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see things too, although you judge I wink. Pro. There is no news, my lord; but tbat ho Jul. Come, come, will’t please you go?


(Exeunt. How happily he lives, how well belov'd, SCENE III.-The same. A room in. ANTONIO's And daily graced by the emperor; House.

Wishing me with him, partner of his fortune. Enter ANTONIO and PANTHINO.

Ant. And how stand you affected to his

wish ? Ant. Tell me, Panthino, what sad* talk was Pro. As one relying on your lordship's will, that,

And not depending on his friendly wish. Wherewith my brother held you in the cloister? Ant. My will is something sorted with his Paa. Twas of his nephew Proteus, your

wish : Aat. Why, what of him?

(son. Muse* not that I thus suddenly proceed; Pan. He wonder'd, that your lordship For what I will, I will, and there an end. Would suffer him to spend his youth at home: I am resolv'd, that thou shalt spend some time While other men, of slender reputation, With Valentinus in the emperor's court; Put forth their sons to seek preferment out : What maintenance he from his friends receives, Some, to the wars, to try their fortune there; Like exhibition thou shalt have from me. Some, to discover islands far away ;

To-morrow be in readiness to go: Some, to the studious universities.

Excuse it not, for I'm peremptory. For any, or for all these exercises,

Pro. My lord, I cannot be so soon provided; He said, that Proteus, your son, was meet; Please you, deliberate a day or two. And did request me, to importune you,

Ant. Look what thou want'st, shall be sent To let him spend his time no more at home,

after thee: Which would be great impeachment to his No more of stay; to-morrow thou must go.In having known no travel in his youth. [age, Come on, Panthino; you shall be employ'd Art. Nor need'st thou much importune me To hasten on his expedition. to that

[Ereunt Ant. and Pan. Whereon this month I have been hammering. Pro. Thus have I shunn'd the fire, for fear I have consider'd well his loss of time;

of burning;

[drown'd: And how he cannot be a perfect man,

And drench'd me in the sea, where I am Not being try'd and tutord in the world : I fear'd to show my father Julia's letter, Experience is by industry achiev'd.

Lest he should take exceptions to my love; And perfected by the swift course of time: And with the vantage of mine own excuse Then, tell me, whether were I best to send him? | Hath he excepted most against my love.

Pan. I think, your lordship is not ignorant, 0, how this spring of love resembleth How his companion, youthful Valentine, The uncertain glory of an April day; Attends the emperor in his royal court. Which now shows all the beauty of the sun, Art. I know it well.

And by and by a cloud takes all away! Pan. "Twere good, I think, your lordship sent him thither :

Re-enter PANTHINO. There shall he practise tilts and tournaments, Pan. Sir Proteus, your father calls for you; Hear sweet discourse, converse with noble. He is in haste, therefore, I pray you, go. [to And be in eye of every exercise, (men; Pro. Why this it is ! my heart accords thereWorthy his youth and nobleness of birth! And yet a thousand times it answers, no. Ant. I like thy counsel ; well hast thou ad

(Exeunt. vis'd:

[it, And, that thou may'st perceive how well I like

ACT II. The execution of it shall make known;

SCENE I.-Milan. An Apartment in the Even with the speediest execution

DUKE's Palace.
I will despatch him to the emperor's court.
Pant. To-morrow, may it please you, Don

With other gentlemen of good esteem,

Speed. Sir, your glove.
Are journeying to salute the emperor,

Val. Not mine ; niy gloves are on. And to commend their service to his will. Speed. Why then this may be yours, for this Ant. Good company; with them shall Pro

is but one.

[him. Val. Ha! let me see : ay, give it me, it's And, in good time,-now will we break with

mine :

Sweet ornament that decks a thing divine ! Enter PROTEUS.

Ah Silvia ! Silvia ! Pro. Sweet love! sweet lines ! sweet life!

Speed. Madam Silvia! madam Silvia !

Val. How now, sirrah ?
Here is her hand, the agent of her heart;
Here is her oath for love, her honour's pawn:

Speed. She is not within hearing, Sir.

Val. Why, Sir, who bade you call her ? 0, that our fathers would applaud our loves, To seal our happiness with their consents !

Speed. Your worship, Şir; or else I mistook.

