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Dox PEDRO, Prince of Arragori.

BORACHIO, Confident to Don John, LEONATO, Govxrror of Mellina.

CONRADE, Friend to Boracbio. Das Johx, Baffard Brorber la Don Pedro.

DOCBERRY, } swo foolist Officers. Clavdio, a young Lord of Florence, Favourite se! VERGES, .5"

Der Pedro. BESEDICK, a young Lord of Padua, favoured like- Hero, Daugbter 30 Leonate. wife by Don Pedro. . .on

BEATRICE, Nicce so Leonato. BALTAZAR, Servant lo Don Pedro,

MARCARET, swo Geloome attending on STO310, Brasber 10 Leonato.

URSULA, ' s Hero.
A Friar, Messenger, Watch, Tawen-Clerk, Sexton, and Attendants.

SCENE, Melina in Sicily.

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, Leon. He hath an uncle here in Meffina will bo SCENE .

very much glad of it. Before Leonato's boule.

Met. I have already delivered him letters, and Eco Leonato, Hero, and Beatrice, with a Messenger, there appears much joy in him; even so much, that

'ljoy could not Thew itself modest enough, without a Ler I LEARN in this letter, that Don Pedro of badge of bitterness..

I Arragon comes this night to Messina. Leon. Did he break out into tears? MT. He is very near by this; he was not three! Mel. In great measure. lagues off when I left him.

Leon. A kind overflow of kindness: There are Loon. How many gentlemen have you loft in this no faces truer than those that are so wash'd. How

much better is it to weep at joy, than to joy at MT. But few of any fort?, and none of name. Tweeping?

Liz A victory is twice itself, when the atchiever Beat. I pray you, is fignior Montanto 3 return'd bring home full numbers. I find here, that Don from the wars, or no ? Petro hath bestowed much honour on a young Flo-1 Mel. I know none of that name, lady; there regtine, call's Claudio.

was none such in the army of any sort. Me. Much deserv'd on his part, and equally re- Leon. What is he that you ask for, niece? member'd by Don Pedro: He hath borne himself Hero. My cousin means fignior Benedick of Padua. beyond the promise of his age; doing, in the figure Mel. o, he's return'd; and as pleasant as ever or a larnb, the feats of a lion: he hath, indeed, he was. becer better'd expectation, than you must expect of Beat. He set up his bills here in Messina 4, and me to tell you how.

challenged Cupid at the flight 5 : and my uncle's fool

1 Mr. Pope was of opinion, that the story of this play is taken from Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, by. Mr. Sicevens, 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 twokeeded sword, given, with much humour, to one, the speaker would represent as a boalter or bravado. • This alludes to the custom of fencers, or prize-fighters, setting up bills, containing a general challeage 5. To challenge at the flight, was a challenge to shoot with an arrow of a particular kind, vih sarrow feathers.

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reading the challenge, subscribed for Cupid, and Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, Balthazar, and challenged him at the bird-holt '. I pray you, how

Don Fobn. many hath'he kill'd and eaten in these wars? But how Pedra. Good signior Leonato, you are come to many hath he killar for, indeed, I promis'd to eat meet your trouble : the fashion of the world is to all of his killing.

Javoid cost, and you encounter it. Leon. Faith, niece, you tax fignior 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,

Mel. He hath done good service, lady, in these confort should remain ; but, when you depart wars.

from me, forrow abides, and bappiness takes his Bear. You had musty victual, and he hath holp leave. to eat it: he's a very valiant trencher-man, he hath Pedro. You embrace your charge 8 too willingly.

I think, this is your daughter. . Mel. And a good soldier too, lady.

Leon. Her mother hath many times told me fo. Beat. And a good soldier to a lady :-But what Bene. Were you in doubt, sir, that you ask'd her? is he to a lord?

| Leon. Signior Benedick, no; for then were you Mell. A lord to a lord, a man to a man; stuff’a a child. with all honourable virtues. .

