Abbildungen der Seite

your body more seeming,' Audrey:-as thus, str., You and you no cross shall part : did dislike the cut of a cerlain courtier's beard ;

[To Oriando and Rosalind. he sent me word, if I said his beard was not cut You and you are heart in heart : well, he was in the mind it was: This is called the

(To Oliver and Celia, relort courteous. If I sent him word again, it was You (To Phcbe.] to his love must accord, not well cut, he would send me word, he cut it to Or have a woman to your lord:please himself: This is called the quip modest. In You and you are sure together, again, it was not well cut, he disabled my judy

(To Touchstone and Audrey. ment: This is called the reply churlish. I again, As the winter to foul weather. it was not well cut, he would answer, I spake not Whiles a wedlock-hymn we sing, true: This is called the reproof valiant. If again, Feed yourselves with questioning; it was not well cut, he would say, I lie: This is That reason wonder may diminishi, called the countercheck quarrelsome: and so to the How thus we met, and these things finish. lie circumstantial, and the lie direct. Jaq. And how oft did you say, his beard was not

SONG. well cut? Touch, I durst go no further than the lie circum

Wedding is great Juno's crown ;. slantial, nor he durst not give me the lie direct; and

O blessed bond of board and bed! so we measured swords, and parted.

'Tis Hymen peoples every town ; Jaq. Can you nominate in order now the degrees

High wedlock then be honoured : of the lie?

Ilonour, high honour and renown, Touch. O, sir, we quarrel in print, by the book ;

To llymen, god of every lowon! as you have books for good manners: I will name you the degrees. The first, the retort courteous;

Duke S. O my dear niece, welcome thou art tome, the second, the quip modest; the third, the reply Even daughter, welcome in no less degree. churlish; the fourth, the reproof valiant; the fifth, Phe. will not eat my word, now thou art mine ; the countercheck quarrelsome; the sixth, the lic Thy faith my fancy to the doth combine.' with circumstance; the seventh, the lie direct. All

[To Silvius. these you may avoid, but the lie direct; and you

Enter Jaques de Bois. may avoid that too, with an if. I knew when seven justices could not take up a quarrel; but when the Jaq. de B. Let me have audience for a word o: parties were met themselves, one of them thought two; but of an is, as, if you said so, then I said so; and I am the second son of old sir Rowland, they shook hands, and swore brothers. Your' is, is That bring these tidings to this fair assembly the only peace-maker; much virtue in if. Duke Frederick, hearing how that every day

Jaq. Is not this a rare fellow, my lord ? he's as Men of great worth resorted to this forest, good at any thing, and yet a fool.

Address'd a mighty power which were on foot. Duke S. He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, In his own conduct, purposely to take and under the presentation of that, he shoots his wit. His brother here, and put him to the sword:

And to the skirts of this wild wood he came; Enter Hymen, leading Rosalind in woman's

Wherc, meeting with an old religious man, clothes; and Celia. Still music.

After some question with him, was converted Hym. Then is there mirth in heaven,

Both from his enterprize, and from the world : When earthly things made even

His crown bequeathing to his banish'd brother,
Alone together.

And all their lands restor'd to them again
Good duke, receive thy daughter,

That were with him exil'd: This to be true,
Hymen from heaven brought her,

I do engage my life.
Yea, brought her hither;

Duke S.

Welcome, young man; That thou might'sl join her hand with his,

Thou offer'st fairly to thy brothers' wedding : Whose heart within her bosom is.

To one, his lands withheld; and to the other,

A land itself as large, a potent dukedom. Ros. To you I give myself, for I am vours. First, in this forest, let us do those ends

[To Duke S. That'here were well begun, and well begot ; To you I give myself, for I am yours. [7o Orl. And after, every of this happy number, Duke $. If there be truth in sight, you are my That have endur'd shrewd days and nights with us, daughter.

Shall share the good of our returned fortune, Orl. If there be truth in sight, you are my Rosa- According to the measure of their states. lind.

Meantime, forget this new-fall'n dignity, Phe. If sight and shape be true,

And fall into our rustic revelry :Why then,-my love, adieu !

Play, music ;-and you brides and bridegrooms all, Ros. I'll have no father, if you be not he:- Wiih measure heap'd in joy, to the measures fall.

(To Duke S. Jaq. Sir, by your patience; If I heard you rightly, I'll have no husband, if you be not he:

The duke hath put on a religious lise,

[To Orlando. And thrown into neglect the pompous court ? Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not she.

Jaq. de B. He hath.

[To Phebe. Jaq. To him will I: out of these convertites Hym. Peace, ho! I bar confusion :

There is much matter to be heard and learn'd.'Tis I'must make conclusion

You to your former honour I bequeath;
Of these most strange events:

ITo Duke S,
Here's eight that must take hands, Your patience, and your virtue, well deserves it :-
To join in Hymen's bands,

You (To Orlando.) to a love, that your true faith Jř truth holds true contents.?

doth meril: (1) Seemly, (2) Unless truth sails of veracity,

3) Bind.


sures ;

You [To Oliver.) to your land, and love, and great pot become me; my way is, to conjure you ; and allies :

I'll begin with the women. I'charge you, O women, You [To Silvius.] to a long and well-deserved for the love you bear to men, to like as much of

this play as please them: and so I charge you, And you (To Touchstone.] to wrangling; for thy men, for the love you bear to women, (as I perceive loving voyage

by your simpering, none of you hate them,) that Is but for two months victuall'd:-So to your plea- between you and the women, the play may please.

