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Enter Duke Sen. & Lord, Enter Duke Senior, Amiens, and Lords, dressed as AYL II.vii.1
like Out-lawes.foresters, or outlaws AYL II.vii.2
Du.Sen. DUKE 
I thinke he be transform'd into a beast,I think he be transformed into a beast, AYL II.vii.1
For I can no where finde him, like a man.For I can nowhere find him like a man. AYL II.vii.2
1.Lord. FIRST LORD 
My Lord, he is but euen now gone hence,My lord, he is but even now gone hence, AYL II.vii.3
Heere was he merry, hearing of a Song.Here was he merry, hearing of a song. AYL II.vii.4
Du.Sen. DUKE 
If he compact of iarres, grow Musicall,If he, compact of jars, grow musical,compact (adj.)made up, composedAYL II.vii.5
jar (n.)
old form: iarres
discord, disharmony, disagreement
We shall haue shortly discord in the Spheares:We shall have shortly discord in the spheres.sphere (n.)
old form: Spheares
celestial globe in which a heavenly body was thought to move, orbit
AYL II.vii.6
Go seeke him, tell him I would speake with him.Go, seek him, tell him I would speak with him. AYL II.vii.7
Enter Iaques.Enter Jaques AYL II.vii.8
1.Lord. FIRST LORD 
He saues my labor by his owne approach.He saves my labour by his own approach. AYL II.vii.8
Du.Sen. DUKE 
Why how now Monsieur, what a life is thisWhy, how now, Monsieur, what a life is this, AYL II.vii.9
That your poore friends must woe your companie,That your poor friends must woo your company? AYL II.vii.10
What, you looke merrily.What, you look merrily? AYL II.vii.11
Iaq. JAQUES 
A Foole, a foole: I met a foole i'th Forrest,A fool, a fool! I met a fool i'th' forest, AYL II.vii.12
A motley Foole (a miserable world:)A motley fool – a miserable world! – motley (adj.)in the distinctive [multicoloured] dress of a foolAYL II.vii.13
As I do liue by foode, I met a foole,As I do live by food, I met a fool, AYL II.vii.14
Who laid him downe, and bask'd him in the Sun,Who laid him down, and basked him in the sun, AYL II.vii.15
And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good termes,And railed on Lady Fortune in good terms,Fortune (n.)Roman goddess, shown as a woman at a spinning wheel, or controlling a rudder, and as blindAYL II.vii.16
rail (v.)
old form: rail'd
rant, rave, be abusive [about]
In good set termes, and yet a motley foole.In good set terms, and yet a motley fool.set (adj.)carefully composed, deliberately expressedAYL II.vii.17
Good morrow foole (quoth I:) no Sir, quoth he,‘ Good morrow, fool,’ quoth I. ‘ No, sir,’ quoth he,morrow (n.)morningAYL II.vii.18
quoth (v.)said
Call me not foole, till heauen hath sent me fortune,‘ Call me not fool till heaven hath sent me fortune.’ AYL II.vii.19
And then he drew a diall from his poake,And then he drew a dial from his poke,dial (n.)
old form: diall
watch, timepiece, pocket sundial
AYL II.vii.20
poke (n.)
old form: poake
pocket, wallet, bag
And looking on it, with lacke-lustre eye,And looking on it, with lack-lustre eye,lack-lustre (adj.)
old form: lacke-lustre
sombre, solemn, grave
AYL II.vii.21
Sayes, very wisely, it is ten a clocke:Says, very wisely, ‘ It is ten o'clock.’ AYL II.vii.22
Thus we may see (quoth he) how the world wagges:‘ Thus we may see,’ quoth he, ‘ how the world wags:wag (v.)
old form: wagges
move, stir, rouse
AYL II.vii.23
'Tis but an houre agoe, since it was nine,'Tis but an hour ago since it was nine, AYL II.vii.24
And after one houre more, 'twill be eleuen,And after one hour more 'twill be eleven, AYL II.vii.25
And so from houre to houre, we ripe, and ripe,And so from hour to hour we ripe, and ripe,ripe (v.)ripen, matureAYL II.vii.26
And then from houre to houre, we rot, and rot,And then from hour to hour we rot, and rot, AYL II.vii.27
And thereby hangs a tale. When I did heareAnd thereby hangs a tale.’ When I did hear AYL II.vii.28
The motley Foole, thus morall on the time,The motley fool thus moral on the time,moral (v.)
