The Two Gentlemen of Verona

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 4 Scene 2
No Fear Act 4 Scene 2 Page 2

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PROTEUS

Sir, but I do, or else I would be hence.

PROTEUS

But I am, or else I wouldn’t be here.

THURIO

Who? Sylvia?

THURIO

Who are you in love with? Sylvia?

PROTEUS

Ay, Sylvia—for your sake.

PROTEUS

Yes, Sylvia—for your sake.

THURIO

25I thank you for your own.—Now, gentlemen,
Let’s tune, and to it lustily awhile.

THURIO

I thank you for your own sake. Now, gentlemen, let’s start playing, and be sure to give it all you’ve got.
Enter, at a distance, HOST, and JULIA disguised as a page. They talk apart.
The Host and JULIA enter at a distance. JULIA is disguised as a page, and they talk apart from the others.

HOST

Now, my young guest, methinks you’re allycholly. I pray you, why is it?

HOST

Now, my young guest, it seems to me you feel melancholy. Please tell me, why is it?

JULIA

Marry, mine Host, because I cannot be merry.

JULIA

In fact, my host, it’s because I cannot be happy.

HOST

Come, we’ll have you merry. I’ll bring you where you shall hear music and see the gentleman that you asked for.

HOST

Come, we’ll make you happy. I’ll take you where you shall hear music and see the gentleman that you asked for.

JULIA

30But shall I hear him speak?

JULIA

But will I hear him speak?

HOST

Ay, that you shall.

HOST

Yes, you will.

JULIA

That will be music.

JULIA

That’s music that I hear.
Music plays.
Music plays.

HOST

Hark! hark!

HOST

Listen! Listen!

JULIA

Is he among these?

JULIA

Is he among these musicians?

HOST

35Ay, but peace! Let’s hear ’em.

HOST

Yes, but be quiet! Let’s listen to them.
Song
Song

MUSICIAN

Who is Sylvia? What is she,
That all our swains commend her?
Holy, fair, and wise is she;
The heaven such grace did lend her,
40 That she might admirèd be.
Is she kind as she is fair?
For beauty lives with kindness.
Love doth to her eyes repair
To help him of his blindness,
45 And, being helped, inhabits there.
Then to Sylvia let us sing,
That Sylvia is excelling.
She excels each mortal thing
Upon the dull earth dwelling.
50 To her let us garlands bring.

MUSICIAN

Who is Sylvia? What is she like,
That all our young men praise her?
She is holy and fair and wise;
And Heaven has lent her such grace
So that she may be admired.
Is she as kind as she is beautiful?
Because beauty and kindness are joined.
Cupid makes visits to her eyes
To cure him of his blindness,
And, being cured, he stays there to live.
Then let us sing to Sylvia,
That Sylvia is superior.
She surpasses every mortal thing
That lives on this dull earth.
Let us bring her flower garlands.

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