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1 Silvia, I speak to you; and you, sir Thurio: Sil. What, angry, sir Thurio? do you change For Valentine, I need not cite him to it: colour?

I'll send him hither to you presently.[Erit Duke. Val. Give him leave, madam; he is a kind of Val. This is the gentleman, I told your ladyship, cameleon.

15 Had come along with me, but that his mistress Thu. That hath more mind to feed on your Did hold his eyes lock'd in her crystal looks, blood, than live in your air.

| Sii. Belike, that now she hath enfranchis’d them Val. You have said, sir.

Upon some other pawn for fealty. Thu. Ay, sir, and done too, for this time.

Val. Nay, sure, I think, she bolds them priVal. I know it well, sir; you always end erel10

sopers still.

[blind, you begin.

Sil. Nay, then he should be blind; and being Sil. A fine volley of words, gentlemen, and How could he see his way to seek out you? quickly shot off.

Val. Why, lady, love hath twenty pair of eyes. Val. 'Tis indeed, madam ; we thank the giver. Thu. They say, that love hath not an eye at all. Sil. Who is that, servant ?

Val. To see such lovers, Thurio, as yourself; Val. Yourself, sweet lady; for vou gave the Upon a homely object love can wink. fire; sır Thurio borrows his wit from your lady

Enter Protheus. ship's looks, and spends what he borrows, kindly | Sil. Have done, have done, here comes the in your company.

gentleman. Thu. Sir, if you spend word for word with me, 20 Val. Welcome, dear Protheus !--Mistress, I I shall make your wit bankrupt.

beseech you, Val. I know it well, sir; you have an exchel Confirm his welcome with some special favour. quer of words, and, I think, no other treasure tol | Sil. His worth is warrant for his welcome hither, give your followers; for it appears by their bare of this be he you oft have wish'd to hear from. liveries, that they live by your bare words. 25 Val. Mistress, it is: sweet lady, entertain him

Sil. No more, gentlemen, no more; here comes To be my fellow-servant to your ladyship. my father.

Sil. Too low a mi tress for so high a servant. · Enter the Duke.

Pro. Not so, sweet lady; but too mean a servant Drike. Now, daughter Silvia, you are hard beset. To have a look of such a worthy mistress. Sir Valentine, your father's in good health: 1301 Val. Leave otf discourse of disability :What say you to a letter from vour friends I sweet lady, entertain him for your servant. Of much good news?

Pro. My duty will I boast of, nothing else. Val. My lord, I will be thankful

Sil. And duty never yet did want his meed: To any happy messenger from thence. [man? Servant, you are welcome to a worthless mistress.

Duke. Know vou Don Anthonio, your country-35 Pro, I'll die on him that says so, but yourself. Val. Ay, my good lord, I know the gentleman Sil. That you are welcome? To be of worth, and worthy estination,

Pro. No; that you are worthless. And not without desert so well reputed.

Enter Serrant. Duke. Hath he not a son?

Ser. Madam, my lord your father would speak Val. Ay, my good lord; a son, that well de- 40 with you. The honour and regard of such a father.

| Sil. I'll wait upon his pleasure. [Exit Serv. Drike. You know him well?

Come, sir Thurio, Val. I knew him, as myself; for from our infancy! Go with me:-Onceinore, new servant, welcome: We have convers'd, and spent our hours together: li'll leave you to confer of home-atfairs; And though myselt have been an idle truant, 45 When you have done, we look to hear from you. Omitting the sweet benefit of time,

Pro. We'll both attend upon your ladyship. To clothe mine age with angel-like perfection:

[Ereunt Silvia and Thurio. Yet hath sir Protheus, for that's his name,

Val. Now, tell me, how do all from whence Made use and fair advantage of his days:

you came? Ilis vears but young, but his experience old; Pro. Your friends are well, and have them much Ilis head unmellow'd, but his judgment ripe;

commended. And, in a word, (for far behind his worth

Val. And how do yours? Come all the praises that I now bestow)

Pro. I left them all in health. Ile is complete in feature, and in mind, .

