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A smaller boon than this I cannot beg,
And less than this I am sure you cannot give.

Sil. Unbappy, miserable that I am!

Pro. Ob, may this rescue make you happy, madam! Enter, behind, VALENTINE, Julia in boy's clothes, Car

LOS, STEPANO, GIACOMO, RODOLFO, VALERIO, RAI-
MONDO, R. U. E.

Sil. Had I been seized on by a hungry lion,
I would have been a breakfast to the beast,
Rather than have false Proteus rescue me.
Be witness, heaven, how I love Valentine,
For whose dear sake I roam these pathless wilds ;
And full as much,—for more there cannot be,
I do detest false, perjured Proteus:
Therefore, begone, solicit me no more.

Val. How like a dream is all I see and hear!
Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to death,
Would I not undergo for one calm look ?
0, 'tis the curse of fate,
When women cannot love where they're beloved.

Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's beloved :
Read over Julia's heart,
For whose dear sake thou then didst rend thy faith
Into a thousand oaths ; and all those oaths
Descended into perjury.--False man!
Thou counterfeit to thy true friend !

Pro. In love,
Who respects friend ?

Sil. All men but Proteus.
Val. Heaven, lend me patience to endure awhile !

Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words
Can no way change you to a milder form,
I'll woo you, like a soldier, at arms' end.

Sil. O, heaven!
[As Proteus goes to seize Silvia, Valentine rushes be-

tween them.
Val. Ruffian, forbear that rude, unhallow'd touch!
Thou friend of an ill fashion !

Pro. Valentine !
Val. Comrades, lay hold on him.-

[The Outlaws seize Proteus, - Julia runs to him. My dearest Silvia ! Indulgent heaven at length has heard my prayer,

And brought again my Silvia to my arms;
No power on earth shall ever part us more.

Sil. It is delusion all,-Alas, we dream,
And must awake to wretchedness again.
0, Valentine, we are beset with dangers.

Val. Dismiss those fears, my love ; here I command : Thou common friend, that's without faith or love(For such is a friend now)—thou treacherous man, How thou'st beguild my hopes! Naught but mine eye Could have persuaded me ;—now I dare not say, I have one friend alive; thou wouldst disprove me : Who should be trusted now, when the right hand Is perjured to the bosom? To die, but lightly expiates thy offence.

Pro. My shame and guilt confound me: Thy wrath is just; and I as freely suffer, As e'er I did commit: I merit death.

Val. Go,-bear him from my sight;-and in my cave
Await my further will.

[The Outlaws are taking Proteus away, R.
Jul. () me, unhappy! [She faints.]
Sil. Look to the youth.
Val. Why, boy, look up. [She recovers.] What is

the matter? Speak.
Jul. Hold, hold awhile : [The Outlaws stop.]
My master charged me, sir,
To give a ring to Lady Silvia ;
Which, out of my neglect, was never done.

Pro. 'Tis true; I do confess it.
Jul. This is it.

[Gives a ring to Proteus.
Pro. How? Let me see:
This is the ring 1 gave to Julia.

Jul. O, cry you mercy, sir, I have mistook ; This is the ring you sent to Silvia.

[Offers Proteus another ring. Pro. How cam'st thou by this ring? At my depart I gave this unto Julia.

Jul. And Julia herself did give it me. And Julia herself hath brought it hither.

[Discovers herself. Pro. How? Julia !

Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths,
And entertained them deeply in her heart:
How hast thou with thy falschood cleft the root on't

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Val. He's touch'd to the very soul.
Sil. Mine pities them.

Jul. O, Proteus, let this habit make thee blush;
Be thou ashamed that I have ta’en upon me
Such an immodest raiment; if shame live
In a disguise of love :
Modesty finds it is the lesser blot,
Women to change their shapes, than men their minds.

Pro. Than men their minds ! 'tis true: O heaven!

were man

But constant, he were perfect; that one blemish
Fills him with faults, makes him run through all errors :
Inconstancy falls off ere it begins :
The magic spell dissolves that dimm'd my sight,
And my true day-spring dawns to me again :
All Silvia boasts of beauty I may see
More fresh in Julia with a constant eye.
Sil. Give me your hand, sweet Julia, -yours, Sir

Proteus ; -
Let me be bless'd to reconcile your vows :

[Silvia joins their hands. [To Valentine.] Nor must you hold out enmity for ever.

Pro. If to repent me, Valentine; if hearty sorrow
Be an atoning ransom for offence,-
If truest penitence can be forgiven,-

Val. Forgiven, say'st thou?
Who by repentance is not satisfied,
Is nor of heaven nor earth ;-by penitence
The Eternal's wrath's appeased. --Shall man be more ?
Thus once again I do receive thee honest!-

[He embraces Proteus. Thy friend, and lovely Julia, both are thine.

Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish for ever. [Ubaldo, Duke, Luigi, Thurio, Eglamour, Frederigo,

Leonzio, Roberto, and Pietro, without, l. Egl. This way they bore her, good my lord, this way. Duke. Thanks, good Sir Eglamour, lead on. Ula. & Lui. A prize, a prize! Sil. My father and Sir Eglamour escaped !

Uba. Come on your ways, Enter UBALDO, DUKE, LUIGI, THURIO, EGLAMOUR, FRE

DERIGO, LEONZIO, ROBERTO, and Pietro, L. And answer to our chief.

Val. Hold off your hands,-it is the duke; forbear.

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Val. He's touch'd to the very soul.
Sil. Mine pities them.

Jul. O, Proteus, let this habit make thee blush;
Be thou ashamed that I have ta'en upon me
Such an immodest raiment; if shame live
In a disguise of love :
Modesty finds it is the lesser blot,
Women to change their shapes, than men their minds.

Pro. Than men their minds ! 'tis true: O heaven!

were man

But constant, he were perfect; that one blemish
Fills him with faults, makes him run through all errors :
Inconstancy falls off ere it begins :
The magic spell dissolves that dimm'd my sight,
And my true day-spring dawns to me again :
All Silvia boasts of beauty I may see
More fresh in Julia with a constant eye.
Sil. Give me your hand, sweet Julia, -yours, Sir

Proteus ;-
Let me be bless'd to reconcile your vows:

[Silvia joins their hands. [To Valentine.] Nor must you hold out enmity for ever.

Pro. If to repent me, Valentine; if hearty sorrow
Be an atoning ransom for offence,-
If truest penitence can be forgiven,-

Val. Forgiven, say'st thou?
Who by repentance is not satisfied,
Is nor of heaven nor earth ;-by penitence
The Eternal's wrath's appeased.-Shall man be more ?
Thus once again I do receive thee honest !-

[He embraces Proteus. Thy friend, and lovely Julia, both are thine.

Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish for ever.
[Ubaldo, Duke, Luigi, Thurio, Eglamour, Frederigo,

Leonzio, Roberto, and Pietro, without, l.
Egl. This way they bore her, good my lord, this way.
Duke. Thank Sir Eglamour, lead on.
Ula. & Lui

prize!
Sil. My fa

glamour escaped !
Uba. Con

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SI, THURIO, EGLAmour, Fre-

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