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Sexton. Which be the malefactors ?
Dogb. Nay, that's certain, we have the exhibition to examine.
Sexton. But which are the offenders that are to be. examin'd ? let them come before master constable.
To. Cl. Yea, marry, let them come before me; what is your name, friend
Conr. I am a gentleman, Sir, and my name is Conrade.
To. Cl. Write down, master gentleman Conrade ; masters, do you serve God?
Both. Yea, Sir, we hope. s
To.Cl. Write down, that they hope they serve God: and write God first : for God defend, but God should go before such villains.-Masters, it is proved already that you are little better than false knaves, and it will go near to be thought fo shortly; how answer you for yourselves ?
Conr. Marry, Sir, we say, we are none.
To. Cl. A marvellous witty fellow, I assure you, but I will go about with him. Come you hither, sirrah, a word in your ear, Sir; I say to you, it is thought you are both false knaves.
Bora. Sir, I say to you, we are none.
To. Cl. Well, itand aside ; 'fore God, they are both in a tale; have you writ down, that they are none ?
Sexton. Mafter town-clerk, you go not the way to
s Both. Yea, Sir, we hope. have added from the old Quarto.
To. Cl. Write down that they Besides, it supplies a Defect : for, hope they serve God: and write without it, the Town Clerk alks God firft; for God defend, but God a Question of the Prisoners, and jould go before such Villains ;-) goes on without staying for any This sort Passage, which is truly Answer to it. THEOBALD. humourous and in character, I
examine, you must call the watch that are their accusers.
• To Cl. Yea, marry, that's the deftest way, let the Watch coine forth; masters, I charge you in the Prince's name accuse these men.
i Watch. This man said, Sir, that Don John the Prince's brother was a villain.
To. Cl. Write down, Prince John a villain ; why this is flat perjury, to call a Prince's brother villain.
Bora. Mafter town-clerk
To. Cl. Pray thee, fellow, Peace; I do not like thy look, I promise thee.
Sexton. What heard you him say else ?
2 Watch. Marry, that he had receiv'd a thousand ducats of Don John, for accusing the lady Hero wrongfully
To. Cl. Flat burglary, as ever was committed.
6 To. Cl. Yea, marry, that's guess at the Word under this acthe eaficít Way, let the Watch cidental Depravation. There is come forth.] This, eafuf, is a no doubt, but the Author wrote, Sophistication of our modern as I have restor'd the Text; Editors, who were at a Loss to Yea, marry, that's the defteft make out the corrupted Reading of the old Copies. The i. e. the readiest, most commodiQuarto, in 1600, and the first ous Way. The Word is pure and second Editions in Folio all Saxon. Dear'sce, debite, congrue, concur in reading;
duely, fitly. Ledæftlice, oppure Yea, marry, that's the efteft tune, commode, fitly, conveniently,
seasonably, in good time, comA Letter happen'd to slip out modiously. at Press in the first Edition, and Vid. Spelman's Saxon Gloff. 'twas too hard a Talk for the sub
THEOBALD. fequent Editors to put it in, or
his words, to disgrace Hero before the whole assembly, and not marry her.
To. Cl. O villain ! thou wilt be condemn'd into everlasting redemption for this.
Sexton. What else ?
Sexton. And this is more, masters, than you can deny. Prince John is this morning secretly stoll'n away : Hero was in this manner accus'd, and in this very manner refus’d, and upon the grief of this suddenly dy’d. Master Constable, let these men be bound and brought to Leonato; I will go before, and shew him their examination.
[Exit. Dogb. Come let them be opinion'd. Sexton. Let them be in hand. ?
Conr. ? Sexton. Let them be in the the word Sagrifano was rendered bands of Coxcomb.] So the Edi- Sexton. As in Fairfax's Godtions. Mr. Theobald gives the frey of Boulogne ; words to Conradi, and says, But When Phæbus next unclos'd bis why the Sexton should be so pert wakeful eye, upon his Brother Officers, there Up roje ihe Sexton of that seems no reason from any Juperior place propbane. qualifications in him ; or any fuf- The passage then in question is picion he shows of knowing their to be read thus, ignorance. This is strange. The Sexton. Let them be in hand. Sexton throughout thews as good
[Exit. sense in their Examination as any Conr. Off, Coxcomb ! Judge upon the bench could do. Dogberry would have them pi. And as to his suspicion of their nion'd. The Sexton says, it was ignorance, he tells the Town- fufficient if they were kept in cierk That he goes not the way to safe custody, and then goes out.
The meanness of his When one of the watchmen name hindered our Editor from comes up to bind them, Conrade seeing the Goodness of his Sense. says, Off
, Coxcomb! as he says But this Sexton was an Ecclesiastic afterwards to the Constable, of one of the inferior Orders Away! you are an ass.- But the called the Sacristan, and not a Editor adds, The old Quarto gave Brotier Officer, as the Editor calls me the first umbrage for placing it him. I suppose the book from to Conrade. What these words whence the Poet took his sub- mean I don't know : But I lufa ject was some old English novel pect the old Quarto divides the trandated from the Italian, where passage as I have done. WARB.
Conr. Off, Coxcomb.
Dogb. God's my life, where's the Sexton ? let him write down the Prince's officer Coxcomb: come, bind them, thou naughty varlet.
Conr. Away! you are an ass, you are an ass.
Dogb. Doit thou not suspect my place ? doft thou not suspect my years ? O that he were here to write me down an ass ! but, masters, remember, that I am an ass; though it be not written down, yet forget not that I am an afs; no, thou villain, thou art full of piety, as shall be prov'd upon thee by good witness ; I am a wise fellow, and which is more, an officer ; and which is more, an housholder ; and which is more, as pretty a piece of Aesh as any in Meffina, and one that knows the law ; go to, and a rich fellow enough; go to, and a fellow that hath had losses ; and one that hath two gowns, and every thing handsome about him ; bring him away; O, that I had been writ down
ACT V. SCENE I.
Before Leonato's House.
And 'tis not wisdom thus to second grief
Leon. I pray thee, cease thy counsel,
There is nothing in the old and Cooley, are placed at the be-
But such a one whose wrongs do suite with mine.
THEOBALD, firoke bis Beard,
Sir Thomas Hanmer, and after And hallow, wag, ery bem, when him Dr. Warburton, for wag read
he pould groan,) Mr. Rowe waive, which is, I suppose, the is the first Authority that I can fame as, put ofide, or shift off. None find for this Reading. But what of these conjectures fati fy me, nor is the Intention, or how are we perhaps any other reader. I canto expound it ? " If a Man will
not but think the true reading “ balloo, and whoop, and fidget, nearer than it is imagined. I ss and wriggle about, to thew a point thus, “ Pleasure when He should If such an one will fmile, and groan,
," &. This does not Aroke his beard, give much Decorum to the Sen. And, forrow wag! cry; hem, timent. The old Quarto, and
when he should groan; the ist and ad Folio Editions all That is, If he will smile, and read,
cry sorrow be gone, and hem inAnd sorrow, wagge, cry hem, &c. Atead of groaning. The order in We don't, indeed, get much by which and and cry are placed is this Reading ; tho', I fatter my- harsh, and this harshness made felf, by a night Alteration it has the sense mistaken. Range the led me to the true one,
words in the common order, and And Sorrow wage ; cry, hem! my reading will be free from all when he should groan;
difficulty. i. e. If such a one will combat If such an one will smile, and with, Arive againf Sorrow, &c. Aroke bis beard, Nor is this Word infrequent with Cry, forrow, wag! and bem our Author in these Significa
wben be should groan.