Vul, How does your lady? and how thrives your With all good grace to grace a gentleman.

Jove? Duke, Beshrew me, sir, but if he make this good, Pro. My tales of love were wont to weary you; He is as worthy for an empress' love,

I know, you joy not in a love discourse. As meet to be an emperor's counsellor.

Val. Ay, Protheus, but that life is alter'd now: Well, sir! this gentleman is come to me,

I have done penance for contemning love; With commendation from great potentates; 60 Whose high imperious thoughts have punish'd me And here he means to spend his time a-while: With bitter fasts, with penitential groans, I think, 'tis no unwelcome news to you.

With nightly tears, and daily heart-sore sighs: Pal. Should I have wish'd a thing, it hadbeenhe. For, in revenge of iny contempt of love, Duke. Welcome him then according to his wortb;' ILove hath chas'd sleep from my enthralled eyes,



And made them watchers of mine own heart's sor 1 Pro. I will.

[Erit Val. O, gentle Protheus, love's a mighty lord; [row. Even as one heat another heat expels, And hath so humbled me, as, I confess,

Or as one nail by strength drives out another, There is no woe to his correction,

So the remembrance of my former love Nor, to his service, no such joy on earth! 5 Is by a newer object quite forgotten. Now, no discourse, except it be of love:

Is it mine eye, or Valentino's praise, Now I can break my fast, dine, sup, and sleep, Her true perfection, or my false transgression, Upon the very naked name of love.

That makes me, reasopless, to reason thus? Pro. Enough; I read your fortune in your eye: She's fair; and so is Julia, that I love ;Was this the idol that you worship so?

110 That I did love, for now my love is thaw'd ; l'al. Even she; and is she not a heavenly saint? Which, like a waxen image 'gainst a fire', Pro. No; but she is an earthly paragon. Bears no impression of the thing it was. Val. Call her divine.

Methinks, my zeal to Valentine is cold: Pro. I will not flatter her.

And that I love him not, as I was wont : l'el. O fatter me; for love delights in praise. 115 Oh! but I love his lady too, too much;

Pro. When I was sick, you gave me bitter pills; And that's the reason I love him so little. And I must minister the like to you.

How shall I doat on her with more advice", l'al. Then speak the truth by her; if not divine, That thus without advice begin to love her ? Yet let her be ' a principality,

1 Tis but her picture I have yet beheld, Sovereign to ail the creatures on the earth. 20 And that hath dazzled so much reason's light: Pro. Except my mistress.

But when I look on her perfections, l'al. Sweet, except not any ;

There is no reason but I shall be blind. Except thou wilt except against my love.

If I can check my erring love, I will;
Pro. Have I not reason to prefer mine own? If not, to compass her I'll use my skill. [Erit.
Val. And I will help thee to prefer her too. 25

She shall be dignified with this high honour,
To bear my lady's train; lest the base earth

A street.
Should from her vesture chance to steal a kiss,

Enter Speed and Launce. And, of so great a favour growing proud,

Speed. Launce! by mine honesty, welcome to Disdain to root the summer-swelling flower,

ig flower, 30 Milan. And make rough winter everlastingly.

| Laun. Forswear not thyself, sweet youth ; for Pro. Why, Valentine, what braggardism is this? I am not welcome. I reckon this always that a

l'al. Pardon me, Protheus: all I can, is nothing man is never undone till he be hang'd ; nor never To her, whose worth makes other worthies no- welcome to a place, till some certain shot be paid, She is alone.

[thing ; 35 and the hostess say, Welcome. Pro. Then let her alone.

[own ;/ | Speed. Come on, you mad-cap, I'll to the ale. T'al. Not for the world; why, man, she is mine house with you presently; where, for one shot of And I as rich in having such a jewel,

1 five pence thou shalt have five thousand welcomes. As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl, But, sirrah, how did thy master part with madam The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.

40 Julia? Forgive me, that I do not dream on thee,

Laun. Marry, after they clos'd in earnest, they Because thou see'st me doat upon my love. parted very fairly in jest. My foolish rival, that her father likes,

Speed. But shall she marry him?
Only for his possessions are so huge,

Luun. No.
Is gone with her along; and I must after, 145 Speed. How then shall be marry her?
For love, thou know'st, is full of jealousy.