old form: morall
moralize, sermonize
AYL II.vii.29
My Lungs began to crow like Chanticleere,My lungs began to crow like ChanticleerChanticleer (n.)cock, rooster [in the medieval story of Reynard the Fox, retold in Chaucer's ‘The Nun's Priest's Tale’]AYL II.vii.30
That Fooles should be so deepe contemplatiue:That fools should be so deep-contemplative; AYL II.vii.31
And I did laugh, sans intermissionAnd I did laugh, sans intermission,intermission (n.)respite, pause, restAYL II.vii.32
sans (prep.)without
An houre by his diall. Oh noble foole,An hour by his dial. O noble fool!dial (n.)
old form: diall
watch, timepiece, pocket sundial
AYL II.vii.33
A worthy foole: Motley's the onely weare.A worthy fool: motley's the only wear!wear (n.)
old form: weare
fashion, vogue, trend
AYL II.vii.34
motley (n.)distinctive dress of a fool
Du.Sen. DUKE 
What foole is this?What fool is this? AYL II.vii.35
Iaq. JAQUES 
O worthie Foole: One that hath bin a CourtierA worthy fool: one that hath been a courtier, AYL II.vii.36
And sayes, if Ladies be but yong, and faire,And says, if ladies be but young and fair, AYL II.vii.37
They haue the gift to know it: and in his braiue,They have the gift to know it: and in his brain, AYL II.vii.38
Which is as drie as the remainder bisketWhich is as dry as the remainder biscuitdry (adj.)
old form: drie
dried, withered, shrivelled
AYL II.vii.39
remainder (adj.)left-over, remaining, uneaten
After a voyage: He hath strange places cram'dAfter a voyage, he hath strange places crammed AYL II.vii.40
With obseruation, the which he ventsWith observation, the which he ventsobservation (n.)
old form: obseruation
observed truth, maxim
AYL II.vii.41
vent (v.)utter, express, air, proclaim
In mangled formes. O that I were a foole,In mangled forms. O that I were a fool! AYL II.vii.42
I am ambitious for a motley coat.I am ambitious for a motley coat.motley (adj.)in the distinctive [multicoloured] dress of a foolAYL II.vii.43
Du.Sen. DUKE 
Thou shalt haue one.Thou shalt have one. AYL II.vii.44.1
Iaq. JAQUES 
It is my onely suite,It is my only suit – suit (n.)clothing, dress, garbAYL II.vii.44.2
suit (n.)formal request, entreaty, petition
Prouided that you weed your better iudgementsProvided that you weed your better judgements AYL II.vii.45
Of all opinion that growes ranke in them,Of all opinion that grows rank in themrank (adj.)
old form: ranke
growing in abundance, excessively luxuriant [often unattractively]
AYL II.vii.46
That I am wise. I must haue libertyThat I am wise. I must have liberty AYL II.vii.47
Wiithall, as large a Charter as the winde,Withal, as large a charter as the wind,charter (n.)right, privilege, prerogativeAYL II.vii.48
To blow on whom I please, for so fooles haue:To blow on whom I please, for so fools have; AYL II.vii.49
And they that are most gauled with my folly,And they that are most galled with my follygalled (adj.)
old form: gauled
sore, swollen, inflamed
AYL II.vii.50
They most must laugh: And why sir must they so?They most must laugh. And why, sir, must they so? AYL II.vii.51
The why is plaine, as way to Parish Church:The why is plain as way to parish church. AYL II.vii.52
Hee, that a Foole doth very wisely hit,He that a fool doth very wisely hit AYL II.vii.53
Doth very foolishly, although he smartDoth very foolishly, although he smart, AYL II.vii.54
Seeme senselesse of the bob. If not,Not to seem senseless of the bob: if not,bob (n.)jest, jibe, tauntAYL II.vii.55
senseless (adj.)
