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Pl. de Lorcherbdwg da!

a Norrift 1985

As I do live by food, I met a fool;
Who laid him down, and bask'd him in the sun,
And rail'd'on lady Fortune in good terms,
In good set terms,--and yet a motley fool.
Good-morrow, fool, quoth I : No, sir, quoth he,
Call me not fool, 'till heaven hath sent me fortune :
And then he drew a dial from his poke;

And looking on it with lack-lustre eye,
Says, very wisely, It is ten a-clock :
Thus may we see, quoth he, how the world

'Tis but an hour ago, since it was nine ;
And after one hour more, 'twill be eleven ;
And so, from hour to hour, we ripe, and ripe,
And then, from hour to hour, we rot, and rot,
And thereby hangs a tale. When I did hear
The motley fool thus moral on the time,
My lungs began to crow like chanticleer,
That fools should be so deep contemplative;
And I did laugh, sans intermission,
An hour by his dial.--O noble fool!
A worthy fool! Motley's the only wear.

Duke Sen. What fool is this?

Faq. O worthy fool!--One that hath been a courtier; And says, if ladies be but young, and fair, They have the gift to know it: and in his brain, Which is as dry as the remainder bisket After a voyage,-he hath strange places crammid With observation, the which he vents In. mangled forms:-0, that I were a fool! I am ambitious for a motley coat.



391 Duke Sen. Thou shalt have one.

Jaq. It is my only suit;
Provided, that you weed your better judgments
Of all opinion that grows rank in them,
That I am wise. I must have liberty
Withal, as large a charter as the wind,
To blow on whom I please ; for so fools have : 400
And they that are most galled with my folly,
They most must laugh: And why, sir, must they

so ?
The why is plain as way to parish-church:
He, that a fool doth very wisely hit,
Doth very foolishly, although he smart,
Not to seem senseless of the bob : if not,
The wise man's folly is anatomiz'd
Even by the squandring glances of the fool.
Invest me in my motley; give me leave

To speak my mind, and I will through and through
Cleanse the foul body of the infected world,
If they will patiently receive my medicine.
Duke Sen. Fie on thee! I can tell what thou wouldst

do. Faq. What, for a counter, would I do, but good? Duke Sen. Most mischievous foul sin, in chiding

sin :

For thou thyself hast been a libertine,
As sensual as the brutish sting itself;
And all the embossed sores, and headed evils,
That thou with licence of free foot hast caught,
Wouldst thou disgorge into the general world.


420 Jag

Faq. Why, who cries out on pride,
That can therein tax any private party?
Doth it not flow as hugely as the sea,
'Till that the very very means do ebb?
What woman in the city do I name,
When that I say, The city-woman bears
The cost of princes on unworthy shoulders ?
Who can come in, and say, that I mean her,
When such a one as she, such is her neighbour?
Or what is he of basest function,
That says, his bravery is not on my cost
(Thinking that I mean him) but therein suits
His folly to the metal of my speech ?
There then ; How then ? What then? Let me see

My tongue hath wrong'd him : if it do him right,
Then he hath wrong'd himself; if he be free,
Why then, my taxing like a wild goose flies,
Unclaim'd of any man.-But who comes here?


Enter ORLANDO, with his Sword drawn.

Orla. Forbear, and eat no more.
Jaq. Why, I have eat none yet.

Orta. Nor shalt npt, 'till necessity be serv'd.
Jaq. Of what kind should this cock come of ?
Duke Sen. Art thou thus bolden'd, man, by thy

distress; Or else a rude despiser of good manners, That in civility thou seem'st so empty?


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