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Thu, And thy advice this night I'll put in | Thrust from the company of awful* men : practice :
Myself was from Verona banished Therefore, sweet Proteus, my direction-giver, For practising to steal away a lady, Let us into the city presently
An heir, and near allied unto the duke. To sort some gentlemen well skill'd in music : 2 Out. And I from Mantua, for a gentleman, I have a sonnet, that will serve the turn, Whom in my mood,+ I stabb'd unto the heart. To give the onset to thy good advice.
1 Out. And I, for such like petty crimes as Duke. About it, gentlemen.
these. Pro. We'll wait upon your grace till after But to the purpose,-(for we cite our faults, supper :
That they may hold excus'd our lawless lives,) And afterward determine our proceedings. And, partly, seeing you are beautified Duke. Even now about it; I will pardon you. With goodly shape; and by your own report
(Exeunt. A linguist ; and a man of such perfection, ACT IV.
As we do in our quality much want ;--
2 Out. Indeed because you are a banish'd Enter certain OUTLAWS.
Therefore, above the rest, we parley to you: 1 Out. Fellows, stand fast; I see a passenger. Are you content to be our general? 2 Out. If there be ten, shrink not, but down To make a virtue of necessity, with 'em.
And live, as we do, in this wilderness?
3 Out. What say'st thou ? wilt thou be of 3 Out. Stand, Sir, and throw us that you say, ay, and be the captain of us all :
our consórt? have about you; If not, we'll make you sit, and rifle you.
We'll do thee homage, and be ruild by thee, Speed. Sir, we are undone! these are the Love thee as our commander, and our king. villains,
1 Out. But if thou scorn our courtesy, thou That all the travellers do fear so much.
diest. Val. My friends,
2 Out. Thou shalt not live to brag what we 1 Out. That's not so, Sir; we are your enemies.
have offer'd. 2 Out. Peace; we'll hear him.
Val. I take your offer, and will live with 3 Out. Ay, by my beard, will we;
Provided that you do no outrages (you ; For he's a propert man.
On silly women, or poor passengers. Val. Then know, that I have little wealth to
3 Out. No, we detest such vile base practices, A man I am, crossèd with adversity : [lose;
Come, go with us, we'll bring thee to our My riches are these poor habiliments,
crews, Of which if you should here disfurnish me,
And show thee all the treasure we have got ; You take the sum and substance that I have.
Which, with ourselves, all rest at thy dispose, 2 Out. Whither travel you?
(Exeunt. Val. To Verona.
SCENE II.-Milan.-Court of the Palace. 1 Out. Whence came you? Val. From Milan.
Enter PROTEUS. 3 Out. Have you long sojourned there? Pro. Already have I been false to Valentine Val. Some sixteen months; and longer might And now I must be as unjust to Thurio. have staid,
Under the colour of commending him, If crooked fortune had not thwarted me.
I have access my own love to prefer ; 1 Out. What, were you banish'd thence?
But Silvia is too fair, too true, too holy, Val. I was.
To be corrupted with my worthless gifts. 2 Out. For what offence
When I protest true loyalty to her, Val. For that which now torments me to She twits me with my falsehood to my friend; rehearse :
When to her beauty I commend my vows, I kill'd a man, whose death I much repent ;
She bids me think, how I have been forsworn But yet I slew him manfully in fight,
In breaking faith with Julia whom I lov'd: Without false vantage, or base treachery. And, notwithstanding all her sudden quips, 1 Out. Why ne'er repent it, if it were done The least whereof would quell a lover's hope,
Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love, But were you banish'd for so small a fault? The more it grows and fawneth on her still.
Val. I was, and held me glad of such a doom. But here comes Thurio: now must we to her 1 Out. Have you the tongues ?
window, Val. My youthful travel therein made me And give some evening music to her ear. Or else I often had been miserable. (happy;
Enter THURIO, and Musicians. 3 Out. By the bare scalp of Robin Hood's fat friar,
Thu. How now, Sir Proteus? are you crept This fellow were a king for our wild faction.
before us? 1 Out. We'll have him: Sirs, a word.
Pro. Ay, gentle Thurio; for, you know Speed. Master, be one of them ;
that love It is an honourable kind of thievery.
Will creep in service where it cannot go. Val. Peace, villain !
Thu. Ay, but I hope, Sir, that you love 2 Out. Tell us this : Have you any thing to
not here, take to?
Pro. Sir, but I do; or else I would be hence. Val. Nothing but my fortune.
