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Gent. O! he is returned, and as pleasant as ever D. Pedro. You embrace your charge too willinghe was.

ly. I think, this is your daughter. Beat. He set up his bills here in Messina, and Leon. Her mother hath many times told me so. challenged Cupid at the a flight; and my uncle's Bene. Were you in doubt, sir, that you asked her! fool, reading the challenge, subscribed for Cupid, Leon. Signior Benedick, no; for then were you a and challenged him at the bird-bolt.--I pray you, child. how many hath he killed and eaten in these wars? D. Pedro. You have it full, Benedick: we may But how many hath be killed ! for, indeed, I prom- guess by this what you are, being a man.-Truly, ised to eat all of his killing.

the lady fathers herself.-Be happy, lady, for you Leon. Faith, niece, you tax signior Benedick too are like an honorable father. much; but he'll be meet with you, I doubt it not. Bene. If signior Leonato be her father, she would

Gent. He hath done good service, lady, in these not have his head on her shoulders for all Messina, wars.

as like him as she is. Beat. You had musty victual, and he hath holp to Beat. I wonder that you will still be talking, sigeat it: he is a very valiant trencher-man; he hath an nior Benedick: no body marks you. excellent stomach.

Bene. What, my dear lady Disdain! are you yet Gent. And a good soldier too, lady.

living ? Beat. And a good soldier to a lady; but what is Beat. Is it possible disdain should die, while she he to a lord ?

hath such kmeet food to feed it, as signior BeneGent. A lord to a lord, a man to a man; stuffed dick? Courtesy itself must convert to disdain, if with all honorable virtues.

you come in her presence. Beat. It is so, indeed: he is no less than a stuffed Bene. Then is courtesy a turn-coat. But it is cer. man; but for the stuffing, --Well, we are all mortal. tain, I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted;

Leon. You must not, sir, mistake my niece. There and I would I could find in my heart that I had not is a kind of merry war betwixt signior Benedick and a hard heart, for, truly, I love none. her: they never meet, but there's a skirmish of wit Beat. A dear happiness to women: they would between them.

else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I Beat. Alas! he gets nothing by that. In our last thank God, and my cold blood, I am of your humor conflict four of his five (wits went halting off, and for that: I had rather hear my dog bark' at a crow, now is the whole man governed with one: so that than a man swear he loves me. if he have wit enough to keep himself warm, let him Bene. God keep your ladyship still in that mind; bear it for a difference between himself and his so some gentleman or other shall 'scape a predestihorse ; for it is all the wealth that he hath left to be nate scratched face. known a reasonable creature.-Who is his compan Beat. Scratching could not make it worse, an 'twere ion now ? He hath every month a new sworn brother. such a face as yours.? Gent. Is't possible?

Bene. Well, you are a rare parrot-teacher. Beat. Very easily possible: he wears his faith but Beat. A bird of my tongue is better than a beast as the fashion of his hat, it ever changes with the of yours. next block.

Bene. I would, my horse had the speed of your Gent. I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your tongue, and so good a continuer. But keep your fbooks.

way o' God's name; I have done. Beat. No; an he were, I would burn my study. Beat. You always end with a jade's trick: I know But, I pray you, who is his companion? Is there no you of old. young 6 squarer now, that will make a voyage with D. Pedro. "That is the sum of all.-Leonato, him to the devil ?

signior Claudio, and signior Benedick,-my dear Gent. He is most in the company of the right friend Leonato hath invited you all. I tell him we noble Claudio.

shall stay here at the least a month, and he heartily Beat. O Lord! he will hang upon him like a dis-prays some occasion may detain us longer: I dare ease: he is sooner caught than the pestilence, and swear he is no hypocrite, but prays from his heart. the taker runs presently mad. God help the noble Leon. If you swear, my lord, you shall not be forClaudio! if he have caught the Benedick, it will sworn.-Let me bid you welcome, my lord: being cost him a thousand pound ere he be cured. reconciled to the prince your brother, I owe you all Gent. I will hold friends with you, lady.

duty. Beat. Do, good friend.

