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And though, you know, my inwardness S and love
Is very much unto the prince and Claudio,
Yet, by mine honour, I will deal in this
As secretly, and justly, as your soul
Should with your body.
Leon.

Being that I flow in grief,
The smallest twine

may Friar. 'Tis well consented ; presently away ; For to strange sores strangely they strain the

cure: Come, lady, die to live: this wedding day, Perhaps, is but prolong'd; have patience, and endure.

[Exeunt Friar, Hero, and LEONATO. Bene. Lady Beatrice, have you wept all this

while ?
Beat. Yea, and I will weep a while longer.
Bene. I will not desire that.
Beat. You have no reason, I do it freely.
Bene. Surely, I do believe your fair cousin is

wrong'd.
Beat. Ah, how much might the man deserve of
me, that would right her!

Bene. Is there any way to show such friendship?
Beat. A very even way, but‘no such friend.
Bene. May a man do it?
Beat. It is a man's office, but not yours.

Bene. I do love nothing in the world so well as you;

Is not that strange ?
Beat. As strange as the thing I know not: It
were as possible for me to say, I loved nothing so
well as you : but believe me not; and yet I lie not;
I confess nothing, nor I deny nothing :-I am sorry
for my cousin.

Bene. By my sword, Beatrice, thou lovest me.
Beat. Do not swear by it, and eat it.

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Intimacy.

Bene. I will swear by it, that you love me; and I will make him eat it, that says, I love not you.

Beat. Will you not eat your word ?

Bene. With no sauce that can be devised to it: I protest, I love thee. Beat. Why then, heaven forgive me! Bene. What offence, sweet Beatrice ?

Beat. You have staid me in a happy hour ; I was about to protest, I loved you..

Bene. And do it with all thy heart.

Beat. I love you with so much of my heart, that none is left to protest.

Bene. Come, bid me do any thing for thee.
Beat. Kill Claudio.
Bene. Ha! not for the wide world.
Beat. You kill me to deny it: Farewell.
Bene. Tarry, sweet Beatrice.

Beat. I am gone, though I am here ; There is no love in you:

Nay, I pray you, let me go.
Bene. Beatrice,
Beat. In faith, I will go.

Bene. We'll be friends first. · Beat. You dare easier be friends with me, than fight with mine enemy: Bene. Is Claudio thine enemy?

Beat. Is he not approved in the height a villain, that hath slandered, scorned, dishonoured my

kinswoman?_0, that I were a man!— What! bear her in hand until they come to take hands ; and then with publick accusation, uncovered slander, unmitigated rancour, O, that I were a man! I would eat his heart in the market-place. Bene. Hear me, Beatrice ;

Beat. Talk with a man out at a window ? proper saying!

Bene. Nay, but, Beatrice ;

Beat. Sweet Hero !-- she is wronged, she is slandered, she is undone.

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Beat. Princes, and counties 6 ! Surely, a princely testimony, a goodly count-confect?; a sweet gallant, surely ! O, that I were a man for his sake! or that I had

any friend would be a man for my sake! But manhood is melted into courtesies, valour into compliment, and men are only turned into tongue, and trim ones too: he is now as valiant as Hercules, that only tells a lie, and swears it :- I cannot be a man with wishing, therefore I will die a woman with grieving.

Bene. Tarry, good Beatrice: By this hand, I love thee. Beat. Use it for my love some other way

than swearing by it.

Bene. Think you in your soul the count Claudio hath wronged Hero?

Beat. Yea, as sure as I have a thought, or a soul.

Bene. Enough, I am engaged, I will challenge him ; I will kiss your hand, and so leave you : By this hand, Claudio shall render me a dear account: As you hear of me, so think of me.

Go, comfort your cousin: I must say, she is dead; and so, farewell.

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Enter DOGBERRY, Verges, and Sexton, in gowns ;
and the Watch, with CONRADE and BORACHIO.
Dogb. Is our whole dissembly appeared ?
Verg. O, a stool and a cushion for the sexton !
Sexton. Which be the malefactors ?
Dogb. Marry, that am I and my partner.

Verg. Nay, that's certain ; we have the exhibition to examine.

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examined ? let them come before master constable.

Dogb. Yea, marry, let them come before me. What is your name, friend ?

Bora. Borachio.

Dogo. Pray write down — Borachio. -Yours, sirrah?

Con. I am a gentleman, sir, and my name is Conrade.

Dogb. Write down-master gentleman Conrade. -- Masters, it is proved already that you are little better than false knaves ; and it will go near to be thought so shortly. How answer you for yourselves ?

Con. Marry, sir, we say we are none.

Dogb. A marvellous witty fellow, I assure you ; but I will go about with him. — Come you hither, sirrah : a word in your ear, sir; I say to you, it is thought you are false knaves.

Bora. Sir, I say to you, we are none. Dogb. Well, stand aside. — They are both in a tale: Have you writ down. that they are none ?

Secton. Master constable, you go not the way to examine ; you must call forth the watch that are their accusers. Dogb. Yea, marry,

that's the eftest

way:

:--Let the watch come forth Masters, I charge you, in the prince's name, accuse these men.

1 Watch. This man said, sir, that Don John, the prince's brother, was a villain.

Dogb. Write down — prince John a villain : Why this is flat perjury, to call a prince's brother villain.

Bora. Master constable,

Dogb. Pray thee, fellow, peace; I do not like thy look, I promise thee. Sexton. What heard

you

him 2 Watch. Marry, that he had received a thousand ducats of Don John, for accusing the lady Hero wrongfully,

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Dogb. Flat burglary, as ever was committed,
Verg. Yea, by the mass, that it is.
Sexton. What else, fellow ?

1 Watch. And that count Claudio did mean, upon his words, to disgrace Hero before the whole assembly, and not marry her.

Dogb. O villain! thou wilt be condemned into everlasting redemption for this.

Sexton. What else? 2 Watch. This is all,

Sexton. And this is more, masters, than you can deny. Prince John is this morning secretly stolen away; Hero was in this manner accused, in this very manner refused, and upon the grief of this, suddenly died. - Master constable, let these men be bound, and brought to Leonato's; I will go before, and show him their examination. [Exit.

Dogb. Come, let them be opinioned.
Verg. Let them be in band.
Con. Off, coxcomb !
Dogb. Where's the sexton ? let him write down

- the prince's officer, coxcomb.- Come, bind them :

Thou naughty varlet !
Con, Away! you are an ass, you are an ass.

Dogb. Dost thou not suspect my place? Dost thou not suspect my years ? -- that he were here to write me down an ass ! - but, masters, remember, that I am an ass; though it be not written down, yet forget not that I am an ass: No, thou villain, thou art full of piety, as shall be proved upon thee by good witness. I am a wise fellow; and, which is more, an officer; and, which is more, a housholder : and, which is more, as pretty a piece of flesh as any is in Messina; and one that knows the law, go to; and a rich fellow enough, go to; and a fellow that hath had losses; and one that hath two gowns, and every thing handsome about

Bring him away. O, that I had been writ down

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