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bindown - the prince's officer, coxcomb.- Come, 50 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Ad . mannor refused, and upon the grief of this, suddenly died. - Master constable, let these men be bound, and brought to Leonato's; I will go before, and shew him their examination.

Dogo. Come, let them be opinioned.
Verg. Let them be in band.
Con. off, coxcomb:
Dogb. God's my life! whero's the sexton ? let him
Con. Away! you are an ass, you are an ass.

naughty rarlet Dogb. Dost thou not suspect my place ! Dost thou not suspect my years ? - o that he were here to write me down - an ass! But, masters, reinember, that I am an ass; though it be not written down, yet forget not that I am an ass. —No, thou villain, thou art full of piety, as shall be proved upon thee by good witness. which is more, a householder; and, which is more, as

is more, an officer; and, pretty a piece of flesh as any is in Messina ; and one that knows tho law, go to; and a rich fellow enough; go to ; and a fellow that haih had losses; and one that hath two gowns, and everything handsome about him. - Bring him away.-o, that I had been writ down an ass

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ACT V.

Leon.

SCENE I. - Before Leonato's House.

Enter LEONATO and ANTONIO.
Ant. If you go on thus, you will kill yoursell ;
And 'tis not wisdom, thus to second griet
Against yourself.
Which falls into mine ears as profitless

I pray thee, cease thy counsel,
As water in a sieve: give not me counsel;
Nor let no comforter delight mine ear,
But such a one, whose wrongs do suit with mine.
Bring me a father, that so loved his child,
Whose joy of her is overwhelm'd like mine,
And bid him speak of patience ;
Measure his woe the length and breadth of mine,
And let it answer every strain for strain
As thus for thus, and such a prier for such,
Tu erery lineament, branch, shape, and form

manner refused, and upon the grief of this, suddenly
died. - Master constable, let these men be bound, and
brought to Leonato's; I will go before, and shew him
their examination.

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Dogb. Come, let them be opinioned.
Verg. Let them be in band.
Con. Oil, coxcomb!

Dogb. God's my life! where's the sexton ? let him write down - the prince's officer, coscomb. - Come, bind them. - Thou naughty tarlet !

Con. Away! you are an ass, you are an ass,

Dogb. Dost thou not suspect my place ? Dost thoa not suspect my years ? - 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 ass.

No, thou villain, thou art full of piety, as shall be proved upon thee by good witness! am a wise lellow; and, which is more, an officer; and, which is more, a householder; and, which is more, as pretty a piece of flesh as any is in Messina; 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.-0, that I had been writ dowAn ass!

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If such a one will smile, and stroke his beard; Cry-sorrow, wag! and hem, when he should groan; Patch grief with proverbs; make misfortune drunk With candle-wasters : bring him yet to me, And I of him will gather patience. But there is no such man: For, brother, men Can counsel, and speak comfort to that grief Which they themselves not feel; but, tasting it, Their counsel turns to passion, which before Would give preceptial medicine to rage, Fetter strong madness in a silken thread, Charm ach with air, and agony with words. No, no; 'tis all men's office to speak patience To those that wring under the load of sorrow; But no man's virtue, nor sufficiency, To be so moral, when he shall endure The like himself: therefore give me no counsel ; My griefs cry louder than advertisement.

Ant. Therein do men from children nothing differ. Leon. I pray thee, peace; I will be flesh and blood; For there was never yet philosopher, That could endure the toothach patiently; However they have writ the style of gods, And made a pish at chance and sufferance.

Ant. Yet bend not all the harm upon yourself; Make those that do offend you, suffer too.

Leon. There thou speak'st reason ; nay, I will do so: My soul doth tell me, Hero is belied ; And that shall Claudio know, so shall the prince, And all of them, that thus dishonour her.

Enter DON PEDRO and CLAUDIO. Ant. Here comes the prince, and Claudio, hastily. D. Pedro. Good den, good den.

Good day to both of you. Leon. Hear you, my lords, D. Pedro.

We have some haste, Leonato. Leon. Some haste, my lord ! – well, fare you well,

my lord :Are you so hasty now ?-well, all is one.

D. Pedro. Nay, do not quarrel with us, good old Ant. If he could right himself with quarreling, Some of us would lie low. Leon.

Marry, Nay, never lay thy hand upon thy sword, I fear thee not.

