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Orl. There was no thought of pleasing you, Ros. With this shepherdess, my sister; here when she was christened.
in the skirts of the forest, like fringe upon a Jaq. What stature is she of?
petticoat. Orl. Just as high as my heart.
Orl. Are you native of this place ? Jag. You are full of pretty answers : Have Ros. As the coney, that you see dwell where you not been acquainted with goldsmiths' she is kindled. wives, and conned them out of rings?
Orl. Your accent is something finer than you Orl. Not so; but I answer you right painted could purchase in so removed * a dwelling. cloth,* from whence you have studied your Ros. I have been told so of many : but, inquestions.
deed, an old religious uncle of mine taught me Jaq. You have a nimble wit; I think it was to speak, who was in his youth an inlandt man; made of Atalanta's heels. Will you sit down one that knew courtship too well, for there he with me? and we two will rail against our fell in love. I have heard him read many lecmistress the world, and all our misery. tures against it; and I thank God, I am not a
Orl. I will chide no breather in the world, woman, to be touched with so many giddy of but myself; against whom I know most faults. fences as he hath generally taxed their whole
Jaq. The worst fault you have, is to be in sex withal. love.
Orl. Can you remember any of the principal Orl. 'Tis a fault I will not change for your evils, that he laid to the charge of women? best virtue. I am weary of you.
Rós. There were none principal; they were Jaq. By my troth, I was seeking for a fool, all like one another, as halfpence are: every when I found you.
one fault seeming monstrous, till his fellow Orl. He is drowned in the brook; look but fault came to match it. in and you shall see him.
Orl. I pr’ythee, recount some of them. Jaq. There shall I see mine own figure. Ros. No; I will not cast away my physic,
Orl. Which I take to be either a fool, or a but on those that are sick. There is a man cypher.
haunts the forest, that abuses our young plants Jaq. I'll tarry no longer with you: farewell, with carving Rosalind on their barks; hangs good signior love.
odes upon hawthorns, and elegies on bram. Orl. I am glad of your departure ; adieu, bles; all, forsooth, deifying the name of Rosagood monsieur melancholy.
lind if I could meet that fancy-monger, I [Exit JAQUES.-CELIA und ROSALIND would give him some good counsel, for he come forward.
seems to have the quotidian of love upon him. Ros. I will speak to him like a saucy lacquey, Orl. I am he that is so love shaked; I pray and under that habit play the knave with him. you, tell me your remedy. - Do you hear, forester?
Ros. There is none of my uncle's marks upon Orl. Very well; What would you ?
you : he taught me how to know a man in love; Ros. I pray you, what is't a clock?
in which cage of rushes, I am sure, you are not Orl. You should ask me, what time o’day; prisoner. there's no clock in the forest.
Orl. What were his marks? Ros. Then there is no true lover in the fo- Ros. A lean cheek ; which you have not: a rest; else sighing every minute, and groaning blue eye, and sunken; which you have not : every hour, would detect the lazy foot of time, an unquestionable spirit;t, which you have as well as a clock.
not: a beard neglected; which you have not : Orl. And why not the swift foot of time? |--but I pardon you for that; for, simply, your bad not that been as proper ?
havings in beard is a younger brother's revenue: Ros. By no means, Sir: Time travels in di-- Then your hose should be ungartered, your vers paces with divers persons : l'll tell you bonnet unbanded, your sleeve unbuttoned, who time ambles withal, who time trots withal, your shoe untied, and every thing about you who time gallops withal, and who he stands demonstrating a careless desolation. But you still withal.
are no such man; you are rather point-device | Orl. I pr’ythee, who doth he trot withal ? in your accoutrements; as loving yourselt,
Ros. Marry, he trots hard with a young maid, than seeming the lover of any other. between the contract of her marriage, and the Orl. Fair youth, I would I could make thee day it is solemnized : if the interim be but a believe I love. se'nnight, time's pace is so hard that it seems Ros. Me believe it? you may as soon make the length of seven years.
her that you love believe it; which, I warrant, Orl. Who ambles time withal ?
she is apter to do, than to confess she does? Ros. With a priest that lacks Latin, and a that is one of the points in the which women rich man that hath not the gout: for the one still give the lie to their consciences. But, in sleeps easily, because he cannot study, and good sooth, are you he that hangs the verses the other lives merrily, because he feels no on the trees, wherein Rosalind is so admired ? pain: the one lacking the burden of lean and Orl. I swear to thee, youth, by the white wasteful learning; the other knowing no bur- hand of Rosalind, I am that he, that unfortuden of heavy tedious penury: These time nate he. ambles withal.
