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Bene. Thou and I are too wise to woo peace

Heavily, heavily: ably.

Graves, yarn

and yield your dead, Beat. It appears not in this confession; there's Till death be uitered, not one wise man among twenty, that will praise

Heavily, heavily. himself.


Claud. Now, unto thy bones good night! Bene. An old, an old instance, Beatrice, that Yearly will I do this rite. liv'd in the time of good neighbours'; if a man Pedro. Good-morrow,masters; put your torches do not erect in this age his own tomb ere he dies,


[day, he shall live no longer in monument, than the The wolves have prey'd; and look, the gentle bell rings, and the widow weeps.

10 Before the wheels of Phabus, round about Beat. And how long is that, think you?

Dapples the drowsy east with spots of grey: Bene. Question?!- Why, an hour in clamour, Thanks to you all, and leave us; fare you well. and a quarter in rheum: Therefore it is most ex- Cluud. Good-morrow, masters; each his several pedient for the wife, (if Don Worm, his con


[weeds; science, find no impediment to the contrary) to be 15 Pedro. Come, let us hence, and put on other the trumpet of his own virtues, as I am to myself: And then to Leonato's we will go. So much for praising myself, (who, I myself wil Cluud. And Hymen now with luckier issuespeeds, bear witness, is praise-worthy) and now tell me, Than this, for whom we render'd up this woe! How doth your cousin ? Beat. Very ill.


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

Leonato's House. Bene. Serve God, love me, and mend: there Enter Leonato, Benedick, Margaret, Ursula, will I leave you too, for here comes one in haste.

Antonio, Friur, and lero.
Enter Ursula.

25 Friar. Did not I tell you she was innocent?[her, Urs. Madam, you must come to your uncle: Leon. Soarethe prince and Claudio, who accus'd yonder's old coil at home: it is proved, my lady Upon the error that you heard debated: Hero hath been falsely accus'd,

the prince and But Margaret was in some fault for this; Claudio mightily abus’d; and Don Jolin is the Although against her will, as it appears author of all

, who is fled and gone: Will you 30 In the true course of all the question. come presently?

Ant. Well, I am glad that all things sort so well. Beat. Will you go hear this news, signior? Bene. And so am I, being else by faith enforc’d Bene. I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap:

Claudio to a reckoning for it. and be bury'd in thy eyes; and moreover, I will Leon. Well, daughter, and you gentlewomen all, go with thee to thy uncle.

[Exeunt. 35 Withdraw into a chamber by yourselves;

And, when I send for you, come hither mask'd, SCENE III.

The prince and Claudio promis’d by this hour A Church.

To visit me :-You know your office, brother; Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, and Attendants, 40 And give her to young Claudio. [Exeunt Ladies.

You must be father to your brother's daughter, with music and tapers.

Ant. Which I will do with confirm'd countenance. Claud. Is this the monument of Leonato?

Bene. Friar, I must entreat your pains, I think. Atten. It is, my lord.

Friar. To do what, signior?
Claudio reads.

Bene. To bind me, or undo me, one of them.--
Done to death by slanderous tongues, 45 Signior Leonato, truth it is, good signior,
Was the Hero, that here lies :

Your niece regards me with an eye of favour.[true. Death, in guerdon of her wrongs,

Leon. That eye my daughter lent her ; 'Tis most Gives her fame which nerer dies:

Bene. And I do with an eye of love requite her. So the life, that dy'd with shame,

Leon. The right whereof I think you had from Lives in death with glorious fame.

(will ? Hang thou there upon the tomb,

From Claudio and the prince: But what's your Praising her when I am dumb.-

Bene. Your answer, sir, is enigmatical: Now musick sound, and sing your solemn hymn. But for my will, my will is, your good will

May stand with ours, this day to be conjoin'd S O N G

155 In the estate of honourable marriage:Pardon, Goddess of the night,

In which, good friar, I shall desire your help. Those that slew thy virgin knight;

Leon. My heart is with your liking. For the which, with songs of woe,

Friar. And my help.
Round about her tomb they go.

