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reading the challenge, subscribed for Cupid, and Enter Den Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, Balthazar, and challenged him at the bird-holt -,- I pray you, how
Don John. many hath he kill'd and caten in these wars? But how Pedro. Good signior Leonato, you are come to many bath he kill'd? for, indeed, I promis'd to eat meet your trouble: the fashion of the world is to all of his killing,
avoid coft, and you encounter ii. Leon. Faith, niece, you tax fignior 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, NiedHe luth done good service, lady, in these confort Thould remain ; but, when you depart
from me, forrow abides, and happiness takes his Beat. You had musty victual, and he hath holp leave. to eat it: he's a very valiant trencher-man, he hath Pedro. You embrace your charges too willingly. an excellent stomach,
-I think, this is your daughter. Mel: And a good soldier too, lady.
Leon. Her mother hath many times told me so. Beat. And a good soldier to a lady :---But what Bene. Were you in doubt, fir', that you
alk'd her? is be to a lord ;
Leon. Signior Benedick, no; for then were you Mell. A lord to a lord, a man to a man; stuff'd a child. with all honourable virtues.
Pedro. You haye it full, Benedick: we may Beat. It is fo, indeed; he is no less than a stuff'd guess by this what you are, being a man. Truly, man : but for the staffing, well, we are all the lady fathers herself:---Be happy, lady! for you mortal.
are like an honourable father. Leon. You must not, fir, mistake my niece; there Bene. If signior Leonato be her father, she would is a kind of merry war betwixt fignior Benedick not have liis head on her shoulders for all Meffina, and her : they never meet, but there's a lkirmith as like him as the is. of wit between them.
Beal. I wonder, that you will still be talking, Beat. Alas, he gets nothing by that. In our last fignior Benedick; no body marks you. conflict, four of his live wits 3 went halting off, and Bene. What, my dear lady Disdain! are you yet now is the whole man govern'd with one: so that if living? he have wit enough to keep himself warm, let him Beat. Is it possible, disdain should die, while she bear it for a difference between himself and his hath such meet food to feed it, as fignior Benedicks horse; for it is all the wealth that he hath left, to Courtesy itself must convert to disdain, if you come be known a reasonable creature.-Who is his com- in her presence. panion now ? he hath every month a new swom Bene. Then is Courtesy a turn-coat ;-But it is brother.
certain, I am lov‘d of all ladies, only you excepted : Mil. Is it poflible?
and I would I could find in my heart that I had not Beat. Very eafily possible: he wears his faith * a hard heart; for, truly, I love none. but as the fathion of his hat, it ever changes with Beat. A dear happiness to women; they would the next blocks.
else have been troubled with a pernicious fuitor. I Mol. I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your 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, a crow, than a man swear he loves me. But, I pray you, who is his companion? Is there na Bene. God keep your ladyship still in that mind! young squarer7 now, that will make a voyage with so some gentleman or other thall 'scape a predeti. him to the devil ?
nate scratch'd face. Ms. He is most in the company of the right Beat. Scratching could not make it worse, an noble Claudio.
'twere such a face as yours were. Beat. () lord! he will hung upon him like a Bene. Well, you are a rare parrot-teacher. difeafe: hc is fooner caught than the pestilence, Beat. A bird of my tongue, is better than a bcast and the taker runs presently mad. God help the of yours. noble 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. tongue; and so good a continuer: But keep your
M1. I will hold friends with you, lady. way o' God's name; I have done.
Beat. You always end with a jade's trick; 1 know
Pedro. This is the sum of all: Leonato,-signior Mell. Don Pedro is approach'd.
Claudio, and signior Benedick,-my dear friend
you of old.
1 The bird-bolt is a short thick arrow without point, and spreading at the extremity so much, 'as to leave a flat surface, abont the breadth of a shilling. They are used at present to kill rooks with, and are shot from a cross-bow. 2 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 five wits. 4 Not religious profelvion, but profeffion of friendship. 5. A block is the mould on which a hat is formed. 6 To be in a man's bovés, originally meant : be in the list of his retainers. 7. That is, no young, cholerick, 'quarreliomc fellow. 8 Charge here figoifics incumbrance.
