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Claud. Can the world buy such a jewel ? | humble thanks: bot that I will have a recheat' Bene. Yea, and a case to put it into. But speak winded in my forehead, or hang my bugle in an you this with a sad brow? or do you play the tout- invisible baldrick, all women shall pardon me: ing Jack; to tell us Cupid is a good hare-finder, and Because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust Vulcan a rare carpenter?! Come, in what key shall any, I will do myself the right to trust none; and a man take you to go in the song ?2

the fuel is, (for the which I may go the finer,) I Claud. In mine eye, she is the sweetest lady that will live a bachelor. ever I looked on.

D. Pedro. I shall see thee, ere I die, look palo Bene. I can see yet without spectacles, and I with love. see no such matter: There's her cousin, an she were Bene. With anger, with sickness, or with hunger, not possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in my lord; not with love: prove, that ever I lose more beauty, as the first of May does the last of Decem- blood with love, than I will get again with drinking, ber. But I hope, you have no intent to turn hus- pick out mine eyes with a ballad-maker's pen, and band; have you?

hang me up at the door of a brothel-house, for the Claud. I would scarce trust myself, though I had sign of blind Cupid. sworn the contrary, if Hero would be my wife. D. Pedro. Well, if ever thou dost fall from this

Bene. Is it come to this, i'faith? Hath not the faith, thou wilt prove a notable argument." world one man, but he will wear his cap with sus Bene. If I do, hang me in a bolile like a cat,"? picion ? Shall I never see a bachelor of threescore and shoot at me, and he that hits me, let him bo again? Go to, i'faith; an thou will needs thrust thy clapped on the shoulder, and called Adam." neck into a yoke, wear the print of it, and sigh away D. Pedro. Well, as time shall try : Sundays.* 'Look, Don Pedro is returned to seek In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke.14 you.

Bene. The savage bull may; but if ever the senRe-enter Don PEDRO.

sible Benedick bear it, pluck off the bull's horns,

and set them in my forehead: and let me be vilelý D. Pedro. What secret hath held you here, that painted; and in such great letters as they write, you followed not to Leonato's ?

Here is good horse to hire, let them signify under my Bene. I would, your grace would constrain me to sign-Here you may see Benedick the married man. tell.

Claud. If this should ever happen, thou would's: D. Pedro. I charge thee on thy allegiance.

be horn-mad. Bene. You hear, Count Claudio : I can be secret D. Pedro. Nay, if Cupid have not spent all his as a dumb man, I would have you think so; but on quiver in Venice, is thou wilt quake for this shortly. my allegiance,-mark you this, on my allegiance : Bene. I look for an earthquake too then. -He is in love. With who?-now that is your D. Pedro. Well, you will temporize with the grace's part.-Mark, how short his answer is : hours. In the mean time, good signior Benedick, With Hero, Leonato's short daughter.

repair to Leonato's; commend me to him, and tell Claud. If this were so, so were it uttered. him, I will not fail him at supper; for, indeed, ho

Bene. Like the old tale, my lord: it is not so, hath made great preparation. nor 'twas not so; but, indeed, God forbid it should Bene. I have almost matter enough in . me for be so."

such an embassage: and so I commit youClaud. If my passion change not shortly, God Claud. To the tuition of God: From my house. forbid it should be otherwise.

(if I had it) D. Pedro. Amen, if you love her; for the lady is

D. Pedro. The sixth of July: Your loving friend, very well worthy.

Benedick. Claud. You speak this to fetch me in, my lord. Bene. Nay, mock not, mock not: The body of D. Pedro. By my troth, I speak my thought. your discourse is sometime guarded with fragClaud. And, in faith, my lord, I spoke mine. ments, and the guards are but slightly basted on

Bene. And, by any two faiths and troths, my lord, neither; ere you flout old ends any further, cxa. I spoke mine.

mine your conscience,?? and so I leave you. Claud. That I love her, I feel.

(Erit BENEDICK. D. Pedro. That she is worthy, I know.

