As You Like It: Act 5, Scene 2


           Enter ORLANDO and OLIVER.

      ORLANDO
  1   Is't possible that on so little acquaintance you
  2   should like her? that but seeing you should love
  3   her? and loving woo? and, wooing, she should
  4   grant? and will you persever to enjoy her?

      OLIVER
  5   Neither call the giddiness of it in question, the
  6   poverty of her, the small acquaintance, my sudden
  7   wooing, nor her sudden consenting; but say with me,
  8   I love Aliena; say with her that she loves me;
  9   consent with both that we may enjoy each other: it
 10   shall be to your good; for my father's house and all
 11   the revenue that was old Sir Rowland's will I
 12   estate upon you, and here live and die a shepherd.

      ORLANDO
 13   You have my consent. Let your wedding be
 14   tomorrow: thither will I invite the duke and all's
 15   contented followers. Go you and prepare Aliena;
 16   for look you, here comes my Rosalind.

           Enter ROSALIND.

      ROSALIND
 17   God save you, brother.

      OLIVER
 18   And you, fair sister.

           Exit.

      ROSALIND
 19   O, my dear Orlando, how it grieves me to see
 20   thee wear thy heart in a scarf!

      ORLANDO
 21   It is my arm.

      ROSALIND
 22   I thought thy heart had been wounded with
 23   the claws of a lion.

      ORLANDO
 24   Wounded it is, but with the eyes of a lady.

      ROSALIND
 25   Did your brother tell you how I counterfeited to
 26   swoon when he showed me your handkerchief?

      ORLANDO
 27   Ay, and greater wonders than that.

      ROSALIND
 28   O, I know where you are: nay, 'tis true: there was
 29   never any thing so sudden but the fight of two
 30   rams and Caesar's thrasonical brag of 'I came, saw,
 31   and overcame': for your brother and my sister no
 32   sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but
 33   they loved, no sooner loved but they sighed,
 34   no sooner sighed but they asked one another the
 35   reason, no sooner knew the reason but they sought
 36   the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a
 37   pair of stairs to marriage which they will climb
 38   incontinent, or else be incontinent before marriage:
 39   they are in the very wrath of love and they will
 40   together; clubs cannot part them.

      ORLANDO
 41   They shall be married tomorrow, and I will bid
 42   the duke to the nuptial. But, O, how bitter a thing
 43   it is to look into happiness through another man's
 44   eyes! By so much the more shall I tomorrow be at
 45   the height of heart-heaviness, by how much I shall
 46   think my brother happy in having what he wishes
 47   for.

      ROSALIND
 48   Why then, tomorrow I cannot serve your turn for
 49   Rosalind?

      ORLANDO
 50   I can live no longer by thinking.

      ROSALIND
 51   I will weary you then no longer with idle talking.
 52   Know of me then, for now I speak to some purpose,
 53   that I know you are a gentleman of good conceit: I
 54   speak not this that you should bear a good opinion
 55   of my knowledge, insomuch I say I know you are;
 56   neither do I labour for a greater esteem than may in
 57   some little measure draw a belief from you, to do
 58   yourself good and not to grace me. Believe then, if
 59   you please, that I can do strange things: I have,
 60   since I was three year old, conversed with a
 61   magician, most profound in his art and yet not
 62   damnable. If you do love Rosalind so near the heart
 63   as your gesture cries it out, when your brother
 64   marries Aliena, shall you marry her: I know into
 65   what straits of fortune she is driven; and it is
 66   not impossible to me, if it appear not inconvenient
 67   to you, to set her before your eyes tomorrow human
 68   as she is and without any danger.

      ORLANDO
 69   Speakest thou in sober meanings?

      ROSALIND
 70   By my life, I do; which I tender dearly, though I
 71   say I am a magician. Therefore, put you in your
 72   best array: bid your friends; for if you will be
 73   married tomorrow, you shall, and to Rosalind,
 74   if you will.

           Enter SILVIUS and PHEBE.

 75   Look, here comes a lover of mine and a lover of
 76   hers.

      PHEBE
 77   Youth, you have done me much ungentleness,
 78   To show the letter that I writ to you.

      ROSALIND
 79   I care not if I have: it is my study
 80   To seem despiteful and ungentle to you:
 81   You are there followed by a faithful shepherd;
 82   Look upon him, love him; he worships you.

      PHEBE
 83   Good shepherd, tell this youth what 'tis to love.

      SILVIUS
 84   It is to be all made of sighs and tears;
 85   And so am I for Phebe.

      PHEBE
 86   And I for Ganymede.

      ORLANDO
 87   And I for Rosalind.

      ROSALIND
 88   And I for no woman.

      SILVIUS
 89   It is to be all made of faith and service;
 90   And so am I for Phebe.

      PHEBE
 91   And I for Ganymede.

      ORLANDO
 92   And I for Rosalind.

      ROSALIND
 93   And I for no woman.

      SILVIUS
 94   It is to be all made of fantasy,
 95   All made of passion and all made of wishes,
 96   All adoration, duty, and observance,
 97   All humbleness, all patience and impatience,
 98   All purity, all trial, all obedience;
 99   And so am I for Phebe.

      PHEBE
100   And so am I for Ganymede.

      ORLANDO
101   And so am I for Rosalind.

      ROSALIND
102   And so am I for no woman.

      PHEBE
103   If this be so, why blame you me to love you?

      SILVIUS
104   If this be so, why blame you me to love you?

      ORLANDO
105   If this be so, why blame you me to love you?

      ROSALIND
106   Who do you speak to, 'Why blame you me to
107   love you?'

      ORLANDO
108   To her that is not here, nor doth not hear.

      ROSALIND
109   Pray you, no more of this; 'tis like the howling
110   of Irish wolves against the moon.

           [To SILVIUS.]
111   I will help you, if I can:

           [To PHEBE.]
112   I would love you, if I could. tomorrow meet me all
113   together.

           [To PHEBE.]
114   I will marry you, if ever I marry woman, and I'll be
115   married tomorrow:

           [To ORLANDO.]
116   I will satisfy you, if ever I satisfied man, and you
117   shall be married tomorrow:

           [To SILVIUS.]
118   I will content you, if what pleases you contents
119   you, and you shall be married tomorrow.

           [To ORLANDO.]
120   As you love Rosalind, meet.

           [To SILVIUS.]
121   As you love Phebe, meet: and as I love no woman,
122   I'll meet. So fare you well: I have left you commands.

      SILVIUS
123   I'll not fail, if I live.

      PHEBE
124   Nor I.

      ORLANDO
125   Nor I.

           Exeunt.