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Give up your keys.
Let him be whipp'd and hang d. Prov.
Pardon me, noble lord: Lucio. I beseech your highness, do not marry I thought it was a fault, but knew it not; me to a whore! Your highness said even now, Fel did repent me, after more advice :'
made you a duke: good my lord, do not recomFor testimony whereof, one in the prison
pense me, in making me a cuckold. That should by private order else have died, Duke. Upon mine honour, thou shalt marry her. I have reserv'd alive.
Thy slanders I forgive; and therewithal
Remit thy other forseits::- Take him to prison : Prov.
His name is Barnardinc. And see our pleasure herein executed. Duke. I would thou had'st done so by Claudio. Lucio. Marrying a punk, my lord, is pressing to Go, felch him hither; let me look upon him. death, whipping, and hanging.
[Erit Provost. Duke. Sland'ring a prince deserves it.
Ang. I am sorry, that such sorrow ! procure: There's more behind, that is more gratulate.“
Forgive him, Angelo, that brought you home
The head of Ragozine for Claudio's;
I have a motion much imports your good ;
Whereto if you'll a willing car incline, Prov.
This, my lord. What's mine is yours, and what is yours is mine:-Duke. There was a friar told me of this man : So, bring us to our palace; where we'll show Sirrah, thou art said to have a stubborn soul, What's yet behind, that's mcet you all should know. That apprehends no further than this world,
[Exeunt. And squarst thy life according. Thou’rt condcmn'd; But, for those early faults, I quit them all; Aud pray thec, take this mercy to provide For better times to come: -Friar, advise him ; I leave him to your hand.-What muilled fellow's
The novel of Giraldi Cinthio, from which Shakthat ?
speare is supposed to have borrowed this fable, Pror. This is another prisoner, that I sav'd,
may be read in Shakspeare Illustrated, elegantly That should have died when Claudio lost his hcad ; quirer to discover how much absurdity Shakspeare
translated, with remarks which will assist the inAs like almost to Claudio, as himself.
has admitted or avoided.
(Unmuffles Claudio. Duke. If he be like your brother, (To Isabella.) modelled the novel of Cinthio, or written a story
I cannot but suspect that some other had newfor his sake Is he pardon'd; And, for your lovely sake,
which in some particulars resembled it, and that Give me your hand, and say you will be minc,
Cinthio was not ihe author whom Shakspeare imHe my brother too: But fitter time for that.
mediately followed. The emperor in Cinthio is Be this, lord Angelo perceives he's safe:
named Maximine: the duke, in Shakspeare's enuMethinks, I scc à quickening in his eye :
meration of the persons of the drama, is called VinWell , Angelo, your evil quits' you well :
centio. This appears a very slight remark; but Look that you love your wife; her worth, worth
since the duke has no name in the play, nor is ever
mcntioned but by his title, why should he be called yours.I find an apt remission in myself:
Vincentio among the persons, but because the name And yet here's one in place I cannot pardon;
was copied from the story, and placed superfluYou, sirrah, (To Lucio.] that knew inc for'a fool, ously at the head of the list, by the mere habit of
transcription? It is therefore likely that there was a coward, One all of luxury, an ass, a madman;
then a story of Vincentio duke of Vienna, different Wherein have I so deserv'd of you,
from that of Maximine emperor of the Romans, That you cxtol me thus ?
of this play, the light or comic part is very natuLucio. 'Faith, my lord, I spoke it but according
ral and pleasing, but the grave scenes, if a few pasto the trick: Il you will hang inc for it, you may, The plot is rather intricate than artful. The time
sates be excepted, have more labour than clegance. but I had rather it would please you, I might be whipp'd.
of the action is indefinite: some time, we know not Duke. Whipp'd first, sir, and hang'd after.
how much, must have clapsed between the recess l'roclaim it, provost, round about the city;
of lhe duke and the imprisonment of Claudio; for If any woman's wrong'd by this lewd fellow
he must have learned the story of Mariana in his (As I have heard him swear himself, there's one
disguise, or he delegated his power to a man alWhom he begot with child,) Ict her appear,
ready known to be corrupted. The unities of action And he shall marry her: the nuptial finish'd,
and place arc sufficiently prescrved.
