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FERDINAND, King of Navarre.
three Lords, attending upon the King in his
Lords, attending upon the Princess of France.
Princess of France.
Maria, Ladies, attending on the Princess.
Country near it.
Love's LABOUR's loft.
ACT I. S ČE NE, The Palace. Enter the King, Biron, Longaville and Dumain.
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 edi&t shall strongly stand in force. Navarre shall be the wonder of the world ; Our Court shall be a little academy, Still and contemplative in living arts. You three, Biron, Dumain, and Longaville, Have sworn for three years' term to live with me, My fellow Scholars ; and to keep those Statutes, H 2
That are recorded in this schedule here.
Long. I am resolv'd ; 'tis but a three years faft:
Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortify'd :
Biron. I can but lay their protestation over,
King. Your Oath is pass'd to pass away from these.
Biron. Let me fay, no, my liege, an' if you please ; I only swore to study with your Grace, And Aay here in your Court for three years' space.
Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest. Biron. By yea and nay, Sir, then I swore in jest. What is the end of study ? let me know? King. Why, that to know, which else we should not know.