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* Duke. Why, here begins his morning story right: | Cour. Sir, I must have that diamond from you. These two Antipholis's, these two so like,
E. .Ant. There, take it; and much thanks for And those two Dromio's, one in semblance,
my good cheer.
[pains Besides her urging of her wreck at sea,
Abb. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the These are the parents to these children,
5 To go with us into the abbey here, Which accidentally are met together.
And hear at large discoursed all our fortunes: Ægeon. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia; And all that are assembled in this place, If thou art she, tell me, where is that son
That by this sympathized one day's Error That floated with thee on the fatal raft?
|Have sufler'd wrong, go, keep us company, Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he and I, 110 And ye shall have all satisfaction.And the twin Dromio, all were taken up; . Twenty-five years have I but gone in travail But, by-and-by, rude fisherien of Corinth Of you, my sons; and, till this present hour, By force took Dromio and my son from them, My heavy burden not delivered: And me they left with those of Epidamnum: The duke, my husband, and my children both, What then became of them, I cannot tell; 15 And you the calendars of their nativity, I, to this fortune that you see me in. (firsti Go to a gossip's feast, and go' with me;
Duke. Antipholis, thou cam'st from Corinth After so long grief such nativity! · S. Ant. No, sir, not I; I came from Syracuse. Duke. With all my heart, I'll gossip at this feast. Duke. Stay, stand apart; I know not which is
sous lord./201.11anent the two Antipholis's, and two Dromio's. E. Ant. I came from Corinth, my most graci. S. Dro, Master, shall I fetch your stuff from E. Dro. And I with him, [mous warrior
imbark'd? E. Ant. Brought to this town by that most fa- E. Ant. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thou Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle. S. Dro. Your goods that lay at host, sir, in the Adr. Which of you two did dine with me to- 25
Centaur. S. Ant. I, gentle inistress.
[day: S. Ant. He speaks to me; I am your master, Adr. Ant are you not my husband ? E. Ant. No, I say nay to that.
Come, go with us; we'll look to that anon: S. Ant. And so did I, yet she did call me so; Embrace thy brother there, rejoice with him. And this fair gentlewoman, her sister bere,
[Exeunt Antipholis S. and E. Did call me brother: What I told you then,
S. Dro. There is a fat friend at your master's I hope, I shall have leisure to make good;
house, If this be not a dreain, I see, and hear. [me. That kitchen'd me for you to-day at dinner;
Ang. That is the chain, sir, which you had of She now shall be my sister, not my wife.
my brother: Ang. I think I did, sir; I deny it not.
I see by you, I am a sweet-fac'd youth. Adr. I sent you money, sir, to be your bail, Will you walk in to see their gossiping? By Dromio; but I think he brought it not.
s. Dro. Not I, sir; you are my elder. E. Dro. No, none by me.
[you, 401 E. Dro. That's a question : S. Ant. This purse of ducats I receiv'd from How shall we try it? And Dromio my man did bring them me;
S. Dro. We will draw I see, we still did meet each other's man,
Cuts for the senior; till then lead thou first. And I was ta'en for him, and he for me,
E. Dro. Nay, then thus: And thereupon these Errors are arose. Shere. 45 We came into the world, like brotherand brother;
E. Ant. These ducats pawn I for my father And now let's go hand in hand, not one before Duke. It shall not need, thy father hath his life. I another.
[Ereunt. ! Dr. Warburton thinks we should read, and gaude; that is, rejoice with me.
SCËN E I.
Leon. He hath an uncle here in Messina will be
very much glad of it. Before Leonato's house.
Aless. I have already delivered him letters, and Enter Leonato, Hero, and Beatrice, with a Mles- there appears much joy in him; even so much, senger.
5 that joy could not shew itself modest enough, Leon. I LEARN in this letter, that Don Pedro of without a badge of bitterness.
1 Arragon comes this night to Messina. Leon. Did he break out into tears? Mess. He is very near by this; he was not three Mess. In great measure. leagues off when I left him.
Leon. A kind overtlow of kindness: There are Leon. How many gentlemen have you lost in 10 no faces truer than those that are sowash'd. How this action?
much better is it to weep at joy, than to joy at Mess. But few of any sort?, and none of name. weeping!