Leonato hath invited you all. I tell him, we shall,
Bene. You hear, Count Claudio : I can be fecret (tay here at the leait a month; and he heartily as a dumb man, I would have you think fo; but pr js, fome occasion may detain us longer: I dare on my allegiance,-- mark you this, on my allegifwear he is no hypocrite, but prays from his heart. ance.--Ile is in love. With who?.-now that is
Lem. If you swear, my lord, you shall not be your graces ya! T.----mark, how Thort his answer forsworl.--Let me bid you welcome, my lord: be- is :- Hitt Hero, Leuratu's' mhurt daughter. ing reconciled to the prince your brother, I owe
Cówund. lí this livie so, co ucre it uttered. you all duty.
bene. Like the old tale, my lori : it is not so, Jaba. I thank you: I am not of many words, nor 'twas not 10; but, indeed, God forbid it should but I thank you. Loon. Picare it your grace lezd on?
Claud. If my passion change not shortly, God Praro. Your hand, Leonat); we will go together. furbid it thould be otherwite.
[Exeunt will bui Beni disk and Claudio. Pidio. Amen, if you love her, for the lady is
Cent. You speak this to fetch me in, my lord.
Claud. And, in faith, my lord, I spoke mine.
Pidio. That she is worthy, I know,
Bone. That I neither feel how the should be
Chud. And never could maintain his part, but Claud. Thou think'it, I am in sport ; I pray thee, in the force of his will. tell me truly how thoulk't her.
Bone. That a waman conceiv'd me, I thank her; Bine. Would you buy her, that you enquire af- that the brought me up, I likewise give her most ter 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 bugle 2 in
Bext. Yed, and a cafe to put it into. But speak an invisible baldrick 3, all women thall pardon me : yoa t'i hiti, a tad brow? or do you play the fout- Because I will not do them the wrong to miftrust ing lak; 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 Thill a man take you, to go in the song?
will live a bati lielor. Cleid. In mine eye, the is the sweetest lady that Pudo. I fall see thee, ere I die, look pale I ever looked on.
with love. Beir. I can see yer without spectacles, and I res Bere. With anger, with sickness, or with hunno fucb nu. iter: there's her cousin, an fhe were mer, my lord; not with love : prore, that ever I not poilers d with a fury, exceeds fier a much in finde moro blood with love, than I will get again beauty, is the birth of May doth the latt of Decem- with drinking, pick out mine eyes with a balladber. But I loje, you have no intent to turn hul- maker's pen, and hang me up at the door of a band ; hire you?
brothel-boule for the sign of blind Cupid. Claud. I would scarce trust myself, though I had Pedro. Well, if ever thou dost fall from this (worn the contrary, if Hero would be my wite. faith, thou wilt prove a notable argıiment.
Bene. Is 't come to this, i' faith? Hath not the Bene. If I do, hang me in a bottle like a cat, world one min, but he will wear his cap with fuf- and shoot at me; and he that hits me, let him be picion Shall I never fec a hatchelor of threescore clapp'd on the shoulder, and callid Adam 4. again. Go to, i' faith ; an thou wilt needs thruftly) Pedro. Well, as time shall try : neck into a yoke, wear the print of it, and high In time the Javayr bull doth bear the yoke. away Sundays. Look, Don Pedro is returu'd to Brre. The savage bull may ; but if ever the senseek you.
fible Benedick bear it, pluck off the bull's horns, Re-enter Don Ped o.
and set them in my forehead : and let me be vilely Pedro. What secret hath held you here, that you painted ; and in such great letters as they write, follow'd not to Leonato's?
Here is good bor je to bire, let them signify under my Pene. I would, your grace would conftrain me ign-Here you may fee Benedlick the marry'd mun.
Cloud. If this should ever happen, thou would'It Podio. I charge thee on thy allegiance. be horn-mad.
! A recheat is a particular lesion upon the horn, to call dogs back from the scent. 2 Bugle-horn. 3 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
S CE N E 11. ver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this thortly. Bene. I look for an earthquake too then.
