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Thu, And thy advice this night I'll put in Thrust from the company of awful inen: practice :
Myself was from Verona banished Therefore, sweet Proteus, my direction-giver, For practising to steal away a lady, Let us into the city presently
An heir, and near allied unto the duke. To sort some gentlemen well skill'd in music: 2 Out. And I from Mantua, for a gentleman, I have a sonnet, that will serve the turn, Whom, in my mood, I stabb'd unto the heart. To give the onset to thy good advice.
1 Out. And I, for such like petty crimes as Duke. About it gentlemen.
these. Pro. We'll wait upon your grace till after But to the purpose, (for we cite our faults, supper:
That they may hold excus'd our lawless lives,) And afterward determine our procecdings. And, partly, seeing you are beautified Duke. Even now about it; I will pardon you. With goodly shape; and by your own report
[Exeunt. 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 SCENE I.-A Forest, near Mantua.
man, Enter certain Ortlaws.
Therefore, above the rest, we parley to you:
Are you content to be our general ? 1 0ut. Fellows, stand fast; I see a passenger.
To make a virtue of necessity, 2 Out. If there be ten, shrink not, but down And live, as we do, in this wilderness? with 'em.
3 Out. What say'st thou? wilt thou be of our Enter VALENTINE und Speed.
Say, ay, and be the captain of us all: 3 Ort. Stand, Sir, and throw us that you have We'll do thee homage, and be rul’d by thee, about you;
Love thee as our commander, and our king. If not, we'll make you sit, and rifle you.
1 Out. But it thou scorn our courtesy, thou Speed. Sir, we are undone! these are the
2 Out. Thou shalt not live to brag what we That all the travellers do fear so much.
have ofler'd. Val. My friends,
Val. I take your offer, and will live with 1 Out. That's not so, Sir; we are your enemies. Provided that you do no outrages (you; 2 Out. Peace; we'll hear him.
On silly women, or poor passengers. 3 Out. Ay, by my beard, will we;
3 Out. No, we detest such vile base practices. For he's a propert man.
Come, go with us, we'll bring thee to our Val. Then know, that I have little wealth to
crews, A man I am, cross'd with adversity: Close; And show thee all the treasure we have got; Mly riches are these poor habiliments,
Which, with ourselves, all rest at thy dispose. Or which if you should here disturnish me,
(Exeunt. You take the sum and substance that I have, 2 Out. Whither travel you?
SCENE II.-Milan.-Court of the Paluce. Val. To Verona. 1 Out. Whence came you?
Enter PROTEUS. Val. From Milan.
Pro. Already have I been false to Valentine, 3 Out. Have you long sojourned there?
And now I must be as unjust to Thurio. Yal. Some sixteen months; and longer might Under the colour of commending him, have staid,
I have access my own love to prefer;. If crooked fortune bad not thwarted me. But Silvia is too fair, too true, too holy. 1 Out. What, were you banish'd thence?
To be corrupted with my worthless gifts. Val. I was.
When I protest true loyalty to her, 2 Out. For what offence?
She twits me with my falsehood to my friend; Val. For that which now torments me to
When to her beauty I commend my vows, rehearse:
She bids me think, how I have been forsworn kill'd a man, whose death I much repent; In breaking faith with Julia whom I lov'd: But yet I slew him manfully in fight,
And, notwithstanding all her sudden quips, Without false vantage, or base treachery. The least whereof would quell a lover's hope, 1 Out. Why ne'er repent it, if it were done Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love,
The more it grows and fawneth on her still. Sot were you banish'd for so small a fault?
But here comes Thurio: now must we to her al. I was, and held me glad of such a doom.
window, 1 Out. Have you the tougues?:
And give some evening music to her ear.
Enter TAURIO, and Musicians.
Thu. How now, Sir Proteus ? are you crept This fellow were a king for our wild faction.
before us? 1 Out, We'll have him: Sirs, à word.
Pro. Ay, gentle Thurio; for, you know, that Speed. Master, be one of them;
love It is an honourable kind of thievery,
Will creep in service where it cannot go. Val. Peace, villain!
Thu. Ay, but, I hope, Sir, that you love not Out. Tell us this: Have you any thing to
here. take to?
Pro. Sir, but I do; or else I would be hence. Val. Nothing, but my fortune.
Thu. Whom? Silvia? 3 Out. Know then, that some of us are gen Pro. Ay, Silvia,- for your sake.
Thu. I thank you for your own. Now, genSuch as the fury of upgovernd youth,
Let's tune, and to it lustily a while. [tlemen, * Choose out + Well-looking Languages. Lawful. + Anger, resentment. Passionate reproaches.
