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I am thus early come, to know what service whip the dog? Ay, marry, do I, quoth he. You do It is your pleasure to command me in.

kim the more wrong, quoth I; 'twas I did the titing Sil. o Eglamour, thou art a gentleman,

you wot of. He makes me no more ado, but whips (Think not, I flatter, for, I swear, I do not,) me out of the chamber. How many masters would Valiant, wise, remorseful, well accomplish'd. do this for their servant? Nay, I'll be sworn, I Thou art not ignorant, what dear good will have sat in the stocks for puddings he hath stolen, I bear unto the banish'd Valentine;

otherwise he had been executed : I have stood on Nor how my father would enforce me marry the pillory for geese he hath killed, otherwise he had Vain Thurio, whom iny very soul abhorr'd. suffered for't: thou think’st not of this now ! – Nay, Thyself hast loved; and I have heard thee say, I remember the trick you served me, when I took No grief did ever come so near thy heart,

my leave of madam Silvia ; did not I bid thee still As when thy lady and thy true love died,

mark me, and do as I do? When did'st thou see Upon whose grave thou vow'dst pure chastity. me heave up my leg, and make water against a genSir Eglamour, I would to Valentine,

tlewoman's farthingale? didst thou ever see me do To Mantua, where, I hear, he makes abode;

such a trick ? And, for the ways are dangerous to pass,

Enter Proteus and JULIA.
I do desire thy worthy company,
Upon whose faith and honour I repose.

Pro. Sebastian is thy name? I like thee well, Urge not my father's anger, Eglamour,

And will employ thee in some service presently. But think upon my grief, a lady's grief ;

Jul. In what you please ; I will do what I can. And on the justice of my flying hence,

Pro. I hope, thou wilt. - How now, you whoreTo keep me from a most unholy match,

son peasant ?

[TO LAUNCE. Which heaven and fortune still reward with plagues.

Where have you been these two days loitering? I do desire thee, even from a heart

Laun. Marry, sir, I carried mistress Silvia the As full of sorrows as the sea of sands,

dog you bade me. To bear me company, and go with me :

Pro. And what says she to my little jewel ? If not, to hide what I have said to thee,

Laun. Marry, she says, your dog was a cur; and That I may venture to depart alone.

tells you, currish thanks is good enough for such a Egl. Madam, I pity much your grievances ; present. Which since I know they virtuously are plac'd, Pro. But she received my dog ? I give consent to go along with you ;

Laun. No, indeed, she did not : here have I Recking as little what betideth me

brought him back again. As much I wish all good befortune you.

Pro. What, didst thou offer her this from me? When will you go?

Laun. Ay, sir; the other squirrel was stolen from Sil.

This evening coming. me by the hangman's boys in the market-place: and Egl. Where shall I meet you?

then I offered her mine own; who is a dog as big Sil.

At friar Patrick's cell, as ten of yours, and therefore the gift the greater. Where I intend holy confession.

Pro. Go, get thee hence, and find my dog again, Egl. . I will not fail your ladyship:

Or ne'er return again into my sight. Good-morrow, gentle lady.

A may, I say : Stay'st thou to vex me here? Sil. Good-morrow, kind sir Eglamour. (Ereunt. A slave, that, still an end, turns me to shame.

(Exit LAUNCE. SCENE IV. The same.

Sebastian, I have entertained thee,

Partly, that I have need of such a youth,
Enter LAUNCE, with his dog.

