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good hare-finder, and Vulcan a 'rare carpen- myself the right to trust none; and the fine ter? Come, in what key shall a man take is, (for the which I may go the finer,) I will you, to go in the song?
live a bachelor. Claud. In mine eye, she is the sweetest D. Pedro. I shall see thee, ere I die, look lady that ever I looked on.
pale with love. Bene. I càu see yet without spectacles, and Bene. With anger, with sickness, or with I see no such matter : there's her cousin, an hunger, my lord; not with love : prove, that she were not possessed with a fury, exceeds ever I lose more blood with love, ihan I will her as much in beauty, as the tirst of May get again with drinking, pick out mine eyes doth the last of December. Bat I hope, you with a ballad.maker's pen, and hang me wp at have no intent to turn husband; have you ? the door of a brothel-house, for the sign of
Claud. I would scarce trust myself, though blind Cupid.
this faith, thou wilt prove a notable argument. Bene. Is it come to this, i'faith? Hath not Bene. If I do, hang me in a bottle like a the world one man, but he will wear his capcat, and shoot at me; and he that bits me, with suspicion? Shall
I never see a bachelor let him be clapped on the shoulder, and called of threescore again? Go to, i'faith ; an thou Adam . wilt needs thrust thy neck into a yoke, wear D. Pedro. Well, as time shall try: the print of it, and sigh away Sundays. Look, In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke. Don Pedro is returned to seek you.
Bene. The savage ball may ; but if ever Re-enter Don PEDRO.
the sensible Benedick bear it, pluck off the D. Pedro. What secret hath held you bull's horns, and set them in my forehead : here, that you followed not to Leonato's? and let me be vilely painted ; and in such
Bene. I would, your grace would constrain great letters as they write, Here is good horse me to tell.
to hire, let them signify under my sign,D. Pedro. I charge thee on thy allegiance. Here you may see Benedick the married Bene. You hear, Count Claudio: I can be man. secret as a dumb man, I would have you Claud. If this should ever happen, thou think so ; but on my allegiance,-mark you wouldst be horn-mad. this, ou my allegiance :-He is in love. With D. Pedro. Nay, if Cupid have not spent who?-now that is your grace's part.- Mark, all his quiver in Venice, thou wilt quake for how short his answer is :- With Hero, this shortly. Leonato's short daughter.
Bene. I look for an earthquake too then. Claud. If this were so, so were it uttered. D. Pedro. Well, you will temporize with
Bene, Like the old tale, my lord : it is not the hours. In the mean time, good signior 80, uor 'twas not so; but, indeed, God forbid Benedick, repair to Leonato's ; commend it should be so.
nie to hiin, and tell bim, I will not fail him Claud. If my passion change not shortly, at supper; for, indeed, he hath made great God forbid it should be otherwise.
preparation. D. Pedro. Amen, if you love her; for the Bene. I have almost matter enough in me lady is very well worthy.
for such an embassage; and so I commit youČlaud. You speak this to fetch me in, my Claud. To the tuition of God: From my lord.
house, (if I had it,) D. Pedro. By my troth, I speak my thought. D. Pedro. The sixth of July : Your loving Claud. And, in faith, my lord, I spoke mi friend,
Bene: And, by my two faiths and trotlıs, Bene. Nay, mock not, mock not: The my lord, I spoke mine.
body of your discourse is sometime guarded ! Cláud. That I love her, I feel.
with fragments, and the guards are but slightly D. Pedro. That she is worthy, I know. 'basted on neither: ere you fout old ends any
Bene. That I neither feel how she should further, examine your conscience; and so I be loved, nor know how she should be worthy, leave you.
[Erit BENEDICK. is the opinion that fire cannot melt out of Claud. My liege, your highness now may me; I will die in it at the stake.
do me good.
[it but how, D. Pedro. Thou wast ever an obstinate D. Pedro. My love is thine to teach; teach heretic in the despite of beauty.
And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn Clauit. And never could maintain his part, | Any hard lesson that may do thee good. but in the force of his wilt.
Claud. Hath Leonato any son, my lord ? Bene. That a womai conceived me, I thank D. Pedro. No child but Hero, she's his only her ; that she brought me op, I likewise give Dost thou affect her, Claudio ! [heir : her must humble thanks : but that I will Claud.
