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


[Exeunt. How happily he lives, how well belov'd, SCENE III.-The same. A room in Anto- And daily graced by the emperor ; xio's 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 Pan. 'Twas of his nephew Proteus, your

wish : Ant. 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 exhibitiont 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. viy 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 impórtune 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 impeachments 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 Ant. Nor needst thou much importune me To hasten on his expedition. to that

[Exeunt 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 tutor'd 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, o, 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, Ant. 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:


And, that thou may’st perceive how well I like
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.

Pan. To-morrow, may it please you, Don

Speed. Sir, your glove.
With other gentlemen of good esteem,

Val. Not mine; my gloves are on. Are journeying to salute the emperor,

Speed. Why then this may be yours, for this And to commend their service to his will.

is but one. Ant. Good company; with them shall Pro- Val. Ha! let me see : ay, give it me, it's teus go:


mine : And, in good time,-now will we break with Sweet ornament that decks a thing divine ! Enter PROTEUS.

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

Speed. Madam Silvia ! madam Silvia ! Here is her hand, the agent of her heart;

Val. How now, sırrah Here is her oath for love, her honour's pawn:

Speed. She is not within hearing, Sir. O, that our fathers would applaud our loves,

Val. Why, Sir, who bade you call her? To seal our happiness with their consents !

Speed. Your worship, Sir; or else I mistook. O heavenly Julia !

Val. Well, you'll still be too forward. Ant. How now? what letter are you read

Speed. And yet I was last chidden for being

too slow. ing there? Pro. May't please your lordship, 'tis a word

Val. Go to, Sir; tell me, do you know ma

dam Silvia ? or two Of commendation sent from Valentine,

Speed. She that your worship loves ? Deliver'd by a friend that came from him.

Val. Why, how know you that I am in love? Ant. Lend me the letter; let me see what

Speed. Marry, by these special marks : First, you have learned, like Sir Proteus, to wreath

your arms like a male-content; to relish a love Little consequence. Reproach Break the matter to him.




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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;

when you walked, to walk like one of the lions; Speed. O excellent motion !* O exceeding
when you fasted, it was presently after dinner; puppet! now will he interpret to her.
when you looked sadly, it was for want of Val. Madam and mistress, a thousand good-
money: and now you are metamorphosed with
a mistress, that, when I look on you, I can hard-

Speed. O, 'give you good even ! Here's a ly think you my master.

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, gives it him.
without you were so simple, none else would : 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;
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.

Sil. I thank you, gentle servant: 'tis very
Val. But, tell me, dost thou know my lady clerklyt done.

Val. Now trust me, madam, it came hardly Speed. She, that you gaze on so, as she sits For, being ignorant to whom it goes, [off"; at supper?

I writ at random, very doubtfully.
Val. Hast thou observed that ? even she I Sil. Perchance you think too much of so

much pains ? Speed. Why, Sir, I know her not.

Val. No, madam ; so it stead you, I will write, Val. Dost thou know her by my gazing on Please you command, a thousand times as her, and yet know'st her not?

And yet,

(much : Speed. Is she not hard favoured, Sir ?

Sil. A pretty period! Well, I guess the sequel; Val. Not so fair, boy, as well favoured. And yet I will not name it :—and yet I care Speed. Sir, I know that well enough.

not;Val. What dost thou know.

And yet take this again ;-and yet I thank you ; Speed. That she is not so fair, as (of you) Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more. well favoured.

Speed. And yet you will ; and yet another Val. I mean that her beauty is exquisite,


[Aside. but her favour infinite.

Val. What means your ladyship? do you not
Speed. That's because the one is painted, like it?
and the other out of all count.

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

Val. Madam, they are for you.
Val. How esteemest thou me? I account of Sil. Ay, ay; you writ them, Sir, at my re-
her beauty.

quest : Speed. You never saw her since she was de- But I will none of them; they are for you: formed.

I would have had them writ more movingly. Val. How long hath she been deformed ? Val. Please you, I11 write your ladyship Speed. Ever since you loved her.

another. Val. I have loved her ever since I saw her; Sil. And, when it's writ, for my sake read and still I see her beautiful.

it over: Speed. If you love her you cannot see her. And, if it please you, so; if not, why, so. Val. Why?

Val. If it please me, madam! what then? Speed. Because love is blind. O, that you Sil. Why, if it please you, take it for your had mine eyes; or your own had the lights

labour; they were wont to have, when you chid at Sir And so good-morrow, servant. [Exit Silvia. Proteus for going ungartered !

