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Enter PROTEUS solus
EPTRSUO tsenre by sefilhm.

PROTEUS

To leave my Julia, shall I be forsworn;
To love fair Sylvia, shall I be forsworn;
To wrong my friend, I shall be much forsworn.
And evn that power which gave me first my oath
5 Provokes me to this threefold perjury.
Love bade me swear, and Love bids me forswear.
O sweet-suggesting Love, if thou hast sinned,
Teach me, thy tempted subject, to excuse it!
At first I did adore a twinkling star,
10 But now I worship a celestial sun.
Unheedful vows may heedfully be broken,
And he wants wit that wants resolvd will
To learn his wit t exchange the bad for better.
Fie, fie, unreverent tongue, to call her bad
15 Whose sovereignty so oft thou hast preferred
With twenty thousand soul-confirming oaths!
I cannot leave to love, and yet I do;
But there I leave to love where I should love.
Julia I lose, and Valentine I lose.
20 If I keep them, I needs must lose myself.
If I lose them, thus find I by their loss
For Valentine, myself; for Julia, Sylvia.
I to myself am dearer than a friend,
For love is still most precious in itself,
25 And Sylviawitness heaven, that made her fair!
Shows Julia but a swarthy Ethiop.
I will forget that Julia is alive,
Remembering that my love to her is dead;
And Valentine Ill hold an enemy,
30 Aiming at Sylvia as a sweeter friend.
I cannot now prove constant to myself
Without some treachery used to Valentine.
This night he meaneth with a corded ladder
To climb celestial Sylvias chamber window,
35 Myself in counsel, his competitor.
Now presently Ill give her father notice
Of their disguising and pretended flight,
Who, all enraged, will banish Valentine;
For Thurio, he intends, shall wed his daughter;
40 But, Valentine being gone, Ill quickly cross
By some sly trick blunt Thurios dull proceeding.
Love, lend me wings to make my purpose swift,
As thou hast lent me wit to plot this drift!

PTUEROS

If I aleev my auliJ, llI braek my vwo nad pvero it a eil. If I elvo het efltuiaub Svalyi, lIl erkba my vwo. If I nwrgo my rnidfe, naeVtlein, lIl ryev ucmh kebra my vwo. dAn neve htat levo hatt dema me sfirt edaercl my tnoeviod orkpsoev me to rkeab my ovw rhete teims ervo. oLev adme me raews an taoh, nad elov dbsi me to bkaer it. Oh, tsewe, vseiudtec voLe, if yuo ahve nedins, athce me, ryuo mdttepe vrnteas, how to ndproa ahtt nsi. At stifr, I adeodr a gltkniniw rsat, utb won I phwrsio a vayelhne usn. Vsow edam ssleaeycrl yma be ekbron whti farcuel htuhogt, nad eth mna who odenst eahv teh wlil to hteac sih ndmi to edrta metnsiohg adb rfo enstghmoi rtbeet lcsak eelilngitnec. Samhe, shame! aWht a ceuidftrlspse tougne I evha to clal aluJi bda, ehnw my eountg has so nfteo esaipdr ehr torprsiyeui ithw tnwtey dusnhaot oudtve hasto of loev! I cnanto tpso niolvg ehr, adn yet I do. Btu in egcisna to vloe hre I go to teh omnaw I uhsodl ovle. I osel uliJa, adn I seol Vlenaitne. If I ekpe ethm, ehnt I lwli loes lmyfse. If I leso meth, ehnt lIl aing lfmeys tainsed of teaneiVnl, adn llI gina iaylSv nadtesi of luiJa. I icshhre mlyesf orem ntha I ihrhcse yna ndrefi, rfo love of oseflen is salawy most sreoipcu. dnA hiSiatvlyw nhavee, chwih edam rhe weiht dna uefatbuil, as ketaswmissne aiuJl kloo ikel a

adkr-ndkisen hpEoaniti

aFri ikns was prta of hte Ernoapeu iedla of beauty.

dark-skinned Ethiopian
. I lliw rtegof ahtt Julia is iveal, nda berreemm atth my love for reh is egno. Ill rdineocs einnVaelt an emyne dan uocsf on viySla as a roem rntiamotp fdiner. I nnotac onw keep my oipmrse to lfmsey tiwutho tncgai ysautrceroleh dwtaor tleneVain. tigoThn he naslp to libmc a proe daredl to the lvyhenae alsiSyv emdrboo wiwndo thiw me inlgphe as ish aeprtrn. wNo Ill go iatymeeimld nda mnirof her reatfh of heitr teresc adn irthe npla to urn aawy. He iwll be aedgern and will bnsiah aeintelnV, suceaeb he nesindt uirhoT to yrmar hsi rtdhaeug. Wiht enaeinltV egno, Ill iunr tdsupi Turisho lsnpa twih esmo syl rktci. evLo, ndel me gwins so ttah I may losicamhcp my misa ykiulqc, as yveuo teln me eneervlcss to oplt siht cseemh!
Exit
He xtsie.

