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tion with him. He asked me, of what parentage I was? I told him, of as good as he; so he laughed, and let me go. But what talk we of fathers, when

there is such a man as Orlando ?

Cel. O, that's a brave man! he writes brave verses, speaks brave words, swears brave oaths, and breaks them bravely, quite traverse, athwart the heart of his lover; as a puny tilter, that spurs his horse but on one side, breaks his staff like a noble goose. But all's brave, that youth mounts, and folly guides. Who comes here?

Enter CORIN.

Cor. Mistress, and master, you have oft inquir'd
After the shepherd that complain'd of love,
Who you saw sitting by me on the turf,
Praising the proud disdainful shepherdess
That was his mistress.


Well; and what of him?

Cor. If you will see a pageant truly play'd,
Between the pale complexion of true love,
And the red glow of scorn and proud disdain,
Go hence a little, and I shall conduct you,
If you will mark it.

O! come, let us remove:
The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.-
Bring us to this sight, and you shall say

I'll prove a busy actor in their play.


SCENE V.-Another Part of the Forest.


Sil. Sweet Phebe, do not scorn me; do not, Phebe: Say that you love me not; but say not so

In bitterness. The common executioner,

Whose heart th' accustom'd sight of death makes hard, Falls not the axe upon the humbled neck,

But first begs pardon: will you sterner be

Than he that kills' and lives by bloody drops?
Enter ROSALIND, CELIA, and CORIN, behind.
Phe. I would not be thy executioner :

I fly thee, for I would not injure thee.
Thou tell'st me, there is murder in mine eye:

'Tis pretty, sure, and very probable,

That eyes, that are the frail'st and softest things,

1 dies in f. e.

Who shut their coward gates on atomies,

Should be call'd tyrants, butchers, murderers!
Now I do frown on thee with all my heart;

And, if mine eyes can wound, now let them kill thee;
Now counterfeit to swoon; why, now fall down;
Or, if thou canst not, O, for shame, for shame!
Lie not, to say mine eyes are murderers.

Now show the wound mine eye hath made in thee:
Scratch thee but with a pin, and there remains
Some scar of it; lean but upon a rush,

The cicatrice and palpable' impressure

Thy palm some moment keeps; but now mine eyes, Which I have darted at thee, hurt thee not,

Nor, I am sure, there is no force in eyes

That can do hurt.


O! dear Phebe,

If ever, (as that ever may be near)

You meet in some fresh cheek the power of fancy,
Then shall you know the wounds invisible

That love's keen arrows make.


But till that time

Come not thou near me; and when that time comes Afflict me with thy mocks, pity me not,

As till that time I shall not pity thee.

Ros. [Advancing.] And why, I pray you? Who might be your mother,

That you insult, exult, and all at once,

Over the wretched? What though you have no beauty,
As, by my faith, I see no more in you

Than without candle may go dark to bed,
Must you be therefore proud and pitiless?

Why, what means this? Why do you look on me?
I see no more in you, than in the ordinary
Of nature's sale-work:-Od's my little life!
I think she means to tangle my eyes too.
No, 'faith, proud mistress, hope not after it:
'Tis not your inky brows, your black-silk hair,
Your bugle eye-balls, nor your cheek of cream,
That can entame my spirits to your worship.-
You foolish shepherd, wherefore do you follow her,
Like foggy south, puffing with wind and rain?
You are a thousand times a properer man,
Than she a woman: 't is such fools as you,
1 capable in f. e.

That make the world full of ill-favour'd children.
'Tis not her glass, but you, that flatters her;
And out of you she sees herself more proper,
Than any of her lineaments can show her.-
But, mistress, know yourself: down on your knees,
And thank heaven fasting for a good man's love;
For I must tell you friendly in your ear,
Sell when you can: you are not for all markets.
Cry the man mercy; love him; take his offer:
Foul is most foul, being foul to be a scoffer.
So, take her to thee, shepherd.-Fare you well.
Phe. Sweet youth, I pray you, chide a year together:
I had rather hear you chide, than this man woo.

Ros. He's fallen in love with your foulness, and she'll fall in love with my anger. If it be so, as fast as she answers thee with frowning looks, I'll sauce her with bitter words.-Why look you so upon me? Phe. For no ill will I bear you.