Leon. A victory is twice itself, when the at- Beat. I pray you, is signior Montanto ? rechiever brings home full numbers. I find here, turn'd from the wars, or no? that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honour on 15 Mess. I know none of that name, lady; there a young Florentine call'd Claudio.
was none such in the army of any sort. Mess. Much deserv'd on his part, and equally | Leon. What is be that you ask for, niece? femeniber'd by Don Pedro: He hath borne him- Hero. Mycousin meanssignior Benedick of Padua. self beyond the promise of his age; doing, in the | Mess. O, he's return'd; and as pleasant as ever figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion: he hath, in-20he was. deed, beiter better'd expectation, than you must | Beut. He set up his bills here in Messina ", and expect of me to tell you how.
Ichallenged Cupidat the flight': and myuncle's fool Mr. Pope was of opinion, that the story of this play is taken from Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, b. v. Mr. Steevens, however, supposes, that a novel of Belleforest, copied from another of Bandello, furnished Shakspeare with his fable. 2 That is, of any rank. 3 Montante, in Spanish, is a huge turn-handed sword, given, with much humour, to one, the speaker would represent as a boaster or bravado 4 This alludes to the custom of fencers, or prize-lighters, setting up bills, containing a general challenge. "To challenge at the fight, was a challenge to shoot with an arrow of a particular kind, with narrow feathers,
reading reading the challenge, subscribed for Cupid, and Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, Balthazar, challenged him at the bird-bolt. :-I pray you,
and Don John. how many liath he kill'd and eaten in these wars?! | Pedro. Good signior Leonato, you are come to But how inany hath he kill'd? for, indeed, I pro
llmect your trouble: the fashion of the world is to mis'd to eat all o his killing.
15 laroid cost, and you encounter it. L'on. Faith, niece, you tax signior Beneclick too | Leon. Never came trouble to my house in the much; but he'll be meet with you, I cloubt it not. likeness of your grace: for trouble being gone,
lloss. lle bathdone good service, lady, in the el comtort shonld remain; but, when you depart wars.
I liom me, sorrow abides, and happiness takes his Brat. You had must victual, and he hath holp 10 lave. 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. Viess. Ana good soklier too, lady.
L: on. Her mother bath inany times told me so. Brut. And a good soldier wo a lady :-- But what Benc. Were you in doubt, sir, vat you ashedler? is he to a loril?
$15 Leon. Signior Benedick, 110; for then were you Bless. A lored to a lord, a man to a man; stutid ja child. with all honourable virtues.
| Pedro. You have it full, Penedick: we may Beat. It is so, inded; lit is no less than a stuit'd guess by this what you are, being a man. Truly, man: but for the stutling,-well, we are all the lady fathers herself:- Be happy, lady! for you mortal.
20ure like an honourable father. Leon. You must not, sir, miitake my niece;there Bene. If signior Leonato be her father, she is a kind of merry war betwixt signior Benedich lould not have his head on her shoulders for all and her: they never ineet, but there's a shirinish Messina, as like him as she is. of wit between them. :
Il Bout. I wonder, what you will still be talking, Beat. Alas, he gets nothing by that. In our last25 ignior Benedick; nobcdv marks you. contict, four of his tive wits went haiting oil, and Bone. What, my dear lady Diselain! are you yet now is the whole man governd with one: so that living? if he have wit enough to keep himself warm, let Bunt. Is it possible, disdain should die, while she him bear it for a dillerence between bimself and Thath such meet food to feed it, as signior Benedick? his horse; for it is all the wealth that he hath left, 30 Courtesy itself must convert to disdain, if you to be known a reasonable creature.-- Who is bis come in ber presence. companion now he hain every month a new l Benz. Then is Courtesy a turn-coat:- But it is sworn brother.
certain, Lamlov'd of all ladies, only you excepted: Vess. Is it possible?
and I would I could sind in my heart that I had Beat. V'ers easily possible: he wears his faith 35 not a hard heart; for, truly, I love none. but as the fashion of his hat, it ever changes withi į Bent. A dear happiness io women; they would the next blocki.
lelse have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. Aless. I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your I thank God, and my cold blood, I ani of your huboohs.
mour for that; I had rather hear my dog bark at Brut. No: an he were, I would burn my study. 40 a crow, than a man siear he loves me. But, I pray you, who is his companion? Is there Bene. God keep your ladyship still in that inind! Do young squarer' now, that will make a voyage so some gentleman or other shJl’scape a predestiwith him to the devil?.
nate scraich'd face. Bless. He is most in the company of the right į Bent. Scratching could not make it worse, an noble Claudio.
