The Two Gentlemen of Verona
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Enter Duke, Thurio, Protheus, Valentine, Launce, SpeedEnter the Duke of Milan, Thurio, and Proteus TG III.i.1
Duke.DUKE 
Sir Thurio, giue vs leaue (I pray) a while, Sir Thurio, give us leave, I pray, awhile; TG III.i.1
We haue some secrets to confer about. We have some secrets to confer about. TG III.i.2
Exit Thurio TG III.i.2
Now tell me Protheus, what's your will with me? Now, tell me, Proteus, what's your will with me? TG III.i.3
Pro.PROTEUS 
My gracious Lord, that which I wold discouer, My gracious lord, that which I would discoverdiscover (v.)
old form: discouer
reveal, show, make known
TG III.i.4
The Law of friendship bids me to conceale, The law of friendship bids me to conceal, TG III.i.5
But when I call to minde your gracious fauours But when I call to mind your gracious favours TG III.i.6
Done to me (vndeseruing as I am) Done to me, undeserving as I am, TG III.i.7
My dutie pricks me on to vtter that My duty pricks me on to utter thatprick on (v.)incite, urge on, spur onTG III.i.8
Which else, no worldly good should draw from me: Which else no worldly good should draw from me. TG III.i.9
Know (worthy Prince) Sir Valentine my friend Know, worthy prince, Sir Valentine, my friend, TG III.i.10
This night intends to steale away your daughter: This night intends to steal away your daughter; TG III.i.11
My selfe am one made priuy to the plot. Myself am one made privy to the plot.privy
old form: priuy
privately aware [of], secretly knowledgeable [about]
TG III.i.12
I know you haue determin'd to bestow her I know you have determined to bestow her TG III.i.13
On Thurio, whom your gentle daughter hates, On Thurio, whom your gentle daughter hates;gentle (adj.)well-born, honourable, nobleTG III.i.14
And should she thus be stolne away from you, And should she thus be stolen away from you, TG III.i.15
It would be much vexation to your age. It would be much vexation to your age. TG III.i.16
Thus (for my duties sake) I rather chose Thus, for my duty's sake, I rather chose TG III.i.17
To crosse my friend in his intended drift, To cross my friend in his intended driftdrift (n.)plan, intention, aimTG III.i.18
cross (v.)
old form: crosse
contradict, challenge, go against
Then (by concealing it) heap on your head Than, by concealing it, heap on your head TG III.i.19
A pack of sorrowes, which would presse you downe A pack of sorrows which would press you down, TG III.i.20
(Being vnpreuented) to your timelesse graue. Being unprevented, to your timeless grave.timeless (adj.)
old form: timelesse
untimely, premature, ill-timed
TG III.i.21
Duke.DUKE 
Protheus, I thank thee for thine honest care, Proteus, I thank thee for thine honest care, TG III.i.22
Which to requite, command me while I liue. Which to requite, command me while I live.requite (v.), past forms requit, requitedreward, repay, recompenseTG III.i.23
This loue of theirs, my selfe haue often seene, This love of theirs myself have often seen, TG III.i.24
Haply when they haue iudg'd me fast asleepe, Haply when they have judged me fast asleep,haply (adv.)perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luckTG III.i.25
judge (v.)
old form: iudg'd
suppose, consider, think
And oftentimes haue purpos'd to forbid And oftentimes have purposed to forbidoftentimes (adv.)often, frequently, on many occasionsTG III.i.26
purpose (v.)
old form: purpos'd
intend, plan
Sir Valentine her companie, and my Court. Sir Valentine her company and my court; TG III.i.27
But fearing lest my iealous ayme might erre, But, fearing lest my jealous aim might err,aim (n.)
old form: ayme
guess, conjecture, surmise
TG III.i.28
jealous (adj.)
old form: iealous
suspicious, mistrustful, wary, watchful
And so (vnworthily) disgrace the man And so, unworthily, disgrace the man –  TG III.i.29
(A rashnesse that I euer yet haue shun'd) A rashness that I ever yet have shunned –  TG III.i.30
I gaue him gentle lookes, thereby to finde I gave him gentle looks, thereby to findgentle (adj.)courteous, friendly, kindTG III.i.31
That which thy selfe hast now disclos'd to me. That which thyself hast now disclosed to me. TG III.i.32
And that thou maist perceiue my feare of this, And, that thou mayst perceive my fear of this, TG III.i.33
Knowing that tender youth is soone suggested, Knowing that tender youth is soon suggested,tender (adj.)immature, undeveloped, inexperiencedTG III.i.34
suggest (v.)tempt, prompt, incite
I nightly lodge her in an vpper Towre, I nightly lodge her in an upper tower, TG III.i.35
The key whereof, my selfe haue euer kept: The key whereof myself have ever kept; TG III.i.36
And thence she cannot be conuay'd away. And thence she cannot be conveyed away. TG III.i.37
Pro.PROTEUS 
Know (noble Lord) they haue deuis'd a meane Know, noble lord, they have devised a meanmean (n.)
old form: meane
means, way, method
TG III.i.38
How he her chamber-window will ascend, How he her chamber-window will ascend TG III.i.39
And with a Corded-ladder fetch her downe: And with a corded ladder fetch her down;corded (adj.)made of ropesTG III.i.40
For which, the youthfull Louer now is gone, For which the youthful lover now is gone, TG III.i.41
And this way comes he with it presently. And this way comes he with it presently;presently (adv.)after a short time, soon, before longTG III.i.42
Where (if it please you) you may intercept him. Where, if it please you, you may intercept him. TG III.i.43
But (good my Lord) doe it so cunningly But, good my lord, do it so cunningly TG III.i.44
That my discouery be not aimed at: That my discovery be not aimed at;discovery (n.)
