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William Shakespeare (1564–1616). The Oxford Shakespeare. 1914.

Act II. Scene II.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Verona.A Room in JULIA’S House


Pro.Have patience, gentle Julia.

Jul.I must, where is no remedy.

Pro.When possibly I can, I will return.

Jul.If you turn not, you will return the sooner.

Keep this remembrance for thy Julia’s sake.[Gives him a ring.

Pro.Why, then, we’ll make exchange: here, take you this.[Gives her another.

Jul.And seal the bargain with a holy kiss.

Pro.Here is my hand for my true constancy;

And when that hour o’erslips me in the day

Wherein I sigh not, Julia, for thy sake,

The next ensuing hour some foul mischance

Torment me for my love’s forgetfulness!

My father stays my coming; answer not.

The tide is now: nay, not thy tide of tears;

That tide will stay me longer than I should.

Julia, farewell.[Exit JULIA.

What! gone without a word?

Ay, so true love should do: it cannot speak;

For truth hath better deeds than words to grace it.


Pant.Sir Proteus, you are stay’d for.

Pro.Go; I come, I come.

Alas! this parting strikes poor lovers dumb.[Exeunt.