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Her love is not the hare that I do hunt:
Sylv. No, I protest, I know not the contents ;
Ros. Why, 'tis a boisterous and a cruel style, A style for challengers; why, she defies me, Like Turk to Christian : woman's gentle brain Could not drop forth such giant-rude invention, Such Ethiop words, blacker in their effect Than in their countenance :-Will you hear the letter ?
Sylv. So please you, for I never heard it yet ; Yet heard too much of Phobe's cruelty.
Ros. She Phæbe's me : mark how the tyrant writes. (Reuds.) " Art thou god to shepherd turu'd,
" That a maiden's heart hath burn'd ?” Can a woman rail thus ?
Syl. Call you this railing ?
Warr'st thou with a woman's heart?"
“ Whiles the eye of man did woo me,
That could do no vengeance to me,
“ If the scoru of your bright eyne'.
And then I'll study how to die."
Ros. [Crosses to R.] Do you pity him ? no, he deserres no pity. Wilt thou love such a woman ? What, to make
thee an instrument, and play false strains upon thee . not to be endured !-Well, go your way to her (for 1 see love hath made thee a tame snake), and say this to her :-" That, if she loves me, I charge her to love thee: if she will not, I will never have her, unless thou entreat for her." If you be a true lover, hence, and not a word ; for here comes more company.
[Exit SYLVIUS, I.. Enter Oliver, L. Oliv. (L.) Good-morrow, fair ones : Pray you, if you
Olir. If that an eye may profit by a tongue,
Cel. It is no boast, being ask’d, to say we are.
Oliv. Orlando doth commend him to you both;
stand by this?
Cel. I pray you, tell it.
Oliv. When last the young Orlando parted from you, He left a promise to return again Within an hour; and, pacing through the forest, Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy, Lo, what befel! he threw his eye aside, And, mark, what object did present itself! Under an oak, whose boughs were moss'd with age, And high top bald with dry antiquity, A wretched ragged man, o'ergrown with hair,
Lay sleeping on his back! about his neck
Ros. 0, I have heard him speak of that saine brother;
Oliv. And well he might so do, For well I know he was unnatural.
Ros. But, to Orlando :--Did he leave him there,
Cel. (L. C.) Are you his brother ?
Oliv. 'Twas I ; but 'tis not I: I do not shame
Oliv. By and by.
Which all this while had bled ; and now he fainted,
Cel. We'll lead you thither :-
Oliv. Be of good cheer, youth :-You a man!
Ros. I do so, I confess it. Ah, sir, a body would think this was well counterfeited : I pray you, tell your brother how well I counterfeited. Heigho!
Oliv. This was not counterfeit: there is too great testimony in your complexion, that it was a passion of earnest.
Ros. Counterfeit, I assure you.
Oliv. Well then, take a good heart, and counterfeit to be a man.
Ros. So Ido: but, i'faith, I should have been a wo. man by right.
Cel. Come, you look paler and paler; pray you, draw homewards :-Good sir, go with us.
Oliv. That will I; for I must bear answer back, how you excuse my brother, Rosalind.
Ros. I shall devise something : But, I pray you, commend my counterfeiting to him. Will you go?
Exeunt, L. ACT V.
SCENE I.-The Forest. Enter Touchstone and AUDREY, L. Touch. (L.) We shall find a time, Audrey ; patience, gentle Audrey.
Aud. (R..c.) 'Faith, the priest was good enough, for all the old gentleman's saying.
Touch. A most wicked Sir Oliver, Audrey! a most vile Mar-text! But, Audrey, there is a youth here in the forest lays claim to you.
Aud. Ay, I know who 'tis; he hath no interest in me in the world: here comes the man you mean.
Enter WILLIAM, L.
Wil. (L.) Good even, Audrey.
Touch. Good even, gentle friend : Cover thy head ; cover thy head: nay, pr’ythee, be covered. How old are you, friend?
Wil. Five and twenty, sir.
Touch. So, so! 'Tis good, very good, very excellent good-and yet it is not; it is but so so. Art thou wise ?
Wil. Ay, sir, I have a pretty wit.
Touch. Why, thou say'st well? I do now remember a saying ; " The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” The heathen philosopher, when he had a desire to eat a grape, would open his lips when be put it into his mouth ; meaning thereby,