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Much adoe about Nothing. Then this for whom we rendred vp this woe. Exeunt.
[Act 5, Scene 4] Enter Leonato, Bene. Marg. Vrsula, old man, Frier, Hero. Frier. Did I not tell you she was innocent? Leo.
[2495]
So are the Prince and Claudio who accus'd her, Vpon the errour that you heard debated: But Margaret was in some fault for this, Although against her will as it appeares, In the true course of all the question.
Old.
[2500]
Well, I am glad that all things sort so well.
Bene. And so am I, being else by faith enforc'd To call young Claudio to a reckoning for it. Leo. Well daughter, and you gentlewomen all, Withdraw into a chamber by your selues,
[2505]
And when I send for you, come hither mask'd: The Prince and Claudio promis'd by this howre To visit me, you know your office Brother, You must be father to your brothers daughter, And giue her to young Claudio.
Exeunt Ladies. Old.
[2510]
Which I will doe with confirm'd countenance.
Bene. Frier, I must intreat your paines, I thinke. Frier. To doe what Signior? Bene. To binde me, or vndoe me, one of them: Signior Leonato, truth it is good Signior,
[2515]
Your neece regards me with an eye of fauour.
Leo. That eye my daughter lent her, 'tis most true. Bene. And I doe with an eye of loue requite her. Leo. The sight whereof I thinke you had from me, From Claudio, and the Prince, but what's your will? Bened.
[2520]
Your answer sir is Enigmaticall, But for my will, my will is, your good will May stand with ours, this day to be conioyn'd, In the state of honourable marriage, In which (good Frier) I shall desire your helpe.
Leon.
[2525]
My heart is with your liking.
Frier. And my helpe. Enter Prince and Claudio, with attendants. Prin. Good morrow to this faire assembly. Leo. Good morrow Prince, good morrow Claudio: We heere attend you, are you yet determin'd,
[2530]
To day to marry with my brothers daughter?
Claud. Ile hold my minde were she an Ethiope. Leo. Call her forth brother, heres the Frier ready. Prin. Good morrow Benedike Benedicke , why what's the matter? That you haue such a Februarie face,
[2535]
So full of frost, of storme, and clowdinesse.
Claud. I thinke he thinkes vpon the sauage bull: Tush, feare not man, wee'll tip thy hornes with gold, And all Europa shall reioyce at thee, As once Europa did at lusty Ioue,
[2540]
When he would play the noble beast in loue.
Ben. Bull Ioue sir, had an amiable low, And some such strange bull leapt your fathers Cow, A got a Calfe in that same noble feat, Much like to you, for you haue iust his bleat. Enter brother, Hero, Beatrice, Margaret, Vrsula. Cla.
[2545]
For this I owe you: here comes other recknings. Which is the Lady I must seize vpon?
Leo. This same is she, and I doe giue you her. Cla. Why then she's mine, sweet let me see your face. Leon. No that you shal not, till you take her hand,
[2550]
Before this Frier, and sweare to marry her.
Clau. Giue me your hand before this holy Frier, I am your husband if you like of me. Hero. And when I liu'd I was your other wife, And when you lou'd, you were my other husband. Clau.
[2555]
Another Hero?

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Hero. Nothing certainer. One Hero died, but I doe liue, And surely as I liue, I am a maid. Prin. The former Hero, Hero that is dead. Leon.
[2560]
Shee died my Lord, but whiles her slander liu'd.
Frier. All this amazement can I qualifie, When after that the holy rites are ended, Ile tell you largely of faire Heroes death: Meane time let wonder seeme familiar,
[2565]
And to the chappell let vs presently.
Ben. Soft and faire Frier, which is Beatrice? Beat. I answer to that name, what is your will? Bene.

Doe not you loue me?

Beat.

Why no, no more then reason.

Bene.
[2570]

Why then your Vncle, and the Prince, & Clau­ dio , haue beene deceiued, they swore you did.

Beat.

Doe not you loue mee?

Bene. Troth no, no more then reason. Beat. Why then my Cosin Margaret and Vrsula
[2575]
Are much deceiu'd, for they did sweare you did.
Bene.

They swore you were almost sicke for me.

Beat.

They swore you were welȑnye dead for me.

Bene.

