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Unquiet meals make ill digestions,
A most outrageous fit of madness took him ; Thereof the raging tire of fever bred ;
That desperately he burried through the street And what's a fever but a fit of madness?
(With him bis bondman, all as mad as he,) Thou say'st, his sports were binder'd by thy Doing displeasure to the citizens brawls :
By rushing in their houses, bearing thence Sweet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue, Rings, jewels, any things bis rage did like. But moody and dull melancholy,
Once did I get him bound, and sent him home ‘Kinsmau to grim and comfortless despair ;) Whilst to take order for the wrongs I went, And, at ber heels, a huge infectious troop That here and there his fury had coinmitted. of pale distemperatures, and foes to life? Anon, I wot + not by what strong escape, Ju foud, in sport, and life-preserving rest He broke froin those that bad the guard of To be disturb’d, would mad or man, or beast;
him ; The consequence is then, thy jealous fits And, with his mad attendant and himself, Have scared thy husband from the use of wits. Each one with ireful passion, with drawn Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly,
sword3, Wben be deinean'd' himself rough, rude, and Met as again, and, madly bent on us, wildly,
Chat'd us away ; till raising of more aid, Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not? We caine again to bind them : then they ned
Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof.-Into this abbey, wbither we pursued them ; Good people, enter, and lay hold on him.
And here the abbess shuts the gates on us, Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house. And will not suffer us to fetch him out, Adr. Then, let your servants bring my bus. Nor send him forib, tbat we may bear hiin band forth.
hence. Abb. Neither ; he took this place for sanc. Therefore, most gracious duke, with thy comtuary,
mand, And it shall privilege him from your hands, Let him be brought forth, and borne hence for Till I have bronght him to his wits again,
help. Or lose my labour in assaying it.
Duke, Long since, thy husband serv'd me iu Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
my wars ; Diet his sickness, for it is my office,
And I to thee engag'd a prince's word, And will have no attorney but myself;
When thou didst make himn master of thy bed, And therefore let me bave him home with me. To do him all the grace and good I could.
Abb. Be patient; for I will not let bim stir, Go, some of you, kuock at the abbey-gate, Till I have us'd the approved meaas 1 bave, And bid the lady abbess come to me; With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy I will determine this, before I stir.
prayers, To make of him a formal man again : *
Enter a SERVANT. It is a branch and parcel + of mine oath,
Serv. O mistress, mistress, shift and save A charitable duty of my order :
yourself! Therefore depart, and leave him here with me. My master and his man are both broke loose, Adr. I will not hence, and leave my busband Beaten the maids a-row, i and hound the dochere;
tor, And ill it doth beseem your holiness,
Whose beard they bave singed off with brauds To separate the husband and the wife.
of fire ; Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not And ever as it blazed they threw on bim have bim.
(Exit ABBESS. Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair : Luc. Complain unco the duke of this indig. My master preaches patience to bim, while nity.
His man with scissars nicks him g like a fool : Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his And, sure, unless you send some present help, feet,
Between them they will kill the conjurer. And never rise until my tears and prayers
Adr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man Have won his grace to come in person hither,
are here ; And take perforce my husband from the Ab. And that is false ihou dost report to us. bess.
Serv. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true ; Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five : I have not breath'd almost, since I did see it. Anon, I am sure the duke bimself in person He cries for you, and vows if he can take you, Comes this way to the melancholy vale ;
To scorch your face, and to disfigure you : The place of death and sorry I execution,
[Cry within. Bebind the ditches of the abbey here.
Hark, hark, I hear him, mistress ; fly, be goue. Ang. Upon what cause ?
Duke. Come, stand by me, fear nothing : Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant,
Guard with balberts. Who put unluckily into this bay
Adr. Ab! me, it is my husband! Witness Against the laws and statutes of this town,
you, Beheaded publicly for bis offence.
That he is borne about invisible ; Ang. See, where they come; we will behold Even now we hous'd him in the 'abbey here ; his death.
And now he's there, past thought of buman reaLuc. Kneel to the duke, before be pass the abbey.
Enter Antip Olus and DROMIO of Ephesus. Enter DUKE attended ; ÆG BON bare-headed ; Ant. E. Justice, most gracious duke, oh! with the Headsman and other Officers.
grant me justice ! Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publicly, Even for the service that long since I did thee, If any friend will pay the sum for him,
When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took He shall not die, so much we tender bim. Deep scars to save thy life; even for the blood Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice. Abbess 1
Æge. Unless the fear of death doth make me Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady ;
dote, It cannot be, that she hath done thee wrong. I see my son Antipholus, and Dromnio. Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholus, Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that my husband,
woman there. Whom I made lord of me aud all i bad, She whom thou gav'st to me to be my wife ; At your important s letters,-this ill day
... To make measures.
know • le. To bring bien back to his senses. + Part 1 Sad.
