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mine, sir, to take that that no man else will. Rich hon-
! i. e. prompt and pithy.
2 “Dulcet diseases.” Johnson thought we should read “discourses.”
3 i. e. the lie removed seven times, counting backwards from the last and most aggravated species of lie, viz. the lie direct.
4 Seemly. -
5. The poet has in this scene rallied the mode of formal duelling, then so prevalent, with the highest humor, and address; nor could he have treated it with a happier contempt than by making his clown so conversant with the forms and preliminaries of it. The book alluded to is entitled, Of Honor and Honorable Quarrels, by Vincentio Saviolo,” 1594, 4to.
you have books for good manners.' I will name you the degrees. The first, the Retort courteous; the second, the Quip modest; the third, the Reply churlish; the fourth, the Reproof valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck quarrelsome ; the sixth, the Lie with circumstance; the seventh, the Lie direct. All these you may avoid, but the lie direct, and you may avoid that too, with an If. I knew when seven justices could not take up a quarrel; but when the parties were met themselves, one of them thought but of an If, as If you said so, then I said so ; and they shook hands, and swore brothers. Your If is the only peace-maker; much virtue in If. Jaq. Is not this a rare fellow, my lord? He's as good at any thing, and yet a fool. Duke S. He uses his folly like a stalking-horse,” and under the presentation of that, he shoots his wit.
Enter HYMEN,” leading Rosalind in women's clothes and CELIA.
Hym. Then is there mirth in heaven,
1 The Booke of Nurture; or, Schoole of Good Manners for Men, Serwants, and Children, with stans puer ad mensam, 12mo, without date, in black letter, is most probably the work referred to. It was written by Hugh Rhodes, and first published in the reign of Edward VI. 2 “A stalking horse.” See note on Much Ado about Nothing, Act ii. Sc. 3. 3 Rosalind is imagined by the rest of the company to be brought by enchantment, and is therefore introduced, by a supposed aerial being, in the character of Hymen. 4 i. e. at one; accord, or agree together. This is the old sense of the phrase, “an attonement, a loving againe after a breach or falling out Reditus in gratia cum aliquo.”—Baret.
Ros. To you I give myself, for I am yours.y § y % Duke S. To you I give myself, for I am yours. y § y y [To ORLANDo. Duke S. If there be truth in sight, you are my daughter. Orl. If there be truth in sight, you are my Rosalind. Phe. If sight and shape be true, Why then,_my love adieu ! Ros. I’ll have no father, if you be not he.— - [To Duke S. I’ll have no husband, if you be not he ;[To ORLANDo. Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not she.— [To PHEBE. Hym. Peace, ho! I bar confusion. 'Tis I must make conclusion Of these most strange events: Here's eight that must take hands, To join in Hymen's bands, If truth holds true contents." You and you no cross shall part: [To ORLANDo and Ros ALIND. You and you are heart in heart: [To OLIVER and CELIA. You [To PHEBE.] to his love must accord, Or have a woman to your lord:— You and you are sure together, [To Touchstone and AUDREy. As the winter to foul weather. Whiles a wedlock-hymn we sing, Feed yourselves with questioning; * That reason wonder may diminish, How thus we met, and these things finish.
1 i.e. unless truth fails of veracity; if there be truth in truth. 2 i. e. take your fill of discourse.
Wedding is great Juno's crown;
Duke S. O my dear niece, welcome thou art to me; Even daughter, welcome in no less degree. Phe. I will not eat my word, now thou art mine, Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combine. [To Silvius.
Enter JAQUES DE Bois.
Jaq. de B. Let me have audience for a word or two:
I am the second son of old sir Rowland,
Duke S. Welcome, young man:
! i. e. prepared.
That here were well begun, and well begot;
And we do trust they’ll end in true delights. [A dance.
1 The reader feels some regret to take his leave of Jaques in this manner; and no less concern at not meeting with the faithful old Adam, at the close. It is the more remarkable that Shakspeare should have for. him, because Lodge, in his novel, makes him captain of the king's guard.