Here comes the prince and Claudio.
Midnight, assist our moun;

60 Enter Don Pedro and Claudio, with Attendants. Help us to sigh and groan,

Pedro. Good morrow to this fair assembly. That is, when men were not envious, but every one gave another his due. ? That is, what a question's there, or what a foolish question do you ask.



To call young


for me.

Leon. Good morrow, prince; good morrow, Bene. They swore, that you were almost sie k Claudo;

[for me. We here attend you ; are yon yet determin'd Bent. They swore, that you were well-nigh dead To-day to marry with my brother's daughter? Bene. 'Tis no such matter:-Then, you do not Claud. I'll hold my mind, were she an Ethiope. 5

love me? Lion. Call her forth, brother, here's the friar Beat. No, truly, but in friendly recompence. ready.

[Erit sintonio. Leon. Come, cousin, I am sure you love the Pedro. Good morrow, Benellick: Why, what's

gentleman. That you have sucha February face, [the matter, Claud. And I'll be sworn upon't, that he loves her; So tull of frost, of storm, and cloudiness: 10 For here's a paper, written in his hand,

Claud. I think he thinks upon the savage bull:- A halting sonnet of his own pure brain,
Tush, fear not, man, we'll tip thy horns with gold, Fashion'd to Beatrice.
And all Europa shall rejoice at thee;

Hero. And here's another,
As once Europa did at lusty Jove,

Writ in my cousin's hand, stolen from her pocket, When he would play the noble beast in love. 15 Containing her affection unto Benedick. Bene. Pull Jove, sir, had an ainiable low;

Dene. A miracle! here's our own hands against And somesuchstrange bull leapt your father's cow, our hearts !--Come, I will have thee; but, by this And got a calf in that sanie noble feat,

light, I take thee for pity. Much like to you, tor you have just his bleat. Brat. I would not deny you:-but, by this good Re-enter Antonio, trith Hero, Beatrice, Murga-20/day, I yield upon great persuasion; and, partly, to rit, und Ursula, muaska.

save your life, for I was told, you were in a conClaud. For this I owe you: here come other sumption. reck'nings.

Bene. Peace, I will stop your mouth.Which is the lady I must seize upon?

[Kissing her. Ant. This same is she, and I do give you her. 25 Pedro.How dost thou, Benedick the married man? Claud. Why, then she's mine: Sweet, let me Bene. I'll tell thee what, prince; a college of witsee your face.

[hand! crackers cannot flout me out of my huinour: Leon. No, that you shall not, till you

take her Dost thou think I care for a satire, or an epigram? Before this triar, and swear to marry her. No: if a man will be beaten with brains, he shall

Claud. Give me your hand before this holy friar; 30 wear nothing handsome about him: In brief, since I am your husband, if you like of me.

I do purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any Hero. And when I liv’d, I was your other wife: purpose that the would can say against it; and

[Unmasking liherefore never fout at me for what I have said And when you lov'd, you were iny other husband. against it; for man is a giddy thing, and this is Claud. Another Hero?

35 my conclusion.—For thy part, Claudio, I did think Hero. Nothing certainer:

to have beaten thee; but in that thou art like to One Hero dy'd defi!il; but I do live,

be my kinsman, live unbruis'd, and love my couAnd, surely as I live, I am a maid.

sin. Pedro. I'he former Hero! Hero, that is dead! Claud. I bad well hoped, thou wouldst have Leon. She dy'd, my loril, but whiles hier slander 40 denied Beatrice, that I might have cudgell'd thee liv'd.

out of thy single life, to make thee a double dealer; Friar. All this amazement can I qualify; which, out of question, thou wilt be, if my cousin When, after that the holy rites are ended, do not look exceedingly narrowly to thee. I'll tell you largely of fair Hero's death:

Bine. Come, come, we are friends:-let's have Mean time let wonder seem familiar,

45 a dance ere we are marry'd, that we may lighten And to the chapel let us preseritly:

our own hearts, and our wives' heels. Bere. Soft and fair, friar.-- Which is Beatrice: Laon. We'll have dancing afterwards. Beut. I answer to that name; What is your willi Bene, First, o'my word; therefore, play, mu. Bene. Do not you love me?

sick.-Prince, thou art sad; get thee a wife, get Bcat. Why, no, no more than reason. 50thee a wife: there is no staff more reverend than Bene. Why, then, your uncle, and the prince, one tipt with horn. and Claudio,

Enter Messenger. Jlave been deceived; they swore you did. Mess. Mylord, your brotherJolinis ta’en in flight, Beat. Do not you love me?

