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You are there follow'l by a faithful shepherd; ? 1 Page. Shall we clap into't roundly, Look upon him, love him; he worships you. without bawking, or spitting, or saying we Phe. Good shepherd, tell this youth what are hoarse ; which are the only prologues to 'tis to love.
a bad voice? Sil. It is to be all made of sighs and tears - 2 Page. l'faitli, i'faith; and both in a tune, And so am I for Phebe.
like two gipsies on a horse. Phe. And I for Ganymede.
SONG. Orl. And I for Rosalind.
It was a lover, and his lass, Ros. And I for no woman. Sil. It is to be all made of faith and service;- That o'er the green corn-field did pass
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino, And so am I for Phebe. Phe. And I for Ganymede.
In the spring time, the only pretty rank
time, Orl. And I for Rosalind.
When bird's do sing, hey ding a ding, ding ; Ros. And I for no woman.
Sueet lovers love the spring.
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
In spring time, &c. And so am I for Phebe.
This carol they began that hour, Phe. And so am I for Ganymede.
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino, Orl. And so am I for Rosalind.
How that a life was but a flower Ros. And so am I for no woman.'
In spring time, &c. Phe. If this be so, why blame you me to love you?
(To ROSALIND. And therefore take the present time, Sil. If this be so, why blame you me to With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino; love you!
[To PHeBe. For love is crowned with the prime Orl. If this be so, why blame you me to In spring time, &c. love you?
[me to love you? Touch. Truly, young gentlemen, though Ros. Who do you speak to, why blame you there was no greater matter in the ditty, yet
Orl. To her, that is not here, nor doth not the note was very untuneable. hear.
1 Puge. You are deceived, sir; we kept Ros. Pray yon, no more of this; 'ris like time, we lost pot our time. the bowling of Irish wolves against the Touch. By my troth, yes; I count it but mooo. I will help you, (To SILVIUS) if I time lost to hear such a foolish song. God can:-I would love you, (To Puebej if I be with you; and God merd your voices ! could.-To-morrow mect me all together.-I Come, Audrey.
[Exeunt. will marry yon, [To Phebb) if ever I marry SCENE IV. Another part of the Forest. woman, and Pl be married to-morrow:-1 will satisfy you, [To ORLANDO) if ever I
Enter DUKE senior, AMIENS, JAQUES, satisfied man, and you shall be married to
ORLANDO, OLIVER, and CELIA. morrow :-I will content you, [TO SILVIUS] Duke S. Dost thou believe, Orlando, that if what pleases you contents you, and you can do all this that he hath promised ? (the boy shall be married to-morrow. -As you [70 Orl. I sometimes do believe, and sometimes ORLANDO] love Rosalind, meet ;-as you,
do not ;
(fear. ITO Silvius) love Phebe, meet; And as I As those that fear they hope, and know they love no woman, I'll meet.- So, fare you Enter Rosa LIND, SILVIUS, and PHEBE. well; I have left you commands.
Ros. Patience once more, whiles our comSil. I'll not fail, if I live.
páct is urged:
You say, if I bring in your Rosalind,
[To the Duke. [Exeunt. You will bestow her on Orlando here? SCENE III. The same.
Duke S. That would I, had I kingdoms to give with her.
[I bring her ? Enter TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY.
Ros. And you say, you will have ber, when Touch. To-morrow is the joyful day,
[To ORLANDO. Audrey ; to-morrı:w will we be warried. Orl. That would I, were I of all kingdoms Aud. I do desire it with all my heart :
(willing; and I hope it is no dishonest desire, to desire Ros. You say, you'll marry me, if I be to be a woman of the world *. Here comes
(T) PHEBE. two of the banished duke's pages.
Phe. That will I, should I die the hour atter. Enter two Pages.
Ros. But, if yon do refuse to marry me, 1 Page. Well met, honest gentleman. You'll give yourself to this most faithful shepTouch. By my troth, well mei : Come Phe. So is the bargain.
(herd ? git, sit, and a song.
Ros. Yon say, that you'll have Phebe, if 2 Puge. We are for you : sit i'the middle.
A married woman.
Sil. Though to have her and death were, teous. If I sent him word again, it was not both one thing.
