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223 well, you are to call at all the ale-houses, and bid them that are drunk get them to bed.

2 Watch. How if they will not?

Dogb. Why then let them alone 'till they are sober ; if they make you not then the better answer, you may say, they are not the men you took them for.

2 Watch. Well, Sir.

Dogb. If you meet a thief, you may suspect him by virtue of your office to be no true man; and for such kind of men, the less you meddle or make with them, why, the more is for your honesty.

2 Watch. If we know him to be a thief, Tall we not lay hands on him?

Dogb. Truly, by your office you may; but, I think, they that touch pitch will be defild: the most peacable way

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you do take a thief, is, to let him shew himself what he is, and steal out of your company.

Verg. You have been always call’d a merciful man, Partner.

Dogb. Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.

Verg. If you hear a child cry in the night, you must call to the nurse and bid her still it.

2 Watch. How if the nurse be asleep, and will not hear us?

Dogb. Why, then depart in Peace, and let the child wake her with crying: for the ewe that will not hear her lamb when it baes, will never answer a calf when he bleats.

Verg. 'Tis very true.

Dogb. This is the end of the Charge: you, conftable, are to present the Prince's own person ; if you meet the Prince in the night, you may stay him.

is ftill carried by the watchmen says Temple, gave tbe moft ghafly at Litchfield. It was the old wea- and deplorable wounds. It may be pon of the English infantry, which, called securis falcata.

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Verg. Nay, bi’rlady, that, I think, he cannot.

Dogb. Five shillings to one on’t with any man that knows the Statues, he may ftay him ; marry, not with. out the Prince be willing : for, indeed, the Watch ought to offend no man; and it is an offence to stay a man against his will.

Verg. Bi’rlady, I think, it be so.

Dogb. Ha, ha, ha! well, mafters, good night; an there be any matter of weight chances, call up me ; keep your fellow's counsels and your own, and good night ; come, neighbour.

2 Watch. Well, masters, we hear our charge ; let us go sit here upon the church-bench 'till two, and then all to bed.

Dogb. One word more, honest neighbours. I pray you, watch about Signior Leonato's door, for the Wed. ding being there to-morrow, there is a great coil to night; adieu ; be vigilant, I beseech you.

Exeunt Dog berry and Verges.

SCENE V.

Enter Borachio and Conrade.

Bora. What! Conrade
Watcb. Peace, ftir not.

{Afide. Bora. Conrade, lisay ! Con. Here, man, I am at thy elbow.

Bora. Mais, and my elbow itch’d, I thought there would a scab follow.

Conr. I will owe thee an answer for that, and now forward with thy tale.

Bora. Stand thee close then under this pent-house, for it drizzles rain, and I will, like a true drunkard, utter all to thee.

Watch. ( Aside. Some Treason, masters; yet stand close.

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Bora. Therefore know, I have earned of Don John a thousand ducats.

Conr. Is it posible that any Villany should be so dear?

Bora. Thou should'st rather ask, if it were poffible any villany should be fo rich? for when rich villains have need of poor ones, poor ones may make what price they will

Conr. I wonder at it.

Bora. That shews, 2 thou art unconfirm’d; thou knowelt, that the fashion of a doublet or a hat, or a cloak, is nothing to a man.

Conr. Yes, it is apparel.
Bora. I mean the fashion,
Conr. Yes, the fashion is the fashion.

Bora. Tush, I may as well say, the fool's the fool ; but see'st thou not, what a deformed thief this fashion is ?

Watch. I know that Deformed; he has been a vile thief these seven years; he goes up and down like a gentleman : I remember his name.

Bora. Didst thou not hear some body ?
Conr. No, 'twas the vane on the house.

