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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Act IV, Scene 1

The frontiers of Mantua. A forest.
 
[Enter certain Outlaws]
 
FIRST OUTLAW
       ,          T     T   T      2   ,      ,
      Fellows,| stand fast; I | see a pas|senger.
 
SECOND OUTLAW
           ,         ,            ,          ,           ,
      If there | be ten,| shrink^not,| but down | with 'em.
 
[Enter VALENTINE and SPEED]
 
THIRD OUTLAW
        ,                  x       ,          ,      ,
      Stand sir,| and throw us | that you | have a|bout ye.
          ,            ,         ,         ,       ,
      If not:| we'll make | you sit,| and ri|fle you.
 
SPEED
           ,        ,   ,     ,                ,
      Sir we | are un|done; these / are the | villains
            ,         ,       ,         ,         ,
      That all | the tra|vellers | do fear | so much.
 
VALENTINE
            ,
      My friends.
 
FIRST OUTLAW
                    ,          T   T    T      2     ,      ,  ->
                 That's not | so, sir: we | are your e||nemies.
 
SECOND OUTLAW
       ___            ,        ->
      Peace:| we'll hear | him.
 
THIRD OUTLAW
       ,     ,         ,      ,               ,         ,       ,
      Aye | by my || beard, will / we, for | he is | a pro|per man.
 
VALENTINE
             ,         ,         ,         ,          ,
      Then know | that I | have lit|tle wealth | to lose;
         ,       ,      ,              ,     ,
      A man | I am,| crossed with | adver|sity:
          ,              ,     ,       ,     ,
      My ri|ches are / these poor | habi|liments,
           ,         ,             ,        ,        ,
      Of which,| if you | should here | disfur|nish me,
            ,         ,         ,           ,        ,
      You take | the sum | and sub|stance^that | I have.
 
SECOND OUTLAW
       ,         ,        ,
      Whither | travel | you?
 
VALENTINE
                                2    ,
                              To Ve|rona.
 
FIRST OUTLAW
                                                   ,         2->
                                          Whence^came || you?
 
VALENTINE
            ,
      From Mi|lan.
 
THIRD OUTLAW
                    ,          ,     T   T      T
                  Have | you long | sojourned there?
 
VALENTINE
             ,           ,          ,        ,             ,
      Some* six|teen* months,| and lon|ger might | have stayed,
           ,       ,              ,    ,        ,
      If croo|ked for|tune had / not thwar|ted me.
 
FIRST OUTLAW
        ,       2       ,            ,
      What, were you | banished | thence?
 
VALENTINE
                                              ,
                                         I | was.
 
SECOND OUTLAW
                                                            2     ,
                                                  For | what offense?
 
VALENTINE
            ,           ,         ,         ,        ,
      For that | which now | torments | me to | rehearse;
           ,        ,            ,         ,        ,
      I killed | a man,| whose death | I much | repent,
           ,        ,         ,      ,        ,
      But yet | I slew | him man|fully | in fight,
           ,      ,    ,              ,    ,
      Without | false van/tage or | base trea/chery.
 
FIRST OUTLAW
            ,        ,         ,               ,   ,
      Why nere | repent | it, if | it were / done so.
            ,         ,               ,   ,         ,
      But were | you ba|nished for / so small | a fault?
 
VALENTINE
         ,          ,         ,         ,        ,
      I was,| and held | me glad | of such | a doom.
 
SECOND OUTLAW
        ,               ,
      Have you | the tongues?  (pickup after)
 
VALENTINE
           ,        ,     2      ,     ,        ,
      My youth|ful tra|vel therein | made me | happy,
           ,       ,      ,          ,    2 ,
      Or else | I of|ten had | been mi|serable.
 
THIRD OUTLAW
        2      ,      ,         ,        T    T    Tx
      By the bare | scalp of | Robin | Hood's fat friar,
            ,        ,        ,       2      ,     ,
      This fel|low were | a king,| for our wild | faction.
 
