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Pan. In thy tail?
Laun. Lose the tide, and the voyage, and the master, and the service: And the tide!- Why, man, if the river were dry, I am able to fill it with my tears; if the wind were down, I could drive the boat with my sighs.
Pan. Come, come away, man; I was sent to call thee.
Laun. Sir, call me what thou darest.
Enter VALENTINE, Silvia, Thurio, and SPEED.
Ti. e. you are serious,
2 j. e. perhaps.
Thu. And how quote: you my folly?
Sil. What, angry, Sir Thurio? do you change colour?
Val. Give him leave, madam; he is a kind of cameleon.
Thu. That hath more mind to feed on your blood, than live in your air.
Val. You have said, sir.
Val. I know it well, sir; you always end ere you begin.
Sil. A fine volley of words, gentlemen, and quickly shot off.
Val. 'Tis indeed, madam; we thank the giver.
Val. Yourself, sweet lady; for you gave the fire: Sir Thurio borrows his wit from your ladyship’s looks, and spends what he borrows, kindly in your company.
Thu. Sir, if you spend word for word with me, I shall make your wit bankrupt.
Val. I know it well, sir: you have an exchequer of words, and, I think, no other treasure to give your followers; for it appears by their bare liveries, that they live by your bare words.
Sil. No more, gentlemen, no more; here comes my father.
3 To quote is to mark, to observe, the old pronunciation was evidently cote from the French original.
Enter DUKE. Duke. Now, daughter Silvia, you are hard beset. Sir Valentine, your father's in good health: What say you to a letter from your friends
of much you to a lettber's in gooogu
Val. My lord, I will be thankful
Duke. Know you Don Antonio, your countryman?
Val. Ay, my good lord, I know the gentleman To be of worth, and worthy estimation, And not without desert so well reputed.
Duke. Hath he not a son?
Val. Ay, my good lord; a son, that well deserves The honour and regard of such a father.
Duke. You know him well?
Val. I knew him as myself; for from our infancy We have convers’d, and spent our hours together: And though myself have been an idle truant, Omitting the sweet benefit of time, To clothe mine age with angel-like perfection; Yet hath Sir Proteus, for that's his name, Made use and fair advantage of his days; His years but young, but his experience old; His head unmellow'd, but his judgment ripe; And, in a word, (for far behind his worth Come all the praises that I now bestow), He is complete in feature, and in mind, With all good grace to grace a gentleman.
4 Feature in the poet's age was often used for form or person in general. Thus Baret: “ The feature and facion, or the proportion and figure of the whole body. Conformatio quædam et figura totius oris et corporis.” So in Ant. and Cleop. Act i. Sc. 5.
“ Report the feature of Octavian." Thus also Spenser:
“ Which the fair feature of her limbs did hide.”
Duke. Beshrew me, sir, but, if he make this good, He is as worthy for an empress' love, As meet to be an emperor's counsellor. Well, sir; this gentleman is come to me, With commendation from great potentates; And here he means to spend his time a while: I think, 'tis no unwelcome news to you.
Val. Should I have wish'd a thing, it had been he.
Duke. Welcome him then according to his worth. Silvia, I speak to you; and you, Sir Thurio:For Valentine, I need not 'cite 6 him to it: I'll send him hither to you presently. [Exit Duke.
Val. This is the gentleman, I told your ladyship, Had come along with me, but that his mistress Did hold his eyes lock’d in her crystal looks.
Sil. Belike, that now she hath enfranchis’d them Upon some other pawn for fealty. Val. Nay, sure, I think, she holds them prisoners
still. Sil. Nay, then he should be blind; and, being blind, How could he see his way to seek out you?
Val. Why, lady, love hath twenty pair of eyes.
Val. To see such lovers, Thurio, as yourself;
seech you, Confirm. his welcome with some special favour.
5 A petty mode of adjaration equivalent to ill betide me. 6 Cite, for incite.
Sil. His worth is warrant for his welcome hither, If this be he you oft have wish'd to hear from.
Val. Mistress, it is: sweet lady, entertain him To be my fellow-seryant to your ladyship.
Sil. Too low a mistress for so high a servant.
Pro. Not so, sweet lady; but too mean a servant To have a look of such a worthy mistress.
Val. Leave off discourse of disability :Sweet lady, entertain him for your servant.
Pro. My duty will I boast of, nothing else.
Sil. And duty never yet did want his meed; Servant, you are welcome to a worthless mistress.
Pro. I'll die on him that says so, but yourself.
No; that you are worthless.
Enter Servant. Ser. Madam, my lord your father would speak
with you. Sil. I'll wait upon his pleasure. [Exit Servant.
Come, Sir Thurio, Go with me:- Once more, new servant, welcome: I'll leave you to confer of home affairs; When you have done, we look to hear from you. Pro. We'll both attend upon your ladyship.
. [Exeunt Silvia, THURIO, and SPEED. Val. Now, tell me, how do all from whence you
love? Pro. My tales of love were wont to weary you; I know you joy not in a love-discourse.