1 Pedro. You have it full, Benedick: we may Beat. It is fo, indeed; he is no less than a fhuff'a guefs by this what you are, being a man. Truly, man : but for the stuffing, -well, we are all the lady fathers herself:- Be happy, lady! for you mortal.

are like an honourable father, Leon. You must not, fir, mistake my niece; there Bene. If signior Leonato be her father, she would Is a kind of merry war betwixt fignior Benedick not have his head on her shoulders for all Meffina, and her: they never meet, but there's a skirmish as like him as the is. of wit between them. es

Beat. I wonder, that you will still be talking, Beat. Alas, he gets nothing by that. In our last fignior Benedick; no body marks you. conflict, four of his five wits 3 went halting off, and "Bene, What, my dear lady Difdain! are you yet now is the whole man govern'd with one: so that if living? he have wit enough to keep himself warm, let him Beat. Is it possible, disdain should die, while the bear it for a difference between himself and his hath such meet food to feed it, as fignior Benedick? horfe; for it is all the wealth that he hath left, to Courtesy itself must convert to disdain, if you come be known a reasonable creature. Who is his com- in her presence. panion now ? he hath every month a new swornt Benc, Then is Courtesy a turli-coat :--But it is brother.

certain, I am lov'd of all ladies, only you excepted : Mel. Is it possible ?

and I would I could find in my heart that I had not Bear. Very easily possible; he wears his faith a hard heart; for, truly, I love none. but as the fashion of his hat, it ever changes with Bear. A dear happiness to women; they would the next blocks.

else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I Mel: I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your thank God, and my cold blood, I am of your hu. books.

mour for that; I had rather hear my dog bark a Beat. No: an he were, I would burn my study. a crow', than a man swear he loves me. But, I pray you, who is his companion? Is there no Bene. God keep your lalyfhip still in that mind ! young squarer7 now, that will make a voyage with ro fome gentleman or other shall 'scape a predeftis him to the devil ?

nate scratch'd face. Mell. He is most in the company of the right Beat. Scratching could not make it worse, an noble Claudio.

"I'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 foonor* caught than the peftilence, Brat. A bird of my tongue, is better than a beant and the taker runs presently mad. God help the of yours. noble Claudio! if he have caught the Benedick, it Bene. I would, my horse had the fpeed of your will coft him a thousand pounds ere he be cur'd. tongue; and so good a continuer; But keep your

Mell. I will hold friends with you, lady. way o' God's name; I have done.
Beat. Do, good friend.

Bçat. You always end with a jade's trick; I know Lcon. You'll ne'er run mad, niece.

you of old. Beat. No, not till a hot January.

| Pedro. This is the sum of all: Leonato,-signior Mell. Don Pedro is approach'd. : Claudio, and nignior Benedick,-my dear friend

I The bird-bolt is a sort 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.f 3 The five fenfes probably gave rise to the idea of a man's having five wits. 4 Not religious profe mion, but profeffion of friendship. 5 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 retaineis. 7 That is, no young, cholerick, quarrelsome fellow, 3 Charge here signifies incumbrance,

Leonato Leonato bath invited you all. I tell him, we shall Bene, You hear, Count Claudio : I can be fecret ftay here the least a month; and he heartily as a dumb man, I would have you think so ; but pras, fome occasion may detain us longer: I dare on my allegiance,-mark you this, on my allegifirear he is no hypocrite, but prays from his heart. ance-He is in love.' With who?-how that is

Isse. If you swear, my lord, you Thall not be your grace's part ;--mark, how short his answer Liriwor -Let me bid you welcome, my lord: berlis With Hero, Leonato's short daughter. ing reconciled to the prince your brother, I owel Claud. If this were fo, fo were it uttered. F all duty

| Bent. Like the old tale, my lord; it is not fo, Joku. I thank you ; I am got of many words, nor 'twas not so, but, indeed, God forbid it Thould at I thank you

be fo. Leon. Please it your grace lead on?

