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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 him 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, Is 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, For look where Beatrice, like a lapwing, runs How much an ill word may empoison liking. Close by the ground, to hear our conference. Urs. O, do not do your cousin such a wrong.
Urs. The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish She cannot be so much without true judgement, Cut with her golden oars the silver stream, (Having so swift* and excellent a wit, And greedily devour the treacherous bait : As she is priz'd to have,) as to refuse So angle we for Beatrice ; who even now So rare a gentleman as signior Benedick. Is couched in the woodbine coverture.
Hero. He is the only man of Italy, Fear you not my part of the dialogue. Always excepted my dear Claudio. Hero. Then go we near her, that her ear Urs. I pray you, be not angry with me malose nothing
Speaking my fancy; signior Benedick, (dam, Of the false sweet bait that we lay for it.- For shape, for bearing, argument,t and valour,
[They advance to the bower. Goes foremost in report through Italy. No, truly, Ursula, she is too disdainful;
Hero. Indeed, he hath an excellent good I know, her spirits are as coy and wild As haggards of the rock.t
Urs. His excellence did earn it, ere he had Urs. But are you sure,
When are you married, madam? (it. That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely? Hero. Why, every day ;-to-morrow: Come, Hero. So says the prince, and my new-trothed
I'll show thee some attires; and have thy Urs. And did they bid you tell her of it, Which is the best to furnish me to-morrow. madam?
[it: Urs. She's lim'df I warrant you; we have Hero. They did intreat me to acquaint her of
caught her, madam. But I persuaded them, if they lovå Benedick, Hero. If it prove so, then loving goes by haps: To wish him wrestle with affection,
Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. And never to let Beatrice know of it.
[Exeunt HERO and URSULA. Urs. Why did you so ? Doth not the gentle
BEATRICE advances. Deserve as full, as fortunate a bed,
Beat. What fire is in mine ears? Can this 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, my kindness shall incite thee Misprisingt 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. I'll bring you thither, my lord, il How wise, how noble, young, how rarely fea- you'll vouchsafe me. But she wouldspell him backward: if fair-faced, D. Pedro. Nay, that would be as great a soil
* Discousing.' † A species of hawk. 1 Undervaluing. | * Ready. Conversation. Ensnared with birdlima
in the new gloss of your marriage, as to show Claud. "Tis even so: Hero and Margaret have
Enter Don John. twice or thrice cut Cupid's bow-string, and the
D. John. My lord and brother, God save you. little hangman dare not shoot at him : he hath
D. Pedro. Good den, brother. a heart as sound as a bell, and his tongue is
D. John. If your leisure served, I would the clapper; for what his heart thinks, his
speak with you. tongue speaks.
D. Pedro. In private?
D. John. If it please you ;—yet count Clau-
dio may hear; for what I would speak of, con
cerns him. D. Pedro. Hang him, truant; there's no true
D. Pedro. What's the matter? drop of blood in him, to be truly touch'd with love: if he be sad, he wants money.
D. John. Means your lordship to be married to-morrow?
[To CLAUDIO. Bene. I have the tooth-ach.
D. Pedro. You know he does. D. Pedro. Draw it.
D. John. I know not that, when he knows Bene. Hang it!
what I know. Claud. You must hang it first, and draw it
Claud. If there be any impediment, I pray afterward. D. Pedro. What? sigh for the tooth-ach?
you, discover it.
