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that, when I look on you, I can hardly think you Speed. O, 'give you good even ! here's a million my master.

of manners.

[ Aside. Val. Are all these things perceived in me?

Si. Sir Valentine and servant, to you two thouSpeed. They are all perceived without you. sand. Val. Without me? they cannot.

Speed. He should give her interest, and she gives Sped. Without you ? nay, that's certain, for, it him. without you were so simple, none else would : but Val. As you enjoin'd me, I have writ your letter, you are so without these follies, that these follies are Unto the secret nameless friend of yours; within you, and shine through you like the water in Which I was much unwilling to proceed in, an urinal; that not an eye, that sees you, but is a But for my duty to your ladyship. physician to comment on your malady.

su. I thank you, gentle servant : 'tis very clerkly Val. But tell me, dost thou know my lady Silvia?

done. Speed. She, that you gaze on so, as she sits at Val. Now trust me, madam, it came hardly off" ; supper?

For, being ignorant to whom it goes, Val. Hast thou observed that ? even she I mean. I writ at random, very doubtfully. Speed. Why, sir, I know her not.

Si. Perchance you think too much of so much Val. Dost thou know her by my gazing on her,

pains ? and yet knowest her not?

Val. No, madam ; so it stead you, I will write, Speed. Is she not hard favoured, sir?

Please you command, a thousand times as much : Val. Not so fair, boy, as well favoured. Sreed. Sir, I know that well enough.

Sil. A pretty period! Well, I guess the sequel ; Val. What dost thou know?

And yet I will not name it :- and yet I care not; Speed. That she is not so fair, as (of you) well And yet take this again ; - and yet I thank you ; favoured.

Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more. Val. I mean, that her beauty is exquisite, but Speed. And yet you will; and yet another yet. her favour infinite.

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

like it? Val. How painted ? and how out of count? Si. Yes, yes; the lines are very quaintly writ:

Speed. Marry, sir, so painted, to make her fair, But since unwillingly, take them again ; that no man counts of her beauty.

Nay, take them. Pal. How esteemest thou me? I account of her Val. Madam, they are for you. beauty.

Si. Ay, ay, you writ them, sir, at my request; Speed. You never saw her since she was deformed. But I will none of them; they are for you : Val. How long hath she been deformed ? I would have had them writ more movingly. Speed. Ever since you loved her.

Val. Please you, I'll write your ladyship another. Val. I have loved her ever since I saw her; and Sil. And when it's writ, for my sake read it over : still I see her beautiful.

And if it please you, so: if not, why, so. Speed. If you love her, you cannot see her. Val. If it please me, madam! what then ? Val. Why?

Sil. Why, if it please you, take it for your labour. Speed. Because love is blind. O, that you had And so good morrow, servant. [Exit Silvia. mine eyes; or your own eyes had the lights they Speed. O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible, were wont to have, wherf you chid at sir Proteus As a nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on a for going ungartered !

steeple ! Val. What should I see then?

My master sues to her; and she hath taught her Speed. Your own present folly, and her passing

suitor, deformity: for he, being in love, could not see to He being her pupil, to become her tutor. garter his hose; and you, being in love, cannot see O excellent device! was there ever heard a better? to put on your hose.

That my master, being scribe, to himself should Val. Belike, boy, then you are in love ; for last

write the letter? morning you could not see to wipe my shoes.

Val. How now, sir ? what are you reasoning Speed. True, sir ; I was in love with my bed : I with yourself? thank you, you swinged me for my love, which Speed. Nay, I was rhyming ; 'tis you that have makes me the bolder to chide you for yours.

the reason. Val. In conclusion, I stand affected to her.

Vat. To do what ? Speed. I would you were set ; so, your affection Speed. To be a spokesman from madam Silvia. would cease.

Val. To whom? Val. Last night she enjoined me to write some Speed. To yourself: why, she wooes you by a lines to one she loves.

figure. Speed. And have you ?

Val. What figure? Val. I have.

Specd. By a letter, I should say. Speed. Are they not lamely writ?

