The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Enter Valentine, Siluia, Thurio, Speed, Duke, Protheus. Enter Silvia, Thurio, Valentine, and Speed TG II.iv.1
Seruant. Servant! TG II.iv.1
Mistris. Mistress? TG II.iv.2
(to Valentine) TG II.iv.3
Master, Sir Thurio frownes on you. Master, Sir Thurio frowns on you. TG II.iv.3
(to Speed) TG II.iv.4
I Boy, it's for loue. Ay, boy; it's for love. TG II.iv.4
(to Valentine) TG II.iv.5
Not of you. Not of you. TG II.iv.5
(to Speed) TG II.iv.6
Of my Mistresse then. Of my mistress, then. TG II.iv.6
(to Valentine) TG II.iv.7.1
'Twere good you knockt him. 'Twere good you knocked him.knock (v.)

old form: knockt
strike, beat, hit
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Exit TG II.iv.7
Seruant, you are sad. Servant, you are sad.sad (adj.)
serious, grave, solemn
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Indeed, Madam, I seeme so. Indeed, madam, I seem so. TG II.iv.9
Seeme you that you are not? Seem you that you are not? TG II.iv.10
Hap'ly I doe. Haply I do.haply (adv.)

old form: Hap'ly
perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck
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So doe Counterfeyts. So do counterfeits.counterfeit (n.)

old form: Counterfeyts
impostor, pretender, sham
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So doe you. So do you. TG II.iv.13
What seeme I that I am not? What seem I that I am not? TG II.iv.14
Wise. Wise. TG II.iv.15
What instance of the contrary? What instance of the contrary? TG II.iv.16
Your folly. Your folly. TG II.iv.17
And how quoat you my folly? And how quote you my folly?quote (v.)

old form: quoat
closely observe, note, examine
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I quoat it in your Ierkin. I quote it in your jerkin.jerkin (n.)

