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D. Pedro. By my soul, nor I :

Claud. To-night I'll mourn with Hero. And yet, to satisfy this good old man,

[Exeunt Don Pedro and Claudio. I would bend under any heavy weight

Leon. Bring you these fellows on. We'll That he'll enjoin me to.

(live, talk with Margaret, Leon. I cannot bid you bid my daughter How her acquaintance grew with this lewd That were impossible ; but, I pray you both, fellow.

(Exeunt. Possess the people in Messina here, How innocent she died ; and if your love

SCENE II.-Leonato's Garden. Can labour aught in sad invention,

Enter Benedick and Margaret, meeting. Hang her an epitaph upon her tomb,

Bene. Pray thee, sweet mistress Margaret, And sing it to her bones,-sing it to-night :-(deserve well at my hands by helping me to To-morrow morning come you to my house ; the speech of Beatrice. And since you could not be my son-in-law, Marg. Will you, then, write me a sonnet in Be yet my nephew: my brother hath a daugh-praise of my beauty ? Almost the copy of my child that's dead, (ter, Bene. In so high a style, Margaret, that no And she alone is heir to both of us :

man living shall come over it ; for, in most Give her the right you should have given her comely truth, thou deservest it. And so dies my revenge.

(cousin, Marg. To have no man come over me! Claud.

O noble sir ! why, shall I always keep below-stairs ? Your over-kindness doth wring tears from me. Bene. Thy wit is as quick as the greyhound's I do embrace your offer ; and dispose mouth,-it catches. For henceforth of poor Claudio. [coming : Marg: And yours as blunt as the fencer's

Leon. To-morrow, then, I will expect your foils, which hit, but hurt not. To-night I take my leave.-This naughty man Bene. A most manly wit, Margaret ; it will Shall face to face be brought to Margaret, not hurt a woman : and so, I pray thee, call Who, I believe, was pack'd in all this wrong, Beatrice : I give thee the bucklers. Hir'd to it by your brother.

Marg. Give us the swords ; we have buckBora. No, by my soul, she was not ; lers of our own. Nor knew not what she did, when she spoke Bene. If you use them, Margaret, you must to me;

put in the pikes with a vice; and they are But always hath been just and virtuous, dangerous weapons for maids. In anything that I do know by her.

Marg. Well, I will call Beatrice to you, Dogb. Moreover, sir, (which, indeed, is not who I think hath legs. under white and black,) this plaintiff here, the Bene. And therefore will come. offender, did call me a ass : I beseech you, let

[Exit Margaret. it be remembered in his punishment. And (Singing.) The god of love, also, the watch heard them talk of one De

That sits above, formed : they say he wears a key in his ear,

And knows me, and knows me, and a lock hanging by it ; and borrows money

How pitiful I deserve, in God's name, -the which he hath used so I mean, in singing ; but in loving, Leander long, and never paid, that now men grow the good swimmer, Troilus the first employer hard-hearted, and will lend nothing for God's of panders, and a whole book-full of these sake : pray you, examine him upon that point. quondam carpet-mongers, whose names yet.

Leon. I thank thee for thy care and honest run smoothly in the even road of a blank pains.

verse, ---why, they were never so truly turned Dogh. Your worship speaks like a most over and over as my poor self, in love. Marry, thankful and reverend youth ; and praise I cannot show it in rhyme; I have tried : 1 God for

you. Leon. There's for thy pains. can find out no rhyme to "lady but Dogb. God save the foundation !

baby," -an innocent rhyme ; for "scorn," Leon. Go, I discharge thee of thy prisoner, horn," -- a hard rhyme ; for “ school," and I thank thee.

" fool,"—a babbling rhyme ; very ominous Dogb. I leave an arrant knave with your endings : no, I was not born under a rhyming worship; which I beseech your worship to planet, nor I cannot woo in festival terms.correct yourself, for the example of others.

Enter Beatrice. God keep your worship! I wish your worship Sweet Beatrice, wouldst thou come when I well; God restore you to health! I humbly called thee?

