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Oli. What, boy!
Cha. They say he is already in the forest of Orl. Come, come, elder brother, you are too Arden, and a many merry men with him; and young in this.
there they live like the old Robin Hood of EngOli. Wilt thou lay hands on me,
villain ? land: they say, many young gentlemen flock to Orl. I am no villain 2: I am the youngest son him every day; and fleet the time carelessly, as they of sir Rowland de Bois; he was my father, and he did in the golden world. is thrice a villain, that says, such a father begot Oli. What, you wrestle to-morrow before the new villains : Wert thou not my brother, I would not duke? take this hand from thy throat, till this other had Cha. Marry, do I, sir ; and I came to acquaint pulled out thy tongue for saying so; thou hast you with a matter. I am given, sir, secretly to unrailed on thyself.
derstanıl, that your younger brother, Orlando, hath Adam. Sweet masters, be patient; for your a disposition to come in disguis'd against me to try father's remembrance, be at accord.
a fall : To-morrow, sir, I wrestle for my credit ; Oli. Let me go, I say.
and he that escapes me without some broken limb, Orl. I will not, till I please : you shall hear me. shall acquit him well. Your brother is but young, My father charged you in his will to give me good and tender; and, for your love, I would be loath to education: you have trained me like a peasant, foil him, as I must, for my own honour, if he come obscuring and hiding from me all gentleman-like in: therefore, out of my love to you, I came hither qualities : the spirit of my father grows strong in to acquaint you withal ; that either you might stay me, and I will no longer endure it; therefore him from his intendment, or brook such disgrace allow me such exercises as may become a gentle- well as he shall run into , in that it is a thing of his man, or give me the poor allottery my father left own search, and altogether against my will. me by testament; with that I will go buy my for- Oli. Charles, I thank thee for thy love to me,
which thou shalt find I will most kindly requite. I Oli. And what wilt thou do? beg, when that is had myself notice of my brother's purpose herein, spent ? Well, sir, get you in : I will not long be and have by underhand means laboured to dissuade troubled with you: you shall have some part of him from it; but he is resolute. I'll tell thee, your will: I pray you, leave me.
Charles, it is the stubbornest young fellow of Orl. I will no further offend you than becomes France; full of ambition, an envious emulator of me for my good.
every man's good parts, a secret and villainous Oli. Get you with him, you old dog.
contriver against me his natural brother; therefore Adam. Is old dog my reward ? most true, I have use thy discretion; I had as lief thou didst break lost my teeth in your service. — God be with my his neck as his finger: And thou wert best look old master ! he would not have spoke such a word. to't; for if thou dost him any slight disgrace, or it
(Ereunt Orlando and Adam. he do not mightily grace himself on thee, he will Oli. Is it even so ? begin you to grow upon me? practise against thee by poison, entrap thee by some I will physick your rankness, and yet give no thou- treacherous device, and never leave thee till he hath sand crowns neither. Hola, Dennis !
ta'en thy life by some indirect means or other; for,
I assure thee, and almost with tears I speak it, there Enter Dennis.
is not one so young and so villainous this day living, Den. Calls your worship? Oli. Was not Charles, the duke's wrestler, here, him to thee as he is, I must blush and weep, and
I speak but brotherly of him; but should I anatomize to speak with me?
thou must look pale and wonder. Den. So please you, he is here at the door, and
Cha. I am heartily glad, I came hither to you: importunes access to you.
If he come to-morrow, I'll give him his payment : Oli. Call him in. (Erit Densis.) – 'Twill be a
If ever he go alone again, I'll never wrestle for good way; and to-morrow the wrestling is.
prize more: And so, heaven keep your worship ! Enter CHARLES.
