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nished 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; 80 wouldst thou, if the truth of thy love to me were so righte. ously temper'd as mine is to thee.
Ros. Well, I will forget the condition of my estate, to rejoice in yours. i Cd. 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 that oath, let me turn monster : therefore, my sweet Rose, my dear Rose, be merry.
Ros. From henceforth I will, coz, and devise sports : let me see; What think you of falling in love?
Cel. Marry, I prythee, 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 agaia. Ros. What shall be our sport then?
199 Cel. Let us sit and mock the good housewife, Fortune, from her wheel, that her gifts may hencefortha be 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. 'Tis true : for those, that she makes fair, she scarce makes honest; and those, that she makes hoe nest, she makes very ill-favour'dly.
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 sent in this fool to cut off the 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 nei. ther, 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 dulness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.--How now, wit? whither wander you?
Clo. Mistress, you must come away to your father.
Ros. Where learned you that oath, fool? 229
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 ?
Ros. Ay, marry; now unmuzzle your wisdom.
Clo. 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. 240
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, ke had sworn it away, before ever he saw those pancakes or that mustard. is
Cel. Prøythee, who is't that thou mean'st?
Lel. My father's love is enough to honour him : Enough1 speak no more of him; you'll be whip'd for taxation, one of these days.
251 Clo. The more pity, that fools may not speak wisely svhat wise men do foolishly.
Cel. By my troth, thou .say'st true : for since the little wit, that fools have, was silenc'd, the little fool. ery, that wise men have, makes a great show. Here comes Monsieur Le Beau.
Enter LE BEAV.
Ros: With his mouth full of news.
Cel. Which he will put on us, as pigeons feed their young,
Ros. Then shall we be news-cramm'd. • Cel. All the better; we shall be the inore marketable. Bon jour, Monsieur le Beau; what's the news ?
Le Beau. Fair princess, you have lost much good sport.
Cel. Sport? of what colour :
Le Beau. What colour, madam? How shall I ani swer you?
Roş. As wit and fortune will,
Le Beau. You amaze me, ladies : I would have told you of good wrestling, which you have lost the sight of.
Ros. Yet tell us the manner of the wrestling.
Le Beau, I will tell you the beginning, and, if it please 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.
281 Cel. Well,—the beginning, that is dead and buried. Le Beau. There comes an old man and his three
Cel. I could match this beginning with an old tale,
Le Beau. Three proper young men, of excellent growth and presence
Ros. With bills on their necks, ---Be it known unto all men by these presents---
289 Le Beau. 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, that there is little hope of life in him : so 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 part with weeping
Clo. But what is the sport, monsieur, that the la. dies have lost?
300 Le Beau. 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.
Ros. But is there any else longs to see this broken musick in his sides > is there yet another dotes upon rib-breaking ? Shall we see this wrestling, cousin ?
Le Beau. You must, if you stay here: for here is the place appointed for the wrestling, and they are ready to perform it.
311 Cel. Yonder, sure, 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.
Ros. Is yonder the man?
Cel. Alas, he is too young : yet he looks success. fully,