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Le Beau. 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.
Flourish. Enter Duke FREDERICK, Lords, ORLANDO, CHARLES, and Attendants.
Duke F. Come on; since the youth will not be entreated, his own peril on his forwardness.
Ros. Is yonder the man?
Le Beau. Even he, madam.
Cel. Alas, he is too young: yet he looks successfully. Duke F. How now, daughter, and cousin! are you crept hither to see the wrestling?
Ros. Ay, my liege, so please you give us leave.
Duke F. 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 Beau.
Le Beau. Monsieur the challenger, the princesses call for
Orl. I attend them, with all respect and duty. Ros. Young man, have you challenged Charles the wrestler ?
Orl. 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 eyes, or knew yourself with your judgement, the fear of your adventure would counsel you to a more equal enterprise. We pray you, for your own sake, to embrace safety, and give over this attempt.
Ros. 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.
Orl. 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 foiled, there is but one shamed that was never gracious; if killed, but one dead that is willing to be so 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.
Ros. The little strength that I have, I would it were with you.
Cel. And mine, to eke out hers.
Ros. Fare you well. Pray heaven, I be deceived in you!
Cel. Your heart's desires be with you.
Cha. Come, where is this young gallant, that is so desirous to lie with his mother earth?
Orl. Ready, sir; but his will hath in it a more modest working.
Duke F. 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.
Orl. You mean to mock me after; you should not have mocked me before: but come your ways.
Ros. Now, Hercules be thy speed, young man ! Cel. I would I were invisible, to catch the strong fellow by the leg. [CHARLES and ORLANDO wrestle.
Ros. O excellent young man!
Cel. If I had a thunderbolt in mine eye, I can tell who should down. [CHARLES is thrown. Shout.
Duke F. No more, no more.
Orl. Yes, I beseech your grace; I am not yet well
Duke F. How dost thou, Charles?
Le Beau. He cannot speak, my lord.
What is thy name, young man?
[CHARLES is borne out!
Orl. Orlando, my liege; the youngest son of sir Rowland de Bois.
Duke F. I would, thou hadst been son to some man
The world esteem'd thy father honourable,
But I did find him still mine enemy:
Thou shouldst have better pleas'd me with this deed,
But fare thee well; thou art a gallant youth;
[Exeunt Duke FRED. train, and LE BEAU.
Cel. Were I my father, coz, would I do this?
Ros. My father lov'd sir Rowland as his soul,
I should have given him tears unto entreaties,
But justly, as you have exceeded promise,
[Giving him a chain from her neck.
Wear this for me; one out of suits with fortune;
That could give
Shall we go, coz ?
more, but that her hand lacks
Ay:-Fare you well, fair gentleman
Orl. Can I not say, I thank you? My better parts Are all thrown down; and that which here stands up, Is but a quintain, a mere lifeless block.
Ros. He calls us back: My pride fell with my fortunes: I'll ask him what he would :-Did you call, sir ?— Sir, you have wrestled well, and overthrown
More than your enemies.
Will you go, coz.
Ros. Have with you :-
[Exeunt ROSALIND and CELIA.
Orl. What passion hangs these weights upon my
I cannot speak to her, yet she urg'd conference.
Re-enter LE BEAU.
O poor Orlando! thou art overthrown;
Or Charles, or something weaker, masters thee.
Le Beau. Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you To leave this place: Albeit you have deserv'd High commendation, true applause, and love Yet such is now the duke's condition,
That he misconstrues all that you have done.
Le Beau. Neither his daughter, if we judge by
But yet, indeed, the shorter is his daughter:
But that the people praise her for her virtues,
I shall desire more love and knowledge of you.