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transform me to an oyster; but I'll take my oath Bene. (Aside.) An he had been a dog, that on it, till he have made an oyster of me, he shall should have howled thus, they would have hanged never make me such a fool. One woman is fair ; him: and I pray God, his bad voice bode no misyet I am well : another is wise ; yet I am well : ||chief! I had as lief have heard the night-raven, another virtuous ; yet I am well : but till all graces || come what plague could have come after it. be in one woman, one woman shall not come in my D. Pedro. Yea, marry; (To Claudio.)—Dost grace. Rich she shall be, that's certain ; wise, or thou hear, Balthazar? I pray thee, get us some exI'll none; virtuous, or I'll never cheapen her; fair, cellent music; for to-morrow night we would have or I'll never look on her; mild, or come not near it at the lady Hero's chamber-window. me; noble, or not I for an angel; of good dis- Balth. The best I can, my lord. course, an excellent musician, and her hair shall D. Pedro. Do so: farewell. (Exeunt Balthazar be of what colour it please God. Ha! the prince and music.) Come hither, Leonato : What was it and monsieur Love! I will hide me in the arbour. Il you told me of to-day? that your niece Beatrice

(Withdraws. I was in love with signior Benedick? Enter Don Pedro, Leonato, and Claudio.

Claud. O, ay :-Stalk on, stalk on; the fowl sits.

(Aside to Pedro.] I did never think that lady D. Pedro. Come, shall we hear this music? would have loved any man. Claud. Yea, my good lord :-How still the Leon. No, nor I neither; but most wonderful, evening is,

that she should so dote on signior Benedick, whom As hush'd on purpose to grace harmony !! she hath in all outward behaviours seemed ever to D. Pedro. See you where Benedick hath hid || abhor. himself?

Bene. Is't possible? Sits the wind in that comer? Claud. O, very well, my lord : the music ended,

(Aside. We'll fit the kid-foxl with a penny-worth.

Leon. By my troth, my lord, I cannot tell what Enter Balthazar, with music.

to think of it; but that she loves hin with an enD. Pedro. Come, Balthazar, we'll hear that raged affection, --it is past the infinite of thought.3

D. Pedro. May be, she doth but counterfeit. song again.

Claud. 'Faith, like enough. Balth. O good my lord, tax not so bad a voice

Leon. O God! counterfeit! There never was To slander music any more than once.

counterfeit of passion came so near the life of pasD. Pedro. It is the witness still of excellency,

sion, as she discovers it. To put a strange face on his own perfection :

D. Pedro. Why, what effects of passion shows she? I pray thee, sing, and let me woo no more. Balth. Because you talk of wooing, I will sing;

Claud. Bait the hook well; this fish will bite. Since many a wooer doth commence his suit

(Aside.

Leon. What effects, my lord ! She will sit you,-To her he thinks not worthy; yet he woos ; Yet will he swear, he loves.

You heard my daughter tell you how.

Claud. She did indeed. D. Pedro.

Nay, pray thee, come : Or, if thou wilt hold longer argument,

D. Pedro. How, how, I pray you? You amaze Do it in notes.

me: I would have thought her spirit had been inBalth. Note this before my notes,

vincible against all assaults of affection. There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting: || cially against Berediek

Leon. I would have sworn it had, my lord ; espeD. Pedro. Why, these are very crotchets that he

Bene. Aside! I cnid think this a gull, but speaks;

that the white-bearded fellow speaks it: knavery Note, note, forsooth, and noting ! [Music Bene. Now, Divine air! now is his soul ravish-|| cannot, sure, hide itself in such reverence.

Claud. He hath ta'en the infection ; hold it ed Is it not strange, that sheep's guts should hale

up souls out of men's bodies ?-Well, a horn for my

(Aside. money, when all's done.

D. Pedro. Hath she made her affection known to

Benedick?
Balthazar sings.

Leon. No; and swears she never will: that's

her torment. I.

Claud. 'Tis true, indeed; so your daughtei Balth. Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, says: Shall I, says she, that have so oft encounMen were deceivers ever ;

ter'd him with scorn, write to him that I love him? One foot in sea, and one on shore ; Leon. This says she now when she is beginning To one thing constant never : to write to him: for she'll be up twenty times a Then sigh not so,

night ; and there will sbe sit in her smock, till she But let them go,

have writ a sheet of paper:--my daughter tells And be you blith and bonny;

us all. Converting all your sounds of wo Claud. Now you talk of a sheet of paper, rememInto, Hey nonny, nonny.

ber a pretty jest your daughter told us of. II.

