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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.
[Exeunt. it hither to me in the orchard.
Boy. I am here, already, sir.
Bene. I know that ;-but I would have thee
hence, and here again.' [Exit Boy.)-I 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 Clauto 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 life; 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 bie ten nights awake, D. John. Show me briefly how.
carving the fashion of a new doubler. 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 iug-gentlewoman to Hero.
orthographer; his words are a very fantastical banD. John. I remember.
quet, 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 noi : I will not be sworu, 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 me, 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: anoiher virGo 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'll 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, an 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 moriyou for any other issue ?
sieur Love! I will hide me in the arbour. D. John. Only to despite them, I will endeavour
(Withdraws. any thing. Bora. Go then, find me a meet hour to draw Don
Enter Dox 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 sull 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 hushid on purpose to grace harmony! and his friend's reputation, who is thus like to be
D. Pedro. See you where Benedick hath bid himcozened with the semblance of a maid, -that you
self? have discovered thus. They will scarcely believe
Claud. O, 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 ;' and bring them to
again. see this, the very night before the intended wed
Balth. O good my lord, tax not so bad a voice ding; for, in the mean time I will so fashion the To slander music any more than once. 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 won 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. cunning shall not shame me.
Nay, pray thee, come:
Or, if thou wilt hold longer argument,
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 corrupIt is obvious why the term was applied to prostitutes. tion hort-chard, and hence orchard. 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 common in Shak-peare'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 : “I like the new tire within excel. Claudio in consequence of a secret agreement between lently, if the hair were a thought browner.” them, as a cover in case 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-fox; and others ex, So, in Romeo and Juli : :
plained it young or cub.fox.
-Is it not strango, 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.
Slull 1, says she, that have so oft encounter'd him I.
with scorn, write to him that I love him! 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 :
Claud. Now you talk of a sheet of paper, I re-
member a pretty jest your daughter told us of.
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!--
Leon O! she tore the letter into a thousand half-
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 so, &c.
I should flout him, if 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, enough for a shift.
curses :-0 suret 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 plague could have come after it.
D. Pedro. It were good, that Benedick knew of D. Pedro. Yea, marry ; [T. Claud10.)--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. [Exeunt BALTHA- suspicion, she is virtuous. Zar and music.) Come hither, Leonato : What Claud. And she is exceeding wise.
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 ?
Leon. 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 10 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 il good, think you?
(Aside. Claud. Hero thinks surely, she will die : for sho 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.3 if he woo her, rather than she will 'bate 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 hapCland. 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 tho 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 attection.
either he avoids them with great discretion, or unLeon. I would have sworn it had, my lord; es deriakes them with a most christian-like fear. pecially against Benedick.
Leon. If he do fear God, he must necessarily keep Bene į 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. Pero. 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 Benedick, and tell him of Benodick)
her love? 1 i. e, the owl.
membered 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. I. welconed himself from the sight of the game.
6 i.e. passion. 3 i. e. but with what an enraged affection she loves 7 To daj is the same as to do of", to do, to put aside, him, it is beyond the infinite power thought to con 8 That is, a spirit inclined scorn and coulempe. I ceive.
should be coniemptuous. 4 L c. into a thousand small pieces ; it should be re. 9 Handsome.