Imatges de pÓgina

And kept severely from resort of men,
That no man hath access by day to her.

Val. Why then I would resort to her by night. ;
Duke. Ay, but the doors be lock'd, and keys kept

safe, That no man hath recourse to her by night. Val. What lets, but one may enter at her.

window ? Duke. Her chamber is aloft, far from the ground; And built so shelving that one cannot climb it Without apparent hazard of his life.

Val. Why then, a ladder, quaintly made of cords, To cast up with a pair of anchoring hooks, Would serve to scale another Hero's tower, So bold Leander would adventure it.

Duke. Now, as thou art a gentleman of blood, Advise me where I may have such a ladder. Val. When would you use it? pray, sir, tell me

that. Duke. This very night; for love is like a child, That longs for every thing that he can come by.

Val. By seven o'clock I'll get you such a ladder.

Duke. But, hark thee; I will go to her alone; How shall I best convey the ladder thither? Val. It will be light, my lord, that you may bear

it Under a cloak, that is of any length.. Duke. A cloak as long as thine will serve the

turn ?
Val. Ay, my good lord.

Then let me see thy cloak; I'll get me one of such another length.

Val. Why, any cloak will serve the turn, my lord.

Duke. How shall I fashion me to wear a cloak? I pray thee, let me feel thy cloak upon me, Whať letter is this same? What's here? To Silvia.' And here an engine fit for my proceeding ! I'll be so bold to break the seal for once. (reads.


My thoughts do harbour with my Silvia nightly;

"And slaves they are to me, that send them flying : 0, could their master come and go as lightly,

Himself would lodge, where senseless they are lying. My herald thoughts in thy pure bosom rest them ;

While I, their king, that thither them importune, Do curse the

grace that with such grace hath bless'd

Because myself do want my servant's fortune :
I curse myself, for they are sent by me,
That they should harbour where their lord should be.
What's here?
Silvia, this night I will enfranchise thee :

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'Tis so; and here's the ladder for the purpose.
Why, Phaëton, (for thou art Merops' son)
Wilt thou aspire to guide the heavenly car,
And with thy daring folly burn the world?
Wilt thou reach stars, because they shine on thee?
Go, base intruder ! over-weening slave!
Bestow thy fawning smiles on equal mates ;
And think, my patience, more than thy desert,
Is privilege for thy departure hence :
Thank me for this, more than for all the favours,
Which, all too much, I have bestow'd on thee..
But if thou linger in my territories,
Longer than swiftest expedition
Will give thee time to leave our royal court,
By heaven, my wrath shall far exceed the love
I ever bore my daughter, or thyself.

I will not hear thy vain excuse,
But, as thou lov'st thy life, make speed from hence.

[Exit Duke. Val. And why not death, rather than living tor

'ment ?
To die, is to be banish'd from myself;
And Silvia is.myself: banish'd from her,
Is self

from self; a deadly banishment ! What light is light, if Silvia be not seen ?

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What joy is joy, if Silvia be not by ?
Unless it be to think that she is by,
And feed upon the shadow of perfection.
Except I be by Silvia in the night,
There is no musick in the nightingale;
Unless I look on Silvia in the day,
There is no day for me to look upon:
She is my essence; and I leave to be,
If I be not by her fair influence
Foster'd, illumin'd, cherish’d, kept alive.
I fly not death, to fly his deadly doom :
Tarry I here, I but attend on death;
But, fly I hence, I fly away from life.

Pro. Run, boy, run, run, and seek him out.
Laun. So-ho! so-ho!
Pro. What seest thou ?

Laun. Him we go to find : there's not a hair on's head, but 'tis a Valentine.

Pro. Valentine ?
Val. No.
Pro. Who then ? his spirit?
Val. Neither.
Pro. What then ?
Val. Nothing.
Laun. Can nothing speak? master, shall I strike ?
Pro. Whom would'st thou strike ?
Laun. Nothing
Pro. Villain, forbear.
Laun. Why, sir, I'll strike nothing: I pray you,
Pro. Sirrah, I say, forbear : Friend Valentine, a

Val. My ears are stopp'd, and cannot hear good

news, So much of bad already hath possess'd them.

Pro. Then in dumb silence will I bury mine, For they are harsh, untunable, and bad.

Val. Is Silvia dead? Pro. No, Valentine.

Val. No Valentine, indeed, for sacred Silvia ! Hath she forsworn me?

Pro. No, Valentine.

Val. No Valentine, if Silvia have forsworn me! What is your news ?

Laun. Sir, there's a proclamation that you are vanish'd.

Pro. That thou art banish'd, O, that's the news; From hence, from Silvia, and from me thy friend.

Val. O, I have fed upon this woe already, And now excess of it will make me surfeit. Doth Silvia know that I am banished ?

Pro. Ay, ay; and she hath offer'd to the doom, (Which, unrevers'd, stands in effectual force,) A sea of melting pearl, which some call tears : Those at her father's churlish feet she tender'd ; With them, upon her knees, her humble self; Wringing her hands, whose whiteness so became

As if but now they waxed pale for woe:
But neither bended knees, pure hands held up,
Sad sighs, deep groans, nor silver-shedding tears,
Could penetrate her uncompassionate sire;
But Valentine, if he be ta’en, must die.
Besides, her intercession chaf'd him so,
When she for thy repeal was suppliant,
That to close prison he commanded her,
With many bitter threats of 'biding there.
Val. No more; unless the next word that thou

Have some malignant power upon my life:
If pray thee, breathe it in mine ear,
As ending anthem of my endless dolour.

Pro. Čease to lament for that thou canst not help,
And study help for that which thou lament’st.
Time is the nurse and breeder of all good.

So, I

Here if thou stay, thou canst not see thy love;
Besides, thy staying will abridge thy life.
Hope is a lover's staff; walk hence with that,
And manage it against despairing thoughts.
Thy letters may be here, though thou art hence;
Which, being wnit to me, shall be deliver'd
Even in the milk-white bosom of thy love.
The time now serves not to expostulate :
Come, I'll convey thee through the city gate;
And, ere I part with thee, confer at large
Of all that may concern thy love-affairs :
As thou lov'st Silvia, though not for thyself,
Regard thy danger, and along with me.
Val. I pray thee, Launce, an if thou seest my

boy, Bid him make haste, and meet me at the north-gate. · Pro. Go, sirrah, find him out. Come, Valentine. Val. O my dear Silvia ! hapless Valentine !

[Exeunt VALENTINE and PROTEUS. Laun. I am but a fool, look



I have the wit to think, my master is a kind of a knave: but that's all one, if he be but one knave. He lives not now, that knows me to be in love: yet I am in love ; but a team of horse shall not pluck that from me; nor who 'tis I love, and yet 'tis a woman; but what woman, I will not tell myself.

Enter SPEED.

Speed. How now, signior Launce ? what news with your mastership?

Laun. With my master's ship? why, it is at sea.

Speed. Well, your old vice still; mistake the word: What news then in your paper ?

Laun. The blackest news that ever thou heard'st.
Speed. Why, man, how black?
Laun. Why, as black as ink.
Speed. Let me read them.

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