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reading the challenge, subscribed for Cupid, and Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, Balthazar, challenged him at the bird-bolt.'-I pray you,
and l'on John. how many hath be kill'd and eaten in these wars? Pedro. Good signior Leonato, you are come to But how inany hath he hill'd? for, indeed, I pro- meet your trouble: the fashion of the worid is to mis'd to eat all of his killing,
5 avoid cost, and you encounter it. Leon. Faith, niece, you tax signior Benedick too Leon. Never came trouble to my house in the much; but he'll be meet with you?, I doubt it not. likeness of your grace: for trouble being gone, Miss. He hath done good service, lady, in these comfort should remain ; but, when you depart
from me, sorrow abides, and happiness takes his Beut. You had musty victual, and he hath holp to leave. to eat it: he's a very valiant trencher-man, he hath Pedro. You embrace your charge too willingly. an excellent stomach.
-I think, this is your daughter. Mess. Anda good soldier too, lady.
Lion. Her mother hath many times told me so. Beat. And a good soldier to a lady:—But what Bene. Were you in doubt, sir, that you asked her? is he to a lord ?
15 Leon. Signior Benedick, no; for then were you Mess. A lord to a lord, a man to a man; stuff’d a child. with all honourable virtues,
Pedro. You have it full, Benedick: we may Beut. It isso, indeed; he is no less than a stuff guess by this what you are, being a man. Truly, man: but for the stuiling,~well, we are ail ine lady fathers herself :- Be happy, lady! for you mortal.
20 are like an honourable father. Leon. You must not, sir, mistake my niece; there Bene. If signior Leonato be her father, she is a kind of merry war betwixt signior Benedick would not have his head on her shoulders for all and her: they never meet, but there's a skirmish Messina, as like him as she is. of wit between them.
Beat. I wonder, that you will still be talking, Beat. Alas, he gets nothing by that. In our last|25 signior Benedick; noh dy marks you. contlict, four of his five wits went halting oil, and Bene. What, my dear lady Disdain! are you yet now is the whole man govern’d with one: so that living? if he have wit enough to keep himself warin, let Brat. Is it possible, disdain should die, while she him bear it for a dillerence between himself and hath such meet tood to feed it, as signior Beneslick? his horse; for it is all the wealth that he hath left, 30 Courtesy itseil must convert to disdain, if you to be known a reasonable creature.--Who is his come in her presence. companion now? he hath every month a new Bene'. Then is Courtesy a turn-coat:-But it is sworn brother.
certain, I am loy'd of all ladies, only you excepted: Miess. Is it possible?
and I would I could find in my heart that I had Beat. Very easil: possible: he wears his faith 435 not a hard heart; for, truly, I love none. but as the fashion of his hat, it ever changes with Brat. A dear happiness io women; they would the next block.
else bave been troubled with a pernicious suitor. Mess. I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your I thank God, and my cold blood, I am of your hubooks.
mour for that; I had rather hear my dog bark at Beat. No: an he were, I would burn my study. 40 a crow, than a man swear he loves me. But, I pray you, who is his companion ? Is there Bene. God keep your ladyship still in that mind! no young squarer' now, that will make a voyage so some gentleman or other shal'scape a predestiwith him to the devil?
nate scratch'd face. Mess. He is inost in the company of the right Bent. Scratching could not make it worse, an noble Claudio.
45 'twere such a face as yours were. Beat. O lord! he will hang upon him like a Bone. Well, you are a rare parrot-teacher. disease: he is sooner caught than the pestilence, Brut. A bird of my tongue, is better than a beast and the taker runs presently mad. God help the
of yours. poble Claudio! if he have caught the Benedick, it Bene. I would, my horse had the speed of your will cost him a thousand pounds ere he be cur'd. 50 tongue; and so good a continuer: But keep your
Mess. I will hold friends with you, lady. was o' God's name; I have done.
Beat. You always end with a jade's trick; I know
Priro. This is the sum of all: Leonato,-signior Aless. Don Pedro is approach'd.
55 Claudio, and signior Benedick,--my dear friend 'The bird-holt is a short thick arrow without point, and spreading at the extremity so much, as to leave a flat surface, about the breadth of a shilling. They are used at present to hill rooks with, and are shot from a cross-bow. ? That is, “ he will be even with, or a match for, you.” 3 The five senses probably gave rise to the idea of a man's having live wits. * Not religious profession, but profission of friendship. A block is the mould on which a bat is formed. * To be in a man's books, originally meant to be in the list of his retainers. That is, no young, cholerick, quarrelsome fellow. • Charge here signifies incumbrance.
you of old.
