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Ithrusts me himself into the company of three or Sii. O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman,

our gentlemen-like dogs under the duke's table : (Think not I tlatter, for, I swear, I do not) The had not been there (bless the mark) a pissing Valiant, wise, remorseful', well accomplish d. while“, but all the clamber smelt him. Out with Thou art not ignorant, what dear good will 5 \the dog, says one; I hatcur is that? says another; I bear unto the banish'd Valeatine;

\Whiphim out, saysthethird; Hanchimun, saysthe Nor how my father would enforce me marry duke: I, having been acquainted with the smell Vain Thurio, whom my very soul abhors.

before, knew it was Crab; and goes me to the Thyself hast lov'd; and I have heard thee say, fellow that whips the dogs': Friend, quoth I, you No grief did ever come so near thy heart, 10 mean to whip the dog? Ay, murry, dol, quoth he. As when thy lady and thy true-love dy'd,

You dohin the more wrong, quoth l; 't reas I did the ? Upon whose grave thou vow'dst pure chastity. I thing you wot of.. He makes no more ado, but Sir Eglamour, I would to Valentine,

whips me out of the chamber. How many masTo Mantua, where, I hear, he makes abode; Iters would do this for their servant? nay, I'll be And, for the ways are dangerous to pass, 115 sworn I have sat in the stocks for puddings he hath I do desire thy worthy company,

stolen, otherwise he had been executed; I have Upon whose faith and honour I repose.

stood on the pillory for geese he hath kill'd, otherUrge not my father's anger, Eglamour,

wise he had suffer'd for 't: thou think'st pot of But think upon my griei, a lady's grief;

this now!-Nay, I remember the trick you sery'd And on the justice of my flying hence,

120|me, when I took my leave of inadam Silvia; did To keep me from a most unholy match, (plagues. not I bid thee still mark me, and do as I do? Which heayen, and fortune, still reward with! When did'st thou see me heave up my leg, and I do desire thee, even froin a heart

make water against a gentlewoman's farthingale? As full of sorrows, as the sea of sands,

|didst thou ever see me do such a trick? To bear me company, and go with me:

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Enter Proiheus and Julia. If not, to hide what I have said to thee,

| Pro. Sebastian is thy name? I like thee well, That I may venture to depart alone.

And will employ thee in some service presently. Egl. Madam, I pity much your 'grievances : Jul. In what you please;--I'll do, sir, ishat I can, Which since U know they virtuously are plac'd, Pro. I hope, ihou wilt.-How now, you whoreI give consent to go along with you;

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son peasant,

To Launce. * Recking as little what betideth me,

1 Where have you been these two das loitering? As much I wish all good befortune you.

Laun. Marry, sir, I carry'd mistress Silvia the When will you go?

dog you bade me. Sil. This crening coming.

Pro. And what says she to my little jewel Egl. Where shall I meet you?

1351 Laun. Marry, she savs, your dog was a cur; Sil. At friar Patrick's cell,

1 and tells you, currisli thanks is good enough for Where I intend holy confession.

such a present. Egl. I will not fail your ladyship:

| Pro. But she received my clog? Good-morrow', gentle lady.

Laun. No, indecd, she did not: here I have Sil. Good-morrow, kind sir Eglamour. [Exeunt. 40 brought him back again. Enter Launce with his dog.

1 Pro. What, did t thou offer her this from me? When a man's servant shall play the cur with Laun. Ay,sir; the other squirrel was stol'n trom him, look you, it goes hard: one that I broughi me by the hangman's boy in themarket-place: and up of a puppy; one that I sav'd from drowning, then I offer'd her mire own; who is a dog as big as when three or four of his blind brothers and sisters 45 ten of yours, and therefore the gift the greater. went to it! I have taught him even as one would Pro. Go, get thee hence, and find my dog again, siy preci aly, Thus I would teach a dog. I was Or ne'er return again into my sight. sert to deliver hiin, as a present to mistress Silvia, Away, I say: Stay'st thou to ves me here? from my master; and I came no sooner into the A slave, that, still an end , turns me to shame: dining chamber, but he steps me to her trencher, 50

[Erit Launce. and steals her capon's leg. 0, 'lis a foul thing, Sebastian, I have entertained thee, when a cur cannot keep himself in all compa. Partiy, that I have need of such a youth, nies! I would have, as one should say, one that That can with some discretion do my business, tahes upon him to be a dog indeed; to be, as it For 'tis no trusting to you toolish lowt; were, a dog at all things. If I had not had more 55 But, chiefly, for thy face, and thy behaviour; wit than lie, to take a lault upon me that he did, Which, if iny augury deceire me not, I think verily he had been hang'd for't; sure as I Witness good bringing up, fortune, and truth: live, he had suffer'd for't, you shall judge. Hel Therefore know thou, for this I entertain thee.

