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Cel. Marry, I prythee, do, to make sport withal: Cel. Sport? Of what colour? but love no man in good earnest; nor no further Le Beau. What colour, madam? How shall I answer in sport neither, than with safety of a pure blush thou you? may'st in honour come off again.
Ros. As wit and fortune will. Ros. What shall be our sport then?
Touch. Or as the destinies decree. Cel. Let us sit and mock the good housewife, For- Cel. Well said: that was laid on with a trowel. tune, from her wheel, that her gifts may henceforth be Touch. Nay, if I keep not my rank,– bestowed equally.
Ros. Thou losest thy old smell. Ros. I would we could do so; for her benefits are Le Beau. You amaze me, ladies: I would have told mightily misplaced: and the bountiful blind woman you of good wrestling, which you have lost the sight of. doth most mistake in her gifts to women.
Ros. Yet tell us the manner of the wrestling. Cel. 'Tis true: for those that she makes fair, she Le Beau. I will tell you the beginning,and, if it please scarce makes honest; and those that she makes honest, your ladyships, you may see the end; for the best is she makes very ill-favour'dly.
yet to do; and here, where you are, they are coming Ros. Nay, now thou goest from fortune's office to to perform it. nature's: fortune reigns in gifts of the world, not in Cel. Well,—the beginning, that is dead and buried. the lineaments of nature.
Le Beau. There comes an old man and his three Enter Touchstone. Cel. No? When nature hath made a fair creatare,
Cel. I could match this beginning with an old tale. may she not by fortune fall into the fire? — Though
Le Beau. Three proper young men, of excellent
growth and presence; nature hath given us wit to flout as fortune, hath not fortune sent in this fool to cut off the argument?
Ros. With bills on their necks, ---Be it known unto
all men by these presents, Ros. Indeed, there is fortune too hard for nature;
Le Beau. The eldest of the three wrestled with Charwhen fortune makes nature's natural the cutter off of
les, the duke's wrestler; which Charles in a moment nature's wit. Cel. Peradventure, this is not fortune's work neither; little hope of life in Irim: so he served the second, and
threw him, and broke three of his ribs, that there is but nature's; who perceiving our natural wits too dull to reason of such goddesses, hath sent this natural for so the third. Yonder they lie; the poor old man, their our whetstone: for always the dulness of the fool is father, making such pitiful dole over them, that all the whetstone of his wits.-How now, wit? whither
the beholders take his part with weeping.
Ros. Alas! wander you? Touch. Mistress, you must come away to your father. ladies have lost?
Touch. But what is the sport, monsieur, that the Cel. Were you made the messenger? Touch. No, by mine honour; but I was bid to come
Le Beau. Why, this that I speak of.
Touch. Thus men may grow wiser every day! it is Ros. Where learned you that oath, fool?
the first time that ever I heard, breaking of ribs was Touch. Of a certain knight, that swore by his honour, sport for ladies. they were good pancakes, and swore by his honour, the
Cel. Or I, I promise thee. mustard was naught: now, I'll stand to it, the pan- music in his sides? is there yet another dotes upon
Ros. But is there any else longs to see this broken cakes were naught, and the mustard was good; and yet rib-breaking?-Shall we see this wrestling, cousin? was not the knight forsworn. Cel. How prove you that, in the great heap of your the place appointed for the wrestling, and they are
Le Beau. You must, if you stay here : for here is knowledge?
ready to perform it. Ros. Ay, marry; now unmuzzle your wisdom! Touch. Stand you both forth now: stroke your chins, and see it!
Cel. Yonder, sure, they are coming: let us now stay and swear by your beards, that I am a knave. Cel. By our beards, if we had them, thou art. Flourish. Enter Duke Frederick, Lords, ORLANDO, Touch. By my knavery, if I had it, then I were: but,
CHARLES, and Attendants. if you swear by that that is not, you are not forsworn : no more was this knight, swearing by his honour, for ed, his own peril on his forwardness!
DukeF.Come on; since the youth will not be entreathe never had any; or, if he had, he had sworn it away, before ever he saw those pancakes, or that mustard.
Ros. Is yonder the man?
Le Beau. Even he, madam.
Cel. Alas, he is too young: yet he looks successfully. Cel. My father's love is enough to honour him.Enongh! crept hither to see the wrestling?