D. John. You may think I love you not; let
that appear hereafter, and aim better at me by
think he holds you well; and, in dearness of D. Pedro. There is no appearance of fancy riage: surely suit ill spent, and labour ill be
heart, hath holp to effect your ensuing marin him, unless it be a fancy that he hath to
stowed! strange disguises ; as, to be a Dutchman today ; a Frenchman to-morrow; or in the shape
D. Pcdro. Why, what's the matter? of two countries at once, as, a German from cumstances shortened, (for she hath been too
D. John. I came hither to tell you; and, cirthe waist downward, all slops ;* and a Spaniard long a talking of,) the lady is disloyal. from the hip upward, no doublet : Unless he
Claud. Who? Hero? have a fancy to this foolery, as it appears he hath, he is no fool for fancy, as you would
D. John. Even she; Leonato's Hero, your
man's Hero. have it appear he is. Claud. If he be not in love with some woman,
Claud. Disloyal ? there is no believing old signs : he brushes his her wickedness; I could say she were worse;
D. John. The word is too good to paint out hat o' mornings; What should that bode?
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 eivet:
Claud. May this be so?
D. Pedro. I will not think it.
D. John. If you dare not trust that you see,
confess not that you know : if you will follow youth's in love. D. Pedro. The greatest note of it is his me- me, I will show you enough; and when you
have seen more, and heard more, proceed aclancholy. Claud. And when was he wont to wash his
Claud. If I see any thing to night why I face? D. Pedro. Yea, or to paint himself? for the
should not marry her to-morrow; in the conwhich, I hear what they say of him.
gregation, where I should wed, there will I
shame her. Claud. Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is now crept into a lutestring, and now governed tain her, I will join with thee to disgrace her.
D. Pedro. And, as I wooed for thee to obby stops. D. Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for
D. John. I will disparage her no further, till him : 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! Claud. Yes, and his ill conditions ; and, in so will you say when you have seen the sequel.
D. John. O plague right well prevented! despite of all, dies for him. D. Pedro. She shall be buried with her face
SCENE III.-A Street. Bene. Yet is this no charm for the tooth- Enter DOGBERRY and VERGES, with the ach.--Old Signior, walk aside with me: I have
Watch. studied eight or nine wise words to speak to Dogb. Are you good men and true? you, which these hobby-horses must not hear. Verg. Yea, or else it were pity but they
[Exeunt BENEDICK and LEONATO. should suffer salvation, body and soul. D. Pedro. For my life, to break with him Dogb. Nay, that were a punishment too good about Beatrice.
for them, if they should have any allegiance in * Large loose breeches.
thein, being chosen for the prince's watch.
Verg. Well, give them their charge, neigh- , son; if you meet the prince in the night, you bour Dogberry.
may stay him. Dogb. First, who think you the most desart- Verg. Nay by'r lady, that I think, he cannot. less man to be constable ?
Dogb. Five shillings to one on't, with any 1 Watch. Hugh Oatcake, Sir, or George man that knows the statues, he may stay him : Seacoal; for they can write and read. · marry, not without the prince be willing : for,
Dogb. Come hither, neighbour Seacoal. God indeeil, the watch ought to offend no man; and hath blessed you with a good name: to be a it is an offence to stay a man against his will. well-favoured man is the gift of fortune ; but Verg. By’r lady, I think, it be so. to write and read comes by nature.
Dogb. Ha, ha, ha! Well, masters, good night: 2 Watch. Both which, master constable,- an there be any matter of weight chances, call
Dogb. You have; I knew it would be your up me: keep your fellows' counsels and your answer. Well, for your favour, Sir, why, give own, and good night.-Come, neighbour. God thanks, and make no boast of it; and for 2 Watch. Well, masters, we hear our charge: your writing and reading, let that appear when let us go sit here upon the church-bench till there is no need of such vanity. You are two, and then all to bed. thought here to be the most senseless and fit Dogb. One word more, honest neighbours: I man for the constable of the watch ; therefore pray you, watch about signior Leonato's door; bear you the lantern: This is your charge; for the wedding being there to-morrow, there You shall comprehend all vagrom men: you is a great coil to-night: Adieu, be vigitant, I are to bid any man stand, in the prince's name. beseech you. (Exeunt DOG BERRY & VERGES. 2 Watch. How if he will not stand?
Enter BORACA10 and CONRADE. Dogb. Why then, take no note of him, but let him go; and presently call the rest of the watch
Bora. What! Conrade, together, and thank God you are rid of a knave.