Claud. My liege, your highness now may do me Bene. That I neither feel how she should be loved,

good. nor know how she should be worthy, is the opinion D. Pedro. My love is thine to teach ; teach it that fire cannot melt out of me; I will die in it at

but how, the stake.

And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn D. Pedro. Thou wast ever an obstinate heretic Any hard lesson that may do thee good. in the despite of beauty.

Claud. Hath Leonato any son, my lord ! Claud. And never could maintain his part, but in D. Pedro. No child but Hero, she's his only the force of his will.

Bene. That a woman conceived me I thank her; Dost thou affect her, Claudio? that she brought me up, I likewise give her most


O my lord, When you went onward on this ended action,

I look'd upon her with a soldier's eye, I Do you scoff and mock in telling us that Cupid, who is blind, is a good hare-finder; and that Vulcan, a blacksmith, is a good carpenter? Do you mean lo 10 The fine is the conclusion. amuse us with improbable stories?

11 A capital subject for satire. 2 i. e. to join in the song.

12 It seems to have been one of the inhuman sports of 3 i. e. subject his head to the disquiet of jealousy. the time, to enclose a cat in a wooden tub or botile sus.

4 i. e. become sad and serious. Alluding to the man. pended aloft to be shot at. ner in which the Puritans usually spent the Sabbath, 13 i, e. Alam Bell, 'a passing good archer,' who, with sighs and gruntings, and other hypocritical marks with Clym of the Cloughe and William of Cloudeslie, of devotion.

were outlaws as famous in the north of England, as Ro. 6 The old tale, of which this is the burthen, has been bin Hood and his fellows were in the midland counties. traditionally preserved and recovered by Mr. Blake. 14 This line is from The Spanish Tragedy, or Hieroway, and is perhaps one of the most happy illustrations nimo, &c.; and occurs, with a slight variation, in Wat. of Shakspeare that has ever appeared.

son's Sonnets, 1581. 6 Alluding to the definition of a heretic in the schools. 15 Venice is represented in the same light as Cyprus 7 That is, wear a horn on my forehead, which the among the ancients, and it is this character of the people hunteman may blow. A recheai is the sound by which that is here alluded 10. the dogs are called back.

16 Trimmed ornamented. 8 i. e. bugle-horn.

17' Examine if your sarcasms do not touch yourself? 9 A belt. The meaning seems to be 'or that I should old ends probably meang the conclusions of letters, be compelled to carry a horn on my forehead where which were frequently couched in the quaint forms there is no:hing visible to support it.'

used above

heir ;

That lik'd, but had a rougher task in hand

D. John. There is no measure in the occasion Than to drive liking to the name of love :

that breeds it, therefore the sadness is without limit. But now I am return'd, and that war-thoughts

Con. You should hear reason. Have left their places vacant, in their rooms

D. John. And when I have heard it, what blessing Come thronging soft and delicate desires,

bringeth it? All prompting me how fair young Hero is,

Con. If not a present remedy, yet a patient sufSaying, I lik'd her ere I went to wars.

ferance. V. Pedro. Thou wilt be like a lover presently, D. John. I wonder, that thou being (as thou say'st And tire the hearer with a book of words:

thou arı) born under Saturn, goest about to apply If thou dost love fair Hero, cherish it;

a moral medicine to a mortifying mischief. I canAnd I will break with her, and with her father, not hide what I am : I must be sad when I have And thou shalt have her: Was't not to this end, cause, and smile at no man's jests; eat when I have That thou began'st to twist so fine a story? stomach, and wait for no man's leisure; sleep when

Claud. How sweetly do you minister to love, I am drowsy, and tend to no man's business; laugh That know love's grief by his complexion !

when I am merry, and claw? no man in his humour. But lest my liking night too sudden seem,

Con. Yea, but you must not make the full show I would have salv'd it with a longer treatise. of this, till you may do it without controlment. You D. Pedro. What need the bridge much broader have of late stood out against your brother, and he than the fool ?

hath ta'en you newly into his grace; where it is imThe fairest grant is the necessity :'

possible you should take true root, but by the fair Look, what will serve, is fit: 'tis once,2 thou lov'st; / weather that you make yourself: it is needful that And I will fit thee with the remedy.

