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Thanks, Provost, for thy care and secresy;
DON PEDRO, Prince of Arragon.
two foolish Officers.
Hero, Daughter to Leonato.
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.