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Here's eight that must take hands,
And fall into our rustic revelry: To join in Hymen's bands,
Play, music;- and you brides and brideIf truth holds true contents.*
[fall, You and you no cross shall part:
With measure heap'd in joy, to the measures [To ORLANDO and ROSALIND. Jaq. Sir, by your patience; If I heard you You and you are heart in heart:
rightly, STO OLIVER and Celia. The duke hath put on a religious life, You (To PREBE) to his love must accord, And thrown into neglect the pompous court? Or have a woman to your lord :
Jaq. de B. He hath. You and you are sure together,
Jaq. To him will I; out of these convertites To ToUCASTONE and AUDREY. There is much matter to be heard and learn'd. As the winter to foul weather.
You to your former honour I bequeath ; Whiles a wedlock-hymn we sing,
[To Duke S. Feed yourselves with questioning;
Your patience, and your virtue well deserves That reason wonder may diminish,
it:How thus we met, and these things finish.
You [To ORLANDO] to a love, that your true
faith doth merit:Song,
You [TO OLIVER] to your land, and love, and Wedding is great Juno's crown;
great allies :O blessed bond of board and bed!
You (To Silvius) to a long and well deserved 'Tis Hymen peoples every town ;
bed ;High wedlock then be honoured :
And you [To Touchstone] to wrangling; for Honour, high honour and renown,
thy loving voyage To Hymen, god of every town!
Is but for two months victual'd :-So to your Duke S. O my dear niece, welcome thou art
pleasures; to me;
I am for other than for dancing measures. Even daughter, welcome in no less degree. Duke S. Stay, Jaques, stay. Phe. I will not eat my word, now thou art Jaq. To see no pastime, I :-what you would mine;
have Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combine. I'll stay to know at your abandon'd cave. ITO SILVIUS.
(Exit. Enter JAQUES DE Bois.
Duke S. Proceed, proceed: we will begin
these rites, Jaq. de B. Let me have audience for a word
"And we do trust they'll end in true delights. or two; I am the second son of old Sir Rowland,
[.A dance. That bring these tidings to this fair assembly:
EPILOGUE. Duke Frederick, hearing how that every day Ros. It is not the fashion to see the lady the Men of great worth resorted to this forest, epilogue : but it is no more unhandsome, than Address'd a mighty power, which were on foot, to see the lord the prologue. If it be true, that In his own conduct, purposely to take good wine needs no bush, 'tis true, that a good His brother here, and put him to the sword: play needs no epilogue : Yet to good wine they And to the skirts of this wild wood he came; do use good bushes; and good plays prove the Where, meeting with an old religious man, better by the help of good epilogues. What a After some question with him, was converted case am I in then, that am neither a good Both from his enterprise, and from the world : epilogue, nor cannot insinuate with you in the His crown bequeathing to his banish'd brother, behalf of a good play? I am not furnished* And all their lands restor'd to them again like a beggar, therefore to beg will not become That were with him exil'd: This to be true, me: my way is, to conjure you; and I'll begin I do engage my life.
with the women. I charge you, O women, for Duke S. Welcome, young man;
the love you bear to men, to like as much of Thou offer’st fairly to thy brother's wedding : this play as please them : and so I charge you, To one, his lands withheld; and to the other, O men, for the love you bear to women, (as I A land itself at large, a potent dukedom. perceive by your simpering, none of you hate First, in this forest, let us do those ends them,) that between you and the women, the That here were well begun, and well begot: play may please. If I were a woman, I would And after, every of this happy number, kiss as many of you as had beards that pleased That have endur'd shrewd days and nights me, complexions that liked me,t and breaths with us,
that I defied not : and, I am sure, as many as Shall share the good of our returned fortune, have good beards, or good faces, or sweet According to the measure of their states. breaths, will, for my kind offer, when I make Meantime, forget this new-fall’n dignity, curt'sy, bid me farewell.
(Eseunt. • Unless trath fails of veracity. Bind.
That I liked.
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.
King of FRANCE.
| HELENA, a Gentlewoman protected by the DUKE of FLORENCE.
Countegs. BERTRAM, Count of Rousillon.
An Old Widow of Florence. · LAFEU, an old Lord.
Diana, Daughter to the Widow. PAROLLES, a follower of Bertram.
VIOLENTA, neighbours and friends to the Several young French Lords, that serve with MARIANA, Widow.
Bertram in the Florentine war. STEWARD, Servants to the Countess of Rou- Lords, attending on the King; Officers, SolClown, S sillon.
diers, &c. French and Florentine. A PAGE.
SCENE, partly in France, and partly in Tuscany. COUNTEss of Rousillon, mother to Betram.
