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The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Act 4, Scene 2

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Act 4, Scene 2

Milan. Outside the Duke’s palace.

  1. Enter Proteus.

Proteus

2 - 19
  1. Already have I been false to Valentine,
  2. And now I must be as unjust to Thurio:
  3. Under the color of commending him,
  4. I have access my own love to prefer
  5. But Silvia is too fair, too true, too holy,
  6. To be corrupted with my worthless gifts.
  7. When I protest true loyalty to her,
  8. She twits me with my falsehood to my friend;
  9. When to her beauty I commend my vows,
  10. She bids me think how I have been forsworn
  11. In breaking faith with Julia whom I lov’d;
  12. And notwithstanding all her sudden quips,
  13. The least whereof would quell a lover’s hope,
  14. Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love,
  15. The more it grows, and fawneth on her still.
  16. Enter Thurio, Musicians.
  17. But here comes Thurio. Now must we to her window,
  18. And give some evening music to her ear.

Thurio

20
  1. How now, Sir Proteus, are you crept before us?

Proteus

21 - 22
  1. Ay, gentle Thurio, for you know that love
  2. Will creep in service where it cannot go.

Thurio

23
  1. Ay, but I hope, sir, that you love not here.

Proteus

24
  1. Sir, but I do; or else I would be hence.

Thurio

25
  1. Who? Silvia?

Proteus

26
  1.              Ay, Silviafor your sake.

Thurio

27 - 28
  1. I thank you for your own. Now, gentlemen,
  2. Let’s tune, and to it lustily a while.
  1. Enter at one side Host, Julia in boy’s clothes, as
  2. Sebastian.

Host

31 - 32
  1. Now, my young guest, methinks you’re allycholly; I pray you,
  2. why is it?

Julia

33
  1. Marry, mine host, because I cannot be merry.

Host

34 - 35
  1. Come, we’ll have you merry: I’ll bring you where you shall
  2. hear music and see the gentleman that you ask’d for.

Julia

36
  1. But shall I hear him speak?

Host

37
  1. Ay, that you shall.

Julia

38
  1. That will be music.
  1. Music plays.

Host

40
  1. Hark, hark!

Julia

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  1. Is he among these?

Host

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  1. Ay; but peace, let’s hear ’em.
  2. Song.
  3. Who is Silvia? What is she,
  4. That all our swains commend her?
  5. Holy, fair, and wise is she;
  6. The heaven such grace did lend her,
  7. That she might admired be.
  8. Is she kind as she is fair?
  9. For beauty lives with kindness.
  10. Love doth to her eyes repair,
  11. To help him of his blindness;
  12. And, being help’d, inhabits there.
  13. Then to Silvia let us sing,
  14. That Silvia is excelling;
  15. She excels each mortal thing
  16. Upon the dull earth dwelling.
  17. To her let us garlands bring.

Host

59 - 60
  1. How now? Are you sadder than you were before? How do you,
  2. man? The music likes you not.

Julia

61
  1. You mistake; the musician likes me not.

Host

62
  1. Why, my pretty youth?

Julia

63
  1. He plays false, father.

Host

64
  1. How, out of tune on the strings?

Julia

65 - 66
  1. Not so; but yet so false that he grieves my very
  2. heart-strings.

Host

67
  1. You have a quick ear.

Julia

68
  1. Ay, I would I were deaf; it makes me have a slow heart.

Host

69
  1. I perceive you delight not in music.

Julia

70
  1. Not a whit, when it jars so.

Host

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  1. Hark, what fine change is in the music.

Julia

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  1. Ay; that change is the spite.

Host

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  1. You would have them always play but one thing?

Julia

74 - 76
  1. I would always have one play but one thing.
  2. But, host, doth this Sir Proteus that we talk on
  3. Often resort unto this gentlewoman?

Host

77 - 78
  1. I tell you what Launce, his man, told me: he lov’d her out
  2. of all nick.

