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To part so slightly with your wife's first gift; Por. Let not that doctor e'er come near my A thing stuck on with oaths upon your finger,
house : And so riveted with faith unto your fesh. Since he hath got the jewel that I lov'd, I gave my love a ring, and made him swear And that which you did swear to keep for me, Never to part with it ; and here he stands,- I will become as liberal as you ; I dare be sworn for him, he would not leave it, I'll not deny him anything I have, Nor pluck it from his finger, for the wealth No, not my body, nor my husband's bed : That the world masters. Now, in faith, Know him I shall, I am well sure of it: Gratiano,
Lie not a night from home - watch me like You give your wife too unkind a cause of grief: If you do not, if I be left alone, [Argus : An 'twere to me, I should be mad at it. Now by mine honour, which is yet mine own, Bass. Aside.) Why, I were best cut my I'll have that doctor for my bedfellow. (vis'd left hand off,
Ner. And I his clerk ; therefore be well adAnd swear I lost the ring defending it. How you do leave me to mine own protection.
Gra. My lord Bassanio gave his ring away Gra. Well, do you so : let me not take him, Unto the judge that begg'd it, and indeed Deserv'd it too; and then the boy, his clerk, For if I do, I'll mar the young clerk's pen. That took some pains in writing, he begg'd Ant. I am th' unhappy subject of these mine :
(notwithstanding. And neither man nor master would take aught| Por. Sir, grieve not you ; you are welcome But the two rings.
Bass. Portia, forgive me this enforced wrong; Por. What ring gave you, my lord ? And, in the hearing of these many friends, Not that, I hope, that you receiv'd of me. I swear to thee, even by thine own fair eyes,
Bass. If I could add a lie unto a fault, Wherein I see myself, I would deny it; but you see, my finger Por.
Mark you but that! Hath not the ring upon it, -it is gone. In both my eyes he doubly sees himself ;
Por. Even so void is your false heart of truth. In each eye, one :-swear by your double self, By heaven, I will ne'er come in your bed
And there's an oath of credit. Louil I see the ring,
Nay, but hear me: Nor.
Nor I in yours, Pardon this fault, and by my soul I swear, Till I again see mine.
I never more will break an oath with thee. Bass. Sweet Portia,
Ant. I once did lend my body for his wealth; If you did know to whom I gave the ring, Which, but for him that had your husband's If you did know for whom I gave the ring,
ring, And would conceive for what I gave the ring, Had quite miscarried : I dare be bound again, And bow unwillingly I left the ring,
My soul upon the forfeit, that your lord When nought would be accepted but the ring, Will never more break faith advisedly. You would abate the strength of your displea- Por. Then you shall be his surety. Give
him this; Por. If you had known the virtue of the ring, And bid him keep it better than the other. Or half her worthiness that gave the ring, Ant. Here, lord Bassanio; swear to keep Or your own honour to contain the ring,
(doctor! You would not then have parted with the ring. Bass. By heaven! it is the same I gave the What man is there so much unreasonable, Por. I had it of him : pardon me, Bassanio; If you had pleas'd to have defended it For, by this ring, the doctor lay with me. With any terms of zeal, wanted the modesty Ner. And pardon me, my gentle Gratiano; To urge the thing held as a ceremony? For that same scrubbėd boy, the doctor's clerk, Nerissa teaches me what to believe :
In lieu of this, last night did lie with me.
Bass. No, by mine honour, madam, by my highways
Than you expect : unseal this letter soon ; The ring of me to give the worthy doctor. There you shall find, three of your argosies
Are richly come to harbour suddenly : There do I give to you
and Jessica, You shall not know by what strange accident From the rich Jew, a special deed of gift, I chanced on this letter.
After his death, of all he dies possess'd of. Ant.
I am dumb.
Lor. Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way Bass. Were you the doctor, and I knew you Of starved people. not? (cuckold? Por.
