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and, I pray God, his bad :oice bode no-mischief! Itwern the sheet? I had as lief have heard the night raven, come ("luud. That. what plague could have come after it.
Leon. O, she tore the letter into a thousand Pedro. Vea, marry ;-Dost thou hear, Baltha- hiali-pence; railed at herself, that she should be so zar? I pray thet, get us some excellent musick; 5 immodest to write to one that she knew would for to-norio: night we would have it at the lady Hout her: I measure him, says stre, by my ouen Hero's chamber-window.
spirit; for I would liout hini, if he ririt to me s Buth. The best [cành, ny lord. [Er. Balthazar. yra, though I love him, I should.
Pedro. Doso: farewell. Come hither, Leonato. Claud. Then down upon her knees she falls, What was it you told me of to-day, that your niece ofwecps, sobs, beats her heart, tears her hair, prays, Beatrice was in love with signior Benedick? curses ;--O sweet Benedick! God give me puiience. Cland. O, ay ;
-Stalk on, stalk on, the fow) Lion. Slic doth indeed; my daughter says so : sits': [ Aside to Pedro.j laid never think that lady and the ecstacy hath so much overborne her, that would have loved any man.
my daughter is sontcrime afraid she will do desLeon. No, nor I neither; but most ironderful, 15 perate outrage to herself; It is very true. that she should su dote on ignior Eenedick, wlioin Pedro. It were good, that Benedick kuew of it she hath in all outward behaviours seemed ever to by some other, if she will not discover it. abhor.
Claud. To what end: lle would but make a Bene. Is't possible: Sits the wind in that cornet port of it, and torment the poor lady worse.
[ Aside.co Pedro. An he should, it were an alms to hang Leon. By my troth, my lord, I cannot iëll what him: Slie's an excellent sweet lady; and, out of to think of it, but that she loves him with an en- all suspicion, she is virtuous. raged affection :—it is past the infinite of thought. Cland. And she is exceeding wise. Pedro. May be, she doth but counterfeit.
Pedro. In everything, but in loving Benedick. Claud. Faith, like enough.
Leon. O my lord, wisdom and blood combating Leon. O God! counterfeit! Théře never was in so tender a body, we have ten proofs to one counterfeit of passion came so near the life of that blood hath the victory. I am surry for luer, passion, as she discovers it.
as 1 have just cause, being her uncle and her Pedro. Why, what effects of passion shews she? guardian. Claud. Bait the hook well; this fish will bite. 30 Pedro. I would, she had bestowed this dotage
on me; I would have dair'd' all other respects, Leon. What effects, mylord! She will sit you, and made her brali myself: I pray you, teil BeYou heard my daughter tell you how.
nedick of it, and hear what he will say. Claud. She did, indeed.
Leon. Were it good, think you? Pedro. How, how, I pray you? You amaze 35 Claud. He thinkis surely, she will die: for me: I would have thought her spirit had been in- she says, she will die if he love her not; and she vincible against all assaults of affection.
wir die ere she make her love known; and she Leon. I would have sworn it had, my lord; espe- will die if he woo her, rather than she will bate cially against Benedick.
lone breath of her accustom'd crossness. Bene. [Aside.] I should think this a gull, but 40 Pedro. She doth well: if she should make tenthat the white-bearded fellow speaks it: knavery der of her love, 'tis very possible, he'll scorn it; cannot, sure, hide himself in such reverence. for the
man, as you know all, hath a contemptible* Claud. He hath ta’en the infection ; hold it up. spirit.
[usiile. Claud. He is a very proper man. Pedro. Hath she made her affertion known to 45) Pedro. He liath, indeed, a good outward hapa Benedick?
piness. Leon. No; and swears she never will: that's Cluud. 'Fore God, and in my mind very wise. her tornient.
Pedro. He doth, indeed, shew some sparks Claud. 'Tis true, indeed ; so your daughter says: that are like wit. Shall I, says she, that have so oft encounterid 50 Leon. And I take him to be valiant. him with scorn, write to him that I love him? Pedro. As flector, I assure you: and in the
Leon. This says she now when she is beginning managing of quarrels you may say he is wise ; for to write to himn : for she'll be up twenty times al Jeither be avoids then with great discretion, or vight; and there she will sit in her smock, 'till undertakes them with a christian-like fear. she have writ a sheet of paper:-my daughter 55! Leon. If he do fear God, he must necessarily tells us all.