[even. well cut, he would send me word, he cut it Ros. I have promised to make all this matter to please himself : This is called the Quip Keep you your word, v duke, to give your modest. If again, it was not well cnt, he daughter ;
disabled my judgment: This is call'd the You yours,
Orlando, to receive his daughter:- Reply churlish. If again, it was not well Keep your word, Phebe, that you'll marry me; cut, he would answer, I spake not true: This Or else, refusing me, to wed this shepherd is called the Reproof valiant. If again, it Keep your word, Silvius, that you'll marry her, was not well cut, he would say, I lie : This is If she refuse me:-and from hence I go, called the Countercheck quarrelsome : and so To make these doubts all even.
to the Lie circumstantial, and the Lie direct, (Exeunt ROSALIND and CELIA. Jaq. And how oft did you say, his beard Duke S. I do remember in this shepherd-boy was not well cut ? Some lively touches of my daughter's favour. Touch. I durst go no farther than the Lie Orl. My lord, the first time that I ever saw circumstantial, nor he durst not give me the him,
Lie direct ; and so we measured swords, and Methought he was a brother to your daughter: parted. But, my good lord, this boy is forest-born; Jaq. Can you nominate in order now the And hath been titor'd in the rudiments degrees of the lie? Of many desperate studies by his uncle, Pouch. O sir, we quarrel in print, by the Whom he reports to be a great magician, book ; as you have books for good manners : Obscured in the circle of this forest.
I will name you the degrees. The first, the Enter TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY. Retort courteous; the second, the Quip mo. Jag. There is, sure, another flood toward, dest; the third, the Reply churlish; the and ihese couples are coming to the ark! fourth, the Reproof valiant; the fifth, the Here comes a pair of very strange beasts, Countercheck quarrelsome; the sixth, the which in all tongues are called fools.
Lie with circunstanre; the seventh, the Lie Touch. Salutation and greeting to you all! direct. All these you may avoid, but the Lie Jaq. Good my lord, bid him welcome; direct; and yon may avoid that to), with an This is the motley-minded gentleman, that I lf. I knew when seven justices could not have so often met in the forest : he hath been take ap a quarrei; but when the parties were a courtier, he swears.
met themselves, one of thein thought but of an Touch. If any man doubt that, let him put ?f, as, If you saut so, then I said sa; and me to my purgation. I have trod a measure*; they shook hands, and swore brothers. Your I have fattered a lady; I have been politic Is is the only peace-maker; much virtne in If. with my friend, smooth with mine enemy;
Juq. Is not this a rare fellow, my lord ? have undone three tailors; I have had four he's as good at any thing, and yet a fool. quarrels, and like to have fought one,
Duke S. He uses his folly like a stalking. Jaq. And how was that ta'en up?
horse, and under the presentation of that, he Touch. 'Faith, we inet and found the quarrel shoots his wit. was upon the seventh cause.
Enter HYMEN, leading ROSALIND, in Jaq. How seventh cause ?-Good my lord, woman's clothes, and CELIA. like this fellow.
Still Music. Duke 8. I like him very well.
Hym. Then is there mirth in heaven, Touch. God'ild you, sir; I desire you of When earthly things made even the like. I press in here, sir, amongst the
Atone together. rest of the country copulatives, to swear, and Good duke, receive thy daughter, to forswear; according as marriage binds, Hymen froin heuven brought her, and blood breaks :--A poor virgin, sir, an
Yea, brought her hither ;
(his, ill-favoured thing, sir, but mine own; a poor That thou might'st join her hand with humour of mine, sir, to take that that no
Whose heurt within her bosom is. man else will: Rich honesty dwells like a Ros. To you I give myself, for I am yours. miser, sir, in a poor-house ; as your pearl,
(To DUKE S. in your foul oyster.
To you I give myself, for I am yours. Duke S. By my faith, he is very swift and
[To ORLANDO. sententious.
Duke S. If there be truth in sight, you are Touch. According to the fool's bolt, sir, my daughter.
(Rosalind. and such dulcet diseases.
Orl. If there be truth in sight, you are my Jaq. But, for the seventh cause ; how did Phe. If sight and shape be true, you find the quarrel on the seventh cause? Why then,-my love adieu !
