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SCENE I.--A Forest, near Mantua.
Enter certain Out-laws.
1 Out. Fellows, stand fast; I see a passenger. Therefore the office is indifferent,
(ut. If there be ten, shrink not, but down
Enter VALENTINE and SPEED.
3 Out. Stand, sir, and throw us that you have But say, this word her love from Valentine, It follows not that she will love sir Thurio. If not, we'll make you sit, and rifle you.
Thu. Therefore, as you unwind her love from him, Speed, Sir, we are undone! tbese are the vilains Lest it should ravel, and be good to none,
Thet all the travellers do fear so much. You must provide to bottom it on me :
Val. My friends,Which must be done, by praising me..s much 1 Out. That's not so, sir; we are your enemies. As you in worth dispraise sir Valentine.
2 Out. Peace; we'll hear himn. Duke. And, Proteus, we dare trust you in this 3 Vut. Ag, by my beard, will we; kind;
For he's a proper man. Because we know, on Valentine's report,
Val. Then know, that I have litie wealth to You are already love's tirm votary,
lose; And cannot soou revolt and change your mind. A man I am, crossed with adversity : Upon this warrant shall you have access,
My ricbes are these poor habiliments,
You take the sum and substance that I have.
Val. From Milan.
3 Out. Have you long sojourn'd there? You must lay lime, to tangle her desires,
Val. Some sixteen months; and longer might By wailful sonnets, whose composed rhymes
Duke. Ay, much the force of heaven-bred poerr, 1 Out. What, were you banish'd thence ?
Val. I was.
hearse : That may discover sueh integrity:
I kill'd a man, whose death I much repent;
1 Out. Why ne'er repent it, if it were done so Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands. But were you banish'd for so emall a fault? After your dire lamenting elegies,
Val. I was, and held me glad of such a doom. Visit by night your lady's chamber-window, 1 Out. Have you the tongues ? With some sweet concert: to their instruments
Val. My youthful travel therein made Tune a deploring dump; the night's dead silence
happy; Will well become such sweet complaining grievance. Or else I often had been miserable. This, or else nothing, will inherit her.
3 Out. By the bare scalp of Robin Hood's fat Duke. This discipline shows thou hast been in
This fellow were a king for our wild faction. Thu. And thy advice this night I'll put in prac- 1 Out. We'll have him; sirs, a word. tice :
Master, be one of them; Therefore, sweet Proteus, my direction-giver, It is an honourable kind of thievery. Let us into the city presently
Val. Peace, villain ! To sort some gentlemen well skill'd in music ·
2 Out. Tell us this : Have you anything to take I have a sonnet that will serve the turn,
to ? To give the onset to thy good advice.
Val. Nothing, but my fortune. Duke. About it, gentlemen.
3 Out. Know then, that some of us are gentle. Pru. We'll wait upon your grace, till after
Such as the fury of ungovern'd youth And afterward determine our proceedings.
Thrust from the company of lawful men. Duke. Even now about it; I will pardon you. Myself was from Verona banish'd,
[ Exeunt. For practising to steal away a lady,
An heir, and pear allied unto the duke.
2 Out. And I from Mantua, for a gentleman, Whom, in my mood, I stabb'd unto ihe heart.
1 Out. And I, for such like petty crimes as these But to the purpose,-(for we cite our faults,
That they may bold excus'd our lawless lives,) Jul. Is he among these?
Host. Ay: but peace, let's hear 'em.
Who is Silvia ? what is she, 2 Out. Indeed, because you are a banish'd man,
That all our swains commend her ? Therefore, above the rest, we parley to you :
Holy, fair, and wise is she, Are you content to be our general ?
The heavens such grace did lend her, To make a virtue of necessity,
That she might admired be. And live, as we do, in this wilderness? 3 Out. What say'st thou ? wilt thou be of our
l; she kind, as she is fair? consort?
For beauty lives with kindness. Say, ay, and be the captain of us all :
Love doth to her eyes repair, We'll do thre bomage, and be rul'd by thee,
To help him of his blindness ; Love thee as our commander, and our king.
And, being help'd, inhabits there. 1 Out. But if thou scorn our courtesy, thou diest.
Then to Silvia let us sing, 2 Out. Thou shalt not live to brag what we bave
That Silvia is ercelling; offer'd.
She excels each mortal thing, Pal. I take your offer, and will live with you;
Upon the dull earth dwelling Provided that you do no outrages
To her let us garlands bring. On silly women, or poor passengers.
