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We have convere'd, and spent our hours together :
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.
340 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 'cite him to it: I'll send him hither to you presently. [Exit Duke.
Val. This is the gentleman, I told your ladyship, Had come along with me, but that his mistress : Did hold his eyes lock'd in her crystal looks.
Sil. Belike, that now she hath enfranchis'd them Upon some other pawn for fealty.
Val. Nay, sure, I think, she holds them prisoners
still. Sil. Nay, then he should be blind ; and, being
Val. Why, lady, love hath twenty pair of eyes.
Val. To see such lovers, Thurio, as yourself;
Sil. Have done, have done ; here comes the gen
tleman. Val. Welcome, dear Protheus ! -- Mistress, I be
Confirm his welcome with some special favour. 360
Sil. His worth is warrant for his welcome hither, 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. 370
Sil. And duty never yet did want his meed:
Pro. I'll die on him that says so, but yourself..
Pro. No; that you are worthless.
Ser. Madam, my lord your father would speak
Sul. I'll wait upon his pleasure. [Exit Serv.] Come,
Sir Thurio, Go with me :--Qace more, new servant, welcome : I'll leave you to confer of home-affairs ; 380 When
you have done, we look to hear from you. Pro. We'll both attend upon your ladyship.
[Exeunt SILVIA, and THURIO. Val. Now, tell me, how do all from whence you came?
Pro. Your friends are well, and have them much commended.
Val. And how do your's ?
Val. How does your lady ? and how thrives your love?
390 Pro. My tales of love were wont to weary you ; I know, you joy not in a love-discourse.
Val. Ay, Protheus, but that life is alter'd now: I have done penance for contemning love ; Whose high imperious thoughts have punish'd me With bitter fasts, with penitential groans, With nightly tears, and daily heart-sore sighs ; For, in revenge of my contempt of love, Love hath chac'd sleep from my enthralled eyes, And made them watchers of mine own heart's sorrow.
o, gentle Protheus, love's a mighty lord; 401
Pro. Enough; I read your fortune in your eye :? Was this the idol that you worship so ? 409
Val. Even she; and is she not a heavenly saint ?
Pro. When I was sick, you gave me bitter pills; And I must minister the like to you.
Val. Then speak the truth by her; if not divine, Yet let her be a principality, Sovereign to all the creatures on the earth; Pro. Except my mistress.
430 Væl. 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 honourTo 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 everlastingly.
Pro. Why, Valentine, what braggardism is this?
Val. Pardon me, Protheus : all I can, is nothing
Pro. Then let her alone,
And I as rich in having such a jewel,
Pro. But she loves you?
Pro. Go on before; I shall inquire you forth :