Touch. Upon a lie seven times removed ;- Ros. I'll have no father, if you be not he: Bear your body more seemingt, Audrey :
(TÓ DUKk S. as thus, sir. I did dislike the cut of a certain I'll have no husband, if you be not he: courtier's beard; he sent me word, if I said
(To ORLANDO. his beard was not .cat well, he was in the Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not she, mind it was : This is called the Retort cour.
Hym. Peace, wo! I bar confusion : Shall share the good of our returned fortune, T'is I must make conclusion
According to the measure of their states.
Meantime, forget this new fall’n dignity,
Play, music; and you brides and bride If truth holds true contents.
(fall. You and you no cross shall part:
With measure heap'd in joy, to the measures [To ORL. and Ros. Jaq. Sir, by your patience; If I heard you You and you are heart in heart:
The doke hath put on a religious life, (rightly,
[To Oli. and Cel. And thrown into neglect the pompous couri? You (T. PUBBE) to his love must accord, Jaq. de B. He hath. Or have a woman to your lord :
Juq. To him will l: ont of these convertites You and you are sure together,
There is much matter to be heard and learn'd. (To Touch. and AUD. You to your former honour I bequeath; As the winter to foul weather.
(To Duke 8. Whiles a wedlock-hymn we sing,
Your patience, and your virtue, well-deserves Feed yourselves with questioning;
(faith doth merit:-That reason wonder may diminish, You [TO ORLANDO) to love, that your true How thus we met, and these things finish. You (70 OLIVER) to your land, and love, and SONG
(bed ;Wedding is great Juno's crown; You [To Silvius) to a long and well-deserved
O blessed bond of board and bed! And you (To TOUCHSTONE) to wrangling; for 'Tis Hymen peoples every town;
thy loving voyage (pleasures; High wedlock then be honoured: Is but for two months victual'd:-So to your Honour,high honour and renown, I am for other than for dancing measures. To Hymen, god of every town! Duke S. Stay, Jaques, stay.
(have Duke S. O my dear nicce, welcome thon Jaq. To see no pastin.e,I :-what yon would art to me;
stay to know at your abandon'd cave. (Erit. Even daugbter, welcome in no less degree. Duke S. Proceed, proceed : we will begin Phe. I will not eat my word, now thou
these rites, art mine;
And we do trust they'll end, in true delights. Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combinet.
[4 dance. (T. Sury.
Ros. It is not ine fashion to see the lady Jaq. de B. Let me have audience for a the epilogue: bat it is no more unhandsome, word or two;
than to see the lord the prologue. If it be I am the second sou of old sir Rowland, true, that good wine needs no bush, 'tis true, That bring these tidings to this fair assembly: that a good play needs no epilogue: Yet to Duke Frederick, hearing how that every day good wine they do use good bushes ; and good Men of great worth resorted to this forest, plays prove the better by the help of good Address'd a mighty power! which were on foot, epilogues. What a case am I in then, that Jn his own conduct, purposely to take am neither a good epilogue, nor cannot insiHis brother here, and put him to the sword : nuate with you in the behalf of a good play? And to the skirts of this wild wood he came ; am pot furnished I like a beggar, therefore Where, meeting with an old religious man, to beg will not become me: my way is, to After some question with him, was converted conjure you; and I'll begin with the women. Both from his enterprise, and from the world : I charge you, O women, for the love you bear His crown bequeathing to his banish'd brother, to men, to like as much of this play as please And all their lands restored to them again them: and so I charge you, O men, for the That were with him exiled : This to be true, love you bear to women, (as I perceive by I do engage my life.
your simpering, none of you hate them,) that Duke s.
Welcome, young man; between you and the women, the play may Thou offer'st fairly to thy brothers wedding:' please. If I were a woman, I would kiss as To one, his lands withheld; and to the other, many of you as had beards that pleased me, A land itself at large, a potent dukedom. complexions that liked mes, and breaths that First, in this forest, let us do those ends I delied not : and, I am sure, as many as have That here were well begun, and well begot: good beards, or good faces, or sweet breaths, And after, every of this happy number, [us, will
, for my kind offer, when I make curt'sy, That have endured shrewd day's and nights with bid me farewell.
