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Laun. Close at the heels of her virtues. Speed. Item, she is not to be kilt fafting, in respect of her breath
Laun. Well, that fault may be mended with a breakfast, read on.
Speed. Item, she hath a sweet mouth.
Laun. It's no matter for that, so she Deep not in her talk.
Speed. Item, she is now in words.
Laun. O villain ! that set down among her vices ! to be now in words is a woman's only virtue: I pray thee, out with't, and place it for her chief virtue.
Speed. Item, she is proud.
Laun. Out with that too: it was Eve's legacy, and cannot be ta'en from her.
Specd. ltem, she hath no teeth.
Laun. I care not for that neithér, because I love cruits.
Specd. Item, fhe is curft.
Laun. If her liquor be good, she shall ; if she will not, I will; for good things should be praised.
Speed. Item, she is too liberal. 9
Laun. Of her congue she cannot, for that's writ down, she is now of; of her purse she shall not, for that I'll keep shut; now of another thing she may, and that I cannot help. Well, proceed.
Speed. Item, he hath more hairs than wit, and more faulss than hairs, and more wealth than faults.
- sweet mouth.] This I is, few how well the likes it take to be the lame with what is by drinking often. now vulgarly caled a fiveet tooth, 9 — fne is too liberal.] Libe. a luxurious define of dainties ral, is licentious and gros in and sweetmeats.
language. So in Othello, is be praise her liquor.] That not a profane and very libe:al counsellor.
Laun. Stop here; I'll have her ; she was mine, and not mine, twice or thrice in that article. Rehearse that once more.
Speed. Ilem, she hath more hair than wit.
Laun. More hair than wit, it may be; I'll prove it : the cover of the salt hides the falt, and therefore it is more than the falt; the hair, that covers the wit, is more than the wit ; for the greater hides the less. What's next?
Speed. And more faults than hairs.
Laun. Why, that word makes the faults gracious : well, I'll have her ; and if it be a match, as nothing is impossible.
Speed. What then?
Laun. Why then will I tell thee, that thy master stays for thee at the north-gate.
Speed. For me?
Laun. For thee? ay; who art thou ? he hath staid for a better man than thee.
Speed. And must I go to him?
Laun. Thou must run to him, for thou haft ftaid so long, that going will scarce serve the turn.
Speed. Why didît not tell me sooner ? pox on your love-letters !
Laun. Now will he be swing'd for reading my let. . ter: an unmannerly Nave, that will thrust himself into secrets. — I'll after, to rejoice in the boy's correction,
Duke. Sir Thurio, fear not, but that she will love you, Now Valentine is banish'd from her sight.
Thu. Since his exile she hath despis'd me most, Forsworn my company, and rail'd at me,
That I am desperate of obtaining her.
Duke. This weak imprels of love is as a figure
How now, Sir Protbeus ? Is your countryman,
Pro. Gone, my good lord.
Duke. So I believe ; but Thurio thinks not fo.
Pro. Longer than I prove loyal to your Grace,
Duke. Thou know'st, how willingly I would effect I he match between Sir Tburio and my daughter.
Pro. I do, my lord.
Duke. And also, I do think, thou art not ignorant How she opposes her against my will
. Pro. She did, my lord, when Valentine was here.
Duke. Ay, and perversely she perfeveres so. What might we do to make the girl forget The love of Valentine, and love Sir Thurio ?
Pro. The best way is to Nander Valentine With falfhood, cowardice, and poor descent : Three things, that women highly hold in hate.
Duke. Ay, but she'll think, that it is spoke in hate.
Pro. Ay, if his enemy deliver it:
"Trenched in ice. ] Cut, carved the addition of such incidental in ice. Trencher to cut, French, particulars as may induce be2 — with circumstance.] With lich.
By one, whom she esteemeth as his friend.
Pro. And that, my lord, I shall be loth to do ;
Duke. Where your good word cannot advantage him,
Pro. You have prevaild, my lord. If I can do it,
Thu. Therefore as you unwind her love } fiom him,
Duke. And, Protheus, we dare trust you in this kind,
Pro. As much as I can do, I will effect,
3-as you unwind her love.] wife's term for a ball of thread As you wind off her love from wound upon a central body, is him, make me the bottom on a bottom of thread. which you wind it. The house * That is, birdlime.
Duke. Much is the force of heav'n-bred poesy.
Pro. Say, that upon the altar of her beauty
discover such integrity :
Duke. This discipline shews, thou haft been in love.
Thu. And thy advice this night I'll put in practice, Therefore, sweet Protbeus, my direction-giver, Let us into the city presently To fort some gentlemen well skill'd in musick ; I have a sonnet, that will serve the turn, To give the onset to thy good advice.
Duke. About it, gentlemen.
Pro. We'll wait upon your Grace, 'till after supper ; And afterwards determine our proceedings. Duke. Ev'n now about it. I will pardon you."
4 For Orpheus' lüte was ftrung quisitely beautiful. For by his Ruith poet's finews.] This thews lute is to be understood his lyftem Sjakejpcare's knowledge of anti- of larws: and by the poet's finews, gurty. He here assigns Orpheus ihe power of numbers, which his ir ie character of legislator. Orpheus actually employed in For under that of a poet only, thote laws to make them re. or lover, the quality given to his ceived by a fierce and barbarous lute is unintciligible. But, con. people. WARBURTON. fidered as a law giver, the thought s- I will pardon you ] I will is noble, and the imag'ry ex- cxcuse you from waiting.