!.. Successively, one after another. luportunate.
II. e. Cuts his hair close.
That bath abused and dishonour'd me,
Ant. E. I never came within these abbey Even in the strength and height of injury!
walls. Beyond imagination is the wrong,
Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me : That she this day bath shameless thrown on me. I never saw the chain, so help me beaven! Duke. Discover bow, and thou shalt tind me Avd this is false, you burden me withal. just.
Duke. Why, what an intricate impeach is Ant. E. This day, great duke, she shut the
this! doors upon me,
I think you all have drank of Circe's cup. While she with barlots * feasted in my house. if here you hous'd him, here be would have Duke. A grievous fault : Say, woman, didst
(ly: thou so?
If he were mad, he would not plead so cold. Adr. No, my good lord ;-myself, he, and my You say, he dined at home : the goldsmith here sister,
Denies that saying :-Sirrab, what say you ? To-day did dine together : So befal my soul, Dro. E. Sir, be dined with her there, at the As this is false, he burdens me withal !
Porcupine. Luc. Ne'er inay I look on day, nor sleep on Cour. He did ; and from my finger snatch'd night,
that ring But she tells to your highness simple truth ! Ant. E. 'Tis true, my leige, this ring I had of Ang. O perjur'd woman! They are both for
Duke. Saw'st thou hiin enter at the abbey In this the madman justly chargetb them.
here? Ant. E. My liege, I am advised what I say ; Cour. As sure, my leige, as I do see your Neither disturb'd with the effect of wine,
grace. Nor heady rash, provok'd with razing ire,
Duke. Why, this is strange :-Go call the Alheit, my wrons might make me wiser mad.
Abbess bither ;
(Erit an Attendant. here.
Æge. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak Could witness it, for he was with me then ;
a word; Who parted with me to go fetch a chain, Haply I see a friend will save my life, Promising to bring it to the Porcupine,
And pay the sum that may deliver me. Where Balthazar and I did dine together.
Duke. Speak treely, Syracusan, what thou Our dinner done, and be not coining thither,
wilt. I wen to seek Dim : in the street I met bim; Æge is not your name, Sir, callid Antipho. And in his company, that gentleman,
Ius ? There did this perjur'd goldsmith swear me And is not that your boodman Dromio ? down,
Dro. E. Within this hour I was his bondmani, That I this day of him receiv'd the chain.
Sir, Which, God he knows, I saw noi: for the But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords : which,
Now ain | Dromio, and his inau, unbound. He did arrest me with an officer.
Æge. I am sure you both of you remember I did obey; and sent iny peasant home For certain ducats : he with more return'd.
Dro. E. Ourselves we do remember, Sir, by Then fairly I bespoke the oficer,
you; To 20 in person with me to iny house.
For lately we were bound as you are now. By the way we met,
You are not Pinch's patient, are you, Sir! My wife, her sister, and a rabble more
Age. Why look you strauge on me ; you krow Of vile confederates ; along with them
me well. They brought one Pinch ; a hungry lean-fac'd Ant. E. U never saw you in my life, till villain,
now. A mere anatomy, a mountebank,
Æge. Oh! grief hath chang'd me, since you A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune teller;
saw me last ; A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wretch, And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand, A living dead man: this pernici.Mis slave,
Have written strange defeatures + in my face ; Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer;
But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice? And, gazing in mine eyes, feeling my pulse,
Ant. E. Neither. And with no face, as 'iwere, outfacing ire,
Æge. Dromio, nor thon?
Dro. E. No, trust me, Sir, not I.
Dro. E. Ay, Sir; but I am sure, I do not ; There left me and my man, both bound to- and whatsoever a man denies, you are now bound gether;
to believe him. Till gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder, Age. Not know my voice ; 0 time's extremity! I gain'd my freedom, and immediately
Hast thou go crack'd and splitted my poor Ran bither to your grace ; whom I beseech
tongue, To give me ample satisfaction
In seven short years, that bere my only son For these deep shames and great indignities. Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares? Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with Though now this grained : face of mine be hit
In sap consuming winter's drizzled slow, That he dined not at home, but was lock'd out. And all the conduits of my blood froze up; Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or Yet bath my night of life some memory, no s
My wasting lamp some fading glimmer lest, Ang. He had, my lord : and when he ran in My dull deaf ears a little use to hear : here,
All these old witnesses (I cannot err,) These people saw the chain about his neck. Tell me, art thou my son Antipholus. Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of Ant. E. I never say my father in my life. mine
Æge. But seven years since, in Syracusa, Heard you confess you had the chain of him,
boy, After you first foreswore it on the mart,
Thou know'st, we parted : but perhaps, my son, And, thereupon, I drew my sword on you;
Thou sham'st' to acknowledge me in misery. And then you fled into this abbey bere,
Ant. E. The duke, and all that know me in From whence, I think you are come by miracle.
