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ACT IV - SCENE II. Milan. Outside the DUKE's palace, under SILVIA's chamber.
Enter PROTEUS

PROTEUS
1    Already have I been false to Valentine
2    And now I must be as unjust to Thurio.
3    Under the colour of commending him,
4    I have access my own love to prefer:
5    But Silvia is too fair, too true, too holy,
6    To be corrupted with my worthless gifts.
7    When I protest true loyalty to her,
8    She twits me with my falsehood to my friend;
9    When to her beauty I commend my vows,
10   She bids me think how I have been forsworn
11   In breaking faith with Julia whom I loved:
12   And notwithstanding all her sudden quips,
13   The least whereof would quell a lover's hope,
14   Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love,
15   The more it grows and fawneth on her still.
16   But here comes Thurio: now must we to her window,
17   And give some evening music to her ear.
Enter THURIO and Musicians

THURIO
18   How now, Sir Proteus, are you crept before us?
PROTEUS
19   Ay, gentle Thurio: for you know that love
20   Will creep in service where it cannot go.
THURIO
21   Ay, but I hope, sir, that you love not here.
PROTEUS
22   Sir, but I do; or else I would be hence.
THURIO
23   Who? Silvia?
PROTEUS
24   Ay, Silvia; for your sake.
THURIO
25   I thank you for your own. Now, gentlemen,
26   Let's tune, and to it lustily awhile.
Enter, at a distance, Host, and JULIA in boy's clothes

Host
27   Now, my young guest, methinks you're allycholly: I
28   pray you, why is it?
JULIA
29   Marry, mine host, because I cannot be merry.
Host
30   Come, we'll have you merry: I'll bring you where
31   you shall hear music and see the gentleman that you asked for.
JULIA
32   But shall I hear him speak?
Host
33   Ay, that you shall.
JULIA
34   That will be music.
Music plays

Host
35   Hark, hark!
JULIA
36   Is he among these?
Host
37   Ay: but, peace! let's hear 'em.
38   Who is Silvia? what is she,
39   That all our swains commend her?
40   Holy, fair and wise is she;
41   The heaven such grace did lend her,
42   That she might admired be.
43   Is she kind as she is fair?
44   For beauty lives with kindness.
45   Love doth to her eyes repair,
46   To help him of his blindness,
47   And, being help'd, inhabits there.
48   Then to Silvia let us sing,
49   That Silvia is excelling;
50   She excels each mortal thing
51   Upon the dull earth dwelling:
52   To her let us garlands bring.
Host
53   How now! are you sadder than you were before? How
54   do you, man? the music likes you not.
JULIA
55   You mistake; the musician likes me not.
Host
56   Why, my pretty youth?
JULIA
57   He plays false, father.
Host
58   How? out of tune on the strings?
JULIA
59   Not so; but yet so false that he grieves my very
60   heart-strings.
Host
61   You have a quick ear.
JULIA
62   Ay, I would I were deaf; it makes me have a slow heart.
Host
63   I perceive you delight not in music.
JULIA
64   Not a whit, when it jars so.
Host
65   Hark, what fine change is in the music!
JULIA
66   Ay, that change is the spite.
Host
67   You would have them always play but one thing?
JULIA
68   I would always have one play but one thing.
69   But, host, doth this Sir Proteus that we talk on
70   Often resort unto this gentlewoman?
Host
71   I tell you what Launce, his man, told me: he loved
72   her out of all nick.
JULIA
73   Where is Launce?
Host
74   Gone to seek his dog; which tomorrow, by his
75   master's command, he must carry for a present to his lady.
JULIA
76   Peace! stand aside: the company parts.
PROTEUS
77   Sir Thurio, fear not you: I will so plead
78   That you shall say my cunning drift excels.
THURIO
79   Where meet we?
PROTEUS
80   At Saint Gregory's well.
THURIO
81   Farewell.
Exeunt THURIO and Musicians

Enter SILVIA above

PROTEUS
82   Madam, good even to your ladyship.
SILVIA
83   I thank you for your music, gentlemen.
84   Who is that that spake?
PROTEUS
85   One, lady, if you knew his pure heart's truth,
86   You would quickly learn to know him by his voice.
SILVIA
87   Sir Proteus, as I take it.
PROTEUS
88   Sir Proteus, gentle lady, and your servant.
SILVIA
89   What's your will?
PROTEUS
90   That I may compass yours.
SILVIA
91   You have your wish; my will is even this:
92   That presently you hie you home to bed.
93   Thou subtle, perjured, false, disloyal man!
94   Think'st thou I am so shallow, so conceitless,
95   To be seduced by thy flattery,
96   That hast deceived so many with thy vows?
97   Return, return, and make thy love amends.
98   For me, by this pale queen of night I swear,
99   I am so far from granting thy request
100  That I despise thee for thy wrongful suit,
101  And by and by intend to chide myself
102  Even for this time I spend in talking to thee.
PROTEUS
103  I grant, sweet love, that I did love a lady;
104  But she is dead.
JULIA
Aside
105   'Twere false, if I should speak it;
106  For I am sure she is not buried.
SILVIA
107  Say that she be; yet Valentine thy friend
108  Survives; to whom, thyself art witness,
109  I am betroth'd: and art thou not ashamed
110  To wrong him with thy importunacy?
PROTEUS
111  I likewise hear that Valentine is dead.
SILVIA
112  And so suppose am I; for in his grave
113  Assure thyself my love is buried.
PROTEUS
114  Sweet lady, let me rake it from the earth.
SILVIA
115  Go to thy lady's grave and call hers thence,
116  Or, at the least, in hers sepulchre thine.
JULIA
Aside
117   He heard not that.
PROTEUS
118  Madam, if your heart be so obdurate,
119  Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love,
120  The picture that is hanging in your chamber;
121  To that I'll speak, to that I'll sigh and weep:
122  For since the substance of your perfect self
123  Is else devoted, I am but a shadow;
124  And to your shadow will I make true love.
JULIA
Aside
125   If 'twere a substance, you would, sure,
126  deceive it,
127  And make it but a shadow, as I am.
SILVIA
128  I am very loath to be your idol, sir;
129  But since your falsehood shall become you well
130  To worship shadows and adore false shapes,
131  Send to me in the morning and I'll send it:
132  And so, good rest.
PROTEUS
133  As wretches have o'ernight
134  That wait for execution in the morn.
Exeunt PROTEUS and SILVIA severally

JULIA
135  Host, will you go?
Host
136  By my halidom, I was fast asleep.
JULIA
137  Pray you, where lies Sir Proteus?
Host
138  Marry, at my house. Trust me, I think 'tis almost
139  day.
JULIA
140  Not so; but it hath been the longest night
141  That e'er I watch'd and the most heaviest.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV

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