A Reoin in Leonato's Blouse. Pedro. Well, you will temporize with the hours.
Enter Leonato and Antorin. In the mean time, good fignior Bencdick, repair L'o. How now, brother! Where is my cousin, to Leonato's; commend me to him, and tell him, your fon? Hath he provided tlus mufick? I will not fail him at supper ; for, indece he hath Ant. He is very busy about it. But, brother, I made great preparation.
can tell you news that you yet dream'd not of. Bone. I have almost matter enough in me for Leon. Are they good? such an emballage; and so I commit you
Ans. As the event stamps them; but they have Chaud. To the tuition of God; from my house, a good cover, they thow well outward. The prince (if I had it,)
and Count Claudio, walking in a thick-pleachedi 2 Pedro. The sixth of July; your loving friend, alley in my orchard, were thus ovcrheard by a man Benedick.
of mine: The prince discover'd to Claudio, that Bene. Nay, mock not, mock not : The body of he lov'd my niece your daughter, and meant to acyour discourse is sometime guarded with fragments, knowledge it this evening in a dance ; and, if he and the guards 1 are but Nightly hated on neither : found her accordant, he meant to take the present ere you fout old ends any further, examine your time by the top, and inutantly break wit:1 you of it. conscience ; and so I leave you.
[Exit. Leon. Hath the fellow any wit that told you this? Claud. My liege, your highness now may do Anto A good sharp fellow; I will send for him, me good.
[how, and question him yourself. Pedro. My love is thine to teach ; teach it but Leon. No, no; we will hold it as a dream, till Aud thou shalt fee how apt it is to learn
fit appear itself : :--but I will acqurint my daughter Any hard leison that may do thee good.
withal, that she may be the better prepared for an Claw. Hath Leonato any fon, my lord ? answer, if peradventure this be true : Go you, and
Pedro. No child but Hero, she's his only heir : tell her of it. [Several Servants c of tbe flagebeis Dost thou affect her, Claudio?
Cousin, you know what you have to do.-0, I Claud. 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 this I look'd upon her with a soldier's eye,
[ Exeword That lik’d, but had a rougher task in hand
Another Apartment in Leonato's Trouse.
Enter Dosa John and Conrade. Come thronging cost and delicate defires,
Cour. What the good-jer, my lord! why are All prompting me how far young Hero is, you thus out of measure fad ? Saying, I lik'd her ere I went to wars.
John. There is no measure in the occafion that Pedio. Thou wilt be like a lover presently, breeds it, therefore the sadness is vithout limit. And tire the hearer with a book of words:
Conr. You thould hear reason. If thou dost love fair Hero, cheidh it;
Yohr. And when I have heard it, what bletting And I will break with hei, and with her father, bringuth it? And thou shalt have her : Wa't not to this end, Corr. If not a prefent remedy, yet a patient fufa That thou began 1t to twin fo iine a story? ferance.
Claud. How sweetly do you mimiter to love, Fabr. I wonder, that thou being (as thou say it That know love's grief hy his complection! thou art born) under Saturn, goeft about But left my liking might too sudden feem, apply a moral medicine to a mortifying mischief. I would have falvd it with a longer treatise. I cannot hide what I am: I must be sad when I Pedro. What need the bridge much broader than have cause, and smile at no man's jetts ; eat when the ico!
I have stomach, and wait for no man's leisure ; The faireít grant is the neceility:
neep when I am drowsy, and tend on no man's Look, 's hit will serve, is fit; tis once, thou lov'st; busness; laugh when I am merry, and claw 3 na And I will fit thte with the remelj.
man in his humour. I knoni, we shall hire revelling ti-ght;
Corr. Yea, but you must not make the full show I will assume thy part in imc disguist,
of this, till you may do it without controulment, And tell fair Hero I am Clando;
You have of late stood out againīt your brother, And in her bofom I'll unclup my heart,
and he hath ta'en you newly into his grace; where And take her hearing priíoner with the force it is impoilible you should take root, but by the And strong encounter of my amorous tale; Pair weather that you make yourself; it is needful Then, after, to her father will I break;
that you frame the fenion for your own harvest. And, the conclusion is, the shall be thine : Fobys
. I had rather be a canker in a hedge, than In practice let us put it presently,
a rose in his grace; and it better fits my blood to [Exeunt. lhe disdain J of all, than to fashion a carriage to rob
i Gunds werc ornamental laces or borders. is. flatier.
