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Act 5, scene 4
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As You Like It
Act 5, scene 4



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In As You Like It, witty words and romance play out against the disputes of divided pairs of brothers. Orlando’s older…

Act 1, scene 1

Orlando demands that his elder brother Oliver give him part of the money left by their father. Oliver decides to…

Act 1, scene 2

Orlando wins the wrestling match and, at the same time, wins the heart of Rosalind, daughter of the legitimate duke,…

Act 1, scene 3

Duke Frederick suddenly decides to banish Rosalind. His daughter Celia, determined to go with Rosalind into exile, suggests that they…

Act 2, scene 1

In the Forest of Arden, the banished duke (Duke Senior) and the courtiers who share his exile discuss their life…

Act 2, scene 2

Duke Frederick, discovering Celia’s disappearance, suspects Orlando. He sends servants to bring Orlando to court.

Act 2, scene 3

Orlando learns from Adam, an old servant, that Oliver plans to kill Orlando. Adam and Orlando decide to go in…

Act 2, scene 4

Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone reach the Forest of Arden. Rosalind is in disguise as a boy named Ganymede and Celia…

Act 2, scene 5

Amiens’ song celebrating life in the woods is mocked by Jaques’ parody of the song.

Act 2, scene 6

Orlando leaves Adam, near starvation, under a tree and goes off determined to find food.

Act 2, scene 7

As Duke Senior and his companions sit down to eat, Orlando enters, demanding food. Welcomed by the duke, he brings…

Act 3, scene 1

Duke Frederick gives Oliver one year to produce Orlando. In the interim, he seizes Oliver’s lands.

Act 3, scene 2

Orlando hangs poems in praise of Rosalind on trees in the forest, where Rosalind and Celia find them. In disguise…

Act 3, scene 3

Touchstone, desiring a goat-keeper named Audrey, has arranged for a country priest to marry them in the woods. Jaques persuades…

Act 3, scene 4

Corin invites “Ganymede” and “Aliena” to observe the lovelorn Silvius as Silvius courts the disdainful Phoebe.

Act 3, scene 5

“Ganymede” intervenes to try to help Silvius prevail over Phoebe and win her love. Instead, Phoebe falls in love with…

Act 4, scene 1

Rosalind, as Ganymede, pretends to be Rosalind while Orlando courts her. With Celia as priest, they go through the beginning…

Act 4, scene 2

Duke Senior’s courtiers celebrate their having killed a deer.

Act 4, scene 3

Phoebe sends “Ganymede” a letter offering herself in marriage. As Rosalind and Celia wait for Orlando, they learn that he…

Act 5, scene 1

Touchstone verbally overpowers William, a rival for Audrey’s love.

Act 5, scene 2

Orlando, envious that his brother Oliver and “Aliena,” having fallen in love, plan to be married immediately, tells “Ganymede” how…

Act 5, scene 3

Touchstone and Audrey listen while two pages sing.

Act 5, scene 4

In the presence of Duke Senior and his lords, “Ganymede” reminds Orlando, Silvius, and Phoebe of their promises. “He” and…

Act 5, epilogue

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Scene 4
Enter Duke Senior, Amiens, Jaques, Orlando, Oliver,
and Celia as Aliena.

 Dost thou believe, Orlando, that the boy
 Can do all this that he hath promisèd?
 I sometimes do believe and sometimes do not,
 As those that fear they hope, and know they fear.

Enter Rosalind as Ganymede, Silvius, and Phoebe.

ROSALIND, as Ganymede 
5 Patience once more whiles our compact is urged.
 To Duke. You say, if I bring in your Rosalind,
 You will bestow her on Orlando here?
 That would I, had I kingdoms to give with her.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede, to Orlando 
 And you say you will have her when I bring her?
10 That would I, were I of all kingdoms king.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede, to Phoebe 
 You say you’ll marry me if I be willing?

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 That will I, should I die the hour after.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede 
 But if you do refuse to marry me,
 You’ll give yourself to this most faithful shepherd?
PHOEBE 15So is the bargain.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede, to Silvius 
 You say that you’ll have Phoebe if she will?
 Though to have her and death were both one thing.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede 
 I have promised to make all this matter even.
 Keep you your word, O duke, to give your
20 daughter,—
 You yours, Orlando, to receive his daughter.—
 Keep you your word, Phoebe, that you’ll marry me,
 Or else, refusing me, to wed this shepherd.—
 Keep your word, Silvius, that you’ll marry her
25 If she refuse me. And from hence I go
 To make these doubts all even.
Rosalind and Celia exit.
 I do remember in this shepherd boy
 Some lively touches of my daughter’s favor.
 My lord, the first time that I ever saw him
30 Methought he was a brother to your daughter.
 But, my good lord, this boy is forest-born
 And hath been tutored in the rudiments
 Of many desperate studies by his uncle,
 Whom he reports to be a great magician
35 Obscurèd in the circle of this forest.

Enter Touchstone and Audrey.

