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erect in this age his own tomb ere he dies, he shall live no longer in monument, than the bell rings, and the widow weeps.
Beat. And how long is that, think you?
Bene. Question ?-Why, an hour in clamour, and a quarter in rheum: Therefore it is most expedient for the wise (if Don Worm, his conscience, find no impediment to the contrary), to be the trumpet of his own virtues, as I am to myself: So much for praising myself (who, I myself will bear witness, is praiseworthy), and now tell me, How doth your cousin ?
Beat. Very ill.
Bene. Serve God, love me, and mend: there will I leave you too, for here comes one in haste.
Enter Ursula. Urs. Madam, you must come to your uncle; yonder's old coil* at home; it is proved my lady Hero has been falsely accused, the prince and Claudio mightily abused; and Don John is the author of all, who is fled and gone: will you come presently?
Beat. 'Will you go hear this news, signior? '
Bene. I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be buried in thy eyes; and, moreover, I will go with thee to thy uncle's.
The inside of a church. ?
Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, and attendants, with
musick and tapers.
Claud. Is this the monument of Leonato?
Done to death by slanderous tongues
Was the Hero that here lies:
Gives her fame which never dies :
Lives in death with glorious fame.
Now, musick, sound, and sing your solemn hymn.
Midnight, assist our moan;
Claud. Now, unto thy bones good night!
Yearly will I do this rite. D. Pedro. Good morrow, masters; put your
torches out: The wolves have prey’d; and look, the gentle
day, Before the wheels of Phoebus, round about
Dapples the drowsy east with spots of gray: Thanks to you all, and leave us; fare you well. Claud. Good morrow, masters; each his several
way. D. Pedro. Come, let us hence, and put on other
weeds : And then to Leonato's we will go. Claud. And, Hymen, now with luckier issue
speeds, Than this, for whom we render'd up this woe!
[Exeunt. * Reward.
A room in Leonato's house.
Enter Leonato, Antonio, Benedick, Beatrice, Ur
sula, Friar, and Hero. Friar. Did I not tell you
she was innocent ? Leon. So are the prince and Claudio, who accus'd
Ant. 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.
Leon. Well, daughter, and you gentlewomen all, Withdraw into a chamber by yourselves; And when I send for you, come hither mask'd : "The prince and Claudio promis'd by this hour To visit me :-You know your office, brother ; You must be father to your brother's daughter, And give her to young Claudio. [Exeunt Ladies.
Ant. Which I will do with confirm'd countenance. Bene. Friar, I must entreat your pains, I think. Friar. To do what, signior?
Bene. To bind me, or undo me, one of them. Signior Leonato, truth it is, good signior, Your niece regards me with an eye of favour. Leon. That eye my daughter lent her; 'Tis most
true. Bene. And I do with an eye of love requite her. Leon. The sight whereof, I think, you had from
me, From Claudio, and the prince; But what's your will?
Bene. Your answer, sir, is enigmatical: But, for my will, my will is, your good will May stand with ours, this day to be conjoin'd In the estate of honourable marriage ;
In which, good friar, I shall desire your help.
Leon. My heart is with your liking.
And my help. Here comes the prince, and Claudio.
Enter Don Pedro and Claudio, with attendants.
Claud. I'll hold my mind, were she an Ethiope.
[Exit Antonio. D. Pedro. Good morrow, Benedick: Why, what's
the matter, 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 gola, And all Europa shall rejoice at thee; As once Europa did at lusty Jove, When he would play the noble beast in love.
Bene. Bull Jove, sir, had an amiable low; And some such strange bull leap'd your father's cow, And got a calf in that same noble feat, Much like to you, for you have just his bleat.
Re-enter Antonio, with the Ladies mask'd. Claud. For this I owe you: here come other
reckonings. Which is the lady I must seize upon ?
Ant. This same is she, and I do give you her. Claud. Why, then she's mine : Sweet, let me see
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 lived, I was your other wife :
[Unmasking. And when you loved, you were my other husband.
Claud. Another Hero ?
Nothing certainer :
D. Pedro. The former Hero! Hero that is dead !
Bene. Soft and fair, friar.-Which is Beatrice?
What is your will ? Bene. Do not you love me? Beat,
No, no more than reason. Bene. Why, then your uncle, and the prince, and
Beat. Do not you love me?
No, no more than reason, Beat. Why then, my cousin, Margaret, and
Ursula, Are much deceived; for they did swear you did. Bene. They, swore that you were almost sick for
mę. Beat. They swore that you were well-nigh dead
for me. Bene, 'Tis no such matter :-Then, you do not
love me? Beat. No, truly, but in friendly recompense. Leon. Come, cousin, I am sure you love the gen
tleman. Claud. And I'll be sworn upon't, that he loves
her ; For here's a paper, written in his hand,