As You Like It: Epilogue



  *        [Enter ROSALIND.]

      ROSALIND
  1   It is not the fashion to see the lady the
  2   epilogue; but it is no more unhandsome
  3   than to see the lord the prologue. If it be
  4   true that good wine needs no bush, 'tis true
  5   that a good play needs no epilogue; yet to
  6   good wine they do use good bushes, and good
  7   plays prove the better by the help of good
  8   epilogues. What a case am I in then, that am
  9   neither a good epilogue nor cannot insinuate
 10   with you in the behalf of a good play! I am not
 11   furnished like a beggar, therefore to beg will not
 12   become me: my way is to conjure you; and I'll begin
 13   with the women. I charge you, O women, for the
 14   love you bear to men, to like as much of this play as
 15   please you: and I charge you, O men, for the love you
 16   bear to women—as I perceive by your simp'ring, none
 17   of you hates them—that between you and the women
 18   the play may please. If I were a woman I would kiss
 19   as many of you as had beards that pleased me,
 20   complexions that lik'd me and breaths that I defied
 21   not: and, I am sure, as many as have good beards or
 22   good faces or sweet breaths will, for my kind offer,
 23   when I make curtsy, bid me farewell.

           Exit.