Thu. Whom? Silvia ? 3 Out. Know then, that some of us are gen- Pro. Ay, Silvia,—for your sake. tlemen,
Thu. I thank you for your own.
Now, genSuch as the fury of ungoveru'd youth, Let's tune, and to it lustily a while. [tlemen.
* Choose out
*Lawful. † Anger, resentmont. f Passionate reproaches
Enter Host, at a distance; and JULIA in boy's Sil. Sir Proteus, as I take it. clothes.
Pro. Sir Proteus, gentle lady, and your Host. Now, my young guest! methinks you're
servant. allycholy; I pray you, why is it?
Sil. What is your will ? Jul. Marry, mine host, because I cannot be Pro. That I may compass yours. merry.
Sil. You have your wish; my will is even Host. Come, we'll have you merry:I'll bring this, you where you will hear music, and see the That presently you hie you home to bed. gentleman that you ask'd for.
Thou subtle, perjur'd, false, disloyal man! Jul. But shall I hear him speak?
Think'st thou, I am so shallow, so conceitless,
To be seduced by thy flattery,
Return, return, and make thy love amends.
For me,-by this pale queen of night I swear,
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
But she is dead.
[lady; The heavens such grace did lend her,
Jul. 'Twere false if I should speak it; That she might admired be.
For, I am sure, she is not buried. (Aside.
Sil. Say, that she be; yet Valentine, thy
friend, Love doth to her eyes repair,
Survives ; to whom, thyself art witness,
I am betroth'd : And art thou not asham'd
To wrong him with thy importúnacy?
Pro. I likewise hear, that Valentine is dead.
Sil. And so, euppose, am I; for in his grave
Assure thyself, my love is buried.
Pro. Sweet lady, let me rake it from the
earth. Host. How now? are you sadder than you
Sil. Go to thy lady's grave, and call hers
thence ; were before? How do you, man? the music likes you not.
Or, at the least, in hers sepulchre thine. Jul. You mistake; the musician likes me not.
Jul. He heard not that.
[Aside. Host. Why, my pretty youth?
Pro. Madam, if your heart be so obdurate, Jul. He plays false, father.
Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love, Host. How? out of tune on the strings?
The picture that is hanging in your chamber ; Jul. Not so ; but yet so false that he grieves To that I'll speak, to that I'll sigh and weep:
For, since the substance of your perfect self my very heart-strings. Host. You have a quick ear.
Is else devoted, I am but a shadow: Jul. Ay, I would I were deaf! it makes me And to your shadow I will make true love. have a slow heart.
Jul. If 'twere a substance, you would, sure, Host. I perceive, you delight not in music.
deceive it, Jul. Not a whit, when it jars so.
And make it but a shadow, as I am. (Aside. Host. Hark, what fine change is in the music!
Si. I am very loath to be your idol, Sir : Jul. Ay; that change is the spite.
But, since your falsehood shall become you Host. You would have them always play To worship shadows, and adore false shapes,
well but one thing?
Jul. I would always have one play but one Send to me in the morning, and I'll send it : thing. But, host, doth this Sir Proteus, that | And so good rest. we talk on, often resort unto this gentlewoman?
Pro. As wretches have o'er-night, Host. I tell you what Launce, his man, told That wait for execution in the morn. me, he loved her out of all nick.*
[Exeunt PROTEUS ; and Silvia from abort.
Jul. Host, will you go?
Host. By my hallidom,* I was fast asleep. row, by his master's command, he must carry
Jul. Pray you, where lies Sir Proteus ? for a present to his lady.
Host. Marry, at my house : Trust me, I Jul. Peace! stand aside! the company parts.
think, 'tis almost day. Pro. Sir Thurio, fear not you! I will so plead,
Jul. Not so; but it hath been the longest That you shall say, my cunning drift excels.
night Thu. Where meet we?
That e'er I watch'd and the most heaviest. Pro. At saint Gregory's well.
(E.ceunt. Thu. Farewell.
SCENE III.-The same. [Ereunt TAURIO and Musicians.
Enter EGLAMOUR. Silvia appears abovc, at her window.
Egl. This is the hour that madam Silvia Pro. Madam, good even to your ladyship. Entreated me to call, and know her mind;
Sil. I thank you for your music, gentlemen : There's some great matter she'd employ me Who is that that spake ?
(in.Pro. One, lady, if you knew his pure heart's truth,
Silvia appears above, at her window. You'd quickly learn to know him by his voice. Sil. Who calls ? * Beyond all reckoning.