you frame the season for your own harvest. I kyow we shall have revelling to-night;

D. John. I had rather be a canker in a hedge, I will assume thy part in some disguise,

than a rose in his grace; and it better fits my blood And tell fair Hero I am Claudio;

to be disdained of all, than to fashion a carriage to And in her bosom I'll unclasp my heart,

rob love from any; in this, though I cannot be said And take her hearing prisoner with the force to be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied And strong encounter of my amorous tale : that I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with Then, after, to her father, will I break;

a muzzle, and enfranchised with a clog ; therefore And, the conclusion is, she shall be thine : I have decreed not to sing in my cage: if I had my In practice let us put it presently. (Ereunt. mouth, I would bite ; if I had my liberty, I would do

my liking: in the mean time, let me be that I am, SCENE II. A Room in Leonato's House. En- and seek not to alter me. ter LEONATO and ANTONIO.

Con. Can you make no use of your discontent?. Leon. How now, brother? Where is my cousin, who comes here? What news, Borachio ?

D. John. make all use of it, for I use it only:' your son ? Hath he provided this musick ? Ant. He is very busy about it. But, brother, I

Enter BORACHIO. can tell you strange news that you yet dreamed Bora. I came yonder from a great supper; the not of.

prince, your brother, is royally entertained by LeoLeon. Are they good ?

nato ; and I can give you intelligence of an intended Ant. As the event stamps them ; but they have marriage. a good cover, they show well outward.

The prince D. John. Will it serve for any modeli" to build and Count Claudio, walking in a thick-pleashed" mischief on? What is he for a fool, that betroths alley in my orchard, were thus much overheard by himself to unquietness? a man of mine : The prince discovered to Claudio, Bora. Marrv, it is your brother's right hand. that he loved my niece your daughter, and meani D. John. Who? the most exquisite Claudio ? to acknowledge it this night in a dance; and, if he Bora. Even he. found her accordant, he meant to take the present D. John. A proper squire! And who, and who? time by the top, and instantly break with you of it. which way looks he?

Leon. Hath the fellow any wit, that told you this? Bora. Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir of

Anl. A good sharp fellow: I will send for him, Leonato. .and question him yourself.

D. John. A very forward March chick! How Leon. No, no; we will hold it as a dream, till it came you to this? appear itself:--but I will acquaint my daughter Bora. Being entertained for a perfumer, as I was withal, that she may be the better prepared for an smoking a musty room," comes me the prince and answer, if peradventure this be true. Go you, and Claudio, hand in hand, in sad'a conference: I whipt tell her of it. (Several persons cross the stage.) Cou- me behind the arras; and there heard it agreed up. you know what you have to do.-0, I cry on, that the prince should woo Hero for himself

, and you mercy, friend; you go with me, and I will use having obtained her, give her to count Claudio. your skill: -Good cousins, have a care this busy D. John. Come, come, let us thither; this may time.


prove food to my displeasure: that young start-up SCENE_III. Another Room in Leonato's House. hath all the glory of my overthrow; if I can cross Enter Don John and CONRADE.

him any way, I bless myself every way: You ero

both sure, 13 and will assist me ? Con. What the good year, my lord! why are you thus out of measure sad?

which ultimately became obscure, and was corrupted into the good year, a very opposite form of expression.

6. This is one of Shakspeare's natural touches. An 1 Mr. Hayley, with great acuteness, proposed to read envious and unsocial mind, too proud to give pleasure, The fairest grave is to necessity ;' i. e. necessitas quod and too sullen to receive it, always endeavours to hide cogit defendit.' The meaning may however be—The its malignity from the world and from itself, under the fairest or most equitable concession is that which is plainness of simple honesty, or the dignity or haughty needful only.'

independence. 2 i. e. once for all. So, in Coriolanus : Once if he 7 Flatter. do require our voices, we ought not to deny him.' 8 A canker is the canker-roge, or dog-rose. I had Comedy of Errors, Act iii. Sc. 1.

rather be a reglected dog.rose in a hedge, than a gar. 3 Thickly interwoven. 4 Cousins were formerly enrolled among the depend.

den-rose if it profited by his culture.'