If I were a woman, I would kiss as many of you I am for other than for dancing mcasures.

as had beards that pleased me, complexions that Duke S. Stay, Jaques, stay.

liked me,' and breaths that I defied not; and, I am Jaq. To see no pastime, 1:-what you would sure, as many as have good beards, or good faces

, have I'll stay to know at your abandon'd cave. or sweet breaths, will, for my kind offer, when (Exit. make curt'sy, bid me farewell.

(Eseunt. Duke S. Proceed, proceed: we will begin these

rites, And we do trust they'll end in true delights.

(A dance,

of this play the fable is wild and pleasing. I EPILOGUE.

know not how the_ladies will approve the facility

with which both Rosalind and Celia give away Ros. It is not the fashion to see tne lady the epi- their hearts. To Celia much may be forgiven, for logue: but it is no more unhandsome, than to see the heroism of her friendship. The character of the lord the prologue. If it be true, that good wine Jaques is natural and well preserved. The comic needs no bush, 'tis true, that a good play needs no dialogue is very sprightly, with less mixture oi lox epilogue: Yet to good wine they do use good buffoonery than in some other plays; and the graver bushes; and good plays prove the better by the part is elegant and harmonious. By hastening to help of good epilogues. What a case am I in then, the end of this work, Shakspeare suppressed the that am neither a good epilogue, nor cannot insi- dialogue between the usurper and the hermit

, and nuate with you in the behalf of a good play? I am lost an opportunity of exhibiting a moral lesson, in not furnished like a beggar, therefore to beg will which he might have found matter worthy of his

highest powers. (1) Dressed. (2) That I liked.


[merged small][ocr errors]
[graphic][merged small][graphic][subsumed]



King of France.

Countess of Rousillon, mother to Bertram. Duke of Florence.

Helena, a gentlewoman protected by the Countess Bertram, Count of Rousillon.

An old Widow of Florence. Lafeu, an old Lord.

Diana, daughter to the widow. Parolles, a follower of Bertram. Several young French Lords, that serve with Ber- Mariana, Sneighbours and friends to the widero. tram in the Florentine war.

Lords, altending on the King; Officers, Soldiers. Steward, servants to the Countess of Rousillon.

&c. French and Florentine. A Page.

IScene, partly in France, and partly in Tuscany.


Ber. I heard not of it before.

Laf. I would, it were not notorious.-Was this SCENE I.-Rousillon. A Room in the Coun- gentlewoman the daughter of Gerard de Narbon ?

tess's Palace. Enter Bertram, the Countess of Count. His sole child, my lord; and bequeathed Rousillon, Helena, and Lafeu, in mourning, to my overlooking. I have those hopes of her Countess.

good, that her education promises : her dispositions IN delivering my son from me, I bury a second an unclean mind

carries virtuous qualities, there husband.

commendations go with pity, they are virtues and Ber. And I, in going, madam, weep. o'er my traitors too; in her they are the better for their father's death anew: but' I must attend his majes- simpleness ; she derives her honesty, and achieves ty's command, to whom I am now in ward,' ever- her goodness. more in subjection.

Laf. Your commendations, madam, get from Laf. You shall find of the king a husband, ma- her tears. dam;-you, sir, a father: He that so generally is

Count. 'Tis the best brine a maiden can season at all times good, must of necessity hold his virtue her praise in. The remembrance of her father to you; whose worthiness would stir it up where never approaches her heart, but the tyranny of her it wanted, rather than lack it where there is such sorrows takes all livelihoods from her cheek. No abundance.

more of this, Helena, go to, no more ; lets it be Count. What hope is there of his majesty's rather thought you affect a sorrow, than to have. amendment ?

Hel. I do affect a sorrow, indeed, but I have it Laf. He hath abandoned his physicians, madam;too. under whose practices he hath persecuted time

Laf. Moderate lamentation is the right of the with hope ; and finds no other advantage in the dead, excessive grief the enemy to the living. process but only the losing of hope by time.

Count. If the living be enemy to the grief, the Count. This young gentlewoman had a father excess makes it soon mortal. (0, that had !? how sad a passage 'tis !) whose skill

Ber. Madam, I desire your holy wishes. was almost as great as his honesty; had it stretch

Laf. How understand we that? ed so far, would have made nature immortal, and

Count. Be thou blest, Bertram! and succeed death should have play for lack of work. Would,

thy father for the king's sake, he were living! I think, it In manners, as in shape! thy blood, and virtue, ! would be the death of the king's disease.

Contend for empire in thee;

and thy goodness 1 Laf. How called you the man you speak of, Share with thy birthright! Love all, trust a few, madam ?

Do wrong to none : be able for thine enemy. 1 Count. He was famous, sir, in his profession, and Rather in power, than use; an.) keep thy friend it was his great right to be so: Gerard de Narbon. Under thy own life's key: be check'd for silence,

Laf. He was excellent, indeed, madam; the king But never tax'd for speech. What heaven more will, Fery lately spoke of him, admiringly, and mourn. That thee may furnish, and my prayers pluck ingly: he was skilful enough to have lived still, ir

down, knowledge could be set up against mortality.

Fall on thy head! Farewell.-My lord, Ber. What is it, my good lord, the king lan-'Tis an unseason'd courtier ; good my lord, guishes of?

Advise him. Laf. A fistula, my lord,


He cannot want the best (1) Under his particular care, as my guardian. (4) i. e. Her excellencies are the better because

2) The countess recollects her own loss of a they are artless. husband, and observes how heavily had passes (5) All appearance of life. through her mind.

(6) i, e. That may help thee with more and bet (9) Qualities of good breeding and erudition, ter qualifications,

« ZurückWeiter »