The Two Gentlemen of Verona: V, iv.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
2120 How vse doth breed a habit in a man?
2121 This shadowy desart, vnfrequented woods
2122 I better brooke then flourishing peopled Townes:
2123 Here can I sit alone, vn- seene of any,
2124 And to the Nightingales complaining Notes
2125 Tune my distresses, and record my woes.
2126 O thou that dost inhabit in my brest,
2127 Leaue not the Mansion so long Tenant- lesse,
2128 Lest growing ruinous, the building fall,
2129 And leaue no memory of what it was,
2130 Repaire me, with thy presence, Siluia
2131 Thou gentle Nimph, cherish thy for-lorne swaine.
2132 What hallowing, and what stir is this to day?
2133 These are my mates, that make their wills their Law,
2134 Haue some vnhappy passenger in chace;
2135 They loue me well: yet I haue much to doe
2136 To keepe them from vnciuill outrages.
Believed to have been written between 1589 and 1592. It draws on a number of earlier works. The play was not printed until 1623, when it appeared in the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays.
Manifold (1956: 71)