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Thanks, Provost, for thy care and secresy;
We shall employ thee in a worthier place:
Forgive him, Angelo, that brought you home
The head of Ragozine for Claudio's ;
Th' offence pardons itself. Dear Isabel,
I have a motion much imports your good,
Whereto if you'll a willing ear incline,
What's mine is yours, and what is yours is mine:
So bring us to our palace, where we'll show
What's yet behind, that's meet You all should know.

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Dramatis Personæ.

DON PEDRO, Prince of Arragon.
Leonato, Governor of Meilina.
Don John, Bastard-Brother to Don Pedro.
Claudio, a young Lord of Florence, Favourite to Don

Benedick, a young Lord of Padua, favour'd likewise by

Don Pedro.
Balthazar, Servant to Don Pedro.
Antonio, Brother to Leonato.
Borachio, Confident to Don John.
Conrade, Friend to Borachio.

two foolish Officers.



Hero, Daughter to Leonato.
Beatrice, Neice to Leonato.
Margaret, two Gentlewomen, attending on Hero.


A Friar, Messenger, Watch, Town-Clerk, Sexton, and At


SCENE, Melina in Sicily.





SCENE, a Court before Leonato's House. Enter Leonato, Hero, and Beatrice, with a Messenger.

LEONATO. Learn in this letter, that Don Pedro of Arragon

comes night to Mesina. Mes. He is very near by this; he was not three leagues off when I left him.

Leon. How many gentlemen have you lost in this adion?

Meff. But few of any Sort, and none of Name.

Leon. A victory is twice itself, when the atchiever brings home full numbers; I find here, that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honour on a young FloTentine, call'd Claudio.

Mes. Much deserved on his part, and equally remembred by Don Pedro: he hath borne himself beyond the promise of his age, doing in the figure of a lamb the feats of a lion: he hath, indeed, better better'd expectation, than you must expect of me to tell you how.

Léon. He hath an uncle here in Messina will be very much glad of it.

Mes. I have already deliver'd him letters, and there appears much joy in him; even so much, that * The Story from Ariosto, Orl. Fur. 1. 5.


Mr. Pope.

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