By William Shakespeare, Thomas Bowdler (editor)
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LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST. 27 Enter COSTARD. Princess. Here conies a member of the commonwealth. Costard. Pray you, which is the head lady? Princess. Thou shalt know her, fellow, by the rest that have no heads. Costourd. Which is the greatest lady, the highest? Princess. The thickest, and the tallest. Costard. The thickest, and the tallest! it is so; truth is truth. Are not you the chief woman? you are the thickest here. What's your will, sir? what's your will? Costard. I have a letter from monsieur Biron, to one lady Rosaline.
Aside. Damain. ) Love, whose month is ever May, Spied a blossom, passing fair, Playing in the wanton air: Through the velvet leaves the wind, All unseen, 'gan passage find; That tJie lover, sick to death, Wislid himself the heavens breath. Air, quoth he, thy cheeks may blow; Air, woidd I might triumph so! But, alack, my hand is sworn, Neer t> pluck theefrom thy thorn: Vow, alack, for youth unmeet; Youth so apt to pluck a sweet. — This will I send; and something else more plain, That shall express my true love's fasting pain.
King. What present hast thou there ? Costard. Some certain treason. King. What makes treason here? Costard. Nay, it makes nothing, sir. King. If it mar nothing neither, The treason, and you, go in peace away together. Jaquenetta. I beseech your grace, let this letter be read, Our parson misdoubts it; 'twas treason, he said. King. Biron, read it over. [Giving him the letter. WTiere hast thou it? Jaquenetta. Of Costard. King. Where hadst thou it ? Costard. Of Dun Adramadio, Dun Adramadio. King. How now!