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Cor. If you will see a pageant truly plaid,
ROS. O come, let us remove;
you I'll prove a busy Actor in their Play.
Enter Silvius and Phebe, Sil. WEET Phebe, do not scorn me; do not,
Enter Rosalind, Celia and Corin. Pbe. I would not be thy executioner; 1 Ay thee, for I would not injure thee. Thou tellst me, there is murther in mine eyes; 'Tis pretty, sure, and very probable, 8 will you ferner be,
Than He that dies and lives by bloody drops ? This is spoken of the executioner. He lives indeed, by bloody Drops, if you will: but how does he die by bloody Drops? The poet must certainly have wrote that deals and lives, &c. i. e. that gets his bread by, and makes a trade of cutting off heads : But the Oxford Editor makes it plainer. He reads, Than he that lives and thrives by bloody drops.
That eyes, that are the frail'ft and softest things,
Sil. O dear Pbebe,
Pbebe. But 'till that time, Come not thou near me, and when that time comes, Amict me with thy mocks, pity me not; As, 'till that time, I shall not pity thee. Rof. And why, I pray you? who might be your
mother, * That you insult, exult, and rail, at once
9 The power of fancy,] i. e. the arms of Love: As poets talk of the darts of Cupid in che Eyes of their Mistresses.
I That you insult, exult, and ALL, at once] If the Speaker intended to accuse the person spoken to only for insulting and exsulting: then, instead of mall at once, it ought to have been, both at once.
But by examining the criine of the person accused, we fall discover that the line is to be read thus,
That you infult, exult, and RAIL, at once. For these three things Phebe was guilty of. But the Oxford Editor improves it, and, for rail at once, reads domineer. VOL. 11. A a
Over the wretched? what though you (w) have beauty,
you be therefore proud and pitiless ?
So 2 Of nature's sale-work:) i. e. those works that nature makes up carelesly and without exactness. The allusion is to the practice of Mechanicks, whose work bespoke is more elaborate, than that which is made up for chance-customers, or to sell in quantities to retailers, which is called sale-work.
3 That can ENTAME my spirits to your worship.] I should rather think that Shakespear wrote ENTRAINE, draw,
allure. 4 Foul is most foul, being FOUL to be a fcoffer:] The only sense of this is, An ill-favoured person is most ill favoured, when, if he be ill. favoured, he is a scoffer. Which is a deal too absurd
[(a) have beauty. Anonymus.-Vulg. bave no beauty.]
So take her to thee, shepherd; fare you well.
Phe. Sweet youth, I pray you chide a year together ; I had rather hear you chide, than this man woo.
Rof. He's fallen in love with your foulness, and she'll fall in love with my anger. If it be fo, as fast as she answers thee, with frowning looks, I'll sauce her with bitter words. Why look you
pray you, do not fall in love with me;
Sil. Sweet Pbebe!
Sil. Where-ever forrow is, relief would be;
do forrow at my grief in love,
Phe. Thou hast my love; is not that neighbourly?
Phe. Why, that were Covetousness.
Foul is most foul, being FOUND to be a Scoffer:
And yet it is not, that I bear thee love;
Sil. So holy and so perfect is my love,
ere while ?
Pbe. “ Think not, I love him, tho' I ask for him; “ 'Tis but a peevish boy, yet he talks well. “ But what care I for words ? yet words do well, “ When he that speaks them, pleases those that hear : “ It is a pretty youth, not very pretty ; “ But, fure, he's proud; and yet his pride becomes “ He'll make a proper man; the best thing in him “ Is his Complexion ; and faster than his tongue “ Did make Offence, his eye did heal it up: “ He is not very tall, yet for his years he's tall; s« His leg is but so so, and yet 'tis well; 6. There was a pretty redness in his lip, “ A little riper, and more lusty red “ Than that mix'd in his cheek; 'twas just the
16 difference “ Betwixt the constant red and mingled damask. " There be some women, Silvius, had they mark'd
« him “ In parcels as I did, would have gone near