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Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Act II, Scene 2

Verona. JULIA’S house.



  • Proteus. Have patience, gentle Julia.
  • Julia. I must, where is no remedy.
  • Proteus. When possibly I can, I will return.
  • Julia. If you turn not, you will return the sooner.
    Keep this remembrance for thy Julia's sake. 570

[Giving a ring]

  • Proteus. Why then, we'll make exchange; here, take you this.
  • Julia. And seal the bargain with a holy kiss.
  • Proteus. Here is my hand for my true constancy;
    And when that hour o'erslips me in the day 575
    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; 580
    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; 585
    For truth hath better deeds than words to grace it.


  • Panthino. Sir Proteus, you are stay'd for.
  • Proteus. Go; I come, I come.
    Alas! this parting strikes poor lovers dumb. 590