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Between the acres of the rye,
With a hey, and a ho, and a bey nonino,
In the spring time, &c.
With a bey, and a bo, and a bey noning,
In the spring time, &c.
Clo. Truly, young gentleman, though there was no great matter in the ditty, yet the note was very (a) untimeable.
1 Page. You are deceiv'd, Sir, we kept time, we lost not our time.
Clo. By my troth, yes: I count it but time loft to hear such a foolish Song. God b'w'y you, and God
voices. Come, Audrey, [Exeunt.
Enter Duke Senior, Amiens, Jaques, Orlando,
Oliver, and Celia,
Orla. I sometimes do believe, and sometimes do not; * As those that fear their hap, and know their fear.
4. As those that fear THEY Hope, and know THEY fear.] This strange nonsense should be read thus,
As those that fear THEIR HAP, and know THEIR fear. j. e. As those who fear the issue of a thing when they know their fear to be well grounded. [(a) untimeable. Mr. Tbeobald Vulg. untuneable. ]
Enter Rosalind, Silvius and Phebe.
Rof. Patience once more, whiles our compact is
urg'd: You say, if I bring in your Rosalind, (To the Duke.
, You will bestow her on Orlando here? Duke Sen. That would I, had I Kingdoms to give
with her. Rof. And you say, you will have her when I bring her?
[To Orlando. Orla. That would I, were 1 of all Kingdoms King. Rof. You say, you'll marry me, if I be willing:
[To Phebe. Pbe. That will I, should I die the hour after.
Rof. But if you do refuse to marry me,
Phe. So is the bargain.
[To Silvius. Sil. Tho' to have her and death were both one
thing. Rof. I've promis'd to make all this matter even ; Keep you your word, O Duke, to give your daughter ; You yours, Orlando, to receive his daughter : Keep your word, Phebe, that you'll marry me, Or else, refusing me, to wed this shepherd. Keep your word, Silvius, that you'll marry her, If she refuse me; and from hence I go To make these doubts all even. [Exeunt Rof. and Celia.
Duke Sen. I do remember in this shepherd-boy Some lively touches of my daughter's favour.
Orla. My Lord, the first time that I ever saw him, Methought, he was a brother to your daughter ; But, my good Lord, this boy is forest-born, And hath been tutor'd in the rudiments Of many desperate studies by his uncle;
Whom he reports to be a great magician,
Enter Clown and Audrey. Faq. There is, sure, another food toward, and these couples are coming to the Ark. 5 Here come a pair of unclean beasts, which in all tongues are calld fools.
Clo. Salutation, and greeting, to you all!
Jaq. Good my Lord, bid him welcome. This is the motley-minded gentleman, that I have so often mer in the forest: he hath been a Courtier, he swears.
Cló. “If any man doubt that, let him put me to
my purgation. I have trod a measure; I have flat• ter'd a lady; I have been politick with my friend,
smooth with mine enemy; I have undone three tay« lors; I have had four quarrels, and like to have
Clo. 'Faith, we met; and found, the quarrel was. upon the seventh cause.
Jaq. How the seventh cause? good my lord, like this fellow.
Duke Sen. I like him very well.
Clo. God'ild you, Sir, I desire of you the like: I press in here, Sir, amongst the rest of the country
5 Here come a pair of VERY STRANGE beasts, &c.] What ! firange beasts? and yet such as have a name in all languages? Noah's Ark is here alluded to; into which the clean bealts entered by sevens, and the unclean by two, male and female. It is plain then that Shakespear wrote, here come a pair of UNCLEAN beafs, which is highly humourous.
6-1 defore you of the like :) We should read, I defire of you the like. On the Duke's saying, I like him very well, he replies, I desire you will give me cause that I may like you too.
copulatives, to swear, and to forswear, ? according as marriage binds, and blood breaks: a poor virgin, Sir, an “ill-favour'd thing, Sir, but mine own; a
poor humour of mine, Sir, to take That that no “ man else will.” Rich honesty dwells like a miser, Sir, in a poor house; as your pearl, in
in your foul oyster.
Duke Sen. By my faith, he is very swift and sententious.
Clo. According to the fool's bolt, Sir, and fuch dulcet diseases. Jaq. But, for the seventh cause; how did
find the quarrel on the seventh cause ?
Clo. “Upon a lie feven times removed; (bear
your body more seeming, Audrey) 8 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 callid " 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 cburlish. If
again, it was not well cut, he would answer, I “ spake not true. This is call'd the Reproof valiant.
7 according as marriage birds, and blood breaks :] The construction is; to swear as marriage binds. Which I think is not English. I suspect Shakespear wrote it thus, to wear and to forfwear, according as marriage Bids, and blood Bids break.
8 as thus, Sir; I did dislike the cut of a courtier's beard ;] This folly is touched upon with high humour by Fletcher in his Queen of Corinth.
Has be familiarly
or drawn your sword,
so If again, it was not well cut, he would say, I lye. c. This is call'd the Countercheck quarrelsome; and so, so the Lye circumstantial, and the Lye direct.
Jaq. And how oft did you say, his beard was not well cut?
Clo. “ I durst go no further than the Lye circum66 ftantial; nor he durft not give me the Lye direct, 66 and so we'measur'd swords and parted.'
Jaq. Can you nominate in order now the degrees of the Lye?
Clo. “90 Sir, we quarrel in print, by the book ; “ as you have books for good manners. I will name
9 O Sir, we quarrel in print, by the book ;] The Poet has, in this scene, rallied the mode of formal dueling, then so prevalent, with the highest humour and address; nor could he have treated it with a happier contempt, than by making his Clown so knowing in the forms and preliminaries of it. The particular book here alluded to is a very ridiculous treatise of one Vincentia Saviolo, intitled, Of honour and honourable quarrels, in Quarto printed by Wolf, 1594. The first part of this tract he intitles, A discourse moji necessary for all gentlemen that have in regard their honors, touching, the giving and receiving the lye, whereupon the Duello and the Combat in divers forms doth ensue; and many other inconveniences, for lack only of true knowledge of honor, and the RIGHT UNDERSTANDING OF WORDS, which here is set down. The contents of the several chapters are as follow. I. What the reason is that the party unto whom the lye is given ought to become challenger, and of the nature of lies. II. Of the manner and diversity of lies. III. Of the lye cer. tain, or direct. IV. Of conditional lies, or the lye circumftantial. V. Of the lye in general. VI. Of the lye in particular. VII. Of foolis lies. VIII. A conclusion touching the wresting or returning back of the lye, or the countercheck quarrelsome. In the chapter of conditional lies speaking of the particle 1F, he saysConditional lies be fuch as are given conditionally thus-IF shou hast said so or.fo, then thou lieft. Of these kind of lies, given in this manner, often arise much contention, whereof no fure conclufion can arise. By which he means, they cannot proceed to cut one another's throats, while there is an if between. Which is the reason of Shakespear's making the Clown fay, I knew when ferven justices could not make up a quarrel: but when the