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Out at the postern by the abbey-wall;
Egl. Fear not : the forest is not three leagues off; If we recover that we are sure enough. (Exeunt.
SCENE II. The same. A Room in the Duke's
Pro. O, sir, I find her milder than she was;
Thu. What, that my leg is too long?
No; that it is too little. Thu. I'll wear a boot, to make it somewhat rounder. Jul. But love will not be spurr'd to what it loathes.
[Aside. Thu. What says she to my
She says it is a fair one. Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is black. Pro. But pearls are fair ; and the old saying is, Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes.
Jul. Tis true; such pearls as put out ladies' eyes; For I had rather wink than look on them. Aside.
Thu. How likes she my discourse ?
Ill, when you talk of war. Thu. But well, when I discourse of love and peace ? Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your peace.
[Aside. Thu. What says she to
my valour? Pro. O sir, she makes no doubt of that. Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cowardice.
[Aside. Thu. What says she to my birth ? Pro.
That you are well deriv'd. Jul. True, from a gentleman to a fool. [Aside. Thu. Considers she my possessions ? Pro.
Oh, ay; and pities them.
That they are out by lease. Jul. Here comes the Duke.
Thu. Not I.
Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl,
[Erit. Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love, Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. [Exit.
Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. [Exit.
SCENE III. The Forest.
our captain. Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one Have learn’d me how to brook this patiently.
2 Out. come, bring her away. 1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with her?
3 Out. Being nimble-footed he hath outrun us, But Moyses and Valerius follow him. Go thou with her to the west end of the wood, There is our captain; we'll follow him that's fled. The thicket is beset, he cannot ’scape.
1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain's cave. Fear not; he bears an honourable mind, And will not use a woman lawlessly.
Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee! [Exeunt.
SCENE IV. Another part of the Forest.
These shadowy, desert, unfrequented woods,
What halloing, and what stir, is this to-day?
Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear ! Love, lend me patience to forbear a while. [Aside.
Sil. O miserable! unhappy that I am !
Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came; But, by my coming, I have made you happy.
Sil. By thy approach thou mak’stme most unhappy. Jul. Ånd me, when he approacheth to your pre
[Aside. Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, I would have been a breakfast to the beast, Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. O Heaven! be judge how I love Valentine, Whose life's as tender to me as my soul; And full as much for more there cannot be I do detest false perjur'd Proteus : Therefore be gone! solicit me no more.
Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to death, Would I not undergo for one calm look ? Oh! 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd, When women cannot love where they're belov'd.
Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's belov'd. Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, For whose dear sake, thou didst then rend'thy faith
Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths
All men but Proteus.
Sil. O Heaven!
I'll force thee yield to my desire,
love; For such is a friend now; treacherous man! Thou hast beguild my hopes; nought but mine eye Could have persuaded me. Now I dare not say I have one friend alive; thou would’st disprove me. Who should be trusted now,
when one's right hand Is perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus, I am sorry I must never trust thee more, But count the world a stranger for thy sake. The private wound is deep'st. O time most curst ! 'Mongst all foes that a friend should be the worst !
Pro. My shame and guilt confound me.-
Then I am paid;