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  • Title: As You Like It (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editor: David Bevington
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-369-4

    Copyright David Bevington. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: David Bevington
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    As You Like It (Folio 1, 1623)

    Actus Tertius. Scena Prima,
    Enter Duke, Lords, & Oliuer.
    Du. Not see him since? Sir, sir, that cannot be:
    But were I not the better part made mercie,
    I should not seeke an absent argument
    Of my reuenge, thou present: but looke to it,
    1185Finde out thy brother wheresoere he is,
    Seeke him with Candle: bring him dead, or liuing
    Within this tweluemonth, or turne thou no more
    To seeke a liuing in our Territorie.
    Thy Lands and all things that thou dost call thine,
    1190Worth seizure, do we seize into our hands,
    Till thou canst quit thee by thy brothers mouth,
    Of what we thinke against thee.
    Ol. Oh that your Highnesse knew my heart in this:
    I neuer lou'd my brother in my life.
    1195Duke. More villaine thou. Well push him out of dores
    And let my officers of such a nature
    Make an extent vpon his house and Lands:
    Do this expediently, and turne him going.