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Please you, deliberate a day or two.
[Exeunt Ant. and Pant. Pro. Thus have I shunn'd the fire, for fear of
burning; And drench'd me in the sea, where I am drown'd: I fear'd to show my father Julia's letter, Lest he should take exceptions to my love ; And with the vantage of mine own excuse Hath he excepted most against my love. 0, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day ;
Pro. Why, this it is! my heart accords thereto; And yet a thousand times it answers, no.
SCENE 1.-Milan. An apartment in the
Val. Ha ! let me see: ay, give it me, it's mine
Speed. Madam Silvia ! madam Silvia!
Speed. And yet I was last chidden for being too slow. Val. Go to, sir; tell me, do you know madam
Speed. Marry, by these special marks : First, you have learned, like Šir Proteus, to wreath yourarms like a male-content; to relish a love-song, like a robin-red-breast; to walk alone, like one that had the pestilence; to sigh, like a school-boy that had lost his A. B. C.; to weep, like a young wench that had buried her grandam; to fast, like one that takes diet ;' to watch, like one that fears robbing; to speak puling, like a beggar at Hallowmas.2 You were wont, when you laugh'd, to crow like a cock; when you walked, to walk like one of the lions; when you fasted, it was presently after dinner; when you looked sadly, it was for want of money : and now you are metamorphosed with a mistress, that, when I look on you, I can hardly think you my master.
Val. Are all these things perceived in me?
Speed. Without you? nay, that's certain, for, without you were so simple, none else would: but you are so without these follies, that these follies are within you, and shine through you like the water in a urinal; that not an eye, that sees you, but is a physician to comment on your malady. Val. But, tell dost thou know my lady Silvia? (1) Under a regimen. (2) Allhallowmas.
Speed. She, that you gaze on so, as she sits at supper?
Val. Hast thou observ'd that? even she I mean. Speed. Why, sir, I know her not.
Val. Dost thou know her by my gazing on her, and yet know'st her not?
Speed. Is she not hard-favour'd, sir?
Speed. That she is not so fair, as (of you) well favoured.
Val. I mean, that her beauty is exquisite, but her favour infinite.
Speed. That's because the one is painted, and the other out of all count.
Val. How painted ? and how out of count?
Speed. Marry, sir, so painted, to make her fair, that no man counts of her beauty.
Val. How esteemest thou me? I account of her beauty.
Speed. You never saw her since she was deformed.
Val. How long hath she been deformed?
Pal. I have loved her ever since I saw her, and still I see her beautiful.
Speed. If you love her, you cannot see her. Val. Why? Speed. Because love is blind. O, that you had mine eyes; or your own had the lights they were wont to have, when you chid at Sir Proteus for going ungartered! Val. What should I see then?
Speed. Your own present folly, and her passing deformity: for he, being in love, could not see to garter his hose ; and you, being in love, cannot see to put on your hose.
Val. Belike, boy, then you are in love; for last morning you could not see to wipe my shoes.
Speed, True, sir; I was in love with my bed : 1 thank you, you swingedi me for my love, which makes me the bolder to chide
yours. Val. In conclusion, I stand affected to her.
Speed. I would you were set; so, your affection would cease.
Val. Last night she enjoined me to write some lines to one she loves.
Speed. And have you?
Dal. No, boy, but as well as I can do them :Peace, here she comes.
Speed. O excellent motion !2 O exceeding puppet! now will he interpret to her.
Val. Madam and mistress, a thousand good morrows.
Speed. O, 'give you good even! here's a million of manners,
[Aside. Sil. Sir Valentine and servant, to you two thousand.
Speed. He should give her interest; and she gives it him.
Val. As you enjoin'd me, I have writ your letter, Unto the secret nameless friend of yours; Which I was much unwilling to proceed in, But for my duty to your ladyship. Sil. I thank you, gentle servant: 'tis very clerkly3
Val. No, madam; so it stead you, I will write, Please you command, a thousand times as much : Sil
. A pretty period! Well, I guess the sequel ; And yet I will not name it :-and yet I care not ;-And yet take this again ;-and yet I thank you; Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more. Speed. And yet you will; and yet another yet.
[Aside. Val. What means your ladyship? do you not
like it? Sil. Yes, yes; the lines are very quaintly writ: But since unwillingly, take them again; Nay, take them.
Val. Madam, they are for you. Sil. Ay, ay; you writ them, sir, at my request : But I will none of them; they are for
you: I would have had them writ more movingly.
Val. Please you, I'll write your ladyship another.
Sil. And, when it's writ, for my sake read it over ; And, if it please you, so; if not, why, so.
Val. If it please me, madam! what then ?
Si. Why, if it please you, take it for your labour; And so good-morrow, servant. Erit Silvia.
Speed. O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible, As a nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on
steeple! My master sues to her; and she hath taught her
suitor, He being her pupil, to become her tutor. O excellent device! was there ever heard a better? That my master, being scribe, to himself should
write the letter? Val. How now, sir? what are you reasoning
with yourself? Speed. Nay, I was rhyming ; 'tis you that have
Val To do what?