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to humour your cousin, that she shall fall in love such shallow follies in others, become the argu. with Benedick:-and 1, with your ewo helps. ment of his own scorn, by falling in love: And will so practise on Benedick, that, in despite of such a man is Claudio. I have known, when his quick wit and his queasy stomach, he shall there was no musick with him but the drum and fall in love with Beatrice. If we can do this, fife; and now had he rather hear the tabor and Cupid is no longer an archer; his glory shall be the pipe: I have known, when he would have ours, for we are the only love-gods. Go in with walked ten mile afoot, to see a good armour; me, and I will tell you my drift. (Ereunt. and now will he lie ten nights awake, carving SCENE II. Another Room in Leonato's House. the fashion of a new doublet. He was wont to

speak plain, and to the purpose, like an honest Enter Don John and Borachio.

man, and a soldier; and now is he turn'd orthoD. John. It is so: the count Claudio shall grapher; his words are a very fantastical banmarry the daughter of Leonato.

quel, just so many strange dishes. May I be so Bora. Yea, my lord; but I can cross it. converted, and see with these eyes ? I cannot D. John. Any bar, any cross, any impediment tell; I think not: I will not be sworn, but love will be medicinable to me: I am sick in displea- may transform me to an oyster ; but I'll take sure to him; and whatsoever comes athwari his my oath on it, till he have made an oyster of affection, ranges evenly with mine. How canst me, he shall never make me such a fool. One thou cross this marriage ?

woman is fair; yet I am well: another is wise ; Bora. Not honestly, my lord; but so covertly yet I am well: another virtuous; yet I am well that no dishonesty shall appear in me.

but till all graces be in one woman, one woman D. John. Show me briefly how.

shall not come in my grace. Rich she shall be, Bora. I think, I told your lordship, a year since, that's certain; wise, or I'd none; virtuous, or how much I am in the favour of Margaret, the I'll never cheapen her; fair, or I'll never look waiting-gentlewoman to Hero.

on her; mild, or come not near me; noble, or D. John. I remember.

not I for an angel; of good disconrse, an excelBora. I can, at any unseasonable instant of lent musician, and her hair shall be of what cothe night, appoint her to look out of her lady's lour it please God. Ha! the prince and monsieur chamber-window.

Love! I will hide me in the Arbour. (Withdraws. D. John. What life is in that to be the death of

Enter Don Pedro, Leonato, and Claudio. this marriage?

D. Pedro. Come, shall we hear this musick ?
Bora. The poison of that lies in you to temper: Claud. Yea, my good lord :—How still the
Go you to the prince your brother; spare not to
tell him, that he hath wronged his honour in As hush'd on purpose to grace harmony!

evening is, marrying the renowned Claudio (whose estima

D. Pedro. See you where Benedick hath hid tion do you mightily hold up) to a contaminated stale, such a one as Hero.

himself? D. John. What proof shall I make of that?

Claud. O, very well, my lord: the musick

ended, Bora. Proof enough to misuse the prince, to vex Claudio, to undo Hero, and kill Leonato: We'll fit the kid-fox with a penny-worth. Look you for any other issue?

Enter Balthazar, with musick. D. John. Only to despite them, I will endea- D. Pedro. Come, Balthazar, we'll hear that vour any thing.

song again. Bom. Go then, find me a meet hour to draw Balth. O good my lord, tax not so bad a voice Don Pedro and the count Claudio alone: tel! To slander musick any more than once. them, that you know that Hero loves me; intend D. Pedro. It is the witness still of excellency, a kind of zeal both to the prince and Clamlio, To put a strange face on his own perfection: as-in love of your brother's honour, who hath I pray thee, sing, and let me woo no more. made this match; and his friend's reputation, lBalth. Because you talk of wooing, I will sing : who is thus like to be cozened with the sem. Since many a wooer doth commence his suit blance of a maid,--that you have discovered to her he thinks not worthy; yet he woos; thus. They will scarcely believe this without Yet will he swear, he loves. trial : offer thein instances; which shall bear no D. Pedro.

Nay, 'pray thee, come: less likelihood, than to see me at her chamber Or, if thou wilt hold longer argument, window; hear me call Margaret, Hero; hear Do it in notes. Margaret term me Claudio; and bring them to Balth.

