Two Gentlemen of Verona

Author: William Shakespeare

Scene 2

Verona. Julia’s house.


PROTEUSHave patience, gentle Julia.

JULIAI must, where is no remedy.

PROTEUSWhen possibly I can, I will return.

JULIAIf you turn not, you will return the sooner.
Keep this remembrance for thy Julia’s sake.

Giving a ring

PROTEUSWhy then, we’ll make exchange; here, take you this.

JULIAAnd seal the bargain with a holy kiss.

PROTEUSHere 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.
Julia, farewell!

What, gone without a word?
Ay, so true love should do: it cannot speak;
For truth hath better deeds than words to grace it.


PANTHINOSir Proteus, you are stay’d for.

PROTEUSGo; I come, I come.
Alas! this parting strikes poor lovers dumb.


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Chicago: William Shakespeare, "Act 2, Scene 2," Two Gentlemen of Verona in Original Sources, accessed February 25, 2024,

MLA: Shakespeare, William. "Act 2, Scene 2." Two Gentlemen of Verona, in , Original Sources. 25 Feb. 2024.

Harvard: Shakespeare, W, 'Act 2, Scene 2' in Two Gentlemen of Verona. cited in , . Original Sources, retrieved 25 February 2024, from