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Is couched in the woodbine coverture:

It were a better death than die with mocks; Fear you not my part of the dialogue. [nothing Which is as bad as die with tickling.

Hero. Then go we near her, that her ear lose Urs. Yet tellher of it; hear what she will say. Of the false sweet bait that we lay for it.--

Hero. No; rather I will go to Benedick, [They advance to the bower. 5 And counsel him to fight against his passion: No, truly, Ursula, she is too disdainful;

And, truly, I'll devise some honest slanders I know, her spirits are as coy and wild

To stain my cousin with; one doth not know, · As haggards of the rock.

How much an ill word may empoison liking. Urs. But are you sure,

Urs. O, do not do your cousin such a wrong. That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely? [lord. 10 She cannot be so much without true judginent,

Hero. So says the prince, and my new-trothed (Llaving so swift and excellent a wit,
Urs. And did they bid you tell her of it, madam As she is priz'd to have) as to refuse

Hero. They did intreat me to acquaint her of it: So rare a gentleman as signior Benedick.
But I persuaded them, if they lov'd Benedick, Hero. He is the only man of Italy,
To wish him wrestle with affection,

15 Always excepted my dear Claudio. And never to let Beatrice know of it.

Urs. I pray you, be not angry with me, madam, 1 Urs. Why did you so? Doth not the gentleman Speaking my fancy; signior Benedick, Deserve as full, as fortunate a bed',

For shape, for bearing, argument, and valour, As ever Beatrice shall couch upon?

Goes foremost in report through Italy. Hero. O God of love! I know, he cloth deserve 20 Hero. Indeed, he hath an excellent good name. As much as may be yielded to a man:

Urs. His excellence did earn it, ere he had it. But nature never framed a woman's heart When are you marry'd, madam?

[in, . Of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice:

Hero. Why, every day,—to-morrow; Come, go Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes, L'Il shew thee some attires; and have thy counsel, Misprising? what they look on; and her wit 25 Which is the best to furnish me to-morrow. Values itself so highly, that to her

Urs. She's lim'd', I warrant you; we have All matter else seems weak: she cannot love,

caught her, madam. Nor take no shape nor project of affection, Hero. If it prove so, then loving goes by haps: She is so self-endear'd.

Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. Urs. Sure, I think so;


[Exeunt. And therefore, certainly, it were not good

Beatrice adrancing.
She knew his love, lest she make sport at it. (man, Beat. What fireis in mine earso? Can this betrue?

Hero. Why, you speak truth: I never yet saw Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so much?
How wise, how noble, young, how rarely featur'd, Contempt, farewell! and maiden pride, adieu!
But she would spell bim backward ': if fair-fac'd, 35 No glory lives behind the back of such.
She'd swear, the gentleman should be her sister; And, Benedick, love on; I will requite thee;
If black, why, nature, drawing of an antick“, Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand;
Made a foul blot; if tall, a lance ill-headed ; If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee
If lov, an aglet very vilely cut:

To bind our loves up in a holy band:
It speaking, why, a vane blown with all winds; 40 For others say, thou dost deserve; and I
If silent, why, a block moved with none. Celieve it better than reportingly. [Erit.
So turns she every man the wrong side out;
And never gives to truth and virtue, that

SCENE II. Whichì simpleness and merit purchaseth. [able.

Leonato's House. Urs. Sure, sure, such carping is not commend- 45 Enter Don Pedro, Claudio,Benedick,and Leonato.

Flero. No; not to be so odd, and from allfashions, Pedro. I do but stay till your marriage be conAš Beatrice is, cannot be coinmendable:

summate, and then I go toward Arragon. But who dare tell her so? If I should speak, Claud. I'll bring you thither, my lord, if you'll She'd níock pe into air; 0, she would laugh me vouchsafe me. Out of myself, press me to death with uit. 50 Pedro. Nay, that would be as great a soil in the Therefore let Benedick, like cover'd fire',

new gloss of your marriage, as to shew a child his Consume away in siglıs, waste inwardly; (new coat, and forbid him to wear it. I will only be Meaning, as rich a wife. That is, despising.

