without remedy of his griefe, he determined in the end to depart Verona, for proofe if by change of yt place he might alter his affection, and sayd to himself.
What doe I meane to loue one that is so vnkinde, and thus doeth disdaine me, I am all hir owne, and yet she flieth from me. I can no longer liue, except hir presence I doe enioy. And she hath no contented minde, but when she is furthest from me. I wil then from henceforth my selfe from hir, for it may so come to passe by not beholding hir, that thys fire in me which taketh increase and nourishment by hir faire eyes, by little and little may die and quench.
But minding to put in proofe what hée thought, at one instant hée was reduced to the contrarie, who not knowing whereuppon to resolue, passed dayes and nights in maruellous plaintes and Lamentacions. For Loue him so neare, and had so well fix|ed the Gentlewomans beautie within the Bowels of his heart and minde, as not able to resist, he fain|ted with charge, and consumed by little and lit|tle as the Snow against the Sunne. Whereof his parents and kinred did maruell greatly, bewayling his misfortune, but aboue all other one of his compa|nions of riper age and counsell than he, began sharply to rebuke him. For the loue that he bare him was so great as hée felt his Martirdome, and was partaker of his passion which caused him by ofte viewing hys friends disquietnesse in amorous pangs, to say thus vnto him:
Rhomeo, I maruel much that thou spendest the best time of thine age, in of a thing, from which thou thy self despised and , without respect either to thy prodigall dispense, to thine honor, to thy teares, or to thy miserable life, which be able
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to moue the most constant to pitie. Wherefore I pray thée for the Loue of our ancient amitie, and for thine health sake, that thou wilt learn to be thine owne , and not to thy liberty to any so ingrate as she is: for so farre as I can coniecture by things that are passed betwene you, either she is in loue with some o|ther, or else determined neuer to loue any. Thou arte yong, rich in goods and fortune, and more excellent in beautie than any Gentleman in this Citie: thou art well learned, and the only sonne of the house thou co~mest. What grief wold it to thy pore old fa|ther & other thy parents, to sée thée so drowned in this dongeon of vice, specially at that age wherein thou oughtest rather to put them in some hope of thy ver|tue? Begin then fro~ henceforth to acknowledge thine error, wherein thou hast hitherto liued, doe away that amorous vaile or couerture which blindeth thine eyes and letteth thée to folow the right path, wherein thine ancestors haue walked: or else if thou do thy so subiect to thine owne will, yelde thy heart to other place, and choose Mistresse according to thy worthinesse, and henceforth doe not sow thy paines in a soile so whereof thou receiuest no frute: the time approcheth when all the dames of the Citie shall assemble, where thou maist beholde such one as shall make thée thy former griefs. This yong Gen|tleman attentiuely hearing all the persuading of his frend, began somewhat to moderate that heat, & acknowledge all ye exhortations which he had made to be to purpose.