Val. Well, you'll still be too forward. O heavenly Julia!

Speed. And yet I was last chidden for being Ant. How pow? what letter are you reading

too slow. there?

Val. Go to, Sir; tell me, do you know maPro. May't please your lordship, 'tis a word

dam Silvia? Of commendation sent from Valentine,

Speed. She that your worship loves?

Val. Why, how know you that I am in love ? Deliver'd by a friend that came from him.

Speed. Marry, by these special marks : First, Ant. Lend me the letter ; let me see what you have learned, like Sir Proteus, to wreath news.

your arms like a male-content; to relish a love, Serious. 7 Little consequence.

| Reproach. | Break the matter to hin.

# Allowance.

* Wonder.

teus go :

or two



And yet,

song, like a robin-red-breast; to walk alone, Val. Last night she enjoined me to write like one that had the pestilence; to sigh, like some lines to one she loves. a school-boy that had lost his A. B, C; to weep, Speed. And have you ? like a young wench that hath buried her gran- Val. I have, dam; to fast, like one that takes diet;* to Speed. Are they not lamely writ? watch, like one that fears robbing; to speak pul- Val. No, boy, but as well as I can do them : ing, like a beggar at Hallowmas. You were Peace, here she comes. wont, when you laugh'd, to crow like a cock;

Enter SILVIA. when you walked, to walk like one of the lions;

Speed. O excellent motion !* O exceeding when you fasted, it was presently after dinner; when you looked sadly, it was for want of puppet! now will he interpret to her.

Val. Madam and mistress, a thousand goodmoney: and now you are metamorphosed with a mistress, that, when I look on you, I can hardly think you my master.

Speed. O, 'give you good even! Here's a

million of manners. Val. Are all these things perceived in me ?


Sil. Sir Valentine and servant, to you two Speed. They are all perceived without you.

thousand. Val. Without me? They cannot.

Speed. He should give her interest; and she Speed. Without you ? nay, that's certain, for, without you were so simple, none else would :

gives it him.

Val. As you enjoin'd me, I have writ your but you are so without these follies, that these follies are within you, and shine through you Unto the secret nameless friend of yours;

letter, like the water in an urinal; that not an eye, which I was much unwilling to proceed in, that sees you, but is a physician to comment But for my duty to your ladyship. on your

malady: Val. But, tell me, dost thou know my lady

Sil. I thank you, gentle servant: 'tis very Silvia ?

clerklyt done. Speed. She, that you gaze on so, as she sits For, being ignorant to whom it goes,

Vul. Now trust me, madam, it came hardly at supper?

[off; Val. Hast thou observed that? even she I

I writ at random, very doubtfully.

Sil. Perchance you think too much of so Speed. Why, Sir, I know her not.

mueh pains ? Val. Dost thou know her by my gazing on Please you command, a thousand times as

Val. No, madam; so it stead you, I will write, her, and yet know'st her not?

(much: Speed. Is she not hard favoured, Sir? Val. Not so fair, boy, as well favoured.

Sil. A pretty period! Well, I guess the sequel;

And yet I will not name it :and yet I care Speed. Sir, I know that well enough. Val. What dost thou know?

not;Speed. That she is not so fair, as (of you) Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more.

And yet take this again ;--and yet I thank you; well favoured. Val. I mean, that her beauty is exquisite,

Speed. And yet you will; and yet another but her favour infinite.


[ Aside. Speed. That's because the one is painted, and

Val. What means your ladyship? do you not

like it? the other out of all count. Val. How painted ? and how out of count?

Sil. Yes, yes; the lines are very quaintly writ: Speed. Marry, Sir, so painted, to make her. But since unwillingly, take them again; fair, that no man counts of her beauty.

Nay, take them. Val. How esteemest thou me? I account of

Val. Madam, they are for you. her beauty:

Sil. Ay, ay; you writ them, Sir, at my reSpeed. You never saw her since she was But I will none of them; they are for you:

quest: deformed.

I would have had them writ more movingly;. Val. How long hath she been deformed ?

Val. Please you, I'll write your ladyship Speed. Ever since you loved her.

another. Val. I have loved her ever since I saw her; and still I see her beautiful.

