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About Shakspeare's time halherds were the weapons borne by the watchrnen, as appears from Blount's Voyage to the Levant : U - certaine Janizaiies, who with great Ptaves guard each street, as our night watchmen with halberdr in London." Read. ,
The weapons to which the care of Dogberry extends, are mentioned in Glapthoi-ne's Wit in a Canslable, 1639:
" ---- Well said, neighbours;
U the watch
U Are coming tow'rd our house with glaives and hills."
The following representation of a walchman, with his bill on his fll . . . .
2 WATCH. 'How if the nurse be aileep, and will not hear us?
DOGB. Why then, depart in peace, and letfthe child wake her with crying: for the ewe that will not hear her lamb when it baes, will never answer a calf when he bleats.
VERG. 'Tis very true.
DOGB. This is the end of the charge. You, confiable, are to present the prince's own person; if you meet the prince in the night, you may (lay him.
VERG. Nay by'r lady, that, I think, he cannot.
DOGB. Five shillings to one' 0n't, with any man that knows the fiatues, 7 he may stay him: marry, not without the prince be willing: for, indeed, the watch ought to offend no man; and it is an oflence to fiay a man against his will.
VERG. By'r lady, I think, it be so.
Dociz. Ha, ha, ha! Well, mafiers, good night: an there be any matter of weight chances, call, up
me: keep your fellows' counsels and your own, 5 and good night, - Come, neighbour.
2 WATCH. 'Well, masters, we hear our charge: let us go fit here upon the church-bench till two, and then all to-bed. '
DocB. Onewordmore, honest neighbours: Ipray you, watch about signior Leonato's door; sor the wedding being there to-morrow, there is a great coilto-night: Adieu, be vigitant, I beseech you.
' [Excunt DOGBERRY and VERGES.