3 Out. No, we detest such vile base practices. Host. How now? are you sadder than you were Come, go with us, we'll bring thee to our crews,
before? And show thee all the treasure we have got ; How do you, man? the music likes you not. Which, with ourselves, all rest at thy dispose. Jul. You mistake; the musician likes me not.
[Freunt. Host. Why, my pretty youth ? SCENE II.-Milan. Court of the Palace.
Jul. He plays false, father.
Host. How ? out of tune on the strings ?
Jul. Not so; but yet so false that he grieves my
Host. You have a quick ear. Under tbe colour of commending him,
Jul. Ay, I would I were deaf ! it inakes me have I have access my own love to prefer;
a slow heart. But Silvia is too fair, too true, too holy,
perceive, you delight not in music. To be corrupted with my worthless gifts.
Jul. Not a wbit, when it jars so. When I protest true loyalty 10 her,
Host. Hark, what fine change is in the music ! She twits me with my falsehood to my friend : Jul. Ay; that change is the spite. When to ber beauty I commend my vows,
Host. You would have them always play but one Sbe bids me think, bow I have been forsworn thing? In breaking faith with Julia whom I lov'd :
Jul. I would always have one play but one things And, notwithstanding all her sudden quips, But, host, doth this sir Proteus, that we talk on, The least whereof would quell a lover's hope, often resort unto this gentlewoman? Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love, Host. I tell you what Launce, his man, told me, The more it grows, and fawneth on her still. he loved her out of all nick. But bere comes Thurio : now must we to her Jul. Where is Launce? window,
Host. Gone to seek his dog ; which, to-morrow, And give some evening music to her ear. by his master's commond, he must carry for a pre.
sent to bis lady. Enter THUrio and Musicians.
Jul. Peace! stand aside! the company parts. Thu. How now, sir Proteus ? are you crept be. Pro. Sir Thurio, fear not you! I will so plead, 'fore us?
That you shall say, my cunning drift excels. Pro. Ay, gentle Thurio ; for, you know, that Thů. Where meet we? love
Pro. At Saint Gregory's well. Will creep in service where it cannot go.
Thu. Farewell. [Èxeunt Thurio and Musicians, Thu. Ay, but, I hope, sir, that you love not here. Pr. Sir, but I do, or else I would be hence.
Silvia appears above, at her window. Thai Whom? Silvia ?
Pro. Madam, good even to your ladyship. Pre. Ay, Silvia,--for your sake.
Sil. I thank you for your music, gentlemen Thu. I thank you for your own. Now, gentlemen, Who is tbat, that spake ? Let's tune, and to it lustily awhile.
Pro. One, lady, if you knew his pure heart's
truth, Enter Host, ut a distance; and Julia in boy's clothes. You'd quickly learn to know him by his voice.
Host. Now, my young guest! metbinks you're Sil, Sir Proteus, as I take it. allycholly; I pray you, why is it?
Pro. Sir Proteus, gentle lady, and your servant, ul. Marry, mine host, because I cannot be merry. Sil. What is your will? ilost. Come, we'll have you merry: I'll bring
That I may compass youre For where you sball bear music, and see the gen- Sil. You have your wish; my will is even this.ileman that you ask'd for.
Toat presently you hie you bome to bed. Jul. Bat shall I hear him speak ?
Thou subtle, perjur'd, false, disloyal man ! Host. Ay, that you shall.
Tbink'st thou, I am so shallow, so conceitloss, Jul. That will be music
(Music plays. To be seduced by thy Nattery, Hart. Hark! har!!
¡That last deceiv'd so any with t p vows?
Return, return, and make thy love amends. No grief did ever come so near thy lieart,
Upon whose grave thou vow'dst pure chastity.
To Mantua, where, I hear, be makes abode ; Even for this time I spend in talking to thee. And, for the ways are dangerous to pass,
Pro. I grant, sweet love, that I did love a lady; I do desire thy worthy company, But she is dead.
Upon whose faith and honour I repose. Jul. 'Twere false, if I should speak it;
Urge not my father's anger, Eglamour, For, I am sure, she is not buried.
[Aside. But think upon my grief, a lady's grief; Sil. Say, that she be; yet Valentine, thy friend, And on the justice of my flying hence, Survives ; to whom, thyself art witness,
To keep me from a most unholy match, I am betroth'd: And art thou not asham'd
Which heaven and fortune still reward with plaguse To wrong him with thy importúnacy?