Note this before my notes, see this, the very night before the intended wed. There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting. ding; for, in the mean time I will so fashion the D. Pedro. Why these are very crotchets that matter, that Hero shall be absent; and there shall

he speaks; appear such seeming truth of Hero's disloyalty, Note, notes, forsooth, and noting! (Musick. that jealousy shall be call'd assurance, and all Bene. Now, Divine air! now is his soul ravisht the preparation overthrown.

ed !-Is it not strange, that sheep's

guts should D. John. Grow this to what adverse issue it hale souls out of men's bodies ?-Well, a horn can, I will put it in practice: Be cunning in the for my money, when all's done. working this, and thy fee is a thousand ducats. Bora. Be you constant in the accusation, and

Balthazar sings. my cunning shall not shame me.

1. D. John. I will presently go learn their day of Balth. Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, marriage.

(E.reunt.

Men were deceivers ever;
SCENE III. Leonato's Garden.

One foot in sea, and one on shore;

To one thing constant never:
Enter Benedick and a Boy.

Then sigh not so,
Bene. Boy,

But let them go, Boy. Signior.

And be you blithe and bonny; Bene. In my chamber-window lies a book ; Converting all your sounds of to bring it hither to me in the orchard.

Into Hey nonny, nonny. Boy. I am here, already, sir.

Il. Bene. I know that;-but I would have thee Sing no more ditties, sing no mo hence, and here again. [Erit Boy. 1-I do much

of dumps so dull and heavy; wonder, that one man, seeing how much ano

The fraud of men was ever 80, ther man is a fool when he dedicates his beha

Since summer first was leavy: viours to love, will, after he hath laughed at

Then sigh not so, &c.

Der ?

D. Pedro. By my troth, a good song. my daughter is sometime afraid she will do a Balth And an ill singer, my lord.

desperate outrage to berself: It is very true. D. Pedro. Ha? no, no, 'faith; thon singest D. Pedro. It were good, that Benedick knew well enough for a shift.

of it by some other, if she will not discover it. Bene. [Aside.) An he had been a dog, that Claud. To what end ? He would but make a should have howl'd thus, they would have hanged sport of it, and torment the poor lady worse. him: and I pray God, his bad voice bode no mis- D. Pedro. An he should, it were an alms to chief ! I had as lief have heard the night-raven, hang him: She's an excellent sweet lady; and, come what plague could have come after it. out of all suspicion, she is virtuous. D. Pedro. Yea, marry ; ( To Claudio.]-Dost Claud. And she is exceeding wise. thou hear, Balthazar ? I pray thee get us some D. Pedro. In every thing but in loving Beneexcellent musick; for to-morrow night we would dick. have it at the lady Hero's chamber window. Leon. O my lord, wisdom and blood combatBalth. The best I can, my lord.

ing in so tender a body, we have ten proofs to D. Pedro. Do so: farewell. (Ereunt Baltha. one, that blood hath the victory. I am sorry for zar and musick.) Come hither, Leonato: What her, as I have just cause, being her uncle and was it you told me of to-day? That your niece her guardian. Beatrice was in love with signior Benedick? D. Pedro. I would, she had bestow'd this doClaud. o, ay :-Stalk on, stalk on; the fowl tage on me; I would have daffd all other resite (Aside Pedro) I did never think that spects, and made her half myself: I pray you, lady would have loved any man.

tell Benedick of it, and hear what he will say. Leon. No, nor I neither; but most wonderful, Leon. Were it good, think you ? that she should so dote on signior Benedick, Claud. Hero thinks surely, she will die; for she whom she hath in all outward behaviours seemed says, she will die if he love her not; and she will ever to abhor.

die ere she makes her love known; and she will Bene. Is't possible ? Sits the wind in that cor- die if he woo her, rather than she will 'bate one

(Aside. breath of her accustomed crossness. Leon. By my troth, my lord, I cannot tell what D. Pedro. She doth well: if she should make to think of it; but that she loves him with an en- tender of her love, 'lis very possible he'll soorn raged affection,-it is past the infinite of thought it ; for the man, as you know all, hath a conD. Pedro. May be, she doth but counterfeit. temptible spirit. Claud. 'Faith, like enough.

