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* As those that fear their hap, and know their fear.
Enter Rofolind, Silvius and Phebe.
You say, if I bring in your Rosalind, (To the Duke.
[To Orlando. Orla. That would I, were I of all Kingdoms King. Rof. You say, you'll marry me, if I be willing.
[To Phebe. Phe. That will I, should I die the hour after. Rof. But if
do refuse to marry me, You'll give yourself to this most faithful shepherd.
Phe. So is the bargain.
[To Silvius. Sil. Tho' to have her and death were both one i
thing Rof. I've promis'd to make all this matter even; Keep you your word, O Duke, to give your daughter; You yours, Orlando, to receive his daughter: Keep your word, Phebe, that you'll marry me, Or elle, refusing me, to wed this shepherd. Keep your word, Silvius, that you'll marry her, If she refuse me; and from hence I
go To make these doubts all even. [Exeunt Ros. and Celia.
Duke Sen. I do remember in this shepherd-boy Some lively touches of my daughter's favour.
Orla. My Lord, the first time that I ever saw him,
* As those that fear they hope, and know they fear.] This strange Nonsense should be read thus,
As those that fear their hap, and know their fear. i. e. As those who fear the issue of a Thing when they know their Fear to be well grounded.
Methought, he was a brother to your daughter;
Enter Clown and Audrey.
Jaq. T there couples are coming to the Ark. *Here
come a pair of unclean beasts, which in all tongues are callid fools.
Clo. Salutation, and greeting, to you all!
Jaq. Good my Lord, bid him welcome. This is the motley-minded gentleman, that I have so often met in the forest: he hath been a Courtier, he swears.
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 politic with my friend, smooth 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 seventh cause. Jag. How the seventh cause?
-good my lord, like this fellow. Duke Sen. I like him
well. Clo. God'ild you, Sir, I defire of you the like : I press in here, Sir, amongst the rest of the country copulatives, to swear, and to forswear, according as
* Here come a pair of very strange beasts, &c.] What! Arange Beasts? And yet such as have a Name in all Languages? Noah's Ark is here alluded to; into which the clean Beasts entered by sevens, and the unclean ty two, Male and Female. It is plain then that ShakeJpear wrote, here come a Pair of unclean Beasis, which is highly hu
marriage binds, and blood breaks : a poor virgin, Sir, an ill-favour'd thing, Sir, but mine own; a poor humour of mine, Sir, to take That that no man else will. Rich honesty dwells like a miser, Sir, in a poor house; as your pearl, in your foul oyster.
Duke Sen. By my faith, he is very swift and sententious.
Clo. According to the fool's bolt, Sir, and fuch dulcet diseases.
Jaq. But, for the seventh cause; how did you find the quarrel on the seventh cause ?
Clo. Upon a lie feven times removed; (bear your body more seeming, Audrey) as thus, Sir; I did diflike the cut of a certain Courtier's beard; he sent me word, if I faid his beard was not cut well, he was in the mind it was. This is call'd the Retort courteous. If I sent him word again, it was not well cut, he would send me word, he cut it to please himself. This is cali'd the Quip modest. If again, it was not well cut, he disabled my judgment. This is callid the Reply churlish. If again, it was not well cut, he would answer, I fpake not true. This is call'd the Reproof valiant. If again, it was not well cut, he would say, I lie. This is call'd the Counter-check quarrelsome; and so, the Lie circumstantial, and the Lie diteet.
- Jaq. And how oft 'did you say, his beard was not well cut ?
Clo. I durft go no further than the Lie circumftantial; nor he durft not give me the Lie direct, and so we measur'd swords and parted.
Jaq. Can you nominate in order now the degrees of the Lie?
Clo. O, Sir, 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 second, the Quip modeft; the third, the Reply churlifh; the fourth, the Reproof valiant; the fifth, the
Counter-check quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with circumstance; the seventh, the Lie direct. All these you may avoid, but the Lie dired ; and you may avoid that too,
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 fo; and they shook hands, and swore brothers. Your If is the only peace-maker; much virtue in If.
Jaq. Is not this a rare fellow, my lord ? he's good at any thing, and yet a fool.
Duke Sen. He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.
S CE N E
When earthly things made even
Yea, brought her hither :
Roj. To you I give myself; før I am yours.
(To the Duke. To you I give myself; for I am yours. (To Orlando. Duke Sen. If there be truth in fight, you are my
Phe. If fight and shape be true,
be not he;
Hym. Peace, hoa! I bar confusion : 'Tis I must make conclusion
Of these most strange events :
If truth holds true contents.
S O N G
O blessed bond of board and bed!
High wedlock then be honoured :
Duke Sen. O my dear niece, welcome thou art to
me, Ev'n daughter-welcome, in no less 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. L