Laun. No, neither.
Pro. But she loves you?

Speed. What, are they broken? Val. Ay, and we are betroth'd; nay more, our Laun. No, they are both as whole as a fish. marriage hour,

Speed. Whythenhow'stands thematterwiththem? With all the cunning manner of our flight, 50 Luun. Marry, thus ; when it stands well with Determin'd of: how I must climb her window ; him, it stands well with her. The ladder made of cords; and all the means I Speed. What an ass art thou? I understand Plotted, and 'greed on for my happiness.

thee not. Good Protheus, go with me to my chamber,

Laun. What a block art thou, that thou canst In these affairs to aid me with thy counsel.

155 not? My staff understands me. Pro. Go on before; I shall enquire you forth: Speed. What thou say'st? I must unto the road, to disembark

| Luun. Ay, and what I do too: look thee, I'll Some necessaries that I needs must use;

but lean, and my staff understands me. And then I'll presently attend you.

Speed. It stands under thee, indeed. [one, Val. Will you make haste?

1601 Luun. Why, stand-under and understand is all

! The first or principal of women. ? That is, there is none to be compard to her. ''This alludes to the figures made by witches, as representatives of those whom they designed to torment or deStroy. With more prudence, with more discretion.


Speed. But tell me true, will’t be a match? Without some treachery used to Valentine:

Laun. Ask my dog; if he say ay, it will; if he This night, he meaneth with a corded ladder say no, it will; if he shake his tail, and say noul To climb celestial Silvia's chamber-window ; thing, it will.

Myself in council, his competitor:
Speed. The conclusion is then, that it will. 5 Now presently I'll give her father notice

Laun. Thou shalt never get such a secret from Of their disguising, and pretended 'Aight; me, but by a parable.

Who, all enrag'd, will banish Valentine; Speed. 'Tis well that I get it so. But, Launce, For Thurio, he intends, shall wed his daughter: how say'st thou, that my master is become a no-l But, Valentine being gone, I'll quickly cross, [ing. table lover?

|10|By some sly trick, blunt Thurio's dull proceed Laun. I never knew him otherwise.

Love, lend me wings to make my purpose swift, Speed. Than how?

As thou hast lent me wit to plot this drift! [Exit. Laun. A notable lubber, as thou reportest him

SCENE VII. to be.

me. Speed. Why, thou whoreson ass, thou mistakest/15/

Julia's house in Verona. Laun. Why, fool, I meant not thee; I meant

Enter Julia and Lucetta. thy master."

| Jul. Counsel, Lucetta ; gentle girl, assist me! Speed. I tell thee, my master is become a hot And, even in kind love, I do conjure thee,

Laun. Why, I tell thee, I care not though hel Who art the table wherein all my thoughts burn himself in love. If thou wilt go with me to 20 Are visibly character'd and engravid, the alehouse, so; if not, thou art an Hebrew, a To lesson me; and tell me some good mean, Jew, and not worth the name of a Christian. How, with my honour, I may undertake Speed. Why?

A journey to my loving Protheas. Laun. Because thou hast not so much charityl | Luc. Alas! the way is wearisome and long. in thee, as to go to the alebouse with a Christian : 25 Jul. A true-devoted pilgrim is not weary wilt thon go?

To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps ; Speed. At thy service.

[Exeunt. Much less shall she, that hath love's wings to fly;

And when the flight is made to one so dear,

Of such divine perfection, as sir Protheus.
Enter Protheus.

301 Luc. Better forbear, till Prothens make return. Pro. To leave my Julia, shall I be forsworn; | Jul. Oh, know'st thou not, his looks are my soul's To love fair Silvia, shall I be forsworn;

Pity the dearth that I have pined in, [food? To wrong my friend, I shall be much forsworn; By longing for that food so long a time. And even that power which gave me first my Didst thou but know the inly touch of love, Provokes me to this threefold perjury. [oath, 35 Thou would'st as soon go kindle fire with snow, Love bade me swear, and love bids me forswear:/ As seek to quench the fire of love with words. "O sweet-suggesting love, if thou hast sinn'd, | Luc. I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire; Teach me, thy tempted subject, to excuse it! But qualify the fire's extreme rage, At first I did adore a twinkling star,

Lest it should burn above the bounds of reason. But now I worship a celestial sun.

