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The Two Gentlemen Of Verona


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William Shakespeare

This is the Bookwise complete ebook of The Two Gentlemen Of Verona by William Shakespeare, available to read online as an alternative to epub, mobi, kindle, pdf or text only versions. For information about the status of this work, see Copyright Notice.


Two close friends, Proteus and Valentine, are divided when Valentine is sent to the Duke's court in Milan. Proteus later follows, leaving behind his loyal beloved, Julia, and he and Valentine both fall in love with the Duke's daughter, Silvia. Valentine proves himself brave and honourable, while Proteus is underhanded and deceitful—and eventually attempts to rape Silvia. Julia follows her betrothed to Milan, disguised as a boy, Sebastian, who becomes Proteus' page. Eventually Proteus sees the error of his ways and returns to Julia, while Valentine marries Silvia.

Source: Wikipedia

Dramatis Personæ

Dramatis Personæ

Valentine, a gentleman of Verona

Speed, his servant

Proteus, a gentleman of Verona

Lance, his servant

Antonio, Proteus’ father

Pantino, an attendant to Antonio

Julia, a lady of Verona

Lucetta, her waiting-gentlewoman

Sylvia, a lady of Milan

Duke (sometimes Emperor), Sylvia’s father

Thurio, a gentleman

Eglamour, a gentleman

Host, proprietor of an inn in Milan

Outlaws, living in a forest near Mantua

Servants; Musicians; Crab, a dog


Scene 1

Enter Valentine and Proteus.

line 0001Cease to persuade, my loving Proteus.
line 0002Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits.
line 0003Were ’t not affection chains thy tender days
line 0004To the sweet glances of thy honored love,
5line 0005I rather would entreat thy company
line 0006To see the wonders of the world abroad
line 0007Than, living dully sluggardized at home,
line 0008Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness.
line 0009But since thou lov’st, love still and thrive therein,
10line 0010Even as I would when I to love begin.
line 0011Wilt thou be gone? Sweet Valentine, adieu.
line 0012Think on thy Proteus when thou haply seest
line 0013Some rare noteworthy object in thy travel.
line 0014Wish me partaker in thy happiness
15line 0015When thou dost meet good hap; and in thy danger,
line 0016If ever danger do environ thee,
line 0017Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers,
line 0018For I will be thy beadsman, Valentine.
line 0019And on a love-book pray for my success?
20line 0020Upon some book I love I’ll pray for thee.
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 9 VALENTINE
line 0021That’s on some shallow story of deep love,
line 0022How young Leander crossed the Hellespont.
line 0023That’s a deep story of a deeper love,
line 0024For he was more than over shoes in love.
25line 0025’Tis true, for you are over boots in love,
line 0026And yet you never swam the Hellespont.
line 0027Over the boots? Nay, give me not the boots.
line 0028No, I will not, for it boots thee not.
line 0029PROTEUSWhat?
30line 0030To be in love, where scorn is bought with groans,
line 0031Coy looks with heart-sore sighs, one fading
line 0032moment’s mirth
line 0033With twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights;
line 0034If haply won, perhaps a hapless gain;
35line 0035If lost, why then a grievous labor won;
line 0036How ever, but a folly bought with wit,
line 0037Or else a wit by folly vanquishèd.
line 0038So, by your circumstance, you call me fool.
line 0039So, by your circumstance, I fear you’ll prove.
40line 0040’Tis love you cavil at; I am not Love.
line 0041Love is your master, for he masters you;
line 0042And he that is so yokèd by a fool
line 0043Methinks should not be chronicled for wise.
line 0044Yet writers say: as in the sweetest bud
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 11 45line 0045The eating canker dwells, so eating love
line 0046Inhabits in the finest wits of all.
line 0047And writers say: as the most forward bud
line 0048Is eaten by the canker ere it blow,
line 0049Even so by love the young and tender wit
50line 0050Is turned to folly, blasting in the bud,
line 0051Losing his verdure, even in the prime,
line 0052And all the fair effects of future hopes.
line 0053But wherefore waste I time to counsel thee
line 0054That art a votary to fond desire?
55line 0055Once more adieu. My father at the road
line 0056Expects my coming, there to see me shipped.
line 0057And thither will I bring thee, Valentine.
line 0058Sweet Proteus, no. Now let us take our leave.
line 0059To Milan let me hear from thee by letters
60line 0060Of thy success in love, and what news else
line 0061Betideth here in absence of thy friend.
line 0062And I likewise will visit thee with mine.
line 0063All happiness bechance to thee in Milan.
line 0064As much to you at home. And so farewell.He exits.
65line 0065He after honor hunts, I after love.
line 0066He leaves his friends, to dignify them more;
line 0067I leave myself, my friends, and all, for love.
line 0068Thou, Julia, thou hast metamorphosed me,
line 0069Made me neglect my studies, lose my time,
70line 0070War with good counsel, set the world at nought;
line 0071Made wit with musing weak, heart sick with thought.

Enter Speed.

Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 13 SPEED
line 0072Sir Proteus, ’save you. Saw you my master?
line 0073But now he parted hence to embark for Milan.
line 0074Twenty to one, then, he is shipped already,
75line 0075And I have played the sheep in losing him.
line 0076Indeed a sheep doth very often stray,
line 0077An if the shepherd be awhile away.
line 0078SPEEDYou conclude that my master is a shepherd,
line 0079then, and I a sheep?
80line 0080PROTEUSI do.
line 0081SPEEDWhy, then my horns are his horns, whether I
line 0082wake or sleep.
line 0083PROTEUSA silly answer, and fitting well a sheep.
line 0084SPEEDThis proves me still a sheep.
85line 0085PROTEUSTrue, and thy master a shepherd.
line 0086SPEEDNay, that I can deny by a circumstance.
line 0087PROTEUSIt shall go hard but I’ll prove it by another.
line 0088SPEEDThe shepherd seeks the sheep, and not the
line 0089sheep the shepherd; but I seek my master, and my
90line 0090master seeks not me. Therefore I am no sheep.
line 0091PROTEUSThe sheep for fodder follow the shepherd; the
line 0092shepherd for food follows not the sheep. Thou for
line 0093wages followest thy master; thy master for wages
line 0094follows not thee. Therefore thou art a sheep.
95line 0095SPEEDSuch another proof will make me cry “baa.”
line 0096PROTEUSBut dost thou hear? Gav’st thou my letter to
line 0097Julia?
line 0098SPEEDAy, sir. I, a lost mutton, gave your letter to her, a
line 0099laced mutton, and she, a laced mutton, gave me, a
100line 0100lost mutton, nothing for my labor.
line 0101PROTEUSHere’s too small a pasture for such store of
line 0102muttons.
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 15 line 0103SPEEDIf the ground be overcharged, you were best
line 0104stick her.
105line 0105PROTEUSNay, in that you are astray; ’twere best pound
line 0106you.
line 0107SPEEDNay, sir, less than a pound shall serve me for
line 0108carrying your letter.
line 0109PROTEUSYou mistake; I mean the pound, a pinfold.
110line 0110From a pound to a pin? Fold it over and over,
line 0111’Tis threefold too little for carrying a letter to your
line 0112lover.
line 0113PROTEUSBut what said she?
line 0114SPEEDnodding Ay.
115line 0115PROTEUSNod—“Ay.” Why, that’s “noddy.”
line 0116SPEEDYou mistook, sir. I say she did nod, and you ask
line 0117me if she did nod, and I say “ay.”
line 0118PROTEUSAnd that set together is “noddy.”
line 0119SPEEDNow you have taken the pains to set it together,
120line 0120take it for your pains.
line 0121PROTEUSNo, no, you shall have it for bearing the letter.
line 0122SPEEDWell, I perceive I must be fain to bear with you.
line 0123PROTEUSWhy, sir, how do you bear with me?
line 0124SPEEDMarry, sir, the letter, very orderly, having nothing
125line 0125but the word “noddy” for my pains.
line 0126PROTEUSBeshrew me, but you have a quick wit.
line 0127SPEEDAnd yet it cannot overtake your slow purse.
line 0128PROTEUSCome, come, open the matter in brief. What
line 0129said she?
130line 0130SPEEDOpen your purse, that the money and the matter
line 0131may be both at once delivered.
line 0132PROTEUSgiving money Well, sir, here is for your
line 0133pains. What said she?
line 0134SPEEDlooking at the money Truly, sir, I think you’ll
135line 0135hardly win her.
line 0136PROTEUSWhy? Couldst thou perceive so much from
line 0137her?
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 17 line 0138SPEEDSir, I could perceive nothing at all from her, no,
line 0139not so much as a ducat for delivering your letter.
140line 0140And being so hard to me that brought your mind, I
line 0141fear she’ll prove as hard to you in telling your mind.
line 0142Give her no token but stones, for she’s as hard as
line 0143steel.
line 0144PROTEUSWhat said she? Nothing?
145line 0145SPEEDNo, not so much as “Take this for thy pains.”
line 0146To testify your bounty, I thank you, you have
line 0147testerned me. In requital whereof, henceforth
line 0148carry your letters yourself. And so, sir, I’ll commend
line 0149you to my master.
150line 0150Go, go, begone, to save your ship from wrack,
line 0151Which cannot perish having thee aboard,
line 0152Being destined to a drier death on shore.

Speed exits.

line 0153I must go send some better messenger.
line 0154I fear my Julia would not deign my lines,
155line 0155Receiving them from such a worthless post.

He exits.

Scene 2

Enter Julia and Lucetta.

line 0156But say, Lucetta, now we are alone,
line 0157Wouldst thou then counsel me to fall in love?
line 0158Ay, madam, so you stumble not unheedfully.
line 0159Of all the fair resort of gentlemen
5line 0160That every day with parle encounter me,
line 0161In thy opinion which is worthiest love?
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 19 LUCETTA
line 0162Please you repeat their names, I’ll show my mind
line 0163According to my shallow simple skill.
line 0164What think’st thou of the fair Sir Eglamour?
10line 0165As of a knight well-spoken, neat, and fine;
line 0166But, were I you, he never should be mine.
line 0167What think’st thou of the rich Mercatio?
line 0168Well of his wealth, but of himself so-so.
line 0169What think’st thou of the gentle Proteus?
15line 0170Lord, Lord, to see what folly reigns in us!
line 0171How now? What means this passion at his name?
line 0172Pardon, dear madam, ’tis a passing shame
line 0173That I, unworthy body as I am,
line 0174Should censure thus on lovely gentlemen.
20line 0175Why not on Proteus, as of all the rest?
line 0176Then thus: of many good, I think him best.
line 0177JULIAYour reason?
line 0178I have no other but a woman’s reason:
line 0179I think him so because I think him so.
25line 0180And wouldst thou have me cast my love on him?
line 0181Ay, if you thought your love not cast away.
line 0182Why, he of all the rest hath never moved me.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 21 LUCETTA
line 0183Yet he of all the rest I think best loves you.
line 0184His little speaking shows his love but small.
30line 0185Fire that’s closest kept burns most of all.
line 0186They do not love that do not show their love.
line 0187O, they love least that let men know their love.
line 0188JULIAI would I knew his mind.
line 0189LUCETTAhanding her a paper Peruse this paper,
35line 0190madam.
line 0191JULIAreads “To Julia.”—Say from whom.
line 0192LUCETTAThat the contents will show.
line 0193JULIASay, say who gave it thee.
line 0194Sir Valentine’s page; and sent, I think, from
40line 0195Proteus.
line 0196He would have given it you, but I, being in the way,
line 0197Did in your name receive it. Pardon the fault, I pray.
line 0198Now, by my modesty, a goodly broker!
line 0199Dare you presume to harbor wanton lines?
45line 0200To whisper and conspire against my youth?
line 0201Now trust me, ’tis an office of great worth,
line 0202And you an officer fit for the place.
line 0203There, take the paper; see it be returned,
line 0204Or else return no more into my sight.
LUCETTAtaking the paper
50line 0205To plead for love deserves more fee than hate.
line 0206Will you be gone?
line 0207LUCETTAThat you may ruminate.She exits.
line 0208And yet I would I had o’erlooked the letter.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 23 line 0209It were a shame to call her back again
55line 0210And pray her to a fault for which I chid her.
line 0211What fool is she that knows I am a maid
line 0212And would not force the letter to my view,
line 0213Since maids in modesty say “no” to that
line 0214Which they would have the profferer construe “ay”!
60line 0215Fie, fie, how wayward is this foolish love
line 0216That like a testy babe will scratch the nurse
line 0217And presently, all humbled, kiss the rod!
line 0218How churlishly I chid Lucetta hence,
line 0219When willingly I would have had her here!
65line 0220How angerly I taught my brow to frown,
line 0221When inward joy enforced my heart to smile!
line 0222My penance is to call Lucetta back
line 0223And ask remission for my folly past.—
line 0224What ho, Lucetta!

Enter Lucetta.

70line 0225LUCETTAWhat would your Ladyship?
line 0226Is ’t near dinner time?
line 0227LUCETTAI would it were,
line 0228That you might kill your stomach on your meat
line 0229And not upon your maid.

She drops a paper and then retrieves it.

75line 0230What is ’t that you took up so gingerly?
line 0231LUCETTANothing.
line 0232JULIAWhy didst thou stoop, then?
line 0233To take a paper up that I let fall.
line 0234JULIAAnd is that paper nothing?
80line 0235LUCETTANothing concerning me.
line 0236Then let it lie for those that it concerns.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 25 LUCETTA
line 0237Madam, it will not lie where it concerns
line 0238Unless it have a false interpreter.
line 0239Some love of yours hath writ to you in rhyme.
85line 0240That I might sing it, madam, to a tune,
line 0241Give me a note. Your Ladyship can set—
line 0242As little by such toys as may be possible.
line 0243Best sing it to the tune of “Light o’ Love.”
line 0244It is too heavy for so light a tune.
90line 0245Heavy? Belike it hath some burden then?
line 0246Ay, and melodious were it, would you sing it.
line 0247And why not you?
line 0248LUCETTAI cannot reach so high.
JULIAtaking the paper
line 0249Let’s see your song. How now, minion!
95line 0250Keep tune there still, so you will sing it out.
line 0251And yet methinks I do not like this tune.
line 0252JULIAYou do not?
line 0253LUCETTANo, madam, ’tis too sharp.
line 0254JULIAYou, minion, are too saucy.
100line 0255LUCETTANay, now you are too flat
line 0256And mar the concord with too harsh a descant.
line 0257There wanteth but a mean to fill your song.
line 0258The mean is drowned with your unruly bass.
line 0259Indeed, I bid the base for Proteus.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 27 JULIA
105line 0260This babble shall not henceforth trouble me.
line 0261Here is a coil with protestation.

