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Cha. Marry, do I, Sir; and I came to acquaint you with a matter. I am given, Sir, fecretly to understand, that your younger brother Orlando hach a difposition to come in disguis'd againit me to try a Fall. To-morrow, Sir, I wrestle for my credit; and he, that escapes me without fome broken limb, shall' acquit him well. Your brother is but young and tender, and for your love I would be loth to foil him; as I must for mine own honour, if he come in. Therefore out of my love to you, I came hither to acquaint you withal; that either you might stay him from his intendment, or brook such disgrace well as he shall run into; in that it is a thing of his own search, and altogether against my will.

Oli. Charles, I thank thee for thy love to 'me.which thou shalt find, I will most kindly requite. I had myself notice of my brother's purpose herein, and have by under-hand means laboured to dissuade him from it; but he is refolute. I tell thee, Charles, he is the Rubbornest young fellow of France ; full of ambition, ani envious emulator of every man's good parts, a lecret and villainous contriver against me his natural brother. Therefore ufe thy difcretion; I had as lief thou didst break his neck, as his finger. And thou wert best look to't; for if thou dost hiin any flight disgrace, or if he do not mightily grace himself on thee, he will pra&tise against thee by poison ; entrap thee by some treacherous device ; and never leave thee, 'till he harlı fa'en thy life by some indirect means or other ; for I affure thee, (and almost with tears I speak it) there is not one so young and so villauous this day living. I speak bur brotherly of him; but should i anatomize him to thee as he is, I must bluth and weep, and thou must look pale and wonder.

Cha. 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 so, God keep your Worship. [Exit.

Oli. Fare

Oli. Farewel, good Charles. Now will I stir this gamester: I hope, I shall see an end of him; for my soul, yet I know not why, hates nothing more than him. Yet he's gentle; never school'd, and yet learned; full of noble device ; of all Sorts enchantingly beloved; and, indeed, so much in the heart of the world, and especially of my own people who best know him, that I am altogether misprised. But it shall not be fo long--this wrestler shall clear all. Nothing remains, but that I kindle the boy thither, which now I'll go about,



Changes to an Open Walk, before the Duke's Palace.

Enter Rosalind and Celia.

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be merry. Rof

. Dear Celia, I show more mirth than I am mistress of; and would you yer I were merrier? Unless you could teach me to forget a banilh'd father, you must not learn me how to remember any extraordinary pleasure.

Cel. Herein, I fee, 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, so thou hadst been still with me, I could have taught my love to take thy father for mine; so wouldst thou, if the truth of thy love to me were so righteously temper'd, as mine is to thee.

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

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


is that oath, let me turn monster. Therefore, my sweet ' - Rose, my dear Rose, be merry.

Ref. From henceforth I will, coz, and devise Sports. Let me see-What think you of falling in love?

Cel. Marry, I pr’ythee, do, to make sport withal; but love no man in good earnest ; nor no further in sport neither, than with safety of a pure blush thou may'st in honour come off again.

Ref. What shall be our Sport then?

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

Rof. I would, we could do so; for her benefits are mightily misplaced, and the bountiful blind woman doch most mistake in her gifts to women.

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

Ros. Nay, now thou goest from fortune's office to nature's: fortune reigns in gifts of the world, not in the lineaments of nature,

Enter Touchstone, a Clown. Cel. No! when nature hath made a fair creature, may she not by fortune fall into the fire? Though nature hath given us wit to fout 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 fortune's work, neither, but nature's; who, perceiving our natural wits 100 dull to reason of such Goddesses, hath sent this

: mock the good housewife only figures uncertainty and viFurtune from her wheel,] The cissitude, with the destinie that wheel of fortune is not the wheel spins the thread of life, though inof a bouferife. Shakespeare has deed not with a wheel. confounded fortune whole wheel


Natural for our whetstone: for always the dulnefs of the fool is the whetstone of the wits. How now, Wit, whither wander you?

Clo. Mistress, you must come away to your father.
Cel. Were you made the messenger ?.?..
Clo. No, by mine honour; but I was bid to.come

for you.

Rof. Where learned you that oath, fool?

Clo. 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 swear by your beards that I am a krave.

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 forfworn; 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?st? Clo. » One, that old Frederick your father loves. Cel. My father's love is enough to honour bim :


• Clo. One, that old Frederick the Dramatis Persone, to imapour father loves.

gine, that Both the BrotherRóf. Ály Father's Love is enough Dukes were Namesakes; and

to honour him enough;] This One call’d the Old, and the Other Reply to the Cloun is in all the the Younger Frederick ; and, withBooks plac'd to Rosalind; but out some fuch Authority, it would Frederick was not her father, but make Confusion to fuppofe it. Cediei's: I have therefore ven

THEOBALD. tur'd to prefix the Name of Celia. Mr. Theobald seems not to There is no Countevance from know that the Dramatis Perfone any Paftige in the Play, or from were first enumerated by Rozve.


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

Clo. The more pity, that fo'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.

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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 marketable. 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 destinies decree.
Cel. Well said ; that was laid on with a trowel.
Clo. Nay, if I keep not my rank,--
Ref. Thou losest thy old smell.
Le Beu. 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 ipeare probably allades to the use words laid upon a slight subject. of fools or jeffers, 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 Atrike 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 ou with a trowel.]


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