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of a dinner, if there live any thing in this desert. Cheerly, good Adam!
A table set out. Enter Duke senior, AMIENS,
Lords, and others. Duke S. I think he be transform'd into a beast; For I can no where find him like a man.
i Lord. My lord, he is but even now gone hence; Here was he merry, hearing of a song.
Duke S. If he, compact of jars, grow musical, We shall have shortly discord in the spheres:Go, seek him; tell him, I would speak with him.
Enter JAQUES. i Lord. He saves my labour by his own approach. Duke S. Why, how now, monsieur! what a life
is this, That your poor friends must woo your company? What! you look merrily.
Jaq. A fool, a fool! -I met a fool i'the forest, A motley fool;a miserable world! As I do live by food, I met a fool; Who laid him down and bask'd him in the sun, And rail'd on lady Fortune in good terms, In good set terms, -and yet a motley fool. Good-morrow, fool, quoth I: No, sir, quoth he, Call me not fool, till heaven hath sent me fortune :8 And then he drew a dial from his poke;
5- compact of jars,] i.e. made up of discords.
6 Call me not fool, till heaten hath sent me fortune :) Fortuna favet fatuis, is, as Mr. Upton observes, the saying here alluded to; or, as in Publius Syrus:
“ Fortuna, nimium quem foret, stultum facit."
And looking on it with lack-lustre eye,
Duke S. What fool is this?
Duke S. Thou shalt have one.
It is my only suit;?
only suit;] Suit means petition, not dress.
Doth very foolishly, although he smart,
Jaq. Why, who cries out on pride,
8 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 anato, mised, that is, dissected and laid open, by the squandring glances or random shots of a fool. Johnson.
9_ 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. T h is 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:3 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.
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,
Go find him out,
4 Anduke upon command -] At your own command.