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Scene 1

The Duke’s palace.

(Duke Frederick; First Lord at Court; Second Lord at Court; Oliver)

Duke Frederick orders Oliver to produce Orlando within a year, or forfeit his lands and life. (18 lines)

Enter Duke Frederick, Lords, and Oliver.

DUKE F.

Not see him since? Sir, sir, that cannot be.

But were I not the better part made mercy,

I should not seek an absent argument

Of my revenge, thou present. But look to it:

Find out thy brother, wheresoe’er he is;

Seek him with candle; bring him dead or living

Within this twelvemonth, or turn thou no more

To seek a living in our territory.

Thy lands and all things that thou dost call thine

Worth seizure do we seize into our hands,

Till thou canst quit thee by thy brother’s mouth

Of what we think against thee.

OLI.

O that your Highness knew my heart in this!

I never lov’d my brother in my life.

DUKE F.

More villain thou. Well, push him out of doors,

And let my officers of such a nature

Make an extent upon his house and lands.

Do this expediently, and turn him going.

Exeunt.

 

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