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Duke. Why, here begins his morning story right: Cour. Sir, I must have that diamond from you. These two Antipholis's, these two so like,
E. Ant. There, take it; and much thanks for And those two Dromio's, one in semblance,
my good cheer..
[pains Besides her urging of her wreck at sea,
Abb. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the These are the parents to these children, 5 To go with us into the abbey here, Which accidentally are met together.
And hear at large discoursed all our fortunes:Egeon. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia; And all that are assembled in this place, If thou art she, tell me, where is that son That by this sympathized one day's Error That floated with thee on the fatal raft?
Have suffer'd wrong, go, keep us company,
Duke. Antipholis, ihou can’st from Corinth After so long grief such nativity!
[ous lord. 20 Manent the two Antipholis's, and two Dromio's. E. Ant. I came from Corinth, my most graci. S. Dro. Master, shall I fetch your stuff from E. Dro. And I with him. (mous warrior
[imbark'd ? E. Ant. Brought to this town by that most fa E. Ant. Promio, what stuff of mine hast thou Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle. S. Dro. Your goods that lay at host, sir, in the Adr. Which of you two did dine with me to-25
Centaur. S. Ant. I, gentle inistress.
[day S. Ant. He speaks to me; I am your master, Adr. And are you not my husband?
Dromio: E. Ant. No, I say nay to that.
Come, go with us; we'll look to that anon: S. Ant. And so did I, yet she did call me so; Embrace thy brother there, rejoice with him. And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here, 301
[Exeunt Antipholis S. and E. Did call me brother: What I told you then, S. Dro. There is a fat friend at your master's I hope, I shall have leisure to make good;
Ang. That is the chain, sir, which you had of She now shall be my sister, not my wife.
Adr. I sent you money, sir, to be your bail, Will you walk in to see their gossiping?
s. Dro. Not I, sir; you are my elder. E. Dro. No, nolje by me.
[you, 401 E. Dro. That's a question :
S. Dro. We will draw
E. Dro. Nay, then thus:
E. Ant. These ducats pawn I for my father And now let's go hand in hand, not one before Duke. It shall not need, thy father hath his life.
[Ereunt. : Dr. Warburton thinks we should read, and gaude; that is, rejoice with me.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING'.
PERSONS REPRESENTE D.
Don PEDRO, Prince of Arragon.
IBORACHIO, Confident to Don John.
CONRADE, Friend to Boruchio.
two foolish Officers.
BEATRICE, Niece to Leonato. BALTHAZAR, servant to Don Pedro.
MARGARET, I two Gentlewomen altending on ANTONIO, Brother to Leonato.
SCENE, Messina in Sicily.
А с т І.
Leon. He hath an uncle here in Messina will be
very much glad of it. Before Leonato's house.
Mess. I have already delivered him letters, and Enter Leonato, Hero, and Beatrice, with a Mes there appears much joy in him; even so much, senger.
5 that joy could not shew itself modest enough, Leon. I LEARN in this letter, that Don Pedro of without a badge of bitterness.
Arragon comes this night to Messina. Leon. Did he break out into tears? Mess. He is very near by this; he was not three Mess. In great measure. leagues off when I left him.
Leon. A kind overflow of kindness: There are Leon. How many gentlemen have you lost in 10 no faces truer than those that are so wash’d. How this action?
much better is it to weep at joy, than to joy at Mess. But few of any sort?, and none of name. weeping! Leon. A victory is twice itself, when the at Beat. I pray you, is signior Montanto ' rechiever brings home full numbers. I find here, turn'd from the wars, or no? that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honour on 15 Mess. I know none of that name, lady; there a young Florentine callid Claudio.
was none such in the army of any sort. Mess. Much deserv'd on his part, and equally Leon. What is he that you ask for, niece? rernemiber'd by Don Pedro: He hath borne him Hero.Mycousin meanssigniorBenedick ofPadua. self beyond the promise of his age; doing, in the Mess. O, he's return’d; and as pleasant as ever. figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion: he hath, in- 20 he was. deed, better better'd expectation, than you must Beat. He set up his bills here in Messina ", and expect of me to tell you how.
challenged Cupidat the flight': and myuncle's fool Mr. Pope was of opinion, that the story of this play is taken from Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, b. v. Mr. Steevens, however, supposes, that a novel of Belleforest, copied from another of Bandello, furnished Shakspeare with his fable. 2 That is, of any rank. 3 Montante, in Spanish, is a huge two-handed sword, given, with much humour, to one, the speaker would represent as a boaster or bravado. * This alludes to the custom of fencers, or prize-tighters, setting up bills, containing a general challenge. * To challenge at the flight, was a challenge to shoot with an arrow of a particular kind, with narrow feathers,
reading the challenge, subscribed for Cupid, and Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, Balthazar, challenged him at the bird-bolt.'--I pray you,
and Don John. how many hath he kill'd and eaten in these wars? Pedro. Good signior Leonato, you are come to But how inany hath he hill'd? for, indeed, I pro
trouble: the fashion of the world is to mis'd to eat all of his killing.
