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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?
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 forfworn. 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 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’A?
9 Clo. One, that old Frederick the Dramatis Perfonæ, to imayour father loves.
gine, that Both the BrotherRor. My Father's Love is enough Dukes were Namesakes ; and
to honour him enough;] This One call’d the Old, and the Reply to the Clown, is in all the Other the Younger Frederick ; Books placed to Rosalind ; but and, without some such AuthoFrederick was not her Father, but rity, it would make Confusion to Celia's : I have therefore ven- fuppose it. THEOBALD. wr'd to prefix the Name of Celia. Mr. Tbeobald seems not to There is no Countenance from know that the Dramatis Perfonæ . any Paffage in the Play, or from were first 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. Gel. By my troth, thou say'st true; for since the lit
. tle wit that fools have was silenced', the little foolery that wise men have makes a great show: here comes Monsieur Le Beu.
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 loft much good Sport.
Cel. Sport; of what colour?
Le Beu. What colour, Madam? How shall I answer you?
Rof. As wit and fortune will.
- since the little wit that
Laid on with a trowel.] fools bave was filenc'd.] Shake. I suppose the meaning is, that Ipeare probably alludes to the use there is too heavy a mass of big of fools or jefters, who for some words laid upon a flight subject. ages had been allowed in all 3 You amaze me, ladies.] To courts an unbridled liberty of amaze, here, is not to astonish or censure and mockery, and about frike with wonder, but to perthis time began to be less tole- plex; to confuse ; as, to put out rated.
of the intended narrative.
told 4 With Bills on their necks: ment of war, and he turns it to Be it'known unto all men by these an instrument of law of the same prelents;] The ladies and the name, beginning with these
told you' of good wrestling, which you have lost the
Ros. Yet tell us the manner of the wrestling.
Le Beu. 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.
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 ;
Ros. With bills on their necks: Be it known untö all men by these presents 4,
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 served 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.
-, fool, according to the mode of words : so that they must be wit at that time, are at a kind given to him. WARBURTON. of crofs 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 jocularity, it is ferent 'meaningAs 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 see why Rorepliesözhou-loje;t thy old smell: 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 shoulders, Clorun, to be quits with her, puts and I believe the whole conceit in, Know all men by thejë pre- is in the poor resemblance of Jents. She spoke of an instru- presence and presents.
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 wiler 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 s is there any else longs to see this broken mufick 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. Yonder, sure, they are coming. Let us now stay and see it.
Charles, and Attendants.
Duke. Come on. Since the Youth will not be entreated, his own peril on his forwardness.
Rof. Is yonder the man?
is there any else longs to experiment. So we say every sé e this broken-music in his fides?] day, fee if the water be hot ; I A stupid error in the copies. will see which is the best time ; They are talking here of some he has tried, and sees that the who had their rib's broke in cannot lift it. In this sense fee wrestling: and the pleasantry of may be here used. The sufferer Rosalind's repartee must consift can, with no propriety, be said in the allusion she makes to to set the mufick; neither is the composing in musick. It neceffa- allusion to the act of tuning an rily follows therefore, that the instrument, or pricking a tune, poet wrote-set this broken one of which must be meant by. mufick in bis fides.
serting musick. Rosalind hints at WARBURTON. a whimsical fimilitude between If any change were necessary the series of ribs gradually I fhould write, feel this broken shortening, and some musical mufick, for see. But see is the instruments, and therefore calls colloquial term for perceptionor broken ribs, broken mufick.
Le Beu. Even he, Madam,
Cel. Alas, he is too young; yet he looks fuccefffully.
Duke. How now, Daughter and Cousin ; are you crept hither to see the wrestling ?
Rof. 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 fain dissuade 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.
call for you.
Orl. I attend them with all respect and duty.
Rof. Young man, have you challenged 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
saw yourself with your own eyes o; or knew yourself with your judgment, the fear of your adventure would counsel you to a more equal enterprize. We
pray you, for your own sake, to einbrace your own safety, and give over this attempt.
* Sir T. Hanmer. In the old impartial judgment, you would Edicions, the man.
forbear. WARBURTON. - If you saw yourself I cannot find the absurdity of with your eyes, or knew yourself the present reading. If you were with your judgment. ] Absurd ! not blinded and intoxicated, says The sense requires that we should the princess, with the spirit of read, ou Reyes, and our judgment. enterprise, if you could use your The argument is, Your spirits are own eyes to see, or your own too bold, and therefore your judg. judgment to know yourself, the ment deceives you ; but did you see fear of your adventure would and know yourself with our more counsel you.