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sough! speak no more of him, you'll be whipt for exation one of these days.

Clo. The more pity, that fe's may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly.

Cel. By my troth, thou say'st true; for since the little wit that fools have was filenc'd', the little foolery that wise men have makes a great Show: here comes Monfieur Le Beu.


Enter Le Beu.

Ref. With his mouth full of news.

Cel. Which he will put on us, 'as pigeons feed their young.

Rof. Then shall we be news-cram'd.

Cel. All the better, we shall be the more inarketable. Bon jour, Monsieur le Beu; what news?

Le Beu. Fair Princess, you have lost much good Sport.

Cel. Sport; of what colour ?

Le Beu. What colour, Madam? How shall I an(wer you

? Rof. As wit and fortune will. Clo. Or as the deftinies decree. Cel. Well said ; that was laid on with a trowel”. Clo. Nay, if I keep not my rank,Rof. Thou losest thy old smell. Le Beut. You amaze me, ladies. I would have

'-fince the little wit that I suppose the meaning is, that fools have was filenc'd.] Shake: there is too heavy a mass of big speare probably alludes to the use words laid upon a slight subject. of fools or jelers, who for some 3 You amaze me, ladies.] TO ages had been allowed in all courts amaze, here, is not to astonish or an unbridled liberty of cenfure ftrike with wonder, but to perand mockery, and about this time plex; to confuse; as, to put out began to be less tolerated. of the intended narrative. laid on with a trowel]



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told you of good wrestling, which you have lof erf

tat, Ros. Yet tell as the manner of the wrestling.

Le Beu. I will tell you the beginning, and, if it plešie your Ladyships, you may see 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 sons,

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 unte all men by these presents *,

Le Beu. The eldest of the three wrestled with Charles the Duke's Wrestler; which Charles in a moment threw him, and broke three of his ribs, and there is little hope of life in him: fo he serv'd the Second, and so the Third. Yonder they lie, the poor old man their father making such pitiful Dole over them, that all the beholders take his his part with weeping.

Rof. Alas!

+ With BILLS on their rocks : ment of war, and he turns it to Be it known unto all men by these an instrument of law of the same presents ;-] The ladies and the name, beginning with these words: focl, according to the mode of So that they must be given to wit at that time, are at a kind him.

WARBURTON. of cross purposes. Where the words This conjecture, is ingenious. of one speaker are wrested by Where meaning is so very thin, another, in a repartee, to a dif- as in this vein of jocolarity, it is ferent meaning. As where the hard to catch, and therefore I Clown says just before --- Nay, know not well what to deterif I keep not my rank. Rosalind mine ; bue I cannot fee why Roo replies -- thou hoff thy old Jonell

. Salind should suppose, that the So here when Rosalind had said, competitors in a wrestling match With bills on their necks, the carried bills on their loulders, Clorun, to be quits with her, puts and I believe the whole conceit in, Knozu all men by these pre. is in the poor resemblance of prelents. She spoke of an initru- fence and presents.

Clo.. But Clo. But what is the Sport, Monsieur, that the ladies have lost?

Le Beu. Why this, that I speak of.

Clo. Thus men may grow wiser every day! It is the first 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 see this broken mufick in his fides? is there yet another doars 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. Yonder, fure, they are coming. Let us now stay and see it.


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?

s is there any else longs to day, see if the water be hot; I SEE this broken music in his fides ?), will see which is the best time; A ftupid error in the copies. They she has tried, and fees that the are talking bere of some who had cannot lift it. In this sense fee their ribs broke in wrestling: and may be here used. The sufferer the pleasantry of Rosalind's se- can, with no propriety, be said parcée must confift in the allusion to set the musick; neither is the The makes to composing in mufick. allusion to the act of tuning an It neceffarily follows therefore, instrument, or pricking a tune, that the poet wroteSet this one of which must be meant by broken mufick in his fides. setting musick. Rosalind hints at

WARBURTON. a whimsical fimilitude between the If any change were necessary series of ribs gradually shortenI should write, feel this broken ing, and some musical instruments, mufack, tor fee. But fee is the and therefore calls broken ribs, colloquial term for perception or broken musick experimente So we say every 1

Le Beu.

Le Beu. Even he, Madam.

. Alas, he is too young ; yet he looks fuccefl. fully.

Duke. How now, Daughter and Cousin; are you crept hither to see the wrestling?

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

Duke. 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 feign 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. [Duke goes apart.
Le Beu. Monsieur the Challenger, the Princesses call

for you.

Orla. I attend them with all respect and duty.

Rof. Young man, have you challeng's Charles the wrestler ?

Orla. No, fair Princess; he is the general challenger: I come but in, 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 yourself with your own eyes“, or knew yourself with your judgment, the fear of your advensere would counsel you to a more equal enterprize. We pray you, for your own sake, to embrace your own safety, and give over this attempt.

* Sir T. Hanmer. In the old impartial judgment you would forEditions, the man.


WARBURTON. If you faw yourself I cannot find the absurdity of with your eyes, or knew yourself the present reading. If you went with your judgment.] Absurd? not blinded and intoxicated, says The fenfe requires that we should the princess, with the spirit of Tead, our eyes, and our judgment. enterprise, if you could use yous The argument is, Your fpirits are own eyes to fee, or your own $60 bold, and therefore your judg- judgment to know yourself, the ment deceives you ; but did you fee fear of your adventure would counand know yourself with our more yel you.


Rof. 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 trial, wherein if I be foil'd, there is but one sham'd that was never gracious; if kill’d, but one dead that is willing to be lo. I shall do my friends no wrong, for I have none to lament me; the world no injury, for in it I have nothing; only in the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.

Rs. The little strength that I have, I would it were

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with you.

Cel. And mine to eke out hers.

Rof. Fare you well. Pray heav'n, I be deceiv'd in you.

Cel. Your heart's desires be with you!

Cha. Come, where is this young Gallant, that is so defirous to lie with his mother earth?

Orla. Ready, Sir. But his Will hath in it a more modest working

Duke. You shall try but one Fall.

Cha. No--I warrant your Grace ; you shall not entreat him to a second, that have so mightily persuaded him from a first.

Orla. You mean to mock me after; you should not have mocked me before; but come your ways.

Rof. Now Hercules be thy speed, young man !

Cel. I would I were invisible, to catch the strong fellow by the leg !

[they wrestle. Ro. O excellent young man !

11 befeech you, punish me uot, confess myself much guilty to deny &c. 1 should wish to read, I so fair and excellent ladies ang beseecb you, punish me not with thing. your bard thoughts. Therein I VOL. II.



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