Julia

79
  1. Where is Launce?

Host

80 - 81
  1. Gone to seek his dog, which tomorrow, by his master’s
  2. command, he must carry for a present to his lady.

Julia

82
  1. Peace, stand aside, the company parts.

Proteus

83 - 84
  1. Sir Thurio, fear not you, I will so plead,
  2. That you shall say my cunning drift excels.

Thurio

85
  1. Where meet we?

Proteus

86
  1.                At Saint Gregory’s well.

Thurio

87
  1.                          Farewell.
  1. Exeunt Thurio and Musicians.
  1. Enter Silvia above at her window.

Proteus

90
  1. Madam, good ev’n to your ladyship.

Silvia

91 - 92
  1. I thank you for your music, gentlemen.
  2. Who is that that spake?

Proteus

93 - 94
  1. One, lady, if you knew his pure heart’s truth,
  2. You would quickly learn to know him by his voice.

Silvia

95
  1. Sir Proteus, as I take it.

Proteus

96
  1. Sir Proteus, gentle lady, and your servant.

Silvia

97
  1. What’s your will?

Proteus

98
  1.                   That I may compass yours.

Silvia

99 - 110
  1. You have your wish: my will is even this,
  2. That presently you hie you home to bed.
  3. Thou subtile, perjur’d, false, disloyal man,
  4. Think’st thou I am so shallow, so conceitless,
  5. To be seduced by thy flattery,
  6. That hast deceiv’d so many with thy vows?
  7. Return, return, and make thy love amends.
  8. For me (by this pale queen of night I swear),
  9. I am so far from granting thy request,
  10. That I despise thee for thy wrongful suit,
  11. And by and by intend to chide myself
  12. Even for this time I spend in talking to thee.

Proteus

111 - 112
  1. I grant, sweet love, that I did love a lady;
  2. But she is dead.

Julia

113 - 115
  1. Aside.
  2.                  ’Twere false, if I should speak it;
  3. For I am sure she is not buried.

Silvia

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  1. Say that she be; yet Valentine thy friend
  2. Survives; to whom (thyself art witness)
  3. I am betroth’d; and art thou not asham’d
  4. To wrong him with thy importunacy?

Proteus

120
  1. I likewise hear that Valentine is dead.

Silvia

121 - 122
  1. And so suppose am I; for in his grave
  2. Assure thyself my love is buried.

Proteus

123
  1. Sweet lady, let me rake it from the earth.

Silvia

124 - 125
  1. Go to thy lady’s grave and call hers thence,
  2. Or at the least, in hers sepulchre thine.

Julia

126 - 127
  1. Aside.
  2. He heard not that.

Proteus

128 - 134
  1. Madam, if your heart be so obdurate,
  2. Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love,
  3. The picture that is hanging in your chamber;
  4. To that I’ll speak, to that I’ll sigh and weep;
  5. For since the substance of your perfect self
  6. Is else devoted, I am but a shadow;
  7. And to your shadow will I make true love.

Julia

135 - 137
  1. Aside.
  2. If ’twere a substance, you would sure deceive it,
  3. And make it but a shadow, as I am.

Silvia

138 - 142
  1. I am very loath to be your idol, sir;
  2. But since your falsehood shall become you well
  3. To worship shadows and adore false shapes,
  4. Send to me in the morning, and I’ll send it;
  5. And so, good rest.

Proteus

143 - 144
  1.                    As wretches have o’ernight
  2. That wait for execution in the morn.
  1. Exeunt Proteus and Silvia.

Julia

146
  1. Host, will you go?

Host

147
  1. By my halidom, I was fast asleep.

Julia

148
  1. Pray you, where lies Sir Proteus?

Host

149
  1. Marry, at my house. Trust me, I think ’tis almost day.

Julia

150 - 151
  1. Not so; but it hath been the longest night
  2. That e’er I watch’d, and the most heaviest.
  1. Exeunt.
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