It is almost morning, Gra. Were you the clerk that is to make me And yet I am sure you are not satisfied Ner. Ay, but the clerk that never means to Of these events at full. Let us go in; Unless he live until he be a man. [do it, And charge us there upon inter'gatories, Bass. Sweet doctor, you shall be my bed- And we will answer all things faithfully. fellow :
Gra. Let it be so: the first inter'gatory When I am absent, then, lie with my wife. That my Nerissa shall be sworn on, is, Ant. Sweet lady, you have given me life Whether till the next night she had rather stay, and living;
Or go to bed now, being two hours to day : For here I read for certain that my ships But were the day come, I should wish it dark, Are safely come to road.
That I were couching with the doctor's clerk. Por.
How now, Lorenzo ! Well, while I live, l'il fear no other thing My clerk hath some good comforts, too, for you. So sore, as keeping safe Nerissa's ring. Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a
AS YOU LIKE IT.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. Duke, Senior, living in exile.
Touchstone, a Clown. Frederick, his Brother, usurper of his do- Sir Oliver Mar-text, a Vicar.
minions. Amiens, 1 Lords attending upon the banished Silvinis, } Shepherds. Jaques, Duke.
William, a Country Fellow, in love with Le Beau, a Courtier, attending upon Frederick. Audrey. Charles, a Wrestler.
A person representing Hymen.
Rosalind, daughter to the banished Duke.
Phebe, a Shepherdess.
Audrey, a Country Wench.
Lords, Pages, Foresters, and Attendants, SCENE,—First, near Oliver's House; afterwards, partly in the Usurper's Court, and partly
in the Forest of Arden.
his animals on his dunghills are as much
bound to him as I. Besides this nothing that SCENE I.-An Orchard near Oliver's House. he so plentifully gives me, the something that Enter Orlando and Adam.
nature gave me, his countenance seenis to take Orl. As I remember, Adam, it was upon from me: he lets me feed with bis hinds, bars this fashion, -- bequeathed me by will but me the place of a brother, and, as much as in poor a thousand crowns, and, as thou say'st, him lies, mines my gentility with my educacharged my brother, on his blessing, to breed tion. This is it, Adam, that grieves me ; and me well: and there begins my sadness. My the spirit of my father, which I think is within brother Jaques he keeps at school, and report me, begins to mutiny against this servitude : speaks goldenly of his profit : for my part, he I will no longer endure it, though yet I know keeps me rustically at home, or, to speak no wise remedy how to avoid it. [brother. more properly, stays me here at home unkept ; Adam. Yonder comes my master, your for call you that keeping for a gentleman of Orl. Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear my birth, that differs not from the stalling of how he will shake me up. an ox? His horses are bred better; for, be
Enter Oliver. sides that they are fair with their feeding, they Oli. Now, sir! what make you here? are taught their manage, and to that end Orl. Nothing: I am not taught to make riders dearly hired : but I, his brother, gain Oli. What mar you then, sir ? (anything, nothing under him but growth; for the which! Orl. Marry, sir, I am helping you to mar
that which God made, a poor unworthy a good way; and to-morrow the wrestling is. brother of yours, with idleness.
Enter Charles. Oli. Marry, sir, be better employed, and Cha. Good-morrow to your worship. be nought awhile.
Oli. Good monsieur Charles, what's the Orl. Shall I keep your hogs, and eat husks new news at the new court? with them? What prodigal portion have I Cha. There's no news at the court, sir, but spent, that I should come to such penury? the old news: that is, the old duke is banished
Oli. Know you were you are, sir? by his younger brother the new duke ; and Orl. O, sir, very well : here in your orchard. three or four loving lords have put themselves Oli. Know you before whom, sir? into voluntary exile with him, whose lands and Orl. Ay, better than he I am before knows revenues enrich the new duke; therefore he
I know you are my eldest brother; and, gives them good leave to wander. in the gentle condition of blood, you should Oli. Can you tell if Rosalind, the duke's so know me. The courtesy of nations allows daughter, be banished with her father? you my better, in that you are the first-born ; Cha. O, no; for the duke's daughter, her but the same tradition takes not away my cousin, so loves her,-being ever from their blood, were there twenty brothers betwixt us : cradles bred together,--that she would have I have as much of my father in me, as you ; followed her exile, or have died to stay behind albeit, I confess, your coming before me is her. She is at the court, and no less beloved nearer to his reverence.
of her uncle than his own daughter; and never Oli. What, boy!