Sil. And, when it's writ, for my sake réad

it over: Speed. If you love her, you cannot see her. Val. Why?

And, if it please you, so; if not, why, so. Speed. Because love is blind. O, that you

Val. If it please me, madam! what then? had mine eyes; or your own had the lights

Sil. Why, if it please you, take it for your they were wont' to have, when you chid at Sir And so good-morrow, servant. [Exit SILVIA

labour; Proteus for going ungartered! Val. What should I see then?

Speed. O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible. Speed. Your own present folly, and her

As à nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on

passing deformity: for he, being in love, could not My master sues to her; and she bath taught her

a steeple!

(suitor, see to garter his hose ; and you, being in love, He being her pupil, to become her tutor. cannot see to put on your hose.

Val. Belike, boy, then you are in love ; for O excellent device! was there ever heard a last morning you could vot see to wipe my That my master, being scribe, to himself should shoes. Speed. True, Sir; I was in love with my bed :

write the letter? I thank you, you swinged; me for my love, with yourself?

Val. How now, Sir ? what are you reasoning which makes me the bolder to chide you for

Speed. Nay, I was rhyming ; 'tis you that yours.

have the reason. Val. In conclusion, I stand affected to her,

Val. To do what? Speed. I would you were set; so, your affection would cease.

Speed. To be a spokesman from madam Silvia.

Val. To whom? Under a reginien, Alliallowmas. Whiprod. * A pusret-show.

+ Like a scholar.


Speed. To yourself: why, she wooes you by with Sir Proteus to the Imperial's court. ! a figure.

think, Crab my dog to be the sourest-natured Val. What figure?

dog that lives : my mother weeping, my father Speed. By a letter, I should say.

wailing, my sister crying, our maid howling, Val. Why, she hath not writ to me?

our cat wringing her hands, and all our house Speed. What deed she, when she hath made in a great perplexity, yet did not this cruel. you write to yourself? Why, do you not per- hearted cur shed one tear: he is a stone, a very ceive the jest?

pebble-stone, and has no more pity in him than Val. No, believe me.

a dog: a Jew would have wept to have seen Speed. No believing you indeed, Sir; But our parting ; why, iny grandani having no eyes, did you perceive her earnest ?

look you, wept herself blind at my parting. Val. She gave me none, except an angry Nay, I'll show you the manner of it: This shoe word.

s my father ;-no, this left shoe is my father :Speed. Why, she hath given you a letter. no, no, this left shoe is my mother;-nay, that l'al. That's the letter I writ to her friend. cannot be so neither ;-yes, it is so, it is so ; it Speed. And that letter hath she deliver'd, and hath the worser sole; This shoe, with the there an end.*

hole in it, is my mother, and this my father; A Val. I would, it were no worse.

vengeance on't! there 'tis : now, Sir, this staff Sped. I'll warrant you, 'tis as well : is my sister; for, look you, she is as white as For often you have writ to her; and she, in modesty, a lily, and as small as a wand : this hat is Nan, Or else for want of idle time, could not again our maid; I am the dog :-D0, the dog is himreply,

self, and I am the dog,--0, the dog is me, and Or fearing else some messenger, that might her I am myselt: ay, so, so. Now come I to my mind discover,

father; Father, your blessing ; now should not Herself hath taught her love himself to write unto the shoe speak a word for weeping; now her lorer.

[it. - should I kiss my father; well, he weeps All this I speak in print ; for in print I found on :--now come I to my mother, (0, that she Why muse you, Siri 'tis dinner time.

could speak now!) like a wood* woman;Val. I have dined.

well, I kiss her ;-why there 'tis ; here's my Speed. Ay, but hearken, Sir: though the mother's breath up and down : now come I to cameleon Love can feed on the air, I am one my sister ; mark the moan she makes : now the that am nourished by my victuals, and would dog all this while sheds not a tear, nor speaks fain have meat: 0, be not like your mistress, a word; but see how I lay the dust with my be moved, be moved.

(Exeunt. tears. SCENE II.- Verona.--A Room in Julia's


Pan. Launce, away, away, aboard; thy mas-

ter is shipped, and thou art to post after with Pro. Have patience, gentle Julia.

