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Love hath chas'd sleep from my enthralled eyes,
And made them watchers of mine own heart’s sorrow.
O gentle Proteus, love's a mighty lord;
And hath so humbled ine, as I confess,
There is no woe to his correction,
Nor, to his service, no such joy on earth !
Now, no discourse, except it be of love ;
Now can I break my fast, dine, sup, and sleep,
Upon the very naked name of love.
Pro, Enough ; I read your fortune in your eye :
was this the mol that you worship,so
Val. Even she and is she not a heavenly saint :
Pro. No ; but she is an earthly paragon.
Val. Call her divine.
Pro. I will not flatter her.
Val. 0, flatter me ; for love delights in praises.
Pro. When I was sick, you gave me bitter pills;
And I must minister the like to you.
Val. Then speak the truth by her; if not divine,
Yet let her be a principality,
Sovereign to all the creatures on the earth.
Pro. Except my mistress.
Val. Sweet, except not any ;
Except thou wilt except against my love.
Pro. Have I not reason to prefer mine own
Val. And I will help thee to prefer her too :
She shall be dignified with this high honour, -
To bear my lady's train : lest the base earth
Should from her vesture chance to steal a kiss,
And, of so great a favour growing proud,
Disdain to root the summer-swelling flower,
And make rough winter everlasting. -
Pro. Why, Valentine, what braggardism is this 2
Wal. Pardon me, Proteus ; all I can, is nothing
To her, whose worth makes other worthies nothing;
She is alone.
Pro. Then let her alone. town ;
Wal. Not for the world : why, man, she is mine
And I as rich in having such a jewel,
As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl,
The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.
Forgive me, that I do not dream on thee,
Because thou seest me dote upon my love.
My foolish rival, that her father likes,
Only for his possessions are so huge,
Is gone with her along ; and I must after,
For love, thou know'st, is full of jealousy.
Pro. But she loves you ?
loan. Ay, and we are betroth'd;
Nay, more, our marriage hour,
With all the cunning manner of our flight,
Determin'd of: how I must climb her window ;
The ladder made of cords; and all the means
Plotted; and 'greed on, for my happiness.
Good Proteus, go with me to my chamber,
In these affairs, to aid me with thy counsel.
Pro. Go on before ; I shall inquire you forth :
I must unto the road, to disembark
Some necessaries that I needs must use ;
And then I'll presently attend you.
! al. Will you make haste t
Pro. I wiłs.—
Even as one heat another heat expels,
Or as one nail by strength drives out another,
So the remembrance of my former love
Is by a newer object quite forgotten.
Is it mine eye, or Valentinus’ praise,
Her true perfection, or my false transgression,
‘that makes me, reason less, to reason thus t
She’s fair ; and so is Julia, that I love;—
That I did love, for now my love is thaw'd ;
Which, like a waxen image 'gainst a fire,
Bears no impression of the thing it was.
Methinks, my zeal to Valentine is cold ;
And that I love him not, as I was wont :
O ! but I love his lady too, too much ;
And that’s the reason i love him so little.
How shall I dote on her with more advice,
That thus without advice begin to love her
'Tis but her picture I have yet beheld,
And that hath dazzled my reason's light;
But when I look on her perfections,
There is no reason but I shall be blind.
If I can check in y erring love, I will ;
If not, to compass her I’ll use my skill. C Exit.

SCENE W. The same. A Street.

Enter Speed and Launce.

Speed. Launce 1 by mine honesty, welcome to Milan.