. ? That is, despising. This alludes to the received notion of witches saying their prayers backwards. * The antick was a buifoon in the old English farces, with a blacked fuce, and a paich-work habit. An aglet was the tag of those 'points, formerly so much in fashion.

These tags were either of gold, silver, or brass, according to the quality of the wearer; and were commonly in the shape of little images; or at least had a head cut at the extremity. The French call them aiguillettes. And, as a tall man is before compared to a lance ill-headed; so, hy the same figure, a little man is very aptly liken'd to an aglet ill-cut. Argument here seems to mean, the powers or gift of reasoning well

. * That is, entangled. Alluding to a proverbial saying, that people's ears burt when others are talking of them.


bold with Benedick for his company: for, from eight or nine wise words to speak to you, which the crown of his head to the sole of his foot, he is these hobby-horses must not hear. all inirth; he hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's

[Ereunt Benedick and Leonato, , bow-string, and the little hangman dare not shoot Pedro. For my life, to break with him about at him; he hath a heart as sound as a bell, and 5 Beatrice. his tongue is the clapper; for what his heart Claud. 'Tis even so: Hero and Margaret have thinks, his tongue speaks.

by this time play'd their parts with Beatrice; and Bene. Gallants, I am not as I have been. then the two bears will not bite one another, Leon. So say I; methinks, you are sadder. when they meet. Claud. I hope, he be in love.


Enter Don John. Pedro. Hang him, truant; there's no true drop John. My lord and brother, God save you ! of blood in him, to be truly touch'd with love: Pedro. Good den, brother. it he be sad, he wants money.

John. If your leisure serv'd, I would speak with Bene. I have the tooth-ach.

you. Pedro. Draw it.

15 Pedro. In private? Bene. Hang it!

John. If it please you:-yet count Claudio may Claud. You must hang it first, and draw it hear; for what I would speak of, concerns him. afterwards.

Pedro. What's the matter? Pedro. What, sigh for the tooth-ach?

John. Means your lordship to be marry'd to: Lenn. Where is but a humour, or a worm? 20'morrow?

[To Claudio. Bin". Well, every one can master a grief, but Pedro. You know, he does. be that bas it.

John. I know not that, when he knows what I Caud. Yet say I, he is in love.

know. Pedro. There is no appearance of fancy in him, Claud. If there be any impediment, I pray you, unless it be a fancythat he hath to strange disguises: 125 discover it. as to be a Dutchmanto-day; a Frenchinan tv-mor- John. You may think, I love you not; let that row; or in the shape of two countries at once; as a appear hereafter, and aim better at ne by that I German from the waist downward, all slops'; and now will manifest: For my brother, I think, he a Spaniard from the hip upward, no doublet: holds you well; and in dearness of heart hath Unless he have a fancy to this foolery, as it ap- 30 holp to effect your ensuing marriage: 'surely, suit pears he hath, he is no fool for fancy, as you ill-spent, and labour ill-bestuwd! would have it to appear he is.

Pedro. Why, what's the matter? Claud. If he be not in love with some woman,

John. I came hithertotell you, and circumstances there is no believing old signs: he brushes his hau shorten’d, (for she bath been too long a talking o'mornings: What should that bode?

135 of) the lady is disloyal. Pedro. Hlath any man seen him at the barber's: Claud. Who? Hero?

Claud. No, but the barber's man hath been seen John. Even she; Leonato's Hero, your Hero, with hin; and the old ornament of his cheek every man's Hero, hath already stuff"d tennis-balls.

Claud. Disloyal? Leon. Indeed, he looks younger than he did, by 40 John. The word is too good to paint out her the loss of a beard.

wickedness; I could say, she were worse; think Pedro. Nay, he rubs himself with civet: Can you of a worse title, and I will fit her to it. you smell him out by that?

