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There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice She'd swear, the gentleman should be her sister;
Urs. Sure, sure, such carping is not comAgainst that power that bred it:-there will
mendable. she hide her,
Hero. No: not to be so odd, and from all To listen our purpose : This is thy office,
fashions, Bear thee well in it, and leave us alone. As Beatrice is, cannot be commendable: Marg. I'll make her come, I warrant you, But who dare tell her so? If I should speak, presently.
[Erit. She'd mock me into air ; 0, she would laugh me Hero. Now, Ursula, when Beatrice doth Out of myself, press me to death with wit. come,
Therefore let Benedick, like cover'd fire, As we do trace this alley up and down, Consume away in sighs, waste inwardly: Our talk must only be of Benedick:
It were a better death than die with mocks; When I do name him, let it be thy part Which is as bad as die with tickling. To praise bim more than ever man did merit: Urs. Yet tell her of it; hear what she will My talk to thee must be, how Benedick
say. Is sick in love with Beatrice: Of this matter Hero. No; rather I will go to Benedick, 1s little Cupid's crafty arrow made,
And counsel him to fight against his passion: That only wounds by hearsay. Now begin ; And, truly, I'll devise some honest slanders Enter BEATRICE, behind.
To stain my cousin with: One doth not know,
How much an ill word may empoison liking. For look where Beatrice, like a lapwing, runs Urs. O, do not do your cousin such a wrong. Close by the ground, to hear our conference. She cannot be so much without true judgement,
l'rs. The pleasant’st angling is to see the fish (Having so switts and excellent a wit, Cut with her golden oars the silver stream,
As she is priz'd to have,) as to refuse
So rare a gentleman as signior Benedick.
Always excepted my dear Claudio.
Urs. I pray you, be not angry with me, manothing of the false sweet bait that we lay for it. Goes foremnost in report through italy.
For shape, for bearing, argument, and valour, [They adrance to the bouer.
Hero. Indeed, he hath an excellent good No, truly, Ursula, she is too disdainful; I know, her spirits are as coy and wild
Urs. His excellence did earn it, ere he had As haggards of the rock.t
When are you married, madam? [it.Urs. But are you sure,
Hero. Why, every day ;-10-morrow : Come, That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely?
[counsel, Hero. So says the prince, and my new-trothed I'll show thee some attirès ; and have thy lord.
Which is the best to furnish me to-morrow, Urs. And did they bid you tell her of it, Urs. She's lim'di I warrant you; we have madam?
caught her, madam. Hero. They did intreat me to acquainther ofit: Hero. If it prove so, then loving goes by haps: But I persuaded them, if they lov'd Benedick, Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. To wish him wrestle with affection,
[Exeunt Hero and URSULA. And never to let Beatrice know of it. Crs. Why did you so ? Doth not the gentle
Beatrice adrunces. Deserve as full, as fortunate a bed,
Beat. What fire is in mine ears? Can this be As ever Beatrice shall couch upon ?
(much? Hero. O God of love! I know, he doth de
Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so
Contempt, farewell! and maiden pride, adieu! As much as may be yielded to a man:
No glory lives behind the back of such, But nature never fram'd a woman's heart And, Benedick, love on, I will requite thee; of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice :
Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand; Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes,
If thou dost love, ny kindness shall incite thee Nisprisingt what they look on; and her wit
To bind our loves up in a holy band: Values itself so highly, that to her
For others say, thou dost deserve; and I All matter else seems weak: she cannot love,
Believe it better than reportingly. [Exit. Nor take no shape nor project of affection,
SCENE II.-A room in LEONATO's House. She is so self-endeared. Urs. Sure, I think so ;
Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, BENEDICK, and And therefore, certainly, it were not good
LEONATO. She knew his love, lest she make sport at it. D. Pedro. I do but stay till your marriage Hero. Why, you speak truth : I never yet be consummate, and then I go toward Arragon. saw man,
[tur’d, Claud. l'll bring you thither, my lord, if How wise, how noble, young, bow rarely fea- you'll vouchsafe me. But she would spell him backward: iffair-laced, D. Pedro. Nay, that would be as great a soil • Discoursing. + A species of hawk. Undervaluing, * Ready. Conversation. Ensnared with birdlima
in the new gloss of your marriage, as to show 1. Claud. "Tis even so: Hero and Margaret have a child his new coat, and forbid him to wear by this played their parts with Beatrice; and it. I will only be bold with Benedick for his then the two bears will not bite one another, company; for, from the crown of his head to when they meet. the sole of his foot, he is all mirth; he hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's bow-string, and the
Enter Don JOHN. little hangman dare not shoot at him he hath D. John. My lord and brother, God save you. a heart as sound as a bell, and his tongue is D. Pedro. Good den, brother. the clapper; for what his heart thinks, his D. John. If your leisure served, I would ongu aks.
