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THE

PLAYS

OF

William Shakspeare,

ACCURATELY PRINTED FROM

The Text of the Corrected Copy left by the late,
GEORGE STEEVENS, ESQ.

WITH

GLOSSARIAL NOTES,

AND

A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF SHAKSPEARE.

IN EIGHT VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

CONTAINING

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING....MIDSUMMER-NIGHT'S
DREAM....LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST....MERCHANT
OF VENICE....AS YOU LIKE IT.

Stereotyped by J. Howe.....N. York.

PHILADELPHIA:

PUBLISHED BY H. C. CAREY, AND I. LEA, AND
M'CARTY & DAVIS.

1823.

EN

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MUCH ADO

ABOUT NOTHING.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon.
Don John, his bastard brother.

Claudio, a young lord of Florence, favourite to
Don Pedro.

Benedick, a young lord of Padua, favourite likewise of Don Pedro.

Leonato, governor of Messina.

Antonio, his brother.

Balthazar, servant to Don Pedro.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

ACT I.

SCENE I.-Before Leonato's house. Enter Leo--nato, Hero, Beatrice, and others, with a Messenger.

Leonato.

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.

(1) Kind.

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