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by some treacherous device; and never leave thee 'till he hath ta'en thy life by some indirect means or other : for I assure thee, (and almost with tears I speak it) there is not one so young and fo villainous this day living. I speak but, brotherly of him; but should I anatomize him to thee as he is, I must blush and weep, and thou must look pale and

Cba. I am heartily glad I came hither to you: if he come to-morrow, I'll give him his payment; if ever he go alone again, I'll never wrestle for prize more ; and fo, God keep your worship.

[Exit. Oli, Farewel, good Charles, Now will I stir this gameAer: I hope I shall see an end of him; for my soul, yet! know not why, hates nothing more than him. Yet he's gentle, never schoold, and yet learned, full of noble device, of all sorts enchantingły beloved ; and indeed so much in the heart of the world, and especially of my own people who beft know him, that I am altogether misprised. But it shall not be fo long; this wrestler hall clear all: nothing remains, but that I kindle the boy thither, which now. I'll

[Exii. SCENE IV... Before the Duke's Palace.

Enter Rosalind and Celia.
Cel. I pray thee, Rosalind, sweet coz, be merry.

Ros. Dear Celia, I thow more mirth than I am mistress of ; and would you yet I were merrier ? unless you could teach me to forget a banish?d father, you must not learn me how to remember any extraordinary pleasure.

Cel. Herein I see thou lov'st me not with the full weight that I love thee. If my uncle, thy banished father, had banished thy uncle the Duke my father, fo thou hadł been, Aill with me, I could have taught my love to take thy father for mine ; so wouldi thou, if the truth of thy love to me were so righteoully temper'd, as mine is to thee.

Ros. Well, I will forget the condition of my estate, to rejoice in yours.

Cel. You know my father hath no child but me, nor none is like to have, and truly when he dies thou Thalt be, his heir ; for what he hath taken away from thy father perforce, I will render thee again in affection; by mine


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honour, I will ; and when I break that oath, let me turn monster: therefore, my sweet Rose, my dear Rose, beo merry: Ros

. From henceforth I will, coz, and devise sports : let me see what think you of falling in love?

Cel. Marry, I proythee, do, to make sport withal ; but love nó man in good earnest, nor no further in sport nei. ther, than with safety of a pure blush thou may’i in hoá nour come off again.

Rod. What shall be the sport then?

Cel. Let us sit and mock the good housewife fortune from her wheel, that her gifts henceforth be bestowed equally.

Roj. I would we could do fo; for her benefits are mightily misplaced, and the bountiful blind woman doth most mistake in her gifts to women. Cel

. 'Tis true ; for those that the makes fair she scarce makes honest, and those that the makes honeft she makes very ill-favoured.

RoS. Nay, how thou goeft from fortune's office to natüre's : fortune reigns in gifts of the world, not in the lineaments of nature.

Enter Clown. Cel. No ? when nature hath made a fair creature, may fac not by fortune fall into the fire ? tho' nature hath given Ús wit to flout at fortune, hath not fortune sent in this fool to cut off this argument ?

Ros. Indeed, there is fortune too hard for nature, when fortune makes nature's natural the cutter off of nature's wit.

Cel. Peradventure this is not fortúne's work neither, but nature's; who, perceiving our natural wits too dull to reason of such goddesses, hath sent this natural for our whetstone : for always the dúllness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits. How now, whither wander you ?

Clo. Mistress, you must come away to your father.
Cel. Were you made the messenger ?

Clo. No, by mine our ; but I was bid to come for
Rof. Where learned you that oath, fool?


Co. Of a certain Knight, that swore by his honour they were good pancakes, and swore by his honour the mustard, was naught: now I'll stand to it, the pancakes were naught, and the mustard was good, and yet was not the Knight forsworn.

Cel. How prove you that in the great heap of your knowledge ?

Rof. Ay marry, now unmuzzle your wisdom.

Clo, Stand you both forth now; stroke your chins, and {wear by your beards that I am a knave.

Cel. By our beards, if we had them, thou art.

Clo. By my knavery, if I had it, then I were but if you swear by that that is not, you are not forsworn, no more was this Knight swearing by his honour, for he never had any; or if he had, he had sworn it away, before ever he saw those pancakes or that mustard,

Cel. Pr’ythee who is that thou mean'ft?
Cle. One that old Frederick your father loves.

