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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Translation Act 4, Scene 3

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Enter EGLAMOUR

EGLAMOUR

This is the hour that Madam Silvia Entreated me to call and know her mind: There's some great matter she'ld employ me in. Madam, madam!

EGLAMOUR

This is the time that Madam Silvia told me to come and talk to her. There's something she wants me to do.

[To SILVIA] Madam, madam!

Enter SILVIA above

SILVIA

Who calls?

SILVIA

Who's calling me?

EGLAMOUR

Your servant and your friend;One that attends your ladyship's command.

EGLAMOUR

Your servant and your friend. One that is waiting to hear your Ladyship's order.

SILVIA

Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good morrow.

SILVIA

Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good morning.

EGLAMOUR

As many, worthy lady, to yourself: According to your ladyship's impose, I am thus early come to know what service It is your pleasure to command me in.

EGLAMOUR

As many good mornings to yourself, worthy lady. According to your ladyship's command, I was supposed to come this early to find out what service you'd like me to carry out. 

SILVIA

O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman— Think not I flatter, for I swear I do not— Valiant, wise, remorseful, well accomplish'd: Thou art not ignorant what dear good will I bear unto the banish'd Valentine, Nor how my father would enforce me marry Vain Turio, 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.

SILVIA

Oh, Eglamour, you are a gentleman. Don't think that I'm flattering you; I swear I'm not. You are brave, wise, compassionate, well-accomplished. You know how much I care about the banished Valentine, and how my father wants to force me to marry the foolish Turio, whom I hate with all my heart. You have been in love. And I have heard you say that you have never felt more grief in your heart than you did when your lady—your true love—died. And you have vowed pure chastity on her grave. Sir Eglamour, I want to go to Valentine in Mantua, where I heard he is. And since the journey is dangerous, I would like your worthy company, because I rely on your faith and honor. Don't encourage my father's anger, Eglamour. Just think about my grief—a lady's grief—and about the justice of my running away from here; and from a most unholy marriage—which heaven and fortune would always make horrible. This is coming from a heart as full of sorrows as the sea is full of sand. I want you to keep me company and go with me. If you won't then keep secret what I have said to you so that I may go alone.

EGLAMOUR

Madam, I pity much your grievances; Which since I know they virtuously are placed, I give consent to go along with you, Recking as little what betideth me As much I wish all good befortune you. When will you go?

EGLAMOUR

Madam, I am sorry for your distress. Since I know your cause is right and virtuous, I agree to go with you. I don't care much about what will happen to me. My wish is that only good things happen to you. When are you planning on going?

SILVIA

This evening coming.

SILVIA

This evening. 

EGLAMOUR

Where shall I meet you?

EGLAMOUR

Where shall I meet you?

SILVIA

At Friar Patrick's cell,Where I intend holy confession.

SILVIA

At Friar Patrick's cell, where I intend to make a holy confession.

EGLAMOUR

I will not fail your ladyship. Good morrow, gentle lady.

EGLAMOUR

You can rely on me, your Ladyship. Have a good morning, gentle lady.

SILVIA

Good morrow, kind Sir Eglamour.

SILVIA

Good morning to you, too, kind Sir Eglamour.

Exeunt severally

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About the Translator: Nina Romancikova

Nina Romancikova is from Slovakia but her love of literature and theater has brought her to the UK and she has been living and studying there for the past six years. She graduated with a degree in English Literature and Language at University of Glasgow in 2016. Nina is now finishing her Masters in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London and is currently working as a Research Intern at Shakespeare's Globe.