It is my only suit;
Provided that you weed your better judgments
Of all opinion that grows rank in them
I am wise. I must have liberty
Withal, as large a charter as the wind,
To blow on whom I please; for so
And they that are most galled with my folly,
They most must laugh. And why, sir, must they
The 'why' is plain as way to parish church:
He that a fool doth very wisely hit
Doth very foolishly, although
Not to seem senseless of the bob: if not,
The wise man's folly is anatomized
Even by the squandering
glances of the fool.
Invest me in my motley; give me leave
To speak my mind, and I will through and through
the foul body of the infected world,
If they will patiently receive my medicine.
Fie on thee! I can tell what thou wouldst do.
What, for a counter, would I do but good?
Most mischievous foul sin, in chiding sin:
For thou thyself hast been a libertine,
As sensual as the brutish
And all the embossed sores and headed evils,
That thou with licence of free foot hast caught,
thou disgorge into the general world.
Why, who cries out on pride,
That can therein tax any private party?
Doth it not flow as hugely as the
Till that the weary very means do ebb?
What woman in the city do I name,
When that I say the city-
The cost of princes on unworthy shoulders?
Who can come in and say that I mean her,
such a one as she such is her neighbour?
Or what is he of basest function
That says his bravery is not of
Thinking that I mean him, but therein suits
His folly to the mettle of my speech?
There then; how
then? what then? Let me see wherein
My tongue hath wrong'd him: if it do him right,
Then he hath wrong'd
himself; if he be free,
Why then my taxing like a wild-goose flies,
Unclaim'd of any man. But who comes
Enter ORLANDO, with his sword drawn
Forbear, and eat no more.
Why, I have eat none yet.
Nor shalt not, till necessity be served.
Of what kind should this cock come of?
Art thou thus bolden'd, man, by thy distress,
Or else a rude despiser of good manners,
That in civility
thou seem'st so empty?
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