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Rosalind.-Say a day, without the ever. Orlando : men are April when they woo, December when they wed; maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives. I will be more jealous of thee than a Barbary cock-pigeon over his hen, more clamorous than a parrot against rain, more new-fangled than an ape, more giddy in my desires than a monkey. I will weep for nothing, like Diana in the fountain, and I will do that when you are disposed to be merry; I will laugh like a hyen, and that when thou art inclined to sleep.
Orlando. But will my Rosalind do so ?
Rosalind.-Or else she could not have the wit to do this; the wiser, the waywarder. Make the doors upon a woman's wit, and it will out at the casement; shut that, and 't will out at the key-hole; stop that, 't will fly with the smoke out at the chimney.
Orlando.—A man that had a wife with such a wit, he might say “ Wit, whither wilt ?” For these two hours, Rosalind, I will leave thee.
Rosalind. Alas! dear love, I cannot lack thee two hours.
Orlando.— I must attend the duke at dinner ; by two o'clock I will be with thee again.
Rosalind.—Ay, go your ways, go your ways; I knew what
would prove: my friends told me as much, and I thought no less. That flattering tongue of yours won me: 't is but one cast away, and so, come, death ! Two o'clock is your hour?
Orlando.- Ay, sweet Rosalind.
all pretty oaths that are not dangerous, if you break jot of your promise or come one minute behind your hour, I will think you the most pathetical break-promise, and the most hollow lover, and the most unworthy of her you call Rosalind, that may be chosen out of the gross band of the unfaithful : therefore beware my censure and keep your promise.
Orlando.-With no less religion than if thou wert indeed
: so adieu. Rosalind.-Well, Time is the old justice that examines all such offenders, and let Time try : adieu.
[Excit Orlando. Celia.—You have simply misused our sex in your love-prate : we must have your doublet and hose plucked over your head, and show the world what the bird hath done to her own nest.
Rosalind.-0 coz, coz, coz, my pretty little coz, that thou didst know how many fathom deep I am in love! But it cannot be sounded ; my affection hath an unknown bottom, like the bay of Portugal.
Celia.-Or rather, bottomless, that as fast as you pour affection in, it runs out.
Rosalind.-No, that same wicked bastard of Venus that was begot of thought, conceived of spleen, and born of madness, that blind rascally boy that abuses every one's eyes because his own are out, let him be judge how deep I am in love. I 'll tell thee, I cannot be out of the sight of Orlando : I'll go find a shadow, and sigh till he come. Celia.- And I 'll sleep.
THE ARTIST'S DREAM. Platform arranged to represent an artist's studio. A person attired as an artist, reclining upon a sofa or lounge, and a child dressed to represent a fairy, holding a wreath of laurel above the recliner's head.
COLUMBUS BEFORE FERDINAND AND ISABELLA.
COLUMBUS.-Clad in dark Knickerbocker suit, over which is cast a long
black cloak, thrown back from one shoulder ; long stockings, low shoes, with buckles; ornaments and gold chains about neck and arms; black hat with plumes, in hand; hair thrown back from forehead ; full
beard and mustache. ISABELLA.—Rich flowing dress with train; arms bare to elbows ; crown
upon head. FERDINAND.-Knee breeches; long stockings; cloak of dark red, bordered
with ermine; heavy ermine collar; ornaments worn on front of dress;
low shoes with buckles ; crown on head. Two or three doctors, in long black gowns, close-fitting at neck. Several lords and ladies in attendance, attired in costumes of the court i
half a dozen persons painted and dressed as Indians and a dozen moro to represent soldiers, will be necessary to complete the picture.
Ferdinand and Isabella seated on a double throne, which should be raised two or three steps.
Columbus should be kneeling upon one knee at foot of throne, hat in left hand, right hand placed on chest, head inclined forward, eyes dropped.
Doctors standing on left of throne, lords and ladies at right and in the rear; still further in the rear, soldiers, clad in armor and bearing flags, spears, and battle-axes.
Indians with bows, arrows, and tomahawks, standing in a group near Columbus.
SECOND TABLEAU. King and Queen may be standing, each extending a hand toward Columbus, indicative of favor. Red light from front, and martial music.
A PLEASANT ACQUAINTANCE,
Young Man and Maiden,
Man brunette ; maiden blonde ; both attired in peasant costume. Attitude and expression indicative of much pleasure at meeting.
THE STOLEN BIRD'S NEST.
A mother and two children-boy and girl.
Mother may be attired in neat plain garb; boy in printed shirt and knee breeches, feet bare; girl in cotton dress and pinafore.
TABLEAU. Mother seated, holding in left hand a bird's nest, containing four or five small eggs; right hand raised, index finger pointing toward nest, with a look of sad reproach in countenance.
Little girl with head drooped and turned away and apron drawn over one side of face, as though hiding from the mother's gaze.
Boy holding large straw hat tightly against his side with both hands ; face downcast and averted.
(Pleasant sitting-room. Mr. Clay, with dressing gown
and slippers, reading. Martha enters the room and hands a card to Mr. Clay.)
Mr. Clay (reading the card).-Very well, Martha, show the gentleman in. [Marthe exit.]
Martha (opening the door).-Mr. Simmons.
you; be seated.
Mr. Simmons.-Ahem! Thank you, sir (taking a seat). I-I have called—I have called, Mr. Clay.
Mr. Simmons.-As I remarked—I. have called-on important business. I—that is we- or rather, in fact; I love your daughter, and—I-wish to ask your permission to pay my addresses to her.
Mr. Clay.—Well, really Mr. Simmons, you take me rather by surprise. I scarcely know what to say. I had no idea that there was anything of this sort going
You must excuse me, Mr. Simmons, but it is hard for a father to think of losing his daughter. Bessie is the eldest, and is the light of our household. We have, perhaps, been too indulgent, but she has never known a