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[Enter PROTEUS and JULIA]
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.
[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
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;
That tide will stay me longer than I should.
What, gone without a word?
Ay, so true love should do: it cannot speak;
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.
THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA