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Pro. Gone, my good lord.

Duke. And, Protheus, we dare trust you in this Duke. My daughter takes his going heavily. Because we know, on Valentine's report, [kind; Pro. A little time, my lord, will kill that grief. You are already love's firm votary,

Dake. So I believe, but Thurio chinks not so. And cannot soon revolt and change your mind, Protheus, the good conceit I hold of thee, Upon this warrant shall you have access, (For thou haft shew'n some sign of good desert) Where you with Silvia may confer at large; Makes me the better to confer with thee. For she is lumpith, heavy, melanchoiy,

Pro. Longer than I prove loyal to your grace, And, for your friend's fake, will be glad of you ; Let me not live to look upon your grace. [effect where you may temper her, by your persuasion,

Duke. Thou know'lt, how willingly I would To hate young Valentine, and love my friend. The match between fir Thurio and my daughter. Pro. As much as I can do, I will effect :Pro. I do, my lord.

But you, fir Thurio, are not sharp enough ; Duke. And also, I do think, thou art not ignorant You must lay lime 3, to tangle her desires, How the opposes her against my will.

By wailful sonnets, whose composed rhimes Pro. She did, my lord, when Valentine was here. Should be full fraught with serviceable vows.

Duke. Ay, and perversely the persevers so. Duke. Ay, much is the force of heaven-bred poefy. What might we do to make the girl forget

Pro. Say, that upon the altar of her beauty The love of Valentine, and love fır Thurio ? You sacrifice your tears, your sighs, your heart :

Pro. The best way is, to Nander Valentine Write, till your ink be dry; and with your tears With fallhood, cowardice, and poor descent;. Moist it again ; and frame some feeling line, Three things that women highly hold in hace. That may discover such integrity :

Duke. Ay, but she'll think that it is spoke in hate. For Orpheus' lute was strung with poets' sinews ; Pro. Ay, if his enemy deliver it :

Whose golden touch could foften stoel and stones, Therefore it must, with circumstance, be spoken Make tygers tame, and huge leviathans By one, whom she esteemech as his friend. Forsake unrounded deeps to dance on fands.

Duke. Then you must undertake to Nander him. After your dire-lamenting elegies,

Pro. And that, my lord, I shall be loth to do: Visit by night your lady's chamber-window Tis an ill office for a gentleman;

With some sweet concert: to their instruments Especially, against his very' friend. [him, Tune a deploring dump4; the night's dead filence

Duke. Where your good word cannot advantage Will well become suchsweet complaining grievance. Your Nander never can endamage him;

This, or else nothing, will inherit hers. [love. Therefore the office is indifferent,

Duke. This discipline news thou hast been in Being intreated to it by your friend.

Thu. And thy advice this night I'll put in practice: Pro. You have prevail'd, my lord: if I can do it, Therefore, sweet Protheus, my direction-giver, By aught that I can speak in his dispraise, Let us into the city presently She shall not long continue love to him.

To forto some gentlemen well skill'd in musick: But say, this weed lier love from Valentine, I have a sonnet, that will serve the turn, It follows not that she will love fir Thurio. To give the onset to thy good advice. Ibu. Therefore as you unwind her love from him, Duke. About it, gentlemen.

[per, Left it should ravel, and be good to none,

Pro. We'll wait upon your grace till after supYou must provide to bottom it on me 2: And afterwards determine our proceedings. Which must be done, by praising me as much Duke. Even now about it; I will pardon? you. As you in worth difpraise fir Valentine.

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SCENE I.

jIf not, we'll make you fit, and rifle you.

Speed. Sir, we are undone ! these are the villains
A forest, leading towards Mantua.'

That all the travellers do fear fo much.
Enter certain Out-laws.

Val. My friends, 1 Ont.

"ELLOWS, stand fast; I fee a passenger. 1 Out. That's not fo, fir; we are your enemies.

2 Out. If there be ten, ihrink not, but 2 Out. Peace; we'll hear him. down with 'em.

3 Our. Ay, by my beard, will we ; Enter Valentine and Speed.

For he's a proper man. 3 Out. Stand, sir, and throw us what you have Val. Then know, that I have little wealth tolo e ;

A man I am, crots’d with adversity : i Very is immediate. 2 The meaning of this allusion is, As you wind off her love from him, make me the bottom on which you wind it. The women's term for a ball of thread wound upon a ceniral body, is a borion of thread. 3 That is, birdlime. 4 A dump was the ancient term for a mournful ciezy. $ To inherit, is here used for to obtain tollepon of, without any idea of acquiring by inheritance.