old form: senselesse
lacking human sensation, incapable of feeling
The Wise-mans folly is anathomiz'dThe wise man's folly is anatomizedanatomize, annothanize (v.)
old form: anathomiz'd
dissect, reveal, lay open
AYL II.vii.56
Euen by the squandring glances of the foole.Even by the squandering glances of the fool.squandering (adj.)
old form: squandring
random, stray, accidental
AYL II.vii.57
glance (n.)hit, innuendo, riposte
Inuest me in my motley: Giue me leaueInvest me in my motley; give me leavemotley (n.)distinctive dress of a foolAYL II.vii.58
To speake my minde, and I will through and throughTo speak my mind, and I will through and through AYL II.vii.59
Cleanse the foule bodie of th'infected world,Cleanse the foul body of th' infected world, AYL II.vii.60
If they will patiently receiue my medicine.If they will patiently receive my medicine. AYL II.vii.61
Du.Sen. DUKE 
Fie on thee. I can tell what thou wouldst do.Fie on thee! I can tell what thou wouldst do. AYL II.vii.62
Iaq. JAQUES 
What, for a Counter, would I do, but good?What, for a counter, would I do, but good?counter, compter (n.)imitation coin, something of no valueAYL II.vii.63
Du.Sen. DUKE 
Most mischeeuous foule sin, in chiding sin:Most mischievous foul sin, in chiding sin:chide (v.), past form chidscold, rebuke, reproveAYL II.vii.64
For thou thy selfe hast bene a Libertine,For thou thyself hast been a libertine,libertine (n.)debaucher, reprobate, dissoluteAYL II.vii.65
As sensuall as the brutish sting it selfe,As sensual as the brutish sting itself,sting (n.)urging of lust, inflaming of passionAYL II.vii.66
And all th'imbossed sores, and headed euils,And all th' embossed sores and headed evilsembossed (adj.)
old form: imbossed
swollen, bulging, protuberant
AYL II.vii.67
evil (n.)
old form: euils
malady, illness, disease
headed (adj.)having come to a head, full-grown, matured
That thou with license of free foot hast caught,That thou with licence of free foot hast caught AYL II.vii.68
Would'st thou disgorge into the generall world.Wouldst thou disgorge into the general world. AYL II.vii.69
Iaq. JAQUES 
Why who cries out on pride,Why, who cries out on pride AYL II.vii.70
That can therein taxe any priuate party:That can therein tax any private party? AYL II.vii.71
Doth it not flow as hugely as the Sea,Doth it not flow as hugely as the sea, AYL II.vii.72
Till that the wearie verie meanes do ebbe.Till that the weary very means do ebb?mean (n.)
old form: meanes
(plural) resources, wherewithal, wealth
AYL II.vii.73
What woman in the Citie do I name,What woman in the city do I name AYL II.vii.74
When that I say the City woman bearesWhen that I say the city woman bears AYL II.vii.75
The cost of Princes on vnworthy shoulders?The cost of princes on unworthy shoulders?cost (n.)outlay, expense, expenditureAYL II.vii.76
Who can come in, and say that I meane her,Who can come in and say that I mean her AYL II.vii.77
When such a one as shee, such is her neighbor?When such a one as she, such is her neighbour? AYL II.vii.78
Or what is he of basest function,Or what is he of basest function,base (adj.)poor, wretched, of low qualityAYL II.vii.79
function (n.)office, occupation, calling
That sayes his brauerie is not on my cost,That says his bravery is not on my cost,cost (n.)outlay, expense, expenditureAYL II.vii.80
bravery (n.)
