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Pro. O, sir, I find her milder than she was; Be patient, we must bring you to our captainAnd yet she takes exceptions at your person. Sit. A thousand more mischances than this Thú. What, that my leg is too long?

Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently. Pro. No; that it is too little.

2 Ou. Come, bring her away. Thu. I'll wear a boot, to make it somewhat i Out. Where is the gentleman that was rounder.

her? Pro. But love will not be spurr'd to what it 3 Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath out-rur loaths.

But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him. Thu. What says she to my face?

Go thou with her to the west end of the wood, Pro. She says, it is a fair one.

There is our captain: we'll follow him that's Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is The thicket is beset, he cannot ’scape. black.

i Out. Come, I must bring you to our capta Pro. But pearls are fair ; and the old saying is, Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes. Fear not; he bears an honourable mind, Jul. 'Tis true; such pearls as put out ladies' And will not use a woman lawlessly. eyes;

Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee! For I had rather wink than look on them. [.Aside.

(Exer Thur. How likes she my discourse ? Pro, INI, when you talk of war.

SCENE IV.-Another part of the ForestThu. But well, when I discourse of love, and

Enter Valentine. peace ? Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man peace.

(Aside. This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, Thu. What says she to my valour?

I better brook than flourishing peopled towns : Pro. 0, sir, she makes no doubt of that. Here can I sit alone, unseen of any, Jul. She needs not, when she knows it coward. And, to the nightingale's complaining notes, ice.

(Aside. Tune my distresses, and record* my woes. Thu. What says she to my birth?

O thou that dost inhabit in my breast, Pro. That you are well deriv'd.

Leave not the mansion so long tenantless; Jul. True; from a gentleman to a fool. (.Aside. Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall, Thu. Considers she my possessions ?

And leave no memory of what it was ! Pro. O, ay; and pities them.

Repair me with thy presence, Silvia ; Thau. Wherefore?

Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain !Jul. That such an ass should owel them, (Aside. What halloing, and what stir, is this to-day? Pro. That they are out by lease.

These are my mates, chat make their wills the Jul. Here comes the duke.


Have some unhappy passenger in chace :
Enter Duke.

They love me well; yet I have much to do,
Duke. How now, sir Proteus ? how now, Thurio To keep them from uncivil outrages.
Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late?

Withdraw thee, Valentine ; who's this comes here Thu. Not I.

(Steps aside Pro.

Nor I.
Saw you my daughter ?

Enter Proteus, Silvia, and Julia.

Neither, Duke. Why, then she’s fled unto that peasant (Though you respect not aught your servant doth,

Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you Valentine; And Eglamour is in her company,

To hazard life, and rescue you from him 'Tis true; for friar Laurence met them both,

That would have forc'd your honour and you As he in penance wander'd through the forest :

love. Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she;

Vouchsafe me, for my meed,” but one fair look ; But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it:

A smaller boon than this I cannot beg, Besides, she did intend confession

And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. At Patrick's cell this even ; and there she was not : Love, lend me patience to forbear awhile. (Aside

Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear? These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence. Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse,

Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am! But mount you presently; and meet with me

Pro. Unhappy, were you, madam, ere I came Upon the rising of the mountain foot

But, by my coming, I have made you happy. That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fled :

Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most un Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. (Exit.

happy. Thr. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl,

Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your That flies her fortune when it follows her:


(Jaside. I'll after; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour,

Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, Than for the love of reckless: Silvia. (Erit.

I would have been a breakfast to the beast, Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love,

Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. (Exit

. A heaven be

judge, how I love Valentine, Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that loveand full as much (for more there cannot be,) Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. (Exit.

Ido detest false perjur'd Proteus : SCENE III.-Frontiers of Mantua.


Therefore be gone, solicit me no more.
Forest. Enter Silvia, and Out-laws.

Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to

death, Out. Come, come:

Would I not undergo for one calm dook? (1) Own. 101 Fronlich. (3) Careless.

(4) Sing. (5) Reward.

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0, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd,'.

Pro. How! Julia ! When women cannot love where they're belov'd. Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths, Sit. When Proteus cannot love where he's And entertaind them deeply in her heart : belov'd.

How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root !3
Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush!
For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me

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 hadst 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 : 0
l'hou counterfeit to thy true friend !

heaven! were man Pro.

