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Servant, you are welcome to a worthless mistress.
Pro. I'll die on him that says so, but yourself. . Sil. That you are welcome ?
No; that you are worthless.
Enter Servant. Ser. Madam, my lord your father would speak
with you. Sil. I'll wait upon his pleasure. [Exit Servant.
Come, sir Thurio, Go with me:-Once more, new servant, welcome: I'll leave you to confer of home-affairs ; When you have done, we look to hear from you. Pro. We'll both attend upon your ladyship.
[Exeunt SILVIA, TAURIO, and SPEED: L’al. Now, tell me, how do all from whence you
came? Pro. Your friends are well, and have them much
commended. Val. And how do yours? Pro.
I left them all in health. Val, How does your lady ? and how thrives your
love? Pro. My tales of love were wont to weary you; I know, you joy not in a love-discourse.
Val. Ay, Proteus, but that life is alter'd now: I have done penance for contemning love; Whose high imperious thoughts have punish'd me With bitter fasts, with penitential groans, With nightly tears, and daily heart-sore sighs; For, in revenge of my contempt of love, . Love hath chac'd sleep from my enthralled eyes,
And made them watchers of mine own heart's sorrow.
Pro. Enough; I read your fortune in your eye: Was this the idol that you worship so ?
Val. Even she; and is she not a heavenly saint?
I will not flatter her. Val. O, 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.
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 everlastingly.
Pro. Why, Valentine, what braggardism is this?
Val. Pardon me, Proteus : all I can, is nothing
Pro. Then let her alone.,
And I as rich in having such a jewel,
Pro. But she loves you?
Ay, and we are betroth'd;
Pro. Go on before; I shall enquire you forth :
Val. Will you make 'haste ?
[Exit VAL. Even as one heat another heat expels, Or as one nail by strength drives out another,
So the remembrance of my former love'
Enter Speed and LAUNCE.
Laun. Forswear not thyself, sweet youth; for I am not welcome. I reckon this always-that a man
7 On further knowledge.
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. Come 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. 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. 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.