Wonder not till further warrant: go but with me Cland. That's as much as to say, The sweet to-night, you shallsee herchamber-window enter'd, youth's in love.

45 even the night before her wedding-day: if you Pedro. The greatest note of it, is his melancholy. |love her then, to-morrow wed her; but it would ' Claud. And when was he wont to wash his face? better fit your honour to change your mind. Pertro. Yea, or to paint himself? for the which, Claud. May this be so? I hear what they say of him.

Pedro. I will not think it. Cland. Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is now 50 John. If you dare not trust that you see, con ct pt into a lute-string, and now govern’d by stops. fess not that you know: if you will follow me, I

Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for him: will shew you enough; and when you have seen conclude, conclude he is in love.

more, and heard more, proceed accordingly. Cland. Nay, but I know who loves him.

Cluud. If I see any thing to-night why I should Pedro. That would I kvow too; I warrant, one 55 not marry her; to-morrow, in the congregation, that knows him not.

where I should wed, there will I shame her. Claud. Yes, and his ill conditions; and, in de. Pedro. And, as I wooed for thee to obtain her, spight of all, dies for him.

I will join with thee to disgrace her. : Pedro. She shall be buried with her face upwards. Pedro. I will disparage her no farther, till you

Bene. Yet is this no charm for the tooth-ach.---60 are my witnesses: bear it coldly but till miduight, Old signior, walk aside with me; I have studied and let the issue shew itself.

That is, all breeches.


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Pedro. O day untowardly turn'd!

for such kind of men, the less you meddle or make Claud. () mišr-hief strangely thwarting! with them, why, the more is for your honesty; John. O plague right well prevented!

2 Wuch. It we know him to be a thief, shall So you

have seen the sequel. we not lay hands on him?

[Exeunt. 5 Dogb. Truly, by your office, you may; but ! SCENE III.

think, they that touch pitch will be detid: the

most peaceable way for you, if you do take a The Street.

thief, is, to let him shew hinself what he is, and Enter Dogberry and Verges, with the Watch. steal out of your company. Dogb. Are you good men and true? 101 Verg. You have always been call’d a merciful

Verg. Yea, or else it were pity but they should man, partner, suffer salvation, body and soul.

Dogo. Truly, I would not hang a dog by my Dogb. Nay, that were a punishment too good will; much more a man who hath any honesty in for thein, if they should have any allegiance in liu). them, being chosen for the prince's watch. 15 Verg. If you hear a child cry in the night, you

Verg. Weil, give them their charge, neighbour inust call to the nurse, and bid her still it. Dogberry,

2 Watch. How if the nurse be asleep, and will Dogb. First, who think you the most desartless not hear us? man to be constable ;

Dogh. Why then, depart in peace, and let the 1 Watch. Hugh Oatcake, sir, or George Sea-20 child wake her with crying: for the ewe that coal; for they can write and read.

will not bear ber lamb when it baes, will never an. Dogb. Come hither, neighbour Seacoal: God swer a calt when he bleats. hath bless'd you with a good name: to be a well- l'erg. 'Tis very true, favour'd man is the gift of fortune; but to write Dogb, This is the end of the charge. You, and read comes by nature.

25 constable, are to present the prince's own person); 2 Watch. Both which, master constable,- if you meet the prince in the night, you may stay

Dogb. You have; I knew it would be your an- him. swer. Well, for your favour, sir, why, give God Verg, Nay, by'r Lady, that, I think, he cannot. thanks, and make no boast of it; and for your Doub. Five shillings to one on't, with any man writing and reading, let that appear when there 30 that knows the statues, he inay stay him: marry, is no need of such vanity. You are thought here not without the prince be willing: for, indeed, to be the most senseless and tit man for the con- the watch ought to oflend no man; and it is an stable of the watch; therefore bear you the lan- offence to stay a man against his will. thorn: This is your charge; you shall compre- Virg. By 'r Lady, I think it be so, hend all vagrom men; you are to bid any man 35 Dogb. Ila, ha, ha! Well, masters, good night: stand, in the prince's name.

an there be any matter of weight chances, call up 2 Watch. How if he will not stand?

me; keep your fellows' counsels, and your own, Dog. Why then, take no note of him, but let and good night.-Come, neighbour, him go; and presently call the rest of the watch 2 Iatch. Well, masters, we hear our charge ; together, and thank God you are rid of a knave. 40 let us go sit here upon the church-bench till two,

Perg. If he will not stand when he is bidden, and then all to bed. he is none of the prince's subjects.