the city, • Harlot was a term of reproach applied to cheats • Conlounded. + Alteration of features among meu as well as to wanions among sonieu.
i Furrowed, lined.
Can witness with me that it is not so ;
Ang. That is the chain, Sir, which you had I ne'er saw Syracusa in niy life.
of me. Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years Ant. s. I think it be, Sir, I deny it not. Have I been patron to Autipbolus,
Ant. E. And you, Sir, for this chain arresi. During wbich time he ne'er saw Syracusa : I see thy age and dangers make thee dote.
Ang. I think I did, Sir ; I deny it not. Enter the Abbess, with ANTIPHOLUS Syracu. By Dromio ; but I think lie brought it not.
Adr. I sent you money, Sir, to be your bail, san, and Dromio Syrucusan.
Dro. E. No, none by me. Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a nran much Ant. $. This purse of ducats I receiv'd from wrong'd. (All gather to see him.
yon, Adr. I see two husbands, or mine eyes de And Dromió my man did bring them me : ceive me.
I see, we still did meet each other's mau, Duke. One of these men is Genius to the And I was ta'en for bim, and be for me, other ;
And thereupon these Errors are arose. And so of these : Which is the natural man, Ant. s. Tbese ducats pawol for my father And which the spirit? Who deciphers them?
here. Dro. S. I, Sir, am Dromio ; command bim Duke. It shall noi need, thy fatber hath his away.
life. Dro. E. I, Sir, am Dromio ; pray let me stay. Cour. Sir, I must have tbat diamond from you. Ant. s. Ægeon, art thou not? or else bis 1.1t. E. There, take it ; aud much ibauks for ghost ?
my good cheer, Dro. S. O my old master! who hath bound Abb. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the him here ?
pains Abb. Whoever bound bim, I will loose bis to go with us into the abbey here, bonds,
Aud bear at large discoursed all our forAnd gain a bustand by his liberty :
tunes : Speak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st the man
And all that are assembled in this place, That had'st a wife once call'd Æmilia,
That by this sympathized one day's error Tbat bore thee at a burden two fair sons :
Have suffer'd wrong, go, keep us company, Oh! if thou be'st the same Ægeon, speak, And we sball inake full satisfaction.And speak unto the same Æmilia!
Twenty-five years bave I but gone in travail Æge. If I dreain not, thou art Æmilia ; of you, my sons ; nor, till this present hour If thou art she, tell me, where is that son My heavy burdens are delivered :That floated with thee on the fatal rast?
The dulke, ny husband, and my children both, Abb. By men of Epidamnum, be, and I, And you ihe calendars of their nativity, And the twin Dromio, all were taken up ; Go to a gossip's feast, and go with me : But, by and by, rude fishermen of Corinthi After so long grief, such nativity! By force took Dromio and my son from them, Duke. With all my heart, I'll gossip at this And me they left with those of Epidamnuin :
feast. What then became of them, I cannot tell;
(Exeunt DUKE, ABBESS, AGEON, COURTEI, to this fortume that you see me in.
ZAN, MERCHANT, ANGELO, and Alien. Duke. Why here begins bis morning story dants. right;
Dro. S. Master, sball I fetch your stuff from These two Antipholnses, these two so like,
shipboard ? And these two Dromios, one in semblance, Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thou Besides her urging of her wreck at sea,
embark'd 3 These are the parents to these children,
Dro. S. Your goods, that lay at lost, Sir, in Wbicb accidentally are met together.
the Centaur. Antipbolus, thou cam'st from Corinth first.
Ant. S. He speaks to me; I am your master Ant. S. No, Sir, not l; I came from Syracuse.
Dromio : Duke. Stay, stand apart; I know not which come, go with us : we'll look to that anon : is wbich.
Embrace thy brother there, rejoice with him. Ant. E, I came from Corinth, my most gra
(Exeunt ANTIPHOLUS S. and E. ADR. cious lord.
and Luc. Dro. E. And I with him.
