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TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA.
LOVE COMMENDED AND CENSURED,
LOVE FROWARD AND DISSEMBLING.
ADVANTAGE OF TRAVELLING.
LOVE COMPARED TO AN APRIL DAY.
The uncertain glory of an April day; Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
And by and by a cloud takes all away!
ACT II. HUMOROUS DESCRIPTION OF A MAN IN LOVE. Marry, by these special marks: First, you have learned, like Sir Proteus, to wreathe your arms like a malecontent; to relish a love-song, like a robin
redbreast; to walk alone, like one that had the pes. tilence; to sigh, like a school-boy, that had lost his A, B, C; to weep, like a young wench that had buried her grandam; to fast, like one that takes diet;* to watch, like one that fears robbing; to speak puling, like a beggar at Hallowmas.f You were wont, when you laughed, to crow like a cock; when you walked, to walk like one of the lions; when you fasted, it was presently after dinner; when you looked sadly, it was for the want of money; and now you are metamorphosed with a mistress, that, when I look on you, I can hardly think you my master.
AN ACCOMPLISHED YOUNG GENTLEMAN,
His years but young, but his experience old;
CONTEMPT OF LOVE PUNISHED.
I have done penance for contemning love; Whose high imperious thoughts have punished me With bitter fasts, with penitential groans, With nightly tears, and daily heart-sore sighs; For, in revenge of my contempt of love, Love hath chas'd sleep from my enthralled eyes, And made them watchers of mine own heart's sore
O, gentle Proteus, love's a mighty lord;
LOVE COMPARED TO A WAXEN IMAGE.
For now my love is thaw'd;
LOVE INCREASED BY ATTEMPTS TO SUPPRESS IT.
Didst thou but know the inly touch of love, Chou would'st as soon go kindie 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 extreme rage, Lest it should burn above the bounds of reason. Jul. The more thou dam'st* it up, the more is
burns; The current that with gentle murmur glides, Thou know'st, being stopp’d, impatiently doth rage, But, when his fair course is not hindered, He makes sweet music with the enamel'd stones, Giving a gentle kiss to every seuge 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 pastime of each weary step, Till the last step have brought me to my love; And, there I'll rest, as, after much turmoil,t A blessed soul doth in Elysium.
À FAITHFUL AND CONSTANT LOVER.
His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles;
PRESENTS PREVAIL WITH WOMEN,
Win her with gifts, if she respect not words; Dumb jewels often, in their silent kind, More than quick words do move a woman's mind.
A LOVER'S BANISHMENT. And why not death, rather than living tormenti To die, is to be banish'd from myself: * Closest.
And Silvia is myself: banished from her,
BEAUTY PETITIONING IN VAIN.
Ay, ay; and she hath offer'd to the doom,
Hope is a lover's staff; walk hence with that. And manage it against despairing thoughts.
LOVE COMPARED TO A FIGURE ON ICE. This weak impress of love is as a figure Trenched* in ice; which with an hour's heat Dissolves to water, and doth lose his form..
THREE THINGS IN MAN DISLIKED BY FEMALES.
The best way is to slander Valentine
THE POWER OF POETRY WITH FEMALES.
Say, that upon the altar of her beauty
Write till your ink be dry. and with your tears
THE POWER OF ACTINN.
At that time I made her weep a-good,
A LOVER IN SOLITUDE. How use doth breed a habit in a man! This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, I better brook than flourishing peopled towns. Here can I sit alone, unseen of any, And to the nightingale's complaining notes, Tune my distresses, and recordt my woes, O thou that dost inhabit in my breast, Leave not the mansion so long tenantless; Lest growing ruinous, the building fall, And leave no memory of what it was! Repair me with thy presence, Silvia; Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain!
What dangerous action, stood it next to death, Would I not undergo for one calm look? * In good earnest