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Langley. The Duke of York’s garden.
The village of Langley, in the Duke of York’s garden.
Enter the QUEEN and two Ladies
The QUEEN enters, with two Ladies.


QUEEN
What sport shall we devise here in this garden,
To drive away the heavy thought of care?
QUEEN
What game should we play here in the garden to distract us from our worries?

LADY
Madam, we’ll play at bowls.
LADY


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QUEEN
’Twill make me think the world is full of rubs,
And that my fortune rubs against the bias.
QUEEN
It will make me think the world is full of obstacles, and that my fortune sends me the wrong way.

LADY
Madam, we’ll dance.
LADY
Madam, we’ll dance.



QUEEN
My legs can keep no measure in delight,
When my poor heart no measure keeps in grief:
Therefore, no dancing, girl; some other sport.
QUEEN
My legs can’t move with delight when my heart is so full of grief. Therefore, no dancing, girl. Let’s find some other sport.

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LADY
Madam, we’ll tell tales.
LADY
Madam, we’ll tell stories.

QUEEN
Of sorrow or of joy?
QUEEN
Sad ones or happy ones?

LADY
Of either, madam.
LADY
Either, madam.



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QUEEN
Of neither, girl:
For of joy, being altogether wanting,
It doth remember me the more of sorrow;
Or if of grief, being altogether had,
It adds more sorrow to my want of joy:
For what I have I need not to repeat;
And what I want it boots not to complain.
QUEEN
Neither, girl. Since I have no happiness, happy stories only remind me of sorrow. Since I am full of grief, sad stories only add more sorrow to my lack of happiness. I don’t need to add on to what I already have, and it does no good to complain about what I want.

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LADY
Madam, I’ll sing.
LADY
Madam, I’ll sing.


QUEEN
’Tis well that thou hast cause
But thou shouldst please me better, wouldst thou weep.
QUEEN
It’s wonderful that you are happy enough to sing, but it would make me happier if you wept.