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Bora. The poison of that lies in you tu temper. | shall never make me such a fool. One woman is Go you to the prince your brother: spare not to fair; yet I am well: another is wise; yet I am tell him, that he hath wronged his honour in well: another virtuous; yet I am well: but till marrying the renowned Claudio (whose estima- all graces be in one woman, one woman shall not cion do you mightily hold up,) to a contaminated come in my grace. Rich she shall be, that's cerstale, such a one as Hero.

tain ; wise, or I'll none; virtuous, or I'll never D. John. What proof shall I make of that? cheapen her; fair, or I'll never look on her; mild,

Hero. Proof enough to misuse the prince, to or come not near me; noble, or not I for an angel; vex Claudio, to undo Hero, and kill Leonato: of good discourse, an excellent musician, and her look you for any other issue?

hair shall be of what colour it please God. Ha! D. John. Only to despite them, I will endeavour the prince and monsieur Love! I will hide me any thing.

in the arbour.

(withdraws. Bora. Go then, find me a meet hour to draw Enter Don Pedro, Leonato, and Claudio. Don Pedro and the Count Claudio, alone: tell D. Pedro. Come, shall we hear this music? them, that you know that Hero loves me; intend Claud. Yea, my good lord.—How still the evena kind of zeal both to the prince and Claudio, as As hush'd on purpose to grace harmony! (ing is, -in love of your brother's honour, who hath made D. Pedro. See you where Benedick bath hid this match; and his friend's reputation, who is himself? thus like to be cozened with the semblance of a Claud. O, very well, my lord: the music ended maid,—that

you have discovered thus. They will We'll fit the kid-fox with a penny.worth. scarcely believe this without trial : offer them in

Enter Balthazar, with music. stances; which shall bear no less likelihood, than D. Pedro. Come, Balthazar, we'll hear that to see me at her chamber-window; hear me call song again. Margaret, Hero; hear Margaret term me Bora- Balth. O, good my lord, tax not so bad a voice chio; and bring them to see this, the very night To slander music any more than once. before the intended wedding ; for, in the mean D. Pedro. It is the witness still of excellency, time, I will so fashion the matter, that Hero shall To put a strange face on his own perfection:be absent; and there shall appear such seeming I pray thee, sing, and let me woo no more. truth of Hero's disloyalty, that jealousy shall be Balth. Because you talk of wooing I will sing; called assurance, and all the preparation over- Since many a wooer doth commence his suit thrown.

To her he thinks not worthy; yet be wooes; D. John. Grow this to what adverse issue it | Yet will be swear, he loves. can, I will put it in practice. Be cunning in the D. Pedro. Nay, pray thee, come: working this, and thy fee is a thousand ducats. Or, if thou wilt hold longer argument,

Bord. Be you constant in the accusation, and Do it in notes. my cunning shall not shame me.

Balth. Note this before my notes, D. John. I will presently go learn their day of There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting. marriage.

[ercunt. D. Pedro. Why these are very crotchets that SCENE III. LEONATO'S GARDEN.

he speaks ; Enter Benedick and a Boy.

Note, notes, forsooth, and noting! Luun) (music. Bene. Boy,

Bene. Now, Divine air! now is his soul ravishBoy. Signior.

ed !- Is it not strange, that sheeps' guts should Bene. In my chamber-window lies a book; hale souls out of men's bodies ?- Well, a horn fos. bring it hitber to me in the orchard.

my money, when all's done. Boy. I am here already, sir. T

Balthazar sings.