FIRST OUTLAW
              ,           ,        ,
      We'll have | him. Sirs,| a word. (pickup from before)
 
SPEED
       ,           ,         ,
      Master,| be one | of them;
      <-  ,        ,     ,        ,         ,     T
        It's an | honor||able | kind of | thieve|ry.
 
VALENTINE
                                                      T    T       ->
                                                    Peace vil||lain.
 
SECOND OUTLAW
        ,         ,      ,        ,       ,           ,     ->
      Tell | us this:| have you | any | thing to || take to?
 
VALENTINE
       ,         ,        ,        oo
      Nothing | but my | fortune.|
 
THIRD OUTLAW
        ,                ,        ,        ,      ,
      Know then,| that some | of us | are gen|tlemen,
        ,            ,          , ,          ,
      Such as | the fu|ry of / ungo|verned youth
         ,               ,     ,       ,      ,
      Thrust from | the com|pany | of aw|ful men,
          ,          ,       ,     ,       2->
      Myself | was from | Vero|na ba|nished
            ,       ,         ,       ,       ,    o
      For prac||tising | to steal | away | a la|dy,
           ,          ,      ,        ,           ,
      An heir | and niece,| allied | unto | the duke.
 
SECOND OUTLAW
          ,         ,    ,      2   ,      ,
      And I | from Man|tua,| for a gen|tleman,
       ,             ,         ,       ,           ,
      Who, in | my mood,| I stabbed | unto | the heart.
 
FIRST OUTLAW
          ,         ,          ,        ,          ,
      And I,| for such | like^pet|ty crimes | as these,
       ,            ,         ,         ,           ,
      But to | the pur|pose: for | we cite | our faults,
             ,          ,        ,          ,         ,
      That they | may hold | excused | our law|less lives;
            ,      ,       ,          ,      ,
      And part|ly see|ing you | are beau|tified
             ,       ,          ,         ,        ,
      With good|ly shape;| and by | your own | report,
         ,    ,       2     ,         ,       ,
      A lin|guist, and a | man of | such per|fection,
          ,    ,   2       ,     T   T    T
      As we | do in our | quali|ty much want.
 
SECOND OUTLAW
          ,        ,          ,       ,         ,
      Indeed | because | you are | a ba|nished man,
        ,            ,          ,        ,     2    ,
      Therefore,| above | the rest,| we par|ley to you:
           ,         ,        ,        ,    ,
      Are you | content | to be | our ge|neral?
           ,       ,       ,      ,     ,
      To make | a vir|tue of | neces|sity
            ,        ,       ,         ,       ,
      And live | as we | do in | this wil|derness?
 
THIRD OUTLAW
             ,             ,          ,             ,   ,
      What sayst | thou? Wilt | thou be | of our / consort?
           ,         ,        ,        ,       ,
      Say^aye,| and be | the cap|tain of | us all:
             ,         ,        ,         ,          ,
      We'll do | thee ho|mage, and | be ruled | by thee,
        ,             ,        ,        ,          ,
      Love thee | as our | comman|der, and | our king.
 
FIRST OUTLAW
           ,          ,           ,     ,          ,
      But if | thou scorn | our cour|tesy,| thou diest.
 
SECOND OUTLAW
             ,           ,         ,          ,         ,       2->
      Thou shalt | not live | to brag | what we | have of||fered.
 
VALENTINE
          ,          ,      ,           ,          ,
      I take | your of|fer and | will live | with you,
          ,       ,         ,       ,   ,
      Provi|ded that | you do | no out|rages
          ,      ,            ,   ,       ,
      On sil|ly wo|men or / poor pas|sengers.
 
THIRD OUTLAW
       ,           ,           ,      T    T  . T
      No, we | detest | such^vile | base practises.
        ,    ,                     ,           ,         ,
      Come, go / with us,| we'll bring | thee to | our crews,
            ,          ,          ,        ,         ,
      And show | thee all | the trea|sure we | have got;
        ,                 ,           ,        ,         ,
      Which, with | ourselves,| all rest | at thy | dispose.
 
[Exeunt]

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