JOHNSON (1) Consideration. (2) Requites. (31 Incontinence. (4) Thoughtless practice. | (5) Punislıments. (6) To reward.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.
Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon.
19 Sexton. Don John, his bastard brother.
1 Friar. Claudio, a young lord of Florence, fuvourile lo A Boy.
Don Pedro. Benedick, a young lord of Padua, favourile like-Hero, daughter to Leonato. wise of Don Pedro.
Beatrice, niece to Leonato. Leonato, governor of Messina.
rargaret, } gentleromen allending on Ilero. Antonio, his brother.
Messengers, watch, and altendais.
Scene, Messina, Verges
Mess. O, he is returned; and as plcasant as
ever he was. SCENE I.-Before Leonato's house. Enter Lco Beal. He set up his bills here in Messina, and
nato, Hero, Beatrice, and others, with a Mes challenged Cupid at the Olight:and my uncle's senger.
fool, reading the challenge, subscribed for Cupid,
and challenged him at the bird-bolt.-I pray you, Leonato.
how many hath he killed and eaten in these wars
But how many hath he killed ? for, indeed, I proI LEARN in this letter, that Don Pedro of Arra- mised to eat all of his kiling. gon, comes this night to Messina.
Leon. Faith, niece, jon tax signior Benedick too Mess. lle is very near by this; he was not three much; but he'll be meet* with you, I doubt it not. leagues off when I left him.
Mess. He hath donc good service, lady, in these Leon. How many gentlemen have you lost in wars. this action?
Beal. You had musty victual, and he hath ho'p Mess. But few of any sort,' and none of name. to eat it: he is a very valiant trencher-man, he
Leon. A victory is twice itself, when the nchiever hath an excellent stomach. brings home full numbers. I find here, that Don Mess. And a good soldier too, lady. Pedro hath bestowed much honour on a young
Beat. And a good soldier to a lady ;-But what Florentine, called Claudio.
is he to a lord ? Mess. Much descrved on his part, and equally
Mess. A lord to a lord, a man to a man; stuffed remembered by Don Pedro: he hath bornc him with all honourable virtues. self beyond the promise of his age; doing, in the
Bcat. It is so, indeed ; he is no less than a stuffed figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion: he hath, in- man: but for the stuffing, -Well, we are all mortal. deed, better beltered expectation, than you must
Leon. You must not, sir, mistake my nicce: there expect of me to tell you how,
is a kind of merry war betwixt signior Bencdick Leon. He hath an uncle here in Messina will be and her: they never mect, but there is a skirinish very much glad of it.
of wit betwecn them. Mess. I have already delivered him letters, and Beat. Alas, he gets nothing by that. In our last there appears much joy in him; even so much, conflict, four of his five wits went halting off
, that joy could not show itself modest enough, with- and now is the whole man governed with one : so out a badge of bitterness.
that if he have wit enough to keep himself warm, Leon. Did he break out into tears?
let him bear it for a difference between himself and Mess. In great measure."
his horse: for it is all the wealth that he hath left, Leon. A kind overslow of kindness: There are to be known a reasonable creature.-Who is his no faces truer than those that are so washed. How companion now? Hc hath every month a new much better is it to weep at joy, than to joy at sworn brother. weeping?
Mess. Is it possible ? Beat. I pray you,
signior Montanto returned Beal. Very easily possible: he wears his faith but from the wars, or no ?
as the fashion of his hat, it ever changes with the Mess. I know none of that name, lady; there next block. was none such in the army of any sort.
Mess. I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your Leon. What is he that you ask for, niecc?
books. Hero. My cousin means signior Benedick of
Beal. No: an he were, I would burn my study. Padua.
