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of a dinner, if there live any thing in this desert. Cheerly, good Adam !
A table set out.
Enter Duke senior, AMIENS,
Lords, and others. Duke S. I think he be transform'd into a beast; For I can no where find him like a man.
i Lord. My lord, he is but even now gone hence; Here was he merry, hearing of a song.
Duke S. If he, compact of jars, grow musical, We shall have shortly discord in the spheres :Go, seek him; tell him, I would speak with him.
Enter JAQUES. 1 Lord. He saves my labour by his own approach. Duke S. Why, how now, monsieur! what a life
is this, That your poor friends must woo your company ? What! you look merrily.
Jaq. A fool, a fool I met a fool i’the forest, A motley fool ;-a miserable world !As I do live by food, I met a fool ; Who laid him down and bask'd him in the sun, And rail'd on lady Fortune in good terms, In good set terms, -and yet a motley fool. Good-morrow, fool, quoth 1: No, sir, quoth he, Call me not fool
, till heaven hath sent me fortune :o And then he drew a dial from his poke:
compact of jars,] i. e. made up of discords. • Call me not fool, till heaven hath sent me fortune :) Fortuna favet fatuis, is, as Mr. Upton observes, the saying here alluded to; or, as in Publius Syrus :
“ Fortuna, nimium quem fovet, stultum facit.”
And looking on it with lack-lustre eye,
Duke S. What fool is this?
Duke S. Thou shalt have one.
It is my only suit ;' Provided, that
better judgments Of all opinion that grows rank in them, That I am wise. I must have liberty Withal, as large a charter as the wind, To blow on whom I please ; for so fools have: And they that are most galled with my folly, They most must laugh: And why, sir, must they so? The why is plain as way to parish church: He, that a fool doth very wisely hit,
1-only suit:] Suit means petition, not dress.
Doth very foolishly, although he smart,
wouldst do. Jaq. What, for a counter,' would I do, but good ? Dúke S. Most mischievous foul sin, in chiding
Jaq. Why, who cries out on pride,
his bravery' is not on my cost,
8 - if not, &c.] Unless men have the prudence not to appear touched with the sarcasms of a jester, they subject themselves to his power; and the wise man will have his folly anatomised, that is, dissected and laid open, by the squandring glances or random shots of a fool. JOHNSON.
- for a counter,] About the time when this play was written, the French counters (i. e. pieces of false money used as a means of reckoning) were brought into use in England.
his bravery -] i. e. his fine clothes,