She rips up the paper. Lucetta begins to pick up the pieces.

line 0262Go, get you gone, and let the papers lie.
line 0263You would be fing’ring them to anger me.
line 0264She makes it strange, but she would be best pleased
110line 0265To be so angered with another letter.She exits.
line 0266Nay, would I were so angered with the same!
line 0267O hateful hands, to tear such loving words!
line 0268Injurious wasps, to feed on such sweet honey
line 0269And kill the bees that yield it with your stings!
115line 0270I’ll kiss each several paper for amends.

She picks up some pieces.

line 0271Look, here is writ “kind Julia.” Unkind Julia,
line 0272As in revenge of thy ingratitude,
line 0273I throw thy name against the bruising stones,
line 0274Trampling contemptuously on thy disdain.
120line 0275And here is writ “love-wounded Proteus.”
line 0276Poor wounded name, my bosom as a bed
line 0277Shall lodge thee till thy wound be throughly healed,
line 0278And thus I search it with a sovereign kiss.
line 0279But twice or thrice was “Proteus” written down.
125line 0280Be calm, good wind. Blow not a word away
line 0281Till I have found each letter in the letter
line 0282Except mine own name. That some whirlwind bear
line 0283Unto a ragged, fearful, hanging rock
line 0284And throw it thence into the raging sea.
130line 0285Lo, here in one line is his name twice writ:
line 0286“Poor forlorn Proteus, passionate Proteus,
line 0287To the sweet Julia.” That I’ll tear away—
line 0288And yet I will not, sith so prettily
line 0289He couples it to his complaining names.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 29 135line 0290Thus will I fold them one upon another.
line 0291Now kiss, embrace, contend, do what you will.

Enter Lucetta.

line 0292Madam, dinner is ready, and your father stays.
line 0293JULIAWell, let us go.
line 0294What, shall these papers lie like telltales here?
140line 0295If you respect them, best to take them up.
line 0296Nay, I was taken up for laying them down.
line 0297Yet here they shall not lie, for catching cold.

She picks up the rest of the pieces.

line 0298I see you have a month’s mind to them.
line 0299Ay, madam, you may say what sights you see;
145line 0300I see things too, although you judge I wink.
line 0301JULIACome, come, will ’t please you go?

They exit.

Scene 3

Enter Antonio and Pantino.

line 0302Tell me, Pantino, what sad talk was that
line 0303Wherewith my brother held you in the cloister?
line 0304’Twas of his nephew Proteus, your son.
line 0305Why, what of him?
5line 0306PANTINOHe wondered that your Lordship
line 0307Would suffer him to spend his youth at home
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 31 line 0308While other men, of slender reputation,
line 0309Put forth their sons to seek preferment out:
line 0310Some to the wars to try their fortune there,
10line 0311Some to discover islands far away,
line 0312Some to the studious universities.
line 0313For any or for all these exercises
line 0314He said that Proteus your son was meet,
line 0315And did request me to importune you
15line 0316To let him spend his time no more at home,
line 0317Which would be great impeachment to his age
line 0318In having known no travel in his youth.
line 0319Nor need’st thou much importune me to that
line 0320Whereon this month I have been hammering.
20line 0321I have considered well his loss of time
line 0322And how he cannot be a perfect man,
line 0323Not being tried and tutored in the world.
line 0324Experience is by industry achieved
line 0325And perfected by the swift course of time.
25line 0326Then tell me whither were I best to send him.
line 0327I think your Lordship is not ignorant
line 0328How his companion, youthful Valentine,
line 0329Attends the Emperor in his royal court.
line 0330ANTONIOI know it well.
30line 0331’Twere good, I think, your Lordship sent him thither.
line 0332There shall he practice tilts and tournaments,
line 0333Hear sweet discourse, converse with noblemen,
line 0334And be in eye of every exercise
line 0335Worthy his youth and nobleness of birth.
35line 0336I like thy counsel. Well hast thou advised,
line 0337And that thou mayst perceive how well I like it,
line 0338The execution of it shall make known.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 33 line 0339Even with the speediest expedition
line 0340I will dispatch him to the Emperor’s court.
40line 0341Tomorrow, may it please you, Don Alphonso,
line 0342With other gentlemen of good esteem,
line 0343Are journeying to salute the Emperor
line 0344And to commend their service to his will.
line 0345Good company. With them shall Proteus go.

Enter Proteus reading.

45line 0346And in good time! Now will we break with him.
PROTEUSto himself
line 0347Sweet love, sweet lines, sweet life!
line 0348Here is her hand, the agent of her heart;
line 0349Here is her oath for love, her honor’s pawn.
line 0350O, that our fathers would applaud our loves
50line 0351To seal our happiness with their consents.
line 0352O heavenly Julia!
line 0353How now? What letter are you reading there?
line 0354May ’t please your Lordship, ’tis a word or two
line 0355Of commendations sent from Valentine,
55line 0356Delivered by a friend that came from him.
line 0357Lend me the letter. Let me see what news.
line 0358There is no news, my lord, but that he writes
line 0359How happily he lives, how well beloved
line 0360And daily gracèd by the Emperor,
60line 0361Wishing me with him, partner of his fortune.
line 0362And how stand you affected to his wish?
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 35 PROTEUS
line 0363As one relying on your Lordship’s will,
line 0364And not depending on his friendly wish.
line 0365My will is something sorted with his wish.
65line 0366Muse not that I thus suddenly proceed,
line 0367For what I will, I will, and there an end.
line 0368I am resolved that thou shalt spend some time
line 0369With Valentinus in the Emperor’s court.
line 0370What maintenance he from his friends receives,
70line 0371Like exhibition thou shalt have from me.
line 0372Tomorrow be in readiness to go.
line 0373Excuse it not, for I am peremptory.
line 0374My lord, I cannot be so soon provided.
line 0375Please you deliberate a day or two.
75line 0376Look what thou want’st shall be sent after thee.
line 0377No more of stay. Tomorrow thou must go.—
line 0378Come on, Pantino; you shall be employed
line 0379To hasten on his expedition.

Antonio and Pantino exit.

line 0380Thus have I shunned the fire for fear of burning
80line 0381And drenched me in the sea, where I am drowned.
line 0382I feared to show my father Julia’s letter
line 0383Lest he should take exceptions to my love,
line 0384And with the vantage of mine own excuse
line 0385Hath he excepted most against my love.
85line 0386O, how this spring of love resembleth
line 0387The uncertain glory of an April day,
line 0388Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
line 0389And by and by a cloud takes all away.

Enter Pantino.

Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 37 PANTINO
line 0390Sir Proteus, your father calls for you.
90line 0391He is in haste. Therefore, I pray you, go.
line 0392Why, this it is: my heart accords thereto.
line 0393Aside. And yet a thousand times it answers “no.”

They exit.


Scene 1

Enter Valentine and Speed, carrying a glove.

line 0394Sir, your glove.
line 0395VALENTINENot mine. My gloves are on.
line 0396Why, then, this may be yours, for this is but one.
line 0397Ha? Let me see. Ay, give it me, it’s mine.
5line 0398Sweet ornament that decks a thing divine!
line 0399Ah, Sylvia, Sylvia!
line 0400SPEEDcalling Madam Sylvia! Madam Sylvia!
line 0401VALENTINEHow now, sirrah?
line 0402SPEEDShe is not within hearing, sir.
10line 0403VALENTINEWhy, sir, who bade you call her?
line 0404SPEEDYour Worship, sir, or else I mistook.
line 0405VALENTINEWell, you’ll still be too forward.
line 0406SPEEDAnd yet I was last chidden for being too slow.
line 0407VALENTINEGo to, sir. Tell me, do you know Madam
15line 0408Sylvia?
line 0409SPEEDShe that your Worship loves?
line 0410VALENTINEWhy, how know you that I am in love?
line 0411SPEEDMarry, by these special marks: first, you have
line 0412learned, like Sir Proteus, to wreathe your arms like
20line 0413a malcontent; to relish a love song like a robin
line 0414redbreast; to walk alone like one that had the
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 43 line 0415pestilence; to sigh like a schoolboy that had lost his
line 0416ABC; to weep like a young wench that had buried
line 0417her grandam; to fast like one that takes diet; to
25line 0418watch like one that fears robbing; to speak puling
line 0419like a beggar at Hallowmas. You were wont, when
line 0420you laughed, to crow like a cock; when you walked,
line 0421to walk like one of the lions. When you fasted, it was
line 0422presently after dinner; when you looked sadly, it
30line 0423was for want of money. And now you are metamorphosed
line 0424with a mistress, that when I look on you, I
line 0425can hardly think you my master.
line 0426VALENTINEAre all these things perceived in me?
line 0427SPEEDThey are all perceived without you.
35line 0428VALENTINEWithout me? They cannot.
line 0429SPEEDWithout you? Nay, that’s certain, for without
line 0430you were so simple, none else would. But you are so
line 0431without these follies, that these follies are within
line 0432you and shine through you like the water in an
40line 0433urinal, that not an eye that sees you but is a
line 0434physician to comment on your malady.
line 0435VALENTINEBut tell me, dost thou know my Lady
line 0436Sylvia?
line 0437SPEEDShe that you gaze on so as she sits at supper?
45line 0438VALENTINEHast thou observed that? Even she I mean.
line 0439SPEEDWhy, sir, I know her not.
line 0440VALENTINEDost thou know her by my gazing on her
line 0441and yet know’st her not?
line 0442SPEEDIs she not hard-favored, sir?
50line 0443VALENTINENot so fair, boy, as well-favored.
line 0444SPEEDSir, I know that well enough.
line 0445VALENTINEWhat dost thou know?
line 0446SPEEDThat she is not so fair as, of you, well-favored.
line 0447VALENTINEI mean that her beauty is exquisite but her
55line 0448favor infinite.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 45 line 0449SPEEDThat’s because the one is painted, and the other
line 0450out of all count.
line 0451VALENTINEHow painted? And how out of count?
line 0452SPEEDMarry, sir, so painted to make her fair, that no
60line 0453man counts of her beauty.
line 0454VALENTINEHow esteem’st thou me? I account of her
line 0455beauty.
line 0456SPEEDYou never saw her since she was deformed.
line 0457VALENTINEHow long hath she been deformed?
65line 0458SPEEDEver since you loved her.
line 0459VALENTINEI have loved her ever since I saw her, and
line 0460still I see her beautiful.
line 0461SPEEDIf you love her, you cannot see her.
line 0462VALENTINEWhy?
70line 0463SPEEDBecause love is blind. O, that you had mine eyes,
line 0464or your own eyes had the lights they were wont to
line 0465have when you chid at Sir Proteus for going
line 0466ungartered!
line 0467VALENTINEWhat should I see then?
75line 0468SPEEDYour own present folly and her passing deformity;
line 0469for he, being in love, could not see to garter his
line 0470hose, and you, being in love, cannot see to put on
line 0471your hose.
line 0472VALENTINEBelike, boy, then you are in love, for last
80line 0473morning you could not see to wipe my shoes.
line 0474SPEEDTrue, sir, I was in love with my bed. I thank you,
line 0475you swinged me for my love, which makes me the
line 0476bolder to chide you for yours.
line 0477VALENTINEIn conclusion, I stand affected to her.
85line 0478SPEEDI would you were set, so your affection would
line 0479cease.
line 0480VALENTINELast night she enjoined me to write some
line 0481lines to one she loves.
line 0482SPEEDAnd have you?
90line 0483VALENTINEI have.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 47 line 0484SPEEDAre they not lamely writ?
line 0485VALENTINENo, boy, but as well as I can do them.
line 0486Peace, here she comes.

Enter Sylvia.

line 0487SPEEDaside O excellent motion! O exceeding puppet!
95line 0488Now will he interpret to her.
line 0489VALENTINEMadam and mistress, a thousand
line 0490good-morrows.
line 0491SPEEDaside O, give ye good ev’n! Here’s a million of
line 0492manners.
100line 0493SYLVIASir Valentine, and servant, to you two
line 0494thousand.
line 0495SPEEDaside He should give her interest, and she
line 0496gives it him.
line 0497As you enjoined me, I have writ your letter
105line 0498Unto the secret, nameless friend of yours,
line 0499Which I was much unwilling to proceed in
line 0500But for my duty to your Ladyship.

He gives her a paper.

line 0501I thank you, gentle servant, ’tis very clerkly done.
line 0502Now trust me, madam, it came hardly off,
110line 0503For, being ignorant to whom it goes,
line 0504I writ at random, very doubtfully.
line 0505Perchance you think too much of so much pains?
line 0506No, madam. So it stead you, I will write,
line 0507Please you command, a thousand times as much,
115line 0508And yet—
line 0509A pretty period. Well, I guess the sequel;
line 0510And yet I will not name it And yet I care not.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 49 line 0511And yet take this again.She holds out the paper.
line 0512And yet I thank you,
120line 0513Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more.
line 0514And yet you will; and yet another “yet.”
line 0515What means your Ladyship? Do you not like it?
line 0516Yes, yes, the lines are very quaintly writ,
line 0517But, since unwillingly, take them again.
125line 0518Nay, take them.She again offers him the paper.
line 0519VALENTINEMadam, they are for you.
line 0520Ay, ay. You writ them, sir, at my request,
line 0521But I will none of them. They are for you.
line 0522I would have had them writ more movingly.
VALENTINEtaking the paper
130line 0523Please you, I’ll write your Ladyship another.
line 0524And when it’s writ, for my sake read it over,
line 0525And if it please you, so; if not, why, so.
line 0526VALENTINEIf it please me, madam? What then?
line 0527Why, if it please you, take it for your labor.
135line 0528And so good-morrow, servant.Sylvia exits.
line 0529O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible
line 0530As a nose on a man’s face, or a weathercock on a
line 0531steeple!
line 0532My master sues to her, and she hath taught her
140line 0533suitor,
line 0534He being her pupil, to become her tutor.
line 0535O excellent device! Was there ever heard a better?
line 0536That my master, being scribe, to himself should
line 0537write the letter?
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 51 145line 0538VALENTINEHow now, sir? What, are you reasoning
line 0539with yourself?
line 0540SPEEDNay, I was rhyming. ’Tis you that have the
line 0541reason.
line 0542VALENTINETo do what?
150line 0543SPEEDTo be a spokesman from Madam Sylvia.
line 0544VALENTINETo whom?
line 0545SPEEDTo yourself. Why, she woos you by a figure.
line 0546VALENTINEWhat figure?
line 0547SPEEDBy a letter, I should say.
155line 0548VALENTINEWhy, she hath not writ to me!
line 0549SPEEDWhat need she when she hath made you write
line 0550to yourself? Why, do you not perceive the jest?
line 0551VALENTINENo, believe me.
line 0552SPEEDNo believing you indeed, sir. But did you perceive
160line 0553her earnest?
line 0554VALENTINEShe gave me none, except an angry word.
line 0555SPEEDWhy, she hath given you a letter.
line 0556VALENTINEThat’s the letter I writ to her friend.
line 0557SPEEDAnd that letter hath she delivered, and there an
165line 0558end.
line 0559VALENTINEI would it were no worse.
line 0560SPEEDI’ll warrant you, ’tis as well.
line 0561For often have you writ to her, and she, in modesty
line 0562Or else for want of idle time, could not again reply,
170line 0563Or fearing else some messenger that might her
line 0564mind discover,
line 0565Herself hath taught her love himself to write unto
line 0566her lover.
line 0567All this I speak in print, for in print I found it. Why
175line 0568muse you, sir? ’Tis dinnertime.
line 0569VALENTINEI have dined.
line 0570SPEEDAy, but hearken, sir, though the chameleon love
line 0571can feed on the air, I am one that am nourished by
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 53 line 0572my victuals and would fain have meat. O, be not like
180line 0573your mistress! Be moved, be moved.