Oli. Farewell, good Charles. — Now will I stir Cha. Good morrow to your worship.
this gamester 3: I hope I shall see an end of him ; Oli. Good monsieur Charles ! . - what's the new for my soul, yet I know not why, hates nothing news at the new court?
more than he. Yet he's gentle ; never schoold, Cha. There's no news at the court, sir, but the and yet learned ; full of noble device ; of all sorts * old news : that is, the old duke is banished by his enchantingly beloved; and, indeed, so much in the younger brother the new duke; and three or four heart of the world, and especially of my own people, loving lords have put themselves into voluntary who best know him, that I am altogether misprised: exile with him, whose lands and revenues enrich but it shall not be so long; this wrestler shall clear the new duke; therefore he gives them good leave all: nothing remains, but that I kindle the boy to wander.
thither, which now I'll go about.
(Erit. Oli. Can you tell, if Rosalind, the duke's daughter, be banished with her father?
SCENE II. A Lawn before the Duke's Palace. Cha. 0, no; for the duke's daughter, her cousin, so loves her, - being ever from their cradles bred
Enter Rosalind and CELIA. together, -- that she would have followed her exile, Cel. I pray thee, Rosalind, sweet iny coz, be merry. or have died to stay behind her. She is at the Ros. Dear Celia, I show more mirth than I am court, and no less beloved of her uncle than his inistress of: and would you yet were merrier? own daughter; and never two ladies loved as they do. Unless you could teach me to forget a banished Oili. Where will the old duke live?
father, you must not learn me how to remember Cel. Herein, I see, thou lovest me not with the honour, for he never had any; or if he had, he had full weight that I love thee: if my uncle, thy ba- sworn it away, before ever he saw those pancakes nished father, had banished thy uncle, the duke my or that mustard. father, so thou hadst been still with me, I could Cel. Pr'ythee, who is't that thou mean'st ? have taught my love to take thy father for mine; Touch. One that old Frederick, your father loves. so wouldst thou, if the truth of thy love to me were Cel. My father's love is enough to honour him. so righteously temper'd as mine is to thee.
any extraordinary pleasure. 2 Villain is used in a double sense; by Oliver for a worth less follow, and by Orlando for a man of base extraction
3 Frolichsome follow
4 Orall ranks
Enough! speak no more of him; you'll be whipp'd Ros. Well, I will forget the condition of my for taxation", one of these days. estate, to rejoice in yours.
Touch. The more pity, that fools may not speak Cel. You know, my father hath no child but I, wisely, what wise men do foolishly. nor none is like to have; and, truly, when he dies, Cel. By my troth, thou say'st true : for since the thou shalt be his heir: for what he hath taken away little wit, that fools have, was silenced, the little from thy father perforce, I will render thee again foolery, that wise men have, makes a great show. in affection ; by mine honour, I will; and when I Here comes monsieur Le Beau. break that oath, let me turn monster: therefore, my sweet Rose, my dear Rose, be merry.
Enter LE BEAU. Ros. From henceforth I will, coz, and devise Ros. With his mouth full of news. sports; let me see; What think you of falling in love?
Cel. Which he will put on us, as pigeons feed Cel. Marry, I pr’ythee, do, to make sport withal : their
young. but love no man in good earnest; nor no further in Ros. Then shall we be news-cramm’d. sport neither, than with safety of a pure blush thou Cel. All the better ; we shall be the more marmay'st in honour come off again.
ketable. Bon jour, monsieur Le Beau : What's the Ros. What shall be our sport then ?
news? Cel. Let us sit and mock the good housewife, Le Beau. Fair princess, you have lost much good Fortune, from her wheel, that her gifts may hence- sport. forth be bestowed equally.
Cel. Sport ? Of what colour ? Ros. I would, we could do so; for her benefits Le Bcau. What colour, madam ? How shall I are mightily misplaced : and the bountiful blind answer you? woman doth most mistake in her gifts to women. Ros. As wit and fortune will. Cel. 'Tis true : for those, that she makes fair, she
Touch. Or as the destinies decree. scarce makes honest; and those, that she makes Cel. Well said ; that was laid on with a trowel. honest, she makes very ill-favour'dly.
Le Beau. You amaze me, ladies ; I would have Rus. Nay, now thou goest from fortune's office told you of good wrestling, which you have lost the to nature's : fortune reigns in gifts of the world, not sight of. in the lineaments of nature.
Ros. Yet tell us the manner of the wrestling.
