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Monologues for Men

BAST.

But wherefore do you droop? why look you sad?

Be great in act, as you have been in thought.

Let not the world see fear and sad distrust

Govern the motion of a kingly eye.

Be stirring as the time, be fire with fire,

Threaten the threat’ner, and outface the brow

Of bragging horror; so shall inferior eyes,

That borrow their behaviors from the great,

Grow great by your example and put on

The dauntless spirit of resolution.

Away, and glister like the god of war

When he intendeth to become the field.

Show boldness and aspiring confidence.

What, shall they seek the lion in his den,

And fright him there? and make him tremble there?

O, let it not be said! Forage, and run

To meet displeasure farther from the doors,

And grapple with him ere he come so nigh.

Shall we, upon the footing of our land,

Send fair-play orders and make compremise,

Insinuation, parley, and base truce

To arms invasive? Shall a beardless boy,

A cock’red silken wanton, brave our fields,

And flesh his spirit in a warlike soil,

Mocking the air with colors idlely spread,

And find no check? Let us, my liege, to arms.

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