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  • Title: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folio 1, 1623)

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    Author: William Shakespeare
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    Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folio 1, 1623)

    1735Pro. I likewise heare that Valentine is dead.
    Sil. And so suppose am I; for in her graue
    Assure thy selfe, my loue is buried.
    Pro. Sweet Lady, let me rake it from the earth.
    Sil. Goe to thy Ladies graue and call hers thence,
    1740Or at the least, in hers, sepulcher thine.
    Iul. He heard not that.
    Pro. Madam: if your heart be so obdurate:
    Vouchsafe me yet your Picture for my loue,
    The Picture that is hanging in your chamber:
    1745To that ile speake, to that ile sigh and weepe:
    For since the substance of your perfect selfe
    Is else deuoted, I am but a shadow;
    And to your shadow, will I make true loue.
    Iul. If 'twere a substance you would sure deceiue it,
    1750And make it but a shadow, as I am.
    Sil. I am very loath to be your Idoll Sir;
    But, since your falsehood shall become you well
    To worship shadowes, and adore false shapes,
    Send to me in the morning, and ile send it:
    1755And so, good rest.
    Pro. As wretches haue ore-night
    That wait for execution in the morne.
    Iul. Host, will you goe?
    Ho. By my hallidome, I was fast asleepe.
    1760Iul. Pray you, where lies Sir Protheus?
    Ho. Marry, at my house:
    Trust me, I thinke 'tis almost day.
    Iul. Not so: but it hath bin the longest night
    That ere I watch'd, and the most heauiest.

    1765 Scœna Tertia.

    Enter Eglamore, Siluia.

    Eg. This is the houre that Madam Siluia
    Entreated me to call, and know her minde:
    Ther's some great matter she'ld employ me in.
    1770Madam, Madam.
    Sil. Who cals?
    Eg. Your seruant, and your friend;
    One that attends your Ladiships command.
    Sil. Sir Eglamore, a thousand times good morrow.
    1775Eg. As many (worthy Lady) to your selfe:
    According to your Ladiships impose,
    I am thus early come, to know what seruice
    It is your pleasure to command me in.
    Sil. Oh Eglamoure, thou art a Gentleman:
    1780Thinke not I flatter (for I sweare I doe not)
    Valiant, wise, remorse-full, well accomplish'd.
    Thou art not ignorant what deere good will
    I beare vnto the banish'd Valentine:
    Nor how my father would enforce me marry
    1785Vaine Thurio (whom my very soule abhor'd.)
    Thy selfe hast lou'd, and I haue heard thee say
    No griefe did euer come so neere thy heart,
    As when thy Lady, and thy true-loue dide,
    Vpon whose Graue thou vow'dst pure chastitie:
    1790Sir Eglamoure: I would to Valentine
    To Mantua, where I heare, he makes aboad;
    And for the waies are dangerous to passe,
    I doe desire thy worthy company,
    Vpon whose faith and honor, I repose.
    1795Vrge not my fathers anger (Eglamoure)
    But thinke vpon my griefe (a Ladies griefe)
    And on the iustice of my flying hence,
    To keepe me from a most vnholy match,
    Which heauen and fortune still rewards with plagues.
    1800I doe desire thee, euen from a heart
    As full of sorrowes, as the Sea of sands,
    To beare me company, and goe with me:
    If not, to hide what I haue said to thee,
    That I may venture to depart alone.
    1805Egl. Madam, I pitty much your grieuances,
    Which, since I know they vertuously are plac'd,
    I giue consent to goe along with you,
    Wreaking as little what betideth me,
    As much, I wish all good befortune you.
    1810When will you goe?
    Sil. This euening comming.
    Eg. Where shall I meete you?
    Sil. At Frier Patrickes Cell,
    Where I intend holy Confession.
    1815Eg. I will not faile your Ladiship:
    Good morrow (gentle Lady.)
    Sil. Good morrow, kinde Sir Eglamoure. Exeunt.

    Scena Quarta.

    Enter Launce, Protheus, Iulia, Siluia.

    1820 Lau. When a mans seruant shall play the Curre with
    him (looke you) it goes hard: one that I brought vp of
    a puppy: one that I sau'd from drowning, when three or
    foure of his blinde brothers and sisters went to it: I haue
    taught him (euen as one would say precisely, thus I
    1825would teach a dog) I was sent to deliuer him, as a pre-
    sent to Mistris Siluia, from my Master; and I came no
    sooner into the dyning-chamber, but he steps me to her
    Trencher, and steales her Capons-leg: O, 'tis a foule
    thing, when a Cur cannot keepe himselfe in all compa-
    1830nies: I would haue (as one should say) one that takes vp-
    on him to be a dog indeede, to be, as it were, a dog at all
    things. If I had not had more wit then he, to take a fault
    vpon me that he did, I thinke verily hee had bin hang'd
    for't: sure as I liue he had suffer'd for't: you shall iudge:
    1835Hee thrusts me himselfe into the company of three or
    foure gentleman-like-dogs, vnder the Dukes table: hee
    had not bin there (blesse the marke) a pissing while, but
    all the chamber smelt him: out with the dog (saies one)
    what cur is that (saies another) whip him out (saies the
    1840third) hang him vp (saies the Duke.) I hauing bin ac-
    quainted with the smell before, knew it was Crab; and
    goes me to the fellow that whips the dogges: friend
    (quoth I) you meane to whip the dog: I marry doe I
    (quoth he) you doe him the more wrong (quoth I) 'twas
    1845I did the thing you wot of: he makes me no more adoe,
    but whips me out of the chamber: how many Masters
    would doe this for his Seruant? nay, ile be sworne I haue
    sat in the stockes, for puddings he hath stolne, otherwise
    he had bin executed: I haue stood on the Pillorie for
    1850Geese he hath kil'd, otherwise he had sufferd for't: thou
    think'st not of this now: nay, I remember the tricke you
    seru'd me, when I tooke my leaue of Madam Siluia: did