Enter certain OutlawsFirst Outlaw
Fellows, stand fast; I see a passenger.Second Outlaw
If there be ten, shrink not, but down with ′em.Third Outlaw
Enter VALENTINE and SPEED
Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about ye:SPEED
If not: we′ll make you sit and rifle you.
Sir, we are undone; these are the villainsVALENTINE
That all the travellers do fear so much.
My friends,—First Outlaw
That′s not so, sir: we are your enemies.Second Outlaw
Peace! we′ll hear him.Third Outlaw
Ay, by my beard, will we, for he′s a proper man.VALENTINE
Then know that I have little wealth to lose:Second Outlaw
A man I am cross′d with adversity;
My riches are these poor habiliments,
Of which if you should here disfurnish me,
You take the sum and substance that I have.
Whither travel you?VALENTINE
To Verona.First Outlaw
Whence came you?VALENTINE
From Milan.Third Outlaw
Have you long sojourned there?VALENTINE
Some sixteen months, and longer might have stay′d,First Outlaw
If crooked fortune had not thwarted me.
What, were you banish′d thence?VALENTINE
I was.Second Outlaw
For what offence?VALENTINE
For that which now torments me to rehearse:First Outlaw
I kill′d a man, whose death I much repent;
Bu t yet I slew him manfully in fight,
Without false vantage or base treachery.
Why, ne′er repent it, if it were done so.VALENTINE
But were you banish′d for so small a fault?
I was, and held me glad of such a doom.Second Outlaw
Have you the tongues?VALENTINE
My youthful travel therein made me happy,Third Outlaw
Or else I often had been miserable.
By the bare scalp of Robin Hood′s fat friar,First Outlaw
This fellow were a king for our wild faction!
We′ll have him. Sirs, a word.SPEED
Master, be one of them; it′s an honourable kind of thievery.VALENTINE
Peace, villain!Second Outlaw
Tell us this: have you any thing to take to?VALENTINE
Nothing but my fortune.Third Outlaw
Know, then, that some of us are gentlemen,Second Outlaw
Such as the fury of ungovern′d youth
Thrust from the company of awful men:
Myself was from Verona banished
For practising to steal away a lady,
An heir, and near allied unto the duke.
And I from Mantua, for a gentleman,First Outlaw
Who, in my mood, I stabb′d unto the heart.
And I for such like petty crimes as these,Second Outlaw
But to the purpose—for we cite our faults,
That they may hold excus′d our lawless lives;
And partly, seeing you are beautified
With goodly shape and by your own report
A linguist and a man of such perfection
As we do in our quality much want—
Indeed, because you are a banish′d man,Third Outlaw
Therefore, above the rest, we parley to you:
Are you content to be our general?
To make a virtue of necessity
And live, as we do, in this wilderness?
What say′st thou? wilt thou be of our consort?First Outlaw
Say ay, and be the captain of us all:
We′ll do thee homage and be ruled by thee,
Love thee as our commander and our king.
But if thou scorn our courtesy, thou diest.Second Outlaw
Thou shalt not live to brag what we have offer′d.VALENTINE
I take your offer and will live with you,Third Outlaw
Provided that you do no outrages
On silly women or poor passengers.
No, we detest such vile base practises.
Come, go with us, we′ll bring thee to our crews,
And show thee all the treasure we have got,
Which, with ourselves, all rest at thy dispose.
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