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Phe. That will I, should I die the hour after. you may avoid, but the lie direct; and you may Ros. But, if you do refuse to marry me,
avoid that too, with an if. I knew when seven jusYou'll give yourself to this most faithful shepherd ? tices could not take up a quarrel; but when the parPhe. So is the bargain.
ties were met themselves, one of them thought but Ros. You say, that you'll have Phebe, if she will of an is, as if you said so, then I said 80 ; and they
(To Silvius. shook hands, and swore brothers. Your if is the only Sil. Though to have her and death were both one peace-maker; much virtue in if. thing
Jaq. Is not this a rare fellow, my lord ? he's as Ros. I have promis'd to make all this matter even. good at any thing, and yet a fool. Keep you your word, O duke, to give your daughter ; Duke s. He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, You yours, Orlando, to receive his daughter : and under the presentation of that, he shoots his wit. Keep your word, Phebe, that you'll marry me : Or else, refusing me, to wed this shepherd :
Enter Hymen, leading Rosalind in Woman's Clothes ;
and Celia. Keep your word, Silvias, that you'll marry her, If she refuse me: and from hence I go,
Still Music. To make these doubts all even.
Hym. Then is there mirth in heaven, [Exeunt Rosalind and Celia.
When earthly things made even Duke S. I do remember in this shepherd-boy
Atone together Some lively touches of my daughter's favour.
Good duke, receive thy daughter, Orl. My lord, the first time that I ever saw him,
Hymen from heaven brought her, Methought he was a brother to your daughter :
Yea, brought her hither; But, my good lord, this boy is forest-born ;
That I hou might'st join her hand with his, And hath been tutor'd in the rudiments
Whose heart within her bosom is. Of many desperate studies by his uncle,
Ros. To you I give myself, for I am yours. Whom he reports to be a great magician,
(To Duke S. Obscured in the circle of this forest.
To you I give myself, for I am yours. (To Orlando Enter Touchstone and Audrey.
Duke S. If there be truth in sight, you are my
daughter. Jaq. There is, sure, another food toward, and these
Orl, If there be truth in sight, you are my Rosalind. couples are coming to the ark ! Here comes a pair of very strange beasts, which in all tongues are called why then, --my love, adiea !
Phe. If sight and shape be true, fools.
Ros. I'll have no father, if you be not he: Touch. Salutation and greeting to you all!
[To Dake s. Jaq. Good, my lord, bid him welcome ; This is I'll have no husband, if you be not he :the motley-minded gentleman, that I bave so often
(To Orlando met in the forest: he hath been a courtier, he swears. Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not she. (To Phebe.
Touch. If any man doubt that, let him put me to Hym. Peace, ho ! I bar confusion : my purgation. I have trod a measure; I have flat
Tis I must make conclusion tered a lady; I bave been politic with my friend,
of these most strange events : smooth with mine enemy; I have undone three tai
Here's eight that must take bands, lors; I have had four quarrels, and like to have To join in Hymen's bands, fought one.
If truth holds true contents. Jag. And how was that ta'en up?
You and you no cross shall part : Touch. Faith, we met, and found the quarrel was
(To Orlando and Rosalind apon the seventh cause.
You and yon are heart in heart : Jaq. How seventh cause!--Good, my lord, like
[To Oliver and Celia this fellow
You To Phebe) to his love mast accord, Duke s. I like him very well.
Or have a woman to your lord : Touch. God 'ild you, sir; I desire you of the like.
You and you are sure together, I press in here, sir, amongst the rest of the country
[To Touchstone and Audrey. copulatives, to swear and to forswear ; according as
As the winter to foul weather. marriage binds, and blood breaks :--A poor virgin,
Whiles a wedlock-hymo we sing, sir, an ill-favoared thing, sir, but mine own ; a poor
Feed yourselves with questioning i humour of mine, sir, to take that that no man else
That reason wonder may diminish, will: Rich honesty dwells like a miser, sir, in a
How thus we met, and these things finish. poor-house ; as your pearl, in your foul oyster. Duke s. By my faith, he is very swift and sen
Wedding is great Juno's crown; Touch. According to the fool's bolt, sir, and such
o blessed bond of board and bed! dulcet diseases.
'Tis Hymun peoples every toron: Jaq. But, for the seventh cause ; bow did you find
High wedlock'then be honoured: the quarrel on the seventh cause!
Honour, high konour and reroun, Touch. Upon a lie seven times removed ;-Bear To Hymen, god of every town! your body more seeming, Audrey:--as tbus, sir.. did dislike the cut of a certain courtier's beard; he Even daughter, welcome in no less degree.
