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Aud. I do not know what poetical is; is it honest in deed and word ? is it a true thing?
Clo. No, truly; for the truest poetry is the most feigning; and lovers are given to poetry; and what they swear in poetry, may be said, as lovers, they do feign.
Aud. Do you wish then, that the Gods had made me poetical
Clo. I do, truly ; for thou swear'st to me, thou art honest : now if thou wert a poet, I might have some hope thou didst feign.
Aud. Would you not have me honest ?
Clo. No, truly, unless thou wert hard-favour'd; for honefty coupled to beauty, is, to have honey a fawce to sugar.
Jag. A material fool !
Aud. Well, I am not fair; and therefore I Gods make me honest !
Clo. Truly, and to cast away honesty upon a foul slut, were to put good meat into an unclean dish.
Aud. I am not a slut, though I thank the Gods I am foul.
Clo. Well, praised be the Gods for thy foulness! sluttishness may come hereafter : but be it as it may be, I will marry thee; and to that end I have been with Sir Oliver Mar-text, the vicar of the next village, who hath promis'd to meet me in this place of the foreit, and to couple us.
Jaq. I would fain see this meeting.
Clo. Amen. A man may, if he were of a fearful heart, stagger in this attempt; for here we have no temple but the wood, no affembly but horn-beasts. But what tho’? courage. As horns are odious, they are necessary. It is said, many a man knows no end of his goods : right : many a man has good horns, and knows no end of them. Well, that is the dowry of his wife, 'tis none of his own getting ; horns ? even fo poor men alone ?
no, no, the nobleit deer hath them as huge as the rascal : is the single man
therefore blessed ? no. As a wall'd town is more wore thier than a village, so is the forehead of a married man more honourable than the bare brow of a batchelor; and by how much defence is better than no skill, so much is a horn more precious than to want.
Enter Sir Oliver Mar-text. Here comes Sir Oliver : Sir Oliver Mar-text, you are well met. Will you dispatch us here under this tree, or shall we go with you to your Chappel ?
Sir Oli. Is there none here to give the woman ?
Sir Oli. Truly, she must be given, or the marriage is not lawful.
Jaq. Proceed, proceed ! I'll give her.
Clo. Good even, good master what ye call: how do you, Sir ? you are very well met : God'ild you for your last company! I am very glad to see you ; even a toy.
in hand here, Sir: nay ; pray, be covered. aq. Will you be married, Motley ?
Clo. As the ox hath his bow, Sir, the horse his curb, and the faulcon his bells, so man hath his desire; and as pidgeons bill, so wedlock would be nibling.
Jaq. And will you, being a man of your breeding, be married under a bush like a beggar ? get you to church, and have a good priest that can tell you what marriage is ; this fellow will but join you together as they join wainscot ; then one of you will prove a shrunk pannel, and, like green timber, warp, warp.
Clo. I am not in the mind, but I were better to be married of him than of another ; for he is not like to marry me well ; and not being well married, it will be a good excuse for me hereafter to leave my wife. Jaq. Go thou with me, and let me counsel thee.
Clo. Come, sweet Audrey, we must be married, or we must live in bawdry : farewell, good Sir Oliver ; not O sweet Oliver, O brave Oliver, leave me not behind thee, but wind away, begone, I say, I will not to wedding with thee.
Sir Oliv. 'Tis no matter ; ne'er a fantastical knave of them all shall flout me out of my Calling. [Exeunt. SCENE changes to a Cottage in the Forest.
Enter Rosalind and Celia.
Cel. Do, I pr’ythee; but yet have the grace to consider, that tears do not become a man.
Rof. But have I not cause to weep?
Cel. As good cause as one would desire, therefore weep.
Rof. His very hair is of the diffembling colour.
Cél. Something browner than Judas's: marry his kisses are Judas's own children.
Rof: I'faith, his hair is of a good colour.
Cél. An excellent colour : your chesnut was ever the only colour.