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter Proteus and Julia.

line 0574PROTEUSHave patience, gentle Julia.
line 0575JULIAI must where is no remedy.
line 0576When possibly I can, I will return.
line 0577If you turn not, you will return the sooner.
5line 0578Keep this remembrance for thy Julia’s sake.

She gives him a ring.

PROTEUSgiving her a ring
line 0579Why, then we’ll make exchange. Here, take you this.
line 0580And seal the bargain with a holy kiss.
line 0581Here is my hand for my true constancy.
line 0582And when that hour o’erslips me in the day
10line 0583Wherein I sigh not, Julia, for thy sake,
line 0584The next ensuing hour some foul mischance
line 0585Torment me for my love’s forgetfulness.
line 0586My father stays my coming. Answer not.
line 0587The tide is now—nay, not thy tide of tears;
15line 0588That tide will stay me longer than I should.
line 0589Julia, farewell.Julia exits.
line 0590What, gone without a word?
line 0591Ay, so true love should do. It cannot speak,
line 0592For truth hath better deeds than words to grace it.

Enter Pantino.

20line 0593PANTINOSir Proteus, you are stayed for.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 55 line 0594PROTEUSGo. I come, I come.
line 0595Aside. Alas, this parting strikes poor lovers dumb.

They exit.

Scene 3

Enter Lance, weeping, with his dog, Crab.

line 0596LANCENay,’twill be this hour ere I have done weeping.
line 0597All the kind of the Lances have this very fault. I have
line 0598received my proportion like the Prodigious Son and
line 0599am going with Sir Proteus to the Imperial’s court. I
5line 0600think Crab my dog be the sourest-natured dog that
line 0601lives: my mother weeping, my father wailing, my
line 0602sister crying, our maid howling, our cat wringing
line 0603her hands, and all our house in a great perplexity,
line 0604yet did not this cruel-hearted cur shed one tear. He
10line 0605is a stone, a very pibble stone, and has no more pity
line 0606in him than a dog. A Jew would have wept to have
line 0607seen our parting. Why, my grandam, having no
line 0608eyes, look you, wept herself blind at my parting.
line 0609Nay, I’ll show you the manner of it. He takes off his shoes.
15line 0610This shoe is my father. No, this left shoe is
line 0611my father; no, no, this left shoe is my mother. Nay,
line 0612that cannot be so neither. Yes, it is so, it is so; it hath
line 0613the worser sole. This shoe with the hole in it is my
line 0614mother; and this my father. A vengeance on ’t, there
20line 0615’tis! Now sir, this staff is my sister, for, look you, she
line 0616is as white as a lily and as small as a wand. This hat
line 0617is Nan, our maid. I am the dog. No, the dog is
line 0618himself, and I am the dog. O, the dog is me, and I
line 0619am myself. Ay, so, so. Now come I to my father:
25line 0620“Father, your blessing.” Now should not the shoe
line 0621speak a word for weeping. Now should I kiss my
line 0622father. He kisses one shoe. Well, he weeps on. Now
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 57 line 0623come I to my mother. O, that she could speak now
line 0624like a wold woman! Well, I kiss her. He kisses the other shoe.
30line 0625Why, there ’tis; here’s my mother’s
line 0626breath up and down. Now come I to my sister. Mark
line 0627the moan she makes! Now the dog all this while
line 0628sheds not a tear nor speaks a word. But see how I
line 0629lay the dust with my tears.

Enter Pantino.

35line 0630PANTINOLance, away, away! Aboard. Thy master is
line 0631shipped, and thou art to post after with oars. What’s
line 0632the matter? Why weep’st thou, man? Away, ass.
line 0633You’ll lose the tide if you tarry any longer.
line 0634LANCEIt is no matter if the tied were lost, for it is the
40line 0635unkindest tied that ever any man tied.
line 0636PANTINOWhat’s the unkindest tide?
line 0637LANCEWhy, he that’s tied here, Crab my dog.
line 0638PANTINOTut, man. I mean thou ’lt lose the flood and, in
line 0639losing the flood, lose thy voyage and, in losing thy
45line 0640voyage, lose thy master and, in losing thy master,
line 0641lose thy service and, in losing thy service—
line 0642Lance covers Pantino’s mouth. Why dost thou stop my
line 0643mouth?
line 0644LANCEFor fear thou shouldst lose thy tongue.
50line 0645PANTINOWhere should I lose my tongue?
line 0646LANCEIn thy tale.
line 0647PANTINOIn thy tail!
line 0648LANCELose the tide, and the voyage, and the master,
line 0649and the service, and the tied. Why, man, if the river
55line 0650were dry, I am able to fill it with my tears; if the
line 0651wind were down, I could drive the boat with my
line 0652sighs.
line 0653PANTINOCome. Come away, man. I was sent to call
line 0654thee.
60line 0655LANCESir, call me what thou dar’st.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 59 line 0656PANTINOWilt thou go?
line 0657LANCEWell, I will go.

They exit.

Scene 4

Enter Valentine, Sylvia, Thurio, and Speed.

line 0658SYLVIAServant!
line 0659VALENTINEMistress?
line 0660SPEEDMaster, Sir Thurio frowns on you.
line 0661VALENTINEAy, boy, it’s for love.
5line 0662SPEEDNot of you.
line 0663VALENTINEOf my mistress, then.
line 0664SPEED’Twere good you knocked him.
line 0665SYLVIAto Valentine Servant, you are sad.
line 0666VALENTINEIndeed, madam, I seem so.
10line 0667THURIOSeem you that you are not?
line 0668VALENTINEHaply I do.
line 0669THURIOSo do counterfeits.
line 0670VALENTINESo do you.
line 0671THURIOWhat seem I that I am not?
15line 0672VALENTINEWise.
line 0673THURIOWhat instance of the contrary?
line 0674VALENTINEYour folly.
line 0675THURIOAnd how quote you my folly?
line 0676VALENTINEI quote it in your jerkin.
20line 0677THURIOMy “jerkin” is a doublet.
line 0678VALENTINEWell, then, I’ll double your folly.
line 0679THURIOHow!
line 0680SYLVIAWhat, angry, Sir Thurio? Do you change color?
line 0681VALENTINEGive him leave, madam. He is a kind of
25line 0682chameleon.
line 0683THURIOThat hath more mind to feed on your blood
line 0684than live in your air.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 61 line 0685VALENTINEYou have said, sir.
line 0686THURIOAy, sir, and done too for this time.
30line 0687VALENTINEI know it well, sir. You always end ere you
line 0688begin.
line 0689SYLVIAA fine volley of words, gentlemen, and quickly
line 0690shot off.
line 0691VALENTINE’Tis indeed, madam. We thank the giver.
35line 0692SYLVIAWho is that, servant?
line 0693VALENTINEYourself, sweet lady, for you gave the fire.
line 0694Sir Thurio borrows his wit from your Ladyship’s
line 0695looks and spends what he borrows kindly in your
line 0696company.
40line 0697THURIOSir, if you spend word for word with me, I shall
line 0698make your wit bankrupt.
line 0699VALENTINEI know it well, sir. You have an exchequer
line 0700of words and, I think, no other treasure to give your
line 0701followers, for it appears by their bare liveries that
45line 0702they live by your bare words.
line 0703No more, gentlemen, no more. Here comes my
line 0704father.

Enter Duke.

line 0705Now, daughter Sylvia, you are hard beset.—
line 0706Sir Valentine, your father is in good health.
50line 0707What say you to a letter from your friends
line 0708Of much good news?
line 0709VALENTINEMy lord, I will be thankful
line 0710To any happy messenger from thence.
line 0711Know you Don Antonio, your countryman?
55line 0712Ay, my good lord, I know the gentleman
line 0713To be of worth and worthy estimation,
line 0714And not without desert so well reputed.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 63 line 0715DUKEHath he not a son?
line 0716Ay, my good lord, a son that well deserves
60line 0717The honor and regard of such a father.
line 0718DUKEYou know him well?
line 0719I knew him as myself, for from our infancy
line 0720We have conversed and spent our hours together,
line 0721And though myself have been an idle truant,
65line 0722Omitting the sweet benefit of time
line 0723To clothe mine age with angel-like perfection,
line 0724Yet hath Sir Proteus—for that’s his name—
line 0725Made use and fair advantage of his days:
line 0726His years but young, but his experience old;
70line 0727His head unmellowed, but his judgment ripe;
line 0728And in a word—for far behind his worth
line 0729Comes all the praises that I now bestow—
line 0730He is complete in feature and in mind,
line 0731With all good grace to grace a gentleman.
75line 0732Beshrew me, sir, but if he make this good,
line 0733He is as worthy for an empress’ love,
line 0734As meet to be an emperor’s counselor.
line 0735Well, sir, this gentleman is come to me
line 0736With commendation from great potentates,
80line 0737And here he means to spend his time awhile.
line 0738I think ’tis no unwelcome news to you.
line 0739Should I have wished a thing, it had been he.
line 0740Welcome him then according to his worth.
line 0741Sylvia, I speak to you—and you, Sir Thurio.
85line 0742For Valentine, I need not cite him to it.
line 0743I will send him hither to you presently.Duke exits.
line 0744This is the gentleman I told your Ladyship
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 65 line 0745Had come along with me but that his mistress
line 0746Did hold his eyes locked in her crystal looks.
90line 0747Belike that now she hath enfranchised them
line 0748Upon some other pawn for fealty.
line 0749Nay, sure, I think she holds them prisoners still.
line 0750Nay, then, he should be blind, and being blind
line 0751How could he see his way to seek out you?
95line 0752Why, lady, love hath twenty pair of eyes.
line 0753They say that Love hath not an eye at all.
line 0754To see such lovers, Thurio, as yourself.
line 0755Upon a homely object, Love can wink.
line 0756Have done, have done. Here comes the gentleman.

Enter Proteus.

100line 0757Welcome, dear Proteus.—Mistress, I beseech you
line 0758Confirm his welcome with some special favor.
line 0759His worth is warrant for his welcome hither,
line 0760If this be he you oft have wished to hear from.
line 0761Mistress, it is. Sweet lady, entertain him
105line 0762To be my fellow-servant to your Ladyship.
line 0763Too low a mistress for so high a servant.
line 0764Not so, sweet lady, but too mean a servant
line 0765To have a look of such a worthy mistress.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 67 VALENTINE
line 0766Leave off discourse of disability.
110line 0767Sweet lady, entertain him for your servant.
line 0768My duty will I boast of, nothing else.
line 0769And duty never yet did want his meed.
line 0770Servant, you are welcome to a worthless mistress.
line 0771I’ll die on him that says so but yourself.
115line 0772SYLVIAThat you are welcome?
line 0773PROTEUSThat you are worthless.

Enter Servant.

line 0774Madam, my lord your father would speak with you.
line 0775I wait upon his pleasure. Servant exits. Come, Sir
line 0776Thurio,
120line 0777Go with me.—Once more, new servant, welcome.
line 0778I’ll leave you to confer of home affairs.
line 0779When you have done, we look to hear from you.
line 0780We’ll both attend upon your Ladyship.

Sylvia and Thurio exit.

line 0781Now tell me, how do all from whence you came?
125line 0782Your friends are well and have them much
line 0783commended.
line 0784And how do yours?
line 0785PROTEUSI left them all in health.
line 0786How does your lady? And how thrives your love?
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 69 PROTEUS
130line 0787My tales of love were wont to weary you.
line 0788I know you joy not in a love discourse.
line 0789Ay, Proteus, but that life is altered now.
line 0790I have done penance for contemning Love,
line 0791Whose high imperious thoughts have punished me
135line 0792With bitter fasts, with penitential groans,
line 0793With nightly tears, and daily heartsore sighs,
line 0794For in revenge of my contempt of love,
line 0795Love hath chased sleep from my enthrallèd eyes
line 0796And made them watchers of mine own heart’s
140line 0797sorrow.
line 0798O gentle Proteus, Love’s a mighty lord
line 0799And hath so humbled me as I confess
line 0800There is no woe to his correction,
line 0801Nor, to his service, no such joy on Earth.
145line 0802Now, no discourse except it be of love.
line 0803Now can I break my fast, dine, sup, and sleep
line 0804Upon the very naked name of Love.
line 0805Enough; I read your fortune in your eye.
line 0806Was this the idol that you worship so?
150line 0807Even she. And is she not a heavenly saint?
line 0808No, but she is an earthly paragon.
line 0809Call her divine.
line 0810PROTEUSI will not flatter her.
line 0811O, flatter me, for love delights in praises.
155line 0812When I was sick, you gave me bitter pills,
line 0813And I must minister the like to you.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 71 VALENTINE
line 0814Then speak the truth by her; if not divine,
line 0815Yet let her be a principality,
line 0816Sovereign to all the creatures on the Earth.
160line 0817Except my mistress.
line 0818VALENTINESweet, except not any,
line 0819Except thou wilt except against my love.
line 0820Have I not reason to prefer mine own?
line 0821And I will help thee to prefer her too:
165line 0822She shall be dignified with this high honor—
line 0823To bear my lady’s train, lest the base earth
line 0824Should from her vesture chance to steal a kiss
line 0825And, of so great a favor growing proud,
line 0826Disdain to root the summer-swelling flower
170line 0827And make rough winter everlastingly.
line 0828Why, Valentine, what braggartism is this?
line 0829Pardon me, Proteus, all I can is nothing
line 0830To her whose worth makes other worthies
line 0831nothing.
175line 0832She is alone—
line 0833PROTEUSThen let her alone.
line 0834Not for the world! Why, man, she is mine own,
line 0835And I as rich in having such a jewel
line 0836As twenty seas if all their sand were pearl,
180line 0837The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.
line 0838Forgive me that I do not dream on thee,
line 0839Because thou seest me dote upon my love.
line 0840My foolish rival, that her father likes
line 0841Only for his possessions are so huge,
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 73 185line 0842Is gone with her along, and I must after,
line 0843For love, thou know’st, is full of jealousy.
line 0844PROTEUSBut she loves you?
line 0845Ay, and we are betrothed; nay more, our marriage
line 0846hour,
190line 0847With all the cunning manner of our flight
line 0848Determined of: how I must climb her window,
line 0849The ladder made of cords, and all the means
line 0850Plotted and ’greed on for my happiness.
line 0851Good Proteus, go with me to my chamber,
195line 0852In these affairs to aid me with thy counsel.
line 0853Go on before. I shall inquire you forth.
line 0854I must unto the road to disembark
line 0855Some necessaries that I needs must use,
line 0856And then I’ll presently attend you.
200line 0857VALENTINEWill you make haste?
line 0858PROTEUSI will.Valentine and Speed exit.
line 0859Even as one heat another heat expels,
line 0860Or as one nail by strength drives out another,
line 0861So the remembrance of my former love
205line 0862Is by a newer object quite forgotten.
line 0863Is it mine eye, or Valentine’s praise,
line 0864Her true perfection, or my false transgression,
line 0865That makes me reasonless to reason thus?
line 0866She is fair, and so is Julia that I love—
210line 0867That I did love, for now my love is thawed,
line 0868Which like a waxen image ’gainst a fire
line 0869Bears no impression of the thing it was.
line 0870Methinks my zeal to Valentine is cold,
line 0871And that I love him not as I was wont.
215line 0872O, but I love his lady too too much,
line 0873And that’s the reason I love him so little.
line 0874How shall I dote on her with more advice
line 0875That thus without advice begin to love her?
Act 2 Scene 5 - Pg 75 line 0876’Tis but her picture I have yet beheld,
220line 0877And that hath dazzled my reason’s light;
line 0878But when I look on her perfections,
line 0879There is no reason but I shall be blind.
line 0880If I can check my erring love, I will;
line 0881If not, to compass her I’ll use my skill.

