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Pro. You have prevail'd, my lord : If I can do it, By aught that I can speak in his dispraise, She shall not long continue love to him. But say, this weed her love from Valentine, It follows not that she will love sir Thurio.
Thu. Therefore, as you unwind her love from him, Lest it should ravel, and be good to none, You must provide to bottom it on me: Which must be done, by praising me as much As you in worth dispraise sir Valentine.
Duke. And, Proteus, we dare trust you in this kind;
Pro. As much as I can do, I will effect:-
Duke. Ay, much the force of heaven-bred poesy.
Pro. Say, that upon the altar of her beauty
Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones,
Duke. This discipline shows thou hast been in love.
Thu. And thy advice this night I'll put in practice : Therefore, sweet Proteus, my direction giver, Let us into the city presently, To sort some gentlemen well-skilled in music: I have a sonnet, that will serve the turn, To give the onset to thy good advice.
Duke. About it, gentlemen.
Pro. We'll wait upon your grace till after supper : And afterward determine our proceedings. Duke. Even now about it; I will pardon you.
SCENE I.-A Forest, near Mantua.
Enter certain Out-laws. i Out. Fellows, stand fast ; I see a passenger. 2 Out. If there be ten, shrink not, but down with 'em.
Enter VALENTINE and SPEED. 3 Out. Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about
you; If not, we'll make you sit, and rifle you.
Speed. Sir, we are undone! these are the villains, That all the travellers do fear so much.
Val. My friends,
3 Out. Ay, by my beard, will we; For he's a proper man.
Val. Then know, that I have little wealth to lose ;
2 Out. Whither travel you ?
Val. From Milan. 3 Out. Have you long sojourn’d there? Val. Some sixteen months; and longer might have
i Out. What, were you banish'd thence ?
Val. For that which now torments me to rehearse:
i Out. Why ne'er repent it, if it were done so: But were you banish'd for so small a fault? .Val. I was, and held me glad of such a doom. i Out. Have you the tongues ?
Val. My youthful travel therein made me happy; Or else I often had been miserable.
3 Out. By the bare scalp of Robin Hood's fat friar, This fellow were a king for our wild faction.
i Out. We'll have him : sirs, a word.
Speed. Master, be one of them;
Val. Peace, villain !
3 Out. Know then, that some of us are gentlemen, Such as the fury of ungovern’d youth Thrust from the company of awful men: Myself was from Verona banished, For practising to steal away a lady, An heir, and near allied unto the duke.
2 Out. And I from Mantua, for a gentleman, Whom, in my mood, I stabb'd unto the heart.
i Out. And I, for such like petty crimes as these. But to the purpose,—(for we cite our faults, That they may hold excus'd our lawless lives,) And, partly, seeing you are beautified With goodly shape; and by your own report A linguist; and a man of such perfection, As we do in our quality much want;
2 Out. Indeed, because you are a banish'd man, Therefore, above the rest, we parley to you: Are you content to be our general? To make a virtue of necessity, And live, as we do, in this wilderness? 3 Out. What say'st thou ? wilt thou be of our con
i Out. But if thou scorn our courtesy, thou diest.
s Out. No, we detest such vile base practices.