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The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Act I, Scene 1

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act I, Scene 1

Scene 1

Verona. An open place.

  1. Enter Valentine, Proteus.

Valentine

1 - 10
  1. Cease to persuade, my loving Proteus:
  2. Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits.
  3. Were’t not affection chains thy tender days
  4. To the sweet glances of thy honor’d love,
  5. I rather would entreat thy company,
  6. To see the wonders of the world abroad,
  7. Than (living dully sluggardiz’d at home)
  8. Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness.
  9. But since thou lov’st, love still, and thrive therein,
  10. Even as I would, when I to love begin.

Proteus

11 - 18
  1. Wilt thou be gone? Sweet Valentine, adieu,
  2. Think on thy Proteus, when thou, happ’ly, seest
  3. Some rare noteworthy object in thy travel.
  4. Wish me partaker in thy happiness
  5. When thou dost meet good hap; and in thy danger
  6. (If ever danger do environ thee)
  7. Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers,
  8. For I will be thy beadsman, Valentine.

Valentine

19
  1. And on a love-book pray for my success?

Proteus

20
  1. Upon some book I love I’ll pray for thee.

Valentine

21 - 22
  1. That’s on some shallow story of deep love,
  2. How young Leander cross’d the Hellespont.

Proteus

23 - 24
  1. That’s a deep story of a deeper love,
  2. For he was more than over shoes in love.

Valentine

25 - 26
  1. ’Tis true; for you are over boots in love,
  2. And yet you never swom the Hellespont.

Proteus

27
  1. Over the boots? Nay, give me not the boots.

Valentine

28
  1. No, I will not; for it boots thee not.

Proteus

29
  1.                                        What?

Valentine

30 - 36
  1. To be in lovewhere scorn is bought with groans;
  2. Coy looks with heart-sore sighs; one fading moment’s mirth
  3. With twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights:
  4. If happ’ly won, perhaps a hapless gain;
  5. If lost, why then a grievous labor won;
  6. Howeverbut a folly bought with wit,
  7. Or else a wit by folly vanquished.

Proteus

37
  1. So, by your circumstance, you call me fool.

Valentine

38
  1. So, by your circumstance, I fear you’ll prove.

Proteus

39
  1. ’Tis love you cavil at, I am not Love.

Valentine

40 - 42
  1. Love is your master, for he masters you;
  2. And he that is so yoked by a fool,
  3. Methinks should not be chronicled for wise.

Proteus

43 - 45
  1. Yet writers say: as in the sweetest bud
  2. The eating canker dwells, so eating love
  3. Inhabits in the finest wits of all.

Valentine

46 - 55
  1. And writers say: as the most forward bud
  2. Is eaten by the canker ere it blow,
  3. Even so by love the young and tender wit
  4. Is turn’d to folly, blasting in the bud,
  5. Losing his verdure, even in the prime,
  6. And all the fair effects of future hopes.
  7. But wherefore waste I time to counsel thee
  8. That art a votary to fond desire?
  9. Once more adieu. My father at the road
  10. Expects my coming, there to see me shipp’d.

Proteus

56
  1. And thither will I bring thee, Valentine.

Valentine

57 - 61
  1. Sweet Proteus, no; now let us take our leave.
  2. To Milan let me hear from thee by letters
  3. Of thy success in love, and what news else
  4. Betideth here in absence of thy friend;
  5. And I likewise will visit thee with mine.

Proteus

62
  1. All happiness bechance to thee in Milan.

Valentine

63
  1. As much to you at home; and so farewell.
  1. Exit.

Proteus

64 - 70
  1. He after honor hunts, I after love:
  2. He leaves his friends, to dignify them more;
  3. I leave myself, my friends, and all, for love.
  4. Thou, Julia, thou hast metamorphis’d me,
  5. Made me neglect my studies, lose my time,
  6. War with good counsel, set the world at nought;
  7. Made wit with musing weak, heart sick with thought.
  1. Enter Speed.

Speed

71
  1. Sir Proteus! ’Save you! Saw you my master?

Proteus

72
  1. But now he parted hence to embark for Milan.

Speed

73 - 74
  1. Twenty to one then he is shipp’d already,
  2. And I have play’d the sheep in losing him.