Holy dame, blessed lady,
Egl. Your servant, and your friend; says another; Whip him out, says the third ; One that attends your ladyship's command. Hang him up, says the duke. I, having been Sil. Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good- acquainted with the smell before, knew it was
Crab; and_goes me to the fellow that whips Egl. As many, worthy lady, to yourself. the dogs: Friend, quoth I, you mean to whip the According to your ladyship's impose,* dog? Ay, marry, do I, quoth he. You do him I am thus early come, to know what service the more wrong, quoth I ; 'twas I did the thing It is your pleasure to command me in. you wot of. He makes me no more ado, but
Sil. O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman, whips me out of the chamber. How many (Think not, I flatter, for, I swear, I do not) masters would do this for their servant? Nay, Valiant, wise, remorseful,t well accomplish’d. I'll be sworn, I have sat in the stocks for pudThou art not ignorant, what dear good will dings he hath stolen, otherwise he had been I bear unto the banish'd Valentine;
executed : I have stood on the pillory for geese Nor how my father would enforce me marry he hath killed, otherwise he had suffered for't: Vain Thurio, who my very soul abhorr'd. thou think'st not of this now!Nay; I rememThyself hast lov'd; and I have heard thee say, ber the trick you served me, when I took my Nogrief did ever come so near thy heart, leave of madam Silvia ; did not I bid thee still As when thy lady and thy true love died, mark me, and do as I do? When didst thou see Upon whose grave thou vow'dst pure chastity. me heave up my leg, and make water against Sir Eglamour I would to Valentine,
a gentlewoman's farthingale? didst thou ever To Mantua, where I hear he makes abode; see me do such a trick ? And, for the ways are dangerous to pass,
Enter PROTEUS and JULIA. I do desire thy worthy company,
Pro. Sebastian is thy name? I like thee well, Upon whose faith and honour I repose. And will employ thee in some service presently. Urge not my father's anger, Eglamour,
Jul. In what you please ;--I will do what I But think upon my grief, a lady's grief; And on the justice of my flying hence,
Pro. I hope, thou wilt.-How now, you To keep me from a most unholy match,
whoreson peasant? [TO LAUNCE. Which heaven and fortune still reward with Where have you been these two days loitering? plagues.
Laun. Marry, Sir, I carried mistress Silvia I do desire thee, even from a heart
the dog you bade me. As full of sorrows as the sea of sands,
Pro. And what says she, to my little jewel ? To bear me company and go with me :
Laun. Marry, she says, your dog was a cur; If not, to hide what I have said to thee, and tells you, currish thanks is good enough That I may venture to depart alone.
for such a present. Egl. Madam, I pity much your grievances ; Pro. But she received my dog? Which since I know they virtuously are plac'd, Laun. No, indeed, she did not: here have I I give consent to go along with you;
brought him back again. Recking as little what betideth me,
Pro. What, didst thou offer her this from me? As much I wish all good befortune you.
Laun. Ay, Sir; the other squirrel was stolen When will you go?
from me by the hangman's boys in the marketSil. This evening coming.
place : and then I offered her mine own; who Egl. Where shall I meet you?
is a dog as big as ten of yours, and therefore sil. At friar Patrick's cell,
the gift the greater. Where I intend holy confession.
Pro. Go, get thee hence, and find my dog Egl. I will not fail your ladyship:
Or ne'er return again into my sight. [again, Good-morrow, gentle lady.
Away, I say: Stay'st thou to vex me here? Sil.Good-morrow kind Sir Eglamour.[E.reunt. A slave, that, still an end,* turns me to shame. SCENE IV.-The same.
(Exit LAUNCE. Enter LAUNCE, with his dog.
Sebastian, I have entertained thee, Laun. When a man's servant shall play the Partly, that I have need of such a youth, cur with him, look you, it goes hard: one that For 'tis no trusting to yon foolish lowt;
That can with some discretion do my business, I brought up of a puppy; one that I saved from drowning, when three or four of his blind But, chiefly, for thy face, and thy behaviour ; brothers and sisters went to it! I have taught Witness good bringing up, fortune, and truth :
Which (if my augury deceive me not) him—even as one would say precisely, Thus I Therefore know thou, for this I entertain thee. would teach a dog. I was sent to deliver him, Go presently, and take this ring with thee, as a present to mistress Silvia, from my master; Deliver it to madam Silvia : and I came no sooner into the dining-chamber, She loved me well, deliver'd it to me. but he steps me to her trencher, and steals her
Jul. It seems, you loved her not, to leave her capon's leg. 0, 'tis a foul thing, when a cur
She's dead, belike.
