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SCENE II. — Milan. Court of the palace.

Host. Hark, what fine change is in the musick!

Jul. Ay, that change is the spite.
Pro. Already have I been false to Valentine,

Host.You would have them always play but one thing? And now I must be as unjust to Thurio.

Jul. I would always have one play but one thing. But, Under the colour of commending him

host, doth this sir Proteus, that we talk on, often reI have access my own love to prefer;

sort unto this gentlewoman? But Silvia is too fair, too true, too holy,

Host. I tell you what Launce, his man, told me: he To be corrupted with my worthless gifts.

loved her out of all nick. When I protest true loyalty to her,

Jul. Where is Launce? Shetwits me with my falsehood to my friend;

Host. Gone to seek his dog; which, to-morrow, by When to her beauty I commend my vows,

his master's command, he must carry for a present to Shebids me think, how I have been forsworn

his lady. In breaking faith with Julia, whom I lov'd.

Jul. Peace! stand aside! the company parts.
And, notwithstanding all her sudden quips,

Pro. Sir Thurio, fear not you! I will so plead,
The least whereof would quell a lover's hope, That you shall say, my cunning drift excels.
Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love, Thu. Where meet we?
The more it grows, and fawneth on her still.

Pro. At saint Gregory's well.
But here comes Thurio : now must we to her window, Thu, Farewell! (Exeunt Thurio and Musicians.
And give some evening musick to her ear.

Silvia appears above, at her window.
Enter Thunio, and Musicians.

Pro. Madam, good even to your ladyship!
Thu.How now, sir Proteus? are you crept before us? Sil. I thank you for your musick, gentlemen :
Pro. Ay, gentle Thurio; for, you know, that love Who is that, that spake?
Will creep in service, where it cannot go.

Pro. One, lady, if you knew his pure heart's truth, Thu. Ay, but, I hope, sir, that you love not here. You'd quickly learn to know him by his voice. Pro.Sir, but Ido; or else I would be hence.

Sil. Sir Proteus, as I take it, Thu. Whom? Silvia?

Pro. Sir Proteus, gentle lady, and your servant. Pro. Ay, Silvia, --- for your sake.

Sil. What is your will ?
Thu. I thank you for yourown. - Now, gentlemen, Pro. That I may compass yours.
Let's tune, and to itluistily a while!

Sil. You have your wish ; my will is even this,
Enter Host, at a distance ; and Julia in boy's clothes. That presently you hie you home to bed.

Host. Now, my young guest! methinks you're ally- Thou subtle, perjur'd, false, disloyal man! cholly; I pray you, why is it?

Think'st thou I am so shallow, so conceitless, Jul. Marry, mine host, because I cannot be


To be seduced by thy flattery, Host. Come, we'll have you merry: I'll bring you That hast deceiv'd so many with thy vows ? where


shall hear musick, and see the gentleman, Return, return, and make thy love amends! that you ask'd for.

For me, – by this pale queen of night I swear, Jul. But shall I hear him speak?

I am so far from granting thy request, Host. Ay, that you shall,

That I despise thee for thy wrongful suit, Jul. That will be musick.

(Musick plays. And by and by intend to chide myself, Host. Hark! hark!

Even for this time, I spend in talking to thee. Jul. Is he among these?

Pro. I grant, sweet love, that I did love a lady; Host. Ay; but peace, let's hear'em!

But she is dead. 6ONG.

Jul. 'Twere false, if I should speak it; Whois Silvia? what is she,

For, I am sure, she is not buried.

[Aside. That all our swains commend her?

Sil.Say, that she be; yet Valentine, thy friend, Huly, fair, and wise is she;

Survives; to whom, thyself art witness,
The heavens such grace did lend her,

I am betroth'd. And art thou not asham'd
That she might admired be.

To wrong him with thy importúnacy?

Pro. I likewise hear, that Valentine is dead.
Is she kind, as she is fair?

Sil. And so, suppose, am I; for in his grave,
For beauty lives with kindness :
Love doth to her eyes repair,

Assure thyself, my love is burial.
To help him of his blindness;

Pro. Sweet lady, let me rake it from the earth!

Sil. Go to thy lady's grave, and call her's theyce; And, being help'd, inhabits there.

Or, at the least, in her's sepulchre thine ! Then to Silvia let us sing,

Jul. He heard not that.