ACT V

SCENE I. - Before Leonato's House.

Enter LEONATO and ANTONIO. Ant. If you go on thus, you will kill yoursell; And 'tis not wisdom, thus to second griel Against yourself.

I pray thee, cease thy counsel, Which falls into mine ears as proftless As water in a sieve: give not me counsel; Nor let no comforter delight mine ear, But such a one, whose wrongs do suit with mine. Bring me a father, that so loved his child, Whose joy of her is overwhelm'd like mine, And bid him speak of patience; Measure his woe the length and breadth of mine, And let it answer every strain for strain; As thus for thus, and such a grief for such, Tu erery lineament, branch, shape, and form :

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Claud. Marry, beshrew my hand,
If it should give your age such cause of fear :
In faith, my hand meant nothing to my sword.

Leon. Tush, tush, man, never fleer and jest at me:
I speak not like a dotard, nor a fool;
As, under privilege of age, to brag
What I have done being young, or what would do,
Were I not old: Know, Claudio, to thy head,
Thou hast so wrong'd mine innocent child and me,
That I am forced to lay my reverence by:
And, with grey hairs, and bruise of many days,
Do challenge thee to trial of a man.
I say, thou hast belied mine innocent child;
Thy slander hath gone through and through her heart,
And she lies buried with her ancestors :
0! in a tomb where never scandal slept
Save this of hers, framed by thy villainy.

Claud. My villainy!
Leon.

Thine, Claudio; thine, I say.
D. Pedro. You say not right, old man.
Leon.

My lord, niy lord,
I'll prove it on his body, if he dare;
Despite his nice fence, and his active practice,
His May of youth, and bloom of lustylood.

Claud. Away, I will not have to do with you.

Leon. Canst thou so daff me? Thou hast kill'd my
If thou kill'st me, boy, thou shalt kill a man. (chilu:

Ant. He shall kill two of us, and men indeed;
But that's no matter; let him kill one first;
Win me and wear me,- let him answer me,
Come, follow me, boy; come, boy, follow me:
Sir boy, I'll whip you from your foining fence ;
Nay, as I am a gentleman, I will.
Leon. Brother,-

Ant. Content yourself: God knows, I loved my niece;
And she is dead, slander'd to death by villains,
That dare as well answer a man, indeed,
As I dare take a serpent by the tongue :
Boys, apes, braggarts, Jacks, milksops! -
Leon.

Brother Antony,
Ant. Hold you content: What, man! I know them,
And what they weigh, even to the utmost scruple : [yea,
Scambling, out-facing, fashion-mongʻring boys,
That lie, and cog, and fout, deprave and slander,
Go antickly, and slew outward hideousness,
And speak off half a dozen dangerous words,
How they might hurt their enemies, if they durst,
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Leon. But, brother Antony,
Ant.

Come, 'tis no matter;
Do not you meddle, let me deal in this.
D. Pedro. Gentlemen both, we will not wake your

patience.
My heart is sorry for your daughter's death;
But, on my honour, she was charged with nothing
But what was true, and very full of proof.
Leon. My lord, iny lord, -
D. Pedro.

I will not hear you.
Leon.

No? Brother, away :- I will be heard ;Ant.

And shall, Or soine of us will smart for it.

[E.reunt Leonato and Antonio.

Claud.

Marry, beshrew my hand,
I it should give your age such cause of fear:
In faith, my hand meant nothing to my sword.

Leon. Tush, tush, man, never fleer and jest at me!
I speak not like a dotard, nor a fool;
As, under privilege of age, to brag
What I have done being young, or what would do,
Were I not old: Know, Claudio, to thy head,
Thou hast so wrong'd mine innocent child and me
That I am forced to lay my reverence by :
And, with grey hairs, and bruise of many days,
Do challenge thee to trial of a man.
I say, thou hast belied mine innocent child;
Thy slander hath gone through and through her heart
And she lies buried with her ancestors :
0! in a tomb where nerer scandal slept,
Save this of hers, framed by thy villainy.

Claud. My villainy!
Leon.

Thine, Claudio; thine, 1
D. Pedro. You say not right, old man,

Leon.
I'll prove it on his body, if he dare;
Despite his nice fence, and his active practice,
His May of youth, and bloom of lustshood.