That can with some discretion do my business, When a man's servant shall play the cur with For 'tis no trusting to yon foolish lowt; him, look you, it goes hard : one that I brought up But, chiefly, for thy face, and thy behaviour ; of a puppy; one that I saved from drowning, when Which (if my augury deceive me not) three or four of his blind brothers and sisters went Witness good bringing up, fortune, and truth: to it! I have taught him — even as one would say Therefore know thou, for this I entertain thee. precisely, Thus I would teach a dog. I was sent Go presently, and take this ring with thee, to deliver him, as a present to mistress Silvia, from Deliver it to madam Silvia : my master ; and I came no sooner into the dining- She loved me well, deliver'd it to me. chamber, but he steps me to her trencher, and steals Jul. It seems, you loved her not, to leave her her capon's leg. 0, 'tis a foul thing when a cur

token : cannot keep himself in all companies ! I would have, She's dead, belike. as one should say, one that takes upon him to be a Pro.

Not so; I think, she lives. dog indeed, to be, as it were, a dog at all things. If Jul. Alas! I had not had more wit than he, to take a fault upon Pro. Why dost thou cry, alas ! me that he did, I think verily he had been hanged Jul. I cannot choose but pity her? for't ; sure as I live he had suffered for't: you shall Pro. Wherefore should'st thou pity her ? judge. He thrusts me himself into the company of Jul. Because, methinks, that she loved you as well three or four gentleman-like dogs, under the duke's As you do love your lady Silvia : table: he had not been there (bless the mark) a piss. She dreams on him, that has forgot her love; ing while ; but all the chamber smelt him. Out with You dote on her, that cares not for yoưr love. the dog, says one; What cur is that? says another ; 'Tis pity, love should be so contrary; Whip him out, says a third ; Hang him up, says the And thinking on it makes me cry, alas! duke. I, having been acquainted with the smell Pro. Well, give her that ring, and therewithal before, knew it was Crab; and goes me to the fellow This letter; - that's her chamber. - Tell my lady, that whips the dogs: Friend, quoth I, you mean to I claim the promise for her heavenly picture.

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Year message done, hie home unto my chamber, Su. Belike, she thinks that Proteus hath forsook Where thou shalt find me sad and solitary.


(Erit PROTEUS. Jul. I think she doth, and that's her cause of J. How many women would do such a message? Alas, poor Proteus ! thou hast entertain'd

. Is she not passing fair ? A foz, to be the shepherd of thy lambs : *

Jul. She hath been fairer, madam, than she is : Alas, poor fool! why do I pity him

When she did think my master lov'd her well, That with his very heart despiseth me?

She, in my judgment, was as fair as you ; Because he loves her, he despiseth me;

But since she did neglect her looking-glass, Because I love him, I must pity him.

And threw her sun-expelling mask away, This ring I gave hirn, when he parted from me, The air hath starv'd the roses in her cheeks, To bind him to remember my good will:

And pinch'd the lily-tincture of her face, And now am I (unhappy messenger)

That now she is become as black as I. To piead for that, which I would not obtain ;

Su. How tall was she? To carry that which I would have refus'd;

Jul. About my stature : for, at Pentecost, To praise his faith, which I would have disprais'd. When all our pageants of delight were play'd, I am my master's true confirmed love;

Our youth got me to play the woman's part, But cannot be true servant to my master,

And I was trimm'd in madam Julia's gown; Caless I prove false traitor to myself.

Which served me as fit, by all men's judgment, Yet I will woo for him; but yet so coldly,

As if the garment had been made for me: As, heaven it knows, I would not have him speed. Therefore, I know she is about my height. Enter Silvia, attended.

And, at that time, I made her weep a-good,

For I did play a lamentable part;
Gentlewonnan, good day! I pray you, be my mean Madam, 'twas Ariadne, passioning
To bring me where to speak with madamn Silvia. For Theseus' perjury, and unjust flight;

8. What would you with her, if that I be she ? Which I so lively acted with my tears,

Jl. If you be she, I do entreat your patience That my poor mistress, moved therewithal,
To hear the speak the message I am sent on. Wept bitterly; and, would I might be dead,
3. Prern whom?

If I in thought felt not her very sorrow!
Jud. From my master, sir Proteus, madam. Si. She is beholden to thee, gentle youth!
SZO:- be sends you for a picture?