Laf. A fistula, my lord. SCENEI.--Rousillon.- A Room in the Coun
Ber. I heard not of it before. tess' Palace.
Laf. I would, it were not notorious.-Wag Enter BERTRAM, the Countess of Roosilloy,
this gentlewoman the daughter of Gerard de
Count. His sole child, my lord; and beCount. In delivering my son from me, I bury queathed to my overlooking. I have those a second husband.
hopes of her good, that her education promises: Ber. And I, in going, madam, weep o'er my her dispositions she inherits, which makes fair father's death anew: but I must attend his gifts fairer: for where an unclean mind carries majesty's command, to whom I am nov in
virtuous qualities,* there commendations go ward,* evermore in subjection.
with pity, they are virtues and traitors too; in Laf. You shall find of the king a husband,
and, her they are the better for their simpleness ;t madam ;-you, Sir, a father: He that so gene- she derives her honesty, and achieves her rally is at all times good, must of necessity roodness. hold his virtue to you; whose worthiness would
Laf. Your commendations, madam, get from stir it up where it wanted, rather than lack it her
her tears. where there is such abundance.
Count. 'Tis the best brine a maiden can seaCount. What hope is there of his majesty's son he
son her praise in. The remembrance of her amendment?
father never approaches her heart, but the Laf. He hath abandoned his physicians, ma
tyranny of her sorrows takes all livelihood & dam; under whose practices he hath persecu
from her cheek. No more of this, Helena, go ted time with hope ; and finds no other advan- to, no more, lest it be rather thought you aftage in the process but only the losing of hopefect a sorrow, than to have. by time.
| Hel. I do affect a sorrow, indeed, but I have Count. This young gentlewoman had a fa-l it too. ther, (O, that had! | how sad a passage 'tis :) Laf. Moderate lamentation is the right of whose skill was almost as great as his honesty ; Ithe dead, excessi
nis honesty ; | the dead, excessive grief the enemy to the livhad it stretched so far, would have made natare immortal, and death should have play Count. If the living be enemy to the griet, for lack of work. 'Would, for the king's sake,
the excess makes it soon mortal. he were living! I think, it would be the death
Ber. Madam, I desire your holy wishes. of the king's disease. Laf. How called you the man you speak of,
Laf. How understand we that?
Count. Be thou bless'd, Bertram! and sucmadam ?
ceed thy father Count. He was famous, Sir, in his profession, In manners. as in shape! thy blood, and virtue, and it was his great right to be so: Gerard de
Contend for empire in thee; and thy goodness Narbon.
Share with thy birthright! Love all, trast a Laf. He was excellent, indeed, madam ; the king very lately spoke of him, admiringly, and
Do wrong to none : be able for thine enemy mourningly : he was skilful enough to have lived still, if knowledge could be set up against
Rather in power, than use; and keep thy friend
Under thy own life's key: be check'd for simortality.
(will, Ber. What is it, my good lord, the king languishes of?
But never tax'd for speech. What heaven more
* Qualitios of good breeding and erudition. * Under his particular care, as my guardian.
Her excellencies are the better because they are ori * The countess recolleets her own loss of a husband and less, Ohserves how licavily, kad passes through her nju i un annearance of sire
That thee may furnish,* and my prayers pluck, you lose your city. It is not politic in the down,
commonwealth of nature, to preserve virginity, Fall on thy head! Farewell.--My lord, Loss of virginity is rational increase; and there "Tis an unseason'd courtier; good my lord, was never virgin got, till virginity was first Advise him.
I lost. That, you were made of, is metal to make Laf. He cannot want the best i
virgins. Virginity, by being once lost, may be That shall attend his love.
ten times found: by being ever kept, it is ever Count. Heaven bless him !-Farewell, Ber- lost: 'tis too cold a companion; away with it. tram,
[Exit Countess. / Hel. I will stand for't a little, though thereBer. The best wishes that can be forged in fore I die a virgin. your thoughts, (To HELENA be servants to Par. There's little can be said in't; 'tis against you!† Be comfortable to my mother, your mis- the rule of nature. To speak on the part of tress, and make much of her.
virginity, is to accuse your mothers; which is Laf. Farewell, pretty lady: You must hold most infallible disobedience. He, that hangs the credit of your father.
himself, is a virgin : virginity murders itself; Exeunt BERTRAM and LAFEN. and should be buried in highways, out of Hel. O, were that all!-I think not on my all sanctified limit, as a desperate offendress father;
[more against nature. Virginity breeds mites, much And these great tears grace his remembrance like a cheese; consumes itself to the very paThan those shed for him. What was he like? (ring, and so dies with feeding his own stomach. I have forgot him: my imagination
Besides, virginity is peevish, proud, idle, made Carrics no favour in it, bat Bertram's.
of self-love, which is the most inhibited* sin I am undone; there is no living, none,
in the canon. Keep it not; you cannot choose If Bertram be away. It were all one, but lose by't: Out with't: within ten years it That I should love a bright particular star, will make itself ten, which is a goodly increase ; And think to wed it, he is so above me: and the principal itself not much the worse, In his bright radiance and collateral light Away with't, Must I be comforted, not in his sphere.
