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Thu. I thank you for your own. Now, gentlemen,

Let's tune, and to it lustily a while.


Jul. I would always have one play but one

But, host, doth this Sir Proteus that we talk on
Often resort unto this gentlewoman?

Host. I will tell you what Launce, his man,
told me: he lov'd her out of all nick.
Jul. Where is Launce?


Host. Gone to seek his dog; which, to-morrow, by his master's command, he must carry for a

Enter Host and JULIA behind. JULIA in boy's present to his lady.


Host. Now, my young guest, methinks you're allycholly: I pray you, why is it?


Jul. Marry, mine host, because I cannot be merry.

Host. Come, we'll have you merry. I'll bring you where you shall hear music and see the gentleman that you asked for.

Jul. But shall I hear him speak?
Host. Ay, that you shall.

Jul. That will be music.

Host. Hark! hark!

Jul. Is he among these?



Jul. Peace! stand aside: the company parts.
Pro. Sir Thurio, fear not you: I will so plead
That you shall say my cunning drift excels. 84
Thu. Where meet we?

Pro. At Saint Gregory's well.
Thu. Farewell.

[Exeunt THURIO and Musicians.

Enter SILVIA above, at her window.
Pro. Madam, good even to your ladyship. 88
Sil. I thank you for your music, gentlemen.

[Music plays. Who is that that spake?

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Who is Silvia? what is she?


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Sil. What is your will?

That I may compass yours.



Sil. You have your wish; my will is even this:
That presently you hie you home to bed.
48 Thou subtle, perjur'd, false, disloyal man!
Think'st thou I am so shallow, so conceitless,
To be seduced by thy flattery,
That hast deceiv'd so many with thy vows?
Return, return, and make thy love amends.
For me, by this pale queen of night I swear,
I am so far from granting thy request
That I despise thee for thy wrongful suit,
And by and by intend to chide myself
Even for this time I spend in talking to thee.
Pro. I grant, sweet love, that I did love a lady;
60 But she is dead.

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Pro. Sweet lady, let me rake it from the earth. Sil. Go to thy lady's grave and call hers thence; Or, at the least, in hers sepulchre thine. 120 Jul. [Aside.] He heard not that.

Pro. Madam, if your heart be so obdurate, Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love, The picture that is hanging in your chamber: To that I'll speak, to that I'll sigh and weep; For since the substance of your perfect self Is else devoted, I am but a shadow, And to your shadow will I make true love. 128 Jul. [Aside.] If 'twere a substance, you would, sure, deceive it,

And make it but a shadow, as I am.

Sil. I am very loath to be your idol, sir; But, since your falsehood shall become you well To worship shadows and adore false shapes, 133 Send to me in the morning and I'll send it. And so, good rest.

Pro. As wretches have o'er night That wait for execution in the morn.

136 [Exeunt PROTEUS, and SILVIA, above.

Jul. Host, will you go?

Host. By my halidom, I was fast asleep. Jul. Pray you, where lies Sir Proteus? Host. Marry, at my house. Trust me, I think 'tis almost day.


Jul. Not so; but it hath been the longest night

That e'er I watch'd and the most heaviest.

SCENE III.-The Same.



Egl. This is the hour that Madam Silvia Entreated me to call, and know her mind: There's some great matter she'd employ me in. Madam, Madam!

Enter SILVIA above, at her window.
Who calls?

Egl. Your servant, and your friend; 4
One that attends your ladyship's command.
Sil. Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good


Egl. As many, worthy lady, to yourself. According to your ladyship's impose, I am thus early come to know what service It is your pleasure to command me in.

Sil. O Eglamour, thou art a gentlemanThink not I flatter, for I swear I do notValiant, wise, remorseful, well-accomplish'd. Thou art not ignorant what dear good will


I bear unto the banish'd Valentine,
Nor how my father would enforce me marry 16
Vain Thurio, whom my very soul abhors.
Thyself hast lov'd; and I have heard thee say
No grief did ever come so near thy heart
As when thy lady and thy true love died,
Upon whose grave thou vow'dst pure chastity.
Sir Eglamour, I would to Valentine,
To Mantua, where, I hear he makes abode;
And, for the ways are dangerous to pass,
I do desire thy worthy company,
Upon whose faith and honour I repose.
Urge not my father's anger, Eglamour,
But think upon my grief, a lady's grief,
And on the justice of my flying hence,
To keep me from a most unholy match,
Which heaven and fortune still rewards with

I do desire thee, even from a heart
As full of sorrows as the sea of sands,
To bear me company and go with me:
If not, to hide what I have said to thee,
That I may venture to depart alone.





