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d Don John is the author of all, who is fled and gone. ll you come presently?
Beat. Will you go hear this news, signior?
Bene. I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be buried thy eyes; and moreover I will go with thee to thy uncle's.
SCENE III. A church.
Enter DON PEDRO, CLAUDIO, and three or four with tapers. Claud. Is this the monument of Leonato ?
Lord. It is, my lord.
Claud. [Reading out of a scroll.]
Pedro. Good morrow, masters; put your torches out; The wolves have prey'd; and look, the gentle day, e the wheels of Phoebus, round about Dapples the drowsy east with spots of grey. ks to you all, and leave us, fare you well. cud.
Good morrow, masters, each his several way. Pedro. Come, let us hence, and put on other weeds; -hen to Leonato's we will go.
Claud. And Hymen now with luckier issue speed's Than this for whom we rendered up this woe.
SCENE IV. A room in LEONATO's house.
Enter LEONATO, ANTONIO, BENEDICK, BEATRICE, MARGARET, URSULA, FRIAR FRANCIS, and HERO.
Ant. Well, I am glad that all things sort so well.
Leon. Well, daughter, and you gentlewomen all,
Friar. Did I not tell you she was innocent?
Leon. So are the prince and Claudio, who accused her
The prince and Claudio promised by this hour
Ant. Which I will do with confirm'd countenance.
Bene. To bind me, or undo me; one of them.
Bene. Your answer, sir, is enigmatical;
In which, good friar, I shall desire your help.
Here comes the prince and Claudio.
That eye my daughter lent her: 'tis most true.
And my help.
Enter DON PEDRO and CLAUDIO, and two or three others.
Hay to marry with my brother's daughter?
Pedro. Good morrow, Benedick. matter,
you have such a February face,
ull of frost, of storm and cloudiness?
[Exit Antonio. Why, what's the 40
laud. I think he thinks upon the savage bull.
, fear not, man; we'll tip thy horns with gold all Europa shall rejoice at thee,
nce Europa did at lusty Jove,
n he would play the noble beast in love.
ne. Bull Jove, sir, had an amiable low;
some such strange bull leaped your father's cow,
got a calf in that same noble feat
En like to you, for you have just his bleat.
aud. For this I owe you: here comes other reckonings. Re-enter ANTONIO with the Ladies masked.
on. No, that you shall not, till you take her hand
re this friar, and swear to marry her.
ch is the lady I must seize upon?
at. This same is she, and I do give you her.
aud. Why, then she's mine. Sweet, let me see your face.
aud. Give me your hand; before this holy friar, your husband, if you like of me.
ro. And when I lived, I was your other wife.
when you loved, you were my other husband. aud. Another Hero!
Nothing certainer: Hero died defiled, but I do live, surely as I live, I am a maid.
Pedro. The former Hero! Hero that is dead!
Ear. All this amazement can I qualify;
after that the holy rites are ended, ll you largely of fair Hero's death: time let wonder seem familiar,
to the chapel let us presently.
e. Soft and fair, friar. Which is Beatrice? at. [Unmasking] I answer to that name. will?
e. Do not you love me?
Why, no; no more than reason.
What is your
Bene. Why, then your uncle and the prince and Claudio Have been deceived; they swore you did.
Beat. Do not you love me?
Bene. They swore that you were alınost sick for me.
Leon. Come, cousin, I am sure you love the gentleman.
Fashion'd to Beatrice.
And here's another
Writ in my cousin's hand, stolen from her pocket,
Bene. A miracle! here's our own hands against our hearts. Come, I will have thee; but by this light, I take thee for pity.
Beat. I would not deny you, but, by this good day, I yield upon great persuasion, and partly to save your life, for I was told you were in a consumption.
Bene. Peace! I will stop your mouth.
D. Pedro. How dost thou, Benedick, the married man?
Bene. I'll tell thee what, prince'; a college of wit-crackers cannot flout me out of my humour. Dost thou think I care for a satire or an epigram? No: if a man will be beaten with brains, a' shall wear nothing handsome about him. In brief, since I do purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any purpose that the world can say against it; and therefore never flout at me for what I have said against it; for man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion. For thy part, Claudio, I did think to have beaten thee; but in that thou art like to be my kinsman, live unbruised and love my cousin.
Claud. I had well hoped thou wouldst have denied Beatrice, that I might have cudgelled thee out of thy single life, to make thee a double-dealer; which, out of question, thon wilt be, if my cousin do not look exceeding narrowly to thee.
Bene. Come, come, we are friends: let's have a dance ere we are married, that we may lighten our own hearts and our wives' heels. 121
Leon. We'll have dancing afterward.
Bene. First, of my word; therefore play, music.
art sad; get thee a wife; get thee a wife; there is no more reverend than one tipped with horn.
Enter a Messenger.
ss. My lord, your brother John is ta'en in flight, brought with armed men back to Messina.
ne. Think not on him till to-morrow; I'll devise thee e punishments for him. Strike up, pipers. 130