He exits.

Scene 5

Enter Speed and Lance, with his dog, Crab.

line 0882SPEEDLance, by mine honesty, welcome to Padua.
line 0883LANCEForswear not thyself, sweet youth, for I am not
line 0884welcome. I reckon this always: that a man is never
line 0885undone till he be hanged, nor never welcome to a
5line 0886place till some certain shot be paid and the Hostess
line 0887say welcome.
line 0888SPEEDCome on, you madcap. I’ll to the alehouse with
line 0889you presently, where, for one shot of five pence,
line 0890thou shalt have five thousand welcomes. But, sirrah,
10line 0891how did thy master part with Madam Julia?
line 0892LANCEMarry, after they closed in earnest, they parted
line 0893very fairly in jest.
line 0894SPEEDBut shall she marry him?
line 0895LANCENo.
15line 0896SPEEDHow then? Shall he marry her?
line 0897LANCENo, neither.
line 0898SPEEDWhat, are they broken?
line 0899LANCENo, they are both as whole as a fish.
line 0900SPEEDWhy then, how stands the matter with them?
20line 0901LANCEMarry, thus: when it stands well with him, it
line 0902stands well with her.
line 0903SPEEDWhat an ass art thou! I understand thee not.
line 0904LANCEWhat a block art thou that thou canst not! My
line 0905staff understands me.
Act 2 Scene 6 - Pg 77 25line 0906SPEEDWhat thou sayst?
line 0907LANCEAy, and what I do too. Look thee, I’ll but lean,
line 0908and my staff understands me.
line 0909SPEEDIt stands under thee indeed.
line 0910LANCEWhy, “stand under” and “understand” is all
30line 0911one.
line 0912SPEEDBut tell me true, will ’t be a match?
line 0913LANCEAsk my dog. If he say “Ay,” it will; if he say
line 0914“No,” it will; if he shake his tail and say nothing, it
line 0915will.
35line 0916SPEEDThe conclusion is, then, that it will.
line 0917LANCEThou shalt never get such a secret from me but
line 0918by a parable.
line 0919SPEED’Tis well that I get it so. But, Lance, how sayst
line 0920thou that my master is become a notable lover?
40line 0921LANCEI never knew him otherwise.
line 0922SPEEDThan how?
line 0923LANCEA notable lubber, as thou reportest him to be.
line 0924SPEEDWhy, thou whoreson ass, thou mistak’st me.
line 0925LANCEWhy, fool, I meant not thee; I meant thy master.
45line 0926SPEEDI tell thee, my master is become a hot lover.
line 0927LANCEWhy, I tell thee, I care not though he burn
line 0928himself in love. If thou wilt, go with me to the
line 0929alehouse; if not, thou art an Hebrew, a Jew, and not
line 0930worth the name of a Christian.
50line 0931SPEEDWhy?
line 0932LANCEBecause thou hast not so much charity in thee
line 0933as to go to the ale with a Christian. Wilt thou go?
line 0934SPEEDAt thy service.

They exit.

Scene 6

Enter Proteus alone.

line 0935To leave my Julia, shall I be forsworn.
line 0936To love fair Sylvia, shall I be forsworn.
Act 2 Scene 6 - Pg 79 line 0937To wrong my friend, I shall be much forsworn.
line 0938And ev’n that power which gave me first my oath
5line 0939Provokes me to this threefold perjury.
line 0940Love bade me swear, and love bids me forswear.
line 0941O sweet-suggesting Love, if thou hast sinned,
line 0942Teach me, thy tempted subject, to excuse it.
line 0943At first I did adore a twinkling star,
10line 0944But now I worship a celestial sun;
line 0945Unheedful vows may heedfully be broken,
line 0946And he wants wit that wants resolvèd will
line 0947To learn his wit t’ exchange the bad for better.
line 0948Fie, fie, unreverend tongue, to call her bad
15line 0949Whose sovereignty so oft thou hast preferred
line 0950With twenty thousand soul-confirming oaths.
line 0951I cannot leave to love, and yet I do.
line 0952But there I leave to love where I should love.
line 0953Julia I lose, and Valentine I lose;
20line 0954If I keep them, I needs must lose myself;
line 0955If I lose them, thus find I by their loss:
line 0956For Valentine, myself; for Julia, Sylvia.
line 0957I to myself am dearer than a friend,
line 0958For love is still most precious in itself,
25line 0959And Sylvia—witness heaven that made her fair—
line 0960Shows Julia but a swarthy Ethiope.
line 0961I will forget that Julia is alive,
line 0962Rememb’ring that my love to her is dead;
line 0963And Valentine I’ll hold an enemy,
30line 0964Aiming at Sylvia as a sweeter friend.
line 0965I cannot now prove constant to myself
line 0966Without some treachery used to Valentine.
line 0967This night he meaneth with a corded ladder
line 0968To climb celestial Sylvia’s chamber window,
35line 0969Myself in counsel his competitor.
line 0970Now presently I’ll give her father notice
Act 2 Scene 7 - Pg 81 line 0971Of their disguising and pretended flight,
line 0972Who, all enraged, will banish Valentine,
line 0973For Thurio he intends shall wed his daughter.
40line 0974But Valentine being gone, I’ll quickly cross
line 0975By some sly trick blunt Thurio’s dull proceeding.
line 0976Love, lend me wings to make my purpose swift,
line 0977As thou hast lent me wit to plot this drift.

He exits.

Scene 7

Enter Julia and Lucetta.

line 0978Counsel, Lucetta. Gentle girl, assist me;
line 0979And ev’n in kind love I do conjure thee—
line 0980Who art the table wherein all my thoughts
line 0981Are visibly charactered and engraved—
5line 0982To lesson me and tell me some good mean
line 0983How with my honor I may undertake
line 0984A journey to my loving Proteus.
line 0985Alas, the way is wearisome and long.
line 0986A true-devoted pilgrim is not weary
10line 0987To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps;
line 0988Much less shall she that hath Love’s wings to fly,
line 0989And when the flight is made to one so dear,
line 0990Of such divine perfection, as Sir Proteus.
line 0991Better forbear till Proteus make return.
15line 0992O, know’st thou not his looks are my soul’s food?
line 0993Pity the dearth that I have pinèd in
line 0994By longing for that food so long a time.
Act 2 Scene 7 - Pg 83 line 0995Didst thou but know the inly touch of love,
line 0996Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow
20line 0997As seek to quench the fire of love with words.
line 0998I do not seek to quench your love’s hot fire,
line 0999But qualify the fire’s extreme rage,
line 1000Lest it should burn above the bounds of reason.
line 1001The more thou damm’st it up, the more it burns.
25line 1002The current that with gentle murmur glides,
line 1003Thou know’st, being stopped, impatiently doth rage,
line 1004But when his fair course is not hinderèd,
line 1005He makes sweet music with th’ enameled stones,
line 1006Giving a gentle kiss to every sedge
30line 1007He overtaketh in his pilgrimage;
line 1008And so by many winding nooks he strays
line 1009With willing sport to the wild ocean.
line 1010Then let me go and hinder not my course.
line 1011I’ll be as patient as a gentle stream
35line 1012And make a pastime of each weary step
line 1013Till the last step have brought me to my love,
line 1014And there I’ll rest as after much turmoil
line 1015A blessèd soul doth in Elysium.
line 1016But in what habit will you go along?
40line 1017Not like a woman, for I would prevent
line 1018The loose encounters of lascivious men.
line 1019Gentle Lucetta, fit me with such weeds
line 1020As may beseem some well-reputed page.
line 1021Why, then, your Ladyship must cut your hair.
45line 1022No, girl, I’ll knit it up in silken strings
line 1023With twenty odd-conceited true-love knots.
Act 2 Scene 7 - Pg 85 line 1024To be fantastic may become a youth
line 1025Of greater time than I shall show to be.
line 1026What fashion, madam, shall I make your breeches?
50line 1027That fits as well as “Tell me, good my lord,
line 1028What compass will you wear your farthingale?”
line 1029Why, ev’n what fashion thou best likes, Lucetta.
line 1030You must needs have them with a codpiece, madam.
line 1031Out, out, Lucetta. That will be ill-favored.
55line 1032A round hose, madam, now’s not worth a pin
line 1033Unless you have a codpiece to stick pins on.
line 1034Lucetta, as thou lov’st me, let me have
line 1035What thou think’st meet and is most mannerly.
line 1036But tell me, wench, how will the world repute me
60line 1037For undertaking so unstaid a journey?
line 1038I fear me it will make me scandalized.
line 1039If you think so, then stay at home and go not.
line 1040JULIANay, that I will not.
line 1041Then never dream on infamy, but go.
65line 1042If Proteus like your journey when you come,
line 1043No matter who’s displeased when you are gone.
line 1044I fear me he will scarce be pleased withal.
line 1045That is the least, Lucetta, of my fear.
line 1046A thousand oaths, an ocean of his tears,
70line 1047And instances of infinite of love
line 1048Warrant me welcome to my Proteus.
line 1049All these are servants to deceitful men.
Act 2 Scene 7 - Pg 87 JULIA
line 1050Base men that use them to so base effect!
line 1051But truer stars did govern Proteus’ birth.
75line 1052His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles,
line 1053His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate,
line 1054His tears pure messengers sent from his heart,
line 1055His heart as far from fraud as heaven from Earth.
line 1056Pray heav’n he prove so when you come to him.
80line 1057Now, as thou lov’st me, do him not that wrong
line 1058To bear a hard opinion of his truth.
line 1059Only deserve my love by loving him.
line 1060And presently go with me to my chamber
line 1061To take a note of what I stand in need of
85line 1062To furnish me upon my longing journey.
line 1063All that is mine I leave at thy dispose,
line 1064My goods, my lands, my reputation.
line 1065Only, in lieu thereof, dispatch me hence.
line 1066Come, answer not, but to it presently.
90line 1067I am impatient of my tarriance.

They exit.


Scene 1

Enter Duke, Thurio, and Proteus.

line 1068Sir Thurio, give us leave, I pray, awhile;
line 1069We have some secrets to confer about.Thurio exits.
line 1070Now tell me, Proteus, what’s your will with me?
line 1071My gracious lord, that which I would discover
5line 1072The law of friendship bids me to conceal,
line 1073But when I call to mind your gracious favors
line 1074Done to me, undeserving as I am,
line 1075My duty pricks me on to utter that
line 1076Which else no worldly good should draw from me.
10line 1077Know, worthy prince, Sir Valentine my friend
line 1078This night intends to steal away your daughter;
line 1079Myself am one made privy to the plot.
line 1080I know you have determined to bestow her
line 1081On Thurio, whom your gentle daughter hates,
15line 1082And should she thus be stol’n away from you,
line 1083It would be much vexation to your age.
line 1084Thus, for my duty’s sake, I rather chose
line 1085To cross my friend in his intended drift
line 1086Than, by concealing it, heap on your head
20line 1087A pack of sorrows which would press you down,
line 1088Being unprevented, to your timeless grave.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 93 DUKE
line 1089Proteus, I thank thee for thine honest care,
line 1090Which to requite command me while I live.
line 1091This love of theirs myself have often seen,
25line 1092Haply when they have judged me fast asleep,
line 1093And oftentimes have purposed to forbid
line 1094Sir Valentine her company and my court.
line 1095But fearing lest my jealous aim might err
line 1096And so, unworthily, disgrace the man—
30line 1097A rashness that I ever yet have shunned—
line 1098I gave him gentle looks, thereby to find
line 1099That which thyself hast now disclosed to me.
line 1100And that thou mayst perceive my fear of this,
line 1101Knowing that tender youth is soon suggested,
35line 1102I nightly lodge her in an upper tower,
line 1103The key whereof myself have ever kept,
line 1104And thence she cannot be conveyed away.
line 1105Know, noble lord, they have devised a mean
line 1106How he her chamber-window will ascend
40line 1107And with a corded ladder fetch her down;
line 1108For which the youthful lover now is gone,
line 1109And this way comes he with it presently,
line 1110Where, if it please you, you may intercept him.
line 1111But, good my lord, do it so cunningly
45line 1112That my discovery be not aimèd at;
line 1113For love of you, not hate unto my friend,
line 1114Hath made me publisher of this pretense.
line 1115Upon mine honor, he shall never know
line 1116That I had any light from thee of this.
50line 1117Adieu, my lord. Sir Valentine is coming.

Proteus exits.

Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 95

Enter Valentine.

line 1118Sir Valentine, whither away so fast?
line 1119Please it your Grace, there is a messenger
line 1120That stays to bear my letters to my friends,
line 1121And I am going to deliver them.
55line 1122DUKEBe they of much import?
line 1123The tenor of them doth but signify
line 1124My health and happy being at your court.
line 1125Nay then, no matter. Stay with me awhile;
line 1126I am to break with thee of some affairs
60line 1127That touch me near, wherein thou must be secret.
line 1128’Tis not unknown to thee that I have sought
line 1129To match my friend Sir Thurio to my daughter.
line 1130I know it well, my lord, and sure the match
line 1131Were rich and honorable. Besides, the gentleman
65line 1132Is full of virtue, bounty, worth, and qualities
line 1133Beseeming such a wife as your fair daughter.
line 1134Cannot your Grace win her to fancy him?
line 1135No. Trust me, she is peevish, sullen, froward,
line 1136Proud, disobedient, stubborn, lacking duty,
70line 1137Neither regarding that she is my child
line 1138Nor fearing me as if I were her father;
line 1139And may I say to thee, this pride of hers,
line 1140Upon advice, hath drawn my love from her,
line 1141And where I thought the remnant of mine age
75line 1142Should have been cherished by her childlike duty,
line 1143I now am full resolved to take a wife
line 1144And turn her out to who will take her in.
line 1145Then let her beauty be her wedding dower,
line 1146For me and my possessions she esteems not.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 97 VALENTINE
80line 1147What would your Grace have me to do in this?
line 1148There is a lady in Verona here
line 1149Whom I affect; but she is nice, and coy,
line 1150And nought esteems my agèd eloquence.
line 1151Now therefore would I have thee to my tutor—
85line 1152For long agone I have forgot to court;
line 1153Besides, the fashion of the time is changed—
line 1154How and which way I may bestow myself
line 1155To be regarded in her sun-bright eye.
line 1156Win her with gifts if she respect not words;
90line 1157Dumb jewels often in their silent kind
line 1158More than quick words do move a woman’s mind.
line 1159But she did scorn a present that I sent her.
line 1160A woman sometime scorns what best contents her.
line 1161Send her another; never give her o’er,
95line 1162For scorn at first makes after-love the more.
line 1163If she do frown, ’tis not in hate of you,
line 1164But rather to beget more love in you.
line 1165If she do chide, ’tis not to have you gone,
line 1166Forwhy the fools are mad if left alone.
100line 1167Take no repulse, whatever she doth say;
line 1168For “get you gone” she doth not mean “away.”
line 1169Flatter and praise, commend, extol their graces;
line 1170Though ne’er so black, say they have angels’ faces.
line 1171That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man
105line 1172If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.
line 1173But she I mean is promised by her friends
line 1174Unto a youthful gentleman of worth
line 1175And kept severely from resort of men,
line 1176That no man hath access by day to her.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 99 VALENTINE
110line 1177Why, then, I would resort to her by night.
line 1178Ay, but the doors be locked and keys kept safe,
line 1179That no man hath recourse to her by night.
line 1180What lets but one may enter at her window?
line 1181Her chamber is aloft, far from the ground,
115line 1182And built so shelving that one cannot climb it
line 1183Without apparent hazard of his life.
line 1184Why, then a ladder quaintly made of cords
line 1185To cast up, with a pair of anchoring hooks,
line 1186Would serve to scale another Hero’s tower,
120line 1187So bold Leander would adventure it.
line 1188Now, as thou art a gentleman of blood,
line 1189Advise me where I may have such a ladder.
line 1190When would you use it? Pray sir, tell me that.
line 1191This very night; for love is like a child
125line 1192That longs for everything that he can come by.
line 1193By seven o’clock I’ll get you such a ladder.
line 1194But hark thee: I will go to her alone;
line 1195How shall I best convey the ladder thither?
line 1196It will be light, my lord, that you may bear it
130line 1197Under a cloak that is of any length.
line 1198A cloak as long as thine will serve the turn?
line 1199Ay, my good lord.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 101 line 1200DUKEThen let me see thy cloak;
line 1201I’ll get me one of such another length.
135line 1202Why, any cloak will serve the turn, my lord.
line 1203How shall I fashion me to wear a cloak?
line 1204I pray thee, let me feel thy cloak upon me.

Pulling off the cloak, he reveals a rope ladder and a paper.

line 1205What letter is this same? What’s here? Reads. To
line 1206Sylvia.
140line 1207And here an engine fit for my proceeding.
line 1208I’ll be so bold to break the seal for once.
line 1209My thoughts do harbor with my Sylvia nightly,
line 1210And slaves they are to me that send them flying.
line 1211O, could their master come and go as lightly,
145line 1212Himself would lodge where, senseless, they are
line 1213lying.
line 1214My herald thoughts in thy pure bosom rest them,
line 1215While I, their king, that thither them importune,
line 1216Do curse the grace that with such grace hath blest
150line 1217them,
line 1218Because myself do want my servants’ fortune.
line 1219I curse myself, for they are sent by me,
line 1220That they should harbor where their lord should be.
line 1221What’s here?
155line 1222Reads. Sylvia, this night I will enfranchise thee.
line 1223’Tis so. And here’s the ladder for the purpose.
line 1224Why, Phaëton—for thou art Merops’ son—
line 1225Wilt thou aspire to guide the heavenly car
line 1226And with thy daring folly burn the world?
160line 1227Wilt thou reach stars because they shine on thee?
line 1228Go, base intruder, overweening slave,
line 1229Bestow thy fawning smiles on equal mates
line 1230And think my patience, more than thy desert,
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 103 line 1231Is privilege for thy departure hence.
165line 1232Thank me for this more than for all the favors
line 1233Which all too much I have bestowed on thee.
line 1234But if thou linger in my territories
line 1235Longer than swiftest expedition
line 1236Will give thee time to leave our royal court,
170line 1237By heaven, my wrath shall far exceed the love
line 1238I ever bore my daughter or thyself.
line 1239Begone. I will not hear thy vain excuse,
line 1240But, as thou lov’st thy life, make speed from hence.

He exits.

line 1241And why not death, rather than living torment?
175line 1242To die is to be banished from myself,
line 1243And Sylvia is myself; banished from her
line 1244Is self from self—a deadly banishment.
line 1245What light is light if Sylvia be not seen?
line 1246What joy is joy if Sylvia be not by—
180line 1247Unless it be to think that she is by
line 1248And feed upon the shadow of perfection?
line 1249Except I be by Sylvia in the night,
line 1250There is no music in the nightingale.
line 1251Unless I look on Sylvia in the day,
185line 1252There is no day for me to look upon.
line 1253She is my essence, and I leave to be
line 1254If I be not by her fair influence
line 1255Fostered, illumined, cherished, kept alive.
line 1256I fly not death, to fly his deadly doom;
190line 1257Tarry I here, I but attend on death,
line 1258But fly I hence, I fly away from life.

Enter Proteus and Lance.

line 1259PROTEUSRun, boy, run, run, and seek him out.
line 1260LANCESo-ho, so-ho!
line 1261PROTEUSWhat seest thou?
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 105 195line 1262LANCEHim we go to find. There’s not a hair on ’s head
line 1263but ’tis a Valentine.
line 1264PROTEUSValentine?
line 1265VALENTINENo.
line 1266PROTEUSWho then? His spirit?
200line 1267VALENTINENeither.
line 1268PROTEUSWhat then?
line 1269VALENTINENothing.
line 1270LANCECan nothing speak? Master, shall I strike?
line 1271PROTEUSWho wouldst thou strike?
205line 1272LANCENothing.
line 1273PROTEUSVillain, forbear.
line 1274LANCEWhy, sir, I’ll strike nothing. I pray you—
line 1275Sirrah, I say forbear.—Friend Valentine, a word.
line 1276My ears are stopped and cannot hear good news,
210line 1277So much of bad already hath possessed them.
line 1278Then in dumb silence will I bury mine,
line 1279For they are harsh, untunable, and bad.
line 1280VALENTINEIs Sylvia dead?
line 1281PROTEUSNo, Valentine.
215line 1282No Valentine indeed for sacred Sylvia.
line 1283Hath she forsworn me?
line 1284PROTEUSNo, Valentine.
line 1285No Valentine if Sylvia have forsworn me.
line 1286What is your news?
220line 1287LANCESir, there is a proclamation that you are
line 1288vanished.
line 1289That thou art banishèd—O, that’s the news—
line 1290From hence, from Sylvia, and from me thy friend.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 107
line 1291O, I have fed upon this woe already,
225line 1292And now excess of it will make me surfeit.
line 1293Doth Sylvia know that I am banishèd?
line 1294Ay, ay, and she hath offered to the doom—
line 1295Which unreversed stands in effectual force—
line 1296A sea of melting pearl, which some call tears;
230line 1297Those at her father’s churlish feet she tendered,
line 1298With them, upon her knees, her humble self,
line 1299Wringing her hands, whose whiteness so became
line 1300them
line 1301As if but now they waxèd pale for woe.
235line 1302But neither bended knees, pure hands held up,
line 1303Sad sighs, deep groans, nor silver-shedding tears
line 1304Could penetrate her uncompassionate sire;
line 1305But Valentine, if he be ta’en, must die.
line 1306Besides, her intercession chafed him so,
240line 1307When she for thy repeal was suppliant,
line 1308That to close prison he commanded her
line 1309With many bitter threats of biding there.
line 1310No more, unless the next word that thou speak’st
line 1311Have some malignant power upon my life.
245line 1312If so, I pray thee breathe it in mine ear
line 1313As ending anthem of my endless dolor.
line 1314Cease to lament for that thou canst not help,
line 1315And study help for that which thou lament’st.
line 1316Time is the nurse and breeder of all good.
250line 1317Here, if thou stay, thou canst not see thy love;
line 1318Besides, thy staying will abridge thy life.
line 1319Hope is a lover’s staff; walk hence with that
line 1320And manage it against despairing thoughts.
line 1321Thy letters may be here, though thou art hence,
255line 1322Which, being writ to me, shall be delivered
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 109 line 1323Even in the milk-white bosom of thy love.
line 1324The time now serves not to expostulate.
line 1325Come, I’ll convey thee through the city gate
line 1326And, ere I part with thee, confer at large
260line 1327Of all that may concern thy love affairs.
line 1328As thou lov’st Sylvia, though not for thyself,
line 1329Regard thy danger, and along with me.
line 1330I pray thee, Lance, an if thou seest my boy,
line 1331Bid him make haste and meet me at the North
265line 1332Gate.
line 1333Go, sirrah, find him out.—Come, Valentine.
line 1334O, my dear Sylvia! Hapless Valentine!

Valentine and Proteus exit.

line 1335LANCEI am but a fool, look you, and yet I have the wit
line 1336to think my master is a kind of a knave, but that’s all
270line 1337one if he be but one knave. He lives not now that
line 1338knows me to be in love, yet I am in love, but a team
line 1339of horse shall not pluck that from me, nor who ’tis I
line 1340love; and yet ’tis a woman, but what woman I will
line 1341not tell myself; and yet ’tis a milk-maid; yet ’tis not a
275line 1342maid, for she hath had gossips; yet ’tis a maid, for
line 1343she is her master’s maid and serves for wages. She
line 1344hath more qualities than a water spaniel, which is
line 1345much in a bare Christian. He takes out a piece of paper.
line 1346Here is the catalog of her condition.
280line 1347Reads. Imprimis, She can fetch and carry. Why, a
line 1348horse can do no more; nay, a horse cannot fetch but
line 1349only carry; therefore is she better than a jade.
line 1350Reads. Item, She can milk. Look you, a sweet
line 1351virtue in a maid with clean hands.

Enter Speed.

285line 1352SPEEDHow now, Signior Lance? What news with your
line 1353Mastership?
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 111 line 1354LANCEWith my master’s ship? Why, it is at sea.
line 1355SPEEDWell, your old vice still: mistake the word. What
line 1356news, then, in your paper?
290line 1357LANCEThe black’st news that ever thou heard’st.
line 1358SPEEDWhy, man? How black?
line 1359LANCEWhy, as black as ink.
line 1360SPEEDLet me read them.
line 1361LANCEFie on thee, jolt-head, thou canst not read.
295line 1362SPEEDThou liest. I can.
line 1363LANCEI will try thee. Tell me this, who begot thee?
line 1364SPEEDMarry, the son of my grandfather.
line 1365LANCEO, illiterate loiterer, it was the son of thy grandmother.
line 1366This proves that thou canst not read.
300line 1367SPEEDCome, fool, come. Try me in thy paper.
line 1368LANCEgiving him the paper There, and Saint Nicholas
line 1369be thy speed.
line 1370SPEEDreads Imprimis, She can milk.
line 1371LANCEAy, that she can.
305line 1372SPEEDItem, She brews good ale.
line 1373LANCEAnd thereof comes the proverb: “Blessing of
line 1374your heart, you brew good ale.”
line 1375SPEEDItem, She can sew.
line 1376LANCEThat’s as much as to say “Can she so?”
310line 1377SPEEDItem, She can knit.
line 1378LANCEWhat need a man care for a stock with a wench,
line 1379when she can knit him a stock?
line 1380SPEEDItem, She can wash and scour.
line 1381LANCEA special virtue, for then she need not be
315line 1382washed and scoured.
line 1383SPEEDItem, She can spin.
line 1384LANCEThen may I set the world on wheels, when she
line 1385can spin for her living.
line 1386SPEEDItem, She hath many nameless virtues.
320line 1387LANCEThat’s as much as to say “bastard virtues,” that
line 1388indeed know not their fathers and therefore have no
line 1389names.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 113 line 1390SPEEDHere follow her vices.
line 1391LANCEClose at the heels of her virtues.
325line 1392SPEEDItem, She is not to be kissed fasting in respect of
line 1393her breath.
line 1394LANCEWell, that fault may be mended with a breakfast.
line 1395Read on.
line 1396SPEEDItem, She hath a sweet mouth.
330line 1397LANCEThat makes amends for her sour breath.
line 1398SPEEDItem, She doth talk in her sleep.
line 1399LANCEIt’s no matter for that, so she sleep not in her
line 1400talk.
line 1401SPEEDItem, She is slow in words.
335line 1402LANCEO villain, that set this down among her vices! To
line 1403be slow in words is a woman’s only virtue. I pray
line 1404thee, out with ’t, and place it for her chief virtue.
line 1405SPEEDItem, She is proud.
line 1406LANCEOut with that too; it was Eve’s legacy and
340line 1407cannot be ta’en from her.
line 1408SPEEDItem, She hath no teeth.
line 1409LANCEI care not for that neither, because I love crusts.
line 1410SPEEDItem, She is curst.
line 1411LANCEWell, the best is, she hath no teeth to bite.
345line 1412SPEEDItem, She will often praise her liquor.
line 1413LANCEIf her liquor be good, she shall; if she will not, I
line 1414will, for good things should be praised.
line 1415SPEEDItem, She is too liberal.
line 1416LANCEOf her tongue she cannot, for that’s writ down
350line 1417she is slow of; of her purse she shall not, for that I’ll
line 1418keep shut; now, of another thing she may, and that
line 1419cannot I help. Well, proceed.
line 1420SPEEDItem, She hath more hair than wit, and more
line 1421faults than hairs, and more wealth than faults.
355line 1422LANCEStop there. I’ll have her. She was mine and not
line 1423mine twice or thrice in that last article. Rehearse
line 1424that once more.
line 1425SPEEDItem, She hath more hair than wit.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 115 line 1426LANCE“More hair than wit”? It may be; I’ll prove it:
360line 1427the cover of the salt hides the salt, and therefore it is
line 1428more than the salt; the hair that covers the wit is
line 1429more than the wit, for the greater hides the less.
line 1430What’s next?
line 1431SPEEDAnd more faults than hairs.
365line 1432LANCEThat’s monstrous! O, that that were out!
line 1433SPEEDAnd more wealth than faults.
line 1434LANCEWhy, that word makes the faults gracious. Well,
line 1435I’ll have her, and if it be a match, as nothing is
line 1436impossible—
370line 1437SPEEDWhat then?
line 1438LANCEWhy, then will I tell thee that thy master stays
line 1439for thee at the North Gate.
line 1440SPEEDFor me?
line 1441LANCEFor thee? Ay, who art thou? He hath stayed for a
375line 1442better man than thee.
line 1443SPEEDAnd must I go to him?
line 1444LANCEThou must run to him, for thou hast stayed so
line 1445long that going will scarce serve the turn.
line 1446SPEEDhanding him the paper Why didst not tell me
380line 1447sooner? Pox of your love letters!He exits.
line 1448LANCENow will he be swinged for reading my letter;
line 1449an unmannerly slave, that will thrust himself into
line 1450secrets. I’ll after, to rejoice in the boy’s correction.

