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That your poor friends must woo your company?
Jaq. A fool, a fool!I met a fool i'th forest,
As I do live by food, I met a fool;
Who laid him down and bask'd him in the sun,
Thus may we see, quoth he, how the world wags:
A worthy fool! Motley's" the only wear.
Jaq. O worthy fool!-One that hath been a courtier;
And says, if ladies be but young and fair,
They have the gift to know it: and in his brain,
Which is as dry as the remainder bisket
After a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd
In mangled forms :-O, that I were a fool!
Duke S. Thou shalt have one.
It is my only suit ;°
m Call me not fool, till heaven hath sent me fortune:] Fortuna favet fatuis, is, as Mr. Upton observes, the saying here alluded to; or, as in Publius Syrus : "Fortuna, nimium quem fovet, stultum facit."-REED.
motley-] A habit composed of various colours, the customary dress of a domestic fool.
suit;] Suit means petition I believe, not dress.-JOHNSON.
To blow on whom I please: for so fools have:
He, that a fool doth very wisely hit,
Doth, very foolishly, although he smart,
Even by the squandering glances of the fool."
To speak my mind, and I will through and through
If they will patiently receive my medicine.
Duke S. Fye on thee! I can tell what thou wouldst do. Jaq. What for a counter, would I do, but good? Duke S. Most mischievous foul sin, in chiding sin: For thou thyself hast been a libertine,
As sensual as the brutish sting itself;
And all the embossed sores, and headed evils,
That can therein tax any private party?
The cost of princes on unworthy shoulders?
- if not, &c.] Unless men have the prudence not to appear touched with the sarcasms of a jester, they subject themselves to his power; and the wise man will have his folly anatomized, that is, dissected and laid open, by the squandering glances or random shots of a fool.-JOHNSON.
q counter,] About the time when this play was written, the French counters (i. e. pieces of false money used as a means of reckoning) were brought into use in England.-STEEVENS.
brutish sting-] A line from Othello,
-our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts,"
Is quoted by Steevens to illustrate these words. Dr. Johnson proposes to read sty for sting.
Who can come in, and say, that I mean her,
That says, his bravery3 is not on my cost,
(Thinking that I mean him,) but therein suits
His folly to the mettle of my speech?
There then; How then, what then? Let me see wherein
Enter ORLANDO, with his sword drawn.
Orl. Forbear, and eat no more.
Why, I have eat none yet.
Orl. Nor shalt not, till necessity be serv❜d.
Jaq. Of what kind should this cock come of?
Duke S. Art thou thus bolden'd, man, by thy distress; Or else a rude despiser of good manners,
That in civility thou seem'st so empty ?
Orl. You touch'd my vein at first; the thorny point Of bare distress hath ta'en from me the show
Of smooth civility: yet am I inland bred,
And know some nurture :" But forbear, I say;
Till I and my affairs are answered.
Jaq. An you will not be answered with reason, I must die.
Duke S. What would you have? Your gentleness shall More than your force move us to gentleness.
Orl. I almost die for food, and let me have it.
I thought, that all things had been savage here:
And therefore put I on the countenance
Of stern commandment: But whate'er you are,
his bravery-] i. e. His fine clothes.
inland-] i. e. Civilized, opposed to upland the old expression for rustick, which has become obsolete.-TODD. nurture.] i. e. Education.
Under the shade of melancholy boughs,
If ever been where bells have knoll'd to church;
If ever from your eye-lids wip'd a tear,
Orl. Then, but forbear your food a little while,
Go find him out,
And we will nothing waste till you return.
Orl. I thank ye; and be bless'd for your good comfort!
Duke S. Thou seest, we are not all alone unhappy :
This wide and universal theatre
Presents more woeful pageants than the scene
All the world's a stage,
× And take upon command—] i. e. At your own command.—STEEVENS. Wherein we play in.] This manner of repeating the preposition, which some of the modern editors have altered, was in Shakspeare's time a familiar idiom of our language; in proof of which Mr. Malone has collected a long string of apposite quotations; they may be found in the last edition of his Shakspeare, vol. vi. p. 70.