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Orl. They shall be married to-morrow; and I love you, (70 PHEBE) if I could.-To-morrow I will bid ihe duke to the noptial. Bat, oh! meet ene all together.--I will mariy you, (TO how hitter a thing it is to look into happiness PHEBE) if ever I marry woman, and I'll be through another man's eyes! By so much the married to-morrow:-1 will satisfy you, (To ORmort shall I to-inorrow be at the height of LANDO] if ever I satisfied man, and you shall be heart-heaviness, by how much I shall think married to-morrow :--I will content you, (To my brother happy, in baving what he wishes Silvius) if what pleases you contents you, and for.

you sball be married to-morrow.-As you, [To Ros. Why then, to-morrow I cannot serve ORLANDO) love Rosalind, meet ; as you, (To your turn for Rosaliud 3

SILVIUS) love Phebe, meet; And as I love no Orl. I can live no longer by thinking.

woman, I'll meet.-So fare you well; I have left Ros. I will weary you no longer then with idle you commands. talking. Know of me then, (for now I speak to Sil. I'll not fail if I live. somne purpose,) that I know you are a gentleman Phe. Nor I. of good conceit: I speak not this, that you Orl. Nor I.

(Eseunt. should bear a good opinion of my knowledge, insomuch, I say, I know you are ; neither do i

SCENE III.-The same labour for a greater esteem than may in some

Enter TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY. little measure draw a belief from you, to do yourself good, and not to grace me. Believe Touch. To-morrow is the joyful day, Audrey ; then, if you please, that I can do strange things : to-morrow will we be married. I have, since I was three years old, conversed Aud. I do desire it with all my heart : and I with a magician, most profound in this art, and hope it is no dishonest desire, to desire to be a yet not damnable. If you do love Rosalind so woman of the world. . Here comes two of the near the heart as your gesture cries it out, bauished duke's pages. when your brother marries Aliena, shall you marry ber: I know into what straits of fortune she is

Enter two PAGES. driven ; and it is not impossible to me, if it ap- 1 Page. Well met, honest gentleman. pear not inconvenient to you, to set her before

Touch. By my troth, well met: Come, sit, sit, your eyes to-morrow, buman as she is, and with.

and a song: out any danger.

2 Page. We are for you : sit i'the middle. Orl. Speakest thou in sober meanings ?

1 Page. Shall we clap into't roundly, withont Ros. By my life, I do ; which I tender dearly, hawking, or spitting, or saying we are hoarse ; though I say I am a magician : Therefore, pui which are the only prologues to a bad voice? you in your best array, bid. your friends : for if

2 Page. l'faith, i'faith ; and both iu a tune, will be married to-morrow, you shall ; and to like two gipsies on a horse. Rosalind, if you will.

SONG.
Enter SILVIUS and PHEBE.

I.
Look here comes a lover of mine, and a lover It was a lover, and his las:,
of ber's.
Phe. Youth, you have done me much un- That o'er the green corn-field did pass

With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino, gentleness, To show the letter that I writ to you.

In the spring time, the only pretty rank

time, Ros. I care not, if I have : it is my study, To seem despiteful and ungentle to you:

When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding i You are there follow'd by a faithful shepherd ;

Sweet lorers love the spring. Look upon him, love him ; be worships you.

II. Phe. Good shepherd, tell tbis youth wbat 'tis

Between the acres of the rye, to love. Sil. It is to be all made of sighs and tears ; These pretty country fólks would lie,

With a hey, and ho, and a hey nonino And so am I for Phele. Phe. And I for Ganymede.

In spring time, &c.
Orl. And I for Rosalind.

III.
Ros. And I for no woman.
Sil. It is to be all made of faith and ser-

This carol they began that hou,,

With a hey, and ho, and a hey nonino,

How that a life was but a flower
And so am I for Phebe.

In sping time, &c.
Phe. And I for Ganymede.
Orl. And I for Rosalind.

IV.
Ros. And I for no woman
Sil. It is to be all made of fantasy.

And therefore take the present time,
All made of passion, and all made of wishes ;

with a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino ; All adoration, duty, and observance,

For love is crowned with the prime
All humbleness, all patience, and impatience,

In spring time, &c.
All purity, all trial, all observance ;-
And so am I for Phebe.

Touch. Truly, young gentlemen, though there Phe. And so am I for Ganymede

was no greater matter in the ditty, yet the note Orl. And so am I for Rosalind.

was very untupable. Ros. And so am I for no woman.

1 Page. You are deceived, Sir ; we kept time, Phe. If this be so, why blame you me to love we lost not our time.

Touch. By my troth, yes ; I count it but time you?

To ROSALIND. Sil. If this be so, why blame you me to love lost to hear such a foolish song. God be with you?

