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D. Pedro. By my soul, nor I; And yet, to satisfy this good old man, I would bend under any heavy weight That he'll enjoin me to.

Leon. I cannot bid you bid my daughter live;
That were impossible; but, I pray you both,
Possess the people in Messina here
How innocent she died; and, if your love
Can labor aught in sad invention,
Hang her an epitaph upon her tomb,
And sing it to her bones. Sing it to-night.-
To-morrow morning come you to my house;
And since you could not be my son-in-law,
Be yet my nephew. My brother hath a daughter,
Almost the copy of my child that's dead;
And she alone is heir to both of us :
Give her the right you should have given her cousin,
And so dies my revenge.

0, noble sir,
Your over-kindness doth wring tears from me!
I do embrace your offer; and dispose
For henceforth of poor Claudio.

Leon. To-morrow then I will expect your coming;
To-night, I take my leave. — This naughty man
Shall face to face be brought to Margaret,
Who, I believe, was packed in all this wrong,
Hired to it by your brother.

No, by my soul, she was not;
Nor knew not what she did, when she spoke to me;
But always hath been just and virtuous,
In any thing that I do know by her.

Dogb. Moreover, sir, (which, indeed, is not under white and black,) this plaintiff here, the offender, did call me ass. I beseech you, let it be remembered in his punishment; and also, the watch heard them talk of one Deformed: they say, he wears a key in his ear, and a lock hanging by it, and borrows money in God's name; the which he hath used so long, and never paid, that now men grow hard-hearted, and will lend nothing for God's sake. Pray you, examine him upon that point.

Leon. I thank thee for thy care and honest pains.

Dogb. Your worship speaks like a most thankful and reverend youth; and I praise God for you.

Leon. There's for thy pains.
Dogb. God save the foundation.

Leon. Go, I discharge thee of thy prisoner, and I thank thee.


Dogb. I leave an errant knave with your worship; which, I beseech your worship, to correct yourself, for the example of others. God keep your worship; I wish your worship

. well; God restore you to health; I humbly give you leave to depart; and if a merry meeting may be wished, God prohibit it. — Come, neighbor.

[Exeunt DOGBERRY, VERGES, and Watch. Leon. Until to-morrow morning, lords, fare well. Ant. Farewell, my lords; we look for

you D. Pedro. We will not fail. Claud.

To-night I'll mourn with Hero.

[Exeunt Don PEDRO and CLAUDIO. Leon. Bring you these fellows on; we'll talk with Mar

garet, How her acquaintance grew with this lewd fellow. [Exeunt.


SCENE II. Leonato's Garden. Enter BENEDICK and MARGARET, meeting. Bene. Pray thee, sweet mistress Margaret, deserve well at my hands, by helping me to the speech of Beatrice.

Marg. Will you then write me a sonnet in praise of my beauty?

Bene. In so high a style, Margaret, that no man living shall come over it; for, in most comely truth, thou deservest it.

Marg. To have no man come over me? Why, shall I always keep below stairs ?

Bene. Thy wit is as quick as the greyhound's mouth; it catches.

Marg. And yours as blunt as the fencer's foils, which hit, but hurt not.

Bene. A most manly wit, Margaret; it will not hurt a woman; and so, I pray thee, call Beatrice. I give thee the bucklers.

Marg. Give us the swords; we have bucklers of our own.

Bene. If you use them, Margaret, you must put in the pikes with a vice; and they are dangerous weapons for maids. Marg. Well, I will call Beatrice to you, who, I think,

[Exit MARGARET. Bene. And therefore will come. The god of love,

[Singing That sits above, And knows me, and knows me,

How pitiful I deserve,

hath legs.

I mean, in singing; but in loving, Leander the good swimmer, Troilus the first employer of panders, and a whole book full of these quondam carpet-mongers, whose names yet run smoothly in the even road of a blank verse, why, they were never so truly turned over and over as my poor self, in love. Marry, I cannot show it in rhyme; I have tried ; I can find out no rhyme to lady but baby, an innocent rhyme; for scorn, horn, a hard rhyme; for school, fool, a babbling rhyme; very ominous endings. No, I was not born under a rhyming planet, nor I cannot woo in festival terms.

Sweet Beatrice, would'st thou come when I called thee?
Beat. Yea, seignior, and depart when you bid me.

Bene. O, stay but till then !

Beat. Then, is spoken; fare you well now. -- And yet, ere I go, let me go with that I came for, which is, with knowing what hath passed between you and Claudio.

