As You Like It

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Duke Senior, Amiens, Jaques, Orlando, Oliver,

and Celia


Dost thou believe, Orlando, that the boy

Can do all this that he hath promised?


I sometimes do believe, and sometimes do not,

As those that fear they hope, and know they fear.

Enter Rosalind, Silvius, and Phebe
compact (n.) agreement, contract, covenant
urge (v.) 5 state formally, present, propose


Patience once more, whiles our compact is urged.

(to the Duke) You say, if I bring in your Rosalind,

You will bestow her on Orlando here?
bestow (v.) 3 give in marriage, match


That would I, had I kingdoms to give with her.


(to Orlando)

And you say you will have her, when I bring her?


That would I, were I of all kingdoms king.


(to Phebe)

You say you'll marry me, if I be willing?


That will I, should I die the hour after.


But if you do refuse to marry me,

You'll give yourself to this most faithful shepherd?


So is the bargain.


(to Silvius)

You say that you'll have Phebe, if she will?


Though to have her and death were both one thing.


I have promised to make all this matter even.

Keep you your word, O Duke, to give your daughter;

You yours, Orlando, to receive his daughter;

Keep your word, Phebe, that you'll marry me

Or else, refusing me, to wed this shepherd;

Keep your word, Silvius, that you'll marry her.

If she refuse me – and from hence I go,

To make these doubts all even.

Exeunt Rosalind and Celia


I do remember in this shepherd boy

Some lively touches of my daughter's favour.
favour (n.) 1 [facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks
lively (adj.) 3 lifelike, striking, vivid
touch (n.) 1 trait, quality, feature


My lord, the first time that I ever saw him

Methought he was a brother to your daughter.
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

But, my good lord, this boy is forest-born,

And hath been tutored in the rudiments

Of many desperate studies by his uncle,
desperate (adj.) 2 risky, dangerous, hazardous

Whom he reports to be a great magician,

Enter Touchstone and Audrey
circle (n.) 1 compass, confines, bounds
obscure (v.) 1 conceal, protect, hide

Obscured in the circle of this forest.


There is sure another flood toward, and these
sure (adv.) 2 surely, assuredly, certainly
toward (adv.) impending, forthcoming, in preparation

couples are coming to the ark. Here comes a pair of

very strange beasts, which in all tongues are called fools.


Salutation and greeting to you all!


Good my lord, bid him welcome: this is the

motley-minded gentleman that I have so often met in
motley-minded (adj.) muddle-headed, foolish-minded

the forest. He hath been a courtier, he swears.


If any man doubt that, let him put me to

my purgation. I have trod a measure, I have flattered a
measure (n.) 8 slow stately dance, graceful movement
purgation (n.) 1 purging, cleansing, clearing away

lady, I have been politic with my friend, smooth with
politic (adj.) 2 crafty, wily, self-serving

mine enemy, I have undone three tailors, I have had
undo (v.) 3 ruin, impoverish, bankrupt

four quarrels, and like to have fought one.
like (adv.) 4 nearly, almost


And how was that ta'en up?
take up (v.) 1 settle, make up, resolve


Faith, we met, and found the quarrel was

upon the seventh cause.
cause (n.) 6 [duelling] one of the situations or grounds set out in the code of honour which justifies a duel


How seventh cause? – Good my lord, like this



I like him very well.


God 'ild you, sir, I desire you of the like. I
desire (v.) 1 request, wish, ask [for]
like, the the same

press in here, sir, amongst the rest of the country copulatives,
copulative (n.) person being joined in marriage
press (v.) 2 push forward, thrust, come / go boldly

to swear and to forswear, according as marriage
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word See Topics: Frequency count
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 2 abandon, renounce, reject, give up See Topics: Frequency count

binds and blood breaks. A poor virgin, sir, an
blood (n.) 1 passion, feeling, strong emotion [especially sexual]
break (v.) 13 wane, fall away, fail

ill-favoured thing, sir, but mine own, a poor humour of
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice

mine, sir, to take that that no man else will. Rich honesty
honesty (n.) 1 virtue, chastity

dwells like a miser, sir, in a poor house, as your pearl in

your foul oyster.
foul (adj.) 4 dirty, miry, muddy


By my faith, he is very swift and sententious.
sententious (adj.) 1 full of wise remarks, ready with acute observations, pithy
swift (adj.) quick-witted, sharp, ready


According to the fool's bolt, sir, and such
bolt (n.) 1 [short and thick, crossbow] arrow

dulcet diseases.
disease (n.) 2 annoyance, grievance, weakness
dulcet (adj.) sweet, mild, pleasant, agreeable


But for the seventh cause. How did you find the

quarrel on the seventh cause?


