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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Act V, Scene 4

Another part of the forest.
 
[Enter VALENTINE]
 
VALENTINE
           ,           ,        ,      ,      ,
      How use | doth breed | a ha|bit in | a man?
            ,    2   ,        ,  ,            ,
      This sha|dowy de|sert, un|frequen|ted woods,
         ,        ,            ,    2      ,         ,
      I bet|ter brook | than flou|rishing peo|pled towns:
        ,     2     ,      ,        ,       ,
      Here can I | sit a|lone, un|seen of | any,
           ,         ,        ,          ,         ,
      And to | the night|ingale's | complai|ning notes
        ,            ,       ,        ,         ,
      Tune my | distres|ses and | record | my woes.
          ,           ,       ,      ,         ,
      O thou | that dost | inha|bit in | my breast,
             ,         ,        ,     ,   ,
      Leave^not | the man|sion so | long ten/antless,
            ,        ,    ,          ,         ,
      Lest gro|wing ru|inous,| the buil|ding fall
            ,         ,    ,        ,        ,
      And leave | no me|mory | of what | it was,
          ,          ,         ,          ,    ,
      Repair | me, with | thy pre|sence, Sil|via:
            ,        ,      ,                  ,    ,
      Thou gen|tle nymph,| cherish | thy for/lorn swain!
            ,    2    ,           ,         ,       ,
      What hal|loing and | what stir | is this | today?
        ,              ,            ,            ,            ,
      These are | my mates,| that make | their wills | their law,
        ,            ,      ,      ,         ,
      Have some | unhap|py pas|senger | in chase.
             ,         ,        ,          ,        ,
      They love | me well:| yet I | have much | to do
           ,                 , ,      ,   ,
      To keep | them from / unci|vil out|rages.
            ,          ,      ,            ,            ,
      Withdraw | thee Va|lentine:| who's this | comes^here?
 
[Enter PROTEUS, SILVIA, and JULIA]
 
PROTEUS
       ,            ,       ,          ,         ,
      Madam,| this ser|vice I | have done | for you
               ,        ,           ,           ,         ,
      (Though you | respect | not aught | your ser|vant doth)
          ,        ,         ,       ,          ,
      To ha|zard life,| and res|cue you | from him,
             ,             ,           ,      ,           ,
      That would | have forced | your ho|nor and | your love,
            ,         ,         ,         ,            ,
      Vouchsafe | me for | my meed,| but one | fair* look;
          ,        ,           ,       ,       ,
      A smal|ler boon | than this | I can|not beg,
            ,           ,     2     ,         ,        ,
      And less | than this,| I am sure | you can|not give.
 
VALENTINE [Aside]
            ,        ,          ,       ,          ,
      How like | a dream | is this?| I see,| and hear:
       __      ,        ,           2     ,       ,
      Love,| lend me | patience | to forbear | awhile.
 
SILVIA
         ,      ,       ,       ,       ,
      O mi|serable,| unhap|py that | I am.
 
PROTEUS
         ,       ,          ,       ,        ,
      Unhap|py were | you (ma|dam) ere | I came:
           ,       ,     3 3       ,         ,     o
      But by | my co|ming I have made | you hap|py.
 
SILVIA
       ,    2      ,            ,          ,      ,
      By thy ap|proach thou | makst me | most un|happy.
 
JULIA [Aside]
           ,         ,       ,         ,         ,        ->
      And me,| when he | approa|cheth to | your pre||sence.
 
SILVIA
       ,     2      ,       ,      ,        x
      Had | I been sei|zed by | a hun|gry lion,
          ,            ,        ,         ,         ,
      I would | have been | a break|fast to | the beast,
       ,    2         T    T    T    2   ,       ,
      Rather than | have false Pro|teus res|cue me.
            x         ,         ,         ,      ,
      Oh heaven | bejudge | how I | love Va|lentine,
              ,          ,       ,       ,        ,
      Whose^life's | as ten|der to | me as | my soul,
            ,         ,          ,           ,       ,
      And full | as much |(for more | there can|not be)
         ,       ,      T    T   T      ,   2
      I do | detest | false perjured | Proteus.
             ,        ,       ,      ,        ,
      Therefore | begone,| soli|cit me | no more.
 
PROTEUS
            ,    2     ,         ,          ,         ,
      What dan|gerous ac|tion, stood | it next | to death
        ,    2       ,     ,         T    T    T
      Would I not | under|go, for | one calm look:
       ,              ,          ,          ,          ,
      Oh 'tis | the curse | in love,| and still | approved,
            ,      ,        ,              ,         ,
      When wo|men can|not love,| where they're | beloved.
 