5 avoid cost, and you encounter it. Leon. Faith, niece, you tax signior Benedick too Leon. Never came trouble to my house in the much; but he'll be meet with you?, I doubt it not. likeness of your grace: for trouble being gone, Miss.lle hath done good service, lady, in these comfort should remain ; but, when you depart
from me, sorrow abides, and happiness takes his Beat. You had musty victual, and he hath holp to leave. to eat it: he's a very valiant trencher-man, he hath Pedro. You embrace your charge too willingly. an excellent stomach.
- I think, this is your daughter. less. Anda good soldier too, lady.
L'on. Her mother hath many times told meso. Beat. And a good soldier to a lady:-But what Bene. Were you in doubt, sir, that you asked her? is he to a lori?
15 Leon. Signior Benedick, no; for then were you Aless. A lord to a lord, a man to a man; stuif'd
a child. with ail honourable virtues,
Pedro. You have it full, Benedick: we may Bect. It is so, indeed; be is no less than a stuff'd guess by this what you are, being a man. Truly, man: but for the stulting,~well, we are all fine lady fathers herself:-Be happy, lady! for you mortal.
20 are like an honourable father. Leon. You must not, sir, mistake my niece; there Bene. If signior Leonato be ber father, she is a kind of merry war betwixt signior Benedick would not have his head on her shoulders for all and her : they never meet, but there's a skirmish Messina, as like him as she is. of wit between them.
Brat. I wonder, that you will still be talking, Beat. Alas, he gets nothing hy that. In our last 25 signior Benedick; nobody marks you. coutlict, four of his five wits went halting oil, and Bene. What, my dear lady Disdain! are you yet now is the whole man govern'd with one: so that living? if he have wit enough to keep himself warın, let Brat. Is it possible, disdain should die, while she Brim bear it for a dillerence between himself and hath such meet food to tredit, as signior Benedich? his horse; for it is all the wealth that he hath left
, 30 Courtesy itself must convert to disdain, if you to be known a reasonable creature.- Who is his come in her presence. companion now ? he hath every month a new Bone. Then is Courtesy a turn-coat:-But it is sworn brother.
certain, I am loy'd of all ladies, only you excepted: Miess. Is it possible?
and I would I could find in iny heart that I had Beat. Very easil: possible: he wears his faith 3.5 not a hard heart ; for, truly, I love none. but as the fashion of his hat, it ever changes with Brat. A dear happiness io women; they would the next block.
else bave been troubled with a pernicious suitor. Aless. I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your I thank God, and my cold blood, I am of your hubooks.
mour for that; I had rather hear my dog bark at Beat. No: an he were, I would burn my study. 40 a crow, than a man swear he loves me. But, I pray you, who is his companion? Is there
Bene. God keep your ladyship still in that mind! no young squarer' now, that will make a voyage so some gentleman or other shall'scape a predestiwith him to the devil?
nate scratch'd face. Aless. He is most in the company of the right Bent. Scratching could not make it worse, an noble Claudio.
45)'twere such a face as yours were. Beat. O lord! he will hang upon him like a Bene. Well, you are a rare parrot-teacher. disease: he is sooner caught than the pestilence, Beut. A bird of my tongue, is better than a beast and the taker runs presently inad. God help the
of yours. noble Claudio! if he have caught the Benedick, it Bene. I would, my horse had the speed of your will cost bim a thousand pounds ere he be cur'd, 50 tongue; and so good a continuer: But keep your
Mess. I will hold friends with you, lady. way o'God's name; I have done.
Beat. You always end with a jade'strick; I know
Pruro. This is the sum of all: Leonato,-signior Mess. Don Pedro is approach'd.
55|Claudio, and signior Benedick,—my dear friend ? The bird-holt is a short thick arrow without point, and spreading at the extremity so much, as to leave a flat surface, about the breadth of a shilling. They are used at present to kill rooks with, and are shot from a cross-bow. 2 That is, “ he will be even with, or a match for, you.”
3 The five senses probably gave rise to the idea of a man's having live wits. * Not religious profession, but profession of friendship. A block is the mould on which a hat is formed. To be in a man's books, originally meant to be in the list of his retainers. That is, no young, cholerick, quarrel. some fellow. Charge here signifies incumbrance.
you of old.
but I thank you.