speak with you. Bene. Gallants, I am not as I have been. D. Pedro. In private? Leon. So say I; methinks, you are sadder. D. John. If it please you ;-yet count ClauClaud. I hope, he be in love.
dio may hear; for what I would speak of, conD. Pedro. Hang him, truant; there's no true cerns him. drop of blood in him, to be truly touch'd with D. Pedro. What's the matter? love: if he be sad, he wants money.
D. John. Means your lordship to be
married Bene. I have the tooth-ach.
[To CLAUDIO. D. Pedro. Draw it.
D. Pedro. You know, he does. Bene. Hang it!
D. John. I know not that, when he knows Claud. You must hang it first, and draw it what I know. afterwards.
Claud. If there be any impediment, I pray D. Pedro. What? sigh for the tooth-ach?
you, discover it. Leon. Where is but a humour, or a worm? D. John. You may think, I love you not ; let
Bene. Well, Every one can master a grief, that appear hereafter, and aim better at me by but he that has it.
that I now will manifest: For my brother, I Claud. Yet say I, he is in love.
think, he holds you well ; and in dearness of D. Pedro. There is no appearance of fancy heart' hath holp to effect your ensuing marin him, unless it be a fancy that he hath to riage: surely suit ill spent, and labour ill bestrange disguises; as, to be a Dutchman to-stowed ! day; a Frenchman to-morrow; or in the shape D. Pedro. Why, what's the matter? of two countries at once, as, a German from D. John. I came hither to tell you ; and, cirthe waist downward, all slops;*
and a Spaniard cumstances shortened, (for she hath been too from the hip upward, no doublet: Unless he long a talking of,) the lady is disloyal. have a fancy to this foolery, as it appears he
Claud. Who? Hero? hath, he is no fool for fancy, as you would D. John. Even she; Leonato's Hero, your have it appear he is.
Hero, every man's Hero. Claud. If he be not in love with some woman, Claud. Disloyal ? there is no believing old signs: he brushes his D. John. The word is too good to paint out hat o' mornings; What should that bode? her wickedness; I could say, she were worse;
D. Pedro. Hath any man seen him at the think you of a worse title, and I will fit her to barber's ?
it. Wonder not till further warrant: go but Claud. No, but the barber's man hath been with me to-night, you shall see her chamberseen with him; and the old ornament of his window entered, even the night before her cheek hath already stuffed tennis-balls. wedding-day: if you love her then, to-morrow
Leon. Indeed, he looks younger than he did, wed her ; but it would better fit your honour to by the loss of a beard.
change your mind. D. Pedro. Nay, he rubs himself with civet: Claud. May this be so? Can you smell him out by that?
D. Pedro. I will not think it. Claud. That's as much as to say, The sweet D. John. If you dare not trust that you see, youth's in love.
confess not that you know: if you will follow D. Pedro. The greatest note of it is bis me- me, I will show you enough; and when you lancholy.
have seen more, and heard more, proceed acClaud. And when was he wont to wash his cordingly. face?
Claud. If I see any thing to night why I D. Pedro. Yea, or to paint himself? for the should not marry her to-morrow; in the con. which, I hear what they say of him.
gregation, where I should wed,' there will I Claud. Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is shame her. now crept into a lutestring, and now governed D. Pedro. And, as I wooed for thee to obby stops.
tain her, I will join with thee to disgrace her. D. Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for D. Jolin. I will disparage her vo farther, till bim: Conclude, conclude, he is in love. you are my witnesses : bear it coldly but till
Claud. Nay, but I know who loves him. midnight, and let the issue show itself.
