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Digt. Moreoter, sir, (which, indeed, is not good swimmer, Troilus the first employer of panander white and blaek,) this plaintiff here, the ders, and a whole book full of these quondam carkender, did call me ass: I beseech you, let it be pet-mongers, whose names yet run smoothly in the remembered in his punishment : And also, the even road of a blank verse, why, they were never so **tch heard them talk of one Deformed: they say, truly turned over and over as my poor self, in love: he wears a key in his ear, and a lock hanging by it; Marry, I cannot show it in rhyme; I have tried ; od borrows money in God's name; the which he I can find out no rhyme to lady but baby, an innohah used so long, and never paid, that now men cent rhyme; for scorn, horn, a hard rhyme ; for grow hard-hearted, and will lend nothing for God's school, fool, a babbling rhyme ; very ominous endsake : Pray you, examine him upon that point. ings : No, I was not born under a rhyming planet,
Loom. I thank thee for thy care and honest pains. nor I cannot woo in festival terms. Det Your worship speaks like a most thankful sad reverend youth; and I praise God for you.
Enter BEATRICE. Lon. There's for thy pains.
Sweet Beatrice, would'st thou come when I called Doge. God save the foundation!
thee? Leen. Go, I discharge thee of thy prisoner, and Beat. Yea, signior, and depart when you bid me. I thank thee.
Bene. O, stay but till then ! Dogt. I leave an arrant knave with your worship; Beat. Then, is spoken ; fare you well now : which, I beseech your worship, to correct yourself, and yet, ere I go, let me go with that I came for, for the example of others. God keep your worship; which is, with knowing what hath passed between I wish your worship well; God restore you to health: you and Claudio. I burbly give you leave to depart ; and if a merry Bene. Only foul words; and thereupon I will meeting may be wished, God prohibit it. - Come, kiss thee. neighbour.
Beat. Foul words is but foul wind, and foul (Exeunt DOGBERRY, VERGES, and Watch. wind is but foul breath, and foul breath is noisome; Len. Until to-morrow morning, lords, farewell. therefore I will depart unkissed. dri. Farewell, my lords; we look for you to- Bene. Thou hast frighted the word out of his morrow.
right sense, so forcible is thy wit : But, I must tell D. Pedro. We will not fail.
thee plainly, Claudio undergoes my challenge; Cland.
To-night I'll mourn with Hero. and either I must shortly hear from him, or I will
(Exeunt Don PEDRO and Claudio. subscribe him a coward. And, I pray thee now, Lun. Bring you these fellows on; we'll talk with tell me, for which of my bad parts didst thou first Margaret,
fall in love with me? Her bez acquaintance grew with this lewd fellow. Beat. For them all together; which maintained
(Exeunt. so politick a state of evil, that they will not admit
any good part to intermingle with them. But for SCENE IL-Leonato's Garden.
which of my good parts did you first suffer love for Enter BEXEDICK and MARGARET, meeting.
Bene. Suffer love; a good epithet! I do suffer Beze. Pray thee, sweet mistress Margaret, de- love, indeed, for I love thee against my will, serte well at my hands, by helping me to the speech Beat. In spite of your heart, I think; alas! e Beatrice.
poor heart! If you spite it for my sake, I will spite Varz. Will you then write me a sonnet in praise it for yours; for I will never love that which my of my beauty ?
friend hates. Boze. In so high a style, Margaret, that no man Bene. Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably. Lring shall come over it; for, in most comely truth, Beat. It appears not in this confession : there's sa deserfest it.
not one wise man among twenty, that will praise Marz. To have no man come over me? why, himself. tall I always keep below stairs ?
Bene. An old, an old instance, Beatrice, that Bent. Thy wit is as quick as the greyhound's lived in the time of good neighbours : if a man do Dank, it catches.
not erect in this age his own tomb ere he dies, he Marg, And your's as blunt as the fencer's foils, shall live no longer in monument, than the bell wtech hit, but liurt not.
rings, and the widow weeps. Bere. A most manly wit, Margaret, it will not Beat. And how long is that, think you? but a woman; and so, I pray thee, call Beatrice : Bene. Question? - Why, an hour in clamour, I give thee the bucklers.
and a quarter in rheum: Therefore it is most exVirg. Give us the swords, we have bucklers of pedient for the wise, (if Don Worm, his conscience,
find no impediment to the contrary,) to be the Brae. If you use them, Margaret, you must put trumpet of his own virtues, as I am to myself: So in the pikes with a vice; and they are dangerous much for praising myself, (who, I myself will bear weapons for maids
witness, is praise-worthy,) and now tell me, How Marz. Well, I will call Beatrice to you, who, I doth your cousin ?
Beat. Very ill.
Bene. And how do you?
