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Enter PROTHEUS, SILVIA, and Julia. Pro. Madam, this service have I done for you (Though you respect not aught your servant doth), To hazard life, and rescue you from him, That wou'd have forc'd your honour and your love. Vouchsafe me for my meed but one fair look; A smaller boon than this I cannot beg, And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. 110
Val. How like a dream is this, I see, and hear! Love, lend me patience to forbear a while. [ Aside.
Sil. () miserable, unhappy that I am !
Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came; But, by my coming, I have made you happy. Sil. By thy approach thou mak’st me most una
happy. Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your pre..
[ Aside. Sil. Had I been seized by an hungry lion, I would have been a breakfast to the beast, Rather than have false Protheus rescue me. Oh, heaven be judge, how I love Valentine, Whose life's as tender to me as my soul ; And full as much (for more there cannot be) I do detest false perjur'd Protheus : Therefore be gone, solicit me no more.
Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to death, Would I not undergo for one calm look ? Oh, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd, . Wlien wonen cannot love, where they're belov'd.
Sil. When Protheus cannot love, where he's belov’d.
Pro. In love,
140 Sil. All men but Protheus.
Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words
Sil. Oh heaven!
Val. Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch;
150 Val. Thou common friend, that's without faith or
love (For such is a friend now); treacherous man! Thou hast beguild my hopes; nought but mine eye Could have persuaded me: Now I dare not say, I have one friend alive; thou would'st disprove me. Who should be trusted, when one's own right hand Is perjur'd to the bosom? Protheus, I am sorry, I must never trust thee more,
But count the world a-strånger for thy sake. 159
Pro. My shame and guilt confounds me:-
Val. Then I am paid :
Jul. O good sir, my master charg'd me
Pro. Where is that ring, boy?
[ Gives a Ring
Jul. Oh, cry your mercy, sir, I have mistook;
[Shews another Ring.