40 Jul. The more thou damm'st it up, the more it Unheedful vows may heedfully be broken; The current, thatwith gentle murmurglides, [burns: And he wants wit, that wants resolved will

Thou know'st, being stopp'd, impatiently doth
To learn his wit to exchange the bad for better - But, when his fair course is not hindered, rage :
Fie, fie, unreverend tongue! to call her bad, He makes sweet music with the enameld stones,
Whose sovereignty so oft thou hast preferr'd 45 Giving a gentle kiss to every sedge
With twenty thousand soul-confirming oaths. He overtaketh in his pilgrimage ;
I cannot leave to love, and yet I do;

And so by many winding nooks he strays,
But there I leave to love, where I should love. With willing sport, to the wild ocean.
Julia I lose, and Valentine I lose:

Then let me go, and hinder not my course:
If I keep them, I needs must lose myself; : 50 I'll be as patient as a gentle stream,
If I lose them, this find I by their loss,

And make a pastime of each weary step, For Valentine, myself; for Julia, Silvia.

Till the last step have brought me to my love; I to myself am dearer than a friend;

|And there I'll rest, as, after much turmoil, For love is still more precious in itself;

A blessed soul doth in Elysium. And Silvia, witness heaven, that made her fair! 55| Luc. But in what habit will you go along? Shews Julia but a gwarthy Ethiope,

Jul. Not like a woman; for I would prevent I will forget that Julia is alive,

The loose encounters of lascivious men: Rememb'ring that my love to her is dead; Gentle Lucetta, fit me with such weeds And Valentine I'll hold an enemy,

As may beseemn some well-reputed page. [hair. Aiming at Silvia as a sweeter friend.

160 Luc. Why then your ladyship must cut your I cannot now prove constant to myself,

| Jul. No, girl : l'll knit it up in silken strings, "To suggest is to tempt, in our author's language. ? Competitor is confederate, assistant, partner. ' Pretended flight is proposed or intended flight.

With twenty odd-conceited true-love knots; Jul. That is the least, Lucetta, of my fear: To be fantastic, may become a youth

| A thousand oaths, an ocean of his tears, Of greater time than I shall shew to be.

And instances as infinite of love, Luc. What fashion, madam, shall I make Warrant me welcome to my Protheus. your breeches?

5 Luc. All these are servants to deceitful men. Jul.That fitsas well,as—"tell me, good my lord, Jul. Base men, that use them to so base effect! “What compass will you wear your farthingale?! But truer stars did govern Protheus' birth : Why, even that fashion thou best lik'st, Lucetta. Ilis words are bonds, bis oaths are oracles; Luc. You must needs have them with a cod- His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate ; piece, madam.

10 His tears, pure messengers sent from his heart; Jul. Out,out, Lucetta'! that willbe ill-favour'd. His heart as far from fraud, as heaven from earth.

Luc. A round hose, madain, now's not worth a Luc. Pray heaven he prove so, when you Unless you have a cod-piece to stick pinson. (pin,

come to him!

(wrong, Jul. Lucetta, as thou lov'st me, let me have | Jul. Now, as thou lov'st me, do him not that What thou think'st meet, and is most inannerly: 15 To bear a hard opinion of his truth: But tell me, wench, how will the world reputeme, Only deserve my love, by loving him; For undertaking so unstaid a journey?

And presently go with me to my chamber,
I fear me, it will make me scandaliz'd. [go not. To take a note of what I stand in need of,

Luc. If you think so, then stay at home, and To furnish me upon my longing ? journey.
Jul. Nay, that I will not.

