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  • Title: As You Like It (Modern)
  • 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 (Modern)

    Enter Duke [Frederick], Lords, and Oliver.
    Duke Frederick "Not see him since?" Sir, sir, that cannot be.
    But were I not the better part made mercy,
    I should not seek an absent argument
    Of my revenge, thou present. But look to it:
    1185Find out thy brother wheresoe'er he is;
    Seek him with candle. Bring him dead or living
    Within this twelvemonth, or turn thou no more
    To seek a living in our territory.
    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 brother's mouth
    Of what we think against thee.
    Oliver Oh, that Your Highness knew my heart in this!
    I never loved my brother in my life.
    1195Duke Frederick More villain thou. -- Well, push him out of doors,
    And let my officers of such a nature
    Make an extent upon his house and lands.
    Do this expediently, and turn him going.