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his grave.

Con. To the death, my lord.

Leon. Daughter, remember what I told you ; if D. John. Let us to the great supper; their cheer the prince do solicit you in that kind, you know is the greater, that I am subdued :'Would the cook your answer. were of my mind !-Shall we go prove what's to be Beat. The fault will be in the musick, cousin, if done?

you be not woo'd in good time : if the prince be too Bora. We'll wait upon your lordship. (Ereunt. impedant;' tell him, there is measure in every

thing, and so dance out the answer. For hear me,

Hero; Wooing, wedding, and repenting, is as a ACT II.

Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinque-pace; the first ! SCENE I. A Hall in Leonato's House. Enter suit is hot and hasty, like a Scoich jix, and full as Leonato, Antonio, Hero, Beatrice, und fantastical; the wedding, mannerly-modest, as a

measure full of state and ancientry; and then others.

comes repentance, and, with his bad legs, falls into Lem. Was not count John here at supper ? the cinque-pace faster and faster, till he sink into Ant. I saw him not.

Beat. How tartly that gentleman looks! I never Leon. Cousin, you apprehend passing shrewdly. can see him, but I'am heart-burned an hour after. Beat, I have a good eye, uncle ; I can see &

Hero, He is of a very melancholy disposition. church by day-light.

Beat. He were an excellent man, that were made Leon. 'The revellers are entering; brother, make just in the mid-way between him and Benedick: good room. ihe one is too like an image, and says nothing; and the other, too like my lady's eldest son, ever. Enler Don Pedro, CLAUDIO, BENEDICK, Baco more tattling.

THAZAR; Don John, BORACHIO, MARGARET, Leon. Then half signior Benedick's tonguo in URSULA, and others, masked. count John's mouth, and half count John's inelan

D. Pedro. Lady, will you walk about with your choly in signior Benedick's face,

friend ?3 Beat. With a good leg, and a good foot, uncle, and money enough in his purse, such a man would say nothing, I am yours for the walk; and, espe

Hero. So you walk softly, and look sweetly, and win any woman in the world, --if he could get her cially, when I walk away. good will.

D. Pedro. With me in your company? Leon. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.

Hero. I may say so, when I please.

D. Pedro. And when please you to say so? Ant. In faith, she is too curst.

Hero. When I like your favour; for God deBeat. Too curst is more than curst: I shall les fend, the lute stould be like the case !* sen God's sending that way: for it is said, God sendo a curst cow short horns; but to a cow too curst the house is Jove.

D. Pedro. My visor is Philemon's roof; within he sends none.

Hero. Why then your visor should be thatch'd. Leon. So, by being too curst, God will send you D. Pedro. "Speak low, if you speak love. no horns, Beat. Just, if he send me no husband: for the

[Takes her aside. which blessing, I am at him upon my knees every

Bene. Well, I would you did like me. morning and evening: Lord! I could not endure a

Marg. So would nol 1, for your own sake ; for husband with a beard on his face; I had rather lie

I have many ill qualities.

Brne. Which is one ? in the woollen. Leon. You may light upon a husband, that hath

Marg. I say my pravers aloud. no beard.

Bene. I love you the better; the hearers may Beat. What should I do with him? dress him in cry; Amen. my apparel, and make him my waiting gentlewo

Marg. God match me with a good dancer! man? He that hath a beard, is more than a youth;

Balth. Amen. and he that hath no beard, is less than a man: and

Marg. And God keep him out of my sight, when he that is more than a youth, is not for me ; and he the dance is done ! - Answer, clerk. that is less than a man, I am not for him. There

Balth. No more words; the clerk is answered. fore I will even take sixpence in carnest of the bear

Urs. I know you well enough; you are signior herd, and lead his apes into hrill.

Antonio. Leon. Well then, go you into hell ?

