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That may be wish'd for,

Thou seest, that all the grace that she hath Beat.

How now, cousin Hero? left, Friar. Have comfort, lady.

Is, that she will not add to her damnation

Dost thou look up? A sin of perjury; she not denies it:
Friar. Yea; Wherefore should she not? Why seek'st thou then to cover with excuse
Leon. Wherefore? Why, doth not every That which appears in proper nakedness ?
eartbly thing

Friar. Laily, what man is he you are acCry shame upon ber? Could she here deny

cus'd of?

[know none; The story that is printed in her blood ?- Hero. They know, that do accuse me; I Do not live, Hero: do not ope thine eyes: If I know more of any man alive, [rant, For did I think thoo wouldst not quickly die, Than that which maiden modesiy doth warThought I thy spirits were stronger than thy Let all my sins lack mercy !-O my father, shames,

Prove you that any man with me convers'd Myself would, on the reaçward of reproaches, At hours unmeet, or that I yesternight [ture, Strike at thy live. Griev'd I, 1 had but one ? Maintain’d the change of words with any creaChid I for that at frugal nature's frame*? Refuse me, hate me,

torture me to death, 0, one too much by thee! Why had I one ? Friar. There is some strange misprision Why ever wast thou lovely in my eyes?

in the princes.

(honour; Why had I not, with charitable hand,

Bene. Two of them have the very bent of Took up a beggar's issue at niy gates;

And if their wisdoms be misled in this, Who smirched 1 thus, and mired with infamy, The practice of it lives in John the bastard, I might have said, Nu purt of it is mine, Whose spirits toil in frame of villanies. This shame derives itself from unknown Leon.' I know not; If they speak but loins? (prais'd, truth of her,

[bonour, But mine, and mine 1 tov'd and mine i These hand's shall tear her; if they wrong her And mine that I was proud on; mine so The proudest of them shall well hear of it. much,

Time hath not yet so dried this blood of mine,
That I myself was to myself not mine, Nor age so eat up my irivention,
Valuing of her; why, she-0, she is fallen Nor fortune made such bayock of my means,
loto a pit of ink! that the wide sea

Nor my bad life reft me so much of friends,
Hath drops too few to wash her clean again; But they shall find, awak'd in such a kind,
And salt too little, which may season give Both strength of limb, and policy of mind,
To her foul tainted flesh !

Ability in means, and choice of friends,

Sir, sir, be patient: To quit ine of them throughly. For my part, I am so attir'd in wonder, Friar.

Pause a while, I know not what to say.

And let my counsel sway you in this case. Beat. 0, on my soui, my cousin is belied ! Your daughter here the princes left for dead; Bene. Lady, were you her bedfellow. Fast Let her awhile be secretly kept io, night?

(night, And publish it, that she is dead indeed ; Beat. No, truly, not: although, until last Maintain a mourning ostentation; I have this twelvemonth been her bedfellow. And on your family's old monument Leon. Confirm'd, confirm'd! O, that is Hang mournful epitaphs, and do all rites stronger made,

That appertain unto a burial. Which was before barr'd up with ribs of iron! Leon. What shall become of this? What Would the two princez lie? and Claudio lie? will this do? Who lov'd her so, that, speaking of her foul- Friar. Marry, this, well carried, shall on 1-ness, [die. her behalf

[good : Wash'd it with tears ? Hence from her ; let her Change slander to remorse. that is some Friar. Hear me a little;

But not for that, dream ļ on this strange For I have only been sitent so long,

course, And given way unto this course of fortune, But on this travail look for greater birth. By noting of the lady: I have mark'd She dying, as it must be so maintain'd, A thousand blushing apparitions start Upon the instant that she was accus'd, Into her fáce; a thousand inno:ent shames Shall be lamented, pitied and excus'd, In angel whiteness bear away those blushes ; Of every bearer: For it so falls out, And in her eye there hath appear'd a fire, That what we have we prize not to the worth, To burn the errors that these princes bold Whiless we enjoy it; but being lack'd and Against her maiden truth :-Call me a fool;

lost, Trust not my reading, nor my observations, Wliy, then we rack || the value ; then we find Which with experimental seal doth warrant The virtue, that possession would not show The tenour of my book; trust nof my age,

(Claudio : My reverence, calling, nor divinity,

Whiles it was ours :--So will it fare with If this sweet lady lie not guiltless here Wben he shall hear she died upon this words, Under some biting error.

