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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
 
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
 
Act II. Scene II.
 
Verona.  A Room in JULIA’S House
 
Enter PROTEUS and JULIA.
  Pro.  Have patience, gentle Julia.
  Jul.  I must, where is no remedy.
  Pro.  When possibly I can, I will return.        5
  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;        10
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.        15
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;        20
For truth hath better deeds than words to grace it.
 
Enter PANTHINO.
  Pant.  Sir Proteus, you are stay’d for.
  Pro.        Go; I come, I come.
Alas! this parting strikes poor lovers dumb.  [Exeunt.        25
 
 
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