· Remorseful is pitiful. ? It was common in former ages for widowers and widows to make vows of chastity in honour of their deceased wives or husbands. ? Sorrows. 4 To rock is to care for.

That is, restrain himself. 6 A proverbial expression of those times, ? This appears to have been part of the office of an usher of the table. That is, in the end, at the conclusion of every business he undertakes.

Go oresently, and take this ring with thee, I will not look upon your master's lines:
Deliver it to madam Silvia:

I know, they are stui"d with protestations,
She lov'd me well, deliver'd it to me. [token: And fullot new-found oaths; which he will break,

Jul. It seems, you lov'd not her, to leave her As easily as I do tear this paper. She's dead, belike.

5 Jul. Malam, he sends your ladyship this ring. Pro. Not so; I think she lives.

| Sil. The more shame for him, that he sends it Jul. Alas!

(For, I have heard him say a thousand times, [me; Pro. Why dost thou cry, alas?

His Julia gave it him at his departure: Jul. I cannot chuse but pity her.

Though his false tinger hath profan’d the ring, Pro. Wherefore should'st ihou pity her? 10 Mine shall not do his Julia so much wrong.

Jul. Because, methinks, that she lov'd you as Jul. She thanks you. As you do love your lady Silvia;

[well | Sil. What say'st thou? She dreams on him, that has forgot her love : | Jul. I thank you, madam, that you tender her: You doat on her, that cares not for your love. Poor gentlewoman! my master wrongs her much, 'Tis pity love should be so contrary,

115 Sil." Dost thou know her? And, thinking on it, makes me cry, alas!

Jul. Almost as well as I do know myself: Pro. Well, give her that ring, and therewithal To think upon her woes, I do protest, This letter;-that's her chamber.- Tell my lady, That I have wept an hundred several times. I claim the promise for her heavenly picture. Sil. Belike, she thinks that Protheus hath forYourmewage done, hie home unto my chamber, 20

sook her.

(sorrow. Where thou shalt tind me sad and solitary.

Jul. I think she doth; and that's her cause of

[Exit Protheus. Sil. Is she not passing fair? Jul. How manywomenwould do sucha message: Jul. She hath been fairer, madam, than she is; Alas, poor Protheus! thou hast entertaiu'd When she did think my master lov'd her well, A fos, to be the shepherd of thy lambs: 125 She, in my judgment, was as fair as you ; Alas, poor fool! why do I pity him

But since she did neglect her looking-glass, That with his very heart despiseth me?

And threw her sun-expelling mask away, Because he loves her, he despiseth me;

The air hath starv'd the roses in her cheeks, Because I love him, I must pity him.

And pinch'd the lily-tincture of her face, This ring I gave him, when he parted from me, 130 That now she is become as black as I. . To bind him to reniember my good-will:

Sil. How tall was she? And now I'ain (unhappy messenger)

| Jul. About my stature: for at Pentecost, To plead for that, which I would not obtain; 1 When all our pageants of delight were play'd, To carry that which I would have refus'd;

Our youth got me to play the woman's part, To praise his faith, which I would have disprais’d. 35 And I was trimni'd in madam Julia's gown; I am my master's true confirmed love:

Which served me as tit, by all men's judgment, Put cannot be true servant to iny master,

As if the garment had been made for me:
Unless I prove false traitor to myself.

1 Therefore, I know she is about my height.
Yet will I woo for him ; but yet so coldly, And, at that time, I made her weep a-good',
As, heaven it knows, I would not have him speed. 40 For I did piay a lamentable part:
Enter Silvia.