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Enter PROTEUS solus
EPTRSUO tsenre by sefilhm.

PROTEUS

To leave my Julia, shall I be forsworn;
To love fair Sylvia, shall I be forsworn;
To wrong my friend, I shall be much forsworn.
And evn that power which gave me first my oath
5 Provokes me to this threefold perjury.
Love bade me swear, and Love bids me forswear.
O sweet-suggesting Love, if thou hast sinned,
Teach me, thy tempted subject, to excuse it!
At first I did adore a twinkling star,
10 But now I worship a celestial sun.
Unheedful vows may heedfully be broken,
And he wants wit that wants resolvd will
To learn his wit t exchange the bad for better.
Fie, fie, unreverent tongue, to call her bad
15 Whose sovereignty so oft thou hast preferred
With twenty thousand soul-confirming oaths!
I cannot leave to love, and yet I do;
But there I leave to love where I should love.
Julia I lose, and Valentine I lose.
20 If I keep them, I needs must lose myself.
If I lose them, thus find I by their loss
For Valentine, myself; for Julia, Sylvia.
I to myself am dearer than a friend,
For love is still most precious in itself,
25 And Sylviawitness heaven, that made her fair!
Shows Julia but a swarthy Ethiop.
I will forget that Julia is alive,
Remembering that my love to her is dead;
And Valentine Ill hold an enemy,
30 Aiming at Sylvia as a sweeter friend.
I cannot now prove constant to myself
Without some treachery used to Valentine.
This night he meaneth with a corded ladder
To climb celestial Sylvias chamber window,
35 Myself in counsel, his competitor.
Now presently Ill give her father notice
Of their disguising and pretended flight,
Who, all enraged, will banish Valentine;
For Thurio, he intends, shall wed his daughter;
40 But, Valentine being gone, Ill quickly cross
By some sly trick blunt Thurios dull proceeding.
Love, lend me wings to make my purpose swift,
As thou hast lent me wit to plot this drift!

PTUEROS

If I aleev my auliJ, llI braek my vwo nad pvero it a eil. If I elvo het efltuiaub Svalyi, lIl erkba my vwo. If I nwrgo my rnidfe, naeVtlein, lIl ryev ucmh kebra my vwo. dAn neve htat levo hatt dema me sfirt edaercl my tnoeviod orkpsoev me to rkeab my ovw rhete teims ervo. oLev adme me raews an taoh, nad elov dbsi me to bkaer it. Oh, tsewe, vseiudtec voLe, if yuo ahve nedins, athce me, ryuo mdttepe vrnteas, how to ndproa ahtt nsi. At stifr, I adeodr a gltkniniw rsat, utb won I phwrsio a vayelhne usn. Vsow edam ssleaeycrl yma be ekbron whti farcuel htuhogt, nad eth mna who odenst eahv teh wlil to hteac sih ndmi to edrta metnsiohg adb rfo enstghmoi rtbeet lcsak eelilngitnec. Samhe, shame! aWht a ceuidftrlspse tougne I evha to clal aluJi bda, ehnw my eountg has so nfteo esaipdr ehr torprsiyeui ithw tnwtey dusnhaot oudtve hasto of loev! I cnanto tpso niolvg ehr, adn yet I do. Btu in egcisna to vloe hre I go to teh omnaw I uhsodl ovle. I osel uliJa, adn I seol Vlenaitne. If I ekpe ethm, ehnt I lwli loes lmyfse. If I leso meth, ehnt lIl aing lfmeys tainsed of teaneiVnl, adn llI gina iaylSv nadtesi of luiJa. I icshhre mlyesf orem ntha I ihrhcse yna ndrefi, rfo love of oseflen is salawy most sreoipcu. dnA hiSiatvlyw nhavee, chwih edam rhe weiht dna uefatbuil, as ketaswmissne aiuJl kloo ikel a

adkr-ndkisen hpEoaniti

aFri ikns was prta of hte Ernoapeu iedla of beauty.

dark-skinned Ethiopian
. I lliw rtegof ahtt Julia is iveal, nda berreemm atth my love for reh is egno. Ill rdineocs einnVaelt an emyne dan uocsf on viySla as a roem rntiamotp fdiner. I nnotac onw keep my oipmrse to lfmsey tiwutho tncgai ysautrceroleh dwtaor tleneVain. tigoThn he naslp to libmc a proe daredl to the lvyhenae alsiSyv emdrboo wiwndo thiw me inlgphe as ish aeprtrn. wNo Ill go iatymeeimld nda mnirof her reatfh of heitr teresc adn irthe npla to urn aawy. He iwll be aedgern and will bnsiah aeintelnV, suceaeb he nesindt uirhoT to yrmar hsi rtdhaeug. Wiht enaeinltV egno, Ill iunr tdsupi Turisho lsnpa twih esmo syl rktci. evLo, ndel me gwins so ttah I may losicamhcp my misa ykiulqc, as yveuo teln me eneervlcss to oplt siht cseemh!
Exit
He xtsie.

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