John. I thank you: I am not of many words, but Leon. You will never run mad, niece. Beat. No, not till a hot January.

Leon. Please it your grace, lead on? Gent. Don Pedro is approached.

D. Pedro. Your hand, Leonato: we will go toEnter Don PEDRO, Joux, CLAUDIO, BENEDICK,

gether. [Exeunt all but BENEDICK and CLAUDIO. BALTHAZAR, and others.

Claud. Benedick, didst thou note the daughter of

signior Leonato ? D. Pedro. Good signior Leonato, are you come to Bene. I noted her not; but I looked on her. meet your trouble ? the fashion of the world is to Claud. Is she not a modest young lady? avoid cost, and you encounter it.

Bene. Do you question me, as an honest man Leon. Never came trouble to my house in the like should do, for my simple true judgment; or would ness of your grace; for trouble being gone, comfort you have me speak after my custom, as being a proshould remain, but when you depart from me, sor- fessed tyrant to their sex? row abides, and happiness takes his leave.

Claud. No; I pray thee, speak in sober judg.

ment. * Flights were long and light-feathered arrows.- Even.

Bene. Why, i' faith, methinks she's too low for a A stuffed man was a cant phrase for a cuckold. Wit high praise, too brown for a fair praise, and too little was anciently the general term for intellectual power. The wits seem to have been reckoned five, by analogy to the five Benses. "For a difference” is an heraldic term._{"Not in Burden; encumbrance. - i.e., is like her father.-Propyour books," i. e., not in favor with you.—5 Boxer.

er; fitting

I thank you.

for a great praise: only this commendation I can | winded in my forehead, or hang my d bugle in an afford her; that were she other than she is, she were invisible ® baldrick, all women shall pardon me. Beunhandsome, and being no other but as she is, I do cause I will not do them the wrong to mistrust any, not like her.

I will do myself the right to trust none; and the Claud. Thou thinkest, I am in sport: I pray thee, 'fine is, (for the which I may go the finer) I will live tell me truly how thou lik’st her.

a bachelor. Bene. Would you buy her, that you inquire after D. Pedro. I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale her?

with love. Claud. Can the world buy such a jewel ?

Bene. With anger, with sickness, or with hunger, Bene. Yea, and a case to put it into. But speak my lord ; not with love: prove, that ever I lose more you this with a sad brow, or do you play the flouting blood with love, than I will get again with drinking, Jack, to tell us Cupid is a good hare-finder, and Vul- pick out mine eyes with a ballad-maker's pen, and can a rare carpenter? Come, in what key shall a hang me up at the door of a brothel-house for the man take you, to go in the song ?

sign of blind Cupid. Claud. In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that D. Pedro. Well, if ever thou dost fall from this ever I looked on.

faith, thou wilt prove a notable bargument. Bene. I can see yet without spectacles, and I see Bene. If I do, hang me in a bottle like a bcat, no such matter: there's her cousin, an she were not and shoot at me; and he that I first hits me, let him possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in beau- be clapped on the shoulder, and called i Adam. iy, as the first of May doth the last of December. D. Pedro. Well, as time shall try: But I hope, you have no intent to turn husband, “In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke.” have you?

Bene. The savage bull may, but if ever the sensiClaud. I would scarce trust myself, though I had ble Benedick bear it, pluck off the bull's horns, and sworn the contrary, if Hero would be my wife. set them in my forehead ; and let me be vilely paint

Bene. Is't come to this, i' faith? Hath not the ed, and in such great letters as they write, "Here world one man, but he will wear his cap with sus is good horse to hire," let them signify under my picion? Shall I never see a bachelor of threescore sign, -"Here you may see Benedick the married again? Go to, i' faith; an thou wilt needs thrust man." thy neck into a yoke, wear the print of it, and sigh Claud. If this should ever happen, thou would'st away Sundays. Look; Don Pedro is returned to be horn-mad. seek you.

