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All the world's a stage,
At first, the infant,
5 His acts being seven ages ] I have seen, more than once, an old print, entitled, The Stage of Man's Life, divided into seven ages. As emblematical representations of this sort were formerly stuck up, both for ornament and instruction, in the generality of houses, it is more probable that Shakspeare took his hint from thence, than from Hippocrates or Proclus, who are quoted by Mr. Malone. HENLEY.
6 — and bearded like the pard,] Beurds of different cut were appropriated in our author's time to different characters and professions The soldier had one fashion, the judge another, the bishop different from both, &c.
- sudden and quick —] Lest it should be supposed that these epithets are synonymous, it is necessary to be observed that one of the ancient senses of sudden, is violent.
modern instances,] Modern means trite, common.
And whistles in his sound: Last scene of all,
Re-enter ORLANDO, with ADAM. Duke S. Welcome: Set down your venerable
burden, And let him feed. Orl.
I thank you most for him.
Duke S. Welcome, fall to; I will not trouble you
Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
As man's ingratitude;
Although thy breath be rude.
Then, heigh, ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly,
• Thou art not so unkind, &c.] That is, thy action is not so contrary to thy kind, or to human nature, as the ingratitude of
i Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,] It is the opinion of the best commentators, that this can only be tortured into a meaning. Dr.
Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
As benefits forgot:
As friend remember'd not.”
Duke S. If that you were the good sir Rowland's
son, As you have whisper'd faithfully, you were; And as mine eye doth his effigies witness Most truly limn’d, and living in your face, Be truly welcome hither: I am the duke, That lov'd your father: The residue of your fortune, Go to my cave and tell me.—Good old man, Thou art right welcome as thy master is: Support him by the arm.--Give me your hand, And let me all
fortunes understand. [Exeunt.
Johnson paraphrases thus:-Thou winter wind, thy rudeness gives the less pain, as thou art not seen, as thou art an enemy that dost not brave us with thy presence, and whose unkindness is therefore not aggravated by insult.
As friend remember'd not.] Remember'd for remembering.
SCENE I. A Room in the Palace.
Enter Duke FREDERICK, OLIVER, Lords, and
Attendants. Duke F. Not see him since? Sir, sir, that can
But were I not the better part made mercy,
Oli. O, that your highness knew my heart in this! I never lov'd my brother in
life. Duke F. More villain thou.—Well, push him out
3 — an absent argument —] An argument is used for the contents of a book, thence Shakspeare considered it as meaning the subject, and then used it for subject in yet another sense.
* Make an extent-] “ To make an extent of lands,” is a legal phrase, from the words of a writ, (ertendi facius,) whereby the sheriff is directed to cause certain lands to be appraised to their full extended value, before he delivers them to the person entitled under a recognizance, &c, in order that it may be certainly known how soon the debt will be paid. - MALONE.
- expediently,] That is, expeditiously.
Enter ORLANDO, with a paper.
Thy huntress' name, that my full life doth sway.
And in their barks my thoughts I'll character;
Shall see thy virtue witness'd every where.
Enter Corin and TOUCHSTONE. Cor. And how like you this shepherd's life, master Touchstone?
Touch. Truly, shepherd, in respect of itself, it is a good life; but in respect that it is a shepherd's life, it is naught. In respect that it is solitary, I like it very well; but in respect that it is private, it is a very vile life. Now in respect it is in the fields, it pleaseth me well; but in respect it is not in the court, it is tedious. As it is a spare life, look you, it fits my humour well; but as there is no more plenty in it, it goes much against my stomach. Hast any philosophy in thee, shepherd?
Cor. No more, but that I know, the more one sickens, the worse at ease he is; and that he that wants money, means, and content, is without three good friends:- That the property of rain is to wet, and fire to burn: That good pasture makes fat