old form: discouery
disclosure, admission, revelation
TG III.i.45
aim (v.)guess, conjecture, surmise
For, loue of you, not hate vnto my friend, For, love of you, not hate unto my friend, TG III.i.46
Hath made me publisher of this pretence. Hath made me publisher of this pretence.publisher (n.)exposer, divulger, one who makes publicTG III.i.47
pretence (n.)plan, design, intention, purpose
Duke.DUKE 
Vpon mine Honor, he shall neuer know Upon mine honour, he shall never know TG III.i.48
That I had any light from thee of this. That I had any light from thee of this.light (n.)help, enlightenment, informationTG III.i.49
Pro.PROTEUS 
Adiew, my Lord, Sir Valentine is comming. Adieu, my lord, Sir Valentine is coming. TG III.i.50
Exit TG III.i.50
Enter Valentine TG III.i.51
Duk.DUKE 
Sir Valentine, whether away so fast? Sir Valentine, whither away so fast? TG III.i.51
Val.VALENTINE 
Please it your Grace, there is a Messenger Please it your grace, there is a messenger TG III.i.52
That stayes to beare my Letters to my friends, That stays to bear my letters to my friends, TG III.i.53
And I am going to deliuer them. And I am going to deliver them. TG III.i.54
Duk.DUKE 
Be they of much import? Be they of much import?import (n.)importance, significance, consequenceTG III.i.55
Val.VALENTINE 
The tenure of them doth but signifie The tenor of them doth but signify TG III.i.56
My health, and happy being at your Court. My health and happy being at your court.being (n.)physical existence, lifeTG III.i.57
happy (adj.)fortunate, lucky, favoured
Duk.DUKE 
Nay then no matter: stay with me a while, Nay then, no matter; stay with me awhile; TG III.i.58
I am to breake with thee of some affaires I am to break with thee of some affairsbreak (v.)
old form: breake
reveal, disclose, impart
TG III.i.59
That touch me neere: wherein thou must be secret. That touch me near, wherein thou must be secret.touch (v.)affect, concern, regard, relate toTG III.i.60
near (adv.)
old form: neere
closely, intimately, seriously
'Tis not vnknown to thee, that I haue sought 'Tis not unknown to thee that I have sought TG III.i.61
To match my friend Sir Thurio, to my daughter. To match my friend Sir Thurio to my daughter. TG III.i.62
Val.VALENTINE 
I know it well (my Lord) and sure the Match I know it well, my lord; and, sure, the match TG III.i.63
Were rich and honourable: besides, the gentleman Were rich and honourable; besides, the gentleman TG III.i.64
Is full of Vertue, Bounty, Worth, and Qualities Is full of virtue, bounty, worth, and qualitiesquality (n.)accomplishment, capacity, abilityTG III.i.65
Beseeming such a Wife, as your faire daughter: Beseeming such a wife as your fair daughter.beseem (v.)befit, be fitting [for], be seemly [for]TG III.i.66
Cannot your Grace win her to fancie him? Cannot your grace win her to fancy him?fancy (v.)
old form: fancie
like, love, admire
TG III.i.67
Duk.DUKE 
No, trust me, She is peeuish, sullen, froward, No, trust me; she is peevish, sullen, froward,peevish (adj.)
old form: peeuish
obstinate, perverse, self-willed [contrast modern sense of ‘irritable, morose’]
TG III.i.68
froward (adj.)perverse, obstinate, wilful, ungovernable
Prowd, disobedient, stubborne, lacking duty, Proud, disobedient, stubborn, lacking duty; TG III.i.69
Neither regarding that she is my childe, Neither regarding that she is my child,regard (v.)take note of, pay heed to, valueTG III.i.70
Nor fearing me, as if I were her father: Nor fearing me as if I were her father; TG III.i.71
And may I say to thee, this pride of hers And, may I say to thee, this pride of hers, TG III.i.72
(Vpon aduice) hath drawne my loue from her, Upon advice, hath drawn my love from her;advice (n.)
old form: aduice
consideration, reflection, deliberation
TG III.i.73
And where I thought the remnant of mine age And where I thought the remnant of mine ageage (n.)whole life, lifetime, daysTG III.i.74
Should haue beene cherish'd by her child-like dutie, Should have been cherished by her child-like duty, TG III.i.75
I now am full resolu'd to take a wife, I now am full resolved to take a wife TG III.i.76
And turne her out, to who will take her in: And turn her out to who will take her in. TG III.i.77
Then let her beauty be her wedding dowre: Then let her beauty be her wedding-dower;dower (n.)
old form: dowre
dowry, property or wealth given with a wife
TG III.i.78
For me, and my possessions she esteemes not. For me and my possessions she esteems not. TG III.i.79
Val.VALENTINE 
What would your Grace haue me to do in this? What would your grace have me to do in this? TG III.i.80
Duk.DUKE 
There is a Lady in Verona heere There is a lady of Verona here TG III.i.81
Whom I affect: but she is nice, and coy, Whom I affect; but she is nice, and coy,coy (adj.)unresponsive, distant, standoffish, disdainfulTG III.i.82
affect (v.)love, like, be fond of
nice (adj.)fastidious, particular, fussy, overscrupulous
And naught esteemes my aged eloquence. And naught esteems my aged eloquence. TG III.i.83
Now therefore would I haue thee to my Tutor Now, therefore, would I have thee to my tutor –  TG III.i.84
(For long agone I haue forgot to court, For long agone I have forgot to court;agone (adv.)ago, pastTG III.i.85
Besides the fashion of the time is chang'd) Besides, the fashion of the time is changed –  TG III.i.86
How, and which way I may bestow my selfe How and which way I may bestow myselfbestow (v.)carry, bear, acquit, conductTG III.i.87
To be regarded in her sun-bright eye. To be regarded in her sun-bright eye. TG III.i.88
Val.VALENTINE 
Win her with gifts, if she respect not words, Win her with gifts, if she respect not words;respect (v.)pay attention to, heedTG III.i.89
Dumbe Iewels often in their silent kinde Dumb jewels often in their silent kindkind (n.)