Ref. (8) And his killing is as full of sanctity, as the touch of holy Beard.
Cel. (9) He hath bought a pair of cast lips of Diana ;
(8) And his killing is as full of Sanctity, as the Touch of holy Bread. 1 Tho' this be the Reading of the oldest Copies, I have made no Scruple to substitute an Emendation of Mr. Warburion, which mightily adds to the Propriety of the Similie. What can the Poet be suppos'd to mean by holy Bread? Not the Saeramental, sure; that would have been Prophanation, upon a Subject of so much Levity. But holy Beard very beautifully alludes to the Kiss of a holy Saint, which the Anticnts call'd the Kiss of Charity. And for Rosalind to say, that Orlando kiss'd as holily as a Saint, renders the Comparison very just.
(9) He hath bought a pair of chast Lips of Diana; a Nun of Winter's Sisterhood kisses not more religiously ; the very ice of Cheo Stity is in them.] This Pair of chat Lips is a Corruption as old as the second Edition in Folio; I have restor'd with the first Folio, a Pair of cast Lips, i, e. a Pair left off by Diana Again, 1 what idea does a Nun of Winter's Sisterhood give us a Tho' I have not ventur'd to disturb the Text, it seems more probable to me that the Poet wrotc? 4 Nun of Winifred's Sisterhood, &c.
a nun of Winter's sisterhood kisses not more religiously; the very ice of chastity is in them.
Ros. But why did he swear he would come this morniing, and comes not? Cel. Nay; certainly, there is no truth in him. Rof. Do you think so ?
Cel. Yes ; I think he is not a pick-purse nor a horsestealer ; but for his verity in love, I do think him as concave as a cover'd goblet, or a worm-eaten nut.
Ros. Not true in love?
Cel. Was, is not is; besides, the oath of a lover is no stronger than the word of a tapster ; they are both the confirmers of false reckonings; he attends here in the Forest on the Duke your Father,
Rof. I met the Duke yesterday, and had much queftion with him: he askt me, of what parentage I was; I told him, of as good as he; so he laugh'd, and let me go. But what talk we of fathers, when there is such a man as Orlando.
Cel. O, that's a brave man! he writes brave verses, speaks brave words, swears brave oaths, and breaks them bravely, quite travers, athwart the heart of his lover ; as a puisny tilter, that spurs his horse but one side, breaks his staff like a noble goose ; but all's brave that youth mounts, and folly guides : who comes here ?
Enter Corin. Cor. Mistress and master, you have oft enquired Not, indeed, that there was any real religious Order of that Denomination : but the Legend of St. Winifred is this. She was a Christian Virgin at Holy well a small town in Flintshire, so tenacious of her Chastity, that when a tyrannous Governour laid siege to her, he could not reduce her to Compliance, but was oblig'd to ravish, and afterwards beheaded her in Revenge of her Obftinacy. Vid. Cambden's Britannia by Dr. Gibfon, p. 688. This Tradition forts very well with our Poet's Allusion,
After the shepherd that complaind of love;
Cel. Well, and what of him ?
Cor. If you will see a pageant truly plaid, Between the pale complexion of true love, And the red glow of scorn and proud disdain ; Go hence a little, and I shall conduct you, you
will mark it. Ros. O come, let us remove; The fight of lovers feedeth those in love : Bring us but to this fight, and you shall say I'll prove a busy Actor in their Play. [Exeunt. SCENE changes to another part of the Forest.
Enter Silvius and Phebe. Sil. Weet Phebe, do not scorn me ; do not, Phebe;
Say, that you love me not ; but say not so
Enter Rosalind, Celia and Corin.
(10) will you fterner be,
Than He that dies and lives by bloody drops ? This is spoken of the Executioner. He lives indeed, by bloody Drops, if you will: but how does he dye by bloody Drops? The Poet must certainly have wrote that deals and lives,&c. i. e. that gets his Bread, and makes a Trade of cutting off Heads.
Mr, Warburton. O 2