The idea of her life shall sweetly creep Leon.

Friar, it cannot be: Into bis study of imagination; • Disposition of things. + Sallied.

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And every lovely organ of her life

Bene. What offence, sweet Beatrice? Shall come apparell'd in more precious habit,

Beat. You have staid me in a happy hour; More moving-delicate, and full of life, I was about to protest, I loved you. Into the eye and prospect of his soul,

Bene. And do it with all thy heart. Than when she liv'd indeed :—then shall be Beat. I love you with so much of my mourn,

heart, that none is left to protest. (If ever love had interest in his liver,)

Bene. Come, bid me do any thing for thee. And wish he had not so accused her;

Beut. Kill Claudio. No, though he thought his accusation true. Bene, Ha! not for the wide world, Let this be so, and doubt not but success Beat. You kill me to deny it: Farewell. Will fashion the event in better shape

Bene. Tarry, sweet Beatrice. Than I can lay it down in likelihood.

Beut. I am gone, thongh I am here; But if all kini but this be leveli'd false,

There is no love in yon :-Nay,

pray you, The supposition of the lady's death Will quench the wonder of her infamy: Bene. Beatrice, And, if it sort not well, you may conceal her Beut. In faith, I will go. (As best befits her wounded reputation)

Bene. We'll be friends first. In some reclusive and religious life,

Beat. You dare easier be friends with me, Out of all eyes, tongues, minds, and injuries. than fight with mine enemy. Bene. Signior Leonato, let the friar advise Bere. Is Claudio thine enemy? you:

[love Beut. Is he not approved in the height a And though, you know, 'my inwardness and villain, that hath slandered, scorned, dishoIs very much unto the prince and Claudio, noured my kinswoman 2-0, that I were Yet, by mine honour, I will deal in this a man !- What! bear her in handt until As secretly, and justly, as your soul

they come to take hands; and then 'with Should with your body.

public accusation, uncovered slander, unmi: Leon.

Being that I flow in grief, tigated ranconr, -O God, that I were a man! The smallest twine may lead me.

I would eat his heart in the inarket-place, Friar. 'Tis well consented; presently

Bene. Hear me, Beatrice; away ;

[cure. Beat. Talk with a man out at a window? For to strange sores strangely they strain the a proper saying! Come, lady, die to live: this wedding day, Bene. Nay but, Beatrice ;Perhaps, is but prolong'd; have patience, and Beut. Sweet Hero!-she is wronged, she endure.

is slandered, she is undone. (Exeunt Friar, HÉRO, and LEONATO. Btne. BeatBene. Lady Beatrice, have you wept all

Beat. Princes, and counties I! Surely, a this while?

princely testimony, a goodly count-confectg; Beat. Yea, and I will weep a whilelonger. a sweet gallant, surely that I were a man Bene. I will not desire that.

for his sake! or that I had any friend would Beat. Yon have no reason, I do it freely.

be a man for my sake! But manhood is Bene. Surely, I do believe your fair cousin melted into courtesies ll, valour into compli is wrong'd.

ment, and men are only turned into tongue, Beat. Ah, how much might the man deserve and trim ones too: he is now as valiant as of me, that would right her!

Hercules, that only tells a lie, and swears it Bene. Is there any way to show such I cannot be a man with wishing, therefore I friendship?

will die a woman with grieving. Beat. A very even way, but no such friend. Bene. Tarry, good Beatrice : By this hand,

I love thee. a man do it? Beat. It is a man's office, but not yours.

