The forest.

Duke S.
Dost thou believe, Orlando, that the boy

Can do all this that he hath promised?

I sometimes do believe, and sometimes do not;

As those that fear they hope, and know they fear. Enter ROSALIND, SILVIUS, and PHEBE.

Patience once more, whiles our compact is urged:

You say, if I bring in your Rosalind,

You will bestow her on Orlando here?

Duke S.
That would I, had I kingdoms to give with her.

And you say, you will have her, when I bring her? (10)

That would I, were I of all kingdoms king.

You say, you'll marry me, if I be willing?

That will I, should I die the hour after.

But if you do refuse to marry me,

You'll give yourself to this most faithful shepherd?

So is the bargain.

You say, that you'll have Phebe, if she will?

Though to have her and death were both one thing.

I have promised to make all this matter even. (19)

Keep you your word, O duke, to give your daughter;

You yours, Orlando, to receive his daughter:

Keep your word, Phebe, that you'll marry me,

Or else refusing me, to wed this shepherd:

Keep your word, Silvius, that you'll marry her,

If she refuse me: and from hence I go,

To make these doubts all even. [Exeunt Rosalind and Celia.

Duke S.
I do remember in this shepherd boy

Some lively touches of my daughter's favor.

My lord, the first time that I ever saw him

Methought he was a brother to your daughter: (30)

But, my good lord, this boy is forest-born,

And hath been tutor'd in the rudiments

Of many desperate studies by his uncle,

Whom he reports to be a great magician,

Obscured in the circle of this forest. Enter TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY.

There is, sure, another flood toward,
and these couples are coming to the ark. Here
comes a pair of very strange beasts, which in
all tongues are called fools.

Salutation and greeting to you all!

Good my lord, bid him welcome: this
is the motley-minded gentleman that I have so
often met in the forest: he hath been a courtier,
he swears.

If any man doubt that, let him put
me to my purgation. I have trod a measure; I
have flattered a lady; I have been politic with
my friend, smooth with mine enemy; I have
undone three tailors; I have had four quarrels,
and like to have fought one. (50)

And how was that ta'en up?

Faith, we met, and found the quarrel
was upon the seventh cause.

How seventh cause? Good my lord,
like this fellow.

Duke S.
I like him very well.

God 'ild you, sir; I desire you of
the like. I press in here, sir, amongst the rest
of the country copulatives, to swear and to
forswear; according as marriage binds and
blood breaks: a poor virgin, sir, an ill-favored
thing, sir, but mine own; a poor humor of
mine, sir, to take that that no man else will:
rich honesty dwells like a miser, sir, in a poor
house; as your pearl in your foul oyster.

Duke S.
By my faith, he is very swift and

According to the fool's bolt, sir,
and such dulcet diseases.

But, for the seventh cause; how did (70)
you find the quarrel on the seventh cause?

Upon a lie seven times removed:
--bear your body more seeming, Audrey:--as
thus, sir. I did dislike the cut of a certain
courtier's beard: he sent me word, if I said his
beard was not cut well, he was in the mind it
was: this is called the Retort Courteous. If I
sent him word again 'it was not well cut,' he
would send me word, he cut it to please himself:
this is called the Quip Modest. If again
'it was not well cut,' he disabled my judgement:
this is called the Reply Churlish. If again 'it
was not well cut,' he would answer, I spake
not true: this is called the Reproof Valiant.
If again 'it was not well cut,' he would say, I
lied: this is called the Counter-check Quarrel-
some: and so to the Lie Circumstantial and
the Lie Direct.

And how oft did you say his beard
was not well cut?

I durst go no further than the Lie
Circumstantial, nor he durst not give me the
Lie Direct; and so we measured swords and parted.

Can you nominate in order now the
degrees of the lie?

O sir, we quarrel in print, by the
book; as you have books for good manners:
I will name you the degrees. The first, the Retort
Courteous; the second, the Quip Modest;
the third, the Reply Churlish; the fourth, the
Reproof Valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck
Quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with Circumstance;
the seventh, the Lie Direct. All these
you may avoid but the Lie Direct; and you
may avoid that too, with an If. I knew when
seven justices could not take up a quarrel, but
when the parties were met themselves, one of
them thought but of an If, as, 'If you said so,
then I said so;' and they shook hands and
swore brothers. Your If is the only peace-
maker; much virtue in If.

Is not this a rare fellow, my lord? he's (110)
as good at any thing and yet a fool.

Duke S.
He uses his folly like a stalking-
horse and under the presentation of that he
shoots his wit. Enter HYMEN, ROSALIND, and CELIA. Still Music.