Ant. At a word, I am not. Beat. No; but to the gate; and there will the

Ure. I know you by the waggling of your head. devil meet me, like an old cuckold, with horns on

Ant. To tell you true, I counterfeit him. his head, and say, Get you to heaven, Beatrice, get

Urs. You could never do him so ill-well, unless you to heaven; here's no place for you maids : so de- you were the very man: Here's his dry hand up liver I up my apes, and away to Saint Peter for the and down; you are he, yon are he. heavens; he shows me where the bachelors sit, and

Ant. Ai a word I am not. there live we as merry as the day is long.

Urs. Come, come; do you think I do not know Ant. Well, niece, (To Hero.] I trust, you will you by your excellent wit? Can virtue hide itself? be ruled by your father.

Go to, mum, you are he ; graces will

there's an end. Beat. Yes, faith ; it is my cousin's duty to make courtesy, and say, Father, as it please you :- hut

Beat. Will you not tell me who told you so ? yot for all that, cousin, let him be a handsome fel

Bene. No, you shall pardon me. low, or else make another courtesy, and say, Fa

Beat. Nor will you not tell me who you are ?

Bene. Not now. ther, as il please me. Leon. Well, niece, I hope to see you one day

Beat. That I was disdainful, -and that I had fitted with a husband.

my good wit out of the Hundred merry Tales; Beat. Not till God make men nf some other me

Well, this was signior Benedick that said so. tal than earth. Would it not grieve a woman to be

Bene. What's he? over-mastered with a piece of valiant dust ? to make

Bent. I am sure, you know him well enough. an account of her life to a clod of wayward marl ? 5 Alluding to the table of Baucis and Pl_ilemon in No, uncle, I'll none : Adam's sons are iny brethren; Ovid, who describes the old couple as living in a thatch. and truly, I hold it a sin to match in my kindred.

ed cottage.

-Slimlieri ranna tecta palustri,' 1 Importunate.

which Goldi:g renders : 2 A measure, in old language, besides its ordinary • The roafr therent was thatched all with straw and meaning, signified also a dance.

fennish reede.' 3 Lover.

6. This was the term for a jest-boak in Shakspeare's 4 That is, 'God forbid that your face should be as time, from a popular collection of that name, aboui which homely and coarse as your mask.'

the commentators were much puzzled, until a large fras.

appear, and

the post.

Bene. Not I, believe me.

garland of? About your neck, like an usurer's Beat. Did he never make you laugh?

chain ? or under your arm, like a lieutenant's Bene. I pray you, what is he?

scarf? You must wear it one way, for the princo Beat. Why, he is the prince's jester; a very dull hath got your Hero. fool; only his gift is in devising impossible' slan- Claud. I wish him joy of her. ders: none but libertines delight in him; and the Bene. Why, that's spoken like an honest drover; commendation is not in his wit, but in his villany; so they sell bullocks. But did you think the prince for he both pleaseth men, and angers them, and then would have served you thus ? they laugh' at him, and beat him: I am sure he is Claud. I pray you, leave me. in the fleet: I would he had boarded? me.

Bene. Ho! now you strike like the blind man: Bene. When I know the gentleman, I'll tell him 'twas the boy that stole your meat, and you'll beat what

you say. Beat. Do, do: he'll but break a comparison or Claud. If it will not be, I'll leave you. (Erit. two on me; which, peradventure, not marked, or Bene. Alas, poor hurt fowl! Now will he creep net laughed at, strikes him into melancholy; and into sedges. - But, that my lady Beatrice should then there's a partridge wing saved, for the fool know me, and not know me! The Prince's foo!! will eat no supper that night. [Music within. Ha! it may be, I go under that litle, because I am We must follow the leaders.

merry-Yea; but so; I am apt to do myself Bene. In every good thing.

wrong: I am not so reputed: it is the base, the Beat. Nay, if they lead to any ill, I will leave bitter disposition of Beatrice, that puts the world them at the next turning.

into her person, and so gives me out." Well, I'l! (Dance. Then exeunt all but Don John, be revenged as I may.

BORACHIO, and CLAUDIO,
D. John. Sure my brother is amorous on Hero,

Re-enter Don PEDRO. and hath withdrawn her father to break with him D. Pedro. Now, signior, where's the count. Dia about it: The ladies follow her, and but one visor you see him? remains.