9 i. e. ' for I make nothing else my counsellor.' ants, if not the domestice of great families, such as that 10 Model is here used in an unusual sense, but Bullo. of Leonato. -Petruchio, while intent on the subjection kar explains it, \ Model, the platforme, or form of any of Katharine, calls out in terms imperative for his cousin thing. Ferdinand.

u The neglect of cleanliness among our ancestors 5 The commentators say, that the original form or rendered such precautions too often necessary. this exclamation was the gougere, i. c. morbus gallicus;12 Serious. 13 i. e. to be depended on



his grave.

Con. To the death, my lord.

Leon. Daughter, remember what I told you ; if D. John. Let us to the great supper; their cheer the prince do solicit you in that kind, you know is the greater, that I am subdued :'Would the cook your answer. were of my mind !-Shall we go prove what's to be Beat. The fault will be in the musick, cousin, if done?

you be not woo'd in good time : if the prince be too Bora. We'll wait upon your lordship. (Ereunt. impedant;' tell him, there is measure in every

thing, and so dance out the answer. For hear me,

Hero; Wooing, wedding, and repenting, is as a ACT II.

Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinque-pace; the first ! SCENE I. A Hall in Leonato's House. Enter suit is hot and hasty, like a Scoich jix, and full as Leonato, Antonio, Hero, Beatrice, und fantastical; the wedding, mannerly-modest, as a

measure full of state and ancientry; and then others.

comes repentance, and, with his bad legs, falls into Lem. Was not count John here at supper ? the cinque-pace faster and faster, till he sink into Ant. I saw him not.

Beat. How tartly that gentleman looks! I never Leon. Cousin, you apprehend passing shrewdly. can see him, but I'am heart-burned an hour after. Beat, I have a good eye, uncle ; I can see &

Hero, He is of a very melancholy disposition. church by day-light.

Beat. He were an excellent man, that were made Leon. 'The revellers are entering; brother, make just in the mid-way between him and Benedick: good room. ihe one is too like an image, and says nothing; and the other, too like my lady's eldest son, ever. Enler Don Pedro, CLAUDIO, BENEDICK, Baco more tattling.

THAZAR; Don John, BORACHIO, MARGARET, Leon. Then half signior Benedick's tonguo in URSULA, and others, masked. count John's mouth, and half count John's inelan

D. Pedro. Lady, will you walk about with your choly in signior Benedick's face,

friend ?3 Beat. With a good leg, and a good foot, uncle, and money enough in his purse, such a man would say nothing, I am yours for the walk; and, espe

Hero. So you walk softly, and look sweetly, and win any woman in the world, --if he could get her cially, when I walk away. good will.

D. Pedro. With me in your company? Leon. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.

Hero. I may say so, when I please.

D. Pedro. And when please you to say so? Ant. In faith, she is too curst.

Hero. When I like your favour; for God deBeat. Too curst is more than curst: I shall les fend, the lute stould be like the case !* sen God's sending that way: for it is said, God sendo a curst cow short horns; but to a cow too curst the house is Jove.

D. Pedro. My visor is Philemon's roof; within he sends none.

Hero. Why then your visor should be thatch'd. Leon. So, by being too curst, God will send you D. Pedro. "Speak low, if you speak love. no horns, Beat. Just, if he send me no husband: for the

[Takes her aside. which blessing, I am at him upon my knees every

Bene. Well, I would you did like me. morning and evening: Lord! I could not endure a

Marg. So would nol 1, for your own sake ; for husband with a beard on his face; I had rather lie

I have many ill qualities.

Brne. Which is one ? in the woollen. Leon. You may light upon a husband, that hath

Marg. I say my pravers aloud. no beard.