Leonato hath invited you all. I tell him, we shall Bene. You hear, Count Claudio:I can be secret stay here at the least a month; and he heartily as a dumb man, I would have you think so); but prays, some occasion may detain us longer: I dari on my allegiance, mark you this, on my allegiswear he is no hypocrite, but pra s from his heart. ance. -He is in love. With whoi-now that is
Leon. If you swear, my lord, you shall not be 5 your grace's part ;--mark, how short his answer forsworn.- Let me bid you welcome, my lord: is:-- With Hero, Leonato's short daughter. being reconciled to the prince your brother, i Claud. If this were so, so were it uttered. owe you all duty.
Bene. Like the old tale, my lord: it is not so, John. I thank you: I am not of many words, nor 'twas not so; but, indeed, God forbid it should but I thank you.
10 be so. Leon. Please it your grace lead on?
Claud. If my passion change not shortly, God Pedro. Your hand, Leonato; wewillgo together.
forbid it should be otherwise, [Ercunt all but. Benedick and Claudio. Pedro. Amen, if you love her, for the lady is Claud. Benedick, didst thou note the daughter very well worthy. of signior Leonato?
15 Claud. You speak this to fetch me in, myl
y lord. Bene. I noted her not; but I look'd on her. Pedro. By my troth, I speak my thought. Claud. Is she not a modest young lady? Claud. And, in faith, my lord, I spoke mine.
Bene. Do you question me, as an honest man Bene. And by my two faiths and troths, iny should do, tor my simple true judgment? or lord, I speak mine. would you have me speak after my custom, as 20 Claud. That I love her, I feel. being a professed tyrant to their sex? ment. Pedro. That she is worthy, I know. Claud. No, I pray thee, speak in sober judyI
Bene. That I neither feel how she should be Bene. Why, i'faith, methinks she is too low for lov’d, nor know how she should be worthy, is the a high praise, too brown for a fair praise, and too opinion that fire cannot melt out of me; I will die little for a great praise; only this commendation 25 in it at the stake. I can afford her; that were she other than she is, Pedro. Thou wast ever an obstinate heretick she were unhandsome; and being no other but as in the despight of beauty: she is, I do not like her.
Claud. And never could inaintain his part, but Claud. Thou think’st, I am in sport; I pray in the force of bis will. thee, tell me truly how thou lik'st her.
30 Bene. That a woman conceiv'd me, I thank her; Bene. Would you buy her, that you enquire that she brought me up, I likewise give her most after her?
humble thanks; but that I will have a recheat Claud. Can the world buy such a jewel? winded in my forehead', or hang my buglein
Bene. Yea, and a case to put it into. But speak an invisible baldrick ?, all women shall pardon me: you this with a sad brow? or do you play the tout- 35 Because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust ing Jack; to tell us Cupid is a good hare-finder, any,
I will do myself the right to trust none; and and Vulcan a rare carpenter? Come, in what key the fine is, (for the which I may go the finer) I shall a man take you, to go in the song?
will live a batchelor. Claud. In mine eye, she is the sweetest lady Pedro. I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale with that I ever looked on.
140 love. Bene. I can see yet without spectacles, and I Bene. With anger, with sickness, or with hunsee no such matter: there's her cousin, an she
ger, my lord;
with love: prove, that ever I were not possess'd with a fury, exceeds her as lose more blood with love, than I will get again much in beauty, as the first of May doth the last with drinking, pick out mine eyes with a balladof December. But I hope, you have no intent|45|maker's pen, and hang me up at the door of a to turn husband; have you?
brothel-house for the sign of biind Cupid. Claud. I would scarce trust myself, though I had Pedro. Well, if ever thon dost fall from this sworn the contrary, if Hero would be my wife. |faith, thou wilt prove a notable argument.
Bene. Is't come to this, i' faith? Hath not the Bine. If I do, hang me in a bottle like a cat, world one man, but he will wear his cap with sus- 50 and shoot at me; and he that bits me, let him be picion? Shall I never see a batchelor of threescore clapp'd on the shoulder, and call'd Adam *. again? Go to, i' faith ; an thou wilt needs thrust Pedro. Well, as time shall try: thy neck into a yoke, wear the print of it, and In time the suvage bull doth bear the yoke. sigh away Sundays. Look, Don Pedro is re- Bene. The savage bull may; but if ever the turn'd to seek you.
55 sensible Benedickbearit, pluck of the bull's horns, Re-enter Don Pedro.
and set them in my forehead: and let me be vilely Pedro. What secret hath held you here, that painted; and in such great letters as they write, you follow'd not to Leonato's?