O, my lord, have
a recheat* winded in my forehead, or When you went onward on this ended action, hang iny buglet in an invisible baldrics, all I look'd upon her with a soldier's eye, women shall pardon tae: Because I will not That lik’d, bat had a rougher task in hand do them the wrong to ristrust'any, I will do Than to drive liking to the name of love :
... 1920. tune sounded to call off the dogs.. + Hunting-horn. + Girdle. The name of
a famous archer. Triinmed.
But now I am return'd, and that war thoughts SCENE III. Another Room in Leonato's
Con. What the goujeret, my lord! why are And tire the hearer with a book of words : you thus out of measure sad? If thou dost love fair Hero, cherisb it;
D. John. There is no measure in the occaAnd I will break with her, and with her father, sion that breeds it, therefore the sadạess is And thou shalt have her: Was't not to this end, without limit. That thou began'st to twist so fine a story?
Con. You should hear reason. Claud. How sweetly do you minister to love,
D. John. And when I have heard it, what That kuow love's grief by his complexion ! blessing bringeth it? But lest my liking might too sudden seem,
Con. If not a present remedy, yct a patient I would have salv'd it with a longer treatise.
sufferance. D. Pedro. What need the bridge much
D. John. I wonder, that thou being (as broader than the flood ?
thou say'st thou art) born under Saturn, goest The fairest grant is the necessity : [lov'st; about to apply a moral medicine to a morti Look,'w hat will serve, is fit: 'tis once, thou fying mischief. I cannot hide what I am: 1 And I will fit thee with the remedy.
must be sad when I have cause, and sinile at I know, we shall have reveliing to-night; no man's jests; eat when I have stomach, and I will assume thy part in some disguise,
wait for no man's leisure; sleep when I am And tell fair Hero I am Claudio;
drowsy, and tend to no man's business ; laugh And in her bosom I'll unclasp my heart,
when I am merry, and clawg no man in his And take her hearing prisoner with the force humour. And strong encounter of my amorous tale :
Con. Yea, but you must not make the fall Then, after, to her father will I break; show of this till you may do it without cobAnd, the couclusion is, she shall be thine :
trolment. You have of late stood out against In practice let us put it presently. (Exeunt. your brother, and he hath ta’en you newly
into his grace; where it is impossible you SCENE II. A Room in Leonato's House. should take true root, but by the fair weather Enter LEONATO and Antonio.
that you make yourself: it is needful that
you frame the season for your own harvest. Leon. How now, brother? Where is my D. John. I had rather be a canker in a cousin, your son ? Hath he provided this hedge, than a rose in his grace; and it better music?
fits my blood to be disdained of all, than to Ant. "He is very busy about it. But, bro- fashion a carriage to rob love from any: in ther, I can tell you strange news that you yet this, though I cannot be said to be a fiatter
: dreamed not of.
ing honest mau, it must not be denied that I Leon. Are they good ?
am a plain dealing villain. I am trusted with Ant. As the event stamps them; but they a inuzzle, and enfranchised with a clog; there. have a good cover, they show well outward. fore I have decreed not to sing in my cage : The prince and Count Claudio, walking in a If I had my mouth, I would bite; if I had iny thick-pleached 1 alley in my orchard, were liberty, I would do my liking : in the mean thns much overheard by a man of mine: The time, let me be that I am, and seek not to alprince discovered to Claudio, that he loved ter me. my niece your daughter, and meant to acknow, Con. Can you maké no use of your disledge it this night in a dance; and, if he told content ? her' accordant, he meant to take the present
D. John. I make all use of it, for I nse it time by the top, and instantly break with you only; Who comes here? What uews, of it.
chio? Leon. Hath the fellow any wit, that told
Bora. I came yonder from a great supper; Ant. A good sharp fellow : I will send for the prince, your brother, is royally entertained him, and question him yourself.
by Leonato; and I can give you intelligeuce Leon. No, no; we will bold it as a dream of an intended marriage. till it appear itself:-but I will acqnaint my D. John. Will it serve for any model to daughter withal, that she may be the better build mischief on? What is he for a fool, that prepared for an answer, if peradventure this betroths himself to unquietness ? be true. Go you, and tell her of it. (Several Bura. Marry, it is your brother's right persons cross the stage.) Cousins, you know hand. what you have to do.-0, I cry you mercy, D. John. Who? the most exquisite Claudio? friend; you go with me, and I will use your Bora. Even he. skill : -Good cousins have a care this busy D. John. A proper squire! And who, and time.
[Exeunt, who? which way looks he? . Once for all. 1 Thickly.interwoven. The venereal disease.
Ø Flatter # Doy-rose.