Bene. Troth, my lord, I have play'd the part of Bora. And that is Claudio: I know him by his lady Fame. I found him here as melancholy as a bearing.)

lodge in a warren ;8 I told him, and, I think, I told D. John. Are not you signior Benedick ? him true, that your grace had got the good will of Claud. You know me well; I am he.

this young lady; and I offered him my company D. John. Signior, you are very near my brother to a willow trec, either to make him a garland, as in his love: he is enamoured on Hero; I pray you, being forsaken, or to bind him up a rod, as being dissuade him from her, she is no equal for his birth worthy to be whipped. you may do the part of an honest man in it,

D. Pedro. To be whipped! What's his fault? Claud. How know you he loves her?

Pene. The flat transgression of a schoolboy ; who, V. John, I heard him swear his affection. being overjoyed with finding a bird's nest, shows

Bora. So did I too; and he swore he would mar- it his companion, and he steals it. ry her to-night.

D. Pedro. Wilt thou make a trust a transgresD. John. Come let us to the banquet.

sion? The transgression is in the stealer. (Ereunt Don John, and BORACHIO. Bene. Yet it had not been amiss, the rod had Claud. Thus answer I in name of Benedick,

been made, and the garland too; for the garland But hear these ill news with the ears of Claudio.- he might have worn himself; and the rod he might 'Tis certain so ;—the prince woos for himself. have bestowed on you, who, as I take it, have stoln Friendship is constant in all other things,

his bird's nest. Save in the office and affairs of love :

D. Pedro. I will but teach them to sing, and reTherefore, 4 all hearts in love use their own tongues; store them to the owner. Let every eye negotiate for itself,

Bene. If their singing answer your saying, by my And trusi no agent: for beauty is a witch, faith you say honestly: Against whose charms faith melteth into blood." D.' Pedro. The lady Beatrice hath a quarrel to This is an accident of hourly proof,

you ; the gentleman, that danced with her, told Which I mistrusted not : Farewell, therefore, Hero! her, she is much wronged by you. Re-enter BENEDICK.

Bene. O, she misused me past the endurance of

a block; an oak, but with one green leaf on it, Bene. Count Claudio ?

would have answered her; my very visor began to Claud. Yea, the same.

assume life, and scold with her :: She told me, not Bene. Come, will you go with me ?

thinking I had been myself, that I was the prince's Claud. Whither?

jester : that I was duller than a great thaw: budBene. Even to the next willow, about your own 'dling jest upon jest, with such impossiblelo convey. business, count. What fashion will you wear the

6 Chains of gold of considerable value were, in ment was discovered in 1915, by my late lamented friend Shakspeare's time, worn by wealthy citizens, and the Rev. J. Conybeare, Professor of Poetry in Oxford. others, in the same manner as they are now on public I had the gratification of printing a few copies at the occasions by the aldermen of London. Usury was then Chiswick press, under the title of Shakspeare's Jest a common topic of invective. So, in "The Choice of Book. It was printed by Rastell, and therefore must Change,' 1598, 'Three sortes of people, in respect of have been published previous to 1533. Another collec. necessily, may be accounted good :-Merchants, for tion of the same kind, called, “Tales and Quicke An- they may play the usurers, instead of the Jews, &c.' swerey,' printed by Berthelette, and of nearly equal Again, "There is a scarcity of Jews, because Christians antiquity, was also reprinted at the same time; and it is make an occupation of usurie.' remarkable that this collection is cited by Sir John Har. 7. It is the disposition of Beatrice, who takes upon rington under the title of the hundred merry tales.' It herself to personate the world, and therefore represents continuod for a long period to be the popular name for the world as saying what she only says herself. collections of this sori, for in the Londou Chaunticlere,

8 A parallel thought occurs in Isaíab, c. i. where the 1659, it is mentioned as being cried for sale by a ballad prophei, in describing the desolation of Judah, says. man.

