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ACT I - SCENE I. Verona. An open place.
Enter VALENTINE and PROTEUS

VALENTINE
1    Cease to persuade, my loving Proteus:
2    Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits.
3    Were't not affection chains thy tender days
4    To the sweet glances of thy honour'd love,
5    I rather would entreat thy company
6    To see the wonders of the world abroad,
7    Than, living dully sluggardized at home,
8    Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness.
9    But since thou lovest, love still and thrive therein,
10   Even as I would when I to love begin.
PROTEUS
11   Wilt thou be gone? Sweet Valentine, adieu!
12   Think on thy Proteus, when thou haply seest
13   Some rare note-worthy object in thy travel:
14   Wish me partaker in thy happiness
15   When thou dost meet good hap; and in thy danger,
16   If ever danger do environ thee,
17   Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers,
18   For I will be thy beadsman, Valentine.
VALENTINE
19   And on a love-book pray for my success?
PROTEUS
20   Upon some book I love I'll pray for thee.
VALENTINE
21   That's on some shallow story of deep love:
22   How young Leander cross'd the Hellespont.
PROTEUS
23   That's a deep story of a deeper love:
24   For he was more than over shoes in love.
VALENTINE
25   'Tis true; for you are over boots in love,
26   And yet you never swum the Hellespont.
PROTEUS
27   Over the boots? nay, give me not the boots.
VALENTINE
28   No, I will not, for it boots thee not.
PROTEUS
29   What?
VALENTINE
30   To be in love, where scorn is bought with groans;
31   Coy looks with heart-sore sighs; one fading moment's mirth
32   With twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights:
33   If haply won, perhaps a hapless gain;
34   If lost, why then a grievous labour won;
35   However, but a folly bought with wit,
36   Or else a wit by folly vanquished.
PROTEUS
37   So, by your circumstance, you call me fool.
VALENTINE
38   So, by your circumstance, I fear you'll prove.
PROTEUS
39   'Tis love you cavil at: I am not Love.
VALENTINE
40   Love is your master, for he masters you:
41   And he that is so yoked by a fool,
42   Methinks, should not be chronicled for wise.
PROTEUS
43   Yet writers say, as in the sweetest bud
44   The eating canker dwells, so eating love
45   Inhabits in the finest wits of all.
VALENTINE
46   And writers say, as the most forward bud
47   Is eaten by the canker ere it blow,
48   Even so by love the young and tender wit
49   Is turn'd to folly, blasting in the bud,
50   Losing his verdure even in the prime
51   And all the fair effects of future hopes.
52   But wherefore waste I time to counsel thee,
53   That art a votary to fond desire?
54   Once more adieu! my father at the road
55   Expects my coming, there to see me shipp'd.
PROTEUS
56   And thither will I bring thee, Valentine.
VALENTINE
57   Sweet Proteus, no; now let us take our leave.
58   To Milan let me hear from thee by letters
59   Of thy success in love, and what news else
60   Betideth here in absence of thy friend;
61   And likewise will visit thee with mine.
PROTEUS
62   All happiness bechance to thee in Milan!
VALENTINE
63   As much to you at home! and so, farewell.
Exit

PROTEUS
64   He after honour hunts, I after love:
65   He leaves his friends to dignify them more,
66   I leave myself, my friends and all, for love.
67   Thou, Julia, thou hast metamorphosed me,
68   Made me neglect my studies, lose my time,
69   War with good counsel, set the world at nought;
70   Made wit with musing weak, heart sick with thought.
Enter SPEED

SPEED
71   Sir Proteus, save you! Saw you my master?
PROTEUS
72   But now he parted hence, to embark for Milan.
SPEED
73   Twenty to one then he is shipp'd already,
74   And I have play'd the sheep in losing him.
PROTEUS
75   Indeed, a sheep doth very often stray,
76   An if the shepherd be a while away.
SPEED
77   You conclude that my master is a shepherd, then,
78   and I a sheep?
PROTEUS
79   I do.
SPEED
80   Why then, my horns are his horns, whether I wake or sleep.
PROTEUS
81   A silly answer and fitting well a sheep.
SPEED
82   This proves me still a sheep.
PROTEUS
83   True; and thy master a shepherd.
SPEED
84   Nay, that I can deny by a circumstance.
PROTEUS
85   It shall go hard but I'll prove it by another.
SPEED
86   The shepherd seeks the sheep, and not the sheep the
87   shepherd; but I seek my master, and my master seeks
88   not me: therefore I am no sheep.
PROTEUS
89   The sheep for fodder follow the shepherd; the
90   shepherd for food follows not the sheep: thou for
91   wages followest thy master; thy master for wages
92   follows not thee: therefore thou art a sheep.
SPEED
93   Such another proof will make me cry 'baa.'
PROTEUS
94   But, dost thou hear? gavest thou my letter to Julia?
SPEED
95   Ay sir: I, a lost mutton, gave your letter to her,
96   a laced mutton, and she, a laced mutton, gave me, a
97   lost mutton, nothing for my labour.
PROTEUS
98   Here's too small a pasture for such store of muttons.
SPEED
99   If the ground be overcharged, you were best stick her.
PROTEUS
100  Nay: in that you are astray, 'twere best pound you.
SPEED
101  Nay, sir, less than a pound shall serve me for
102  carrying your letter.
PROTEUS
103  You mistake; I mean the pound,--a pinfold.
SPEED
104  From a pound to a pin? fold it over and over,
105  'Tis threefold too little for carrying a letter to
106  your lover.
PROTEUS
107  But what said she?
SPEED
First nodding
108   Ay.
PROTEUS
109  Nod--Ay--why, that's noddy.
SPEED
110  You mistook, sir; I say, she did nod: and you ask
111  me if she did nod; and I say, 'Ay.'
PROTEUS
112  And that set together is noddy.
SPEED
113  Now you have taken the pains to set it together,
114  take it for your pains.
PROTEUS
115  No, no; you shall have it for bearing the letter.
SPEED
116  Well, I perceive I must be fain to bear with you.
PROTEUS
117  Why sir, how do you bear with me?
SPEED
118  Marry, sir, the letter, very orderly; having nothing
119  but the word 'noddy' for my pains.
PROTEUS
120  Beshrew me, but you have a quick wit.
SPEED
121  And yet it cannot overtake your slow purse.
PROTEUS
122  Come come, open the matter in brief: what said she?
SPEED
123  Open your purse, that the money and the matter may
124  be both at once delivered.
PROTEUS
125  Well, sir, here is for your pains. What said she?
SPEED
126  Truly, sir, I think you'll hardly win her.
PROTEUS
127  Why, couldst thou perceive so much from her?
SPEED
128  Sir, I could perceive nothing at all from her; no,
129  not so much as a ducat for delivering your letter:
130  and being so hard to me that brought your mind, I
131  fear she'll prove as hard to you in telling your
132  mind. Give her no token but stones; for she's as
133  hard as steel.
PROTEUS
134  What said she? nothing?
SPEED
135  No, not so much as 'Take this for thy pains.' To
136  testify your bounty, I thank you, you have testerned
137  me; in requital whereof, henceforth carry your
138  letters yourself: and so, sir, I'll commend you to my master.
PROTEUS
139  Go, go, be gone, to save your ship from wreck,
140  Which cannot perish having thee aboard,
141  Being destined to a drier death on shore.
Exit SPEED
142  I must go send some better messenger:
143  I fear my Julia would not deign my lines,
144  Receiving them from such a worthless post.
Exit

ACT I, SCENE II (Next) >
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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