120 All that is mine I leave at thy dispose,
Luc. Then never dream on infamy, but go. My goods, my lands, my reputation;
If Protheus like your journey, when you come, Only, in lieu thereof, dispatch me hence.
No matter whu's displeas'd, when you are gone:/ Come, answer not, but to it presently;
I fear me, he will scarce be pleas'd withal. I I am impatient of my tarriance. [Ereunt,

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(Sir Valentine her company, and my court: The Duke's palace in Milan.

But, fearing lest my jealous aim ' might err, Enter Duke, Thurio, and Protheus.

And so, unworthily, disgrace the man, Duke. CIR Thurio,give us leave, I pray,a while; 35 (A rashness that l'eyer yet have shuni'd) We have some secrets to conter about. I gave him gentle looks; thereby to find

[Exit Thurio. That which thyself hast now disclos'd to me. Now, tell me, Protheus, what's your will with me? And, that thou may st perceive my fear of this,

Pro. My gracions lord, that which I would dis-l Knowing that tender youth is soon suggested, The law of friendship bids me to conceal: (cover, 101 nightly lodge her in an upper tower, But, when I call to mind your gracious favours The key whereof myself have ever kept; Done to me, undeserving as I am,

Aud thence she cannot be convey'd away. My duty pricks me on to utter that sme. | Pro.Know, noblelord, they have devis'd a mean Which else no worldly good should draw from How he her chamber-window will ascend, Know, worthy prince, sir Valentine, my friend, 45 And with a corded ladder fetch her down; This night intends to steal away your daughter; For which the youthful lover now is gone, Myself am one made privy to the plot.

And this way comes he with it presently; I know, you have determined to bestow her Where, if it please you, you may intercept him. On Thurio, whom your gentle daughter hates; But, good my lord, do it so cunningly, And should she thus be stolen away from you, 50 That my discovery be not aimed at *; It would be much vexation to your age.

For love of you, not hate unto my friend, Thus, for my duty's sake, I rather chose

Hath made me publisher of this pretences. To cross my friend in his intended drift,

Duke. l'pon mine honour he shall never know Than, by concealing it, heap on your head That I haci any light from thee of this. A pack of sorrows, which would press you down, 55 Pro. Adieu, my lord; sir Valentine is coming. Being unprevented, to your timeless grave.[care,

[Exit Pro. Duke. Protheu:, I thank thee for thine honest

Enter Valentine Which to requite, command me while I live. Luke. Sir Valentine, whither away so fast? This love of theirs myself have often seen,

Val. Please it your grace, there is a messenger Haply, when they have judg'd me fast asleep; 60 That stays to bear my letters to my friends, And oitentimes have purpos d to forbid | And I ain going to deliver them.

? This interjection is still used in the North. 2 That is, wish'd or desired journey. Aim means guess, in this instance, " That is, be not guessed. That is, of this cluim made to your daughter. Pretince inplies design.


Duke. Be they of much import?

L Pal. Why, then,a lailder,quaintly made of cords, Ful. The tenor of then doth but signify To cast up, with a pair ot anchoring hooks, My health, and happy being at your cowl. Would serve to scale another Hero's tower,

Duke.Nay,then no matter; stay with mea while; So bold Leander would adventure it. I am to break with thee of some atlairs, 151 Duke. Now, as thou art a gentleman of blood, That touch me rear, wbi rein thou must be secret. Advise me where I may have such a ladder. 'Tis not unknown to thee, that I have sought l'al. When would you use it?pray,sir,telme that. Tomatch my friend, sir'l hurio, to my daughter. Duke. I his very night; for love is like a child,

Val. I know it well,iny lord; and sure, the match! That longs for every thing that he can come by. Were rich and honourable; besides, the gentleman 10 val. By seven o'clock I'll get you such a ladder. Is iull of virtue, bounty, worth, and qualities Duke. But hark thee; I will go to her alone; Beseeming such a wife as your fair daughter: How shall I best convey the ladder thither? [it Cannot your grace win her to fancy him? . Val. It will be light, my lord, that you may bear

Duke. No,trustme;sheispeevish,sullen,froward, Under a cloak, that is of any length. (turn? Proud, disobedient, stubborn, lacking duty; 15 Duke. A cloak as long as thine will serve the Neither regarding that she is my child,