(token : cannot keep, himself in all companies! I would
Pro. Not so; I think she lives. have, as one should say, one that takes upon
Jul. Alas! him to be a dog indeed, to be, as it were, a dog
Pro. Why dost thou cry, alas? at all things. If I had not had more wit than
Jul. I cannot choose but pity her. he, to take a fault upon me that he did, I think
Pro. Wherefore should'st thou pity her? verily he had been hanged for't; sure as I live,
Jul. Because, methinks, that she loved your he had suffered for't: you shall judge. He thrusts me himself into the company of three
As you do love your lady Silvia : of four gentleman-like dogs, under the duke's She dreams on him, that has forgot her love; table: he had not been there (bless the mark) a "Tis pity, love should be so contrary;
You dote on her, that cares not for your love. pissing while; but all the chamber smelt him. Out with the dog, says one; What cur is that? And thinking on it makes me cry, alas !
Pro. Well,give her that ring, and therewithal * Injunction, command. *Caring
* In the end
This letter;--that's her chamber.-- Tell mylady, , When she did think my master lov'd her well, I claim the promise for her heavenly picture. She, in my judgment, was as fair as you; Your message done, hie home unto my chamber, But since she did neglect her looking-glass, Where thou shalt find me sad and solitary. And threw her sun-expelling mask away,
(Erit PROTEUS. The air hath starv'd the roses in her cheeks, Jul. How many women would do such a And pinch'd the lily-tincture of her face, message?
That now she is become as black as I.
Jul. About my stature : for, at Pentecost,* Alas, poor fool! why do I pity him
When all our pageants of delight were play'd, That with his very heart despiseth me? Our youth got me to play the woman's part, Because he loves her, he despiseth me; And I was trimm'd in madam Julia's gown ; Because I love him, I must pity him.
Which served me as fit, by all men's judgment, This ring I gave him, when he parted from me, As if the garment had been made for me; To bind him to remember my good will : Therefore, I know she is about my height. And now am I (unhappy messenger)
And, at that time, I made her weep a-good,+ To plead for that, which I would not obtain ; For I did play a lamentable part: To carry that which I would have refus'd; Madam, 'twas Ariadne, passioning To praise his faith, which I would have dis- For Theseus' perjury, and unjust flight; prais'd.
Which I so lively acted with my tears, I am my master's true confirmed love ; That my poor mistress, moved therewithal, But cannot be true servant to my master, Wept bitterly; and, would I might be dead, Unless I prove false traitor to myself,
If I in thought felt not her very sorrow!
I weep myself, to think upon thy words.
Here, youth, there is my purse; I give thee Gentlewoman, good day! I pray you, be my For thy sweet mistress' sake, because thou lov'st
Farewell. To bring me where to speak with madam Sil
Jul. And she shall thank you for't, if e'er Sil. What would you with her, if that I be she?
you know her. Jul. If you be she, I do entreat your patience A virtuous gentlewoman, mild, and beautiful. To hear me speak the message I am sent on.
I hope my master's suit will be but cold, Sil. From whom?
Since she respects my mistress' love so much, Jul. From my master, Sir Proteus, madam. Alas, how love can trifle with itself! Sil. 0 !-he sends you for a picture?
Here is her picture: Let me see ; I think, Jul. Ay, madam.
If I had such a tire, this face of mine Sil. Ursula, bring my picture there.
Were full as lovely as is this of hers : [Picture brought
And yet the painter flatter'd her a little, Go, give your master this: tell him from me,
Unless I flatter with myself too much. One Julia, that his changing thoughts forget,
Her hair is auburn, mine is perfect yellow : Would better fit his chamber than this shadow. If that be all the difference in his love,
Jul. Madam, plense you peruse this letter. I'll get me such a colour'd periwig. Pardon me, madam; I have unadvis'd Her eyes are gray as glass; and so are mine : Delivered you a paper that I should not ;
Ay, but her forehead's low, and mine’s as high. This is the letter to your ladyship.
What should it be, that he respects in her, Sil. I pray thee, let me look on that again,
But I can make respectives in myself, Jul. It may not be: good madam, pardon me.. If this fond love were not a blinded god? Sil. There, hold.
Come, shadow, come, and take this shadow up, I will not look upon your master's lines :
For 'tis thy rival. O thou senseless form, I know, they are stuff'd with protestations,
Thou shalt be worshipp'd, kiss'd, lov'd, and And full of new-found oaths; which he will
ador'd ; As easily as I do tear his paper. [break
And, were there sense in his idolatry, Jul. Madam, he sends your ladyship this My substance should be statue in thy stead. ring.
