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And counsel him to fight against his passion :
And, truly, I'll devise some honest slanders
To stain my cousin with: One doth not know,
How much an ill word may empoison liking.

Urs. O, do not do your cousin such a wrong.
She cannot be so much without true judgment,
(Having so swift and excellent a wit,
As she is prized to have,) as to refuse
So rare a gentleman as signior Benedick.

Hero. He is the only man of Italy,
Always excepted my dear Claudio.

Urs. I pray you, be not angry with me, madam,
Speaking my fancy; signior Benedick,
For shape, for bearing, argument, and valour,
Goes foremost in report through Italy.

Hero. Indeed, he hath an excellent good name.

Urs. His excellence did earn it, ere he had it.
When are you married, madam?

Hero. Why, every day,--10-morrow. Come, go in;
I'll shew thee some attires; and have thy counsel,
Which is the best to furnish me to-morrow.
Urs. She's limed, I warrant you; we have caught

her, madam.
Hero. If it prove so, then loving goes by hape :
Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.

[Exeunt Hero and Ursula.

BEATRICE advances.
Beat. What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true ?

Stand I condemnd for pride and scorn so much ?
Contempt, farewell ! and, maiden pride, adieu !

No glors lives behind the back of such.
And, Benedick, love on, I will requite thee;

Taming mỹ wild heart to thy loving hand;
If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite theo

To bind our loves up in a holy band :
Por others say, thou dost deserve; and I
Believe it better than reportingly.

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SCENE II.-A Room in Leonato's House. Enter Don PEDRO, CLAUDIO, Benedick, and

LEONATO. D. Pedri. I do but stay, till your marriage be consummate, and then I go toward Arragon.

Claud. I'll bring you thither, my lord, if you 'll vouchsafe me.

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of his head stor his company; for, from the crown #h sad, he wants money.

this foolery, no doublet : unless he have a D. Pedro. The greatest note of it is his melancholy. Craud. And when was he wont to wash his face ?

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D. Pedro. Nay, that would be as great a soil in the new gloss of your marriage, as to shew & child his new coat, and forbid him to wear it. I will only be bold with Benedick

or thrice cut Cupid's bow.string, and the little hangman dare not shoot at himsi

: he hath a heart

for tongue speaks Bene. Gallants, I am not as I have

So say 1; methinks, you are sadder. Claud. I hope, he be in love. of blood in him, to be truly touch'd with love: if he be

D. Pedro. Hang him, truant ; there's no true drop
Bene. I have

toothach.
D. Pedro. Draw it.

Claud. You must hang it first, and draw it after vards.

D. Pedro. What I sigh for the toothach?
Leon. Where is but a humour, or a worm ?

Bene. Well, every one can master a grief, but he that was it. Claud. Yet say I, he is in love.

shes D. Pedro. There is no appearance of fancy in him, unless it be a fancy that he hath to strange disguises s, to be a Dutchman to-day; a Frenchiman to-morrow; rom the incy fancy, as

as it appears he hath, he is no fool Claud. If he be not in love with some woman, there no believing old signs: he brushes his hat o'mornings ;

should that bode ?

Pedro. Hath any man seen him at the barber's ? Claud. No, but the barber's man hath been seen with m; and the old ornament of his cheek hath already uffed tennis-balls. Leon. Indeed, he looks younger than he did, by the D. Pedro. Nay, he rubs himself with civet : Can you Claud. That's

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D. Pedro. Yea, or to paint himself ? for the which, I hear what they say of him.

Claud. Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is now crept into a lutestring, and now governed by stops.

D. Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for him : Conclude, conclude, he is in love.

Claud. Nay, but I know who loves him,

D. Pedro. That would I know too; I warrant one that knows him not.

Claud. Yes, and his ill conditions ; and, in despite of all, dies for him.

D. Pedro. She shall be buried with her face upwards.

Bene. Yet is this no charm for the toothach.- Old signior, walk aside with me; I have studied eight or nine wise words to speak to you, which these hobhyhorses must not hear. [ Exeunt Benedick and Leonaio.

D. Pedro. For ny life, to break with him about Beatrice.

Claud. 'Tis even so: Hero and Margaret have by this played their parts with Beatrice; and then the two ars will not bite one another when they meet.

Enter Don JOHN.
Don John. My lord and brother, God save you.
D. Pedro. Good den, brother,

D. John. If your leisure served, I would speak with you.

D. Pedro. In private ?

D. John. If it please you :- yet count Claudio mas bept; for what I would speak of concerns him.

D. Pedrn. What's the matter

1. John. Means your lordship to be married to morrow? (To Claudio.)

D. Pedro. You know, he does.

D. John. I know not that, when he knows what I know.

Claud. If there be any impediment, I pray you, discover it.

D. John. You may think, I love you not ; let that appear hereafter, and aim better at me by that I now will manifest: For my brother, I think, he holds you well, and in dearness of heart hath holp to effect your ensuing marriage : surely, suit ill spent, and labour !!! bestowed !

D. Pedro. Why, what's the matter?

D. John. I came hither to tell you : and circumstan ces shortened, (for she hath been too long a talking of,) the lady is disloyal.

