The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Enter Valentine, Protheus, Siluia, Iulia, Duke, Thurio, Out-lawes.Enter Valentine TG V.iv.1.1
How vse doth breed a habit in a man?How use doth breed a habit in a man!use (n.)
usual practice, habit, custom
TG V.iv.1
habit (n.)
routine, settled practice, regular behaviour
This shadowy desart, vnfrequented woodsThis shadowy desert, unfrequented woods,shadowy (adj.)
shady, shaded
TG V.iv.2
desert, desart (n.)
desolate place, wilderness
I better brooke then flourishing peopled Townes:I better brook than flourishing peopled towns.brook (v.)

old form: brooke
endure, tolerate, put up with
TG V.iv.3
Here can I sit alone, vn-seene of any,Here can I sit alone, unseen of any, TG V.iv.4
And to the Nightingales complaining NotesAnd to the nightingale's complaining notes TG V.iv.5
Tune my distrestes, and record my woes.Tune my distresses, and record my woes.record (v.)
sing, warble, chant
TG V.iv.6
tune (v.)
sing, utter, sound out
O thou that dost inhabit in my brest,O thou that dost inhabit in my breast,inhabit (v.)
lodge, dwell, reside
TG V.iv.7
Leaue not the Mansion so long Tenant-lesse,Leave not the mansion so long tenantless, TG V.iv.8
Lest growing ruinous, the building fall,Lest, growing ruinous, the building fallruinous (adj.)
ruined, decayed, ravaged
TG V.iv.9
And leaue no memory of what it was,And leave no memory of what it was! TG V.iv.10
Repaire me, with thy presence, Siluia:Repair me with thy presence, Silvia;repair (v.)

old form: Repaire
restore, renew, revive
TG V.iv.11
Thou gentle Nimph, cherish thy for-lorne swaine.Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain.cherish (v.)
support, foster, sustain
TG V.iv.12
swain (n.)

old form: swaine
lover, wooer, sweetheart
gentle (adj.)
soft, tender, kind
Noises within TG V.iv.13.1
What hallowing, and what stir is this to day?What halloing and what stir is this today?hallowing, hallooing, halloing, holloing (n.)

old form: hallowing
shouting, hallooing, crying out
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These are my mates, that make their wills their Law,These are my mates, that make their wills their law,mate (n.)
companion, associate, comrade
TG V.iv.14
Haue some vnhappy passenger in chace;Have some unhappy passenger in (n.)

old form: chace
pursuit, sequence, hunt
TG V.iv.15
passenger (n.)
wayfarer, traveller, passer-by
They loue me well: yet I haue much to doeThey love me well; yet I have much to do TG V.iv.16
To keepe them from vnciuill outrages.To keep them from uncivil outrages.uncivil (adj.)

old form: vnciuill
uncivilized, barbarous, unrefined
TG V.iv.17
Withdraw thee Valentine: who's this comes heere?Withdraw thee, Valentine. Who's this comes here? TG V.iv.18
He steps aside TG V.iv.19
Enter Proteus, Silvia, and Julia in a page's costume TG V.iv.19.1
Madam, this seruice I haue done for youMadam, this service I have done for you, TG V.iv.19
(Though you respect not aught your seruant doth)Though you respect not aught your servant doth,respect (v.)
value, have regard for, prize
TG V.iv.20
aught (n.)
anything, [with negative word] nothing
To hazard life, and reskew you from him,To hazard life, and rescue you from him TG V.iv.21
That would haue forc'd your honour, and your loue,That would have forced your honour and your love. TG V.iv.22
Vouchsafe me for my meed, but one faire looke:Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look;meed (n.)
reward, prize, recompense
TG V.iv.23
(A smaller boone then this I cannot beg,A smaller boon than this I cannot beg,boon (n.)

old form: boone
petition, entreaty, request
TG V.iv.24
And lesse then this, I am sure you cannot giue.)And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. TG V.iv.25
(aside) TG V.iv.26
How like a dreame is this? I see, and heare:How like a dream is this I see and hear! TG V.iv.26
Loue, lend me patience to forbeare a while.Love, lend me patience to forbear awhile.forbear (v.)