Beat. Very ill too.
Bene. Serve God, love me, and mend: there
will I leave you too, for here comes one in haste. How pitiful I deserve,
Enter URSULA. I mean, in singing ; but in loving. - Leander the Urs. Madam, you must come to your uncle ;
tank, bath leg
yonder's old coil at home: it is proved, my lady Bene. And so am I, being else by faith enforc'd 'Hero hath been falsely accused, the prince and To call young Claudio to a reckoning for it. Claudio mightily abus'd; and Don John is the au- Leon. Well, daughter, and you gentlewomen all, thor of all, who is filed and gone; will you come Withdraw into a chamber by yourselves ; presently?
And, when I send for you, come hither mask'd : Beat. Will you go hear this news, signior? The prince and Claudio promis'd by this hour
Bene. I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and To visit me:- You know your office, brother ; he buried in thy cycs; and, moreover, I will go with You must be father to your brother's daughter, thee to thy uncle's.
[Exeunt. And give her to young Claudio. (Exeunt Ladies.
Ant. Which will do with confirm'd counteSCENE III. The Inside of a Church.
Bene. Friar, I must entreat your pains, I think. Enter Don Pedro, CLAUDIO, and Attendants, with
Friar. To do what, signior ? musick and tapers.
Bene. To bind me, or undo me, one of them. Claud. Is this the monument of Leonato ?
Signior Leonato, truth it is, good signior, Atten. It is, my lord.
Your niece regards me with an eye of favour. Claud. (Reads from a scroll.]
Leon. That eye my daughter lent her ; 'Tis most Done to death by slanderous tongues
true. Was the Hero that here lies :
Bene. And I do with an eye of love requite her.
Leon. The sight whereof, I think, you had from
From Claudio, and the prince; But what's your
Bene. Your answer, sir, is enigmatical:
May stand with ours, this day to be conjoin'd Now, musick, sound, and sing your solemn hymn. In the estate of honourable marriage;
In which, good friar, I shall desire your help.
Leon. My heart is with your liking.
And my help
Here comes the prince, and Claudio.
Enter Don Pedro and CLAUDIO, with Attendants.
D. Pedro. Good morrow to this fair assembly. Help us to sigh and groan,
Leon. Good morrow, prince; good morrow,
To-day to marry with my brother's daughter ?
Claud. I'll hold my mind, were she an Ethiope.
Leon. Call her forth, brother, here's the friar Claud. Now unto thy bones good night!
[Erit ANTONIO Yearly will I do this rite. D. Pedro. Good morrow, masters ; put your
D. Pedro. Good morrow, Benedick : Why, what's
you have such a February face,
Claud. I think, he thinks upon the savage bull :: Before the wheels of Phæbus, round about
Tush, fear not, man, we'll tip thy horns with gold, Dapples the drowsy east with spots of gray:
And all Europa shall rejoice at thee; Thanks to you all, and leave us ; fare you well.
As once Europa did at lusty Jove, Claud. Good morrow, masters ; each his several
When he would play the noble b:ast in love. way.
Bene. Bull Jove, sir, had an amiable low; D. Pedro. Come, let us hence, and put on other
And some such strange bull leap'd your father's cow, weeds; And then to Leonato's we will go.
And got a calf in that same noble feat,
Much like to you, for you have just his bleat. Claud. And, Hymen, now with luckier issue speeds,
Re-enter Antonio, with the Ladies masked. Than this, for whom we render'd up this woe!
Claud. For this I owe you : here come other [Exeunt.
reckonings. SCENE IV.- A Room in Leonato's House. Which is the lady I must seize upon ?
Ant. This same is she, and I do give you her. Enter LEONATO, ANTONIO, BENEDICK, BEATRICE,
Claud. Why, then she's mine: Sweet, let me see URSULA, Friar, and HERO. Friar. Did I not tell you she was innocent ? Leon. No, that you shall not, till you take her Leon. So are the prince and Claudio, who accus'd
Before this friar, and swear to marry her. Upon the error that you heard debated :
Claud. Give me your hand before this holy friar; But Margaret was in some fault for this ;
I am your husband, if you like of me. Although against her will, as it appears
Hero. And when I lived, I was your other wife: In the true course of all the question.
(Unmasking Ant. Well, I am glad that all things sort so well. And when you lov'd, you were my other husband.
(sud. Abother Hero?
Beat. I would not deny you ;- but, by this good Hon.
Nothing certainer : day, I yield upon great persuasion ; and, partly, One Here died defil'd; but I do live,
to save your life, for I was told you were in a conAnd, surely as I live, I am a maid.
sumption. D. Pedre. The former Hero! Hero that is dead! Bene. Peace, I will stop your mouth. Leon. She died my lord, but whiles her slander
(Kissing her. lived.
