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Lau. Ay, and what I do too : look thee, I'll buty lean, and my ftaff understands me.

Spe. It stands under thee, indeed. " Lar. Why, stand-under and under-tand is all one. Spe. But, tell me true, will't be a match i

Lau. Ask my dog: if he fay, ay, it will; if be fay, no, it will; if he shake his tail, and say nothing, it will.

Spe. The conclusion is then, that it 'vill.

Lau. Thou shalt never get such a secret from me, but by a parable.

Spe. 'Tis well, that I get it so. But Launce, how say'R thou, that my matter is become a notable lover ?

Lau. I never knew him otherwise.
Spe. Than how?
Lau. A notable lubber, as thou reportest him to be.
Spe. Why, thou whorson ass, thou mistak’tt me.
Lau. Why, fool, I meant not thee; I meant thy master.
Spe. I tell thee, my master is become a hot lover.

Lau. Why, I tell thee, I care not though he burn himfelf in love. If thou wilt go with me to the ale-house, fo; if not, thou art an Hebrew, a Jew, and not worth the name of a christian.

Spe. Why?

Lau. Because thou hast not so much charity in thee, as to go to the ale with a christian : Wilt thou go? Spe. At thy service.

SCENE VI. The fame. A Room in the Palace.

Enter Protheus.
Pro. To leave my Julia, shall I be forfworn;
To love fair Silvia, shall I be forsworn ;
To wrong my friend, I shall be much forsworn ;
And even that
power, which

me first

my oath,
Provokes me to this threefold perjury:
Love bad me swear, and love bids me forfwear:
O sweet suggesting love, if thou haft fin'd,
Teach me, thy tempted subject, to excuse it !
At first I did adore a twinkling ftar,
But now I worlhip a celestial fun:
Unheedful vows may heedfully be broken ;


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And he wants wit, that wants resolved will
To learn his wit to exchange the bad for better :
Fie, fie, anreverend tongue; to call her bad,
“ Whose sovereignty so oft thou hast prefer'd
“ With twenty thousand foul-confirming oaths.
“ I cannot leave to love, and yet I do ;
“ But there I leave to love, where I should love.
Julia I lose, and Valentine I lose:
if I keep them, I needs must lose myself;
If I lose them, This find I by their loss,
For Valentine, myfelf; for Julia, Silvia.
I to myself am dearer than a friend ;
Por Jove is still molt precious in itfelf:
And Silvia (witness heaven, that made her fair)
Shews Julia but a swarthy Ethiope*
I will forget that Julia is alive,
Remembring that my love to her is dead;
« And Valentine I'll hold an enemy,
Aiming at Silvia as a sweeter friend.
“ I cannot now prove constant to myself,
“ Without fome treachery us’d to Valentine :
This night he meaneth with a corded ladder
To climb celestial Silvia's chamber-window;
Myself įn counsel, his competitor:
Now presently I'll give her father notice
of their disguising, and pretended fight;
Who, all enrag'd, will banish Valentine ;
For Thurio, he intends shall wed his daughter:
But, Valentine being gone, I'll quickly cross;
By some fly trick, blunt Thurios dull proceeding.
Love, lend me wings to make my purpose fwift,
As thou haft lent me wit to plot this drift! [Exis
SCENE VII. Verona. A Rgom in Julia's Honlı.

Enter Julia and Lacetta.
Ful. Counsel; Lucetta; gentle girl, allit me!
And, even in kind love, I do conjure thee,

* Pratbeus seems to be not only loving, but also talking mad; we have endeavoured to reduce him into compass, though fome lines marked have great merit, as indeed has the whole soliloquyu

Who art the table wherein all my thoughts
Are visibly character'd and engrav'd,
To lesson me; and tell me some good mean,
How, with my honour, I may undertake
A journey to my loving Protheus.

Luc. Alas, the way is wearifome and long

Jul. A true devoted pilgrim is not weary
To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps;
Much less thall me, that hath love's wings to Aly;
And when the light is made to one so dear,
Of such divine perfection, as Sir Protheus.

Luc. Better forbear, 'till Protheus make return.

Jul. O, know'st thou not, his looks are my soul's food
Pity the dearth that I have pined in,
By longing for that food so long a time.
Didit thou but know the inly touch of love,
Thou would't as soon go kindle fire with snow,
As seek to quench the fire of love with words.