Claud. He is a very proper man. Leon. O God 1 counterfeit! There never was D. Pedro. He hath, indeed, a good outward counterfeit of passion came so near the life of happiness. passion, as she discovers it.

Claud. 'Fore God, and in my mind, very wise. D. Pedro. Why, what effects of passion shows D. Pedro. He doth, indeed, show some sparks she?

that are like wit. Claud. Bait the hook well; this fish will bite. Leon. And I take him to be valiant.

[Aside. D. Pedro. As Hector, I assure you: and in the Leon. What effects, my lord ! She will sii you,- managing of quarrels you may say he is wise; You heard my daughter tell you how.

for either he avoids them with gre discretion, Claud. She did, indeed.

or undertakes them with a most christian-like D. Pedro. How, how, I pray you? You amaze fear. me; I would have thought her spirit had been Leon. If he do fear God, he must necessarily wvincible against all assaults of affection.

keep peace; if he break the peace, he ought to Leon. I would have sworn it had, my lord; enter into a quarrel with fear and trembling. especially against Benedick.

D. Pedro. And so will he do; for the man doth Bene (Aside.] I should think this a gull, but fear God, howsoever it seems not in him by some that the white-bearded fellow speaks it: knavery large jests he will make. Well, I am sorry for cannot, sure, hide itself in such reverence. your niece: shall we go see Benedick, and tell Claud. He hath ta'en the infection; hold it up. him of her love ?

(Aside. Claud. Never tell him, my lord; let her wear D. Pedro. Hath she made her affection known it out with good counsel. to Benedick?

Leon. Nay, that's impossible: she may wear Leon. No; and swears she never will: that's her heart out first. ber torment.

D. Pedro. Well, we'll hear further of it by your Cland. 'Tis true indeed; so your daughter says: daughter; let it cool the while. I love Benedick Shall I, says she, that have so oft encounter'd well; and I could wish he would modestly ex. him with scorn, write to him that I love him! amine himself, to see how much he is unworthy

Leon. This says she now when she is beginning to have so good a lady. to write to him: for she'll be up twenty times Leon. My lord, will you walk ? dinner is ready. a night: and there will she sit in her smock, till Claud. If he do not dote on her upon this, I will she have writ a sheet of paper :-my daughter never trust my expectation.

[Aside. tells us all.

D. Pedro. Let there be the same net spread for Claud. Now you talk of a sheet of paper, I re- her; and that must your daughter and her genmember a pretty jest your daughter told us of. tlewoman carry. The sport will be, when they

Leon. 01-When she had writ it, and was read-hold one an opinion of another's dotage, and no ing it over, she found Benedick and Beatrice be such matter ; that's the scene that I would see, tween the sheet 7

which will be merely a dumb show. Let us send Claud. That.

her to call him in to dinner.

[ Aside. Leon. 01 she tore the letter into a thousand [Exeunt Don Pedro, Claudio, and Leonato. halfpence; railed at herself, that she should be so immodest to write to one that she knew would

Benedick advances from the arbour. flout her; I measure him, says she, by my own Bene. This can be no trick: The conference spirit, for I should fout him, if he writ to me; was sadly borne. - They have the truth of this yea, though I love him, I should.

from Hero. They seem to pity the lady; it Claud. Then down upon her knees she falls, seems, her affections have their full bent. Love weeps, sobs, beats her heart, tears her hair, prays, me! why, it must be requited. I hear how I am eurses :-O sweet Benedick I God give me pa- censured! they say, I will bear myself proudly, tience!

if I perceive the love come from her; they say Leon. She doth indeed; my daughter says 80: too, that she will rather die than give any sign and the ecstasy hath so much overborne her, that lof affection.I did never think to marry ;

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must not seem proud :-Happy are they that of the false sweet bait, that we lay for it.hear their detractions, and can put then to mend

[They advance to the bower, ing. They say the lady is fair; 'tis a truth, I No, truly, Ursula, she is too disdainful; can bear them witness : and virtuous ;--'tis so, I know her spirits are as coy and wild I cannot reprove it; and wise, but for loving As haggards of the rock. me :-By my troth, it is no addition to her wit; Urs.

