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The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
A C T I. SC EN E I.
The Advantages of Travel, &c. Val. Cease to persuade, my loving Protheus ; Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits : Wer't not, affection chains thy tender days To the sweet glances of thy honour'd love, I rather would entreat thy company, To see the wonders of the world abroad, Than (living dully sluggardiz'd at home). Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness : (1) But since thou lov’st, love still, and thrive therein ; Even as I would, when I to love begin.
Pro.' Wilt thou be gone? Sweet Valentine adieu! Think on thy Protheus, when thou, haply, seeft Some rare note-worthy object in thy travel. Wish me partaker in thy happinefs, When thou doft meet good hap; and, in thy danger, If ever danger do environ thee, Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers, For I will be thy bead's-man, Valentine.
(1) With shapeless idleness.] The expression is fine, as implying, that idleness prevents the giving any form or character to the manners. W.
The Evils of being in Love.
Love commended and dispraised.
Val. And writers say, as the most forward bud
Pro. He after honour hunts, I after love :: He leaves his friends to dignify them more :: I leave myself, my friends, and all for love, Thou, Julia, thou hast metamorphos’d me;: Made me neglect my studies, lose my time, War with good counsel, set the world at nought, Made wit (3) with musing weak, heart-fick with
(2) However but a folly. ] “ This love will end in a foolis action, to produce which you are wrong to fpend your wit; or it will end in the loss of your wit, which will. be overpowered by the folly of love." * 7. (3) Made wit, &c.] For-made read make.
Thou Julia, haft made me war with good counsel, and make witx weak with musing." J.
Scene II. Love froward and disembling.
Scene III. The Advantages of Travel.
Ant. Nor need'st thou much importune me to that
Experience (4) Some to discover i pands.] In S's time, voyages
for he discovery of the illands of America were much in vogue. And we find, in the journals of the travellers of that time, that the fons of noblemen, and of others of the best families in England, went very frequently on these adventures. Such as the Fortescues, Collitons, Thornbills, Farmers, Pickerings, Littletons, Willoughbys, Chefers, Hawleys, Bromleys, and others. To this prevailing fashion our poet frequently alludes, and not without high commendations of it. Warburton,
Experience is by industry atchiev'd,
Love compared to an April Day.
Th' uncertain glory of an April day,
And by and by a cloud takes all away!
A comical Description of a Man in Love. . Marry, (7) by these special marks; first, you have learn'd like Sir Protheus, to wreath your arms like a : malecontent; to relish a love-fong like a Robin redbreast; to walk alone, like one that had the pestilence; to figh, like a school-boy, that had lost his A, B, C ; to weep, like a young wench that had buried her grand-dam; to faft, like one that takes diet; to watch, like one that fears robbing; to speak puling, like a beggar at Hallowmas. (8) You were wont, when you laugh’d; to crow like a cock ; when you walk'd, to walk like one of the lions; when you fasted, it was presently after dinner; when you look'd
fadly, (5) And, &c.] Antonio says in the next speech, that at : the Emperor's court,
He will practise tilts and tournaments,
Worthy his youth and nobleness of birth.'. (6) Resembleth.] The reader will observe, that S. very often, in this kind of poetry especially, reads the last fyllable as if it were two resembeleth.
(7) Marry, &c.] See As you like it, Act 5. Sci 2. and n. (8) Hallowmafs.] That is, about the feast of All Saints, when winter begins, and the life of a vagrant becomes lesscomfortable. 7.
fadly, it was for want of money; and now you are metamorphos'd with a mistress, that when I look on you, I can hardly think you my master.
SCENE III. Launce (9) leading a Dog. Nay 'twill be this hour ere I have done weeping; all the kind of the Launces have this very fi.ult; I have receiv'd my proportion, like the prodigious fon, and am going with Sir Protheus to the Imperial's court. I think Crab my dog be the foureft natur'd dog that lives : my mother weeping, my father wailing, my fifter crying, our maid howling, our cat wringing her hands, and all our house in a great perplexity, yet did not this cruel-hearted cur shed one tear; he is a ftone, a very pebble stone, and has no more pity in him than a dog: a Jew would have wept to have seen our parting; why, my grandam having no eyes, look you, wept herself blind at my parting.
SCENE IV. An accomplished young Gentleman.
His years but young, but his experience old ;
Contempt of Love punished.
(9) Launce, &c.] The reader is referred to the remainder of the speech, and to Act 4. Sc. 4. for more of a simiJar nature.
(10) Whose high.] For whose I would read those. “I bave contemned love, and am punished--those high thoughts