Laun. Forswear not thyself, sweet youth ; for I am

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not welcome. I reckon this always—that a man is never undone, till he be hanged ; nor never welcome to a place, till, some certain shot be paid, and the hostess say, welcome. Speed. Conse on, you mad-cap, I’ll to the alehouse with you presently ; where for one shot of five pence thou shalt, have five thousand welcomes. But, sirrah, how did thy master part with madam Julia Laun. Marry, after they closed in earnest, they parted very fairly in jest. Speed. But shall she marry him Laun. No. Speed. How then Shall he marry her t Laun. No, neither. Speed. What, are they broken f Laun. No, they are both as whole as a fish. Speed. Why them, how stands the matter with them? Laun. Marry, thus ; when it stands well with him, it stands well with her. Speed. What an ass art thou ! I understand thee not. Laun. What a block art thou, that thou canst not : My staff understands me. Speed. What thou say'st Laun. Ay, and what I do too : look thee, I’ll but lean, and my staff understands me. Speed. It stands under thee, indeed. Laun. Why, stand under and understand is all one. Speed. But tell me true, will’t be a match { Laun. Ask my dog : if he say, ay, it will ; if he say, no, it will ; if he shake his tail, and say nothing, it will. Speed. The conclusion is then, that it will. Laun. Thou shalt never get such a secret from me, but by a parable. Speed. 'Tis well that I get it so. But, Launce, how say’st thou, that my master is become a notable lover? Laun. I never knew him otherwise. Speed. Than how ! Laun. A notable lubber, as thou reportest him to be. Speed. Why, thou whoreson ass, thou mistakest me. Laun. Why, fool, I meant not thee; I meant thy master. Speed. I tell thee, my master is become a hot lover. Laun. Why, I tell thee, I care not though he burn himself in love. If thou wift go with me to the alehouse, so; if not, thou art an isi. a Jew, and not worth the name of a Christian. Speed. Why? Laun. Because, thou hast not so much charity in thee, as to go to the ale with a Christian : Wiit thou of g speed. At thy service. [Exeunt.

SCENE WI. The same. An Apartment in the Palace.

Enter Proteus.

Pro. To leave my Julia, shall I be forsworn; To love fair Silvia, shall I be forsworn ; To wrong my friend, I shall be much forsworn; And even that power, which gave me first my oath, Provokes me to this threefold perjury. Love bade me swear, and love bids me forswear: O sweet suggesting love, if thou hast sinn'd, Teach me, thy tempted subject, to excuse it. At first I did adore a twinkling star, But now I worship a celestial sun. Unheedful vows may heedfully be broken. And he wants wit, that wants resolved will To learn his wit to’ exchange the bad for better.— Fie, fie, unreverend tongue! to call her bad, Whose sovereignty so oft thou hast preferr'd With twenty thousand soul-confirming oaths. I cannot leave to love, and yet I do ; But there i leave to love, where i should love. Julia I lose, and Valentine I lose; If I keep them, I needs inust lose myself; If I lose them, thus find I by their loss, For Valentine, myself; for julia, Silvia. I to myself am dearer than a friend; For love is still more precious in itself: And Silvia, witness heaven, that made her fair : Shows Julia but a swarthy Ethiope. I will forget that Julia is alive, Rememb’ring that my love to her is dead; And Valentime I’ll hold an enemy, Aiming at Silvia as a sweeter friend. I cannot now prove constant to myself, Without some treachery used to Valentine:— This night, he meaneth with a corded ladder To climb celestial Silvia's chamber-window; Myself in counsel, his competitor:

Now presently I’ll give her father notice
Of their disguising, and pretended flight;
Who, all enraged, will banish Walentine;
For Thurio, he intends, shall wed his daughter:
But, Walentine being gone, I’ll quickly cross,
By some sly trick, blunt Thurio's dull proceeding.
Love, lend me wings to make my purpose swift,
As thou hast lent me wit to plot this drift! [Exit.

scENE Wii. A Room in Julia's House.

Enter Julia and Lucetta.

