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A Forest, leading towards Mantua.

Enter certain Out.laws.


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ELLOWS, stand fast: I see a passenger.
2 Out. If there be ten, shrink not, but down

with 'em.

Enter Valentine and Speed. 3 Out. Stand, Sir, and throw us what you have

about you;


If not, we'll make you, Sir, and rifle you.

Speed, Sir, we are undone ; these are the villains, that all the travellers do fear so much.

Val. My friends,
i Out. That's not so, Sir ; we are your enemies.
2 Out. Peace; we'll hear him.

3 Out. Ay, by my beard, will we; for he is a proper man.

Val. Then know, that I have little wealth to lose:
A man I am, cross'd with adversity ;
My riches are these poor habiliments,
Of which if you should here disfurnish me,
You take the sum and substance that I have,

2 Out. Whither travel you?
Val. To Verona,
ı Out. Whence came you?
Val. From Milan.


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3 Out:

3 Out. Have you long sojourn'd there?
Val. Some fixteen months; and longer might have

If crooked fortune had not thwarted me.

i Out. What, were you banish'd thence ?
Val. I was.
2 Out. For what offence ?

Val. For that, which now torments me to rehearke ;
I kill'd a man, whose death I much repent;
But yet I new him manfully in fight,
Without false vantage or base treachery.

i Out. Why ne'er repent it, if it were done fo. But were you banish'd for fo small a fault?

Val. I was, and held me glad of such a doom. 1 Out. Have you the tongues ?

Val. My youthful travel therein made me happy, Or else I often had been miserable.

3 Out. By the bare scalp of * Robin Hood's fat friar, This fellow were the King for our wild faction.

1 Out. We'll have him. Sirs, a word.

Speed. Master be one of them : it's an honourable kind of thievery. · Val, Peace, villain.

2 Out. Tell us this ? have you any thing to take to? Val. Nothing, but my fortune. 3

Out. Know then, that some of us are gentlemen, Such as the fury of ungovern'd youth Thrust from the company of awful men ; ? Myself was from Verona banished, For practising to steal away a lady, An heir, and near ally'd unto the Duke.

2 Out.



Robin Hood was captain of gistrates, and other principal a band of Robbers, and was members of civil communities. much inclined to rob Church 8 All the Impressions, from

the first downwards, An Heir awful men.] Reve- and Niece ally'd unto the Duke. rend, worshipful, such as Ma. But our Poet would


2 Out. And I from Mantua, for a gentleman Whom, in my mood, I fabb'd unto the heart.

1 Out. And I for such like petty crimes as these.
But to the purpose ;--for we cite our faults,
That they may hold excus'd our lawless lives ;
And, partly, feing you are beautify'd
With goodly shape, and by your own report
A linguist; and a man of such perfection,
As we do in our quality much want ;-

e Out. Indeed, because you are a banilh'd man. Therefore above the rest, we parley to you ; Are you content to be our General ? To make a virtue of necessity, And live, as we do, in the wilderness ? 3 Out. What fay'st thou ? wilt thou be of our con

sort ?
Say, ay; and be the captain of us all :
We'll do thee homage, and be ruld by thee ;
Love thee as our commander, and our king.

i Out. But if thou scorn our courtesy thou dy't.
2 Out. Thou shalt not live to brag what we have

Val. I take your offer, and will live with you;
Provided, that you do no outrages
On filly women, or poor passengers.

3 Cut. No, we detest such vile base practices.
Come, go with us, we'll bring thee to our crews.
And shew thee all the treasure we have got ;
Which, with ourselves, shall rest at thy dispose.


have expressed himself so fu- meant to sav. Me was an Heiress, pidly, as to tell us, this Lady and near ally d to the Duke : an was the Duke's Niece, and ally'd Expression the most natural that to him : For her Alliance was can be for the purpose, and very certainly sufficiently included in frequently used by the Stagethe first Term. Our Author Poets.



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Changes to an open Place, under Silvia's Apart

ment, in Milan.

Enter Protheus.

A to


And now I must be as unjust to Thurio. Under the colour of commending him, I have access my own love to prefer, But Silvia is too fair, too true, too holy, To be corrupted with my worthless gifts. When I protest true loyalty to her, She twits me with my falfhood to my friend ; When to her beauty I commend my vows, She bids me think, how I have been forsworn In breaking faith with Julia whom I lov'd. And, notwithstanding all her sudden quips,' The lealt whereof would quell a lover's hope, Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love, The more it grows, and fawneth on her ftill. But here comes Thurio: now must we to her window, And give some evening musick to her ear.

Enter Thurio and Musicians.
Tbu. How now, Sir Protheus ; are you crept be-

fore us ? Pro. Ay, gentle Thurio; for, you know, that love Will creep in service where it cannot go.

Thu. Ay, but I hope, Sir, that you love rot here.
Pro. Sir, but I do, or else I would be hence.
Thu. Whom, Silvia ?

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Pro. Ay, Silvia, for your fake.

Thu. I thank you for your own : now gentlemen, Let's tune, and to it lustily a while.

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Enter Host, and Julia in buy's cloaths. Hoft. Now, my young guest, methinks, you're allycholly : I pray you, why is it?

Jul. Marry, mine host, because I cannot be merry.

Host. Come, we'll have you merry; I'll bring you where you shall hear musick, and see the gentleman that you ask'd for.

Jul. But shall I hear him speak?
Hoft. Ay, that you shall.
Jul. That will be musick.
Hoft. Hark, hark !
Jul. Is he


these? Hoft. Ay; but peace, let's hear 'em.

S O N G.


Who is Silvio ? what is be,

That all our swains commend her ?
Holy, fair, and wife is she ;
The beav'ns such grace did lend ber,

That she might admired be.

Is the kind, as she is fair?

For beauty lives with kindness."
Love doth to ber Eyes repair,
To belp him of his blindness,

And, being help'd, inhabits there.

Beauty lives with kindness.] Beauty without kindnefs dies un enjoyed, and undelighting,


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