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Orl. And what wit could wit have to excuse that?
Ros. Marry, to say,—she came to seek you there. You shall never take her without her answer, unless you take her without her tongue. O, that woman that cannot make her fault her husband's occasion, let her never nurse her child herself, for she will breed it like a fool.
Orl. For these two hours, Rosalind, I will leave thee.
Ros. Alas, dear love, I cannot lack thee two hours.
Orl. I must attend the duke at dinner; by two o'clock I will be with thee again.
Ros. Ay, go your ways, go your ways ;-I knew what you would prove; my friends told me as much, and I thought no less :-that flattering tongue of yours won me :-'tis but one cast away, and so, come, death.-Two o'clock is your hour ?
Ori. Ay, sweet Rosalind.
Ros. By my troth, and in good earnest, and so God mend me, and by all pretty oaths that are not dangerous, if you break one jot of your promise, or come one minute behind your hour, I will think you the most pathetical break-promise, and the most hollow lover, and the most unworthy of her you call Rosalind, that may be chosen out of the gross band of the unfaithful: therefore beware my censure, and keep your promise.
Orl. With no less religion, than if thou wert indeed my Rosalind : So, adieu.
Ros. Well, time is the old justice that examines all such offenders, and let time try : Adieu !
[Exit Orlando. Cel. You have simply misus’d our sex in your loveprate : we must have your doublet and hose plucked over your head, and show the world what the bird hath done to her own nest.
Ros. O coz, coz, coz, my pretty little coz, that thou didst know how many fathom deep I am in love! But it cannot be sounded; my affection hath an unknown bottom, like the bay of Portugal.
Cel. Or, rather, bottomless; that as fast as you pour affection in, it runs out.
Ros. No, that same wicked bastard of Venus, that was begot of thought *, conceived of spleen, and born of madness; that blind rascally boy, that abuses every one's eyes, because his own are out, let him be judge, how deep I am in love :-I'lí tell thee, Aliena, I cannot be out of the sight of Orlando : I'll go find a shadow, and sigh till he come. Cel. And I'll sleep.
- SCENE II. :: Another part of the Forest. Enter Jaques and Lords, in the habit of Foresters. Jaq. Which is he that killed the deer? i Lord. Sir, it was I.
Jaq. Let's present him to the duke, like a Roman conqueror; and it would do well to set the deer's horns upon his head, for a branch of victory: Have you no song, forester, for this purpose ?
2 Lord. Yes, sir.
Jaq. Sing it; 'tis no matter how it be in tune, so it make noise enough.
1. Then sing him home:
1. Thy father's father wore it ;
2. And thy father bore it: All. The horn, the horn, the lusty horn, Is not a thing to laugh to scorn.
[Excunt. * Melancholy.
Enter Rosalind and Celia. Ros. How say you now? Is it not past two o'clock ? and here much Orlando !
Cel. I warrant you, with pure love, and troubled brain, he hath ta’en his bow and arrows, and is gone forth-to sleep: Look, who comes here.
My gentle errand is to er Silvius,
Sil. My errand is to you, fair youth; My gentle Phebe bid me give you this :
[Giving a letter. I know not the contents; but, as I guess, By the stern brow, and waspish action Which she did use as she was writing of it, It bears an angry tenour : pardon me, I am but as a guiltless messenger.
Ros. Patience herself would startle at this letter,
Sil. No, I protest, I know not the contents ;
Come, come, you are a fool,
Sil. Sure, it is hers.
Ros. Why, 'tis a boisterous and cruel style, A style for challengers; why, she defies me, Like Turk to Christian : woman's gentle brain Could not drop forth such giant rude invention, Such Ethiop words, blacker in their effect Than in their countenance :-Will you hear the
letter? Sil. So please you, for I never heard it yet ; Yet heard too much of Phebe's cruelty. Ros. She Phebes me; Mark how the tyrant writes.
Art thou god to shepherd turn'd. (Reads.
That a maiden's heart hath burn'd?
Sil. Call you this railing?
Warr’st thou with a woman's heart ?
Whiles the eye of man did woo me,
That could do no vengeance * to me.
If the scorn of your bright eynet
And then I'll study how to die.
Wilt thou love such a woman?-What, to make thee an instrument, and play false strains upon thee ! not to be endured !-Well, go your way to her (for I see, love hath made thee a tame snake), and say this to her :--That if she love me, I charge her to love thee: if she will not, I will never have her, unless thou entreat for her. If you be a true lover, hence, and not a word; for here comes more company.
[Exit Silvius. Enter Oliver. Oli. Good morrow, fair ones : Pray you, if you
know Where, in the purlieus * of this forest, stands A sheep-cote, fenc'd about with olive-trees? Cel. West of this place, down in the neighbour
bottom, The rank of osiers, by the murmuring stream, Left on your right hand, brings you to the place : But at this hour the house doth keep itself. There's none within.
Oli. If that an eye may profit by a tongue, Then I should know you by description; Such garments and such years: The boy is fair, Of female favour, and bestows himself Like a ripe sister : but the woman low, And browner than her brother. Are not you The owner of the house I did inquire for ?
Cel. It is no boast, being ask'd, to say, we are.
Oli. Orlando doth commend him to you both;
Ros. I am: What must we understand by this?
Oli. Some of my shame; if you will know of me What man I am, and how, and why, and where This handkerchief was stain'd. Cel.
I pray you, tell it. Oli. When last the young Orlando parted from you, He left a promise to return again
* Environs of a forest. + Handkerchief.