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PERSONS OF THE DRAMA.
DUKE OF Milan, father to Sylvia.
Gentlemen of Verona.
JULIA, a lady of Verona, beloved by Proteus.
SCENE, sometimes in Verona ; sometimes in Milan; and
on the frontiers of Mantua.
SCENE I.-An open place in Verona.
Enter Valentine and PROTEUS. Val. Cease to persuade, my loving Proteus; Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits: Wer't not, affection chains thy tender days To the sweet glances of thy honour'd love, I rather would entreat thy company,
To see the wonders of the world abroad,
Pro. Wilt thou be gone? Sweet Valentine, adieu !
. Pro. Upon some book, I love, I'll pray for thee.
Val. That's on some shallow story of deep love, How young Leander cross'd the Hellespont.
Pro. That's a deep story of a deeper love; For he was more than over shoes in love.
Val. 'Tis true; for you are over boots in love,
Pro. Over the boots ? nay, give me not the boots.
Val. To be
Or else a wit by folly vanquished.
Pro. So, by your circumstance, you call me fool.
Val. Love is your master, for he masters you:
Pro. Yet writers say, As in the sweetest bud
Val. And writers say, As the most forward bud
Pro. And thither will I bring thee, Valentine.
Val. Sweet Proteus, no; now let us take our leave.
Pro. All happiness bechance to thee in Milan!
[Erit VALENTINE, Pro. He after honour hunts, I after love: He leaves his friends, to dignify them more;