Plus Bene. I know that;--but I would have thee

Ralth. Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, hence, and here again. [exit Boy.]—I do much

Men were deceivers ever; wonder, that one man, seeing how much another

One foot in sca, and one on shore ;

To one thing constant never. man is a fool when he dedicates his behaviours to

Then sigh not so,

. love, will, after he hath laughed at such shallow

But let them go,

And be you blithe and bonny; follies in others, become the argument of his own

Converting all your sounds of woe scorn, by falling in love: and such a man is Clau

Into, Hey nonny, nonny. dio. I have known, when there was no music

Sing no more ditties, sing no more with him but the drum and fife, and now had he

Of dumps so dull and heavy:

The fraud of men was ever so, rather hear the tabor and the pipe: I have known,

Since summer first was leavy. when he would have walked ten (mile a-foot, to

Then sigh not so, &c. see a good armour; and now will be lie ten nights D. Pedro. By my troth, a good song. awake, carving the fashion of a new doublet. He Balth. And an ill singer, my lord. was wont to speak plain, and to the purpose, like D. Pedro. Ha? no; no, faith ; thou singest well an honest man, and a soldier; and now is he turned enough for a shift. orthographer; bis words are a very fantastical Bene. (aside.] An he had been a dog, that should banquet, just so many strange dishes. May I be bave howled thus, they would have hanged him : so converted, and see with these eyes ? i I cannot and I pray God, his bad voice bode no mischief! tell; I think not: I will not be sworn, but love I had as lief have heard the night-raven, come may transform me to an oister ; but. I'll take my what plague could have come after it. oath on it, till be bave made an oister of me, he D. Pedro. Yen, marry; [to Claudio.)- Dost

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Leon. She doth indeed; my daughter says so : have it turn 94. Hero's chamber-window. Ballh. best I can, my lord,

and the ecstasy hath so much overborne her, that D. Pedro. Do so ; farewell. [ereunt Balthazar my daughter is sometime afraid she will do a des and music.] Come hither, Leonato. What was it rerate outrage to herself; it is you told me of to-day? that your niece Beatrice D. Pedro. It were good that Benedick knew was in love

of it by some other, if she will not discover it. Claud. Õith signior Benedick?

ay.—Stalk on; stalk on; the fowl Claud. To what end? He would but make a sits. (aside to Pedro.] I did never

never think that lady sport of it, and torment the poor lady worse. would bave loved any man.

D. Pedro. As he should, it were an alms to Leon. No,

nor I neither; but most wonderful, hang him ; she's an excellent sweet lady; and, out that she should so dote on signior Benedick, whom of all suspicion, she is virtuous. she hath in all outward' behaviours seemed ever to Claud. And she is

exceeding wise.

[dick. abhor,

D. Pedro. In everything, but in loving BeneBene. Is't possible? Sits the wind in that cor- * Leon. O my lord, wisdom and blood combating ner?

[aside. in so tender a body, we have teni proofs to one, that Ieon. By my troth, my lord, I cannot tell what blood hath the victory. I am sorry for her, as I to think of it; but that she loves him with an en- have just cause, being her uncle and her guardian. raged affection, it is past the infinite of thought. D. Pedro. I would she had bestowed this dotage D. Pedro. May be, she doth but counterfeit. on me; I would have dafta

d all other respects, and Claud. Faith, like enough.

made her half myself: I pray you, tell Benedick Leon. O God! counterfeit! There never was of it, and hear what

Leon. Were it good, think you ? counterfeit of passion came so near the life of pas

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[she? Cláud. Hero thinks surely, she will die: for, D. Pedro. Why, what effects of passion shows she says,

says, she will die if he love her not; and she Claud. Bait the hook well; this fish will bite. I will die ere she makes her love known: and she

[aside. will die if he woo rather than she will 'bate Leon. What effects, my lord? She will sit you, one breath of You heard my daughter tell you how.

D. Pedro. She sccustomed crossness."

doth well : if she should make Claud. She did, indeed.

tender of her love, 'tis very possible he'll scorn it; D. Pedro.. How, how, I pray you? You amaze for the man, as you know all, hath a contemptible me:, I would have thought her spirit had been spirit. invincible against all assaults of

Claud. He is a very proper man. [happiness. Leon. I would have sworn it had, my lord ; D. Pedro. He hath, indeed, a good outward especially against Benedick.

Claud. Bene. (aside.] I should think this a gull, but D. P, Fore God, and in my mind, very wise.

He doth, indeed, show some sparks that the white-bearded fellow speaks it: knavery that are like wit. cannot, sure, hide itself in such reverence.