old form: brauerie
finery, fine clothes, rich dress
Thinking that I meane him, but therein suitesThinking that I mean him, but therein suits AYL II.vii.81
His folly to the mettle of my speech,His folly to the mettle of my speech?mettle, mettell (n.)substance, matterAYL II.vii.82
There then, how then, what then, let me see whereinThere then, how then, what then? Let me see wherein AYL II.vii.83
My tongue hath wrong'd him: if it do him right,My tongue hath wronged him: if it do him right,do (v.)describe, depict, reportAYL II.vii.84
right (adv.)correctly, truly, accurately
Then he hath wrong'd himselfe: if he be free,Then he hath wronged himself; if he be free,free (adj.)innocent, guiltlessAYL II.vii.85
why then my taxing like a wild-goose fliesWhy then my taxing like a wild-goose flies,taxing (n.)criticism, censure, reproofAYL II.vii.86
Vnclaim'd of any. man But who come here?Unclaimed of any man. But who come here? AYL II.vii.87
Enter Orlando.Enter Orlando AYL II.vii.88.1
Orl. ORLANDO 
Forbeare, and eate no more.Forbear, and eat no more.forbear (v.)stop, cease, desistAYL II.vii.88
Iaq. JAQUES 
Why I haue eate none yet.Why, I have eat none yet. AYL II.vii.89
Orl. ORLANDO 
Nor shalt not, till necessity be seru'd.Nor shalt not, till necessity be served. AYL II.vii.90
Iaq. JAQUES 
Of what kinde should this Cocke come of?Of what kind should this cock come of? AYL II.vii.91
Du.Sen. DUKE 
Art thou thus bolden'd man by thy distres?Art thou thus boldened, man, by thy distressboldened (adj.)
old form: bolden'd
emboldened, made brave
AYL II.vii.92
Or else a rude despiser of good manners,Or else a rude despiser of good manners,rude (adj.)impolite, offensiveAYL II.vii.93
That in ciuility thou seem'st so emptie?That in civility thou seemest so empty?civility (n.)
old form: ciuility
civilized conduct, courteous behaviour, good manners
AYL II.vii.94
Orl. ORLANDO 
You touch'd my veine at first, the thorny pointYou touched my vein at first: the thorny pointtouch (v.)
old form: touch'd
diagnose, ascertain
AYL II.vii.95
first, atat once, immediately, from the start
vein (n.)
old form: veine
state of mind, motive, mood
Of bare distresse, hath tane from me the shewOf bare distress hath ta'en from me the show AYL II.vii.96
Of smooth ciuility: yet am I in-land bred,Of smooth civility; yet am I inland bredcivility (n.)
old form: ciuility
civilized conduct, courteous behaviour, good manners
AYL II.vii.97
inland (adv.)
old form: in-land
in civilized society, not rustic
And know some nourture: But forbeare, I say,And know some nurture. But forbear, I say,nurture (n.)
old form: nourture
manners, culture, good upbringing
AYL II.vii.98
He dies that touches any of this fruite,He dies that touches any of this fruit AYL II.vii.99
Till I, and my affaires are answered.Till I and my affairs are answered.answer (v.)satisfy, discharge, requiteAYL II.vii.100
Iaq. JAQUES 
And you will not be answer'd with reason, I must An you will not be answered with reason, I mustand, an (conj.)if, whetherAYL II.vii.101
dye.die. AYL II.vii.102
Du.Sen. DUKE 
What would you haue? / Your gentlenesse shall force,What would you have? Your gentleness shall force,gentleness (n.)
old form: gentlenesse
nobility, good breeding, courtesy
AYL II.vii.103
more then your force / Moue vs to gentlenesse.More than your force move us to gentleness. AYL II.vii.104
Orl. ORLANDO 
I almost die for food, and let me haue it.I almost die for food, and let me have it. AYL II.vii.105
Du.Sen. DUKE 
Sit downe and feed, & welcom to our tableSit down and feed, and welcome to our table. AYL II.vii.106
Orl. ORLANDO 
Speake you so gently? Pardon me I pray you,Speak you so gently? Pardon me, I pray you. AYL II.vii.107
I thought that all things had bin sauage heere,I thought that all things had been savage here, AYL II.vii.108
And therefore put I on the countenanceAnd therefore put I on the countenancecountenance (n.)demeanour, bearing, mannerAYL II.vii.109
Of sterne command'ment. But what ere you areOf stern commandment. But whate'er you are AYL II.vii.110
That in this desert inaccessible,That in this desert inaccessible,desert, desart (n.)desolate place, wildernessAYL II.vii.111
Vnder the shade of melancholly boughes,Under the shade of melancholy boughs,melancholy (adj.)