Ros. But are you so much in love as your Orl. Who doth he gallop withal ?
rhymes speak ? Ros. With a thief to the gallows: for though Orl. Neither rhyme nor reason can express be go as softly as foot can fall, he thinks him- | how much. self too soon there.
Ros. Love is merely a madness; and, I tell Orl. Who stays it still withal ?
you, deserves as well a dark house and a Ros. With lawyers in the vacation : for they whip, as madmen do: and the reason why sleep between term and term, and then they they are not so punished and oured, is, that perceive not how time moves.
the lunacy is so ordinary, that the whippers Orl, Where dwell you, pretty youth?
+ Civilized. An allusion to the moral sentences on old tapestry A spirit averee to conversation. bangings.
1. Over-exact. Dd
are in love too: Yet I profess ouring it by Touch. Truly, and to cast away honesty upcounsel.
on a foul slut, were to put good meat into an Orl. Did you ever cure any so?
unclean dish. Ros. Yes, one; and in this manner. He Aud. I am not a slut, though I thank the was to imagine me his love, his mistress : and gods I am toul.* I set him every day to woo me: At which Touch. Well, praised be the gods for thy foultime would I, being but a moonish* youth, ness! sluttishness may come hereafter. But grieve, be effeminate, changeable, longing, and be it as it may be, I will marry thee: and to liking'; proud, fantastical, apishi, shallow, in that end, I have been with Sir Oliver Martext, constant, full of tears, full of smiles; for every the vica of the next village; who hath propassion something, and for no passion truly mised to meet me in this place of the forest, any thing, as boys and women are for the most and to couple us. part cattle of this colour : would now like him, Jaq. I would tain see this meeting. [Asile. now loath him; then entertain him, then for- Aud. Well, the gods give us joy! swear him; now weep for him, then spit at Touch. Amen. A man may, it' he were of a him ; that I drave my suitor from his mad hu- fearful heart, stagger in this attempt; for here mour of love, to a living humour of madness; we have no temple but the wood, no assembly which was, to forswear the full stream of the but horn-beasts. But what though? Courage! world, and to live in a nook merely monastic: As horns are odious, they are necessary. It is And thus I cured him; and this way will I said,-Many a man knows no eud of his goods: take upon me to wash your liver as clean as a right: many a man has good horns, and knows sound sheep's heart, that there shall not be no end of them. Well, that is the dowry of one spot of love in't.
his wife, 'tis none of his own getting. Horns? Orl. I would not be cured, youth.
Even so: -Poor men alone ;- No, no; Ros. I would cure you, if you would but the noblest deer hath them as huge as the rascall me Rosalind, and come every day to my cal.t is the single man thereiore blessed ? cote, and woo me.
No: as a wall’d town is more worthier than a Orl. Now, by the faith of my love, I will; village, so is the forehead of a married man tell me where it is.
more honourable than the bare brow of a bachRos. Go with me to it, and I'll show it you: elor: and by how much delencei is better than and, by the way, you shall tell me where in no skill, by so much is a horn more precious the forest you live : Will you go?
than to want. Orl. With all my heart, food yonth. Ros. Nay, you must call me Rosalind :
Enter Sir OLIVER MARTEXT. Come, sister, will you go?
[Ereunt. Here comes Sir Oliver :-Sir Oliver Martext,
you are well met: Will you despatch us here SCENE III.
under this tree, or shall we go with you to your
chapel? Enter TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY; Jaques at a
Sir Oli. Is there none here to give the wodistance, observing them. Touch. Come apace, good Audrey ; I will Touch. I will not take her on gift of any man. fetch up your goats, Audrey: And how, Aud- Sir Oli. Truly, she must be given, or the rey? am I the man yet? Doth my simple feature marriage is not lawful. content you?
Jaq. [Discovering himself.] Proceed, proAud. Your features! Lord warrant us! what ceed; I'll give her. features ?