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.
I 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
stand close. most quiet watchman; for I cannot see how sleeping should offend: only, have a care that
Bora. Therefore know, I have earned of Don
John a thousand ducats. your bills* be not stolen :-Well, you are to call at all the ale-houses, and bid those that
Con. Is it possible that any villany should be
so dear? are drunk get them to bed. 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.
Con. I wonder at it. took them for. 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 you
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 Watch. If we know him to be a thief, shall | fool. But see'st thou not what a deformed thief
Bora. Tush! I may as well say, the fool's the we not lay hands on him ?
this fashion is ? Dogb. Truly, by your office you may; but, I think, they that touch pitch will be defiled :
Watch. I know that Deformed; he has been
a vile thief this seven year; he goes up and the most peaceable way for you, if you take a 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? Verg. You have been always called a mer
Con. No; 'twas the vane on the house. ciful man, partner.
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 hear us.
Hercules in the smirchedi worm-eaten tapesDogb. Why then, depart in peace, and let the try, where the cod-piece seems as massy as his
club child wake her with crying : for the ewe that will not hear her lamb when it baes, will never
Con. All this I see; and see that the fashioni 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
of the fashion? constable, are to present the prince's
* Unpractised in the ways of tho world. * Weapons of the watchmen.
Bora. Not so neither : but know, that I have Marg. Of what lady? of speaking honourto-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,--ahusband: 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 off in the orehard this amiable en the right wife; otherwise 'tis light, and not counter.
heavy: Ask my 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, but chiefly by my villany,
Hero. Why, how now! do you spea's in the
sick tune? which did confirm any slander that Don John
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' love; 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
Beat. Yea, Light o' love, with your heels ! saw over-night, and send her home again without 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. name, stand.
Marg. O illegitimate construction! I scorn 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 hushand ? I know him, he wears a lock.
Beat. For the letter that begins them all, H.* Con. Masters, masters.
Marg. Well, an you be not turned Turk, no 2 Watch. You'll be made bring Deformed more sailing by the star. forth, I warrant you.
Beat. 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 Bora. We are like to prove a goodly com
are an excellent perfume. modity, being taken up of these men's bills.
Beat. I am 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 Hero. Good Ursula, wake my cousin Bea
wit become me rarely? trice, and desire her to rise.
Beat. It is not seen enough, you should wear Urs. I will, lady.
it in your cap.-By my troth, I am sick. Hero. And bid her come hither.
Marg. Get you some of this distilled Carduus Urs. Well.
Benedictus, and lay it to your heart; it is the Marg. Troth, I think, your other rabato* only thing for a qualm. were better.
Hero. There thou prick'st her with a thistle. Hero. No, pray thee, good Meg, I'll wear
Beat. Benedictus! why Benedictus ? you this.
have some moralt in this Benedictus. Marg. By my troth, it's not so good; and I
Marg. Moral? no, by my troth, I ha ve no warrant, your cousin will say so.
moral meaning; I meant, plain holy-thistle. Hero. My cousin's a fool, and thou art an
You may think, perchance, that I think you other; I'll wear none but this.
are in love: nay, by'r lady, I am not such a Marg. I like the new tiret within excellent fool to think what I list; nor I list not to think ly, if the hair were a thought browner : and what I can; nor, indeed, I cannot think, if I your gown's a most rare fashion, i'faith. I saw would think my heart out of thinking, that you the duchess of Milan's gown, that they praise so.
are in love, or that you will be in love, or that Hero. O, that exceeds, they say.
you can be in love : yet Benedick was such Marg. By my troth it's but a night-gown in another, and now is he become a man: he respect of yours : Cloth of gold, and cuts, and swore he would never marry; and yet now, in laced with silver; set with pearls, down sleeves, despite of his heart, he eats his meat without side-sleeves,& and skirts round, underborne grudging: and how you may be converted, I with a blueish tinsel : but for a fine, quaint, know not, but, methinks, you look with your graceful, and excellent fashion, yours is worth eyes as other women do. ten on't.