old form: melancholly
dark, dismal, gloomy
AYL II.vii.112
Loose, and neglect the creeping houres of time:Lose and neglect the creeping hours of time: AYL II.vii.113
If euer you haue look'd on better dayes:If ever you have looked on better days; AYL II.vii.114
If euer beene where bels haue knoll'd to Church:If ever been where bells have knolled to church;knoll (v.)
old form: knoll'd
toll, ring, peal
AYL II.vii.115
If euer sate at any good mans feast:If ever sat at any good man's feast; AYL II.vii.116
If euer from your eye-lids wip'd a teare,If ever from your eyelids wiped a tear, AYL II.vii.117
And know what 'tis to pittie, and be pittied:And know what 'tis to pity and be pitied, AYL II.vii.118
Let gentlenesse my strong enforcement be,Let gentleness my strong enforcement be,gentleness (n.)
old form: gentlenesse
nobility, good breeding, courtesy
AYL II.vii.119
In the which hope, I blush, and hide my Sword.In the which hope I blush, and hide my sword. AYL II.vii.120
Du.Sen. DUKE 
True is it, that we haue seene better dayes,True is it that we have seen better days, AYL II.vii.121
And haue with holy bell bin knowld to Church,And have with holy bell been knolled to church,knoll (v.)
old form: knowld
toll, ring, peal
AYL II.vii.122
And sat at good mens feasts, and wip'd our eiesAnd sat at good men's feasts, and wiped our eyes AYL II.vii.123
Of drops, that sacred pity hath engendred:Of drops that sacred pity hath engendered: AYL II.vii.124
And therefore sit you downe in gentlenesse,And therefore sit you down in gentlenessgentleness (n.)
old form: gentlenesse
freedom from harshness, peace
AYL II.vii.125
And take vpon command, what helpe we haueAnd take upon command what help we havecommand, at / upon
old form: vpon
at one's disposal, at one's pleasure
AYL II.vii.126
That to your wanting may be ministred.That to your wanting may be ministered.wanting (n.)needs, wantsAYL II.vii.127
Orl. ORLANDO 
Then but forbeare your food a little while:Then but forbear your food a little whileforbear (v.)
old form: forbeare
leave alone, avoid, stay away [from]
AYL II.vii.128
Whiles (like a Doe) I go to finde my Fawne,Whiles, like a doe, I go to find my fawn AYL II.vii.129
And giue it food. There is an old poore man,And give it food. There is an old poor man AYL II.vii.130
Who after me, hath many a weary steppeWho after me hath many a weary step AYL II.vii.131
Limpt in pure loue: till he be first suffic'd,Limped in pure love; till he be first sufficed,suffice (v.)
old form: suffic'd
satisfy, nourish, provide for
AYL II.vii.132
Opprest with two weake euils, age, and hunger,Oppressed with two weak evils, age and hunger,evil (n.)
old form: euils
affliction, misfortune, hardship
AYL II.vii.133
weak (adj.)
old form: weake
weakening, debilitating, enfeebling
I will not touch a bit.I will not touch a bit. AYL II.vii.134.1
Duke Sen. DUKE 
Go finde him out.Go find him out AYL II.vii.134.2
And we will nothing waste till you returne.And we will nothing waste till you return.waste (v.)consume, use upAYL II.vii.135
Orl. ORLANDO 
I thanke ye, and be blest for your good comfort.I thank ye, and be blessed for your good comfort!ye (pron.)you [singular or plural]AYL II.vii.136
Exit AYL II.vii.136
Du Sen. DUKE 
Thou seest, we are not all alone vnhappie:Thou seest we are not all alone unhappy. AYL II.vii.137
This wide and vniuersall TheaterThis wide and universal theatre AYL II.vii.138
Presents more wofull Pageants then the SceanePresents more woeful pageants than the scenepageant (n.)show, scene, spectacle, tableauAYL II.vii.139
scene (n.)
