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me; and I
Bene. I will swear by it, that you
love will make himn 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, God forgive me !
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. I am gone, though I am here ;--There is no love in you :-Nay, I pray you, let me go.
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 kinsa woman?-0, that I were a man! - What! bear her in hand 8 until they come to take hands; and then with publick accusation, uncovered slander, unmiti
8 Delude her with hopes.
gated rancour,--O God, 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 ?-a proper saying!
Bene. Nay but, Beatrice;
Beat. Sweet Hero !-she is wronged, she is slandered, she is undone.
Beat. Princes, and counties !9 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
1 A nobleman made out of sugar.
cousin : well.
I must say, she is dead; and so, fare
Enter Dogberry, Verges, and Sexton, in gowns ;
and the Watch, with CONRADE and BORACHIO.
Verg. Nay, that's certain; we have the exhibition to examine.
Sexton. But which are the offenders that are to be examined ? let them come before master constable.
Dogb. Yea, marry, let them come before me.-
Dogb. Pray write down-Borachio.-Yours, sirrah?
Con. I am a gentleman, sir, and my name is Conrade.
Dogb. Write down-master gentleman Conrade.Masters, do you serve God?
Con. Bora. Yea, sir, we hope.
Dogb. Write down—that they hope they serve God :-and write God first; for God defend but God should
before such villains -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 yous 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.--'Fore God, they are both in a tale : Have you writ down that they are none ?
Sexton. 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 say
else? 2 Watch. Marry, that he had received a thousand ducats of Don John, for accusing the lady Hero wrongfully.
Dogb, Flat burglary, as ever was committed.
1 Watch. And that count Claudio did mean, upon his words, to disgrace Hero before the whole assembly, and not marry her.
Dogb. O villiain! thou wilt be condemned into everlasting redemption for this.
Sexton. What else?
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.3 Con. Off, coxcomb !.
Dogb. God's my life! where's the sexton ? let him write down the prince's officer, coxcomb. Come, bind them :
-Thou naughty varlet !
Dogb. Dost thou not suspect my place? Dost thou not suspect my years ?-O 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 wit
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