[Aside. That Silvia is excelling;

Pro. Madam, if your heart be so obdurate,
She excels each mortal thing,

Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love,
Upon the dull earth dwelling:

The picture, that is hanging in your chamber!
To her let us garlands bring!

To that I'll speak, to that I'll sigh and weep: Host. How now? are you sadder, than you were be- For, since the substance of your perfect self fore?

Is else devoted, I am but a shadow; How do you, man? the musick likes you not. And to your shadow I will make true love. Jul. You mistake; the musician likes me not. Jul. It’twere a substance, you would, sure, deceive it, Host. Why, my pretty youth ?

And make it but a shadow, as I am.

[Aside. Jul. He plays false, father.

Sil. I am very loth to be your idol, sir; Host. How? out of tune on the strings?

But, since your falsehood shall become you well Jul. Not so; but yet so false, that he grieves my very To worship shadows, and adore false shapes, heart-strings.

Send to me in the morning, and I'll send it: Host. You have a quick ear.

And so, good rest! Jul. Ay, I would I were deaf! it makes me have a slow Pro. As wretches have o'ernight, heart.

That wait for execution in the morn. Host. I perceive, you delight not in musick.

(Exeunt Proteus ; and Silvia, from above, Jul. Not a whit, when it jars so.

Jul. Host, will you go?


Host. By my halidom, I was fast asleep.

when a cur cannot keep himself in all compauies! I Jul. Pray you, where lies sir Proteus ?

would have, as one should say, one, that takes upon him Host. Marry, at my house. Trust me I think, 'tis al- to be a dog indeed, to be, as it were, a dog at all things. If most day.

I had not had more wit than he, to take a fault upon me, Jul. Not so; but ithath been the longest night, that he did, I think verily, he had been hanged for't; That e'er I watch’d, and the most heaviest. °(Exeunt. sure as I live, he had suffered fort: you shall judge.

Hethrusts mehimself into the company of three or four SCENE III. The same.

gentlemen-like dogs, under the duke's table: he had Enter EGLAMOUR.

not been there (bless the mark) a pissing while, but all Egl. This is the hour, that madam Silvia

the chamber smelt him. Out with the dog! says one; Entreated me to call, and know her mind;

What cur is that? says another; Whip him out! says There's some great matter, she'd employ me in. the third; Hang him up! says the duke. I, having. Madam, madam!

been acquainted with the smell before, knew it was Silvia appears above, at her window. Crab; and goes me to the fellow that whips the dogs : Sil. Who calls?

Friend, quoth I, you mean to whip the dog? Ay, Egl. Your servant, and your friend;

marry do I, quoth he. You do him the more wrong, One, that attends your ladyship's command. quoth I; 'twas I did the thing you wot of. He makes

Sil. Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good-morrow! me no more ado, but whips me out of the chamber. Egl. As many, worthy lady, to yourself!

How many masters would do this for their servant ? According to your ladyship’s impose,

Nay, I'll be sworn, I have sat on the stocks for pudI am thus early come, to know, what service

ings he hath stolen, otherwise he had been executed: It is your pleasure to command mein.

I have stood on the pillory for geese he hath killed, Sil. O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman,

otherwise he had sutiered fort: thou think'st not of (Think not, I flatter, for, I swear, I do not,)

this now! - Nay, I remember the trick, you served me, Valiant, wise, remorseful, well accomplished, when I took my leave of madam Silvia; did not Ibid Thou art not ignorant, what dear good will

thee still mark me, and do as I do? When didst thon I bear unto the banish'a Valentine;

see me heave up my leg, and make water against a genNor, how my father would enforce me marry tlewoman's farthingale? didst thou ever see me do such Vain Thurio, whom my very soul abhorr’d.

atrick? Thyself hast lov'd; and I have heard thee say,

Enter Proteus and JULIA. No grief did ever come so near thy heart,

Pro. Sebastian is thy name? I like thee well, As when thy lady and thy true love died,

And will employ thee in some service presently. Upon whose grave thou vow’dst pare chastity. Jul. In what you please;- Iwill do what I can. Sir Eglamour, I would to Valentine,

Pro. I hope, thou wilt. - How now, you whoreson To Mantua, where, I hear, he makes abode;