Le Beau. I will tell you the beginning, and, if it Enter TouchstonE.
please your ladyships, you may see the end; for the Cel. No? When nature hath made a fair creature, best is yet to do; and here, where you are, they are may she not by fortune fall into the fire ? — Though coming to perforin it. nature hath given us wit to flout at fortune, hath not Cel. Well, — the beginning, that is dead and fortune sent in this fool to cut off the argument ? buried.
Ros. Indeed, there is fortune too hard for nature; Le Beau. There comes an old man, and his three when fortune makes nature's natural the cutter off sons, of nature's wit.
Cel. I could match this beginning with an old tale. Cel. Peradventure, this is not fortune's work
Le Beau. Three proper young men, of excellent neither, but nature's: who perceiving our natural growth and presence; wits too dull to reason of such goddesses, hath sent Ros. With biils on their necks, — Be it known this natural for our whetstone : for always the dul- unto all men by these presents, ness of the fool is the whetstone of his wits. - How Le Beau. The eldest of the three wrestled with now, wit? whither wander you?
Charles, the duke's wrestler; which Charles in a Touch. Mistress, you must come away to your moment threw him, and broke three of his ribs, that father.
there is little hope of life in him : so he served the Cel. Were you made the messenger ?
second, and so the third : Yonder they lie; Touch. No, by mine honour ; but I was bid to old man, their father, making such pitiful dole over come for you.
them, that all the beholders take his part with Ros. Where learned you that oath, fool ? weeping.
Touch. Of a certain knight, that swore by his Ros. Alas! honour they were good pancakes, and swore by his Touch. But what is the sport, monsieur, that the honour the mustard was naught: now, I'll stand to ladies have lost? it, the pancakes were naught, and the mustard was
Le Beau. Why, this that I speak of. good ; and yet was not the knight forsworn.
Touch. Thus men may grow wiser every day! it Cel
. How prove you that, in the great heap of is the first time that I ever heard, breaking of ribs your knowledge ?
was sport for ladies. Ros. Ay, marry; now unmuzzle your wisdom. Cel. Or I, I promise thee.
Touch. Stand you both forth now : stroke your Ros. But is there any else longs to see this broken chins, and swear by your beards that I am a knave. musick in his sides? is there yet another dotes upon Cel. By our beards, if we had them, thou art.
rib-breaking?- Shall we see this wrestling, cousin ? Touch. By my knavery, if I had it, then I were : Le Beau. You must, if you stay here : for here is but if you swear by that that is not, you are not forsworn : no more was this knight, swearing by his
call for you.
the place appointed for the wrestling, and they are Ros. O excellent young man ! ready to perform it.
Cel. If I had a thunderbolt in mine eye, I can tell Cel. Yonder, sure, they are coming : Let us now who should down. (CHARLES is thrown. Shout. stay and see it.
Duke F. No inore, no more.
Orl. Yes, I beseech your grace; I am not yet Flourish. Enter Duke FreDERICK, Lords, Or- well breathed. LANDO, CHARLES, and Allendants.
Duke F. How dost thou, Charles ? Duke F. Come on; since the youth will not be Le Beau. He cannot speak, my lord. entreated, his own peril on his forwardness.
Duke F. Bear him away. (Charles is borne oul. Ros. Is yonder the man ?
What is thy name, young man? Le Beau. Even he, madam.
Orl. Orlando, my liege ; the youngest son of sir Cel. Alas, he is too young: yet he looks suc- Rowland de Bois. cessfully.
Duke F. I would thou hadst been son to some Duke F. How now, daughter, and cousin ? are
man else. you crept hither to see the wrestling.
The world esteem'd thy father honourable, Ros. Ay, my liege! so please you give us leave. But I did find him still mine enemy:
Duke F. You will take little delight in it, I can Thou shouldst have better pleas'd me with this deed, tell you, there is such odds in the men : In pity of Hadst thou descended from another house. the challenger's youth, I would fain dissuade him, But fare thee well; thou art a gallant youth; put he will not be entreated : Speak to him, ladies; I would thou hadst told me of another father. see if you can move him.