Jul. Counsel, Lucetta; gentle girl, assist me ! And, even in kind love, I do conjure thee,_ Who art the table wherein all my thoughts Are visibly character'd and engrav’d,— To lesson me: and tell me some good mean, How, with my honour, I may undertake A journey to my loving Proteus. Luc. Alas! the way is wearisome and long. Jul. A true-devoted pilgrim is not weary To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps; Much less shall she, that hath love's wings to fly; And when the flight is made to one so dear, Of such divine persection, as sir Proteus. Luc. Better forbear, till Proteus make return. Jul. O, know'st thou not, his looks are my soul's Pity the dearth that I have pined in, [food? By longing for that food so long a time. Didst thou but know the inly touch of love, Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow, As seek to quench the fire of love with words. Luc. I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire; But qualify the fire's extreme rage, Lest it should burn above the bounds of reason. Jul. The more thou dam'st it up, the more it burns; The current that with gentle murmur glides, Thou know'st, being stopp'd, impatiently doth rage; But, when his fair course is not hindered, He makes sweet music with the” enamel'd stones, Giving a gentle kiss to every sedge He overtaketh in his pilgrimage; And so by many winding nooks he strays, With willing sport, to #. wild ocean. Then let me go, and hinder not my course : I’ll be as patient as a gentle stream, And make a pastine of each weary step, Till the last step have brought me to my love; And there I’ll rest, as, after much turmoil, A blessed soul doth in Eiysium. Lue. But in what habit will you go along? Jul. Not like a woman; for I would prevent The loose encounters of lascivious men: Gentle Lucetta, fit me with such weeds As may beseen some well-reputed page. Luc. Why then your ladyship must cut your hair. Jul. No, girl; I'll knit it up in silken strings, With twenty odd-conceited true-love knots: To be fantastic may become a youth Of greater time than I shall show to be. [breeches? Luc. What fashion, madam, shall I make your Jul. That fits as well, as-' tell me, good my lord, What compass will you wear your farthingale'?” Why, even that fashion thou best lik'st, Lucetta. Luc. You must needs have them with a cod-piece, madam. Jul. Out, out, Lucetta that will be ill-favour’d. Luc. A round hose, madan, nuw’s not worth a pin, Unless you have a cod-piece to stick pins on. Jul. Lucetta, as thou lov'st me, let me have What thou think'st meet, and is most mannerly: But tell me, wench, how will the world repute me, For undertaking so unstaid a journey? I fear me, it will make me scandaliz'd. Luc. If you think so, then stay at home, and go not. Jul. Nay, that I will not. Luc. Then never dream on infamy, but go. If Proteus like your journey when you come, No matter who’s displeas'd when you are gone: I fear me, he will scarce be pleas'd withal. Ju/. That is the least, Lucetta, of my fear: A thousand oaths, an ocean of his tears, And instances as infinite of love, Warrant me welcome to my Proteus. Luc. All these are servants to deceitful men. Jul. Base men, that use them to so base effect But truer stars did govern Proteus’ birth; His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles; His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate; His tears, pure messengers sent from his heart; His heart as far from fraud, as heaven from earth.

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Duke. Sir Thurio, give us leave, I pray awhile; We have some secrets to confer about.— [ Exit Thurio. Now, tell me, Proteus, what’s your will with me ! Pro. My gracious lord, that which I would discover, The law of frieudship bids me to conceal: But, when I call to mind your gracious favours Done to me, undeserving as I am, My duty pricks me on to utter that Which else no worldly good should draw from me. Know, worthy prince, sir Valentine, my friend, This night intends to steal away your daughter; Myself am one made privy to the plot. I know, you have determin'd to bestow her On Thurio, whom your gentle daughter hates; And should she thus be stolen away from you, It would be much vexation to your age. Thus, for my duty’s sake, I rather chose To cross my friend in his intended drift, Than, by concealing it, heap on your head A pack of sorrows, which would press you down, Being unprevented, to your timeless grave. Duke. Proteus, I thank thee for thine honest care; Which to requite, command me while I live. This love of theirs myself have often seen, Haply when they have judg’d me fast asleep; And often times have purpos’d to forbid Sir Valentine her company, and my court. But, fearing lest my jealous aim might err, And so, unworthily disgrace the man, (A rashness that I ever yet have shuun'd,) I gave him gentle looks; thereby to find That whichthyself hast now disclos'd to me. And, that thou may’st perceive my fear of this, Knowing that tender youth is soon suggested, I mightly lodge her in an upper tower, The key whereof myself have ever kept: And thence she cannot be convey'd away. Pro. Know, noble lord, they have devis’d a mean How he her chamber-window will ascend, And with a corded ladder fetch her down; For which the youthful lover now is gone, And this way comes he with it presently; Where, if it please you, you may intercept him. But, good my lord, do it so corningly, That my discovery be act aimed at ; For love of you, not hate unto my friend, Hath made ine publisher of this pretence. Duke. Upon mine honour, he shall never know That I had any light from thee of this. Pro. Adieu, my lord; sir Valentine is coming. [Exit. Enter Valentine. Duke. Sir Valentine, whithe, away so fast? Wal. Please it your grace, there is a messenger That stays to bear my letters to my friends, And I am going to deliver them, Duke. Be they of much import? Was. The tenor of then doth but signify My health, and happy being at your court. Tuke. Nay, then no matter; stay with me awhile; I am to break with thee of some affairs, That touch me near, wherein thou must be secret. "Tis not unknown to thee, that I have sought To match my friend, sir Thurio, to my daughter. Val. I know it well, my lord; and, sure, the match Were rich and honourable; besides, the gentleman Is full of virtue, bounty, worth, and qualities Beseeming such a wife as your fair daughter: Cannot your grace win her to fancy him?