Duke F. How now, daughter, and cousin ? are you speak no more of him; you'll be whipp'd for taxation, Ros. Ay, my liege; so please you give us leave. one of these days. Touch. The more pity, that fools may not speak
Duke F. You will take little delight in it, I can tell wisely, what wise men do foolishly.
you, there is such odds in the men. In pity of the Cel. By my troth, thou say’st true: for since the little challenger's youth, I would fain dissuade him, but he wit, that fools have, was silenced, the little foolery,
will not be entreated. Speak to him, ladies ; see if that wise men have, makes a great show. Here comes
you can move him ! Monsieur Le Beaul.
Cel. Call him hither, good Monsieur Le Beau !
Duke F. Do so ; I'll not be by. [Duke goes apart. Enter LE BEAU.
Le Beau. Monsieur, the challenger, the princesses Ros. With his mouth full of news. Cel. Which he will put on us, as pigeons feed their Orl. I attend them, with all respect and duty. young.
Ros. Young man, have you challenged Charles the Ros. Then shall we be news-cramm'd.
wrestler? Cel. All the better; we shall be the more marketable. Orl. No, fair princess; he is the general challenger: -Bon jour, Monsieur Le Beau: what's the news ? I come but in, as others do, to try with him the strength Le Begu. Fair princess, you have lost much good of my youth. sport.
Cel. Young gentleman, your spirits are too bold for
call for you.
your years. You have seen cruel proof of this man's Your mistress shall be happy.
Cel. Ay. - Fare you well, fair gentleman !
Is but a quintain, a mere lifeless block. Orl. I beseech you, punish me not with your hard Ros.He calls us back: my pride fell with my fortunes: thoughts; wherein I confess me much guilty, to deny I'll ask him what he would. – Did you call, sir ?so fair and excellent ladies any thing. But let your Sir, you have wrestled well, and overthrown fair eyes, and gentle wishes, go with me to my trial : More than your enemies. wherein if I be foiled, there is but one shamed, that Cel. Will you go, coz ? was never gracious; if killed, but one dead, that is Ros. Have with you. - Fare you well! willing to be so : I shall do my friends no wrong, for I
(Exeunt Rosalind and Celia. have none to lament me; the world no injury, for in Orl. What passion hangs these weights upon my tonit I have nothing; only in the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied, when I have made I cannot speak to her, yet sheurg'd conference. it empty
Re-enter Le Beau. Ros. The little strength that I have, I would it were O poor Orlando! thou art overthrown;
Or Charles, or something weaker, masters thee.
Le Beau. Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you
High commendation, truc applause, and love,
That he misconstrues all that you have done. Orl. Ready, sir; but his will hath in it a more modest The duke is humorous; what he is, indeed, working.
More suits you to conceive, than me to speak of. Duke F. You shall try but one fall.
Orl. Ithank you, sir; and, pray yon, tell me this: Cha. No, I warrant your grace; you shall not entreat Which of the two was daughter of the duke, him to a second, that have so mightily persuaded him that here was at the wrestling ? from a first.
Le Beau. Neither his daughter, if we judge by manOrl. You mean to mock me after; you should not have mocked me before: but come your ways !
But yet, indeed, the shorter is his daughter: Ros. Now, Hercules be thy speed, young mạn! The other is daughter to the banish'd duke, Cel. I would I were invisible, to catch the strong fel- And here detain'd by her usurping uncle, low by theleg. [Charles and Orlando wrestle. To keep his daughter company; whose loves Ros. O excellent young man !
Are dearer, than the natural bond of sisters. Cel. If I had a thunderbolt in mine eye, I can tell who But I can tell you, that of late this duke should down.
(Charles is thrown. Shout. Hath ta'en displeasure 'gainst his gentle piece ; Duke F. No more, no more !
Grounded upon no other argument, Orl. Yes, I beseech your grace; I am not yet well But that the people praise her for her virtues, breathed.
And pity her for her good father's sake; Duke F. How dost thou, Charles ?
And, on my life, his malice 'gainst the lady
Will suddenly break forth.-Sir, fare you well;
I shall desire more love and knowledge of you.
[Exit Le Beau. DukeF.I would,thou hadst been son to some man else. Thus must I from the smoke into the smother; The world esteem'd thy father honourable,
From tyrant duke unto a tyrant brother :But I did find him still mine enemy:
But heavenly Rosalind !
(Lxit. Thou shouldst have better pleas'd me with this deed, Hadst thou descended from another house.
SCENE III.- Aroom in the palace.
Enter Celia and Rosalind.