He exits.

Scene 2

Enter Duke and Thurio.

line 1451Sir Thurio, fear not but that she will love you
line 1452Now Valentine is banished from her sight.
line 1453Since his exile she hath despised me most,
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 117 line 1454Forsworn my company and railed at me,
5line 1455That I am desperate of obtaining her.
line 1456This weak impress of love is as a figure
line 1457Trenchèd in ice, which with an hour’s heat
line 1458Dissolves to water and doth lose his form.
line 1459A little time will melt her frozen thoughts,
10line 1460And worthless Valentine shall be forgot.

Enter Proteus.

line 1461How now, Sir Proteus? Is your countryman,
line 1462According to our proclamation, gone?
line 1463PROTEUSGone, my good lord.
line 1464My daughter takes his going grievously.
15line 1465A little time, my lord, will kill that grief.
line 1466So I believe, but Thurio thinks not so.
line 1467Proteus, the good conceit I hold of thee,
line 1468For thou hast shown some sign of good desert,
line 1469Makes me the better to confer with thee.
20line 1470Longer than I prove loyal to your Grace
line 1471Let me not live to look upon your Grace.
line 1472Thou know’st how willingly I would effect
line 1473The match between Sir Thurio and my daughter?
line 1474PROTEUSI do, my lord.
25line 1475And also, I think, thou art not ignorant
line 1476How she opposes her against my will?
line 1477She did, my lord, when Valentine was here.
line 1478Ay, and perversely she persevers so.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 119 line 1479What might we do to make the girl forget
30line 1480The love of Valentine, and love Sir Thurio?
line 1481The best way is to slander Valentine
line 1482With falsehood, cowardice, and poor descent,
line 1483Three things that women highly hold in hate.
line 1484Ay, but she’ll think that it is spoke in hate.
35line 1485Ay, if his enemy deliver it.
line 1486Therefore it must with circumstance be spoken
line 1487By one whom she esteemeth as his friend.
line 1488Then you must undertake to slander him.
line 1489And that, my lord, I shall be loath to do.
40line 1490’Tis an ill office for a gentleman,
line 1491Especially against his very friend.
line 1492Where your good word cannot advantage him,
line 1493Your slander never can endamage him;
line 1494Therefore the office is indifferent,
45line 1495Being entreated to it by your friend.
line 1496You have prevailed, my lord. If I can do it
line 1497By aught that I can speak in his dispraise,
line 1498She shall not long continue love to him.
line 1499But say this weed her love from Valentine,
50line 1500It follows not that she will love Sir Thurio.
line 1501Therefore, as you unwind her love from him,
line 1502Lest it should ravel and be good to none,
line 1503You must provide to bottom it on me,
line 1504Which must be done by praising me as much
55line 1505As you in worth dispraise Sir Valentine.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 121 DUKE
line 1506And, Proteus, we dare trust you in this kind
line 1507Because we know, on Valentine’s report,
line 1508You are already Love’s firm votary
line 1509And cannot soon revolt and change your mind.
60line 1510Upon this warrant shall you have access
line 1511Where you with Sylvia may confer at large—
line 1512For she is lumpish, heavy, melancholy,
line 1513And, for your friend’s sake, will be glad of you—
line 1514Where you may temper her by your persuasion
65line 1515To hate young Valentine and love my friend.
line 1516As much as I can do I will effect.—
line 1517But you, Sir Thurio, are not sharp enough.
line 1518You must lay lime to tangle her desires
line 1519By wailful sonnets, whose composèd rhymes
70line 1520Should be full-fraught with serviceable vows.
line 1521Ay, much is the force of heaven-bred poesy.
line 1522Say that upon the altar of her beauty
line 1523You sacrifice your tears, your sighs, your heart.
line 1524Write till your ink be dry, and with your tears
75line 1525Moist it again, and frame some feeling line
line 1526That may discover such integrity.
line 1527For Orpheus’ lute was strung with poets’ sinews,
line 1528Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones,
line 1529Make tigers tame, and huge leviathans
80line 1530Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands.
line 1531After your dire-lamenting elegies,
line 1532Visit by night your lady’s chamber window
line 1533With some sweet consort; to their instruments
line 1534Tune a deploring dump; the night’s dead silence
85line 1535Will well become such sweet complaining
line 1536grievance.
line 1537This, or else nothing, will inherit her.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 123 DUKE
line 1538This discipline shows thou hast been in love.
THURIOto Proteus
line 1539And thy advice this night I’ll put in practice.
90line 1540Therefore, sweet Proteus, my direction-giver,
line 1541Let us into the city presently
line 1542To sort some gentlemen well-skilled in music.
line 1543I have a sonnet that will serve the turn
line 1544To give the onset to thy good advice.
95line 1545DUKEAbout it, gentlemen.
line 1546We’ll wait upon your Grace till after supper
line 1547And afterward determine our proceedings.
line 1548Even now about it! I will pardon you.

They exit.


Scene 1

Enter certain Outlaws.

line 1549Fellows, stand fast. I see a passenger.
line 1550If there be ten, shrink not, but down with ’em.

Enter Valentine and Speed.

line 1551Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about you.
line 1552If not, we’ll make you sit, and rifle you.
SPEEDto Valentine
5line 1553Sir, we are undone; these are the villains
line 1554That all the travelers do fear so much.
line 1555VALENTINEMy friends—
line 1556That’s not so, sir. We are your enemies.
line 1557SECOND OUTLAWPeace. We’ll hear him.
10line 1558Ay, by my beard, will we, for he is a proper man.
line 1559Then know that I have little wealth to lose.
line 1560A man I am crossed with adversity;
line 1561My riches are these poor habiliments,
line 1562Of which, if you should here disfurnish me,
15line 1563You take the sum and substance that I have.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 129 line 1564SECOND OUTLAWWhither travel you?
line 1565VALENTINETo Verona.
line 1566FIRST OUTLAWWhence came you?
line 1567VALENTINEFrom Milan.
20line 1568THIRD OUTLAWHave you long sojourned there?
line 1569Some sixteen months, and longer might have stayed
line 1570If crooked fortune had not thwarted me.
line 1571FIRST OUTLAWWhat, were you banished thence?
line 1572VALENTINEI was.
25line 1573SECOND OUTLAWFor what offense?
line 1574For that which now torments me to rehearse;
line 1575I killed a man, whose death I much repent,
line 1576But yet I slew him manfully in fight
line 1577Without false vantage or base treachery.
30line 1578Why, ne’er repent it if it were done so;
line 1579But were you banished for so small a fault?
line 1580I was, and held me glad of such a doom.
line 1581SECOND OUTLAWHave you the tongues?
line 1582My youthful travel therein made me happy,
35line 1583Or else I often had been miserable.
line 1584By the bare scalp of Robin Hood’s fat friar,
line 1585This fellow were a king for our wild faction.
line 1586FIRST OUTLAWWe’ll have him.—Sirs, a word.

The Outlaws step aside to talk.

line 1587SPEEDMaster, be one of them. It’s an honorable kind
40line 1588of thievery.
line 1589VALENTINEPeace, villain.
line 1590Tell us this: have you anything to take to?
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 131 line 1591VALENTINENothing but my fortune.
line 1592Know then that some of us are gentlemen,
45line 1593Such as the fury of ungoverned youth
line 1594Thrust from the company of awful men.
line 1595Myself was from Verona banishèd
line 1596For practicing to steal away a lady,
line 1597An heir and near allied unto the Duke.
50line 1598And I from Mantua, for a gentleman
line 1599Who, in my mood, I stabbed unto the heart.
line 1600And I for such like petty crimes as these.
line 1601But to the purpose: for we cite our faults
line 1602That they may hold excused our lawless lives,
55line 1603And partly seeing you are beautified
line 1604With goodly shape, and by your own report
line 1605A linguist, and a man of such perfection
line 1606As we do in our quality much want—
line 1607Indeed because you are a banished man,
60line 1608Therefore, above the rest, we parley to you.
line 1609Are you content to be our general,
line 1610To make a virtue of necessity
line 1611And live as we do in this wilderness?
line 1612What sayst thou? Wilt thou be of our consort?
65line 1613Say ay, and be the captain of us all;
line 1614We’ll do thee homage and be ruled by thee,
line 1615Love thee as our commander and our king.
line 1616But if thou scorn our courtesy, thou diest.
line 1617Thou shalt not live to brag what we have offered.
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 133 VALENTINE
70line 1618I take your offer and will live with you,
line 1619Provided that you do no outrages
line 1620On silly women or poor passengers.
line 1621No, we detest such vile base practices.
line 1622Come, go with us; we’ll bring thee to our crews
75line 1623And show thee all the treasure we have got,
line 1624Which, with ourselves, all rest at thy dispose.

They exit.

Scene 2

Enter Proteus.

line 1625Already have I been false to Valentine,
line 1626And now I must be as unjust to Thurio.
line 1627Under the color of commending him,
line 1628I have access my own love to prefer.
5line 1629But Sylvia is too fair, too true, too holy
line 1630To be corrupted with my worthless gifts.
line 1631When I protest true loyalty to her,
line 1632She twits me with my falsehood to my friend;
line 1633When to her beauty I commend my vows,
10line 1634She bids me think how I have been forsworn
line 1635In breaking faith with Julia, whom I loved;
line 1636And notwithstanding all her sudden quips,
line 1637The least whereof would quell a lover’s hope,
line 1638Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love,
15line 1639The more it grows and fawneth on her still.
line 1640But here comes Thurio. Now must we to her
line 1641window
line 1642And give some evening music to her ear.
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 135

Enter Thurio and Musicians.

line 1643How now, Sir Proteus, are you crept before us?
20line 1644Ay, gentle Thurio, for you know that love
line 1645Will creep in service where it cannot go.
line 1646Ay, but I hope, sir, that you love not here.
line 1647Sir, but I do, or else I would be hence.
line 1648Who, Sylvia?
25line 1649PROTEUSAy, Sylvia, for your sake.
line 1650I thank you for your own.—Now, gentlemen,
line 1651Let’s tune, and to it lustily awhile.

Enter Host of the inn, and Julia, disguised as a page, Sebastian. They stand at a distance and talk.

line 1652HOSTNow, my young guest, methinks you’re allycholly.
line 1653I pray you, why is it?
30line 1654JULIAas Sebastian Marry, mine host, because I
line 1655cannot be merry.
line 1656HOSTCome, we’ll have you merry. I’ll bring you where
line 1657you shall hear music and see the gentleman that you
line 1658asked for.
35line 1659JULIAas Sebastian But shall I hear him speak?
line 1660HOSTAy, that you shall.
line 1661JULIAas Sebastian That will be music.
line 1662HOSTHark, hark.Music plays.
line 1663JULIAas Sebastian Is he among these?
40line 1664HOSTAy. But peace; let’s hear ’em.

Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 137


line 1665PROTEUSWho is Sylvia? What is she,
line 1666That all our swains commend her?
line 1667Holy, fair, and wise is she;
line 1668The heaven such grace did lend her
45line 1669That she might admirèd be.

line 1670Is she kind as she is fair?
line 1671For beauty lives with kindness.
line 1672Love doth to her eyes repair
line 1673To help him of his blindness;
50line 1674And, being helped, inhabits there.

line 1675Then to Sylvia let us sing,
line 1676That Sylvia is excelling;
line 1677She excels each mortal thing
line 1678Upon the dull earth dwelling.
55line 1679To her let us garlands bring.

line 1680HOSTHow now? Are you sadder than you were before?
line 1681How do you, man? The music likes you not.
line 1682JULIAas Sebastian You mistake. The musician likes me
line 1683not.
60line 1684HOSTWhy, my pretty youth?
line 1685JULIAas Sebastian He plays false, father.
line 1686HOSTHow, out of tune on the strings?
line 1687JULIAas Sebastian Not so; but yet so false that he
line 1688grieves my very heart-strings.
65line 1689HOSTYou have a quick ear.
line 1690JULIAas Sebastian Ay, I would I were deaf; it makes
line 1691me have a slow heart.
line 1692HOSTI perceive you delight not in music.
line 1693JULIAas Sebastian Not a whit when it jars so.
70line 1694HOSTHark, what fine change is in the music!
line 1695JULIAas Sebastian Ay; that change is the spite.
line 1696HOSTYou would have them always play but one
line 1697thing?
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 139 JULIAas Sebastian
line 1698I would always have one play but one thing.
75line 1699But, host, doth this Sir Proteus, that we talk on,
line 1700Often resort unto this gentlewoman?
line 1701HOSTI tell you what Lance his man told me: he loved
line 1702her out of all nick.
line 1703JULIAas Sebastian Where is Lance?
80line 1704HOSTGone to seek his dog, which tomorrow, by his
line 1705master’s command, he must carry for a present to
line 1706his lady.Music ends.
line 1707JULIAas Sebastian Peace. Stand aside. The company
line 1708parts.Host and Julia move away.
85line 1709Sir Thurio, fear not you. I will so plead
line 1710That you shall say my cunning drift excels.
line 1711Where meet we?
line 1712PROTEUSAt Saint Gregory’s well.
line 1713THURIOFarewell.

Thurio and the Musicians exit.

Enter Sylvia, above.

