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Why, then, my taxing like a wild goose flies,
Enter ORLANDO, with his sword drawn.
Why, I have eat none yet.
distress; Or else a rude despiser of good manners, That in civility thou seem'st so empty? Orl. You touched my vein at first. The thorny
point Of bare distress hath ta'en from me the show Of smooth civility; yet I am inland 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. An you will not be answered with reason, 1
must die. Duke S. What would you have? Your gentleness
shall force, More than your force move us to gentleness.
Orl. I almost die for food ; and let me have it. Duke S. Sit down and feed, and welcome to our table.
Orl. Speak you so gently? Pardon me, I pray you. I thought, that all things had been savage here; And therefore put I on the countenance Of stern commandment. But, whate'er you are, That in this desert inaccessible, Under the shade of melancholy boughs, Lose and neglect the creeping hours of time; If ever you have looked on better days; If ever been where bells have knolled to church ; If ever sat at any good man's feast; If ever from your eyelids wiped a tear, ,
1 Inland here, and elsewhere in this play, is opposite to outland, or upland. Orlando means to say that he had not been bred among clowns.
And know what 'tis to pity, and be pitied ;
Orl. Then, but forbear your food a little while,
Go find him out,
All the world's a stage,
1 i. e. at your own command.
2 Pleonasms of this kind were by no means uncommon in the writers of Shakspeare's age; " I was afearde to what end his talke would come to.” Baret.
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Re-enter ORLANDO, with ADAM. Duke S. Welcome. Set down your venerable
burden, And let him feed. Orl.
I thank you most for him.
Duke S. Welcome; fall to. I will not troub e you
As man's ingratitude ;
1 Trite, common, trivial.
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Then, heigħ, ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.
Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
As benefits forgot;
As friend remembered not.
son, As you have whispered faithfully you were ; And as mine eye doth his effigies witness Most truly limned, and living in your face, Be truly welcome hither. I am the duke, That loved your father. The residue of your fortune, Go to my cave and tell me.—Good old man, Thou art right welcome as thy master is. Support him by the arm.--Give me your hand, And let me all your fortunes understand. [Exeunt.
1 «Though thou the waters warp.” Mr. Holt White has pointed out a Saxon adage in Hickes's Thesaurus, vol. i. p. 221, Winter shall warp water; so that Shakspeare's expression was anciently proverbial.
SCENE 1. A Room in the Palace.
Enter DUKE FREDERICK, OLIVER, Lords, and At
tendants. Duke F. Not see him since? Sir, sir, that can
not be ;
Oli. O that your highness knew my heart in this!
of doors; And let my officers of such a nature Make an extent upon his house and lands. Do this expediently, and turn him going. [Exeunt.
SCENE II. The Forest :
Enter ORLANDO, with a paper. Orl. Hang there, my verse, in witness of my love; And thou, thrice-crowned queen of night, survey
1 The argument is used for the contents of a book; thence Shakspeare considered it as meaning the subject, and then used it for subject in another sense.
2 Seize by legal process. 3 i. e. expeditiously. Expedient is used by Shakspeare throughout his plays for erpeditious.