Upon a lie seven times removed. – Bear

your body more seeming, Audrey. – As thus, sir. I did
seeming (adv.) 1 seemingly, becomingly

dislike the cut of a certain courtier's beard. He sent me
dislike (v.) 2 disapprove of, take exception to

word, if I said his beard was not cut well, he was in the

mind it was: this is called the Retort Courteous. If I

sent him word again it was not well cut, he would send

me word he cut it to please himself: this is called the

Quip Modest. If again ‘ it was not well cut,’ he disabled
disable (v.) disparage, belittle, devalue

my judgement: this is called the Reply Churlish. If
churlish (adj.) 1 rude, blunt, ungracious

again ‘ it was not well cut,’ he would answer, I spake not

true: this is called the Reproof Valiant. If again ‘ it was

not well cut,’ he would say, I lie: this is called the

Countercheck Quarrelsome: and so to Lie Circumstantial
countercheck (n.) countering manoeuvre, rebuke

and the Lie Direct.


And how oft did you say his beard was not well

oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count


I durst go no further than the Lie Circumstantial,

nor he durst not give me the Lie Direct. And

so we measured swords and parted.
measure (v.) 4 check that the length of two weapons is the same [before beginning a duel]


Can you nominate in order now the degrees of the
nominate (v.) 2 give names to, mention by name



O sir, we quarrel in print, by the book, as
print, in in a precise way, by the letter, very carefully

you have books for good manners. I will name you the

degrees. The first, the Retort Courteous; the second,

the Quip Modest; the third, the Reply Churlish; the

fourth, the Reproof Valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck

Quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with Circumstance;

the seventh, the Lie Direct. All these you may

avoid but the Lie Direct; and you may avoid that too,
avoid (v.) 3 repudiate, deny, reject

with an ‘ If.’ I knew when seven justices could not take
justice (n.) judge, magistrate
take up (v.) 1 settle, make up, resolve

up a quarrel, but when the parties were met themselves,

one of them thought but of an ‘ If ’: as, ‘ If you said so,

then I said so;’ and they shook hands and swore
swear (v.) promise, vow, pledge

brothers. Your ‘ If ’ is the only peace maker; much

virtue in ‘ If.’
virtue (n.) 4 power, capability, efficacy, property


Is not this a rare fellow, my lord? He's as good
rare (adj.) 1 marvellous, splendid, excellent

at anything, and yet a fool.


He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the
stalking-horse (n.) horse behind which a hunter hides, to stalk game

presentation of that he shoots his wit.
presentation (n.) semblance, display, show
wit (n.) 2 mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuity See Topics: Frequency count

Enter a masquer representing Hymen, and Rosalind

and Celia as themselves. Still music


Then is there mirth in heaven,
still (adj.) 2 quiet, calm, subdued

When earthly things, made even,

Atone together.
atone (v.) 1 unite, join, reconcile

Good Duke, receive thy daughter,

Hymen from heaven brought her,

Yea, brought her hither

That thou mightst join her hand with his

Whose heart within her bosom is.


(to the Duke)

To you I give myself, for I am yours.

(to Orlando)

To you I give myself, for I am yours.


If there be truth in sight, you are my daughter.


If there be truth in sight, you are my Rosalind.


If sight and shape be true,

Why then, my love adieu!


(to the Duke)

I'll have no father, if you be not he;

(to Orlando)

I'll have no husband, if you be not he;

(to Phebe)

Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not she.


Peace, ho! I bar confusion.
bar (v.) 2 keep out, exclude, prohibit

'Tis I must make conclusion

Of these most strange events.

Here's eight that must take hands,

To join in Hymen's bands,

If truth holds true contents.
content (n.) 4 substance, matter, meaning

(to Orlando and Rosalind)
cross (n.) 1 trial, affliction, trouble

You and you no cross shall part;

(to Oliver and Celia)

You and you are heart in heart;

(to Phebe)
accord (v.) agree, assent, consent

You to his love must accord,

Or have a woman to your lord;

(to Touchstone and Audrey)
sure (adj.) 5 betrothed, joined, bound

You and you are sure together,

As the winter to foul weather.

Whiles a wedlock-hymn we sing,

Feed yourselves with questioning,

That reason wonder may diminish

How thus we met, and these things finish.


Wedding is great Juno's crown,

O blessed bond of board and bed;

'Tis Hymen peoples every town,

High wedlock then be honoured;

Honour, high honour and renown

To Hymen, god of every town!


O my dear niece, welcome thou art to me,

Even daughter, welcome, in no less degree.


(to Silvius)

I will not eat my word, now thou art mine,

Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combine.
combine (v.) 2 unite in harmony, be at one
fancy (n.) 1 love, amorousness, infatuation

Enter Second Brother, Jaques de Boys


Let me have audience for a word or two.

