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Love hath chac'd Neep from my enthralled eyes,
Pro. Enough: I read your fortune in your eye :
Val. Even she: and is she not a heavenly saint?..
Pro. When I was sick, you gave me bitter pills; And I must minister the like to you,
Val. Then speak the truth by her; if not divine, Yet let her be 6 a principality, Sovereign to all the creatures on the earth,
Pro. Except ny mistress.
l'al. Sweet, except not any; Except thou wilt except against my love.
Pro. Have I not reason to prefer mine own?
l'al. And I will help thee to prefer her too: She shall be dignified with this high honour, To bear my lady's train; left the base earth Should from her vesture chance to steal a kiss; And, of so great a favour growing proud,
S n owoe to bis correction ;] No misery that can be come pared to the punishment inflicted by lave. Herbert called for The prayers of the liturgy a little before his death, saying, None to them, none to bem. JOHNSON.
- a principality,] The first or principal of women. So the old writers use state. She is a lady, a great state. Latymer. This look is called in states warlie, in others oiberwise. Sir T. More. JOHNSON.
Disdain to root the 7 summer-swe!ling flower ;
Pro. Why, Valentine, what braggardism is this?
Val. Pardon me, Protheus : all I can, is nothing To her, whose worth makes other worthies nothing; & She is alone.
Pro. Then let her alone.
now s Pro. But the loves you ?
jealousy. Val. Ay, and we are betroth'd ; nay, more, our
Pro. Go on before ; I shall enquire you forth.
Val. Will you make hafte?
[Exit l’al. Even as one heat another heat expels,
i- summer-swelling flower ;] I cannot help suspecting that the poet wrote summer-smelling. An m reversed might occasion the mistake. STEEVENS.
8 She is alone.) She stands by herself. There is none to be compared to her. JOHNSON.
Or as one nail by strength drives out another;
Is it mine then, or Valentino's pruise,] Here Protheus questions with himself, whether it is his own praise, or Valen. tine's, that makes him fall in love with Valentine's miftrefs. But not to infift on the absurdity of falling in love through his own praises, he had not indeed praised her any farther than giving his opinion of her in three words, when his friend aked it of him. In all the old editions we find the line printed thus :
Is it mine, or Valentino's praise? ;
Is it mine eye, or Valentino's praise ? Protheus had jaft seen Valentine's mistress, whom her lover had been lavishly praising. His encomiums therefore heightening Protheus's idea of her at the interview, it was the less wonder he should be uncertain which had made the strongest impression, Valentine's praises, or his own view of her.
WARBURTON. ' with more advice,] With more prudence, with more discretion. JOHNSON."
2 'Tis but her picture ) This is evidently a flip of attention, for he had Teen her in the last scene, and in high 'terms offered her his service." JOHNSON,
I believe Protheus means, that, as yet, he had seen only her outward form, without having known her long enough to have any acquaintance with her mind. STEEVÉNS.
There is no reason, but I shall be blind.
SC E N E V,
Enter Speed and Launce. Speed. Launce ! by mine honesty, welcome to 3 Milan.
Laun. Forswear not thyself, sweet youth; for I am not welcome : I reckon this always, that a man is never undone, 'till he be hang'd; nor never welcome to a place, 'till some certain shot be paid, and the hostess say, welcome.
Speed. Come on, you mad-cap; I'll to the alehouse with you presently; where, for one shot of five. pence, thou shalt have five thousand welcomes. But, firrah, how did thy master part with madam Julia ?
Laun. Marry, after they clos’d in earnest, they parted very fairly in jest.
Speed. But shall the marry him?
Laun. Marry, thus : when it stands well with him, it stands well with her.
Speed. What an ass art thou? I understand thee not.
Laun. What a block art thou, that thou canst not? * My staff understands me.
3 It is Padua in the former editions. See the note on A& iïi. Pope.
- My faff understands me.) This equivocation, miserable as jt is, has been dmitted by Milton in his great poem. B. VI. Speed. What thou fay'ft? .
Laun. Ay, and what I do too: look thee, I'll but lean, and my staff understands me.
Speed. It stands under thee indeed.
Laun. Why, stand-under, and under-stand, is all ore.
Speed. But tell me true, will't be a match ?
Laun. Ask my dog: if he say, ay, it will; if he say, no, it will; if he shake his tail, and say nothing, it will.
Speed. The conclusion is then, that it will.
Laun. Thou shalt never get such a secret from me, but by a parable.
Speed. 'Tis well that I get it so. But, Launce, how fay'st thou that my master is become a notable lover?
Laun. I never knew him otherwise,
Laun. Why, fool, I meant not thee; I meant thy master.
Speed. I tell thee, my master is become a hot lover,
Laun. Why, I tell thee, I care not though he burn himself in love. If thou wilt go with me to the alehouse, so; if not, thou art an Hebrew, a Jew, and not worth the name of a Christian.
Laun. Because thou hast not so much charity in thee, as to go the ale-house with a Christian : wilt thou go? Speed. At thy service.
[Exeunt. " The terms we sent were terms of weight, “ Such as we may perceive, amaz'd them all, " And stagger'd many; who receives them right, " Had need from head to foot well undersiand, " Not understood, this gift they have belides, " To siew us when our foes stand not upright." Johns.