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Sweet are the uses of adversity ,
Which , like the toad , ugly and venomous ,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head:
And this our life , exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees , books in the running
brooks,. Sermons in stones , and good in every thing. —Come, shall we go, and kill us venison? And yet it irks me , the poor dappled fools , Being native burgers of this desert city, Should, in their own confines, with forked heads, Have their round haunches gor'd.
Lord. Indeed, my lord, The melancholy Jaques grieves much at that; And in that kind swears you do more usurp Than doth your brother that hath banished you. To-day my lord of Amiens , and myself, Did steal behind him as he lay along Under an oak, whose antique root peeps out Upon the brook that brawls along this wood; To the which place a poor sequestered stag, That from the hunter's aim had ta'en a hurt, Did come to languish \ and, indeed, my lord, The wretched animal heav'd forth such groans That their discharge did stretch his leathern coat Almost to bursting ; and the big round tears CoursM one another down- his innocent nose In piteous chase; and thus the hairy fool, Much mark'd of the melancholy Jaques , Stood on th' extremest verge of the swift brook, Augmenting it with tears.
Duke. But what said Jaques? Did he not moralize this spectacle?
Lord. O yes, into a thousand similies; First, for his weeping in the needless stream; Poor deer , quoth he, thou mak'st a testament As worldlings do , giving thy sum of more To that which had too much. Then being alone , Left and abandon'd of his velvet friends: 'Tis right, quoth he , thus misery doth part The flux of company. Anon a careless herd ,
Full of the pasture,.jumps along by him ,
And nerer stays to greet him: Ay , quoth Jaques ,
Sweep on, you fat and greasy citizens,
Tis just the fashion: wherefore do you look
Upon that poor and broken bankrupt there?
Thus most invectively he pierceth, through
The body of the country , city, court,
Yea . >md of this our life, swearing that we
Are mere usurpers, tyrants , and what's worse 5„
To fright the animals, and to kill them up,
In their assign'd and native dwelling place.
Duke. And did you leave him .in .this contemn plation?
Iiord. We did, say lord, weeping and comment-ing Upon the sobbing deer.
Duke. Show me the place;
Lord. I'll bringjou to him straight..
C'H-A P. X.
Duke and Jaques..
Duke. \V Ht , how aow , Monsieur , what a
life is this , That your poor friends must woo your company? What? you look merrily.
Jaq. A fool, a fool;—I met a fool i' th' forest, A motley fool; a miserable varlet! . As 1 do live by food, I met a fool, Who laid, him down and bask'd him in the sun , . And.rail'd on lady Fortune in good terms, In good set terms , and yet a motley fool. Good morrow, fool, quoth I; No , Sir,quoth he , Call me not fool, till Heaven hath sent me fort une;.-. And then he drew a dial from his poak, And looking on it with lack lustre eye Says very wisely, It is ten o'clock s
Thus may we see tquoth he, how the world wags:
Jaq. O worthy fool! one that hath been a
so? The why is plain , as way to parish-church; He whom a fool does very wisely hit, Doth very foolishly ,.although he smart, Not to seem senseless of the bob. If not, The wise man's folly is anatomiz'd Even by thesquandering glances of a fool. West me in my motley, give me leave Tospeak my mind, and I will through and through Cleanse the foul body of th' infected world ,
If they will patiently receive ray medicine.
Duke. Fie on thee M can tell what thou would'st do.
Jaq. What, for a counter, would I do but good?
Duke. Most mischievous foul sin ,jin chiding sin j^. For thou thyself hast been a libertine,. And all th'embossed sores and headed evils r That thou with licence of free foot hast caught,, Wouldst thou disgorge into the general world.
Jaq. Why , who cries out on pride,
Chap. X I:
Ch. Just. -L am assur'd, if I be measur'd rightly ,.
P. Henry. Mo! might aprince of my great hopes-forget So great indignities you laid upon me? What! rate, rebuke, and roughly send to prison< Th' immediate heir of lingland! was this casy?; May this be wath'd in Lothe and lor gotten!;
Ch. Just. T then did use the person of your father; The image of his power lay then in me} And in th' administration of his law, While I was busy for the commonwealth Your highness pleased to forget my place , The majesty and pow'r of law and justice , The image of the king whom I presented; And struck me in my very seat of judgment; Whereon, as an offender to your father, I gave bold way to my authority; And did commit you. If the deed were ill, Be you contented , wearing now the garland , To have a son set "your decrees at nought: To pluck down justice from your awful bench , To trip the course of law, and blunt the sword That guards the peace and safety of your person: Kay more , to spurn at your most royal image , And mock your working in a second body. Question your royal thoughts,make the case your's; Be now the father , and propose a son: Hear your own dignity so much profan'd; See your most dreadful.law so loosely slighted; Behold yourself so by a son disdained: And then imagine me taking your part, And in your pow'r so silencing your son. After this cold consid'rance , sentence me; "And , as you are a king , speak in your state , What I have done that misbecame my place, My; person , or my liege's sovereignly.
P. Henry. You are right, Justice , and you weigh this well: Therefore still bear the balance and the sword: And I do wish your honours may increase, Till you do live to see a son of mine Offend you , and obey you as I did: So shall I live to speak my father's words: Happy am I, that have a man so bold That dares do justice on my proper son , And no less happy, having such a son,, That would deliver up his greatness so