90line 1714Madam, good even to your Ladyship.
line 1715I thank you for your music, gentlemen.
line 1716Who is that that spake?
line 1717One, lady, if you knew his pure heart’s truth,
line 1718You would quickly learn to know him by his voice.
95line 1719SYLVIASir Proteus, as I take it.
line 1720Sir Proteus, gentle lady, and your servant.
line 1721What’s your will?
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 141 line 1722PROTEUSThat I may compass yours.
line 1723You have your wish: my will is even this,
100line 1724That presently you hie you home to bed.
line 1725Thou subtle, perjured, false, disloyal man,
line 1726Think’st thou I am so shallow, so conceitless,
line 1727To be seducèd by thy flattery,
line 1728That hast deceived so many with thy vows?
105line 1729Return, return, and make thy love amends.
line 1730For me, by this pale queen of night I swear,
line 1731I am so far from granting thy request
line 1732That I despise thee for thy wrongful suit
line 1733And by and by intend to chide myself
110line 1734Even for this time I spend in talking to thee.
line 1735I grant, sweet love, that I did love a lady,
line 1736But she is dead.
line 1737JULIAaside ’Twere false if I should speak it,
line 1738For I am sure she is not burièd.
115line 1739Say that she be; yet Valentine thy friend
line 1740Survives, to whom, thyself art witness,
line 1741I am betrothed. And art thou not ashamed
line 1742To wrong him with thy importunacy?
line 1743I likewise hear that Valentine is dead.
120line 1744And so suppose am I, for in his grave,
line 1745Assure thyself, my love is burièd.
line 1746Sweet lady, let me rake it from the earth.
line 1747Go to thy lady’s grave and call hers thence,
line 1748Or, at the least, in hers sepulcher thine.
125line 1749JULIAaside He heard not that.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 143 PROTEUS
line 1750Madam, if your heart be so obdurate,
line 1751Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love,
line 1752The picture that is hanging in your chamber;
line 1753To that I’ll speak, to that I’ll sigh and weep,
130line 1754For since the substance of your perfect self
line 1755Is else devoted, I am but a shadow;
line 1756And to your shadow will I make true love.
line 1757If ’twere a substance you would sure deceive it
line 1758And make it but a shadow, as I am.
135line 1759I am very loath to be your idol, sir;
line 1760But since your falsehood shall become you well
line 1761To worship shadows and adore false shapes,
line 1762Send to me in the morning, and I’ll send it.
line 1763And so, good rest.Sylvia exits.
140line 1764PROTEUSAs wretches have o’ernight
line 1765That wait for execution in the morn.Proteus exits.
line 1766JULIAas Sebastian Host, will you go?
line 1767HOSTBy my halidom, I was fast asleep.
line 1768JULIAas Sebastian Pray you, where lies Sir Proteus?
145line 1769HOSTMarry, at my house. Trust me, I think ’tis almost
line 1770day.
JULIAas Sebastian
line 1771Not so; but it hath been the longest night
line 1772That e’er I watched, and the most heaviest.

They exit.

Scene 3

Enter Eglamour.

line 1773This is the hour that Madam Sylvia
line 1774Entreated me to call and know her mind;
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 145 line 1775There’s some great matter she’d employ me in.
line 1776Madam, madam!

Enter Sylvia, above.

5line 1777SYLVIAWho calls?
line 1778EGLAMOURYour servant, and your friend,
line 1779One that attends your Ladyship’s command.
line 1780Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good morrow.
line 1781As many, worthy lady, to yourself.
10line 1782According to your Ladyship’s impose,
line 1783I am thus early come to know what service
line 1784It is your pleasure to command me in.
line 1785O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman—
line 1786Think not I flatter, for I swear I do not—
15line 1787Valiant, wise, remorseful, well accomplished.
line 1788Thou art not ignorant what dear good will
line 1789I bear unto the banished Valentine,
line 1790Nor how my father would enforce me marry
line 1791Vain Thurio, whom my very soul abhorred.
20line 1792Thyself hast loved, and I have heard thee say
line 1793No grief did ever come so near thy heart
line 1794As when thy lady and thy true love died,
line 1795Upon whose grave thou vow’dst pure chastity.
line 1796Sir Eglamour, I would to Valentine,
25line 1797To Mantua, where I hear he makes abode;
line 1798And for the ways are dangerous to pass,
line 1799I do desire thy worthy company,
line 1800Upon whose faith and honor I repose.
line 1801Urge not my father’s anger, Eglamour,
30line 1802But think upon my grief, a lady’s grief,
line 1803And on the justice of my flying hence
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 147 line 1804To keep me from a most unholy match,
line 1805Which heaven and fortune still rewards with plagues.
line 1806I do desire thee, even from a heart
35line 1807As full of sorrows as the sea of sands,
line 1808To bear me company and go with me;
line 1809If not, to hide what I have said to thee,
line 1810That I may venture to depart alone.
line 1811Madam, I pity much your grievances,
40line 1812Which, since I know they virtuously are placed,
line 1813I give consent to go along with you,
line 1814Recking as little what betideth me
line 1815As much I wish all good befortune you.
line 1816When will you go?
45line 1817SYLVIAThis evening coming.
line 1818Where shall I meet you?
line 1819SYLVIAAt Friar Patrick’s cell,
line 1820Where I intend holy confession.
line 1821I will not fail your Ladyship. Good morrow, gentle
50line 1822lady.
line 1823Good morrow, kind Sir Eglamour.

They exit.

Scene 4

Enter Lance, with his dog, Crab.

line 1824LANCEWhen a man’s servant shall play the cur with
line 1825him, look you, it goes hard—one that I brought up
line 1826of a puppy, one that I saved from drowning when
line 1827three or four of his blind brothers and sisters went
5line 1828to it. I have taught him even as one would say
line 1829precisely “Thus I would teach a dog.” I was sent to
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 149 line 1830deliver him as a present to Mistress Sylvia from my
line 1831master; and I came no sooner into the dining
line 1832chamber but he steps me to her trencher and steals
10line 1833her capon’s leg. O, ’tis a foul thing when a cur
line 1834cannot keep himself in all companies! I would have,
line 1835as one should say, one that takes upon him to be a
line 1836dog indeed; to be, as it were, a dog at all things. If I
line 1837had not had more wit than he, to take a fault upon
15line 1838me that he did, I think verily he had been hanged
line 1839for ’t. Sure as I live, he had suffered for ’t. You shall
line 1840judge. He thrusts me himself into the company of
line 1841three or four gentlemanlike dogs under the Duke’s
line 1842table; he had not been there—bless the mark!—a
20line 1843pissing while but all the chamber smelt him. “Out
line 1844with the dog!” says one. “What cur is that?” says
line 1845another. “Whip him out!” says the third. “Hang him
line 1846up!” says the Duke. I, having been acquainted with
line 1847the smell before, knew it was Crab, and goes me to
25line 1848the fellow that whips the dogs. “Friend,” quoth I,
line 1849“You mean to whip the dog?” “Ay, marry, do I,”
line 1850quoth he. “You do him the more wrong,” quoth I.
line 1851“’Twas I did the thing you wot of.” He makes me no
line 1852more ado but whips me out of the chamber. How
30line 1853many masters would do this for his servant? Nay,
line 1854I’ll be sworn I have sat in the stocks for puddings he
line 1855hath stolen; otherwise he had been executed. I have
line 1856stood on the pillory for geese he hath killed; otherwise
line 1857he had suffered for ’t. To Crab. Thou think’st
35line 1858not of this now. Nay, I remember the trick you
line 1859served me when I took my leave of Madam Sylvia.
line 1860Did not I bid thee still mark me, and do as I do?
line 1861When didst thou see me heave up my leg and make
line 1862water against a gentlewoman’s farthingale? Didst
40line 1863thou ever see me do such a trick?
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 151

Enter Proteus and Julia disguised as Sebastian.

line 1864Sebastian is thy name? I like thee well
line 1865And will employ thee in some service presently.
JULIAas Sebastian
line 1866In what you please. I’ll do what I can.
line 1867I hope thou wilt. To Lance. How now, you
45line 1868whoreson peasant?
line 1869Where have you been these two days loitering?
line 1870LANCEMarry, sir, I carried Mistress Sylvia the dog you
line 1871bade me.
line 1872PROTEUSAnd what says she to my little jewel?
50line 1873LANCEMarry, she says your dog was a cur, and tells
line 1874you currish thanks is good enough for such a
line 1875present.
line 1876PROTEUSBut she received my dog?
line 1877LANCENo, indeed, did she not. Here have I brought
55line 1878him back again.
line 1879PROTEUSWhat, didst thou offer her this from me?
line 1880LANCEAy, sir. The other squirrel was stolen from me
line 1881by the hangman’s boys in the market-place, and
line 1882then I offered her mine own, who is a dog as big as
60line 1883ten of yours, and therefore the gift the greater.
line 1884Go, get thee hence, and find my dog again,
line 1885Or ne’er return again into my sight.
line 1886Away, I say. Stayest thou to vex me here?

Lance exits with Crab.

line 1887A slave that still an end turns me to shame.
65line 1888Sebastian, I have entertainèd thee,
line 1889Partly that I have need of such a youth
line 1890That can with some discretion do my business—
line 1891For ’tis no trusting to yond foolish lout—
line 1892But chiefly for thy face and thy behavior,
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 153 70line 1893Which, if my augury deceive me not,
line 1894Witness good bringing-up, fortune, and truth.
line 1895Therefore, know thou, for this I entertain thee.
line 1896Go presently, and take this ring with thee;
line 1897Deliver it to Madam Sylvia.
75line 1898She loved me well delivered it to me.

He gives her a ring.

JULIAas Sebastian
line 1899It seems you loved not her, to leave her token.
line 1900She is dead belike?
line 1901PROTEUSNot so; I think she lives.
line 1902JULIAas Sebastian Alas!
80line 1903PROTEUSWhy dost thou cry “Alas”?
line 1904JULIAas Sebastian I cannot choose but pity her.
line 1905PROTEUSWherefore shouldst thou pity her?
JULIAas Sebastian
line 1906Because methinks that she loved you as well
line 1907As you do love your lady Sylvia.
85line 1908She dreams on him that has forgot her love;
line 1909You dote on her that cares not for your love.
line 1910’Tis pity love should be so contrary,
line 1911And thinking on it makes me cry “Alas.”
line 1912Well, give her that ring and therewithal
90line 1913This letter. He gives her a paper. That’s her
line 1914chamber. Tell my lady
line 1915I claim the promise for her heavenly picture.
line 1916Your message done, hie home unto my chamber,
line 1917Where thou shalt find me sad and solitary.

Proteus exits.

95line 1918How many women would do such a message?
line 1919Alas, poor Proteus, thou hast entertained
line 1920A fox to be the shepherd of thy lambs.
line 1921Alas, poor fool, why do I pity him
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 155 line 1922That with his very heart despiseth me?
100line 1923Because he loves her, he despiseth me;
line 1924Because I love him, I must pity him.
line 1925This ring I gave him when he parted from me,
line 1926To bind him to remember my good will;
line 1927And now am I, unhappy messenger,
105line 1928To plead for that which I would not obtain,
line 1929To carry that which I would have refused,
line 1930To praise his faith, which I would have dispraised.
line 1931I am my master’s true confirmèd love,
line 1932But cannot be true servant to my master
110line 1933Unless I prove false traitor to myself.
line 1934Yet will I woo for him, but yet so coldly
line 1935As—Heaven it knows!—I would not have him
line 1936speed.

Enter Sylvia.

line 1937As Sebastian. Gentlewoman, good day. I pray you be
115line 1938my mean
line 1939To bring me where to speak with Madam Sylvia.
line 1940What would you with her, if that I be she?
JULIAas Sebastian
line 1941If you be she, I do entreat your patience
line 1942To hear me speak the message I am sent on.
120line 1943SYLVIAFrom whom?
line 1944JULIAas Sebastian From my master, Sir Proteus,
line 1945madam.
line 1946SYLVIAO, he sends you for a picture?
line 1947JULIAas Sebastian Ay, madam.
125line 1948SYLVIAcalling Ursula, bring my picture there.

She is brought the picture.

line 1949Go, give your master this. Tell him from me,
line 1950One Julia, that his changing thoughts forget,
line 1951Would better fit his chamber than this shadow.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 157 line 1952JULIAas Sebastian Madam, please you peruse this
130line 1953letter.She gives Sylvia a paper.
line 1954Pardon me, madam, I have unadvised
line 1955Delivered you a paper that I should not.
line 1956This is the letter to your Ladyship.

She takes back the first paper and hands Sylvia another.

line 1957I pray thee let me look on that again.
JULIAas Sebastian
135line 1958It may not be; good madam, pardon me.
line 1959SYLVIAThere, hold.
line 1960I will not look upon your master’s lines;
line 1961I know they are stuffed with protestations
line 1962And full of new-found oaths, which he will break
140line 1963As easily as I do tear his paper.

She tears the second paper.

JULIAas Sebastian
line 1964Madam, he sends your Ladyship this ring.

She offers Sylvia a ring.

line 1965The more shame for him, that he sends it me;
line 1966For I have heard him say a thousand times
line 1967His Julia gave it him at his departure.
145line 1968Though his false finger have profaned the ring,
line 1969Mine shall not do his Julia so much wrong.
line 1970JULIAas Sebastian She thanks you.
line 1971SYLVIAWhat sayst thou?
JULIAas Sebastian
line 1972I thank you, madam, that you tender her;
150line 1973Poor gentlewoman, my master wrongs her much.
line 1974SYLVIADost thou know her?
JULIAas Sebastian
line 1975Almost as well as I do know myself.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 159 line 1976To think upon her woes, I do protest
line 1977That I have wept a hundred several times.
155line 1978Belike she thinks that Proteus hath forsook her?
JULIAas Sebastian
line 1979I think she doth, and that’s her cause of sorrow.
line 1980SYLVIAIs she not passing fair?
JULIAas Sebastian
line 1981She hath been fairer, madam, than she is;
line 1982When she did think my master loved her well,
160line 1983She, in my judgment, was as fair as you.
line 1984But since she did neglect her looking-glass
line 1985And threw her sun-expelling mask away,
line 1986The air hath starved the roses in her cheeks
line 1987And pinched the lily tincture of her face,
165line 1988That now she is become as black as I.
line 1989SYLVIAHow tall was she?
JULIAas Sebastian
line 1990About my stature; for at Pentecost,
line 1991When all our pageants of delight were played,
line 1992Our youth got me to play the woman’s part,
170line 1993And I was trimmed in Madam Julia’s gown,
line 1994Which served me as fit, by all men’s judgments,
line 1995As if the garment had been made for me;
line 1996Therefore I know she is about my height.
line 1997And at that time I made her weep agood,
175line 1998For I did play a lamentable part;
line 1999Madam, ’twas Ariadne, passioning
line 2000For Theseus’ perjury and unjust flight,
line 2001Which I so lively acted with my tears
line 2002That my poor mistress, movèd therewithal,
180line 2003Wept bitterly; and would I might be dead
line 2004If I in thought felt not her very sorrow.
line 2005She is beholding to thee, gentle youth.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 161 line 2006Alas, poor lady, desolate and left!
line 2007I weep myself to think upon thy words.
185line 2008Here, youth, there is my purse.

She gives Julia a purse.

line 2009I give thee this
line 2010For thy sweet mistress’ sake, because thou lov’st her.
line 2011Farewell.
JULIAas Sebastian
line 2012And she shall thank you for ’t if e’er you know her.

