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Alonso, Kin^ of Nnplet. 

Sebastian, his Brother. 

Prospero, the rifjhtfiil Duke of Milan. 

Antonio, his Brother, the usurping Duke of 

Ferdinand, Son to the King of Nitple$. 
Gonzalo, an honest old Counsellor of Naples. 
Adrian, 1 r,.j. 
Francisco J ^''"'' 

Stephano, a drunken Butler. 

Master of a Ship, Boatswain, and .Varincjf 

Miranda, Daughter to Prospero. 

Ariel, an airy Spirit. 

Iris, ^ 

Ceres, / 

Juno, > Spirits. 

Nymphs, \ 

Reapers, -' 

Other Spirits attending on Prospero. 
SCENE, rAff Sea, with a Ship ; afterwards an uninhabited Island. 

ACT 1. 

SCENE I. On a ship at Sea. 
A Storm with Thunder and Lightning. 
Enter a Shipmaster and a Doatswain. 

^fast. Boatswain, 

Boats. Here, master : What cheer ? 
Mast. Good : Speak to the mariners : fall to't yarc- 
ly, or wc run ourselves aground : bestir, bestir. 


Enter Mariners. 

Boats. Heigh, my hearts ; checrly, cheerly, my 

hearts ; yare, yare : take in the topsail ; Tend to the 

master's whistle. Blow till thou burst thy wind, 

if room enough ! 

Enter Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, F<;rdinand, 
Uonzalo, and others. 

Alon. Good boatswain, have care. Where's the 
master ? Play the men. 

Boats. \ pray now, keep below. 

Ant. Where is the master. Boatswain ? 

Boats. Do you not hear him ? You mar our la- 
bour ; Keep your cabins : you do assist the storm. 

(ion. Nay,' good, be patient. 

Boats. When the sea is. Hence I What care 
these roarers for the name of king i To cabin : si- 
lence : trouble us not. 

(Vow. Good; yet remember whom thou hast aboard. 

Boats. None that 1 more love than myself. You 
are a counsellor ; if you can command these ele- 
ments to silence, and work the peace of the present, 
we will not hand a rope more ; use your authority. 
If you cannot, give thanks you have lived so long, 
*nd make yourself ready in your cabin for the mis- 
chance of the hour, if it so hap. Cheerly, good 
hearts. Out of our way, I say. [E.tit. 

(Ion. I have great comfort from this fellow : me- 
thinks he liath no drowning mark upon him ; his 
complexion is perfect gallows. Stand fast, good 
fate, to his hanging! make the rope of his destiny 
our cable., for our own doth little advant.ige '. If he 
be not born to be hanged, our case is miserable. 


Re-enter Boatswain. 

Boats. Down with the top-mast ; yare ; lower, 

lower ; bring her to try with main course. [A rrif 

within.] A plague upon this howling I they are 

louder than the "weather, or our office. 

Re-enter Sebastian, Antonio, and Gonzalo. 
Yet again ? what do you here ? Shall we give o'er, 
and drown ? Have you a mind to sink t 

Seb. .V pox o 'your throat! you bawling, blas- 
phemous, incharitable dog '. 

Boats. Work you, then. 

Aiif. Hang, cur, hang ! you whoreson, insolent 
noise-maker, wc are less afraid to be drowned than 
thou art. 

Gon. I'll warrant him from drowning; though 
the ship were no stronger than a nut-shell, and . 
leaky as an unstanched wench. 

Butts. Lay her a-hold, a-hold : set !ier two 
courses ; off to sea again, lay her off. 
Enter Mariners wet. 

Mar. All lost 1 to prayers, to prayers ! all lost 1 

Boats. What, must our mouths be cold ? 

Gon. The king and prince at prayers ! let us as- 
sist them, 
For our case is as theirs. 

Se/i. I am out of patience. 

Ant. We are merely cheated of our lives by 
This wide-chapp'd rascal ; 'Would, thou mighfst 

lie drowning, 
The washing of ten tides I 

t-'oK. He'll be hanged yet ; 

Though every drop of water swear against it, 
And gape at wid'st to glut him. 
[A c.i'tnfused noise withtn.] Mercy on us 1 We split, 
we split 1 Farewell, my wife and children ! Fare- 
well, brother 1 We split, we split, we split ! 

Ant. Let's all sink with the king. ^7'>^ 

Seb. Let's take leave of him. [Ksit. 

6"('-v. Now would I give a thousand furlongs of 
sea for an acre of b.irrcn ground ; long heath, 
brown furze, any thing : The wills .above oe done . 
but I would fain die a dry death. [Kait. 





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^ nd laA to a WoU ' 

Itoa? [It, 

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ThttoUtotettymtad> Wkat wart Hmw ate 
I n tlM dark taekvai4 and abTMB af liaaa? 
If ibOTi rMMba>%l aimht. ra tha* caalrt kan. 
Mow tha caai>* kan^ tbaa rnqrat. 

Mif. BMfhatldaaot. 

Prm. Tvia yam ttme, MInada, tvalra yean 
TkyiktharvMlkadakarMUaa.aad (daea, 

iHra. ttr, araaatwaaiyMlMr! 

Pr9. Tby raoOMT waylaeaofTtrtaa, aad 
-he told t kaa vaatwydaa^ktar; and thy fttber 

itdBkaaTMIIaa: aad kto only klr 

What fbal pUy bad , that vcc 
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Both, balk, cay Kifl 

lirm. o, iny h*rt bIcciU 

To thiak otha taan that I ha tarn'd yo to. 
Which U ftwa toy m na mlwauut ! PlaawyoMfer. 

I*ra. My bratkar, aod thy facia, cali'd Aataalo,- 
I paay thaa, oMrk aM,-ihat a hrothcr ihould 
Ba to parfldlaaaU-ha whom. nxt thvwif, 
OTaU tha varld I lo*'d. and to him put 
Tka auaaia of my tUU: as, at tht tiaa, 
Thrh all tha alipslorias it vas th tra, 
Aad l1y n u tbayritodak>; MncwraiMiMd 
Withoat a panUai ; thoM baiaf all toy atady, 
Thafovatanaat I caM paa aqr bvoihar, 
Aad to any ttato gnv Mnaoar, briag I 

Aaa to aiv ttato gnv Mnaar, briag tnMpai 
Aad nrtia aacrat stadiaa. Thy latoa aaS- 

aav Corm'd them : harinit both tha kay 
et aad aflc*. all heartt 

Sir, I 

Pru. Bttag anc* p ai fcuto d haw to graat wits, 
Hov to daay than > whom to adTaaca, aad whom 
To trash Car orer-toppinc : aav ciaatcd 
Tha oaatarw that wem mina ; 1 My, or chaag'd 



Ta vkat taaa plaa rt bis car ; tha: no bavaa 
Tha Ivy vhich had hid mr [>rinrc.> trunk, [aot : 
And sackM By vcrdara eat oaX 1 hou attaod'st 
1 pray thaa. aurk ato. 

Mtfm. O iMod sir. I do. 

Ih. I thaa aaflacUnc voridly ands, all dadlcaie 
To dosaaato aad tha kattarta* af aqr aUnd 
With that, which, bat by hSm w mlr'd, 
O'arprisid all pafalar lato, to aiy T ' ' 
AvakMaaavllaataf*: aad ny ti 

Uka a Mad paraat. 

A flUaabaod. to Ito eaatotoy to graat 

At ny traat vm i vkleh ted. tadaad, no Umtt. 

r toaa kaaad. Ha balM thas lordad, 
Nat oaly vlth vhto my lavaaaa yMdad. 
Bat what aay pavar micht alto aMct, like one. 
Wha havtaf, aato trath. by tatHj* oT it. 

of bis uiaia a i i. 
To credit his ova Uor-ha did bafacto 
Ha vas tha daka ; aat of tha sabstltation, 
Aad aBacattoc tka aatvard fhea af rayaltr, 
WMi all pcaragatiTa u-Uaaea hto atoWtoa 

Yoar tala, dr. voald cara dtoftiaai. 

^k Ta kara aa scraaa b a l aa aa tbU part b 

adhltolwalipVltav.teaaateiUba (play'd, 
A b atl a to MiCt atokVMritoai toyttbiaiT 
Wto dakadeto largi aaaagk t aT lW ia aia l rayalttas 
Ha thtoka aw aav tocapabla: rnwfcfcritos 
(HodryhavtoliMrsvav) with the kincof Naplas, 
TogiTcbim aanaal tril>o(c. do hltn homafc; 
Saljact kto c er u aa t to hu L-rown.and bend 
Tha dakadan, ytt anbow'd, (alas, poor Milaa '.) 
To moat Igaobla itaoplng. 

JTira. OthahaaH! 

fm. Mark hk coadMoa, aad tka aaat: thcti 
Ifthtoadiktkaakfathar. flaU me, 

Ta thtok bat aaMy af my gra 

Ged vaaoka ba bana bad 

Nov tha caadMaa. 
Tkk ktag af Naplaa, baliift aa aaaaw 
Ta aw teTataraw, hearkaM my hnoa*^ aaH; 
Which va% Otot ha to Uaa o^ pnaalaaa.- 
OfbBWapa, aad I kaav not kov aradi trtkato, 

I aiwi rt y astlrpato aw i 
OataTtkadakadato: and oaidbr Mr Milaa, 
WlttiaIltkabaaoars,oamybrathart vhcraaa 
A traachcraaa army iavlad. aaa aridnlght 
Faiad to the parpose, did Aatonio open 
Tha galto of Milan; and iihe daad of darknet, 
Tha ailBlalata far the forpaw banted tbcncc 
Ma. aad thy crying etf. 

Jrfra. Alark. for pity! 

I, not fawmb*rta bv I cried oat then, 
WIU cry it o>r adn ; it U abint. 
That Vrings miar eyes. 

Act 1. 



Pro. Hear a little further. 

And then I'll bring thee to the present business 
Which now's upon us; without the which, this 
Were most impertinent. [story 

Mirti. \\'herefore did they not 

That hour aestroy us ? 

Pro. Well demanded, wench ; 

My tale provokes that question. Dear, they durst 

not ; 
(So dear the love my people bore me) nor set 
A mark so bloody on the business ; but 
With colours fairer pUinted their foul ends. 
In few, they hurried us aboard a bark ; 
Bore us some leagues to sea ; where they prepar'd 
A rotten carcass of a boat, not rigg'd. 
Nor tackle, sail, nor mast ; the very rats 
Instinctively had quit it : there they hoist us. 
To cry to the sea that roar'd to us ; to sigh 
To the winds, whose pity, sighing back again. 
Did us but loving wrong. 

Mira. Alack ! what trouble 

Was I then to you ! 

Pro. () ! a cherubim 

Thou wast, that did preserve me ! Thou didst smile, 
Infused with a fortitude from heaven. 
When I have deck'd the sea with drops full salt; 
Under my burden groan'd; which rais'd in me 
An undergoing stomach, to bear up 
Against what should ensue. 

Mira. How came we ashore ? 

Pro. By Providence divine. 
Some food we had, and some fresh water, that 
A noble Neapolitan, Gonzalo, 
Out of his charity (who being then appointed 
Master of this design) did give us ; with 
Rich garments, linens, stuffs, and necessaries. 
Which since have steaded much ; so, of his gentle- 
Knowing 1 lov'd my books, he fumish'd me, [ness. 
Prom my own library, with volumes that 
I prize above my dukedom. 

Mira. 'Would I might 

But ever see that man I 

Pro. Now I arise : 

Sit still, and hear the last of our sea-sorrow. 
Here in this island we arriv'd ; and here 
Have I, thy school-master, made thee more profit 
Than other princes can, that have more time 
For vainer hours, and tutors not so careful. 

Mira. Heavens thank you for't ! And now, I 
pray you, sir, 
(For still 'tis beating in my mind), your reason 
For raising this sea-storm ? 

Pro. Know thus far forth. 

By accident most strange, bountiful fortune, 
Now my dear lady, hath mine enemies 
Brought to this shore : and by my prescience 
I find my zenith doth depend upon 
A most auspicious star; whose influence 
If now I court not, but omit, my fortunes 
Will ever after droop. Here cease more questions ; 
Thou art inclin'd to sleep ; 'tis a good dulness, 
And give it way ; I know thou canst not choose 
[Miranda sleeps. 
Come away, servant, come : I'm ready now ; 
Approach, my Ariel ; come. 

Enter Ariel. 

^n. All hail, great master ! grave sir, hail ! I come 
To answer thy best pleasure; be't to fly. 
To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride 
On the curl'd clouds; to thy strong bidding, task 
Ariel, and all his quality. 

Pro. Hast thou, spirit, 

Perform'd to point the tempest that 1 bade thee ? 

Ari. To every article. 
I boarded the king's ship; now on the beak, 
Now in the waist, the deck, in every cabin, 
J flam'd amazement : sometimes, I'd divide. 
And bum in many places ; on the top-mast. 
The yards, and bowsprit, would I flame distinctly ; 
Then meet, and join : Jove's lightnings, the pre- 

O'the dreadful thunder-claps, more momentary 
And sight outrunning were not: the fire, and cracks 
Of sulphurous roaring, the most mighty Neptune 
Seem'd to besiege, and make his bold waves tremble; 
Yea, his dread trident shake. 

Pro. My brave spirit ! 

Who was so firm, so constant, that this coil 
Would not infect his reason ? 

A ri. Not a soul 

But felt a fever of the mad, and play'd 
Some tricks of desperation : all, but mariners, 
Plung'd in the foaming brine, and quit the vessel, 
Then all a-fire with me : the king's son, Ferdinand, 
AVith hair up starting (then like reeds, not hair,) 
Was the first man that leap'd ; cried. Hell is empty. 
And all the devils are here. 

Pro. A^Tiy, that's my spirit I 

But was not this nigh shore ? 

Ari. Close by, my master. 

Pro. But are they, Ariel, safe? 

Ari. Not a hair perish'd ; 

On their sustaining garments not a blemish, 
But fresher than before: and, as thou bad'st me. 
In troops I have dispers'd them 'bout the isle : 
The king's son have I landed by himself; 
Whom i left cooling of the air with sighs. 
In an odd angle of the isle, and sitting. 
His arms in this sad knot. 

Pro. Of the king's ship. 

The mariners, say, how thou hast dispos'd. 
And all the rest o'the fleet ? 

A ri. Safely in harbour 

Is the king's ship ; in the deep nook, where once 
Thou call'dst me up at midnight to fetch dew 
From the still-vex'd Bermoothes, there she's hid : 
The mariners all under hatches stowed ; 
Whom, with a charm joln'd to theirsuffer'd labour, 
I h.ive left asleep : and for the rest o'the fleet. 
Which I dispers'd, they all have met again ; 
-And are upon the Mediterranean flote. 
Bound sadly home for Naples ; 
Supposing that they saw the king's ship wreck'd, 
And his great person perish. 

Pro. Ariel, thy charge 

Exactly is perform'd ; but there's more work : 
^^'hat is the time o'the day ? 

Ari. Past the mid season. 

Pro. At least two glasses : the time 'twixt six and 
Must by us both be spent most preciously. [now, 

Ari. Is there more toil ? Since thou dost give me 
Let me remember thee what thou hast promis'd. 
Which is not yet perform'd me. 

Pro. How now ? moody ? 

What is't thou canst demand ? 

Ari. My liberty. 

Pro. Before the time be out ? no more. 

Ari. I pray thee 

Remember, I have done thee worthy service ; 
Told thee no lies, made no m.istakings, serv'd 
^A'^ithout or grudge, or grumblings : thou didst 
To bate me a full year. [promise 

Pro. Dost thou forget 

From what a torment I did free thee ? 

Ari. No. 

Pro. Thou dost ; and think'st 
It much to tread the ooze of the salt deep ; 
To run upon the sharp wind of the north ; 
To do me business in the veins o'the earth. 
When it is bak'd with frost. 

Ari. I do not, sir. 

Pro. Thou Uest, malignant thing! Hast thou 
The foul witch Svcorax, who, with age and envy, 
^Vas grown into a hoop ? hast thou forgot her ? 

Ari. No, sir. [tell mo. 

Pro. Thou hast : where was she born ? speak ; 

Ari. Sir, in Argier. 

Pro. O, was she so ? I must. 

Once in a month, recount what thou hast been, 
Which thou forget'st. This damn'd witch, Sycorax, 
For mischiefs manifold, and sorceries ten-ible 
B 2 



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ll*lMi ftmi wmETwuSiiM 
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<*iMMtMatawid: UvMMlMan. 
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TW sliM. aa tot lk MC 

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va* tvtiM wlBMn. 

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t 0t ymt ttmty put 


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ThatMoAtM. Wtat.lMlaU! 

Thorn - 

AllaxardMaalkM: lka ihalt b |riM:hM 
AiiblckMhaMy MMba.MehwIacliM^ 

C*l. 1 MMt aM M dii 

ThU Ulaad'B astoa, by Sycons my aaotliar, 
W bicb thtm laklH from Ma. Wban tha* eaMart fliat. 
Tbo Mrak'dit aaa. aad BHd'rt Mocli of BM : wM(t 

Water with baniM iat : and taach ma bow 
To nasM Iha MM liglit, aad bow tlM laM. 
That bOT by day aadSl^t ; aad thaa I IotM tkM. 
And tlwwid tiMa aU tto ^mIMm otba bio. 
Tb ftaih MriiWh bahM pita, banan ptaaai, aikl ftr. 
CanadbardMtdldaal-HAUtlwdMnM (tUa: 
Fori awaUtJMaa t ji Dt itfMtyMWa. (mo 

Which ftnt WM mIm owb kl^gt and bora yoa My 
In this bard rock, wUtoa yw da hMp ftMB MO 

May I 

MMt IbavoM'd 

nithMtho* art, with 
! aaia owa eall. tlU 
TiM haMr of My cfcUd. 

Oal. O bo, O bo !- Voold it had baa* daM 
.bodiditpMMMMa: I bad poaplod alM 
TbI* iUa wMi CaUhna. 

WMck aay pctet ofgood n aai wUI not take, 
Baing capaMa of all iU i 1 pitted thoa. (haar 

TookpataNMaMka thoa apaak, taaRht ttoa aaeb 
On* thiair ar atlMri wbaa thi dldaiiMt. aawaflo. 

Know thiao owa Miaalag, bM . 

A thian aMat btMiah. I twi a aM thy pani i f 

M didit taaia. had that tat wfafieh iRHMl 
MdoMbowiths tharaftva waat thoa 
I H1I I17 confln'd lato thia reck. 
Who hadat dOMTT'd mora (ban priioa. 

<W. YaataahtaBaiaa|ago; andmyprodtMt 
KlkaowbowMcatM: tho red plaso rid yaa. 

That baaata *ali tiaMblo thy dta. 

CW. No,pray thaa! 

I mnatobay: MaartUarMchpowrr, [AtiS*. 

It woald oaatMl My doMS aod, Sctcboa. 
Aad Maka a aMal efbiau 

fVfc 8o,alaTa; honoa! 

'4/. [>rMa1 ThaM** wood aaoagh withtak 
Pn. CoaM tedi, I My t ihan^ o^m t ai to M 
oMo.thoaMttilM! whoa? [SMthM 

r Arltl. BJtt a WmUr.:rymfk. 

Fiaa appatWaa! My VMlat Artel. 

Ari. My lord. It ihaU ba doao. TK^. 

Fr^ Thaa piliwiiai ilave. aoc In the darll blM- 
poa thy wic&addmTcoaM fardi ! [Mtf 

no/. A* wi 
With raven't 

T>af a yoa both .' a Math oaat blow oa ya, 
\ nd bllMer yoa aU eler ! 
l*r, rMthl*.bo aara.ta-alihtthoa thalt have 

MtchM thM ihall sea fhf btaatti p: archiw 
Ibr thM Taat afali^ttMt they aMy work. 


CmrTiM wkm gtm k*p*, mmi Ato'd, 

fn mUd loom w*Ut,l 
Fl UfiaUa ktn mmd tktrt : 
Ami, 0wtt tmrUta, th burdem htr. 

Bmr. Bowgh, wowgh. 

T%* wmtck-dmt* h*rk : 
Bmr. Bowgh, wowgh. 

Hmrk.kark: I kfr 
Tki ttr*im ^ tlrmUimg ckamHOert, 
Crm Cmck^i^A09dit^9^ 
Ftr. Where thoald thia Bad4 be? i'thc air, or 
the earth* 

SoMotadofthaliliad Mt 

Waeptac agaia the Ua arr - 

Thia Maiie crao* by aM apor 

AUayiag both their ftuy, aad mj r **<'><'" 

With it* tweet ail : thcacc I have CaUoWd 

Act I. 


Or it hath drawn me rather; But 'tis gone. 
No, it begins again. 

Ariel sings. 
Full fathom Jive t It y father lies ; 

Of his hones are coral made ; 
Th>se are pearls that were his eyes ; 

Sulking of him that doth fade. 
But doth suffer a sea-change 
Into something rich and strange. 
Sea-Nymphs hourly ring his knell : 
Hark ! now I hear them, ding-dong, bell. 

[Burden, ding-dong. 

Fer. The ditty does remember my drown'd father; 
This is no mortal business, nor no sound 
That the earth owes : I hear it now above me. 

Pro, The fringed curtains of thine eye advance, 
And sav, what thou seest yond'. 

Mira'. WTjat is't ? a spirit ? 

r.ord, how it looks about ! Believe me, sir. 
It carries a brave form : But 'tis a spirit, [senses 

Pro. No, wench ; it eats and sleeps, and hath such 
As we have, such : This gallant, which thou seest, 
Was in the wreck ; and but he's something stain'd 
With grief, that's beauty's canker, thou might'st 

call him 
A goodly person : he hath lost his fellows, 
.\nd strays about to find them. 

Mira. I might call him 

A thing divine ; for nothing natural 
I ever saw so noble. 

Pro. It goes on, [Aside. 

As my soul prompts it : Spirit, fine spirit ! I'll free 
Within two days for this. [thee 

Fer. Most sure, the goddess 

On whom these airs attend ! Vouchsafe, my prayer 
May know, if you remain upon this island ; 
And that you will some good instruction give. 
How I may bear me here : My prime request. 
Which I do last pronounce, is, O you wonder ! 
If you be made, or no ? 

Mini. No wonder, sir ; 

But, certainly a maid. 

Fer. My language ! heavens ! 

I am the best of them that speak this speech. 
Were I but where 'tis spoken. 

Pro. How ! the best ? 

What wert thou, if the king of Naples heard thee ? 

Fer. A single thing, as I am now, that wonders 
To hear thee speak of Naples : He does hear me ; 
And, that he does, I weep: myself am Naples ; 
Who with mine eyes, ne'er since at ebb, beheld 
The king my father wreck'd. 

Mira. Alack, for mercy I 

Fer. Ves, faith, and all his lords ; the duke of 
And his biave son, being twain. [Milan, 

Pro. The duke of Milan, 

And his more braver daughter, could control thee. 
If now 'twere fit to do't: Atthe first sight [Aside. 
They have chang'd eyes : Delicate Ariel, 
I'll set thee free for this ! A word, good sir ; 
I fear, you have done yourself some wrong: a word. 

Mira'. Why speaks my father so ungcntly ? This 
Is the third man that e'er I saw ; the first 
That e'er I sigh'd for: pity move my father 
To be inclin'd my way I 

Fer, O, if a virgin. 

And your afTection not gone forth, I'll make you 
The queen of Naples. 

Pro. Soft, sir : one word more 

They are both in either's powers : but this swift 

I must uneasy make, lest too light winning [Aside. 
Make the prize light. One word more; I charge 
That thou attend me : thou dost here usurp [thee. 
The name thou ow'st not ; and hast put thyself 
Upon this island, as a spy, to win it 
From me, the lord on't. 

Fer, No, as I am a man. 

Mira. There's nothing ill can 'dwell in such a 
temple : 
If the ill spirit have so fair an house, 
<iood things will strive to dwell with't. 

Pro. Follow me [To Ferd. 

Speak not you for him ; he's a traitor Come, 

I'll manacle thy neck and feet together: 
.Sea-water shalt thou drink, thy food shall be 
The fresh-brook muscles, wither'd roots, and husks 
Wherein the acorn cr;:dled : Follow. 

Fer. No ; 

I will resist such entertainrr.ent, till 
Mine enemy has more power. [Ife dran-s. 

Mira. O dear father. 

Make not too rash a trial of him, for 
He's gentle, and not fearful. 

Pro. What, I say. 

My foot my tutor ! Put thy sword up, traitor ; 
Who mak'st a show, but dar'st not strike, thy con- 
Is so possess'd with guilt : come from thy ward ; 
For I can here disarm thee with this stick. 
And make thy weapon drop. 

Mira. Beseech you, father ! 

Pro. Hence; hang not on my garments. 

Mita. Sir, have pity , 

I'll be his surety. 

Pro, Silence : one word more 

Shall make me chide thee, if not hate thee. What ! 
.\n advocate for an impostor ? hush ! 
Thou think'st there are no more such shapes as he, 
Having seen but him and Caliban : Foolish wench ! 
To the most of men this is a Caliban, 
And they to him are angels. 

Mini. My afTections 

Are then most humble ; 1 have no ambition 
To see a goodlier man. 

Pro. Come on ; obey : [To Ferd. 

Thy nerves are in their infancy again. 
And have no vigour in them. 

Fer. So they are : 

My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up. 
My father's loss, the weakness which 1 feel. 
The wreck of all my friends, or this man's threats. 
To whom I am subdued, are but light to me. 
Might I but through my prison once a day 
Behold this maid : all corners else o'the earth 
Let liberty make use of; space enough 
Have i in such a prison. 

Pro. It works : Come on 

Thou hast done well, fine Ariel ! Follow me 

[To Ferdinand and Miranda. 
Hark, what thou else shalt do me. [To Arid. 

Mira. Be of comfort ; 

My father's of a better nature, sir. 
Than he appears by speech ; this is unwonted, 
Which now came from him. 

Pro. Thou shalt be as free 

.As mountain winds : but then exactly do 
All points of my command. 

Ari. To the syllable. 

Pio. Come, follow: speak not for him. [Ea-cunt. 


SCENE I. Another Part of the Island. 

Enter A\onso, Sebastian, Antonio, Gonzalo, Adrian, 

Francisco, and others. 

Gon, 'Beseech you, sir, be merry-, you have cause 
(So have we all) of joy ; for our escape 
Is much beyond our loss: Our hint of woe 
Is common : every day, some sailor's wife, 
The masters of some merchant, and the merchant. 
Have just our theme of woe : but for the miracle, 
I mean our preservation, few in millions 
Can speak like us : then wisely, good sir, weigh 
Our sorrow with our comfort. 

Aton, Pr'ythee, peace. 

Seb, He receives comfort like cold porridge. 

Ant, The visitor wiil not give him o'er so. 

Seb. Look, he's winding up the watch of his wit ; 
By and by it will strike. 

Gon. Sir, 

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Ant. None, man; all idle ; whovcs, and knnvss. 

Go/1. I would with such perfection govern, sir. 
To excel the golden age. 

Seb. 'Save his majesty ! 

Ant. Long live Gonz.-ilo ! 

Gon. And, do you mark me, sir ? 

Alon. Pr'ythee, no more: thou dost talk nothing 

Gon. I do well helieve your highness ; and did it 
to minister occasion to these gentlemen, who are 
of such sensible and nimble lungs, that they always 
use to laugh at nothing. 

Ant. 'Twas you we laugh 'd at. 

Gon. Who, in this kind of merry fooling, am no 
thing to you : so you may continue, and laugh at 
nothing still. 

Ant. What a blow was there given ? 

Seb. An it had not fallen flat-long. 

Gon. You are gentlemen of brave mettle ; you 
would lift the moon out of her sphere, if she w^o'uld 
continue in it five weeks without changing. 

Enter Ariel invisible, playing solemn mnsick. 

Seb. We would so, and then go a bat-fowling. 

Ant. Nay, good my lord, be not angry. 

Gon. No, I warrant you ; I will not adventure my 
discretion so weakly. \V'ill you laugh me asleep, 
for I am very heavy ? 

Anl. Go sleep, and hear us. 

[All fleep but Alon. Sell, and Ant. 

Alon. \^'^lat, all so soon asleep ! I wish mine eyes 
Would, with themselves, shut up my thoughts : I 
They are inclin'd to do so. [find, 

Seb. Please you, sir. 

Do not omit the heavy ofFer of it : 
It seldom visits sorrow ; when it doth. 
It is a comforter. 

Ant. We two, my lord. 

Will guard your person, while you take your rest. 
And watch your safety. 

Alon. Thank you: Wond'rous heavy 

[Alonso sleeps. Exit Ariel. 

Seb. What a strange drowsiness possesses them ! 

Ant. It is th' quality o' th' climate. 

Seb. "W'hy 

Doth it not then our eye-lids sink ? I find not 
Myself dispos'd to sleep. 
Ant. Nor I; my spirits are nimble. 

They fell together all, as by consent ; 
They dropp'd, as by a thunder-stroke, ^\^1at might, 
Worthy Sebastian ? O, what might ? No more : 
And yet, methinks, I see it in thy face. 
What thou should'st be: th' occasion speaks thee; 
My strong imagination sees a crown [and 

Dropping upon thy head. 

Seb. What, art thou waking ? 

Anl. Do you not hear me speak ? 

Seb. I do ; and, surely. 

It is a sleepy language ; and thou sneak 'st 
Out of thy sleep : What is it thou didst say ? 
This is a strange repose, to be asleep 
With eyes wide open ; standing, speaking, moving. 
And yet so fast asleep. 

Ant. Noble Sebastian, 

Thou let'st thy fortune sleep die rather ; wink'st 
Whiles thou art waking. 

Seb. Thou dost snore distinctly ; 

There's meaning in thy snores. 

Ant. I am more serious than my custom : you 
Must be so too, if heed me ; which to do. 
Trebles thee o'er. 

Seb. Well ; I am standing water. 

Ant. I'll teach you how to flow. 

Seb. Do so : to ebb. 

Hereditary sloth instructs me. 

Avt. O, 

If you but knew, how you the purpose cherish, 
Wliiles thus you mock it ! how, in stripping it. 
You more invest it ! Kbbing men, indeed. 
Most often do so near the bottom run. 
By their own fear, or sloth. 

Seb. Pr'ythee, say on : 

The setting of thine eye, and cheek, proclaim 
A matter from thee ; and a birth, indeed. 
Which throes thee much to yield. 

Ant. Thus, sir: 

Although this lord of weak remembrance, this 
(Who shall be of as little memory, 
j When he is earth'd,) hath here almost persuadcti 
(For he's a spirit of persuasion, only 
! Professes to persuade) the king, his son's alive ; 
j'Tis as impossible that he'sundrown'd. 
As he that sleeps here, swims. 

Seb. I have no hope 
That he's undrown'd. 

Ant. O, out of that no hope. 

What great hope have you ! no hope, that way, is 
Another way so high an hope, that even 
Ambition cannot pieroe a wink beyond. 
But doubts discovery there. Will you grant, with 

That Ferdinand is drown'd ? 

Seb. He's gone. 

Ant. Then, tell me. 

Who's the next heir of Naples ? 

Seb. Claribel. 

Ant. She that is queen of Tunis ; she that dwells 
Ten leagues beyond man's life ; she that from Naples 
Can have no note, unless the sun were post, 
(The man i* th' moon's too slow,) till new-born chins 
Be rough and razorable : she, from whom 
We all were sea-swallow'd, though some cast again 
And, by that, destin'd to perform an act. 
Whereof what's past is prologue ; what to come. 
In yours and my discharge. 

Seb. What stufl^is this ?_How sav you ? 

'Tis true, my brother's daughter's queen of 'funis ; 
So is she heir of Naples ; 'twixt which regions 
There is soice space. 

Ant. A space whose every cubit 

Seems to cry out, Hon' shall that Claribel 
Pleasure us back to Ifaples T Keep in Tunis, 
And let Sebastian wake ! Say, this were de-th 
That now hath seiz'd them; why, they were no worse 
Than now they are : There be, that can rule Naples, 
As well as he that sleeps ; lords, that can prate 
As amply, and unnecessarily, 
.\s this Gonzalo ; I myself could make 
A chough of as deep chat. O, that you bore 
The mind that I do ! what a sleep viere this 
For your advancement ! Do you understand me ? 

Seb. .Methinks, I do. 

Ant. And how does your content 

Tender your own good fortune ? 

*>/). I remember, 

Vou did supplant your brother Prospero. 

Ant. True: 

And, look, how well my garments sit upon me ; 
Much feater than before : My brother's servants 
Were then my fellows, now they are my men. 

Seb. But, for your conscience 
^ Ant. Ay, sir ;' where lies that ? if it were a kybe, 
Twould put me to my slipper ; But I feel not 
This deity in my bosom : twenty consciences. 
That stand 'twixt me and Milan, candied be they. 
And melt, ere they molest! Here lies your brother, 
Xo better than the earth he lies upon, [whom I, 
If he were that which now he's like, that's dead ; 
AVith this obedient steel, three inches of it. 
Can lay to bed for ever : whiles ycu, doing thus. 
To the perpetual wink for aye might put 
This ancient morsel, this sir Prudence, who 
Should not upbraid our course. For all the rest. 
They'll take suggestion, as a cat laps milk ; 
They'll tell the clock to any business that 
We say befits the hour. 

Seb. Thy case, dear friend, 

Shall be my precedent ; as thou got'st Milan, 
I'll come by Naples. Draw thy sword : one stroke 
Shall free thee from the tribute which thou i)ay'st ; 
And I the king shall love thee. 

Afit. Draw together . 

And when I rear my hand, do you the like 
To fall it on Gon/alo. 



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hold It no loncrr ; lhi 1. no . w.der, 

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Utelter Itereabont : Aliery acqu*.in. a with 
I edfellowt. I wiU here hroud, Ull the 
of the Uorn be past. 


Thia la a vary anney taa* to alac M a I 
Wail, hare^ My ceaaftft. 

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WmM cry to a muhr. Go. hana : 
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l%tm to CM, toya, d M Aer |^ kmrng. 
TMa la a Marry taaa too : Bat bara't aiy coMfbrt. 
Ca/. tie not torment me : O ! 
Mr. H-hat** the matter? Have we derib ban ? 
Doyoa pat tricks apoa m with rnngm, aitd maa 
af ladar Ba! I haa aoi VeapM rowala. te ka 
r !< t ftr H hath botoi MM. 
I M arar waat oa for Ice*, etaaot 
aaka hka ^m (raaad t aad It than be laid m . 
gala, whUa HifluHa hnatbm at nottrila. 
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to. TMa la aaM* miMlw of the l>te, with fear 
tagat who halk gai, M I taka it. aa agae : Wbvre 
th* d*U ahoaM he Iron oar langaage ? I wfH - 
gtrehbBMaMreUef.lTitbebat forthat: Iflcan 
raeovcr him, aad kaep htm tame, ai>d get to Na- 
ptaa wlih hlM, h^ a piai ml Cm- any aMperar ifcat 


Oaf. Do not torment bm. pr^rthM ; 
111 brfam my wood ham* tatcr. 

air. He^ to hb At aow : and deMiMt folk after 
tha wliiil. H*ihall(Bawormybottlei ifhehave 
iwrer drank wtoe afin*. It wtti go iMar to rcmoire 
hb dt : If I ran reeorrr him. ard keep him tame. 
I will not take too miM^i for him : he tha;: pa; for 
him that hath him, and that loandly. 

CmL Thoo dat me yet bat little hart ; thoa wilt 
Aima, I kaew It by thy tiembtlng . 
.Now lYoapcr work* tipon thee. 

Mt. Come on yoor wart ; open yoar moafh ; 
her* b that which will gi*e laniraage to to. cat ; 
epm year moath : ihi* will thake your tftakiag, I 
c^M teii TOO, and that tonndly : yoa caaiMt tell 
who'd yoar MeiHi : ot>en your chapt again. 

Trim, I thould know that Toice : It dMmld tM> 
aad these are derib : O ! de> 

air. Fear Icgt, and two Toicet ; a most delicate 
maaeter I Hb forward voire now it to (peak well 
mt hb ftlend : hit backward rire K to utter foul 
miarhm.aad to detract. If all thr wine in my boi- 
ti* will lacoTer him, I will help his ame : Come, 
Amen ! I will poar tome in thy other moath. 

Trim. Stephwno, 

Sit. Doth thy other month call me * Mercy '. 
mercy ? This i'< a devil, and no motittcr : I will 
leave him ; I have no long cpoon. 

Trim. Strph^no ! if thoa beett Stephano, tooch 
me, and peak to me : for I am Trtnmlo : be iMt 

afeard,-th C'^ f, ^<1 Trinrnln 

Stt. If thov ' ! pull 

thee by the ! !e. 

these are th* Ued . 

How cam'tt tli..n .. i^ ii.^ jirp. v.. ill.. iJv.'M-calf? 
Can he vent Trinraioa <> 

Trim. I look him to be killed wttha thaadar- 



stroke : But art thou not drowned, Stepliano ? I 
ho>ie now, thou art not drowned. Is the storm 
overblown ? I hid me under the dead moon-calf's 
gaberdine, for fear of the storm : And art thou liv- 
ing, Stephano ? O Stephano, two Neapolitans 
'scap'd ! 

Ste. Fr'ythee, do not turn me about; my stomach 
is not constant. 

('<(/. These be fine things, an if they be not sprites. 
That's a brave god, and bears celestial liquor : 
I will kneel to him. 

Ste. How did:it thou 'scape ? How cam'st thou 
hither ? swear by this bottle, how thou cam'st hi- 
ther. I escaped upon a butt of sack, which the sai- 
lors heaved over-board, by this bottle 1 v/hich 1 
made of the bark of a tree, with mine own hands, 
since I was cast ashore. 

Cal. I'll swear, upon that bottle, to be thy 
True subject ; for the liquor is not earthly. 
ate. Here ; swear then how thou escap'dst. 
Trin. Swam a-shore, man, like a duck ; I can 
swim like a duck, I'll be sworn. 

Ste. Here, kiss the book : Though thou can'st 
srim like a duck, thou art made like a goose. 
Trin. O Stephano, hast any more of this ? 
Ste. The whole butt, man ; my cellar is in a rock 
by the sea-side, where my wine is hid. How now, 
moon-calf? how does thine ague ? 

Cat. Hast thou not dropped from heaven ? 
Ste. Out o' the moon, 1 do assure thee : I was 
the man in the moon, when time was. 

Cal. I have seen thee in her, and 1 do adore thee ; 
My mistress shewed me thee, and thy dog, and thy 
Ste. Come, swear to that ; kiss the book : I will 
furnish it anon with new contents : swear. 

Trin. By this good light, this is a very shallow 
monster : I afeard of him ? a very weak mon- 
ster : The man i' the moon ? a most poor credu- 
lous monster : Well drawn , monster, in good sooth . 
Cul. I'll shew thee every fertile inch o' th' island ; 
And I will kiss thy foot. I pr'ytliee, be my god. 

Trin. By this light, a most perfidious and drunk- 
en monster; when his god's asleep, he'll rob his 

Cal. I'll kiss thy foot : I'll swear myself thy subject. 
Ste. Come on then ; down, and swear. 
Trin. I shall laugh myself to death at this pup- 
py-headed monster : A most scurvy monster ! I 
could find in my heart to beat him, 
Ste. Come, kiss. 

Trin. but thn.t the poor monster's in drink: An 
abominable monster ! 
Cal. I'll shew thee the best springs ; I'll pluck 
thee berries ; 
I'll fish for thee, and get thee wood enough. 
A plague upon the tyrant that I serve ! 
I'll bear him no more sticks, but follow thee. 
Thou wond'rous man. 

Trin. A most ridiculous monster; to make a 
wonder of a poor drunkard. [gi"ow 

Cal. I pr'ythee, let me bring thee where crabs 
And I with my long nails will dig thee pig-nuts; 
.Shew thee a jay's nest, and instruct thee how 
To snare the nimble marmozet ; I'll bring thee 
To clust'ring filberds, and sometimes I'll get thee 
Young sea-mells from the rock : Wilt thou go with 

Ste. 1 pr'ythee now, lead the way, without any 
more talking Trinculo, the king and all our 
company else being drowned, we will inherit here. 
Here; bear my bottle. Fellow Trinculo, we'll 
fill him by and by again. 

Cal. farewell master ; farewell, farewell. 

[Sini;s drunkenly. 
Trin. A howling monster ; a drunken monster. 
Cal. No more dam I'll make for Jish ; 
Nur fetch in firing 
At requiring, 
\or tcrape trenchering, nor mash dish ; 
'Pan 'Ban, Ca Caliban, 
Hat a new master Get a nerv man. 

Freedom, hey-day! hey day, freedom ! freedom, 
hey-day, freedom '. 
S.e. O brave monster I lead the w^ay. [Exeur.l. 


SCENE I. Before Frospero's Cell. 
Enter Ferdinand, bearing a Log. 

Per. There be some sports are painful ; anil 
their labour 
Delight in them sets off : some kinds of baseness 
Are nobly undergone ; and most poor matters 
Point to rich ends. This my mem task 
Would be as heavy to me, as odious ; but 
The mistress, which I serve, quickens what's dead. 
And rriakes my labours pleasures : O, she is 
Ten times more gentle than her father's crabbed ; 
And he's composed of harshness. I must remove 
' ome thousands of these logs, and pile them up. 
Upon a sore injunction: My sweet mistress 
AVeeps when she sees me work : and s-.ys, such 
Had ne'er like executor. I forget : [baseness 

But these sweet thoughts do even refresh my la- 
Most busy-less, when X do it. [hours ; 

Enter Miranda; and Prospero at a Distance. 

Mira. Alas, now ! pray you. 

Work not so hard : I would, the lightning had" 
Burnt up those logs, that you are e'njoin'd to pile ' 
Pray, set it down, and rest you : when this burns, 
'Twill weep for having wearied you : My father 
Is hard at study; pray now, restyourself; 
He's safe for these three hours. 

r. O most dear mistress. 

The sun will set, before I shall discharge 
What I must strive to do. 

Mira. If you'll sit down, 

I'll bear your logs the while : Fray, give me that : 
I'll carry it to the pile. 

t'er. No, precious creature : 

I had rather crack my sinews, break my back. 
Than you should such dishonour undergo. 
While I sit lazy by. 

AHra. It would become me 

As well as it does you : and I should do it 
With much more ease ; for my good will is to it. 
And yours it is against. 

Pru. Poor worm ! thou art infected ; 

This visitation shews it. 

Mira. You look wearily. [me, 

I'er. No, noble mistress; 'tis fresh morning with 
When you are by at night. I do beseech you, 
(Chiefly, that I might set it in my prayers,) 
What is your name ? 

Mira. Miranda : O my father, 

I have broke your hest to say so ! 

Fi-r. ' Admir'd Miranda 

Indeed, the top of admiration ; worth 
What's dearest to the world I Full many a lady 
I have ey'd with best regard ; and many a time 
The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage 
Brought my too diligent ear: for several virtues 
Have I lik'd several women ; never any 
With so full soul, but some defuct in her 
Did quarrel with the noblest grace she ow'd. 
And put it to the foil : But you, O you. 
So perfect, and so peerless, are created 
Of every creature's best. 

Mira. I do not know 

One of my sex ; no woman's face remember. 
Save, from my glass, mine own ; nor have I seen 
.^lore that I may call men, than you, good friend. 
And my dear father : how features are abroad, 
I am skill-less of; but, by my modesty, 
(The jewel in my dower,) I would not wish 
Any companion in the world but you , 
Nor can imagination form a shape. 
Besides yourself, to like of: But I prattle 
Something too wildly, and my father's precepts 
I therein do forget. 

fer, I am in my condition. 



II VMM. Mt M !) and wmM m tmimmm 

Tte a wfc-a^ Mow my aMth.-HMr my m1 

TlHVHytaHttat that I Mw jrva.dld 
MylHMtiy yrMrtet thw iwUm, 
T* BMte MM ! to it : aadfbryMrnlM, 
Aa I tkto rMtaM kt-aMM. 
Mil*. Staytm%m9m9 

#kr. OlMvw. OMftk. bMT vtaMW Mlia* MN 

KI^Mktn . 

Wim tort I* ko4a4 Mw I* ariKhtar: I. 
BiyMl aU ItaU or vhM alM Itk* VMM. 
D* !*, *!<. hooMur *. 

JTirM. I MB fbol, 

T* wmp M lMt I'm sUd tt. 

OffmaittiwIIWtlwuI Itoar 

riMII tbaUdtotowaNt: Bt iMi to nUHw 
Aa4UUMmlttMtatohMltartt [ 
TW kinv talk It ittrnwu Hmm. bmMU 
Aa ynmr* Mtw fMa Mid iMly fauwMi 
I MB IMT , If yi viU mn HW I 
lfM.111yMrmaU: t*tejft 
Vm may 4ay m* : tot lU ba yamr Mrvaat. 

#Wr. Ay.wUhahaartM 
As baadaca alar aTfrMdaoi 

Jiira. Airf aMM vlth my kavt laH 


WkaaraNtyataMwitkaUi bMrnynMciRc 
'-taaihlacflaahamafa. Ilttamykaok; 

Ikr M> art ateoat aat ta tin lMa4 
rta. WkanikaaldtliwWwtatw? bt 

taaaaawawrlalni. If tbar wara it in t 
Skk My maB-flaaMlar Mb drovncd hU 

la mck : Ihv Mf paat, ttaa aaa cannot drown me 

I, an I a aali lac ww r the ihare, Hve-and -thtrty 
,araada,brthto nj|ht.-Thoa ihalt be 


yvm lict; ball aa 

bat yaall Ua'likadof*; 


aiMa In thy life. If thoa 

CmL How Urn thy haaaar? Let me lick thy 
Ima: III nat aarta Mm. ka b aat *aaat. 
TV*>. Tboa Itart, aiwt IgBTaat maaatar; I 

Cat. Lo,hovka maeka om! wilt u..v. .i h.n, 
my lord ' 
Trim. Lard, ^aath 1m t that a mon<;rr >hoaia 

Oa. La.le.acala!bllaMmtodaath.Ii>r>th. 

W*. Trtacalo. kaap a gaad taagaa In your haad ; 
IT yaa praaa a ma iia aa t . tha naxt tn-l ha |N>ar 
mMiar^ mi aal^aet, aad ha thaU aat nflkr In- 

^^1 thaak my aahla lard. WUttbaa ba^lMa-d 
To haarfcaa aaca afaia tha talt I amda thaa ? 
Sir. Marry ill 1 : kaaai. aad ta|>aat it: I 
tand. aiM w shall Triacalo. 


Oal. Aa I tald thaa 
Befera. lami 

r, that by hi 

Cheated ma aT dito laad. 
AH. ThaaUaac. 

CW. Thaa lieat. Ihaa jBMla Bwabay, thoa 
t woald. my valiaat maata r waald dmtrey the 

nara <n 
of yoar 

ritl I 

to. Titeaala. If yaa 

THm. Why. la 

Ma. Mam thaa. mid aa 

O^la^ by 

Yam aaa ha art 

rv ha ||a thto tola t 
IftbyrrMracM will 

Bat tMt 
Mf. Tharti'mort cartala. 
CM. Thaa ahalt ba hard af It, aad III mrra thee, 
ito^ Haw MOW thall thto ba cemfaMtd ? Camt 
lac aw la tha party y 

'aa.yaa.mylaadi rUytaMMmthaaailaap. 
thaa aM9^i kaaek a aaU iMa hto haad. 

I da b ama eh thy a t ia h iim , B^a h 

AadtakahtobaUaftamhim: wh 

Ha ihall driak ammht bat brlaa : for I'll imm thw 

Wlwra tha qaick Ifiahm aia. [him 

Mc Trhwala, raa lata ao further dancer: in- 
ivapi tha aaaaalar ana ward farther, and, by thi* 
M, III tan aqr aarcy aat of doon, and make a 
Trim. Why. what did I 7 I did aathhit im ga 

Mc Mdatthaaaatav.hallad? 
AH, Thaallaat. 

Mr. Dalw? takattMathat. rMrOmWak] A 
aa ilka thto. gH* ma dm Ua aaathar ttma. 
Trim, I did aat glea tha Ito: Oat o'voar it>, 
-batUe! thlican 
your mon- 

d baarlac too ? A pox o^yoar battle 

ek, and tmakina do. A aimraln aa 

, aad the derif take yoar flngan! 

>iU Ha, ha, ba ! 

Str. Now, forward with your Ule. IVythae 
ktand farther olT. 

r/. Beat him enoaah : after a little time, 
ni r 

Stand farther. Come, frececd. 

Cml. Why, aa I told thee. 1i* a cattom with him 

I the aftemooe to sleep: there thoa maytt brain 

HaWng flrt laiz'd hit book* ; or with a log 
Batter hit akall, or paanch him with a ttake, 
Or cut his wexand with thy knife : Kemember, 
Fint to possCM his books ; "for withont Ihem 
He'* bat a sot, as I am, nor liath not 
One spirit to command : Tbf? ail do hate hiai. 
At rootedly as I : Bam bat hit boc>ks : 
He hat brave atcntilt, (for to he call* them,) 
Why, thoa dcboahca ! Which, when he has a boase. hell deck withal 
a eaward. that hath I And that aiott deeply to consider, it 
aa macb s\ck m I to-day ? Ullt thoa tell a I The beauty of bit daaghter : he himself 

I ICallt her a nonpareil : 1 ne'rr saw woman, 
I But only Sycorax my dam, and the ; 

Act 3 


But she as far siirpasseth Sycorax, 
-As greatest does least. 

i>te. Is it so brave a lass ? 

Oil. Ay, lord ; she will become thy bed, 1 warrant, 
And bring thee forth brave brood. 

Ste. Monster, I will kill this man : his daughter 
and I will be king and queen; (save our graces!) 
and Trinculo and thyself shall be viceroys : Dost 
thou like the plot, Trinculo ? 

Trin. Excellent. 

Sie. Give me thy hand ; I am sorry I beat thee : 
but, while thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy 

Cat. Within this half hour will he be asleep; 
Wilt thou destroy him then ? 

Sie, Ay, on mine honour. 

Ari. This will I tell rny master. 

Cat. Thou raak'st me merry : I nm full of pleasure ; 
Let us be jocund: Will you troll the catch 
You taught me but while-ere? 

He. At thy request, monster, I will do reason, any 
reason: Come on, Trinculo, let us sing. [Sillers. 

Flnut 'em, and skout 'em ; and skout 'em, anijlout 'em : 
Tlioughi U free. 

Cal. That's not the tune. 

{Ariel j)lai/s the time on a Tabor and Pipe. 

Ste. What is this same ? 

Trin. This is the tune of our catch, played by 
the picture of \o-body. 

Ste. If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy like- 
ness ; if thou beest a devil, take't as thou list". 

Trin. O, forgive me my sins ! 

Ste. tie that dies, pays all debts: I defy thee : 
Mercy upon us ! 

Cal. Art thou afeard ? 

Ste. No, monster, not I. 

Cal. Be not afeard ; the isle is full of noises, 
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt 

Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments 
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices. 
That, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, 
Will make me sleep again : and then, in dreaming, 
The clouds, methought, would open, and shew 

Ready to drop upon me ; that, when I wak'd, 
I cry'd to dream again. 

Ste. This will prove a brave kingdom to me, 
where 1 shall have my music for nothing. 

Cal, M'hen Prospero is destroyed. 

Ste. That shall be by and by : I remember the 

Trin, The sound is going away : let's follow it, 
and after, do our work. 

Ste, Lead, monster; we'll follow. I would, I 
could see this taborer : he lavs it on. 

Trin. Wilt come ? I'll follow, Stephano. 


SCENE III. Another part of the Island. 

Enter Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Gonzalo, Adrian, 

Francisco, and others, 

don. By'r lakin, I can go no further, sir; 
>fy old bones ache: here's a maze trod, indeed. 
Through forth-rights, and meanders ! by your pa- 
1 needs must rest me. [tience, 

Alon. Old lord, I cannot blame thee. 

Who am myself attach'd with weariness, 
To the dulling of my spirits ; sit down, and rest. 
Kven here I will put off my hope, and keep it 
Ko longer for my flatterer : he is drown'd. 
Whom thus we stray to find ; and the sea mocks 
Our frustrate search on land : Well, let him go. 

Ant. I am right glad that he's so out of hope. 

[Aside to Sebastian. 
Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose 
That you resolv'd to effect. 

Seh. The next advantage 

Will we take thoroughly. 

Ant. Let it be to-night ; 

For, now they are oppressed with travel, they 

Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance, 
As when they are fresh. 

Sell. I say, to-night : no more. 

Solemn and strange musick : and Prospero above, in- 
visible. Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in 

a banquet : they dance about it vith gentle actions 

of salutation ; and, inviting the King, S^c, to eat, 

they depart, 

Alon. WTiat harmony is this ? my good friends, 

Gon, Marvellous sweet musick ! [hark I 

Alon, Give us kind keepers, heavens ! What were 
these ? 

Seh, A living drollery : Now I will believe, 
That there are unicorns ; that, in Arabia 
There is one tree, the phoenix' throne ; one phoenix 
At this hour reigning there. 

Aiit. I'll believe both; 

And what does else want credit, come to me. 
And I'll be sworn 'tis true : Travellers ne'er did lie. 
Though fools at home condemn them. 

(ion. If in Naples 

I should report this now, would they believe me ? 
If I should say, I saw such islanders, 
(For, certes, these are people of the island,) 
Who,though they are of monstrous shape, yet, note. 
Their manners are more gentle, kind, than of 
Our human geneiation you shall find 
Many, nay, almost any. 

Pro, Honest lord, 

Thou hast said well ; for some of you there present. 
Are worse than devils. [Aside, 

Alon. I cannot too much muse. 

Such shapes, such gesture, and such sound, ex- 
(Although they want thjeuse of tongue,) akind 
Of excellent dumb discourse. 

Pro. Praise in departing. [Aside. 

Fran. They vanish "d strangely. 

Seb. No matter, slnre 

They have left their viands behind ; for we have 

Will't please you taste of what is here ? 

Alon. Not I. 

Gon. Faith, sir, you need not fear: M'hen wc 
were boys, 
\Mio would believe that there were mountaineers, 
Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging 

at them 
Wallets of flesh ? or that there were such men. 
Whose heads stood in their breasts ? which now 

we find, 
Each putter-out on five for one, will bring us 
Good warrant of. 

Alon. I will stand to, and feed. 

Although my last : no matter, since I feel 
The best is past : Brother, my lord the duke. 
Stand too, and do as we. 

Thunder and Lightning. Enter Ariel like a harpy : 
claps his rvings upon the table, and, with a quaint 
device, the banquet vanishes. 

Ari. You are three men of sin, whom destiny 
(That hath to instrument this lower world. 
And what is in't,) the never-surfeited sea 
Hath caused to belch up ; and on this island 
Where man doth not inhabit; you 'mongst men 
Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad ; 

[Seeing Alon. Seb. &c. dram their sn'ords. 
And even with such like valour, men hang and 

Their proper selves. You fools ! I and my fellows 
Are ministers of fate ; the elements 
Of whom your swords are temper'd, may as well 
Wound the loud winds, or with bemock'd-at stabs 
Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish 
One dowle that's in my plume ; my fellow-ministers 
Are like invulnerable: if you could hurt. 
Your swords are now too massy for your strengths, 
.KnA will not be uplifted : But, remember, 
(For that's my business to you,) that you three 
From Milan did supplant good Prospero ; 


Hf. M< ly hiiium bMMi fcr thJcli twU dwd ! A* nyaiM U|m (hall U^ 7M. 
Tfc y ti . ill gl a a . t fcnnOm. Im* i Frr. A* I bop* 

taMMM * MM m2 tlMvn. 9W. aU * oMnuM. r Vitet aaya. telrfaMM. aad iMg Mb. 
If fail ywr fmtm : Ttmt mftkj mm, AUmm, i M'lth mwIi ! m tU now ; tb* mwUmI 4m. 
TWy Im kwaft i mA d ywnw by mm, | TWmmi u | H t wi m m * pUcw, tht i tt oa g ^ wmwniiB 


I iMy by lp MW d 

.Mia* I 

WIcalwtato jHhM iUmU ihtak.OT Pbotau'MMdt an Cm. 
MrtliMvrav, OralflMkpalMtahato. (iWrtf, 

tt U/M ;, MMf 4mm* <! MM* Mrf 

rf /*< I** taMb. 

dw igwa ar tkia ban* ilrl. What vmM ay paMrt aMr ? bar* I am. 
! ya. Tb a**tbyiiawbUwyatlanr- 

(Ifai* taMvactta* bMt Um M(blii 'batt 
U ktt ibM ba4rt ! My : M, vltb gaad 
Aa4 bwiia l l w i tumrngt, mr mm 
Tbilr wvafal klaA* ba imi mty bl| 

AM ibaw. HlM CMndai. aa telt r 

><.iy AfMt neaUbad.AarMrinc: .PUonbUyiwMrmi aa4 I aaaawaymi [ 
> twKrtaw bMt Uta atbbn -batad. In Mcb anoOiOT trtck t |p>. brtactbaiabUa. 

T vbam I Rt tbaa pewar, bar*, to tbia plar* 

IM tba ayM af tbU yMig 
' mlaa art : H ii my i 

frm. Ay. vMb a twtaik. 

AH. Mm* y aaa My. Omw . and g^ 

Vmmm F ai < f i. (wbaw di ,y mw fc <w^ 

IKjit Ihmtmffrtmmim*. Baab aM. CrtMtaf aN bb toa. 
m. I* fba WMa ar'aaMaMMlM^.tfr. wby JWUl ba baM^Si May aM Maa< 
Ma iSaMa Maa* f (ttm^ nm ^ y* > "M. Martar f m*. 

AAm. " Tti miaiU JILL ' MCMiwoai ; #>. Daarty, My 4aUcat AiW t Do sat i 

MatbOTiJbl. tba biSova pofea. awl toM MM aflt i 
Tbawta4a4M(iaiiiaMai and Iba tbmdar. 
TbM aar aM *MifU anraa-plpa. I 
Tba MMa aT Itaa a a f t It Ad ba m; 

IV wak Mai daaftar tbaa *( 
Aad vUb biM ibara Uwadda'd. 




T*wrai*lbaMaad: bamaaat 

I warrant you. 

m. All VBwm wt 


.4ai. rObatby 

[KfnMf *. iratf 4a. 
aa. An tbfw aT * 


Nw IMa M BIM mt tfmu ii o baMaek yoa, 
TbM an aT MrHar JaiatH follow ibaM twtftb, 
tbanfroMwbatr ^ 


Bm aa laM at a ilMO, Tba wblM*abl ltfa Maw apaa My baart 
AbalM tba aidoar or My lltOT. 

fm. WalU 

Xaw aaaaa* ay AtM i brbif a Maaiiary, 
Ratbar tbaa waat a tiiiilt t aypaar. and partN. 
No l aiy m aUayMt baiUaat. [S^mmtio 

AJfaafM. SmItrltU. 

tH*. Cmmt, aMrtbaaataoM lady. ih ricb kM 
Of wbaat, lya. bariay. ratcboi 
Tby taffy MaaalalM, whm I 


Ita witii aaa al ad aad r 

' Uow ibaM t 


Fallow, 1 pray oa. 


aCXNI I. a^^oPnapan^CSrO. 
arr Pmyan, PavdtaMM, aad Miranda. 
^xt. IflbanMaaaiiaialyi 

Wan bat an mala af tby lot*. aM tbaa 

Haat mMMlj Maad tba laat: ban, ^km Hnna. 

InltfyafiiSyriabctft OPaidbMad. 

Do aot Maila M aM MM I baaK bar aC, 

Pm tboa abaU tadtba wlU aaiMrtr aU pcaln. 

Aad aMka It baU bablad bv. 

'kr. Idabattanlt. 

Aaalaai aa andab 

>. Tbaa,MaMi>II.Badlbbna 


MTMi IbU aMl holy rita ba Mlai 
No awaal aMMtiaa tbaU tba bi 


iMaiMcaat nct |gaw; bMb 

-ay-d dladaM. aaASMMd. Aafl I 
aaloa afyaar bai^Mk woada m 


Wbich faa(y A'pril at thy baM botrtmt. 

To awka eold a yub a duMo 

Whom tbadow tbo dliailiiid bacbaior Ion*. 
Baiac l aat lui w ; thy polo-ciipt vlnayard ; 
And iby Ma lairft, Mril, and rocky -hard. 
Whan tboa tbyMlf doa air: Th* ^awn othr 

WboM watary arch, and in ii. am I, 

Bkbtbw iMMibaM: aad witbbMMrarciga grace 
Han aa tbla graM-plot, la this vary plac*. 
To coma aad ipart : bar poaeocka iy amaia ; 
Appnacb, rich Cam, hr to anlartaia. 
BmJer Cere*. 
Orr. Hall, aMay.coloar'd mtmngtr, that ne'er 
Dort dlMbay tba wMb of Japltar : 
Wbo, with tby M ltV a u wtafi apaa aay flower* 

And with aaeb aad aT tby btoa bow doct crown 
.V* baaky acra*. aad aiy awdmihb>d down, 
RliebacarftoMrpreadaaRbt Why hath thy ^ncan 
Sammaa-d mo Mtbar, M tMa tbovt-araM-d siaan ' 

IrU. A contrart of traa Ion to caJobrate ; 
And *oro donation freely to ma la 
On the bleM'd loTers. 

Cfr. Tell mo, beaTenly bow. 

If Venus, or her Ma. m thoa daat know. 
Do now attend tba ^faaaa ? atiMa tbcy did plot 
The me, that dMky DIa ai^ daapitcr foi. 

Act 4. 



Her and her blind box's scandal'd company 
I have forsworn. 

ji-is. Of her society 

Be not afraid ; I met her deity 
Cutting the clouds towards I'aphos ; and her son 
Dove-drawn with her : here thought they to have 

Some wanton charm upon this man and maid, 
Whose TOWS are that no bed-rite shall be paid 
'lill Hymen's torch be lighted: but in vain; 
Mars'shot minion is return'd again ; 
Jler waspish -headed son has broke his arrows, 
^wears he will shoot no more, but play with spar- 
And be a boy right out. [rows, 

Cer. H iijhest queen of state. 

Great .Tuno comes : I know her by her gait. 
Enter Juno. 
Jiin. How does my bounteous sister ? Go with me. 
To bless this twain, that they may prosperous be. 
And honour'd in their issue. 
Jnn. Honour, riches, marriage-blessing. 
Long eoniinaunce, and increasing. 
Hourly joys be still upon you ! 
Juno sings Iter blessings on you. 
Cer. Earth's increase, andfoison pleuiy, 
Barns and garners never empty ; 
Vines, with dtist'ring bunches growing ; 
Plants, with goodly burden bowing : 
Spring come to you, at the farthest. 
In the very end of harvest ! 
Scarcity and want shall shun you ; 
Ceres' blessing so is on you. 

Fcr. This is a most majestic vision, and 
Harmonious charmingly : May I be bold 
To think these spirits ^ 

Pro. Spirits, which by mine art 

I have from their confines call'd to enact 
Aly present fancies. 

Per. I et me live here ever ; 

So rare a wonder'd father, and a wife, 
Make this place Paradise. 

[Juiw and Ceres whisper, and send Iris on 

Pro. Sweet now, silence ; 

.Juno and Ceres whisper seriously ; 
There's something else to do : hush, and be mute. 
Or else our spell is marr'd. 

Iris. Vou nymphs, call'd Naiads, of the wan- 
d'ring brooks, 
With your sedg'd crowns, and ever -harmless looks, 
J.eave your crisp channels, and on this green land 
Answer your summons : .)uno does command : 
Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate 
A contract of true love ; be not too late. 

Enter certain Nymphs. 
You sun-bum'd sicklemen, of August weary. 
Come hither from the furrow, and be merry ; 
Make holy-day : your rye-straw hats put on, 
And these fresh nymphs encounter every one 
In country footing. 
Enter certain Reapers, properly habited; they Join 

with the Nympha in a graceful dance ; towards the 

end whereof Prospero starts suddenly, and speaks ; 

after which, to a strange, hollow, and confused 

noise, they heavily vanish. 

Pro. [Aside] 1 had forgot that foul conspiracy 
Of the beast Caliban, and his confederates. 
Against my life ; the minute of their plot 
Is almost come. [To the Spirits.] Well done; 
avoid ; no more. 

Fer. This is most strange : your father's in some 
That works him strongly. [passion 

Mira. Never till this day. 

Saw I him touch 'd with anger so distemper'd. 

Pro. You do look, my son, in a mov'd sort 
As if you were dismay'd : be cheerful, sir : 
Our revels now are ended : these our actors. 

As I foretold you, were all spirits, and 
Are melted into air, into thin air: 
And, like the baseless fabriik of this vision, 
T he cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces. 
The solemn temples, the great globe itself, 
\'ea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve ; 
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, 
Leave not a rack behind : We are sucli stuff 
As dreams are made of, and our little life 
Is rounded with a sleep Sir, I am vex'd ; 
I Bear with my weakness; my old brain is troubled. 
Be not disturb'd with my infirmity : 
If you be pleas'd, retire into my cell. 
And there repose ; a turn or two I'll walk 
To still my beating mind. 

Mira. We wish your peace. 

Pro. Come with a thought .I thank you : Ariel, 

Enter Ariel. 

Ari. Thy thoughts I cleave to : WTiat's thy 

Pro. Spirit, [pleasure ? 

We must prepare to meet with Caliban. 

Ari. Ay, my commander; when I presented Ceres, 
I thought to "have told thee of it ; but I fear'd. 
Lest I might anger thee. 

Pro. Say again, where didst thou leave these var- 
lets [ing ; 

Ari. 1 told you, sir, they were red-hot with drink- 
So full of valour, that they smote the air 
For breathing in their faces ; heat the ground 
For kissing of their feet; yet always bending 
Towards their project : Then I beat my tabor, 
At which, like unback'd colts, they prick'd their 

Advanc'd their eye-lids, lifted up their noses, 
As they smelt musick ; so I charm "d their ears. 
That, calf-like, they my lowing folio w'd, through 
Tooth'd briers, sharp furzes, pricking goss, aud 

Which enter'd their frail shins : at last I left them 
r the filthy mantled pool beyond your cell. 
There dancing up to the chins, that the foul lake 
O'erstunk their feet. 

Pro. This was well done, my bird : 

Thy shape invisible retain thou still : 
The trumpery in my house, go, bring it hither, 
For stale to catch these thieves. 

Ari. I go, I go. [Exit. 

Pro. A devil, a bom devil, on whose nature 
Nurture can never stick ; on whom my pains. 
Humanely taken, all, all lost, quite lost : 
And as, with age, his body uglier grows. 
So his mind cankers : I will plague them all. 

Re-enter Ariel loaden with glistering apparel, Stc. 

Kven to roaring : Come, hang them on this line. 

Prospero and Ariel remain invisible. Enter Ca.Uhn, 
Stephano, and Trinculo, all wet. 

Cal. Pray you, tread softly, that the blind mole 
may not 
Hear a foot-fall : we now are near his cell. 

Ste. Monster, your fairy, which, you say, is a 
harmless fairy, has done little better than played 
the Jack with us. 

Trin. Monster, I do smell all horse-piss; at 
which my nose is in great indignation. 

Ste. So is mine. Do you hear, monster ? If I should 
take a displeasure against you ; look you, 

TrtH. Thou wert but a lost monster. 

Cal. Good my lord, give me thy favour still : 
Be patient, for the prize I'll bring thee to 
Shall hood-wink this mischance : therefore speak 

All's hush'd as midnight yet. 

Trin. Ay, but to lose our bottles in the pool, 

Ste. There is not only disgrace and dishonour in 
that, monster, but an infinite loss. 

Trin. That's more to me than my wetting : yet 
this Is your harmless fairy, monster. 

1 1 


.v^. I a.;: ul tu) UotUc, tboojh I be o'r 
ante Bt7 Ubar 
rw. Pr>dM W}klac.l4l: $tMM Omw I>m. 

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TMm * *v . iMIl. IV Ctltai. 

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rtaM I iHk. wtet vwlMk* IM* to ftr tlMtl 

i~B laigww. 
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lUka m tVMf* Mar. 

h avTWi miM. awHlv. WtaMH Um. to mm 
tMtmjimktm? Kv to tfe* jirttoi * Ua* : 
y> >M. 7*w life* ! IMT iHir, mid 
! kaM ta>Mk> 

TWik. IK 4*t W* MMl kf Ma* towl, aal 

to. idMakitoMftrtfiMjMii Ww^agtaiii 
^1 M ttMU aM aaMvaaAitf. wMI* i M 


rrl.. aiMiOTVwaa.*at Mai 
team, aaA M^r wMi tb ratt. 

(ML I iUkfaaM>aa<ltaa 

ant bahi t* kwr 
r vta* W. ar IV 

Txa. Aadthto. 
Mi*. Ay.aatf iMk 

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ta-r ^ I < !. W kmml Iktm mtmd. Pta^paa 
aa/AHirf, Mflfav ^*M ^ 
fr*, Hay.jfmlili.lnyt 
>ri. Mmt? dMTO to (BM, tar 
rr*. #W fmrjft M, Syaaf, ttwv! kaik. 

Hum favA, OTCM a^ MM 
^tW. UMk. tkM nar. 
^in^UtdMMUhaaMdMaadl;: At 
MV MMOT ad MtoM aMMlM : 
f imO all av Ub a an aad. aa thoa 
*at>aaitaf fta iiaM; ftraUttla. 
84 4e Ma Mrrtca. [. 

L ac^waitoMir 

laiy p aa ) a ti |raH>r taabaad : 
k aat > m; tplrlis obey ; aad ttaaa 
llihtocantaga. Ho*ttbadr? 
Ari, Oa tba flIsA kaar: at vldcli tlaM.ny lard, 
Voa mM oar wafk AaaM caaM^ 

IVi. IdMaajTM. 
%rkMft*M IrabVdwMaapaM. Saj.myaHrit, 
M ftrw the kta$ aad kto? 

iri. CoaSn'd tafatbar 
la tha aaaaa Aahlaa M Taa am tai ehaifa : 
JaM Mraa toft Hum, air t Mariaaaara 
la tlM ifaaa-freTa vfalck aMliai teiilijroar call ; 
Tlwy raaaul fcadga. rtll yaar laltaw. TW Mag, 
Uto UallHr, aad yoan, aMda aU tkN* dtolnctad ! 

And thai 


trimYallaraonowaaddtoaiayi bat. 
Ilin ;oa tana'd. sir, r%gmdmU Urd, Om^i 
Hto laan raa dowa hto baard. like lntrr*> .I- 
FraM aaM af laada { Taar chA r) 


TkM If aa aaa bahaM thaai. 

^ at, with M7 aablM wmbb Mnct my 
Da I tab* aart : tha rarar aeMi H 

fart I 
11m Ml drift aT My j. 
Not a ftoaa Autbar : <i, laU 
M; charaM ni bfaak.tlMlr tr.. 
Aad tha* thaU ba tbaMtrfm. 

An. Ill <bteh tbM. tlr. [BHI. 

I*ra. Ya alTM or hUto, broafca. ttMMUag Uk. and 

Aad ya, that aa tba aaada wUh yalatlaM fcat 
Da aluHa tha ahM^ Nartaaa, aad fly klM, 
^iMahaeaaMkbackt yaa d M a q r rrf to w t>>at 
By ai a n a t h toa da tha g t a a a i aai riijitoto make. 
H haraaftha wa aat bitM : aad yaa. vhoM pattlBc 
U to awka m>diilM anithraaaM i that r^aica 
To haav tha aalaaM cadbw i by ahoM aM 
(Waak Manaii thMh y ba.) I ha h^.ii^..^ h 
Thraooa^ldaaaa, callVI <bfth thtMut ' 
Aad twist tha giaaa Ma aad tha aaarv 
Hat raartaf war : to tha draad lattlfatK I ! 
Hava I ilvaa tea, aad Hftad Je*a^ tumt obi 
Hlth hto awa boH t thaatraM baM proawntorx 
Hava I HMda thaka: aad by lb* aiMt* plaekM up 
Tha piaa aad eadar t t r a iaa, as my cooimaad, 
Ha wak^d thair atoaiMai 2 aaad. aad tot them ibrth 
B* My M potaat ait: Bat thto raafh auKfek 
Ihara a kta i ai aad,whaB IhaaiaqalrM 
Saaw haavaaly aaaaick. (whMi avaa now I do.) 
To war* ariaaaad aaaa thair mumi, that 
TMa airy chaiM to br. lit braak my itaff; 
Barr H earala fcihaau la thaaarlh, 
Aad. daaparihaa did aar ptaMMM aaaad, 
lltAawaMybaak. [Mmai 

Aiial: mflir M 
aaiwv,aaMI|rUaaMla: tebaatlaa aW Aa- 
iaalala /Ua aMawr.Mtoaderf l9 Adtlaaaarf Vraa- 
ctoeo: Iter aU tmltr Ot drtU mUtk Piaaaara Aatf 
mmJt, mml tkm 0lmmt tk m r w t id i mkick Vwmfm 
tUrrwimg, tfttk*. 

A aotoMa air, aad tha baat oaMfiater 

To aa aawttlad floMy, car* thy bralnt. 

Now aaataaa, baOM wttMa thy akall ! Tbcmttuiri, 

Par yoa ara l a ail a taa a^ 

Holy Oaatala, haaoanMa maa, 
Mtata ayat, araa Mdabto to the diow of thlav. 
FaU MIowly dfaaa.-.Tha chana dtoaolM a|c 
M tha marwMit alaato apoa tha alght. 

Thair cImiii laaaon O my food 

My traa arcacrrer, and a loyal tir 

To hlM OMa fUlowVrt ,- I will pay Iby | 

HoBM, both to word aad dead. Moat 

Didst thoa, Alonao, aM me and my d-agtater : 

Thy brothar was a fterthcrcr In the act ; 

Thoa*rt piacb'd fbCt now, Sebastian Flesh at.a 


t, that 


wha,with Sabaatlan, 
r moat atrtwic,. 
; I do fargiTc 

Uanataral ttwagh Iboa art ! Tfadr anderttindinfr 

Act 5. 



Hepns to swell ; and the approaching tide 
Will shortly fill the reasonable shores, 
That now lie foul and muddy. Not one of them. 
That yet looks on me, or would know me : Ariel, 
Fetch me the hat and rapier in my cell ; 

[Exit Ariel. 
I will dis-case me, and myself present, 
As I was sometime Milan : quickly, spirit; 
Thou shalt ere long be free. 

Ariel re-enters, singing, and helps to atzire Prospero. 
Ari. Where the hee sucks, there suck I ; 
In a cowslip's bell I lie : 
There I couch, rvhen on-ls do cry. 
On the bat's back I do, fly. 
After summer, merrily : 
Merrily, merrily, shall I live non>. 
Under' the blossom that hangs on the hough. 

Pro. Why, that's my dainty Ariel : I shall miss 
thee ; 
But yet thou shalt have freedom : so, so, so. 
To the king's ship, invisible as thou art : 
There shalt thou find the mariners asleep 
Under the hatches ; the master, and the boatswain. 
Being awake, enforce them to this place ; 
And presently, I pr'ythee. 

Ari. I drink the air before me, and return 
Or e'er your pulse twice beat. [E.rit Ariel 

Gon. All torment, trouble, wonder, and amaze- 
Inhabits here : Some heavenly power guide us 
Out of this fearful country ! 

Pro. Behold, sir king. 
The wronged duke of Milan, Prospero : 
For more assurance that a living prince 
Does now speak to thee, I embrace thy body ; 
And to thee, and thy company, 1 bid 
A hearty welcome. 

Alon. Whe'r thou beest he, or no, 
Or some enchanted trifle to abuse me, 
As late I have been, I not know : thy pulse 
Beats, as of flesh and blood ; and, since I saw thee, 
The affliction of my mind amends, with which, 
I fear, a madness held me : this must crave 
(An if this be at all,) a most strange story. 
Thy dukedom I resign ; and do entreat 
Thou pardon me my wrongs : But liow should Pros- 
Be living, and be here ? [pero 

Pro. First, noble friend. 
Let me embrace thine age ; whose honour cannot 
Be measur'd, or confin'd. 

Gun. Wliether this be. 
Or be not, I'll not swear. 

Pro. Vou do yet taste 
Some subtilties o' the isle, that will not let you 
Believe things certain : Welcome, my friends 
Butyou, my brace of lords, were I so minded, [all : 
[Aside to Seb. and Ant. 
I here could pluck his highness' frown upon you. 
And justify vou traitors ; at this time 
I'll tell no tales. 

Seb. The devil speaks in him. [Aside. 

Pro. No : 
For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother 
Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive 
Thy rankest fault ; all of them ; and require 
My dukedom of thee, which, perforce, I know. 
Thou must restore. 

Alon. If thou beest Prospero, 
Give us particulars of thy preservation : 
How thou hast met us here, who three hours since 
Were wreck'd upon this shore ; where I have lost, 
How sharp the point of this remembrance is ! 
My dear son Ferdinand. 

Pro. I am woe for't, sir. 

Alon. Irreparable is the loss ; and patience 
Says it is past her cure. 

Pro. I rather think. 
You have not sought her help ; of whose soft grace 
For the like loss, I have her sovereign aid. 
And rest myself content. 

Alon. You the like loss ? 

Pro. As great to me, as late ; and, portable 
To make the dear loss, have I means much weaker 
Than you may call to comfort you ; for I 
Have lost my daughter. 

Alon. A daughter ? 

heavens ! that they were living both in Naples, 
The king and queen there ! that they were, I wish 
Myself were mudded in that oozy bed [ter ? 
Where my son lies. When did you lose your daugh- 

Pro. In this last tempest. I perceive, these lorus 
At this encounter do so much admire, 
I'hat they devour their reason ; and scarce think 
Their eyes do offices of truth, their words 
Are natural breath: but, howsoe'eryou have 
Been justled from your senses, know for certain. 
That I am Prospero, and that very duke [strangely 
Which was thrust forth of Milan ; who most 
Upon this shore, where you were wreck'd, was 
To be thelord on't. No more yet of this ; (landed, 
For 'tis a chronicle of day by day, 
Not a relation for a breakfast, nor 
Befitting this first meeting. Welcome, sir ; 
This cell's my court : here have I few attendants. 
And subjects none abroad : pray you, look in. 
My dukedom since you have given me again, 

1 will requite you with as good a thing; 

At least, bring forth a wonder, to content ye. 
As much as me my dukedom. 

The entrance of the cell opens, and discovers Ferdi- 
nand and IMiranda playing at chess 

Mira. Sweet lord, you play me false. 

Fer. No, my dearest love, 
I would not for the world. 

Mira. Yes, for a score of kingdoms yoi.. should 
And I would call it fair play. [wrangle, 

Alon. If this prove 
A vision of the island, one dear son 
Shall I twice lose. 

Seb. A most high miracle I 

Fer. Though the seas threaten they are merciful ; 
I have curs'd them without cause. 

[Ferd. kneels to Alvn. 

Alon. Now all the blessings 
Of a glad father compass thee about I 
Arise, and say how thou cam'st here. 

Mira. O ! wonder ! 
How many goodly creatures are there here I 
How beauteous mankind is ! O brave new world. 
That has such people in't ! 

Pro. 'Tis new to thee. fat play ? 

Alon. What is this maid, with whom thou wast 
Your eld'st acquaintance cannot be three hours : 
Is she the goddess that hath sever'd us. 
And brought us thus together ? 

Fer. Sir, she's mortal ; 
But, by immortal providence, she's mine ; 
I chose her, when I could not ask my fatlier 
For his advice; nor thought I had ore : she 
Is daughter to this famous duke of Milan, 
Of whom so often I have heard renown. 
But never saw before ; of whom I hare 
Recei^'d a second life, and second father 
This lady makes him to me. 

Alon. I am hers : 
But O, how oddly will it sound, that I 
Must ask my child forgiveness ; 

Pro. There, sir, stop ; 
Let us not burden our remembrances 
With a heaviness that's gone. 

Gon. i have inly wept, 
Or should have spoke ere this. Look down, you gods, 
And on this couple drop a blessed crown ; 
For it is you, that have ohalk'd forth the way 
Which brought us hither ! 

Alon. I say. Amen, Gonzalo ! 
Gon. 'Was Milan thrust from Milan, that his issue 
Should become kings of Naples ? O, rejoice 
Bevond a common joy ; and set it down 
with gold on lasting pillars : In one voyage 
Did Claribel her husband find at Tunis ; 
j And Ferdinand, her brother, found a wife. 



And dMl ia IMT I 

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! a paor i*i . and all of at, ouortvo, IImm thraa baf robbed ma t aad UU 

witboat bar pevci 

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Otm. ikftmi AMa*: 

[r Ft. mmd Mir. 

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Tbat a wa ar * fac* 'aibMid. aa* a aaiA as 

MMVIkkyUad^ WlMlatlwM^ 
Tba baa m k, ttat a b tmMj 


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IN bar : Um a trtea, M I 


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D* Mt ia*M TMT atad 
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WMeb ibaU ba Aanly. ataxia rn naal ye 
< Wblah la fM ihaa aaaa lanab Ma J ar at7 


Vcrrlikc: Mar dHM 
fa aetata dtb. aad. dawbt,f 
rr. Mark bM tba MfaaaT I 
Tbaa anr, tf tba; ba traa : 
tn maiim wm a wttcb i 
Tbac c aali eaatral tba aaoa, aaaka > I 

(Par ba^ a baMard eaa.| bad piottad witb tbam 
I'e taka my Ufc : two af tbaM MIewt yo* 
*iaatkMw,andB; thk - " 

kcteavladga miaa. 
<M. I dull ba piadi^A * 



SA Ualadnuikaavi vbava bad ba wiaa ? 
Aljm. And Triacalo b taatlag rtpa: ^Vhai* 

Ptad tbte graad IHaar that hatb fUdad tbMa ?- 

Haw cB^ tbaa la tbia picfcia ? ^ 
Trim. I lu baaa la aaeb a pickla. daea I mw 

yoa U*t. tbat, I tar BM, vUl aa* oat oT aiy baaa* : 

i th*U aat tar j4fata. 
&. H hy . bow aaw. Ht ap ban o ? (onmp. 

Mr. O, uaeb aM aMt 1 am aat Staahaaa, bat a 
^ra. Vaad ba klag af tba Ida. dnaS?^ 
Str. I dioald bava boaa a tara aaa tbaa. 
M^ Thiaiaa* atrai^a a Udag aa aw 1 

Prr. llabaadiaMraniaa^ bibtataaa 
A ia hb tbapa jOa, drrab, to oqr caU t 
1 aka wiA yi jroar wa ap aal oat i aa yaa la 
To bava aty pardoa. trim It hairtUamaly. 

Cai. Af . Ibat I will { aad III I 
Aad aaak ta icraca : \ hat a thrica-doabla an 
Wm I, to Uka thi* dmnkaid for a god. 
Aad vardOp tbi. dull fool f 

t^r*. Ua M : awj : 

^'m. Haaea. aad bcttow yaar Inoaga where you 


(CrMM< Cal. Stt. and Trim. 

JSo. Sir. I iarte war bisbaam, aad your train. 
Ta BH paw eaU i wbara ya dMU laka yoar rca 
Par thto aM algbt ; which (pan a(lt4 I'll wa>t 

Ooaalakaway: tbaatarraTaty lUb. 
Aad tU panlaalar aeeMaata, CBM by, 
aiaea t aasM la dda Ida: Aadlatba i 

Vaar rayal flaa* ftr aC My Arid i-cbickr- 
Tbat la thy nbaifi i Ihaa la tha otaaaatt 
liabaa,aadtaataawtu: (AMdr.] J^aaaayoa 
dkaw aaar. ( 

Nov aif ekarou arc all e'ertkrova, 
Aad what trcaatk I bavr't aiy own | 
Wblrb b aMM faiat : how 'iu true, 
I maat ba bara cwNlned by yo<^ 
Or aeot to Napka : Lm a moI, 
Mar* I bara My dakcdoai fnt, 
Aad pardoo'd tkc drreirer. darrll 
In Ikii bar iilaiid. br ^oiir cpcll i 
But rlakc air from my bHda. 
Wiik ibc bclp of roar ynod bandi. 
Geatir brcatb of vnur* air (ailt 
Mast III. ur cIm BIT projrri failt. 
Wklrh waa la plraac : N'ow I waat 
SplriU lo enforce, art to rackaati 
Aad Biy rndinc tt depair, 
Ualeaa I be rcUev'd by prarrr : 
Whlek pirrcca to. Ibat It aaaaalu 
Menr iuclf. aad free* all fault*. 
A* yoa froa criaea woald pardoa'd be. 
Let yoar iadalgcaca aet aM (f. 



Duke of Mi\an, father to Silvia. 

Antonio, father to Proteus. 
Thurio, a foolish rival to Valentine. 
Eglamour, agent for Silvia, in her escape. 
Speed, actomnish servant to Valentine. 
I^aunce, servant to Proteus. 
Panthino, servant to Antonio. 

SCENE, Sometimes in Verona; sometimes in Milan ; and on the frontiers 0/ Mantua 

Julia, a lady {{/"Verona, beloved by Proteus. 
Silvia, the duke's daughter, beloved by Valentine. 
Lucetta, waiting-roomun to Julia. 

Servants, musicians. 


SCENE I An open place in Verona. 

Enter Valentine and Proteus. 

Vat. v^EASE to persuade, my loving Proteus; 
Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits ! 
Wer't not, affection chains thy tender days 
To the sweet glances of thy honour'd love. 

Than living dully sluggardiz'd at home. 
Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness. 
But, since thou lov'st, love still , and thrive therein. 
Even as I would, when I to love begin. 

Pro. Wilt thou be gone ' Sweet Valentine, adieu I 
Think on thy Proteus, when thou, haply, seeit 
Some rare note-worthy object in thy travel : 
Wish me partaker in thy hajipiness, 
When thou dost meet good hap : and, in thy danger. 
If ever danger do environ thee, 
Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers, 
For I will be thy bead's-man, Valentine. 

Val. And on a love-book pray for my success. 

Pro. Upon some book I love, I'll pray for thee. 

Vat. That's on some shallow story of deep love. 
How young Leander cross'd the Hellespont. 

Pro. That's a deep story of a deeper love ; 
For he was more than over shoes in love. 

Val. 'Tis true ; for you are over boots in love. 
And yet you never swam the Hellespont. 

Pro. Over the boots ? nay, give me not the boots. 

Val. No, I'll not, for it boots thee not. 

Pro. What ? 

Val. To be 

In love, where scorn is bought with groans; coy 

With heart-sore sighs ; one fading moment's mirth. 
With twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights : 
If haply won, perhaps, a hapless gain ; 
Jf lost, why then a grievous labour won ; 
However, but a folly bought with wit. 
Or else a wit by folly vanquished. 

Pro. So, by your circumstance, you call me fool. 

Val. So, by your circumstance, I fear, you'll prove. 

Pro. 'Tis love you cavil at ; I am not love. 

Val. Love is your master, for he masters you : 
And he that is so yoked by a fool, 
Methinks should not be chronicled for wise. 

Pro. Vet writers say, As in the sweetest bud 
The eating canker dwells, so eating love 
Inhabits in the finest wits of all. 

Val. And writers say, As the most forward bud 
Is eaten by the canker ere it blow. 
Even so by love the young and tender wit 
la tum'd to folly ; blasting in the bud, 
Losing his verdure even in the prime. 
And ail the fair effects of future hopes. 
But wherefore waste I time to counsel thee, 
That art a votary to fond desire ? 

Once more adieu : my father at the road 
Expects ray coming, there to see me shipp'd. 

Pro. And thither will I bring thee, Valentine. 

Val. Sweet Proteus, no ; now let us take our leave. 
At Milan, let me hear from thee by letters. 
Of thy success in love, and what news else 
Betideth here in absence of thy friend ; 
And I likewise will visit thee with mine. 

Pro. All happiness bechance to thee in Milan ! 

Val. As much to you at home ! andso, farewell. 
[j:i< Valentine. 

Pro. He after honour hunts, I after love : 
He leaves his friends to dignify them more ; 
I leave myself, my friends, and all for love. 
Thou, Julia, thou hast metamorphos'd me ; 
Made me neglect my studies, lose my time, 
War with good counsel, set the world at nought, 
Made wit with musing weak, heart sick with 

Enter Speed. 

Speed. Sir Proteus, save you : Saw you my master ? 

Pro. But now he parted hence, to embark for 

Speed. Twenty to one then he is shipp'd already ; 
And I have jilay'd the sheep, in losing him. 

Pro. Indeed a sheep doth very often stray. 
An if the shepherd be awhile away. 

Speed. Vou conclude that my master is a shep- 
herd then, and I a sheep ? 

Pro, 1 do. 

Speed. Why then my horns are his horns, whe- 
ther I wake or sleep. 

Pro. A silly answer, and fitting well a sheep. 

Speed. This proves me still a sheep. 

Pro. True ; and thy master a shepherd. 

Speed. Nay, that I can deny by a circumstance. 

Pro. It shall go hard, but I'll prove it by another. 

Speed. The shepherd seeks the sheep, and not the 
sheep the shepherd ; but I seek my master, and ray 
master seeks not me : therefore, 1 am no sheep. 

Pro. The sheep for fodder follow the shepherd, 
the shepherd for food follows not the sheep ; thou 
for wages foUowest thy master, thy master for wages 
follows not thee : therefore, thou art a sheep. 

Speed. Such another proof will make me cry baa. 

Pro. But dost thou hear ? gav'st thou my letter 
to Julia ? 

Speed. Ay, sir ; I, a lost mutton, gave your letter 
to her, a laced mutton ; and she, a laced mutton, 
gave me, a lost mutton, nothing for my labour I 

Pro. Here's too small a pasture for such a store of 

Speed. If the ground be overcharged, you were 
best stick her. 

Pro. Nay, in that you are astray ; 'twere best 
pound you. 

Speed. Nay, sir, less than a pound shall serve me 
for carrying your letter. 

Pro. You mistake ; I mean the pound, a pinfold. 

Speed. From a pound to a pin ? fold it over and over 



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hrt, w I yM, ka aanr AaiUd ha ariMb 
JM. Wka**%lttMaarMitckMaMalto? 
iM. f ,fkli wittk I h1rfklwirtf.a.a. 

Lmt. Ui4.laidl totaawlMlCibynlffMtaM! 
JmL Hm warn I arka aaMa iMa fiiiliia m kfa 


J^ Wky laaftiiiai.aaraUtltofal? 

teth TkM daa,^ afiM^iaad 1 AtaUkta 


htmm. [klaa? 

^L Yar raaMM > 
tr. I kaw M atkat kal 

Jmt, Aadt 
J:^. At. I 

/><.WVy. ~ 
tr. VallMaralllkai 

j:^. At. ifyaa tlMi^ yaw ! Ml aart ay 
Wfcy.kaarwifaaiMkadiMiwM ' 

Jii^ Thar do Ml !*, Omi da Mi ibaw dtair law. 

Lmt. O, Um; Iot* laaM. that lat naa kMW tkair 

JmL I vaald. 1 kMW kto nlad. 

Lm. FtoMa tkia Mpar, 

Jwl. ra .ralli,r-8y, ftwa wkam > 

Imt. Tkat tka auataaii will 

Jml. Say. lay I ke Ba U tkaa ? 

H a wald kava glM K yaa. bl I. katiw in Iba wav . 
Wdlnynai Mmaiaialtoli;|iardalhataiU,lyry. 

JmL Naw, by ay miliilj, a goodly broka ! 
Daa ya* yiai a ai to kakaw wawtoa Ihtm P 
To wklaa aMd aaaali* aariMl an yaatk ? 
Xo. trS a^ U^TaaCaafaaa ' 
Aad yea aa tttkmt fll *r Ika yiaa 
Tbaf*. tab* tka r<iTOT, a* It ba latamM I 
Or Ola tanmi m aaaa tarta ay tii^ 


Jml. WlkyMbama? 

Lmt. TkM yaa aay rmkai*. fJMf. 

./-/. Aad yM. I *ld. I kad a-MaakVI tka trttcr. 

Aad vry ka to a Ikah te vkkk I akid ka. 
Wkat ftalb *a, tkM kMva I aa a aakl. 
Aad waitfd Ml tea Ika lana to Bif to 7 
'~ aMi, ki a tdiity . My_^[<totkat 

I ka a a a a d li mJtt^ui laaw. 


I, Oka toito kkak fll avaak Ik* 1 
I <|73l kaaklid. Ma tka lad 

SauStolakld Lacatakaiea, 
vBttad^ I idd kava kad ka 
aacrlly 1 ka^ ay tow to tnm 

M ay baart to Mail* : 
ti;tocall LMottabacfc. 


Cr. Ta laha a papa ar tkat I let flOI. 
.Ta/. Aad to tka I 

BC Madaaa, It wiU aa Ba wkaM il < 
Uatoa tt kaa a MatatoffMla. 
^al. aaw lavaaT yoar* katk wTtt toyoa bi At 
Lmt, Tkat I BUkl tfaa it. aMdaa. to a tan* 
t* aa a aatot yaa* ladTtkip aaa ai. 
JmU Aa Utlia by acb ty a hut bayaatblr 
u ibM II to tka taa or iijrW ^ ^Mk 
Lmr. H to toa katry far w IkdM taaak 

Jmt. Hoary ^1 
Lmt. Ay : aad aatodlaaa aoaa It, aaald yaa 
Jml. Aad aky aa yaa ? (tka H. 

far. I raaaa taaek a hich. 

aa yaaraaav^ 



a7aUlaia(U . 

I ktotMtkai 

m ttlak. ba tafoa ya. 

tkaaktolawabatMMll.' Lmr. tSkm 

I ft0|, ban* moot of all. i bnt ylavl 

Lad at. a 
JmL Yaa 
Lmt. No. a 
Jml. Yaa. I 
Lmt, Smr, 

Tkaaa aa ik bat a aaaa to 111 r 
JmL TkaaaM to*waVI witkyaar aan 
Lmt. ladaad. IMdlkabMBCanatcai. 
Jal.Tkto babble iftillaaHiaiirfbiikiiaabteaM. 

Hanto aaaU akkpialMtollaM**<*klrr. 

Go. fat yea faMt aad la Ifta pa^iB Ua: 

Toa voald ba tafalaB tkaa, to aaga air. 

k araaap; bat tba v*a!d br 

Act 2. 



To be so angei'd with another letter. [Exil. 

Jul. Nay, would I were so anger'd with the same '. 

hateful hands, to tear such loving words I 
Injurious wasps ! to feed on such sweet honey, 
And kill the bees, that yield it, with your stings ! 
I'll kiss each several jiajier for amends. 

And, here is writ ki mi Julia : unkind Julia : 
As in revenge of thy ingratitude, 

1 throw thy name against the bruising stones, 
Trampling contemptuously on thy disdain. 
Look, here is writ love-ri'imnded Protein : 
Poor wounded name ! my bosom, as a bed. 

Shall lodge thee, till thy wound be throughly heal'd; 

And thus I search it with a sovereign kiss. 

But twice, or thrice, was I'roteuj written down : 

Be calm, good wind, blow not a word away, 

Till I have found each letter in the letter, 

Kxcept mine own name ; that some whirlwind hear 

Unto a ragged, fearful, hanging rock, 

.And throw^ it thence into the raging sea ! 

Lo, here in one line is his name twice writ, 

Poor forlorn Proteus, passionate Proteus, 

To tlie sweet Julia ; that I'll tear away ; 

And yet I will not, sith so prettily 

He couples it to his complaining names ; 

'i'hus will I fold them one upon another ; 

Now kiss, embrace, contend, do what you will. 

Re-enter I.ucetta. 

Luc, Madam ,dinner's ready, and youi father tays. 

Jut. Well, let us go. [here ? 

Luc. 'What, shall these papers lie like tell-tales 

Jul. If you respect them, best to take them up. 

Luc. Nay, I was taken up for laying them down : 
Yet here they shall not lie, for catching cold. 

Jul. I see you have a month's mind to them. 

Luc. Ay, madam, you may say what sights you see; 
I see things too, although yon judge I wink. 

Jul. Come, come, will please you go ? \^Exeunt. 

Enter Antonio and Panthlno. 

Ant. Tell me, I'anthino, what sad talk was that. 
Wherewith my brother he'.d you in the cloister? 

Pan. 'Twas of his nephew I'voteus, your son. 

Ant. AVhy, what of him ? 

Pan. He wonder'd, that your lordship 

Would suffer him to spend his youth at home ; 
WTiile other men, of slender reputation. 
Put forth their sons to seek ])ret"erment out : 
Some, to the wars, to try their fortune there ; 
Some, to discover islands far away ; 
Some, to the studious universities. 
For any, or for all those exercises. 
He said, that Proteus, your son, was meet: 
And did request me, to importune you. 
To let him spend his time no more at home. 
Which would be great impeachment to his age. 
In having known no travel in his youth. 

Ant. Nor need'st thou much importune me to that 
Whereon this month I have been hammering. 
J have consider'd well his loss of time ; 
And how he cannot be a perfect man. 
Not being try'd, and tutor'd in the world : 
Experience is by industry atchiev'd, 
And perfected by the swift course of time: 
Then, tell me, whither were 1 best to send him ? 

Pan. I think, your lordship is not ignorant. 
How his companion, youthful Valentine, 
Attends the emperor in his royal court. 

Ant. I know it well. 

Pan. 'Twere good, I think, your lordship sent him 
There shall he practise tilts and tournaments. 
Hear sweet discourse, converse with noblemen ; 
And be in eye of every exercise, 
Worthy his youth and' nobleness of birth. 

Ant. 1 like thy counsel ; well hast thou advis'd : 
And, that thou may'st perceive how well I like it, 
'I be execution of it shall make known ; 

J-ven with the speediest execution 

I will despatch him to tlie emperor's court. 

Pan. To morrow, may it please you, Hon Alphonso, 
With other gentlemen of good esteem. 
Are journeying to salute the emperor. 
And to commend their service to his will. 

Ant. Good company ; with them shall Proteus go : 
And in good time, now will we break with him. 
Enter Proteus. 

Pro. Sweet love ! sweet lines ! sweet life ! 
Here is her hand, the agent of her heart ; 
Here is her oath for love, her honour's pawn : 
(), that our fathers would applaud our loves. 
To seal our happiness with their consents ! 

heavenly Julia! 

Ant. How now ? what letter are you reading there? 

Pro. May't please your lordship, 'tis a word or two 
Of commendation sent from Valentine, 
Deliver'd by a friend that came from him. 

Ant, Lend me the letter ; let me see what news. 

Pro. There is no news, my lord ; but that he writes 
How happily he lives, how well-belov'd. 
And daily graced by the emperor ; 
Wishing me with him, partner of his fortune. 

Ant. And how stand you affected to his wish ? 

Pro. As one relying on your lordship's will. 
And not depending on his friendly wish. 

Ant. My will is something sorted with his wish : 
IMuse not that I thus suddenly proceed ; 
For what I will, 1 will, and there an end. 

1 am resolv'd, that thou shalt spend some time 
With Valentinus in the emperor's court ; 
\\'hat maintenance he from his friends receives, 
Like exhibition shalt thou have from me. 
To-morrow be in readiness to go : 

Excuse it not, for I am peremptory. 

Pro, My lord, I cannot be so soon provided ; 
Please you, deliberate a day or two. [thee 

Ant. Look, what thou want'st, :.hall be sent aftei 
No more of stay ; to-morrow thou must go 
Come on, lanthino ; you shall be employ'U 
To hasten on his expedition. 

[Exeunt Ant. and Pan. 

Pro. Thus have I shunn'd the fire, for fear ol 
burning ; 
And drench'd me in the sea, where I am drown'd: 
I fear'd to shew my father Julia's letter. 
Lest he should take exceptions to my love ; 
And with the vantage of mine own excuse 
Hath he excepted most against my love. 
O, how this spring of love resembl'eth 

The uncertain glory of an April day ; 
Which now shews all the beauty of the sun. 

And by and by a cloud takes all away ! 

Re-enter Panthlno. 

Pan. Sir Proteus, your father calls for you ; 
He is in haste, therefore, I pray you, go. 

Pro. Why, this it is ! my heart accords thereto; 
And yet a thousand times it answers, no. [Exeunt. 


SCENE I. Milan. An Arartment in the Duke's 


Enter Valentine and Speed. 

Sfieed. Sit, your glove. 

Val, Not mine ; my gloves are on. [but one. 

Sjieed. Wliv then this may be yours, for this is 

Val. Ha ! let me see : ay, give it me, it's mine : 
Sweet ornament that decks a thing divine ! 
Ah Silvia ! Silvia ! 

Speed. Madam Silvia ! madam Silvia! 

Val. How now, sirrah ? 

Speed. She is not within hearing, sir. 

Val. Why, sir, who bade you call her ? 

Speed. Your worship, sir; or else I mistook. 

Val. Well, you'll still be too forward. [slow. 

Speed. And yet I was last chidden for being loo 

C 2 


FmL G t*, Ur ; UU hm, Am 5 kaew nuMlain 

fWTll'kv. Iww know jTM llMt I ta 


t tonUth 

t: to walk !, UkcoMtliM had 
ttb. Ilk* a Mheol-bey that had 
IMt hb A. n. C ; to w*(i. Ilk* a joonf ndl 
Ihtt had bvtad hOT grandam : to flMt. Uko on* that 

AmA Thty art all Pfcai ad wD 
ruTwithMt HM? thy fiH. 
ami*. Wlthot ywi? My, ttMfli 

an wUhta yM, and iMm thraigh vw Uka Iho 

wilif la as OTtaal : that aat a* afa, iImi laa* jmm, 

kal it a yhjiMaa la aaaaaaM as IMT Maladv. 

Vat. BMiyia,daMttMkMaaytaMlSiMa? 

* * 3mm mum ma m, m tlm uu at 

Kit Hai 


Wmmt. win. air, 1 kMv har aot. 
IV. DoM tha kaaiv har by aj * har, 
and yt knavau har M ? 
.VMrf. I< aha M hard <hnd.rfr? 
IW. Not to &lr. hoy. M wail ft*wrad. 
BMrf. Sir. I know that watt waagfc 
fW. HlMK dart thaw kMW > 
fljpMl. That tha la Mt Mr, aa (af ym) waU 

I MMM. that har haawy ii Ofsldta, hirt 

^bm mm l yalatad. aad 

arntU. Many, dr. ao palatad. la aaha har Mr, 
tlMM MM eanta ar har haaMy. 
VSbL Haw trntwrnnm the* aa? I aeaaot afhar 


fbTBaw IM hadi dw bMM datemad ? 
Itead. Br tiiica ya lad har. 
VUTl haa loirad bar avar tlMa I aav hart 
m I aaa hat baaadflU. 
tm i . If yoa lova her, yoa cannot aaa har. 

tfrnt. BaeaMa lo i* Mlad. n. that yoa 
iaa q^i ar yoar own *j* had tba li^u thoy 
waaa waaa ta lia% whaa yon chid at dr ~ 
fcr aai^ aagai t a ta d i 

rSwhat thoald I wo then > 
%iirf. Yaar own yraitat MIt, and her 
d^arwlt* : ft* Im^ fcdnc in lore, could not 
gartar bJa haat ( aad yoa, beinf in love, cannot 

SfitJ. 1^, 
thapk yaa, yoa 

^ bawf Am* y arc in Iotc ; far last 

to wipe my tbocs. 
waa in lore with my l>cd : 

ya,yaa awhuMd na Ifar my lore, which 
ma tha balteiacMda yoa for yoan 

I art : M, your aflkction 

Sfnd. I woaldyaa 

TmL Lact night aha anjdncd ma to write tome 
Uaaa to en* the lore*. 

taW. Arc thev not tamely 
rmL No, boy, bat at well a 
raac*, here the cotacw 

ido them; 

SpeiJ. O cxerilent motiun ! O exceeding popfiet ' 
now will he inlervret to her. 

fa/. Madam and mittrcsa, a thousand good- 

Sftrit. O, *giTa yoa good even ; here's a million 

of manner*. [Ai4e. 

Sit. Sir Valentine and aerranl , to yoa two thou- 

He should giro her interest, and she giret 


To/. At yea a^)oin'd me. I hnve writ jour letter, 

t'nto the a crat nameless friend of voar* ; 

M hlch I waa mach unwilling to (irocecU in. 

Bat for my daty to yoar ladjttiip. [done. 

alt. 1 thaalcyoa.gaMlaaarffant: lis very rIerkU 
raf. Naxa traal ma. ladaai, it came hardly ofl'; 

Par, bataw Igaaaaat ta wham It goes, 

I vftt at ra adaia, vary doabifWIIy. fpabis 

au. garchaai yaa thiak too mach of 10 much 
ru. Km, madam ; ta it ataad yoa, I wUI write. 

prettT period ! Well, I laasa tha tcqnri 
And yet I will not name it: -nd yet I caraaoi 
And yat take ttiU again ; and yet I thank you : 

Sftid. Aadyat 

rut lo crouDie rou 
yoa will : and y* 


rmL What maaaa your ladyship? do yoa net 
Hkalt? * -V r 

fftt. Yaa, yaa: tha lines are Tery qnalnUy writ 
Bat tiaea aawiiUngly, take them again ; 
Nay. take thaw 

fmi. Mm 

IdL Ar. 
Bat I wiUnanearthami tfaay are for yon 
I would haca had them writ more movingly. 

r/. Pleaae you, ini write your ladT<hip another 

9U. Aad whan it^ writ, for my sake read it over : 
And if it nieata yon, so : if not, whr, so. 

Ta/. If it ptaaaa ate, roadsra ! what then ? 

.</. Why, if it please you. take it for >our labour. 
" _ [Kr</ SllvU. 

Sjmd. O Jett unseen, inscruuble, invUible, 
At a Boea on a roan's face, or a weathercock on a 

My aaaater taat to bcr; and she hath Unght her 

He being hm papit. to become her tutor. 
O aaeellaat dinrice ! was there ever heard a better > 
That Biy waatai, being scribe, to himself shonid 
write the letter ? 
Tal. How now, sir? what arc you reasoning 

raL To do what ? 

To be a spokeaman from madam Silvia. 

Nay, I was rhyming ; tit you that have 



Smtgd. Tot 

ru. To wh 

Spted. To yourself : why, she wooct you by a 

rL What figure ? 

SmtiJ. By a letter. I should say. 

ral. Why, she hath not writ to me ? 

Sfttd. }Mm needs she, when she hath msde you 
write to yourself ? ^^by, do jou not percei*e the 

Vol. No. believe me. 

Speed. No believing you indeed, sir: But did 
you perceive her eamrt > 

ftU. She ea<e me none, except an angry word. 

fpetd. Why, she hath riven tou a letter. 

r/. That's the letter 1 writ to her friend. 

Speed. And that letter hath she deliver'd. nd 
there an end. 

Vol. I would. It were no worse. 

Speed. Ill warrant yon, lit at well : 

rer ^flen ym hmvt writ to htr; mad tke, in wadetf. 
Or tUtJbr ttrntd qfidit time, ceuM its< mgaim rei ly 

Act 2. 



Enter Panthino 

Or fearing else som^ messenger, thai might her mind\ 

discover, | pa. Launce, away, away, aboard ; thy master 

Herself hath taught her love himself to rvnte ""to , .^^ ^^-^^^^^^ ^^^ fj^^^ ^^^ j^ ^^^^^ after ^^j^ ^ars. 

her lover. ] What's the matter ? why weep'st thou, man ? 

All this 1 speak in print, for in print I found it. j Away, ass ; you will lose the tide, if you tarry any 

Why muse vou, sir ? 'tis dinner time. longer. 

Val. 1 have dined. ! /- It is no matter if the ty'd were lost ; for it 

Speed. Ay, but hearken, sir ; though the t^me-; is the unkindest ty'd that ever man ty'd. 
teon Love can feed on the air, I am one that am I'an. What's the unkindest tide ? 
nourished by my victuals, and would fain have Laun. Why, he that's ty d here ; (rab, my dog. 
meat ; (), be not like your mistress ; be moved, be I Pun. Tut, man, 1 mean thou'lt lose the flood : 
moved. [.reun<. i and, in losing the flood, lose thy voyage ; and, in 

I losing thy voyage, lose thy master, and, in losing 
j thy master, lose thy service ; ar.d, in losing thy ser- 
i vice, Why dost thou stoi> my mouth " 

SCENE II. Verona. A Room in Julia's 

Enter Proteus and Julia 

Pro. Have patience, gentle .Tulia. 
Jul. I must, where is no remedy. 
Pro. AVhen possibly I can, I will return. 
Jul. If you turn not, you will return the sooner 
Keep this remembrance for thy Julia's sake. 

[Giving a ring, i jears ; if the wind 
Pro. Why then we'll make exchange ; here, take ^^^^^ .^jtj, ^y sjghs 

I Laun. For fear thou should'st lose thy tongue. 
Pan. Where should I lose my tongue ? 
Laun. In thy tale. 
Pan. In thy tail ? 

Laun. i.ose the tide, and the voyage, and the 

master, and the service ? The tide ! \\ hy, man, 

if the river were dry, 1 am able to fill it with my 

down, I could drive the 

you thi 

Jul. And seal the bargain with a holy kiss. 

Pro. Here is my hand for my true constancy ; 
And when that hour o'er -slips me in the day. 
Wherein I sigh not, Julia, for thy sake. 
The next ensuing hour some foul mischance 
Torment me for my love's forgetfulness ' 
My father stays my coming ; answer not ; 
The tide is now : nay, not thy tide of tears ; 
That tide will stay me longer than I should : 

[Exit Julia. 
Julia, farewell. %V'hat ! gone without a word ? 
Ay, so true love should do : it cannot speak ; 
For truth hath better deeds, than words, to grace it. 

Enter Panthino. 
Pan. Sir Proteus, you are staid for. 
Pro. Go ; I come, I come : 
Alas ! this parting strikes poor lovers dumb. 


SCENE III. The same. A Street. 
Enter Launoe, leading a Dog. 
Laun. Nay, 'twill be this hour ere I have done 
weeping ; all the kind of the Launces have this 
veiy fault : I have received my proportion, like the 
prodigious son, and am going with sir Proteus to 
the Imperial's court. I think. Crab my dog be the 
sourest-natured dog that lives : my mother weeping, 
my father wailing, my sister crying, our maid howl- 
ing, our cat wringing her hands, and all our house 
in a great perplexity, yet did not this cruel-hearted 
cur shed one tear ; he is a stone, a very pebble- 
stone, and has no more pity in him than a dog : a 
.Tew would have wept to have seen our parting ; 
why, my grandam having no eyes, look you, wept 
herself blind at my parting. Nay, I'll show you 
the manner of it: This shoe is my father; no, 
this left shoe is my father ; no, no, this left shoe 
is my mother ; nay, that cannot be so neither : 
yes, It is so, it is so ; it hath the worser sole ; This 
shoe, with the hole in it, is my mother, and this 
my father ; A vengeance on't ' there 'tis . now, sir, 
this staff is my sister ; for, look you, she is as white 
as a lily, and as small as a wand : this hat is Nan, 
our maid ; 1 am the dog : no, the dog is himself, 
and I am the dog, (), the dog is me, and I am 
myself; ay, so, so. Now come I to my father; 
Father, rjnnr hiexsing ; now should not the shoe 
speak a word for weeping ; now should I kiss my 
father ; well, he weeps on : now come I to my 
mother, (O, that she could speak now !) like a wood 
woman ; well, I kiss her ; why, there 'tis ; here's 
my mother's breath up and down ; now come 1 to 
my sister ; mark the moan she makes : now the 
dog all this while sheds not a tear, nor speaks a 
word ; but see how I lay the dust with my tears. 

Pan. Come, come away, man ; I was sent to 
call thee. 

Laun. Sir, call me what thou darest. 

Pan. ^V'Ut thou go ? 

Laun. Well, 1 will go. [Exetint 

SCENE IV. Milan. An Apartment in the 
Duke's Palace. 

Enter Valentine, Silvia, Thurio, and Speed. 
Sil. Servant 
Val. Mistress? 

Speed. Master, sir Thurio frowns on you. 
VuU Ay, boy, it's for love. 
Speed. Not of you. 
Val. Of my mistress then. 
Speed. 'Twere good, you knocked him. 
Stl. Servant, you are" sad. 
Val. Indeed, madam, 1 seem so. 
Thu. Seem you that vou are not ? 
Val. Haply I do. 
Thu. So do counterfeits. 
Val. So do you. 

Thu. What seem I, that I am rot ? 
Vat. Wise. 

Thiu What instance of the contrary ? 
VaL Your folly. 

Thu. And how quote you my folly ? 
Vnl. 1 quote it in your jerkin. 
Thu. Mv jerkin is a doublet. 
Val. \^'ell, then, I'll double your folly. 
Thu. How ? 

igry. sir Thurio? do you change 

leave, madam ; he is a kind of 


.S;7. What, 
colour ? 

Val. Give : 

Thu. That hath more mind to feed 
blood, than live in your air. 

Val. Vou have said, sir. 

Tnu. Ay, sir, and done too, for this time. 

Val. I know it well, sir; you always end ere 
you begin. 

Sil. A fine volley of words, gentlemen, and 
quickly shot off. 

Val. 'Tis indeed, madam ; we thank the giver. 

Sil. Who is th t, servant ? 

To/. Yourself, sweet lady ; for you gave the fire : 
sir Thurio borrows his wit from your ladyship's 
looks, and spends what he borrows, kindly in your 

Thu. Sir, if you spend word for word with me, 1 
shall make your wk bankrupt. 

Val. I know it well, sir : you have an exchequer 
of words, and, I think, no oher treasure to give 
your followers ; for it appears by their bare liveries, 
that they live by your bare words. 

Sil. No more, gentlemen, no more ; here comes 
my father. 



_ ^ Mr tar*. I tU b ttMnkfU 

rf. A;, m0 ftmd tod, 

Oiik>. lUCh IM Mt M* 7 

fW.A7.MgpfMtf lord: Mn,llwtM 
Tk booewiMd nfard aT 
AMbh Vm kMwlOM 

W te* CMifr>-d. and >|wit Mr Hm 
And rti n h ayarif hav* bMn dl 
OMUliiV tk* svMt bMit anUM, 
Ta alidii hUm sm wHb aMal lit a m 
Vat kMh ilr PNWH. te Sn Ma iw. ~ ~ 
Mada aaa a^ *lr^iMM f hfa dM : 
HI. Q k ,M^ taT^'aayarta.. Id , 

Aad. bi a vaad. Mbr ihr Mriaa kb waatli 
Caaaa an ilM fJaaa Mat 1 M* kmaw J 
MaU n H | lilifait ,adftBd, 
WHfc Oljiaad graaa a gfa a ! i ii 
fldb. n iifc M mm,ib,ym*,M\a tmkm^U good, 

WMi oaHMMadaMaa ft<a naat MtaMaua I 
Aad Wvt IM aaaw t* ifMd Mb tto* a-a 

r. hbald I haakli' a thii. k kad ^ 
ll*a. WalcMM blaa tkaa aeoeaA^kla arth ; 


rarVataMtea. I aaad ad -etaaiite to M: 

i-U Mad Hii MOar to Ma pcaaMtlv. (iBatt tefe. 

IW. TMa to*^jMdMaa.ltol^rMrlady.lU^ 
Had nail rtii^WS^ato. tat ttat llid*tia 
OU kaM M^Maa laakV fai bar oyital laaka. 

MiL !. Ilin Mv ska ktkaiftaMl*-d tkaM 
UH*>MMlkaraawafcrfcalt7. (mUI 

rM. Nay. Mn^rcktok tka kaida ikaM yrtiMiri 

9U. Nay. tkM ka ikMld ba Miad; Mid. hrfi 
HaweoaMkaiMkiawntoMakaMyM^ [bUad, 

Vbl. Wby. lady. laMlLtk twaaty^l^ aT iya*. 

r^ Tkcy ny. ikat leva kalk aot M ay* at all 

rat. Ta tM Mok la^vata. Tkarto. a* yawtoif ; 
Upaaa*- ---.- . - 

ITMa ba ka yM aft kato vUi4 to baar ftam. 

rmt. M l a l iaw, tt : avaH lady, aMartaia hia 
T ba av fa U aa tat am i jmM U4r%hia. 

au. TMla*atoi>iiirMblskaailr>Mt. 

^rm. Not M, twMt lady : bat too otaaa a aarru 
Ta ka a laak afiack a vortky laistraH. 

rml. Lmm aC dl aaa a r i a rf dhahUity :- 
Swaat Udy.aManala kin br yoar atrvaTtt. 

^r^ My daiy 1U I baart af. aotkinc alM. 

9U. Aadda^aaaaryatdldvMtbUniaad: 
SarMBt. TM at* wiIiqmi to a wactblaa 

^rm. Ill dW aa blM ttat aan M. bat 1 

MU. TkMyMaMwatoaMay ^ ' 

^'^ NattfHtjai 

with ya. 
mL ni wait .pan Mt , 
CooM, ir TbarU, 
vftk OM Oaem atan. 


^'bea yua ba donr, we look to bear fram tea. 
i*ra. w ell both aitcrd upon your ladytbip. 

[^x unt S</i/i, Tkurio.oH/SfSUl. 

FW. Now, tell me. bow do alt froin whmcf r>u 

came? (ccmaiMded. 

FnK \ oar MaadaaawaM,aad baaatkaM sack 

To/. And bow do yawn 7 

**r. JlafttbamalHnbwUth. 

ra/. Haw dato yow lady ? aad bow tbrivet ;or 

iV. Xly tola* af leva waaa want to weary yoa ; 
I kaow, yoa Joy not ki a lova-di.courir. 

Vmi. Aj, ITataaa, bM tbat life i% altrrd now t 
I bava dM M a a ii t a Ibr aaMcmnin); lore ; 
Ui??T^?^,5''"**~ Ihaufbt. bate |>.nUhd nta 
Hltb bittar tutu, wttb paatoattoi groani. 
With Bifktiy Man. aad dally kaart-Mca dgba ; 
>ar. la toraaga af toy mitatout r lo^. 
^^ ^*^ '"f ^ ? wthrmlled cyo. 
Aad toad* tkan watdian eradae own beaitW- 
O. jtla P ta to a a . laM^ a wlgbty lard ; fr^*. 
A^bMkMbatobladtoa.a.rr^to6ai^ ^ 
TkMt Ii iM WM to bia eanactlon. 
Nar, to Ma MTvlea. aa aack Jay en aarth ! 
Now. aa diMoarw, except It b* of lore ; 
Saw CM 1 toaak y fto. dlaa. aap. and alaap. 
tpMlkaMRMkadnaatoarioTe. '^ 

^m. ira aai ^ ; I raad year <brtan* in your ry i 
Wto tkia Ika idol that 7M warUtip M > 

ral. Sm *: aad b aba not a hrarenit tai' 

IVaw Nai bat ah* it aa earthly aarwon. 
I kar dib>*. 

rml. CaUl 

I Will net (hittar her. 

IJ^ S^f*^"*' fcrle*debgbt.lnprale, 
rra, WkM I waa itk, yoa gave me bitter pilU 
Aad 1 aMat tolalstrr tha Ilk* to yoa. *^ 

T;;iLiirk.'7;^pS?5: ^ "'- *-*-. 

teaUtkeewatortoMtke earth. 

Swaet, except net i 
BlMt my lor*. 

T* baar toy iJ^-a traia j Itot thtltm* earth 
ttMld ftato kar aaatan ekaae* ta ataal a ktaa. 
Aad. ar M gnat a fhroar grewinc pread, 
Dhdatai to teat Ike aaMtoar-awaUUf flow*. 
aaak* Mngh winter evcrUatincty. 
J. Hbr. \ alMtee, what brantardlMi la tkb7 
r. PardM ato. iVateaa: aU I caa. 1 aetklM 

To 'Xf^^^toe wactk wakto niber w^thi^ tHw^ : 

Prs*. TkMletkaralena. 

rw. Net ftr tke world : why. 


ttwaatyaaas.irall( _ 

Tb* water aaetar, and Ike rw^ para ffauT 
Potiito a^ tkat 1 da aet dnam M dSaT 
bee <aM tkM aaaat bm doto upM an laea. 
My feallak rtral. that kar fatlW^llki*, 
Oaiy fcr Ma paataaaleaa are M hage, 
IfM*witk kar along ; and 1 matt after. 
Par lev*, tkM kiwwV, la fall of Jcaloasy. 

I***. BatikeloTtoyM? 
,. '^ Ay. we arc bctntbd 

Nay. aiara, oar atorrli^ hoar. 
With aU Ike oaaninc manner oToar ttabl. 
DctenateV erTkewl maal climb harwiadow -. 
Tb* ladder toad* eTMrda: aad all tke meam 
Plotted : aad Igraed m. far my happfnam. 
with nw te my chamber. 



And then lH prmMtly 
ral. WUI yoa nuke ktoto? 
Pr,. 1 wuf 

IRgii rmi. 
Or to one aaU by amaftk Maw eat aaathcr. 


Ad 2. 

So the remembrance of my former love 

Is bv a newer object quite forgotten. 

Is it mine eye, or Valentinus' praise. 

Her true perfection, or my false transgression. 

That makes me reasonless, to reason thus ? 

She's fair ; and so is Julia, that I love ; 

That I did love, for now my love is thaw'd ; 

\\'hich, like a waxen image 'sainst a fire. 

Bears no impression of the thing it was. 

Methinks, my zeal to Valentine is cold ; 

And that I love him not, as I was wont : 

O ! but I love his lady too, too much ; 

And that's the reason I love him so little. 

How shall I dote on her with more advice. 

That thus without advice begin to love her ? 

'Tis but her picture I have yet beheld, 

And that hath dazzled my reason's light; 

But when 1 look on her perfections. 

There is no reason but 1 shall be blind. 

If I can check my erring love, I will ; , _ ., 

If not, to compass her I'll use my skill. {Exit. 

SCENE V The same. A street. 

Enter Speed and Launce. 
Speed. Launce! by mine honesty, welcome to. Julja I lose, and Valentine I lose : 
Milan. If I keep thera, I needs must lose myself; 

Laun. Forswear not thyself, sweet youth j for I jf i lose them, thus find I by their loss, 
am not welcome. I reckon this always that a por Valentine, myself : for Julia, Silvia. 
man is never undone, till he be hanged ; nor never ! j to myself am dearer than a friend : 
welcome to a place, till some certain shot be paid, ' por love is still more precious in itself: 
and the hostess say, welcome. And Silvia, witness heaven, that made her fair 

Speed. Come on, you mad-cap, I'll to the alehouse shews Julia but a swarthy Ethiope. 
with you presently; where, for one shot of five- I will forget that Julia is alive 
pence, thou shalt have five thousand welcomes. 
But, sirrah, how did thy master part with madam 


thee, as to go to the ale with a Christian : VVilt 
thou go ? 

Speed. At thy service. [Exeunt. 

SCENE yi. The sa,ne. An Apartment in the 


Enter Proteus. 

Pro. To leave my Julia, shall I be forsworn ; 
To love fair Silvia, shall I be forsworn ; 
To w^rong my friend, I shall be much forsworn ; 
.\nd even that power, which gave me first my oath 
Provokes me to this threefold perjury. 
Love bade me swear, and love bids me forswear . 

sweet-suggesting love, if thou hast sinn'd, 
Teach me, thy tempted subject, to excuse it. 
At first I did adore a twinkling star. 
But now I worship a celestial sun. 
Unheedful vows may heedfully be broken ; 
And he wants wit, tliat wants resolved will 
To learn his wit to exchange the bad for better. 
Fye, fye, unreverend tongue ! to call her bad. 
Whose sovereignty so oft thou hast preferr'd 
With twenty thousand soul-confirming oaths. 

1 cannot leave to love, and yet I do ; 
But there I leave to love, where I should love. 

Julia ? 

Laun. I\Iarry, after they closed in earnest, they 
parted very fairly in jest. 

Speed. But shall she marry him ? 

Laun. No. 

Speed. Kow then ? shall he marry her ? 

Laun. No, neither. 

Speed. What, are they broken ? 

Laun. No, they are both as whole as a fish. 

Speed. ^Vhy then, how stands the matter with 
them ? 

Laun. Marry, thus ; when it stands well with 
him, it stands'well with her. 

Speed. What an ass art thou ? I understand thee 

Laun. What a block art thou, that thou can st 
not ? My staff understands me. 

Sjieed. What thou say'st ? 

Laun. Ay, and what I do, too: look thee, I'll 
but lean, and my stafT understands me. 

Speed. It stands under thee, indeed. 

lAiun. Why, stand under and understand is all one. 

Speed. But tell me tnie, will't be a match ? 

Laun. Ask my dog : if he say, ay, it will ; if he 
say, no, it will; if he shake his tail, and say no 
thing, it will. 

Speed. The conclusion is then, that it will. 

Laun. Thou shalt never get such a secret from 
me, but by a parable. 

Speed. 'Tis well that I get it so. But, Launce 
how say'stthou, that my master is become a notable 
lover ? 

J.aun. I never knew him otherwise 

Speed. Than how ? 

Laun. A notable lubber, as thou reportest him 
to be. 

Speed. UTiv, thou whoreson ass, thou mistakest me. 

Laun. A\'hy fool, I meant not thee, I meant thy 

Speed. I tell master is becomeahot lover. 

Laun. Why, I tell 'thee, I care not though he 

bum himself in love. If thou wilt go with me to 

the alehouse, so ; if not, thou art an Hebrew, a 

Jew, and not worth the name of a Christian. 

Speed. AVhy ? ... 

Laun. Because thou hast not so much charity in 

Rememb'ring that my love to her is dead ; 

And Valentine I'll hold an enemy. 

Aiming at Silvia as a sweeter friend. 

1 cannot now prove constant to myself. 

Without some treachery used to Valentine: 

This night, he meaneth" with a corded ladder. 

To climb celestial Silvia's chamber-window ; 

Myself in counsel, his competitor : 

Now presently I'll give her father notice 

Of their disguising, and pretended flight ; 

AVho, all enrag'd, will banish Valentine ; 

For Thurio, he intends, shall wed his daughter : 

But, Valentine being gone, I'll quickly cross, 

By some sly trick, blunt 'I hurio's dull proceeding. 

Love, lend me wings to make my purpose swift, 

As thou hast lent me wit to plot this drift ! [Exit. 

SCENE VII Verona. A Room in Julia's Houst: 

Enter Julia and Lucetta. 

Jul. Counsel, Lucetta ! gentle girl, assist me ! 
A.nd, even in kind love, I do conjure thee, 
Who art the table wherein all my thoughts 
Are visibly character'd and engrav'd, 
To lesson me; and tell me some good mean. 
How, with my honour, I may undertake 
A journey to my loving Proteus. 

Luc. Alas ! the way is wearisome and long. 

Jul. A tiue-devoted pilgrim is not weary 
To measure kingdoms with his feeble steps ; 
!\Iuch less shall'she, that hath love's wings, to fly ; 
And when the flight is made to one so dear. 
Of such divine perfection, as sir Proteus. 

Luc. Better forbear, till Proteus make return. 

Jul. O, know'st thou not, his looks are my soul s 
Pitv the dearth that I have pined in, [food r- 

By 'longing for that food so long a time. 
Didst thou but know the inly touch of love. 
Thou would'st as soon go kindle fire with snow. 
As seek to quench the fire of love with words. 

Luc. 1 do not seek to quench your love's hot fire ; 
But qualify the fire's extreme rage, 
Let It should bum above the bounds of reason. 

Jul. The more thou dam'st it up, the more it 
burns; ,.. 

The current, that with gentle murmur ghdes, 
Thou know'st, being stopp'd, impatiently^^doth rage ; 
when his fair course is not hindered, 




Ml 3 

with the enimri'd tionn. 

An* M If amr wfafiHTiiMCriM amy*. 
Tkaa tol MM t*. Mri WadOT ( my cowM 


t HM mv lo* : 
Aadr - - - 

A MHMd toal doh In U;ta. 

Urn. Bat In whM habit wUl ] 

Jmt. Nt IU I 



Lm. YThr tkm ymmr tm^SifmmtlmM 
Jmt. N.gbls IVtaMltolaiaiMB 


T* U *Malc, M^r hi 

OTfnMtr itaM thM 1 ( 


I^ UlMt teMM, wmUm, A*U 1 aute mv 

hiii i iiM? rlN^ 

u'fcy.irtehtaithMhM - - 

JmL <Jt. Ml. I^wMt* ! Hm wtO toiU^vMT'd. 
14K. A tmmmd hMC, !<. asw^ m( wavth i 

!'! vmImt* a t iipl m ! Mtek ptM tm. 

Jmt. I . a* Htmm tmf^ , lat ma h 
What thM thlak^N maal. aM to aaaai lawnarty > 

iMt. Itjtm Mak aai, Ihaa aiay at bawa. aa 
JmL Nm. Am 1 WW mC 

- laataAMy.hMfa. 

1 tar Ma. ha aaara ha H^*iOMd. 

.iW. ThM la tha lat. Uwatu. af My fcart 
A thMMMrfaMh^ an aoaan afhia laan. 

WanMM Ma vSmm la My PnImm. 
Lmr, All Aa a** mmmmmu tm ia c i iltf hl man. 
Jmt. BMaM 

HI* haait m fhr ftM *. m baan fttm catth. 
tac Pm ha aaa, ha prava mm, rhaa yo catac 

to Mm! 
Jml. Kaw.aa Ihaa lot'M om. 4a him aai that 

Ta baavVlMnt arfadaa aT hi* tnrth : 
ftmtj 4mmr%m my la. by Unkmg him; 
Ami MaMally gm with Ma ta m charobar, 
Ta taka a nata aT what J ftaaA ia na4 of, 
Ta f^iahh aaaaaaa aiy laniiMr Joarncy. 
All thai la Mtaaliaava at thy dUpoM, 
My faoda, my laada. aiy TcpaUtion ; 
<>aly, la Uaa ihanaT, daipatch oaa haac* : 
<'>aaw. aiHVM aal. hat to h pfMatly i 
I MB tepallaatarMy>anla^ 



im a* DakaS 


Smter Daka, Tharfo, aarf Prat urt . 
Odbf. Sir Tbario, (!* aa laar*. I jray, awhUe : 

Rut, whm I ea!l to mind your grseioiu favoun 

I line to me. undnrrrlnf as 1 am, 

^; . <li:t> pn, lc m* on to utter that 

\\ hi. !i rl-c no vorldlY ifood should draw (Vcm ma. 

K' .w, vioriln )>r>nce, (ir X'alentinr, mv friimd. 

I !... i:;i;!it intend* to steal awajr your Uaughtc: 

Mn->, f .iin I'nc made priT; to thc'plot. 

1 kiw ^r. ,,,ii h.Te drtermlm-H lo bvlow her 

1 Ti 1 hiir:... h,,.,i ,,i,r ..i.r.ii.. dauchtrr hate . 

:.nd xfinu'.a .' . .iwaT front ,fou, 

I; .'. .1 t.- ! sour a|ce. 

1 fii.>, t..r in.^ .. . i:licTchoi 

1 o croM ni) ftimu III III. iiitmdod drift. 

Than, by caacaalin( it, )mo|> on yoar bead 

' aTMnrawt, which vaald |iraM yea down. 
I, ta yaar dntalaM frava. 
I thaak thaa Ibr thiaa haoaai can . 
WhfcJi IP la^alla, tawwaaad Ma whUa I U^. 
Thia lowafthaln MymifhaTa elten taaa. 
HaHy. whaa thay haaJadfM ma fMt adaap: 
Aad aAiatlaMa bava paryaa'd to forbid 
Mr Valaatiaa har eampany , and my coart : 

albarias laM My Jaaloat aim might eir, 
ao. aaworthily, diMcrare tha man, 
iA laaha aM that 1 ever >ct hare Uiunn'd,) 
lava hlM fantle lookt ; thrrvbT to find 
That whkh Ihywir ha*t now diMrlos'd to me. 
And, that thou may'tt peritiTe my fear of tht. 
Knowinf that imdpT voDth ii soon taggcatad, 
I niichtljr lodce her In an upper towar. 
The key whereof myself haie erer kept; 
And tbcnca sha raimol be conrey'd away. 