Enter Host, at a distance; and Julia in boy's Sil. Sir Proteus, as I take it. clothes.
Pro. Sir Proteus, gentle lady, and your Host. Now, my young guest! methinks you're
servant. allycholy; I pray you, why is it?
Sil. What is your will ? ." Jul. Marry, mine host, because I cannot be
Pro. That I may compass yours. merry.
Sil. You have your wish; my will is even & Host. Come, we'll have you merry: I'll bring
this, you where you will hear music, and see the
| That presently you hie you home to bed. gentleman that you ask'd for.
Thou subtle, perjur'd, false, disloyal man! Jul. But shall I hear him speake?
Think'st thou, I am so shallow, so conceitless, Host. Ay, that you shall.
To be seduced by thy flattery, Jul. That will be music. [Music plays.
That hast deceiv'd so many with thy vows? Host. Hark! hark !
Return, return, and make thy love amends. Jul. Is he among these?
For me, by this pale queen of night I swear, Hist. Ay: but peace, let's hear 'em.
I am so far from granting thy request,
That I despise thee for thy wrongful suit;
And by and by intend to chide myself,
Even for this time I spend in talking to thee.
Pro. I grant, sweet love, that I did love a Holy, fair, and wise is she;
But she is dead.
[lady; The heuvens such grace did lend her
Jul. 'Twere false if I should speak it;
For, I am sure, she is not buried. [Aside.
Sil. Say, that she be; yet Valentine, thy For beuuty lives with kindness:
Survives; to whom, thyself art witness,
I am betroth’d: And art thou not asham'd
To wrong him with thy importúnacy?
Pro. I likewise hear, that Valentine is dead. Then to Silvia let us sing,
Sil. And so, suppose, am I; for in his grave
Assure thyself, my love is buried.
Pro. Sweet lady, let me rake it from the
earth. To her let us garlands bring.
Sil. Go to thy lady's grave, and call hers Host. How now? are you sadder than you or
| Or, at the least, in hers sepulchre thine. were before? How do you, man? the music likes you not.
1 jul. He heard not that.
1 Pro. Madam, if your heart be so obdurate, Jul. You mistake; the musician likes me not. I v Jost. Why, my pretty youth?
| Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love, Jul. He plays false, father.
| The picture that is hanging in your chamber; Host. How out of tune on the strings ?
To that I'll speak, to that I'll sigh and weep: Jul. Not so; but yet so false that he grieves
For, since the substance of your perfect seli
Is else devoted, I am' but a shadow; my very heart-strings. Host. You have a quick ear.
And to your shadow I will make true love. Ju. Ay, I would I were deaf! it makes me
Jul. It 'twere a substance, you would, sure,
deceive it, have a slow heart. Host. I perceive, you delight not in music.
And make it but a shadow, as I am. [Aside. Jul, Not a whit, when it jars so.
Sil. I am very loath to be your idol, Sir; Host. Hark, what fine change is in the music
| But, since your falsehood shall become you
well Jul. Ay; that change is the spite. · Host. You would have them always play but
To worship shadows, and adore false shapes,
away pray our Send to me in the morning, and I'll send it: one thing? Jul. I would always have one play but one
And so good rest. thing. But, host, doth this Sir Proteus, that
Pro. As wretches have o'er-night, we talk on, often resort unto this gentlewoman?
| That wait for execution in the morn. Host. I tell you what Launce, his man, told
[Exeunt PROTEUS; and Silvia from abore. me, he loved her out of all nick.*
Jul. Host, will you go? Jul. Where is Launce?
Host. By 'my ballidom, I was fast asleep. : Host. Gone to seek his dog; which, to-mor
Jul. Pray you, where lies Sir Proteus? row, by his master's command, he must carry
Host. Marry, at my house: Trust me, I
think, 'tis almost day. for a present to his lady. Jul. Peace! stand aside! the company parts.
Jul. Not so; but it hath been the longest Pro. Sir Thurio, fear not you! I will so plead,
night That you shall say, my cunning drift excels.
That e'er I watch’d, and the most heaviest: Thu. Where meet we?
(Eseunt. Pro. At saint Gregory's well, Thu. Farewell.
SCENE III.-The sume.
| Entreated me to call, and know her mind;
There's some great matter she'd employ me Sil. I thank you for your music, genuemen: | Madam, madam! Who is that that spake?
[in. Pro, One, lady, if you knew his pure hearts Silvia appears above, at her window..
truth, You'd quickly learn to know him by his voice. Sil. Who calls? Beyond all reckoning.
* Holy deme, blessed lady.'