Bene. Only foul words; and thereupon I will kiss thee.

Beat. Foul words is but foul wind, and foul wind is but foul breath, and foul breath is noisome: therefore I will depart unkissed.

Bene. Thou hast frighted the word out of his right sense, so forcible is thy wit. But, I must tell thee plainly, Claudio undergoes my challenge; and either I must shortly bear from him, or I will subscribe him a coward. And, I

pray thee now, tell

me, for which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?

Beat. For them all together; which maintained so politic a state of evil, that they will not admit any good part to intermingle with them. But for which of my good parts did you first suffer love for me?

Bene. Suffer love ! a good epithet! I do suffer love, indeed, for I love thee against my will. Beat. In spite of your heart, I think. Alas! poor heart !

! If you spite it for my sake, I will spite it for yours; for I will never love that which


friend hates. Bene. Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.

Beat. It appears not in this confession. There's not one wise man among twenty that will praise himself.

Bene. An old, an old instance, Beatrice, that lived in the time of good neighbors. If a man do not erect in this age his own tomb ere he dies, he shall live no longer in monument, than the bell rings, and the widow weeps.

Beat. And how long is that, think you ?
Bene. Question !—Why, an hour in clamor, and a quar-

ter in rheum. Therefore it is most expedient for the wise (if don Worm, his conscience, find no impedi-nent to the contrary) to be the trumpet of his own virtues, as I am to myself. So much for praising myself, (who, I myself will bear witness, is praiseworthy ;) and now tell me, how doth

your cousin ?

Beat. Very ill.
Bene. And how do you?
Beat. Very ill too.

Bene. Serve God, love me, and mend. There will I leave you too, for here comes one in haste.

Enter URSULA. Urs. Madam, you must come to your uncle ; yonder's old coil at home. It is proved my lady Hero hath been falsely accused, the prince and Claudio mightily abused;

, and don John is the author of all, who is fled and gone. Will you come presently?

Beat. Will you go hear this news, seignior ?

Bene. I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be buried in thy eyes; and, moreover, I will go with thee to thy uncle's.

[Exeunt. SCENE III. The inside of a Church. Enter Don PEDRO, CLAUDIO, and Attendants, with music

and tapers.
Claud. Is this the monument of Leonato ?
Atten. It is, my lord.
Claud. [Reads from a scroll.]

Done to death by slanderous tongues

Was the Hero that here lies ;
Death, in guerdon of her wrongs,

Gives her fame which never dies;
So the life, that died with shame,
Lives in death with glorious fame
Hang thou there upon the tumb, [Affixing it.

Praising her when I am dumb. -
Now, music, sound, and sing your solemn hymn.

Pardon, Goddess of the night,
Those that slew thy virgin knight:
For the which, with songs of woe,

Round about her tomb they go.
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Midnight assist our moan ;
Help us to sigh and groan,

Heavily, heavily.
Graves, yawn and yield your dead,
Till death be uttered,

Heavenly, heavenly.
Maud. Now, unto thy bones good night!

Yearly will I do this rite.
D. Pedro. Good morrow, masters. Put your torches out ;

The wolves have preyed; and look, the gentle day, Before the wheels of Phoebus, round about

Dapples the drowsy east with spots of gray. Thanks to you all, and leave us; fare you well.

Claud. Good morrow, masters; each his several way.

D. Pedro. Come, let us hence, and put on other weeds ; And then to Leonato's we will go.

Claud. And, Hymen, now with luckier issue speeds, Than this, for whom we rendered up this woe! [Exeunt.

SCENE IV. A Room in Leonato's House.


Friar, and HERO. Friar. Did I not tell


she was innocent? Leon. So are the prince and Claudio, who accused her Upon the error that you heard debated. But Margaret was in some fault for this; Although against her will, as it appears In the true course of all the question.

Ant. Well, I am glad that all things sort so well.

Bene. And so am I, being else by faith enforced To call young Claudio to a reckoning for it.

Leon. Well, daughter, and you gentlewomen all,
Withdraw into a chamber by yourselves;
And, when I send for you, come hither masked.
The prince and Claudio promised by this hour
To visit me. —You know your office, brother ;
You must be father to your brother's daughter,
And give her to young Claudio. [Exeunt Ladies.

Ant. Which I will do with confirmed countenance.
Bene. Friar, I must entreat your pains, I think.
Friar. To do what, seignior?

Bene To bind me, or undo me, one of them.-
Seignior Leonato, truth it is, good seignior,
Your niece regards me with an eye of favor.

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