Duke. No, trust me; she is peevish, sullen, froward, Proud, disobedient, stubborn, lacking duty; Neither regarding that she is my child, Nor fearing me as if I were her father; And, may I say to thee, this pride of hers, Upon advice, hath drawn my love from her; And, where I thought the remnant of mine age Should have been chemish’d by her child-like duty, I now am sull resolved to take a wife, And turn her out to who will take her in : Then let her beauty be her wedding-dower; For me and my possessions she esteems not. Val. What would your grace have me to do in this? Duke. There is a lady, sir, in Milan here, Whom I affect; but she is nice and coy, And nought esteems my aged eloquence: Now, therefore, would I have thee to my tutor (For long agone I have forgot to court: Besides, the fashion of the time is chang'd ;) How, and which way, I may bestow myself, To be regarded in her sun-bright eye. Fal. Win her with gifts, if she respect not words; Dumb jewels, often, in their silent kind, More than quick words, do move a woman’s mind. Duke. But she did scorn a present that I sent her. Pal. A woman sometimes scorms what best contents Send her another; never give her o’er; ther. For scorn at first makes after-love the more. If she do frown, 'tis not in hate of you, But rather to beget more love in you : If she do chide, 'tis not to have you gone; For why, the fools are mad, if left alone. Take no repulse, whatever she doth say; For, get you gone, she doth not mean, array : Flatter, and praise, commend, extol their graces; Though ne’er so black, say, they have angels' faces. That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man, If with his tongue he cannot win a woman. Dute. But she, I mean, is promis'd by her friends Unto a youthful gentleman of worth; And kept severely from resort of men, That no man hath access by day to her. Val. Why then I would resort to her by night. Duke. Ay, but the doors be lock'd, and keys kept safe, That no man hath recourse to her by night. Wal. What lets, but one may enter at her window ! Duke. Her chamber is aloft, far from the ground; And built so shelving that one cannot climb it Without apparent hazard of his life. Val. Why then, a ladder, quaintly made of cords, To cast up with a pair of anchoring hooks, Would serve to scale another Hero's tower, So bold Leander would adventure it. Bute. Now, as thou art a gent eman of blood, Advise me where I may have such a ladder. Kal. When would you use it pray, sir, tell me that. Duke. This very might; for love is like a child, That longs for everything that he can come by. Kal. By seven o'clock I'll get you such a ladder. Duke. But, hark thee; I will go to her alone; How shall I best convey the ladder thither? Wal. It will be light, my lord, that you may bear it Under a cloak, that is of any length. Puše. A cloak as long as thine will serve the turn ? Yal, Ay, my good lord. Duke. Then let me see thy cloak; , I'll get me one of such another length. Val. Why, any cloak will serve the turn, my lord. Duke. How shali i fashion me to wear a cloak 2– I pray thee, let me feel thy cloak upon me; What letter is this same What's here?–To Silvia * And here an engine fit for my proceeding ! I’ll be so bold to break the seal for once. [Reads. My thoughts do harbour with my Silvia nightly; And slaves they are to me, that send them flying : O, could their master come and go as tightly, Himself could lodge, where senseless they are lying. My herald thoughts in thy pure bosom rest them, While, I, their king, that thither them importune, Do curse the grace that with such grace hath bless’u them, Because myself do trant my servants' fortune : I curse myself, for they are sent by me, That they should harbour where their lord should be. What’s here * Silvia, this night I will enfranchise thee; 'Tis so; and here's the ladder for the purpose.-Why, Phaeton, (for thou art Merop's son,) Wilt thou aspire to guide the heavenly car, And with thy daring folly burn the world?

