As You Like It: Act 5, Scene 1
Enter TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY.
1We shall find a time, Audrey; patience, gentle
3Faith, the priest was good enough, for all the
4old gentleman's saying.
5A most wicked Sir Oliver, Audrey, a most vile
6Martext. But, Audrey, there is a youth here in
7the forest lays claim to you.
8Ay, I know who 'tis; he hath no interest in me
9in the world: here comes the man you mean.
10It is meat and drink to me to see a clown: by my
11troth, we that have good wits have much to
12answer for; we shall be flouting; we cannot hold.
13Good ev'n, Audrey.
14God ye good ev'n, William.
15And good ev'n to you, sir.
16Good ev'n, gentle friend. Cover thy head, cover
17thy head; nay, prithee, be covered. How old are
19Five and twenty, sir.
20A ripe age. Is thy name William?
22A fair name. Wast born i' the forest here?
23Ay, sir, I thank God.
24'Thank God;' a good answer. Art rich?
25Faith, sir, so so.
26'So so' is good, very good, very excellent
27good; and yet it is not; it is but so so. Art
29Ay, sir, I have a pretty wit.
30Why, thou sayest well. I do now remember a saying,
31'The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man
32knows himself to be a fool.' The heathen
33philosopher, when he had a desire to eat a grape,
34would open his lips when he put it into his mouth;
35meaning thereby that grapes were made to eat and
36lips to open. You do love this maid?
37I do, sir.
38Give me your hand. Art thou learned?
40Then learn this of me: to have, is to have; for it
41is a figure in rhetoric that drink, being poured out
42of a cup into a glass, by filling the one doth empty
43the other; for all your writers do consent that ipse
44is he: now, you are not ipse, for I am he.
45Which he, sir?
46He, sir, that must marry this woman. Therefore, you
47clown, abandonwhich is in the vulgar leavethe
48societywhich in the boorish is companyof this
49femalewhich in the common is woman; which
50together is, abandon the society of this female, or,
51clown, thou perishest; or, to thy better understanding,
52diest; or, to wit I kill thee, make thee away, translate
53thy life into death, thy liberty into bondage: I will
54deal in poison with thee, or in bastinado, or in steel;
55I will bandy with thee in faction; I will o'errun thee
56with policy; I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways:
57therefore tremble and depart.
58Do, good William.
59God rest you merry, sir.
60Our master and mistress seeks you; come,
62Trip, Audrey! trip, Audrey! I attend, I attend.