(bid me. give you leave to depart ; and if a merry meet- Beat. Yea, signior; and depart when you ing may be wished, God prohibit it !--Come, Bene. O, stay but till then! neighbour.

Beat. Then" is spoken; fare you well [Exeunt Dogberry, Verges, and Watch. Now :-and yet, ere I go, let me go with that Leon. Until to-morrow morning, lords, fare- I came for ; which is, with knowing what hath well.

(to-morrow. passed between you and Claudio. Ant. Farewell, my lords : we look for you Bene. Only foul words; and thereupon ! D. Pedro. We will not fail.

will kiss thee.


Beat. Foul words is but foul wind, and foul Claud. (Reads from a scroll.] wind is but foul breath, and foul breath is Done to death by slanderous tongues noisome ; therefore I will depart unkissed.

Was the Hero that here lies : Bone. Thou hast frighted the word out Death, in guerdon of her wrongs, of his right sense, so forcible is thy wit. But Gives her fame which never dies. I must tell thee plainly, Claudio undergoes So the life, that died with shame, my challenge ; and either I must shortly hear Lives in death with glorious fame. from him, or I will subscribe him a coward. Hang thou there upon the tomb, And, I pray thee now, tell me for which of

(Appending it. my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with

Praising her when I am dumb.Beat. For them altogether; which main-Now, music, sound ; and sing your solemn tained so politic a state of evil, that they will


SONG. not admit any good part to intermingle with them. But for which of my good parts did

Pardon, goddess of the night, you first suffer love for me?

Those that slew thy virgin knight; Bene. “Suffer love,"--a good epithet! I

For the which, with songs of woe, do suffer love indeed, for I love thee against

Round about her tomb they go. my will.

Midnight, assist our moan; Bert. In spite of your heart, I think ; alas,

Help us to sigh and groan, poor heart! If you spite it for my sake, 1

Heavily, heavily: will spite it for yours; for I will never love

Graves, yawn, and yield your dead, that which my friend hates.

Till death be uttered, Bene. Thou and I are too wise to woo

Heavily, heavily. peaceably.

Claud. Now, unto thy bones good night ! Beat. It appears not in this confession ; Yearly will I do this rite. there's not one wise man among twenty that

D. Pedro. Good-morrow, masters ; put will praise himself.

your torches out:

[day, Bene. An old, an old instance, Beatrice, The wolves have prey'd; and look, the gentle that lived in the time of good neighbours. If Before the wheels of Phæbus, round about a man do not erect in this age his own tomb Dapples the drowsy east with spots of gray. ere he dies, he shall live no longer in monu- Thanks to you all, and leave us: fare you well. ment than the bell rings and the widow weeps. Claud. Good-morrow, masters : each his Beat. And how long is that, think you?

several way.

(other weeds : Bene. Question why, an hour in clamour, D. Pedro. Come, let us hence, and put on and a quarter in rheum : therefore it is most And then to Leonato's we will go. expedient for the wise (if Don Worm, his con- Claud. And Hymen now with luckier issue science, find no impediment to the contrary) speeds,

(woe ! to be the trumpet of his own virtues, as I am Than this, for whom we render'd up this to myself. So much for praising myself, who,

[Exeunt. I myself will bear witness, is praiseworthy. And now tell me, how doth your cousin ?

SCENE IV.-A Room in Leonato's House. Beat. Very ill. Bene. And how do you? Enter Leonato, Antonio, Benedick, Beatrice, Beat. Very ill too.

Margaret, Ursula, Friar, and Hero. Bene. Serve God, love me, and mend. There will I leave you too, for here comes one Friar. Did I not tell you she was innocent? in haste.

Leon. So are the prince and Claudio, who Enter Ursula.

accus'd her Urs. Madam, you must come to your uncle. Upon the error that you heard debated : Yonder's old coil at home : it is proved, my But Margaret was in some fault for this, lady Hero hath been falsely accused, the Although against her will, as it appears prince and Claudio mightily abused; and in the true course of all the question. [well. Don John is the author of all, who is filed and Ant. Well, I am glad that all things sort so gone. Will you come presently?