(Exeunt. • Unless truth fails of veracity.
+ Bind. 1 Dressed. $ That I liked. of this play the fable is wild and pleasing. I know not how the ladies will approve the facility with which both Rosalind and Celia give away their hearts. To Celia much may be forgiven for the heroisin of her friendship. I'he character of Jaques is natural and well pre. served. The coinic dialogue is very sprightly, with less mixture of low buffounery than in sume otiier plays; and the graver part is elegant and harmonious. By bastening to the end of this work, Shakspeare suppressed the dialogue between the surper and the herunit, and lust an opportunity vi exhibiting a moral lesson in which he might have found matter worthy of his highest puners.- JUINSUN.
Persons represented. King of France.
A Page. Duke of Florence,
Countess of Rousillon, mother to Bertram. BERTRAM, Count of Rousillon.
HELENA, a gentlewoman protected by the LAFEU, an old Lord.
Countess. PAROLLES, a follower of Bertram.
An old Widow of Florence. Several young French Lords, that serve DIANA, daughter to the widow. with Bertram in the Florentine war.
VIOLENTA, } neighbours and friends to the Steward, servants to the Countess of Rou. MARIANA, Clown,
sillon. Lords, attending on the King: Officers, Soldiers, &c., French and Florentine.
Scene,-Partly in France, and partly in Tuscany.
sion, and it was his great right to be so : Ge
rard de Narbon. Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's Palace.
Laf. He was excellent, indeed, madam;
the king very lately spoke of him, admiringly, Enter BERTRAM, the Countess of Rousillon, and mourningly : he was skilful enongh to
HELENA, and Lafbu, in mourning. have lived still, if knowledge could be set up Count. In delivering my son from me, I against mortality. bury a second husband.
Ber. What is it, my good lord, the king Ber. And I, in going, madam, weep o'er languishes of ? my father's death anew : but I must attend Laf. A fistula, my lord. his majesty's command, to whom I am now Ber. I heard not of it before. in wardevermore in subjection.
Laf. I would, it were not notorious.-Was Laf. You shall find of the king a husband, this gentlewoman the daughter of Gerard de madam ;--you, sir, a father: He that so gene- Narbon? rally is at all times good, must of necessity Count. His sole child, my lord; and be hold his virtue to you; whose worthiness queathed to my overlooking. I have those would stir it up where it wanted, rather than hopes of her good, that her education promilack it where there is such abundance.
ses : her dispositions she inherits, which make Count. What hope is there of his majes- fair gifts fairer; for where an unclean mind ty's amendment?
carries virtuous qualitiesi, there commenda. Laf. He hath abandoned his physicians, tions go with pity, they are virtues and trai. madam; under whose practices he hath per- tors too; in her they are the better for their secuted time with hope; and finds no other simpleness ý; she derives her honesty, and advantage in the process but only the losing achieves her goodness. of hope by time.
Laf. Your commendations, madam, get Count. This young gentlewoman had a fa- from her tears. ther, (0, that had t! how sad a passage 'tis !) Count. Tis the best brine a maiden can whose skill was almost as great as his honesty ; season ber praise in. The remembrance of had it stretched so far, would have made na- her father never approaches her heart, but ture immortal, and death should have play the tyranny of her sorrows takes all livelifor lack of work. 'Wouli, for the king's hood || from her cheek. No more of this, He. sake, he were living! I think, it would be lena, go to, no more; lest it be rather thought the death of the king's disease.
you affect a sorrow, than to have. Laf. How called you the man you speak Hel. I do affect a sorrow, indeed, but I of, madam?
have it too. Count. He was famons, sir, in his profes- Laf. Moderate lamentation is the right of
• Under his particular care, as my guardian. + The countess recollects her own loss of a husband and observes how heavily had passes through her mind. I Qualities of good breeding and erudition. Ø i. e., Her excellencies are the better because they are artless, 1 All appearance of life.
the dead, excessive grief the enemy to the Yet these fix'd evils sit to fit in him, living.
That they take place, when virtue's steely Count. If the living be enemy to the grief,
(we see the excess makes it soon mortal.
