As You Like It

print/save print/save view

---
       

Act V, Scene 2

The forest

       
---

Enter ORLANDO and OLIVER

  • Orlando. Is't possible that on so little acquaintance you should
    like her? that but seeing you should love her? and loving woo? 2250
    and, wooing, she should grant? and will you persever to enjoy
    her?
  • Oliver. Neither call the giddiness of it in question, the poverty
    of her, the small acquaintance, my sudden wooing, nor her sudden
    consenting; but say with me, I love Aliena; say with her that she 2255
    loves me; consent with both that we may enjoy each other. It
    shall be to your good; for my father's house and all the revenue
    that was old Sir Rowland's will I estate upon you, and here live
    and die a shepherd.
  • Orlando. You have my consent. Let your wedding be to-morrow. 2260
    Thither will I invite the Duke and all's contented followers. Go
    you and prepare Aliena; for, look you, here comes my Rosalind.

Enter ROSALIND

  • Oliver. And you, fair sister. Exit 2265
  • Rosalind. O, my dear Orlando, how it grieves me to see thee wear
    thy heart in a scarf!
  • Rosalind. I thought thy heart had been wounded with the claws of a
    lion. 2270
  • Orlando. Wounded it is, but with the eyes of a lady.
  • Rosalind. Did your brother tell you how I counterfeited to swoon
    when he show'd me your handkercher?
  • Orlando. Ay, and greater wonders than that.
  • Rosalind. O, I know where you are. Nay, 'tis true. There was never 2275
    any thing so sudden but the fight of two rams and Caesar's
    thrasonical brag of 'I came, saw, and overcame.' For your brother
    and my sister no sooner met but they look'd; no sooner look'd but
    they lov'd; no sooner lov'd but they sigh'd; no sooner sigh'd but
    they ask'd one another the reason; no sooner knew the reason but 2280
    they sought the remedy- and in these degrees have they made pair
    of stairs to marriage, which they will climb incontinent, or else
    be incontinent before marriage. They are in the very wrath of
    love, and they will together. Clubs cannot part them.
  • Orlando. They shall be married to-morrow; and I will bid the Duke 2285
    to the nuptial. But, O, how bitter a thing it is to look into
    happiness through another man's eyes! By so much the more shall I
    to-morrow be at the height of heart-heaviness, by how much I
    shall think my brother happy in having what he wishes for.
  • Rosalind. Why, then, to-morrow I cannot serve your turn for 2290
    Rosalind?
  • Orlando. I can live no longer by thinking.
  • Rosalind. I will weary you, then, no longer with idle talking. Know
    of me then- for now I speak to some purpose- that I know you are
    a gentleman of good conceit. I speak not this that you should 2295
    bear a good opinion of my knowledge, insomuch I say I know you
    are; neither do I labour for a greater esteem than may in some
    little measure draw a belief from you, to do yourself good, and
    not to grace me. Believe then, if you please, that I can do
    strange things. I have, since I was three year old, convers'd 2300
    with a magician, most profound in his art and yet not damnable.
    If you do love Rosalind so near the heart as your gesture cries
    it out, when your brother marries Aliena shall you marry her. I
    know into what straits of fortune she is driven; and it is not
    impossible to me, if it appear not inconvenient to you, to set 2305
    her before your eyes to-morrow, human as she is, and without any
    danger.
  • Orlando. Speak'st thou in sober meanings?
  • Rosalind. By my life, I do; which I tender dearly, though I say I
    am a magician. Therefore put you in your best array, bid your 2310
    friends; for if you will be married to-morrow, you shall; and to
    Rosalind, if you will.
    [Enter SILVIUS and PHEBE]
    Look, here comes a lover of mine, and a lover of hers.
  • Phebe. Youth, you have done me much ungentleness 2315
    To show the letter that I writ to you.
  • Rosalind. I care not if I have. It is my study
    To seem despiteful and ungentle to you.
    You are there follow'd by a faithful shepherd;
    Look upon him, love him; he worships you. 2320
  • Phebe. Good shepherd, tell this youth what 'tis to love.
  • Silvius. It is to be all made of sighs and tears;
    And so am I for Phebe.
  • Phebe. And I for Ganymede.
  • Silvius. It is to be all made of faith and service;
    And so am I for Phebe.
  • Phebe. And I for Ganymede.
  • Silvius. It is to be all made of fantasy,
    All made of passion, and all made of wishes;
    All adoration, duty, and observance,
    All humbleness, all patience, and impatience, 2335
    All purity, all trial, all obedience;
    And so am I for Phebe.
  • Phebe. And so am I for Ganymede.
  • Orlando. And so am I for Rosalind.
  • Rosalind. And so am I for no woman. 2340
  • Phebe. If this be so, why blame you me to love you?
  • Silvius. If this be so, why blame you me to love you?
  • Orlando. If this be so, why blame you me to love you?
  • Rosalind. Why do you speak too, 'Why blame you me to love you?'
  • Orlando. To her that is not here, nor doth not hear. 2345
  • Rosalind. Pray you, no more of this; 'tis like the howling of Irish
    wolves against the moon. [To SILVIUS] I will help you if I can.
    [To PHEBE] I would love you if I could.- To-morrow meet me all
    together. [ To PHEBE ] I will marry you if ever I marry woman,
    and I'll be married to-morrow. [To ORLANDO] I will satisfy you if 2350
    ever I satisfied man, and you shall be married to-morrow. [To
    Silvius]
    I will content you if what pleases you contents you, and
    you shall be married to-morrow. [To ORLANDO] As you love
    Rosalind, meet. [To SILVIUS] As you love Phebe, meet;- and as I
    love no woman, I'll meet. So, fare you well; I have left you 2355
    commands.
  • Silvius. I'll not fail, if I live.

Plays + Sonnets + Poems + Concordance + Character Search + Advanced Search + About OSS