Leon. When she had writ it, and was

reading it over, she found Benedick and Beatrice Sing no more ditties, sing no mo'

between the sheet?---
Of dumps so dull and heavy;

Claud. That.
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leavy.

Leon. O! she tore the letter into a thousand
Then sigh not so, &c.

half-pence; railed at herself, that she should be so

immodest to write to one that she knew would flout D. Pedro. By my troth, a good song. her: I measure him, says she, by my oron spirit, Balth. And an ill singer, my lord.

for I should flout him, if he writ to me; yea, D. Pedro. Ha? no; no, faith; thou singest well though I love him, I shoulă. enough for a shift.

Claud. Then down upon her knees she falls, (1) Young or cub-fox, (2) Longer. (3) Beyond the power of thought to conceive.

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weeps, sobs, beats her heart, tears her hair, prays, Benedick advances from above. curses :-- sweet Benedick! God give me patience!

Bene. This can be no trick: the conference was Leon. She doth indeed ; my daughter says so: sadly borne. 5_ They have the truth of this from and the ecstasy' bath so much overborne her, that| Hero. They seem to pity the lady; it seems, ber my daughter is sometime afraid she will do a des. || affections have their full bent. Love me! why, it perate eutrage to herself; It is very true. D. Pedro. It were good that Benedick knew of say, I will bear myself proudly, if I perceive the

must be requited. I hear how I am censured: they it by some other, if she will not discover it. Člaud. To what end? He would make but a rather die than give any sign of affection.— I did

love come from her; they say too, that she will sport of it, and torment the poor lady worse. D. Pedro. An he should, it were an alms to hang | Happy are they that hear their detractions, and

never think to marry :-I must not seem proud :him : she's an excellent sweet lady ; and, out of all

can put them to mending. They say, the lady is suspicion, she is virtuous.

fair; 'tis a truth, I can bear them witness: and vire Claud. And she is exceeding wise. D. Pedro. In every thing, but in loving Benedick. || for loving me :-By my troth, it is no addition to her

tuous ;-'tis so, I cannot reprove it; and wise, but Leon. Omy lord, wisdom and blood combating wit;-nor no great argument of her folly, for I will in so tender a body, we have ten proofs to one, that be horribly in love with her.—1 may chance have blood hath the victory. I am sorry for her, as I have some odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on just cause, being her uncle and her guardian. D. Pedro. I would she had bestowed this dotage riage : —But doth not the appetite alter? A man

me, because I have railed so long against maron me; I would have daff'd2 all other respects, and made her half myself: I pray you, tell Benedick loves the meat in his youth, that he cannot endure of it, and hear what he will say.

in his age: shall quips, and sentences, and these Leon. Were it good, think you?

paper bullets of the brain, awe a man from the caClaud. Hero thinks surely, she will die: for she || When I said, I would die a bachelor, I did not

reer of his humour? No: the world must be peopled. says, she will die if he love her not; and she will think I should live till I were married.--Here comes die ere she makes her love known: and she will | Beatrice : By this day, she's a fair lady: I do spy die if he woo her, rather than she will 'bate one

some marks of love in her. breath of her accustomed crossness. D. Pedro. She doth well: if she should make ten

Enter Beatrice. der of her love, 'tis very possible he'll scorn it; for Beat. Against my will, I am sent to bid you the man, as you know all, hath a contemptible3 spirit.

come in to dinner. Claud. He is a very proper* man.

Bene. Fair Beatrice, I thank

you

for D. Pedro. He hath, indeed, a good outward

your pains.

Beat. I took no more pains for those thanks, than happiness. Claud. 'Fore God, and in my mind, very wise. you take pains to thank me; if it had been painful,

I would not have come. D. Pedro. He doth, indeed, show some sparks Bene. You take pleasure in the message? that are like wit.

Beat. Yea, just so much as you may take upon a Leon. And I take him to be valiant. D. Pedro. As Hector, I assure you: and in the

knife's point, and choke a daw withal :-You have managing of quarrels you may say he is wise ;

no stomach, signior: fare you well. (Exit.

for either he avoids them with great discretion, or un

Bene. Ha! Against my will I am sent to bid dertakes them with a most Christian-like fear.

you come to dinner—there's a double meaning in

that. I took no more pains for those thanks, than Leon. If he do fear God, he must necessarily | you took pains to thank me that's as much as to keep peace; if he break the peace, he ought to

say, Any pains that I take for you is as easy as enter into a quarrel with fear and trembling. D. Pedro. And so will be do; for the man doth lain; if I do not love her, I am a Jew: I will go

thanks :-If I do not take pity of her, I am a vil

1 fear God, howsoever it seems not in him, by some large jests he will make. Well, I am sorry for

get her picture.

