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Then, good my liege, mistake me not so much,
Cel. Dear sovereign, hear me speak.
Duke F. Ay, Celia ; we stay'd her for your sake, Else had she with her father rang'd along.
Cel. I did not then entreat to have her stay, It was your pleasure, and your own remorse?; I was too young that time to value her, But now I know her; if she be a traitor, Why so am I: we still have slept together, Rose at an instant, learn’d, play'd, eat together; And wheresoe'er we went, like Juno's swans, Still we went coupled, and inseparable. Duke F. She is too subtle for thee; and her smooth
ness, Her very silence, and her patience, Speak to the people, and they pity her. Thou art a fool: she robs thee of thy name; And thou wilt show more bright, and seem more virtuous, When she is gone: then open not thy lips ; Firm and irrevocable is my doom Which I have pass’d upon her; she is banish’d.
Cel. Pronounce that sentence then on me, my liege; I cannot live out of her company. Duke F. You are a fool :-You, niece, provide your
self; If you out-stay the time, upon mine honour, And in the greatness of my word, you die.
[Exeunt Duke FREDERICK and Lords.
Ros. I have more cause.
Thou hast not, cousin ; Pr’ythee, be cheerful : know'st thou not, the duke llath banish'd me his daughter ?
remorse ;] i. c. compassion.
That he hath not.
Ros. Why, whither shall we go?
To seek my uncle t.
Cel. I'll put myself in poor and mean attire,
Were it not better,
Cel. What shall I call thee, when thou art a man?
+ “in the forest of Arden.” Malone.
8 And with a kind of umber smirch my face ;] Umber is a dusky yellow-coloured earth, brought from Umbria in Italy.
9- curtle-ar— ] Or cutlace, a broad sword.
i We'll have a swashing, &c.] A swashing outside is an appearance of noisy, bullying valour. Swashing blow is mentioned in Romeo and Juliet ; and in King Henry V. the Boy says :“ As young as I am, I have observed these three swashers ;" meaning Nym, Pistol, and Bardolph.
Ros. I'll have no worse a name than Jove's own page, And therefore look you call me, Ganymede. But what will you be call’d ?
Cel. Something that hath a reference to my state : No longer Celia, but Aliena.
Ros. But, cousin, what if we assay'd to steal
Cel. He'll go along o'er the wide world with me;
SCENE I.—The Forest of Arden.
Enter Duke Senior, AMIENS, and other Lords, in the dress
Duke S. Now, my co-mates, and brothers in exíle,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Ami. I would not change it : Happy is your grace,
Duke S. Come, shall we go and kill us venison ?
Indeed, my lord,
2 Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head ;] It was the current opinion in Shakspeare's time, that in the head of an old toad was to be found a stone, or pearl, to which great virtues were ascribed. Thomas Lupton, in his First Booke of Notable Things, 4to. bl. I. bears repeated testimony to the virtues of the “ Tode-stone, called Crapaudina.” In his Seventh Booke he instructs us how to procure it ; and afterwards tells us—“ You shall knowe whether the Tode-stone be the ryght and perfect stone or not. Holde the stone before a Tode, so that he may see it; and if it be a ryght and true stone, the Tode will leape towarde it ; and make as though he would snatch it. He envieth so much that man should have that stone." STEEVENS.
3 — with forked heads — ] i. e. with arrows, the points of which were barbed.
The wretched animal heav'd forth such groans,
But what said Jaques ?
i Lord. O, yes, into a thousand similies. First, for his weeping in the needless stream*; Poor deer, quoth he, thou mak’st a testament As worldlings do, giving thy sum of more To that which had too much : Then being alone, Left and abandon’d of his velvet friends; 'Tis right, quoth he; this misery doth part The flux of company: Anon, a careless herd, Full of the pasture, jumps along by him, And never stays to greet him ; Ay, quoth Jaques, Sweep on, you fat and greasy citizens; 'Tis just the fashion : Wherefore do you look Upon that poor and broken bankrupt there? Thus most invectively he pierceth through The body of the country t, city, court, Yea, and of this our life: swearing, that we Are mere usurpers, tyrants, and what's worse, To fright the animals, and to kill them up, In their assign’d and native dwelling place. Duke S. And did you leave him in this contempla
tion? 2 Lord. We did, my lord, weeping and commenting Upon the sobbing deer.
4- in the needless stream ;] The stream that wanted not such a supply of moisture.
+ “of country.” Malone.