Hereisgood horsetohire,let them signifyundermy Bene. I would, your grace would constrain me sign, -Here you maysee Benedichthe'marry'dman. to tell.
60 Claud. If this should ever happen,thou would'st Pedro. I charge thee on thy allegiance. be horn-mad. * A recheut is a particular lesson upon the horn, to call dogs back from the scent. Bugle-horn. • Belt or girdle. * This probably alludes to one Adam Bell, who at that time of day was of reputation for his skill at the bow.
Pedro. Nay, if Cupid hath not spent all his qui
SCENE II. •ver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this shoiuy. Bene. I look for an earinquake too then.
A Room in Leonuin's Ilouse. Pedro. Well, you will remporize with the
Enter Leonato and Antonio. hours. In the mean time, good signior bene dich, 5 Leon. Glow now, brotier: Where is my cousin, repair to Leonato's; commend me to him, and te your son? Dath he provided this musick? him, I will not fail him at supper; for indeed he Ant He is very busy about it. But, brother, I hath made great preparatin.
can tell you news that jou yet dream'd not of. Bene. I have almost maiter enough in me for L'on. Are they good? such an embassage; and so I commit you
Ant. As the event stamps them; but they have Cloud. To the tuition of God; from my house, a goordcover, they show welioutward. The prince (if I had it,)
and Count Claudio, walking in a thick pleacbed? Petiro. The sixth of July; your loving friend, Jalley in my orchard, werethus overheard by a nian Benedick.
lot mine: The prince discover'd to Claudio, Viat Bene. Nav, mock not, mock not: The body of 15 he lov'd my niece your daughter, and meant to acyour discourse is sometimeguarded withfragments, knowledge this evening in a dance; and, if he and the guards' are but slightly basted on neither: found her accordant, he meant to take the present ere you liout old ends any further, examine your tiine by the top, and instantly break with you of it. conscience; and so I leave you.
Leon. Hath the tellow any wit that told you this? Claud. My liege, your bighness now may do 20 snt. A goori sharp fellow; I will send for him, me good.
[now, and question him yourself. Pedro. My love is thine to teach; teach it bui Lion. No, no; we will hold it as a dream, till And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn
lit appear itself:--but I will acquaint my daughter Any hard lesson that may do thee good. withal, that she may be the better prepared for an Claud. Hath Leonato any son, my lorr!? 25 answer, if peradventure this be true: Goy
you, and Pedro. No child but Hero, she's his only heir: tellbei ofit.[Severalsertants crossthe singe here.] Dost thou allect ber, Claudio ?
Cousin, you know what you have to do.--0, I Claul. O my lord,
cry you mercy, friend; go you with me, and I When you went onward on this ended action, will use your skill:--Good cousin, have a care I look'd upon her with a soldier's eye, 30 this busy time.
[Ecuit. That lik’d, but had a rougher task in hand
Another Apartment in Leonato's House. Have left their places vacant, in their rooms
Enter Don John and Conrade. Come thronging soft and delicate desires, 35
Con. What the good-jer, my lord! why are you All prompting me how fair young Hero is, ibus out of measure sad? Saving, Uik'd her ere I went to wars.
John. There is no measure in the occasion that Pedro. Thou wilt be like a lover presently, breeds it, therefore the sadness is without limit. And tire the hearer with a book of words:
Con. You should hear reason. If thou dost love fair Hero, cherish it;
1401 John. And when I have heard it, what blessing And I will break with her, and with her father, bringeth it? And thou shalt have her: Was't not to this end, Con. If not a present remedy, yet a patient That thou began'st to twist so fine a story?
sullerance. Claud. How sweetly do you minister to love, John. I wonder, that thou being (as thou say'st That know love's grief by his complection! 45 thou art) born under Saturn, goest about to apply But lest iny lihing might too sudden seem, a mwral medicine to a mortifying mischiet. I I would have salv'd it with a longer treatise. cannot hide what I am: I must be sad when I Pedro. What need the bridge much broaden have cause, and smile at no man's jests; eat when than the flood ?
