Please it your grace, there is a messenger
That stays to bear my letters to my friends,
And I am going to
Be they of much import?
The tenor of them doth but signify
My health and happy being at your court.
Nay then, no matter; stay with me awhile;
I am to break with thee of some affairs
That touch me near,
wherein thou must be secret.
'Tis not unknown to thee that I have sought
To match my friend Sir Thurio
to my daughter.
I know it well, my Lord; and, sure, the match
Were rich and honourable; besides, the gentleman
Is full of
virtue, bounty, worth and qualities
Beseeming such a wife as your fair daughter:
Cannot your Grace win
her to fancy him?
No, trust me; she is peevish, sullen, froward,
Proud, disobedient, stubborn, lacking duty,
that she is my child
Nor fearing me as if I were her father;
And, may I say to thee, this pride of hers,
advice, hath drawn my love from her;
And, where I thought the remnant of mine age
Should have been
cherish'd by her child-like duty,
I now am full resolved to take a wife
And turn her out to who will take her
Then let her beauty be her wedding-dower;
For me and my possessions she esteems not.
What would your Grace have me to do in this?
There is a lady in Verona here
Whom I affect; but she is nice and coy
And nought esteems my aged eloquence:
therefore would I have thee to my tutor
For long agone I have forgot to court;
Besides, the fashion of the
time is changed
How and which way I may bestow myself
To be regarded in her sun-bright eye.
Win her with gifts, if she respect not words:
Dumb jewels often in their silent kind
More than quick words
do move a woman's mind.
But she did scorn a present that I sent her.
A woman sometimes scorns what best contents her.
Send her another; never give her o'er;
For scorn at
first makes after-love the more.
If she do frown, 'tis not in hate of you,
But rather to beget more love in
If she do chide, 'tis not to have you gone;
For why, the fools are mad, if left alone.
Take no repulse,
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