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Pro: I will.

[Exit.VAL. Even as one heat another heat expels,

460 Qr as one nail by strength drives out another, So the remembrance of my former love Is by a newer object quite forgotten. Is it mine eye, or Valentino's praise, Her true perfection, or may false transgression, That makes me, reasonless, to reason thus? She's fair; and so is Julia, that I love ; That I did love, for now my love is thaw'd; Which, like a waxen image 'gainst a fire, Bears no impression of the thing it was.

470 Methinks, my zeal to Valentine is cold; And that I love him not, as I was wont : O! but I love his lady too, too much ; And that's the reason I love him so little, How shall I doat on her with more advice, That thus without advice begin to love here 'Tis but her picture I have yet beheld, And that hath dazzled so my reason's light: But when I look on her perfections, There is no reason but I shall be blind,

480 If I can check my erring love, I will; If not, to compass her I'll use my skill.

[ Exit.



A Street. 'Enter SPEED, and LAUNCE. Speed. Launcel by mine honesty, welcome to Milan.

Laun. Forswear not thyself, sweet youth ; for I am not welcome. I reckon this always--that a man is never undone, till he be hang'd; nor never wel, come to a place, till some certain shot be paid, and the hostess say, welcome. .

489 Speed. Come on, you mad-cap, I'll to the alehouse with you presently; where, for one shot of five pence, thou shalt have five thousand welcomes. But, sirrah, how did thy master part with madam Julia ?

Laun. Marry, after they clos'd in earnest, they parted very fairly in jest.

Speed. But shall she marry him?
Laun. No.
Speed. How then? shall he marry her?
Laun. No, neither.

Speed. What, are they broken?
Laun. No, they are both as whole as a fish.
Speed. Why then, how stands the matter with them?

Laun. Marry, thus; when it stands well with him, it stands well with her.

Speed. What an ass art thou? I understand thee



Laun. What a block art thou, that thou canst not? My staff understands me. Speed. What thou say'st ?

510 Laun. Ay, and what I do too : look thee, I'll but lean, and my staff understands me.

Speed. It stands under thee, indeed,
Laur. Why, stand-under and understand is all one,
Speed. But tell me true, will't be a match ?

Laun. Ask iny dog : if he say, ay, it will; if he say, no, it will; if he shake his tail, and say nothing, it will. Speed. The conclusion is then, that it will.

519 Laun. Thou shalt never get such a secret from me, but by a parable.

Speed. 'Tis well that I get it so. But, Launce, how say'st thou, that my master is become a notable lover?

Laun. I never knew him otherwise.
Speed. Than how?

Laun. A notable lubber, as thou reportest him to be.

Speed. Why, thou whoreson ass, thou mistakest me.

Laun. Why, fool, I meant not thee; I meant thy master.

531 Speed. I tell thee, my master is become a hot lover.

Laun. Why, I tell thee, I care not though he burn himself in love. If thou wilt go with me to the ale-house, so; if not, thou art an Hebrew, a Jew, and not worth the name of a Christian. Speed. Why?


Laun. Because thou hast not so much charity in thee, as to go to the alehouse with a Christian : wilt

540 Speed. At thy service.


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Pro. To leave my Julia, shall I be forsworn;
To love fair Silvia, shall I be forsworn;
To wrong my friend, I shall be much forsworn;
And even that power, which gave me first my oath,
Provokes me to this threefold perjury.
Love bad me swear, and love bids me forswear :
O sweet-suggesting love, if thou hast sinn'd,
Teach me, thy tempted subject, to excuse it!
At first I did adore a twinkling star,

But now I worship a celestial sun.
Unheedful vows may heedfully be broken ;
And he wants wit, that wants resolved will
.To learn his wit to exchange the bad for better.-
Fie, fie, unreverend tongue! to call her bad,
Whose sovereignty so oft thou hast preferr'd
With twenty thousand soul-confirming oaths.
I cannot leave to love, and yet I do;
But there I leave to love, where I should love.
Julia I lose, and Valentine I lose:

560 If I keep them, I needs must lose myself;

If I lose them, this find I by their loss,
For Valentine, myself; for Julia, Silvia.
I to myself am dearer than a friend ;
For love is still more precious in itself :
And Silvia, witness heaven, that made her fair!
Shews Julia but a swarthy Ethiope.
I will forget that Julia is alive,
Remembring that my love to her is dead;
And Valentine I'll hold an enemy,

Aiming at Silvia as a sweeter friend.
I cannot now prove constant to myself,
Without some treachery usd to Valentine :-
This night, he meaneth with a corded ladder
To climb celestial Silvia's chamber-window;
Myself in counsel, his competitor :
Now presently I'll give her father notice
Of their disguising, and pretended flight;
Who, all enrag'd, will banish Valentine ;
For Thurio, he intends, shall wed his daughter : 580
But, Valentine being gone, I'll quickly cross,
By some sly trick, blunt Thurio's dull proceeding
Love, lend me wings to make my purpose swift,
As thou hast lent me wit to plot this drift! [Exit.



JULIA's House in Verona. Enter JULIA, and Lu.


Jul. Counsel, Lucetta ; gentle girl, assist me!


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