Act 4 - Scene 2
Enter HOLOFERNES, SIR NATHANIEL, and DULL
Very reverend sport, truly; and done in the testimony
of a good conscience.
The deer was, as you know, sanguis, in blood; ripe
as the pomewater, who now hangeth like a jewel in
ear of caelo, the sky, the welkin, the heaven;
and anon falleth like a crab on the face of terra,
the soil, the
land, the earth.
Truly, Master Holofernes, the epithets are sweetly
varied, like a scholar at the least: but, sir, I
assure ye, it
was a buck of the first head.
Sir Nathaniel, haud credo.
'Twas not a haud credo; 'twas a pricket.
Most barbarous intimation! yet a kind of
insinuation, as it were, in via, in way, of
explication; facere, as it
were, replication, or
rather, ostentare, to show, as it were, his
inclination, after his undressed, unpolished,
unpruned, untrained, or rather,
unlettered, or ratherest, unconfirmed fashion, to
insert again my haud
credo for a deer.
I said the deer was not a haud credo; twas a pricket.
Twice-sod simplicity, his coctus!
O thou monster Ignorance, how deformed dost thou look!
Sir, he hath never fed of the dainties that are bred
in a book; he hath not eat paper, as it were; he
drunk ink: his intellect is not
replenished; he is only an animal, only sensible in
the duller parts:
barren plants are set before us, that we
thankful should be,
Which we of taste and feeling are, for those
do fructify in us more than he.
For as it would ill become me to be vain, indiscreet, or a fool,
were there a patch set on learning, to see him in a school:
But omne bene, say I; being of an old father's
Many can brook the weather that love not the wind.
You two are book-men: can you tell me by your wit
What was a month old at Cain's birth, that's not five
old as yet?
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