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Claud. And when was he wont to wash his face?
Pedro. Yea, or to paint himself? for the which, I hear what they say of him.
Claud. Nay, but his jefting 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, he is in love.
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 bury'd with her face upwards.
Bene. Yet is this no charın for the tooth-ach. Old Signior, walk aside with me, I have study'd eight or nine wise words to speak to you which these hobbyhorses must not hear. [Exeunt Benedick and Leonato.
Pedro. For my life, to break with him about Beatrice.
Claud. 'Tis even fo. Hero and Margaret have by this play'd their parts with Beatrice; and then the two bears will not bite one another, when they meet.
S CE N E
Enter Don John. John. My Lord and Brother, God save you. Pedro. Good den, brother. John. If your leisure seryod, I would speak with you. Pedro. In private ?
Jobn. If it please you; yet Count Claudio may hear; for, what I would speak of, concerns him.
Pedro. What's the matter?
[To Claudio. Pedre. You know, he does.
John. I know not that, when he knows what I know.
Claud. If there be any impediment, I pray you, discover it.
John. You may think, I love you not ; let that appear hereafter ; and aim better at me by That I now will manifeft; for my brother, I think, he holds you well, and in dearness of heart hath holp to effect your ensuing marriage; furely, 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.
Claud. Who? Hero?
John. Even she; Leonato’s Hero, your Hero, every man's Hero.
Claud. Difloyal ?
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 to night, 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.
Claud. May this be fo?
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 feen more and heard more, proceed accordingly.
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.
Fobn. I will disparage her no farther, 'till you are my witnesses; bear it coldly but 'till night, and let the issue shew itself.
Pedro. O day untowardly turned!
John. Oplague right well prevented!
[Exeunt. S CEN E IV.
Changes to the Street.
Verg. Yea, or elfe 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 defartless man to be constable ?
I Watch. Hugh Oatecake, Sir, or George Seacole ; for they can write and read.
Dogb. Come hither, neighbour Seacole : God hath blest you with a good name; and to be a wellfavour'd man is the gift of fortune, but to write and read comes by nature.
2 Watch. Both which, mafter constable
Dogb. You have: I knew, it would be your answer. Well, for your Favour, Sir, why, give God thanks, and make no boaft of it, and for your writing and reading, let that appeat when there is
more need of such vanity: you are thought here to 6 no need of such vanity :] Dogberry is only absurd, not absolutely out of his fense:. We should read therefore, More need.
be the most senseless and fit man for the Constable of the Watch, therefore bear you the lanthorn ; 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.
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 Neep than talk; we “ know what belongs to a Watch.
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 C
to bed.” 2 Watch. How if they will not?
Dogb. Why then let them alone 'till they are sober; if they make you not then the better answer, you may say, they are not the men you took them for.
2. Watch. Well, Sir.
Dogb. If you meet a thief, you may suspect him by vertue of your office to be no true man; and for such kind of men, the less you meddle or make with them, why, the more is for your honesty.
2 Watch. If we know him to be a thief, shall we not lay hands on him?
Dogb. Truly, by your office you may; but, I think, they that touch pitch will be defild: the most peaceable
him shew himself what he is, and steal out of your company.
Verg. You have been always call’d a merciful man, Partner.
Dogb. Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him. Verg. If
hear a child cry in the night, you must call to the nurse and bid her still it.
2 Watch. How if the nurse be aseep, and will not hear us?
Dogb. Why, then depart in Peace, and let the child wake her with crying: for the ewe that will not hear her lamb when it baes, will never answer a calf when he bleats.
Verg: 'Tis very true.
Dogb. This is the end of the Charge: you, conftable, are to present the Prince's own person; if you meet the Prince in the night, you may stay him.
Verg. Nay, birlady, that, I think, he cannot.
Dogb. Five shillings to one on’t with any man that knows the Statues, he may stay him; marry, not without the Prince be willing: for, indeed, the Watch ought to offend no man; and it is an offence to stay a man against his will.
Verg. Birlady, I think, it be fo.
Dogb. Ha, ha, ha! well, masters, good night; an there be any matter of weight chances, call up me; keep your fellow's counsels and your own, and good night; come, neighbour.
2 Watch. Welī, masters, we hear our charge; let us go sit here upon the church-bench 'till two, and then all to bed.
Dogb. One word more, honeft neighbours. I pray you, watch about Signior Leonato's door, for the Wedding being there to morrow, there is a great coil to night; adieu ; be vigilant, I beseech you.
Exeunt Dogberry and Verges. VOL. II,