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day, I yield upon great persuasion, and partly to save your life ; for as I was told, you were in a consumption. 'Bene. Peace, I will stop your mouth

Kiling her. Pedro. How dost thou, Benedick, the married inan?

Bene. I'll tell thee what, Prince ; a College of witcrackers cannot fout me out of my humour : doft think, I care for a satire, or an epigram ? no: if a man will be beaten with brains, he shall wear nothing handsome about him ; in brief, since I do purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any purpose that the world can say against it; and therefore never Aout at me, for what I have said against it; for man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion; for thy part

, Claudio, I did think to have beaten thee; but in that thou art like to be my kinsman, live unbruis’d, and love my cousin.

Claud. I had well hoped, thou wouldnt have denied Beatrice, that I might have cudgell’d thee out of thy single life, to make thee a double dealer ; which, out of question, thou wilt be, if my Cousin do not look exceeding narrowly to thee.

Bene. Come, come, we are friends; let's have a Dance ere we are marry'd, that we may lighten our own hearts, and our wives heels.

Leon. We'll have dancing afterwards.
Bene. First, o’my word ; therefore, play, musick.

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trice: and this being done beLeon. Peace, I will stop lour

fore the whole Company, how N'outh.] What can Lerna:o mcan natural is the Reply which the

Nay, pray, peace, Prince makes upon it? Niece; don't keep up this How dyt hout, Benedick, be

Obstinacy of Professions, for married Man? “ I have Proofs to ftp your Besides, this Mole of Speech, Mouth.” The ingenious Dr. preparatory to a Salute, is famiThi, Iby agreed with me, that this liar to our Poct in common with ought to be given to Bindck, other Stage Writers. who, upon saying it, kifes Bea



Prince, thou art fad, get thee a wife, get thee a wife ; there is no staff more reverend than one tipt with horn.

Enter Messenger. Mel. My Lord, your brother John is ta’en in fight, And brought with armed men back to Messina.

Bene. Think not on him 'till to morrow : I'll devise thee brave punishments for him. Strike up, Pipers.

[Dance. [Exeunt omnes.








Dramatis Personæ.*

KING of France.
Duke of Florence.
Bertram, Count of Rousillon.
Lafeu, an old Lord.
Parolles, a parasitical follower of Bertram ; a coward,

but vain, and a great pretender to valour. Several young French Lords, that serve with Bertram

in the Florentine war. Steward, Clown,

} Servants to the Countess of Rousillon.

Countess of Rousillon, mother to Bertram.
Helena, daughter to Gerard de Narbon, a famous phy-

fician, some time since dead.
An old Widow of Florence.
Diana, daughter to the widow.

} Neighbours, and friends to the widos. Mariana,

Lords, attending on the King ; Officers, Soldiers, &c.

SCENE lies partly in France, and partly in


The Persons were first enumerated by Rowe.

The first Edition of this Play is in the Folio of 1623.


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