The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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

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VALENTINE

70Should I have wished a thing, it had been he.

VALENTINE

If I had wished for anything, it would have been for him to come.

DUKE

Welcome him then according to his worth.
Sylvia, I speak to you, and you, Sir Thurio;
For Valentine, I need not cite him to it.
I will send him hither to you presently.

DUKE

Then give him the welcome he deserves. I’m speaking to you, Sylvia, and you, Sir Thurio. Valentine needs no urging. I will send him to you here shortly.
Exit the DUKE
The DUKE exits.

VALENTINE

75This is the gentleman I told your ladyship
Had come along with me but that his mistress
Did hold his eyes locked in her crystal looks.

VALENTINE

This is the gentlemen I told your ladyship would have come along with me had the woman he loved not captivated him with her beauty.

SYLVIA

Belike that now she hath enfranchised them
Upon some other pawn for fealty.

SYLVIA

Perhaps now she’s freed him because some other lover has pledged devotion to her.

VALENTINE

80Nay, sure, I think she holds them prisoners still.

VALENTINE

No, I’m sure she still holds him prisoner.

SYLVIA

Nay, then he should be blind, and being blind
How could he see his way to seek out you?

SYLVIA

No, if that were true, then he would be blind, and if he were blind, how could he see to find his way to you?

VALENTINE

Why, lady, Love hath twenty pair of eyes.

VALENTINE

Why, lady, Love has twenty pairs of eyes.

THURIO

They say that Love hath not an eye at all.

THURIO

They say that Love is blind and has no eyes at all.

VALENTINE

85To see such lovers, Thurio, as yourself.
Upon a homely object Love can wink.

VALENTINE

Love has no eyes for people like you, Thurio. Love can shut its eyes to ugly things.

SYLVIA

Have done, have done. Here comes the gentleman.

SYLVIA

Stop, stop. Here comes the gentleman.
Enter PROTEUS
PROTEUS enters.

VALENTINE

Welcome, dear Proteus!—Mistress, I beseech you,
Confirm his welcome with some special favor.

VALENTINE

Welcome, dear Proteus! Mistress, I beg you, make him feel welcome by giving him some sign of your affection.

SYLVIA

90His worth is warrant for his welcome hither,
If this be he you oft have wished to hear from.

SYLVIA

His worthiness is enough for us to welcome here if he’s the one you’ve often wished to hear from.

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