2 Thinh-cacher incana thickly interwovca 3 Thai
love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to Bora. Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir be a flattering honett man, it must not be deny d of Leonato. but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted John. A very forward March-chick! How coma with a muzzle, and infranchised with a clog; you to know this? therefore I have decreed not to fing in my cage : Dora. Being entertain'd for a perfumer, as I was If I had my mouth, I would bite; if I had my smeaking a musty room, comes me the prince and liberty, I would do my liking : in the mean tin Claudio, band in hand, in fad" conference :--1 let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me. whipt me behind the arras ; and there heard it
Corr. Can you make no use of your discontent ? agreed upon, that the prince 1hould woo Hero for
febr. I make all use of it, for I use it only.-- himself, and having obtained her, give her to Who comes here? what news, Borachio? count Claudio. Enter Boracbio.
Jobs. 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 itart-up hath all the glory of my overthrow; if I Leonato; and I can give you intelligence of an in- can cross him any way, I bless myself every way : tended marriage.
You are both sure ?, and will aliitt me. Jobr. Will it serve for any model to build mil Conr. To the death, my lord. chief on? What is he for a fool, that betroths him Holn. Let us to the great supper ; their cheer is self lo unquietness ?
the greater, that I am fubdu'd : 'Would the cook Bora. Marry, it is your brother's right hand. were of my mind !---Shall we go prove what's to John. Who? the most exquisite Claudio ? be done? Bora. Even he!
Bora. We'll wait upon your lordship. John. A proper squire! and who, and who?
[Excunt. vluch way looks he ?
SCE NE L.
Leon. So, by being too cuust, God will send you A Hall in Leonato's Houfe:
no horns. Erier Leonato, Antonio, Hero, Beatrice, Margarel, which blin, I anı at him upon my knees every
Bout. Jift, if he send me no husband; for the and Crfulu.
morning and evening : Lord! I could not endure Lion. AS not count John here at supper? Ja hutband with a beard on his face; I had rather Int. I saw him not.
Ilie in woollen. Beat. How'tartly that gentlem u looks ! I never Leon. You may light upon a husband, that hath can fee hiin, but I ain heart-burn'd an hour after. no beard.
Here. He is of a very melancholy difpofition. Beat. What Thould I do with him ? dress him
Bear. He were an excellent man, that were in any apparel, and make him my waiting-gentlemade jult in the midway between him and Bone-woman. He that hath a beard, more than a dick: the one is too like an image, and says no- youth ; and he that hith no beard, is less than a fing; and the other, too like my lady's eldett fon, man : and he that is more than a youth, is not for evermore Catching
me; and he that is less than a man, I am not for Leon. Then half signior Benedick's tongue in nim: Therefore I will even take fix-pence in earcount John's mout, and half count John's me. nest of the bear-herd, and lead his apes into hell. Lancholy in fignior Benedick's face
Icon. Weil 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, Get you to beaven, Beatrice, get good will.
you to heaven; bere's no place for you maids : 10 deLeon. By my truth, niece, thou wilt never get liver I up my apes, and an ay to Saint Peter for thee a husband, if, thou be 'ít so fhrewd of thy the heavens; he thew's me where the batchelors tongue.
fit, and there live we as merry as the day is long. Ini. In faith, she's too curst.
Ant. Well, niece, I trust, you will be rul’d by Beat. Too curft is more than curft: I Mall lef- your father. fen God's sending that way : for it is said, Gid sends Dewi. Yes, faith; it is my cousin's duty to make
62*fi cow flors borns; but to a cow too curtt be a curtsy, and say, Father, as it please you :---but Lends none.