'Tis no matter, then you doe not loue me?

Beat. No truly, but in friendly recompence. Leon.
[2580]
Come Cosin, I am sure you loue the gentlemā gentleman .
Clau. And Ile be sworne vpon't, that he loues her, For heres a paper written in his hand, A halting sonnet of his owne pure braine, Fashioned to Beatrice. Hero.
[2585]
And heeres another, Writ in my cosins hand, stolne from her pocket, Containing her affection vnto Benedicke.
Bene.

A miracle, here's our owne hands against our

hearts: come I will haue thee, but by this light I take

[2590]

thee for pittie.

Beat.

I would not denie you, but by this good day, I

yeeld vpon great perswasion, & partly to saue your life,

for I was told, you were in a consumption.

Leon.

Peace I will stop your mouth.

Prin.
[2595]
How dost thou Benedicke the married man?
Bene.

Ile tell thee what Prince: a Colledge of witteȑ

crackers cannot flout mee out of my humour, dost thou

think I care for a Satyre or an Epigram? no, if a man will

be beaten with braines, a shall weare nothing handsome

[2600]

about him: in briefe, since I do purpose to marry, I will

thinke nothing to any purpose that the world can say a­

gainst it, and therefore neuer flout at me, for I haue said

against it: for man is a giddy thing, and this is my con­

clusion: for thy part Claudio, I did thinke to haue beaten

[2605]

thee, but in that thou art like to be my kinsman, liue vn­

bruis'd, and loue my cousin.

Cla.

I had well hop'd y u wouldst haue denied Beatrice, y t

I might haue cudgel'd thee out of thy single life, to make

thee a double dealer, which out of questiō question thou wilt be,

[2610]

if my Cousin do not looke exceeding narrowly to thee.

Bene.

Come, come, we are friends, let's haue a dance

ere we are married, that we may lighten our own hearts,

and our wiues heeles.

Leon.

Wee'll haue dancing afterward.

Bene.
[2615]

First, of my vvord word , therfore play musick. Prince,

thou art sad, get thee a vvife wife , get thee a vvife wife , there is no

staff more reuerend then one tipt with horn.

Enter. Mes. Messen. My Lord, your brother Iohn is tane in flight, And brought with armed men backe to Messina. Bene.
[2620]

Thinke not on him till to morrow, ile deuise

thee braue punishments for him: strike vp Pipers. Dance.

L
FINIS.

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[Act 5, Scene 4] Enter Leonato, Bene. Marg. Vrsula, old man, Frier, Hero. Frier. Did I not tell you she was innocent? Leo.
[2495]
So are the Prince and Claudio who accus'd her, Vpon the errour that you heard debated: But Margaret was in some fault for this, Although against her will as it appeares, In the true course of all the question.
Old.
[2500]
Well, I am glad that all things sort so well.
Bene. And so am I, being else by faith enforc'd To call young Claudio to a reckoning for it. Leo. Well daughter, and you gentlewomen all, Withdraw into a chamber by your selues,
[2505]
And when I send for you, come hither mask'd: The Prince and Claudio promis'd by this howre To visit me, you know your office Brother, You must be father to your brothers daughter, And giue her to young Claudio.
Exeunt Ladies. Old.
[2510]
Which I will doe with confirm'd countenance.
Bene. Frier, I must intreat your paines, I thinke. Frier. To doe what Signior? Bene. To binde me, or vndoe me, one of them: Signior Leonato, truth it is good Signior,
[2515]
Your neece regards me with an eye of fauour.
Leo. That eye my daughter lent her, 'tis most true. Bene. And I doe with an eye of loue requite her. Leo. The sight whereof I thinke you had from me, From Claudio, and the Prince, but what's your will? Bened.
[2520]
Your answer sir is Enigmaticall, But for my will, my will is, your good will May stand with ours, this day to be conioyn'd, In the state of honourable marriage, In which (good Frier) I shall desire your helpe.
Leon.
[2525]
My heart is with your liking.
Frier. And my helpe. Enter Prince and Claudio, with attendants. Prin. Good morrow to this faire assembly. Leo. Good morrow Prince, good morrow Claudio: We heere attend you, are you yet determin'd,
[2530]
To day to marry with my brothers daughter?
Claud. Ile hold my minde were she an Ethiope. Leo. Call her forth brother, heres the Frier ready. Prin. Good morrow Benedike Benedicke , why what's the matter? That you haue such a Februarie face,
[2535]
So full of frost, of storme, and clowdinesse.
Claud. I thinke he thinkes vpon the sauage bull: Tush, feare not man, wee'll tip thy hornes with gold, And all Europa shall reioyce at thee, As once Europa did at lusty Ioue,
[2540]
When he would play the noble beast in loue.
Ben. Bull Ioue sir, had an amiable low, And some such strange bull leapt your fathers Cow, A got a Calfe in that same noble feat, Much like to you, for you haue iust his bleat. Enter brother, Hero, Beatrice, Margaret, Vrsula. Cla.
[2545]
For this I owe you: here comes other recknings. Which is the Lady I must seize vpon?
Leo. This same is she, and I doe giue you her. Cla. Why then she's mine, sweet let me see your face. Leon. No that you shal not, till you take her hand,
[2550]
Before this Frier, and sweare to marry her.
Clau. Giue me your hand before this holy Frier, I am your husband if you like of me. Hero. And when I liu'd I was your other wife, And when you lou'd, you were my other husband. Clau.
[2555]
Another Hero?
Hero. Nothing certainer. One Hero died, but I doe liue, And surely as I liue, I am a maid. Prin. The former Hero, Hero that is dead. Leon.
[2560]
Shee died my Lord, but whiles her slander liu'd.
Frier. All this amazement can I qualifie, When after that the holy rites are ended, Ile tell you largely of faire Heroes death: Meane time let wonder seeme familiar,
[2565]
And to the chappell let vs presently.
Ben. Soft and faire Frier, which is Beatrice? Beat. I answer to that name, what is your will? Bene.