Leon. And I take him to be valiant. Claud. He bath ta'en the infection; hold it up. D, Pedro. As Hector, I assure you: and in

aside. the managing of quarrels you may see he is wise; D. Pedro. Hath she made her affection known for either be avoids them with great discretion, or to Benedick?

undertakes them witu a most Christian-like fear. Leon., No;, and swears she never will : that's Leon. If he do fear God, ne must necessarily her torment.

keep peace: if he break the peace, he ouybe to enter Claud. 'Tis true, indeed; so your danghter says: into a quarrel with fear and trembling. Shall I, says she, that have so oft encounter'd him D. Pedro. And so will he do; for the man doth

fear God, howsoever it seems not in him, by some Leon. This now, when she is beginning large jests he will make. Well, I am sorry for to write t

to him; for she'll be up twenty times a your niece; shall we go see Benedick, and tell him. night; and there will she sit in her smock, till she of her love ? have writ a sheet of paper :—my daughter tells Claud. Never tell him my lord ; let her wear us all.

it out with good counsel. Claud. Now you talk of a sheen told us of.

of paper, I Leon. Nay, that's impossible; she may wear remember a pretty, jest your daughter

her heart out first. Leon. 0 !-When she had writ it, and was D. Pedro. Well, we'll hear, further reading it over, she found. Benedick and Beatrice your daughter; let it cool the while. I love Bene

Claud. That. in [between the sheet? dick well, and I could wish he would modestly Leon, 0,! she tore the letter into a thousand examine himself, to see how much he is unworthy halfpence; railed at herself, that she immodest to write to one that she had

so good a lady,

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measure biin, says she, by my own spirit : , for I should Aout him, if he writ to me; I will never trust iny expectation..

Claud. If he do not

[aside. yea, though I love him, I should,

D. Pedro. Let there be the same net spread for Claud, Then down upon her knees she falls, her; and that must your daughter and her gentle. weeps, subs, beats her heart, tears her bair, prays, woman carry.

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[aside. be peopled. When I said, I would die a bachelor, [ereunt Don Pedro, Claudio, and Leonato. I did not think I should live till I were married.

Benedick advances from the arbour. Here comes Beatrice; by this day, she's a fair Bene. This can be no trick: the conference was lady: I do spy some marks of love in her. sadly borne.—They have the truth of this from

Enter Beatrice. Hero. They seem to pity the lady; it seems her Beat. Against my will, I am sent to bid you affections have their full bent. Love me! why, it come in to dinner. must be requited. I hear how I am censured : Bene. Fair Beatrice, I thank you for your pains. they say, I will bear myself proudly, if I perceive Beat. I took no more pains for those thanks, the love come from her; they say too, that she than you take pains to thank me; if it had been will rather die than give any sign of affection.-painful, I would not have come. I did never think to marry :-I must not seem Bene. You take pleasure in the message ? proud. Happy are they that hear their detrac- Beat. Yea, just so much as you may take upon tions, and can put them to mending. They say, a knife's point, and choke a daw withal. You have the lady is fair; 'tis a truth, I can bear them wit. no stomach, signior: fare you well. [exit. ness; and virtuous ;—'tis so, I cannot reprove it; Bene. Ha!“ Against my will I am sent to bid and wise, but for loving me. By my troth, it is you come to dinner :" there's a double meaning in 110 addition to her wit; nor no great argument of that.—“I took no more pains for those thanks, her folly, for I will be horribly in love with her. than you took pains to thank me:"—that's as I may chance have some odd quirks and remnants much as to say, Any pains that I take for you is of wit broken on me, because I have railed so long as easy as thanks. If I do not take pity of her, Against marriage. But doth not the appetite alter? I am a villain ; if I do not love her, I am a Jew: A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot | I will go get her picture.