I do desire thee, even from a heart Pro. I likewise bear, that Valentine is dead. As full of sorrows as the sea of sands,
Sil. And so, suppose, am I ; for in his grave To bear me company, and go with me: Assure thyself, my love is buried.
If not, to hide what I have said to thee, Pro. Sweet lady, let me rake it from the earth. That I may venture to depart alone.
Sil. Go to thy lady's grave, and call her's thence; Egl. Madam, I pity much your grievances;. Or, at the least, in her's sepulchre thine.
Which since I know they virtuously are plac'd, Jul. He heard not tbat.
[ Aside. I give consent to go along with you; Pro. Madam, if your heart be so obdurate, Recking as little what betideth me Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my lore, As much I wish all good befortune you. The picture that is hanging in your chamber;
When will you go? To that I'll speak, to that I'll sigh and weep:
This evening coming.
At friar Patrick's cell, And to your shadow I will make true love.
Where I intend holy confession. Jul. If 'twere a substance, you would, sure, Egl. I will not fail your ladyship: deceive it,
Good-morrow, gentle lady.
Sil. I am very loth to be your idol, sir ;
SCENE IV.- The same.
Enter LAUNCE, with his dog.
When a man's servant shall play the cur with Pro.
As wretches bave o'er-right, him, look you, it goes hard : one that I brought up That wait for execution in the morn.
of a puppy; one that I saved from drowning, when [Ereunt Proteus; and Silvia, from above. three or four of bis blind brothers and sisters went Jul. Host, will you go?
to it! I have taught him--even as one would say Host. By my hallidom, I was fast asleep. precisely, Thus I would teach a dog. I was sent Jul. Pray you, where lies sir Proteus ?
to deliver bim, as a present to mistress Silvia, from Host. Marry, at my house : Trust me, I think, my master; and I came no sooner into the diningtis almost day.
chamber, but he steps me to her trencher, and Jul. Not so; but it hath been the longest night steals her capon's leg: 0, 'tis a foul thing when a That e'er I watch'd, and the most heaviest.
cur cannot keep himself in all companies! I would (Exeunt. have, as one should say, one that takes upon bim
to be a dog indeed, to be, as it were, a dog at all SCENE III.--The same.
things. If I had not had more wit than be, to take Enter EGLAMOUR.
a fault upon me that he did, I think verily he bac Egl. This is the hour that madam Silvia
been hanged for't; sure as I live he had suffered Entreated me to call, and know her mind;
for't: you shall judge. He i brusts me himself into There's some great matter she'd employ me in the company of three or four gentleman-like dogs. Madam, madam!
under the duke's table: be bad not been there
(bless the mark) a pissing while; but all the chamSilvia appears above, at her window.
ber smelt him. Out with that dog, says one; What Sil. Who calls ?
cur is that? says another; u hip him out, says a Egl.
Your servant, and your friend; third ; Hang him up, says the duke. I, having One that attends your ladyship's command. been acquainted with the smell belore, knew it was
Sil. Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good-morrow. Crab; and goes me is the fellow that whips the
Egl. As many, worthy lady, to yourself. dogs: Friend, quo: 1, you mean to whip the dog ? According to your ladyship's impose,
Ay, marry, do I, quoth be. You do him the more I am thus early come, to know what s-rvice wrong, quoth I; 'twas I did the thing you wot of. It is your pleasure to command me in.
He makes me no more ado, but whips me out of Sil. O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman,
the chamber. How many masters would do this for (Think not I flattér, for, I swear, I do not,) their servant? Nay, I'll be sworn, I have sat in Valiant, wise, remorseful, well accomplish'd. the stocks for puddings he hath stolen, otherwise Thou art not ignorant, what dear good will he had been executed : I have stood on the pillory I bear unto the banisb’a Valentine;
for geese he hath killed, otherwise he had suffered Nor how my father would enforce me marry fort: thou think'st not of this now !-Nay. I reVain lvario, whom my very soul abhorr'd. member the trick you served me, when I took mny, Thyself base loved; and J bave beard thee say, leave of madam Silvia; did not I bid thee still
mark me, and do as I do? When did'st thou see And now am I (unhappy messenger)
To praise bis faith, which I would have disprais d.