Doe not you loue me?

Beat.

Why no, no more then reason.

Bene.
[2570]

Why then your Vncle, and the Prince, & Clau­ dio , haue beene deceiued, they swore you did.

Beat.

Doe not you loue mee?

Bene. Troth no, no more then reason. Beat. Why then my Cosin Margaret and Vrsula
[2575]
Are much deceiu'd, for they did sweare you did.
Bene.

They swore you were almost sicke for me.

Beat.

They swore you were welȑnye dead for me.

Bene.

'Tis no matter, then you doe not loue me?

Beat. No truly, but in friendly recompence. Leon.
[2580]
Come Cosin, I am sure you loue the gentlemāgentleman .
Clau. And Ile be sworne vpon't, that he loues her, For heres a paper written in his hand, A halting sonnet of his owne pure braine, Fashioned to Beatrice. Hero.
[2585]
And heeres another, Writ in my cosins hand, stolne from her pocket, Containing her affection vnto Benedicke.
Bene.

A miracle, here's our owne hands against our

hearts: come I will haue thee, but by this light I take

[2590]

thee for pittie.

Beat.

I would not denie you, but by this good day, I

yeeld vpon great perswasion, & partly to saue your life,

for I was told, you were in a consumption.

Leon.

Peace I will stop your mouth.

Prin.
[2595]
How dost thou Benedicke the married man?
Bene.

Ile tell thee what Prince: a Colledge of witteȑ

crackers cannot flout mee out of my humour, dost thou

think I care for a Satyre or an Epigram? no, if a man will

be beaten with braines, a shall weare nothing handsome

[2600]

about him: in briefe, since I do purpose to marry, I will

thinke nothing to any purpose that the world can say a­

gainst it, and therefore neuer flout at me, for I haue said

against it: for man is a giddy thing, and this is my con­

clusion: for thy part Claudio, I did thinke to haue beaten

[2605]

thee, but in that thou art like to be my kinsman, liue vn­

bruis'd, and loue my cousin.

Cla.

I had well hop'd y u wouldst haue denied Beatrice, y t

I might haue cudgel'd thee out of thy single life, to make

thee a double dealer, which out of questiōquestion thou wilt be,

[2610]

if my Cousin do not looke exceeding narrowly to thee.

Bene.

Come, come, we are friends, let's haue a dance

ere we are married, that we may lighten our own hearts,

and our wiues heeles.

Leon.

Wee'll haue dancing afterward.