And brought witli armed men back to Messina. Bene. Troth, no, no more than reason. 551 Bene. Think not on him till to-marrow: I'll Beut. Why, then, my cousin, Margaret, and devise thee brave punishments for him.--Strike Ursula, up, pipers.

[Dance. Are much duce.vid; for they did swear ycu did.

[Exeunt omnes,

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HOLOFERNES, a Schoolmaster. BIRON, three Lords aitending upon


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Moth, Page to Don Adriano de Armado.
King in his retirement.

A Forester.
Boyer, Lords, attending upon the Princess
MERCADE,) of France.

Princess of France.
a fantastical ROSALINE,
Spaniard. Maria,

Ladies, attending on the

Princess. NaTHANIEL, a Curate.

Dull, a Constable.

JAQUENETTA, a Country Wench.
Officers, and others, Attendants upon the King and Princess.
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Fat paunches have lean pates; and dainty bits

Make rich the ribs, but bankerout the wits.
Navarre. The Palace.

Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortify'd; Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain. The grosser manner of these world's delights

ET tame, that all hunt after in their lives, 5 He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves :

Live registered upon our brazen tombs, To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die ; And then grace us in the disgrace of death; With all these living in philosophy. When, spight of cormorant devouring Time, Biron. I can but say their protestation over, The endeavour of this present breath may buy So much, dear liege, I bave already sworn, That honour,whichshalibatç hisscythe’skeenedge, 10 That is, to live and study here three years. And make us heirs of all eternity.

But there are other strict obseryances: Therefore, brave conquerors!—for so you are, As, not to see a woman in that term; That war against your own affections,

Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there. And the huge army of the world's desires,-- And, one day in a week to touch no food; Our late edict shali strongly stand in force: 13 And but one meal on every day beside; Navarre shall be the wonder of the world;

The which, I hope, is not enrolled there. Our court shall be a little Academe,

And then, to sleep but three hours in the night, Still and contemplative in living art.

And not be seen to wink of all the day ; You three, Biron, Dumain, and Longaville, |(When I was wont to think no harm all night, Hlavesworn for three years'term to live with me, 20 And make a dark night too of half the day) My fellow-scholars, and to keep those statutes, Which, I hope well, is not enrolled there. That are recorded in this schedule here: [names; O, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep ; Your oaths are past, and now subscribe your Nor to see ladies study, fast, nor sleep. [these. That his own hand may strike bis honour down, king. Your oath is pass'd to pass away from That violates the smallest branch herein : 25 Piron. Letmesay, no, myliege, anif you please; If you are arm’d to do, as sworn to do,

I only swore, to study with your grace, Subscribe to your deep oath, and keep it too. And stay here in your court for three years’space.

Long. I am resolv'd: 'tis but a three years fast: Long. You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest. The mind shall banquet, though the body pine; Biron, By yea and nay, sir, then Iswore in jest.

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What What is the end of study? let me know.

At Christmas I no more desire a rose, king. Why, that to know, which else we should Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows; not know.

But like of each thing, that in season grows. Biron. Things hid and barr'd (you mean) from So you, to study now it is too late, [gate. common sense?

5 That were to climb o'er the house t' unlock the King. Ay, that is study's god-like recompence. king. Well, sit you out: go home, Biron; adieu!

Biron. Come on then, I will swear to study so, Biron. No, my good lord; I have sworn to stay To know the thing I am forbid to know:

with you: As thus,- To study where I well may dine, And, though I have for barbarism spoke more,

When I to feast expressly am forvid; 10 Than tor that angel hoowledge you can say, Or, study where to meet some mistress tine, Yet conndent l'il keep what I have swore,

When mistresses from common sense are hid: And bide the penance of each three years' day. Or, liaving sworn too hard a hetping oath, Give me the paper, let me read the same; Study to break it, and not break my trot. And to the strict'st decrees I'll write my name. li study's gain be thus, and this the so,

15 King. How well this yielding rescues thee Sudy knows that, which yet it doth not know:

from shame! Swear me to this, and I will ne'er say, no.