Beat. What pace is this that thy tongue keeps? Hero. God give me joy to wear it, for my
Marg. Not a false gallop. heart is exceeding heavy!
Re-enter URSULA. Marg. "Twill be heavier soon, by the weight Urs. Madam, withdraw; the prince, the count, Hero. Fie upon thee! art not ashamed?
signior Benedick, Don John, and all the gallants
of a man.
of the town, are come to fetch you to church. Head-ilress. Long-sleeves. * I. e. for an ache or pain.
t Hidden meaning.
* A kind of ruf.
Hero. Help to dress me, good coz, good Meg, Verg. And we must do it wisely. good Ursula.
(Ereunt. Dogb. We will spare for no wit, I warrant SCENE V.-Another Room in LEONATO's drive some of them to a non com: only get the
you; here's that [Touching his forehead.] shall House.
learned writer to set down our excommunicaEnter LEONATO, with DOGBERRY and
tion, and meet me at the gaol. [Exeunt. VERGES. Leon. What would you with me, honest
ACT IV. neighbour?
SCENE 1.—The inside of a Church. Dogb. Marry, sir, I would have some con- Enter Don Pedro, Don John, LEONATO, fidence with you, that decerns you nearly. FRIAR, CLAUDIO, BENEDICK, HERO, and
Leon. Brief, I pray you; for you see, 'tis BEATRICE, &c. a busy time with me.
Leon. Come, friar Francis, be brief; only to Dogb. Marry, this it is, Sir.
the plain form of marriage, and you shall reVerg. Yes, in truth it is, Sir.
count their particular duties afterward, Leon. What is it, my good friends?
Friar. You come hither, my lord, to marry Dogb. Goodman Verges, Sir, speaks a little this lady? off the matter: an old man, Sir, and his wits Claud. No. are not so blunt, as, God help, I would desire Leon. To be married to her, friar; you come they were; but, in faith, honest, as the skin to marry her. between his brows.
Friar. Lady, you come hither to be married Verg. Yes, I thank God, I am as honest as to this count? any man living, that is an old man, and no Hero. I'do. honester than I.
Friar. If either of you know any inward imDogb. Comparisons are odorous : palabras, pediment why you should not be conjoined, I neighbour Verges.
charge you, on your souls, to utter it. Leon. Neighbours, you are tedious.
Claud. Know you any, Hero? Dogb. It pleases your worship to say so, but Hero. None, my lord. we are the poor duke's officers: but, truly, for Friar. Know you any, count? mine own part, if I were as tedious as a king, Leon. I dare make his answer, none. I could find in my heart to bestow it all of Claud. O, what men dare do! what men your worship.
may do! what men daily do! not knowing Leon. All thy tediousness on me! ha! what they do!
Dogb. Yea, and 'twere a thousand times Bene. How now! Interjections? Why, then more than 'tis: for I hear as good exclamation some be of laughing, as, ha! ha! he! on your worship, as of any man in the city ; Claud. Stand thee friar:-Father, by and though I be but a poor man, I am glad to
your leave! hear it.
Will you with free and unconstrained soul Verg. And so am I.
Give me this maid, your daughter? Leon. I would fain know what you have to 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'faith, 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 hobut, God is to be worshipped: All men are not alike; alas, good neighbour !
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.
To witness 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: ined before your worship.
Her blush is guilținess, 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. Dogb. 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 Mess. My lord, they stay for you to give You'll say, she did embrace me as a husband,
have known her, your daughter to her husband. Leon. I will wait upon them; I am ready.
And so extenuate the 'forehand sin: (Exeunt LEONATO and MESSENGER.
No, Leonato, Dogb. Go, good partner, go, get you to Fran- I never tempted her with word too large ;t 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.
Hero. And seem'd I ever otherwise to you?