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Enter Shepherd, with POLIXenes and CAMILLO, disguised; Clown, Mopsa, DORCAS, and others.
See, your guests approach: Address yourself to entertain them sprightly, And let's be red with mirth.
Shep. Fye, daughter! when my old wife liv'd, upon This day she was both pantler, butler, cook; Both dame and servant: welcom'd all; serv'd all: Would sing her song, and dance her turn: now here, At upper end o'the table, now, i’the middle; On his shoulder, and his: her face o'fire With labour; and the thing, she took to quench it, She would to each one sip: You are retir’d, As if you were a feasted one, and not The hostess of the meeting: Pray you, bid These unknown friends to us welcome: for it is A way to make us better friends, more known. Come, quench your blushes; and present yourself That which you are, mistress o'the feast: Come on, And bid us welcome to your sheep-shearing, As your good flock shall prosper. Per.
Welcome, sir! It is my father's will, I should take on me The hostessship o'the day :-You're welcome, sir!
[To Camillo. Give me those flowers there, Dorcas.-Reverend
sirs, For you there's rosemary, and rue; these keep Seeming, and savour, all the winter long :
Grace, and remembrance 5s, be to you both,
Sir, the year growing ancient,-
Wherefore, gentle maiden,
For I have heard it said,
Say, there be;
So it is. Pol. Then make your garden rich in gillyflowers, And do not call them bastards.
I'll not put
Per. The dibble in earth to set one slip of them: No more than, were I painted, I would wish This youth should say, 'twere well; and only there
Desire to breed by me.—Here's flowers for you;
Cam. I should leave grazing, were I of your flock,
Out, alas! You'd be so lean, that blasts of January Would blow you through and through. Now, my
fairest friend, I would, I had some flowers o'the spring, that might Become your time of day; and
time of day; and yours, and yours;