[To PHBds. you ; and God mend your voices ! Come, Aud. Orl. If this be so, wby blame you me to love rey.

(Ereunt. you? Ros, Who do you speak to, why blame you

SCENE IV.-Another part of the Forest. me to love you?

Enter DUKB, senior, AMIENS, JAQUES, OR-
Orl. To ber that is not here, nor doth not

LANDO, OLIVER, and CELIA.
Ros. Pray you, no more of this ; 'tis like the

Duke S. Dost thou believe, Orlando, that the howling of Irish wolves against the moon.--!

boy will uelp you, [ To Silvius) if I can :-1 would can do all this that be bato promised ? • lovite.

• A married woman

5 F

vice ;

hear.

Orl, I sometimes do believe, and sometimes Touch. According to the fool's bolt, Sir, and do not ;

such dulcet diseases. A. those that fear they hope, and know they Jaq. But for the seventh cause; how did you fear.

find the quarrel on the seventh cause?

Touch. Upon a lie seven times removed ;Enter RosaLIND, SILVIUS, and Phese.

Bear your body more seeming, Audrey :-2: Ros. Patience once more, whiles our compact thus, Sir. I did dislike the cut of a certain is urg'd :

courtier's beard; be sent me word, if I said bis You say, if I bring in your Rosalind,

beard was not cut well, he was in the mind it

[To the DUKE. was : This is called the Retort courteous. If You will bestow her on Orlando here?

sent bim word again, it was not well cut, he Duke S. That would I, had I kingdoms to give would send me word, be cut it to please bim. with her.

self : This is called the Quip modest. If again, Ros. And you say, you will bave ner, when I it was not well cut, he disabled my judgmeut : bring her 1

[To ORLANDO. This is called the Reply churlish. Ir again, it Orl. That would I, were i of all kingdoms was not well cut, he would answer, 1 spake not king.

true : This is called the Reproof valiant. If Ros. You say, you'll marry me, if I be willing ? again, it was not well cut, he would say, I lie:

(70 PHEBE. This is called the Countercheck quarrelsome : Phe. That will I, should I die the hour after. and so to the Lie circumstantial, and the Lie Ros. But, it you do refuse to marry me,

direct. You'll give yourself to this most faithful shep- Jaq. And how oft did you say, his beard was herd ?

not well cut ? Phe. So is the bargain.

Touch. I durst go do further than tpe Låe Ros. You say, that you'll have Phebe, if she circumstantial, nor he durst not give me tbe will ?

[To Silvius. Lie direct ; and so we measured swords, and Sil. Though to bave her and death were both parted. one thing.

Jaq. Can you nominate in order now the de. Ros. I have promised to make all this matter grees of the lie? even.

Touch. O Sir, we quarrel in print, by the Keep you your word, o duke, to give your book ; . as you have books for good manners : 1 daughter ; -

will name you the degrees. The first, the Re. Yon your's, Orlando, to receive his daughter :- tort courteous; the second, the Quip modest; Keep your word, Phebe, that you'll marry me ; the third, the Reply churlish ; the fourth, the Or else, refusing me, to wed this shepherd :- Reproof valiant; the fuh, the Counterebeek Keep your word, Silvius, that you'll marry ber, quarrelsome : the sixth, the Lie with circum. If she refuse mé :-and from hence I go, stance ; the seventh, tbe Lie direct. All these To make these doubts all eveb.

you may avoid, but the lie direct; and you may (Ereunt Rosalind and Celia. avoid that too, with an If. I knew when seven Duke S. I do remember in this shepberd-boy justices could not take up a quarrel ; but when Some lively touches of my daughter's favour. the parties were met then selves, one of them Orl. My lord, the first tiine that I ever saw tbought but of an If, as you said so, then I him,

said so; and they shook hands, and swore bro. Methought he was a brother to your daughter : thers. Your If is the only peacemaker ; mucho But, my good lord, this boy is forest-born! virtue in l. And bath been tutor'd in tbe rudiments

Jaq. Is not this a rare fellow, my lord ? be's of many desperate studies by his uncle,

as good at any thing, and yet a fool. whom he reports to be a great magician,

Duke S. He uses his folly like a stalking-borse, Obscured in the circle of this forest.

and under the presentation of that, he sboots his

wit. Enter TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY, Jaq. There is, sure, another flood toward, and Enter Hymen, leading Rosalind in tcoman's these couples are coming to the ark! Here

clothes ; and CELIA. corpes a pair of very strange beasts, which in all

Still Music. tongnies are called fools. Touch. Salutation and greeting to you all !

Hym. Then is there mirth in heaven, Jaq. Good my lord, bid him welcome : This

When earthly things made even

Atone together. is the motley-minded 'gentleman, that I bave so

Good duke, receive thy daughter, often met in the forest : he bath been a courtier,

Hymen from heaven brought her, he swears.

