As You Like It

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 5 Scene 4
No Fear Act 5 Scene 4 Page 7

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(sings)
Wedding is great Juno’s crown,
O blessèd bond of board and bed.
135 'Tis Hymen peoples every town.
High wedlock then be honorèd.
Honor, high honor, and renown,
To Hymen, god of every town.
(singing)
It’s a holy bond of domesticity.
It’s marriage that populates each town,
So marriage should be honored.
Honor, honor, and fame
Is due to Hymen, the god of every town.

DUKE SENIOR

O my dear niece, welcome thou art to me,
140Even daughter, welcome in no less degree.

DUKE SENIOR

My niece, you are welcome here as if you were my own daughter.

PHOEBE

I will not eat my word. Now thou art mine,
Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combine.

PHOEBE

(to SILVIUS ) I won’t go back on my promise; I’ll marry you. You’ve won me over with your faith.
Enter JAQUES DE BOYS
JAQUES DE BOYS enters.

JAQUES DE BOYS

Let me have audience for a word or two.
I am the second son of old Sir Rowland,
145That bring these tidings to this fair assembly.
Duke Frederick, hearing how that every day
Men of great worth resorted to this forest,
Addressed a mighty power, which were on foot
In his own conduct, purposely to take
150His brother here and put him to the sword.
And to the skirts of this wild wood he came,
Where, meeting with an old religious man,
After some question with him, was converted
Both from his enterprise and from the world,
155His crown bequeathing to his banished brother,
And all their lands restored to them again
That were with him exiled. This to be true
I do engage my life.

JAQUES DE BOYS

Let me have your attention for a moment. I’m Sir Rowland’s middle son, and I bring you news. When Duke Frederick heard that great, worthy men were coming to this forest every day, he raised a large army to invade this land and fight his brother. But just at the edge of the forest, he met an old religious man. He spoke with him for a while and decided not only to abandon his pursuit of his brother but even to retreat from the world. He’s giving the throne to his banished brother and restoring all the men he’d exiled to their rightful lands. I swear on my life that I’m speaking the truth.