Bat are you sure,
„nor no great argument of her folly, for I will That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely?
be horribly in love with her. I may chance have Hero. So says the prince, and my new-betroth
some odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on ed lord.
me, because I have railed so long against mar Urs. And did they bid you tell her of it, madam 3
riage :-But doth not the appetite alter ? A man Hero. They did entreat me to acgnaint her of is;
loves the meat in his youth that he cannot en- But I persuaded them, if they lov'd Benedick,
dure in his age: Shall quips, and sentences, and to wish him wrestle with affection,
these paper bullets of the brain, awe a man from And never let Beatrice know of it.
the career of his humour; No: The world must Urs. Why did you so ? Doth not the gentleman
he peopled. When I said, I would die a bache- Deserve as tull, as fortunate a bed,
lor, I did not think I should live till I were mar- As ever Beatrice shall couch upon ?
ried. - Here comes Beatrice: By this day she's a Hero. O God of love! I know he doth deserve
fair lady: I do spy some marks of love her As much as may be yielded to a man:

But nature never fram'd a woman's heart
Enter Beatrice.

of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice :
Beat. Against my will I am sent to bid you Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes,
come in to dinner.

Misprising what they look on; and her wit Bene. Fair Beatrice, I thank you for your pains. Values itself so highly, that to her Beat. I took no more pains for those thanks, All matter else seems weak: she cannot love, than you take pains to thank me; if it had been Nor take no shape nor project of affection, painful, I would not have come.

She is so self-endeared. Bene. You take pleasure then in the message ? Urs.

Sure, I think 80; Beal. Yea, just so much as you may take upon And therefore, certainly, it were not good a knife's point, and choke a daw withal :-You She knew his love, lest she make sport of it. have no stomach, signior; sure you well. [Erit. Hero. Why, you speak truth: I never yet say Bene. Ha! Against my wil I am sent to bid man, you come to dinner--there's a double meaning How wise, how noble, young, how rarely seain that. I took no more pains for those thanks

tur'd, than you took pains to thank me—that's as much But she would spell him backward: if fair-face, as to say, Any pains that I take for you is as She'd swear the gentleman should be her sister easy as thanks :-If I do not take pity of her, 1 If black, why, nature, drawing of an antick, am a villain : if I do not love her l am a Jew! i Made a foul blot; if tall, a lance ill-beaded ; will go get her picture.

[Erit. If low, an agate very vilely cut:

If speaking, why a vane blown with all winds :
ACT III.

If silent, why a block moved with none.
SCENE I. Leonato's Garden.

So turns she every man the wrong side out;

And never gives to truth and virtue that Enter Hero, Margaret, and Ursula.

Which simpleness and merit purchaseth. Hero. Good Margaret, run thee into the par Urs. Sure, sure, such carping is not commend lour;

able.
There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice Hero. No: not to be so odd, and from a
Proposing with the Prince and Claudio:

fashions,
Whisper her ear, and tell her, I and Ursula As Beatrice is, cannot be commendable:
Walk in the orchard, and our whole discourse But who dare tell her so ? If I should speak,
Is all of her; say, that thou overheard'st us; She'd mock me into air; o, she would langh ne
And bid her steal into the pleached bower, Out of myself, press me to death with wit.
Where honey-suckles, ripen'd by the sun, Therefore let Benedick, like cover'd fire,
Forbid the sun to enter :-like favourites, Consume away in sighs, waste inwardly :
Made proud by princes, that advance their pride It were a better death than die with mocks ;
Against that power that bred it :-there will she Which is as bad as die with tickling.

Urs. Yet tell her of it ; hear what she will say.
To listen our propose: This is thy office, Hero. No; rather I will go to Benedick,
Bear thee well in it, and leave us alone.

And counsel him to fight against his passion : Marg. I'll make her come, I warrant you, pre- And, truly, I'll devise some honest slanders sently.

