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It was a lover and his lass,

With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
That o'er the green corn-field did pass

In the spring-time ; ihe pretty spring-time,
When birds do fing, bey ding a ding, ding,
Sweet lovers love the spring.
And therefore take the present time,

With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino ;
For love is crowned with the prime,

In the spring-timne, &c.
Between the acres of the rye,

With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
These pretty country-folks would lie,

In the spring-time, &c.
The carrol they began that hour,

With a hey, and a ho, and a bey nonino,
How that a life was but a flower,

In the spring-time, &c. Clo. Truly, young gentleman, though there was no great matter in the ditty, yet the note was very untimeable.

i Page. You are deceiv'd, Sir, we kept time, we lost not our time.

Clo. By my troth, yes, I count it but time lost to hear such a foolish fong. God b’w'y you, and God mend your voices. Corne, Audrey." [Exeunt.

V.

S CE N E

Changes to another part of the forest. Exter Duke fenior, Amiens, Jaques, Orlando, Oliver,

and Celia. Duke fex. Dost thou believe, Orlando, that the boy Can do all this that he hath promised ?

Orla. I sometimes do believe, and sometimes do not; As those that fear their hap, and know their fear.

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Enter Rosalind, Sylvius, and Phebe.
Ref. Patience once more,

whiles our compact is
urg’d:
You say, if I bring in your Rosalind, [To the Duke.
You will bestow her on Orlando here?
Duke fen. That would I, had I kingdoms to give

with her. Ref. And you say, you will have her when I bring her ?

[To Orlando. Orla. That would I, were I of all kingdoms king. Ref. You say, you'll marry me, if I be willing.

[T. Phebe. Phe. That will I, fould I die the hour after.

Rof. But if you do refuse to marry me,
You'll give yourself to this most faithful shepherd.

Phe. So is the bargain.
Ros. You say, that you'll have Phebe, if she will ?

[To Sylvius. Syl. Tho' to have her and death were both one

thing.
Rof. I've promis’d to make all this matter even.
Keep you your word, O Duke, to give your daughter;
You your's, Orlando, to receive his daughter :
Keep your word, Phebe, that you'll marry me,
Or else, refusing me, to wed this shepherd :
Keep your word, Sylvius, that you'll marry her,
If the refuse me; and from hence I go
To make these doubts all even. [Exeunt Rof.and Celia,

Duke fen. I do remember in this shepherd-boy
Some lively touches of my daughter's favour.

Orla. My Lord, the first time that I ever saw him,
Methought he was a brother to your daughter;
But, my good Lord, this boy is forest-born,
And hath been tutor'd in the rudiments
Of many desperate ftudies by his uncle;
Whom he reports to be a great magician,
Obscured in the circle of this forest,

SCENE VI. Enter Clown and Audrey.
Jag. There is, fure, another flood toward, and
these couples are coming to the ark. Here come a

pair of unclean beasts *, which in all tongues are call'd fools.

Clo. Salutation, and greeting, to you all !

Jaq. Good my Lord, bid him welcome. This is the motly-minded gentleman, that I have so often mer in the forest : he hath been a courtier, he swears.

Clo. · If any man doubt that, let him put me to my purgation. I have trod a measure; I have fatter'd a lady; I have been politic with my friend, smooth • with mine enemy; I have undone three tailors; I • have had four quarrels, and like to have fought

r one.'

well.

Jaq. And how was that ta’en up?

Clo. 'Faith, we met; and found, the quarrel was upon the seventh cause.

Jaq. How the seventh cause? --Good my Lord, like this fellow.

Duke sen. I like him very

Clo. God 'ild you, Sir, I desire of you the like. I press in here, Sir, amongst the rest of the country copulatives, to swear, and to forswear, according as mar. riage binds, and blood breaks : a poor virgin, Sir, an • ill-favour'd thing, Sir, but mine own; a poor humour “ of mine, Sir, to take that that no man else will." Rich honesty dwells like a miser, Sir, in a poor house; as your pearl in your foul oyster.

Duke fen. By my faith, he is very swift and sententious.

Clo. According to the fool's bolt, Sir, and such dalcet diseases t.

Jaq. But, for the seventh cause; how did you find the quarrel on the seventh cause?

Clo. “Upon a lye feven times removed; (bear your " body more seeming, Audrey); as thus, Sir. i did “ dislike the cut of a certain courtier's beard; he sent

me word, if : said his beard was not cut well, he was in the mind it was. This is call'd the Retort courteous. If I sent him word again, it was not well

* Noah was ordered to take into the ark the clean beasts by feVens, and the unclean by pairs

† Meaning love, as what is apt to make folks fententious,

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cut, he would send me word, he cut it to please bim“ felf. This is call'd the Quip modeft. If again, it was

not well cut, he disabled my judgment. This is “ call’d the Reply churlish. If again, it was not well

cut, he would answer, I fpake not true. This is “ callid the Reproof valiant. If again, it was not well

cut, he would say, I lye. This is call’d the Countercheck quarrelsome; and so, the Lye circunstan. tiat, and the Lye direct.

Jaq. And how oft did you say, his beard was not well cut ?

Cl.. I darst go no further than the Lye circumftantial; nor he durft not give me the Lye direct, and so

we measur'd swords and parted.”

Jaq. Can you nominate in order now the degrees of the lye?

Clo. O Sir, we quarrel in print, by the book; as you have books for good manners.

I will name you " the degrees. The first, the Retort courteous; the “ second, the Quip modeft; the third, the Reply “ churlish; the fourth, the Reproof valiant; the fifth, “ the Countercheck quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lye " with circumstance

; the seventh, the Lye direct. “ All these you may avoid, but the Lye direct; and

you may avoid that too, with an If. I knew, when “ seven justices could not take up a quarrel; but when “ the parties were met themselves, one of them thought “ but of an If; as, If you said so, then I said so; " and they look hands, and swore brothers. Your If is the only peace-maker; much virtue in If.”

Jaq. Is not this a rare fellow, my Lord ? he's good at any thing, and yet a fool.

Duke fen. He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.

S C Ε Ν Ε VII.
Enter Hymen, Rofalind in woman's cloaths, and Celia,

Still music.
Hym. Then is there mirth in heav'ni,

When earthly things made even

Atone together.

Good Duke, receive thy daughter,
Hymen from heaven brought her,

rea, brought her bither :
That thou might ft join her hand with his,

Whose heart within his bofom is.
Rof. To you I give myself; for I am your's.

[To the Duke. To you I give myself; for I am your's. [To Orlando. Duke len. If there be truth in fight, you are my

daughter. Orla. If there be truth in fight, you are my

Rosalind.
Phe. If sight and shape be true,
Why, then, my love adieu !

Rof. I'll have no father, if you be not he;
I'll have no husband, if you be not he';
Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not she.

Hym. Peace, hoa! I bar confusion : 'Tis I must make conclusion

Of these moft strange events.
Here's eight that must take hands,
To join in Hymen's bands,

If truth holds true contents.
You and you no cross shall part;
You and you are heart in heart;
You to his love must accord,
Or have a woman to your lord;
You and

sure together,
As the winter to foul weather :
Whiles a wedlock-hymn we fing,
Feed yourselves with questioning;
That reason wonder may diminish,
How thus we met, and these things finish.

you are

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