[Ereunt Duke Fred. Train, and Le Beau. Cel. Call him hither, good monsieur Le Beau. Cel. Were I my father, coz, would I do this? Duke F. Do so: I'll not be by. (DUKE goes apart. Orl. I am more proud to be sir Rowland's son, Le Beau. Monsieur the challenger, the princesses His youngest son ; — and would not change that
calling, Orl. I attend them, with all respect and duty. To be adopted heir to Frederick.
Ros. Young man, have you challenged Charles Ros. My father lov'd sir Rowland as his soul, the wrestler ?
And all the world was of my father's mind : Orl. No, fair princess; he is the general cha). Had I before known this young man his son, lenger : I come but in, as others do, to try with him I should have given him tears unto entreaties, the strength of my youth.
Ere he should thus have ventur'd. Cel. Young gentleman, your spirits are too bold Cel.
Gentle cousin, for your years : You have seen cruel proof of this Let us go thank him, and encourage him : man's strength; if you saw yourself with your eyes, My father's rough and envious disposition or knew yourself with your judgment, the fear of Sticks me at heart. Sir, you have well deserv'd : your adventure would counsel you to a more equal If you do keep your promises in love, enterprise. We pray you, for your own sake, to But justly, as you have exceeded promise, embrace your own safety, and give over this attempt. Your mistress shall be happy. Ros. Do, young sir ; your reputation shall not Ros.
Gentleman, therefore be misprised: we will make it our suit to
[Giving him a chain from her neck. the duke, that the wrestling might not go forward. Wear this for me; one out of suits with fortune;
Orl. I beseech you, punish me not with your | That could give more, but that her hand lacks hard thoughts ; wherein I confess me much guilty, to deny so fair and excellent ladies any thing. But Shall we go, coz? let your fair eyes, and gentle wishes, go with me to Cel. Ay:
Fare you well, fair gentleman. my trial: wherein if I be foiled, there is but one Orl. Can I not say, I thank you ? My better parts shamed that was never gracious; if killed, but one Ari all thrown down; and that which here stands up, dead that is willing to be so : I shall do my friends Is but a quintain, a mere lifeless block. no wrong, for I have none to lament me; the world Ros. He calls us back: My pride fell with my no injury, for in it I have nothing; only in the
fortunes : world I fill up a place, which may be better sup- I'll ask him what he would: - Did you call, sir? plied when I have made it empty.
Sir you have wrestled well, and overthrown Ros. The little strength that I have, I would it More than your enemies. were with you.
Will you go, coz ? Cel. And mine, to eke out hers.
Ros. Have with you : – Fare you well. Ros. Fare you well. Pray heaven, I be deceived
[Exeunt Rosalind and Celia. in you!
Orl. What passion hangs these weights upon my Cel. Your heart's desires be with you.
tongue ? Cha. Come, where is this young gallant, that is I cannot speak to her, yet she urg'd conference. so desirous to lie with his mother earth? Orl. Ready, sir.
Re-enter Le Beau. Drike F. You shall try but one fall.
O, poor Orlando! thou art overthrown; Cha. No, I warrant your grace; you shall not Or Charles, or something weaker, masters thee. entreat him to a second, that have so mightily per- Le Benu. Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you suaded him from a first.
To leave this place: Albeit you have deserv'd Orl. You mean to mock me after ; you should High commendation, true applause, and love; not have mocked me before : but come your ways.
Yet such is now the duke's condition,
6 The object to dart at in martial exercises, fellow by the leg. (CHARLES and ORLANDO wrestle. 7 Temper, disposition.
The duke is humorous; what he is, indeed,
Enter Duke FREDERICK, with Lords. More suits you to conceive, than me to speak of. Duke F. Mistress, despatch you with your safest Orl. I thank you, sir: and pray you, tell me
And get you from our court. Which of the two was daughter of the duke,
Me, uncle? That here was at the wrestling?
