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SS CE NE VI.
, Enter Protheus.
s It is to be observed, that in the first folio edition, the only edition of authority, there are no direccions concerning the scenes ; they have been added by the later editors, and may therefore be changed by any reader that can give more confiftency or regularity to the drama by such alterations. I make this remark in this place, because I know not whether the following soliloquy of Protheus is so proper in the street.
JOHNSON. O sweet-suggesting love, -] To suggest is to tempt in our author's language. So again :
“Knowing that tender youth is soon fuggefied.” The sense is. O tempting love, if thou hast influenced me to fin, teach me to excuse it. Dr. Warburton reads, if I have finn'd; but, I think, not only without necessity, but with less elegance. JOHNSON.
For Valentine, myself; for Julia, Silvia.
Julia's house in Verona.
Enter Julia and Lucetta. Jul. Counsel, Lucetta ;- gentle girl, affist 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,
? Myself, who am his competitor or rival, being admitted to his countel. JOHNSON.
3-pretended flight;} We may read intended fligbt. Johns.
9 I fufpe&t that the author concluded the act with this couplet, and that the next scene should begin the third act ; but the change, as it will add nothing to the probability of the action, is of no great importance. Johnson.
Thou wou but know the so long a ti
To lesson me; and tell me some good mean,
A journey to my loving Protheus.
Jul. A true-devoted pilgriin is not weary
Luc. I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire,
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 musick with the enameld 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 the wild ocean. Then let me go, and hinder not my course : I'll be as patient as a gentle stream, And make a pastime 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 foul doth in Elysium.
Luc. But in what habit will you go along?
Jul. Not like a woman; for I would prevent The loose encounters of lascivious men:
The current, th being fopp mot hinderecord stones ;
And to taketh ir kits too with the indered, doch rage
Gentle Lucetta, fit me with such weeds
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 shew to be. Luc. What fashion, madam, shall I make your
breeches ? Jul. That fits as well, as_“ tell me, good my lord, " What compass will you wear your farthingale ?” Why, even what fashion thou best lik’st, Lucetta. Luc. You must needs have them 9 with a cod-piece,
madam. Jul. Out, out, Lucetta! that will be ill-favour'd. Luc. A round hose, madam, now's not worth a
pin, Unless you have a cod-piece to stick pins on.
Inl. Lucetta, as thou lov'st me, let me have
Luc. If you think so, then stay at home, and go not.
Luc. Then never dream on infamy, but go.
F1:l. That is the least, Lucetta, of my fear :
Luc. All these are servants to deceitful men.
9.with a cod-piece, &c.] Whoever wishes to be acquainted with this particular, relative to dress, may consult Bulwer's Artificial Changeling, in which such matters are very amply discúfied. STEVENS. I of infinite ] Old edit. JOHNSON,
Ful. Base men, that use them to fo base effect! But truer stars did govern Protheus' 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.
Luc. Pray heaven he prove so when you come to him!
Jul. Now, as thou lov'st me, do him not that wrong, To bear a hard opinion of his truth : , Only deserve my love, by loving him ; And presently go with me to my chamber, To take a note of what I stand in need of, To furnish me upon my longing journey. All that is mine I leave at thy dispose, My goods, my lands, my reputation ; Only, in lieu thereof, dispatch me hence, Come, answer not; but do it presently ; I am impatient of my tarriance.
A CT III. SCENE I.
The duke's palace in Milan,
[Exit Thur. Now tell me, Protheus, what's your will with me?
Pro. My gracious lord, that which I would discover, The law of friendship 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,