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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Act I, Scene 3

The same. ANTONIO's house.
 
[Enter ANTONIO and PANTHINO]
 
ANTONIO
        ,           ,              ,    ,          ,
      Tell me | Panthi|no, what / sad talk | was that,
             ,        ,         ,     ,    2        ,
      Wherewith | my bro|ther held | you in the | cloister?
 
PANTHINO
             ,        ,       ,     ,         ,
      'Twas of | his ne|phew Pro|teus,| your son.
 
ANTONIO
        ,          ,
      Why? What | of him?
 
PANTHINO
                             ,          ,           ,       2->
                         He won|dered that | your lord||ship
             ,       ,         ,           ,          ,
      Would suf|fer him | to spend | his youth | at home,
            ,       ,         ,       ,    ,      2->
      While o|ther men,| of slen|der re|puta||tion
            ,             ,         ,        ,        ,
      Put forth | their sons | to seek | prefer|ment out.
        ,             ,        ,           ,         ,
      Some to | the wars,| to try | their for|tune there;
        ,            ,      ,        ,      ,
      Some, to | disco|ver is|lands far | away:
        ,             ,    2    ,   ,      ,
      Some, to | the stu|dious un|iver|sities;
          ,  ,    2       ,           ,    ,
      For a|ny, or for | all these | exer|cises,
           ,          ,     ,         ,          ,
      He said | that Pro|teus,| your son,| was meet;
           ,        ,      ,        ,      ,
      And did | request | me, to | impor|tune you
          ,          ,           ,         ,         ,
      To let | him spend | his time | no more | at home;
              ,          ,         ,         ,        ,
      Which would | be great | impeach|ment to | his age,
          ,        ,      ,  ,                 ,
      In ha|ving known | no tra/vel in | his youth.
 
ANTONIO
             ,            ,     ,      ,            ,
      Nor needst | thou much | impor|tune me | to that
            ,          ,         ,          ,      ,
      Whereon | this month | I have | been ham|mering.
          ,        ,         ,          ,         ,
      I have | consi|dered well | his loss | of time
           ,        ,       ,      ,        ,
      And how | he can|not be | a per|fect man,
       ,           ,          ,        ,         ,
      Not be|ing tried | and tu|tored in | the world:
         ,   2     ,       ,     ,        ,
      Exper|ience is | by in|dustry | achieved,
       ,       ,                  ,      ,          ,
      And per|fected | by the / swift course | of time:
             ,         ,         ,        ,         ,         2->
      Then tell | me, whi|ther were | I best | to send || him?
 
PANTHINO
          ,            ,    ,        ,   ,
      I think | your lord|ship is | not ig/norant
       ,            ,         ,        ,      ,
      How his | compan|ion, youth|ful Va|lentine,
          ,          ,    ,      2     ,       ,
      Attends | the em|peror | in his roy|al court.
 
ANTONIO
       ,            ,         ,        ,      ,
      I know it well.  ????
 
PANTHINO
               ,        ,            ,         ,         ,        ->
      'Twere good,| I think,| your lord|ship sent | him thi||ther:
        ,          2     ,         ,           ,      ,
      There | shall he prac|tise tilts | and tour|naments;
             ,           ,          ,           ,     ,
      Hear sweet | discourse,| converse | with no|blemen,
           ,       ,        ,  2   ,     ,
      And be | in eye | of ev|ery ex|ercise
       ,             ,          ,      ,         ,
      Worthy | his youth | and no|bleness | of birth.
 
ANTONIO
          ,          ,         ,           ,        ,
      I like | thy coun|sel: well | hast thou | advised:
            ,           ,          ,           ,          x
      And that | thou mayst | perceive | how well | I like it,
           ,   ,        x       T     T    T
      The ex|ecu|tion of it | shall make known;
      ,        ,          ,   2      ,    ,
      Even | with the | speediest | expe|dition,
          ,         ,      ,    2       ,           ,
      I will | dispatch | him to the | empe|ror's court.
 
PANTHINO
         ,          x        ,          ,       ,
      Tomor|row, may it | please you,| Don Al|phonso,
           ,       ,      ,         ,        ,
      With o|ther gen|tlemen | of good | esteem,
            ,      ,      2    ,         ,    ,
      Are jour|neying | to salute | the em|peror
       ,            ,           ,        ,         ,
      And to | commend | their ser|vice to | his will.
 
ANTONIO
             ,    2     ,      ,           ,        ,
      Good* com|pany: with | them shall | Prote|us go:
           ,          ,     ,              ,           ,
      And in | good time:| now will | we break | with him.
 