Í hat is, to chulc oui. 7 That is, I will excuse you from waiting.

about you ;

My riches are these poor habiliments,

| Provided, that you do no outrages Of which if you should here disfurnith me, On ally women, or poor pallenigers. You take the sum and substance that I have. 3 Vit. No, we detest such vile base practices. 2. Out. Whither travel you?

Come, go with us, we'll bring thee to our crewsy Val. To Verona.

And Thew thee all the treasure we have got ; 1 0u. Whence came you?

Which, with ourselves, all rest at thy dispose. Val. From Milan.

Ex: 3 Out. Have you long sojourn'd there?

S CE NE II. Val. Some sixteen months; and longer might have staid,

L’nder Silvia's apariment in Milan. If crooked fortune had not thwarted me.

Enter Protbeus. 1 Our. What, were you bunith'd thence ? Pro. Alreniy have I been false to Valentine, Val. I 11 as.

And now I must be as unjutt to Trurio. 2 Out. For what offence ?

Under the colour of commending him,
Vol. For that which now tormients mcto relicaríe. I have access my own love to prefer ;
I kill'd a man, whose death I much repent ; But Silvia is too fair, too true, too holy,
But yet I new him manfully in fight,

To be corrupted with my worthless gifts.
Without false vantage, or base treachery. When I protest true loyalty to her,

i Oii. Why ne'er repent it, if it were done fo: She twits me with my falihood to my friend; But were you banish'd for so small a fault ? When to her beauty I commend my vows,

Val. I was, and held me glad of such a doom. She bids me think, how I have been forsworn i Our. Have you the tongues ?

In breaking faith with Julia whom I lov'd : Val. My youthful travel therein made me happy; And, notwithstanding all her sudden quips 3, Or else I often had been miserable. [friar, The least whereof would quell a lover's hope,

3 01. By the bare scalp of Robin Hood's fat Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love, This fellow were a king for our wild faction. The more it grows, and fawneth on her Itill. i Out. We'll have him : firs, a word.

But here comes Thurio: now must we to het Speed. Master, be one of them ;

window, It is a kind of honourable thievery.

And give some evening music to her ear. Val. Peace, villain !

[to?

Enter Thurio and Musicians. 2 Out. Tell us this; have you any thing to take Thu. How now, fir Protheus ? are you crept l'al. Nothing but my fortune.

before us?

[love 3 Out. Know then, that some of us are gentlemen, Pro. Ay, gentle Thurio ; for, you know, that Such as the fury of ungovern’d youth

Will creep in service where it cannot go. Thritt from the company of awful? men:

Thu. Ay, but I hope, fır, that you love not here. Myself was from Verona banished,

Pro. Sir, but I do; or elle I would be hence. For practising to steal away a lady,

Thu. Whom? Silvia? An heir, and niece ally d unto the duke.

Pro. Ay, Silvia,--for your

sake. 2 Out, And I from Mantua, for a gentleman, Thu. I thank you for your own. Now, gentlemen, Whom, in my mood, I ftabb'd unto the heart, Let's tune, and to it luttily a while.

1 Out. And I, for such like petty crimes as these. Enter Hofi, at a distance ; and Julia in boy's cloaths. But to the purpose,--(for we cite our faults, Hoji. Now, my young guest? methinks you're That they may hold excus'd our lau less lives) allycholly ; I pray you, why is it? And, partly, seeing you are beautify'd

Jul. Marry, mine hott, because I cannot be With goodly shape ; and by your own report merry: A linguist; and a man of such perfection,

Floft. Come, we'll have you merry : I'll bring As we do in our quality ? much want,-- you where you Thall hear music, and see the gca

2 Oui. Indeed, because you are a banilh'd man, tleman that you alk'd for. Therefore, above the rest, we parley to you: Jul. But shall I hear him speak ? Are you content to be our general ?

Hoft. Ay, that you shall. To make a virtue of neceflity,

Jul. That will be music. And live, as we do, in the wilderness ?

Hofi. Hark! bark ! 30.1. What say'lt thou wilt thou be of our Jul. Is he among these? confort?

Hoft. Ay: but peace, let's hear 'em,
Sari, ay, and be the captain of us all :

SON G.
We'll do thee homage, and be ruld by thice,
Love thee as our commander, and our king.