old form: Ierkin
male upper garment, close-fitting jacket [often made of leather]
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My Ierkin is a doublet. My jerkin is a doublet.doublet
man's close-fitting jacket with short skirt
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Well then, Ile double your folly. Well, then, I'll double your folly. TG II.iv.21
How? How? TG II.iv.22
What, angry, Sir Thurio, do you change colour? What, angry, Sir Thurio? Do you change colour? TG II.iv.23
Giue him leaue, Madam, he is a kind of Give him leave, madam; he is a kind of TG II.iv.24
Camelion. chameleon. TG II.iv.25
That hath more minde to feed on your bloud, then That hath more mind to feed on your blood than TG II.iv.26
liue in your ayre. live in your air. TG II.iv.27
You haue said Sir. You have said, sir.say (v.)
speak the truth, speak to the point
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I Sir, and done too for this time. Ay, sir, and done too, for this time. TG II.iv.29
I know it wel sir, you alwaies end ere you I know it well, sir; you always end ere you TG II.iv.30
begin. begin. TG II.iv.31
A fine volly of words, gentlemẽ,& quickly A fine volley of words, gentlemen, and quickly TG II.iv.32
shot off shot off. TG II.iv.33
'Tis indeed, Madam, we thank the giuer. 'Tis indeed, madam. We thank the giver. TG II.iv.34
Who is that Seruant? Who is that, servant? TG II.iv.35
Your selfe (sweet Lady) for you gaue the fire, Yourself, sweet lady; for you gave the fire. TG II.iv.36
Sir Thurio borrows his wit from your Ladiships lookes, Sir Thurio borrows his wit from your ladyship's looks,wit (n.)
intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
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And spends what he borrowes kindly in your company. and spends what he borrows kindly in your company.kindly (adv.)
in accordance with human nature, expressing normal humanity
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Sir, if you spend word for word with me, I shall Sir, if you spend word for word with me, I shall TG II.iv.39
make your wit bankrupt. make your wit bankrupt. TG II.iv.40
I know it well sir: you haue an Exchequer of I know it well, sir; you have an exchequer of TG II.iv.41
words, / And I thinke, no other treasure to giue your followers: words, and, I think, no other treasure to give your followers; TG II.iv.42
For it appeares by their bare Liueries / That they liue for it appears by their bare liveries, that they livelivery (n.)
uniform, costume, special clothing
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bare (adj.)
threadbare, shabby, ragged
by your bare words. by your bare words.bare (adj.)
mere, simple
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Enter the Duke of Milan TG II.iv.45
No more, gentlemen, no more: Here comes my No more, gentlemen, no more! Here comes my TG II.iv.45
father. father. TG II.iv.46
Now, daughter Siluia, you are hard beset. Now, daughter Silvia, you are hard beset.hard (adv.)
earnestly, vigorously, energetically
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beset (v.)
set upon, assail, besiege
Sir Valentine, your father is in good health, Sir Valentine, your father is in good health. TG II.iv.48
What say you to a Letter from your friends What say you to a letter from your friends TG II.iv.49
Of much good newes? Of much good news? TG II.iv.50.1
My Lord, I will be thankfull, My lord, I will be thankful TG II.iv.50.2
To any happy messenger from thence. To any happy messenger from thence.happy (adj.)
opportune, appropriate, propitious, favourable
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Know ye Don Antonio, your Countriman? Know ye Don Antonio, your countryman? TG II.iv.52
I, my good Lord, I know the Gentleman Ay, my good lord, I know the gentleman TG II.iv.53
To be of worth, and worthy estimation, To be of worth, and worthy estimation,estimation (n.)
esteem, respect, reputation
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And not without desert so well reputed. And not without desert so well reputed.desert, desart (n.)
cause, deserving, warrant
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Hath he not a Sonne? Hath he not a son? TG II.iv.56
I, my good Lord, a Son, that well deserues Ay, my good lord, a son that well deserves TG II.iv.57
The honor, and regard of such a father. The honour and regard of such a father. TG II.iv.58
You know him well? You know him well? TG II.iv.59
I knew him as my selfe: for from our Infancie I know him as myself; for from our infancy TG II.iv.60
We haue conuerst, and spent our howres together, We have conversed and spent our hours together;converse (v.)

old form: conuerst
associate, keep company
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And though my selfe haue beene an idle Trewant, And though myself have been an idle truant, TG II.iv.62
Omitting the sweet benefit of time Omitting the sweet benefit of timeomit (v.)
neglect, disregard, forget about
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To cloath mine age with Angel-like perfection: To clothe mine age with angel-like perfection, TG II.iv.64
Yet hath Sir Protheus (for that's his name) Yet hath Sir Proteus – for that's his name –  TG II.iv.65
Made vse, and faire aduantage of his daies: Made use and fair advantage of his days:advantage (n.)

old form: aduantage
interest, bonus, addition
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His yeares but yong, but his experience old: His years but young, but his experience old; TG II.iv.67
His head vn-mellowed, but his Iudgement ripe; His head unmellowed, but his judgement ripe;ripe (adj.)
mature, sophisticated, refined
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unmellowed (adj.)

old form: vn-mellowed
not matured in age, showing no grey hairs
And in a word (for far behinde his worth And in a word, for far behind his worth TG II.iv.69
Comes all the praises that I now bestow.) Comes all the praises that I now bestow, TG II.iv.70
He is compleat in feature, and in minde, He is complete in feature and in mind,feature (n.)
physical appearance, bodily shape, looks
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complete, compleat (adj.)