Cel. My father's love is enough to honour him: enough! Ipeak no more of him ; you'll be whipt for taxation one of these days.

Clo. The more pity that fools may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly.

Çel. By my troth, thou fay't true ; for since the little wit that fools have was filenc'd, the little foolery that wise inen have makes a great shew: here comes Monsieur Le Beu.

SCENE V. Enter Le Beu, Rof. With his mouth full of news. Cel. Which he will put on us, as pigeons feed their young. Ref. Then shall we be news-cram'd.

Cel. All the better, we shall be the more marketable, Bon jour, Monsieur Le Bey ; what news ?

Le Beu. Fair Princess, you have lost much sport.
Eel. Sport; of what colour ?
Le Beu. What colour, Madam? how shall I answer you?
Rof. As wit and fortune will.
Clo. Or as the destinies decree.
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Clo. Nay, if I keep not my rank
Rof. Thou losest thy old smell.:

Le Beu. You amaze me, ladies; I would have told you of good wrestling, which you have lost the fight of.

Ros: Yet tell us the manner of the wrestling,

Le Beu. I will tell you the beginning, and, if it pleafe your ladyfhips, you may fee the end, for the best is

yet to do ; and here where you are, they are coming to perform it. * Cel. Well, the beginning that is dead and buried.

Le Beu. There comes an old man and his three fons.
Cel. I could match this beginning with an old tale.

Le Beu. Three proper young men, of excellent growth and presence.

Rof. With bills on their necks : Be it known unto all men by these presents.

Beu. The eldest of the three wrestled with Charles the Duke's wrestler, which Cbarles in a moment threw, him, and broke three of his ribs, that there is little hope of life in him : so he ferv'd the second, and so the third : yonder they lye, the poor old man their father making such pitiful dole over them, that all the beholders take his part with weeping.

Rof. Alas!

Cló. But what is the sport, Monsieur, that the ladies have lost ?

Le Beu. Why, this that I speak of.

Clo. Thus men grow wiser every day. It is the firft time that ever I heard breaking of ribs was sport for ladies.

Cel. Or I, I promise thee.

Rof. But is there any else longs to set this broken musick in his fides ? is there yet another doats upon rib-breaking ? shall we see this wrestling, cousin ?

Le Beu. You must if you stay here, for here is the place appointed for the wrestling; and they are ready, to perform it,

Cel. Yender fure they are coming : let us now stay and (se it.


SCENE VI. Flourish. Enter Duke Frederick, Lords, Orlando, Charles,

and Attendants. Duke, Come on, since the youth will not be entreated; his own peril on his forwardness.

Rof. Is yonder the man?
Le Beu. Even he, Madam.
Cel. Alas, he is too young ; yet he looks successfully,

Duke. How now, daughter and cousin ; are you crept hither to see the wreAling?

Rof. Ay, my liege, so please you give us leave.

Dúke. You will take little delight in it, I can tell you, there is such odds in the men: in pity of the challenger's youth, I would fain diffuade him, but he will not be entreated. Speak to him, ladies, see if you can move him.

Cel. Call him hither, good Monsieur Le Beu.
Duke. Do so ; I'll not be by.

Le Beu, Monsieur the challenger, the Princess calls for you.

Orla. I attend her with all respect and duty.
Ros.Young man, have you challeng’d Charles the wrestler ?

Orla. No, fair Princess; he is the general challenger : I come but as others do, to try with him the strength of my youth.

Cel. Young gentleman, your spirits are too bold for your years : you have seen cruel proof of this man's strength, If you saw your self with our eyes, or knew your self with our judgment, the fear of your adventure would counsel you to a more equal enterprise. We pray you for your own sake to embrace your own safety, and give over this attempt.

Roj: Do, young Sir; your reputation shall not therefore be misprised; we will make it our suit to the Duke that the wrestling might not go forward.

Orla. I beseech you punish me not with your hard thoughts, wherein I confess me much guilty to deny so fair and excellent ladies any thing. But let your fair eyes and gentle wishes go with me to my tryal, wherein if I be foild, there is but one sham'd that was never gracious ; if kill'd, but one dead that is willing to be so; I Mall do my friends VOL, HI,


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