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FERDINAND, King of Navarre.
BIRON, a lord attending on the King.
Act IV. sc. 3. Act V. sc. 2.
LONGAVILLE, a lord attending on the King. Appears, Act I. sc. 1. Act II. sc. 1. Act IV. sc. 3. Act V. sc. 2.
DUMain, a lord attending on the King.
BOYET, a lord attending on the Princess of France.
Appears, Act V. sc. 2.
SIR NATHANIEL, a curate.
HOLOFERNES, a schoolmaster.
DULL, a constable.
COSTARD, a clown.
Act V. sc. 1; sc. 2.
Moth, page to Armado.
PRINCESS OF FRANCE.
ROSALINE, a lady attending on the Princess of France.
Maria, a lady attending on the Princess of France.
JAQUENETTA, a country wench,
This play was one of those published in Shakspere's lifetime. The first edition appeared in 1598. In the first collected edition, the folio of 1623, the text differs little from the original quarto.
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST.
SCENE I.—Navarre. A Park, with a Palace in it.
Enter the KING, BIRON, LONGAVILLE, and DUMAIN. KING. Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives. Live register'd upon our brazen tombs, And then grace us in the disgrace of death; When, spite of cormorant devouring time, Th' endeavour of this present breath may buy That honour, which shall bate his scythe's keen edge, And make us heirs of all eternity. Therefore, brave conquerors!—for so you are, That war against your own affections, And the huge army of the world's desires,— Our late edict shall strongly stand in force: Navarre shall be the wonder of the world; Our court shall be a little Academe, Still and contemplative in living art. You three, Biron, Dumain, and Longaville, Have sworn for three years' term to live with me, My fellow-scholars, and to keep those statutes That are recorded in this schedule here: Your oaths are pass'd, and now subscribe your names; That his own hand may strike his honour down, That violates the smallest branch herein: If you are arm’d to do, as sworn to do, Subscribe to your deep oath, and keep
LONG. I am resolv'd: 't is but a three years' fast;
Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortified.
BIRON. I can but say their protestation over,
KING. Your oath is pass’d to pass away from these.
BIRON. Let me say no, my liege, an if you please ;
LONG. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest.
BIRON. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in jest.
KING. Why, that to know, which else we should not know.
BIRON. Come on then, I will swear to study so,
When I to fast expressly am forbid;