Egl. Your servant, and your friend; ?! says another; Whip him out, says the third ; One that attends your ladyship's command. Hang him up, says the duke. I, having been Sil. Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good. acquainted with the smell before, knew it was morrow.
Crab; and goes me to the fellow that whips Egl. As many, worthy lady, to yourself. the dogs: Friend, quoth I, you mean to whip the According to your ladyship's impose, *
dog? Ay, marry, do I, quoth he. You do him I am thus early come, to know what service the more wrong, quoth I; 'twas I did the thing It is your pleasure to command me in. Po you wot of. He makes me no more ado, but
Si. O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman, whips me out of the chamber. How many (Think not, I flatter, for, I swear, I do not,) masters would do this for their servant? Nay, Valiant, wise, remorseful,t well áccomplish'd. I'll be sworn, I have sat in the stocks for pud. Thou art not ignorant, what dear good will dings he hath stolen, otherwise he had been I bear unto the banish'd Valentine;
executed: I have stood on the pillory for geese Nor how my father would enforce me marry he hath killed, otherwise he had suffered for't: Vain Thurio, who my very soul abhorr'd. thou think'st not of this now!-Nay, I remem
beard thee sav. I ber the trick vou served me, when I took my No grief did ever come so near thy heart, leave of madam Silvia; did not I bid thee still As when thy lady and thy true love died, mark me, and do as I do? When didst thou see Upon whose grave thou 'vow'dst pure chastity. me heave up my leg, and make water against Sír Eglamour, I would to Valentine,
a gentlewoman's fartingale ? didst thou ever To Mantua, where I hear he makes abode; | see me do such a trick ? And, for the ways are dangerous to pass, I do desire thy worthy company,
Enter PROTEUS and JULIA. Upon whose faith and honour I repose.
Pro. Sebastian is thy name? I like thee well, Urge not my father's anger, Eglamour, And will employ thee in some service presently. But think upon my grief, a lady's grief;
Jul. In what you please ;-I will do what I And on the justice of my flying hence,
can. To keep me from a most unholy match,
Pro. I hope, thou wilt.-How now, you Which heaven and fortune still reward with
whpreson peasant? [TO LAUNCE. plagues.
Where have you been these two days loitering? I do desire thee, even from a heart
Laun. Marry, Sir, I carried mistress Silvia As full of sorrows as the sea of sands,
the dog you bade me To bear me company, and go with me:
Pro. And what says she, to my little jewel ? If not, to hide what I have said to thee,
Laun. Marry, she says, your dog was a cur; That I may venture to depart alone.
and tells you, currish thanks is good enough Egl. Madam, I pity much your grievances; for such a present. Which since I know they virtuously are plac'd, Pro. But she received my dog? give consent to go along with you;
Laun. No, indeed, she did not: here have I Reckingt as little what betideth me,
brought him back again. As much I wish all good befortune you.
Pro. What, didst thou offer her this from me?
Laun. Ay, Sir; the other squirrel was stolen Sül. This evening coming.
from me by the hangman's boys in the marketEgl. Where shall I meet you?
place: and then I offered her mine own; who Sil. At friar Patrick's cell,
is a dog as big as ten of yours, and therefore Where I intend holy confession.
| the gift the greater. Egl. I will not fail your ladyship:
Pro. Go, get thee hence, and ind my dog Good-morrow, gentle lady.
Or ne'er return again into my sight. (again, * Su. Good-morrow, kind Sir Eglamour. Away, I say: Stay'st thou to vex me here?
[Exeunt. | A slave, that, still an end," turns me to shame. SCENE IV.-The same.
Sebastian, I have entertained thee,
Partly, that I have need of such a youth Laun. When a man's servant shall play the That can with soine discretion do my business, cur with him, look you, it goes hard: one that For 'tis no trusting to yon foolish lowt;
orought up of a puppy; one that I saved from But, chiefly, for thy face, and thy behaviour; Crowning, when three or four of his blind | Which (if my augury deceive me not) Dzothers and sisters went to it! I have taught Witness good bringing up, fortune, and truth: him, even as one would say precisely, Thus I Therefore know thou, for this I entertain thee. would teach a dog. I was sent to deliver him, Go presently, and take this ring with thee, as a present to mistress Silvia, from my master; Deliver it to madam Silvia: and I cam dI came no sooner into the dining-chamber, She loved me well, deliver'd it to me. the steps me to her trencher, and steals her Jul. It seems, you loved her not, to leave her capon's leg. 0, 'tis a foul thing, when a cur She's dead, belike.