[Enter PROTEUS]
 
PROTEUS
        T     T     T       T      T     T    oo
      Sweet love, sweet | lines, sweet life,|
        ,             ,        ,       ,         ,
      Here is | her hand,| the a|gent of | her heart;
        ,             ,          ,         ,         ,
      Here is | her oath | for love,| her ho|nor's pawn;
      ,             ,         ,         ,           ,
      O that | our fa|thers would | applaud | our loves
           ,         ,      ,           ,          ,
      To seal | our hap|piness | with their | consents.
 
[Reads]
         ,    2    ,   ,
      O hea|venly Ju|lia.  [cut off?]
 
ANTONIO
           ,          ,       ,         ,         ,
      How now?| What let|ter are | you rea|ding there?
 
PROTEUS
         2      ,            ,    ,              ,        ,
      May it please | your lord|ship, 'tis | a word | or two
          ,      ,         ,          ,      ,
      Of com|menda|tions sent | from Va|lentine,
         ,        ,        ,            ,          ,
      Deli|vered by | a friend | that came | from him.
 
ANTONIO
        ,            ,        ,        ,           ,
      Lend me | the let|ter: let | me see | what news.
 
PROTEUS
             ,        ,         ,     ,               ,
      There is | no news |(my lord)| but that | he writes
           ,     ,        ,           ,       ,
      How hap|pily | he lives,| how well-|beloved,
           ,      ,       ,        ,    ,
      And dai|ly gra|ced by | the em|peror;
        ,            ,           ,       ,        ,       2->
      Wishing | me with | him, part|ner of | his for||tune.
 
ANTONIO
           ,      ,            ,       ,         ,
      And how | stand you | affec|ted to | his wish?
 
PROTEUS
          ,       ,      ,          ,           ,
      As one | rely|ing on | your lord|ship's^will
           ,       ,        ,         ,         ,
      And not | depen|ding on | his friend|ly wish.
 
ANTONIO
           ,         ,         ,        ,          ,
      My will | is some|thing sor|ted with | his wish:
            ,         ,         ,      ,        ,
      Muse not | that I | thus^sud|denly | proceed;
            ,        ,        ,          ,         ,
      For what | I will,| I will,| and there | an end:
      ,           ,            ,            ,            ,
      I am | resolved,| that thou | shalt spend | some time
            ,     ,      ,        ,   2       ,
      With Va|lenti|nus in | the em|peror's court:
             ,      ,      ,               ,          ,
      What main|tenance | he from | his friends | receives,
            ,    ,        ,            ,          ,
      Like^ex|hibi|tion thou | shalt have | from me.
         ,       ,       ,      ,        ,
      Tomor|row be | in rea|diness | to go:
          ,        ,        ,     2    ,    3  3->
      Excuse | it not,| for I | am peremp|tory.
 
PROTEUS
           ,        ,       ,        ,        ,      o
      My lord || I can|not be | so soon | provi|ded:
         ,            ,     ,       ,        ,
      Please you,| deli|berate | a day | or two.
 
ANTONIO
        ,                 ,            ,         ,       ,
      Look what | thou wantst | shall be | sent af|ter thee:
           ,         ,       ,        ,          ,
      No more | of stay:| tomor|row thou | must go;
            ,       ,       ,           ,        ,
      Come on | Panthi|no: you | shall be | employed
          ,       ,        ,    ,       o
      To has|ten on | his ex|pedi|tion.
 
[Exeunt ANTONIO and PANTHINO]
 
PROTEUS
        ,      2       ,            ,          ,        ,
      Thus have I | shunned the | fire for | fear of | burning,
              ,          ,        ,          ,         ,
      And drenched | me in | the sea,| where I | am drowned.
           ,          ,        ,       ,   2    ,       ->
      I feared | to show | my fa|ther Ju|lia's let||ter,
        ,      2         ,       ,         ,        ,
      Lest | he should take | excep|tions to | my love,
            ,         ,        ,         ,        ,
      And with | the van|tage of | mine own | excuse
            ,      ,        ,        ,          ,
      Hath he | excep|ted most | against | my love.
       T   T    T       ,          ,      ,
      Oh, how this | spring of | love re|sembleth
         2   ,        ,      ,       ,      ,
      The uncer|tain glo|ry of | an Ap|ril day,
             ,           ,          ,      ,        ,
      Which now | shows^all | the beau|ty of | the sun,
           ,        ,       ,            ,      ,
      And by | and by | a cloud | takes^all | away.
 
[Re-enter PANTHINO]
 
PANTHINO
           ,     ,         ,        ,          ,
      Sir Pro|teus,| your fa|ther calls | for you:
          ,        ,       ,             ,         ,
      He is | in haste,| therefore | I pray | you go.
 
PROTEUS
            ,        ,        ,         ,           ,
      Why this | it is:| my heart | accords | thereto,
           ,        ,         ,         ,        ,
      And yet | a thou|sand times | it an|swers no.
 
[Exeunt]

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