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But for my will, my will is, your good will
May stand with ours, this day to be conjoin'd
I'th' state of honourable marriage,
In which, good Friar, I shall desire your help.

Leon. My heart is with your liking.
Friar. And my help.


Ε Ν Ε Χ.

Enter Don Pedro and Claudio with Attendants.
Pedro. Good morrow to this fair assembly.

Leon. Good morrow, Prince, good morrow, Claudio,
We here attend you; are you yet determin’d
To-day to marry with


brother's daughter? Claud. I'll hold my mind, were she an Ethiope. Leon. Call her forth, brother, here's the Friar ready.

[Exit Ant. Pedro. Good morrow, Benedick ; why, what's the

That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?

Claud. I think he thinks upon the savage bull:
Tush, fear not, man, we'll tip thy horns with gold,
And so all Europe shall rejoice at thee,
As once Europa did at lusty Jové,
When he would play the noble beast in love.

Bene. Bull Jove, Sir, had an amiable low,
And some such strange bull leapt your father's cow,
And got a calf in that same noble feat,
Much like to you, for you have just his bleat.


Enter Antonio with Hero, Beatrice, Margaret, and

Ursula, mask'd.
Claud. For this I owe you ; here come other recknings.
Which is the Lady I must seize upon ?


Leon. This fame is she, and I do give you her.
Claud. Why then she's mine ; sweet, let me see your face.
Leon. No, that you shall not, 'till you take her hand

Before this Friar, and swear to marry her.

Claud. Give me your hand; before this holy Friar, I am your husband if you like of me.

. Hero. And when I liv'd, I was your other wife.

[Unmasking. And when you lov'd, you were my other husband.

Claud. Another Hero?

Hero. Nothing certainer.
One Hero dy'd defild, but I do live;
And surely as I live I am a maid.

Pedro. The former Hero! Hero that is dead!
Leon. She dy'd, my Lord, but whiles her Nander liv'd.

Friar. All this amazement can I qualifie.
When after that the holy rites are ended,
Pll tell 8 'you' largely of fair Hero's death:
Mean time let wonder seem familiar,
And to the chappel let us presently.

Bene. Soft and fair, Friar. Which is Beatrice?
Beat. I answer to that name; what is your will?
Bene. Do not you love me?
Beat. Why, no; no more than reason.

Bene. Why then your uncle and the Prince, and Claudio Have been deceiv'd; for they did swear you did.

Beat. Do not you love me?
Bene. Troth, no; no more than reason.

Beat. Why then my cousin, Margaret and Ursula
Are much deceiv’d; for they did swear you did.

Bene. They swore you were almost fick for me.
Boat. They swore you were well-nigh dead for me,
Bene, 'Tis no matter; then you do not love m?
Beat. No truly, but in friendly recompence.
Leon. Come, cousin, I am sure you love the gentleman.
Claud. And I'll be sworn upon't that he loves her,


For here's a paper written in his hand,
A halting sonnet of his own pure brain,
Fashion'd to Beatrice.

Hero. And here's another,
Writ in my cousin's hand, stol’n from her pocket,
Containing her affection unto Benedick.

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 ' 'now' deny you; but by this good day, I yield upon great persuasion, and partly to save your life ; for as I was told, you were in a consumption.

Bene. Peace, I will stop your mouth. [Kisses her. Pedro. How dost thou, Benedick, the married man?

Bene. I'll tell thee what, Prince; a college of witcrackers cannot fout me out of my humour: dost thou think I care for a satyr, or an epigram? no: if a man will be beaten with brains, he 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 unbruis'd, and love my cousin.

Claud. I had well hoped thou would'st have denied Beatrice, that I might have cudgelld 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 marry'd, that we may lighten our own hearts, and our wives heels.

Leon. We'll have dancing afterwards.

Bene. First, o'my word; therefore play, musick. Prince, thou art sad, get thee a wife, get thee a wife; there is no staff more reverend than one tipt with horn.

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Enter Messenger. Mel. My Lord, your brother John is ta’en in fight, And brought with armed men back to Meshna.

Bene. Think not on him 'till to-morrow: I'll devise thee brave punishments for him. Strike up, Pipers. [Dance.

(Exeunt omnes.

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