Val. Why, she hath not writ to me? Val. No, boy, but as well as I can do them;- Speed. What needs she, when she hath made you Peace, here she comes.

write to yourself? Why, do you not perceive the jest?

Val. No, believe me.
Enter Silvia.

Speed. No believing you indeed, sir : But did Speed. O excellent motion ! O exceeding puppet! you perceive her earnest? now will he interpret to her.

Val. She gave me none, except an angry word. Val. Madam and mistress, a thousand good- Speed. Why, she hath given you a letter.

Val. That's the letter I writ to her friend.

IDOTTOWS.

For any, or for all these exercises,

Pro. May't please your lordship, 'tis a word or He said, that Proteus, your son, was meet :

two And did request me, to importune you,

Of commendation sent from Valentine, To let him spend his time no more at home, Deliver'd by a friend that came from him. Which would be great impeachment to his age, Ant. Lend me the letter ; let me see what news. In having known no travel in his youth.

Pro. There is no news, my lord; but that he writes Ant. Nor need'st thou much importune me to that How happily he lives, how well-belov’d, Whereon this month I have been hammering. And daily graced by the emperor ; I have consider'd well his loss of time;

Wishing me with him, partner of his fortune. And how he cannot be a perfect man,

Ant. And how stand you affected to his wish? Not being try'd, and tutor’d in the world :

Pro. As one relying on your lordship’s will, Experience is by industry atchiev'd,

And not depending on his friendly wish. And perfected by the swift course of time :

Ant. My will is something sorted with his wish : Then, tell me, whither were I best to send hiin? Muse not that I thus suddenly proceed ;

Pan. I think, your lordship is not ignorant, For what I will, I will, and there an end. How his companion, youthful Valentine,

I am resolv’d, that thou shalt spend some time Attends the emperor in his royal court.

With Valentinus in the emperor's court ; Ant. I know it well.

What maintenance he from his friends receives, Pan. 'Twere good, I think, your lordship sent Like exhibition shalt thou have from me. him thither :

To-morrow be in readiness to go : There shall he practise tilts and tournaments, Excuse it not, for I am peremptory. Ilear sweet discourse, converse with noblemen ; Pro. My lord, I cannot be so soon provided; And be in eye of every exercise,

Please you, deliberate a day or two. Worthy his youth and nobleness of birth.

Ant. Look, what thou want'st, shall be sent after Ant. I like thy counsel ; well hast thou advis'd :

thee : And, that thou may'st perceive how well I like it, No more of stay ; to-morrow thou must go. — The execution of it shall make known;

Come on, Panthino; you shall be employ'd Even with the speediest execution

To hasten on his expedition. I will dispatch him to the emperor's court.

(Exeunt Ant, and Pan. Pan. To-morrow, may it please you, Don Al- Pro. Thus have I shunn'd the fire, for fear of phonso,

burning; With other gentlemen of good esteem,

And drench'd me in the sea, where I am drown'd: Are journeying to salute the emperor,

I fear'd to shew my father Julia's letter, And to commend their service to his will.

Lest he should take exceptions to my love ; Ant. Good company; with them shall Proteus go: And with the vantage of mine own excuse And, in good time, - now will we break with him. Hath he excepted most against my love.

0, how this spring of love resembleth Enter PROTEUS.

The uncertain glory of an April day ; Pro. Sweet love! sweet lines ! sweet life! Which now shews all the beauty of the sun, Here is her hand, the agent of her heart ;

And by and by a cloud takes all away! Here is her oath for love, her honour's pawn : 0, that our fathers would applaud our loves,

Re-enter PANTHINO. To seal our happiness with their consents!

Pan. Sir Proteus, your father calls for you ; O heavenly Julia!

He is in haste, therefore, I pray you, go. Ant. How now? what letter are you reading Pro. Why, this it is ! my heart accords thereto ; there ?

And yet a thousand times it answers, no. (Exeunt.

ACT II.

