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motley-minded gentleman, that I have fo often met in the foreft: he hath been a courtier, he fwears.

Clo. If any man doubt that, let him put me to my purgation. I have trod a measure; I have flatter'd a lady; I have been politick with my friend, fmooth with mine enemy; I have undone three taylors; I have had four quarrels, and like to have fought one.

Jaq. And how was that ta'en up?

Clo. 'Faith, we met, and found the quarrel was upon the feventh caufe.

Jaq. How feventh caufe ?-Good my lord, like this fellow.

Duke Sen. I like him very well.

Clo. God'ild you, fir; *I defire you of the like. I press in here, fir, amongst the rest of the country copulatives, to fwear, and to forfwear; according as marriage binds, and blood breaks :-A poor virgin, fir, an ill-favour'd thing, fir, but mine own; a poor humour of mine, fir, to take that that no man elfe will: Rich honefty dwells like a mifer, fir, in a poor houfe; as your pearl, in your foul oyster.

Duke Sen. By my faith, he is very fwift and fententious. Clo. According to the fool's bolt, fir, and fuch dulcet difeafes.

Jaq. But, for the feventh caufe; how did you find the quarrel on the feventh cause?

Clo. Upon a lye feven times removed;-Bear your body more feeming, Audrey :-as thus, fir. I did dislike the cut of a certain courtier's beard; he fent me word, if I faid his beard was not cut well, he was in the mind it was: This is called the Retort courteous. If I fent him word

* I defire you of the like.]-that I may have caufe to like you.

y blood]-frailty.


dulcet difeafes.]-witty phrafes, the difeafes of those times.

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again, it was not well cut, he would fend me word, he cut it to please himself: This is call'd the Quip modeft. If again, it was not well cut, he 'difabled my judgment: This is call'd the Reply churlish. If again, it was not well cut, he would answer, I spake not true. This is call'd the Reproof valiant. If again, it was not well cut, he would fay, I lye. This is called the Countercheck quarrelsome : and fo to the Lye circumftantial, and the Lye direct.

Jaq. And how oft did you fay, his beard was not well cut?

Clo. I durft go no further than the Lye circumftantial, nor he durft not give me the Lye direct; and fo we meafur'd fwords, and parted.

Jaq. Can you nominate in order now the degrees of the lye?

Clo. O fir, we quarrel in print, by the book; as you have books for good manners: I will name you the degrees. The first, the Retort courteous; the fecond, the Quip modeft; the third, the Reply churlish; the fourth, the Reproof valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck quarrelsome; the fixth, the Lye with circumstance; the feventh, the Lye direct. All these you may avoid, but the Lye 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 faid fo, then I faid fo; and they shook hands, and swore brothers. Your If is the only peacemaker; much virtue in If.

Jaq. Is not this a rare fellow, my lord? he's good at any thing, and yet a fool.

bdifalled my judgment :]-call'd my judgment in queftion, difputed it. by the book ;]—of Vincentio Saviolo, of honour and honourable quar




Duke Sen. He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.

Enter Hymen, Rofalind in woman's cloaths, and Celia.

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Good duke, receive thy daughter,
Hymen from heaven brought her,
Yea, brought her hither;

That thou might'ft join her hand with his,
Whofe heart within his bofom is.

Rof. To you I give myself, for I am yours.

[To the Duke.


you I give myself, for I am yours.

[To Orlando.

Duke Sen. If there be truth in fight, you are my daughter. Orla. If there be truth in ' fhape, you are my Rosalind, Phe. If fight and shape be true,

Why then, my love adieu!

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Rof. I'll have no father, if you be not he:

I'll have no husband, if you be not he :-
Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not the.
Hym. Peace, ho! I bar confufion :
'Tis I must make conclufion

[To the Duke.

Of these most strange events:
Here's eight that must take hands,
To join in Hymen's bands,

If truth holds true contents.

like a ftalking-horse,]—as a mask, or disguise.
Atone-accord, agree.

[To Orlando. [To Phebe.



You and you no crofs fhall part;

[To Orlando and Rofalind.

You and you are heart in heart :
You to his love must accord,

[To Oliver and Celia.

[To Phebe.

Or have a woman to your lord :

You and you are fure together,

As the winter to foul weather. [To the Clown and Audrey.

Whiles a wedlock-hymn we fing,

Feed yourselves with queftioning;

That reafon wonder may diminish,

How thus we met, and these things finish.


Wedding is great Juno's crown;
O bleffed bond of board and bed!
'Tis Hymen peoples every town;
High wedlock then be honoured:
Honour, bigh bonour and renown,
To Hymen, god of every town!

Duke Sen. O my dear niece, welcome thou art to me; Even daughter, welcome in no lefs degree.

Phe. I will not eat my word, now thou art mine; Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combine.

Enter Jaques de Boys.

Jaq. de B. Let me have audience for a word, or two.I am the fecond fon of old fir Rowland,,

That bring these tidings to this fair assembly
Duke Frederick, hearing how that every day

Men of great worth reforted to this foreft,


Addrefs'd a mighty power; which were on foot,




In his own conduct, purpofely to take
His brother here, and put him to the sword:
And to the skirts of this wild wood he came ;
Where, meeting with an old religious man,
After some question with him, was converted
Both from his enterprize, and from the world :
His crown bequeathing to his banish'd brother,
And all their lands reftor'd to them again.
That were with him exil'd: This to be true,
I do engage my life.

Duke Sen. Welcome, young man ;

Thou offer'ft fairly to thy brother's wedding :
To one, his lands with-held; and to the other,
A land itself at large, a potent dukedom.
First, in this foreft, let us do thofe ends
That here were well begun, and well begot:
And after, every of this happy number,


That have endur'd fhrewd days and nights with us,
Shall fhare the good of our returned fortune,
According to the measure of their states.

Meantime, forget this new-fall'n dignity,
And fall into our ruftick 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 thefe " convertites

There is much matter to be heard and learn'd.


queftion]-difcourfe, conference. *brewd]-adverse, calamitous. your patience:]-good leave.


convertites]-converts, penitents.


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