Prr. Kaew, aebla lord, they hare derU'd a me \.'. 
Haw ha hr chambar-wlndow will a*cend. 
And with a cordad ladder fetch her down ; 
For which the yoathftal lorer now it Kone, 
And this way coataa he with it pre-^ently : 
W hare. If It pleaia yon. you may intercept bin. 
Bat, food my lord, do It to cunningly, 
That my dlsoarary ba not limrd at ; 
Far lo*a afyaa, aot hale onto mv friend, 
Ualh atada aia pablisher of this pretence. 

ttmic*. tJaoa mine honour, he sh II nerrr know 
That I had any light f^om tbee of this. 

Prv. Adieu, my lord ; sir \ alentlne is coming. 
Enirr Valentine. 

nmkt. Sir Valentine, whither away so Cut > 

fal. nea it your mrace, there is n meiaii 
That slays to bear my letters to my friends. 
And I am goiaf to ddUer them. 

Ddke. Ha dtay af mach import > 

Vmt. Tha teiMr of them doth hut signify 
My health, and happy belnn at your court. 

Oalce. Nay, then no matter ; stay with me a while: 
I am to break with thee of some affairs. 
That touch me near, wherein thou must be secret. 
"TIs not unknown to thee, that I hare sought 
To match my friend, sir Thurio, to my daughter. 

/. I know it well. m lord ; and, ure, the match 
Wererirh ;,pd hon,-.,rni i,. >^.A... .he gentleman 
l full . j.iiiiie* 

Itescer >i:hter: 

rBtn<^t -,, > 

sullen, fro- 

And, n ,i 1 ^r.f m the*-. th: j.r-.dr- . f f.ers, 
I pon advice, h^th drawn my lore from her; 
And, where I thnuitht the Temn;nt of mine t^t 
Should hate been cheri^h'd by her rhild-likeduM 
I now am foil resolred to take a wife, 
Ard turn her out to who will take her in : 
Then let her beauty be her weddin -dower ; 
For me and m\ i><>---;i.r\ .(. <tr. ir mt 

!-/. What w;, 

Ihtke. TheT< 
HTiom I affet t 

And nought cu. n,,. ..-,., .^,r . 

Now, thanibra, uouid i lwc Utee le my tutor. 




(For long agone I have forgot to court : 
Besides, the fashion of the time is chang'd;) 
How, and which way, 1 may bestow myself. 
To be regarded in her sun-bright eye. 

Val. \\ in lier with gifts, if she respect not words ; 
Dumb jewels often, in their silent kind, 
More than quick words, do move a woman's mind. 

Duke. But she did scorn a present that I sent 
her. [tents her : 

Val. A woman sometimes scorns what best con- 
Send her another ; never jjive her o'er ; 
For scorn at first makes atter-love the more. 
If she do frown, 'tis not in hate of you. 
But rather to beget more love in you : 
If she do chide, 'tis not to have you gone; 
For why, the fools are mad, if left alone. 
Take no repulse, whatever she doth say : 
For, f;et you gone, she doth not mean, urvay : 
Flatter, and praise, commend, extol their graces ; 
Though ne'er so black, say, they have angels' faces 
That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man. 
If with his tongue he cannot win a woman. 

Duke. But she, I mean, is promis'd by her friends 
Unto a youthful gentleman of worth; 
And kept severely from resort of men. 
That no man hath access by day to her. 

Val. Why then I would resort to her by night. 

Duke. Ay, but the doors be lock'd, and keys 
kept safe. 
That no man hath recourse to her by night. 

Val. AVhat lets, but one may enter at her window ? 

Duke. Her chamber is aloft, far from the ground ; 
AnA built so shelving, that one cannot climb it 
Without apparent hazard of his life. 

Val. Why then, a ladder, quaintly made of cords. 
To cast up with a pair of .anchoring hooks. 
Would serve to scale another Hero's tower, 
So bold I.eander would adventure it. 

Duke. Now, as thou art a gentleman of blood. 
Advise me where I may have such a ladder. 

Val. ^V hen would you use it? pray, sir, tell me that. 

Duke. This very night ; for love is like a child. 
That longs for every thing that he can come by. 

Val. By seven o'clock I'll get you such a ladder. 

Duke. But, haik thee ; I will go to her alone ; 
How shall I best convey the ladder thither ^ 

Vul. It will be light, my lord, that you may bear it 
Under a cloak, that is of any length. 

Duke. A cloak as long as thine will serve the turn. 

Val. Ay, my good lord. 

Duke. Then let me see thy cloak : 
I'll get me one of such another length. 

Val. Why, any cloak will serve the turn, my lord. 

Duke. How shall I fashion me to wear a cloak ? 
I pray thee, let me feel thy cloak upon me. 
^Vhat letter is this ssme ? M'hat'shere ?To Silvia ? 
And here an engine fit for my proceeding ! 
I'll be so bold to break the seal for once. [Readt. 
My thou^htt do harbour rvit/i my Silvia nightly ; 

And slavei they are to me, that tend them flying : 
O, could their master come and go at lightly. 

Himself mould lodge, where senseless they are lying. 
My herald thoughts in thy pure bosom rest them ; 

While I, their king, that thither them importune. 
Do curse the grace that tvith such grace hath bless'd 

Because myself do want my servant's fortune : 
I curse myself, for they are sent liy me. 
That they should harbour where their lord should be. 
\Vhat's here ? 
.Silvia, this night I will enfranchise thee : 

'Ti3 so ; and here's the ladder for the purpose 

Why, Phoeton, (for thou art Merop's son,) 

M'ilt thou aspire to guide the heavenly car. 

And with thy daring folly burn the world ? 

AVilt thou reach stars, because they shine on thee ? 

<Jo, base intruder ! over-weening slave ! 

Bestow thy fawning smiles on equal mates ; 

And think, mj patience, more than thy desert. 

Is privilege for thy departure hence : 

Thank me for this, more than for all the favours. 

Which, all too much, I have bestow 'd on thee. 

But if thou linger in my territories, 
Longer than swiftest expedition 
Will give thee time to leave our royal court. 
By heaven, my wrath shall far exceed the love 
I ever bore my daughter, or thyself. 
Be gone, I will not hear thy vain excuse. 
But, as thou lov'st thy life, make speed from hence. 
{Kxit Duke. 

Val. And why not death, rather than living tor- 
To die, is to be banish'd from myself ; [ment ? 

And Silvia is myself: banish'd from her, 
Is self from self: a deadly banishment ! 
What light is light, if Silvia be not seen .' 
What joy is joy, if Silvia be not by ? 
Unless it be to think that she is by. 
And feed upon the shadow of perfection. 
Except 1 be by Silvia in the night. 
There is no musick in the nightingale ; 
Unless I look on Silvia in the day. 
There is no day for me to look upon : 
^ he is my essence ; and I leave to be. 
If I be not by her fair influence 
Foster'd, illumin'd, cherish'd, kept alive. 
I fly not death, to fly his deadly doom : 
Tarry I here, I but attend on death ; 
But, fly I hence, I fly away from life. 
Enter Proteus and Launce. 

Pro. Run, boy, run, run, and seek him ont. 

Latin. So-ho ! so-ho I 

Pro. What seest thou ? 

Lnmi. Him we go to find : there's not a hair on'$ 
head, but 'tis a Valentine. 

Pro. Valentine? 

Vul. No. 

Pro. Who then? his spirit? 

Val. Neither. 

Pro. W hat then ? 

Val. Nothing. 

Laun. Can nothing speak ? master, shall Istrik.o ? 

Pro. Whom would'st thou strike? 

Laun. Nothing. 

Pro. Villain, forbear. 

Laun. Why, sir, I'll strike nothing : I pray you, 

Pro. Sirrah, I say, forbear: Friend Valentine, a 
word. [news, 

Val. My ears are stopp'd, and cannot hear good 
.So much of bad already hath possess'd them. 

Pro. Then in dumb silence will I bury mine, 
For they are harsh, untuneable, and bad. 

Vul. Is Silvia dead? 

Pro. No, Valentine. 

Val. No V'alentine, indeed, for sacred Silvia I 
Hath she forsworn me ? 

Pro. No, Valentine. 

Val. No Valentine, if Silvia have forsworn me I 
What is your news ? [vanish'd. 

Laun. Sir, there's a proclamation that you are 

Pro. That thou art banished, O, that's the news ; 
From hence, from Silvia, and from me thy friend. 

Val. O, I have fed upon this woe already. 
And now excess of it will make me surfeit. 
Doth Silvia know that I am banished ? 

Pro. Ay, ay ; and she hath offer'd to the doom, 
(Which, unrevers'd, stands in effectual force,) 
A sea of melting pearl, which some cat! tears : 
Those at her father's churlish feet she tender'd ; 
With them, upon her knees, her humble self; 
\\'ringing her hands, whose whiteness so became 
As if but now they waxed pale for woe : [theru. 
But neither bended knees, pure hands held up, 
Sad sighs, deep groans, nor silver-shedding tears. 
Could penetrate her imcompassionate sire; 
But Valentine, if he be ta'en, must die. 
Besides, her intercession chaf'd him so. 
When she for thy repeal was suppliant. 
That to close prison he commanded her. 
With many bitter threats of 'biding there, [speak'st, 

Val. No more ; unless the next word that thou 
Have some malignant power upon my life : 
If so, I pray thee, breathe it in mine ear. 
As ending anthem of my dolour. 


fm, Cmtm t iMMBt fcr that rtxm ran*tt not 

r V*M Mif . <kOT OMM art M* dn k 
till tlMlm via flbrMfi diry Mb. 

Miiwigii II MdMl 4Mil1*C tbMigh 
IV iMtan nay W harr. tlMah thM art hen 
WMck. Mac wtH la MM.^Mirb MimM 
Bn to tiM aUk-vhlta kotaaa oTtliy It. 
Tha tlaa aarraa not to asyoaMiaia : 
'an*. 111 tmrwj thm thrattfk tba dtj (tta; 
An4. I yen wtth tlwa. caaAr a Un 
or aU llMt May MMSra th; la^v^kA 

l^ SUvU. Ihak 
li tl<y iangar, and alat wUk ." 

Fafc I rna tlwa. I w. a If iIim hI ly 
M Ma MkvlMM.aid aMatmat iha McHi-fna. 

Pm^ 0.rtmk.fliihlaat. CaM, ValaMtea. 

VM. O ay 4aW SUvta. bMlaai TataMina! 

CM. I aa kM a Ibal. took yon : and yM I te 
awtadtofc.iiyiaiitif hatlndarfcna^; tait 
llM(^allena.lflkabMaMkaa. RaUrainot 
n*, tkat knoivt aa to ba In !: TC I aa te I 
kM a laaa of kana tkan not fiwck Hat fraa 
nor ka wbo *tt I loa. and yo( tit a vooun 
tka woaaM. I vUl nat taU a?talf ; and yM tia a 
atlkaaldt yat<Ui na a naM.lkr ilMhadkhad 

ir-^Mtk H WMk ta a harr- 
> li aa M l l ag [ft< l % | aa a p*r.] 
lartaS.W >Wc aWar. 
fy. Wky.akama eaMdana 

; nM.akana 
M lathabtl- 
aitfkt toakyaa,a 

aid. Ba y, ilailrii Laaaca f what Ba 
Wiiya iihlT* 

I^MiL With ay aanwl dUa? hy U b U aa. 

S^Md. Wall, yoar aid viea adUt adaaU Iha 
fd ! Whu aava ilMa la yaar yapat ? 

I,aaa. Tha bUckoM now* that avarikaahaafdlt. 

am^ Why. aaa. hmrn Mack ? 

Lmm. Why a Mack a lak. 

Jtaad. La aa laad tham. 

aat. ryiaa thaa. leh.baai t tkaa eaaM nac aad. 

Aaad. Than Uart. I caa. 

l2aa.IwaitiythOT: Tallaaddt: Wlahaga 

armi. Maiy, dw aa ofay gtaadftdMr. 
Zm. OUOwraaMtarari Uathaaaara 
naitaaiiMrt Maatava^thM ihaa eaaanataaA. 
pmL Caaat fcat/caaa: try aa la thy papa. 
LmL Thant aad St. Mchela ha ^ avaai ! 

JanL l a y rt ah, Skt aa 
faa. Ay. that iha can. 
Sand. Ina. Skikrrwg* 
Umm. AM 0mntun CM 
lag aT Mar haart. yoa bt 
Saad. ItanMMcaaaa. 
i:,aBa. Thaft a aach a 

la ay. 

laak What aaad a aaa rare fbr a stock vlth a 
vandi. what * can kait him a Mock. 

tjmmm. Thaa aat I at h* ' 
rhaa dta caa ainftr htr tlvlag. 

amrd. Itaa. m *aft aaa j atai rft idrfna. 

tSmm. Thaf^aaaaAaam. U i l aii l irir 
at. Indaad. kaav aa halr fclhan, aid thai 

INad. 0fr*/UlMrterttaa. 

Cloa a Iha haab aTha Tirtaa. 

Lma. Well, that fkalt may ba 
btaakftat: Raad on. 
3fMd. rtaa. SW katk a rarf aMdA. 
l.n. ThM naka aaaad* fa her aar hr< 


tmUt im ktr tifTf. 
te Out. a tfaa d< 

/.am. Ill I 
ha talk. 

Sfitd. Itam. M l atom ' tron^*. 

/.mi. O villain, that tct thi* down 
vica ! To ba Uow in wonU. U a vomaaliaaly ' 
tac ; I pray tha, oat vltht ; and pUa it fcr ha 
chief Tlrtaa. 

i>l>Md. Itaa. SW U fTMid. 

i^aa. Oat vlth that too : It wa ra^ I^Eacy. 
aad cana a ba a'aa IVaa ha. 

Sfm^ iMa, SW *a#* a mM. 

X4iik. I cart aa te that naithCT. baeaaa 1 1oe 

aMd. Itaa. Sk I* ara(. 

l^tM. Wall: thabate.ilwbafhBota8thtoMte. 

SpMd. S*< irUt 4fhn awCw kir /Jfaar. 

LM. If ha lUiaa ba mooA. Uw thaU : If tha 
vill not. I U1 ; ftargaodtSliicithoaldbaptalad. 

Spad. Itam. 9U l la NWraT 

I^aaik. Of ha tonga* tha raaaa : fcr thail writ 
dava Iha h atoa af : af her para Uw Uiall not : 
fbr tha m karp that : now f aaotha thlia the 
My > aad tha I caaaot help. Walt, prooaed. 

Spad. Ilea. Sfkt ktik wmrt kmir Ikmm wU, and 
awa>aK Maa kmln: mmd awrr wmUk Omm/Mlu. 

Lmm. Slap thara t 111 have ha : tha wa mine, 
aad aa ala*. twloa a Ouica tai that laa article : 

LaakMatahalrlhaawlt^taiaybai ini praa 
It! TWcaararawalthtdathatalt,and&R*. 
Itaa It la aan tfwa the utt : the hair thu caaai 
thalilaaa(allwathewU: ftirthe graata hlda 
thalaa. WlafkaaBt? 

gpiid. Amd muffiuMa fftaa *efri^ 

taaa. Tha** awatrai : O, that that ware oat ! 

It p <d. dad aa* wtmKk tltmmftmUt, 

Utum, Why. that word maka the firatu g i atl o ut : 
W haTa her : Aad If It ba a match, a aathiaf 

>ad. WhM^thcn > 

iJaaa. Whv. thai will I tetl iha.-that thy aaa. 
ar ataya fer tha at tha north gata. 

9mtti, Fane* 

Laaa. Pa the* > ay: who art thoa? ha hath 
laid far a baoa ana than thca. 

Itaad. Aad aaa 1 go a hia > 

Caaa. Tkaa aaart raa a Ma. fbr Ihoa hart ttald 
laag. tha galag vOI aeaica aT the tara. 

ifSL Why ddtl aa taU BM aonrr ? V^s of 
yaariawalattan! [Exit. 

Ltmu Ifaw wOl ha ba twlnxad fbr Tr<t!n> idt 
Ictta s Aa anaiiaiiiilj tlarc, thM will thnit him. 
aelf laa aoata 1111 afta, w rcjaie* In the boy't 
vetfaa. [BtU. 

8CBXB 11^ rw aav. A Hmm la O* Dake\ 

SalrrDakaandTharioi IV eaa i WUad, 
IMk*. Mr Thailo. fcar not. bat that the wUl love 
Kow Valaattaa hbaabhM from ha alaht. (yoa. 
Tba. maea Ma atU* ila haih daplA aa maai. 
Panwaa ay coapaay. and rallM a ma^ 
Tlat 1 aa daqtcraa of obtaining ha. 
IMIa. Thla weak tanpiaa of love baa <lgr 
laachadMla; whi^ with an hoar^ hea 
IWiiTm to wata, and doth loa hU farm. 
A little tioie will melt ha Aroaca thoaxhtt. 
And worthlca Valeatfaie shall be fa*Kot.- 

BW, tir Protewa ? It *ar ooantryman. 
Arcordinc to oar proclmtion. cone ? 
/Vn. <rmf, m aoori 

Dmke. Mt ilno'chter jrleroaslT. 

Pro. \ httie time, r 'hl fCTtit. 

jpMd. ltea,SWi*arf*leMaad/MMaf, ta r.| Dml,. Sa I btlit^* , .-. k.nola.- 

ipa(<*rvak. Proteaa, the goad caneait 1 bo! J oJ thw. 

Act 3. 



(For thou hast shown some sign of good desert,) 
Makes me the better to confer with thee. 

Pro. Longer than I prove loyal to your grace. 
Let me not live to look upon your grace. 

Duk-e. 'Ihou know'st, how willingly I would effect 
The match between sir Thurio and my daughter. 

Pro. I do, my lord. 

Duke. And also, I think, thou art not ignorant 
How she opposes her against my will. 

Pro. She did, my lord, when Valentine was here. 

Duke. Ay, and perversely she persevers so. 
What might we dl^ to make the giil forget 
The love of V^alentine, and love sir Thurio ? 

Pro. The best way is, to slander Valentine 
With falsehood, cowardice, and poor descent ; 
Three things that women highly hold in hate. 

Duke. Ay, but she'll think, that it is spoken in 

Pro. Ay, if his enemy deliver it : [hate. 

Therefore it must, with circumstance, be spoken 
By one, whom she esteemeth as his friend. 

Duke. Then you must undertake to slander him. 

Pro. And that, my lord, I shall be loth to do : 
'Tls an ill office for a gentleman ; 
Especially, against his very friend. 

Duke. Where your good word cannot advantage 
Your slander never can endamage him ; [him. 

Therefore the office is indifferent. 
Being entreated to it by your friend. 

Pro. You have prevail'd, my lord : if I can do It, 
By aught that 1 can speak in his dispraise. 
She shall not long continue love to him. 
But say, this weed her love from Valentine, 
It follows not that she will love sir Thurio. 

Thu. Therefore, as you unwind her love from 
Lest it should ravel, and be good to none, [him. 
You must provide to bottom it on me: 
Which must be done, by praising me as much 
As you in worth dispraise sir Valentine. 

Dukf. And, Proteus, we dare trust you in this 
Because we know, on A'alentine's report, [kind ; 
You are already love's firm votary. 
And cannot soon revolt and change your mind. 
Upon this warrant shall you have access. 
Where you with Silvia may confer at large ; 
For she is lumpish, heavv, melancholy. 
And, for your friend's sake, will be gl id of you ; 
Where you may temper her, by your persuasion. 
To hate young Valentine, and love mv friend. 

Pro. As much as I can do, I will effect : 
But you, sir Thurio, are not sharp enough; 
You must lay lime, to tangle her desires. 
By wailful sonnets, whose composed rhymes 
Should be full fraught with serviceable vows. 

Duke. Ay, much the force of heaven-bred poesy. 

Pro. Say, that upon the altar of her beauty 
You sacrifice your tears, vour sighs, your heart : 
Write till your ink be dry ; and with vour tears 
Moist it again ; and frame some feeling line. 
That may discover such integrity : 
For Orpheus' lute was strung with poets' sinews ; 
Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones. 
Make tigers tame, and huge leviathans 
Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands. 
After your dire lamenting elegies, 
Visit by night your lady's chamber-window. 
With some sweet concert : to their instruments 
Tune a deploring dump ; the night's dead silence 
Will well become such sweet complaining griev. 
This, or else nothing, will inherit her. [ance, 

Duke. This discipline shows thou hast been in 
love. [tice: 

Thu. And thy advice this night I'll put in prac- 
Therefore, sweet Proteus, my direction-giver. 
Let us into the city presently 
To sort some gentlemen well skill'd in musick : 
I have a sonnet that will serve the turn. 
To give the onset to thy good advice. 

Duke. About it, gentlemen. 

Pro. We'll wait upon your grace, till after supper ; 
And afterward determine our proceedings. 

Duke. Even now about it ; I will pardon you. 

I Exeunt. 


SCENE r A Forest, near Mantua. 
Enter certain Out laws. 

1 Out. Fellows, stand fast ; I see a passenger. 

2 Out. If there be ten, shrink not, but down 

with 'em. 

Enter Valentine and Speed. 

3 Out. Stand, sir, and throw us that jou hate 

about you ; 
If not, we'll make you sit, and rifle you. 

Speed. Sir, wc are undone ! these are the villains 
That all the travellers do fear so much. 

Val. My friends, 

1 Out. That's not so, sir ; we are jour enemies. 

2 Out. Peace ; we'll hear him. 

3 Out. Ay, by my beard, will we ; 
For he's a proper man. 

Val. Then know, that I have little wealth to 
A man I am, crossed with adversity : [lose; 

My riches are these poor habiliments. 
Of which if you should here disfurnish me, 
You take the sum and substance that I have. 

2 Out. '\\hither travel you ? 
Val. To Verona. 

I Out. 'Wlience came you ? 
Val. From Milan. 

3 Out. Have you long sojourn'd there ? 

Val. Some sixteen months; and longer might 
have staid, 
If crooked fortune had not thwarted me. 

1 Out. What, were you banish'd thence ? 
Val. 1 was. 

2 Out. For what offence ? [hearse : 
Val. For that which now torments me to re- 

J kill'd a man, whose death I much repent; 
But yet I slew him manfully in fight, 
Without false vantage, or base treachery. 

1 Out. Why, ne'er repent it, if it were done so . 
But were you banish'd for so small a fault ? 

Val. I was, and held me glad of such a doom. 

1 Out. Have you the tongues ? 

Val. My youthful travel therein made me happy; 
Or else I often had been miserable. 

3 Out. By the bare scalp of Kobin Hood's fat 
This fellow were a king for our wild faction, [friai, 

1 Out. We'll have him ; sirs, a Avord. 

Speetl. Master, be one of them ; 

It is an honourable kind of thievery. 
Val. Peace, villain ! 

2 Out. Tell us this : Have you any thing to take 
Fa/. Nothing, but my fortune. " [to? 

3 Out. Know then, that some of us are gentle- 
Such as the fury of ungovern'd youth [men. 
Thrust from the company of awful men : 
."Myself was from Verona banish'd, 

For practising to steal away a lady. 
An heir, and near allied unto the duke. 

2 Out. And I from Mantua, for a gentleman, 
AVhom, in my mood, I stabb'd unto the heart. 

1 Out. And I, for such like petty crimes as these. 
But to the purpose, (for we cite our faults. 
That they may hold excus'd our lawless lives,) 
And, partly, seeing you are beautified 

With goodly shape ; and by your own report 
A linguist ; and a man of such perfection, 
-is we do in our quality much want ; 

2 Out. Indeed, because you are a banish'd man, 
Therefore, above the rest, we parley to you : 

Are you content to be our general ? 

To make a virtue of necessity. 

And live, as we do, in this wilderness ? 

3 Out. What say'st thou ? wilt thou be of our 
Say, ay, and be the captain of us all : [consort ? 
We'll do thee homage, and be rul'd by thee. 
Love thee as our commander, and our king. 

1 On/. But if thou scorn our courtesy, thou diest. 

2 Out. Thou Shalt not live to brag what we have 





-.11 1 ; TC with J9U 

Act A 

SCBXBii.-ai.iM. C0mH^UmrmUtf. 

Pf. Alfvady lMv 1 toM fUwl* VataBilM, 


I Im accM* My ! fMbv ; 
Bm Mlvto k tM flUr, IM tnm, tM ImIt. 
T* h cOTTvptod with ny vwthlcM glfU. 
aiM tvte aw wttk MT hlitlni< to y fr'^Ml : 
WhM to kOT bMty I r iWMi * ny vp. 
Sm kM iklak, h I lM bMB CmwOTB 
! knaktac rIUi vltk JslU wbM 1 Im'A : 
AiO. ^tWrthiwili^ tU bOT NMnMlp^ 

TiM IMHI vhOTWf VMM ^Mll a l*f^ IMM. 

Vt. fMM.Uk*. dM NMrt ilw ipnu ay lovt, 

TiM MMM U |tl.ailr CtVMtk M IMT tllll. 

I Nt lwwo w TtantM bm mui tolMt vlada*. 
Aa< |N tMM If Hit MMlck to har mt. 

Ttm. Hott Mw.ilr Pmmm? an yM ertpi to 

y> Ay. I lit TlHMto I tm, y fcitow, that le* 
Win tnmfim Mrrlc* whw* N caMwt |e. 

rk^ Ay,ht.Itopr.ttr,ilMiy<MlvaotlMt. 

rr. Mr. bat I do: ar vIm 1 vmM ba iMBca. 

r. HlMNa > SIWU ? 

rra. Ay. MdvU, Cm yoar Hka. 

Tkik I tiiaak ya fc> yaar owa. Na,| 
UTk toaa, ai^ to II IwtUy awhila. 
JM>rBat,a a dlHiaM 1 1^ JaMa tm ht^t *UlU*. 

mtt. Smw, ny ywnf gtoi i aiw h hito joY 
ailvcbolly : I pty ya*. why te H ? 

/<. Marry. aUaabaM. bacaMa t caMMl ba marry. 

af. CM. trail ka**)o marrj : HI brlafyaa 
viMW ya thall kaw maUck. aad Ma ' 

^t- Rut >hAll t hu him pa>k 

Jm: . llfk. 

mmL Ay kM raaca, lat'* kaar 


Tkaf dW mtgy adwdttd ht. 


SW aanl* MM* awrfa/ fMar, 
ItaM Ik* 4bV Mrt* diMMf r 

TV Lrkl M faHkiUt tHmg. 

t? dwMWIakUkat! 

Haw dayaa. Mas? dw MWlak Ukat yaa nal 

Jml. Vmrn mixakat dw a m rf ri a a Ukai mm 

Hml. U-ky. la; avalty yaalh ? 

Jml. H pUyt fkba, btthar. 

ff<. How ? aat aftoaa aa dw atriact > 
. ^al. NaMi batyatwblMdwt hagrlaftonyi JW. HoM. will Toa ga ? 
Vy haart-mtaga. -. By my baiudaa. I wM&at adatp. 

//./. You ha quirk Mr. 

J../. \, 1 would 1 wccr Jr4f' ll rokrt m ha- 

tlow U,'xTt. 

H'ti. I |Nm-i*, }uu <irli<tUt not In miMick. 
Ja/. Not a hit. whan It jar* to. 
. Iluk. what aa ckaaaa ta te tka Maak k 
JtU. A; : that chaaca U Iba a^ta. 
H*r. Yoa aaald ba*a ibaM alwv* |^ bat ' 
JmL Iwai 

Hmti. I toU yaa what Lmiaeak bU aMB, tatd m 
ba lovad bat aat ar an alck. 

Jml, WhanlaUuMa', 

BtL Oaaato aaak hiaiaffi whicb, l m a nn i 
hy bit BWrtrfni eaMaaaMl, ba aaaal aany fcv a fr 

JmL raaca! ataad arfda! Iba t aa i p a ay part^ 

fr*. Mr Tbarto. fcar aal yaa t I wUl ao ataad. 
Tbat yaa ibaU tay, Mf faaalt <>** aaraU. 

Tka. Wba*aMaatwa> 

INk At Mlat OvMaf/k 

r*a.ravawa. ibmi 



Mt. Ilbaakvaafci 
Wba k dMi* thai mainf 

^rm, 0Mb teiy. U yaa kaaw kto aara 
Yaa^d aalakly laara to kiww Mm by bb vataa 

M/. 3te Piatoaa. aa liaka H. 

rrm. mr ff ataai. g aa U a lady, aad yaa? aarrar 

MU. WkM la yw wUl P 

frm. That I aiay rnaiiiaM yoan. 

ait. Vaa batayaarwlahi m willU aa thfer- 
Tbat araaaady yaa hia yaa b a m a to bad. 
Thea aakila. rl^ nl^ <1*'7^ > ! 
Thtek^ Ihaiu I m m ikmXUm, w caaaatUaM, 
Ta ba aadaaad bf diy BaMaty. 
That haM daaalfM m HMay widi d|y aawt > 

Rafwa, mam, aMfca a(y waa a w aada 
Par awr-ky thl pala MMaa aT alghl I aa 
I aM M te fta ^Mitlaf dty aaNMl. 
Thai I daataa dwa Ikrdti vtatAd airit t 
Aad by4by hrtaad t^dilda Hyaaii; 


kad bv airf by hrtaa 
raa fcr drfa dma I 

raat, awaat lora, 

la lalklna la Ibaa. 
that 1 did lo a Uc! 

'^ta. ir I (boald tvaak U ( 
<h U Mot kartad. jAtiJf 

-ha ka{ yat Valantlaa. thy Maad. 

I am iM^rof n d : And art Ihaa nal a*baM>d 
Ta wraac bim wHb thy Imfaa ta aa ry ? 
/>n>. Illkawtaa baar. diat ValaaUaa la daad. 
SU, Aadaa,aarpaM.aM Is tetabiapaaa 
AaMHV IhyaaML aqr lava la bartad. 
I*ra. mraailaiy.lalawrakaltfraMthaaanh 
L Oatofhylaibniirara.andcallbafadwn.. 
Or, at dw laaai.lirbOT^ Mpalchia ditaa. 
Jml. Ha baard not that. [JUUt 

frr,. Madam, If yoar heart ba w akd ar a to , 
Voarhtafe ma yet yoar plrtarr for my loaa. 
The plctnra tbat b hanidna In roar cbambar i 
To that 111 tpaak. to tbat I'll algb and wtav: 
For, >lnca tha aabataaea of yoar parftct t^Jt 

And to yoar tbadow t will make traa leva. 

Jml. It twara a mbttaoca, yoa woald, Mxa. da- 
rela It, 
Aad HMk* It bat a ahadow, M I am. [AtU*. 

M. I am vary lath to ba yaar Idal, air ; 
Rat, daoa yaar faldiaad ihall baeoaM yea well 
To waaablp ibadawa, aad adata Mot abapn, 
Sand to ma la tha aMrafaiW* M* I'M * = 
Ana ftOf |DOw MM* 

Prm. Aa waatcbaa baaa a'ar-alghi. 

Tbat watt te aneattaa te tha maca. 


Act 4. 

Jill. Fray you, where lies sir Troteus ? 

Host. Marry, at my house: Trust me, I think, 
'tis almost day. , . . . 

JiU. Not so ; but it hath been the longest night 
That e'er I watch'd, and the most heaviest. 


SCENE III r/e*mf. 

Enter Eglamour. 

Eg!. This is the hour that madam Silvia 
Entreated me to call, and know her mind ; 
1 here's some great matter she'd employ me in 
Madam, madam ! 

Silvia appears above, at her rvindorv. 
!fil. AVTio calls ? 

Egl. Vour servant, and your friend ; 

One that attends your ladyship's command, [row, 
Sil. Sir Eglamour, a thousand times good-mor- 
Egl. As many, worthy lady, to yourself. 
According to your ladyi.'hip's impose, 
I am thus early come, to know what service 
It is your pleasure to command me in. 

Sil. O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman, 
(Think not, I flatter, for, I swear, I do not,) 
Valiant, wise, remorseftil, well accomplish'd. 
Thou art not ignor nt, what dear good will 
I bear unto the banish'd \'alentine ; 
Nor how my father would enforce me m.irry 
Vain Thurio, whom my very soul abhorr'd. 
Thyself hast loved ; and I have heard thee say, 
Nogrief did ever come so near thy heart, 
As when thy lady and thy true love died. 
Upon whose grave thou vow'dst pure chastity. 
Sir Eglamour, I would to N'alentine, 
To Mantua, where, I hear, he makes abode ; 
And, for the ways are dangerous to pass, 
I do desire thy worthy company. 
Upon whose faith and honour 1 repose. 
Urge not my father's anger, Eglamour, 
But think upon my grief, a lady's grief; 
-And on tlie justice of my flying hence. 
To keep me from a most unholy match. 
Which heaven and fortune still reward with 
I do desire thee, even from a heart [plagues. 

As full of sorrows as the sea of sands. 
To bear me company, and go with me : 
If not, to hide what I have said to thee, 
That I may venture to depart alone. 

Egl. Madam, I pity much your grievances : 
Which since I know they virtuously are plac'd, 
I give consent to go along with you ; 
Recking as little what betideth me 
As much I wish all good befortune you. 
When will you go ? 
Sil. This evening commg. 

Egl. Where shall I meet you ? 
Sil. At friar Patrick's cell. 

Where I intend holy confession. 

Eel. 1 will not fail your ladyship : 
Good morrow, gentle lady. 

Sil. Good morrow, kind sir Eglamour. [Exeunt. 

SCENE IV The same. 

Enter Launce, rvith his dog. 
When a man's servant shall play the cur with 
him, look you, it goes hard : one that I brought up 
of a puppy ; one that I saved from drowning, when 
three or four of his blind brothers and sisters went 
to it ! I have taught him even as one would s.\v 
precisely. Thus I would teach a dog. I was sent 
to deliver him, as a present to mistress Silvia, from 
mj master ; and I came no sooner into the dining- 
chamber, but he steps me to her trencher, and steals 
her capon's leg. O, 'tis a foul thing when a cur 
cannot keep himself in all companies ! I would 
have, as one should say, one that takes upon him to 
be a dog indeed, to be, as it were, a dog at all 
things. If I had not had more wit than he, to take 
nfault upon me that he did, I think yeril.t he^had 
been hanged for't ; sure 


I live he had suffered 

for't : you shall judge. He thrusts me himself in- 
to the company of three or four gentleman-like 
dogs, under the duke's table : he had not beei> 
there (bless the mark) a pissing while ; but all the 
chamber smelt him. Out rvith the dog, says one; 
VVhat cur is that f says another ; Whip him out, says 
a third ; Hang him up, says the duke. I, having 
been acquainted with the smell before, knew it 
was Crab; and goes me to the fellow that whips 
the dogs: Friend, quoth I, .you mean to whip the 
dog t Ay, marry, do I, quoth he. You do him the 
more wrong, quoth I ; 'twas I did the thing you not 
nf. He makes no more ado, but whips me out of 
the chamber. How many masters would do this 
for their servant ? Nay, I'll be sworn, 1 have sat 
in the stocks for puddings he hath stolen, other- 
wise he had been executed : I have stood on tlie 
pillory for geese he hath killed, otherwise he 
suffered for't : thou think'st not of tJiis now ! Nay, 
I remember the trick you served me, when I took 
my leave of madam Silvia; did not 1 bid thee still 
mark me, and do as I do? When dld'st thou see 
me heave up mv leg, and make water against a 
gentlewoman's farthingale ? did'st thou ever see me 
do such a trick ? 

Enter Troteus and Julia. 
Pro. Sebastian is thy name ? I like thee well. 
And will employ thee in some service presently. 
Jul. In what you please; I will do what I can. 

Pro. I hope, thou wilt How now, you whoreson 

peasant ? [ To Launce. 

Where have you been these two days loitering? 

Laun. Marry, sir, I carried mistress Silvia the 
dog you bade me. 

Pro. And what says she to my little jewel? 
Laun. .Marry, she says, your dog was a cur ; and 
tells you, currish thanks is good enough for such a 
Pro. But she received my dog ? 
Laun. No, indeed, she did not: here have I 
brought him back again. 
Pro. What, didst thou offer her this from me ? 
Laun. -Ay, sir: the other squirrel was stolen from 
me by the" hangman's boys in the market-place : 
and then I offered her mine own ; who is a dog as 
big as ten of yours, and therefore the gift the greater. 
Pro. Go, get thee hence, and find my dog again. 
Or ne'er return again into my sight. 
Away, I say : Stay'st thou to vex me here ? 
A slave, that, still an end, turns me to shame. 

[Exit Launce. 
Sebastian, I have entertain'd thee, 
I'artly, that I have need of such a youth. 
That can with some discretion do my business, 
I'or 'tis no trusting to yon foolish lowt; 
But, chiefly, for thy face, and thy behaviour ; 
Which (if my aueury deceive me not) 
Witness gootl bringing up, fortune, and truth: 
Therefore know thou, for this 1 entertain thee. 
Go presently, and take this ring with thee. 
Deliver it to madam Silvia : 
She loved me well, deliver'd it to me. 
Jul. It seems, you loved her not, to leave her token. 
She's dead, belike. . , ^ ,. 

Pro. Not so; I think, she lives. 

Jul. Alas ! 

Pro. Why dost thou cry, alas ! 
Jul. I cannot choose but pity her ? 
Pro. Wherefore should'st thou pity her ? 
Jul. Because, methinks, that she loved you as 
As you do love your lady Silvi i : L^'ell 

She dreams on him, th t has forgot her love; 
You dote on her, that cares not tor your love. 
'Tis pity, love should be so contrary ; 
And thinking on it makes me cry, alas ! 

Pro. Well, give her that ring, and therewithal 
This letter ; that's her chamber. Tell my lady, 
I claim the promise for her heavenly picture. 
Vour message done, hie home unto my chamber. 
Where thou shalt find me sad and solitary. 

[Exit Prottui. 


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Thu. But well, when 1 discourse of love and ^ VVliat hallowing, and what stir, is this to-day ? 

I These are my mates, that make tlitir wills their law, 
I Have some unhappy passenger in chase : 
I hey love me well ; yet I have much to do. 
To keep them from uncivil outrages. 
Withdraw thee, Valentine ; who's this comes here ? 
[Steps aside. 
Enter Proteus, Silvia, atul Julia. 

peace . 
Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your; 

peace. [Aside. 

Thu. What says she to my valour ? 
Pra. O, sir, she makes no doubt of that. 
JiU. She needs not, when she knows it cowardice. 
Thu. AVhat says she to my birth ? 
Pro, That you are well deriv'd. 
Jul. True ; from a gentleman to a fool. [Aside. 
Thu. Considers she my possessions ? 
Pro. O, ay ; and pities them. 
Thu. Wherefore ? 

Jut. That such an ass should owe them. \.iide. 
Pro. That they are out by lease. 
Jul. Here comes the duke. 

Enter Duke. 

Duke. How now, sir Proteus ? how now, Thurio ? 
Which of vou saw sir Eglamour of late ? 

Thu. Not I. 

Pro. Nor I. 

Duk-e. Saw you my daughter ? 

Pro. Neither. 

Duke. Why, then she's fled unto that peasant 
Valentine ; 
And Eglamour is in her company. 
'Tis true ; for friar Laurence met them both. 
As he in penance wander'd through the forest : 
Him he knew well, and guess'd that it was she ; 
But, being mask'd, he was not sure of it : 
Besides, she did intend confession 
At Patrick's cell this even; and there she was not: 
These likelihoods confirm her flight from hence. 
Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourfe. 
But mount you presently ; and meet with me 
Tpon the rising of the mountain-foot 
That leads towards Mantua, whither they are fled. 
Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. [Exit. 

Thu. Why this it is to be a peevish girl. 
That flies her fortune when it follows her : 
I'll after ; more to be reveng'd on Kglamour, 
Than for the love of reckless Silvia. [Exit. 

Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love. 
Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. [Exit. 

Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, 
Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. [Exit. 

SCENE III Fron^erj 0/ Mantua. The Forest. 

Enter Silvia, and Out-laws. 

Out. Come, come ; 
Be patient, we must bring you to our captain. 

Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one 
Have leam'd me how to brook this patiently. 

2 Out. Come, bring her away. 

1 Out. WTiere is the gentleman that was with her ? 

3 Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath out-run us 
But Moyses, and Valerius, follow him. 

Go thou with her to the west end of the wood. 
There is our captain : we'll follow him that's fled 
The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape. 

1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain's 
Fear not; he bears an honourable mind, [cave ; 
And will not use a woman lawlessly. 

Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee. [Exeunt, 

SCENE IV Another Part qf the Forest. 
Enter Valentine. 
Vol. How use doth breed a habit in a man ! 
This shadowy desert, unfreciuented woods, 
I better brook than flourishing peopled towns : 
Here can I sit alone, unseen of any, 
And to the nightingale's complaining notes. 
Tune my distresses, and record my woes. 
) thou that dost inhabit in my breast. 
Leave not the mansion so long tenantless ; 
Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall. 
And leave no memory of what it was 1 
Kepair me with thy presence, Silvia ; 
1 hou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain ! 

Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you, 
(Though you respect not aught your servant doth,) 
'J'o hazard life, and rescue you from him 
Q'hat wou'd have forc'd your honour and your love. 
Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look ; 
A smaller boon than this I cannot beg. 
And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. 

Vul. How like a dream is this I see and hear I 
Love, lend me patience to forbear a while. [Aside. 

Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am '. 

Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came ; 
But, by my coming, I have made you happy. 

Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most un- 

Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your pre- 
sence. [Aside. 

Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, 
I would have been a breakfast to the beast, 
Kather than have false Proteus rescue me. 
O, heaven be judge, how 1 love \'alentine, 
A\"hose life's as tender to me as my scul ; 
And full as much, (for more there cannot be,) 
I do detest false perjur'd Proteus : 
Therefore begone, solicit me no more. 

Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next fo 
M'ould I not undergo for one calm look ? [death, 
O, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd, 
When women cannot love, where they're belov'd. 

Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's be- 
Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, [lov'd. 
For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy faith 
Into a thousand oaths ; and all those oaths 
Descended into perjury, to love me. 
Thou hast no faith left now, unless thouhad'st two, 
And that's far worse than none ; better have none 
Than plural faith, which is too much by one : 
Thou counterfeit to thy true friend ! 

Pro. In love, 

^Vho respects friend ? 

Sil. All men but Proteus. 

Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words 
Can no way change you to a milder form, 
I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end; 
And love you 'gainst the nature of love, force you. 

Sil. O heaven ! 

Pro. I'll force thee yield to my desire. 

Vat. Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch ; 
Thou friend of an ill fashion ! 

Pro. Valentine I 

Val. Thou common friend, that's without faith or 
(For such is a friend now,) treacherous man ! [love; 
Thou hast beguil'd my hopes ; nought but mine eye 
Could have persuaded me ; Now I dare not say, 
I have one friend alive ; thou would'st disprove me. 
Who should be trusted now, when one's right hand 
Is perjur'd to the bosom ? Proteus, 
I am sorry I must never trust thee more. 
But count the world a stranger for thy sake. 
The private wound is deepest : O time, most curst! 
'Mingst all foes, that a friend should be the worst 

Pro. My shame and guilt confound me 
Forgive me, Valentine : if hearty sorrow 
Be a suflacient ransom for offence, 
I tender it here ; I do as truly suffer. 
As e'er I did commit. 

Vol. Then I am paid ; 

And once again I do receive thee honest : 
\V ho by repentance is not satisfied. 
Is nor of heaven, nor earth ; for are pleas'd ; 
By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'o : 
And, that my love may appear ])lain and free. 
All that was mine in Silvia, I give thee. 

Jul. O me, unhappy '. [Fnints. 


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Act I. 



in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, ar- 

Shal. Ay, that we do ; and have done any time 
these three hundred years. 

Slen. All his successors, gone before him, have 
done't i and all his ancestors, that come after him, 
may : they may give the dozen white luces in thei 

Shal. It is an old coat. 

Eva, The dozen white louses do become an old 
coat well ; it agrees well, passant : it is a familiar 
beast to man, and sifjnifies love. 

Shal. The luce is the fresh fish ; the salt fish is 
an old coat. 

Slen. 1 may quarter, coz ? 

Skal. You may, by marrying. 

Eva. It is marring, indeed, if he quarter it. 

Shal. Not a whit. 

Eva. Yes, py'r-lady ; if he has a quarter of your 
coat, there is but three skirts for yourself, in my 
simple conjectures r but this is all one : If sir John 
Falstaffhave committed disparagements unto y 
1 am of the church, and will be glad to do my 
nevolence, to make atonements and compromises 
between you. 

Shal. The Council shall hear it ; it is a riot. 

Eva. It is not meet the Council hear a riot ; 
there is no fear of (iot in a riot : the Council, look 
you, shall desire to hear the fear of (Jot, and not to 
hear a riot ; take your vizaments in that. 

Shal. Ha : o' ray life, if I were young again, the 
sword should end it. 

Eva. It is petter that friends is the sword, and 
end it: and there is also another device in my 
prain, which, peradventure, prings goot discretions 
with it : There is Anne Page, which is daughter to 
master George Page, which is pretty virginity. 

Slen. Mistress Anne Page? She has brown hair, 
and speaks small like a woman. 

Eva. It is that fery person for all the 'orld, as 
just as you will desire ; and seven hundred pounds 
of monies, and gold, and silver, is her grandsire, 
upon his death's-bed, ((iot deliver to a joyful resur- 
rections !) give, when she is able to overtake seven 
teen years old : it were a goot motion, if we leave 
our pribbles ; nd prabbles, and desire a marriage 
between master Abraham, and mistress Anne Page. 

Shal. Did her grandsire leave her seven hundred 
pound ? 

Eva. Ay, and her father is made her a petter penny. 

Shal. I know the young gentlewoman ; she has 
good gifts. 

Eva. Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities, is 
good gifts. 

Shal. Well, let us see honest master Page : Is 
Falstaff there? 

Eva. Shall I tell you a lie ? I do despise a liar, as 
I do despise one that is false ; or, as I despise one 
that is not true. The knight, sir John, is there ; 
and, I beseech you, be ruled by your well-willers. 
I will peat the door [knockn.] for master Page. 
What, hoa ! Got pless your house here ! 
Enter Page. 

Page. Who's there ? 

Eva. Here is Got's plessing, and your friend, and 
justice Shallow : and here you-.g master Slender ; 
that, peradventures, shall tell you another tale, if 
matters grow to Your likings. 

Page. I am glad to see your worships well: I 
thank you for my venison, master Shallow. 

Shal. Master Page, I am glad to see you ; Much 
good do it your good heart ! I wished your venison 
better; it was ill killed : How doth good mistress 
Page ? and I love you always with my heart, la ; 
with my heart. 

Page. Sir, I thank you. 

Shal. Sir, I thank you ; by yea and no, I do. 

Page. I am glad to see you, good master Slender. 

Slen. How does your fallow greyhound, sir ? 1 
heard say, he was out-run on Cotsale. 

Page. It could not be judg'd, sir. 

I Slen. You'll not confess, you'll not confess. 

Shal. That he will not ; 'tis your fault, 'tis your 
I fault : 'Tls a good dog. 
I Page. A cur, sir. 

I Shal. Sir, he's a good dog, and a fair dog ; Can 
! there be more said ? he is good, and fair. Is sir 
John Falstaff here ? 

Page. Sir, he is within ; and I would I could do 
a good office between you. 

Eva. It is spoke as a" Christians ought to speak. 
Shal. He hath wrong'd me, master Page. 
Page. Sir, he doth in some sort confess it. 
Shal. If it be confess'd, it is not redress'd; is 
not that so, master Page ? He hath wrong'd me ; 
indeed, he hath ; at a word he hath ; believe me; 
Robert Shallow, esquire, saith, he is wrong'd. 
Page. Here comes sir John. 

Enter Sir John FalstafT, Bardolnh, Mym, and 

Fat. Now, master Shallow ; you'll complain of 
me to the king. 

Shal. Knight, you have beaten my men, killed 
my deer, and broke open my lodge. 

Pal, But not kiss'd your keeper's daughter? 

Shal. Tut, a pin ' this shall be answer'd. 

Fal. I will answer it straight ; I have done all 
this: That is now answer'd. 

Shal. The Council shall know this. 

Fal. 'Twere better for yon, if it were known in 
counsel . you'll be laugh 'd" at. 

Eva. Pauca verlia, sir John, goot worts. 

Fal. Good worts ! good cabbage Slender, I 

broke your head ; What matter have you against me ? 

Slen. Marry, sir, I have matter in my head against 
you ; and against your coney-catching rascals, Bar- 
dolph, Nym, and Pistol. They carried me to the 
tavern, and made me drunk, and afterwards picked 
my pocket. 

lia rrf. You Banburv cheese ! 

Slen. Ay, it is no matter. 

Piat. How now, Mephostophilus ? 

Slen. Ay, it is no matter. 

Nym. Slice, I say ! pauca, pauca ; slice ! that's my 

Slen. Where's Simple, my man ? can you tell 
cousin ? 

Eva. Peace : I pray you ! Now let us understand . 
There is three umpires in this matter, as I under- 
stand : that is master Page,. ^f/e/iVc<, master Page, 
and there is myself,./irfe/ice^ myself; and the three 
party is, lastly "and finally, mine host of the (jarter. 

Page. We three, to hear it, and end it between 

Eva. Ferry goot : I will make a prief of it in my 
note-book ; and we will afterwards 'ork upon the 
cause, with as great discreetly as we can. 

Fal. Pistol, 

Pist. He hears with ears. 

Eva. The tevil with his tam ! what phrase is this. 
He hears rvith ear f Why, it is affectations. 

Fal. Pistol, did you pick master Slender's purse ? 

Slen. Ay, by these gloves, did he, (or I would I 
might never come in mine own greit chamber again 
else,) of seven groats in mill-sixpences, and two 
Edward shovel -boards, that cost me two shilling and 
two pence a-piece of Yead Miller, by these gloves. 

Fal. Is this true. Pistol ? 

Eva. No ; it is false, if it is a pick-purse. 

Pui. Ha, thou mountain-foreigner ! Sir John 
and master mine, 
I combat challenge of this latten bilbo : 
Word of denial in thv labras here ; 
Word of denial : froth and scum, thou best. 

Slen. By these gloves, then 'twas he. 

Nvm. Be advis'd. sir, and pass good humours: 
I will say,Tnarrv<rap, withyou.if you run the nut- 
hook's humour on me : that is the very note of it. 

Slen. By this hat, then, he in the red face had it: 
for though I cannot remember what I did when 
you made me drunk, yet I am not altogether an ass. 

Fal. What say you. Scarlet and John ? 


tit>n%- ti ti i< O'" ' 

Act I,f 


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O*, rtnak, fcr all j cr* my man, go, vsit pt 
my (Mte MmIIovi rc<l Nhnp/f.] A Jutlre of 
yg* niwlwn y i* telMM*n to hi* friend for a 
)i IkwykMtkrwiMaMMla boy *H. till m* 
hartodntf: Bm wiMt tlMfh 7 y*( 1 U Uk* 

4aw. I nay Ml |o hi tritlMM y*ar wanhip : 
llwy win M lit. till yo* oom*. 
Mm. lMrtl. ni mu n<hln|i: I thank yoa ai 

c* : caa. eoa: w* ay fw y 
Awt4wlik yoa. en: aaR7.UtW.eaii ! 
M Iwan. a m < t . a kte4 af loadar. maa* aftr 
ky ito Hack karri -D* TM n'afMaa' OM > 

aa. Ay. tf. yoa iliaH to4 ata raaiaaakl* ; ITIt 
k* *. I ball do tk< ' ' 

ml. Smf, kat ai 

mm. 1^ I da. Ut. 

Km. Ut* aat to M* a nU aM, iMBtar Standar : I 
wfll da. rrt r H e tk* mmnm tm y*. Ifyaa ka cay*. 

Mm. Nay. I wni da m 09 <Mte Shallaw t^y*: 

kfwnny. itefi* dMMb I ataiid iMt*. 

JTm. Bm ihte ia mi th* ^ wwd : tha aaalioa 
la u aMawlan yw aaiTiafa. 

UL Ay. thmm'% tk* foiat, Ur. 

atM. Many U h : th* ry pdat oT k; to oUa- 
tta Asm Paa*. 

aim. Wh. lir It k* to, I wUl many her. raa 
H laaaa Ma damaadi 

*pa. BM *M yaa allkctlaii th* oman ' Lt a. 
eamiMmd to kwrw that tt your nMiath. or of yoar 
Uv; tm dl<*B iklliiapfci hold, that th* lir* it 
pS^ ^ iha MthTTnMnfc**. pnciaaly. 
yoa cany yoar aad Witt ! dM iMtd > 

Amm. I vray yaa, ilr. walk In. 
aim. I Md r*th*r walk her*. I thank yoa ; I 
kr a lmd my ahia thootlMT dy with playtiiK at twonl 
aad daomr wtlh a maalT of frncv, thrre vmry* 
r a dUa of atowod inwnt*: anJ, br my troth. I 
iMMl akid* th* HB r hot meat Uocc. Why do 
mr dai kark >> k* Ihw* haan i' the town. 
Amm. IthiaktlMt*ar,ilr! I haard them talk- 

M llww apanwell: kt I ihall maeaw 
a aaw * at It. m any tMa In Eagland : Yoa art 
iAald. IT y wa th* hear loam, at* yoa Ml ? 
Amm. if, liidaad. ilr. 

Mm. Tliaili m*at and drink to me now ! I hae* 
aa Kaefcanaa looMtwmtv limn ; and ha** faki 
m ky tlwlMla : kat. 1 Wairant yoa. th* w nmi a 
eawatladaRd *rtrkd at )t. that it paaaM:- 
\, indeed, cannot abide 'cm ; they ar* 


Mm. I haM. *.-! wiU da, it ihall kacamc 

Mm. I haM. 
OMthat waald 

Km. Nay. OaCk l*d* and hi* ladic*. yoa matt 
, IT yoa ca carry har yi 

SKl. That Toa imHt: WUlya,areM oad d 
ry, manyhar^ 
Mra. I will da a graaMr llila thaa that, upon 

r raaaaa t . fiana.iawy w mi n 
Mai. Nay. eiaml^a ma, i cai ea mc, aweet t 

^hat I do. U la jlmwi y*.aa : Can yoa lore 

Mali. 1 WiU many har, ilr. M yaar raqaart; hat 

r*e*a ka Mitraai loa tai Iha ha^mriac nt hea- 

* may daaraam it area haMW acvniataM*. 

Iter Slender, came: we 


Mdb Ini aat BOlhint. I 
Pmgr. By cock and py* 

aim. Nay, ynj yi, lead th* way. 
pimt. Cxmmtm,ttt. 

Mm. Miatm* Aaoc. yoanelf tball p> fint. 
^aar. Not I, tit ; pray yoa, kee|> on. 
Mm. Traly. I wilt not go firrt ; tnUy, la : I will 
akdayaa ihal wraag. 

Mta. Hlwlhar 'be nnmannerly thaa troaMe- 
tama t yaa do yoaneif wrong, indeed, la. [Acnmr- 
SCENE ll.-rvmm. 
JMrr Mr Hagh Urana mm* O lmp l i 

Kwtu Go TOr way*, and aak of Doctor Cain*' 
hoaae. which U the wat : and there dwclk one 
mittren OulckW. which i. In the manner f hi* 
none, or hi* drr nar*^. or hi* cook, or hb Uondry . 
hi* waahrr. and hit wiliiger. 

Sim^ Well. *ir. 

Km. NaT, it U petter yet : pre her thU let- 
ter ; for i i\ a -oman that altogethei "i aoquaintanc* 
with mistreat AaM Page aad th* letter is, to dr 

Act I. 



sire and require her to solicit your master's de- , 
sires to mistress Anne Page : I pray you, begone ; 
I will make an end of my dinner ; there's pippins j 
nd cheese to come. [Hxeunt. i 

SCENE III A Room in the Garter Inn. 

Enter Falstaff, Host, Bardolph, Nym, Pistol, and i 
Robin. I 

Fal. Mine host of the Garter, 

Bost. What says my bully-rook? Speak scho- 
larlv, and wisely. 

Fal. Truly, mine host, I must turn away some of 
my followers. 

Host. Discard, bully Hercules ; cashier : let them 
wag; trot, tiot. 

Fal. I fit at ten pounds a week. 

Host. Thou 'rt an emperor, Coesar, Keisar, and 
Pheezar. I will entertain Bardolph ; he shall 
draw, he shall tap: said I well, bully Hector ? 

Fal. Do so, good mine host. 

Host. I have spoke ; let him follow : Let me see 
hee froth, and lime : I am at a word ; follow. 

[Exit Host. 

Fnl. Bardolph, follow him : a tapster is a good 
trade : an old cloak makes a new jerkin ; a wither- 
ed servingnian, a fresh tapster: Go; adieu. 

nurd. It is a life that I have desired ; I will 
thrive. [iJjv/Bard. 

Pist. O base Gongarian wight ! wilt thou the 
spigot wield ? 

Kym. He was gotten in drink : Is not the hu- 
mour conceited ? His mind is not heroick, and 
there's the humour of it. 

Fal. I am glad, I am so acquit of this tinderbox ; 
his thefts were too open ; his filching was like an 
unskilftil singer, he kept not time. 

Nr/m. The good humour is, to steal at a minute's 

Pist. Convey, the wise it call : Steal ! foh ; a fico 
for the phrase ! 

Fat. iVeU, sirs, I am almost out at heels. 

Pist. Why then, let kibes ensue. 

Fal. There is no remedy ; I must coney-catch ; 
I must shift. ' 

Pist. Young ravens must have food. 

Fal. Which of you know Ford of this town ? 

Pist. I ken the wight ; he is of substance good. 

Fal. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am 

Pist. Two yards, and more. 

Fal. No quips now. Pistol ; Indeed I am in the 
waist two yards about : but I am now about no 
waste ; I am about thrift. Briefly, I do mean to 
make love to Ford's wife, I spy entertainment in 
her ; she discourses, she carves, she gives the leer 
of invitation : I can construe the action of her 
familiar style; and the hardest voice of her beha- 
viour, to be English'd rightly, is, I am sir Jolm 

Pist. He hath studied her well, and translated 
her well ; out of honesty into English. 

Nyin. The anchor is deep : \Vill that humour 

Fal. Now, the report goes, she has all the rule of 
her husband's purse ; she hath legions of angels. 

Pist. As many devils entertain ; and. To her, boy, 
say I. 

Nym. The hu mour rises ; it is good : humour 
me the angels. 

Fal. I have writ me here a letter to her : and 
here another to Page's wife ; who even now gave 
me good eyes too, examin'd my parts with most 
judicious eyliads : sometimes the beam of her view 
gilded my foot, sometimes my portly belly. 

Pist. Then did the sun on dunghill shine. 

Nym. I thank thee for that humour. 

Fnl. O, she did so course o'er my exteriors with 
such a greedy intention, that the appetite of her 
eye did seem to scorch me up like a burning glass ! 
Here's another letter to her : she bears the purse 
too ; she is a region in Guiana, all gold and bounty. 

I will be cheater to them both, and they shall be 
exchequers to me ; they shall be my East and ^Vest 
Indies, and I will trade to them both. Go, bear 
thou this letter to mistress Page ; and thou this to 
mistress Ford : we will thrive, lads, we will thrive. 

Pist. Shall I sir Pandarus of Troy become. 
And by my side wear steel ? then, Lucifer take all i 

JV^;i. I will run no base humour : here, take the 
humour letter ; 1 will keep the 'haviour of repu- 

Fal. Hold, sirrah, [to Rob.] bear you these let- 
ters tightly ; 

Sail like my pinnace to these golden shores 

Rogues, hence, avaunt ! vanish like hail-stones, go ; 
Trudge, plod, away, o' the hoof; seek shelter, pact ! 
Falstaff will learn the humour of this age, 
French thrift, you rogues; myself and skirted page. 
[Exeunt FalstaffoHrf Robin. 

Pist. Let vultures gripe thy guts ! for gourd, and 
IHillam holds. 
And high and low beguile the rich and poor; 
Tester I'll have in pouch, when thou shalt lack. 
Base Phrygian Turk ! 

Nym. I have operations in my head, which be 
humours of revenge. 

Pist. Wilt thou revenge ? 

Nym. By welkin, and her star I 

Pist. ^V'ith wit, or steel ? 

Nym. With both the humours, I : 
I will discuss the humour of this love to Page. 

Pist. And I to Ford shall eke unfold. 
How Falstaff, varlet vile. 
His dove will prove, his gold will hold. 
And his soft couch defile. 

Nym, My humour shall not cool : I will incense 
Page to deal with poison ; I will possess him with 
yellowness, for the revolt of mien is dangerous : that 
is my true humour. 

Pist. 'i hou art the Mars of malcontents : I second 

thee ; troop on. [ExeutU. 

SCENE IV' A Room in Dr. Caius's Howe. 

Enter Mrs. Quickly, Simple, and Rugby. 

Quick. What: John Pugby ! I pray thee, go 
to the casement, and see if you can see my master,* 
master Doctor Caius, coming : if he do, i'faith, and 
find any body in the house, here will be an old 
abusing of God's patience, and the king's English. 

it^'. I'll go watch. [Exit Rugby. 

Quick. Go ; and we'll have a posset for't soon at 
night, in faith, at the latter end of a sea-coal fire. 
An honest, willing, kind fellow, as ever servant 
shall come in house withal ; and, I warrant you, no 
tell-tale, nor no breed-bate: his worst fault is, that 
he is given to prayer ; he is something peevish that 
way : but nobody but has his fault ; but let that 
pass. Peter Simple, you say your name is ? 

Sim. Ay, for fault of a better. 

Quick. And master Slender's your master ? 

Sim. Ay, forsooth. 

Quick. Does he not wear a great round beard, 
like a glover's paring knife ? 

Sim. No, forsooth : he hath but a little wee face, 
with a little yellow beard ; a Cain-coloured beard. 

Quick. A softly-sprighted man, is he not ? 

Sim. Ay, forsooth : but he is as tall a man of 
his hands, as any is between this and his head ; he 
hath fought with a warrener. 

Quick. How say you ? O, I should remember 
him; Does he not "hold up his head, as it were ? 
and strut in his gait ? 

Sim. Yes, indeed, does he. 

Quick. Well, heaven send Anne Page no worse 
fortune ! Tell master parson Evans, I will do what 
I can for your master : Anne is a good girl, and I 

Re-enter Rugby. 

Rutr. Out, alas ! here comes my master. 

Quick. We shall all he shent : Run in here, 
good young man ; go into this closet. [Shuts Sim- 
ple in the closet.] He will not stay long What, 
D 2 

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aart I M toa w4i aT It;) mj aiii H r 
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tafcpwk: airf !* a MV^iMA-a.Mp* 
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iMi awril y tany ton >-to far. 1 cat all kte 
ivaitMaii by av, to *Jl aat toaa a moot to 
tMMi4^. r&rilStoirte. 

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if I ton Bot Aaiw Pi, I ttoll lara yoar toaa 
oat aTaiy aar : FallMr ny todt, Ragby. 

Qmtck, Voa itoll ton An tooU^^ af yar7a. 
No, I know Aaaoli atiatf far ttot : aonr a womaii 
la WlaMr kaow* aMia of Arnrn^ mtmt, itoa I 
> aaroM AaaMntlMa I 4a wltk tor, 1 ttoab 
b nta a . 

r^mt, (MnUMa.) Wto^ wkhte tban ? to ! 

9oM. WWk tton, I tnv i> Caan mmt tto 

aMk. Ttobatf.tbatltyilniii 

9>M. la tratk. ilr. aa *a to pnny. toaaM 
aadaaacla: aad ana itot to yoar fMaa4, I caa toll 
yaaltotby tto V4yt I pratoa toana far It. 

I mat Ian wy aalt ? 
a<c*. TnHk. ilr, all to toi hto lMi4i aban : bat 
mm raataa, tni to toi aa a 

Mat. Va^ anrty, hm^ 1 1 bat af thai ? 

arfdl. Hall, itoroby baap a taloi-aoad faith. 
11 to tach aaottor Nan :-bM, I 4aaai. aa haaaal 
aMM aaanr hrato braatf u-U'a ho4 aa haar'i talk 
r llMl vaftw-l ihaU aanr laagh bat la that 
naM^ canaaay ! Bat, laiaa*. ito to aina too 
aali w^&atoUy, a4 anilaf : Bat far yoa- 
WalLaoto. ^^ 

I'm. WaU, lihallnhario.i9i llaM.ihara\ 
anaayfarthnt tot aMtonthynlealaaiybahairt 
If ttoa laaH tor bafan an, <aMMa4 aw 

9mik. WUI I f l<falih, that wa vUl i aad I vUl 
MB yaar waarfMp awn af tto , Bw ast ttoaa 
wotoncanMaaca: aa4 afottor voaan. 

Aaf. Hall.fanwaU) 1 wa la paal haato aav. 

aaat gaallwaaa ; tot Aaaa lont hin aalt far I 
~. at wail M aatbiT doaa ; Oal 
lUtfrnt [BjHt. 


SCENB I. . B Q b M r^a1 M<*r. 

mltr Mittrmt Tafit, mUk m ItUtr. 

Mr*, rmf. H'hat ! hKf I 'koarX lon4attari la 

Bw baly.An Haw af wy baaaty, aa4 aa I aaw a 

algmfardwa? Utawa: [Baarfi. 

AakoMaanaiMa^y f ln9n:/>rUMW* ton 

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'1 alghwora to P< *ltb 
jaaaf nllaat r What aa 

flct 2. 



tion, that he dars in this manner assay me ? Why, 
he hath not been thrice in my company! What 
should I say to him ?l was then frugal of my 
mirth:- heaven forgive me! Why I'll exhibit a 
bill in the yarliatnent for the putting down of men. 
How shall 1 be revenged on him ? for revenged J 
win be, as sure as his guts are made of puddings. 
Enter Miilre;s Ford. 

Mrt. Ford. Mistress Page ! trust me, I was going 
to your house. 

Mrs. Paije. And, trust me, I was coming to you. 
Vou look very ill. 

Mrs. Ford. A'ay, I'll ne'er believe that; Ihavetd 
show to the contrary. 

Mrs. Paga. 'Faith, but you do, in my mind. 

Mrs. Ford. Well, I do, then ; yet, 1 say, I could 
show you to the contrary : I), mistress I'age, give 
me some counsel ! 

Mrs. Page. What's the matter, woman ? 

Mrs. Ford. O woman, if it were not tor one tri- 
fling respect, I oould come to such honour ! 

Mrs. Page. Hang the trifle, woman ; take the 

honour: \Vhat is it.-" dispense with trifles; 

what is it ? 

Mrs. ForiL If I would but go to hell for an eter- 
nal moment, or so, I could be knighted. 

Mrs. Page. WTat ? thou liest ! Sir Alice Ford ! 

Theseknights will hack ; and so thou shouldst 

not alter the article of thy gentry. 

Mrs. Ford. We burn day-light : here, read, 
read; perceive how I might be knighted. I shall 
think the worse of fat men, as long as I have an 
eye to make dift'erence of men's liking : .\nd yet he 
would not swear ; praised women's modesty : And 
gave such orderly and well-behaved reproof to all 
uncomeliness, that 1 would have sworn his dispo 
sition would have gone to the truth of his words : 
but they do no more adhere and keep place together 
than the hundredth psalm to the tune of ureeu 
sleeves. What tempest, 1 trow, threw this whale 
with so many tuns of oil in his belly, ashore at 
Windsor ? How shall I be revenged on him ? 1 
think the best way were to entertain him with hope, 
till the wicked fire of lust have melted him in his 
own grease. Did you ever hear the like ':' 

Mrs. Page. Letter for letter ; but that the name 
of Page and Ford differs ! To thy great comfort 
in this mystery of ill opinions, here's the twin-bro 
ther of thy letter : but let thine inherit first ; for, 1 
protest, mine never shall. 1 warrant he hath a 
thousand of these letters, writ with blank space for 
difTerent names, (sure more,) and these are of the 
second edition : He will print them out of doubt : 
for he cares not what he puts into the press when 
he would put us two. I had rather be a giantess, and 
lie under mount Pelion. Well, I will find you 
twenty lascivious turtles, ere one chaste man. 

Mrs. Ford. Why this is the very same; the very 
hand, the very words : What doth he think of us ? 

Mrs. Pa^e. Nay, I know not: It makes meal- 
most ready to wrangle with mine own honesty. I'll 
entertain myself like one that 1 am not acquainted 
withal ; for, sure, unless he know some strain in me, 
that I know not myself, he would never have board- 
ed me in this fury. 

Mrs. For.!. Hoarding, call you it ? I'll be sure 
to keep him above deck. 

Mrs. Page. So will I ; if he come under my 
hatches, I'll never to sea again. Let's be reveng'd 
on him : let's appoint him a meeting ; give him a 
show ot comfort in his suit ; and lead him on with 
a fine baited delay, till he hath pawn'd his horses 
to mine Host of the (Jarter. 

Mn. Ford. Nay, I will consent to act any vil- 
lany against him, thit may not sully the chariness 
of our honesty. (), that my husband saw this let- 
ter ! it would give eternal food to his jealousy. 

Mrs. Page. Why, look, where he comes ; and my 
good man too ; he's as far from jealousy, as I am 
from giving him cause ; and that, I hope, is an un- 
measurable distance. 

Mrs. Ford. You are the happier woiitian. 

Mrs. Page. Let's consult together against this 

greasy knight : Come hither. [TItey retire. 

Enter Ford, Pistol, Page, and Nym. 

Ford. Well, I hope, it be not so. 

Pist. Hope is a curtail dog in some affairs : 
Sir John affects thy wife. 

Ford. Why, sir, my wife is not young. 

Pist. He wooes both high and low, both rich 
and poor. 
Both young and old, one with another, Ford ; 
He loves thy gally-mawfry ; Ford, perpend. 

Ford. Love my wife ? 

put. With liver burning hot : Prevent, or go thou, 
T ikesir.\ctaeon he, with King- wood at thy heels : 
O, odious is the name ! 

For J, What name, sir ? 

Pist. The horn, I say : FareweU. 
Take heed ; have open eye : for thieves do foot by 

night : 
Take heed, ere summer comes, or cuckoo birds do 
Away, sir corporal Xym. [sing. 

Believe it. Page; he speaks sense. ['^.r'lt Pistol. 

Ford. I will be patient ; I will find out this. 

Nyrn. And this is true ; [/ Page.] I like not the 
humour of lying. He hath wronged me in some 
humours : I should have borne the humoured let- 
ter to her ; but I have a sword, and it shall bite 
upon my necessity. He loves your wife ; there's 
the short and the long. My name is corporal 
iVym ; I speak, and I avouch. 'Tis true : my 
name is Nym, and Falstaff loves your wife 
Adieu ! I love not the humour of bread and cheese ; 
and there's the humour of it. Adieu. [Exit Nym. 

Page. The humour of it, quoth 'a ! here'3 a fellow 
frights humour out of his wits. 

Ford. I will seek out Falstaff. 

Page. I never heard such a drawling, affecting 

Ford. If I do find it, well. 

Page. I will not believe such a Cataian, though 
the priest o' the town commended him for a true 

Ford. 'Twas a good sensible fellow : Well. 

Page. How now, Meg : 

Mrs. Page. Whither go you, George ? Hark you. 

Mrs, Ford. How now, sweet Frank? why art 
thou melancholy? 

Ford. I melancholy ! I am not melancholy 
Get you home, go. 

Mrs. Ford. 'Faith, thou hast some crotchets in 
thy head now Will you go, mistress Page ? 

Mrs. Page. Have with you. V'ou'II come to din- 
ner, (5 eorge? Look, who comes yonder : she shall 

Enter Mrs. Quickly. 

Mrs. Ford. Trust me, I thought on her : she'll 
fit it. 

Mrs. Page. You are come to see my daughter 
.Anne ? 

Quick. Ay, forsooth; And, I pray, how does 

hour's talk with you. 

[Exeunt Mrs. Page, Mrs. Ford, and Mrs. 

Page. How now,' master Ford. 

Ford. Vou heard what this knave told me ; did 
you not ? 

Page. Yes ; And you heard what the other told 
me ? 

Fcrd. Do you think there is truth in them ? 

Page. Hang 'em, slaves; I do not think the 
knight would offer it : but these that accuse him 
in his intent towards our wives, are a yoke of his 
discarded men : very rogues, now they be out of 


Ford. Were they his men ? 
Page. Marry, were they. 



^mf. Ay, mam, 
tht* voy^ttowwo* 

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mtht ***' karmer* than kbarp 

fW. 1^ fliiirtfy wifc8 tat I wMiXI 

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wmmt tWrttoattlMrUMMtlAkteMi^OTmeMy 
I Ms pma^ vkM h iMtot* mOTrU;. H*w v. 

mmUr H Mrf 8telltr. 
fl:*^. nw mew. bau-raak ! thoa'n gmtH- 
MM : M*mlr-Jaic*. I ;. 
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Pao! MMOTPaa*.wlU 

g* with M ? w ha** pect la hand. 
Jtaf. TaU h>a>, calaw Jttaa t taU ld,bUy- 

Uf. v. tkCT* k a ftay ta b* pc*>t. bttwam 
tir H^ tka Wdafc priart.aiU Caiaa lb* Pianch 

#>ard. Gaad mim hart atha Gartar. a weed wUh 
mm$. Whm aajlM tbea, ballj-roak 

aUL Wai yea [to raa.1 ae wli 
M? My mttt hart hath had the RMaMTincertbair 
waavaM; aad. I thiak. ha hath a^paiatad thaaa 
oaMnay yUea: ftw.toilaTama.lhaar.thapaiaea 
Hark, I wUl tall ya what aw tjwrt 

>*M iaaia*. 
hall ba. 
Bml. Hart thoa aa talt 

gaart-cavaliar * 

My knight, my 

rird. fiamm, I paetart s bM ru glaa yea a |>etUa 
tt banrt Mcfc to alTa ma r a m a r M te him, aad tall 
aiM. My aama Is Breok ; aaly 4br aiart. 

Mm*. My hand, bally : thaa thab haa agiaM 
and laaMMi Midi waU? and thvMMfaahaU ba 
Bteak: It ! a Many knight.- WlU yea go a*. 

8kmL ilava with yea. 1 

fmt^ I ha^ haafd. tb 

aibal. Tat. ir, I reald bar* tald yea man : la 
thaM ItaaH yea rtaad oa dlrtaaca, year pa mn , 
ilirMdiiw. aad I kiMw not what : tk the heart, 
aMrtarPaa: 1iahaf*.*tiahera. I have wen the 
itaM. wUh My laag (word. I weiUd haa awdayea 
tar taU Mlawa^ Ilka raia. 

ffart. Hara, bay*, baaa, hara ! ahall a wag ? 

Pitt*. Haa with yaat-1 had talhM hear thaM 

r&M>a< Hart. Shallow, mmd Page. 
Fa*d. ThaaghTaga ba Knr r 
M Itaaly aa hb wMt^ fraUty. yet 1 

> ba wcnra fbol, aad ttandt 



lote not my labaar 

t aad, what tlMy made thara. I knew 
I wUI look farther Intot : and I have 


SCENE 11.^ JlewN ia flU Oaitar laa. 
alrr PalrtaTaiU Pistol. 
Fml. I will net lairf Ihaaa pennT. 
put. Why. tha* tha wartd** mine o;iter, 
Which I with twerd will ofien 
I will retort tha mm In afai^ce. 

FmL Not a penny. I have l>en content, tir. yoa 
ihaald lay mn coantananc* to pa wn : I bare iCTrtcd 
ayan lay good friends for three rcprievaa for yoa and 
yaw aeaeh4Ulaw, Njm ; or alM jea had looked 

Pitt. Didrt then net share ? badrt thoa aat Cf. 

Men : Think*tt thaa 
111 aadaagar aty aeal r'W'i ' At a word, hang no 
aMta ahaot ma, 1 am no gibbrt for yen : go A 
'ImMa aad a throng >-tayar aaaaor of Fiekt- 
. gai Yaa/V not bear a letter Urn me, yoa 
! Yea stand apaa year boooar ! Uliy. 
thoa ancondnabla baacncas, it U as mach as I can 
da, te keep the tanas of my honoar preciM. I, I, 
1 myself sometime*, leavinic the fear ef heaven an 
tha left hand, and hiding mine henoar in my naecs- 
sity. am fain to shuffle, to hedge, aad to lareh ; and 
^t yea, roitaa, will ensconce yonr rags, yonr cat- 
a-rooantain looks, yoar red -lattice p brm as. and 
jroar beld4>eatin|c oaths, ander the shelter of year 
nenear ! Vea will not do it, von ? 
PUU I da nient: What wonld'rt ttten aiofa af 

ttU. Sir. here's 1 

FmL Let her approach. 

Bmler Mitlm* Qaickly. 

^miek. OI*a year werrfilp good-moiTew. 

Fal. Guud menua. goed wife. 

^airlr. Not so, ant pleaM your worship. 

Fmi. Good maid, then. 

Qmitk. Ill be sworn ; as my mother was, the first 
iMvr I wss iMicn* 

Fml. I da balie*e the swearer: What with me > 

Qm ltk . Shall I voachsafe yoar worship a word or 

FaL Twatheasaad, fair woman : and 111 Tonch- 
salhMaiha hearing 

- * " ~ Isam 

Ford, sir ; I wraj, 
Bttle aamar this way* il mywlf dwell 

Fml. WMl, on : Mtstram Ford, yoa say. 

<^irl:. Yoar worship lay* rery tne : 1 pray 
year worship, come a little nearer this wars. 
FmL I warrant thee, nobody hears; mine own 

Mi when miatiam Bridgat leal 
ftM.1 taakt ayoa MJaahMiar, 

4mir*. Are they so? Heaven bless them, and 
m^e them his sarranU ! 

fW. Wall : Mlstrem Ford :-what of her 

^a i r k . Why. sir, she's a good rreatare. Lord, 
letd I , jm warship^ a wanton : Well, heaven for. 
gi*a yea, aad all af as, I pray I 

Ml/. Mistraas Fetd : came, mIrtrcM Ford, 

a<(*. Marry, this Is tha shait and the longaT 
it : yea have bieagbt her inta sarh a caitarles, as 
lis waadarfhi. The hertcoartier of them ail, when 
tha caavt lay at WIndser, roald nerrr have broaght 
her te each a canary. Yet there h been knights, 
aad le*^ aad aentlemen, i(h their roaches; I 
warrant you. cu:i, h ^ftrr roarh, letter after letter. 
gUk^er .- ^o iweetly,(ari mask,) and 

saraahli >i, in silk and gold ; stmI 

in each A nd in tnch vine and sujcar 

of the l>f-.i. ..1 .<!<- i.<..f>t, (hat wonld hare won 
any woman's lient ; nnd, I warrant von. they conid 
never (jet an evt-wtnk of her I had mynelf twenty 
ancels given me this morning : bat I defy all an- 
gels, (in an; sucTi sort, a< thrr \a]r.) bat in the way 
of honesty : and, I warrant you, they conId never 
get her so much as sip on a cup with the proadest 
of them all : and yet there ha been earls, nay, 
which fs more, pensioners ; but, I warrant yoa, all 
is one with her. 

Fml. Knt what says she to me ? be hrlcf, my good 
she Mercnrr. 

(fuick: Marry, she hath rece i ved rour letter ; tor 
the whirh she thank yo^i a thousand times : and 
she gives yea to notify, that her hashind will ba 
abaenoe frmn his hoosc betwwn ten and eleven. 

Fmi. Ten and eleven ? 

9-Mt. Ay, forsooth; and then yon may come 
and see the picture, she *as, that you wot of ; 
master Ford, her hnsband, will be from h 
Alas ! the sweet woman leads an Ul life with 1 

Act 2. 



he's a Terr jealousy man . she .eads a very fram- 
poia life with him, pood heart. 

Fal. Ten and eleven : Woman, commend me to 
her; I will not fail her. 

Quick: Why you say well : But I have another 
messenger to your worship : Mistress Page hath her 
hearty commendations to you too ; and let me tell 
you in your ear, she's as fartuous a civil modest wife, 
and one (I tell you) that will not miss you morning 
nor evening prayer, as any is in Windsor, whoe'er 
be the other : and she bade me tell your worship, 
that her husband is seldom from home ; but, she 
hopes, there will come a time. I never knew a 
woman so dote upon a man ; surely, I think you 
have charms, la ; yes, in truth. 

Ful. Not I, I assure thee; setting the attraction 
of my good parts aside, I have no other charms. 

Quick. Blessing on your heart for't ! 

Fal. But, I pray thee, tell me this : has Ford's 
wife, and Page's wife, acquainted each other how 
they love me 

Quick. That were a jest, indeed .'they have not 
so little grace, I hope : that were a trick, indeed ! 
But mistress Page would desire you to send her 
your little page, of all loves ; her husband has a 
marvellous infection to the little page : and, truly, 
master Page is an honest man. Never a wife in 
Windsor leads a better life than she does ; do what 
she will, say whnt she will, take all, pay all, go to 
bed when she list, rise when she list, all is as she 
will ; and, truly, she deserves it : for if there be a 
kind woman in Windsor, she is one. You must send 
her your page ; no remedy. 

Fa/. Why, I will. 

Quick. Nay, but do so then : and, look you, he 
may come and go between you both ; and, in any 
case, have a nay-word, that you may know one an- 
other's mind, and the hoy never need to understand 
any thing ; for 'tis not good that children should 
know any wickedness : old folks, you know, have 
discretion, as they say, and know the world. 

Fal. Fare thee well : commend me to them both : 

there's my purse ; I am yet thy debtor. Boy, go 

along with this woman. ^This news distracts me ! 

[ Fxeunt OuicMy a nd Robin. 

Pisf. This punk is one of Cupid's carriers: 
Clap on more sails ; pursue, up with your fights ; 
Give fire ; sheismy prize, or ocean whelm them all I 
[Exit Pistol. 

Fal. Say'st thou so, old .Tack? go thy ways; I'll 
make more of thy old body than I have done. Will 
they yet look afier thee ? Wilt thou, after the ex- 
pence of so much money, be now a gainer ? Good 
body, I thank thee : Let them say, 'tis grossly done ; 
so it be fairly done, no matter. 

Enter Bardolph. 

Barrl. Sir John, there's one master Brook below 
would fain speak with you, and be acquainted with 
you ; and hath sent "your worship a morning's 
draught of sick. 

Fat. Brook, is his name ? 

Sard. Av, sir. 

Fal. Call him in; [Exit Bardolph.] Such 
Brooks are welcome to me, that o'erflow such li- 
quor. Ah ! ha ! mistress Ford and mistress Page, 
liave I encompassed you ? go to ; via ! 

Re-enter Bardolph, rvith Ford disguised. 

Ford. Bless you, sir. 

Fal. And you, sir: Would you speak with me ? 

Ford. I make bold, to press with so little prepar- 
ation upon you. 

Fal. You're welcome; What's your will? Give 
us leave, drawer. {Exit Bardolph. 

Ford. Sir, 1 am a gentleman that have spent 
much ; my name is Brook. 

Fal. Good master Brook, I desire more acquaint- 
ance of you. 

Ford. Good sir John, I sue for yours: not to 
charge you ; for I must let you understand, I think 
myself "in better plight for a lender than you are : 

the which hath something emboldened me to this y 
unseasoned intrusion : for they say, if money go be- Av 
fore, all ways do lie open. 

Fal. Money is a good soldier, sir, and will on. 

Ford. Troth, and I have a bag of money here 
troubles me : if you will help me to bear" it, sir 
John, take all, or half, for easing me of the carriage. 

Fal. Sir, I know not how 1 may deserve to be 
your porter. 

Ford. I will tell you, sir, if yon will give me the 

Fal. Speak, good master Brook ; I shall be glad 
to be your servant. 

Ford. Sir, I hear you are a scholar, I will be 

brief with you, and you have been a man long 

known to me, though I had never so good means, 
as desire, to make myself acquainted with you. I 
shall discover a thing to you, wherein I must very 
much lay open mine own imperfection: but, good 
sir John, as you have one eye upon my follies, as 
you hear them unfolded, turn another into the re- 
gister of your own ; that I may pass with a reproof 
the easier, sith you yourself know, how easy it is to 
be such an oflfender. 

Ful. Very well, sir ; proceed. 

Ford. There is a gentlewoman in this town, her 
husband's name is Ford. 

Fal. Well, sir. 

Ford. I have long loved her, and I protest to 
you, bestowed much on her; followed her with a 
doting observance ; engrossed opi>ortunities to meet 
her ; fee'd every slight occasion, that could but nig- 
gardly give me sight of her ; not only bought many 
presents to give her, but have given largely to 
many, to know what she would have given : briefly, 
I have pursued her, as love hath pursued me ; which 
hath been on the wing of all occasions. But what- 
soever I have merited, either in my mind, or in 
my means, meed, I am sure, I have received none; 
unless experience be a jewel ; that I have pur- 
chased at an infinite rate ; and that hath taught 
me to say this : 

Love like a shadorv, flies, n-hen substance love pursues 
Pursuing that thatjlies, andjlying vhat pursues. 

Fal. Have you received no promise of satisfac- 
tion at her hands ? 

Ford, Never. 

Fal. Have you importuned her to such a purpose ? 

Ford. Never. 

Fal. Of what quality was your love then ? 

Ford. Like a fair house, built upon another man's 
ground ; so that I have lost my edifice, by mistak- 
ing the place where I erected it. 

Fat. To what purpose have you unfolded this to 

Ford. When I have told you that, I have told ' 
vou all. Some say, that, though she appear honest 
to me, vet, in other places, sheenlargeth her mirth 
so far, "that there is shrewd construction made of 
her. Now, sir .Tohn, here is the heart of my pur- 
pose: You are a gentleman of excellent breeding, 
admirable discourse, of great admittance, authen- 
tick in your place and person, generally allowed 
for your' many war-like, court-like, and learned 

Fal. O, sir ! 

Ford. Believe it, for you know it : There is 
money ; spend it, spend it ; spend more ; spend all 
I have; only give me so much of your time m ex- 
change of it, as to lay an amiable siege to the ho- 
nesty of this Ford's wife : use your art of woomg, 
win her to consent to you; if any man may, you 
may as soon as any. 

I Fal. Would it apply well to the vehemency of 
your affection, that I should win what you would 
enjoy ? Methinks, you prescribe to yourself very 
preposterously. . , , 

Fnrd. O, understand my drift ! she dwells so se- 
curelv oy the excellency of her honour, that the 
folly of my soul dares not present itself ; she is too 
bright to be looked against. Now, could I come to 



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km iif iillM. km mnrtuf vw, mmA m rtiwuwia ' 
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aaMftBaiflMWfvlMMl diMi.wluia 
gMlllwii.jii*liaU.Mry wUl.aaJayl'^ai^wMb. 

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iMUwaMaaM. lA^atowldi kar.(l hm; tail 

imim mm,hm mttu 
Mat laay. Iik^ 

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rmt, Umtt M.yaar cwkaMttkaa! I tea* 
Maaai) yatlwiaMMaiaaailMwraar: Hm; 
ny. tfwjaJit aliiafti kamm kmk MMMaaTM*. 
ayt ibrdM wkleii hb vMb aaana la mm wait-*- 
aaia. IvttlMalHrwtfWkaya'tkacwkaUly 
M(Mf%MMrt 4 l liMiT l i wy fc wian l iiwi 

Mrf: 1 M ya kww rav. *; UmI 

Ait Hai Waa. aaal 

akal. 8a yaa, aaaaar daetar Cls. 

^^rit. Nafw, gaa* lailw dactar i 

M. OIa *aa aea* latniw. ifar. 

CMafc Val ba ifi yaa, aaa, tva, tfaa.fcw, cam* 

Bml. Ta aw Ikaa MM. ta aaa tkaa Ma. ta w* 
*aa tia*M, u m aim kmm, tm aat Ikaa Ibat* : 
tkaa fm iky y aa l i. tky alack, thy lavan*. 
aiaMa. iky ilaal. It ha daa4. aiy Ktht- 
/lika4aad.MrmMtea?h,birily1 What 
a? ay Galaa ? anylMaR afa 

alfht ; Fgar* a kaava. and I vUl Hipai 
tjiaj Ik 


Wkaaaytkfali iMtinHiat lariaaw ^ My tr 
kk MM la Mm. ika kaar laAM.dM aMtck k 
Mkla. WaaM ay mm haaa ikaagkl tkk >-*m 
ha kaU af haTh a falM wtiMaa I My bad akaU ha 
ha n u ia htir aa mt i 
Mi aa* 1 Aall aaC anly 

kg Mm ihM 4mm mm tkia wiaM. 

TatMa! T-' AaMUaaa taaads wall: iWi- 

r. want llaikaiM. aU s y they aia iWrlU' ad- 
4ltiaaa.dMaaMMaraada: bat cackoM! wittol- 
aaafeaU! Iha davU hteaalf hath aoc aack a aaaM. 
riMtliia.aMnnaaM! ha wilt tnMt hU wUb. 

- rst 

Hi^ tka W* 


ar a ihtaT M walk My MJllaa ga fdl ag. tkaa au 
wMb vUk kanatf: tkaa iha alaia. tkaa aka raMi- 
aaiaa.tkaa aka davtm : aa wkM ikay tkiak la 
~ , tkM wUl hraak tkair 
l4aaa ba yaaiMd 
tkakawi (wUI 
vraagad a Fal- 
, aad lai^ at Pika. I will abaat it : batter 
^ J kaan Ma aaaa, tkaa a Minau too lata. Ft*. 
t.Ul t a ak ali! in i k ill! cackotd! [S 

SCENE III^WIadKic Park. 
KMrr CalM aarf Ragby. 

CWa*. Jack Rafby ! 

M^. Sir. 

cJm. Vm la a clock. Jack? 

Mmf . ' Thiw Ml tka haat , lir, that air Hafh pro- 

Cmlma. By far. ha hM mm hte iaal. 4at ha U ao 
aaMai ha ha> aray hfa PIbU *ll.tfat ha U no 
MBat by car. Jack ftihy. ka la daad aftaady. If 

Kfr. ?' i* wli, tit; b* kaaw, yoar wonhia 

'v- ifbacaMa. 

da harrlaa It no daad, m a* I Till 
Toar rapte. Jack : I viU tall yoa 

acM^Nw? My Galaa ? anyhaan 
ha! lahaMi,halhiate?iahadaad7 
Oalafc ByfM.kakdaaavaadJackwIaatariha 
iM t ka b aM ikaw Ma hM. 
Hmt. Tkaa art a CaattUaa Mag. Urlaal ! HaetM 
O Ma i a.Myfcay? 

CMafc lfiV]Wi.kaMvltaaMlhMaMkBMalay 
iOTHaM.ta.tnakaanfcr kia^ aad ka la ao 

Ba la dM wliOT Maa, laHlif daetaa t ha U 
acaiM aTaaalsand yaa a caMr af badtaa t Ifyaa 
' ' Ight, yaa a afalMi tha hair af yaar pro- 
t toHaMtraaTMaalarPaca? 

I Bowba 
af tka fwaaa^ IT 1 Ma a iword oat. My 

MMTliakMM Make aaa: tkaafh wa are Joitloaa, 
aad daaMta.aad clMMikaaaa.aiaiir Paice. we ha*a 
MaMM l tafaa r yaMk teas; w are tbaMnaoT 

* Tla uaa, laaaMr SkaUaw. 

MM. Ilwlllba*aadaa.MartMPa|ta. Matter 
di Bl M Cah M. I aM caaM M tck yaa h a . lam 
twaeaaf Ika aaaaat yaa haM thawad yaaiaalf a 
wiM vfeMldaa, aad air Ha^ kalk ikawa kkaaaifa 
wkaaad FBtlMi* ckatckaaaa : yaa aratl fa wHk ate. 

Catat. Macfc-valM! vatiadM? 

BmU Maek-watOT. to aar EkgUdi laiaa. U rm 

Catec By CM, tkaa I have m macb mack-vatar 

MdaWhdltfaiia; Hearry jack-dog priettl by 

(M. aM mil eat Ma atia. 

BmL Bo wUI cUhmt-cUw thM tixktly. boUy. 

Caia*. rUppar-da-cUw ! vat is dat ? 

BmiL That to, he will make thee ainands. 

Cmimt. By gar, m* do look, h* thall dappcr-de- 
cUw aaa : for. by gar, me tIII hTe it- 

Bit. Aad I wiU ptaroke him lot, or let him w^. 

Cata*. Ma tank yaa for dat. 

Btt, Aad morcorer. bullv. Bat dnt, maatar 
gacit. and matter Paxc, and eke cavalava Stcadar, 
go yoa throach the town to FrogaMra. 

(.<<df Meai. 

Pmrr. f^lr HoKh ii there, it be > 

Hott. He U there : tee what haoMvr ha It to ; 
and I will bring the doctor about by tha Soldi : 
will it do well ? 

.sMmi. We will do it. 

Pmgt, Ma/, rnmd Slen. Adica, good MaaM 
[ErtumI Paga. Shallow, mmd I 
Cmmt. By gar. aw rill UU da priaat s lor ha tpcak 
tt a jack-aa-apa ta Aana Paga. 
B-f. Let Mm dto: bat. ftrtt. iheath thy im 
r oa thy c h e l a r : go about 
iPragmow: I will bring 
Page U, at a trm-hoaM a 

^ct 3. 



feasting: and thou shalt woo her : Cry'd game, said 
I well ? 

Cains. By gar, me tank you for dat : by gar, I 
love you ; and 1 shall procure-a you de good guest, 
de earl, de knight, de lords, de gentlemen, my pa- 

Host. For the which, I will be thy adversary to 
wards Anne Page; said I well ? 

Caius. By gar, 'tis good ; veil said. 

Host. Let us wag then. 

Caius. Come at my heels. Jack Rugby. 


ACT 111. 

SCENE I. A Field near Frogmore. 
Enter Sir Hugh Evans and Simple. 

Et>a. I pray you now, good master Slender's 
serving-man, and friend Simple by your name, 
which way have you looked for master Caius, that 
calls himself Doctor vf Fhysick f 

Sitn. Marry, sir, the city-ward, the park-ward, 
every way ; old Windsor way, and every way but 
the town way. 

Era. I must fehemently desire you, you will also 
look that way. 

Sim. I will, sir. 

Eva. 'Pless my soul ! how full of cholers I am, 
and trempling of mind ! I shall be glad, if he have 
deceived me: how melancholies 1 am! I will 
knog his urinals about his knave's costard, when I 
have good opportunities for the 'ork 'pless my 
soul ! [Sings. 

To shallorv rivers, to mhose falls 
Melodious birdf sing madrit^als ; 
There will we make our peds of rotes, 
And a thousand fragrant posies. 

To shallow 

'Mercy on me ! I have a great dispositions to cry. 
Melodious birds sim; madrigals : 

When as I sat in Pahylon, 

And a thousand vagram posies. 

To shallow 

Sim. Yonder he is coming, this way, sir Hugh. 
Eva. He's welcome : 

To shallow rivers, to whose falls 

Heaven prosper the tight ! What weapons is he? 

Sim. No weapons, sir : There comes my master, 
master Shallow, and another gentleman from Frog- 
more, over the stile, this way. 

Eva. Pray you, give me my gown ; or else keep 
it in your arms. 

Enter P .ge. Shallow, and Slender. 

Shal. How now, master parson ? Good-morrow, 
good sir Hugh. Keep a gamester from the dice, 
and a good student from his book, and it is won- 

Slen. Ah, sweet Anne Page ! 

Page. Save jou, good sir Hugh ! 

Eva. 'Pless you from his mercy sake, all of you ! 

Shal. What! the sword and the word! do you 
study them both, master parson ? 

Page. And youthful still, in your doublet and 
hose, this raw rheumatick day ? 

Eva. There is reasons and causes for it. 

Page. We are come to you, to do a good office, 
master parson. 

Eva. Fery well : A\'hat is it ? 

Page. Yonder is a most reverend gentleman, who 
belike, having received wrong by some person, is at 
most odds with his own gravity and patience, that 
ever you saw. 

Shal. I have lived fourscore years, and upward ; 
I never heard a man of his place, gravity, and 
learning, so wide of his own respect. 

Eva. What is he ? 

Page. I think you know him ; master doctor 
Caius, the renowned French I'hysician. 

Eva. (iot's will, and his passion of my heart ! I 
had as lief you would tell me of a mess of porridge. 

Page. Why? 

Eva. He has no more knowledge in Hibocrates 
and Galen, and he is a knave besides ; a cowardly 
knave, as you would desires to be acquainted 

Page. I warrant you, he's the man should fight 
with him. 

Slen. O, sweet .4nne Page ! 

Shal. It appears so, by his weapons : Keep them 
asunder ; here comes doctor Caius. 

Enter Host, Caius, and Rugby. 

Page. Nay, good master parson, keep ir 


Shal. So do you, good master doctor. 

Host. Disarm them, and let them question ; let 
them keep their limbs whole, and hack our English. 

Cuius. I pray you, let-a me speak a word vit your 
ear : \'erefore vill you not meet a-me ? 

Eva. Pray you, use your patience: In good 

Caius. By gar, you are de coward, de Jack dog, 
.John ape. 

Eva. pray you, let us not be laughing-stogs to 
other men's humours ; I desire you in friendship, 
and I will one way or other make you amends : I 
will knog your urinals about your knave's cogs- 
comb, for missing your meetings and appoint- 

Caius. ' Diable ! Jack Pugby, mine Host de 
Jarlerre, have I not stay for him, to kill him ? have 
I not, at de place I did appoint ? 

Eva. As I am a christians soul, now look you, 
this is the place appointed ; I'll be judgment by 
mine host of the (barter. 

Host. Peace, I say, Guallia and Gaul, French 
and Welch; soul-curer and body-curer. 

Caius. Ay, dai is very good ! excellent ! 

Host. Peace, I say ; hear mine host of the Gar- 
ter. Am I politick ? am I subtle ? am I a Machi- 
avel ? Shall I lose my doctor ? no ; he gives me the 
potions, and the motions. Shall 1 lose my ])arson ? 
my priest ? my sir Hugh ? no : he gives me the 

proverbs and the no-verbs (jive me thy hand, 

terrestrial ; so ; Give me thy hand, celestial ; so. 

Hoys of art, I have deceived you both ; 1 have 

directed you to wrong places; your hearts are 
mighty, your skins are whole, and let burnt sack be 
the issue Come, lay their swords to pawn : 
Follow me, lad of peace; follow, follow, follow. 

Shal. Trust me, a mad host : Follow, gentle- 
men, follow. 

slen. O, sweet Anne Page ! 

[Exeunt Shallow, Slender, Page, and Host. 

Caius. Ha ! do I perceive dat ? have you make-a 
de sot of us? ha, ha ! 

Eva. This is well ; he has made us his vlouting- 
stog I desire you, that we may be friends; and 
let us knog our prains together, to be revenge on 
this same scall, scurvy, cogging companion, the 
host of the Garter. 

Cains. By gar, vit all my heart ; he promise to 
bring :<ie vere is Anne Page ; by gar, he deceive 
me too 

Eva. Well, I will smite his noddles -Pray you, 
follow. [Exeunt. 

SCENE II The Street in Windsor. 

Enter Mistress Page a7id Robin. 

Mrs. Page. Nay, keep your way, little gallant ; 
you were wont to be a follower, but now you are a 
leader : Whether had you rather, lead mine eyes, 
or eye your master's heels ? 

Rob. 1 had rather, forsooth, go before you like a 
man, than follow him like a dwarf. 

Mrs. Page. O you are a flattering boy; now, I 
see, you'll be a courtier. 



G*lMaM,Jolui IU|bj: I ( 

Act 3. 

r^r*. Wm mX.wil Hi MiPagat Whifhrrgojou 
Mrt, r^tgt. Traly. tit, *m mm jow wlfei U th* 

fmL Ay I m4 aa Ml* M ilM 
* waat ti t myi 
" , jtm two 

jrt I think 


Mn. Pm^it. HMiroft)ut, two other haOwnrf*. 

JTrf. Av. I cannot Mil what ik dictena kit 
MUM > a; hU>and liatf Mm of: Wkatdo tmmII 
yw ka%kf in*, atnak 7 

Ai*^ bit John raUtaff. 

#Vrf. Sir Joiia KalMaff '. 

JTra. i^^J^r. H, Im : I cM Mvcr bH on*! nam*. 
Tkai* laaark a 
aaA h* ! It )rer w 

Mr*. iS^ffc Unt yw laavt. rfr t I aaa tick, till 
I kar. (mMl Mr*. PaM 

/W. Um Pa* a7 hvaln* ? hailT^ 
luuk Im anjr ihuakinc f si. lby Im| 
MMaaTthMa. Uby. tkU bj wUI cany a lattv 

> kailt IM any nw > 
lby .iM^i bciialli 

Jfcaf. Paw*ll. my bearu : I will to m* haoMt 
kaisht Falstafr, and drtak canary with him. 

Ford. [AtU*.] I t 
wiB Ant with him i 


I Uiall drink in 

you CO, icratlo > 

U. Have with y<m, to laa 


AU. Have witky<m,toiatbUnMMlr. [k 
SCENE 111.-^ Rm^ in rori-% Bout. 
Smirr Mr*. Ford m4 Mri. Tage. 
Mrt. Fr4. VThtX, John ! what. Robert \ 
Mn. ^tg: gulckly, qaickl; : U the back-baa- 

Mr*, rmd. I wamiit: What, RoMa. I aay. 

ivaaty Milaa. a* aany a* a cannon, will 
hfaMk tvttl** Man. Ha fim em ml kia wtfiv^ to 
dtaatiMi i ka ! kar felly motlo and advaniM*. 
Md MV aka^ patac * mj wifc. and raUafl^TCy 
vHkkat. Aina*mavkwikUik*rrfactatk 
tiMll-Ml Pauur^ hby with kar l-iiMd plate : 

d am*ailad wtaakatadai. 

H aU I I UI taka 

ta ktoi, tkca tar- 
tna ny vUb. H*ck tka korravad tl aT modaaty 
frMi (ka M aaamtac MlMraa* P^^ dllsa Imc 
ktoHalf far a and wUfVU Aaimaa i and to 

Tka doak givaa ma my 
. w y ram a hW aiaa r ckuhawlikall 
ralaUlT: l*kallbaratkarrralMdlorihU.lkaa 
b ad : lor it U a* |)aati*c a tba aartb U firm, 
that PalMaiT te tkaca : 1 wUt a*. 

Snlfr Page. MkalWw. Slandar, Maal. Mr Uagb 
Evaaa, (alas. aW JUby. 

SkaL Pmtt, he. ^^'rll met. maatar Pard. 

r\r^. Tnut me. a good knot : 1 bivagood cbacr 
llMaa: and. I pray yo. ll ^ with ma. 

aUL 1 mart rscsM mytalf. aaaOar Ford. 
_ttaa. And fmmU I, tir; wa bare u>pointcd to 
aad I woaM not 

not break 
III apeak of. 
Wa bare Uagarad aboat a match batwacn 
Pag* aad my coaata bicadar, aad thU day w e 

Mra. t kape t bare yaar good will, father Page 
M4. Yoa have, maoar .sieadar i I Uad wholl; 

far yaa : bat my wifa. 

doctor, U for yoa 


oSm*. Ay. by gar : aad da maid b lo*e 
mj aanh-a iw>aickly idl lae to much. 

Bmt. Wbat aay yoa U yaaag matter Fanton ? he 
raawi, ka*t, ka bat eyaaof youtt 

youth, be write* 
^wnm, ka wia k i koiydav, be tmellt April and 
May : kavnfcarryXka viil carry*! ; *tU In hit bat- 
taaa: ka vUi carrjX 

tt0t by my eoaaeat, I promlic yoa. The 
kafaabarlag; bakcpi company with 
>Haca aad Palat; b it of too high a re 
giaa. kt kaawi taa amek. No, ka thall not knit a 
not In bla fbrtaaat with tha Anger of my tab^tance 
tf be take bar, lat klm taka kar kkapty : tka wealth 
I kave waiu aa my caaiaat, aad my cooaent goet 
aot that way. 

. Ffd. I kmaark yoa, kaartity, tome of toc go 
fcamt with laa ta dmner : btilrtm yoor cheer, yoa 
kaUkaeetport: 1 wiU tkow yoa a moatter .Mat 
far doctor, yoa tkall mnam tball you. m >ttcr 

SkmL Well, fan ya wall 
ftwr waatag at maatar PagaV 

have the 

JTra. Pmf, Caana, eatna. coma. 

Mr*. fWiL Hettr. art It dawa. 

JTra. Mage. Glta yaar ama tba ckarffa ; v maM 

Mr*, ktnl. Many, aa I told yoa bafara. Jakn. 
ad Rabert. ba roady kera katd by la tba brew. 
hoaM: and vkaa I aaddenly call yoa. come forth, 
aad (w Ub aat aay naaaaiar ilaggailng.) take thit 
baakot on yoar thoaMcrt : that done, trudge with it 
In all baata, aad carry It among tba whiutcrt in 
Aaickat NMad. and Ikaia empty it in tba muddy 
ditck. ciaM ky tka Tkaiaaa aid*. 

Mr*. Piijrai Voa will da U ? 

Mr*. Fortf. i katwtatd iham eir and aear : they 
lack no diiacttoai Ba goaa, aad caaw when yea 
are called. [ Rrru$U ScreaMa. 

Mr*. Prngi. Hare cooaea little Robin. 

BiUrr Robin. 

Jfra. I'bnrf. How now, my eyat-mutket ? what 
newt with yoa * 

"*. My matter. tIr John, come In at tour 
back-daar, mlaUait Ford ; and request your com- 

Mr*. Pag*. Yoa little Jack -a lent, hareyou been 
true to ut ? 

lUh. Ay, m be wom : My matter knowt not 
of yoar being here : and huth threatened to put me 
into eTerla>ting liberty, if I tell you of it : for, he 
twejirv, he'll mm me away. 

Wr.. /'ui-r. Thou'rt n itood boj ; thIt terrecv of 
thine thai! be a Ullor to thee, and khall make t'hre 
a naw doablat and boae I'll go hide ma. 

Jfra. Ftrd. Do to: Go tell thy matter, i am 
alena. Mlitrmi Page, rama m bei yoa yoar cue. 

[R^ Robin. 

ITrt. Pa;r*. I warrant thee; if I do not art it, 

hiu me. [ Kril Mrt. I'Mge. 

Mr. Fonf. f;o to then ; we'll ote lhl unwhole- 

tome humidity, thit grot* watery pumpion ; we'll 

teacb him to know turtlat f^om Jaya. 

Bnitr FalttafT. 

Fat. Hare / rangkl thee, m)i hrarmttf Jewel t 

Whi, now let me die, for I have lived long enough ; 

thit'it the period of my ambiUon ; O tbU blettcd 

>ur ; 

Mn. Ford. O iweet tir John ! 

Fal. Mittrew Ford, I cannot cog, I cannot prate, 

mlttreu Ford. Now >hall I tin in my with : I 

would thy hoband were deiid ; I'll tpcAk it before 

the bett lord, I would make thee my lady. 

Mrt. Ford. I your lady, tir John ! alat, I thould 
be a pitiful lady. 

Fal. Let the mn't of Tranrp .how ine such tn. 
ther ; 1 tec ho 
mond : Thou ' the 

brow, that her- 
or any tire of \ . 

Mr: Ford. A piain . my browt 

become itothing elte : t -her. 

Fa/. Thou art a tli J would'tt 

and Slander.! make an abtoluta courtier ; ana ire nrm fixture of 

Act 3. 



thy foot would give an excellent motion to thy gait,! Pal- I It've thee, and none but thee; help me 

In a semi-circled farthingale. I see what thou wert, away : let me creep inhere; I'll never 

if fortune thy foe were not; nature is thy friend. [He goes into lite bus/cet ; tliey cover him with foul linen. 
Come, thou canst not hide it. | Mrs. Puf^e. Help to cover your master, boy : Call 

Mrs. Ford. Believe me, there's no such thing m me. your men, mistress Ford : Vou dissembling knight : 

Fa/. What made me love thee ? let that persuade Mrs. Ford. What John, Robert, John! [Jixif 
thee, there's something- extraordinary in thee. Come Robin. Re-enter Servants.] Go take up these 
I cannot cog, and say, thou art this and that, like a clothes here, quickly ; Where's the cowl-staff? look, 
many of these lisping haw-thorn buds, that come how you drumble ; carry them to the laundress in 
like women in men's apparel, and smell like Buck- ; Datchet mead ; quickly, come, 
ler's-bury in simple-time; 1 cannot: but 1 lovel r./.- p_j TJor,o r,:,,, j c u i. t:. 
thee ; none but thee ; and thou deservest it. ^"'^"^ ^'^'^' ^^B^' Ca's, and Sir Hugh Evans. 

Mrs. Ford. Do not betray me, sir ; I fear, you | Ford. Pray you, come near : if I suspect without 
love mistress Page. i cause, why then make sport at me, then let me be 

Fal. Thou might'st as well say, I love to walk by your jest ; I deserve it. How now ? whither bear 
the Countei-gAte ; which is as hateful to me as the you this ? 

reek of a lime-kiln. 

Mrs. Ford. Well, heaven knows, how I love you 
and you shall one day find it. 

Fal. Keep in that mind; I'll deserve it. 

Mrs. Ford. Nay, I must tell you, so you do; o 
else I could not be in that mind" 

Serr. To the laundress, forsooth. 
Mrs. Ford. Why, what have you to do whither they 
bear it ? You were best meddle with buck-washing. 
Fotd. Buck ? I would I could wash myself of 
the buck ! Ruck, buck, buck? Ay, buck ; I war- 
rant you, buck ; and of the season too ; it shall ap- 
Rob. [n'itliiu.] Mistress Ford, mistress Ford! pear. [Exeunt Hervanta n-ith the basket.] Gentle- 
here's mistress Page at the door, sweating, and men, I have dreamed to night; I'll tell you my 
blowing, and looking wildly, and would needs speak dream. Here, here, here be my keys : ascend my 
with you presently. ; chambers, search, seek, find out : I'll warrant we'll 

Fat. She shall not see me; I will ensconce me unkennel the fox: Let me stop this way first : 
behind the arras. So, now uncape. 

Mrs. Ford. Pray you, do so : she's a very tattling 1 Paf^e. Good master Ford be contented : you 

[FalstafFAi</e# himseW 
Enter Mistress Page and Robin. 
What's the matter ? how now ? 

Mrs. Page. O mistress Ford, what have you done ? 
You're shamed, you are overthrown, you are undone 

for ever, 

Mrs. Ford. What 

Mrs. Paf^e. O well-a-day, mistress Ford ! having 
an honest man to your husband, to give him such 
cause of suspicion ! 

Mrs. Ford. What cause of suspicion ? 

Mrs. Page. What cause of buspicion ? Out up- 
on you ! how am I mistook in you ? 

Mrs. Ford. Why, alas ! what's the matter ? 

Mrs. Page. Your husband's coming hither, wo- 
man, with all theofhcers in Windsor, to search for 
a gentleman, that, he says, is here nowin the house, 
by your consent, to take an ill advantage of his ab- 
sence : You are undone. 

Mrs. Ford. Speak louder [Aside.] 'Tis not so, 
I hope. 

Mrs. Page. Pray heaven it be not so, that you 
have such a man here ; but 'tis most certain your 
husband's coming with half Windsor at his heels. 

wrong yourself too much. 

Ford. True, master Page Up, gentlemen ; you 
shall see sport anon : follow me, gentlemen, [p'xit. 

Eva. This is fery fantastical humours and jea- 

Cains. By gar, 'tis no de fashion of France : it is 

not jealous in France. 

the matter, good mistress j Page. Nay, follow him, gentlemen ; see the issue 

of his search. [Exeuni Evans, Page, awrf Caius 

yirs. Page. Is there not a double excellency in this ? 

Mrs. Ford. 1 know not which pleases me better, 
that my husband is deceived, or sir John. 

Mrs. Page. What a taking was he in, when your 
husband asked who was in the basket ! 

Mrs. Ford. 1 am half afraid he will have need of 
wasl :'!g ; so throwing him into the water will do 
him a benefit. 

Mrs. Page. Hang him, dishonest rascal ! I would 
all of the same strain were in the same distress. 

Mrs, Ford. I think my husband hath some spe- 
cial suspicion of Falstaff's being here ; for I never 
saw him so gross in his jealousy till now. 

Mrs. Page. 1 will lay a plot to try that : And we 
will yet have more iricks with Falstaff': his disso- 
lute disease will scarce obey this medicine. 

Mrs. Ford. Shall we send that foolish carrion. 

to search for such a one. I come before to tell you : mistress Quickly, to him, and excuse his throwing 
If you know yourself clear, why I am glad of it : 1 into the water ; and give him another hope, to be- 
but if you iiave a friend here, convey, convey him I tray him to another punishment ? 

out. Be not ama/ed ; call all your senses to you ; 
defend your reputation, or bid farewell to your 
good life for ever. 

Mrs. Ford. What shall I do ? There is a gentle- 
man, my dear friend; and I fear not mine own 
shame, so much as his peril : I had rather than a 
thousand pound, he were out of the house. 

Mrs. Page. For shame, never stand fjoit had ra- 
ther, and yon had rather ; your husband's here at 
hand, bethink you of some conveyance: in the 
house you cannot hide him O, how have you de- 
ceived me! Look, here is a basket; if he be of 
any reasonable stature, he may creep in here; and 
throw foul linen upon him, as if it were going to 
bucking : Or, it is whiting-time, send him by your 
two men to Datchet mead. 

Mrs. Ford. He's too big to go in there : What 
shall I do ? 

Page. \\ e'U do it ; let him be sent for to- 
eight o'clock, to have amends. 

Re-enter Ford, Page, Caius, and Sir Hugh Evans. 

Ford. 1 cannot find him : may be the knave 

bragged of that he could not compass. 
Mrs. Page. Heard you that? 
Mrs. Ford. Ay, ay, peace: You use me well, 
master Ford, do you ? 
Ford. Ay, I do so. 

Mrs. Ford. Heaven make you better than your 
thoughts ! 
Ford. Amen. 

Airs. Page. You do yourself mighty wrong, mas- 
ter Ford. 

Ford. Ay, ay ; I must bear it. 
Era. If there be any pody in the house, and in the 
chambers, and in the coffers, and in the presses, 
I heaven forgive my sins at the day of judgment ! 
Caius. By gar, nor I too ; dere is no bodies. 

^^see't: Pug-e. Fie, fie, master Ford! are you not ashamed? 

I'll in, I'll in; follow yourfriend's counsel ; I'll in. I What spirit, what devil suggests this imagination ? 
Mrs. Page. What! Sir John FalstaflF! Are these 1 1 would not have your distemper in this kind, for 
your letters, knight ? the wealth of Windsor Castle. 

Re-enter Falstaflf. 
Fat. Let me see't, let me see't ! O let 


Act 3. 

OiMa, mmm, watt te dw 
Ml f ttl iMMiAnr awkr . 
k tfw tlilt C I, - 


^ag*. Lad aa te. aaiit 
M aaak IteT I aV>t . 
lag M mj kmmm M fefafefc*t ; After. c 11 > bud tnc 
McailMri llMTatoalMk Car tbabaikt Xtefl 
U bai*/ 

^Wrf. Am UiUi. 

>i. If dww U mm, 1 than Maka tva la tfM 

Tijaa. If Ihara ka aaa ar twa. I 
aa. la yr taaCk t fcr Aana. 
Mnf . rtay yaa fa> aia a tr Faca. 
Saa. I fain yaa aa, laaiia ifc taa ra 

ila will maintala jroa Ilka a gvntlavoatan. 
\<. that 1 will, coma cat and long-UiU 
' r of a liqulra. 
I maka yoa a handrrd and fiAy 

^ud tiiaalat Shallow, let blia voo for 

Many, I dMak jaa fcr It ; I thank 70a for 
.od eaaafHt. MMcatla jou.cea: 111 Imtc 

Amm Nov, maalaf rHaaaar* 

.vira. Now. good laliwaw Aaaa. 

Amat. U'hai la yaat will P 

Mrs. Mj wlU ? 'd> kaanling*. tbari a prrti; 
latt. ladai d ! I mtTwr auda my will ;rt. I thank 
lnaaw I I aa* aal aach a rickl; craatara. I (ia 

Amm,. I mm 
nth ro ? 
si*. TtI;. 

w W aada r , what wonid ;o 

r awa part, I woald lilUa or 
" anUa, hara 

la l a ette w i : tf ll ha aiy lack, m : if aat, happy 
i ha Ma data I Tkay caa Ml ]ri haw thti^ g*. 

Sm. Ipaai yaa aaw, laaiiaihraara la aia t tiw baciar *aM I eaa i Yaa aMy a* yoar takar t 
aa *a laaqr kaaaa, adaa haat. .haoaMaa. 

1 aaakaahad M aaly ^liT waalth 1 

BMdwttaw.a(lMrhan ha lay* hatha* awt 

My riato part, aiy wild aacMlaa : 

Aad MOa aaa. Ite a thtag h apaariWa 

2 ilMaid lava tliaa, hat aa a pmpatty, 

Aaa*. May ha, ha taOa ywi tiaa. (raaia ! 

ftrnL Ka, haavM le cpaad aM la aiy Omm la 
Alhait, I will confhM. thy Mhaf% waaitt 
Wa Mm tm aMtii* that 1 waa>i tkaa. Aaaa: 
Vat, w n ia g thaa. I CMUid thaa afaMia valaa 
Ttea main la ald. ar anaa la aaalad hH> I 
Aad 11a iha aary tldMa afthyaalf 
That aaw 1 alaa at. 


Mm. Na,ha ihall aatdtaaay mm: I can no 
ftr Hm>. hat that I aai atmd. 

a<r*. Hark ya: aualar Naadar woald tpaak 1 
waad wHhyaa. 

Ammt. I canta ta him This It cay fcthcrH 
O. what a warld af ana lll-fcToarM bait* [choica. 
la thraa haadrcd poaada a yaar ! 
ad auMtar Paatoa ? Pray 
I yaa. 

a har, coa. O boy. thoa 

Anna ; my uncle 
eaa Mil yaa faad jaMa af hiai : Pray too. ancle, 
tall ai K iaM Aaaa tha JaM, hew my father rtolc 
twagaaw aat af a paa, gaad aada. 

tk a f . Miiirm Aaaa, aiy eoaala lore* roa. 

Mia. Ay, du* i da ; aa wdl aa I le*c any wi 

la or 

iw?aa a aM, Bi aa l a r 

' I Mmm m rata, whallaw, aad I 

Qwrk. ffpaak la adatraw Paaa. 

Pka/. Oaed aUatnaa Paga, far dMt I laea yoar 


la aach a itglitaaaa Awhloa a* t da, 

Parftaca, agalaat all chacks. rabakaa. aad laanaart, 

I aiaat alraaca tha eoiaan of oty loa, 

Aad aat rattra : Lat m hara yoar good wl 

Aaaa. <iaad BMthar, do aot marry ma to yond' 

JTra. Pm^|*. I maan It not : I teck you a battrr 

Qwkk, That't my manter, master doctor. 

Aaae. Alaa, I had rather be tet quick i' tha aarth. 
And hawl'd ta daath with turnip*. 

JTra. rg*. Cama. trouble not yoanalf : Good 
aMatar Paaton, 
I will not ba yoar ftland, nor enemr : 
My daachter will I qnaatioa how alia loaaa yea. 
And a* I find her, M am I aflbctad; 
Till then, farewell, air : Sha laaat aeada go in ; 
liar (kthcr will ba aoKry. 

[RjtumI Mr. Page amtl Anne. 

Feut. Farewell, ganlle mlatrcaa : farrweil. Nan. 

Qmick. ThU U my dolnie now ; Nay, aald t, will 
yoa caa away your child on a Cool, aad a phyaician ? 
Laok OB matter Fenton : this la aiy dateg. 

FmL I thank thaa ; aad I pray thaa, aac* 
TJiramy tweet N'aa thit ring: Tban^ltarthy i 

Quiek. Now heaven tend thaa good foatur 
kind heart he hath : a woman woald ran thi! .. 
fire and water for ach a kind iMsart. Bat yet, I 
would my matter had mbtrrw Anna; or I wa 
master Slender had her ; or. In tooth, I woald ma*, 
ter Fenton had har : I arlll do what I can for them 
all three; for to I hara pfamltad, aad III he ai 
good at my word ; hat tpadooaly fer maatcr Fra- 
lon. Well'. I matt af aaothar arrand te air .'nhn 
Faltiatr ttom my two mittraataa ; What a hcatt ara 
I to tlack it ? [Exit. 

Act 3. 



SCENE V A Romn in the Garter Inn. 

Enter TaXstafC and Bardolph. 

Fal. Bardolph, I say, 

Bard. Here, sir. 

Fal. do fetch me a quart of sack ; put a toast 
In't. [Exit Bard.] Have I lived to he carried in a 
basket, like a barrow of butcher's offal ; and to be 
thrown into the Thames ? \\'ell, if I be served 
such another trick, I'll have my brains ta'en out, 
and butter'd, and give them to a dog for a new 
year's gift. The rogues slighted me into the river 
with as little remorse as they would have drowned 
a bitch's blind puppies, fifteen i' the litter : and you 
may know by my size, that I have a kind of alacrity 
in sinking ; if the bottom were as deep as hell, 1 
should down. I had been drowned, but that the 
shore was shel vy and shallow ; a death that I abhor ; 
for the water swells a man ; and what a thing 
should I have been, when I had been swelled ! 1 
should have been a mountain of mummy. 

Re-enter Bardolph, vith the mine. 

Bard. Here's mistress Quickly, sir, to speak with 

Fal. Come, let me pour in some sack to the 
Thames water ; for my belly's as cold as if I had 
swallowed snow-balls for pills to cool the reins. 
Call her in. 

Bard. Come in, woman. 

Enter Mri, Ouickly. 

Quick. By your leave; I cry you mercy: Give 
your worship good-morrow. 

Fal. Take aw^y these chalices : Go, brew me a 
pottle of sack finely. 

Bard. With eggs, sir ? 

Fal. Simple of itself ; I'll no puUet-sperm in my 
brewage [Exit Bardolph.] How now ? 

Quick. Marry, sir, I come to your worship from 
mistress Ford.- 

Fal. Mistress Ford ! I have had ford enough . I 
was thrown into the ford : I have my belly full of 

Quick. Alas the day! good heart, that was not 
her fault : she does so take on with her men ; they 
mistook their erection. 

Fal. So did I mine, to build upon a foolish wo- 
man's promise. 

Quick. Well, she laments, sir, for it, that it 
would yearn your heart to see it. Her husband 
goes this mbrning a birding ; she desires yon once 
more to come to her between eight and nine ; I 
must carry her word quickly : she' U make you 
amends, I warrant you. 

Fal. Well, I will visit her : Tell her so ; and bid 
her think what a man is : let her consider his 
frailty, and then judge of my merit. 

Quick. I will tell her. 

Fal. Do so. Between nine and ten, say'st thou ? 

Quick. Eight and nine, sir. 

Fal. Well, be gone : I will not miss her. 

Quick. Peace be with you, sir. [Exit. 

Fal. I marvel, I hear not of master Brook ; he 
sent me word to stay within : I like his money well. 
O here he comes. 

Enter Ford. 

Ford. Bless you, sir ! 

Fal. Now, master Brook ? you come to know 
what hath passed between me and Ford's wife. 

Ford. That, indeed, sir John, is my business. 

Fal. Master Brook, I will not lie to you ; I was 
at her house the hour she appointed me. 

Ford. And how sped you, sir ? 

Fal. Very ill-favouredly, master Brook. 

Ford. How so, sir H Did she change her deter- 
mination ? 

Fal. No, master Brook ; but the peaking cor- 
nuto her husband, master Brook, dwelling in a con- 
tinual 'larum of jealousy, comes me in the instant 

of our encounter, after we had embraced, kissed, 
protested, and, as it were, spoke the prologue of 
our comedy ; and at his heels a rabble of his com- 
panions, thither provoked and instigated by his dis- 
temper, and forsooth, to search his house for his 
wife's love. 

Ford. AVhat, while you were there ? 

Fill. While I was there. 

Ford. .\nd did he search for you, and could not 
find you ? 

Fal. You shall hear. As good luck would have 
it, comes in one mistress Page ; gives intelligence 
of Ford's approach ; and, by her invention and 
Kord's wife's distraction, they conveyed me into a 

Ford. .\ buck-bisket ! 

Fal. By the Lord, a buck -basket: rammed me in 

ith foul shirts and smocks, socks, foul stockings, 
and greasy napkins ; that, master Brook, there was 
the rankest compound of villainous smell, that ever 
offended nostril. 

Ford. And how long lay you there? 

Fal. Nay, you shall hear, master Brook, what I 
have suffered to bring this woman to evil for your 
good. Being thus crammed in the basket, a couple 
of Ford's knaves, his hinds, were called forth by 
their mistress, to carry me in the name of foul 
clothes to Datchet-lane : they took me on their 
shoulders ; met the jealous knave their master in 
the door ; who asked them once or twice what they 
had in their basket : I quaked for fear, lest the lu- 
natic knave would have searched it ; but fate, or- 
daining he should be a cuckold, held his hand. 
Well : on went he for a search, and away went I 
for fonl clothes. But mark the sequel, master 
Brook : I sufiered the pangs of three several deaths : 
first, an intolerable fright, to be detected with a 
jealous rotten bell-wether: next, to be compassed, 
like a good bilbo, in the circumference of a peck, 
hilt to'point, heel to head : and then, to be stopped 
in, like a strong diiitillation, with stinking clothes 
that frettetl in their own grease : think of that, 
a man of my kidney, think of that : that am as 
subject to heat, as butter ; a man of continual dis- 
solution and thaw ; it was a miracle, to 'scape suf- 
focation. And in the height of this bath, when I 
was more than half stewed in grease, like a Dutch 
dish, to be thrown into the Thames, and cooled> 
glowing hot, in that surge, like a horse-shoe ; 
think of that, hissing hot, think of that, master 

Ford. In good sadness, sir, I am sorry that for 
my sake you have suffered all this. My suit then is 
desperate; you'll undertake her no more. 

Fat. Master Brook, I will be thrown into Etna, 
as I have been into Thames, ere I will leave her 
thus. Her husband is this morning gone a birding: 
I have received from her another embassy of meet- 
ing; 'twixt eight and nine is the hour, Master 
Ford. 'Tis past eight already, sir. 
Fal. Is it ? I wiil then address me to my ap- 
pointment. Come to me at your convenient leisure, 
and you shall know how I speed ; and the con- 
clusion shall be crowned with your enjoying her : 
Adieu. You shall have her, master Brook; master 
Brook, Tou shall cuckold Ford. [Exit. 

Ford.Bam'. ha! is this a vision? is this a 
dream ? do I sleep ? Master Ford, awake ; awake, 
master Ford ; there's a hole made in your best coat, 
master Ford. This 'tis to be married ! this 'tis to 
have linen, and buck-baskets ! Well, I will pro- 
claim myself what I am : I will now take the 
lecher ; he is at my house : he cannot 'scape me ; 
'tis impossible he should; he cannot creep into a 
halfpenny purse, nor into a pepper-box ; but, lest 
the devil that guides him should aid him, I will 
search impossible places. Though what I am I 
cannot avoid, yet to be what I would not, shall not 
make me tame : if I have horns to make one mad, 
let the proverb go with me, I'll be horn mad. 


MERRY Wl\Li ui \\L\_iUi:. 

Att 4 


Cater 1tr%. Vh*. '^ Q>iMtly> WIUIhb. 

Mn. A^r^ ! W M 


N W. FocMotfk, 1 ba* foffOl. 

M. It k H. Inr, itw : if jm IhrgM ywr i ^ 
MW Am, md yMT Mrff, y nwt be prwchci.. 
U TOW v]t, and pUy. (. 

^titk. ftm W b Iqr iM*i r will to ftmmmkj i 
kat mix Ih t av; cMwaMMM matf. abwit hU 
UuwvlM iNia Um vMar. MMnM Fanl 4mttm 

. A^. Ill to witk bOT ky aod by : 111 bi 
totof ay 9w) MM tow teichaoli LMk, vtora 

a<r r Hack BraM. 

liow M. air Hali ? MMtoall4a9> 
*. K*( MMNtataaiarktokdMtoyalaaf*** 

<Hi* BtoiiagrMatoan! 

. f^*. Mi H^. m; iiii I ait mm ay mm 
fTCftto Mditec te tto M at M* baA i 1 yvay 
yaa. k M fMMiMa te hU aecMMM. 

Mwm. H 

VUI. TV*. 

aM. Tmly , I b w ^ * to4 baaw mm 

baM a*t Cktoar tMagi 
Cm. Yaa an a ry ilaMlltltj ^mmb i I any 

. AMlbllaalaM^nillaM> 

Cm. N*. U h lafte t I Tfttf yaa inMbf h 

inE LaH*. 

M. Ttot U fo4. WUllam. Wtot U to. W'll 
lMi^ (bat dM* told artWtOT ? 

irM. Articte an bortvvad of Ito pronowa j and 


Caa. I pay yaa. to yawx t a w aw toi 

lacaaatfawt *<iv ^"tt ^'t' 
9mkk. Hhg b Lattefov baoam I vamM 

Tm. Laata Toor paaUlaa. l aa w i a Wtot la Ito 

Ktm. Ha la a gaad apt^ BMaaor; 

Mr*. fJfS!' Adtoi. gaad tir Hsfh. [KmU Mr 

ll|[h.] Oat ya tooM. toy. CMm, va ataj 

w laa. [Msmmi. 

SCBKB IX 4 JiMM a rardS *. 
airfar Pataarad JTrt. Faitd. 
Fiil. MMtaM Fard. jtmr tamn luth aataa mp 
my l a llVi aBc a : I tm, vaa art abttaataaa to yawr 
lava, aad I mo*m ranltal laa tolr'sbraMitb ; not 
MOy. MtoTM VWd. fa tto rfmFU aflkw af lr. 
tot to all Ito arcaatraaBant. cainrtonanl,ad cara- 
mttn tt H. Bat ara ya mh* af yaw haabaad 

Mr- r^r*, Ha^ a MrdbHt, awaat tlr Jaha. 
Mn. rm^. [irittto.] %Ftotkaa. gawlp Fafd I 
Mr*. If*. Bmr tola Ito ctoabar, dr Jaiia. 

JtatoJTfa. Plwib 
mn. Av. How n&m, vm^vthmnf lio-< 
ama baalda ym>r>tf ^ 

Mn. fWd. MThy, naa bal oMaa an paaplf . 
mn. f^^r*. ladaad > 
Mr*. rw4. fU, canatoly i B yaab loadar. 

mn. fmgi^ Traty, I am aa glad yaa toataabady 

Mn. r*r4. Wliy ? 

Mn. fmgt. Wto, waaMa, yaar 

bto aid taaaa agala t to ta takat 

a mnaii *ll E*^ dahtrT, of wXkt cawptobaa 
oaaari aad aa baflbo btm*air an tto fetatoad. 
/ ttot any rn ad wa w, t arar 
bat Uisna, civility, and 
toawiliw to b la aaar i I am 
glad tto Ibt bnlfto to aat tora. 
Mn. fWd. Why, daw to talk aTbim ? 
Mn. I>mg. or aaaa tot btai t aad awaan, to 
a* carrlad aof , tto laM ilata to iia rtb id far blai, 
to a bakat : arotaaia la aiy baaband, to ! naw tola I 
aad balb drawn btai aad Ito rtat af thalr aaaaaaaa 
fkM Itolr Mart, la aia to anattor axpaftaMat C Ma 
wpliilawt bat I am glad tto kai^ b aa* tora i 
aaw toAaU wabbawaltolary. 
Mn. rrd. Haw fMr U to, mlatrrw Paga> 
Jgia. A. Hard by : at ctrcat and ; to will to 
Mn, Fori, t am andana ! Ito kalght b k^r- 
Mr: Parr. \tltT tton yoa ara attcity adi*- 
aad to** tot a daaid man. What a womms arr 
Away aith him, away with btai ka it a r >>< 

JTra. fww' Wblch way iboaM to ga? tow 
baaU I toaiaw him ? SbaU I pat btoi tola tto 

Rt-nftr Fabtair. 
Fmt. No, ni ram* no more I' tto baiAatt Mar 

I not go oat ere to come ? 