But, I pray you, who is his companion ? Is there vo
(1) Kind. (2) Abundance. (3) At long lengths. (4) Even. (5) A cuckold. (6) Mould for a hal.
young squarer' now, that will make a voyage with heartily prays some occasion may detain us longer : him to the devil ?
I dare swear he is no hypocrite, but prays from his Mess. He is most in the company of the right heart. noble Claudio.
Leon. If you swear, my lord, you shall not be Beat. O Lord! he will hang upon him like a dis- forsworn.—Let me bid you welcome, my lord : ease : he is sooner caught than ihe pestilence, and being reconciled to the prince your brother, I owe the taker runs presently mad. God help the noble you all duty, Claudio! if he have caught the Bencdick, it will D. John. I thank you : I am not of many words, cost him a thousand pound ere he be cured. but I thank you. Mess. I will hold friends with you, lady.
Leon. Please it your grace lead on? Beat. Do, good friend.
D. Pedro. Your hand, Leonato; we will go toLeon. You will never run mad, niece.
gether, [Eraunt all but Benedick and Claudio. Beat. No, not till a hot January.
Claud. Bencdick, didst thou note the daughter Mess. Don Pedro is approached.
of signior Leonato ?
Bene. I noted her not; but I looked on her. Enter Don Pedro, attended by Balthazar, and Claud. Is she not a modest young lady? others, Don John, Claudio, and Benedick.
Bene. Do you question me, as an honest man D. Pedro. Good signior Leonato, you are come
should do, for my simple true judgment; or would to meet your trouble: the fashion of the world is you have me speak asier my custom, as being a proto avoid cost, and you encounter it.
fessed tyrant to their sex? Leon. Never came trouble to my house in the
Claud. No, I pray thee, speak in sober judge likeness of your grace: for trouble being gone, com
ment, fort should remain ; but, when you depart from
Bene. Why, i'faith, methinks she is too low for a me, sorrow abides, and happiness takes his leave. high praise, too brown for a fair praise, and too lit
D. Pedro. You embrace your charge too wil- tle for a great praise: only this commendation I can lingly.-i think, this is your daughter.
afford her; that were she other than she is, she were Lem. Her mother hath many times told me so. unhandsome; and being no other but as she is, I do Bene. Were you in doubt, sir, ihat you asked her ? not like her. Leon. Signior Benedick, no'; for then were you thee tell me truly how thou likest her?
Claud. Thou thinkest, I am in sport; I pray a child. D. Pedro. You have it full, Benedick: we may
Bene. Would you buy her, that you inquire after guess by this what you are, being a man. Truly, her? the lady fathers herself :-Be happy, lady! for you
Claud. Can the world buy such a jewel ? are like an honourable father.
Bene. Yea, and a case to put it into. But speak Bene. Il signior Leonato be her father, she would you this with a sad brow? or do you play the floutnot have his head on her shoulders, for all Messina, ing jack; to tell us Cupid is a good hare-tinder
, and as like him as she is.
Vulcan a rare carpenter? Come, in what key shall Bene. I wonu that you will still be talking, a inan like you, to go in the sons ? signior Benedick; no body marks you.
Cland. In mine eye, she is the sweetest lady that Bene. What, my dear lady Disdain! are you yet ever I looked on. bring?
Bene. I can see yet without spectacles, and I see Beat. Is it possible, disdain should die, while no such matter : there's her cousin, an she were not she hath such meet food to feed it, as signior Bene- possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in dick? Courtesy itsell must convert to disdain, ir beauty, as the first of May doth the last of Decemyou come in her presence.
ber. But I hope you have no intent to turn hus. Bene. Then is courtesy a turn-coat:--But it is band; have you? certain, I am loved of all ladies, only you excepied:
Claul. I would scarce trust mysell, though I had and I would I could find in my heart that I had noi sworn the contrarı, il
' Héro would be my wisc. a hard heart; for, truly, I love none.