Claud. Away, I will not have to do with you,
Leon. Canst thou so dar me? Thou hast külfd me
If thou kill'st me, bos, thou shalt kill a man. [child

Ant. He shall kill two of us, and men indeed;
But that's no matter; let him kill one first;
Win me and wear me, let him answer nie,
Come, follow me, boy; come, boy, follow me :
Sir boy, I'll whip you from your foining fence;
Nay, as I am a gentleman, i will.

Leon. Brother,
Ant. Content yoursell: God knows, I loved my niece;
And she is dead, slander'd to death by villains,
That dare as well

answer a man, indeed,
As I dare take a serpent by the tongue:
Boys, apes, braggarts, Jacks, milksops! -

Ant. Hold you content: What, man! I know thes, And what they weigh, even to the utmost scruple : [sta Scambling, out-facing, fashion-mong'ring boys, That lie, and cog, and fout, deprave and slander, Go antickly, and slew outward hideousness, And speak of half a dozen dangerous words, How they might hurt their enemies, if they durst, And this is all,

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Enter BENEDICK. D. Pedro. See, sec; here comes the man we went to seek.

Claud. Now, signior! what news ? Bene. Good day, my lord. D. Pedro. Welcome, siguior: You are almost come to part almost a fray.

Claud. We had like to have had our two noses snapped off with two old men without teeth.

D. Pedro. Leonato and his brother: What think'st thou ? Had we fought, I doubt, we should have been too young for them.

Bene. In a false quarrel there is no true valour : I came to seek yon both.

Claud. We have been up and down to seek thee; for We are high proof melancholy, and would faia have it beaten away: Wilt thou use thy wit ?

Bene. It is in my scabbard ; shall I draw it?
D. Pedro. Dost thou wear thy wit by thy side ?

Claud. Never any did so, though very many have been beside their wit. - I will bid thee draw, as we do the minstrels; draw, to pleasure us.

D. Pedro. As I am an honest man, he looks pale :Art thou sick, or angry?

Claud. What! courage, man! What though care killed a cat, thou hast mettie enough in thee to kill care.

Bene. Sir, I shall meet your wit in the career, an you charge it against me:- I pray you, choose another subject.

Claud. Nay, then give him another staff; this last was broke croBS.

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D. Pedro. By this light, he changes more and more ;
I think, he be angry indeed.

Claud. If he be, he knows how to turn his girdle.
Bene. Shall I speak a word in your ear?
Claud. God bless me from a challenge!

Bcne. You are a villain ;-I jest not: I will make it good bow you dare, with what you dare, and when you dare :- Do me right, or I will protest your cowardice. You have killed a sweet lady, and her death shall fall heavy on you: Let me hear from you.

Claud. 'Well, I will meet you, so I may have good cheer,

D. Pedro. What, a feast? a feast ?

Claud. I'faith, I thank him; he hath bid me to & call's head and a capon, the which if I do not carve most curiously, say my knife's Daught. --Shall I got fod a woodcock too?

Bene. Sir, your wit anibles well; it goes easily.

D. Pedro. I'll tell thee how Beatrice praised thy wit the other day: I said, thou hadst a fine wit; True, says she, a fine little one: No, said I, a great wil; Right, says she, a great gross one : Nay, said I, a

the gentleman is wise; Certain, said she, a wise gentleman: Nay, said 1, he hath the tongues; That, I believe, said she, for he swore a thing to me on Mon. day night, which he forswore on Tuesday morning; there's a double longue; there's two tongues. Thus did slie, an hour together, trans-shape thy particular virtues; yet, at last, she concluded with a sighs, thou wast the properest man in Italy.

Claud. For the which sbe wept heartily, and said, she cared not.

D. Pedro. Yea, that she did ; but yet, for all that, an if she did not hate him deadly, she would love him dearly: the old man's daughter told us all.

Claud. All, all; and moreover, God saw him when he was nid in the garden.

D. Pedro. But when shall we set the savage bull's horns on the sensible Benedick's head ?

Claud. Yea, and text underneath, Here dwells Benedick the married man?

Bent. Fare you well, boy; you know my mind; I will leave you now to your gossip-like humour: you break jests as braggarts do their blades, which, God bo thanked, hurt not. My lord, for your many courtesies I thank you; I must discontinue your company your brother, the bastard, is died from Messina : you bave,

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