Hel. How might one do, Sir, to lose it to her The ambition in my love thus plagues itself: own liking? The hind, that would be mated by the lion, Par. Let me see: Marry, ill, to like him that Must die for love. "Twas pretty, though a ne'er it likes. "Tis a commodity will lose the plague,
gloss with lying; the longer kept, the less To see him every hour; to sit and draw worth: off with't, while 'tis vendible; answer His arched brows, his hawking eye, his curls, the time of request. Virginity, like an old În our heart's table;f heart, too capable courtier, wears her cap out of fashion; richly Of every line and trick, of his sweet favour:/ suited, but unsuitable : just like the brooch But now he's gone, and my idolatrous fancy and tooth-pick, which wear not now: Your Must sanctify his relies. Who comes here? datet is better in your pie and your porridge,
than in your cheek: And your virginity, your Enter PAROLLES.
old virginity, is like one of our French withered One that goes with him: I love him for his pears; it looks ill, it eats dryly; marry, 'tis a And yet I know him a notorious liar, sake: 'withered pear; it was formerly better; marry, Think him a great way fool, solely a coward; yet, 'tis a withered pear: Will you any thing Yet these fix'd evils sit so fit in him,
with it? That they take place, when virtue's steely bones | Hel. Not my virginity yet. Look bleak in the cold wind: withal, full oft There shall your master have a thousand loves, we see
A mother, and a mistress, and a friend,
A guide, a goddess, and a sovereign,
A counsellor, a traitress, and a dear; Par. No.
His humble ambition, proud humility, Hel. And no.
His jarring concord, and his discord dulcet, Par. Are you meclitating on virginity? His faith, his sweet disaster; with a world
Hel. Ay. You have some stain of soldier in Of pretty, fond, adoptious christendoms, you; let me ask you a question: Man is enemy | 'That blinking Cupid gossips. Now shall he to virginity; how may we barricado it against I know not what he shall :-God send him him?
well! Par. Keep him out.
The court's a learning-place;—and he is one-Hel. But he assails; and our virginity, though Par. What one, i'faith? valiant in the defence, yet is weak: unfold to Hel. That I wish well.-—'Tis pity Ils some warlike resistance.
Par. What's pity ? Par. There is none; man, sitting down be Hel. That wishing well liad not a body in't fore you, will undermine you, and blow you! Which might be felt : that we, the poorer born, up.
Whose baser stars do shut us up in wishes, He. Bless our poor virginity from under Might with effects of them follow our friends, miners and blowers up!-19 there no military And show what we alone must think it which policy, how virging might blow up men?
Returns us thanks.
never Par. Virginity, being blown down, man will
Enter a Page. quicklier be blown up: marry, in blowing him Page. Monsieur Parolles, my lord calls for down again, with the breach yourselves made,
[Exit Page. 1.e. That may help thee with more and better quali- Par. Little Helen, farewell : if I can rememfealjons.
ber thee, I will think of thee at court. ile. May you be mistress of your wisher, and have wwer to bring them to offert.
* Forbidden. Hreleta considera her incart as the tablet on which his 1 A quibble on date, which means age, and candied fruit. Pabiance is portrised.
11. . And show by realities what we now must only Periodsur f Companra think
Hel. Monsieur Parolles, you were born un- The Tuscan service, freely have they leave der a charitable star,
To stand on either part. Par. Under Mars, I.
2 Lord. It may well serve Hel. I especially think, under Mars. A nursery to our gentry, who are sick Par. Why under Mars?
For breathing and exploit. Hel. The wars have so kept you under, that King. What's he comes here? you must needs be born under Mars.
Enter BERTRAM, LAFEU, and PAROLLES. Par. When he was predominant.
1 Lord. It is the count Rousillon, my good Hel. When he was retrograde, I think,
King. Youth, thou bear'st thy father's face Par. Why think you so ?
Frank nature, rather curious than in baste, Hel. You go so much backward, when you
Hath well compos'd thee. Thy father's moral fight.
parts Par. That's for advantage.