SCENE I. – Milan. An Apartment in the Duke's

Palace.
Enter VALENTINE and SPEED.
Speed. Sir, your glove.
Val. Not mine ; my gloves are on.
Speed. Why then this may be yours, for this is

but one.
Val. Ha ! let me see: ay, give it me, it's mine:
Sweet ornament that decks a thing divine !
Ah Silvia ! Silvia !

Speed. Madam Silvia! madam Silvia !
Val. How now, sirrah ?
Speed. She is not within hearing, sir.
Val. Why, sir, who bade you call her?
Speed. Your worship, sir; or else I mistook.
Val. Well, you'll still be too forward.
Speed. And yet I was last chidden for being too

slor.

Val. Go to, sir; tell me, do you know madam

Silvia ?
Speed. She that your worship loves?
Val. Why, how know you that I am in love?

Speed. Marry, by these special marks : First, you have learned, like sir Proteus, to wreath your arms like a male-content ; to relish a love-song, like a Robin-red-breast; to walk alone, like one that had the pestilence; to sigh, like a school-boy that had lost his A. B.C; to weep, like a young wench that had buried her grandam ; to fast, like one that takes diet ; to watch, like one that fears robbing ; to speak puling, like a beggar at Hallowmas. You were wont, when you laughed, to crow like a cock ; when you walked, to waik like one of the lions ; when you fasted, it was presently after dinner; when you looked sadly, it was for want of money : and now you are metamorphosed with a mistress, And yet,

that, when I look on you, I can hardly think you Speed. O, 'give you good even ! here's a million my master.

of manners.

[ Aside. Val. Are all these things perceived in me?

Si. Sir Valentine and servant, to you two thouSpeed. They are all perceived without you. sand. Val. Without me? they cannot.

Speed. He should give her interest, and she gives Speed. Without you ? nay, that's certain, for, it him. without you were so simple, none else would : but Val. As you enjoin'd me, I have writ your letter, you are so without these follies, that these follies are Unto the secret nameless friend of yours; within you, and shine through you like the water in Which I was much unwilling to proceed in, an urinal; that not an eye, that sees you, but is a But for my duty to your ladyship. physician to comment on your malady.

Su. I thank you, gentle servant : 'tis very clerkly Pal. But tell me, dost thou know my lady Silvia ?

done. Speed. She, that you gaze on so, as she sits at Val. Now trust me, madam, it came hardly off ; supper?

For, being ignorant to whom it goes, Val. Hast thou observed that? even she I mean. I writ at random, very doubtfully. Speed. Why, sir, I know her not.

Si. Perchance you think too much of so much Pal. Dost thou know her by my gazing on her,

pains ? and yet knowest her not?

Val. No, madam ; so it stead you, I will write, Speed. Is she not hard favoured, sir ?

Please you command, a thousand times as much : Val. Not so fair, boy, as well favoured. Speed. Sir, I know that well enough.

Sil. A pretty period! Well, I guess the sequel ; Val. What dost thou know?

And yet I will not name it :- and yet I care not; Speed. That she is not so fair, as (of you) well And yet take this again ; -and yet I thank you ; favoured.

Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more. Val. I mean, that her beauty is exquisite, but Speed. And yet you will; and yet another yet. her favour infinite.

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

like it? Val. How painted ? and how out of count? Su. Yes, yes; the lines are very quaintly writ:

Speed. Marry, sir, so painted, to make her fair, But since unwillingly, take them again ; that no man counts of her beauty.

Nay, take them. Val. How esteemest thou me? I account of her Val. Madam, they are for you. beauty.

Si. Ay, ay, you writ them, sir, at my request; Speed. You never saw her since she was deformed. But I will none of them ; they are for you : Val. How long hath she been deformed ? I would have had them writ more movingly. Speed. Ever since you loved her.

Val. Please you, I'll write your ladyship another. Val. I have loved her ever since I saw her ; and Sil. And when it's writ, for my sake read it over : still I see her beautiful.

And if it please you, so: if not, why, so. Speed. If you love her, you cannot see her. Val. If it please me, madam! what then ? Val. Why?