Bene.
[2615]

First, of my vvord word , therfore play musick. Prince,

thou art sad, get thee a vvife wife , get thee a vvife wife , there is no

staff more reuerend then one tipt with horn.

Enter. Mes. Messen. My Lord, your brother Iohn is tane in flight, And brought with armed men backe to Messina. Bene.
[2620]

Thinke not on him till to morrow, ile deuise

thee braue punishments for him: strike vp Pipers. Dance.

 

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   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter Leonato, Bene. Marg. Vrsula, old man, Frier, Hero.</stage>
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      <speaker rend="italic">Bene.</speaker>
      <l n="2511">Frier, I must intreat your paines, I thinke.</l>
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      <l n="2512">To doe what Signior?</l>
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      <speaker rend="italic">Bene.</speaker>
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      <speaker rend="italic">Leo.</speaker>
      <l n="2516">That eye my daughter lent her, 'tis most true.</l>
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      <speaker rend="italic">Bene.</speaker>
      <l n="2517">And I doe with an eye of loue requite her.</l>
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      <speaker rend="italic">Leo.</speaker>
      <l n="2518">The sight whereof I thinke you had from me,</l>
      <l n="2519">From<hi rend="italic">Claudio</hi>, and the<hi rend="italic">Prince</hi>, but what's your will?</l>
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   <sp who="#F-ado-ben">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bened.</speaker>
      <l n="2520">Your answer sir is Enigmaticall,</l>
      <l n="2521">But for my will, my will is, your good will</l>
      <l n="2522">May stand with ours, this day to be conioyn'd,</l>
      <l n="2523">In the state of honourable marriage,</l>
      <l n="2524">In which (good Frier) I shall desire your helpe.</l>
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   <sp who="#F-ado-leo">
      <speaker rend="italic">Leon.</speaker>
      <l n="2525">My heart is with your liking.</l>
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   <sp who="#F-ado-fra">
      <speaker rend="italic">Frier.</speaker>
      <l n="2526">And my helpe.</l>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic center" type="entrance">Enter Prince and Claudio, with attendants.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ped">
      <speaker rend="italic">Prin.</speaker>
      <l n="2527">Good morrow to this faire assembly.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-leo">
      <speaker rend="italic">Leo.</speaker>
      <l n="2528">Good morrow<hi rend="italic">Prince</hi>, good morrow<hi rend="italic">Claudio</hi>:</l>
      <l n="2529">We heere attend you, are you yet determin'd,</l>
      <l n="2530">To day to marry with my brothers daughter?</l>
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   <sp who="#F-ado-cla">
      <speaker rend="italic">Claud.</speaker>
      <l n="2531">Ile hold my minde were she an Ethiope.</l>
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   <sp who="#F-ado-leo">
      <speaker rend="italic">Leo.</speaker>
      <l n="2532">Call her forth brother, heres the Frier ready.</l>
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   <sp who="#F-ado-ped">
      <speaker rend="italic">Prin.</speaker>
      <l n="2533">Good morrow<hi rend="italic">
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         </hi>, why what's the matter?</l>
      <l n="2534">That you haue such a Februarie face,</l>
      <l n="2535">So full of frost, of storme, and clowdinesse.</l>
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   <sp who="#F-ado-cla">
      <speaker rend="italic">Claud.</speaker>
      <l n="2536">I thinke he thinkes vpon the sauage bull:</l>
      <l n="2537">Tush, feare not man, wee'll tip thy hornes with gold,</l>
      <l n="2538">And all Europa shall reioyce at thee,</l>
      <l n="2539">As once<hi rend="italic">Europa</hi>did at lusty<hi rend="italic">Ioue</hi>,</l>
      <l n="2540">When he would play the noble beast in loue.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ben">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ben.</speaker>
      <l n="2541">Bull<hi rend="italic">Ioue</hi>sir, had an amiable low,</l>
      <l n="2542">And some such strange bull leapt your fathers Cow,</l>
      <l n="2543">A got a Calfe in that same noble feat,</l>
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      <speaker rend="italic">Cla.</speaker>
      <l n="2545">For this I owe you: here comes other recknings.</l>
      <l n="2546">Which is the Lady I must seize vpon?</l>
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   <sp who="#F-ado-leo">
      <speaker rend="italic">Leo.</speaker>
      <l n="2547">This same is she, and I doe giue you her.</l>
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      <speaker rend="italic">Cla.</speaker>
      <l n="2548">Why then she's mine, sweet let me see your face.</l>
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      <speaker rend="italic">Leon.</speaker>
      <l n="2549">No that you shal not, till you take her hand,</l>
      <l n="2550">Before this Frier, and sweare to marry her.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-cla">
      <speaker rend="italic">Clau.</speaker>
      <l n="2551">Giue me your hand before this holy Frier,</l>
      <l n="2552">I am your husband if you like of me.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-her">
      <speaker rend="italic">Hero.</speaker>
      <l n="2553">And when I liu'd I was your other wife,</l>
      <l n="2554">And when you lou'd, you were my other husband.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-cla">
      <speaker rend="italic">Clau.</speaker>
      <l n="2555">Another<hi rend="italic">Hero?</hi>
      </l>
   </sp>
   <cb n="2"/>
   <sp who="#F-ado-her">
      <speaker rend="italic">Hero.</speaker>
      <l n="2556">Nothing certainer.</l>
      <l n="2557">One<hi rend="italic">Hero</hi>died, but I doe liue,</l>