No, truly, Ursula, she is too disdainful;
Enter Hero, Margaret, and Ursula. I know, her spirits are as coy and wild
Hero. Good Margaret, run thee into the parlour; As haggards of the rock.
There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice

Urs. But are you sure,
Proposing with the Prince and Claudio:

That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely? (lord. Whisper her ear, and tell her, I and Ursula

Hero. So

says the prince, and my new trothed Walk in the orchard, and our whole discourse Urs. And did they bid you tell her of it, madam? Is all of her ; say, that thou overheard'st us; Hero. They did entreat me to acquaint ber of it, And bid her steal into the pleached bower, But I persuaded them, if they lov'd Benedick, Where honey-suckles, ripen'd by the sun,

To wish him wrestle with affection, Forbid the sun to enter ;-like favourites,

And never to let Beatrice know of it. Made proud by princes, that advance their pride Urs. Why did you so? Doth not the gentleman Against that power that bred it; there will she Deserve as full, as fortunate a bed, To listen our purpose: this is thy office; (bide her, As ever Beatrice shall couch upon ? Bear thee well in it, and leave us a!one.

fiero. O god of love! I know, he doth deserve Murg. I'll make her come, I warrant you, As much as may he yielded to a man : present’y.

[exit. But nature never fram'd a woman's heart Hero. Now, Ursula, when Beatrice doth come, Of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice: As we do is ace this alley up and down,

Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes, Our talk must only be of Benedick:

Misprising what they look on; and her wit When I do name him, let it be thy part

Values itself so highly, that to her
To praise him more than ever man did merit: All matter else seems weak: she cannot love,
My talk to thee must be, how Benedick

Nor take no shape nor project of affection,
Is sick in love with Beatrice: of this matter She is so self-endeared.
Is little Cupid's crafty arrow made,

Urs. Sure, I think so;
That only wounds by hearsay. Now begin;

And, therefore, certainly it were not good
Enter Beatrice, behind.

She knew his love, lest she make sport at it.
For look where Beatrice, like a lapwing, runs Hero. Why, you speak truth : I never yet saw
Close by the ground, to hear our conference.

man, Urs. The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish How wise, how noble, young, how rarely featur'd, Cut with their golden oars the silver stream, But she would spell him backward: if fair-faced, And greedily devour the treacherous bait : She'd swear the gentleman should be her sister; So angle we for Beatrice ; who even now If black, why nature, drawing of an antic, Is couched in the woodbine coverture:

Made a foul lot; if tall, a lance ill-headed ; Fear you not my part of the dialogue. [nothing If low, an agate very vilely cut:

Hero. Then go we near her, that her ear Jose If speaking, why, a vane blown with all winds: Of the false sweet bait that we lay for it

If silent, why, a block moved with none. (they advance to the bower. So turns she every man the wrong side out;

And never gives to truth and virtue, that bell, and his tongue is the clapper; for what his Which simpleness and merit purchaseth.

heart thinks, his tongue speaks. Urs. Sure, sure, such carping is not commendable. Bene. Gallants, I am not as I have been.

Hero. No: not to be so odd, and from all fashions, Leon. Șo say I; methinks you are sadder. As Beatrice is, cannot be commendable :

Claud. I hope he be in love. But who dare tell her 80 ? If I should speak, D. Pedro. Hang him, truant; there's no true She'd mock me into air; 0, she would laugh me drop of blood in him, to be truly touch'd with Out of myself, press me to death with wit. love: if he be sad, he wants money. Therefore let Benedick, like cover'd fire,

Bene. I have the tooth-ach. Consume away in sighs, waste inwardly :

D. Pedro. Draw it. It were a better death than die with mocks ; Bene. Hang it!

[afterwards. Which is as bad as die with tickling.

Claud. You must hang it first, and draw it Urs. Yet tell her of it: hear what she will say. D. Pedro. What, sigh for the tooth-ach? Hero. No; rather I will go to Benedick,

Leon. Where is but a humour, or a worm? And counsel him to fight against his passion : Bene. Well, every one can master a grief, but And, truly, I'll devise some honest slanders he that has it. To stain my cousin with : one doth not know,

Claud. Yet say I, he is in love. How much an ill word may empoison liking.