Bora. Marry, on Hero, the daughter and may prove food to my displeasure: that young heir of Leonato.
start-up hath all the glory of my overthrow; D. John. A very forward March chick! | if I can cross him any way, I bless myself How came you to this?
every way : You are both sure, and will asBora. Being entertained for a perfumer, as sist me? I was smoking a musty room, comes me the Con. To the death, my lord. prince and Claudio, hand in hand, in sad * D. John. Let us to the great supper; their conference: I whipt me behind the arras ; cheer is the greater, that I am subdued : and there beard it agreed upon, that the prince 'Would the cook were of my mind !-Shall we should woo Hero for himself, aud having ob- go prove what's to be done? tained her, give her to count Claudio.
Bora. We'll wait upon your lordship. D. John. Come, come, let us thither; this
АСТ II. SCENE I. A Hall in Leonato's House. Leo. Well then, go you into hell ? Enter LEONATO, ANTONIO, HERO, BBA- Beat. No; but to the gate; and there will TRICE, and others.
the devil meet me, like an old cuckold, with Leon. Was not count John here at supper? Beatrice, get you to heaven; here's no
borns on his head, and say, Get you to heaven, Ant. I saw him not.
Beat. How tarily that gentleman looks! I place for you maids : so deliver I up my never can see him, but I am heart-burned an apes, and away to Saint Peter for the hea. hour after,
vens; he shows me where the bachelors sit, Hero. He is of a very melancholy disposi- and there live we as merry as the day is long? tion.
Ant. Well, niece, (To Hero.) I trust, you Beat. He were an excellent man, that were
will be ruled by your father. made just in the mid-way between him and
Beat. Yes, faith ; it is any cousin's duty to Benedick: the one is too like an image, and make courtesy,
and say, Father, as it please says nothing; and the other, too like my la- you:--but yet for all that, cousin, let him be dy's eldest son, evermiore tattling.
á handsome fellow, or else make another Leon. Then half signior Benedick's tongue courtesy, and say, Father, as it please me. in coun: John's mouth, and half count Johu's
Leon. Well, niece, I hope to see you one melancholy in signior Benedick's face,
day fitted with a husband. Beat. With a good leg, and a good foot, other metal than earth.
Beat. Not till God make men of some ancle, and money enough in bis purse, such a
Would it not grieve man would win any woman in the world, -if a woman to be over-mastered with a piece of
valiant dust ? to make an account of her life he could get her good will. Leon. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never
to a clod of wayward marl? No, uncle, I'll get thee a husband, it' thou be so shrewd of none : Adam's sous are my brethren ; and thy tongue.
truly, I hold it a sin to match in my kinAnt. In faith, she is too curst.
dred. Beat. Too curst is more than curst: I shall Leon. Daughter, remember, what I told lessen God's sending that way: for it is said, you: if the prince do solicit you in that kind, God sends a curst cow short horns; but to you know your answer. a cow too curst he sends none.
Beat. The fault will be in the music, couLeon. So, by being too curst, God will sin, if you be not woo'd in good time: if the send you no horns.
priuce be too important t, tell him, there is Beat. Just, if he send me no husband; for measure in every thing, and so dance out the the which blessing, I am at him upon my
For hear me, Hero; Wooing, wedknees every morning and evening : Lord ! 'ding, and repenting, is as a Scotch jig, a meacould not endure a husband with a beard on sure, and a cinque-pace : the first suit is hot his face; I had rather lie in the woollen.
and hasty, like a Scotch jig, and full as fan. Leon. You may light upon a husband, that tastical; the wedding, mannerly-modest, as a hath no beard.
measure full of state and ancientry; and then Beat. What should I do with him? dress comes repentance, and, with his bad legs, him in my apparel, and make him my waiting falls into the cinque-pace faster and faster, tili gentlewoman? He that hath a beard, is more he sink into his grave. than a youth; and he that hath no beard, is
Leon. Cousin, you apprehend passing less than a man: and he that is more than a
shrewdly. youth, is not for me; and he that is less than
Beat. I have a good eye, uncle; I can see a man, I am not for him. Therefore I will a church by day-light. even take sixpence in earnest of the bear-herd,
Leon. The revellers are entering; brother, and lead his apes into hell.
make good room. ... Serious.
Enter Don Pedro, CLAUDIO, Benedick, light in him; and the commendation is not in
BALTHAZAR; Don JOHN, BORACHIO, his wit, but in his villany; for he both pleasMARGARET, URSULA, and others, eth men, and angers them, and then they laugh masked.
at him, and beat him: I am sure, he is in the D. Pedro. Lady, will you walk about Beet; I would he had boardedý me. with your friend * ?