      <l n="2558">And surely as I liue, I am a maid.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ped">
      <speaker rend="italic">Prin.</speaker>
      <l n="2559">The former<hi rend="italic">Hero</hi>,<hi rend="italic">Hero</hi>that is dead.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-leo">
      <speaker rend="italic">Leon.</speaker>
      <l n="2560">Shee died my Lord, but whiles her slander liu'd.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-fra">
      <speaker rend="italic">Frier.</speaker>
      <l n="2561">All this amazement can I qualifie,</l>
      <l n="2562">When after that the holy rites are ended,</l>
      <l n="2563">Ile tell you largely of faire<hi rend="italic">Heroes</hi>death:</l>
      <l n="2564">Meane time let wonder seeme familiar,</l>
      <l n="2565">And to the chappell let vs presently.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ben">
      <speaker rend="italic">Ben.</speaker>
      <l n="2566">Soft and faire Frier, which is<hi rend="italic">Beatrice</hi>?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-bea">
      <speaker rend="italic">Beat.</speaker>
      <l n="2567">I answer to that name, what is your will?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ben">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bene.</speaker>
      <p n="2568">Doe not you loue me?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-bea">
      <speaker rend="italic">Beat.</speaker>
      <p n="2569">Why no, no more then reason.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ben">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bene.</speaker>
      <p n="2570">Why then your Vncle, and the Prince, &amp;<hi rend="italic">Clau­
      <lb n="2571"/>dio</hi>, haue beene deceiued, they swore you did.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-bea">
      <speaker rend="italic">Beat.</speaker>
      <p n="2572">Doe not you loue mee?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ben">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bene.</speaker>
      <l n="2573">Troth no, no more then reason.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-bea">
      <speaker rend="italic">Beat.</speaker>
      <l n="2574">Why then my Cosin<hi rend="italic">Margaret</hi>and<hi rend="italic">Vrsula</hi>
      </l>
      <l n="2575">Are much deceiu'd, for they did sweare you did.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ben">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bene.</speaker>
      <p n="2576">They swore you were almost sicke for me.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-bea">
      <speaker rend="italic">Beat.</speaker>
      <p n="2577">They swore you were welȑnye dead for me.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ben">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bene.</speaker>
      <p n="2578">'Tis no matter, then you doe not loue me?</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-bea">
      <speaker rend="italic">Beat.</speaker>
      <l n="2579">No truly, but in friendly recompence.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-leo">
      <speaker rend="italic">Leon.</speaker>
      <l n="2580">Come Cosin, I am sure you loue the<choice>
            <abbr>gentlemā</abbr>
            <expan>gentleman</expan>
         </choice>.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-cla">
      <speaker rend="italic">Clau.</speaker>
      <l n="2581">And Ile be sworne vpon't, that he loues her,</l>
      <l n="2582">For heres a paper written in his hand,</l>
      <l n="2583">A halting sonnet of his owne pure braine,</l>
      <l n="2584">Fashioned to<hi rend="italic">Beatrice</hi>.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-her">
      <speaker rend="italic">Hero.</speaker>
      <l n="2585">And heeres another,</l>
      <l n="2586">Writ in my cosins hand, stolne from her pocket,</l>
      <l n="2587">Containing her affection vnto<hi rend="italic">Benedicke</hi>.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ben">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bene.</speaker>
      <p n="2588">A miracle, here's our owne hands against our
      <lb n="2589"/>hearts: come I will haue thee, but by this light I take
      <lb n="2590"/>thee for pittie.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-bea">
      <speaker rend="italic">Beat.</speaker>
      <p n="2591">I would not denie you, but by this good day, I
      <lb n="2592"/>yeeld vpon great perswasion, &amp; partly to saue your life,
      <lb n="2593"/>for I was told, you were in a consumption.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-leo">
      <speaker rend="italic">Leon.</speaker>
      <p n="2594">Peace I will stop your mouth.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ped">
      <speaker rend="italic">Prin.</speaker>
      <l n="2595">How dost thou<hi rend="italic">Benedicke</hi>the married man?</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ben">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bene.</speaker>
      <p n="2596">Ile tell thee what Prince: a Colledge of witteȑ
      <lb n="2597"/>crackers cannot flout mee out of my humour, dost thou
      <lb n="2598"/>think I care for a Satyre or an Epigram? no, if a man will
      <lb n="2599"/>be beaten with braines, a shall weare nothing handsome
      <lb n="2600"/>about him: in briefe, since I do purpose to marry, I will
      <lb n="2601"/>thinke nothing to any purpose that the world can say a­
      <lb n="2602"/>gainst it, and therefore neuer flout at me, for I haue said
      <lb n="2603"/>against it: for man is a giddy thing, and this is my con­
      <lb n="2604"/>clusion: for thy part<hi rend="italic">Claudio</hi>, I did thinke to haue beaten
      <lb n="2605"/>thee, but in that thou art like to be my kinsman, liue vn­
      <lb n="2606"/>bruis'd, and loue my cousin.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-cla">
      <speaker rend="italic">Cla.</speaker>
      <p n="2607">I had well hop'd y<c rend="superscript">u</c>wouldst haue denied<hi rend="italic">Beatrice</hi>, y<c rend="superscript">t</c>
         