[To Launce. And, for the ways are dangerous to pass,

Where have you been these two days loitering? I do desire thy worthy company,

Laun. Marry, sir,I carried mistress Silvia the dog, you Upon whose faith and honouri repose. Urge not my father's anger, Eglamour,

Pro. And what says she to my little jewel ? But think upon my grief, a lady's grief;

Laun. Marry, she says, your dog was a cur; and tells Andon the justice of my flying hence,

you, currish thanks ts good enough for such a present. To keep me from a most unholy match,

Pro. But she received my dog? Which heaven and fortune still reward with plagues. Laun. No, indeed, she did not : here have I brought I do desire thee, even from a heart

him back again. As full of sorrows, as the sea of sands,

Pro. What, didst thon offer her this from me? To bearme company, and go with me:

Laun. Ay, sir, the other squirrel was stolen from me If not, to hide, what I have said to thee,

by the hangman's boys in the marketplace: and then That I may venture to depart alone.

Toffered her mine own; who is a dog as big, as ten of Egl. Madam, I pity much your grievances; yours, and therefore the gift the greater. Which, since I know, they virtuously are placid, Pro. Go, get thee hence, and find my dog again, I give consent to go along with you;

Or ne'er return again into my sight! Recking as little, what betideth me,

Away, I say ! Stay'st thou to vex me here? As much I wish all good befortune you.

A slave, that, still an end, turns me to shame. When will you go?

(Exit Launce. Sil. This evening coming.

Sebastian, I have entertained thee, Egl. Where shall I meet you?

Partly, that I have need of such a youth, sil. At friar Patrick's cell,

That can with some discretion do my business, Where I intend holy confession.

For’tis no trusting to yon foolish lowt; Egl. I will not fail your ladyship.

But, chiefly, for thy face, and thy behaviour ;
Good morrow, gentle lady!

Which (if my augury deceive me not)
Sil. Good-morrow, kind sir Eglamour! Exeunt. Witness good bringing up, fortune, and truth;

Therefore know thou, for this I entertain thee.
SCENE IV.- The same.

Go presently, and take this ring with thee,
Enter Launce, with his dog.

Deliver it to madam Silvia! When a man's servant shall play the car with him, She loved me well, deliver'd it to me. look you, it goes hard :one, that I brought up of a pupry Jul. It seems, you loved her not, to leave her token: one, that I saved from drowning, when three or four of She's dead, belike. his blind brothers and sisters went to it! I have taught Pro. Not so ; I think, she lives. him-even as one would say precisely, Thus I would Jul. Alas! teach a dog. I was sent to deliver him, as a present to Pro. Why dost thou

alas? mistress Silvia, from my master; and I came no sooner Jul. I cannot choose but pity her. into the dining-chamber, but he steps me to her trench- Pro. Wherefore should'st thou pity her? er, and steals her capon's leg. 0, 'tis a foul thing, Jul. Because, methinks, that she loved you as well,


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As you do love your lady Silvia :

When she did think my master lov'd her well,
She dreams on him, that has forgot her love; She, in my judgment, was as fair, as you;
You dote on her, that cares not for your love. But since she did neglect her looking-glass,
'Tis pity, love should be so contrary;

And threw her sun-expelling mask away,
And thinking on it makes me cry, alas!

The air hath starv'd the roses in her cheeks,
Pro. Well, give her that ring, and therewithal And pinch'd the lily-tincture of her face,
This letter! – that's her chamber. – Tell my lady, That now she is become as black, as I.
I claim the promise for her heavenly picture.

Sil. How tall was she?
Your message done, hie home unto my chamber, Jul. About my stature: for, at Pentecost,
Where thou shalt find me sad and solitary.

When all our pageants of delight were play'd,

[Exit Proteus. Our youth got me to play the woman's part, Jul. How many women would do such a message ? And I was trimm'din madam Julia's gown, Alas, poor Proteus ! thou hast entertain'd

Which served me as fit, by all men's judgment, A fox, to be the shepherd of thy lambs.

Asifthe garment had been made for me: Alas, poor fool! why do I pity him

Therefore, I know she is about my height. That with his very heart despiseth me?

And, at that time, I made her weep a-good, Because he loves her, he despiseth me;

For I did play a lamentable part:
Because I love him, I must pity him.