keep peace; if he breah the peace, he ought to Claud. Now you talk of a sheet of paper, enter into a quarrel with tear and trembling. member a pretty jest your daughter told us of. Pedro. And so will be do; for the inan doth
Leon. Oh, - When she had writ it, and was read- fear God, howsoever it seems not in him, by some ing it over, she found Benedick and Beatrice be-60/large jests he will make. Well, I am sorry for
1 This alludes to the practice of shooting with a stalking-horse; by which the fowler anciently concealed himself from the sight of the game. 2 That is, into a thousand pieces of the saine big: To dati; like to dof, means to do of, to put aside. ii. e. contemptuous.
your niece: Shall we go seek Benedick, and telll virtuous ;—'tis so, I cannot reprove it:-and him of her love?
wise--but for loving me:- By my troth, it is no Cluud. Never tell hiin, my lord; let her wear addition to her wit;- nor no great argument of it out with good counse).
her tolly, for I will be horribly in love with her. Leon. Nay, that's impossible; she may wear 51 may chance have some odd quirks and remnants her heart out tirst.
of wit broken on me, because I have rail'd so long Pedro. Well, we will hear further of it by your against marriage: But doth not the appetite alter? daughter; let it cool the while. I love Benedick A man loves the meat in his youth, that he canwell; and I could wish he would nodestly ex- not endure in his age :-Shallquips, and sentences, amine himself to see how much he is unworthy 10 and these paper bullets of the brain, awe a man to have so good a lady.
from the career of his humour? No: the world Lern. My lord, will you walk? dinner is ready: must be peopled. When I said, I would die a
Cluud. If he do not dote on her upon this, I batchelor, I did not think I should live till I were will neser trust my expectation.
[Aside. marry'd. Here comes Beatrice: By this day, she's Pedro. Let there be ihe same net spread for her, 15 a fair lady: I do spy soine marks of love in her. and that must your daughter and her gentlewomen
Enter Beatrice. carry. The sport will be, when they hold an Beat. Against my will, I am sent to bid you. opinion of one another's dotage, and no such mat- come in to dinner. ter; that's the scene that I would see, which will Bene. Fair Beatrice, I thank you for your pains. be merely a dumb show. Let us send her to cali 20 Beat. I took no more pains for those thanks, himn to dimer. (Aside.]
[Ereunt. than you take pains to thank me; if it had been Benedick adtances from the arbour. painful, I would not have come. Bene. This can be no trick: the conference was Bene. You take pleasure then in the message? sadly' borne. They have the truth of this from Beut. Yea, just as much as you may take upon Hero. They seem to pity the lady; it seems, her25 a knife's point, and choak a daw withal :-You affections have the full bent. Love me! why, it have no stomach, signior? fare you well. [Exit. must be requited. I hear how I ani censur'd: they Bene. Ha! Against my will I am sent to bid you say, I will bear myself proudly, if I perceive the come intodinn:r---there's a double meaning in that. love come from her; they say too, that she will I took no more pains for those thanks, than you rather die than give any sign of affection. I did 30 take pains to thank me--that's as much as to say, never think to marry:-I must not seem proud:- Any pains that I take for you is as easy as happy are they that hear their detractions, and thanks :-II do not take pity of her, I am a vilcan put them to mending. They say, the lady is lain; if I do not love her, I am a Jew: I will go fair; 'uis a truth, I can bear thein witness; and get her picture.
SC EN E I.
Marg. I'll make her come, I warrant you, preContinues in the Orchard.
[Erit. 145) Hero. Now, Ursula, when Beatrice doth come, Enter Hero, Margaret, and Ursula.
As we do trace this alley up and down,
When I do name him, let it be thy part
Enter Beatrice behind.
551 Forbid the sun to enter ;-like favourites, For look where Beatrice, like a lapwing, runs Made proud by princes, that advance their pride Close by the ground, to hear our conference. Against that power that bred it: there will she Urs. The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish hide her,
Cut with her golden oars the silver stream, To listen our propose ?: This is thy office, |60|And greedily devour the treacherous bait : Bear thee well in it, and leave us alone.
Iso angle we for Beatrice; who even now . That is, seriously held. ? That is, our discourse,
Is couched in the woodbine coverture:
It were a better death than die with mocks; Fear you not my part of the dialogue. [nothing Which is as bad as die with tickling.
Hero. Then go we ncar her, that her ear lose Urs. Yet tell her of it; hear what she will say. Of the false sweet bait that we lay for it.