Si. Why, if it please you, take it for your labour. Speed. Because love is blind. O, that you

had And so good morrow, servant. [Erit Silvia. mine eyes; or your own eyes had the lights they Speed. O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible, were wont to have, wherf you chid at sir Proteus As a nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on a for going ungartered !

steeple ! Val. What should I see then?

My master sues to her; and she hath taught her Speed. Your own present folly, and her passing

suitor, deformity: for he, being in love, could not see to He being her pupil, to become her tutor. garter his hose ; and you, being in love, cannot see O excellent device! was there ever heard a better? to put on your hose.

That my master, being scribe, to himself should Val. Belike, boy, then you are in love ; for last

write the letter? morning you could not see to wipe my shoes.

Val. How now, sir ? what are you reasoning Speed. True, sir ; I was in love with my bed : I with yourself? thank you, you swinged me for my love, which Speed. Nay, I was rhyming ; 'tis you that have makes me the bolder to chide

you
for
yours.

the reason. Val. In conclusion, I stand affected to her.

Val. To do what? Speed. I would you were set ; so, your affection Speed. To be a spokesman from madam Silvia. would cease.

Val. To whom ? Val. Last night she enjoined me to write some Speed. To yourself: why, she wooes you by a lines to one she loves.

figure. Speed. And have you ?

Val. What figure? Val. I have.

Speed. By a letter, I should say. Speed. Are they not lamely writ?

Val. Why, she hath not writ to me? Val. No, boy, but as well as I can do them; - Speed. What needs she, when she hath made you Peace, here she comes.

write to yourself? Why, do you not perceive the jest?

Val. No, believe me.
Enter SILVIA.

Speed. No believing you indeed, sir : But did Speed. O excellent motion ! O exceeding puppet ! you perceive her earnest? now will be interpret to her.

Val. She gave me none, except an angry word. Val. Madam and mistress, a thousand good- Speed. Why, she hath given you a letter.

Val. That's the letter I writ to her friend.

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Specd. And that letter hath she deliver'd, and shoe is my father ; — no, no, this left shoe is my there an end.

mother; — nay, that cannot be so neither : Val. I would, it were no worse.

is so, it is so; it hath the worser sole; This shoe, Speed. I'll warrant you, 'tis as well :

with the hole in it, is my mother, and this my

father; A vengence on't! there 'tis : now, sir, this For often you have writ to her; and she, in modesty,

staff is my sister; for, look you, she is as white as Or else for uant of idle time, could not again reply;

a lily, and as small as a wand : this hat is Nan, our Or fearing else some messenger, that might her mind maid; I am the dog : -no the dog is himself, and discover,

I am the dog, - 0, the dog is me, and I am myHerself hath laught her love himself to wrile unto her

self; ay, so, so. Now come I to my father; Falover.

ther, your blessing; now should not the shoe speak All this I speak in print, for in print I found it. a word for weeping; now should I kiss my father ; Why muse you, sir ? 'tis dinner time.

well, he weeps on : — now come I to my mother, Val. I have dined.

(O, that she could speak now !) like a wood woman; Speed. Ay, but hearken, sir ; though the came- - well, I kiss her ; — why, there 'tis ; here's my leon Love can feed on the air, I am one that am mother's breath up and down; now come I to my nourished by my victuals, and would fain have sister; mark the moan she makes : now the dog all meat; 0, be not like your mistress; be moved, be this while sheds not a tear, nor speaks a word ; but moved.

(Ereunt. see how I lay the dust with my tears. SCENE II. - Verona. A Room in Julia's

Enter PANTHINO.
Hvuse.

Pan. Launce, away, away, aboard ; thy master

is shipped, and thou art to post after with oars. Enter PROTEUS and JULIA.

What's the matter? why weep'st thou, man? Pro. Have patience, gentle Julia.

Away, ass ; you will lose the tide, if you tarry any Jul. I must, where is no remedy.

longer. Pro. When possibly I can, I will return.

Laun. It is no matter if the ty'd were lost; for it
Jul. If you turn not, you will return the sooner : is the unkindest ty'd that ever man ty’d.
Keep this remembrance for thy Julia's sake.

Pan. What's the unkindest tide ?

