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Clo. Truly, shepherd, in respect of itself, it is a good life; but in respect that it is a shepherd's life, it is naught. In respect that it is solitary, I like it very well, but in respect that it is private, it is a very vile life. Now in respect it is in the fields, it pleaseth me well; but in respect it is not in the court, it is tedious. As it is a spare life, look you, it fits my humour well; but as there is no more plenty in it, it goes much against my stomach. Halt any philofophy in thee, shepherd ?
Cor. No more, but that I know, the more one fickens, the worse at ease he is ; and that he, that wants mony, means, and content, is without three good friends :—That the property of rain is to wet, and fire to burn : that good pasture makes fat sheep: and that a great cause of the night, is the lack of the sun : that he, that hath learned no wit by nature nor art, may complain of good breeding, or comes of a very dull kindred.
Clo. Such a one is a natural philosopher :* Walt ever in court, shepherd ?
Car. 2. He that barb learned no wit by nature or art, may complain of GOOD breeding, or comes of very dull kindred.] Common sense re. quires us to read,
may complain of GROSS breeding. The Oxford editor has greatly improved this emendation by read. ing, bad breeding. WARBURTON.
I am in doubt whether the custom of the language in Shakespeare's time did not authorise this mode of speech, and make complain of good breeding the same with complain of the want of good breeding. In the last line of the Merchant of Venice we find that to fear the keeping is to fear the not keeping. Johnson.
* Such a one is a natural philofopber.] The shepherd had said all the philosophy he knew was the property of things, that rain wetted, fire burnt, &c. And the Clown's reply, in a fatire on phyficks or natural philosophy, though introduced with a quibble, is extremely just. For the natural philosopher is indeed as ignoporant (notwithstanding all his parade of knowledge) of the off cient cause of things, as the ruftic, it appears, froin a thousand
Cor. No, truly.
Clo. Truly, thou art damn'd, like an ill-roasted egg, all on one side.
Cor. For not being at court? Your reason.
Clo. Why, if thou never wast' at court, thou never saw't good manners ; if thou never saw'st good manners, then thy manners muft be wicked ; and wickedness is fin, and fin is damnation : thou art in a parlous state, shepherd.
Cor. Not a whit, Touchstone: those, that are good manntrs at the court, are as ridiculous in the country, as the behaviour of the country is most mockable at the court. You told me, you falute not at the court, but you kiss your hands; that courtesy would be uncleanly, if courtiers were shepherds.
Clo. Instance, briefly; come, instance.
Cor. Why, we are still handling our ewes; and their fells you know are greasy.
instances, that our poet was well acquainted with the physics of his time : and his great penetration enabled him to see this remediless defect of it. WARBURTON.
Shakespeare is responsible for the quibble only, let the commen. tator answer for the refinement. STEEVENS.
s Like an ill-roafted egg:) Of this jeft I do not fully comprehend the meaning. JOHNSON.
There is a proverb, that a fool is the best roafter of an egg, becaufe be is always turning it. This will explain how an egg may be damn'd all on one fide ; but will not sufficiently shew how Touchfone applies his fimile with propriety. Steevens.
Wby, if sbou never waff at court, thou never sawl good manners; if thou never, &c.] This reasoning is drawn up in imitation of Friar John's to Panurge in Rabelais. Si tu es Coquu, ergo ta femme fera belle ; ergo tu feras bien traité d'elle ; ergo iu auras des Amis beaucoup; ergo tur feras sauvé. The last inference is plea. fantly drawn from the popith doctrine of the intercession of saints, And, I suppose, our jocular English proverb, concerning this mattes, was founded in Friar John's logic. WARBURTON.
Clo. Why, do not your courtiers' hands sweat? and is not the grease of a mutton as wholesome as the sweat of a man? Shallow, shallow :„A better instance, I say: come.
Çor. Besides, our hands are hard.
Clo. Your lips will feel them the sooner. Shallow again a more founder instance, come.
Cor. And they are often tarr'd over with the surgery of our sheep; and would you have us kiss tar? The courtier's hands are perfumed with civet,
Clo. Moft shallow man!Thou worms-meat, in respect of a good piece of fethindeed I-Learn of the wise, and perpend. Ciyet is of a baler birth than tar; the very uncleanly Aux of a cat. Mend the instance, shepherd. Cor. You have too courtly a wit for me, I'll rest
, Clo. Wilt thou reft damnd? God help thee, thallow man! God make incision in thee I thou art Taw.
Cor. Sir, I am a true labourer; I earn that I eat, get that I wear; owe no man hate, envy no man's happiness; glad of other men's good, content with
8 Make incifion in the.] To make incifion was a proverbial ex. preffion then in vogue for, to make to understand. So in Beaumont and Fletcher's Humourous Lieutenant,
-O excellent king,
And to proceeds to incision.
WAR BURTON Till I read Dr. Warburton's note, I thought the allufion had been to that common expression, of curring such a one for ibe forze ples; and I must own, after consulting the passage in the Humour 'ous Lieutenant, Į have no reason to alter my supposition. The çditors of Beaumont and Fletcher declare the expresion to be unintelligible in that as well as another play where it is introduced.
my harm: and the greatest of my pride is, to see my ewes graze, and my lambs suck.
Clo. That is another simple în in you; to bring the ewes and rams together, and to offer to get your living by the copulation of cattle : to be a bawd to a bell-wether, ' and to betray a fhe-lamb of a twelvemonth to a crooked-pated old cuckoldly ram, out of all reasonable match. If thou be'ft not damn'd for this, the devil himself will have no shepherds ; I can, not see else họw thou shouldft 'scape.
Cor. Here comes young Mr. Ganimed, my new mistress's brother.
Enter Rosalind, with a paper.
Ne jewel is like Rosalind,
But the face of Rosalind. Clo. I'll rhime you so, eight years together ; dinners, and suppers, and seeping hours excepted : it is the right butter-woman's rate to market. 9
Rof. Out, fool!
If a bart doib lack a bind,
! Bawd to a bell-wether.) Wather and ram had anciently the same meaning. JOHNSON,
* Rate to market.] So fir T. Hanmer. In the former editions rank to market. JOHNSON,
Winter-garments must be lind,
Tbey that reap, must leaf and bind;
Must find love's prick, and Rosalind.
Rof. Peace, you dull fool; I found them on a tree.
Rof. I'll graff it with you, and then I shall graff it with a medler: then it will be the earliest fruit i'the country; for you will be rotten ere you be half ripe, and that's the right virtue of the medler.
Clo. You have said ; but whether wisely or no, let the forest judge.
Enter Celia, with a writing. Rof. Peace! here comes my sister reading; stand aside.
Cel. Wby pould this a defert be.
For it is unpeopled? No;
That Mall civil Sayings how.
Runs bis erring pilgrimage;
Buckles in his sum of age.
'Twixt the souls of friend and friend;