EPILOGUE

ROSALIND: It is not the fashion to see the lady the
epilogue; but it is no more unhandsome than to see
the lord the prologue. If it be true that good wine needs
no bush, 'tis true that a good play needs no epilogue;
yet to good wine they do use good bushes, and good                         [5]
plays prove the better by the help of good epilogues.
What a case am I in then, that am neither a good
epilogue nor cannot insinuate with you in the behalf
of a good play! I am not furnished like a beggar,
therefore to beg will not become me: my way is to                           [10]
conjure you; and I'll begin with the women. I charge
you, O women, for the love you bear to men, to like
as much of this play as please you: and I charge you,
O men, for the love you bear to women--as I perceive
by your simpering, none of you hates them--that                            [15]
between you and the women the play may please. If I
were a woman I would kiss as many of you as had
beards that pleased me, complexions that liked me
and breaths that I defied not: and, I am sure, as many
as have good beards or good faces or sweet breaths                            [20]
will, for my kind offer, when I make curtsy, bid me
farewell.

[Exeunt.]


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