14'twere such a face as yours were. Beut. 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, Beut. A bird of my tongue, is better than a beast and the taker runs presentiy mad. God help the of yours. noble Claudio ! if he have caught the Benedich, it Bene. I would, my borse had the speed of your will cost him a thousand pounds ere he be curid. 50 tongue; and so good a continuer: But keep your
Aless. I will hold friends with you, lady. wav o God's name; I have done.
Beat. You always end with a jade's trick; I know L'on. You'll ne'er rum mad, niece.
you of old. Beut. No, not till a hot January.
| Pedro. This is the sum of all: Leonato,-signior Aless. Don Pedro is approach'd.
15. Claudio, and signior Benedick, my dear friend
The bird-bol is a short thick arrow without point, and spreading at the extremity so much, as to Jeave 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 aith, or a match for, you." . The five senses probably gave rise to the idea of a man's baving live wits. Not religious profession, but profission of friendship. A block is the mould on which a hat is formed. To be in a man's books, originally meant to be in the list of his retainers, ? That is, no young, cholerich, quarrela some fellow, Charge here siguines incuntrance.
Leonato hath invited you all. I tell him, we shalll | Bene. You hear, Count Claudio:I can be secret stay here at the least a month; and he heartily Jas a dumb man, I would have you think so; but prays, some occasion may detain us longer: I dore lon my allegiance, mark you this, on my allegiswear he is no hypocrite, but prays from his heart. ance. He is in love. With who?--now that is
Lon. 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: lis:--With Hero, Leonato's short daughter. being reconciled to the prince your brother, il Claud. If this were so, so were it uttered. owe you all dury.
Bine. 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.
To be so. Leon. Please it your grace lead on?
Claud. If my passion change rot shortly, God Pedro. Your hand, Leonato; wewillgo together. forbid it should be otherwise.
[Ereunt all but Benedick and Claudio. | Pedro. Amen, if you love her, for the lady is Claud. Benedick, didst thou note the daughterl very well worthy. of siguior Leonato?
Claud. You speak this to fetch me in, my 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?
Clund. And, in faith, my lord, I spoke mine. Bine. Do you question me, as an honest man Bene. And by my two faiths and troths, my should do, for my simple true judginent? 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. Peutro. That she is worthy, I know,
Claud. No, I pray thee, speak in sober judg. Bine. That I neither feel how she should be
Bene. Why, i'taith, 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 tool Jopinion that tire cannot meltout of me; I will die little for a great praise; only this commendation 25 in it at the stake. I can ailord 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 maintain his part, but Claud. Thou think'st, I am in sport; I pray in the force of his will. thet, tell me truly how thou lik'st her.
130l Bene. That a woman conceiv'd me, I thank hier; Bone. Would you buy her, that you enquire that she brouglit me up, I likewise give her most after her?
humble thanks; but that I will have a recheat Clund. Can the world bny such a jewel? lwinded in my forehead', or hang my bugle? in
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 flout- 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) [ shall a man take you, to go in the song?
will live a batchelor. Claud. In mine eve, 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; not with love: prove, that ever [ were not possess'd with a fury, exceeds her as llose more blood with love, than I will get again much in beauty, as the first of May doth the last with drinking, pick out wine eves 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 blind Cupid. Cand. I would scarceirust myself, though I had | Pedro. Well, if ever thou dost fall from this sworn the contrary, if Ilero would be my wife. I faith, thou wilt prove a notable argument.
Bene. Is't come to this, i' faith? Ilath not the Bene. 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 vokie, wear the print of it, and! In time the satage bull doth bear the yoke. sigh away Sundays. Look, Don Pedro is re- | Bine. The savage bull may; but if ever the turn'd to seek vou.
55 sensible Benedick bearit, pluck off the bull's borns, 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?