Speed. O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible. Val. What should I see then?

As a nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on Speed. Your own present folly, and her pass

a steeple !

(suitor, ing deformity: for he, being in love, could not My master sues to her; and she hath taught her 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.

O excellent device! was there ever heard a Val. Belike, boy, then you are in love; for better? last morning you could not see to wipe my That my master, being scribe, to himself should shoes.

write the letter? Speed. True, Sir ; I was in love with my bed : Val. How now, Sir? what are you reasoning I thank you, you swingedt me for my love, with yourself? 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 affec- Speed. To be a spokesman from madam Silvia. tion would cease.

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Speed. To yourself: why, she wooes you by with Sir Proteus to the Imperial's court. I 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 ringing her hands, and all our house in

Speed. What need she, when she hath made a great perplexity, yet did not this cruelyou 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, my grandam 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.

is 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 Val. 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 hath the worser sole ; This shoe, with the and 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 Speed. I'll warrant you, 'tis as well : is my sister ; for, look you, she is as white as Foroften 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 :-no, 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 myself: 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 the shoe speak a word for weeping; now unto her lover.

[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, Sir? '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 lain 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 Enter PROTEUS and JULIA.

What's the matter? why weepest thou, Pro. Have patience, gentle Julia.

man? Away, ass; you will loose the tide, if you Jul. I must, where is no remedy.

tarry any longer. Pro. When possibly I can, I will return. Laun. It is no matter if the tied were lost; Jul. If you turn not, you will return the for it is the unkindest tied that ever any man sooner:

tied. Keep this remembrance for thy Julia's sake. Pan. What's the unkindest tide ?

[Giving a ring. Laun. Why, he that's tied here; Crab, my Pro. Why then we'll make exchange; here, dog. take you this.

Pan. Tut, man, I mean thou'lt lose the flood; Jul. And seal the bargain with a holy kiss. and, in loosing the flood, lose thy voyage ; and,

Pro. Here's my hand for my true constancy ; in losing thy voyage, lose thy master; and, in And when that hour o'er-slips me in the day, losing thy master, lose thy service; and, in Wherein I sigh not, Julia, for thy sake, losing thy service,- Why dost thou stop my The next ensuing hour some foul mischance mouth? Torment me for my love's forgetfulness ! Laun. For fear thou should'st lose thy tongue. My father stays my coming; answer not; Pan. Where should I lose my tongue? The tide is now: nay not the tide of tears; Laun. In thy tale. That tide will stay me longer than I should ; Pan. In thy tail?

[Exit JuLIA. Laun. Lose the tide, and the voyage, and Julia, farewell.—What! gone without a word? the master, and the service? The tide ! -Why, Ay, so true love should do: it cannot speak; man, if the river were dry, I am able to fill it For truth hath better deeds than words, to with my tears; if the wind were down, I could

drive the boat with my sighs. Enter PanthINO.

Pan. Come, come away, man; I was sent to

call thee. Pan. Sir Proteus, you are staid for.

Laun. Sir call me what thou darest. Pro. Go; I come, I come:

Pan. Wilt thou go? Alas! this parting strikes poor lovers dumh. Laun. Well, I will go.

[Ereunt. [Exeunt. SCENE IV.-Milan.-An appartment in the SCENE III.-The same.- A Street.

DUKE's Palace.
Enter Launce, leading a dog.

Enter VALLENTINE, Silvia, Thurio, and Laun. Nay, 'twill be this hour ere I have

SPEED. done 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 Speed. Master, Sir Thurio frowns on you. * There's the conclusion.


* Crazy, distracted.


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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 seem 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, t 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 quote 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.
The. How?

[Exit 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 Sil. Nay then he should be blind; and, being ere you begin.

blind, Sil. A 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 Thurio borrows his wit from your Val. To see such lovers, Thurio, as yourself; ladyship’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- Val. Welcome, dear Proteus Mistress, I sure to give your followers; for it appears by 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?

servant Val. My lord, I will be thankful

To have a look of such a worthy mistress. To any happy messenger from thence.

Val. Leave off discourse of disability :Duke. Know you Don Antonio, your coun- Sweet lady, entertain him for your servant. tryman?

Pro. My duty will I boast of nothing else. Val. Ay, my good lord, I know the gentleman Sil. And duty never yet did want his meed; To be of worth, and worthy estimation, Servant, you are welcome to a worthless misAnd not withou desert so well reputed.

tress. Duke. Hath he not a son ?