[young in this. two ladies loved as they do. Orl. Come, come, elder brother, you are too Oli. Where will the old duke live? Oli. Wilt thou lay hands on me, villain? Cha. They say, he is already in the forest
Orl. I am no villain : I am the youngest of Arden, and a many merry men with him ; son of Sir Rowland de Bois: he was my father; and there they live like the old Robin Hood and he is thrice a villain that says such a father of England : they say, many young gentlemen begot villains. Wert thou not my brother, I flock to him every day, and fleet the time would not take this hand from thy throat, till carelessly, as they did in the golden world. this other had pulled out thy tongue for saying Oli. What, you wrestle to-morrow before so: thou hast railed on thyself.
the new duke? Adam. Sweet masters, be patient : for your Cha. Marry, do I, sir ; and I came to acfather's remembrance, be at accord.
quaint you with a matter. I am given, sir, Oli. Let me go, I say.
secretly to understand that your younger Orl. I will not, till I please : you shall hear brother, Orlando, hath a disposition to come me. My father charged you in his will to give in disguised against me to try a fali. To-morme good education : you have trained me like row, sir, I wrestle for my credit ; and he that a peasant, obscuring and hiding from me all escapes me without some broken limb shali gentleman-like qualities. The spirit of my acquit him well. Your brother is but young father grows strong in me, and I will no and tender ; and, for your love, I would be longer endure it: therefore allow me such loth to soil him, as I must, for my own honour, exercises as may become a gentleman, or give if he come in: therefore, out of my love to me the poor allottery my father left me by you, I came hither to acquaint you withal ; testament; with that I will go buy my fortunes. that either you might stay him from his in
Oli. And what wilt thou do? beg, when tendment, or brook such disgrace well as he that is spent? Well, sir, get you in : I will shall run into ; in that it is a thing of his own not long be troubled with you ; you shall have search, and altogether against my will. some part of your will : I pray you, leave me. Oli. Charles, I thank thee for thy love to
Orl. I will no farther offend you than be- me, which, thou shalt find, I will most kindly comes me for my good.
requite. I had myself notice of my brother's Oli. Get you with bim, you old dog. purpose herein, and have by underhand means Adam. Is old dog my reward? Most true, | laboured to dissuade him from it; but he is I have lost my teeth in your service.-God be resolute. I'll tell thee, Charles ; it is the stubwith my old master ! he would not have spoke bornest young fellow of France ; full of ambisuch a word. [Exeunt Orlando and Adam. tion, an envious emulator of every man's good
Oli. Is it even so ? begin you to grow upon parts, a secret and villainous contriver against me? I will physic your rankness, and yet give me his natural brother : therefore use thy disDo thousand crowns neither.-Hola, Dennis! cretion : I had as lief thou didst break his neck Enter Dennis.
as his finger: and thou wert best look to't ; Den. Calls your worship?
for if thou dost him any slight disgrace, or if Oli. Was not Charles the duke's wrestler he do not mightily grace himself on thee, he here to speak with me?
will practise against thee by poison, entrap Der. So please you, he is here at the door, thee by some treacherous device, and never and importunes access to you.
leave thee till he hath ta'en thy life by some Oli. Call him in. (Exit Dennis.]—"Twill belindirect means or other ; for, I assure thee,
and almost with tears I speak it,--there is not Ros. I would we could do so ; for her beneone so young and so villainous this day living fits are mightily misplaced ; and the bountiful I speak but brotherly of him ; but should I blind woman doth most mistake in her gifts to anatomize him to thee as he is, I must blush women. and weep, and thou must look pale and won- Cel. 'Tis true; for those that she makes der.
fair, she scarce makes honest ; and those that Cha. I am heartily glad I came hither to she makes honest, she makes very ill-favouryou; if he come to-morrow, I'll give him his edly. paynient: if ever he go alone again, I'll never Ros. Nay, now thou goest from Fortune's wrestle for prize more : and so, God keep your office to Nature's : Fortune reigns in gifts of worship!
