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Shall witness, I set forth as soon as you,
And but even now return'd; I have not yet
Enter'd my house.-Anthonio, you are welcome ;
And I have better news in store for you,
Than you expect ; unseal this letter soon ;
There you shall find, three of your argofies
Are richly come to harbour suddenly:
You shall not know by what strange accident
I chanced on this letter.

Anth. I am dumb.
Baff. Were


the doctor, and I knew you not? Gra. Were you the clerk, that is to make me cuckold?

Ner. Ay; but the clerk, that never means to do it,
Unless he live until he be a man.
Bas. Sweet doctor, you shall be my


'; When I am absent, then lie with my wife.

Anth. Sweet lady, you have given me life, and living;
For here I read for certain, that my ships
Are safely "come to road.

Por. How now, Lorenzo ?
My clerk hath some good comforts too for you.

Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a fee.-
There do I give to you, and Jessica,
From the rich Jew, a special deed of gift,
After his death, of all he dies possess’d of.

Lor. Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way
Of starved people.

Por. It is almost morning, And

yet, I am sure, you are not satisfy'd Of these events at full: Let us go in; And charge us there upon inter’gatories,

come to road. ]-ride at anchor.


And we will answer all things faithfully.

Gra. Let it be so: The first inter’gatory,
That my Neriffa shall be sworn on, is,
Whether till the next night she had rather stay;

go to bed now, being two hours to day :
But were the day come, I should wish it dark,
That I were couching with the doctor's clerk.
Well, while I live, I'll fear no other thing
So fore, as * keeping fafe Nerissa's ring. (Exeunt omnes.

keeping fafe)--the not keeping.





FREDERICK, brother to the Duke, and usurper.

AMJENS; } Lords attending upon the Duke in his banishment.

} younger brothers to Oliver.

LE BEAU, a courtier attending upon FREDERICK.
OLIVER, eldest son to Sir RowLAND DE Boys.
ADAM, an old servant of Sir ROWLAND De Boys.
TOUCHSTONE, a clown.
WILLIAM, in love with AUDREY.
Sir OLIVER MAR-TEXT, a vicar.
CHARLES, wrestler to the usurping Duke FREDERICK.
DENNIS servant to OLIVER.

} Shepherds.

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Lords belonging to the two Dukes ; with Pages, Foresters, and

other Attendants,

The SCENE lies, first, near Oliver's house; and, after

wards, partly in the Duke's court; and partly in the foreff of Arden.

This Comedy, founded on Lodge's Novel of Rosalynde, of Euphues' Golden Legacye, was written in the year 1600.




Oliver's Orchard.

Enter Orlando and Adam. Orlando. As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion : · He bequeathed me, by will, but a poor thousand crowns; and, as thou say'st, charged my brother, on his blessing, to breed me well : and there begins my sadness. My brother Jaques he keeps at school, and report speaks goldenly of his profit: for my part, he keeps me rustically at home, or, to speak more properly, stays me here at home, unkept ; For call you that keeping for a gentleman of my birth, that differs not from the stalling of an ox? His horses are bred better ; for, besides that they are fair with their feeding, they are taught their manage, and to that end riders dearly hired: but I, his brother, gain nothing under him but growth; for the which his animals on his dunghills are as much bound to him as I. Besides this nothing that he so plentifully gives me, the


a He (my father.)



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