old form: Sceane
play, drama, performance
Wherein we play in.Wherein we play in. AYL II.vii.140.1
Ia. JAQUES 
All the world's a stage,All the world's a stage, AYL II.vii.140.2
And all the men and women, meerely Players;And all the men and women merely players;merely (adv.)
old form: meerely
only, nothing more than
AYL II.vii.141
They haue their Exits and their Entrances,They have their exits and their entrances, AYL II.vii.142
And one man in his time playes many parts,And one man in his time plays many parts,time (n.)lifetime, lifeAYL II.vii.143
His Acts being seuen ages. At first the Infant,His Acts being seven ages. At first the infant, AYL II.vii.144
Mewling, and puking in the Nurses armes:Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms;mewl (v.)mewl [like a cat]; or: cry feeblyAYL II.vii.145
Then, the whining Schoole-boy with his SatchellThen, the whining schoolboy, with his satchel AYL II.vii.146
And shining morning face, creeping like snaileAnd shining morning face, creeping like snail AYL II.vii.147
Vnwillingly to schoole. And then the Louer,Unwillingly to school; and then the lover, AYL II.vii.148
Sighing like Furnace, with a wofull balladSighing like furnace, with a woeful balladwoeful (adj.)
old form: wofull
full of woe, sorrowful, mournful
AYL II.vii.149
Made to his Mistresse eye-brow. Then, a Soldier,Made to his mistress' eyebrow; then, a soldier, AYL II.vii.150
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the Pard,Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,pard (n.)panther, leopardAYL II.vii.151
Ielous in honor, sodaine, and quicke in quarrell,Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,jealous (adj.)
old form: Ielous
vigilant, zealous, solicitous
AYL II.vii.152
sudden (adj.)
old form: sodaine
unpredictable, prone to sudden violence
Seeking the bubble ReputationSeeking the bubble reputationbubble (n.)empty thing, pretty sham, deceptive showAYL II.vii.153
Euen in the Canons mouth: And then, the IusticeEven in the cannon's mouth; and then, the justice, AYL II.vii.154
In faire round belly, with good Capon lin'd,In fair round belly, with good capon lined,capon (n.)chicken, castrated cockerel [bred for eating]AYL II.vii.155
line (v.)
old form: lin'd
cram, stuff, fill
With eyes seuere, and beard of formall cut,With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut, AYL II.vii.156
Full of wise sawes, and moderne instances,Full of wise saws and modern instances,modern (adj.)
old form: moderne
ordinary, trite, commonplace, everyday
AYL II.vii.157
instance (n.)illustration, example, case
saw (n.)
old form: sawes
wise saying, platitude, maxim
And so he playes his part. The sixt age shiftsAnd so he plays his part; the sixth age shifts AYL II.vii.158
Into the leane and slipper'd Pantaloone,Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,pantaloon (n.)
old form: Pantaloone
old man, dotard [i.e. one wearing pantaloons = breeches]
AYL II.vii.159
With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side,With spectacles on nose and pouch on side, AYL II.vii.160
His youthfull hose well sau'd, a world too wide,His youthful hose, well saved, a world too widehose (n.)[pair of] breechesAYL II.vii.161
For his shrunke shanke, and his bigge manly voice,For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,shank (n.)
old form: shanke
leg
AYL II.vii.162
Turning againe toward childish trebble pipes,Turning again toward childish treble, pipes AYL II.vii.163
And whistles in his sound. Last Scene of all,And whistles in his sound; last Scene of all, AYL II.vii.164
That ends this strange euentfull historie,That ends this strange eventful history,history (n.)
old form: historie
history-play, chronicle, stage drama
AYL II.vii.165
Is second childishnesse, and meere obliuion,Is second childishness, and mere oblivion,childishness (n.)
old form: childishnesse
childhood, period of childish behaviour
AYL II.vii.166
mere (adj.)
