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Jaq. Is not this a rare fellow, my lord? he's as good at any thing, and yet a fool.
Duke $. He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that, he shoots his wit.
Enter Hymen, leading ROSALIND in Woman's
clothes, and CELIA.
Hym. Then is there mirth in heaven,
When earthly things made even
Yea, brought her hither ;
Ros. To you I give myself, for I am yours.
[To Duke S. To you I give myself, for I am yours.
[To ORLANDO. Duke S. If there be truth in sight, you are my
[T. Duke S. I'll have no husband, if you be not he:
[T. ORLANDO. Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not she.
Hym. Peace, ho! I bar confusion:
'Tis I must make conclusion
Of these most strange events :
If truth holds true contents. ?
[To ORLANDO and ROSALIND. You and you are heart in heart:
[To OLIVER and CELIA.
[To TouchSTONE' and AUDREY.
diminish, How thus we met, and these things finish.
Wedding is great Juno's crown.;
O blessed bond of board and bed!
High wedlock then be honoured:
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 to thee doth combine,
2 Unless truth fail of veracity.
Enter JAQUES DE Bois.
Jaq. de B. Let me have audience for a word, or I am the second son of old sir Rowland, That bring these tidings to this fair assembly: Duke Frederick, hearing how that every day Men of great worth resorted to this forest, Address'd 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 questions with him, was converted Both from his enterprize, and from the world : His crown bequeathing to his banish'd brother, And all their lands restor’d to them again That were with him exíl’d: This to be true, I do engage my life. Duke S.
Welcome, young man ; Thou offer'st fairly to thy brother's 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 endur’d 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-fall’n dignity, And fall into our rustick revelry :Play, musick; – and you brides and bridegrooms
all, With measure heap'd in joy, to the measures fall.
Jaq. Sir, by your patience ; If I heard you rightly, The duke hath put on a religious life, And thrown into neglect the pompous court?
Jaq. de B. He hath,
Jaq. To him will I: out of these convertites There is much matter to be heard and learn’d. You to your former honour I bequeath ;
[To Duke s. Your patience, and your virtue, well deserves it : You [TO ORLANDO] to a love, that your true faith
doth merit:You [To OLIVER] to your land, and love, and great
allies : You [T. Silvius] to a long and well deserved
And you [TO TOUCHSTONE] to wrangling, for thy
loving voyage Is but for two months victual'd : So to your plea
Duke S. Stay, Jaques, stay.
[Erit. Duke S. Proceed, proceed: we will begin these
rites, And we do trust they'll end, in true delights.
Ros. It is not the fashion to see the lady the epilogue: 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 fur
nished 3 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 pleases them: and so 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, and complexions that liked me 4 : and, I am sure, as many as have good beards, or good faces, will, for my kind offer, when I make curt'sy, bid me farewell.