Madam, 'iwas Ariadne, passioning
Gentlewoman, good day! I pray you, be my mean For Theseus' perjury, and unjust flight;
To bring me wliere to speak with inadam Silvia. Which I so lively acted with my tears,

Sil. What would you with her, if that I be she? That my poor mistress, moved iherewithal,

Jul. If you be she, I do entreat your patience 45 Wept bitterly; and would I might be dead, Tobear me speak the message I am scnt on. I If I in tbought felt not her very sorrow! Sil. Froin whom?

| Sil. She is beholden to thee, gentle youth: Jul. From my master, sir Protheus, madam. 1 Alas, poor lady! desolate and left! Sil. Oh! he sendo you for a picture?

I weep myselt, to think upon thy words. Jul. Av, madam.

50 Ilere, youth, there is my purse; I give thee this Sil. Ursula, bring my picture there.

Forthy sweetmistress'sake, because thoulov'st her, [Picture brought. Farewell.

. [Erit Silvia. Go, give your master this: tell him from me, Jul. And she shall thank you for't, if e'er you. One Julia, that his changing thoughts forget,

know her.-Would better fit his chamber, than this shadow. 554 virtuous gentlewoman, mild and beautiful.

Jul. Madam, please you peruse this litter. I hope, my master's suit will be but cold,

- Pardon me, madam; I have unadvis'd I Since she respects my mistress' love so much. Deliver'd you a paper that I should not ;

Alas, how love can trile with itself!
This is the letter to your ladyship.

Here is her picture: Let me see; I think,
Sil. I pray thee, let me look on that again. 160||| I had such attire, this face of mine
Jul. It may not be; good madam, pardon me. Were full as lovely as is this of her's:

And yet the painter ilatter'd her a little,
Si!. There, holu.
? That is, in good carnest.

Unless

Unless I fatter with myself too much. Į Come shadow, come, and take this shadow up,
Her hair is auburn, mine is perfect yellow : For 'tis thy rival. O thou senseless form,
If that be all the difference in his love,

Thou shalt be worshipp’d, kiss'd, lov'd, and ador'd; I'll get me such a colourd periwig.

And, were there sense in his idolatry, Her eyes are grey as glass : and so are mine; 5 My substance should be statue in thy stead. Ay, but her forehead's low, and mine's as high. I'll use thee kindly for thy mistress' sake, What should it be, that he respects in her, That us'd me so; or else, by Jove I vow, But I can make respective in myself,

I should have scratch'd out your unseeing eyes, If this fond Love were not a blinded god? T To make my master out of love with thee. (Exit,

Асту.

SCENE 1.

Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cow

ardice. Near the Friar's cell, in Milan.

[ Aside. Thu. What says she to my birth? Enter Eglamour.

120 Pro. That you are well deriv d. Egl. THE sun begins to gild the western sky; Jul. True; from a gentlenian to a fool. [ Aside. And now it is about the very hour

Thu. Considers she my possessions : That Silvia, at friar Patrick's cell, should meet me.

Pro. 0, ay; and pities them. She will not fail; for lovers break not hours,

Thu. Wherefore? Unless it be to come before their time;

Jul. That such an ass should owe them. Aside, So much they spur their expedition.

Pro. That they are out by lease.
See, where she comes: Lady, a happy evening. Jul. Here comes the duke.
Enter Silvia.

Enter Duke.
Sil. Amen, amen! go on, good Eglamour, Duke. How now, sir Protheus? how now,
Out at the postern by the abbey-wall; .

Thurio?
I fear, I am attended by some spies. [off; Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late?

Egl. Fear not : the forest is not three leagues Thu. Not I.
If we recover that, we are suret enough. [Exeunt.! Pro. Nor I.
SCENE II.

Duke. Saw you my daughter?
Pro. Neither.

[Valentine; : An apartment in the Duke's palace.

Duke. Why, then she's fled unto that peasant Enter Thurio, Protheus, and Julia. JAnd Eglamour is in her company. Thu. Sir Protheus, what says Silvia to my suit?! 'Tis true; for friar Laurence inet them both,

Pro. Oh, sir, I find her milder than she was; | As he in penance wander'd through the forest: And yet she takes exceptions at your person. 40 Him he knew we'l, and guess d that it was she; Thu. What, that my leg is too long

But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it: Pro. No; that it is too little. [rounder. Besides, she did intend confession Thu. l'il wear a boot to make it somewhat At Patrick's cell this even; and there she was not: Pro. But love will not be spurr'd to what it! These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence. loaths,

43 Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, Thu. What says she to my face?