May'st thou inherit too! Welcome to Part. Hel. So is running away, when sear proposes
Ber. My thanks and duty are your majesty's. the safety: But the composition, that your va
King. I would I had that corporal soundnes lour and fear makes in you, is a virtue of a
now, good wing, and I like the wear well.
As when thy father and myself, in friendship, • Par. I am so full of businesses, I cannot
First tried our soldiership! He did look for answer thee acutely: I will return perfect
Into the service of the time, and was courtier; in the which, my instruction shall
Discipled of the bravest: he lasted long; serve to naturalize thee, so thou wilt be capa
But on us both did haggish age sten) on, ble* of a courtier's counsel, and understand
And wore us out of act. It much repairg* me what advice shall thrust upon thee; else thou
To talk of your good father: In his youth diest in thine unthankfulness, and thine igno
He had the wit, which I can well observe rance makes thee away: farewell. When thou
To-day in our young lords; but they may jest. hast leisure, say thy prayers; when thou hast
Till their own scorn return to them unnoted, none, remember thy friends : get thee a good
Ere they can hide their levity in honour. husband, and use him as he uses thee: so fare
So like a courtier, contempt, not bitterness, well.
Were in his pride or sharpness; if they were, Hel. Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
His equal had awak'd them; and his honour, Which we ascribe to heaven: the fated sky
Clock to itself, knew the true minute when Gives us free scope; only, doth backward pull ||
Exception bid him speak, and, at this time, Our slow designs, when we ourselves are dull. l
ul. His tongue obey'd hist hand: who were belon
. What power is it, which mounts my love so He used as creatures of another place: shim high;
And bow'd his eminent top to their low rank, That makes me see, and cannot feed mine eye?
ye: Making them proud of his humility, The mightiest space in fortune nature brings in To join like likes, and kiss like native things.TMight be a copy to these younger times:
In their poor praise he humbled: Such a man Impossible be strange attempts, to those
Which, follow'd well, would demonstrate them That weigh their pains in sense; and do sup- Rut goor hon
supe But goers backward. pose,
| Ber. His good remembrance, Sir, What hath been cannot be: Who ever strove To show her merit, that did miss her love?
Lies richer in your thoughts, than on his tomb;
So in approoff lives not his epitaph, The king's disease-my project may deceive
As in your royal speech. me.
King. 'Would I were with him! He would But my intents are fix'd, and will not leave me.
[Läu.(Methinks, I hear him now; his plausive words SCENE II.-Paris.-A Room in the King's He scatter'd not in ears, but grafted them, Palace. I
To grow there, and to bear,)-Let me not live,
| Thus his good melancholy oft began, Flourish of Cornets. Enter the King of France, On the catastrophe and heel of pastime. with leiters; LORDS and others attending. When it was out,--Let me not live, quoth be, King. The Florentines and Senoys are by,
After my flame lacks oil, to be the snuft
of younger spirits, whose apprehensive senses the ears; Have fought with equal fortune, and continue |
in All but new things disdain ; whose judgements I are
(stancies A braving war. 1 Lord. So 'tis reported, Sir.
Mere fathers of their garments; whose conKing. Nay, 'tis most credible; we here re
Ecpire before their fashions :--This he wish'd :
1, after him, do after him wish too, ceive it A certainty, vouch'd from our cousin Austria,
Since I nor wax, nor honey, can bring home,
I quickly were dissolved from my hive,
To give some labourers room.
2 Lord. You are lov'd, Sir;
They, that least lend it you, shall lack you first. To have us make denial. 1 Lord. His love and wisdom,
King. I fill a place, I know't.-How long Approv'd so to your majesty, may plead
Since the physician at your father's died?
He was much fam'd.
Ber. Some six months since, my lord. Yet, for our gentlemen, that mean to see
King. If he were living, I would try hinu
- yet;* I.e. Thou wilt comprehend it.
* To repair horo signifies to sonovate. Things formed by nature for each other.
His is put for its.
i Approbation. The citizens of the small republic of which Sienna is Who have no other use of their faculties than to in
vent new nodes of drest.
Lend me an arm;--the rest have worn me out Clo. A prophet I, madam; and I speak the With several applications :-nature and sick-truth the next way :*
For I the ballad will repeat, Debate it at their leisure. Welcome, count;
Which men full true shall find; My son's no dearer.
Your marriage comes by destiny, Ber. Thank your majesty.
Your cuckoo sings by kind. [Ereunt. Flourish.
Count. Get you gone, Sir; I'll talk with you SCENE 111.-Rousillon.-A Room in the more anon. COUNTESS' Palace.
Stew. May it please you, madam, that he Enter COUNTESS, STEWARD, and Clown. bid Helen come to you, of her I am to speak.