Claud. If my passion change not shortly, God Puére. Your hand, Leonato; we will go together, forbid it should be otherwise.

Exeunt all bul Benedick and Claudio.) Pedro. Amen, if you love her, for the lady is Clasd. Benedick, didit thou note the daughter of very well worthy. Senior Leonato

Claud. You speak this to fetch me in, my lord. Bezt. I noted her not; but I look'd on her.' Pedro. By my troth, I speak my thought. Clad. Is the nut a modeft young lady?

Claud. And, in faith, my lord, I spoke mine. Be. Do you question me, as an honest man Bene. And by my two faiths and troths, my lord, foould do, for my simple true judgment? or would I speak mine. you love me speak after my custom, as being a pro-! Claud. That I love her, I feel feiled tyrant to their sex?

Pedro. That she is worthy, I know. Cland No, I pray thee, speak in sober judgment. Bene. That I neither feel how she thould be

Bezi. Why, i'faith, methinks she is too low for loy'd, nor know how the 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 findle for a great praise ; only this commendation I in it at the stake. an afford her that were the other than the is, the Pedro. Thou waft ever an obftinate heretick in see mhandsome; and being no other but as the the despight of beanty. is, I do not like her.

Claud. And never could maintain his part, but Cland, Thou think'it, I am in sport , I pray thee, in the force of his will. tell me truly how thou lik'it her.

Bene. That a woman conceiv'd me, I thank her, Best. Would you buy her, that you enquire af. that she brought me up, I likewise give her most

humble thanks : but that I will have a recheat Cand. Can the world buy fuch a jewel ? winded in my forehead', or hang my bugle 2 in

Bose. Yes, and a case to put it into. But speak an invisible baldrick 3, all women shall pardon me : you this with a iad brow?' or do you play the Aout- Because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust og lzk; to tell us Cupid is a good hare-finder, any, I will do myself the right to truft none; and and Vulcan a rare carpenter | Come, in what key the fine is, (for the which I may go the finer) ! thell a man take you, to go in the song

will live a batchelor. Cland. In mine eye, she is the sweetest lady that Pedio. I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale I bra looked on.

with love. Bere. I can see yer without spectacles, and I see Bene. With anger, with fickness, or with hunno loch matter : there's her cousin, an she were ger, my lord ; not with love : prove, that ever I DOX potfefs'd with a fury, exceeds her as much in lose more blood with love, than I will get again beauty, as the fuft of May doth the last of Decem- with drinking, pick out mine eyes with a ballad. ber. But I hope, you have no intent to turn hus- maker's pen, and hang me up at the door of a and; have you?

brothel-house for the lign of blind Cupid. Cland. I would scarce trust myself, though I had Pedro. Well, if ever thou doft fall from this (wom the contrary, if Hero would be my wife. faith, thou wilt prove a notable argument.

Borr. 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 suf- and shoot at me; and he that hits me, let him be poon Shall I never fee a batchelor of threescore clapp'd on the shoulder, and call'd Adam 4,

gia? Go to, i' faith ; an thou wilt needs thrust thy Pedro. Well, as time thall try : neck into a yoke, wear the print of it, and figh In time the fivage bull doth bear the yoke. ** Sundays Look, Don Pedro is return'd to Bege. The savage bull may ; but if ever the sens

rible Benedick bear it, pluck off the bull's horns, Re-enter Don Peda.

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

Here is good horse to bire, let them signify under my Boul. I would, your grace would constrain me fign, Here you way fee Benedick the marry'd man. I tell

| Claud. If this should ever happeh, thou would'st Pedra. I charge thee on tby allegiance be horn-mad.

1 A recheat is a particular leffon upon the horn, to call dogs back from the scent. ? Bugle-hom. 3 Beit or girdle.'* This probably alludes to one Adam Bell, who at that time of day was of rcpuHoe for his skill at the bow.

Pedro.

si Pedro. Nay, if Cupid hath not spent all his squi- , , $. cre: N E II.
ver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly.

