Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: David Bevington
Peer Reviewed

As You Like It (Modern)

Enter Orlando and Adam.
Adam Dear master, I can go no further. Oh, I die for food! Here lie I down, and measure out my grave. Farewell, kind master.
[He lies down.]
Orlando Why, how now, Adam? No greater heart in thee? 955Live a little, comfort a little, cheer thyself a little. If this uncouth forest yield anything savage, I will either be food for it or bring it for food to thee. Thy conceit is nearer death than thy powers. For my sake be comfortable; hold death awhile 960at the arm's end. I will here be with thee presently, and if I bring thee not something to eat, I will give thee leave to die; but if thou diest before I come, thou art a mocker of my labor. Well said! Thou look'st cheerly, 965and I'll be with thee quickly. Yet thou liest in the bleak air. Come, I will bear thee to some shelter; and thou shalt not die for lack of a dinner, if there live anything in this desert.
[He picks up Adam.] 970Cheerly, good Adam!