William Painter: The second tome of the Palace of pleasure



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in hir bed, thinking to take hir wonted rest, a great  of diuers thoughts began to enuiron & trouble hir minde, in such wise as she was not able to close hir eyes, but turning here & there, fa~tasied diuerse things in hir thought, sometimes purposed to cut of the whole attempt of that amorous practise, sometimes to conti|nue the same. Thus was the poore pucell  with two contraries, the one comforted hir to pursue hir intent, the other proposed the imminent perill wher|vnto vndiscretely she headlong threw hir self. And af|ter she had wandred of long time in this amorous La|berinth, she knew not wherupon to resolue, but wept incessantly, and accused hir self, saying:

Ah Caitife and miserable creature, from whence doe rise these vnaccustomed trauailes which I  in minde, pro|uoking me to loose my rest: but infortunate wretch, what doe I know if that yong Gentleman doe loue me as hée sayeth. It may be vnder the vaile of sugred woords hée goeth about to steale away mine honoure, to be reuenged of my Parents which haue offended his, and by that meanes to my euerlasting reproche to make me the fable of the Veronapeople. After|wards sodainly as she condempned that which she sus|pected in the beginning, sayd: Is it possible that vn|der such beautie and rare comelinesse, disloyaltie and Treason may haue their siedge and lodging? If it be true that the face is the faithfull messanger of the mindes conceit, I may be assured that hee doeth loue me: for I marked so many chaunged coloures in his face in time of his talke with me, and sawe him so transported and bisides himself, as I cannot wishe a|ny other more certaine lucke of loue, wherin I will persist immutable to the  gaspe of life, to the in|tent

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I may haue him to be my husband. For it may so come to passe, as this newe alliance shall  a perpetuall peace and amitie betwene his house and mine.

Aresting then vpon this determination still, as she saw Rhomeo passing before hir Fathers gate, she shewed hir self with mery countenance, and  him so with looke of eye, vntill she had lost his sight. And continuing this manner of life for certain dayes, Rhomeo not able to content himself with lookes, dai|ly did beholde and marke the situation of the house, and one day amongs others hée espied Iulietta at hir chamber window, bounding vpon a narow lane, right ouer against which Chamber he had a gardeine, which was the cause thatRhomeo fearing discouery of their loue, began then in the day time to passe no more before the gate, but so soone as the night with his browne mantell had couered the earth, he walked a|lone vp and downe that little streat. And after he had bene there many times, missing the chiefest cause of his comming,Iulietta impacient of hir euill, one night repaired to hir , and perceiued through the brightnesse of the Moone hir friend Rhomeo hard vn|der hir window, no lesse attended for, than he himself was waighting. Then she secretely with teares in hir eyes, and with voyce interrupted by sighes, sayd:

Signior Rhomeo, me thinke that you hazarde your per|sone too much, and commit the same into great danger at this time of the night, to protrude your self to the mercy of the~ which meane you little good. Who if they had taken you, would haue cut you in pieces, and mine honor (which I estéeme dearer than my life,) hindred & suspected for euer. Madame answered Rhomeo, my life is in the ha~d of God, who only ca~ dispose the same:

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 if any man had sought meanes to berieue me of life, I should (in the presence of you) haue made him known what mine abilitie had to defend yt . Notwithstanding life is not so deare, and of  ~ vnto me, but that I could  to  the same for your sake: and although my   ben so great, as to be dispatched in that place, yet  I no cause to be sory therefore, excepte it had bene by loosing of meanes, the same to forgoe, the way how to make you vnderstand the good will and duety which I beare you: desiring not to conserue the same for any commoditie yt I hope to haue therby, nor for any other respect, but only to loue, serue, and honor you, so  as breath shal remaine in . So soone as he had made an end of his talke, loue and pitie began to sease vpon the heart of Iulictta, and leaning hir head vpon hir , hauing hir face all besprent with teares, she said Rhomeo: Syr Rhomeo, I pray you not to renue those things againe: for the only memory of such , maketh me to cou~terpoise betwene death & life, my heart being so vnited with , as you ca~not re|ceiue the least iniury in this world, wherin I shal not be so great a partaker as your self: beséeching you for conclusion, that if you desire your owne health & , to declare vnto me in fewe wordes, what your deter|mination is to attaine: for if you couet any other se|crete thing at my handes, more than myne honour can well allow, you are maruelously deceiued: but if your desire be godly, and that the friendship which you   to beare me, be founded vppon vertue, and to be concluded by mariage, receiuyng me for your wyfe & lawful spouse, you shall haue such part in me, as  any regarde to the obedience & reuerence that I owe to my parentes, or to the auncient enimitie of our fa|milie,

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