Then is there mirth in heaven,

When earthly things made even

Atone together.

Good duke, receive thy daughter:

Hymen from heaven brought her,

Yea, brought her hither,

That thou mightst join her hand with his (121)

Whose heart within his bosom is.

[To duke]
To you I give myself, for I am yours.

[To Orl.]
To you I give myself, for I am yours.

Duke S.
If there be truth in sight, you are my daughter.

If there be truth in sight, you are my Rosalind.

If sight and shape be true,

Why then, my love adieu!

I'll have no father, if you be not he:

I'll have no husband, if you be not he: (130)

Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not she.

Peace, ho! I bar confusion:

'Tis I must make conclusion

Of these most strange events:

Here's eight that must take hands

To join in Hymen's bands,

If truth holds true contents.

You and you no cross shall part:

You and you are heart in heart:

You to his love must accord, (140)

Or have a woman to your lord:

You and you are sure together,

As the winter to foul weather.

Whiles a wedlock-hymn we sing,

Feed yourselves with questioning;

That reason wonder may diminish,

How thus we met, and these things finish.

Wedding is great Juno's crown:

O blessed bond of board and bed!

'Tis Hymen peoples every town;

High wedlock then be honored:

Honor, high honor and renown,

To Hymen, god of every town!

Duke S.
O my dear niece, welcome thou art to me!

Even daughter, welcome, in no less degree.

I will not eat my word, now thou art mine;

Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combine. Enter JAQUES DE BOYS.

Jaq. de B.
>Let me have audience for a word or two:

I am the second son of old Sir Rowland,

That bring these tidings to this fair assembly.

Duke Frederick, hearing how that every day

Men of great worth resorted to this forest,

Address'd a mighty power; which were on foot,

In his own conduct, purposely to take

His brother here and put him to the sword:

And to the skirts of this wild wood he came;

Where meeting with an old religious man,

After some question with him, was converted

Both from his enterprise and from the world,

His crown bequeathing to his banish'd brother, (170)

And all their lands restored to them again

That were with him exiled. This to be true,

I do engage my life.

Duke S.
Welcome, young man;

Thou offer'st fairly to thy brothers' wedding:

To one his lands withheld, and to the other

A land itself at large, a potent dukedom.

First, in this forest let us do those ends

That here were well begun and well begot:

And after, every of this happy number

That have endured shrewd days and nights with us

Shall share the good of our returned fortune, (181)

According to the measure of their states.

Meantime, forget this new-fall'n dignity

And fall into our rustic revelry.

Play, music! And you, brides and bridegrooms all,

With measure heap'd in joy, to the measures fall.

Sir, by your patience. If I heard you rightly,

The duke hath put on a religious life

And thrown into neglect the pompous court? (189)

Jaq. de B.
He hath.

To him will I: out of these convertites

There is much matter to be heard and learn'd.

[To duke]
You to your former honor I bequeath;

Your patience and your virtue well deserves it:

[To Orl.]
You to a love that your true faith doth merit:

[To Oil.]
You to your land and love and great allies:

[To Sil.]
You to a long and well-deserved bed:

[To Touch.]
And you to wrangling; for thy loving voyage

Is but for two months victuall'd. So, to your pleasures:

I am for other than for dancing measures. (200)

Duke S.
Stay, Jaques, stay.

To see no pastime I: what you would have

I'll stay to know at your abandon'd cave. [Exit.

Duke S.
Proceed, proceed: we will begin these rites,

A s we do trust they'll end, in true delights. [A dance.


It is not the fashion to see the lady
the epilogue; but it is no more unhandsome
than to see the lord the prologue. If it be true
that good wine needs no bush, 'tis true that a
good play needs no epilogue; yet to good
wine they do use good bushes, and good plays
prove the better by the help of good epilogues.
What a case am I in then, that am neither a
good epilogue nor cannot insinuate with you in
the behalf of a good play! I am not furnished
like a beggar, therefore to beg will not become
me: my way is to conjure you; and I'll begin
with the women. I charge you, O women, for
the love you bear to men, to like as much of
this play as please you: and I charge you,
O men, for the love you bear to women--as
I perceive by your simpering, none of you
hates them--that between you and the women
the play may please. If I were a woman I
would kiss as many of you as had beards that
pleased me, complexions that liked me and
breaths that I defied not: and, I am sure, as
many as have good beards or good faces or
sweet breaths will, for my kind offer, when I
make curtsy, bid me farewell. [Exeunt.

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