Two Noble Kinsmen
Act 2, Scene 5
Athens. An open place.
- This short flourish of cornets, and shouts within. Enter
- Theseus, Hippolyta, Pirithous, Emilia, Arcite disguised,
- with a garland, etc.
Theseus4 - 7
- You have done worthily. I have not seen,
- Since Hercules, a man of tougher sinews.
- What e’er you are, you run the best, and wrestle,
- That these times can allow.
- I am proud to please you.
- What country bred you?
- This; but far off, prince.
- Are you a gentleman?
Arcite12 - 13
- My father said so;
- And to those gentle uses gave me life.
- Are you his heir?
- His youngest, sir.
Theseus16 - 17
- Your father
- Sure is a happy sire then. What proves you?
Arcite18 - 23
- A little of all noble qualities:
- I could have kept a hawk, and well have hollow’d
- To a deep cry of dogs; I dare not praise
- My feat in horsemanship, yet they that knew me
- Would say it was my best piece; last, and greatest,
- I would be thought a soldier.
- You are perfect.
- Upon my soul, a proper man!
- He is so.
- How do you like him, lady?
Hippolyta28 - 30
- I admire him;
- I have not seen so young a man so noble
- (If he say true) of his sort.
Emilia31 - 33
- His mother was a wondrous handsome woman,
- His face, methinks, goes that way.
Hippolyta34 - 35
- But his body
- And fiery mind illustrate a brave father.
Pirithous36 - 37
- Mark how his virtue, like a hidden sun,
- Breaks through his baser garments.
- He’s well got sure.
- What made you seek this place, sir?
Arcite40 - 44
- Noble Theseus,
- To purchase name, and do my ablest service
- To such a well-found wonder as thy worth,
- For only in thy court, of all the world,
- Dwells fair-ey’d honor.
- All his words are worthy.
Theseus46 - 48
- Sir, we are much indebted to your travel,
- Nor shall you lose your wish. Pirithous,
- Dispose of this fair gentleman.
Pirithous49 - 54
- Thanks, Theseus.—
- What e’er you are, y’ are mine, and I shall give you
- To a most noble service—to this lady,
- This bright young virgin. Pray observe her goodness.
- You have honor’d her fair birthday with your virtues,
- And as your due y’ are hers. Kiss her fair hand, sir.
Arcite55 - 60
- Sir, y’ are a noble giver. Dearest beauty,
- Thus let me seal my vow’d faith.
- Kisses Emilia’s hand.
- When your servant
- (Your most unworthy creature) but offends you,
- Command him die, he shall.
Emilia61 - 63
- That were too cruel.
- If you deserve well, sir, I shall soon see’t.
- Y’ are mine, and somewhat better than your rank I’ll use you.
Pirithous64 - 66
- I’ll see you furnish’d, and because you say
- You are a horseman, I must needs entreat you
- This afternoon to ride, but ’tis a rough one.
Arcite67 - 68
- I like him better, prince, I shall not then
- Freeze in my saddle.
Theseus69 - 74
- Sweet, you must be ready,
- And you, Emilia, and you, friend, and all,
- Tomorrow, by the sun, to do observance
- To flow’ry May, in Dian’s wood. Wait well, sir,
- Upon your mistress. Emily, I hope
- He shall not go afoot.
Emilia75 - 79
- That were a shame, sir,
- While I have horses.—Take your choice, and what
- You want at any time, let me but know it.
- If you serve faithfully, I dare assure you
- You’ll find a loving mistress.
Arcite80 - 82
- If I do not,
- Let me find that my father ever hated,
- Disgrace and blows.
Theseus83 - 88
- Go lead the way; you have won it.
- It shall be so; you shall receive all dues
- Fit for the honor you have won; ’twere wrong else.
- Sister, beshrew my heart, you have a servant
- That if I were a woman, would be master,
- But you are wise.
- I hope too wise for that, sir.
- Flourish. Exeunt omnes.