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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

As You Like It: Act 3, Scene 1

           Enter DUKE [FREDERICK], Lords, and OLIVER.

  1   Not see him since? Sir, sir, that cannot be:
2-4. But were I . . . thou present: i.e., if I weren't composed mostly of mercy, I wouldn't bother to seek out [Orlando], the absent cause of my thirst for revenge, because you [Orlando's brother] are right here [and I could take out my anger on you]. 6. Seek him with candle: i.e., look until you find him, and don't give up. —This echoes the parable . . .   7. turn: return.
  2   But were I not the better part made mercy,
  3   I should not seek an absent argument
  4   Of my revenge, thou present. But look to it:
  5   Find out thy brother, wheresoe'er he is;
  6   Seek him with candle; bring him dead or living
  7   Within this twelvemonth, or turn thou no more
  8   To seek a living in our territory.
  9   Thy lands and all things that thou dost call thine
 10   Worth seizure do we seize into our hands,
11-12. Till thou canst quit thee by thy brother's mouth / Of what we think against thee: until you can acquit yourself, by your brother's testimony, of what I think you're guilty of. —Apparently . . .
 11   Till thou canst quit thee by thy brother's mouth
 12   Of what we think against thee.

 13   O that your highness knew my heart in this!
 14   I never loved my brother in my life.

 15   More villain thou. Well, push him out of doors;
16. of such a nature: whose duty it is to see to such matters. 17. Make an extent upon his house and lands: carry out the seizure of his house and lands by an official writ. 18. expediently: quickly.  turn him going: get him on his way.
 16   And let my officers of such a nature
 17   Make an extent upon his house and lands:
 18   Do this expediently and turn him going.