Beat. Use it for my love some other way Bene. I do love nothing in the world so than swearing by it. well as you; Is not that strange?

Bene. Think you in your soul the count Beat. As strange as the thing I know not: Claudio bath wronged Hero? It were as possible for me to say, I loved no- Beat. Yea, as sure as I have a thought, or thing so well as you : but believe me not;

a soul,

. and yet I lie not; I. confess nothing, nor I

Bene. Enough, I am engaged, I will chaldeny nothing :-I am sorry for my consin.

lenge him ; I will kiss your hand, and so leave Bene. By my sword, Beatrice,thou lovest me. you: By this band, Claudio shall render me Beat. Do not swear by it, and eat it.

a dear account: As you hear of me, so think Bene. I will swear by it, that you love me; of me. Go, comfort your cousin: I must say, and I will make him eat it, that says, I love she is dead, and so, farewell. (Exeunt.

SCENE II. A Prison. Beat. Will you not eat your word? Enter DOG BERRY, VERGES, und Sexton in Bene. With no sance that can be devised to gowns; and the Watch, with CONRADE it: I protest, I love thee.

and BORACH10 Beat. Why then, God forgive me!.it Dogb. Is our whole dissembly appeared ? + Delude her with hopes. I Noblemen. Ý A nobleman made out of sugar.

|| Ceremony

Bene. May

not you.


Verg. O, a stool and a cushion for the sexton! Sexton. What heard you bim say else?
Seaton. Which be the malefactors?

2 Watch, Marry, that he had received a Dogb. Marry, that ain I and my partner. thousand ducats of Don John, for accusing the

Verg: Nay, that's certain; we have the lady Hero wrongfully. exhibition to examine.

Dogo. Flat burglary, as ever was committed. Sexton. But which are the offenders that Verg. Yea, by the mass, that it is are to be examined ? let them come before Sexton. What else, fellow? master constable.

I Watch, And that count Claudio did Dogb. Yea, marry, let'them come before mean, upon his words, to disgrace Hero before me.- What is your name,


the whole assembly, and not marry her. Bora, Borachio.

Dogb. () villain! thou wilt be condemned ---Dogb. "Pray write down-Borachio. into everlasting redemption for this. Yours, sirrab?

Sexton. What else? Con. I am a gentleman, sir, and my name 2 Watch, This is all. is Conrade.

Sextin. And this is more, masters, than Dogb. Write down_master gentleman Con- you can deny. Prir.ce John is this morning rade.--Masters, do you serve God?

secretly stolen away; Hero was in this manCon Bord. Yea, sir, we hope.

ner accused, in this very manner refused, and Dogb. Write down—that they hope they upon the grief of this, suddenly died.serve God: -and write God first, for God de-Master constable, let these men be bound, fend but God should go before such villains ! --and brought to Leonaty's ; I will go before, Masters, it is proved already that you are and show him their examination. (Exit. little better than false knaves; and it will go Dogb. Come, let them be opinioned. near to be thought so shortly. How answer Verg. I et them be in band *. you for yourselves?

Con. Off, coxcomb! Con. Marry, sir, we say we'are none. Dogb. God's my life! Where's the sexton ?

Dogb. A marvellous witty fellow, I assure let him write down-the prince's officer, coxyou; but I will go about with him.-Come comb.-Come, bind them :- Thou naughty you hither, sirrah; a word in your ear, sir; varlet ! I say to you, it is thought you are false knaves. Con. Away! you are an ass, you are an ass.

