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These two Antipholas', these two so like, To go with us into the abbey here,
And these two Dromios, one in semblance, And hear at large discoursed all our fortunes ;
Besides her urging of her wreck at sea; 360 And all that are assembled in this place,
These are the parents to these children, That by this sympathized one day's error
Which accidentally are met together.

Have suffer'd wrong, go keep us company,
Antipholus, thou cam'st from Corinth first! And we shall make full satisfaction.

Ant. S. No, sir, not I; I came from Syracuse. Tbirty-three years have I but gone in travail Duke. Stay, stand apart; I know not which of you, my sons; and till this present hour is which.

My heavy burden ne'er delivered. Ant. E. I came from Corinth, my most gracious The duke, my husband, and my children both, lord.

And you the calendars of their nativity, Dro. E. And I with him.

Go to a gossips' feast, and joy with me Ant. E. Brought to this town by that most After so long grief such festivity! famous warrior,

Duke. With all my heart I'll gossip at this feast. Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle. 349 Eceunt DUKE, Abbess, ÆGEON, Courtezan, Adr. Which of youtwo did dine with meto-day?

Merchant, ANGELO, and Attendants. Ant. S. I, gentle mistress.

Dro. S. Master, shall I fetch your stuff from Adr.

And are not you my husband ! shipboard! Ant. E. No; I say nay to that.

Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine bast thou Ant. S. And so do I; yet did she call me so; embark'a ? And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here, Dro. S. Your goods that lay at host, sir, in Did call me brother. To LUCIANA. What I the Centaur. told

Ant. S. He speaks to me. I am your master, I hope I shall have leisure to make good,

Dromio: If this be not a dream I see and hear.

Come, go with us; we'll look to that anon: Ang. That is the chain, sir, which you had of me. Embrace thy brother there ; rejoice with him. Ant. S. I think it be, sir ; I deny it not. E.ceunt ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, ANTIPHOLUS Ant. E. And you, sir, for this chain arrested mc.

of Ephesus, ADRIANA and LUCIANA. Ang. I think I did, sir : I deny it not.

Dro. S. There is a fat friend at your master's Adr. I sent you money, sir, to be your bail house, By Dromio ; but I think he brought it not. That kitchen'd me for you to-day at dinner : Dro. E. No, none by me.

She now shall be my sister, not my wife, Ant. S. This purse of ducats I receiv'd from you, Dro. E. Methinks, you are my glass, and not And Dromio, my man, did bring them me.

my brother: I see we still did meet each other's man, I see by you I am a sweet-faced youth. And I was ta'en for him, and he for me,

Will you walk in to see their gossiping ? And thereupon these errors are arose.

Dro. S. Not I, sir ; you are my elder. Ant. E. These ducats pawn I for my father Dro. E. That's a question : how shall we

here. Duke. It shall not need: thy father hath his life. Dro. S. We'll draw cuts for the senior: till Cour. Sir, I must have that diamond from you. then, lead thou first. Ant. E. There, take it ; and much thanks for Dro. E. Nay, then thus : my good cheer.

We came into the world like brother and brother; Abb. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the And now let's go hand in hand not one before pains



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Leon. I learn in this letter that Don Pedro of Arragon comes this night to Messina.

Mess. He is very near by this: he was not three leagues off when I left him.

Leon. How many gentlemen have you lost in this action?

Mess. But few of any sort, and none of name. Leon. A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers. I find here that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honour on a young Florentine called Claudio. 11

Mess. Much deserved on his part and equally remembered by Don Pedro. He hath borne himself beyond the promise of his age, doing in the figure of a lamb the feats of a lion: he hath indeed better bettered expectation than you must expect of me to tell you how.

Leon. He hath an uncle here in Messina will be very much glad of it. 19

Mess. I have already delivered him letters, and there appears much joy in him; even so much that joy could not show itself modest enough without a badge of bitterness.

Leon. Did he break out into tears?
Mess. In great measure.

Leon. A kind overflow of kindness. There are no faces truer than those that are so washed: how much better is it to weep at joy than to joy at weeping!

Beat. I pray you, is Signior Mountanto returned from the wars or no?


Mess. I know none of that name, lady: there was none such in the army of any sort.

Leon. What is he that you ask for, niece? Hero. My cousin means Signior Benedick of Padua.

DOGBERRY, a Constable. VERGES, a Headborough, FRIAR FRANCIS.

A Sexton

A Boy.

HERO, Daughter to Leonato.
BEATRICE, Niece to Leonato.