* The daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, 1 Incredible, or inconceivable.

an a lodge in a garden of cucumbers,' &c. It appears 2 Boarded, besides its usual meaning, signified ac. that these lonely buildings were necessary, as the cu. cosled.

cumbers, &c. were obliged to be constantly watched and 3 Carriage, demeanour.

watered, and that as soon as the crop was gathered they 4 Lel, which is found in the next line, is undorstood were forsaken. here.

9 li is singular that a similar thought should be found. 5 Blood signifies amorous heal or passion. So, in in the tenth Thebaid of Statius, v. 658. All's Well that Ends Well, Act, iti. Sc. 7.

- ipsa insanire videtur • Now his important blood will nought deny,

Sphynx galeæ custog." That she'll demand.'

10 i. e. ' with a rapidity equal to that of Jugglers 20

[Erit. husband.

well say,

ance upon me, that I stood like a man at a mark, Claud. And so she doth, cousin. with a whole army shooting at me: She speaks Beat. Good lord, for alliance !-- Thus goes every poniards, and every word stabs: if her breath were one to the world but I,* and I am sun-burned; ) as terrible as her terminations, there were no liv- may sit in the corner, and cry, heigh ho! for a ing near her, she would infect to the north star. I husband. would not marry her, though she were endowed D. Pelro. Lady Beatrice, I will get you one. with all that Adam had left him before he trans- Beat. I would rather have one of your father's gressed; she would have made Hercules have getting : Hath your grace ne'er a brother like you? turned spit; yea, and have cleft his club to make your father goi excellent husbands, if a maid could the fire 100. Come, talk not of her; you shall find come by them. her the infernal Atei in good apparel. I would 10

D. Pedro. Will you have me, lady? God, some scholar would conjure her; for, certain- Beal. No, my lord, unless I mighi have another ly, while she is here, a man may live as quiet in for working-days; your grace is too costly to wear hell, as in a sanctuary; and people sin upon pur- every day :-But, I beseech your grace, pardon pose, because they would go thither : so, indeed, me: I was born to speak all mirth, and no matter. all disquiet, horror, and perturbation follow her. D. Pedro. Your silence most offends me, and to

be merry best becomes you; for, out of question, Re-enter CLAUDIO, BEATRICE, Hero, and

you were born in a merry hour. LEONATO.

Beat. No, sure, my lord, my mother crid; but D. Pedro. Look, here she comes.

then there was a star danced, and under that was Bene. Will your grace command me any service I born.--Cousins, God give you joy! to the world's end? I will go on the slightest errand

Leon. Niece, will you look to those things I told now to the Antipodes, that you can devise to send you of? me on; I will feich you a toothpicker now from the Beat. I cry you mercy, uncle.-By your grace's farthest inch of Asia ; bring you the length of pardon,

[Exit BEATRICE. Prester John's foot; etch you a hair off tho great

D. Pedro. By my troth, a pleasant-spirited lady. Chain's beard: do you any embassage to the Pig

Leon. There's little of the melancholy element mies, rather than hold three words conference with in her, iny lord : she is never sad, but when she this harpy: You have no employment for me?

sleeps, and not ever sad then; for I have heard D. Pedro. Nono, but to desire your good com- my daughter say, she hath often dreamed of un

happiness, and waked herself with laughing. pany. Bene. O God, sir, hero's a dish I love not; I

D. Pedro. She cannot endure to hear tell of cannot endure my lady Tongue. D. Pedro. Come, lady, come; you have lost the

Leon. O, by no means; she mocks all her wooers heart of signior Benedick.

out of suit. Brat. Indeed, my lord, he lent it me a while ;

D. Pedro. She were an excellent wife for Bene

dick. and I give him use2 for it, a double heart for his single one: marry, once before, he won it of me

Leon. O lord, my lord, if they were but a week with false dice, therefore your grace may

married, they would talk themse'ves mad. I have lost it.

D. Pedro, Count Claudio, when mean you to go D. Pedro. You have put him down, lady, you

to church? have put him down.