Yea, brought her hither ; Touch. if any man doubt that, let hiin put me

That thou might'st join her hand with to my purgation. I have trod a measure ; 1 have flattered a lady : I have been politic with

Whose heart within her bosom is. my friend, smooth with my enemy; I bave undone three tailors ; I have had four quarrels, and like Ros. To you I give myself, for I am your's. to have fought one.

[To DUKE S. Jaq. And how was that ta'en upp

To you I give myself, for I am your's. Touch. 'Faith, we met, and found the quarrel

[To ORLANDO. was upon the seventh cause.

Duke s. If there be truth in sight, you are my Jaq. How seventh cause ?-Good my lord, like

daughter. this fellow,

Orl. If there be truth in sight, you are my Duke S. I like him very well.

Rosalind. Touch. God'ild you, Sir; I desire you of the Phe. If sight and shape be true, like. I press in here, sir, amongst the rest of Why then,-my love, adieu ! the country copulatives, to swear, and to for- Ros I'll bave no father, if you be not he : swear; according as marriage binds, and blood

[T, DUKE S. breaks :- A poor virgin, Sir, an ill favoured thing, I'll bave no husband, if you be not be :Sir, but mine own ; a poor bumour of mine, to

[TO ORLANDO. take that that no man else will : Rich bonesty Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not sbe. uwells like a miser, Sir, in a poor-house as your

[70 PEBE. pearl, in your foul oyster. Duke š. By iny faith, he is very swift and

• Seemly. sententious.

+ A ridiculous treatise “ of Honour and Honourable Quarrels,' by Vincentio Saviolo, 1594. Shakspeare sau

tirizes the mode of duelling thea prevalenl. very cut • A stately solemo dance.

Lugly i this scene

his,

bed -

Hym. Peace ho ! I bar confusion,

According to the measure of their states.
'Tis I must make conclusion

Meantime, forget tbis new-fall’n dignity,
Of these most strange events :

And fall into our rustic revelry :
Here's eight that must take hands, Play, mus.: ;--and you brides and bride.
To join in Hymen's bands,

groonis all,
If truth holds true contents..

With measure heap'd in joy to the measures You and you no cross shall part

fall. [To ORLANDO and ROSALIND. Jaq. Sir, by your patience ; If I heard you You and you are heart in heart :

rightly, [TO OLIVER and CELIA. The duke hath put on a religious life, Yon (To Pubbb) to his love must accord, And thrown into neglect the pompous court? Or have a woman to your lord :

Jaq. de B. He hath. You and you are sure together,

Jaq. To him will I ; out of these convertites (To TouchSTONE and AUDREY. There is much matter to be heard and learn'd.As the winter to foul weather,

You to your former honour I bequeath ; Whiles a wedlock-hymn we sing,

(To DUKE S. Feed yourselves with questioning ;

Your patience, and your virtue well deserves That reason wonder may diminish,

it:How thus we met, and these things finish. You [To ORLANDO) to a love, that your true

faith doth merit:SONG,

You [TO OLIVER] to your land, and love, and

great allies :Wedding is great Juno's crown,

You [TO SILVIUS) to a long and well deserved o blessed bond of board and bed ! 'Tis Hymer peoples every town;

And you [To TOUCHSTONE) to wrangling; for High wedlock then be honoured :

thy loving voyage Honour, high honour and renown,

Is but for two months victual'd :--So to your To llymen, god of every town !

pleasures ;

I am for other than for dancing measures. Duke. S. O my dear niece, welcome thou art Duke S. Stay, Jaques, stay. to me ;

Jaq. To see no pastiine, I :-what you would Even daughter, welcome in no less degree.

have Phe. I will not eat my word, now thou art I'll stay to know at your abandon'd cave. mine;

(Erit. Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combine. + Duke. S. Proceed, proceed : we will begin

[To SilviuS.

these rites,

And we do trust they'll end in true delights. Enter JAQUES DE Bois.

