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2 Lord. We did, my lord, weeping and commenting Upon the sobbing deer. Duke S.
Show me the place;
2 Lord. I'll bring you to him straight. [Exeunt.
SCENE II. A Room in the Palace.
Enter DUKE FREDERICK, Lords, and Attendants.
Duke F. Can it be possible that no man saw them? It cannot be ; some villains of my court Are of consent and sufferance in this.
1 Lord. I cannot hear of any that did see her. The ladies, her attendants of her chamber, Saw her abed; and, in the morning early, They found the bed untreasured of their mistress. 2 Lord. My lord, the roynish 2 clown, at whom
so oft Your grace was wont to laugh, is also missing. Hesperia, the princess' gentlewoman, Confesses, that she secretly o’erheard Your daughter and her cousin much commend The parts and graces of the wrestler That did but lately foil the sinewy Charles ; And she believes, wherever they are gone, That youth is surely in their company. Duke F. Send to his brother; fetch that gallant
hither ; If he be absent, bring his brother to me; I'll make him find him. Do this suddenly; And let not search and inquisition quail 3 To bring again these foolish runaways. [Exeunt.
1 i.e. to encounter him.
2 “The roynish clown,” mangy or scurvy, from rogneur (French). The word is used by Chaucer.
3 “To quail,” says Steevens, “is to faint, to sink into dejection;" but the word is here used in a different and quite obvious sense.
Before Oliver's House.
Enter ORLANDO and Adam, meeting.
Orl. Why, what's the matter?
O, unhappy youth,
| 1. e. rash, foolish.
4 Place here signifies a seat, a mansion, a residence : it is not yet obsolete in this sense.
Orl. Why, whither, Adam, wouldst thou have me
Adam. No matter whither, so you come not here.
Adam. But do not so. I have five hundred crowns,
Orl. O good old man; how well in thee appears The constant service of the antique world, When service sweat for duty, not for meed! Thou art not for the fashion of these times, Where none will sweat, but for promotion; And having that, do choke their service up Even with the having: it is not so with thee; But, poor old man, thou prun'st a rotten tree, That cannot so much as a blossom yield,
ii. e. blood turned out of a course of nature; affections alienated.
In lieu of all thy pains and husbandry.
Adam. Master, go on, and I will follow thee,
SCENE IV. The Forest of Arden.
Enter ROSALIND in boy's clothes, Celia dressed like a
Shepherdess, and TouchSTONE.
Touch. I care not for my spirits, if my legs were not weary.
Ros. I could find in my heart to disgrace my man's apparel, and to cry like a woman; but I must comfort the weaker vessel, as doublet and hose ought to show itself courageous to petticoat; therefore, courage, good Aliena.
Cel. I pray you, bear with me; I cannot go no farther.
Touch. For my part, I had rather bear with you than bear you; yet I should bear no cross, 2 if I did bear you ; for, I think, you have no money in your purse.
Ros. Well, this is the forest of Arden.
1 The old copy reads merry; perhaps rightly. Rosalind's language, as well as her dress, may be intended to have an assumed character.
2 A cross was a piece of money stamped with a cross; on this Shakspeare often quibbles.
When I was at home, I was in a better place; but travellers must be content.
Ros. Ay, be so, good Touchstone.-Look you who comes here; a young man, and an old, in solemn talk.
Enter Corin and Silvius.
Sil. No, Corin, being old, thou canst not guess,
Cor. Into a thousand that I have forgotten.
Sil. O thou didst then ne'er love so heartily.
passion phebe, Phebe, Exit Silvius.
Ros. Alas, poor shepherd ! searching of thy wound, I have by hard adventure found mine own.
Touch. And I mine. I remember, when I was in love, I broke my sword upon a stone, and bid him take that for coming anight to Jane Smile ; and I remember the kissing of her batlet,' and the cow's dugs that her pretty chopped hands had milked ; and I remember the wooing of a peascod ? instead of her; from
1 Batlet, the instrument with which washers beat clothes.
2 A peascod. This was the ancient term for peas growing or gathered, the cod being what we now call the pod.