[Giving a ring. Laun. Why, he that's ty’d here; Crab, my dog. Pro. Why then we'll make exchange; here, take Pan. Tut, man, I mean thou'lt lose the flood :

and, in losing the flood, lose thy voyage; and, in Jul. And seal the bargain with a holy kiss. losing thy voyage, lose thy master, and, in losing

Pro. Here is my hand for my true constancy; thy master, lose thy service; and, in losing thy ser-
And when that hour o'er-slips me in the day, vice, - Why dost thou stop my mouth?
Wherein I sigh not, Julia, for thy sake,

Laun. For fear thou should'st lose thy tongue.
The next ensuing hour some foul mischance

Pan. Where should I lose my tongue ? Torment me for my love's forgetfulness !

Laun. In thy tale. My father stays my coming; answer not ;

Pan. In thy tail ? The tide is now : nay, not thy tide of tears ;

Laun. Lose the tide, and the voyage, and the That tide will stay me longer than I should : master, and the service ? The tide! Why, man,

[Exit Julia.

if the river were dry, I am able to fill it with my Julia, farewell. What! gone without a word ? tears; if the wind were down, I could drive the Ay, so true love should do : it cannot speak; boat with my sighs. For truth hath better deeds, than words, to grace Pan. Come, come away, man; I was sent to it.

call thee. Enter PANTHINO.

Laun. Sir, call me what thou darest.

Pan. Wilt thou go? Pan. Sir Proteus, you are staid for.

Laun. Well, I will go.

| Ereunt. Pro. Go; I come, I come: Alas! this parting strikes poor lovers dumb.

SCENE IV. — Milan. [Exeunt.

An Apartment in the

Duke's Palace.
SCENE III. The same. A Street.

Enter VALENTINE, Silvia, THurio, and SPEED.
Enter Launce, leading a Dog.

Sil. Servant
Laun. Nay, 'twill be this hour ere I have done Val. Mistress?
weeping; all the kind of the Launces have this Speed. Master, sir Thurio frowns on you.
very fault: I have received my proportion, like the Val. Ay, boy, it's for love.
prodigious son, and am going with sir Proteus to Speed. Not of

you. the Imperial's court. I think, Crab my dog be the Val. Of my mistress then. sourest-natured dog that lives: my mother weeping, Speed. 'Twere good, you knocked him. my father wailing, my sister crying, our maid howl- Sil. Servant, you are sad. ing, our cat wringing her hands, and all our house Val. Indeed, madam, I seem so. in a great perplexity, yet did not this cruel-hearted Thu. Seem you that you are not ? cur shed one tear; he is a stone, a very pebble-stone, Val. Haply I do. and has no more pity in him than a dog: a Jew Thu. So do counterfeits. . would have wept to have seen our parting; why, Val. So do you. my grandam having no eyes, look you, wept her- Thu. What seem I, that I am not ? self blind at my parting. Nay, I'll show you the Val. Wise. manner of it: This shoe is ir y father;- no, this lef Thu. What instance of the contmry?

seech you,

my father,

Val. Your folly.

Duke. Welcome him then according to his worth; Thu. And how quote you my folly?

Silvia, I speak to you: and you, sir Thurio : Val. I quote it in your jerkin.

For Valentine, I need not 'cite him to it : Thu. My jerkin is a doublet.

I'll send him hither to you presently. [Erit Duke. Val. Well, then, I'll double your folly.

Val. This is the gentleman, I told your ladyship, Thu. How ?

Had come along with me, but that his mistress Sl. What, angry, sir Thurio? do you change Did hold his eyes lock'd in her crystal looks. colour?

Si. Belike, that now she hath enfranchis'd them Val. Give him leave, madam; he is a kind of Upon some other pawn for fealty. cameleon.

Val. Nay, sure, I think she holds them prisoners Thu. That hath more mind to feed on your blood,

still. than live in your air.

Si. Nay, then he should be blind; and, being Val. You have said, sir.

blind, Thu. Ay, sir, and done too, for this time. How could he see his way to seek out you?

