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The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
The Advantages of Travel, &c.
Val. Ceafe to perfuade, my loving Protheus;
To fee the wonders of the world abroad,
Pro. Wilt thou be gone? Sweet Valentine adieu!
When thou doft meet good hap; and, in thy danger,
Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers,
(1) With fhapeless idleness.] The expreffion is fine, as implying, that idleness prevents the giving any form or character to the manners.
The Evils of being in Love.
To be in love, where fcorn is bought with groans, Coy looks, with heart-fore fighs; one fading moment's mirth,
With twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights.
Love commended and difpraised.
Pro. Yet writers fay, as in the fweetest bud The eating canker dwells; fo eating love Inhabits in the fineft wits of all..
Val. And writers fay, as the most forward bud
Pro. He after honour hunts, I after love He leaves his friends to dignify them more: I leave myself, my friends, and all for love. Thou, Julia, thou hast metamorphos'd me;: Made me neglect my ftudies, lofe my time, War with good counsel, fet the world at nought, Made wit (3) with mufing weak, heart-fick with thought..
(2) However but a folly.]" This love will end in a foolish action, to produce which you are wrong to fpend your wit; or it will end in the lofs of your wit, which will be overpowered by the folly of love." J.
(3) Made wit, &c.] For made read make. "Thou Julia, haft made me war with good counfel, and make with weak with mufing." J.
SCENE II. Love froward and diffembling.
Maids, in modefty, fay No, to that
SCENE III. The Advantages of Travel.
Pant. He wonder'd that your lordship
For any, or for all these exercises,
Ant. Nor need'ft thou much importune me to that
(4) Some to discover islands.] In S's time, voyages for he difcovery of the islands of America were much in vogue. And we find, in the journals of the travellers of that time, that the fons of noblemen, and of others of the best families in England, went very frequently on thefe adventures. Such as the Fortescues, Collitons, Thornhills, Farmers, Pickerings, Littletons, Willoughbys, Cheers, Hawleys, Bromleys, and others. To this prevailing fashion our poet frequently alludes, and not without high commendations of it. Warburton.
Experience is by industry atchiev'd,
Love compared to an April Day.
Oh, how this fpring of love refembleth (6)
A comical Defcription of a Man in Love. ·
Marry, (7) by these special marks; first, you have learn'd like Sir Protheus, to wreath your arms like a malecontent; to relish a love-fong like a Robin redbreaft; to walk alone, like one that had the pefti- lence; to figh, like a fchool-boy, that had loft his A, B, C; to weep, like a young wench that had buried her grand-dam; to faft, like one that takes diet; to watch, like one that fears robbing; to speak puling, like a beggar at Hallowmas. (8) You were wont, when you laugh'd, to crow like a cock; when you walk'd, to walk like one of the lions; when you fafted, it was presently after dinner; when you look'd
(5) And, &c.] Antonio says in the next speech, that at the Emperor's court,
He will practife tilts and tournaments,
(6) Refembleth.] The reader will obferve, that S. very often, in this kind of poetry efpecially, reads the last syllable as if it were two-refembeleth.
(7) Marry, &c.] See As you like it, Act 5. Sc. 2. and n. (8) Hallowmafs.] That is, about the feast of All Saints, when winter begins, and the life of a vagrant becomes lefs, comfortable. J.
fadly, it was for want of money; and now you are metamorphos'd with a miftrefs, that when I look on you, I can hardly think you my master.
SCENE III. Launce (9) leading a Dog.
Nay 'twill be this hour ere I have done weeping; all the kind of the Launces have this very fault; I have receiv'd my proportion, like the prodigious fon, and am going with Sir Protheus to the Imperial's court. I think Crab my dog be the fourest natur'd dog that lives my mother weeping, my father wailing, my fifter crying, our maid howling, our cat wringing her hands, and all our houfe in a great perplexity, yet did not this cruel-hearted cur fhed one tear; he is a ftone, a very pebble ftone, and has no more pity in him than a dog: a Jew would have wept to have seen our parting; why, my grandam having no eyes, look you, wept herself blind at my parting.
SCENE IV. An accomplished young Gentleman.
His years but young, but his experience old;
Contempt of Love punished.
I have done penance for contemning love; Whofe high, (10) imperious thoughts have punish'd
(9) Launce, &c.] The reader is referred to the remainder of the speech, and to Act 4. Sc. 4. for more of a similar nature.
(10) Whofe high.] For whofe I would read those. "I have contemned love, and am punished :--those high thoughts