Madam, 'twas Ariadne, passioning
This ring I gave him, when he parted from me, For Theseus' perjury, and unjust flight,
To bind him to remember my good will :

Which I so lively acted with my tears,
And now am I (unhappy messenger)

That my poor mistress, ntoved therewithal,
To plead for that, which I would not obtain ; Wept bitterly; and, would I might be dead,
To carry that, which I would have refus'd;

If I in thought felt not her very sorrow!
To praise his faith, which I would have disprais'd. Sil. She is beholden to thee, gentle youth !-
I am my master's true confirmed love,

Alas, poor lady! desolate and left!.
But cannot be true servant to my master,

I weep myself, to think upon thy words. Unless I prove false traitor to myself.

Here, youth, there is my purse; I give thee this Yet I will woo for him; but yet so coldly,

For thy sweet mistress 'sake, because thou lov'st her. As heaven, it knows, I would not have him speed. l'arewell!

(Lxit Silvia. Enter Silvia, attended.

Jul. And she shall thank you for't, if e'er you know Gentlewoman, good day! I pray you, be my mean

To bring me, where to speak with madam Silvia. A virtuous gentlewoman, mild, and beantiful!
Sil. What would you with her, if that I be she? I hope my master's suit will be but cold,
Jul. If you be she, I do entreat your patience Since she respects my mistress' love so much.
To hear me speak the message, I am sent on.

Alas, how love cau trifle with itself!
Sil. From whom?

Here is her picture. Let me see! I think, Jul. From my master, sir Proteus, madam.

If I had such a tire, this face of mine Sil. O!-he sevds you for a picture ?

Were fullas lovely, as is this of hers : Jul. Ay, madam.

And yet the painter flatter'd her a little, Sil. Ursula, bring my picture there!

Unless I fatter with myself too much.

[Picture brought. Her hair is auburn, mive is perfect yellow:
Go, give your master this ! tell him from me, If that be all the difference in his love,
One Julia, that his changing thoughts forget, I'll get me such a coloured periwig.
Would better fit his chamber, than this shadow. Her eyes are grey, as glass; and so are mine:

Jul. Madam, please you peruse this letter !- Ay, but her forehead's low, and miue's as high.
Pardon me, madam ; I have unadvis'd

What should it be, that he respects in her,
Delivered you a paper,
that I should not;

But I can make respective in myself, This is the letter to your ladyship.

If'this fond love were not a blinded god ?
Sil. I pray thec, let me look on that again!

Come, shadow, come, and take this shadow up !
Jul. It may not be; good madam, pardon me! For'tis thy rival. O thou senseless form,
Sil. There, hold !

Thou shalt be worshipp'd, kiss'd, lov’d, and ador'd; I will not look upon your master's lines:

And, were there sense in his idolatry, I know, they are stuff’d with protestations,

My substance should be statue in thy stead. And full of new-found oaths, which he will break, r'll use thee kindly for thy mistress 'sake, As easily, as I do tear his paper.

Thatus'd me so; orelse, by Jove I vow, Jul. Madam, he sends your ladyship this ring. I should have scratch'd out your unseeing eyes, Sil. The moreshame for him, that he sends it me; To make my master out of love with thee. [Erit. For, I have heard him say a thousand times, His Julia gave it him at his departure : Though his false finger hath profan'd the ring,

A CT Mine shall not do his Julia so much wrong.

SCENE I. The same. An abbey. Jul. She thanks you.

Sil. What say'st thou ?

Egl. The son begins to gild the western sky;
Jul. I thank you, madam, that you tender her: And now, it is about the very hour
Poor gentlewoman! my master wrongs her much. That Silvia, at Patrick's cell, should meet me.
Sil. Dost thou know her?

She will not fail; for lovers break not hours,
Jul. Almost as well, as I do know myself.

Unless it be to come before their time; To think upon her woes, I do protest,

So much they spur their expedition.
That I have wept an hundred several times.

Enter Silvia.
Sil. Belike, she thinks, that Proteus hath forsook her. See, where she comes · Lady, a happy evening
Jul. I think she doth, and that's her cause of sorrow. Sil. Amen, amen! go on, good Eglamour,
Sil. Is she not passing fair?

Out at the postern by the abbey-wall!
Jul. She hath been fairer, madam, than she is : I fear, I am attended by some spies.

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Egl. Fear not: the forest is not three leagues off; 20ut. Come, bring her away!
If we recover that, we are sure enough. (Exeunt. i Out. Where is the gentleman that was with her ?
SCENE II. — The same. An apartment in the Duke's 3 Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath outrun us,

But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him.
Enter THURIO, PAoteus, and Julia.