But mount you presently; and meet with me Pro. She says, it is a fair one.

Upon the rising of the mountain-foot Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is black. That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fled:

Pro. But pearls are fair; and the old saying is, Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. “ Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes."|501

[Erit Duke. Jul. 'Tis true, such pearls as put out ladies' eyes; | Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl, For I had rather wink, than look on them. [ Aside. That flies her fortune when it follows her: Thu. How likes she my discourse?

I'll after; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour, Pro. Ill, when you talk of war. [peace Than for the love of reckless Silvia. Thu. But well, when I discourse of love, and 55 Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love, Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. peace.

[Aside. Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, Thu. What says she to my valour?

Than bate for Silvia, that is gone for love. Pro. Oh, sir, she makes no doubt of that.

[Ereunt.

· It should be remembered, that false hair was worn by the ladies, long before wigs were in fashion. These false coverings, however, were call'd periwigs. 2 A high forehead was in Shah speare's time accounted a feature eminently beautiful. 3 That is, respectful, or respectable. * Sure means safe. 5 Own them,

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Pro. In love

SCENE II.

[Rather than have false Protheus rescue me, The Forest.

Oh, heaven be judge, how I love Valentine, Enter Silvia and Outlaws.

Whose life's as tender to me as my soul; Out. Coine, come;

And full as much (for more there cannot be) Be patient, we must bring you to our captain.

to our contain 51 do detest false perjur'd Protheus: Sil. A thousand more mischances, than this one,

Therefore begone, solicit me no more. (death, Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently. I

| Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to 2 Out. Come, bring her away.

Would I not undergo for one calm look? 1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with

ithil Oh, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd, 3 Out. Being nimble-tooled, he hathoutrun u6;10

trunu. 10 When women cannot love, where they're belov'd. But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him.

| Sil. When Protheus cannot love, where he'sbelov'd. Go thou with her to the west end of the wood, I

Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, There is our captain: we'll follow him that's fled;

. For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy faith The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape.

| Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths 1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain's

vain 15 Descended into perjury, to love me. [two,

Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou hadst cave: Fear not; he bears an honourable mind,

And that's far worse than none; better have none And will not use a woman lawlessly.

Than plural faith, which is too much by one: Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee!

Thou counterfeit to thy true friend!

Who respects friend?
SCENE IV.

Sil. All men but Protheus.
The Outlaws' cave in the forest. | Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words
Enter Valentine.

Can no way change you to a milder form,
Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man! 25/I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end ;
This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, | |And love you'gainst the nature of love, force you.
I better brook than flourishing peopled towns: 1 Sil. O heaven!
Here can I sit alone, unseen of any,

Pro. I'll force thee yield to my desire. And, to the nightingale's complaining notes,

Val. Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch; Tune my distresses, and record my woes. 130 Thou friend of an ill fashion ! O thou that dost inhabit in my breast,

Pro. Valentine!

[or love; Leave not the mansion so long tenantless; | Val. Thou common friend, that's without faith Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall,

I(For such is a friend now) treacherous man! And leave no memory of what it was!

Thou hast beguild my hopes; nought butmine eye Repair me with thy presence, Silvia;

135 Could have persuaded me: Now I dare not say, Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain! I have one friendalive; thou wouldst disprove me. What hallooing, and what stir is this to-day? Who should be trusted, when one's own rigbt hand These are my mates, that make their wills their Is perjur'd to the bosom? Protheus, Have some unhappy passenger in chace: [law, I am sorry, I must never trust thee more, They love me well; yet I have much to do, 40 Butcount the worlda stranger for thy sake. [curst! To keep them from uncivil outrages. There: The private wound is deepest: Oh tiine, most Withdraw thee, Valentine; who's this comes 'Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the worst!

[al. steps aside. Pro. My shame and guilt confounds me. Enter Protheus, Silvia, and Julia.