(Exit. your niece : shall we go see Benedick, and tell him of ber love?

Claud. Never tell him, my lord ; let her wear it out with good counsel.

ACT III. Leon. Nay, that's impossible ; she may wear her heart out first.

SCENE I.-Leonato's Garden. Enter Hero, D. Pedro. Well, we'll hear further of it by your

Margaret, and Ursula. daughter; let it cool the while. I love Benedick Hero. Good Margaret, run thee into the parlour; well; and I could wish he would modestly examine | There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice himself

, to see how much he is unworthy so good a Proposing with the prince and Claudio : lady.

Whisper her ear, and tell her, I and Ursula Leon. My lord, will you walk ? dinner is ready. I Walk in the orchard, and our whole discourse

Claud. If he do not dote on her upon this, I will | Is all of her; say, that thou overheard'st us ; never trust my expectation.

(Aside. || And bid her steal into the pleached bower, D. Pedro. Let there be the same net spread for Where honey-suckles, ripen'd by the sun, her; and that must your daughter and her gentle. Forbid the sun to enter ;--like favourites, woman carry. The sport will be, when they holdMade proud by princes, that advance their pride one an opinion of another's dotage, and no such || Against that power that bred it: there will she matter; that's the scene that I would see, which

bide her, will be merely a dumb show. Let us send her to To listen our propose : this is thy office, call him in to dinner.

(Aside. Bear thee well in it, and leave us alone. (Exeunt Don Pedro, Claudio, and Leonato. Marg. I'll make ber come, I warrant you, pre

sently.

(Exit. (1) Alienation of mind, (2) 'Thrown off. 3) Contemptuous. (4) Handsome.

(5) Seriously carried on. (6) Discoursing

Hero. Now, Ursula, when Beatrice doth come, || It were a better death than die with mocks ; As we do trace this alley up and down,

Which is as bad as die with tickling. Our talk must only be of Benedick:

Urs. Yet tell her of it; hear what she will say. When I do name him, let it be thy part

Hero. No; rather I will go to Benedick, To praise him more than ever man did merit: And counsel him to fight against his passion : My talk to thee must be, how Benedick

And, truly, I'll devise some honest slanders Is sick in love with Beatrice: of this matter To stain my cousin with : one doth not know, Is little Cupid's crafty arrow made,

How much an ill word may empoison liking. That only wounds by hearsay. Now begin ; Urs. O, do not do your cousin such a wrong.

She cannot be so much without true judgment Enter Beatrice, behind.

(Having so swifts and excellent a wit, For look where Beatrice, like a lapwing, runs As she is priz'd to have,) as to refuse Close by the ground, to hear our conference. So rare a gentleman as signior Benedick.

Urs. The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish Hero. He is the only man in Italy, Cut with her golden oars the silver stream, Always excepted my dear Claudio. And greedily devour the treacherous bait :

Urs. I pray you, be not angry with me, madam, So angle we for Beatrice; who even now Speaking my fancy; signior Benedick, Is couched in the woodbine coverture :

For shape, for bearing, argument, and valour, Fear you not my part of the dialogue.

Goes foremost in report through Italy. Hero. Then go we near her, that her ear lose Hero. Indeed, he hath an excellent good name. nothing

Urs. Hisexcellence did earn it, ere he had it.of the false sweet bait that we lay for it When are you married, madam ?

(They advance to the bower. Hero. Why, every day ;-to-morrow : come, go No, truly, Ursula, she is too disdainful;

in; I know, her spirits are as coy and wild

I'll show thee some attires; and have thy counsel, As haggards of the rock.1

Which is the best to furnish me to-morrop. Urs.

But are you sure, Urs. She's lim’d, I warrant you; we have That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely?

caught her, madam. Hero. So says the prince, and my new-trothed Hero. If it prove so, then loving goes by baps : lord.

Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. Urs. And did they bid you tell her of it, madam?

[Ereunt Hero and Ursula. Hero. They did entreat me to acquaint her of it:

Beatrice advances.
But I persuaded them, if they lov'd Benedick,
To wish him wrestle with affection,

Beat. What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true? And never to let Beatrice know of it.

Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so much? Urs. Why did you so ? Doth not the gentleman Contempt, farewell! and maiden pride, adieu ! Deserve as full, as fortunate a bed,

No glory lives behind the back of such. As ever Beatrice shall couch upon ?

And, Benedick, love on, I will requite thee; Hero. O god of love! I know, he doth deserve Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand; As much as may be yielded to a man:

If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee But nature never fram'd a woman's heart

To bind our loves up in a holy band : Of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice :

For others say, thou dost deserve; and I Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes,

Believe it better than reportingly. (Exit. Misprising2 what they look on;

and her wit Values itself so highly, that to her

SCENE II. - A room in Leonato's house. EnAll matter else seems weak : she cannot love, ter Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, and Leonato. Nor take no shape nor project of affection, D. Pedro. I do but stay till your marriage be She is so self-endeared.

consummate, and then I go toward Arragon. Urs. Sure, I think so;

Claud. I’ú bring you thither, my lord, if you'll And therefore, certainly, it were not good vouchsafe me. She knew his love, lest she make sport at it. D. Pedro. Nay, that would be as great a soil in

Hero. Why, you speak truth: I never yet saw man, || the new gloss of your marriage, as to show a child How wise, how noble, young, how rarely featur’d, || his new coat, and forbid him to wear it. I will only But she would spell him backward: if fair-fac'd, || be bold with Benedick for his company; for, from She'd swear, the gentleman should be her sister ; the crown of his head to the sole of his foot, he is If black, why, nature, drawing of an antic,

all mirth; he hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's bow. Made a foul blot: if tall, a lance ill-headed ;

string, and the little hangman dares not shoot at If low, an agate very vilely cut :

him: he hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his If speaking, why, a vane blown with all winds :

tongue is the clapper; for what his heart thinks, his If silent, why, a block moved with none.

tongue speaks. So turns she every man the wrong side out;

Bene. Gallants, I am not as I have been. And never gives to truth and virtue, that

Leon. So say I; methinks, you are sadder. Which simpleness and merit purchaseth.

Claud. I hope, he be in love. Urs. Sure, sure, such carping is not commendable.

D. Pedro. Hang him, truant; there's no true Hero. No : not to be so odd, and from all fashions, || drop of blood in him, to be truly touch'd with love: As Beatrice is, cannot be commendable:

if he be sad, he wants money.
But who dare tell her so? If I should speak, Bene. I have the tooth-ach.
She'd mock me into air; 0, she would laugh me D. Pedro. Draw it.
Out of myself, press me to death with wit.

Bene. Hang it!
Therefore let Benedick, like cover'd fire,

Claud. You must hang it first, and draw it afterConsume away in sighs, waste inwardly: wards.

D. Pedro. What? sigh for the tooth-ach' (1) A species of hawk. (2) Undervaluing. 3 Ready. (4) Conversation.

(5) Ensnar'd with birdlime.

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Leon. Where is but a humour, or a worm? holds you well; and in dearness of heart hath

Bene. Well, every one can master a grief, but holp to effect your ensuing marriage : surely, suit he that has it.

ill spent, and labour ill bestowed ! Claud. Yet say I, he is in love.

D. Pedro. Why, what's the matter? D. Pedro. There is no appearance of fancy in him, D. John. I came hither to tell you; and, cir. unless it be a fancy that he hath to strange disguises; cumstances shortened (for she hath been too long as, to be a Dutchman to-day; a Frenchman to-|| a talking of,) the lady is disloyal. morrow; or in the shape of two countries at once, Claud. Who? Hero? as a German from the waist downward, all slop;' D. John. Even she; Leonato's Hero, your He. and a Spaniard from the hip upward, no doublet : ro, every man's Hero. unless he have a fancy to this foolery, as it appears Claud. Disloyal ? he hath, he is no fool for fancy, as you would have D. John. The word is too good to paint out her it appear he is.

wickedness; I could say, she were worse ; think Claud. If he be not in love with some woman, ll you of a worse title, and I will fit her to it. Wonthere is no believing old signs: he brushes his hat der not till further warrant: go but with me too'mornings; what should that bode?

night, you shall see her chamber-window entered; D. Pedro. Hath any man seen him at the barber's? even the night before her wedding-day: if you

Claud. No, but the barber's man hath been seen love her then, to-morrow wed her, but it would with him; and the old ornament of his cheek hath better fit your honour to change your mind. already stuffed tennis-balls.

Claud. May this be so. León. Indeed, he looks younger than he did, by D. Pedro. I will not think it. the loss of a beard.