Mn. Part. Alaa, tbtaa tt mmmm Paid<k hr<a- 
^aitk. Yaa da ViX la laark tto child rach worda : I ih*n watch the daar wHh p biab , *at aaaa *a 

Fmt. Mltat ttoll I do? Ill craap aplbla tto 

Mn. Fard. There they alwaya aaed ta dlMharire 
tbair biiding |Hece : Craap late tto Mln4>oie. 

F^. Where i> it > 

JTra. ftoW. Ha will aaak there, on my word. 
Kaitbar ptaaa, eakr, dMM, tiwak, waU, vault, bat 
to bath aa afcauart Ito tba i amaia ki aa n af aacb 

Act 4. 



places, and goes to them by his note : There is no 
hiding you in the house. 

lull. I'll go out then. } 

Mrs. Page. If you go out in your own semblance, ' 
you die, sir John. Unless you go out disguised, ; 

Sirs. Ford. How might we disguise him ? | 

Mrs. Pui;e. Alas the day, I know not. There Is^ 
no woman's gown big enough for him ; otherwise, j 
he might put on a hat, a muffler, and a kerchief, 
and so escajje. 

Fal. Good hearts, devise something : any extre- 
mity, rather than a mischief. 

Mrs. Ford. My maid's aunt, the fat woman of 
Brentford, has a gown above. 

Mrs. Paire. On my word, it will serve him ; she's 
as big as he is : and there's her thrum'd hat, and 
lier muffler too : Run up, sir John. 

jl/i-.s. Ford. Go, go, sweet sir John : mistress Page 
snd I, will look some linen for your head. 

Mrs. Page. Quick, quick ; we'll come dress you 
straight : put on the gown the while. 

[Exit Falstatr. 

Mrs. Ford. I would, my husband would meet 
liim in this shape : he cannot abide the old woman 
of Brentford ; he swears, she's a witch ; forbade her 
my house, and hath threatened to beat her. 

Mrs. Page. Heaven guide him to thy husband's 
cudgel ; and the devil guide his cudgel afterwards ! 

Mrs. Ford. But is mV husband coming ? 

Mrs. Page. Ay, in good sadness, is he ; and he 
talks of the bsisket too, howsoever he hath had in- 

Mrs. Ford. M'e'Il try tliat ; for I'll appoint my 
men to carry the basket again, to meet him at the 
door with it, as they did last time. 

Mrs. Page. Xay, but he'll be here presently : let's 
go dress him like the witch of Brentford. 

Mrs. Ford. I'll first direct my men, M-hat they 
shall do with the basket. Go up, I'll bring linen 
for him straight. [Exit. 

Mrs. Page. Hang him, dishonest varlet ! we can- 
not misuse him enough. 

We'll leave a proof, by that which we will do. 

Wives may be' merry, and yet honest too : 

We do not act, that often jest and laugh ; 

Tis old but true. Still sivine eat all the draff. [Exit. 

Re-enter Mrs. Ford, mith tti'o Servants. 

Mrs. Ford. Go, sirs, take the basket again on 

your shoulders ; your master is hard at door ; if he 

bid you set it down, obey him : quickly, despatch. 


1 Serv. Come, come, take it up. 

2 Serv. Pray heaven, it be not full of the knight 

1 Seru. I hope not ; Ihadaslief bear so much lead. 

Enter Ford, Page, Shallow, Caius, and Sir Hugh 


Ford. Ay, but if it prove true, master Page, have 
you any way then to unfool me again ? Set down 

the basket, villain : Somebody call my wife : 

Vou, youth in a basket, come out here ! O, you 
panderly rascals ! there's a knot, a ging,a pack, a 
conspiracy against me ; .N'ow shall the devil be 
shamed. What ! wife, I say ! come, come forth ; be- 
hold what honest clothes you send forth to bleaching 

Page. 'WTiy, this passes ! Master Ford, you are 
not to go loose any longer ; you must be pinioned. 

Eva. AVhy, this is lunatics ! this is mad as a mad 

Shal. Indeed, master Ford, this is not well : in- 

Enter Mrs. Ford. 

Ford. So say I too, sir Come hither, mistress 
Ford ; mistress Ford, the honest woman, the modest 
wife, the virtuous creature, that hath the jealous 
fool to her husband .'I suspect without cause, 
mistress, do I ? 

Mrs. Ford. Heaven be my witness, you do, if you 
f uspect me in any dishonesty'. 

Ford. Well said, brazen-face ; hold it out. 

Come forth, sirrah. 

[Pulls the clothej out of the basket. 

Page. This passes ! 

Mrs. Ford. Are you not ashamed ? let the clothes 

Ford. I shall find you anon. 

Eva. 'Tis unreasonable ! Will you take up your 
w^ife's clothes ? Come away. 

Ford. Empty the basket, I say. 

Mrs. Ford. Why, man, why, 

Ford. Master Page, as I am a man, there was one 
conveyed out of my house yesterday in this basket 
'Why may not he be there again ? In my house I 
am sure he is : my intelligence is true ; my jealousy 
is reasonable: Pluck me out all the linen. 

Mrs. Ford. If you find a man there, he shall die 
a flea's death. 

Page. Here's no man. 

Shall. By my fidelity, this Is not well, master 
Ford; this wrongs you. 

Eiir. Master Ford, you must pray, and not fol- 
low the imaginations of your own heart: this in 

Ford. Well, he's not here I seek for. 

Page. No, nor no where else, but in your brain. 

Ford. Help to search my house this one time : if 
I find not what I seek, show no colour for my ex- 
tremity, let me for ever be your table-sport ; let 
them siy of me. As jealous as" Ford, that searched 
a hollow walnut for his wife's leman. Satisfy me 
once more ; once more search with me. 

Mrs. Ford. What boa, mistress Page ! come you, 
and the old woman, down ; my husband will come 
into the chamber. 

Ford. Old wom .n ! MTiat old woman's that ? 

Mrs. Ford. Why, it is my maid's aunt of Brent- 

Ford. A witch, a quean, an old co/.ening quean '. 
Have I not forbid her my house ? She comes of 
errands, does she ? We are simple men ; we do 
not know what's brought to pass under the profes- 
sion of fortune-telling. She works by charms, by 
spells, by the figure, and such daubery as this is"; 

beyond our element : we know nothing. Come 

down, you witch, you hag you ; come down I say. 

Mrs. Ford. Nay, good, sweet husband ; good 
gentlemen, let him not strike the old woman. 
Enter FalstafT in rvomen's clothes, led by Mrs. Page. 

Mrs. Page. Come, mother Prat, come, give me 
your hand. 

Ford. I'll prat her : Out of my door, you 

witch, [beats him.] you rag, you baggage, you pole- 
cat, you ronyon ! out ! out ! I'll conjure you, I'll 
fortune-tell you. [Exit 'Falstaff. 

Mrs. Page. Are you not ashamed ? I think, you 
have killed the poor woman. 

Mrs. Ford. Nay, he will do it : 'Tis a goodly 
credit for you. 

Ford. Hang her, witch I 

Eva. By yea and no, I think, the 'oman is a 
witch indeed : I like not when a 'oman has a great 
peard ; I spy a great pearil under her muffler. 

Ford. Will you follow, gentlemen ? I beseech you, 
follow ; see but the issue of my jealousy : if I cry 
out thus upon no trail, never trust me when I open 

Page. Let's obey his humour a little further : 
Come, gentlemen. 

[Exeunt Page, Ford, Shallow, and Evans. 

Mrs. Page. Trust me, he beat him most pitifully. 

Mrs. Ford. Nay, by the mass, that he did not : 
he beat him most unpitifully, methought. 

Mrs. Page. I'll have the cudgel hallowed, and 
hung o'er the altar ; it hath done meritorious ser- 

Mrs. Ford. 'What think you ? May we, with the 
warrant of womanhood, and the witness of a good 
conscience, pursue him with any further revenge? 

Mrs. Page. The spirit of wantonness is, sure, 
scared out of him ; if the devil have him not in fee- 


ifciA,l dw way ttt wmim, itiiwn . 
' ~ Mtt Mr >bTi Imw 

I tf It h* tat to 
MniWtlwifWWMiaryMirlMMkMd^bralM. If 
tiMy to la thtir iMtfU, Uw mmt aakrnMM 
m kakdM ilMll W My AmMr iBUi, t 
vfllMdiW Uw mil - 
Jlrfc #W^ 111 

m^ fag*. rwM, to ilM 

M M IM* dOagi cMl. 
9CKKU lilwlitoMtoltoUwM 
>rr Hl W BwWrik 

MM*. HlMt *iW tlMaM dM kr, 

rfly I hmr Ml aT kta to 

|Mk wlib tk* gUiw u a i tiM 

AotI. a*, tir; 111 mUI i1mi toTM. 

U-i. Tlw} tbalt kAw toy Iton* : hl 111 *t 

ill MM* llMto I ilMy M hU My 

I cMMMad s I ka fi a>4 avay 

WTl 111 MM* 



Act 4 

villi u. 

AMir rt^B, rmi4. Mn. fi**. JTm. FmA. W 

M. Tte MM af dw rwl 4lMnUaM r 'MM 

i ;^ A a< 4kA tm Mii4 yM ktk Umm totton i 

Mr^ fWrw Wlikta ummmtmalm Imv. 
#b>W. rJMiiw Mc, wUb: UMMtetk 4 wiM 
tlM wllti 
1 tMlwr UI MMfwl Um mm with eoM. 

TiMadMtWilll WMMMMM: MWMklllykMOT 

la kiM IkM Wto Vt lto M kOTVttck. [MMltf, 

Aw*. Tte w aU.-U * wail ; m . 


Yd MM* afato, to Maka a iMkUck tmmt, 
Aaaak u a MaailM wlik ikia aM Srt MIew, 
Wkan wa Mvtoka Um. mat i ll ag ra aa klM far It. 
Mm<. TImn b M kaltor way Ikaa ikat tkay 

A*. Haw I to tmd him ward tlM:rll Maal kin 
fankaytkatartdalglm a.flas kaliMvarcMM. 

Cm. Vaaay,kakMkaaathtwfaitoikarian: 
aai feaa kaaa griaraaUy yaa t aw, m aa old 'oanaa ; 
rt >kal4 ka lTr la kiM, tkal ha 

> aU tka alaw ttaaa. at aau Midalgkt, 
1 tlMva ka Maala tka tna. aad toka Uw 



Aad MakM alkk.kkM yWd Mood, aad tkaka* a 

la a awat kl d i t aad ii M dl kl MMnncr : 'chain 

Yaa kava kaaid of aack a afMt : aad well yon know , 

Tka aapantltioaa 

far a tnith. 
la ifitpttwAAt to walk ky da Samt aak : 
m>^ritd. Marry, tkb la aardarlca: 

Tkal Palkiiff-ai that aak ikall i 

Ut^U. <>(kki 

,1^' badoaktadkat kail coma. 

Ad In ! .. i.a yaa kata kraaskt him 

Wtet ik^'w^aM witti kim wkat la yoar plot 7 
. '^^^ Tkal UkawiM ka w* dto^kt apoa. 
aad tkaat 
Naa ^t^ a daagkMr, aai aw Utda aea, 

Aad taWii la tkalrkaadi; aaanataddaa 
A. rahtoC ka, aad I. ara a^ I^IIT^' 
I at tkan ftan fank a MW.pli rath at aaea 
Whk mm d i akmd mmm i aponthair rigkl. 
M> two la graat >Maa r daiw will Ny : 
Tkaa lot Uiam all aadrrW klm aboat. 
Aad r ttvlika. to pfawk Uw aMiaaa kalgkti 
Aad aa IUm. wky, Uwi kaar af Adry iwTVi. 
la Uwtr M Mctad paUw k* daiaa w troMl. 
la ikapa prateaa> 

*rfc rwtl. Aad tUI ka Ian Uw truth, 

tt tka 11 m i MHm ptodi kiM aaaad. 
Aad kata^M wMk dwIriMm. 

Mr,. Pmg,. Tka mrtk kataf kaown, 

M>-ll all aiaNataaiwIvaai dU^wta tkaiplrit, 
Aad mark klM kaaa to U lad^w. 
"^ Iha chlldrm movt 

wall to lhl. or thrvll ne'er dot. 
I III tmaeh tka children' Ihetr britavloan . 
^r a jackaa-apw alM, to bam tha 

ill be axcallant. Ill go bay them 

'"mi^'ftw. My Naa (kail ha Uw ^aaaa af alt the 

Fkwly attlrad la a roba of whito. [fatriea. 

Aw*. That mk will I go bay t-aad la that tima 

WwUiiiiir Wl aada r ataal My Naa away. (AtU*. 

Uaa. O*. MBd to Falttalrr 

Mad. Nay. lUtoklMacala.laaaMaarBrook: 
^Mta, kali caa. 

JTra. Mwt. Paar aat yoa that : tie, gat aa pro- 
Aad trleklac far oar fkiricv [iMrUaa, 

JTm. Lot a* akaat It : It U admlrabia i 
aad faay kaaaal kaavarlak 

[Rmrnt Paga, Ford, mmd Er 

JTra. Awe. Go, mtttrm Pm3, 
flaad falAly to tr Jokn, to know hi* mind. 

[Krit mn.roKA. 
in to Uw doctor : he hath my eood will, 
Aad aaaakat ka, to marry with Nan Page. 
Tkat Wiw. tkoagh wall landed, U an Idiot : 
Aad ka air kaakaJF kaa of all aflkcu : 
Tlw factor te wtU awaayd. and kU Mendt 
Pilaat at eaart i ka. aaaa bat ha, ikall have her, 
Tlwagk tweaiy thooaaad wortklar ooma to crave 
kar. [&ril. 

SCENE v. i itoMa <a th* Garter laa. 
alrr HoM mmd Simple. 

HW. Mliat woaldst thou hare, hoar? wkat, 
tkick ikla; apeak, breathe, dlMUM; krla<^ ikort, 
qairk, anap. 

Sim. Marry, tir, I come to ipaak wlik Sir John 
PalatalTfrom matter Mender. 

Ut, There't his chamber, hb kaaaa, kte cntl% 
kit itaadlnit bed. aAd trvrkle bad: lit pakMai 
aboat with the ttor; of the prodigal, mdt aadaawi 
(;. haork and call ; hell tncak like an ^attfopa 
fkagimiam unto thcc : KlMx;!, I Hy 

MOT. Theie'i aa old woman, a Cnt wooiaa, gaaa 
up into hi* chamber; 111 be to bold M stay, air, 
till Uw cone dwa ; I cotna to tpcak with kar, 

Hatt. Ha! a fat woMaa! Uw knl|tht ma; be 
robbed: 111 call. Bally knight! Ball; air John ! 
peak (rem Iky lai^ military : Art thoa Uwra ? It 
it thine boat, tkiaa Epheaian, ealU. 

/W. [a*Me.] How now, mine bo&t > 

^cl 4. 



Host Here's a Bohemian-Tartar tarries the com- knight j I am undone : fly, run, hue and cry, vil- 
inK down of thy fat woman; Let her descend, lain ! I am undone : j j , v, 

bully, let her descend; my chambers are honour- 1 [Exe< Host and Bardolph. 

able Fye ! privacy ? fve ! I ""l- ^ ^^^^' " *^^ world might be cozened ; 

able. rye. pnvatj . i.c i ^^^ ^ ^^^^ ^^^^ cozened, and beaten too. If it 

Enter FalstafT. ' should come to the ear of the court, how I have 

been transformed, and how my transformation 

Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman, jj^jf, j^gg^ cashed and cudgeled, they would melt 

even now with me ; but she's gone. _ n,e out of my fat, drop by drop, and liquor fisher- 

Siin. I'ray you, sir, was't not the wise woman of mgn-j boots with me ; I warrant, they would whip 

Brentford ? me with their 6ne wits, till I were as crest-fallen 

Fill. Ay, marry, was it, muscle-shell ; What as a dried pear. I never prospered since 1 for- 

would you with her ? swore myself at primero. Well, if my wind were 

Sim. My master, sir, my master Slender, sent to ^ut long enough to say my prayers, I would re- 

her, seeing her go through the streets, to know, pgt 

sir whether one Nvm, sir, that beguiled him of a . ^ ^ . ,., 

ch^in.had'hechain.'orno. ^ . I Enter Mistre., Qy^.Mj. 

Fal. I spake with the old woman about it. | j^^^ i whence come you ? 

Sim. And what says she, I pray, sir ? i Quick. From the two parties, forsooth. 

Fal. Marry, she says, that the very same man, , |^/ 'j>j,g dg^ii take one party, and his dam the 

that beguiled master Slender of his chain, cozened I other, and so they shall be both bestowed ! I have 

him of it. _ 1 suffered more for their sakes, more, than the vil- 

Sim. I would, I could have spoken with the lainous inconstancy of man's disposition is able to 

woman herself ; I had other things to have spoken i,gar. 

with her too, from him. j Quick. And have not they suffered ? Yes, I war- 

Fa?. Mhat are they ? let us know. I rant ; speciously one of them ; mistress Ford, good 

Host. Ay, come; quick. | heart, is beaten black and blue, that you c.nnot 

Sim. I may not conceal them, sir. { gg^ a white spot about her. 

Fal. Conceal them, or thou diest. I pal. What tell'st thou me of black and blue? 

Sim. Why, sir, they were nothing but about I j ^as beaten myself into all the colours of the 

mistress Anne Page ; to know- if it were my mas- ' rainbow ; and I was like to be apprehended for the 

ler's fortune to have her, or no. witch of Brentford ; but that my admirable dex- 

Fal. 'Tis, 'tis his fortune. j terity of wit, my counterfeiting the action of an 

Sim. What, sir ? i old woman, deliver'd me, the knave constable had 

Fal. To have her, or no Go; say, the woman I ^g^ ^^ j. tj,e stocks, i' the common stocks, for a 

told me so. I witch. 

Sim. May I be so bold to say so, sir ? Quick. Sir, let me speak with you in your cham- 

Fal. Ay, sir Tike ; who more bold ? ber : you shall hear how things go ; and, 1 warrant, 

Sim. I thank your worship I shall make my ,o y^^^ content. Here is a letter will say some- 

master glad with these tidings. [Eiit Simple 

Host. Thou art clerkly, thou art clerkly, sir .John : 
Was there a wise woman with thee ? 

Fal. Ay, that thqre was, mine host ; one that 
hath taught me more wit than ever I learned before 
in my life : and I paid nothing for it neither, but 
was paid for my learning. 

Enter Bardolph. 

Bard. Out, alas, sir ! cozenage ' meer cozenage ! 

Host. Where be my horses ? speak well of them, 

Bard. Run away with the cozeners: for so soon 
as r^-ame beyond Eton, they threw me off, from 
behind one of them, in a slough of mire ; and set 
spurs, and away, like three German devils, three 
Doctor Faustuses. 

Host. They are gone but to meet the duke, vil- 
lain : do not say, they be flpd ; Germans are honest 

Enter Sir Hugh Evans. 

Eva. WTiere is mine host ? 

Host. What is the mattej^ sir ? 

Era. Have a care of your entertainments : there 
is a friend of mine come to town, tells me, there 
is three cousin i^rmans, 'that has cozened all the 
hosts of Headings, of Maidenhead, of Colebrook, 
of horses and money. I tell yoij for good-will 
look you : you are wise, and full of gibes and 
vlouting-stogs ; and 'tis not convenient you should 
be cozened : Fare you well. ' [Exit. 

Enter Dr. Caius. 

Caius. Vere is mine Host de Jarterre f 

Host. Here, master doctor, in perplexity, and 
doubtful dilemma. 

Caius. I cannot tell vat is dat : But it is tell -a 
me, dat you make great preparation for a duke 
de Jarmany : by my trot, dere is no duke, dat de 
court is know to come : I tell you for good vill : 
adieu. {Exit. 

Host. Hue and cry, villain, go : assist me. 

what. Good hearts, what ado here is to bring vou 
together ! Sure, one of you does not serve heaven 
well, that vou are so crossed. 

Fal. Come up into my chamber. {Exeunt. 

SCENE VI Another Room in the Garter Inn. 

Enter Fenton and Host. 

Host. Master Fenton, talk not to me; my mind 
is heavy, I will give over all. 

Fent. Yet hear me speak : Assist me in my pur- 
And, as I am a gentleman, I'll give thee [pose, 
A hundred pound in gold, more than your loss. 

Host. I will hear you, master Fenton; and I 
will, at the least, keep your council. 

Fent. From time to time I have acquainted you 
With the dear love I bear to fair^ Anne Page ; 
Wh(i, mutually, hath answered my affection 
(So far forth as herself might be her chooser,) 
Even to my wish :' 1 have a letter from her 
Of such contents as you will wonder at; 
The n\irth whereof so larded with my matter. 
That neither, singly, can be manifested. 
Without the show of both ;_wherein fat Falstaff 
Hath a great scene : the image of the jest 

[Sliowiufr the letter. 
I'll show you here at large. Hark, good mine host : 
To-night at Heme's oak, just 'twixt twelve and 
Must my sweet Nan present the fairy queen : [one. 
The purpose why, is here ; in which disgtilse. 
While other jests are something rank on foot. 
Her father hath commanded her to slip 
Away with Slender, and with him at Eton 
Immediately to marry : she hath consented : 
Now, sir. 

Her mother, even strong against that match. 
And firm for doctor Caius, hath appointed 
That he shall likewise shuffle her away. 
While other sports are tasking of their minds, 
And at the deanery, where a priest attends. 
Straight marry her : to this her mother's plot 
She, seemingly obedient, likewise hath 
Made promise to the doctor ; Now thus it rests 



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SCENE III_rA< Strtrt U WtncUor. 

mmtir Mri. rm. Mn. Ford, amd Dr. Cain*. 

Mr*. Part. M*trr Doctor, in daajchter ii in 

mm: ka you m* yew time, Uke her by the 

hand, away with hr to Ih* deanrry, and despatch 

U ^tckly s 

TWrtaeklMrkytlMkSrMi^MtSMMkm. OJi^ I fcM|w .at I h.T. to do 

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toto tha park ; wc two mnt 

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[ f-rii Caiiu. 

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wth*< " "*' **" ^ . '. 

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drai of hrui break. 

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rS^dZuiili^lmtlXmlu^S!!^ ,wUJM.d*gdayt.thoJKhi. 
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ids tfb*Wamad,hwme*ery waybai 
Mr*. /Wirf. Wall bMray him Aaaly 
Mr*. Pmirf. Agttma Mch lawdaMn, and their 

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dW ^h i odd Mhan.aMM^ta M39.clMMt^ 

wMr. lllfvw^yMnclMta: 
I cMil* da* ytM a pab of bonw. 

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hMd. and aatecw. [XHr JTra. Qalckly. 


I TboM that haay tbaM do treachery. 

I Mr*. #Wd. Tba hmmg draw* on > To the oak. to 

-.aakl [ 

8CENB T\'.-\Vlndor Park. 

Smtrr Sir Hugh ETan*, and Fairiet. 

Kim. Trib. trib, fairies : come ; and 

in dowbat ywp<urt : >epold, I |.raj you : follow me Into the 

pits and when I giTc the watch-'orda, doaa I pid 

yo; Came, cctae; trib, Ulh. [Etti 

SCBNB V.AmalJ^ Pmrl ^flht Pmrk. 

Kmttr VtiaMaK4Ugmt4, milk m bmtk't ktmd aa 

Fml. The Wladaor bell hath urtMk twelve: 

minaladrawa an : New, the hot-blooded mU m 

mm u- H aMa m b ar , Jore, thon wau a bnll for _^ 

Bamai le eat on thy homa.-(> powerful loe : 

Um*, In tanae reapectt, make* a beast a man ; In 



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a twan, (or the Ioto of I.eda : 

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^^^ly fault 

ue of a fowl; tiiiiU ot 

!irn goA% have hot bark 

r or me. I am here a W indsor Uag ; 

<%, I think, i' the forett : >end me a 

'krd. WaM yon not to her veMcrday, Ur, 
MM ne yo bad aMotatad ? 

rmL I woM to bar. naater Brook, aa yc 

Ilka a poor aid man: hat I caaM froM her, miator (''o* **^ ^^ K^ <lr* ^ <> 
Bxaok, Uke a poM old wavan. Tbat aame knave. 'iTMae ' A fanlt done fir>t in : 

rwdbMb Mb a n d. bath the liMat Mad devUefJaa ..-...*._...-, 

!y^ **.**"!.' ;!?" *!* ** * avarei 

ftaan. I will Mil yon^nc beat aw ptar 

*aiiaMarawoMaa: fcr fat tbethape 

ai Ml Break, t fhar not Goliath with a 

baant baanHa I know abo, life U a shuttle. I am cool rut-itme. Jove, or who can blame 

HibaaMl p a lea n wltbine; nitell von all, master *"? tailow ? Who comw here ? my doe ? 

SajtoTi bJSri:! iSr-if 'w"L"'to'^*s;;S.1 i *-- -" "-^ -^ "- 

a HMr> raUaw me : 111 tdl yon strance thinn I '' f*^ ^^ 'o>>" ' *^ ^^"a there, my deer > 
af la kwa* Fard oa whom to^txht 1 be i^ "7 "1 ^ ' 

vaMai. and I wiU deliver bit wift Into yonrhaod^ I ''' My doe with the black scut ?- Let the akv 

Fellavi Sisaace Ibtaf* la band, maatcr Brook ! i'^^" poutoes; let it thunder to the tune of CrvrM 

Mlav. iBxtmmt. >>'f^" ' hail kiwin|c-comfiU, and snow crinaom ; 

nrKVR tf ui.^^ p.,v '" *" *^""* * ^'B'P*' of provocation, f will 

8CKNB II. W lndor Park. shelter me here. [ Rmbradmg k*, . 

BkiferrMe,SbaUow,aad Slender. ] "" ''"'^- -^J'"*" P come with me, 

^ \ sweetheart. 

^H^ CatBa, eaMa; well conch 1* the castle- j //. Divide me like a bribe-buck, each a haanch : 
ditch, tin M* ttM light of onr CUrie^ Remem- I will keep my tides to rnvself, my shonldcra for the 
bar, aon Slan dM, my daagbtor. I fellow of this walk, and my horns I beooeath your 

Ska. Ay, tewoallt I ba apoke with her, and ihusbands. Am I a woodmaii ? ha ! ^peak I like 
we have a nay-vrard, iwar to kn^r one another. 1 1 Heme the hunter ? Why, now U t:npi<i a child of 
hccriestaif- conscience ; he make* restitution. As I am a true 
spirit, welcome ! {Sait mWtin. 

Mrt. Pa ft, Alas ! what noise' 
Mr$. Fcrtl. Hearen forgive our sliu' 
/'a/. M hat kbou'.d this be > 

m'A: Pa%\ ] ^"J' -V. [r**, rw- ^. 

Faf. I think, the devil wil! not have medamited, 
lest the oil that is in me should set hell on fire he 
woald never eUe croa* me tbtia. 

t i RgBi and apirita wiU 
' I weti. HMven, pr m p e r ear sport ! No 
MM MMai evU bM tbt deeM,aBd wethall know 
Mm bj hi* bona. Ufkaway; fWtavMe. 


Ac{ 5. 



Enter Sir Hugh Evans, like a satyr ; Mrs. Quickly, 
and Pistol ; Anne Page, as the Fairy Queen, at- 
temled by her brother and others, dressed like fairies, 
with waxen tajiers on their heads. 

Quick. Fairies, black, grey, green, and white. 
You moon-shine revellers, and shades of night. 
You orphan-heirs of fixed destiny. 
Attend your office, and your quality. 
Crier Hobgoblin, make the fairy o-yes. [toys. 

Pist. Elves, list your names; silence, you airy 
Cricket to Windsor chimnies shall thou leap : 
Where fires thou find'st unrak'd, and hearths un- 

There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry : 
Our radiant queen hates sluts and sluttery. 

Fal. They are fairies ; he, that speaks to them, 
shall die : 
I'll wink and couch : no man their works must eye. 
[Lies down upon his face. 

Eva. WTiere's Pede t Go you, and where you 
find a maid. 
That, ere she sleep, has thrice her prayers said. 
Raise up the organs of her fantasy. 
Sleep she as sound as careless infancy ; 
But those as sleep, and think not on their sins. 
Pinch them, arms, legs, backs, shoulders, sides, and 

Quick. About, about ; [shins. 

Search Windsor castle, elves, within and out : 
Strew good luck, ouphes, on every sacred room; 
That it may stand till the perpetual doom. 
In state as wholesome, as in state 'tis fit; 
Worthy the owner, and the owner it. 
The several chairs of order look you scour 
W^ith juice of balm, and every precious flower: 
Each fair instalment, coat, and several crest. 
With loyal blazon, evermore be Mest ! 
And nightly, meadow fairies, look, you sing. 
Like to the Garter's compass, in a ring : 
The expressure that it bears, green let it be. 
More fertile-fresh than all the field to see ; 
And, Hoin/ soit (/ui null y peiise, write. 
In Maerald tufts, flowers purple, blue, and white : 
Lifc^iapphi re, pearl, and rich embroidery, T 

Buciicd below fair knighthood's bending knee : V 
Fairies use flowers for their charactery. j 

Away ; disperse : But, till 'tis one'o'ciock. 
Our dance of custom, round about the oak 
Of Heme the hunter, let us not forget. 

Eva. Pray you, lock hand in hand ; yourselves 
in order set : 
And twenty gl6w-woims shall our lanterns be. 
To guide our measure round about the tree. 
But, stay : I smell a man of middle eartti. 

Fill. Heavens defend me from that Welsh fairy ! 
lest he transform me to a piece of cheese ! 

Pist. Vile worm, thou wast o'erlook'd even in 
thy birth. 

Quick. With trial-fire touch me his finger-end : 
If he be chaste, the flame will back descend. 
And turn him to no pain ; but if he start, 
It is the flesh of a corrupted heart. 

Pist. A trial, come. 

Eva. Come, will this wood take fire ? 

Fal. Oh, oh, oh 
Quick. Corrupt, corrupt, and tainted in desire 
About him, fairies ; sing a scornful rhyme ; 
And, as you trip, still pinch him to your time. 

Eva. It is right; indeed he is full of lecheries 
and iniquity. 

Fye on sinful fantasy ! 
Fye on lutt and luxury ! 
Lust is but a bloody fire. 
Kindled with unchaste desire. 
Fed in heart : whose , flames aspire. 
As thoughts do blow them, higher and highe. 
Pinch him, fairies, mutually ; 
Pinch him for his villainy ; 
Pinch him, and burn him, and turn him about. 
Till candles, and star-light, and moon-shine be out.- 

During thi song, the fairies pinch FalstaiT. Doctor 
Caius comes one way, and steals away a fairy in 
^reen ; Slender another way, ami takes off" a fairy 
in white ; and Fenton coines, and steals away Mrs. 
Anne Page. A noise qf hunting is made within. 
All the fairies runaway. Falstaff pulU off his 
buck's head, and rises. 

Enter Page, Ford, Mrs. Page, and Mrs. Ford. 
They lay hold on him. 

Page. Nay, do not fly ; I think, we have watch'd 
you now : ^ 

Will none but Heme the hunter serve your turn ? 

Mrs. Pi!';e. I pray you, come; hold'up the jest 
no higher : 
Now, good sir .Tohn, how like you Windsor wives? 
See you these, husband ? do not these fair yokes 
Become the forest better than the town ? 

Ford. Now, sir, who's a cuckold now ? Master 
Brook, Falstaff's a knave, a cuckoldly knave ; here 
are his horns, master Brook : And, master Brook, 
he hath enjoyed nothing of Ford's but his buck- 
basket, his cudgel, and twenty pounds of money ; 
which must be paid to master Brook ; his horses 
are arrested for it, master Brook. 

Mrs. Ford. Sir John, we have had ill luck ; we 
could never meet. I will never take you for my 
love again, but I will always count you my deer. 

Fal. I do begin to perceive that I am made an ass. 

Ford. Ay, and an ox too ; both the proofs are 

Fal. And these are not fairies ? I was three or 
four times in the thought, they were not fairies : and 
yet the guiltine^ss of my mind, the sudden surprize 
of my powers, drove the grossness of the fopperv 
into a received belief, in despite of the teeth of all 
rhyme and reason, that they were fairies. See now, 
how wit may be made a Jack-a-lent, when 'tis upon 
ill employment. 

Ei:a. sir .Tohn Falstaff, serve Got, and leave your 
desires, and fiiries will not pinse you. 

Ford. Well said, fairy Hugh. 

Eva. And leave you your jealousies too, I pray 

Ford. I will never mistrust my wife again, till 
thou art able to woo her in good English. 

Fal. Have I laid my brain in the sun, and dried 
it, that it wants matter to prevent so gross o'er- 
reaching as this? Am I ridden with a Welch goat 
too? Shall I have a coxcomb of frize ? 'Tis time I 
were choked with a piece of toasted cheese. 

Bra. Seese is not good to give putter ; your pelly 
is all putter. 

Fal. Seese and putter ! have I lived to stand at 
the taunt of one that makes fritters of English? 
This is enough to be the decay of lust and late- 
walking through the realm. 

Mrs. Pa!;e. Why, sir .lohn, do you think, though 
we would have thrust virtue out of our hearts by the 
head and shoulders, and have given ourselves with- 
out scruple to hell, th t ever the devil could have 
made you our delight ? 

Ford. What, a hodge-pudding? a bag of flax? 

Mrs. Page. A puflTed man ? 

Page. Old, cold, withered, and of intolerable 
entrails ? 

Ford. And one that is as slanderous as Satan ? 

Page. And as poor as Job ? 

Ford. And as wicked as his wife ? 

Eva. And given to fornications, and to taverns, 
and sack, and wine, and metheglins, and to drink- 
ings, and swearings, and starings, pribbles and 
prabbles ? 

Fal. Well, I am your theme : you have the start 
of me ; I am dejected ; I am not able to answer 
the Welch flannel : ignorance itself is a plummet 
o'er me: use me as you will. 

Ford. Marry, sir, we'll bring you to Windsor, to 
one master Brook, that you have cozened of money, 
to whom you should have been a pander : over and 
above that you have sufiered, I think, to repay that 
money will be a biting afl^iction. 
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O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first, 
Methought,^she purj^'d the air of pestilence ; 
That instant was I turn'd into a hart ; 
And mj desires, like fell and cruel hounds, 

E'er since pursue me How now ? what news 

from her ? 

Enter Valentine. 

Val. So please my lord, I might not be admitted. 
But from her handmaid do return this answer : 
The element itself, till seven years' heat. 
Shall not behold her face at ample view ; 
But, like a cloistress, she will veiled walk. 
And water once a day her chamber round 
With eye-offending brine : all this, to season 
A brother's der.d love, which she would keep fresh. 
And lasting, in her sad remembrance. 

Duke. O, she, that hath a heart of that fine frame. 
To pay this debt of love but to a brother. 
How will she love, when the rich, golden shaft. 
Hath kill'd the flock of all affections else 
That live in her ! when liver, brain, and heart. 
These sovereign thrones, are all supplied, and fiU'd, 
(Her sweet perfections,) with one self king ! 
Away before me to sweet beds of flowers; 
Love-thoughts lie rich, when canopied with bowers. 
SCENE II. Tie Sea-coast. 
Enter Viola, Captain, and Sailors. 
Vio. What country, friends, is this ? 
Cap. Illyria, lady. 

Vio. And what should I do in Illyria ? 
My to^other he is in Elysium. 

rercF^nce, he is not drown'd : ^Vbat think you, 
sailors ? 
Cap. It is pet chance, that you yourself were saved. 
Vio. () my poor brother ! and so, perchance, may 
he be. [chance. 

Cap. True, madam : and, to comfort you with 
Assure yourself, after our ship did split, 
\Vhen you, and that poor number saved with you. 
Hung on our driving boat, I saw your brother, 
]\ lost provident in peril, bind himself 
(Courage and hope both teaching him the practice) 
To a strong mast, that lived upon the sea; 
IVhere, like Arion on the dolphin's back, 
I saw him hold acquaintance with the waves. 
So long as I could see. 

Vio. For saying so, there's gold : 

I\Iine own escape unfoldeth to my hope. 
Whereto thy speech serves for authority. 
The like of him. Know'st thou this country ? 

Cap. Ay, madam, well ; for I was bred and born, 
Not three hours' travel from this very place. 
Vio. Wbo governs here ? 

Cap. A noble duke, in nature. 

As in his name. 
Vio. WTiat is his name ? 

Cap. Orsino. 

r/(). Orsino ! I have heard my father name him : 
IJe was a bachelor then. 

Cap. And so is now. 

Or was so very late : for but a month 
Ago I went from hence; and (hen 'twas fresh 
In murmur, (as, you know, what great ones do. 
The less will prattle of,) that he did seek 
The love of fair Olivia. 

Vio. WTiat's she ? 

Cap. A virtuous maid, the daughter of a count 
That died some twelvemonth since ; then leaving 
In the protection of his son, her brother, [her 

Who shortly also died: for whose dear love, 
They say, she hath abjur'd the company 
And sight of men. 

Vio. O, that I served that lady : 

.Ind might not be delivered to the world. 
Till I had made mine own occasion mellow. 
What my estate is. 

Cap. That were hard to compass ; 

Because she will admit no kind of suit, 
No, luit the duke's. 

Vio. There is a fair behaviour in thee, captain ; 
And though that nature with a beauteous wall 
Doth oft close in pollution, yet of thee 
I will believe, thou hast a mind that suits 
With this thy fair and outward character. 
I pray thee, and I'll pay thee bounteously. 
Conceal me what I am ; and be my aid 
For such disguise as, haply, shall become 
The form of my intent. I'll serve this duke; 
Thou shall ])resent me as an eunuch to him. 
It may be worth thy pains ; for I can sing. 
And speak to him in many sorts of musick. 
That will allow me very worth his service. 
M'hat else may hap, to time I will commit; 
Only shape thou thy silence to my wit. 

Cap, Be you his eunuch, and your mute I'll be ; 

When my tongue blabs, then let mine eyes not see ! 

Vio. I thank thee : Lead me on. [Exetmi. 

SCENE III A Room in Olivia's House. 

Enter Sir Toby Belch, and Maria. 
Sir To. 'What a plague means my niece, to take 
the death of her brother thus ? I am sure, care's an 
enemy to life. 

Mar. By my troth, sir Toby, you must come in 
earlier o'liights ; your cousin, my lady, takes great 
exceptions to your ill hours. 
Sir To. Why, let her excejit before excepted. 
Mar. Ay, but you must confine yourself within 
the modest limits of order. 

Sir To. Confine ? I'll confine myself no finer 
than I am : these clothes are good enough to drink 
in, and so be these boots too ; an they be not, let 
them hang themselves in their own straps. 

Mar. That quaffing and drinking will undo you : 
I heard my lady talk of it yesterday ; and of a foolish 
knight, that you brought in one night here, to be 
her wooer. 

Sir To. Who ? Sir Andrew Ague-cheek ? 
Mar. Ay, he. 

Sir To. He's as tall a man as any's in Illyria. 
Mar. U'hat's that to the purjiose ? 
Sir To. Why,hehas three thousand ducats a year. 
Mar. Ay, but he'll have but a year in all these 
ducats ; he's a very fool, and a prodigal. 

Sir To. Fye, that you'll say so ! he plays o' the 
viol-de-gambo, and speaks three or four languages 
word for word without book, and hath all the good 
gifts of nature. 

Mar. He hath, indeed, almost natural: for, 
besides that he's a fool, he's a great quarreller ; and, 
but that he hath the gift of a coward to allay the 
gust he hath in quarrelling, 'tis thought among the 
prudent, he would quickly have the gift of a grave. 
Sir To. By this hand, they are scoundrels, and 
substractors, that say so of him. Who are they ? 

Mar. They that add moreover, he's drunk nightly 
in your company. * 

Sir To. With "drinking healths to my niece; I'D 
drink to her, as long as there is a passage in my 
thr at, and drink in Illyria : I?e's a coward, and a 
covstril, that will not drink to my niece, till his 
brains turn o' the toe like a parish-top. What, 
wench ? Castiliano-vulgo ; for here comes Sir An- 
drew Ague-face. 

Enter Sir Andrew Ague-cheek. 
Sir A. Sir Toby Belch ! how now, sir Toby Belch 
Sir To. Sweet sir Andrew ? 
Sir And. Bless you, fair shrew. 
Mar. And you too, sir. 
Sir To. Accost, sir Andrew, accost. 
Sir And. What's that ? 
Sir To. My niece's chamber- maid. 
Sir And. Hood mistress Accost, I desire better 

Mar. My name is Mary, sir. 

Sir And. Good mistress Mary Accost, 

Sir To. You mistake, knight : accost, is, front 
her, board her, woo her, assail her. 

Sir And. By my troth, I would notundert keher 
in this company. Is that the meaning of accost ? 


^4C| I 

Sir To. No, tir; It U leg* nd tbIglM. I>t n 
5rK~iUi'lkW tec ^ ^. Ur AdT.w, -womld thw cpn : h* ! hishw ! h.. ba l*^w*llmt 

SCENE IV. il JUhh i <* Dk^ Pmlmtf. 
Euler Vmlcntin*, anJ \'ioU in mmm't mttirt. 
VmL If the duke continne the^ fk*iWTi tovardt 
t, CcMrio, >oa arc like to be mach advaaeed : 
bath kaowB JOB Wat ihiMdaor*, and ^md; yon 

I voald I 
Uitak jm kaw feoU Ui iMd 7 ^ ^ 

Mar. iiir. 1 ba* Mt y b; th hMd. ^ 

J r^>< . Main. bM y ahaU hara; ai>* k**^ ,^. Ceyrto. , ai* like to 

jirN.w,rtr.llia.^l.fcaa: I|y7J.i **' 
OTT ImM ta ika bMr?-kar. ad lat H brtak. 
lr^ad. W-kantoa, awaa* kaart ? whatit 

JTar. Ifiarv.atr. 

r Jad. Wkjr, I think m; I aM 
ktIaaakaaiNqrba^*7- *' 

Jfr. A dn >. >' 

.Sir Amd. Are 7l faU aftlMM 7 

JTar. A}, Ur ; 1 ha tiMm at ay !'* ' : 
.a.x,.no- 1 ,.,. hand. I a ba^^ 

lr tw O ImlNht, ihMi taak^ a rap oT caaaty : 
WlM did I taa thaa M rat daw* > 
air ilirf. Nr ta yoar Ufc. I thlak i 
^t mm d a aa : M< 

rk thaaaChrtaiten.ari 
I am gn a t aati 
liavak that daa harM U Mj wil. 
Mr TMb No y iM ti aa. 
Mr 4ad. Aa I tho^tht thai, IV I 

, air Tot;. 
Mr Amd. Wlialk jia laMI f 

Fm. Yoa althar faar hia bMBoar, or mj neicli- 
gaiH.-*, that im call in ^oartlon tit* continaance ol 
hit loT* : la ba Iwca taiU, air, ia hia fcvoan 7 

Tml. Na.bUa^ma. 

SaCfT Itaka, CHo>id . 

ria. I thaak . 

J>>*. Wba aa* Caarii. ha 7 

ria. Oa yaar a tl ia d M , cay lord i bare. 

Dmk*. Mand ya ahila aloar.-raMrio. 
Tboa kaowHt no Iom bat all ; I bac nclaq>'d 
Tatbaa tbabookavaaarm; tcrret loal : 
Therafcra. itood yoatb, addrat* thy itait nato hr 
Be not danjr'd accvat, ttand at her door*. 
And taU tbam. tbara Iby ftsad fcac >hall grow. 
Tin the* have aadienca. 

n*. ^mn, any noble lord, 

If ibe be o abandan*d to her torrow 
At It It noke, the ne*er will admh roe. 

Dn*Y. Be clamereui, and leap all clU bound*. 
Rather tbaa make onprofited rctam. [tiien 

n*. Say, I do ii|wa)t with bar. m ' 

ihM 1 hava la fcartM, daarfaifc 
O. bMl I bM Mto^aflha arta! 

mr YV. Tbaa bada tha had aa MoallaM bead 

Mr ^ad. Why. vaald that haea maadad my batr ' 

Mr rw. Pm ^aaallaa s fcr thoa Mart, it w" 

Mr^ad. Bat HbaaaMaaaa wall aaaih. daeat 

Mr TW Ba49anMrt s tt 
taVt atM Mia It atf*. 

iSr .dad. 'Palth. IV hoaM l a aa rr ew, Mr Taby : 
jMT aiaea viU aal ba laaas ar. if tha ba. ir% Ami 
MMa beniBwar aM- tha eoaat Maaali: ben 
hart by. waoa* bar. 

Mr n. Shall aaaao' tha aoaat: ihaniaaliaacd 
dbaealMrderaa.nalthlaaMai*,yaart,aorit; I 
hsaahaatdbartwaarit. TaU thara^ UM iat. maa. 

*r Amd. ini ttay a aaaath loar. I am a fcllaw 
a' tha aHMMaat atiad i' the world : I deliKht In 
Hua^aaa mdivvait Maaatimc* aliother. 

Mr r. Art thaafaed at theaa klck-hw, knlitht ? 

Mr Amd. A* aay man in IIIttU, wbatK>e<eT he 
} oT my kattan : aad yac I will 

IMIrr. (I, then anfold tha paMiaa af nn love. 
tr^tUm bar with dlMioarM of my daav &itb : 

I dayaa aT my bat 
wMiaa aid roan. 

mr Tm. What i* thy aseaUaMsa la a falUard, 


ilnd. Taitb, I can cat a caper. 

air TV. Aad I CM cat tite matton to^. 

Mr Ami. And, I think. I have tlie back -trick, 
ipiy aa Mraait aa any man in Tlltria. 

Sir TV. Wh uO bi a are th thlnip hid ' where- 
fcra baea thaaa gllka a curtain before Ihein > are 
they like to take daet, like mitreM Mall's pi 
hy daat tbaa aat ro to cbarch in a irmlliard. and 
caate beaw la a caraato > My rery walk thowld be 
a lla; I voald aataa macb a* make water, but in 
< atak-a-pace. mmt daat thi aaaa 7 is it a world 
ta hide Tirtaea hi 7 1 Md tfdak, b; the eacellent 
eawaltaiiaa af Iby la,fc a a a fcf aiaadartbe 
afa galliard. 

Sir Amd. Ay, tU Mail||. aad It 
wdl in a flama-caloarad at a ck . 

Mr To. Hltal thall a doalat 7 tri 
aadar Taaraa ? 
Mir Amd. Taaraa 7 

II .K:.ii >w<^n.,. th well to act my waea s 
-> t better In thy yoath, 

of more irrare aapact. 
t no, my lord. 

,,^r. Pear lad, believe it . 

For thrr ihall et bell'? thy happy yer. 
That Mi'y, thou art a roan : Iian' Up 
It no* more Mnooib, and nibiout ; thy tmaU pipe 
l a the maiden-a orican, thHII. and tennd. 
And all ia aamblativa a woman ' part. 
I know, thy eaaatailatian H riitht apt 
For thU aflkir : Soma four, or fire, attend him : 
All, If yoa wUI; for I myacif am beit. 
When leat in compan.^ :_Proaper well m thii. 
And thoa tbalt live aa freely at thy lord. 
To call bU fortanaa thine. 

Fh. Ill do rov beat. 

To woo yoar lady : yet, \AU*.^ a barfnl atrlli ! 
H'hea^ar I woo, mTtelf would behU wife, [fiacaa/. 
SCENE V^AHaamt in Olivia'* JSTeaar. 
Bmirr Maria and Clown. 

Jfar. Nay, either telT me where thoa hatt bcHi. 
or I will not open mv llpt, o wide a. a britie may 
enter, in way of thy escnaa : my lady will bang 
tltee for thy absence. 

r/a. I^ her hnn me : he, that it well hanged 
In this world, need* to fear no coloara. 

irr. Make that Rood. 

r/o. He thall tee none to (tar. 

JWar. A good lenten anwer : I can tell thee where 
that tavinir wa born, of, I fer>r no colours. 

Clo. NlTiere. good minres* VaT7 ^ 

Jfer. In the wars ; and that may yon W bold to 
tav in voor foolery. 

r/o. Well, (iod give them wisdom, have it ; 
and those that are fools, let them use their talent*. 

Mar. Yet you will be handed, for being to long 
btent : or, to be turned away ; it not that at good 
as a hanging to you ' 

Clo. Manv a good hanging preventt a bad mar- 
riage i and, for turning awaj , let tumroer bear it out. 

Mar. Yon are resolute then ? 

Clo. Not io neither: hut I am retolved on two 

I^Mar. That, If one break, the other wilt bold; or. 
If both break, your gatkint falU 





Clo. Apt, in good faith; very apt ! Well, go tliy 
way ; if sir Joby would leave drinking, thou wert 
as witty a piece of Eve's flesh as any in Illvria. 

Mui: I'eace, you rt^ue, no more o' that ; here 
comes my lady : make your excuse wisely, you were 
best. [Exit. 

Enter Olivia and Malvolio. 

Clo. Wit ; and 't be thy will, put me into good 
fooling ! Those wits that think they have thee, do 
very oft prove foois ; and I, that am sure 1 lack thee, 
may pass for a wise man : For what says Quinapa- 

lus ? Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit. (jod 

bless thee, lady I 

Oil. Take the fool away. 

Clo. Do you not hear, fellows ? Take away the 

Oli. Go to, you're a dry fool ; I'll no more of you : 
besides, you grow dishonest. 

Clo. Two faults, madonna, tliat drink and good 
counsel will amend: for give the dry fool drink, 
then is the fool not dry ; bid the dishonest man 
mend himself; if he mend, he is no longer dis- 
honest ; if he cannot, let the botcher mend him : 
.Vny thing that's mended, is but patched : virtue, 
that transgresses, is but patched with sin ; and sin, 
thari^mends, is but patched with virtue : If that 
this simple syllogism will serve, so ; if it will not, 
what remedy P As there is no true cuckold but 
calamity, so beauty's a flower: the lady bade take 
away the fool ; therefore, i say again, take her away. 

Oli. !Sir, I bade them take away you. 

Clo. Misprision in the highest degree ! Lady, 
Cucullus nonfacit inonadium ; that's as much as to 
say, 1 wear not motley in my brain. Good madon- 
na, give me leave to prove you a fool. 

Oli. Can you do it ? 

Clo. Dexterously, good madonna. 

Oli. Alake your'proof. 

Clo. I must catechize you for it, madonna ; Good 
my mouse of virtue, answer me. 

Oli. Well, sir, for want of other idleness, I'll 'bide 
your proof. 

Clo. Good madonna, wliy mourn'st thou ? 

Oli. Good fool, for my brother's death. 

Clo. I think, his soul is in hell, madonna. 

Oli. I know his soul is in heaven, fool. 

Clo. The more fool you, madonna, to mourn for 

your brother's soul being in heaven Take away 

the fool, gentlemen. 

Oli. What think you of this fool, Malvolio ? doth 
he not mend ? 

Mai. Ves ; and shall do, till the pangs of death 
shake him : Infirmity, that decays the wise, doth 
ever make the better fool. 

Clo. (iod send you, sir, a speedy infirmity, for the 
better increasingyour folly ! Sir Toby will be sworn, 
that I am no fox ; but he will not pass his word for 
two-pence that you are no fool. 

Oli. How say you to that, .Malvolio ? 

Mai. 1 marvel your ladyship takes delight m such 
A barren rascal ; I saw him jfut down the other 
day with an ordinary fool, that has no more, brain 
than a stone. Look you now, he's out of his guard 
already; unless you laugh and minister occasion to 
him, he is gagged. I protest, I take these wise 
men, that crow so at these set kind of fools, no bet- 
ter than the fools' zanies. 

Oli. O, you are sick of self-love, Malvolio, and 
taste with a distempered appetite. To be generous, 
guiltless, and of free disposition, is to take those 
things for bird -bolts, that you deem cannon-bullets: 
There is no slander in an allowed fool, though he do 
nothing hut rail ; nor no railing in a known discreet 
man, though he do nothing but reprove. 

Clo. Now Mercury endue thee with leasing, for 
thou speakest well of fools ! 

Re-enter iMaria. 

Mar. Madam, there is at the gate a young gen- 
tleman, much desires to speak with you. 

Oli. From the count Orsino, is it !* 

Mar. I know not, madam; 'tis a fair young man, 
and well attended. 

on. Who of my people hold him in delay ? 

Mar. ." ir 'I'oby, madam, your kinsman. 

on. Fetch him off, i pray you ; he speaks no- 
thing but madman : Fyeon him! [Ej:it Maria.] 
Go you, Malvolio : if it be a suit from the count, 
I am sick, or not at home; what you will, to dis- 
miss it. [Exit Malvolio.] Now you see, sir, how 
your fooling grows old, and people dislike it. 

('/(). Thou hast spoke for us, madonna, as if thy 
eldest son should be a fool : whose skull Jove cram 
with brains, for here he comes, one of thy kin, has 
a most weak pia mater. 

Enter Sir Toby Belch. 

Oti. By mine honour, half drunk What is he 
at the gate, cousin ? 

Sir To. A gentleman. 

Oli. A gentleman ? What gentleman ? 

Sir To. 'Tis a gentleman here A plague o'these 
pickle-herrings ! How now, sot ? 

Clo. Good 8ir Toby, 

oli. Cousin, cousin, how have you come so earlv 
by this lethargy ? 

Sir To. Lechery ! I defy lechery : There's one at 
the gate. 

Oli. Ay, marry ; what is he ? 

Sir To. Let him be the devil, an he will, I care 
not: give me faith, say I. Well, it's all one. [Exit. 

Oli. What's a drunken man like, fool ? 

Clo. Like a drown'd man, a fool, and a madman : 
one draught above heat makes him a fool ; the se- 
cond mads him ; and a third drowns him. 

Oli. Go thou and seek the coroner, ami let him 
sit o'my coz ; for he's in the third degree of drink, 
he's drown'd : go, look after him. 

Cto. He is but mad yet, madonna; and the fool 
shall look to the madman. [Exit Clown. 

Re-enter Malvolio. 

Mai. Madam, yond' young fellow swears he will 
speak with you. 1 told him you were sick ; he 
takes on him to understand so much, and therefore 
comes to speak with you ; I told him you were 
asleep ; he seems to have a fore-knowledge of that 
too, and therefore comes to speak with you. What 
is to be said to him, lady ? he's fortified against any 

Oli. Tell him, he shall not speak with me. 

Mai. He has been told so ; and he says, he'll 
stand at your door like a sheriffs post, and" be the 
supporter of a bench, but he'll speak with you. 

Oli. What kind of man is he ? 

Mai. Why, of mankind. 

Oli. What manner of man ? 

Mai. Of very ill manner; he'll speak with "ou, 
will you, or no. 

Oli. Of what personage, and years, is he ? 

Mai. Not yet old enough for a man, nor young 
enough for a boy ; as a squash is before 'tis a peas- 
cod, or a codling when 'tis almost an apple : 'tis 
with him e'en standing water, between boy and 
man. He is very well-favoured, and he speaks very 
shrewishly ; one would think, his mother's milk 
were scarce out of him. 

Oli. Let him approach : Call in my gentle- 

Mai. Gentlewoman, my lady calls. [Exit. 

Re-enter Maria. 
Oh. Give me my veil : come, throw it o'er my face ; 
We'll once more hear Orsino's embassy. 

Enter Viola. 
i Via. The honourable lady of the house, which is 
I she? 

I Oli. Speak to me, I shall answer for her : Your 
I will? 

I Vio. Most radiant, exquisite, and iinmatchabl* 
I beauty, I pray you, tell me, if this be the lady of 



Act 2. 

hOT : I wmM b* iMlh red ; item, tvo |p7 CT^ vi<l> <^ totbetn : Hem. 
DT, bMM tbat it to s- en* neck, one chin, otd le fbrth. \S cr ; tent 
piM to hither to "pnlte me ? 

loam ; I r>*. I m ;oa what voa are: 709 ai* toe pnmd ; 
a ncMBpUU*t to tkv ImM (taiaMr tMSf*. Rat. tfvov were the deTil, ;o arc fair. 
<NK. HlMao* CMM ;, ir ? 1 M; lord and master lo*e ;ou ; ( ). uch love 

n*. IcaaHnrlKU* mot* llMa I htm M4iMt. Coold be but rMoropent'd, though jou were crown'd 
Mi4 *U ^MMoa^i at f a^ frt. <id gwMl* The nonpareil cf beaut; '. 

M, gH* NW ModMl MMTMM*. If yM b the lady O/i. How doe* he lore me > 

r llw kMM, llMl I MM UHBM* la wy q^Mch. rf. M'ith adoratlont. with fertile tear*. 

tm. An ymm* tnwiilMi > With poan* that thunder ioTe. with tixhi of fir. 

fV. N^ My dbu< kwrt- miA y, 
! ta^i r Mdim IcvMT I MM Mt thai 
An yM the U4y r lb* hoM* 7 

OH. If I 4* Mt Nn aywlf. I am. 
lort MRalM, If ywi at* A*, yoa 

tinleu *outh ; 

i'lth man* that thander Iot*. with i|fhi 
by the OA. Yot lord doc* know my mind, 1 
: 1 play. ' lore hiro : 

I Yet I tapiKM* him rlrtuonn, know him noble, 
' >f jTt it^, nf fth and 
Mort canalM, 1/ y at* *. yoa do atant 1- -"-- --h .i..-.r,.-.i fr^,. 
yi i i lf j fcr wkat to yw la harta*. to aot yoa 
la laaarw. Bt tia to from my 
witk^ Mp aa ch la 

OO. Caaaa la ^bit"to Impartaat la^l : 1 fci)|l<r >urh a deadly life, 

yaa dM pratoa. ' tsnd no tcnaa, 

n*. Alaa. J taok fiaat pataw la aMy tt. aad nu 
paatfoal. '^ ' -ould ,oa > 

<ML It to tka mara Uka la ka M^aad: I prat r Kite. 

ya. kaap U te. I imavA yaa wart aaacy at mi 
gatm; aaaallavadyaar appiaach, rather to woMUr ^' 

at yaa ttoaa la kaar yatt. If yaa ha M mad. be .An.l .ins '^"' <"'<> "" '" ''" *<* of night ; 
fHMi if yaa hata tawaa, ba brtof : lii not tkat Holla yoar nam* ta the rercrbcrate hilU, 
Itaw af maaa vUli mfa. ta maka om la m aUpptaf And makctha babbliag main of the air 
a dU lagaa <'ry oat. (HIria ! O, yoa dtoafd not ret 

JIar. Hltl yaa bato aaU. air ? kara Um yoar way. Between tha alammt* of air and earth. 
ru. Na. (aod aablir : I MB la kaU her* a Bt yoa ikaaM pity me. [tttte 

I Inrnmn Soaaa m al lH l c abaa fcr yaw giaat, <Mi. Yaa miftht do merh : Mliat it yoar parent- 
( lad*. n. Above my fertanc*. yet my itate to well : 

I. Tall mm yaar miad. I am a gentleman. 

Ofi. (iet yoa to yoar lord ; 

I cawMt lore him let him tend no more ; 
t'lUam, parrkaac*. yoa com* to me again, 
T* tan laa hear k takaa It. Fare you well : 
I thaak yaa fcr jaar palna : ipend thi for me 

rw. lam aafcrtlpot.l<f: V-p roor por . 
My maaCcr.aet myalf. i>e. 

Laea amkm kto kaart . ' Oialllovc; 

Aad let year fcrrear, 1 ' > 

Plae^laeantampt! i : dty. [K*i/. 

OM. Wkat to yoar parei^t-^i^r > 
Atmm aqf J k r t mmu , jfrC mtt ttmtt i< trttt . 

I am a gtmUtmmn III be *wom thon art ; 

Thy toafao.thy fare, thy limbt, actions, and %y\r\t. 
Da gira the* dre-fbld blason -.Not too fast :- tofl ' 

UalaH the mwter were the mui How now ? 
qnlckly may one catrh the plagaa ? 

ru. It alaaa natwai yarn aar. I brtM m 
>arti af war, aatautlaaafhamafa: I holdiha 
Ilea ia aiy haad : my ward* are m Ml of paaea 

OH. Ya yaa bigaa tadily. What art yaa? what 

rs Marl*.] Nav. ilr, what to yoar 
an? ' 

na. Mart avaat lady. 

OB. A eatafcrtabl* doctrine, aitd mach may be 
MMaflL WhOTt Itoa year test > 

rta. laOnlaa'khaaem. 

Oli. Ia hto haaam ? la what chapter ef bb 

by th* aaethod, la the flnt ef hto 
Hare yoa 

ru. Tai 

OIL O, I hara read it : it to harcay. 
aa NM ta my ? 

ru. Oaad asadam, let me tea yoar faee. 

ON. Haa yaa aay eimmtoaioo from year lord to 
aagotlaU vHh my Cica ? yaa ara aow eat <^ your 
tan : bat a wlll draw Iha cartain. aad show yoa 
the pictataw Laok yaa, air, sach an one aa I was 
thhpttiaat, Ian aat wan don* > [Vmiiamg. 

rt. Eseallaatly daaa. If (iod did all. 

OK. Ttota grata, air: twill cndnre wlad aad 

ru. Tts beaaty traly blamt. whose red and white 
Nataret own sweet aad canning hand laid on : 
Lady, yoa arc the craellil she allre. 
If yoa will lead that* gi a iiu ta th* grave, 
Aad leaTr the world ne cap*. 

OH. O, sir. I will aa* baw hafd -hearted ; I will 
H* oat divers whadalM af my beaaty : It shall 

iataOad la my will : aa. Item, two lipt taMUiTereat 

With an Inritlble and tubtle ttralth, 

To creep in at mine eye*. Well, let It b* 

What, ho, .Malrolio !- 

lU-tmltr .Malrolio. 

MmL Here, madam, at yoar seTTic 

OH. Ran after thst same iieerish mem|t'. 
TT>e coantT** man : he left thit rin behind h.: 
Would I, or not ; tell him, I'll none of it. 
Destre him not to flatter with his lord. 
Nor hold him up with hope* ; I am it t 
If that the yoath wilt come this way I' 
ni glre him reasons for't. Hie thee, y. 

Mmt. .Madam, I will. 

on. I do I know not what : and fear to fir.<i 
Mtaw ere too great a flatterer for my mind. 
Pate, tiiow thy force : OarseUes we do not ow> 
What to decreed, mast be ; and be thto to ! [ / 

Acr II. 

SCENE I. TV SM.eaa. 
Enter Antonio an^ Sebastian. 
Amt. M'lll yoa stay no longer ? nor will yoa not 
that I go with yoa > 

S*. By Tour patience, no : my sUn shine darkly 
orei me : the malignsacy of my fate might, per- 

.aft^'Jb ii. 

Acl 2. 


haps, distemper yours ; therefore I shall crave of | And I, poor monster, fond as much on him 
you your leave, that I may bear my evils alone : It ' And she, mistaken, seems to dote on me 
were a bad recompense for your love, to laj any of What will become of this I As I am man' 
them on you. j My state is desperate for my master's love : 

Ant. Let me yet know ol you, whither you are As I am woman, now alas the day ' 

c",. V- . *i, c- J . h^'hat thriftless sighs shall poor Olivia breathe 5 

Seb. No, sooth, Sir ; my determinate voyage is O time, thou must untangle this, not I 
mere extravagancy. But I perceive in you so ex- It is too hard a knot for me to untie 
cellent a touch of modesty, that you will not extort 
from me what I am willing to keep in ; therefore it 
charges me in manners the rather to express my- 
self. You must know of me then, Antonio, my 
name is Sebastian, which I called Rodorigo 

SCENE III A Room in Olivia's House. 
Enter SU Toby Belch and SjV Andrew Ague-cheek. 
To. Approach, sir Andrew : not to be a-bed 

father was that Sebastian of Messaline, whom I "ter midnight, is to be up betimes; and diluciilv 

know, you have heard of : he left behind him, my- 
self, and a sister, both born in an hour. If the 
heavens had been pleased, 'would we had so ended ! 
but, you sir, altered that ; for, some hour before 
you took me from the breach of the sea, was my 
sister drowned. 

Ant. Alas, the day ! 

Sel>. A lady, sir, though it was said she much re- 
sembled me, was yet of many accounted beautiful : 
but, though I could not, with such estimable won- 
der, overfar believe that, yet thus far I will boldly 
publish her, she bore a mind that envy could not 
but call fair she is drowned already, sir, with salt 
water, though I seem to drown her remembrance 
again with more. 

Ant. Pardon me, sir, your bad entertainment. 

Seb. O, good Antonio, forgive me your trouble. 

Ant. If you will not murder me for my love, let 
me be your servant. 

Seb. If you will not undo what you have done, 
that is, kill him whom you have recovered, desire it 
not. Fare ye well at once: my bosom is full of 
kindness : and I am yet so near the manners of 
mother, that upon the least occasion more, mine 
eyes will tell tales of me. I am bound to the count 
Orsino's court : farewell. [Exit. 

Ant. The gentleness of all the gods go with thee ! 
I have many enemies in Orsino's court. 
Else would I very shortly see thee there : 
But, come what may, I do adore thee so. 
That danger shall seem sport, and I will go. [Exit. 

SCENE 11.^ Street. 
Enter Viola; MalvoUo following. 

Mai. Were not you even now with the countess 
Olivia ? 

Vio. Even now, sir ; on a moderate pace I have 
since arrived but hither. 

Mai. She returns this ring to you, sir; you might 
have saved me my pains, to have taken it away 
yourself. She adds moreover, that you should put 
your lord into a desperate assurance she will none 
of him : And one thing more ; that you be never 
so hardy to come again in his affairs, unless it be 
to report your lord's taking of this. Receive it so. 

Vio. She took the ring of me : I'll none of it. 

Iffnl. Come, sir, you peevishly threw it to her ; 
and her will is, it should be so returned : if it be 
worth stooping for, there it lies in your eye ; if not, 
be it his that finds it. [Exit. 

Vio. I left no ring with her : What means this lady ? 
Fortune forbid, my outside have not rharm'd her ! 
She made good view of me ; indeed, so much. 
That, sure, methought, her eyes had lost her tongue. 
For she did speak in starts distractedly. 


ves me, su're ; the cunning of her passion 

Invites me in this churlish messenger. 

None of my lord's ring ! why, he sent her none. 

I am the man ; If it be so, (as 'tis,) 

Poor lady, she were better love a dream. 

Disguise, I see, thou art a wickedness. 

Wherein the pregnant enemy does much. 

How easy is it, for the proper -false 

In women's waxen hearts to set their forms ! 

Alas, our frailty is the cause, not we ; 

For, such as we are made of, such we be. 

How will thisrfadge ? My master lo>es her dearly 

surpere, thou know'st,- 

Sir And. Nay, by my troth, I know not: but I 
know, to be up late, is to be up late. 

Sir To. A false conclusion ; I hate it as an un- 
filled can : To be up after midnight, and to go to 
bed then is early : so that, to go to bed after mid- 
night, is to go to bed betimes. Do not our lives 
consist of the four elements ? 

Sir And. 'Faith, so they say ; but, I think, it ra- 
ther consists of eating and drinking 

Sir To. Thou art a scholar; let us therefore eat 

and drink Marian, I say ! a stoop of wine ! 

Enter Clown. 

Sir And. Here comes the fool, i' faith. 

Clo. How now, my hearts ? Did you never see 
the picture of we three ? 

Sir To. Welcome ass. Now let's have a catch. 

Sir And. By my troth, the fool has an excellent 
breast. I had rather than forty shillings I had such 
a leg ; and so sweet a breath losing, as the fool has. 
In sooth, thou wast in very gracious fooling last 
night, when thou spokest of Pigrogromitus, of the 
Vapians passing the equinoctial of Queubus ; 'twas 
very good, i' faith. I sent thee sixpence for thy le- 
man : Hadst it ? 

Clo. I did impeticos thy gratillity; for Malvolio's 
nose is no whipstock : My lady has a white hand, 
and the Myrmidons are no bottle-ale houses. 

Sir And. Excellent! Why, this is the best fool- 
ing, when all is done. Now, a song. 

Sir To. Come on ; there is sixpence for you : let's 
have a song. 

Sir And. There's a testril of me too : if one 
knight give a 

Clo. Would you have a love-song, or a song of 
good life ? 

SjV To. A loTe-song, a love song. 

Sir And, Ay, ay ; I care not for good life. 



O mistress mine, where are you roaming f 
O, stay and hear ; your true love's coming. 

That can sing both high and low : 
Trip no further pretty sweeting ; 
Journeys end in lovers' meeting. 
Every vise man's son doth know- 
Sir And. Excellent good, i' faith. 
Sir To. Good, good. 

Clo. What is love f 'tis not hereafter ; 

Present mirth hath present laughter ; 

What's to come, is still unsure : 
In delay there lies no plenty ; 
Then crnne kiss me, sweet-and-twenty. 
Youth's a stujfwill not endure. 
Sir And. A mellifluous voice, as I am true knight. 
Sir To. A contagious breath. 
Sir And. Very sweet and contagious, i' faith. 
Sir To. To hear by the nose, it is dulcet in con- 
tagion. But shall we make the welkin dance in- 
deed ? Shall we rouse the night-owl in a catch, 
that will draw three souls out of one weaver ? shall 
we do that ? 

SiV And. An you love me, let's do't : I am dog 
at a catch. 
Clo. By'r lady, sir, and some dogs will catch well. 
Sir And. Most certain : let our catch be. Thou knave. 




? I 

MMirata^i Hi-t I* call tlM kM*. kalirt. 
Mr ^ai. *TI Mt tiM An* Uhm I lu e*Mtrmta>i 
ifln, *Ml : U kaglm, MM 


U Mr kl. IT f ImM My fMM. 
Um, I'Mtk i Cmm. kagta. 

r. What ctMrUmg 4 yov kMfhart! 
If My lUj ka** Mt callad ap kar tuvwd. Mai 
aUa, an4 kM Mm tani yaa at of doar*. 

MrTt. Mf toijni a Catalaa. a n palMciaMi 
MalaUa-t Pf-a-HmMT. an* Then mtrr^ Mm 
ttwt. AmnaHl rnanaailaiiai > aM 1 aataTkar 
Maa? Tim valWy. Ia4y! rkaw rflt a mm <a 



HrifW. Aj.ha aatan aMMk. If ka ka to- 
aM4.a4M 4lMai ka tfaaa ft vMl a kaoar 
raca, ki I 4a li Ma Raianl. 

sir IV. O, tkf twHJVk *mf tf Oimmtir, 

mT. Far Ika la^ a^Ja*. aaaca. - 

ya' HAf |a M tl. 
la aakkla Uka ywkM> at tkl. riMa af *><kt t ~I)ya 
MM a* aiakatt* af ay la^'* kaaMi, tkat |a aaaaak 
aai yaar caatar*' ratckaa ttkit anjr mtttiffitMi ar 
n ir n af vatea? U tktta m t aif u t af pUca, 
w n mt, WM UMa. ta <a > 

Kii- r^ Ha tfl4 
tlMck ap 

JM. Mr Taky. t MaU ka raMi4 wltk yi. My 

j a aa n . I f ywi aaa Mfavaia yaanaif omI |ar aUa* 
i aM aa w a a tv yMi aia vateaMa to Ika katua : tf Ml. 
a U mtm\A l aa n yaa Mtaka iaava a( kat, tka la 
fy vOUhk to kid ;oa fora*(l. 
<- IV. tmnmM, 4mr kmH, timm t mmtl aaMb 

Mar.' .Nay. gaad tlf Toky. 

CI*. Hi* ryra d* a*ia 4m d art > t dwM. 

JVal. Ist aTaa aa ? 
(< IV. Bmt Imrili anvr di>. 
Obk Sir Taky, Ikma yea 11a. 
JM. TMs b Mach crwUt to jaa. 
Mr IV. Mall / *U Aim P ltgtmg. 

Ok irka(a(/'a-a^r 
M^IV. Siatf lIiUAi-.|r.aadrara^r 
Obi. O aa, , aa, na, yov ^rr im<. 
Mr TW Oat allma ? tit. ya Ua Art aay mot* 
Ikaa a ttavard f Dart tkaa ttiiikk. bacaaaa Ibaa art 

CU. Yat, ky Aahrt AiMa ; aad gtaMar ikall U 
kal Ilka Matk tae. 

mr IW Tkaa*n Itka tiht. Go, dr. nib yaar 
alMla wltk anuM .A. ttoof af wina, MarU ' 

JMI. MlattaM Mary. If joa prisd My lad;** fit- 
Taar at any Ihiaf Mac* than contanat, jam would 
at g<MaaaifarlklaMnclrtlrmlai akaaball know 
uT It. ky thU kaad. [xi7. 

Mr. U Uiaka |ar aar*. 

Mr AmL Tvataaa aaad a dal a* todrink whn 
a Maa'B a kaafry, to aaaUatkn* him to the fie!d : and 
tiiaa to kraak pilMlil vltk kim. and make a fool 

ar III daliTcr Oty iiidi(Mtiaa to him by v 

Mar. Sveat tir Tab;, ka aatiant for ta-ni||ht ; 
tkirc th Toath of Ika aa aa ffi arM ta^U; <ih rajr 
ladj. >h it macb aat afaaWC. Por atoiulaar Mal- 
alio,lt maalaMvHkklailfl daMtgallklM 
urta a Myaard, tmt Mika kk 

UoM, da not tkink I hava wit enonch to lie itralcbt 
te My bl: I kMw, I can do it. 

a ; toll a* omcthlnc 

Mar. Marry, ilr, MaMtlRMt ha U a kind of 

alf *wt. O. ir I tkonght that, I'd beat klm Uke 

mr TV. WkaLfor kaliia a Pttriiaa 7 tky cxqnlsite 
raMaa daarkalckt<> 

Ur dmd. I kava M tql^** raaMB fcrt, bat I 
kaa tH iii n gaad anaagh. 

Ika dTil liiritiin that he K, or an; 

>n atrfeclion'd 

'ittcn it In 

hlintelf. to 

Mhr n, that it b 

kla graaad af ftith. tivat all lUu look on Ma, lava 

Ma I and a tkai Tic* la bim will my rercng* aad 

ailakli raMe to work. 

Mr r- vv -" -houdo? 


!i U way Mm* obaeare aplallM 
fie co(or of r 


t ni> r>r, t unh aad, jud oenplaxloa. k* 
M MMartr aMM fccHngly patMMtod : 1 caa 
iry UkaMvla^.yottraiaea; oaaferMtan 
w* ean lMudl> Make diaUncttan of oar 

9lr IV. KBcrtlent ! I amell a derice. 

Mr AmL I kavet in m; note too. 

Mr TV. Ha tball think, by the letters that diou 
Ut drap, that tbcy com* from my niac*. aad that 
Ika la la lava wlik Mas. 

Mt p a rp iM la, adaad, a botM afthat 


Mr A-i " ai K- .^.^j,,,ie. 

Mmr - Toa : 1 know, my 

pkyait I will plant you two, 

aad I*! here he .hall find th* 

lattar; ootrrTr nit rontirut iion of it. For thit nigkt, 

kad.a^draaraaatb**Tent. Farewell, r&air. 

Mr TV. Gaad ai^. I'enlheilea. 

Mr Amd. Daf a w mtt, the't a good wench. 

Mr TV. SbaV a baagic, true bred, and om that 
adaniM*: Hbato'tfaat? 

Mr AmJ. I adored once toe. 

Mr TV. I^M"! to bed, knight. Thou had Mad 
mmd fcr aaara M eaa y . 

Mr Amd. It I canaot recover your nicoc, I am a 
fcal wa^aat. 

Mr TV. Kaad br Moocy , kni(ht ; if thaa haat her 
aoc ilk* and. call me Cut. 

sir Amd. If 1 do not, never trast me, take it ho 
yoa will. 

sir TV. Com*, earn* ; III go bam loro* Mck, *ti> 
taa law to go to bad aow : con 

SCENE IV. ^ JtovM ia the Duka't J 
Bmttr Duke, Viola. Curio, mmdotkert. 
Dmkt. Giv* nae aomc mniick Naw, gaod mor 

Metboogbl. It dM 
Mofwthan light aira 
I If theie inot brisk 

: piaeaef aaag, 

ta ll eta mv p 
I and Tccolleclad I 
and giddy pacad ( 

r-r. lie 1% not 
UKiuld tinK it. 

DtiJct. Uhowaalt? 

Cur. Fevte, the jaMar, 
lady OllTia- fathar toal 

kara, m r>MM yow lardaMp, that 

' lard : a fool, that the 
locb delight in : he it 

Dulrt. >eek him out, and play the tun* the whil*. 
Kxit Curio. Jfiwicic 
Caaa MtlMT, bay i If a*ar tkoa ataalt love. 



In the sweet pang's of it, remember me : 
i'or, siicli as I ara, all true livers are; 
Unstaid and skittish in all motions else. 
Save, in the constant iuiai;e of the creature 
That is belovd. How dost liiou '.ike this tune ? 

fin. It gives a very echo to the seat 
Where Love is tliroii'd. 

Duke Thou dost speiik masterly . 
My life jiyou't, yuiiiii{ though thou art, thine eye 
Hath sta/'d upon some favour that it loves ; 
Hath it not, boy t 

Vio. A little, by your favour. 

Dul.e. What kind of woman ist? 

A'l'o. Of your complexion. 

Duke- Stie is not worth thee then. What years, 

Fio. Aboutyonr years, my lord. [i'taitli? 

Duke. Too old, by heaven ; I.iCt still the woman 
An elder than herself ; so wears she to him, [take 
So sways she level in her hi.sbiinrt's heart. 
For, boy, however we do praise ourselves, 
Our fancies are more ({'ddy and unfirm. 
More longing, wavering, sooner lost and worn, 
Than women's are. 

Fio. I think it well, my lord. 

Duke. Then let thy love be younger than thyself, 
Or thy affection cannot hold the bent : 
]'"or women are as roses : whose fair flower, 
Being once displayed, doth fall that very hour. 

Fio. And so they are : hIhs, that they are so ; 
To die, even when they to perfection grow '. 

He-enter Curio and Clown. 

Duke. O fellow, come, the song we had last 
Mark it, Ccsario ; it is old and plain : [night : 
The spinsters and the knitters in the sun. 
And the free maids, that weave their thread with 
Do use to chant it ; it is silly sooth, [bones, 

And dallies with the innocence of love, 
like the old age. 

do. Are you ready, sir? 

Duke. Ay ; pr'ythee, sing. [Mutick. 

do. Come amay, come anmy, death. 
And in sad cypress let me be laid ; 

Fly an'Ui/yjiy anuiy, breath : 
I am slain by a fair cruel maid. 
My skrotid of white, stuck all with yen, 

O, prepare it ; 

Sly part of death no one so true 

Did share it. 

Sot aJ!ower, not ajlorver sweet. 
On my black coffin let there be struwn ; 

Xut a friend', not a friend greet 
Afy floor corpse, where my bones shall be thrown . 
A thousand thousand sighs to save. 

Day me, O, where 
Sad true lover never find my grave. 
To weep there. 

Duke. There's for thy pains. 

Clo No pains, sir , I take pleasure in singing, sir. 

Duke 111 pav thy pleasure then. 

do Truly, sir, and pleasure will be paid, one 
time or another. 

Duke. Give me now leave to leave thee. 

do. Now, the melan<h(>ly god protect thee ; and 
the tailor make thy doublet of changeable taffeta, for 
thy mind is a very opal! I would have men of 
such constancy put to sea, that their business might 
be every thing, and their intent every where ; for 
that's it that ahvays makes a good voyacte of no- 
thing Farewell. [ Kxit Clown. 

Duke. I-et all the rest irive place 

[Exeunt Curio and Attendants. 
Once more, Cesario, 
Get thee to yon' game sovereign cruelty : 
Tell her, my love, more noble than the world, 
Prizes not quantity of dirty lands ; 
The parts th^it fortune hath bestow'd upon her, 
Tell her, 1 hold as giddily as fortune ; 

But 'tis that miracle, and queen of gems. 
That nature- pranh.n her in, attracts my soul. 

Fio But, if she cannot love you, sir ? 

Duke. I cannot be so answered. 

Fio. "Sooth, htit you must. 

Say, that some lady, as, perhaps, there is. 
Hath for your love as great a pang of heart 
As yoii have for Olivia : you cannot love her ; 
You tell her so : Must she not then be answered ? 

Duke. There is no woman "s sides 
Can bide the beating of so strong a passion 
As love doth give my heart : no woman's heart 
So big, to hold so much ; they lack retention, 
Alas, their love may be called appetite, 
No motion of the liver, but the palate, 
That suffer surfeit, doyment. and revolt ; 
But mine is all as hungry as the sea, 
And can digest as much : make no oompare 
Between that love a woman can bear me, 
And that 1 owe Olivia. 

Vio Ay, but I know, 

])u';e What dost thou know 'i 

Fio Too well what love women to men may owe : 
In faith, they arc as true of heart as we. 
My father had a daughter lov'd a man, 
.\s it miisht be. perhaps, were I a woman, 
I should your lordship. 

]:uke ' And what's her history .' 

Fio. A blank, my lord : She never told her love. 
But let concealment, like a worm i'the bud. 
Feed on her damask cheek : she pin d in thought ; 
.And, with a green and yellow melancholy, 
She sat like patience on a monument, 
Smiling at grief Was not this love, indeed ? 
We men may say more, swear more : but, indeed. 
Our shows are more than will ; for still we prove 
Much in our vows, but little in our love 

Duke. But died thy sister of her love, my boy ? 

Vio I am all the daughters of mv fathers house, 
.And all the brothers too ; and yet 1 know not. 
Sir, shall I to this lady ? 

])uUe. Ay, that's the theme. 

To her in haste ; give her this jewel ; say, 
My love can give no place, bide no denay. \^Rjreunt. 

SCENE v. Olivia's Gatden. 

Enter Sir Toby Belch, .Sir Andrew Ague-cheek, 

and Fabian. 

Sir To. Come thy ways, sitrnior Fabian. 

h'ab Nay, I'll come ; if I lose a scruple of this 
sport, let me be boiled to death with melancholy. 

Sir 'I'o. Would'st thou not he glad to have the 
niggardly rascally sheep-biter come by some nota- 
ble shame ? 

Fab. I would exxilt, man : you know, he brought 
me otit of favour with my lady, about a bear-bail- 
ing here 

.Sir To. To anger him, we'll have the bear again . 
and we will fool him black and blue : Shall we 
not, sir Andrew? 

Sir And. An we do not, it is pity of our lives. 

Enter Maria. 

Sir To. Here comes the little villain : How 
now, my nettle of India? 

Mar. Get ye all three into the box-tree : Malvo- 
lio's coming down this walk ; he has been yonder 
i'the sun, practising behaviour to his own shadow, 
this half hour : observe him, for the love of mock- 
ery ; for, I know, this letter will make a contem- 
plative idiot of him Close, in the name of jesting . 
r The men hide themselves ] Lie thou there . {throws 
down a letter.] for here comes the trout that must 
be caught with tickling. [ ^'*' Marxa. 

Enter Malvolio. 

Mai. 'Tis but fortune ; all is fortune. Maria 
once told me, she did affect me : and 1 have heard 
herself come thus near, that, should she fancy, it 
should be one of uiy complexion Besides, she uses 
me with a more exalted respect, than any one else 
that follows her. What should 1 think on't* 


Mr ft. Ili % am <ir-wntnc ra|pM '. 

SirT*. Excellent wench, Mv I 
M,0. A. 



kay-CMk cf Mm i Im ka JM* mttm hk dewmd flist. M m* Me.- 

HMMii '^ Whrt.dl 

lUrila^ 'fUI|lM.lcaMMbMMtlMroK:- MrlWAndwIi 


JM. Tatoromill 
It^XV. Ak.rcMM! 
p AiA PMoT blai, ] 
Sir T>^F CI, piTi 

jEfTiMnc taMlkM 

tlMta4y ribr 

itatf tolMfr, 

rll%b W iMM-kMr. M kU W 
Jfct. r a ll i f w iM i t n akmm mm, hi 


,h of polton li ' Itnl 

Ith what wine I ' "^^* 


JTa/. r May cMNMnamf irArrf / aJnrr. Whr, the 
m rnnn!n<1 met I ^r^ hfr, h U my UUy. 
V .- ..'. 1. -..*^ .- .... f 1 ^v^rlty. TbM-e 


lend ? If 1 
. in me^ 
>ot\ij :- M. 'I, .1, I. - 
mr T.O, ay ! make up that : bt U now at a 

Mft. Sowter will cry npobt, for all thto. ttMrngh 
U ta at raak as a fox. 

MalTotio ; jr.-why. that taglM my 

not I ay, he would work It oat ? the 
er b axoailent at faalta. 
m*L , Bat than tbera b no eoMonancy In the 

hm a ieomta 0ai of l a g a H ^ Wl 
M wy vlara, as I waaki dwy Aau M 
aak to my ktaMna* Taky < 
atrft. BatoantfilMckla*! 
I%ik O, MOM, Mac*, aoaea ! aav, . 
JM. af lay mW. vtlli Mi otalaM tlaft. 
iMktaM to Mm : i hrMTw ito wMla t mU.ftt- 
atoMt,arta ny ny vaMk. ar H^ wHk Ma lick 
- -- ^ - , narfilankatataiaai 

Mali Ikat Mllkf 
Mlow, bat O does. 


Mm* I vstHi4 my llMld M WW QMM* 
ly fcMlUaT Ua wMk aa a a liri f agi r i 
MrTV. Anddaai notTaky takayaaMav a' tka 

MrTW Wbat.w 

MrYK Oat. .cab 
Mk Nay. pailaMa. m wa broak tba rfMva oT 

r, twM I : far afiany daeall oMfaal. 
JVa/. Wkat aiaaloyaMRt baea we here f 

[Tmking mf thi ktier. 
M*. Naw It ttm woadcock near the gta. 
air TV. O. paac* ! and the apirtt of hamoar* in- 
tlwMi Wli^ aload ta bim ! 

JM. Ibf mj Ufa. thU It my tady't hand : thee 
ta kar aaty C^ her ir", and her Tli : and iha 
P^ It It, In canlen>i>t of 

'j^^MLHarCX bOT t;^ and bar Tt : Why that > 
M. fnadt.] r* 4* aa*aaa Meatrf, u, <itf 
r gmdm i tkm : kar vary fbraaei ! By yoar leae, 
- "^*' " ' the Imvrettare her I.ocrece, 
leal : 'tU my lady : To 

rtk And O than and. I hoM. 

Stir T. Ay, or ni rodgal him, and make him 

*^Mml. And than / caotot behind. 

raL Ay. aa yaa bad aa aye behind you, joa 
niibt tea mare datractiaa at your heelt, than for- 

laaa bafara yaa. 

JTal, Jr. O, A, I ; Thlt timnlallon U not at 

* town > aad yat, to cnih ihU a llttlr, it would 
ta la mm, to avary one of thp*c leter at* in my 
iMma. flaft i kara follow, prme ^ tMt fall imtt 
Ita kmmi, rtmtm. la mg it-'t I " oterr llut : bul 
tt mtt aflMU af irrtmtntM .Vwntf mr* tern grml, 
mmt mOdtm grtmtmn; aa^ teaM Aaiw grtatrnttt 
tkrmtl wmmmlktm. Tkg f-lft ft* their kamli : Irt 
Oy Um>4 mmd twiril tmhran thrm. AmJ, to inure 
mantf tm whti tkou mrl likt to tt, raW (Av kumbir 
4<L(r*, ' '^f^' /<** ' ofpoiilt irilk a kiiu- 
aMa,ar/y with tnemmtt : M thy Umf(ut tanf at. 
gmttf^a ^otmti: mml thjfttV </ Ihr trUk iftimgu- 
Imritm : Af ttat mM thtt, that light fi>r thet. lU- 
MaOrr mhm tnuim ndri My tftUom ttmcking$ : mmd 

bim, liTer and all. 
1 Jear lemomn, I Imr* : 

ttm aMa aiat faiMe. What followt > the namben 
altered ! JVe aMa ata<f JcwMa .-If thit thould be 
tfcaa. Malralia? 
Mr T*. Many, banff tbaa. brock ! 
JM. JaMMWiawa^, ivWrr / mdmrt : 
of tllrorr, tik* a Lmcrrtt kmifi. 
With hl>m4ltuitrmktwn,htmH doth gmrt: 
M, O, A, I, da mmm$ mm Hf 
- - '4im1 

ler. QmlmttkmmH mm4e,\fthmmdtaiTfttmbtmi 
if mml, iitmmmrtktm titmmrd ttill, thtfitlvm of Mr 
Mate, and aa< ar<fty tm tomch frtmmi'$ fimgtr*. 
rmrmmoa. 8ht thmi wmmU altrr rrict$ wUh tktt. 

The fortHnatt anAamiy. 
Day4lgkt aad cbampian dlicoTert not more : thit 
it open. I will he iirnud, I will read polltirk ao- 
tbart, I will ). I will"iproa 

aoaaainlnr<- .Tire, fhr tttj man. 

I do not nov ' Imaclnation .iade 

me; for erj !. ;_..., to thl. iii.-i " i.t1 

love* me. She did rum mend my;*'' 
of late, the did prale m* Ira brinR ' ' 
and in thi he manifr^t* here!f to -. 
with a kind of injunction, drlT mr to tnrw ..i..i. 
of her llklnu. I thank my tr, I am hapt'}> I 
will be itranne, tout, in yellow itockinir*, and 
cro-K.irtrr<d. eve-n with the iwiftneta of putting 
on. .' lari be iraled '. Here i 

a po<^ ' >< not ehaot hmt kmmn ' 

mm. ! my lore, Itl it mfftmr 

rmiti'i Ifetmu thtt trrU : (hern 

my nmrncr Ilia Mrnile, dtmr iwv itveri, I j>'' 
Jor. I thank thrr. I will umi'le : 1 will <! 
thinit that thou wilt have mr. 

Fah. I will not aie my part of thU tfori 
pention of thouundt to br paid from the Soph;, 

Sir To. I could marry thi wench for thi lelce : 

Sir Amd. Ko could I too. 

Sir To. And aak no other dowry with her, bat 
tach another Jctt. 

Kairr Maria. 

Sir Amd. Nor I i 

Fmh. Hera comat my noMa gtUI-catdxir. 




sir To. Wilt thou set thy foot o' my neck ? 

Sir An^. Or b' mine either -f 

Sir ro/.Sha!l I play my freedom at tray-trip, 
and become thy bond-slave ? 

Sir And. I'faith, or I either? 

Sir To. V\'hy, thou hast put him in such adream, 
that, when the image of it leaves him, he must run 

Mar. Nay, but say true ; does it work upon him ? 

Sir To. I.ike aqua-vitse with a midwife. 

Mnr. If you will then see the fruits of the sport, 
nark his first approach before my lady : he will 
;ome to her in yellow stockings, and 'tis a colour 
she abhors ; and cross-gartered, a fashion she de- 
tests ; and he will smile upon her, which will now 
be so unsuitable to her disposition, being addicted 
to a melancholy as she is, that it cannot but turn 
bim into a notable contempt : if you will see it, fol- 
low me. 

Sir To. To the gates of Tartar, thou most excel- 
lent devil of wit ! 

Sir And. I'll make one too. \^Exeunt. 


SCENE I Olivia's Garden. 
Enter Viola, and Clown with a tabor. 


Vio. Save thee, friend, and thy musick 
thou live by thy tabor ? 

Clo. No, sir, I live by the church. 

Vio. Art thou a churchman ? 

Clo. No such matter, sir ; I do live by the 
church ; for I do live at my house, and my house 
doth stand by the church. 

Vio. So thou may'st say, the king lies by a beg- 
gar, if a beggar dwell near him ; or the church 
stands by thy tabor, if thy tabor stand by the 

Clo. You have said, sir To see this age ! A sen- 
tence is but a cheveril glove to a good wit; How 
quickly the wrong side may be turned outward ! 

Vio. Nay, that's certain ; they, that dally nicely 
with words, may quickly make them wanton. 

Clo. I would therefore, my sister had had no 
name, sir. 

Vio. Why, man ? 

Clo. Why, sii, her name's a word ; and to dally 
with that word, might make my sister wanton : 
Hut, indeed, words are very rascals, since bonds 
cli-;i,'iaced them. 

//.. Thy reason, man ? 

''I.K Troth, sir, I can yield you none without 
wdrds ; and words are grown so false, I am loath 
to jirove reason with them. 

Vio. I warrant, thou art a merry fellow, and 
carest for nothing. 

Clo. Not so, sir, I do care for something : but in 
my conscience, sir, I do not care for you ; if that 
be to care for nothing, sir, I would it would make 
you invisible. 

Vin. Art not thou the lady Olivia's fool ? 

Chi. No, indeed, sir ; the lady Olivia has no 
fol'y : she will keep no fool, sir, till she be married ; 
ami fools are as like husbands, as pilchards are to 
herrings, the husband's the bigger ; I am, indeed, 
not her fool, but her corrupter of words. 

Vio. I saw thee late at the count Orsino's, 

Clo. Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb, likej I had rather hear you to solicit that 
the sun ; it shines every where. I would be sorry. Than musick from the si)heres. 

sir, but the fool should be as oft with your master, Vio. Dear lady, 

^% with my mistress : I think, I saw your wisdom Oli. Give me leave, I beseech you : I did send 
there. | After the last enchantment you did here, 

Vio. Nay, an thou pass upon me, I'll no more A ring in chase of you ; so did I abuse 
with thee. Hold, there's expences for thee. I Myself, my servant, and, I fear me, you 

Vio. Yes, being kept together, and put to use. 

Clo. I would play lord Pandarus of Phrygia, sir, 
to bring a Cressida to this Troilus. 

Vio. i understand you, sir; 'tis well begg'd. 

Clo. The matter, I hope, is not great, sir, beg- 
ging but a beggar: Cressida was a beggar. >iy 
lady is within, sir. I will construe to them whence 
you come ; who you are, and what yon would, are 
out of my welkin : I might say, element ; but the 
word is over-worn. [Exii. 

Vio. This fellow's wise enough to play the fool ; 
And, to do that well, craves a kind of wit : 
He must observe their mood on whom he jests. 
The quality of persons, and the time ; 
And, like the haggard, check at every feather 
That comes before his eye. This is a practice. 
As full of labour as a wise man's art : 
For folly, that he wisely shows, is fit ; 
But wise men, folly-fallen, quite taint their wit. 
Enter Sir Toh-j Belch a;i(Z Sir .-Vndrew Ague-cheek. 

Sir To. Save you, gentleman. 

Vio. And you, sir. 

Sir And. Dieu vons garde, monsieur. 

Vio. Et vous atissi : votre teri'ilcnr. 

Sir And. 1 hope, sir, you are : and I am yours. 

Sir To. Will jou encounter the house? my 
niece is desirous you should entei, if your trade be 
to her. 

Vio. I am bound to your niece, sir : I mean, she 
is the list of my voyage. 

Sir To. Taste your legs, sir, put them to motion. 

Vio. My legs do better understand me, sir, than 
I understand what you mean by bidding rne taste 
my legs. 

Sir To. I mean to go, sir, to enter. 

Vio. I will answer you with gait and entrance : 
But we are prevented. 

Enter Olivia and Maria. 
Most excellent accomplished lady, the heavens rain 
odours on you ! 

Sii And. That youth's a rare courtier ! Rain 
odours! well. 

Vio. My matter hath no voice, lady, but to your 
own most pregnant and vouchsafed ear. 

Sir And. Odours, preiznant, and vouchsafed: 
I'll get 'em all three ready. 

Oli. Let the garden door be shut, and leave me 
to my hearing. 

[Exeunt Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and Maria. 
Give me your hand, sir. 

Vio. My duty, madam, and most humble service. 

Oli. What is your name ? 

Vio. Cesario is your servant's name, fair princess. 

Oli. My servant, sir! 'Twas never merry world, 
Since lowly feigning was call'd compliment : 
Yoti are servant to the count Orsino, youth. 

Vio. And he is yours, and his must needs be 
yours ; 
Your servant's servant is your servant, madam. 

Oli. For him, I think not on him : for his 
Would they were blanks, rather than fill'd with me! 

Vio. :\Iadam, I come to whet your gentle thoughts 
On his behalf : 

Oli. O, by your leave, I pray you ; 

I bade you never speak again of him : 
But, would you undertake another suit. 

Now .Jove, in his next commodity of hair, 
send thee a beard ! 

Vio. By my troth, I'll tell thee ; I am almost sick 
for one ; though I would not have it grow on my 
chin. Is thy lady within ? 

Clo. Would not a pair of these have bred, sir ? 

Under your hard construction must I sit. 
To force that on you, in a shameful cunning. 
Which you knew none of yours : What might yov 

think ? 
Have you not set mine honour at the stake. 
And baited it with all the unmuzzled thoughts 



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r Ami, Na. ftldi. tH aa* May ata( laagi 
air TW Tky raaaa*. 4ar iia f ,fl*a Iky 
fMb Vaa MW* Ma4t ytaM yar taiiw, i 

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ta tka CMiat't rrlnc Mlal^ d 

Maaaa: I aawl lib* 
MrTW IIMlMMtkalkakU,aMhay? laU 

atr Amd. At fUXn m 1 m yaa i 

maka aM a^ nw > 

Mr Mmd. mikl ! vOt yaa maka w* W* m 
M*. I wUI f<aa M (q^tUnala, tlr. apaa 
aa*a afjatowiwt a4 laaiea. 

Mr TV Ab4 fbay kaa bcaa gtwmA Jaty-nMa, 
Uaca kafata Naak waa a tailor. 

ruik. Wkt tfM tka tevaar to Um yaalh ta yaar 
vigkl, aaH la aiinirtlt yaa, to awka y 
aaaaaa valaar, to aat Ira la yaar kaart m 
aaatoyarlir: Yaa tkaaUltbaa kaw aecaMa4 
kar ; aai wMk m<im tit a llal jcata, Ara-aa fraa* 
tka aUat. yaa tkMiM kaa liaaii ika yoaik lata 
<aaikaiii. Tkia aat laakai *r yaar 1wa4.aad 
tkto va* kaalkarf : tka aaM |^t f Ikla erar 
aatty yoa lt Uata waak aC >a4 yaa at* aow tatM 
tka aartk of aiy U4yt ayMaa t wkata yaa wtU 
" baard, aa " 

4a fi<iiai k ky ta 

af al*ar. or ^tn. 

JMr AmL AmtTt W aay way, li aat b* vttk a- 
loOTifht^lry Ikaiai I kMlaa liaf balinwkt. 


Mr Ta. Wky tkaa, kalM aw tky N itau at aiton 
(k karit of valaar. t^Mllaaaa aw tka 
yaatk to IMM wlik klai I kan klNi la aiaoaa 
ty alaea Maril taka wmmti It : a aaMaa 
ilwra to aa laai-kta k w ta tka varM eaa aiaia |<- 
ran la aMM*i ttaiwiMtta vttk vaawa, ikaare- 
MTl af valaar. 

rmk. Tkar* ta aa way kat tbit. tir Aadfvw. 

Mr Amd. WUI MtkM af yoa kaar aw a ffkallaiy 

.air rv (la. vrMa ft la a manJal kaad i b* cant 
aa4 braf I It It aa awltar b ality. ta H ba ala. 
aaaM aa4 IWH af la taal l aa t laaat Mat witk tko 
ttaatw* af iNk : If tkaa UUa'tf klai aain* ihrtr*. It 
ItaathaMiBlwt aaAattaMwItaaaa will lia in 
tkaM tf fvrmt. altkaafk tka tkaH war* big 
iik tm tkabaiaf War* ki Baglaatf. tM >Ma 
4aw I 0* abaat H. U* tkart ba gall atwagk la 

I Abaat It : 

mr Ami. H-kart tkall IHiMl yoa ? 

ait TV. U'a-ll call tkaa at tka oM^iJIt .- Cm*. 

(iCxtf .arrAndr. 

M*. Tkto It a 4aar aiaaakla to yaa, tIr Tab;. 

Mr r*^ I kaa baaa 4aar to blai. Utf t taaw ta* 

ataad ttroaa, ar ta. 

ra*. W* tkJl kava a ran lallar ftaai ktai i bat 
yaall aM ttolltar H. 

Sir TW N'avar tnui aw tkaa i aad by all i i aa i 
Hr aa tka yaaik to an aatvar. I tbiak aaaa aod 
walareyat c a aa M kala Ikaai tyatkar. FarAadraw. 
If ka vara atwa<, aa4 yaa MM ta mark Moad la 
kU ll*ar will elac tka IbM of a faa. Ill cat tka 
r*M of tka aaatemy. 

r*K Aatf kla affaUw, tha touih. !>*. in hi. 
tttr^t aa giaal yaaiaga of crwrlt 

}M% te yallaw 

airTK Aad n am ga it ari* > 

Mw. MaMIIMaaartyjHkaaMMtkatkaw 
adwai r Ika ikaa a k. I k^ iaaad kim. Hie 
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lawr tfwi i d i i M ii ta batray btm. Hatfamaarilr 
Ma fiwa faMa mmn Uaaa than ar* in tka a* map. 
wiai Ika gmtrntTliii of th* ladlaa: ymi kavr 
aal taaa aark a tkta m lit { I ran hardily b**r 
karltauf tMant M kim. I krtav my lady will ttrlkr 
Mm ; ff tka do, hell tmil*. aad Ukc^ fbr a (rrai 

8CBNB III. 4 Mmaf. 

at*. I waaM aal by Biy win baa* traa bl ad son : 
at, tiaea yaa ataka yaar yl taaara af yaar yaiai, 
wUl ao fartkar cMda yaa. 
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Mora tharp than Alod ttcei. did tpnr in Ibrtb : 

yow, (thoaJRh aa mach. 
At atlskt Iwra dratra aiw to a li i i^fi r o}t4(c,l 



tharv than Alad ti 

wt all loa to aaa ] 

Skt Iwra dratra a 
Bat Jaalaaqr wlut aalf^ bafbll yow tra 
IMnc tkill in the** partt : wkick to a 
Uapldad. aad a aft taadad, alten prara 

My wlllinii io, 
Tka raikar by tkaaa araa maatt of faar, 
SM fcrtb to yaar panwt. 
Si*. My kind \mnnio. 

Act 3. 



I can no other answer make, but, thanks. 
And thanks, and ever thanks; Often good turns 
Are shutHed off with such uncurrent pay : 
But, were my worth, as is my conscience, firm. 
You should find better dealing. W hat's to do ? 
Shall we go see the reliques of this town )> 

Ant. Tomorrow, sir; best, first, go see your 

Seh. 1 am not weary, and 'tis long to night ; 
I pray you let us satisfy our eyes 
With the memori.iis, and the things of fame. 
That do renown this city. 

Anl. 'Would you'd pardon me; 

I do not without danger walk these streets : 
Once, in a sea-fight, 'gainst the count his gallies, 
I did some service ; of such note, indeed, 
That, were I ta'en here, it would scarce be answer'd. 

Sel). Belike, you slew great number of his people. 

Anl. The offence is not of such a bloody nature; 
Albeit the quality of the time, and quarrel. 
Might well have given us bloody argument. 
It might have since been answer'd in repaying 
What we took from them ; which, for traffick's sake, 
-Most of our city did : only myself stood out: 
For which, if 1 be lapsed in this place, 
I shall pay dear. 

Scb. Do not then walk too open. 

Anf. It doth not fit me. Ho!d, sir, here's my 
In the south suburbs, at the Klephant, [purse ; 

Is best to lodge : I will bespeak our diet, [ledge. 
Whiles you beguile the time, and feed your know- 
With viewing of the town ; there shall you have me. 

Seh. Why I your purse ? 

Ant. Haply, your eye shall light upon some toy 
Vou have desire to purchase ; and your store, 
I think, is not for idle markets, sir. 

Seb. I'll be your purse-bearer, and leave you for 
An hour. 

Ant. To the Elephant 

Seb. 1 do remember. [Exeunt. 

SCENE IV Olivia's Garden. 

Enter Olivia and Maria. 

OIL I have sent after him. He says he'll come ; 
How shall rfeast him ? what bestow on him ? 
For youth is bought more oft, than begg'd, or bor- 

I speak too loud [row'd. 

Where is Malvolio ? he is sad, and civil. 

And suits well for a servant with my fortunes ; 

Where is Malvolio ? 

M(ir. He's coming, madam ; 

But in strange manner. He is sure po^sess'd. 

Oli. Why, what's the matter ? does he rave ? 

M(tr. No, madam. 

He does nothing but smile : your ladyship 
Were best have guard about you, if lie come; 
For, sure, the man is tainted in his wits. 

oil. Go call him hither. I'm as mad as he, 
If sad and merry madness equal be. 
Enter Malvolio. 

How now, Malvolio ? 

Mai. Sweet lady, ho, ho. [Smiles fantastical!;/. 

Oli. Smil'st thou ? 
I sent for thee upon a sad occasion. 

Mai. Sad, lady? I could be sad: This does make 
some obstruction in the blood, this cross-gartering ; 
But what of that, if it please the eye of one, it is 
with me as the very true sonnet is: Pleaie one, and 
please all. 

Oli. Why, how dost thou man ? what is the mat- 
ter with thee ? 

Mat. Not black in my mind, though yellow in 
my legs : It did come to his hands, and commands 
shall be executed. I think, we do know the sweet 
Roman hand. 

on. Wilt thou goto bed, Malvolio? 

Mat. To bed ? ay, sweet-heart : and I'll come to 

Oli. God comfort thee ! AVny dost thou smile so, 
and kiss thy hand so oft ' 

I Mar. How do you, Malvolio ? 

Mnl. At your request? Yes; Nightingales an- 
swer daws. 

.Mar. W hy appear you with this ridiculous bold- 
ness before my lady ? 

Mai. Be nut afraid of greatness 'twas well writ 

Oli. What meanest thou by that, Malvolio? 

Mai. Simie are born great, 

Oli. Ha ? 

Mai. ^ome achieve greatness, 

Oli. What say'st thou ? 

Mai. And so7ne have greatness thrust upon them. 

Oli. Heaven restore thee ! 

Mai. Remember, who commended thy yellow stock- 
ings : 

Oli. Thy yellow stockings ? 

Mai. And wished to see thee cross-gartered. 

Oli. Cross-gartered ? 

Mai. Go to : thou art made, if thou detirest to it 

Oli. Am I made ? 

Mai. If not, let me see th'e a servant still. 

Oli. Why, this is very midsummer madness. 
Enter Servant. 

Ser. Madam, the young gentleman of the count 
Orsino's is returned ; I could hardly entreat him 
back : he attends your ladyship's pleasure. 

Oli. I'll come to him. [li.rit .-ervant.] Good 
Mnria, let this fellow be looked to. V\ here's my 
cousin Toby ? Let some of my people have a 
special care of him ; I would not have him mis- 
carry for the half of my dowry. 

[Exeunt Olivii ami Maria. 

Mai. Oh, ho ! do you come near me now ? no 
worse man than sir Toby to look to me ? This 
concurs directly with the letter : she sends him on 
purpose, that I may appear stubborn to him ; for 
she incites me to that in the letter. Cast thy hum- 
hie slougli, says she ;be opposite with a kinsman, 
surly with servants, let thy tongue tang with a>- 
u'unients of state, put thyself into the trick of singu- 
larity; and, consequently, sets down the manner 

how ; as, a sad face, a reverend carriage, a slow 
tongue, in the habit of some sir of note, and so 
forth. I have limed her; but it is .love's doing, 
and Jove make me thankful I -And, when she went 
away now. Let this fellow be looked In : Fellow 
not Malvolio, nor after my degree, but fellow. 
Why, every thing adheres together ; that no dram 
of a scruple, no scruple of a scruple, no obstacle^ 
no incredulous oi unsafe circumstance, What 
can be said ? Nothing, that can be, can come 
between me and the full prospect of my hopes. 
W ell, Jove, not I, is the doer of this, and he is to 
be thanked. 
Re-enter Maria, with Sir Toby Belch and Fabian. 

Sir To. Which wav is he, in the name of sanc- 
titv ? If all the devi"ls in hell be drawn in little, 
and Legion himself possessed him, yet I'll speak to 

Fab. Here he is, here he is : How is't with you, 
sir ? how is't with von, man ? 

Mai. Go off; I discard you; let me enjoy my 
private; go off. , . ,.. 

Mar. Lo, how hollow the fiend speaks withm 
him ! did not I tell you ?-Sir Toby, my lady prays 
you to have a care of him. 

Mai. Ah, ha ! does she so ? 

Sir To. Go to, go to; peace, peace, we must deal 
gently with him ; let me alone. How do you, Mal- 
volio ? how is't with you ? What, man ! defy the 
devil : consider, he's an enemy to mankind. 

Mai. Do you know what you say ? ^ , ., . 

Mar. La you, an you speak ill of the devil how 
he tal#s it at heart ! Pray God, he be .not be- 
witched ! 

Fab. Carry his water to the wise woman. 

Mar. Marrv, and it shall be done to-morrow 
morning, if I live. My lady would not lose hur. 
for more than I'll say. 



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gM Mai ta pnjt. 

^ liyan,n.ain? 

r. Nab 1 1ranaM yaa. ka vUl aat kaar raod- 

ffalrrOtlTim aiW VioU. 
Fak. Haca ka eoiw wilh ;oar niacc : giv* tha 
vajr, till ha laka laaa. uxl iitiiUy alUr hioi. 

Mr TV. 1 wUI atwUuta Iha vMlaaaaaMMabor. 
rid BMMifa for a chaUaaM. 

rMl Mr Toby. PaMaa, aarf Maria. 
Im^mM tea o^ach Ma a bMit oT rtn, 

mj (aalt ; 

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aMM c a adra i a It m SabnpiibiMa acttao. 
air TV - - ^^ 

JMrw NM.panatMaaawi tart Iha 4alaa taka 
fit^ Why. a thaU aMka Mai ai 

Iha aaftaa la Iha hw, Mtf 4 


- ftr a Mi9 1 

agar aad pappar tax 
^Mk Ut ta m9j ? 
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TV Wmtitr at<, aar mimtf9 aa 

A*. Agoadaaaa: that 
ar Iha tew. 


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%M * atwKkM Mad%r r M Am Mm* ia Ma IkTM^ 
Oal l arf tiW mmmtr t il iWi Wi itarJW. 

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air TV 1 wW 
if A* 1% dMaM i 


Mik Va(7 MtaC^ mSIla |aa m 
airJV la>ili M^7l*^n3W *<: 

air TV mart On* m*a I Amd Omi kawt awrty mmi 
MM V Mr ! / tf ai^ Aaar awmr apaa BMar : 
ta aqr *Ma If ttUrr, mmd m Imk lli^m(f. Ity 
fn^ rnlkm mm^ kim, mmd tk, mmrm tacav. 

at: ni^aamhlB. 
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<r 2VUa.tlr . 
eetnar af tha archard. lika a 

waarhorrtMa: CrtH 



Thai tt bal aiacM lapraat 

ria. With Iha tana 'haviaar thai yen 
Oa aa ay aiailar** griafc. 

OH, Hata. waar thb Jawall ^ 

Rafcaa It aat. It hath ao tongaa to x joa : 
Aad. I tiia u h yaa. caiaa aola to-momw. 
H hat riMll yaa aa af om. lUt 1 11 daai : 
Thai hoa uar , lav^ wmmj apoa atkiaf gia ? [tar. 
ru. Nothlac bat Ihla. joar traa loa far ny maa- 
(Nt. How a iih mina boaoar aiay I glTa him that 
My alaaalaliaa%MlhabattartfMW Which I ha*a (l<aa U yoa ? 
hatoaMi; aau9<anTtttfHM,toawplaaaaM. >[^. . I wUl actialt yaa. 

aa4 M> I laia ri> rtB atw aiy pMrtma, tliad at af OII.Wall,aaaMa(alala-8tarToa: riathaaaall: 

#. Uka Utaa. mlgM haar aty Mai to hall. [ JU4(. 
JU-nrtrr Mr Taky BalA aarf FaMaa. 
air TV OaetlaaMa. Gad aava tbaa. 
na. Aad yaa, air. 

air TV That daAMa thoa hart, bataka ihaatat . 

aCwhalaataia tha wrang* ara thoa baat daea Mm, 

I kaaw aat s kat thy latarcaptar, (kit of daH>igbt. 

tka kaatar. attend* iba kt tba orchard 

I thy tack, ba yara la thy praparatloe, 

to ^aick, tkUlkl. aad daaiUy. 

kir : 1 am tmtm, no man katk 

y raatambraaoa to van f** 

aay.aaairal taaaa 

aad cteaa Ikaai aay toaaft af offtecadoMata aay 
air TV Vaall aadtt alharwtoa. 1 amaia 
aaataa. If yaa kaM yaar lUk al aay ariea, k 

yaatayoargaard; lr yoar eppaalta bath la 

wkat yaatk. ilfai^lfc. tiill. ami wrath. 

a pam oft, that tar- 
accaat ihwplT twaag- 
Maia aapaakatioa tkaaarcf 
aanadMm. Away. 
sir Amd. Nay, lai ma ataM to avaartag. flUU. 
ab-TW NewwUlaolIdaliawktoiatMr: lartha 

you : 



can feraiah 

Tw. 1 pcay yaa, air. what i* b ? 
a(r TV ha to knight, dabbed with unhackaa 
r a pi tf , aad aa carpet caaaMcration ; bat ha la a 
daeU la pri*ata beawl i aoato aad bodiaa hath ha 
ditorcad thraa ; aad M l ac aaa amaa t at thto m am aa t 
to aa laaplacaMa, that aattoAicaaa eaa ka aaaa kat 
ky paayi of daatk aad aq^lckra : kok, aak. to Ma 

'aad ; glvaH ar taka*t. 
ria. I will ratara aaaia lato tka boaM, aad daaira 

Maa eaadact of the lady. 1 ain no dgktcr. 1 ha*e 

aaid af aam a kind of men, ibat put qaarraU par- 
aaady oa olhcn, to ta*te their valuar : belika, thto 
to a maa of that qairk. 

Sir TV t^ir, ao ; hto indignatioa derlTca itilf oat 
af a ^arycoaapataat ii^ary ; tbartCora.gat yoa on, 
aad gi*a Mm hto daaira. Back yoa thaU not to the 
hoaia. anlem yoa aadcrtake that with me, which 
with aa much ufety ;oa mi (hi aanwer him : thara- 
fara, oa, or rtrip your ward tark naked ; for meddle 
yoa mutt, that* terUin, or fortwear to wear iron 

Km. 1 hto to aa anclTil. aa rtraaga. I bech yoa. 
da mc tM* coartaoa* oAca, m to kaaw of the kaight 
what my oft V nre tn hfm H : Jf U wmtething of my 
aagilgerr^ - '- ' - - - 

air f. ". Uy you 

by thto c >> Toby. 

r>^ r .s matter^ 

^ak 1 know, the knini u i 




even to a mortal arbitrement ; but nothing of the 
circumstance more. 

Viu. I beseech you, what manner of man is he ? 

Fah. Nothing of that wonderful promise, to read 
him by his form, as you are like to find him in the 
proof of his valour. He is, indeed, sir, tiie most 
skilful, bloody, and fatal opposite that you could 
possibly have found in any part of Illyria : Mill you 
walk towards him? I will make your peace with 
him, if I can. 

Vio. I shall be much bound to you for't : I am 

one, that would rather go with sir priest, than sir 

knight 1 care not who knows so much of my 

mettle. [Exeunt. 

Re-enter Sir Toby, mith Sit Andrew. 

Sir To. Why, man, he's a very devil ; I have not 
seen such a virat^o. I had a pass with him, rapier, 
scabbard, and all, and he gives me the stuck-in, 
with such a mortal motion, that it is inevitable ; and 
on the answer, he pays you as surely as your feet 
hit the ground they step on : They say, he has been 
fencer to the Sophy. 

Sir And., Pox on't, I'll not meddle with him. 

Sir To. Ay, hut he will not now be pacified: Fa- 
bian can scarce hold him yonder. 

Sir And. Plague on't ; an I thought he had been 
valiant, and so cunning in fence, I'd have seen him 
damned ere I'd have challenged him. Let him let 
the matter slip, and I'll give him my horse, gray 

Sir To. I'll make the motion : Stand here, make 
a good show on't ; this shall end without the per- 
dition of souls : Marry, 111 ride your horse as well 
i I ride you. [AfUie, 

Re-enter Fabian and Viola. 
I have his horse [to Fab.] to take up the quarrel ; 
I have persuaded him the youth's a devil. 

Fab. He is as horribly conceited of him ; and 
pants, and looks pale, as if a bear were at his heels. 

Sir To. There's no remedy, sir ; he will fight with 
you for his oath sake : marry, he hath better be- 
thought him of his quarrel, and he finds that now 
scarce to be worth talking off: therefore draw, for 
the supportance of his vow ; he protests, he will 
not hurt you. 

Vio. Pray (jod defend me ! A little thing would 
make me tell them how much I lack of a man. 


Fab. Give ground, if you see him furious. 

Sir To. Come, sir Andrew, there's no remedy ; 
the gentleman will, for his honour's sake, have one 
bout with you : he cannot by the duello avoid it ; 
but he has promised me, as he is a gentleman and 
a soldier, he will not hurt you. Come on : to't. 

6tV And. Pray God, he keep his oath. [Draws. 
Enter Antonio. 

Vio. I do assure you 'tis against my will. [Drarvs. 

Ant. Put up your sword ; If this young gen- 
Have done offence, I take the fault on me ; 
if you offend him, I for him defy you. [Drarving. 

S'ir To. You, sir ? why what are you ? 

Ant. One, sir, that for his love dares yet do more 
Than you have heard him brag to you he will. 

Sir To. Nay, if you be an undertaker, I am for 

you. [Drams. 

Enter into Officers. 

Fab. O good sir Toby, hold; here come the 

Sir To. I'll be with you anon. [To Antonio. 

Vio. Pray, sir, put up your sword, if you please. 
[To Sir Andrew. 

Sir And. Marry, will I, sir; and, for that I pro- 
mised you, I'll be as good as my word : He will 
near you easily, and reins well. 

1 OJT- This is the man do thy office. 

I 2 Off. Antonio, I arrest thee at the suit 
Of count Orsino. 

Ani. ^ You do mistake me, sir ; 

I 1 OJf. No, sir, no jot ; I know your favour well. 

Though now you have no seacap on your head 

Take him away; he knows, I know him well. 

Ant. I must obey This comes with seeking you ; 
But there's no remedy ; I shall answer it. 
\\ hat will you do ? Now my necessity 
Makes me to ask you for my purse : It grieves mt 
Jluch more, for what I cannot do for you. 
Than what befalls myself. You stand amaz'd ; 
But be of comfort. 

a Off. Come, sir, away. 

Ant. I must entreat of you some of that money 

Vio. What money, sir ? 
For the fair kindness you have show'd me here. 
And, part, being prompted by your present trouble, 
j Out of my lean and low ability 
j I'll lend you something : my having is not much ; 
I'll make division of my present with you : 
Hold, there is half my coffer. 

Ant. Will you deny me now ? 

Is't possible, that my deserts to you 
Can lack persuasion ? Do not tempt my misery, 
Le.-it that it make me so unsound a man. 
As to upbraid you with those kindnesses 
That I have done for you. 

Vio. I know of none ; 

Nor know I you by voice, or any feature : 
I hate ingratitude more in a man. 
Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness. 
Or any taint of vice, whose strong corruption 
Inhabits our frail blood. 

Ant. O heavens themselves ! 

2 Off. Come, sir, I pray you, go. 

Ant. Let me speak a little. This youth that you 
see here, 
I snatch'd one half out of the jaws of death ; 

Reliev'd him with such sanctity of love, 

And to his image, which methought did promise 
Most venerable worth, did I devotion. 

1 Off. What's that to us ^ The time goes by ; away. 

A nt. But, O, how vile an idol proves this god ! ' 

Thou hast, Sebastian, done good feature shame 

In nature there's no blemish, but the mind ; 
None can be call'd deform'a, but the unkind : 
Virtue is beauty ; but the beauteous-evil 
Are empty trunks, o'erflourish'd by the devil. 

1 0(/: 'the man grows mad ; away with him. 
Come, come, sir. 

Ajit. Lead me on. 

[Exeunt Officers n'ith Antonio. 

Vio. Methinks, his words do from such passion fly. 
That he believes himself; so do not I. 
Prove true, imagination, O, prove true. 
That I, dear brother, be now ta'en for you .' 

Sir To. Come hither, knight ; come hither, 
Fabian ; we'll whisper o'er a couple or two of most 
sage saws. 

Vio. He nam'd Sebastian ; I my brother know 
Yet living in my glass ; even such, and so. 
In favour was my brother ; and he went 
Still in this fashion, colour, ornament. 
For him I imitate : O, if it prove. 
Tempests are kind, and salt waves fresh in love I 

Sir To. A very dishonest paltry boy, and more a 
coward than a hare : his dishonesty appears in 
leaving his friend here in necessity, and denying 
him ; and for his cowardship, ask Fabian. 

Fab. A coward, a most devout coward, religious 
in it. 

Sir And. 'Slid, I'll after him again, and beat him. 

Sir To. Do, cuff him soundly, but never draw 
thy sword. 

Sir And. An I do not, [Exit- 

Fab. Come, let's see the event. 

Sir To. I dare lay any money, 'twill be nothing 
yet. r Exeunt. 

. Cm \V....i iOi; WILL. 

Ml I 


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}t0Mmm, dMi to M, to to. 

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Ttas kiM>\t Mt . 

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SMir U Aiira. Mr Tiy. Mtf FHyaa. 

O, My M. sad to ka ' 

SCBXB U.-^ mmm la OUTU'b Ma*. 

Carr Mwla amd Clava. 

Mm,. Na, I yt^tbm. rat on tkto fa^a. aa tkto 

Httf t aMka Mm kitta tkaa an air Tapaa' tba 

carata: doit^tckly: 111 call Ur Toby Uia whUat. 

r Malta. 
, III pat It on. aad I will mm) 
tali aad 1 vaald I acta tha ftnt tkal ( 

Cto. Wail. Ill fat 


AiaaDlhaaaarlaaM*^ [Bmlhg m, AmtMm. 
m,r*. tV *aa* jaar ^gar aW 

Cto. TMavU I liO aqrMyalniflMi I 
aat ka la aaaa af yaar caatt fcr tfaaa. 

air JW Caaaa.alr: ' 

meJkti. Kay. lal htoa alaaa. Ill fa aM( 
awaakvHkUaii 111 haa am aedaaaf 
M^aai ktoa. ITflMa ba aay U la IlHila : 
laMk Maa An*, yac ira M aMttat Av ihr 

**. Utaart^baaA. 

Mr Tk^ Oaawt air, 1 vUl aal tat yaa ira. Caaw. 
ay jraaa( aaOa r , |aM mp yaw toaa : yaa an wall 
ialMi caroaan. 

. I UI ba ftaa tnm Ihm. Wkat aaaUtot 
IT *aB 4arta taaapt aw Ibftbar. draw (by award. 

afrlV. What.wbat;> Nay. ibni I maac Ua a* 
aaMa aa ta aT tbto awlapart Waad ftaa yaa. 

Smitr OlivU. 

. HaU. Taby : aa ^ Bib. I charga tbaa, bald. 

Mr TV. ItmUm? 

OM. waaavtbaa> Uatnadaaa wiaich, 
nfg^awiwiidii. ddMbaibaraaacaraa. 
WWaa iiiiiw^twaa yaaachM aat r lay 

Baaalil> III, I i rO iaarta' Ukghf 

KaJMliy. ba faM '_ I Kytbaa. naatla friaad. 

[kmrnSmt T^, Mr Aadiaw, mmd PabUa 
Lattbyfclr ibdii.aatfby yaii lin .away 
la iMa aacMI and a^Hal aiMat 
Agalaat rti i paaaa ^ witfi aw ta my baaaa : 
Aad baar naa thai* baw away ftaiOcw pnmka 

ba ibn | t ataadn a daa t .batmbaaald,aabaaaat 

an. aad a (aad baaaakaafai, gaaa aa Mriy, aa to 

y. a ta a al bl naa. aad a gwat i rb a lar . TIWam< 

JTalrr lr Taby Balcli Mmi NoU. 

>>%. Urn Maa tbaa, awwar paiaaa. 

rto. ^iM. air Taby i Car aa Iba aid baraMI 
af Pr a g aa. Ibat aaaar aaw paa aad lak, vary wittily 
a^taaatoeaaT Mag Ua rbadae, Tbal. iXtH U, u 

**bai to ^al. bat liai^nd to, bat to 7*^ 
atrTWw Ta Mai. ato Tafaa. 
Ob. Wbat. baa. I aa^r-Paara la tbte prtoaa ! 
air r*. Tha kaaa u aa at a ifc lto wall t a gaad 

.1 Whacaltoibart? 
a, wha aoataa ta rtolt 

r Tafaa, air Tapaa, gaad sir Tapaa, ga ta 

Oik d^Taaaa, w I 

Cto. Oat. bypatballeal taad ! haw raiaa tbaa 
Ma aaa Maat Ihaa aaiMac bai aTladlaa > 
Mr Tk. WaH add, I 

JVal. Mr Ti a aa, a atar waa aaan Ihaa w i a ua a d : 
aaadalrTavaa,daaattblak I aai aMd .- th^yba** 
Gd aa bai^ Mdaaat darfcaaM. 

Cto. Pya, Ibaa dlibaaaa Palhaa ! I call ibaa bv 

! I call I 
I am aM af Ibaaa 
wUI aaa Iba darU Maualf with 

JVal. Aa ball, air Tapaa. 

Oa. Why, II balb bay.alaiaai, iiaai ai i l m 
ta irt iadiw, aa d tbaalaar rta rt mlaa ai di Aaaaatb- 
aarthaiaaataalraaaaiabaey; aad yat ceatplalaaat 

JM: Iamaaimad,alrTapaaiIaay tayaa.tbU 

da. Madaaaa, fbaa arraai I ray, (bcrr ta no 
darkaam, bat M aar a aa a t la which tboa art marr 
aacalad. ttaa Saikyptlaaa M OMlr feg. 

aral. t aay. fhia haaaa to aadark m lyaoraaca. 
' inmaa waraaa dark M ball: audi M. 

: I am aam^rr 

t aplaioa af Pytbageraa, aaaeara 


ta wlM-fewt > 

JPal. That tb* loal aT aar graadaai al^ bapl; 
labablt a bird. 

Cbw \('bat thlnknt thea afUi aplniaa > 

JTal. I think aobly af tha aaal. aad m way ap- 

I badi baach-d aa, dMt tbaa diataby 

Tbto raMaa badi baach'd aa, that tbaa Oiatab] 
May> aiaHa at Mat *aa lUkaalchaaaa bat I 
Paaatdaay: Wiihiiihtoi 

Ba alanaa aaa aaar aaan ar aMM a taa 
**. Wbat raltob to la tbto ? haw raaa ih 
Or I am mad, ar alaa Mia to a draam t 
I^ ftaey atttl av Maaa ta Laiha alaap: 
If H ka Uma ta diaam, adU lat ma alaap . 

Oli. Nay. coam. I ar'^fbaa: 
ral^dky ma* 

WaaM dMaVtot ba 

Cb. Paia lh< well : Ramala tbaa atUI ia dark- 
naa : dioa Uialt bald tba ay lal aw of Pytbafpaaa. 
ra I will allow oT tbr wtti : and fear to kUI a 
waodcork, lot rtioa d ltp ea m i tba aoat of thy 
grandam. Fare the* wdl. 

JTal. Sir Topaa, tta T u pa a , 

Mr TV. MyBMatasaatoHailrTapM! 

Cl>. Naff I am fcriAI walen. 

arr. Tbaa aaiiht^ hava daM fhto withoai ihy 

daawa; ha aam Ihaa aot. 
T* htm ta thtaa awa ralcc, and briPc 
I : I wonld, we were 
wallridaftUakaavafy. If hamay beconTcniently 
daUrctcd,! woaMbawaiatforlamnnwiolkrin 


Act 4. 



olTence with my niece, that I cannot pursue with 
any safety this sport to the upshot. Come by and 
by to my chamber. lExeuiU Sir Toby and Maria. 

Clo. Hey Robiit,JoUy Robin, 

Tell me how thy lady does. [Singing. 

Mai. Fool 

Clo. My lady is unkind, perdy. 

Mat. Fool, , 

Clo. Alas, rvhy is she so t 

Mai. Fool, I say ; 

Clo. She loves another ^Vho calls, ha ? 

Mai. Good fool, as ever thou wilt deserve well at 
my hand, help me to a candle, and pen, ink, and 
paper ; as I am a gentleman, i will live to be thank- 
ful to thee for't. 

Clo. Master Malvolio ! 

Mai. Ay, good fool. 

Clo. Alas, sir, how fell you besides your five wits ? 

Mai. Fool, there was never man so notoriously 
abused: 1 am as well in my wits, fool, as thou ait. 

Clo. But as well ? then you are mad, indeed, if 
you be no better in your wits than a fool. 

Ma'. They have here propertied me ; keep me in 
darkness, send ministers to me, asses, and do all 
they can to face me out of my wits. 

Clo. Advise you what you say ; the minister is 
here ^Malvolio, Malvolio, thy wits the heavens re- 
store ! endeavour thyself to sleep, and leave thy 
vain bibble babble. 

Mai. Sir Topas, 

Clo. Maintain no words with him, good fellow 
Who, I, sir? not I, sir. God b'wi'you, good sir 
Topas Marry, amen. I will, sir, I will. 

Mai. Fool, fool, fool, I say, 

Clo. Alas, sir, be patient. What say you, sir .' I 
am shent for speaking to you. 

Mai. Good fool, help me to some light, and some 
paper ; I tell thee, 1 am as well in my wits as any 
man in Illyria. 

Clo. Well-a-day, that you were, sir ' 

Mai. By this hand, 1 am: Good fool, some ink, 
paper, and light, and convey what 1 will set down 
to my lady ; it shall advantage thee more than ever 
the bearing of letter did. 

Clo. I will help you to't. But tell me true, are 
you not mad indeed ? or do you but counterfeit ? 

Mai. Believe me, 1 am not ; I tell thee true. 

Clo. Nay, I'll ne'er believe a madman, till I see 
his brains. I will fetch you light, and paper, 
and ink. 

Mai. Fool, I'll requite it in the highest degree : 
I pr'ythee, be gone. 

Clo. I am gone, sir. 

And anon, tir, 
I'll be with you again; 
In a trice. 
Like to the old vice, 
Your need to sustain ; 
Who with dagger of lath, 
In his rage and his rvrath. 

Cries, ah, ha ! to the devil ; 
Like a mad lad. 
Pare thy nails, dad. 

Adieu, goodman drivel. [Exit. 

SCENE III Olivia's Garden. 
Enter Sebastian. 

Seb. This is the air ; that is the glorious sun ; 
This pearl she gave me, I do feel't, and see't : 
And though 'tis wonder that enwraps me thus. 
Yet 'tis not madness. Where's Antonio then ? 
I could not find him at the Elephant : 
Yet there he was ; and there I found this credit. 
That he did range the town to seek me out. 
His counsel now might do me golden service : 
For though my soul disputes well with my sense. 
That this may be some error, but no madness, 
Yet doth this accident and flood of fortune 
So far exceed all instance, all discourse. 
That I am ready to distrust mine eyes. 

And wrangle with my reason, that persuades me 

To any other trust, but th^t I am mad. 

Or else the lady's mad ; yet, if 'twere so, 

She could not sway her house, command her 

Take, and give back, affairs, and their despatch. 
With such a smooth, discreet, and stable bearing. 
As, I perceive, she does : there's something in't. 
That is deceivable. But here comes the lady. 
Enter Olivia and a Priest. 