[Erit. To stain my cousin with: One doth not know, Hero. Now, Ursula, when Beatrice doth come, How much an ill word may empoison liking. As we do trace tnis alley up and down,

Urs. 0, do not do your cousin such a wrong. Our talk must only be of Benedick;

She cannot be so much without true judgment, When I do name him, let it be thy part

(Having so swift and excellent a wit, To praise him more than ever man did merit: As she is priz'd to have,) as to refuse My talk to thee must be, how Benedick

So rare a gentleman as signior Benedick.
Is sick in love with Beatrice: Of this matter Hero. He is the only man of Italy,
Is little Cupid's crafty arrow made,

Always excepted my dear Claudio.
That only wounds by hearsay. Now begin; Urs. I pray you, be not angry with me, madam

Speaking my fancy; Signior Benedick,
Enter Beatrice, behind.

For shape, for bearing, argument, and valoar,
For look where Beatrice, like a lapwing, runs Goes foremost in report through Italy.
Close by the ground, to hear our conference. Hero. Indeed, he hath an excellent good name

Urs. The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish Urs. His excellence did earn it, ere he had it
Cut with their golden oars the silver stream, When are you married, madam?
And greedily devour the treacherous baiti Horo. Why, every day ;-to-morrow : Come
So angle we for Beatrice; who even now

go in; Is couched in the woodbine coverture:

I'll show thee some attires ; and have thy counsel, Fear you not my part of the dialogue.

Which is the best to furnish me to-morrow. Vero. Then go we near her, that her ear lose Urs. She's lim'd l warrant you; we have nothing

caught her, madam.

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Hero. If it prove so, then loving goes by haps :: Claud. Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is Some Capid kills with arrows, some with traps. now crept into a lutestring, and now governed (Ereunt Hero and Ursula. by stops.

D. Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for Beatrice advances.

him: Conclude, conclude, he is in love. Beat. What fire is in mine ears? Can this be Claud. Nay, but I know who loves him. true ?

D. Pedro. That would I know too; I warrant, Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so one that knows him not. much ?

Claud. Yes, and his ill conditions; and, in Contempt, farewell! and, maiden pride, adieu ! despite of all, dies for him.

No glory lives behind the back of such. D. Pedro. She shall be buried with her face And, Benedick, love on, I will requite thee; upwards.

Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand : Bene. Yet is this no charm for the tooth-ache. If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee -Old signior, walk aside with me: I have

To bind our loves up in a holy band : studied eight or nine wise words to speak to For others say, thou dost deserve; and I you, which these hobby-horses must not hear. Believe it better than reportingly. [Erit.

[Exeunt Benedick and Leonato.

D. Pedro. For my life, to break with him SCENE IL. A Room in Leonato's House.

about Beatrice. Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, and

Claud. 'Tis even so: Hero and Margaret have

by this played their parts with Beatrice ; and D. Pedro. I do bat stay till your marriage be then the two bears will not bite one another

when they meet. consummate, and then I go toward Arragon. Claud. l'll bring you thither, my lord, if you'll

Enter Don John. vouchsase me.

D. Pedro. Nay, that would be as great a soil D. John. My lord and brother, God save you. in the new gloss of your marriage, as to show a D. Pedro. Good den, brother. child his new coat, and forbid him to wear it. D. John. If your leisure served, I would speak I will only be bold with Benedick for his com- with you. pany : for, from the crown of his head to the D. Pedro. In private ? sole of his foot, he is all mirth; he hath twice D. John. If it please you :yet count Claudio or thrice cut Cupid's bowstring, and the little may hear; for what I would speak of concerns hangman dare not shoot at him: he hath a him. heart as sound as a bell, and his tongue is the D. Pedro. What's the matter ? clapper: for what his heart thinks, his tongue D. John. Means your lordship to be married speaks.

to-morrow ?

[To Claudio. Bene. Gallants, I am not as I have been. D. Pedro. You know, he does. Leon. So say I; methinks you are sadder. D. John. I know not that, when he knows Claud. I hope, he be in love.

what I know. D. Pedro. Hang him, truant; there's no true Claud. If there be any impediment, I pray drop of blood in him, to be truly touch'd with you, discover it. love: if he be sad, he wants money.