(Exeunt Duke Fred. Train, and Le Beau. cy!— Not a word ?
with reasons !
one should be lamed with reasons, and the other mad Had I before known this young man his son, I should have given him tears unto entreaties,
Cel. But is all this for your father? Ere he should thus have ventur'd.
Ros. No, some of it for my child's father. 0, how full Cel. Gentle consin,
of briars is this working-day world! Let us go thank him, and encourage him!
Cel. They are but burs, cousin, thrown upon thee ia My father's rough and envious disposition
holiday foolery; if we walk not in the trodden paths, Sticks me at heart.--Sir, you have well deserv'd: our very petticoats will catch them. If you do keep your promises in love,
Ros. I could shake them off my coat; these bürs are But justly, as you have exceeded promise,
lin my heart.
Cel. Hem them away!
I cannot live out of her company. Ros. I would try; if I could cry hem, and have him. Duke F. You are a fool. - You, niece, provide yourCel. Come, come, wrestle with thy affections !
self; Ros. 0, they take the part of a better wrestler than If you out-stay the time, upon mine honour, myself.
And in the greatness of my word, you die. čel. O, a good wish upon you! you will try in time,
[Exeunt Duke Frederick and Lords. in despite of a fall.—But, turning these jests out of ser- Cel. O my poor Rosalind! whither wilt thou vice, let us talk in good earnest. Is it possible, on such Wilt thou change fathers ? I will give thee mine. a sudden, you should fall into so strong 'a liking with I charge thee, be not thou more griev'd than I am. old sir Rowland's youngest son ?
Ros. I have more cause. Ros. The duke my father Joy'd his father dearly. Cel. Thou hast not, cousin; Cel. Doth it therefore ensue, that you should love his Pr’ythee, be cheerful! know'st thou not, the duke son dearly? By this kind of chase, I should hate him, Hath banish'd me his daughter? for my father hated his father dearly; yet I hate not Ros. That he hath not. Orlando.
Cel. No? hath not? Rosalind lacks then the love, Ros. No, 'faith ; hate him not, for my sake. Which teacheth thee, that thon and I am one: Cel. Why should I not ? doth he not deserve well ? Shall we be sunder'd ? shall we part, sweet girl ? Ros. Let me love him for that; and do you love him, No; let my father seek another heir ! because I do.-Look, here comes the duke.
Therefore devise with me, how we may fly, Cel. With his eyes full of anger.
Whither to go, and what to bear with us: Enter Duke FREDERICK, with Lords. And do not seek to take your change upon you, Duke F.Mistress, despatch you with your safest haste, To bear your griefs yourself, and leave me out: And get you from our court.
For, by this heaven, now at our sorrows pale, Ros. Me, uncle?
Say what thou canst, I'll go along with thee.
Ros. Why, whither shall we go?
Ros. Alas, what danger will it be to us,
Maids as we are, to travel forth so far? Ros. I do beseech your grace,
Beauty provoketh thieves sooner, than gold. Let me the knowledge of my fault bear with me; Cel. I'll put myself in poor and mean attire, If with myself I hold intelligence,
And with a kind ofumber smirch my face ; Or have acquaintance with mine own desires : The like do you ; so shall we pass along, Ifthat I do not dream, or be not frantic,
And never stir assailants. (As I do trust I am not,)then, dear uncle,
Ros. Were it not better, Never, so much as in a thought unborn,
Because that I am more than common tall, Did I offend your highness.
That I did suit me all points like a man? Duke F. Thus do alltraitors ;
A gallaut curtle-ax upon my thigh, If their purgation did consist in words,
A boar-spear in my hand; and (in my heart They are as inuocent, as grace itself ;
Lie there what hidden woman's fear there will)
We'll have a swashing and a martial outside;
That do outface it with their semblances. Duke F. Thou art thy father's daughter, there's Cel. What shall I call thee, when thou art a man? enough.
Ros. I'll have no worse a name, than Jove's own page, Ros. So was I, when your highness took his dukedom; And therefore look you call me Ganymede. So was I, when your highness banish'd him :
But what will you be callid? Treason is not inherited, my lord;
Cel. Something that hath a reference to my state; Or, if we did derive it from our friends,
No longer Celia, but Aliena.
Would he not be a comfort to our travel ?
Cel. He'll go along o'er the wide world with me. Duke F. Ay, Celia ; we stay'd her for your sake, Leave me alone to woo him. Let's away, Else had she with her father rang'd along.