SILVIA
            ,    2   ,        ,            ,        ,
      When Pro|teus can|not love,| where he's | beloved:
           ,      ,   2     ,      .    T     T    T
      Read^o|ver Ju|lia's heart |(thy first best love,
            ,             ,           ,            ,          ,
      For whose | dear* sake | thou didst | then rend | thy faith
       ,         ,         ,          ,            ,
      Into | a thou|sand oaths;| and all | those oaths,
          ,       ,     ,     ,        ,        ->
      Descen|ded in|to per|jury,| to love || me.
        ,        2     ,           ,        ,              ,
      Thou | hast no faith | left^now,| unless | thou'dst^two;
       .     T    T    T            ,     ,              ,
      And that's far worse | than none:| better | have none
            ,        ,            ,          ,        ,
      Than plu|ral faith | which is | too* much | by one:
             ,       ,               ,     ,
      Thou coun|terfeit,| to thy / true friend.
 
PROTEUS
                                                    ,
                                               In love,
       ,        T      T
      Who re|spects friend?
 
SILVIA
                             T     ,         ,   2
                            All | men but | Proteus.
 
PROTEUS
       ,             ,         x         ,        ,
      Nay, if | the gen|tle spirit | of mo|ving words
           ,           ,      ,          ,        ,
      Can no | way* change | you to | a mil|der form,
            ,          ,       ,               ,    ,
      I'll woo | you like | a sol|dier, at / arms' end,
            ,       2    ,          ,     2     ,      ,
      And love | you against | the na|ture of love:| force ye.
 
SILVIA
           x
      O heaven.
 
PROTEUS
                      ,            ,         ,       ,
               I'll force | thee yield | to my | desire.
 
VALENTINE
       ,   2         ,          ,       ,       ,
      Ruffian:| let go | that rude | unci|vil touch,
              ,              ,   ,
      Thou friend | of an / ill fa|shion.
 
PROTEUS
                                          ,      ,
                                         Va|lentine.
 
VALENTINE
            ,         ,        ,              ,          ,
      Thou com|mon friend,| that's with|out faith | or love,
            ,              ,    ,      ,           ,
      For such | is a / friend now:| treache|rous man.
        ,              ,          ,        ,               ,
      Thou hast | beguiled | my hopes;| nought but | mine^eye
        ,       2     ,            ,        ,         ,
      Could have per|suaded | me: now | I dare | not say
          ,           ,        ,            ,           ,        ->
      I have | one friend | alive;| thou wouldst | disprove || me.
       ,          2     ,         ,      T     T     T
      Who | should be trus|ted, when | one's right hand
          ,         ,        ,       ,     ,
      Is per|jured to | the bo|som? Pro|teus
       2    ,     ,         ,       ,            ,
      I am sor|ry I | must ne|ver trust | thee more,
            ,           ,         ,        ,          ,
      But count | the world | a stran|ger for | thy sake.
           ,         ,         ,         ,     ,              ,   ->
      The pri|vate wound | is dee|pest: oh | time, most^||accurst:
          T    T    T        2     ,             ,          ,   ->
      'Mongst all foes | that a friend | should be || the worst?
 
PROTEUS
           ,           ,           ,        o
      My shame | and guilt | confounds | me.
           ,        ,      ,         ,      ,
      Forgive | me Va|lentine:| if hear|ty sorrow
       ,         ,        ,       ,        ,
      Be a | suffi|cient ran|som for | offense,
         ,     2     ,       ,       ,      ,      2->
      I ten|der it here;| I do | as tru|ly suf||fer,
          ,       ,        ,
      As ere | I did | commit.
 
VALENTINE
                                   ,        ,
                              Then I | am paid;
            ,       ,       ,       ,           ,      ->
      And once | again | I do | receive | thee ho||nest.
       ,      2   ,         ,        ,      ,
      Who | by repen|tance is | not sa|tisfied
          ,          x           ,           ,            ,
      Is nor | of heaven,| nor earth;| for these | are pleased:
          ,     ,        2  ,           ,           ,
      By pe|nitence | the Eter|nal's wrath's | appeased:
       ,              ,             ,    ,           ,
      And that | my love | may^ap/pear plain | and free,
       ,      2        ,        ,  2    T   T    T
      All that was | mine in | Silvia | I give thee.
 
JULIA
         ,      ,
      O me | unhap|py.
 