the world, not in the lineaments of Nature. Oli. Farewell, good Charles. [Exit Cel. No? when Nature hath made a fair Charles.] Now will I stir this gamester : I creature, may she not by Fortune fall into the hope I shall see an end of him ; for my soul, fire ?—[Enter Touchstone.] Though Nature yet I know not why, hates nothing more than hath given us wit to flout at Fortune, hath he: yet he's gentle; never schooled, and yet not Fortune sent in this fool to cut off the arlearned ; full of noble device ; of all sorts en-gument? chantingly beloved ; and, indeed, so much in Ros. Indeed, there is Fortune too hard for the heart of the world, and especially of my Nature, when Fortune makes Nature's natural own people, who best know him, that I am the cutter off of Nature's wit. altogether misprised : but it shall not be so Cel. Peradventure this is not Fortune's work long; this wrestler shall clear all : nothing re-neither, but Nature's; who, perceiving our mains but that I kindle the boy thither ; which natural wits too dull to reason of such godnow I'll go about.
[Exit. desses, hath sent this natural for our whetstone:
for always the dulness of the fool is the whetSCENE II.-A Lawn before the Duke's Palace.
stone of the wits.-How now, wit! whither Enter Rosalind and Celia.
wander you? Cel. I pray thee, Rosalind, sweet my coz, Touch. Mistress, you must come away to
your father. Ros. Dear Celia, I show more mirth than I Cel. Were you made the messenger ? am mistress of ; and would you yet I were Touch. No, by mine honour ; but I was bid merrier? Unless you could teach me to forget to come for you. a banished father, you must not learn me how Ros. Where learned you that oath, fool ? to remember any extraordinary pleasure. Touch. Of a certain knight, that swore by
Cel. Herein, I see, thou lovest me not with his honour they were good pancakes, and the full weight that I love thee. If my uncle, swore by his honour the mustard was naught : thy banished father, had banished thy uncle, now, I'll stand to it, the pancakes were the duke my father, so thou hadst been still naught, and the mustard was good ; and yet with me, I could have taught my love to take was not the knight forsworn. thy father for mine : so wouldst thou, if the Cel. How prove you that, in the great heap truth of thy love to me were so righteously of your knowledge ? tempered as mine is to thee.
Ros. Ay, marry, now unmuzzle your wisdom. Ros. Well, I will forget the condition of my Touch. Stand you both forth now : stroke estate, to rejoice in yours.
your chins, and swear by your beards that I Cel. You know my father hath no child but am a knave.
[art. I, nor none is like to have : and, truly, when Cel. By our beards, if we had them, thou he dies, thou shalt be his heir ; for what he Touch. By my knavery, if I had it, then I hath taken away from thy father perforce, I were ; but if you swear by that that is not, you will render thee again in affection ; by mine are not forsworn : no more was this knight, honour, I will; and when I break that oath, swearing by his honour, for he never had any ; let me turn monster: therefore, my sweet or if he had, he had sworn it away before ever Rose, my dear Rose, be merry.
he saw those pancakes or that mustard. Ros. From henceforth I will, coz, and devise Cel. Pr'ythee, who is't that thou meanest ? sports. Let me see ; what think you of falling Touch. One that old Frederick, your father, in love?
loves. Cel. Marry, I proythee, do, to make sport Cel. My father's love is enough to honour withal : but love no man in good earnest ; nor him enough : speak no more of him ; you'll no farther in sport neither, than with safety of be whipped for taxation one of these days. a pure blush thou mayst in honour come off Touch. The more pity, that fools may not again.
speak wisely, what wise men do foolishly. Ros. What shall be our sport, then ?
Cel. By my troth, thou sayest true; for Cel. Let us sit and mock the good house- since the little wit that fools have was silenced, wife Fortune from her wheel, that her gifts the little foolery that wise men have makes a may henceforth be bestowed equally. great show.-Here comes Monsieur Le Beau.
Enter Le Beau.
be entreated, his own peril on his forwardness. Ros. With his mouth full of news.
Ros. Is yonder the man? Cel. Which he will put on us, as pigeons Le Beau. Even he, madam. feed their young.
