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OF this play the fable is wild and pleasing. I know not how the ladies will approve the facility with which both Rosalind and Celia give away their hearts. To Celia much may be forgiven for the heroism of her friendship. The character of Jaques is natural and well preserved. The comic dialogue is very sprightly, with less mixture of low buffoonery than in some other plays ; and the graver part is elegant and harmonious. By hastening to the end of his work, Shakspeare suppressed the dialogue between the usurper and the hermit, and lost an opportunity of exhibiting a moral lesson in which he
might have found matter worthy of his highest powers. Joh Nso N.
As You LIKE IT was certainly borrowed, if we believe Dr. Grey and Mr. Upton, from the Coke's Tale of Gamelyn, which by the way was not printed till a century afterward ; when in truth the old bard, who was no hunter of MSS. contented himself solely with Lodge's Rosalynd, or Euphues' Golden Ilegacye, 4to. 1590. FARMER.
Shakspeare has followed Lodge's novel more exactly thanis his general custom when he is indebted to such worthless originals; and has sketched some of his principal characters, and borrowed a few expressions from it. His imitations, &c. however, are too insignificant in general to merit transcription. STEEvens. PERSONS REPRESENTED.
9 VOL. II,
Duke, living in exile.
FREDER Ick, brother to the duke, and usurfer of his dominions.
AMIEN's, } lords attending usion the duke in his ban
LE BEAU, a courtier attending usion Frederick.
CHARLEs, his wrestler.
JAQUEs, }* of sir Rowland de Bois.
Touchston E, a clown.
Sir OL1 v ER MAR-T Ext, a vicar.
WILLIAM, a country fellow, in love with Audrey.
.A fierson refresenting Hymen.
}servants to Oliver.
Ros ALIN p, daughter to the banished duke.
Lords belonging to the two Dukes ; Pages, Foresters and other JAttendants.
The SCE.WE lies, first, near Oliver's house ; afterwards, fartly in the usurfer's court, and fartly in the forest of Arden.
SCENE I.—An Orchard near Olive R’s House. Exp. ter OR LANDO and ADAM.
As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion bequeathed me: By will, but a poor, thousand crowns ; and, as thou say'st, charged my brother, on his blessing, to breed me well : and there begins my sadness. My brother Jaques he keeps at school, and report speaks goldenly of his profit : for my part he keeps me rustically at home: or, to speak more properly, stays me here at home unkept: For call you that keeping for a gentleman of my birth, that differs not from the stalling of an ox 2 His horses are bred better ; for, besides that they are fair with their feeding, they are taught their manage, and to that end riders dearly hired : but I, his brother, gain nothing under him but growth ; for the which his animals on his dunghills are as much bound to him as I. Besides this nothing that he so plentifully gives me, the something that nature gave me, his countenance seems to take from me : he lets me feed with his hinds, bars me the place of a brother, and, as much as in him lies, mines my gentility with my education. This is it, Adam, that grieves me ; and the spirit of my father, which I think is within me, begins to mutiny against this servitude : I will no longer endure it, though yet I know no wise remedy how to avoid it.
Enter O LI v ER. .Adam. Yonder comes my master, your brother. Orla. Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear how he will shake me up. Oli. Now, sir! what make you here * Orla. Nothing : I am not taught to make any thing. Oli. What mar you then, sir?