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A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF SHAKSPEARE.
IN EIGHT VOLUMES.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING....MIDSUMMER-NIGHT'S
Stereotyped by J. Howe.....N. York.
PUBLISHED BY H. C. CAREY, AND I. LEA, AND
Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon.
Claudio, a young lord of Florence, favourite to
Benedick, a young lord of Padua, favourite likewise of Don Pedro.
Leonato, governor of Messina.
Antonio, his brother.
Balthazar, servant to Don Pedro.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.
SCENE I.-Before Leonato's house. Enter Leo--nato, Hero, Beatrice, and others, with a Messenger.
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.
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.
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.