old form: compleat
accomplished, consummate, thorough
With all good grace, to grace a Gentleman. With all good grace to grace a gentleman. TG II.iv.72
Beshrew me sir, but if he make this good Beshrew me, sir, but if he make this good,beshrew, 'shrew (v.)
curse, devil take, evil befall
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He is as worthy for an Empresse loue, He is as worthy for an empress' love TG II.iv.74
As meet to be an Emperors Councellor: As meet to be an emperor's (adj.)
fit, suitable, right, proper
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Well, Sir: this Gentleman is come to me Well, sir, this gentleman is come to me TG II.iv.76
With Commendation from great Potentates, With commendation from great potentates, TG II.iv.77
And heere he meanes to spend his time a while, And here he means to spend his time awhile. TG II.iv.78
I thinke 'tis no vn-welcome newes to you. I think 'tis no unwelcome news to you. TG II.iv.79
Should I haue wish'd a thing, it had beene he. Should I have wished a thing, it had been he. TG II.iv.80
Welcome him then according to his worth: Welcome him then according to his worth. TG II.iv.81
Siluia, I speake to you, and you Sir Thurio, Silvia, I speak to you, and you, Sir Thurio; TG II.iv.82
For Valentine, I need not cite him to it, For Valentine, I need not cite him to it.cite (v.)
urge, call on, arouse, summon
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I will send him hither to you presently. I will send him hither to you presently.presently (adv.)
after a short time, soon, before long
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Exit TG II.iv.84
This is the Gentleman I told your Ladiship This is the gentleman I told your ladyship TG II.iv.85
Had come along with me, but that his Mistresse Had come along with me but that his mistress TG II.iv.86
Did hold his eyes, lockt in her Christall lookes. Did hold his eyes locked in her crystal looks. TG II.iv.87
Be-like that now she hath enfranchis'd them Belike that now she hath enfranchised themenfranchise (v.)

old form: enfranchis'd
set free, liberate
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belike (adv.)

old form: Be-like
probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems
Vpon some other pawne for fealty. Upon some other pawn for fealty.pawn (n.)

old form: pawne
pledge, surety, forfeit
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fealty (n.)
[feudal obligation of obedience] duty of loyalty, allegiance, fidelity
Nay sure, I thinke she holds them prisoners stil. Nay, sure, I think she holds them prisoners still. TG II.iv.90
Nay then he should be blind, and being blind Nay, then, he should be blind; and, being blind, TG II.iv.91
How could he see his way to seeke out you? How could he see his way to seek out you? TG II.iv.92
Why Lady, Loue hath twenty paire of eyes. Why, lady, Love hath twenty pair of eyes. TG II.iv.93
They say that Loue hath not an eye at all. They say that Love hath not an eye at all. TG II.iv.94
To see such Louers, Thurio, as your selfe, To see such lovers, Thurio, as yourself; TG II.iv.95
Vpon a homely obiect, Loue can winke. Upon a homely object Love can wink.wink (v.)

old form: winke
shut one's eyes
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homely (adj.)
plain-looking, unattractive, ugly
Enter Proteus TG II.iv.97
Haue done, haue done: here comes ye gentleman. Have done, have done; here comes the gentleman. TG II.iv.97
Welcome, deer Protheus: Mistris, I beseech you Welcome, dear Proteus! Mistress, I beseech you TG II.iv.98
Confirme his welcome, with some speciall fauor. Confirm his welcome with some special favour. TG II.iv.99
His worth is warrant for his welcome hether, His worth is warrant for his welcome hither,warrant (n.)
licence, sanction, authorization
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If this be he you oft haue wish'd to heare from. If this be he you oft have wished to hear from.oft (adv.)
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Mistris, it is: sweet Lady, entertaine him Mistress, it is. Sweet lady, entertain himentertain (v.)

old form: entertaine
hire, employ, maintain, take into service
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To be my fellow-seruant to your Ladiship. To be my fellow-servant to your ladyship. TG II.iv.103
Too low a Mistres for so high a seruant. Too low a mistress for so high a servant.servant (n.)