Duke S. O my dear niece, welcome thon art to me ; sent me word, if I said his beard was not cut well, he was in the mind it was : This is called the retort Thy faith my faney to thee doth combine. (To Sitvius
Phe. I will not eat my word, now thou art mine ; courteous. If I sent him word again, it was not well cut, he would send me word, he cut it to please him
Enter Jaques de Bois. self: This is called the quip modest. If again, it Jaq. de B. Let me have audience for a word or tiro, was not well cut, he disabled my judgment: This is I am the second son of old sir Rowland, called the reply ckurlish. If again, it was not well That bring these tidings to this fair assembly :cut, he would answer, I spake pot true : This is Duke Frederick hearing how that every day called the reproof valiant. If again, it was not well Men of great worth resorted to this forest, cut, he would say, I lie : This is called the counter-Address'à a miglity power; which were on foot, check quarrelsome: and so to the lie circumstantial, In his own conduct, purposely to take and the lie direct.
His brother here and put him to the sword: Jaq. And how oft did you say, his beard was not And to the skirts of this wild wood be came; well cut?
Where, meeting with an old religious man, Touch. I durst go no further than the lie circum- After some question with him, was converted stantial, nor he durst not give me the lie direct; and Both from his enterprise and from the world : so we measured swords and parted.
His crown bequeathing to his banish'd brother, Jaq. Can you nominate in order now the degrees And all their lands restor'd to them again of the lie?
That were with him exil'd : This to be true, Touch. O sir, we quarrel in print, the book; as I do engage my life. you have books for good manners: I will name you Duke s
Welcome, young man ; ihe degrees. The first, the retort courteous the se Thou offer'st fairly to thy brother's wedding: cond, the quip modest; the third, the reply churlish ; To one, his lands with held; and to the other, the fourth, the reproof valiant; the fifth, the coun- A land itself at large, a potent dukedom. tercheck quarrelsome; the sixth, the lie with cir- First, in this forest, let us do those ends cumstance; the seventh, the lie direct. All these That here were well begun, and well begot:
Ber. What is it, my good lord, the king lan
Lat. A fistula, my lord.
Laf. I would, it were not notorious:-Was this
hopes to her hood, hellerAnd I, in going, madam, weep o'er my father's herits,
which make fair gists fairer; for where an uns hand, to when I am now in ward, evermore in sub-dations go with pity, they are virtues and traitors ,
too ; in her they are the better for their simpleness; Lal. You shall fad of the king a husband, madam
she derives her honesty, and achieves her goodness. 0, tir a father: He that so generally is at all
Laf. Your commendations, madam, get from her Les good. must of necessity hold his virtue to you; whose wortbisess would stir it up where it wanted,
Count. 'Tis the best brine a maiden can season her
praise in. The remembrance of her father never apCount. What hope is there of his majesty's
amend proaches her heart, but the tyranny of her sorrow's way. He kath abandoned his physicians, madam; this, Helena, 50 to, no more ; lest it be rather thought under whose practices he halla persecuted time with you afect a sorrow, than to have. hope ; and finds no other advantage in the process,
Hel. I do affect a sorrow indeed, but I have it too. but only the losing of hope by time.
Laf. Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead,
the enemy to the living,
excess makes it soon mortal. , would have made nature' immortal
, and death Ber. Madam, I desire your holy wishes. bould have play for lack of work. 'Woald, for the Laf. How understand we that ?
[Father biary nako, he were living! I think, it would be the Count. Be thou bless'a, Bertram ! and succeed thy teeth of the king's disease.
In manners, as in shape! thy blood, and virtue, w. How called you the way you speak of, madam! Contend for empire in thee,
and thy goodness He , , * w his great right to be so : Gerard de Narbon. Do wrong to none : be able for thine enemy What He was excellent, indeed, wadaw; the king Rather in power, than use; and keep thy friend
y lately spoke of him, admiringly and mourn. Under thy own life's key : 'be check'd for silence, ingly ht was skilful enough to have lived still, if Bat never tax'd for speech. What heaven moro will, knowledge could be set up against mortality. That they may furnish, and my prayers pluck down,
He said, mine eyes were black, and my hair black; out, they will spit; and for lovers, lach And, now I am remember'd, scorn'd at me:
us!) matter, the cleapliest shift is to I marvel, why I answer'd not again ;
Orl. How if the kiss be denied ? But that's all one ; omittance is no quittance.
Ros. Then she puts you lo entreaty I'll write to him a very taunting letter,
gins new matter. And thou shalt bear it; Wilt thou, Silvios 1
Orl. Who could be out, being bef Sil. Phebe, with all my heart,
mistress 1 Phe.
I'll write it straight; Ros. Marry, that should you, if I we The matter is in my head, and in my heart: or I should ibink my honesty ranker I will be bitter with him, and passing short:
Orl. What, of my suit? Go with me, Silvius.
[Breunt. Ros, Not out of your apparel, ani
suit. Am not l your Rosalind !
Orl. I take some joy to say yo ACT IV.
would be talking of her.