I have stomach, and wait for no man's leisure : The fairest grant is the necessity:
50 sleep when I am drowsy, and tend on no man's Look, what will serve, is tit; 't is once, thou lov’st; business; laugh when I am merry, and claw' no And I will fit thee with the remedy.
man in his huinour. I know, we shall have revelling to-night;
Cun. Yea, but you must not make the full show I will assume thy part in some disguise,
of this, till you may do it without controulment. And tell lair Hero I am Claudio;
You have of late stood out against your brother, And in her bosom I'll unclasp my heart,
and he hath ta'en you newly into his grace; where And take her hearing prisoner with the force it is impossible you should take root, but by the And strong encounter of my amorous tale; fair weather that you make yourselt; it is needful Then, atter, to her father will I break;
Hat you frame the season for your own harvest. And, the conclusion is, she shall be thine:
Jolm. I had rather be a canker in a heslge, than In practice let us put it presently,
a rose in his grace; and it better fits my blood to
[Excunt. lbe distam’d of all, than to tashion a carriage to rob i Guards were ornamental laces or borders. ? Thick-pileached means thickly interwoven. 3 That is, flatter,
love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to Bora. Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir be a flattering honest man, it must not be «eny'd of Leonato. but I ain a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted John. A very forward March-chick! How with a muzzle, and intranchised with a clog; come you to know this? therefore, I have decreed not to sing in my cage. 5 Bora. Being entertaind for a perfumer, as I was If I had my mouth, I would bite; if I had my smoaking a musty room, comes me the prince and liberty, I would do iny liking: in the mean time, Claudio, hand in hand, in sad' couterence:--| let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me. whipt me behind the arras; and there heard it
Con. Can vou make no use of your discontent? agreed upon, that the prince should woo Hero John. I make all use of it, for I use it only.-- 10 for himself, and having obtained her, give her to Who comes here? what news, Borachio?
count Claudio. Enter Borachio.
John. Come, come, come, let us thither; this Bora. I came yonder from a great supper; the may prove food to my displeasure: that young prince, your brother, is royally entertained by start-up hath all the glory of yny overthrow; if I Leonato; and I can give you intelligence of an 15 can cross him any way, I bless myself every way: intended marriage.
You are both sure ?, and will assist me? John. Will it serve for any model to build mis- Con. To the death, my lord. chief on? What is he for a fool, that betrothis him- John. Let us to the great supper; their cheer is self to unquietness?
the greater, that I am subdu'd: Would the cook Bora. Marry, it is your brother's right hand. 20 were of iny mind!-Shall we go prove what's to John. Who the most exquisite Claudio? be done? Bora. Even he.
Boru. We'll wait upon your lordship. John. A proper squire ! and who, and who
Ereunt. which way looks he?
you no horns.
Leon. So, by being too curst, God will send A Hall in Leonato's House. 135 Beat. Just, if he send me no husband ; for the
; Enter Leonato, Antonio, Hero, Beatrice, Mar- which blessing, I am at him upon my knees every guret, and Ursula.
morning and evening: Lord! I could not endure AS pot count John here at supper? a husband with a beard on his face; I had rather Ant. I saw him not.
llie in woollen. Beat. Howtartly that gentleman looks! I never 40 Leon. You may light upon a husband, that hath can see him, but lam heart-burn'd an hour after.
no beard. Hero. He is of a very melancholy disposition. Beat. What should I do with bim ? dress him
Brat. He were an excellent man, that were in my apparel, and make him my waiting-gentlemade just in the midway between him and Bene- woman? He that hath a beard, is more than a dick: the one is too like an image, and says no-45 youth; and he that hath no beard, is less than a thing; and the other, too like my larly's eldest man: and he that is more than a youth, is not for son, evermore tattling.
me; and he that is less than a man, I am not for Leon. Then half signior Benedick's tongue in him: Therefore I will even take six-pence in earcount John's mouth, and half count John's me- nest of the bear-herd, and lead his apes into hell. lancholy in signior Benedick’s face,
150 Leon. Well then, go you into hell? Beat. With a good leg, and a good foot, uncle, Beat. No; but to the gate: and there will the and money enough in his purse, Such a man would devil meet me, like an old cuckold, with horns on win any woman in the world,—if he could get her his head, and say, Getijou to luaren, Beatrice, get good will.
you to heuven; here's no place for you muids ; so Leon. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get|55|deliver I up my apes, and away to Saint Peter for thet a husband, is thou best so shrewd of thy the heavens; he shews me where the batchelors tongue.
sit, and there live we as merry as the day is long. Ant. In faith, she's too curst.
Ant. Well, niece, I trust, you will be ruld by Beat. Too Curst is more than curst: I shall
[To Hero. lessen God's sending that way: for it is said God 60 Beat. Yes, faith ; it is my cousin's duty tomake sends a curst cow short horns; but to a cow ton a curtsy, and say, Father, as it please you :--but curst he sendo uone,
lyet for all that, cousin, let him be a handsome fel! i.e. Serious. a i, c. To be depended on.
low, or else make another curtsy, and say,
Father, Urs. I know you well enough: you are signior as it please me.
