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is wise ; yet I am well : another virtuous; yet I am well; but till all graces be in one woman, one woman shall not come in my grace. Rich she shall be, that's certain; wise, or i'll none; virtuous, or I'll never cheapen her; fair, or I'll never look on ber; mild, or come not near me; noble, or not I for 20 angel; of good discourse, an excellent musician, and ber hair shall be of what colour it please God. Ha! the prince and monsieur Love! I will hide me in the arbour.


Enter Don Pedro, Leonato, and Claudio. D. Pedro. Come, shall we hear this music? Claud. Yea, my good lord: How still the even

ing is, As bush'd on purpose to grace harmony ! D. Pedro. See you where Benedick hath bid him.

self? Claud. O, very well, my lord: the music ended, We'll fit the kid fox with a penny-worth.

Enter Balthazar, with music. D. Pedro. Come, Balthazar, we'll hear that song

again. Balth. O good my lord, tax not so bad a voice To slander music any more than once.

D. Pedro. It is the witness still of excellency,
To put a strange face on his own perfection :-
I pray thee, sing, and let me woo no more.

Balth. Because you talk of wooing, I will sing ;
Since many a wooer doth commerce his suit
To her be thinks not worthy; yet he wooes;
Yet will be swear, he loves
D. Pedro.

Nay, pray thee, come : Or, if thou wilt hold longer argument,

Do it in notes.

• Young or cub fox,


Note this before my notes, There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting.. , D. Pedro. Why these are very crotchets that he

speaks; Note, wote, forsooth, and noting !

[Music. Bene. Now, Divine air! now is his soul ravished !-Is it not strange, that sheep's guts should hale souls out of men's bodies ?-Well, a horn for my mo. ney, when all's done.

Balthazar sings.


Balth. Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,

Men were deceivers ever ;
One foot in sea, and one on shore;
To one thing constant never:

Then sigh not so,

But let them go,
And be you blith and bonny;
Converting all your sounds of woe

Into, Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no mo*

Of dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leavy.

Then sigh not so, ĝc.

D. Pedro. By my troth, a good song.
Balth. And an ill singer, my lord.

D. Pedro. Ha? no; no, faith; thou singest well enough for a shift. · Bene. [Aside.] An he had been a dog, that should have howled thus, they would have hanged him: and I pray God, his bad voice bode no misa


chief! I had as lief have heard the night-raven, come what plague could have come after it.

D. Pedro. Yea, marry; (To Claudio.)- Dost thou bear. Balthazar? I pray thee, get us some excellent music; for to-morrow night we would have it at the lady Hero's chamber-window.

Balth. The best I can, my lord. - D. Pedro. Do so: farewell. (Ereunt Balthazar and music.) Come hither, Leonato: What was it you told me of to day! that your niece Beatrice was in love with signior Benedick?

Claud. O, ay :-Stalk on, stalk on; the fowl sits. [Aside to Pedro.] I did never think that lady would have loved any man. • Leon. No, por I neither; but most wonderful, that she should so dote on signior Benedick, whom she hath in all outward behaviours seemed ever to abhor. · Bene. Is't possible? Sits the wind in that corner ?

(Aside. Leon. By my troth, my lord, I cannot tell what to think of it; but that she loves him with an enraged affection, it is past the infinite of thought..

D. Pedro. May be, she doth but counterfeit. . Claud. 'Faith, like enough. · Leon. O God! counterfeit! There never was counterfeit of passion came so near the life of passion, as she discovers it.

D. Pedro, Why, what effects of passion shows she? Claud. Bait the hook well; this fish will bite,

[Aside. Leon. What effects, my lord ! She will sit you, You heard my daughter tell you how.

Claud. She did indeed.

D. Pedro, How, how, I pray you? You amaze me: I would have thought her spirit had been invia. cible against all assaults of affection.

• Beyond the power of thought to conceive.

91 Leon. I would have sworn it had, my lord;'espe. cially against Benedick.*

. ! Bene. (Aside.) I should think this a gull, but that the white-bearded fellow speaks it: knavery cannot, sure, hide itself in such reverence. Claud. He hath ta’en the infection; hold it up..


.""*. • Aside. 9 D. Pedro. Hath she made her affection known to Benedick? : · Leon. No ; and swears she never will: that's her torment. . Claud. 'Tis true, indeed; so your daughter says: Shatt I, says she, that have so oft encounter'd him with scorn, write to him that I love him ?

Leon. This says she now when she is beginning too write to him: for she'll be up twenty times a might; and there will she sit in her smock, till she have writ a sheet of paper:-my daughter tells us alli $ Claud. Now you talk of a sheet of paper, rememberiak pretty jest your daughter told us of. 3 Leon. O!-When she had writ it, and was reading it over, she found Benedick and Beatrice between the sheet! !! !

Claud. That.

Leon. O! she tore the letter into a thousand halfpence: railed at herself, that she should be so immo. diest to write to one that she knew would flout her : I measure him, says she, by my own spirit; for I should flout him, if he writ to me; yea, though I love him, I should

a , Claud. Then down upon her kuees she falls, weeps, sobs, beats her heart, tears her hair, prays, curses :- sweet Benedick ! God give me patience!

Leon. She doth indeed; my daughter says so: and the ecstasy* hath so much overborne her, that my daughter is sometime afraid she will do a desperate outrage to herself; It is very true.

enation of mind.

D. Pedro. It were good that Benedick knew of it by some other, if she will not discover it.

Claud. To what end? He would make but a sport of it, and torment the poor lady worse.

D. Pedro. An he should, it were an alms to hang him: she's an excellent sweet lady; and, out of all suspicion, she is virtuous.

Claud. And she is exceeding wise.

D. Pedro. In every thing, but in loving Benedick.

Leon. O my lord, wisdom and blood combating in so tender a body, we have ten proofs to ove, that blood hath the victory. I am sorry for her as I have just cause, being her uncle and her guardian.

D. Pedro. I would she had bestowed this dotage on me; I would have daff'd* all other respects, and made her half myself: I pray you, tell Benedick of it, aod hear what he will say.

Leon. Were it good, think you?

Claud. Hero thinks surely, she will die: for she says, she will die if he love her not; and she will die ere she makes her love known: and she will die if he woo her, rather than she will 'bate one breath of her accustomed crossness.

D. Pedro. She hath well: if she should make tender of her love, 'tis very possible he'll scora it: for the man, as you know all, hath a contemptiblet


Claud. He is a very propert man.

D. Pedro. He hath, indeed, a good outward hap. piness. Claud. 'Fore God, and in my mind, very wise.

D. Pedro. He doth, indeed, show some sparks that are like wit.

Leon. And I take him to be valiant. D. Pedro. As Hector, I assure you: and in the managing of quarrels you may say he is wise; for

Thrown off. 1 Handsome.

+ Contemptuous.


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