D. Pedro. How dost thou, Benedick the married Friar. All this amazement can I qualify;
man? ben, after that the holy rites are ended,
Bene. I'll tell thee what, prince; a college of witIl tell you largely of fair Hero's death :
crackers cannot flout me out of my humour: Dost Mean time, let wonder seem familiar,
thou think, I care for a satire, or an epigram? No: And to the chapel let us presently.
if a man will be beaten with brains, he shall wear Bere. Soft and fair, friar. - Which is Beatrice? nothing handsome about him : In brief, since I do Beat. I answer to that name; (Unmasking.] propose to marry, I will think nothing to any purWhat is your will?
pose that the world can say against it; and thereBene. Do not you love me?
fore never fout at me for what I have said against Beet.
No, no more than reason. it; for man is a giddy thing, and this is my concluBere. Why, then your uncle, and the prince, and sion. — For thy part, Claudio, I did think to have Claudio,
beaten thee; but in that thou art like to be my Have been deceived; for they swore you did. kinsman, live unbruised, and love my cousin. Beat. Do not you love me?
Claud. I had well hoped, thou wouldst have deBere.
No, no more than reason. nied Beatrice, that I might have cudgelled thee out Best. Why, then my cousin, Margaret, and of thy single life, to make thee a double dealer ; Ursula,
which, out of question, thou wilt be, if my cousin Are much deceiv'd; for they did swear, you did. do not look exceeding narrowly to thee. Bere. They swore that you were almost sick Bene. Come, come, we are friends: — let's have a
dance ere we are married, that we may lighten our Bezt. They swore that you were well-nigh dead own hearts, and our wives' heels. for me.
Leon. We'll have dancing afterwards. Benze. 'Tis no such matter : — Then you do not Bene. First, o' my word; therefore, play mulove me?
sick. Beat. No, truly, but in friendly recompense. Prince, thou art sad ; get thee a wife, get thee a Leon. Coine, cousin, I am sure your love the wife : there is no staff more reverend than one tipped gentleman.
with horn. Card. And I'll be sworn upon't, that he loves her;
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. My lord, your brother John is ta'en in Fabion' to Beatrice.
And here's another. And brought with armed men back to Messina. Writ in my cousin's hand, stolen from her pocket, Bene. Think not on him till to-morrow; I'll deContaining her affection unto Benedick.
vise thee brave punishments for him. - Strike up, Bese. A miracle ! here's our own hands against pipers.
(Dance. cur hearts! - Come, I will have thee; but, by this
, I take thee for pity.
THESEUS, Duke of Athens.
Oberon, king of the fairies. EGEUS, father to Hermia.
Titania, queen of the fairies. LYSANDER,
Puck, or Robin-goodfellow, a fairy. DEMETRIUS, } in love with Hermia.
Peas-BLOSSOM, PHILOSTRATE, master of the revels to Theseus. COBWEB, Quince, the carpenter.
, SNUG, the joiner.
MUSTARD-SEED, Bortom, the weaver.
Pyramus, FLUTE, the bellows-mender.
characters in the Interlude performed Snout, the tinker.
by the Clowns. STARVELING, the tailor.
Lion, HIPPOLYTA, Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Theseus.
Other Fairies attending their King and Queen. HERMIA, daughter to Egeus, in love with Lysander. Attendants on Theseus and Hippolyta. Helena, in love with Demetrius.
SCENE, - ATHENS, and a Wood not far from it.
SCENE I. - Athens. A Room in the Palace of | Enter Egeus, Hermia, LYSANDER, and DEMETRICS Theseus.
Ege. Happy be Theseus, our renowned duke! Enter THESEUS, HIPPOLYTA, PHILOSTRATE, and
The. Thanks, good Egeus : What's the news with Attendants.
thee? The. Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour Ege. Full of vexation come I, with complaint Draws on apace; four happy days bring in
Against my child, my daughter Hermia. Another moon : but, oh, methinks, how slow Stand forth, Demetrius ; - My noble lord, This old moon wanes ! she lingers my desires, This man hath my consent to marry her: Like to a step-dame, or a dowager,
Stand forth, Lysander ; — and, my gracious duke, Long withering out a young man's revenue. This hath bewitch'd the bosom of my child : Hip. Four days will quickly steep themselves in Thou, thou, Lysander, thou hast given her rhymes, nights ;
And interchang'd love-tokens with my child : Four nights will quickly dream away the time; Thou hast by moon-light at her window sung, And then the moon, like to a silver bow
With feigning voice, verses of feigning love ; New bent in heaven, shall behold the night
And stol'n the impression of her fantasy Of our solemnities.