Bene. When I know the gentleman, I'll Hero. So you walk softly, and look sweet- tell him what you say. ly, and say nothing, I am yours for the walk; Beat. Do, do: he'll but break a comparison and, especially, when I walk away.
or two on me; which, peradventure, not 1. Pedro. With me in your company? marked, or not laughed at, strikes him into Hero. I may say so, when I please. melancholy; and then there's a partridge-wing D), Pedro. And when please you to say so? saved, for the fool will eat no snpper that
Hero. When I like your favour; for God night [Music within.] We must follow the defend t, the lute should be like the case! leaders. D. Pedro. My visor is Philemon's roof;
Bene. In every good thing. within the house is Jove.
Beat. Nay, if they lead to any ill, I will Hero. Why, then your visor should be leave them at the next turning. thatch'd.
[Dance. Then exeunt all but Don Joun, D. Pedro. Speak low, if you speak love.
BORACHIO, and CLAUDIO: [Takes her aside. D. John. Sure, my brother is amorous on Bene. Well, I would you did like me. Hero, and bath withdrawn herfather to break
Marg. So would not I, for your own sake; with him abont it. The ladies follow her, and for I have many ill qualities.
but one visor reniains. Bene. Which is one?
Bora. And that is Claudio; I know him by Marg. I say my prayers aloud.
his bearing ll. Bene. I love you the better; the hearers D. John. Are not you signior Benedick? may cry, Amen.
Claud. You know me well; I am he. Marg. God match me with a good dancer! D. John. Signior, you are very near my Balth. Amen.
brother in his love; he is enamoured on Hero; Marg. And God keep him out of my sight, I pray you, dissuade him from her, she is no when the dance is done! - Answer, clerk, equal for his birth; you may do the part of an
Balth. No more words; the clerk is an honest man in it. swered.
Claud. How know you he loves her? Urs. I know you well enough; you are
D. John. I heard him swear his affection. I signior Antonio.
Bora. So did I too; and he swore he Ant. At a word, I am not.
would marry her to-night. Urs. I know you by the waggling of your D. John, Come, let us to the banquet. head.
[Exeunt Don JOHN and BORACHIO. Ant. To tell you true, I counterfeit bim. Claud. Thus answer I in pame of Benedick,
Urs. You could never do him so ill-well, But hear these ill news with the ears of Clau. unless yon werethe very man : Here's his dry
(self. hand up and down; you are he, you are he. 'Tis certain so ;-—the prince wooes for himAnt. At a word, I am not.
Friendship is constant in all other things, Urs. Come, come; do you think I do not Save in the office and affairs of love: know you by yonr excellent wit? Can vir- Therefore, all hearts in love use their own tue hide itself? Go to, mum, you are he: tongues ; graces ill appear,
and there's an end. Let every eye negotiate for itself, Beat. Will yon not tell me who told you so ? And trust no agent : for beauty is a witch, Bene. No, you shall pardon me.
Against whose charms faith melteth into Beat. Nor will you not tell me who you
blood I. are?
This is an accident of bourly proof, (Hero! Bene. Not now.
Which I mistrusted not: Farewell, therefore, Beat. That I was disdainful,-and that I
Re-enter BENEDICK. had my good wit out of the Hundred merry Bene. Count Claudio? Tales ;--Well, this was signior Benedick that Claud. Yea, the same. said so.
Bene. Coine, will you go with me! Bene. What's he?
Claud. Whither? Beat. I am sure, you know him well Bene. Even to the next willow, about your enough.
own business, count. What fashion will you Bene. Not I, believe me.
wear the garland of? About your neck, like Beat. Did he never make you laugh? au usorer's chain? or under your arm, like a Bene. I pray yon, what is he?
lieutenant's scarf? You must wear it over Beat. Why, he is the prince's jester: a way, for the prince bath got your Hero. very doll fool; only his gift is in devising im. Claud. I wish him joy of her. possible Islanders: none but libertines de. Bene. Why, that's spoken like an honest • Lover. + Forbid. Incredible.