old form: meere
complete, total, absolute, utter
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans euery thing.Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.sans (prep.)withoutAYL II.vii.167
Enter Orlando with Adam.Enter Orlando with Adam AYL II.vii.168
Du Sen. DUKE 
Welcome: set downe your venerable burthen,Welcome. Set down your venerable burden, AYL II.vii.168
and let him feede.And let him feed. AYL II.vii.169
Orl. ORLANDO 
I thanke you most for him.I thank you most for him. AYL II.vii.170.1
Ad. ADAM 
So had you neede,So had you need; AYL II.vii.170.2
I scarce can speake to thanke you for my selfe.I scarce can speak to thank you for myself. AYL II.vii.171
Du.Sen. DUKE 
Welcome, fall too: I wil not trouble you,Welcome, fall to. I will not trouble you AYL II.vii.172
As yet to question you about your fortunes:As yet to question you about your fortunes. AYL II.vii.173
Giue vs some Musicke, and good Cozen, sing.Give us some music and, good cousin, sing. AYL II.vii.174
AMIENS  
Song. (sings) AYL II.vii.
Blow, blow, thou winter winde,Blow, blow, thou winter wind, AYL II.vii.175
Thou art not so vnkinde, Thou art not so unkind AYL II.vii.176
as mans ingratitudeAs man's ingratitude. AYL II.vii.177
Thy tooth is not so keene, Thy tooth is not so keen, AYL II.vii.178
because thou art not seene,Because thou art not seen, AYL II.vii.179
although thy breath be rude.Although thy breath be rude.rude (adj.)violent, harsh, unkindAYL II.vii.180
Heigh ho, sing heigh ho, vnto the greene holly,Hey-ho, sing hey-ho, unto the green holly, AYL II.vii.181
Most frendship, is fayning; most Louing, meere folly:Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly;mere (adj.)
old form: meere
complete, total, absolute, utter
AYL II.vii.182
The heigh ho, the holly,Then hey-ho, the holly, AYL II.vii.183
This Life is most iolly.This life is most jolly. AYL II.vii.184
Freize, freize, thou bitter skie Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky AYL II.vii.185
that dost not bight so nighThat dost not bite so nigh AYL II.vii.186
as benefitts forgot:As benefits forgot. AYL II.vii.187
Though thou the waters warpe, Though thou the waters warp,warp (v.)
old form: warpe
turn, twist, change
AYL II.vii.188
thy sting is not so sharpe,Thy sting is not so sharp AYL II.vii.189
as freind remembred not.As friend remembered not. AYL II.vii.190
Heigh ho, sing, &c.Hey-ho, sing hey-ho, unto the green holly, AYL II.vii.191
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly; AYL II.vii.192
Then hey-ho, the holly, AYL II.vii.193
This life is most jolly. AYL II.vii.194
Duke Sen. DUKE 
If that you were the good Sir Rowlands son,If that you were the good Sir Rowland's son, AYL II.vii.195
As you haue whisper'd faithfully you were,As you have whispered faithfully you were, AYL II.vii.196
And as mine eye doth his effigies witnesse,And as mine eye doth his effigies witnesseffigy (n.)
old form: effigies
likeness, image, portrait
AYL II.vii.197
Most truly limn'd, and liuing in your face,Most truly limned and living in your face,limned (v.)
old form: limn'd
portrayed, reproduced, painted
AYL II.vii.198
Be truly welcome hither: I am the DukeBe truly welcome hither. I am the Duke AYL II.vii.199
That lou'd your Father, the residue of your fortune,That loved your father. The residue of your fortune, AYL II.vii.200
Go to my Caue, and tell mee. Good old man,Go to my cave and tell me. – Good old man, AYL II.vii.201
Thou art right welcome, as thy masters is:Thou art right welcome as thy master is. –  AYL II.vii.202
Support him by the arme: giue me your hand,Support him by the arm. Give me your hand, AYL II.vii.203
And let me all your fortunes vnderstand. And let me all your fortunes understand. AYL II.vii.204
Exeunt.Exeunt AYL II.vii.204
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