Study Guide

As You Like It Epilogue

By William Shakespeare

Epilogue

Read the full text of As You Like It Epilogue with a side-by-side translation HERE.


  • Rosalind appears on stage and admits it's strange to have a female character give the epilogue, but she assures the audience that a good play is made even better by a good epilogue.
  • The problem is, she doesn't have a good epilogue. What's more, she's not sure this was a good play. 
  • So, she invites the women in the audience to like the play as much as they can for the love of their men. Then she asks the men to do the same—for the love of their women. (Remember, the name of the play is "As You Like It," which is kind of what Rosalind is saying here: like it as much, or as little, as you want.)
  • Finally, she says that if she were indeed a woman (remember, these parts were played by men) she'd kiss everyone in the audience with a nice beard, pleasing complexions, and good breath. 
  • Check out "What's Up With the Ending?" if you want to know more about this.