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Bass. I have it ready for thee ; here it is.

Duke. I am sorry, that your leisure serves you not Por. He bath refus'd it in the open court; Antonio, gratify this gentleman ; He shall have merely justice, and his bond. For, in my mind, you are much bound to him. Gra. A Daniel, still say I ; a second Daniel !

[Ereunt Duke, Magnificoes, and Truin, I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word. Bass. Most worthy gentleman, I and my friend,

Shy. Shall I not have barely my principal? Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted

Por. Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture, Of grievous penalties ; in lieu whereof, To he so taken at thy peril, Jew.

Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew, Shy. Why then the devil give hiin good of it? We freely cope your courteous pains withal. I'll stay no longer question.

Ant. And stand indebted, over and above, Por.

Tarry, Jew;

In love and service to you evermore. The law hath yet another held on you.

Por. He is well paid that is well satisfied: It is enacted in the laws of Venice,

And I, delivering you, am satisfied, If it be prov'd against an alien,

And therein do account myself well paid ; That by direct, or indirect atteinpts,

My mind was never yet more mercenary. He seek the life of any citizen,

I pray you, know me, when we meet again ; The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive, I wish you well, and so I take my leave. Shall seize one half his goods ; the other half

Buss. Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further; Comes to the privy coffer of the state ;

Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute, And the offender's life lies in the mercy

Not as a fee : grant me two things, I pray you, Of the duke only, 'gainst all other voice.

Not to deny me, and to pardon me. In which predicament, I say, thou stand'st :

Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield. For it appears by manifest proceeding,

Give me your gloves, I'll wear them for your sake; That, indirectly, and directly too,

And, for your love, I'll take this ring from you :Thou hast contriv'd against the very life

Do noi draw back your hand ; I'll take no more ; Of the defendant ; and thou hast incurrid

And you in love shall not deny me this. The danger formerly by me rehears'd.

Bass. This ring, good sir,-alas, it is a trifle ; Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke. I will not shame myself to give you this.

Gra. Beg that thou may'st have leave to hang thy- Por. I will have nothing else but only this; And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state, (self : And now, methinks, I have a mind to it. Thou hast not left the value of a cord;

Bass. There's more depends on this than on the Therefore, thou must be hang'd at the state's charge. The dearest ring in Venice will I give you, [value.

Duke. That thou shalt see the difference of our And find it out by proclamation ;
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it : (spirit, Only for this, I pray you pardon me.
For half thy wealth, it is Antonio's ;

Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers :
The other half comes to the general state,

You taught me first to beg; and now, meihinks, Which humbleness may drive unto a fine.

You teach me how a beggar should be answer u. Por. Ay, for the state ; not for Antonio.

Bass. Good sir, this ring was given me by my wife, Shy. Nay, take my life and all, pardon not that : And, when she put it on, she made me vow, You take my house, when you do take the prop That I should neither sell, nor give, nor lose it. That doth sustain my house ; you take my life, Por. That 'scuse serves many men to save their When you do take the means whereby I live. And if your wife be not a mad woman, (gifts.

Por. What mercy can you render him, Antonio ? And know how well I have deserv'd this ring. Gra. A halter gratis ; nothing else; for God's sake. She would not hold out enemy for ever,

Ant. So please my lord the duke, and all the court, For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you! To quit the fine for one half of his goods ;

(Eseunt Portia and NERISSA. I am content, so he will let me have

Ant. My lord Bassanio, let him have the ring , The other half in use,- to render it,

Let his deservings, and my love withal, Upon his death, unto the gentleman

Be valued 'gainst your wife's commandment. That lately stole his daughter ;

Bass. Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him, Two things provided more, -That for this favour,

Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou can'sı, He presently become a Christian ;

Unto Antonio's house :-away, make haste. The other, that he do record a gift,

[ Exit GRATIANO Here in the court, of all he dies possess'd,

Come, you and I will thither presently; Unto his son Lorenzo, and his daughter.

And in the lawsuing early will we both Duke. He shall do this ; or else I do recant Fly toward Belmont : Come, Antonio. (Erennl. l'he pardon, that I late pronounced here.

Por. Art thou contented, Jew, what dost thou say? SCENE II.-The same. A Street.
Shy. I am content.

Enter Portia and NERISSA.
Clerk, draw a deed of gift.
Shy. I pray you give me leave to go from hence : Por. Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this
I am not well ; send the deed after me,

And let him sign it; we'll away to night, [deed. And I will sign it.