And get our jewels and our wealth together; Cel. I did not then entreat to have her stay,
Devise the fittest time, and safest way It was your pleasure, and your own remorse;
To hide us from pursuit, that will be made I was too young that time to value her,
After my flight! Now go we in content, But now I know her: if she be a traitor,
To liberty, and not to banishment. [Exeunt.
A CT II.
SCENEI.– The Forest of Arden. Duke F. She is too subtle for thee, and her smooth- Enter Duke senior, Amiers, and other Lords, in the ness,
dress of Foresters. Her very silence, and her patience,
Duke S. Now, my co-mates, and brothers in exile, Speak to the people, and they pity her.
Hath not old custom made this life more sweet, Thou art a fool : she robs thee of thy name;
Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods And thou wilt show more bright, and seem more vir- More free from peril, than the envious court? tuons,
Here feel we but the penalty of Adam, When she is gone. Then open pot thy lips;
The seasons' difference; as, the icy fang, Firm and irrevocable is my doom,
And churlish chiding of the winter's wind; Which I have pass'd upon her: she is banish'd. Which, when it bites and blows upon my body, Cel. Pronounce that sentence then on me, my liege; Even till I shrink with cold, I smile, and say:
This is no flattery: these are counsellors,
2 Lord. My lord, the roynish clown, at whom so oft That feelingly persuade me, what I am.
Your grace was wont to laugh, is also missing. Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Hesperia, the princess' gentlewoman, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Confesses, that she secretly o’erheard
Your daughter and her cousin much commend
And she believes, wherever they are gone,
That youth is surely in their company.
If he be absent, bring his brother to me!
And let not search and inquisition quail
To bring again these foolish runaways. [Exeunt.
SCENE III.- Before Oliver's house. 1 Lord. Indeed, my lord,
Enter ORLANDO and Adam, meeting. The melancholy Jaques grieves at that;
Orl. Who's there?
Adam. What! my young master? O, my gentle master,
ofold sir Rowland! why, what make you here? Did steal behind him, as he lay along
Why are you virtuous ? why do people love you?
The bony priser of the humorous duke?
Your praise is come too swiftly home before you.
Are sanctified and holy traitors to you.
0, what a world is this, when what is comely In piteous chase: and thus the hairy fool,
Envenoms him that bears it! Much marked of the melancholy Jaques,
Orl. Wby, what's the matter? Stood on the extremest verge of the swift brook, Adam. O, unhappy youth, Augmenting it with tears.
Come not within these doors! Within this roof Duke S. But what said Jaques ?
The enemy of all your graces lives : Did he not moralize this spectacle ?
Your brother-(no, no brother; yet the son1 Lord. O yes, into a thousand similes.
Yet not the son :- I will not call him son-
To burn the lodging, where you use to lie,
He will have other means to cut you off :
Abhorit, fear it, do not enter it !
Adam. No matter whither, so you conie not here.
Athievish living on the common road?
This I must do, or know not, what to do; Yea, and of this our life: swearing, that we
Yet this I will not do, do how I can: Are mere usurpers, tyrants, and what's worse, I rather will subject me to the malice To fright the animals, and to kill them up,
of a diverted blood, and bloody brother. In their assign’d and native dwelling place.
Adam. Bat do not so! I have five hundred crowns,
Wheu service should in my old limbs lie lame,
And unregarded age in corners thrown ; I love to cope him in these sullen fits;
Take that: and He, that doth the ravens feed, For then he's full of matter.
Yea, providently caters for the sparrow, 2 Lord. I'll bring you to him straight. [Exeunt. Be comfort to my age! Here is the gold;
All this I give you. Let me be your servant;
Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo
The means of weakness and debility; 1 Lord. I cannot hear of any that did see her. Therefore my age is as a lasty winter, The ladies, her attendants of her chamber,
Frosty, but kindly: let me go with you; Saw her a-bed ; aud, in the morning early,
I'll do the service of a younger man They found the bed untreasur'd of their mistress. Lu all your business and necessities.