Who is Silvia? what is she,
1 Out. But if thou scom our courtesy, thoudy'rt. That all our fawains comniend her!
2 Oui. Thou shalt not live to brag what we Holy, fair, and wife is the ;
have otler'd.

i'be heavens fueb grace did lind ber, Val. I take your offer, and will live with you; That she might admired beans

i Reverend, worshipful, such as magiftra:cs. kafty passionate reproaches and scofis.

2 Quality is nature relatirtly confidered. 3 That is,

cyes repair,

is the kind, as she is fair?

For me, by this pale queen of night, I swear, For beauty lives with kindness:

I am so far from granting thy request,
Love dobio ber

That I despise thee for thy wrongful suit;
To belo him of bis blindness;

And by and by intend to chide myself,
And, being belp'd, inhabits there.

Even for this time I spend in talking to thee. Tben to Silvia let us fing,

Pro. I grant, sweet love, that I did love a lady:

But she is dead.
That Silvia is excelling;
Sbe excells each mortal thing,

Jul. [-Alide.] 'Twere false, if I should speak it;

For, I am sure, she is not buried.
Upon the dull carıb dwelling:

Sil. Say, that the be ; yet Valentine, thy friend,
To ber let us garlands bring.

Survives; to whom, thyself art witness, Hoft. How now? are you sadder than you were I am betroth'd ; and art thou not asham'd before

To wrong him with thy importunacy ? How do you, man? the music likes you not. Pro. I likewise hear, that Valentine is dead.

Jul. You mistake; the musician likes me not. Sil. And so, suppose, am I; for in his grave, Hot. Why, my pretty youth?

Allure thyself, my love is buried. Jul. He plays false, father.

Pro. Sweet lady, let me rake it from the earth. Hof. How, out of tune on the strings?

Sil. Go to thy lady's grave, and call her's thence ; Jul. Not fo; but yet so false, that he grieves Or, at the least, in her's sepulchre thine. my very heart-strings.

Jul. [-Alide.] He heard not that. Hoft. You have a quick ear.

Pro. Madam, if that your heart be so obdurate, Ful. Ay, I would I were deaf ! it makes me Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love, have a flow heart.

The picture that is hanging in your chamber ; Hoft. I perceive, you delight not in music. To that I'll speak, to that I'll figh and weep i Jul. Not a whit, when it jars fo.

For, since the substance of your perfect self oft. Hark, what fine change is in the music ! Is else devoted, I am but a shadow : Ful. Ay; that change is the spite. [thing. And to your shadow will I make true love. Hoft. You would have them always play but one Jul. ( Afide.] If 'twere a substance, you would, Jul. I would always have one play but one

sure, deceive it,
thing.

And make it but a thadow, as I am.
But, hoft, doth this fir Protheus, that we talk on, Sil. I am very loath to be your idol, fir ;
Often resort unto this gentlewoman?

But, since your falfhood Mall become you well Hoft. I tell you what Launce, his man, told me, To worship thadows, and adore false fhapes, he lov'd her out of all nick'.

Send to me in the morning, and I'll send it : Jl. Where is Launce?

And so, good rest. Hof. Gone to seek his dog; which, to-morrow, Pro. As wretches have o'er-night, by his master's command, he must carry for a pre- That wait for execution in the morn. sent to his lady.

[Exiunt Protheus and Silvia. Ful. Peace! stand aside, the company parts. Jul. Hoft, will you go?

Pro. Sir Thurio, fear not you; I will to plead, H ft. By iny hailidom, I was fast asleep. That you thall say, my cunning drift excels. Jul. Pray you, where lies fir Protheus? Tbu. Where meet we?

Hoft. Marry, at my house : Trust me, I think Pro. At Saint Gregory's well.

'cis almost day. Tby. Farewell. [Exeunt Thurio and mufick. Jul. Not so; but it hath been the longest night

Silvia appears above, ar ber window. That e'er I watch'd, and the most heaviest. Pro. Madam, good even to your ladyship.

[Exeunt. $17. I thank you for your music, gentlemen :

III, Who is that, that spake ?

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SCENE
Pro. One, lady, if you knew his pure heart's

Enter Eglamour.
You'd quickly learn to know him by his voice. Egl. This is the hour that madam Silvia
Sil. Sir Protheus, as I take it.

Entrcated me to call, and know her mind;
Prs. Sir Protheus, gentle lady, and your servant. There's some great matter she'd employ me in.-
Sil. What is your will?

Madam, madam!
Pro. That I may compass yours.

