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humble thanks: but that I will have a recheat* winded in my forehead, or hang my buglet in an invisible baldrick), all women shall pardon me. Because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust any, I will do myself the right to trust none; and the fine is (for the which I may go the finer), I will live a bachelor.

D. Pedro. I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale with love.

Bene. With anger, with sickness, or with hunger, my lord; not with love: prove, that ever I lose more blood with love, than will get again with drinking, pick out mine eyes with a ballad-maker's pen, and hang me up at the door of a brothel-house, for the sign of blind Cupid.

D. Pedro. Well, if ever thou dost fall from this faith, thou wilt prove a notable argument.

Bene. If I do, hang me in a bottle like a cat, and shoot at me; and he that hits me, let him be clapped on the shoulder, and called Adamg.

D. Pedro. Well, as time shall try:
In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke.

Bene. The savage bull may; but if ever the sensible Benedick bear it, pluck off the bull's horns, and set them in my forehead: and let me be vilely painted; and in such great letters as they write, Here is good horse to hire, let them signify under my sign,

Here you may see Benedick the married man. Claud. If this should ever happen, thou would'st be horn-mad.

D. Pedro. Nay, if Cupid have not spent all his quiver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly. Bene. I look for an earthquake too then

D. Pedro. Well, you will temporize with the hours. In the mean time, good signior Benedick,

Scene I. ABOUT NOTHING.
repair to Leonato's; commend me to him, and
him, I will not fail bim at supper; for, indeed
hath made great preparation.

Bene. I have almost matter enough in me for
an embassage; and so I commit you

Claud. To the tuition of God: From my bou
I had it)-

D. Pedro. The sixth of July: Your loving fr
Benedick.

Bene. Nay, mock not, mock not: The body of
discourse is sometime guarded with fragment
the guards are but slightly basted on neither : en
Aout old ends any further, examine your consci
and so I leave you.

(Erit Bend
Claud. My liege, your highness vow may

good.
D. Pedro. My love is thine to teach ; teach

how,
And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn
Any hard lesson that may do thee good.

Claud. Hath Leonato any son, my lord ?

D. Pedro. No child but Hero, she's his on
Dost thou affect her, Claudio ?
Claud.

O, my lord,
When you went onward on this ended action
I look'd upon her with a soldier's eye,
That lik’d, but had a rougher task in band
Than to drive liking to the vame of love:
But now I am return'd, and that war-thoug
Have left their places vacant, in their room
Come thronging soft and delicate desires,
All prompting me how fair young Hero is,
Saying, I lik'd her ere I went to wars.

D. Pedro. Thou wilt be like a lover prese
And tire the hearer with a book of words:
If thou dost love fair Hero, cherish it;
And I will break with her, aud with her fath

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repair to Leonato's; commend me to him, and tell him, I will not fail him at supper; for, indeed, he hath made great preparation.

Bene. I have almost matter enough in me for such an embassage; and so I commit you

Claud. To the tuition of God: From my house (if I had it) –

D. Pedro. The sixth of July: Your loving friend, Benedick.

Bene. Nay,nock not, mock not: The body of your discourse is sometime guarded* with fragments, and the guards are but slightly basted on neitber: ere you fiout old ends any further, examine your conscience; and so I leave you.

[Erit Benedick. Claud. My liege, your highness vow may do me

good. D. Pedro. My love is thine to teach ; teach it but

how, And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn Any hard lesson that may do thee good.

Claud. Hath Leopato any son, my lord ?

D. Pedro. No child but Hero, she's his only heir:
Dost thou affect her, Claudio ?
Claud.

O, my lord,
When you went onward on this ended action,
I look'd upon her with a soldier's eye,
That lik'd, but had a rougher task in hand
Than to drive liking in the name of love:
But now I am return'd, and that war-thoughts
Have left their places vacant, in their rooms
Come thronging soft and delicate desires,
All prompting me how fair young Hero is,
Saying, I lik'd her ere I went to wars.

D. Pedro. Thou wilt be like a lover presently,
And tire the hearer with a book of words:
If thou dost love fair Hero, cherish it;
And I will break with her, and with her father,

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Leon. Hath the fellow any wit, that told you this?

Ant. A good sharp fellow: I will send for hin, and question him yourself.

Leon. No, no; we will hold it as a dream, till it appears itself :-but I will acquaint my daughter withal, that she may be the better prepared for an answer, if peradventure this be true. Go you, and tell her of it. [Several persons cross the stage.] Cousins, you know what you have to do.--0, 1 cry you mercy, friend; you go with me, and I will use your skill :-Good cousins, have a care this busy time.

(Exeunt.

SCENE III.

Another room in Leonato's house.

Enter Don John and Conrade.

Con. What the goujere*, my lord! why are you thus out of measure sad?

D. John. There is no measure in the occasion that breeds it, therefore the sadness is without limit.

Con. You should bear reasou,

D. John. And when I have heard it, what blessing bringeth it?

Con. If not a present remedy, yet a patient sufferance.

D. John. I wonder that thou being (as thou say'st thou art) born under Saturn, goest about to apply a

* The venereal disease.

mischief. I cannot

when I have cause, at when I have a sto. eisure; sleep when I van's business; laugh

man in his humour. t make the full show without controlment. gainst your brother, ito his grace;

where true root, but by the urself: it is peedful our own harvest. cankert in a hedge,

better fits my blood fashion a carriage to ugh I cannot be said - must not be denied . I am trusted with

a clog; therefore I y cage: if I had my my liberty, I would ne, let me be that I

Bora, Even he. D. John. A proper squire! And who, and why which way looks lie?

Bora. Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir Leonato.

D. John. A very forward March chick! u came you to this?

Bora. Being entertained for a perfumer, as I smoking a musty room, comes me the prince Claudio, hand in hand, in sade conference: I wil me behind the arras; and there heard it agt upon, that the prince should woo Hero for him and having obtained her, give her to count Clau

D. John. Come, come, let us thither; this prove food to my displeasure: that young star hath all the glory of my overthrow; if I can him any way, I bless myself every way: Yok both sure, and will assist me?

Con. To the death, my lord.

D. John. Let us to the great supper; their is the greater that I am subdued : 'Would the

of my mind!-Shall we go prove what's done?

Bora. We'll wait aspon your lordship. (E

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of your discontent? it, for I use it only. Borachio.

ACT II.

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