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Pro. To leave my Julia, shall I be forsworn; To love fair Silvia, Thall I be forsworn; To wrong my friend, I shall be much forfworn: And ev'n that pow'r, which gave me first my oath, Provokes me to this threefold perjury. Love bad me swear, and love bids me forswear: O sweet suggesting-love! if thou hast sinn'd, Teach me, thy tempted subject, to excuse it. At first I did adore a twinkling star, But now I worship a celestial sun. Unheedful vows may heedfully be broken ; And he wants wit, that wants resolved will To learn his wit c'exchange the bad for better. Fie, fie, unreverend tongue ! to call her bad, Whose Sov’reignty so oft thou hast preferr'd With twenty thousand soul-confirming oaths. I cannot leave to love, and yet I do: But there I leave to love, where I should love: Julia I lose, and Valentine I lose : If I keep them, I needs must lose myself: If I lose them, this find I by their loss, For Valentine, myself; for Julia, Silvia.

* It is to be observed, tbat in 6 O sweet suggesting love.] the first folio edition, the only To suggest is to tempt in our AuEdition of authority, there are no thour's language. directions concerning the scenes; they have been added by the lacer Editors, and may therefore

Knowing that tender youth is be changed by any reader that

foon luggested. can give more confiftency or regularity to the drama by such al. The sense is. O tempting love, terations. I make this remark if thou hast influenced me to fin, in this place, because I know not teach me to excuse it. Dr. War. whether the following soliloquy burton reads, if I have finn'd; of Protheus is fo proper in the but, I think, not only without ftreet.

neceflity, but with less elegance.

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I to myself am dearer than a friend ;
For love is still more precious in itself :
And Silvia, witness heav'n, that made her fair !
Shews Julia but a swarthy Ethiope.
I will forget that Julia is alive,
Remembring that my love to her is dead :
And Valentine l'll hold an enemy,
Aiming at Silvia as a sweeter friend.
I cannot now prove constant to myself,
Without some treachery us'd to Valentine :
This night, he meaneth with a corded ladder
To climb celestial Silvia's chamber. window;
Myself in counsel his competitor.'
Now presently I'll give her father notice
Of their disguising and pretended Hight;
Who, all enrag'd, will banish Valeniine :
For Thurio, he intends, shall wed his daughter.
But, Valentine being gone, I'll quickly crols,
By some sy trick, blunt Thurio's dull proceeding.
Love, lend me wings to make my purpose swift,
As thou hast lent me wit to plot this drift ! } [Exil.


Changes to Julia's House in Verona.

Enter Julia and Lucetta.
Ounsel, Lucetta--Gentle girl, affist me ;

And, even in kind love, I do conjure thee,
Who art the table wherein all my thoughts
Are visibly character'd ard engravid,
To leffon me ; and tell me some good mean,
How with


honour i A journey to my loving Prebus.

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Luc. Alas! the way is wearisome and long.

Jul. A true devoted pilgrim is not weary
To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps ;
Much less shall the, that hath love's wings to fly;
And when the flight is made to one so dear,
Of such divine perfection, as Sir Protheus.

Luc. Better forbear, 'till Protheus make return.
Jul. Oh, know'st thou not, his looks are my soul's

food ?
Pity the dearth, that I have pined in,
By longing for that food so long a time.
Didst thou but know the inly touch of love,
Thou would'st as soon go kindle fire with snow,
As seek to quench the fire of love with words,

Luc. I do not feek to quench your love's hot fire,
But qualify the fire's extream rage,
Left it should burn above the bounds of reason.
Jul. The more thou damm'ít ic up, the mores it

burns. The current, that with gentle murmur glides, Thou know'st, being stopp'd, impatiently doth rage : But when his fair course is not hinder'd, He makes sweet musick with th' enamel'd stones ; Giving a gentle kiss to every fedge He overtaketh in his pilgrimage : And so by many winding nooks he strays, With willing sport, to the wild ocean, Then let me go, and hinder not my course; Į'll be as patient as a gentle stream, And make a pastime of each weary step, ?Till the last step have brought me to my love ; And there I'll rest, as, after much curmoil, A blessed soul doth in Elysium.

Luc. But in what habit will you go along?

Jul. Not like a woman; for I would prevent
The loose encounters of lascivious men :
Gentle Lucetta, fit me with such weeds
As may beseem some well reputed page.


Luc. Why then your ladyship must cut your hair.

Jul. No, girl; I'll knit it up in filken Itrings, With twenty odd-conceited true-love-knots : To be fantaslick, may become a youth Of greater time than I shall fhew to be. Luc. What fashion, Madam, shall I make your

breeches? Jul. That fits as well, as“ tell me, good my lord, " What compass will you wear your farthingale ?” Why, even what fashion chou beft lik’ft, Lucetta. Luc. You must reeds have them with a cod-piece,

Madam. Jul, Out, out, Lucelta! that will be ill-favour'd.

Luc. A round hofe, Madam, now's not worth a pin. Unless you have a cod-piece to fick pins on.

Jul. Lucetta, as thou lov'it me, let me have
What thou think'it meet, and is most mannerly :
But tell me, wench, how will the world repute me
For undertaking so unstaid a journey ?
I fear me, it will make me fcandaliz'd.

Luc. It you think fo, then flay at home, and go not.
Jul. Nay, that I will not.

Luc. Then never dream on infamy, but go.
If Protheus like your journey, when you come,
No matter who's difpleafed, when you are gone :
I fear me, he will scarce be pleas’d withal.
Jul. That is the least, Lucetta, of my

fear :
A thousand oaths, an ocean of his tears,
And instances * as infinite of love,
Warrant me welcome to my Protheus.

Duc. All these are servants to deceitful men.

Fil. Pase men, that ufe them to so base effect !
But truer stars did govern Protheus' birth;
His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles;
His love fincere, his thoughts immaculate ;
His tears, pure messengers fent from his heart;

* Of Infinite. Old Edit.

His heart as far from fraud, as heaven from earch.
Luc. Pray heav'n he prove so, when you come to

him !
Jul. Now, as thou lov'st me, do him not that

To bear a hard opinion of his truth ;
Only deserve my love, by loving him ;
And presently go with me to my chamber,
To take a note of what I ftand in need of,
To furnish me upon my longing journey.
All that is mine I leave at thy dispose,
My goods, my lands, my reputation ;
Only, in lieu thereof, dispatch me hence.
Come, answer 110t; but do ic presently :
I am impatient of my tarriance.




The Duke's Palace, in Milan.

Entér Duke, Thurio, and Protheus.



IR Thurio, give us leave, I pray, a while ;
we have some fecrets to confer about.

[ Exit Thur. Now tell me, Protheus, what's your will with me?

Pro. My gracious lord, that which I would discover, The law of friendship bids me to conceal ; But when I call to mind your gracious favours Done to me, undeserving as I am, My duty pricks me on to utter that, Which, elle, no worldly good should draw from me. Know, worthy Prince, Sir Valentine my friend This night intends to steal away your daughter:


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