With bracelets of thy hair, rings, gawds, conceits, The. Go, Philostrate,
Knacks, trifles, nosegays, sweet-mcats ; messengers Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments;
Of strong prevailment in unharden'd youth : Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth;
With cunning hast thou filch'd my daughter's heart; Turn melancholy forth to funerals,
Turn'd her obedience, which is due to me, The pale companion is not for our pomp.
To stubborn harshness: And, my gracious duhe,
(Exit PhilosTRATE. Be it so she will not here before your grace Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword,
Consent to marry with Demetrius, And won thy love, doing thee injuries ;
I beg the ancient privilege of Athens; But I will wed thee in another key,
As she is mine, I may dispose of her: With pomp, with triumph, and with revelling. Which shall be either to this gentleman,
Or se her death; according to our law,
And won her soul; and she, sweet lady, dotes, Immediately provided in that case.
Devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry, The What say you, Hermia? be advis'd, fair Upon this spotted and inconstant man. maid;
The. I must confess, that I have heard so much, To you your father should be as a god;
And with Demetrius thought to have spoke thereof; One that compos'd your beauties; yea, and one But, being over-full of self-affairs, To whom you are but as a form in wax,
My mind did lose it. — But, Demetrius, come; By him imprinted, and within his power
And come, Egeus; you shall go with me, To leave the figure, or disfigure it.
I have some private schooling for you both. Demetrius is a worthy gentleman.
For you, fair Hermia, look you arm yourself Ha. So is Lysander,
To fit your fancies to your father's will;
Or else the law of Athens yields you up
To death, or to a vow of single life. Her. I would, my father look'd but with my Come, my Hippolyta; What cheer, my love? eyes.
Demetrius, and Egeus, go along : Tze. Rather your eyes must with his judgment I must employ you in some business look.
Against our nuptial ; and confer with you Her. I do entreat your grace to pardon me. Of something nearly that concerns yourselves. I know not by what power I am made bold; Ege. With duty, and desire, we follow you. Her bow it may concern my modesty,
[Exeunt Thes. Hip. EoE. DEM. and train. la seck a presence here, to plead my thoughts : Lys. How now, my love? Why is your cheek so But I beseech your grace that I may know
pale ? The worst that may befal me in this case,
How chance the roses there do fade so fast ? If I refuse to wed Demetrius.
Her. Belike for want of rain; which I could well The. Either to die the death, or to abjure Beteem them from the tempest of inine eyes. For ever the society of men.
Lys. Ah ine! for ought that ever I could read, Therefore, fair Hermia, question your desires, Could ever hear by tale or history, Kaon of your youth, examine well your blood, The course of true love never did run smooth: Whether, if you yield not to your father's choice, But, either it was different in blood; You can endure the livery of a nun;
Her. O cross ! too high to be enthrall’d to low! For aye to be in shady cloister mew'd,
Lys. Or else misgraffed, in respect of years ; To live a barren sister all your life,
Her. O spite ! too old to be engag'd to young! Chanting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon. Lys. Or else it stood upon the choice of friends : Turice blessed they, that master so their blood, Her. O hell! to choose love by another's eye! To undergo such maiden pilgrimage :
Lys. Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, But earthlier happy is the rose distillid,
War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it;
Her. So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord, Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth, Unto his lordship, whose unwished yoke
And ere a man bath power to say, - Behold! My soul consents not to give sovereignty.
The jaws of darkness do devour it up : The. Take time to pause; and, by the next new So quick bright things come to confusion. moon
Her. If then true lovers have been ever cross'd, (The valing-day betwixt my love and me,
It stands as an edíct in destiny : Far everlasting bond of fellowship,)
Then let us teach our trial patience, Upen that day either prepare to die,
Because it is a customary cross; For disobedience to your father's will ;
As due to love, as thoughts and dreams, and sighs, Or else, to wed Demetrius, as he would :
Wishes, and tears, poor fancy's followers. Oon Diana's altar to protest,
Lys. A good persuasion ; therefore, hear me Far aye, austerity and single life.
Hermia. Dea Relent, 'sweet Hermia ; — And, Lylander, I have a widow aunt, a dowager yield
Of great revenue, and she hath no child ; Thy crazed title to my certain right.
From Athens is her house remote seven leagues ;
Ege. Scornful Lysander ! true he hath my love; | And to that place the sharp Athenian law
Steal forth thy father's house to-morrow night; I do estate unto Demetrius.
And in the wood, a league without the town,
There will I stay for thee.
My good Lysander ! And, which is more than all these boasts can be, I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow; I am belord of beauteous Hernia :
By his best arrow with the golden head; Why should not I then prosecute my right? By the simplicity of Venus doves; Demetrius, I'll avouch it to his head,
By that which knitteth souls, and prospers loves ; Male love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,
And by that fire which burn'd the Carthage queen,