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And daily graced by the emperor ;
Wishing me with him, partner of his fortune.

Ant. And how stand you affected to his wish?

Pro. As one relying on your lordship’s will, And not depending on his friendly wish.

Ant. My will is something sorted with his wish ; Muse not that I thus suddenly proceed; For what I will, I will, and there an end. I am resolved, that thou shalt spend some time With Valentinus in the emperor's court; What maintenance he from his friends receives, Like exhibition ? thou shalt have from me. To-morrow be in readiness to go: Excuse it not, for I am peremptory.

Pro. My lord, I cannot be so soon provided;
Please you, deliberate a day or two.
Ant. Look, what thou want'st, shall be sent after

No more of stay; to-morrow thou must go.
Come on, Panthino; you shall be employed
To hasten on his expedition.

[Exeunt Ant. and PANT. Pro. Thus have I shunned the fire, for fear of

burning; And drenched me in the sea, where I am drowned: I feared to show my father Julia's letter, Lest he should take exceptions to my love ; And with the vantage of mine own excuse Hath he excepted most against my love. O, how this spring of love resembleth

The uncertain glory of an April day; Which now shows all the beauty of the sun, And by and by a cloud takes all away!

Re-enter PANTHINO. Pant. Sir Proteus, your father calls for

you; He is in haste; therefore, I pray you go.

li. e. wonder not.

2 Exhibition is allowance of money; it is still used in the universities for a stipend.

Pro. Why, this it is! my heart accords thereto; And yet a thousand times it answers, no. [Exeunt.


SCENE I. Milan. A Room in the Duke's Palace.



Speed. Sir, your glove.
Val. Not mine; my gloves are on.
Speed. Why then this may be yours, for this is

but one.
Val. Ha! let me see: ay, give it me, it's mine :
Sweet ornament that decks a thing divine!
Al Silvia! Silvia!

Speed. Madam Silvia! madam Silvia !
Val. How now, sirrah?
Speed. She is not within hearing, sir.
Val. Why, sir, who bade you call her ?
Speed. Your worship, sir; or else I mistook.
Val. Well, you'll still be too forward.
Speed. And yet I was last chidden for being too

slow. Val. Go to, sir; tell me, do you know madam

Silvia ?
Speed. She that your worship loves ?
Val. Why, how know you that I am in love ?

Speed. Marry, by these special marks: First, you have learned, like Sir Proteus, to wreath your arms, like a male-content; to relish a love-song, like a robinred-breast; to walk alone, like one that had the pestilence; to sigh, like a school-boy that had lost his A, B, C; to weep, like a young wench that had buried her grandam; to fast, like one that takes diet;1 to watch,

1 On and one were anciently pronounced alike, and frequently writ

ten so.

, like one that fears robbing; to speak puling, like a beggar at Hollowmas.? You were wont, when you laughed, to crow like a cock; when you walked, to walk like one of the lions; when you fasted, it was presently after dinner; when


looked sadly, it was for want of money: and now you are metamorphosed with a mistress, that, when I look on you, I can hardly think you my master.

Val. Are all these things perceived in me?
Speed. They are all perceived without

you. Val. Without me? They cannot.

Speed. Without you! nay, that's certain, for, without you were so simple, none else would : but you are so without these follies, that these follies are within you, and shine through you like the water in an urinal ; that not an eye, that sees you, but is a physician to comment on your malady.

Val. But, tell me, dost thou know my lady Silvia ?

Speed. She that you gaze on so, as she sits at supper?

Val. Hast thou observed that ? even she I mean. Speed. Why, sir, I know her not.

Val. Dost thou know her by my gazing on her, and yet know'st her not?

Speed. Is she not hard-favored, sir ?
Val. Not so fair, boy, as well favored.
Speed. Sir, I know that well enough.
Val. What dost thou know?

Speed. That she is not so fair, as (of you) wellfavored.

Val. I mean, that her beauty is exquisite, but her favor infinite.

Speed. That's because the one is painted, and the other out of all count.

1 To take diet is to be under a regimen for a disease.

2 The feast of All-hallows, or All Saints, at which time the poor in Staffordshire go froin parish to parish a souling, as they call it; i. e. begging and puling, for soul cakes, and singing what they call the souler's song.

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