Oli. Blame not this haste of mine ; If you mean 
N'ow go with me, and with this holy man. 
Into the chantry by : there, before him. 
And underneath that consecrated roof, 
Plight me the full assurance of your faith ; 
That my most jealous and too doubtful soul 
May live at peace : He shall conceal it. 
Whiles you are willing it shall come to note 
What time we will our celebration keep 
According to my birth. What do you say ? 

Seb. I'll follow this good man, and go with you ; 
And, having sworn truth, ever will be true. 

Oli. Then lead the way, good father ; And 

heavens so shine, 
That they may fairly note this act of mine ! 



SCENE I The Street before Olivia's House. 

Enter Clown and Fabian. 

Fab. Now, as thou lovest me, let me see his 

Clo. Good master Fabian, grant me another 

rah. Any thing. 

Clo. Do not desire to see this letter. 

Fah. That is, to give a dog, and, in recompense, 
desire my dog again. 

Enter Duke, Viola, and Attendants. 

Dulce. Belong you to the lady Olivia, friends. 

Cln. Ay, sir ; we are some of her trappings. 

Duke. I know thee well ; How dost thou, my 
good fellow? 

Clo. Truly, sir, the better for my foes, and the 
worse for my friends. 

Duke. Just the contrary ; the better for thj 

Clo. No, sir, the worse. 

Duke. How can that be ? 

Clo. Marry, sir, they praise me, and make an ass 
of me ; now my foes tell me plainly I am an ass : 
so that by my foes, sir, I profit in the knowledge of 
myself; and by my friends I am abused : so that, 
conclusions to be as kisses, if your four negatives 
make \our two affirmatives, why, then the worse 
for my friends, and the better for my foes. 

Duke. Why, this is excellent. 

Clo. By my troth, sir, no ; though it please you 
to be one of my friends. 

Duke. Thou shalt not be the worse for me; 
there's gold. . 

Clo. But that it would be double-deahng, sir, I 
would you could make it another. 

Duke. O, you give me ill counsel. 

Clo. Put your grace in your pocket, sir, for this 
once, and let your flesh and blood obey it. 

Duke. Well, I will be so much a sinner to be a 
double dealer ; there's another. 

Clo. Prima, secundo, tertio, is a good play ; and 
the old saying is, the third pays for all : the triplex, 
sir, is a good tripping measure ; or the bells ot ht. 
Bennet, sir, may put you in mind; One, two, 
three. .. r 

Duke. You can fool no more money out of me 
at this throw : if you will let your lady know, I am 
F 2 


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fU. Alkir Mallow 

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Mara, hj all aatva. Hm* tTm I thatl Uo9 mitt 
in aMi.TC w HM i f aka. 
P wali k wy Bfc. r WMH iy aT my kTa ! 

OH. AkiMbitMataikaIba|piird! 

rta. WlM Aaat kigMla yi ? trko daat a yaa 

OIL nm^m Iknpal tkfmttf It H aa lai 7- 
CaU Ikitk Ika baly feckar. rjr Attaadatit. 

Dmkt. Canaavay. (TW Viola. 

OU. W-klthOT. my It4 f Caaarta, fctkMd, ttay. 

ttmt*. Haakaaa* 

ON. Ay. ki>a<, can halbat 4aiy > 

Aaka. Har katkaad, timk ? 

rtm. Ka, any lard, sat I. 

OH. AU*. It U tka taif f af tky fcar. 
Tkat Makaa tkaa a t raag l t Iky yfafriaty : 
Pa* at. Caaarta, tka tky fatwaa ap : 
Bt ikai tkaa kiMw^ tkaa art, aad tkca tkoa art 
JUprnttmltuaHUmtrntat O, wakoaa*. fttbar ! 

To katp ta d arka a w , wkat o cc adow sow 
Ravaali kafcra 1m rip*,) what tbo* dort knov. 
Hatk Mvly part katvtM tkb yoath and ma. 
I>Wm(. ArairtraetaratarMalbeadoriov*, 
Caidtom^ ky mataal jaladar afyov bat, 
Attartatf ky Ika kaly data af Up*. 

flaal> tai aay flnctlaa . kv lay taMtamny : 
(Uaea wkan, my Mak katk laM mm, tovard my 
I kaa tntalM kM two kavia. [gr^*. 

Ddh*. O, tbom dlmnakUBc cab ! what wilt thoa 
Wkattaakattto*dagrluteonthjraw? [ba. 

Or vUl aat aiaa tky craft o ^ickl; grow, 

a OW trip thall b thine overthrvw 
aad lake bar: but direct thy fcrt* 

That Iklaa ewa I 

Whata thaa aad I hcitctfortb m; never i 

rfe. My lacd. I do protctt, 

OH. 0,daotrvaars 

Hold litUa bith, tboBKh thoa batt too mdt ttu. 
EmUr Sir Andrew Age-cbcek . irM U ktd kraAa. 

Xr And. For the love of God. a mrgcoa ; aeBd 

OH. MTkM. 4a yoa aay. Caaario ? Good my oaamiicndy to ir Toky. 

\^t Oa. What's the matlar ? 

rio. My tafr^raaM apaak. aiy tety hadic* me. I Sir And. He 
OH. If It be aaitkt la tka oM taaa. my lord. 
It ia a* Cm aad f akt ai i la mlaa aar. 

A* bowllaf after i 

OH. Ktilt M c 

W-bat ! to 1 

My aoal iteCSraU-MagkriitfkMdi teeath'd 
That ^m derattaa ttndn'4 ' What iban I do 

Cirm iir Tobr a bloody coicotnb too : for the love 
c^CoA, TOUT help : I had ntbcr than fort; ponnd, 
I were *t home. 
Oil. Who ha done thU, Ut Andrew ' 
Sir And. The count'* cctitlenian, one Cetarlo : 
? yo ancivU lady, we took him for a cowaid, bat h* the rerj devil 

My ecnUeman, Ccsario ? 

td. Odt UfWlngt, bre be it -You breke 


Act 5. 



my head for nothing ; and that that I did, I was 
set on to do't by sir Toby. 

Vio. \\'hy do you speak to me ? I never hurt you 
You drew your sword upon me, without cause ; 
But I bespake you fair, and hurt you not. 

Sir And. If a bloody coxcomb be a hurt, you have 
hurt me ; 1 think, you set nothing by a bloody 

Enter Sir Toby Belch, drunk, led by the Clown. 

Here comes Sir Toby halting, you shall hear more 
but if he had not been in drink, he would have 
tickled you othergates than he did. 

Duke. How now, gentleman ? how is't with you 

Sir To. That's all one ; he has hurt me, and 

there's the end on't Sot, did'st see Dick surgeon 

sot ? 

Clo. O he's drunk, sir Toby, an hour agone ; his 
eyes were set at eight i' the morning. 

Sir To. Then he's a rogue. After a passy-mea- 
sure, or a pavin, I hate a drunken rogue. 

Oli. Away with him : Who hath made this ha- 
vock with them ? 

Sir And. I'll help you, sir Toby, because we'll 
be dressed together. 

Sir To. Will you help ? an ass-head, and a cox- 
comb, and a knave ; a thin-faced knave, a gull ? 

Oii. Get him to bed, and let his hurt be look'd to, 
lExeunt Clown, Sir Toby, and Sir Andrew. 
Enter Sebastian. 

Seb. I am sorry, madam, I have hurt your kins- 
But, had it been the brother of my blood, [man; 
I must have done no less, with wit, and safety. 
You throw a strange regard upon me, and 
By that I do perceive it hath offended you ; 
Pardon rne, sweet one, even for the vows 
We made each other but so late ago. 

Duke. One face, one voice, one habit, and two 
persons ; 
A natural perspective, that is, and is not. 

Seb. Antonio, () my dear Antonio I 
How have the liours raek'd and tortur'd me. 
Since I have lost thee. 

Ant. Sebastian are you ? 

Seb. Fear'st thou that, Antonio ? 

Ant. How have you made division of yourself ? 

An apple, cleft in "two, is not more twin 

Than these two creatures. Which is Sebastian ? 

Oli. Most wonderful ! 

Seb, Do I stand there ? I never had a brother : 
Nor can there be that deity in my nature. 
Of here and every where. I had a sister. 

Whom the blind waves ,md surges have devour'd : 

Of charity, what kin are you to me ? [To Viola. 
What countryman ? what name ? what parentage? 

Vin. Of Messaline : Sebastian was my father ; 
Such a Sebastian was my brother too. 
So went he suited to his watery tomb : 
If spirits can assume both form and suit 
You come to fright us. 

Seb. A spirit I am, indeed : 

But am in that dimension grossly clad. 
Which from the womb I did participate. 
Were you a woman, as the rest goes even, 
I should my tears let fall upon your cheek. 
And say Thrice welcome, drowned Viola ! 

Vio. My father had a mole upon his brow. 

Seb. And so had mine. 

Vio. And died that day when Viola from her birth 
Had number'd thirteen years. 

Seb. O, that record is lively in my soul ! 
He finished, indeed, his mortal act. 
That day that made my sister thirteen years. 

Vio. If nothing lets to make us happy both. 
But this my masculine usurp'd attire. 
Do not embrace me, till each circumstance 
Of place, time, fortune, do cohere, and jump. 
That I am Viola : which to confirm, 
I'll bring you to a captain in this town. 
Where lie my maiden weeds ; by whose gentle help 
I was preserv'd, to serve this noble count; 

All the occurrence of my fortune since 
Hath been between this lady and this lord. 

Seb. So comes it, lady, you have been mistook : 
[To Olivia. 
But nature to her bias drtw in that. 
Vou would have been contracted to a maid ; 
Nor are you therein, by my life, deceiv'd, 
Vou are betroth'd both to a maid and man. 

Duke. Be not amaz'd ; right noble is his blood 

If this be so, as yet the glass seems true, 

I shall have share in this most happy wreck : 

Boy, thou hast said to me a thousand times, 

[To Viola. 
Thou never should'st love woman like to me. 

Vio. And all those sayings will I over-swear; 
And all those swearings keep as true in soul, 
As doth that orbed continent, the fire 
That severs day from night. 

Duke. Give me thy hand ; 

And let me see thee in thy woman's weeds. 

Vio. The captain, that did bring me first on shore. 
Hath my maid's garments : he upon some action. 
Is now in durance ; at Malvolio's suit, 
A gentleman, and follower of my lady's. 

Oli. He shall enlarge him : Fetch Malvolio 
And yet, alas, now I remember me, [hither : 
They say, poor gentleman, he's much distract. 
Re-enter Clown, irith a letter. 

A most extracting frenzy of mine own 

From my remembrance clearly banish'd his. 

How does he, sirrah ? 

Clo. Truly, madam, he holds Belzebub at the 
stave's end, as well as a man in his case may do : 
he has here writ a letter to you, I should have 
given it you to-day morning; but as a madman's 
epistles are no gospels, so it skills not much, when 
they are delivered. 

Oli. Open it, and read it. 

Clo. Look then to be well edified, when the fool 
delivers the madman :By the Lord, madam, 

Oli. How now ! art thou mad ? 

Clo. No, madam, I do but read madness : an 
your ladyship will have it as it ought to be, you 
must allow vox. 

Oli. Pr'ythee, read i'thy right wits. 

Clo. So I do, madonna ; but to read his right 
wits, is to read thus : therefore perpend, my prin- 
cess, and give ear. 

Oli. Read it you, sirrah. [To Fabian. 

Fab. [reads.] By the Lord, madam, you wrong 
me, and the world shall know it : though you hare 
put me into darkness, and given your drunken cousin 
rule over me, yet have I the benejit of my senses as 
well as your ladyship. I have your own letter that 
induced me to the semblance I put on ; with the 
which I doubt not but to do myself much right, or 
you much shame. Think of me as you please. J 
leave my duty a little unthought of, and speak out of 
my injury. The madly-used Malvolio. 

Oli. Did he write this ? 

Clo. Ay, madam. 

Duke. This savours not much of distraction. 

Oli. See him delivered, Fabian ; bring him hither. 
[Exit Fabian. 
My lord, so please you, these things further thought 
To think me as well a sister as a wife, [on. 

One day shall crown the alliance on't, so please you. 
Here at my house, and at my proper cost. 

Duke. Madam, I am most apt to embrace your 
Your master quits you ; [To Viola.] and, for your 

service done him, 
So much against the mettle of your sex, 
So far beneath your soft and tender breeding. 
And since you call'd me master for so long. 
Here is my hand ; you shall from this time be 
Your master's mistress. 

Oli. A sister ? you are she. 

Re-enter Fabian, with Malvolia 
Duke. Is this the madman ? 



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Laat him oar terror, drett him with our loe ; 

Act 1. 



And given his deputation all the organs 
Of our own power : What think you of it ? 

Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth 
To undergo such ample grace and honour. 
It is lord Angelo. 

Enter Angelo. 

Duke. Look, where he comes. 

Aiii,^. Always obedient to your grace's will, 
I come to know your pleasure. 

Duke. Angelo, 

There is a kind of character in thy life. 
That, to the observer, doth thy history 
Fully unfold : Thyself and thy belongings 
Are not thine own so proper, as to waste 
Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee. 
Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do ; 
Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues 
Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike 
As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd. 
Bat to fine issues : nor nature never lends 
The smallest scruple of her excellence, 
But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines 
Herself the glory of a creditor. 
Both thanks and use. But I do bend my speeeh 
To one that can my part in him advertise ; 
Hold therefore, Angelo ; 
In our remove, be thou at full ourself : 
Mortality and mercy in Vienna 
Live in thy tongue and heart : Old Escalus, 
Though fiJ-st in question, is thy secondary : 
Take thy commission. 

Au!,r. Now, good my lord, 

Let there be some more test made of my metal, 
Before so noble and so great a figure 
Be stamp'd upon it. 

DuKe. No more evasion : 

We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice 
Proceeded to you ; therefore take your honours. 
Our haste from hence is of so quick condition. 
That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd 
Blatters of needful value. We shall write to you. 
As time and our concernings shall importune. 
How it goes with us ; and do look to know 
What doth befall you here. So, fare you well : 
To the hopeful execution do I leave you 
Of your commissions. 

An^. Vet, give leave, my lord. 

That we may bring you something on the way. 

Duke. I\Iy haste may not admit it ; 
Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do 
\ With any scruple : your scope is as mme own : 
! So to enforce, or qualify the laws 

As to your soul seems good. Give me yotir hand; 
} I'll privily away : 1 love the people. 

But do not like to stage me to their eyes : 
I Though it do well, I do not relish well 

Their loud applause, and aves vehement : 
Nor do I think the man of safe discretion, 
That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. 

Aug. The heavens give safety to your purposes ! 

Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happi- 

Dnke. I thank you : Fare you well. [Exit. 

Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave 
To have free speech with you ; and it concerns me 
To look into the bottom of my place : 
A power I have ; but of what strength and nature 
I am not yet instructed. 

Alls;. 'Tis so with me: Let us withdraw toge- 
And we may soon our satisfaction have [ther. 

Touching that point. 

Escal. I'll wait upon your honour, 


SCENE 11.^ Street. 
Enter Lucio and irro Gentlemen. 
I.tirln. If the duke, with the other dukes, come 
not to composition with the king of Hungary, why 
then all the dukes fail upon the king. 

1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the 
king of Hungary's ! 

2 Geitt. Amen. 

Lucio. Thou concludes! like the sanctimonious 
pirate, that went to sea with the ten command- 
ments, but scraped one out of the table. 

2 Geut. Thou thalt not steal " 
Lucio. Ay, that he razed. 

1 Gent. \\'hy, 'twas a commandment to com- 
mand the captain and all the rest from their func- 
tions ; they put forth to steal : 'I'here's not a soldier 
of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, 
doth relish the petition well that prays for peace. 

2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. 
Lvcio. I believe thee ; for, I think, thou never 

wast where grace was said. 

2 Gent. No ? a dozen times at least. 

1 Gent. What ? in metre ? 

Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language. 

1 Gent. I think, or in any religion. 

Lucio. Ay ! why not ? Grace is grace, despite of 
oil controversy : As for example ; Thou thyself art 
a wicked villain, despite of all grace. 

1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers 
between us. 

Lucio. 1 grant ; as there may between the lists 
and the velvet : Thou art the list. 

1 Gent. And thou the velvet : thou art good vel- 
vet ; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee : 
I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be 
pil'd, as thou art pil'd, for a French velvet. Do I 
speak feelingly now ? 

Lucio. I think thou dost ; and, indeed, with most 
painful feeling of thy speech : 1 will, out of tliina 
own confession, learn to begin thy health; but 
whilst I live, forget to drink after thee. 

1 Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong; have 
I not? 

2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast ; whether thou art 
tainted, or free. 

Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation 
comes ! I have purchased as many diseases under 
her roof, as come to 

2 Gent. To what, I pray ? 

1 Gent. .Tudge. 

2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a-year. 
1 Gent. Ay, and more. 

Lucio. A French crown more. 

1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me : 
but thou art full of error ; I am sound. 

Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy ; but 
so sound, as things that are hollow : thy bones are 
hollow : impiety has made a feast of thee. 

Enter Bawd. 

1 Gent. How now ? ^Vhich of your hips has the 
most profound sciatica ? 

Bamd. Well, well ; there's one yonder arrested, 
and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of 
you all. 

1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee ? 

Bamd. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio. 

1 Gent. Claudio to prison ! 'tis not so. 

Barvd. Nay, but I know, 'tis so : I saw him ar- 
rested ; saw him carried away ; and, which is more, 
within these three days his head's to be chopped oft'. 

Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not 
have it so : Art thou sure of this ? 

Biin'd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting 
madam Julietta with child. 

Lucio. Believe me, this may be : he promised to 
meet me two hours since ; and he was ever precise 
in promise-keeping. 

2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something 
near to the speech we had to such a purpose. 

1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the pro- 

Lucio. Away ; let's go learn the truth of it. 

[Exeunt Lucio and Gentlemen. 

Batvd. Thus, what with the war, what with the 
sweat, wliat with the gallows, and what with po- 


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gitt taM My tout M tH^ tto t M f It Maya, 

Act I. 



Twould be my tyranny to strike and pall them 

For what I bid them do : for we bid this be done, 

AVhen evil deeds have their permissive pass, 

And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my 

1 have on Angelo impos'd the office ; [father, 

Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home, 

And yet my nature never in the sight. 

To do it slander : And to behold his sway, 

I will, as 'twere a brother of jour order. 

Visit both prince and people : therefore, I pr'ythee. 

Supply me with the habit, and instruct me 

How 1 may formally in person bear me 

Like a true friar. More reasons for this action. 

At our more leisure shall 1 render you ; 

Only, this one: Lord Angelo is precise; 

Stands at a guard with envy ; scarce confesses 

That his blood flows, or that his appetite 

Is more to bread than stone : Hence shall we see. 

If power change purpose, what our seemers bj. 


SCENE V A Nuntiery. 
Enter Isabella and Francisca. 

laah. And have you nuns no farther privileges .' 

Fran. Are not these large enough H 

laah. Ves, truly : X speak not as desiring more; 
But rather wishing a more strict restraint 
Upon the sister-hood, the votarista of saint Clare. 

Lucio. Ho ! Peace be in this place ! [H'it'iin. 

Uab. U ho's that which calls .' 

Fran. It is a man's voice: Gentle Isabella, 
"Turn you the key, and know his business of him : 
Vou may, I may not ; you are yet unsworn : 
When you have vow'd, you must not speak with 
But in the presence of the prioress : [men. 

Then, if you speak, you must not show your face; 
Or, if you show your face, you must not speak. 
He calls again ; I pray you answer him. 

[Exit Francisca. 

l$ab. Peace and prosperity ! Who is't that calls ? 
Enter Lucio. 

Lucio. ail, virgin, if you be ; as those cheek 
Proclaim you are no less ! Can you so stead me. 
As bting me to the sight of Isabella, 
A novice of this place, and the fair sister 
To her unhappy brother Claudio ? 

Uab. Why her unhappy brother ? let me ask ; 
The rather, for I now must make you know 
I am that Isabella, and his sister. 

Lucio. (Jentle and fair, your brother kindly greets 
Not to be weary with you, he's in prison. [you : 

Isah. Woe me? for whatf 

Lucio. For that, which if myself might be his 
He should receive his punishment in thanks : 
He hath got his friend with child. 

Uab. Sir, make me not your story. 

Lucio. It is true. 

I would riot though 'tis my familiar sin 
With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest. 
Tongue far from heart, play with all virgins so: 
1 hold you as a thing ensky'd, and sainted ; 
By your renouncement, an immortal spirit; 
And to be talk'd with in sincerity. 
As with a saint. 

Isab. Vou do blaspheme the good, in mocking me. 

Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth, 
'tis thus : 
Your brother and his lover have embrac'd : 
As those that feed grow full; as blossoming time. 
That from the seediiess the bare fallow brings 
To teeming foison ; even so her plenteous womb 
xpresseth his full tilth and husbandry. 

Itab. Some one with child by him ? My cousin 

Lucio. Is she your cousin ? [.Juliet ? 

Jtith. Adoptedly ; as school-maids change their 
By vain though apt affection. [names, 

Lncio. She it is. 

Uab. O, let him marry her ! 

/"f'O. This is the point. 

The tliike is very strangely gone from hence ; 
Bore many gentlemen, myself being one. 
In hand, and hope of action : but we do learn 
By those that know the very nerves of state. 
His givings out were of an infinite distance 
From liis true meant design. I pon his place. 
And with full line of his authority, 
Governs lord Angelo : a man, whose blood 
Is very snow-btoth ; one who never feels 
1 he wanton stings and motions of the sense ; 
But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge 
W ith profits of the mind, study and fast. 
He (to give fear to use and liberty. 
Which have, for long, run by the hideous law. 
As mice by lions) hath pick'd out an act, 
Under whose heavy sense your brother's life 
Falls into forfeit : he arrests him on it ; 
And follows close the rigour of the statute, 
I'o make him an example ; all hope is gone, 
Unless you have the grace by your fair prayer 
To soften Angelo : And that's my pith 
Of business 'twixt you and vour poor brother. 

laab. Doth he so seek his'Ufe ? 

Lucin. Has ccnsur'd him 

Already ; and, as I hear, the provost hath 
A warrant for his execution. 

ls(U>. Alas I .what poor ability's in me 
To do him good ? 

Luciu. Assay the power you have. 

Itab. My power! Alas! I doubt, 

Lucio. Our doubts are traitors, 

And make us lose the good we oft might win. 
By fearing to attempt : Go to lord Angelo, 
And let him learn to know, when maidens sue. 
Men give like gods ; but when they weep and kneel. 
All their petitions are as freely theirs 
As they themselves would owe them. 

Uab. I'll see what 1 can do. 

Lucio. But, speedily. 

Isith. I will about it straight; 
No longer staying but to give the mother 
Notice of my affair. I humbly thank you : 
I omniend me to my brother : soon at night 
I'll send him certain word of my success. 

Lucio. 1 take my leave of you. 

Uab. Good sir, adieu. 



SCENE I A Hall in Angelo's Uovte. 

Enter Angelo, Escalus, a Justice, Provost, Officers, 
and other Attendants. 

Ani;. We must not make a scare-crow of the law. 
Setting it up to fear the birds of prey. 
And let it keep one shape, till custom make it 
Their perch, and not their terror. 

Eacal. Ay, but yet 

Let us be keen, and rather cut a little, [man. 

Than fall, and bruise to death : Alas ! this gentle- 
Whom I would save, had a most noble father. 
Let but your honour know, 
(Whom 1 believe to be most strait in virtue,) 
That, in the working of your own affections. 
Had time coher'd with place, or place with wishing. 
Or that the resolute acting of your blood 
Could have attain'd the effect of your own purpose. 
Whether you had not sometime in your life 
Err'd in this point which now you censure him. 
And pull'd the law upon you. 

Ani;. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus, 
Another thing to fall. I not deny. 
The jury, passing on the prisoner's life, 
Mav, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two 
Guiltier than him they try : What's open made to 

That justice seizes. What know the laws. 
That thieves do pass on thieves ? 'Tis very pregnant. 



Act 2. 

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HaalM, yaali dad faad caaM to whip the 

iaaaL 1 thtek aa laMi Ucad Manew to yoar 

lardahlp. [RsU Annalo. 

Kaw, ilr, eaaM aat What wm dooa to KlboWt 

Ok. Oaaa, ttt? thai* aatfdac done to her 

Km. I kaaaach ywa. air. aak htaa what this aaaa 
Id to an wiC*. 

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XaMl. WaU,iir: whMdid thU ga U a M a a tohar> 
Obk. I kaaaadi yaa, air. look in thU nnttaman* 
M Oaod aHalM ITnkk, laak apoa hia haaoar ; 
UaCM a good p a tpaMi Oath yaar haaoar nark 
' afcea? 
KtetL Ay.atr.vanwaU. 
CSIa. Nay, I kaaaach yoa, aurk It wail. 
JCMrf. Wall. Ida aa. 
da. Doth yaar haaoar aM any harm ia hi* faca ? 
KuaL Why.aa. 

Ota. ni kaaappaaad apoa book, his Ihca to tha 
abaat hUa : Good thaa t If hta faea ba 
aboat him, how coald maatcr Pioth 
y harm f I 
that etytmr honoar. 

KtimL Ve ia tha right: CanatabI*. what My 
yaa to it? 
Km. nrM,an It Ilkayoa.thahoaMtoarMpcctrd 
oaM ; aaxt, thi* it a mpctad fitllow ; aad hi 
liatfCM ia a retftcvtrd woman. 
Obi. By thU hand, air, hia wMk b a mora re- 
Mctad panaa dMa any of aa alU 
Km. Varlat, thaa UcM : thoa liot, wicfcad rarlet : 
M Uma la yM to eoaa, that aha WM avM raapactcd, 
>lth oaaa, wMoaa, m child. 
CU. 8ir, the wm mpM^ed with him bcCira he 
MTriad with hrr. 
/t*f9t. W hirh It the wltar here ? Juticc, ar lai- 

qalty?_U thi I 

ntk. o 

tlina raitiff*! O thoa varlcti O tlioa 
wicked lUnnihal I respected with her, beTore I 
WM married to her ? If ever I wm i M pected with 
her, m- the with roc, let not yoar worthip thhtk 
poor dakcli adicar : Prova this, thca 




wicked Hannibal, or I'll have mine action of bat- 
tery on thee. 

liscul. If he took you a box o' th' ear, you might 
have your action of slander too. 

Elh. Marry, I thank your good worship for it : 
What is't your worship's pleasure I should do with 
this wicked caitift"? 

Escal. Truly, officer, beuiuse he hath some offen- 
ces in him, that thou wouldst discover if thou 
couldst, let him continue in his courses, till thou 
know'st what they are. 

/?ft. Ularry, I thank your worship for it: 
Thou seest, thou wicked varlet now, what's come 
upon thee ; thou art to continue now, thou varlet ; 
thou art to continue. 

Escal. Where were you bom, friend ? [To Froth. 

Froth. Here in Vienna, sir. 

Escal. Are you of fourscore pounds a year ? 

Froth. Yes, and't please you, sir. 

Escal. So ^.What trade are you of, sir ? 

[To the Clown. 

Clo. A tapster ; a poor widow's tapster. 

Escal. Your mistress's name ? 

Clo. Mistress Over-done. 
'Escal. Hath she had any more than one husband ? 

Clo. Nine, sir ; Over-done by the last. 

Escal. Nine! Come hither tome, master Froth. 
Master Froth, I would not have you acquainted 
with tapsters : they will draw you, master Froth, 
and you will hanij them : Get you gone, and let me 
hear no more of you. 

Froth. I thank your worship: For mine own 
part, I never come into any room in a tapnouse, 
but I am drawn in. 

Escal. Well ; no more of it master Froth : fare- 
well. [Exit Froth.] Come you hither to me, 
master tapster ; what's your name, master tapster ? 

Clo. Pompey. 

Escal. What else ? j^e liath but as offended in a dream ! 

C7o. Bum, sir. All sects, all ages, smack of this vice; and he 

Escal. 'Troth, and your bum js the greatest thmg ,p^ ^.^^ ^^j. jj i_ 
about vou ; so that, in the beastliest sense, you are c , a i 

Pompey the great. I'ompey, you are partly a Enter Angeio. 

bawd, Pompey, howsoever you colour it in being a ^^^_ j^'o^y what's the matter, provost : 

tapster. Are you not ? come, tell me true ; it shall pror. Is it your will Claudio shall die to- 
be the better for you. ^ ' pjj "i not tell thee, yea ? hadst thou not 

Clo. Truly, sir, 1 am a poor fellow, that would live. -yY^h/dost thou ask again ? [order ^ 

Escal. How would you live, Pompey :> by being p^^j,_ Lest I might be too rash : 

a bawd ? AVhat do you think of the trade, Pompey ? Under your good correction, I have seen, 
is it a lawful trade? When, after'execution, judgment hath 

Clo. If the law would allow it, sir. Repented o'er his doom. 

Escal. But the law will not allow it, Pompey: J^^^^ Goto; let that be mine : 

nor it shall not be allowed in Vienna. p^ ^^ ,y office, or give up your place, 

Clo. Does your worship mean to geld and spay all j^^^ 5j,^,l ^.gu ^,e spar'd. 
the youth in the city ? Prov. I crave your honour's pardon. 

Escal. No, Pompey. YVhat shall be done, sir, with the groaning Juliet ? 

Clo. Truly, sir, in my poor opinion, they will to t g^^,^ ^ ^.ar her hour, 
then : If your worship will take order for the drabs ^ Dispose of her 

and the knaves, you need not to fear the bawds. .j,^ ^me more fitter place ; and that with speed. 

Escal. There are pretty orders beginning, I can 
tell you : It is but headinjj and han.^'ing. Re-enter Servant. 

Clo. If you head and hang all that offend that g^,.^ Here is the sister of the man condemn'd, 
way but for ten vear together, you'll be glad to give pesires access to you. 

out a commission for more heads. If this law hold ,| ,_ Hath he a sister ? 

in Vienna ten year, I'll rent the fairest house in it, p^or. Ay, my good lord ; a very virtuous maid, 
after three-pence a bay: If you live to see this And to be shortly of a sisterhood, 
come to pass, say, Pompey told you so. If not already. j . ^ i 

Escal. Thank vou, good Pompey . and, in requi- i ^. Well, let her be admittea. 

tal of your prophecy, hark you, I ?,dvise you, let " [Exit hervant. 

me not find you before me again upon any com- jgeg y^u, the fornicatress be remov'd; 
plaint whatsoever, no, not for dwelling where you j j^gt her have needful, but not lavish, means; 
do ; if I do, Pompey, I shall beat you to your tent, i There shall be order for it. 

hither, master Constable. How long have you been 
in this place of constable ? 

Elb. Seven year and a half, sir. 

Escal. I thought, by your readiness in the office, 
you had continued in it some time : You say, seven 
years together ? 

E!b. And a half, sir. 

Escal. Alas ! it hath been great pains to you ! 
They do you wrong to put you so oft upon't : Are 
there not men in your ward sufficient to serve it ? 

Elb. Faith, sir, few of any wit in such matters : 
as they are chosen, they are glad to choose me for 
them ; I do it for some piece of money, and go 
through with all. 

Escul. Look you, bring me in the names of some 
six or seven, the most sufficient of your parish. 

Elb. To your worship's house, sir ? 

Escal. To ray house : Fare you well. [Eocit Elbow.] 
What's o'clock, think you .* 

Just. Eleven, sir. 

Escal. I pray you home to dinner with me. 

Just. I humbly thank you. 

Escal. It grieves me for the death of Claudio ; 
But there's no remedy. 

Just. Lord Angeio is severe. 

Escal. It is but needful : 

Mercy is not itself, that oft looks so ; 
Pardon is still the nurse of second woe : 
Kut vet, Poor Claudio ! There's no remedy. 
Come, sir. [Exeunt. 

SCENE II Another Room in the same. 

Enter Provost and a Servant. 

Sen\ He's hearing of a cause; he will come 
I'll tell him of you. 

Prov. Pray you do. [Exit Servant.] I'll know 
His pleasure ; mav be, he will relent : Alas, 

nd prove a shrewd Cresar to you ; in plain dealing, 
Pompey, I shall have you whipt : so for this time, 
Pompey, fare you well. 

Clo. I thank your worship for your c^ood counsel ; 
but 1 shall follow it, as the ilesli and fortune shall 
better determine. 

Whip me? No, no; let carman whip his jade; 
Thevaliantheart'snot v/hiptout of his trade. 


Enter Lucio and Isabella. 
Prov. Save your honour ! [Qmring to retir 

Ang. Stay a little while.-[T<. Isab.] You a. 

welcome : What's your will ? 
Isab. I am a woeful suitor to your honour. 

There is a vice, that most I do abhor. 

Escal. Come hither to me, master Elbow ; come And most desire should meet the blow of justice 


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rMMMtdMiMMiy: Hv vmM yM to. 
Ifto,wMdttettoMrof j Miaw Mt .ttowM 
BuMfyMMyMrr a.tMakMttot 
Aa4 MMcy ttoa UI M r atto viUiM yMr Ui 

My ilnMf, MMftcr, m my Ma, 

Ito tiM* vttk Mm : to M*t l^ 


n te dM MV. M I. CMMMM ) 


It *Mll 

iMk Tr MurtPW ? O.ttot^MMMl tow* Mm 
B^MCrc|MrMfbr4MiliI Bm fcr mt kltctoM 
WMnttofclrMMM: iluU Mr toaH 
VMi iMi ifiLl ttofa 4* MtetoOT (vm : 

TMr|inMMlM?Goatf.CDo4 m; Urd. tothtak 
Wto to U ttot iMdittti* fo do* oAoc* ? 
Tton^M-yto MM*U. __ 

Amg. Tto tav totfl M toM ted. 

TtoM Mc^y tod Mt ird to do dMt evil. 

^m3i >lMdi> trtato toCn bl^ toM. 
Mato tto ligili w n wto.wltiiMr lyliMi, 

tmt. (I,I*Mm,Mm,i 

i: to will rvlMts 

fna towraa. tto ia klm ! 
vaMk Mr toMtor vtth Mnrif I 
vTlli Mtettt nit ark la tton : 

Lmti> TtoalrtMttortoM.iilHt aMraVltot. 
IM*. TtatMdwaaftMKtalattolartckvMd, 
"MA la dM taMtar It flat MMftoaqr. 

LmtU. Artadlt>'ttal? MataMt. 

4m. H-ky da yM pat Itow Mylai avM aia 7 

faaL BaaaBMMttortty.ttoafh ItarrlltoadMn 

Hatk yt a Mad aTMtdUlai la ItMif. 

TtotaMMttoatMarttolap: CialayMrtoaaM 

- - - ' ^ - It dad 

T Wt Uto a^ir^tadi Mt ftolt t If H ctafcii 

Ut It aat Mad a thtaalit apM yaar l aagat 

iMk GMtl* mn laid, tar* toek. 
Ai^. I win toiMak aM>-CoaM afala ta m 

iMk. Mark, hov III Mlto yM t Gaad My lotd. 

Ame. liav! briteaM? 

ImL Ay. vttk Mak gMa, ttot toaM ttoO 

tora viikyoa. 
Lmci*. Ym tod awn-d all atoa. 
tmk. Not vltk Md itokvlt ttl Ito taatad gaU, 

Ttot ttoU to ap at to a a n. aad < 

WaU : cava ta bm 

tarfo. G to: it it vaU : avay. [AMt U babaL 
/mA. Hra*aa kaaa yaar kaaa ai aafc ! 
Ag. Amm ! tat I 

M ttot way gohn ta laMytaHna. [Ati4. 

iMd: aaw.tiaawaka; 

TakMaataafwtMtltdaMt aad. lite a rraatot. 
Uato ta a glaM, dMt akawt what fatar* cviU, 
- - tokaick'daadkataj 

At wtot koar t aaaa r row 

At aay tIaM "faia noon. 
tm^ Sava vMr kaaoar ! 

[tnmml Lado, iMballa, aii^ Prormt. 

Ang. FrvM Itoa ; aM tram Ihj Tirtue 1 

Wtot'kthU? whatlitMa? IathIatorfalt,orinin' 

Tto ttMftat at tto UiaplaiU wto Mat torn ? Ha'. 

Act 2. 



Not she ; nor doth she tempt : but it is I, 

That lying by the violet, in the sun, 

Do as the carrion does, not as the flower, 

Corrui)t with virtuous season. Can it be. 

That modesty may more betray our sense 

Than woman's lightness ? Having waste ground 

Shall we desire to raze the sanctuary, [enough. 

And pitch our evils there ? O, fy, fy, fj ! 

What dost thou ? or what art thou, Angelo ' | 

Post thou desire her foully, for those things i 

That make her good ? (), let her brother live : 

Thieves for their robbery have authority, | 

When judges #teal themselves. What? do I love 

That I desire to hear her speak again, [her. 

And feast upon her eyes ? What is't I dream on ? 

cimning enemy, that, to catch a saint. 

With saints dost'bait thy hook ! IMost dangerous 

that temptation, that doth goad us on 
To sin in loving virtue : never could the strumpet. 
With all her double vigour, art, and nature. 
Once stir my temper ; but this virtuous maid 
Subdues me quite ; Ever till now, 
When men were fond, I smil'd and wonder'd 
how. [Exit. 

SCENE III A Room in a Prison. 
Enter Duke, habited like a Friar, atid Provost. 
Duke. Hail to you, provost ! so, I think you are. 
Prov. I am the provost : What's vour will, good 

friar ? 
Duke. Bound by my charity, and my bless'd order, 

1 come to visit the alTlicfed spirits 

Here in the prison : do me the common right 
To let me see them ; and to make me know 
The nature of their crimes, that I may minister 
To them accordingly. 
Prov. I would do more than that if more were 

Enter Juliet. 

Look, here comes one; a gentlewoman of mine. 
Who falling in the flames of her own youth. 
Hath blister'd her report : She is with child ; 
And he that got it, sentenc'd : a young man 
TMore fit to do another such offence. 
Than die for this. 

Duke. When must he die ? 

Piov. As I do think, to-morrow 
1 have provided for you ; stay a while, \To Juliet. 
And you shall be conducted. 

Duke. Kepent you, fair one, of the sin you carry ? 

Juliet. I do; and bear the shame most patiently. 

Duke. I'll teach you how you shall arraign your 
And try your penitence, if it be sound. 
Or hollowly put on. 

Juliet. I'll gladly learn. 

Duke. Love you the man that wrong'd you ? 

Juliet. Yes, as I love the woman that wrong'd 

Duke. So then, il eems, your most offenceful act 
was mutually committed ? 

Juliet. Mutually. 

Duke. Then was your sin of heavier kind than 

Juliet. I do confess it, and repent it, father, [hi; 

Duke. 'Tis meet so, daughter : but lest you do 
As that the sin hath brought you to this shame. 
Which sorrow is always toward ourselves, not 

heaven ; 
Showing, we'd not spare heaven, as we love it. 
But as we stand in feai, 

Juliet. I do repent me, as it is an evil ; 
And take the shame with joy. 

Duke. There rest. 

Your partner, as I hear, must die to-morrow. 

And I arn going with instruction to him 

Grace go with you ! lienedicite ! [Exit. 

Juliet. Must die to-morrow ! O, injurious love. 
That respites me a life, whose very comfort 
Is still a dying horror '. 

Prov. 'Tis pity of him. ^Exeunt. 

SCENE IV A Room in Angelo's House. 
Enter Angelo. 

AJig. When I would pray and think, I think and 
To several subjects : heaven hath my empty words ; 
Whilst my invention, hearing not my tongue. 
Anchors on Isabel : Heaven in my mouth. 
As if I did but only chew his name ; 
And in my heart, the strong and swelling evil 
Of my conception: The state whereon I studied, 

like a good thing, being often read. 
Grown fear'd and tedious ; yea, my gravity. 
Wherein (let no man hear roe) I take pride. 
Could I, with boot, change for an idle plume. 
Which the air beats for vain. O place ! O form ! 
Kow often dost thou with thy case, thy habit. 
Wrench awe from fools, and tie the wiser souls 
To thy false seeming ? Blood, thou still art blood : 
Let's write good angel on the devil's horn, 
'Tis not the devil's crest. 

Enter Servant. 
How now, who's there ? 

Serv. One Isabel, a sister. 

Desires access to you. 

Auf^'. Teach her the way. [Exit Serv. 

O heavens ! 

Why does my blood thus muster to my heart 
Making both it unable for itself. 
And dispossessing all the other parts 
Of necessary fitness ? 

So play the foolish throngs with one that swoons ; 
Come all to help him, and so stop the air 
By which he should revive and even so 
The general, subject to a well-wish'd king, 
Ouit their own part, and in obsequious fondness 
Croud to his presence, where their untaught love 
Must needs appear offence. 

Enter Isabella. 

How now, fair maid ? 

Isab. I am come to know your pleasurp. 

Ang. That you might know it, would much bel- 
ter please me, 
Than to demand what 'tis. Your brother cannot 

laab. Even so ? Heaven keep your honour I 


Ang. Yet may he live a while ; and it may be. 
As long as you, or I : yet he must die. 

Isab. Under your sentence ? 

Ang. Yea. 

Isab. When, I beseech you ? that in his reprieve. 
Longer, or shorter, he may be so fitted. 
That his soul sicken not. 

A7ig. Ha! Fye, these filthy vices! It were as 
To pardon him, that hath from nature stolen 
A man already made, as to remit 
Their sawcy sweetness, that do coin heaven's image. 
In stamps that are forbid : 'tis all as easy 
Falsely to take away a life true made. 
As to put mettle in restrained means. 
To make a false one. 

Isab. 'Tis set down so in heaven, but not in earth. 

Ang. Say you so ? then I shall poze you quickly. 
Which had you rather. That the most just law 
Now took your brother's life ; or, to redeem him. 
Give up your body to such sweet uncleanness. 
As she that he hath stain'd? 

Isab. Sir, believe this, 

I had rather give my body than my soul. 

Ang. I talk not of your soul ; Our compell'dsins 
Stand more for number than accompt. 

Isab. How say you ? 

Ang. Nay, I'll not warrant that ; for I can speak 
Against the thing I say. Answer to this ; 
I, now the voice of the recorded law, 
Pronounce a sentence on your brother's life ; 

78 MKASLnt^ ruK 

T* I1U bcMlMrt Uii ? 

111 Ukm H pnl la my WMtl, 
H It M ! M all. bt cbarit;. 

Amf. nM^d yiMi ! doX u peril of your .>ui, m 

Wlmaraai yotw of ! and charity. iTtai 

iMlw Tkat I do iNf hfa lie*, tflt b Hn. ^ar. Hl> 

Hmm, Im mm kMT It ! yarn sraMtef of My Ut. /*. : 

If tlut b ate. I'M auk* It my aoni |ar Mltlch 

TlulladddtotlMteilCiormlM, iTepteckM 

AadMthtafaryow, MMWOT. .<.' 

itiV^ NV.lNitkMriM:|Mywaidatr 

Ymnwmm Mmaa mi mbMt HlMr jm 

Act T 

W Miai 



P MM lo*. 

rnc* inX, 

III it >>, 

io. Ml mine booevr. 


iJr Mm ao. craftH* i mU dMfH 

faak. Ut M* k* %Mrwt. hhI 
Bw ginluMlj to kaw I am 

4^. TiMa vtadma vithm to ayyaw 
WIM II ddi ua llMir : aa tbaaaVUck 
rwililm MMkMd kMty Umm I 
TWb ^mmta cmrid dkmlayad Bmmartawt 
Ta k* iHild rUteTni afMk Mra (ram 

ta*. . 

ili^. Aad kla aflkMM la . aa It ay fa ia 
AowilMH I* ih Uw pon tkat paJw. 

4m. AdMM M allMr vy la kia Ufi. 
(Aa rikiflk> Ba( llMfl. imv ay ailMr. 
Bm te dM lam afMaartaaJ Ikai ymi, kk akMr. 
Ftadhv ywmair MiM aT Mflk a iMaaaa. 
Wkaaa ctadll with tka Jd. at awm yraat pUea^ 

tlfflM all MMIi^ tow ; and tiMl Umot wi 
Ka aankly immi M*a Mm. kM dMi aMbar 
Vaa mat lay dawa dm laawMaa af yw ka^i 

Tbat la, Wat* I mm 

TkM la w g lt 1 ha** kM* flak Ikr, an 14 ytaM 

TbMW - 

MHar H vara, a krothar dlad M anc. 
TiMa tkat a lialar, by radamaiac bba, 

Ay. Waa IM yoa tbaa aa craal aa tba 
tWl yaa baa* alaadaffM aa ? 

laak Ijtii II ilay la riaiim. aad fin 


JMb. O, Mwdaa ma, aay load : H eft Mb oat, 

Waal wa'd bava, w* tpcak aai wbat 

Ifaot a faadaiy, kat aaty ba. 

Ova. aad aaeeaad ky waakaaa 

Amm. Sas, 

ElM lat my kroibar die, 

M> aaat waM aa laay aiM 
WonaaUOfala fcaaaaa ! aaa tbalr craatioa mar 
Iaftfaic^tba. IVay.calt as tea timet frail; 
Par a aa* tail aa awr caairtexiaiu are. 

Aaa owa y< 

I aill pnSU. 
iUsa MM a prr 

My 1 

My eaacb aca 
Will ao year . 
Tbat yoa tbAl 
Aadaov I c^ 
PUthy cR*ri 
Lay by all nl. . 
Tbat Iwnith 
B!r yiaidiac .. 
Bat tby aaku 
To liogerlax - 
i> tba ail. 
Ill proToa i^i.>.> 

/Mti. TowbaaatbaUIooini' t 

irhaaldbaU*a*aM7 Op 
"kai kaa naikfi aiaad tt 

JMdlat dM tov auk* eoan'M 
Haekiat ^"^ VlfM ** vraaa to ihr vpetiie, 
TefaUawaillfiaaa: FU ta my krahar > 
TWib ba batb Cillaa by mampiar* aT dm bit 
Yal badi ba bi bka aach a adad oTbaamur. 
Tbat bad ba twoaly baada la taadar dawa 
twanly Maay Maeka, W4 ytaM dmai ap, 
ira bU dMar tbeahl bar body atoav 
To aacb akbwr^ pallattoa. 
Tbaa Imbai, U* chasda, and, kradiar, dla: 
Mar* tbaa oar krotber is nr ehaadty. 
Ill tell bim yet of AnMlo't r t naa si , 
Aad At bU adad la deatb. for bla aaall iwt. 




8CB?7B 1,-A Jtama fa tkt PHttm. 

Emter Daka, Claodio, aad rroTosU 

Dmkr. 8o, tbn yon bope of pardon from Ion 

Anelo > 
CUmd. Tbe miserable have no ether medirir 
Bat only hope : 
1 bare bope to live, and am prepn'd to die. 

Dmkt. Be abaoiate for death ; either death, or IH 
Shall thereby be the sveetcr. Kcasoa thus il 
If I do lose thee. I do low a thins [It 

That none but fooU vonid keep : a breath thou i 
(Serrlle to all the sWcy Inruence*.) 
That doM this hblut^ 
Hoorly afllici : mcrel n 
For him thoa labu^<t 

think it veil : 
>ryaron sex, 

(Sine*. I tappeae, weawaudetobcnostronite 

Tbaa faalts may shake oar flraaaea,) let hm heboid ; ' For all the accoounodadoM diat thon bear^t, 
I do arrest year wards ; Ba dud yoa ai, ^ *^ 

That it, a wiman : If yoa k amre, yoaYe none ; 
If yoa ka on*, (as yoa ar* M ai yi aa a M 

And yet rvn'tt tovsr 


J Arc nars'd by baseaeai : TboB art by no 

Por tboa deal fcar the aoft aad tender fork 

^ict 3. 



Of a poor worm : Thy best of rest is sleep, i 

And that thou oft provok'st ; jet grossly fear'st ' 

Thy death, which is no more. Thou art not thyself; 
For thou exist'st on many a thousand grains 
That issue out of dust : Happy thou art not : 
For what thou hast not, still thou striv'st to get ; 
And what thou hast, forget'st : Thou art not 

certain ; 
For thy complexion shifts to strange effects. 
After the moon : If thou art rich, thou art poor ; 
For, like an ass, whose back with ingots bows. 
Thou bear'st thy heavy riclies but a journey. 
And death unloads thee : Friend hast thou none ; 
For thine own bowels, which do call thee sire. 
The mere effusion of thy proper loins. 
Do curse the gout, serpigo, and the rheum. 
For ending thee no sooner : Thou hast nor youth, 

nor age ; 
But, as it were, an after-dinner's sleep. 
Dreaming on both : for all thy blessed youth 
Becomes as aged, and doth beg the alms 
Of palsied eld; and when thou art old, and rich, 
Thon.hast neither heat, aifection, limb, nor beauty. 
To make thy riches pleasant. What's yet in this. 
That bears the name of life ? Yet in this life 
Lie hid more thousand deaths : yet death we fear. 
That makes these odds all even. 

Claud. 1 humbly thank you. 

To sue to live, I find, I seek to die ; 
And, seeking death, find life : Let it come on. 
n<er Isabella. 

Isab. ^\Tiat, ho ! Peace here ; grace and good 
company ! 

Prov. ^Vho's there ? come in : the wish deserves 
a welcome. 

Duke. Dear sir, ere long I'll visit you again. 

Clawl. Most holy sir, I thank you. 

Isab. My business is a word or two with Claudio. 

Prov. And very welcome. Look, signior, here's 

Duke. Provost, a word with you. [your sister. 

Prov. As many as you please. 

Duke. Bring them to speak, where I may be 
Yet hear them. [Exeunt Duke nnd Provost. 

Claud. Now, sister, what's the comfort ? 

Isab. ^\Tiy, as all comforts are; most good in 
Lord Angelo, having affairs to heaven, [deed : 

Intends you for his swift embassador, 
^A'here you shall be an everlasting leiger : 
Therefore your best appointment make with speed : 
To-morrow you set on. 

Claud. Is there no remedy ? 

Isab. None, but such remedy, as, to save a head. 
To cleave a heart in twain. 

Claud. But is there any ? 

Isab. Yes, brother, you may live ; 
There is a devilish mercy in the judge. 
If you'll implore it, that will free your life. 
But fetter you till death. 

Claud. Perpetual durance ? 

Isab. Ay, just, perpetual durance ; a restraint. 
Though all the world's vastidity you had. 
To a determin'd scope. 

Claud. But in what nature ? 

Isab. In such a one as (you consenting to't) 
Would bark your honour from that trunk you bear. 
And leave you naked. 

Claud. Let me know the point. 

Imb. O, I do fear thee, Claudio ; and I quake. 
Lest thou a feverous life should'st entertain. 
And six or seven winters more respect 
Than a perpetual honour. Dar'st thou die ? 
The sense of death is most in apprehension ; 
And the poor beetle, that we tread upon. 
In corporal sufferance finds a pang as great 
As when a giant dies. 

Claud. Why give you me this shame ? 

Think you 1 can a resolution fetch 
From flowery tenderness ? If I must die, 
I will encounter darkness as a bride. 
And hug it in mine arms. 

Isab. There spake my brother ; there my father's 
Did utter forth a voice ! Ye?, thou must die : 
Thou art too noble to conserve a life 
In base appliances. This outward-sainted deputy, 
Whose settled visage and deliberate word 
Nips youth i'the head, and follies doth enmew. 
As falcon doth the fowl, is yet a devil ; 
His filth within being cast, he would appear 
A pond as deep as hell. 

Claiul. The princely Angelo ? 

Isab. O, 'tis the cunning livery of hell. 
The damned'st body to invest and cover 
In princely guards ! Dost thou think, Claudio, 
If 1 would yield him my virginity. 
Thou might'st be freed ? 

Claud. O, heavens ! it cannot be. 

Isab. Yes, he would give it thee, from this rank 
So to offend him still : This night's the time 
That I should do what I abhor to name. 
Or else thou diest to-morrow. 

Claud. Thou Shalt not do't. 

Isab. O, were it but my life, 
I'd throw it down for your deliverance 
As frankly as a pin. 

Claud. Thanks, dear Isabel. 

Isab. Be ready, Claudio, for your death to-mor- 

Claud. Yes. Has he affections in him, [row. 
That thus can make him bite the law by the nose ; 
When he would force it ? Sure it is no sin ; 
Or of the deadly seven it is the least. 

Isab. Which is the least ? 

Claud. If it were damnable, he, being so wise. 
Why, would he for the momentary trick 
Be perdurably fin'd? O Isabel ! 

Isab. What says my brother ? 

Claud. Death is a fearful thing. 

Isab. And shamed life a hateful. 

Claud. Ay, but to die, and go we know not where ; 
To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot ; 
This sensible warm motion to become 
A kneaded clod ; and the delighted spirit 
To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside 
In thrilling regions of thick-ribbed ice; 
To be imprison'd in the viewless winds. 
And blown with restless violence round about 
The pendent world ; or to be worse than worst 
Of those, that lawless and incertain thoughts 
Imagine howling ! 'tis too horrible I 
The weariest and most loathed worldly life. 
That age, ach, penury, and imprisonment 
Can lay on nature, is a paradise 
To what we fear of death. 

Isab. Alas ! alas I 

Claiul. Sweet sister, let me live : 

What sin you do to save a brother's life. 
Nature dispenses with the deed so far. 
That it becomes a virtue. 

Isab. O, jou beast ! 

O, faithless coward ! O, dishonest wretch ! 
Wilt thou be made a man out of my vice ? 
Is't not a kind of incest, to take life 
From thine own sister's shame ? What should I 

think ? 
Heaven shield, my mother play'd my father fair ! 
For such a warped slip of wilderness 
Ne'er issu'd from his blood. Take my defiance : 
Die ; perish ! might but my bending down 
Reprieve thee from thy fate, it should proceetl : 
I'll pray a thousand prayers for thy death. 
No word to save thee. 

Claud. Nay, hear me, Isabel. 

Isah. O, fye, fye, fye ! 

Thy sin's not accidental, but a trade : 
Mercy to thee would i)rove itself a bawd : 
'Tis best that thou diest quickly. [Gwns- 

Claiul. t) hear me, Isabella. 

Re-enter Duke. 
Duk.: Vouchsafe a word, young sister, but one 


Ityaar wttl? ithem with hU comfort: llocd hla*owhol, 

I ymm 4lg9tmm vlih ;ar trirarr. 1 1 i-metMliiuc. in hrr, disro^eric* of dithoiMW ; in 
wM b* Mrf hj kat* MM* MOTcfc witli you : the ' f, brttowed hrr on her own UincntMioa, which 
llrtrfietll 1 M lfin. It Ukwt>a juor own the vrt wrart for hit ulie ; and he. a marbl* to her 
bMMAt. tear*, U washed with thetn, but relents Dot. 

tm^ 1 te M ! MMf* t any ata; /*. What a Barlt wcr* it in < 
MM h alalaa Mt aT athrv aCUn; bi I wiU at- 

oJt. [Tt ClMdla. *Mr.] ta^ 1 hn9 
kMWi trhai hath ftm hatvMi yM airt ymm 

It llim<h af hwiaw hi Iwr.haili ail hlw that 

raalMa 4Mlal hkii ha I* mart gfaMi lafaeai**: 
laai r w fc iii r >a A n gala , imt I k*iMaa ha 
traat llMnftaMpara7ot*atf tatfaaihi DaMt 
aMMy 9M iMhMta with hafaa ikM an MUMc : 
la w an aw yaa Mart dia s |* ta yaar kaaaiw aai 

*'*****'' ___^ _ 

at ariava wteh lifc. ihM I IU mm ha vMaT It. 
idbi JMA^Mthacvi FaiawaU. 

' [MmH 

^,9*. What-* yff wUl.ftMi 

iiMk*. Thaia7iaicaMMw7iillhafaaa: 
^aava Ma a whlla wMk tha MaM j mj mimtff. 
iMi with My haMt, aa las *aB loKh har hf 

l^^lmtmA tim*. [Mall Pn 

tehf. Tha haa ikat hadi Maa 7 Mr. 
Mria y faadi Iha a iiia M t, that It chM 
aaay . MakM haaMy hrtaf ta gaaAMM t hM giMa. 
ali Iha Ml aT MOT MMfiadaii. *mM half Iha 
haiy aril avar Mr. Tha aMalt. that AtWatolMlh 
Maila la yaa, f ai f a halh caavayM ta aiy wmim- 
Hill III t airf,hlhal ftail^hlh tiiiii>ltir 
* " I thaaM witiit at " " 

M*. laMaawgalatta tawlMhlMt 1 had rs- 
ihar av htathw <lt hv tha Uw, Iha* My tan ihaaM 
ha MOawAiay hanu Bai0.havaBadi la thagaad 


>aMlatftaAaala* Ifararl 
:tahlM. I ' 

Saht. Thu riMll aat ha araeh 

Yai, M 

afyaaoaly Thaia f aia, flwaaw 
yaar aar aa mv adefataa* ; ta tha laea I haa la 
tIalM aaaA. a ranady praaaaU itaalf. I tU Mska 

H ywar haUa^ a. ayjraa 

a yaar viaaflM lai^ a aMrltad haaaMt 
yaar hrathar nM iha aagiy law ; da aa 


iMk Lai Ma haar aa 
aHrltiadaMylhtBf &at t ffaar i aat Ibaliatha 
0th aTtay^HMt. 

IlB*e. Vbtaa is haM, and raedana nerer fear- 
fill. HT yoa aat haaid saaak of Mariana the 
siitarar Madarlck. dM graal aoldiar, who miscar- 

Jaa*. I haa haaid of dw lady, aad good weeds 

laaahaaMlhia Aaaoiaha^ 

a har hy aatfi, aaAiha aaptial appalatad : 
wMch teaoT Iha caalract, aad liaUt of 

at aa.haalM to ttat aarMi'd aasri tb dowry of 

hitaistor. ^M Mark, Ww haatrUy tfds baM ta tha 

4h*l*ataaoMa aadra- 

,to Ma laaa toward har avar I 

klad aad nataral ; with Mm tha partioa aad aiaaw 
of her fortano, har Maiilatt daaij : with both, 
hr combinat* haitaait, Ihia Will la rwlat Aaceio. 

Imk. Ca thU ha M 7 

iB*. Laft har ta hv laats, aad I 

|Mor BMld from th* world! What eorrmtioa ta 
thU life, that It will lot ihU aiaa Ua ! Bat haw 
oat of this oaa tha avaU > 

Dmkt. It la a twpiUtn that yoa May aasily haal : 

aad tha can af it aat aaly mw yoar brother, but 

koepa yoa fkM d l t h aaaa r ta deli it. 

lea*. BhawMahaa.gaodtathar. 

IMta. TMaftriaaMid Maid hadiaatta har the 

r i rt aaaa B i af har tint, a a ktt l aa t Mt a^fast un- 

kladaaw, dHl ta aO lOMaa dMaM haaa^aancbed 

har tarok iMth. Uka aa i Mfad la iMt ta Iha earraat, 

auda It aiera olalaal and anraly. Uo yea to An- 

Irtaj aaswar Mt laaalriaff with a plaasiUa obo- 

I ti^aawHhMadrMandstaihopatattealy 

<-mair ta thla adraaa^a, dr at, that yaar 

li Mm aiay aat ba laaai that Iha tlaaaauy 

Jwdtraad allaacatali; aad tha ptaea 

ta aaaoaalaaoas tMa hatac fraatad ta 

aav Mtowa aU. Wo ahah adriN iMa 

par ^Uc at If Iha aaaaa 

by thla. la yaar hiwther taoed, yoar hea- 

Mad, Iho aaar Martaaa adraataaad, aad 

d**aty scaled. The maid wilH fraMo, 

If yoa think waU to 

aad MMke dt fcr Ma all 

Imik. Tha tat^aeTHglvM aw aaataat already: 
aad, I m u , H wtn grew taa aMst praaiparaaa par- 

Ha**. NHh aachta vaar haMtag ap; 
yaaapeedOytaAiWatot iTftvttttatabtha 
yaa to Ma bed, glaa Mm laeailii aTaaiM 
1 wUI iwaaaaily to 

at the M oo t ed 
Martaaa: Ai that 
pU< call apea aw : Md Jasitlth with Angcio, 
Ihai It May be ^alok^. 

ot*. I thaak yoa tw iMa eooarert : Para yon 
voU. good Ihthar. [Mjtnmt rnvtrmltg. 

SCENE ll^T%* mrmt i^fhrt tkt Frimm. 
KmUr Dakc, ms a rHtir : f JUoi Elbow, Clown, aad 

JEtt. Nay, if there b* ao remedy for it, bnt that 
a will aoada bay aad aell men and wooicn like 
aals, we shall have all the world drink brown 

Dmkt. O, heavens ! what stuff* i* here ? 

CI*. TwM fieer merry world, sine*, of two 

larlea, th* aacrrlert was put dowa, aad th* w< 

allowM by ordor of law a fntrM nown to keep Mm 

WHM t aad fhrrM with fox and larob-aklns too, to 

0. Come yoar way, sir: Blew yoa, | 
father friar. 

Omkt. Aad loa, good brother Cubcr : Mliat 

Ibace hath thb awa made yoa. air ? 

Elk. Marry, sir, he hadi alftadid dw law : and. 
air, we take Mm to be a dii*r too, sir : for we 

akt. Pre, airrah ; a bawd, a wicked bawd ! 
Tha oril that Ihoa caotcat to b don*. 

t Is thy awons to live ; Do thoo bat think 
Hltat tls to cram a ma, or clothe a back, 
ProM each a 6Uhy tice : say to thyself, 
ProM their abominable and beastly toacbc* 
I drlak, I oat. array myaeif.aad Uto. 
Caaat thoa bellaaa d^ lirlM I* a lifc. 
Sosdnkinglydepeadtag? Ga, awad, go, mead. 
Cfo. Indead, It doM attok la sooae sort, sir ; bi 
yet, sir, I woald p r o i* 




Duke. Nay, if the devil have given thee proofs 
for sin, 
Thou wilt prove his. Take him *o prison, officer ; 
Correction and instruction must both work. 
Ere this rude beast will profit. 

Bib. He must before the deputy, sir; he has 
given him warning ; the deputy cannot abide a 
whoremaster : if he be a whoremonger, and comes 
before him, he were as good go a mile on his 

Duke. That we were all, as some would seem to be. 
Free from our faults, as faults from seeming, free ! 

Enter I.ucio. 

Elb. His neck will come to your waist, a cord, sir. 

Clo. I spy comfort ; X cry, bail .' Here's a gentle- 
man, and a friend of mine. 

Lucio. How now, noble Pompey ? What, at the 
heels of Caesar ? Art thou led in triumph ? What, 
is there none of Pygmalion's images, newly made 
woman, to be had now, for putting the hand in the 
pocket and extracting it clutch'd ? What reply ? 
Ha ? What say'st thou to this tune, matter, and 
method ? Is't not drown'd i' the last rain ? Ha ? 
What say'st thou, trot? Is the world as it was, 
man ? Which is the way ? Is it sad, and few words ? 
Or how ? The trick of it ? 

Duke. Still thus, and thus ! still worse ! 

Lucio. How doth my dear morsel, thy mistress ? 
Procures she still ? Ha ? 

Clii. Troth, sir, she hath eaten up all her beef, 
and she is herself in the tub. 

Lucio. Why, 'tis good ; it is the right of it : it 
must be so : Ever your fresh whore, and your pow- 
der'd bawd : An unshunn'd conseqxience ; it must 
be so : Art going to prison, Fompev ? 

Clo. Yes, faith, sir. 

Lucio. ^V'hy 'tis not amiss, Pompey : Farewell ; 
Go ; say, I sent thee thither. For debt, Pompey ? 
Or how ? 

Elb. For being a bawd, for being a bawd. 

Lucio. ^Vell, then imjirison him : If imprison 
ment be the due of a bawd, why, 'tis his right : 
Bawd is he, doubtless, and of antiquity too : bawd 
born. Farewell, good Pompey : Commend me to 
the prison, Pompey : Vou will turn good husband 
now, Pompey ; you will keep the house. 

Clo. I hope, sir, your good worship will be my 

Lucio. No, indeed, will I not, Pompey ; it is not 
the wear. I will pray, Pompey, to increase your 
bondage : if you take it not patiently, why, your 

mettle is the more : Adieu, trusty Pompey Bless 

you, friar. 

Duke. And you. 

Lucio. Does Bridget paint still, Pompey ? Ha ? 

Elb. Come your ways, sir ; come. 

Clo. You will not bail me then, sir ? 

Lucio. Then, Pompey ? nor now WTiat news 

abroad, friar ? What news ? 

Elh. Come your ways, sir ; come. 

Lucio. Go, to kennel, Pompey, go: 

[Exeunt Elbow, Clown, and Officers. 
What news, friar, of the duke ? 

Duke. I know none : Can you tell me of any ? 

Lucio. Some say he is with the emperor of Rus- 
sia ; other some, "he is in Rome : But where is he, 
think you ? 

Duke. I know not where : But wheresoever, I 
wish him well. 

Lucio. It was a mad fantastical trick of him, to 
steal from the state, and usurp the beggary he was 
never born to. Lord Angelo dukes it well in h: 
absence ; he puts transgression to't. 

Duke. He does well in't. 

Lucio. A little more lenity to lechery would do 
no harm iri him : something too crabbed that way 

Duke. It is too general a vice, and severity must 
cure it. 

Lucio. Yes, in good sooth, the vice is of a great 
kindred ; it is well ally 'd : but it is impossible to 

extirp it quite, friar, till eating and drinking be put 
down. Ihey say, this Angelo was not made bv 
man and woman, after the downright way of cre- 
ation is it true, think you ? 

Duke. How should he be made then ? 

Lucio. Some report, a sea-maid spawn'd him : 

Some, that he was begot between two stock-fishes : 

But it is certain, that when he makes water, his 
urine is congeal'd ice ; that I know to be true : and 
he is a motion ungenerative, that's infallible. 

Duke. You are pleasant, sir ; and s]>eak apace. 

Lucio. Why, what a ruthless thing is this in him, 
for the rebellion of a cod-piece, to take away the 
life of a man ? M'ould the duke, that is absent, have 
done this ? Ere he would have hang'd a man for 
the getting a hundred bastards, he would have paid 
for the nursing a thousand : He had some feeling 
of the sport ; he knew the service, and that in- 
structed him to mercy. 

Duke. I never heard the absent duke much de- 
tected for women ; he was not inclined that way. 

Lucio. O, sir, you are deceived. ^ 

Duke. 'Tis not possible. 

Lucio. Who ? not the duke ? yes, your beggar 
offifty; and his use was, to put a ducat in her 
clack-dish : the duke had crotchets in him : He 
would be drunk too ; that let me inform you. 

Duke. You do him wrong, surely. 

Lucio. Sir, I was an inward of his : A shy fellow 
was the duke : and, 1 believe, I know the cause of 
his withdrawing. 
Duke. What, I pr'ythee, might be the cause ? 

Lucio. No, pardon ; 'tis a secret must be lock'd 
within the teeth and the lips : but this 1 can let 
you understand, The greater file of the subject 
held the duke to be wise. 

Duke. Wise ? why, no question but he was. 

Lucio. A very superficial, ignorant, unweighing 

Duke. Either this is envy in you, folly, or mis- 
taking ; the very stream of his lite, and the business 
he hath helmed, must, upon a warranted ^eed, give 
him a better proclamation. Let him be but testi- 
monied in his own bringings forth, and he shall ap- 
pear to the envious, a scholar, a statesman, and a 
soldier : Therefore, you speak unskilfully ; or, if 
your knowledge be more, it is much darken'd in 
your malice. 

Lucio. Sir, I know him, and I love him. 

Duke. Love talks with better knowledge, and 
knowledge with dearer love. 

Lucio. Come, sir, I know what I know. 

Duke. I can hardly believe that, since you know 
not what you speak. But, if ever the duke return, 
(as our prayers are he may,) let me desire you to 
make your answer before him : If it be honest you 
have spoke, you have courage to maintain it : I am 
bound to call upon you; and, 1 pray you, your 
name ? 

Lucio. Sir, my name is Lucio ; well known to the 

Duke. He shall know you better, sir, if I may 
live to report you. 

Lucio. I fear you not. 

Duke. O, you hope the duke will return no more : 
or you imagine me too unhurtful an opposite. But, 
indeed, I can do you little harm : you'll forswear 
this again. 

Lucio. I'll be hang'd first : thou art deceiv'd in 
me, friar. But no more of this : Canst thou tell, if 
Claudio die to-morrow, or no ? 

Duke. Why should he die, sir ? 

Lucio. Why ? for filling a bottle with a tun-dish. 
I would, the duke, we talk of, were returned again ; 
this ungenitur'd agent will unpeople the province 
with continency ; sparrows must not build in his 
house-eaves, because they are lecherous. The duke 
yet would have dark deeds darkly answer'd ; he 
would never bring them to light : would he were 
return'd ! Marry, this Claudio Is condemned for 
untrussing. Farewell, good friar ; I pr'ythee, pray 
for me. The duke, I say to thee again, would eat 


j4rt 4. 

I mm FtUays. Hmt nvm pMt it : ;*t. aftd I 


CMrf. O*, away vttli iMr t* filiw, 

Mi*Ni awi Wlill KMt <! M with 

ktocMM li : 
JmM/k I I 

t kMT to an* ataM to I 

rtiMt U*i 

ftmUA>t wttk tt^mm, ut4 Hart all tfcarlliMt yw- 

^Maw fla ataaw 7*a iM* ftlar kaik kaaa wMi 
Ma^ < adtiMtf Ite 9m ika iilalaBiii aT 

Aato. Ncr tkh caaify. ikaagli tmj rhTi 

nr vractMH onlv, late caaw Aaa iha taa, 
la ^i r lal > ailtei flrwa M> l u l l awi. 

Jtoal. WlMlaavtaknadl-UMwaM? 

Sate. KM,tatdMtlM*toaa9Mtaft!i 
gi liam. <ha tto ^ItealaHwa af U mm* ear* tt: 
naalt; to aaly ta rc^aaM ; aad It to m danfteaa* to 
baafa4 to My kla^ r eaatM, as It toi ht aaa*to 
ha CMMtoat te aay aa4attaklag. Tfeaa towarea 

aaaMb. to atoka Mlaa 
aMck aM*toilMla ffaaa tlw Mm af dto 
waiM. IMa aav* k aM aaaak.7at It toataty 
*% aaaa. I faay jraa. tlr, rUl ili nrit lw 

Ftrtl. I mm going to Tuit ill* piiMMr: rrr 
yoa well. 
itmJt*. Paaca ba with jroa ! 

IRrtmil Eicalus md Pro > 
Ha, who tha word aThaATca win bear. 
M ba M holy m Mr ; 

to know, 
eiaea to Mand, a4 viitaa Ro ; 
Mart aor teM to otban paTlBjt. 
Thaa hw to lfa < ftw ca wcijching. 
BWwa ta ktoa, wImm cral urikina 

To waa4 aay vlca, and lot hU grow < 
O, what May aMM wttbta htoa hMa. 
Thaagh aajMl oa tkaaafward Ma ! 
aiay Ift aa , aiada la iilam. 

R aaalBM lea I arart aaafy i 
k Tairia la-aUK ritoirGa 
Bto aM haOatha^bM aMlM t 

8CSNK I ^ llM U Mariaaa't HaM. 

tMr. ak lakt fhaM Uptrnm ^ , 

Ami Utmm 4yr*. <* *** <^> 
LigkU tUi * mdihmi HU aiam 
aa< o Mm tWaf afa<a, 

Mlf V<M. Ia< MaTd Im min 

mmTd im vmlm. 

Mfi. Btoak oiTthy mbc and bajte thee < 
away ; 
Han aatoaa a laan vt cu iii ftirt , vImm adrice 
Hath eftaa MOIld tmj knwiing dlicoaiant 

I cry )ea m mny^ itti and wall eeaid wbh 
Vaw had aat m4um aaa ban to aiaalcal * 


itodClaadla|in|aiid. I aM ntoda to aiadar- 
rtaad. Umi yaa haaa laM Um Ttottatloa. 

Mte. tta nil to haa lacalvad a ' 

t willingly 


Eiiiatog ifiliii af life: which I. by m; 
Maaia, haaa dliiandltid to him. and now ii 
KmmL Yaa haaa r*** tta biaiaai yaar fbnctlaa, 
aadtbapatoaaar Ikatoaydahtaf yaar calUaf. I 
ha*alabear'd Car tha yaav tbaaa- 
II art hara af aiy to adai t y ; bM aay ktalhar Jaa- 
itcchav* I laandMMaaaa, that ha hath farad aw 
to ull him. ba to ladaad Jattica 
Dukt. IfhtoewaHfcaaawaribaatnitaaMarbto 

CKaadiaK, it tbaU kacana htaa waO ; wharaia. U 
chaK* to bU. ba hath a a a t a iKai Wiaaclt 

ancfa diipltoild, bat Blea*'d 
i>Bk. Tto gaad: tboagh madek oft hatjt tuch 
a ch ai ai , 
ka bad gaad, and gaad ararak* to hitrm. 
yea, taU ato, hath any body laqaircd for me 
-day7 HMdi araatbktfaaabaTa I pr 


Mmri. Yea haaa aat bacn la^ifad afkar i I ha< 
aat baia all d<y. 

ly baliava yoa: Tha time 

Uttlas toay ba. I will eaU apaa yaa aaaa, for 
MRia advantaga to yoanalf. 

JTari. I am always b a a nd to yaa. [Bxii. 

Dmkt. Very wall mat, and walcaana. 
What i* the ncwa htm HOm gaad dcpaty > 

lh. Ha hath a gardaa Um a iatoaiM wHh brick, 
Whotr wcatern rfda to wMi a vtaMrard bacfcM ; 
And to that la a yaid to a alaachad gate. 
That oMkto hto aaaadag wMh ttto higicer krr 
Tbto altaar daih aaaMMd a tmia *Mr, 
%Vliicb fkaM dw vlaayaai to ika garden lead < 

There hare I nada my arotoito to call on him, 

Upon the beay i 
DiJce. Bat ihall ya 

thi way> 
laat. I hara ta'cn a daa and wary note apant j 

yoar knowledge find 

Act 4. 


With -whispering and most guilty diligence. 
In action all of jirecept, he did show me 
The way twice o'er. 

Duke. Are there no other tokens 

Between you 'greed, her observance ? 

Isfi!>, Xo, none, but only a repair i' the dark; 
And that I have possessed him, my most stay 
Can be but brief : for I have made him know, 
I have a servant comes with me along. 
That stays upon me ; whose persuasion is, 
I come about my brotlier. 

Duice. 'Tis well borne up. 

I have not yet made known to .Alariana 
A word of this : What, ho ! within ! come forth ! 

Re-enter ?>IaTiana. 
I pray you be acquainted with this maid ; 
She comes to do you good. 

Isab. I do desire the like. 

Jhtke. Do yoa persuade yourself, that X respect 
you ? [found it. 

Mai-i. Good fiiar, I know you do ; and have 
Duke. Take then this your companion by tlie 
Who hath a story ready for your ear : 
I shall attend your leisure ; but make haste ; 
The vaporous night approaches;. 
Alari. \Vill't please you walk aside ? 

[ExcHJit Mariana and Isabella. 
Dake. O place and greatness, millions of false 
Are stuck upon thee ! volumes of report [eyes 

Run with these false and most contrarious quests 
Upon thy doings! thousand 'scapes of wit 
Make thee the father of their idle dream. 
And rack thee in their fancies ! Welcome 
agreed ? 


Re-enter Mariana and Isabella. 

Isal). She'll take the enterprize upon her, father. 
If you advise it. 

Duke. It is not my consent. 

But my intreaty too. 

Isal). Little have you to say. 

When you depart from him, but, soft and low, 
Remember now my brother. 

Mart. Fear me not. 

Duke. Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all : 
He is your husband on a pre-contract : 
To bring you thus together, 'tis no sin ; 
Sith that the justice of your title to him 
Doth flourish the deceit". Come, let us go : 
Our corn's to reap, for yet our tithe's to sow. 


SCENE II A Room in the Prison. 

Enter Provost and Clown. 

Prov. Come hither, sirrah : Can yon cut ofF a 
man's head ? 

Clo. If the man be a bachelor, sir, I can : but if 
he be a married man, he is his wife's head, and I 
can never cut off a woman's head. 

Prov. Come, sir, leave me your snatches, and 
yield me a direct answer. To-morrow morning are 
to die Claudio and IJ irnardine : Here is in oui 
prison a common executioner, who in his office 
lacks a helper : if you will take it on you to assist 
him, it shall redeem you from your gyves ; if not, 
you shall have your full time of imprisonment, and 
your deliverance with an unpitied whipping ; for 
you have been a notorious bav/d. 

Clo. Sir, I have been an unlawful bawd, time 
out of mind ; but yet I will be content to be a law- 
ful hangman. I would be glad to receive some in- 
struction from my fellow partner. 

Prov. What ho, Abhorson ! Wliere's Abhorson, 
there ? 

Enter Abhorson. 
Abhor. Do you call, sir ? 

Prov. Sirrah, here's a fellow will help you to- 
morrow in your execution : If you think it meet, 

I compound with him by the year, and let him 
' abide here with you; ifnot, usehim for the pre- 
sent, and dismiss him : He cannot plead his esti- 
mation with you ; he hatli been a bawd. 

Abhor. A bawd, sir ? Fye upon him, he will dis- 
credit our mystery. 

Prov. Go to, sir ; you weigh equally ; a feather 
will turn the scale. [Exit. 

Clo. Pra), sir, by your good favour, (for, surely, 
sir, a good favour you have, but that you have a 
hanging look,) do you call, sir, your occupation a 
mystery .-> 

Abhor, Ay, sir ; a mystery. 

Clo. Painting, sir, I have heard say, is a mys- 
tery ; and your whores, sir, being members of my 
occupation, using painting, do i>rove my occupa- 
tion a mystery : but what mystery there should 
be in hanging, if I should be ha'ng'd, I cannot 

Abhor. Sir, it is a mystery. 
Clo. Proof. 

Abhor. Every true man's apparel fits your thief 
If it be too little for your thief, your true man 
thinks it big enough ; if it be too big for your thief, 
your thief thinks it little enough : so every true 
man's apparel fits your thief. 

Re-enter Provost. 
Ptov. Are you agreed ? 

Clo. Sir, I will serve him; for I do find, your 
hangman is a more penitent trade than your bawd ; 
he doth oftener ask forgiveness. 

Prov. You, sirrah, provide your block and your 
axe, to-morrow four o'clock. 

Abhor. Come on, bawd ; I will instruct thee in 
my trade ; follow. 

Clo. I do desire to learn, sir ; and, I hope, if you 
have occasion to use me for your own turn, you 
shall find me yare : for, truly sir, for your kind- 
ness, I owe you a good turn. 

Prov. Call hither Barnardine and Claudio : 

[Exeunt Clown and Abhorson. 
One has my pity ; not a jot the other. 
Being a murderer, though he were my brother. 

Enter Claudio. 
Look, here's the warrant, Claudio, for thy death : 
'Tis now dead midnight, and by eight to-morrow 
Thou must be made immortal. Where's Barnar- 
dine ? [labour 
Claud. A& fast lock'd up in sleep, as guiltless 
When it lies starkly in the traveller's bones : 
He will not wake. 

Prov. Who can do good on him ? 

Well, go, prepare yourself. But hark, what noise ? 
[Knocking rvithin. 
Heaven give your spirits comfort ! [Exit Claudio. 

By and by : 
I hope it is some pardon, or reprieve. 
For the most gentle Claudio Welcome, father. 
Enter Duke. 
Duke. The best and wholesomest spirits of the 
night [late ? 

Envelop you, good provost ! AVho called here of 
Proi^, None, since the curfew rung. 
Duke. Not Isabel r 

Prov. No. 

Duke. They will then, ere't be long. 

Prov. What comfort is for Claudio ':' 
Dtike. There's some in hope. 

Prov It is a bitter deputy. 
Dake. Not so, not so; his life is parallel'd 
Even with the stroke and line of his gieat justice ; 
He doth with holy abstinence subdue 
That in himself, which he spurs on his power 
To qualify in others : were he ineal'd 
With that which he corrects, then were he ty- 
rannous ; 
But this being so, he's just. Now are they come 
[Knocking within Provost goes out. 
This is a gentle provost': Seldom, when 
G 2 


Act 4. 

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^kv*. PariMMW, 0aa< Ctlkari k 

jESw Tb M. a to Mt Mkatttataa. 
Mkib Tm U1 ditok yM kiaw aaAa MaflkB< . 
If tka <ka a aa ck tka k ill aTyaar iai HM ? 
^ram. BMvkatHkalAhmlktodMtT 

kat a cartalwij. Vet 

4m I taa yam tmatal, Ikat aaldMr aaj caat. tote- 
yky. aa r to y awaatlia, i m wkk imi i tl iK tm. 
rin ga tmtim ikM I aMMt. m H<Mk all 4an 
at aT yaa. Laak im. ak. kan k dw kaad awl 
MUaTdwAaka. Vm kM Hm dwraetar. I 4at>i 

nk. TkaaaMaaaa aT iMa kikarataniaf ti 
4aka: yaadtollaaaaai w r aikatyaat ylaaaar. 

'iataya dadl flaA* wMria tkaa tva 4aya ka * 

kakam. TMa k a tklat. tkat Abm'" kaawa no: 

fcr ka tkk van ay racaivaa kaian af akaaaa toBo 

. af dw tekiTa 4aalh s vard 

ikiakiiis Pat aat ya wi alf lato aiinaatoiaf. 

rtlMMlkki^*MMka. all ^Mkaltka ar kat 
aaa* vkM ikM ara tatova. Call imi aiatiaUwiu. 
MiaTvMi B a aJto a ^ kaa< ; 1 wiB giaa Ma a 
pra w a t tkrtft. amA adrka kla Cor a kattor atac*. 
ad : bat thU aban akaaUkly 
raalva yaa. Comm away ; It U almaat claar dawa. 


8CKNB Ul^aaOrr Maam to Mr aamt. 
da. I aa M vaO aeaaalntad barr. aa I vaa in 
at irifciiiia : cm wMid tbhik. it 

to Oaa^daaani aw* haaaa, ftr hart ba aawy of 
M c aa to at ti . Pim. hata^ yaaat aaatrr 
ha>i tai r a raamidHy rf kraara yayar aatd 

wUdi haaada 


ha' VMM Mil dnnk aaay tfaaa a day. If hart yaaaf Dtay. aad yaMg aattor Ptaa tea. 
ay dqa alkiU draak. Vahavawry aAM aad aaatar Ci i fp i i ly ai , aad aaator gtarM-lackey 

Thaa haa va 
ar Ptaa tea, 
r SiarWteckey 
M,aM yaaat I>raa4Mir 
that kUl^d tatty PaMhibjto* toaaiar PMIirt^ tba 
tf ttar, aad braa aaattarlhaa-da *a graat travrikr 
aad wild Hatf-CM that ttabb'd Pata, aad. I tbiak. 

brow. Prwvaat. kMaaly aad eaaataacy: If I jfiprty more; all craat daar* ta oar trade, i 
itiiattrly,aayaackatfllka|alkaa; bM aow for tb* Lord'* aaka. 

atildBMafaycaaataK,! wCTIayayaalfta - - 

rd. Ctaadio. alhaa kMt fM k* a warram xamr Aammw^. 

latbaki ldB Mafaycati . 

baaard. CUadio. alhaa hart yM b* i 

Maieto.kMgTaaataMttodttlawtbMAa- AMar. Steiab, 

Act 4. 



Clo. Master Barnardine ! you must rise and be 
hang'd, master liarnardine ' 

Abhor. What, ho, Barnardine ! 

Bainar. ilVitltin.] A pox o' your throats! Who 
makes that noise there ? What are you ? 

Clu. Vour friends, sir ; the hangman : Vou must 
be so good, sir, to rise and be yut to death. 

liurnar. [Within.] Away, you rogue, away; 1 
am sleepy. 

Abhur. Tell him, he must awake, and that 
quickly too. 

C.ln. Pray, master Barnardine, awake till you are 
executed, and s^leep afterwards. 

Abhor. Go in to him, and fetch him out. 

CVi). He is coming, sir, he is coming ; I hear his 
straw rustle. 

Enter Barnardine. 

Abhor. Is the axe upon the block, sirrah ? 

Clo. Very ready, sir. 

Bamar. How now, Abhorson ? what's the news 
with you ? 

Abhor. Truly, sir, I would desire you to clap into 
your prayers ; for, look you, the warrant's come. 

Hiirnar. Vou rofjue, I have been drinking all 
night, I am not fitted for't. 

Clo. O, the better, sir; for he that drinks all 
night, and is hang'd betimes in the morning, may 
sleep the sounder all the next day. 

Enter Duke. 

Abhor. Look you, sir, here comes your ghostly 
father ; Do we jest now, think you ? 

Duke. Sir, induced by my charity, and hearing 
how hastily you are to depart, I am'come to advise 
you, comfort you, and pray with you. 

liarnar. Friar, not I ; I have been drinking 
hard all night, and 1 will have more time to pre- 
pare me, or they shall beat out my brains with 
billets : I will not consent to die this day, that's 

Duke. O, sir, you must ; and therefore, I beseech 
Look forward on the journey you shall go. [you, 

Barnar. 1 swear, I will not die to-day for any 
man's persuasion. 

Duke. But hear you, 

Barnar. Not a word ; if you have any thing to 

say to me, come to my ward ; for thence will not I 

to-day. [Exit. 

Enter Provost. 

Duke. Unfit to live, or die : O, gravel heart ! 
After him, fellows ; bring him to the block. 

[Exeunt Abhorson and Clown. 

Prov. Now, sir, how do you find the prisoner ? 

Duke. A creature unprepar'd, unmeet for death ; 
And, to transport him in the mind he is. 
Were damnable. 

Prnv. Here in the prison, father. 

There died this morning of a cruel fever 
One Ragozine, a most notorious pirate, 
A man of Claudio's years ; his beard, and head. 
Just of his colour : What if we do omit 
This reprobate, till he were well inclined ; 
And satisfy the deputy with the visage 
Of Ragozine, more like to Claudio ? 

Duke. O, 'tis an accident that heaven provides ! 
Despatch it presently ; the hour draws on 
Prefix'd by Angelo : See, this be done. 
And sent according to command ; whiles I 
Persuade this rude wretch willingly to die. 

Prov. This shall be done, good father, presently. 
But Barnardine must die this afternoon : 
And how shall we continue Claudio, 
To save me from the danger that might come. 
If he were known alive ? 

Duke. Let this be done ; Put them in recret 
Both Birnardine and Claudio : Ere twice 
The sun hath made his journal greeting to 
The under generation, you shall find 
Vour safety manifested. 

Prov. I am your free dependant. 

Duke. Ouick, despatch. 
And send the head to Angelo. [Exit Provost. 
Now will 1 write letters to Angelo, 
The provost, he shall bear them, whose con- 
Shall witness to him, I am near at home j [tents 
And that, by great injunctions, I am bound 
To enter publickly : him I'll desire 
To meet me at the consecrated fount, 
A league below the city ; and from thence. 
By cold gradation and weal-balanced form, 
We shall proceed with Angelo. 

Re-enter Frovost. 
Prov. Here is the head ; I'll carry it myself. 
Duke. Convenient is it : Make a swift return ; 
For I would commune with you of such things. 
That want no ear but yours. 
Prov. I'll make all speed. 

Isab. [Within.] Peace, ho, be here \ 
Duke. The tongue of Isab^ : She's come to 
If yet her brother's pardon be come hither : 
But I will keep her ignorant of her good. 
To make her heavenly comforts of despair .^ 

When it is least expected. 

Enter Isabella. 

Uab. Ho, by your leave. 

Duke. Good morning to you, fair and gracious 

Uab. The better, given me by so holy a man. 
Hath yet the deputy sent my brother's pardon ' 

Duke. He hath releas'd him, Isabel, from the 
His head is oflT, and sent to Angelo. [world ; 

Isab. Nay, but it is not so. 

Duke. It is no other : 

Show your wisdom, daughter, in your close pa- 

Isab. O, I will to him, and pluck out his eyes. 

Duke. You shall not be admitted to his sight, 

Isab. Unhappy Claudio ! Wretched Isabel ! 
Injurious world ! IMost damned Angelo ! 

Duke. This nor hurts him nor profits you a jot : 
Forbear it therefore; give your cause to heaven. 
Mark what I say ; which you shall find 
By every syllable, a faithful verity : 
The duke comes home to-morrow ; nay, dry your 
One of our convent, and his confessor, [eyes; 

(Jives me this instance : Already he hath carried 
Notice to Kscalus and Angelo; 
Who do prepare to meet him at the gates. 
There to give up their power. If you can, pace 

your wisdom 
In that good path that I would wish it go ; 
And you shall have your bosom on this wretch, 
(Jrace of the duke, revenges to your heart. 
And general honour. 

Isah. I am directed by you. 

Duke. This letter then to Friar Peter give ; 
'Tis that he sent me of the duke's return : 
Say, by this token, I desire his company 
At Mariana's house to-night. Her cause, and yours, 
I'll perfect him withal ; and he shall bring jou 
Before the duke ; and to the head of Angelo 
Accuse him home, and home. For my poor self, 
1 am combined by a sacred vow. 
And shall be absent. Wend you with this letter : 
Command these fretting waters from your eyes 
With a light heart ; trust not my holy order. 
If I pervert your course Who's here. 
Enter Lucio. 

Lvcio. Good even ! 

Friar, where is the provost ? 

Duke. No* within, sir. 

Lucio. O, pretty Isabella, I am pale at mine 
heart, to see thine eyes so red : thou must be pa- 
tient : I am fain to dine and su)> with water ana 
bran ; I dare not for my head fill my belly ; one 
fruitful meal would set me to't ; But they say the 




*r thU MM daj. Pai* 7 

LmtU. Nay.UHTy: im Kealc( with the*; Icm 
A tbM wvtty Utea of tlM 4k. 

Date. Ym Imm idM hm im mmK$ r kin ! 
i^^.lflteytetn*; If Mt nM.MM 

Itate. DM jM Mch thliw? 
LmtU. Yo. Marn.^M I : bt mm Mm % tm- 
vMr tt : Um; vmM Im Ih 

IMk. (Or, >w 

i.M4^ 1^ an I . ^ 

IMM^ ^ : IfU47 talk JlkmA y, ni luw 
OTUtttont: N7. Mjt. 1 MR klMl oT ImiT. 1 
hiUrttek. [C' 

SCINB IV.-J mmm ta Aafrf^ Hm(. 

int Mwidi 

from thU to that. 
Go, call at Flavhu'bwM*, 
I day : KiTc the like nattw 
T* ValitiMn, RMTlaiMl, and to i rut. 
And Md ihMi bilac Ih* trumpcu to th gat* ; 
u MBd ma FUvtaa Cnc 

F.Ptttr. ItthaUbatMcdedveU. 

[&><< Friar. 
Xairr Varrina. 

Varriiu; thim ha*t mad* 

Dal-*. I thank thae. 

Cmo*. va will walk : 
WUI KTHt M har* ai 

TbOTe** ether afwir firicnda 
an, lajr (tatla Vairlo*. 

SCENE VI. jrf nmr O* CUg Gmtt. 
Mmtrr Inbdla and Mariana. 

Imk. Ta a^Mk ao Indlrectlt, I an loath ; 
I ald m; the truth ; bat to acrv^ him to, 
That l yoar part : yrt I'm advlt'd to do It ; 
Ha tays to vrit fall pnrpoac. 

Mmri. Bcrvrdbyhim. 

laa*. D wld a a. ba talU ma, that, H pcradvcoturc 
Ha lyiak aRalMt ma e tha advaiaa Udc. 
I ahanld Boc think itatranct; far tlaa phj^lck. 
Than hhtar ta awt and. 

mmwi. 1 vo^d. friar Patar- 

Imk. O, paM: the f^lar is cor 

fairr Ttiv Patar. 

F. Mirr. CaB*, I have fovad joa eat a statul 

Whart jea may bar* aach ^antaj;* en the doke. 
He Aan i 


yeti; Twice hare the trampcta 

The ganeraaa and gret ritlrem 
Have hant tha gafaa, and very near apon 
Tha dk ta aarHac; th aia fa w hanoa, away. 

aMTwan. I heaaaeh yen.laC H I 
Mtawa i*tha mam. III eall at yew heww: 

Will m wa t- la U 
Hew aright * 

Ttr my a adw rt i / h 
BrtH iiiilkiiiii tha 

her maMea iaaa. 


SCENE I. it r'UUk PUf mtmr tkt CUg CMt. 
MartMa ^mUtd,) laabella, aW Peter, af a dtttncr. 

Saftr mt t ppi l ^mts, Dnke, Varrim, I>erd*: 

Aadiele, Eicalat, Lncio, Prorott, Officers, mmJ 


Dmkr. My vary worthy ceatia, fUrty met : 
Oar old and faithfkl (Head, we are ulad tesceyoa. 

Amg. aW Btcml. Happy ratnm be to year roTal 

*. JlMv aad hearty thaakinfs to yea both. 
We have aud* iitqairy er yoa s aad we itear 
9ach KOodaaM ef year jartice, that ear seal 
Caanot bat yield yea fbrth to paklic thanks, 
(* reqaital. 



SCENE VriMs m tth am l tU Turn. 
ttr Dake i> U* > teM^aiW Priar Peter. 
Thaaa laUen at ftt lima daUvcr ma. 

fGitie IttUr*. 
. rm% ear parpase, aariear plot. 
- beiac afoot, keep year iaatiactteii. 

wrorg it. 
To lock It In the ward* of coert 1 
When it dfiervcs with characters of 1 
A forted rnMence, 'fkatX the I 
And rAXure of okliTion ; dre 
.And let the tabject ttv, to make l 
That outward couTtewes woaid Cain \ 
Favoars that keep within. Come, Eacalaa: 
Yoa mau walk b; us on our other hand ; 
Aad good sapportcrs are >oa. 

Petrraed laabeHa nrnt^rwari. 

m* year band* 
>ke tham knew 


ta year time; apeak lead, aud 

Itab. Jasticc, t royal dake ! Vail yMff regard 
fpon a wTonu'd, Pi* fain ha^e said, a maid \ 
() vorthj (trinre, diihonoar not year eye 
}It throwing it on any other object. 
Till ion hsTe heard ma ia my Craa cemplaint. 
And grten me, Jn^tJcc. Jaatla^ >aalic, Jastkw 

Ad 5. 


Pardon it ; 

Duke. Ilelate vour wrongs ; In what ? By whom ? 
Be brief : 
Here is lord ^\ngelo shall give jou justice ! 
Reveal yourself to him. 

Uab. O, worthy duke, 

Vou l)icV me seek redemption of the devil ; 
Hear me yourself; for that which 1 must speak 
Must either punish me, not being believ'd, 

Or wring redress from you : hear me, O, hear me, I He would not, but by gift of my chaste body 
here. { To his concupiscible intemperate lust, 

Ani^. My lord, her wits, I fear me, are not firm : I Release my brother ; and, after much debatement. 
She hath been a suitor to me for her brother, I My sisterly remorse confutes mine honour. 

Cut off by course of justice! And I did yield to him : But the next mom be- 

Isab. By course of justice ! 1 His purpose surfeiting, he sends a warrant [times 

Ang. And she will speak most bitterly, and , For my poor brother's head. 

The phrase is to the matter. 

Duke. Mended again : the matter ; Proceed. 

Isah. In brief, to set the needless process by. 
How I persuaded, how I pray'd, and kneel'd. 
How he refell'd me, and how I reply'd ; 
(For this was of m.uch length,) the vile conclusion 
I now begin with grief anil shame to utter : 


Isab. Most strange, but yet most truly, will I 
speak : 
That Angelo's forsworn ; is it not strange ? 
That Angelo's a murderer ; is't not strange ? 
That Angelo is an adulterous thief. 
An hypocrite, a virgin-violator ; 
Is it not strange, and strange ? 
Dtike. Nay, ten times strange. 

Isab. It is not truer he is Angelo, 
Than this is all as true as it is strange : 
Nay, it is ten times true; for truth is truth 
To the end of reckoning. 

Duke. Away with her ; Poor soul. 

She speaks this in the infirmity of sense. 

Isah. O prince, I conjure thee, as thou believ'.st 
There is another comfort than this world, 
That thou neglect me not, with that opinion. 
That I am touch'd with madness ; make not im- 
That which but seems unlike : 'tis not impossible 
But one, the wicked'st caitiff on the ground, 
Blay seem as shy, as grave, as just, as absolute, 
-is Angelo ; even so may Angelo, 
In all his dressings, characts, titles, forms. 
Be an arch-villain ; believe it, royal prince. 
If he be less, he's nothing; but he's more. 
Had I more name for badness. 

Duke. By mine honesty. 

If she be mad, as I believe no other. 
Her madness hath the oddest frame of sense, 
Sucli a dependency of thing on thing. 
As e'er I heard in madness. 

Isab. O, gracious duke. 

Harp not on that : nor do not banish reason 
For inequality ; but let your reason seive 
To make the truth appear, where it seems hid ; 
And hide the false, seems true. 

Duke. Many that are not mad, 

Have, sure, more lack of reason What would 

Isah. I am the sister of one Claudio, [you say ? 
Condemn'd upon the act of fornication 
To lose his head ; condemn'd by Angelo : 
I, in probation of a sisterhood. 
Was sent to by ray brother . One Lucio 
As then the messenger ; 

Lucio. That's I, an't like your grace ; 

I came to her from Claudio, and desir'd her 
To try her gracious fortune with Lord Angelo, 
For her poor brother's pardon. 

Isab. That's he, indeed 

Duke. You were not bid to speak. 

Lucio. No, my good lord 

Nor wish'd to hold my peace. 

Duke. I wish you now then 

Pray you, take note of it : and when you have 
A business for yourself, pray heaven, you then 
Be perfect. 

Lucio. I warrant your honour. 

Duke. The warrant's for yourself ; take heed toil. 

Isah. This gentleman told somewhat of my tale. 

Lucio. Right. 

Duke. It may be right ; but you are in the wrong 
To speak before your time Proceed. 

Isah. I went 

To this pernicious caitiff deputy. 

Duke. That's somewhat madly spoken. 

Duke. This is most likely ! 

Isab. O, that it were as like as it is true ! 
Duke, ii's heaven, fond wretch, thou know'st not 
what thou speak'st ; 
Or else thou art suborn'd against his honour. 
In hateful practice : First, his integrity 
Stands without blemish : next, it imports no rea- 
That with such vehemency he should pursue [son. 
Faults proper to himself : if he had so offended. 
He would have weigh'd thy brother by himself. 
And not have cut him off: Some one hath set you 
Confess the truth, and say by whose advice [on ; 
Thou cam'st here to complain. 

Isab. And is this all ? 

Then, oh, you blessed ministers above, 
Keep me in patience ; and, with ripen 'd time. 
Unfold the evil which is here wrapt up 
In countenance ! Heaven shield your grace from 
As I, thus wrong'd, hence unbelieved go ! [M-oe, 
Duke. I Vnow, you'd fain be gone : -An officer ! 
To prison with her Shall we thus permit 
A blasting and a scandalous breath to fall 
On him so near us ? This needs must be a practice. 
Who knew of your intent, and coming hither ? 
Isab. One that I would werehere, friar Lodowick. 
Duke. A ghostly father, belike: Who knows that 

Lodowick ? 
Lucio. My lord, I know him ;' tis a meddlingfriar ? 
I do not like the man : had he been lay, my lord. 
For certain words he spake against your grace 
In your retirement, I had swing'd him soundly. 

Duke. AVords against me ? This' a good friar, 
And to set on this wretched woman here [belike ' 
Against our substitute ! Let this friar be found. 

Lucio. But yesternight, my lord, she and that 
I saw them at"the prison : a saucy friar, [friar 

A very scurvy fellow. 

F. Peter. Blessed be your royal grace .' 

I have stood by, my lord, and I have heard 
Your royal ear abus'd : First, hath this woman 
;\Iost wrongfully accus'd your substitute ; 
Who is as free from touch or soil with her. 
As she from one ungot. 

Duke. We did believe no less. 

Know you that friar Lodowick, that shespeaksof? 
F. Peter. I know him for a man divine and holy ; 
Not scurvy, nor a temporary meddler. 
As he's reported by this gentleman ; 
-And, on my trust, a man that never yet 
Did, as he vouches, misreport your grace. 

Lucio. Mv lord, most villainously ; believe it. 
F. Peter.'WeW, he in time may come to clear 
But at this instant he is sick, my lord, [himself ; 
Of a strange fever: Upon his mere request, 
(Being come to knowledge that there was complaint 
Intended 'gainst lord .Angelo,) came I hither, 
To speak, as from his mouth, what he doth know 
Is true, and false ; and what he with his oath, 
-And all probation, will make up full clear. 
Whensoever he's convented. First, for this woman ; 
(To justify this worthy nobleman, 
So vulgarly and personally accus'd,) 
Her shall you hear disproved to her eyes. 
Till she herself confess it. 
Duke. Good friar, let's hear it. 

[Isabella is carried o,fl; j^iarded ; and 
Mariana comes forward. 


Act 5 

Pint. IM k *M IMT ftc* : ad. ^^m, m 
JtaH. r ow. My lot : I vUl M ah** 

What. ! 7i aMrri 

.\T* no mort 
re miirhiier mc 
;i4e , mj I 

JfcK. N,7l. 

N*. ay I 

Dmk. WV.yM 

An Mhte tkMt NiUMr mM. wtaw, or 

tMffc My UK*. * MM b* MMk t fcr Many 
TtlMM 0* mtUkm maM. M. mv Mb. 
Date. h4iMtkMMIi 1 MM.blMd mm* 

Tp*Mtl*fcrMMMtt [CMM 

ib Wail. My l4. 

JIM. Mv l. I 4* rfb I M^ w 
AmC I fcM.I !*. aM MakI: 
I Iw k a wiy Imm<I > yataiylMahaM 

l i^wi MawMT turn aoTMa My kMkaa i 
Aii akM Mai. aif laa. vttli MM* a UMak 
WlM rn 4iVaM I lM Mm hi Mtoa anM, 
WMh aUilw aflhM ariam 

Thoujrh thc< 
Wt tMttM^x. 
it with My r 
Tatatf aatih 
^. Ptitr. V . 

ih my brt ; 

>t ihott. ihy 

Halh m ttaa 
Voar a f iaii 
Aad ha May ftaeh hln 
Oii*. Ga.4altlMi 
Aatf yaa. My aaMa an 

as Mmt you bct, 

rU pTOVMt. 

I roatin, 


flaO a . Na * yaa Miy, yar h a ihtad 

MmH. Why.laat.My lar4.aallMttoAca(a, 
Wha iMaka. ha taava, ihatha aa-M kaaw My ba4y, 
aft kaaw*. ha MUnka. ttat ha lwa lasbalV 

Amf. Thlt > a itiaaai ahaia ; Lf* Mathy fcea. 

JtoH. My hwhaaihM* Ma 

sa thaa avarlM. aa wanh tha I 
to tha haa. wMah. wtlh a aaw^ aMt 

Tha* taak avay tha auuch flroM I 


Or atoa te vtm ha cMfiacd bare. 

I did hat tmile till 

r ma tb copc of jv 

I* taach*4: 1 a pvcaivc, 


mn larA. giva ma tb copc of jaaticc ; 

WMIaaaaiaBt hat Mir aat yaa, till yaa baTrwrii 
DatHMlaaa apa thaa* ilaMdwari. 

SMal. My tord, wall do It theroagbIy^r&H< 
Dka.1 8%alar I acio, 4M aot yoa m;. yaa kaav 
that mar Latfavick to ha a dtehoaast panoa ? 

LmtU. C mrmKmt aM JkiH mtmntkum : boaart In 
alhlw,bM ta htoalalhM I and OM that hatfi tpok* 
mm* aiilalaiM Miirhw rftha <abaw 

Wa ihaU aatfaat yaa ta ablda hara till h 


Ma be* 111 haadia bar. 

Lmti^ Not battar thaa ha. by bar i 

Ktmt May yaa ? 

LmtU. Marry. Ut. I thtek, IT yaa baajla* bar 
ftlvalaly. ba woald laaaar caafaai iwrihaana. 
Uckly. ihall 

I* Itaballa ; Ik* Daka ia tkt 
TtiMS'% hmbil, mmd ProvoO. 
KtmL I will go darkly ta work a lib bar. 

Thafk tha way i tm woman an light at 

[TV lMbclla.1 bara'a a 

ibaai: CoMaani 

CaalB. Myb 
tUI wacallap 

tMci*, MaM. 

BfL CaaM. tir: Did yoa aat thaMvoMaa aa 

I ilaa4m lard Aagalo? tbay bara coafaaa'd yoa 

Data. Tit blae. 

Steal. How ! know joa whcra yoa ara ? 

Ila fcf . Rcapact to your great pUca ! and lat the 
Ba aaoatima bonoar'd for bU barning thraaa: 
Wbcfa It the dake ? tU ba ahoald haar mm apaak. 

Kml. Tb daka*! in ui ; and wa will baa* yaa 
1 ook, you tpetk jattly. 

Dmkt. Boldl;. at Icaat : Bat, O. paer aaai^ 

Coma yoa to aaak tba lamb hara af tha fox ? 
Oaad aight ta yoar ladiaak U tha daka gona i 

Tbut to retort year i 

And pat yoar trial ia tbe Tillain't mouth, 

UTiich here yoa come to accue. 
Lmrio. ThU U the ratcal ; thi i> he I <cpokeof 
Etcal. >^'hy, thaa aarercrend and anballoa'd 




Is't not enough, thon hast suborn'd these -women. 

To accuse this worthy man ; but, in foul mouth. 

And in the witness of nis proper ear, , 

To call him villain? 

And then to glance from him to the duke himself; 

To tax him with injustice ? Take him hence ; 

To the rack with him : We'll touze you joint by 

But we will know this purpose : What ! unjust ? 

Dukr. Be not so hot ; the duke 
Dare no more stretch this finger of mine, than he 
Dare rack his own ; his subject am I not, 
Nor here provincial : IVfy business in this state 
Made me a looker-on here in Vienna, 
Where I have seen corruption boil and bubble. 
Till it o'er -run the stew : laws, for all faults ; 
But faults so countenanc'd, that the strong statutes 
Stand like the forfeits in a barber's shop. 
As much in mock as mark. 

Escal. Slander to the state ! Away with him to 

An^. What can you vouch against him, signiorl 
Is this the man that you did tell us of? [Lucio ? 

Lucio, 'Tis he, my lord. Come hither good-man 
bald-pate : Do you know me ? 

Duke. I remember you, sir, by the sound of your 
voice T met you at the prison, in the absence of 
the duke. 

Lucio. O did you so ? And do you remember 
what you said of the duke ? 

Duke. Most notedly, sir. 

Lucio. Do you so, sir? And was the duke a 
flesh-monger, a fool, and a coward, as you then re- 
ported him to be ? 

Duke. Vou must, sir, change persons with me, 
ere you make that my report : you, indeed, spoke 
so of him ; and much more, much worse. 

Lucio. O thou damnable fellow ! Did not I pluck 
thee by the nose, for thy speeches ? 

Duke. I protest, I love the duke, as I love myself. 

Aug. Hark ! how the villain would close now, 
after his treasonable abuses. 

Escal. Such a fellow is not to be talk'd withal : 
Away with him to prison : Where is the provost ? 
Away with him to prison ; lay bolts enough upon 
him: let him speak no more : .\way with those 
giglots too, and with the other confederate com- 
panion. [The Provost lays handt on the Duke. 

Duke. Stay, sir ; stay awhile. 

Ang. What ! resists he ! Help him, Lucio. 

Lucio. Come, sir; come, sir; come, sir ; foh, sir : 
Why, you bald-pated, lying rascal ! you must be 
hooded, must you ? Show your knave's visage, with 
a pox to you ! show your sheep-biting face, and be 
hang'd an hour ! W'iU't not off? 

[Pulls off the Friar's hooti, and discovers the Duke. 

Duke. Thou art the first knave, that e'er made a 


First, provost, let me bail these gentle three : 

Sneak not away, sir; [<o Lucio.] for the friar and you 
Must have a word anon : lay hold on him. 

Lucio. This may prove worse than hanging. 

Duke. 'What you have spoke, I pardon ; sit you 

down. [To Escalus. 

We'll borrow place of him Sir, by your leave : 

[To Angelo. 
Hast thou or word, or wit, or impudence. 
That yet can do thee office ? If thou hast. 
Rely upon it till my tale be heard. 
And hold no longer out. 

Ang. O my dread lord, 

I should be guiltier than my guiltiness. 
To think I can be undiscernible, 
When I perceive, your grace, like power divine, 
Hath look'd upon my passes ; Then, good prince. 
No longer session hold upon my shame. 
But let my trial be mine own confession ; 
Immediate sentence then, and sequent death. 
Is all the grace I beg. 

Duke. Come hither, Mariana : 

Say, wast thou e'er contracted to this woman ? 

A7ig. I was, my lord. 

Duke. Go take her hence, and marry her, in- 

Do you the office, friar ; which consummate. 
Return him here again : Go with him, provost. 
[Exeunt Angelo, Mariana, Peter, and I'rovosT. 

Escal. My lord, I am more amazed at his dis- 
Than at the strangeness of it. [honour, 

^*^- Come hither, Isabel 

\ our friar is now your prince : As I was then 
Advertising, and holy to your business. 
Not changing heart with habit, I am still 
Attomey'd at your service. 

I"il>- O give me pardon, 

"That I, your vassal, have employ'd and pain'd 
Your unknown sovereignty. 

Duke. You are pardon'd, Isabel : 

And now, dear maid, be you as free to us. 
Your brother's death, 1 know, sits at your heart ; 
And you may marvel, why I obscur'd myself. 
Labouring to save his life ; and would not rather 
Make rash remonstrance of my hidden power. 
Than let him so be lost : () most kind maid. 
It was the swift celerity of his death. 
Which I did think with slower foot came on. 
That brain'dmy purpose: But, peace be with him ! 
That life is better life, past fearing death. 
Than that which lives to fear : make it your com- 
So happy is your brother. [fort. 

Re-enter Angelo, Mariana, Peter, and Provost. 

Isab. I do, my lord. 

Duke. For this new-married man, ajiproaching 
Whose salt imagination yet hath wrong'd [here. 
Your well-defended honour, you must pardon 
For Mariana's sake : but as he adjudg'd your bro- 
( Being criminal, in double violation [ther. 

Of sacred chastity, and of promise-breach. 
Thereon dependent, for your brother's life,) 
The very mercy of the law cries out 
Most audible, even from his proper tongue. 
An Angelo for Ctaudio, death for death. 
Haste still pays haste, and leisure answers leisure ; 
Like doth quit like, and Measure still /<> Measure. 
Then, Angelo, thy fault's thus manifested ; 
Which though thou would'st deny, denies thee 

vantage : 
We do condemn thee to the very block 
Where (,'laudio stoop'd to death, and with like 
Away with him. [haste ; 

Mart. O, my most gracious lord, 

I hope you will not mock me with a husband ! 

Duke. It is your husband mock'd you with a 
husband : 
Consenting to the safeguard of your honour, 
I thought your marriage fit ; else imputation. 
For that he knew you, might reproach your life, 
And choke your good to come : for his possessions. 
Although by confiscation they are ours. 
We do instate and widow you withal. 
To buy you a better husband. 

Mari. O, my dear lord, 

I crave no other, nor no better man. 

Duke. Never crave him ; we are definitive. 

Mari. Gentle, my liege, [Kneeling. 

Duke. Vou do but lose your labour ; 

Away with him to death Now, sir, [to Lucio.] 
to you. 

Mari. O, my good lord ! Sweet Isabel, take my 
Lend me your knees, and all my life to come [part ; 
I'll lend you all my life to do you service. 

Duke. Against all sense you do importune her : 
Should she kneel down, in mercy of this fact. 
Her brother's ghost his paved bed would break. 
And take her hence in horror. 

Mari. Isabel, 

Sweet Isabel, do yet but kneel by me : 
Hold up your hands, say nothing, I'll speak all. 
They say, best men are moulded out of faults , 
And, for the most, become much more the better 
For being a little bad : so may my husband. 
O, Isabel ! will you not lend a knee? 

Duke. He dies for Claudio's death. 


Act r, 

As If an htaAm UvM : I pnrUy Utlk. 

A 4ma it m ii tj anfmrn"* hU dMd*. 

TIU Iw tfM look M : atM* a U M. 

Ucktee(dl: M7lMtlMrk4lMUjMtiMk 

U Hut b 4M dM tklac far which b Iliad : 

Kr Aaaato, 

lUa MtSdMM ^nia hto ba iMMt i 

Aa BMM b bwlM bat M M taMaM 

TbM pOTtah'i 1^ th vsf s ihm^w an m Mh- 


ilMht. Ha*y iittl wan ttoth4 4? 
^*r. Na, aiy gMd ta4 t to m by ri*ala 

Mom boantMM lr, Pr<M. Thto l> aaMhm pritoMr. that I mri, 

[ICmrtUm^. That ihM haT died whcaClaadlolnrt htihaad. 
I At UU almort to CUwdto. > htitatf. 

irhaba lifca 

yaw bithar, [ laabei 

I>br. For vbich I daMaohaatyaaaryaaraaea: 
OIa y yjr ky. 



r t t nl a n ay whanaT, aM tai tha f rt taa. 

Thai thaald by yrl^ata atdar aba ha^ dtad, 


Adkr. IaaUthaahadVld0MMb9( 
0*.*tgliklatMtfMr{ lat Ma laak mi hH 

AmL lawaany.aaaaalMnMiaadaawtoa 
A yaa, load Jiaaait haa MiU Mp i or ^i" 

HkaaM tfir aa anarty . bailt la iha haat 

Aad lack af 1 1 in Mil Jadgai lat aftarward. 

ili^r- I aai aarty, that Mch aviav 1 
Aad to daap Mkfcs tt la ay yiidliBt hi 
Thai I eia daath aMta wltUa^ tha 
Tlo ly daw r rh ^ d 1 da aa tt aa t to. 

Da**. ThanwasafHartaMaaaTdMiwani 
Mmh, Ihaa an Hid la baa a tt a b ba i a aeal. 
Thai apprahoadi aa Ibathar tfMB ihb wattd. 
Aad Haai^ tky life 1 1 i II Tha-n aaa- 

daam-di ^^ 

Bat. fbr thaaa aaitfUy fbatm I vill thaa aU I 
And rray thaak laka thia laat tj r la 

ParbatiartiaMalacaaM- Pi 

I laava hiai la yov haad^What i 

la ha yaidaa'd > And, far yar IotcI? ulce. 
Uiva MM yoar hand, aad My you will ht laixM . 
Ha i* aiy broihar too : Bat Attar Una for thai 
By thii, lord Annalo yateaira* ha' safe ; 
Malhialis, I taa a vik1U^ ia hi* cya: 
Walt. Aaaio. yoar avil ^aiis yoa well : 
Laok thai ywa io>*a yaar wttb s baa waath, wortii 


id aa apt twalMlna la aiyaatf ; 
I yai haai^ oaa la plaaa I aaaa 


Oaa all af buary . aa aaa, a laadauB t 
W-haraia haa I M dawTid aCyaa. 
That M aatol ata that t 

Lmiu. 'Faith, m; lord. I tpeka it bat arcordinn 
la tha trick ; If yoa will haa ata far it, yea awv, 
bat 1 had lAtbar tt woaM plaaaa yaa, 1 al^t b* 

Omk. Whipp-d dm, ilr, aad haand aftcr^- 
Praclalai to, pravort, raaad aboat tha ciij i 

Ifaay wanaa-k wra^'d by thi* lawd fellow, 


WhMR ha baiM with ahlld,) I 

war liimc)f, thcra't aoa 

Aa ha thall itMrry bar: tha aaptUl iiai*h'd. 
Let hiai ba whipw'd aad halN|^. 
LmOt. 1 baaaaai ywar I 

taawheaol Yoar blghaia aaid aaa aaw. I aaada 
yoa a daka : gaad any lord, da aaltaaaaipanaa bm, 
la aMMag tmm a aaakald. 

DafaTCpaa ariaa haiia a t, Ihoa ihalt auny bar. 
Thy tlaadan I tailva 1 1 ' * 

And MO oar pie 

nmkt. Klaadariaf a priaca daMrt to 
Sha, Claadla, that yoa wraaaM. look yoa tatoaia. 
Jay ta yoa, Mariaaa I loo bar, Anij^o ; 
I hava fwdtmt bar, aad I kaaw bar vtrtaa^ 
Thaaka. ead Maad Baealaa, to thy ameh icood. 
Thara%aMaebahlad.thatlanMiatalaia. [aawt 
Thaaka, paaaa^ te thy caMk aad Mctacy i 
Wa ihail aaploy thaa la a wonhtaa piaea 
Poi(lw htaa. Aagila. thai braaaht yoa homo 
Tha haad ar Iteaalaa to CUmSo-i t 
ThaaflbaoapoSaMilMlfc-Daar laabet, 
1 haoa a aiatlia anh iaipact* vonr good ; 
WhoNia IT yaaV a wUllan ear incUnr. 
What^ mlaa Is yaai^ aad what U jour't U aiina : 
Sab brlM aa ta oar palace : where well show 

htad, that'* meet you all tboald kaow. 

Wlowt ; WhaTi yal bahtad. I 



Don Pedro, Prince o/Arragon. 
Don John, his bastard brother. 
Claudio, a youn/^ lord of Florence, favourite to 

Don Pedro, 
rienedick, a j/ouni^ lord of VaiAua., favourite likewise 

of Hon Pedro. 
Leonato, governor of Messina. 
Antonio, his brother. 
Balthazar, servant to Don Pedro, 
Verges?' } two foolish Officers. 


1 followers of Don John. 

A Sexfon. 
A Friar. 
A Boy. 

Hero, (laughter to Lecnato. 
Beatrice, niece to Leonato. 

I gentle 

Messengers, Tl'afch, and Attendants, 


SCENE I Before Leonato's House. 

Enter Leonato, Hero, Beatrice, and otiiers, with a 


Leon. I learn in this letter, that Don Pedro of 
Arragon comes this night to Messina. 

Mess. He is very near by this ; he was not three 
leagues oifwhcn I left him. 

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

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

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

Mess. Much deserved on his part, and equally 
remembered by Don Pedro : He hath borne him- 
self beyond the promise of his age ; doing, in the 
figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion : he hath, in- 
deed, better bettered 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. 

Mess. I have already delivered him letters, and 
there appears much joy in him ; even so much, 
that joy could not show itself modest enough, with- 
out a badge of bitterness. 

Leon. Did he break out into tears ? 

Mess. In great measure. 

Leon. A kind overflow of kindness r 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 ? 

Heat. I pray you, is signior Montanto returned 
from the wars, or no ? 

Mess. I know none of that name, lady ; there 
was none such in the army of any sort. 

Leon. What is he that you ask'for, niece ? 

Bero. My cousin means signior Benedick of 

Mess. O, he is returned, and as pleasant as ever 
he was. 

Bent. He set up his bills here in Messina, and 
challenged Cupid at the flight : and rny uncle's fool, 
reading the challenge, subscribed for Cupid, and 
challenged him at the bird-bolt I pray you, how 
many hath he killed and eaten in these wars ? But 
how manv hath he killed ? for, indeed, I promised 
to eat all of his killing. 

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

Mess. He hath done good service, lady, in these 

Beat. Yon had musty victual, and he hath holp 
to eat it : he is a very valiant trencher-man, he 
hath an excellent stomach. 

Mess. And a good soldier too, ladv. 

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

Mess. A lord to a lord, a man to a man ; stuffed 
with all honourable virtues. 

Beat. It is so, indeed : he is no less than a 

stuffed man : but for the stuffing, Well, we are 

all mortal. 

Leon. You must not, sir, mistake my niece ; 
there is a kind of merry war betwixt signior Bene- 
dick and her : they never meet, but there is a skir- 
mish of wit between them. 

Beat. Alas, he gets nothing by that. In our last 
conflict, four of his five wits went halting off, and 
now is the old man governed with one : so that if 
he have wit enough to keep himself warm, let him 
bear it for a difference between himself and his 
horse ; for it is all the wealth that he hath left, to 
be known a reasonable creature. Who is his com- 
panion now ? He hath every month a new sworn 

Mess. Is it possible ? 

l>cai. Very easily possible : he wenrs his faith but 
as the fashion of his hat, it ever changes with the 
next block. 

Mess. I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your 

Beat. No : an he were, I would burn my study. 
But, I pray you, who is his companion ? Is there 
no young squarer now, that will make a voyage 
with him to the devil ? 

Mess. He is most in the company of the riglit 
noble Claudio. 

Beat. O Lord ! he will hang upon him like a 
disease : he is sooner caught than the pestilence, 
and the taker runs presently mad. God help the 
noble Claudio ! if he have caught the Benedick, it 
will cost him a thousand pound ere he be cured. 

Mess. I will hold friends with you, lady. , 

Beat. Do, good friend. 

Leon. You will never run mad, niece. 

Beat. No, not till a hot January. 

Mess, Don Pedro is approached. 

Enter Don Pedro, aitendc't hy Balthazar and others, 
Don John, Claudio, and Benedick. 

D. Pedro. Good signior Leonato, you are come 
to meet your trouble : the fashion of the world is 
to avoid cost, and you encounter it. 

Lenn. Never came trouble to my house in the 
likeness of vour grace ; for trouble being gone, 
comfort should remain; but when you depart 
from me, sorrow abides, and happiness takes hl 

n. Pedro. You embrace your charge too wil- 
lingly I think, this is your daughter. 

Leo7i, Her mother hath many times told me so. 


Mm Wot ym ht ilab. Ur, dMt ; MkMl kar 7 
r BaMAick. i far Umm w* 74 


am. I en M* vltl 

Mp^ Tm 1m It Ml. BHMUek t w* may 
MMlv*llMyian.hata( a OMB. Trvly. 
lwMfaaHnkanair:-BalMyr7.My! farjM 
aw gg tiawwili fatbar. 
M. If MgpOar Laaaato li Wr flttlMr, 

I lMa Ma baa a kar tlMwMan, far an 

Am*. I wiaiw tkat m wOl adU W MlM^. 
itafav BaMa^kk 1 badj Mark* 7. 
>Mw Wfetal. aijAMTlad} DMata! ar yay 

*. h H paa riM r. <l i*ala <MM <la. wW 
iMk Mk Maifaa4*|pUar Bmck 7 
C a w ki M Hirtf ataaw^art*a4liiif,iry caaaa 

m. a ar kw ilaiai la W Maa ; tkay wwmU 
alM kaw Wa U ia t li< wkk a ya mU lawt altar. I 
ika^ Om*, an* Mjr cM Maa. I km aT vwv k 
mmmtmttkm, I ka< f< wr kaar My 4i^ Wt at a 

m Oa<kaaytla<y<il|iatfaki 

WaM. y a raw aanai liarkii. 
mmm. AkMariyw.lakarMaaki 

^!r!^wM.Mrkamk* ^MWfmittymt 
can aM^wgaai aaaMlMMVt Bt kaay y 
way ^ GatTn aaaaa t IlMaM. 

Im*. Vialyaa4Uka>i8^trt(k| I ki 

"^ ^* :^_iy * * *fjy ajT all ^ 

U aaaM ka<HaHliiy aB. nST 

aarwy |iray aaM* a rc aal Mayai 
4ara tvaar ka la *a kyyacrfta/kM 

Lmm. tt ya awia i . aiy larA, ya riMH aal ka far- 
awami. Tat Ma kM vm mt itm m ; mj lari s bai 
1 ^" I ' * fiw krrtkar, I aw* ya 

A Mia^ Ittankywit I aM Ml af mm^ vanb, 

A. rtd^ VaOT 

rt aa i ! *a M a Ma4tt yawi( lady 7 
mm. Da yaa ^w M tlwi m* aa aa k aaM t 
kaaMda^faray ilM^maJaifMaat: ar 1 


aad Im* 

MMiMd vltk a fan, aaeaa* kar a* Mwk ta 
kMMy.MthaimarlfaydacktkalaM afDacaM- 
kar. Bm I kf*, yoa ka teiaM to ttoni kaa- 
kaiidi kvrayaw^ 

niaaA I mM careatrwt Mywlf. thaach I kad 
warn Ika eaMrary, If Haro waM ba my vtfc. 

Am. It It com* talkm I* fMtfc f Hath not the 
varM aaa aMiu katka win waar kb rap witb mu- 

MBia / Ga Ha, I* faltk : mi ika* wilt Ncvd* ibrwat 
ti^ Mck iM* a yaka, waar *a |tet ar ii. a4 imk 
away Ww i ^ i. Laak, Oaa Tttn U ntwaad la 

MidM. What atcrrt katk kald yaw kan.lkat 

I ckarp tka* aw tky allaiclai). 
I kaar, CmmM Clawdla ; Iran ka 1 
aaw. I wawMkaa yoM iktak m : b 
My ai i ag i w . Mark yan ikK aa My allaali 
-Ha I* In lava. Whk wka?-4MW Ikal to yawr 
ta aafS fwrt^Mark. kaw akart kla ntwar tot-. 
Ultk Har*. LaoMia** akatt dai^ktar. 
" ' If ikU wart aa, M wara It < 

tala. My lard : 1( to *at ta, 
ar IWMMttai k t, ta idaad, Pad farbkl It kaald 

CfaML If M* pwMlaw dMi^ wat tkartJy. God far- 
kM It ifcawld ka atbarwtoaT^ 

O. Puir^ Amtm, If yaw laaakaa; far tka lady 
to vary waU wattky. 

Ofaiid. YaaivwiktkhlafalakMato.aivtOT'- 

A. ^Odraw f ma VMk, I tfaak My thaiikt. 

Otad. Aad. hThMk. laid. I ifwka Mtea. 

ATM. Aad. ky My twa UdM and tratk*. aay lard. 

Mt k t MkM. 

ami. Tkat I loa kar. I fatl. 
A. Arf>w Tkat tka to wartby. I knew. 
Ann. Tkat I waUkar faai kww tka tkawld ka !* 
d. war kwaw kaw tka tkawld ka ikaavl- 
alow tkat f cwnat Malt awt af Ma i I wUI dia la 

Adip.Tkaw waataaaraa tktilaatt kaiatkk 

Ofaad. Aadaaar aaaU Makrtate kto part, bat 
ta Ika fare* afktowUI. 

a*. Tkat a wawaa taawNtd aia. I Aaak kar ; 
tka krtartt ma ap. I Jikewiw ffira kar 

bat that I IM hav* a 
I la an fartkaad, m bann m; boffla la aa la. 
kaMrick, aU wowmw hall pardoa Ma : Ba- 
raaaa I win aat da IkaM iba wronn to mtotnift 
aay. I will da Myaatf Ika rickt t tnut aan : and 
tha tac to. (far aw wktek 1 May ga tka Saar.) I 
win U^9 a kacktlar. 

A. Parw. I tkaU taa tbaa, aia 1 dla, look pal* 

Ml lava. 

Am*. WHk aaatr, witk ticknatt. ar with banierT. 

y lard: aat wMb lova: pvova, tkat a*r I lnr 
aMra Moad wUk lava, tbaa I wUI cat aitala with 
drtaklac. pick aat Mine ya> wlib a ballad-aMkn-'i 
aa. aad kaac aw aa at tka daar af a brotkal4ioM. 
Srika il^iar bUad CapM. 

A. Ptdfw. Wall, If avar ikaa dart fall from thit 

t, ttea wut arava a aataMa anaawnt. 
wtklakattlaMtatvarts I pray dwa, Anw. Iff da,baiw aw taiabottTa likca cat.and 
kaw tbaa Hkaat kar. !tboot at m; andk* Aat bHaaw. Irt bim bacUp- 

Aratb Waald yoa bay kar, tkat yoa laqmh* aftar pcd on the thoaldar, and callad Adam. 
Claad. Caa tka ward bay aack a jewel > Pwr?, O. IW/o. Well, m tiMa akaU try : 
Am. Taa. mUI a caaa to fat It lata. Bat ifwak /> rnw f*f > Ml diM tear fl< Hfcr. 
yaatktowltkaaadkraw? ar 4a yaa play tka float. | One Tka tarsia baU taay : bat If v*TihU wn- 
faif Jaek : to tan at Capld to a naod karr-lladar. tible Benedick btw It. plack olT the biir hom, 
aad Valcaa a rare carpaatar ? CaM*. la wkat key and act tkem ki aijfarakitdi and let me tw Winy 
dkan a awn take yaa. to (a la Ika aai ? aalatad ; aad la tack giaat lattais m tbay write, 

CItad. la Mlaa eya. Aa to *t twaalaal Udy tkat ff rrr << xMd fterw M>e, lat tkam tigatiy aadar 1 


ti(B, JVrrr yta atqr atr AnwrfMc fk a w ir t a rf awii 

Act 1. 



Claud. If this should ever happen, thou would'st 
be horn-raad. 

D. Pedro. Nay, if Cupid have not spent all his 
(juiver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly. 

nene. I look for an earthquake too then. 

D. Pedro. Well, you vfill temporize with the 
hours. In the mean time, good signior Benedick, 
repair to Leonato's ; commend me to him, and tell 
him, I will not fail him at supper ; for, indeed, he 
hath made great preparation. 

Uene. I have almost matter enough in me for 
such an embassage ; and so I commit you 

Claud. To the tuition of God : From my house, 
(if I had it,) 

D. Pedro. The sixth of July : Your loving friend. 

Bene. Nay, mock not, mock not : The body of 
your discourse is some time guarded with fragments, 
and the guards are but slightly basted on neither : 
ere you flout old ends any further, examine your 
conscience ; and so I leave you. [Exit Benedick. 

Claud. My liege, your highness now may do me 

D. Pedro. My love is thine to teach ; teach it 
but how. 
And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn 
Any hard lesson that may do thee good. 

Claud. Hath Leonato any son, my lord ? 

D. Pedro. No child but Hero, she's his only 
Dost thou affect her, Claudio ? [heir : 

Claud. O my lord. 

When you went onward on this ended action, 
I look'd upon her with a soldier's eye. 
That lik'd, but had a rougher task in hand 
Than to drive liking to the name of love : 
But now I am return'd, and that war-thoughts 
Have left their places vacant, in their rooms 
Come thronging soft and delicate desires. 
All prompting me how fair young Hero is. 
Saying, 1 lik'd her ere I went to wars. 

D. Pedro. Thou wilt be like a lover presently. 
And tire the hearer with a book of words : 
If thou dost love fair Hero, cherish it; 
And I will break with her, and with her father. 
And thou shalt have her : ^Vas't not to this end. 
That thou began'st to twist so fine a story P 

Claud. How sweetly do you minister to love. 
That know love's grief by his complexion ! 
But lest my liking might loo sudden seem, 
I would have salv'd it with a longer treatise. 

D. Pedro. What need the bridge much broader 
than the flood ? 
The fairest grant is the necessity : 
Look, what will serve, is fit : 'tis once, thou lov'st ; 
And I will fit thee with the remedy. 
I know, we shall have revelling to-night ; 
I will assume thy part in some disguise. 
And tell fair Hero I am Claudio; 
And in her bosom I'll unclasp my heart. 
And take her- hearing prisoner with the force 
And strong encounter of my amorous tale : 
Then, after, to her father will I break ; 
And, the conclusion is, she shall be thine : 
In practice let us put it presently. {Exeunt. 

SCENE 11.^ Room in Leonato's House. 
Enter Leonato and Antonio. 

Leon. How now, brother ? Where is my cousin, 
your son ? Hath he provided this musick ? 