Bene. And so am I, being else by faith enBeat. Will you go hear this news, signior? forc'd

Bene. I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap. To call young Claudio to a reckoning for it. and be buried in thy eyes ; and moreover, I Leon. Well, daughter, and you gentlewomen will go with thee to thy uncle's. (Exeunt. Withdraw into a chamber by yourselves, (all, SCENE III. The Inside of a Church.

And when I send for you, come hither mask'd :

The prince and Claudio promis'd by this hour Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, and Attendants, To visit me.—You know your office, brother ; with music and tapers.

You must be father to your brother's daughter, Claud. Is this the monument of Leonato ? And give her to young Claudio. Atten. It is, my lord.

(Exeunt ladies.

for me.

Ant. Which I will do with confirm'd coun- D. Pedro. The former Hero! Hero that is tenance. [think. dead!

(slander liv'd. Bene. Friar, I must entreat your pains I Leon. She died, my lord, but whiles her Friar. To do what, signior ? [them.-- Friar. All this amazement can I qualify :

Bene. To bind me, or undo me ; one of When, after that the holy rites are ended, Signior Leonato, truth it is, good signior, I'll tell you largely of fair Hero's death : Your niece regards me with an eye of favour. Meantime, let wonder seem familiar, Leon. That eye my daughter lent her : 'tis And to the chapel let us presently. (Beatrice ? most true.

[her. Bene. Soft and fair, friar. Which is Bene. And I do with an eye of love requite Beat. [Unmasking.) I answer to that name. Leun. The sight whereof, I think, you had What is your will ? from me,

(will ? Bene. Do not you love me? From Claudio, and the prince : but what's your Beat. Why, no; no more than reason.

Bene. Your answer, sir, is enigmatical : Bene. Why, then, your uncle, and the But, for my will, my will is, your good will prince, and Claudio, May stand with ours, this day to be conjoin'd Have been deceived ; for they swore you did. In the state of honourable marriage :

Beat. Do not you love me? In which, good friar, I shall desire your help. Bene. . Troth, no; no more than reason. Leon. My heart is with your liking.

Beat. Why, then, my cousin, Margaret, Friar. And my help. and Ursula,

[did. Here come the prince and Claudio.

Are much deceiv'd ; for they did swear, you Enter Don Pedro and Claudio, with Bene. They swore that you were almost sick Attendants.

(dead for me. D. Pedro. Good-morrow to this sairassembly. Beat. They swore that you were well-nigh Leon. Good-morrow, prince: good-morrow, Bene. 'Tis no such matter. Then, you do Claudio :

not love me? We here attend you. Are you yet determin'd Beat. No, truly, but in friendly recompense. To-day to marry with my brother's daughter? Leon. Come, cousin, I am sure you love the Claud. I'll hold my mind, were she an gentleman.

sloves her ; Ethiop.

Claud. And I'll be sworn upon't that he Leon. Call her forth, brother : here's the For here's a paper, written in his hand, friar ready.

[Exil Antonio. A halting sonnet of his own pure brain, D. Pedro. Good-morrow, Benedick. Why, Fashion d to Beatrice. what's the matter,


And here's another, That you have such a February face, Writ in my cousin's hand, stolen from her So full of frost, of storm, and cloudiness?

pocket, Claud. I think, he thinks upon the savage Containing her affection unto Benedick. bull.

Bene. A miracle ! here's our own hands Tush! fear not, man ; we'll tip thy horns with against our hearts.--Come, I will have thee ; And all Europa shall rejoice at thee; (gold, but, by this light, I take thee for pity. As once Europa did at lusty Jove,

Beat. I would not deny you ;-but, by this When he would play the noble beast in love. good day, I yield upon great persuasion; and

Bene. Bull Jove, sir, had an amiable low; partly to save your lise, for I was told you were And some such strange bull leap'd your father's in a consumption. And got a calf in that saitie noble seat, [cow, Bene. Peace! I will stop your mouth. Much like to you, for you have just his bleat.