Diron. “ Item, That no woman shall come withKing. These bethe stops that hinder study quite, " in a mile of niy court.”—[Reading:] Hath this And train our intellects io vain delight. (vain, been proclaimed?

Biron. Why, alldelights are rain; but that most 20 Lmg. Four days ago. Which with pain purchas’d doth inherit pain: Biron. Let's see the penalty." On pain of As, painfully to pore upon a book,

“ losing her tongue.”-keuding.] Who devis'd To seek the light of truth; while truth thewhile, this penalty? Doth falsely' bind the eyesight of his look:

Long. Narry, that did I. Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile: 125 Biron. Sweet lord, and why? [penalty: So, ere you tind where light in darkness lies, Long. To tright them hence with that dread Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes. Biron. A dangerous law against gentility!! Study me how to please the eye indeed,

Item, [Reading.) If any man be seen to talk By tixing it upon a fairer eye:

" with a woman within the term of three years, Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed?, 30" he shall endure such public shame as the rest of And give him light that was it blinded by: “ the court can possibly devise.”—Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,

This article, my liege, yourselt must break;
That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks: For, well you know, here comes in embassy
Small have continual plodders ever won, The French king's daughter,with yourself to speak:

Save base authoriry from others' books. 33 A maid of grace, and complete majesty,
These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights, About surrender-up of Aquitain
That give a name to every fixed star,

To her decrepit, sick, and bed-rid father :
Ilave no more profit of their shining nights, Therefore this article is made in vain,

Than those that walk and wot not what they are. Or vainly comes the admired priccess hither. Too much to know, is, to know nought but fame; 40 King. What say you, lords: why, this was quite And every godfather can give a name. [ing!

forgot. King. How well he's read, to reason against read- Piron. So study evermore is overshot ; Duni. Proceeded’ well, tò stop all good pro- While it doth study to have what it would, ceeding!

It doth forget to do the thing it should; Long. He weeds the corn, and still lets grow the 45 And when it hath the thing it hunteth most, weeding.

'Tis won, as towns with fire; so won, so lost. Biron. The spring is near, when green geese are

king. Wemust,offorce,dispense with this decree; a-breeding.

She must lve here on mere necessity. Dum. Ilow follows that?

Eiron. Necessity will make us all forsworn Biron. Fit in his place and time.

50 Three thousand times within this three years Dum. In reason nothing.

For every man with his attects is born; [space, Biron. Something then in rhime.

Not by might master'd, but by specil grace: Long. Biron is like an envious sneaping * frost, If I break faith, this word shall speak for me, That bites the first-born intants or the spring. i am forsworn on mere vecessity. Biron. Well, say I am? why should proud sum-135 So to the laws at large I write my name: mer boast,

And he, that breaks them in the least degree, Before the birds have any cause to sing? Stands ju attainder of eternal shame: Why should I joy in an abortive birth?

Suggestions are to others, as to me: 1 That is, treacherously. 2 Ilved here means his direction or lode-star. 3 Proceeded must here be understood in the academical sense of taking a degree; the meaning of the passage then will be," He “ has taken his degree on the art of stopping the degrees of others.” * i.e. Checking Meaning, against politeness and urbanity; for ma without women become brutaland savage. • j. e. Teniptas






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But, I believe, although I seem sol:+h,

Cost. As it shall follow in my correction; And I am the last that wili last keep his oath.

God defend the right! Eut is there no quick recreation' granted?