Benc, Is it come to this, i'lith? Iath not the Btat. A dear happiness to women; they would world one man, birt he will hear his cap irith else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I suspicion? Shall I never see a bachelor of threethank God, and my cold blood, I am of your hu- score again? Go 10, i’faith; an thou wilt needs mour for that; I had rather hear my dog bark at thrust thy neck into a yoke, wear the print of it, a crow, than a man swear he loves me.
and sigh away Sundays. Look, Don Pedro is reBené. God keep your lady'ship still in that mind : turned to seck you. so some gentleman or other shall ’scape a predestinate scratched face.
Re-enter Don Pedro. Beat. Scratching could not make it worse, an 'twerc such a face as yours were.
D. Pedro. What sccrct haih hield you here, that Bene. Well, you are a rare parrot-teacher.
you followed not to Leonato's ?
Bene. I would, your grace would constrain me Beat. A bird of my tongue, is better than a beast to tell. of yours. Bene. I would my horse had the specd of your Bene. You hear, couny Claudio : I can be secret
D. Pedro. I charge thee on thy allegiance. tongue, and so good a continuer : Bui keep your as a dumb man, I would have vou think so; but on way o' God's name; I have done. Beal. You always end with a jade's trick; I know He is in love. 'With who ?-now that is your grace's
my allegiance,--mark you this, on my allegiance:you of old. D. Pedro. This is the sum of all: Leonato, - Leonato's short daughter.
part.- Mark, how short his answer is:-\Vith llero, signior Claudio, and signior Benedick,—my dear
Claud. If this were so, so were it uttered. friend Leonato, hath invited you all. I tell him, we shall stay here at the least a month ; and he'twas not so; but, indeed, God forbid it should be so.
Bene. Like the old tale, my lord: it is not so, nor
Claud. Il my passion change not shortly, God (1) Quarrelsome fellow. (2) Trust. forbid it should be otherwise.
Fose more blood with loveehal'i will get again Look, what will serve, is dit : "uis
once," thou lor’st
D. Pedro. Amen, if you love her ; for the lady' D. Pedro. My love is thine to teach ; teach it is very well worthy.
Člaud. Hath Leonato any son, my lord ?
Dost thou affect her, Claudio ? Clau. That I love her, I feel.
0, my lord, D. Pedro. That she is worthy, I know. When you went onward on this ended action,
Bene. That I neither feel how she should be I look'd upon her with a soldier's eye, loved, nor know how she should be worthy, is the That liked, but had a rougher task in hand opinion that fire cannot melt out of me; I will die Than to drive liking to the name of love: in it at the stake.
But now I ain return'd, and that war-thoughls D. Pedro. Thou wast ever an obstinate herctic Have left their places vacant, in their rooms in the despite of beauty.
Come thronging soft and delicate desires, Claud. And never could maintain his part, but All prompting me how fair young Hero is, in the force of his will.
Saying, I lik'd her ere I went to wars. Bene. That a woman conceived ine, I thank her; D. Pedro. Thou wilt be like a lover presently, that she brought me up, I likewise give her most And tire the hearer with a book of words: humble thanks : but that I will have a recheat' I thou dost love fair Hero, cherish it ; winded in my forehead, or hang my bugle? in an And I will break with her, and with her father, invisible baldric, all women shall pardon me. Be- And thou shalt have her: 'Was't not to this end, cause I will not do them the wrong to mistrust any, That thou began'st to twist so fine a story? I will do myself the right to trust none; and the Claud. How sweetly do you minister to love, fine is (for the which I may go the finer,) I will That know love's griei by his complexion ! live a bachelor.
But lest my liking might too sudden scem, D. Pedro. I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale I would have salvd it with a longer treatisc. with love.
D. Pedro. What need the bridge much broader Bene. With anger, with sickness, or with hun
than the flood ? : prove, necessity with drinking, pick out mine eyes with a ballad- And will fit thee with the remedy. maker's pen, and hang me up at the door of a ! know, we shall have revelling to-night; brothel-house, for the sign of blind Cupid. I will assume thy part in some disguise,
D. Pedro. Well, if ever thou dost fall from this And tell fair Hero I am Claudio ; faith, thou wilt prove a notable argument. And in her bosom l'il unclasp my heart,
Bene. If I do, hang me in a bottle like a cat, and And take her hearing prisoner with the force shoot at me; and he that hits me, let him be clap- And strong encounter of my amorous tale: ped on the shoulder, and called Adam.*
Then, aller, to her father will I becak; D. Pedro. Well, as time shall try:
And, the conclusion is, she snall be thine : In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke. In practice let us put it presently. [Ereunt.
