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My lord, I will be thankful To any happy messenger from thence. Duke. Know you Don Antonio, your country.
man? Val. Ay, my good lord, I know the gentleman To be of worth, and worthy estimation, And not without desert so well reputed.
Duke. Hath he not a son ?
Val. Ay, my good lord; a son, tlıat well deserves The honour and regard of such a father,
Duke. You know him well?
Val. I knew him as myself; for from our infancy We have convers’d, and spent our hours together : And though myself have been an idle truant, Omitting the sweet benefit of time, To clothe mine age with angel-like perfection; Yet hath Sir Proteus, for that's his name, Made use and fair advantage of his days : His years but young, but his experience old; His head unmellow'd, but his judgement ripe; And, in a word (for far behind his worth Come all the praises that I now bestow), He is complete in feature, and in mind, With all good grace to grace a gentleman.
Duke. Beshrew* me, sir, but, if he make this good, He is as worthy for an empress' love, As meet to be an emperor's counsellor. Well, sir; this gentleman is come to me, With commendation from great potentates; And here he means to spend his time a-while : I think, 'tis no unwelcome news to you.
Val. Should I have wish'd a thing, it had been he.
Duke. Welcome him then according to his worth; Silvia, I speak to you; and you, Sir Thurio:For Valentine, I need not citet him to it: I'll send him hither to you presently. (Erit Duke. Val. This is the gentleman, I told
Had come along with me, but that his mistress
Sil. Belike, that now she hath enfranchis'd them
still. Sil. Nay, then he should be blind; and, being
blind, How could he see his way to seek out you?
Val. Why, lady, love bath twenty pair of eyes. Thu. They say, that love hath not an eye at all.
Val. To see such lovers, Thurio, as yourself; Upon a homely object love can wink.
Enter Proteus. Sil. Have done, have done; here comes the gen
tleman. Val. Welcome, dear Proteus !--Mistress, I be
Confirm his welcome with some special favour.
Sil. His worth is warrant for his welcome bither, If this be he you oft have wish'd to hear from.
Val. Mistress, it is: sweet lady, entertain him To be my fellow-servant to your ladyship.
Sil. Too low a mistress for so high a servant.
Pro. Not so, sweet lady; but too mean a servant To have a look of such a worthy mistress.
Val. Leave off discourse of disability:Sweet lady, entertain him for your servant.
Pro. My duty will I boast of, nothing else.
Sil. And duty never yet did want his meed; Servant, you are welcome to a worthless mistress.
Pro. I'll die on him that says so, but yourself.
No; that you are worthless.
Ser. Madam, my lord your father would speak
Sil. I'll wait upon his pleasure. [Erit Servant.
Come, Sir Thurio,
(Exeunt Silvia, Thurio, and Speed. Val. Now, tell me, how do all from whence you
I left them all in health.
Val. Ay, Proteus, but that life is alter'd now:
Pro. Enough ; I read your fortune in your eye:
Val. Even she; and is she not a heavenly saint?
I will not flatter her,
And I must minister the like to you.
Vul. Then speak the truth by her; if not divine,
Pro. Except my mistress.
Sweet, except not any; Except thou wilt except against my love.
Pro. Have I not reason to prefer mine own?
Val. And I will help thee to prefer her too: She shall be dignified with this high honour, To bear my lady's train : lest the base earth Should from her vesture chance to steal a kiss, And, of so great a favour growing proud, Disdain to root the summer-swelling flower, And make rough winter everlasting.
Pro. Why, Valentine, what braggardism is this?
Val. Pardon me, Proteus: all I can, is nothing To her, whose worth makes other worthies nothing; She is alone.
Pro. Then let her alone.
Val. Notof the world: why, man, she is mineown;
Pro. But she loves you?
Ay, and we are betroth'd;
Pro. Go on before; I shall enquire you forth: I must unto the road, to disembark
Some necessaries that I needs must use.
Val. Will you make haste ?
The same. A street.
Enter Speed and Launcé.
Laun. Forswear not thyself, sweet youth; for I