Wilt thou reach stars because they shine on thee?
Go, base intruder over-weening slavel
Bestow, thy fawning smiles on equal mates;
And think my patience, more than thy desert,
Is privilege for thy departure hence:
Thank me for this, more than for all the favours,
Which all too much I have bestow'd on thee.
But if thou linger in my territories,
Longer than swiftest expedition
Wils give thee time to seave our royal court,
By heaven, my wrath shall far exceed the love
I ever bore my daughter, or thyself.
He gone, I will not hearthy vain excuse,
But, as thou lov'st thy life, make speed from hence.
[Exit.
Val. And why not death, rather than living torment?
To die, is to be banish’d from myself;
And Silvia is myself: banish’d from her,
Is self from self; a deadly banishment
What light is light, is Silvia be not seen 2
What joy, is joy, if Silvia be not by ?
Unless it be to think that she is by,
And feed upon the shadow of perfection.
Except I be by Silvia in the night,
There is no music in the nightingale;
Unless I look on Silvia in the day,
There is no day for me to look upon :
She is my essence; and I leave to be,
If I be not by her fair influence
Foster'd, illumin'd, cherish'd, kept alive.
I fly not death, to fly his deadly doom :
Tarry I here, I but attend on death;
But, fly I hence, I fly away from life.

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Pro. Run, boy, run, run, and seek him out.

Lawn. So-ho so-ho

Pro. What seest thou?

Laun. Him we go to find : there’s not a hair on's head, but ’tis a v.s.l.

Pro. Valentine t

} al. No.

Pro. Who then his spirit?

Val. Neither.

Pro. What then f

Val. Nothing.

Laun. Can nothing speak 2 master, shall I strike?

Pro. Whom wouldst thou strike?

Laun. Nothing.

Pro. Willain, forbear.

Laun...Why, sir, I’ll strike nothing: I pray you,

Pro. Sirrah, I say, forbear. friend Valentine, a word.

Val. Myears are stopp'd, and cannot hear good news, So much of bad already hath possess'd them.

Pro. Then in dumb silence will I bury mine, For they are harsh, untunable, and bad.

Val. Is Silvia dead t

Pro. No, Valentine.

Val. No Walentine, indeed, for sacred Silvia 1– Hath she forsworn me?

Pro. No, Valentine.

Val. No Valentine, if Silvia hath forsworn me!— What is your news t

Laun. Sir, there’s a proclamation that you are va

mish’d.

Pro. That thou art banish'd, O that's the news; From hence, from Silvia, and from me thy friend.

} al. O, I have fel upon this woe already, And now excess of it will make me surfeit. Doth Silvia know that I am banish’d

Pro. Ay, ay ; and she hath offer'd to the doom (Which, unrevers'd, stands in effectual force) A sea of melting pearl, which some call tears : Those at her father’s churiish feet she tender'd ; With them, upon her knees, her humble self; Wringing her hands, whose whiteness so became them, As if but now they waxed pale for woe: But neither bended knees, pure hands held up, Sad sighs, deep groans, nor silver-shedding tears, Çould penetrate her uncompassionate sire; But Valentine, if he be ta'en, must die, Besides, her intercession chaf’d him so, When she for thy repeal was suppliant, That to close prison he commanded her, With many bitter threats of 'hiding there.

Val. No more; unless the next word, that thou Have some malignant power upon my life: [speak’st, If so, I pray thee, breathe it in mine ear, As ending anthem of my endless dolour.

Pro. Cease to lament for that thou canst not help, And study help for that which thou lament'st.