Bene. I love you the better; the hearers may Beat. What should I do with him? dress him in cry; Amen. my apparel, and make him my waiting gentlewo

Marg. God match me with a good dancer! man? He that hath a beard, is more than a youth;

Balth. Amen. and he that hath no beard, is less than a man: and

Marg. And God keep him out of my sight, when he that is more than a youth, is not for me ; and he the dance is done ! - Answer, clerk. that is less than a man, I am not for him. There

Balth. No more words; the clerk is answered. fore I will even take sixpence in carnest of the bear

Urs. I know you well enough; you are signior herd, and lead his apes into hrill.

Antonio. Leon. Well then, go you into hell ?

Ant. At a word, I am not. Beat. No; but to the gate; and there will the

Ure. I know you by the waggling of your head. devil meet me, like an old cuckold, with horns on

Ant. To tell you true, I counterfeit him. his head, and say, Get you to heaven, Beatrice, get

Urs. You could never do him so ill-well, unless you to heaven; here's no place for you maids : so de- you were the very man: Here's his dry hand up liver I up my apes, and away to Saint Peter for the and down; you are he, yon are he. heavens; he shows me where the bachelors sit, and

Ant. Ai a word I am not. there live we as merry as the day is long.

Urs. Come, come; do you think I do not know Ant. Well, niece, (To Hero.] I trust, you will you by your excellent wit? Can virtue hide itself? be ruled by your father.

Go to, mum, you are he ; graces will

there's an end. Beat. Yes, faith ; it is my cousin's duty to make courtesy, and say, Father, as it please you :- hut

Beat. Will you not tell me who told you so ? yot for all that, cousin, let him be a handsome fel

Bene. No, you shall pardon me. low, or else make another courtesy, and say, Fa

Beat. Nor will you not tell me who you are ?

Bene. Not now. ther, as il please me. Leon. Well, niece, I hope to see you one day

Beat. That I was disdainful, -and that I had fitted with a husband.

my good wit out of the Hundred merry Tales; Beat. Not till God make men nf some other me

Well, this was signior Benedick that said so. tal than earth. Would it not grieve a woman to be

Bene. What's he? over-mastered with a piece of valiant dust ? to make

Bent. I am sure, you know him well enough. an account of her life to a clod of wayward marl ? 5 Alluding to the table of Baucis and Pl_ilemon in No, uncle, I'll none : Adam's sons are iny brethren; Ovid, who describes the old couple as living in a thatch. and truly, I hold it a sin to match in my kindred.

ed cottage.

-Slimlieri ranna tecta palustri,' 1 Importunate.

which Goldi:g renders : 2 A measure, in old language, besides its ordinary • The roafr therent was thatched all with straw and meaning, signified also a dance.

fennish reede.' 3 Lover.

6. This was the term for a jest-boak in Shakspeare's 4 That is, 'God forbid that your face should be as time, from a popular collection of that name, aboui which homely and coarse as your mask.'

the commentators were much puzzled, until a large fras.

appear, and

the post.

Bene. Not I, believe me.

garland of? About your neck, like an usurer's Beat. Did he never make you laugh?

chain ? or under your arm, like a lieutenant's Bene. I pray you, what is he?

scarf? You must wear it one way, for the princo Beat. Why, he is the prince's jester; a very dull hath got your Hero. fool; only his gift is in devising impossible' slan Claud. I wish him joy of her. ders: none but libertines delight in him; and the Bene. Why, that's spoken like an honest drover; commendation is not in his wit, but in his villany; so they sell bullocks. But did you think the prince for he both pleaseth men, and angers them, and then would have served you thus ? they laugh' at him, and beat him: I am sure he is Claud. I pray you, leave me. in the fleet: I would he had boarded? me.

