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And daily graced by the emperor ;
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;
[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.
Enter VALENTINE and SPEED.
Speed. Sir, your glove.
Speed. Madam Silvia! madam Silvia !
slow. Val. Go to, sir; tell me, do you know madam
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
, 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?
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 ?
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.