BoraSir, I say to you, we are none. Dogb, Dost thou not suspect my place? if

Dogh. Well, stand aside.-'Fore God, they | Dost thou net suspect my years ?-0 that he are both in a tale': Have you wiit down were here to write nie down-an aşs!- but, that they are none?"

masters, remeniber, that I am an ass; though Sexton. Master constable, you go not the it be not written down, yet forget not that I ki way to examine;"you must call forth the am an ass:No, thou 'villain, thou' art full of watcli that are their accusers.

piety, as shall be proved upon thee by good Dogb. Yea, marry, that's the estest way :-witness. I am a wise fellow; and, which is a Let the watch come forth :- Masters, I charge more, an officer ; and, which is more, a house. you, in the prince's name, accuse these men. holder; and, which is more, as pretty a piece

I Watch. This man said, sir, that Don John, of flesh as any is in Messina ; and one that ? the prince's brother, was a villain.

knows the law, go to; and a rich fellow ***Dogb.Write down-prince John a villain :- enough, go to; and a fellow that hath bad Why this is Aat perjury, to call a prince's losses; and one that bath two gowns, and brother-villain.

everything handsome about him :Pring Bora. Master constable,

him away. O, that I had been writ down Dogh. Pray tliee, fellow, peace; I do not an ass.

(Exeunt. like thy look, I promise thee,

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SCENE I. Before Leonato's House. And bid him speak of patience ;
Enter Leonato 'and Anton10.

Measure his woe the length and breadth of

And let it answer every strain for strain ; Ant. If you goon thus, you will kill yonrself; As thus for thus, and such a grief for such, And 'tis not wisdom, thus to second grief In every lineament, branch, shape, and form: Against yourself.

If such a one will smile, and stroke his beard ; Leon. I pray thee, cease thy counsel, Cry-sorrow, wag! and hem, when he should Which falls into mine ears as profitless


(drunk As water in a sieve: give vot me counsel ; Patch grief with proverbs; make misfortune Nor let no comforter delight mine ear, With candle-wasters ; bring him yet to me, But such a one whose wrongs do suit with mine. And I of him will gather patience. Bring me a father, that so lov'd his cbild, But there is no such map : For, brother, men Whose joy of her is overwhelm'd like mine, Cán counsel, and speak comfort to that grief



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Which they themselves not feel; but, tasting it, I'll prove it on his body, if he dare ;
Their counsel turns to passion, which before, Despite his nice fence, and his active practicet,
Would give preceptial medicine to rage, His May of youth, and bloom of lustihood.
Fetter strong madness in a silken thread,"Cloud. Away, I will not have to do with you.
Charm ache with air, and agony with words : Leon. Canst thou so daff me? Thou hast
No, no; 'tis all men's office to speak patience kill'd my child ;
To those that wring under the load of sorrow; If thou kill'st me, boy, thou shalt kill a man.
But no man's virtue, nor sufficiency,

Ant. He shall killtwo of us, and men indeed; To be so moral, when he shall endure But that's no matter ; let him kill one first; The like himself: therefore give meno counsel: Win me and wear me,-let him answer me,My griefs cry louder than advertisement Come, follow me, boy ; come, boy, follow me: Ant. Therein do men from children nothing Sir boy, I'll whip you from your foining I fence; differ.

(and blood; Nay, as I am a gentleman, I will. Leon. I pray thee, peace : I will be flesh

Leon. Brother, For there was never yet philosopher,

Ant. Content yourself : God knows, I lov'd That could endure the tooth-ach patiently ;

my niece; However they have writ the style of gods, And she is dead, slander'd to death by villains ; And made a pish at chance and sufferance.

That dare as well answer a man, indeed, Ant. Yet bend not allthe barm upon yourself; As I dare take a serpent by the tongue : Make those, that do offend you, suffer too. Boys, apes, braggarts, Jacks, milksops!Leon. There thou speak'st reason : nay, I will


Brother Antony, My coul doth tell me, Hero is belied ; (do 80 : Ant. Hold you content; What, man! I And that shall Claudio know, so shall the know them, yea,

[scruple: prince,

And what they weigh, even to the utmost And all of them, that thus dishonour her. Scambling, out-facing, fashion-mongöring boys,

Enter Don PEDRO and CLAUDIO. That lie,and cog, and funt,deprave and slander, Ant. Here comes the prince, and Claudio, Go anticly, and show outward hideousness, D. Pedro. Good den, good den. [hastily. And speak off half a dozen dangerous words,

Good day to both of you. How they might hurt their enemies, if they Leon. Hear you, my lords,

And this is all.