You, cousin; Le Beau. Neither his daughter, if we judge by Within these ten days if that thou be’st found manners;
So near our public court as twenty miles,
I do beseech your grace, And here detain'd by her usurping uncle,
Let me the knowledge of my fault bear with me : To keep his daughter company; whose loves If with myself I hold intelligence, Are dearer than the natural bond of sisters. Or have acquaintance with mine own desires ; But I can tell you, that of late this duke
If that I do not dream, cr be not frantick,
Never, so much as in a thought unborn,
Thus do all traitors; And, on my life, his malice 'gainst the lady If their purgation did consist in words, Will suddenly break forth. Sir, fare you well; They are as innocent as grace itself; Hereafter, in a better world than this,
Let it suffice thee, that I trust thee not. I shall desire more love and knowledge of you. Ros. Yet your mistrust cannot make me a traitor : Orl. I rest much bounden to you : fare you well! Tell me whereon the likelihood depends.
[Erit Le Beau.
Duke F. Thou art thy father's daughter, there's Thus must I from the smoke into the smother;
enough, From tyrant duke, unto a tyrant brother :
Ros. So was I, when your highness took his But heavenly Rosalind !
So was I when your highness banish'd him:
Treason is not inherited my lord ;
Or, if we did derive it from our friends,
What's that to me? my father was no traitor : Cel. Why, cousin ; why, Rosalind; -Cupid have Then, good my liege, mistake me not so much, mercy! - Not a word ?
To think my poverty is treacherous. Ros. Not one to throw at a dog.
Cel. Dear sovereign, hear me speak. Cel. No, thy words are too precious to be cast Duke F. Ay, Celia ; we stay'd her for your sake, away upon curs, throw some of them at me; come, Else had she with her fath :r rang'd along. lame me with reasons.
Cel. I did not then entreat to have her stay, Ros. Then there were two cousins laid up; when It was your pleasure, and your own remorse 8 : the one should be lamed with reasons, and the other I was too young that time to value her, mad without any.
But now I know her: if she be a traitor, Cel. But is all this for your father?
Why so am I; we still have slept together, Ros. No, some of it for my father's child: 0, Rose at an instant, learn’d, play'd, eat together ; how full of briars is this working-day world ! And wheresoe'er we went, like Juno's swans,
Cel. They are but burs, cousin, thrown upon thee Still we went coupled, and inseparable. in holiday foolery ; if we walk not in the trodden Duke F. She is too subtle for thee; and her paths, our very petticoats will catch them.
smoothness, Rus. I could shake them off my coat; these burs Her very silence, and her patience, my heart.
Speak to the people, and they pity her. Cel. Hem them away.
Thou art a fool. she robs thee of thy name; Ros. I would try; if I could cry hem, and have And thou wilt show more bright, and seem more him.
virtuous, Cel. Come, come, wrestle with thy affections. When she is gone : then open not thy lips;
Ros. O, they take the part of a better wrestler Firm and irrevocable is my doom than myself.
Which I have pass'd upon her; she is banish’d. Cel. O, a good wish upon you !- But, turning Cel. Pronounce that sentence then on me, my these jests out of service, let us talk in good earnest :
liege; Is it possible, on such a sudden, you should fall into I cannot live out of her company. so strong a liking with old sir Rowland's youngest Duke F. You are a fool : - You, niece, provide
yourself; Ros. The duke my father lov'd his father dearly. If you out-stay the time, upon mine hon vur,
Cel. Doth it therefore ensue, that you should love And in the greatness of my word, you die. his son dearly? By this kind of chase, I should hate
[Ereunt DUKE FREDERICK and Lords. him, for my father hated his father dearly; yet Cel. O my poor Rosalind! whither wilt thou go? I hate not Orlando.
Wilt thou change fathers? I will give thee mine. Ros. No; hate him not, for my sake.
I charge thee, be not thou more griev'd than I am. Cel. Why should I not ? doth he not deserve Ros. I have more cause. well?
Thou hast not, cousin ; Ros. Let me love him for that; and do you love Pr’ythee, be cheerful: know'st thou not, the duke him, because I do: – Look, here comes the duke. Hath banish'd me his daughter? Cel. With his eyes full of anger.