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Veyg. Yea, or else it were pity but they should

them, if they should have any allegiance in thein, being

D. Pedro. Yea, or to paint himsell ? for the which, I hear what they say of him.

Claud. Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is now crept into a lutestring, and now governed by stops

D. Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for him: Conclude, conclude, he is in lore.

Claud. Nay, but I know who loves him.

D. Pedro. That would I know too; I warrant de that knows him not.

Claud. Yes, and his ill conditions ; and, in despile of all, dies for him.

D. Pedro. She shall be buried with her face upwards.

Bene. Yet is this no charm for the toothach. - Old signior, walk aside with me; I have studied eight nine wise words to speak to you, which these hobby borses must not hear. [Exeunt Benedick and Leonato

D. Pedro. For my life, to break with him about Beatrice.

Claud. 'Tis even so: Hero and Margaret hate by this played their parts with Beatrice; and then the fra lears will not bite one another when they meet.

Enter Don JOHN.
Don John. My lord and brother, God save you.
D. Pedro. Good den, brother.

D. John. If your leisure served, I would speak with you.

D. Pedro. In private ?

D. John. If it please you :- yet count Claudio mas bear; for what I would speak of concerns him.

D. Pedro. What's the matter?

D. John. Means your lordship to be married to morrow ? (7'0 Claudio.)

D. Pedro. You know, he does.

D. John. I know not that, when he knows what I know.

Claud. If there be any impediment, I pray you, discover it.

D. John. You may think, I love you not ; let that appear hereafter, and aim better at me by that I now will manifest: For my brother, I think, he holds you well; and in dearness of heart hath holp to effect your ensuing marriage : surely, suit ill spent, and labour ill bestowed !

D. John. I came hither to tell you: and circumstan ces shortened, (for she hath been too long a talking of) the lady is disloyal.

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Cland. Who? Hero ?

D. John. Even she ; Leonato's Hero, your Hero, every man's Hero.

Claud. Disloyal ? D. John. The word is too good to paint out her Wickedness; I could say, she were worse ; think you of a worse title, and I will fit her to it. Wonder not, till farther warrant : go but with me to-night, you shall see her chamber-window entered; even the night before her Wedding-day. If you love her ihen, to-morrow wed her; but it would better at your honour to change your mind.

Claud. May this be so ? D. Pedro. I will not think it. 1. John. If you dare not trust that you see, confess not that you know : if you will follow me, I will shew you enough; and, when you have seen inore, and heard more, proceed accordingly.

Claud. If I see any thing to-night why I should not marry her lo-morrow; in the congregation, where I should wed, there will I shame her.

D. Pedro. And, as I wooed for thee to obtain her, I will join with thee to disgrace her.

D. John. I will disparage her no farther, till you are my witnesses : bear it coldly but till midnight, and let the issue shew itself.

D. Pedro. O day untowardly turned !
Claud. O mischief strangely thwarting!
D. John. O plague right well prevented!
So will you say, when you have seen the sequel,

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SCENE 111.-d Street, Enter DOGBERRY and VERGES, with the Watch.

Dogb. Are you good men and true ? Buffer salvation, body and soul.

Dogb. Nay that were a punishment too good for chosen for the prince's watch. l'erg. Well, give them their charge, neiglibour

Dogb. First, who think you the most desartless man to be constable ?

Watch. Hugh Ontcake, sir, or George Seacoal ; for they can write and read.

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Dogo. Come nither, neighbour Seacoal: God hath blessed you with a good name: to be a well favoured man is the gift of lortune; but to write and read conues by nature. 2 Watch. Both which, master constable,

Dogb. You have; I knew it would be your answer. Well, for your favour, sir, why, give God thanks, and make no voast of it; and for your writing and reading, let that appear when there is no need of such vanity. You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable of the watch; therefore bear you the lantern. This is your charge : you shall comprehend all vagrom men; you are to bid any man stand, in the prince's name.

2 Watch. How if he will not stand ?

Dogb. Why, then, take no note of him, but let him go; and presently call the rest of the watch together, and thank God you are rid of a kuave.

Verg. If he will not stand when he is bidden, he is none of the prince's subjects.

Dogb. True, and they are to meddle with none but the prince's subjects. You shall also make no noise in the streets; for, for the watch to babble and talk, is most tolerable and not to be endured.

2 Vatch. We will rather sleep than talk; we know what belongs to a watch.

Dogo. Why, you speak like an ancient and most quiet watchman; for I cannot see how sleeping should offendl; only have a case that your bills be not stolen. -Well, you are to call at all thu ale-houses, and bid those that are drunk get them to bed.

2 Watch. How if they will not?

Dogb. Why then, let them alone till they are sober; if they make you not then the better answer, you may say, they are not the men you took them for.

2 Watch. Well, sir.

Dogb. If you meet a thief, you may suspect him, by virtue of your office, to be no true man: and, for such kind of men, the less you meddle or make with them, why, the more is for your honesty.

2 arch. If we know him to be a thief, shall we not lay hands on him?

Dogb. Truly, by your office, you may; but, I think, they that touch pitch will be defled: the most peaceable way for you, if you take a thief, to let him shew hinsell what he is, and steal out of your company.

Verg. You have been always called a merciful man, partner

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