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Enter HYMEN, leading RoSALIND (14) and CELIA.
Hym. Then is there mirth in heaven,
When earthly things made even
Yea, brought her hither;
Ros. To you I give myself, for I am yours.
[To Duke S. To you I give myself, for I am yours.
[To ORLANDO. DUKE S. If there be truth in sight, you are my
daughter. ORL. If there be truth in sight, you are my
Rosalind. PhE. If sight and shape be true, Why then,—my love adieu! Ros. I'll have no father, if you be not he:
[To Duke S. I'll have no husband, if you be not he:
[To ORLANDO. Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not she.
Hym. Peace, ho! I bar confusion :
'Tis I must make conclusion
Of these most strange events :
• atone together] Unite.
Here's eight that must take hands,
If truth holds true contents.*
[To Orlando and ROSALIND. You and you are heart in heart:
[To Oliver and CELIA.
[To Touchstone and AUDREY.
Wedding is great Juno's crown;
O blessed bond of bourd and bed!
High wedlock then be honoured:
To Hymen, god of every town!
to me ;
Even daughter, welcome in no less degree.
PHE. I will not eat my word, now thou art mine; Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combine.
[To Silvius. • If truth holds true contents] If truth contains truth: if the possession of truth be not imposture.
Feed yourselves with questioning] Have your fill of chat or discoursing. See I]l. 4. Rosal,
· Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combine] i. e. unite, attach. In M. for M. the Duke calls Angelo the combinate husband of Mariana, III. 2.; and see IV. 3. Duke. “ I am combined."
Enter JAQUES DE Bois.
JAQ. DE B. Let me have audience for a word,
) hearing how that every day
Welcome, young man;
• Address'd a mighty power] i. e. prepared. See M. N. Dr. V. 1. Philostr. 6
With measure heap'd in joy, to the measures fall] With a full measure, overflowing with joy, lead up the dance. See M. ado, &c. II. 2. Beatr.
JAQ. Sir, by your patience; If I heard you
JAQ. DE B. He hath.
JAQ. To him will I: out of these convertites There is much matter to be heard and learn'd. You to your former honour I bequeath ;
[To Duke S. Your patience, and your virtue, well deserves it: You [To ORLANDO] to a love, that your true faith
doth merit: You [To Oliver] to your land, and love, and
great allies : You [To Silvius] to a long and well deserved And you [TO TOUCHSTONE] to wrangling; for thy
DUKE S. Stay, Jaques, stay.
these rites, And we do trust they'll end, in true delights."
we do trust they'll end, in true delights] It may be observed, with concern, that Shakespeare has, on this occasion, forgot old Adam, the servant of Orlando, whose fidelity should have entitled him to notice at the end of the piece, as well as to that happiness which he would paturally have found, in the return of fortune to his master. STEEVENS.
Ros. 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, 16 '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 à 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: ray 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, com
furnished like a beggar] That is, dressed : so before, he was furnished like a huntsman. 'JOHNSON.
I charge you, O women, for the love you bear to men, to like as much of this play as please you, &c.]. "As much of this play as is your will and pleasure, and I charge you, O men, for the
bear to women (and the symptoms that appear of your not being averse to them, pretty plainly show your disposition), that by your united aid, the play may please.”
of the use of pleuse, for dues, or skall please, Mr. Malone produces many instances :
“ Where every horse bears his commanding rein,