Alas, poor lady! desolate and left!--
Iul. Ay, madam.

I weep myself, to think upon thy words.' Sa. Crsula, bring my picture there.

Here, youth, there is my purse; I give thee this

(Picture brought. For thy sweet mistress' sake, because thou lov'st her. G give your master this : tell him from me, Farewell.

[Erit SilvIA. One Julia, that his changing thoughts forget,

Jul. And she shall thank you for't, if e'er you Would better fit his chamber, than this shadow.

know her. Jul. Madam, please you peruse this letter. A virtuous gentlewoman, mild, and beautiful., Pardon me, madam; I have unadvis'd

I hope my master's suit will be but cold, Delivered you a paper that I should not

Since she respects my mistress' love so much.
This is the letter to your ladystrip.

Alas, how love can trifle with itself!
Site I pray thee, let me look on that again. Here is her picture: Let me see; I think,
Jel It may not be; good madam, pardon me. If I had such a tire, this face of mine
Sz. There, hold.

Were full as lovely as is this of hers:
I will not look upon your master's lines :

And yet the painter flatter'd her a little,
I knox, they are stuff*d with protestations, Unless I flatter with myself too much.
And fall of new-found oaths; which he will break, Her hair is auburn, mine is perfect yellow :
As easily as I do tear his paper.

If that be all the difference in his love,
H. Madam, he sends your ladyship this ring. I'll get me such a colour'd periwig..
See The more shame for him that he sends it Her eyes are grey as glass; and so are mine :

Ay, but her forehead's low, and mine's as high. Fer, I have heard him say a thousand times, What should it be, that he respects in her, His Julia gave it him at his departure :

But I can make respective in myself, Though his false finger hath profan'd the ring, If this fond love were not a blinded god ? Mine shall not do his Julia so much wrong. Come, shadow, come, and take this shadow up, Id. She thanks you.

For 'tis thy rival. O thou senseless form, 32. What say'st thou ?

Thou shalt be worshipp'd, kiss’d, lov'd, and ador'd; Jul I thank you, madam, that you tender her : And, were there sense in his idolatry, Poor gentlewoman! my master wrongs her much. My substance should be statue in thy stead. S. Dog thou know her ?

I'll use thee kindly for thy mistress' sake, hal Almost as well as I do know myself: That us'd me so; or else, by Jove I vow, To think upon her woes, I do protest,

I should have scratch'd out your unseeing eyes, That I have wept an hundred several times. To make my master out of love with thee. [Erite


SCENE I. - The same. An Abbey.

Duks. Why, then she's filed unto that peasant

Valentine ;

And Eglamour is in her company.
Egl. The sun begins to gild the western sky: 'Tis true; for friar Laurence met them both,
And now, it is about the very hour

As he in penance wander'd through the forest : That Silvia, at Patrick's cell, should meet me. Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she ; She will not fail ; for lovers break not hours, But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it: Unless it be to come before their time;

Besides, she did intend confession So much they spur their expedition.

At Patrick's cell this even ; and there she was not:

These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence. Enter SILVIA.

Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, See where she comes : Lady, a happy evening! But mount you presently; and meet with me

Sil. Amen, amen! go on, good Eglamour ! Upon the rising of the mountain-foot Out at the postern by the abbey-wall;

That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fled. I fear, I am attended by some spies.

Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. [Erit. Egl. Fear not: the forest is not three leagues off : Thu. Why this it is to be a peevish girl, If we recover that, we are sure enough. (Exeunt. That flies her fortune when it follows her :

I'll after; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour, SCENE II. The same. An Apartment in the Than for the love of reckless Silvia.

(Eart. Duke's Palace.

Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love,

Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. (Exit. Enter THURIO, PROTEUS, and JULIA.

Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, Thu. Sir Proteus, what says Silvia to my suit? Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. (Exit

Pro. O, sir, I find her milder than she was ; And yet she takes exceptions at your person.