MARGARET, Gentlewomen attending or Hero,

Mess. O he's returned, and as pleasant as ever he was.


Beat. He set up his bills here in Messina and challenged Cupid at the flight; and my uncle's fool, reading the challenge, subscribed for Cupid, and challenged him at the bird-bolt. I pray you, how many hath he killed and eaten in these wars? But how many hath he killed? for indeed I promised to eat all of his killing.

Leon. Faith, niece, you tax Signior Benedick too much; but he'll be meet with you, I doubt it not.

Mess. He hath done good service, lady, in these wars.


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Mess. I see, lady, the gentleman is not in tongue, and so good a continuer. But keep your books.

80 your way, i' God's name; I have done. Beat. No; an he were, I would burn my study. Beat. You always end with a jade's trick: I But, I pray you, who is his companion ? Is there know you of old. no young squarer now that will make a voyage D. Pedro. This is the sum of all, Leonato : with him to the devil ?

Signior Claudio, and Signior Benedick, my dear Mess. He is most in the company of the right friend Leonato hath invited you all. I tell him noble Claudio.

we shall stay here at the least a month, and Beat O Lord! he will hang upon him like a he heartily prays some occasion may detain us disease: he is sooner caught than the pestilence, longer : I dare swear he is no hypocrite, but and the taker runs presently mad. God help prays from his heart. the noble Claudio ! if he have caught the Bene- Leon. If you swear, my lord, you shall not be dick, it will cost him a thousand pound ere he forsworn. To Don John. Let me bid you wel. be cured.

come, my lord : being reconciled to the prince Mess. I will hold friends with you, lady. your brother, I owe you all duty. Beat. Do, good friend.

D. John. I thank you : I am not of many Leon. You will never run mad, niece.

words, but I thank you. Beat. No, not till a hot January.

Leon. Please it your grace lead on? Mc8s. Don Pedro is approachedi.

D. Pedro. Your hand, Leonato; we will go

together. Enter Don PEDRO, Don JOHN, CLAUDIO,

Excunt all but BENEDICK and CLAUDIO. BENEDICK, BALTHAZAR, and others.

Claud. Benedick, didst thou note the daughter D. Pedro. Good Signior Leonato, you are come of Signior Leonato ? to meet your trouble: the fashion of the world Bene. I noted her not ; but I looked on her. is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.

Claud. Is she not a modest young lady? Leon. Never came trouble to my house in the Bene. Do you question me, as an honest man likeness of your grace, for trouble being gone, should do, for my simple true judgment; or comfort should remain ; but when you depart would you have me speak after my custom, as from me, sorrow abides and happiness takes being a professed tyrant to their sex? his leave.

Claud. No; I praythee speak in soberjudgment. D. Pedro. You embrace your charge too will. Bene. Why, i faith, methinks she's too low ingly. I think this is your daughter.

for a high praise, too brown for a fair praise, Leon. Her mother hath many times told meso. and too little for a great praise : only this com

Bene. Were you in doubt, sir, that you asked mendation I can afford her, that were she other ner ?

110 than she is, she were unhandsome, and being no Leon. Signior Benedick, no; for then were other but as she is, I do not like her.

Claud. Thou thinkest I am in sport :


pray D. Pedro. You have it full, Benedick: we may thee tell me truly how thou likest her. guess by this what you are, being a man. Truly, Bene. Would you buy her, that you inquire i he lady fathers herself. Be happy, lady, for after her ? you are like an honourable father,

Claud. Can the world buy such a jewel ? Bene. If Signior Leonato be her father, she Bene. Yea, and a case to put it into. But would not have his head on her shoulders for speak you this with a sad brow, or do you play all Messina, as like him as she is.

the flouting Jack, to tell us Cupid is a good hareBeat. I wonder that you will still be talking, finder, and Vulcan a rare carpenter ? Come, in Signior Benedick: nobody marks you.

what key shall a man take you, to go in the song ? Bone. What! my dear Lady Disdain, are you

Claud. In mine eye she is the sweetest lady set living ?

that ever I looked on. Beat. Is it possible disdain should die while Bene. I can see yet without spectacles and I she hath such meet food to feed it as Signior see no such matter : there's her cousin, an she Benedick? Courtesy itself must convert to were not possessed with a fury, exceeds her as visdain, if you come in her presence.

much in beauty as the first of May doth the Bene. Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is last of December. But I hope you have no incertain I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted; tent to turn husband, have you ? and I would I could find in my heart that I had

Claud. I would scarce trust myself, though I not a hard heart; for, truly, I love none. 131 had sworn the contrary, if Herowould be my wife.

