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For his shrunk shanks; and his big manly voice,
SCEN E X.
Enter Orlando, with Adam.
Orla. I thank you most for him.
Adam. So had you need,
Duke Sen. Welcome, fall to : I will not trouble you,
As man's ingratitude;
Although thy breath bé rude.
Then heigh bo, the holly,
This life is most jolly.
As benefits forgot :
ON I neve
Du and) Make Do the
Duke Sen. If that you were the good sir Rowland's fon,
Enter Duke, Lords, and Oliver.
DU K E.
But were I not the better part made mercy,
Of what we think against thee.
Oli. O, that your highness knew my heart in this !
my brother in my life.
And, thou, thrice crowned queen of night, survey With thy chaste eye, from thy pale sphere above,
Thy huntress' name that my full life doth sway. O Rosalind, these trees shall be my books,
And in their barks my thoughts I'll character ;
Shall see thy virtue witness’d every where.
Enter Corin, and Clown. Cor. And how like you this shepherd's life, Mr. Touchstone ? Clo
. Truly, fhepherd, 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. Haft any philosophy in thee, shepherd ?
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 sheep; and that a great cause of the night, is lack of the sun : that he that hath learned no wit by nature nor art, may complain of bad breeding, and comes of a very dull kindred.
Clo. Such a one is a natural philosopher. Waft ever in court, shepherd ?
Cor. No, truly
Cor. For not being at court? your reason.
Clo. Why, if thou never wast at court, thou never saw'st good manners; if thou never saw'st good manners, then thy manners must be wicked; and wickedness is sin, 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
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 fells, you know, are greasy.
Clo. Why, do not your courtiers hands sweat? and is not the grease of mutton as wholsome as the sweat of a man? shallow, thallow; a better instance, I say: come.
Cor. Besides, our hands are hard.
Clo. Your lips will feel them the sooner. Shallow again : a founder instance; come. Cor. And they are often tarr'd over with the surgery of our
sheep; and would you have us kiss tar? the courtier's hands are perfumed with civet.
Clo. Most shallow man! thou worms-meat, in respect of a good piece of flesh indeed! learn of the wise, and perpend: civet is of a baser birth than tar; the very uncleanly Aux of a cat. Mend the instance, shepherd.
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
lambs fuck. Clo. That is another simple lin 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 old to a crooked-pated old cuckoldly ram, out of all reasonable match. If thou be'st not damn’d for this, the devil himself will have no shepherds; I cannot see else how thou should'st 'scape.
Cor. Here comes young Mr. Ganimed, my new mistress’s brother.