Leonato hath invited you all. I tell him, we shall Bene. You hear, Count Claudio: Ican be secret stay here at the least a month; and he heartily as a dumb man, I would have you think so); but prays, some occasion may detain us longer: I dare on my allegiance, mark you this, on my allegiswear he is no hypocrite, but pra s from his heart. ance. He is in love. With who:--now that is
Leon. If you swear, my lord, you shall not be 5 your grace's part ;-mark, how short bis answer forsworn.- Let me bid you welcome, my lord: is:- With Hero, Leonato's short daughter. being reconciled to the prince your brother, 1 Claud. If this were so, so were it uitered. owe you all duty.
Bene. Like the old tale, my lord: it is not so, John. I thank you: I am not of many words, nor 'twas not so; but, indeed, God forbid it should
10 be so. Leon. Please it your grace lead on?
Claud. If my passion change not shortly, God Pedro. Your hand, Leonato; wewillgo together. forbid it should be otherwise.
[Ertunt all but. Benedick and Claudio. Pedro. Amen, if you love her, for the lady is Claud. Benedick, didst thou note the daughter very well worthy. of signior Leonato
15 Claud. You speak this to fetch me in, my lord. Bene. I noted her not; but I look'd on her. Pedro. By my truth, I speak my thought. Claud. Is she not a modest young lady?
Claud. And, in faith, my lord, I spoke mine. Bene. Do you question me, as an honest man Bene. And by my two faiths and troths, my should do, for my simple true judgment? or lord, I speak mine. would you have me speak after my custom, as 20 Claud. That I love her, I feel. being a professed tyrant to their sex? [ment. Pedro. That she is worthy, I know.
Claud. No, I pray thee, speak in sober judg Bene. That I neither feel how she should be Bene. Why, i'faith, methinks she is too low for lov’d, nor know how she should be worthy, is the a high praise, too brown for a fair praise, and too opinion that fire cannot melt out of me; I will die Jittle for a great praise; only this commendation 25 in it at the stake. I can atlord her; that were she other than she is, Pedro. Thou wast ever an obstinate heretick she were unhandsome; and being no other but as in the despight of beauty. she is, I do not like her.
Claud. And never could inaintain his part, but Claud. Thou think'st, I am in sport; I pray
in the force of his will. thet, tell me truly how thou lik’st her.
30 Bene. 'That a woman conceiv'd me, I thank her; Bene. Would you buy her, that you enquire that she brought me up, I likewise give her most after her?
humble thanks; but that I will have a recheat Claud. Can the world buy such a jewel? winded in my forehead', or hang my buglein
Bene. Yea, and a case to put it into. But speak an invisible baldrick', all women shall pardon me: you this with a sad brow? or do you play the tiout-35 Because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust ing Jack; to tell us Cupid is a good hare-finder, any, I will do myself the right to trust none; and and Vulcan a rare carpenter? Come, in what key the fine is, (for the which I may go the finer) I shall a man take you, to go in the song?
will live a batcbelor. Claud. In mine eye, she is the sweetest lady Pedro. I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale with that I ever looked on.
140 love. Bene. I can see yet without spectacles, and I Bene. With anger, with sickness, or with hunsee no such matter: there's ber cousin, an she ger, my lord; not with love: prove, that ever I were not possess'd with a fury, exceeds her as lose more blood with love, than I will get again much in beauty, as the first of May doth the last with drinking, pick out mine eyes with a balladof December. But I hope, you have no intent|45|maker's pen, and hang me up at the door of a to turn husband; have you?
brothel-house for the sign of bind Cupid. Claud. I would scarce trust myself, though I had Pedro. Well, it ever thou dost fall froin this sworn the contrary, if Hero would be my wife. faith, thou wilt prove a notable argument.
Bene. Is 't come to this, i' faith? Hath not the Bene. If I do, hang me in a bottle like a cat, world one man, but he will wear his cap with sus- 50 and shoot at me; and he that bits me, let him be picion? Shall I never see a batchelor of threescore clapp'd on the shoulder, and callid Adam * again? Go to, i' faith; an thou wilt needs thrust Pedro. Well, as time shall try: thy neck into a yoke, wear the print of it, and In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke. sigh away Sundays. Look, Don Pedro is re Bene. The savage bull may; but if ever the turn'd to seek you.
55 sensible Benedickbear it, pluck off the bull's horns, Re-enter Don Pedro.
and set thein in my forehead: and let me be vilely Pedro. What secret hath held you here, that painted; and in such great letters as they write, you follow'd not to Leonato's:
Hereis good horsetohire, let them signityundermy Bene. I would, your grace would constrain me sign,-Here you maysee Benedict the marry'dman. to tell
160 Claud. If this should ever happen, thou would'st Pedro. I charge thee on thy allegiance.
be horn-mad, A recheat is a particular lesson upon the horn, to call dogs back from the scent. 2 Bugle-horn. * Belt or girdle.
* This probably alludes to one Adam Bell, who at that time of day was of reputation for his skill at the bow.
