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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 Orl. Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not she.

[to Phe. Hymen. Peace, ho! I bar confusion :

'Tis I must make conclusion

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

If truth holds true contents.1
You and you no cross shall part;

[to Orl, and Ros. You and you are heart in heart :

[to Oli. and Cel. You [to Phe.] to his love must accord, Or have a woman to your

lord :
You and you are sure together,

[to Touch. and Aud.
As the winter to foul weather.
Whiles a wedlock-hymn we sing,
Feed yourselves with questioning;
That reason wonder may diminish,
How thus we met, and these things finish.

I Unless truth fail of veracity.


Wedding is great Juno's crown.

O blessed bond of board and bed!
'Tis Hymen peoples every town:

High wedlock then be honored.
Honor, high bonor and renown,
To Hymen, god of every town!

Duke S. O my dear niece, welcome thou art to

me; Even daughter welcome in no less degree. Phe. I will not eat my word; now thou art

mine; Thy faith my fancy 1 to thee doth combine.?

[to Sil.


Jaques de Bois. Let me have audience for a word

or two.
I am the second son of old sir Rowland,
That bring these tidings to this fair assembly.-

uke Frederick, hearing how that every day
Men of great worth resorted to this forest,
Address’d 3 a mighty power, which were on foot,
In his own conduct, purposely 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 4 with him, was converted

1 Love,

2 Bind.

3 Prepared.

4 Conversation.

Both from his enterprise and from the world,
His crown bequeathing to his banish'd brother,
And all their lands restored to them again
That were with him exiled. This to be true,
I do engage my life.
Duke s.

Welcome, young man :
Thou offer’st fairly to thy brothers' wedding;
To one, his lands withheld; and to the other,
A land itself at large, a potent dukedom.
First, in this forest, let us do those ends
That here were well begun and well begot;
And after, every of this happy number,
That have endured shrewd days and nights with

us, Shall share the good of our returned fortune, According to the measure of their states. Meantime, forget this new-fallen dignity, And fall into our rustic revelry. Play, music and you, brides and bridegrooms all, With measure heap'd in joy, to the measures fall. Jaques. Sir, by your patience :-if I heard you

rightly, The duke hath put on a religious life, And thrown into neglect the

ous court? Jaques de Bois. He hath.

Jaques. To him will I: out of these convertites There is much matter to be heard and learn'd. You te your former honor I bequeathe ; [to Duke S. Your patience, and your virtue, well deserves it :You [to Orl.] to a love that your true faith doth



You [to Oli.] to your land, and love, and great

allies :

You [to Sil.] to a long and well-deserved bed :-
And you (to Touch.] to wrangling; for thy loving

Is but for two months victual'd.-So to your plea-

sures ;
i am for other than for dancing measures.

Duke S. Stay, Jaques, stay.
Jaques. To see no pastime, I :-

I'll stay to know at your abandon'd cave, [Exit.
Duke S. Proceed, proceed: we will begin these

And we do trust they ’U end, in true delights.

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EPILOGUE. Ros. It is not the fashion to see the lady the epi. logue; 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) I 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 you; and 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 courtesy, bid me farewell.


1 Dressed.

2 That I liked.


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