And be a day before our husbands home :
Duke. Get thee gone, but do it. (fathers ; This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.
Gru. In christening, thou shalt have two god-

Had I been judge, thou should'st have had ten more,
To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.

Gra. Fair sir, you are well overtaken :

(Exit SHYLOCK. My lord Bassanio, upon more advice, Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner. Hath sent you here this ring , and doth e.streat

Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon ; Your company at dinner. I must away this night toward Padua.


That rannale And it is meet, I presently set forth.

This ring I do accept most thankfully

And so, I pray you, tell hiin : Furthermore,

Laun. Sola! did you see master Lorenzo, an:. mis-
I pray you, shew my youth old Shylock's house. tress Lorenzo ? sola, sola!
Gra. That will I do.

Lor. Leave hollaing, man; here.
Sir, I would speak with you :-

Laun. Sola! where? where?
I'll see if I can get my husband's ring, [To Portia. Lor. Here.
Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.

Laun. Tell him, there's a post come from my mas. Por. Thou may’st, I warrant; We shall have old ter, with his horn full of good news; my inaster will swearing, be here ere morning.

(Erit. hat they did give the rings away to men ;

Lor. Sweet soul, let's in, and there expect their But we'll outface them, and outswear them too.

coming. Away, make haste ; thou know'st where I will tarry. And yet no matter ;-Why should we go in ? Ner. Come, good sir, will you shew me to this My friend Stephano, signify, I pray you, house?

(Exeunt. Within the house, your mistress is at hand :

And bring your music forth into the air.-[Erit Sre.
How sweet the moon-light sleeps upon this bank'

Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music

Creep in our ears; soft stillness, and the night,

Become the touches of sweet harmony. SCENE I.–Belmont. Avenue to Portia's House. Sit, Jessica : Look how the floor of heaven Enter LORENZO and JESSICA.

Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold; Lor. The moon shines bright:-In such a night There's not the smallest orb, which thou benoid'st

But in his motion like an angel sings, as this, When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees,

Still quiring to the young.ey'd cherubins : And they did make no noise; in such a night,

Such harinony is in immortal souls ; I'roilus, methinks, mounted the Trojan walls,

But, whilst this muddy vesture of deca ! And sigh'd his soul toward the Grecian tents,

Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.Where Cressid lay that night.

Enter Musicians. Jes.

In such a night, Did Thisbe fearfully o’ertrip the dew;

Come, ho, and wake Diana with a hymn , And saw the lion's shadow ere himself,

With sweetest touches pierce your mistress' ear,

And draw her home with music.
And ran dismay'd away.
In such a night,

Jes. I am never merry, when I hear sweet music. Stood Dido with a willow in her hand


Lor. The reason is your spirits are attentive : Upon the wild sea-banks, and way'd her love

For do but note a wild and wanton hord, "o come again to Carthage. Jes.

In such a night,

Or race of youthful and unhandled colts, Medea gather'd the enchanted herbs

Fetching mad bounds, bellowing, and neighing loud,

Which is the hot condition of their blood;
That did renew old Eson.
In such a night,

If they but hear perchance a trumpet sound, vid Jessica steal from the wealthy Jew :

Or any air of music touch their ears, And with an unthrift love did run from Venice,

You shall perceive them make a mutual stand, . s far as Belmont.

Their savage eyes turn'd to a modest gaze,
In such a night,

By the sweet power of music: Therefore, the poet Did young Lorenzo swear he lov'd her well;

Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and foods;

Since nought so stockish, hard, and full of rage, her soul with many vows of faith,

But music for the time doth change his nature : And ne'er a true one. Lor, And in such a night,

The man that hath no music in himself,

Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds, Did pretty Jessica, like a little shrew, Slander aer love, and he forgave it her.

Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils;

The motions of his spirit are dull as night, Jes. I would out-night you, did no body come :

And his affections dark as Erebus : But, hark, I hear the footing of a man.

Let no such man be trusted.-Mark the inusic. Enter STEPHANO.

Enter Portia and NERISSA, at a distance. Lor. Who comes so fast in silence of the night? Steph. A friend.

(you, friend?