Ant. He is very busy about it. But, brother, I 
can tell you strange news that vou vet dreamed 
not of. " 1 

Leon. Are they good ? | 

Ant. As the event stamps them ; but they have a 
good cover, they show well outward. The prince i 
and Count Claudio, walking in a thick-pleached ' 
alley in my orchard, were thus much overheard by I 
a man of mine : The prince discovered to Claudio, ! 
that he loved my niece your daughter, and meant ' 
to acknowledge it this night in a dance; and, if j 
he found her accordant, he meant to take the pre- 1 

Leon. Hath thefellow any wit, that told you this ? 

Ant. A good sharp fellow ; 1 will send for him, 
and question him yourself. 

Leon. No, no ; we will hold it as a dream, till it 
appear itself : but I will acquaint my daughter 
withal, that she may be the better prepared for an 
answer, if pevadventure this be true. Go you, and 
tell her of it. [Several persons cross the staj^e.] 

Cousins, you know what you have to do O, I cry 

you mercy, friend : you go with me, and I will use 
your skill : Good cousins, have a care this busy 
time. [Exeunt. 

SCENE III Another Room in Leonato's House. 

Enter Don John and Conrade. 

i). John. There is no measure in the occasion 
tliat breeds it, therefore the sadness is without 

Con. You should hear reason. 

D. John. And when I have heard it, what bless- 
ing bringeth it ? 

Con. If not a present remedy, yet a patient suf- 

n. John. I wonder, that thou being (as thou 
say'st thou art) born under Saturn, goest about to 
apply a moral medicine to a mortifying mischief. 
I cannot hide what I am : I must be sad when I 
have cause, and smile at no man's jests : eat when 
I have stomach, and wait for no man's leisure ; 
sleep when I am drowsy, and tend to no man's 
business ; laugh when I am merry, and claw no 
man in his humour. 

Con. Yea, but you must not make the full show 
of this, till you may do it without controlment. 
You have of late stood out against your brother, 
and he hath ta'en you newly into his grace ; where 
it is impossible you should take true root, but by 
the fair weather that you make yourself : it is 
needful that you frame the season for your own 

D. John. I had rather be a canker in a hedge, 
than a rose in his grace ; and it better fits my blood 
to be disdain'd of all, than to fashion a carriage to 
rob love from any ; in this, though I cannot be said 
to be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied 
that I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted 
with a muzzle, and enfranchised with a clog 
therefore I have decreed not to sing in my cage t 
If I had my mouth, I would bite; if I had my 
liberty, I would do my liking: in the mean time, 
let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me. 

Con. Can you make no use of your discontent ? 

I). John. I make all use of it, for I use it only. 
M'ho comes here .' What news, Borachio ? 

Enter Borachio. 

Rora. I came yonder from a great supper ; the 
prince, your brother, is royally entertained by 
Leonato ; and I can give you intelligence of an in- 
tended marriage. 

D. John. Will it serve for any model to build 
mischief on ? What is he for a fool, that befroths 
himself to unquietness ? 

Rora. Marry, it is your brother's right hand. 

D. John. Who ? the most exquisite Claudio ? 

Dora. Even he. 

D. John. A proper squire ! And who, and who? 
which way looks he ? 

Rora. Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir 
of Leonato. 

D. John. A very forward March-chick ! How 
came you to this ? 

Rora. Being entertained for a perfumer, as I was 
smoking a musty room, comes me the prince and 
Claudio, hand in hand, in sad conference : I whipt 
me behind the arras ; and there heard it agreed 
upon, that the prince should woo Hero for him- 


Ad 'z. 

tbitlMT: thlsina; 
tw n fca< m* dlifln : Attn yomtf a*tt-p 
fan all t>> glWy rf wy < n wr tf >r > if 1 cm ctom 
Ma aay viy, I Mm mjiM cwy viy : Vm an 

Cta. T*tt4Mlli.aiiy Wr. 

ac JiaMw U tW gr t i pfw ; tkirirclHir 
to * OMMr. tkM I mm nMm4> "WoiM Mm 
M*k ra ar Mj Mtad 1-Mm!I ! vlMfTi 

a *- -* * 

v aH r No. Mitcte, 111 t 

ACT n. 


I hoM It A da to mich 

I,imk DMglMnr, IMMiabM', what I totd ;o : if 
dM frt wodo Mllelt j la that ktnd, >ott kaow 

Mf. Tw'fballwfliht MtlMmnlrk.coaUa,ir 

Ck tn WMnt ta VMd ttoM : If th* prtac* W 
li iwlM l,^Mn Mm. Hmk to mMMu* la ^my 
t WM3. auac. aac tiyiint. U 
i> Jll, an in , aai a rta f i la p i : thvftnt 
tofiTiMl MMy. Ittaa ^MMhJkc.imd lUI a. 

iMa. Wa aM cmmM JMi iMt* M i iiM" f 
Ami. 1 M Mm mat. 

Bmt. H** unly ilMt rail Mate I I a 
caa aaa Mai. kat I aaa >n wti a i aa I 


! .B yn l>.aiaaa. a iaawma<fi n a t 
akMkaad. iniMa ka aa Awatf aTtky iaa(a 

II aray i lor II to aaM. Satf 
ndt a nir< <wr a*w JUra* : bat ia oMT taa 

Ia>.Sa.bfbrtaMac>l.atffll aM yaa 

ami. Jaav IT toa aaa< aaa aa > ai>aai tm *a 
Hak MaMtac 1 aai at Mai aaaa an kaaaa awHy 
iMfalacidaaato: Uttfl laaaMwataaiawa 
baattiia Mi a baarti aa Ma Ck* < 1 had lailMr 

toa. Y aMy U^ apaa a Mwbaad. thai ha* 

*V. What ahMM I da with Mai > daiaa Mai 
la ay a>a f a l , aad aaal 
aaMa?Halha* hatb 

I ba eTr-aaa*rad with 

ba plaea 

of traUaat dnU > 

ifbU afalataaad aadaatry : maA than < 
, aad. wMh hto bad lop, fUU toto the 
tteMraadtelar.tinba Uak late hit 

k, Balthaiar : 
Dm Jaha, llatacWa, Ma>tant, Ulaata. aW 

O. Mdf*. Lady, will joa walk aboat with yaar 

Mtrm. So yaa walk aaWy, aad loak awaatly. aad 
aay ait M a t, I aaa yaan tat tha walk : aad, ttp. 
etoUy, whaa I walk away. 

D. tid>^ WHh aa ta yoar eamraay ? 

Hrrm. I aaay agr a, whaa I ftoait. 

/. /Wm. Aad whaa y l aaa yaa a at a > 

Mrr*. Whaa I Uha yoar flivaar : far God ( 

aiMt aad ha tiat to men thaa a yaath, to aot Ibr 
aat aad ha that to laa thaa aaaa, I aa aatlbr 

Thaniaa 1 wOt aaa t <ha rtnaaa I 
ad. aad laad hto aMahiahi 
WaU thaa, fa yaa taMoMI >> 


Lmm. W4 

amL Na : bat a tha aat* 
davtl aaaal aa, tika aa aM ca 
M* haad, aad M. fi<< to 

Cto /toa ii a : *#* fdaw Jemm i 
tha haaaM i ha ilawa aw 
and thaa lla w* a amii a U.* day to 
AmU Wail, aiaea^ (a Uaro.] 1 tTm< 
ba ratod by ya fclhav. 
Bar. Yai.BUh| U to aay cauin'* daty to aaaka 

ad aay. Fmlktr^ a U j4**m aa.wkat 
*t fa an that, ruiia, lal Ma ba a b aii J iai m 
Mlaw. a ala ' 

O. ttdw. My vtoa to RMIaaMa't nMf; within 

m*r. Why. thaa yaarvtoaAaaldbathatdiM. 
D.P*df^ b|aklaw,irya<iapaak iara. 

amr. Waa. I waaU aa dM Ma aa. 
jrnr. 8a woaM aa I, Ibr yoar awa aka, for I 

JTanr* I aay av wnjmn alaad. 
ftat. Ilawayaathakatta;ilM 



Mmrg. Aad Gad kaap hlin oat ofinT tiftit, bn 
adaaeatodana' Antwrr, rlrrk. 
BMttft. Na aMra wad* ; the cirrk i* antwrrad. 
Or*. I kaaw yoa w 

ilal. At a ward, I aa lat. 

Vn. I kaaw yaa by tha wai jH a a atjtmt haad. 

Amt. To taU yaa tfaa, I to aa ia fc it Ma. 

Vn. Yaa eaaM aaar do hia a ni-wll, anlaa 

/-Of r. U 

r, il flaif aw. 

. Wail, alaca, i hapa a aa yoa aaa day 

Biml. Na till Ood aaka aMa af aaa aba 
aatal thaa aarth. WaaM it aa griaa a wp a a a 

aad dewa ; yaa an ba, yon ara hab 

Aa. At a ward. I am not. 

Vrt. Coaa, cooa ; do yoa think I do na know 
yaa by yoar axcdlant wit ' Cui virtac hida italf > 
a, ana, yon ara be r p-aca will appear, and 
thaaV aa end. 

Bat. WiU yoa na tell me who told yon a ' 

Baa. No. yon thatl pardon m. 

Bml. Nor will yon not tdl roc who yon arc ? 

Jtoa. Na now. 

Baf. Tha I wadtodaiaihl, -and that I bad my 
aaad wit oat af tha flbtUatf wrrry Tain :- Veil. 
- ito wa aiaatar Baaadlck that aald a. 

Bar. WWt^ha> 

Bimt. I aa aara, yaa know Ma wat! cnonah 

Bar. Na I. hattavc ae. 

Bimt. DM ha aaar make Ton langh ? 

Bra. I |ny yaa, what is be * 

Act 2. 



Beat. M'hy, he is the prince's jester : a very dull 
fool ; only his gift is in devising impossil>le slan- 
ders : none but libertines delight in him ; a)id the 
commendation is not in his wit, but in his vil- 
lainy ; for he both pleaseth men, and angers them, 
and then they laugh at him, and beat him : I am 
sure he is in the fleet ; I would he had boarded me. 

Bene. When I know the gentleman, I'll tell him 
what you say. 

Beat. V>o, do t he'll but break a comparison or 
two on me ; which, peradventure, not marked, or 
not laughed at, strikes him into melancholy ; and 
then there's a partridge" wing paved, for the fool 
will eat no sup\)er that night. [^Mutick mithin.] 
We must follow the leaders. 

Bene. In every good thing. 

Beat. Nay, if they lead to any ill, I will leave 
them at the next turning. 

[Dance. Then exeunt all hid Dun John. 
Borachio, and Claudio. 

D. John. Sure, my brother is amorous on Hero, 
and hath withdrawn her father to break with him 
about it: The ladies follow her, and but one visor 

Bora. And that is Claudio: I know him by his 

D. John. Are you not signior Benedick ? 

Claud. Vou know me well ; I am he. 

D. John. Signior, you are very near my brothei 
in his love : he is enamour'd on Hero ; 1 pray yoU; 
dissuade him from her, she is no equal for his birtli 
you may do the part of an honest man in it. 

Claud. How know you he loves her ? 

D. John. I heard him swear his afFection. 

Dora. So did I too ; and he swore he would 
marry her to-night. 

D. John. Come, let us to the banquet. 

[Exeunt D:)H John and Borachio. 

Claud. Thus answer I in name of Benedick, 

But hear these ill news with the ears of Claudio 

*Tis certain so; the prince woos for himself. 

Friendihip is constant in all other things. 

Save in the office and affairs of love : 

Therefore, all hearts in love use their own tongues ; 

I,et every eye negotiate for itself. 

And trust no agent : for beauty is a witch. 

Against whose cl.arms faith melteth into blood. 

This is an accident of hourly proof, 

Which I mistrusted not : Farewell therefore, Hero ! 

fle-enter Benedick. 

Bene. Count Claudio ? 

Claud. Yea, the same. 

Bene. Come, will you go with me ? 

Claud. Whither ? 

Bene. Even to the next willow, about your own 
business, count ? What fashion will you wear the 
garland of? About your neck, like an usurer's 
chain ? or under your arm, like a lieutenant's 
scarf? You must wear it one way, for the prince 
hath got your Hero. 

Claud. I wish him joy of her. 

Bene. Why, that's spoken like an honest drover ; 
so they sell bullocks. But did you think, the prince 
would have served you thus ? 

Claud. I pray you, leave me. 

Bene. Ho ! now you strike like the blind man ; 
'twas the boy that stole your meat, and you'll beat 
the post. 

Claud. If it will not be, I'll leave you. [Exit. 

Bene. Alas ! poor hurt fowl ! Xow will he creep 

into sedges But, that my lady Beatrice should 

know me, and not know me ! The prince's fool ! 
Ha I it may be, I go under that Utle, because I am 
merry Vea ; but so ; I am apt to do myself 
wrong : I am not so reputed : it is the base, the 
bitter disposition of Beatrice, that puts the world 
into her person, and so gives me out. Well, I'll be 
revenged as I may. 

Re-enter Don Pedro. 

D. Pedro. Now, signior, where's the count ; 
Did ifou see him ? 

Bene. Troth, my lord, I have playe ihe part of 
lady Fame. I found him here as melancholy as a 
lodge in a warren ; I told him, and, 1 think, I told 
him true, that your grace had got the good will of 
this young lady ; and I offered him my company to 
a willow tree, either to make him a garland, as being 
forsaken, or to bind him up a rod, as being worthy 
to be whipped. 

D.Pedro. To be whipped! What's his fault? 

Bene. The flat transgression of a school-boy ; 
who, being overjoy 'd with finding a bird's nest, 
shows it his companion, and he steals it. 

D. Pedro. Wilt thou make a trust a transgression ? 
The transgression is in the stealer. 

Bene. Yet it had not been amiss, the rod had 
been made, and the garland too ; for the garland 
he might have worn himself; and the rod he might 
have bestow'd on you, who, as I take it, have stol'n 
his bird's nest. 

D. Pedro. 1 will but teach them to sing, and re- 
store them to the owner. 

Bent: If their singing answer your saying, by my 
faith, you say honestly. 

D. Pedro. The lady Beatrice hath a quarrel to 
you ; the gentleman "that danced with her, told her, 
she is much wrong'd by you. 

Bene. O, she misused me past the endurance of 
a block ; an oak, but with one green leaf on it, 
would have answer'd her ; my very visor began to 
assume life, and scold with her : She told me, not 
thinking I had been myself, that I was the prince's 
jester ; that I was duller than a great thaw ; hud- 
dling jest upon jest, with such impossible convey- 
ance, upon me, that I stood like a man at a mark, 
with a whole army shooting at me : She speaks 
poniards, and every word stabs : if her breath were 
as terrible as her terminations, there were no liv- 
ing near her, she would infect to the north star. I 
would not marry her, though she were endowed 
with all that Adam had left him before he trans- 
gressed : she would have made Hercules have 
turned spit ; yea, and have cleft his club to make the 
fire too. Come, talk not of her : you shall find her 
the infernal Ate in good apparel. I would to God, 
some scholar would conjure her ; for, certainly, 
while she is here, a man may live as quiet in hell, 
as in a sanctuary ; and people sin upon purpose, 
because they would go thither ; so, indeed, all dis- 
quiet, horror, and perturbation follow her. 

Re-enter Claudio, Beatrice, Leonato, and Hero. 

D. Pedro. Look, here she comes. 

Bene. Will your grace command me anv service 
to the world's end ? I will go on the slightest er- 
rand now to the Antipodes, that you can devise to 
send me on ; I will fetch you a toothpicker now 
from the farthest inch of Asia ; bring you the 
length of Prester .Tohn's foot ; fetch you a hair off 
the great Cham's beard ; do you any embassage to 
the Pigmies, rather than hold three words' con- 
ference with this harpy : You have no employment 
for me ? 

O. Pedro. None, but to desire your good com- 

Bene. O God, sir, here's a dish I love not ; I can- 
not endure my lady Tongue. [Exit. 

D. Pedro. Come, lady, come ; you have lost the 
heart of signior Benedick. 

Beat. Indeed, my lord, he lent it me a while ; 
and I gave him use for it, a double heart for his 
single one: marry, once before, he won it of me 

th false dice, therefore your grace may well say, 
I have lost it. . . , > 

D. Pedro. You have put him down, lady, you 
have put him down. 

Beat. So I would not he should do me, my lord, 
lest I should prove the mother of fools. I have 
brought count Claudio, whom you sent me to seek. 

D. Pedro. Why, how now, count ? wherefore are 
you sad ? 

Claud. Not sad, my lord. 

D. Pedro. How then ? Sick ? 



Btr*. I will do may mnim* oOte*, My Uvd 

17. Mr U> Wt cMI. MUti cMI M M O. J^n<> A4 Dw iil rk te Mt tiM k|MM- 
1^ < i wfclM f UMi*i u wy lnl i i w I lit lw*h 4 tit I tai>w.- Otm tu cm 1 ff^ 
firMm.nUi^toay.lthli>MrMMMitok* klMii hternoM ttrnto. of .ppro*I t^Jmt. 
Ml llMMgk. Ill b* . if h* W . kte CM-I Md m i ti iiii bopwty. I ill tMch yoa how to 

mmLmm. Han. ClMdto. I k wm4 ta ihjr 
HMM. nd Mr Hf I* won : I ba krk iih 

tMt fMM. Md llkl Mod wiU bUlMd : Ma* tlw 


kai9lbftMM;Mtgnckatti MdfttfMMlA. 
Mii dl MM* v Amm to M ! 

(. 1i|ll, CMMl. ^ yM CM. 

g*^ fc l V ititodtoiii ft iiii i lMwld*f)*!rt I 

WMtolllatolNm.iriMM M^lto^toMk.- 

l4y, to yi M> toto*. I JtoM I 

^S. ftfMk. rmula : *. If yo* i M*i l . ftof M 
rilfc Mi * kirn. Mid IM Ida Mt i^Mk. M 

. rmlr*. la faith. Udy . ya h* mtanf I 

HI. Ym. ny Itodi I ihtoik m p*w * 
kfa th* wtedy tld* af ew*>~4fy MMla 
Mtotahtow.tfwilMtiiahto kaat. 

TTr Xm* ! Jw inh. m-ln 

Mf. noadlMd.fbv alUMM^ThM M*tov 
M* toUMWtoM bM I.Mid I *to M*. fcMM d; I 

that the UmII fall in Io wUti 
ith yor two help*, will M 
, thkt. in d|>iu of hteqwlek 
i*wcti. h* tkui fall te loTc 
ir'w* CM d* ttato. CrM U no IM- 

iMlylnifidi U*tawMi*.*ndl wUltaU 

8CKNB II.-^MWr KtoM la Lconatet 0mm(. 

O. Mka. It U to : lh cmuit CUudie UuU mmn? 
' of l^onato. 
117 lord, ht I cm cron It. 
D. Jtkm. Any bcr, My ct, tny Impadlmmt 
rin ht mdlcinabl torn*: I am atck in dlnlaaniie 
act athwart hu aflW- 
la. How caau thoa 

ti.t^*m. Uay rt ai. I wW >to TM *M> 

Ml. 1 WMid ntkM k*<* M aC MM telkM^ 

ftotlMi HMliyMMMMtehto<hMUk*yM; 
VMcfallMr (at *&(* toaM h 

"'Sl'lNdM. %imi yM tWM to*. iMly 

mmt. N*. toy latd. MtoM 1 ailaM Iwm MMtta 
lhrw*rkta4ayt yoM mMltto* ctoCly to*M 
vvtoy day i Bm. I \ mm t k jmm ftrnm, ya f dM tmi 
I wii ham to v*k all toJrth. aad M MtoMV. 

A. MrfM. VoM rtlMto t a gta di to*. Mid to 
W My btot tiiaMM yM : te. Mt ^ ^Mri 
fM wto* hMB to wavry Imm. 

m*. No. MM. wtf kDi, toy toottar cryidt 

BMW. Nat hoMMly.toy lord : bat m covertly that 
M dkboMrty thall apf*M la m*. 

A. J*a. raiow BM brMly how. 

Bank I think, I told yMr lonbhlp. a ywir tiara, 
how ^ I am In fh lbr of Marfarat, th* wait- 
taf-ctntlawoman to Hero. 

D. Jahm. 1 rtmcmbar. 

Barw. I CM, at any unMaaenablc Initant of th* 
Bight, Mpolat hi* to took oat at hT lad}*! cham- 

oi /aft*. WtatUlbUlathat, to be Iho daath of 

>. Th* MitM of that Itto In yoa to tamf 
uo yM to th* princ* yMr brother; tpar* not 
tan Mm. th4t h* hath wroaid hi* h 
rrinc th* ranowMd Clandlo (whoM 

J b*M. Tw^aa. 0*d RlM yM Jay I 

tZrNiaMrwai y*^l**kto ttato thiac. I toM 
yMr? ^ 

Bm. 1 ciy y~ mmrs, "" ' %Sa 

a. fWra. By wy troth, a fl iiiaii l i>l rit i d lady. 
Lmm. Thunf* linW of th* M*lancholy il M l Mt 
har, my l*d : ah* la (MMr tod. bat whM ah* 

r tod thM t fcf I ha* hafd to; 

ay. aha hatit ottan araamM of 
^aad wakad harMlf with Uoffhinc. 
A. ^idM. 8h* caaaot codtinr to hear toll of a 


& ftd.0. 8h*r*M ncoiWat wifcCw Baaadick. 

Lmm. O laid, mtf had. if Ihay wcr* bat a 

laarrlod. thay wmM talk thaniMltraa mod. 

a. fMac Coaat CUadio, ahM aoM yM to fo 


yM mightily h*td ap) to a coatamlaatod ttal*. tadi 

* 'S^jUm. What proof *hal1 I ro.ka of thai ? 
Ba^ Proof atwaph to mliat* th prince, to rej 
laadlo. to ando Here, aad kill Lconato : Look 

yM Ihr any othr iMie , . ^ 

D. J^m. Only to dcapit* them, 1 win cadMrow 

*"L*tioth^ -* 

Pidr* aad th '"". 

that yM know kind 

of MM both to ' ** 

of yoar brother nonour fll 

match .and hit friend-* repot - Hk* 

to be cosMcd with th* emM that 

yM hara dlocovend tha*. T ^ ^'*- 
(l** thlt wIthMttrtal : oOW t! 

n#*t tintir to draw ] 

, thU. the yen nl|rft beforr t !> e i ntrnded wed - 
dlac: for. In the ntfan time. I wilt to fuhlM th* 
mattci. th^t Hern ha1l he absent ; and ther* ihall 

u atc h a, tlU lo^ 

liU loT* hae* aU hia riiak 

. ay oaar eon. which U 

hraatMiMi bat I warmt*tiaM 
Mta* daUr by to: I will, in the Interim, 
rtak*^ eT Btocalto' Uboan ; which ia. to 

hrtagilCaiMBaaadM a^ (>> '''r Beatrto* ia 
a aSaata^of aObctioa. tta < ^ * 
waaMlhtohaMttaautah; aadldMbtaotbat 
ItoMM it. If yM thfM wlB bat mtetatm aach atolM. 
aaM a i rfwdl ala* yM dh tc tlM, 

ioa..Myla*,Iatey*a^thaagh It caat a* 
*a aiehu' watrhinffk 
OmO. And I, my had. ^ , 

0. nrffo. And7Mtoa,giU*IWra7 

each ceinln|t truth of Hero't ditloraUy.that 

^ _ and all "" 

panttoa o^arthrown. 

hall be call-d 

the pre- 

D. ^a*a. Grow thU to what adrcne Uiie it can. 
I will pat It In vractice : Be cnnnlnic in th* work- 
iac thia, and th; fee it a thoutand ducau. 
^Bara. Be you contt'int in the accatation, aad my 
cvimlnc iha'll not thame me. ... 

D. Jokm. I will prcaMUy (o learn their day ol 

aarftas*. [B*r./. 

8CENB III. La aMto-a Cafdea. 

JTater BMcdick aad Bey. 

Brae. Boy, 

SSi-'llfSlrdtoabei-wiado- li . book : bria 
it hither to me la theerchaid 

Act 2. 



Rot/. I am here already, sir. 

Bene. I know that ; but I -would have thee 
hence, and here aj^ain. [Exit Boy.] I do much 
wonder, that one man, seeing how much another 
man is a fool when he dedicates his behaviours to 
love, will, after he hath laughed at such shallow 
follies in others, become the argument of his own 
scorn, by falling in love : And such a man is 
Claudio. I have known, when there was no musick 
with him but the drum and fife ; and now had he 
rather hear the tabor and the pipe : I have known, 
when he would have walked ten mile afoot, to see a 
good armour ; and now will he lie ten nights awake, 
carving the fashion of a new doublet. He was 
wont to speak plain, and to the purpose, like an 
honest man, and a soldier ; and now is he turn'd 
orthographer ; his words are a very fantastical ban- 
quet, just so many strange dishes. May 1 be so 
converted, and see with these eyes ? I cannot tell ; 
I think not : I will not be sworn, but love may trans- 
form me to an oyster ; but I'll take my oath on it, 
till he have made an oyster of me, he shall never 
make me such a fool. One woman is fair ; yet I 
am well : another is wise ; yet I am well : another 
virtuous ; yet I am well : but till all graces be in 
one woman, one woman shall not come in my grace. 
Rich, she shall be, that's certain ; wise, or I'll none; 
virtuous, or I'll never cheapen her ; fair, or I'll 
never look on her ; mild, or come not near me ; 
noble, or not I for an angel ; of good discourse, an 
excellent musician, and hex hair sh \11 be of what 
colour it please (lod. Ha ! the prince and mon- 
sieur Love ! I will hide me in the arbour. 


Enter Don Pedro, Leonato, and Claudio. 
D. Pedro. Come, shall we hear this musick ? 
Claud. Yea, my good lord ;^How still the even- 
As hush'd on purpose to grace harmony ! [ing is, 
D. Pedro. 8ee you where Benedick hath hid 

himself ? 
Claud. O, very well, my lord : the musick ended, 
We'll fit the kid -fox with a pennyworth. 
Enter Balthazar, with musick. 

D. Pedro. Come, Balthazar, we'll hear that song 

Balth. O good my lord, tax not so bad a voice 
To slander musick any more than onee. 

/). Pedro. It is the witness still of excellency. 
To put a strange face on his own pe>fection : 
I pray thee, sing, and let me woo no more. 

lialth. Because you talk of wooing, I will sing : 
Since many a wooer doth commence his suit 
To her he thinks not worthy ; yet he wooes; 
Yet will he swear, he looes. 

D. Pedro. Nay , pray thee, come : 

Or, if thou wilt hold longer argument. 
Do it in notes. 

Balth. Note this before my notes. 

There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting. 

D. Pedro. VVhy these are very crotchets that he 
speaks ; 
Note, notes, forsooth, and noting ! [Musick. 

Bene. Now, Divine air ! now is his soul ravished ! 
Is it not strange, that sheeps' guts should hale 
Bouls out of men's bodies ? Well, a horn for my 
money, when all's done. 

Balthazar sings. 
Balth. Siffh no more, ladies, sigh no more ; 
Men were deceivers ever ; 
One fool in sea, and one on shore ; 
To on- thing constant never : 
Then sigh not so. 
But let them go. 
And be you blithe and bonny ; 
Converting all your sounds of woe 
Into, Hey nonny, nonny. 


Sing no more ditties, sing no mo 

Of dumps so dull and heavy ; 
The fraud of men was ever so. 
Since summer first was leavy. 
Then sigh not so, <)ic. 

D. Pedro. By my troth, a good song. 

liulth. And an ill singer, my lord. 

Claud. Ha? no; no, faith; thou singest well 
enough for a shift. 

Bene. [Asi,le.'\ An he had been a dog, that should 
have howled thus, they would have hanged him : 
and, I pray God, his bad voice bode no mischief ! 
I had as lief have heard the night-raven, come 
what plague could have come after it. 

D. Pedro. Vea, m.irry ; [to Claudio.] IJost thou 
hear, Balthazar? I pray thee, get us some excel- 
lent musick ; for to-morrow night we would have 
it at the lady Hero's chamber-window. 

Balth. The best I can, my lord. 

D. Pedro. Do so : farewell. [Exeunt Balthazar 
and musick.'\ Come .hither, Leonato : What was 
it you told me of to-day ? that your niece Beatrice 
was in love with signior Benedick ? 

Claud. O, ay : Stalk on, stalk on : the fowl 
sits. [Aside to Pedro.] 1 did never think that lady 
w ould have loved any man. 

Leon. No, nor I neither ; but most wonderful, 
that she should so dote on signior Benedick, whom 
she hath in all outward behaviours seemed ever to 

Bene. Is't possible ? Sits the wind in that corner ? 

Leon. By my troth, my lord, I cannot tell what 
to think of it; but that she loves him with an en- 
raged affection, it is past the infinite of thought. 

U. Pedro. May be, she doth but counterfeit. 

Claud. 'Faith, like enough. 

Leon. O God ! counterfeit ! There never was 
counterfeit of passion came so near the life of pas- 
sion, as she discovers it. 

D. Pedro. AV'hy, what effects of passion shows she ? 

Claud. Bait the hook well ; this fish will bite. 


Leon. What effects, my lord I She will sit you, 
Vou heard my daughter tell you how. 

Claud. She did, indeed. 

D. Pedro. How, how, I pray you ? You amaze 
me : I would have thought her spirit had been in- 
vincible against all assaults of affection. 

Leon. I would have sworn it had, my lord ; 
especially against Benedick. 

Bene. [Aside.] I should think this a gull, but 
that the white-bearded fellow speaks it . knavery 
cannot, sure, hide itself in such reverence. 

Claud. He hath ta'en the infection ; hold it up. 

D. Pedro. Hath she made her affection known to 

Leon. No ; and swears she never will : that's 
her torment. 

Claud. 'Tis true, indeed ; so your daughter says : 
Shall I, says she, that have so oft encountered him 
with scorn, write to him that I love him ? 

Leon. This says she now when she is beginning 
to write to him : for she'll be up twenty times a 
night : and there will she sit in her smock, till she 
have writ a sheet of paper : my daughter tells us 

Claud. Now you talk of a sbeet of paper, I re- 
member a prettv jest your daughter told us of. 

Leon. O ! W hen she had writ it, and was 
reading it over, she found Benedick and Beatrice 
between the sheet ? 

Claud. That. 

Leon. O ! she tore the letter into a thousand 
half-pence ; railed at herself, that she should be so 
immodest to write to one that she knew would flout 
her : / measure him, s ys she, by my own spirit : 
for I should flout him, if he writ to me ; yea, though. 
I love him, I should. 




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ikM Ma laka falM M ikMk Ma : If k ha< kaM 
raiaM. 1 waaM aa* kava aaaM. 

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aa*. Vaa. Jaa( m Mack m yaa aMy Uka ayaa a 
kallk\ fakM. aa4 rkaka 4aw wHkal Xm kaM 
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mmmtm ^Jaarr ikafa'i dMbla a>Mnlag In that. 
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ya< la >M aw- thatt aa mack M l mv, An; 
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l4aaat laka aMy aT kav. I aM a trlllala ; If I do 
kar. I aM a Jaw i I wlU ga gM kaa k> 

af MMtak yMMaya^kalawkat 
aMUTlkaM witk mat AacrMka. ar 
witk a Mart &kiUB4lkate. 

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kaav aaaea: If ka kiaak ika paaM. ka aagk* la 
aMM lata a aaana* wkk fcar aad liaMkllac. 

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aMtty. [hrit. 

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la aick la lara wUk Biafa fc a t OTlkk awttar 
la Utik Capld^ crafty arMw aaada. 
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Is couched in the woodbine coverture : 
Fear you not my part of the dialogue. 
Hero. I'hen go we near her, that her ear lose 

Of the false sweet bait that we lay for it 

[They advatice to th.- bower. 
No, truly, Ursula, she is too disdainful ; 
I know, her spirits are as coy and wild 
As haggards of the rock. 

Vra. But are you sure 

That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely ? 

Hero. So says the prince, and my new-trothed 

Urs. And did they bid you tell her of it, madam 
Hero. They did entreat me to acquaint her of it 
But I persuaded them, if they lov'd Benedick, 
To wish him wrestle with affection. 
And never to let Beatrice know of it, 

Urs. Why did you so P Doth not the gentleman 
Deserve as full, as fortunate a bed. 
As ever Beatrice shall couch upon ? 

Hero. O God of love! I know, he doth deserve 
As much as may be yielded to a man : 
But nature never fram'd a woman's heart 
Of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice : 
Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes. 
Misprising what they look on ; and her wit 
Values itself so highly, that to her 
All matter else seems weak : she cannot love. 
Nor take no shape nor project of affection, 
She is so self-endeared. 

Urs. Sure, I think so ; 

And therefore, certainly, it were not good 
She knew his love, lest she make sport at it. 
Hero. '.Vhy , you speak truth : 1 never yet saw 
How wise, how noble, young, how rarely featur'd. 
But she would spell him backward : if fair-faced. 
She'd swear, the gentleman should be her sister; 
If black, why, nature, drawing of an antick. 
Made a foul blot : if tall, a lance ill-headed; 
If low, an agate very vilely cut : 
If speaking, why, a vane blown with all winds ; 
If silent, why, a block moved with none. 
So turns she every man the wrong side out ; 
And never gives to truth and virtue, that 
Which simpleness and merit purchaseth. [able. 
Urs. Sure, sure, such carping is not commend- 
Hero. No : not to be so odd, and from all fashions. 
As Beatrice is, cannot be commendable : 
But who dare tell her so ? If 1 should speak. 
She'd mock me into air; O, she would laugh me 
Out of myself, press me to death with wit. 
Therefore let Benedick, like cover'd fire. 
Consume away in sighs, waste inwardly : 
It were a better death than die with niocks ; 
Which is as bad as die with tickling. 
Urs. Yet tell her of it ; hear what she will say. 
Hero. No ; rather I will go to Benedick, 
And counsel him to fight against his passion : 
.4nd, truly, I'll devise some honest slanders 
To stain my cousin with : One doth not know. 
How much an ill word may empoison liking. 

Urs. O, do not do your cousin such a wrong. 
She cannot be so much without true judgment, 
(Having so swift and excellent a wit. 
As she is priz'd to have,) as to refuse 
So rare a gentleman as signior Benedick. 

Hero. He is the only man of Italy, 
Always excepted my dear Claudio. 

Urs. I pray you, be not angry with me, madam. 
Speaking my fancy ; signior Benedick, 
For shape, for bearing, argument, and ^alour. 
Goes foremost in report through Italy. 

Hero. Indeed, he hath an excellent good name. 
Urs. His excellence did earn it, ere he had it 
When are you married, madam ? 

Hiro. Why, every day ; to-morrow ; Come, go in ; 
I'll show thee some attires ; and have thy counsel, 
^Vh^ch is the best to furnish me to-morrow. 
Urs. She's lim'd I warrant you ; we have caught 
her, madam. 

'n ^^^^^y.?^^ *' "^^" '*'"S g^s by haps : 
I Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. 

Beatrice advances. 

Beat. "VVliat fire is in mine ears ? Can this be true > 

Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so much ? 
Contempt, farewell ! and maiden pride, adieu ! 

No glory lives behind the back of such. 
And, Benedick, love on, I will requite thee- 

Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand ; 
If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee 

To bind our loves up in a holy band : 
For others say, thou dost deserve ; and I 
Believe it better than reportingly. [Exit. 

SCENE II A Room in Leonato's House. 
Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, and 

D. Pedro. I do but stay till your marriage be 
consummate, and then I go toward Arragon. 

Claud. I'll bring you thither, my lord, if you'll 
vouchsafe me. 

D. Pedro. Nay, that would be as great a soil in 
the new gloss of your marriage, as to show a child 
his new coat, and forbid him to wear it. I will 
only be bold with Benedick for his company; for, 
from the crown of his head to the sole of his foot, 
he is all mirth ; he hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's 
bow-string, and the little hangman dare not shoot 
at him : he hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his 
tongue is the clapper ; for what his heart thinks, 
his tongue speaks. 

Bene. Gallants, I am not as I have been. 
Leon. So say I ; methinks, you are sadder. 
Claud. I hope, he be in love. 

D. Pedro. Hang him, truant ; there's no true 
drop of blood in him, to be truly touch'd with 
love : if he be sad, he wants money. 
Bene. I have the tooth-ach. 
D. Pedro. Draw it. 
Bene. Hang it ! 

Claud. You must Iiang it first, and draw it after- 

D. Pedro. AVhat ? sigh for the tooth-ach ? 
Leon. Where is but a humour, or a worm ? 
Bene. AVell, every one can master a grief, but he 
that has it. 
Claud. Yet, say I, he is in love. 
D. Pedro. There is no appearance of fancy in 
him, unless it be a fancy that he hath to strange 
disguises ; as, to be a Dutchman to-day ; a French- 
man to-morrow ; or in the shape of two countries 
at once, as, a German from the waist downward, 
all slops ; and a Spaniard from the hip upward, 
no doublet : Unless he have a fancy to this foolery, 
as it appears he hath, he is no fool for fancy, as you 
would have it appear he is. 

Claud. If he be not in love with some woman, 
there is no believing old signs : he brushes his hat 
o' mornings ; What should that bode ? 

D. 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 stuffed tennis-balls. 

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

D. 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 in love. 

D. Pedro. The greatest note of it is his melan- 

Claud. And when was he wont to wash his face ? 
D. Pedro. Yea, or to paint himself? for the 
which, I hear what they say of him. 

Claud. Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is now 

crept into a lutestring, and now governed by stops. 

D. Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for him 

Conclude, conclude, he is in love. 

Claud. Nay, but 1 know who loves him. 

H 2 



Act X 

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wiM f aU. ^a* for klak 

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tiMar, & mM* Hk MMi I 1M* itrnMii 
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Miira. FgraiyM^tokraakvttli Maa 

r iaa rf . Tla > Haraaatf Manarat lMt k 
Mi al^ibatr pant vttbaaaarfaa I aMltfMilw 

a. J0IU. Ujlm4mmA kadMr, Gtf aa yk 

O. Arf/aw f Jaa4 4a*. IiIm. 

O. Mkm. U yar Mmot aarvatf. I waM Mask 

A. K<>*. la yrt^ana > 

A./aAa. If MalaMairaa I wtaaaalClaBMaaMV 
taari fc> wi Vwaafa tftJk aC nacimi lOm. 
A. ^Mmw WImTi ttM MMtar 9 
& /^a. MaaM yaw UK4Mf to to towtlii to- 

D. FWta. Yaa kn**. W 4aak 
IK ./*ik I kM Ml dMi. kaa ' 

If dMN W aay lai i i if aat. I fnj jm; 

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7llnMMtol:rtovtoMtor.l Mak.lM 

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A JMa. Eaa Um; Laaaatot Hara. yaar B, 
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CfaaA Dhlayal? 

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laka4aa : I caal4 tmj, ito vaia varaa ; iMak yaa 
afa na titla. aa I IU ft tor to H. Waadar 
MianAuAarwarraat: ga tot wttk to-algtit. 

dM a^tf toltor tor aMlar4ay : If 9i locator 
dtoa. to m mm m a4 tor i tat It waaM tottar ft 
taar toaaar to ckaaca >ar aUad. 

Ctoarf. Mnttii toto? 

A. Arfa. 1 n aat tUnk It. 

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ttm mm tto* yaa kaov : If yoa wUI UUam aw. I 
win *mw /aa ra aa gl i : aad vliaa yoa liava aaaa 
aara. aa4 toaa4 aare. vaacaMi accerdiaffi*. 

ami. U I toa aay thine to-nlxht vky f ttoaM 
aat awfTT tor ta-oMrrotr ; tn th coacfagatlaa. 
wtora I itoaM vad. ttort will I Utama tor. 

A rw>w Aad,at I woead fer ttoa to aMala tor. 
I wUI Ma vltk ttoa to dlaffraea tor. 

A Jtkm. I wVU *k^mtt tor aa tettor, tltl yaa 
a toy aira toar tt caldly tot till 
aad lat Ito laaaa Aaw ftMl 

a. AdMw O day aa li w mM y tanad ! 

CUmd. O tolieMrfHiaagily thvartlac 

A Jato. O 

Jato. O H*rto B|N U pai 
tn yaa mg, vtoa yaa tova aaaa 

rr^^Wall. glaa 
iSff Wt, arto 

t iTaMk. Hadk OalMto. air, ar Oaarga I 
k ttoy can vrtto aad laad. 

Aw*. CaM htttor. aalghtoar Saaoaal t Oad lialli 
MaMadyaawltkafaadaaaw: to to awail-fe*r. 
ad aa la tto glh af fcrtaa ai tot to wrlu aad 
laad r i ia ai to aatara. 

a mratrk. Badi ahlch. aMrtar rMMHMa> 

A^i*. Vaa totot I kaav K vaald to yoar aa- 
ar. Wall, fcr ;at fcvaar. ir. vhy, (ia God 
ttoaka. aad atoto aa toaM af It t ad te yaar 
vrtilM aad raadli. IM ttal arrtofr vtoa ttva fa 
aa aaad ^ MMk vaalty. Vaa aia Hi a^ to ton to 
to tto atoal iirnlaii aad tt atoa fcr tto aaoaiakla 
f ttowatckittonfcrakaaryaattoiaaiara: TMt 
I* yaar ctorgat Yaa itoU c rai paal i w d aU vagraai 
BMa I yaa ata to Md aay toaa aiMd. la tto rrtoea'k 

fl iral)*. Halftotllaatataad> 

Am*. lAlra itoa. tato aa aato af kba, tot lat 
Maiaai aad yratoi U ly aall tto raM af tto watali 
tafadiar. aad ttoak Oad yaa ara fid af a knaia. 

>nr. if to UI aat Maad wtoa to la biddaa. to 
b aaM af tto priaca^ ra k la et a. 

AaiAw Tvaa. aad itoy mn to awddia vltii aaaa 
tot tto rrtacv'k Mhjactt : Yaa itoU aba auto aa 
noiw to tto MNat*i ftr, for tto watcli to babbia 
aad talk, b aiat tolarabia aad aat to to idaiad. 

t irateh. Wa will rattor ilaap Itoa latti a 
kaav vtoi balaa to a vatak. 

A*. Wky. yaa naak llto aa aaeiato aad ataat 
friat watotoaaai Ar I raa ai t wa tow tlaaa bu 
ilMaMI afltod t aaiy. toaa a Ma ttot yaar bUb to 
aat toatoi i-Watt, yaa an to aaU at all tto ala- 

ITatA. Hav If ttoy will aot ? 

Ai* Why tbaa. lat ttoia aloaa Ull thay art 
abari If ttoy aMka yaa aa thaa tto battar aaawar. 
aa HMy wy. ttoy ara aat tto mm yaa taak ttotn 

t irafc*. Wan. ilr. 

Aat*. If raa awal a titfaf. yaa awy raayiet Mm, 
by rlrtaa af yaar me, to to ae traa ataa : aad. 
Ito aach kM af laaa. tlM law yaa atoddla ar atokc 
with ttoto. why. tto awra b fcr yaar h aita tj . 

t ITMaft. Ifwakaavhiaitotoatktaf.ahall wa 

Atoa. IVwIy. by yaar tWe a . yaa taay s tot, I 
tMak, dwy that toach pHah wiU to dadtad : tto 
awrt aaaaaaMa way ito yaa. If yaa da tato a thiaf . 
b,toW lldajfca wlihawlfwtottola,aadtaaloat 
af yawf caaiipaay 

rtrf. Yaa toa baai alway* callad a laarctfiil 

AiKiT^TTaly. I woald not banc a doit by ai; 
wUI I OMch awra a maa who batb aay ' 

Ptrg. It yaa haar a child cry bi tto alght, you 
maM call to tto aavM, and bid tor atill It. 
irate*. Haw if tto aana to w l a a y , aad will 

"Lr*. Whyth. 
ehlM wato har w 

a faaea, aad let the 

Itottoawa tiiat will 

nrr. Tto vary traa. 
A^*. Thbbttoandaf 
waacl. ttabla, art to iwraw at 
[katanC yaa nMatttoartecah 

Yaa, I 


ibia, art to jwra wat aw uto r i ii own parwa < ir 
a nMatttoMlacatattoaighi,yaa awywayhbn. 
r*rg. N^U^lady.ihamthfaik.tocaaaat. 
Dtrh. PivaAlUtoiia to ana aaT, with any awn 
at knovi tha tt a t a w, to awy alay hito : nwny. 

W.r Dagbarr, aai Va.,.. miU O. M'atch. ;*;; V,Vh;\ Vto '^^^^^migTV^Ld^. th. 
Am*. Ara yoa aood awn tad traa ? watch ounht to aftod na maa ; aad It b aa adfcaea 

rrrir. Vca, or ^ it wara pity tot tby tboald to May a man aaiaM hb will. 
Mfltowlatiea.badyaad*aa/. | rkrw. EN^ lady, I ttoak. H to ta. 

Oil*. Nay, that wara a paabhmcat too rood ' Ai|^Ha.ha,tol WaU, wto l an , gaed alght ; 

Act 3. 



an there be any matter of weight chances, call up 
me : keep your fellows' counsels and your own, and 
good night Come, neighbour. 

2 Watch. Well, masters, we hear our charge: let 
us go sit here upon the church-bench till two, and 
then all to-bed. 

Do^b. One word more, honest 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 vigitant, I beseech 
you. \^Exeuiit Dogberry and Verges. 

Enter Borachio and Conrade. 

Bora. What ! Conrade, 

Watch. Peace, stir not. {Aside. 

Bora. Conrade, i say I 

CuH. Here, man, I am at thy elbow. 

Bora. Mass, and my elbow itched; I thought, 
there would a scab follow. 

Con. I will owe thee an answer for that ; and 
now forward with thy tale. 

Bora. Stand thee close then under this pent- 
house, for it drizzles rain ; and I will, like a true 
drunkard, utter all to thee. 

iVatch. {aside.'\ Some treason, masters ; yet 
stand close. 

Bora. Therefore know, I have earned of Don 
John a thousand ducats. 

Con. Is it possible that any villainy should be so 
dear ^ 

Bora. Thou should'st rather ask, if it were possi- 
ble any villainy should be so rich ; for when rich 
villains have need of poor ones, poor ones may 
make what price they will. 

Con. 1 wonder at it. 

Bora. That shows, thou art unconfirmed : Thou 
knowest, that the fashion of a doublet, or a hat, or 
a cloak, is nothing to a man. 

Con. Ves, it is apparel. 

Bora. I mean, the fashion. 

Con. Yes, the fashion is the fashion. 

Bora. Tush ' I may as well say, the fool's the 
fool. But see'st thou not what a deformed thief 
this fashion is ? 

Watch. I know that Deformed ; he has been a 
vile thief this seven year ; he goes up and down 
like a gentleman : I remember his name. 

Bora. Didst thou not hear somebody ? 

Con. No ; 'twas the vane on the house. 

Bora. See'st thou not, I say, what a deformed 
thief this fashion is? how giddily he turns about 
all the hot bloods, between fourteen and five and 
thirty ? sometime, fashi ning them like Pharaoh's 
soldiers in the reechy painting ; sometime, like god 
Bel's priests in the old church window , sometime, 
like the shaven Hercules in the smirched worm- 
eaten tapestry, where his cod-piece seems as massy 
as his club? 1 

Con. All this I see; nd see, that the fashion 
wears out more apparel than the man : iiut art not 
thou thyself giddy with the fashion too, that thou 
hast shifted out of thy tale into telling me of the 
fashion ? 

Bora. Not so neither : but know, that I have to- 
night wooed Margaret, the lady Hero's gentle- 
woman, by the name of Hero ; she leans me out at 
her mistress' chamber window, bids me a thousand 
times good night, I tell this tale vilely : I should 
first tell thee, how the Prince, Claudio, and my 
master, planted, and placed, and possessed by my 
master Don John, saw afar off in the orchard this 
amiable encounter. 

Con. And thought they, Margaret was Hero ' 

Bora. Two of them did, the Prince and Claudio ; 
but the devil my master knew she was M.irgaret ; 
and partly by his oaths, which first possessed them, 
partly by the dark night, which did deceive them, 
but chiefly by my villainy, which did confirm any 
slander that Don John had made, away went Clau- 
dio enr,->i;ed ; swore he would meet her as he was 
appointed, next morning at the temple, and there, 
before the whole congregation, shame her with 

what he saw over -night, and send her home again 
without a husband. 

1 Watch. We charge you in the prince's name, 

2 Watch. Call up the right master Constable : 
we have here recovered the most dangerous piece 
of lechery that ever was known in the common- 

1 Watch. And one Deformed is one of them ; 1 
know him, he wears a lock. 

Con. Masters, masters. 

2 Watch. You'll be made bring Deformed forth, 
I warrant you. 

Con. Masters, 

1 Watch. Never speak ; we charge you, let us 
obey you to go with us. 

Hora. We are likely to prove a goodly commo- 
dity, being taken up of these men's bills. 

Con. A commodity in question, 1 warrant you. 
Come, we'll obey you. 

SCENE IV A Room in Leonato's House. 
Enter Hero, Margaret, and Ursula. 

Hero. Good Ursula, wake my cousin Beatrice, 
and desire her to rise. 

Urs. 1 will, lady. 

Hero. And. bid her come hither. 

Vrs. Well. [i>tV Ursula. 

Marg. Troth, I think, your other rabato were 

Hero. No, pray thee, good Meg, I'll wear this. 

Marg. By my troth, it's not so good ; and I 
warrant, your cousin will say so. 

Hero. My cousin's a fool, and thou art another ; 
I'll wear none but this. 

Marg. I like the new tire within excellently, if 
the hair were a thought browner : and your gown's 
a most rare fashion, i'faith. I saw the duchess of 
Milan's gown, that they praise so. 

Hero. (), that exceeds, they say. 

Marg. By my troth it's but a night gown in 
respect of your's : Cloth of gold, and cuts, and laced 
with silver ; set with pearls, down sleeves, side- 
sleeves, and skirts round, underborne with a blueish 
tinsel : but for a fine, quaint, graceful, and excel- 
lent fashion, yours is worth ten on't. 

Hero. God give me joy to wear it, for my heart 
is e.tceeding heavy ! 

Marg. 'Twill be heavier soon, by the weight of a 

Hero. Fye upon thee I art not ashamed ? 

Marg. Of what, lady ? of speaking honourably ? 
Is not marriage honourable in a beggar ? Is not 
your lord honourable without marriage ' I think, 
you would have me say, saving your reverence, 
a husband : an bad thinking do not wrest true speak- 
ing, I'll oflTend nobody : Is there any harm in 
the heavier for a husband f None, I think, an it be 
the right husband, and the right wife ; otherwise 
'tis light, and not heavy : Ask my lady Beatrice 
else, here she comes. 

Enter Beatrice. 

Hero. Good morrow, coz. 

Beat. Good morrow, sweet Hero. 

Hero. Why, how now ! do you speak in the sick 
tune ? 

Beat. I am out of all other time, methinks. 

Marg. Clap us into Light o' love; that goes 
without a burden ; do you sing it, and I'll dance it. 

Beat. Yea, Lii,'ht o' love, with your heels .'then 
if your husband have stables enough, you'll see he 
shall lack no barns. 

Marg. O illegitimate construction ! 1 scorn that 
with my heels. 

Beat. 'Tis almost five o'clock, cousin ; 'tis time 
you were ready. By ray troth I am exceeding ill : 
hey ho ! 

Marg. For a hawk, a horse, or a husband ? 

Beat. For the letter that begins them all, H. 

Marg. Well, an you be not turned Turk, there's 
no more sailing by the star. 



Act 4. 

ami, HlMt MMiM tb feol, tr > 

Mmrg. Nockt^ I : bt God tamA CVOTT mm tkate 

0d iMlp w i k b o14 to MI U'<l Mid. 
VHitk, BCtfMiom VmtmwM, Uod't a good 
maa; two aMn rM r a bone, oo maai rid* 

mT. laMtlaflM,wMi.IMHMtMU. Ithlpp 

JNiy. A mmM, a MaaM i tten'k flMdIjr eatcb. i bow ! 
ftMfc 0,0<ib l y 1 Oafb aty aa ! hwr lang 

It to M( MM MM||. JM ilMVM l 
>"Af M9 tnMll 1 MB !> 

yaa MM r iMa CmHmm 

_^^ ,a*4l]rltia9awlMaR| lllattaa^ 

fm^ -Hmm tbM p*ak bat * a iMaMa. 

BmL hmmiUtmt* vbs MMSitaMH^ jaa baa 
aaa Maral Im fbto BaMllctM. 

Mmfg. Maral ? aa, b| nj ltb. I ba aaaMcal 
wbit> I MMMrt. yfata balT-iblMia. Taaaay 
iMafc. jwtbaita. ibM I Ibtab m aaa bi loa : 
Mf.lV^Mftl Mi Ml <> Aial to ibbOi wbal 
IImi MTniM M to fbtek wbat 1 m* { mt. to- 
tfaa. I aamat tttak. If I 14 tbtak mj baan 
aataT ibtaUi^ tbaft |m animim9,m tbal jm 
wtn ba to !. ar Ikal r ba ia la<i : ya( 

Mw, la <ii|lii anyabaatt. baaala bb 
aMjnMacs aM ba yaa Majba< 

Mt. Wbat aac* I* ibU that Iby Mh^m kaaya ? 
Jtapy. Ka a Mw faUay. 

Tm. MMlaaa. ltbn 
itoalw Baaadlck. Dm Jalak Mi aU Iba gillMii 
if Iba towa. ara caaM to Crtdi yM to cb a rcb . 

JbMkHair to * iMk fftod aaa. wmi Mtf 
aaAUiMte. C* 

&*. Marn. *ir. 1 waaM bato m 
mb ya, ibat dacOTM ya naarly. 
IJM. Brtr, I pay yaa : Cor y<ia m. II* a bai; 

A*- Many. iKb It U, lir. 

rtoy. Yaa. hi trath it to, Ur. 

Lmm. Wbatilt.m}coatf Maadt? 

A^l*. Ciodaiia Vra*. rir, Maka a llltla aTiyM, m roar taab. to after iC 
ibaaMtMt: Moid BMa, dr.aadbtovttsaraaat Orarf. Know 70 
MbbMLtotOadbalr. Ivoald dariitb9ra> rw Naea. aqr 
bat, hi ftMb. bMart, a* tbatklB batwaM bto brow*. 

Pknr. Vas I ikMk God. I aa a* baaa a* My 
MiHirti^*a I* Mold BMa.aad aa bowwtar 

Awk. OMBfailiaM am adaRM I ya 

Uaa.* ? Mb b M i i, rm m tadlaM. 

Am*. It yl w ai yaar wanhip to aay to, bat w 
rt Urn poor daka^ *1iii t bat, traly, for mhta 
wa part. If I wart a* todtoa* m a ktar, 1 coald 
tad bi ai7 bMtt to > n liw It M mTyomt wonbip. 

tM*. An tby todlaaMM m aa ! bal 

Hair*. Yaa. aad twara a tb iaiia J 

tbMti*: Cor I baara* aaadamlaaatta 
aMaETdiaaln: aad 

ba bat a poor aMa. I am gted to baar It. 

aat a poor aMa. 1 am fU 
r*rg. Aad w aai I. 
Um. 1 waaM Ma kaav 1 

wbat jroa bare to aay. 
t<>-ni(bt, nepth 
ta'Ca a coopla of 
laat kaaa* a* mn la MoMlna. 
a^r*^ A good aid aMa. rir : b wtll bo talklitft 
I tko M7. WbM tba aft t* la, tba wit I* oat 

rrrg' Many, ilr, aar watcb to-ni(bt, fr cr p tla g 
wanMp^ pvaMaea^ bar* ' ' 

Umm. Tabatbair maibiUlM yaiwaHi; Md briag 
It aM : I aai aaw la paa* baito, a* It auy appaar 

fMk PrtabtaaMwIwaara y aagai ftrajraawall. 

<a(r a MaM*nv. 
JVM. My lard, tbay atay fcr yaa to cWo yaur 
ai^btar to b baibaad. 
Urn. I v<U wait apM Mmms I aa* taady. 

[Swmua Uooato mmd MaMaafr^ 
a^H^ Oa, Mad paviaar, fo, got jtm to Pranr 
aacoal. bid blm bria bi* pM aad takbara to tbe 

rrrv. Aad w* raaal do it wiaaly. 

O^ Wo will .pato far M wiL I 
baa^ttat (NMyUar *i*/W*aad.l abaU drtra ioeia 
ar thoto to a aaa COM .- aaly Ml tba laamod wrltar 
to Mt dowa oar aKcaM MaaTfllM , aad aMct bm 
at tba gaol. [B-mmf. 


8CENB I^rbr HM ^m Ckmrdk. 

alrr Am Padra. Am Jaha. Laaaato. Friar. Claa- 

Um. CoaM. Mar rraacU, be briaT : only to tho 
iaia IbtM of a Mi ila g a, aad ya ball racoani their 

Frimr. Ym aa bithtr. my lord, to inaiTy tbi* 
CUwd, Xa. 
to Tebaaanlad to bv. friar; yMcaoMto 

PtLr. Lady.yM aaaw bHber ta ba marrtrd to 

yrimr. If tl t b Mofyaa kaow aay inward impcdi- 
aaant wby ya aboald aot bo coqjoiaod, I rhargt 
la. aa yoar aMb. to attcr iC 
Clmmi. Know yM My, Uaro 7 

rWar. Know yoa My, ceaat > 
I dan make bU i 

CbW. n, what MM dare da t wbal aMa aMy do '. 

owing wbat tbay do ! 
Am*. How aaw ! lBtcT)actiM*> IHiy, tbMaaaM 

wbat MM daily do ! not knov 

ba ariaagbiaic. a*. ha ba ! bo! 
Ctoirf. 8taad tbo by, friar tPatbar. by yMr 

Otr* aM tbta naid. yoar daagbtcr ? 

Umm. A* ftarty, mw, a* God did gioa bar m. 

Ommd. Aad wbat bavo I to giva yM back, wb< 
May cooBtcrpolM thU rich and prtr t aw* r^n > 

D. P*4r9. Nothing, aaloM yoa r-"-* > .i 

Olaad. Swaat princo, yoa loarr 
Theiw, Laanato, taka bar bak XL 
(ilv* not tbl* lattM oTMga to y ou ' 
Sba^ bat tba tifa Md *MlblMiw or npr nonour : 
BeboM, bav Ute a aMM dM bla*bM br : 
O, what aathaelto aad ihaw af trath 
Cm MnafaM ila Mwr MHir wltbal ! 
ConM no* aat Maad, m to idet t arfdcnco. 
To witncMafanptorfttM? WMidyMnattWM 

Act 4. 


All you that see her, that she were a maid. 
By these exterior shows ? But she is none : 
She knows the heat of a luxurious bed : 
Her blush is guiltinass, not modesty. 

Leon. What do you mean, my lord ? 

Claud. Not to be married. 

Not knit my soul to an approved wanton. 

Leon. Dear my lord, if you, in your own proof 
Have vanquish 'd the resistance of her youth, 
And made defeat of her virginity, 

Claud. 1 know what you would say ; If I have 
known her, 
You'll say, she did embrace me as a husband. 
And so extenuate the 'forehand sin : 
No, Leonato, 

I never tempted her with word too large ; 
But, as a brother to his sister, show'd 
Bashful sincerity, and comely love. 

Hero. And seem'd I ever otherwise to you ? 

Claud. Out on thy seeming ! I will write against 
Vou seem to me as Dian in her orb ; [it : 

As chaste as is the bud ere it be blown ; 
But you are more intemperate in your blood 
Than Venus, or those pamper'd animals 
That rage in savage sensuality. 

Hero. Is my lord well, that he doth speak so wide ? 

Leon. Sweet prince, why speak not you ? 

D. Pedro. U hat should I speak ? 

I stand dishonour'd, that have gone about 
To link my dear friend to a common stale. 

Leon. Are these things spoken ? or do I but 
dream ? [are true. 

D. John. Sir, they are spoken, and these things 

Bene. This looks not like a nuptial. 

H ro. True, O God ! 

Claud. Leonato, stand I here? 
Is this the prince ? Is this the prince's brother ? 
Is this face Hero's ? Are our eyes our own ? 

Leon. All this is so ; But what of this, my lord ? 

Claud. Let me but move one question to your 
daughter ; 
And by that fatherly and kindly power 
That you have in her, bid her answer truly. 

Leon. I charge thee do so, as thou art my child. 

Hero. O God defend me ! how am I beset ! 

What kind of catechising call you this ? 

Claud. To make you answer truly to your name. 

Hero. Is it not Hero? Who can blot that name 
With any just reproach ? 

Claud. Marry, that can Hero ; 

Hero itself can blot out Hero's virtue. 
What man was he talk'd with you yesternight 
Out at your window, betwixt twelve and one ? 
Now, if you are a maid, answer to this. 

Hero. I talk'd with no man at that hour, my lord. 

D. Pedro. Why, then are you no maiden 
I am sorry you must hear ; Upon mine honour. 
Myself, my brother, and this grieved count, 
Did see her, hear her, at that hour last night. 
Talk with a ruffian at her chamber-window ; 
Who hath, indeed, most like a liberal villain, 
Confess'd the vile encounters they have had 
A thousand times in secret. 

D. John. Fye, fye ! they are 

Not to be nam'd my lord, not to be spoke of; 
There is not chastity enough in language. 
Without oflfence, to utter them : Thus, pretty lady, 
I am sorry for thy much misgovernment. 

Claud. O Hero ! what a Hero hadst thou been. 
If half thy outward graces had been placed 
About thy thoughts, and counsels of thy heart ! 
But, fare thee well, most foul, most fair ! farewell. 
Thou pure impiety, and impious purity ! 
For thee I'll lock up all the gates of love. 
And on my eye-lids shall conjecture hang. 
To turn all beauty into thoughts of harm. 
And never shall it more be gracious. 

Leon. Hath no man's dagger heie a point for me ? 
[Hero swoons. 

Beat. Why, how now, cousin ? wherefore sink 
you down ? 


D. John. Come, let us go > these things, come 

Smother her spirits up. [thus to light, 

[Exeunt Don Pedro, Don John, and Claudio. 

Bene. How doth the lady ? 

Beat. Dead, 'l think ; help, uncle ; 

Hero ! why. Hero ! Uncle ! Signior Benedick ! 
friar ! 

Leon. O fate, take not away thy heavy hand ! 
Death is the fairest cover for her shame. 
That may be wish'd for. 

Beat. How now, cousin Hero ' 

Friar. Have comfort, lady. 

^<!- Dost thou look up ? 

Friar. \ea; Wherefore should she not ? 

Leon. A\'herefore ? M hy, doth not every earthh 
Cry shame upon her ? Could she here deny 
The story that is printed in her blood P 
Do not live, Hero ; do not ope thine eyes : 
For did I think thou wouldst not quickly die. 
Thought I thy spirits were stronger than thy 

Myself would, on the rearward of reproaches, 
Strike at thy life. Griev'd I, I had but one ? 
Chid I for that at frugal nature's frame ? 
O, one too much by thee ! Why had I one ? 
\\ hy ever wast thou lovely in my eyes ? 
Why had I not with charitable hand. 
Took up a beggar's issue at my gates ; 
Who smirched thus, and mired with infamy, 
I might have said. No part of it is mine. 
This shame derives itself from unknown loins ? 
But mine, and mine I lov'd, and mine I prais'd. 
And mine that I was proud on ; mine so much, 
That I myself was to myself not mine. 
Valuing of her ; why, she O, she is fallen 
Into a pit of ink ! that the wide sea 
Hath drops too few to wash her clean again ; 
And salt too little, which may season give 
To her foul tainted flesh ! 

Bene. Sir, sir, be patient : 

For my part I am so attir'd in wondei, 
I know not what to say. 

Beat. O, on my soul, my cousin is belied I 

Bene. Lady, were you her bedfellow last night ? 

Beat. No, truly not; although, until last night 
I have this twelvemonth been her bedfellow. 

Leun. Confirm'd, confirm'd ! O, that is stronger 
Which was before barr'd up with ribs of iron ! 
Would the two princes lie ? and Claudio lie ? 
Who lov'd her so, that, speaking of her foulness, 
Wash'd it with tears ? Hence from her ; let her die. 

Friar. Hear me a little ; 
For I have only been silent so long. 
And given way unto this course of fortune. 
By noting of the lady ; I have mark'd 
A thousand blushing apparitions start 
Into her face ; a thousand innocent ahames 
In angel whiteness bear away those blushes; 
And in her eye there hath appear'd a fire. 
To burn the errors that these princes hold 
Against her maiden truth : Call me a fool ; 
Trust not my reading, nor my observations. 
Which with experimental seal doth warrant 
The tenour of my book ; trust not my age. 
My reverence, calling, nor divinity. 
If this sweet lady lie not guiltless here 
Under some biting error. 

Leon. Friar, it cannot be : 

Thou seest, that all the grace that she hath left. 
Is, that she will not add to her damnation 
A sin of perjury ; she not denies it : 
Why seek'st thou then to cover with excuse 
That which appears in proper nakedness ? 

Friar. Lady, what man is he you are accus'dof ? 

Hero. They know, that do accuse me ; I know 
none : 
If I know more of any man alive. 
Than that which maiden modesty doth warrant. 
Let all my sins lack mercy ! () my father. 
Prove you that any man with me convers'd 



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WkMi ka tkan kan * ! aM* kto m^ 
Tka Mm aTkM Mfc ikaN tvaMiyctaav 
laM kto M*d7 af iMiiftaatiaa : 



laMi M tka tklac I kaaw aaC. It 
Ma Im Ma M tmj.l Ia4 aatklag m 
kat kal Nn Ma at i aa4 yat lUcaatt 

I aaato. aakla. mm I Aaay 

aany Mr My aaaala. 
Ara*. hf mj avaai. BiiMlM, tkaa laaaM Maw 
Mf. lia M avav hy H. aarf M to. 
*fw. 1 UI tWMT ky to. UMt yaa laa aMt *ne 

I UI aMka Mm aM to. Mm* 9. I lava aa jNNi 

Mtk WMh aa aaMtfcataHi 
1 pvaMal, I laa tfM*. 
mi. Wky Ikam Ua fkrgt* 

Ami. Taa kaaa aMU om ki a kapry kav : I wm 
kHa im ai l 1 la>atf yMi. 

mimt, Am4 < II with ail thy baait. 
aaaC I laaa jmm alik m Mack af My kaart, tkai 

laaa katf lal a w* to kto IHar^ 


Itoaapk k> Ik ia|kl kto t ai>itoa toaa. 

aal. Vaa kM aM M any H : 
Ma. Tany. awaai BaanW*. 
Mt. I Ml 0Ma, kaiik I aM kara i Tkara to 
** **** Tfa >- .Nay, 1 pray yaa, IM aM go. 

aal. iBftttk, IfHSfa. 
mm, Wall ka fttaa^a Aral. 
aaC Vaa4aMatoM I 

mm. la f-|4la tktoa 
Mf. I* ka aM aaaraaad to w kaickt a Il- 
ia. ikM kMk ilaa i wa*. aca m a*. <l <k Mo ar*< My 
ikkMaaMa?-, tkM I vara aMa!-WkM! 

kaMkOTta kaa4 aatit mv eoOMr la laka k a afc ; 

atf tfMM vHk Mkilc aaaaMUM. aacvan< alaaiM, 

II ailltoam w*aar, O Pad, tkt I wavaaaMa! 

I waaM aat kto kaart to tka aMrtat-pUca. 
j tar. HaMMa, B aai r l**; 

m*. Talk Hk a aMa ot at window ?- 

Tkaa I aw lay to dawa to likaWkaai 
Bat V all atoa Vu tkto ka laaaini Mhw 
Tka aapyatlltaa af Mm My^ daatfi 
Will MMMh tka wMdarafkar k 
. im aan MM wan, yaa aMy 


and caaattea ! 8aniy. a 

mn, a gaadly ooaat.aaftt t a waa< galUnt . 

I O tkM I wnaaMaarktoMka!lkail 

la aaaMVMtailM nd raliflaaa Ufc. 
Oat aT all ayn, Maaaaa. adada. aad I 
W M. Wp toatiiBHi. Iattkaft1aradtoayaai 

la van anch aaka Om arlnca aad CUadia, 
Vat. ky tMMkaaaar 1 wUI daal to tkto 
Aa M n i a d i . aad , 

Ika* aay IHaad waaM ka a roan for my nk ! But 
! M a wk aad toaMltcd laMMannin, valoar Into < 


a* valiant m 
: thai oniT tIU a 11*. aad awaan M : I caaaat ka a 
I nan with wlthing, ikMcfcra I wlU dto a waMa n 
I with KTirr{n(. 

firm*. TaiT}, good BMtricat By tkto kaad. I 
IMag tkat I flow in grtef, > JImI. I'm it Cm aiy laaa aaata other way tkaa 
Tka iMitliM twtoM MMy laad bm. wearinc by h. 

rrimr. Tto w^l caaMatad ; praMntly away ; > /' Think vm in ywar aaal tka coaat Oaadla 
For la atraaga tavM Cniagaly tkay ttraln the h V irro> 

rare. irc I h^raa tbovmht. or aMal. 

CMa.lad7,dtotoU*as tktowaddiagday. I am anxactd. I will rkallaaM 

PMkaps to kat prelai^; ka*a patience, and hn . . . -.m ..>- yonr hand, and m Iratra yoa: % 

this hand. CUndio chatl rmdr mr a dear aecaaatt 
CKaraaf Frli*. Heia, anrf /.aMUa. At yoa bear of nc, m thhik of me. Go, m ai l ki l 

Act 4. 



your cousin : 1 must say, she is dead; and so,i Dn^'b. Dost thou not suspect my place > Dost 
farewell. [Exeunt, thou not suspect my years ?0 that he were here to 

j write me down an ass ! but, masters, remember. 

SCENE 11.^ Prison. 
Enter Dogberry, Verges, and Sexton, in gowns \ 
the Watch, with Conrade and Borachio. 
Dogb. Is our whole dissembly appeared ? 
Ker^'. O, a stool and a cushion for the sexton ! 
Sextun. Which be the malefactors ? 

Dogb. Marry, that am I and my partner. ^ ..,.. 

Verg. Nay, that's certain; we have the exhibition' hath had losses; and one'that ha tliTwo gowns anil 
toexamme. I every thing handsome about him " ' 

that I am an ass ; though it be not written down, 
and J'' forget not that I am an ass : No, thou villain, 
thou art full of piety, as shall be proved upon thee 
by good witness. 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 

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 

What is your name, friend ? 

Bora. Borachio. 

Dogb. Pray write down Borachio Yours, 

sirrah ? 

Con. I am a gentleman, sir, and my name is Con- 

Dogb. Write down master gentleman Conrade. 
Masters, do you serve God ? 

Con. Bora. Yea, sir, we hope. 

Dogb. AVrite down that they hope they ser 
God: and write God first; for God defend but 
God should go 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 . 

but I will go about with him Come you hither, 

sirrah ; a word in your ear, sir ; I say to you, it " 
thought you are false knaves. 

Dora. 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 tliey are 
none ? 

Se.xtim. 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 thee men. 

1 Watch. This man said, sir, that Don John, the 
prince's brother, was a villain. 

Dogb. Write down prince .John a villain : \^'hy 
this is flat peijury, to call a prince's brother vil- 

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 

Dogb. Flat burglary, as ever was committed. 
yerg. Yea, by the mass, that it is. 
Sexton. What else, fellow ? 

1 Watch. And that count Claudio did mean, upon 
his words, to disgrace Hero before the whole assem- 
bly, and not marry her. 

Dogb. O villain! thou wilt be condemned into 
everlasting redemption for this. 
.S xton. What else ? 

2 Watch. This is all. 

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, suddenlv 
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 ba opinioned. 

Verg. Let them be in band. 

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 ! 

Con. Away ! you are an ass, you are an ass. 

away. O, that I had been writ down 

-Bring him 
1 ass ! 


SCENE I Before Leonato's ^oie. 
Enter Leonato and Antonio. 
Ant. If you go on thus, you will kill yotirself; 
And 'tis not wisdom, thus to second grief 
Against yourself. 

i'^on. I pray thee, cease thy counsel. 

Which falls into mine ears as profitless 
As water in a sieve : give not me counsel ; 
Nor let no comforter delight mine ear, 
But such a one whose wrongs do suit with mine. 
Bring me a father, that so lov'd his child, 
Whose joy of her is oveiwhelm'd like mine. 
And bid him speak of patience ; 
Measure his woe the length and breadth of mine. 
And let it answer every strain for strain ; 
As thus for thus, and such a grief for such, 
In every lineament, branch, shape, and form : 
If such a one will smile, and stroke his beard : 
Cry sorrow, wag! and liem, when he should 

groan ; 
Patch grief with proverbs; make misfortune drunk 
With candle- wasters ; bring him yet to me. 
And I of him will gather patience. 
But there is no such man : For, brother, men 
Can counsel, and speak comfort to that grief 
Which they themselves not feel ; but, tasting it. 
Their counsel turns to passion, which before 
M'ould give preceptial medicine to rage. 
Fetter strong madness in a silken thread. 
Charm ach with air, and agony with words: 
N'o, no ; 'tis all men's office to speak patience 
To those that wring under the load of sorrow ; 
But no man's virtue, nor sufficiency. 
To be so moral, when he shall endure 
The like himself: therefore give me no counsel : 
My griefs cry louder than adVertisement. [differ. 

Ant. Therein do men from children nothing 

Leon. I pray thee, peace ; I will be flesh and 
For there was never yet philosopher, [blood ; 

That could endure the tooth-ach patiently ; 
However they have writ the style of gods. 
And made a pish at chance and sufferance. 

Ant. Yet bend not all the harm upon yourself/ 
Make those, that do offend you, suffer too. 

Leon. There thou speak'st reason . nay, 1 will do 
My soul doth tell me. Hero is belied ; [so : 

And that shall Claudio know, so shall the prince. 
And all of them, that thus dishonour her. 
Enter Don Pedro 37rf Claudio. 

Ant. Here comes the prince, and Claudio, hastily. 

D. Pedro. Good den, good den. 

Claud. Good day to both of you. 

Leon. Hear you, my lords, 

D. Pedro. We have some haste, Leonato. 

Leon. Some haste, my lord ! well, fare you well, 
my lord : 
Are you so hasty now ? well, all is one. [man. 

D. Pedro. Nay, do not quarrel with us, good old 

Ant. If he could right himself with quarrelling. 
Some of us would lie low. 

Claud. 'Who wrongs him ? 



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tfMn b owm *!? 

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- - mutm V kti^t 

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tWl I ato IbMM to lay av w - i ** ky t 

ClM^ N-a^araay4>dto. t kaagk vary auay ka* 
- -' ttatrvit IvUI MiM* tfra.M 

ka loaka 

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O! m > totok wki a wm^m mmmi t tttft, 
a Ma af kacX tetoX by Ik* lUaky. 

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ni yvata M aa Ma kMl. tf ka Aaaa i 

DaMlti kit Blaa tm%. amA kla aailv yaaatfaai. 

moiay aT ywtfk. aMi UMaa ariwaykMA. 

CtM4. A V < ^ Mt kato to lik yM. 

t.M. Cmmt ikM to a^ aa f TlM kM klUM 
ay rklMi 

Ami. tUAaUkmtmmttm,m4wtmtmimAi 
MlkaTk mm lackUakWaMtnit 
Wta toa aaA waat . lai kia aMvar mt. 

Kaa, M 1 aa a mi 

I wUl. 

M kawvl ! 

Ami *a I* 4<l<,ilaaiaf^ to aaik ky HttataMt 
Tkai AaM m wall aaiaa a ais. taMatf, 
A I aM laka a MayaM to tkaMsw : 

rrL?-'*' ^''^IKxrA-a., 

4a<. HaM yaa aaMaMt Wkat. aa t I ka** 

A*wlto> ttwy*S!!i|.ayaatotkaatiaaaiaaniplai 
acaaktta^ aai^teaia^ awlaa-'aMafnaa kayi 
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Oa aaalakly. aaiUtov aalvaaii kt4aaaaaaa 
Aa Maak ar kair 4aMa tfaaMM [ 
Maa iWay alAt kart ikait la la. If ikay 

Da aat atoMla. M awaal la Ikta. 

yMir aanaaaa. 
My kaatt ! Moy te Mar tfaaakwf^ aalk i 
Bat. aa ay kaaaar. aka atodu^ aUk a 
Bai vkat wa Oaa, aa4 vary fkO affraaC 
Lmm. My lar. ay lartf^ 


!>. fMr*. Waieoaa. atfalari Yaa arr 
. Wa kaa Uka to kaa kai av tva 

ti. ftdt*. At t an aa kaaaa 
fala :-Ar Ikaa lick, a ai^ry > 

ammC Wkal!eaar^|*.aaal Wkaitfto^kcaf* 
-^ ' ---- ' tadwatoklll 

m*. Mr. I kan aMM yaar te Ika 


caaatf.Nav.lkaa gia kla 
kMl va kaaaa ciaa* 

A. IWm. By ikia Ugki, ka 
mmn: I iklak. ka kaaMty la 
U ka ka. W\aaat 

kaa to lata 

tail t aaak a wart la yaaraar? 
CInA UaklaanwfrtoaaekallaMa] 
a*. Yaa at* a tllaia :_l Jart noU-r 

aaka H foti kaa yaa ara, altk vkai yaa atr. 

aatf wkaa yaa 4Bfa> Ha aw rl^i, a I atll ym- 

laM Mar aavartfka. Yaa ka* klllatf a twaal lady. 

aatf WdaackakaaMlkaavyaayaa: Lataabar 

O aiiA W aU, I vlU atoat yaa. m I aay hi 

""ckMrffa! Wkal.ataM? afcaai^ 

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calf '^ kaai aatf a cayaa, Ika akick iri 4a aat aar^ 

a<aaaa< cak toa> 

a>M. JMr.yaat alt MaWa wall: Hffaaaarfty- 
fH r>tit^ N laU dwa kaw lliatHni rraiad tb* 
wtttkaatkadayi I aaM, ikaa kate a tna wit: 
Trm, My* tka. ajm KMr aar .- iTa. aM I. a grtal 
a: IU^.tayka,airirrwtM: >Vy,al4I. 
a aaarf <*; /(. aM aka, 6 hmrU m W . .V. 
d I.Kte a f iiOiaMi < <: CMate. aid *ha. a 
teaaMtoaar la>, aaM I. k kmtk Or laiyaa ; 
Tkar / toNfPt, aid aka. /W *f mw a <Wiy1aa 
aa JNaday a^, mkkk k fmwf* mm TSaaday 

idMka.aakaarHaatk.itaMkBii tkyaar- 
w vlttaa : tat. at bat. aka * a cl add wttk a 
lifk. Ikaa aaat tha araf t aa i awa la Italy. 
OmmL far Ika wljektkaaa 

O. ndra. Yaa,tkat*adMt kat yat, 4kr all ikai, 
aa If (ka dUi aat kato kia daadly. aba vaaM lata 
kla daarly : Ika aid mmCt daag k tor laM a> all. 

Oaad. An. aU ; aad at r aatar, OW aa k h w iim% 
ki wm$ kU tm fkf tmrtm. 

CkMd. Yaa. aad last aadaraaatk, Brrv dav// 

Ana*. Fara yaa wall, kay ' aa kaav aty ntad : 

yaa mtm to yaar gatato-Kka 
yaa btaak laata a kcMMTti da Ikafr Wadaa. vkirh. 
bad ka Ikaakad, kart aat. My latd. Ikr ytrar i 
aaaay eaartoria I tkaakyaa : f a waai diac aadaaa 
yaaa oaaapaay * yaar ktaikar. tka kaManl. la dad | 
nan Maadaai yaa kaa.aaMafyaa.killadaaaaai| 
aad taMtoeeat lady; Par ay kttd Cack kaatd.tkar%i 
kaaadlakanaaats aad tOI Ikaa, Mea ka aitk | 

A. PMlrm. Ha to la a ai aaa t . 
Oaad. laaaat ptaAnad aaraaak t aad IV 
raat yaa. Ikr tkm lata af D n Wl iii 
A. I^f. Aad kaik 
C3aa<. Maaliiaeanly 



D. Pedro. WTiat a pretty thing man is, when he 
goes in his doublet and hose, and leaves oiT' his wit ! 

Enter Dogberry, Verges, and the VVatch, with 
Conrade and Borachio. 

Claud. He is then a giant to an ape : but then is 
an ape a doctor to such a man. 

D. Pedro. But, soft you, let be; pluck up, my 
heart, and be sad ! Did he not say, my brother was 

Dogb. Come, you, sir ; if justice cannot tameyou, 
she shall ne'er weigh more reasons in her balance : 
nay, an you be a cursing hypocrite once, you must 
be looked to. 

1). Pedro. How now, two of my brother's men 
bound ! Borachio, one ! 

Claud. Hearken after their offence, my lord ! 

D. Pedro. Officers, what offence have these men 

Dogb. ;\Iarry, sir, they have committed false re- 
port ; moreover, they have spoken untniths ; se- 
condarily, they are slanders ; sixth and lastly, they 
have belied a lady ; thirdly, they have verified 
unjust things : and, to conclude, they are lying 

D. Pedro. First, I ask thee what they have done ; 
thirdly, I ask thee what's their offence ; sixth and 
lastly, why they are committed ; and, to conclude, 
what you lay to their charge ? 

Claud. Rightly reasoned, and In his own division ; 
and, by my troth, there's one meaning well suited. 

D. Pedro. Whom have you offtnded, masters, that 
you are thus bound to your answer ? this learned 
constable is too cunning to be understood : What's 
your offence ? 

Bora. Sweet prince, let me go no further to 
mine answer ; do you hear me, and let this count 
kill me. I have deceived even your very eyes : what 
your wisdoms could not discover, these shallow fools 
have brought to light ; who, in the night, overheard 
me confessing to this man, how Don John your 
brother incensed me to slander the lady Hero ; how 
you were brought into the orchard, and saw me 
court Margaret in Hero's garments ; how you dis- 
graced her, when you should marry her : my vil- 
lainy they have upon record ; which I had rather 
seal with my death, than repeat over to my shame: 
the lady is dead upon mine and my master's false 
accusation ; and, briefly, I desire nothing but the 
reward of a villain. 

D. Pedro. Runs not this speech like iron through 
your blood ? 

Claud. I have drunk poison, whiles he uttered it. 

D. Pedro. But did my brother set thee on to this ? 

Bora. Yea, and paid me richly for the practice of it. 

D. Pedro. He is compos'd and fram'd of trea- 
chery r 
And fled he is upon this villainy. 

Claud. Sweet Hero ! now thy image doth appear 
In the rare semblance that I loved it first. 

Dogb. Come, bring away the plaintiffs; by this 
time our Sexton hath reformed signior Leonato of 
the matter : And masters, do not forget to specify, 
when time and place shall serve, that I am an ass. 

Verg. Here, here comes master signior Leonato, 
and the Sexton too. 

Re-eiUer Leonato and Antonio, with the Sexton. 

Leon. Which is the villain ? Let me see his eyes ; 
That when I note another man like him, 
I may avoid him Which of these is he ? fme. 

Bora. If you would know your wronger, look on 

Leon. Art thou the slave, that with thy breath 
Mine innocent child ? [hast kill'd 

Bora. Yea, even I alone. 

Leon. No, not so, villain ; thou bely'st thyself; 
Here stand a pair of honourable men, 
A third is fled, that had a hand in it : 
I thank yon, princes, for my daughter's death ; 
Record it with your high and worthy deeds ; 
Twas bravely done. If you bethink you of it. 

^ Claud. I know not how to pray your patience. 
Yet I must speak : Choose your revenge yourself; 
Impose me to what penance your invention 
Can lay upon my sin : yet sinn'd I not. 
But in mistaking. 

D. Pedro. By my soul, nor I ; 

And yet, to satisfy this good old man, 
I would bend under any heavy weight 
That he'll enjoin me to. 

Leon. I cannot bid you bid my daughter live. 
That were impossible ; but I pray you both. 
Possess the people in Messina here 
How innocent she died : and, if your love 
Can labour aught in sad invention, 
Hang her an epitaph upon her tomb. 
And sing it to her bones ; sing it to-night : 
To-morrow morning come you to my house ; 
And since you could not be my son-in-law. 
Be yet my nephew : my brother hath a daughter. 
Almost the copy of my child that's dead. 
And she alone is heir to both of us ; 
Give her the right you should have given her cousin. 
And so dies my revenge. 

Claud. O, noble sir. 

Your over kindness doth wring tears from me 1 
I do embrace your offer ; and dispose 
For henceforth of poor Claudio. [ing , 

Leon. To-morrow then I will expect your com- 

To-night I take my leave This naughty man 

Shall face to face be brought to JIargaret, 
Who, I believe, was pack'd in all this wrong, 
Hir'd to it by your brother. 

Bora. No, by my soul, she was not ; 

Nor knew not what she did, when she spoke to me ; 
But always hath been just and virtuous. 
In any thing that I do know by her. 

Dogb. Moreover, sir, (which, indeed, is not 
under white and black,) this plaintiff" here, the 
ofTender, did call me ass: I beseech you, let it be 
remembered in his punishment : And also, the 
watch heard them talk of one Deformed : they say, 
he wears a key in his ear, and a lock hanging by 
it ; and borrows money in God's name ; the which 
he hath used so long, and never paid, that now 
men grow hard-hearted, and will lend nothing for 
God's sake : Pray you, examine him upon that 

Leon. I thank thee for thy care and honest pains. 

Dogb, Your worship speaks like a most thankful 
and reverend youth ; and I praise God for you. 

Leon. There's for thy pains. 

Dogb. God save the foundation ! 

Leon. Vio, I discharge thee of thy prisoner, and 
I thank thee. 

Dogb. I leave an arrant knave with your wor- 
ship ; which, I beseech your worship, to correct 
yourself, for the example of others. (Jod keep your 
worship ; I wish your worship well ; God restore 
you to health : I humbly give you leave to depart; 
and if a merry meeting may be wished, God pro- 
hibit it Come, neighbour. 

[Exeunt Dogberry, Verges, and Watch. 

Leon. Until to-morrow morning, lords, farewell. 

Ant. Farewell, my lords ; we look for you to- 

D. Pedro. We will not fail. [morrow. 

Clatid. To-night I'll mourn with Hero. 

[Exeunt Don Pedro and Claudio. 

Leon. Bring you these fellows on ; we'll talk with 

Margaret, , - 

How her acquaintance grew with this lewd fellow. 

^ [Exeunt. 

SCENE II. Leonato's Garden. 

Enter Benedick and Margaret, meeting. 

Bene. Piav thee, sweet mistress Margaret, de- 
serve well at my hands, by helping me to the 
speech of Beatrice. 

Marg. Will you then write me a sonnet in praise 
of my beauty ? 

Bene. In so high a style, Margaret, that no man 
living shall come over it; for, in most comely 
truth, thou deservest it. 



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MSf faad rwtTdM jm m Mkt ! 

Am. 9t^lmt: a moA ayidMl! I 4o 
Um. krfaS. fv I kM UiM ^aiMi M wUI. 

m*. la iplia r jMT kaait. I iktek: alas! 
paar kaarti ttym* fA Ittmw9 aak*. 1 vUi sfM* 
Ufkr Ma; tm I UI Mar k* that vkkk my 

Btmr. Am aM, M aU bMlanc*. Dcatrica, tkat 
IHatf tai tka ttma arfaaA Mifkboan : if a maa do 
Ml aaaai la tfda aa kk ami laaib ka dtea. ka 
kaU U M UMar la iaaaiiif, f 
rtii^ aad tk* vMav 
mT. Aad ka kaa kSat. iMak tm f 
Mf. QaMtka > Wky, m kaar ia 
aada^aartarkrkMMiTlMNCMa H k 
aadkai fW ika wka. (tf DM Waiai, kk cMMkaca. 
ad M Uai fdlaiMi la tka caatnuj.l la ba tk* 
aT kk ava vktaa^ m 1 ania mjMif i Sa 


J aiyaalf. (aka. I aiyaatf vin h*ir 
w i iawa. k |waka-artk74 aad saw Mtt SMk Ho 
dalk yaar caaUa > 

amL Var 111. 

Am. Aad ka* da |M ? 

Bmt. Vmj Ml taa. 

aaaw haiva tiad. larva aw. aad naadttkatr 
I toava yaa taa, la* kaaa aMai aaa la kart*. 


Pm. Madaai. laa a aaaia la year aackt 

J iaii rlt aid aall ai kaawt H k rf*d. an lad; 

HaM kalk kaM fckaly aaaaaad. tka pilaca aa 

I aadDMJahaktfcci 

Ikar af all. vka k Aad aad goM; vtU jm mbm 

Mai. M Ul M * kaar ikkaawa. rfgakr? 
Jkaa I <U Ua la Iky la IkfUf. aad 
la *yyaai aad. M iii n i r .l vtll f 

CBNK lll.-71k ImM* tf Omrtk. 
arriiMradaa.aaadKad Alkadaatt. adM 

Oaad. (a/>*ai arvaK.] 

ik IXiaOly ihiidiwi 
Mm lAf JVrr* Ma* A(*v Urn; 

titmm ktrjtmm mLtk mmriLt . 
k lUK Mal ditd a4M dkaaa, 
Umi im 4mtk milk ghfirmjtmm. 

Mmuf tkm Ik mwmUkt Hmk, faffixinf it. 

I'rmMmg *r mhf I mm rfMit. 



rtk laaf ikia Ma a^fy^a i^a^M. 
^W Ck a*<ril, aA aaM* af m*. 

tmmd mimt hfrlmmtULp gm. 

Midmlgkt, mmiti aar auMi 

Sfat, aawa. aad akM Ma- dMd, 

Claad. Naa Mia tk> kaaaa gaad nigkt ! 

Yaarty vtU fdalkkrlt*. 
D. rwdn. (>aad aMtiav, ataatcn; pat joar 

Tka aalM kaaa yny'd : and look, tk* (mtl* 

ttwirt i aa l i af Pkskai. roand abeat 
D a ppt** tka drown cau with .pa* tt ft*j : 
aks la yaa all. aad kav* at ; far* voa well. 
mmi. naad Morrow, master*; rack kit wTcTal 
way. [wrrdi 

O. ffnl/o. Caoaa, kt at hrttee, and pat on other 
Aad tkM la Laonato** we will go. 
Claad. Aad, Hymen, now wltk tackkr iuue 

TiHa uSTtewham wa rmdarM p dth wo* ! 

8CBXB rv. ^ Itmm im Laomata^ Bmmt. 

Kakr I.conata, Antonio, Benedick, Beatrice, 

trmU, FHar, mmJ llrro. 

rri^r. Did I BOI tall yM tha waa iaaaemt? 

Ltmt Sa at* I 
ca'd h 
I'pon th cnar I 
Bat Margam waa la hmi 
AZtkonak agaiaal kar wll 

Ami. Well, laM glad Ikatalltkin^MictM well. 
Brnf. And aa aM I. balog aUa by flOlk aatec'd 

I a rrckaaJag I 

Act 5. 



Leon. AVell, daughter, and you gentlewomen all. Mean time, let wonder seem famili; 

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 : Vou know your office, brother ; 
Vou must be father to your brother's daughter. 
And give her to young Claudio. [Ejceunt Ladies, 
Ant. Which 1 will do with confirm'd counte- 

And to the chapel let us presently. 

Bene. Soft and fair, friar \V hich is Beatrice ? 
Beat. I answer to that name ; [UumaskineA 

What is your will? 
Bene. Do not you love me ? 

Beat. No, no more than reason. 

Bene. AV'hy, then your uncle, and the prince, and 

Bene. Friar, I must entreat your pains, I think. Have been deceived ; for they swore you did. 

Friar. To do what, signior ? 

Bene. To bind me, or undo me, one of them 
Signior Leonato, truth it is, good signior, 
Vour niece regards me with an eye of favour. 

Leon. That eye my daughter lent her; 'Tis most 

Bene. And I do with an eye of love requite her. 

Leon. The sight whereof, I think, you had from 
From Claudio, and the prince ; But what's your 

Bene. Your answer, sir, is enigmatical : [will ; 
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. 

Friar. And my help 

Here comes the prince, and Claudio. 

Enter Don Pedro and Claudio, 

lifh Attendants. 

fair assembly, 

D. Pedro. Good morrow to thi 

Lion. Good morrow, prince 

We here attend you : Are you yet determin'd 
To-day to marry with my brother's daughter ? 

Claud. I'll hold my mind, were she an Ethiope. 

Leon. Call her forth, brother, here's the friar 
ready. [Exit Antonio. 

D. Pedro. (Jood morrow. Benedick : Why, what's 
That you have such a F'ebruary face, [the matter. 
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 gold. 
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 .Tove, 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, tvilh the Ladies masked. 

Claud. For this I owe you : here come other 
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 

your face. 
Leon. No, that you shall not, till you take her 
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 : 


And when you lov'd, you were my other husband. 

Claud. Another Hero P 

Hero. Nothing certainer : 

One Hero died defil'd ; but I do live. 
And, surely as I live, I am a maid. 

'>. Pedro. The former Hero ! Hero that is dead ! 
Leon. She died my lord, but whiles her slander 

Friar. All this amazement can I qualify ; 
When, after that the holy rite? are ended, 
I'll tell you largely of fair Hero's death. 

Beat Do not you love me 
Bene. No, no more than reason. 

Beat. Why, then my cousin, Margaret, and 
Are much deceiv'd ; for they did swe?.r, you did. 
Bene. They swore that you were almost sick for 



'I'hey 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. 
Leott. Come, cousin, I am sure you love the gen- 
Claud. And I'll be sworn upon't, that he loves 
For here's a paper, written in his hand, [her ; 

A halting sonnet of his own pure brain, 
Fashion'd to Beatrice. 

Hero. And here's another. 

Writ in my cousin's hand, stolen from her pocket. 
Containing her affection unto Benedick. 

Bene. A miracle ! here's our own hands against 
our hearts ! Come, I will have thee ; but, by this 
light, I take thee for pity. 

Beat. I would not deny you ; but, by this good 
day, I yield upon great persuasion ; and, partly, to 
life, for I was told you were in a con- 

Bene. Teace, I will stop your mouth. 

[Kissing her. 
D. Pedro. How dost thou. Benedick the married 

man * 
Bene. I'll tell thee what, prince ; a college of wit- 
crackers cannot flout me out of my humour : Dost 
thou think, I care for a satire, or an epigram ? No : 
if a man will be beaten with brains, he shall wear 
nothing handsome about him : In brief, since I do 
propose to marry, I will think nothing to any pur- 
pose that the world can say against it ; and there- 
fore never flout at me for what I h^ve said against 
it ; for man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclu- 
sion For thy part, Claudio, I did think to have 
beaten thee; but in that thou art like to be my 
kinsman, live unbruised, and love my cousin. 

Claud. I had well hoped, thou wouldst have de- 
nied Beatrice, that I might have cudgelled thee out 
of thy single life, to make thee a double dealer ; 
hich, out of question, thou wilt be, if my cousin 
do not look exceeding narrowly to thee. 

Bene. Come, come, we are friends : let's have a 
dance ere we are married, that we may lighten our 
vn hearts, and our wives' heels. 
Leon. We'll have dancing afterwards. [sick 
Bene. First, o' my word ; therefore, play mu- 
Prince, thou art sad ; get thee a wife, get thee a 
wife : there is no staff more reverend than one tip- 
ped with horn. 

Enter a Messenger. 
Mess. My lord, your brother John is ta'en in 

And brought with armed men back to Messina. 

Bene. Think not on him till to-morrow ; I'll de- 
vise thee brave punishments for him Strike up, 
pipers. , [Dance. 

^ *^ [Exeunt 



pw.>Ur ! Baste. Tltnia, wmm nf ikt MHm. 

fMliHwlH Miirr ^M* rmit to TbiiiM. CkwgbT"*' (. 

OiteM. Ik* II I m i . Moth. f 

liML J 

yt< fW iw rf 


CSNBr-AdMM.iU Wmimttjkrftmttt, 


M. il Jbnaia l* , 

ftCBNB I AtfcMi il JUna ia l* PmUn ^ 

rw. .N*. UkM ifJf^7tt.r anyttel Imw 
Draw* i^M* i <^w MM^y 4ain Mac la 

AMdMt BMM > Wt. all. iMhUlki. lM IICW 

Uk* I* tiM-^MM. ar a JaaMW, 
Uiaa wMmvW mi a ymm mmS t 

MwaMt&lritI ^alekly 4naM avas Ika Itoai 
Aii thaa Ika aMMi. Uka fa a llrWw 


Mr r to* AtfMiafa yauh 
kma * pan aii4 aiaMa 


IBfjiljH. 1 wmf4 tkaa vttk aty svard. 
AiB waa Iky Uva, eta thaa bgaHa*; 
I tU a ihaa ta aaatbarin. 


Bf. Hayw a T l iMaa*. at l aaaw a ad daka ! 
IlU HiafhgiiJ taa>; Wkat^ tka aav* wit 

te. raOarvasaUaacMaal, vitbeovplalat 
lafla* aMM. ay daa^ar Hcnala^ 
mA tmtk, OaBairia^T-lf J nobl* larrf, 
TMb Baa lu* aiy aowwt to womxtj her : 

A Ibnk. Immtim ; a a d , aiy (raciaa* daka, 
haih havitchM iha boMai of my chUd: 
Lyaaadar. thoa hart ^*aa harilip 
i^ la w ta kaa s vtdi my child : 
ihf aiiiB llghl at ha> wtodow taaa, 
K valaa. Mi or Mcniiic lavas 

iMt.iaial inia} matMacan 
Qtmrnirnvv^Amm* ka iHhatdaaid yaath : 

I *Uk'A my daashiar^hai 
Tam^l har otadlaaca, which l daa to ma. 
To rtat k i ia hanhaaa : Aad, my gradoM dal 
Bt it M aha wU aot hMa bofata yoar graca 

< laiM I la amny wita iwaiiiiiaa, 
I bw tha aadaat ptiTiU^a af AlhaM : 

..IT-. .'-J " r r 

WMah thall ba althar tatSgaaUaaM 

Cfr ta har daath { aerotdtaM a oar Uw, 
ImaMdialaly f tvldad to at cmm. 

TU. UlMt lay yaa. Baimla > W adTtaVI. blr 
To yoa yoar Cihr iboald ba aa a god ; [maM : 

I yaa aia bat ar a fctat ta waa. 
d withia hU aawar 


To I 


T%*. lahlmtilfhatt. 

Bac ta Ihli ktod, waathy yoar ftthar^ aice. 
Tha atiMr mart ba haM^ werthloi. 


r. I waald. my Ihtharlaek'd bM alth my aya*. 
T%. lUMhar yaarasaa MHtw'-^ ^- ' ' 

I kaow not by what powar I am aiada bald i 
Nor how li may naiiaia my i 
In lacb a yrn mei hmaw ta | 
Bat I 

Ta aadirgn radl maldaa allgrtmaaa . 

Bat aanhhar ham^ to tha rma dirtUI'd. 

Thaa that, whlek, wltharhig aa Iha Thgia thorn, 

Grow*, ilT**, aad dia*. la ingla Uamtd m rn. 

Bt. 8o will I gtww. M Uva. adla.aiy locd 
Brt I will ylald my virgfat aataat aa 
Uato hto taadAlr. whaaa aMtohaTyaka 
My aeal coaaanto not to ghra Mfalgiiiy. 

Ita. Taka ttaw a yaaaa ; and, by Iha next 

(Tha taaUat-day batwiat my lava and aaa, 
PW aartaMg bond af fUlawiMp,) 
Upaa that day althar y r ay a w ta dia. 
For dtoobadtoaea ta yaar flittiari will : 
Or ctoa, ta wad DamalriBi* a> ha would : 
Or oa DUMni ataff ta paalml. 
For aya, amity and ila||la lift. 

Dm. Relent, tweat HenaU ; And, LyaaadaTi 
Thy erased title to mj certain right. 

Lyi. Yoa h*e her btber't lore, Demctrta* ; 
Lat aic he Hermia'i : do joa marry hioi. 

Bgt. Scornful Lytandcr t trae be bath my la*a 

Act 1 


And what Is mine my love shall render him ; 
And she is mine ; and all my right of her 
I do estate unto Demetrius. 

Lys. I am, my lord, as well deriv'd as he. 
As -well possess'd ; my love is more than his ; 
My fortunes every way as fairly rank'd, 
If not with vantage, as Demetrius'; 
And, which is more than all these boasts can be, 
I am belov'd of beauteous Hermia : 
Why should not I then prosecute my right ? 
Demetrius, I'll avouch it to his head. 
Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena, 
And won her soul ; and she, sweet lady, dotes. 
Devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry. 
Upon this spotted and inconstant man. 

The. I must confess, that I have heard so much, 
And with Demetrius thought to have spoke thereof; 
Kut, being over-full of self-affairs. 

My mind did lose it But, Demetrius, come; 

And come, Egens ; you shall go with me, 
I have some private schooling for you both 
For you, fair Hermia, look you arm yourself 
To fit your fancies to your father's will ; 
Or else the law of Athens yields you up 
(Which by no means we may extenuate) 

To death, or to a vow of single life 

Come, my Hippolyta ; What cheer, my love ? 
Demetrius, and Egeus, go along : 
I must employ you in some business 
Against our nuptial ; and confer with you 
Of something nearly that concerns yourselves. 
Ef^e. With duty, and desire, we follow you. 

[Exeunt Thes. Hip. Ege. Dem. and train. 
Lys. How now, my love r" Why is your cheek so 
pale ? 
How chance the roses there do fade so fast ? 

Her. Belike for want of rain ; which I could well 
Beteem them from the tempest of mine eyes. 

Lys. Ah me ! for ought that ever I could read. 
Could ever hear by tale or history, 
The course of true love never did run smooth : 
But, either it was different in blood ; 
Her. O cross ! too high to be enthrall'd to low ! 
Lys. Or else misgraffed, in respect of years ; 
Her. O spite ! too old to be engag'd to young ! 
Lys. Or else it stood upon the choice of friends : 
Her. O hell ! to choose love by another's eye ! 
Lys. Or, if there were a sympathy in choice. 
War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it ; 
Making it momentary as a sound. 
Swift as a shadow, short as any dream ; 
Brief as the lightning in the collied night. 
That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth, 
And ere a man hath power to say, Behold ! 
The jaws of darkness do devour it up : 
So quick bright things come to confusion. 

Her. If then true lovers have been ever cross'd. 
It stands as an edict in destiny : 
Then let us teach our trial patience. 
Because it is a customary cross ; 
As due to love, as thoughts and dreams, and sighs. 
Wishes, and tears, poor fancy's followers. 

Lys. A good persuasion ; therefore, hear me 
I have a widow aunt, a dowager [Hermia. 

Of great revenue, and she hath no child ; 
From Athens is her house remote seven leagues ; 
And she respects me as her only son. 
There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee ; 
And to that place the sharp Athenian law 
Cannot pursue us : If thou lov'st me then. 
Steal forth thy father's house to-morrow night ; 
And in the wood, a league without the town. 
Where I did meet thee once with Helena, 
To do observance to a morn of May, 
There will I stay for thee. 

Her. My good Lysander '. 

I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow ; 
By his best arrow with the golden head; 
By the simplicity of Venus' doves ; 
By that which knitteth souls, and prospers loves ; 
And by that fire which burn'd the Carthage quee'^ , 
\Vhen the false Trojan under sail was seen ; 

By all the vows that ever men have broke. 

In number more than ever women spoke ; 

In that same place thou hast appointed me. 
To-morrow truly will 1 meet with thee. 
Lys. Keep promise, love: Look, here conies 

Enter Helena. 

Her. God speed fair Helena ! Whither away ? 

Hel. Call you me fair ? that fair again unsay. 
Demetrius love? your fair : O happy fair ! 
Your eyes are lode-stats ; and your tongue's sweet 
More tuneable than lark to shepherd's ear, [air 
W hen wheat is green, when hawthorn buds appear. 
Sickness is catching ; (), were favour so ! 
Vour's would I catch, fair Hermia, ere I go; 
My ear should catch your voice, my eve your eye. 
My tongue should atch your tongue's sweet 

Were the world mine, Demetrius being bated. 
The rest I'll give to be to you translated. 
O, te:ich me how you look"; and with what art 
You sway the motion of Demetrius' heart. 

Her. 1 frown upon him, yet he loves me still. 

Hel. O, that your frowns would teach my smiles 
such skill ! 

Her. I give him curses, yet he gives me love. 

Hel. O, that my prayers could such affection 
move ! 

Her. The more I hate, the more he follows me. 

Hel. The more I love, the more he hateth me. 

Her. His folly, Helena, is no fault of mine. 

Hel. None, but your beauty; 'Would that fault 
were mine ! 

Her. Take comfort ; he no more shall see my face ; 

Lysander and myself will fly this place 

Before the time I did Lysander see, 
Seem'd Athens as a paradise to me : 

then, what graces in my love do dwell. 
That he hath turn'd a heaven unto hell ' 

Lys. Helen, to you our minds we will unfold ; 
To-morrow night when Phoebe doth behold 
Her silver visage in the wat'ry glass. 
Decking with liquid pearl the bladed grass, 
(A time that lovers' flights doth still conceal,) 
Through Athen's gates have we devis'd to steal. 

Her. And in the wood, where often you and I 
Upon faint primrose beds were wont to lie. 
Emptying our bosoms of their counsel sweet ; 
There my Lysander and myself shall meet : 
And thence, from Athens, turn away our eyes. 
To seek new friends and stranger companies. 
Farewell, sweet playfellow ; i)ray thou for us. 
And good luck grant thee thy Demetrius ! 
Keep word, Lysander : we must starve our sight 
From lovers' food, till morrow deep midnight. 

[Exit Herm. 

Lys. I will, my Hermia Helena adieu : 

As you on him, Demetrius dote on you ! 

[Exit Lys. 

Hel. How happy some, o'er other some can be ! 
Through Athens I am thought as fair as she. 
But what of that ? Demetrius thinks not so ; 
He will not know what all but he do know. 
And as he errs, doting on Hermia's eyes. 
So I, admiring of his qualities. 
Things base and vile, holding no quantity. 
Love can transpose to form and dignity. 
Love look? not with the eyes, but with the mind ; 
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind. 
Nor hath love's mind of any judgment taste ; 
Wings, and no eyes, figure unheedy haste : 
And therefore is love said to be a child. 
Because in choice he is so oft beguil'd. 
As waggish bovs in game themselves forswear, 
So the boy Love is perjur'd every where : 
For ere Demetrius look'd on Hermia's eyne, 
He hail'd down oaths, that he was only mine; 
And when this hail some heat from Hermia felt. 
So he dissolv'd, and showers of oaths did melt. 

1 will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight : 
Then to the wood will he, to-morrow night, 



But iMRlB mmm 1 to Mitak aiy rlB. 

T* lM kto tiglit tkUlMr Hi taek afalik (CHf. 

Qmlm. I>n rwyy fcw> 

M. Tm VW hMt toMli tkNI 
ly MM. MMlrfUW to tiM Mfte. 

o^a. MOTt fa dM ttnUdfmwmj mtmf 
kMi fa tWMM . ikfMdh aU AilMM. to Hay to 
af toto i la<a ^afcw iW^Sa a< Ja rt aw. Ma 
vMtato.4v M al^N. 

art. PteM. |m4 rator Q^la aa. m wtel ika fm9 
toaatoaai ifcajna^* dw a lam af dto aaww i airf 
M cra to a Mtot. 

{to. Man7.arpla9fa-TW faart 

I will d an; man** heart (ood to bear ma; I i 
roar, that I UI maka tha daka tay, /^ *ii rcur 
^<a, LH Um rwmr mguht, 

ffmim. Am 7<Ni mimM do it lae larrtbly, ou 
aad ftMM tka d wch aw and tba ladU*. that tkcj 
waad ilmak t tmA tkal vara anoaffa ta haag m 



*. A aan |aa ftoaa aT ark. I aaMaa jMia. 
aad a toaR7.-3(^. (aad fMar Uataca. aU AMh 
>at aetata hj Um acaatt i M aato i i. if n ai ymn- 

9mlm. Aaavaa. m 1 call IMMak 
y. Nama what part I ai 
Yaa. N'tek B i H aw. aaa aal 4 
AM WWl b F yi a a ? a Uaar. ar a Oi aal 

. TiMl wtti tok aaaaa tora to Ika inM par- 
iarM: If 1 Aa fa. fat tfaa aadlaaca toat to 
r ayw t I vUl Ma>ta MavM*. I will cMi4ato to 
rtoaaafa. Ta ia ran :-Vat > cfatof ha r 
fafcra gr ; I mmM fia* ErcfaaranO>r*rrt 



Man to**k tta tocka 
"Ofp c ha w ^iaito; 
Aad HlhtoM' car 

Thto VM laft* I N MM* Ika rart aT Ika lai7ata. 
-TWa fa Brcfaf' <ta, a t^raMli ato > a tovar fa 
iwa ramlilhm 

Ma. Praaa* Fteto. tha hallai 

rtm. Bata. Paaar Qatoea. 

<Ak Taa mm* laka Tkfaby a ya*. 

rtm. Wkal U Tkfaby ? a vaadartac kiiiht : 

9ida. II fa Ika lad* I 

ria. Nay. Cdtk, lal ato sat H^ a vaeaaa ; I 

Ma. Tkat'kaUaM:yaaihallpUyitfa 
lad ymm nay tpaak m Moall a* yoa vlU. 

rt. Aa I aaay kida ay Caea, fat ma play Thitby 
toa: IIX lyaak to a u ii to i Uy i UttfaTofaa;-rtia. 
rkfaar^i*. Piriw-MM. aw faarr dtar; </^ nUaly 
^i^r ' '--^ ''-'' ''~" ' 

9. J aaart pUy Pyr, 


9*1.. noom ~>.riiaf. tkataUor. 

Mar. Hnv, Pvtcr Qalnca. 

9Ma. Rabia Starvalln(. yoa niut pUy ThUby'k 
mathcr. Tm i^aoat, Iha liokar. 

Bm^mL Hare, Ptr Qalacc. 

Ma. Yaa, PTTAimn** Cttkcr ; royMlf, Thlihy't 
fidtor : flmic. the Jataar. voa. the Han't part 
and. I bona, hr fa a play Attd. 

Smmg. Hava yaa lb* lion** part 
vo, tfitha.givaHiii*, fbr I an l< < 

Ma. Yoa may do It ' 

1M<. WaU, 1 n da rt al ia It. mmt taard 
>aaa I bait to pUy It tor 
!. rk,hMyilll. 
Arf. I wUil dhrk a w n It ta aHkar yar ttt*^ 


mtjmmt H aa tk ermwrn ka^ aa kalt 
yaa iU play bar4hcad.-Bt, 
aad I an la aalta a t 

ma rt t t haaaaavyaavBatlas aad I an i< 
ye. ra^aaM yaa, aad daUi* yaa. to eaa than by 
to aMnaar alfbt I aad awal MM la tka palacv woad. 
a aOfa vltkaat ika towa. by naaa-ltoht; ihara 
vill f lahaanat fcr IT a awH ta UMclty. wa 
kaO ka dagV vtik eanpaay. aad oar derkn 

I vlU draw a bill of 
Iptay yaa fail 


SCENE l^A Na^ anr Atbaa*. 

Cafar a Fairy mt an dwr, mml Puck at mm4Jk<r. 

fmtk. Vvm aov, ifMt ! vhithar vaadar you 

fmi, lYiwr hUl. avar dafa. 

Oaat park, arar pala. 

Thenwh AaadTtkataack fin. 
I do vaadar avary vhara, 
Sviftat Ihaa tha aaoooaa apbtt* ; 
Aad 1 MTva Iha fairy qaaaa. 
To dav hr orto apoa Iha |iraaa 
Tha covtUaa toll bar piinloaan ba : 
la their icotd ooaU pou yoa aaa ; 
TbaM ba niblaa, fairy favoan. 
la tboM freckle* live tbair ntaars : 
I nart ga Mak aoaie dew-drop* barvk 
Aad kaa( a pearl in every covUlp'* aar. 
Farewell, tkoa lob oT ipirit*. Ill ba faaa i 
Oar 5aaea aad all aar elva* caata ban aaaa. 
Pmtk. The kins doih kacp bfa raeab ban v 
niflht ; 
Take heed, the qoeea caaaa aal vithhi hi* tlgtit 
For Obcroo iftuaMina Ml aad wtt*^ 
Kecaan that ahe, aa bar i 
A lovely boy. ttol'a Iran 

have the rmid 
of bit tralB, to iraca the foreMs wild : 
the loved bor, 
Crovat'liin vlik Oavata, aad nakn blm all h 


Hot they ( 
Btl. Lac'ma play tha Uea fao : I will roar, thbt ' Creep into acota cp>. and hide tbem tbera. 


vat kin 

1 now they aavar OMal to itwa, ar g r t a u , 
foaataia alaar, ar naag la d atar^inht riMea, 
L they do aaaara ; that all thahr elvaa, far fcar. 

Act 2. 



Fai. Either I mistake your shape and making 
Or else you are that shrewd and knavish sprite, 
Call'd Robin Good-fellow : are you not he. 
That fright the maidens of the villagery ; 
Skim milk ; and sometimes labour in the quern, 
And bootless make the breathless housewife churn ; 
And sometime make the drink to bear no barm ; 
Mislead night-wanderers, laughing at their harm ? 
Those that Hobgoblin call you, and sweet Puck, 
You do their work, and they shall have good luck : 
Are you not he ? 

Puck. Thou speak'st aright; 

I am that merry wanderer of the night. 
I jest to Oberon, and make him smile, 
When I a fat and bean -fed horse beguile, 
Xeighing in likeness of a filly foal : 
And sometime lurk I in a gossip's bowl. 
In very likeness of a roasted crab ; 
And, when she drinks, against her lips I bob. 
And on her wlther'd dew-lap pour the ale. 
The wisest aunt, telling the saddest tale, 
Sometime for three-foot stool mistaketh me ; 
Then slip I from her bum, down topples she, 
.Vnd tailor cries, and falls into a cough ; 
And then the whole quire hold their hips, and lofTe ; 
.\nd waxen in their mirth, and neeze and swear 

A merrier hour was never wasted there 

But room. Faery, here comes Oberon. 

Fai. And here my mistress : 'Would that he 
were gone ! 

SCENE II Enter Oberon, at one door, with hia 
train, and Titania, at another, with hen. 

Obe. Ill met by moon-light, proud Titania. 

Tita. What, jealous Oberon ? Fairy, skip hence; 
I have forsworn his bed and company. 

Obe. Tarry, rash wanton ; Am not I thy lord ? 

Tita. Then I must be thy lady But I know 
When thou hast stol'n away from fairy land. 
And in the shape of Corin sat all day. 
Playing on pipes of corn, and versing love 
To amorous 1 hillida. Why art thou here. 
Come from the farthest sttep of India ? 
But that, forsooth, ths bouncing Amazon, 
Your buskin'd mistress, and your warrior love. 
To Theseus must be wedded ; and you come 
To give their bed joy and prosperity. 

Obe. How canst thou thus, for shame, Titania, 
Glance at my credit with Hippolyta, > 

Knowing I know thy love to Theseus ? 
Didst thou not lead him through the glimmering 

From Perigenia, whom he ravished ? 
And make him with fair A\g\e break his faith. 
With Ariadne, and .Vntiopa ? 

Tita. These are the forgeries of jealousy : 
And never, since the middle summer's spring. 
Met we on hill, in dale, forest, or mead. 
By paved fountain, or by rushy brook. 
Or on the beached margent of the sea. 
To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind. 
But with thy brawls thou hast disturb'd our sport. 
Therefore the winds, piping to us in vain, 
As in revenge, have suck'd up from the sea 
Contagious fogs ; which falling in the land. 
Have every pelting river made so proud. 
That they have overborne their continents : 
The ox hath therefore stretch'd his yoke in vain, 
The ploughman lost his sweat ; and the green corn 
Hath rotted, ere his youth attain'd a beard : 
The fold stands empty in the drowned field, 
.Vnd crows are fatted with the murrain flock ; 
The nine men's morris is fill'd up with mud ; 
And the quaint mazes in the wanton green. 
For lack of tread, are undistinguishable ; 
The human mortals want their winter here ; 
No night is now with hymn or carol blest : 
Therefore the moon, the governess of floods. 
Pale in her anger, washes all the air. 
That rheumatick diseases do abound : 
And thorough this distemperature, we see 

The seasons alter : hoary-headed frosts 

Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose ; 

And on old Hyems' chin, and icy crown. 

An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds 

Is, as in mockery, set : The spring, the summer. 

The childing autumn, angry winter, change 

Their wonted liveries ; and the mazed world. 

By their increase, now knows not which is which : 

And this same progeny of evils comes 

From our debate, from our dissension ; 

We are their parents and original. 

Obe. Do you amend it then : it lies in you : 
Why should Titania cross her Oberon ? ' 
I do but beg a little changeling boy. 
To be my henchman. 

T^tf^- Set your heart at rest. 

The fairy land buys not the child of me. 
His mother was a vot'ress of my order : 
And, in the spiced Indian air, by night. 
Full often hath she gossip'd by my side ; 
And sat with me on Neptune's yellow sands. 
Marking the embarked traders on the flood ; 
When we have laugh'd to see the sails conceive, 
.Vnd grow big-bellied, with the wanton wir^ : 
\\ hich she, with pretty and with swimming gait. 
Following (her womb, then rich with my younij 

Would imitate ; and sail upon the land. 
To fetch me trifles, and return again, 
.\s from a voyage, rich with merchandize. 
But she, being mortal, of that boy did die ; 
And, for her sake, I do rear up her boy : 
And, for her sake, I will not part with him. 

Ob . How long within this wood intend vou stay ^ 

Tita. Perchance, till after Theseus' wedding-day. 
If you will patiently dance in our round. 
And see our moon-light revels, go with us ; 
If not, shun me, and I will spare your haunts. 

Ohe. Give me that boy, and I will go with thee. 

Tita. Not for thy kingdom. Fairies, away : 
We shall chide down-right, if I longer stay. 

^ \^Bxeiint Titania and her train. 

Obe. Well, go thy way : thou shalt not from this 

Till I torment thee for this injury 

My gentle Puck, come hither : Thou remember'st 

Since once I sat upon a promontory. 

And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin's back. 

Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath. 

That the rude sea grew civil at her song; 

And certain stars shot madly from their spheres. 

To hear the sea-maid's musick. 

Puck. I remember. 

Obe. That very time I saw, (but thou could'st not,) 
Flying between the cold moon and the earth, 
Cupid all arm'd : a certain aim he took 
At a fair vestal, throned by the west ; 
And loos'd his love-shaft smartly from his bow. 
As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts : 
But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft 
Quench'd in the chaste beams of the wat'ry moon ; 
And the imperial vot'ress passed on. 
In maiden meditation, fancy-free. 
Yet mark'd I where the bolt of Cupid fell : 
It fell upon a little western flower, 
Before, milk-white ; now purple with love's wound, 
And maidens call it love-in-idleness. 
Fetch me that flower ; the herb I show'd thee once ; 
The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid, 
Will make or man or woman madly dote 
Upon the next live creature that it sees. 
Fetch me this herb : and be thou here again. 
Ere the leviathan can swim a league. 

Puck. I'll put a girdle lound about the earth 
In forty'minutes. [Exit Puck. 

Obe. Having once this juice, 

I'll watch Titania when she is asleep. 
And drop the liquor of it in her eyes : 
The next thing then she waking looks upon, 
(Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull. 
On meddling monkey, oi on busy ape,) 
She shall pursue it with the soul of love. 







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T1i W aM llUMi. I mm mtmmm. 
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AM lasM dMa ta rtM aavc; aT vtM MM. 

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Kaa vkM yw vtD. dM atavr ahaQ W akl_ 
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lUdaMMaMUM|rflbi: dw MdM MM 

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Bm I (IMI 4a dMa MbcMaT hi dM waM. 

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Var iiiBgi 4* aat a mmAbI aa My mx : 
Wa MMMtllfbt IM laL a* mmb Maj tfo : 
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lit Ml^ ikaa. aM Maka a kMVM aT kail. 
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v'Nh a^Ml Mik nmmt, aMMi MlaMtaa : 

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Ua ferthM <i-yt, da not Nr aa MM. 

14^. O. tak* tha MMM. (waat, af My l wB uni i>y . 
I^ava takM th* Maaahtf. In 1aa^ eairfbrmc*. 

y WMi^ rato ywn ta Fiiit ; 
fie dwi ht OM haart wa caa Mak ar It 
Two boiaMt liiiarthaliitd with an aath : 
8e (hen, twa kiiiMi. aM a th^lr troth. 
Than, by yavr ddt no badraom nM dany : 
For, lytait to, Rannla, I do nM lla. 

Btr. LyiaadMTlddlM Mty fVMdly \ 
N mach baahrrw My oManari aM a^r Mide. 
If HcnnU maaM M iay, LyMndM NM. 

Act 2 



But, gentle friend, for love and courtesy 

Lie further ofT"; in human modesty 

Such separation, as, may well be said. 

Becomes a virtuous bachelor and a maid ; 

So far be distant ; and good night, sweet friend : 

Thy love ne'er alter, till thy sweet life end! 

Lys. Amen, Amen, to that fair prayer, say I ; 
And then end life, when I end loyalty ! 
Here is my bed : Sleep give thee all his rest ! 

Her. With half that wish the wisher's eyes be 
press'd. [They sleep. 

Enter Puck. 
Puck. Through the forest have I gone^ 
But Athenian found I none. 
On whose eyes I might approve 
This flower's force in stirring love. 
Night and silence ! who is here ? 
Weeds of Athens he doth wear; 
This is he, my master said. 
Despised the Athenian maid ; 
And here the maiden, sleeping sound. 
On the dank and dirty ground. 
Pretty soul ! she durst not lie 
Near this lack-love, kill-courtesy. 
Churl, upon thy eyes I throw 
All the power this charm doth owe : 
When thou wak'st, let love forbid 
Sleep his seat on thy eye-lid. 
So awake, when 1 am gone ; 
For I must now to Oberon. [Exit. 

Enter Demetrius and Helena, runHing. 

Hel. Stay, though thou kill me, sweet Deme- 

Dem. I charge thee, hence, and do not haunt 
me thus. 

Hel. O, wilt thou darkling leave me ? do not so. 

Dem. Stay, on thy peril ; I alone will go. 

[Exit Demetrius. 

Hel. O, I am out of breath in this fond chase ! 
The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace. 
Happy is Hermia, whereso'er she lies ; 
For she hath blessed and attractive eyes. 
How came her eyes so bright ? Not with salt tears : 
If so, my eyes are oftener wash'd than hers. 
No, no, I am as ugly as a bear ; 
For beasts that meet me, run away for fear : 
Therefore, no marvel, though Demetrius 
Uo, as -,: monster, fly my presence thus. 
What wicked and dissembling glass of mine 
Made me compare with Hermia's sphery eyne ? 
But who is here ? Lysander ! on the ground ! 
Dead ? or asleep ? I see no blood, no wound ! 
Lysander, if you live, good sir, awake. 

Lys. And run thiough fire I will, for thy sweet 
sake. [ Waking. 

Transparent Helena ! Nature here shows art. 
That through thy bosom makes me see thy heart. 
Where is Demetrius ' O, how fit a word 
Is that vile name, to perish on my sword ? 

Hel. Do not say so, Lysander ; say not so : 
What though he love your Herinia ? Lord, what 

though ? 
Vet Hermia still loves you : then be content. 

Lyi. Content with Hermia ? No : I do repent 
The tedious minutes I with her have spent. 
Not Hermia, but Helena I love : 
Who will not change a raven for a dove ? 
The will of man is by his reason sway'd : 
And reason says you are the worthier maid. 
Things growing are not ripe until their season ; 
So I, being young, till now ripe not to reason ; 
And touching now the point of human skill. 
Reason becomes the marshal to my will. 
And leads me to your eyes ; where I o'erlook 
Love's stories, written in love's richest book. 

Hel. Wherefore was I to this keen mockery 
born H 
When, at your hands, did I deserve this scorn ? 
Is't not enough, is't not enough, young man, 
I'hat I did never, no, nor never can. 

Deserve a sweet look from Demetrius' eye, 

But you must flout my insufficiency ? 

Good troth, you do me wrong, good sooth, you do, 

In such disdainful manner me to woo. 

But fare you well : perforce I must confess, 

I thought you lord of more true gentleness. 

O, that a lady, of one man refus'd, 

Should, of another, therefore be abus'd ! {Exit. 

Lys. She sees not Hermia : Hermia, sleep thou 
there ; 
And never may'st thou come Lysander near ! 
For, as a surfeit of the sweetest things 
The deepest loathing to the stomach brings ; 
Or, as the heresies, that men do leave. 
Are hated most of those they did deceive ; 
So thou, my surfeit, and my heresy. 
Of all be hated ; but the most of me ! 
And all my powers, address your love and might, 
To honour Helen, and to be her knight ! {Exit. 

Htr. {startini;.'\ Help me, Lysander, help me ' 
do thy best, 
To pluck this crawling serpent from my breast ! 
Ah me, for pity ! what a dream was here .^ 
Lysander, look, how I do quake with fear ! 
Methought a serpent eat my heart away. 
And you sat smiling at his cruel prey ! 
Lysander ! what, remov'd ? Lysander ! lord ! 
What, out of hearing ? gone ? no sound, no word '' 
Alack, where are you ? speak, an if you hear ; 
Speak, of all loves ; I swoon almost with fear. 
No ? then I well perceive you are not nigh : 
Either death, or you, I'll find immediately. [Exit. 


SCENE 1 The same. The Queen of Fairies lying 


Enter Quince, Snug, Bottom, Flute, Snout, and 

Dot. Are we all met ? 

Quin. Pat, pat ; and here's a marvellous conve- 
nient place for our rehearsal : This green plot 
shall be our stage, this hawthorn brake our tyring- 
house ; and we will do it in action, as we will do 
it before the duke. 

Bot. Peter Quince, 

Quin. What say'st thou, bully Bottom ? 

Bot. There are things in this comedy of Pyramus 
and Thishy, that will never please. First, Pyramus 
must draw a sword to kill himself ; which the ladies 
cannot abide. How answer you that ? 

S7wut. By'rlakin, a parlous fear. 

Star. I believe, we must leave the killing out. 
when all is done. 

Bot. Not a whit; I have a device to make all 
well. Write me a prologue : and let the prologue 
seem to say, we will do no harm with our swords : 
and that Pyramus is not killed indeed : and, for 
the more better assurance, tell them, that I Pyra- 
mus am not Pyramus, but Bottom the weaver: 
This will put them out of fear, 

Quin. ^^'en, we will have such a prologue; and 
it shall be written in eight and six. 

Bot. No, make it two" more ; let it be written in 
eight and eight. 

S/inut. Will not the ladies be afeard of the lion ? 

Star. I fear it, I promise you. 

Bot. Masters, you ought to consider with your- 
selves : to bring in, God shield us ! a lion among 
ladies, is a most dreadful thing : for there is not a 
more fearful wild-fowl than your lion, living; and 
we ought to look to it. 

Snout. Therefore, another prologue must tell, he 
is not a lion. 

Dt. Nay, vou must name his name, and half his 
face must be" seen through the lion's neck ; and he 
himself must speak through, saying thus, or to the 
same defect, Ladies, or fair ladies, I would wish 
you, or, I would request you, or, I would entreat 
you, not to fear, not to tremble : my life for yours. 
I 2 

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.aaaas / [Jfcmw* Ctowm. 

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afaas a MiMaa. if ibaycaaM. Bat I wUI aot 
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Mtaw aa k aacb aaamaafd o^'Uiy aotaT 
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Oa Cha trtt vlav. la My. a tvaar, I lava thra. 

ax. MatblakH ataiiaa.yaa koald ba*a Uit 
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aad lava ban UtUa caoipaay tantbar now-a^da^ 
Tha aara tba ftty. tbai aaa timan aalgbbaiir 
rill na aaka tbaa frlaMd^ .\ay. I caa glaak apo. 

rita. Tbaa art a atoa a Ihaa art baatlAil. 

AM. Na a, aaitbar : bat if I bad wit aM>Bb a 
g al aftbto waad. 1 batra aoaafb la ara aina 

ra tara. 

T*lm. OataTtbtovaaddaaatdaitiatoaa: 
Tbaa tbtli raaila baa, wbalba tbaa wilt a aa. 
I aa a tpirlt, af aacaaaaa taa ; 
Tba aaaa till dab taad apaa ay rtata. 
Aadldalaatbaa> ibwifcii.aa wltb aa; 
ni ataa tba ftlrta a ataad aa ibat 
Aad tbay iball fatcb tba jawd* flroa tba dap. 
Aad !(, wblla iboa aa p rti w d flowcn date tlaap 

Aad 1 wUI aarga tby aartal 

ibaa dalt Uka aa airy unni aa. 



Uka aa airy *plrlt 



Wbaratball wc |r 

Tiia. Ba Mad aad co ar t a om a thU pantlemmn : 
Hap la bto walk*, and aarabol in hU ejra ; 
Fcad Ma witb apricockt and drwbnrin : 
With par^ grapa. (rcan fir*. m1 mnlberrie* ; 
Tha boaay Im!^ itml from >>>'- )'>in>i 
Aad, for nlaht-Upm, cr^'. 
And lifht tbaa at the (in 
To baTa my taa to bed, a< 
And plack tba wiafi fiotn f>ii>i<ru ..u.i<rfilie*, 
To fan tba aaoa-baaaM fcoa hto Ucrptag c}a; 
Nod to him. a!a. aad da Ma aaartatiak 

I F*i. HaU. aartal! 

> Fat. Hall ! 

S F*i. Hail ! 

4 Fmi. Hail ! 

flrf. I cry yaar warritipt narcy. haarUIy.-l ! 

ach joa 

Cok. Cobwab. 

Act 3 



Bot. I shall desire you of more acquaintance, 
good master Cobweb : If I cut mj finger, I shall 
make bold with you. Vour name, honest gentle- 
man ? 

J'eas. Peas-blossom. 

L'ot. I pray you, commend me to mistress Squash, 
your mother, and to master Peas-cod, your father. 
Good master Peas-blossom, I shall desire you of 
more acquaintance too. Your name, I beseech 
you, sir ? 

Mut. Mustard-seed. 

Bot. Good master Mustard-seed, I know your pa- 
tience well : that same cowardly; giant-like ox-beef 
hath devoured many a gentleman of your house : I 
promise you, your kindred hath made my eyes 
water ere now. 1 desire you more acquaintance, 
good ma.ster Mustard seed. 

Tita. Come, wait upon him ; lead him to my 

The moon, methinks, looks with a watery eye ; 
And when she weeps, weeps every little flower. 

Lamenting some enforced chastity. 

Tie up my love's tongue, bring him silently. 


SCENE II Another Part qf the Wood. 
Enter Oberon. 

Obe. 1 wonder, if Titania be awak'd ; 
Then, what it was that next came in her eye. 
Which she must dote on in extremity. 
Enter Puck. 

Here comes my messenger How now, mad spirit ? 

What night-rule now about this haunted grove ? 

Puck. iUy mistress with a monster is in love, 
Near to her close and consecrated bower. 
While she was in her dull and sleeping hour, 
A crew of patches, rude mechanicals. 
That work for bread upon Athenian stalls. 
Were met together to rehearse a play. 
Intended for great Theseus' nuptial day. 
The shallowest thick-skin of that barren sort. 
Who Pyramus presented, in their sport 
Forsook his scene, and enter'd in a brake : 
When I did him at this advantage take. 
An ass's nowl I fixed on his head ; 
Anon, his Thisbe must be answered. 
And forth my mimick comes : When they him spy, 
As wild geese that the creeping fowler eye. 
Or russet-pated choughs, many in sort. 
Rising and cawing at the gun's report 
Sever themselves, and madly sweep the sky; 
So at his sight, away his fellows fly : 
And, at our stamp, here o'er and o'er one falls ; 
He murder cries, and help from Athens calls. 
Their sense, thus weak, lost with their fears, thus 

Made senseless things begin to do them wrong : 
For briers and thorns at their apparel snatch ; 
Some, sleeves ; some, hats : from yielders all things 
I led them on in this distracted fear, [catch. 