Look bleak in the cold wind: withal, full ort Ber. Madam, I desire your holy wishes. Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly. Laf. How understand we that?
Par. Save you, fair queen. Count. Be thou blest, Bertram; and suc- Hel. And you, monarch, ceed thy father
Par. No. In manners, as in shape! thy blood, and vir.
Hel. And no. tue,
[ness Par. Are you meditating on virginity? Contend for empire in thee; and thy good. Hel. Ay. You have some stain of soldier Share with thy birth-right! Love all, trust a in you; let me ask you a question : Man is
enemy to virginity; how may we barricado Do wrong to none: be able for thine enemy it against him? Rather in power, than use; and keep thy Pur. Keep him out. friend
(silence, Hel. But he assails; and our virginity, Under thy own life's key: be check'd for though valiant in the defence, yet is weak: Bat never tax'd for speech. What heaven unfold to us some warlike resistance. more will,
Par. There is none; man, sitting down beThat thee may furnish *, and my prayers fore you, will undermine you, and blow you plack down,
up. Fall on thy head! Farewell.-My lord, Hel. Bless our poor virginity from under'Tis an unseason'd courtier; good my lord, miners, and blowers up!-Is there no military Advise him.
policy, how virgins inight blow up men? Laf: He cannot want the best
Par. Virginity, being blown down, man That shall attend his love.
will quicklier de blown up: marry, in blow. Count. Heaven bless him!-Farewell, Ber-ing him down again, with the breach yourtram.
(Erit Countess. selves made, you lose your city. It is not Ber. The best wishes, that can be forged in politic in the commonwealth of nature, to yonr thoughts, [To HELENA) be servants to preserve virginity. Loss of virginity is rayout! Be comfortable to my mother, your iional increase; and there was never virgin mistress, and make much of her.
got, till virginity was first lost. That, you Laf. Farewell, pretty lady: You must hold were made of, is metal to make virgins. the credit of your father.
Virginity, by being once lost, may be ten (Exeunt BERTRAM and LaFeU. times found: by being ever kept, it is ever Hel. O, were that all!-I think not on my lost: 'tis too cold a companion ; away with father;
more lit. And these great tears grace his remembrance Hel. I will stand for't a little, though there. Than those I shed for him. What was he fore I die a virgin. like?
Par. There's little can be said in't; 'tis I have forgot him: my imagination
against the rule of nature. To speak on the Carries no favour in it, but Bertram's. part of virginity, is to accuse your mothers; I am undone; there is no living, none, which is most infallible disobedience. He, If Bertram be away. It were all one, that hangs himself, is a virgin: virginity murThat I should love a bright particular star, ders itself; and should be buried in highAnd think to wed it, he is so above me: ways, out of all sanctified limit, as a despe. In his bright radiance and collateral light rate offendress against nature. Virginity Mast I be comforted, not in his sphere. breeds mites, much like a cheese; consumes The ambition in my love thus plagues itself: itself to the very paring, and so dies with The hind, that would be mated by the lion, feeding his own stomach. Besides, virginity Must die for love. 'Twas pretty, though a is peevish, proud, idle, made of self-love, plague,
which is the most inhibited sin in the canon. To see him every hour; to sit and draw Keep it not; you cannot choose but lose by't: His arched brows, his hawking eye, his curls, Out with’t: within ten years it will make it. In our heart's tablet; heart, too capable self ten, which is a goodly increase; and the Of every line and trický of his sweet favonr 1: principal itself not much the worse : Away But now he's gone, and my idolatrous fancy with't. Most sanctify his relics. Who comes here? Hel. How might one do, sir, to lose it to Enter PSROLLES.
her own liking? One that goes with him: I love him for his Par. Let me see : Marry, ill, to like him
that ne'er it likes. 'Tis a commodity will lose And yet I know him a notorious liar,
the gloss with lying; the longer kept, the less Think him a great way fool, solely a coward; worth : off with't, while 'tis vendible: an
* i. e., That may help thee with more and better qualifications. ti. e., May you be mistress of your wishes, and have power to bring them to effect. | Helena considers her heart as the tablet on which his resemblance was portrayed. ý Peculiarity of feature.
Countenance. 1 Forbidden.