What's the matter? why weepest thou, Jul. I must, where is no remedy.

man? Away, ass; you will lose the tide, if you Pro. When possibly I can, I will return. tarry any longer. Jul. If you turn not, you will return the for it is the unkindest tied that ever any man

Laun. It is no matter if the tied were lost; sooner: Keep this remembrance for thy Julia's sake.

tied. (Giving a ring.

Pan. What's the unkindest tide ? Pro. Why then we'll make exchange; here,

Laun. Why, he that's tied here; Crab, my take you this.

dog. Jul. Ard seal the bargain with a holy kiss.

Pan. Tut, man, I mean thou'lt lose the flood; Pro. Here is my hand for my true constancy: in lýsing

thy voyage, lose thy master; and, in

and, in losing the food, lose thy voyage; and, And when that hour o'er-slips me in the day, Wherein I sigh not, Julia, for thy sake,

losing thy master, lose thy service; and, in The next ensuing hour some foul mischance

losing thy service,-Why dost thou stop my Torment me for my love's forgetfulness !

mouth? My father stays my coming; answer not;

Laun. For fear thou should'st lose thy tongue. The tide is now: nay not the tide of tears ;

Pun. Where should I lose my tongue ? That tide will stay me longer than I should ;

Laun. In thy tale.

[Exit Julia. Pan. In thy tail? Julia, farewell.—What! gone without a word ?

Luun. Lose the tide, and the voyage, and the Ay, so true love should do: it cannot speak;

master, and the service? The tide !-- Why, For truth hath better deeds, than words, to man, if the river were dry, I am able to fill it

with my tears ; if the wind were down, I could

drive the boat with my sighs. Enter PANTHINO.

Pan. Come, come away, inan; I was sent to Pan. Sir Proteus, you are staid for.

call thee. Pro. Go; I come, I come :

Laun. Sir, call me what thou darest.
Alas! this parting strikes poor lovers dumb.

Pan. Wilt thou go?
Laun. Well, I will go.

[Ereunt. -SCENE III.-The sume.--A Street. SCENE IV.--Milan.---An Apartment in the

Duke's Palace. Enter LAUNCE, leading a dog. Laun. Nay, 'twill be this hour ere I have Enter VALENTINE, Silvia, Thurio, and Sreed. dope weeping; all the kindt of the Launces Sil. Servanthave this very fault: I have received my pro

Val. Mistress? portion, like the prodigious son, and am going Specd. Master, Sir Thurio frowns on you. There's the conclusion. + Kindred.

* Crazy, distracted.


grace it.

Val. Ay, boy, it's for love.

Come all the praises that I now bestow,)
Speed. Not of you.

He is complete in feature, and in mind,
Val. Of my mistress then.

With all good grace to grace a gentleman.
Speed. 'Twere good, you knocked him. Duke. Beshrew* me, Sir, but, if he make
Sil. Servant, you are sad.*

this good,
Val. Indeed, madam, I sees so.

He is as worthy for an empress' love,
Thu. Seem you that you are not ?

As meet to be an emperor's counsellor.
Val. Haply, I do.

Well, Sir; this gentleman is come to me,
Thu. So do counterfeits.

With commendation from great potentates;
Val. So do you.

And here he means to spend his time a while :
Thu. What seem I, that I am not?

I think, 'tis no unwelcome news to you.
Val. Wise.

Val. Should I have wish'd a thing, it had
Thu. What instance of the contrary?

been he. Val. Your folly.

Duke. Welcome him then according to his Thu. And how quotet you my folly?

worth ; Val. I quote it in your jerkin.

Silvia, I speak to you; and you, Sir Thurio :
Thu. My jerkin is a doublet.

For Valentine, I need not 'citet him to it:.
Val. Well, then, I'll double your folly. I'll send him hither to you presently.
Th. How?

[Erit Duke. Sil. What, angry, Sir Thurio ? do you change Val. This is the gentleman, I told your lady. colour ?

ship, Val. Give him leave, madam; he is a kind Had come along with me, but that his mistress of cameleon.

Did hold his eyes lock'd in her crystal looks. Thu. That hath more mind to feed on your Sil. Belike, that now she hath enfranchis'd blood, than live in your air.

Upon some other pawn for fealty. [them Val. You have said, Sir.

