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Pro. But how camest thou by this ring? At my depart

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Jul. And Julia herself did give it me;

And Julia herself hath brought it hither.
Pro. How! Julia!

Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths,
And entertain'd 'em deeply in her heart.

How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root!
O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush!
Be thou ashamed that I have took upon me
Such an immodest raiment, if shame live
In a disguise of love:

It is the lesser blot, modesty finds,



Women to change their shapes than men their minds. Pro. Than men their minds! 'tis true. O heaven, were


But constant, he were perfect! That one error


Fills him with faults; makes him run through all the sins: Inconstancy falls off ere it begins.

What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy

More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye?
Val. Come, come, a hand from either:
Let me be blest to make this happy close;
"Twere pity two such friends should be long foes.


Pro. Bear witness, Heaven, I have my wish for ever. Jul. And I mine.

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113 Inconstancy] In constancy Hutch

esson conj. MS.

118 be long] long be Pope.

120-122 And I...Forbear,] As one line of verse, Dyce, ed. 2.

120 And] om. Dyce conj.

And I mine] And I have mine
Steevens (Ritson conj.). And I
mine, too Keightley.
[embracing. Capell.

Enter Outlaws, with DUKE and THURIO.

Outlaws. A prize, a prize, a prize!

Val. Forbear, forbear, I say! it is my lord the duke. Your Grace is welcome to a man disgraced,

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Thu. Yonder is Silvia; and Silvia's mine.

Val. Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy death; Come not within the measure of my wrath; Do not name Silvia thine; if once again, Verona shall not hold thee. Here she stands: Take but possession of her with a touch: I dare thee but to breathe upon my love. Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I: I hold him but a fool that will endanger His body for a girl that loves him not:

I claim her not, and therefore she is thine.

Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou,
To make such means for her as thou hast done,
And leave her on such slight conditions.
Now, by the honour of my ancestry,

I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine,
And think thee worthy of an empress' love:
Know, then, I here forget all former griefs,

121 SCENE V. Pope.

Enter...] Theobald. Enter Duke,
Thurio, and Out-laws. Rowe. om.

122 Forbear, forbear, I say!] Forbear,
I say! Capell. Forbear, forbear!

forbear...duke] One line, S. Walker conj., putting the first Forbear in a separate line.





124 Banished] The banish'd Pope.
129 Verona shall not hold] Milan shall
not behold Theobald. And Milan
shall not hold Hanmer. Milan e'en
shall not hold Halliwell. Milano
shall not hold Collier, ed. 2 (Collier
MS.). See note (VII).

thee.] me. Wagner conj. thee; Per

ring conj.


Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again,
Plead a new state in thy unrival'd merit,
To which I thus subscribe: Sir Valentine,
Thou art a gentleman, and well derived;
Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserved her.
Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made me happy.
I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake,

To grant one boon that I shall ask of

Duke. I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it be.
Val. These banish'd men that I have kept withal
Are men endued with worthy qualities:

Forgive them what they have committed here,
And let them be recall'd from their exile:

They are reformed, civil, full of good,

And fit for great employment, worthy lord.



Duke. Thou hast prevail'd; I pardon them and thee: Dispose of them as thou know'st their deserts.

Come, let us go: we will include all jars
With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity.

Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold
With our discourse to make your Grace to smile.

What think you of this page, my lord?


Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him; he blushes. Val. I warrant you, my lord, more grace than boy. 166 Duke. What mean you by that saying?

Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along, That you will wonder what hath fortuned.

143 grudge] grudge' S. Walker conj. again,] again. Steevens (Tyrwhitt conj.).

144 unrival'd] vn-riual'd F1. arrival'd F.F3F4

156 reformed] F1. reform'd F2F3F4. 160 include] conclude Hanmer.

161 rare] F. all F2F3F4

164 page] stripling page Collier, ed. 2 (Collier MS.).

lord] worthy lord S. Walker conj.
noble lord Hudson conj.

165 blushes] blushes so Taylor conj. MS.,
reading the as one line.
167 saying?] saying, Valentine? Collier,
ed. 2 (Collier MS.).

Come, Proteus; 'tis your penance but to hear
The story of your loves discovered:
That done, our day of marriage shall be yours;
One feast, one house, one mutual happiness.

171 loves discovered] love discovered

Pope. Loves discoverer Collier MS. Loves discovery Collier MS. (obliterated).

172, 173 That...happiness] Spoken by

the Duke, Williams conj.



172 That done, our...yours] Our day of marriage shall be yours no lesse Collier MS.



DRAMATIS PERSONE. We have followed Steevens and the later editors in reading 'Proteus' for 'Protheus'; for though the latter form is invariably used in the Folios, and was, in all probability, what Shakespeare wrote, yet in choosing the name he doubtless meant to compare the fickle mind of the lover with the changeable form of the god. We have written 'Panthino,' not 'Panthion,' because the authority of the first Folio preponderates in favour of the former, in itself the more probable form of an Italian proper name. 'Panthion' occurs in F1, among 'the names of all the actors,' and in a stage direction at the beginning of Act II. Sc. 2, but never in the text. 'Panthino' is found twice in the text, and once in a stage direction at the beginning of Act 1. Sc. 3. The blunder 'Panthmo,' 1. 3. 76, which is the reading of F,, shows that the original MS. had 'Panthino,' not 'Panthion.'


1. 1. 28 sqq. Mr Sidney Walker (Criticisms on Shakespeare, III. p. 9) says we ought 'perhaps' to read


I will not, for it boots not.'

Doubtless he meant also to re-arrange the following lines, and so get rid of the Alexandrine at 30; thus:

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In love, where scorn is bought with groans; coy looks
With heart-sore sighs; one fading moment's mirth,' &c.



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