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The motley fool thus moral on the time,
I must have liberty
All the world's a stage, * And all the men and women merely players : They have their exits and their entrances ; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms. And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping, like snail, Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woful ballad Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lin'd, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances ; And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
* “Totus mundus agit histrionem” is said to have been the motto over Shakespeare's Theatre, the Globe. It occurs in one of the fragments of Petronius.
His youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide
Act 2, Sc. 7.
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;
Although thy breath be rude.
Then, heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.
As benefits forgot :
Heigh-ho! sing, &c. -Act 2, Sc. 7.
Corin. He that wants money, means, and content, is without three good friends. - Act 3, Sc. 2.
Touch. Thou art in a parlous state, shepherd.-Act 3, Sc. 2.
Touch. Come, shepherd, let us make an honourable retreat ; though not with bag and baggage, yet with scrip and scrippage.
Act 3, Sc. 2.
Touch. As a walled town is more worthier than a village, so is the forehead of a married man more honourable than the bare brow of a bachelor.—Act 3, Sc. 3.
Phebe. Who ever lov’d, that lov'd not at first sight. *
Act 3, Sc. 5. Ros. Men are April when they woo, December when they wed.—Act 4, Sc. I.
Then sing him home;
Thy father's father wore it,
And thy father bore it :
Is not a thing to laugh to scorn.- Act 4, Sc. 2.
Act 4, Sc. 3. Touch. The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.-Act 5, Sc. 1.
Orl. O how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.-Act 5, Sc. 2.
Faq. Here comes a pair of very strange beasts, which in all tongues are called fools.-Act 5, Sc. 4.
Faq. Can you nominate in order now the degrees of the lie?
Touch. O sir, we quarrel in print, by the book ; as you have books for good manners : I will name you the degrees. The
* This line is copied from the first sestiad of Marlowe's “Hero and Leander."
first, the Retort Courteous; the second, the Quip Modest; the third, the Reply Churlish; the fourth, the Reproof Valiant ; the fifth, the Countercheck Quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with Circumstance; the seventh, the Lie Direct. All these you may avoid but the Lie Direct ; and you may avoid that too, with an If. I knew when seven justices could not take up a quarrel, but when the parties were met themselves, one of them thought but of an If, as, “If you said so, then I said so ;' and they shook hands and swore brothers. Your If is the only peace-maker; much virtue in If.-Act 5, Sc. 4.
Ros. If it be true that good wine needs no bush, * '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.-Act 5, Sc. 4.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.
Tra. And do as adversaries do in law :
Act I, Sc. 2.
Pet. Let specialties be therefore drawn between us,
That covenants may be kept on either hand.
That is, her love; for that is all in all.
I am as peremptory as she proud-minded ;
Act 2, Sc. I. * An allusion to the ancient custom of hanging a bush before a tavern door
Pet. Why, this was moulded on a porringer ;
A velvet dish : fie, fie ! 'tis lewd and filthy :
Away with it, come, let me have a bigger.
Act 4, Sc.3.
Pet. Brav'd in mine own house with a skein of thread !
Act 4, Sc. 3.
Pet. For 'tis the mind that makes the body rich;
And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,
Kath. A woman mov'd is like a fountain troubled,
Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, berest of beauty ;