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And well he might so do, For well I know he was unnatural.
Ros. But, to Orlando ;-Did he leave him there, Food to the suck'd and hungry lioness?
Oli. Twice did he turn his back, and purpos'd so: But kindness, nobler ever than revenge, And nature, stronger than his just occasion, Made him give battle to the lioness, Who quickly fell before him; in which hurtling? From miserable slumber I awak'd. Cel. Are
his brother? Ros.
Was it you he rescu'd ? Cel. Was't you that did so oft contrive to kill him?
Oli. 'Twas I; but 'tis not I: I do not shame
conversion So sweetly tastes, being the thing I am.
Ros. But, for the bloody napkin ?-
By, and by
away, Which all this while had bled; and now he fainted, And cry'd, in fainting, upon Rosalind. Brief, I recover'd him; bound up his wound; And, after some small space, being strong at heart,
He sent me hither, stranger as I am,
I would, I were at home. Cel. We'll lead
thither : I pray you,
take him by the arm?
Ros. I do so, I confess it. Ah, sir, a body would think this was well counterfeited : I pray you, tell your brother how well I counterfeited.--Heigh ho!
Oli. This was not counterfeit; there is too great testimony in your complexion, that it was a passion of earnest.
Ros. Counterfeit, I assure you.
Oli. Well then, take a good heart, and counterfeit to be a man.
Ros. So I do: but, i'faith I should have been a woman by right.
Cel. Come, you look paler and paler; pray you, draw homewards:-Good sir, go with us.
Oli. That will I, for I must bear answer back How you excuse my brother, Rosalind.
Ros. I shall devise something : But, I pray you, commend my counterfeiting to him :-Will you go?
SCENE I. The same.
Enter TouchSTONE and AUDREY, Touch. We shall find a time, Audrey; patience, gentle Audrey.
Aud: 'Faith, the priest was good enough, for all the old gentleman's saying.
Touch. A most wicked sir Oliver, Audrey, a most vile Mar-text. But, Audrey, there is a youth here in the forest lays claim to you.
Aud. Ay, I know who 'tis; he hath no interest in me in the world: here comes the man you mean.
Touch. It is meat and drink to me to see a clown: By my troth, we that have good wits, have much to answer for; we shall be fouting; we cannot hold.
Will. Good even, Audrey.
Touch. Good even, gentle friend: Cover thy head, cover thy head; nay, pr’ythee, be covered. How old are you, friend?
Will. Five and twenty, sir.
Will. 'Faith, sir, so, so.
Touch. So, so, is good, very good, very excellent good :-and yet it is not; it is but so so. Art thou wise?
Will. Ay, sir, I have a pretty wit.
Touch. Why, thou say’st well. I do now remember a saying; The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise mun knows himself to be a fool. The heathen philosopher, when he had a desire to eat a grape, would open his lips when he put it into his mouth; meaning thereby, that grapes were made to eat, and lips to open. You do love this maid ?
Will. I do, sir.
Touch. Then learn this of me; To have, is to have: For it is a figure in rhetorick, that drink, being poured out of a cup into a glass, by filling the one doth empty the other: For all your writers do consent, that ipse is he; now you are not ipse, for I
Will. Which he, sir?
Touch. He, sir, that must marry this woman: Therefore, you clown, abandon-which is in the vulgar, leave,-the society,—which in the boorish is, company, of this female,—which in the common is, -woman, which together is, abandon the society of this female; or, clown thou perishest; or, to thy better understanding, diest; to wit, I kill thee, make thee away, translate thy life into death, thy liberty into bondage: I will deal in poison with thee, or in bastinado, or in steel ; I will bandy with thee in
faction; I will o'er-run thee with policy; I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways; therefore tremble, and depart.
Aud. Do, good William.
Cor. Our master and mistress seek you; come, away, away.
Touch. Trip, Audrey, trip, Audrey;-I attend, I attend.
Enter ORLANDO and OLIVER. Orl. Is't possible, that on so little acquaintance you should like her? that, but seeing, you should love her? and, loving, woo ? and, wooing, she should grant ? and will you perséver to enjoy her?
Oli. Neither call the giddiness of it in question, the poverty of her, the small acquaintance, my sudden wooing, nor her sudden consenting ; but say with me, I love Aliena; say with her, that she loves me; consent with both, that we may enjoy each other : it shall be to your good; for my father's house, and all the revenue that was old sir Rowland's, will I estate upon you, and here live and die a shepherd.