King. Will you hear the ':'iter with attention? King. Ay, that there is: our court, you know, Biron. As we would hear an oracle, is haunted

Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearhen With a refined traveller of Spain;

after the flesh. A man in all the world's new fashion planted, King. [Reads.] Great deputy, the welkin's

That hath a mint of phrases in his brain; vice-gerent, and sole dominator of Navarre, One, whoin the musick of his own vain tongue my soul's earth's God, and body's fost ring pas Doth ravi-h, like inchanting harmony;

10“ tron,-" A man of complements?, whom right and wrong

Cost. Not a word of Costard yet. ilave chose as umpire of their mutiny:

King. “ So it is,' – This child of tancy, that Armado hight,

Cost. It may be so: but if he say it is so, he is, For interiin to our studies, shall relate,

in telling true, but so, so. In high-born words, the worth of many a knight 15 ting. Peace.

From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate. Cost. -be to me, and every man that dares How you delight, my lords, I know not, Í ; not fight! But, I protest, I love to hear him lie,

King. No words. And I will use im for my minstrelsy.

Cosi. -of other men's secrets, I beseech you. Biron. Armado is a most illustrious wight, 201 King So it is, besieged with sable-colour'd A man of fire-new words, fashion's own knight. melancholy, I did commend the black oppressLong. Costard the swain and he shall be our ing humour to the most wholesome physick of sport;

thy health-giving air; and, as I am a gentleAnd, so to study, three years is but short.

man, betook myself to walk. The time when,-Entor Dull, and Costard, with a letter. 25" About the sixth hour; when Leasts most graze, Dull. Which is the duhe's own person? “ birds best peck, and men sit down to that nou. Biron. This, tellow; Wirat would't?

“ rislinent which is called supper. So much for Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for 1 “ the time when: Now for the ground which; am his grace's tharborough': but I would see his - which, I mean, I walked upon: It is ycleped, own person in tlesh and blood.

30" thy park. Then for the place where: where, Biron. This is he.

" I mean, I did encounter that obscene and mo-t Dili. Signior Arme-,Arme,-commends you. preposterous event, that draweth from my snowThere's villainy abroad; this letter will tell you

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the ebon-colourd ink, which here

for thou viewest, beholdest, surveyest, or seest: Cost. Sir, the contents thereof are as touching 35" But to the place where,-It standeth north

" north-east and by east, from the west corner of king. A letter from the magnificent Armado. thy curious knotted garden: There did I see

Biron. How low soever, the matter, I hope in " that lowspirited swain, that base minnow 'of thy God for high words.

“ mirth,” (Cost. Me.) “ that unletter'd, smallLong. A high hope for a low having *:-God 10“ knowing soul,” (Cost. Mc.) “ that shallow vasgrant us patience.

“ sal,” (Cost. Still me.) " which as I remember, Biron. To bear? or forbear hearing?

hight Costard,” (Cost. O, me!) “sorted and Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh mode- “ cunsorted, contrary to thy established proclaimsately; or to forbear both.

" ed edict and continent canon, with, -with-0 Biron. Weil

, sir, be it as the stile shall give us 45" with, -but with this I passion to say wherecause to climb in the merriness.

“ with-" Cost. The matter is to me, sir, as concerning Cost. With a wench. Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken King. “with a child of our grandmother Eve, a with the manner.

“ female; or, for thy more sweet understanding, Biron. In what manner?


Him, 'I (as my ever esteemed duty Cost. In manner and form following, sir ; all pricks me on) have sent to thee, to receive the those three: I was seen with her in the manor. “ meed of punishment, by thy sweet grace's ostihouse, sitting with her upon the form, and taken cer, Anthony Dull; a man of good repute, carfollowing her into the park; which, put together, riage, bearing, and estimation." is, in manner and form following. Now, sir, for 55 Dull. Me, an't shall please you; I am Anthony the manner,-it is the manner of a man to speak

Dull. to a woman : for some form.

King. “For Jaquenetta, (so is the weaker vesBiron. For the following, sir?

“ sel called which I apprehended with the aforelj. e. Lively sport, or sprightly diversion. ? Complement, in Shakspeare's time, not only signified verbal civility, but the external accomplishments or ornamental appendages of a character. i. e. Thirdborough, a peace-officer, assistant to the constable, who acts also in his absence. +i. e. a' low possession, or acquisition. "A phrase then used to signify, taken in the fact. Meaning, that as the minnow is one of the least esteemed of tish, so the object of his mirth is one of the most contemptible of men.

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