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The rank of osiers, by the murmuring stream,
Oli. If that an eye may profit by a tongue,
Cel. It is no boast, being ask'd, to say, we are,
Oli. Orlando doth commend him to you both,
Rof. I am; what must we understand by this?
Cel. I pray you, tell it.
Oli. When last the young Orlando parted from you, He left a promise to return again Within an hour; and pacing through the forest, Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy, Lo, what befel! he threw his
aside, And mark what object did present it felf. . Under an oak, whose boughs were moss'd with age, ' And high top bald with dry antiquity;
A wretched ragged man, o'er-grown with hair, Lay Neeping on his back; about his neck A green and gilded snake had wreach'd it self, Who with her head, nimble in threats, approach'd • The opening of his mouth, but suddenly
Seeing Orlando, it unlink'd it felf,
Into a bush ; under which bush's shade
• Lay couching head on ground, with cat-like watch • When that the neeping man should stir ; for 'cis « The royal disposition of that beast • To prey on nothing that doth seem as dead: This feen, Orlando did approach the man, And found it was his brother, his eldest brother.
Cel. O, I have heard him speak of that fame brother,
Oli. And well he might fo do ;
Rof. But, to Orlando ; did he leave him there,
Oli. Twice did he turn his back, and purpos'd fo:
Cel. Are you his brother?
Oli. 'Twas I ; but 'tis not I; I do not hame
Rof. But, for the bloody napkin?
Oli. By, and by
away, 5 hurtling. skirmishing. Mr. Pope
Which all this while had bled ; and now he fainted,
Cel. We'll lead you thither.
Oli. Be of good cheer, youth ; you a man? you lack a man's heart,
RS. 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 paslion of earneft.
Ros. Counterfeit, I assure you.
Oli. Well then, take a good heart, and counterfeit to be a man.
Rof. 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 l; for I must bear answer back,
Ros I shall devise something ; but, I pray you commend my counterfeiting to him: will you go?
[Exeunt. VOL. II. Вь
A CT V. SCENE I.
Enter Clown and Audrey.
E shall find a time, Audrey; patience, gentle
Audrey. Aud. Faith, the Priest was good enough, for all the old gentleman's saying.
Clo. 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.
Enter William. Clo. 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 ev'n, Audrey.
Clo. Good ev’n, gentle friend. Cover thy head, cover thy head; nay, pr’ythee, be cover'd. How old
are you, friend?
Will. Five and twenty, Sir.
good; and yet it is not; it is but fo fo. Art thou
so· wise ?
Will. Ay, Sir, I have a pretty wit. .
Clo. Why, thou say'st well : I do now remember a Saying; the fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man 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?
Clo. 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 am he.
Will. Which he, Sir?
Clo. 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, dieft; or, to wit, I kill thee, make thee away, transate thy life into death, thy liberty into bondage; ? I will deal in poison with thee, or in baftinado, or in steel; I will bandy with thee in
1 The heathen philosopher, when he desired to eat a grape, &c.] This was designed as a snere on the several trifling and insignificant sayings and actions, recorded of the ancient philosophers,
by the writers of their lives, such as Diogenes Laertius, Philo. ftratus, Eunapius, &c. as appears from its being introduced by one of their wise sayings.
2 I will deal in poison with thee, or in baffinado. :or in fleelo I will bandy with thee in faétion ; &c.] All this seems to be an allufion to Sir Thomas Overbury's affair, B b 2