How many years a mortal man may live.
When this is known, then to divide the times:
So many hours must I tend my flock;
So many hours must I take my rest; 32
So many hours must I contemplate;
So many hours must I myself;
So many days my ewes have been with young;
So many weeks ere the poor fools will ; 36
So many years ere I shall shear the fleece:
So minutes, hours, days, months, and years,
Pass'd over to the end they were created,
Would bring white hairs unto a quiet grave. 40
Ah! what a life were this! how sweet! how lovely!
Gives not the hawthorn bush a sweeter shade
To shepherds, looking on their sheep,
Than doth a rich embroider'd canopy 44
To kings, that fear their subjects' treachery?
O, yes! it doth; a thousand-fold it doth.
And to conclude, the shepherd's homely curds,
His cold thin drink out of his leather bottle, 48
His wonted sleep under a fresh tree's shade,
All which and sweetly he enjoys,
Is far beyond a prince's ,
His viands sparkling in a golden cup, 52
His body couched in a bed,
Alarum. Enter a Son that hath killed his Father at one door: and a Father that hath killed his Son at another door.
Son. Ill blows the wind that profits nobody.
This man whom hand to hand I slew in fight 56
34 sport: amuse
36 ean: give birth
43 silly: harmless
50 secure: securely
51 delicates: dainties
53 curious: gorgeous
54 Cf. n.