D. Pedro. "That would I know too; I war- D. Pedro. O day untowardly turned ! rant, one that knows him not.
Claud. O mischief strangely thwarting ! Cland. Yes, and his ill conditions; and, in D. John. O plague right well prevented! despite of all, dies for him.
So will you say, when you have seen the sequel. D. Pedro. She shall be buried with her face
(Exeunt. upwards. Bene. Yet is this no charm for the tooth
SCENE III.--A Street. ach.-Old Signior, walk aside with me: I have Enter Dogberry and Verges, with the WATCH. studied eight or nine wise words to speak to you, which these hobby-horses must not hear, Dogb. Are you good men ånd truet
[Exeunt BENEDICK und LEONATO. Verg. Yea, or else it were pity E they D. Pedro. For my life, to break with him should sutfer salvation, body and soul. about Beatrice.
Dogb. Nay, that were a punishment todd
for them, if they should have any allegianc * Large loose breeches.
them, being chosen for the prince's watch.
Verg. Well, give them their charge, neighbour son ; if you meet the prince in the night, you Dogberry.
may stay him. Dogb. First, who think you the most desart- Verg. Nay by’r lady, that, I think, he canJess man to be constable ?
not. 1 Watch. Hugh Oatcake, Sir, or George Dogb. Five shillings to one on't, with any Seacoal; for they can write and read.
man that knows the statues, he may stay him: Dogb. Come hither, neighbour Seacoal. God marry, not without the prince be willing: for, hath blessed you with a good name: to be a indeed, the watch ought
to offend no
man; and well-favoured man is the gift of fortune; but it is an offence to stay a man against his will. to write and read comes by nature.
Verg. By'r lady, I think, it be so. 2 Watch. Both which, master constable, Dogb. Ha, ha, ha! Well, masters, good night:
Dogb. You have; I knew it would be your. an there be any matter of weight chances, call
Enter BORACHIO and CONRADE.
Bora. What! Conrade,-
Watch. Peace, stir not.
[Aside. Verg. If he will not stand when he is bidden,
Bora. Conrade, I say! he is none of the prince's subjects.
Con. Here, man, I am at thy elbow. Dogb. True, and they are to meddle with Bora. Mass, and my elbow itched; I thought, none but the prince's subjects : - You
shall also there would a scab follow. make no noise in the streets; for, for the watch
Con. I will owe thee an answer for that; and to babble and talk, is most tolerable and not to
now forward with thy tale. be endured.
Bora. Stand thee close then under this pent2 Watch. We will rather sleep than talk; we house, for it drizzles rain; and I will, like a know what belongs to a watch.
true drunkard, utter all to thee. Dogb. Why, you speak like an ancient and
Watch. [Aside.] Some treason, masters ; yet most quiet watchman; for I cannot see how stand close. sleeping should offend: only, have a care that Bora. Therefore know, I have earned of Don your bills* be not stolen :-Well, you are to
John a thousand ducats. call at all. the ale-houses, and bid those that Con. Is it possible that any villany should be are drunk get them to bed.
so dear? 2 Watch. How if they will not ?
Bora. Thou should'st rather ask, if it were Dogb. Why then, let them alone till they are possible any villany should be so rich;, for sober ; if they make you not then the better when rich villains have need of poor ones, answer,
you may say they are not the men you poor ones may make what price they will. took them for.
Con, I wonder at it. 2 Watch. Well, Sir.
Bora. That shows, thou art unconfirmed :* Dogb. If you meet a thief, you may suspect Thou knowest, that the fashion of a doublet, him, by virtue of your office, to be no true
or a hat, or a cloak, is nothing to a man. man: and, for such kind of men, the less yon
Con. Yes, it is apparel. meddle or make with them, why, the more is
Bora. I mean, the fashion. for your honesty.