D. Pedro. Nay, if Cupid have not spent all his Re-enter Don PEDRO.

quiver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly. D. Pedro. What secret hath held you here, that

Bene. I look for an earthquake too, then. you followed not to Leonato's!

D. Pedro. Well, you will temporize with the hours. Bene. I would your grace would constrain me to In the mean time, good signior Benedick, repair to tell.

Leonato's: commend me to him, and tell him, I will D. Pedro. I charge thee on thy allegiance. not fail him at supper; for, indeed, he hath made

Bene. You hear, count Claudio: I can be secret great preparation. as a dumb man, I would have you think so; but on Bene. I have almost matter enough in me for such my allegiance,-mark you this, on my allegiance.- an embassage ; and so I commit youHe is in love. With whom ?-now that is your

Claud. To the tuition of God: from my house, if grace's part.-Mark, how short the answer is :- I had it.with Hero, Leonato's short daughter.

D. Pedro. The sixth of July: your loving friend, Claud. If this were so, so were it uttered.

Benedick. Bene. Like the old tale, my lord: it is not so, nor

Bene. Nay, mock not, mock not. The body of 'twas not so; but, indeed, God forbid it should your discourse is sometime k guarded with fragments,

and the guards are but slightly basted on neither: Claud. If my passion change not shortly, God ere you flout old 'ends any farther, examine your forbid it should be otherwise.

conscience, and so I leave you. [Erit BENEDICK. D. Pedro. Amen, if you love her; for the lady is

Claud. My liege, your highness now may do me very well worthy.


[how, Claud. You speak this to fetch me in, my lord.

D. Pedro. My love is thine to teach : teach it but D. Pedro. By my troth, I speak my thought.

And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn Claud. And in faith, my lord, I spoke mine.

Any hard lesson that may do thee good. Bene. And by my two faiths and troths, my lord,

Claud. Hath Leonato any son, my lord ? I spoke mine.

D. Pedro. No child but Hero, she's his only heir. Claud. That I love her, I feel.

Dost thou affect her, Claudio ? D. Pedro, That she is worthy, I know.


0! my lord, Bene. That I neither feel how she should be loved, When you went onward on this ended action, nor know how she should be worthy, is the opinion I look'd upon her with a soldier's eye, that fire cannot melt out of me: I will die in it at That lik’d, but had a rougher task in hand, the stake.

Than to drive liking to the name of love; D. Pedro. Thou wast ever an obstinate heretic in But now I am return'd, and that war-thoughts the despite of beauty.

Have left their places vacant, in their rooms Claud. And never could maintain his part, but in come thronging soft and delicate desires, the force of his will.

All prompting me how fair young Hero is, Bene. That a woman conceived me, I thank her: Saying, I lik'd her ere I went to warsthat she brought me up, I likewise give her most humble thanks; but that I will have a "recheat & Bugle-horn.-Girdle ; belt - Conclusion.-- **A notable

argument," i, e., a capital subject for satire. One of the in"To go," l. e., to join.--"Wear his cap with guspi- human sports of the time was to enclose a cat in a wooden cion," i. e., subject his head to the disquiet of jealousy tub or bottle, which was suspended aloft to be shot at A "recheat" is a huntsman's blast of the horn, to call off 1. e., Adam Bell, a noted archer.-Trimmed; ornamented

"Old ends," i e, the ends or conclusions of letters.

be so.

the dogs.

D. Pedro. Thou wilt be like a lover presently, ach, and wait for no man's leisure ; sleep when I am And tire the hearer with a book of words.

drowsy, and tend on no man's business; laugh when If thou dost love fair Hero, cherish it,

I am merry, and claw no man in his humor. And I will break with her, and with her father, Con. Yea; but you must not make the full show And thou shalt have her. Was't not to this end, of this, till you may do it without controlment. You That thou began'st to twist so fine a story?

have, 2 till of late, stood out against your brother, Claud. How sweetly do you minister to love, and he hath ta'en you newly into his grace; where That know love's grief by his complexion ! it is impossible you should take true root, but by But lest my liking might too sudden seem, the fair weather that you make yourself: it is needI would have salv'd it with a longer treatise. ful that you frame the season for your own harvest.