D. Pedro. There is no appearance of fancy in Urs. O, do not do your cousin such a wrong. him, unless it be a fancy that he hath to strange She cannot be so much without true judgment disguises; as, to be a Dutchman to-day; a French(Having so swift and excellent a wit,

man to-morrow; or in the shape of two countries As she is priz'd to bave,) as to refuse

at once, as a German from the waist downward, So rare a gentleman as signior Benedick.

all slops; and a Spaniard from the hip upward, Hero. He is the only man of Italy,

no doublet : unless he have a fancy to this foolery, Always excepted my dear Claudio.

as it appears he hath, he is no fool for fancy, as Urs. I pray you, be not angry with me, madam, you would have it appear he is. Speaking my fancy; signior Benedick,

Claud. If he be not in love with some woman, For shape, for bearing, argument, and valour, there is no believing old signs? he brushes his Goes foremost in report through Italy.

hat o’mornings; what should that bode? [ber's? Hero. Indeed he hath an excellent good name. D. Pedro. Hath any man seen him at the bar

Urs. His excellence did earn it, ere he had it. Claud. No, but the barber's man hath been seen When are you married, madam ?

with him; and the old ornament of his cheek hath Hero. Why, every day :--to-morrow : come, already stuffed tennis-balls. go in;

Leon. Indeed, he looks younger than he did, by I'll show thee some attires; and have thy counsel, the loos of a beard. Which is the best to furnish me to-morrow.

D. Pedro. Nay, he rubs himself with civet: Urs. She's lim’d, I warrant you; we have caught can you smell him out by that ? her, madam.

Claud. That's as much as to say, the swect Haro. If it prove so, then loving goes by haps: youth's in love.

[choly. Some, Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. D. Pedro. The greatest note of it is his melan

[excunt Hero and Ursula. Claud. And wben was he wont to wash his face? Beatrice advances.

D. Pedro. Yeu, or to paint himself? for the Beat. What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true? which, I hear what they say of bim.

Stand I condemn’d for pride and scorn so much? Claud. Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is now Contempt, farewell ! and maiden pride, adieu ! crept into a lutestring, and now governed by stops. No glory lives behind the back of such.

D. Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for And, Benedick, love on, I will requite thee; him; conclude, conclude, he is in love.

Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand; Claud. Nay, but I know who loves him. If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee D. Pedro. That would I know too; I warrant, To bind our loves up in a holy band :

one that knows him nut. For others thou dost deserve; and I

Claud. Yes, and his ill conditions: and, in Believe it better than reportingly, [e.rit. despite of all, dies for him.


D. Pedro. She shall be buried with her face Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, and Leonato. Bene. Þet is this no charm for the tooth-ach.

D. Pedro. I do but stay till your marriage be -Old signior, walk aside with me: I have studied consummate, and then I go toward Arragon. eight or nine wise words to speak to you, which

Claud. I'll bring you thither, my lord, if you'll these hobby-horses must not hear. vouchsafe me.

(exeunt Benedich and Leonato. D. Pedro. Nay, that would be as great a soil D. Pedro. For my life, to break with him abont in the new gloss of your marriage, as to show a Beatrice. child his new coat, and forbid him to wear it. I Claud. 'Tis even so: Hero and Margaret have will only be bold with Benedick for his company; by this played their parts with Beatrice; and then for, from the crown of his head to the sole of his the two bears will not bite one another when they foot, be is all mirth; he bath twice or thrice cut meet. Cupid's bow-string, and the little hangman dare

Enter Don John. not shoot at him : be hath a heart as sound as a D. John. My lord and brother, God save you.



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D. Pedro. Good den, brother.

Dogb. First, who think you the most desartD. John. If your leisure served, I would speak less man to be constable ?

1 Watch. Hugh Oatcake, sir, or George Sea. D. Pedro. In private ?

for they can write and read. D. John. If it please you ;—yet Count Claudio Dogb. Come hither, neighbour Seacoal. God may hear; for what I would speak of concerns bath blessed you with a good name: to be a wellhim.

favoured man is the gift of fortune; but to write D. Pedro. What's the matter?

and read comes by nature. D. John. Means your lordship to be married 2 Watch. Both which, master constable,to-morrow?

[to Claudio.

