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Or your own honour to contain the ring,
Bass. No, by mine honour, madam, by my soul,
Por. Let not that doctor e'er come near my house:
Ner. And I his clerk ; therefore be well advised,
Gra. Well, do you so: let me not take him then.
Ant. I am the unhappy subject of these quarrels,
Bass. Portia, forgive me this enforced wrong;
Por. Mark you but that!
Bass. Nay, but hear me:'
Ant. I once did lend my body for his wealth ;* Which, but for him that had your husband's ring, [To PORTIA. Had quite miscarried : I dare be bound again, My soul upon the forfeit, that your lord Will never more break faith advisedly.
Por. Then you shall be his surety : Give him this;
Ant. Here lord Bassanio; swear to keep this ring.
Por. I had it of him: pardon me, Bassanio;
Ner. And pardon me, my gentle Gratiano;
Gra. Why, this is like the mending of high-ways
Por. Speak not so grossly.-You are all amazed :
Ant. I am dumb.
Ner. Ay; but the clerk that never means to do it,
Bass. Sweet doctor; you shall be my bedfellow;
Ant. Sweet lady, you have given me life and living;
Por. How now, Lorenzo ?
Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a fee.-
Lor. Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way,
Por. It is almost morning,
Of these events at full: Let us go in;
Gra. Let it be so: The first intergatory,
AS YOU LIKE IT.
JAQUES, 1 ment.
DUKE, living in exile.
SIR OLIVER MARTEXT, a Vicar. FREDERICK, Brother to the Duke, CORIN,
and Usurper of his Dominions. SYLVIÚS, } Shepherds. AMIENS,
Lords attending upon WILLIAM, a country Fellow, in love the Duke in his banish. with Audrey.
A PERson representfng HYMEN. LE BEAU, a Courtier attending upon Frederick.
ROSALIND, Daughter to the banish. CHARLES, his Wrestler,
ed Duke. OLIVER,
CELIA, daughter to Frederick.
PHEBE, a Shepherdess.
AUDREY, a country Wench. ADAM, conto
Lords belonging to the two DUKES; DENNÍS. } Servants to Oliver.
PAGES, FORESTERS and other TOUCHSTONE, a Clown.
ATTENDANTS. The SCENE lies, first, near Oliver's House; afterwards, partly in
the Usurper's Court, and partly in the Forest of Arden.
ACT I. SCENE I.-An Orchard, near OLIVER'S House. Enter
ORLANDO and ADAM. Orl. As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion bequeathed me: By will, but a poor thousand crowns; and, as thou say'st, charged my brother, on his blessing, to breed me well: and there begins my sadness. My brother Jaques he keeps at school, and report speaks goldenly of his profit: for my part, he keeps me rustically at home, or, to speak more properly, sties me here at home unkept: For call you that keeping for a gentleman of my birth, that differs not from the stalling of an ox? His horses are bred better; for, besides that they are fair with their feeding, they are taught their manage, and to that end riders dearly hired: but I, his brother, gain nothing under him but growth; for the which, his animals on his dung-hills are as much bound to him as I. Besides this nothing that he so plentifully gives me, the something that nature gave me, his countenance seems to take from me: he lets me feed with his binds, bars me
the place of a brother, and, as much as in him lies, mines my gentility with my education. That is it, Adam, that grieves me; and the spirit of my father, which I think is within me, begins to mutiny against this servitude: I will no longer endure it, though yet I know no wise remedy how to avoid it.
Orl. Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear how he will shake me up.
Oli. Now, Sir! what make you here?
Ori, Marry, Sir, I am helping you to mar that which God made, a poor unworthy brother of yours, with idleness.
Olí. Marry, Sir, be better employed, and be naught awhile.*
Orl. Shall I keep your hogs, and eat husks with them? What prodigal portion have I spent, that I should come to such penury?
Oli. Know you where you are, Sir ?
Ori. Ay, better than he I am before knows me. I know, you are my eldest brother; and, in the gentle condition of blood, you should so know me. The courtesy of nations allows you my better, in that you are the first-born; but the same tradition takes not away my blood, were there twenty brothers betwixt us: I have as much of my father in me as you; albeit, I confess, your coming before me is nearer to his reverence. t
Oli. What, boy!
Orl. I am no villain :I I am the youngest son of Sir Rowland de Bois; he was my father; and he is thrice a villain, that says, such a father begot villains: Wert thou not my brother, I would not take this hand from thy throat, till this other had pulled out thy tongue for saying so; thou hast railed on thyself.
Adam. Sweet masters, be patient; for your father's remembrance, be at accord.
Oli. Let me go, I say.
Orl. I will not, till I please : you shall hear me. My father charged you in his will to give me good education : you have trained me like a peasant, obscuring and hiding from me all gentleman-like qualities : the spirit of my father grows strong in me, and I will no longer endure it; therefore allow me such exercises as may become a gentleman, or give me the poor allottery my father left me by testament; with that I will go buy my fortunes.
Oli. And what wilt thou do? beg, when that is spent ? Well,
* Plague take you.
# Villain means both villain in the modern sense, and a man of base extraction.