old form: forbeare
control oneself, have patience [for]
TG V.iv.27
O miserable, vnhappy that I am.O miserable, unhappy that I am! TG V.iv.28
Vnhappy were you (Madam) ere I came:Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came; TG V.iv.29
But by my comming, I haue made you happy.But by my coming I have made you happy. TG V.iv.30
By thy approach thou mak'st me most vnhappy.By thy approach thou makest me most unhappy.approach (n.)
advances, amorous attention
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(aside) TG V.iv.32
And me, when he approcheth to your presence.And me, when he approacheth to your presence. TG V.iv.32
Had I beene ceazed by a hungry Lion,Had I been seized by a hungry lion, TG V.iv.33
I would haue beene a break-fast to the Beast,I would have been a breakfast to the beast, TG V.iv.34
Rather then haue false Protheus reskue me:Rather than have false Proteus rescue me.false (adj.)
disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
TG V.iv.35
Oh heauen be iudge how I loue Valentine,O, heaven be judge how I love Valentine, TG V.iv.36
Whose life's as tender to me as my soule,Whose life's as tender to me as my soul! TG V.iv.37
And full as much (for more there cannot be)And full as much, for more there cannot be, TG V.iv.38
I doe detest false periur'd Protheus:I do detest false perjured Proteus. TG V.iv.39
Therefore be gone, sollicit me no more.Therefore be gone; solicit me no more. TG V.iv.40
What dangerous action, stood it next to deathWhat dangerous action, stood it next to death, TG V.iv.41
Would I not vndergoe, for one calme looke:Would I not undergo for one calm look? TG V.iv.42
Oh 'tis the curse in Loue, and still approu'dO, 'tis the curse in love, and still approved,still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
TG V.iv.43
approve (v.)

old form: approu'd
prove, confirm, corroborate, substantiate
When women cannot loue, where they're belou'd.When women cannot love where they're beloved! TG V.iv.44
When Protheus cannot loue, where he's belou'd:When Proteus cannot love where he's beloved! TG V.iv.45
Read ouer Iulia's heart, (thy first best Loue)Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, TG V.iv.46
For whose deare sake, thou didst then rend thy faithFor whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy faith TG V.iv.47
Into a thousand oathes; and all those oathes,Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths TG V.iv.48
Descended into periury, to loue me,Descended into perjury, to love me. TG V.iv.49
Thou hast no faith left now, vnlesse thou'dst two,Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou'dst two, TG V.iv.50
And that's farre worse then none: better haue noneAnd that's far worse than none; better have none TG V.iv.51
Then plurall faith, which is too much by one:Than plural faith, which is too much by one. TG V.iv.52
Thou Counterfeyt, to thy true friend.Thou counterfeit to thy true friend!counterfeit (n.)

old form: Counterfeyt
false imitation, spurious image
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In Loue,In love, TG V.iv.53.2
Who respects friend?Who respects friend?respect (v.)
scruple about, have qualms about
TG V.iv.54.1
All men but Protheus.All men but Proteus. TG V.iv.54.2
Nay, if the gentle spirit of mouing wordsNay, if the gentle spirit of moving wordsgentle (adj.)
peaceful, calm, free from violence
TG V.iv.55
Can no way change you to a milder forme;Can no way change you to a milder form, TG V.iv.56
Ile wooe you like a Souldier, at armes end,I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end,arms' end, at

old form: armes
at the point of a sword
TG V.iv.57
And loue you 'gainst the nature of Loue: force ye.And love you 'gainst the nature of love – force ye. TG V.iv.58
Oh heauen.O heaven! TG V.iv.59.1
Ile force thee yeeld to my desire.I'll force thee yield to my desire. TG V.iv.59.2
Valentine steps forward TG V.iv.60.1
Ruffian: let goe that rude vnciuill touch,Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch;uncivil (adj.)

old form: vnciuill
uncivilized, barbarous, unrefined
TG V.iv.60
rude (adj.)
uncivilized, uncultivated, unrefined
Thou friend of an ill fashion.Thou friend of an ill fashion!ill (adj.)
evil, wicked, immoral
TG V.iv.61.1
fashion (n.)
sort, kind, type
Valentine.Valentine! TG V.iv.61.2
Thou cõmon friend, that's without faith or loue,Thou common friend that's without faith or love – common (adj.)

