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beggar as follows: "If thou couldest but wish, stranger, to sit
Then said Antonius: o noble Eros, I thanke thee for this, and it is valiantly done of thee, to shew me what I should do to my selfe, which thou couldest not do for me.
'Thou couldest have no power at all against me except it were given
Gladstone's working drafts confirm his uncertainty about the appropriate tone to adopt for this passage.(10) For lines 9--10, he had written 'Thee, who thou art/I know not', which, although repetitive, is clear and emphatic; and line 19 was originally 'But what to boot thou couldest not have heard', which is both less mannered and more accurate than the final version.
She addresses the beggar as follows, "If thou couldest but wish, stranger, to sit here in my halls and give me joy, sleep should never be shed over my eyelids.
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