SCENE III. - Frontiers of Mantua. The Thu. What, that my leg is too long?

Forest. Pro. No; that it is too little.

Enter Silvia, and Out-laws.
Thu, I'll wear a boot, to make it somewhat

Ont. Come, come ;
Pro. But love will not be spurr'd to what it loaths. Be patient, we must bring you to our captain.
Thu. What says she to my face?

Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one Pro. She says, it is a fair one.

Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently. Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is

2 Orut. Come, bring her away. black.

1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with Pro. But pearls are fair ; and the old saying is,

her? Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes ;

3 Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath out-run us, Jul. "Tis true, suck pearls as put out ladies' eyes; But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him. For I had rather wink than look on them. (Aside. Go thou with her to the west end of the wood, Thu. How likes she my discourse ?

There is our captain : we'll follow him that's fled. Pro. Ill, when you talk of war.

The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape. Thu, But well, when I discourse of love and i Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain peace?

cave ; Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your Fear not; he bears an honourable mind, peace.

(Åside. And will not use a woman lawlessly. Thu. What says she to my valour ?

Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee. (Ezeteni Pro. O, sir, she makes no doubt of that. Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cowardice.

SCENE IV. - Another part of the Forest. [Aside.

Thu. What says she to my birth ?
Pro. That you are well deriv'd.

Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man
Jul. True; from a gentleman to a fool. [ Aside. This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods,
Thu. Considers she my possessions ?

I better brook than flourishing peopled towns : Pro. O, ay; and pities them.

Here can I sit alone, unseen of any, Thu. Wherefore ?

And to the nightingale's complaining notes, Jul. That such an ass should owe them. [Aside. Tune my distresses, and record my woes. Pro. That they are out by lease.

O thou that dost inhabit in my breast, Jul. Here comes the duke.

Leave not the mansion so long tenantless ;

Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall,
Enter DUKE

And leave no memory of what it was !
Duke. How now, sir Proteus? how now, Thurio? Repair me with thy presence, Silvia ;
Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late ?

Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain ! Thu. Not I.

What halloing, and what stir, is this to-day?
Nor I.

These are my mates, that make their wills their la Puke.

Saw you my daughter? Have some unhappy passenger in chase : Pro.

Neither. They love me well; yet I have much to do,

To keep them from uncivil outrages.

Be a sufficient ransom for offence,
Withdraw thee, Valentine ; who's this comes here? I tender it here ; I do as truly suffer,

(Steps aside. As e'er I did commit.

Then I am paid ;
Enter Proteus, Silvia, and Julia.

And once again I do receive thee honest .
Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you, Who by repentance is not satisfied,
Theagh you respect not aught your servant doth,) Is nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are pleas'd ;
To hazard life, and rescue you from him

By penitence the Eternal's wrathi's appeas'd :: That wou'd have fore'd your honour and your love. And, that my love may appear plain and free, Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look ; All that was mine in Silvia, I give thee. A smaller boon than this I cannot beg,

Jul. O me, unhappy!

Faints. And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. Pro. Look to the boy. Vel. How like a dream is this I see and hear!

Val. Why, boy! why, wag ! how now? what is Lore, lend me patience to forbear a while. (Aside.

the matter? S. O miserable, unhappy that I am !

Look up; speak. Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came; Jul.

O good sir, my master charg'd me Det, by my coming, I have made you happy. To deliver a ring to madam Silvia; Sz. By thy approach thou mak'st me most un- Which out of my neglect, was never done. happy.

Pro. Where is that ring, boy? v. And me, when he approacheth to your pre- Jul.

Here 'tis : this is it. sence. Aside.

[Gives a ring. 82. Had I been seized by a hungry lion,

Pro. How ! let me see :
I would bare been a breakfast to the beast, Why this is the ring I gave to Julia.
Rather than have false Proteus rescue me.