Time is the nurse and breeder of all good. Here if thou stay, thou canst not see thy love; Besides, thy staying will abridge thy life. Hope is a lover's staff; walk hence with that, And manage it against despairing thoughts. Thy letters may be here, though thou art hence; Which, being writ to me, shall be deliver'd Even in the milk-white bosom of thy love. The time now serves not to expostulate. Come, I’ll convey thee through the city gate; And, ere I part with thee, confer at large Of all that may concern thy love-affairs: As thou lov'st Silvia, though not for thyself, Regard thy danger, and along with me. Wal. I pray thee, Launce, an is thou seest my boy, Bid him make haste, and meet me at the north-gate. Pro. Go, sirrah, find him out. Come, Walentine. Val. O my dear Silvia hapless Valentine! f Exeunt Val. and Pro. Laun. I am but a fool, look you; and yet I have the wit to think, my master is a kind of knave, but that’s all one, if he be but one knave. He lives not now, that knows me to be in love: yet I am in love; but a team of horse shall not pluck that from me ; nor who 'tis I love, and yet 'tis a woman: but what woman, I will not tell myself; and yet 'tis a milk maid : yet ’tis not a maid, for she hath had gossips: yet ’tis a maid, for she is her master's maid, and serves for wages. She hath more qualities than a water-spaniel,-which is much in a bare Christian. Here is the cat-log [Pulling out a Paper] of her conditions. Impriinis, she can fetch and carry. Why, a horse can do no more; nay, a horse cannot fetch, but only carry; therefore, is she better than a jade. Item; she can milk; look you, a sweet virtue in a maid with clean hands.

Enter Speed.

Speed. How now, signior Launce? what news with your mastership Laun. With my master's ship why, it is at sea. Speed. Well, your old vice still ; mistake the word: what news then in your paper? Lawn. The blackest news that ever thou heard’st. Speed. Why, man, how black t Laun. Why, as black as ink. Speed. Let me read them. Laun. Fie on thee, jolt-head ; thou canst not read. Speed. Thou liest, I can. Laun. I will try thee: tell me this: who begot thee? Speed. Marry, the son of my grandfather. Laun. 9 illiterate loiterer! it was the son of thy grandmother: this proves that thou canst not read. Speed. Come, fool, come : try me in thy paper. Laun. There ; and saint Nicholas be thy speed Speed. Imprimis, She can milk. Laun. Ay, that she can. Speed. Item, She bretrs good ale. Laun. And thereof comes the proverb, Blessing of your heart, you brew good ale. Speed. Item, She can sew. Laun. That's as much as to say, Can she so? Speed. Item, she can knit. Laun. What need a man care for a stock with a wench, when she can knit him a stock Speed. Item, she can rash and scour. Laun. A special virtue; for then she need not be washed and scoured. Speed. Item, she can spin. Laun. Then may I set the world on wheels, when she can spin for her living. speed. Item, she hath many nameless virtues. Laun. That's as much as to say, bastard virtues; that, indeed, know not their fathers, and therefore have no names. Speed. Here follow her vices. Laun. Close at the heels of her virtues. Speed. Item, She is not to be kiss'd fasting, in respect of her breath. Laun. Well, that fault may be mended with a breakfast: read on. speed. Item, she hath a street mouth. Laun. That makes amends for her sour breath. speed. Item, she sloth talk in her sleep. Laun. It’s no matter for that, so she sleep not in her talk. Speed. Item, she is slow in words. Laun. Q villain, that set this down among her vices ! To be slow in words, is a woman's only virtue : I pray thee out with’t; and place it for her chief virtue.

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Laun. Out with that too; it was Eve's legacy, and cannot be ta'en from her. Speed. Item, She hath no teeth. Laun. I care not for that neither, because i love crusts. Speed. Item, She is curst. Laun. Weil; the best is, she hath no teeth to bite. Speed. Item, She will often praise her liquor. Laun. If her liquor be good, she shall: if she will not, I wiii.; for good things should be praised. Speed. Item, She is too liberal. Laun. Of her tongue she cannot; for that's writ down she is slow of ; of her purse she shall not; for that I’ll keep shut: now, of another thing she may : and that I cannot help. Well, proceed. Speed. Item, She hath more hair than wit, and more faults than hairs, and more ocealth than faults. Laton. Stop there; I’ll have her: she was mine and not mine, twice or thrice, in that last article: rehearse that once more. Speed. Item, She hath more hair than writ, Laun. More hair than wit, it may be; iii prove it: the cover of the salt hides the sast, and therefore it is more than the salt; the hair that covers the wit, is more than the wit; for the greater hides the less. What’s next : Speed.—And more faults than hairs, Laun. That’s monstrous : 0, that that were out! Speed.—And more wealth than faults. Laun. Why, that word makes the faults gracious: well, I'll have her: and if it be a match, as nothing is impossible, Speed. What then Laun. Why, then I will tell thee, that thy master stays for thee at the north-gate. speed. For me? Laun. For thee! ay; who art thout he hath staid for a better man than thee. Speed. And must I go to him * Laun. Thou must run to him, for thou hast staid so long, that going will scarce serve the turn. Speed. Why didst not tell me sooner: 'pox of your love-letters! [ Exit. Laun. Now will he be swinged for reading my letter: an unmannerly slave, that will thrust himself into secrets!—I'll atter, to rejoice in the boy's correction. [Exit.