Touch. Good even, good master What ye Touch. I am here with thee and thy goats, as cali't: How do you, Sir? You are very well the most capricious t poet, honest Ovid, was met: God’ild youş for your last company: ! among the Goths.
am very glad to see you :-Even a toy in hand Jaq. O knowledge ill-inhabited !! worse here, Sir:- Nay; pray, be cover'd. than Jove in a thatch'd house! [Aside. Jug. Will you be married, motley ?
Touch. When a man's verses cannot be un- Touch. As the ox hath his bow.ll Sir, the derstood, nor a man's good wit seconded with horse his curb, and the falcon her bell's, so'man the forward child, understanding, it strikes a bath his desires; and as pigeons bill, sv wedman more dead than a great reckoning in a lock would be nibbling. little room :-Truly, I would the gods had Jaq. And will you, being a man of your made thee poetical.
breeding, be married under a bush, like a bega Aud. I do not know what poetical is: Is it gar? Get you to church, and have a good honest in deed and word ? Is it a true thing? priest that can tell you what maniage is: this · Touch. No, truly; for the truest poetry is the fellow will but join you together as they join most reigning; and lovers are given to poetry; wainscoat; then one of you will prove a shrunk and what they swear in poetry, may be said, pannel, and, like green timber, warp, warp. as lovers, they do feign.
Touch. I am not in the mind but I were betAud. Do you wish then, that the gods had ter to be married of him than of another: for made me poetical?
he is not like to marry me well; and not being Touch. I do, truly; for thou swear'st to me, well married, it will be a good excuse for me thou art honest; now, if thou wert a poet, 1 hereafter to leave my wife.
[ A side. might have some hope thou didst feign.
Jug. Go thou with me, and let me counsel Aud. Would you not have me honest ?
thee. Touch. So truly, unless thou wert hard fa- Touch. Come, sweet Audrey: vour'd: for honesty coupled to beauty, is to We must be married, or we must live in bawdry, have honey a sauce to sugar.
Farewell, good master Oliver! Jaq. A material fool!
[ Aside. Not- sweet Oliver, Aud. Well, I am not fair; and therefore I
O brave Oliver, pray the gods make me honest! Variable. + Lascivious. Ill-lodged.
* Homely. + Lean decr are called rascal deer | A fool with matter in bim,
* The art of fencing. God reward you. Yoke.
Leave me not behi' thee;
Go hence a little, and I shall conduct you,
If you will mark it.
Ros. O), come, let us remove;
[Exeunt Jaq. Touch. and AUDREY. Bring us unto this sight, and you shall say Sir Oli. "Tis no matter: ne'er a fantastical I'll prove a busy actor in their play. (Exeunt. knave of them all shall flout me out of my calling.
[E.rit. SCENE V.-Another part of the Forest. SCENE IV.-The same.- Before a Cottage.
Enter Silvius and PHEBE.
Sil. Sweet Phebe, do not scorn me; do not, Enter Rosalind and Celia.
Phebe : Ros. Never talk to me, I will weep.
Say, that you love me not; but say not so Cel. Do, I pr’ythee; but yet have the grace in bitterness: The common executioner, to consider, that tears do not become a man. Whose heart the accustom’d sight of death Ros. But have I not cause to weep?
makes hard, Cel. As good cause as one would desire; Falls not the axe upon the humbled neck, therefore weep.
But first begs pardon; Will you sterner be Rus. His very hair is of the dissembling col- Than he that dies and lives by bloody drops ?
Enter RosALIND, Celia, and Corin, at a disCel. Something browner than Judas': mar
tance. ry, his kisses are Judas' own children. Ros. I'faith, his hair is of a good colour.
Phe. I would not be thy executioner; Cel. An excellent colour : your chesnut was
I fly thee, for I would not injure thee. ever the only colour.
Thou tell'st me, there is murder in mine eye : Ros. And his kissing is as full of sanctity as
”Tis pretty, sure, and very probable, the touch of holy bread.
That eyes, -that are the frail'st and softest Cel. He hath bought a pair of cast lips of Who shut their coward gates on atomies,Diana: a mun of winter's sisterhood kisses not more religiously; the very ice of chastity is in Should be call'd tyrants, butchers, murderers ! them.