Claud. To-morrow, my lord: Time goes on Beat. So I would not he should do me, my lord, crutches, till love have all his rites. lest I should prove the mother of fools. I have

Leon. Not till Monday, my dear son, which is brought count Claudio, whom you sent me to seek. hence a just seven-night: 'and a time too brief too,

to have all things answer my mind. D. Pedro. Why, how now, count? wherefore are

D. Pedro. Come, you shake the head at so long Claul. Not sad, my lord.

a breathing; but, I warrant thee, Claudin, the time D. Pedro. How then? Sick.

shall not go dully by us; I will, in the interim, unClaul. Neither, my lord.

dertake one of Hercules' labours; which is, to bring Beat. The count is neither sad, nor sick, nor signior Benedick and the lady Beatrice into a moun

tain of affection, the one with the other. I would merry, nor well: but civil, count; civil as an orange, and something of thai jealous complexion.

fain have it a match; and I doubt not but to fashion D. Pedro. I'faith, lady, I think your blazon to be it, if you three will but minister such assistance as true, though, I'll be sworn, if he be so, his conceit I shall give you direction. is falsc. Here, Claudio, I have wooed in thy name,

Leon. My lord, I am for you, though it cost me and fair Hero is won; I have broke with her father,

ten nights' watching. and his good will obtained : name the day of mar

Claul. And I, my lord. riage, and God give thee joy!

D. Pedro. And you, too, gentle Hero.

Hero. I will do any modest office, my lord, to Leon. Count, take of me my daughter, and with her my fortunes: his grace hath made the match, help my cousin to a good husband.

D. Pedro. And Benedick is not the unhopefullest and all grace say Amen to it! Beal. Speak, count, 'lis your cuc.

husband that I know: thus far can I praise him ; Claud. Silence is the perfectest herald of joy; 1 he is of a noble strain,” of approved valour, and were but little happy, if I could say how much-confirmed honesty. I will teach you how to buLady, as you are mine, I am yours; I give away Benedick :-and 1, with your two helps, will so

mour your cousin, that she shall fall in love with myself for you, and dote upon the exchange. Beat. Speak, cousin, or, if you cannot, stop his practice on Benedick, that, in despite of his quick

wit and his queasy stomach, he shall fall in lovo mouth with a kiss, and let him not speak neither. D. Pedro. In faith, lady, you have a merry heart

. with Beatrice. If we can do this, Cupid is no Beat. Yea, my lord: 'I thank it, poor fool, it longer an archer; his glory shall be ours, for we keeps on the windy side of care:- My cousin tells

4 i. e. good ford, how many alliances are forming him in his ear, that he is in her heart.

Every one is likely to be married but I. I am sun

burned means I have lost my beauty, and am conse. whose conreyances or tricks appear impossibilities. quently no longer an object to tempo a man to marry.' Impossible may, however, be used in the sense of in. ő i. c. mischief. Unhappy was often used for miscredible or inconceivable, both here and in the begin. chierous, as we now say an unlucky boy for a mis. ning of the scene, where Beatrice speaks of “impossible chievous boy. blanders.'

6 A mountain of affection with one another' is, as 1 The goddess of discord.

Johnson observes, a strange expression; yet all that is 2 Interest.

meant appears to be a great deal of affectioa.' 3 i. e. your part or furn; a phrase among the play.

7 The same as sirene, descent, lineuge ere. V. Note on Hamlot, Act ii. Sc. 2.

8 Squoamish.

you sad ?

me,

are the only love-gods. Go in with me, and I will Bene. In my chamber-window lies a book; bring tell you my drift.

(Ereunt. it hither to me in the orchard. SCENE JI. Another Room in Leonato's House.

Boy. I am here, already, sir.
Enter Don John and BORACHIO.