old form: seruant
devotee, one who gives dedicated service, lover
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Not so, sweet Lady, but too meane a seruant Not so, sweet lady; but too mean a servant TG II.iv.105
To haue a looke of such a worthy a Mistresse. To have a look of such a worthy mistress. TG II.iv.106
Leaue off discourse of disabilitie: Leave off discourse of disability;discourse (n.)
conversation, talk, chat
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Sweet Lady, entertaine him for your Seruant. Sweet lady, entertain him for your servant. TG II.iv.108
My dutie will I boast of, nothing else. My duty will I boast of, nothing else. TG II.iv.109
And dutie neuer yet did want his meed. And duty never yet did want his meed.meed (n.)
reward, prize, recompense
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want (v.)
lack, need, be without
Seruant, you are welcome to a worthlesse Mistresse. Servant, you are welcome to a worthless mistress. TG II.iv.111
Ile die on him that saies so but your selfe. I'll die on him that says so but yourself.die on (v.)
die fighting, challenge in mortal combat
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That you are welcome? That you are welcome? TG II.iv.113.1
That you are worthlesse. That you are worthless. TG II.iv.113.2
Enter a Servant TG II.iv.114
Madam, my Lord your father wold speak with you. Madam, my lord your father would speak with you. TG II.iv.114
I wait vpon his pleasure: Come Sir Thurio, I wait upon his pleasure. (Exit Servant) Come, Sir Thurio, TG II.iv.115
Goe with me: once more, new Seruant welcome; Go with me. Once more, new servant, welcome. TG II.iv.116
Ile leaue you to confer of home affaires, I'll leave you to confer of home affairs; TG II.iv.117
When you haue done, we looke too heare from you. When you have done, we look to hear from you. TG II.iv.118
Wee'll both attend vpon your Ladiship. We'll both attend upon your ladyship.attend (v.)
serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
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Exeunt Silvia and Thurio TG II.iv.119
Now tell me: how do al from whence you came? Now, tell me, how do all from whence you came? TG II.iv.120
Your frends are wel, & haue thẽ much cõmended. Your friends are well, and have them much commended.commend (v.)

old form: cōmended
convey greetings, present kind regards
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And how doe yours? And how do yours? TG II.iv.122.1
I left them all in health. I left them all in health. TG II.iv.122.2
How does your Lady? & how thriues your loue? How does your lady, and how thrives your love? TG II.iv.123
My tales of Loue were wont to weary you, My tales of love were wont to weary you;wont (v.)
be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of
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I know you ioy not in a Loue-discourse. I know you joy not in a love discourse. TG II.iv.125
I Protheus, but that life is alter'd now, Ay, Proteus, but that life is altered now; TG II.iv.126
I haue done pennance for contemning Loue, I have done penance for contemning Love,contemn (v.)
despise, scorn, treat with contempt
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Whose high emperious thoughts haue punish'd me Whose high imperious thoughts have punished me TG II.iv.128
With bitter fasts, with penitentiall grones, With bitter fasts, with penitential groans, TG II.iv.129
With nightly teares, and daily hart-sore sighes, With nightly tears, and daily heart-sore sighs;nightly (adj.)
of the night, active at night
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For in reuenge of my contempt of loue, For, in revenge of my contempt of love, TG II.iv.131
Loue hath chas'd sleepe from my enthralled eyes, Love hath chased sleep from my enthralled eyes,enthralled (adj.)
enslaved, made captive
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And made them watchers of mine owne hearts sorrow. And made them watchers of mine own heart's sorrow.watcher (n.)
one who stays wide-awake
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O gentle Protheus, Loue's a mighty Lord, O gentle Proteus, Love's a mighty lord,gentle (adj.)
courteous, friendly, kind
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And hath so humbled me, as I confesse And hath so humbled me as I confess TG II.iv.135
There is no woe to his correction, There is no woe to his correction, TG II.iv.136
Nor to his Seruice, no such ioy on earth: Nor to his service no such joy on earth. TG II.iv.137
Now, no discourse, except it be of loue: Now no discourse, except it be of love;discourse (n.)
conversation, talk, chat
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Now can I breake my fast, dine, sup, and sleepe, Now can I break my fast, dine, sup, and sleep,sup (v.)
have supper
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Vpon the very naked name of Loue. Upon the very naked name of love. TG II.iv.140
Enough; I read your fortune in your eye: Enough; I read your fortune in your eye. TG II.iv.141
Was this the Idoll, that you worship so? Was this the idol that you worship so? TG II.iv.142
Euen She; and is she not a heauenly Saint? Even she; and is she not a heavenly saint? TG II.iv.143
No; But she is an earthly Paragon. No; but she is an earthly paragon. TG II.iv.144
Call her diuine. Call her divine. TG II.iv.145.1
I will not flatter her. I will not flatter her. TG II.iv.145.2
O flatter me: for Loue delights in praises. O, flatter me; for love delights in praises. TG II.iv.146
When I was sick, you gaue me bitter pils, When I was sick, you gave me bitter pills, TG II.iv.147
And I must minister the like to you. And I must minister the like to, the
the same
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Then speake the truth by her; if not diuine, Then speak the truth by her; if not divine, TG II.iv.149
Yet let her be a principalitie, Yet let her be a principality,principality (n.)

