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As You Like It

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2 Page 7

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Thus Rosalind of many parts
By heavenly synod was devised,
Of many faces, eyes, and hearts
To have the touches dearest prized.
140Heaven would that she these gifts should have
And I to live and die her slave.
So, by heaven’s decree, Rosalind
Was composed
Of different faces, eyes, and hearts,
so that she might have the most prized touches of all.
Heaven wanted Rosalind to have these gifts
And me to live and die as her slave.

ROSALIND

O most gentle Jupiter, what tedious homily of love have you wearied your parishioners withal, and never cried, “Have patience, good people.”

ROSALIND

Oh, Lord—what tedious sayings about love have you been wearing out your congregation with? Shouldn’t you have warned, “Be patient, good people”?

CELIA

145 (as Aliena) How now?—Back, friends.—Shepherd, go off a little.—Go with him, sirrah.

CELIA

What are you saying?—Shoo, Shepherd, go a little ways away.—Go with him, Touchstone.

TOUCHSTONE

Come, shepherd, let us make an honorable retreat, though not with bag and baggage, yet with scrip and scrippage.

TOUCHSTONE

Come on, shepherd, let’s make an honorable retreat, though not with all the trappings of a full army; just with a shepherd’s pouch and the stuff he puts in it.
Exeunt CORIN and TOUCHSTONE
CORIN and TOUCHSTONE exit.

CELIA

150Didst thou hear these verses?

CELIA

Were you listening to these verses?

ROSALIND

Oh, yes, I heard them all, and more too, for some of them had in them more feet than the verses would bear.

ROSALIND

CELIA

That’s no matter. The feet might bear the verses.

CELIA

That’s not a problem: the feet can bear the verses.

ROSALIND

Ay, but the feet were lame and could not bear themselves without the verse, and therefore stood lamely in the verse.

ROSALIND

Sure, but these feet were

lame

Rosalind is making fun of the poor quality of Orlando’s poetry.

lame
, and couldn’t have stood up without the support of the verses. They stood lamely in the verse.