Now I do frown on thee with all my heart; Ros. But why did he swear he would come And, if mine eyes can wound, now let them this morning, and comes not?
(down; Cel. Nay certainly, there is no truth in him. Now counterfeit' to swoon; why now fall Ros. Do you think so?
Or, if thou canst not, 0, for shame, for shame, Cil. Yes: I think he is not a pick-purse, Now show the wound mine eye hath made in
Lie not, to say mine eyes are murderers. por a horse-stealer; but for his verity in love, I do think him as concave as a cover'd goblet, Scratch thee but with a pin, and there remains
thee : or a worm-eaten nut. Ros. Not true in love ?
Some scar of it; lean but upon a rush Cel. Yes, when he is in ; but, I think, he is The cicatrice and capable impressure not in.
Thy palm some moment keeps : but now mine Ros. You have heard him swear downright | Which I have darted at thee, hurt thee not; he was. Cel. Was is not is: besides, the oath of a
Nor, I am sure, there is no force in eyes
That can do burt. lover is no stronger than the word of a tapster;
Sil. ( dear Phebe, they are both the confirmers of false reckonings: He attends here in the forest on the duke You meet in some fresh cheek the power of
If ever, (as that ever may be near,) your father. Ros. I met the duke yesterday, and had
fancy,* much questions with him: He asked me, of Then shall you know the wounds invisible wbat parentage I was: I told him, of as good | That love's keen arrows make.
Phe. But, till that time, as he; so he laugh'd, and let me go. But what talk we of fathers, when there is such a
Come not thou near me ; and, when that time man as Orlando ?
Cel. O, that's a brave man! he writes brave Amict me with thy mocks, pity me not; verses, speaks brave words, swears brave oaths, As, till that time, I shall not pity thee. and breaks them bravely, quite traverse, a
Ros. And why, I pray you? [ Advancing. ] Who thwart the heart of his lover it as a puny tilter; That you insult, exult, and all at once,
might be your mother, his staff like a noble goose; but all's brave, Over the wretched ? 'What though you have that youth mounts, and folly guides :- Who (As, by my faith, I see no more in you comes here?
Than without candle may go dark to bed,)
Must you be therefore proud and pitiless ? (me? Cor. Mistress, and master, you have oft in- Why, what means this? Why do you look on quired
I see no more in you, than in the ordinary After the shepherd that complain'd of love; Of nature's sale-work :-Od's my little life! Who you saw sitting by me on the turf, I think, she means to tangle my eyes too : Praising the proud disdainful shepherdess No, 'faith, proud mistress, hope not after it That was his mistress.
'Tis not your inky brows, your black-silk hair, Cel. Well, and what of him?
Your bugle eye-balls, nor your cheek of cream, Cor. If you will see a pageant truly play'd, That can entame my spirits to your worship.Between the pale complexion of true love You foolish shepherd, wherefore do you follow And the red glow of scorn and proud disdain,
Like foggy south, puffing with wind and rain ? | But, sure, he's proud ; and yet his pride beYou are a thousand times a properer man,
comes him :
[hiin Than she a woman : 'Tis such fools as you, (dren: He'll make a proper man: The best thing in That make the world full of ill-favour'd chil. Is his complexion; and faster than his tongue 'Tis not her glass, but you, that flatters her ; Did make offence, his eye did beal it up. And out of you she sees herself more proper, He is not tall; yet for his years he's tall : Than any of her lineaments can show her.- His leg is but so so: and yet 'tis well : But, mistress, know yourself ; down on your There was a pretty redness in his lip; knees,
[love: A little riper and more lusty red And thank heaven, fasting, for a good man's Than that mix'd in his cheek; 'twas just the For I must tell you friendly in your ear,
difference Sell when you can; you are not for all markets: Betwixt the constant red, and mingled damask Cry the man mercy; love him; take his offer; There be some women, Silvius, had they mark'd Foul is most soul, being foul to be a scoffer.
him So take her to thee, shepherd ;-fare you well. In parcels as I did, would have gone near Phe. Sweet youth, I pray you chide a year To fall in love with him : but, for my part, together;
I love him not, nor hate him not; and yet I had rather hear you chide, than this man woo. I have more cause to hate him than to love him:
Ros. He's fallen in love with her foulness, and For what had he to do to chide at me ? she'll fall in love with my anger: If it be so, as He said, mine eyes were black, and my hair fast as she answers thee with frowning looks,
black; I'll sauce her with bitter words.- Why look you And, now I am remember'd, scorn'd at me: so upon me?