D. John. You may think, I love you not : let Bene. I have the tooth-ache.

that appear hereafter, and aim better at me by D. Pedro. Draw it.

that I now will manifest: For my brother, I Bene. Hang it!

think, he holds you well; and in dearness of Claud. You must hang it first, and draw it heart hath holp to effect your ensuing marriage : afterwards.

surely, suit ill spent, and labour ill bestowed ? D. Pedro. What, sigh for the tooth-ache ? D. Pedro. Why, what's the matter? Leon Where is but a humour, or a worm? D. John. I came hither to tell you; and, cirBene. Well, every one can master a grief, but cumstances shortened, (for she hath been too be that has it.

long a talking of) the lady is disloyal. Claud. Yet say I, he is in love.

Claud. Who? Hero? D. Pedro. There is no appearance of fancy D. John. Even she ; Leonato's Hero, your in him, unless it be a fancy that he hath to Hero, every man's Hero. strange disguises; as, to be a Dutchman to-day; Claud. Disloyal ? a Frenchman to-morrow; or in the shape of D. John. The word is too good to paint out two countries at once; as, a German from the her wickedness; I could say, she were worse; waist downward, all slops; and a Spaniard think you of a worse title, and I will fit her to from the hip upward, no doublet : Unless he it. Wonder not till further warrant : go but have a fancy to this foolery, as it appears he with me to-night, you shall see her chamberhath, he is no fool for fancy, as you would window entered ; even the night before her wedhave it appear he is.

ding-day: if you love her then, to-morrow wed Claud. If he be not in love with some woman, her: but it would better fit your honour to there is no believing old signs: he brushes his change your mind. hat o' mornings; What should that bode? Claud. May this be so ?

D. Pedro. Hath any man seen him at the D. Pedro. I will not think it. barber's ?

D. John. If you dare not trust that you see, Claud. No, but the barber's man hath been confess not that you know : if you will follow seen with him; and the old ornament of his me, I will show you enough ; and when you cbeek hath already stuffed tennis-balls.

have seen more, and heard more, proceed acLeon. Indeed, he looks younger than he did, cordingly, y the loss of a beard.

Claud. If I see any thing to-night why I D. Pedro. Nay, he rubs himself with civet: should not marry her to-morrow; in the conCan you smell him out by that?

gregation, where I should wed, there will 1 Claud. That's as much as to say, The sweet shame her. youth's in love.

D. Pedro. And as I wooed for thee to obtain D. Pedro. The greatest note of it is his me- her, I will join with thee to disgrace her. lancholy.

D. John. I will disparage her no farther, till Claud. And when was he wont to wash his you are my witnesses: bear it coldly but till face?

midnight, and let the issue show itself. D. Pedro. Yea, or to paint himself? for the D. Pedro. O day untowardly turned ! which, I bear what they say of him.

Claud. O mischief strangely thwarting !

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[Ereunt.

Verg. 'Tis very true.
SCENE III. A Street.

Dugb. This is the end of the charge. Yna,

constable, are to present the prince's own perEnter Dogberry and Verges, with the Watch. son; if you meet the price in the night, you Dogb. Are you good men and true ?

may stay him. Verg: Yea, or else it were pity but they

Verz. Nay, by'r lady, that, I think, he canshould suffer salvation, body and soul. Dogb. Nay, that were a punishment too good Dogh. Five shillings 10 one on't, with any for them, if they should have any allegiance in man that knows the statues, he may stay him : them, being chosen for the prince's watch.

marry, not without the prince be willing; for, Verg. Well, give them their charge, neighbour indeed, the watch ought to oflend no man; and Dogberry.

it is an oflence to stay a man against his will. Dogb. First, who think you the most desart- Verg. By'r lady, I think, it be se. less man to be constable.

Dogb. Ha, ha, ha! Well, masters, good niglat: 1 Watch. Hugh Oatcake, sir, or George Sea an there be any matter of weight chances, call coal: for they can write and read.

up ne : keep your fellows' counsels and your Dogb. Come hither, neighbour Seacoal. God own, and good night.-Come, neighbour. hath blessed you with a good name : to be a let us go sit here upon the church-bench till

2 Watch. Well, masters, we hear our charge : well favoured man is the gift of fortune ; but to wo, and then all to bed. write and read comes by nature. 2 Watch. Both which, master constable,

Dogb. One word more, honest neighbours : 1 Dogb. You have; I knew it would be your pray you, watch about signior Leonato's door: answer. Well, for your favour, sir, why give for the wedding being there tomorrow, there God thanks, and make no boast of it; and for is a great coil 10-night : Adieu, be vigilant, i your writing and reading, let that appear when beseech yoa. |Exeunt Dogberry and Verges. there is no need of such vanity. You are thought

Enter Bovacbio and Conrade. here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable of the watch; therefore bear you

Bora. What! Conrade,the lantern : This is your charge : You shall Watch. Peace, stir not.