Bene. The savage bull may; but if ever the sensible Benedick bear it, pluck off the bull's horns, SCENE II.-A room in Leonato's house. Enand set them in my forehead : and let me be vilely
ter Leonato and Antonio. painted; and in such great letters as they write, Here is good horse to hire, let them signily under!
Leon. How now, brother ? where is my cousin, my sign, -Here you may see Benedick The married your son? Hath he provided this music?
Int. He is very busy about it. But, brother, ! Claud. If this should ever happen, thou would'st can tell you strange news that you yet dreamed be horn-mad.
not of. D. Pedro. Nay, is Cupid have not spent all his
Leon. Are they good ? quiver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly. Ant. As the event stamps them; but they liave
Bene. Į look for an earthquake too then. a good cover, they show well outward. The prince
D. Pedro. Well, you will temporize with the and count Claudio, walking in a thick-pleacked' hours. In the mean time, good signior Benedick, alley in my orchard, were thus much overheard repair to Leonato's ; cominend me to him, and tell by a man of mine : The prince discovered to Clauhim, I will not fail him at supper; for, indeed, he dio, that he loved my niece your daughter, and hath made great preparation.
meant to acknowledge it this night in a dance; Bene. I have almost matter enough in me for and, if he found her accordant, he meant to take such an embassage; and so I commit you-. the present time by the top, and instantly break
Claud. To the tuition of God: From my house with you of it. if I had it)
Leon. Hath the fellow any wit, that told you this ? D. Pedró. The sixth of July: Your loving Ant. A good sharp fellow: I will send for him, friend, Benedick.
and question him yourself. Bene. Nay, mock not, mock not: The body or. Leon. No, no; we will hold it as a dream, till your discourse is sometime guarded with frag- it appears itself:—but I will acquaint my daughter ments, and the guards are but slightly basted on withal, that she may be the better prepared for an neither: ere you nout old ends any further, examine answer, if peradventure this be true. Go you, and your conscience; and so I leave you. (Erit Benc. tell her of it.. [Several persons cross the slage.) Claud. My liege, your highness now may do me Cousins, you know what you have to do.-0, good.
cry you mercy, friend; you go with me, and i The tune sounded to call off the dogs, (4) The name of a famous archer. (5) Trimmed, Hunting-horn. (3) Girdle,
6) Once for all, (7) Thickly interwoven.
will use your skill :-Good cousins, have a care[hath all the glory of my overthrow ; if I can cross this busy time.
[Exeunt. him any way, I bless myself every way: You are
both sure, and will assist me? SCENE III. - Another room in Leonato's house.
Con. To the death, my lord.
D. John. Let us to the great supper; their Con. What the goujere,' my lord! why are you cheer is the greater, that I am subdued : "Would thus out of measure sad ?
the cook were of my mind !-Shall we go prove D. John. There is no measure in the occasion what's to be done? that breeds it, therefore the sadness is without limit. Bora. We'll wait upon your lordship. (Exeunl.
C'on. You should hear reason.
D. John. And when I have heard it, what blessing bringeth it?
ACT II. Con. If not a present remedy, yet a patient sufferance.
SCENE I.-hall in Leonato's house. Enter D. Jolin. I wonder that thou being (as thou
Leonato, Antonio, Hero, Beatrice, and others. say'st thou art) born under Saturn, goest about to apply a moral medicine to a mortifying mischief.