old form: kinde
nature, reality, character, disposition
TG III.i.90
More then quicke words, doe moue a womans minde. More than quick words do move a woman's mind.quick (adj.)
old form: quicke
lively, animated, vivacious
TG III.i.91
Duk.DUKE 
But she did scorne a present that I sent her, But she did scorn a present that I sent her. TG III.i.92
Val.VALENTINE 
A woman somtime scorns what best cõtents her. A woman sometimes scorns what best contents her.content (v.)
old form: cōtents
please, gratify, delight, satisfy
TG III.i.93
Send her another: neuer giue her ore, Send her another; never give her o'er; TG III.i.94
For scorne at first, makes after-loue the more. For scorn at first makes after-love the more.after-love (n.)
old form: after-loue
later gratitude, future loyalty
TG III.i.95
If she doe frowne, 'tis not in hate of you, If she do frown, 'tis not in hate of you, TG III.i.96
But rather to beget more loue in you. But rather to beget more love in you;beget (v.), past form begotproduce, engender, give rise toTG III.i.97
If she doe chide, 'tis not to haue you gone, If she do chide, 'tis not to have you gone,chide (v.), past form chidscold, rebuke, reproveTG III.i.98
For why, the fooles are mad, if left alone. For why, the fools are mad if left alone. TG III.i.99
Take no repulse, what euer she doth say, Take no repulse, whatever she doth say; TG III.i.100
For, get you gon, she doth not meane away. For ‘ Get you gone,’ she doth not mean ‘ Away!’ TG III.i.101
Flatter, and praise, commend, extoll their graces: Flatter and praise, commend, extol their graces;commend (v.)praise, admire, extolTG III.i.102
Though nere so blacke, say they haue Angells faces, Though ne'er so black, say they have angels' faces.black (adj.)
old form: blacke
dark-complexioned, swarthy
TG III.i.103
That man that hath a tongue, I say is no man, That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man, TG III.i.104
If with his tongue he cannot win a woman. If with his tongue he cannot win a woman. TG III.i.105
Duk.DUKE 
But she I meane, is promis'd by her friends But she I mean is promised by her friends TG III.i.106
Vnto a youthfull Gentleman of worth, Unto a youthful gentleman of worth; TG III.i.107
And kept seuerely from resort of men, And kept severely from resort of men,resort (n.)visits, visitings, approachesTG III.i.108
That no man hath accesse by day to her. That no man hath access by day to her. TG III.i.109
Val.VALENTINE 
Why then I would resort to her by night. Why then, I would resort to her by night. TG III.i.110
Duk.DUKE 
I, but the doores be lockt, and keyes kept safe, Ay, but the doors be locked, and keys kept safe, TG III.i.111
That no man hath recourse to her by night. That no man hath recourse to her by night.recourse (n.)opportunity of going, means of accessTG III.i.112
Val.VALENTINE 
What letts but one may enter at her window? What lets but one may enter at her window?let (v.)
old form: letts
hinder, prevent, stand in the way
TG III.i.113
Duk.DUKE 
Her chamber is aloft, far from the ground, Her chamber is aloft, far from the ground, TG III.i.114
And built so sheluing, that one cannot climbe it And built so shelving that one cannot climb itshelving (adv.)
old form: sheluing
slopingly, projecting out, with an overhang
TG III.i.115
Without apparant hazard of his life. Without apparent hazard of his life.apparent (adj.)
old form: apparant
certain, inevitable, evident
TG III.i.116
hazard (n.)risk, peril, danger
Val.VALENTINE 
Why then a Ladder quaintly made of Cords Why then, a ladder, quaintly made of cords,quaintly (adv.)subtly, skilfully, ingeniouslyTG III.i.117
To cast vp, with a paire of anchoring hookes, To cast up with a pair of anchoring hooks, TG III.i.118
Would serue to scale another Hero's towre, Would serve to scale another Hero's tower,Hero (n.)priestess of Aphrodite, in love with LeanderTG III.i.119
So bold Leander would aduenture it. So bold Leander would adventure it.adventure (v.)
old form: aduenture
venture, dare, chance, risk
TG III.i.120
Leander (n.)[li'ander] young man in love with Hero, who lived on the opposite side of the Hellespont; each night he swam across, guided by her lamp
Duk.DUKE 
Now as thou art a Gentleman of blood Now, as thou art a gentleman of blood,blood (n.)spirit, vigour, mettleTG III.i.121
Aduise me, where I may haue such a Ladder. Advise me where I may have such a ladder.advise, avise (v.)