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

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

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
I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end; More fresh in Julia's with a constant ege?
And love you 'gainst the nature of love, Torce you. Val. Come, come, a hand from either :
Sil. O heaven!

Let me be blest to make this happy close ;

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

Valentine !

Ju. And I have mine. Val. Thou common friend, that's without faith or love;

Enter Out-laws, with Duke and Thurio. (For such is a friend now,) treacherous man!

Ohit. Thou hast beguild my hopes; nought but mine

A prize, a prize, a prize !

Vab. Forbear, I say; It is my lord the duke. eye Could have persuaded me: Now I dare not say

Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac, I have one friend alive; thou would'st disprove me.

Banish'd Valentine. Who should be trusted now, when one's right hand


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 But count the world a stranger for thy sake. The private wound is deepest : 0 time, most curst ! Come not within the measure of my wrath : Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the worst: Milan shall not behold thee. Here she stands,

Pro. My shame and guilt confounds me. Forgive me, Valentine : if hearty sorrow

Take but possession of her with a touch!Be a sufficient ransom for offence,

I dare thee but to breathe upon my love. I tender it here ; I do as truly suffer,

Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I ;
As e'er I did commit.

I hold him but a fool, that will endanger
Then I am paid;

His body for a girl that loves him not :.
And once again I do receive thee honest.

I claim her not, and therefore she is thine. Who by repentance is not satisfied,

Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou, Is nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are pleas'd ; To make such means for her as thou hast done, By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'd :

And leave her on such slight conditions.And, that my love may appear plain and free,

Now, by the honour of my ancestry, All that was mine in Silvia, I give thee.

I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine, Jul. O me, unhappy!

(Faints. And think thee worthy of an empress' lore. Pro. Look to the boy.

Know then, I here forget all former griefs, Val. Why, boy! why, wag! how now? what Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again. is the matter?

Plead a new state in thy unrivall'd merit, Look up; speak.

To which I thus subscribe,-sir Valentine, Jud.

O good sir, my master charg’d me Thou art a gentleman, and well derivd; To deliver a ring to madam Silvia ;

Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd her. Which, out of my neglect, was never done.

Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made me Pro. Where is that ring, boy?

happy, Jul. Here 'tis : this is it. [Gives a ring. I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, Pro. How ! let me see:

To grant one boon that I shall ask of you. Why this is the ring I gave to Julia.

Duke. I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it be. Jul. O, cry you mercy, sir, I have mistook;

Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept This is the ring you sent to Silvia.

withal, (Shows another ring. Are men endued with worthy qualities; Pro. But, how cam’st thou by this ring? at my And let them be recall'd from their exile :

Forgive them what they have committed here, depart, I gave this untó Julia.

They are reformed, civil, full of good, Jud. And Julia herself did give it me;

And fit for great employment, worthy lord. And Julia herself hath brought it hither.

Duke. Thou hast prevail'd: I pardon them and


Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. (1) Felt, experienced. (2) Direction. 13) An allusion to cleaving the pin in archery. (4) Length of my sword.

(5) Interest.

With triumphs,' mirth, and rare solemnity. In this play there is a strange mixture of knowCome, let us go; we will include all jars. ledge and ignorance, of care and negligence. The

Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold versification is often excellent, the allusions are With our discourse to make your grace to smile: learned and just ; but the author conveys his What think you of this page, my lord ?

heroes by sea from one inland town to another in Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him; he the same country: he places the emperor at Milan, blushes.

and sends his young men to attend him, but never Val. I warrant you, my lord; more grace than mentions him more; he makes Proteus, after an boy.

interview with Silvia, say he has only seen her picDuke. What mean you by that saying ? ture : and, if we may credit the old copies, he has,

Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along, by mistaking places, left his scenery inextricable. That you will wonder what hath fortun'd. The reason of all this confusion seems to be, that Come, Proteus; 'tis your penance, but to hear he took his story from a novel which he sometimes The story of your loves discovered:

followed and sometimes forsook; sometimes reThat done, our day of marriage shall be yours; membered, and sometimes forgot. One seast, one house, one mutual happiness. That this play is rightly attributed to Shak

[Exeunt. speare, I have little doubt. If it be taken from him,

to whom shall it be given? This question may be (1) Masks, revels. (2) Conclude. asked of all the disputed plays, except Titus An

dronicus; and it will be found more credible, that Shakspeare might sometimes sink below his highest Mights, than that any other should rise up to his llowest.


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