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Forsworn my company, and railed at me,
Duke. This weak impress of love is as a figure
Pro. Gone, my good lord.
Duke. So I believe ; but Thurio thinks not so.—
Pro. Longer than I prove loyal to your grace, Let me not live to look upon your grace.
Duke. Thou know'st, how willingly I would effect The match between Sir Thurio and my daughter.
Pro. I do, my lord. .
Duke. And also, I think, thou art not ignorant How she opposes her against my will.
Pro. She did, my lord, when Valentine was here.
Duke. Ay, and perversely she persévers so. What might we do, to make the girl forget The love of Valentine, and love Sir Thurio ?
Pro. The best way is to slander Valentine With falsehood, cowardice, and poor descent; Three things that women highly hold in hate.
Duke. Ay, but she'll think that it is spoke in hate.
Pro. Ay, if his enemy deliver it: Therefore it must, with circumstance, be spoken By one whom she esteemeth as his friend. Duke. Then you must undertake to slander him. Pro. And that, my lord, I shall be loath to do:
1i. e. cut, carved; from the Fr. trancher.
2 i. e. with the addition of such incidental particulars as may induce belief.
'Tis an ill office for a gentleman;
Pro. You have prevailed, my lord: if I can do it,
Thu. Therefore, as you unwind her love from him, Lest it should ravel, and be good to none, You must provide to bottom it on me :? Which must be done, by praising me as much As you in worth dispraise Sir Valentine.
Duke. And, Proteus, we dare trust you in this kind;
Pro. As much as I can do, I will effect :-
Duke. Ay, much is the force of heaven-bred poesy.
Pro. Say, that upon the altar of her beauty You sacrifice your tears, your sighs, your heart : Write till your ink be dry; and with your tears Moist it again ; and frame some feeling line,
1 Very, that is, true ; from the Lat. verus.
2 A bottom is the housewife's term for a ball of thread wound upon a central body.
That may discover such integrity;
Duke. This discipline shows thou hast been in love.
Thu. And thy advice this night I'll put in practice : Therefore, sweet Proteus, my direction-giver, Let us into the city presently To sort some gentlemen well skilled in music: I have a sonnet, that will serve the turn, To give the onset to thy good advice.
Duke. About it, gentlemen.
Pro. We'll wait upon your grace till after supper: And afterward determine our proceedings. Duke. Even now about it; I will pardon you.
SCENE I. A Forest, near Mantua.
Enter certain Outlaws. 1 Out. Fellows, stand fast; I see a passenger. 2 Out. If there be ten, shrink not, but down Enter VALENTINE and SPEED. 3 Out. Stand, sir, and throw us that you have
1 Sincerity. 2 The ancient term for a mournful elegy. 3 To inherit is sometimes used by Shakspeare for to obtain possession of
If not, we'll make you sit, and rifle you. .
Speed. Sir, we are undone! these are the villains That all the travellers do fear so much.
Val. My friends,1 Out. That's not so, sir; we are your enemies. 2 Out. Peace; we'll hear him. 3 Out. Ay, by my beard, will we; for he is a
proper man. Val. Then know, that I have little wealth to
2 Out. Whither travel you?
staid, If crooked fortune had not thwarted me.
1 Out. What, were you banished thence ?
1 Out. Why, ne'er repent it, if it were done so; But were you banished for so small a fault?
Val. I was, and held me glad of such a doom. 1 Out. Have you the tongues ?
Val. My youthful travel therein made me happy; Or else I often had been miserable.
3 Out. By the bare scalp of Robin Hood's fat friar, This fellow were a king for our wild faction.
1 Out. We'll have him ; sirs, a word.
Speed. Master, be one of them; It is an honorable kind of thievery.
Val. Peace, villain ! 2 Out. Tell us this: have you any thing to take to? Val. Nothing but my
fortune. 3 Out. Know, then, that some of us are gentlemen, Such as the fury of ungoverned youth Thrust from the company of awful ? men: Myself was from Verona banished, For practising to steal away a lady, An heir, and near allied unto the duke.
2 Out. And I from Mantua, for a gentleman, Whom, in my mood, I stabbed unto the heart.
1 Out. And I, for such like petty crimes as these. But to the purpose, -(for we cite our faults, That they may hold excused our lawless lives,) And, partly, seeing you are beautified With goodly shape; and by your own report A linguist, and a man of such perfection, As we do in our quality 4 much want ;
2 Out. Indeed, because you are a banished man, Therefore, above the rest, we parley to you: Are you content to be our general ? To make a virtue of necessity, And live, as we do, in this wilderness ? 3 Out. What say'st thou ? wilt thou be of our
1 Out. But if thou scorn our courtesy, thou diest.
1 Friar Tuck, one of the associates of Robin Hood.
2 Awful men, men full of awe and respect for the laws of society and the duties of life.
3 Anger or resentment.