old form: Aduise
inform, be aware, apprise
TG III.i.122
Val.VALENTINE 
When would you vse it? pray sir, tell me that. When would you use it? Pray, sir, tell me that. TG III.i.123
Duk.DUKE 
This very night; for Loue is like a childe This very night; for Love is like a child, TG III.i.124
That longs for euery thing that he can come by. That longs for every thing that he can come by. TG III.i.125
Val.VALENTINE 
By seauen a clock, ile get you such a Ladder. By seven o'clock I'll get you such a ladder. TG III.i.126
DukDUKE 
But harke thee: I will goe to her alone, But, hark thee; I will go to her alone; TG III.i.127
How shall I best conuey the Ladder thither? How shall I best convey the ladder thither? TG III.i.128
Val.VALENTINE 
It will be light (my Lord) that you may beare it It will be light, my lord, that you may bear it TG III.i.129
Vnder a cloake, that is of any length. Under a cloak that is of any length. TG III.i.130
Duk.DUKE 
A cloake as long as thine will serue the turne? A cloak as long as thine will serve the turn? TG III.i.131
Val.VALENTINE 
I my good Lord. Ay, my good lord. TG III.i.132.1
Duk.DUKE 
Then let me see thy cloake, Then let me see thy cloak; TG III.i.132.2
Ile get me one of such another length. I'll get me one of such another length. TG III.i.133
Val.VALENTINE 
Why any cloake will serue the turn (my Lord) Why, any cloak will serve the turn, my lord. TG III.i.134
Duk.DUKE 
How shall I fashion me to weare a cloake? How shall I fashion me to wear a cloak?fashion (v.)form, shape, make [into]TG III.i.135
I pray thee let me feele thy cloake vpon me. I pray thee, let me feel thy cloak upon me. TG III.i.136
He lifts Valentine's cloak and finds a letter and a TG III.i.137.1
rope-ladder TG III.i.137.2
What Letter is this same? what's here? to Siluia? What letter is this same? What's here? To Silvia! TG III.i.137
And heere an Engine fit for my proceeding, And here an engine fit for my proceeding.engine (n.)plot, device, means, instrumentTG III.i.138
proceeding (n.)course of action, measures
Ile be so bold to breake the seale for once. I'll be so bold to break the seal for once. TG III.i.139
(He opens the letter and reads) TG III.i.140.1
My thoughts do harbour with my Siluia nightly, My thoughts do harbour with my Silvia nightly,harbour (v.)lodge, stay, shelterTG III.i.140
And slaues they are to me, that send them flying. And slaves they are to me, that send them flying. TG III.i.141
Oh, could their Master come, and goe as lightly, O, could their master come and go as lightly,lightly (adv.)readily, easilyTG III.i.142
Himselfe would lodge where (senceles) they are lying. Himself would lodge where, senseless, they are lying!senseless (adj.)
old form: senceles
unconscious, insensible, oblivious
TG III.i.143
My Herald Thoughts, in thy pure bosome rest-them, My herald thoughts in thy pure bosom rest them,herald (adj.)message-bearing, acting as a heraldTG III.i.144
While I (their King) that thither them importune While I, their king, that thither them importune,importune (v.)urge, pressTG III.i.145
Doe curse the grace, that with such grace hath blest them, Do curse the grace that with such grace hath blessed them,grace (n.)honour, favour, recognition, respectTG III.i.146
grace (n.)success, favourable outcome, fortune
Because my selfe doe want my seruants fortune. Because myself do want my servants' fortune.want (v.)lack, need, be withoutTG III.i.147
I curse my selfe, for they are sent by me, I curse myself, for they are sent by me, TG III.i.148
That they should harbour where their Lord should be. That they should harbour where their lord should be.harbour (v.)lodge, stay, shelterTG III.i.149
What's here? What's here? TG III.i.150
Siluia, this night I will enfranchise thee. Silvia, this night I will enfranchise thee.enfranchise (v.)set free, liberateTG III.i.151
'Tis so: and heere's the Ladder for the purpose. 'Tis so; and here's the ladder for the purpose. TG III.i.152
Why Phaeton (for thou art Merops sonne) Why, Phaeton – for thou art Merops' son – Merops (n.)husband of Clymene; Phaethon was the son of her union with HeliosTG III.i.153
Wilt thou aspire to guide the heauenly Car? Wilt thou aspire to guide the heavenly car,car (n.)carriage, cart, chariot [often of the sun god]TG III.i.154
And with thy daring folly burne the world? And with thy daring folly burn the world? TG III.i.155
Wilt thou reach stars, because they shine on thee? Wilt thou reach stars, because they shine on thee? TG III.i.156
Goe base Intruder, ouer-weening Slaue, Go, base intruder, overweening slave,base (adj.)dishonourable, low, unworthyTG III.i.157
overweening (adj.)
old form: ouer-weening
arrogant, overambitious, high and mighty
Bestow thy fawning smiles on equall mates, Bestow thy fawning smiles on equal mates; TG III.i.158
And thinke my patience, (more then thy desert) And think my patience, more than thy desert,desert, desart (n.)deserving, due recompense, rightTG III.i.159
Is priuiledge for thy departure hence. Is privilege for thy departure hence. TG III.i.160
Thanke me for this, more then for all the fauors Thank me for this more than for all the favours TG III.i.161
Which (all too-much) I haue bestowed on thee. Which, all too much, I have bestowed on thee. TG III.i.162
But if thou linger in my Territories But if thou linger in my territories TG III.i.163
Longer then swiftest expedition Longer than swiftest expeditionexpedition (n.)haste, speedy action, prompt dispatchTG III.i.164
Will giue thee time to leaue our royall Court, Will give thee time to leave our royal court, TG III.i.165
By heauen, my wrath shall farre exceed the loue By heaven, my wrath shall far exceed the love TG III.i.166
I euer bore my daughter, or thy selfe. I ever bore my daughter or thyself. TG III.i.167
Be gone, I will not heare thy vaine excuse, Be gone; I will not hear thy vain excuse, TG III.i.168
But as thou lou'st thy life, make speed from hence. But, as thou lovest thy life, make speed from hence. TG III.i.169
Exit TG III.i.169
Val.VALENTINE 
And why not death, rather then liuing torment? And why not death, rather than living torment? TG III.i.170
To die, is to be banisht from my selfe, To die is to be banished from myself, TG III.i.171
And Siluia is my selfe: banish'd from her And Silvia is myself; banished from her TG III.i.172
Is selfe from selfe. A deadly banishment: Is self from self – a deadly banishment. TG III.i.173
What light, is light, if Siluia be not seene? What light is light, if Silvia be not seen? TG III.i.174
What ioy is ioy, if Siluia be not by? What joy is joy, if Silvia be not by? TG III.i.175
Vnlesse it be to thinke that she is by Unless it be to think that she is by, TG III.i.176
And feed vpon the shadow of perfection. And feed upon the shadow of perfection.shadow (n.)illusion, unreal image, delusionTG III.i.177
Except I be by Siluia in the night, Except I be by Silvia in the night, TG III.i.178
There is no musicke in the Nightingale. There is no music in the nightingale; TG III.i.179
Vnlesse I looke on Siluia in the day, Unless I look on Silvia in the day, TG III.i.180
There is no day for me to looke vpon. There is no day for me to look upon. TG III.i.181
Shee is my essence, and I leaue to be; She is my essence, and I leave to be,essence (n.)very life, foundation of beingTG III.i.182
leave (v.)