And left sweet I'yramus translated there : 
When in that moment (so it came to pass) 
Tilania wak'd, and straightway lov'd an ass. 

O/re. This falls out better than 1 could devise. 
But hast thou yet latch'd the .Vthenian's eyes 
With the love-juice, as I did bid thee do ^ 

Puck. I took him sleeping, that is finish'd too, 
And the Athenian woman" by his side; 
That when he wak'd, of force she must be ey'd. 

Enter Demetrius and Hermia. 

OV. Stand close ; this is the same Athenian. 

Puck. This is the woman, but not this the man. 

Dem. O, why rebuke you him that love you so ? 
Lay breath so bitter on your bitter foe. 

Her. Now I but chide, but I should use thee 
worse ; 
For thou, I fear, hast given me cause to curse. 
Jf thou hast slain Lysander in his sleep. 
Being o'er shoes in blood, plunge in the deep. 

And kill me too. 

The sun was not so true unto the day. 
As he to me: Would he have stol'n away 
From sleeping Hermia? I'll believe as soon. 
This whole earth may be bor'd ; and that the moon 
May through the center creep, and so displease 
Her brother's noon-tide with the Antipodes. 
It cannot be, but thou hast murder'd him ; 
.So should a murderer look ; so dead, so grim. 
Dem. So should the murder'd look ; and so 
should I, 
Pierc'd through the heart with your stern cruelty : 
Yet you, the murderer, look as bright, as clear. 
As yonder Venus in her glimmering sphere. 

Her. What's this to my Lysander ? where is he? 
Ah, good Demetrius, wilt thou give him me ? 
Dem. I had rather give his carcase to my hounds. 
Her. Out, dog ! out, cur ! thou driv'st me past 
the bounds 
Of maiden's patience. Hast thou slain him then ? 
Henceforth be never number 'd among men ! 
Oh ! once tell true, tell true, even for my sake; 
Durst thou have look'd upon him, being awake, 
And hast thou kill'd him sleeping ? O brave touch 1 
Could not a worm, an adder, do so much ? 
An adder did it ; for with doubler tongue 
Than thine, thou serpent, never adder stung. 
Dem. You spend your passion on a mispris'd 
mood : 
I am not guilty of Lysander's blood ; 
Nor is he dead, for aught that I can tell. 
Her. I pray thee, tell me then that he is well. 
Dem. An if I could, what should I get therefore ? 

Her. A privilege, never to see me more 

And from thy hated presence part I so : 
See me no more, whether he be dead or no. 

Dem. There is no following her in this fierce vein : 
Here, therefore, for a while I will remain. 
So sorrow's heaviness doth heavier grow 
For debt that bankrupt sleep doth sorrow owe ; 
Which now, in some slight measure it will pay. 
If for his tender here I make some stay. 

{Lies donm. 
Ohe. What hast thou done ? thou hast mistaken 
And laid the love-juice on some true-love's sight: 
Of thy misprision must perforce ensue 
Some true-love turn'd, and not a false tum'd true. 
Puck. Then fate o'er -rules ; that, one man hold- 
ing troth, 
A million fail, confounding oath on oath. 

OIk: About the wood go swifter than the wind. 
And Helena of Athens look thou find : 
All fancy-sick she is, and pale of cheer 
With sighs of love, that cost the fresh blood dear. 
By some illusion see thou bring her here ; 
ril charm his eyes, against she do appear. 

Puck. I go, I go ; look, how I go ; 
Swifter than arrow from the Tartar's bow. [Exit. 
Obe. Flower of this purple die. 
Hit with Cupid's archery. 
Sink in apple of his eye ! 
When his love he doth espy. 
Let her shine as gloriously 
As the Venus of the sky. 
When thou w.ik'st, if she be by. 
Beg of her for remedy. 

Re-enter Puck. 
Pnek. Captain of our fairy band, 
Helena is here at hand. 
And the youth mistook by me. 
Pleading for a lover's fee ; 
Shall we their fond pageant see? 

Lord, what fools these mortals be ! 
Ohe. Stand aside : the noise they make. 
Will cause Demetrius to awake. 
Puck. Then will two at once, woo one; 
That must needs be sport alone ; 
And those things do best please me. 
That befal preposterously. 



HtL L.UMUMarthU( 

Act S 


r AM n*<Ma. ^^ , _^^ j,^ ^^ 0to<, ill Oww. 

<Mk. MI I thaUI w To tekW tkfa ftXm fwt Ui ipito oTm. 

lnJrtM licnaU ! nHt afraifl outd ! 

1U 70* tw if tn *. haw yM vllh tlMM OMtiiv'tf 
' T kite 

1 MwwUVi Win M |i 

Watch Mik Mi *. Md 

lirMf MMlMMit OMawl 

TMi HtaMM aT Mm wMm. IM* w>l ar MiM I 

mJiOmtml Akalll laaaywaMarakaM 

Ta w acataat Ma, fhr 7ari 

If y af* c*il. M ia 

Xtm la wM Mt Ma ikM Mack hijary 
*' y ai IMM Ma, M I kaw a 4a, 

HlMM. t aM awa. yaa kaaa m* wNk yaar I 
Voa katk an Hali. a^ la Haml > 

\ t 

r* tw ^ J aw Main f ln'a yaav MaM>i ayaa, 

^rrti aaaaa< a vtegla 1 aiitf aMan 

\ wmm Mal\ y a t ia^ a a. aU ta Mata fa* ifaat. 

i^a. Ya afa W i l li. DihmMm : ka aa* la j 
rat ;a ) HarMlai tfMa, fas kaaw. t kav 
Aaifbara. vtik all ffM4ta. arlOi all N17 kaM 
ia RarMlali !* I jIaM ^aai m aay *mn ; 
AMI jawa af Halawa ta Ma > 1 |ai ilk. 
WkaM I 4a !. aii vlll 4lataMTaMk. 

m<L Nmw <M NMckan mmmm Man Mia . 

Ami. L y iiaiw, kaay iky HarMia : I UI 
tra^ I laaM kar. all tkat la to iraaa. 
My kaart k kar bM. M irMMwiw. I 
\mt mmm M Natal la H kaana rttaniK, 

'^P'a HVwVIt It n not Mb 

On*. mivaM> **( *'**^'*^ tliM '** ki*** 
; t, la Iky parB, lka aky It aar. 
I.oak, vkara tky laaa eoMM ; yaoAar la Iky aar. 

r. Dark al^M. ilMiftMa ika aya kla taMilaa 

Tka aar Mara aalak aC MMnlMMtai Makaa; 
Wkanta It tfadi iMyala tka Mala aana. 
'w kaaHag iaa kia ta caM P anw : 
Mat ky Mlaa aya, LyMMar, fca4 ; 

MtaMaar. likaMk ll.kmigktMa< , 

B^MiklNlydMatttMilaaaaa*a> (tafa* 

Urn. Wky ikaaM ka alay, vkaaa lam 4odi pma 

Kr. Wkat la eaiM pma l^tmmim fiwn my 

l#a. Lyi ail iart Iota. ikatwaaMatlaibiMklda. 
PalvlMana. vka aMaa af^lMa tka niRkt 
TkaBail ;a<i kary aaa aatf ayaa aflliikt. 
Wky Mak-M iba Ma * ca*M m* thia aiaka ikaa 

T\m kaia I kata tkaa Mate Ma iaaaa ikM m 7 

r. Vaa araak aal ya tklpk ; It aawai 

aa aa MiiMta. litkM a aM < 
Batk vMbtkM a/aM Mi^katk Ui 


Uka ta a akla ckany, Mamlns panaA i 
H at a tMlaa la aanlttan. 

Ta Waaly kantaa wnaliid aa aiM alaM : 
Ka. wttk t aaaaalac kailaa, kat aM kaan i 
Twa aT tka Srat. Uka aaala la kataMry, 

Jl M 

Ta Jata wiik Maa tai acaralM vawaaar frk 
It ! aat MaaOy. 11a iMt imMmIj t 

Mft. M wall a* I. MM dU4a yaa fcr it I 



, - wall M I, MMS c.^-. , 

I I alaM 4a ftaldw lajafT. 

I aM anaaai at yaar paaJnaita 

laearBMaMlt it aaaaM tkat aa aaaaa aia. 

Mtl. Haa yaa aat Mt Lyaanaav, aa tai taaia, 
Ta Mtow aM, and prl*a mt aya* and (kca 7 
Aa4 w ait yoar atkar lava, ttaMcirlaa, 
(Wkaaaaa W aaw 4MI aiMva Ma witk kk flsatj 
TaeallMaaa44aM.a9Mrk.4l*iaa,aa4 nra. 
H i rt aaa. aiiaattal^ Wka wfc ta 

Tkto yaa ikaal4 fktf, ratkar tkaa 
Mt. I aaiitial aat wkat ym 
Ul. Ay, 4a. fmnm^. caaalaiMt m4 UoI 

Maka aMw apaa aM. whan I tara my back 

Hiak at aack atkar I kaM tka awkat JaM np 

Tkte i^art. wcH carrMU akall ba cktoaUrlcd 

If yaa ka aay |4ty, giaaa, ar 

Vaa waaM aat aMka aM aack 

Bat, Ikra ya wail t tit aartly a 

Uliick akiiari, Maa 

HH. O aaaallat ! 

by thU. 

Oral. If iIm eaaaat aairaat, I < 

l^f. Tkaa aaaat eamyai aa M a n tlwn tka aa- 

Tliy itaaala iMva aa aKtra MivaiKfc, tkaa kcr waak 
Halw^ I lora Utaa ; by m; life I do ; [|cyar. 

by liiat which I will Iom for tbac, 
Ta pawaa kirn falta, that ujt 1 love tkaa aet. 

Dfm. I My. I lo*a tliea mar* ihaa ka caa do. 

tjgt. If tboa tajr to, vUli4(a. aa4 |wava it toa 

Drm. Quick, coma, 

Mer. Ly*aa4ar, wkacata taad* an tkU > 

L0. Away, yaa Ktliiap ! 

Una. No, aa. dr :-b* will 

SaaMtakaaak laaM; t-kaaa,Myo woald follow; 
Bat yal luwt not : Van aia a tama man, p> ! 

Ly. Hang 9ir, tlwa aat, tkaa barr : vile thing 
lat lijuaa . 
Or I wiU akaka ikaaftaM aw.llka a taracnt. 

. Uliy an yaa anwa m rada ? what rban|rF 
SctloTa! [UtbU, 

Lff. Thy lava 7 aat. tan; TarUr, oat ' 

Ont, loa-had mMlii-ln ! Itatcd potion, hcnoc '. 

HfT. Da yaa aat Jart 7 

Krt. Vea, 'lootb : and Mt do volt 

1 aUl kcap my votd with tltta. 

.>^i. .. 

Act 3. 



Dent. I would, I had your bond ; for, I perceive, 
A weak bond holds you ; I'll not trust your word. 

Lyi. What, should I hurt her, strike her, kill 
her dead ? 
Although I hate her, I'll not harm her so. 

Her. What, can you do me greater harm, than 
Hate me ! wherefore ? O me ! what news, my love ? 
Am not I Hermia ? Are not you I-ysander ? 
I am as fair now, as I was erewhile. 
Since night, you lov'd me ; yet, since night you 

left me : 
Why, then you left me, O, the gods forbid ! 
In earnest, shall I say ? 

Lys. Ay, by my life ; 

And never did desire to see thee more. 
Therefore, be out of hope, of question, doubt. 
Be certain, nothing truer ; 'tis no jest. 
That I do hate thee, and love Helena. 

Her. O me ! you juggler ! you canker -blossom ! 
You thief of love! what, have you come by night. 
And stol'n my love's heart from him ? 

Hel. Fine, i'faith ! 

Have you no modesty, no maiden shame. 
No touch of bashfulness ? What, will you tear 
Impatient answers from my gentle tongue ? 
Fie, fie ! you counterfeit, you puppet you ! 

Her. Puppet ! why so ? Ay, that way goes the 
Now I perceive that she hath made compare 
Between our statures, she hath urg'd her height ; 
And with her personage, her tall personage. 
Her height, forsooth, she hath prevail'd with him. 
And are you grown so high in his esteem. 
Because I am so dwarfish, and so low ? 
How low am I, thou painted maypole ? speak ; 
How low am I ? 1 am not yet so low, 
But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes. 

Hel. 1 pray yon, though you mock me, gentlemen. 
Let her not hurt me ; I was never curst ; 
I have no gift at all in shrewishness ; 
T am a right maid for my cowardice ; 
Let her not strike me; You, perhaps, may thmk. 
Because she's something lower than myself. 
That 1 can match her. 

Her, Lower ! hark, again. 

Hel. Good Hermia, do not be so bitter with me. 
I evermore did love you, Hermia, 
Did ever keep your counsels, never wrong'd you ; 
Save that, in love unto Pemetrius, 
I told him of your stealth unto this wood : 
He follow'd you ; for love, I foUow'd him. 
But he hdth chid me hence ; and threaten'd me 
To strike me, spurn me, nay, to kill me too : 
And now, so you will let me quiet go, 
To Athens will I bear my folly back, 
And follow you no further : Let me go: 
Vou see how simple and how fond I am. 

Her. Why, get you gone : IVho is't that hinders 
you ? 

Hel. A foolish heart that I leave here behind 

Her. What, with Lysander ? 

Hel. With Demetrius. 

Lya. Be not afraid: she shall not harm thee, 

Dem. No, sir ; she shall not, though you take her 

Hel. O, when she's angry, she is keen and shrewd : 
She was a vixen, when she went to school ; 
And, though she be but little, she is fierce. 

Her. Little again ? nothing but low and little ? 
Why will you suffer her to flout me thus ? 
Let me come to her. 

Lya. Get you gone, you dwarf ; 

You minimus, of hind'ring knot-grass made ; 
You bead, you acorn. 

Dem. You are too oflGcious, 

In her behalf that scorns your services. 
Let her alone ; speak not of Helena ; 
Take not her part : for if thou dost intend 
Never so little show of love to her, 
Thou Shalt aby it. 

Lys. Now she holds me not ; 

Now follow, if thou dar'st, to try whose right, 
Or thine or mine, is most in Helena. 

Dem. Follow ? nay, I'll go with thee, cheek by 
jole. [Exeunt Lys. and Dem". 

Her. You, mistress, all this coil is long of you : 
Nay, go not back. 

Hel. I will not trust you, I ; 

Nor longer stay in your curst company. 
Your hands, than mine, are quicker for a fray ; 
My legs are longer though, to run away. [Eiril. 

Her. I am amaz'd, and know not what to say. 

[Ejsit, pursuing Helena. 

Obe. This is thy negligence ; still thou mistak'st. 
Or else commit'st thy knaveries wilfully. 

Puck. Believe me, king of shadows, I mistook. 
Did not you tell me, I should know the man 
By the Athenian garments he had on P 
And so far blameless proves my enterprize. 
That I have 'nointed an Athenian's eyes : 
And so far am I glad it so did sort. 
As this their jangling I esteem a sport. 

Ohe. Thou seest, these lovers seek a place Ui 
Hie therefore, Robin, overcast the night; [fight . 
The starry welkin cover thou anon 
^Vith drooping fog, as black as Acheron ; 
And lead these testy rivals so astray. 
As one come not within another's way. 
Like to Lysander sometime frame thy tongue, 
Then stir Demetrius up with bitter wrong; 
And sometime rail thou like Demetrius ; 
And from each other look thou lead them thus. 
Till o'er their brows death -counterfeiting sleep 
With leaden legs and batty wings doth creep : 
Then crush this herb into Lysander's eye ; 
Whose liquor hath this virtuous property. 
To take from thence all error, with his might. 
And make his eye-balls roll with wonted sight. 
When they next wake, all this derision 
Shall seem a dream, and fruitless vision ; 
And back to Athens shall the lovers wend. 
With league, whose date till death shall never end. 
Whiles I in this affair do thee employ, 
I'll to my queen, and beg her Indian boy ; 
And then I will her charmed eye release 
From monster's view, and all things shall be peace 

Puck. My fairy lord, this must be done with 
haste ; 
For night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast, 
And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger ; 
At whose approach, ghosts, wandering here and 

Troop home to church-yards : damned spirits all, 
That in cross-ways and floods have burial. 
Already to their wormy beds are gone ; 
For fear lest day should look their shames upon. 
They wilfully themselves exile from light. 
And must for aye consort with black-brow'd night. 

Ohe. But we are spirits of another sort : 
I with the morning's love have oft made sport ; 
And, like a forester, the groves may tread, 
Even till the eastern gate, all fiery red. 
Opening on Neptune with fair blessed beams. 
Turns into vellow gold his salt-green streams. 
But, notwithstanding, haste; make no delay : 
We may effect this business yet ere day. 

[Exit Oberon. 

Puek. Up and down, up and down ; 

I will lead them up and down : 

I am fear'd in field and town ; 

Goblin, lead them up and down. 

Here comes one. 

Enter Lysander. 

Lys. Where art thou, proud Demetrius ? speal 
thou now. 

Puck. Here villain ; drawn and ready. Where 
art thou ? 

Lvs. I will be with thee straight. 

Puck. Follow me then 

To plainer ground. 

[Exit Lys. aafollorving the voice. 




f, tbM MwaMU wt ami ! > 

teM. Vm: art 

*-wk. rUw ay lMi ^i try m WMilUDi 

TIM vUlAMi b aMrti H^M IMIM Hms !> 

I fMlMT^ Cm*. bM MfOT hmU4 0ji 

TUm teltoa CM I tm Mt wa*, 

Aa4 IMM vUl NM M. Cmm. thm* tmOm 4mf '. 

rv IT Wl MM* dMi tiMv M tlv my lifkt. 

Ill toi Dwiartwi. M< w^ lA lyliZ (i<ify. 


CMMdMi ImiMt*. 

llMM MMklrt MM. ThM |MN 

irw 1 my IbM ky 4y4lgkt Ma : 
.V. tky way. Fa 
T* Biiaaw Mt f r 

TWi I My tack to AitoM, ky 4y4mkl. 

riMB (IMM liMt aiy paar MaapMty ) 

Aai. laar, Omi MMitmaa alM v tanw 

rtH*. Tat tait Iteaa ? Ca ara i 

I aaa fluitar crawl. AmlMr (a : 

My taM kary VMa wUh aiy <l>w 
Han wUI 1 raM , ttll &a kraak r day. 
U i.MJi M a H lH i i M ii i .ymay aaafcay 





An4 Um cwaatry fik kaawn, 
TlMt aty aaa iliwiH tak Wa < 
I yowr waklac ahall ka a 

Act 4. 
h Man agate, aad aJl UiaJI 
(CHT Paek.-.I>Mk HaL fta. abr^ 


TUm. CaaM.*it Umw 4aw aaaa tkia flawaiy bad. 

WMIaTlkvMaUMaclMCaeay. "^ ""' 
lad allck anMk.vaMa ia tby rtaak MMoath hand. 

Aad klai fkyblr U>fa aan. aiy gaaUa Joy. 

Ftm. Ready. 

m^ Aeratcii aay haad. P aai kl awDai. Wbaya-> 
iiaritar CabwaM* 
Oik MMdr. 

Arf. MaawMr Cabwab i aaad aiaariaar, aat yoar 

Id. aa# kUI aw a n/hiMiad 

lr aT a tblatlai aad. {aad 

> > b a g . Da ae( ftai 

aati IwaaM haMiita ha yaa atai aiJ a wlih 
a b iaiy I t. ilfl w .- Whata-* aii rt aa r MaMard- 

rf. Olf aia yaar aalf. Maaili 
Pray yaa, laaa yaar caartan, m 

JfMf. WbaTh yaar will P 

Ikd. .Natfdai. goad w e n daa f .bat la halp rat a 
late Tobwab ta icratek. 1 araH ta tba barber .. 

abaat iba fbca t and i aia Meb a laadw a, if asy 
hair da bac tlafcla BM, 1 aiwrt taraleb. 
nta. WiMt. wUt llMa baar aaa anulck. My 



ma. or. lay. awaai lata, wbat Ihaa daalf^a to 

Bfl. Traly.ayack af y r aiaa d t r i I eoald arnnrh 
yaar gaad dry aais. Matblaka. 1 ba*a a graat da- 
dba taa battia af bay : gaad bay. twaal hay, hatb 

ma. Iha^a la alwi aa a flJiy that ahall tak 
Tha a^brai^ board, aad fbtah thaa aaw nai. 

B^. lhadraiharhaaahaiidAil.artwa,ardrfad 
paak Am, I pray yaa, lat aaaa af yaar pavfta Mir 
aM I 1 ha aa rxpaklUaa af **f caiaa apoa aM. 

ma. Maap thoa, aad 1 wUI wlad tbaa la aiy arm*, 
y atrial, ba gaaa, aad ba all way* away. 
^ dath dw waidki a a. thatwaat baaayiacHf. 
Uaatly aatwlat,-tha i iwtli ly aa 
Battag* tha barky giri af iba alat. 
O, haw 1 lava Ihaa ! haw I dota aa thaa ! 

mmm. SmUrfmA. 

Okik WabMBM, good Robia. 8a^ tkoa th> 
Har dataga now 1 do begio to pity. 
Par aiiillag har of lata, bablnd tba wood. 
Saaking awaat Mvoan for thU hatfal foot, 
I did wpbraid har. and fall oat with bar : 
Par *ha Ma hairy tample* ihm had 
With caraaat tfttrmit aad fragrant 

Waa woattoiwall. likai 

9taod now within tha pretty H aa a a u ' ayaa. 

Uka laar*. that did thair wa dtagraca bawail. 

Whaa I bad, at aqr p l iaiMi. taa at ad har, 

Aad ha. la auM laraM. bM^ m^ paltaaaa. 

I Ibaa did aA afhar h ehaaga:iag cbiM i 

Which Mralgbt rfM gaaa aMk aad bar ftiry Mat 

Ta baar biaiia an Sawar ta iUry laad. 

Aad BOW Ihaaattabay, I wlU aado 

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Act 4. 



From off the head of this Athenian swain ; 
That he awaking when the other do, 
jMay all to Athens back again repair ; 
And think no more of this night's accidents. 
But as the fierce vexation of a dream. 
But fiist 1 will release the fairy queen. 
Be, as thou wast wont to be ; 

[Tuucliinii her eye n'ith an herb. 
See, as thou wast wont to see : 
Dian's bud o'er Cupid's flower 
Hath such force and blessed power. 
Now, my Titania ; wake you, my sweet queen. 
Tita. My Oberon ! what visions have 1 seen ! 
Methought I was enamour'd of an ass. 
Ohe. '1 here lies your love. 

Tita. How came these things to pass ? 

O, how mine eyes do loath his visage now ! 

Obe. Silence, a while Robin, take off this I 

head j 

Titania, musick call ; and strike more dead 
Than common sleep, of all these five the sense. 
Tita. JMusick, ho ! musick ; such as charmeth ' 
sleep. ; 

Pack. Now, when thou wak'st, with thine own j 

fool's eyes peep. 
Obe. Sound, musick. [Still musick.'] Come, my 
queen, take hands with me. 
And rock the ground whereon these sleepers be. 
Now thou and I are new in amity ; 
And will, to-morrow midnight, solemnly. 
Dance in duke Theseus' house triumphantly. 
And bless it to all fair posterity : 
There shall the pairs of faithful lovers be 
Wedded, with Theseus, all in jollity. 
Puck. Fairy king, attend, and mark ; 

I do hear the morning lark. 
Obe. Then, my queen, in silence sad. 
Trip we after the night's shade : 
We the globe can compass soon. 
Swifter than the wand'ring moon. 
THa. Come, my lord; and in our flight. 
Tell me how it came this night. 
That I sleeping here was found. 
With these mortals, on the ground. [Exeunt. 
[Hunts soutid rvithin. 

Enter Theseus, Hippolyta, Egeus, and train. 

The. Go, one of you, find out the forester ; 
For now, our observation is perforni'd ; 
And since we have the vaward of the day, 
I\Iy love shall hear the musick of my hounds. 
Uncouple in the western valley ; go : 
Despatch, I say, and find the forester. 
We will, fair queen, up to the mountain's top. 
And mark the musical confusion 
Of hounds and echo in conjunction. 

Hip. I was with Hercules, and Cadmus, once. 
When in a wood of Crete they bay'd the bear 
With hounds of Sparta : never did I hear 
Such gallant chiding ; for, besides the groves. 
The skies, the fountains, every region near 
Seem'd all one mutual cry : I never heard 
So musical a discord, such sweet thunder. 

The. Aly hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind. 
So flew'd, so sanded ; and their heads are hung 
AVith ears that sweep away the morning dew ; 
Crook-knee'd and dew-lap'd like Thessalian bulls ; 
Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mnuth like bells. 
Each under each. A cry more tuneable 
Was never holla'd to, nor cheer'd with horn. 
In Crete, in Sparta, nor in Thessaly : 
Judge, when you hear. But, soft ; what nymphs 
are these :-' 

Et;e. My lord, this is my daughter here asleep ; 
And this, I.ysander ; this Demetrius is , 
This Helena, old Xedar's Helena : 
I wonder of their being here together. 

The. No doubt, they rose up early, to observe 
The rite of May ; and, hearing our intent. 
Came here in grace of our solemnity 
But, speak, Egeus ; is not this the day 
That Hermia should give answer of her choice ? 

Ege. It is, my lord. 

The. Go, bid the huntsmen wake them with their 

Horns, and shout within. Demetrius, Lysander, 
Hermia, and Helena, make and start up. 

The. Good-morrow, friends. Saint Valentine is 
past ; 
Begin these wood-birds but to couple now ? 

Lys. Pardon, my lord. 

[He and the rest kneel to Theseus. 

The. I pray you all, stand up. 

I know, you are two rival enemies ; 
How comes this gentle concord in the world. 
That hatred is so far from jealousy. 
To sleep by hate, and fear no enmity ? 

Lys. My lord, I shall reply amazedly. 
Half 'sleep, half waking . liut as yet, 1 swear, 
I cannot truly say how I came here ; 
But, as I think, ("for truly would I speak, 
And now I do bethink me, so it is ;) 
I came with Hermia hither : our intent 
M'as, to be gone from Athens, where we might be 
M'ithout the peril of the Athenian law. 

E/ie. Enough, enough, my lord ; you have enough : 
I beg the law, the law upon his head 
They would have stol'n away, they would, Deme- 
"Thereby to have defeated you and me : [trius. 

You, of your wife ; and me, of my consent ; 
Of my consent that she should be your wife. 

Dem. My lord, fair Helen told me of their stealth. 
Of this their purpose hither, to this wood ; 
And I in fury hither follow'd them ; 
Fair Helena in fancy following me. 
But, my good lord, I wot not by what power, 
(But, by some power it is,) my love to Hermia, 
Melted as doth the snow, seems to me now 
As the remembrance of an idle gawd. 
Which in my childhood I did dote upon; 
And all the faith, the virtue of my heart. 
The object, and the pleasure of mine eye. 
Is only Helena. To her, my lord. 
Was 1 betroth'd ere 1 saw Hermia : 
But, like in sickness, did 1 loath this food : 
But, as in health, come to my natural taste. 
Now do I wish it, love it, long for it. 
And will for evermore be true to it. 

The. Fair lovers, you are fortunately met : 
Of this discourse we more will hear anon 
Egeus, I will overbear your will ; 
For in the temple, by and by with us. 
These couples shall eternally be knit. 
And, for the morning now is something worn. 
Our purpos'd hunting shall be set aside 
Away, with us, to Athens: Three and three, 
Me'll hold a feast in great solemnity 
Come, Hippolvta. 

[Exeutii Theseus, Hippolyta, Egeus, and tram. 

Dem. These things seem small and undistin- 
Like far-off mountains turned into clouds. 

Her. Methinks, I see these things with parted eye. 
When every thing seems double. 

Hel. So, methinks : 

And I have found Demetrius like a jewel. 
Mine own, and not mine own. 

I)em. It seems to me. 

That yet we sleep, we dream. Do not you think. 
The duke was here, and bid us follow him ? 

Her. Yea ; and my father. 

Hel, And Hippolyta. 

Lys. And he did bid us follow to the temple. 

Dem. Why then, we are awake : let's follow him ; 
And. by the way, let us recount our dreams. 

' ' ^ [Exeunt. 

As they go out, Bottom awakes. 
Bni. When my cue comes, call me, and I will 

answer :-my next is. Most fair Pyrnmus Hey, 

ho ! I'eter Ouince ! Flute, the bellows-mender ! 
Snout, the tinker ! Starveling ' God's my life ! stolen 
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And now have toil'd their unbreath'd memories 
With this same play, against your nuptial. 

The. And we will hear it. 

Phi/ost. Xo, my noble lord. 

It is not for you : I have heard it over, 
.A.nd it is nothing, nothing in the world ; 
Unless you can find sport in their intents. 
Extremely stretch'd and conn'd with cruel pain. 
To do you service. 

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Go, bring tliem in : and take your places, Indies. 
\Kxit Thilostrate. 

Hip. I love not to see wretchedness o'erchsrged. 
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Hip. He says, they can do nothing in this kind. 

The. The kinder we, to give them thanks for 
Our sport shall be, to take what they mistake: 
And what poor duty cannot do. 
Noble respect takes it in might, not merit. 
Where I have come, great clerks have purposed 
To greet me with premeditated welcomes ; 
U'here I have seen them shiver and look pale. 
Make periods in the midst of sentences. 
Throttle their practis'd accent in their fears. 
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Vot paying me a welcome : Trust me, sweet, 
Out of this silence, yet, I pick'd a welcome ; 
And in the modesty of fearful duty 
I read as much, as from the rattling tongue 
Of sawcy and audacious eloquence, 
r.ove, therefore, and tongue-tied simplicity, 
In least, speak most, to my capacity. 

Enter Philostrate. 
Philost. So please your grace, the prologue is 

The. Let him approach. [Flourish of trumpets. 

Enter Prologue. 

Prol. If me offend, it is rvith our f^ond will. 

That ynu should think, me come not to offend. 
But with good will. To show our simple skill, 

That is the true beginning of our end. 
Consider then, me come but in despite. 

We do not come as minding to content yoti. 
Our true intent is. All for your delight'. 

We are not here. That you should here repent you, 
The actors are at hand; and, by their shorn, 
You shall knorv all, that you are like to know. 

The. This fellow doth not stand upon points. 

Lys. He hath rid his prologue, like a rough colt ; 
he knows not the stop. A good moral, my lord : It 
is not enough to speak, but to speak true. 

Hip. Indeed he hath played on this prologue 
like a child on a recorder ; a sound, but not in 

The. His speech was like a tangled chain ; no 
fting impaired, but all disordered. Who is next? 

Prol. " (lentles, perchance, you wonder at this 
show ; 

" But wonder on, till truth make all things plain 
" This man is Pyramus, if you would know ; 

" This beauteous lady Thisby is, certain. 
" This man, with lime and rough-cast, doth present 

" Wall, that vile wall which did these lovers 
sunder : 

"And through wall's chink, poor souls, they are 

" To whisper, at the which let no man wonder. 
" This man, with lantern, dog, and bush of thorn, 

" Presenteth moonshine : for, if you will know, 
" By moon-shine did these lovers think no scorn 
" To meet at Ninus* tomb, there, there to woo. 
" This grisly beast, which by name lion hight, 
" The trusty Thisby, coming first by night. 

" Did scare away, or rather did aflfright 
" And, as she fled, her mantle she did fall ; 

" Which lion vile with bloody mouth did stain : 
" Anon comes Fyranius, sweet youth, and tall, 

" And finds his trusty Thisby's mantle slain : 
" Whereat with blade, with bloody blameful blade, 

" He bravely broach'd his boiling bloody breast ; 
" And, Thisby tarrying in mulberry shade, 

" His dagger drew, and died. For all the rest, 
" Let lion, moon-shine, wall, and lovers twain, 
" At lai-ge discourse, while here they do remain." 
[Bxmnt Prol. Thisbe, I. ion, and Moon>shine. 

The, I wonder, if the lion be to speak. 

D i. No wonder, my lord : one lion may, when 
many asses do. 

Wall. " In this same interlude, it doth befall, 
" That I, one Snout by name, present a wall : 
" And such a wall as I would have you think, 
" That had in it a cranny'd hole, or chink, 
" Through which the lovers, Pyramus and Thisby, 
" Did whisper often very secretly. [show 

" This loam, this rough-cast, and this stone, doth 
" That I am that same wall ; the truth is so: 
" And this the cranny is, right and sinister, 
" Through which the fearful lovers are to whisper." 

The, Would you desire lime and hair to speak 
better ? 

Dem. It is the wittiest partition that ever I heard 
discourse, my lord. 

The, Pyramus draws near the wall : silence ! 

Enter Pyramus. 
Pyr, " O grim-look'd night ! O night with hue 

so black ! 
" O night, which ever art, when day is not '. 
" O night, O night, alack, alack, alack, 

" I tear my Thisby's promise is forgot ! 
" .4nd thou, O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall, 
" That stand'st between her father's ground and 
mine ; 
" Thou wall, O wall, O sweet and lovely wall, 
" Shew me thy chink, to blink through with mine 
eyne. [Wall holds up his fingers. 

" Thanks, courteous wall : Jove shield thee welt 
" But w^hat see I ? No Thisbe do I see. [for this 1 
" O wicked wall, through whom I see no bliss ; 
" Curst be thy stones for thus deceiving me !" 

The. The wall, methinks, being sensible, should 
curse again. 

Pyr, No, in truth, sir, he should not. Deceiving 
me, is Thisby's cue : she is to enter now, and I am 
to spy her through the wall. Vou shall see, it will 
fall pat as I told you : Yonder she comes. 
Enter Thisbe. 
This. " O wall, full often hast thou heard my 
" For parting my fair Pyramus and me : [moans, 
" My cherry lips have often kiss'd thy stones ; 
" Thy stones with lime and hair knit up in thee." 
Pyr. " 1 see a voice : now will I to the chink, 
" To spy an I can hear my Thisby's face. 
" Thisby !" , ^. ,. ,. 

This. " Mv love ! thou art my love, I think. 
Pyr. " Think what thou wilt, 1 am thy lover's 
" And like Limander am I trusty still." [grace ; 
This. " And I like Helen, till the fates me kill." 
Pyr. " Not Shafalus to Procrus, was so true." 
T/ii". " As Shafalus to Procrus, I to you." 
Pyr. " O, kiss me through the hole of this vile 

w^f-" .. . 1. 

This, " I kiss the wall's hole, not your lips at all. 
Pyr, " Wilt thou at Ninny's tomb meet me 
straightway ?" [delay." 

This, " Tide life, tide death, I come without 
Wall. " Thus have I, wall, my part discharged so ; 
" And, being done, thus wall away doth go." 

[Exeunt Wall, Pyramus, nd Ihisbe. 
The. Now is the mural down between the two 

Dem, No remedy, my lord, when wails are so 
wilful to hear without warning. 
Hip, This is the silliest stuff that ever I heard. 




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needs no excase. Never excuse ; for when the 
players are all dead, there need none to be blamed. 
Alarry, if he that writ it, had play'd Pyramus, and 
hanged himself in Thisbe's garter, it would hav 
been a fine tragedy : and so it is, truly ; and very 
notably discharged. But come, your Bergomask : 
let your epilogue alone. [Here a dance q/" Clowns. 

The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve : 

Lovers, to bed ; 'tis almost fairy time. 

I fear we shall out-sleep the coming mom. 

As much as we this night have over watch 'd. 

This palpable-gross play hath well beguil'd 

The heavy gait of night Sweet friends, to bed. 

A fortnight hold we this solemnity. 

In nightly revels, and new jollity. 


SCENE 11. 
Enter Puck. 
Pack. Now the hungry lion roars. 

And the wolf liehowis the moon ; 
Whilst the heavy ploughman snores. 

All with weaiy task fordone. 
Now the wasted brands do glow. 

Whilst the scritch-owl, scritching loud. 
Puts the wretch, that lies in woe. 

In remembrance of a shroud. 
Now it is the time of night. 

That the graves, all gaping wide, 
Every one lets forth his sprite. 

In the church-way paths to glide : 
And we fairies, that do run 

By the trii)le Hecat's team. 
From the presence of the sun, 

Following darkness like a dieam. 
Now are frolick ; not a mouse 
Shall disturb this hallow'd house : 
I am sent, with broom, before. 
To sweep the dust behind the door. 
Enter Oberon and Titania, rvitk their train, 
Ohe. Through this house give glimmering light. 

By the dead and drowsy fire : 
Every elf, and fairy sprite. 

Hop as light as bird from brier ; 
And this ditty, after me. 

Sing, and dance it trippingly. 
Tiia. First, rehearse this song by rote : 
To each word a warbling note. 
Hand in hand, with fairy grace. 
Will we sing, and bless this place. 
Obe. Now, until the break of ilay. 

Through this house each fairy stray. 
To the best bride-bed will we, 
Which by us shall blessed be ; 
And the issue there create. 
Ever shall be fortunate. 
So shall all the couples three 
Ever true in loving be ; 
And the blots of nature's hand 
Shall not in their issue stand ; 
Never mole, hare-lip, nor scar. 
Nor mark prodigious, such as are 
Despised in nativity. 
Shall upon their children be. 
With this field-dew consecrate. 
Every fairy take his gait ; 
And each several chamber bless, 
Through this palace with sweet peace : 
E'er shall it in safety rest. 
And the owner of it blest. 
Trip away ; 
Make no stay : 
Meet me all by break of day. 

[Exeunt Oberon, Titania, and train. 
Puck. If we tkadorvt have offended. 

Think but thii, (and all is mended,) 

That you have but slumber'd here. 

While these visions did appear. 

And this weak and idl: theme. 

No more yielding but a dream. 

Gentles, do not reprehend ; 

If you pardon, n'e niill mend. 

And, as I'm an honest Puck, 

If we have unearned luck 

Norn to 'scape the serpent's tongue. 

We will make amends, ere long : 

Else the Puck a liar call. 

So, good night unto you all. 

Give me your hands, if we befriemls, 

And Robin shall restore amends. [Exit. 


Ferdinand, King 0/ Navarre. 
Biron, f 

Longaville, y Lords, attending on the King. 
Pumain, 3 

Boyet, 1 Lords, attending on the Princess of 

.Mercade, J France. 

Don Adriano de Armado, a fantastical Spaniard. 
Sir Nathaniel, a curate. 
Holofernes, a schoolmaster. 
Dull, a constable. 
Costard, a clown. 

SCENE, Navarre. 

Moth, page to Armado. 
A Forester. 

Princess of France. 

Rosaline, 7 

Maria, S- Ladies, attending on the Princess. 

Katharine, J 

Jaquenetta, a country wench. 

the King and 


SCENE I Navarre. A Park, with a Palace in it. 
Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain. 
King. Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives. 
Live register'd upon our brazen tombs. 
And then grace us in the disgrace of death ; 
When, spite of cormorant devouring time, 
TTie endeavour of this present breath may buy 
That honour, which shall bate his scythe's keen 
And make us heirs of all eternity. [edge. 

Therefore, brave conquerors ! for so you are, 
That war against jour own alTections, 

And the huge army of the world's desires, 

Our late edict shall strongly stand in force : 

Navarre shall be the wonder of the world ; 

Our court shall be a little Academe, 

Still and contemplative in living art. 

You three, Biron, Dumam, and Longaville, 

Have sworn for three years' term to live with me. 

My fellow-scholars, and to keep those statutes, 

That are recorded in this schedule here : 

Your oaths are past, and now subscribe your names ; 

That his own hand may strike his honour down. 

That violates the smallest branch herein : 

If you are arm'd to do, as sworn to do, 

Subscribe to your deep oath, and keep it too. 



Umg. lMinMl*Vi^totatatfarMTtn>wt; 

ru chw hav* ! MM* ; md Aalm; Mu 
Mate lick th* tiU, bt bwa*nmt ^t tlw win. 

Itwi. My l^ti If4. Dvautai k wamU^mt; 
Tto giWMC WMMT arclMM M^ 4Ucta 
He Ihawt rMi tb groM wrM\ bwar iliiiw : 
T !, wMltk. lo fittf, I ptM Md 4toi 
With all th* UlRg ta pklloMfky. 

M. I c >tMy Uwte pw i w rulM wr, 
aaclt, v Uag*. I lu tfrM^y . 
ThM Is T* Uv* aMi im*s tMt tfnwTMn. 

WMch. I lMp (1. to Ml anvM* fiMn: 
A4. M 4ay ta wk t* tMM* MO fc i 
Aad kt MI Ml rt 4a hm 
TIM vklck. I kp*. to Ml MMlM 
Ami ihM, M ! tat dnw to wa * w tat aui 
Aa4 Ml k* MM 10 tak aTaU tb* day : 
(WkM I a* wMt M tMak m harm all night 
AMI aaka a dark nlglu tM cT batrtht day :) 
HThkh. I haM wall.U Ml Mrellad thai*: 
O, thaM ara Uttm taak. tM haH la kaaf ; 
Nat M Ma ladtaa. ttady, tel. nat ili ay. 
Kimg. Yoar oaib to ftat!"* M |MM avay from 

Birtm. I.t ma My aa.*; Ilaga, m If ya p l aa w 
t aaly *mm. ta t4y villi ymt graea, 
AMI at^ ban la yam eawt Ikr thfM ymnT q 

Lmg- Ya vara M thai. BlrM, aad M tha 

. By yaa and Ml. rfr,dMi I twan 
What to tha and aTindy > lat ma kMW. 

Klmg. IVhy. thai to kM, which atat ihaald 

bwt. Thl^khid rf kMiM. jM mcaiwftM 

Kimg. Ay. dwi to aladj^ gad Uk* wciWfMii. 

NvvM. Cama m thaa. 1 vUl ivaar *a ilady m^ 
Ta kMv tha ihiag I aa forkid ta kMw : 
Aa l h M . Taaiady what* 1 wall auy dtaM, 

%rhM I to feaat amriMly am fcrtid : 

Or, havlag tvara tM har 

atady to hcaak It. Md aat braak'my tralh. 

Ifalady't gala ba thM. aad thto ka m. 

hMly kMva thai, vMrh yat H dath aal kaav : 

gfcy. ThaM ba tha alaya that hiad Ilady yrito. 
kad trala aar iBCailaeto to vala daUghl. 
bM. MTky. all dalli^li an vala; kat that 

A^^gatalhlly to |mm apM a kaok, 

Ta Mik Iha light af trath : vhllatrath tU vhUa 
OMh MMly hUad tha ayaright oT hto laak 

Ugh*, nafclag tight, dath light af light 
8a. aMjM dad whan light ia darkaam I 
Yaar light graw* dark by laaing of jmmx ayaa. 


r aM aaw w picaM 
d^M it apM a tai 
datalkM m, that a 
I gin him light th 

a CUrar aya 
, that aya ihall bahtohaad, 
I It tilliwlid by. 
la4y to Uka tha haatan't giorioas Ma. 

That wiU aal ka daap-aaarch'd with Maey laafes ; 
anmR haaa nattaaal aluddtw arcr wm, 
Saaa han aaihail^naM alb 

Un M man Maar thate thli 
ThM than that waih. Mid wal aal what thayaaa. 

Lad mwrnj giifiika caa giaa a Maw 
Ku^. Haw waU ha^ and. to 

Dam Proeaadad wcUWatopaU 

Tha i^ateg to aaar, whaa gnan gii a t mn 


Omk. In< 

Lmtf. Btoa to Oka aa Mvioaa oMaatag fkaat. 
Tliat kitm thadm-kam iafmtt aftha ipito* 
Wfa. Wall, My I am ; why i 
amr kaan, 
Baftn tha birds have aav caaw to cing 
Hliy ahMld I Joy ia m aberUvc birth ;> 
At ChriOaiM I m amra ' ' 
Thaa wtoh a naw la Mai 

r daiirt a roM, 7 

a** aaw-Cmglad tbowi ; S. 
tiui hi MMM growt. S 
yea, to Mady aaw It to tM Uto, 


K,mg. Wall, iM yMaat : gahaoM. Mna; adtoa ! 

Birtm. Na, lay gaad load : I haa awaaa to May 
And. thaagh 1 haaa ftr karkaitaa ipaka man, 

ThM Cm thai m^ kaawtadga yM cm My. 
\tt ooofldaal 111 kaar whallhan iwan. 

Aad Mda tha paaaaw af aach thTM yaan' day. 
Giva aM tha papar, lat bm md tha mid : 1 

And to tha MrteT'M dccraM 111 writa my nam*. / 

A'iiy. Haw wa thto ytotdlag ra^aa* thca from f 

1 u 

mitJUu a arih ^aqr coaW. 
And hath thii kaM fndateUd f 

Lng. Faardayaago. 

Birvm. Latii aw Iha paiMlty. 
[Hmda.)4tm maim ifli^ karHmgwi 
I r-.v-^ vCdaata^thto* 

Lfmg. Marty. thM dM I. 

Mrw.. Swaat lard, and why ? 

Umg. Ta fright than haaea with thM diaad 

k JiMMiai law i^afaMigaatilily. 
] Itam, Ifmg oma M Mra MtottiaMa 
III Ilia 1 1 wMto'a fkr ttrm ^Ikn* gmra, ktak^mOan 
mck f i* Htk tlmmm at Urn rmt ^ Urn ammt aam a-m. 

Tiktoarttda, ay Itoga. yaataatfaaHt baaak : 
For wall yoa know, ban camm in ambay 
Tha Pramdi lUag^ daaghtar, wMh yoarmir 10 

A aiaidormca. and c a m f to to 
AkMt aarraadar-aa af Aqaitaia 
Ta kar dacrapit. liak. I " 
ily oooMtthaad 
Whtt My yaa. laads f why, thto wm qaita 

Krwrn. Sa atady avanaan to oTcr-tbet : 
WhOa tt datfi atady to ban what it wmUU 
It doth IkrgM to da tha thiag it ibMid : 
Aad whM It hath tha lUaglt haatcth moM. 
"Tto waa, m lawaa with dn : m wom. m> loit. 

JTiag. Wa Mart, affrrca. dlspanM with dito de- 
Sha Mart Ito ban m ann nccauity. [em ; 

Biram. Nacaarity will maka at all fonworn 
Thm thMMBd tim* within thU thrM yean' 

For amy mm with bto alfkcts U bom ; 

Nat by anight aMrtar'd. bat by cpccial gr.^. 
If I braak ftltfa, thto ward shall siiaak for id. 

to tha Uws at laiga 1 

Bat, I Miaaa, althaMh 1 aaam M lo 
I aM <ha lart thM woTlaM kaar bto I 

Kiag. Ay, that than to: < 

With a radaad tranllM af Saiafai 

iMt hath a adat of phraMs 1 
Oaa, whom tha masick of his ovn vain toag\;. 

Dath nvish. Ilka Mcbantiag bamion; ; 
A aian of oaMpUmaato. whom right and vreu, 

Han chiir m ompire of thair matiay : 

Act 1. 



King. that unletter'd tmall-knowini; tottl. 

Cost. Me. 

King. that shallom vassal, 

Cost. Still me. 

King, which, as remember, higkt Costard, 

Coit. O me ! 

King. sorted and consorted, contrary to thy 
established proclaimed edict and continent canon, 
with rvith, with but tvith this I passion to say 

This child of fancy, that Armado hight, 

For interim to our studies, shall relate. 
In high-born words, the worth of many a knight 

From tawny Spain, lost in the world's debate. 
How you delight, my lords, I know not, I ; 
But, I protest, I love to hear him lie. 
And I will use him for my minstrelsy. 

Biron. Armado is a most illustrious wight, 
A man of fire-new words, fashion's own knight. 

Long, Costard the swain, and he, shall be our rvherervith. 
And, so to study, three years is but short, [sport ; i Cost. With a wench. 

Enter Dull, n-ith a letter, and Costard. I ^ ^^'"S- ->>l'^ child of our grandmother Eve, n 

.female ; or, Jor thy more sweet understanding, a tfo- 

Dull. Which is the duke's own person ? j man. Him I (as my ever esteemed duty pricks me on) 

Btron. This, fellow ; What would'st H have sent to thee, to receive the meed of punishment, by 

Dull. I myself reprehend his own person, for 1 thy sweet grace's officer, Antony Dull; amamfgood 

am his grace's tharbori,ugh : but I would see \n% repute, carriage, bearing, and estimation. 

own person in Hesh and blood. | Dull. Me, an't shall please you ; I am Antony 

Biron. This is he. ' Dull. 

Dull. Signior ArmeArme commends you. i King. For Jaquenetta, (so is the weaker vessel 

There's villainy abroad; this letter will tell yon call d, which I apprehended with the aforesaid swain,) 

'n>'e. I keep her as a vessel of thy law's fury ; and shall, at 

Cost. Sir, the contempts thereof are as touching the least of thy sweet notice, bring her to trial. Thine, 

"IS- ! in all compliments of devoted and heart-burning heal 

King. A letter from the magnificent Armado. j of duty, Don Adriano de Armado. 

Biron. How low soever the matter, I hope in l . . . . 

' ^ I Birvn. This is not so well 

; the best that ever I heard. 

King. Ay, the best for the worst. Kut, sirrah, 

God for high words. 

Long. A high hope 1 
us patience ! 

I looked for, but 

a low having : God grant 

Biron. To hear ? or forbear hearing ? 

Long. To hear meekly, sir, and to laugh mode- 
rately ; or to forbear both. 

Biron. Well, sir, be it as the style shall give us 
cause to climb in the merriness. 

Cost. The matter is to me, sir, as concerning 
.Jaquenetta. The manner of it is, I was taken 
with the manner. 

Biron. In what manner ? 

Cost. In manner and form following, sir; all 
those three : I was seen with her in the manor 
house, sitting with her upon the form, and taken 
following her into the park ; which, put together, 
is in manner and form following. Now, sir, for 
the manner, it is the manner of a man to speak 
to a woman : for the form, in some form. 

Biron. For the following, sir ? 

Cost. As it shall follow in my correction ; And 
God defend the right ! 

King. Will you hear this letter with attention ? 

Biron. As we would hear an oracle. 

Cost. Such is the simplicity of man to hearken 
after the flesh. 

King. [Reads.] Great deputy, the welkin's vice- 
gerent, and sole dominator of Navarre, my soul's 
earth's Gnil, ajid body's fostering patron, 

Cost. Not A wordof Costard yet. 

King. So it is, 

Cost. It may be so : but if he say it is so, he is, 
in telling true, but so, so. 

King. Peace. 

Cost, be to me, and every man that dares not 

King. No words. 

Cost, of other men's secrets, I beseech you. 

King. So it is, besieged with sable-coloured melan- 
choly, I did commend the black-oppressing humour to 
the most wholesome pliysick of thy health-giving air ; 
and, as I am a gentleman, betook myself to walk. 
The time when f About the sixth hour ; when beasts 
most graze, birds liest peck, and men sit down to that 
nourishment which is called supper. So much for the 
time when : Now for the ground which ; which, I 
mean, I walked upon : it is ycleped thy park. Then 
for the place where ; where, I mean, I did encounter 
that obscene and most preposterous event, that draweth 
from my snow-white pen the ebon-coloured ink, which 
here thou viewest, beholdest, surveyest, or seest : But 
to the place, where, It standeth north-north-east and 
by east from the west corner of thy curious-knotted 
garden. There did I see that low-spirited srvain, that 
htse minnow of thy mirth. 

Cost. Me. 

what say you to this 

Cost. Sir, I confess the wench. 

King. Did you hear the proclamation ? 

Cost. I do confess much of the hearing it, but 
little of the marking of it. 

King. It was proclaimed a year's imprisonment, 
to be taken with a wench. 

Cost. I was taken with none, sir; I was taken 
with a damosel. 

King. Well, it was proclaimed damosel. 

Cuit. This was no damosel neither, sir; she was 
a virgin. 

King. It is so varied too ; for it was proclaimed 

Cost. If it were, I deny her virginity ; I was 
taken with a maid. 

King. This maid will not serve your turn, sir. 

Cost. This maid will serve my turn, sir. 

King. Sir, I will pronounce your sentence ; Vou 
shall fast a week with bran and water. 

Cost. I had rather pray a month with mutton 
and porridge. 

King. -Vnd Don Armado shall be your keeper 

My lord Biron, seo him deliver'd o'er 
And go we, lords, to put in practice that 

Which each to other hath so strongly sworn 
[Exeunt King, Longaville, and Dumain. 

Biron. I'll lay my head to any good man's hat. 
These oaths and laws will prove an idle scorn. 
Sirrah, come on. 

Cost. I suffer for the truth, sir : for true it is, I 
was taken with Jaquenetta, and Jaquenetta is a 
true girl ; and therefore. Welcome the sour cup of 
prosperity ! Affliction may one day smile again, 
and till then. Sit thee down, sorrow I [Exetint. 

SCENE II. Another part of the same. Armado's 

Enter Armado ami Moth. 

Ann. Boy, what sign is it, when a man of great 
spirit grows melancholy ? 

Moth. A great sign, sir, that he will look sad. 

Arm. Why, sadness is one and the self-same 
thing, dear imp. 

Moth. No, no ; O lord, sir, no. 

Arm. How canst thou part sadness and melan- 
choly, my tender ju venal ? 

Moth. By a familiar demonstration of the work- 
ing, my tough senior. 

Arm. Why tough senior ? why tough senior ? 

Moth. Why tender juvenal ? why tender ju venal ? 

Arm, I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congruent 


An^ rmttf, am* ifik 

JMk. Hmm mmm yaw. ilr i I yrctty. any 
MTM* Mt^ 1 ain. Mril^ wq^ pvMy > 


ilML tt^Mk iM *! ta ay 

it/m. to tky ri<lf biiIm 

JM*. I WtU I Ml M Ml wttk llw MM* fnkm. 

*fm. WlMi> tlMt M OTi la tMnlMW c 

4. I < tay. tkM an < 

JM4. 1 M* wwOT*. Ur. 

Vm m^ 4* It la m lMr. Ur. 

4l<^lMi Ul M m 

Jf^ YiiaRaHMl 
itr*. I tlfcH Mil : 

anwiliH I. 

4M*. llMa. I M* mtta, yarn kwmm 1m 

Arm. It 4ani > I M mm BMf* IMH tw*. 

^ WMck Ito bM viilcv catl. tiMw. 

4m. Ttm. 

JIM4. Witj. air. It iMa Mck ftw* tt MaT 7 
X*v lMt te tfwOT rtiiM. m 7i^l iMnTwIiik . 
M< Iwv ; U to ! yiM ymn M fk* vwi Hmh. 

tf Ma^J tlM yiM ta t wa 


ilrvi. A 

/Ina. I 

Mk. T* n>*< >a a < 
Arm. I aUl k wM M 

I Imf: 

!. M aai I la 

! wtik ft kM* a la ck . If ^tawtac wtj 
MataMi Ik* kaaiaat rf aakttlwi aM4Ui 
ftwa Ik* i> y r *k u rtMagkt f It. I waal 
f mr V 
. IlMak 
it-awvar C 
,kay: WlMt gnat mmm kav* kaiki 

I* aMi : awiklakt, I ikaaM aat-awvar CarM. 

4ak M ( itaRat*i!-Moi 
tf* kar> BM* aMTOs aad. *( ai; ckiM. tai 

JMk. gywa. m li r 1 k* aat mmmttt fmi 
I liaaiL mil r 'TaT r vrk* evilad tk*f*a- 
^aTaa M* kack. Uta a r^inmt nd k* la 

Jna. O w^lkall Umfum ' tiaatJahiia* 8a. 
Ma! Ia*acaltfM*laavralr, Maiackaatkoa 
4Mrt BM la cwiylac *t*. I am ta lo* too, 

Arm. or wkat > f lartn a * 
JM*. or an**CHW.r tk* tkn*.ar tk*tw*; 
itna. Tail m m yaachaly a T wk ai * yl**a 9 

Arm. U that M Vkaf"**' 
(*. A* Ikaiaai.rir: aa i 

*!lna. Ofaaa, la iai J . to *a t i l a at aT laaf; kat 
( ka a tovt r tkal eaiai 

XtM. ltvaaM,ilri lkr*akatfa| 
Am. My tea* to iMtf toi n a lM 

M^OL. My laikwi wit. aad aiy omOmt^ i 

Arm. gmmm tavacaHaa aT a cklld . aMat 
Mtd pathatlcall 
JlWk. irtk*k*aM**rkliaaadrd. 
Har tealto wtU a*iw ka k 
Fa* klaaklag abaaka kf tei 
Aa4 tenky iMla-wkiai 
TiMa. irka far, ar k* t* I _ 
^r M> yM akall aat kaaw t 
rar MM kar ehaaka MMaM tka MM, 
WkMi aaitaa ika SadT^a*. 
A ii B g m aatkaiaa. am a t , Mataal tka la aaaa af 

Arm. U ikata aal a kallad. kay, mt tka 

JfoM. TtewaaMwatvarynUtyarMMiiakallait 
aaMttHaaatwalae*: kai, T tkiak, aaw tto aat 
lo b* fcaad : m. If II vcrr. It waaM adtkar aar* 
faa ika yftolM.aar tka taaa. 

Arm. I vllTka** tka aakiact aavly vtH >, 
tkat -Tf niiafli m i^walM kf iaaii toklj 
i wr i i aai, . I 4a laaa tkat iiaatiy altirSa< 
1 taak la Ik* aaik altk tka taUaMl klai Caalartf : 

^rai. titaa.kayt aiy aflrtt 
M^k. Ami tkaTa paai aa 

ipaaa kaavy la laaa. 

F^^Lar tlil tkto n iay a ay ka paat. 
irr Dall. Taatard, aarf Jaqaaa*f I 
Sir. tk* 4ak*^ jliMBii la, tkat 
lalk I aa4 yaa laaai latklai cakaa 
aaaaaa t kat a* aMMt tat tkaaa 4a] 
iiaiial, I aMat kaaF tar thai 
taallaaa4 4tka4ay-iaiia rarayaa 

Ana. I 4a kattay atyialT atok Maakli^. 

^ >!:. 

Arwt. I will 

J^. Tkat-* kaaaky. 

Ann. 1 kaaa akaa* tt to altaa 

^af . Lar4. kaw alia ;aa ar* ' 

itna. I vUl tall tkaa aaadaw. 

J^. Wltk tkat Cm* f 

Ana. I lav* tka*. 

Jf. Sa I kaaril yoa lay. 

A*f. Palr< 
Aalf. Caw 



CM. IaBia>ar*kaaa4t*y*a,l 
fa Aay ai kat li^MH tawM4a4 
Arak Taka away tkto alfakitakMh 

I 4a k. I UiaJI do 

CMC iat aM aak* paat ap, M^; I ill fu<. 

MM*. Na, ilr; tkaa war* fat aad looaa: thoa 

CM. W*U,ir**r l4**atkcm*TTydaysofdr 

CM. Nay aatkiac aiaitar Matk, kat wkat ihcj 
loek apaa. It to aat fa ya l aaa aw la ka taa ailcnt 
tatkalraatdai m4. tkarafa*. I will aay aatkinft : 

lUod, I kaaaaa Uttto y aU aac a aa 

Arwk I 4a aflket tfa vary ftaaad, wWck to bam, 
wkf* kar akaa^ wktoh to kaaar,|ral4a4 ky kar loot, 
wkick to kaaaat, daik traad. I Aatl b* faiwor* 
(wbick to a graat arg a iu a u t r faaAaod.) if I lover 

Act 2. 



And how can that be true love, which is falsely at- 1 Prin. Such short-liv'd wits do wither as tliev m-ov 
a familiar ; love is a devil : there Who are the rest ;- <">i"ej groy 

tempted ? Love 13 a januiiai , luvc is a uevii : mere 1 vvno are the rest 

is no evil angel but love. Vet Sampson was so Kath. The young Dumain 

tempted ; and he had an excellent strength : yet | youth, 

was Solomon so seduced; and he had a very good Of all that virtue love for virtue lov'd 

wit. Cupid's butt-shat't is too hard for Hercules' "' 

club, and therefore too much odds for a Spaniard's 

rapier. The first and second cause will not ser 

my turn ; the passado he respecis not, the duello 

he regards not ; hi.< disgrace is to be called boy; 

but his glor is, to subdue men. .Adieu, valour I 

rust, rapier ! be still, drum ! for your manager is in 

love ; yea, he loveth. Assist me some extemporal 

god of rhyme, for, I am sure, I shall turn sonneteer. 

IJevise wit ; write pen ; for I am foi whole volumes 

in folio. lExit. 



SCENE I. Another part of the same. A Pavilion. 

and Tents at a distance. 

Enter the Princess of France, Rosaline, Maria, 

Katharine, Boyet, Lords, andother Attendants. 

Boi/et. Xow, madam, summon up your dearest 
spirits ; 
Consider who the king your father sends ; 
To whom he sends ; and what's his embassy : 
Yourself, held precious in the world's esteem; 
To parley with the sole inheritor 
Of all perfections that a man may owe, 
Matchless Navarre ; the plea of no less weight 
Than Aquitain ; a dowry for a queen. 
lie now as prodigal of ail dear grace. 
As nature was in making graces dear. 
When she did starve the general world beside. 
And prodigally gave them all to you. [mean, 

Prin. Good lord lioyet, my beauty, though but 
Needs not the painted flourish of your praise ; 
Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye. 
Not utter'd by base sale of chapmen's tongiies : 
I am less proud to hear you tell my worth, 
Than you much willing to be counted wise 
In spending your wit in the praise of mine. 
But now to task the tasker, Good Boyet, 
You are not ignorant, all-telling fame 
Toth noise abroad, Navarre hath made a vow. 
Till painful study shall out-wear three years. 
No woman may approach his silent court ; 
Therefore to us seemeth it a needful course. 
Before we enter his forbidden gates, 
'i'o know his pleasure ; and in that behalf. 
Bold of your worthiness, we single you 
As our best-moving fair solicitor : 
Tell him, the daughter of the king of France, 
On serious business, craving quick despatch, 
Importunes personal conference with his grace. 
Haste, signify so much ; while we attend. 
Like humbly-visag'd suitors, his high will. 

Boyet. Proud of employment, willingly I go. 


Prin. All pride is willing pride, and your's is so 

Who are the votaries, my loving lords. 

That are vow-fellows with this virtuous duke? 

1 Lord. Longaville is one. 

Prin. Know you the man ? 

Mar. I know him, madam ; at a marriage feast. 
Between lord Perigort and the beauteous heir 
Of Jaques Falconbridge solemnized. 
In Normandy saw I this Longaville : 
A man of sovereign parts he is esteem'd ; 
Well fitted in the arts, glorious in arms : 
Nothing becomes him ill, that he would well. 
The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss, 
(If virtue's gloss will stain with any soil,) 
is a sharp wit match'd with too blunt a will ; 
Vi'hose edge hath power to cut, whose will still wills 
-t should none spare that come within his power. 

Prin. Some merry mocking lord, belike ; is't so ? 

Jllar. They say so most, that most his humours 

AJost power to do most harm, least knowing ill ; 
For he hath wit to make an ill shape good. 
And shape to win grace though he had no wit. 
I saw him at the duke Alenvon's once ; 
And much too little of that good I saw. 
Is my report, to his great worthiness. 

Itos. Another of these students at that time 
AV'as there with him : if I have heard a truth, 
Biron they call him ; but a merrier man, 
Within the limit of becoming mirth, 
I never spent an hour's talk withal : 
His eye begets ooisasion for his wit : 
For every object that the one doth catch, 
The other turns to a mirth-moving jest ; 
Which his fair tongue (conceit's expositor,) 
Delivers in such apt and gracious words. 
That a^ed ears play truant at his tales, 
And younger hearings are quite ravished ; 
So sweet and voluble is his discourse. 

Prin. (Jod bless my ladies ! are they all in love ; 
That every one her own hath garnished 
With such bedecking ornamentu of praise? 

Mar. Here comes Boyet. 

Re-enter Boyet. 

Prin. Now, what admittance, lord ? 

lht;/ct. Navarre had notice of your fair approach ; 
And he, and his competitors in oath, 
Were all address'd to meet you, gentle lady, 
Before I came. Marry, thus much I have learnt. 
He rather means to lodge you in the field, 
(Like one that comes here to besiege his court,) 
Than seek a dispensation for his oath. 
To let you enter his unpeopled house. 
''re comes Navarre. [The Ladies mask. 

Enter King, Longaville, Dumain, Biron, and 

King. Fair princess, welcome to the court of Na- 

Prin. Fair, I give you back again ; and, welcome 
I have not yet : the roof of this'court is too high to 
be yours ; and welcome to the wild fields too base 
to be mine. 

King.Yoa shall be welcome, madam, to my court. 

Prin. I will be welcome then; conduct me 

King. Hear me, dear lady ; I have sworn an oath. 

Prin. Our lady help my lord ! he'll be forsworn. 

King. Not for the world, fair madam, by my will. 

Prin. ^Vhy, will shall break it ; will, and nothing 

King. Your ladyship is ignorant what it is. 

Prin. M'ere my lord so, his ignorance were wise. 
Where now his knowledge must prove ignorance. 
I hear your grace hath sworn-out house-keeping : 
'Tis deadly sin to keep that oath, my lord. 
And sin to break it : 
But pardon me, I am too sudden-bold ; 
To teach a teacher ill beseen.eth me. 
Vouchsafe to read the purpose of my coming. 
And suddenly resolve me in my suit. [Giues a paper. 

King. Madam, I will, if suddenly I may. 

Prin. You will the sooner, that 1 were away ; 
For you'll prove perjur'd, if you make me stay. 

Biron. Did not I dance with you in lirabant once ? 

Ros. Did not I dance with you in Brabant once ? 

Biron. 1 know you did. 

Ros. How needless was it then 

To ask the question ! 

Biron. You must not be so quick. 

Ros. 'Tis 'long of you that spur me with such 
questions. ['twill tire. 

liiron. Your wit's too hot, it speeds too fast, 

Ros. Not till it leave the rider in the mire. 

Biron. What time o'day ? 

Ros. The hour that fools should ask. 



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m. Xmmk, M y h wdm 



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AliMJHim iwt taMiyrtiMwMcb, 



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A IM* tk* BMMf hy r Mmt taM. 
ThM AfidMlB wri4a4 M It I*. 
P prtiiiiMi.w MtlitofiMiM(Jr 
riWB rMMM^I MlM, TMr&l 

Aai MttaM rraaet Mda. 
mL V 4 MM kliw aij fiAar la* 

I'rlB. Wa afCMl ya> i 

or CiMrta Mi tear. 
Bmg. PatHlj tna . {emmm, 

aNprf. Ra plaaw |Mr na. ika iMftat la ' 
Wbaaa dMt airf aiWr i^MUItiM ar Uwi4 1 
T a M iaa m thaU ka* a aifht aT iImm. 

Slr. ltddallHrfiaaaaiaiwItkktelarriM 
AO ttarti laMaa I ylaM aaMb 
Maaa tiaw, taealva aadi aleaM at mn haML 
Aa iMMar. wttkaat taaa* aflMMV. aav 
Maha landar af ta Ik* ina vanktaaMi 
Jmmaj mm cmm; AlrfafMaM. fai ; Ralaa; 
m kwi wiikaM jM dMU ha aa naaivlt. 
Aa yaa dkaU 4laa vauaair Mc^i tai aay kaait. 
Tka^i M daM &lr kaikawla av 
Yar awm 
Tt aiwT. 

a^. Tky ava wlU vkh I tkaala avary placa 

a Wt yaa Mala. 

baik laAf , I vtti nwaiiat ja ta ; ova 

Mm. Tnj yv, d my aowitailiHwn 1 I vaal4 


mm. Ulkafcaltick? 

. Mckatkaan. 

Am. Alack, lat H Mood. 

Afraa. WaaM tkat 4a it (aod ? 

Mm. Mt pkyaiek uym. I. 

Mas. WM ym |ickt Itb roar ejt > 

Aafc Na MMf. vltk 09 knife. 

Mm. x?. Ca a tkj lifSt ! 

Am. Aa4yanftalaiwUTte(! 

Mtm. I eaaaot itay thMWi*li. [Mtfrtrng. 

fiaak. Sir. I fj jaa. a ward : What lady ! 


htfil. Tka kalr af Alcwaa, Raaalhw bar name. 

l>aM. A gaOaat lad * Maoaiavr, tan yoa veil. 


Umg. I tamck ja a ward i Wkat te ite la the 


> bar in 

Img. PwtfciMir, U(kt to tka 

Aryat. 8ka hatk tart ana fcr kenalf ; t dlra 

light; I 

Lmg. Pray ya. air, vboMdaaRktar f 

A^ycr. liar matkatlM I have heard. 

Ltrng. Gad^MaaOiicanyoarlMwdl 

Bcytt. Uaad air, ha nat oOhadad: 
Ska k aa hair ar FhlaaiMkrtdde. 

Lumf. Nay. my ckalar H aadad. 
ka la a laaM awaat Udy. 

Aqa*. NatwUka, rir ; that may ha. [J 

mrm^. What^karaama. lathaaa*? 

Aayrt. Kaikariaa. hy food ha|>. 

AIfhu I* ha vMldad. ar a ? 

Avt(. To har UI. rir. ar aa. 

Affaa. Ya ata wa lc oma. lir : adlav I 

r Aril lUtan^LaWtr* iiamajl. 

Mar. That but b Biron, tba marry mad^cap lord ; 

Not a word with him hat a IcM. 

Btmm. Ani avary Jmt bat a ward. 

^*b It vaa waU daoa aT y to taka him at hi* 

Btfit. I was at wlllinic la grappla. aa ha wa lo 
Mmr. Two hat hacya. many ! [hoard. 

Am. Ami. wkarifcra aot ihlM f 

No i b a a i, iwaaC lamh, anlam wa frnd an yoar Uaa. 
M*r. Voa iheap.aad I partua; Shall that flabk 

thaJoM? '^ 

Bagtl. 80 yo (rant pattnra fbr ma. 

ro/Tt^Waf H kirn ktr. 
Mar. ftat M, Ktntl* baart : 
My tip* are na t aw iuun . thoMh Mraral they be. 
Aq^. Balaactac la whomT 
Mmr. To OM fbrtane* and me. 
Ma. Good whs win ba janfUac : bnt, gentu-^ 
Tlie cItI! war of wlt wre mocb better aaed 
Ob Navarrr and tiU ->* mm ; fnrb-rf tU nbii- 
a^w^ !'- - --- --- 


Bayrt. ti iin tn.ii whicnweloTmrr.i. 

Awl Why. an hi* hahavloar* did 
> IB* eaart af Ma aya, perpini; thor> 



Alt MMW to tkat aaBM did ni.ikc thnr icyiir, 
Ta ftal only laakla(aa fldrert of flr : 
MatkaMkt aU hia aema* were lock'd in hit eye, 
A* jawM ta cryital for tome prince to bar : 
Wba. t i a d arln a their own worth, ftotn where t'. 

DM aolat yea to bay tbrm. aJ^rc * yn p.rv 

Hisftea^ewn marKert r* -* - -'- 

That all eye* mw hi* r 
rn (ire yoa Aqnitain, 
Aa ye ^ him lor ir. > 
^r<a. Cama, ta oar pn 
AMt<. Bat to (peak t> 
r only ka*a anada a m<i 
By addinit a loogaa whirh I i 
Ba$. Tboaartaa old kM 

Mmr. He U Capid^ gmdfhtbrT , w* 

of him. 
Am. Then was Venaa Mka kar iBOlher ; fof her 

father b bat grim. 
Itoyri. Do yoa hear, mr mad wandMa ? 
Mmr. No. 

Btyt. Wkat that, da yoa te^ 

ItM. Ay, ooi way ta ba foaa. 
Bmrf. Yaa Mateo hard fbr tnr 


Act 3. 




SCENE I Another part of the same. i 

Enter Armado and Moth. I 

Arm. Warble, child; make passionate my sense 
of hearing. j 

Moth. Cnncolinel [Sivgin/r, 

Arm. Sweet air ' Go, tenderness of years ! tate 
this key, give enlargement lo the swain, brinp him 
festinately hither ; I must employ him in a letter i 
to my love. 

Sloth. Master, will you win your love with a 
French brawl ? 

Arm. How mean'st thou ? brawling in French ? 

JUoth. No, my complete master : but to jig off 
a tune at the tongue's end, canary to it with your 
feet, humour it with turning up your eye-fids ; 
sigh a note, and sing a note ; sometime th^lfugh the 
throat, as if you swallowed love with singing love; 
sometime through the nose, as if you snuffed up 
love by smelling love; with your hat penthouselike, 
o'er the shop of your eyes ; with your arms crossed 
on your thin belly-doublet, like a rabbit on a spit ; 
or yonr hands in your pocket, like a man after the 
old painting ; and keep not too long in one tune, 
but a snip and away : These are compliments, 

these are humours ; these betray nice wenches 

that would be betrayed without these ; and make 
them men of note, (do you note, men ?) that most 
are affected to these. 

Arm. How hast thou purchased this experience? 

Moth. By my penny of observation. 

Arm. Rut O, but O 

Moth. the hobby-horse is forgot. 

Arm. Callest thou my love, hobby-horse ? 

Moth. No, master; the hobby-horse is but a 
colt, and your love, perhaps, a hackney. But have 
you forgot your love '> 

Arm. Almost I had. 

Moth. Negligent student ! learn her by heart. 

Arm. By heart, and in heart, boy. 

Moth. And out of heart, master : all those three 
I will prove. 

Arm. What wilt thou prove ? 

Moth. A man, if I live; and this, by, in, and 
without, upon the instant : By heart you love her, 
because your heart cannot come by her : in heart 
you love her, because your henrt is in love with 
her ; and out of heart you love her, being out of 
heart you cannot enjoy her. 

Arm. I am all these three. 

Moth. And three times as much more, and yet 
nothing at all. 

Arm. Fetch hither the swain ; he must carry me 
a letter. 

Moth. A message well sympathized ; a horse to 
be ambassador for an ass ! 

Arm. Ha, ha ! what sayest thou ? 

Moth, Marry, sir, you must send the ass upon 
the horse, for he is very slow-gaited : But I go. 

Arm. The way is but short ; away. 

Moth. As swift as lead, sir. 

Arm. Thy meaning, pretty ingenious ? 
Is not lead a metal heavy, dull, and slow ? 

Moth. Minime, honest master ; or rather, mas- 
ter, no. 

Arm. I say, lead is slow. 

Moth. Vou are too swift, sir, to say so : 

Is that lead slow which is fir'd from a gun ? 

Arm. Sweet smoke of rhetorick ! [he : 

He reputes me a cannon; and the bullet, that's 
1 shoot thee at the swain. 

Moth. Thump then, and I flee. 


Arm. A most acute juvenal ; voluble and free 
of grace .' 
By thy favour, sweet welkin, I must sigh in thy 

Most rude melancholy Talour f;lves thee place. 
My herald is returned. 


Re-enter Moth and Costard. 

Moth. A wonder, master; here's a Costard bro- 
ken in a shin. 

Arm. Some enigma, some riddle : come, tliy 
I'envoy ; begin. 

Coi. No egma, no riddle, no I'envoy ; no salve 
in the mail, sir : O, sir, plantain, a plain plantain ; 
no I'envoy, no I'envoy, no salve, sir, but a i>lantain ' 

Arm. By virtue, thou enforces! laughter ; thy 
silly thought, my spleen ; the heaving of my lungs 
provokes me to ridiculous smiling : O, pardon me, 
my stars ! Doth the inconsiderate take salve for 
i'eitvoy, and the word, I'envoy, for a salve ? 

Moth. Do the wise think them other? is not 
I'envoy a salve ? 

Arm. No, page : it is an epilogue or discourse, to 
make plain 
Some obscure precedence that hath toforebeen sain. 
I will example it : 

The fox, the ape, and the humble-bee, 
Were still at odds, being but three. 
There's the moral : Now the I'envoy. 

Moth. I will add the /'rarot/ ; say the moral again. 

Arm. The fox, the ape, and the bumble-bee. 
Were still at odds, being but three : 

Moth. Until the goose came out of door. 

And stay'd the odds by adding four. 
Now will I begin your moral, and do you follow 
with my I'envoy. 

"Ilhe fox, the ape, and the humble-bee. 
Were still at odds, being but three : 

Arm. Until the goose came out of door, 
Staying the odds by adding four. 

Moth. A good I'envoy, ending in the goose ; 
Would you desire more ? 

Cost. The boy hath sold him a bargain, a goose, 

that's flat : [fat 

Sir, your pennyworth is good, an your goose be 

To sell a bargain well, is as cunning as fast and 

loose : 
Let me see a fat Venvoy ay, that's a fat goose. 

Arm. Come hither, come hither : How did this 
argument begin ? 

Moth. By saying that a Costard was broken in a 
Then call'd you for the I'envoy. [shin. 

Cost. True, and I for a plantain : Thus came 
your argument ; 
Then the boy's fat/'cwioi/, the goose that you bought ; 
And he ended the market. 

Arm. But tell me; how was there a Costard 
broken in a shin ? 

Moth. I will tell you sensibly. 

Cost. Thou hast no feeling of it, Jloth ; I will 
speak that I'envoy. 

1, Costard, running out, that was safely within. 
Fell over the threshold, and broke my shin. 

Arm. We will talk no more of this matter. 

Cost. Till there be more matter in the shin. 

Arm. Sirrah Costard, I will enfranchise thee. 

Cost. O, marry me to one Frances; I smell 
some I'envoy, some goose, in this. 

Arm. By my sweet soul, I mean, setting thee at 
liberty, enfreedoming thy person ; thou wert im- 
mured, restrained, captivated, bound. 

Cost. True, true ; and now you will be my pur- 
gation, and let me loose. 

Arm. I give thee thy liberty, set thee from dur- 
ance ; and, in lieu thereof, impose on thee nothing 
but this : Bear this significant to the country maid 
Jaquenetta : there is remuneration ; [^ivinir him 
money.] for the best ward of mine honour, is, re- 
warding my dependents. Moth, follow. [Exit. 

Moth. Like the sequel, I. Signior Costard, 

Cost. My sweet ounce of man's flesh ! my incony 
Jew ! [Exit Moth. 

Now will I ioofc to his remuneration. Remune- 
ration ! O, that's the Latin word for three farthings : 
three farthings remuneration What's the price 
of this inkle? a penny: No, I'll give you a remu- 
neration : why, it carries it Remuneratjon ! 




vky, U la a AUnt mm* tham Pnmeh < 
MW kn Mtt Ml ar thta word. 

om. fny yw. !>, Wv 
uy B mam by far 

rn. I will 

CM. Umtry, tit, kalf. 
Mr^m. O, mhj thmm, ' 

BiKm. O, tU*. ! s 1 mm* m 
Aa ilM wUt l Mjr favMir, faa 
O* aM thiac Cor aM Umi 1 UMnai 

Om^WIm* wU4 yo h a It 4aM. air ? 

Oh*. Wall, 1 vlU 4a It. air : Faia yaa wail. 

Ma. O, lMa kaawaal Mt viMt It la. 

CM. 1 iImU kaav. alt. wiMa I lu daa It. 

airmt. Whj, vilUim tiMa aaaal kaaw int. 

OMf. I arlU aaaM la yaar wmntttf ta Marraw 

<pa. it aMM ka 4mm tkto nftaniaaa. Hark, 
alata. tt la kat iMa i 

Tha f r t aaaaa aaaaaa la teat kara la tiM aatfc. 
AatffailMrtralailHiaU '- 

Aa4 Raaallaa ikar call Imt : aik far bat i 
Aatf la kar wlUla kaiad aM ihM a caaaaMad 
Tkla aaai'd-ar u aaiil, Tkaia'^ (k gaa w la w : ga. 
[aUm Urn mmmy. 
avaat gaanlaa: katiar tkaa 
a-aaaca fartklad bMtar : Ucu 
U1 4a It, alf, la pftal^ 

fa r aaatk,ialaaa 

kaaa lava*! akli^ i 
A aaiy kaaAla ta a kaaaaraai al 
A arittek t aay, a aickt-watck 
A 4aaUaaaitaK tiia n t a-ar iIm kay^ 



Uift af all laliaran aa4 aKalat.T 
OkMi rrtaoa ar pUckata, kli ar aaA-riaeaa. 
flal* ianaraiar. aatf mat aaaarai 
OTttaltiac pariton. 5 air littla kaart ! 
Aa4 I ta k a corporal of Itl* Said. 
Aa4 araar hit coloara Ilka a taoiklaf t koop ! 
Wkat? II llaa! Iiaa! I aaak avKliI 
A aaa, that b Ilka a OaraMa dock, 
MUtralrla(: a^ar oat orffsaM; 
Aa4 aaaar galag ariabt, twiag a vstck. 
Bat kalac vateC'd tSat It aiaj itlU go riakc ? 
.Nay. ta ka pariar-d, which U woru of all : 

ox tbr 

Aad. aoMBg thrac, to lo*c tba wont of 

A wkltaly waatoa with a relvet brow, 

WItk two pitch balU t:ack in her fare for rye* : 

Av, aad, ky kaaran, ooe that wilt do the deed, 

TImi^ Argat wcra bar ennach and her gsard : 

Aad fta rf^ far har ! to watch for her ! 

To pray for her ! do to ; It U a plane 

That Capid will impoM for my neglect 

or kU almighty drcadfal littte might. 

1. I viil lore, wrlia, tigh, pray, toe, aad groaa ; 
1 mast lava ay lady, aod tome Joan. 




SCENE I^AmMerfart nf tkt aaair. 
KmUr tkt Priacaaa, RoaaUac. Maria. Katharine. 

Pti*. Waatftaltha Uag, ai iparrM hia botie 
Afttmt thrtteap apHUng aT the bill ? 

Bogti. I know not ; b'lt, I think, it was not he. 

Pnm. Whoe'er he wa, he Uiow'd a mounting 
Well, lord*, to-day we shall have our despatch ; 
On Saturday wa will return to Ki^nce. 
Tbaa, forester, nay IHand, wbare U the bush, 
Tlut wa aaaat ataad aad play tba marderrr la ? 

JW. Ifora by, apoa tba ediie tt ynadei coppice ; 
A ataad, where yoa aun mjk th,- fjir..^t ..i...( 

IVns. I tbaak aiy kr^' 
Aad tbareapaa tboa s|> 

/'r. I*anlaa bm, auu 

Prin. What, what? u... y,*.^ ...v, ...c. (,.>.!. 
ay. aor 
O sbortllT'd prlda ! Not fkir ? alack lor woe! 

^r. Yas. Btadaai, fair. 

'*'*'. Nay, narc* paial om new ; 

Where fair Is not. praba cannot mend tba brow, 
liare, good my glaia, take this for tailing una ; 

A [ttiWair aias mtomtg. 

Pair pallaant far faal words is more Uian daa. 

iW. Ketbiag kat fair U that which you Inherit. 

Priu. 8aa, aea, my baanty will be sa'd by merit. 
O haraay la fair, flt for thaM days ! 

V giving band, though foul , shall hare fair praise 

Hat came, the boa : Now mercy goet to kill, 
Aad abootlng well is then accounted ill. 
Tbaa wUl I save my credit in the shoot : 
Nat waaadlag. pity would not let ma dot ; 
Ifwaaadlag. then it was to show roy skill. 
Thai l at a far praise, tbsn parpoae, meant to 1 
Aad, oat of qaestion, so it U sometimes; 
Olacy grows guilty of detaOad oimaa ; 
When, for fame's sake, for pralta, aa outward jurt. 
Wa band to that the working af tba baart ; 
Aa I. far pralaa alana. now sak to spUl 
Tba poor daarii Maad, tbat aty baart meaaa no III. 

AyH. Da aal cant wlvaa bald Ihu aclf aova- 

Oaly far praise' laka, wbaa tbcy strlra to ba 
Larda o^r tbeir lords ? 

PHm, Only for ptalaa : and pralsa wa may aflted 
To aay lady tbat aabdaaa a lord. 

im. Here 

a member of the common- 
rray you, which is 

Oasf. tied dig-yon-dm all! 

a bead lady ^ 

Prim. Thoa shalt know her, fellow, by the rest 
that luva no hrads. 

Cm(. Which Is iJm greatest lady, the highest ? 

Prim. Tba tbickart, aad the tallest. 

Cmt. Tba tliickaat, aad the tallest ! it b so ; troth 


Aa year waist, aiUima, wcra aa slander aa my wit. 

One e tbaaa aMida* glrdlea for yoar waist shoald 

be fit. rhcrc. 

Ate not you the chief woman ? yoa are the thickeat 

Prim. W haf your will, sir ' what's roar will > 

CMf. I have a Irtirr from monsieur Uiron, to oaa 
lady Rosaline. 

Pfin. O, thy lattat,tby letter ; he's a good friend 

aad aside, good baarer Boyet, yoa can carve : 
Break ap tbb capan. 

Btgrt. I am beand to acTrr 

Tbb latter b mistook. It importctb Done here ; 
It b writ to Jaquenetta. 

Prim. Wa will read It, I sw. 

Braak tba neck of the wax, and every one give 

Boyet. fiUa^.] By krmtxm, that thorn mrt fa, 
mMt imfkUibU ; trmt, tkmt thorn mrt hrmmltvmt ; tr: 
itmtf,thmt Mm mt* Immrtm: Mort Jkirrr thmm fair, 
btmmtifml ttaa kmmlmmt ; limtr ttkmm truth Utif.lme* 
ml! Thi mag- 
immu mmd matt iOmatrmtt Idag Copbataa trt ejft 

fs mr p rr afa iaaa aad fadkMM* himgar Zcnelo- 
phon ; amdkt it mat that mtUtt rlghSm my, venl, 
vidi, vid; wUA ta aiMfcaifas *i flW wJgar, (Obam 
mmd atwrnrr aml^rt/ vidalieat. ** caav, mm, am 

^ct 4 



Wlm came f the king ; Why did he come t to see ;' 
Why did he see t to overcome : To whom came he ?, 
to the beggar ; What saw he f the beggar ; Who oi-er-\ 
came he t the beggar : The conclusion is victory ; Onl 
whose side f the king's : the captive is enrich'd ; On. 
whose side ? the begi^ar's : The catastrophe is a nup-\ 
tial : On whose side f The king's f no, on both in- 
one, or one in both. I am the king ; Jbr so stands the' 
comparison : thou the beggar ; Jbr so witnesseth thy] 
lowliness. Shall I command thy love f I may : Shall. 
I enforce thy love f 1 could : Shall I entreat thy, 
love f I will. What shall thou exchange Jbr rags 1 1 
robes : For tittles, titles ; For thyself, me. Thus, ' 
erpecting thy reply, I profane my lips on thy foot, my 
eyes on thy picture, and my heart on thy every part. 
Thine, in the dearest design of industry, 
Don Adriano de Armado. 

Thus dost thou hear the Nemean lion roar 

'Gainst thee, thou Iamb, that standest as his prey ; 
Submissive fall his princely feet before. 

And he from forage will incline to play : 
But if thou strive, poor soul, what art thou then ? 
Food for his rage, repasture for his den. 

Prin. AV'hat plume of feathers is he, that indited | 

this letter ? [better ? I 

What vane ? what weather -cock ? did you ever hear j 

lioyet. 1 am much deceived, but 1 remember the 
style. [erewhile. j 

Prin. Else your memory is bad, going o'er iti 

Doyet. This Armado is a Spaniard, that keeps 
here in court ; 
.\ phantasm, a Slonarcho, and one that makes sport 
To the prince, and his book-mates. 

Prin. Thtiu, fellow, a word : 

Who gave thee this letter ? 

Cost. I told you ; my lord. 

Prin. To whom shouldst thou give it ? 

Cost. From my lord to my lady. 

Prin. From which lord, to which lady ? [mine ; 

Cost. From my lord Biron, a good master of 
To a lady of France, that he call'dKosaline. 

Prin. Thou hast mistaken his letter. Come, lords, 
Here, sweet, put up this ; 'twill be thine another day. 
[Exit Princess and train. 

Boyet. UTio is the suitor ? who is the suitor ? 

Ros. Shall I teach you to know ? 

Boyct. Ay, ray continent of beauty. 

Ros. Why, she that bears the bow. 

Finely put off! [marry, 

Boyet. My lady goes to kill horns; but, if thou 
Hang me by the neck, if horns that year miscarry. 
Finely put on ! 

Ros. Well then, I am the shooter. 

Boyet. And who is your deer ? 

Ros. If we choose by the horns, yourself : come 
Finely put on, indeed I [near. 

Mar. Vou still wrangle with her, Boyet, and she 
strikes at the brow. [her now ? 

Boyet. Bu* she herself is hit lower: Have I hit 

Ro*. Shall I come upon thee with an old saying, 
that was a man when king Pepin of France was a 
little boy, as touching the hit it ? 

Itnyet. So I may answer thee with one as old, 
that was a woman when queen Guinever of Britain 
was a little wench, as touching the hit it. 

Ros. Thou canst not hit it, hit it, hit it, [Singing. 

Thou canst not hit it. 


nod man. 

Boyet. An I cannot, cannot, cannot. 
An I cannot, another can. 

[Exeunt Ros. and Kath. 

Cost. By my troth, most pleasant ! how both did 

fit it ! [both did hit it. 

Mar. A mark marvellous well shot ; for they 

Boyet. A mark ! O, mark but that mark ; A 

mark, says my lady ! [be. 

Let the mark have a prick in't, to mete at. if it may 

Mar. Wide o' the bow hand ! I'faith your hand 

is out. 
Cost. Indeed, a' must shoot nearer, or he*!! ne'er 
hit the clout. 

Boyet. An if my hand be out, then, belike your 

hand is in. [the pin. 

Cost. Then will she get the upshot by cleaving 

Mar. Come, come, you talk greasily, your lips 

grow foul. [lenge her to bowl. 

Cost. She's too hard for you at pricks, sir ; chal- 

Boyet. I fear too much rubbing ; Good night my 

good owl. [Exeunt Boyet and Maria, 

Cost. By my soul, a swain ! a most simple clown ! 

Lord, lord ! how the ladies and I have put him 

down ! [wit ! 

O' my troth, most sweet jests ! most incony vulgar 

AVhen it comes so smoothly off, so obscenely, as it 

were, so fit. 
Armatho o' the one side, O, a most dainty man ! 
To see him walk before a lady, and to bear her fan ! 
To see him kiss his hand ! and how most sweetly a' 

will swear ! 
And his page o' f other side, that handful of wit ! 
Ah, heavens, it is a most pathetical nit ! 
Sola, sola '. [Shouting within. 

[Exit Costard, Vun/iing 

SCENE II The same. 
Enter Holofernes, Sir Nathaniel, and Dull. 

Nath. Very reverent sport, truly ; and done in 
the testimony of a good conscience. 

Hoi. The deer was, as you know, in sanguis, 
blood ; ripe as a pomewater, who now hangeth like 
a jewel in the ear of caslo, the sky, the welkin, the 
heaven ; and anon falleth like a crab, on the face 
of terra, the soil, the land, the earth. 

Nath. Truly, master Holofernes, the epithets are 
sweetly varied, like a scholar at the least : But, sir, 
I assure ye, it was a buck of the first head. 

Hoi. Sir Nathaniel, hand credo. 

Dull. 'Twas not a hand credo ; 'twas a pricket. 

Hoi. Most barbarous intimation ! yet a kind of 
insinuation, as it were, in via, in way, of explica- 
tion ; facere, as it were, replication, or, rather 
ostcntare, to show, as it were, his inclination, after 
his undressed, unpolished, uneducated, unpruned, 
untrained, or rather unlettered, or, ratherest, un- 
confirmed fashion, to insert again my hand credo 
for a deer. 

Dull. I said, the deer was not a haud credo ; 'twas 
a pricket. 

Hoi. Twice sod simplicity, M coctus .' O thou 
monster ignorance, how deformed dost thou look ! 

Nath. sir, he hath never fed of the dainties that 
are bred in a book ; he hath not eat paper, as it 
were ; he hath not drunk ink : his intellect is not 
replenished ; he is only an animal, only sensible in 
the duller parts ; 
And such barren plants are set before us, that we 

thankful should be 
(Which we of taste and feeling are) for those parts 

that do fructify in us more than he. 
For as it would ill become me to be vain, indiscreet, 
or a fool, [in a school : 

So, were there a patch set on learning, to see him 
But, omne bene, say I ; being of an old father's mind. 
Many can brook the weather, that love not the wind. 

Dull. You two are book -men : Can you tell by 
your wit, 
AV'hat was a month old at Cain's birth, that's not 
five weeks old as yet ? 

Hoi. Dictynna, good man Dull ; Dictynna, good 
man Dull. 

Dull. What is Dictynna ? 

Nath. A title to Phoebe, to Luna, to the moon. 

Hoi. The moon was a month old, when Adam 
was no more ; 
And raught not to five weeks, when he came to 

The allusion holds in the exchange. 

Dull. 'Tis true indeed ; the collusion holds in the 
exchange. . . ... 

Hoi. God comfort thy capacity ! I say, the allu- 
sion holds in the exchange. 

Dull. And I say the poHusion holds In the ex- 


kMM*t toUMMMB la 

**IM. sir KattMW. vUl yo* hMr a* axtMn*. 
a yHf fc iW4oth rf th4Mr7 m4, to 

IctaoM kUTATa yvtatat. 

XMlk. iVrya, (m4 mmMot HoldhnM*, frrgt : w 
tt ikaU ytaM* 7 i* abncMvaourUiiy. 

JM. I will lOMihii^ aObcl Ik* totMr ; to ti 

Tttmmt^fiU frimtft pitr^d mmd fHtf4 fftig 
ft mdmg pridut : [mrt mitk ikm^mg. 

mm Qr fM* : Aw aW (MV, litf m^m larft 
rW4 4M wit: ^ / te Mrr, Om mnt Jmmft 

Or ^c*i<, MM. ar tte (mW; tha mmmk JkU m 
tfmnkimn.iktm i. te makm Xflf tmrn; O 

amk. A t4n talMt ! 

DmU. If UlMt to claw, look bow hm cUwt 



Ml. TlitakagXIItetl 1m. ataifW, ainpl* j 
t ^t aftttt. IWII of fofya^tp iaa. 

' lt te tko rtrtclt oT aw- 
woMib of fM BMtrr ; aii4 
4aU*r^ MpoA Ibo BMUowhm of ocvmIoa : Bt Ibo 
ftfk iaaooA to Umm la vlMaa It U anta, Md 1 mb 

IMA. Sir. I yralM Um Lord fcr >i : aad ae 
aaay wy yarlAUMts i lor ilMlr MM ara woil toior^i 
' JmU tfaa^lofs aaoCt nvy kimU; 
I n a |Mi Mamka of dM oeaaos. 

JTal. Mtkrrtlt, Ihalr aoM W 1^ > w. tWy 

apaMo. I will pt it lo (horn : Bat, aar Mf<, jn 

a aoal iMUMUo aalatath aa. 

JSaa. God (! 7 (aod 
JM. Maalaa a T ioa, ao o i < paf*-ai 
cod. wM^ b tko oaa ? 

Maalaa a w iaa, 
akMdd ba aloia ' 
CM. Marry. 

HW. or plorctac a hnfalioad ! a faod taatra of 
ooMaUlnatarf af oanhi tra oMagb far a fltot. 
paad aMvch far a twiaa : tia pratty : U 1* wall. 

Jm*. Good maatar paraoa, b* ao good m raod aao 
iMa Mttar . U waa glraa aa by Coatard. and aant 


_ ^ ifarth. Ab. cood oU Maataaa ! 

I aaar aroak of tboo a tbo natcllci dotb of VoBic* : 
Vimtgim, fiwttgiA, 
CU two U mtt. ri xv U mrtgU. 
OM Maataaa ! aid Mantuui ! A'b andcnUodatb 
Ibao aot. lotaa the* not VI, rt, rot, U, mi,Jk. 
Uadcr prdo. air, what are the cootcnu? or, 
ratbor. aa Horaca aaya la bia Utui, nj aal, 
.VolA. Ay. air. aad rrry learned. 
fttl. Let me bear a atxfl*. a tUnsa. a Tcnc : Ltgt, 

Satk. If loee maka ma foravarn, bow ba'I T 
wear t0 loTo ? [ 

Ab. arrer follh coald bold, if not to I 

Tboagh to myieir Canwam. to tbce I'll f 
prore; roi*rt I.. 

Thy 9f Jya ^ lifblalnf baar*. thy voice bit 

tl'bkh, Mt la ai^ar boat, bmick. and tweet 
'a art, ab pardoo, loea. tbla 
"a pralaa with aaah 

JTW. Yaa tad aot tba apoatrophaa. aad ao mlM 
Iba accaM i ll ana anatviw tba caaaonet. Hara 
art mij a a aa tm latUUd; bt, iac tbo otegaaey. 
IbdUtT, and goldaa c adaaca af aaan. tmrH. 0*i. 
dlaMt Naaa waa tba aaaa > and n^TbMbwd. Vfo: 
bat fgr aaaaUi t oM tba oda ilfciu a * Bower* of 
faMT, tba>BibaaflaaMioB? ^lii*<. is notblaa .- 
adotb tba baaad bla l aa t a r . tba apa bU keeper. 

^of. Ay. air. 
tba Mrange oacaa'i lorda. 
Hl. I will otcrclaaoa tba 


'tbeklaci it aiay aaa- 

*r(laoa tba aapancrlm. Tmtkt 
I ^fOm mmi k> mm t * m< u Lm4g Mm* 
lim. I will look iate mm tba iirtaUoet af tba 
letter. Car tbe aMaOnaiiaai af tba party writlsg to 
tba pa w aa wrlitea aato: 

Vmt LmJ^Mp; i. ail Jttiftd mulmmn^, Bliaa. 
Sir Natbaalel. thlt lUron la ana af tba retarin 
wltb tba kiBK : and here ba batb franed a letter 
ta a aaqaent <if the u r a w aa r ^aaaa%. wbirb. aceU 
daMtally, or by the way at pragraiilgB; haib ank- 
carrlad Trip and (o, ibt awcet: daiirer tbia 
paper Into tbe rayal baad of t' 
eaaa aiacb : May aac thy 
tby daty : adlaa. 

./Of. baad Caataid. (a w 

CM. Hara wltb tboa, aay atrl. 

[fim< Coat, aad Jaq. 

XM*. Sir, re* bava done tbla In the fta* of 
God. eery nilgiawaly > and, aa a taataia fSatbrr 

ifel. 81r. tallaalaMof tba Catber. I do fear co 
loarabla colaara. Bat, ta retam to tba rmai: 
Did they plaate ' 

HJ. I do dine 
papU of mlaa: 
plaaaa yoa ta grat* of a eerf ^ 
e rrpaa, it %} 

oa aw privilege I hare with the pare ' 
fcraaaid child ur popil. undertAke jour 
wbara I will pro<e ihoae rene* to Ik- 

altbar aaTcoring of poetr;, wit, nor in 
I bai ae c h yoar society. 
A'af*. Aad tbank you looc Cor aociet;, (aaitb the 
taxi,) la tba bappinea* of life. 

Hal. And, lertc*. the teat mo<t InCillibly con- 
dadai It. Mr, (is Imll.] I do invite you too; 
yea tball not taj me, na.T : faitcm rtrba. Away : 
tba gentles are at their game, and we will to our 
racraatioa. {Rxtum 

SCENE III.->tao(ArrpcW<tfaaatf. 
Bmltr Blron, trilh a fftr. 
Knm. Tbe king he is hnnting the deer; I ?.' 
caaralng myself: ther ha pitrh'd a toil; I 
loilhig In a pitch ; pitch that defiles : defile 1 a T 
wotd. Well, bet thee down, sorrow ! for so tli< 
say, tbe fool said, and so say I, and I the fo 
Well proved, wit I Ily the Lord, this love is aa n 
at Ajax : it ki'l* sh.op . U li:' n.r, I a shecji 
t lore: if 
.. but her 
^>oo1<^ not 
. I do no- 
hroat. Hy 


and hpre i r>art of 

Those tboagbt* ta laa were oaks, to ib^ 
Stady bis bias icarcs, aad makes his book thine heaven, I do lovr : ard it hath (niieht tnt- to rhrmr. 

< holT 

Wbe^ alt tbo.* pteaaarrs lire. i!v,t an w, i , 
If knowtntge be the mark, to kr 
Well learned I* that tonne, that 

All ignorant that soal, that aaes u.v. . 

voatlcr; iaaniire;ljCuioe* ana with a fpa* tod ji^tc lum gr<tce to 

iWbkb la U OM aiMBa praiaa, that I thy p.irU groan. 

I cive lum gritce 
IGHt uf inta a tr 



Enter the King, 7vilh a paper. 

King. Ah me ! 

Biron. [Aside.] Shot by heaven ! Proceed, 
sweet Cupid ; thou hast thump'd him with thy bird 
bolt under the left pap : I'faith secrets 

King. [Reads.] So sived a kiss the golden tun 
gives not 

To those fresh morning drops upon the rose. 
As thy eye-beams, when their fresh rays hare smote 

The night ofdem that on my cheeks downjlorvs : 
Nor shines the sillier mxion one half so bright 

Through the transparent bosom of the deep. 
As doth thy face through tears of mine give light : 

Thou shtn'st in every tear that I do weep ; 
Ko drop but as a coach doth carry thee, 

So ndest thou triumphing in my moe : 
Do but behold the tears that smell in me. 

And they thy glori/ through my grief will show : 
But do not love thyself ; then thou wilt keep 
My tears for glasses, and still make me meep. 
O queen of queens, how far dost thou excel! 

No thought can think, nor tongue of mortal tell 

How shall she know my griefs ? I'll drop the paper ; 

Sweet leaves, shade folly. Who is he comes here ? 

[Steps aside. 

Enter Longaville, with a paper. 

What, Longaville ! and reading ! listen, ear. 
Biron. Now, in thy likeness, one more fool, ap- 
pear ! [Aside. 
Long. Ah me ! 1 am forsworn. 
Biron. Why, he comes in like a perjure, wearing 
papers. [Aside. 
King. In love, I hope ; Sweet fellowship in 
shame ! [Aside. 
Biron. One drunkard loves another of the name. 
Long. Am I the first that have been perjur'd so ? 
Biron. [Aside.] I could put thee in comfort ; 
not by two, that I know : [ciety. 
Thou mak'st the triumviry, the corner cap of so- 
The shape of love's Tyburn that hangs up sim- 
Long. I fear, these stubborn lines lack power to 
move : 
O sweet ;Maria, empress of my love ! 
These numbers will I tear and write in prose. 

Biron. [Aside.] O, rhymes are guards on wanton 
Disfigure not his slop. [Cupid's hose : 

iMng. This same shall go 

[He reads ike sonnet. 

Did not the heavenly rhetorick of thine eye 

('Gainst whom the world cannot hold argument,) 
Persuade my heart to this false perjury t 

Vows, for thee broke, deserve not punishment. 
A woman I forswore ; but, I will prove. 

Thou being a goddess, I forswore not thee : 
tly vow was earthly, thou a heavenly love ; 

Thy grace being gain'd, cures all disgrace in me. 
Vows are but breath, and breath a vapour is : 

Then thou, fair sun, which on my earth dost shine, 
Exhal'st this vapour vow : in thee it is : 

If broken then, if is no fault of mine : 
If by me broke. What fool is not so wise. 
To lose ati oath to win a paradise ? 

Biron. [Asiile.] This Is the liver vein, which 
makes flesh a deity : 
A green goose, a goddess : pure, pure idolatry. 
God amend us, God amend ! we are much out o' 
the way. 

Enter Dumain, with a paper. 
Long. By whom shall 1 send this ? Company ! 

stay. [Stepping aside. 

Biron. [Aside.] All hid, all hid, an old infant 
Like a demi-god here sit I in the sky, [p'aj : 

And wretched fools' secrets heedfully o'er-eye. 
More sacks to tlie mill ! O heavens, I have my wish ; 
Dumain transform'd : four wood-cocks in a dish ! 
Dum. O most divine Ivate '. 

Biron. O most prophane coxcomb ! 

Dum. By heaven, the wonder of a mortal eve ! 
Biron. By earth she is but corporal : there you 
He. [Aside. 

Dum. Her amber hairs for foul have amber coted. 
Biron. An amber coloui'd raven was well noted. 
Dum. As upright as the cedar. 
. Biron. Stoop, I say ; 

Her shoulder is with child. [Aside. 

Dum. As fair as day. 

Biron. Ay, as some days ; but then no sun must 
shine. [Aside. 

Dum. O that I had my wish ! 
Long. And I had mine. 

King. And I mine too, good lord! [Aside. 

Biron. Amen, so I had mine : Is not that a good 
word ? [Aside. 

Dum. I would forget her , but a fever she 
Reigns in my blood, and will remember'd be. 

Biron. A fever in your blood, why, then incision 
Would let her out in saucers ; Sweet misprision ! 
Dum. Once more I'll read the ode that 1 have 

Biron. Once more I'll mark how love can vary 
wit. [Aside. 

Dum. On a day, (alack the day '. ) 

Love, whose month is ever May, 
Spied a blossom, passing fair. 
Playing in the wanton air : 
Through the velvet leaves the wind, 
All unseen, 'gan passage find ; 
That the lover, sick to death, 
Wish'd himself the heaven's breath. 
Air, quoth he, thy cheeks may blow , 
Air, would I might triumph so ! 
But alack, my hand is sworn. 
Ne'er to pluck thee from thy thorn . 
Vow, alack, for youth unmeet ; 
Youth so apt to pluck a sweet. 
Do not call it sin in me. 
That I am forsworn for thee : 
Thou for whom even Jove would swear, 
Juno but an Ethiop were 
And deny himself for Jove, 
Turning mortal for thy love. 
This will I send ; and something else more plain, 
That shall express my true love's fasting pain. 
O, would the king, Biron, and Longaville, 
Were lovers too ! Ill, to example ill. 
Would from my forehead wipe a perjur'd note ; 
For none offend, where all alike do dote. 

1^7>g. Dumain, [adi'ancing.] thy love is far from 
That in love's grief desir'st society : [charity. 

You may look pale, but I should blush, I know. 
To be o'erheard, and taken napping so. 
King. Come, sir, [advancing.] you blush ; as his 
your case is such ; 
Vou chide at him, offending twice as much : 
You do not love Maria ; Longaville 
Did never sonnet for her sake compile ; 
Nor never lay his wreathed arms athwart 
His loving bosom, to keep down his heart. 
I have been closely shrouded in this bush. 
And mark'd you both, and for you both did blush. 
I heard your guilty rhymes, observ'd your fashion ; 
Saw siglis reek from you, noted well your passion ; 
Ah me ! savs one ; O .love ! the other cries ; 
One, her hairs were gold, crystal the other's eyes : 
You would for paradise break faith and troth ; 

[To Long. 
And Jove, for your love, would infringe an oath. 

[To Dumain. 
What will Biron say, when that he shall hear 
A faith infting'd, which such a zeal did swear ? 
How will he scorn ? how will he spend his wit? 
How will he triumph, leap, and laugh at it ? 
For all the wealth that ever I did see, 
I would not have him know so much by me. 



^cl 4 

Btrmm. .Sow uey i tana to whip l ufutrly . 

AJ^ good id; Imc*. 1 raj Um* pardaa nw : 

(OaMMi4f/kM Ikt tttr. 
Omd hmrt, what gntm hMt ihMi. thM 

r^y <* i mymmttmm 
w w aaCilB pvteMM that aMMn : 
VaaV MM be rm) md,y a ha WJ^thiag ; 

Bt ? t a t haw M^ My, ara^MM*. 
iUI *na of VM. ta ha thM BMch CWriMt > 
TaafcndMaMatai tha kln ;r mate dU 
Bm I a haaM a ta aarh aTthraaw 
OiwhatawaMaarfeaUrr i havatM*. 
tlTalg^ aT giawM. aTaatiM. aa4 af (MM 
O SM. wUh what Mriat rMtMMw haa I at. 

Ta taa ciaai HiMiriM wMpffac a cla* 
Aa Mrafcntf Maaa* aa taM a jLc. 

At troa we crc, a< frxli iind l.!<v>d . 
Tb t*A will ebb tid How, hpAYcn vl,o 
Yoans blowl will n< t <<l>ri All old d 
Wacaanot ctom Ihe c.iuve whj we were !>orn ; 
ThOTcCoia, afall huxli ina*t c b ftntwom. 
JiifiV. M'hat. did Ibci* rut lino khow torn* 

lava of thio* ? 
Wrva. Did thetr, qaoth job 7 Who ten ihe 


That, lika a nida aad Mvava nmb of lad*. 

At Iha Cit apaahn f tha g at i c t a M * cau, 
Baws not hi* aal ha d ; and. strackan blind, 

KlMaa tha haw giamd with abadlaet I 

ti aot Mladad b hat laalaM* 

Amt NaMar > M pak-yta wtth tha haya. 
Ad cvMak ThMM ba^ at Mia loya! 
Whara a thy cHarrOWl w. aaad DMaata 

AWwhaiwniTliifa**? aU ahoa tha Waaat : 
A cMdW. ha f 

Kiaff. Taa Mttar te thy }a. 

Aia wa hatrayM that ta thy arar-Ttaw ? 

mrwm. Nat ya* hy Ma. bt I hattayM ta ya t 
l,lhMahaiartt I. that hald It tia 
Ta hvMk^M w laMOTcacad hi t 
I aai haCfay^i. Wf kaafta* eaM^aHy 
With Maaa-Uka taa*. a#Taia 1 tai ta a t y. 
Whaa rfiMI ya Ma Ma writa a thtat * rt>yMa ? 
Or CMaa <br laaa > m ifaiM a ml w M a^ tima, 
la Maali^MaF Wha rfull yaa haw that I 
WIU imlMa haiM. a teat, a Ac*, m ay*. 
A stK, a ttal^ a braw, a braaat, a wakt. 

Ktmg* ~ 9ft: WhlthrrawayMtet? 

A traa tnui, ar thief, that italloiM > 
Mrea. I part ftoca lo* ; food iarer, let ma ga. 

cJ aaMaatrta tt iMia. 
SliM. What 

Om Nay, k MfcM i 


ha trcaaaa, and ya. ga la aaaaa away tngnhw. 
Jmf. I bwii rh yaw thblMtM Utaad; 

Ah. Toa w hww a laMi*iad. (fa Caa- 
lard.] rem wcra hara ta da Ma dtama. 
OaUty, m* lH. gailty ; I au afcai, I caato*. 
nw. U-hal > 

ahmt. That yaa teaa tci% lack'd ma foal to 
laka ap tha aMM : 
H*. ha. aad ya, aia Naga, aad I, 
Ara aick'fafMa la lum, and wa da m i u to d(c. 
O. dliariw thU aadltaca.aad I ihall tell yoa more. 

JN>a. Tfa, tf : we arc four : 

Will thaM ttmlM ba gaaa 7 

Kimg. Hence, It ; awar. 

Cm. Wait attdc tbetrae Mk, :nd let the iraicort 
. [Ktrmml Cotl. am4 Jaqaenet. 

MIfm. Swert lardt, sweat lorctt, O I< as en - 

That li aot Mladad by hat m^jaMy f 

King. What aeal, what fhry hath Impir'd thee 
My lava, her mlittaai, to a graietaaa ataon : [now 'i> 
8ha, aa attaadlag tar. aoanw teaa a light. 
tf fMk Me ayM ata then na ayM. nar 1 Biron 
n, bat iv My iaea, Aay woaM tam la ni^ht 
or all camflaaiaaa tha call'd Mecreiipity 

Da aMat. m at a Mr, la har <Ur c^Mek ; 
I Whan MMcal woithiM auka aaa dlgalty ; 

What* aathtag waala, that waat Itaaif dath 
Laad MM tha flaarlth af aU gaatia toagact^- 

Pya, painted rbetorick ! O, the ncedi it not : 
TathliiorMlaaMUaTli1iratoabcloiig*: (Mel. 
Mm aMM pratea : thaa |iraUe too *koet doth 

A vllharM hermit, fl*a.cara wIp' '- 

Might ihaka off- flfty. loakhii In > 

Baniy dath raralah aga, M if n- 

Aad i^eM tha cmich the cradlr 

0,tlalhaMa, that makeih all >' 

Kft^, By hMtcn. ih; lote it 

mrwm. U ahaay like her? O 

A wlfa af Mch wood were i< 

O, wha caa gtaa aa aalh ? where ! a Ixtok ^ 

That 1 auiy awav, baMty doth baaaiy lack 
ir that tha laara aat af har aya ta laak : 
Na CMa to Mr, that to aat fhll m bUek. 
. n paaadat i Black to tha badge af hell, 
haa af daageont, aad tha icwwl of night ; 
Aad baaatyti eraat b aca M M tha hMvaaa well. 

Blrmm. Dipellt teowe rt tempt, rrtemWInr r>'^'' 
O, If ta Mack my ladj't browt he drckl, fof li -i 
It iBoartM. that painting, and uur|>ing h.ii 
ShaaM raelth detcn with a falte Mpcct : 

Aad tharafere It the born ta make black f^it. 
Har faeaar tama tha fashion of the diyt : 

Pot aatfva blood it coanted painting now : 
And therefSsrt red. that would aroid dUpraiic, 
Palnu itielf black, to imiutc her l<row. 
Oaai. To look like her, are chimney .4weepeT 
bUck. t'^lsfc'- 

J>ag. And, ttnce her time, are rolliert counted 
King. And EthloM t their tweet complexion 
crack. riiftht. 

Aaai. Dark ata dt aa candle* now, for dark U 
Birmt. Year mlatrcatet dare never come In rain, 
Por feai thdr coloun khould be wa>h'd awav. 
King. Twere good, jourt did; for, tit, to tail 
Tou plain, 
III ind a fairer face not wath'd 
Birvu. Ill prove her fair, or lAlk till doomt-day 
here. [the. 

JOair. No deril will frHcht thee thm < much aa 
i>irat. I never knew man hold r"- -.-'" -'-^t. 
LMg. I.ook, here'* thy Iotf ^ler 

fbee tea. "O. 

Birwm, O, If the Mrcatt were ; me 

Her firet were much too dainty for rach tread ! 
Dnm. n rile ! then at the ge, what upward lie* 
The itreet thould tee at the walk'd over head. 
King. But what of thi* > An we not all in love ' 
Arrow. (), nothing to tare; and therebj all for- 

Kimg. Then leave thit chat ; and, good Biren, 

Oar loving lawful, and oar faith nat I 

Act 4. 



Dum. Ay, marry, there ; some flattery for this 

Long. O, some authority how to proceed ; 
Some tricks, some quillets, how to cheat the devil. 

Dum. Some salve for perjury. 

niron. O, 'tis more than need ! 

Have at you then, affection's men at arms : 
Consider, what \ou first did swear unto ; 
To fast, to study, and to see no woman ; 
Flat treason 'gainst the kingly state of youth. 
Say, can you fast ? your stomachs are too young ; 
And abstinence engenders maladies. 
And where that you have vow'd to study, lords. 
In that each of you hath forsworn his hook : 
Can you still dream, and pore, and thereon look? 
For when would you, my lord, or you, or you. 
Have found the ground of study's excellence. 
Without the beauty of a woman's face ? 
From women's eyes this doctrine I derive : 
They are the ground, the books, the academes. 
From whence doth spring the true Promethean fire. 
Why, universal plodding prisons up 
The nimble spirits in the arteries ; 
As motion, and long during action, tires 
The sinewy vigour of the traveller. 
Now, for not looking on a woman's face, 
Vou have in that forsworn the use of eyes; 
And study too, the causer of your vow : 
For where is any author in the world. 
Teaches such beauty as a woman's eye ? 
Learning is but an adjunct to ourself. 
And where we are, our learning likewise is. 
Then, when ourselves we see in ladies' eyes. 
Do we not likewise see our learning there ? 
U, we have made a vow to study, lords ; 
And in that vow we have forsworn our books ; 
For when would you, my liege, or you, or you. 
In leaden contemplation, liave found out 
Such fiery numbers, as the prompting eyes 
Of beauteous tutors have enrich'd you with ' 
Other slow arts entirely keep the brain ; 
And therefore finding barren practisers. 
Scarce show a harvest of Uieir heavy toil : 
But love, first learned in a lady's eyes. 
Lives not alone immured in the brain ; 
But w^ith the motion of all elements. 
Courses as swift as thought in every power; 
And gives to every power a double power. 
Above their functions and their offices. 
It adds a precious seeing to the eye ; 
A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind ; 
A lover's ear will hear the lowest sound, 
AVTien the suspicious head of theft is stopp'd ; 
Love's feeling is more soft, and sensible, 
Than are the tender horns of cockled snails ; 
Love's tongue proves dainty Bacchus gross in taste : 
For valour, is not love a Hercules, 
Still climbing trees in the H'esperides? 
Subtle as sphinx ; as sweet, and musical. 
As bright Apollo's lute, strung with his hair ; 
And, when love speaks, the voice of all the gods 
Alakes heaven drowsy with the harmony. 
Never durst poet touch a pen to write. 
Until his ink were temper'd with love's sighs ; 
O, then his lines would ravish savage ears, 
And i)Iant in tyrants mild humility. 
From women's ejes this doctrine I derive : 
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire; 
'J'hey are the books, the arts, the academes. 
That show, contain, and nourish all the world; 
Klse, none at all in ought proves excellent : 
Then fools you were these women to forswear ; 
Or, keeping what is sworn, you will prove fools. 
For wisdom's sake, a word that all men love ; 
Or for love's sake, a word that loves all men ; 
Or for men's sake, the authors of these women; 
Or women's sake, by whom we men are men ; 
Let us once lose our oaths, to find ourselves, 
Chrelse we lose ourselves to keep our oaths : 
It is religion to be thus forsworn : 
For charity itself fulfils the law ; 
And who can sever love from charity ? 

King. Saint Cupid, then ! and, soldiers, to the 
field! [lords, 

liiron. Advance your standards, and upon them. 
Pell-mell, down with them ! but be first advis'd. 
In conflict that you get the sun of them. 

Long. Now to plain-dealing; lay these glo/.esby ; 
Shall we resolve to woo these girls of France ? 

King. And win them too: therefore let us devise 
Some entertainment for them in their tents. 

liiron. First, from the park let us conduct them 
thither ; 
Then, homeward, every man attach the hand 
Of his fair mistress : in the afternoon 
We will with some strange pastime solace them. 
Such as the shortness of the time can shape ; 
For revels, dances, masks, and merry hours. 
Fore-run fair Love, strewing her way with flowers. 

King. Away, away ! no time shall be omitted. 
That will be time, and may by us be fitted. 
Biron. Allans ! Allans! Sow'd cockle reap'd no 
corn ; 
And justice always whirls in equal measure : 
Light wenches may prove plagues to men forsworn ; 
If so, our copper buys no better treasure. 



SCENE I Another part of the tame. 

Enter Holofemes, Sir Nathaniel, and Dull. 

Hoi. Satis quod sujjicit. 

Nalh. I praise God for you, sir : your reasons at 
dinner have been sharp and sententious; pleasant 
without scurrility, witty without aflfection, auda- 
cious without impudency, learned without opinion, 
and strange without heresy. 1 did converse this 
quondam day with a companion of the king's, who 
is intituled, nominated, or called, Don Adriano d 
Arm ado. 

Hoi. Novi hominem tanqnam te ; His humour is 
loftv, his discourse peremptory, his tongue filed, his 
eve'ambitious, his gait majestical, and his general 
behaviour vain, ridiculous, and thrasonical. H 
is too picked, too spruce, too affected, too odd, as 
it were, too peregrinate, as 1 may call it. 

Nalh. A most singular and choice epithet. 

[Til Ices out his talile book. 

Hoi. He draweth out the thread of his verbosity 
finer than the staple of his argument. I abhor such 
fanatical phantasms, such insociable and point-de- 
vise companions ; such rackers of orthography, as to 
speak, dout, fine, when he should say, doubt ; det, 
when he should pronounce debt ; d, e, b, t ; not 
d, e, t : he clepeth a calf, cauf ; half, hauf ; neigh- 
bour, vucatur, nebour ; neigh, abbreviated, ne : 
This is abhominable, (which he would call abomm- 
able,) it insinuateth me of insanie ; Ne inteUigts do- 
mine ? to make frantick, lunatick. 

Nath. Laus Deo, bone intelligo, _ 

Hoi. lionet bone, for bene: Prtsaan a IittI* 

scratch'd ; 'twill serve. 

Enter Armado, Moth, and Costard. 

Nath. Videsne quis venit t 

Hoi. Video, et gaudeo. 

Arm. Chirra! , [To Motli. 

Hoi. Quare Chirra, not sirrah ? 

Arm. Men of peace, well encounter d. 

Hoi. Most military sir, salutation. . . . 

Moth. They have been at a great feast of Ian- 
guages, and stolen the scraps. [T,- Costard .,fc. 

Cost. O, they have lived long m the alms-ba.,ket 
of words ! I marvel, thy master hath not eaten thee 
for a word ; for thou art not so long by the head as 
honoriftcabilitudiniiatibus : thou art easier swallowed 
than a flap-dragon. 

Moth. Peace ; the peal begms. ,.,,,.,, , 

Arm. Monsieur, [to Hoi.] are you not letter d ? 

Moth. Ves, yes ; he teaches boys the horn-book ;- 
What is a, b, spelt backward with a hoin on hu 



kiU; tbavp. with harm : Ya 

JM*. TW tkM of the >, If yw iwpwt 
dHa I ar tb* Sftli, If I. 
M. I will rcpMi tkMn, a. . i. 
JMtk. Tk* ili M f tk* oUmt two c chidw It; 

ilra. Nw, hj tb* Mlt v af ika Madttam- 
Mws, a twaat lovcb. a qalck vaaav af wH : utlp, 
H^^Mick aMi h aaia ! It ra j atcatk mj tetallaat : 

mm. OArM by a ckiM U an aM maa : wblcb 

m*L ynm i* om < ? kt i tb iigi > 

MaOk. Hanu. 

JTal. Tka top a l aa t Ilka a taiibt i go. whiy d>y 

Mitt. VmA mm yar bam to Mska ana, an4 I 
wUI vklp abat yer tarfkny Ortmm Hnm ; A (if 

CM. A* I bad fcM awayai wylat ba wa> M,<b 
ibavint baaa H ta Iaj aMnar^waad i baM fbna I* 
ttawary vaaaaaafatlan 1 had of tby oMuiar, thoo 
bilf yaiiny yarw af wM, tbaa pi f M < dlxt*- 
ttmm. O, aa iba h a a tawa wart aa flud. tbat 
dM van fct nay bMlard ! vbat a jajrfal foihvr 
vavUbt lba awka aw I Oa , ibaa baat it mJ 
tt^k U t, at tba AaMTa' anda, aa tha* mt. 

JM. O. I aMnliaM Utta ; dangblll te mr'n.. 

ilna. An.4aaa. praniiala { wa will ha alactMi 
ft Iha katkawai, Da yaa nat adacaia yamb at 

Arw. At jaar avaat a l iaaai% to Iba aiaaaUlB 
MU. I da, laaa aatittaa 

ilna. Nr, It U tha kiaiT* aMtt avaat yliiaaia 

. la e aaf wraht i tba a rta ia w at bar 

' I af fbia day : vMcb tba 

vaad la ll caU^d, cbaaai awaal and 
f*. I aa aaana yaa. dr, I da aiaaaa. 

Arm. air. tba kl^ U a aaMa jtlaaiaat aad 
aty fcialUar. I da man yaa. vary paad irlaad u- 
rm vbat la laward batvaaa aa. IM It p*m :- 1 do 
haHacb ibaa, ttiaiifcw tby aaatt aay i I t M aa c h 
tfeaa^ ap p aiil tby baad t aad ataaa* atbar Impar- 
fataaadwaatt art ai d wlp n , a a i af uraat lai- 
aatt l a diid, fa; kat lat tbat aaaat Cor I aiaat 
MH Cbaa. It viU plaaaa bU r*ra (by tba watM) 
aaHMtiiaa la laaa apaa lay aaar aboaldar t aa ' 
Ma nval *m0n, tbaa. ^Ily with aay aacri 
Willi BH Matachla: kat. awaat haatf ' 
pas. Il^lbawarld, Irvtaoataafaklai 
Ute apaelal kanaara It aUMrtb bla 
taapan ta Armadik. a aoldiar, a maa af tiael. tbat 
balb taaa tba vacid : kai la tbat paaa Tka vary 
all aT aU la, b at , awaal heart. I do faaplora aa- 
rracy. tbat tba klnc would hava ma p ia aa at tba 
palacaaa. cwaat chuck, with tome dalifhtfol oaten- 
latlaa. ar rfMw. orpacvant.or ftra-vork. 
Nov, aadaT"r. a , n l- i ! . 1 1 i h i- r urate and ynar a vaat 
aalf, ara gon-! ' '^*, and <udden break - 

lag aat of i % I hare arqualntcd 

jaa'vlrtisl, 'f Tmsr sMi.tsnce. 

Bnf - -'-- ''->-pii!ne 

war:" le en- 

tartj rior of 

tbl the 

kfaiC* commar'<l, and tnn rr.^^t ci: in'. :'iutTate, 
aad laarnad (fcntlctnan, before the prmcm : I 
aay, tiaaa ao fit at to preient the nine wnrthie*. 

Salk. WhrcIII V .1 tin! r.oi worthj enooflh 
to present them ? 

i/<rf. Jothua. Toir r thU iralUnt 

fvnt1emn, JodAi >' -wain, bcane 

of hit ireat limb - . . m rompej Ibe 

ftaat: the paite, Ifrrr-rr^. 

ilna. Tardon, tir.cTTor : be baot )aaaUty 

fcrtbat worthy't thvinb: he It not to bla as thr 
and of hit club. 

Ma/. t<hall I hare andienre ? he iliall n r n eiu 
Hanailaa in minorilv : hit m/rr nnd rj^t ttiall b 
amagliag a anake;'aml I vilt haxe an apolcgy 
Ikr Ibat parpeaa. 

JM*. Aa awellent deviee ! to, if an of tba 
I blaa. joti may cry : w-rW H,^,tf, Hrrrmlf ! 
t tvm i u t i Ihr tmmtt; that it the a to make 
tboogh fev have th gnc* to 

Arm. For ihf ri^r of flie wnnhiM =_ 
Hl. I 

Arm. - 

HoL \W .... ... 

Anm. U e will have, if ihia fadga itot, an antick. 
I brwcch yoo, folluw. 
Htl. rim, goodman Dvtl ! thea baat cpoken no 

JMI. Nar andaratood none neither, tir. 

Bml. AUmmt! wa will employ thae 

DmB. Ill aiaka ana hi a danc, or to : or I will 
pUy aa tba labar la tba venblaa. aad let them 
daaea tba bay. 

JIaC Man dan, banaat Dall, to aor iport, away. 

SCENB Il.-Am4.n^ fmrt >-ftk aaatr. B^fbrt 

Rairr A* Priaccaa, Katharine, Roaalina, cad 

fMa. ffwectheartt, wethall be rich ere we depart. 
If fclring* rome thui ptrntiftillT In ; 
A lady wall'd about with diamondt' 
Laok yea, what I have from the loving klna. 

Kmm. Madam, rame nothinf ela alonf w Ith that - 

^rim. Katbhtg, but thlt ? yea, aa much lore , 


At vaald ba eramm'd ap In a thcat of paper. 
Writ aa kolb ridaa the leaf, marnent and alt . 
Tbat bo vaa fUa to teal on Capid** name. 

Aaa. That waa tba tray to iiMke hi< god head w 
Far ba bath baaa flva thoaaand yean a boy. 

Kmlk. Ay, and a abrawd nakappy r>llow> t<v< 

JIM. Yeall na'cr ba friaada with him ; he killJ 
year tittar. 

Kmik. He made her treltwh. wi!, ar-l hearr : 

And to the die.1 '-"' - ' ' '" y-n. 

Of aach a men- 
Ska might ha 
And to may you 

Mmm, Whaft yotir oara mcining, inouvc, of thi 
llg^t word? 

JTaflk. A llgbt rendition In a heaaty dark. 

itaa. Wanecd iribr* light to find your meaning 

JTatt. Voull mar the t In tnafT; 

Tbafaforr, nidarkly. 

JIaa. Look, what yoti (. >' the dark. 

KmA. So do not yon ; f r _n,.'i .re n liftht wench. 

JIaa. Indeed, I weigh not yon; and therrfbre 
Ilaht. (for me. 

Kmtk. Yon weiith me not, O, that'tyon care not 

Km. Oreat reason : for, Past cnre it ttlll past c>" 

/Via. M'ell bandied both : a trt of wit welt fUy 
But Rosaline, ron hae a fkroar too : 
M'ho tent it ? and what it it > 

Rm. I wontd, yon knr ^ 

An if my face were bnt at fair at yonrt. 

My farour were at great 
Nay, I have Tcrtei too, i 





The nnmbert tme ; ar>? 

' 'ring ton. 

I were the fairest godd. 
I am com;.-.rM to Iwr- 
O he h . 

. " , 

Rtv. ' 


Prin. I 

n 1 ropy 



Kmtk. Vr.r a a frtt H 
JIa*. 'Ware pcnclU ! H 

ok. rdebfor, 
not die your 

Act 5. 



My red dominical, my golden letteT : 
O, that your face was not so full of O's ! 

Kath. A pox of that jest! and beshiew all shiows ! 

Prin. But what was sent to you from fair Dumain ? 

Kath. Madam, this glove. 

Prin. Did he not send you twain ? 

Kath. Yes, madam ; and moreover. 
Some thousand verses of a faithful lover; 
A huge translation of hypocrisy. 
Vilely compil'd, profound simplicity. 

Mar. This, and these pearls, to me sent Longa- 
The letter is too long by half a mile. f ville ; 

Prin. I think no less : Dost thou not wish in 
The chain were longer, and the letter short ? 

Mar. Ay, or I would these hands might never 

Prin. We are wise girls, to mock our lovers so. 

Ho3. They are worse fools to purchase mocking so. 
That same Biron I'll torture ere I go. 
(), that I knew he were but in by the week ! 
How I would make him fawn, and beg, and seek ; 
And wait the season, and observe the times, 
And spend his prodigal wits in bootless rhymes; 
And shape his service wholly to my behests ; 
And make him proud to make me proud that jests I 
f?o portent-like would I o'ersway his state. 
That he should be my fool, and I his fate. 

Prin. None are so surely caught, when they are 
As wit turn'd fool : folly, in wisdom hatch'd, 
Hath wisdom's warrant, and the help of school ; 
And wit's own grace to grace a learned fool. 

Ros. The blood of youth burns not with such 
As gravity's revolt to wantonness. 

Mar. Folly in fools bears not so strong a note. 
As foolery in the wise, when wit doth dote; 
Since all the power thereof it doth apply. 
To prove, by wit, worth in simplicity. 

Enter Boyet. 

Prin. Here comes Boyet, and mirth is in his face. 

Boyet. O, I am stabb'd with laughter ! Where's 
her grace .' 

Prin. Thy news, Boyet ? 

Boyet. Prepare, madam, prepare ! 

Arm, wenches, arm I encounters mounted are 
Against your peace : Love doth approach disguis'd. 
Armed in arguments ; you'll be surpris'd : 
Muster your wits ; stand in your own defence ; 
Or hide your heads like cowards, and fly hence. 

Prin Saint Dennis to baint Cupid ! \V hat are 
That charge their breath against us ? say, scout, say. 