Dogb. One wordmore, honest neighbours: pray Dogb. True, and they are io meddle with none you, watch about signior Leonato's door; for the but the prince's subjects :-You shall also make wedding being there to-morrow, there is a great no noise in the streets; fur, for the watch to babble 45 coil to-night: Adien, be vigilant, I beseech you. and talk, is most tolerable and not to be endur'd.

[Exeunt Dogberry and larges. 2 Watch. We will rather sleep than talk; we

Enter Borachio and Conrade. know what belongs to a watch.

Bora, What! Conrade, Dogh. Why, you speak like an ancient and most Watch. Peace, stir not.

[Aside. quiet watchman; for I cannot see how sleeping 50 Bora. Conrade, I say! should offend: only, have a care that

Conr. Įlere man, I ain at thy elbow. be not stolen :-Well, you are to call at all the Bora. Mass, and my elbow itch'd; I thought, ale-houses, and bid them that are drunk get them there would a scab follow. to bed.

Conr. I will owe thee an answer for that; aud 2 Watch. How if they wiil not?

55 now forward with thy tale, Watch. Why then, let them alone till they are Bora. Stand thee close then under this pentsober ;

if they make you not then the better an- house, for it drizzles rain ; and I will, like a true swer, you may say, they are not the men you drunkard, utter all to thee. took them for:

Watch. [Aside.) Some treason, masters; yet 2 Hatch. Well, sir.

160 stand close. Dog). If you incet a thief, you may suspect him, Boru. Therefore know, I have earned of Don by virtue of your office, to be no true man; and, John, a thousand ducals. A bill was the old weapon of the English infantry,


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Conr. Is it possible that airy villainy should be fof lechery that ever was known in the commons so dear?

wealth. Bora. Thou should'st rather ask, if it were pos- 1. Watch. And one Deformed is one of them; sible any villainy shouid be so rich: for when rica I know his, he wears a lock, villains have seed of poor ones, pour unes may

Cour: Vasters, nasters,wake what price they will.

2 il arch. You'll be made bring Deforined forth, Conr, I wonder at it.

I warrant vou. bora, That sheus, thou art unconfirmed':- Conr. Vlasters, I hou knowest, that the iashion of a doublet, or illach. Never speak; we charge you, let us a hat, or a cloak, is nothing to a man.

Lolobey you to go with us. Conr. Yes, it is apparei.

tora. We are like to prove a goodly commoBord. I mean, the lushion.

dity, being takan, up of these men's bills. Cour. Yes, the fashion is the fashion

Conr. a commodity in question, I warrant you, Born. Tush! I may as well say, the fools the Come, we'll obey you.

[Lxcurat, fool. But see'st thou not, but a celorined thier 15

SCENE IV, this fashion is Wuich. I know that Deformed; he has been a

An Apartment in Leonato's Horse. vile thiei tiese seven years; he goes up and down

Enter Hero, Vurguret, und Ursula.. like a gentleman: I remember nis vanje.

Hero. Good Crsula, wake my cousin Beatrices Bora. Didst thou not hear someboy? Lo and desire her to rise, Conr. No; 'twas the vane on the house.

Trs. I will, lady. Bora. Seest thou not, I say, wliata deiorned Hero. And bid her come hither. thiet this Fashion is? how gididily he tiras about Urs. Vell.