D. Pedro. What need the bridge much broader than John. I had rather be a canker in a hedge, than The fairest ground is the necessity. [the flood ? a rose in his grace; and it better fits my blood to be Look, what will serve is fit: 'tis once, thou lovest, disdained of all, than to fashion a carriage to rob love And I will fit thee with the remedy.

from any: in this, though I cannot be said to be a I know we shall have revelling to-night:

flattering honest man, it must not be denied but I am I will assume thy part in some disguise,

a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with a muzzle, And tell fair Hero I am Claudio;

and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I have deAnd in her bosom I'll unclasp my heart,

creed not to sing in my cage. If I had my mouth, And take her hearing prisoner with the force, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do my And strong encounter of my amorous tale:

liking: in the mean time, let me be that I am, and Then, after, to her father will I break;

seek not to alter me. And, the conclusion is, she shall be thine.

Con. Can you make no use of your discontent? In practice let us put it presently. [E.xeunt. John. I make all use of it, for I use it only. Who

comes here? What news, Borachio ? SCENE II.-A Room in Leonato's House.

Enter Borach10.
Enter LEONATO and Antonio.

Bora. I came yonder from a great supper: the Leon. How now, brother? Where is my cousin, prince, your brother, is royally entertained by Leoyour son? Hath he provided this music?

nato, and I can give you intelligence of an intended Ant. He is very busy about it. But, brother, I marriage. can tell you strange news that you yet dreamt not of.

John. Will it serve for any model to build misLeon. Are they good ?

chief on? What is he, for a fool, that betroths himAnt. As the event stamps them; but they have a self to unquietness ? good cover; they show well outward. The prince

Bora. Marry, it is your brother's right hand. and count Claudio, walking in a b thick-pleached

John. Who? the most exquisite Claudio ? alley in my orchard, were thus much overheard by a

Bora. Even he. man of mine : the prince discovered to Claudio that

John. A proper squire ! And who, and who ? which he loved my niece, your daughter, and meant to ac-way looks he? knowledge it this night in a dance; and, if he found

Bora. Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir of her accordant, he meant to take the present time by

Leonato. the top, and instantly break with you of it.

John. A very forward March-chick! How came Leon. Hath the fellow any wit, that told you this ? you to this ? Ant. A good sharp fellow: I will send for him,

Bora. Being entertained for a perfumer, as I was and question him yourself.

smoking a 'musty-room, comes me the prince and Leon. No, no: we will hold it as a dream, till it Claudio, hand in hand, in 6 sad conference: I whipt appear itself; but I will acquaint my daughter withal, me behind the barras, and there heard it agreed upthat she may be the better prepared for an answer, on, that the prince should woo Hero for himself, and if peradventure this be true. Go you, and tell her having obtained her, give her to count Claudio. of it. [Several persons cross the stage.] Cousins, food to my displeasure. That young start-up hath

John. Come, come ; let us thither: this may prove you know what you have to do.

-O! I cry you mercy, all the glory of my overthrow: if I can cross him friend; go you with me, and I will use your skill. Good cousin, have a care this busy time. [Exeunt. any way, I bless myself every way. You are both

isure, and will assist me? SCENE III.-Another Room in Leonato's House.

Con. To the death, my lord.

John. Let us to the great supper: their cheer is Enter John and CONRADE.

the greater, that I am subdued." 'Would the cook Con. What the good year, my lord! why are were of my mind ! Shall we go prove what's to be

done? you thus out of measure sad? John. There is no measure in the occasion that

Bora. We'll wait upon your lordship. [Eseunt. breeds it, therefore the sadness is without limit.

Con. You should hear reason.
John. And when I have heard it, what blessing

brings it?
Con. If not a present remedy, at least a patient

SCENE I.-A Hall in Leonato's House. sufferance.