[Swoons]
 
PROTEUS
                        ,      2     ,
                      Look | to the boy.
 
VALENTINE
                                               ,
                                        Why*, boy?
           ,         ,          2     ,               ,    ,
      Why wag:| how now?| What's the mat|ter? Look / up: speak.
 
JULIA
O good sir, my master charged me to deliver a ring to Madam Silvia, which (out of my neglect) was never done.
 
PROTEUS
        ,               ,     ,
      Where is | that ring?| Boy?
 
JULIA
                                          ,              ,
                                  Here |'tis: this | is it.
 
PROTEUS
       ,             ,
      How? let | me see.  (pickup after)
            ,      2      ,        ,        ,   ,
      Why this | is the ring | I gave | to Ju|lia.
 
JULIA
          ,         ,      ,        ,        ,
      Oh cry | you mer|cy sir,| I have | mistook:
        ,             ,          ,        ,    ,
      This is | the ring | you sent | to Sil|via.
 
PROTEUS
         2      ,           ,          ,     ,   2     ,
      But how camst | thou by | this ring?| At my de|part
      <-       ,          ,      ,
        I || gave this | unto | Ju||lia.
 
JULIA
           ,   ,        ,          ,        ,
      And Ju|lia | herself | did give | it me;
           ,   ,        ,            ,          ,      ->
      And Ju|lia | herself | hath brought | it hi||ther.
 
PROTEUS
       ,     , 2
      How?| Julia?  (pickup after)
 
JULIA
          ,     ,                ,        ,          ,
      Behold | her, that | gave^aim | to all | thy oaths,
           ,       ,          ,      ,         ,
      And en|tertained |'em deep|ly in | her heart.
           ,           ,          ,    2    ,           ,
      How oft | hast thou | with per|jury cleft | the root?
         ,    2    ,          ,       ,           ,
      O Pro|teus, let | this ha|bit make | thee blush.
       ,     2     ,          ,          ,     ,
      Be thou a|shamed that | I have | took u|pon me,
        ,          ,       ,               ,     ,
      Such an | immo|dest rai|ment; if / shame live
       ,          ,          ,
      In a | disguise | of love?  (pickup from before)
          ,        ,        ,     ,         ,
      It is | the les|ser blot | mode|sty finds,
       ,            ,              ,           ,            ,
      Women | to change | their shapes,| than men | their minds.
 
PROTEUS
            ,            ,            ,          x           ,
      Than men | their minds?| 'Tis true:| oh heaven,| were man
           ,          ,         ,                ,   ,     ->
      But con|stant, he | were per|fect; that / one er||ror
        ,        2        ,          2     ,             ,          ,
      Fills | him with faults:| makes^him run | through^all | the sins;
         ,             ,    ,     ,           ,
      Incon|stancy / falls off,| ere it | begins:
        ,           ,    2     ,        ,        ,
      What is | in Sil|via's face,| but I | may spy
              ,         ,    ,        2   ,         ,
      More* fresh | in Ju|lia's,| with a con|stant eye?
 
VALENTINE
       __      ,         ,          ,
      Come,| come: a | hand from | either:
      <- ,             ,          ,          ,       ,
        Let me || be blest | to make | this hap|py close:
      <-        ,      ,      T     T       T      T   T    T
        'Twere pi||ty two | such friends should | be long foes.
 
PROTEUS
             ,           x         ,         ,       ,     ->
      Bear* wit|ness (Heaven)| I have | my wish | fore||ver.
 
JULIA
            ,   ,
      And / I mine.
 
[Enter Outlaws, with DUKE and THURIO]
 
OUTLAWS
                        ,         ,         ,
                    A prize:| a prize:| a prize.
 
VALENTINE
           ,         ,       ,      3  3     ,          ,
      Forbear,| forbear | I say:| it is my lord | the duke.
             ,         ,        ,      ,          ,
      Your grace | is wel|come to | a man | disgraced,
       ,          ,      ,
      Banished | Valen|tine.
 
DUKE
                                    ,     __
                             Sir | Valen|tine?
 
THURIO
       ,           ,    ,        ,    2     ,
      Yonder | is Sil|via:| and Sil|via's mine.
 
VALENTINE
       ,  2           ,         ,        ,           ,
      Thurio | give back;| or else | embrace | thy death:
             ,        ,         ,        ,        ,
      Come* not | within | the mea|sure of | my wrath:
       .  T    T   T   2    ,          ,       ,
      Do not name Sil|via thine:| if once | again,
         ,             ,    ,            ,           ,
      Vero|na shall / not hold | thee: here | she stands,
        ,            ,        ,         ,        ,
      Take but | posses|sion of | her with | a touch:
          ,           ,          ,        ,         ,
      I dare | thee, but | to breathe | upon | my love.
 
