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As you have whisper'd faithfully, you were ;
* nasters, 16:3.
ACT III. SCENE I.
A Room in the Palace.
Enter Duke FREDERICK, OLIVER, Lords, and
DUKE F. Not see him since? Sir, sir, that can
not be: But were I not the better part made mercy, I should not seek an absent argument (1) Of my revenge, thou present: But look to it; Find out thy brother, wheresoe'er he is; Seek him with candle ; (2) bring him dead or living Within this twelvemonth, or turn thou no more To seek a living in our territory. Thy lands, and all things that thou dost call thine, Worth seizure, do we seize into our hands; Till thou canst quit thee by thy brother's mouth, Of what we think against thee. Oli. O, that your highness knew my heart in
this! I never lov'd
brother in my life. . DUKE F. More villain thou. Well, push him
out of doors;
Enter ORLANDO, with a paper.
ORL. Hang there, my verse, in witness of my love:
survey With thy chaste eye, from thy pale sphere above, Thy huntress' name, that my full life doth
sway." O Rosalind! these trees shall be my books,
And in their barks my thoughts I'll character; That every eye, which in this forest looks,
Shall see thy virtue witness'd every where.
Enter CORIN and Touchstone.
Cor. And how like you this shepherd's life, master Touchstone?
Touch. Truly, shepherd, in respect of itself, it is a good life; but in respect that it is a shepherd's life, it is naught. In respect that it is solitary, I
*my full life doth sway] “M. O. A. I. doth sway my life.” Tw. N. II. 5. Malv. Full is intire.
thoughts I'll character] Inscribe. We have thoughts in tables character'd and engrav'd," Two G. of V. II. 7. Jul.: but see charactery, M. W. of W. V. 5. Mrs. Quickly.
like it very well; but in respect that it is private, it is a very vile life. Now, in respect it is in the fields, it pleaseth me well; but in respect it is not in the court, it is tedious. As it is a spare life, look you, it fits my humour well; but as there is no more plenty in it, it goes much against my stomach. Hast any philosophy in thee, shepherd ?
Cor. No more, but that I know, the more one sickens, the worse at ease he is; and that he that wants money, means, and content, is without three good friends: That the property of rain is to wet, and fire to burn: That good pasture makes fat sheep; and that a great cause of the night, is lack of the sun : That he, that hath learned no wit by nature nor art, may complain of good breeding, or comes of a very dull kindred.
Touch. Such a one is a natural philosopher. (8) Wast ever in court, shepherd ?
Cor. No, truly.
Touch. Truly, thou art damn’d; like an illroasted egg, all on one side.
Cor. For not being at court? Your reason.
Touch. Why, if thou never wast at court, thou never saw'st good manners; if thou never saw'st good manners," then thy manners must be wicked; and wickedness is sin, and sin is damnation : Thou art in a parlous' state, shepherd.
Cor. Not a whit, Touchstone: those, that are good manners at the court, are as ridiculous in the country, as the behaviour of the country is most mockable at the court. You told me, you salute not at the court, but you kiss your hands; that
a parlous] Perilous.
courtesy would be uncleanly, if courtiers were shepherds.
Touch. Instance, briefly; come, instance.
Cor. Why, we are still handling our ewes ; and their fells, you know, are greasy.
Touch. Why, do not your courtier's hands sweat? and is not the grease of a mutton as wholesome as the sweat of a man? Shallow, shallow : A better instance, I say; come.
Cor. Besides, our hands are hard.
Touch. Your lips will feel them the sooner. Shallow, again : A more sounder instance, come.
Cor. And they are often tarr'd over with the surgery of our sheep; And would you have us kiss tar? The courtier's hands are perfum'd with civet.
Touch. Most shallow man! Thou worms-meat, in respect of a good piece of flesh: Indeed! Learn of the wise, and perpend : Civet is of a baser birth than tar; the very uncleanly flux of a cat." Mend the instance, shepherd.
Cor. You have too courtly a wit for me; I'll rest.
Touch. Wilt thou rest damn'd? God help thee, shallow man! God make incision in thee! thou art raw. (10)
Cor. Sir, I am a true labourer; I earn that I eat, get that I wear; owe no man hate, envy no man's happiness ; glad of other men's good, content with my harm : and the greatest of my pride is, to see my ewes graze, and my lambs suck.
Touch. That is another simple sin in you; to
• the very uncleunly flux of u cat] “ A muscat, that beareth muske. Muschus." Wythal's little Dict. &c. 4to. 1568, p. 15.