(Aside. comprehend all vagroin men : you are to bid Bora. Conrade, I say ! any man stand, in the prince's name.

Con. Here, man, I am at thy elbow. 2 'Watch. How if he will not stand ?

Bora. Mass, and my elbow itched; I thought, Dogb. Why then, take no pote of him, but let there would a scab tollow. him go ; and presently call the rest of the Con. I will owe thee an answer for that; and watch together, and thank God you are rid of now forward with thy tale. a knave.

Bora. Stand thee close then under this pentVerg. If he will not stand when he is bidden, house, for it drizzles rain; and I will, like a he is none of the prince's subjects.

true drunkard, uiter all to thee. Dogb. True, and they are to meddle with Watch: (Aside.] Some treason, masters ; yet none but the prince's subjects :-You shall also stand close. make no noise in the streets; for, for the watch Bora. Therefore know, I have earned of Don to babble and talk, is most tolerable and not to John a thousand ducats. be endured.

Con. Is it possible that any villany should be 2 Watch. We will rather sleep than talk; we so dear? know what belongs to a watch.

Born. Thou shouldst rather ask, if it were Dogb. Why, you speak like an ancient and possible any villany should be so rich; for most quiet watchman; for I cannot see how when rich villains have need of poor ones, sleeping should offend ; only, have a care that poor opes may make what price they will. your bills be not stolen :-Well, you are to call Con. I wonder at it. at all the alehouses, and bid those that are Bora. That shows thou art unconfirmed: There drunk get them to bed.

knowest, that the fashion of a doublet, or a bar, 2 Watch. How if they will not ?

or a cloak, is nothing to a man. Dogb. Why then, let them alone till they are Con. Yes, it is apparel sober; if they make you not then the better Bora. I niean, the fashion. answer, you may say, they are not the men Con. Yes, the fashion is the fashion. you took them for.

Bora. Tush! I may as well say, the fool's the 2 Watch. Well, sir.

fool. But seest sbou not what a detormed usief Dogb. If you meet a thief you may suspect this fashion is ? him, by virtue of your office, to be no irue Watch. I know that Deformed ; be has been man: and, for such kind of men, the less you a vile thief this seven year: he goes up and meddle or make with them, why, the more is down like a gentleman :) remember his name. for your honesty

Bora. Dilst thou not hear somebody ? 2 Watch. If we know him to be a thief, shall Con. No; 'twas the vane on the house. we not lay hands on him?

Borg. Seest thou not, I say, what a deformed Dogb. Truly, by your office, you may ; but I thief this fashion is ? how giddily be turps think, they that touch pitch will be defiled: the about all the hot bloods, between fourteen and most peaceable way for you, if you do take a five and thirty ? sometime, fashioning thein thief, is, to let him show himself what he is, like Pharaoh's soldiers in the reechy painting; and steal out of your company.

sometime, like god Bel's priests in the old Verg. You bave been always called a merciful church window ; sometime, like the shaven man, partner.

Hercules in the smirched worm-eaten tapestry Dogb. Truly, I would not hang a dog by my where his cod-piece seems as massy as his clus? will: much more a man, who hath any honesty Con. All this I see : and see, that the fashion in him.

wears out more apparel than the man : But art Verg. If you hear a child cry in the night, not thou thyself giddy with the fashion too, you must call to the nurse, and bid her still it

, that thou hast shifted out of thy tale into telling 2 Watch. How if the nurse be asleep, and me of the fashion. will not hear us?

Bora. Not so néither: but know, that I have Dogb. Why then, dcpart in peace, and let the to-night wooed Margaret, the lady Fiero's gene child wake her with crying : for the ewe thail tlewoman, by the name of Hero; she lewis ne

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