When from the first to last, betwixt us two,
Tears our recountments had most kindly bath’d;
As, how I came into that desert place;
In brief he led me to the gentle duke,
Who gave me fresh array and entertainment,
Committing me unto my brother's love;
Who led me instantly unto his cave,
There stripp'd himself, and here


his The lioness had torn some flesh away, Which all this while had bled; and now he fainted, And cry'd, in fainting, upon Rosalind. Brief, I recover'd him; bound up his wound; And, after some small space, being strong at heart, He sent me hither, stranger as I am, To tell this story, that you might excuse His broken promise, and to give this napkin, Dy'd in his blood, unto the shepherd youth That he in sport doth call his Rosalind. Cel. Why, how now, Ganymede? sweet Ganymede?

[ROSALIND faints. Oli. Many will swoon when they do look on blood. Cel. There is more in it:--Cousin-Ganymede! Oli. Look, he recovers. Ros.

I would, I were at home. Cel. We'll lead


thither: I pray you,


you take him by the arm? oli. Be of good cheer, youth:-You a man?You lack a man's heart.

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. — Heigh ho!

Oli. This was not counterfeit; there is too great testimony in your complexion, that it was a passion of earnest.

Ros. Counterfeit, I assure you.

Oli. Well then, take a good heart, and counterfeit to be a man.

Ros. So I do: but, i'faith, I should have been a woman by right.

Cel. Come, you look paler and paler; pray you, draw homewards :—Good sir, go

Oli. 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?


with us.

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Enter TouchSTONE and AUDREY. Touch. We shall find a time, Audrey; patience, gentle Audrey.

Aud. '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.

Touch. It is meat and drink to me to see a clown:
By my troth, we that have good wits, have much to
answer for; we shall be flouting; we cannot hold.

Will. Good even, Audrey.
Aud. God ye good even, William.
Will. And good even to you,

sir. VOL. III.


old are you,

Touch. Good even, gentle friend : Cover thy head, cover thy head; nay, pry’thee, be covered. How

friend? Will. Five-and-twenty, sir. Touch. A ripe age: Is thy name William? Will. William, sir. Touch. A fair name: Wast born i’ the forest here? Will. Ay, sir, I thank God. Touch. Thank God ;—a good answer: Art rich ? Will. 'Faith, sir, so, so. Touch. So, so, is good, very good, very

excellent good :—and yet it is not; it is but so so. Art thou wise?

Will. 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 he put it into his mouth; meaning thereby, that grapes were made to eat, and lips to open?. You do love this maid ?

Will. I do, sir.
Touch. Give me your hand : Art thou learned ?
Will. No, sir.

Touch. Then learn this of me: To have, is to have: For it is a figure in rhetorick, that drink, being poured out of a cup into a glass, by filling the one doth empty the other: for all your writeis do consent, that ipse is he; now you are not ipse, for I am he.

Will. Which he, sir?

Touch. He, sir, that must marry this woman: Therefore, you clown, abandon,—which is in the

1 Warburton thinks this a sneer at the insignificant sayings and actions recorded of the ancient philosophers by the writers of their lives.

vulgar, leave,--the society,

which in the boorish is, company,—of this female,—which in the common is, -woman, which together is, abandon the society of this female; or, clown, thou perishest; or, to thy better understanding, diest; or, to wit, I kill thee, make thee away, translate thy life into death, thy liberty into bondage: I will deal in poison with thee, or in bastinado, or in steel; I will bandy with thee in faction; I will o'errun thee with policy; I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways: therefore tremble, and depart.

Aud. Do, good William.
Will. God rest you merry, sir.

Enter CORIN. Cor. Our master and mistress seek you; come, away, ay.

Touch. Trip, Audrey, trip, Audrey ;-) attend, I attend.



SCENE II. The same.

Enter ORLANDO and OLIVER. Orl. Is't possible, that on so little acquaintance you should like her? that but seeing, you should love her? and, loving, woo? and, wooing, she should grant? and will you perséver to enjoy her??

Oli. Neither call the giddiness of it in question, the poverty of her, the small acquaintance, my sudden wooing, nor her sudden consenting; but say with me, I love Aliena; say with her, that she loves

1 Shakspeare, by putting this question into the mouth of Orlando, seems to have been aware of the improbability in his plot caused by deserting his original. In Lodge's novel the elder brother is instrumental in saving Aliena from a band of ruffians; without this circumstance the passion of Aliena appears to be very hasty indeed.

me; consent with both, that we may enjoy each other: it shall be to your good; for my father's house, and all the revenue that was old Sir Rowland's, will I estate upon you, and here live and die a shepherd

Enter ROSALIND. Orl. You have my consent. Let your wedding be to-morrow: thither will I invite the duke, and all his contented followers: Go


prepare Aliena; for, look you,

here comes my

Ros. God save you, brother.
Oli. And you, fair sister.

Ros. O, my dear Orlando, how it grieves me to see thee wear thy heart in a scarf.

Orl. It is my arm.

Ros. I thought thy heart had been wounded with the claws of a lion. Orl. Wounded it is, but with the

eyes a lady. Ros. Did

brother tell


how I counterfeited to swoon, when he showed me your handkerchief?

Orl. Ay, and greater wonders than that.

Ros. 0, I know where you are:-Nay, 'tis true:' there never was any thing so sudden, but the fight of two rams, and Cæsar's thrasonical brag of—I came, saw, and overcame: For

brother and

my sister no sooner met, but they looked; no sooner looked, but they loved; no sooner loved, but they sighed; no sooner sighed, but they asked one another the reason; no sooner knew the reason, sought the remedy: and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage, which they will

? Oliver must be supposed to speak to her in the character she had assumed of a woman courted by his brother Orlando, for there is no evidence that he knew she was one.


but they

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