John. I wonder, that thou being (as thou say'st Enter Leonato, Antonio, HERO, BEATRICE, and thou art) born under Saturn, goest about to apply a

others. moral medicine to a mortifying mischief. I cannot Leon. Was not count John here at supper? hide what I am: I must be sad when I have cause, Ant. I saw him not. and smile at no man's jests; eat when I have stomA " Once," I. once for all. _b " Thick-pleached," i. e.,

d Flatter.--"A canker," i. e., a canker-rose.—«Smoking

a musty-room," a precaution rendered necessary formerly thickly interro, - "The good year !" a common excla- by the neglect of cleanliness. Serious.- Tapestrymation in S.aku jeere's time.

1 Sure," i. e., to be depended on.



Beat. How tartly that gentleman looks: I never | Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinque-pace: the first can see him, but I am heart-burned an hour after. suit is hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig, and full as

Hero. He is of a very melancholy disposition. fantastical; the wedding, mannerly, modest, as a

Beat. He were an excellent man, that were made measure, full of state and ancientry; and then comes just in the mid-way between him and Benedick: repentance, and with his bad legs falls into the the one is too like an image, and says nothing; and cinque-pace faster and faster, till he sink 'a-pace the other too like my lady's eldest son, evermore into his grave. tattling.

Leon. Cousin, you apprehend passing shrewdly. Leon. Then, half signior Benedick's tongue in Beat. I have a good eye, uncle : I can see a church count John's mouth, and half count John's melan- by day-light. choly in signior Benedick's face,

Leon. The revellers are entering, brother. Make Beat. With a good leg, and a good foot, uncle, good room! and money enough in his purse, such a man would Enter Don Pedro, CLAUDIO, BENEDICK, BALTHAwin any woman in the world,-if a' could get her

ZAR; John, BORACHIO, MARGARET, URSULA, and good will.

maskers. Leon. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee

D. Pedro. Lady, will you walk about with your a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue. d friend?

Ant. In faith, she's too curst.
Beat. Too curst is more than curst: I shall lessen say nothing, I am yours for the walk; and, especially,

Hero. So you walk softly, and look sweetly, and God's sending that way, for it is said, “God sends a when I walk away. curst cow short horns ;" but to a cow too curst he D. Pedro. With me in your company? sends none.

Hero. I may say so, when I please. Leon. So, by being too curst, God will send you

D. Pedro. And when please you to say so? no horns ? Beat. Just, if he send me no husband; for the the lute should be like the case !

Hero. When I like your favor; 'for God defend, which blessing, I am at him upon my knees every

D. Pedro. My visor is Philemon's roof; within morning and evening, Lord! I could not endure a the house is 'Jove. husband with a beard on his face: I had rather lie

Hero. Why, then your visor should be thatched. in the woollen. Leon. You may light on a husband that hath no

D. Pedro. Speak low, if you speak love.

[Takes her aside. beard.

Bene. Well, I would you did like me. Beat. What should I do with him? dress him in my apparel, and make him my waiting gentlewoman? have many ill qualities.

Marg. So would not I, for your own sake; for I He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he

Bene. Which is one? that hath no beard is less than a man; and he that

Marg. I say my prayers aloud. is more than a youth is not for me; and he that is

Bene. I love you the better; the hearers may cry less than a man, I am not for him : therefore, I will

Amen. even take sixpence in earnest of the a bear-ward, and

Marg. God match me with a good dancer! lead his apes into hell.

Bene. Amen.
Leon. Well then, go you into hell ?
Beat. No; but to the gate ; and there will the the dance is done ! - Answer, clerk.

Marg. And God keep him out of my sight, when devil meet me, like an old cuckold, with horns on

3 Bene. No more words: the clerk is answered. his head, and say, “Get you to heaven, Beatrice,

Urs. I know you well enough: you are signior get you to heaven; here's no place for you maids :"

Antonio, so, deliver I up my apes, and away to Saint Peter

Ant. At a word, I am not. for the heavens: he shows me where the bachelors

Urs. I know you by the waggling of your head. sit, and there live we as merry as the day is long.