Tyer for all that, cuufin, let him be a handiome fel
i i. e. Scrious,
a i.e. To be depended on.
low, or else make another curtsy, and fay, Farber, Urf. I know you well enough: you are signios as it please
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 mien of some other nit. To tell you true, I counterfeit him. metal than earth. Would it not grieve a woman Urf. You could never do him so ill-well, unless to be over-master'd with a piece of valiant duft ? you were the very mian : Here's his dry hand 2 up to make account of her life to a clod of wayward and down ; you are he, you are he. marle ? No, uncle, I'll none: Adam's fons are Ant. At a word, I am not. my brethren, and truly, I hold it a fin to match in 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 you : if itself? Go to, mum, you are he : graces will apthe prince do folicit you in that kind, you know pear, and there's an end. your answer.
Beat. Will you not tell me who told you
so? Beat. The fault will be in the musick, cousin, Bene. No, yo!! Thall pardon me. if you be not wood in good time: if the prince he Beut. Nor will you not tell me who you are ? too important", tell him, there is measure in Bent. 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 Talis ;-Well, ing, is as a Scotch jis, a measure, and a cinquc- this was rignior Benedick that said so. pace : the tirit suit is hot and hasty, like 2 Scotch Bere. What's he? jis, and full :as fantaitical ; the wedding, mannerly Bear. I am sure, you know him well enough. modet, as a measure full of state and ancientry; Bene. Not I, bclieve me. and then comes repentance, and, with his bad Drai. Did he never make you laugh? legs, falls into the cinque-pace faster and faster, Bene. I pray you, what is hie? till he link into his grave.
Bear. Why, he is the prince's jefter: a very Leon. Cousin, you apprehend parling Threwdly. dull fool ; only his gist is in devising imponible
Bcar. have a good eye, uncle ; I can see a Nanders: none but libertines delight in him ; and church by day-light.
the commendation is not in his wit, but in his vilLeon. The revellers are entring; brother, make lainy ? ; for he both pleaieth men, and angers good room.
them, and then they laugh at him, and beat him : Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, Boredick, Balthazar; I am sure, he is in the fieet; I would he had
Don John, Boracbio, Margaret, Ursula, and boarded me. otbers mark'd.
Bine. When I know the gentleman, I'll tell Pedra. Lady, will you walk about with your liim what you say. friend?
Beut. Do, do; he'li but break a comparison or Hero. So you walk softly; and look sweetly, and two on me; which, peradventure, not mark'd, or say nothing, I am yours for the walk; and espe- not lauga’d at, Itrikes him itto melancholy; and cally, when I walk away.
tien there's a partridge wing favid, for the fobl Pedro. With me in your company?
will eat no rupper that night. We must follow Hero. I may tay los when I please.
[ Mufick witbird's Pedro. And when please you to say to ?
Bene. In every good thing. Heru. When I like your favours for God de Beat. Nay, if they lead to any ill, I will leave fend, the lute Thould be like the case !
them at the next turning. Pedro. My visor is Philemon's roof; within the Munent "John, Boracbio, and Claudio. house is Jore.
John. Sure my brother is amorous on Hero, and Bene. Why, then your visor should be thatch'd. 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 Bone. Well, I would you did like me.
remains. Mary. So would not I, for your own sake ; for Bora. And that is Claudio : I know him by his I have many ill qualities.
bearing 4. Bene. Which is one ?
Folin. Are you not signior Benedick? Marg. I say my prayers aloud.
Claud. You know me well; I am he. Bene. I love you the better; the hearers may Foln. Signior, you are very near my brother in cry amen.
his love: he is enamour'd on Herv ; I pray you, Varg. God match me with a good dancer ! dit 'uade him from her, she is no equal for his Bulb. Amen.
birth; you may do the part of an honest man in Mirg. And God keep him out of my light when it. the dance is done !--Aniwer, clerk.
Claud. How know you be boves her? Bulih. No more words; the clerk is answer'd. I John. I heard him swear his affection.
1 Important here, as in many other places, means importunate. 2 A dry band was in those times conlidered as the sign of a cold constitution. 3 By which the means his malice and impiety. By his impious jelts, the mtinuates, he pleased libertines ; and by his devijing jlanders of them, he angered then. 4 i. 6. His carriage, his demeanour.