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JOHNSON AND STEEVENS.
AS YOU LIKE IT,
ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.
PUBLISHED BY J. AND T. RONALDS, AND I. RILEY AND
CO. NEW YORK; AND H. MAXWELL AND
T. S. MANNING, PHILADELPHIA.
Duke, living in exile.
Frederick, brother to the Duke, and usurper of his dominions.
lords attending upon the Duke in his banishment. Jaques, S
Le Beau, a courtier attending upon Frederick.
William, a country fellow, in love with Audrey.
A person representing Hymen.
Rosalind, daughter to the banished Duke.
Celia, daughter to Frederick.
Phebe, a shepherdess.
Audrey, a country wench.
Lords belonging to the two Dukes; Pages, Foresters and other Attendants.
The SCENE lies, first, near Oliver's house; afterwards, partly in the usurper's court, and partly in the forest of Arden.
The list of the persons being omitted in the old editions, was added by Mr. Rowe. Johnson.
AS YOU LIKE IT.*
ACT I.....SCENE I.
An Orchard, near Oliver's House.
Enter ORLANDO and ADAM.
Orl. As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion bequeathed me: By will, but a poor thousand crowns; and, as thou say'st, charged my brother, on his blessing, to breed me well:1 and there begins my sadness. My
* Shakspeare has followed Lodge's novel more exactly than is his general custom when he is indebted to such worthless originals; and has sketched some of his principal characters, and borrowed a few expressions from it. His imitations, &c. however, are in general too insignificant to merit transcription.
It should be observed, that the characters of Jaques, the Clown, and Audrey, are entirely of the poet's own formation.
Although I have never met with any edition of this comedy before the year 1623, it is evident, that such a publication was at least designed. At the beginning of the second volume of the entries at Stationers' Hall, are placed two leaves of irregular prohibitions, notes, &c. Among these are the following:
"As you Like it, a book.
"The Comedy of Much Ado, a book.
to be staid."
The dates scattered over these plays are from 1596 to 1615.
1 As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion bequeathed me: By will, but a poor thousand crowns, &c.] The grammar as well as sense, suffers cruelly by this reading. There are two nominatives to the verb bequeathed, and not so much as one to the verb charged: and yet, to the nominative there wanted, [his blessing] refers. So that the whole sentence is confused and obscure. A very small alteration in the reading and pointing sets all right.—As I remember, Adam, it was upon this my father bequeathed me, &c. The grammar is now rectified, and the sense also; which is this: Orlando and Adam were discoursing together on the cause why the younger brother had but a thousand crowns left him. They agree upon it; and Orlando opens the