Con. Yes, the fashion is the fashion. 2 Wutch. If we know him to be a thief, shall
Bora. Tush! I may as well say, the fool's the
fool. But see'st thou not what a deformed we not lay hands on him?
Dogb. Truly, by your office you may; but, I thief this fashion is ? think, they that touch pitch will be defiled :
Watch. I know that Deformed; he has been the most peaceable way for you, if you take a
a vile thief this seven year; he goes up and thief, is, to let him show himself what he is, down like a gentleman: I remember his name. and steal out of your company.
Bora. Didst thou not hear somebody?
Con. No; 'twas the vane on the house.
Bora. Seest thou not, I say, what a deformed Dogb. Truly, I would not hang a dog by my about all the hot bloods, between fourteen and
thief this fashion is? how giddily he turns will; much more a man who hath any honesty five and thirty? sometimes fashioning them in him.
Verg. If you hear a child cry in the night, like Pharaoh's soldiers in the reechyt painting; you must call to the nurse, and bid her still it sometime, like god Bel's priests in the old 2 Watch. How if the nurse be asleep, and church window ; sometime, like the shaven will not bear us.
Hercules in the smirchedt worm-eaten tapesDogb. Why then, depart in peace, and let the try, where the cod-piece seems as massy as his child wake her with crying: for the ewe that club? will not hear her lamb when it baes, will never
Con. All this I see; and see that the fashion answer a calf when it bleats.
wears out more apparel than the man: But art Verg, "Tis very true.
not thou thyself giddy with the fashion too, that Dogh This is the end of the charge. You, thou hast shifted out of thy tale into telling me constable, are to present the prince's own per of the fashion ?
* Unpractised in the ways of the world. Weapons of the watchmen.
Bora. Not so neither: but know, that I have Marg. Of what lady? of speaking honour. to-night wooed Margaret, the lady Hero's ably? Is not marriage honourable in a beggar? gentlewoman, by the name of Hero : she leans Is not your lord honourable without marriage? me out at her mistress' chamber window, bids I think, you would have me say, saving your me a thousand times good night,- I tell this reverence,-a husband: an bad thinking do not tale vilely :-I should first tell thee, how the wrest true speaking, I'll offend nobody: Is prince, Claudio, and my master, planted, and there any harm in—the heavier for a husband? placed, and possessed by my master Don John, None, I think, an it be the right husband, and saw afar ofi" in the orchard this amiable en the right wife; otherwise 'tis light, and not counter.
heavy : Ask iny lady Beatrice else, here she Con. And thought they, Margaret was Hero? comes. Bora. Two of them did, the prince and Clau
Enter BeATRICE. dio ; but the devil my master knew she was
Hero. Good morrow, coz. Margaret; and partly by his oaths, which first
Beat, Good morrow, sweet Hero. possessed them, partly by the dark night, which did deceive them, bút chiefly by my villany,
Hero. Why, how now! do you speak in the which did confirm any slander that Don John sick tune ?
Beat. I am out of all other tune, methinks. had made, away went Claudio enraged ; swore he would meet her as he was appointed, next
Marg. Clap us into-Light o' lore; that goes morning at the temple, and there, before the without burden; do you sing it, and I'll dance
it. whole congregation, shame her with what he saw over-night, and send her home again with
Beat. Yea, Light' o love, with your heels out a husband.
then if your husband have stables enough, 1 Watch. We charge you in the prince's you'll see he shall lack no barns.
Murg. O illegitimate construction! I scorn name, stand.
2 Watch, Call up the right master constable: that with my heels. We have here recovered the most dangerous
Beat. 'Tis almost five o'clock cousin ; 'tis piece of lechery that ever was known in the time you were ready. By my troth I am excommonwealth.
ceeding ill :-hey ho! 1 Watch. And one Deformed is one of them;
Marg. For a hawk, a horse, or a husband ? I know him, he wears a lock.
Beat. For the letter that begins them all, H. Con. Masters, masters.
Murg. Well, an you be not turned Turk, 2 Watch. You'll be made bring Deformed no more sailing by the star. forth, I warrant you.