Pur. That light we see, is burning in my hall. Lor. A friend ? what friend ? your name, I pray How far that little candle throws his beams ! Steph. Stephádo is my name ; and I bring word. So shines a good deed in a naughty world. [candle. My mistress will before the break of day

Ner. When the moon shone, we did not see the Be here at Belmont; she doth stray about

Por. So doth the greater glory dim the less : By holy crosses, where she kneels and prays

A substitute shines brightly as a king,
For happy wedlock hours.

Until a king be by; and then his state
Who comes with her ? Empties itself, as doth an inland brook

Into the main of waters. Music! hark !
Steph. None, but a holy hermit, and her maid.
I pray you, is my master yet return'd?

Ner. It is your music, madam, of the house. Lor. He is not, nor we have not heard from him.- Por. Nothing is good, I see, without respect ; But go we in, I pray thee, Jessica,

Methinks, it sounds much sweeter than by day. And ceremoniously let us prepare

Ner. Silence bestows that virtue ou it, inadam. Some welcome for the mistress of the house.

Por. The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark,

When neither is attended; and, I think.

The nightingale, if she should sing by day,
Laun. Sola, sola, wo ha, ho, sola, sola!

When every goose is cackling, would be thought Lor. Who calls!

lo better a musician than the wren.


the ring

How many things by season season'd are

And riveted so with faith unto your flesh. To their right praise, and true perfection!

I gave my love a ring, and made him swear Peace, hoa! the moon sleeps with Endymion, Never to part with it; and here he stands ; And would not be awak'd!

[ Music ceases. I dare be sworn for him, he would not leave it, Lor.

That is the voice, Yor pluck it from his finger, for the wealth Or I am much deceiv'd, of Portia. [cuckoo, That the world masters. Now, in faith, Gratiano

Por. He knows me as the blind man knows the You give your wife too unkind a cause of grief; By the bad voice.

An 'twere to me, I should be mad at it. Lor,

Dear lady, welcome home. Bass. Why, I were best to cut my left hand off, Por. We have been praying for our husbands' And swear, I lost the ring defending it. (.Aside welfare,

Gra. My lord Bassanio gave ins ring away Which speed, we hope, the better for our words. Unto the judge that beggd it, and, indeed, Are they returo'd ?

Deserv'd it too ; and then the boy, his clerk, Lor.

Madam, they are not yet ; That took some pains in writing, he begg'dicine : But there is come a messenger before,

And neither man, nor master, would take aughi To signify their coming.

But the two rings.
Go in, Nerissa,


What ring gave you, my lord ! Give order to my servants, that they take

Not that, I hope, which you receiv'd of me. No note at all of our being absent hence ;

Bass. If I could add a lie unto a fault, Nor you, Lorenzo ;--Jessica, nor you.

I would deny it; but you see, my finger

Ld tucket sounds. | Hath not the ring upon it, it is gone. Lor. Your husband is at hand, I hear his trumpet : Por. Even so void is your false heart of truth. We are no tell-tales, madam; fear you not. By heaven, I will ne'er come in your bed

Por. This night, methinks, is but the daylight sick. Until I see the ring. It looks a little paler ; 'tis a day,


Nor I in yours, such as the day is when the sun is hid.

Till I again see mine.

Sweet Portia,

If you did know to whom I gave the ring,
and their followers.

If you did know for whom I gave the ring, Buss. We should hold day with the Antipodes, And would conceive for what I gave ii you would walk in absence of the sun.

And how unwillingly I left the ring, Por. Let me give light, but let me not be light; When naught would be accepted but the ring, For a light wife doth make a heavy husband, You would abate the strength of your displeasure. And never be Bassanio so for me ;

Por. If you had known the virtue of the ring, But God sort all!- You are welcome home, my lord. Or half her worthiness that gave the ring,

Bass. I thank you, madam : give welcome to my Or your own honour to contain the ring, l'his is the inan, this is Antonio, [friend.--- You would not then have parted with the ring. To whom I am so infinitely bound.

What man is there so much unreasonable, Por. 1 ou should in all sense be much bound to him, If you had pleas'd to have defended it zor, as I hear, he was much bound for you. With any terms of zeal, wanted the muaesty

Ant. No more than I am well acquitted of. To urge the thing held as a ceremony ?

Por. Sir, you are very welcome to our house : Nerissa teaches me what to believe ; et must appear in other ways than words,

I'll die for't, but some woman had the ring. Therefore, I scant this breathing courtesy.