!A dance Jaq. de B. Let me bave audience for a word

EPILOGUE. or two : I am the second son of old Sir Rowland,

Ros. It is not the fashion to see the lady the That bring these tidings to this fair assembly :

-epilogue : but it is no more unbandsome, than Duke Frederick, hearing how that every day to see the lord the prologue. If it be true, that Men of great worth resorted to this forest, good wine needs no bush, 'tis true, that a good Address'd a mighty power ! which were on foot, play needs no epilogue : Yet to good wine they In his own conduct, purposely to take

do use good bushes; and good plays prove the His brother here, and put him to the sword : better by the help of good epilogues. What 1 And to the skirts of this wild wood he came; case am I in then, that am neither a good Where, meeting with an old religious man, epilogue, nos cannot insinuate with you in the After some question with bim, was converted behalf of a good play! I am not furnished Both from his enterprise, and from the world : like a beggar, therefore to beg will not become His crown bequeathing to his banish'd brother me : my way is, to conjure you ; and I'll begin And all their lands restor'd to them again with the women. I charge you, O women, for That were with him exil'd: This to be true, the love you bear to men, to like as much of I do engage my life.

this play as please them : and so I charge you, Duke. S. Welcome, young man ;

0 men, for the love you bear to women, (as I Thou offer'st fairly to thy brothers' wedding : perceive by your simpering, none of you hate The one bis lands withheld ; and to the other, them,) that between you and the women, the A land itself at large, a potent dukedom

play may please. If I were a woman, I would First, in this forest, let us do those ends

kiss as many of you as had beards that pleased That here were well begun, and well begot: me, complexions that liked me, t and breaths And after, every of this happy number,

that I defied not: and, I am sure, as many as That bave endur'd shrewd days and nights have good beards, or good faces, or sweet

breaths, will, for my kind offer, when I make Shall share the good of our returned fortune, curt'sy, bid me farewell.

(E.ceunt.

with us,

• Dressed.

+ That I liked.

• Unlese truth fails of veracity.

+Bind

MUCH ADO ABOUT

ABOUT NOTHING.

LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE. IN the fifth book of Orlando Furioso, and in B. II. c. iv. of Spenser's Fairie Queene, a story parily nmilar te

the fable of this drama may be found; but a novel in the Histoires Tragiques of Belleforest (taken from Bandello) approaches nearest to the design, and probably suggested the idea, of Muchado aboat Nothing. The plot is pleasingly intricate ; the characters novel and striking; the dialogue exceedingly vivacious, and well supported to the end. Beatrice and Benedick are two of the most sprightly and amusing characters that Shakspeare ever drew. Wit, humour, nobility, and courage, are combined in the latter though his sallies are not always restrained by reverence or discretion : and if the levity of the forme is somewhat opposed to the becoming reserve and delicacy of the female character, it shows to more advantage the steadiness of her friendship, and the amiable decision of her character, when urging her lover to challenge his most intimate friend ; and as the best claim apon her affection, to risk bis life in viudicating the purity of her injured companion

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DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. Don PEDRO, Prince of Arragon.

DOGBERRY,

VERGES, Don JOHN, his bastard Brother.

Two foolish Officers CLAUDIO, a young Lord of Florence, fa- A SEXTON. vourite to Don Pedro.

A FRIAR. BENEDICK, a young Lord of Padua, favourite A Boy. likewise of Don Pedro.

HERO, Daughter to Leonato.
LEONATO, Governor of Messina.

BEATRICE, Niece to Leonato.
ANTONIO, his Brother.
BALTHAZAR, Servant to Don Pedro.

URSULA
BORACHIO,
CONRADE,
Followers of Don John.

Messengers, Watch, and Attendants.

MARGARET,} Gentlewomen attending on Hera.

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SCENB, Messina,

ACT I.

Leon. He bath an uncle here in Messina will

be very much glad of it. SCENE I.-Before LEONATO's House. Mess. I have already delivered him letters, Enter LEONATO, HERO, BEATRICE, and others, much, that joy could not show itself modest

and there appears much joy in bim; even so with a MESSENGER.

enough, witbout a badge of bitterness. Leon. I learn in this letter, that Don Pedro Leon. Did he break out into tears ? of Arragon comes this night to Messina.

Mess. In great measure. . Mess. He is very near by this ; he was not Leon. A kind overflow of kindness : There are three leagues off when I left him.

no faces truer than those that are so washed. Leon. How many gentlemen bave you lost in How inuch better is it to weep at joy, than to this action ?

joy at weeping ! Mess. But few of any sort, • and none of Beat. I pray you, is signior Montanto rename.

turned from the wars, or no 1 Leon. A victory is twice itself, when the Mess. I know none of that name, lady ; there achiever brings home full numbers. I find bere, was none such in the army of any sort. that Don Pedro bath bestowed much honour on Leon. What is he that you ask for, niece ! a young Florentine, called Claudio.

Hero. My cousin means signior Benedick of Mess. Much deserved on his part, and equally Padua. remembered by Don Pedro : He hath borne Mess. Oh! he is returned ; and as pleasant as himself beyond the promise of his age; doing, ever he was. in the figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion : he Beat. He set up bis bills here in Messina, bath, indeed, better bettered expectation, than and challenged Cupid at the fight : + and my you must expect of me to tell you how.

uncle's fool, reading the challenge, snoscribed • Kind

Abundance

+ At long length

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