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In good set terms, and yet a motley fool.
'Good morrow, fool,' quoth I. 'No, sir,' quoth he,
And, looking on it with lack-lustre eye,
Thus may we see,' quoth he, 'how the world wags: 'Tis but an hour ago since it was nine,
And after one hour more 'twill be eleven;
An hour by his dial. O noble fool!
A worthy fool! Motley's the only wear.
Jaq. O worthy fool!
One that hath been
if ladies be but young and fair,
They have the gift to know it; and in his brain,—
After a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd
In mangled forms. O that I were a fool!
Duke S. Thou shalt have one.
Of all opinion that grows rank in them
To blow on whom I please; for so fools have:
They most must laugh. And why, sir, must they so? The 'why' is plain as way to parish church:
He that a fool doth very wisely hit
Doth very foolishly, although he smart,
Not to seem senseless of the bob; if not,
Even by the squandering glances of the fool.
To speak my mind, and I will through and through Cleanse the foul body of th' infected world,
If they will patiently receive my medicine.
Duke S. Fie on thee! I can tell what thou wouldst do.
Jaq. What, for a counter, would I do, but good? Duke S. Most mischievous foul sin, in chiding
For thou thyself hast been a libertine,
As sensual as the brutish sting itself;
And all the embossed sores and headed evils,
That thou with licence of free foot hast caught,
That can therein tax any private party?
50 galled: made sore 57 squandering: random
headed evils: diseases come to a head
69 general: whole 73 weary very; cf. n.
68 licence of free foot: licentious freedom
71 tax: censure
What woman in the city do I name,
Who can come in and say that I mean her,
That says his bravery is not on my cost,—
My tongue hath wrong'd him: if it do him right,
Enter Orlando [with his sword drawn].
Orl. Forbear, and eat no more.
Why, I have eat none yet. Orl. Nor shalt not, till necessity be serv'd.
Jaq. Of what kind should this cock come of?
Duke S. Art thou thus bolden'd, man, by thy dis
Or else a rude despiser of good manners,
That in civility thou seem'st so empty?
Orl. You touch'd my vein at first: the thorny point
79 function: office, or employment
81 suits: fits
85 free: i.e., from guilt or blame
94 vein: disposition
97 nurture: gentle upbringing
79-82 Cf. n.
82 mettle: substance 91 bolden'd: emboldened 96 inland; cf. n.
Jaq. An you will not be answered with reason, 100 I must die.
Duke S. What would you have? Your gentleness
More than your force move us to gentleness.
Orl. I almost die for food; and let me have it. Duke S. Sit down and feed, and welcome to our table.
Orl. Speak you so gently? Pardon me, I pray
I thought that all things had been savage here,
Of stern commandment. But whate'er you are
Under the shade of melancholy boughs,
Lose and neglect the creeping hours of time;
If ever you have look'd on better days,
If ever been where bells have knoll'd to church,
If ever sat at any good man's feast,
If ever from your eyelids wip'd a tear,
And know what 'tis to pity, and be pitied,
Let gentleness my strong enforcement be:
In the which hope I blush, and hide my sword.
Duke S. True is it that we have seen better
And have with holy bell been knoll'd to church,
Orl. Then but forbear your food a little while,
100 An: if
118 enforcement: compulsion 126 wanting: necessity
114 knoll'd: rung, tolled 125 upon command: at pleasure
Whiles, like a doe, I go to find my fawn
Go find him out,
And we will nothing waste till you return.
Orl. I thank ye; and be bless'd for your good comfort!
Duke S. Thou seest we are not all alone un
This wide and universal theatre
Presents more woful pageants than the scene
All the world's a stage,
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel,
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
132 Oppress'd: oppressed as he is
143 seven ages; cf. n.
150 pard: leopard
151 Jealous: suspicious, or, apprehensive
154 capon; cf. n.
stage; cf. n.
144 Mewling: crying feebly