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Luc. No, madam ; it is too sharp.
Luc. Nay, now you are too flat,
Jul. The mean is drown'd with your unruly base.
Jul. This babble shall not henceforth trouble me. Here is a coil with protestation !
[Tears the letter. Go, get you gone; and let the papers lie: · You would be fingering them, to anger me. Luc. She makes it strange; but she would be best
pleas'd To be so anger’d with another letter. [Exit.
Jul. Nay, would I were so anger'd with the same! O hateful hands, to tear such loving words ! Injurious wasps! to feed on such sweet honey, And kill the bees, that yield it, with your stings ! I'll kiss each several paper for amends. And, here is writ-kind Julia ;-unkind Julia ! As in revenge of thy ingratitude, I throw thy name against the bruising stones, Trampling contemptuously on thy disdain. Look, here is writ-love-wounded Proteus:Poor wounded name! my bosom, as a bed, Shall lodge thee, till thy wound be throughly heald; And thus I search it with a sovereign kiss. But twice, or thrice, was Proteus written down? Be calm, good wind, blow not a word away, Till I have found each letter in the letter,
6 -- too harsh a descant:] Descant is a term in music, sig. nifying in general that kind of harmony in which one part is broken, and formed into a kind of paraphrase on the other.
but a mean, &c.] The mean is the tenor in music. • To bid the base means here, I believe, to challenge to a contest.
Except mine own name; that some whirlwind bear
Luc. Madam, dinner's ready, and your father
stays. Jul. Well, let us go. Luc. What, shall these papers lie like tell-tales
here? Jul. If you respect them, best to take them up.
Luc. Nay, I was taken up for laying them down: Yet here they shall not lie, for catching cold.
Jul. I see you have a month's mind to them."
Luc. Ay, madam, you may say what sights you I see things too, although you judge I wink. Jul. Come, come, wilt please you go?
9 Yet here they shall not lie, for catching cold.] i. e. lest they should catch cold. This mode of expression is not frequent in Shakspeare, but occurs in every play of Beaumont and Fletcher,
'I see, you have a month's mind to them.] A month's mind was an anniversary in times of popery. There was also a year's mind, and week's mind. But a month's mind, in the ritual sense, signifies not desire or inclination, but remembrance.
A room in Antonio's House.
Enter ANTONIO and PANTHINO.
Ant. Tell me, Panthino, what sad talk was that, Wherewith my brother held
you in the cloister? Pan. 'Twas of his nephew Proteus, your son. Ant. Why, what of him? Pan.
He wonder'd, that your lordship Would suffer him to spend his youth at home; While other men, of slender reputation, Put forth their sons to seek preferment out: Some, to the wars, to try their fortune there ; Some, to discover islands far away ; Some, to the studious universities. For any, or for all these exercises, He said, that Proteus, your son, was meet : And did request me, to importune you, To let him spend his time no more at home, Which would be great inpeachment to his age, In having known no travel in his youth.
• Ant. Nor need'st thou much importune me to that Whereon this month I have been hammering. I have consider'd well his loss of time; And how he cannot be a perfect man, Not being try’d, and tutor’d in the world :
what sad talk - ] Sad is the same as grave or serious.
of slender reputation,] i. e. who are thought slightly of, * Some to discover islands far away ;] In Shakspeare's time, voyages for the discovery of the islands of America were much in vogue. And the sons of the best families in England, went very frequently on these adventures. WARBURTON.
great impeachment to his age,] Impeachment, i. e. re. proach or imputation. VOL. I.
Experience is by industry atchiev'd,
Pan. I think, your lordship is not ignorant,
Ant. I know it well.
him thither :
Ant. I like thy counsel ; well hast thou advis'd:
6 Attends the emperor in his royal court.] Shakspeare has been guilty of no mistake in placing the emperor's court at Milan in this play. Several of the first German emperor's held their courts there occasionally, it being, at that time, their immediate property, and the chief town of their Italian dominions. Some of them were crowned kings of Italy at Milan, before they received the imperial crown at Rome. Nor has the poet fallen into any contradiction by giving a duke to Milan at the same time that the emperor
held his court there. The first dukes of that, and all the other great cities in Italy, were not sovereign princes, as they afterwards became ; but were merely governors, or viceroys, under the emperors, and removeable at their pleasure. Such was the Duke of Milan mentioned in this play. Mr. M. Mason adds, that.“ during the wars in Italy between Francis I. and Charles V. the latter frequently resided at Milan." STEEVENS.
Ant. Good company; with them shall Proteus go: And, in good time, —now will we break with him.
Pro. Sweet love ! sweet lines ! sweet life!
Ant. How now? what letter are you reading there?
two Of commendation sent from Valentine, Deliver'd by a friend that came from him.
Ant. Lend me the letter ; let me see what news.
Pro. There is no news, my lord; but that he writes How happily he lives, how well-belov’d, 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 resolvd that thou shalt spend some time With Valentinus in the emperor's court ; What maintenance he from his friends receives, Like exhibition' shalt thou have from me. To-morrow be in readiness to go:
in good time,] In good time was the old expression when something happened that suited the thing in hand.
now will we break with him.] That is, break the matter to him. 9 Like exhibition ] i.e. allowance.