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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 sent me word, if I said his beard was not cut well, he was in the mind it was : This is called the Retort courteous. If I sent him word again, it was not well cut, he would send me word, he cut it to please himself: This is call'd the Quip modest. 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 spake not true. This is call'd the Reproof va. liant. If again, it was not well cut, he would say, I lie. This is called the Countercheck quarrelsome ; and so to the Lie circumstantial, and the Lie dire&t.

Jaq. And how oft did you say, his beard was not well cut ?

312 Clo. I durst go no further than the Lie circumstantial, nor he durst not give me the Lie direct; and so we measur'd swords, and parted.

Jaq. Can you nominate in order now the degrees of the lie?

Clo. 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 second, the Quip modest; the third, the Reply churl.

the fourth, the Reproof valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with circunstance; 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 jus.


tices 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 so, then I said so; and they shook hands, and swore brothers. Your If is the only peace-maker; much virtue in If.

331 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 shoots his wit.

Enter Hymen, ROSALIND in Woman's Clothes, and



Hym. Then is there mirth in heaven,

When earthly things made even

Atone together.
Good duke, receive thy daughter,
Hymen from heaven brought her,

Yea, brought her hither;
That thou might'st join her hand with his,
Whose heart within his bosom is.


Ros. 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 sight, you are my daughter. Kiij


Rosa Orla. If there bé truth in sight, you are my



Phe. If sight and shape be true, Why then,my love, adieu ! Ros. I'll have no father, if you be not he : 350

[To the Duke. I'll have no husband, if you be not he :

[TO ORLANDO. Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not she. [To PHEBE. Hym. Peace, ho! I bar confusion :

'Tis I must make conclusion

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;

(To ORLANDO and ROSALIND. You and you are heart in heart :


[ To OLIVER and CELIA. You to his love must accord, Or have a woman to your lord : [To PHEBE. You and you are sure together, As the winter to foul weather.

[To the Clown and AUDREY. Whiles a wedlock-hymn we sing, Feed yourselves with questioning; That reason wonder may diminish, How thus we met, and these things finish.


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Duke Sen. O my dear niece, welcome thou art to


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.

Enter JAQUES DE Boys.

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Jaq. de B. Let me have audience for a word, or

I am the second son of old Sir Rowland, 380
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 question with him, was converted
Both from his enterprize, and from the world : 390

His crown bequeathing to his banish'd brother,
And all their lands restor'd to them again
That were with him exil'd : This to be true,
I do engage my life.

Duke Sen. Welcome, young man :
Thou offer'sț fairly to thy brother's wedding :
To one, his lands with-held ; 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,

410 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 the Duke. Your patience, and your virtue, well deserves it :You to a love, that your true faith doth merit :



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