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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Act I, Scene 1

Verona. An open place.]
 
[Enter VALENTINE and PROTEUS]
 
VALENTINE
        ,             ,         ,       ,     ,
      Cease to | persuade,| my lo|ving Pro|teus:
        T    T  .    T          ,       ,       ,
      Home-keeping youth | have e|ver home|ly wits.
          2    ,       ,          ,          ,        ,
      Were it not | affec|tion chains | thy ten|der days
                 ,     ,       ,        ,         ,
      To the / sweet glan|ces of | thy ho|nored love,
         ,        ,         ,          ,     ,
      I ra|ther would | entreat | thy com|pany
          ,         ,        ,         ,        ,
      To see | the won|ders of | the world | abroad,
             ,       ,       ,       ,          ,
      Than (li|ving dul|ly slug|gardized | at home)
            ,          ,            ,        ,      ,
      Wear^out | thy youth | with shape|less i|dleness.
            ,            ,            ,            ,           ,
      But since | thou lovst,| love still | and thrive | therein,
      ,   2     ,              ,        ,       ,
      Even as | I would | when I | to love | begin.
 
PROTEUS
             ,         ,            ,      ,       ,
      Wilt thou | be gone?| Sweet* Va|lentine | adieu,
        ,             ,    2     ,           ,        ,
      Think on | thy Pro|teus, when | thou (hap|ly) seest
             ,      T   T  .   T       ,          x
      Some rare | note-worthy^ob|ject in thy | travel:
        ,           ,      ,        ,      ,
      Wish me | parta|ker in | thy hap|piness
             ,           ,           ,     ,    2       ,
      When thou | dost meet | good* hap;| and in thy | danger
          ,      ,       ,      ,       ,
      (If e|ver dan|ger do | envi|ron thee)
           ,          ,         ,       ,       x
      Commend | thy grie|vance to | my ho|ly prayers,
          ,         ,         ,         ,      ,
      For I | will be | thy beads|man, Va|lentine.
 
VALENTINE
       ,    2      T    T    T         ,        ,
      And on a | love-book pray | for my | success?
 
PROTEUS
        ,           ,        ,           ,          ,
      Upon | some book | I love,| I'll pray | for thee.
 
VALENTINE
              ,          ,       ,            ,    ,
      That's on | some shal|low sto|ry of / deep love,
            ,        ,        ,           ,       ,
      How young | Lean|der crossed | the Hel|lespont.
 
PROTEUS
         ,         ,   ,              ,        ,
      That's a | deep sto/ry, of | a dee|per love:
           ,         ,         ,       ,          ,
      For he | was more | than o|ver shoes | in love.
 
VALENTINE
             ,         ,        ,       ,          ,
      'Tis true;| for you | are o|ver boots | in love,
           ,         ,       ,         ,       ,
      And yet | you ne|ver swum | the Hel|lespont.
 
PROTEUS
      ,            ,      ,             ,          ,
      Over | the boots?| Nay, give^|me not | the boots.
 
VALENTINE
       ,            ,       2     ,           ,
      No, I | will not;| for it boots | thee not.
 
PROTEUS
                                                   __
                                                  What?
 
VALENTINE
          ,        ,            ,           ,             ,
      To be | in love;| where scorn | is bought | with groans;
       ,    ,           ,     ,     ,        ,      ,         ,
      Coy looks, with heart-sore sighs: one fading moment's mirth  ????
             ,       ,         ,       ,   2      ,
      With twen|ty watch|ful, wea|ry, te|dious nights:
          ,      ,         ,       ,         ,
      If hap|ly won,| perhaps | a hap|less gain;
           ,          ,        ,        ,      ,
      If lost,| why then | a grie|vous la|bor won;
         ,       ,       ,        ,           ,
      Howe|ver: but | a fol|ly bought | with wit,
           ,       ,        ,      ,       ,
      Or else | a wit,| by fol|ly van|quished.
 
PROTEUS
       ,             ,        ,           ,         ,
      So, by | your cir|cumstance,| you call | me fool.
 
VALENTINE
       ,             ,        ,         ,             ,
      So, by | your cir|cumstance,| I fear | you'll prove.
 