♡ Accosted. | Carriage, demeanour.
drover; so they sell bollocks. But did you marry her, though she were endowed with think, the prince would have served you thus? all that Adam had left him before he transClaud. I pray yon, leave me.
gressed : she wonld have made Hercules have Bene. Ho! now you strike like the blind turned spit; yea, and have cleft his elnb to man; 'twas the boy that stole your meat, and make the fire too. Come, talk not of her ; you'll beat the post.
you shall find her the infernal Até t in good Claud. If it will not be, I'll leave you. apparel. I would to God, some scholar would
(Exit. conjure her ; for, certainly, while she is here, Bene. Alas, poor hurt fowl! Now will he a man may live as qniet in hell, as in a sanccreep into sedges. Bat, that my lady Bea. Luary; and people sin upon purpose, because trice should know me, and not know me! they would go thither; so, indeed, all disquiet, The prince's fool !-Ha! it may be, I go un- horror, and perturbation follow her, der that title, because I am merry-Yea; but Re-enter CLAUDIO and BEATRICE. 80; I am apt to do myself wrong: I am not D. Pedro. Look, here she comes. so reputed: it is the base, the bitter disposi- Bene. Will your grace command me any tion of Beatrice, that puts the world into her service to the world's end? I will go on the person, and so gives me out. Well, I'll be slightest errand now to the Antipodes, that revenged as I may.
you can devise to send me on; I will fetch Re-enter Don PEDRO, Hero, and LEO. you a toothpicker now from the farthest inch
of Asia ; bring you the length of Prester John's D. Pedro. Now, signior, where's the foot ; fetch you a hair of the great Cham's count; Did you see him?
beard; do you any embassage to the Pigmies, Bene. Troth, my lord, I have played the rather than hold three words' conference with part of lady Fame. I found him here as me this harpy: You have no employment for lancholy as a lodge in a warren; I told him, me? and, I think, I told him true, that your grace
D. Pedro. None, but to desire
your good had got the good will of this young lady ; company. and I offered him my company to a willow Bene. O God, sir, here's a dish I love not; tree, either to make him a garland, as being I cannot endure my lady Tongue. [Exit. forsaken, or to bind him up a rod, as being D. Pedro. Come, lady, come; you have worthy to be whipped.
lost the heart of signior Benedick. D. Pedro. To be whipped! What's his Beat. Indeed, my lord, he lent it me fault?
awhile ; and I gave him use $ for it, a donble Bene. The flat transgression of a school- heart for his single one: marry, once before, boy ; who, being overjoy'd with finding a he won it of me with false dice, therefore bird's nest, shows it his companion, and he your grace may well say, I have lost it. steals it.
D. Pedro. Yon have put him down, lady, D. Pedro. Wilt thou make a trust a trans- yon bave put him down. gression? The transgression is in the stealer. Beat. So I would not he should do me,
Bene. Yet it had not been amiss, the rod my lord, lest I should prove the mother of had been made, and the garland too; for the fools. I have brought count Claudio, whom garland he might have worn bimself; and the you sent me to seek. rod he might have bestow'd on you, who, as D. Pedro. Why, how now, count? where. I take it, have stolen his bird's nest.
fore are you sad? D. Pedro. I will but teach them to sing, ('laud. Not sad, my lord. and restore them to the owner.
D. Pedro. How then? Sick? Bene. If their singing answer your saying, ('laud. Neither, my lord. ! by my faith, you say honestly.
Beat. The count is neither sad, nor sick, D. Pedro. The lady Beatrice hath a quar- nor merry, nor well: bat civil, count; civil rel to you; the gentlenian, that danced with as an orange, and something of that jealous her, told her, she is much wronged by you. complexion.
Bene. O, she misused me past the endu- D. Pedro. I'faith, lady, I think your blarance of a block; an oak, bat with one green zon to be true, though, I'll be sworn, if he leaf on it, would have answered her ; my very be so, his conceit is false. Here, Claudio, I visor began to assume life, and scold with have wooed in thy name, and fair Hero is her: She told me, not thinking I had been won; I have broke with her father, and his myself, that I was the prince's jester; that I good will obtained : name the day of marwas duller than a great thaw; huddling jest riage, and God give thee joy! upon jest, with such impossible * conveyance, Leon. Count, take of me my daughter, and npon me, that I stood like a man at a 'mark, with her my fortunes: his grace hath made with a whole army shooting at me: She the match, and all grace say Amen to it! speaks poniards, and every word stabs: if Beat. Speak, count, 'tis your caes. her breath were as terrible as her termina- Claud. Silence is the perfectest herald of tions, there were no living near her, she joy : I were but little happy, if I could say would infect to the north star. I would not how much.-Lady, as you are mine, I am . Incredible. + The Goddess of Discord.
Interest. $ Turn: a phrase among the players.