Boyzt. Under the cool sliade of a sycamore, 
I thought to close mine eyes some half an hour : 
When, lo ! to interrupt my purpos'd rest. 
Toward that shade I might behold addrest 
The king and his companions : warily 
I stole into a neighbour thicket by. 
And overheard what you shall overhear ; 
That, by and by, disguis'd they will be here. 
Their herald is a pretty knavish page. 
That well by heart hath conn'd his embassage : 
Action, and accent, did they teach him there; 
Thus must thou speak, and thus tliy body bear : 
And ever and anon they made a doubt. 
Presence majestical would put him out ; 
For, quoth the king. An angel thalt thou see ; 
Vet fear not thou, but speak audaciously. 
The boy reply'd. An angel is not evil; 
I should haaefear'd her, had she been a devil. 
With that all laugh'd, and clapp'd him on the 

shoulder ; 
Making the bold wag by their praises bolder. 
One rubb'd his elbow, thus ; and fleer'd, and swore, 
A better speech was never spoke before : 
Another witli his finger and his thumb, 
Cry'd, yia ! rve will dc'l, come what will come : 
The third he caper'd, and ciied. All goes well : 
The fourth turn'd on tlie toe, and down he fell. 

With that, they all did tumble on the ground. 
With such a zealous laughter, so profound. 
That in this spleen ridiculous appears. 
To check their folly, passion's solemn tears. 

Prin. But what, but what, come they to visit us ? 

Boyet. They do, they do; and are apparel'd 
Like Muscovites, or Russians : as I guess. 
Their purjjose is, to parle, to court, and dance : 
And every one his love-feat will advance 
Unto his several mistress ; which they'll know 
By favours several, which they did bestow. 

Prin. And will they so ? the gallants shall be 
task'd : 
For, ladies, we will every one be mask'd ; 
And not a man of them shall have the grace. 

Despite of suit, to see a lady's face 

Hold, Rosaline, this favour thou shalt wear ; 
.And then the king will court thee for his dear ; 
Hold, take thou this, my sweet, and give me thine ; 
So shall Biron take me for Rosaline. 
And change your favours too ; so shall your loves 
Woo contrary, deceiv'd by these removes. 

Ros. Come on then ; wear the favours most in 

Kath. But, in this changing, what is your intent ? 

Prin. I'he effect of my intent is, to cross theirs : 
They do it but in mocking merriment ; 
And mock for mock is only my intent. 
Their several counsels they unbosom shall 
To loves mistook ; and so be mocU'd withal. 
Upon the next occasion that we meet. 
With visages display'd, to talk and greet. 

llos. But shall we dance, if they desire us to't ? 

Prin. Xo ; to the death, we will not move a foot : 
Xor to their penn'd speech render we no grace : 
But, while 'tis spoke, each turn away her face. 

Boyet. Why, that contempt will kill the speaker's 
And quite divorce his memory from his part. 

Prin. Therefore I do it ; and, 1 make no doubt, 
The rest will ne'er come in, if he be out. 
There's no such sport, as sport by sport o'erthrown ; 
To make theirs ours, and ours none but our own : 
So shall we stay, mocking intended game; 
And they well mock'd, depart away with shame. 

[Trumpets sound within. 

Boyet. The trumpet sounds ; be mask'd, the 

maskers come. [The ladies mask. 

Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumaln, 

Russian hnbtts, and masked; Moth, Musicians, 

and Attendants. 

Moth. All hail the richest beauties on the ctrlh ! 

Boyet. Beauties no richer than rich taffata. 

Moth. A holy parcel of the fairest damis, 

[The ladies turn their backs to him. 
That ever turn'd their backs to mortal views! 

Biron. Their eyes, villain, their eyes. 

Moth. That ever turn'd their eyes to mortal views ! 

Boyet. True ; out, indeed. 

Moth. Out of your favours, heavenly spirits vouch- 
Not to behold [*/' 

Biron. Once to behold, rogue. 

Moth. Once to behold witli your sun-beamed eyes, 
with your sun-beamed eyes 

Boyet. They will not answer to that epithet. 
You were best call it, daughter-beamed eyes. 

Moth. They do not mark me, and that brings me 

Biron. Is this your perfectness ? be gone, you 

Ros. What would these strangers? know Uieir 
minds, Boyet: 
If they do speak our language, 'tis our wiU 
That some plain man recount their purpose* : 
Know what they would. 

Boyet. What would you with the pnncess? 

Biron. Nothing but peace, and gentle visitation, 

Jtos. What would they, say they ? 

Boyet. Nothing but peace, and gentle visitation. 


mm. Mrtif, thM tlM^r b* i kntf bid dMfn m b*' Dmrnt. Fall lad;. 

fMM. I JTar. Sa; ;oa M Pair lafd,- 

~ ' Mm h|, :r* iut** it> *n4 } ma; b* Take that far ;? fair lad;. 

nM it ya, 

n^ iiMMlMr. *! 

T* tMai a taMMUV wttk Imi 
Amw<. Ttivy aa; ilut tbrj ha 

T* lamad un a ra wtth tmi a 

Aaa. It la Ml to : aak tfwNi, 

la ta ana aalto : Iftbajr haa* 

mmt. If; to 

KM y tj- 4MM>-lia eha^a I Uka tVt 
Mw. WW ]P iMl iaara 7 If ram* ;a 

> I 

JMB. Ti toak Iha maaa at Mi t tat mw ttwH 
m^f Vat attn itw laika hmm, airf I tlwMM. 
TlWMMlckH<i9at VMchaalbaMMaaMlaMtoll. 
Aaa. Oar aara awidMafr H. 
mv.^^ BM;oOTlaffa*aMaH. 

Safc nrara yav ata ittanfaa^ and aawa fcOTa ay 

*ar naar, aaa aair < 
Kif. It yo daa to daM*, lti 
itoa. la friaata dMii. 
ter. I an baat 1 


A* aaacb ta prlvau, aad III bid adln.. 

[ TArv nmtvrm mfmrl. 
Kmtk, What, aa jenr viMir mada vlthoat a 

Lame- I know tha raaaan, ladv. h; ;oa aik. 

JCaf*. O. feTwwra ai B w i ^vicklT. tir : I lotift. 

l^f. Ya lM*a a doabia lonmic within ;oar 
And woald allbrd m; aptvehlaaa vlior half, (maak 

Ktmif. Vaal.^oth tha ntchmaa ; li not vaal 

Lamte. A calf, fair tad; ? [a ralf? 

Ktlk. No, a fair lord calf. 

I'-tf Lat*i aart tha word. 

Katk. No. Ill not b ;r half : 

Taka all, aad waan It ; it ma; freva an ox. 

Lutg' t<aak, hew ;ea btt ;eancir ta thatr 

with thaa. 

Hoaajr, aad milk, aad sacar ; thera U 
u Ttmj tlMa, two trcja, (an ^t joa giow ao 



Mat h t a lla, wort, aad malmic; 
Thara^ half a doaaa awacta. 

tiaea yaa caa ea*. VtX play aa aMra with voa. 
W>aa. Oaa ward la taciat. 
I^rja. Lat It aot ba awaat. 

Mrmi. Thaa anr^ aiy nit. 

Oall ? blttrr. 

Therrfore maet. 
[They tmtttrtt mmmrt. 

Bit Will y 

ir. Kama I 


Win yaajiv* horn*, rhaata lady ? do net . 
JTaM. naa dia a calf. ba4bta y ear homa da |crow . 
Imin. Oaa ward In prirata with yon, ar* I dir. 
KM*. BtaatMftly thaa, tha bntrhar heart yea err. 
( rlknf nmnrm mfrt. 
Ifm^ Tha t aairaa i of merkinf wancbca ara a 
A.I. itw.r.TorNMicalnrttlbla. (kaaa 

r hair thaa may ba aan t 
-naof MTMai MarmlMa [winira, 
^ ronfrranca ; thair roncaits hav* 

I irrirr i> i < arroWt. baltctS, wfald. thoafrht, IwtftPT 

JIm. Net oaa word mnrr, m; mnidt ; lirrak otT. 
Mkoa. B; haaran. alt dr;-beatm with parr trofl*! 
Kimg, Farawall, mad wcnchca; yon hare timpte 

[Caaaaf Ktaf. Lard^ Moth. JTaWr*. aaitf Attend- 

Frim. Twaaly adlca, m; nreran MnrnTllr 
Ara thaaathahraadef wlt< * wondet'd at ' 

tha; ara, with ;our tacet breath* 

Ktiird out. 


JI<W. W 

t'ATe : irrotk, groM , 


|K>or noot ! 

Will \h. 



V. their f*ce.> 


..f countenance c|uite. 


in lamenlablr rate* .' 


- ip fir :> cnnA rrn1. 

NoaaM.qaath te. 

AimI trow yea, *Iim ho < ai: a me ' 

Frim. Qnalm, perhapn. 

Kmlh. Yaa, In good faith. 

FHm. Go. ttckneM a thou art .' 

JIm. Walt, batter wiu hart worn )>lain ttatnte- 
Bat will Ton hear > the kin^ it tnr lore wom. 

Frin. kr\A quick Tllron hath plifthted faith to me. 

Kalk. And l/onca^iHe wa for m; aerricebon 

Mar. Thiniain It mine, a< cure a* )ark on trr' 

Royrt. Madam, and pretty mittresse*. girt in 
Immediatel; the; will acain be here 
In their own iihape ; for it can nerer br, 
The; will diceot thit har^h indignit;. 

Prim. Will iher return > 

lUnM. The; will, the; will. Hod knnw,. 

Andlrnpfor lo;,thott|th the; are lame ith blowi : 
Therefore, chance fbour : and, nhen the; repair. 

B-'ow like >weet toMa in tl i' n.niP-.r ^..r. '<tood. 

/>/*. How blew ? hov^ ' It- 

Bmffet. Pairladtaa,fn.n .d : 

DismatkM, their daata^^ -tn. 

Are angalt railing cleiitl 

Prim. A*annt. peTnlex.t> ' Whit ^liall wr Ho, 
If the; retnm In their own 'hapen to woo ' 

Wo. (iood madam, if |i; me ;o.'ll be adyit'd, 
I^fi mock thrm till, Veil known, a* di^i'd 
With ma to chaiige a Let u* complain to them what fool* were here, 
(word ? : Diignls'd like Mnicor ites, in thapeles* gear ; 




And wonder, what they were ; and to what end 
Their shallow shows, and prologue vilely penn'd. 
And their rough carriage so ridiculous, 
Should be presented at our tent to us. 

Boyet. Ladies, withdraw : the gallants are at 

Prin. Whip to our tents, as roes run over land. 
[Exeunt Princess, Ros. Kath. and Maria. 

Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain, 
Jit their proper habits. 

King. Fair sir, God save you ! Where is the 
princess ? 

Boyi-.t. Gone to her tent : Please it your majesty. 
Command me any service to her thither ? 

A'in^'. That she vouchsafe rne audience for one 

Boyet. I will ; and so will she, I know, my lord. 

Biron. This fellow pecks up wit, as pigeons peas ; 
And utters it again when God doth please : 
He is wit's pedler ; and retails his wares 
At wakes, and wassels, meetings, markets, fairs; i 
And we that sell by gross, the i.ord doth know. 
Have not the grace to grace it with such show. 
This gallant pins the wenches on his sleeve ; 
Had he been Adam, he had tempted Eve : 
He can carve too, and lisp : Why, this is he. 
That kiss'd away his hand in courtesy ; 
This is the ape of form, monsieur the nice. 
That, when he plays at tables, chides the dice 
In honourable terms ; nay, he can sing 
A mean most meanly ; and, in ushering. 
Mend him who can : the ladies call him, sweet ; 
The stairs, as he treads on them, kiss his feet : 
This is the flower that smiles on every one. 
To show his teeth as white as whales bone : 
And consciences, that will not die in debt. 
Pay him the due of honey-tongued Boyet. 

Kinj^. A blister on his sweet tongue, with my 
That put Armado's page out of his part ! [heart. 

Enter the Princess, ushered by Boyet ; Rosaline, 

Maria, Katharine, and Attendants. 

Biron. See where it comes ! Behaviour, what 

wert thou. 

Till this man show 'd thee? and what art thou now ? 

King. All hail, sweet madam, and fair time of 

day ! 
Prin. Fair, in all hail, is foul, as I conceive. 
King. Construe my speeches better, if you may. 
Prin. Then wish me better, I will give you leave. 
King. We came to visit you ; and purpose now 
To lead you to our court : vouchsafe it then. 
Prin. This field shall hold me ; and so hold your 
vow : 
Nor God, nor I, delight in perjur'd men. 
King. Rebuke me not for that which you provoke ; 

The virtue of your eye must break my oath. 
Prin. You nick-name virtue : vice you should 
have spoke ; 
For virtue's office never breaks men's troth. 
Now, by my maiden honour, yet as pure 

As the unsullied lily, I protest, 
A world of torments though I should endure, 

I would not yield to be your house's guest : 
So much I hate a breaking cause to be 
Of heavenly oaths, vow'd with integrity. 
King. O, you have liv'd in desolation here. 

Unseen, unvisited, mucli to our shame. 
Prin. Not so, my lord, it is not so, I swear ; 
We have had pastimes here, and pleasant 
A mess of Russians left us but of late. [game; 

King. How, madam ? Russians ? 
Prin. Ay, in truth, my lord; 

Trim gallants, full of courtship, and of state. 

Ros. Madam, speak true : It is not so, my lord ; 
My lady, (to the manner of the days,) 
In courtesy, gives undeserving praise. 
We four, indeed, confronted here with four 
In Russian habit ; here they staid an hour. 
And talk'd apace ; and in that hour, my lord. 

They did not bless us with one happy word. 
I dare not call them fools ; but this i think. 
When they are thirsty, fools would fain have drink. 
Biron. This jest is dry to me Fair, gentle sweet. 
Your wit makes wise things foolish ; when we greet 
With eyes best seeing heaven's tiery eye. 
By light we lose light : Your capacity 
Is of that nature, that to your huge store 
Wise things seem foolish, and rich things but poor. 
Ros. This proves you wise and rich, for in my 
Biron. I am a fool, and full of poverty. [eye, 
Ros. But that you take what doth to you belong. 
It were a fault to snatch words from my tongue. 
Biron. O, I am yours, and all that I possess. 
Ros. All the fool mine ? 

Biron. I cannot give you less. 

Ros. WTiich of the visors was it, that you wore ? 
Biron. Where? when? what visor? why de- 
mand you this ? 
Ros. There, then, that visor ; that superfluous 
That hid the worse, and show'd the better face. 
King. We are descried : they'll mock us now 

num. Let us confess, and turn it to a jest. 
Prin. Amaz'd, my lord ? Why looks your high- 
ness sad ? [look you pale ? 
Ros. Help, hold his brows ! he'll swoon ? Why 
Sea-sick, I think, coming from Muscovy. 

Biron. Thus pour the stars down plagues for 
Can any face of hold longer out ? 
Here stand 1, lady ; dart thy skill at me ; 

Bruise me with scorn, confound me with a flout ; 
Thrust thy sharp wit quite through my ignorance , 

Cut me to pieces with thy keen conceit ; 
And I will wish thee never more to dance. 
Nor never more in Russian habit wait. 

I never will I trust to speeches penn'd. 

Nor to the motion of a schoolboy's tongue; 
Nor never come in visor to my friend ; 

Nor woo in rhyme, like a blind harper's song: 
TaflTata phrases, silken terms precise, 

Three-pil'd hyperboles, spruce affectation. 
Figures pedantical ; these summer-flies 

Have blown me full of maggot ostentation : 

1 do forswear them : and I here protest, 

By this white glove, (how white the hand, God 
knows !) 
Henceforth my wooing mind shall be express'd 

In russet yeas, and honest kersey noes : 
And, to begin, wench, so God help me, la ! 
My love to thee is sound, sans crack or flaw. 

Ros. Sans sans, I pray you. 

Biron. Vet I have a trick 

Of the old rage : bear with me, I am sick ; 
I'll leave it by degrees. Soft, let us see ; 
AVrite, Lord have mercy on us, on those three ; 
They are infected, in their hearts it lies ; 
They have the plague, and caught it of your eye : 
These lords are visited ; you are not free. 
For the Lord's tokens on you do I see. [to ns. 

Prin. No, (hey are free, that gave these tokens 

Biron. Our states are forfeit, seek not to undo us. 

Ros. It is not so ; For how can this be true. 
That you stand forfeit, being those that sue ' 

Biron. Peace; for I will not have to do with you. 

Ros. Nor shall not, if I do as I intend. 

Biron. Speak for yourselves. 

is at an end. 

King. Teach us, sweet madam, for our rude 
Some fair excuse. , . 

Prin. The fairest is confession. 

Were you not here, but even now, disguis'd ? 

lAng. Madam, I was. j , . . , 

Prin. -*nd were you well advls d ? 

King. 1 was, fair madam. 

Prin, When you then were here, 

What did you whisper in your lady's ear ? (her. 

King. That more than all the world I did respect 

Prin. When she shall challenge this, you will 
reject her. 



r th vortb; ; bat 

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f^rte. 1 wtu ; << U li M fcfl 
nM 4H tha INwiM wUifm imyam mm > 
Am. MMi,lMMraMilutlwiMlMMaw4Mr 

Tm ( Ala: bMMk* It. Mr, *!. 


f araMal aMr tfmt, f Mite Um* mutrw* > 


I* M ; > ai !;- Mat ky UM i^a 
Aa4 I g l i UM aivt* af bar ^ 
La4 aM tew hm Uk, ite. and Um 


V ^t aar pi^ M : !>, ya ara aU 
Ua haa j* tll. MMck tlMll ba yaw 
Y laar mi , da yea f tban^ aja, 
Wmm^ UU laatfM avaid. 


oa^: {"aacai I luw 

tr Ciii. 
WaiMMW, vara wU ! iha yanart a Ur fray. 

Ctaf. O Lard, tit, they <mi14 kn. 
WtadMT tW tkTM vorthin tbaU Maa to, ac m. 

Mfw. WiMt, an Ibaia bat tht** > 

CtaC No. air : bat it U vara im. 

Aa4 tbraa Uiom tbrka i* nina. 
CMC Nacaa,rfr; aad conaclian, ir ; I bop*. 

Yaa tawnat bM aa. tlr. I caa aMara yoa, tit; vc 

kaaw what * kaow : 
I bfa. sir, thna tiaai tbiica. aUr- 

atiwm. I* not Bia*. 

CM. Uadar canactkn. sir, va kaov vbcrcuoUl 
U4atb aa ia aa t. 

abaa. % Jovt. I always took three three* for 

OmC O Lard. ir. It were pity ju tboald get 
yaar UvinK by rftkunine. <..r. 

IHnm. How moch : 

CmT. O Ixwd. ir rmtatTea^tbe 

actofs, Ur. will iho th amoant : 

fcc my own part, I a;; ...-^ .. . but to parCcct 

oae mtw, eta ooa poet r"" i i'<.i:api;>n (he graat, 

Bin*. An tboa ofta of tb worthie* ? 

CMf. It plaaurl tbcai. ta Ihiak me vorttay of 
the freal : t$t tokat ova part, I know 

WrM. Go, bid than praparew 
t. Wa wUl tani It ttaaiy aflT. elr i will take 
aaaw eara. { MtH (bastard, 

they iU ahaoM aa, lat ibem no* 

are ahiina peoaf, eiy lord : and tb 

am* policy fconpaay. 

To bava one tbaw wane than the klng't aad hi* 

Ki'tg. I My, tbey tball nor com*. 

ffim. Ny, my good lard, let ma a'er-rala yoa 


\\ here Mai I 

Hia to tbo aaal of tbem vMab It paamMa. 

Tbalr fana eoaCaaadad make* mou fona to mirth ; 

Whaa gnat iMaoi Irtiwii^ POTtob la ibeir birth. 
Mem. A tig^daaalpcioa at oar tport. my lord. 

Ivreyalawaai b 
(Antoda <aai 

ilk* Klag.4 

fUm. Dab dU> aaa aerva God ? 

Mn*. Whyaayaa;> 

fHm. lie apaak* aa( Ilka amaa aTGad^aMUiw. 

Arm. TlMt't all aaa. my Ibir, nraet, baaay aw- 
aarrh i tat, I protaM, tlw lebaa i martee ia eiaaid- 
lag featartieal ( too, too ato j too, too eato ( Bat 
we will pat it, tltey ). td ><m<i dnifa gaervw. 
I vitb yaa tbe aaaoa af aUad, bmm rayal atntla' 
amatl (ftrtiArmMla. 

Kt^. Hare ia Uko to ba a goad piwtcnca oT war- 
thiaa . Ho ptiianti Hector -af Toy ; the twato, 
Pompn the great t Ibo paiMi carate. Alesaadcr ; 
Armdo'tpaga^ Uaicaloat tbapadaat. Jada* Mn- 

Aad if tbeae fcar wortbioi in ibair Ant bow thri - 
Tbeao foar will change habit*, and i<rc*mt c 
otiwr Ave. 

Wrwk Tbeta i* flt In the Sret diov. 

iriiV. Yoa are dccel'd, "Ut not m. 

Aina. Tbe pedant, the braggart, tbe hcd^; 

brow at aonun: and tbe whole wor;>< 
agaia, rriM. 

raaaal prick oat flra aach, take each one in I.. 
Mt^. Tbo tblp ia aador tall, and here the con , 

[sa^t krwrngkl/krOt King, rrinrcm. & 
^^Ma nflk* Kimt WortMu. 
JMrr Cattard mrm'd, for Pompc:> . 

Coat, trwmfigmmt, 

BugO. Yoa lie, yoa arc not br. 

CU. IPumftgmwi, 

Bojftt. With libbard't head on kner 

ttin*. Well mid, old mocker j I most necdi In- 
Mendt with thr. 

CotX. I Pvmfry am, /Vmpry $mrtm'J Iht btgr- 

i>i>ai. The girat. 

Cad. It u great, sir i P nm m t j t i mr wmm'd the irrrai 
nmt ^ imJUU, n-Uk Urgt imi ikitU, JU make > 

fat U $irtat : 
Amd trmttUing along lUt ttmsl, t kert mm rome ^v 

chmmft : 
Jmd Imy my arwu b^rt tht Ug* <ff thU tfrtrt Ut ef 
Francr. [done. 

If)niirU<l..hip-n;d .i.T, r'.'(., r.rmpry, I had 


the Itit 

Naih. i; 


fT proTci I]^AlesandcT 

;j ttil'd, I ', 

Act 5. 



By east, west, north, and south, I spread my conqaer- 

ing miisht : 
Uy 'scutcheon -piciin declares, that I am Alisander. 

Boyet. Your nose says, no, you are not ; for it 
stands too right. [smelling knight. 

Biron. Your nose smells, no, in this, most tender- 

Prin. The conqueror is dismay'd : Proceed, good 

Nath. When in the rvorld I liv'd, I was the tvorld's 
commander ; 

Boyet, Most true, 'tis right; you were so, Ali- 

niron. Pompey the great, fsandor. 

Cost. Your servant, and Costard. 

Biron. Take away the conqueror, take away Ali- 

Cost. O, sir, [to Nath.] you have overthrown 
Alisander the conqueror ! You will be scraped out 
of the painted cloth for this : your lion, that holds 
his poll-ax sitting on a close stool, will be given to 
A-jax : he will be the ninth worthy. A conqueror, 
and afeard to speak ! run away for shame, Alisander. 
[Nath. rctires.l There, an't shall please you ; a fool- 
ish mild man ; an honest man, look you, and soon 
dash'd ! He is a marvellous good neighbour, insooth ; 
and a very good bowler: but, for Alisander, alas, 
you see, how 'tis ; a little o'erparted : But there 
are worthies a-coming will speak their mind in 
some other sort. 

Prin. Stand aside, good Pompey. 

Enter Holofernes, arm'd, for Judas, and INIoth, 
arm'd,for Hercules. 

Hoi. Great Hercules is presented by this imp. 

Whose club kill'd Cerberus, that three-headed ca- 
And, when he mas a babe, a child, a shrimp, nus ; 

Thus did he strangle serpents in his raanus : 
Quoniam, he seemeth in mi/writy ; 
Ergo, / come with this apology. 
Keep some state in thy exit, and vanish. [Exit Jloth. 

Hoi. Judas, I am, 

Dum. A Judas ! 

Hoi. Not, Iscariot, sir, 
Judas I am, yclepcd Mackahceus. 

Dum. Judas IMachabaeus dipt, is plain Judas. 

Biron. A kissing traitor : How art thou prov'd 

Hoi. Judas, I am, [Judas ? 

Dum, The more shame for you, Judas. 

Hoi. What mean you, sir ? 

Bnyet. To make Judas hang himself. 

Hoi. Begin, sir ; you are my elder. [elder. 

Biron. 'Well foUow'd : .ludas was hang'd on an 

Hoi. I will not be put out of countenance. 

Biron. Because thou hast no face. 

Hoi. What is this ? 

Boyet. A cittern head. 

Dum. The head of a bodkin. 

Biron. A death's face in a ring. 

Long. The face of an old Roman coin, scarce seen. 

Boyet. The pummel of Caesar's faulchion. 

Dum. The carv'd-bone face on a flask. 

Biron. St. George's half-cheek in a brooch. 

Dum. Ay, and in a brooch of lead. 

Biron. Ay, and worn in the cap of a tooth-drawer : 
And now, forward ; for we have put thee in coun- 

Hnl. You have put me out of countenance. 

Biron. False : we have given thee faces. 

Hoi. But you have out-fac'd them all.' 

Biron. An thou wert a lion, we would do so. 

Boyet. Therefore, as he is, an ass, let him go. 
And so adieu, sweet Jude ! nay, why dost thou stay ? 

Dum. For the latter end of his name. 

Biron. For the ass to the Jude , give it him : 
Jud-as, away. 

Hot. This is not generous, not gentle ; not humble. 

Doyet. A light for monsieur Judas : it grows 
dark, he may stumble. [baited ! 

Prin. Alas, poor Machabaeus, how hath he been 

Enter Armado, arm'd, for Hector. 

Biron. Hide thy head, Achilles ; here comes 
Hector in arms. 

Dum. Though my mocks come home by me, I 
will now be merry. 

King. Hector was but a Trojan in respect of this. 

Boyet. But is this Hector ? 

Dum. I think, Hector was not fo clean-timbercd. 

Long. His leg is too big for Hector. 

Dum. More calf, certain. 

Boyet. No ; he is best indued in the small. 

Biron. This cannot be Hector. 

Dum. He's a god or a painter ; for he makes faces. 

Arm. The armipotent Mars, of lances the almightxi. 
Gave Hector a gift, ** "^ 

Dum. A gilt nutmeg. 

Biron. A lemon. 

Long. Stuck with cloves. 

Dum. No, cloven. 

Arm. Peace ! 
The armipotent Mars, of lances the almighty. 

Gave Hector a gift, the heir of Ilion ; 
A man so breath'd, that certain he would fight, yea 

From mum till night, out of his pavilion. 
I am that flower, 

Dum. That mint. 

Long. That columbine. 

Ar7n. Sweet lord Longaville, rein thy tongue. 

Long. I must rather give it the rein, for it runs 
against Hecty. 

Dum. Ay, and Hector's a greyhound. 

Arm. The sweet war-man is dead and rotten 
sweet chucks, beat not the bones of the buried : 
when he breath'd, he was a man But I will forward 
with my device : Sweet royalty, [to the Prmcess.] 
bestow on me the sense of hearing. 

[Biron whispers Costard. 

Prin. Speak, brave Hector : we are much de- 

Arm. 1 do adore thy sweet grace's slipper. 

Boyet. I.oves her by the foot. 

Dum. He may not by the yard. 

Arm. This Hector fur surmounted Hannibal, 

Cost. The party Is gone, fellow Hector, she is 
gone ; she is two months on her way. 

Arm. AVhat meanest thou ? 

Cost. Faith, unless you play the honest Trojan, 
the poor wench is cast away : she's quick ; the child 
brags in her belly already ; 'tis yours. 

Arm. Dost thou infamoniie me among potentates ? 
thou shalt die. 

Cost. Then shall Hector be whipp'd, for Jaque- 
netta that is quick by him ; and hang'd, for Pompey 
that is dead by him. 

Dum. Most rare Pompey ! 

Boyet. Renowned Pompey ! 

P.iron. Greater than great, great, great, great 
Pompey ! Pompey, the huge ! 

Dum. Hector trembles. 

Biron. Pompey is mov'd : More Ates, mote 
Ates ; stir them on ! stir them on ! 

Dum. Hector will challenge him. 

Biron. Ay, if he have no 'more man's blood in' 
belly than will sup a flea. 

Arm. By the north pole, I do challenge thee. 

Cost. I win not fight with a pole, like a northern 
man; I'll slash ; I'll do it by the sword: I pray 
you, let me borrow my arms again. 

Dum. Room for the incensed worthies. 

Cost. I'll do it in my shirt. 

Dum. Most resolute Pompey ! 

Moth. Master, let me take you a button-hole 
lower. Do you not see, Pompey is uncasing for 
the combat ? What mean you ? you will lose your 


will not combat in my shirt. 

Dum. You may not deny it; Pompey hath made 
the challenge. 

Arm. Sweet bloods, I both may and will. 

Biron. What reason have you for't ? 

Aryn. The naked truth of it is, I have no shirt ; 
I go wool ward for penance. ,,_.. , 

Boyet. True, and it was enjoin'd him in Home tor 
want of linen : since when, I'll be sworn, he wo:<r 



Ik* IHtto 

Jkr. BMMt a; laWtoM 

MMk U'wtklM. vay : tiM i 

^nik Far wtaM vva . I 

I lM* M th* 4a of wvM 

k^ *t ltoctMli. Mi4 I wot 

Kiag. H tow yow m^tty 
Ate. BayM. ft ty w * i I vNI avtty frtftt. 
M^r> Ma4t. M( M s I > tw ch yM. tUT. 
Ate. r Mt i. 1 My. I thMk y. mntUm 
r* all yMv Mr wi w ii n i an^ Mfvut, [lt^ 

OMrM.M*Ml.tlMtyMMWlMA ^ 

la yMt itck wWi i. to wc . ot kl 
Tk Hkanl yyMltfM af OT tyiHt* : 
If var.taMly w* ha** Wnw MTwIvM 
la * vMivOTw af ktwtk. >Mir viiiIm 
Was galHy iT M.-ratvwall, vonky Itotf I 
A kaavy kaan fcaan ( an kwaMa langaa i 
aia mm aa. c ala^ taikart aT ikaak* 
' 2?* '* * ^' kMtaH. 

ter. Tka attwwaa wta af Ui it ? aai al y fcro 
AH aaaaaa to tka fm w f i in afkh tgaa^ ; 

Aatf aikn. at kia ry Utm. dart^ 
TkM wkkk laac ntKMa cmM 
Aatf MMagbawMVNtoc kM 
rM ika mbMm cMttoay artef*; 

Tat, tlaM to\ a w wn wm tm aa Ibat. 

Ul aat tka ctoia J MVTM Jaada te 

Ptato vkM It parraa^ t ttaKa, to vaU Maarfa Ut. 

It aal k9 amcii m wfcatwaia. ratabW. 

Aa to niatoa at ftton4a kM aavly f oa4. 

IVte. I aai arn aa< y not i my grtoft ata aibl. 

f'M. INaaat yUla ar4a kaat ptarca tka aar of 

ad ky Ikcw katf(M an^mtaarf Ika kinc. 
^ war fUr aaai ka< a nai(lcta4 Um*. 
ny^* teal ptay witk av aaUMt yaav Uaoiy, 

iCk nack aterai< m. teAlaalnc aar kaaMim 
Baaa to Uw ayyad aMi aTaar laitati ^ 
Aa wkal to kaik aam'tf i ' 

Aa tea* b faJ! ar ahattla tmiaa I 


ky tka ayt, aMi. tkanfSra. lika tha ), 



fM afH w a M akayaa. of kaMit. iia4 oT term*, 
kqtaf li aAtada aa tka aya doih roU 
Taaaary artai aMaet la kU (luica : 
WMak aatty-caatM pa taauc* oTtaaM t%a 
VM aa ^^aa. ir. hi yar kaa*aaly ayts, 
Haa aliftaeaaili aar aatkt aa4 craviUat, 
Tkaaa kaaaaaly yaa. tkat loak Into Uiaaa fknits, 
ai^writ M to Maka: Tharafera. Udict. 
Omr ! kalag yaara, tka error that Io rnakaa 
U UkaaUa j a an : wa ta amntUn proa CUic, 
By kalac aaca fUaa ftr arar to he tnie 
Ta tkaw tka* Make aa botk^-fair ladicf , yoa : 
Aa< raaa tttot falnkawd. hi itielf a tin, 
Tkaa parlAea ItMlf, a4 taras to icnct- 

Ate. Va ka*a nccivM yoar letter*, fvll of Iota ; 
Tear ra*ar, tha iihaMaduri of love ; 

I plaaMaC Jaii aaa coa 
aa4 aa Uanc to Iba ti 

A time, methinkt, too shoi t 
Ta auika a vortd-vltkoat-eod baritaiN in : 
Xa, 1 
rail ara gallt 

auika a vortd-vltkoat-eod barnln 
, aa, wy load, yor graca It pcijarM 
II oTdaar rillttoaM : and, tbet^or* 

ir tor my la** (a* theta U aa tvch ra) 
Yaa wtll da aKht. tkU thai! yo do far me: 
Var aatk I vi!l nat trwt. bat go aitk itwad 
Ta tome farlor and naked karmltace, ^^ 
Kameto Ama all the ylaamraa af tha vorld ; 
Tkara ttay, aatll tka tvai ealaatUI dm* 
Hato baoMffkt akaai ikair aaaaal rackoaiag : 
ir thla aaaiai* teaaclakla IHk 
rkangaaa* aar akr made In kaat of blood : 
irfraata. and toala. kd lodgtnf, and thin vcm 
Mb not tke gaady bl eata aa oTyonr tea*. 
Bat thai II ban Ikia trial, aad laat lat 
Tkaa, at Hw aaytra tl aa af tha ; 

Ateaa. Aad vkat to 

laart at laawatntlaa, 
far Ik* f*ai*aibrna* af my fMbcr*! death. 
Ifthl* tho do deny, let aar kandt part : 
Nriihrr Int tiled in the others heart. 
Kimg. If thU, or mart than ihU. I voald defir . 
To (Utter ap thate fwr rf n,.. , with rit. 
Tka anddea hand afdea" p;e! 

.1 vbat in 

JUa. Yaa matt be pwnwl too, \vut tin* 6re rank . 
Yoa are atulnt vlth flmli* ar<1 rerjurr ; 
niaiatoia. If yaa my Ikvovr mean to ctt, 
A tadramontk ak^M ya wend, and never rati, 
Bat aaak fba waaty bcdt af pavnto tick. 

ilBM. Bat vkat to ma, my lar* f bnt what 
mm? (nef> 

btt. A vHk A hcH. Mr health, and ho 
WItk tkrae fold lo<e 1 Uh yoa all thete three. 

/>MM. O, thall I tav, t thank 70a. itrnlle vMfc* 

JTel*. Not (O, ray lotd >* tvelTenionth end a 
111 mark m* vordt that tnmeth-fbc'd vooert tar 
Cam* vken the Mn* dath to my lady come, 
Tkea, If I >'- " ". H ine. III |H* oi toire. 

Dwm. 1 H* and aiihrully till then. 

K*tk. '1 .t you be fortworn agAin. 


'flTemonth't rr^ 
'a'thful friend. 
t the time iiloi 
- re io yoong. 

Wkal knmiM anit attaaaa toy m 
Imaaaa aam* larele* an ne for tky 1 

jfa*. Oft ha* I keard of yon, my lard Btoaa, 
Before I tav yea : and the vortd** lart* toagae 
rrocUimt yea for a man rcplat* vlth macka t 
Fall of conparltoot and vendlng flonta ; 
Which yon on alt e*Utet vltl execute. 
That lie within the merry of yoor wit : 
To wrrd Ihi* wrTtinwood from voar fniitftil brain ; 
And, therewithal, to win me. If yoti pleate, 
(Withoat the whirh I am not to be won,) 
You hII thit tweltf month term from day to d> 
Visit the tprerhlr^t ick, and till rm-TfTe 

U ith iH'oaninc wretihrt : - ' V hall b. 

With all the fierce rndr . 
To enforce the painrd ii; 

Birvm. To moe wild 1 throat < f 

It cannot be ; it U impot*it>ir : [death ' 

MIrtk cannot more a tanl in agony. 

Jtoa. Why, Ihat^ tke vay to choke a gibing 
A^liote inflncnc* la begat of that loot* grace. 

Omm. Onr letter*, madam, ihov'd mncb more : %\'hirh 

Umf. 80 did anr look*. (than jeat. A je^ft yiu taa rl ty Itai 

Jlot. We did not qnote tbem 10. Of him that heart It. never In th* tonga* 

ITia^ . Nov. at th* Utatt 
{rant a yor lovct. 

I not onote tbem to. 
mlaat* of the hoar. 

inflncnc* la begat of that loot* 1 
thallov laajthng hear*n give 1 
proaparity lie* la th* aar 

Of him that niakea it : then. If alckly eart. 

Deaf 'J with the ciamonn of their own ilear groant. 

Act 5. 



Will hear your idle scorns, continue then, 
And I will have you, and that fault withal ; 
But, if they will not, throw away that spirit, 
And I shall find you empty of that fault. 
Right joyful of your reformation. 

Biron. A twelvemonth ? well, befal what will 
I'll jest a twelvemonth in an hospital. 

Prin. Ay, sweet my lord ; and so I take my 
leave. [To ihe King. 

King. No, madam : we will bring you on your 

niron. Our wooing doth not end like an old play ; 
Jack hath not .Till : these ladies' courtesy 
Might well have made our sport a comedy. 

Kirifc- Come, sir, it wants a twelvemonth and a 
And then 'twill end. [day, 

BiroH. That's too long for a play. 

Enter Armado. 

Arm. Sweet majesty, vouchsafe me, 

Prin. Was not that Hector ? 

Ditm. The worthy knight of Troy. 

Arm. I will kiss thy royal finger, and take leave : 
I am a votary ; I have vowed to .laquenetta to hold 
the plough for her sweet love three years. But, 
most esteemed greatness, will you hear the dialogue 
that the two learned men have compiled, in praise 
of the owl and the cuckoo ? it should have followed 
in the end of our show. 

King, ('all them forth quickly, we will do so. 

Arm. Holla; approach. 

Enter Holofernes, Nathaniel, Moth, Costard, and 


This side is Hiems, winter ; this Ver, the spring; 

the one maintained by the owl, the other by the 

ruckoo. Ver, begin. 

Spring. When daisies pied, and violets blue. 
And lady-smocks all silver white. 

And cuckoo-buds iif yellow hue. 

Do paint the meadows with delight, 
The cuckoo then, on every tree. 
Mocks married men, for thus sings he. 

Cuckoo : 
Cuckoo, cuckoo, O word of fear, 
Unpleasing to a married ear! 

When shepherds pipe on oaten stranis. 

And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks. 
When turtles tread, and rooks, and dans, 
Andmaidens bleach their summer smocks. 
The cuckoo then, on every tree. 
Mocks married men, for thus sings he, 

Cuckoo ; 
Cuckoo, cuckoo, O word of fear, 
Unpleasing to a married ear ! 

Winter. When icicles hang by the mall. 

And Dick the shepherd blows his nail. 
And Tom bears logs into the hall. 

And milk comes frozen home in pail, 
When blood is nipp'd, and ways be foul. 
Then nightly sings the staring owl, 

To-who : 
Tu-whit, to-who, a merry note. 
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. 


When all aloud the wind doth blow. 

And coughing drowns the parson's saw. 
And birds sit brooding in the snow. 

And Marian's nose looks red and raw. 
When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl. 
Then nightly sings the staring owl, 

To-who ; 
Tu-ti'hit, to-who, a merry note. 
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. 

Arm. The words of Mercury are harsh after the 
songs of Apollo. You, that way ; we, this way. 




Duke of Venice. 

Prince of Morocco, 1 -j ^ ^> 
Prince of Arragon. j *'''"<' Portia. 
Antonio, the Merchant ({/'Venice. 
Bassanio, his friend, 
Salanio, ~) 

Salarino, V friends to Antonio and Bassanio. 
Oratiano, j 

Ivorenzo, in love with Jessica. 
Shylock, ij Jew. 
Tubal, a Jew, his friend. 

Launcelot Gobbo, a clown, servant to Shylock. 

Old Gobbo, father to Launcelot. 
Salerio, a messenger from Venice. 
Leonardo, servant to Bassanio. 


Portia, a rich heiress. 
N'erissa, her waiting-maid. 
Jessica, daughter to Shylock. 

Magnijlcoes of Venice, ogicers of the Court of Justice, 
Gaoler, Servants, and other Attendants. 

partly at Venice, and partly at Belmont, the Seat of Portia, on the Continent. 


SCENE I. Venice. A Street. 
Enter Antonio, Salarino, and Salanio. 

Ant. In sooth, I know not why I am so sad , 
It wearies me ; you say, it wearies you ; 
But how I caught it, found it, or came by it. 
What stufT 'tis made of, whereof it is born, 
I am to learn ; 

And such a want-wit sadness makes of me. 
That I have much ado to know myself. 

Salar. Your mind is tossing on the ocean ; 
There, where your argosies with portly sail, 
Like signiors and rich burghers of the flood. 

Or, as it were, the pageants of the sea, 
Do overpeer the petty traffickers. 
That cuit'sy to them, do them reverence. 
As they fly by them with their woven wings. 

Sala-. Believe me, sir, had I such venture forth. 
The better part of my affections would 
Be with mv hopes abroad. I should be still 
Plucking the grass, to know where sits the wind ; 
Peering in maps, for ports, and piers, and roads ; 
And every object, that might make me fear 
Misfortune to my ventures, out of doubt. 
Would make me sad. 

Salar. My wind, cooling my broth. 

Would blow me to an ague, when I thought 
What harm a wind too great might do at sea. 



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U-bich loachlac kt on; (mU TAMt** M, 

H'Mld *catt4ir all Imt (irfcM oa Um trMa; 

Corote Um nMriag vmot* witb mj aUk* : 

iad. to word, bt *o rth this, 

Aad MOW woctk Mdat 7 ^bU 1 hawwth* dMMfht 

T* UOak Mihk: Md kail 1 Uck Um tkght7 

Tlut Mcb tbloc. bfchMe'd. ol4 ak OM Md ? 

limu tU iM OM : I kMv. Aatooi* 

U Md to think apoa hla MOTvhMidlM. 

AaL BaU*^ m*. : I ihuk mj tetn* 6r It. 
My vnMWM a> aot fak OM b*ttg mnlid. 
>r to plae* ; aor te my vbelo Mai 
!> th> fcrtaao of thl pt wu t ytw: 
n t n t u itjmy iMrrhaadlM mukm dm not lad. 

Om. Wby dMB jM at la ioa. 

Ami. ry. fT ! 

Bilaa. Xt la lovt alihtr ? Thaa Im- mj. yoi 
caaw y ar* aec marry : aad twtta ai May 
Par yoM, to lasich.and laap, wd mv, ;o ar* merry, 
B icaati yaa ara Mt tad. Vuw', if two haadad 

Natm imih fram'd ttnngt fWlow* In bar tima: 
n^m tfcat wtU aia imo i a |a*r thrsafh thatr ayw. 

Am atfMr af aaeli l aai Mpact. 

TIM tha^n Ml riww tbatar lactb In way of uailc, 

Thank Naalar twaar tha Jast ha Unghabla. 

That thcrefdfo only arc r- """I - 
For laytaa aothintt ; *h 
Which, header !>>> ^ 

III trIlthaaiiMnoCthi 

But flih not, wllhthU i 


Coma, good Lotaaao : ^nr>' >p uiii, 

III aM my ashoruiion afirr dinner. 

Lfr. WaU. wa wiU laara job then Ull dlaav. 
I maM ha om af thaw tama dumb wtoa aoen. 
For (irattaao Marar lat* roa (faak. 

GrM. Wail, kaap ma oom|WDy hM two jtmn mora. 
Tbaa khali Ml haow tba Muad of thlM on 


II : III (row a talker for thU gen 
Or. Tbaak*. lYaith ; fur tilcncc U only c. 

la a aaar* toi^M drlad, and a maid not randiUe. 
[K^ruHt (iraUano iU Lorenao. 
Ant. U that ay tliiaf now > 

M aol a^wantad roe- 

Awl. Vowr worth U vary dear ia my rf 

t laka It. yow # h ail n am call* on yea, 

Airf ya aanhraea Iha accmtaw to daw alt. 

SaJar. Qu i m ut ria. aar good lada. 

Oaad ^cian hadi, whan thaU wa lah 


tor. My hd BiMali. alMa jtm hara fcud 
Wa two will laara yoa : hat. at dtmiar-ilma. 
I pray yaa, bar* la MM wbara a m>t mart. 

AaM. t will Ml lUI yoa. 

Otm. Voa laak aaC wall, Uipilar Aataaio; 
Yoa bara too arach ratped npoa tba world : 
Tbay loM it, that do hay U with macb car*. 

rnava bm. yoa ara mar*lloaly chanc'd. 

Ami. lbaUtbawarldhataatbawarld.Uratiaoo; 
A Mgc, whan araty mn maa ptay a part. 
Aad ailM a md om. 

Orm. 1^ me |1ay the Fool : 

WUb mlrtb aM laaghtcr let old wrinkla* caoaa ; 
AM lal aiy liver rather heat with wine. 
Tbaa my heart cool with mortifying groan*. 
WbT iboaM a maa. whoaa Mood U warm within. 
Sit Uka hla arandUra cat hi aUhauer ? 
^iaap wbea M wakat > and creep Into the junndice 
By hatac paavMi ? I tell tbaa what. Antonio.- 
I lore tbaa. aad It b niT lore that tpeaks ; 
Tharaaiaatartof BMn. who*a ritage* 
Da CTMat aM aMntle. like a 
And do a wUfal rtUI 
With parpaaa to ha 
of wiMlom, gravity, 
A> who ihoald aay, I am 
>fW,ir*ra I <twt mg Mmi, Itt m i0t( har 
O, my Aatonio, I do know oftttete. 

' of nothing, 
a any man la* rt moo* are 

a* two grala* of wheat I ^ of cbalT: 

yoa ibail teak all dy en- : ond.when 

yaa bare thaaa. they ar* nui worm mc learch. 

AMi. Wall ; tall ma aow, wltat lady i* thltwir. 
To whom yoa iworc a tenet pilgrtmaM. 
Thtt yoa ta-day proaOt'd to tail me of > 

0a. Tla not anknown to yoa. .\ntoaio, 
Hew macb I bare ditahled mine ettate, 
Uf i B Bta tbhn ibavlnit a aiora tweiling pert 
Tbaa my fcint m oa ni weald grant rontlnuan 
Nac da ] mm wtmkm moaa to be abrlda'd 
Ffam tacb a nM rate ; bat my chief care 
It, to coma thirty efTIVom ihe great dcbu, 
Ultarain my Uma, omelhing loo prodigal. 
Hath left ma gaged : To yoa. .\ntonio, 
1 owe the mott, la mewey, and In love ; 
And f^aoi oar love I have t wnminfT 

My pone, my perma. my cstr 
IJe all aalock'd to year < 

Bmss. Ia my tchoolnlaya, when I had low ortr 
I that bit fcllow of the teir-tame flight 
The telf-tame war, with more adflicd watrb. 
To AM the othrr I'urih ; nml \,r adtenfring boi): 
I oft feand hath dhood proof, 

Becaaae what f". ot-vncc. 

I owe yea roach rul youth. 

That which I o' vou please 

To thoet another arT>>i- t'irt 'v'.{v;kj 
Which yon did thoot the lint, I do not doabt. 
At I will watch the aim, or to find both. 
Cit bring your latter hazard bark again. 
And thankfully rest debtor for the firtt. 

AiU. Yoa know me well ; aad herein tpcad hot 
To wiad aboal my lore with c i rc nmtt ance ; 
Aad, oat of doabt, you do roe now mora wrong. 
In ntaking qae*tion of my uitermott. 
Than if you had made waste of all I have: 
Then do but say to me hat 1 thoald do. 
That in your knowled^ may by roe be done, 
AM I ara prest onto it : thete t we. apeak. 

Bat. In Dclmont is a ladv richly lcf\. 
And the is fair, and, fairer tnan that word. 
Of wond'rout virtae* ; tometime* from her eyas 
I did re<eive fair speechleai mrssaget : 
Her name it rortia; nothing undciralued 
fo Tato's daughter. Brut. 
Nor i< the wide world I.: i^ ; 

For the four winds bio* i^t 

Renowned tuitots : and ) 
Hang on her templet like a goldtu ik^cp ; 

Act I. 



Which makes her seat of Belmont, Colchos' strand. 

And many Jasons come in quest of her. 

O my Antonio, had I but the means 

To hold a rival j.lace with one of them, 

i have a mind presages me such thrift. 

That I should questionless be fortunate. 

Ant. Thou know'st, that all my fortunes are at sea ; 
Nor have I money, nor commodity 
To raise a present sum : therefore go forth. 
Try what my credit can in Venice do ; 
That shall be rack'd, even to the uttermost. 
To furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia. 
Go, presently inquire, and so will I, 
Where money is ; and I no question make, 
To have it of my trust, or for my sake. [Exeunt. 

SCENE II Belmont. A Room in Portia's House. 

Enter Portia aitd Nerissa. 
Por. By my troth, Nerissa, my little body is a- 
weary of this great world. 

Nei: Vou would be, sweet madam, if your mise- 
ries were in the same abundance as your good for- 
tunes are: And yet, for aught I see, they are as 
sick, that surfeit with too much, as they that starve 
with nothing : It is no mean happiness therefore, 
to be seated in the mean ; superfluity comes sooner 
by white hairs, but competency lives longer. 
Por. Good sentences, and well pronounced. 
Ner. They would be better, if well followed 
Por. If to do were as easy as to know what were 
good to do, chapels had been churches, and ))oor 
men's cottages, princes' palaces. It is a good d 
vine that follows his own instructions : I can easier 
teach twenty what were good to be done, than be 
one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. 
The brain may devise laws for the blood ; but a hot 
temper leaps over a cold decree : such a haie is mad 
ness the youth, to skip o'er the meshes of good coun 
sel the cripple. But this reasoning is not in the 
fashion to choose me a husband : 6 me, the word 
choose ! I may neither choose whom I would, nor re 
fuse whom T dislike; so is the will of a living daugh 
ter curb'd by the will of a dead father: Is it not 
hard, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one, nor refuse 
none ? 

Ner. Your father was ever virtuous , and holy 
men, at their death, have good inspirations; there- 
fore, the lottery, that he hath devised in these three 
chests, of gold, silver, and lead, (whereof who 
chooses his meaning, chooses you,) will, no doubt, 
never be chosen by any rightly, but one who you 
shall rightly love. But what warmth is there in 
your affection towards any of these princely suitors 
that are already come ? 

Por. I pray thee, over-name them ; and as thou 
namest them, I will describe them ; and according 
to my description, level at my affection. 
JVer. First, there is the Neapolitan prince. 
Por. Ay, that's a colt, indeed, for he doth no- 
thing but talk of his horse ; and he makes it a great 
appropriation to his own good parts, that he can 
shoe him himself: I am much afraid, my lady his 
mother played false with a smith. 

Ner. Then, is there the county Palatine. 
Por. He doth nothing but frown ; as who should 
say. An if you mill not have me, choose : he hears 
merry tales, and smiles not : I fear, he will prove 
the weeping philosopher when he grows old, being 
so full of unmannerly sadness in his youth. I had 
rather be married to a death's head with a bone in 
his mouth, than to either of these. God defend me 
from these two ! 

I should marry twenty husbands : If he would de- 
spise me, I would forgive him ; for if he love me to 
madness, I shall never requite him. 

Ner. What say you then to Faulconbridge, the 
young baron of England ? 

Por. You know, I say nothing to him ; for he 
understands not me, nor I him : he hath neither 
Latin, French, nor Italian ; and you will come into 
the court and swear, that I have a poor pennyworth 
in the English. He is a proper man's picture : 
But, alas ! who can converse with a dumb show ? 
How oddly he is suited ! I think, he bought his 
doublet in Italy, his round hose in France, his bon- 
net in Germany, and his behaviour every where. 

Ner. ^Vhat think you of the Scottish lord, his 
neighbour ? 

Por. 'Ihat he had a neighbourly charity in him : 
for he borrowed a box of the oar of the Englishman, 
and swore he would ]>ay him again, when he was 
able : I think, the Frenchman became his surely, 
and sealed under for another. 

Ner. How like you the young German, the duke 
of Saxony's nephew ? 

Por. Very vilely in the morning, when he is 
sober ; and most vilely in the afternoon, when he is 
drunk : when he is best, he is a little worse than a 
man ; and when he is worst, he is little better than 
a beast : an the worst fall that ever fell, I hope, i 
shall make shift to go without him. 

Ner. If he should offer to choose, and choose the 
right casket, you should refuse to perform your fa- 
ther's will, if you should i-efuse to accept him. 

Por. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray thee, 
set a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the contrary 
casket : for, if the devil be within, and that tempta- 
tion without, I know he will choose it. I will do 
any thing, Nerissa, ere I will he married to a spunge. 
Ner. You need not fear, lady, the having any ot 
these lords ; they have acquainted me with their de- 
terminations : which is indeed, to return to their 
home, and to trouble you with no more suit ; unless 
you may be won by some other sort than your fa- 
ther's imposition, depending on the caskets. 

Por. If I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will die 
as chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by the 
manner of my father's will : I am glad this parcel 
of wooers are so reasonable ; for there is not one 
among them but I dote on his very absence, and I 
pray (iod grant them a fair departure. 

Ner. Do you not remember, lady, in your father's 

time, a Venetian, a scholar, and a soldier, that came 

hither in company of the Marquis of Montferrat ? 

Por, Yes, yes, it was Bassanio ; as I think, so 

was he called. 

Ner. True, madam ; he, of all the men that ever 
my foolish eyes looked upon, was the best deserving 
a fair lady. 
Por. 1 remember him well ; and I remember him 

worthy of thy praise How now ! what news ? 

Enter a Servant. 
Serv. The four strangers seek for you, madam, 
to take their leave : and there is a fore-runner come 
from a fifth, the prince of Morocco ; who brings 
word, the prince, his master, will be here to-night. 
Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome with so 
good heart as I can bid the other four farewell, I 
should be glad of his approach : if he have the con- 
dition of a saint, and the complexion of a devil, I 
had rather he should shrive me than wive me. 

Come, Nerissa Sirrah, go before ^Vhiles we shut 

the gate upon one wooer, another knocks at the door. 

Por. God made him, and therefore let him pass 
for a man. In truth, I know it is a sin to be a 
mocker ; But, he ' why, he hath a horse better than 
the Neapolitan's ; a better bad liabit of frowning 
than the count Palatine : he is every man in no man : 
if a throstle sing, he falls straight a capering ; he will 
fence with his own shadow ; if I should marry him, ' be bound. 

SCENE III. Venice. A pul,lick Place. 
Enter Bassanio and Shylock. 

Shy. Three thousand ducats, well. 

llnss. Ay, sir, for three months. 

Shy. For three months, well. 

Bass. For the which, as I told you, .Antonio shall 

L 2 




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a%. Iaiikallaga<aiyr>aaat 
Amd, ky tka nar gaaaa af mj aiwaa 

I iia a i Inviaaily ratot aa tka craaa 

T*al, a wMhky Hakrra at >nr tftt*. 
WIUtaaatokMi BMaall< k^sMj 
ba ya 4toalr f-Raal yaa lato, (m4 

Yaar waraMy VM Ito iMt aaa la av I 
wlal 9kytack.attaUlaa<ikartoa4a.. 
By taklMf^aarkf iMaf af aacaaa.^ 
]^tl aaffly IW ftfa waMa af y Maa4, 
rabraak acaaiaa* lakayai aaaaaaaad. 



akm. IkaJtar t a i . ik n> awatka,yoalaMwaaa. 

WatTlkaa. y^ kaiMi an*, tot m aaa, Bat 


yaa saHkar Ia4,aar korro v, 

I 4a aaatr aaa it. 
Mm. WWa iaeak trma'4 kto aaete LAkaa ' tkcea, 
Tkk. Jarek frwa aw ko^ Akrakaai rM 
I As ki* wtoa aMikar vraayki la kto kekalO 
TW thir4 aaiiiHut : r. kr wm tka ikiH. 
Ami. Aad vki of kl* f 4\* ka Ukc tatrmt * 
Sky So. MM laka iaiarrat ; aat, aa yoa vaaM 

Pliactlr iairst i 

klBMalfvaia tawyrrmU'4, 

(tavr yar ikfaakaM i aMsba toyaar aail. 
WW* akaaM I aar la y^af MmM I aat aay. 

J tmr tmm Itmd Iknt r 

WNk "katM kfaalk,aa4 wktoparit kaaikl 


raa rawV^ aw MMk a 4m t 
raa MiM mm i f t aa^Ar I 
r> hmdmm tkm am* aaMriM. 

^lal. Iwa aa Uka ta call ikaa aa aala. 
Ta Mit aa tbaa acala, ta afara tkaa laa. 
If llMa am toa tkto aMavy, laad tt aat 
Aatailiy(Haa4at (far wkaa 414 Maa4iAlr ''l>- 
A kMl far kama aaaial of kto Maud ?) 
Bat Iaa4 it latkar ta tblaa aaeaty t 
%llM.ifkakiaak.ikaaaMy%twllkkattrTf << 
uct tka paaate. 

My. U*ky iaak yaa. kav yea . 

I aaaU ka (Ha4 wUk yoa. aa4 kavarixir . 
Farfct tka akaaaa tkal yaa kara alala'4 aw w t b, 
Sap^yaar faaaaal waata, aa4 laka aa 4o(t 
Of WMMa tar aqr aMalaa, aa4 raall aat kaar lac < 

^iaf. Tktoarara kt4aaaa. 

My. Tkto kla4aata will I akoar :- 

Ga witk aM ta a aatary. aaal aw tkera 
Yoar alafto kaa4 1 aa4, ia a awrry rort. 
If yaa iayay a aat aa aack a 4ay. 
In aack alacc, aack aa^ or aaas. aa aia 
Rxvrcaa'4 la tka a aaJ H Iaaw tot <ka fotfalt 
Be BoaiiaMc4 tar aaa^aal poa4 
Of you (air teak, ta ka rat oC aa4 lakca 
la wkat aart af yoar ke4r atoaaatk me. 

Ami. CMiiaat. ia laitk ; 111 aaal taaark a boatf. 
Aa4 aay. tkarc to atack kiii4aaaa la tka Jew 

Bmst. Yoa akall aat aaal to aack m koa4 far aM* 
I 11 rather 4wU in mf aaccaaky. 

Act 2. 



Anf. Why, fear not, man ; I will not forfeit it; 
Within these two months, that's a month before 
This bond expires, I do expect return 
Of thiice three times the value of this bond. 

Shi/. O father Abraham, what these Christians 
are ; 
Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect 
The thoughts of others ! Pray you, tell me this; 
If he should break his day, what should I gain 
By the eicaction of the forfeiture ? 
A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man. 
Is not so estimable, profitable neither, 
As flesh of muttons, beets, or goats. I sny. 
To buy his favour, 1 extend this friendship ; 
If he will take it, so ; if not, adieu ; 
And, for my love, I pray you, wrong me not. 

Anl. Ves, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond. 

Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's; 
Oive him direction for this merry bond. 
And 1 will go and purse the ducats straight ; 
See to my house, left in the fearful guard 
Of an unthrifty knave ; and presently 
I will be with you. [Exit. 

Ant. Hie thee, gentle Jew. 

This Hebrew will turn (.'hristian ; he grows kind. 

nusa. I like not fair terms, and a villain's mind. 

Aiit. Come on ; in this there can be no dismay, 
Mj ships come home a month before the day. 


SCENE I Belmont. A Room in Portia's Home. 

Flourish of Cornets. Enter the Prince of Morocco, 
and hi.f Train ; Portia, Nerissa, and other nf her 

Mor. Mislike me not for my complexion. 
The shadow'd livery of the burnish'd sun. 
To whom I am a neighbour, and near bred. 
Bring me the fairest creature northward born, 
Where Phcebus' fire scarce thaws the icicles. 
And let us make incision for your love. 
To prove whose blood is reddest, his, or mine. 
I tell thee, lady, this aspect of mine 
Hath fear'd the valiant ; by my love, I swear. 
The best regarded virgins of our clime 
Have lov'd it too : I would not change this hue, 
i'^xcept to steal your thoughts, my gentle queen. 

Por. In terms of choice! am not solely led 
By nice direction of a maiden's eyes : 
Besides, the lottery of my destiny 
Bars me the right of voluntary choosing : 
But, if my father had not scanted me, 
And hedg'd me by his wit, to yield myself 
His wife, who wins me by that means I told you. 
Yourself, renowned prince, then stood as fair. 
As any comer I have look'd on yet. 
For my affection. 

Mix: Even for that I thank you ; 

Therefore, I pray you, lead me to the caskets, 

o try my fortune. By this scimitar. 
That slew the Sophy, and a Persian prince. 
That won three fields of Sultan Solyman, 
I would out-stare the sternest eyes that look, 
<Jut-brave the heart most daring on the earth. 
Pluck the young sucking cubs from the she bear. 
Yea, mock the lion when he roars for prey. 
To win thee, lady : But, alas the while ! 
If Hercules, and Lichas, play at dice 
Which is the better m in, the greater throw 
May turn by fortune from the weaker hand : 
So is Alcides beaten by his page ; 
And so may I, blind fortune leading me. 
Miss that which one unworthier may attain. 
And die with grieving. 

Pur, You must take your chance ; 

And either not attempt to choose at all, 
Or swear, before you choose, if you choose wrong, 
Never to speak to lady afterward 
In way of marriage ; therefore be advis'd. 

Mor. Nor will not; come, bring me onto my 

Por. First, forward to the temple; after dinner 
Your hazard shall be made. 

Mor. Good fortune then ! [Conutt. 

To make me bless't, or cursed'st among men. 


SCENE Il.Venice. A Street. 
Enter Launcelot Gobbo. 

Lann. Certainly my conscience will serve me to 
run from this .Tew, my master : The fiend is at 
mine elbow ; and tempts me, saying to me, Gobbo, 
Launcelot Gobbo, good Launcelot, or f>ood Gobbo, 
or good Launcelot Gobbo, use your legs, take the 
start, run arvay ; My conscience says, jio ; take 
heed, honest Launcelot ; take heed, honest Gobbo ; or, 
as aforesaid, honest Launcelot Gohho ; do not run ; 
scorn running trith thy heels : Well, the most cou- 
rageous fiend bids me pack ; via ! says the fiend ; 
atuay ! says the fiend, for th heavens ; rouse uj> a 
brave mind, says the fiend, and run. Well, my 
conscience, hanging about the neck of my heart, 
says very wisely to me, mi/ honest friend, Launce- 
lot, being an honest man's son, or rather an honest 
woman's son ; for, indeed, my father did some- 
thing smack, something grow to, he had a kind of 
taste ; well, my conscience says, Launcelot, biulge 
not ; bitdge, says the fiend ; budge not, says ray con- 
science r Conscience, say I, you counsel well ; fiend, 
say I, you counsel well: to be ruled by my con- 
science, I should stay with the .Tew my master, who, 
(God bless the mark 1) is a kind of devil ; and, to 
run away from the Jew, I should be ruled by the 
fiend, who, saving your reverence, is the devil him- 
self : Certainly, the Jew is the very devil incar- 
nation : and, in my conscience, my conscience is but 
a kind of hard conscience, to offer to counsel me to 
stay with the Jew : Th fiend gives the more fiiend- 
ly counsel : 1 will run, fiend.; my heels are at your 
commandment, I will run. 

Enter Old Gobbo, rvith a basket. 

Gob. Master, young man, you, I pray you ; which 
is the way to master Jew's ? 

Lann. [Aside.] O heavens, this is my true be- 
gotten father! who, being more than sand-blind, 
high-gravel blind, knows me not : I will try con- 
clusions with him. 

Gob. Master young gentleman, I pray you, which 
is the way to master Jew's ? 

Lann. 'I'urn up on your right hand, at the next 
turning, but, at the next turning of all, on your 
left ; marrv, at the very next turning, turn of no 
hand, but turn down indirectly to the .Tew's house. 

Gob. By God's sonties, 'twill be a hard way to it. 
Can you tell me whether one Launcelot, that dwells 
withhim, dwell with him, or no .^ 

Laun. 'Palk you of young master Launcelot? 
Mark me now ; [aside.] now will I raise the wa- 
ters : Talk you of young master Launcelot ? 

Gob. No master, sir, but a poor man's son: his 
father, though I say it, is an honest exceedmg poor 
man, and, (Jod be thanked, well to live. 

Laun. Well, let his father be what he will, we 
talk of young master Launcelot. 

Gob. Your worship's friend, and Launcelot, sir. 

Laun. But I pray you ergo, old man, ergo, I be- 
seech you ; Talk you of young master Launcelot .< 

Gob. Of Launcelot, an't please your master-ship. 

Laun. Ergo, master Launcelot; talk not of mas- 
ter Launcelot, father ; for the young gentleman (ac- 
cording to fates and destinies, and such odd say- 
ings, the sisters three, and such branches of learn- 
ing,) is, indeed, deceased ; or, as you would say, in 
plain terms, gone to heaven. 

Gob. Marrv-, (iod forbid ! the boy was the very 
staffofmyage, my very prop. 

Laun. Vo I look like a cudgel, or a hovel-post, a 
staff, or a prop ? Do you know me, father ^ 

Uob. Alack the day, I know you not, young fen- 




it U a wi* father. 

f!!. o!il trsin, I will 


Sh;lock, thy muter, tpoke vith m* tbi a> 

Ana tMb riH^n-d tbw. if it b Mrfiii i. 

To Im* a rick Jtrrt aarvic*, to bwaoM 
Th fallovar af poar a (antlcaun. 

i^mm. Tka aM proTvrti U Trr vpII parted be- 
tvaan lay aaaatar ShvliK-k and im,*.:r; mux hae 
ibagraeaaTOad, iri and h hath enough'. 

AaM* Tka* a^aak'tt it well ; Go, father, with 

Take le*a af thj'tU asMltr, mn* tw^nlf 
My lodfiag mat :-^ htm a Utcry 

>rora pMrta Ihni hta Mtow*': Sea It < 

Lmm, FadMr, hi I aaMwt km a Mreice, no ; 

I have aaWa MMgM tai my kaafU-Wall i [toWk. 

on kit pa#.] If amy naa to Italy have a Miwr 

r.icb 4aiii aMr to ctraar afwn a boak^I 

-iraatoftWMi C]ta.lMrv^aaliaplalta 

iw^ a Maall trMa af wlvta: Alas, flftaan 

and ta k* to peril at my 
ithcr-bad i bere arc atai- 

II lurtanc be a woman, Uia^ a 
itfear Father, rome ; III take 
rw In the twinkhnK of an ere. 
I rrumt l^uncelot mnd OU dobho. 
-. Kond Iveonardo, think on thi- 
t,' bought, and orderly bellow \! . 
' ir I do fra%l to-ni^t 
; .\rqualnl4ncr : Me lhc, gn. 
I r)dcaTon khall ba doac herein 

tmttr Uratiano. 

joor master? 

hae wt nvi my ret to run a 


U^n. Yoodcr. %it, he walk*. 

till 1 hare raa aaaM (roaod 


- ... - [fi^ Leonardo. 

Jew : f > him a ptaaaai ! %. 

t a*R 

UmUk'lL la kit artrScai yon 


-*. (iratlaao ! 

I kaaa tHtk aiy rtba. raihrr 

r.rm. I hara a aait to yoa. 

aaaai K<ma year peawKt 
mmU, ba. lodaid. riVm r. 

f**, Voa hare obtain'd : 

Grit. You mtut aot deny ate; I raat go wi: 

avvaaat him. I will ran i 

T't Imont. 

Sil*ii,tiriMrt Ike I am a Jr. 

T> JOB matt : Bat hear thee. 



Mk Toa aMy do : hat 
Ml wrfM' < la adyai fha i 

CMCk * A99 tlMM MCtvn vdl V 

toMtof: atoldaalia Orat^. 

"iMfrllMm. fkther. 
flak. Qt* Maat yoat worahip ? 
aam. Gramaicy t WoaldSt thoa aaght with mm ? 

0ik He^ aqr . ttr, poor bay. 

taaiii Not a paar hoy, tir, kat tha rich JvH 

u la<ii<,lltoilwrtaadtltalaiHtit.I Mrva 
r. awl I ha> daaba, aa lay fiidiar ahaU 

n i m aae a .) aia teatea nH t' 

Lmm, To ha keM; Hw OTy trath la, that the 
Mm haetag daaa aia a r aa^, doth raa*e me. a> aiy 
fttkar. hafam I koaa aa ' 

flak. I ha hara a dtah af dawa. that I woaM 
a yoar vordilpt aad my salt la, 

II Iraaw by thU ha 
old man: aad, thaaich I aay k, thaah old maa 
yet. poor laaa. flay fbtber. 

Hmtt. Oaa apaak for both ; What waald yaa f 

Ijntm. ferre yoa, ilr. 

OA Thl< U the very dFct af tha HMtter. tir. 

aa*. I know thae vdl, thaa batt abtato-d thy fi t 

mde. and bold of nk ;- 
happily aao^. 
appear aMtoalu; 
knawB. why, thara they 

.h thy iM kaba- 
.goto, [rtoar 

Simtior Pifaaio, bear m. 


id then. 

Ar.d l<w my 

If I do aot pat OR a 1 
Talk with laapert . - 
Wear prayer .bo<v. nrfi* 

Nay more, while . c eft* 

TbtMwMiaiyh..' .n;' 

To ptaaaa bla gru ^re. 

Aaaa. WaU, wr 

Gra. Nay, bat I bar to-night ; Ton Uiall not fee 
By what a do to-aifht. [mr 

Bm Km, ttiat ware pity ; 

I woald entreat voa rather to pat an 
Yoar boldcat Mit oTmlrth, far we hare frieada 
That parpose muiiaimil : Bat fare yoo weii, 

Grt. And I maat ta Lorento, and the rert ; 
Bat we will riait yaa at aapper tlma> (i 


ime. A 
ca mnd Laancelot 

to Shy lock 

farr Jesal 

Jm. I am aarry, thoa wilt leave my father 10 ; 
Oor honw i* hell, aad thoa, a anerry dail. 
Didst rob it ofaanM laatoari 

Act 2. 



But fare thee well : there is a ducat for thee. 
And, Launcelot, soon at supper shalt thou see 
Lorenzo, who is thy new master's guest : 
Give him this letter ; do it secretly, 
And so farewell ; I would not have ray father 
See me talk with thee. 

Cauii. Adieu ! tears exhibit my tongue. 
Most beautiful pagan, most sweet Jew ! If a 
Christian do not play the knave, and get thee, I am 
much deceived: But, adieu ! these foolish drops do 
somewhat drown my manly spirit; adieu ! [Exit. 

Jes. Farewell, good Launcelot. 
Alack, what heinous sin is it in me. 
To be asham'd to be my father's child ! 
But though I am a daughter to his blood, 
I am not to his manners : O Lorenzo, 
If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife ; 
Become a christian, and thy loving wife. [Exit. 

SCENE IV The same. A Street. 

Enter Gratiano, Lorenzo, Salarino, and Salanio. 
Lor. Nay, we will slink away in supper-time ; 
Disguise us at my lodging, and return 
AH in an hour. 
Gra. We have not made good preparation. 
Salar. We have not spoke us yet of torch-bearers, 
Snlan. 'Tis vile, unless it maybe quaintly order'd ; 
And better, in my mind, not undeitook. 

Lor. 'Tis now but four o'clock ; we have two 

To furnish us ; [hours 

Enter Launcelot, 7vi{h a letter. 

Friend Launcelot, what's the news ? 
Laun. An it shall please you to break up this, i 
shall seem to signify. 

^01'. I know the hand : in faith, 'tis a fair hand 
And whiter than the paper it writ on. 
Is the fair hand that writ. 

Gra. Love-news, in faith. 

Laun, By your leave, sir. 
Lor. Whither goest thou ? 

Laun. Marry, sir, to bid my old master the Jew 
to sup to-night with my new master the Christian. 
Lor. Hold here, take this : tell gentle Jessica, I 
will not fail her ; speak it privately ; go. 
Gentlemen, [Exit Launcelot. 

Will you prepare you for this masque to-night ? 
I am provided of a torch-bearer. 
Salar. Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight. 
Salan. And so will I. 

Lor. Meet me, and Gratiano, 

At Gratiano's lodging some hour hence. 
Salar. 'Tis good we do so. 

[Exennt Salar. and Satan. 
Gra. Was not that letter from fair Jessica ? 
Lor. I must needs tell thee all : She hath 
How I shall take her from her father's house ; 
What gold, and jewels, she isfumish'd with ; 
What page's suit she hath in readiness. 
If e'er the .Tew her father come to heaven. 
It will be for his gentle daughter's sake : 
And never dare misfortune cross her foot. 
Unless she do it under this excuse, 
That she is issue to a faithless Jew. 
Come, go with me ; peruse this, as thou goest : 
Faiy Jessica shall be my torch-bearer. [Exeunt. 
SCENE V The same. Before Shvlock's House. 

Enter Shvlock and Launcelot. 

Enter Jessica. 
Jes. Call you ? AVhat is your will ? 
Shy. I am bid forth to supper, Jessica ; 
There are my keys : But wherefore should I go ? 
I am not bid for love ; they flatter me : 
But yet I'll go in hate, to feed upon 
The prodigal Christian.^Jessica, my girl, 
Look to my house: 1 am right loath to go j 
There is some ill a brewing towards my rest. 
For I did dream of money-bags to-night. 

Laun. I beseech you, sir, go ; my young master 
doth expect your reproach. 
S'/ij/. So do I his. 

Liiun. And they have conspired together, I 
will not say, you shall see a masque ; but if you do, 
then it was not for nothing that my nose fell a 
bleeding on Black-monday last, at fix o'clock i'the 
morning, falling out that year on Ash-Wednesday 
was four year in the afternoon. 
Shy. What ; are there masques ? Hear you me. 
Jessica ; 
Lock up my doors ; and when you hear the drum, 
And the vile squeaking of the wry-neck'd fife. 
Clamber not you up to the casements then. 
Nor thrust your head into the public street, 
To gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces : 
But stop my house's ears, I mean my casements ; 
Let not the sound of shallow foppery enter 

My sober house By Jacob's staff, I swear, 

I have no mind of feasting forth to-night : 

But I will go Go you before me, sirrah ; 

Say, I will come. 

Laun. I will go before, sir 

Mistress, look out at window, for all this j 
There will come a Christian by. 
Will be worth a Jewess' eye. [Exit Laun. 

Shy. What says that fool of Hagat's offspring, ha ? 
Jes. His words were. Farewell, mistress ; nothing 

Shy. The patch is kind enough ; but a huge 
Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day [feeder. 
More than the wild cat ; drones hive not with me , 
Therefore 1 part with him ; and part with him 
To one that I would have him help to waste 
His borrowed purse Well, Jessica, go in ; 
Perhaps, I will return immediately ; 
Do, as I bid vou. 

Shut doors after you : Fast bind, fast find ; 
A proverb never stale in thrifty" mind. [Extt. 

Jes. Farewell ; and if my fortune be not crost, 
I have a father, you a daughter, lost. [Exit. 

SCENE VI. T/(e same. 
Enter Gratiano and Salarino, masqued. 

Gra. This is the pent-house, under which Lo- 
Desir'd us to make stand. [renzo 

Salar. His hour is almost pat. 

Gra. And it is marvel he out-dwells his hour. 
For lovers ever run before the clock. 

Salar. O, ten times faster Venus' pigeons fly 
To seal love's bonds new made, than they are wont. 
To keep obliged faith unforfeited ! 

Gra. That ever holds : who riseth from a feast. 
With that keen appetite that he sits down ? 
Where is the horse that doth untread agam 
His tedious measures with the unbated (ire 
That he did pace them first ? All thmgs that ar, 
Are with more spirit chased than enjoy'd. 
How like a younker, or a prodigal. 

Shy. Well, thou shalt see, thy 

eyes shall be thy The scarfed bark puts from her native bav 


The difference of old Phylock and Bassanio : 

What, Jessica ! thou shalt not gormandize, 

As thou hast done with me ; What, Jessica ! 

And sleep and snore, and rend apparel out ; | 

Why, Jessica, 1 say ! I 

Laun. AVhy, Jessica ! j 

S/iV. Who bids thee call "? I do not bid thee call. ' c.v,.. ! 

Lain. Your worshi,, was wont to tell me, I could Lor. Sweet friends, your patience for my long 

do nothing without bidding. | abode ; 

Hut'g'd and embraced by the strumpet wind ! 
iHoW like the prodigal doth she return ; 
i AVith over-weather'd ribs, and ragged all, 
.Lean, rent, and beggar'd by the strumpet wind . 
I Enter Lorenzo. 

j Salar. Here comes Lorenzo ; more of this here- 



J ttniith aC A Ut}. 

>ntii,ait4 Jew. 

Men. iht buMi aU, 



A cal4i MiMl Hiipi Ml totWwa at 4tcm{ 

nfilMi Mr give. Mr bund. MclM CwlMtf. 

nnu .* aw, *aM .. M(4 LTiu Amtm 
A* aiack aa km kwmn m ffmmm Om*. M 
Aad aratgh tk) vataa Mi aa aran haad ; 
U Um ba*M mad bf ihy aatfaatkai. 
Tba Ami daaarw aaimgli i aa4 yet anaagh 
M fcr a* ta Iha la^ i 

May aot 

Aa4 yat u ba a ft a a * aT any daaarrtat. 

Ha** bat a vaaft 4kmMlmt tf mnM. 

A* MMb aa 1 4aaar^ U-U by, tbatt tba L 

1 4a ia btnb 4awoa bar, aatf la lammaa, 

I* gracaa. aA IM aaaUiia* af bPMtf laa t 

\Vby. tbat^ 
Fraan tba fear 

W-bM iri aorair-* M ianbar. bat ahaM bara 
Lat*sMaaMaaMraibto*aytMn'd taaoM: 

iba My I aU tba warM tetoaa baa : 
a* aarMT* af tba aanh tbay caMa. 
Ta kta* IM* rbtlM. tfih laactal ktaaihlM latal. 
Tba Hyfcaalaa inw t i, a*tf tba ratty wOda 
<if wida Arabia, ara at ibraab-<ataa mw. 
Par prtacai la aaaM ta Ibtr I'artU : 
Tba aratfv fc h ifia^. wbaw aabltiaiu baad 
(iptia la tlM fbaa afbaaraa. h m bar 
Ta Map tba fcral^ tplriUi hmt ib7 caota. 
A* aW a braak. la raa fair PartU. 
Um ar tbaM tbraa caaiaim bar baavanly pictar*. 
U-l Itta. tba* laad aaMataa bar f Twaia dawnatiaii 
Ta iblak > ba*a a tbaaabt : it wara tao graw 
Ta rib bar aaradaib ta am abacare grara. 


Jm. f>a^aOrMlMi! vbata aB tfM ml 
TteBtaaaAclaefei aw IMaada aO atay *r yaa i 
Nawinailaalgbl; lbaidiaaaM ' 
Hiwaaii priiiai^ win ga atiaid 
I baaa aMt twaaty tmi t* taak fcrya*. 

Om. I am f/bmH aat : I daUra m aMn 

aCSNB VIl^l 

A Mmm ia PatUali 

rUmrUk^Cmml*. arr Pertia. laia M Pktaea 
af Manc*k Mrf Mk iMr rraia*. 

Mr. Ga. draw arida m 


loaa tbat, tbaa I a yaos witbai. 
oma gad dlfMt my JadgRMiM ! LataMtaa. 
~ ray iba hMcrlptiam baak agata I 
>\ h.)i vay tidr Iradwi caakat > 
>ra r*M aw. aMM ^ar ad tavrd aff kr katt. 
MMlgi*a-Parwbal/ far laad 7 bamd i hml 7 

BaiM iM ttaM aadarralMd to tryV (aid ? 
o^Au dMHki t N*r M rich a Ml 
twanadMagald. Tbaybaral 
af aa anaci 



A eaia. tbal baars iba dgara af aa ai 

MaaprdtagaMt bn Iballi UMcalp 

Bal bara aa aagal la a galdaa bad 

Llai all wltbte.-IMI*r aM Iba kry : 

Haf* da I cbaaw. and lbri*a I a* I may ! 

IW. Tbart, taka It, pHaca, asd If my Conn 
Tbaa I aa year*. 

W. U ball ! what ffn wa bara ? 
A caw lM daatb, withia wbaM ampty aya 
Tbaia to a wrlttaa tcrati i> 111 raad tba wxltiBg. 

r Ht tnltta Ok* goUtm *sktf. 
have wa r 

AB Ami gUtltn it mt* mmU, 
Bml aw aweMr t kdUM: 
emUtm^ 4m wmrwm imJM, 

\mmma im Um^, imj 

Ytmr mmiwtr kmd mti kin imttrwM^ 


CaU, I 

Tbaa. terwall, baat : aad.wclcama.frMt. 

! 1 ba^ taa crlaTid a heart 
Ta taka a tad l aai leave : tbaa Iomt* pail. {Rzit. 
Pur. A gcntla riddance : Draw tha cartaiiu, 

Lai all afbto complexion cbaoaa ma ta. [Sxtmmi. 

SCE.VE VIII. Vanlca. A 8lrd. 
Mmttr SalariM aad Salaala. 
aalar. Wby aM, I aaw Bamawle aadar Mil . 
Wkb bim to UraUaM gaM alaag : 
And In their thip, I am rare, lorrnaa to not. 
bmU*. The villain Jew witb aaicria* rato>< Iba 
Who went witb blm to aarcb HMiaaln^Udp. 

/r. He caaa too lata, Iba abip wa* aadar Mil : 
Bat there tba daka wat given ta aadafslaad. 
That In a geadrla wara aaaa tagatbar 
Lsranioand btoMiiruaa Jaertca; 

Aaiania cartlfyvi tba daka, 
1 bey wara iMl with BaaHMla bi bto tbip. 

Act 2. 



Salan. I never heard a passion so confus'd. 
So strange, outraijeous, and so variable. 
As the dog Jew did utter in the streets : 
My daughter ! O ni/ ducats ! O my daughter '. 
Fled with a Christian t O my christian ducats ! 
Justice ! the law ! my ducats, and my daughter ! 
A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats. 
Of double ducats, stol'n from me by my daughter ! 
And Jewels ; two stones, two rich and precious stones, 
Stol'n by my daughter ! Justice ! find the girl ! 
She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats ! 

Salar. Why, all the boys in Venice follow him. 
Crying, his stones, his daughter, and his ducats. 

Satan. Let good Antonio look he keep his day. 
Or he shall pay for this. 

Salar. Marry, well remember'd ; 

I reason'd with a Frenchman yesterday ; 
Who told me, in the narrow seas, that part 
The French and English, there miscarried 
A vessel of our country, richly fraught: 
I thought upon Antonio, when he told me ; 
And wish'd in silence, that it were not his. 

Salan. You were best to tell Antonio what you 
hear ; 
Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him. 

Salar. A kinder gentleman treads not the earth. 
I saw Bassanio and Antonio part : 
Bassanio told him, he would make some speed 
Of his return ; he answer'd Do tiot so. 
Slubber not business fnr my sake, Hassanio, 
Rut stay the very riping of the time ; 
And for the Jew's bond, which he hath of me. 
Let it not enter in your mind of love : 
Be mxrry ; and employ your chiefest thoughts 
To courtship, and such fair ostents of love 
As shall conveniently become you there : 
And even there, his eye being big with tears. 
Turning his face, he put his hand behind him. 
And with affection wondrous sensible 
He wrung Bassanio's hand, and so they parted. 

Salan. I think, he only loves the world for him 
I pray thee, let us go, and find him out. 
And quicken his embraced heaviness 
With some delight or other. 

Salar. Do we so. [Exeunt. 

Enter Nerissa, with a Servant. 

Ner. Quick, quick, I pray thee, draw the curtain 
straight ; 
The prince of Arragon hath ta'en his oath. 
And comes to his election presently. 

Flourish qf Cornets. Enter the Prince of Arragon, 
Portia, and their Traitu. 

Por. Behold, there stand the caskets, noble prince; 
If you choose that wherein I am contain'd. 
Straight shall our nuptial rites be solemniz'd ; 
But if you fail, without more speech, my lord. 
You must be gone from hence immediately. 

Ar. 1 am enjoin 'd by oath to observe three things : 
First, never to unfold to any one 
Which casket 'twas I chose; next, if I fail 
Of the right casket, never in my life 
To woo a maid in way of marriage ; lastly. 
If I do fail in fortune of my choice. 
Immediately to leave you and be gone. 

Por. To these injunctions every one doth swear. 
That comes to hazard for my worthless self. 

Ar. And so have I address'd me: Fortune now 
To my heart's hope ! Gold, silver, and base lead. 
Who choosctk me, must give ami hazard all he hath : 
You shall look fairer, ere I give, or hazard. 
What says the golden chest ? ha I let me see : 
Who chooseth me, shall gain what many men desire. 
What many men desire That many may be meant 
By the fool multitude, that choose by show. 
Not learning more than the fond eye doth teach ; 
Which pries not to the interior, but, like the 

Builds in the weather on the outward wall. 
Even in the force and road of casualty. 
I will not choose what many men desire. 
Because I will not jump with common spirits. 
And rank me with the barbarous multitudes. 
Why, then to thee, thou silver treasure-house; 
Tell me once more what title thou dost bear : 
Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deserves : 
And well said too; For who shall go about 
To cozen fortune, and be honourable 
Without the stamp of merit! Let none presume 
To wear an undeserved dignity. 
O, that estates, degrees, and offices. 
Were not deriv'd corruptly ! and that clear honour 
Were purchas'd by the merit of the wearer ! 
How many then should cover, that stand bare : 
How many be commanded, that command ? 
How much low peasantry would then be glean'd 
From the true seed of honour ? and how much 

Pick'dfrom the chaff and ruin of the times. 
To be new varnish'd ? Well, but to my choice : 
Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deserves : 
I will assume desert; Give me a key for this. 
And instantly unlock my fortunes here. 
Por. Too long a pause for that which you find 

Ar. What'shere? the portrait of ablinking idiot. 
Presenting me a schedule ? I will read it. 
How much unlike art thou to Portia ? 
How much unlike my hopes, and my deservings ? 
H7i() chooseth me, shall have as much as he deserves. 
Did I deserve no more than a fool's head ? 
Is that my prize? are my deserts no better? 

Por. To offend, and judge, are distinct offices. 
And of opposed natures. 
Ar. What is here? 

The fire seven times tried this ; 

Seven times tried that judfsment is. 

That did never choose amiss : 

Some there be, that shadows kiss ; 

Such have but a shadow's bliss ; 

There are fools alive, I wis, 

Silver'd o'er ; and so was this. 

Take what wife yon will to bed, 

I will ever be your head : 

So begone, sir, you are sped. 

Still more fool I shall appear 

By the time I linger here : 

With one fool's head I came to woo. 

But I go away with two 

Sweet, adieu ! I'll keep my oath, 

Patiently to bear my wroth. 

[Exeunt Arragon and Train. 
Por'. Thus hath the candle sing'd the moth. 
O these deliberate fools ! when they do choose. 
They have the wisdom by their wit to lose. 
Ner. The ancient saying is no heresy ; 
Hanging and wiving goes by destiny. 
Por. Come, draw the curtain, Nerissa. 
Enter a Servant. 

Serv. Where is my lady ? 

Por. Here ; what would my lord ? 

Serv. Madam, there is alighted at your gate 
A young Venetian, one that comes before 
To signify the ajiproaching of his lord : 
From whom he bringeth sensible regreets; 
To wit, besides commends, and courteous breath, 
(iifts of rich value ; yet I have not seen 
So likely an ambassador of love : 
A day in April never came so sweet. 
To show how costly summer was at hand. 
As this fore-spurrer conies before his lord. 

Por. No more, I pray thee ; I am half afeard, 
Thou wilt say anon, he is some kin to thee. 
Thou spend'st such high-day wit in praismg him. 
Come, come, Nerissa ; for I long to see 
Quick Cupid's post, that comes so mannerly. 

Ner. Bassanio, lord love, if thy will it be ! 



ACT 111. 

4Mta^ wkjt Mt It Htm fBctv WMBsrftM* nMft 
bM^^* kMk *l af tick UAtar tek' Ml lk 
n*v mm: ttwGMtfvlM. TArti dwy nU 

dta. IMl4*tef*ailyli>gMMftaitki. 
M * taii|m KlaflR'. OT MMd* ktr M4gkl>an 
MwT (IM^ W fW ntk ar (bM lnHbM4 : 
Bm k I* mM. MbMt Mw tHw oT tirolixtaT, r 

( 4 Xwt 1. dM kMMM ABlMio. 

btf mto gild mm^ u kwtf kU 

mmitmr A* 

Mk Wtf1l]MI 


sara. Hrt CMM* MMtbOT of fk tribe ; fhird 
rsMtoc be matched, ilc (ka dcrll hiinM>lf tvra 
Jew. [Emi^ Mclaa. fcaUr. a^ Sfrrant. 

Skg. How itaw. Tbat, wkst news fron Geeoa ?> 
kju( tkea favnd tor daufhtcr > 

r. I ertc came bcr I did Kcw of her, but 
csaMMt find kar. 

My. Hit; there, there, there, there ! a ditmond 
cnw, eert as* tv thwwiid d*cats la Franl ' 
The cna iiaver Ml m ar natlaa till n 
thMliacvar feH M tt m :-twe tkaiatMl d>c v 

aida^ Ha^wkat mjtt tka*-Wkr tkt and 
, ka kalk laal a *Mp. 
ilMr. I waM k algk* rav Am e^ aC kk 

Ap. Tea kav, mmm aa w0, MMa vcO . 

7. ar j.^***"'^* 0^*^ 

tlmr. TkhTi cartaki ;!,; part, kaaw tl 
MBar dMt aiada tka wlM^ ilia flaw vlthal. 

iMk Aiakylacft.*vkk|M>t.kMwfka 
WfdwMSd^t d <kaa M k ika caf at a af 

Sir. Tka fa camia. If ika d*nl auy ka kar 

. iTrSMflaAaiahlMdtankall 

Oibk Ot tipa* k, aMavrtaai Mhak k at 

rtwaaa let i 
tkM tkere 

id an* lata at tat or ' 
M attar bad match . a baak 
twfC m jpradigal. wka dare eratoe iho* ki> kaad 
mm lUaHa: a kMpr. tka* tMad ta roaa aa 
MMapatkeaMtti-kt ktaa toak t* ktokaiidi 
ke w<a vaM to call aM aaa nt : let kiai loafc la 
kkkawd!kawaa wart ta lead laaaytbr aCkik. 
i lac ki leak ta kk kaM. 
, I am mn. tt ka CitMc. tkaa vik 
Mkp. Ta kak ftA itkal : if it will fcad mMUm 
viae, k wto tad mj weaj. Ha kaik dkgraead 
Me, airf ktaiaaad laaaf k^fa iBilliaa : laykad 
at aqr lawi^ Ma ck a d at m; gaiM, ic a wi ad My 
attaa , ^7*^""y iMitcaiiu. footed m; fHw dl, 

a Uw : Haik mm m 'j*^ c; > hath not a Jew 
kwdi, aef .M. diMf ilMt. lenoet. affcctiom, paa- 
itaM' M with ihaaaMafSwd. hart with the MM* 

yMpttckM,dowM(hlMd7 if ;oa tickle M. do 
we MC UMfk ? if yaa pakaa ., do ve not dk? 
a*d If yaa wimm m ifcaU a aa* rvTenfc ? if we 
t like Toa la^a rart, w* wOl raKWibIc jroa la 
that. If Jmm wraa a Ckfktiaa. what k kk 
kaMlKty 7 fvee^et If a Cktktiaa wraog a Jew, 
wkat iboatd kk Mtfbraace be kv CktktlM emam 
to' vhi. rrrn<*. Tli* riUainT. loa teach le. 


m; daa^ktar wm dead u >; foot, and the jr* t ^ 
la bar ear : *woald iha were hean'd at m? foot, 
asd the dacau in her c4iAa ! >a newt of thcM ^ 
Wk7, M:-aad I know net what't tftnt ia the 
March : Ulir, thoa Iom apen laM ! the thief goo* 
wkh M Mack, Mid MMa^ta And the thkf: and 
BO aatkCictloa, bo rerenae : ar no ill lck tJrriag, 
bat what ligku a' m; ibaalder* ; do sltha, bat tT 
mtj bcaathlDg : ao Mart, but o' m; thedding. 

T^k Yw.oihar bom hare Ul lrk too : Aalaaia, 
M I heard in t i e u M, 

My. What, what, what ? lit lock, ill lack ? 

TmU katk aa ajga^ caat awaj, coauag froM 

Ma. I tkaak Gad. 1 dMak Ged-.-I it trac? 

rb> . I i^akawkh aaMcaf tka ullarc tkat m- 

**Sr. 1 Ckaak tka*. aaod Tabil :-Ged aaw, 
Caa^Mwa : ha ! ka '_ Wketa ? ia Gaaoa > 

rak Year daa<kter ^wat la Oea a i , w I kcaid, 
aae aigkt. foaraeoc* dacatt ! 

Ay. Tkaa atirfclrt a d^gcr in ma : 1 ball 

never Me mj gold again : Faaracarc dacat at a 
kttkM! fcancore dacau ! 

tS. There caaM dlrcrsaf AataaleV creditors in 
aqr caMpaay to \'cBioa, tkM awcar be caaaot 

%. 1 aM err glad af k : 111 plagae bUa ; III 
lartSakfaa: lam glad aflt. 
1^. OaaaftkcM>kowadMcariag,tbMkekad 

My. OM apoa kcr ! Thoa tortarrM me, Tabal : 
kwMaiy t M ^ ail i i; I had it of l>eah. whca I wa* 
a liackeler! I waald bM hare gieea it for a wilder. 

Tak. Brt Aataaio k certainly i 

I wUl: Go, go, Tabal, aad MaM mti 
eer qraa^agae i ga, good Tabal i at oar mM^M 

8CEKE II.-Beimoat. A Ktom U PortU't Bt 
Bmler Bawanio, Partia, CiratUno, NerkM. 
Attandanta. Tht cuktU art ml oot. 
Pt. I imy yoa. tarry ; |ian<e a day or twn, 
Fefere yoo haurd; Car. in choodng wrong, 
I toie joar caamaay ; therefore, ferbcai a ) 
There'* omcthing tdU me, (bat h k aM k<< 
I voald Bot Iom yoa ; and yon know yaatMlf . 
If ate coanMk nM ia aack a ^aaiiiy : 
Bot te<t yoa ihoaM aM aad e ia ia a d w well. 
(And et a Maldaa katk no loagaa kat thoa;;! 
I would deaki yaa hare aaoM aMoth or twa, 
Bofiire yoa vaataM Car aw. I coald tcack yaa, 
How to chaoM t|ikt. Vit then I am fanwMa j 
So wiU I nMr be : m may yoa mIm ma s 




I Oil 

But if you do, you'll maVe me wish a sin, 
Tliat I had l>een forsworn. Beshrew your eyes, 
They have o'erloolc'd me, and divided me ; 

One'half of me is yours, the other half yours, 

Mine own, I would say ; but if mine, then yours. 
And so all yours : O : these naughty times 
Put bars between the owners and their rights ; 
And so, though yours, not yours Prove it so. 
Let fortune go to hell for it, not I. 
I speak too long ; but 'tis to peize the time ; 
To eke it, and to draw it out in length. 
To stay you from election. 

Bats. Let me choose ; 

For, as I am, I live upon the rack. 

Par. Upon the rack, Bassanio ? then confess 
What treason there is mingled with your love. 

Ilaff. None, but that ugly treason of mistrust. 
Which makes me fear the enjoying of my love : 
There may as well be amity and life 
'Tween snow and fire, as treason and my love. 

Por. Ay, but I fear, you speak upon the rack, 
WTiere men enforced dp speak any thing. 

Bass. Promise me life, and I'll confess the truth. 

Por. Well then, confess, and live. 

Bast. Confess, and love. 

Had been the very sum of my confession : 
() happy torment, when my torturer 
Doth teach me answers for deliverance ! 
But let me to my fortune and the caskets. 

Por. Away then : I am lock'd in one of them ; 
Jf you do love me, you will find me out. 
Nerissa, and the rest, stand all aloof. 
Let musick sound, while he doth make his choice : 
Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end. 
Fading in musick : that the comparison 
May stand more proper, my eye shall be the stream. 
Anil wat'ry death-bed for him : He may win ; 
And what is musick then ? then musick is 
Kven as the flourish when true subjects bow 
To a new-crowned monarch : such it is. 
As are those dulcet sounds in break of day, 
Thit creep into the dreaming bridegroom's ear. 
And summon him to marriage. Now he goes. 
With no less presence, but with much more love. 
Than young Alcides, when he did redeem 
The virgin tribute paid by howling Troy 
To the sea-monster : I stand for sacrifice. 
The rest aloof are the Dardanian wives, 
With bleared visages, come forth to view 
The issue of the exploit. Go, Hercules '. 
Live thou, I live : With much much more dismay 
I view the fight, than thou that mak'st the fray. 

Musick, rvhilst Bassanio comments on the caskets to 

1. Tell me where is fancy bred. 
Or in the heart, or in the head ! 
Hon begot, how nourished ! 
Ileply. 2. It is engender'd in the eyes. 

With fratin^ fed ; and fancy die* 
In the cradle rvhere it lies : 
Let us all ring fancy's knell : 

I'll begin it, Ding, dong, bell. 

All. Ding, dong, bell, 

Bass. So may the outward shows be least them- 
The world is still deceiv'd with ornament, [selves; 
In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt. 
But, being season'd with a gracious voice. 
Obscures the show of evil ? In religion. 
What damned error, but some sober brow 
Will bless it, and approve it with a text. 
Hiding the grossness with fair ornament ? 
There is no vice so simple, but assumes 
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts. 
How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false 
As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins 
The beards of Ihercules, and frowning Mars ; 
Who, inward search'd, have livers white as milk ? 
And these assume but valour's excrement. 

To render them redoubted. Look on beauty. 
And you shall see 'tis purchas'd by the weight ; 
\Vhich therein works a miracle in nature. 
Making them lightest that wear most of it : 
.So are those crisped snaky golden locks. 
Which make such wanton gambols with the wind. 
Upon supposed fairness, often known 
To be the dowry of a second head. 
The scull that bred them, in the sepulchre. 
Thus ornament is but the gulled shore 
To a most dangerous sea ; the beauteous scarf 
Veiling an Indian beauty ; in a word. 
The seeming truth which cunning times put on 
To entrap the wisest. Therefore, thou gaudy gold, 
Hard food for Midas, I will none of thee : 
Nor none of thee, thou pale and common drudge 
'Tv/een man and man : but thou, thou meagre lead. 
Which rather threat'nest, than dost promise aught. 
Thy plainness moves me more than eloquence. 
And here choose I ; Joy be the consequence ! 
Por. How all the other passions fleet to air. 
As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embrac'd despair. 
And shudd'ring fear and green-ey'd jealousy. 

love, be moderate, allay thy ecstasy, 

In measure rain thy joy, scant this excess ; 

1 feel too much thy blessing, make it less. 
For fear I surfeit ! 

Bass. What find I here ? 

[Opening the leaden catkti. 
Fair Portia's counterfeit ? What dcmi-god 
Hath come so near creation ? Move these eyes ? 
Or whether, riding on the balls of mine. 
Seem they in motion ? Here are sever'd lips. 
Parted with sugar breath ; so sweet a bar 
Should sunder such sweet friends : Herein her hair* 
The painter plays the spider ; and hath woven 
A golden mesh to entrap the hearts of men. 
Faster than gnats in cobwebs : But her eyes, 
How could he see to do them ? having made one, 
Methinks, it should have power to steil both his. 
And leave itself unfurnished : Yet look, how far 
The substance of ray praise doth wrong this shadow 
In underprizing it, so far this shadow 
Doth limp behind the substance Here's the scroll. 
The continent and summary of my fortune. 

You that choose not by the view, 
Chance asfiiir, and choose as true ! 
Since this fortune falls to you. 
Tie content, and seek no nerv. 
If you be well pleas'd with thir. 
And hold your fortune for your bliss. 
Turn you where your lady is, 
And claim her with a loving kiss, 

A gentle scroll ; Fair lady, by your leave : 

[Kissing her. 
1 come by note, to give and to receive. 
Like one of two contending in a prize, 
That thinks he hath done well in people's eyes. 
Hearing applause, and universal shout. 
Giddy in spirit, still gazing in a doubt 
Whether those peals of praise be his or no ; 
So, thrice fair lady, stand I, even so ; 
As doubtful whether what I see be true, 
Until confirm'd, sign'd, ratified by you. 

Por. You see me, lord Bassanio, where I stand, 
Such as I am : though, for myself alone, 
I would not be ambitious in my wish. 
To wish myself much better ; yet, for you, 
I would be trebled twenty times myself ; 
A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times 
!\Iore rich ; 

That only to stand high on your account, 
I might in virtues, beauties, livings, friends. 
Exceed account : but the full sum of me 
Is sum of something : which, to term in gross. 
Is an unlesson'd girl, unschool'd, unpractls'O : 
Happy in this, she is not yet so old 
But she may learn ; and happier than this. 
She is not bred so dull but she can learn ; 
Happiest of all, is, that her gentle spirit 
Commits itself to yours to be directed. 


4 Migifc^ >! IwwJ m^tWwilti 

TWi lH* (Matf kf . i4 lOTa w wMm* n i f , 

T?^'jp**i? i*'*f J ^'y ^ r^ & ' 

* My lOTi teMMla, a^ My f i l i My. 

"^v H^aww ^vavaaw v m^ VT bwv^i* m J^mm 

Taw fc iW i alMA a^M ikm Mi tt* llMrai 

A< <M > > . a> l iiMMiii fallal 

f<w waaiM kara. vadll a^aai agite t 

A1awaa rt a>iUlaiyaayaaafwa><ty 

%ndiaailMaf Imi at Ian, tf yi ! laH, 

1 Bl a yvaMlta ar Mt Mr aM kara. 

Ta ka* kar laa. afiiliii Umi mw fcnaai 

jrr. UmUtm, It b. aa yM Maa4 rMi'< wHImI. 
au*. Aa a yaa, Otartaaa. aMMigaa* Mtk ^ 
0M. raiwMrf^qrlaitf 
BM. OiarkM AaH ka aMMk kaaara te yaw 

m. wTvyCv *tk Ikaai, m tat kay fcr a 
ir. %irkai. aii Makatfan ? 
. Kat wa ikaU m^ via at Ikal lyatt. mmA 

If ikM dM yaMk aCwy Mw iatanM kafa 
Hava fawai la kM yaa vatoataa : By yr laa^ 
1 kM an vaty fttoiAB aaa oMMtnaiaay 
Swaat ranta, valaaMa. 

W. Sa4al,a>ylrd: 

TVy an aallnly tialc r . 

r. I tkaak yaw k o w a ay Tm mj |NVt. mj 



._ .,.__i by tha way. 
I HM, yaat alt 4}ia( aaj. 

t Um wi 

[ 414. 7 Ic4, 

A4 I kaa tMaa tm U. Sigaiar Antonio 
Ciaiiiiiii klwtaya*. \ZiwmhtmmimlMtt. 

aaM. In I M kit iHter. 

1 yaay yaa Ml aM kaw My taa4Trica4 4o(h. 

^. Nattlck.wy lf4.alaMUbclaaUn4: 
Nor U, anlaw la Mlad : ki* latter tbata 
Will Utaw ki* aOat*. 

i>r. NarteM, ckaar yoa' titnnfti s kM kar wrt- 

Hafa tn a ikw af Ika aa|l a>a af t aor4*, 
Tkala*ar llitlii mm* : liaaUa ladj, 
MTkaa 1 4M tnt imfn My la^ la taa. 
I ftMly al4 yaa, aU Ika waaltk I ka4 
fUn la aty . I wa a gaatUaiaa t 
Aa4 Ikaa I Ial4 yaa ttM : a4 tat. 4aar Ia4y, 
Ratlag MMalf at aathtac yaa ikall wa 
Ifawnacti IvMakaagnrti HIiaaltaMyav 
My tiaia m alklM.TSaaM tkaa ka*a ial4 
TWil vMvanatkaa aaOUnc: fcr.la4aa4, ' 
I kaa* aaai^ atyvatf la a 4ar Ma4. 
leMM^^I^fHa4 to kto Maia aiial^y; 
fTSUwmtmamm. UaM k laWrU4y ; 
Tka papar m tk* bo<ii at mi frwntf, 
Aa4 aaaai ward - oa4. 

ItMliW Idk-Mo* . (Mtorlo > 

HavaaUkkvar: !.t.iialana kii 

Titoalte. Us.... ..HtEilaa4. 

a iM oa. BarlMry, mmI ladia 7 

aal mm aaMal Scaya Ika 4raa4fU iaack 

Of MTkaal wanli^ rack*? 

Nataaa.My Ici 
. k ikaaM a|if*ar. that If ka ka4 
Tka ynaaat Maaay to 4lickatfi Ika Jaw, 
Ha waaM aat toka U : X**at 4M 1 know 
A CMatai*, Ikal 414 kaar Ika ka^ af Maa. 
Ma kaaa aa4 ma^y u aaataMi a Maa . 
Ha -Om tka ka at aMTOtas. a4 at atgkt : 
Aa44alk iMpaack Ika ftaa4aM af ikaMaia. 
If ikM 4ay MM Jaaica : twaaty Mrcbaai*. 
Tka ^k kiMMlf. aa4 Ika Manllcoa 
"f g iMiMl part, kava all pcTMiad4 with him ; 
at aaaa caa 4rla kim ftan tka antloa* blaa 
ffcrfMtat*. t jattica, aa4 kk bend. 
Jm. H'kaa I wa* aitk kim. I h>T h*ar4 hi 
Ta Takal, aa4 torka*.hl rmntrTm--Ti. 'wea 

Tkrt ka waal4 rMkaa htr^ ' " -^ ' 

Tltaa twanty Uma* Ika ^ 
TlMtka4l4wakim: a 
tr la w . aatkaHty , a4 p< - 

It will ga kaf4 Witk poor Anion :o 

I* It yaar ter Mand, tkat it (hu i 

*. Tka4canM fVtaa4 to M.ihakir'tfi: ram. 
Tka kart eaaiWaa^ aa4 Bawla4*pirit 
la 4alacaaarMriM: afi4 ana la wkam 

lUM mn Skat 4raw* krwik la Italy 
/W. W-kat Mm owa* ha tka Jaw i- 
Bmm, rm m, tkna thawMail 4ar;it. 


, _j4 then tT 

Bdbra a friand of this 4a(Tlptic: 
SBmII laaa a hafr thronch Im-v 

Uttk an 

To pay the jwtty <l*bt tw 
U hen it U MM. ktbM J 
Mt nmM nW1m.i4 ir 
Mill UTMmd4aaiM 
For }o *hall kaart apori 
Bid toar flrlca4* wdcanu 
^iincc yoa a* dear kaagh 
But let ma kcat tha lattrr 

Act 3. 



BaSB. [Reads.] Swerf Bassanio, my sinpi have all 
miscarried, my creditors grorv cruel, my estate is very 
Ion', my bond to the Jtrv is forfeit ; and since, in 
paying it, it is impossible I should live, all debts are 
cleared betrveen you and I, if I mif;ht but see you at 
my death : notrvithstanding, use your pleasure . if 
your love do not persuade you to come, let not my 

Por. O love, despatch all business, and be gone. 
Bass. Since I have your good leave to go away, 
I will make haste: but, till 1 come ajjain. 
No bed shall e'er he guilty of my stay, 

No rest be interposer 'twixt us twain. [Exeunt. 
SCENE III Venice. A Street. 
Enter Shylock, Salanio, Antonio, and Gaoler. 
Shy. Gaoler, look to him ; Tell not me of 

mercy ; 

This is the fool that lent out money gratis ; 
Gaoler, look to him. 

Ant. Hear me yet, good Shylock. 

Shy. I'll have my bond ; speak not against my 
bond ; 
1 hare sworn an oath, that I will have my bond : 
Thou call'dst me dog, before thou had'st a cause : 
liut, since I am a dog, beware my fangs : 
The duke shall grant me justice I do wonder, 
Thou naughty gaoler, that thou art so fond 
To come abroad with him at his request. 
Ant. I pray thee, hear me speak. 
Shy. I'll have my bond; i will not hear thee 
speak : 
I'll have my bond ; and therefore speak no more. 
I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool. 
To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield 
To Christian intercessors. Follow not ; 
I'll have no speaking ; 1 will have my bond. 

[Exit Shylock. 
Salan. It is the most impenetrable cur. 
That ever kept with men. 

Ant. Let him alone ; 

I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers. 
He seeks my life ; his reason well I know; 
I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures 
Many that have at times made moan to me ; 
Therefore he hates me. 

Salan. I am sure, the duke 

Will never grant this forfeiture to hold. 

Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law ; 
For the commodity that strangers have 
With us inV'enice, if it be denied. 
Will much impeach the justice of the state ; 
Since that the trade and profit of the city 
Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go : 
These griefs and losses have so 'bated me, 
That I" shall hardly spare a pound of flesh 

To-morrow to my bloody creditor 

Well, gaoler, on : Pray God, Bassanio come 
To see me pay his debt, and then I care not ! 


SCENE IV Belmont. A Room in Portia's 

Enter Portia, Nerissa, Lorenzo, Jessica, and Bal- 
Lor. Madam, although I speak it in yourpresence, 
You have a noble and a true conceit 
Of godlike amity ; whic'n appears most strongly 
In bearing thus the absence of your lord. 
But, if you knew to whom you show this honour. 
How true a gentlemm you send relief. 
How dear a lover of my lord your husband, 
I know, you would be prouder of the work. 
Than customary bounty can enforce you. 
Por. I never did repent for doing good. 
Nor shall not now : for in companions 
That do converse and waste the time together. 
Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love. 
There must be needs a like proportion 
Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit ; 
Which makes me think, that this Antonio, 

Being the bosom lover of my lord. 
Must needs be like my lord : If it be so. 
How little is the cost 1 have bestow'd. 
In purchasing the semblance of my soul 
From out the state of hellish cruelty ? 
This comes too near the praising of myself; 

Therefore, no more of it : hear other things 

Lorenzo, I commit into your hands 

The husbandry and manage of my house, 

Until my lord's return : for mine own part, 

I have toward heaven breath'd a secret vow, 

To live in prayer and contemplation. 

Only attended by Nerissa here. 

Until her husband and my lord's return : 

There is a monastery two miles off. 

And there we will abide. I do desire you. 

Not to deny this imposition ; 

The which my love, and some necessity, 

Now lays upon you. 

Lor. Madam, with all my heart, 

I shall obey you in all fair commands. 

Por. My people do already know my mind, 
And will acknowledge you and Jessica 
In place of lord Bassanio and myself. 
So fare you well, till we shall meet again. 
Lor. Fair thoughts, and happy hours, attend on 

you I 
Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content. 
Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well 
To wish it back on you : fare you well, Jessica 
[Exeunt Jessica and Lorenzo. 
Now, Balthazar, 

As I have ever found thee honest, true. 
So let me find thee still : Take this same letter. 
And use thou all the endeavour of a man. 
In speed to Fadua ; see thou render this 
Into my cousin's hand, doctor Hellario ; 
And, look, what notes and garments he doth give 

Bring them, I pray thee, with imagin'd speed 
Unto the tranect, to the common ferry 
Which trades to Venice : waste no time in words. 
But get thee gone ; I shall be there before thee. 
Batth. Madam, I go with all convenient speed. 

Por. Come on, Nerissa ; I have work in hand. 
That yon yet know not of : we'll see our husbands, 
Before they think of us. 
jVcr. Shall ihey see us ? 

Por. They shall, Nerissa ; but in such a habit, 
That they shall think we are accomplished 
With what we lack. I'll hold thee any wager. 
When we are both accouter'd like young men, 
I'll prove the pre'.tier fellow of the two. 
And wear my dagger with the braver grace ; 
And speak, between the change of man and boy. 
With a reed voice ; and turn two mincing steps 
Into a manly stride ; and speak of frays. 
Like a line bragging youth : and tell quamt lies. 
How honourable ladies sought my love, 
V.'hich I denying, they fell sick and died ; 
I could not do with all : then I'll repent. 
And wish, for all that, that I had not kill d them : 
And twenty of these puny lies I'll tell. 
That men should swear, I have discontinued school 
Above a tweUemonth : I have within my mind 
A thousand raw tricks of these bragging Jacks, 
Which I will practise. 
jfer. Why, shall we turn to men ? 

Por. Fye ! what a question's that, 
If thou wert near a lewd interpreter ? 
But come, I'll tell thee all my whole device 
When I am in mv coach, which stays for us 
At the park gate ; and therefore haste away. 
For we must measure twenty miles to-day. 


SCENE V The same. A Garden. 

Enter Launcelot and Jessica. 

Laun. Yeg, truly ;-for, look you, the sins of the 

father are to be laid upon the children ; therefore. 


Art A 

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MJ. Iharahaard. 

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TaiaMr. with a ^laMaaM af lytell. 
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Bat laach>l alth ban 

Patgtva a aioirty oT iba yatecipal : 
Olaaciac aa ay* af Uly aa bta Umm*. 
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braM* baaaaa, aatf raach haarta of mat. 
tabbara TMka, and Tattars nartr tiain'4 

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My. 1 hara 

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tiMl^ te >a ilaatr, lir. why, tot It ba m ham nan A aalght af aarrloa flarii. thaa 
t^" -. 

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haaaaly aMtch, Mart ytoM ta aach t a atHahto ^ dMwr. 

, aar I win aat. 

Act 4. 



More than a lodg'd hate, and a certain loathing, 

1 bear Antonio, that I follow thus 

A losing suit against him. Are you answer'd ? 

Bass. This is no answei", thou unfeeling man. 
To excuse the current of thy cruelty. 

Shy. I am not bound to please thee with m 

Bass. Do all men kill the things they do not love 

S/tjj. Hates any man the thing he would not kill 

Utiss. Every offence is not a hate at first. 

Shy. What, would'st thou have a serpent sting 
thee twice ? 

Ant. I pray you, think you question with the 
Jew : 
You may as well go stand upon the beach, 
And bid the main flood bate his usual height; 
You may as well use question with the wolf. 
Why he hath made the ewe bleat for the lamb ; 
You may as well forbid the mountain pines 
To wag their high tops, and to make no noise, 
SV'hen they are fretted with the gusts of heaven; 
You may as well do any thing most hard, 
As seek to soften that (than which what's harder ?) 
His .Jewish heart : Therefore, I do beseech you, 
Make no more offers, use no further means. 
But, with all brief and plain conveniency. 
Let me have judgment, and the Jew his will. 

Uass. For thy three thousand ducats here is six. 

Shy. If every ducat in six thousand ducats 
Were in six parts, and every part a ducat, 
I would not draw them, I would have my bond. 

Duke, flow Shalt thou hope for mercy, rendering 

[wrong .' 
i, d 

^ Shij. What judgment shall I dread, doing no 
You have among you many a purchased slave, 
Which, like your asses, and your dogs, and mules. 
You use in abject and in slavish parts, 
Uecause you bought them : Shall I say to you. 
Let them be free, marry them to your heirs ? 
Why sweat they under burdens ^ "let their beds 
lie made as soft as yours, and let their palates 
Be season'd with such viands :< You will answer. 
The slaves are ours : So do I answer you ; 
The pound of flesh, which I demand of him. 
Is daarly bought, is mine, and I will have it : 
If you deny me, fye upon your law ! 
There is no force in the decrees of Venice : 
I stand for judgment: answer; shall 1 have it? 

OiiKe. Upon my power, J may dismiss this court. 
Unless Bellario, a learned doctor, 
Whom I have sent for to determine this. 
Come here to-day. 

Sular. My lord, here stays without 

A messenger with letters from the doctor. 
New come from Hadua. 

Duke. Bring us the letters; Call the messenger. 

Bass. Good cheer, Antonio ! What, man ? cou- 
rage yet ! 
The Jew shall have my flesh, blood, bones, and all, 
Ere thou shalt lose for me one drop of blood. 

Ant. I am a tainted wether of the flock, 
Meetest for death ; the weakest kind of fruit 
Drops earliest to the ground, and so let me : 
You cannot better be employ'd, Bassanio, 
Than to live still, and write mine epitaph. 

That souls of animals infuse themselves 
Into the trunks of men thy currish spirit 
(iovern'd a wolf, who, hang'd for human slaughter 
Even from the gallows did his fell soul fleet. 
And, whilst thou lay'st in thy unhallow'd dam, 
Infus'd itself in thee; for thy desires 
.4re wolfish, bloody, starv'd, and ravenous. 
Shy. Till thou can'st rail the seal from off my 
Thou but ofTend'st thy lungs to spesk so loud : 
Kepair thy wit, good youth ; or it will fall 
To cureless ruin I stand here for law. 
Duke. This letter from Bellario doth commend 

A young and learned doctor to our court : 

Where is he ? 

Ner. He attendeth here hard by, 

To know your answer, whether you'll admit him. 
Duke. With all my heart: some three or foui 
of you. 

Go give him courteous conduct to this place 

Meantime, the court shall hear Bellario's letter. 

[Clerk refills.] Your {rrace shall uudersiand, that, 
at the receipt of your letter, I am I'crt/ sick : but in 
the instant that your messenger came, in loving xnsit- 
aiion tyas with me a young doctor of Rome, his 
name is Balthazar : I acijuaiuted him with the cause 
in controversy between the Jew aiul Antonio the mer- 
chant : we turned o'er many books togeth r : lie is 
furnish'd with my opinion ; which, hetter'd with his 
learning, (the greatness whereof I cannot enough 
commend,) comes with him, at my importunity, to 
fill up your grace's request in my steail. I beseech 
you, let his lack of years be no impediment to let him 
lack a reverend estimation ; for I never knew so young 
a body with so old a head. I leave him to your gra- 
cious acceptance, whose trial shall better publish las 

Duke. You hear the learned Bellario, what he 
writes : 

And here, I take it, is the doctor come 

Enter Portia, dressed like a doctor of laws. 

Give me your hand : Came you from old Bellario ' 

Por. I did, my lord. 

Duke. You are welcome : take your place. 

Are you acquainted with the difference 
That holds this present question in the court ? 

Por. I am informed throughly of the cause. 
Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew ? 

Duke. Antonio and old Shylock, both stand forth. 

Por. Is your name Shylock ? 

Shy. Shylock is ray name. 

Por. Of a strange nature is the suit you follow ; 
Yet in such rule, that the Venetian law 

Cannot impugn you, as you do proceed 

You stand within his danger, do you not? 

[To Antonio. 

Ant. Ay, so he says. 

Por. Do you confess the bond ? 

Ant. 1 do. 

Por. Then must the .Tew be merciful. 

Shy. On what compulsion must I ? tell me that. 

Por. The quality of mercy is not strain'd ; 
It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heaven 
Upon the place beneath : it is twice bless'd ; 
It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes : 
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes 
The thrqned monarch better than his crown ; 
His scepter shows the force of temporal power. 
The attribute to awe and majesty. 
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; 
But raercv is above this scepter'd sway. 

Enter Xerissa, dressed like a lawyer's clerk. 

Duke. Came you from I'adua, from Bellario ? 

Ner. From both, my lord : Bellario greets your 
grace. [Presents a letter. 

Bass. Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly ? 

Shy. To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt 
there. [Jew, 

Grn. Not on thy sole, but on thy soul, harsh i It is enthroned in the hearts of kings 
Thou mak'st thy knife keen : but no metal can, | It is an attribute to God himself; 
No, not the hangman's axe, bear half the keenness And earthly power doth then show likest God's, 
Of thy sharp envy. Can no prayers pierce thee ? "'^ =...-= 'pi,-,f t 

Shij. No, none that thou hast wit enough to make. 

Gra. O, be thou damn'd, inexorable dog 1 
And for thy life let justice be accus'd. 
Thou almost mak'st me waver in my faith. 
To ho'd opinion with Pythagoras, 

When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew, 
"Though justice be thv plea, consider this 
That in the course of justice, none of us 
Should see salvation : we do pray for mercy ; 
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render 
The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much. 



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era. O aatlckl Jade* i Mark. Jew :_0 toamrd 
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Tk* Jw Uvill ba all iaitto* s-toft :-aokMir 
bat lb* pcealiy. 

Ora. O J*w : Ml aprlnkl tada, a I 

piapaaa Ik** to cat off Ik* I 

Aa a^c of pai*ty ; fiaai wkick llaaa r la g | 
nr lack a aUatty datk ak* oat m* air. 
( owawad H* to yaar k iaaa r a kl i wifa : 

Tall hcrikapracaMaTAaiaato'^aad. 
Kay. kaw I lev^ yaa. ipaak aw fair tai 
Aad kaaik*iatatotold,hMkarb* 


FkadikaaaoWaad: aM cat iboa toaa, i 
Bai JM a poaad afflMb : If tkoa iak%t war*. 
Ur laaa, tkaa a laat paaad. ka U bat M arack 
Aa BMfcw H 11^. ar kaa*y. la Ik* aabataac*. 
Or Ik* divtotoa af tk* twMittotk part 
nr*a* paar acrapto : aav. If ik* caJ* do tnni 
Bat fai tk**tkaaiioa of a kato. 
Tkoa dlao. and all Iby |aodaar*con6<- :, 

Cm. a aaaaad Daatol. a Daniai. Jc 
New, lnM*l, I bave iba* o* lh hip. 

Mr. ^tliy doth lb* Jew p*aa*> take thy fur- 

Sty. (jira roc my priacipal, and let mc go. 

Mm. I baTc it naif tat the* ; her* it iv 

Mr. He hath Tfi'd it <a tk* opca coart ; 
He UmU ha* merely jaalic*, aad bU bond. 

f.r.i. A Panlei, Iin M> I : a ccofi<l Daniel ' 

r -.. ,rl. 


>A V. \\ b then the dct il gift liini pood of it '. 
ni ttay aolaaifM ^artioa. ' 

Mr. Tarty, Jew ; 

Tb* Uw batfc yet aaalkar bold on yoa. 
Il to Miactcd la Ike ta* of >'cnicer 

Act 4. 



If it be prov'd against an alien, 

That by direct, or indirect attempts. 

He seek the life of any citizen. 

The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive, 

Shall seize one half his goods ; the other half 

f'omes to the privy coffer of the state ; 

And the offender's life lies in the meiry 

Of the 6ake only, 'gainst all other voice. 

'n which predicament, I say, thou stand'st : 

For it appears by manifest proceeding. 

That, indirectly, and directly too, 

Thou hast contriv'd against the very life 

Of the defendant; and thou hast incurr'd 

The danger formerly by me lehears'd. 

Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke. 

Gra. Bg that thou may'st have leave to hang 
And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state. 
Thou hast not left the value of a cord ; 
Therefore, thou must be hang'd at the state's 
charge. [spirit, 

DiiUe. 'J'hat thou shalt see the difference of our 
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it : 
For half thy wealth, it is Antonio's; 
The other half comes to the general state. 
Which humbleness may drive unto a fine. 

for. Ay, for the state ; not for Antonio, 

Shy. Nay, take my life and all, pardon not that : 
Vou take my house, v-hen you do take the prop 
That doth sustain my house ; you take my life. 
When you do take the means whereby 1 live. 

Pur. W hat mercy can you render him, Antonio ? 

Gra. A halter gratis; nothing else; for (iod's 
sake. [court. 

Ant. So please my lord the duke, and all the 
To quit the fine for one half of his goods ; 
I am content, so he will let me have 
The other half in use, to render it. 
Upon his death, unto the gentleman 
That lately stole his daughter ; 
Two things provided more, That for this favour. 
He presently become a ( hriMian ; 
The other, that he do record a gift. 
Here in the court, of all he dies possess'd. 
Unto his son Lorenzo, and his daughter. 

Duke. He shall do this ; or else i do recant 
The pardon, thit 1 late pronounced here. 

Par, Art thou contented, Jew, what dost thou sayV 

Shy. 1 am content. 

Por, Clerk, draw a deed of gift. 

Shy. I pray you, give me leave to go from hence : 
I am not well ; send the deed after me. 
And I will sign it. 

Duke. Oet thee gone, but do it. 

Gra, In christening, thou shalt have two god- 
fathers ; 
Had I been judge, thou should'sthave had ten more. 
To bring thee to the gallows, not the font. 

[/i.,i< Shylock. 

Duke. Sir, I entreat you home'with me to dinner. 

Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon ; 
I must away this night toward I adua. 
And it is meet, I presently set forth. 

Duke. 1 am sorry, that your leisure servesyou not. 
Antonio, gratify this gentleman ; 
For, in my mind, you are much bound to him. 

[Exeunl Duke, Alagnificoes, udd Crain. 

Buss. ?,Iost worthy gentleman, I and my friend, 
Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted 
Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof. 
Three thousand ducats, due unto the .few, 
We freely cope your courteous pains withal. 

Ant. And stand indebted, over and above, 
In love and service to you evermore. 

Por. lie is well paid that is well satisfied : 
And I, delivering you, am satisfied. 
And therein do account myself well paid; 
My mind was never yet more mercenary. 
I prav vou, know me, when we meet again ; 
I wish you well, and so I take my leave. Deir sir, of force I must attempt you 

Take some remembrance of us, as a tribute. 
Not as a fee : grant me two things, I pray you. 
Not to deny me, and to pardon me. 

Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield, 
(live me your gloves, I'll wear them for your sake; 
And, for your love, I'll take this ring from you : 
Do not draw back your hand ; I'll take no more ; 
And you in love shall not deny me this. 

iiass. This ring, good sir, alas, it is a trifle: 
I will not shame myself to give you this. 

Por. I will have nothing else but only this; 
And now, methinks, 1 have a mind to it. 

Iiass. There's more depends on this than on the 
The dearest ring in Venice will I give yon. 
And find it out by proclamation ; 
Only for this, I pray you pardon me. 

Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers : 
You taught me first to beg; and now, methinks. 
You teach me how a beggar should be answer'd. 

Bass, (lood sir, this ring was given me by mj 
And, when she put it on, she made me vow. 
That i should neither sell, nor give, nor lose it. 

Por. That 'scuse serves many men to save their 
-4n if your wife be not a mad woman. 
And know how well I have deserv'd this ring. 
She wou d not hold out enemy for ever, 
For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you ! 

[Exeunt 1 ortia and Netissa. 

Ant. My lord Bass nio, let him have the ring ; 
Let his deservings, and my love withal. 
Be valued 'gainst your wife's commandment. 

Bass, bo, Oratiano, run and overtake him, 
(live him the ring ; and bring him, if thou can'st. 
Unto Antonio's house : away, make haste. 

[Exit Gratiano. 
Come, you and I will thither presently ; 
And in the morning early will we both 
Fly toward belmont : (;ome, -Antonio. [Exeunt. 
SCENE II. r/ie fame. A Street. 
Enter Portia and Nerissa. 

Por. Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this 
And let him sign it ; we'll away to-night. 
And be a day before our husbands home : 
This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo. 
Enter Gratiano. 

Gra. Fair sir, you are well overtaken : 
My lord L'a.s.sanio, upon more advice. 
Hath sent you here this ring ; and doth entreat 
, our company at dinner. 

Pu,.. That cannot be : 

This ring I do accept most thankfully. 
And so, 1 pray you, tell him : Kurthermoie, 
I pray you, show my youth old .^hylock's house. 

Gia. 'Ihat will 1 do. 

]S!er. Sir, I would speak with you :- 

I'll see if I can get my husband's ring, [To Vortvs.. 
Which I did make him swear to keep for ever. 

Por. Thou maj'st, I warrant; VVe shall havi- 
old swearing. 
That they did give the rings away to men ; 
But we'll outface them, and out.we:.r them too. 
A way, make haste ; thou know'st where 1 will tarry. 

""" 'hou^r"" "'' ""' ' ""[^-"J- 


SCENE I. Belmont. Avenue to Portia's Hous . 

Enter Lorenzo and Jessica. 

Lor. The rnoon shines bright :-In such a nigh 

When the 'sweet wind did gently kiss the tree*. 
And they did make no noise ; m such a night, 

I M 




Troilut. fn*thmk, moontad th# Trojan all>. 
And iiehd hi cul toward lh Urvcian trnu, 
UhrT ( rrx4i(l la thit nifht. 

Jf- Im Micti a ni(ht, 

ntd fr*rfnll ocTtrJp tb dew : 
Ami taw ihr Iiuti > th^do* (ft hifnalf, 
And ran dixnaj'il aa}. 

<^>'. In aach > nifht. 

Stood Pida with a willow In ' ' 
Upon the wild wa-bank*. ant wav'd bcr lo 

r. Th rraaoa U jmn (plrita are at tent > > . 
For do bat note a wild and vanloa herd, 
<>r race of youthful and anhandlad oelu. 
Fefchlnit mad boanda, bellowin|c. and naiatuo^ 
M hich ia the hot cooditlon of (heir Mood ; [loiui. 
If the; but bear perchance a trampet Muod, 
< >T an* air of maaick toMk tbcir aara. 
You anal I 



Mt a ba(7 iMml 
I mj jam b mj muter |t rmrnnT* * 

W. He to M*. Bar he Ml hMf (kwa 
I w in. 1 Kay ikM, 4arto^ [Mm^ 

Ad owm anlawi t t let m ceware 

!(MM W|CMM *V Ik* Mra rM IMM*. 


tema. Tali Mm. laaia a pmi twin irom mjr 
Mter, witk hto bam trntl t gaad aawa ; mj 
wtn te iMnan BMnanc. 

Lar. Sweat <Mil, iMt tat. 

Aa4 f a* wtue i WV iltwiM w fo la ? 
Ml rrieii4 Stev^Mno, *inir]r, I peay jtm, 
WHkla tlN Waae. your mlatreu ia at hand : 
Aa4 krti ^ovr maaick forth into the air 

ISmit Stcphaao. 
Haw avaat the maaa-Ucbt aleepa upon Ihta baak ! 
Hare wiU we tit, and let the loaad* of maalck 
t^eep la ear aan: aoft atUlnaM. and Ue aight. 
Baeaaaa Iha laackm oC&wcct hannoa; 
8N.Jaarica> Leak haw tha Oooe of h 
U thick talaM vMkpatici r faUbt cold : 
T^wral not the Maallart arb, whirh tboa bchoMHt 
Bat la kfa atetfoa Itt* aa aaiccl *ln^. 

t tke yoaaf -ey'd chrrobin* : I 

ylalaianaactal toala: , 

BM. VMM drfa maddj eeatare of decay I 

Oaik ^aaty dam it la, c aaaot bear it I 

I aiaab a waata r Hum hy day. 

r*r. Tb* oaw dotk rfaa at awaatlji aa the lai*. 
rkM aeltlMr It Uttaiii : aad. I think, 
Tka aiglMtecala, If * ikaatd aini; hj day. 
Wlwa aewT gaota it aaekllM. woaid be thoufM 
Na Wlr a mtaleiaa tkaa tfca wren. 
Haw many thiaft y tataea taaaaa^ at 
Ta ilMir right pralaa, aad traa aarlbrtion '.- 
Pitaca. haal tha aiaaa tleMn vfth BiKiymi>. 
Aad wwtM aal ka awakM I [i 

Ur. That It tl 

Orl am laaeh daeatr^. af Partis. 

fmr. Ha haawt aaa, aa tha bitad ati 
Bgr tha bad *alaa. (c 

l^tr. Daar lady, welceme home. 

ftr. Wt baaa baa* prayiag 9m ear batht 

Give ardcr ta nr tcrvaatt, that tbey take 
No nate at all of aar belnir a la ea t heace s 
Nor yoa, Lerenio ; Jeialca, nor yoa. 

[A tutint mmndt. 

VoT. yrmrhn'.hinA Unt hand, I hear htotrainpet 
We .ir- -" '' "i '.". ; fear yoa not. 

|>. > . i* but the daylifht 

It I- . Uy, [aick, 

9ach . >in U hid. 