Beat. A dear happiness to women: they would Bene. Is 't come to this, i' faith? Hath not clse have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. the world one man but he will wear his cap I thank God and my cold blood, I am of your with suspicion ? Shall I never see a bachelor humour for that: I had rather hear my dog bark of threescore again? Go to, i' faith ; an thou at a crow than a man swear he loves me.

wilt needs thrust thy neck into a yoke, wear Bene. God keep your ladyship still in that the print of it, and sigh away Sundays. Look! mind ; so some gentleman or other shall 'scape Don Pedro is returned to seek you. a predestinate scratched face. Beat. Scratching could not make it worse, an

Re-enter Don PEDRO. 't were such a face as yours were.

1. Pedro. What secret hath held you here, Bene. Well, you are a rare parrot.teacher. that you followed not to Leonato's ?

Beat. A bird of my tongue is better than a Bene. I would your grace would constrain me beast of yours.

to tell. Bene. I would my horse had the speed of your D. Pedro. I charge thee on thy allegiance.


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Bene. That a woman conceived me, I thank her; that she brought me up, I likewise give her most humble thanks: but that I will have a recheat winded in my forehead, or hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick, all women shall pardon me. Because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust any, I will do myself the right to trust none; and the fine is, for the which I may go the finer, I will live a bachelor. D. Pedro. I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale with love.


Bene. With anger, with sickness, or with hunger, my lord; not with love: prove that ever I lose more blood with love than I will get again with drinking, pick out mine eyes with a ballad. maker's pen, and hang me up at the door of a brothel-house for the sign of blind Cupid.

D. Pedro. Well, if ever thou dost fall from this faith, thou wilt prove a notable argument.

Bene. If I do, hang me in a bottle like a cat and shoot at me; and he that hits me, let him be clapped on the shoulder, and called Adam. D. Pedro. Well, as time shall try: 264 'In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke.' Bene. The savage bull may; but if ever the sensible Benedick bear it, pluck off the bull's horns and set them in my forehead; and let me be vilely painted, and in such great letters as they writeHere is good horse to hire,' let them signify under my sign 'Here you may see Benedick the married man.'

Bene. I have almost matter enough in me for such an embassage; and so I commit you-Claud. To the tuition of God: from my house, if I had it,

D. Pedro. The sixth of July: your loving friend, Benedick.


Claud. If this should ever happen, thou would'st be horn-mad.

D. Pedro. Nay, if Cupid have not spent all his quiver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly. Benc. I look for an earthquake too then.

D. Pedro. Well, you will temporise with the hours. In the meantime, good Signior Benedick, repair to Leonato's: commend me to him and tell him I will not fail him at supper; for in deed he hath made great preparation.


Bene. Nay, mock not, mock not. The body of your discourse is sometime guarded with fragments, and the guards are but slightly basted on neither: ere you flout old ends any further, examine your conscience and so I leave you. Exit. 3

Claud. My liege, your highness now may do me good.

D. Pedro. My love is thine to teach: teach it but how,

And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn
Any hard lesson that may do thee good.
Claud. Hath Leonato any son, my lord?
D. Pedro. No child but Hero; she's his only


Dost thou affect her, Claudio?
O! my lord,
When you went onward on this ended action,
I look'd upon her with a soldier's eye,
That lik'd, but had a rongher task in hand
Than to drive liking to the name of love;
But now I am return'd, and that war-thoughts
Have left their places vacant, in their rooms
Come thronging soft and delicate desires,
All prompting me how fair young Hero is,
Saying, I lik'd her ere I went to wars.

D. Pedro. Thou wilt be like a lover presently,
And tire the hearer with a book of words.
If thou dost love fair Hero, cherish it,
And I will break with her, and with her father,
And thou shalt have her. Was 't not to this end
That thou began'st to twist so fine a story?

Claud. How sweetly do you minister to love, That know love's grief by his complexion! But lest my liking might too sudden seem, I would have salv'd it with a longer treatise. 320 D. Pedro. What need the bridge much broader than the flood?


The fairest grant is the necessity.
Look, what will serve is fit: 'tis once, thou
And I will fit thee with the remedy.
I know we shall have revelling to-night :
I will assume thy part in some disguise,
And tell fair Hero I am Claudio ;
And in her bosom I'll unclasp my heart,
And take her hearing prisoner with the force
And strong encounter of my amorous tale:
Then after to her father will I break;
And the conclusion is, she shall be thine.
In practice let us put it presently.