old form: cōmon
average, usual, general, ordinary
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For such is a friend now: treacherous man,For such is a friend now; treacherous man, TG V.iv.63
Thou hast beguil'd my hopes; nought but mine eyeThou hast beguiled my hopes; naught but mine eyebeguile (v.)

old form: beguil'd
cheat, deceive, trick
TG V.iv.64
Could haue perswaded me: now I dare not sayCould have persuaded me. Now I dare not say TG V.iv.65
I haue one friend aliue; thou wouldst disproue me:I have one friend alive: thou wouldst disprove me. TG V.iv.66
Who should be trusted, when ones right handWho should be trusted now, when one's right hand TG V.iv.67
Is periured to the bosome? ProtheusIs perjured to the bosom? Proteus, TG V.iv.68
I am sorry I must neuer trust thee more,I am sorry I must never trust thee more, TG V.iv.69
But count the world a stranger for thy sake:But count the world a stranger for thy sake. TG V.iv.70
The priuate wound is deepest: oh time, most accurst:The private wound is deepest. O time most accursed! TG V.iv.71
'Mongst all foes that a friend should be the worst?'Mongst all foes that a friend should be the worst! TG V.iv.72
My shame and guilt confounds me:My shame and guilt confounds me.confound (v.)
discomfit, defeat, put to shame
TG V.iv.73
Forgiue me Valentine: if hearty sorrowForgive me, Valentine; if hearty sorrow TG V.iv.74
Be a sufficient Ransome for offence,Be a sufficient ransom for offence, TG V.iv.75
I tender't heere: I doe as truely suffer,I tender't here; I do as truly suffertender (v.)
offer, give, present
TG V.iv.76
As ere I did commit.As e'er I did commit.commit (v.)
sin, transgress, do wrong
TG V.iv.77.1
Then I am paid:Then I am paid; TG V.iv.77.2
And once againe, I doe receiue thee honest;And once again I do receive thee honest.receive (v.)

old form: receiue
consider, believe, regard
TG V.iv.78
Who by Repentance is not satisfied,Who by repentance is not satisfied TG V.iv.79
Is nor of heauen, nor earth; for these are pleas'd:Is nor of heaven nor earth, for these are pleased; TG V.iv.80
By Penitence th' Eternalls wrath's appeas'd:By penitence th' Eternal's wrath's appeased. TG V.iv.81
And that my loue may appeare plaine and free,And, that my love may appear plain and free, TG V.iv.82
All that was mine, in Siluia, I giue thee.All that was mine in Silvia I give thee. TG V.iv.83
Oh me vnhappy.O me unhappy! TG V.iv.84
She swoons TG V.iv.85
Looke to the Boy.Look to the boy. TG V.iv.85
Why, Boy? Why wag: how now? what's theWhy, boy? Why, wag, how now? What's thewag (n.)
fellow, lad, mischievous boy
TG V.iv.86
matter? look vp: speak.matter? Look up; speak. TG V.iv.87
O good sir, my master charg'd me to deliuer a ringO, good sir, my master charged me to deliver a ring TG V.iv.88
to Madam Siluia: wc (out of my neglect) was neuerto Madam Silvia, which, out of my neglect, was never TG V.iv.89
done.done. TG V.iv.90
Where is that ring? boy?Where is that ring, boy? TG V.iv.91
Heere 'tis: this is it.Here 'tis; this is it. TG V.iv.92
She offers her own ring TG V.iv.93
How? let me see. / Why this is the ring I gaueHow? Let me see. Why, this is the ring I gave TG V.iv.93
to Julia. TG V.iv.94
Oh, cry you mercy sir, I haue mistooke:O, cry you mercy, sir, I have mistook; TG V.iv.95
This is the ring you sent to Siluia.This is the ring you sent to Silvia. TG V.iv.96
She offers another ring TG V.iv.97
But how cam'st thou by this ring? at myBut how camest thou by this ring? At my TG V.iv.97
depart I gaue this vnto Iulia.depart I gave this unto Julia.depart (n.)
departure, departing, leave-taking
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And Iulia her selfe did giue it me,And Julia herself did give it me; TG V.iv.99
And Iulia her selfe hath brought it hither.And Julia herself hath brought it hither. TG V.iv.100
How? Iulia?How? Julia? TG V.iv.101
Behold her, that gaue ayme to all thy oathes,Behold her that gave aim to all thy oaths,aim (n.)