Sylvia exits.

190line 2013A virtuous gentlewoman, mild and beautiful.
line 2014I hope my master’s suit will be but cold,
line 2015Since she respects my mistress’ love so much.—
line 2016Alas, how love can trifle with itself!
line 2017Here is her picture; let me see. I think
195line 2018If I had such a tire, this face of mine
line 2019Were full as lovely as is this of hers;
line 2020And yet the painter flattered her a little,
line 2021Unless I flatter with myself too much.
line 2022Her hair is auburn; mine is perfect yellow;
200line 2023If that be all the difference in his love,
line 2024I’ll get me such a colored periwig.
line 2025Her eyes are gray as glass, and so are mine.
line 2026Ay, but her forehead’s low, and mine’s as high.
line 2027What should it be that he respects in her
205line 2028But I can make respective in myself
line 2029If this fond Love were not a blinded god?
line 2030Come, shadow, come, and take this shadow up,
line 2031For ’tis thy rival. O, thou senseless form,
line 2032Thou shalt be worshipped, kissed, loved, and
210line 2033adored;
line 2034And were there sense in his idolatry,
line 2035My substance should be statue in thy stead.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 163 line 2036I’ll use thee kindly for thy mistress’ sake,
line 2037That used me so, or else, by Jove I vow,
215line 2038I should have scratched out your unseeing eyes
line 2039To make my master out of love with thee.

She exits.


Scene 1

Enter Eglamour.

line 2040The sun begins to gild the western sky,
line 2041And now it is about the very hour
line 2042That Sylvia at Friar Patrick’s cell should meet me.
line 2043She will not fail, for lovers break not hours,
5line 2044Unless it be to come before their time,
line 2045So much they spur their expedition.

Enter Sylvia.

line 2046See where she comes.—Lady, a happy evening.
line 2047Amen, amen. Go on, good Eglamour,
line 2048Out at the postern by the abbey wall.
10line 2049I fear I am attended by some spies.
line 2050Fear not. The forest is not three leagues off;
line 2051If we recover that, we are sure enough.

They exit.

Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 169

Scene 2

Enter Thurio, Proteus, and Julia, disguised as Sebastian.

line 2052Sir Proteus, what says Sylvia to my suit?
line 2053O sir, I find her milder than she was,
line 2054And yet she takes exceptions at your person.
line 2055THURIOWhat? That my leg is too long?
5line 2056PROTEUSNo, that it is too little.
line 2057I’ll wear a boot to make it somewhat rounder.
line 2058But love will not be spurred to what it loathes.
line 2059THURIOWhat says she to my face?
line 2060PROTEUSShe says it is a fair one.
10line 2061Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is black.
line 2062But pearls are fair, and the old saying is,
line 2063Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies’ eyes.
line 2064’Tis true, such pearls as put out ladies’ eyes,
line 2065For I had rather wink than look on them.
15line 2066THURIOHow likes she my discourse?
line 2067PROTEUSIll, when you talk of war.
line 2068But well when I discourse of love and peace.
line 2069But better, indeed, when you hold your peace.
line 2070THURIOWhat says she to my valor?
20line 2071PROTEUSO, sir, she makes no doubt of that.
line 2072She needs not when she knows it cowardice.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 171 line 2073THURIOWhat says she to my birth?
line 2074PROTEUSThat you are well derived.
line 2075JULIAaside True, from a gentleman to a fool.
25line 2076THURIOConsiders she my possessions?
line 2077PROTEUSO, ay, and pities them.
line 2078THURIOWherefore?
line 2079JULIAaside That such an ass should owe them.
line 2080That they are out by lease.
30line 2081JULIAas Sebastian Here comes the Duke.

Enter Duke.

line 2082How now, Sir Proteus?—How now, Thurio?
line 2083Which of you saw Eglamour of late?
line 2084Not I.
line 2085PROTEUSNor I.
35line 2086DUKESaw you my daughter?
line 2087PROTEUSNeither.
line 2088Why, then, she’s fled unto that peasant, Valentine,
line 2089And Eglamour is in her company.
line 2090’Tis true, for Friar Lawrence met them both
40line 2091As he, in penance, wandered through the forest;
line 2092Him he knew well and guessed that it was she,
line 2093But, being masked, he was not sure of it.
line 2094Besides, she did intend confession
line 2095At Patrick’s cell this even, and there she was not.
45line 2096These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence.
line 2097Therefore I pray you stand not to discourse,
line 2098But mount you presently and meet with me
line 2099Upon the rising of the mountain foot
line 2100That leads toward Mantua, whither they are fled.
50line 2101Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me.

He exits.

Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 173 THURIO
line 2102Why, this it is to be a peevish girl
line 2103That flies her fortune when it follows her.
line 2104I’ll after, more to be revenged on Eglamour
line 2105Than for the love of reckless Sylvia.He exits.
55line 2106And I will follow, more for Sylvia’s love
line 2107Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her.

He exits.

line 2108And I will follow, more to cross that love
line 2109Than hate for Sylvia, that is gone for love.

She exits.

Scene 3

Enter Sylvia and Outlaws.

line 2110Come, come, be patient. We must bring you to our
line 2111captain.
line 2112A thousand more mischances than this one
line 2113Have learned me how to brook this patiently.
5line 2114SECOND OUTLAWCome, bring her away.
line 2115Where is the gentleman that was with her?
line 2116Being nimble-footed, he hath outrun us,
line 2117But Moyses and Valerius follow him.
line 2118Go thou with her to the west end of the wood;
10line 2119There is our captain. We’ll follow him that’s fled.
line 2120The thicket is beset; he cannot ’scape.

Second and Third Outlaws exit.

line 2121Come, I must bring you to our captain’s cave.
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 175 line 2122Fear not; he bears an honorable mind
line 2123And will not use a woman lawlessly.
15line 2124O Valentine, this I endure for thee!

They exit.

Scene 4

Enter Valentine.

line 2125How use doth breed a habit in a man!
line 2126This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods,
line 2127I better brook than flourishing peopled towns;
line 2128Here can I sit alone, unseen of any,
5line 2129And to the nightingale’s complaining notes
line 2130Tune my distresses and record my woes.
line 2131O thou that dost inhabit in my breast,
line 2132Leave not the mansion so long tenantless
line 2133Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall
10line 2134And leave no memory of what it was.
line 2135Repair me with thy presence, Sylvia;
line 2136Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain.

Shouting and sounds of fighting.

line 2137What hallowing and what stir is this today?
line 2138These are my mates, that make their wills their law,
15line 2139Have some unhappy passenger in chase.
line 2140They love me well, yet I have much to do
line 2141To keep them from uncivil outrages.
line 2142Withdraw thee, Valentine. Who’s this comes here?

He steps aside.

Enter Proteus, Sylvia, and Julia, disguised as Sebastian.

line 2143Madam, this service I have done for you—
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 177 20line 2144Though you respect not aught your servant doth—
line 2145To hazard life, and rescue you from him
line 2146That would have forced your honor and your love.
line 2147Vouchsafe me for my meed but one fair look;
line 2148A smaller boon than this I cannot beg,
25line 2149And less than this I am sure you cannot give.
line 2150How like a dream is this I see and hear!
line 2151Love, lend me patience to forbear awhile.
line 2152O miserable, unhappy that I am!
line 2153Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came,
30line 2154But by my coming, I have made you happy.
line 2155By thy approach thou mak’st me most unhappy.
line 2156And me, when he approacheth to your presence.
line 2157Had I been seizèd by a hungry lion,
line 2158I would have been a breakfast to the beast
35line 2159Rather than have false Proteus rescue me.
line 2160O heaven, be judge how I love Valentine,
line 2161Whose life’s as tender to me as my soul;
line 2162And full as much, for more there cannot be,
line 2163I do detest false perjured Proteus.
40line 2164Therefore begone; solicit me no more.
line 2165What dangerous action, stood it next to death,
line 2166Would I not undergo for one calm look!
line 2167O, ’tis the curse in love, and still approved,
line 2168When women cannot love where they’re beloved.
45line 2169When Proteus cannot love where he’s beloved.
line 2170Read over Julia’s heart, thy first best love,
line 2171For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy faith
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 179 line 2172Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths
line 2173Descended into perjury to love me.
50line 2174Thou hast no faith left now unless thou ’dst two,
line 2175And that’s far worse than none; better have none
line 2176Than plural faith, which is too much by one.
line 2177Thou counterfeit to thy true friend!
line 2178PROTEUSIn love
55line 2179Who respects friend?
line 2180SYLVIAAll men but Proteus.
line 2181Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words
line 2182Can no way change you to a milder form,
line 2183I’ll woo you like a soldier, at arms’ end,
60line 2184And love you ’gainst the nature of love—force you.

He seizes her.

line 2185O, heaven!
line 2186PROTEUSI’ll force thee yield to my desire.
line 2187Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch,
line 2188Thou friend of an ill fashion.
65line 2189PROTEUSValentine!
line 2190Thou common friend, that’s without faith or love,
line 2191For such is a friend now. Treacherous man,
line 2192Thou hast beguiled my hopes; nought but mine eye
line 2193Could have persuaded me. Now I dare not say
70line 2194I have one friend alive; thou wouldst disprove me.
line 2195Who should be trusted when one’s right hand
line 2196Is perjured to the bosom? Proteus,
line 2197I am sorry I must never trust thee more,
line 2198But count the world a stranger for thy sake.
75line 2199The private wound is deepest. O, time most
line 2200accursed,
line 2201’Mongst all foes that a friend should be the worst!
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 181 line 2202PROTEUSMy shame and guilt confounds me.
line 2203Forgive me, Valentine. If hearty sorrow
80line 2204Be a sufficient ransom for offense,
line 2205I tender ’t here. I do as truly suffer
line 2206As e’er I did commit.
line 2207VALENTINEThen I am paid,
line 2208And once again I do receive thee honest.
85line 2209Who by repentance is not satisfied
line 2210Is nor of heaven nor Earth, for these are pleased;
line 2211By penitence th’ Eternal’s wrath’s appeased.
line 2212And that my love may appear plain and free,
line 2213All that was mine in Sylvia I give thee.
90line 2214O me unhappy!She swoons.
line 2215PROTEUSLook to the boy.
line 2216VALENTINEWhy, boy!
line 2217Why, wag, how now? What’s the matter? Look up.
line 2218Speak.
95line 2219JULIAas Sebastian O, good sir, my master charged
line 2220me to deliver a ring to Madam Sylvia, which out of
line 2221my neglect was never done.
line 2222PROTEUSWhere is that ring, boy?
line 2223JULIAas Sebastian Here ’tis; this is it.

She rises, and hands him a ring.

100line 2224PROTEUSHow, let me see.
line 2225Why, this is the ring I gave to Julia.
JULIAas Sebastian
line 2226O, cry you mercy, sir, I have mistook.
line 2227This is the ring you sent to Sylvia.

She offers another ring.

line 2228But how cam’st thou by this ring? At my depart
105line 2229I gave this unto Julia.
line 2230And Julia herself did give it me,
line 2231And Julia herself hath brought it hither.

She reveals herself.

Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 183 line 2232PROTEUSHow? Julia!
line 2233Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths
110line 2234And entertained ’em deeply in her heart.
line 2235How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root!
line 2236O, Proteus, let this habit make thee blush.
line 2237Be thou ashamed that I have took upon me
line 2238Such an immodest raiment, if shame live
115line 2239In a disguise of love.
line 2240It is the lesser blot, modesty finds,
line 2241Women to change their shapes than men their minds.
line 2242“Than men their minds”? ’Tis true. O heaven, were
line 2243man
120line 2244But constant, he were perfect; that one error
line 2245Fills him with faults, makes him run through all th’
line 2246sins;
line 2247Inconstancy falls off ere it begins.
line 2248What is in Sylvia’s face but I may spy
125line 2249More fresh in Julia’s, with a constant eye?
line 2250VALENTINEto Julia and Proteus Come, come, a
line 2251hand from either.
line 2252Let me be blest to make this happy close.
line 2253’Twere pity two such friends should be long foes.

Valentine joins the hands of Julia and Proteus.

130line 2254Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish forever.
line 2255And I mine.

Enter Thurio, Duke, and Outlaws.

line 2256OUTLAWSA prize, a prize, a prize!
line 2257Forbear, forbear, I say. It is my lord the Duke.

The Outlaws release the Duke and Thurio.

line 2258Your Grace is welcome to a man disgraced,
135line 2259Banished Valentine.
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 185 DUKE
line 2260Sir Valentine?
line 2261THURIOYonder is Sylvia, and Sylvia’s mine.
line 2262Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy death;
line 2263Come not within the measure of my wrath.
140line 2264Do not name Sylvia thine; if once again,
line 2265Verona shall not hold thee. Here she stands;
line 2266Take but possession of her with a touch—
line 2267I dare thee but to breathe upon my love!
line 2268Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I.
145line 2269I hold him but a fool that will endanger
line 2270His body for a girl that loves him not.
line 2271I claim her not, and therefore she is thine.
line 2272The more degenerate and base art thou
line 2273To make such means for her as thou hast done,
150line 2274And leave her on such slight conditions.—
line 2275Now, by the honor of my ancestry,
line 2276I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine,
line 2277And think thee worthy of an empress’ love.
line 2278Know, then, I here forget all former griefs,
155line 2279Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again,
line 2280Plead a new state in thy unrivaled merit,
line 2281To which I thus subscribe: Sir Valentine,
line 2282Thou art a gentleman, and well derived;
line 2283Take thou thy Sylvia, for thou hast deserved her.
160line 2284I thank your Grace, the gift hath made me happy.
line 2285I now beseech you, for your daughter’s sake,
line 2286To grant one boon that I shall ask of you.
line 2287I grant it for thine own, whate’er it be.
line 2288These banished men, that I have kept withal,
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 187 165line 2289Are men endued with worthy qualities.
line 2290Forgive them what they have committed here,
line 2291And let them be recalled from their exile;
line 2292They are reformèd, civil, full of good,
line 2293And fit for great employment, worthy lord.
170line 2294Thou hast prevailed; I pardon them and thee.
line 2295Dispose of them as thou know’st their deserts.
line 2296Come, let us go; we will include all jars
line 2297With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity.
line 2298And as we walk along, I dare be bold
175line 2299With our discourse to make your Grace to smile.
line 2300Pointing to Julia. What think you of this page, my
line 2301lord?
line 2302I think the boy hath grace in him; he blushes.
line 2303I warrant you, my lord, more grace than boy.
180line 2304DUKEWhat mean you by that saying?
line 2305Please you, I’ll tell you as we pass along,
line 2306That you will wonder what hath fortunèd.—
line 2307Come, Proteus, ’tis your penance but to hear
line 2308The story of your loves discoverèd.
185line 2309That done, our day of marriage shall be yours,
line 2310One feast, one house, one mutual happiness.

They exit.

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