Ros. I pray you, do not fall in love with me, For I am falser than vows made in wine:

Besides, I like you not.—If you will know my house, 'Tis at the tuft of olives, here hard by.—

Will you go, sister?-Shepherd, ply her hard.
Come, sister.-Shepherdess, look on him better,
And be not proud: though all the world could see,
None could be so abus'd in sight as he.

Come, to our flock.

[Exeunt ROSALIND, CELIA, and CORIN. Phe. Dead shepherd! now I find thy saw of might; "Who ever lov'd, that lov'd not at first sight ?""1

Sil. Sweet Phebe !


Ha! what say'st thou, Silvius?

Sil. Sweet Phebe, pity me.

Phe. Why, I am sorry for thee, gentle Silvius.
Sil. Wherever sorrow is, relief would be:

If you do sorrow at my grief in love,

By giving love, your sorrow and my grief

Were both extermin'd.

Phe. Thou hast my love: is not that neighbourly? Sil. I would have you.


Why, that were covetousness.

Silvius, the time was that I hated thee,

1 An allusion to Marlowe and his Hero and Leander, where the quotation is to be found.

And yet it is not that I bear thee love;
But since that thou canst talk of love so well,
Thy company, which erst was irksome to me,
I will endure, and I'll employ thee too;
But do not look for farther recompense,
Than thine own gladness that thou art employ'd.
Sil. So holy, and so perfect is my love,
And I in such a poverty of grace,

That I shall think it a most plenteous crop

To glean the broken ears after the man

That the main harvest reaps: loose now and then

A scatter'd smile, and that I'll live upon.

Phe. Know'st thou the youth that spoke to me ere while?

Sil. Not very well, but I have met him oft; And he hath bought the cottage, and the bounds, That the old carlot once was master of.

Phe. Think not I love him, though I ask for him.
'Tis but a peevish boy;—yet he talks well:-
But what care I for words? yet words do well,
When he that speaks them pleases those that hear.
It is a pretty youth:-not very pretty:-

But, sure, he's proud; and yet his pride becomes him.
He'll make a proper man: the best thing in him
Is his complexion; and faster than his tongue

Did make offence, his eye did heal it up.

He is not very tall; yet for his years he's tall.
His leg is but so so; and yet 't is well :
There was a pretty redness in his lip;

A little riper, and more lusty red

Than that mix'd in his cheek: 't was just the difference Betwixt the constant red, and mingled damask.

There be some women, Silvius, had they mark'd him In parcels, as I did, would have gone near

To fall in love with him; but for my part

I love him not, nor hate him not, and yet

I have more cause to hate him than to love him;
For what had he to do to chide at me?

He said mine eyes were black, and my hair black;
And, now I am remember'd, scorn'd at me:

I marvel why I answer'd not again:

But that's all one; omittance is no quittance.
I'll write to him a very taunting letter,
And thou shalt bear it: wilt thou, Silvius?

Sil. Phebe, with all my heart.

I'll write it straight;

The matter's in my head, and in my heart:
I will be bitter with him, and passing short.
Go with me, Silvius.



SCENE I.-The Forest of Arden.

Enter ROSALIND, CELIA, and Jaques.

Jaq. I pr'ythee, pretty youth, let me be better acquainted with thee.

Ros. They say, you are a melancholy fellow.

Jaq. I am so I do love it better than laughing. Ros. Those that are in extremity of either are abominable fellows, and betray themselves to every modern censure worse than drunkards.

Jaq. Why, 't is good to be sad and say nothing.
Ros. Why then, 't is good to be a post.

Jaq. I have neither the scholar's melancholy, which is emulation; nor the musician's, which is fantastical; nor the courtier's, which is proud; nor the soldier's, which is ambitious; nor the lawyer's, which is politic; nor the lady's, which is nice; nor the lover's, which is all these; but it is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and, indeed, the sundry contemplation of my travels; which by often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness.

Ros. A traveller! By my faith, you have great reason to be sad. 1 fear, you have sold your own lands, to see other men's; then, to have seen much, and to have nothing, is to have rich eyes and poor hands.

Jaq. Yes, I have gained my experience.


Ros. And your experience makes you sad. I had rather have a fool to make me merry, than experience to make me sad. And to travel for it too!

Orl. Good day, and happiness, dear Rosalind.

1 "in which my" is the reading of the 2d folio; adopted by Knight.

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