As You Like It

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Rosalind as Ganymede, Celia as Aliena, and

the Clown, alias Touchstone


O Jupiter, how weary are my spirits!


I care not for my spirits, if my legs were

not weary.


I could find in my heart to disgrace my man's

apparel, and to cry like a woman, but I must comfort the
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress See Topics: Frequency count

weaker vessel as doublet-and-hose ought to show itself
vessel (n.) body, frame

courageous to petticoat: therefore courage, good Aliena!
petticoat (n.) long skirt See Topics: Clothing


I pray you, bear with me, I cannot go no further.


For my part, I had rather bear with you

than bear you: yet I should bear no cross if I did bear
cross (n.) 3 coin [referring to the cross stamped on some types of coin]

you, for I think you have no money in your purse.


Well, this is the Forest of Arden.


Ay, now am I in Arden, the more fool I.

When I was at home I was in a better place, but travellers

must be content.
content (adj.) 2 contented, patient, accepting, undisturbed

Enter Corin and Silvius


Ay, be so, good Touchstone. – Look you, who comes here:

A young man and an old in solemn talk.


That is the way to make her scorn you still.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count


O Corin, that thou knewest how I do love her!


I partly guess, for I have loved ere now.


No, Corin, being old thou canst not guess,

Though in thy youth thou wast as true a lover

As ever sighed upon a midnight pillow.

But if thy love were ever like to mine –
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

As sure I think did never man love so –

How many actions most ridiculous

Hast thou been drawn to by thy fantasy?
fantasy (n.) 5 ardent desire, amorous fancy


Into a thousand that I have forgotten.


O, thou didst then never love so heartily.

If thou rememberest not the slightest folly

That ever love did make thee run into,

Thou hast not loved.

Or if thou hast not sat as I do now,

Wearing thy hearer in thy mistress' praise,
wear (v.) 1 wear out, weary, tire

Thou hast not loved.

Or if thou hast not broke from company

Abruptly, as my passion now makes me,

Thou hast not loved.

O Phebe, Phebe, Phebe!



Alas, poor shepherd, searching of thy wound,
search (v.) 1 probe, explore, examine

I have by hard adventure found mine own.
adventure (n.) 2 experience, fortune, chance
hard (adj.) 3 painful, harrowing, tough


And I mine. I remember when I was in love

I broke my sword upon a stone and bid him take that for

coming a-night to Jane Smile, and I remember the
a-night (adv.) at night

kissing of her batler and the cow's dugs that her pretty
batler, batlet (n.) wooden club [used for beating clothes being washed]

chopt hands had milked; and I remember the wooing of
chopped, chopt (adj.) 1 chapped, chafed, roughened

a peascod instead of her, from whom I took two cods
cod (n.) pod, seed-vessel
peascod (n.) pea-plant, pea-pod

and, giving her them again, said with weeping tears,

‘Wear these for my sake.' We that are true lovers run

into strange capers; but as all is mortal in nature, so is

all nature in love mortal in folly.


Thou speakest wiser than thou art ware of.
ware (adj.) 1 aware, conscious, sensible


Nay, I shall ne'er be ware of mine own wit
ware (adj.) 2 wary, cautious, guarded
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

till I break my shins against it.
break (v.) 11 graze, bruise, cut open


Jove, Jove! This shepherd's passion

Is much upon my fashion.
fashion (n.) 6 kind, type, sort
passion (n.) 5 passionate outburst, emotional passage


And mine, but it grows something stale with me.
something (adv.) 1 somewhat, rather See Topics: Frequency count


I pray you, one of you question yond man
yond (det.) that [one] over there See Topics: yon words

If he for gold will give us any food;
gold (n.) 1 money [not only gold coins]

I faint almost to death.


Holla, you clown!


Peace, fool, he's not thy kinsman.


Who calls?


Your betters, sir.


Else are they very wretched.


Peace, I say. Good even to you, friend.


And to you, gentle sir, and to you all.
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind


I prithee, shepherd, if that love or gold

Can in this desert place buy entertainment,
desert (adj.) desolate, lonely, isolated
entertainment (n.) 3 hospitality, provision for needs

Bring us where we may rest ourselves and feed.

Here's a young maid with travail much oppressed
travail, travel (n.) 2 journeying, travel [often overlapping with sense 1]

And faints for succour.


                         Fair sir, I pity her,

And wish, for her sake more than for mine own,

My fortunes were more able to relieve her;

But I am shepherd to another man,

And do not shear the fleeces that I graze.

My master is of churlish disposition,
churlish (adj.) 4 stingy, miserly, niggardly
disposition (n.) 3 inclination, mood, frame of mind

And little recks to find the way to heaven
reck (v.) regard, heed, care [for]

By doing deeds of hospitality.

Besides, his cote, his flocks, and bounds of feed
bound (v.) 3 (plural) extent, land, area [within boundaries]
cote (n.) cottage
feed (n.) pasture, grazing land

Are now on sale, and at our sheepcote now,
sheepcote (n.) building where sheep shelter

By reason of his absence, there is nothing

That you will feed on. But what is, come see,

And in my voice most welcome shall you be.


What is he that shall buy his flock and pasture?


That young swain that you saw here but erewhile,
erewhile (adv.) a short time ago, a while before
swain (n.) 3 man, youth, young fellow

That little cares for buying anything.


I pray thee, if it stand with honesty,
stand (v.) 12 accord, agree, hold good, be compatible

Buy thou the cottage, pasture, and the flock,

And thou shalt have to pay for it of us.


And we will mend thy wages: I like this place,
mend (v.) 1 amend, improve, make better, put right

And willingly could waste my time in it.
time (n.) 14 passing of time, while
waste (v.) 1 pass, spend, while away


Assuredly the thing is to be sold.

Go with me. If you like upon report

The soil, the profit, and this kind of life,

I will your very faithful feeder be,
feeder (n.) 2 servant; or: shepherd

And buy it with your gold right suddenly.
suddenly (adv.) 1 immediately, at once, without delay


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