Orl. O good old man ! how well in thee appears wooing of a peascod instead of her; from whom I took The constant service of the antique world,
two cods, and, giving her them again, said with weepWhen service sweat for duty, not for meed! ing tears, I'eur these for my sake. We, that are true Thou art not for the fashion of these times,
lovers, run into strange capers; but as all is mortal in Where none will sweat, but for promotion;
nature, so is all pature in love mortal in folly. And having that, do choke their service up
Ros. Thou speak'st wiser, than thou art 'ware of. Even with the having. It is not so with thee;
Touch. Nay, I shall ne'er be 'ware of mine owa wit, But, poor old man, thou prun'st a rotten tree, till I break my shios against it. That cannot so much as a blossom yield,
Ros. Jove! Jove! this shepherd's passion is much In lieu of all thy pains and husbandry.
upon my fashion. But come thy ways, we'll go along together;
Touch. And mine; but it grows something stale And ere we have thy youthful wages spent, We'll light upon some settled low content.
Cel. I pray you, one of you question yond man,
I faint almost to death.
Ros. Peace, fool! he's not thy kinsman.
Cor. Who calls ? But at fourscore, it is too late a week:
Touch. Your betters, sir. Yet fortune cannot recompense me better,
Cor. Else are they very wretched.. Than to die well, and not my master's debtor. (Exeunt. Ros. Peace; I say!
Good even to you, friend! SCENE IV.-The Forest of Arden. Cor. And to you, gentle sir, and to you all. Enter Rosalind in boy's clothes, Celia drest like a Ros. I pr’ythee, shepherd, if that love, or gold, Shepherdess, and Touchstone.
Can in this desert place buy entertainment, Ros. O Jupiter ! how weary are my spirits ! Bring us, where we may rest ourselves, and feed !
Touch. I care not for my spirits, if my legs were not Here's a young maid with travel much oppress'd, weary.
And faints for succour. Roš. I could find in my heart to disgrace my man's Cor. Fair sir, I pity her, apparel, and to cry like a woman : but I must comfort and wish for her sake; more than for mine own, the weaker vessel, as doublet and hose ought to shew My fortunes were more able to relieve her: itself courageous to petticoat; therefore, courage, But I am shepherd to another man, goed Aliena!
And do not sheer the fleeces, that I graze; Cel. I pray you, bear with me; I cannot go no further. My master is of churlish disposition,
Touch. For my part, I had rather bear with you, than And little recks to find the way to heaven
Are now on sale, and at our sheepcote now,
And in my voice most welcome shall you be.
That little cares for buying any thing. Cor. That is the way to make her scorn you still. Ros. I pray thee, if it stand with honesty, Sil. O Corio, that thou knew'st, how I do love her! Buy thou the cottage, pasture, and the flock, Cor. I partly guess; for I have lov'd ere now. And thou shalt have to pay for it of us. Sil. No, Corin, being old, thou canst not guess; Cel. And we will mend thy wages; I like this place, Thoughiu thy youth thou wast as true a lover, And willingly could waste my time in it. As ever sigh'd upon a midnight pillow:
Cor. Assuredly, the thing is to be sold. But, if thy love were ever like to mine,
Go with me; if you like, upon report, (As sure I think did never man love so,)
The soil, the profit, and this kind of life, How many actions most ridiculous
I will your very faithful feeder be, Hast thou been drawn to by thy fantasy ?
And buy it with your gold right suddenly. (Exeunt, Cor. Into a thousand, that I have forgotten. Sil. O, thou didst then ne'er love so heartily:
SCENE V.-The same. Ifthou remember'st not the slightest folly,
Enter Amiens, Jaques, and others. That ever love did make thee run into,
SONG. Thou hast not lov'd;
Ami. Under the greenwood tree Or, if thou hast not sat as I do now,
Who loves to lie with me, Wearing thy hearer in thy mistress' praise,
And tune his merry note Thou hast not lov'd :
Unto the sweet bird's throat, Or, if thou hast not broke from company,
Come hither, come hither, come hither! Abruptly, as my passion now makes me,
Here shall he see Thou hast not lovd: 0 Phebe, Phebe, Phehe!
[Exit Silvius. But winter and rough weather. Ros. Alas, poor shepherd ! searching of thy wound, Jaq. More, more, I pr’ythee, more! I have by hard adventure found mine own.
Ami. It will make you melancholy, monsieur Jaques. Touch. And I mine :: I remember, when I was in love, Jaq.I thank it. More, I prythee, more! I can suck meI broke my sword upon a stone, and bid him take that lancholy out of a song, as a weazel sucks eggs. More, for coming a-night to Jane Smile: and I remember the I pr’ythee, more! kissing of her batlet, and then the cow's dugs that her Ami My voice is ragged; I know, I cannot please you. pretty chop'd hands had milk’d: and I remember the Jag. I do not desire you to please me, I do desire you