Here is good horsetohire, let them signifyundermy Bene. I would, your grace would constrain me sign,--Hereyou maysee Benedichthemarry'dman. to tell
1601 Claud. If this should ever happen,thou would'st Fedro. I charge thee on thy allegiance. I be horn-mad.
"A recherit 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 shill at the bow.
Pedro. Nay, if Cupid hath not spent all his qui- 1
SCENE II. ver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly. Bene. I look for an earü quake too then.
A Room in Leonato's House. Pedro. Well, you will temporize with the
Enter Leonato and Antonio. hours. In the meantime, good signior Benedich, 3! Leon. Ilow now, brolier. Where is my cousin, repair to Leopato's; commudime to him, and to your son? Hath he provided this musick? }rim, I will not fail him at super; for indeed he | Ant. Ile is very busy about it. But, brother, I hath male great preparati 11.
I can tell you news that you yet dream'd not of. Bene. I have almost matter enough in me for Leon. Are they good? such an embassage; and so I commit you 101 Ant. As the event stamps them; but they have
Claud. To the tuition of God; trom my house, a goor cover, they show well outward. The prince (if I had it,) --
I and Count Claudio, walhing in a thick-pleached 2 Pedro. The sixth of July; your loving friend, failey in my orchard, werethus overheard by a man Benedick.
of mine: The prince discover'd to Claudio, that Bene. Nay, mock not, mock not: The body of 15 he lov'd my niece your daughter, and meant to acyourdiscourse is sometime guarded with fragments, knowledigė this evening in a dance; and, if he and the guards' arebut slightly basted on neither: Jfound her accordant, he meant to take the present ere you thout old ends any further, examine your timne by the top, and instantly break with you ofit. con cience; and so I leave you.. [Erit. | Leon. Hath the fellow any wil that told you this? Chud. My liege, your highness now may do 20 dit. A good sharp lellow; I will send for him, me good.
[how, and question him yourself. Pedro. My love is thine to teach; teach it buil | Leon. No, no; we will hold it as a dream, till And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn
it 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 lorel? 25 answer, it peradventure this be true: Govon, and
Pedro. No child but flero, she's his only heir:/ tell herofit. Several sertants cross the singehun..] Dost thou atiect her, Claudio?
I Cousin, you know what you have to do.-1, 1 Claud. ( my lord,
cry you mercy, friend; go you with me, and I When you went onward on this ended action, I will use your skill:--Good cousin, have a Care I look'd upon her with a soldier's eve,
130 this busy time.
[Eicunt. That lik', but had a rougher task in hand
Another Apartment in Leonato's House.
Enter Don John and Conrade. Come thronging soft and delicate desires, 135! Con. What the good-jer, my lord! why are you All prompting me how fair young Hero is,
thus out of measure sad? Saying, I lik'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 tair llero, cherish it;
John. And when I have heard it, what blessing And I will break with her, and with her father, I bringeth it? And thou shall 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? 1 suiterance.
Claud. Ilow 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 my liking might too sudden seen, la moral medicine to a mortifying mischiet. I I would have salv'd it with a longer treatise. I cannot hide what I am: I must be sad when I Pedro. What need the bridge much broadeil have cause, and smile at no man's jests; eat when than the flood?
I liave stomach, arid wait for no man's leisure: The fairest grant is the necessity:
150 sleep when I am drowsy, and tend on no ma:'s Look, what will serve, is tit; 'tis once, thou lov'st; business; laugh when I am merry, and claw no And I will fit thee with the remedy.
man in his humour. I know, we shall have reveliing to-night;
| Con. Yea, but you must not make the full show I will assume the part in some disguise,
of this, till you may do it without controulment, And tell fair Hero I am Claudio;
155 You have of late stood out against your brother, And in her boson I'll unclasp my heart,
and he hath ta'en you newly into his grace; where Aud take her hearing prisoner with the force it is impossible you should take root, but by the And strong encounter of my amcrulis tale; fair weather that you make yourself; it is ucediul Then, after, to her father will I break;
that you frame the season for your own liarvest. And, the conclusion is, she shall be thine: 80l volun. I had rather be a canker in a hedge, than In practice let us put it presently.
Ja rose in his grace; and it better fits my blood to
[Ereunt. He disdam'd of all, than to fashion a carriage to rob Guards were ornamental laces or borders. ? Thick-plcached means thickly interwoven. · That is, flatter.