old form: ayme
target, object, goal
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And entertain'd 'em deepely in her heart.And entertained 'em deeply in her heart. TG V.iv.103
How oft hast thou with periury cleft the roote?How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root!oft (adv.)
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root (n.)

old form: roote
bottom [of one's heart]
Oh Protheus, let this habit make thee blush.O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush!habit (n.)
dress, clothing, costume
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Be thou asham'd that I haue tooke vpon me,Be thou ashamed that I have took upon me TG V.iv.106
Such an immodest rayment; if shame liueSuch an immodest raiment, if shame live TG V.iv.107
In a disguise of loue?In a disguise of love. TG V.iv.108
It is the lesser blot modesty findes,It is the lesser blot, modesty finds,blot (n.)
stain, disgrace, blemish
TG V.iv.109
Women to change their shapes, then men their minds.Women to change their shapes than men their minds.shape (n.)
appearance, aspect, visible form
TG V.iv.110
Then men their minds? tis true: oh heuen, were manThan men their minds? 'Tis true. O heaven, were man TG V.iv.111
But Constant, he were perfect; that one errorBut constant, he were perfect! That one errorconstant (adj.)
faithful, steadfast, true
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Fils him with faults: makes him run through all th' sins;Fills him with faults; makes him run through all the sins: TG V.iv.113
Inconstancy falls-off, ere it begins:Inconstancy falls off ere it begins. TG V.iv.114
What is in Siluia's face, but I may spieWhat is in Silvia's face, but I may spy TG V.iv.115
More fresh in Iulia's, with a constant eye?More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye? TG V.iv.116
Come, come: a hand from either:Come, come, a hand from either. TG V.iv.117
Let me be blest to make this happy close:Let me be blest to make this happy close;close (n.)
union, uniting
TG V.iv.118
'Twere pitty two such friends should be long foes.'Twere pity two such friends should be long foes. TG V.iv.119
Beare witnes (heauen) I haue my wish for euer.Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish for ever. TG V.iv.120
And I mine.And I mine. TG V.iv.121
Enter the Outlaws, with the Duke of Milan and TG V.iv.122.1
Thurio captives TG V.iv.122.2
A prize: a prize: a prize.A prize, a prize, a prize! TG V.iv.122.3
Forbeare,Forbear,forbear (v.)

old form: forbeare
stop, cease, desist
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forbeare I say: It is my Lord the Duke.Forbear, I say! It is my lord the Duke. TG V.iv.123
Your Grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd,Your grace is welcome to a man disgraced, TG V.iv.124
Banished Valentine.Banished Valentine. TG V.iv.125.1
Sir Valentine?Sir Valentine? TG V.iv.125.2
Yonder is Siluia: and Siluia's mine.Yonder is Silvia; and Silvia's mine. TG V.iv.126
Thurio giue backe; or else embrace thy death:Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy death;give back (v.)

old form: giue backe
retire, yield, back off
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Come not within the measure of my wrath:Come not within the measure of my wrath;measure (n.)
range, reach, scope
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Doe not name Siluia thine: if once againe,Do not name Silvia thine; if once again, TG V.iv.129
Verona shall not hold thee: heere she stands,Verona shall not hold thee. Here she stands;hold (v.)
keep, preserve, conserve
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Take but possession of her, with a Touch:Take but possession of her with a touch –  TG V.iv.131
I dare thee, but to breath vpon my Loue.I dare thee but to breathe upon my love. TG V.iv.132
Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I:Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I: TG V.iv.133
I hold him but a foole that will endangerI hold him but a fool that will endanger TG V.iv.134
His Body, for a Girle that loues him not:His body for a girl that loves him not. TG V.iv.135
I claime her not, and therefore she is thine.I claim her not and therefore she is thine. TG V.iv.136
The more degenerate and base art thouThe more degenerate and base art thoubase (adj.)
dishonourable, low, unworthy
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To make such meanes for her, as thou hast done,To make such means for her as thou hast done,means, make

old form: meanes
take pains, make efforts
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And leaue her on such slight conditions.And leave her on such slight conditions.condition (n.)
settlement, terms, pact
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Now, by the honor of my Ancestry,Now, by the honour of my ancestry, TG V.iv.140
I doe applaud thy spirit, Valentine,I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine, TG V.iv.141
And thinke thee worthy of an Empresse loue:And think thee worthy of an empress' love. TG V.iv.142
Know then, I heere forget all former greefes,Know, then, I here forget all former griefs,grief (n.)