JAQUES There is sure another flood toward, and these
 couples are coming to the ark. Here comes a pair of

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 very strange beasts, which in all tongues are called
TOUCHSTONE 40Salutation and greeting to you all.
JAQUES, to Duke Good my lord, bid him welcome.
 This is the motley-minded gentleman that I have so
 often met in the forest. He hath been a courtier, he
TOUCHSTONE 45If any man doubt that, let him put me to
 my purgation. I have trod a measure. I have flattered
 a lady. I have been politic with my friend,
 smooth with mine enemy. I have undone three
 tailors. I have had four quarrels, and like to have
50 fought one.
JAQUES And how was that ta’en up?
TOUCHSTONE Faith, we met and found the quarrel was
 upon the seventh cause.
JAQUES How “seventh cause”?—Good my lord, like
55 this fellow.
DUKE SENIOR I like him very well.
TOUCHSTONE God ’ild you, sir. I desire you of the like. I
 press in here, sir, amongst the rest of the country
 copulatives, to swear and to forswear, according as
60 marriage binds and blood breaks. A poor virgin, sir,
 an ill-favored thing, sir, but mine own. A poor
 humor of mine, sir, to take that that no man else
 will. Rich honesty dwells like a miser, sir, in a poor
 house, as your pearl in your foul oyster.
DUKE SENIOR 65By my faith, he is very swift and
TOUCHSTONE According to the fool’s bolt, sir, and such
 dulcet diseases.
JAQUES But for the seventh cause. How did you find the
70 quarrel on the seventh cause?
TOUCHSTONE Upon a lie seven times removed.—Bear
 your body more seeming, Audrey.—As thus, sir: I
 did dislike the cut of a certain courtier’s beard. He

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 sent me word if I said his beard was not cut well, he
75 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 my judgment. This is
80 called “the reply churlish.” If 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 “the lie circumstantial,”
85 and “the lie direct.”
JAQUES And how oft did you say his beard was not well
TOUCHSTONE I durst go no further than the lie circumstantial,
 nor he durst not give me the lie direct, and
90 so we measured swords and parted.
JAQUES Can you nominate in order now the degrees of
 the lie?
TOUCHSTONE O sir, we quarrel in print, by the book, as
 you have books for good manners. I will name you
95 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
100 direct.” All these you may avoid but the lie direct,
 and you may avoid that too with an “if.” I knew
 when seven justices could not take 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
105 so.” And they shook hands and swore brothers.
 Your “if” is the only peacemaker: much virtue in
JAQUES, to Duke Is not this a rare fellow, my lord?
 He’s as good at anything and yet a fool.

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DUKE SENIOR 110He uses his folly like a stalking-horse,
 and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.

Enter Hymen, Rosalind, and Celia. Still music.

 Then is there mirth in heaven
 When earthly things made even
  Atone together.
115 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 his bosom is.

ROSALIND, to Duke 
120 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,
125 Why then, my love adieu.
ROSALIND, to Duke 
 I’ll have no father, if you be not he.
 To Orlando. I’ll have no husband, if you be not he,
 To Phoebe. Nor ne’er wed woman, if you be not
130 Peace, ho! I bar confusion.
 ’Tis I must make conclusion
  Of these most strange events.
 Here’s eight that must take hands
 To join in Hymen’s bands,
135  If truth holds true contents.

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To Rosalind and Orlando.
 You and you no cross shall part.
To Celia and Oliver.
 You and you are heart in heart.
To Phoebe.
 You to his love must accord
 Or have a woman to your lord.
To Audrey and Touchstone.
140 You and you are sure together
 As the winter to foul weather.
To All.
 Whiles a wedlock hymn we sing,
 Feed yourselves with questioning,
 That reason wonder may diminish
145 How thus we met, and these things finish.


  Wedding is great Juno’s crown,
  O blessèd bond of board and bed.
 ’Tis Hymen peoples every town.
  High wedlock then be honorèd.
150 Honor, high honor, and renown
 To Hymen, god of every town.

DUKE SENIOR, to Celia 
 O my dear niece, welcome thou art to me,
 Even daughter, welcome in no less degree.
PHOEBE, to Silvius 
 I will not eat my word. Now thou art mine,
155 Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combine.

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.

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 Duke Frederick, hearing how that every day
160 Men of great worth resorted to this forest,
 Addressed a mighty power, which were on foot
 In his own conduct, purposely to take
 His brother here and put him to the sword;
 And to the skirts of this wild wood he came,
165 Where, meeting with an old religious man,
 After some question with him, was converted
 Both from his enterprise and from the world,
 His crown bequeathing to his banished brother,
 And all their lands restored to them again
170 That were with him exiled. This to be true
 I do engage my life.
DUKE SENIOR  Welcome, young man.
 Thou offer’st fairly to thy brothers’ wedding:
 To one his lands withheld, and to the other
175 A land itself at large, a potent dukedom.—
 First, in this forest let us do those ends
 That here were well begun and well begot,
 And, after, every of this happy number
 That have endured shrewd days and nights with us
180 Shall share the good of our returnèd fortune
 According to the measure of their states.
 Meantime, forget this new-fall’n dignity,
 And fall into our rustic revelry.—
 Play, music.—And you brides and bridegrooms all,
185 With measure heaped in joy to th’ measures fall.
JAQUES, to Second Brother 
 Sir, by your patience: if I heard you rightly,
 The Duke hath put on a religious life
 And thrown into neglect the pompous court.
190 To him will I. Out of these convertites
 There is much matter to be heard and learned.

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 To Duke. You to your former honor I bequeath;
 Your patience and your virtue well deserves it.
 To Orlando. You to a love that your true faith doth
195 merit.
 To Oliver. You to your land, and love, and great
 To Silvius. You to a long and well-deservèd bed.
 To Touchstone. And you to wrangling, for thy
200 loving voyage
 Is but for two months victualled.—So to your
 I am for other than for dancing measures.
DUKE SENIOR Stay, Jaques, stay.
205 To see no pastime, I. What you would have
 I’ll stay to know at your abandoned cave.He exits.
 Proceed, proceed. We’ll begin these rites,
 As we do trust they’ll end, in true delights.
Dance. All but Rosalind exit.