Hero. No; rather I will go to Benedick, *[They adrance to the bower. 5 And counsel him to tight against his passion: No, truly, Ursula, she is too disdainful;
And, truly, I'll devise some honest slanders I know, her spirits are as coy and wild
To stain my cousin with; one doth not know, As haggards of the rock.
Ilow much an ill word may empoison liking. Urs. But are you sure,
Urs. O, do not do your cousin such a wrong. That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely? [lord. 10 She cannot be so much without true judgment,
Hero. So says the prince, and my new-trothed (Having so swift and excellent a wit,
Hero. They did intreat me to acquaint her of it: So rare a gentleman as signior Benedick.
15 Always excepted my
dear Claudlio. And never to let Beatrice know of it.
pray you, be not angry with me, madam, Urs. Why did you so: Doth not the gentleman Speaking my fancy; signior Benedick, Deserve as full, as fortunate a bed',
For shape, for bearing, argument, and valour, As ever Beatrice shall couch upon?
Goes foremost in report through Italy. Hero. O God of love! I know, he doth deserve 201 Hero, Indeed, he hath an excellent good name. As much as may be yielded to a man:
Urs. His excellence did earn it, ere he had it. But nature never frained a woman's heart When are you marry'd, madamn?
[in, Of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice:
Hero. Why, every day,--to-morrow; Come, go Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in ber eyes, I'll shew thee some attires; and have thy counsel, Misprising? what they look on; and her wit |25 Which is the best to furnish me to-morrow. Values itself so highly, that to her
Urs. She's lim'd', I warrant you; we have All matter else seems weak: she cannot love,
caught her, madam. Nor take no shape nor project of affection, Hero. If it prove so, then loving goes by haps: She is so self-endear'd.
Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. Urs. Sure, I think so;
[Ereunt. And therefore, certainly, it were not good
Beatrice advancing. She knew his love, lest she make sport at it. [ınan, Beat. What fireisin mine ears®? Can this betrue?
Hero. Why, you speak truth: I never yet saw Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so much! How wise, how poble, young, how rarely featur'd, Contempt, farewell! and maiden pride, adieu! But she would spell him backward': if tair-fac’d,'35 No glory lives behind the back of such. She'd swear, the gentleman should be her sister; And, Benedick, love on; I will requite thee; It black, why, nature, drawing of an antick“, Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand; Made a foul blot; if tall, a lance ill-headed; If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee If low, an aglet' very vilely cut:
To bind our loves up in a holy band: If speaking, why, a vane blown with all winds; 40 For others say, thou dost deserve; and I If silent, why, a block moved with none.
Believe it beiter than reportingly. [Exit. So turns she every man the wrong side out; And never gives to truth and virtue, that
SCENE II. Which simpleness and merit purchaseth. [able.
Leonato's House. Urs. Sure, sure, such carping is not commend- 43 Enter Don Pedro, Claudio,Benedick,and Leonato.
Hero. No; not tobe soodd, and from allfashions, Pedro. I do but stay till your marriage be conAs Beatrice is, cannot be commendable:
sunimate, and then I go toward Arragon. But who dare lell her so? If I should speak,
Claud. I'll bring you thither, my lord, if you'll She'd mock me into air; 0, she would laugh me
vouchsafe me. Out of inyself, press me to death with wit.
Pedro. Nay, that would be as great a soil in the Therefore let Benedick, like cover'd firı,
new gloss of your marriage, as to shew a child his Consume away in siglis, waste inwardly; (new coat, and forbid him to wear it. I will only be
Meaning, as rich a wife. ? That is, despising. ?This alludes to the received notion of witches saving their prayers backwards. *The antick was a buttoon in the old English farces, with a blacked fuce, and a putch-work habit. * An aglet was the tag of those points, formerly so much in fashion. These tags were either of gold, silver, or brass, according to the quality of the wearer; and were commonly in the shape of little images; or at least had a head cut at the extremity. The French call them uiguillettes. And, as a tall inan is before compared to a lunce ill-headed; so, by the same hgure, a little man is very aptly liken'd to an aglet ill-cut. Argument here seems to mean, the powers or gift of reasoning well. That is, entangled. • Alluding to a proverbial saying, that people's ears burn when others are talking of them.
bold with Benedick for his coinpany: for, from feight or nine wise words to speak to you, which the crown of his head to the sole of his foot, he is these hobby-horses must not bear. ali mirth; he hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's
[Excunt Benedick and Leonato. bow-string, and the little hangman dare not shout Pedro. For my life, to break with him about at him; he hath a heart as sound as a bell, and 5 Beatrice. bis tongue is the clapper; for what his heart Claud. 'Tis even so: Hero and Margaret have thinks, his tongue, speaks
by this time play'd their parts with Beatrice; and Bene. Gallants, I am not as I have been. then the two bear's will not bite one another, Leon. So say I; methinks, you are sadder. when they meet. Claud. I hope, he be in love.