Val. Nay, sure, I think, she holds them priThu. Ay, Sir, and done too, for this time.

soners still. Val. I know it well, Sir; you always end ere Sil. Nay, then he should be blind; and, being you begin.

blind, Sil. Å fine volley of words, gentlemen, and How could he see his way to seek out you? quickly shot off.

Val. Why, lady, love hath twenty pair of Val. "Tis indeed, madam; we thank the giver.

eyes. Sil. Who is that, servant ?

Thu. They say, that love hath not an eye Val. Yourself, sweet lady; for you gave the

at all. fire: Sir Thurió borrows his wit from your Val. To see such lovers, Thurio, as yourself; Jadyship’s looks, and spends what he borrows, Upon a homely object love can wink. kindly in your company. Thu. Sir, if you spend word for word with

Enter PROTEUS. me, I shall make your wit bankrupt.

Sil. Have done, have done ; here comes the Val. I know it well, Sir: you have an ex

gentleman. chequer of words, and, I think, no other trea

Vul. Welcome, dear Proteus !-Mistress, I sure to give your followers; for it appears by

beseech you, their bare liveries, that they live by your bare Confirm his welcome with some special favour. words.

Sil. His worth is warrant for his welcome Sil. No more, gentlemen, no more; here hither, comes my father.

If this be he you oft have wish'd to hear from. Enter Duke.

Val. Mistress, it is: sweet lady, entertain

Duke. Now, daughter Silvia, you are hard

To be my fellow-servant to your ladyship.
Sir Valentine, your father's in good health :

Sil. Too low a mistress for so high a servant. What say you to a letter from your friends

Pro. Not so, sweet lady; but too mean a

Of much good news?
Val. My lord, I will be thankful

To have a look of such a worthy mistress.

Vab. Leave off discourse of disability :
To any happy messenger from thence.
Duke. Know you Don Antonio, your coun- Sweet lady, entertain him for your servant.

Pro. My duty will I boast of, nothing else.
Val. Ay, my good lord, I know the gentleman Servant, you are welcome to a worthless mis-

Sil. And duty never yet did want his meed;
To be of worth, and worthy estimation,
And not without desert so well reputed.
Duke. Hath he not a son ?

Pro. I'll die on him that says so, but yourself.
Vul. Ay, my good lord ; a son, that well

Sil. That you are welcome ?

Pro. No; that you are worthless.
The honour and regard of such a father.
Duke. You know bim well?

· Val. I knew him as myself; for from our Ser. Madam, my lord your father would


speak with you. We have convers’d, and spent our hours to- Sil. I'll wait upon his pleasure. [Exit SER. And though myself have been an idle truant, Come, Sir Thurio,

[come : Omitting the sweet benefit of time,

Go with me :

-Once more, new servant, wel-
To clothe mine age with angel-like perfection; I'll leave you to confer of home affairs ;
Yet hath Sír Proteus, for that's his name, When you have done, we look to hear from you.
Made use and fair advantage of his days; Pro. We'll both attend upon your ladyship.
His years but young, but his experience old;

[Ereunt Silvia, Thurio, and SPEED. His head unmellow'd, but his judgment ripe; Val. Now, tell me, how do all from whence And, in a word, (for far behind his worth

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pra ises.

Pro. Your friends are well, and have them Pro. Go on before; I shall inquire you forth :
much commended.

I must unto the road, to disembark
Val, And how do yours ?

Some necessaries that I needs must use;
Pro. I left them all in bealth.

And then I'll presently attead you.
Val. How does your lady ? and how tbrives Val. Will you make haste ?
your love

Pro. I will.

