Two Gentlemen of Verona – Silvia

    Two Gentlemen of Verona – Silvia

    Shakespeare – Women

    Act 4, sc.3, lines 11-36

    O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman–
    Think not I flatter, for I swear I do not–
    Valiant, wise, remorseful, well accomplished.
    Thou art not ignorant what dear good will
    I bear unto the banished Valentine,
    Nor how my father would enforce me marry
    Vain Thurio, whom my very soul abhors.
    Thyself hast loved, and I have heard thee say
    No grief did ever come so near thy heart
    As when thy lady and thy true love died,
    Upon whose grave thou vow’dst pure chastity.
    Sir Eglamour, I would to Valentine,
    To Mantua, where I hear he makes abode,
    And–for the ways are dangerous to pass–
    I do desire thy worthy company,
    Upon whose faith and honour I repose.
    Urge not my father’s anger, Eglamour,
    But think upon my grief, a lady’s grief,
    And on the justice of my flying hence
    To keep me from a most unholy match,
    Which Heaven and Fortune still rewards with plagues.
    I do desire thee, even from a heart
    As full of sorrows as the sea of sands,
    To bear me company, and go with me;
    If not, to hide what I have said to thee,
    That I may venture to depart alone.