BtdT Kuadio> Anton ]o, (.latiano, and their Fal- 

Caaie, Ita. and waka Diana with a hymn : 
Hith twcvteat toachca pierce yoar miatrtu' ear. 
And draw hat hoaM with mosick. 
Jn. I aaa aaear lamy .ahaa 1 hear tweet mnaick. 


If you 

Tar a 
And ti 
But ' 

To . 



r. We houtd holrl di 

I*t V 

lisht V 

iiTi the Antipadaa, 

not be light : 


eiTe welrone to mT 

io, (friend 

...... - - l-und. 

Will ihould in .^ 1 senfe be mach boaod to 
1 I hear, he waa mttch bound for you. [him, 
No more than I am well ac^aittcd of. 

Act 5. 



Por. Sir, yon are very welcome to our houtc : 
It must appear in other ways than words, 
Therefore, I scant this breathing courtesy. 

[Gratiano and Nerissa seem to talk apart. 

Gra. By yonder moon, I swear, you do nie wrong; 
In faith, I gave it to the judge's clerk : 
Would he were gelt that had it, for my part. 
Since you do take it, love, so much at heart. 

Por. A quarrel, ho, already H what's the matter? 

Gra. About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring 
That she did give me ; whose posy was 
For all the world, like cutler's poetry 
Upon a knife. Love me, and leave me itot. 

Ner. What talk you of the posy, or the value ? 
You swore to me, when I did give it you. 
That you would wear it till your hour of death ; 
And that it should lie with you in your grave : 
Though not for me, yet for your vehement oaths. 
You should have been respective, and have kept it. 
Gave it a judge's clerk ! but well I know, 
The clerk will ne'er wear hair on his face, that 

Gra. He will, an if he live to be a man. [had it. 

Ner. Ay, if a woman live to be a man. 

Gra. Now, by this hand, I gave it to a youth, 
A kind of boy ; a little scrubbed boy, 
No higher than thyself, the judge's clerk ; 
A prating boy, that begg'd it as a fee ; 
I could not for my heart deny it him. [you, 

Por. You were to blame, I must be plain with 
To part so slightly with your wife's first gift ; 
A thing stuck on with oaths upon your finger. 
And riveted so with faith unto your flesh. 
I gave my love a ring, and made him swear 
Never to part with it ; and here he stands ; 
I daie be sworn for him, he would not leave it. 
Nor pluck it from his finger, for the wealth 
That the world masters. Now, in faith, Gratiano, 
You give your wife too unkind a cause of grief; 
An 'twere to me, I should be mad at it. 

Bass. Why, I were best to cut my left hand off. 
And swear, I lost the ring defending it. [Aside. 

Gra. My lord Bassanio gave his ring away 
Unto the judge that begg'd it, and, indeed, 
Deserv'd it too ; and then the boy, his clerk. 
That took some pains in writing, he begg'd mine : 
And neither man, nor master, would take aught 
But the two rings. 

Por. AVhat ring gave you, my lord ? 

Not that, I hope, which you receiv'd of me. 

Bass. If I could add a lie unto a fault, 
I would deny It ; but you see, my finger 
Hath not the ring upon it, it is gone. 

Por. Even so void is your false heart of truth. 
By heaven, I will ne'er oome in your bed 
Jntil I see the ring. 

Ner. Nor I in yours. 

Till I again see mine. 

Bass. Sweet Portia, 

If you did know to whom I gave the ring, 
If you did know for whom I gave the ring. 
And would conceive for what I gave the ring. 
And how unwillingly I left the ring, 
When naught would be accepted but the ring. 
You would abate the strength of your displeasure. 

Por. If you had known the virtue of the ring. 
Or half her worthiness that gave the ring, 
(tr your own honour to contain the ring. 
You would not then have parted with the ring. 
What man is there so much unreasonable, 
if you had pleas'd to have defended it 
With any terms of zeal, wanted the modesty 
To urge the thing held as a ceremony ? 
Nerissa teaches me what to believe ; 
I'll die for't, but some woman had the ring. 

Bass. No, by mine honour, madam, by my soul. 
No woman had it, but a civil doctor, 
Which did refuse three thousand ducats of me. 
And begg'd the ring ; the which I did deny him. 
And suffer'd him to go displeas'd away ; 
Even he that had held up the very life 
Of ray dear friend. What should I say, sweet lady ? 
I was enforc'd to send it after him ; 

I was beset with shame and courtesy : 

My honour would not let ingratitude 

So much besmear it Pardon me, good lady , 

For by these blessed candles of the night. 

Had you been there, I think, you would have begg'd 

The ring of me to give the worthy doctor. 

Por. Let not that doctor e'er conie near ray house 
Since he hath got the jewel that 1 iov'd. 
And that which you did swear to keep for me, 
I will become as liberal as you ; 
I'll not deny him any thing 1 have. 
No, not my body, nor my husband's bed : 
Know him 1 shall, I am well sure of if. 
Lie not a nipht from home ; watch me, like Argut ; 
If you do not, if I be left alone. 
Now, by mine honour, which is yet my own, 
I'll have that doctor for my bedfellow." 

Ner. And I his clerk ; therefore be well advi'd, 
How you do leave me to mine own protection. 

Gra. Well, do you so : let not me take him then : 
For, if I do, I'll mar the young clerk's pen. 

Ant. I am the unhappy subject of these quaneU. 

Por. Sir, grieve not you ; you are welcome not- 

Bass. Portia, forgive me this enforced wrong ; 
And, in the hearing of these many friends, 
I swear to thee, even by thine own fair eyes. 
Wherein I see myself, 

Por. Mark you but that ' 

In both my eyes he doubly sees himself: 
In each eye one : swear by your double self. 
And there's an oath of credit. 

Bass. Nay, but hear me 

Pardon this fault, and by my soul I swear, 
I never more will break an oath with thee. 

Ant. I once did lend my body for his wealth ; 
Which, but for him that had your husband's ring, 
[To Portia. 
Had quite miscarried : I dare be bound again. 
My soul upon the forfeit, that your lord 
Will never more break fith advisedly. 

Por. Then you shall be his surety : Give him this ; 
And bid him keep it bettCT than the other. 

Arri. Here, lord Bassanio ; swear to keep this 

Bass. By heaven, it is the same I gave the doctor ' 

Por. I had it of him : pardon me, Bassanio; 
For by this ring the doctor lay with me. 

Ner. And pardon me, my gentle (iratiano ; 
For that same scrubbed boy, the doctor's clerk. 
In lieu of this, last night did lie with me. 

Gra. Why, this is like the mending of high-way* 
In summer, where the ways are fair enough : 
What ! are we cuckolds, ere we have deserv'd it " 

Por. Speak not so grossly. You are all amaz'd ; 
Here is a letter, read it at your leisure; 
It comes from Padua, from Bellario : 
There you shall find, that Portia was the doctor ; 
Nerissa" there, her clerk : Lorenzo here 
Shall witness, I set forth as soon as you. 
And but even now return'd ; I have not yet 
Enter'd my house. Antonio, you are welcome ; 
And I have better news in store for yon, 
Than you expect : unseal this letter soon ; 
There you shall find, three of your argosies 
Are richly come to harbour suddenly : 
You shall not know by what strange accident 
I chanced on this letter. 

Ant. I am dumb. 

Bass. AVere you the doctor, and I knew you not ? 

Gra. Were you the clerk, that Is to make me 
cuckold ? 

Ner. Ay ; but the clerk that never means to do it, 
Unless he live until he be a man. 

Buss. Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedfellow ; 
When I am absent, then lie with my wife. 

Ant. Sweet lady, you have given me life, and 
living ; 
For here I read for certain, that my ship* 
Are safely come to road. 

Por. How now, Lorenzo ? 

My clerk hath some good comforts too for you. 
M 2 



Act I 

jrr. Ay. Mi I 

Aikw kit iMth. or all b* 4iM rMMM*! <rf 
I - - - . - 


or I 

Pair laitM. 7M Arar 

git* IImi Mm vllhMt a i AmI chant* ibcre apoa InMrfatoriaa. 

AM ill an.*.^ all iKinc* (kithtallr. 
I ,., . 1 ^, .. .- ... I t.. .i,., Intcrfaiory, 
n on. U. 

r h%tl rmthcr kU 
!> ur> tO'da; : 

ii ui tTr III* ua comr, i ^nould wMt it dark, 
1 hat 1 vtT* cwMdUac with ih dartor^ cter^. 
U'ell. while I U. ni fcw ao o(hr ihte 
ho Mt*. a* kaaftef nli NrtM^lTia(. { 

I aai au. > an aat witaAa* 
faU: taCMMlB. 


StlTja.. 1 
paa A# Dk N h!i W 

ivifA AuUrr; 


;Mr Olltr Mar-Ttxt. a m<mr. 

Carta, - 


Chmrtm^kUmiw M ii. 

JaMaa. ( MM^Mr *laiiia Bait. 

D ll. } II r-OU. j^,^ *i*V BW haa * : l^^w. Ft 

Taaakalaaak iftiri <^ Ihrr AMndmmli. 

TW aCKWK a, Jirtt, aaar OUall ar ; /Ui tmrda, pmrtlglutk* Vtmrfti't Ctmrt, md pmrtig im Ikt 

SCKNB I. 4ta OMAartf. aaar OIHratli JTmut. 

I on. Know ;oB wbcra yon at*, tir ? 
{ OrL O, klr. vary well : bfa la foar orchard 
OK. Know JOB bafer* whom, Jr ? 

OH. Ay, batter than be I an bcTorr knc,. me. 
I know, 70a are m; eldaat brother ; -^mi m ihr 
Or. Aa I H aw kw , Adan, It wa* apoa thU Rcnila cooditioa ef blood, 70a Ukoald to kn me : 
baMa ba^aaalbad mm : Br lll, hmt a poor thoa- The caane*; ot natiooa allows t a my txtirr. in 
Mad eiwvaa - aad, m thtm tnl*. chanatf ny hro- thai toa art the Aru boni { bat the ume tradition 
dHr. a hk WaMtag, la hr > 4 mc watf: aad there take* not awai mr blood, ware thcrr tvrnt; bro- 
bagtaa mj aaiaew. M; hrabar Jm^mm ka keep* ihrr. u t .t n I have a* mach of mj father in 
M ic h M t , mmi report i f M k i (oUaalj oTbta prot ; eooCna, joar coniag before 

Car My part, ka kaapa m* raatically al he>e. ar, 1 

-Idar brother, yoa are loo 

\nda on me, villain ' 
: 1 am the totinge-it ion oT 
ha wa. ' a be 

ipaak Mara prapaily, rtam mo kara at b r wi r an 
kept : Par call yaa that uepia< fcc a gratlaMaii 
r My Mrtk. tkM dUftn aat ftwM Ika Mainacaraa, 
ai Hto hanMare bead bauar; fce. baUdM that 
Ibay are ftto vtik tkair fcrdliM, tkey are taachl ' 
Ikair MaMMt. and la IkM and rldart ietfly birrd 
bM I, bit brotbar. aala aatbtes aadar blm buf 
MOTrtk; Cpt the wM^bfa aiOMala aa kk da. 
Bni an M Macb baaad M biM M I. BmI^m thu 

' '. thoa not my 1 

1 froM thy tbroK- r 

rullrd out thy loogaa for Mying m tUou 

aatbia* tbai be m plaattfttU* glM Ma. thai 
iktaf UMt aataia aaaa aw. Ma t aaaiawaa c i MaaH I railed ea tbyiatf. 
la t^ ftwM HM : ba lata MM fead witb Ma blada.) Adaa*. Sweat MMtan. ba patient : Ibr year fa- 
ban aw tba place of a brother, and. a* miwh at in 1 Ihrr't irmrmbrance. be at accord. 

pirate : yoa thall hear me. 
in hi* ill to |ri<e mv ((OOd 

TMa te It. Adam, t 
ar My father, whu 

M Matiny l^siiMt t:... . . . h*' 

andan it. ihwafb yet 1 kat b wiae leoMdy haw 
ta avoid it. 


ildaai. Yottdar eaam my master, yar brother. 
Orf. Go apart, AdaM. aad Iboa ahalt haar bow 
ba will abake bm aai. 
ON. Now, air I wtel auke yoa ben ? 
0*L Katklag; 1 an aat uaght to make aay 

oX* Wkat aMr yea tkaa. air 7 
OH. Many, air, I an kaipbi yoa to mar Ibat 
wMcb Ood made, a pan aawarthy brother oTl me for my good. 

with idlenew. OK. liet yoa with him, 

fa A4mm. U old dof my rr.ara ' Mo^t tnic, I have 

loat my teeth In year >< ' with my old 

r hop. and cat hatkt with master ( he woald not a word. 

.<klportioabanlapent. tbatli . . anW Adam. 

com, lo iueii pcMiry Oli. Is U eraa M? U,... .-v,- 4. e--* !*" "* ' 

In mr. iliere- 

Ibra aiiow me turn nrrrnct tn^j iMccmie a 
aanllawaa. n gtee ma the poor ailottery my father 
Ml me by lartsmaat ; iU that I will go buy my 

thoa do ? belt, when that is 
>oo in. I will not loa be 
1 thall have some part of 

no further ' 




I will physick your rankness, and yet give no thou- this gamester : I hope, I shall see an end of him 

sand crowns neither. Holla, Dennis! ifor my soul, yet 1 know not why, hates nothing 

Enter Dennis. '""'.^ than he Yet he's gentle ; never school'd, and 

yet learned; full of noble device; of all sorts en- 
Den. Calls your worship ? I chantingty beloved ; and, indeed, so much in the 
on. Was not Charles, the Duke's wrestler, here heart of the world, and especially of my own peo- 

to speak with me. iple, who best know him, that 1 am altogether 

Den. So please you, he is here at the door, and misprised: but it shall not be so long ; this wrestler 

importunes access to you. | shall clear all : nothing remains, but that I kindle 

Oti. Call him in. [Exit Dennis.] 'Twill be a the boy thither, which now I'll go about. [Exit. 

grood way ; and to-morrow the wrestling is. 
Enter Charles. 

Cka. Good morrow to your worship. 
on. Good monsieur Charles! what's the new 
news at the new court ? 

Cha. There's no news at the court, sir, but the 
old news ; that is, the old duke is banished by his 
younger brother the new duke ; and three or four 
loving lords have put themselves into voluntary 
exile with him, whose lands and revenues enrich 
the new duke ; therefore he gives them good leave 
to wander. 

Oli. Can you tell, if Rosalind, the duke's daugh- 
ter, be banished with her father ? 

Cha. O, no ; for the duke's daughter, her cousin, 
so loves her, being ever from their cradles bred 
together, that she would have followed her exile; 
or have died to stay behind her. She is at the court, 
and no less beloved of her uncle than his own 
daughter ; and never two ladies loved as they do, 
Oti. Where will the old duke live .^ 
Cha. They say, he is already in the forest of Ar- 
den, and a many merry men with him ; and there 
they live like the old" Kobin Hood of Kngland : 
they say many young gentlemen flock to him every 
day ; and fleet the time carelessly, as they did in 
the golden world. 

Oli. What, you wrestle to-morrow before the new 

Cha. Marry, do I, sir ; and I came to acquaint 
you with a matter. I am given, sir, secretly to un- 
derstand, that your younger brother, Orlando, hath 
a di^po.iition to come in dlsguis'd against me to try 
a fall: To-morrow, sir, I wrestle for my credit; 
and he that escapes me without some broken limb, 
shall acquit him well. Your brother is but young 
and tender; and, for your love, I would be" loath 
to foil him, as I must, for my own honour, if he 
come in : therefore, out of my love to you, I came 
hither to acquaint ycu withal ; that either you 
might stay him from his intendment, or brook 
such disgrace well as he shall run into ; in that it 
is a thing of his own search, and altogether against 



SCENE II A Latvn before the Dnke's Palace. 
Enter Rosalind qnd Celia. 

Cel. I pray thee, Rosalind, sweet my coz, be 

Hos. Dear Celia, I show more mirth than I am 
mistress of; and would you yet I were merrier? 
Unless you could teach me to forget a banished fa- 
ther, you must not learn me how to remember any 
extraordinary pleasure 

Cel. Herein, I see, thou lovest me not with the 
full weight that I love thee : if my uncle, thy ba- 
nished father, had banished thy uncle, the duke my 
father, so thou hadst been still with me, 1 could 
have taught my love to take thy father for mine ; 
so would'st thou, if the truth of thy love to me were 
so righteously temper'd as mine is to thee. 

Hos. Well, I will forget the condition of my 
estate, to rejoice in yours. 

Cel. You know, my father hath no child but 1, 
nor none is like to have : and, truly, when he dies, 
thou Shalt be his heir : for what he hath taken 
away from thy father perforce, I will render thee 
again in affection ; by mine honour, I will ; and 
when I break that oath, let me turn monster ; 
therefore, my sweet Hose, my dear Rose, be merry. 
Ros. P'rom henceforth, 1 will, i;oz, and devise 
sports : let me see ; What think you of falling in 
love ? 

Cel. Marry, I pr'ythee, do, to make sport withal 
but love no man in good earnest ; nor no further in 
sport neither, than with safety of a pure blush thou 
may'st in honour come oflT again. 
Hof. What shall be our sport then ? 
Cel. Let us sit and mock the good housewife. For- 
tune, from her wheel, that her gifts may henceforth 
be bestowed equally. 

Kos. I would, we could do so ; for her benefits 
are mightily misplaced : and the bountiful blind 
sman doth most mistake in her gifts to women. 
Cel. ''I'is true : for those, that she makes fair, she 
scarce makes honest ; and those, that she makes 
inest, she makes very ill-favour'dly. 
Ros. Nay, now thou goest from fortune's office 
to nature's : fortune reigns in gifts of the world, not 
the lineaments of nature. 

Enter Touchstone. 
:el. No ? When nature hath made a fair crea- 
ture, may she not by fortune fall into the fire ? 
Though nature hath given us wit to flout at for- 
tune, hath not fortune sent in this fool to cut off" 
the argument ? 

Hos. Indeed, there is fortune too hard for nature ; 
when fortune makes nature's natural the cutter ofT 

Oli. Charles, I thank thee for thy love to me. 
Which thou Shalt find I will most kindly requite. I 
had myself notice of ray brother's purpose herein, 
and have by underhand means laboured to dissuade 
him from it; but he is resolute. I'll tell thee, 
Charles, it is the stubbornest young fellow of 
France; full of ambition, an envious emulator of 
every man's good parts, a secret and villainous con- 
triver against me his natural brother ; therefore use 
thy discretion ; I had as lief thou didst break his 
neck as his finger: And thou wert best look to't ; | 
for if thou dost him any slight disgrace, or if he do ' of nature's wit. 
not mightily grace himself on thee, he will practise I Cel. Perad venture, this is not fortune's work nei - 
against thee by poison, entrap thee by some ' ther, but nature's; who, perceiving our natural 
treacherous device, and never leave thee till he : wits too dull to reason of such goddesses, hath sent 
hath ta'en thy life by some indirect means or this natural for our whet tone: for always the 
other; for, I assure thee, and almost with tears Ijdulness of the fool is the whetstone of his wits 
speak it, there is not one so young and so vil- 1 How now, wit ? whither wander you ? 
lainous this day living. I speak but brotherly of Touch. Mistress, you must come away to jour 
him ; but should 1 anatomize him to thee as he is, father. 

I must blush and weep, and thou must look pale Cel. Were you made the messenger ? 
and wonder. | Touc/i. No, by mine honour ; but I was bid to 

Cha. I am heartily glad I came hither to you : If come for you. 
he come to-morrow, I'll give him his payment: Ifi Ros. Where learned you that oath, fool ? 
ever he go alone again, I'll never wrestle for prize! Touch. t)f a certain knight, that swore by hi 
more : And so, God keep your worship ! [Exit. < honour they were good pancakes, and swore by lus 

Oli. Farewell, good Charles Now will I stir I honour the mustard was naught: now, i'llsUud to 




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Act I. 



Orl. Orlando, my liege ; the youngest son of sir 
Rowland de Bois. 

Duke F. I would, thou hadst been son to some 
man else. 
The world esteem "d thy father honourable. 
But 1 did find him still mine enemy : 
Thou shouldsthave better pleas'd me with this deed, 
lladst thou descended from another house, 
but fare thee we 1 ; thou art a gallant youth; 
I would, thou hadst told me of another father. 

[Exeant Duke Ired. rruiu,un<l Le Beau 

Cel. Were I my father coz, would I do this.-' 

Orl. I am more proud to be sir Rowland's son. 
His youngest son; and would not change that 

To be adopted heir to Frederick. 

lios. iAIy father lov'd sir Rowland as his soul. 
And all the world was of my father's mind : 
Had I before known this young man his son, 
1 should have given him tears unto entreaties. 
Ere he should thus have ventur'd. 

Cel. Gentle cousin. 

Let us go thank him, and encourage him : 
My father's rough and envious disposition 
Sticks me at heart. have well deserv'd: 
If you do keep your promises in love. 
But justly, as yo. have exceeded promise. 
Your mistress shall be happy. 

Ros. (lentleman, 

[Giving him a chain from her neck. 
Wear this for me ; one out of suits with fortune ; 
That could gie more, but that her hand lacks 


Shall we go, coz ? 

Cel. Ay : Fare you well, fair gentleman. 

Orl. Can I not say, 1 thank you ? My better 
parts [up. 

Are all thrown down ; and that which here stands 
Is but a quintain, a mere lifeless block. 

Ros. He calls us back : My pride fell with my 
fortunes : 
I'll ask him what he would ; Did you call, sir ? 
Sir, you have wrestled well, and overthrown 
More than your enemies. 

Cel. Will you go, coz ? 

Rot. Have with you : Fare you well. 

[fi.ceiiiU Rosalind (iHrf Celia. 

Orl. ^Vhat passion hangs these weights upon my 
tongue ? 
1 cannot speak to her, yet she urg'd conference. 
Re-enter Le Beau. 

O poor Orlando ! thou art overthrown : 

Or Charles, or something weaker, masters thee. 

Le Beau. Good sir, i do in friendship counsel you 
To leave this place : Albeit you have deserv'd 
High commendation, true applause, and love ; 
Yet such is now the duke's condition. 
That he misconstrues all that you have done. 
The duke is humorous ; what he is, indeed. 
More suits you to conceive, than me to speak of. 

Orl. I thank you, sir: and.pray you, tell me this; 
Which of the two was daughter of the duke 
That here was at the wrestling ? 

Le Beau. Neither his daughter, if we judge by 

But yet, indeed, the shorter is his daughter : 
The other is daughter to the banish'd duke. 
And here detain'd by hei usurping uncle. 
To keep his daughter company ; whose loves 
Are dearer than the natural bond of sisters. 
But I can tell you, that of late this duke 
Hath ta'en displeasure 'gainst his gentle niece; 
(jrounded upon no other argument. 
But that the |>eop!e praise her for her virtues, 
And pity her for her good father's sake ; 
And, on my life, his malice 'gainst the lady 

Will suddenly break forth .Sir, fare you well ! 

Hereafter, in a better world than this, 
I shall desire more love and knowledge of you. 
Orl. I rest much bounden to you : fare you well ! 
\^Exit Le Beau. 

Thus must I from the smoke into the smother ; 
From tyrant duke, unto a tyrant brother: 
But heavenly Rosalind ! 


SCENE III A Room in the Palace. 
Enter Celia and Rosalind. 

Cel. Why, cousin ; why, Rosalind ; Cupid have 
mercy ! Not a word ? 

Ros. Not one to throw at a dog. 

Cel. No, thy words are too precious to be cast 
away upon curs, throw some of them at me ; come, 
lame me with reasons. 

Ros. 1 hen there were two cousins laid up ; when 
the one should be lamed with reasons, and the other 
mad without any. 

Cel. But is all this for your father ? 

Ros. No, some of it for my child's father : O, how 
full of briars is this working-day world ! 

Cel. '1 hey are but burs, cousin, thrown upon 
thee in holiday foolery ; if we walk not in the trod- 
den paths, our very petticoats will catch them. 

Ros. 1 could shake them off' my coat ; these burs 
are in my heart. 

Cil. Hem them away. 

Ros. 1 would try ; if I could cry hem, and have 

CeL Come, oome, wrestle with thy affections. 

Ros. O, they take the part of a better wrestler 
than myself. 

Cel. O, a good wish upon you! you will try in 

time, m despite of a fall But, turning these jests 

out of service, let us talk in good earnest: Is it 
possible, on such a sudden, you should fall into 
so strong a liking with old Sir Rowland's youngest 
son ? 

Ros. The duke my father lov'd his father dearly. 

Cel. Doth it therefore ensue, that you should 
love his .son dearly!' By this kind of chase, 1 should 
hate him, for my father hated his father dearly ; yet 
I hate not Orlando. 

Ros. No 'faith, hate him not, for my sake. 

Cel. Why should 1 not ? doth he not deserve 

Ros. Let me love him for that ; and do you love 
him, because I do . Look, here comes the duke. 

Cel. With his eyes full of anger. 

Enter Duke Frederick, n'Hh Lords. 

Duke F. Mistress, despatch you with your safest 
And get you from our court. 

Ros. Me, uncle ? 

Duke. Vou, cousin: 

Within these ten days if that thou be'st found 
S^o near our publick court as twenty miles. 
Thou diest for it. 

Roi. I do beseech your grace. 

Let me the knowledge of my fault bear with me ; 
If with myself 1 hold intelligence. 
Or have acquaintance^ with mine own desires; 
If that 1 do not dream, or be not frantick, 
(As I do trust 1 am not,) then, dear uncle. 
Never so much as in a thought unborn. 
Did I offend your highness. 

Duke. Thus do all traitors ; 

If their purgation did consist in words, 
Thej are as innocent as grace itself : 
Let it suffice thee, that 1 trust thee not. 

Ros. Vet your mistrust cannot make me a traitor : 
Tell me, whereon the likelihood depends. 

Duk. F. 1 hou art thy father's daughter, ther's 

Ros. So was I, when your highness took his 
dukedom ; ...... 

So was 1 when your highness banish d him : 
Treason is not inherited, my lord : 
Or, if we did derive it from our friends. 
What's that to me ? my father was po traitor: 
Then, good my liege, mistake me not so much. 
To think my poverty is treacherous. 

Cel. Dear sovereign, hear me speak. 


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Am. ro lu aa vana a aaaa thaa Joc' an 

Aad dJraCn. teak yaa call m, 
Bat vkai w yaa ka eaU'd 
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2f laMOT CaHa. kt Allcfia. 

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nia clavalmb faal aat of ^oar father's roan > 
WaaM k* RAt h4> a lomfnrt tn our trapl > 

CM.H world with ma; 

Laaaa>r away, 

AadfMoi. ' r-thrj 

Dartaath* >.i.^. 
Ta kida aa twom i 
AlWraiyflliart: ^ 
Ta Ukarty, aad no' 

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Act 2. 



SCENE II A Room in the Palace. 

Enter Duke Frederick, Lords, and Attendants. 

Duke F. Can it be possible, that no man saw them ? 
It cannot be : some villains of my court 
Are of consent and sufferance in this. 

1 Lord. I cannot hear of any that did see her. 
The ladies, her attendants of her chamber. 
Saw her a-bed ; and, in the morning early. 
They found the bed untreasur'd of their mistress. 

2 Lord. My lord, the roynish clown, at whom so 
Your grace was wont to laugh, is also missing, [oft 
Hesperia, the princess' gentlewoman, 
("onfe.sses, that she secretly o'erheard 

Your daughter and her cousin much commend 
The parts and graces of the wrestler 
That did but lately foil the sinewy Charles ; 
And she believes, wherever they are gone. 
That youth is surely in their company. 

Duke F. Send to his brother ; fetch that gallant 
If he be absent, bring his brother to me, [hither 
I'll make him find him : do this suddenly ; 
And let not search and inquisition quail 
To bring again these foolish runaways. [Exeunt. 
SCENE lU. Before Oliver's House. 
Enter Orlando and Adam, meeting. 

Orl. Who's there ? 

Adam. What ! my young master ? O, my gen. 
tie master, 
O, my sweet master, O you memory 
Of old sir Rowland ! why, what make you here ? 
Why are you virtuous ? Why do people love you ? 
And wherefore are you gentle, strong, and valiant ? 
AVhy would you be so fond to overcome 
The bony priser of the humorous duke ? 
Your praise is come too swiftly home before you. 
Know you not, master, to some kind of men 
Their graces serve them but as enemies ? 
No more do yours ; your virtues, gentle master, 
Are sanctified and holy traitors to you. 
O, what a world is this, when what is comely 
Envenoms him that bears it ! 

Orl. Why, what's the matter ? 

Adam. O unhappy youth. 

Come not within these doors ; within this roof 
The enemy of all your graces lives : 

Your bt other (no, no brother ; yet the son 

Yet not the son ; I will not callhim son 

Of him I was about to call his father,) 

Hath heard your praises ; and this night he means 

To burn the lodging where you use to lie. 

And you within it : if he fail of that, 

He will have other means to cut you off; 

I overheard him, and his practices. 

This is no place, this house is but a butchery ; 

Abhor it, fear it, do not enter it. 

Orl. Why, whither, Adam, wouldst thou have 
me go ? 

Adam. No matter whither, so you come not here. 

Orl. M'^hat, wouldst thou have me go and beg my 
food ? 
Or, with a base and boisterous sword, enforce 
A thievish living on the common road ? 
This I must do, or know not what to do : 
Yet this I will not do, do how I can ; 
1 rather will s'll.ject me to the malice 
Of a diverted blood, and bloody brother. 

Adam. But do not so- 1 have five hundred 
The thrifty hire 1 sav'd under your father. 
Which I did store, to he my foster-nurse, 
M'hen service should in my old limbs lie lamt 
And unregarded age in corners thrown ; 
"Take that : and He thnt doth the ravens feed 
Yea, providently caters for the spT\rrow, 
Be comfort to my age I Here is the gold ; 
All this I give you : Let me be your servant ; 
Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty 
For in my youth I neer did apply 
Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood ; 
Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo 

The means of weakness and debility ; 
Therefore my age is as a lusty winter, 
Frosty, but kindly ; let me go with you ; 
I'll do the service of a younger man 
In all your business and necessities. 

Orl. O good old man ; how well in thee appear* 
The constant service of the antique world. 
When service sweat for duty, not for meed ! 
Thou art not for the fashion of these times, 
M'here none will sweat, but for promotion ; 
And having that, do choke their service up 
Even with the having : it is not so with thee- 
Hut, poor old man, thou prun'st a rotten tree. 
That cannot so much as a blossom yield. 
In lieu of all thy pains and husbandry : 
But come thy ways, we'll go along together ; 
And ere we have thy youthful wHges spent. 
We'll light upon some settled low content. 

Adam. Master, go on ; and I will follow thee. 

To the last gasp, with truth and loyalty 

From seventeen years till now almost fourscore 
Here lived I, but now live here no more. 
At seventeen years many their fortunes seek ; 
But at fourscore, it is too late a week : 
Yet fortune cannot recompense me better. 
Than to die well, and not my master's debtor. 


SCENE IV. TAe ForM<o/ Arden. 

Enter Rosalind in boy's cloth ., Celia dreit like a 

Shepherdess, and Touchstone. 

Ro3. O .Jupiter ! how weary are my spirits ! 

Touch. I care not for my spirits, if my legs were 
not weary. 

Ros. I could find in my heart to disgrace my 
man's apparel, and to cry like a woman : but I must 
comfort the weaker vessel, as doublet and hose 
ought to show itself courageous to petticoat : there- 
fore, courage, good Aliena. 

Cet. I pray you, bear with me ; I can go no 

Touch. For my part, I had rather bear with you, 
than bear you : yet I should bear no cross, if I did 
bear you ; for, I think, you have no money in your 

Ros. Well, this is the forest of Arden. 

Touch. Ay, now am I in .Arden : the more fool 
I ; when I was at home, I was in a better place ; 
but travellers must be content. 

Ros. .\y, be so, good Touchstone : Look you, 
who comes here ; a young man, and an old, in 
solemn talk. 

ErUer Corin and Silvius. 

Cor. That is the way to make her scorn you still. 

Sil. O Corin, that thou knew'st how 1 do love 
her : 

Cor. I partly guess ; for I have lov'd ere now. 

Sil. No, Corin, being old, thou canst not guess ; 
Though in thy youth thou wast as true a lover 
As ever sigh'd upon a midnight pillow ; 
But if thy love were ever like to mine, 
(As sure'l think did never man love so,) 
How many actions most ridiculous 
Hast thou been drawn to by thy fantasy ? 

Cor. Into a thousand that I have forgotten. 

Sil. O, thou didKt then ne'er love so heartily : 
If thou remember'st not the slightest folly 
That ever love did make thee run into. 
Thou hast not lov'd ; 
Or if thou hast not sat as I do now, 
Wearying thy hearer in thy mistress" praise. 
Thou hast not lov'd : 
Or if thou hast not broke from company, 
Abruptly, as my passion now makes me. 
Thou hast not lov'd : O Phebe, Phebe, Phebe ! 

[ Exit Silvins. 

Ros. Alas, poor shepherd ! searching of tny 
I have by hard adventure found mine own. 

Touch. And I mine : I remember, when I was 


hlai ukc ikal Mr uwlag mMh to Jbm Mwtl 

MMI IiMMMhvrtlw Ula(rWkllM,i<tl 

wv^ 4g* ttm IMT fMnjr lMfp>< iMMk h^ 

UkM: aad I twMMtar tiw m&|| at mmcoo 

taMMiaflMr: ftwMWkMa I toA i cods and. 

^ii iMT llMMi Mala. wM Hli Mf<nff tMn. 

Witmr Bmm^ mff aate. W*, Ikat ara tnM t*vA 

fm teto fllvw^w ca|Mf s kM m all HMrtal ta m 

tM, w ) all waMM hi to** wartoi hi tollv. 

Mm$. -num qM*kS mtmt. Mumi Omm vt'^vanaC 

TWm*. Nay. I Uiall mW hv'wat* af wfaw 

vtt. Itti I btMk mj *Mm ^atait It. 

Mm. Java! J***.' ikto ittoHMt^s 

U nacli aiMN mj IfcJilw, 

Aadwhtoi bMK 


ia,aMl bid 



cm: I aaay 7,aaaarya*aattoaMdi 
If ka * A will gia aay fcad I 

rw*. Malta: yaa.etovn t 

Mmt. Paaaa, ImI i M mi tky kh 

CW. Bta* aM thay a*y wratolH*. 

Cbr. Aad to yta. faatto llr, and toyoa all. 

Mm. I fr^tlM*. ifcap l i i id. If ilwi to*, ar gold, 
Caa la thlt daMtt piaaa buy aatort^teiaant. 
Briac wkara m* waf raal arMla, and fcd : 
Uanr^i a yoaac aMid. viih trai aiach opfreta'd, 

em. ' ruralr. laMylMr. 

Aad vtah Cir Itor aaka. laora tlMa foi miiw ava. 
My I ka ia a w waca aMra aMa to taltov* her : 
Bm I aai abavkcftf w aaaAar aMa 
Ami da aaT ^w arato JI aa M i tltot I ' irra ; 

Aad unto racka to lad ht way to feMaa 

% drtM iiKi arhawHalHy; 

BaMaa, hi* eato, bb tackk. and 

Am * aa wto. aad al aar 

B* taaaaa af Mi Atoanaa. ttwr* I* 

IWlyaa wfU Ikad ant kat vbal b, aatoa taa, 

Aad la ai; toa bmk valcaaM thall yoa b*. 

Mm. Wbai I* ha tiMt than bay bU M'k aad 
autarv [f*bll, 

Ckr. That )an( twain thai yon uw hai bat 
llMt Unl car for baylnff any thine. 

at. I pray Ihaa, if it ataad with b a a a rt y. 

boaadt of nadf 

Aad thoa tkalt hava to aay fer it of at. 
Od. Aad wo wUl atoad thy aaa : 1 

Ullnirl* < 

' roold waato aiy Mhm to It. 
Oa with m* : if yo like, apon raport, 
Tba aaB. iha prwlt. aad tbU kind of iMb. 
I M yaar vaty faitbAil foodM be. 
Aad bay tt wtth yaar fold right w dd aal y . [EMmmt. 

Mmttr Amicm, Jt q aai, and ttkn*. 
A mi. VmUr Ikt gntnmm>d Ine, 
Wh tnn la lir wUk mt, 
Amd Uuu kU mtrrtf nMt 
OmU tkt amtt hinCt Ikrwat, 
Oow kUier, tmme kUktr, mmt kithtr : 
Utn tkaU k* It 
So tnrmg, 
Bwl wimttr mmi nmgk mtatktr. 

J0f. Mara, ntoro. I Kydwa, mora. 

>lai<. It will MMk* yoa taatoneholy, aii i a a la m 

Jf. I Ihaak it. Mora, I pr*ythac, more. I can 
aak ntolaaalMly ant at a aaaf , aa a waaael mcki 
M|*: Mot*. I pr^thea, nMtre. 

iloij. My aiaiea It tafgad i I kaaw, I caaaot 

fj^. I do not detlre yon to plaata ma, I dodetire 
("omc, more; another ttanza; Call 

\ au will, monoieur Jaqaet. 
.in- not their name*; they owe 

!ian topleaie iriTMlf. 
think any man, HI 

r..nii'l;ri,.-T,t, is like 



CMne. i-. . ;-- :. -: , .a joiir 


Aimi. U'ell, III end tha tonf Sin, cover tha 
while; the dake will drink onder thit tree:-hc 
bath been all thit day to look rou. 

7f. And I hare bcm til thit day to aroid him. 
He it too dl<patabie for my company : I think of 
as many mattert at he ; but I j(i*e heaven thankt, 
HMl aaaka ao boatt of them. Contc, warble, come. 


an, [All 
Ad fcfWt /* If rr r Ikt turn, 
CtaMw lAr/htd Ar aatt. 
Amd mlrmtrd mUk mktl k* grt,, 
:mm hUUt, amm Ulktr, nme kitktr, 
Htrt tkaU kf f 

Btm wifmtT ana rav^ga 

Jmf. I'll git* yoa a verta to tbit aato, that I made 
jMlaiilay la d*<^lto of an iaaaatioa. 
^dail. Aad 111 ting U. 
Jmf. That It goat. 


I t-rm aat. 

ammmg aw mrm 
I ttotfira mm I 

a, daadaait, dhatda 


Oraa* A*l* at Aa, 

ifn ifk* wiU nHRT < ,dail. 

Awd. Whafi that iaUmt t 

Jmf. Tit a Greek Intocation, to call foolt into a 

circle. 111 go tlaep if 1 can; if I cannot, I'll 

rail agaiott all the flrst-bom of K^rpt 

Ami. And ril go tcck - - 


the duke : hit banquet it 

8CE.VE VI. rke - 

Bmlrr Orlaada and Adam. 
Adtnm. Pear matter, I can jfo no further; O, I 
die for food ' Here lie I down, and meaiure out my 
grare^ Farewrll, kind mmier. 

Off. Wbj.h " 't^'" "> -"^'uter heart in 
hee' IJtea rheerthTelt 

a little: If ! 1 any thing 

tavagc, I will ' brinit it fur 

Ibod to thee. 1 n. r .nr, t i. n. arp> lic.lh than thy 
powers. For m; take, be conitortabie : hold death 
awhile at the arm" end ; I will htre be with the 
pmentit ; and if I brin^ thee not tomethinK to 
aat. III Kire thee leare to die : but if thou die*t be- 
I come, thou art a mocker of mv labour. Well 
taid ! thou look-.t ihecrily ; and I'll be with thee 
^Mickly. Vet thou lietl in the bleak air : Come, I 
will l>ear thee to M>me thelter ; and thou halt not 
die for l^ck of a dinner, if there lire any thing in 
lU deaert. Cheerly, good Adam ! [SxtmmL 

SCE.N'E VII rAcMinr. A Tmhit rtt *w< 

alrr Duke .Vrnior, Amicnt, Lordt, eAialA 
Dukt S. I think be be traii.<rorm'd into a bea>i , 
For I caa no whcra find him like a man. 
I Lord. My lord, h* It tort *en now gone hanoe: 

Here wat hc~ marry, banrinc of . 
Dmkt s. If he, compact afjn,ginw 




We shall have shortly discord in the sphere* : 

Uo, seek him ; tell him I would speak with him. 

Enter Jaques. 

1 Lord. He saves my labour by his own approach. 

Duke S. Why, how now, monsieur I what a life 
is this. 
That your poor friends must woo your company ? 
What ! you look merrily. 

Jaq. A fool, a fool ! 1 met a fool i'the forest, 

A motley fool ; a miserable world ! 
As I do live by food, I met a fool ; 
Who 1 id him down and bask'd him in the sun. 
And rail'd on lady Fortune in good terms. 
In good set terms, and yet a motley fool. 
Good-morrurr, fool, quoth 1 : No, sir, quoth he. 
Call me nut fool, till hmven hath Dent me fortune : 
And then he drew a dial from his poke : 
And looking on it with lack-lustre eye. 
Says, very wisely. It is ten o'clock : 
Thus may n<e see, quoth he, how the morld tragi 
'Tis but an hour ago, sincr it was nine ; 
And after an hour mitre, 'twill be eleven ; 
And so, from hour to hour, me ripe and ripe. 
And then, from, hour to hour, we rot and rot. 
And thereby hanf;s a tale. When I did hear 
The motley fool thus moral on the time. 
My lungs began to crow like chanticleer, 
That fools should be so deep contemplative; 
And I did laugh, sans intermission. 

An hour by his dial () noble fool ! 

A worthy fool ! Motley's the only wear. 

Duke S. What fool is this ? 

Jaq. O worthy fool ! One that hath been a 
courtier ; 
And says, if ladies be but young, and fair. 
They have the gift to know it : and in his brain, 
Which is as dry as the remainder bisket 
After a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd 
With observation, the which he vents 
In mangled forms : (), that I were a fool ! 
1 am ambitious for a motley coat. 

Duke S. Thou shalt have one. 

Jaif. It is my only suit ; 

Provided, that you weed your better judgments 
Ot all opinion that grows rank in them. 
That I am wise. I must have liberty 
Withal, as large a charter as the wind. 
To blow on whom 1 please ; for so fools have : 
And they that are most galled with my folly. 
They most must laugh : .And why, sir, must they so ? 
The why is plain as way to parish church: 
He, that a fool doth very wisely hit. 
Doth very foolishly, although he smart. 
Not to seem senseless of the bob : if not, 
Tlie wise man's folly is anatomiz'd 
Even by the squandering glances of the fool. 
Invest me in my motley ; give me leave 
To speak my mind, and I will through and through 
Cleanse the foul body of the infected world. 
If they will patiently receive my medicine. 

Duke S. Fye on thee ! I can tell what thou 
wouldst do. 

Jaq. What, for a counter, would I do, but good ? 

Duke S. Most mischievous foul sin, in chiding 
For thou thyself hast been a libertine, [sin : 

As sensual as the brutish sting itself; 
And all the embossed sores, and headed evils, 
That thou with licence office foot hast caught, 
Wouldst thou disgorge into the general world. 

Jaq. Why, who cries out on jiride. 
That can therein tax any private party ? 
Doth it not flow as hugeiy as the sea. 
Till that the very very means do ebb ? 
What woman in the city do I name, 
When that I say. The city woman bears 
The cost of princes on unworthy shoulders ? 
Who can come in, and say, that I mean her. 
When such a one as she, such is her neighbour ? 
Or what is he of basest function. 
That says, his bravery is not on my cost, 
(Thinking that I mean him,) but therein suits 

I Kis folly to the mettle of my speech ? 
I There then ; How, what then ? Let me see wherem 
j My tongue hath wrong'd him : if it do him right. 
Then he hath wrong'd himself; if he be free, 
j Why then, my taxing like a wild goose flies, 
Unclaim'd of any man But who comes here ? 
I Enter Orlando, with his sword drawn. 

Ort. Forbear, and eat no more. 

J"'l- VV hy, 1 have cat none yet. 

Orl. Nor shalt not, till necessity be serv'd. 

Jaq. Of what kind should this cock come of? 

Duke S. Art thou thus bolden'd, man, by thy 
distress ; 
Or else a rude despiser of good manners. 
That in civility thou seem^'st so empty ? 

Orl. You touch'd my vein at first ; the thorny 
Of bare distress hath ta'en from me the show 
Of smooth civility : yet am I inland bred. 
And know some nurture: But forbear, 1 say ; 
He dies th-it touches any of this fruit. 
Till I and my affairs are answered. 

Jaq. An you will not be answered with reason, 
1 must die. 

Duke S. \V'hat would you have ? Your gentleness 
shall force 
More than your force move us to gentleness. 

Orl. I almost die for food, and let me have it. 

Duke S. Sit down and feed, and welcome to our 
table. [you : 

Orl. Speak you so gently ? Pardon me, I pray 
I thought, that all things had been savage here; 
And therefore put I on the countenance 
Of stern commandment But whate'er you are. 
That in this desert inaccessible. 
Under the shade of melancholy boughs, 
Lose and neglect the creeping hours of time; 
If ever you have look'd on better days ; 
If ever been where bells have knoU'd to church ; 
If ever sat at any good man's feast; 
If ever from your eye-lids wip'd a tear, 
And know what 'tis to pity, and be pitied ; 
Let gentleness my strong enforcement be : 
In the which hope, I blush, and hide my sword. 

Duke S. True it is that we have seen better days; 
And have with holy bell been knoll'd to church ; 
And sat at good men's feasts ; and wip'd our eye 
Of drops that sacred pity hath engender'd : 
And therefore sit you down in gentleness, 
-And take upon command what help we have, 
That to your wanting may be ministered. 

Orl. Then, but forbear your food a little while. 
Whiles, like a doe, I go to find my fawn. 
And give it food. There is an old poor man. 
Who after me hath many a weary step 
Limp'd in pure love; till he be first sutfic'd, 
Oppress'd with two weak evils, age, and hunger, 
I will not touch a bit. 

Duke S. Go find him out, 

And we will nothing waste till you return. 

Orl. I thank ye; and be bless'd for your good 
comfort! [Exit. 

Duke S. Thou seest, we are not all alone un- 
happy : 
This wide and universal theatre 
Presents more woeful pageants than the scene 
Wherein we play in. 

Jaq. All the world's a stage, 

And all the men and women merely players: 
They have their exits, and their entrances ; 
.And one man in his time plays many parts, 
His acts being seven ages. M first, the infant, 
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms ; 
And then, the whining school-boy, with hit satchel, 
And shining morning face, creeping like snail 
Unwillingly to school : And then the lover; 
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad 
Made to his mistress' eye-brow : Then a soldier : 
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like thepard. 
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel, 
Seeking the bubble reputation 



"% mtmtk 1 Aa4 that, tbr Ju 
mr fMM mi;, wttk sMd capwi Ua'd, luo* 
WMk ; Mt*. m4 bMitf af fcriMi CM. 

Aa4 M k* pta^ hU pot : Tk* idxUi i tliUte 

HIk Mitfifkl bow tl M*^. world MO wkk 
rWMtiknaktiMiiki am4hWtig mmUy ^t, 
VWalM mO* tMrwd* cMMtak irvMa. pTpo 
Ami^aSmimtMmmmii Immommttm, 
Tfc> ^<rti*iiBBiiiwifiHliliw. 

fcimrtiliililifcii i ofcH^eti ; 

Smm tMtk, MM cyw, MM tMM. MM cvo^ thiaf. 

Skr M, Wrtwiww i Mat Hova yoar i t i ma bt 
AMdMlOafwd. [bonlca. 

AiJHimd nmtmtif'J mtL 
k I tmg, *%4. * .' Jn. 
Dmkt S, If that ym the (ootf sir lUvUnd'i 

Duin F. Mora villata 1ha W*\\. iih htm out 
And l( m; oaoan of uich nature [ of dcor* 
Mak* an aatcnt n)>on hit houae and land* : 
Do this csfadicntl;. and turn him going. [Sxtumt. 

SCENE II^r*ror<. 
Bmttr Orlando, iri/A a fftr. 

OH. Hang there, mj tctm, in wilncMof my low 

And. tboa, tkricw^rovacd queen of night, Mrrc) 

With thj chaita }.* thy pale <,phcr almve, 

Thy hantnaa' naaaa. that my full life doUi tway 

lMa tiaaa Aall be mv 


And la thair hart* m Iboaghta I'll rhar uu 
b in tbi* fornt loc.ka ; 

That erety aye, which 

Shall tea thy virtaa wltaaaa'd every where 
Ran, ran, Ortaada : carve, aa avery tiee, 
Tha bir, tha chaHa, aad a n a ipia i a lTa aha. 
gmltr Cana mmd Tea ch atooa. 

Oar. Aad haw Uka yaa < 


Trmth. Traly , tkaplMid, In raa|<act of itielf, it i a 
goodlKkl bat in re>|Mvl (hat it U a OirvturdV life. 
It tanaaidtt. T : nkeit 

vary waUi b<i ; i> a 

T*ry Tlla UTr 1>. it 

pleuath aaa w. n the 

court, it la lrdinu. .\% il U .1 >)MrF life, look yoa, 
it fit* my humour well : but a* there it no mat* 
plenty in it, it |C<>e* mach acainkt my itaniacb. 
Ha*t any pbtlcaophy in thee, kh<|ih. rd ' 

Cr. Na more, but that I > rr one 

ickaaa, Am won* at caie hr that 

waata m e ti ey, mean*, and con ihree 

goad Maada -.That the proi>t : : wet. 

aad dre te bum : That aood i^i^iun lu.ikei fat 
(heap : and that a great caue of the nicht, i> lark 
of tba sun : That he, that hath le med no wit by 
nature nor jrt, may r<Hnplain of good breeding, or 

aataral phOoaopher. 

That lOT a Tour taincx ; 1 nr re*inue or tout tor- 

Go to Biy cae aad tail metioad aid maa, f taaa. 
Tbaa art right watcaMW aa thy maalar la ; 
B aMa tt bin by tha arm Gl*e ma aar band, 
Aad la aM all your fortuaaa andniuud. r&maf. 

ACT in. 

SCBKB 1.A JUeia im fh* PmUtt. 
Smirr Daka rt adaiick, OUtct, tarda, mmJ Au 

DmJu r. Not aaa Uaa liaca f Sir, air, 

Bat ware I aot tba batMr ait aiada bwtct, 
I AaaM 1 
or aiy tavanga, tkaa piiiM l s Bat look to it ; 

come* of a 'err dull I 

T<uk. Such a one la 
\Vat reT In court, 1 

Cr. Na. truly. 

T*mek Then tboa art daann'd. 

Ct. Nay, I bapa, 

TmkA. Truly, tkoa aitdaMa'd ; like an ill- 
egg, all on ana iltla. 

Cr. Vat aot beiag at eaart 7 Your raaaoa. 

TWcd. Hliy, if tboa aaar waat at coait, tbou 
oetar aaw'rt good ma a a a ra : if thoa never Mw'a 
(ood mannera, then thy naaaara roast be wicked ; 
and wirkrdneu it tin, aad ala ladamaaiion : Thou 
art in a )>arlo state, thepkafd. 

G<r. N<,t a whit, Toarbatone : th..**-. tl\at are 
good manner* at the court, J>r, n the 

country, a* the behaviour m' ino*t 

roockable at the court. Yc; ilute 

aat at the court, but you k;-.. that 

*" if c4>u(U<> wvrethep- 

Ta aaek a Urtag ia aw Mnliaty. 
Tby laada, and ail tkta^ IhM tkaa daat 
u orih w4ufa, da wa aataalato oar band 
raat aaU tbaa by tby I 


:hat yuai 
..^vdny I 

IiMlaaoe, briefly ; come. Instance. 
Wby, we are still handling <mr ewes ; and 
ila. yoa know, are grcosy. 

tj, do not your eourtier's hands sweat ' 
aad ia aot the grease of a ntattoo as wholesome aa 
tba awcat of a man > Shallow, shallow : A better 
Jnitiaca , I aay : come. 
Ctr, Baaidea, our hands are hard. 
Totuk. Your lip* will feel them the sooner. 
n : A more toundrr insfanre, come. 
(Key are often tart'd oer with the 
t *heep ; And would you hite u* 
: . conrtier't hand* are perfumed with 

I Towek. Moat ikallow man ! Thou worms-meat, 

, In respect at a cood piece of fle*h : I ndeed ! I eam 

of the wip. xiid nrrpend ; r,iet it of a batei birth 

than*'' -rleanly flua of acat. Mend 

the it: <t. 

I To. . .>urtly a wit forme: I'll re*l. 

Taiu.. .. ..i. I.... leadanm'd? tied help thee, 




shallow man ! God make Incision in thee ! thou art 

Cor. Sir, I ara a true labourer ; I earn that I eat, 
get that I wear ; owe no man hate, envy no man's 
happiness ; glad of other men's good, content with 
my harm : and the greatest of my pride is, to see 
my ewes graze, and my lambs suck. 

Touch. That is another simple sin in you ; to 
bring the ewes and the rams together, and to offer 
to get your living by the copulation of cattle : to be 
bawd to a bell-wether ; and to betray a she-lamb of 
a twelvemonth, to a crooked-pated, old, cuckoldly 
ram, out of all reasonable match. If thou be'st 
not damn'd for this, the devil himself will have no 
shepherds ; I cannot see else how thou shouldst 

Cor. Here comes young master Ganymede, mj 
new mistress's brother. 

Enter Rosalind, reading a paper. 

Ros. From the east to western Ind, 

No jewel is like Rosalind. 

Her worth, being mounted on the wind, 

Through all the world bears Rosalind. 

All the pictures, fairest lin'd. 

Are bat black to Rosalind. 

Let no face be kept in mind. 

But the fair of Rosalind, 
Touch. I'll rhyme you so, eight years together; 
dinners, and suppers, and sleeping hours excepted : 
it is the right butter-woman's rate to market. 
Ros. Out, fool ! 
Touch. For a taste : 

If a hart do lack a hind. 

Let him seek out Rosalind, 

If the cat will after kind, 

So, be sure, will Rosalind. 

Winter garments must be lin'd. 

So must slender Rosalind. 

They that reap, must sheaf and bind ; 

Then to cart with Rosalind. 

Sweetest nut hath sourest rind. 

Such a nut is Rosalind. 

He that sweetest Rose will find. 

Must find love's prick, and Rosalind. 

This is the very false gallop of verses ; Why do you 
infect yourself with them ' 

Ros. I'eace, you> dull tool ; I found them on a 

Touch. Truly the tree yields bad fruit. 

Ros. I'll graff it with you, and then I shall grafF 
it with a medlar : then it will be the earliest fruit 
in the country : for you'll be rotten e'er you behalf 
ripe, and that's the right virtue of the medlar. 

Touch. You have said ; but whether wisely or no, 
let the forest judge. 

Enter Celia, reading a paper. 
Ros. Peace ! 
Here comes my sister, reading ; stand aside. 
Cel. Why should this desert silent be f 

For it is unpeopled f No ; 
Tongues I'll hang on every tree. 

That shall civil sayings show : 
Some, how brief the lij'e of man 

Runs his erring pilgrimage ; 
That the stretching of a span 

Buckles in his sum of age. 
Some, of violated rows 

'Twixt the souls of friend and friend : 
But upon the fairest boughs. 

Or at every sentence' etui, 
(Vill I Rosalinda write : 

Teaching alt that read to know 
The (juintessence of every sprite 

Heaven would in little show. 
Therefore heavn nature charg'd 

That one body should befill'd 
With all graces wide enlarg'd : 

Nature presently distill'd 

Helen's cheek, but not her heart ; 

Cleopatra's majesty ; 
Alalauta's better part , 

Sad Lucretia's modesty. 
Thus Rosalind if many parts 

By heavenly synod was devis'd 
Of many faces, eyes, and hearts, 

To have the touches dearest nriz'd. 
Heaven would that she these gij'ts should havr. 
And I to live and die her slave. 

Ros. O most gentle Jupiter ! what tedious ho- 
mily of love have you wearied your parishioners 
withal, and never cry'd. Have patience, good people . 

Cel. How now ! back friends ; Shepherd, go oH" 
a little : Go with him, sirrah. 

Touch. Come, shepherd, let us make an honour- 
able retreat ; though not with bag and baggage, y>'t 
with scrip and scrippage. 

[> unt Corin and Touchstone. 

Cel. Didst thou hear these verses ? 

Ros. O, yes, I heard them all, and more too ; for 
some of them had in them more feet than the verses 
would bear. 

Cel. That's no matter; the feet might bear the 

Ros. Ay, but the feet were lame, and could not 
bear themselves without the verse, and therefore 
stood lamely in the verse. 

Cel. But didst thou hear, without wondering how 
thy name should be hang'd and carved upon these 
trees ? 

Ros. I was seven of the nine days out of the 
wonder, before you came ; for look here what I 
found on a palm tree: I was never so be-rhynictl 
since Pythagoras' time, that I was an Irish rat, 
which 1 can hardly remember. 

Cel. Trow you, who hath done this ? 

Rus. Is it a man ? 

Cel. And chain, that you once wore, about his 
neck : Change you colour ? 

Ros. I pr"ythee, who.2 

Cel. O lord, lord ! it is a hard matter for friends ' 
to meet ; but mountains may be removed with 
earthquakes, and so encounter. 

Ros. .\ay, but who is it ? ' 

Cel. Is it possible y 

/foj. Nay, I pray thee now, with most petitionary 
vehemence, tell me who it is. 

Cel. () wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful 
wonderful, and yet again wonderful, and after tliat 
out of all whooping ! 

Ros. Good my complexion ! dost thou think, 
though I ara caparison'd like a man, I have a doub- 
let and hose in my disposition ? One inch of delay 
more is a South-sea-ofF discovery. I pr'y thee, tell 
me, who is it ? quickly, and speak apace : I would 
thou couldst stammer, that thou might'st pour this 
concealed man out of thy mouth, as wine conies out 
of a narrow-mouth'd bottle ; either too much at 
once, or none at all. I pr'ythee take the cork out 
of thy mouth, that I may drink thy tidings. 

Cel. So you may put a man in your belly. 

Ros. Is he of God's making? What manner of 
man ? Is his head worth a hat, or his chin worth 
a beard ^ 

Cct. Nav, he hath but a little heard. 

Itns. Mhy, God will send more, if the man will 
be thankful : let me stay the growth of his beard, if 
thou delay me not the knowledge of his chin. 

Cel. It is young Orlando; that tripp'd up Uie 
wrestler's heels, and your heart, both in an instant. 

Ros. Nay, but the devil take mocking ; speak sad 
brow, and true maid. 

Cel. I 'faith, coz, 'tis he. 

Ros. Orlando ? 

Cel. Orlando. 

Ros. Alas the day ! what shall I do with my 
doublet and hose ? What did he when thou sawst 
him ? What said he ? How look'd he ? Wherein 
went he ? What makes he here ? Did he ask for 
me ? Where remains he ? How parted he with thee ? 



and whnt ihall tboo hton a(ain f An*w<T me 
in on wonl. 

CW. You mutt boiTov me Oarantoa'< mouth 
ftnt : tl> a word too ipreat for an; nioolh of thtt 
a^' Uxe : I'o kiT, ay, and no, to lhe*e pattirulart, 
U more than to anirr In a ratechitm. 

Ko. But doth he know that I am In thit forest, 
and In nvan'i apparel '' Looks he aa Are^hlj a* he 
dM the he wic^led > 

CM. It la aa eaqr to cwMt Memtca, aa I* rew>)ve 

I of lever : bat Ukc a taate of my 

Urn, Hid reliUi It wtili Mod ol 

I tmmi Mm mAw b aw. lib* rn> 

M. It May n k mU^ Jeet^ tm 

eh^alonit, likea 
tf kaicM. 
JtakTWMk ** ^ pit? (** Kch a t)(ht, it well 

CM. Cfy, Mttal to thy t o wgt w, I rtrHttt', It 
0WMS ^ sMMMMMy. H* vwAmUhM inra 

ik*. OdwIb il W ooMM I* kin my bMTt. 

CM. I vMiM alac my mi( vllbout a bortai : 

Mm. oTyM *ekM lam avMiM? vhoi I 
llitek. 1 HMMt ifMk 8M. ny on. 
Mw Oriaaa ood Ja^tMa. 

CM. Yi kftaa mm otrt: Sofk! cornea be sot 

mm. Ttobti ilMk by. MM Me him. 

(Ceil* Md ItOMlind rrHrr. 

Af. I Ikaak fcr yr ratnminy ; bat, good 
ftUkT I bad M Ui#baa Wm ayMtfaion*. 

Orl Aad aa bad I > bat yM. Ibr IbaMaa aak*. I 
tbaak yoa tao Ibr yaar ioctety. rem. 

Jiam. ead ba vNb ya ; lat^ mmM aa IHtla aa we 

oA. I do daaita e may ba better ttranavr*. 

tree* with writing 
tt my m*i with 

rfWf. vraai eiatai* mm a> r 
Orl. Jaat aa bifb aa my baart. 
J^ Yaa aialwi *^jp*'y J 

Tbata waa aa ibi agbl af alaaalt yea, 
*a aa cbtMaaV. 
Jtoe. WbatMabBiaiaAaaf? 

iJ llaa yoa 
I* vlr,aiid 
I H tbaai "atH af riwga 

OHL Nat to; bat I aniver yea tMm paialtd 
eMt, ftaaa whence yon hare tadiad yoar qae. 

Jaf. Toa bare a nimble wit ; I think it waa made 
of Aulanta'* he1*. Will yoa dt down whh ne ' 
aad wr two will rail ayaintt our roitre the world, 
and all oar mlMrr. 

Ort. I will chide no breather in the world, bnt 
layaelf : agaiaat whom I know mo*t fhnltn. 

Tbe varrt firalt yoa have, U to be in lore. 

OH. Very well ; wliat waald Toa f 

Hot. I jiray vou, what Is't a clock ? 

Orl. Yoa thou Id a>k me, what Ume o'day ; tberet 
no clock in tbe fon%t. 

Hat. 1'hen there*! no true lover in the foreat ; 
etae liichinK every mina-e, and rroaning every hoar, 
would detect the laay foot of time, aa well aa a 

OH. And why not tbe twin foot of flme? had 
aet Ibal been aa proper ? 

Itm. Hy no mean*, tir : Time trareli in dl*T 
paaca with divrn werann* : I'll tell vou who time 
MlMee lihil. who tim* Irot* ^.ithal.who time 



it It ; if III 

time't pace ia to bard 
ie*m >rar*. 

Or/.' Who aml>lr til 

ita. With .11 
man that hai:. 
catily, |e<an^ 
lire* m*-"-' 
lack in 
the of 

that ill 

ling maid. 

.<nd the day 

Ik- I.Ht a le'imiffht. 

etna the length o( 

w.ihal > 

^ Latin, and a rieh 

Tor the one tieepa 

It; and the other 

... > no pain : tbe one 

\n and wasteful learning ; 

hurdrn of heavy tcdions 

penun :ii<lr withal. 

OH.' \'t .. .1 ,w. nr K..i.o|l Withal I* 

Mm. \\ iih a thirt' to tbe gallows : for tboagb he 
go at tof^l; at fcKtt can Call, he thinks huntcif too 
toon there. 

OH. W ho stayi it still withal ? 
Hot With lawvers in the vacation : for they tlcap 
betwrvn term and term, and then they percdre 
not how time moves. 

OH. Where dwell yoa, pretty yoath ? 
Rm. With this ahcpherdest, my sitter ; here in 
the tklru of tba Aircst, like fringe apon a petti- 
OH. Are yoa native of this place 
Rot. At the coney, that yon tee dwell where the 
it kindled. 

OH. Your accent it something finer than you 
could puri-ha<e in so removed a dwelling. 

Rnt. 1 have been told so of many: but, indeed, 
an old religious uiM-.le of mine taught me to ipoak, 
who was in hit youth an in-land man; one that 
knew coartship too well, for there lie fell in love. 
I have heard him resd many lectures against it; 
and I thank God, I am not a woman, to be toncb'd 
with to maay giddy ofTences as he hath generally 
tax'd thai* ahole sex withal. 

OrU Can you remember any of the principal 
eviU that ba Laid to the charge of women * 

Mot. Tbeia wcrt aoaa principal ; they were all 
like one another, aa balf-pcnce are : every one fault 
teeming moottnma, tiU hit fellow fault came to 
match It. 

OH. I pr'ythee, recount tome of them. 
Rot. No; I will not cast away my phytick, bat 
on those that are tick. There is a man haunts the 
forest, that abuses our young plants with carving 
Hosalmd on their baiks; hangs odes upon haw- 
thorns, and elegies on brambles; all, forsooth, 
Tia a Caalt I will not change for your best | deifying the name of Rosalind : if I could meet 
vlrtiM. I an weary of you. j that fancy-monger, 1 would give him tome good 

yaf. By ny ttatll, I vas seeking for a fool, when i counsel, for he teems to have the quotidian of love 
I fbaiid yaa. | upon him. 

OH. H te dravaV in tbe brook , look but in,| OH. I am he that it so love-tbakad ; I pray yoa, 
aad yaa dun tee Mm. j tell me roar remedy. 

Jm. There shall I aee mine own figure. | Rot. There is none of my uncle't markt upon 

Orl Which 1 take to be either a fool, or a cypher. ' you : he taught me how to know a man in love ; 
Jmf. 111 tarry no longer with yoa; farewell, in which cage of rushes, I am ture yea arc not 
gaad ainior love. 1 prisoner. 

Orf. I am glad of yoar departure ; adieu, good Orl. What were his ni.^r|[s ' 

OMaataar melancbolv. Rot. A lean cheek ; which you have not : a bine 

[Jtrb Jaqa.CeUa a.ii Rosalind .^^. ^nrt <.iinln ; !ii(h ^> n liave not : aa aiHjaet- 

mrnt JkrtrarH. i v e not : a beard neg- 

*. r will speak to him like a tancy lacqucx. ' ut I pardon you for 

and tndar that habit play the knave with him.- _ m beard iaayoanger 

Da yaa hear, fbreata 7 ,-... > . .^ ...r bote should be un- 





/garter'd, your bonnet unhanded, your sleeve unbu.- most feigning; and lovers given to poetry and 
toned, your shoe untied, and every thing about )ou what they swear in yoetry, may be said as lovei* 
demonstrating a careless desolation. But you are they do feign. ' ' 

no such man ; you are rather point-device in your ; Aud. Do you wish then, that the gods had mad* 
accoutrements; as loving yourself, than seeming me poetical ? 

the lover of any other. I Tauch. 1 do, truly, for thou swear'st to me, thou 

Orl. Fair youth, 1 would I could make thee be- art honest ; now, if thou wert a poet, i might have 
lieve I love. i some hope thou didst feign. 

Rus. Me believe it ? you may as soon make her i Aud. Would you not have me honest ? 
that you love believe it; which, I warrant, she is | Touch. No, truly, unless thou werthard-favour'd ; 
apter to do, than to confess she does ; that is one of for honesty coupled to beauty, is to have honey a 
the points in the which women still give the lie to sauce to sugar. 

their consciences. But, in good sooth, are you he 
that hangs the verses on the trees, wherein Rosa- 
lind is so admired V 

Orl. I swear to thee, youth, by the white hand of 
Rosalind, I am that he, that unfortunate he. 

Hos. But are you so much in love as your rhymes 
tpeak ? 

Orl. Neither rhyme nor reason can express how 

Rus. Love is merely a madness ; and, I tell joU; 
deserves as well a dark house and a whiji, as mad- 
men do : and the reason why they are not so pu- 
nished and cured, is, that the lunacy is so ordinary, 
that the whippers are in love too : Yet 1 profess 
curing it by counsel. 

Orl. Did you ever cure any so.' 
Roi. Yes, one ; and in this manner. He was to 
imagine me his love, his mistress ; and I set him 
every day to woo me: At which time would 1, 
being but a moonish youth, grieve, be effeminate, 
changeable, longing, and liking ; proud, fantastical, 
apish, shallow, inconstant, full of tears, full of 
smiles ; for every passion something, and for no 
passion truly any thing, as boys and women are for 
the most part cattle of this colour : would now like 
him, now loath him ; then entertain him, then for- 
swear him ; now weep for him, then spit at him ; 
that I drave my suitor from his mad humour of love, 
to a living humour of madness ; which was, to for- 
swear the full stream of the world, and to live in a 
nook merely monastick : And thus I cured him ; 
and this way will I take upon me to wash your liver 
as clean as a sound sheep's heait, that there shall not 
be one spot of love in't. 

Orl. I would not be cured, youth. 
Rus. I Would cure you, if you would but call me 
Rosalind, and come every day to my cote, and 
woo me. 

Orl. Now, by the faith of my love, I will; tell 
me where it is. 

Roa. Go with me to it, and I'll show it you : and, 
by the way, you shall tell me where in the forest you 
live : Will you go ? 

Orl. With all my heart, good youth. 
Ros. Nay, you must call me Rosalind : Come, 
sUter, will you go ? lExeuut. 

Jaq. A material fool ! {Asitlf. 

Aud. \\'ell, I am not fair; and therefore I pray 
the gods make me honest ! 

Touch. Truly, and to cast away honesty upon a 
foul slut, were to put good meat into an unclean 

Touch. Well, praised be the gods for thy foulness ! 
sluttishness may come hereafter. But be it as it 
may be, I will marry thee, and to that end, I have 
been with Sir Oliver Mar-text, the vicar of the next 
village ; who hath promised to meet me in this place 
of the forest, and to couple us. 

Jaq. I would fain see this meeting. [Atiilt. 

Aud. Well, the gods give us joy ; 

Touch. Amen. A man may, if he were of a fear- 
ful heart, stagger in this attempt ; for here we har* 
no temple but the wood, no assembly but horn- 
beasts. But what though ? Courage ! .As horns are 
odious, they are necessary. It is said, Many a 
man knows no end of his goods : right : many a 
man has good horns, and knows no end of them. 
Well, that is the dowry of his wife ; 'tis none of his 

own getting. Horns? Even so: Poor men 

alone ? No, no ; the noblest d'^er hath them at 

huge as the rascal. Is the single man therefore 
blessed? No: as a wall'd town is more worthier 
than a village, so is the forehead of a mariied man 
more honourable than the bare brow of a bachelor . 
and by how much defence is better than no skill, 
by so much is a horn more precious than to want. 

Enter Sir Oliver Mar-test. 


Enter Touchstone and Audrey ; Jaques at a dh- 

tance, observin'j them. 

Touch. Come apace, good Audrey ; I will fetch 
np your goats, Audrey : And how, .-Vudrey ? am I 
the man yet ? Doth my simple feature content 
you ? 

Aud. Your features ! Lord warrant us ! what 
features ? 

Touch. I am here with thee and thy goats, as the 
most capricious poet, honest Ovid, was among the 

Jaq. O knowledge ill-inhabited ! worse than Jove 
in a thatch'd house ! [Aride. 

Touch. When a man's verses cannot be under- 
stood, nor a man's good wit seconded with the for- 
ward child, understanding, it strikes a man more 
dead than a great reckoning in a little room : 
Truly, I would the gods had made thee poetical. 

Aud. I do not know what poetical is : Isithonest 
in deed, and word y Is it a true thing ? 

Touch. No, truly ; for the truest poetry is tl>e 

Here comes sir Oliver : Sir Oliver Mar-text, yo 
are well met : Will you despatch us here under this 
tree, or shall we go with you to your chapel ? 

Sir OH. Is there none here to give the woman ? 

Touch. I will not take her on gift of any man. 

Sir Oli. Truly, she must be given, or the mar- 
riage is not lawful. 

Jaq. [Discovering himself.] Proceed, proceed ; 
I'll give her. 

Touch. Good even, good master What ye call't : 
How do you, sir ? You are very well met : God'ild 
you for your last company : I am very glad to see 
you : Even a toy in hand here, sir : Nay ; pray, be 

Jaq. Will you be married, motley? 

Touch. As the ox hath his bow, sir, the horse Ms 
curb, and the faulcon her bells, so man hath his de- 
sires ; and as pigeons bill, so wedlock would be 

Juq. And will you, being a man of your breeding, 
be married under a bush, like a beggar .' (Jet yon 
to church, and have a good priest that can tell you 
what marriage is . this fellow will but join you to- 
gether as they join wainscot: then one of you will 
prove a shrunk pannel, and, like green timber, 
warp, warp. 

Touch. 1 am not in the mind but I were better 
to be married of him than of another : for he is not 
like to marry me well ; and not being well married, 
it will be a good excuse for me hereafter to leave 
mv wife. [Asidr, 

Jaq. Go thou with me, and let me counsel thee. 

Touch. Come, sweet Audrey ; 
We must be married, or we must lire iu bawdry. 
Farewell, good master Oliver '. 


Not nMC Oliver. 
O bra** (Hivcr. 

Wind vay, 

n 1 Mj, 

I Will not to Utac wi* tht. 

.ItYfviiir Jar^aw. TMdMoM, W ..;. 

9lr0. TkanomatMr; M^ fiHrtMticat kiwte 

'Omm ail dull Ami mm mi of my calliaf . [Sxk. 

iiCSNB IV. TV MMT. a^Ar* a Crftef*. 
BmUr RoMilnd aiU CIU. 
Am. Ncr talk to rm. I vitt ni. 
rw. Do. I K;Um* ; kt ;M lui* the grac to 
omM*^ Out taw* 4o Mt kM^Mn a maa. 
M. Bm k I Mt caua to va^ ? 
Orf. At gMd CM** a* oM vovid dMlr* : than- 

. HI* tcr; liair b of lb* diMrmUinf colMr. 

Ma kiMi an Ataat chUdna. 

lanlj cla. 
Am. And bb ktaln( b ftiU af aaacOty Ui 
taach of Itolf htaad. 

rw. He iMth koiigtit a pair afcaM liya r Dtaaa : 
a M aT vtotorS tttorttood kiiM* not movt i*. 
s Ik* OT^ Im aTchaittt; k ia them. 
iwaat ba wald com< 

But firtt Iwin pardon s W III 7o 
Than he that dies ind lim by li 

aa*. Bat why did 


Am. Not Ime ia lo > 

nrf. Ym, when he t* in ; bat, I think he U not In 

Ba^YoahaTcheaidhiiaiwr^ra.w'^r *^> 
M. Wm* to Mt b . be*id. 

Cd. Nay, ccitalnly, tbat* la Uuih in hWi 
Bai. Da y think m > 
CW. Vaa : I ihiak h U not a i 
r { bal W hh verity In 
care 4 

bloody drop* ' 
Bmttr Roealind, Celia, and Corin, mt a ditto . 

Pkt. I woald not be thv esreuUnner ; 
I Ay thee, for 1 .,ul.l .i..t muir.. n,,.. 
Thoa taU'ct m. . , ^^^ 

TU pretty, xit 
ThatevM, i. 

No I 
.4nd, .: 

rt Ihei- 
in eye* 

If aver, (a th > 
Voa merl in < 
Then thall c .. 
That lo*c't'ket'.; _. 

Come not Ihoa ne; 
.4<Btrt mt- with thr 

Hot. till that time 
I. when that time 

mr- mt : '(ome. 


gaidcs Who coiner hrrr ' 

Bmtrr Cotln. 

Cmr. MlttrvM. and inutrr.Tou h;.e oft 
After the ihepherd : ' .f love : 

Who yoa taw ittin. ,rf, 

Praiaia the proud .: rrlnt 

Tkat WM Ut mUtro^. 

CM. \\. 71. 

(V. If yoa will ee a pat.-' 
Between the pale complcxi 
And the red (low of tcom a.iu pipni u ^uain, 
(> hcace a little, and I shall conduct yoa, 
Ifyaa will mark it. 

Bif. O, come let nt remove : 

TW algbt of Io<fT fecdeth those in lo'e : 
BriBKaa anto ihi <i(ht, and tnu <.hall say 
IVycavaa bvy actor in thrir pia.T. [Rxrmmt. 

SCENE V AmtkfT pari of the Ffttt. 
Sattr SUvioa amd Phebe. 

ML Sweet Phebe, do not tcom m 
Say. that yea love ie at ; bat aay not 
la bittenrnm ; The camw mamrnttrnt 
Wboae heart the aecaalom^t fMrtaTd 
Fall* Mt the aM aiN the hMhtad a* 

I hat make thr 
Til not her rIa- 
I .Aitd oat of yoa ohe i 

: chiidrei 


Thaa any of hoe Biwamentt can ikhow her 
tet, Miitrc, know yeartel 

[.\nd thank hoaTcn, fa.tii-t: 

relf: down onToorlinee* 
a (food man't Iotc . 

tor ill market^ 
take hl offer 
' c a MTofler. 
<>, i.ike her to ther. tiephird ; fare yoa well. 
/*<. Sweet yoath, I pray yoa chide a year to- 


For I A 

[Phebe: .\>,1 t,, 

None Cf 

make* I'ome, t 

:n tight as he. 
Hoialind, Celia, aiwl Corir. 

,4cl 4. 



Phe. Dead shepherd ! now 1 find thy saw of 
might ; 
Who ever tov'J, that lov'd not at first sight ? 

Sit. Sweet I'hebe, 

Phe. Ha ! what saj'st thou, Silvius ? 

Sil. Sweet Phebe, pity me. 

Phe. Why, I am sorry for thee, gentle Silvius. 

Sil. Wherever sorrow is, relief would be ; 
If you do sorrow at my grief in love. 
By giving love, your sorrow and ray grief 
Were both extermin'd. 

Phe. Thou hast my love ; is not that neighbourly ? 

Sil. I would have you. 

Phe. \\'hy, that were covetousness. 

Silvius, the time was, that I hated thee ; 
And yet it is not, that I bear thee love : 
But since that thou canst tiilk of love so well. 
Thy company, which erst was irksome to me, 
I will endure; and I'll employ thee too : 
But do not look for further recompense. 
Than thine own gladness that thou art employ'd. 

Sil. So holy and so perfect is my love, 
And I in such a poverty of grace. 
That I shall think it a most plenteous crop 
To glean the broken ears after the man 
That the main harvest re .ps : loose now and then 
A scatter'd smile, and that I'll live upon. 

Phe. Know'st thou the youth that spoke to me 
ere while ? 

Sil. Not very well, hut I have met him oft ; 
And he hath bought the cottage, and the bounds. 
That the old carlot ome was master of. 

Phe. Think not I love him, though I ask for him ; 
'Tis but a peevish 1 oy : yet he talks well; 
But what care 1 for words ? yet words do well. 
When he that speaks them pleases those that hear. 
It i.s a pretty youth : not very pretty : 
But sure he's proud ; and yet his pride becomes 

him : 
He'll make a proper man : The best thing in him 
Is his complexion ; and faster than his tongue 
Did make ofTence, his eye did heal it up. 
He is not tall ; yet for his years he's tall : 
His leg is but so so ; and yet 'tis well : 
There was a pretty redness in his lip ; 
A little riper and more lusty red 
Than that mix'd in his cheek; 'twas just the dif- 
Betwixt the constant red, and mingled damask. 
There be some women, Silvius, had they mark'd 

In parcels as I did, would have gone near 
To fall in love with him : but, for my part, 
I love h'm not, nor hate him not ; and yet 
I have more cause to hate him than to love him : 
For what had he to do to chide at me ? 
He said, mine eyes were black, and mine hair black ; 
And, now I am remember'd, #orn'd at me ; 
I marvel, why I answer'd not again: 
But that's all'one ; omittance is no quittance. 
I'll write to him a very taunting letter. 
And thou shalt bear it ; Wilt thou, Silvius ? 

Sil. Phebe, with all my heart. 

Phe. I'll write it straight ; 

The matter's in my head, and in my heart : 
I will be bitter with him, and passing short: 
Go with me, Silvius. lExcutit. 


SCEyE I. The same. 
Enter Rosalind, Celia, and Jaques. 

Jaq. I pr'ythee, pretty youth, let me be better ac- 
<iuainted with thee. 

Ros. They say you are a melancholy fellow. 

Jaq. I am so ; I do love it better than laughing. 

Rus. Thote, that are in extremity of either, are 
abominable fellows ; and betray themselves to every 
modern censure, worse than drunkards. 

Ja^. Why, 'tis good to be sad and say nothing. 

Ros. Why then, 'tis good to be a post. 

Jaq. I have neither the scholar's melancholy, 
which is emulation ; nor the musician's, which K 
fantastical ; nor the courtier's, which is proud ; nor 
the soldier's, which is ambitious ; nor the lawver's, 
which is p-jlitick; nor the lady's, which is nice; 
nor the lover's, which is all these : but it is a me 
lancholy of mine own, compounded of many sim- 
ples, extracted from many objects: and, indeed, 
the sundry contemplation of my travels, ip which 
my often rumination wraps me, is a most humor- 
ous sadness. 

Ros. A traveller ! By my faith, you have great 
reason to be sad : I fear, you have sold your own 
lands, to see other men's ; then, to have seen much, 
and to have nothing, is to have rich eyes and poor 

Jaj. Ves, I have gained my experience. 

Enter Orlando. 

Ros. And your experience makes you sad : I hail 
rather have a fool to make me merry, than expe- 
rience to make me sad ; and to travel for it too. 

Orl. Good day, and happiness, dear Rosalind ! 

Jaq. Nay then, God be wi' you, an you talk in 
blank verse. [Exit. 

Ros. Farewell, monsieur traveller : Look, you 
lisp, and wear strange suits; disable all the bene- 
fits of your own country : be out of love with your 
nativity, and almost chide God for making you that 
countenance you are; or I will scarce think you 
have swam in a gondola Why, how now, Orlan- 
do ! where have you been all this whiles You a 
lover ? An you serve me such another trick, never 
come in my sight more. 

Orl. My fair Rosalind, I come within an hour of 
my promise. 

Ros. Break an hour's promise in love ? He that 
will divide a minute into a thousand parts, and 
break but a part of the thousandth part of a minute 
in the affairs of love, it may be said of him, that 
Cupid hath clapp'd him o'the shoulder, but 1 war- 
rant him heart-whole. 

Orl. Pardon me, dear Kosalind. 

Ros. Xay, an you be so tardy, come no more in 
my sight ; 1 had as lief be woo'd of a snail. 

Orl. Of a snail .= 

Ros. Ay, of a snail ; for though he comes slowly, 
he carries his house on his head ; a better jointure, 
I think, than you can make a woman : Besides, he 
brings his destiny with him. 

Orl. M'hat's that? 

Rcis. Why, horns ; which such as you are fain Ui 
be beholden to your wives for : but he comes 
armed in his fortune, and prevents the slander of 
his wife. 

Orl. Virtue is no horn-maker ; and ray Kosalind 
is virtuous. 

Ros. And I am your P.osalind. 

Cel. It pleases him to call you so ; but he hath a 
Rosalind of a better leer than you. 

Rns. Come, woo me, woo me ; for now I am in 
a holiday humour, and like enough to consent :-,- 
What would you say to me now, an I were your 
very very Kosalind ? 

Orl. I would kiss before I spoke. 

Ros. Nay, you were better speak first; and when 
you were gravelled for lack of matter, you might 
take occasion to kiss. \'ery good orators, when 
they are out, they will spit ; and for lovers, lacking 
(God warn us !) matter, the cleanliest shift i to 
kiss. , . , , 

Of/. How if the kiss be denied? 

Ros. Then she puts you to entreaty, and there 
begins new matter. .... . 

Orl. Who could be out, being before his beloved 

""ftoj^Marrv, that should you, if I were your mis- 
tress ; or I should think ray honesty ranker than 


AS \UU LiKfc IT. 

Act 4. 

JIm. Not fCyoM yywl, aad 7t oat of jour ytn met yaar wife'* wit golnf to jout neighbour'i 
M. AmmI 1 7wr HwUad ' , bed. 

Oft. I Uko MWi Joy to M7 } ar*. biiM I Ort. And what wit could wit ba to excuM 
WMld bo taUliif oTbot. that > 

JIm. WoU, ia hor uti oa . I MJ I wUI not ba*0' Cm. Marry, te M;r->>a cm to trek von thor*. 
;. : Von khall never take her without ber answer, un- 

OrC Than, tat mtoo OVM rno, I dio. 'lew yea lako her without her lonmie. O, that 

Aoa. N, falik. dio by aUonMy. TW poor world wuman that oaaoot nuke her fault her husband'* 
la ilim iU th Mini yor aid. aad la all thu occasion, let bor never nurse bri child herself, for 
MMllMMtiMMt any maa dMI labia own pot. abo will btaod U Uke a fool. 

, Mill I It, la a looa^iaaM. Trotlaa bad hla' OH. tm tbtoo two hours, RoMlind. 1 will loavo 
bialM dadtod oat with a lirodaa dab : yot bo did tbaa. 

aitallMooMldia dla bo faro; and bo ! otto of the JU*. Alaa. door lore, I cannot lack thee two 
llBliia If lava. Uaador. ho waald haro livad bear*. 

May a Mr ya. tboagb Uaia had tantod nun. if, o.i. I naaai aliaad tho daka at dinner ; by two 
It had iMt booa far a hat wMwamtor alsht : for. o'clock I will bo with ihot 

yoatb. ho weat bat fiorth to wash bim ia the 

It4>. Ay, no yoar waya, go yoar ways : I know 

ly Moada told mo a* 


tatt aw^, 

la yoar 


gaod yoatb. ho weat bi 

nollMaoal and* boiiw 

dwtraod : aad the foollab cbreaiclor* of that a^io mach,' and I tb oi^bt ao losa : that 
faMd M WM-Hota af f mtm. Bat tboae art all tauao of yoar* won aao: tts bat one < 
Ilea s atoa ba*o died fVom timo to tlmo, and woniM aad^ ao, m>> iloalb Two o'clock 
haoa aatoa ihoaa* bat not far loaa. hoar ? 

OH. I waald aot bare my ri|tht RaaaUnd of (Ma i OW. Ay, awoM Roaallnd. 
attaidi far. I i nn i t , bor IWa adaht Mil ma. .. Hy my Math, aad ia good 

mm. By Ibta haad. U wUI aM km a fly : Bat ' God mend mo. aad ^ aU ptatty ai 
oaaa. mm I will N 
aoaitaM-oa dtapoaltioa 
I wlU mm It. 

Orf. Thom laoa am. 



Maw Why tfM, aa mm dariaa toa MMh af a 
oaad thing >-Como, slater, yaa shall bo ha prtoM, 
aad taatry aa.-H aaa yaar haad. O rt a a ii t- 
Whai do Ta my, alaiar > 

OH. Pray thaoi, aiarry aa. 

CW. I cannot aa Iha aa a fa. _ 

mm. Yoa mart Mgbi. mmigmi, ft ilaafa, 

CM. to WQI yoa. Ortaada. haaa la wMb 

OfL I will. 

Mm. Ay. batvbOB? 

OH. Wbr new ; as faat m tho eaa ma iT| aa. 

Aaa. Thoa yaa aMat aay..-/ ahi Ati^ BomI 

Bof. I might aak yoa mrjmm mmmmmmmt : aac. 
I da take tbca, Ortaada, far aiyhaahaadt There 
aMgaoahafaMaMpfat aad, aortaMy, a wo- 
aa^ thaaghl raaa bofata bor acttoaa. 

Orl So do all tboaahu: tboy aro wlagad. 

Km. Now tell me, bow long jon woald baoa bar, 
iBar yea bav* pB < iowod bor. 

OH. rot erer. and a day. 

Mm. Say a dar. witboat tho or: No, ao. Or- 

mde: atcn are'April wtaca they wee, December 
May wboa they are 

Jot af yoar promise. 

Mir heat. I will ibink 

ik-proailae, and the 

MOl anwertbT of her 

yaa caU Kasalhid. thai may bo choaoa out of the 

gMMbaadorthoaaCiHhtal! tharafara beware my 

coaaara, aad koap yaar proaaiaa. 

OH. With aa laM rrilgloa, thaa If 

an BaaaUad t Ha, " 

WaU. itmo la tbo < 

I oBbadoa^ aad lot Uroo ny : Adiea ! 

[RrU Ortaada. 

OiL Vea haro rfmaly misas'd our sex in yoar 

wo mtsstltare yon/ doublet and hoae 

yaar bead, aad show tho wotld what 

letroprate : 

;. eaa. oty aaot^ Uttio coc. ti 

haw maay Mhom daop 1 am 

" o aonadad : my aAhrtioa ' 

llko tho bay of Portugal 


my aAhrtioD hath 
; that as fast as yoa 

_ _ same wicked bastard of Venus, 

that was hofot at thaagbt, conceived ot spleen, 
nd hora oT madnam : that blind rascally boy , that 
every one's eyes, because his own are out. 

let him be Judge, bow deep 1 am in love : I'll tell 
thee. Aliens, 1 cannot be oat of the si);bt of Or- 
lando : ni go find a shadow, and sigh tUl be 

Cd. And 111 sleep. [Bxmmt. 

SCENE ll.-tlmtktT fan i^lU Forttl. 

Lords, ia iki kahU ^ Ftrmtm*. 

__ wtllmyKaaalladdoao? 

Boa. By my Ufa, the will do as I do. 

<M. O, batsbelawlw. ^ , 

mm. Or ctaa aha eaald aat have tbo wit to do 
thla : tbo wiser, the waywarder : Make the dooes 
Bpaa a ww na w^ wH. aad It will oat at the case- 
ni, . .,,...>,>, >r.^ twill out at the key -hole; stop 
Hiar the smoke out at the chimney. 

O- -d a wife with such a wit, be 

milh iiuT trilt t 

Am. .><,. you .u.gbt keep that ehock fbr it. till 

Ja^. Which U be that killed the deer > 

I tpni. ^ir. It was I. 

Jm. Vet\ present him to the duke, like a Ro- 
man ron^aaror ; and it would do well to set the 
deer's beraa apon bis bead, for a branch of victory 
-Have yoa no song, forester, for tbU purpoae ? 

SI,ord. Yoa, sir. 

Jmf. Sing It ; "Us no matter bow it be in tune, so 
it roako aoZm i 


I. WJmt^Uttkthmm,mtlMrdlhedtrrt 
a. Bi* Umther tkim, aad harm to trtar. 

1. Then timg kirn kami: fTberea 

raibr (Aaa aa acam. to awar M kora :)(,, ^^ 
/( aw a mt* an tkau matt kam. I j^ 

1. TkgJktkif'ifMtr trart U ; *^ 

8. ^aa tkafiUhtr ban it : 
All. Tht hora, the ham, the /astly kam, 

UnMa tkimg to Ungk to acern. [Bmnl. 

Art A. 



SCENE lU.The Forest. 
Enter Rosalind and Celia. 

Ros. How say you now ? Is it not past two 
o'clock ? And here much Orlando ! 

Cel. I warrant you, with pure love, and troubled 
brain, he hath ta'en his bow and arrows, and is gone 
forth to sleep : Look, who comes here. 

Enter Silvius. 

Sit. My errand is to you, fiir youth ; 
My gentle Phebe bid me give you this : 

[Giving a tetter. 
I know not the contents ; but, as I guess. 
By the stern brow, and waspish action 
Which she did use as she was writing of it. 
It bears an angry tenor : pardon me, 
I am but as a guiltless messenger. 

Ros. Patience herself would startle at this letter. 
And play the swaggerer ; bear this, bear all : 
She says, I am not fair ; that I lack manners ; 
She calls me proud ; and, that she could not love 
Were man as rare as Phoenix ; Od's my will ! [me 
Her love is not the hare that I do hunt : 
Why writes she so to me ? Well, shepherd, well, 
This is a letter of your own device. 

Sil. No, I protest, I know not the contents : 
Phebe did write it. 

Ros. Come, come, you are a fool. 

And tum'd into the extremity of love. 
I saw her hand ; she has a leathern hand, 
A freestone-colour'd hand ; I verily did think 
That her old g'oves were on, but 'twas her hands ; 
She has a huswife's hand : but that's no matter : 
I say, she never did invent this letter : 
This is a man's invention, and his hand. 

Sil. Sure, it is hers. 

Ros. Why, 'tis a hoisterous and a cruel style, 
A style for challengers ; why, she defies me, 
Like Turk to Christian : woman's gentle brain 
Could not drop forth such giant-rude invention. 
Such Ethiop words, blacker in their effect 
Than in their countenance WiU you hear the let- 

Sil. So please you, for I never heard it yet ; [ter ? 
Vet heard too much of Phebe's cruelty. [writes. 

Ros. She Phebes me : Mark how the tyrant 

Can a woman rail thus ? 
Sil. Call you this railing ? 
Ros. fVht/, thy godhead laid apart, 

Warr'st thou with a woman's heart t 

Did you ever hear such railing ? 

Whiles the eye of mail did woo me. 

That could do no vengeance to me 

Meaning me a beast. 

If the scorn of your bright eyne 

Have power to raise such love in mine. 

Alack, in me what strange effect 

Would they work in mild aspect t 

Whiles you chid me, I did love ; 

How then might your prayers move t 

He, that briTigs this love to thee. 

Little knows this love in me : 

And by him seal up thy mind ; 

Whether that thy youth and kittd 

Will the faithful offer take 

Of me, and all that I can make ; 

Or else by him my love deny. 

And then I'll study how to die. ' 

Sil. Call you this chiding ? j 

Cel. Alur., poor shepherd ! I 

Ros. Do you pity him ? no, he deserves no pity I 

Wilt thou love such a woman ? What, to make j 

thee an instrument, and play false strains upon thee ! 

not to be endured ! Well, go your way to her, (for t 

I see, love hath made thee a tame snake,) and say I 

j this to her ;_That if she 'ove me, I charge her to 
jlove thee : if she will not, I will never have her, 

unless thou entreat for her If you be a true lover, 

hence, and not a word ; for here comes more com- 
pany- [Exit Silvias. 
Enter Oliver. 
Oli. Good -morrow, fair ones : Pray you, if you 
Where, in the purlieus of this forest, stands [know 
A sheep-cote, fenc'd about with olive-trees ? 

Cel. West of this place, down in the neighbour 
The rank of osiers, by the murmuring stream. 
Left on your right hand, brings you to the (iiaie : 
But at this hour the house doth keep itself. 
There's none within. 

Oli. If that an eye may profit by a tongue. 
Then I should know you by description ; 
Such garments, and such years : The boy it fair,. 
Of female favour, and bestows himself 
Like a ripe sister : but the woman low. 
And browner than her brother. Are not yoa 
The owner of the house I did inquire for ? 
Cel. It is no boast, being isk'd, to say, we are. 
Oli. Orlando doth commend him to you both ; 
And to that youth, he calls his Rosalind, 
He sends this bloody napkin ; Are you he ? 

Rts. 1 am : wh t must we understand by this ? 
Oli. Some of my shame ; if you will know of tne 
What man I am, and how, and why, and whert 
This handkerchief was stain'd. 
Cel. I pray you, tell it. 

Oli. When last the young Orlando parted from 
He left a promise to return again [you> 

Withm an hour ; and, pacing through the forest, 
Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy, 
Lo, what befel ! he threw his eye aside. 
And, mark, what object did present itself! 
Under an oak, whose boughs were moss'd with age, 
And high top bald with dry antiquity, 
A wretched ragged man, o'ergrown with hair. 
Lay sleei)ing on his back : about his neck 
A green and gilded snake had wreath'd itself, 
V\'howith her head, nimble in threats, approach'd 
The opening of his mouth ; but suddenly 
Seeing Orlando, it unlink'd itself. 
And with indented glides did slip away 
Into a bush : under which bush's shade 
A lioness, with udders all drawn dry, 
Lay couching, head on ground, with cat-like watch> 
When that the s!eei)ing man should stir ; for 'tis 
The royal disposition of that beast. 
To prey on nothing that doth seem as dead : 
This seen, Orlando did a|>proach the man. 
And found it was his brother, his elder brother. 

Cel. O, I have heard him speak of that same 
brother ; 
And he did render him the most unnatural 
That liv'd 'mongst men. 

Oli. And well he might so do. 

For well I know he was unnatural. 

Ros. But, to Orlando; Did he leave him there. 
Food to the suck'd and hungry lioness ? 

Oli. Twice did he turn his back, and pnrpos'd so : 
But kindness, nobler ever than revenge. 
And nature, stronger than his just occasion. 
Made him give battle to the lioness. 
Who quickly fell before him ; in which burtlinK 
From miserable slumber I awak'd. 

Cel. Are you his brother ? 

Ros. Was it von he rescued .' 

Cel. Was't jou that did so oft contrive to kill him ? 

Oli. Twas I ; but 'tis not I : 1 do not shame 
To tell you what I was, since my conversion 
So sweetly tastes, being the thing I am. 

lios. But, for the bloody napkin ? 

on. B.Vf and by. 

When from the first to last, betwixt us two. 
Tears our recountments had most kindly bath'd. 

As, how I came into that desert place ; 

In brief, he led me to the gentle duke, 
AVho gave me fresh arr^y, and entertainment, 
N 2 

TbOT* ttripf 'M hUmtU, tmt tmn npmn hto arm 

Th* ltaM> had toni mmm iMb ;. 

Wkieh all lhi whit* had bll ; and now h fjOnMd, 

And .t. .1 .M f. t,- ...^r, KotaliiKl. 
Kr ' .und >p hU voand ; 

AT'. f.tiafai(Mi.a( at bMTt, 

Hr -at I ana. 


mUt ' 

Ad 5 


would ^ ., -..i . ,,u. ,1 .:.,.. .> ll.oUlh: 

mMninn Umh>(>j , iti<i Ktapci. w ere made to eat, and 
Up* to OMO. \ ou do loTe Ihu inaid .-' 
i':. I do, ilr. 

ine jour hand : Art thou learned ? 

rW. Thete it inorr In it 

> learn lhi of me ; To have, ia to 

'< a hdnirc in rbctorick, that drink, 

(.an 1 :rf I'oMr.d out of a cuj* into a gUi, bv 6ll!ng 

f-.^j. ; the one doih empt; the oCier : Kor all ;our'writrk 

-ak on do conent, that i;j U he; now yott are not ipi. 

^ iih 

OML WvlltlM 
Mt to to a man 
am. Held*: bMl-Mtk 


CM- C*ma, ym^ lok |Mlar aad palar i fmy yoa, 
craw liwa a r<a i O aad air, m vttb m. 
. Tku will I. far I attTiwr 
wtemtm m; kralMT, H 
I ahall drria* aMMUtag i 

Orf. ! 


ACT V. '*" **' 

SCBXB i^nw 

Mb. W AaU fad a UaM, Aadny ; fUOaaet, 

ilad. 'ntfth. tlw priMt vaa goat noiwli. Ibr all ch o< 
Ik* aU jMMfiii' aaytaK. I hoata, 

' " ~ lckda)rOli*cr. Andr** 1'mI'*> 

and ntty way*; therefore 



rrj, air. 
( orln. 
>l inittreu teek ;ou; 

7W*. frlp, Adr*7, trip, Audrey; 

I attend, 

8CBNE ll.-Tkt tarn*. 
MmNr Orlando amJ OliTer. 

(Mi. .<-.i,.^. 
tb ftirmttj of hv 

ia tiM Ibratt Uj% claim to 

ilad. Ay, I know who lit ; he hath 
la ma la tba world ; here comca th 

JEaIrr RoaaJind. 

\cm hare my conwnt. 1 n 

Xaler WillUm. "^ 

TVi'i ' >< >' "'4 -'""tc to into <aclovn : 
By m - <d witi, hare murh to 

a*i* ing; we cannot bold. 1 1, how it yrierei me to 

it'll ' ' .11 a trarf. 

Am*. w. V K " I. >^ illiam. , '"-i. it i> iti.> .iii. 

Witt. Ad raod eTFn t) yoM, lir. Mo<. i thovxhl, th; heart had been wounded with 

lViw4. Itood even, erntle friend: Caver tby the clawi of a lion. 
head, cotot thr ;,.- d . n.i*, in-yth**, to covered. Orl. Wounded it l, but with the e^n of a ladv. 
Harm '- -nd ' ' Rot. Did jour brother tell vou how I counter- 

rr - - ^ty, tir. feited totwoon, when he ihowd me your Kandker- 

r- It tky aame William ' chiefs 

ir./ - Or/. Ay, and dTc^'*'' ""^''" "13" 'hit 

Teh. A fir name: Waat bocn i'the forest Ro. O, I kno 
here? Ih^re wa never it 

WiO. Ay, air, I thank (d. of fo r .m. a' 1 

T*mch. Thnnk Gff^ :t ffoad a%weT : Art rich ? t>ttr, and 'I 

XnUf. 'Faith, rir, ao, JO my liitpr no (oonpr niet r 

TamcK. Sn, w, it food, very good, very excellent looked, bat they loved ; ' v 

eeod ; and yet it it not ; it U but to to. Art thou tiirhed ; no tooBcr tigbe<' 
1m7 thpr (he reaton ; no tO'j;!. v.i 

^cl 5. 



they sought the remedy : and in these degrees have 
they made a pair of stairs to marriage, which they 
will climb incontinent, or else be incontinent be- 
fore marriage : they are in the very wrath of love, 
and they wfu together; rlubs cannot part them. 

Orl. They shall be married to-morrow ; and I 
will bid the duke to the nuptial. But (), how bit- 
ter a thing it is to look into happiness through 
another man's eyes ! Hy so much the more shall I 
to-morrow be at the height of heart-heaviness, by 
how much I shall think my brother happy, in 
having what he wi:ihes for. 

Ros. Why then, to-morrow I cannot serve ycur 
turn for Rosalind ? 

Orl. I can live no longer by thinking. 

lio-i. I will weary you no longer then with idle 
talking. Know of me then, (for now I speak to 
some purpose,) that 1 know you are a gentleman 
of good conceit : I speak not this, that you should 
bear a good opinion of my knowledge, insomuch, I 
say, I know you are ; neither do 1 labour for a 
greater esteem than may in some little measure 
draw a belief from you, to do yourself good, and 
not to grace me. Believe then, if you please, that 
I can do strange things : I have, since 1 was three 
years old,- conversed with a magician, most pro- 
found in this art, and yet not damnable. If you 
do love Rosalind so near the heart as your gesture 
cries It out, when your brother marries .Aliena, 
shall you marry her : I know into what straits of 
fortune she is driven ; and it is not impossible to 
me, if it appear not inconvenient to you, to set her 
before your yes to-morrow, human as she is, and 
without any danger. 

Orl. Speakest thou in sober meanings ? 

Ros. By my life, I do ; which I tender dearly, 
though 1 say 1 am a magician : Therefore, put you 
in your best array, bid your friends ; for if you 
will be married to-morrow, you shall; and to 
Rosalind, if you will. 

Enter Silvius and Fhebe. 
Look, here comes a lover of mine, and a lover of 

Phe. Youth, jou have done me much ungentle 
To show the letter that I writ to you. 

Ros. I care not, if I have : it is my study. 
To seem despiteful and ungentle to you : 
You are there follow'd by a faithful shepherd; 
Look upon him, love him ; he worships you. 
Phe. Good shepherd, tell this youth what 'tis to 

Sil. It is to be all made of sighs and tears ; 
And so am I for Fhebe. 
Phe. And I for (ianvmede. 
Ori. And I for Rosa'lind. 
Ros. And I for no woman. 

Sil. It is to be all made of faith and service; 
And so am I for I'hebe. 
Phr. And I for Ganymede. 
Orl. And I for Rosalind. 
Ros. And I for no woman. 
.S'lV. It is to be all made of fantasy. 
All made of passion, and all made of wishes ; 
All adoration, duty, and observance. 
All humbleness, ail patience, and impatience. 
All purity, all trial, all observance; 
And so am I for I'hebe. 

Phe. And so am I for (Janymede. 

Orl. And so m I for Rosalind. 

Ros. And so am I for no woman. 

Phe. If this be so, why blame you me to lov 

you 3 [To Rosalind. 

Sil. If this be so, why blame you me to love you ? 

[r Fhebe. 

Orl. If this be so, why blame you me to love you ? 

Ro. Who do you speak to, rfhy blame you me to 

lore you ? 
Orl. To her that is not here, nor doth not hear. 
Ros. Pray you, no more of this; 'tis like the 
howling of Irish wolves against the moon I will 

help you, [to Silvius] if I can:! would love you, 
7ii FhebeJ if I could To-morrow meet me all 
ogether. I will marry you, [tu Fhebe] if ever I 
marry woman, and I'll be married to-morrow : I 
will satisfy you, [tn Orlando] if ever I satisfied 
man, and you shall be martied to-morrow: I will 
content you, [to i-ilvius] if what pleases you con- 
tents you, and you shall be married to-morrow. 

[to Orlando] love Hosalind, meet; as 
you [to S^ilvius] love Fhebe, meet ; And as 1 love 
no woman, I'll meet !So, fare you well ; 1 have 
left you commands. 

Sil. I'll not fail, if I live. 

Phe. Nor I. 

Orl. Nor I. 


SCENE III. rAe same. 
Enter Touchstone and Audrey. 
Touch. To-morrow is the joyful day, Audrey ; 
to-morrow will we be married. 

Ami. I do desire it with all my heart : and I hope 
it is no dishonest desire, to desire to be a woman of 
the world. Here come two of the banished duke's 

Enter two Pages. 

1 Page. Well met, honest gentleman. 

Toiuh. By my troth, well met : Come, sit, sit, 
and a song. 

2 Page. We are for you : sit i'the middle. 

1 Page. Shall we clap into't roundly, without 
hawking, or spitting, or saying we are hoarse ; 
which are the only prologues to a bad voice ? 

2 Page. I'faith, i'faith ; and both in a tune, like 
two gypsies on a horse. 



It mas a lover and his lass. 

With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino. 
That o'er the green corn-field did pass 

In the spring time, the only pretty rank time. 
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding : 
Srfcei lovers love the spring, 

Between the acres of the rye. 

With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino. 
These pretty country folks would lie. 

In spring time, Sre. 

This carol they began that hour. 

With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino. 
How that a life was but afiorver 

In spring time, Jfc. 

And therifore take the present time. 

With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino ; 
For love is crowned with the prime 

In spring time, Sfc. 

Touch. Truly, young gentlemen, though there 
was no greater matter in the ditty, yet the note 
was very untuneable. 

1 Page. You are deceived, sir ; we kept time, we 
lost not our time. ,...., 

Touch. By my troth, yes; I count it but time 
lost to hear such a foolish song. God be with you ; 
And God mend your voices ! Come, Audrey. 

[ Exeunt. 

SCENE IV. Another Part of the Forest. 
Enter Duke Senior, Amiens, Jaques, Orlando, 

Oliver, arid Celia. 
Duke S. Post thou believe, Orlando, that the boy 
Can do all this that he hath promised ? 

A* Umm tkM *r Ibry hapt. utA knew th7 (kr. 
JIatar RoMllad, SUniu, arf Plik*. 

Vm ny. in krlHc te ;< 


Xm hw IMT OT CMm*> bm > 
ate S. Tb4N oM 1. had I kiBfdoMM to glT 

JU*. And yo M7 yoa wUl Im bar. vImb I 
Mag bar (TVfMMd*. 

OrL Tb>i VMid t. WOT* I oT all kiafdoNM kta*. 
Mm. Ym Mf. joatl ntarn bm. IT 1 b* villinic^ 
n#. TbM ni I. ibet4 I dU tba bo4r tftcr. 
ito*. Bai, IT y d iifcii d iotij . 
Voani ^* jtmnmit to IM* hmM fcitbfsl bcfbctd > 
n*. B* to tb hn|kta. 

Am. Ym m}. ibM jMlt b rhb. If ib alll > 


L TlMih M iMtw Wr Md dMib 


Act i. 

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Saa. I baT ptMokM to iiMka aU tbla 

O dafea, to (l*a yaw 

mMf ym T* a, o > 
Va* yawTortMiii. to inlTbia 4 

Kaa* yar *atd. nwha. that r*"1l nan; ma; 
<1V alaa. ralWilnf nm. to wad ibU tbapbard :- 
Kaap yaw wart. KHtrtoa. ttnl yaaTIt Mtiy bar. 
ir aba mAm aw :-d ftato biwa I fa, 
Ta aafea tbaaa abtoall a. 


OH. Uj laad. ib dnt Uhm 

of By liawblai'i fca 

HMUMt I r 

Bm, aay gaad laid. ibU bav la Caraai-bara { 
Aad batb baaa tatoaM la tba rvdimanti 
or HMy daafarato amdlaa by bla anatok 

.taf. Tbaa* k, awi 
tbaaa trnp laaawa i iai l ag totbaart ! RaracaoMaa 
^iCnZy" baaato. .btob ta all to^^ 
TtacA. fUlatoltai aiM aalaa to ya aH I 
Jiaf. flaadmy laid. Mibfaa vatcawa: Tbiato 
tba MtWv-nhidad laMtlaaMi. IbM 1 baa la often 
M* to tka fciaat: ba batb baaa a coaitiar ba 

daabt dut. lat Maa Mt toa 

I baa tfoda NMaaii I bava 

I baa baaa paUUck witb mj 

mMh mhia aa tm y : I ba*c andona 

) toUaaa : I baaa bad fear qoairvlt, and tike to 

ar|l ct? 

T^mtk. I daral |o no ftrrtber than the eirrmtm. 
I atm uU ml, na b* darM not (< me the Ue JirtH . 

and M wa n iaaaaiad (ward*, and iwrted. 
I Ji. Can yo notohHUa to arder now the degraat 

I T>mrk. O. tlr, w* qnanal Ib |>rtrit. tv thr U^\ -. 
laayaa baaa baaka for leood man t ,ir 

!) tbadagraaa. Tbeflr>t, thr 

1, IbaOitp modet : tr i, 

alwiillali; iba fcanh, the lin-T hr 

Mttl. Iba raanlarcback quarrrltoitir tin- <ixth, 
Iba Cia with circaniatoncc : the (eventh. the Ue 
dliaat. All ibaMjroa mayTnid.hutthe liedirevt; 
tmd yaa aaay aM IhM loo. with an //. I knew 
iaa eaald naf Uka mp a qnanwl ; 
pirttlaaaf mat tbcnawirai, onaaT 
tbaw iboaght bat at an tf, at. If ym mU m, Hktn 
I mid m : Aad ibay Uaak band^ and tware bro- 
tbaaa. Yaar tf to tba only pe4ea-makar ; much 
Tlftaabi //. 

^of. It not thto a rar* fellow, my lord ? h*^ a 
gaod at aay Ibhic, and t a ft>al. 

IMbr S. Ha aM bto felly like a atalklnc-horae. 
I of that, be khoou hi* 

Jm^. Anrf hnw arsa that ta'an ut> ' 

T<^ met, and foand the qoairel 

Laaje? Good my lord, like 

tbi ' 



Try well. 

I. Ur : I daaba ya of tba 
. tlr, >mon(U tha rcat of the 
(-ovu""-*. to twear, and to fort w ear : 
mas mamae bln<l<, and Mood tirei.ko- 
A |Maf virgin, ir, an ill-faToured thine, tir, but 
taa awa ; a poor hamonr of mine. sir. Ut take 
Cbal that no maa ahe will : Rich honesty dwelU 
Uka a mtoar, itr. In a poor-hovte ; as your pearl, 
to yoar feal oyster. 
f>a*a . By aay feitb, ha to Tery twtft and ten- 

and yaa aaaa aw 
bM wban tba pid 

Aitr Byman. hmUmg Rotalind (a 
cMtoa t anrf Calia. 
Still roasick. 
Hyn. T%*n to Ihrrt mirth in hmvtn, 
men ttrtJUjf Mmgt maJr evra 

r*< **... .. i/A hi,, 

Wkttt htmri tritiMMK mrr tnt.nm u. 

JIaa. To yoa 1 glaa mfmii, $m \ tm jan*. 

[Ta Dak* S. 
To yo I gtva myaaif, fea I ana yaars. 

[TV Orlando. 

Ihik* S. If there be truth to atgbt, yoa ata toy 

daochter. [RataHnd. 

Orl. If there be truth to aight, yoa are my 

Pl>t. If tight and thape be tma, 

Mhy then, my loe adiea ! 

Rot. I'll bara no blhcr. If yoa ba not be : 

Ill ha B* bMband, if yoa banot h*: 

Nor ne'ar wed woman. If yoa ba not the. 

Bym. Peace, ho ! I bar coafeaion : 
"Tit I mart make canclutlon 

(>f the>e aaoit ttrang* evanto 1 
Here*! ei^ht that mnl uke 

If truth hold* true rontenti. 
Von and you no cTa sh-U part : 

< I Rotalind. 

Von and yon ara br.. 

-J relto. 
Yoa [fo Phaba] to his ,rd. 

Or hava a waman to joui lord ; 




You and you are sure together, 

[T(i Touchstone and Audrey 

As the winter to foul weather. 

Whiles a wedlock hymn we sing. 

Feed yourselves with questioning ; 

That reason wonder may diminish, 

How thus we met, and these things tinish. 

Wedding it great Juno's crown ; 
O blessed bond of board and bed ! 

'Tis Hi/men peoples every town ; 
High wedlock then be honoured : 

Honour, high honour and 

To Hymen, god of every tonm < 
Duke S. O my dear niece, welcome thou art to me ; 
Even daughter, welcome in no less degree, 

Phe. I will not eat my word, now thou art mine; 
Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combine 

ITo Silvius. 

Enter Jaques de Bois. 

Ja<j. de B. Let me have audience for a word 

1 am the second son of old sir Howland, [or two ; 

That bring these tidings to this fair assembly : 

Duke Frederick, hearing how that every day 
Men of great worth resorted to this forest, 
Addiess'd a mighty power; which were on foot. 
In his own conduct, purposely to take 
His brother here, and put him to the sword : 
And to the skirts of this wild wood he came ; 
Where, meeting with an old religious man. 
After some question with him, was converted 
Both from his enterprize, and from the world . 
His crown bequeathing to his banish'd brother. 
And all their lands restor'd to them again 
That were with him exil'd : This to be true, 
I do engage my life. 

Duke. Welcome, young man ; 

Thou offer'^t fairly to thy brothers' wedding : 
To one, his lands with-held : and to the other, 
A land itself at large, a potent dukedom. 
First, in this forest, let us do those ends 
That here were well begun, and well begot: 
And afier, every of this happy number, [with us. 
That have er-'ur'd shtewd days and nights 
Shall share the good of our returned fortune. 
According to the measure of their states. 
Meantime, forget this new-fall'n dignity, 
And fall into our rustick revelry : 
Play, musick and you brides and bridegrooms all. 
With measure heap'd in joy, to the measures fall. 

Jaq Sir by your patience; if I hoard you 
1 he duke hath put on a religious life, [rightly 
And thrown into neglect the pompous court > 
Jai/. de U. He hath. 
Jaij. To him will 1: out of these convertites 

There is much matter to be heard and learn d 

You to your former honour I bequeath ; 

[To Duke S. 
iour patience, and your virtue, well deserves it: 
\ ou [to Orlando] to a love, that your true faith 

doth merit : 

You [to Oliver] to your land, and love, and great 

allies : ffaed ._ 

You [to .Silvius] to a long and well deserved 

And you [to Touchstone] to wrangling ; for thy 

loving voyage 
Is but for two months victual'd : So to your plea- 
sures ; 
I am for other than for dancing measures. 
Duke S. Stay, Jaques, stay. 

Jay. To see no pastime, I : what you would have 
I'll stay to know at your abandon'd cave. [Exit. 
Duke S. Proceed, proceed ; we will begin these 
And we do trust they'll end, in true delights. 

[A dance. 
Itos. It is not the fashion to see the lady the 
epilogue : but it is no more unhandsome, than to 
see the lord the prologue. If it be true, that good 
wine needs no bush, 'tis true, that a good play needs 
no epilogue : Yet to good wine they do use good 
bushes; and good plays prove the better by the 
help of good epilogues. What a case am I in 
then, that am neither a good epilogue, nor cannot 
inuate with you in the behalf of a good play ? 
I am not furnished like a beggar, therefore to beg 
will not become me: my way is, to conjure you; 
and I'll begin with the women. 1 charge you, O 
women, for the love you bear to men, to like as 
much of this play as please them : and so I charge 
you, O men, for the love you bear to women, (as 
perceive by your simpering, none of you hate 
them,) that between you and the women, the plaj 
ay please. If I were a woman, I would kiss as 
many of you as had beards that pleased me, com- 
plexions that liked me, and breaths that I defied 
not; and, 1 am sure, as many as have good beards, 
or good faces, or sweet breaths, will, for my kind 
offer, when I make curt'sy, bid me farewell. 



King of France. 

Duke of Florence. 

Bertram, Count of Rousillon. 

Lafeu, an old lord. 

I'aroUes, a follower o/ Bertram. 

Several young French Lords, that serve tvith Ber 

tram in the Florentine war. 
cfoZT,''' } *'"<* '" 'Ae Countess <{/ Rousillon. 
4 Page. 

SCE^E, partly in France, and partly 


Countess of Rousillon, mother to Bertram. 
Helena, a gentlewoman protected by the Countess. 
An old Widow of V\orence. 
Diana, daughter to the Widow. 

Yiolenta, 1 neighbours and friends to the Widow. 


Lords, attending on the King; Officers, Soldiers, *c 
French and Florentine. 


SCENE I Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's 

Enter Bertram, the Countess of Rousillon, Helena, 
and Ldfeu, in mourning. 
Count. In delivering my son from me, I bury a 
Second husband. 

Ber. And I, in going, madam, weep o'er my fa- 
ther's death anew : but 1 must attend his majesty's 
command, to whom I am now in ward, evermore 
in subjection. , ^ . 

/,/. You shall find of the king a hu.sband, ma- 
dam ; you, sir, a father : He that so generally is at 
all times good, must of necessity hold his virtue to 
you ; whose worthiness would stir it up where it 
wanted, rather than lack U where there is suca 




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w tv. M ^ mm^ m ttm n ImtmmtMl, m4 
4MktkMUIlM*ly telwkrwwft. 'We 
lhrdwkliiMMk*.Ww*tac! iatfkft< 
to tWMb r tiM kli<ll kMM. 

Ohm/. H* vm fta wi, tlr, ! Ma iMfciiliii. 
aa It WM kto (MM n^ to M I Umwi 

Ui vary laialy ifaka af Mm. dwlrli^ly, a4 

tlM, If kaavMga aM to tat f agaHia mmt- 

r! Wtol te It. m; good tat, dw kiM > 
ga i i fc w ar> 

Mf. A iMmU, mj lotC 

rr. ItoatdaatartitoAira. 

1^. I VMM M atv aat aata rt iaa. Wa tMi 
pwiliii III la tto daaatoat af Uataa<4a Nafto* 

Omb* Hte Mia laid t aw4>nainlna 
WMyaaartoakliW. Ikava llMMkaMirtovgaa4. 
dMl tor MhMMlMi vaaaatoat 1 tot ia Mliia tto 
ii*aH wtock aato fttt glfti MtWitovtot* aa 


taaatoat la tor ttoyaiaito toMv far ttolr Om- 

H ato 4arta tor toaaaly, aM actoavaa tor 

Om Itot aaar with him : I loa htm for hit ukf 

And nt Ikao* hiai a uatmriam* lUr, 

Thisk htai a craat way bi "|-^. ."-r<1 : 

Vat thma Ri'd c*ll tit 

Ttoltba; tak* ft'**' ' "'" 

Laokblmk in ttocM. . ii^i-.t. 

CaW wbdom waiting a Mprrnuuiu tuui. 

Arr. 8* yea. fair ^aaao. 

Bfl Aatf JO*. moMaidt. 

^r. No. 

Btl. Ad no. 

^r. Af jam mliiati- 

W. A;. VehaK> 

I fiM atk jea a qamtlo' 
gtaii; : tow maj wc barri 
Kaay him oat. 

iV- VaWM 

CMa. TU tto hart bftea a 
tor faatoa in. Tto iwamiab rwua af har falhar 
var anarwliw tor haart. tot Ito Inaaaj aThar 
I lai laka* aU Htaiitoatf tt*m bar ctoak. No to. aaaMaat to* It tora- 
Ikac Ctoagto Toa aflbrt a aarrww, ttoa ta ha*a. 

JM. I a aAel a tatrww, la4M< tot I toa It laa. 

La/i Madarala lamaaiailw k tto rigto af Ito 
4aiiC asaaMi a 0laf dm aMmy la tto OVtav. 

CtoaL If taa HaliHi to Mmf la tto 9ta( tto as- 

aar. Madam. I daUm ymir hal wlatoa. 
Uifi Haw aadainiad wa that > [flithar 

Ctoai. Ba ttoa Mart, Bartram ! mm* memad th; 
la aiaaa in. at In *ha^ ! th) btaad. aad oMaa. 
rialmd fcr a Ira in ttoa : and ih; gaodftat* 
Stoaa wMh thy Mtthri^t ! Lo all, trait a few. 
Da aiiag la aana : ba abl* for ihina anaaty 
W a t to a tai |war than aw : and kc*^ thy fHawd 
UiUartby*viMblka) : to dMrkdfar tUaaaa. 
UlMt toavaa mar* 

That ttoa bm? famth.and aty aaayar* pla ck daa a , tc 
raU aa t^y haad ! Farawcil.-M< lord, |m<. 

Tla aa aniiaita^d cwartiar ; goad aay lard. 


Matt I b (WMfcrta^ wot in Itn tp iiw a. 

Tto amkl ti m la my lawa tbna l>l^aa Hwif ; 

Tto hind, ttoi waald to aatad by tto lion. 

Mart dl fer lava. 'Twm prrtty, thoaffh a plagur. 

To htm a*ry haw ; ta rtt and draw 

Hb archad hr*w, hla towkiM cya. hi* cvta. 

la oar haart** labia 1 ' 

af hi* Bwari Ihvoar 

tlTavary Um and triaft afh 
Bat now haS gaw^ aad my 
Mart mncttfy^kiaUato. 


'.n jroo ; 
. to Tit 

him ? 

irw. Bat ha aMailt ; and oar Ttrginitr, thoaglj 
laliaat la tto dcfenca. yat i* weak : anfold to u. 
ama warllto raafetanca. 

fmr. Ttora b nana ; man, titling down bcfon: 
'oa, will aiidtiinliir van, and blow }o uf 

H'l- Hi OUT ...-,r .irrmtty froro anderwiinan, 
>n<l -no militai; policy, tow 

/ ' -w-n <fn^, man wIM 

I aat, ail trtririnii; wa* fir( tmt 

Ida of. It metal to make lrg{r 

ng one* lo%f , ma; be Im limr t c 

var it rvar lott : tittoorold a r<irTi|/)n:<>n ; 
away with it. 

Hft. I will rtand forn a little, though therrforc I 
di .irctn. 


nrgin ; 
bariad in ) 

ThM thall atliad tor laaa. 

C^Mtl. HaaTaa Mam him 1-Parawall, Bertram. 
(nf Cmintaaa. 

Arr. Tto hart wWMk that can to forged in year 
Ihaadbti. ( HaiaM.] to tatranta to yoa ! Be 
l am fir t al i l ata my lithi i .yaar mtoieaa, and make 

Cx/. rarewcll. rrtty lady : Taa mart hold the 
credit af yonr father. ' Ertnml Bertram mmd l^afea. 

Bti. O, ware thrt all ! I thtatk aat on my fa- 
ther : 
And thaee great teart gracal 
Than thaia I thrd for him. 
rtove forgot him : my ioMrtiaatlaa 
Carrtm aa foeaar ia it. tot Bartram\ 

Hrl. H,.w in.ght o 
liking ? 

Fmr. f^ ma M 
ne'er it llkaa. Tit , 
with lying: tto \o, 


ttored|<eart, itioo^ iU, itcaUdrylj i mtfry, lit a 

Ad 1. 



withered pear ; it was formerly better ; marry, yet, 
'tis a withered pear : Will you any thing with it ? 

Hel. Not my virginity yet. 
There shall your master have a thousand loves, 
A mother, and a mistress, and a friend, 
A phoenix, captain, and an enemy, 
A guide, a goddes;;, and a sovereign, 
A counsellor, a traitress, and a dear ; 
His humble ambition, proud humility. 
His jarring concord, and his discoid dulcet. 
His faith, his sweet disaster ; with a world 
Of pretty, fond, adoptious Christendoms, 

That blinking Cupid gossips. Now shall he 

I know not what he shall : God send him well ! 

The court's a learning-place ; and he is one 

Par. What one, i'faith ? 

Hel. That I wish well 'Tis pity 

Par. What's pity ? 

Hel. That wishing well had not a body in't. 
Which might be felt : that we, the poorer born, 
Whotie baser stars do shut us up in wishes. 
Might with effects of them follow our friends, 
And show what we alone must think ; which never 
Returns us thanks. 

EiUer a Page. 
Pai^e. Monsieur ParoUes, my lord calls for you. 
\^Exit Page. 
Par. Little Helen, farewell : if I can remember 
thee, I will think of thee at court. 

Hel. Monsieur Parolles, you were born under a 
charitable star. 

Par. Under Mars, I. 
Hel. I especially think, under Mars. 
Par. Why under Alars? 

Hel. The wars have so kept you under, that you 
must needs be born under Mars. 
Par. When he was predominant. 
He/. When he was retrograde, I think, rather. 
Par. Why think you so ? 

Hel. You go so much backward, when you fight. 
Par. That's for advantage. 

Hel. So is running away, when fear proposes the 
safety: But the composition, that your valour and 
fear makes in you, is a virtue of a good wing, and 
I like the wear well. 

Par. 1 am so full of businesses, I cannot 
thee acutely : I will return perfect 
the which, my instruction shall serve to naturalize 
thee, so thou wilt be capable of a courtier's coun- 
sel, and understand what advice shall thrust upon 
thee ; else thou diest in thine unthankfulness, and 
thine ignorance makes thee away : farewell. When 
thou hast leisure, say thy prayers ; when thou hast 
none, remember thy friends : get thee a good hus- 
band, and use him as he uses thee : so farewell. 

Hel. Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie. 
Which we ascribe to heaven : the fated sky 
Gives us free scope ; only, doth backward pull 
Our slow designs, when we ourselves are dull. 
What power is it, which mounts my love so high ; 
That makes me see, and cannot feed mine eye ? 
The mightiest space in fortune nature brings 
To join like likes, and kiss like native things. 
Impossible be strange attempts, to those 
That weigh their pains in sense ; and do suppose. 
What hath been cannot be : Who ever strove 
To show her merit, that did miss her love ? ^ 
The king's disease my project may deceive me. 
Hut my intents are fix'd, and will not leave me. 


SCENE II Paris. A Room in the King's 


Flimrish of cornets. Enter the King of France, 

with letters ; Lords and others attending. 

King. The Florentines and Senoys are by the 

Have fought with equal fortune, and continue 
A braving war. 

1 Lord. So 'tis reported, sir. 

King. Nay, 'tis most credible ; we here receive it 
A certainty, vouch'd from our cousin Austria, 
\Vith caution, that the Florentine will move us 
For speedy aid ; wherein our dearest friend 
Prejudicates the business ; and would seem 

have us make denial. 

1 Lord. His love and wisdom, 
Approv'd so to your majesty, may plead 

For amplest credence.' 

King. He hath arm'd our answer. 

And Florence is denied before he comes : 
Yet, for our gentlemen, that mean to see 
The Tuscan service, freely have they leave 
To stand on either part. 

2 Lord. It may well serve 
A nursery to our gentry, who are" sick 

For breathing and exploit. 
Ki}ig. What's he comes here ? 

Enter Bertram, Lafeu, and Parolles. 

1 Lord. It is the count Kousillon, my good lord. 
Young Bertram. 

King. Youth, thou bear'st thy father's face ; 

Frank nature, rather curious than in haste. 
Hath well compos'd thee. Thy father's moral parts 
May'st thou inherit too ! Welcome to Paris. 

Ber. My thanks and duty are your majesty's. 

King., I would I had that corporal soundness 
As when thy father, and myself, in friendship 
First try'd our soldiership ! He did look far 
Into the service of the time, and was 
Discipled of the bravest: he lasted long; 
But on us both did haggish age steal on. 
And wore us out of act. It much repairs me 
To talk of your good father : In his youth 
He had the wit, which I can well observe 
To-day in our young lords ; but they may jest, 
Till their own scorn return to them unnoted. 
Ere they can hide their levity in honour. 
So like a courtier, contempt nor bitterness 
Were in his pride or sharpness ; if they were. 
His equal had awak'd them ; and his honour. 
Clock to itself, knew the true minute when 
Exception bid him speak, and, at this time. 
His tongue obey'd his hand : who were below him 
He us'd as creatures of another pla<:e ; 
And bow'd his eminent top to theii low ranks. 
Making them proud of his humility. 
In their poor praise he humbled : Such a man 
Might be a copy to these younger times ; [now. 
Which, follow'd well, would demonstrate them 
But goers backward. 

Her. His good remembrance, sir. 

Lies richer in your thoughts, that on his tomb; 
So in approof lives not his epitaph. 
As in your royal speech. 

King. 'Would, I were with him? He would al- 
ways say, 
(Methinks, I hear him now : his plausive words 
He scatter'd not in ears, but grafted them. 

To grow there, and to bear,)/..' me not live, 

Thus his good melancholy oft began. 

On the catastrophe and heel of pastime. 

When it was out, W me not I ve, quoth he. 

After myjlame lacks oil, to be the sniijf 

Cf younger spirits, n'ltose apprehensive senses 

All hut new things disdain : whose Judgments are 

Mere fathers of their garments : whose constancies 

Expire before their fashions : This he wish'd 

I, after him, do after him wish too, 
Since I nor wax, nor honey, can bring home, 
I quickly were dissolved from my hive. 
To give some labourers room. 

2 Lord. You are lov'd, sir . 

They, that least lend it you, shall lack you first. 
King. I fill a place, I know't. How long Is't. 
Since the physician at your father's died' 
He was much fam'd. 



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la ba vbai tbay am, 

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may draw hU bail 

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ftoa. ya It MI ia Mbarti li will waartba mr- 
ftk af baailUty a*ar tba blck avwn af a Mr 
iwart I am gataa. fenaatb : tba kalaaM ! for 
HalM ta aaaaa b itfi w. [Ca<Cian 

Cfmmt. Hall. saw. 

Mb. I knew, madam, yaa lara yoar gaail*. 

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> aw: kad Um barM; vltbMt oibar adMtac. 
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bappcn, H tw w ta taa *m aamatblag ta knaw n. 

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tbia bafara, wbtabbMR *a talartata the b^lancr, 
I cMid aaNbar ballaaa, Mr mlidnabt . I rav 

1 vMI apeak with 
[mmit Steward. 

(ImmC BaM M It * vMh mt, whan I waa 

ag : 

17 wa ara aatam^ tbeaa arr ears ; tbia tboni 
Dath lo oar raa af yoatb riuhll; brIonK : 

( hii blood ta aa. tbU to out blood U bom ; 
It i tba abav Md aaal af natttra'a tratb, 
Hliara lora^ atraiw l a idia U Impraw'd in jotith : 
By aM ramambMaem af daya faragoM. 
.Sacb wataaM CMtot-ar tbaa mm tbaaght them 

Her ayv la aick m1; I abaara bar tww. 
Hrt. W h t U yoal plaaaarc, madam > 
Vimid \ov know. Helen, 

am a motbar la yarn. 




Hel. Mine honourable mistress. ] Did ever, in so true a flame of liking, 

Count. Nay, a mother ; Wish chastely, and love dearly, that your Dian 

VVhy not a mother ? When I said, a mother, I Was both herself and love ; O then, give pity 

Methought you saw a serjient : What's in mother,' To her, whose stdte is such, that cannot choose 

That you start at it ? I say, I am your mother ; 

And put you in the catalogue of thosie 

That were enwombed mine ; 'Tis often seen. 

Adoption strives with nature ; and choice breeds 

A native slip to us from foreign seeds : 

You ne'er oppress'd me with a mother's groan. 

Yet I express to you a mother's care : 

God's mercy, m iden ! does it curd thy blood. 

To say, I am thy mother ? What's the matter. 

That this distemper'd messenger of wet. 

The many-colour'd Iris, rounds thin