scene it. The same. A Room in the duke’s Palace.

Enter Duke and Thurio; Proteus behind.

Duke. Sir Thurio, fear not, but that she will love you, Now Valentine is banish’d from her sight. Thu. Since his exile she hath despis'd me most, Forsworn my company, and rail'd at me, That I am desperate of obtaining her. Duke. This weak, impress of love is as a figure Trenched in ice; which with an hour's heat Dissolves to water, and doth lose his form. A little time will melt her frozen thoughts, And worthless Valentine shall be forgot.— How now, sir Proteus' Is your countryman, According to our proclamation, gone t Pro. Gone, my good lord. Duke. My laughter takes his going grievously. Pro. A little time, my lord, will kili that grief. Duke. So I believe; but Thurio thinks not so.Proteus, the good conceit I hold of thee, (For thou hast shown some sign of good desert), Makes me the better to confer with thee. Pro. Longer than I prove loyal to your grace, Let me not live to look upon your grace. Duke. Thou know'st, how willingly I would effect The match between sir Thurio and my daughter, Pro. I do, my lord. Duke. And also, I think, thou art not ignorant How she opposes her against my will. Pro. She did, my lord, when Valentine was here. Duke. Ay, and . she persevers so. What might we do, to make the girl forget The love of Valentine, and love sir Thurio ! Pro. The best way is to slander Valentine With falsehood, cowardice, and poor descent; Three things that women highly hold in hate. Duke. Ay, but she'll think, that it is spoke in hate, Pro. Ay, if his enemy deliver it: Therefore it must, with circumstance, be spoken by one, whom she estee meth as his friend. Duke. Then you must undertake to slander him. Pro. And that, my lord, I shall be loth to do :

'Tis an ill office for a gentleman; -
tool, against his very friend:
Buke. Where your good word cannot advantage
Your slander never can endamage him ; shin,
therefore the office is indifferent,
Being entreated to it by your friend. . -
Pro. You have prevail'd, my lord : if I can do it,
By aught that I can speak in his dispraise,
she shall not long continue love to him.
But say, this weed her love from Valentine,
It follows not that she will love sir Thurio.
Thu. Therefore, as you unwind her love from him,
Lest it should ravel, and be good to none,
You must provide to bottom it on me:
Which must be done, by praising me as much
As you in worth dispraise sir Valentine. - - -
1juke. And, Proteus, we dare trust you in this kind;
Because we know, on Valentine’s report,
You are already love’s firm votary,
And cannot soon revolt and change your mind.
Upon this warrant shall you have access,
Where you with Silvia may confer at large;
For she is lumpish, heavy, o:
And, for your friend's sake, will be glad of you;
where you may temper her, by your persuasion,
To hate young Valentine, and love, my friend.
Pro, As much as I can do, I will effect –
But you, sir Thurio, are not sharp enough;
You must lay lime, to tangle her desires,
By wailful sonnets, whose composed rhymes
§. be full fraught with serviceable vows.
Duke. Ay, much the force of heaven-bred poesy.
Pro. Say, that upon the altar of her beauty
You sacrifice your tears, your sighs, your heart:
Write till your ink be dry ; and with your tears
Moist it again; and frame some feeling line,
That may discover such integrity —
For 6. lute was strung with poets' sinews;
Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones,
Make tigers tame, and huge leviathans
Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands.
After your dire-lamenting elegies,
Visit by night your lady’s chamber-window
With some sweet concert: to their instruments
Tune a deploring dump; the night's dead silence
Will well become such sweet complaining grievance.
This, or else nothing, will inherit her.
JDuke. This ...i. shows thou hast been in love.
Thu. And thy advice this night I’ll put in practice:
Therefore, sweet Proteus, my direction-giver,
Let us into the city Fo
To sort some gentlemen well skill’d in music :
I have a son met, that will serve the turn,
To give the onset to o good advice.
Duke. About it, gentlemen. -
Pro. We’ll wait upon your grace till after supper,
And afterwards determine our proceedings.
Duke. Even now about it; I will pardon you.
[Eare unt.

