Ay, and perversely she persevers so.
What might we do to make the girl forget
The love of Valentine and
love Sir Thurio?
The best way is to slander Valentine
With falsehood, cowardice and poor descent,
Three things that women
highly hold in hate.
Ay, but she'll think that it is spoke in hate.
Ay, if his enemy deliver it:
Therefore it must with circumstance be spoken
By one whom she esteemeth as
Then you must undertake to slander him.
And that, my lord, I shall be loath to do:
'Tis an ill office for a gentleman,
Especially against his very friend.
Where your good word cannot advantage him,
Your slander never can endamage him;
Therefore the office
Being entreated to it by your friend.
You have prevail'd, my lord; if I can do it
By ought that I can speak in his dispraise,
She shall not long
continue love to him.
But say this weed her love from Valentine,
It follows not that she will love Sir Thurio.
Therefore, as you unwind her love from him,
Lest it should ravel and be good to none,
You must provide
to bottom it on me;
Which must be done by praising me as much
As you in worth dispraise Sir Valentine.
And, Proteus, we dare trust you in this kind,
Because we know, on Valentine's report,
You are already
Love's firm votary
And cannot soon revolt and change your mind.
Upon this warrant shall you have access
you with Silvia may confer at large;
For she is lumpish, heavy, melancholy,
And, for your friend's sake,
will be glad of you;
Where you may temper her by your persuasion
To hate young Valentine and love my
As much as I can do, I will effect:
But you, Sir Thurio, are not sharp enough;
You must lay lime to tangle
By wailful sonnets, whose composed rhymes
Should be full-fraught with serviceable vows.
Copyright: All texts on Bibliomania are © Bibliomania.com Ltd,
and may not be reproduced in any form without our written permission.
See our FAQ for more details.