Bass. No, by minc honour, madam, by my soul, (GratiaNO and NERISSA seein tu lulk apart. No woman had it, but a civil doctor, Gra. By yonder moon, I swear you do me wrong; Which did refuse three thousand ducats of me, In faith, I gave it to the judge's clerk:

And begg'd the ring; the which I did deny him, Would he were geli that had it, for my part,

And suffer'd him to go displeas'd away; Since you do take it, love, so much at heart. Even he that had held up the very life

Por. A quarrel, ho, already? what's the inatter? Of my dear friend What should I say, sweat lady Gra. About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring I was enforc'd to send it after him ; That she did give ine; whose posy was

I was beset with shame and courtesy : For all the world, like cutler's poetry

My honour would not let ingratitude Upon a knife, Love me, und leuve me not.

So much besmear it: Pardon me, good lady ; Ner. What talk you of the posy, or the value ? For by these blessed candles of the night, You swore to me, when I did give it


Had you been there, I think, you would have begg'd That you would wear it till your hour of death ; The ring of me to give the worthy doctor. And that it should lie with you in your grave :

Por. Let not that doctor e'er come near my houses l'hough not for me, yet for your vehement oaths, Since he hath got the jewel that I lov'd. S'ou should have been respective, and have kept it. And thai which you did swear to keep for me, Gave it a judge's clerk ! - but well I know,

1 will becoine as liberal as you ; The clerk will ne'er wear hair on his face, that had it. I'll not deny liim any thing I have, Gru. lle will, an if he live to be a man.

No, not my body, nor my husband's bed ; ler. Ay, if a woman live to be a man,

Know him I shall, I am well sure of it : Gru. Now, by this land, I gave it to a youth, - Lie not a night from home ; watch me, like Argus. A kind of boy; a lilile scrubbed boy,

If you do not, if I be left alone, No higher than thyself, the judge's clerk;

Now, by mine honour, which is yet mine own, A praiing boy, thai begg'd it as a fee;

I'll have that doctor for my bedfellow. I could not for my heart deny it him.

Ner. And I his clerk; therefore be well advis'd, Por. You were to blame, I must be plain with you Ilow you do leave me to mine own protection. To part so slightly with your wife's first gist; Gra. Well, do you so: let not me take him then; ļhing stuck on with oaths upon your finger, For, if I do, I'll mar the young clerk's per.

How now,

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1nt. I am the unhappy subject of these quarrels. Enter'd my house.-Antonio, you are welcome ;
Por. Sir, grieve not you ; you are welcome not. And I have better news in store for you,

Than you expect : unseal this letter soon ;
Bass. Portia, forgive me this enforced wrong ; There you shall find, three of your argosies
And, in the hearing of these many friends,

Are richly come to harbour suddenly:
I swear to thee, even by thine own fair eyes, You shall not know by what strange accident
Wherein I see myself,

I chanced on this letter.
Mark you but that! Ant.

I am dumb.
In both my eyes he doubly sees himself :

Bass. Were you the doctor, and I knew you not?
In each eye one :--swear by your double self, Gra. Were you the clerk, that is to make me
And there's an oath of credit.

cuckold ? Bass.

Nay, but hear me : Ner. Ay; but the clerk that never means to do it,
Pardon this fault, and by my soul I swear,

Unless he live until he be a man.
I never more will break an oath with thee.

Bass. Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedfellow,
Ant. I once did lend my body for his wealth ; When I am absent, then lie with my wife.
Which, but for him that had your husband's ring, Ant. Sweet lady, you have given me life, and living;

(To Portia. For here I read for certain, that my ships
Had quite miscarried : I dare be bound again, Are safely come to road.
My soul upon the forfeit, that your lord


Lorenzo ?
Will never more break faith advisedly.

My clerk hath some good comforts too for you.
Por. Then you shall be his surety : Give him this ; Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a fee.-
And bid him keep it better than the other.

There do I give to you, and Jessica,
dui. Here, lord Bassanio ; swear to keep this ring. From the rich Jew, a special deed of gift,
Buss. By heaven, it is the same I gave the doctor! After his death, of all he dies possess'd of.

Por. I had it of him : pardon me, Bassanio ; Lor. Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way for by this ring the doctor lay with me.

Of starved people.
Per. And pardon me, my gentle Gratiano ;


It is almost morning,
For that same scrubbed boy, the doctor's clerk, And yet, I am sure, you are not satisfied
in lieu of this, last night did lie with me.