(Kissing her. Claud. For this I owe you : here come D. Pedro. How dost thou, Benedick, the other reckonings.

married man? Re-enter Antonio, with the ladies masked. Bene. I'll tell thee what, prince; a college Which is the lady I must seize upon ? įher. of wit-crackers cannot flout me out of my

Ant. This same is she, and I do give you humour. Dost thou think I care for a satire, Claud. Why, then she's mine. -Sweet, let or an epigram? No; if a man will be beaten me see your face.

[her hand with brains, he shall wear nothing handsome Leon. No, that you shall not, till you take about him. In brief, since I do purpose to Before this friar, and swear to marry her. marry, I will think nothing to any purpose

Claud. Give me your hand before this holy that the world can say against it ; and there. I am your husband, if you like of me. [friar : fore never flout at me for what I have said Hero. And when I liv'd, I was your other against it ; for man is a giddy thing, and this wise :

[Unmasking. is my conclusion.--For thy part, Claudio, I And when you lov'd, you were my other hus- did think to have beaten thee; but, in that Claud. Another Hero !

[band. thou art like to be my kinsman, live unbruised, Hero.

Nothing certainer : and love my cousin. One Hero died defil'd ; but I do live,

Claud. I had well hoped thou wouldst have And surely as I live, I am a maid.

denied Beatrice, that I might have cudgelled

thee out of thy single life, to make thee a get thee a wife : there is no staff more reverend double dealer; which, out of question, thou than one tipped witi horn. wilt be, if my cousin do not look exceeding

Enter a Messenger. narrowly to thee.

Mes. My lord, your brother John is ta'en in Bene. Come, come, we are friends. Let's flight, have a dance ere we are married, that we may And brought with armed men back to Messina. lighten our own hearts, and our wives' heels. Bene. Think not on him till to-morrow : I'll Leon. We'll have dancing afterward. devise thee brave punishments for him.Berte. First, of my word ; therefore play, Strike up, pipers .

[Dance. Exeunt. music !-Prince, thou art sad ; get thee a wife,


} Lord

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. Ferdinand, King of Navarre.

Costard, a Clown.

Moth, page to Armado.
Longaville, ords, attending on the King. A Forester.

Princess of France.
Lords, attending on the Princess of

Mercade, France.

Maria, Don Adriano de Armado, a fantastical

Ladies, attending on the Princess.


Jaquenetta, a country wench.
Sir Nathaniel, a Curate.
Holofernes, a Schoolmaster.

Lords, and others, attendants on the King Dull, a Constable.

and Princess. SCENE,-Navarre.


The mind shall banquet, though the body pine : SCENE I.--A Park, with a Palace in it.

Fat paunches have lean pates; and dainty bits

Make rich the ribs, but bankrupt quite the wits. Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and

Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortified: Dumain.

The grosser manner of these world's delights King. Let fame, that all hunt after in their He throws upon

the gross world's baser slaves : Live register'd upon our brazen tombs, (lives, To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die ; And then grace us in the disgrace of death ; With all these living in philosophy. When, spite of cormorant devouring Time, Biron. I can but say their protestation over ; Th' endeavour of this present breath may buy So much, dear liege, I have already sworn, That honour which shall bate his scythe's keen That is, to live and study here three years. And make us heirs of all eternity. [edge, But there are other strict observances : Therefore, brave conquerors,-for so you are, As, not to see a woman in that term, That war against your own affections, Which I hope well is not enrolled there ; And the huge army of the world's desires, – And one day in a week to touch no food, Our late edict shall strongly stand in force : And but one meal on every day beside, Navarre shall be the wonder of the world ; The which I hope is not enrolled there ; Our court shall be a little Academe, And then, to sleep but three hours in the night, Still and contemplative in living art. And not be seen to wink of all the day, You three, Biron, Dumain, and Longaville, (When I was wont to think no harm all night, Have sworn for three years' term to live with And make a dark night too of half the day,) me,

Which I hope well is not enrolled there : Jly fellow-scholars, and to keep those statutes O, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep,That are recorded in this schedule here : Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep ! Your oaths are past; and now subscribe your King. Your oath is pass'd to pass away names,

from these.

[please ; That his own hand may strike his honour down, Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an' if you That violates the smallest branch herein : I only swore to study with your grace, (space. If you are arm'd to do, as sworn to do, And stay here in your court for three years' Subscribe to your deep oaths, and keep it too. Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the Long. I am resolv'd ; 'tis but a three years' rest.

