Imatges de pÓgina

Sil. I thank you for your musick, gentlemen : Who is that, that spake? Pro. One, lady, if you knew his pure heart's

You'd quickly learn to know him by his voice.

Sil. Sir Proteus, as I take it.
Pro. Sir Proteus, gentle lady, and your servant.
Sil. What is your will

? Pro.

That I may compass yours. Sil. You have your wish; my will is even this, That presently you hie you home to bed. Thou subtle, perjur'd, false, disloyal man ! Think'st thou, I am so shallow, so conceitless, To be seduced by thy flattery, That hast deceiv'd so many with thy vows ? Return, return, and make thy love amends. For me,-by this pale queen of night I swear, I am so far from granting thy request, That I despise thee for thy wrongful suit; And by and by intend to chide myself, Even for this time I spend in talking to thee.

Pro. I grant, sweet love, that I did love a lady; But she is dead. Jul.

'Twere false, if I should speak it; For, I am sure, she is not buried.

Ī Aside. Sil. Say that she be; yet Valentine, thy friend, Survivés ; to whom, thyself art witness, I am betroth'd; And art thou not asham'd To wrong him with thy importúnacy?

Pro, I likewise hear, that Valentine is dead.

Sil. And so, suppose, am I; for in his grave Assure thyself, my love is buried.

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

Sil. Go to thy lady's grave, and call her's thence; Or, at the least, in her's sepulchre thine. Jul. He heard not that.

[Aside. Pro. Madam, if your heart be so obdurate, Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love, The picture that is hanging in your chamber ;

To that I'll speak, to that I'll sigh and weep:
For, since the substance of your perfect self
Is else devoted, I am but a shadow ;
And to your shadow I will make true love.
Jul. Íf 'twere a substance, you would, sure, de-

ceive it,
And make it but a shadow, as I am.

[Aside. Sil. I am very loth to be your idol, sir ; But, since your falshood shall become you well To worship shadows, and adore false shapes, Send to me in the morning, and I'll send it: And so good rest. Pro.

As wretches have o'er-night, That wait for execution in the morn.

(Exeunt PROTEUS, and SILVIA from above. Jul. Host, will you go? Host. By my hallidom", I was fast asleep. Jul. Pray you, where lies sir Proteus ?

Host. Marry, at my house : Trust me, I think 'tis almost day.

Jul. Not so; but it hạth been the longest night That e'er I watch'd, and the most heaviest. [Exeunt.


The same.

Enter EGLAMOUR. Egl. This is the hour that madam Silvia Entreated me to call, and know her mind; There's some great matter she'd employ me in. — Madam, madam!

SILVIA appears above, at her window.

Who calls ?


4 Holy dame, blessed lady.


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Your servant, and your friend ; One that attends your ladyship's command.

Sil. Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good-mor

Egl. As many, worthy lady, to yourself.
According to your ladyship's impose,
I am thus early come, to know what service
It is your pleasure to command me in.

sil, o Eglamour, thou art a gentleman,
(Think not, I flatter, for, I swear, I do not,)
Valiant, wise, remorseful', well accomplish'd.
Thou art not ignorant, what dear good will
I bear unto the banish'd Valentine;
Nor how my father would enforce me marry
Vain Thurio, whom my very soul abhorr'd.
Thyself hast lov’d; and I have heard thee say,
No grief did ever come so near thy heart,
As when thy lady and thy true love died,
Upon whose grave thou vow'dst pure chastity.
Sir Eglamour, I would to Valentine,
To Mantua, where, I hear, he makes abode ;
And, for the ways are dangerous to pass,
I do desire thy worthy company,
Upon whose faith and honour I repose.
Urge not my father's anger, Eglamour,
But think upon my grief, a lady's grief ;
And on the justice of my Aying hence,
To keep me from a most unholy match,
Which heaven and fortune still reward with plagues.
I do desire thee, even from a heart
As full of sorrows as the sea of sands,
To bear me company,


go If not, to hide what I have said to thee, That I may venture to depart alone.

Egl. Madam, I pity much your grievances : Which since I know they virtuously are plac'd, I give consent to go along with you;

with me:

5 Injunction, command.

6 Compassionate.

Recking' as little what betideth me,
As much I wish all good befortune you.
When will you go?

This evening coming.
Egl. Where shall I meet you?

At friar Patrick's cell, Where I intend holy confession.

Egl. I will not fail your ladyship: Good-morrow, gentle lady.

Sil. Good-morrow, kind sir Eglamour. [Exeunt.


The same.

Enter LAUNCE, with his dog. When a man's servant shall play the cur with him, look you, it goes hard : one that I brought up of a puppy; one that I saved from drowning, when three or four of his blind brothers and sisters went to it! I have taught him even as one would say precisely, Thus I would teach a dog. I was sent , to deliver him, as a present to Mrs. Silvia, from my master ; and I came no sooner into the diningchamber, but he steps me to her trencher, and steals her capon's leg. O, 'tis a foul thing, when a our cannot keep himself in all companies ! I would have, as one should say, one that takes upon him to be a dog indeed, to be, as it were, a dog at all things. If I had not had more wit than he, to take a fault

upon me that he did, I think verily he had been hanged for't ; sure as I live, he had suffered for't. I have sat in the stocks for puddings he hath stolen, otherwise he had been executed : I have stood on the pillory for geese he hath killed, otherwise he had suffered for't: thou think'st not of this now! 7 Caring.

8 Restrain.

dog you

Pro. Sebastian is thy name? I like thee well,
And will employ thee in some service presently.

Jul. In what you please ; — I will do what I can.. Pro. I hope thou wilt. How now, you idle, peasant ?

[TO LAUNCE. Where have you been these two days loitering? Laun. Marry, sir, I carried mistress Silvia the

bade me. Pro. And what

she to my

little jewel ? Laun. Marry, she says, your dog was a cur ; and tells you, currish thanks is good enough for such a present.

Pro. But she received my dog ?

Laun. No, indeed, she did not : here have I brought him back again.

Pro. What, didst thou offer her this from me ?

Laun. Ay, sir ; the other squirrel was stolen from me by the hangman's boys in the market-place : and then I offered her mine own; who is a dog as big as ten of yours, and therefore the gift the greater.

Pro. Go, get thee hence, and find my dog again, Or ne'er return again into my sight. Away, I say : Stay'st thou to vex me here? A slave, that, still an end ”, turns me to shame.

[Exit LAUNCE. Sebastian, I have entertained thee, Partly, that I have need of such a youth, That can with some discretion do my business, For 'tis no trusting to yon foolish lowt; But, chiefly, for thy face, and thy behaviour; Which (if my augury deceive me not) Witness good bringing up, fortune, and truth : Therefore know thou, for this I entertain thee. Go presently, and take this ring with thee,

9 In the end.

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