As You Like It

by: William Shakespeare

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CORIN enters.
40Who comes here?
Who’s coming here?
Mistress and master, you have oft inquired
After the shepherd that complained of love,
Who you saw sitting by me on the turf,
Praising the proud disdainful shepherdess
45That was his mistress.
Mistress and master, you’ve often asked about that lovelorn shepherd you once saw me sitting with, the one who complained about the disdainful shepherdess he was in love with.
(as Aliena) Well, and what of him?
Yes, what about him?
If you will see a pageant truly played
Between the pale complexion of true love
And the red glow of scorn and proud disdain,
50Go hence a little, and I shall conduct you,
If you will mark it.
If you’d like to see a scene played out between a man growing pale with unrequited love and a woman glowing with scorn and proud disdain, come with me a short distance and you’ll witness it.
(aside to CELIA) O, come, let us remove.
The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.
(as Ganymede) Bring us to this sight, and you shall say
55I’ll prove a busy actor in their play.
(speaking so that only CELIA can hear) Come on, let’s go. The sight of lovers nourishes whoever else is in love. (to CORIN) Bring us to this little show, and I’ll take a part in their play.
They all exit.