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DUKE of Milan, Father to Silvia.
} the two Gentlemen.
Julia, a Lady of Verona, beloved of Protheus.
The SCENE, sometimes in Verona ; sometimes in
Milan ; and on the Frontiers of Mantua.
A C T I. SCENE I.
An open Place in Verona.
Enter Valentine and Protheus,
Wer't not, affection chains thy tender days
To the sweet glances of thy honour'd love, I rather would intreat thy company, To see the wonders of the world abroad ; Than (living dully fluggardiz'd at home) Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness,
i It is observable (I know not for what cause) that the stile of this comedy is less figurative, and more natural and unaffected than the greater part of this Author's, tho' fupposed to be one of the first he wrote.
Mr. Pope. -shapeless idlene. ] The expression is fine, as implying that idleness prevents the giving any form or character to the manners.
But since thou lov'st, love still, and thrive therein ;
Pro. Wilt thou be gone? sweet Valentine, adieu
success. Pro. Upon some book I love, I'll pray for thee.
Val. That's on some shallow story of deep love, How young Leander cross'd the Hellefpont.
Pro. That's a deep story of a deeper love ; For he was more than over shoes in love.
Val. 'Tis true; for you are over boots in love,
Pro. Over the boots? nay, give me not the boots.
Pro. So, by your circumstance, you call me fool.
Val. Love is your master ; for he masters you.
6 The ju
· The eating canker dwells; fo eating love • Inhabits in the finest wits of all.
Val. And writers say, as the most forward bud • Is eaten by the canker, ere it blow 3 & Even so by love the young and tender wit
Is turn’d to folly, blasting in the bud
Losing his verdure even in the prime,
Pro. And thither will I bring thee, Valentine.
Val. Sweet Protheus, no: now let us take our leave.
Pro. All happiness bechance to thee in Milan!
? S CE N E II,
Enter Speed. Speed. Sir Protheus, save you ; saw you my master? Pro. But now he parted hence, t'imbark for Milan.
3 This whole Scene, like many others in these plays (some of which I believe were written by Shakespear, and others interpo. VOL. I.