As You Like It.
Actus primus. Scœna Prima.
bequeathed me by will, but poore a thousand
Crownes, and as thou saist, charged my bro
ther on his blessing to breed mee well: and
there begins my sadnesse: My brother Iaques he keepes
at schoole, and report speakes goldenly of his profit:
for my part, he keepes me rustically at home, or (to speak
more properly) staies me heere at home vnkept: for call
you that keeping for a gentleman of my birth, that dif
fers not from the stalling of an Oxe? his horses are bred
better, for besides that they are faire with their feeding,
they are taught their mannage, and to that end Riders
deerely hir'd: but I (his brother) gaine nothing vnder
him but growth, for the which his Animals on his
dunghils are as much bound to him as I: besides this no
thing that he so plentifully giues me, the something that
nature gaue mee, his countenance seemes to take from
me: hee lets mee feede with his Hindes, barres mee the
place of a brother, and as much as in him lies, mines my
gentility with my education. This is it Adam that
grieues me, and the spirit of my Father, which I thinke
is within mee, begins to mutinie against this seruitude.
I will no longer endure it, though yet I know no wise
remedy how to auoid it.
he will shake me vp.
God made, a poore vnworthy brother of yours with
them? What prodigall portion haue I spent, that I should
come to such penury?
know you are my eldest brother, and in the gentle con
dition of bloud you should so know me: the courtesie of
nations allowes you my better, in that you are the first
borne, but the same tradition takes not away my bloud,
were there twenty brothers betwixt vs: I haue as much
of my father in mee, as you, albeit I confesse your com
ming before me is neerer to his reuerence.
Rowland de Boys, he was my father, and he is thrice a vil
laine that saies such a father begot villaines: wert thou
not my brother, I would not take this hand from thy
throat, till this other had puld out thy tongue for saying
so, thou hast raild on thy selfe.
remembrance, be at accord.
father charg'd you in his will to giue me good educati
on: you haue train'd me like a pezant, obscuring and
hiding from me all gentleman‑like qualities: the spirit
of my father growes strong in mee, and I will no longer
endure it: therefore allow me such exercises as may be
come a gentleman, or giue mee the poore allottery my
father left me by testament, with that I will goe buy my
Well sir, get you in. I will not long be troubled with
you: you shall haue some part of your will, I pray you
for my good.
lost my teeth in your seruice: God be with my olde ma
ster, he would not haue spoke such a word.
physicke your ranckenesse, and yet giue no thousand
crownes neyther: holla Dennis.
speake with me?
portunes accesse to you.
row the wrastling is.
at the new Court?
olde newes: that is, the old Duke is banished by his yon
ger brother the new Duke, and three or foure louing