Ant. To tell you true, I counterfeit him. Ant. Well, niece, I trust, you will be ruled by Urs. You could never do him so ill-well, unless your father.

[To HERO. Beat. Yes, faith; it is my cousin's duty to make and down: you are he, you are he.

you were the very man. Here's his dry hand up courtesy, and say, " Father, as it please you:" but

Ant. At a word, I am not. yet for all that, causin, let him be a handsome fellow,

Urs. Come, come: do you think I do not know or else make another courtesy, und say, " Father, as you by your excellent wit? Can virtue hide itself? it please me." Leon. Well, niece, I hope to see you one day fitted there's an end.

Go to, mum, you are he: graces will appear, and with a husband. Beat. Not till God make men

of some other metal

Beat. Will you not tell me who told you so? than earth. Would it not grieve a woman to be

Bene. No, you shall pardon me.

Beat. Nor will you not tell me who you are ? overmastered with a piece of valiant dust ? to make Bene. Not now. an account of her life to a clod of wayward rul?

Beat. That I was disdainful, and that I had my No, uncle, I'll none: Adam's sons are my bophren; good wit out of the "Hundred merry & Tales." and truly, I hold it a sin to match in my kindred.


, this was signior Benedick that said so. Leon. Daughter, remember, what I told you: if Bene. What's he? the prince do solicit you in that kind, you know your Beat. I am sure, you know him well enough. answer.

Bene. Not I, believe me. Beat. The fault will be in the music, cousin, if you Beat. Did he never make you laugh? be not woo'd in good time: if the prince be too Bene. I pray you, what is he? bimportant, tell him, there is measure in every Beat. Why, he is the prince's jester: a very dull thing, and so dance out the answer: for, hear me, fool, only his gift is in devising bimpossible slanders: Hero; wooing, wedding, and repenting, is as a

Lover. - i. e., God forbid that your face should be as a A bear-ward is a keeper of bears.-- Importunate. A homely as your mask.-Alluding to the fable of Baucis and measure, formerly, besides its ordinary meanings, signified Philemon in Ovid. - The name of a jest book in Shakealso a dance,

speare's time. Incredible.

what you say.

you see him?

none but libertines delight in him; and the com I am not so reputed: it is the base, though bitter mendation is not in his wit, but in his villainy, for he disposition of Beatrice, that puts the world into her both pleases men, and angers them, and then they person, and so gives me dout. Well, I'll be revenged laugh at him, and beat him. I am sure, he is in the

as I may. fleet; I would he had a boarded me!

Re-enter Don PEDRO. Bene. When I know the gentleman, I'll tell him

D. Pedro. Now, signior, where's the count? Did Beat. Do, do: he'll but break a comparison or two

Bene. Troth, my lord, I have played the part of on me; which, peradventure, not marked, or not lady Fame. I found him here as melancholy as a laughed at, strikes him into melancholy; and then lodge in a warren : I told him, and, I think, I told there's a partridge' wing saved, for the fool will eat him true, that your grace had got the good will of no supper that night. [Music within.] We must this young lady; and I offered him my company to follow the leaders.

a willow tree, either to make him a garland, as being Bene. In every good thing. Beat. Nay, if they lead to any ill, I will leave them forsaken, or to bind him up a rod, as being worthy

to be whipped. at the next turning.

D. Pedro. To be whipped! What's his fault? [Dance. Then, exeunt all but John, BORA

Bene. The flat transgression of a school-boy; who, chio, and CLAUDIO.

being overjoy'd with finding a bird's nest, shows it John. Sure, my brother is amorous on Hero, and his companion, and he steals it. hath withdrawn her father to break with him about it.