old form: greefes
grievance, complaint, hurt, injury
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Cancell all grudge, repeale thee home againe,Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again,repeal (v.)

old form: repeale
recall, call back [from exile]
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Plead a new state in thy vn-riual'd merit,Plead a new state in thy unrivalled merit,state (n.)
condition, circumstances, situation, state of affairs
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To which I thus subscribe: Sir Valentine,To which I thus subscribe: Sir Valentine.subscribe to (v.)
make acknowledgement of, admit to
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Thou art a Gentleman, and well deriu'd,Thou art a gentleman, and well derived;derived (adj.)

old form: deriu'd
descended, in lineage
TG V.iv.147
Take thou thy Siluia, for thou hast deseru'd her.Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserved her. TG V.iv.148
I thank your Grace, ye gift hath made me happy:I thank your grace; the gift hath made me happy. TG V.iv.149
I now beseech you (for your daughters sake)I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, TG V.iv.150
To grant one Boone that I shall aske of you.To grant one boom that I shall ask of you.boon (n.)

old form: Boone
petition, entreaty, request
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I grant it (for thine owne) what ere it be.I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it be. TG V.iv.152
These banish'd men, that I haue kept withall,These banished men, that I have kept withal,keep (v.)
lodge, live, dwell
TG V.iv.153
Are men endu'd with worthy qualities:Are men endued with worthy qualities; TG V.iv.154
Forgiue them what they haue committed here,Forgive them what they have committed here, TG V.iv.155
And let them be recall'd from their Exile:And let them be recalled from their exile: TG V.iv.156
They are reformed, ciuill, full of good,They are reformed, civil, full of good,civil (adj.)

old form: ciuill
civilized, cultured, refined
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And fit for great employment (worthy Lord.)And fit for great employment, worthy lord. TG V.iv.158
Thou hast preuaild, I pardon them and thee:Thou hast prevailed; I pardon them and thee; TG V.iv.159
Dispose of them, as thou knowst their deserts.Dispose of them as thou knowest their deserts.desert, desart (n.)
worth, merit, deserving
TG V.iv.160
Come, let vs goe, we will include all iarres,Come, let us go; we will include all jarsinclude (v.)
conclude, settle, bring to a close
TG V.iv.161
jar (n.)

old form: iarres
discord, disharmony, disagreement
With Triumphes, Mirth, and rare solemnity.With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity.triumph (n.)

old form: Triumphes
public festivity, pageant, display of celebration, tournament
TG V.iv.162
rare (adj.)
marvellous, splendid, excellent
solemnity (n.)
celebration, jubilation, festivity
And as we walke along, I dare be boldAnd, as we walk along, I dare be boldbold (adj.)
over-confident, presumptuous, audacious, impudent
TG V.iv.163
With our discourse, to make your Grace to smile.With our discourse to make your grace to smile.discourse (n.)
conversation, talk, chat
TG V.iv.164
What thinke you of this Page (my Lord?)What think you of this page, my lord? TG V.iv.165
I think the Boy hath grace in him, he blushes.I think the boy hath grace in him; he blushes. TG V.iv.166
I warrant you (my Lord) more grace, then Boy.I warrant you, my lord – more grace than boy.warrant (v.)
assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
TG V.iv.167
What meane you by that saying?What mean you by that saying? TG V.iv.168
Please you, Ile tell you, as we passe along,Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along, TG V.iv.169
That you will wonder what hath fortuned:That you will wonder what hath fortuned.fortune (v.)
happen, chance, occur
TG V.iv.170
wonder (v.)
marvel [at], be astonished [at]
Come Protheus, 'tis your pennance, but to heareCome, Proteus, 'tis your penance but to hear TG V.iv.171
The story of your Loues discouered.The story of your loves (v.)

old form: discouered
reveal, show, make known
TG V.iv.172
That done, our day of marriage shall be yours,That done, our day of marriage shall be yours: TG V.iv.173
One Feast, one house, one mutuall happinesse.One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. TG V.iv.174
Exeunt.Exeunt TG V.iv.174
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