old form: leaue
cease, stop, give up
If I be not by her faire influence If I be not by her fair influence TG III.i.183
Foster'd, illumin'd, cherish'd, kept aliue. Fostered, illumined, cherished, kept alive. TG III.i.184
I flie not death, to flie his deadly doome, I fly not death, to fly his deadly doom: TG III.i.185
Tarry I heere, I but attend on death, Tarry I here, I but attend on death;attend (v.)await, wait for, expectTG III.i.186
tarry (v.)stay, remain, linger
But flie I hence, I flie away from life. But fly I hence, I fly away from life. TG III.i.187
Enter Proteus and Launce TG III.i.188
Pro.PROTEUS 
Run (boy) run, run, and seeke him out. Run, boy, run, run, and seek him out. TG III.i.188
Lau.LAUNCE 
So-hough, Soa hough--- So-ho, so-ho! TG III.i.189
Pro.PROTEUS 
What seest thou? What seest thou? TG III.i.190
Lau.LAUNCE 
Him we goe to finde, / There's not a haire on's head, Him we go to find: there's not a hair on's head TG III.i.191
but 'tis a Valentine. but 'tis a Valentine. TG III.i.192
Pro.PROTEUS 
Valentine? Valentine? TG III.i.193
Val.VALENTINE 
No. No. TG III.i.194
Pro.PROTEUS 
Who then? his Spirit? Who then? His spirit? TG III.i.195
Val.VALENTINE 
Neither, Neither. TG III.i.196
Pro.PROTEUS 
What then? What then? TG III.i.197
Val.VALENTINE 
Nothing. Nothing. TG III.i.198
Lau.LAUNCE 
Can nothing speake? Master, shall I strike? Can nothing speak? Master, shall I strike? TG III.i.199
Pro.PROTEUS 
Who wouldst thou strike? Who wouldst thou strike? TG III.i.200
Lau.LAUNCE 
Nothing. Nothing. TG III.i.201
Pro.PROTEUS 
Villaine, forbeare. Villain, forbear.forbear (v.)
old form: forbeare
stop, cease, desist
TG III.i.202
Lau.LAUNCE 
Why Sir, Ile strike nothing: I pray you. Why, sir, I'll strike nothing. I pray you –  TG III.i.203
Pro.PROTEUS 
Sirha, I say forbeare: friend Valentine, a word. Sirrah, I say forbear. Friend Valentine, a word. TG III.i.204
Val.VALENTINE 
My eares are stopt, & cannot hear good newes, My ears are stopped and cannot hear good news, TG III.i.205
So much of bad already hath possest them. So much of bad already hath possessed them. TG III.i.206
Pro.PROTEUS 
Then in dumbe silence will I bury mine, Then in dumb silence will I bury mine, TG III.i.207
For they are harsh, vn-tuneable, and bad. For they are harsh, untuneable, and bad.untuneable (adj.)
old form: vn-tuneable
unsuitable, disagreeable; or: unmelodious
TG III.i.208
Val.VALENTINE 
Is Siluia dead? Is Silvia dead? TG III.i.209
Pro.PROTEUS 
No, Valentine. No, Valentine. TG III.i.210
Val.VALENTINE 
No Valentine indeed, for sacred Siluia, No Valentine, indeed, for sacred Silvia.sacred (adj.)revered, respected [as if a holy thing]TG III.i.211
Hath she forsworne me? Hath she forsworn me?forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore
old form: forsworne
abandon, renounce, reject, give up
TG III.i.212
Pro.PROTEUS 
No, Valentine. No, Valentine. TG III.i.213
Val.VALENTINE 
No Valentine, if Siluia haue forsworne me. No Valentine, if Silvia have forsworn me. TG III.i.214
What is your newes? What is your news? TG III.i.215
Lau.LAUNCE 
Sir, there is a proclamation, yt you are vanished. Sir, there is a proclamation that you are vanished. TG III.i.216
Pro.PROTEUS 
That thou art banish'd: oh that's the newes, That thou art banished – O, that's the news! –  TG III.i.217
From hence, from Siluia, and from me thy friend. From hence, from Silvia, and from me thy friend. TG III.i.218
Val.VALENTINE 
Oh, I haue fed vpon this woe already, O, I have fed upon this woe already, TG III.i.219
And now excesse of it will make me surfet. And now excess of it will make me surfeit.surfeit (v.)
old form: surfet
become sick through having too much
TG III.i.220
Doth Siluia know that I am banish'd? Doth Silvia know that I am banished? TG III.i.221
Pro.PROTEUS 
I, I: and she hath offered to the doome Ay, ay; and she hath offered to the doom – doom (n.)
old form: doome
judgement, sentence, decision
TG III.i.222
(Which vn-reuerst stands in effectuall force) Which, unreversed, stands in effectual force – effectual (adj.)
old form: effectuall
effective, actual, with full effect
TG III.i.223
A Sea of melting pearle, which some call teares; A sea of melting pearl, which some call tears; TG III.i.224
Those at her fathers churlish feete she tenderd, Those at her father's churlish feet she tendered; TG III.i.225
With them vpon her knees, her humble selfe, With them, upon her knees, her humble self, TG III.i.226
Wringing her hands, whose whitenes so became them, Wringing her hands, whose whiteness so became thembecome (v.)be fitting, befit, be appropriate toTG III.i.227
As if but now they waxed pale for woe: As if but now they waxed pale for woe. TG III.i.228
But neither bended knees, pure hands held vp, But neither bended knees, pure hands held up, TG III.i.229
Sad sighes, deepe grones, nor siluer-shedding teares Sad sighs, deep groans, nor silver-shedding tears,sad (adj.)downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomyTG III.i.230
Could penetrate her vncompassionate Sire; Could penetrate her uncompassionate sire –  TG III.i.231
But Valentine, if he be tane, must die. But Valentine, if he be ta'en, must die. TG III.i.232
Besides, her intercession chaf'd him so, Besides, her intercession chafed him so,chafe (v.)