Egl. Madam, I pity much your grievances; Which since I know they virtuously are plac'd, I give consent to go along with you, Recking as little what betideth me As much I wish all good befortune you. When will you go?


This evening coming.
Egl. Where shall I meet you?
Where I intend holy confession.
Egl. I will not fail your ladyship.
Good morrow, gentle lady.

At Friar Patrick's cell,


Sil. Good morrow, kind Sir Eglamour.
[Exeunt severally.

SCENE IV.-The Same.

Enter LAUNCE with his dog.

Launce. When a man's servant shall play the cur with him, look you, it goes hard; one that I brought up of a puppy; one that I saved from drowning, when three or four of his blind brothers and sisters went to it. I have taught him, even as one would say precisely, 'Thus would I teach a dog.' I was sent to deliver him as a present to Mistress Silvia from my master, and I came no sooner into the dining-chamber but he steps me to her trencher and steals her 8 capon's leg. O! 'tis a foul thing when a cur cannot keep himself in all companies. I would have, as one should say, one that takes upon him to be a dog indeed, to be, as it were, a dog at all things. If I had not had more wit than he, to take a fault upon me that he did, I think verily he had been hanged for't: sure as I live,


he had suffered for 't: you shall judge. He thrusts me himself into the company of three or four gentleman-like dogs under the duke's table: he had not been there-bless the mark-a pissingwhile, but all the chamber smelt him. 'Out with the dog!' says one; 'What cur is that?' says another; 'Whip him out,' says the third; 'Hang him up,' says the duke. I, having been acquainted with the smell before, knew it was Crab, and goes me to the fellow that whips the dogs: 'Friend,' quoth I, 'you mean to whip the dog?' 'Ay, marry, do I,' quoth he. 'You do him the more wrong,' quoth I; "twas I did the thing you wot of.' He makes me no more ado, but whips me out of the chamber. How many masters would do this for his servant? Nay, I'll be sworn, I have sat in the stocks for puddings he hath stolen, otherwise he had been executed; I have stood on the pillory for geese he hath killed, otherwise he had suffered for't; thou thinkest not of this now. Nay, I remember the trick you served me when I took my leave of Madam Silvia: did not I bid thee still mark me and do as I do? When didst thou see me heave up my leg and make water against a gentlewoman's farthingale? Didst thou ever see me do such a trick?


Enter PROTEUS, and JULIA in boy's clothes. Pro. Sebastian is thy name? I like thee well And will employ thee in some service presently. Jul. In what you please: I will do what I can. Pro. I hope thou wilt. [To LAUNCE.] How now, you whoreson peasant! 48 Where have you been these two days loitering? Launce. Marry, sir, I carried Mistress Silvia the dog you bade me.

Pro. And what says she to my little jewel? 52 Launce. Marry, she says, your dog was a cur, and tells you, currish thanks is good enough for such a present.


Pro. But she received my dog? Launce No, indeed, did she not: here have I brought him back again.

Pro. What! didst thou offer her this from me? Launce. Ay, sir: the other squirrel was stolen from me by the hangman boys in the marketplace; and then I offered her mine own, who is a dog as big as ten of yours, and therefore the gift the greater.


Pro. Go, get thee hence, and find my dog again,

Or ne'er return again into my sight.
Away, I say! Stay'st thou to vex me here?

A slave that still an end turns me to shame. 68 [Exit LAUNCE.

Sebastian, I have entertained thee


Partly, that I have need of such a youth,
That can with some discretion do my business,
For't is no trusting to yond foolish lout;
But chiefly for thy face and thy behaviour,
Which, if my augury deceive me not,
Witness good bringing up, fortune, and truth:
Therefore, know thou, for this I entertain thee.
Go presently, and take this ring with thee.
Deliver it to Madam Silvia:
She lov'd me well deliver'd it to me.
Jul. It seems, you lov'd not her, to leave her

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Alas, poor Proteus! thou hast entertain'd
A fox to be the shepherd of thy lambs.
Alas, poor fool! why do I pity him
That with his very heart despiseth me?
Because he loves her, he despiseth me;
Because I love him, I must pity him.
This ring I gave him when he parted from me,
To bind him to remember my good will;
And now am I-unhappy messenger-
To plead for that which I would not obtain,
To carry that which I would have refus'd,
To praise his faith which I would have disprais'd.
I am my master's true-confirmed love,
But cannot be true servant to my master,
Unless I prove false traitor to myself.
Yet will I woo for him; but yet so coldly
As heaven it knows, I would not have him speed.
Enter SILVIA, attended.



Gentlewoman, good day! I pray you, be my


To bring me where to speak with Madam Silvia. Sil. What would you with her, if that I be she?

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Sil. I pray thee, let me look on that again.
Jul. It may not be: good madam, pardon me.
Sil. There, hold.

