As You Like It

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Duke Senior, Amiens, and two or three Lords

dressed like foresters


Now my co-mates and brothers in exile,
co-mate (n.) companion, fellow, comrade

Hath not old custom made this life more sweet
custom (n.) 1 habit, usual practice, customary usage

Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods
painted (adj.) 1 colourful, multicoloured

More free from peril than the envious court?
envious (adj.) malicious, spiteful, vindictive, full of enmity See Topics: Frequency count

Here feel we not the penalty of Adam,

The seasons' difference, as the icy fang
difference (n.) 3 change, variation, shifting

And churlish chiding of the winter's wind,
chiding (n.) 2 barking, brawling, angry noise
churlish (adj.) 2 violent, rough, harsh

Which when it bites and blows upon my body

Even till I shrink with cold, I smile and say
shrink (v.) 1 shiver, recoil, draw back

‘This is no flattery; these are counsellors

That feelingly persuade me what I am'?
feelingly (adv.) 2 in ways that reach the senses

Sweet are the uses of adversity,

Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,

Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;

And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
exempt (adj.) removed, cut off, excluded, debarred
haunt (n.) 2 frequent resort, regular visit

Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

Sermons in stones, and good in everything.


I would not change it. Happy is your grace

That can translate the stubbornness of fortune
translate (v.) 1 transform, change, alter

Into so quiet and so sweet a style.


Come, shall we go and kill us venison?

And yet it irks me the poor dappled fools,
fool (n.) 2 simple creature, poor thing
irk (v.) bother, trouble, distress

Being native burghers of this desert city,
burgher (n.) citizen, inhabitant, denizen

Should in their own confines with forked heads
forked (adj.) 4 barbed, sharp-pointed
head (n.) 11 arrow-head See Topics: Weapons

Have their round haunches gored.


                         Indeed, my lord,

The melancholy Jaques grieves at that

And, in that kind, swears you do more usurp
kind (n.) 7 respect, regard, particular

Than doth your brother that hath banished you.

Today my Lord of Amiens and myself

Did steal behind him as he lay along
along (adv.) at full length, stretched out, prostrate

Under an oak whose antick root peeps out
antic, antick(e), antique (adj.) 1 fantastic, bizarre, weird

Upon the brook that brawls along this wood,
along (prep.) throughout the whole length of
brawl (v.) 2 [of streams] run noisly

To the which place a poor sequestered stag
sequestered (adj.) separated, cut off from its fellows

That from the hunter's aim had ta'en a hurt

Did come to languish; and indeed, my lord,

The wretched animal heaved forth such groans

That their discharge did stretch his leathern coat

Almost to bursting, and the big round tears

Coursed one another down his innocent nose
course (v.) 1 chase, hunt, pursue

In piteous chase; and thus the hairy fool,

Much marked of the melancholy Jaques,
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

Stood on th' extremest verge of the swift brook

Augmenting it with tears.


                         But what said Jaques?

Did he not moralize this spectacle?
moralise, moralize (v.) 2 draw lessons from, interpret morally


O, yes, into a thousand similes.

First, for his weeping into the needless stream:
needless (adj.) 3 not lacking, having no need

‘ Poor deer,’ quoth he, ‘ thou makest a testament
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count

As worldlings do, giving thy sum of more
worldling (n.) citizen of the world, world's inhabitant

To that which had too much.’ Then, being there alone,

Left and abandoned of his velvet friend,

‘ 'Tis right,’ quoth he, ‘ thus misery doth part
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count

The flux of company.’ Anon a careless herd,
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count
careless (adj.) 1 carefree, unconcerned, untroubled
flux (n.) 1 stream, flow, flood

Full of the pasture, jumps along by him

And never stays to greet him: ‘ Ay,’ quoth Jaques,
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count
stay (v.) 9 stop, halt, come to a standstill

‘ Sweep on, you fat and greasy citizens,
sweep (v.) 1 strut, parade, move majestically

'Tis just the fashion! Wherefore do you look

Upon that poor and broken bankrupt there?’

Thus most invectively he pierceth through
invectively (adv.) vehemently, passionately, in an abusive way

The body of country, city, court,

Yea, and of this our life, swearing that we

Are mere usurpers, tyrants, and what's worse
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter See Topics: Frequency count

To fright the animals and to kill them up
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count

In their assigned and native dwelling place.


And did you leave him in this contemplation?


We did, my lord, weeping and commenting

Upon the sobbing deer.


                         Show me the place;

I love to cope him in these sullen fits,
cope, cope with (v.) 1 encounter, face, have to do [with], come into contact [with]

For then he's full of matter.
matter (n.) 1 subject-matter, content, substance


I'll bring you to him straight.
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count


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