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ACT IV SCENE III The same. 
[Enter EGLAMOUR]
EGLAMOURThis 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!
[Enter SILVIA above]
SILVIAWho calls?5
EGLAMOURYour servant and your friend;
One that attends your ladyship's command.
SILVIASir Eglamour, a thousand times good morrow.
EGLAMOURAs many, worthy lady, to yourself:
According to your ladyship's impose,10
I am thus early come to know what service
It is your pleasure to command me in.
SILVIAO Eglamour, thou art a gentleman--
Think not I flatter, for I swear I do not--
Valiant, wise, remorseful, well accomplish'd:15
Thou art not ignorant what dear good will
I bear unto the banish'd Valentine,
Nor how my father would enforce me marry
Vain Thurio, whom my very soul abhors.
Thyself hast loved; and I have heard thee say20
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;25
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,30
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,35
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.
EGLAMOURMadam, I pity much your grievances;
Which since I know they virtuously are placed,40
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?
SILVIAThis evening coming.45
EGLAMOURWhere shall I meet you?
SILVIAAt Friar Patrick's cell,
Where I intend holy confession.
EGLAMOURI will not fail your ladyship. Good morrow, gentle lady.
SILVIAGood morrow, kind Sir Eglamour.50
[Exeunt severally]


Next: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 4, Scene 4
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Explanatory notes for Act 4, Scene 3
From The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Ed. Israel Gollancz. New York: University Society.


21. thou vow'dst pure chastity:- It was common in former ages for widowers and widows to make vows of chastity in honour of their deceased wives or husbands, and sometimes, perhaps, of those only betrothed, as Sir Eglamour probably was.

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How to cite the explanatory notes:
Shakespeare, William. The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Ed. Israel Gollancz. New York: University Society, 1901. Shakespeare Online. 10 Aug. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/two_4_3.html >.
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