old form: chaf'd
enrage, irritate, anger
TG III.i.233
When she for thy repeale was suppliant, When she for thy repeal was suppliant,repeal (n.)
old form: repeale
recall, return from banishment
TG III.i.234
That to close prison he commanded her, That to close prison he commanded her,close (adj.)private, secluded, sequesteredTG III.i.235
With many bitter threats of biding there. With many bitter threats of biding there.bide (v.)remain, persist, continue in beingTG III.i.236
Val.VALENTINE 
No more: vnles the next word that thou speak'st No more; unless the next word that thou speakest TG III.i.237
Haue some malignant power vpon my life: Have some malignant power upon my life;power (n.)control, influence, swayTG III.i.238
If so: I pray thee breath it in mine eare, If so, I pray thee breathe it in mine ear, TG III.i.239
As ending Antheme of my endlesse dolor. As ending anthem of my endless dolour.dolour (n.)
old form: dolor
sorrow, grief, lamentation
TG III.i.240
anthem (n.)
old form: Antheme
song of mourning, hymn of grief
ending (adj.)dying, near one's end
Pro.PROTEUS 
Cease to lament for that thou canst not helpe, Cease to lament for that thou canst not help, TG III.i.241
And study helpe for that which thou lament'st, And study help for that which thou lamentest.study (v.)deliberate, meditate, reflect [on]TG III.i.242
Time is the Nurse, and breeder of all good; Time is the nurse and breeder of all good; TG III.i.243
Here, if thou stay, thou canst not see thy loue: Here, if thou stay, thou canst not see thy love; TG III.i.244
Besides, thy staying will abridge thy life: Besides, thy staying will abridge thy life.abridge (v.)shorten, cut shortTG III.i.245
Hope is a louers staffe, walke hence with that Hope is a lover's staff; walk hence with that, TG III.i.246
And manage it, against despairing thoughts: And manage it against despairing thoughts.manage (v.)wield, handle, useTG III.i.247
Thy letters may be here, though thou art hence, Thy letters may be here, though thou art hence, TG III.i.248
Which, being writ to me, shall be deliuer'd Which, being writ to me, shall be delivered TG III.i.249
Euen in the milke-white bosome of thy Loue. Even in the milk-white bosom of thy love. TG III.i.250
The time now serues not to expostulate, The time now serves not to expostulate.expostulate (v.)expound, debate, discourseTG III.i.251
Come, Ile conuey thee through the City-gate. Come I'll convey thee through the city gate; TG III.i.252
And ere I part with thee, confer at large And, ere I part with thee, confer at large TG III.i.253
Of all that may concerne thy Loue-affaires: Of all that may concern thy love affairs. TG III.i.254
As thou lou'st Siluia (though not for thy selfe) As thou lovest Silvia, though not for thyself, TG III.i.255
Regard thy danger, and along with me. Regard thy danger, and along with me.regard (v.)take note of, pay heed to, valueTG III.i.256
Val.VALENTINE 
I pray thee Launce, and if thou seest my Boy I pray thee, Launce, an if thou seest my boy,an if (conj.)ifTG III.i.257
Bid him make haste, and meet me at the North-gate. Bid him make haste and meet me at the Northgate. TG III.i.258
Pro.PROTEUS 
Goe sirha, finde him out: Come Valentine. Go, sirrah, find him out. Come, Valentine.sirrah (n.)sir [commanding, insulting, or familiar, depending on context]TG III.i.259
Val.VALENTINE 
Oh my deere Siluia; haplesse Valentine. O my dear Silvia! Hapless Valentine! TG III.i.260
Exeunt Valentine and Proteus TG III.i.260
Launce.LAUNCE 
I am but a foole, looke you, and yet I haue the wit to I am but a fool, look you, and yet I have the wit towit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental abilityTG III.i.261
thinke my Master is a kinde of a knaue: but that's all one, think my master is a kind of a knave; but that's all oneknave (n.)
old form: knaue
scoundrel, rascal, rogue
TG III.i.262
if he be but one knaue: He liues not now that knowes me if he be but one knave. He lives not now that knows me TG III.i.263
to be in loue, yet I am in loue, but a Teeme of horse shall to be in love; yet I am in love; but a team of horse shall TG III.i.264
not plucke that from me: nor who 'tis I loue: and yet 'tis not pluck that from me; nor who 'tis I love; and yet 'tis TG III.i.265
a woman; but what woman, I will not tell my selfe: and a woman; but what woman I will not tell myself; and TG III.i.266
yet 'tis a Milke-maid: yet 'tis not a maid: for shee hath had yet 'tis a milkmaid; yet 'tis not a maid, for she hath had TG III.i.267
Gossips: yet 'tis a maid, for she is her Masters maid, and gossips; yet 'tis a maid, for she is her master's maid andgossip (n.)godparent, baptismal sponsorTG III.i.268
serues for wages. Shee hath more qualities then a serves for wages. She hath more qualities than aquality (n.)accomplishment, capacity, abilityTG III.i.269
Water-Spaniell, which is much in a bare Christian: water-spaniel – which is much in a bare Christian. TG III.i.270
He produces a paper TG III.i.271.1
Heere is the Cate-log of her Condition. Inprimis. Shee can Here is the cate-log of her condition. Imprimis: She canimprimis (adv.)
old form: Inprimis
in the first place
TG III.i.271
condition (n.)quality, behaviour, attribute, habit
cate-log (n.)
