As You Like It

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 5 Scene 4
No Fear Act 5 Scene 4 Page 8

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DUKE SENIOR

Welcome, young man.
160Thou offer’st fairly to thy brothers' wedding:
To one his lands withheld, and to the other
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,
165And, after, every of this happy number
That have endured shrewd days and nights with us
Shall share the good of our returnèd fortune
According to the measure of their states.
Meantime, forget this new-fall'n dignity,
170And fall into our rustic revelry.
—Play, music.—And you brides and bridegrooms all,
With measure heaped in joy to th' measures fall.

DUKE SENIOR

Welcome, young man: you bring a great present to your brothers' wedding. To Oliver, you return his lands; to Orlando, you give a whole dukedom, since he will inherit my land. But first, let’s finish the things we started out here. Then I’ll share the abundance of my returned fortune with all those that have stayed out here with me, according to the rank and status each of you enjoy. But until then, let’s forget our nobility and enjoy some fun. Music, please. Brides and bridegrooms, dance your happiness away.

JAQUES

Sir, by your patience: if I heard you rightly,
The duke hath put on a religious life
175And thrown into neglect the pompous court.

JAQUES

Wait a minute, sir. Do you mean to say that the duke has abandoned the glamorous court to live as a monk?

JAQUES DE BOYS

He hath.

JAQUES DE BOYS

Yes, he has.

JAQUES

To him will I. Out of these convertites
There is much matter to be heard and learned.
(to DUKE SENIOR )
180You 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 merit.
(to OLIVER )
185You to your land, and love, and great allies.
(to SILVIUS )
You to a long and well-deservèd bed.

JAQUES

I will go find him. There is much to be learned from these converts. (to DUKE SENIOR ) I bestow on you your former honor, for your patience and virtue. (to ORLANDO ) I give you the love that your faithfulness deserves (to OLIVER ) and you your land, your love, and your great allies. (to SILVIUS ) You get a long and well-deserved stay in bed, with your new wife.