I am my master's true confirmed love;
But cannot be true servant to my master,
Jul. In what you please ;-I will do what I can. As, heaven it knows, I would not have him speed.
Enter Silvia, attended. Where have you been these two days loitering? Gentlewoman, good day! I pray you, be my mean
Laun. Marry, sir, I carried mistress Silvia the To bring me where to speak with Madam Silvia. doy you bade me.
Sil. What would you with her, if that I be she? Pro. And what says she to my little jewel ? Jul. If you be she, I do entreat your patience
Laun. Marry, she says, your dog was a cur; and To hear me speak the message I am sent on. tells you, currish thanks is good enough for such a Sil. Fronı whom ? present.
Jul. From my master, sir Proteus, madam. Pro. But she received my dog?
Sil. O!- be sends you for a picture ?
Sil. Ursula, bring my picture there.
[Picture brought. Laun. Ay, sir; the other squirrel was stolen Go, give your master this: tell him from me, from me by the hangman's boys in the market. One Julia, that his changing thoughts forget, place : and then I offered her mine own; who is a Would better fit his chamber, than this shadow. dog as big as ten of yours, and therefore the gift Jul. Ma-lam, please you peruse this letter.the greater.
Pardon me, madain ; I have unadvis'd Pro. Go, get the bence, and find my dog again, Delivered you a paper that I should not: Or ne'er return again into my sight.
This is the letter to your ladyship. Away, I say: Stay'st thou to vex me here?
Sil. I pray thee, let me look on that again. A slave, that, still an end, turns me to shame. Jul. It may not be ; good madam, pardon me.
[Exit LAUNCE. Sil. There, hold. Sebastian, I have entertained thee,
I will not look upon your master's lines : Partly, that I have need of such a youth,
I know, they are stuff'd with protestations, That can with some discretion do my business, And full of new-found oaths; which he will break, For 'tis no trusting to yon foolish lowt;
As easily as I do tear this paper. But, chiefly, for thy face, and thy behaziour; Jul. Madam, he sends your ladyship this ring. Whicb (if my augury deceive me not)
Sil. The more shame for him that he sends it me, Witness good bringing up, fortune, and truth : For, I have heard him say a thousand tiines, Therefore know thou, for this I entertain thee. Jlis Julia gave it him at his departure : Go presently, and take this ring with thee, Though his false finger hath profan'd the ring. Deliver it to madam Silvia:
Mine shall not do bis Julia so much wrong. She loved ine well, deliver'd it to me.
Jul. Sbe thanks you. Jul. It seems, you moved her not, to leave her Sil. What say'st thou? token:
Jul. I thank you, madam, that you tender her: She's dead, belike.
Poor gentlewoman! my master wrongs her much. Pro.
Not so; I think, sbe lives. Sil. Dost thou know her? Jul. Alas!
Jul. Almost as well as I do know myself : Pro. Why dost thou cry, alas!
To think upon ber woes, I do protest, Jul. I caonot choose but pity ber?
That I have wept an hundred several times. Pro. Wherefore should'st thou pity her?
Sil. Belike, she thinks that Proteus bath forsook Jul. Because, methinks, that she loved you as well
her. As you do love your lady Silvia :
Jul. I think slie doth, and that's her cause of She dreams on him, that bas forgot her love ; You dote on her, that cares not for your love. Sil. Is she not passing fair ? 'Tis pits, love should be so contrary ;
Jul. She bath been fairer, madam, than she is : And thinking on it makes me cry, alas !
When she did think my master lov'd her well. Pro. Well, give ber that ring, and therewithal She, in my judgment, was as fair as you; This letter ;-that's ber chamber.--Tell my lady, But since she did ueglect her looking-glass, 1 claim the promise for her beavenly picture. And threw her sun expelling mask away, Your message done, hie bome unto my chamber, The air bath stary'd the roses in lier cheeks, Where thou shalt find me sad and solitary. And pinch'd the lily-tincture of her face,
[Exić PROTEUS. That now she is become as black as I. Jul. How many women would do such a message ? Sil. How tall was she ? Alas, poor Proteus ! thou hast entertain'd
Jul. About my stature: for, at Pentecost, A fox, to be the sbepberd of thy lambs :
When all our pageants of delight were play'a, Alas, poor fool! why do I pity bim
Our youth got me to play the woman's part, That with his very heart despiseth me?
And I was trimm'd in madam Julia's gown; Because be loves her, be despis-th me;
Which served me es fit, by all men's judgmont, Because I love him, I must pity him.