Of these events at full: Let us go in;
Gra. Why, this is like the mending of high-ways And charge us there upon intergatories,
In summer, where the ways are fair enough: And we will answer all things faithfully.
What! are we cuckolds, ere we have deserv'd it ? Gra. Let it be so ; The first intergatory,

Por. Speak not so grossly. You are all amaz’d: That my Nerissa shall be sworn on, is,
Here is a letter, read it at your leisure;

Whether till the next night she had rather stay; it comes from Padua, from Bellario :

Or go to bed now, being two hours to-day : There you shall find, that Portia was the doctor ; But were the day come, I should wish it dark, Nenssa there, her clerk : Lorenzo here

That I were couching with the doctor's clerk. Shall witness, I set forth as soon as you,

Well, while I live, I'll fear no other thing dud but even now return'd; I have not yet So sore, as keeping safe Nerissa's ring. (Ereuni.

• Of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE the style is even and event is in this drama eminently happy. Dryden was much tasy, with few peculiarities of diction, or anomalies of con. pleased with his own address in connecting the two plots of struction. The comic part raises laughter, and the serious his Spanish Friar, which yet, I believe, the critic will find exfixes expectation. The probability of either one or the other celled by this play-Johnson. story cannot be maintained. The union of two actions in one


THOUGH this exquisite comedy appears to have been first pubshed in the player's edition of our author's works in 10:3,

Printed i sao vibre same time, but no copy of such an edition has į must have been written before the year 1600; as at the! The plot of the play was taken from Lodge's Rosalynd, or Eu. beginning of the second volume of the entries at Stationers' phue's Golden Legacye, 4to. 154). And Shakspeare has fol. Hall. [wo leaves of irregular prohibitions, notes, &c. are lowed the novel more exactly than is his general custom when placed, in which di you like it is mentioned. An entry of the he is indebted to such worthless originals. He has sketched 4th of August, 1600, contains a caveat relative to three of our some of his principal characters, and borrowed a few expres; author's plays, the present comedy, Henry the Fifth, and sions from it. His imitations, &c. however, are in general Wuch ado about Nothing.- With respect to the other two too insignificant to merit transcription. dhed within the month. the caveat was soon taken off, and they were both pub- It should be observed, that the characters of Jaques, the Clown

As you like it may have been and Audrey, are entirely of the poet's own formation,

PERSONS REPRESENTED. | Corin, Silvius, shepherds.

William, a country fellow, in love with Audrey. Duke, irring in eile.

A Person representing Hymen. FREDERICK, brother to the Duke, and usurper of his Rosalind, daughter to the banished Duke. dorninions.

Celia, daughter to Frederick. AMIENS, JAQUES, Lords attending on the Duke in his

Puebe, a shepherdess.

AUDREY, a country wench.
LE BEA!, a courtier attending upon Frederick.
CHARLES, his wrestler.

Lords belonging to the two Dukes; Pages, Foresters. LIVER, JAQUES, ORLANDO, sons of Sir Rowland de

and other Attendants. ADAM, DENNIS, servants to Oliver.

(Bois. The SCENE lies, first, near Oliver's House ; afterToLCHSTONE, a clown.

wards, partly in the Usurper's Court, and parily in Sir OLIVER MARTEXT, a vicar.

the Forest of Arden.

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education: you have trained me like a peasant, obr.

scuring and hiding from me all gentleman-like quaSCENE I.-An Orchard, near Oliver's House. lities: the spirit of iny father grows strong in me, and Enter ORLANDO, and Adam.

I will no longer endure it: therefore allow me such

exercises as may become a gentleman, or give me the 0-l. As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fa- poor allottery my father left me by testament; with shion bequeathed me: By will, but a poor thousand that I will go buy my fortunes. crowns: and, as thou say’st, charged my brother, on Oli. And what wilt thou do? beg, when that is his blessing, to breed me well: 'and there begins my spent? Well, sir, get you in: I will not long be trousadness. My brother Jaques he keeps at school, and bled with you: you shall have some part of your will: report speaks goldenly of his profit: for niy part, he I pray you, leave me. keeps me rustically at home, or, to speak more pro- Orl. I will no further offend you than becomes me perly, stays me here at home unkept: For call you for iny good. that keeping for a gentleman of my birth, that differs

Oli. Get you with him, you old dog. not from the stalling of an ox? His horses are bred

