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As You Like It: Epilogue

As You Like It

  1. Enter Rosalind


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  1. It is not the fashion to see the lady the epilogue; but it
  2. is no more unhandsome than to see the lord the prologue. If
  3. it be true that good wine needs no bush, ’tis true that a
  4. good play needs no epilogue. Yet to good wine they do use
  5. good bushes; and good plays prove the better by the help of
  6. good epilogues. What a case am I in then, that am neither a
  7. good epilogue, nor cannot insinuate with you in the behalf
  8. of a good play! I am not furnish’d like a beggar, therefore
  9. to beg will not become me. My way is to conjure you, and
  10. I’ll begin with the women. I charge you, O women, for the
  11. love you bear to men, to like as much of this play as please
  12. you; and I charge you, O men, for the love you bear to women
  13. (as I perceive by your simp’ring, none of you hates them),
  14. that between you and the women the play may please. If I
  15. were a woman I would kiss as many of you as had beards that
  16. pleas’d me, complexions that lik’d me, and breaths that I
  17. defied not; and I am sure, as many as have good beards, or
  18. good faces, or sweet breaths, will for my kind offer, when I
  19. make curtsy, bid me farewell.
  1. Exit.
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