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Doth very foolishly, although he smart, Not to seem senseless of the bob: if not, The wise man's folly is anatomiz'd Even by the squandring glances of the fool.8 Invest me in my motley; give me leave . To speak my mind, and I will through and through Cleanse the foul body of the infected world, If they will patiently receive my
medicine. Duke S. Fye on thee! I can tell what thou
Jaq. Why, who cries out on pride,
if not, &c.] Unless men have the prudence not to appear touched with the sarcasms of a jester, they subject themselves to his power; and the wise man will have his folly anatomised, that is, dissected and laid open, by the squandring glances or random shots of a fool. JOHNSON.
- for a counter,] About the time when this play was written, the French counters (i. e. pieces of false money used as a means of reckoning) were brought into use in England.
his bravery -] i. e. his fine clothes.
(Thinking that I mean him,) but therein suits
Enter ORLANDO, with his sword drawn.
Why, I have eat none yet.
distress; Or else a rude despiser of good manners, That in civility thou seem'st so empty
Orl, You touch'd my vein at first; the thorny point Of bare distress hath ta'en from me the show Of smooth civility: yet am I inland bred, And know some nurture:* But forbear, I say; He dies, that touches any of this fruit, Till I and my affairs are answered,
Jaq. An you will not be answered with reason, I must die. Duke S. What would you have? Your gentleness
shall force, More than your force move us to gentleness,
Orl. I almost die for food, and let me have it, Duke S. Sit down and feed, and welcome to our
table. Orl. Speak you so gently? Pardon me, I pray you: I thought, that all things had been savage here;
inland bred,] Inland here, and elsewhere in this play, is the opposite to outland, or upland, Orlando means to say, that he had not been bred among clowns.
3 And know some nurture:] Nurture is education, breeding.
And therefore put I on the countenance
Duke S. True is it that we have seen better days;
Orl. Then, but forbear your food a little while, Whiles, like a doe, I go to find
my fawn, And give it food. There is an old poor man, Who after me hath many a weary step Limp'd in pure love; till he be first suffic'd,Oppress’d with two weak evils, age and hunger, I will not touch a bit. Duke s.
Go find him out, And we will nothing waste till you return. Orl. I thank ye; and be bless'd for your good comfort!
[Exit. Duke S. Thou seest, we are not all alone un
• And 'uke upon command —] At your own command.
All the world's a stage,
His acts being seven ages.] I have seen, more than once, an old print, entitled, The Stage of Man's Life, divided into seven ages As emblematical representations of this sort were formerly stuck up, both for ornament and instruction, in the generality of houses, it is more probable that Shakspeare took his hint from thence, than from Hippocrates or Proclus, who are quoted by Mr. Malone. HENLEY.
and bearded like the pard,] Beurds of different cut were appropriated in our author's time to different characters and professions. The soldier had one fashion, the judge another, the bishop different from both, &c.
sudden and quick-] Lest it should be supposed that these epithets are synonymous, it is necessary to be observed that one of the ancient senses of sudden, is violent.
modern instances,] Modern means trite, common.
And whistles in his sound: Last scene of all,
Re-enter ORLANDO, with ADAM. Duke S. Welcome: Set down
venerable burden, And let him feed. Orl.
most for him. Adam. So had you need; I scarce can speak to thank you for myself,
Duke S. Welcome, fall to; I will not trouble you As yet, to question you about your fortunes:Give us some inusick; and, good cousin, sing.
Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
As man's ingrațiiude;
Although thy breath be rude.
Then, heigh, ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.
9 Thou art not so unkind, 8c.] That is, thy action is not so contrary to thy kind, or to human nature, as the ingratitude of
· Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,] It is the opinion of the best com, mentators, that this can only be tortured into a meaning. Dr.