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The Dew in Flowers.
The Power of Imagination.
Modest Duty always acceptable.
* Such cheerful sounds.
Throttle their practised accent in their fears,
And the wolf behowls the moon ;
All with weary task foredone.*
Whilst the scritch-owl, scritching loud,
In remembrance of a shroud.
That the graves all gaping wide,
In the church-way paths to glide.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. The scene opens in Messina, where Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon, arrives on a visit to Leonato, the governor of Messina. Here Claudio, a young lord of Florence, a friend of Don Pedro's, falls in love with Hero, daughter of Leonato, and they are engaged to
* Overcome with fatigue.
be married. At the church where the marriage is to be soleinnized, Claudio, repenting of his promise, rudely rejects Hero, and retires with his friends.' Overwhelmed with anguish at her lover's conduct, Hero swoons, and, by the advice of the friar who is present to perform the nuptial ceremony, she is reported to be dead. Claudio afterwards deeply regrets his conduct, and gladly accepts an offer of Leonato to marry his niece, whom he pronounces to be
“Almost the copy of his child that's dead.” The niece, to the great joy of Claudio, turns out to be Hero herself, who has in the interim remained in concealment. Don John, who has acted a villain's part throughout the play, Alies from Messina, but is captured and brought back for punishment. The chief interest in the drama is, however, centred in Ber.edick, a young lord of Padua, who exclaims bitterly against marriage, and Beatrice, niece of Leonato, who, after constantly railing at each other, fall in love, and agree to be married. Much merriment is caused by the ignorance displayed by two city officers, Dogberry and Verges.
Friendship in Love.
Benedick's Disparagement of Beatrice. She speaks poniards, and every word stabs : if her breath were as terrible as her terminations, there were no living near her ; she would infect to the north star. I would not marry her though she were endowed with all that Adam had left him before he transgressed : she
: * Passion
would have made Hercules have turned spit ; yea, and have cleft his club to make the fire too.
Beatrice's Merry Disposition Described. There's little of the melancholy element in her, my lord : she is never sad, but when she sleeps ; and not ever sad then ; for I have heard my daughter say, she hath often dreamt of unhappiness, and waked herself with laughing.
Benedick's Ridicule of Love. I do much wonder that one man, seeing how much another man is a fool when he dedicates his behaviours to love, will, after he hath laughed at such shallow follies in others, become the argument of his own scorn, by falling in love: And such a man is Claudio. I have known when there was no music with him but the drum and the fife ; and now he would rather hear the tabor and the pipe : I have known when he would have walked ten mile afoot to see a good armour ; and now will he lie ten nights awake, carving the fashion of a new doublet. He was wont to speak plain, and to the purpose, like an honest man, and a soldier; and now is he turn’d orthographer ; his words are a very fantastical banquet, just so many strange dishes. May I be so converted, and see with these eyes ? I cannot tell ; I think not : I will not be sworn, but love may transform me to an oyster ; but I'll take my oath on it, till he have made an oyster of me, he shall never make me such a fool.
Men were deceivers ever ;
One foot in sea, and one on shore ;
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
Into, Hey nonny, nonny.
Of dumps so dull and heavy;
Then sigh not so, etc.
Benedick the Bachelor's Recantation. This can be no trick; the conference was sadly borne. They have the truth of this from Hero. They seem to pity the lady ; it seems her affections have their full bent. Love me! why it must be requited. I hear how I am censured: they say, I will bear myself proudly, if I perceive the love come from her; they say too, that she will rather die than give any sign of affection.—I did never think to marry :- I must not seem proud :happy are they that hear their detractions, and can put them to mending. They say the lady is fair ; 'tis a truth, I can bear them witness : and virtuous ;—'tis so, I cannot reprove it : and wise, but for loving me ;-by my troth, it is no addition to her wit ;-nor no great argument of her folly, for I will be horribly in love with her.-I may chance have some odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on me, because I have railed so long against marriage :--but doth not the appetite alter? A man loves the meat in his youth, that he cannot endure in his age. Shall quips, and sentences, and these paper
* No longer.