That he hath not. A gallant curtle-ax? upon my thigh, Cel. No? hath not ? Rosalind lacks then the love A boar spear in my hand; and (in my heart Which teacheth thee that thou and I am one: Lie there what hidden woman's fear there will,) Shall we be sunder'd ? shall we part, sweet girl ? We'll have a swashing and a martial outside ; No; let my father seek another heir.
As many other mannish cowards have, Therefore devise with me, how we may fly,
That do outface it with their semblances. Whither to go, and what to bear with us :
Cel. What shall I call thee, when thou art a man? And do not seek to take your change upon you,
Ros. I'll have no worse a name than Jove's own To bear your griefs yourself, and leave me out;
Cel. Something that hath a reference to my state ;
Ros. But, cousin, what if we assay'd to steal Maids as we are, to travel forth so far?
The clownish fool out of your father's court ? Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold. Would he not be a comfort to our travel ?
Cel. I'll put myself in poor and mean attire, Cel. He'll go along o'er the wide world with me; And with a kind of umber 9 smirch my face; Leave me alone to woo him: Let's away, The like do you ; so shall we pass along,
And get our jewels and our wealth together; And never stir assailants.
Devise the fittest time, and safest way Ros.
Were it not better, To hide us from pursuit that will be made Because that I am more than common tall,
After my flight: Now go we in content. That I did suit me all points like a man?
To liberty, and not to banishment. [Exeunt.
SCENE I. - The Forest of Arden. Did come to languish ; and, indeed, my lord,
The wretched animal heav'd forth such groans, Enter DUKE Senior, AMIENS, and other Lords, in
That their discharge did stretch his leathern coat the dress of Foresters.
Almost to bursting; and the big round tears Duke S. Now, my co-mates, and brothers in exile, Cours'd one another down his innocent nose Hath not old custom made this life more sweet In piteous chase : and thus the hairy fool, Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods Much marked of the melancholy Jaques, More free from peril than the envious court ? Stood on the extremest verge of the swift brook, Here feel we but the penalty of Adam,
Augmenting it with tears. The seasons' difference; as, the icy fang,
But what said Jaques ? And churlish chiding of the winter's wind; Did he not moralize this spectacle ? Which when it bites and blows upon my body, i Lord. O, yes, into a thousand similes. Even till I shrink with cold, I smile, and say, First, for his weeping in the needless stream ; This is no flattery : these are counsellors
Poor deer, quoth he, thou mak'st a testament That feelingly persuade me what I am.
As worldlings do, giving thy sum of more Sweet are the uses of adversity;
To that which had too much: Then, being alone, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Left and abandon'd of his velvet friends; Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
'Tis right, quoth he; thus misery doth part And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
The flux of company: Anon, a careless herd, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Full of the pasture, jumps along by him, Sermons in stones, and good in every thing. And never stays to greet him; Ay, quoth Jaques,
Ami. I would not change it: Happy is your grace, Sweep on, you fat and greasy citizens ; That can translate the stubbornness of fortune
'Tis just the fashion : Wherefore do
look Into so quiet and so sweet a style.
poor and broken bankrupt there? Duke S. Come, shall we go and kill us venison ? Thus most invectively he pierceth through And yet it irks me, the poor dapplcd fools, — The body of the country, city, court, Being native burghers of this desert city,
Yea, and of this our life : swearing, that we Should in their own confines, with forked heads'
Are mere usurpers, tyrants, and what's worse Have their round haunches gor'd.
To fright the animals, and to kill them up, I Lord.
Indeed, my lord, In their assign'd and native dwelling-place. The melancholy Jaques grieves at that ;
Duke S. And did you leave him in this contemAnd, in that kind, swears you do more usurp
plation? Than doth your brother that hath banish'd you. 2 Lord. We did, my lord, weeping and commentTo-day, my lord of Amiens, and myself,
ing Did steal behind him, as he lay along
Upon the sobbing deer. Under an oak, whose antique root peeps out
Show me the place;
For tben he's full of matter.
2 Lord. I'll bring you to him straight. (Ereuni 9 A Jusky, yellow.coloured earth.
1 Barbed arrows.