Beut. What means the fool, trow? Con. Masters,
Marg. Nothing I; but God send every one 1 Watch. Never speak; we charge you, let
their heart's desire! us obey you to go with us.
Hero. These gloves the count sent me, they Boru. We are like to prove a goodly. com
are an excellent perfume. modity, being taken up of these men's bills.
Beut. I ain stuffed, cousin, I cannot smell. Con. A commodity in question, I warrant
Marg. A maid, and stuffed! there's goodly you. Come, we'll obey you.
[Exeunt. catching of cold.
Beat. 0, God help me! God help me! how SCENE IV-A Room in LEONATO's House. long have you profess'd apprehension ? Enter Hero, MARGARET, and Ursula.
Marg. Ever since you left it: doth not my
wit become me rarely ? Hero. Good Ursula, wake my cousin Bea
Beat. It is not seen enough, you should wear trice, and desire her to rise.
it in your cap.-By my troth, I am sick. Urs. I will, lady.
Marg. Get you some of this distilled Carduus Hero. And bid her come hither.
Benedictus, and lay it to your heart; it is the Urs. Well.
(Ezrit URSULA. only thing for a qualm. Marg. Troth, I think, your other rabato* Hero. There thou prick'st her with a thistle. were better.
Beat. Benedictus! why Benedictus? you have Hero. No, pray thee, good Meg, I'll wear some moralt in this Benedictus. this.
Marg. Moral ? no, by my troth, I have no Marg. By my troth, it's not so good; and I moral meaning; I meant, plain holy-thistle. warrant, your cousin will say so.
You may think, perchance, that I think you Hero. My cousin's a fool, and thou art an
are in love: nay, by’r lady, I am not such a other; I'll wear none but this.
fool to think what I list ; nor I list not to think. Marg. I like the new tiret within excellent, what I can ; nor, indeed, I cannot think, if I ly, if the hair were a thought browner : and would think my heart out of thinking, that you your gown's a most rare fashion, i’faith. I saw are in love, or that you will be in love, or that the duchess of Milan's gown, that they praise you can be in love: yet Benedick was such
another, and now is he become a man: he Hero. O, that exceeds, they say..
swore he would never marry; and yet now, in Marg. By my troth it's but a night-gown in despite of his heart, he eats his meat without respect of yours : Cloth of gold, and cuts, and grudging: and how you may be converted, I laced with silver; set with pearls, down sleeves, know not, but methinks, you look with your side-sleeves, and skirts round, underborne eyes as other women do. with a blueish tinsel : but for a fine, quaint,
Beat. What pace is this that thy tongue keeps? graceful, and excellent fashion, yours is worth
Marg. Not a false gallop. ten on't. Hero. God give me joy to wear it, for my
Re-enter URSULA. heart is exceeding heavy!
Urs. Madam, withdraw; the prince, the Marg. 'Twijl be heavier soon, by the weight count, signior Benedick, Don John, and all of a man.
the gallants of the town, are come to fetch you Hero, Fie upon thee! art not ashamed ? to church. • A kind of ruft. + Head-dress. 1 Long-sleeves, * I. e. for an ache or pain. + Hidden meaning.
Hero. Help to dress me, good coz, good Meg, Verg. And we must do it wisely. good Ursula
[Exeunt. Dogb. We will spare for no wit, I warrant SCENE V.-Another Room in LEONATO's
you; here's that (Touching his forehead.] shall House.
drive some of thein to a non com: only get the
learned writer to set down our excommunicaEnter LEONATO, with DOG BERRY and Verges. tion, and meet me at the gaol. [Exeunt. Leon. What would you with me, honest
ACT IV. neighbour? Dogb. Marry, Sir, I would have some con
SCENE 1.-The inside of a Church. fidence with you, that decerns you nearly. Enter Don PEDRO, Don John, LEONATO, Leon. Brief,
pray you; for you see, 'tis FRIAR, CLAUDIO, BENEDICK, HERO, and a busy time with me.
BEATRICE, &c. Dogb. Marry, this it is, Sir.