[Erit Ursula all the hot bloods, between tourtern and live-and- !!arg. Tro:b, I think, your other rabato* were thirty? so.netime, tastioning them like Pnaruohi's 25 beter, soldiers in the recchy painting ; sometime, like Hiro. No, pray thee, good Meg, I'll wear god Bel's priests in tlie old church-window; some- this, tinie, like the shaven Ilercules in the smirch'd Marg. By my troili, it's not so good; and I worm-eaten tapestry, where his cod-piece seems warrant, your cousin will

say as massy as his clubs

301 Tero. My cousin's a fool, and thou art another; Conr. All this I see; and see, that the fashion I'llvear none but this. wcars out more apparel than the man; But art Murg. I like the new tire within excellently, if noi thou thyself giddy with the fashion too, that the hair wert a thought browner: and your gown's thou hast shi.sed out of thy tale into telling me of a most rare fashion, faith. I saw the dutchess the fashions

125 of Wilan's gown, tliat they praise so, Bora. Not so neither; but know, that I have Tro. O! that exceeds, they say, to-night wooed Margaret, the lady llero's gentle- wurg. By my trotlı, it's biit a night-gown in Woman, by the name of Tiero; she leans me out respect of your's; Cloth of gold, and cuts, and at her inistress's chamber-window, bids mo a lac d with silver; set withi pearls, down sleeves, thousand times good night I tell this tale vilely: 10 ide sleeves, and shirts round, underi orne with a -I should first tell thee, how the prince, Claudio, blueish tiosel: but for a lie, quint, graceful, and and my master, planted and placeil, an possessed excellent fashion, your's is worth ten on't. by my master DowJobin, sawatar oil in the orchar. Ilero. Gou give iwe joy to wear it, for my heart this amiable encounter.

is exceeding heart! Conr. And thought they, Margaret was Bero: 15. Jarg. 'I will be heavier soon, by the weight

Boru. Two of them did, the prince and Claudio; of a man. but the devil my ma ter hiew:he was Margaret; liro. Fie

upon ihee! art not asham'd ? and partly by his oatlis, which tirst possessid them, Murg. Of whai, lady? of speaking honourably? partly by the dark night, which di deceive them is not marriage honourable in a beggar? Is not but chieily by my villainy, which did.contirmany 50 your lou! honourable without marriage? I think s'ander that Don Joho had made, away vient you wouli nave me say, saving your reverence, Claudio enraged; swore he would meet her, an ja husband? an bad thinking do not wrest true he was appointed, next morning at the temple, peakios, I'll olend nobody: Is there any harm and there, before the whole congregation, shame 10-th heariir for a busband? None, I think, an her with what he saw o'er night, and send her33 it be the right husband, and the right wife; otherhome again without a husband.

wise, 'tis light, and not heavy: Ask my lady Bea1 Futch. We charge you in the prince's name,

trice else, here she comes, stand.

Enter Beitrice, all'atch. Call up the right master constable :- Hero. Good-morrow, col. Wehave here recovered the most dangerous pieceļ601 Brat. Good-morrow, sweet Hero.

! That is, unpractised in the ways of the world. ?i.e. painting discoloured by smoke. Smirch'd ja soild,, obscured. * Rabuto, from the French rubut, signines a vieckiband; a ruti.

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Hero. Why, how now! do you speak in the

SCENE V. sick tune?

Another Apartment in Leonato's House. Beat. I am out of all other tune, methinks. Enter Leonato, with Dogberry and Verges. Nurg: Clap us into Light o'love'; that goes Loon. What would you with me, honest neighwithout a burden; do you sing it, and I'll dance 5 bour? it.

Dogb. Marry, sir, I would have some confiBeat. Yea, Light o'lore, with your heels!- rence with you, that decerns you nearly, then if your husband have stables enough, you'll Leon. Brief, I pray you ; for you see 'tis a busy look he shall lack no barns.

time with me. Marg. O illegitimate construction! I scorn that 10 Dogb. Marry, this it is, sir. with my heels.

