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Enter Duke Senior: Amyens, and two or three LordsEnter Duke Senior, Amiens, and two or three Lords AYL II.i.1.1
like Forresters.dressed like foresters AYL II.i.1.2
Duk.Sen. DUKE 
Now my Coe-mates, and brothers in exile:Now my co-mates and brothers in exile,co-mate (n.)
old form: Coe-mates
companion, fellow, comrade
AYL II.i.1
Hath not old custome made this life more sweeteHath not old custom made this life more sweetcustom (n.)
old form: custome
habit, usual practice, customary usage
AYL II.i.2
Then that of painted pompe? Are not these woodsThan that of painted pomp? Are not these woodspainted (adj.)colourful, multicolouredAYL II.i.3
More free from perill then the enuious Court?More free from peril than the envious court?envious (adj.)
old form: enuious
malicious, spiteful, vindictive, full of enmity
AYL II.i.4
Heere feele we not the penaltie of Adam,Here feel we not the penalty of Adam,Adam (n.)in the Bible, the first human being, who disobeyed GodAYL II.i.5
The seasons difference, as the Icie phangeThe seasons' difference, as the icy fangdifference (n.)change, variation, shiftingAYL II.i.6
And churlish chiding of the winters winde,And churlish chiding of the winter's wind,churlish (adj.)violent, rough, harshAYL II.i.7
chiding (n.)barking, brawling, angry noise
Which when it bites and blowes vpon my bodyWhich when it bites and blows upon my body AYL II.i.8
Euen till I shrinke with cold, I smile, and sayEven till I shrink with cold, I smile and sayshrink (v.)
old form: shrinke
shiver, recoil, draw back
AYL II.i.9
This is no flattery: these are counsellors‘This is no flattery; these are counsellors AYL II.i.10
That feelingly perswade me what I am:That feelingly persuade me what I am'?feelingly (adv.)in ways that reach the sensesAYL II.i.11
Sweet are the vses of aduersitieSweet are the uses of adversity, AYL II.i.12
Which like the toad, ougly and venemous,Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, AYL II.i.13
Weares yet a precious Iewell in his head:Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; AYL II.i.14
And this our life exempt from publike haunt,And this our life, exempt from public haunt,exempt (adj.)removed, cut off, excluded, debarredAYL II.i.15
haunt (n.)frequent resort, regular visit
Findes tongues in trees, bookes in the running brookes,Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, AYL II.i.16
Sermons in stones, and good in euery thing.Sermons in stones, and good in everything. AYL II.i.17
Amien. AMIENS 
I would not change it, happy is your GraceI would not change it. Happy is your grace AYL II.i.18
That can translate the stubbornnesse of fortuneThat can translate the stubbornness of fortunetranslate (v.)transform, change, alterAYL II.i.19
Into so quiet and so sweet a stile.Into so quiet and so sweet a style. AYL II.i.20
Du.Sen. DUKE 
Come, shall we goe and kill vs venison?Come, shall we go and kill us venison? AYL II.i.21
And yet it irkes me the poore dapled foolesAnd yet it irks me the poor dappled fools,irk (v.)
old form: irkes
bother, trouble, distress
AYL II.i.22
fool (n.)
old form: fooles
simple creature, poor thing
Being natiue Burgers of this desert City,Being native burghers of this desert city,burgher (n.)
old form: Burgers
citizen, inhabitant, denizen
AYL II.i.23
Should intheir owne confines with forked headsShould in their own confines with forked headshead (n.)arrow-headAYL II.i.24
forked (adj.)barbed, sharp-pointed
Haue their round hanches goard.Have their round haunches gored. AYL II.i.25.1
1. Lord. FIRST LORD 
Indeed my LordIndeed, my lord, AYL II.i.25.2
The melancholy Iaques grieues at that,The melancholy Jaques grieves at that AYL II.i.26
And in that kinde sweares you doe more vsurpeAnd, in that kind, swears you do more usurpkind (n.)
old form: kinde
respect, regard, particular
AYL II.i.27
Then doth your brother that hath banish'd you:Than doth your brother that hath banished you. AYL II.i.28
To day my Lord of Amiens, and my selfe,Today my Lord of Amiens and myself AYL II.i.29
Did steale behinde him as he lay alongDid steal behind him as he lay alongalong (adv.)at full length, stretched out, prostrateAYL II.i.30
Vnder an oake, whose anticke roote peepes outUnder an oak whose antick root peeps outantic, antick(e), antique (adj.)fantastic, bizarre, weirdAYL II.i.31
Vpon the brooke that brawles along this wood,Upon the brook that brawls along this wood,brawl (v.)[of streams] run noislyAYL II.i.32
along (prep.)throughout the whole length of
To the which place a poore sequestred StagTo the which place a poor sequestered stagsequestered (adj.)
