my troth, we that haue good wits, haue much to answer
for: we shall be flouting: we cannot hold.
God ye good eu'n
And good eu'n to you Sir.
Good eu'n gentle friend. Couer thy head, couer
thy head: Nay prethee bee couer'd. How olde are you
Fiue and twentie Sir.
A ripe age: Is thy name
A faire name. Was't borne i'th Forrest heere?
I sir, I thanke God.
Thanke God: A good answer:
'Faith sir, so, so.
So, so, is good, very good, very excellent good:
and yet it is not, it is but so, so:
Art thou wise?
I sir, I haue a prettie wit.
Why, thou saist well. I do now remember a say
ing: The Foole doth thinke he is wise, but the wiseman
knowes himselfe to be a Foole. The Heathen Philoso
pher, when he had a desire to eate a Grape, would open
his lips when he put it into his mouth, meaning there
by, that Grapes were made to eate, and lippes to open.
You do loue this maid?
Giue me your hand: Art thou Learned
Then learne this of me, To haue, is to haue. For
it is a figure in Rhetoricke, that drink being powr'd out
of a cup into a glasse, by filling the one, doth empty the
other. For all your Writers do consent, that
ipse is hee:
now you are not
ipse, for I am he.
Which he sir?
He sir, that must marrie this woman: Therefore
you Clowne, abandon: which is in the vulgar, leaue the
societie: which in the boorish, is companie, of this fe
male: which in the common, is woman: which toge
ther, is, abandon the society of this Female, or Clowne
thou perishest: or to thy better vnderstanding, dyest; or
(to wit) I kill thee, make thee away, translate thy life in
to death, thy libertie into bondage: I will deale in poy
son with thee, or in bastinado, or in steele: I will bandy
with thee in faction, I will ore‑run thee with policie: I
will kill thee a hundred and fifty wayes, therefore trem
ble and depart.
God rest you merry sir.
Our Master and Mistresse seekes you: come a
Audry, I attend,
Is't possible, that on so little acquaintance you
should like her