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Act 3, scene 4
Corin invites “Ganymede” and “Aliena” to observe the lovelorn Silvius as Silvius courts the disdainful Phoebe.Enter Rosalind, ⌜dressed as Ganymede,⌝ and Celia,
⌜dressed as Aliena.⌝
ROSALIND 1739 Never talk to me. I will weep.
CELIA 1740 Do, I prithee, but yet have the grace to consider
1741 that tears do not become a man.
ROSALIND 1742 But have I not cause to weep?
CELIA 1743 5As good cause as one would desire. Therefore
ROSALIND 1745 His very hair is of the dissembling color.
CELIA 1746 Something browner than Judas’s. Marry, his
1747 kisses are Judas’s own children.
ROSALIND 1748 10I’ faith, his hair is of a good color.
CELIA 1749 An excellent color. Your chestnut was ever the
1750 only color.
ROSALIND 1751 And his kissing is as full of sanctity as the
1752 touch of holy bread.
CELIA 1753 15He hath bought a pair of cast lips of Diana. A
1754 nun of winter’s sisterhood kisses not more religiously.
1755 The very ice of chastity is in them.
ROSALIND 1756 But why did he swear he would come this
1757 morning, and comes not?
CELIA 1758 20Nay, certainly, there is no truth in him.
ROSALIND 1759 Do you think so?
CELIA 1760 Yes, I think he is not a pickpurse nor a horse-stealer,
1761 but for his verity in love, I do think him as
1762 concave as a covered goblet or a worm-eaten nut.
ROSALIND 1763 25Not true in love?
CELIA 1764 Yes, when he is in, but I think he is not in.
ROSALIND 1765 You have heard him swear downright he
CELIA 1767 “Was” is not “is.” Besides, the oath of ⌜a⌝ lover is
1768 30 no stronger than the word of a tapster. They are
1769 both the confirmer of false reckonings. He attends
1770 here in the forest on the Duke your father.
p. 127ROSALIND 1771 I met the Duke yesterday and had much
1772 question with him. He asked me of what parentage
1773 35 I was. I told him, of as good as he. So he laughed
1774 and let me go. But what talk we of fathers when
1775 there is such a man as Orlando?
CELIA 1776 O, that’s a brave man. He writes brave verses,
1777 speaks brave words, swears brave oaths, and breaks
1778 40 them bravely, quite traverse, athwart the heart of
1779 his lover, as a puny tilter that spurs his horse but on
1780 one side breaks his staff like a noble goose; but all’s
1781 brave that youth mounts and folly guides.
1782 Who comes here?
1783 45 Mistress and master, you have oft inquired
1784 After the shepherd that complained of love,
1785 Who you saw sitting by me on the turf,
1786 Praising the proud disdainful shepherdess
1787 That was his mistress.
CELIA, ⌜as Aliena⌝ 1788 50 Well, and what of him?
1789 If you will see a pageant truly played
1790 Between the pale complexion of true love
1791 And the red glow of scorn and proud disdain,
1792 Go hence a little, and I shall conduct you
1793 55 If you will mark it.
ROSALIND, ⌜aside to Celia⌝ 1794 O come, let us remove.
1795 The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.
1796 ⌜As Ganymede, to Corin.⌝ Bring us to this sight, and
1797 you shall say
1798 60 I’ll prove a busy actor in their play.