ACT IV. scENE. I. A Forest, near Mantua.

Enter certain Outlaws. 1 Out. Fellows, stand fast: I see a passenger. 2 Out. If there be ten,shrink not, but down with 'em.

Enter Valentine and Speed.

3 Out. Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about if not, we'll make you sit, and rifle you. [you ; speed. Sir, we are undoue ! these are the villains That all the travellers do fear so much. val. My friends,1 Out. That’s not so, sir; we are your enemies. 2 out. Peace ; we’il hear him. 3 Out. Ay, by my beard, will we; For he’s a proper man. Val. Then know, that I have little wealth to lose ; A man I am, cross'd with adversity : My riches are these poor habilimefits, §§ if you should here disfurnish me, You take the sum and substance that I have. 2 Out. Whither travel you? val. To Verona. 1 Out. Whence came you ? wal. From Milan. 3 Out. Have you long sojourn’d there t Val. Some sixteen months; and longer might have If crooked fortune had not thwarted me. [staid, 1 Out. What were you banish'd thence 1

Wał. I was. 2 out. For what offence 2 Wai. For that which now torments me to rehearse: I kill'd a man, whose death I much repent; But yet I slew him manfully in sight, Without false vantage, or base treachery. | Out. Why ne'er repent it, if it were done so : But were you banish’d for so small a fault Val. I was, and held me glad of such a doom. 1 Out. Have you the tonguest | al. My youthful travel therein made me happy; Or else I often had been miserable. 3 Out. By the bare scalp of Robin Hood's fat friar, This fellow were a king for our wild faction. 1 Out. We’ll have him : sirs, a word. Speed. Master, be one of them ; It is an honourable kind of thievery. | al. Peace, villain 2 Out. Tell us this ; have you any thing to take to? Val. Nothing, but my fortune. 3 Out. Know them, that some of us are gentlemen, Such as the fury of ungovern'd youth Thrust from the company of awful men : Myself was from Verona banished, For practising to steal away a lady, An heir, and near allied unto the duke. 2 out. And I from Mantua, for a gentleman, Whom, in my mood, I stabb’d unto the heart. I Out: And I, for such like petty crimes as these. But to the purpose—(for we cite our faults, That they may hold excus’d our lawless lives), And, party, seeing you are beautified With goodly shape; and by your own report A linguist; and a man of such perfection, As we do in our quality much want;2 Out. Indeed, because you are a banish'd man, Therefore, above the rest, we parley to you : Are you content to be our general : To make a virtue of necessity, And live, as we do, in this wilderness t 3 Out. What say'st thou? witt thou be of our conSay ay, and be the captain of us all : [sortf We’ls do thee homage, and be rul’d by thee, Love thee as our commander, and our king. I Out. But if thou scorn our courtesy, thou diest. 2 Out. Thou shalt not live to brag what we have offer'd. Wał. I take your offer, and will live with you; Provided that you do no outrages On silly women, or poor passengers. 3 Out. No, we detest such vile base practices. Come, go with us, we'll bring thee to our crews, And show thee all the treasure we have got; Which, with ourselves, all rest at thy dispose. [Exeune.

SCENE II. Milan. Court of the Palace.

Enter Proteus.

Pro. Already have I been false to Valentine, And now I must be as unjust to Thurio. Under the colour of commending him, I have access my own love to prefer; But Silvia is too fair, too true, too holy, To be corrupted with my worthless gifts. When I protest true loyalty to her, She twits me with my falsehood to my friend : When to her beauty I commend my vows, She bids me think, how I have been forsworn In breaking faith with Julia whom I lov’d : And, notwithstanding all her sudden quips, The least whereof would quell a lover's hope, Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love, The more it grows and fawneth on her still. But here comes Thurio : now must we to her window, And give some evening music to her ear.

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