I will not look upon your master's lines:
I know, they are stuff'd with protestations 136
And full of new-found oaths, which he will break
As easily as I do tear his paper.

Jul. Madam, he sends your ladyship this

Sil. The more shame for him that he sends
it me;

For, I have heard him say a thousand times,
His Julia gave it him at his departure.
Though his false finger have profan'd the ring,
Mine shall not do his Julia so much wrong. 144
Jul. She thanks you.

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Jul. She hath been fairer, madam, than she is. When she did think my master lov'd her well, She, in my judgment, was as fair as you; But since she did neglect her looking-glass And threw her sun-expelling mask away, The air hath starv'd the roses in her cheeks And pinch'd the lily-tincture of her face, That now she is become as black as I. Sil. How tall was she? Jul. About my stature; for, at Pentecost, When all our pageants of delight were play'd, Our youth got me to play the woman's part, And I was trimm'd in Madam Julia's gown, 168


Which served me as fit, by all men's judgments,
As if the garment had been made for me:
Therefore I know she is about my height.
And at that time I made her weep agood; 172
For I did play a lamentable part.
Madam, 'twas Ariadne passioning
For Theseus' perjury and unjust flight;
Which I so lively acted with my tears
That my poor mistress, moved therewithal,
Wept bitterly, and would I might be dead
If I in thought felt not her very sorrow!
Sil. She is beholding to thee, gentle youth.-
Alas, poor lady, desolate and left!



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know her. [Exit SILVIA, with Attendants. A virtuous gentlewoman, mild and beautiful. I hope my master's suit will be but cold, Since she respects my mistress' love so much. Alas, how love can trifle with itself! Here is her picture: let me see; I think, If I had such a tire, this face of mine Were full as lovely as is this of hers; And yet the painter flatter'd her a little, Unless I flatter with myself too much. Her hair is auburn, mine is perfect yellow: 196 If that be all the difference in his love I'll get me such a colour'd periwig. Her eyes are grey as glass, and so are mine: Ay, but her forehead's low, and mine's as high. What should it be that he respects in her But I can make respective in myself, If this fond Love were not a blinded god? Come, shadow, come, and take this shadow up, For 'tis thy rival. O thou senseless form! 205 Thou shalt be worshipp'd, kiss'd, lov'd, and ador'd,

And, were there sense in his idolatry,


My substance should be statue in thy stead. 208
I'll use thee kindly. for thy mistress' sake,
That us'd me so; or else, by Jove I vow,

I should have scratch'd out your unseeing eyes,
To make my master out of love with thee. [Exit.


SCENE I.-Milan. An Abbey.


Egl. The sun begins to gild the western sky, And now it is about the very hour

That Silvia at Friar Patrick's cell should meet me.

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Thu. Sir Proteus, what says Silvia to my suit?
Pro. O, sir, I find her milder than she was;
And yet she takes exceptions at your person.
Thu. What! that my leg is too long?
Pro. No, that it is too little.


Thu. I'll wear a boot to make it somewhat rounder.

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At Patrick's cell this even, and there she was not.
These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence.
Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, 44
But mount you presently and meet with me
Upon the rising of the mountain-foot,
That leads towards Mantua, whither theyare fled.
Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. [Exit.
Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl,
That flies her fortune when it follows her. 50

Jul. [Aside.] But love will not be spurr'd to I'll after, more to be reveng'd on Eglamour

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Jul. [Aside.] She needs not, when she knows it cowardice.

Thu. What says she to my birth?

Pro. That you are well deriv'd.

Than for the love of reckless Silvia. [Exit.
Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love
Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. [Exit.

Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love
Than hate for Silvia that is gone for love. [Exit.

SCENE III.-Frontiers of Mantua. The Forest.
Enter Outlaws with SILVIA.

First Out. Come, come,

Be patient; we must bring you to our captain.
Sil. A thousand more mischances than this


Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently. 4
Second Out. Come, bring her away.

First Out. Where is the gentleman that was
with her?

Third Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath outrun us;

But Moyses and Valerius follow him.


Go thou with her to the west end of the wood;
There is our captain. We'll follow him that's fled:

Jul. [Aside.] True; from a gentleman to The thicket is beset; he cannot 'scape.
a fool.

Thu. Considers she my possessions?

Pro. O, ay; and pities them.


[Exeunt all except the First Outlaw and SILVIA. First Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain's cave.

Thu. Wherefore?

Jul. [Aside.] That such an ass should owe


Fear not; he bears an honourable mind,
And will not use a woman lawlessly.


Pro. That they are out by lease.

Jul. Here comes the duke.


Sil. O Valentine! this I endure for thee.


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