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I would not be thy executioner: I fly thee, for I would not injure thee. Thou tell'st...View Full Monologue Text
I would not be thy executioner:
I fly thee, for I would not injure thee.
Thou tell'st me there is murder in mine eye:
'Tis pretty, sure, and very probable,
That eyes, that are the frail'st and softest things,
Who shut their coward gates on atomies,
Should be call'd tyrants, butchers, murderers!
Now I do frown on thee with all my heart;
And, if mine eyes can wound, now let them kill thee;
Now counterfeit to swoon; why now fall down;
Or, if thou canst not, O! for shame, for shame,
Lie not, to say mine eyes are murderers.
Now show the wound mine eye hath made in thee;
Scratch thee but with a pin, and there remains
Some scar of it; lean but upon a rush,
The cicatrice and capable impressure
Thy palm some moment keeps; but now mine eyes,
Which I have darted at thee, hurt thee not,
Nor, I am sure, there is no force in eyes
That can do hurt.
AuthorName: William Shakespeare
Eras: 1601-1700, 1501-1600
PlayName: As You Like It
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain
The unimpressed Phebe is responding to Silvius who is madly in love with her.
Silvius has just stated:
Sweet Phebe do not scorn me, do not Phebe.
Say that you love me not, but say not so
In bitterness. The common executioner,
Whose heart th'accustom'd sight of death makes hard,
Falls not the axe upon the humbled neck
But first begs pardon. Will you sterner be
Than he that dies and lives by bloody drops?
In this monologue, Phebe points out how ridiculous it is to say that eyes can do one harm, while also stating that if her eyes did have the power, she would gladly kill him.