Val. I know it well, sir; you always end cre Val. Why, lady, love hath twenty pair of eyes. you begin.

Thu. They say, that love hath not an eye at all. Sl. A fine volley of words, gentlemen, and Val. To see such lovers, Thurio, as yourself; quickly shot off.

Upon a homely object love can wink. Val. "Tis indeed, madam ; we thank the giver.

Enter PROTEUS. Sil. Who is that, servant ?

Val. Yourself, sweet lady; for you gave the fire: Su. Have done, have done; here comes the gensir Thurio borrows his wit from your ladyship's

tleman. looks, and spends what he borrows, kindly in your Val. Welcome, dear Proteus! - Mistress, I becompany.

Thu. Sir, if you spend word for word with me, I Confirm his welcome with some special favour. shall make your wit bankrupt.

Sil. His worth is warrant for his welcome hither, Val. I know it well, sir: you have an exchequer If this be he you oft have wish'd to hear from. of words, and, I think, no other treasure to give Val. Mistress, it is : sweet lady, entertain him your followers; for it appears by their bare liveries, | To be my fellow-servant to your ladyship. that they live by your bare words.

. Too low a mistress for so high a servant. Sil. No more, gentlemen, no more; here comes Pro. Not so, sweet lady ; but too mean a servant

To have a look of such a worthy mistress.

Val. Leave off discourse of disability :
Enter DUKE.

Sweet lady, entertain him for your servant. Duke. Now, daughter Silvia, you are hard beset. Pro. My duty will I boast of, nothing else. Sir Valentine, your father's in good health :

Sil. And duty never yet did want his ineed; What say you to a letter from your friends

Servant, you are welcome to a worthless mistress. Of much good news?

Pro. I'll die on him that says so, but yourself. Val.

My lord, I will be thankful Sil. That you are welcome? To any happy messenger from thence.

Pro.

No; that you are worthless, Duke. Know you Don Antonio, your countryman?

Enter Servant. Val. Ay, my good lord, I know the gentleman Ser. Madam, my lord your father would speak To be of worth, and worthy estimation, And not without desert so well reputed.

Sil. I'll wait upon his pleasure. [Exit Servant. Duke. Hath he not a son ?

Come, sir Thurio, Val. Ay, my good lord; a son, that well deserves Go with me:- Once more, new servant, welcome: The honour and regard of such a father.

I'll leave you to confer of home affairs ; Duke. You know him well ?

When you have done, we look to hear from you. Val. I knew him, as myself; for from our infancy

Pro. We'll both attend upon your ladyship. We have convers’d, and spent our hours together :

(Ereunt Silvia, Thurio, and SPEED. And though myself have been an idle truant,

Val. Now, tell me, how do all from whence you Omitting the sweet benefit of time,

came? To clothe mine age with angel-like perfection; Pro. Your friends are well, and have them much Yet hath sir Proteus, for that's his name,

commended. Made use and fair advantage of his days;

Val. And how do yours? His years but young, but his experience old;

Pro.

I left them all in health. His head unmellow'd, but his judgement ripe; Val. How does your lady ? and how thrives your And, in a word, (for far behind his worth

love? Come all the praises that I now bestow,)

Pro. My tales of love were wont to weary you ; He is complete in feature, and in mind,

I know, you joy not in a love-discourse. With all good grace to grace a gentleman.

Val. Ay, Proteus, but that life is alter'd now : Duke. Beshrew me, sir, but, if he make this good, I have done penance for contemning love ; He is as worthy for an empress' love,

Whose high imperious thoughts have punish'd me As meet to be an emperor's counsellor.

With bitter fasts, with penitential groans, Well, sir; this gentleman is come to me,

With nightly tears, and daily heart-sore sighs; With commendation from great potentates; For, in revenge of my contempt of love, And here he means to spend his time a-while: Love hath chac'd sleep from my enthralled eyes, I think, 'tis no unwelcome news to you.

And made them watchers of mine own heart's sorrow. Val. Should I have wish'd a thing, it had been he. I o, gentle Proteus, love's a mighty lord,

with you.

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