Bene. Ho! now you strike like the blind man: Bene. When I know the gentleman, I'll tell him 'twas the boy that stole your meat, and you'll beat what

you say. Beat. Do, do: he'll but break a comparison or Claud. If it will not be, I'll leave you. (Erit. two on me; which, peradventure, not marked, or Bene. Alas, poor hurt fowl! Now will he creep net laughed at, strikes him into melancholy; and into sedges. - But, that my lady Beatrice should then there's a partridge wing saved, for the fool know me, and not know me! The Prince's foo!! will eat no supper that night. [Music within. Ha! it may be, I go under that litle, because I am We must follow the leaders.

merry-Yea; but so; I am apt to do myself Bene. In every good thing.

wrong: I am not so reputed: it is the base, the Beat. Nay, if they lead to any ill, I will leave bitter disposition of Beatrice, that puts the world them at the next turning.

into her person, and so gives me out." Well, I'l! (Dance. Then exeunt all but Don John, be revenged as I may.

D. John. Sure my brother is amorous on Hero,

Re-enter Don PEDRO. and hath withdrawn her father to break with him D. Pedro. Now, signior, where's the count. Dia about it: The ladies follow her, and but one visor you see him? remains.

Bene. Troth, my lord, I have play'd the part of Bora. And that is Claudio: I know him by his lady Fame. I found him here as melancholy as a bearing.)

lodge in a warren ;8 I told him, and, I think, I told D. John. Are not you signior Benedick ? him true, that your grace had got the good will of Claud. You know me well; I am he.

this young lady; and I offered him my company D. John. Signior, you are very near my brother to a willow trec, either to make him a garland, as in his love: he is enamoured on Hero; I pray you, being forsaken, or to bind him up a rod, as being dissuade him from her, she is no equal for his birth worthy to be whipped. you may do the part of an honest man in it,

D. Pedro. To be whipped! What's his fault? Claud. How know you he loves her?

Pene. The flat transgression of a schoolboy ; who, V. John, I heard him swear his affection. being overjoyed with finding a bird's nest, shows

Bora. So did I too; and he swore he would mar it his companion, and he steals it. ry her to-night.

D. Pedro. Wilt thou make a trust a transgresD. John. Come let us to the banquet.

sion? The transgression is in the stealer. (Ereunt Don John, and BORACHIO. Bene. Yet it had not been amiss, the rod had Claud. Thus answer I in name of Benedick,

been made, and the garland too; for the garland But hear these ill news with the ears of Claudio.- he might have worn himself; and the rod he might 'Tis certain so ;—the prince woos for himself. have bestowed on you, who, as I take it, have stoln Friendship is constant in all other things,

his bird's nest. Save in the office and affairs of love :

D. Pedro. I will but teach them to sing, and reTherefore, 4 all hearts in love use their own tongues; store them to the owner. Let every eye negotiate for itself,

Bene. If their singing answer your saying, by my And trusi no agent: for beauty is a witch, faith you say honestly: Against whose charms faith melteth into blood." D.' Pedro. The lady Beatrice hath a quarrel to This is an accident of hourly proof,

you ; the gentleman, that danced with her, told Which I mistrusted not : Farewell, therefore, Hero! her, she is much wronged by you. Re-enter BENEDICK.

Bene. O, she misused me past the endurance of

a block; an oak, but with one green leaf on it, Bene. Count Claudio ?

would have answered her; my very visor began to Claud. Yea, the same.

assume life, and scold with her :: She told me, not Bene. Come, will you go with me ?

thinking I had been myself, that I was the prince's Claud. Whither?

jester : that I was duller than a great thaw: budBene. Even to the next willow, about your own 'dling jest upon jest, with such impossiblelo convey. business, count. What fashion will you wear the

6 Chains of gold of considerable value were, in ment was discovered in 1915, by my late lamented friend Shakspeare's time, worn by wealthy citizens, and the Rev. J. Conybeare, Professor of Poetry in Oxford. others, in the same manner as they are now on public I had the gratification of printing a few copies at the occasions by the aldermen of London. Usury was then Chiswick press, under the title of Shakspeare's Jest a common topic of invective. So, in "The Choice of Book. It was printed by Rastell, and therefore must Change,' 1598, 'Three sortes of people, in respect of have been published previous to 1533. Another collec. necessily, may be accounted good :-Merchants, for tion of the same kind, called, “Tales and Quicke An- they may play the usurers, instead of the Jews, &c.' swerey,' printed by Berthelette, and of nearly equal Again, "There is a scarcity of Jews, because Christians antiquity, was also reprinted at the same time; and it is make an occupation of usurie.' remarkable that this collection is cited by Sir John Har. 7. It is the disposition of Beatrice, who takes upon rington under the title of the hundred merry tales.' It herself to personate the world, and therefore represents continuod for a long period to be the popular name for the world as saying what she only says herself. collections of this sori, for in the Londou Chaunticlere,

8 A parallel thought occurs in Isaíab, c. i. where the 1659, it is mentioned as being cried for sale by a ballad prophei, in describing the desolation of Judah, says. man.

