Act 2, Scene II

Scene: An Apartment in the Palace.

Enter AGENOR and Gentlemen, with torches.

Agenor.
Now, gentlemen, the time's come now to enjoy
That fruitful happiness my heart has long'd for.
This day be happy call'd; and when old Time
Brings it about each year, crown'd with that sweetness
It gives me now, see every man observe it,
And, laying all aside bears show of business,
Give this to joy and triumph. How sit my clothes?
1 Gentleman.
Handsome, and wondrous well, sir.
Agenor.
Do they shew richly?
For to those curious eyes even Beauty envies,
I must not now appear poor, or low-fashion'd.
Methinks I am younger than I was, far younger;
And such a promise in my blood I feel now,
That, if there may be a perpetual youth
Bestow'd on man, I am that soul shall win it.
Does my bair stand well? Lord, how ill-favour'dly
You have dress'd me to-day! how badly! Why this cloak?
2 Gentleman.
Why, 'tis the richest, sir.
Agenor.
And here you have put me on
A pair of breeches look like a pair of bagpipes.
1 Gentleman.
Believe sir, they shew bravely.
Agenor.
Why these stockings?
2 Gentleman.
Your leg appears——
Agenor.
Poh! I would have had 'em peach-colour;
All young and new about me. And this scarf here,
A goodly thing! you have trick'd me like a puppet.
1 Gentleman.
I'll undertake to rig forth a whole navy,
And with less labour, than one man in love
They are never pleased.
2 Gentleman.
Methinks he looks well.
1 Gentleman.
Well
As man can look, as handsome. Now do I wonder
He found not fault his nose was put on ugly,
Or his eyes looked too grey, and rail at us:
They are the wayward'st things, these lovers.
2 Gentleman.
All will be right
When once it comes to th' push.
1 Gentleman.
I would they were at it,
For our own quiet sake.
Agenor.
Come, wait upon me;
And bear yourselves like mine, my friends, and nobly.
[Exeunt.