Proteus

75 - 76
  1. Indeed a sheep doth very often stray,
  2. And if the shepherd be awhile away.

Speed

77 - 78
  1. You conclude that my master is a shepherd then, and I a
  2. sheep?

Proteus

79
  1. I do.

Speed

80
  1. Why then my horns are his horns, whether I wake or sleep.

Proteus

81
  1. A silly answer, and fitting well a sheep.

Speed

82
  1. This proves me still a sheep.

Proteus

83
  1. True; and thy master a shepherd.

Speed

84
  1. Nay, that I can deny by a circumstance.

Proteus

85
  1. It shall go hard but I’ll prove it by another.

Speed

86 - 88
  1. The shepherd seeks the sheep, and not the sheep the
  2. shepherd; but I seek my master, and my master seeks not me:
  3. therefore I am no sheep.

Proteus

89 - 92
  1. The sheep for fodder follow the shepherd, the shepherd for
  2. food follows not the sheep; thou for wages followest thy
  3. master, thy master for wages follows not thee: therefore
  4. thou art a sheep.

Speed

93
  1. Such another proof will make me cry baa.”

Proteus

94
  1. But dost thou hear? Gav’st thou my letter to Julia?

Speed

95 - 97
  1. Ay, sir; I (a lost mutton) gave your letter to her (a lac’d
  2. mutton), and she (a lac’d mutton) gave me (a lost mutton)
  3. nothing for my labor.

Proteus

98
  1. Here’s too small a pasture for such store of muttons.

Speed

99
  1. If the ground be overcharg’d, you were best stick her.

Proteus

100
  1. Nay, in that you are astray; ’twere best pound you.

Speed

101 - 102
  1. Nay, sir, less than a pound shall serve me for carrying your
  2. letter.

Proteus

103
  1. You mistake; I mean the pounda pinfold.

Speed

104 - 106
  1. From a pound to a pin? Fold it over and over,
  2. ’Tis threefold too little for carrying a letter to your
  3. lover.

Proteus

107
  1. But what said she?
  1. Speed nods, and Proteus looks at him questioningly.

Speed

108
  1. Ay.

Proteus

109
  1. Nod-aywhy, that’s noddy.”

Speed

110 - 111
  1. You mistook, sir: I say, she did nod; and you ask me if she
  2. did nod, and I say, Ay.”

Proteus

112
  1. And that set together is noddy.”

Speed

113 - 114
  1. Now you have taken the pains to set it together, take it for
  2. your pains.

Proteus

115
  1. No, no, you shall have it for bearing the letter.

Speed

116
  1. Well, I perceive I must be fain to bear with you.

Proteus

117
  1. Why, sir, how do you bear with me?

Speed

118 - 119
  1. Marry, sir, the letter, very orderly, having nothing but the
  2. word noddy for my pains.

Proteus

120
  1. Beshrew me, but you have a quick wit.

Speed

121
  1. And yet it cannot overtake your slow purse.

Proteus

122
  1. Come, come, open the matter in brief: what said she?

Speed

123 - 124
  1. Open your purse, that the money and the matter may be both
  2. at once deliver’d.

Proteus

125
  1. Well, sir, here is for your pains. What said she?

Speed

126
  1. Truly, sir, I think you’ll hardly win her.

Proteus

127
  1. Why? Couldst thou perceive so much from her?

Speed

128 - 132
  1. Sir, I could perceive nothing at all from her; no, not so
  2. much as a ducat for delivering your letter: and being so
  3. hard to me that brought your mind, I fear she’ll prove as
  4. hard to you in telling your mind. Give her no token but
  5. stones, for she’s as hard as steel.

Proteus

133
  1. What said she? Nothing?

Speed

134 - 137
  1. No, not so much as Take this for thy pains.” To testify
  2. your bounty, I thank you, you have testern’d me; in requital
  3. whereof, henceforth carry your letters yourself: and so,
  4. sir, I’ll commend you to my master.

Proteus

138 - 143
  1. Go, go, be gone, to save your ship from wrack,
  2. Which cannot perish having thee aboard,
  3. Being destin’d to a drier death on shore.
  4. Exit Speed.
  5. I must go send some better messenger:
  6. I fear my Julia would not deign my lines,
  7. Receiving them from such a worthless post.
  1. Exit.
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