Forgive me, Valentine! if hearty sorrow
Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you, 45 Be a sufficient ransom for offence,
Though you respect not aught your servant doth) I tender it here; I do as truly suffer,
To hazard life, and rescue you from him, 1. As e'er I did commit.
That wou'd have forc'd yourhonourand your love. | Val. Then I am paid;
Vouchsafe me for my meed' but one fair look; 1 And once again I do receive thee honest:
A smaller boon than this I cannot beg,

50 Who by repentance is not satisfy'd, And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. Is nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are pleas'd;

l'al. How like a dream is this, I see, and hear! By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'd: Love, lend me patience to forbear a while. [Aside. And, that my love may appear plain and free, Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am!

All, that was mine in Silvia, I give thee. Pro. Unhappy were you, 'madam, ere I came: 55 Jul. Oh me unhappy!

[Faints, But, by my coming, I have made you happy. [pv. Pro. Look to the boy.

Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most unhap- l'al. Why, boy! why, wag ! how now? what is Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your! Look up; speak. presence.

[Aside. Jul. O good sir, my master charged me Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, 160 To deliver a ring to madam Silvia; I would have been a breakfast to the beast, Which, out of my neglect, was never done.

To record anciently signified to sing. Record is also a term still used by bird-fanciers, to ex. press the first essays of a bird in singing. ? That is, reward,

Pro. Pro. Where is that ring, boy?

I hold him but a fool, that will endanger Jul. Here'tis: this is it. [Gives a ring. His body for a girl that loves him not: Pro. How! let me see :

I claim her not, and therefore she is thine. Why this is the ring I gave to Julia.

Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou, Jul. Oh, cry your mercy, sir, I have mistook: 5 To make such means for her as thou hast done, This is thering vou sent toSilvia.[Shewsanotherring And leave her on such slight conditions.

Pro. But how cam'st thou by this ring? At my Now, by the honour of mine ancestry, I gave this unto Julia.

[depart, I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine, Jul. And Julia herself did give it me; 1 And think thee worthy of an empress' love. And Julia herself hath brought it hither. 110 Know then, I here forget all former griefs, Pro. How! Julia?

Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again. Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths, Plead a new state in thy unrival'd merit, And entertain'd thein deeply in her heart:

To which I thus subscribe, -Sir Valentine, How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root? Thou art a gentleman, and well deriy'd; Oh Protheus, let this habit make thee blush! 15 Take thou thy Sylvia, for thou hast deserv'd her. Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me | Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made Such an immodest rayment; if shame live

me happy. In a disguise of love :

I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, It is the lesser blot, modesty finds, [minds. To grant one boon that I shall ask of you. Women to change their shapes, than men their 20Duke. I grant it, forthine own, whate'er it be. Pro. Than men their minds! 'tis true: oh hea- Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept ven! were man

withal, But constant, he were perfect: that one error JAre men endu'd with worthy qualities; Fills him with faults; makes him run through all Forgive them what they have committed here, Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins: [sins : 25 And let them be recallå from their exile: What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy

They are reformed, civil, full of good, More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye?

And fit for great employment, worthy lord. Pal. Come, come, a hand from either:

| Duke. Thou hast prevail'd: I pardon thein and Let me be blest to make this happy close;

thee; I'were pity two such friends should long be foes. 30 Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. Pro. Bear witness, heaven,

Come, let us go; we will include all jars I have my wish for ever.

With triumplis, mirth, and rare solemnity, Jul. And I mine.

Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold Enter Outlaws, with Duke and Thurio. | With our discourse to make your grace to smile. Out. A prize, a prize, a prize! (duke. 35 What think you of this page, my lord? Vul. Forbear, forbear, I say; it is my lord the Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him; he Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd,

blushes. Banished Valentine.

Val. I warrant you, my lord; more grace than Duke. Sir Valentine!

Duke. What mean you by that saving? Thu. Yonderis Silvia; and Silvia's mine.[death; 40 Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along,

Val. Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy That you will wonder, what hath fortuned.Come not within the measure of my wrath: 1 Come, Protheus: 'tis your penance, but to hear Do not name Silvia thine; if once again,

The story of your loves discovered: Milan shall not behold thee. Here she stands, That done, our day of marriage shall be yours; Take but possession of her with a touch ;- 45 One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. I dare thee but to breathe upon my love.

(Exeunt omnes. Thu, Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I;

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? That is, the reach of my anger. ? To include is to shut up, to conclude.

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