A Roam ixLeontato's House.
Bene. I look for an earthquake too then.
Pedro. Well, you will temporize with the hours. .

in Enter Leonato and Antonio. . In the mean time, good signior Benedick, repair. Lco. How now, brother ? Where is my cousin, to Leonato's ; commend me to him, and tell him, your son ? Hath he provided this musick I will not fail him at supper ; for, indeed he hath Ant. He is very bafy about it. But, brother, I made great preparation.

can tell you news that you yet dream'd not of. Bent. I have almost matter enough in me for Leon. Are they good? such an emballage ; and so I commit you

Ant. As the event stamps them; but they have Claud. To the tuition of God; from my house, a good cover, they show well cụtward. The prince (if I had it,

Jand Count Claudio, walking in a thick-pleached 2 Pedro. The sixth of July ; your loving friend, alley in my orchard, were thus overheard by a man Benedick.

Tof mine: The prince discover'd to Claudio, that Bene. Nay, mock pot, mock not : The body of he lov'd my niece your daughter, and meant to acyour discourse is sometime guarded with fragments, knowledge sit this evening in a dance; and, if he and the guards I are but Nightly basted on neither : found her accordant, he meant to take the present ere you Aqut old ends any further, examine your time by the top, and instantly break with you of it, conscience; and so I leave you.

[Exit. Lcon. Hath the fellow any wit that told you this? Claud. My liege, your highness now may do Ant. A good sharp fellow; I will send for him, me good. ...,

[how, and question him yourself. Pedro. My love is thine to teach ; teach it but Lcor. 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 lefton that may do thee good.

withal, that she may be the better prepared for an Claud. Hath Leonato any son, my lord? answer, if peradventure this be true: Go you, and

Pedrs, No child but Hero, she's his only heir : , tell her of it. (Several Servants cross the stage bere.] Dost thou affect her, Claudio . , Cousin, you know what you have to do , I Claud. O my lord,.

Jcry 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 this I look'd upon her with a soldier's eye,

busy time.

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

SCENE III.
Than to drive liking to the name of love :
But now I am return'd, and that war-thoughts

Another Apartment in Leonato's Houses
Have left their places vacant, in their rooms

Enter Don Jabn and Conrade. . Come thronging foft-end delicate defires,

Conr. What the good-jer, my lord! why are All prompting me how fair young Hero is, you thus out of measure sad? Saying, I lik'd her ere I went to wars.

1 John. 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 :

Conr. You should hear reason. If thou doft love fair Hero, cherish it; ,

John. And when I have heard it, what bleiing And I will break with her, and with her father, bringeth it? And thou shalt have her : Was't not to this end, | Conr. If not a present remedy, yet a patient suf- That thou began'st to twist so fine a story? - ferance.

Claud. How sweetly do yon minister to loye, Jobr. I wonder, that thou being (as thou say it That know love's grief by his complection! |thou art born) under Saturn, goeft about to But left my liking might too sudden seem, apply a moral medicine to a mortifying mischief, I would have salv'd it with a longer treatise. I cannot hide what I am: I must be sad when I Pedro. What need the bridge much broader than have cause, and smile at no man's jelts ; eat when the food ?

I have stomach, and wait for no man's leisure : The fairet grant is the nece Tity:

neep when I am drowsy, and tend on no man's Look, what will serve, is fit; 'tis once, thou lov'ft; business; laugh when I am merry, and claw 3 no And I will fit thee with the remedy.

man in his humour. I know, we shall have revelling to-ught;

Conr. Yea, 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 fair Hero I am Claudio;

You have of late stood out against your brother, And in her bofom I'll unclasp my heart,

and he hath ta'en you newly into his grace ; where And take her hearing prisoner with the force it is impoflible you should take root, but by the And strong encounter of my amorous tale; fair weather that you make yourself; it is needful Then, after, to her father will I break; -- that you frame the season for your own barvest And, the conclusion is, the shall be thine :