old form: principalitie
spiritual being very high in the hierarchy of angels
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Soueraigne to all the Creatures on the earth. Sovereign to all the creatures on the earth. TG II.iv.151
Except my Mistresse. Except my mistress. TG II.iv.152.1
Sweet: except not any, Sweet, except not any, TG II.iv.152.2
Except thou wilt except against my Loue. Except thou wilt except against my love.except, except against (v.)
take exception to, object to, repudiate
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Haue I not reason to prefer mine owne? Have I not reason to prefer mine own? TG II.iv.154
And I will help thee to prefer her to: And I will help thee to prefer her too:prefer (v.)
promote, advance, recommend
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Shee shall be dignified with this high honour, She shall be dignified with this high honour –  TG II.iv.156
To beare my Ladies traine, lest the base earth To bear my lady's train, lest the base earthbase (adj.)
low-lying, lowland
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Should from her vesture chance to steale a kisse, Should from her vesture chance to steal a kiss,vesture (n.)
garment, clothing, garb, costume
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And of so great a fauor growing proud, And, of so great a favour growing proud, TG II.iv.159
Disdaine to roote the Sommer-swelling flowre, Disdain to root the summer-swelling flowerroot (v.)

old form: roote
provide with roots, receive the roots of
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And make rough winter euerlastingly. And make rough winter everlastingly. TG II.iv.161
Why Valentine, what Bragadisme is this? Why, Valentine, what braggardism is this?braggardism, braggartism (n.)

old form: Bragadisme
bragging, boasting
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Pardon me (Protheus) all I can is nothing, Pardon me, Proteus, all I can is nothingcan (v.)
be skilled [in], have ability [in]
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To her, whose worth, make other worthies nothing; To her, whose worth makes other worthies nothing;worthy (n.)
thing of worth, distinction, excellence
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Shee is alone. She is alone.alone (adj.)
unique, matchless, having no equal
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Then let her alone. Then let her alone. TG II.iv.165.2
Not for the world: why man, she is mine owne, Not for the world! Why, man, she is mine own; TG II.iv.166
And I as rich in hauing such a Iewell And I as rich in having such a jewel TG II.iv.167
As twenty Seas, if all their sand were pearle, As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl, TG II.iv.168
The water, Nectar, and the Rocks pure gold. The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold. TG II.iv.169
Forgiue me, that I doe not dreame on thee, Forgive me, that I do not dream on thee,dream (v.)

old form: dreame
concentrate, focus attention
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Because thou seest me doate vpon my loue: Because thou seest me dote upon my love. TG II.iv.171
My foolish Riuall that her Father likes My foolish rival, that her father likes TG II.iv.172
(Onely for his possessions are so huge) Only for his possessions are so huge, TG II.iv.173
Is gone with her along, and I must after, Is gone with her along; and I must after, TG II.iv.174
For Loue (thou know'st is full of iealousie.) For love, thou knowest, is full of jealousy. TG II.iv.175
But she loues you? But she loves you? TG II.iv.176
I, and we are betroathd: nay more, our mariage howre, Ay, and we are betrothed; nay more, our marriage-hour, TG II.iv.177
With all the cunning manner of our flight With all the cunning manner of our flight, TG II.iv.178
Determin'd of: how I must climbe her window, Determined of; how I must climb her window,climb (v.)