Leon. Come, friar Francis, be brief; only to Verg. Yes, in truth it is, Sir.
the plain form of marriage, and you shall reLeon. What is it, my good friends?
count their particular duties afterwards. Dogb. Goodman Verges, Sir, speaks a little Friar. You come hither, my lord, to marry off the matter : an old man, Sir, and his wits this lady ? are not so blunt, as, God help, I would desire
Claud. No. they were ; but, in faith, honest, as the skin
Leon. To be married to her, friar ; you come between his brows. Verg. Yes, I thank God, I am as honest as
to marry her.
Friar. Lady, you come hither to be married any man living, that is an old man, and no
to this count? honester than I.
Hero. I do. Dogb. Comparisons are odorous: palabras,
Friar. If either of you know any inward Deighbour Verges.
impediment why you should not be conjoined, Leon. Neighbours, you are tedious.
I charge you, on your souls, to utter it. Dogb. It pleases your worship to say so, but
Claud. Know you any, Hero ? we are the poor duke's officers : but, truly, for
Hero. None, my lord. mine own part, if I were as tedious as a king,
Friar. Know you any, count ? I could find in my heart to bestow it all of Leon. I dare make his answer, none. your worship.
Claud. O, what men dare do! what men Leon. All thy tediousness on me! ha!
may do! what men daily do! not knowing Dogb. Yea, and 'twere a thousand times what they do! more than 'tis : for I bear as good exclamation
Bene. How now! Interjections? Why, then on your worship, as of any man in the city;
some be of laughing, as, ha! ha! he? and though I be but a poor man, I am glad to Claud. Stand thee by, friar :-Father, by hear it.
Verg. And so am I.
Will you with free and unconstrained soul say.
Leon. As freely, son, as God did give her me. Verg. Marry, Sir, our watch to-night, ex- Claud. And what have I to give you back, cepting your worship’s presence, have ta'en a
whose worth couple of as arrant knaves as any in Messina. May counterpoise this rich and precious gift. Dogb. A good old man, Sir; he will be talk
D. Pedro. Nothing, unless you render her ing; as they say, When the age is in, the wit
again. is out; God help us ! it is a world to see !*
Claud. Sweet prince, you learn me noble Well said, i'faith, neighbour Verges :-well,
thankfulness.God's a good man; an two men ride of a horse, There, Leonato, take her back again; one must ride behind :-An honest soul, i'laith, Give not this rotten orange to your friend; Sir; by my troth he is, as ever broke bread : She's but the sign and semblance of her honbut, God is to be worshipped : All men are not alike ; alas good neiglibour!
Behold, how like a maid she blushes here: Leon. Indeed, neighbour, he comes too short o), what authority and show of truth
Can cunning sin cover itself withal ! Dogb. Gifts that God gives.
Comes not that blood, as modest evidence, Leon. I must leave you.
Towitness simple virtue? Would you not swear, Dogb. One word, Sir: our watch, Sir, have, | All you that see her, that she were a maid, indeed, comprehended two aspicious persons, By these exterior shows ? But she is none: and we would have them this morning exam- She knows the heat of a luxurious* bed : ided before your worship.
Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty. Leon. Take their examination yourself, and Leon. What do you mean, my lord ? bring it me; I am now in great haste, as it Claud. Not to be married, may appear unto you.
Not knit my soul to an approved wanton. Dogo. It shall be suffigance.
Leon. Dear my lord, if you, in your own proof Leon. Drink some wine ere you go: fare you Have vanquish'd the resistance of her youth, well.
And made defeat of her virginity,
Claud. I know what you would say ; If I
have known her, four daughter to her husband. Leon. I will wait upon them; I am ready.
And so extenuate the 'forehand sin: [Exeunt LEONATV and MESSENGER. No, Leonato, Dogh. Go, good partner, go, get you to Fran- I never tempted her with word too large ; cis Seacoal, bid him
bring his pen and inkhorn But, as a brother to his sister, show'd to the gaol; we are now to examination these Bashful sincerity, and comely love. men.
Hero. And seem'd I ever otherwise to you ? * It is worth seeing.