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To-day to marry with my brother's daughter?
Claud. I'll hold my mind, were she an Ethiope.
[Erit Antonio. D. Pedro. Good morrow, Benedick. Why, what's the matter,
40 That you have such a February face, So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?
Claud. I think he thinks upon the savage bull.
Bene. Bull Jove, sir, had an amiable low ;
50 Much like to you, for you have just his bleat. Claud. For this I owe you : here comes other reckonings.
Re-enter ANTONIO, with the Ladies masked.
Ant. This same is she, and I do give you her.
Claud. Give me your hand : before this holy friar, I am your husbaná, if you like of me. Hero. And when I lived, I was your other wife : 60
[Unmasking. And when you loved, you were my other husband.
Claud. Another Hero !
Nothing certainer :
D. Pedro. The former Hero! Hero that is dead !
Friar. All this amazement can I qualify ; When after that the holy rites are ended, I'll tell you largely of fair Hero's death : Meantime let wonder seem familiar,
70 And to the chapel let us presently.
Bene. Soft and fair, friar. Which is Beatrice ?
your will ?
Bene. Do not you love me?
Why, no; no more than reason. Bene. Why, then your uncle and the prince and Claudio Have been deceived; they swore you did.
Beat. Do not you love me?
Troth, no ; no more than reason.
Bene. They swore that you were almost sick for me. 80
Claud. And I'll be sworn upon't that he loves her;
And here's another
90 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. [Kissing her. 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 lave denied Beatrice, that I might have cudgelled thee out of thy single life, to make thee a double-dealer ; which, out of question, thou 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. Prince, thou art sad; get thee a wife, get thee a wife : there is no staff more reverend than one tipped with horn.
Enter a Messenger.
Bene. Think not on him till to-morrow : I'll devise thee brave punishments for him. Strike up, pipers.
130 [Dance. Excunt.
SCENE I. The king of Navarre's park.
Enter FERDINAND, king of NAVARRE, BIRON, LONGAVILLE, and DUMAIN.
King. Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives,
That are recorded in this schedule here :
Long. I am resolved ; 'tis but a three years' fast :
Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortified :
30 To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die ; With all these living in philosophy.
Biron. I can but say their protestation over ;
King. Your oath is pass’d to pass away from these
Biron. Let me say no, my liege, an if you please : 50 I only swore to study with your grace And stay here in your court for three years' space.
Long: You swore to that, Biron, and to the rest. Biron. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in jest. What is the end of study ? let me know.
King. Why, that to know, which else we should not know. Biron. Things lid and barr'd, you mean, from common
sense? Ring. Ay, that is study's god-like recompense.
Biron. Come on, then ; I will swear to study so, To know the thing I am forbid to know :
60 As thus,—to study where I well may dine,
When I to feast expressly am forbid ;