(token: cannot keeps himself in all companies! I would Pro. Not so; I think she lives. nave, as one should say, one that takes upon Jud. Alas! bim to be a dog indeed, to be, as it were, a dog at all thind logo
| Pro. Why dost thou cry, alas? ul things. If I had not had more wit than Jul. I cannot choose but pity her. ue, to take a fault upon me that he did, I think Pro. Wherefore should'st thou pity her? enly he had been hanged for't; sure as I live, Jul. Because, methinks, that she loved you he had suffered for't: you shall judge. He As you do love your lady Silvia: [as well wrusts me himself into the company of three She dreams on him, that has forgot her love;
Jour gentleman-like dogs, under the duke's You dote on her, that cares not for your love. ble: he had not been there (bless the mark) a 'Tis pity, love should be so contrary; pissing while; but all the chamber smelt him. And thinking on it makes me cry, alas!
varth the dog, says one; What cur is that? Pro. Well, give her that ring, and therewithal Caring.
* In the end.
• Injunction, command.
This letter ;-that's her chamber.-Tell my lady, , When she did think my master lov'd her well, I claim the promise for her heavenly picture. | She, in my judgement, was as fair as you; Your message done, hie bome unto my chamber, But since she did neglect her looking-glass, Where thou shalt find me sad and solitary. And threw her sun-expelling mask away,
(Exit PROTEUS. The air hath starv'd the roses in her cheeks, Jul. How many women would do such a | And pinch'd the lily-tincture of her face, message 7
That now she is become as black as I. Alas, poor Proteus ! thou hast entertain'd
Sil. How tall was she? A fox, to be shepherd of thy lambs:
Jul. About my stature: for, at Pentecost, Alas, poor fool! why do I pity him
When all our pageants of delight were play'd That with his very heart despiseth me?
Our youth got me to play the woman's part, Because he loves her, he despiseth me; And I was trimm'd in madam Julia's gown; Because I love him, I must pity him.
Which served me as fit, by all men's judgement, This ring I gave him, when he parted from me, I As if the garment had been made for me ; To bind him to remember my good will : Therefore, I know she is about my height. And now am I (unhappy messenger)
And, at that time, I made her weep a-good, To plead for that, which I would not obtain; For I did play a lamentable part: To carry that which I would have refus'd; Madam, 'twas Ariadne, passioning, To praise his faith, which I would have dis For Theseus' perjury, and unjust flight; prais’d.
Which I so lively acted with my tears, I am my master's true confirmed love;
That my poor mistress, moved therewithal, But cannot be true servant to my master, Wept bitterly; and, would I might be dead, Unless I prove false traitor to myself,
If I'in thought felt not her very sorrow !
I weep myself, to think upon thy words.
Here, youth, there is my purse; I give thee
? (her Gentlewoman, good day! I pray you, be my For thy sweet mistress'sake, because thou lov's. mean
Exit SILVIA. To bring me where to speak with madam Sil. Jul. And she shall thank you for't, if e'er Sil. What would you with her, if that I be
you know her.she ?"
A virtuous gentlewoman, mild, and beautiful. _Jul. If you be she, I do entreat your patience | I hope my master's suit will be but cold, To hear me speak the message I am sent on.
Since she respects my mistress' love so much. Sil. From whom?
Alas, how love can trifle with itself! Jul, From my master, Sir Proteus, madam. Here is ber picture: Let me see; I think, Sa. O!-he sends you for a picture ?
If I had such a tire,t this face of mine. Jul. Ay, madam.
Were full as lovely as is this of hers : Sil. Ursula, bring my picture there.
And vet the painter flatter'd her a little,
Picture brought Unless I flatter with myself too much.
If that be all the difference in his love,
Her eyes are grey as glass; and so are mine: Pardon me, madam ; I have unadvis'd
Ay, but her forehead's low, and mine's às high. Delivered you a paper that I should not ;
What should it be, that he respects in her, This is the letter to your ladyship.
But I can make respectives in myself, • Sil. I pray thee, let me look on that again.
If this fond love were not a blinded god ? Jul. It may not be ; good madam, pardon me,
nd take th Sil. There, hold.
For 'tis thy rival. O'thou senseless form, I will not look upon your master's lines :
Thou shalt be worshipp'd, kiss'd, lov'd, and I know, they are stuff'd with protestations,
ador'd; And full of new-found oaths; wbich he 'will And, were there sense in his idolatry, As easily as I do tear his paper, break My substance should be statue in thy stead. Jul. Madam, he sends your ladyship this I'll use thee kindly tor thy mistress' sake, ring.
[me; 1 That us'd me so; or else, by Jove I vow, : Sil. The more shame for him that he sends it I should have scratch'd out your unseeing eyes, For, I have heard him say a thousand times, To make my master out of love with thee. His Julia gave it him at bis departure:
(Exit. Though his false finger hath profan'd the ring, Mine shall not do his Julia so much wrong. Jul. She thanks you.