* The daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, 1 Incredible, or inconceivable.

an a lodge in a garden of cucumbers,' &c. It appears 2 Boarded, besides its usual meaning, signified ac. that these lonely buildings were necessary, as the cu. cosled.

cumbers, &c. were obliged to be constantly watched and 3 Carriage, demeanour.

watered, and that as soon as the crop was gathered they 4 Lel, which is found in the next line, is undorstood were forsaken. here.

9 li is singular that a similar thought should be found. 5 Blood signifies amorous heal or passion. So, in in the tenth Thebaid of Statius, v. 658. All's Well that Ends Well, Act, iti. Sc. 7.

- ipsa insanire videtur • Now his important blood will nought deny,

Sphynx galeæ custog." That she'll demand.'

10 i. e. ' with a rapidity equal to that of Jugglers 20

[Erit. husband.

well say,

ance upon me, that I stood like a man at a mark, Claud. And so she doth, cousin. with a whole army shooting at me: She speaks Beat. Good lord, for alliance !-- Thus goes every poniards, and every word stabs: if her breath were one to the world but I,* and I am sun-burned; ) as terrible as her terminations, there were no liv- may sit in the corner, and cry, heigh ho! for a ing near her, she would infect to the north star. I husband. would not marry her, though she were endowed D. Pelro. Lady Beatrice, I will get you one. with all that Adam had left him before he trans Beat. I would rather have one of your father's gressed; she would have made Hercules have getting : Hath your grace ne'er a brother like you? turned spit; yea, and have cleft his club to make your father goi excellent husbands, if a maid could the fire 100. Come, talk not of her; you shall find come by them. her the infernal Atei in good apparel. I would 10

D. Pedro. Will you have me, lady? God, some scholar would conjure her; for, certain Beal. No, my lord, unless I mighi have another ly, while she is here, a man may live as quiet in for working-days; your grace is too costly to wear hell, as in a sanctuary; and people sin upon pur- every day :-But, I beseech your grace, pardon pose, because they would go thither : so, indeed, me: I was born to speak all mirth, and no matter. all disquiet, horror, and perturbation follow her. D. Pedro. Your silence most offends me, and to

be merry best becomes you; for, out of question, Re-enter CLAUDIO, BEATRICE, Hero, and

you were born in a merry hour. LEONATO.

Beat. No, sure, my lord, my mother crid; but D. Pedro. Look, here she comes.

then there was a star danced, and under that was Bene. Will your grace command me any service I born.--Cousins, God give you joy! to the world's end? I will go on the slightest errand

Leon. Niece, will you look to those things I told now to the Antipodes, that you can devise to send you of? me on; I will feich you a toothpicker now from the Beat. I cry you mercy, uncle.-By your grace's farthest inch of Asia ; bring you the length of pardon,

[Exit BEATRICE. Prester John's foot; etch you a hair off tho great

D. Pedro. By my troth, a pleasant-spirited lady. Chain's beard: do you any embassage to the Pig

Leon. There's little of the melancholy element mies, rather than hold three words conference with in her, iny lord : she is never sad, but when she this harpy: You have no employment for me?

sleeps, and not ever sad then; for I have heard D. Pedro. Nono, but to desire your good com- my daughter say, she hath often dreamed of un

happiness, and waked herself with laughing. pany. Bene. O God, sir, hero's a dish I love not; I

D. Pedro. She cannot endure to hear tell of cannot endure my lady Tongue. D. Pedro. Come, lady, come; you have lost the

Leon. O, by no means; she mocks all her wooers heart of signior Benedick.

out of suit. Brat. Indeed, my lord, he lent it me a while ;

D. Pedro. She were an excellent wife for Bene

dick. and I give him use2 for it, a double heart for his single one: marry, once before, he won it of me

Leon. O lord, my lord, if they were but a week with false dice, therefore your grace may

married, they would talk themse'ves mad. I have lost it.