Enter Don John. Pedro. Hang him, truant; there's no true drop John. My lord and brother, God save you ! of blood in him, to be truly touch'd with love: Pedro. Good den, brother. if he be sad, he wants money.
John. If your leisure serv'd, I would speak with Bene. I have the tooth-ach.
you. Pedro. Draw it.
15 Pedro. In private? Bene. Hang it!
John. If it please you:-yet count Claudio may Claud. You must hang it first, and draw it hear; for what I would speak of, concerns him. afterwards.
Pedro. What's the matter? Pedro. What, sigh for the tooth-ach?
John. Means your lordship to be marry'd toLeon. Where is but a humour, or a worm? 20 morrow?
[To Clauilio. Bene. Well
, every one can master a grief, but Pedro. You know, he does. be that has it.
John. I know not that, when he knows what I Claud. Yet say I, he is in love.
know. Pedro. There is no appearance of fancy in him,
Claud. If there be any impediment, I pray you, unless it be a fancy that he hath to strange disguises; 25 discover it. as to be a Dutchman to-day; a Frenchman to-mor- John. You may think, I love you not; let that row; or in the shape of two countries at once; as a appear hereafter, and aim better at me by that I German from the waist downward, all slops'; and now will manifest: For my brother, I think, he a Spaniard from the hip upward, no doublet: holds you well; and in dearness of heart hath Unless he have a fancy to this foolery, as it ap- 30 bolp to effect your ensuing marriage: surely, suit pears he hath, he is no fuol for fancy, as you ill-spent, and labour ill-bestuw'd! would have it to appear he is.
Pedro. Why, what's the matter? Claud. If he be not in love with some woman, John. I came hitherto tell you, and circumstances there is no believing old signs: he brushes his hat shorten’d, (for she hath been too long a talking o'mornings: What should that bode?
35 of) the lady is disloyal. Pedro. Hath any man seen him at the barber's? Claud. Who? Hero?
Claud. No, but the barber's man bath been seen John. Even she; Leonato's Hero, your Hero, with himn; and the old ornament of his cheek every man's Hero. hath already stuff"d tennis-balls.
Cluud. Disloyal? Leon. Indeed, he looks younger than he did, by 40 John. The word is too good to paint out her the loss of a beard.
wickedness; I could say, she were worse; think Pedro. Nay, he rubs himself with civet: Can you of a worse title, and I will fit her to it, you smell him out by that?
Wonder not till further warrant: go but with me Claud. That's as much as to say, The sweet to-night, you shallsee herchamber-window enter'd, youth's in love.
45 even the night before her wedding-day: if you Pedro. The greatest note of it, is his melancholy. love her then, to-morrow wed her; but it would Claud. And when was he wont to wash his face? better fit your honour to change your mind, Pedro. Yea, or to paint himself? for the which, Claud. May this be so? I hear what they say of him.
Pedro. I will not think it.Claud. Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is now 50 John. If you dare not trust that you see, concrept into a lute-string, and now govern’d by stops. fess not that you know: if you will follow me, I
Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for hiin: will shew you enough; and when you have seen conclude, conclude he is in love.
more, and heard more, proceed accordingly. Claud. Nay, but I know who loves him.
Claud. If I see any thing to-night why I should Pedro. That would I know too; I warrant, one 55 not marry her; to-morrow, in the congregation, that knows hiin not.
where I should wed, there will I shame her. Claud, Yes, and his ill conditions; and, in de- Pedro. And, as I wooed for thee to obtain her, spight of all, dies for him.
I will join with thee to disgrace her. Pedro. She shall be buried with her face upwards. Pedro. I will disparage her no farther, till you Bene. Yet is this no charm for the tooth-ach.-60 are my witnesses: bear it coldly but till midnight, Olu signior, walk aside with me; I have studied land let the issue shew itself.
? That is, all breeches,
Pedro. say, when
Pedro. O day untowardly turn'd!
for such kind of men, the less you meddle or make Claud. O mischief strangely thwarting! with them, why, the more is for your honesty, John. O plague right well prevented!