SCENE 1.-The sume.-An Abbey.
Egl. The sun begins to gild the western sky; much.
And now, it is about the very hour Sil. Dost thou know her?
That Silvia. at Patrick's cell, should meet me. Jul. Almost as well as I do know myself:
She will not fail; for lovers break not hours, To think upon her woes, I do protest,
Unless it be to come before their time; That I have wept a hundred several times.
So much they spur their expedition. Sil. Belike, she thinks that Proteus hath forsook her.
Enter Silvia. Jul. I think she doth, and that's her cause of See, wiere she comes : Lady, a happy evening! sorrow.
Sil. imen, amen! go on, good Eglamour Sil. Is she not passing fair ?
* W1 tsuntide. In good earnest Head-dress. Jul. She hath been fairer, madam, than she is:
Out at the postern by the abbey wall; | That flies her fortune when it follows her: I fear, I am attended by some spies,
I'll after ; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour, Egl. Fear not: the forest is not three leagues Than for the love of reckless* Silvia. (Erit, If we recover that, we are sure enough. [off; Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love, Exeunt. | Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her.
(Exit, SCENE 11.–The same.-An Apartment in the Jul. And I will follow more to cross that Doke's palace.
love, Enter THURIO, PROTEUS, and JULIA.
Thao hate for Silvia, that is gone for love.
Enter SILVIA and Outlaws.
Out. Come, come Thu, I'll wear a boot, to make it somewhat Be patient, we must b, ing you to our captain. rounder.
Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one Pro. But love will not be spurr'd to what it Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently. loaths.
2 Out. Come, bring her away. Thu. What says she to my face?
1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with Pro. She says, it is a fair one.
her? Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is
3 Out. Being nimble footed, he hath outrun black.
But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him. fus, Pro. But pearls are fair; and the old saying is, Go thou with her to the west end of the wood, Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes. There is our captain : we'll follow him that's Jul. 'Tis true; such pearls as put out ladies' The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape. [fled; eyes;
1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our capFor I had rather wink than look on them.
[Aside. Fear not; he bears an honourable mind, Thu, How likes she my discourse ?
And will not use a woman lawlessly. Pro. IN, when you talk of war.
Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee! Thu. But well, wben I discourse of love, and
SCENE IV.-Another part of the Forest. Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your peace.
Enter VALENTINE. Thu. What says she to my valour?
Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man! Pro. 0, Sir, she makes no doubt of that. This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cowar- | I better brook than flourishing peopled towns : dice.
[Aside. Here can I sit alone, unseen of any, Thu, What says she to my birth?
And, to the nightingale's complaining notes, Pro. That you are well deriv'd.
Tune my distresses, and recordt my woes. Jud. True; from a gentleman to a fool.
O thou that dost inhabit in my breast,
sid Leave not the mansion so long tenantless; Thul. Considers she my possessions?
Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall, Pro. O, ay; and pities them.
And leave no memory of what it was! Ths. Wherefore ?
Repair me with thy presence, Silvia ; . That such an ass should owet them. Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain !
LAside. What halloing, and what stir, is this to-day? Pro. That they are out by lease.
These are my mates, that make their wills their ul. Here comes the duke.
law, Enter Duke.
Have some unhappy passenger in chase :
They love me well; yet I have much to do, Duke. How now, Sir Proteus ? how now, To keep them from uncivil outrages. Thurio ?
Withdraw thee, Valentine; who's this comes Which of you saw Sir Eglamour of late ?
(Steps aside. Thu. Not I.
Enter Proteus, Silvia, and Julia. Duke. Saw you my daughter?
Pro, Madam, this service I have done for Pro. Neither.
[doth,) Duke. Wby, then she's filed unto that peas- | (Though you respect not aught your servant ant Valentine;
To hazard life, and rescue you from him And Eglamour is in her company.
That would have forc'd your honour and your Tis true; for friar Laurence met them both,
love. As he in penance wander'd through the forest : Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look ; him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she; A smaller boon than this I cannot beg, But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it: And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. Besides, she did intend confession (not: Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear! Al Patrick's cell this even; and there she was Love, lend me patience to forbear a while. these likelihoods confirm her flight from bence.
[Aside. Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am! But mount you presently; and meet with me Pro. Unhappy, were you, madam, ere I came; Upon the rising of the mountain foot ffled: | But, by my coming, I have made you happy. that leads towards Mantua, whither they are Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.
[Exit. Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevisht girl,
(Aside. • Safe. Own. Foolish.
* Carcless. + Sing,