Adam. Is old dog my reward? Most true, I have better ; for, besides that they are fair with their feed- lost my teeth in your service. God be with my old ing, they are taught their manage, and to that end master! he would not have spoke such a word. riders dearly hired: but I, his brother, gain nothing

[Exeunt Orlando and Adam. under him but growth; for the which his animals on Oli. Is it even so ? begin you to grow upon me? I his dunghills are as much bound to him as I. Be will physic your rankness, and yet give no thousand sides this nothing that he so plentifully gives me, the crowns neither. Holla, Dennis ! something that nature gave me, his countenance

Enter DENNIS. seems to take from me: he lets me feed with his hinds, bars me the place of a brother, and, as much as in Den. Calls your worship? him lies, mines my gentility with my education. This Oli. Was not Charles, the duke's wrestler, here to is it, Adam, that grieves me ; and the spirit of my speak with me. father, which I think is within me, begins to mutiny Den. So please you he is here at the door, and against this servitude : I will no longer endure it, importunes access to you. though yet I know no wise remedy how to avoid it. Oli. Call him in. (Evil Dennis.]— 'Twill be a Enter OLIVER.

good way; and to-morrow the wrestling is.

Enter CHARLES. Adam. Yonder comes my master, your brother.

Orl. Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear how Cha. Good morrow to your worship. he will shake me up.

Oli. Good monsieur Chai.. !-what's the new Oli. Now, sir! what make you here?

news at the new court ? Orl. Nothing : I am not taught to make any thing. Cha. There's no news at the court, sir, but the old Oli. What mar you then, sir ?

news : that is, the old duke is banished by his younger Orl. Marry, sir, I am helping you to mar that brother the new duke; and three or four loving lords which God made, a poor unworthy brother of yours, have put themselves into voluntary exile with him, with idleness.

whose lands and revenues enrich the new duke; Oli. Marry, sir, be better employ'd, and be naught therefore he gives them good leave to wander. awhile.

Oli. Can you tell, if Rosalind, the duke's daughter, Orl. Shall I keep your hogs, and eat husks with be banished with her father ? them? What prodigal portion have I spent, that I Cha. O, no ; for the duke's daughter, her cousi 2, should come to such penury?

so loves her,-being ever from their cradles bred to (li. Know you where you are, sir ?

gether,--that she would have followed her exile, or Orl. O, sir, very well: here in your orchard. have died to stay behind her. She is at the court, and Oli. Know you before whom, sir ?

no less beloved of her uncle than his own daughter ; Orl, Ay, beiter than he I am before knows me. I and never two ladies loved as they do. know, you are my eldest brother ; and, in the gentle Oli. Where will the old duke live? condition of blood, you should so know me : The Cha. They say, he is already in the forest of Arden, courtesy of nations allows you my better, in that you and a many merry men with him; and there they live are the first-born; but the same tradition takes not like the old Robin Hood of England: they say many away my blood, were there twenty brothers betwixt young gentlemen flock to him every day; and Meet the us : I have as much of my father in me, as you; al- time carelessly, as they did in the golden world. beit, I confess, your coming before me is nearer to Oli. What, you wrestle to-morrow before the new his reverence.

duke? Oli. What, boy !

Cha. Marry, do I, sir; and I came to acquaint you Orl. Come, come, elder brother, you are too young with a matter. I am given, sir, secretly to underin this

stand, that your younger brother, Orlando, hath a Oli. Wilt thou lay hands on me, villain? disposition to come in disguis'd against me to try a

Orl. I am no villain: I am the youngest son of sir fall: To-morrow, sir, I wrestle for my credit; and Rowland de Bois : he was my father ; and he is he that escapes me without some broken limb, shal. thrice a villain, that says, such a father begot villains : acquit him well

. Your brother is but young and tenWer thou not my brother, I would not take this hand der; and, for your love, I woula be loath to foil him, from thy throat, till this other had pulled out thy as I must

, for my own honour, if he come in : therefore. tongue for sayirg so: thou hast railed on thyself. out of my love to you, I came hither to acquaint you

Adam. Sweet inasters, be patient; for vour father's withal ; that either you might stay him from his inremembrance, be at accord

tendment, or brook such disgrace well as he shall run Oli. Let me go, I say.

into ; in that it is a thing of his own search, and al. Orl. I will not, till I please: you shall hear me, together against my will. My father charged you in his will to give me good Oli. Charles, I thank thee, for thy love to me,


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