Pedro. Nay, if Cupid hath not spent all his qui
SCENE II. ver in Venice, thou will quake for this shoiuy. Bene'. I look for an earunquake too then.
A Room in Leonuin's House. Pedro. Well, you will emporize with the
Enter Leonato and Antonio. hours. In the mean time, good signior bencdich, 5 Leon. Gow now, brother: Where is my cousin, repair to Leonato's; commend me to him, and tell your son? Ilath he provided this musich? him, I will not fail him at supper; for indeed he ini lle is very busy about it. But, brother, I hath male great preparatin.
can tell you news that you yet dream'd not of. Bene. I lave most inatter enough in
for L'on. Are they good? such an embassuge; and so I commit you liol Ant. A the event stamps them; but they have
Cloud. To the tuition of God; from my house, Ja goor cover, they showuel outward. The prince (if I had it,).
and Count Claudio, walking in a thick pleacbed? Petro. The sixth of July; your loving friend, Jalley in my orchard, were thus overheard by a man Benedick.
lot mine: The prince discover'd to Claudio, that Bene. Nav, mock pot, mock not: The body of 15 he lov'd my niece your daughter, and meant to acyour discourse is sometimeguarded with fragments, knowledge' this evening in a dance; and, it he and the guards' are but slightly basted on neither: found heraccordant, he meant to take the present ere you tlout old ends any further, examine your tiine by the top, and instantly break with you ofit
. con-cience; and so I leave you. [Exit. Leon. Hath the fellow any wit that told you this? Cluud. My liege, your highness now may do 20 Ant. A goori sharp fellow; I will send for him, nie good.
[now, and question him yourself. Pedro. My love is thine to teach; teach it bui L'on. No, no; we will hold it as a dream, till And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn it appear itself:--but I will acquaint my daughter Any hard lesson that may do thee good. withal, that she may be the better prepared tor an
Cloud. Hati Leonato any son, my lorr!? 25 answer, if peradventure this be true: Go you, and
Pedro. No chiid but Hero, she's his only heir: tellbei ofit! [Severalsertants crossthe singe lure.} Dost thou allect her, Claudio?
Cousin, you know what you have to do.com1), I Clauud. O my lord,
cry you mercy, friend; go you with me,
and I When you went onward on this ended action, will use your skill: Good cousin, have a care I look'd upon her with a soldier's ere,
30 this busy time.
[Escuit. That lik’d, but bac a rougher task in hand
Another Apartment in Leonato's Ilouse. Have left their places vacant, in their rooms
Enter Don John and Conrade. Come thronging soft and delicate desires, 35 Con. What the good-jer, nıy lord! why are you All prompting me how fair young Hero is, thus out of measure sad? Saving, lik'á her ere I went to wars.
Joh. There is no measure in the occasion that Pedro. Thou wilt be like a lover presently, breeds it, therefore the sadness is without limit. And tire the hearer with a book of words:
Con. You should hear reason. If thou dost love fair Blero, cherish it; 401 John. And when I have heard it, what blessing And I will break with her, and with her father, bringeth it? And thou shall have her: Was't not to this end, Con. If not a present remedy, yet a patient That thou began'st to twist so fine a story?
sullerance. Claud. How sweetly do you minister to love, John. I wonder, that thou being (as thou say'st That know love's grief by his complection! 45 thou art) born under Saturn, goest about to apply But lest iny lihing might too sudden seem, a moral medicine to a mortifying niischiet." I would have salv'd it with a longer treatise. cannot hide what I am: I must be sad when I Pedro. What need the bridge much broadei have cause, and smile at po man's jests; eat when than the flood?
I have stomach, and wait for no man's leisure: The fairest grant is the necessity:
50 sleep when I am drowsy, and tend on no man's Look, what will serve, is tit; 'lis once, thou lov'st; business ; laugh when Lam merry, and claw ' no And I will fit thee with the remedy.
man in his huinour. I know, we shall have revelling 10-night;
Com. Via, but you must not make the full show I will assume thy part in some disguise,
of this, till you may do it without controulment. And tell tair Hero I am Claudio;
Tou have of late stood out against your brother, And in her bosom I'll unclasp my heart,
and he hath ta'en you newly into his grace; ubere And take her hearing prisoner with the force it is impossible you should take root, but by the And strong encounter of my amorous tale; air weather that you make yourselt; it is needful Then, after, to her father will I break;
that you fiame the season for wurown harvest. And, the conclusion is, she shall be thine:
Jolm. I had rather be a canker in a helge, than In practice let us put it presently.
a rose iu his grace; and it better fits my blood to
[Excunt. be distan'd of all, than to fashion a carriage to rob i Guards were ornamental laces or burders. ? Thick-plached means thichly interwoven, That is, flatler.