Thou hast the start now; thou shalt stay and see
Her bright eyes break each morning 'gainst thy window
And let in life into thee; thou shalt feed
Upon the sweetness of a noble beauty
That Nature ne'er exceeded, nor ne'er shall.
Good gods, what happiness has Palamon!
Twenty to one, he'll come to speak to her,
And if she be as gentle as she's fair,
I know she's his; he has a tongue will tame
Tempests, and make the wild rocks wanton. Come what can come,
The worst is death; I will not leave the kingdom.
I know mine own is but a heap of ruins,
And no redress there. If I go, he has her.
I am resolved another shape shall make me,
Or end my fortunes. Either way, I am happy;
I'll see her and be near her, or no more.
Enter four Country-people and one with a garland
My masters, I'll be there, that's certain.
And I'll be there.
Why, then, have with ye, boys; 'tis but a chiding.
Let the plough play today; I'll tickle't out
Of the jades' tails tomorrow.
I am sure
To have my wife as jealous as a turkey;
But that's all one, I'll go through, let her mumble.
grumble [beneath the breath], complain, mutter
Clap her aboard tomorrow night and stow her,
And all's made up again.
Ay, do but put
A fescue in her fist, and you shall see her
[device for indicating letters to young readers] pointer, rod, stick
Take a new lesson out, and be a good wench.
Do we all hold against the maying?
What should ail us?
Arcas will be there.
And Rycas, and three better lads ne'er danced
Under green tree; and ye know what wenches, ha!
But will the dainty dominie, the schoolmaster,
Keep touch, do you think? For he does all, ye know.
He'll eat a hornbook ere he fail. Go to,
hornbook, horn-book (n.)
[teaching device] leaf of paper, protected by a piece of thin horn, showing the letters of the alphabet and other information
The matter's too far driven between him
And the tanner's daughter to let slip now;
And she must see the Duke, and she must dance too.
Shall we be lusty?
All the boys in Athens
Blow wind i'th' breech on's!
And here I'll be
And there I'll be, for our town, and here again
And there again! Ha, boys, hey for the weavers!
This must be done i'th' woods.
O, pardon me.
By any means, our thing of learning says so;
[contemptuous] being, creature, base thing
Where he himself will edify the Duke
Most parlously in our behalfs. He's excellent i'th' woods;
Bring him to th' plains, his learning makes no cry.
We'll see the sports, then every man to's tackle;
And, sweet companions, let's rehearse by any means
Before the ladies see us, and do sweetly,
And God knows what may come on't.
Content; the sports once ended, we'll perform.
Away, boys, and hold!
By your leaves, honest friends;
Pray you, whither go you?
Why, what a question's that!
Yes, 'tis a question
To me that know not.
To the games, my friend.
Where were you bred you know it not?
Not far, sir.
Are there such games today?
Yes, marry are there,
And such as you never saw. The Duke himself
Will be in person there.
What pastimes are they?
Wrestling and running. (Aside) 'Tis a pretty fellow.
Thou wilt not go along?
Not yet, sir.
Take your own time. – Come, boys.
My mind misgives me.
This fellow has a vengeance trick o'th' hip;
Mark how his body's made for't.
I'll be hanged, though,
If he dare venture; hang him, plum porridge!
[contemptuous, for the type of person who would eat] rich, fruity porridge [= heavy, lumbering individual]
He wrestle? He roast eggs! Come, let's be gone, lads.
Exeunt four Countrymen and garland-bearer
This is an offered opportunity
I durst not wish for. Well I could have wrestled,
The best men called it excellent; and run
Swifter than wind upon a field of corn,
Curling the wealthy ears, never flew. I'll venture,
And in some poor disguise be there; who knows
Whether my brows may not be girt with garlands,
brow (n.) 4
forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]
And happiness prefer me to a place
Where I may ever dwell in sight of her?