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Jaq. Is not this a rare fellow, my lord? he's as good at any thing, and yet a fool.
Duke S. He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that, he shoots his wit.
Enter HYMEN, leading Rosa LIND in woman's clothes; and CELIA.
Hym. Then is there mirth in heaven,
Ros. To you I give myself, for I am yours. [To Duke S, To you I give myself, for I am yours. [To ORLAND0, Duke S. If there be truth in sight, you are my daughter. Orl. If there be truth in sight, you are my Rosalind, Phe. If sight and shape be true, Why then, my love adieu ! Ros. I'll have no father, if you be not he:— [To Duke S. I'll have no husband, if you be not he – [To ORLAND0.
Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not she.
Wedding is great Juno's crown;
Duke S. O my dear niece, welcome thou art to me; Even daughter, welcome in no less degree. 7 Unless truth fails of veracity.
Phe. I will not eat my word, now thou art mine; Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combine.” [To SILVIUs,
Enter JAQUES DE Bois.
Jaq. de B. Let me have audience for a word, or two;
I am the second son of old sir Rowland,
Duke S. Welcome, young man;
According to the measure of their states. Meantime, forget this new-fall'n dignity, And fall into our rustick revelry:— Play, musick;-and you brides and bridegrooms all, 'With measure heap'd in joy, to the measures fall. , Jaq. Sir, by your patience; If I heard you rightly, The duke hath put on a religious life, And thrown into neglect the pompous court? Jaq. de B. He hath. Jaq. To him will I: out of these convertites There is much matter to be heard and learn'd.— You to your former honour I bequeath; [To Duke S. Your patience, and your virtue, well deserves it:You [To ORLANDo] to a love, that your true faith - doth merit:You [To OLIVERJ to your land, and love, and great allies :You [To SILVIUs] to a long and well deserved bed ;— And you [To Touchston E] to wrangling; for thy loving voyage Is but for two nionths victual'd:—So to your pleasures; I am for other than for dancing measures. Duke S. Stay, Jaques, stay. Jaq. To see no pastime, I:—what you would have I'll stay to know at your abandon'd cave. [Erit. Duke S. Proceed, proceed: we will begin these rites, And we do trust they'll end, in true delights. [A dance.
Ros. It is not the fashion to see the lady the epilogue: but it is no more unhandsome, than to see the lord the prologue. 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. What a case am I in then, that am neither a good epilogue, nor cannot insinuate with you in the behalf of a good play? I am not furnished 9 like a beggar, therefore to beg will not become me: my way is, to conjure you; and I'll begin with the women. I charge you, O women, for the love you bear to men, to like as much of this play as please them : and so I charge you, O men, for the love you bear to women, (as I perceive by your simpering, none of you hate them,) that between you and the women, the play may please. If I were a woman, I would kiss as many of you as had beards that pleased me, complexions that liked me," and breaths that I defied not: and, I am sure, as many as have good beards, or good faces, or sweet breaths, will, for my kind offer, when I make curt’sy, bid me farewell.
9 Dressed. * That I liked.