(durst, D. Pedro. We have sonié haste, Leonato. Leon. But, brother Antony,Leon. Some haste, my lord !-well, fare Ant.

Come, 'tis no matter ; you well, my lord :

Do not you meddle, let me deal in this. Are you so hasty now?-well, all is one. D. Pedro. Gentlemen both, we will not D. Pedro. Nay, do not quarrel with us, wake your patience. good old man.

[relling, My heart is sorry for your daughter's death ; Ant. If he could right himself with quar- | But, op my honour, she was charg’d with Some of us would lie low.

nothing Who wrongs him? But what was true, and very full of proof. Leon.

Marry, Leon. My lord, my lord, Thou, thou dost wrong me; thou dissembler, D. Pedro.

I will not hear you. thou :


No? Nay, never lay thy hand upon thy sword, Brother, away - I will be heard ;I fear thee not.


And shall, Marry, beshrew iny hand, Or some of us will smart for it. If it should give your age such cause of fear:

[Exeunt LEONATO and ANTONIO. In faitb, my hand meant nothing to my sword.

Enter BENEDICK. Leon. Tush, tush, man, never fleer and jest D. Pedro. See, see; here comes the man I speak not like a dotard, nor a fool; [at me: we went to seek. As, under privilege of age, to brag [do, Claud. Now, signior! what news! What I have done being young, or what wonld Rene. Good day, my lord. Were I not old : Know, Claudio, to thy head, D. Pedro. Welcome, signicr: You are Thou hast so wrong'd mine innocent child and almost come to part almost a fray. That I am forc'd to lay my reverence by; {me,

Claud. We had like to have had our two And, with gray hairs, and bruise of many days, noses snapped off with two old men without Do challenge theę to trial of a man.

teeth. 1 say, thou hast belied mine innocent child; D. Pedro. Leonato and his brother: What Thy slander hath gone through and through think'st thou ? Had we fought, I doubt, we

should have been too young for them. And she lies buried with her ancestors :

Bene. - In a false quarrel there is no true 0! in a tomb where never scandal slept, valour. I came to seek you both. Save this of hers, fram'd by thy villany. Claud. We have been' up and down to Claud. My villany!

seek thee; for we are high-proof melancholy, Thine, Claudio; thine I say. and would fain have it beaten away : Wilt D. Pedro. You say not right, old man..! thou use thy wit?

My lord, my lord, Bene. It is in my scabbard; Shall I draw it? Admonition. + Skill in fencing. *** Thrusting.



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D.Pedro. Dost thou wear thy wit by thy side? mind; I will leave you now to your gossip

Claud. Never any did so, though very like humonr : you break jests as braggarts do many have been beside their wit.- I will bid their blades, which, God be thanked, hurt thee draw, as we do the minstrels ; draw, to not.-My lord, for your many courtesies I pleasure us.

thank you : I must discontinue your company: D. Pedro. As I am an honest man, he your brother, the bastard, is fled from Mes. looks pale :- Art thou sick, or angry? sina : you have, among you, killed a sweet

Claud. Wbat! courage, man! What though and innocent lady: For my lord Lack-beard, care killed a cat, thou hast mettle enough in there, he ayd I shall muet; and till then, thee to kill care.

peace be with him. [Exit BENEDICK. Bene. Sir, I shall meet your wit in the D. Pedro. He is in earnest. career, an you charge it against me :-I pray Claud. In most profound earnest; and, you, choose another subject.