I'll use thee kindly for thy mistress' sake, Sil. The more shame for him that he sends it That us'd me so; or else, by Jove I vow, For, I have heard him say a thousand times,
I should have scratch'd out your unseeing eyes, His Julia gave it him at his departure :
To make my master out of love with thee. Though his false finger hath profan'd the ring,
[Erit. Mine shall not do his Julia so much wrong.
SCENE I.--The same.-An Abbey.
Egl. The sun begins to gild the western sky;
That Silvia, at Patrick's cell, should meet me. Jul. Almost as well as I do know myself:
She will not fail; for lovers break not hours, To think upon her woes, I do protest,
Unless it be to come before their time;
So much they spur their expedition.
Sil. Amen, amen! go on, good Eglamour!
* Whitsuntide. In good earnest. Head-dress. Jul. She hath been fairer, madam, than sheis;
Out at the postern by the abbey wall; That flies her fortune when it follows her: I fear, I am attended by some spies.
I'll after ; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour, Egl. Fear not: the forest is not three leagues Than for the love of reckless* Silvia. (Exit. If we recover that, we are sure* enough. (off; Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love,
(Exeunt. Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. SCENE II.-The same.-An Apartment in the
[Exit. DUKE's Palace.
Jul. And I will follow more to cross that
love, Enter THURIO, PROTEUS, and JULIA.
Than hate for Silvia, that has gone for love. Thu. Sir Proteus, what says Silvia to my suit? Pro. O, Sir, I find her milder than she was ; SCENE III.-Frontiers of Mantua.—The
[Exit. And yet she takes exceptions at your person.
Enter SILVIA and OUTLAWS.
Be patient, we must bring you to our captain. Pro. But love will not be spurr'd to what it Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one loaths.
Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently. Thu. What says she to my face?
2 Out. Come, bring her away. Pro. She says, it is a fair one.
1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is her? black.
3 Out. Being nimble footed, he hath outrun Pro. But pearls are fair; and the old saying is, But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him. [us, Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes. Go thou with her to the west end of the wood, Jul. 'Tis true; such pearls as put out ladies' There is our captain : we'll follow him that's eyes;
The thicket is beset, he cannot ’scape. (filed ; For I had rather wink than look on them. 1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our cap
tain's cave: Thu. How likes she my discourse ? Fear not; he bears an honourable mind, Pro. I, when you talk of war.
And will not use a woman lawlessly. Thu. But well, when I discourse of love, and Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee! peace.
(Exeunt. Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your SCENE IV.--Another part of the Forest, peace.
Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man! Jul. She needs not, when she knows it
This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, ardice.
I better brook than flourishing peopled towns : Thu. What says she to my birth?
Here can I sit alone, unseen of any, Pro. That you are well deriv'd.
And, to the nightingale's complaining notes, Jul. True; from a gentleman to a fool.
Tune my distresses, and recordt my woes. (Aside.
O thou that dost inhabit in my breast, Thu. Considers she my possessions?
Leave not the mansion so long tenantless ; Pro. O, ay; and pities them.
Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall, Thu. Wherefore?
And leave no memory of what it was! Jul. That such an ass should owet them.
Repair me with thy presence, Silvia ;
[Aside. Thougentle nymph cherish thy forlorn swainPro. That they are out by lease.
What halloing, and what stir, is this to-day? Jul. Here comes the duke.
These are my mates, that make their wills their Enter DUKE.
Have some unhappy passenger in chase : Duke. How now, Sir Proteus? how now, They love me well ; yet I have much to do, Thurio?
To keep them from uncivil outrages. Which of you saw Sir Eglamour of late? Withdraw thee, Valentine; who's this comes Thu, Not I.
[Steps aside. Pro. Not I.
Enter PROTEU's, Silvia, and JOLIA. Duke. Saw you my daughter?
Pro. Madam, this service I have done for Pro. Neither.
[doth,) Duke. Why, then she’s fled unto that pea- (Though you respect not aught your servant sant Valentine;
To hazard life, and rescue you from him And Eglamour is in her company.
That wou'd have forc'd your honour and your 'Tis true; for friar Laurence met them both,
love. As he in penance wander'd through the forest : Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look ; Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she ; A smaller boon than this I cannot beg, But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it: And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. Besides, she did intend confession
(not: Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear! At Patrick's cell this even; and there she was Love, lend me patience to forbear a while. These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence.
[Aside. 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 (fled: But, by my coming, I have made you happy. That leads towards Mantua, whither they are Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.
(Erit. Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevisht girl,
(Aside. * Own