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Only, in lieu thereof, dispatch me lience..!
Come, answer not, but do it presently;
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SCENE, the Duke's Palace in Milan."


DU K E.'?
STR Thuria, give us leave, I pray, a while ;

[Exit Thur. Now tell me, Protheus, what's your will with me?

Pro. My gracious Lord, that which I would difThe law of friendship bids me to conceal., [eover, But when I call to mind your gracious favours. Done to me, undeserving as I am, My duty pricks me on to utter that Which, elle, no worldly good should draw from me. Know, worthy Prince, Sir Valentine my friend This night intends to steal away your daughter: Myself am one made privy to the plot. I know you have determined to beltow her On Thurio, whom your gentle daughter hates;

should the thus be stolen away from you, It would be inuch vexation to your age. Thus, for my duty's fake, I rather chole To crofs my friend in his intead:d drift, Than, by concealing it, heap on your head A pack of sorrows, which would press you down, If unprevented, to your timelcis grave. La


Duke. Protheus, I thank thee for thine Ironelt
Which to requite, command me while I live. [care;;
This love of theirs myself have ofren feen,i: 1.311
Haply when they have judged me fast alleep;
And oftentimes have purposed to forbid
Sir Valentine her company, and

my court:
But fearing left my jealous aim might err,
And so unworthily disgrace the man,.
(A rashness that I ever yet have fhunned,)
I gave him gentle looks, thereby to find
That which thyself haft now disclosed to me:
And that thou mayest perceive my fear of this,.
Knowing that tender youth is faon fuggested,
I nightly lodge her in an upper tower,
The key whereof myself have ever kept';
And thence the cannot be conveyed away:

"Pro. Know, noble. Lord, they have devised a
How he her chamber-window will ascend; [meant
And with a corded-ladder fetch her down;
For which the youthful lover now is gone, .
And this way comes he with it presently:
Where, if it please you, you may intercept him.
But,.good my Lord, do it fo cunningly,
That my discovery be not aimed at;
For lore of you, not hate unto my friend,
Hath made me publisher of this pretence.

Duke. Upon mine honour, he fhall never know That I had any light from thee of this. Pro. Adieu; my Lord: Sir Valentine is coming

[Exit Pro. Enter: VALENTINE.. Duke. Sir Valentine, whither away

so fast?" Vut. Please it your Grace, there is a messenger That itays to bear my letters to my friends, And I am going to deliver them,

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Duke. Be they of much import?

l'al. The tenor of them doth but signify My health, and happy being at your court. 1

Duke. Nay then, no matter, stay with me a while; I am to break with thee of some affairs: That touch me near, wherein thou must be fecreta: 'Tis not unknown to thee, that I have fought To match my friend, Sir Thurio, to my daughter.

Val. I know it well, my Lord, and sure the match Were rich and honourable; besides, the gentleman i. Is full of virtue, bounty, worth, and qualities 11 Befeeming such a wife as your fair daughter... 1 Cannot.your Grace win her to fancy him.

Duke. No, traft me; she is peevith, fullen, froward, Proud, disobedient, stubborn, lacking duty; Neither regarding that she is my child, Nor fearing me as if I were her fathers cicos 7 And may I fay to thee, this pride of hers, i si Upon advice, hath drawn my love from her; And, where I thought the remnant of mine age Should have been cherished by her child-like duty, I now am full refolved to take a wife, And turn her out to who will take her in : Then let her beauty be her wedding-dower; Sor me and my pofteflions fhe esteems not. : Val. What would yóir Grace have me to do in this? Duke. There is a lady, Sir, in Milan * here, Whom I affect; but she is nice and cey, And nought efteems my aged eloquence: Now therefore wouhl I have thee to my tutor; (For long agone I have forgot to court;

Sir, in Milan herek. It ought to be, thus, instead of in Verona here for the scene apparenily is in Milan, aşı i is clear from leveral. paffages in the first Act, and in the beginning of the filft scene of the fourth act. A like mistake has crept into the eighth foepe of ac 11 where Speed bids his fellow-fervant Launce, welcome to Padua. Mr Pupe

Besides, the fashion of the time is changed,) I
How, and which way, I may bestow myself,
To be regarded in her fun-bright eye.16

Val. Win her with gifts, if the respects not words;
Dumb jewels often in their filent kind,
More than quick words, do move a woman'sminde

Duke. But she did fcorn a present that I sent her. Val. A woman sometimes scorns what beit con-: Send, her another; never give her o'er; [tents her; For dcorn at first makes after-love the more.“ 3. If she do frown, 'tis not in þate of you, 1?. is But rather to beget more love in you;. *.39.

त If the do chide, 'tis net to have you gone:v id; ','') Fór, why, the fools are mad if left alone.. Take no repulfe, whatever she doth fay,

I For, get you gone, the doth not mean away: ! Flatter, and praise, commend, extol their graces; 1{ Tho' ne'er, fo black, say they have angels faces. That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man,,, If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.

Duke. But the I mean is promis'd by her friends Unto a youthful.gentleman of worth, And kept severely from resort of men, That no man hath access by day to her.

Val. Why then I would resort to her by night,

Duke. Ay, but the doors be lock'd, and keys kept That no man hath récourle te her by night. [fafe,

Val. What lets but ene may enter at her window?

Duke. Her chamber is aloft, far from the ground, And built fo fhelving, that one cannot climb it Without apparent hazard of his life..

Val. Why then a ladder quaintly made of cords. To cast up, with a pair of anchoring hooks, Would serve to scale another Hero's tower, So bold Leander would adventure it.

Duke. Now, as thou art a gentleman of blood;

Advise me where I may have such-a ladder. [that.

Val. When would you use it? pray, Sir, tell me

Duke. This very night; for love is like a child, That longs-for every thing that he can come by.

Val. By leven a clack I'll get you fueh a ladder.

Duke. But hark thee ;:I will go to her alone; How shall I best.convey the ladder thither :

Val. It will be lights my Lord, that you may Under a cloak that is of any, length, **

hi [bear ic Duke. A cloak aslong as thine will ferve the turn? Val. Ay, my good Lord. I. :1

Duke. Thendet me fee thy cloak; I'll get me one of fuch another length." (Lord.

Val. Why, tiny cloak will serve the turn, my

Duke. How dhall I fashion me to wear a cloak? I pray thée, let me feel thy cloak upon me. What letter is this fame? what's here! To Silvia And here an engirie fit for my proceeding? :: 1 I'll be so bold to break the feal for once.

[Duke reads. -“ My thoughts do harbour with my Silvia nightly,

“ And flaves they are to me, that send them flying: « Oh, could their master come and go as lightly “ Himself would lodge where, fenfeless, they are bying

. « My herald thoughts in thy purebofom reft them,

“ While I, their King, that thither them importune, * Do curfe the, grace

that with such


hath “ bleft Ehem, 1 “ Because myself do want my fervant's fortune: *** I curse myself, for they are sent by me * That they should harbour where their lord « would be.”

(thee?" What's here?: Silvia, this night will I enfranchise 'Tis so; and here's the ladder for the purpose. Why, Phaeton, for thou art Merops' lon,

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