Young man, have you challenged Charles
Young man, have you challenged Charles the wrestler?
No, fair princess. He is the general challenger.
I come but in as others do, to try with him the
strength of my youth.
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 judgment, the fear of your adventure
would counsel you to a more equal enterprise.
We pray you for your own sake to embrace your
own safety and give over this attempt.
But let your fair eyes and gentle wishes
go with me to my trial
Do, young sir. Your reputation shall not
therefore be misprized. We will make it our suit to
the Duke that the wrestling might not go forward.
I beseech you, punish me not with your hard
thoughts, wherein I confess me much guilty to deny
so fair and excellent ladies anything. 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.
The little strength that I have, I would it
were with you.
And mine, to eke out hers.
Fare you well. Pray heaven I be deceived in you.
Your heart’s desires be with you.