old form: climbe
reach, attain, achieve
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The Ladder made of Cords, and all the means The ladder made of cords, and all the means TG II.iv.180
Plotted, and 'greed on for my happinesse. Plotted and 'greed on for my happiness. TG II.iv.181
Good Protheus goe with me to my chamber, Good Proteus, go with me to my chamber, TG II.iv.182
In these affaires to aid me with thy counsaile. In these affairs to aid me with thy counsel. TG II.iv.183
Goe on before: I shall enquire you forth: Go on before; I shall inquire you forth.inquire forth (v.)

old form: enquire
seek out, ask after one's whereabouts
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before (adv.)
ahead, in advance
I must vnto the Road, to disembarque I must unto the road to disembarkroad (n.)
harbour, anchorage, roadstead
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Some necessaries, that I needs must vse, Some necessaries that I needs must use; TG II.iv.186
And then Ile presently attend you. And then I'll presently attend you.presently (adv.)
after a short time, soon, before long
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attend (v.)
accompany, follow closely, go with
Will you make haste? Will you make haste? TG II.iv.188
I will.I will. TG II.iv.189
Exit.Exit Valentine TG II.iv.189
Euen as one heate, another heate expels, Even as one heat another heat expels, TG II.iv.190
Or as one naile, by strength driues out another. Or as one nail by strength drives out another, TG II.iv.191
So the remembrance of my former Loue So the remembrance of my former loveremembrance (n.)
memory, bringing to mind, recollection
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Is by a newer obiect quite forgotten, Is by a newer object quite forgotten. TG II.iv.193
It is mine, or Valentines praise? Is it mine eye, or Valentine's praise, TG II.iv.194
Her true perfection, or my false transgression? Her true perfection, or my false transgression,false (adj.)
disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
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That makes me reasonlesse, to reason thus? That makes me reasonless to reason thus? TG II.iv.196
Shee is faire: and so is Iulia that I loue, She is fair; and so is Julia that I love – fair (adj.)

old form: faire
handsome, good-looking, beautiful
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(That I did loue, for now my loue is thaw'd, That I did love, for now my love is thawed; TG II.iv.198
Which like a waxen Image 'gainst a fire Which, like a waxen image 'gainst a fire, TG II.iv.199
Beares no impression of the thing it was.) Bears no impression of the thing it was. TG II.iv.200
Me thinkes my zeale to Valentine is cold, Methinks my zeal to Valentine is cold,methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: Me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
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And that I loue him not as I was wont: And that I love him not as I was wont.wont (v.)
be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of
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O, but I loue his Lady too-too much, O, but I love his lady too too much! TG II.iv.203
And that's the reason I loue him so little. And that's the reason I love him so little. TG II.iv.204
How shall I doate on her with more aduice, How shall I dote on her with more advice,advice (n.)

old form: aduice
consideration, reflection, deliberation
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That thus without aduice begin to loue her? That thus without advice begin to love her! TG II.iv.206
'Tis but her picture I haue yet beheld, 'Tis but her picture I have yet beheld,picture (n.)
appearance, countenance, visible form
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And that hath dazel'd my reasons light: And that hath dazzled my reason's light; TG II.iv.208
But when I looke on her perfections, But when I look on her perfections, TG II.iv.209
There is no reason, but I shall be blinde. There is no reason but I shall be blind.reason (n.)
alternative, choice, possibility
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If I can checke my erring loue, I will, If I can check my erring love, I will; TG II.iv.211
If not, to compasse her Ile vse my skill. If not, to compass her I'll use my skill.compass (v.)

old form: compasse
win, obtain, attain
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Exeunt.Exit TG II.iv.212
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