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Shakespeare’s First Ever Line? [Shakespeare For You]

🎭Cease to persuade, my loving Proteus;
Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits.

— Valentine, Two Gentlemen of Verona 1-1


If this play is the first ever written play by William Shakespeare, this phrase is the first ever written line by Will himself.  Valentine is about to leave Verona to see the bigger world.  It seems his best mate Proteus is trying to stop him.  Speak the line as if you are telling your best friend not to stop you enjoying your life with excitement.


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