Pro. I'll die on him that says so, but yourself. Val. Ay, my good lord; a son, that well Sil. That you are welcome? deserves

Pro. No; that you are worthless.
The honour and regard of such a father.

Duke. You know him well?
Val. I knew him as myself; for from our

Ser. Madam, my lord your father would

(gether: 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 truent, 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 Sir 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; [Exeunt Silvia, THURJO, 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 * Serious.

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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 health. [your love? And then I'll presently attend you.
Val. How does your lady? and how thrives Val. Will you make haste?
Pro. My tales of love were wont to weary

Pro. I will.

(Exit VAL. you;

Even as one heat another heat expels, I know, you joy not in a love-discourse. Or as one nail by strength drives out another,

Val. Ay, Proteus, but that life is altered now: So the remembrance of my former love I have done penance for contemning love; Is by a newer object quite forgotten. Whose high imperious thoughts have punish'a Is it mine eye, or Valentinus' praise,

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

Methinks, my zeal to Valentine is cold; 0, gentle Proteus, love's a mighty lord; And that I love him not, as I was wont : And hath so humbled me, as, I confess, 0! but I love his lady too, too much; There is no wo to his correction,

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

And that hath dazzled my reason's light; Pro. Enough ; I read your fortune in your But when I look on her perfections, eye:

There is no reason but I shall be blind.
Was this the idol that you worship so? If I can check my erring love, I will;
Val. Even she; and is she not a heavenly If not, to compass her I'll use my skill. (Exit.

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

Pro. I will not flatter her.

Speed. Launce! by mine honesty, welcome Val. O,flatter me; for love delights in praises. to Milan. Pro. When I was sick, you gave me bitter Laun. Forswear not thyself, sweet youth; And I must minister the like to you. (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, nor never welcome to a place, till some certain Sovereign to all the creatures on the earth.

shot be paid, and the hostess say, welcome. Pro. Except my mistress.

Speed. Come on, you mad-cap. I'll to the Val. Sweet, except not any;

ale-house with you presently; where, for one Except thou wilt except against my love.

shot of fivepence, thou shalt have five thousand Pro. Havel not reason to prefer mine own? welcomes. But, sirrah, how did thy master

Val. And I will help thee to prefer her too: part with madam Julia ? She shall be dignified with this high honour,- Laun. Marry, after they closed in earnest, To bear my lady's train; lest the base earth

they parted very fairly in jest. Should from her vesture chance to steal a kiss,

Speed. But shall she marry him? And, of so great a favour growing proud, Laun. No. Disdain to root the summer-swelling flower, Speed. How then? Shall he marry her? And make rough winter everlastingly.

Laun. No, neither. Pro. Why, Valentine, what braggardism is Speed. What, are they broken? this?

Laun. No, they are both as whole as a fish. Val. Pardon me, Proteus : all I can, is nothing

Speed. Why then, how stands the matter with To her, whose worth makes other worthies no- them? She is alone.

[thing; Laun. Marry, thus; when it stands well with Pro. Then let her alone.

him, it stands well with her. Val. Not for the world :-why, man, she is Speed. What an ass art thou. I understand mine own;

thee not. And I as rich in having such a jewel,

Laun. What a block art thou, that thou canst As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl,

not. My staff understands me. The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold. Speed. What thou say'st? Forgive me, that I do not dream on thee, Laun. Ay, and what I do too: look thee, I'll Because thou seest me dote upon my love. but lean, and my staff understands me. My foolish rival, that her father likes

Speed. It stands under thee, indeed. Only for his possessions are so huge,

Laun. Why, stand under and understand is Is gone with her along; and I must after, all one. For love, thou know'st, is full of jealousy. Speed. But tell me true, will't be a match ? Pro. But she loves you?

Laun. Ask my dog: if he say, ay, it will ;

if Val. Ay, and we are betroth'd ;

he say, no, it will; if he shake his tail, and say Nay, more, our marriage hour,

nothing, it will. With all the cunning manner of our flight,

Speed. The conclusion is then, that it will. Determin'd of: how I must climb her window; Laun. Thou shalt never get such a secret from The ladder made of cords; and all the means

me, but by a parable. Plotted ; and 'greed on, for my happiness. Speed. 'Tis well that I get it so. But, Launce, Good Proteus, go with me to my chamber,

* On further knowledge.


In these affair to aid me with thy counsel.

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