Tal. Ay, my good lord. Nor fearing me as if I were her father:

Duke. Then let me see thy cloak; And, may I say to thee, this pride of her's. I'll get me one of such another length. [lord. Upon advice, hath drawn my love from her; | Val. Why, any cloak will serve the turn, my And, where I thought the remnant of mine age 201 Duke. Ilow shall I fashion me to wear a cloak? Should have been cherish'd by her child-like duty, I pray thee, let me feel thy cloak upon me. I now am full resolv'd to take a wife,

What letter is this same? what's here: To Silvia? And turn her out to who will take her in :

And here an engine fit for my proceeding! [Duke Then let her beauty be her wedding-dower; I'll be so bold to break the seal for once. [reads. For me, and my possessions, she esteemis not. 25 11y thoughts do harbour with my Silvia nightly;

Val. What would your grace have me to do in | And states they are to me that send them ting;

Duke. There is a lady, sir, in Milan, bere, [this? Oh,couldtheir master come and goaslightly, [ing. Whom I affect; but she is nice and coy,

| Himselfwouldlodge,z:heresenseless they arely, And nought esteems my aged eloquence: Aly herald thoughts in thy pure bosom rest them; Now, therefore, would I have thee to my tutor, 30 While 1, theirhing, that thitherthem importune, (For long agone I have forgot to court;

Docursethe gracethat with suchgracehath bl-ss'd Besides, the fashion of the time is chang'd)

Becausemyseljilozantmıservants fortune:[them, Hlow, and which way, I may bestow myself, V curse mystly, for they are sent by me, [be. To be regarded in her sun-bright eye.

|That they should harbour where their lord would Vul. Win her with gifts, if she respects not words; 35 What's here Sulzia,this night will I enfranchise Dumb jewels often, in their silent kind, | Tisso:and here's the ladder for the purpose. [thee : More than quick words, do move a woman's mind. Why, Phaëton, (tor thou art Merops' son)

Duke. But she did scorn a present that I sent her. Wilt thou aspire to guide the heavenly car,

Pal. A woman scorns sometimes what best con. And with thy daring folly burn the world? Send her another; never give her o'er; stents her: 40 Wilt thou reach stars, because they shine on thee! For scorn at first makes atter-love the more.

Go, base intruder! over-weening slave! If she do frown, 'tis not in hate of you,

Bestow thy fawning smiles on equal mates; But rather to beget more love in you:

And think, my patience, more than thy desert, If she do chide, 'tis not to have you gone ;

Is privilege for thy departure hence: For uhy, the fools are mad if left alone. 43 Thank me forthis, more than for all the favours, Take no repulse, whatever she doth say ;

Which, all too much, I have bestow'd on thee. For, get you gone, she doth not mean, uway: 1 But if thou linger in my territories, Flatter, and praise, commend, extol their graces: Longer than swiftest expedition Though ne'er so black, say, they have angels' faces. Will give thee time to leave our royal court, That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man, 50 By heaven, my wrath shall far exceed the love If with his tongue he cannot win a woman. I ever bore my daughter, or thyself.

Duke. But she I mean, is promis'd by her friends! Begone, I will not bear thy vain excuse, Unto a youthful gentleman of worth;

But, as thou lov'st thy life, makespeed from hence. And kept severely from resort of men,

[Erit. That no man hath access by day to her.

Val. And why not death, rather than living torVal. Why then I would resort to her by night. To die, is to be banish d from myself! [ment :

Duke. Ay, but the doors be lock'd,and kerskeptl And Sylvia is myself: banish'd from her, That no man hath recourse to her by night. sale, Is self from self; a deadly banishment!

l'al. What lets', but oneinaventer at her windows What light is light, if Sylvia be not seen? · Duke.Herchamberis aloft, farfrom the ground : 60 What joy is jov, if Silvia be not by? And built so shelving, that one cannot climb it Cnless it be, to think that she is by, Without apparent hazard of his life.

And feed upon the shadow of perfection. ? That is, what hinders. . ? For is the same as for that, since.

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