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pleached alley in mine orchard, were thus much Bora. I came yonder from a great supper :
overheard by a man of mine : the prince dis- the prince, your brother, is royally entertained
covered to Claudio that he loved my niece your by Leonato; and I can give you intelligence of
daughter, and meant to acknowledge it this an intended marriage.
night in a dance; and if he found her accord- D. John. Will it serve for any model to build
ant, he meant to take the present time by the mischief on? What is he for a fool that betroths
top and instantly break with you of it.

himself to unquietness?
Leon. Hath the fellow any wit that told you Bora. Marry, it is your brother's right hand.

D. John. Who? the most exquisite Claudio ? Ant. A good sharp fellow : I will send or Bora, Even he. him; and question him yourself.

D. John. A proper squire! And who, and Leon. No, no; we will hold it as a dream till who ? which way looks he? it appear itself: but I will acquaint my daughter Bora. Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir withal, that she may be the better prepared for of Leonato. an answer, if peradventure this be true. Go D, John. A very forward March-chick! How you, and tell her of it.

came you to this? Several persons cross the stage. Bora. Being entertained for a perfumer, as I Cousins, you know what you have to do. 01 I was smoking a musty room, comes me the prince cry you mercy, friend; go you with me, and I and Claudio, hand in hand, in sad conference : will use your skill. Good consin, have a care I whipt me behind the arras, and there heard it this busy time.

Exeunt. agreed upon that the prince should woo Hero

for himself, and having obtained her, give her SCENE III. -- Another Room in LEONATO's House. to Count Claudio.

D. John. Come, come ; let us thither : this
Enter Don John and CONRADE.

may prove food to my displeasure. That young Con. What the good-rear, my lord! why are start-up hath all the glory of my overthrow: if you thus out of measure sad ?

I can cross him any way, I bless myself every D. John. There is no measure in the occasion way. You are both sure, and will assist me? 72 that breeds; therefore the sadness is without Con. To the death, my lord, limit.

D. John. Let us to the great supper : their Con. You should hear reason.

cheer is the greater that I am subdued. Would D. John. And when I have heard it, what the cook were of my mind! Shall we go prove blessing brings it?

what's to be done? Con. If not a present remedy, at least a patient Bora. We 'll wait upon your lordship. sufferance.

Excunt. D. John. I wonder that thou, being, as thou savest thou art, born under Saturn, goest about

ACT II. to apply a moral medicine to a mortifying mischief. I cannot hide what I am : I must be sad SCENE I.-A Hall in LEONATO's House, when I have cause, and smile at no man's jests; eat when I have stomach, and wait for no man's

Enter LEONATO, ANTONIO, HERO, BEATRICE, leisure ; sleep when I am drowsy, and tend on

and others. no man's business; laugh when I am merry, and Leon. Was not Count John here at supper ? claw no man in his humour.

Ant. I saw him not. Con. Yea ; but you must not make the full Beat. How tartly that gentleman looks ! I show of this till you may do it without control. never can see him but I am heart-burned an ment. You have of late stood out against your hour after. brother, and he hath ta’en you newly into his Ilcro. He is of a very melancholy disposition. grace; where it is impossible you should take Bent. He werean excellent man that were made true root but by the fair weather that you just in the midway between him and Benedick: make yourself: it is needful that you frame the the one is too like an image, and says notbing ; season for your own harvest.

27 and the other too like my lady's eldest son, D. John. "I had rather be a canker in a hedge evermore tattling. than a rose in bis grace; and it better fits my Lcon. Then half Signior Benedick's tongne in blood to be disdained of all than to fashion a Count John's mouth, and half Count John's carriage to rob love from any: in this, though I melancholy in Signior Benedick's face.cannot be said to be a flattering honest man, it Beat. With a good leg and a good foot, uncle, must not be denied but I am a plain-dealing and money enough in his purse, such a man villain. I am trusted with a muzzle and en- would win any woman in the world, if a' could franchised with a clog; therefore I have decreed get her good will. not to sing in my cage. If I had my mouth, I Leon. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do my theea husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue. liking: in the meantime, let me be that I am, Ant. In faith, she's too curst. and seek not to alter me.

Beat. Too curst is more than curst: I shall Con. Can you make no use of your discontent? lessen God's sending that way; for it is said, D. John. I make all use of it, for I use it only. God sends a curst cow short horns'; but to a Who comes here?

cow too curst he sends none.

Leon. So, by being too curst, God will send

you no horns ? What news, Borachio?

Deat. Just, if he send me no husband ; for the







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