Leon. Was not count John here at supper ? I cannot hide what I am: I must be sad when I In. I su him not. have cause, and smile at no man's jests; cat when
Beat. How lartly that gentleman looks! I never I have a stomach, and wait for no man's leisure ; can see him, buil am heart-burned an hour afer. sleep when I am drowsy, and tend to no inan's
Hero, lle is of a very melancholy disposition. business ; laugh when I am mcrry, and claw? no
Beat. Hic were an excellent man, that were man in his humour.
made just in the mid-wav between him and BeneCon. Yca, but you must not make the full show dick : the one is too like an image, and says of this, till you may do it without controlment. nothing; and the other, too like my lady's eldest You have of late stood out against your brother, son, evermore tattling. and he hath ta'en y ou newly into his grace; where
Leon. Then hall signior Bencdick's tongue in it is impossible you should take true root, but by count John's mouth, and half count John's melanthe fair weather Uhat you make yourscir: it is choly in signior Benedick's face, aeedful that you frame the season for your own
Beal. With a good leg, and a good foot, uncle, nirvest.
and money enough in his purse, such a man would D. John. I had rather be a canker in a hedge,win any woman in the world, if he could get her than a rose in his grace; and it better fits my blood good will. to be disdained of all, than to fashion a carriage
Leon. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get to rob love from any :'in this, though I cannot be thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy longic. said to be a datiering honest man, it must not be
Al. In faith, she is too curst. denied that I am a plain-dealing villain. I am
Bent. Too curst is more than curst: I shall les. trusted with a muzzle, and entranchised with a sen God's sending that way: for it is said, God clog; therefore I have 'decrced not to sing in my sends a curst cow short horns; but to a cow too case; if I had my mouth, I would bite; if I had curst he sends none. my liberty, I would do my liking: in the mean
Leon. So, by being too curst, God will send you tine, let me be that I ani, and seck not to alter me, no horns. Con. Can you make no use of your discontent?
Beat. Just, if he send me no husband; for the D. John. I make all use of it, for I use it only. which blessing, I am at him upon my knees every Who comes here? What news, Borachio ?
morning and cvening: Lord! I could not enduro
a husband with a board on his face; I had rather Enter Borachio.
lic in the woollen. Bora. I came yonder from a great surper; the
Leon. You may light upon a husband, that hath prince, your brother, is royally entertained by no beard. Leonato ; and I can give you intelligence of an
Beaut. What should I do with him ? dress him intended marriage.
in my parel, and make him my waiting gentle. D. John. Will it serve for any model to build woman?' He that hath a beard, is more than a mischief on? What is he for a fool, that betroths youth; and he that hath no beard, is less than a himself to unquietness ?
man: and he that is more than a youth is not for Bora. Marry, it is your brother's right hand.
me; and he that is less than a man, I am not for D. John. Who? the most exquisite Claudio ?
him. Therefore, I will even také sixpence in Bora, Even he.
carnest of the bear-herd, and lead his apes into hell. D. John. A proper squire! And who, and who?
Leon. Well then, go you into hell ? which way looks he?
Beat. No; but to the gate; and there will the Bora. Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir devil mect me, like an old cuckold, with horns on of Leonato.
his head, and say, Get you to heaven, Beatrice, get D. John. A very forward March chick! How you to heaven; here's no place for you maids : so caine you to this?
deliver I up my apes, and away to Saint Peter for Bora. Being entertained for a perfumer, as I the heavens, he shows me where the bachelors was smoking a musty room, comes me the prince sit, and there live we as merry as the day is long. and Claudio, hand in hand, in sad. conference: 1
Ant. Well, nicce, (To Hero.] I trust, you will whipt me behind the arras; and there heard it be ruled by your father. agreed upon, that the prince should woo Hero for
Beal. Yes, faith; it is my cousin's duty to make himself, and having obtained her, give her to count courtesy; and say, Father
, as it please you :--but Claudio.
yet for all that, cousin, let'him be a handsome felD. John. Come, come, let us thither; this may low, or else make another courtesy, and say, Faprove food to my displeasure: that young start-up cher, as it please me. (1) The venereal disease. (2) Flatter.