[Exit VALE Pro. My tales of love were wont to weary Even as one heat another heat expels, you;

Or as one nail by strength drives out another,
I know, you joy not in a love-discourse. So the remembrance of my former love

Val. Ay, Proteus, but that life is alter'd now: Is by a newer object quite forgotten.
I bave done penance for contemning love Is it mine eye, or Valentinus' praise,
Whose high imperious thoughts have punish'd Her true perfection, or my false transgression,

That makes me, reasonless, to reason thus ?
With bitter fasts, with penitential groans, She's fair; and so is Julia, that I love ;-.
With nightly tears, and daily heart-sore sighs; That I did love, for now my love is thaw'd;
For, in revenge of my contempt of love, Which, like a waxen image 'gainst a fire,
Love bath chas'd sleep from my enthralled eyes, Bears no impression of the thing it was.
And made them watchers of mine own heart's Methinks, my zeal to Valentine is cold;

And that I love him not, as I was wont :
O, gentle Proteus, love's a mighty lord; O! but I love his lady tno, too much;
And hath so humbled me, as, I confess, And that's the reason I love him so little.
There is no wue to his correction,

How shall I dote on her with more advice, *
Nor, to his service, no such joy on earth! That thus without advice begin to love her?
Now, no discourse, except it be of love; 'Tis but her picture I have yet beheld,
Now can I break my fast, dine, eup, and sleep, And that hath dazzled my reason's light;
Upon the very naked name of love.

But when I look on her perfections,
Pre. Enougb; I read your fortune in your There is no reason but I shall be blind.

If I can check my erring, love, I will.;.
Was this the idol that you worship so? If not, to compass her I'll use my skill. [Exit.
Val. Even she; and is she not a heavenly

SCENE V.-The same.-A Street.
Pro. No; but she is an earthly paragon,
Val. Call her divine.

Pro. I will not flatter her.
Vol. O, flatter me; for love delights in

Speed. Launce ! by mine honesty, welcome
Pro. When I was sick, you gave me bitter

to Milan. And I must minister the like to you.

Laun. Forswear not thyself, sweet youth; (pills; for

I am not welcome. I reckon this always Val

. Then speak the truth by her; if not that a man is never undone, till he be hanged ; Yet let her be a principality,

[divine, Sovereign to all the creatures on the earth.

nor never welcome to a place, till some certain Pro. Except my mistress.

shot be paid, and the bostess say, welcome. Vd. Sweet, except not

Speed. Come on, you mad-cap. I'll to the any; Except thou wilt except against my love.

alehouse with you presently; where, for one Pro. Have I not reason to prefer mine own?) welcomes. But, sirrah, how did thy master

shot of fivepence, thou shalt have five thousand She shall be dignified with this high honour, part with madam Julia?

Laun. Marry, after they closed in earnest,
Should from her vesture chance to steal a kiss, they parted very fairly in jest.
And, of so great a favour growing proud,

Speed. But shall she marry him ?
Disdain to root the summer-swelling flower,

Laun. No.
And make rough winter everlastingly.

Speed. How then ? Sball he marry her?
Pro. Why, Valentine, what braggardism is

Luun. No, neither.

Speed. What, are they broken ?
Val. Pardon me, Proteus: all I can, is nothing

Luun. No, they are both as whole as a fish.
To her, whose worth makes other worthies no-

Speed. Why then, how stands the matter with

thein ?

[thing; Pro. Then let her alone.

Laun. Marry, thus; when it stands well with Val. Not for the world: why man, she is him, it stands well with


Speed. What an ass art thou? I understand And I as rich in having such a jewel,

thee not. As twenty.seas, if all their sand were pearl,

Laun. What a block art thou, that thou canst The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.

not? My staff understands me.
Forgive me, that I do not dream on thee,

Speed. What thou say'st ?
Because thou seest me dote upon my love.

Laun. Ay, and what I do too: look thee, I'll
My foolish rival, that her father likes,

but lean, and my staff understands me. Only for his possessions are so huge,

Speed. It stands under thee, indeed.
gone with her along; and I must after,

Laun. Why, stand uưder and understand is
For love, thou know'st, is full of jealousy.
Pro. But she loves you?

Speed. But tell me true, will't be a match?
Vul. Ay, and we are betroth'd;

Lrun. Ask my dog: if he say, ay, it will; if Nay, more, our marriage hour,

he say, no, it will; if he shake his tail, and say our flight,

nothing, it will. Determind of : how I must climb her window;

Speed. The conclusion is then, that it will. The ladder made of cords; and all the means

Laun. Thou shalt never get such a secret from Plotted; and greed on, for my happiness.

me, but by a parable. Good Proteus, go with me to my chamber,

Speed. *Tis well that I get it so. But, Launce,
In these affairs to aid me with thy counsel.

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