I marvel, why I answer'd not again : Phe. For no ill will I bear you.
But that's all one; omittance is no quittance Ros. I pray you, do not fall in love with me, I'll write to him a very taunting letter, For I am falser than vows made in wine: And thou shalt bear it; Wilt thou, Silvius? Besides, I like you not: If you will know my Sil. Phebe, with all my heart. house,
Phe. I'll write it straight; "Tis at the tuft of olives, here hard by: The matter's in my head, and in my heart : Will you go, sister ?-Shepherd, ply her hard:- I will be bitter with him, and passing short: Come, sister:-Shepherdess, look on him better, Go with me, Silvius.
[Exeunt. And be not proud : though all the world could None could be so abus'd in sight as he. (see,
ACT IV. Come, to our flock.
SCENE 1.—The same. (Exeunt ROSALIND, Celia, und Corin. Phe. Dead shepherd ! now I find thy saw of
Enter ROSALIND, Celia, and JAQUES. might;
Jay. I pr’ythee, pretty youth, let me be bet. Who ever lov'd, that lov'd not at first sight? ter acquainted with thee. Sil. Sweet Phebe,
Ros. They say, you are a melancholy fellow. Phe. Ha! what say'st thou, Silvius ?
Jaq. I am so; 1 do love it better than laughSil. Sweet Phebe, pity me.
ing. Phe. Why, I am sorry for thee, gentle Silvius. Ros. Those, that are in extremity of either, Sil. Wherever sorrow is, relief would be ; are abominable fellows; and betray themselves If you do sorrow at my grief in love,
to every modern censure, worse than drunkBy giving love, your sorrow and my grief
ards. Were both extermin'd.
Jaq. Why,'tis good to be sad and say nothing. Phe. Thou hast my love; Is not that neigh- Ros. Why then, 'tis good to be a post. bourly?
Jaq. I have neither the scholar's melancholy, Sil. I would have you.
which is emulation ; nor the musician's, which Phe. Why, that were covetousness. is fantastical; nor the courtier's, which is Silvius, the time was, that I hated thee; proud; nor the soldier's, which is ambitious; And yet it is not, that I bear thee love: nor the lawyer's, which is politic; nor the laBut since that thou canst talk of love so well, dy's, which is nice ;* nor the lover's, which is Thy company, which erst was irksome to me, all these: but it is a melancholy of mine own, I will endure; and I'll employ thee too: compounded of many simples, extracted from But do not look for further recompense, many objects: and, indeed, the sundry conThan thineown gladness that thou art employ’d. templation of my travels, in which my often
Sil. So holy, and so perfect is my love, rumination wraps me, is a most humorous sad-
Juq. Yes, I have gained my experience.
Ros. And your experience makes you sad: I Phe. Think not I love him, though I ask for had rather have a fool to make me merry, than him;
experience to make me sad; and to travel for "Tis but a peevish + boy :-yet he talks well;
it too. But what care I for words ? yet words do well, Orl. Good day, and happiness, dear RosaWhen he that speaks them pleases those that
Jag. Nay then, God be wi' you, an you talk It is a pretty youth :-not very pretty :
[Exit. * Peasant. + Silly,
in blank verse,
Ros. Farewell, monsieur traveller: Look, / being taken with the cramp, was drowned ; you lisp, and wear strange suits; disable* all and the foolish chroniclers of that age found the benefits of your own country; be out of it was-Hero of Sestos. But these are all love with your nativity, and almost chide God lies; men have died from time to time, and for making you that countenance you are; or worms have eaten them, but not for love. I will scarce think you have swam in a gon- Orl. I would not bave my right Rosalind of dola.–Why, how now, Orlando! where have this mind; for, I protest, her frown might kill you been all this while? You a lover ?-An me. you serve me such another trick, never come Ros. By this hand, it will not kill a fly: But in my sight more.
come, now I will be your Rosalind in a more Orl. My fair Rosalind, I come within an coming-on disposition; and ask me what you hour of my promise.
will, I will grant it. Ros. Break an hour's promise in love? He Orl. Then love me, Rosalind. that will divide a minute into a thousand parts, Ros. Yes, faith will I, Fridays, and Saturand break but a part of the thousandth part of days, and all. a minute in the affairs of love, it may be said Orl. And wilt thou have me? of him, that Cupid hath clapped him o' the Ros. Ay, and twenty such. shoulder, but I warrant him heart-whole. Orl. What say'st thou ? Orl. Pardon me, dear Rosalind.