Silvia, above at ber window.
Sil. You have your with; my will is even this, Sil. Who calls?
That presently you hie you home to bed.

Eg!. Your servant, and your friend;
Thou subtle, perjurd, false, disloyal man! One that attends your ladyíhip's command.
Think'st thou, I am so fhallow, so conceitless, Sil. Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good-morrow,
To be reduced by thy flattery,

Egl. As many, worthy lady, to yourself. That halt deceived fo many with thy vows? According to your ladyship's impofe 2, Return, return, and make thy love amends. I am thus early come to know what service

? Beyond all reckoning or count. Reckonings are kept upon picked or notched Nicks or tallics) 3 Inpose is injunction, command.

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It is your pleasure to command me in.

thrusts me himself into the company of three or Sil. O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman, four gentlemen-like dogs under the duke's table : (Think not I flatter, for, I swear, I do not) he had not been there (bless the mark) a pitling Valiant, wise, remorseful?, well accomplish'd. while, but all the chamber smelt him. Out with Thou art not ignorant, what dear good will the dog, says one; What cur is ebat? says another; I bear unto the banilh'd Valentine;

Whip him out, says the third; Hang him up, says the Nor how my father would enforce me marry duke : 1, having been acquainted with the smell Vain Thurio, whom my very foul abhors. before, knew it was Crab; and goes me to the Thyself hat lov’d; and I have heard thee say, fellow that whips the dogs 7: Friend, quoth I, you No grief did ever come lo near thy heart, mean to whip the dag? dy, marry, do I, quoth he. As when thy lady and thy true love dy’d, You do bim tbe mere wrong, quoth I; 'was I did 2 Upon whose grave thou vow'dit pure chastity. the thing you wot of. He makes no more ado, but Sir Eglamour, I would to Valentine,

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

atherwise he had been executed: I have stood on Upon whose faith and honour I repose.

the pillory for geefe he hath kill'd, otherwise he Urge not my father's anger, Eglamour,

had fuiler'd for 't: thou think'st not of this now ! But think upon my grief, a lady's grief;

-Nay, I remember the trick you serv'd me, when And on the justice of my flying hence,

I took my leave of madam Silvia; did not I bid To keep me from a most unholy match, [plagues. thee still mark me, and do as I do? When did'lt Which heaven, and fortune, still reward with thou see me heave up my leg, and make water I do desire thee, even from a heart

against a gentlewoman's farthingale? didit thou ever As full of sorrows, as the sea of sands,

fee me do such a trick? To bear me company, and go with me:

Enter Protheus and Yulia. 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 fome service presently. Egl. Madam, I pity much your 3 grievances ; Jul. In what you please;-I'll do, sir, what I can. Which since I know they virtuously are placid, Pro. I hope, thou wilt.-How now, you whoreI give consent to go along with you;

fon peasant,

[To Launce. 4 Recking as little what betideth me,

Where have you been these two days loitering ? As much I with all good befortune you.

Laun. Marry, fir, 1 carry'd mistress Silvia the When will you go?

dog you bade me. Sil. This evening coming.

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

Laun. Marry, the says, your dog was a cur; and Sil. At friar Patrick's cell,

tells you, currish thanks is good enough for such a Where I intend holy confellion.

prefent. Ezl. I will not fail your ladyship:

Pro. But the receiv'd my dog? Good-moituvi, gentle lady.

Laun. No, indeed, the did not: here I have Sil. Good-morrow, kind fir Eglamour. [Exeunt. brought him back again. Enter Launce with his dog.

Pro. What, didit wou offer her this from me? When a man's fervant shall play the cur with Lun. Ay, fir; the other squirrel was stol'n from him, look you, it goes hard: one that I brought me by the hangman's boy in the market-place : and up of a puppy; one that I sav'd from drowning, then I offer'd her mine own; who is a dog as big when three or four of liis blin:I brothers and filters as ten of yours, and therefore the gist the greater. went to it! I have taught hin--even as one would Pro. Go, get thee het, and find my dog again, say precisely, Thus I would teach a dog. I was Or ne'er retuu again into my fight. sent to deliver him, as a present to mistress Silvia, Away, I say: Stay'lt thou to vex me here? from my master; and I came no sooner into the A flave, that, Itill an end 8, turns me to shame. dining chamber, but he steps me to her trencher,

[Exit Launce. and steals her capon's leg. O, 'tis a foul thing, Sebastian, I have entertained thee, when a cur cannot keeps himself in all compa- Partly, that I have need of such a youth, nies! I would have, as one frould say, one that That can with some discretion do my business, takes upon him to be a dog indeed, to be, as it For 'tis no trutting to yon fouiiih lowt; were, a dog at all things. If I had not had more But, chiefly, for thy face, anxi thy behaviour; uit ilun be, to take a fault upor me that he did, 1 Which (if my augury deceive me not) think verily he had been lang d for 't; sure as I Witness good bringing up, fortune, and truth: live, he had sutier'd for 't: you shall judge. He Therefore know thou, for this I entertain thee.