I am the second son of old Sir Rowland

That bring these tidings to this fair assembly.

Duke Frederick, hearing how that every day

Men of great worth resorted to this forest,

Addressed a mighty power, which were on foot,
address (v.) 1 prepare, make ready, poise to act
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

In his own conduct, purposely to take
conduct (n.) 1 leadership, command

His brother here and put him to the sword;

And to the skirts of this wild wood he came,
skirt (n.) 2 (plural) outlying parts, borders, outskirts

Where, meeting with an old religious man,

After some question with him, was converted
question (n.) 6 conversation, discourse, piece of talk

Both from his enterprise and from the world,

His crown bequeathing to his banished brother,

And all their lands restored to them again

That were with him exiled. This to be true,

I do engage my life.
engage (v.) 1 pledge, give the guarantee of


                         Welcome, young man.

Thou offerest fairly to thy brothers' wedding:
fairly (adv.) 3 bountifully, handsomely, generously
offer (v.) 4 bring gifts, give presents

To one his lands withheld, and to the other

A land itself at large, a potent dukedom.
potent (adj.) 1 powerful, influential

First, in this forest, let us do those ends
do (v.) 2 achieve, complete, fulfil
end (n.) 1 purpose, aim, design

That here were well begun and well begot;

And after, every of this happy number

That have endured shrewd days and nights with us
shrewd (adj.) 1 harsh, hard, severe

Shall share the good of our returned fortune

According to the measure of their states.
measure (n.) 1 extent, size, amount, quantity, mass
state (n.) 2 status, rank, position

Meantime, forget this new-fallen dignity,

And fall into our rustic revelry:

Play, music, and you, brides and bridegrooms all,

With measure heaped in joy, to th' measures fall.
measure (n.) 8 slow stately dance, graceful movement
measure, with liberally, abundantly, lavishly


Sir, by your patience. – If I heard you rightly,

The Duke hath put on a religious life,

And thrown into neglect the pompous court?
neglect (n.) disregard, inattention
pompous (adj.) 2 full of pomp, ceremonious, grand


He hath.


To him will I: out of these convertites
convertite (n.) convert, penitent

There is much matter to be heard and learned.
matter (n.) 1 subject-matter, content, substance

(to the Duke)

You to your former honour I bequeath:

Your patience and your virtue well deserves it;

(to Orlando)

You to a love that your true faith doth merit;

(to Oliver)

You to your land, and love, and great allies;

(to Silvius)

You to a long and well deserved bed;

(to Touchstone)

And you to wrangling, for thy loving voyage

Is but for two months victualled. – So to your pleasures:
victual (v.) supply, furnish, provide [with food]

I am for other than for dancing measures.


Stay, Jaques, stay.


To see no pastime, I. What you would have

I'll stay to know at your abandoned cave.



Proceed, proceed. We'll begin these rites

As we do trust they'll end, in true delights.

Exeunt all except Rosalind


It is not the fashion to see the lady the epilogue,

but it is no more unhandsome than to see the lord the
unhandsome (adj.) 1 inappropriate, faulty, unfitting

prologue. If it be true that good wine needs no bush, 'tis
bush (n.) tavern sign-board, advertisement

true that a good play needs no epilogue. Yet to good

wine they do use good bushes, and good plays prove

the better by the help of good epilogues. What a case am
case (n.) 1 state, plight, situation, circumstance

I in, then, that am neither a good epilogue nor cannot

insinuate with you in the behalf of a good play? I am
behalf (n.), especially: in behalf (of) 1 advantage, interest, benefit
insinuate (v.) 1 curry favour, work subtly [on], ingratiate oneself

not furnished like a beggar; therefore to beg will not
furnish (v.) 3 dress, clothe, equip, fit out

become me. My way is to conjure you, and I'll begin
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count
conjure (v.) 5 put a spell on, charm, bewitch

with the women. I charge you, O women, for the love
charge (v.) 1 order, command, enjoin

you bear to men, to like as much of this play as please

you; and I charge you, O men, for the love you bear to

women – as I perceive by your simpering, none of you

hates them – that between you and the women the play

may please. If I were a woman, I would kiss as many of

you as had beards that pleased me, complexions that

liked me, and breaths that I defied not; and, I am sure,
defy (v.) 1 reject, despise, disdain, renounce
like (v.) 1 please, suit See Topics: Politeness

as many as have good beards, or good faces, or sweet

breaths, will, for my kind offer, when I make curtsy,
courtesy, cur'sy, curtsy (n.) 2 curtsy, bow, gesture of respect

bid me farewell.


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