Cornt. I will now hear : what say you or Count. Sirrah, tell my gentlewoman I would this gentlewoman?
speak with her; Helen I mean. Stew. Madam, the care I have had to even Clo. Was this fair face the cause, quoth she, your content,* I wish might be found in the
[Singing calendar of my past endeavours; for then we
Why the Grecians sacked Troy? wound our modesty, and make foul the clear
Fond done,t done fond, ness of our deservings, when of ourselves we
Was this king Priam's joy? publish them.
With that she sighed as she stood, Count. What does this knave here? Get you With that she sighed as she stood, gone, sirrah: The complaints, I have heard of
And gave this sentence then; you, I do not all believe; 'tis my slowness, that Among nine bad if one be good, I do not: for I know, you lack not folly to Among nine bad if one be good, commit them, and have ability enough to make
There's yet one good in ten. such knaveries yours.
Count. What, one good in ten ? you corrupt Clo. 'Tis not unknown to you, madam, I am the song, sirral. a poor fellow.
Clo. One good woman in ten, madam; which Count. Well, Sir.
is a purifying o'the song: 'Would God would Clo. No, madam, 'tis not so well, that I am serve the world so all the year! we'd find no poor; though many of the rich are damned : fault with the tythe-woman, if I were the parBut if I may have your ladyship's good will to son: One in ten, quoth a'! an we might have go to the world,t Isbel the woman and I will a good woman born but every blazing star, or do as we may.
| at an earthquake, 'twould mend the lottery Count. Wilt thou needs be a beggar? well; a man may draw his heart out ere he Clo. I do beg your good-will in this case. pluck one. Count. In what case ?
Count. You'll be gone, Sir knave, and do as Clo. In Isbel's case, and mine own. Ser- I command you? rice is no heritage: and, I think, I shall never Clo. That man should be at woman's comhave the blessing of God, till I have issue of mand, and yet no hurt done -Though honesty my body; for, they say, bearnst are blessings. be no puritan, yet it will do no hurt: it will
Count. Tell me thy reason why thou wilt wear the surplice of humility over the black marry,
gown of a big heart.--I am going, forsooth: the Cio. My poor body, madam, requires it: 1 business is for Helen to come hither. am driven on by the flesh; and he must needs
[Exit Clown go, that the devil drives.
Count. Well, now. Count. Is this all your worship's reason? Stew. I know, madam, you love your gentle
Clo. Faith, madam, I have other holy reasons, woman entirely. such as they are.
Count. Faith, I do: her father bequeathed Count. May the world know them? | her to me; and she herself, without other ad
Clo. I have been madam, a wicked creature, vantage, may lawfully make title to as much as you and all flesh and blood are; and indeed, love as she finds: there is more owing her than I do marry, that I may repent.
is paid ; and more shall be paid her, than she'll Count. Thy marriage, sooner than thy wick-demand. edness.
Stew. Madam, I was very late more near her Clo, I am out of friends, madam; and I hope than, I think, she wished me: alone she was, to have friends for my wife's sake.
and did communicate to herself, her own words Count. Such friends are thine enemies, knave. to her own ears; she thought, I dare vow for
Clo. You are shallow, madam; e'en great her, they touched not any stranger sense. Her friends ; for the knaves come to do that for me, matter was, she loved your son: Fortune, she which I am a-weary of. He, that earse my said, was no goddess, that had put such difland, spares my team, and gives me leave to innference betwixt their two estates; Love, no the crop: if I be his cuckold, he is my drudge: god, that would not extend his might, only He, that comforts my wife, is the cherisher of where qualities were level; Diana, no queen my flesh and blood; he, that cherishes my flesh of virgins, that would suffer her poor knight to and blood, loves my flesh and blood; he, that be surprised, without rescue, in the first asloves my flesh and blood, is my friend : ergo,ll sault, or ransom afterward: This she deliverhe that kisses my wife, is my friend. If men ed in the most bitter touch of sorrow, that e'er could be contented to be what they are, there I heard virgin exclaim in: which I held my were no fear in marriage; for young Charbon duty, speedily to acquaint you withal ; sithe puritan, and old Poysam the papist, how thence, f in the loss that may happen, it concoe'er their hearts are severed in religion, their cerns you something to know it. heads are both one, they may joll horns to- Count. You have discharged this honestly; gether, like any deer i'the herd.
keep it to yourself: many likelihoods informed Count. Wilt thou ever be a foul-mouthed me of this before, which hung so tottering in and calumnious knave?
the balance, that I could neither believe, nor * To act up to your desirch. To be married
The neareet urna + Foolishlr done. Siamo