Imatges de pÓgina


The Two Gentlemen of Verona.



The Advantages of Travel, &c.

Val. Ceafe to perfuade, my loving Protheus;
Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits:
Wer't not, affection chains thy tender days
To the fweet glances of thy honour'd love,
I rather would entreat thy company,

To fee the wonders of the world abroad,
Than (living dully fluggardiz'd at home)
Wear out thy youth with fhapeless idlenefs : (1)
But fince thou lov'ft, love ftill, and thrive therein;
Even as I would, when I to love begin.

Pro. Wilt thou be gone? Sweet Valentine adieu!
Think on thy Protheus, when thou, haply, feeft
Some rare note-worthy object in thy travel.
With me partaker in thy happiness,

When thou doft meet good hap; and, in thy danger,
If ever danger do environ thee,

Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers,
For I will be thy bead's-man, Valentine.


(1) With fhapeless idleness.] The expreffion is fine, as implying, that idleness prevents the giving any form or character to the manners.


The Evils of being in Love.

To be in love, where fcorn is bought with groans, Coy looks, with heart-fore fighs; one fading moment's mirth,

With twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights.
If haply won, perhaps, a hapless gain :
If loft, why then a grievous labour won ;
However, but a folly (2) bought with wit;
Or elfe a wit by folly vanquished.

Love commended and difpraised.

Pro. Yet writers fay, as in the fweetest bud The eating canker dwells; fo eating love Inhabits in the fineft wits of all..

Val. And writers fay, as the most forward bud
Is eaten by the canker, e'er it blow;
Even fo by love the young and tender wit-
Is turn'd to folly, blafting in the bud;
Lofing its verdure even in the prime,
And all the fair effects of future hopes..

Pro. He after honour hunts, I after love He leaves his friends to dignify them more: I leave myself, my friends, and all for love. Thou, Julia, thou hast metamorphos'd me;: Made me neglect my ftudies, lofe my time, War with good counsel, fet the world at nought, Made wit (3) with mufing weak, heart-fick with thought..


(2) However but a folly.]" This love will end in a foolish action, to produce which you are wrong to fpend your wit; or it will end in the lofs of your wit, which will be overpowered by the folly of love." J.

(3) Made wit, &c.] For made read make. "Thou Julia, haft made me war with good counfel, and make with weak with mufing." J.


SCENE II. Love froward and diffembling.

Maids, in modefty, fay No, to that
Which they would have the proff'rer conftrue, Ay.
Fy, fy; how wayward is this foolish love,
That, like a tefty babe, will fcratch the nurfe,
And prefently, all humbled, kifs the rod !

SCENE III. The Advantages of Travel.

Pant. He wonder'd that your lordship
Would fuffer him to spend his youth at home,
While other men of flender reputation
Put forth their fons to feek preferment out:
Some to the wars, to try their fortunes there;
Some to discover islands (4) far away;
Some to the ftudious univerfities.

For any, or for all these exercises,
He faid, that Protheus, your fon, was meet :
And did requeft me to importune you,
To let him spend his time no more at home;
Which would be great impeachment to his age
In having known no travel in his youth.

Ant. Nor need'ft thou much importune me to that
Whereon this month I have been hammering.
I have confider'd well his loss of time,
And how he cannot be a perfect man,
Not being tried, and tutor'd in the world:


(4) Some to discover islands.] In S's time, voyages for he difcovery of the islands of America were much in vogue. And we find, in the journals of the travellers of that time, that the fons of noblemen, and of others of the best families in England, went very frequently on thefe adventures. Such as the Fortescues, Collitons, Thornhills, Farmers, Pickerings, Littletons, Willoughbys, Cheers, Hawleys, Bromleys, and others. To this prevailing fashion our poet frequently alludes, and not without high commendations of it. Warburton.

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Experience is by industry atchiev'd,
And (5) perfected by the fwift courfe of time.

Love compared to an April Day.

Oh, how this fpring of love refembleth (6)
Th' uncertain glory of an April day,
Which now fhows all the beauty of the fun,
And by and by a cloud takes all away!



A comical Defcription of a Man in Love. ·

Marry, (7) by these special marks; first, you have learn'd like Sir Protheus, to wreath your arms like a malecontent; to relish a love-fong like a Robin redbreaft; to walk alone, like one that had the pefti- lence; to figh, like a fchool-boy, that had loft his A, B, C; to weep, like a young wench that had buried her grand-dam; to faft, like one that takes diet; to watch, like one that fears robbing; to speak puling, like a beggar at Hallowmas. (8) You were wont, when you laugh'd, to crow like a cock; when you walk'd, to walk like one of the lions; when you fafted, it was presently after dinner; when you look'd


(5) And, &c.] Antonio says in the next speech, that at the Emperor's court,

He will practife tilts and tournaments,
Hear fweet difcourfe, converfe with noblemen;
An I be in eye of every exercise,
Worthy his youth and nobleness of birth.-

(6) Refembleth.] The reader will obferve, that S. very often, in this kind of poetry efpecially, reads the last syllable as if it were two-refembeleth.

(7) Marry, &c.] See As you like it, Act 5. Sc. 2. and n. (8) Hallowmafs.] That is, about the feast of All Saints, when winter begins, and the life of a vagrant becomes lefs, comfortable. J.

fadly, it was for want of money; and now you are metamorphos'd with a miftrefs, that when I look on you, I can hardly think you my master.

SCENE III. Launce (9) leading a Dog.

Nay 'twill be this hour ere I have done weeping; all the kind of the Launces have this very fault; I have receiv'd my proportion, like the prodigious fon, and am going with Sir Protheus to the Imperial's court. I think Crab my dog be the fourest natur'd dog that lives my mother weeping, my father wailing, my fifter crying, our maid howling, our cat wringing her hands, and all our houfe in a great perplexity, yet did not this cruel-hearted cur fhed one tear; he is a ftone, a very pebble ftone, and has no more pity in him than a dog: a Jew would have wept to have seen our parting; why, my grandam having no eyes, look you, wept herself blind at my parting.

SCENE IV. An accomplished young Gentleman.

His years but young, but his experience old;
His head unmellow'd, but his judgment ripe;
And, in a word (for far behind his worth
Come all the praises that I now bestow)
He is compleat in feature and in mind,
With all good grace to grace a gentleman.

Contempt of Love punished.

I have done penance for contemning love; Whofe high, (10) imperious thoughts have punish'd



(9) Launce, &c.] The reader is referred to the remainder of the speech, and to Act 4. Sc. 4. for more of a similar nature.

(10) Whofe high.] For whofe I would read those. "I have contemned love, and am punished :--those high thoughts



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