D. Pedro. Wilt thou make a trust a transgression ? The ladies follow her, and but one visor remains.

The transgression is in the stealer. Bora. And that is Claudio: I know him by his

Bene. Yet it had not been amiss, the rod had been b bearing.

made, and the garland too; for the garland he might John. Are not you signior Benedick?

have worn himself, and the rod he might have beClaud. You know me well: I am he.

stow'd on you, who, as I take it, have stolen his John. Signior, you are very near my brother in his bird's nest.' love: he is enamored on Hero. I pray you, dissuade

D. Pedro. I will but teach them to sing, and rehim from her; she is no equal for his birth: you may store them to the owner. do the part of an honest man in it..

Bene. If their singing answer your saying, by my Claud. How know you he loves her ?

faith, you say honestly. John. I heard him swear his affection.

D. Pedro. The lady Beatrice hath a quarrel to Bora. So did I too; and he swore he would marry you: the gentleman, that danced with her, told her hier to-night.

she is much wrong'd by you. John. Come, let us to the banquet.

Bene. O! she misused me past the endurance of [Exeunt John and BORACHIO.

a block; an oak, but with one green leaf on it, would Claud. Thus answer I in name of Benedick,

have answered her; my very visor began to assume But hear these ill news with the ears of Claudio.

life, and scold with her. She told me, not thinking 'Tis certain so :-the prince woos for himself. I had been myself, that I was the prince's jester; Friendship is constant in all other things,

that I was duller than a great thaw; huddling jest Save in the office and affairs of love:

upon jest, with such 3 importable conveyance, upon Therefore, all hearts in love use their own tongues; me, that I stood like a man at a mark, with a whole Let every eye negotiate for itself,

army shooting at me. She speaks poignards, and And trust no agent, for beauty is a witch,

every word slabs: if her breath were as terrible as Against whose charms faith melteth into blood.

her terminations, there were no living near her; she This is an accident of hourly proof,

would infect to the north star.

I would not marry Which I mistrusted not. Farewell, then, Hero!

her, though she were endowed with all that Adam Re-enter BENEDICK.

had “lent him before he transgressed: she would Bene. Count Claudio ?

have made Hercules have turned spit, yea, and have Claud. Yea, the same.

cleft his club to make the fire too. Come, talk not Bene. Come, will you go with me?

of her; you shall find her the infernal @ Até in good Claud. Whither?

apparel. I would to God, some scholar would conBene. Even to the next willow, about your own jure her; for, certainly, while she is here, a man business, county.

What fashion will you wear the may live as quiet in hell, as in a sanctuary; and garland of? About your neck, like an usurer's people sin upon purpose, because they would go chain, or under your arm, like a lieutenant's scarf ? thither, so, indeed, all disquiet, horror, and perturbaYou must wear it one way, for the prince hath got tion follow her.

Enter CLAUDIO, BEATRICE, HERo, and LEONATO. Claud. I wish him joy of her.

D. Pedro. Look, here she comes. Bene. Why, that's spoken like an honest drover:

Bene. Will your grace command me any service so they sell bullocks. But did you think, the prince to the world's end? I will go on the slightest er. would have served yoù thus ?

rand now to the Antipodes, that you can devise to Claud. I pray you, leave me. ? [ Angrily. send me on: I will ‘fetch you a toothpicker now

Bene. Ho! now you strike like the blind man: from the farthest inch of Asia; bring you the length 'twas the boy that stole your meat, and you'll beat of Prester John's foot; fetch you a hair of the great

Cham's beard ; do you any embassage to the Pig. Claud. If it will not be, I'll leave you. [Exit. mies, rather than hold three words' conference with

Bene. Alas, poor hurt fowl ! Now will he creep this barpy. Have you no employment for me? into sedges. But, that my lady Beatrice should D. Pedro, None, but to desire your good company. and not know me? The prince's fool !

Bene. O God, sir, here's a dish I love not: I canHa! it may be, I go under that title, because I am not endure my lady Tongue.

[Exit. merry.--Yea; but so I am apt to do myself wrong:

4"Gives me out," i. e., represents me. The goddess of * Accosted. — Carriage; demeanor.- Passion. discord.

your Hero.

the post.

know me,

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