PROTEUS
             ,         ,      ,   ,            ,
      'Tis love | you ca|vil at:| I am | not Love.
 
VALENTINE
        ,             ,        ,        ,        ,
      Love is | your mas|ter, for | he mas|ters you:
           ,         ,       ,      ,       ,
      And he | that is | so yo|ked by | a fool,
           ,             ,         ,      ,          ,
      Methinks | should not | be chro|nicled | for wise.
 
PROTEUS
           ,        ,        ,         ,        ,
      Yet wri|ters say;| as in | the swee|test bud
           ,       ,         ,         ,        ,
      The ea|ting can|ker dwells;| so ea|ting love
         ,       ,        ,        ,        ,
      Inha|bits in | the fi|nest wits | of all.
 
VALENTINE
           ,        ,              ,   ,        ,
      And wri|ters say; as the / most for|ward bud
          ,      ,        ,       ,         ,
      Is ea|ten by | the can|ker ere | it blow,
       2    ,        ,          ,          ,       ,
      Even so | by love | the young | and ten|der wit
            ,         ,        ,        ,        ,
      Is turned | to fol|ly, blas|ting in | the bud,
       ,            ,    ,  ,                ,
      Losing | his ver|dure e/ven in | the prime
           ,          ,        ,         ,        ,
      And all | the fair | effects | of fu|ture hopes.
            ,           ,         ,         ,        ,
      But where|fore* waste | I time | to coun|sel thee,
            ,       ,    ,        ,        ,
      That art | a vo|tary | to fond | desire?
             ,       ,        ,       ,         ,
      Once^more | adieu:| my fa|ther at | the road
          ,         ,         ,         ,          ,
      Expects | my co|ming, there | to see | me shipped.
 
PROTEUS
           ,         ,        ,           ,      ,
      And thi|ther will | I bring | thee Va|lentine.
 
VALENTINE
              ,    2    ,        ,         ,          ,
      Sweet* Pro|teus, no:| now let | us take | our leave.
          ,      ,         ,           ,        ,       2->
      To Mi|lan let | me hear | from thee | by let||ters
          ,         ,         ,     .    T    T    T
      Of thy | success | in love;| and what news else
         ,        ,        ,        ,          ,
      Beti|deth here | in ab|sence of | thy friend;
            ,    ,          ,        ,           ,
      And like|wise will | visit | thee with | mine.
 
PROTEUS
      <-        ,      ,        ,          ,        ,
        All || happi|ness be|chance to | thee in | Milan.
 
VALENTINE
           ,        ,         ,         ,         ,
      As much | to you | at home:| and so | farewell.
 
[Exit]
 
PROTEUS
          ,      ,       ,        ,       ,
      He af|ter ho|nor hunts,| I af|ter love:
            ,            ,          ,     ,          ,
      He leaves | his friends | to dig|nify | them more,
          ,         ,          ,           ,          ,
      I leave | myself,| my friends,| and all | for love.
            ,  2     ,          ,    ,     ,
      Thou Ju|lia, thou | hast me|tamor|phosed me,
        ,           ,         ,          ,         ,
      Made me | neglect | my stu|dies, lose | my time;
       ,                 ,        ,          ,           ,
      War with | good* coun|sel, set | the world | at nought;
            ,          ,        ,            ,            ,
      Made wit | with mu|sing weak,| heart^sick | with thought.
 
[Enter SPEED]
 
SPEED
           ,    2     ,          ,     ,        ,
      Sir Pro|teus: save | you: saw | you my | master?
 
PROTEUS
           ,        ,        ,       2   ,          ,      ->
      But now | he par|ted hence | to embark | for Mi||lan.
 
SPEED
        ,    2    ,      ,    2        ,        ,
      Twen|ty to one | then he is | shipped al|ready,
          ,           ,           ,         ,       ,
      And I | have played | the sheep | in lo|sing him.
 
PROTEUS
          ,        ,           ,     ,       ,
      Indeed | a sheep | doth ve|ry of|ten stray,
           ,         ,        ,       ,       ,
      And if | the shep|herd be | a while | away.
 