THURIO
           ,      ,        ,         ,         ,
      Sir Va|lentine,| I care | not for | her, I:
          ,         ,        ,      ,      2    ,
      I hold | him but | a fool | that will en|danger
           ,      ,        ,           ,          ,
      His bo|dy, for | a girl | that loves | him not:
          ,          ,          ,         ,         ,
      I claim | her not,| and there|fore she | is thine.
 
DUKE
            ,       ,     ,          ,          ,
      The more | dege|nerate | and base | art thou
           ,           ,          ,         ,           ,
      To make | such^means | for her,| as thou | hast done,
            ,          ,           ,         ,        o
      And leave | her on | such slight | condi|tions.
       ,             ,      ,       ,     ,
      Now, by | the ho|nor of | my an|cestry,
         ,       ,          ,        ,      ,
      I do | applaud | thy spi|rit, Va|lentine,
            ,           ,       ,       ,          ,
      And think | thee wor|thy of | an em|press' love:
        ,             ,        ,         ,         ,
      Know then,| I here | forget | all for|mer griefs,
       ,              ,         ,           ,       ,
      Cancel | all grudge,| repeal | thee home | again,
        T   .  T    T         ,       ,          x
      Plead a new state | in thy | unri|valled merit,
           ,         ,          ,          ,     ,
      To which | I thus | subscribe:| Sir Va|lentine,
            ,       ,      ,          ,        ,
      Thou art | a gen|tleman,| and well | derived,
        ,      2       ,  2     ,           ,        ,
      Take thou thy | Silvia,| for thou | hast de|served her.
 
VALENTINE
          ,            ,           ,           ,        ,     ->
      I thank | your grace,| the gift | hath made | me hap||py.
      ,    ,       ,            2       ,           ,
      I | now be|seech you |(for your daugh|ter's sake)
       .   T    T    T         ,          ,        ,
      To grant one boon | that I | shall ask | of you.
 
DUKE
          ,          ,           ,         ,        ,
      I grant | it (for | thine^own)| whatere | it be.
 
VALENTINE
             ,         ,         ,          ,        ,
      These ba|nished men,| that I | have kept | withal,
           ,        ,          ,       ,      ,
      Are men | endued | with wor|thy qua|lities:
           ,           ,           ,        ,        ,
      Forgive | them what | they have | commit|ted here,
           ,          ,        ,       ,           ,
      And let | them be | recalled | from their | exile:
        ,           ,        ,        ,         ,
      They are | refor|med, ci|vil, full | of good
           ,          ,         ,         ,        ,
      And fit | for great | employ|ment (wor|thy lord).
 
DUKE
             ,          ,        ,        ,          ,
      Thou hast | prevailed,| I par|don them | and thee:
          ,          ,         ,       ,               ,
      Dispose | of them,| as thou | knowst their | deserts.
        ,             ,    ,     2     T    T    T
      Come, let | us go,| we will in|clude all jars
            ,           ,           ,       ,     ,
      With tri|umphs, mirth,| and rare | solem|nity.
 
VALENTINE
           ,        ,       ,        ,         ,
      And as | we walk | along,| I dare | be bold
            ,          ,          ,           ,          ,
      With our | discourse,| to make | your grace | to smile.
        T    T    T         ,      ,          ,
      What think you | of this | page (my | lord)?
 
DUKE
      <-       ,          ,           ,         ,          ,
        I || think the | boy hath | grace in | him, he | blushes.
 
VALENTINE
         ,        ,         ,           ,           ,
      I war|rant you |(my lord)| more grace,| than boy.
 
DUKE
        T    T   T     T   T   T       o
      What mean you | by that say|ing?
 
VALENTINE
         ,                ,          ,        ,       ,
      Please you,| I'll tell | you, as | we pass | along,
            ,          ,        ,          ,
      That you | will won|der what | hath for|tuned:
      <-  ,      ,     ,               ,        ,         ,
        Come || Prote|us, 'tis | your pe|nance but | to hear
           ,      ,          ,         ,
      The sto|ry of | your loves | disco|vered,
      <-  ,       T    T   T        ,          ,          ,
        That || done, our day | of mar|riage shall | be yours,
            ,           ,          ,   2   ,      ,
      One feast,| one house,| one mu|tual hap|piness.
 
[Exeunt]

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