Bene. I know that;- but I would have thee

hence, and here again. (Erit Boy.)-1 do much D. John. It is so: the count Claudio shall marry wonder, that one man, seeing how much another the daughter of Leonato.

man is a fool when he dedicates his behaviours to Bora. Yea, my lord; but I can cross it. love, will, after he hath laughed at such shallow

D. John. Any bar, any cross, any impediment follies in others, become the argument of his own will be medicinable to me: I am sick in displeasure scorn, by falling in love: And such a man is Clau10 him; and whatsoever comes athwart his affec- dio. 'I have known when there was no music with tion, ranges evenly with mine. How canst thou him but the drum and tife; and now had he rather cross this marriage ?

hear the tabor and the pipe: I have known, when Bora. Not honestly, my lord ; but so covertly he would have walked ten mile afoot, to see a good that no dishonesty shall appear in me.

armour; and now will he lie ten nights awake, D. John. Show me briefly how.

carving the fashion of a new doublet. He was Bora. I think, I told your lordship, a year since, wont to speak plain, and to the purpose, like an how much I am in the favour of Margaret, the wait- honest man, and a soldier; and now is he turn'd ing-genilewoman to Hero.

orthographer; his words are a very fantastical banD. John. I remember.

quel, just so many strange dishes. May I be so Bora. I can, at any unseasonable instant of the converted, and see with these eyes? I cannot tell; night, appoint her to look out at her lady's cham- I think not: I will not be sworn, but love may transber-window.

form me to an oyster; but I'll take my oath on it, D. John. What life is in that to be the death of till he have made an oyster of he shall never this marriage ?

make me such a fool. One woman is fair; yet I am Bora. The poison of that lies in you to temper. well: another is wise ; yet I am well: another virGö you to the prince, your brother; spare not to tell tuous; yet I am well! but till all the graces be in him, that he hath wronged his honour in marrying one woman, one woman shall not come in my grace. the renowned Claudio (whose estimation do you Rich she shall be, that's certain; wise, or I'll none; mightily hold up) to a contaminated stale,' such a virtuous, or I'll 'never cheapen her; fair, or I'lí one as Hero,

never look on her; mild, or come not near me; noD. John. What proof shall I make of that? ble, or not I for an angel; of good discourse, au

Bora. Proof enough to misuse the prince, to vex excellent musician, and her hair shall be of what Claudio, to undo Hero, and kill Leonato: Look colour it please God. Ha! the prince and moryou for any other issue?

sieur Love! I will hide me in the arbour. D. John. Only to despite them, I will endeavour

(W'ithdraws. any thing. Bora. Go then, find me a meet hour to draw Don

Enter Don PEDRO, LEONATO, and CLAUDIO. Pedro and the count Claudio alone : tell them,

D. Pedro. Come, shall we hear this music? that you know that Hero loves me; intend? a kind

Claud. Yea, my good lord :-How still the evenof zeal both to the prince and Claudio, as-in love of

ing is, your brother's honour, who hath made this match; As hush'd on purpose to grace harmony! and his friend's reputation, who is thus like to be D. Pedro. See you where Benedick hath hid him. cozened with the semblance of a maid,—that you

self? have discovered thus. They will scarcely believe

Claud. 0, very well, my lord : the music ended, this without trial: offer them instances ; which shall We'll fit the kid-fox’ with a penny-worth. bear no less likelihood, than to see me at her cham

Enter BALTHAZAR, with music. ber-window; hear me call Margaret, Hero; hear

D. Pedro. Come, Balthazar, we'll hear that song Margaret term me Claudio ;3 and bring them to

again. see this, the very night before the intended wedding; for, in the mean time I will so fashion the To slander music any more than once.

Balth. O good my lord, tax not so bad a voice matter, that Hero shall be absent; and there shall

D. Pedro. It is the witness still of excellency, appear such seeming truth of Hero's disloyalty, that To put a strange face on his own perfection:jealousy shall be call'd assurance, and all the pre- I pray thee, sing, and let me woo no more. paration overthrown. D. John. Grow this to what adverse issue it can, Since many a wooer doth commence his suit

Balth. Because you talk of wooing, I will sing. I will put it in practice: Be cunning in the working To her he thinks not worthy; yet he woos; this, and thy fee is a thousand ducats.

Yet will he swear, he loves. Bora. Be you constant in the accusation, and my D. Pedro.

Nay, pray thee, come: cunning shall not shame me. D. John. I will presently go learn their day of Do it in notes.

Or, if thou wilt hold longer argument, marriage.