old form: Cate-log
[idiosyncratic pronunciation of] catalogue, inventory, register
fetch and carry: why a horse can doe no more; nay, a fetch and carry. Why, a horse can do no more; nay, a TG III.i.272
horse cannot fetch, but onely carry, therefore is shee better horse cannot fetch, but only carry; therefore is she better TG III.i.273
then a Iade. Item. She can milke, looke you, a sweet than a jade. Item: She can milk. Look you, a sweetitem (n.)[legal] particular pointTG III.i.274
jade (n.)
old form: Iade
worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag
vertue in a maid with cleane hands. virtue in a maid with clean hands. TG III.i.275
Enter Speed TG III.i.276
Speed.SPEED 
How now Signior Launce? what newes with your How now, Signior Launce? What news with your TG III.i.276
Mastership? mastership?mastership (n.)[ironic use] senior citizen, leading lightTG III.i.277
La.LAUNCE 
With my Mastership? why, it is at Sea: With my master's ship? Why, it is at sea. TG III.i.278
Sp.SPEED 
Well, your old vice still: mistake the word: what Well, your old vice still: mistake the word. Whatstill (adv.)ever, now [as before]TG III.i.279
newes then in your paper? news, then, in your paper? TG III.i.280
La.LAUNCE 
The black'st newes that euer thou heard'st. The blackest news that ever thou heardest. TG III.i.281
Sp.SPEED 
Why man? how blacke? Why, man? How black? TG III.i.282
La.LAUNCE 
Why, as blacke as Inke. Why, as black as ink. TG III.i.283
Sp.SPEED 
Let me read them? Let me read them. TG III.i.284
La.LAUNCE 
Fie on thee Iolt-head, thou canst not read. Fie on thee, jolt-head; thou canst not read.jolthead, jolt-head (n.)
old form: Iolt-head
blockhead, dolt, numskull
TG III.i.285
Sp.SPEED 
Thou lyest: I can. Thou liest; I can. TG III.i.286
La.LAUNCE 
I will try thee: tell me this: who begot thee? I will try thee. Tell me this: who begot thee?beget (v.), past form begotgive birth to, father, conceiveTG III.i.287
Sp.SPEED 
Marry, the son of my Grand-father. Marry, the son of my grandfather.marry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryTG III.i.288
La.LAUNCE 
Oh illiterate loyterer; it was the sonne of thy Grand-mother: O illiterate loiterer! It was the son of thy grandmother.loiterer (n.)
old form: loyterer
idler, layabout, vagabond
TG III.i.289
this proues that thou canst not read. This proves that thou canst not read. TG III.i.290
Sp.SPEED 
Come foole, come: try me in thy paper. Come, fool, come; try me in thy paper. TG III.i.291
La.LAUNCE 
There: and S. Nicholas be thy speed.There; and Saint Nicholas be thy speed!Nicholas, Saintin Christian tradition, the patron saint of travellers and scholarsTG III.i.292
speed (n.)assistance, aid, protector
He hands over the paper from which Speed reads TG III.i.293
Sp.SPEED 
Inprimis she can milke. Imprimis: She can milk. TG III.i.293
La.LAUNCE 
I that she can. Ay, that she can. TG III.i.294
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she brewes good Ale. Item: She brews good ale. TG III.i.295
La.LAUNCE 
And thereof comes the prouerbe: (Blessing of And thereof comes the proverb: ‘ Blessing of TG III.i.296
your heart, you brew good Ale.) your heart, you brew good ale.’ TG III.i.297
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she can sowe. Item: She can sew. TG III.i.298
La.LAUNCE 
That's as much as to say (Can she so?) That's as much as to say, ‘ Can she so?’ TG III.i.299
Sp.SPEED 
Item she can knit. Item: She can knit. TG III.i.300
La.LAUNCE 
What neede a man care for a stock with a wench, What need a man care for a stock with a wench,wench (n.)girl, lassTG III.i.301
stock (n.)dowry, wedding endowment
When she can knit him a stocke? when she can knit him a stock?stock (n.)stockingTG III.i.302
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she can wash and scoure. Item: She can wash and scour. TG III.i.303
La.LAUNCE 
A speciall vertue: for then shee neede not be A special virtue; for then she need not be TG III.i.304
wash'd, and scowr'd. washed and scoured. TG III.i.305
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she can spin. Item: She can spin. TG III.i.306
La.LAUNCE 
Then may I set the world on wheeles, when she Then may I set the world on wheels, when shewheels, on
old form: wheeles
running smoothly, providing an easy life
TG III.i.307
can spin for her liuing. can spin for her living. TG III.i.308
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she hath many namelesse vertues. Item: She hath many nameless virtues.nameless (adj.)
