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there is no believing old signs : he brushes his hato' mornings : What should that bode?

161 Pedro. Hath any man seen him at the barber's ?

" Claud. No, but the barber's, man hath been seen “ with him; and the old ornament of his cheek hath $already stuff'd tennis-balls.

Leon. Indeed, he looks younger than he did, by “ the loss of a beard."

Pedro. Nay, he rubs himself with civet : Can you smell him out by that ? ,

Claud. That's as much as to say, The sweet youth's is love.

Pedro. The greatest note of it, is his melancholy. " Claud. And when was he wont to wash his face?

Pedro. Yea, or to paint himself? for the whichig I hear, what they say of him.”

Claud. Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is now crept into a lute-string, “ and now govern’d by

stops.” · Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for him: Conclude, conclude he is in love.

189 Claud. Nay, but I know who loves him.

Pedro. That would I know too; I warrant, one that knows him not.

Claud. Yes, and his ill conditions; and, in despight of all, dies for him. · Pedro. She shall be buried with her face upwards.

Bene. Yet is this no charm for the tooth-ach. Old signior, walk aside with me; I have studied eight

or nine wise words to speak to you, which these hobby-horses must not hear.

190 [Exeunt BENEDICK and LEONATO. Pedro. For my life, to break with him about Beatrice,

Claud. 'Tis even so: Hero and Margaret have by this time play'd their parts with Beatrice; and then the two bears will not bite one another, when they meet.

Enter Don John.
John. My lord and brother, God save you.
Pedro. Good den, brother.

John. If your leisure serv'd, I would speak with you.

Pedro. In private ?

John. If it please you :--yet count Claudio may hear; for what I would speak of, concerns him.

Pedro. What's the matter?

John. Means your lordship to be marry'd to-more row?

[T. CLAUDIO Pedro. You know, he does.

John. I know not that, when he knows what I know,

Claud. If there be any impediment, I pray yoụ, discover it.

John. You may think, I love you not; let that appear hereafter, and aim better at me by that I now will manifest: For my brother, I think, he holds you well; and in dearness of heart hath holp to effect

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your ensuing marriage : surely, suit ill-spent, and labour ill-bestow d!

Pedro. Why, what's the matter?

John. I came hither to tell you, and circumstances shorten’d (for she hath been too long a talking of), the lady is disloyal.

221 Claud. Who? Hero?

John. Even she; Leonato's Hero, your Hero, every man's Hero.

Claud. Disloyal ?

John. The word is too good to paint out her wickedness; I could say; she were worse; think you of a worse title, and I will fit her to it. Wonder not till further warrant : go but with me tonight, you shall see her chamber-window enter'd; even the night before her wedding-day: if you love her then, to-morrow wed her ; but it would better fit your honour to change your mind.

233 Claud. May this be so ? Pedro. I will not think it.

John. If you dare not trust that you see, confess not that you know : If you will follow me, I will shew you enough : and when you have seen more, and heard more, proceed accordingly.

239 Claud. If I see any thing to-night why I should not marry her; to-morrow, in the congregation, where I should wed, there will I shame her.

Pedro. And, as I wooed for thee to obtain her, I will join with thee to disgrace her. John. I will disparage her no farther, till you aré

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my witnesses : bear it coldly but till midnight, and let the issue shew itself.

Pedro. O day untowardly turned !
" Claud. O mischief strangely thwarting!

John. O plague right well, prevented! 25 So you will say, when you have seen the sequel.",

[Excunt.

SCENE III.

The Street.

Enter DOGBERRY and VERGES, with the

Watch.

Dogb. Are you good men and true ?

Verg. Yea, or else it were pity but they should suffer salvation, body and soul.

Dogb. Nay that were a punishment too good for them, if they should have any allegiance in them, being chosen for the prince's watch.

Verg. Well, give them their charge, neighbour Dogberry.

Dogb. First, who think you the most desartless man to be constable ?

261 1 Watch. Hugh Oatcake, sir, or George Seacoal; for they can write and read.

Dogb. Come hither, neighbour Seacoal : God hath bless'd

you with a good name : to be a well-favour'd man is the gift of fortune; but to write and read comes by nature.

. Waich.

2 Watch. Both which, master constable, 268

Dogb. You have; I knew it would be your answer. Well, for your favour, sir, why, give God thanks, and make no boast of it; and for

your

writing and reading, let that appear when there is no need of such vanity. You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable of the watch; therefore bear you the lantern: This is your charge ; you shall comprehend all vagrom men ; you are to bid any man stand, in the prince's name.

2 Watch. How if he will not stand ?

Dogb. Why then, take no note of him, but let him go ; and presently call the rest of the watch together, and thank God you are rid of a knave.

282 Verg. If he will not stand when he is bidden, he is none of the prince's subjects.

Dogb. True, and they are to meddle with none but the prince's subjects :--You shall also make no noise in the streets; for, for the watch to babble and talk, is most tolerable and not to be endur'd.

2 Watch. We will rather sleep than talk ; we know what belongs to a watch.

290 Dogb. Why, you speak like an ancient and most quiet watchman; for I cannot see how sleeping should offend : only, have a care that your bills be not stolen !_Well, you are to call at all the ale-houses, and bid them that are drunk get them to bed.

2 Watch. How if they will not? Dogb. Why then, let them alone till they are sober;

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