Dro. S. There is a fat friend at your master's Ant. E. Brought to this town with that most
bouse, famous warrior
That kitchen'd me for you to-day at dinner ; Dike Menaphon, your most renowned uncle, She now shall be my sister, not my wife. Adr. Which of you two did dine with me Dro. E. Methinks, you are my glass, and not to-day ?
my brother : Ant. S. 1, gentle mistress.
I see by you, I an, a sweet rac'd youth. Adr. And are you not my husband ?
Will you walk in to see their gossipping? Ant. E. No, I say nay to that,
Dro. S. Not I, Sir ; you are my elder. Ant. S. Aud so do I, yet did she call me so ; Dro. E. That's a question : how shall we try And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here,
it ? Did call me brother :- What I told you then, Dro. S. We will draw cuts for the senior : till I hope I shall have leisure to make good; then, lead tbou first. If this be not a dream I see and hear.
Dro. E. Nay, then thus :
We came into the world, like brotber and brue • The morning story is what Ægeon tells the Duke in And now let's go band in hand, not one be. the first scene of this play.
AS YOU LIKE IT.
LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE. MALONE ascertains the date of this play by the following singular coincidence of an allusion made by Rosalind
with a circumstance recorded by Stowe. “I will weep for nothing, (says Rosalind) like Diana in the Fountain." To 1598, at the east side of the cross in Cheapside, was set up (says the latter in his survey of London,) " curious wrought tabernacle of grey marble, and, in the same, an alabaster image of Diana, and water, con. veyed from the Thames, prilling from her naked breast." A trilling novel or pastoral romance, by Dr. Thomas Lodge, called Euphues's Golden Legacy, is the foundation of As you Like it. In addition to the fable, which is pretty exactly followed, the outlines of certain principal personages may be traced in the novel; but the characters of Jaques, Touchstone, and Audrey, originated entirely with the poet. Few plays contain so much instructive sentiment, poignant satire, luxuriant fancy, and amusing incident, as this: it is altogether "wild and pleasing.” The philosophic reader will be no less diverted by the sententious shrewdness of Touchstone, than instructed by the elegant and amiable lessons of the moralizing Jaques.---Shakspeare is saia to bave played the part of Adam su As you like it.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. DUKE, liring in erile.
Sir OLIVER MARTEXT, a Vicar. FREDERICK, Brother to the Duke, and Usur-SyetNús, Shepherds.
derick. CHARLES, his Wrestler.
ROSALIND, Daughter to the banished Duke. OLIVER,
CELIA, Daughter to Frederick.
AUDREY, a country Wench.
Lords belonging to the two Dukes ; Pages, TOUCHSTONE, a Clown.
Foresters, and other Attendants. The Scene lies, first, near Oliver's House ; afterwards, partly in the Usurper's Court, and partly
in the Forest of Arden.
DENNIS,} Servants to Oliver.
seems to take from me: he lets me feed with
bis hinds, bars me the place of a brother, and, SCENE I.-An Orchard, near OLIVER'S as much as in bim lies, mines my gentility with House.
my education. That is it, Adain, that grieves
me ; and the spirit of my father, wbich I think Enter ORLANDO and A DAY.
is within me, begins tó mutiny against this Orl. As I remember, Adam, it was upon this servitude: I will no longer endure it, though yet fashion bequeathed me : By will, but a poor I know no wise reniedy how to avoid it. thousand crowns : and, as thou say'st, charged my brother, on his blessing, to breed me well:
Enter OLIVER. and there begins my sadness. My brother Adam. Yonder comes my master, your bro Jaques he keeps at school, and report speaks ther. goldenly of his profit : for my part, he keeps Orl. Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear nie rustically at home, or, to speak more pro. bow he will shake me up. perly, stays me bere at home upkept : For call Oli, Now, Sir! what make you here?• you that keeping for a gentlem of my birth, Orl. Nothing: I am not taught to ma any that differs not from the stalling of an ox? His thig. horses are brej better; for, besides that they Oli. What mar you then, Sir? are fair with their feeding, they are taught their Orl. Marry, Sir, I am helping you to mar mausage, and to that end riders dearly hired : that which God made, a poor unworthy brother but I, his brother, gaiv nothing under him but of your's, with idlencss. growth ; for the which his animals on bis dung. Oli. Marry, Sir, be better employed, and be bills are as much bound to bim as I. Besides naught awbile. this nothing that be so plentifully gives me, the sornetbing ibat vatore gave me bis countenance
• What do you here.