Ros. Well, in her person, I say
Orl. Then, in mine own person,
Ros. No, faith, die by attorney. Jag. I pr’ythee, pretty youth, let me be better ac
almost six thonsand years old, and in quainted with thee.
was not any man died in his owa per Ros. They say, you are a melancholy fellow.
love-callse. Troilus had his brains Jaq. I am so ; I do love it better than laughing.
Grecian club; yet he did what he abominable fellows; and betray themselves to every turned non, if it had not been for
Ros. Those, that are in extremity of either, are and he is one of the patterns of I modern censure, worse than drunkards. Jaq. Why, 'tis good to be sad and say nothing.
night: for, good youth, he went be Ros. Why then, 'tis good to be a post.
in the Hellespont, and being tak Jaq. I have neither the scholar's melancholy, which was drowned, and the foolish chi is emulation; nor the musician's, which is fantastic found it was--Hero of Sestos. B cal; nor the courtier's, which is proud ; nor the sol- men have died from time to tim dier's, which is ambitious; nor the lawyer's, which eaten them,
but not for love. is politic; nor the lady's, which is nice; nor the mind; for, I protest, her frown lover's, which is all these but it is a melancholy of
Ros. By this hand, it will not ! mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted
now I will be your Rosalind in a from many objects : and, indeed, the sundry conten- position, and ask me what you plation of my travels, in which iny often rumination Orl. Then love me, Rosalind. wraps me, is a most kamorous sadness.
Ros. Yes, faith will 1, Friday Ros. A traveller! By my faith, you have great rea- all. son to be sad: I fear, you have sold your own lands, Orl. And wilt thon bave me? to see other men's; then, to have seen much, and to have nothing, is to have rich eyes and poor hands.
Ros. Ay, and twenty such. Jaq. Yes, I have gained my experience,
Orl. What say'st thou ?
Ros. Are you not good ?
Orl, I hope so. Ros. And your experience makes you sad: I had Ros. Why then, can one desi rather have a fool to make me merry, than experi- thing !--Come, sister, you sha ence to make me sad ; and to travel for it loo. marry us.-Give me your hand
Orl, Good day, and happiness, dear Rosalind ! you say, sister! Jaq. Nay, then, God be wi' you, an you talk in OrlPray thee, marry us, blank verse.
(Exit. Cel. I cannot say the word Ros. Farewell, monsieur traveller : Look, you lisp, Ros. You must begin, and wear strange suits ; disable all the benefits of Cel. Go to Will you, your own country, be out of love with your nativity, this Rosalind? and almost chide God for making you that coaute Orl, I will, nance you are ; or I will scarce think you have swam Ros, Ay, but when! in a gondola. Why, how now, Orlando! where Orl, Why now; as fast as have you been all this while ! You a loyer?An you Ros. Then you must say, serve me such another trick, never come in my sight for
Orl. I take thee, Rosalind, Orl. My fair Rosalind, I come within an hour of Ros. I might ask you for y my promise.
do take thee, Orlando, form Ros. Break an hour's promise in love? He that goes before the priest ; and will divide a minute into a thousand parts, and break thought runs before her acti but a part of the thousandth part of a minute in the Orl. So do all thoughts ; affairs of love, it may be said of him, that Cupid hath Ros. Now tell me, how clapp'd him o'the shoulder, but I warrant him beart-after you have possessed lie whole.
Orl. For ever and a day. Orl. Pardon me, dear Rosalind.
Ros. Say a day, without Ros. Nay, an you be so tardy, come no more in my men are April when they w sight; I had as lief be woo'd of a suail !
ved: maids are May when Ort. Of a spail !
sky changes when they ar Ros. Ay, of a snail; for tlongb he comes slowly, jealous of tbee than a Bar he carries his house on his head; a better jointure, hen; more clamorous than I think, than you can make a woman : Besides, he new-fangled than an ape; brings his destiny with him.
than a monkey; I will we Orl. What's that?
in the fountain, and I will Ros. Why, horns; which such as you are fain to be posed to be merry; I will beholder to your wives for : but he comes armed in when thou art inclined to his fortune, and prevents the slander of his wife. Orl. But will my Rosa Orl. Virtue is no born-maker; and my Rosalind is
Ros. By my life, she virtuous.
Orl. o, bui she is wise Ros. And I am your Rosalind.
Ros. Or else she could Cel. It pleases him to call you so; but he hath a the wiser, the waywarde Rosalind of a better Jeer than you.
woman's wit, and it wi Ros. Come, woo me, woo me; for now I am in a ibat, and 'will out at th holiday humour, and like enough to consent: What by with the smoke out: would you say to me now, an I were your very very Orl, A man that had Rosalind!
might say, Wit, whith Orl. I would kiss, before I spoke. Ros. Nay, you were better speak first; and when met your wife's wit goi
Ros. Nay, you might you were gravelled for lack of matter, you might take Orl. And what wit ce occasion to kiss. Very good orators, when they are Ros. Marry, to say,