[Ereunt.
Balth,

Note this before my notes, SCENE III. Leonato's Garden. Enter BENE- There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting. DICK and a Boy.

D. Pedro. Why these are very crotchets that he Bene. Boy,

speaks : Boy. Signior.

Note, notes, forsooth, and noting ! [Music.

Bene. Now, Divine air ? now is his soul ravished ! 1 Shakspeare uses stale here, and in a subsequent scene, for an abandoned rooman. A stale also meant The orchard walls are high and hard to climb.' a decoy or lure, but the two words had different origins. This word was first written hort-yard, then by corrup. It is obrious why the term was applied to prostitutes. tion hort-chard, and hence orcheri. 2 Pretend.

5 This folly is the theme of all comic satire. 3 The old copies read Claudio here. Theobald al. 6 Benedick may allude to the fashion of dyeing the tered it to Borachio; yet it Claudio be wrong, it is most hair, very cominon in Shakspeare's time. Or to that of probably the poet's oversight. Claudio might conceive wearing false hair, which also then prevailed. So, in a that the supposed Hero, called Borachio by the name of subsequent scene: “Ulike the new tire within excel. Claudio in consequence of a secret agreement between lently, is the hair were a thought browner.. them, as a cover in care she were overheard; and he 7 Kid-fox has been supposed to mean discorered or would know without a possibility of error that it was not detected fox; Kid certainly meant known or discovered Claudio with whom in fact she conversed. For the in Chaucer's time. It may have been a technical term other arguments pro and con we must refer to the va in the game of hide.for; old terms are sometimes longer riorum Shakspeare.

preserved in jocular sports than in common usage, + Orchard in Shakspeare's time signified a garden. Some editors have printed it hid-foz; and others ex, So, in Romeo and Julist :

plained it young or cub.fox.

-Is it not strange, that sheep's guts should hale Leon. No; and swears she never will: that's her souls out of men's bodies ?-Well, a horn for my torment. money, when all's done.

Claud. 'Tis true, indeed ; so your daughter says: BALTHAZAR sings.

Shull I, says she, that have so oft encounter'd him

with scorn, write to him that I love him ! I. Balth. Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,

Leon. This says she now when she is beginning

to write to him : for she'll be up twenty times a Men were deceivers ever ;

night: and there will she sit in her smock, till she One foot in sea, and one on shore; have writ a sheet of paper :--my daughter tells us To one thing constant never :

all. Then sigh not 80,

Claud. Now you talk of a sheet of paper, I reBut let them go,

member a pretty jest your daughter told us of. And be you blithe and bonny;

Leon. 0°!-When she had writ it, and was readConverting all your sounds of woe

ing it over, she found Benedick and Beatrice beInto, Hey nonny, nonny.

tween the sheet !--
II.

Claud. That.
Sing no more ditties, sing no mo

Leon O! she tore the letter into a thousand half-
Of dumps so dull and heavy ; pence;' railed at herself, that she should be so im-
The fraud of men was ever so,

modest to write to one that she knew would flout Since summer first was leavy : her: I measure him, says she, by my own spirit; for Then sigh not 80, foc.

I should flout him, is he writ to me; yea, though I D. Pedro. By my troth, a good song.

love him, I should. Balth. And an ill singer, my lord.

Claud. Then down upon her knees she falls, D. Pedro. Ha ? no; no, faith ; thou singest well weeps, sobs, beats her heart, tears her hair, prays, onough for a shift.

curses:-0 sweet Benedick ! God give me patience Bene. (Aside.) An he had been a dog, that should

Leon, She doth indeed ; my daughter says so : have howled thus, they would have hanged him; and the ecstasys hath so much overborne her, that and, I pray God, his bad voice bode no mischief! my daughter is sometime afraid she will do a desI had as lief have heard the night-raven,' come perate outrage to herself: It is very true. what playue could have come after it.

D. Pedro. It were good, that Benedick knew of D. Pedro. Yea, marry ; [To Claudio.]--Dost it by some other, if she will not discover it. thou hear, Balthazar ? I pray thee, get us some ex

Člaud. To what end ? He would but make a sport cellent music; for to-morrow night we would have of it, and torment the poor lady worse. it at the lady Hero's chamber window.

