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Oli. Farewel, good Charles. Now will I stir thi, gamester: I hope, I shall see an end of him;i 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'l kindle the boy thither, which now I?ll go about.


8 CE N E IV.

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

Enter Rosalind and Celia.


Rof. Dear Celia, I show more mirth than I am mistress of; and would you yeť I were merrier? UnJess 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'ft 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 hadft been still with me, I could have taught my love to take thy father for mine; fo wouldst thou, if the truth of thy love to me were so righteously tem: per'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 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 affecs tion ; by mine Honour, I will and when I break



that oath, let me túrn monster.: Therefore, my sweet Rose, my dear Rose, be merry.

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

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

Ref. What shall be our Sport then?

Gel. Let us fit and mock the good housewife Fortune from her wheel”, that her gifts may henceforth Þe bestowed equally.

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

Cel. 'Tiş true; for those, that she makes fair, she fparce makes honeft'; and thosę, that she makes honest, The 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 flout at fortune, hath not fortune fent in this Hool to cur off this argument?

Rof. Indeed, there is fortune too hard for nature; when fortune makes nature's Natural the cutter off of nature's. Wit. 1

Cel. Peradventure, this is not fortune's work, neither, but nature's; who, perceiving our natural wits too dull to reason of such Goddesses, hath fent this


8 mock the good boufervife only figures uncertainty and viFortune from her wheel] The ciffitude, with the destinie that wheel of fortune is not the wheel spins the thread of life, though inof a boufe-wife

. Shakespeare has deed not with a wheel. confounded fortune whore wheel


Natural for our whetstone: for always the dulness of
the fool is the whetstone of the wits. How riow, 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

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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.

. Stand you both forth now; stroke your chins, and swear 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'lt ?
Clo. ' One, that old Frederick your father loves.
Cel. My father's love is enough to honour him:

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Clo. One, that old Frederick the Dramatis. Perfona, to ima. your father loves.

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

to honour him enough;] This One calld the Old, and the Other Reply to the Clown is in all the the Younger Frederick; and, withBooks plac'd to Rosalind; but out some luch Authority, it would Frederick was not her Father, but make Confusion to suppose it. Celia's: I have therefore ven.

THEOBALD. tur*d to prefix the Name of Celia. Mr. Theobald seems not to There is no Countenance from know that the Dramatis Persone. any Pdffage in the Play, or from were firft enumerated by Rowe.



enough! speak 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.

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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Rof. 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

Cel. Sport; of what colour?
Le Beu. What colour, Madam? How shall I an-

swer 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,
Rof. Thou losest thy old smell.
Le Beu. You amaze me, ladies 3. 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 yords laid upon a slight subject. of fools or jefters, who for some 3 You amaze me, ladies.] To ages had been allowed in all courts here, is not to astonish or an unbridled liberty of censure strike with wonder, but to per and mockery, and about this time plex; to confufe ; as, to put out began to be less tolerated. of the intended narrative. laid on with a trowel.]



told you of good wrestling, which you have lost the sight of. Rof. Yet tell us the manner of the wrestling.

Le Beu. I will tell you the beginning, and, if it please your Ladyships, 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

sons, -as

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 :

Le Beú. 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: so he serv'd ihe Second, and fd the Third. Yonder they lie, the poor old man their father making such pitiful Dole over them, that all the beholders take his part with weeping,

Rof. Alas!

4 iWith BILLS on their necks: ment of war, and he turns it to Be it known unto all men by tbefe an instrument of law of the fame presents ;) The ladies and the name,beginning with these words: fool, 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 cne speaker are wrested by Where meaning is fo very thin, another, in a repartee, to a dif- as in this vein of jocularity, it is ferent meaning. - As where the hard to catch, and therefore I Clown fays just before--Nay, know not well what to deterif I keep not my rank. Rosalind mine ; but I cannot fee why Rox. replies theu lojesi thy old mell. falind should fuppose, that the So here when Rosalind had said, competitors in a wreftling match With bills in their necks, the carried bills ov their fhoulders, Claruin, to be quits with her, puts and' I believe the whole conceit in, Kncry all men ly threje pre- is in the poor resemblance of prey Jents. She spoke of an intru- fence and presents.

Clo. But

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