To offend, and judge, are distinct offices
And of opposed natures.
What is here?
The fire seven times tried this:
Seven times tried that judgment is,
That did never choose amiss.
there be that shadows kiss;
Such have but a shadow's bliss:
There be fools alive, I wis,
Silver'd o'er; and
so was this.
Take what wife you will to bed,
I will ever be your head:
So be gone: you are sped.
fool I shall appear
By the time I linger here
With one fool's head I came to woo,
But I go away with two.
adieu. I'll keep my oath,
Patiently to bear my wroth.
Exeunt Arragon and train
Thus hath the candle singed the moth.
O, these deliberate fools! when they do choose,
They have the
wisdom by their wit to lose.
The ancient saying is no heresy,
Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.
Come, draw the curtain, Nerissa.
Enter a Servant
Where is my lady?
Here: what would my lord?
Madam, there is alighted at your gate
A young Venetian, one that comes before
To signify the approaching
of his lord;
From whom he bringeth sensible regreets,
To wit, besides commends and courteous breath,
of rich value. Yet I have not seen
So likely an ambassador of love:
A day in April never came so sweet,
show how costly summer was at hand,
As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord.
No more, I pray thee: I am half afeard
Thou wilt say anon he is some kin to thee,
Thou spend'st such high-
day wit in praising him.
Come, come, Nerissa; for I long to see
Quick Cupid's post that comes so mannerly.
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