SPEED
You conclude that my master is a shepherd, then, and I a sheep?
 
PROTEUS
I do.
 
SPEED
Why then, my horns are his horns, whether I wake or sleep.
 
PROTEUS
A silly answer and fitting well a sheep.
 
SPEED
This proves me still a sheep.
 
PROTEUS
True; and thy master a shepherd.
 
SPEED
Nay, that I can deny by a circumstance.
 
PROTEUS
It shall go hard but I'll prove it by another.
 
SPEED
The shepherd seeks the sheep, and not the sheep the shepherd; but I seek my master, and my master seeks not me: therefore I am no sheep.
 
PROTEUS
The sheep for fodder follow the shepherd; the shepherd for food follows not the sheep: thou for wages followest thy master; thy master for wages follows not thee: therefore thou art a sheep.
 
SPEED
Such another proof will make me cry baa.
 
PROTEUS
But, dost thou hear? gavst thou my letter to Julia?
 
SPEED
Aye sir: I, a lost mutton, gave your letter to her, a laced mutton, and she, a laced mutton, gave me, a lost mutton, nothing for my labor.
 
PROTEUS
Here's too small a pasture for such store of muttons.
 
SPEED
If the ground be overcharged, you were best stick her.
 
PROTEUS
Nay: in that you are astray, 'twere best pound you.
 
SPEED
Nay, sir, less than a pound shall serve me for carrying your letter.
 
PROTEUS
You mistake; I mean the pound,--a pinfold.
 
SPEED
From a pound to a pin? fold it over and over, 'Tis threefold too little for carrying a letter to your lover.
 
PROTEUS
But what said she?
 
SPEED [First nodding]
Aye.
 
PROTEUS
Nod--Aye--why, that's noddy.
 
SPEED
You mistook, sir; I say, she did nod: and you ask me if she did nod; and I say, Aye.
 
PROTEUS
And that set together is noddy.
 
SPEED
Now you have taken the pains to set it together, take it for your pains.
 
PROTEUS
No, no; you shall have it for bearing the letter.
 
SPEED
Well, I perceive I must be fain to bear with you.
 
PROTEUS
Why sir, how do you bear with me?
 
SPEED
Marry, sir, the letter, very orderly; having nothing but the word 'noddy' for my pains.
 
PROTEUS
Beshrew me, but you have a quick wit.
 
SPEED
And yet it cannot overtake your slow purse.
 
PROTEUS
Come come, open the matter in brief: what said she?
 
SPEED
Open your purse, that the money and the matter may be both at once delivered.
 
PROTEUS
Well, sir, here is for your pains. What said she?
 
SPEED
Truly, sir, I think you'll hardly win her.
 
PROTEUS
Why, couldst thou perceive so much from her?
 
SPEED
Sir, I could per|ceive nothing at all from her; no, not so much as a ducat | for delivering your letter: and being so hard to me that brought your mind, I fear she'll prove as hard to you in telling your mind.
Give her no token but stones; for she's as hard as steel.
 
PROTEUS
What said she, nothing?
 
SPEED
       ,             ,         ,      ,              ,
      No, not | so much | as take | this for | thy pains.
          ,     ,          ,     2    ,      ,      3    3       ,
      To tes|tify | your boun|ty, I thank | you, you have tes|terned me;
        2   ,     2      ,          ,      ,   2        ,              ,
      In requi|tal whereof,| henceforth | carry your | letters | yourself: (hex w/prev?)
           ,    ,               ,     ,    2      ,
      And so,| sir, I'll | commend | you to my | master.
 
PROTEUS
       T   T   .   T         ,           ,           ,
      Go, go, be gone,| to save | your ship | from wrack,
             ,       ,       ,        ,       ,
      Which can|not pe|rish ha|ving thee | aboard,
        2    ,         ,      ,       ,          ,
      Being des|tined to | a dri|er death | on shore:
          ,         ,          ,       ,      ,
      I must | go send | some bet|ter mes|senger,
          ,        ,  2    ,           ,          ,
      I fear | my Ju|lia would | not deign | my lines,
         ,         ,           ,        ,          ,
      Recei|ving them | from such | a worth|less post.
 
[Exit]

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