As if the garment had been made for me : This ring I gave him, when he parted from me, Therefore, I know sh - is about my height. 10 biod him 'o remember my good will :
And, at that time, I made her weep a-good,
For I did play a lamentable part;
And yet she takes exceptions at your person. Madam, 'twas Ariadne, passioning
Thu. What, that my leg is too long? For Theseus' perjury, and unjust flight;
Pro. No; that it is too little. Which I so lively acted with my tears,
Thu, I'll wear a boot, to make it somewhat That my poor mistress, moved therewithal,
rounder. Wept bitterly; and, would I might be dead. Pro. But love will not be spurr'd to what it loaths If I in thought felt not her very sorrow!
Thu. What says she to my face? Sil. She is beholden to thee, gentie youth !- Pro. She says, it is a fair one. Alas, poor lady! desolate and left!
Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is I weep myself, to think upon thy words.
black. Here, youth, there is my purse; I give thee thiş Pro. But pearls are fair ; and the old saying is, For thy sweet mistress' sake, because thou lov'st Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes; her.
Jul. 'Tis true, such pearls as put out ladies' eyes; Farewell.
[Exit Suvis. For I had rather wink than look on them. [ Aside. Jul. And she shall thank you for'i, if e'er you Thu. How likes she my discourse ? know ber.
Pro. Ill, when you talk of war. A virtuous gentlewoman, mild, and beautiful.
Thu. But well, when I discourse of love and I hope my master's suit will be but cold,
peace ? Since she respects my mistress's love so much. Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your Alas, how love can trifle with itself!
[Aside. Here is her picture: Let me see; I think,
Thu. What says she to my valour? If I had such a tire, this face of mine
Pro. O, sir, she makes no doubt of that. Were full as lovely as is this of hers :
Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cowardice. And yet the painter flatter'd her a little,
[ Aside. Unless I fatter with myself too much.
Thu. Wbat says she to my birth? Her hair is auburn, mine is perfect yellow :
Pro. That you are well deriv’d. If that be all the difference in his love,
Jul. True ; from a gentleman to a fool. [Aside. I'll get me such a colour'd periwig.
Thu. Considers she my possessions ?
Jul. That such an ass should owe thein. [Aside. But I can make respective in myself,
Pro. That they are out by lease. If this fond love were not a blinded god ?
Jul. Here comes the duke. Come, shadow, come, and take this shadow up,
Enter Doke. For 'tis thy rival. O thou senseless form, Thou shalt be worship’d, kiss'd, lov'd, and ador'd; Duke. How now, sir Proteus? how now, Thurio ? And, were there sense in his idolatry,
Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late ? My substance should be statue in thy stead.
Thu. Not I. I'll use thee kindly for thy mistress' sake,
Nor I. That us’d me so; or else, hy Jove I vow,
Saw you my daughter ? I should bare scratch'd out your unseeing eyes,
Neither. To make my master out of love with thee. (Exit. Duke. Why, then she's filed unto that peasani
Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was sle;
But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it:
Besides, she did intend confession
At Patrick's cell this even ; and there she was not
These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence.
Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, Egl. The sun begins to gild the western sky:
But mount you presently ; and meet with me And now, it is about the very hour
Upon the rising of the mountain-foot That Silvia, at Patrick's cell, should meet me.
That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fled. She will not fail; for lovers break not hours,
Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. [Exit Unless it be to come before their time;
Thu. Why this it is to be a peerish girl,
That fits her fortune when it follows her:
I'll after; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour,
Than for the love of reckless Silvia, See where she comes : Lady, a happy evening!
[Exit. Sil. Amen amen! go on, good Eglamour !
Pro. And I will fo low, more for Silsia's love, Out at the postern by the abbey-wall;
Than hate of Eglamour tha' goes with her. [Erit. I fear, I am attended by some spies.
Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, Egl. Fear not : the forest is not three leagues off: Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. [Exit. If we recover that, we are sure enough. (Ereunt.
SCENE III.- Frontiers of Mantua. The Forest, SCENE 11.-The same. An Apartment in the
Enter SILVIA, and Out-laws.
Out. Come, come;
Be patient, we must bring you to our captain Thu Sir Proteus, what says Silvia to my suit ? Sil. A thousand more mischances than that Pro. 0, sir, I find ber milder than she wys: Have learn'd nie how to brook this patiently,