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That you might kill your stomach' on your meat,
1 And not upon your maid.
Jul. What is't you took up
Luc. Madam, it will not lie where it concerus,
Jul. Some love of yours hath writ to you in rhyme.
Luc. That I might sing it, madam, to a tune: Give me a note : your ladyship can set.
Jul. As little by such toys as may be possible :
Luc. It is too heavy for so light a tune.
Luc. Keep tune there still, so you will sing it out. And yet, methinks, I do not like this tune.
Jul. You do not ?
Luc. Nay, now you are too flat,
Jul The mean is drowned with your unruly base.
1 Passion or obstinacy.
2 Descant signified formerly what we now call variations. The mean is the tenor in music.
3 To bid the base means, to run fast, challenging another to pursue at the rustic game called Base, or Prisonbase. The allusion is somewhat obscure, but it appears to mean here, “ 10 challenge to an encounter.”
Here is a coil with protestation ! [Tears the letter.
Jul. Nay, would I were as angered with the same ! O hateful hands, to tear such loving words ! Injurious wasps ! to feed on such sweet honey, And kill the bees, that yield it, with your stings ! I'll kiss each several
paper for amends.
yet I will not, sith so prettily
Jul. Well, let us go.
1 Bustle, stir.
Jul. If you respect them, best to take them up.
Luc. Nay, I was taken up for laying them down: Yet here they shall not lie, for catching cold.
Jul. I see you have a month's mind to them.
Luc. Ay, madam, you may say what sights you see, I see things too, although you judge I wink.
Jul. Come, come, will’t please you go? [Exeunt.
SCENE III. The same. A Room in Antonio's
Enter ANTONIO and PANTHINO.
in the cloister?
He wondered, that your lordship
any, or for all these exercises,
Ant. Nor need'st thou much importune me to that
1 Reproach or imputation.
Pant. I think, your lordship is not ignorant,
Ant. I know it well.
eye every exercise,
Ant. I like thy counsel: well hast thou advised · And, that thou may'st perceive how well I like it, The execution of it shall make known; Even with the specdiest expedition I will despatch him to the emperor's court. Pant. To-morrow, may it please you, Don Al
phonso, With other gentlemen of good esteem, Are journeying to salute the emperor, And to commend their service to his will. Ant. Good company; with them shall Proteus go:
Ant. How now ? what letter are you reading there?
Pro. May't please your lordship, 'tis a word or two Of commendations sent from Valentine, Delivered by a friend that came from him.
Ant. Lend me the letter; let me see what news. Pro. There is no news, my lord; but that he
writes How happily he lives, how well beloved
1 i. e. break the matter to him.
And daily graced by the emperor;
Ant. And how stand you affected to his wish?
Pro. As one relying on your lordship’s will, And not depending on his friendly wish.
Ant. My will is something sorted with his wish; Muse' not that I thus suddenly proceed; For what I will, I will, and there an end. I am resolved, that thou shalt spend some time With Valentinus in the emperor's court; What maintenance he from his friends receives, Like exhibition ? thou shalt have from me. To-morrow be in readiness to go: Excuse it not, for I am peremptory.
Pro. My lord, I cannot be so soon provided; Please
deliberate a day or two. Ant. Look, what thou want'st, shall be sent after
[Exeunt Ant. and Pant. Pro. Thus have I shunned the fire, for fear of
burning; And drenched me in the sea, where I am drowned : I feared to show my father Julia's letter, Lest he should take exceptions to my love ; And with the vantage of mine own excuse Hath he excepted most against my love. 0, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day;
1j. e. wonder not.
2 Exhibition is allowance of money; it is still used in the universities for a stipend.