D. John. If you dare not trust that you see, D. Pedro. Nay, he rubs himself with civet : confess not that you know : if you will follow me, can you smell him out by that?

I will show you enough; and when you have seen Claud. That's as much as to say, the sweet more, and heard more, proceed accordingly. youth's in love.

Claud. If I see any thing to-night why I should D. Pedro. The greatest note of it is his melan-|| not marry her to-morrow; in the congregation, choly

where I should wed, there will I shame her. Claud. And when was he wont to wash his face? D. Pedro. And, as I wooed for thee to obtain

D. Pedro. Yea, or to paint himself? for the her, I will join with thee to disgrace her. which, I hear what they say of him.

D. John. I will disparage her no farther, till you Claud. Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is now are my witnesses: bear it coldly but till midnight, crept into a lutestring, and now governed by stops. and let the issue show itself.

D. Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for D. Pedro. O day untowardly turned ! bim : conclude, conclude, he is in love.

Claud. O mischief strangely thwarting! Claud. Nay, but I know who loves him.

D. John. O plague right well prevented! D. Pedro. "That would I know too; I warrant,|| So will you say, when you have seen the sequel. one that knows him not.

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

SCENE III.--A street. Enter Dogberry and D. Pedro. She shall be buried with her face

Verges, with the Watch. upwards.

Dogb. Are you good men and true? Bene. Yet is this no charm for the tooth-ach.- Verg. Yea, or else it were pity but they should Old signior, walk aside with me: I have studied suffer salvation, body and soul. eight or nine wise words to speak to you, wbich Dogb. Nay, that were a punishment too good for these hobby-horses must not hear.

them, if they should have any allegiance in them, (Exeunt Benedick and Leonato. being chosen for the prince's watch. D. Pedro. For my life, to break with him about Verg. Well, give them their charge, neighbour Beatrice.

Dogberry. Claud. 'Tis even so: Hero and Margaret have Dogb. First, who think you the most desartless by this played their parts with Beatrice; and then man to be constable. the two bears will not bite one another, when they 1 Watch. Hugh Oatcake, sir, or George Seameet.

coal; for they can write and read. Enter Don John.

Dogb. Come hither, neighbour Seacoal. God D. John. My lord and brother, God save you. I lavoured man is the gift of fortune ; but to write

hath blessed you with a good name: to be a wellD. Pedro. Good den, brother. D. John. If your leisure served, I would speak and read comes by nature

2 Watch. Both which, master constab.e, D. Pedro. In private ?

Dogb. You have; I know it would be your anD. John. If it please you ;-yet count Claudio swer. Well, for your favour, sir, why, give God may hear; for what I would speak of concerns him. thanks, and make no boast of it; and for your D. Pedro. What's the matter?

writing and reading, let that appear when there is D. John. Means your lordship to be married || no need of such vanity. You are thought here to to-morrow?

(To Claudio.

be the most senseless and fit man for the constable D. Pedro. You know he does.

of the watch; therefore bear you the lantern : this D. John. I know not that, when he knows what

is your charge; you shall comprehend all vagrom I know.

men : you are to bid any man stand, in the prince's Claud. If there be any impediment, I pray you discover it.

2 Watch. How if he will not stand ? D. John. You may think I love you not ; let|

Dogb. Why then, take no note of him, but let that appear hereafter, and aim better at me by thai|| him go; and presently call the rest of the watch I now will manifest : for my brother, I think,

he together, and thank God you are rid of a knave.

Verg. If he will not stand when he is bidden, (1) Large loose breeches.

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Ad III. Dogb. True, and they are to meddle with none || now forward with thy tale. but the prince's subjects :--you shall also make no Bora. Stand the close then under this penthouse, noise in the streets; for, for the watch to babble for it drizzles rain ; and I will, like a true drunkard, and talk, is most tolerable, and not to be endured. || utter all to thee.

2 Watch. We will rather sleep than talk; we Watch. (Aside.) Some treason, masters; yet know what belongs to a watch.

stand close. Dogb. Why, you speak like an ancient and most Bora. Therefore know, I have earned of Don quiet watchman; for I cannot see how sleeping || John a thousand ducats. should offend: only, have a care that your billsi Con. Is it possible that any villany should be so be not stolen :-Well, you are to call at all the ale- | dear? houses, and bid those that are drunk get them to bed. Bora. Thou should'st rather ask, if it were pos2 Watch. How if they will not?

sible any villany should be so rich; for when such Dogb. Why then, let them alone till they are villains have need of poor ones, poor ones may sober; if they make you not then the better answer,||make what price they will. you may say, they are not the men you took them for. Con. I wonder at it. 2 Watch. Well, sir.