Cel. Alas, he is too young! yet he looks Ros. Then we shall be news-cramm'd. successfully
Cel. All the better; we shall be more Duke F. How now, daughter, and cousin ? marketable. Bon jour, Monsieur Le Beau : are you crept hither to see the wrestling? what's the news !
Ros. Ay, my liege, so please you give us Le Beau. Fair princess, you have lost much leave. good sport.
Duke F. You will take little delight in it, I Cel. Sport! Of what colour ?
can tell you, there is such odds in the men : in Le Beau. What colour, madam ? How shall pity of the challenger's youth, I would fain I answer you?
dissuade him, but he will not be entreated. Ros. As wit and fortune will.
Speak to him, ladies; see if you can move him. Touch. Or as the destinies decree.
Cel. Call him hither, good Monsieur le Beau. Cel. Well said : that was laid on with a Duke F. Do so : I'll not be by. trowel.
[Duke goes apart. Touch. Nay, if I keep not my rank,- Le Beau. Monsieur the challenger, the Ros. Thou losest thy old smell.
princesses call for you. Le Beau. You amaze me, ladies : I would Orl. I attend them with all respect and duty. have told you of good wrestling, which you Ros. Young man, have you challenged have lost the sight of.
Charles the wrestler ? Ros. Yet tell us the manner of the wrestling. Orl. No, fair princess; he is the general
Le Beau. I will tell you the beginning; and, if challenger : I come but in, as others do, to it please your ladyships, you may see the end ; try with him the strength of my youth. for the best is yet to do; and here, where you Cel. Young gentleman, your spirits are too are, they are coming to perform it.
bold for your years. You have seen cruel Cel. Well, -the beginning, that is dead and proof of this man's strength : if you saw yourburied.
(three sons, - self with your eyes, or knew yourself with your Le Beau. There comes an old man and his judgment, the fear of your adventure would
Cel. I could match this beginning with an counsel you to a more equal enterprise. We old tale.
pray you, for your own sake, to embrace your Le Beau. Three proper young men, of ex- own safety, and give over this attempt. cellent growth and presence ;
Ros. Do, young sir; your reputation shall Ros. With bills on their necks, -"Be it not therefore be misprised ; we will make it known unto all men by these presents." our suit to the duke that the wrestling might
Le Beau. The eldest of the three wrestled not go forward. with Charles, the duke's wrestler; which Orl. I beseech you, punish me not with Charles in a moment threw him, and broke your hard thoughts; wherein I confess me three of his ribs, that there is little hope of life much guilty, to deny so fair and excellent in him : so he served the second, and so the ladies anything. But let your fair eyes and third. Yonder they lie ; the poor old man, gentle wishes go with me to my trial : wherein their father, making such pitiful dole over if I be foiled, there is but one shamed that was thern, that all the beholders take his part with never gracious; if killed, but one dead that is weeping.
willing to be so: I shall do my friends no Touch. But what is the sport, monsieur, that wrong, for I have none to lament me; the the ladies have lost?
world no injury, for in it I have nothing; only Le Beau. Why, this that I speak of. in the world I fill up a place, which may be
Touch. Thus men may grow wiser every better supplied when I have made it empty. day! it is the first time that ever I heard Ros. The little strength that I have, I would breaking of ribs was sport for ladies.
it were with you. Cel. Or I, I promise thee.
Cel. And mine, to eke out hers. Ros. But is there any else longs to see this Ros. Fare you well : pray heaven, I be debroken music in his sides ? is there yet another ceived in you ! doies upon rib-breaking ?-Shall we see this Cel. Your heart's desires be with you ! wrestling, cousin ?
Cha. Come, where is this young gallant that Le Beau. You must, if you stay here ; for is so desirous to lie with his mother earth? here is the place appointed for the wrestling, Orl. Ready, sir ; but his will hath in it a and they are ready to perform it.
more modest working. Cel. Yonder, sure, they are coming : let us Duke F. You shall try but one fall. Dow stay and see it.
Cha. No, I warrant your grace, you shall Flourish. Enter Duke Frederick, Lords, not entreat him to a second, that have so
Orlando, Charles, and Attendants. mightily persuaded him from a first. Duke F. Come on : since the youth will not Orl. You mean to mock me after ; you