Jul. O, cry you mercy, sir, I have mistook ; O, hearea be judge, how I love Valentine,

This is the ring you sent to Silvia. Whose life's is tender to me as my soul ;

[Shows another ring. And full as much, (for more there cannot be,) Pro. But, how cam’st thou by this ring? at my I de detect false perjur'd Proteus :

depart, Therefore be gone, solicit me no more.

I gave this unto Julia. Prea. What dangerous action, stood it next to Jul. And Julia herself did give it me; death,

And Julia herself hath brought it hither. Would I not undergo for one calm look ?

Pro. How! Julia! Q, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd,

Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths, When women cannot love, where they're belov'd. And entertain'd them deeply in her heart : 2. When Proteus cannot love where he's be- How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root ? lor'd.

O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush ! Read orer Julia's heart, thy first best love,

Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy faith Such an immodest raiment; if shame live Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths

In a disguise of love : Descended into perjury, to love me.

It is the lesser blot, modesty finds, Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou had'st two, Women to change their shapes, than men their And that's far worse than none; better have none

minds. Than plural faith, which is too much by one : Pro. Than men their minds ! 'tis true; O heaThou counterfeit to thy true friend !

ven! were man Pre

In love, But constant, he were perfect : that one error We respects friend?

Fills him with faults ; makes him run through all All men but Protens.

sins : Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins : Can no way change you to a milder form,

What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy 1'1 woo you like a soldier, at arms' end;

More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye ? And love you 'gainst the nature of love, force you. Val. Come, come, a band from either : Sz. O heaven!

Let me be blest to make this happy close ; Prste

I'll force thee yield to my desire. 'Twere pity iwo such friends should be long foes. VL. Raffian, let go that rude uncivil touch; Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish for Txe friend of an ill fashion ! Pro


Jul. And I have mine. 1. Thou common friend, that's without faith or

Enter Out-laws, with Duke and THURIO. love; For sach is a friend now,) treacherous man !


A prize, a prize, a prize! Thcu has beguild my hopes ; nought but mine eye Val. Forbear, I say; it is my lord the duke. Could have persuaded me: Now I dare not say, Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd, I have one friend alive; thou would'st disprove me. Banished Valentine. Who should be trusted now, when one's right hand Duke.

Sir Valentine ! Is perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus,

Thu. Yonder is Silvia; and Silvia's mine. I am sorry I must never trust thee more,

Val. Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy death ;
But count the world a stranger for thy sake, Come not within the measure of my wrath :
The private wound is deepest : O time, most curst! Do not name Silvia thine ; if once again,
'Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the worst. Milan shall not behold thee. Here she stands,

Pra My share and guilt confound me. - Take but possession of her with a touch ;-
Forgive me, Valentine : if hearty sorrow

I dare thee but to breathe upon my love. —



Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I; Forgive them what they have committed here, I hold him but a fool, that will endanger

And let them be recall d from their exíle : His body for a girl that loves him not :

They are reform'd, civil, full of good, I claim her not, and therefore she is thine.

And fit for great employment, worthy lord. Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou, Duke. Thou hast prevail'd; I pardon them, and To make such means for her as thou hast done, And leave her on such slight conditions.

Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. Now, by the honour of my ancestry,

Come, let us go; we will include all jars I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine,

With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity. And think thee worthy of an empress' love.

Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold Know then, I here forget all former griefs,

With our discourse to make your grace to smile : Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again.

What think you of this page, my lord ? *Plead a new state in thy unrivall’d merit,

Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him ; he To which I thus subscribe, — sir Valentine,

blushes. Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd;

Val. I warrant you, my lord; more grace than boy. Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd her. Duke. What mean you by that saying? Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made me Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along, happy.

That you will wonder, what hath fortuned. I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, Come, Proteus; 'tis your penance, but to hear To grant one boon that I shall ask of you.

The story of your loves discovered : Dule. I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it be. That done, our day of marriage shall be yours;

Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept withal, One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. Are men endued with worthy qualities ;


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