Gothou with her to the west end of the wood, Thu. Sir Proteus, what says Silvia to my suit? There is our captain : we'll follow him that's fled: Pro. O sir, I find her milder than she was ;

The thicket is beset, he cannot'scape. And yet she takes exceptions at your person.

10ut. Come, I must bring you to our captain's cave: Thů. What, that my leg is too long?

Fear not; he bears an honourable mind, Pro. No; that it is too little.

And will not use a woman lawlessly. Thu. I'll wear a boot, to make it somewhat ronnder. Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee. (Exeunt. Pro. But love will not be spurr'd to what it loaths. Thu. What says she to my face?

SCENE IV. - Another part of the forest. Pro. She says it is a fair one.

Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is black. Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man!
Pro. But pearls are fair; and the old saying is, This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods,
Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes, I better brook than flourishing peopled towns:

Jul. 'Tis true, such pearls as put out ladies' eyes; Here can I sit alone, unseen of any,
For I had rather wink than look on them. [Aside. And, to the nightingale's complaining notes,
Thu. How likes she my discourse ?

Tune my distresses, and record my woes.
Pro. Ill, when you talk of war.

O thou that dost inhabit in my breast,
Thu. But weh, when I discourse of love, and peace? Leave not the mansion so long tenantless;
Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your peace. Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall,

[Aside. And leave no memory of what it was ! Thu. What says she to


Repair me with thy presence, Silvia;
Pro, 0, sir, she makes no doubt of that.

Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain ! Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cowardice. What halloing, and what stir is this to-day?

{Aside. These are my mates, that make their wills their law, Thu. Whut says she to my birth?

Have some unhappy passenger in chase;
Pro. That you are well deriv'd.

They love me well; yet I have much to do,
Jul. True; from a gentleman to a fool. (Aside. To keep them from uncivil outrages.
Thu. Considers she my possessions ?

Withdraw thee, Valentine; who's this comes here? Pro. O, ay; and pities them.

(Steps aside. Thu, Wherefore?

Enter PROTEUS, Silvia, and Julia. Jul. That such an ass should owe them. [Aside. Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you, Pro. That they are out by lease.

(Though you respect not aught your servant doth,) Jul. Here comes the duke.

To hazard life, and rescue you from him,
Enter Duke.

That would have forc'd your honour and your love. Duke. How now, sir Proteus? how now, Thurio? Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look ; Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late ?

A smaller boon than this I cannot beg, Thu. Not I.

And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. Pro. Nor I.

Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear! Duke. Saw you my daughter?

Love, lend me patience to forbear a while. [-Aside. Pro. Neither.

Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am!
Duke. Why, then she's fled unto that peasant Valen- Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came,
And Eglamour is in her company.

tine; But,by my coming, I have made you happy. 'Tis true; for friar Laurence met them both,

Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most unhappy. As he in penance wander'd through the forest: Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your presence. Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she;

[Aside. But, being mask’d, he was not sure of it:

Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, Besides, she did intend confession

I would have been a breakfast to the beast, At Patrick's cell this even ; and there she was not: Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence. 0,heaven be judge, how I love Valentine, Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, Whose life's as tender to me as my soul; But mount you presently; and meet with me

And full as much, (for more there cannot be,) Upon the rising of the mountain-foot,

I do detest false, perjur'd Proteus : That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fled. Therefore be gone, solicit me no more! Dispatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me! [Exit. Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to death, Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl,

Would I not undergo forone calm look? That flies her fortune when it follows her:

0, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd, I'll after, more to be reveng'd on Eglamour,

When women cannot love where they're belov'd. Than for the love of reckless Silvia.

[Exit. Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's belov'd. Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love, Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, Than hate of Eglamour, that goes with her. [Exit. For whose dear sake thou did'st then rend thy faith

Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths
Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. [Exit. Descended into perjury, to love me.

Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou had'st two, SCENE III. Frontiers of Mantua. The Forest. And that's far worse than none; better have none Enter Silvia and Out-laws.

Than plural faith, which is too much by one; Out. Come, come;

Thou counterfeit to thy true friend!
Be patient, we must bring you to our captain.

Pro. In love,
Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one Who respects friends ?
Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently.

Sil. All men but Proteus.


Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words Fills him with faults, makes him run through all sins: , Can no way change yon to a milder form,

Inconstancy falls ofl, ere it begins : I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end ;

What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy And love you 'gainst the nature of love, force you. More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye? Sil. O heaven!

Val. Come, come, a hand from either : Pro. I'll force thee yield to my desire.

Let me be blest to make this happy close; Val. Ruflian, let go that rude uncivil touch; 'Twere pity two such friends should be long foes. Thou friend of an ill fashion!

Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish for ever! Pro. Valentine !

Jul. And I have mine. Val. Thou common friend, that's withont faith or Enter Out-laws, with Duke and Taurio. love;

Out. A prize, a prize, a prize! (For such is a friend now,) treacherous man!

Val. Forbear, I say; it is my lord the duke.
Thou hast beguild my hopes; nought but mine eye Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd,
Could have persuaded me. Now I dare not say

Banished Valentine.
I have one friend alive; thou would'st disprove me. Duke. Sir Valentine !
Who should be trusted now, when one's right hand Thu. Yonder is Silvia; and Silvia's mine.
Is perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus,

Val. Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy death; I am sorry I must never trust thee more,

Come not within the measure of my wrath :
But count the world a stranger for thy sake.

Do not name Silvia thine; if once again,
The private wound is deepest : 0 time, most curst! Milan shall not behold thee. Here she stands,
'Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the worst ! Take but possession of her with a touch;
Pro. My shame and guilt confounds me. —

I dare thee but to breathe upon my love: -
Forgive me, Valentine: if hearty sorrow

Thu. Sir Valentine, Icare not for her, I; Be a sufficient ransom for oflence,

I hold him but a fool, that will endanger I tender it here; I do as truly suffer,

His body for a girl, that loves him not: As e'er I did commit.

I claim her not, and therefore she is thine. Val. Then I am paid;

Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou, And once again I do receive thee honest :

To make such means for her as thou hast done,
Who by repentance is not satisfied,

And leave her on such slight conditions.
Is nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are pleas'd; Now, by the honour of my ancestry,
By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'd :- I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine,
And, that my love may appear plain and free,

And think thee worthy of an empress' love.
All that was mine in Silvia I give thee.

Know, then, I here forget all former griefs, Jul. O me, unhappy!

[Faints. Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again. Pro. Look to the boy.

Plead a new state in thy unrivall’d merit, Val. Why, boy! why, wag! how now? what is the To which Ithus subscribe, - sir Valentine, Look up; speak.

matter? Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd; Jul. O good sir, my master charg'd me

Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd her. To deliver a ring to madam Silvia ;

Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made me happy. Which, out of my neglect, was never done.

I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, Pro. Where is that ring, boy?

To grant one boon, that I shall ask of you. Jul. Here'tis; this is it.

[Gives'a ring. Duke. I grant it for thine own, whate'er it be. Pro. How! let me see:

Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept withal, Why this is the ring I gave to Julia.

Are men endued with worthy qualities; Jui. O, cry you mercy, sir, I have mistook;

Forgive them what they have committed here, This is the ring you sent to Silvia.

And let them be recall'd from their exile:

[Shows another ring. They are reformed, civil, full of good, Pro. But, how cam'st thou by this ring? at my depart, And fit for great employment, worthy lord. I gave it unto Julia.

Duke. Thou hast prevailid : I pardon them, and thee; Jul. And Julia herself did give it me;

Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. And Julia herselfhath brought it hither.

| Come, let us go; we will include all jars Pro. How! Julia !

With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity.
Jul. Behold her, that gave aim to all thy oaths, Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold
And entertain’d them deeply in her heart ;

With our discourse to make your grace to smile:
How oft hast thon with perjury cleft the root! What think you of this page, my lord?.
O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush !

Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him; he blushcș. Be thou asham’d, that I have took upon me

Val. I warrant you, my lord, more grace than boy. Such an immodest raiment; if shame live

Duke. What mean you by that saying? In a disguise of love:

Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along, It is the lesser blot, modesty finds,

That you will wonder what hath fortuned. Women to change their shapes, than men their minds. Come, Proteus ; 'tis your penance, but to hear Pro. Than men their minds ! 'tis true: 0 heaven! The story of your loves discovered :

That done, our day of marriage shall be yours ; But constant, he were perfect: that one error One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. (Exeunt.

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