1 Remorsefulis pitiful. 2 It was common in former ages for widowers and widows to make. vows of chantity in honour of their decealed wives or husbands. 3 Sorrows, To reck is to care for. $ That is, restrain himself. Ó A proverbial expression of those times.

7 This appears to have been part of the office of an afher of the table. 8 That is, in the end, ai the conclulion of every butincís he undertakes.

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

I know, they are stuff’d with protestations,
She lov'd me well, deliver'd it to me.

And full of new-found oaths; which he will break,
Yul. It seems, you lov'd not her, to leave her token : As easily as I do tear this paper.
She's dead, belike.

Jul. Madam, he sends your ladyship this ring.
Pro. Not fo; I think she lives.

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

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

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

Though his falie finger hath profan’d the ring,
Pro. Wherefore should'st thou pity her? Mine shall not do his Julia so much wrong.

Jul. Because, methinks, that she lov’d you as well Jal. She thanks you.
As you do love your lily Silvia;

Sil. What fay’ít thou ?
She drems 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 maiter wrongs her much.
'Tis picy love ihould be so contrary,

Sil. Doft chou 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, the thinks that Protheus hath for-
Your message done, hie home unto my chamber,

fook her.

(forrow. Where thou shalt find me sad and solitary.

Jul. I think the doth; and that's her cause of [Exit Protheus.

Sil. Is she not passing fair ?
Jul. How many women would do sucha mellage? Jul. She hath been fairer, madam, than she is:
Alas, poor Protheus ! thou hast entertain d When she did think my master lov’d her well,
A fox, to be the shepherd of thy lambs: She, in my judgment, was as fair as you ;
Alas, poor fool! why do I pity him

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

And threw her fun-expelling malk away,
Because he loves her, he despiteth me;

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

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

Sil. How tall was the ?
And now I am (unhappy meisenger)

Jul. About my ftature: for at Pentecost,
To plead for that, which I would not obtain; 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. And I was trimm'd in madam Julia's gown ;
I am my master's true confirmed love;

Which served me as fit, by all men's judgment,
But cannot be true fervant to my matter, As if the garment had been made for me :
Unleis I prove false traitor to myself.

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

Madam, 'twas Ariadne, paffioning
Gentlewoman, good day! I pray you, he my mean For Theseus' perjury, and unjust fight;
Ic tring me where to speak with madam Silvia. Which I so lively acted with my tears,

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

Yul. If you be the, I do entreat your patience Wept bitterly; and would I might be dead,
To bear me speak the mellage I am sent on. If I in thought felt not her very forrow !
Sil. From whom?

Sil. She is beholden tu thec, gentle youth :-
d. From my master, fir Protheus, madam. Alas, poor lady! desolate and left !-
Sl. Oh! he fends you for a picture?

I weep myself, to think upon thy words.
Hub. Ay, madam.

Here, youth, there is my purse; I give thee this
Šil. Urtula, bring my picture there.

For thy sweet miltre s'iake, because thou lov'it her. [Picture brought. Farewell .

[Exit Silvia, Go, give your master this : tell him from me, Jul. And The 1h 11 thank you for 't, if e'er you One Julia, that his changing thoughts forget,

know hcr. Would better fit his chamber, than this fhadow. A virtuous gentlewoman, mild and beautiful.

7. Madam, please you peruse this letter. I hope, my master's suit will be but cold, -Pardon me, madam ; I have unadvis'd Since the respects my mistress' love so much. Deliver'd you a paper that I thould not ;

Alas, how love can trifle with itself!
This is the letter to your ladyíhip:

Here is her picture : Let me see; I think,
S.l. I pray thee, let me look on that again. If I had such a tire, this face of mine
Jul. It may not be ; good madam, pardon me. Were full as lovely as is this of her's:.
:1 There, hold.

And yet the painter flatter'd her a little,

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