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pair of unclean beafts *, which in all tongues are call'd fools.
Clo. Salutation, and greeting, to you all!
Jaq. Good my Lord, bid him welcome. This is the motley-minded gentleman, that I have fo often met in the forest: he hath been a courtier, he fwears.
Clo. · If any man doubt that, let him put me to my purgation, I have trod a measure; I have flatter'd ' a lady; I have been politic with iny friend, smooth with mine enemy; I have undone three tailors; I have had four quarrels, and like to have fought one.' Jaq. And how was that ta'en up?
Clo. 'Faith, we met; and found, the quarrel was upon the seventh cause. Faq. How the seventh cause? ---Good my Lord,
, like this fellow.
Duke fen. I like him very well.
Clo. God'ild you, Sir, I desire of you the like. 'I press in here, Sir, amongst the rest of the country copulatives, to swear, and to forswear, according as marriage binds, and blood breaks; a poor virgin, Sir, an « ill-favour'd thing, Sir, but mine own; a poor humour “ of mine, Sir, to take that that no man elfe will.” Rich honesty dwells like a mifer, Sir, in a poor house; as your pearl in your foul oyster.
Duke fen. By my faith, he is very fwift and sententious.
Clo. According to the fool's bolt, Sir, and such dulcet diseases +
Jaq. But, for the seventh cause; how did you find the quarrel on the seventh cause?
Clo. “Upon a lie seven times removed; (bear your “ body more seeming, Audrey ;) as thus, Sir. I did “ dislike the cut of a certain courtier's beard; he fent « me word, if I said his beard was not cut well, he
was in the mind it was. This is call'd the Retort 6 courteous. If I sent him word again, it was not well 66 cut, he would send me word, he cut it to please himself.
* Noah was ordered to take into the ark the clean-beasts by sevens, and the unclean by pairs. ,
† Meaning love, as what is apt to make folks sententious.
“ This is call’d the Quip modeft. If again, it was not “ well cut, he disabled my judgment. This is call'd the “ Reply churlish. If again, it was not well cut, he would “ answer, I pake not true. This is call'd the Reproof “ valiant. If again, it was not well cut, he would say, I “ lie. This is call'd' the Counter-check quarrelsome ; and “ fo, the Lie circumftantial, and the Lie direal."
Jaq. And how oft did you say, his beard was not well cut?
Clo. “ I durft go no further than the Lie circumstantial; “ nor he durft not give me the Lie dire&, and so we meao fur'd swords and parted.”.
Jaq. Can you nominate in order now the degrees of the Lie?
Cl.. “ O Sir, we quarrel in print, by the book; as you have books for good manners.
I will name you “ the degrees. The first, the Retort courteous; the fe. “cond, the Quip modeft; the third, the Reply churlish; " the fourth, the Reproof valiant; the fifth, the Coun" tercheck quarrelsome; the fixth, the Lie with circum
ftance; the seventh, the Lie direct. All these you: " may avoid, but the Lie direct; and you may avoid « that too, with an If. I knew, when seven justices " could not take up a quarrel; but when the parties were “ met themselves, one of them thought but of an If; as, - If you said fu, then I said fo; and they shook hands, 6 and swore brothers. Your lf is the only peaee-maker; 4 much virtue in If.”
Jaq. Is not this a rare fellow, my Lord? he's good at any thing, and yet a fool.
Duke sen. He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he lhoots his wit.
Enter Hynen, Rofalind in woman's clothes, and Celia.
When earthly things made even
Good Duke, receive thy daughter,
Yea, brought þer hither:
Rof. To you I give myself; for I am yours.
[To the Duke. To you I give myself; for I am yours. [To Orlando. Duke sen. If there be truth in fight, you are my
daughter. Orla. If there be truth in fight, you are my Rosalind.
Phe. If light and shape be true,
RS. I'll have no father, if you be not he;
be not the.
Of these most strange events. Here's eight that must take hands, To join in Hymen's bands,
If truth holds true contents. You and you no cross shall part; You and
heart in heart;
diminish, How thus we met, and these things finish.
Wedding is great Juno's crown,
O blefed bond of board and bed!
High wedlock then be honoured:
Duke sen. O my dear niece, welcome thou art to me; Ev'n 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.
SCENE VIII. Enter Jaques de Boys.
Jaq. Sir, by your patience: if I heard you rightly;
Jaq. de B. He hath.
There is much matter to be heard and learn'd.
[To Orla. You to your land, and love, and great allies; [To 01. You to a long and well deserved bed; [To Sylv. And you to wrangling; for thy loving voyage
[To the Clown. Is but for two months vi&tuald: so to your pleasures: I am for other than for dancing measures.
Duke fen. Stay, Jaques, stay.
Faq. To see no pastime, I: what you would have, I'll stay to know at your
[Exit. Duke sen. Proceed, proceed; we will begin these rites, As we do trust they'll end, in true delights.
EPILOGUE. Rof. Its not the fashion to see the lady the epilogue; but it is no more inhandsome, 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. Yeť to good wine they do use good bushes; and good plays prove
the better by the help of good epilogues. What a cafe am I in then, that am neither a good epilogue, nor can infinuate with you in the behalf of a good play? I am not furnish'd like a beggar; therefore to beg will not become me. My way is to conjure you, and Pll be gin with the women. I charge you, O women, for the love you bear to men, to like as much of this play as pleafes them: and I charge you, O men, for the love you bear to women, (as I perceive by your fimpering, . none of you hate them,) to like as much as pleases them: that between you and the wonen, the play inay please. If I were a woman *, I would kiss as many of you as had beards that pleas'd me, complexions that lik’d me, and breaths that I defy'd not: and, I am sure, as many as have good beards, or good faces, or sweet breaths, will, for
my kind offer, wh I make niy courtesy, bid me farewell.
The * Note, that in this author's time the parts of women were al. ways performed by men or boys.