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DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. Don Pedro, Prince of Arra- | Borachio, confident to Don John. gon.

Conrade, friend to Borachio.
Leonato, Governor of Messina. Dogberry,
Dun John, baffard-brother to Don Verges,

two foolish officers.

Hero, daughter to Leonato. ? young Lord of Florence, Beatrice, niece to Leonato. favourite to Don Pedro. Margaret, 2 two gentlewomen ate Benedick, a young Lord of Padua, Ursula,

tending on Hero. favoured likewise by Don Pedro. A Friar, Mellenger, Wasch, Balthazar, fervant to Don Pedro. Town-Clerk, Sexton, and AtAntonio, brother to Leonato.

tendants. SCENE, Mefina in Sicily.

Pedro. Claudio,

A court before Iconaic's house:

Enter Leonato, Hero, and Bedielce, with i Mofenger.

Leon. Arragon


LEARN in this letter, that Don Pedro of

comes this night to Meffina. M.]. He is very near by this: he was not three leagues off when I left him.

Leon. How many gentlemen have you lost in this action?

Mef. But few of any sort, and none of name.

Leon. A victory is twice itself, when the atchiever brings home full numbers; I find here, that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honour on a young Florentine, called Claudio.

Mel. Much deferved on his part, and equally remembered by Don Pedro: he hath borne himself beVol. II. А


* 'I he atory from Ariosto, Orl. Fur. l. 5. AIr. Pope.

yond the promise of his age, doing in the figure of a lamb the feats of a lion: he hath indeed better better'd expectation, than you must expect of me to tell you how.

Leon. He hath an uncle here in Messina will be very much glad of it.

Mel. I have already delivered him letters, and there appears much joy in him; even so much, that joy could not shew itself modeft enough, without a badge of bitterness.

Leon. Did he break out into tears?
Mef. In great measure.

Leon. A kind overflow of kindness. There are no faces truer than those that are so washed How much better is it to weep at joy, than to joy at weeping!

Beat. I pray you, is Signior Montanto* returned from the wars, or no?

Mel. I know none of that name, Lady; there was none such in the army of


fort. Leon. What.is he that you ack for; niece? Hero. I coulin intans Sigrior Benedick of Padua, Mil:* , he's return'd, and as pleasant as ever he


Beat. He'sēto tipo diig bilis here in Messina, and challeng'd Cupid at the fight; and my uncle's fool reading the challenge; fidioribed for Cupid, and challenged “ him at the bird-bolt.

“ I pray you,


hath 66. he kill'd and eaten in these wars? but how many 6 hath he kill'd? for indeed I promis’d to eat all of his “ killing"

Leon. Faith, niece, you tax Signior Benedick too much; but he'' be meet with you, I doubt it not.

Mel. He hath done good service, Lady, in these wars.

Beat. “ You had mutty victuals, and he hath holy “to eat it; he's a very valiant trencher-man, he hath sc an excellent stomach »

Mel. And a good soldier too, Lady.

Beat. And a good soldier to a lady? but what is he to a lord ?

Mel: * She gives him this name, to ridicule in him the charader of

blustering foldier, the word montanto in Spanish signifying a twi banded swordo

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