2 Watch. If we know him to be a thief, shall So you will you have seen the sequel. we not lay hands on him?
[Ereunt. 5 Dogb. Truly, by your office, you may; but I SCENE III.
think, they that touch pitch will be desild: the The Street.
most peaceable way for you, if you do take a
thief, is, to let him shew himself what he is, and Enter Dogberry and Verges, with the Watch. steal out of your company. Dogb. Are you good men and true?
10 Verg, You have always been calld a merciful Verg. Yea, or else it were pity but they should man, partner, suffer salvation, body and soul.
Dogb. Truly, I would not hang a dog by my Dogb. Nay, that were a punishment too good will; much more a man who hath any honesty in for them, if they should have any allegiance in him. them, being chosen for the prince's watch. 15 Verg. If you hear a child cry in the night, you
Verg. Well, give them their charge, neighbour must call to the nurse, and bid her still it. Dogberry.
2 Watch. How if the nurse be asleep, and will Dogb. First, who think you the inost desartless not hear us? man to be constable :
Dagb. Why then, depart in peace, and let the 1 Watch. Hugh Oatcake, sir, or George Sea-20 child wake her with crying: for the ewe that coal; for they can write and read.
will not hear her lamb when it baes, will never ans Dogb. Come hither, neighbour Seacoal: God swer a calf when he bleats. hath bless'd you with a good name: to be a well- V'erg. 'l'is very true, favour'd man is the gift of fortune; but to write Dogh. This is the end of the charge, You, and read comes by nature.
25 constable, are to present the prince's own persona 2 Watch. Both which, master constable,- if you meet the prince in the night, you inay stay
Dogb. You have; I knew it would be your an- hiip. swer. Well, for your favour, sir, why, give God
Verg. Nay, by'r Lady, that, I think, he cannot. thanks, and make no boast of it; and for your Dogb. Five shillings to one on't, with any man writing and reading, let that appear when there 30that knows the statues, he may stay him: marry, is no need of such vanity. You are thought here not without the prince be willing: for, indeed, to be the most senseless and fit man for the con- the watch ought to offend no man; and it is an stable of the watch; therefore bear you the lan- offence to stay a inan against his will. thorn: This is your charge; you shall compre- Verg. By 'r Lady, I think it be so, hend all vagrom men; you are to bid any man 35 Dozb. Ha, ha, ha! Well, masters, good night: stand, in the prince's name.
an there be any matter of weight chances, cail up 2 Watch. How if he will not stand?
me; keep your fellows' counsels, and your own, Dog. Why then, take no note of him, but let and good night.-Come, neighbour, him go; and presently call the rest of the watch 2 Watch. Well, masters, we hear our charge; together, and thank God you are rid of a knave. 40 let us go sit here upon the church-bench till two,
Verg. If he will not stand when he is bidden, and then all to bed. he is none of the prince's subjects.
Dogb. One wordmore, honest neighbours: I pray Dogb. True, and they are to meddle with none you, watch about signior Leonato's door; for the but the prince's subjects :-You shall also make wedding being there to-morrow, there is a great no noise in the streets; for, for the watch to babble 45 coil to-night: Adieu, be vigilant, I beseech you. and talk, is most tolerable and not to be endur'd.
[Eveunt Dogberry and Verges. 2 Watch. We will rather sleep than talk; we
Enter Borachio and Conrade, know what belongs to a watch.
Bora. What! Conrade,Dogh. Why, you speak like an ancient and most Watch. Peace, stir not.
[Aside. quiet watchman; for I cannot see how sleeping 50 Bora. Conrade, I say! should offend: only, have a care that your
Conr. Here man, I ain at thy elbow. be not stolen:-Well
, you are to call at all the Bora. Mass, and my elbow itch'd; I thought, ale-houses, and bid them that are drunk get them there would a scab follow. to bed.
Conr. I will owe thee an answer for that; and 2 Watch. How if they wil not?
55 now forward with thy tale. Watch. Why then, let them alone till they are Bora. Stand thee close then under this pentsober ; if they make you not then the better an- house, for it drizzles rain; and I will, like a true swer, you may say, they are not the men you drunkard, utter all to thee. took them for.
Watch. [Aside.) Some treason, masters; yet 2 Watch. Well, sir.
160 stand close. Dogh. If you meet a thief, you may suspect him, Bora. Therefore know, I have earned of Don by virtue of your office, to be no true man; and, John, a thousand ducats. RA Will was the old weapon of the English infantry,