Ros. Are you not good ? Ros. Nay, an you be so tardy, come no more Orl. I hope so. in my sight; I had as lief be wooed of a snail.
Ros. Why then, can one desire too much of Orl, Of a snail?
a good thing ?-Come, sister, you shall be the Ros. Ay, of a snail; for though he comes priest, and marry us.-Give me your hand, slowly, he carries his house on his head; a Orlando :--What do you say, sister ? better jointure, I think, than you can make a Orl. Pray thee, marry us. woman: Besides, he brings his destiny with Cel. I cannot say the words. bim.
Ros. You must begin, Will you, Orlando, Orl. What's that?
Cel. Go to: Will you, Orlando, have to Ros. Why, horns; which such as you are fain wife this Rosalind ? to be beholden to your wives for: but he comes Orl. I will. armed in his fortune, and prevents the slander Ros. Ay, but when ? of his wife.
Orl. Why now; as fast as she can marry us. Orl. Virtue is no horn-maker; and my Rosa- Ros. Then you must say,–I take thee, Rosalind is virtuous.
lind, for wife. Ros. And I am your Rosalind.
Orl. I take thee, Rosalind, for wife. Cel. It pleases him to call you so; but he Ros. I might ask you for your commission; hath a Rosalind of a better leert than you. but,-I do take thee, Orlando, for my husband:
Ros. Come, woo me, woo me; for now I am There a girl goes before the priest; and, cerin a holiday bumour, and like enough to con, tainly, a woman's thought runs before her sent: What would you say to me now, an I actions. were your very very Rosalind ?
Orl. So do all thoughts; they are winged. Orl. I would kiss, before I spoke.
Ros. Now tell me, how long you would have Ros. Nay, you were better speak first; and her, after you have possessed her. when you were gravelled for lack of matter, Orl. For ever, and a day. you might take occasion to kiss. Very good Ros. Say a day, without the ever: No, no, orators, when they are out, they will spit; and Orlando; men are April when they woo, De. for lovers, lacking (God warn us!) matter, the cember when they wed: maids are May when cleanliest shift is to kiss.
they are maids, but the sky changes when they Orl. How if the kiss be denied ?
are wives. I will be more jealous of thee than kos. Then she puts you to entreaty, and a Barbary cock-pigeon over his hen; more clathere begins new matter.
morous than a parrot against rain; more newOrl. Woho could be out, being before his be- tangled than an ape; more giddy in my desires loved mistress?
than a monkey: I will weep for nothing, like Ros. Marry, that should you, if I were your Diana in the fountain, and I will do that when mistress; or I should think my honesty ranker you are disposed to be merry; I will laugh like than my wit.
a hyen, and that when thou art inclined to Orl. What, of my suit?
Ros. By my life, she will do as I do.
Ros. Or else she could not have the wit to Pos. Well, in her person, I say I will not do this: the wiser, the waywarder: Make the
doors* upon a woman's wit, and it will out at Orl. Then, in mine own person, I die. the casement; shut that, and 'twill out at the
Ros. No, faith, die by attorney. The poor key-hole: stop that, 'twill fly with the smoke world is almost six thousand years old, and in out at the chimney. all this tiine there was not any man died in his Orl. A man that had a wife with such a wit, own person, videlicet, in a love-cause. Troilus he might say,--Wit, whither wilt? had bis brains dashed out with a Grecian club; Ros. Nay, you might keep that check for it, yet he did what he could to die before; and he till you met your wife's wit going to your is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he neighbour's bed. would have lived many a fair year, though Örl. And what wit could wit have to excuse Hero had turned nun, if it had not been for a that? hot midsummer night: for, good youth, he went Kos. Marry, to say,-she came to seek you but forth to wash him in the Hellespont, and, there. You shall never take her without her Undervalue. # Complcxion.
* Bar the doors.