D. Pedro, Count Claudio, when mean you to go D. Pedro. You have put him down, lady, you

to church? have put him down.

Claud. To-morrow, my lord: Time goes on Beat. So I would not he should do me, my lord, crutches, till love have all his rites. lest I should prove the mother of fools. I have

Leon. Not till Monday, my dear son, which is brought count Claudio, whom you sent me to seek. hence a just seven-night: 'and a time too brief too,

to have all things answer my mind. D. Pedro. Why, how now, count? wherefore are

D. Pedro. Come, you shake the head at so long Claul. Not sad, my lord.

a breathing; but, I warrant thee, Claudin, the time D. Pedro. How then? Sick.

shall not go dully by us; I will, in the interim, unClaul. Neither, my lord.

dertake one of Hercules' labours; which is, to bring Beat. The count is neither sad, nor sick, nor signior Benedick and the lady Beatrice into a moun

tain of affection, the one with the other. I would merry, nor well: but civil, count; civil as an orange, and something of thai jealous complexion.

fain have it a match; and I doubt not but to fashion D. Pedro. I'faith, lady, I think your blazon to be it, if you three will but minister such assistance as true, though, I'll be sworn, if he be so, his conceit I shall give you direction. is falsc. Here, Claudio, I have wooed in thy name,

Leon. My lord, I am for you, though it cost me and fair Hero is won; I have broke with her father,

ten nights' watching. and his good will obtained : name the day of mar

Claul. And I, my lord. riage, and God give thee joy!

D. Pedro. And you, too, gentle Hero.

Hero. I will do any modest office, my lord, to Leon. Count, take of me my daughter, and with her my fortunes: his grace hath made the match, help my cousin to a good husband.

D. Pedro. And Benedick is not the unhopefullest and all grace say Amen to it! Beal. Speak, count, 'lis your cuc.

husband that I know: thus far can I praise him ; Claud. Silence is the perfectest herald of joy; 1 he is of a noble strain,” of approved valour, and were but little happy, if I could say how much-confirmed honesty. I will teach you how to buLady, as you are mine, I am yours; I give away Benedick :-and 1, with your two helps, will so

mour your cousin, that she shall fall in love with myself for you, and dote upon the exchange. Beat. Speak, cousin, or, if you cannot, stop his practice on Benedick, that, in despite of his quick

wit and his queasy stomach, he shall fall in lovo mouth with a kiss, and let him not speak neither. D. Pedro. In faith, lady, you have a merry heart

. with Beatrice. If we can do this, Cupid is no Beat. Yea, my lord: 'I thank it, poor fool, it longer an archer; his glory shall be ours, for we keeps on the windy side of care:- My cousin tells

4 i. e. good ford, how many alliances are forming him in his ear, that he is in her heart.

Every one is likely to be married but I. I am sun

burned means I have lost my beauty, and am conse. whose conreyances or tricks appear impossibilities. quently no longer an object to tempo a man to marry.' Impossible may, however, be used in the sense of in. ő i. c. mischief. Unhappy was often used for miscredible or inconceivable, both here and in the begin. chierous, as we now say an unlucky boy for a mis. ning of the scene, where Beatrice speaks of “impossible chievous boy. blanders.'

6 A mountain of affection with one another' is, as 1 The goddess of discord.

Johnson observes, a strange expression; yet all that is 2 Interest.

meant appears to be a great deal of affectioa.' 3 i. e. your part or furn; a phrase among the play.

7 The same as sirene, descent, lineuge ere. V. Note on Hamlot, Act ii. Sc. 2.

8 Squoamish.

you sad ?

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