Bora. That shows thou art unconfirmed: thou Dogb. If you meet a thief, you may suspect him, || knowest, that the fashion of a doublet, or a hat, or by virtue of your office, to be no true man: and, || a cloak, is nothing to a man. for such kind of men, the less you tneddle or make Con. Yes, it is apparel. with them, why, the more is for your honesty. Bora. I mean the fashion.

2 Watch. If we know him to be a thief, shall Con. Yes, the fashion is the fashion. we not lay hands on him?

Bora. Tush!

may as well say, the fool's the Dogb. Truly, by your office, you may ; but I fool. But seest thou 'not what a deformed thief think, they that touch pitch will be defiled: the this fashion is ? most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, Watch. I know that Deformed; he has been a is, to let him show himself what he is, and steal out|vile thief this seven year; he goes up and down of your company.

like a gentleman : I remember his name. Verg. You have been always called a merciful Bora. Didst thou not hear somebody? man, partner.

Con. No; 'twas the vane on the house. Dogb. Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will; Bora. Seest thou not, I say, what a deformed much more a man who bath any honesty in him. thief this fashion is? how giddily he turns about

Verg. If you hear a child cry in the night, you all the hot bloods, between fourteen and five and must call to the nurse, and bid her still it. thirty? sometime, fashioning them like Pharaoh's

2 Watch. How if the nurse be asleep, and will soldiers in the reechy: painting ; sometime, like god not hear us?

Bel's priests in the old church window; sometime, Dogb. Why then, depart in peace, and let the like the shaven Hercules in the smirched wormchild wake her with crying: for the ewe that will eaten tapestry, where his cod-piece seems as massy not hear her lamb when it baes, will never answer || as his club? a calf when he bleats.

Con. All this I see; and see, that the fashion Verg. 'Tis very true.

wears out more apparel than the man : but art not Dogb. This is the end of the charge. You, con-thou thyself giddy with the fashion too, that thou stable, are to present the prince's own person ; if hast shifted out of thy tale into telling me of the you meet the prince in the night, you may stay him. | fashion?

Verg. Nay, by'r lady, that I think he cannot. Bora. Not so neither : but know, that I have to

Dogb. Five shillings to one on't, with any man night wooed Margaret, the lady Hero's gentlethat knows the statues, he may stay him : marry, || woman, by the name of Hero: she leans me out at not without the prince be willing : for, indeed, theher mistress' chamber-window, bids me a thousand watch ought to offend no man; and it is an offence times good night,- I tell this tale vilely :--) should to stay a man against his will.

first tell thee, how the prince, Claudio, and my Verg. By'r lady, I think, it be so.

master, planted and placed,

and possessed by my Dogb. Ha, ha, ha! Well, masters, good night : || master Don John, saw afar off in the orchard this an there be any matter of weight chances, call up amiable encounter. me: keep your fellows' counsels and your own, Con. And thought they, Margaret was Hero? and good night.-Come, neighbour.

Bora. Two of them did, the prince and Clau2 Watch. Well, masters, we hear our charge: || dio; but the devil my master knew she was Marlet us go sit here upon the church-bench till two, ||garet; and partly by his oaths, which first possessand then all to bed.

ed ihem, partly by the dark night, which did de Dogb. One word more, honest neighbours: 1|ceive them, but chiefly by my villany, which did pray you, watch about signior Leonato's door; for || confirm any slander that Don John had made, away the wedding being there to-morrow, there is a great went Claudio enraged: swore he would meet her coil to-night: adieu, be vigilant, I beseech you. as he was appointed, next morning at the temple,

(Exeunt Dogberry and Verges. and there, before the whole congregation, shame Enter Borachio and Conrade.

her with what he saw over-night, and send her Bora. What! Conrade,-

home again without a husband.

1 Watch. We charge you in the prince's name, Watch. Peace, stir not.

[Aside. lstand. Bora. Conrade, I say !

2 Watch. Call up the right master constable : Con. Here man, I am at thy elbow.

we have here recovered the most dangerous piece Bora. Mass, and my elbow itched; I thought of lechery that ever was known in the commonthere would a scab follow.

wealth. Con. I will owe thee an answer for that; and 1 Walch. And one Deformed is one of them; I

know him, he wears a lock. (1) Weapons of the watchmen. (2) Unpractised in the ways of the world.

(3) Smoked.

(4 Soiled.

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