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Ami. Well, I'll end the song, Sirs; cover the while ; the Duke will dine under this tree ; he hath been all this day to look you.
Jaq. And I have been all this day to avoid him. He is too disputable for my company : I think of as many matters as he, but I give heav'n thanks, and make no boast of them. Come, warble, come.
Here all he fee
But winter and rough weather.
Jaq. I'll give you a verse to this note, that I made yesterday in despight of my invention.
Ami. And I'll fing it.
If it do come to pass,
Here shall be fee
Gross fools as he
An if bė will come to me. Ami. What's that ducdame?
Jaq. 'Tis a Greek invocation, to call fools into a circle. I'll go to sleep if I can ; if I cannot, I'll rail against all the first born of Egypt. Ami. And I'll go seek the Duke: bis banquet is pre
[Exeunt, severally, Enter Orlando and Adam, Adam. Dear master, I can go no further; O, I die
for food ! here lie I down, and measure out my grave. Farewel, kind master,
Orla. Why, how now, Adam ! no greater heart in thee? live a little ; comfurt a little ; chear thyself a lit. tle. If this uncouth Forest yield any thing savage, I will either be food for it, or bring it for food to thee: thy conceit is nearer death, than thy powers.
For my fake be comfortable, hold death a while at the arm's end :: I will be here with thee presently, and if Į bring thee not fomething to eat, I'll give thee leave to die. But if thou dieft before I come, thou art a mocker of my labour. Well said, thou look'i cheerly. And I'll be with thee quickly ; yet thou lieft in the bleak air. Come, I will bear thee to some thelter, and thou shalt not die for lack of a dinner, if there live any thing in this Desart. Cheerly, good Adam.
(Exeunt. Enter Duke Sen. and Lords. [A Table fet out. Duke Sen. I think, he is transform'd into a beaft, For I can no where find him like a man.
i Lord. My lord, he is but even now gone hence; Here was he merry, hearing of a Song.
Duke Sen. If he, compact of jars, grow musical,
Jaq. A fool, a fool ; - I met a fool i' th' forest,
Call me not fool, 'till heaven hath sent me fortune ;
Duke Sen. What fool is this?
Jaq. O worthy fool! one that hath been a Courtier, And says, if ladies be but young and fair, They have the gift to know it: and in his brain, Which is as dry as the remainder bisket After a voyage, he hath strange places cramd With observation, the which he vents In mangled forms. O that I were a fool! I am ambitious for a motley coat.
Duke Sen. Thou shalt have one.
Jaq. It is my only suit; Provided, that you weed your better judgments Of all opinion, that grows rank in them, That I am wise. I must have liberty Withal, as large a charter as the wind, To blow on whom I please ; for fo fools have ; And they that are most gauled with my folly, They most mult laugh : and why, Sir, muft they fo ? The why is plain, as way to parish church; (6) He, whom a fool doth very wisely hit,
(6) He wbom a Fool dorb very wisely bil,
Darb very foolishly, although be Smart
Doth very foolishly, although he smart,
Duke Sen. Most mischievous foul fin, in chiding fin: For thou thyself haft been a libertine, As sensual as the brutish fting itself ; And all th' embored fores and headed evils, That thou with licence of free foot haft caught, Would'At thou disgorge into the general world.
Jaq. Why, who cries out on pride, That can therein tax any private party? Doth it not flow as hugely as the Sea, 'Till that the very very means do ebb? What woman in the city do I name, When that I say, the city-woman bears The cost of Princes on unworthy shoulders ? Who can come in, and say, that I mean her ; When such a one as the, such is her neighbouri Or what is he of baseft function, That says, his bravery is not on my coft ; Thinking, that I mean him; but therein sutes His folly to the metal of my speech? There then ; how then? what then? let me see wherein My tongue hath wrong'd him; if it do him right,
Seem senseless of the bob. If not, &c.] Besides that the third Verse is defective one whole Foot in Measure, the Tenour of what Jaques continues to say, and the Reafoning of the Pasa fage, Thew it no less defective in the Sense. There is no doubt, but the two little Monofyllables, which I have fupply'd, were either by Accident wanting in the Manufcript Copy, or by Inadvertence were left out at Presso
Then he hath wrong'd himself; if he be free,
But who comes here?
tress?. Or elle a rude despiser of good manners, That in civility thou seem'ft so empty?
Orla. You touch'd my vein at first; the thorny point Of bare distress hath ta'en from me the few Of smooth civility; yet am I in-land bred, And know some nurture : but forbear, I say: He dies, that touches any of this fruit, 'Till I and my affairs are answered.
Jaq. If you will not Be answered with reason, I must die. Duke Sen. What would you have? Your gentleness
Orla. I almost die for food, and let me have it.