Imatges de pàgina


. Truly, shepherd, in respect of itself, it is a good life; but in respect that it is a shepherd's life, it is naught. In respect that it is solitary, I like it very well; but in respect that it is private, it is a very vile life. Now in respect it is in the fields, it pleaseth me well; but in respect it is not in the Court, it is tedious. As it is a spare life, look you, it fits my humour well; but as there is no more plenty in it, it goes much against my stomach. Hast any philofophy in thee, Thepherd?

Cor. No more, but that I know, the more one fickens, the worse at ease he is : and that he, that wants money, means, and content, is without three good friends. That the property of rain is to wet, and fire to burn : that good pasture makes fat theep; and that a great cause of the night, is lack of the Sun: that he, that hath learned no wit by narure nor art', may complain of good breeding, or comes of a very dull kindred.

Clo. Such a one is a natural philosopher®. Wait ever in Court, shepherd ?

Cor. . ? He that hath learned no wit 'breeding. In the lat line of the by kature or art, may complain of Merchant of Venice we find that GOOD breeding, or comes of very to fear the keeping is to fear the dall kindred.] Common sense re not keeping quires us to read,

8. Such a one is a natural philo. may complain of Gross breed- fopber.) The fhepherd had said

all the Philosophy he knew was ing.

the property of things, that The Oxford editor has greatly rain quetted,'fire burnt, &c. And improved this emendation by the Clown's reply, in a satire on reading, bad breeding. Phyficks or Natural Philosophy,

WARBURTON. though introduced with a quib. I am in doubt whether the ble, is extremely just. For the Cutom of the language in Shake- Natural Philosopher is indeed as peare's time did not authorise ignorant (notwithstanding all his this mode of speech, and make parade of knowledge) of the complain of good breeding the same efficient cause of things as the with complain of the want of good Ruftic. It appears, from a thouVOL. II.


Cor. No, truly.
Clo. Then thou art damn'd.
Cor. Nay, I hope

Clo. Truly, thou art damn’d, like an ill-roasted egg', all on one side.

Cor. For not being at Court? your reason.

Clo. 'Why, if thou never wait at Court, thou never saw'st good manners; if thou never saw'st good manners, then thy manners must be wicked; and wickedness is fin, and fin is damnation : thou art in a parlous state, shepherd.

Cor. Not a whit, Touchstone : those, that are good manners at the Court, are as ridiculous in the Country, as the behaviour of the Country is most mockable at the Court. You told me, you salute not at the Court, but you kiss your hands; that courtesy would be uncleanly, if Courtiers were shepherds.

Clo. Instance, briefly; come, instance.

Cor. Why, we are still handling our ewes; and their fels, you know, are greasy.

Clo. Why, do not your Courtiers' hands sweat? and is not the grease of a mutton as wholesome as the sweat of a man? shallow, shallow !-a better instance, I say: come.

Cor. Besides, our hands are hard.

fand instances, that our poet was imitation of Frier John's to Pa. well acquainted with the Physics nurge in Rablais. Si tu es Cognu, of his time: and his great pene- ergo ta femme fera belle ; ergo ** tration enabled him to see this feras bien traité d'elle; ergo tu *** remediless defect of it.

ras des Amis beaucoup ; ergo tu je


ras fauvé. The last inference is Like an ill-roafted egg:) of pleasantly drawn from the popish this jest I do not fully compre- doctrine of the interceffion of hend the meaning.

Saints. And, I suppose, our joWby, if sbou never walt at cular Englil proverb, concernCourt, thou never few'll good ing this matter, was founded in manners ; if thou rever, &c.] Friar John's logic. This reasoning is drawn up in




Clo. Your lips will feel them the sooner. Shallow again : a more founder instance, come.

Cor. And they are often tarr'd over with the surgery of our sheep; and would you have us kiss tarr? the Courtier's hands are perfumed with civet.

Cle. Most shallow man!-thou worms-meat, in respect of a good piece of flesh-indeed!- learn of the wise, and perpend. Civei is of a baser birth than tarr; the very uncleanly Aux of a cát. Mend the instance, fhepherd.

Cor. You have too courtly a wit for me; I'll rest.

Clo. Wilt thou rest damn'd; God help thee, shallow man; God make incision in thee?, thou art raw.

Cor. Sir, I am a true labourer, I earn that I eat; get that I wear; owe no man hate, envy no man's happiness; glad of other men's good, content' with my harm; and the greatest of my pride is, to see my ewes graze, and my lambs suck.

Clo. That is another simple fin in you, to bring the ewes and the rams together; and to offer to get your living by the copulation of cattle ; to be a bawd to a bell-weather '; and to betray a she-lamb of a twelvemonth to a crooked-pated old cuckoldly ram, out of all reasonable match. If thon be'st not damn'd for this, the devil himself will have no shepherds; I cannot see elle how thou shouldst ’scape.

Cor. Here comes young Mr. Ganimed, my new mistress's brother.


? Make incision in thee ) To Angel-ey'd King, vouchsafe at rake incision was a proverbial ex. length iby favour; preffion then in vogue for, to make And fo proceeds to incihon. to underftand, Šo in Beaumont and Fletcher's Humourous Lieute- i. e. to make him anderhand

what he would be at.

WARBURTON. O excellent King,

3 Bawd to a Belwether. ] WeThus be begins, thou life and ther and Ram had anciently the light of creatures.

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Enter Rosalind, with a paper.

Rof. From the east to western Inde,

No jewel is like Rosalind,
Her worth, being mounted on the wind,
Through all the world bears Rosalind.
All the pictures, faires limn'd,
Are but black to Rosalind.
Let no face be kept in mind,

But the face of Rosalind. Clo. I'll rlime you so, eight years together ; dinners, and suppers, and sleeping hours excepted: it is the right butter-woman's rate to marker *

Roj. Out, fool! clo. For a taste.

If a bart doth lack a hind,
Let bim seek out Rosalind.
If the cat will after kind,
So, be sure, will Rosalind.
Winter-garments must be lin'd,
So must sender Rosalind.
They, that reap, must fheaf and bind;
Then to Cart with Rosalind.
Sweetest nut hath fowrest rind,
Such a nut is Rosalind,
He that sweetest rose will find,

Must find love's prick, and Rosalind. This is the very false gallop of verses ; why do you infect yourself with them?

4 Rate to market. So Sir T. Hanmer. In the former Editions rank to market.


Rof. Peace, you dull fool, I found them on a tree. Clo. Truly, the tree yields bad fruit.

Rof. I'll graff it with you, and then I shall graff it with a medler; then it will be the earliest fruit i'th' country; for you will be rotten ere you be half ripe, and that's the right virtue of the medler.

Clo. You have faid; but whether wisely or no, let the Forest judge.

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Rof. Peace, here comes my Sister reading; stand aside.

Cel. Why should this a Desert be,

For it is unpeopled? No;
Tongues I'll hang on every tree,

That shall civil sayings Mows.
Some, how brief the life of man

Runs his erring pilgrimage;
That the stretching of a span

Buckles in his sum of age;
Some of violated vows,

'Twixt the souls of friend and friend;

upon the fairesi boughs,
Or at every sentence end,
Will I Rosalinda write;

Teaching all, that read, to know,
This Quintessence of every Sprite

Heaven would in little show.

s That fball civil sayings show.] of nature. This desart shall not Civil is here used in the same appear unpeopled, for every tree sense as when we say civil wif- Thall teach the maxims or incidom or civil life, in opposition dents of social life, to a solitary ftate, or to the state


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