old form: namelesse
inexpressible, beyond words; or: too small to be worth describing
TG III.i.309
La.LAUNCE 
That's as much as to say Bastard-vertues: that That's as much as to say, bastard virtues; thatbastard (adj.)inferior, low, of little valueTG III.i.310
indeede know not their fathers; and therefore haue no indeed know not their fathers, and therefore have no TG III.i.311
names. names. TG III.i.312
Sp.SPEED 
Here follow her vices. Here follow her vices. TG III.i.313
La.LAUNCE 
Close at the heeles of her vertues. Close at the heels of her virtues. TG III.i.314
Sp.SPEED 
Item, shee is not to be fasting in respect of her Item: She is not to be kissed fasting, in respect of herrespect of, in (prep.)on account ofTG III.i.315
breath. breath. TG III.i.316
La.LAUNCE 
Well: that fault may be mended with a breakfast: Well, that fault may be mended with a breakfast. TG III.i.317
read on. Read on. TG III.i.318
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she hath a sweet mouth. Item: She hath a sweet mouth.sweet (adj.)wanton, lecherous; or: with a sweet toothTG III.i.319
La.LAUNCE 
That makes amends for her soure breath. That makes amends for her sour breath. TG III.i.320
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she doth talke in her sleepe. Item: She doth talk in her sleep. TG III.i.321
La.LAUNCE 
It's no matter for that; so shee sleepe not in her It's no matter for that; so she sleep not in her TG III.i.322
talke. talk. TG III.i.323
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she is slow in words. Item: She is slow in words. TG III.i.324
La.LAUNCE 
Oh villaine, that set this downe among her vices; O villain, that set this down among her vices! TG III.i.325
To be slow in words, is a womans onely vertue: I pray To be slow in words is a woman's only virtue. I pray TG III.i.326
thee out with't, and place it for her chiefe vertue. thee, out with't, and place it for her chief virtue. TG III.i.327
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she is proud. Item: She is proud. TG III.i.328
La.LAUNCE 
Out with that too: It was Eues legacie, and cannot Out with that too; it was Eve's legacy, and cannot TG III.i.329
be t'ane from her. be ta'en from her. TG III.i.330
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she hath no teeth. Item: She hath no teeth. TG III.i.331
La.LAUNCE 
I care not for that neither: because I loue crusts. I care not for that neither, because I love crusts. TG III.i.332
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she is curst. Item: She is curst.curst (adj.)bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, crossTG III.i.333
La.LAUNCE 
Well: the best is, she hath no teeth to bite. Well, the best is, she hath no teeth to bite. TG III.i.334
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she will often praise her liquor. Item: She will often praise her liquor.praise (v.)appraise, test, try outTG III.i.335
La.LAUNCE 
If her liquor be good, she shall: if she will not, If her liquor be good, she shall; if she will not, TG III.i.336
I will; for good things should be praised. I will; for good things should be praised. TG III.i.337
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she is too liberall. Item: She is too liberal.liberal (adj.)
old form: liberall
overgenerous, licentious
TG III.i.338
La.LAUNCE 
Of her tongue she cannot; for that's writ downe Of her tongue she cannot, for that's writ down TG III.i.339
she is slow of: of her purse, shee shall not, for that ile she is slow of; of her purse, she shall not, for that I'll TG III.i.340
keepe shut: Now, of another thing shee may, and that keep shut. Now, of another thing she may, and that TG III.i.341
cannot I helpe. Well, proceede. cannot I help. Well, proceed. TG III.i.342
Sp.SPEED 
Item, shee hath more haire then wit, and more faults Item: She hath more hair than wit, and more faultswit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental abilityTG III.i.343
then haires, and more wealth then faults. than hairs, and more wealth than faults. TG III.i.344
La.LAUNCE 
Stop there: Ile haue her: she was mine, and not Stop there; I'll have her; she was mine and not TG III.i.345
mine, twice or thrice in that last Article: rehearse that mine twice or thrice in that last article. Rehearse thatrehearse (v.)repeat, recite, say over againTG III.i.346
once more. once more. TG III.i.347
Sp.SPEED 
Item, she hath more haire then wit. Item: She hath more hair than wit TG III.i.348
La.LAUNCE 
More haire then wit: it may be ile proue it: The More hair than wit? It may be I'll prove it: the TG III.i.349
couer of the salt, hides the salt, and therefore it is more cover of the salt hides the salt, and therefore it is more TG III.i.350
then the salt; the haire that couers the wit, is more then than the salt; the hair that covers the wit is more than TG III.i.351
the wit; for the greater hides the lesse: What's next? the wit, for the greater hides the less. What's next? TG III.i.352
Sp.SPEED 
And more faults then haires. And more faults than hairs –  TG III.i.353
La.LAUNCE 
That's monstrous: oh that that were out. That's monstrous. O, that that were out! TG III.i.354
Sp.SPEED 
And more wealth then faults. And more wealth than faults. TG III.i.355
La.LAUNCE 
Why that word makes the faults gracious: Well, Why, that word makes the faults gracious. Well,gracious (adj.)delightful, lovely, charmingTG III.i.356
ile haue her: and if it be a match, as nothing is I'll have her; an if it be a match, as nothing isan if (conj.)ifTG III.i.357
impossible. impossible –  TG III.i.358
Sp.SPEED 
What then? What then? TG III.i.359
La.LAUNCE 
Why then, will I tell thee, that thy Master staies Why, then will I tell thee – that thy master stays TG III.i.360
for thee at the North gate. for thee at the Northgate. TG III.i.361
Sp.SPEED 
For me? For me? TG III.i.362
La.LAUNCE 
For thee? I, who art thou? he hath staid for For thee! Ay, who art thou? He hath stayed for TG III.i.363
a better man then thee. a better man than thee. TG III.i.364
Sp.SPEED 
And must I goe to him? And must I go to him? TG III.i.365
La.LAUNCE 
Thou must run to him; for thou hast staid so Thou must run to him, for thou hast stayed sostay (v.)
old form: staid
linger, tarry, delay
TG III.i.366
long, that going will scarce serue the turne. long that going will scarce serve the turn.going (n.)walking, going at one's usual paceTG III.i.367
Sp.SPEED 
Why didst not tell me sooner? 'pox of your loue Why didst not tell me sooner? Pox of your lovepox (n.)venereal disease; also: plague, or any other disease displaying skin pustulesTG III.i.368
Letters. letters! TG III.i.369
He returns the paper to Launce. Exit TG III.i.370.1
La.LAUNCE 
Now will he be swing'd for reading my Letter; Now will he be swinged for reading my letter.swinge (v.)
old form: swing'd
beat, thrash, flog
TG III.i.370
An vnmannerly slaue, that will thrust himselfe into An unmannerly slave, that will thrust himself into TG III.i.371
secrets: Ile after, to reioyce in the boyes correctiõ. secrets! I'll after, to rejoice in the boy's correction.correction (n.)
old form: correctiō
punishment, retribution, rebuke
TG III.i.372
Exeunt.Exit TG III.i.372
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