Mary Yes, in truth it is, sir. Beut. 'Tis almost five o'clock, cousin; 'tis time Leon. What is it, my good friends? you were ready. By my troth, I am exceeding Dogb. Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little ill :-hey ho!

of the matter: an old man, sir, and his wits are larg. For a hawk, a horse, or a husband? 15 not so blunt, as, God help, I would desire they Beat. For the letter that begins them all, H. were; but, in faith, honest, as the skin between Marg. Well, an you be not turned Turk',

his brows'. there's no more sailing by the star.

Verg. Yes, I thank God, I am as honest as any Beat. What means the sool, trow?

man living, that is an old man, and no honester Marg. Nothing I; but God send every one 20 than I. their heart's desire!

Dozb. Comparisons are odorous: palabras, Hero. These gloves the count sent me, they

neighbour Verges. are an excellent perfume.

Leon. Neighbours, you are tedious. Beat. I am stuti’d, cousin, I cannot smell. Dogb. It pleases your worship to say so, but we

Marg. A maid, and stuff’d! there's goodly 25 are the poor duke's officers; but truly, for mine catching of cold.

own part, if I were as tedious as a king, I could Beat. 0, God help me! God help me! how ind in my heart to bestow it all of your worship. long have you profess d apprehension?

Leon. All thy tediousness on me! ha! Alurg. Ever since you left it: Doth not my Dogb. Yea, an 'twere a thousand times more wit become me rarely?

30 than 'tis: for I hear as good exclamation on your Beat. It is not seen enough, you should wear worship, as of any man in the city; and thouglı it in your cap.-By my troth, I am sick. I be but a poor man, I am glad to hear it.

Marg. Get you some of this distilld Carduus Virg. And so am I. Benedictus, and lay it to your heart; it is the

Leon. I would fain know what you have to say. only thing for a qualm.

35. Verg. Marry, sir, our watch to-night, exceptHero. There thou prick’st her with a thistle. ing your worship's presence, hath ta’en a couple

Beat. Benedictus! why Benedictus : you have of as arrant knaves as any in Messina. some morali in this Benedictus.

Dogb. A good old man, sir; he will be talking; Marg. Moral? no, by my troth, I have no mo- as they say, When the age is in, the wit is out; ral meaning; I meant, plain holy-tivistle. You may 40 God help us! it is a world to see?!--Well said think, perchance, that I think you are in love; i faith, neighbour Verges:-well, God's a good nay, by'r Lady, I am not such a tool to think what man; an two men ride of a horse, one must ride I list; nor I list not to think what I can; nor, in- behind:--An honest soul, i' faith, sir ; by my deed, i cannot think, if I would think my heart troth he is, as ever broke bread: but, God is to out o' thinking, that you are in love, or that you 45 be worshipp’d: All men are not alikę; alas, good will be in love, or that you can be in love: yet neighbour! Benedick was such another, and now is he become Leon. Indeed, neighbour, he comes too short a man: he swore he would never marry; and yel

lof you. now, in despight of his heart, he eats his meat Dogb. Gists that God gives. without grudging: and how may you be conver1-50 Leon. I must leave you. ed, I know not; but, methinks, you look with Dogb. One word, sir: our watch have, indeed, your eyes as other women do.

comprehended two aspicious persons, and we Beat. What pace is this that they tongue keeps: would have them this morning examined before Marg. Not a talse gallop.

your wc:ship. Re-enter Ursula.

551 Leon. Take their examination yourself, and Urs. Madam, withdraw'; the prince, the count, bring it me; I am now in great liaste, as may apsignior Benedick, Don John, and all the gallants

pear into you. of the town, are come to fetch you to church. Dozb. It shall be sufiigance. Hero. Help to dress me, guod coz, gool Mes,

Leon. Drink some wine ere you go: fare you goud L'rsula.


. 1 An old dance tune so call'd. ? A quibble between barns and bairns. ' i. e. taken captive by Love, and turned a renegado to his religion. *i. e. some secret meaning. SA proverbial expression. : A Spanish phrase, signitying, few words. ? Meaning, it is wonderful to see.



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