old form: sequestred
separated, cut off from its fellows
AYL II.i.33
That from the Hunters aime had tane a hurt,That from the hunter's aim had ta'en a hurt AYL II.i.34
Did come to languish; and indeed my LordDid come to languish; and indeed, my lord, AYL II.i.35
The wretched annimall heau'd forth such groanesThe wretched animal heaved forth such groans AYL II.i.36
That their discharge did stretch his leatherne coatThat their discharge did stretch his leathern coat AYL II.i.37
Almost to bursting, and the big round tearesAlmost to bursting, and the big round tears AYL II.i.38
Cours'd one another downe his innocent noseCoursed one another down his innocent nosecourse (v.)
old form: Cours'd
chase, hunt, pursue
AYL II.i.39
In pitteous chase: and thus the hairie foole,In piteous chase; and thus the hairy fool, AYL II.i.40
Much marked of the melancholie Iaques,Much marked of the melancholy Jaques,mark (v.)note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]AYL II.i.41
Stood on th'extremest verge of the swift brooke,Stood on th' extremest verge of the swift brook AYL II.i.42
Augmenting it with teares.Augmenting it with tears. AYL II.i.43.1
Du.Sen. DUKE 
But what said Iaques?But what said Jaques? AYL II.i.43.2
Did he not moralize this spectacle?Did he not moralize this spectacle?moralise, moralize (v.)draw lessons from, interpret morallyAYL II.i.44
1. Lord. FIRST LORD 
O yes, into a thousand similies.O, yes, into a thousand similes. AYL II.i.45
First, for his weeping into the needlesse streame;First, for his weeping into the needless stream:needless (adj.)
old form: needlesse
not lacking, having no need
AYL II.i.46
Poore Deere quoth he, thou mak'st a testament‘ Poor deer,’ quoth he, ‘ thou makest a testamentquoth (v.)saidAYL II.i.47
As worldlings doe, giuing thy sum of moreAs worldlings do, giving thy sum of moreworldling (n.)citizen of the world, world's inhabitantAYL II.i.48
To that which had too must: then being there alone,To that which had too much.’ Then, being there alone, AYL II.i.49
Left and abandoned of his veluet friend;Left and abandoned of his velvet friend,of (prep.)byAYL II.i.50
'Tis right quoth he, thus miserie doth part‘ 'Tis right,’ quoth he, ‘ thus misery doth partpart (v.)depart [from], leave, quitAYL II.i.51
The Fluxe of companie: anon a carelesse HeardThe flux of company.’ Anon a careless herd,anon (adv.)soon, shortly, presentlyAYL II.i.52
careless (adj.)
old form: carelesse
carefree, unconcerned, untroubled
flux (n.)
old form: Fluxe
stream, flow, flood
Full of the pasture, iumps along by himFull of the pasture, jumps along by him AYL II.i.53
And neuer staies to greet him: I quoth Iaques,And never stays to greet him: ‘ Ay,’ quoth Jaques,stay (v.)
old form: staies
stop, halt, come to a standstill
AYL II.i.54
Sweepe on you fat and greazie Citizens,‘ Sweep on, you fat and greasy citizens,sweep (v.)
old form: Sweepe
strut, parade, move majestically
AYL II.i.55
'Tis iust the fashion; wherefore doe you looke'Tis just the fashion! Wherefore do you look AYL II.i.56
Vpon that poore and broken bankrupt there?Upon that poor and broken bankrupt there?’ AYL II.i.57
Thus most inuectiuely he pierceth throughThus most invectively he pierceth throughinvectively (adv.)
old form: inuectiuely
vehemently, passionately, in an abusive way
AYL II.i.58
The body of Countrie, Citie, Court,The body of country, city, court, AYL II.i.59
Yea, and of this our life, swearing that weYea, and of this our life, swearing that we AYL II.i.60
Are meere vsurpers, tyrants, and whats worseAre mere usurpers, tyrants, and what's worsemere (adj.)
old form: meere
complete, total, absolute, utter
AYL II.i.61
To fright the Annimals, and to kill them vpTo fright the animals and to kill them upfright (v.), past form frightedfrighten, scare, terrifyAYL II.i.62
In their assign'd and natiue dwelling place.In their assigned and native dwelling place. AYL II.i.63
D.Sen. DUKE 
And did you leaue him in this contemplation?And did you leave him in this contemplation? AYL II.i.64
2.Lord. SECOND LORD 
We did my Lord, weeping and commentingWe did, my lord, weeping and commenting AYL II.i.65
Vpon the sobbing Deere.Upon the sobbing deer. AYL II.i.66.1
Du.Sen. DUKE 
Show me the place,Show me the place; AYL II.i.66.2
I loue to cope him in these sullen fits,I love to cope him in these sullen fits,cope, cope with (v.)encounter, face, have to do [with], come into contact [with]AYL II.i.67
For then he's full of matter.For then he's full of matter.matter (n.)subject-matter, content, substanceAYL II.i.68
1. Lor. FIRST LORD 
Ile bring you to him strait. I'll bring you to him straight.straight (adv.)
old form: strait
straightaway, immediately, at once
AYL II.i.69
Exeunt.Exeunt AYL II.i.69
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