Luc. I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire ;
But qualify the fire's extream rage,
Lelt it should burn above the bounds of reason.

Jul. The more thou dam't it up, the more it burns :
The current, that with gentle murmur glides,
Thou know'it, being stop'd, impatiently doth rage ;
But, when his fair course is not hindered,
He makes sweet musick with th' enamel'd ftones,
Giving a gentle kiss to every fedge
He overtaketh in his pilgrimage;
And so by many winding nooks he strays,
With willing sport to the wild ocean.
Then let me go, and hinder not my course :
I'll be as patient as a gentle stream,
And make a paftime of each weary step,
'Till the last step bave brought me to my love,
And there I'll reft; as, after much turmoil,
A blessed soul doth in Elysium *.
Luc. But in what habit will you go along?

There is great fertility of fancy, great energy of affection, is this speech. Julia's character is much heightened by it ; and a capable actress must profit by it congderably,

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Jul. Not like a woman; for I would prevent
The loose encounters of lascivious men:
Gentle Lucetta, at me with such weede
As may beseem fome well-reputed page.
Luc. Why, then your ladyfhip must cut your hair

Jul. No, girl, I'll kait it up in filken Stringses
With twenty odd conceited true love knots :
“ To be fantastick, may become a youth
“ Of greater time than I fall fhew to be.. [ches
Luc. What fashion, madam, shall I make your bree-

Jul. That fits as well, as, Tell me, good my lord,
" What compass will you wear your farthingale?
" Why, e'en what falaion thou beft lik’ft, Lucetta. (dam.
Luc. You must needs have them with a cod-piece, ma-

Jul. Out, out, Lucetta! that will be ill-favour'd.
Luc. A round hose, madam, now's not worth a pin,
“ Unless you have a cod-piece to stick pins oni

Jul. Lucetta, as thou:lov'it me, let me have
What thou thouk’ft meet, and is molt mannerly.
But tell me, wench, how will the world ropute mesa
For undertaking so unstay'd a journey!
I fear me, it will make me fcandaliz'd.

Luc. If you think so, then stay at home, and go not..
Jul. Nay, that I will not.
Luc. Then neyer dream on infamy, but go:
If Protbeus. like your journey, when you come,
No matter who's displeas'd, when you are gone i
I fear me, he will scarce be pleas'd withal.

Jul. That is the least, Lucetta, of my fear:.
A thousand oaths, an ocean.of his tears,.
And instances of infinite of love,
Warrant me welcome to my Protheus.

Luc. All these are servants to deceitful men t.

Jul. Bafe men, that use them to so base effeä !
Bur truer stars did govern Protheus' birth.:
His words are bonds; his oaths are oracles ;


As women did not perform in Sbakespeare's time, we perceive biez. as often as possible, avails himself of masculine habiliments.

† Never was a truer obfervation, than that profeffions violently impaktioned. Lave a small tendency to stability..

His love findere, his thoughts immaculate;
His tears, pure messengers sent from his heart;
His heart as far from fraud, as heaven from earth.

Luc. Pray heaven, he prove fo, when you come to him!

Jub. Now, as thou lov'ft me, do him not that wrong,
To bear a hard opinion of his truth :
Only deserve my love, by loving him ;
And presently go with me to my chamber,
To take a note of what I ftand in need of,
To furnish me upon my longing journey :
All that is mine I leave at thy dispose,
My goods, my lands, my reputation ;
Only, in lieu thereof, dispatch me hence:
Come, answer not, but to it presently ;
I am impatient of my tarriance.

[Exeunt *.


SCENE I. Milan. Anti-room of the Palace.
Enter Duke, Protheus, and Thurio.

IR Thurio, give us leave, I pray, a while;
We have some secrets to confer about.

[Exit Thurio.

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Now tell me, Protheus, what's your will with me?

Pre. My gracious lord, that which I would discover,
The law of friendship bids me to conceal:
But, when I call to mind your gracious favours
Done to me, undeserving as I am,
My duty pricks me on to utter that
Which else no worldly good should draw from me.
Know, worthy prince, Sir Valentine my friend;
This night intends to steal away your daughter ;
Myself am one made privy to the plot:
I know, you have determind to bestow her

* of the second act we have nothing to say more than of the frft sor, as we judge, much less; they are both very actable, and would probably meet very favourable attention,

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