      <lb n="2608"/>I might haue cudgel'd thee out of thy single life, to make
      <lb n="2609"/>thee a double dealer, which out of<choice>
            <abbr>questiō</abbr>
            <expan>question</expan>
         </choice>thou wilt be,
      <lb n="2610"/>if my Cousin do not looke exceeding narrowly to thee.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ben">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bene.</speaker>
      <p n="2611">Come, come, we are friends, let's haue a dance
      <lb n="2612"/>ere we are married, that we may lighten our own hearts,
      <lb n="2613"/>and our wiues heeles.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-leo">
      <speaker rend="italic">Leon.</speaker>
      <p n="2614">Wee'll haue dancing afterward.</p>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ben">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bene.</speaker>
      <p n="2615">First, of my<choice>
            <orig>vvord</orig>
            <corr>word</corr>
         </choice>, therfore play musick.<hi rend="italic">Prince</hi>,
      <lb n="2616"/>thou art sad, get thee a<choice>
            <orig>vvife</orig>
            <corr>wife</corr>
         </choice>, get thee a<choice>
            <orig>vvife</orig>
            <corr>wife</corr>
         </choice>, there is no
      <lb n="2617"/>staff more reuerend then one tipt with horn.</p>
   </sp>
   <stage rend="italic rightJustified" type="enter">Enter. Mes.</stage>
   <sp who="#F-ado-mes">
      <speaker rend="italic">Messen.</speaker>
      <l n="2618">My Lord, your brother Iohn is tane in flight,</l>
      <l n="2619">And brought with armed men backe to<hi rend="italic">Messina</hi>.</l>
   </sp>
   <sp who="#F-ado-ben">
      <speaker rend="italic">Bene.</speaker>
      <p n="2620">Thinke not on him till to morrow, ile deuise
      <lb n="2621"/>thee braue punishments for him: strike vp Pipers.<hi rend="italic">Dance</hi>.</p>
   </sp>
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