Antonio. Leon. Well, niece, I hope to see you one day Ant. At a word, I am not. fitted with a husband.
Urs. I know you by the wagling of your head. Beat. Not till God make men of some other 5 Ant. To tell you true, I counterfeit him. metal than earth. Would it not grieve a woman Urs. You could never do him so ill-well, unto be over-master'd with a piece of valiant dust? less you were the very man . Here's his dry hand? to make account of her life to a clod of wayward up and down; you are he, you are he. marle ? No, uncle, I'll none: Adam's sons are my Ant. At a word, I am not. my brethren, and truly, I hold it a sin to match in 10 Urs. Come, come; do you think, I do not my kindred.
know you by your excellent wit? Can virtue hide Leon. Daughter, remember what I told itself? Go to, mum, you are he: graces will apthe prince do solicit you in that kind, you know pear, and there's an end. your answer.
Beat. Wi!l you not tell me who told you so? Beat. The fault will be in the musick, cousin, 15 Bene. No, you shall pardon me. if you be not woo'd in good time: if the prince Beat. Nor will you tell me who you are? be too important, tell him, there is measure in Bene. Not now. every thing, and so dance out the answer, For Beat. That I was disdainful and that I had my hear me, Hero: wooing, wedding, and repent- good wit out of the Hundred merry Tales;ing, is as a Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinque-20 Well, this was signior Benedick that said so. pace: the first suit is hot and lasty, like a Scotch Bene. What's he? jig, and full as fantastical; the wedding, mannerly Beat. I am sure, you know him well enough, modest, as a measure full of state and ancientry; Bene. Not I, believe me. and then comes repentance, and, with his bad Beut. Did he never make you laugh ? legs, falls into the cinque-pace faster and faster, 25 Bene. I pray you, what is he? 'till he sink into his grave.
Brut. Why, he is the prince's jester: a very Leon. Cousin, you apprehend passing shrewdly. dull fool ; only his gift is in devising impossible
Beat. I have a good eye, uncle; I can see a slanders: none but libertines delight in bim; and church by day-light.
the commendation is not in his wit, but in his vilLeon. The revellers are entering; brother, make 30 lainy'; for he both pleaseth men, and angers good room.
them, and then they laugh at him, and beat him: Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, Baltha- I am sure, he is in the fleet; I would he had
zar; Don John, Borachio, Margaret, L'rsula, boarded me. and others, mask'd.
Bene. When I know the gentleman, I'll tell Pedro. Lady, will you walk about with your 35 him what you say. friend?
Biat. Do, du: he'll but break a comparison or Hero. So you walk softly, and look sweetly, two on me; which, peradventure, not mark'd, or and say nothing, I am yours for the walk; and not laugh'd at, strikes him into melancholy; and especially, when I walk away.
then there's a partridge-wing sav'd, for the fool Pedro. With me in your company?
40 will eat no supper that night. We must follow Hero, I may say so, when I please.
[1/usick within. Pedro. And when please you to say so?
Bene. In every good thing. Hero. When I like your favour; for God de- Beat. Nay, if they lead to any ill, I will leave fend, the lute should be like the case!
them at the next turning. Pedro. My visor is Philemon's roof; within the 45 Manent John, Borachio, and Claudio. house is Jove.
John. Sure my brother is amorous on Hero, Hero. Why, then your visor should be thatch'd. and hath withdrawn her father to break with him Pedro. Speak low, if you speak love.
about it: The ladies follow her, and but one visor Bene. Well, I would you did like me.
remains. Marg. So would not I, for your own sake; for 30 Bora. And that is Claudio: I know him by his I have many ill qualities.
bearing * Bene, Which is one?
Jolin. Are you not signior Benedick? Murg. I say my prayers aloud.
Cluud. You know me well; I am he. Bene. I love you the better; the hearers may John. Signior, you are very near my brother in cry amen.
155 his love: he is enamour'd on Hero; I pray you, Murg. God match me with a good dancer! cissuade him from her, she is no equal for his Balth. Amen.
birth; you may do the part of an honest man in Alarg. And God keep him out of my sight! it. when the dance is done!-- Auswer, clerk.
Claud. How know you he loves her? Balih No more words; the clerk is answer'l. John. I heard him swear his atsiction.
· Important here, as in many other places, means importunate. 2 A dry hand was in those times considered as the sign of a cold constitution. By which she means his malice and impiety, By his impious jests, she insinuates, he pleased libertines; and by his devising slunders of them, he angered them. *i. e. Ilis carriage, his demeanour.