I'll warrant you, for the love of Beatrice. Claud. Nay, then give him, another staff ; D. Pedro. And hath challenged thee? this last was broke cross.

Claud. Most sincerely. D. Pedro. By this light, he changes more D. Pedro. What a pretty thing manis, and more ; I think he be angry indeed. when he goes in his doublet and hose, and

Claud. If he be, he knows how to turn his leaves off his wit! girdle *.

Enter DOG BERRY, VERGES, and the Watch, Bene. Shall I speak a word in your ear?

with CONRADE and BORACHIO. Claud, God bless me from a challenge! Člaud. He is then a giant to an ape: but Bene. You are a villain ;-I jest not :-1 then is an ape a doctor to such a man. will make it good how you dare, with wbat D. Pedro. But, soft you, let be; pluck you dare, and when you dare :-Du me up, my heart, and be sad 1! Did he not say, right, or I will protest your cowardice. You my brother was fed? have killed a sweet lady, and her death shall Dogb. Come, you, sir; if justice cannot fall heavy on you: Let me hear from you. tame you, she shall ne'er weigh more reasons

Claud. Weil, I will meet you, so I may in her balance : nay, an you be a cursing have good cheer.

hypocrite once, you must be looked to. D. Pedro. What, a feast? a feast?

D. Pedro. How yow, two of my brother's Claud. I'faith, I thank him; he hath bid t men bonnd ! Borachio, one! me to a call's-head and a capon ; the which if Claud, Hearken after their offence, my lord! I do not carve most curiously, say, my knife's D. Pedro. Officers, what offence have these naught.-Shall I not find a woodcock too? men done?

Bene. Sir, your wit ambles well; it goes Dogb. Marry, sir, they have committed easily.

false report; moreover, they have spoken D. Pedro I'll tell thee low Beatrice untruths; secondarily, they are slanders ; sixth praised thy wit the other day : I said, thou and lastly, they bave belied a lady; thirdly, hadst a fine wit; True, says she, a fine little they have verified unjust things : apd, to conone : No, said I, a great wit Right, says clude, they are lying knaves. she, a great gross one : Nay, said I, a good D. Pedro. First, I ask thee what they wil ; Just, said she, it hurts nobody: Nay, have done ; thirdly, I ask thee what's their said I, the gentleman is wise ; Certain, said offence ; sixth and lastly, wliy they are comshe, a wise gentleman: Nay, said I, he hath mitted ; and, to conclude, what you lay to the tongues; That I believe, said she, for their charge. he swore a thing to me on Monday night, Claud. Rightly reasoned, and in his own which he forswore on Tuesday morning : division; and, by my troth, there's one mean. there's a double tongue; there's two tongues. ing well suited. Thus did she, an hour together, transshape D. Pedro. Whom have you offended, thy particular virtues ; yet, at last, she con- masters, that you are thus bound to your cluded with a sigh, thou wast the properest answer { this learned constable is too cunning man in Italy.

to be understood : What's your offence? Claud. For the which she wept heartily, Bora. Sweet prince, let me go no further and said, she cared not.

to mine answer; do you hear me, and let D. Pedro. Yea, that she did ; byt yet, for this count kill me. I have deceived even all that, an if she did not hate him deadly, your very eyes : what your wisdoms could she would love him dearly : the old man's not discover, these shallow fools have brought daughter told us all.

to light; who, in the night, over-heard me Claud. All, all; and moreover, God saw confessing to this man, how Don John your him when he was hid in the garden. brother inceused ĝ me to slander the lady

D. Pedro. But when shall we set the så. Hero ; how you were brought into the vage bull's horns on the sensible Benedick's orchard, and saw me court Margaret in Hero's head?

garments; how you disgraced her, when you Claud. Yea, and text underneath, Here should i marry her: my villany 'they have duells Benedick the married man? upon record; which I had rather seal with Bene.

Fare you well, boy; you know my Imy death, than repeat over to my shame: the

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