(jest. Biron. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in


hid ;

What is the end of study ? let me know. At Christmas I no more desire a rose (shows; King. Why, that to know, which else we Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled should not know.

But like of each thing that in season grows. Biron. Things hid and barr'd, you mean, So you, to study now it is too late, from common sense ?

[pense. Climb o'er the house to unlock the little gate. King. Ay, that is study's god-like recom- King. Well, sit you out : go home, Biron :

Biron. Come on, then ; I will swear to study adieu ! To know the thing I am forbid to know: (so, Biron. No, my good lord, I have sworn to As thus,—to study where I well may dine,

stay with you : When I to feast expressly am forbid ; And though I have for barbarism spoke more Or study where to meet some mistress fine, Than for that angel knowledge you can say, When mistresses from common sense are Yet confident I'll keep to what I swore,

And bide the penance of each three years' Or, having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath, day. Study to break it, and not break my troth. Give me the paper,—let me read the same; If study's gain be thus, and this be so, And to the strict'st decrees I'll write my nanie. Study knows that which yet it doth not know : King. How well this yielding rescues thee Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say no.

from shame! King. These be the stops that hinder study Biron. [Reads.] "Iteni, That no woman And train our intellects to vain delight. (quite, shall come within a mile of my court,"—Hath Biron. Why, all delights are vain ; but that this been proclaim'd ? Long. Four days ago. · most vain,

Biron. Let's see the penalty. (Reads.] “ On Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain: pain of losing her tongue."—Who devised this As, painfully to pore upon a book (while Long. Marry, that did I. (penalty ? To seek the light of truth : while truth the Biron.

Sweet lord, and why? Doth falsely blind the eyesight of his look : Long. To fright them hence with that dread Light, seeking light, doth light of light penalty beguile :

Biron. A dangerous law against gentility ! So, ere you find where light in darkness lies, [Reads.] Item, If any man be seen to talk Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes. with a woman within the term of three years, Study me how to please the eye indeed, he shall endure such public shame as the rest By fixing it upon a fairer eye ;

of the court can possibly devise." Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed, This article, my liege, yourself must break;

And give him light that it was blinded by. For well you know, here comes in embassy Study is like the heaven's glorious sun, The French king's daughter with yourself to That will not be deep-searched with saucy speak, -looks :

A maid of grace and complete majesty, Small have continual plodders ever won, About surrender up of Aquitain

Save base authority from others' books. To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father : These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights, Therefore this article is made in vain,

That give a name to every fixed star, Or vainly comes th' admired princess hither. Have no more profit of their shining nights King. What say you, lords? why, this was Than those that walk, and wot not what quite forgot. they are.

[fame; Biron. So study evermore is overshot : Too much to know, is to know nought but While it doth study to have what it would, And every godfather can give a name. It doth forget to do the thing it should ; King. How well he's read, to reason against And when it hath the thing it hunteth most, reading!

[ceeding ! 'Tis won, as towns with fire ; so won, so lost. Dum. Proceeded well, to stop all good pro- King. We must of force dispense with this Long. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow She must lie here on mere necessity. (decree ; the weeding

Biron. Necessity will make us all forsworn Biron. The spring is near, when green Three thousand times within this three years' geese are a breeding.

For every man with his affects is born, [space; Dum. How follows that?

Not by might master'd, but by special grace : Biron.

Fit in his place and time. If I break faith this word shall speak for me, Dum. In reason nothing.

I am forsworn on mere necessity.-
Biron. Something, then, in rhyme. So to the laws at large I write my name :
King. Biron is like an envious sneaping

[Subscribes. frost,

(spring. And he that breaks them in the least degree That bites the first-born infants of the Stands in attainder of eternal shame : Biron. Well, say I am ; why should proud Suggestions are to others, as to me; summer boast

But I believe, although I seem so loth, Before the birds have any cause to sing? I am the last that will last keep his oath. Why should I joy in an abortive birth? But is there no quick recreation granted ?

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