Bora. Seest thou not, I say, what a deformed thief this fashion is ? how giddily he turns about all the hotbloods between fourteen and five and thirty; sometimes, fashioning them like Phardo's soldiers in the reechy Painting; sometimes, like the God Bell's priests in the old church window; ' sometimes, like the shaven Her

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ony VILLANY frould be so Hercules is meant Samson, the ricb?) The sense absolutely re usual subject of old tapestry. quires us, to read VILLAIN. In this ridicule on the falbion,

WARBURTON. the poet has not unartfully given a thoxe art unconfirmed;} i. e. a stroke at the barbarous work. unpractised in the ways of the manship of the common Tapestry World.

WARBURTON. hangings, then so much in ufe. sometimes like the jhaven The same kind of raillery CerHercules, &c.] By the shaven vantes has employed on the lke VOL.III.

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cıiles in the smirch'd worm-eaten tapestry, where his codpiece seems as maffy as his club.

Conr. All this I fee, and see, that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man; but art not thou thyself giddy with the fashion too, that thou hast shifted out of thy tale into telling me of the fashion ?

Bora. Not so neither ; but know, that I have tonight wooed Margaret, the Lady Hero's Gentlewoman, by the name of Hero; she leans me out at her mistress's chamber-window, bids me a thousand times good night-I tell this tale vilely- should first tell thee, how the Prince, Claudio, and my master, planted and placed, and possessed by my master Don John, law a far off in the orchard this amiable encounter.

Conr. And thought they, Margaret was Hero?

Bora. Two of them did, the Prince and Claudio ; but the devil my master knew she was Margaret; and partly by his oaths, which first poffest them, partly by the dark night, which did deceive them, but chiefly by my villany, which, did confirm any Nander that Don John had made, away went Claudio enraged ; swore, he would meet her as he was appointed next morning at the Temple, and there before the whole

occasion, when he brings his retenue of our author is to be knight and squire to an inn, commended : The sober audi. where they found the story of ence of that time would have Dido and Æneas represented in been offended with the mention bad tapestry. On Sancho's secing of a venerable name on so light the tears fall from the eyes of the an occafion. Shakespeare is inforsaken queen as big as walnuts, deed sometimes licentious in he hopes that, when their at- these matters : But to do him chievements became the general justice, he generally seems to subject for these fort of works, have a sense of religion, and to fortune will send them a bet be under its influence. What ter artist. -What authorized Pedro fays of Benedick, in this the poet to give this name to comedy, may be well enough apSumilon was the folly of certain plied to him. The man doth fear Christian mythologists, who pre. God, however it seems not to be tend that the Grecian Hercules in him by fome large jejis be urll was the Jewish Samson. The make.

WARBURTON.

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Congregation shame her with what he saw o'er night, and send her home again without a husband.

1 Watch. We charge you in the Prince's name, stand.

2 Watch. Call up the right master constable ; we have here recovered the most dangerous piece of lechery that ever was known in the common-wealth.

I Watch. And one Deformed is one of them ; I know him, he wears a lock.

Conr. Masters, masters,

2 Watch. You'll be made bring Deformed forth, I warrant you.

Conr. Masters,

i Watch. Never speak; we charge you, let us obey you to go with us.

Bora. We are like to prove a goodly Commodity, being taken up of these mens bills.

Conr. A commodity in question, I warrant you. Come, we'll obey you.

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SCENE VI.

Hero's Apartment in Leonato's House.

Enter Hero, Margaret and Ursula.
Hero. OOD Ursula, wake my cousin Beatrice,

and de Gre her to rise.
Urf. I will, lady.
Hero. And bid her come hither.

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the printed Copies, I fatter myConr. Mafiers, Mafiers, self, carries its Proof with it,

2 Watch. You'll be made bring Conrade and Borackin are not deDeformed forth, I warrant you, signed to talk absurd Nonsense.

Conr. Masters, never sjeak, It is evident therefore, that Corwe charge you, set us obey you to go rade is attempting his own Justiwith us.] The Regulation which fication ; but is interrupted in it I have made in this last Speech, by the Impertinence of the Men' tho' against this Authority of all in office. THEOBALD.

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