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

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: David Bevington
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    As You Like It (Folio 1, 1623)

    Scena Quinta.
    Enter Siluius and Phebe.
    Sil. Sweet Phebe doe not scorne me, do not Phebe
    Say that you loue me not, but say not so
    In bitternesse; the common executioner
    Whose heart th'accustom'd sight of death makes hard
    1775Falls not the axe vpon the humbled neck,
    But first begs pardon: will you sterner be
    Then he that dies and liues by bloody drops?
    Enter Rosalind, Celia, and Corin.
    Phe. I would not be thy executioner,
    1780I flye thee, for I would not iniure thee:
    Thou tellst me there is murder in mine eye,
    'Tis pretty sure, and very probable,
    That eyes that are the frailst, and softest things,
    Who shut their coward gates on atomyes,
    1785Should be called tyrants, butchers, murtherers.
    Now I doe frowne on thee with all my heart,
    And if mine eyes can wound, now let them kill thee:
    Now counterfeit to swound, why now fall downe,
    Or if thou canst not, oh for shame, for shame,
    1790Lye not, to say mine eyes are murtherers:
    Now shew the wound mine eye hath made in thee,
    Scratch thee but with a pin, and there remaines
    Some scarre of it: Leane vpon a rush
    The Cicatrice and capable impressure
    1795Thy palme some moment keepes: but now mine eyes
    Which I haue darted at thee, hurt thee not,
    Nor I am sure there is no force in eyes
    That can doe hurt.
    Sil. O deere Phebe,
    1800If euer (as that euer may be neere)
    You meet in some fresh cheeke the power of fancie,
    Then shall you know the wouuds inuisible
    That Loues keene arrows make.
    Phe. But till that time
    1805Come not thou neere me: and when that time comes,
    Afflict me with thy mockes, pitty me not,
    As till that time I shall not pitty thee.
    Ros. And why I pray you? who might be your mother
    That you insult, exult, and all at once
    1810Ouer the wretched? what though you hau no beauty
    As by my faith, I see no more in you
    Then without Candle may goe darke to bed:
    Must you be therefore prowd and pittilesse?
    Why what meanes this? why do you looke on me?
    1815I see no more in you then in the ordinary
    Of Natures sale-worke? 'ods my little life,
    I thinke she meanes to tangle my eies too:
    No faith proud Mistresse, hope not after it,
    'Tis not your inkie browes, your blacke silke haire,
    1820Your bugle eye-balls, nor your cheeke of creame
    That can entame my spirits to your worship:
    You foolish Shepheard, wherefore do you follow her
    Like foggy South, puffing with winde and raine,
    You are a thousand times a properer man
    1825Then she a woman. 'Tis such fooles as you
    That makes the world full of ill-fauourd children:
    'Tis not her glasse, but you that flatters her,
    And out of you she sees her selfe more proper
    Then any of her lineaments can show her:
    1830But Mistris, know your selfe, downe on your knees
    And thanke heauen, fasting, for a good mans loue;
    For I must tell you friendly in your eare,
    Sell when you can, you are not for all markets:
    Cry the man mercy, loue him, take his offer,
    1835Foule is most foule, being foule to be a scoffer.
    So take her to thee Shepheard, fare you well.
    Phe. Sweet youth, I pray you chide a yere together,
    I had rather here you chide, then this man wooe.
    Ros. Hees falne in loue with your foulnesse, & shee'll
    1840Fall in loue with my anger. If it be so, as fast
    As she answeres thee with frowning lookes, ile sauce
    Her with bitter words: why looke you so vpon me?
    Phe. For no ill will I beare you.
    Ros. I pray you do not fall in loue with mee,
    1845For I am falser then vowes made in wine:
    Besides, I like you not: if you will know my house,
    'Tis at the tufft of Oliues, here hard by:
    Will you goe Sister? Shepheard ply her hard:
    Come Sister: Shepheardesse, looke on him better
    1850And be not proud, though all the world could see,
    None could be so abus'd in sight as hee.
    Come, to our flocke,
    Phe. Dead Shepheard, now I find thy saw of might,
    Who euer lov'd, that lou'd not at first sight?
    1855Sil. Sweet Phebe.
    Phe. Hah: what saist thou Siluius?
    Sil. Sweet Phebe pitty me.
    Phe. Why I am sorry for thee gentle Siluius.
    Sil. Where euer sorrow is, reliefe would be:
    1860If you doe sorrow at my griefe in loue,
    By giuing loue your sorrow, and my griefe
    Were both extermin'd.
    Phe. Thou hast my loue, is not that neighbourly?
    Sil. I would haue you.
    1865Phe. Why that were couetousnesse:
    Siluius; the time was, that I hated thee;
    And yet it is not, that I beare thee loue,
    But since that thou canst talke of loue so well,
    Thy company, which erst was irkesome to me
    1870I will endure; and Ile employ thee too:
    But doe not looke for further recompence
    Then thine owne gladnesse, that thou art employd.
    Sil. So holy, and so perfect is my loue,
    And I in such a pouerty of grace,
    1875That I shall thinke it a most plenteous crop
    To gleane the broken eares after the man
    That the maine haruest reapes: loose now and then
    A scattred smile, and that Ile liue vpon.
    Phe. Knowst thou the youth that spoke to mee yere-
    1880Sil. Not very well, but I haue met him oft,
    And he hath bought the Cottage and the bounds
    That the old Carlot once was Master of.
    Phe. Thinke not I loue him, though I ask for him,
    'Tis but a peeuish boy, yet he talkes well,
    1885But what care I for words? yet words do well
    When he that speakes them pleases those that heare:
    It is a pretty youth, not very prettie,
    But sure hee's proud, and yet his pride becomes him;
    Hee'll make a proper man: the best thing in him
    1890Is his complexion: and faster then his tongue
    Did make offence, his eye did heale it vp:
    He is not very tall, yet for his yeeres hee's tall:
    His leg is but so so, and yet 'tis well:
    There was a pretty rednesse in his lip,
    1895A little riper, and more lustie red
    Then that mixt in his cheeke: 'twas iust the difference
    Betwixt the constant red, and mingled Damaske.
    There be some women Siluius, had they markt him
    In parcells as I did, would haue gone neere
    1900To fall in loue with him: but for my part
    I loue him not, nor hate him not: and yet
    Haue more cause to hate him then to loue him,
    For what had he to doe to chide at me?
    He said mine eyes were black, and my haire blacke,
    1905And now I am remembred, scorn'd at me:
    I maruell why I answer'd not againe,
    But that's all one: omittance is no quittance:
    Ile write to him a very tanting Letter,
    And thou shalt beare it, wilt thou Siluius?
    1910Sil. Phebe, with all my heart.
    Phe. Ile write it strait:
    The matter's in my head, and in my heart,
    I will be bitter with him, and passing short;
    Goe with me Siluius.