D. Pedro. An he should, it were an alms to hang Balth. The best I can, my lord.

him: She's an excellent sweet lady; and, out of all D. Pedro. Do so : farewell. [E.teunt BALTHA- suspicion, she is virtuous. ZAR and music.] Como hither, Leonato : What Claud.' And she is exceeding wise. was it you told me of to-day? that your niece Bea- D. Pedro. In every thing but in loving Benedick. trice was in love with signior Benedick ?

Lcon. O my lord, wisdom and blood combating Claud. O, ay:--Stalk on, stalk on; the fowl in so terder a body, we have ten proofs to one, that sits. (Aside to PEDRO.) I did never think that blood hath the victory. I am sorry for her, as I lady would have loved any man.

have just cause, being her uncle and her guardian. Leon. No, nor I neither.; but most wonderful, D. Pedro. I would, she had bestow'd this dotago that she should so dote on signior Benedick, whom on me; I would have daff'd' all other respects, she bath in all outward behaviours seemed ever to and made her half myself : I pray you, tell Beneabhor,

dick of it, and hear what he will say. Bene. Is't possible ? Sits tho wind in that corner ? Leon. Were it good, think you ?

[Aside. Claud. Hero thinks surely, she will die : for she Leon. By my troth, my lord, I cannot tell what to says, she will die if he love her not; and she will think of it, but that she loves him with an enraged die ere she makes her love known; and she will die affection, it is past the infinite of thought." if he woo her, rather than she will 'hate one breath D. Pedro. May be, she doth but counterfeit.

of her accustomed crossness. Claud. Faith, like enough.

D. Pedro. She doth well: if she should make Leon. O God! counterfeit! There never was tender of her love, 'tis very possible he'll scorn it; counterfeit of passion came so near the life of pas- for the man, as you know all, hath a contemptibles sion, as she discovers it,

spirit. D. Pedro. Why, what effects of passion shows

Claud. He is a very proper man. she?

D. Pedro. He hath, indeed, a good outward hapClaud. Bait the hook well; this fish will bite. piness.

(Aside. Claud. 'Fore God, and in my mind, very wise, Leon. What effects, my lord! She will sit you,

D. Pedro. He doth, indeed, show some sparks You heard my daughter tell you how.

that are like wit. Claud. She did, indeed.

Leon. And I take him to be valiant. D. Pedro. How, how, I pray you? You amaze D. Pedro. As Hector, I assure you: and in the me : I would have thought her spirit had been in- managing of quarrels you may say he is wise ; for vincible against all assaults of atfection.

either be avoids them with great discretion, or unLeon. I would have sworn it had, my lord; es- dertakes them with a most christian-like fear. pecially against Benedick.

Leon. If he do fear God, he must necessarily keep Bene. Aside.) I should think this a gull, but peace; if he break the peace, he ought to enter into that the white-bearded fellow speaks it: knavery a quarrel with fear and trembling, cannot, sure, hide itself in such reverence.

D. Pedro. And so will he do; for the man doth Claud. He hath ta'en the infection ; hold it up. fear God, howsoever it seems not in him by some

(Aside. large jests he will make. Well, I am sorry for your D. Pedro. Hath she made her affection known to niece: Shall we go see Bencdick, and tell him of Benedick

her love? Ti, e. the owl.

mentered that the silver halfpence, which were then 2 This is an allusion to the stalking.horse ; a horse current, were very minute pieces. either real or factitious, by which the fowler anciently 5 See the Tempest, Act iii. Sc. l. *ci eoned himself from the sight of the game.

6 i.e. passion. 31. e. but with what an enraged affection she loves 7 To daff is the same as to do oj", to doff, to put aside, him, it is beyond the infinite power of ught to con- S That is, a spirit iuclined to scorn and coniemp.k ceive.

should be contemptuous. 4 1. e. Into a thousand small pieces : it should be re. 9 Handsome.

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