Dogb. You have; I knew it would be your D, Pedro. You know he does.

Well, for your favour, sir, why give D. John. I know not that, when he knows God thanks, and make no boast of it; and for what I know.

your writing and reading, let that appear when Claud. If there be any impediment, I pray you there is no need of such vanity. You are thought discover it.

here to be the most senseless and fit mau for the D. John. You may think I love you not; let constable of the watch; therefore, bear you the that appear hereafter, and aim better at me by lantern: this is your charge; you shall comprethat I now will manifest: for my brother, I think, hend all vagrom men: you are to bid any man he holds you well; and in dearness of heart hath stand, in the prince's name. holp to effect your ensuing marriage ; surely, suit 2 Watch. How, if he will not stand ? ill spent, and labour ill bestowed !

Dogb. Why then, take no note of him, but let D. Pedro. Why, what's the matter?

hím go; and presently call the rest of the watch D. John. I came hither to tell you; and, cir- together, and thank God you are rid of a knave. cumstances shortened, (for she hath been too long Verg. If he will not stand when he is bidden, a talking of,) the lady is disloyal.

he is none of the prince's subjects. Claud. Who? Hero?

Dogb. True, and they are to meddle with none D. John. Even she; Leonato's Hero, your but the prince's subjects ;-you shall also, make no Hero, every man's Hero.

noise in the streets; for, for the watch to babble Claud. Disloyal?

and talk, is most tolerable, and not to be endured. D. John. The word is too good to paint out 2 Watch. We will rather sleep than talk; wo her wickedness; I could say, she were worse : know what belongs to a watch. think you of a worse title, and I will fit her to it. Dogb. Why, you speak like an ancient and most Wonder not till further warrant: go but with quiet watchman; for I cannot see how sleeping me to-night, you shall see her chamber-window should offend; only, have a care that your bills be entered; even the night before her wedding-day: not stolen.— Well, you are to call at all the aleif you love her then, to-morrow wed her; but it houses, and bid those that are drunk get them to would better fit your honour to change your mind. 2 Watch. How, if they will not? [vcd. Claud. May this be so ?

Dogb. Why then, let them alone till they are D. Pedro. I will not think it.

sober'; if they make you not then the better D. John. If you dare not trust that you see, answer, you may say, they are not the men you confess not that you know: if you will follow me, took them for. I will show you enough; and when you have 2 Watch. Well, sir. seen more, and heard more, proceed accordingly. Dogb. If you meet a thief, you may suspect

Claud. If I see any thing to-night why I should him, by virtue of your office, to be no true man: not marry her to-morrow; in the congregation, and, for such kind of men, the less you meddle or where I should wed, there will I shame her. make with them, why, the more is for your honesty.

D. Pedro. And, as I wooed for thee to obtain 2 Watch. If we know him to be a thief, shall her, I will join with thee to disgrace her.

we not lay hands on him ? D. John. I will disparage her no farther, till Dogb. Truly, by your office you may; but I you are my witnesses : bear it coldly but till mid- think, they that touch pitch will be defiled: tho night, and let the issue show itself.

most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, D. Pedro. O, day untowardly turned ! is, to let him show himself what he is, and steal Claud. O, mischief strangely thwarting ! out of your company.

D. John. O, plague right well prevented ! Verg. You have been always called a merciful So will you say, when you have scen the sequel. man, partner.

[exeunt. Dogb. Truly, I would not hang a dog by my

will; much more a man who hath any honesty Enter Dogberry and Verges, with the Watch. in him. Dogb. Are you good men and true ?

Verg. If you hear a child cry in the night, you Verg. Yea, or else it were pity, but they should must call to the nurse, and bid her still it. suffer salvation, body and soul.

2 Watch. How, if the nurse be asleep, and will Dogb. Nay, that were a punishment too good not hear us? for them, if they should have any allegiance in

1 Dogb. Why then depart in peace, and let the them, being chosen for the prince's watch. child wake her with crying: for the ewe that

Verg. Well, give them their charge, neighbour will not hear her lamb when it baes, will neve: Dogberty.

answer a calf when he bleats.



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