Jobn. I had rather be a canker in a hedge, than In practice let us put it presently.

a role in his grace; and it better fits my blood to [Exeunt. (be disdain d of all, than to fashion a carriage to rob

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lon fare from any in this, though I cannot be said to). Bora. Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir te a pattering honest man, it must not be deny'd lof Leonato. but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trufted Hobr. A very forward March-chick! How.come. with a muzzle, and infranchised with a clog; you to know this? Derefore I have decreed not to sing in my cage : - Bora. Being entertain'd for a perfumér, as I was FI had my mouth, I would bite; if I had my fmoaking a musty room, comes me the prince and iberts, I would do my liking: in the mean time, Claudio, hand in hand, in fad 1 conference :-( Let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me. - whipt me behind the arras į and there heard it Cx. Can you make no use of your discontent ? agreed upon, that the prince should wbo Hero for

Febre. I make all use of it, for I use it only. himself, and having obtained her, give her to Who comes here? what news, Borachio ? count Claudio.

Enter Boracbio. . . " Foor. Come, come, come, let us thither; this. Bara. I came yonder from a great supper; the may prove food to my displeasure : that young rrince, your brother, is royally entertained by start-up hath all the glory of my.overthrow if i Leonato; and I can give you intelligence of an in-can cross him any way, I bless myfélf every way: tooded marriage

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You are both sure, and will affilt me. ,,. Febe. Will it serve for any model to build mir- Conr. To the death, my lord. eef on? What is he for a fool, that betroths him- Jobm. Let us to the grear supper"; their cheer is self to unquietness is

the greater, that I am subdu'd : Would the cook Bors. Marry, it is your brother's right hand. were of my mind !-Shall we go prove what's to Fabe. Who? the most exquisite Claudio ? be done? Bura. Even be!

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| Beat. Just, if he send me no husband ; 'for the Beter Lasto, Antonio, Hero, Beatrice, Margaret, which blefling, I am at hinn upon my knees every and Ursula,

morning and evening : Lord! I could not endure LEIXAS not count John here at supper! Ja husband with a beard on his face; I had räther La W a t. I saw him not.

lie in woollen. Bea: How tartly that gentleman looks ! I never Leon. You may light upon à bulband, thar hath e lee him, but I am heart-burnd an hour alter. no beard.

Hem He is of a very melancholy difpofition. Beat. What should I do with him? dress him Best. He were an excellent jpan, thal were in my apparel, and make hire my waiting-gentie. rade juit in the midway between him and Bene-womand. He that hath a beard, is inore than a

: the one is too like an image, and says yno- youth ; and he that hath no beard, is less than a Lag; and the other, too hike my, lady's eldest fan, man: and he that is more than a youth, is not for amore catrling.

:. . me ; and he that is less than a man, I am not for Lee. Then half signior Benedick's congue in him : Therefore I will even take fix-pence in ear. pues John's mouth, and half count John's me- neft of the bear-herd, and lead his apes into hell, lactolz in lignior Benedick's face,

Leon. Well then, go you into bell?" . S Beel. With a good leg, and a good foot, uncle, Beat. No ; but to the gate : and there will the and money enough in his purse, Such a man would devil meet me, like an old cuckold, with horns on sa zvy woman in the world, if he could get her his head, and say, Get you to beaven, Beatrice, pet

Lyou to heaven; bere's no place for you maids : To de lar. By my troth, aiece, thou wilt never get liver I up my apes, and away to Saint Peter for be a buiband, if thou be'R lo farewd of thy the heavens; he thews me where the batchelors

fit, and there live we as merry as the day is long, Aut. In faith, she's too curft. .... www. Ant. Well, niece, I trult, you will be ruld by Beat. Too curft is more than curft: I shall fer-lyour father.

natus [T, Hera, Gës sending that way : for it is saida God fende Beat. Yes, faith; it is my cousin's duty to make cu fbart bores; but to a COW tog curft he a curtsy, and lay, Father, as it please you :-but

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