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Much Ado About Nothing

Act V, Scene 1

Before LEONATO'S house.
 
[Enter LEONATO and ANTONIO]
 
ANTONIO
          ,        ,           ,           ,          ,
      If you | go^on | thus*, you | will kill | yourself,
            ,         ,        ,        ,        ,
      And 'tis | not wis|dom thus | to se|cond grief,
          ,           ,
      Against | yourself.
 
LEONATO
                              ,            ,             x
                          I pray | thee, cease | thy counsel,
              ,        ,          ,        ,       ,
      Which falls | into | mine^ears | as pro|fitless
          ,      ,       ,           ,            x
      As wa|ter in | a sieve:| give^not | me counsel,
       T   T   T    ,   2          ,           ,
      Nor let no | comforter | delight | mine ear,
            ,       ,             ,          ,           ,
      But such | a one | whose^wrongs | do suit | with mine.
        ,           ,              ,   ,           ,
      Bring me | a fa|ther that / so loved | his child,
             ,        ,       ,        ,            ,
      Whose^joy | of her | is o|verwhelmed | like^mine,
           ,          ,         ,     ,    oo
      And bid | him speak | of pa|tience.|
       ,             ,           ,            ,           ,
      Measure | his woe | the length | and breadth | of mine,
           ,        ,       ,        ,            ,
      And let | it an|swer eve|ry strain | for strain,
           ,          ,          ,        ,           ,
      As thus | for thus,| and such | a grief | for such,
          ,    2   ,            ,      ,           ,
      In eve|ry line|ament,/ branch, shape,| and form:
           ,       ,           ,            ,           ,
      If such | a one | will smile | and stroke | his beard,
           ,        ,     T   T     T      2         ,
      And sor|row, wag,| cry hem, when | he should groan,
        T     T     .    T           ,        ,         ,
      Patch grief with* pro|verbs, make | misfor|tune drunk,
            ,       ,          ,          ,        ,
      With can|dle-was|ters: bring | him yet | to me,
          ,       ,          ,       ,     ,
      And I | of him | will ga|ther pa|tience:
               x      T   T   T         ,         ,
      But there is | no such man:| for bro|ther, men
            ,              ,    ,        ,          ,
      Can coun|sel and / speak com|fort to | that grief,
              ,           ,           ,     ,   ,
      Which^they | themselves | not^feel,| but tas/ting it,
              ,        ,         ,          ,         ,
      Their coun|sel turns | to pas|sion, which | before,
              ,        ,        ,     ,         ,
      Would give | precep|tial med|icine | to rage,
       ,          ,    ,                ,        ,
      Fetter | strong mad/ness in | a silk|en thread,
              ,          ,        ,    ,          ,
      Charm^ache | with air,| and a|gony | with words,
       T   T    .   T           ,              ,    ,        2->
      No, no, 'tis^all | men's^of|fice, to / speak pa||tience
           ,            ,      ,   2        ,        ,
      To those | that wring | under the | load of | sorrow:
           ,     ,    ,                ,      ,
      But no | man's vir/tue nor | suffi|ciency
          ,    ,  ,              ,             ,
      To be | so mo/ral, when | he shall | endure
            ,         ,      ,           ,    2       ,
      The like | himself:| therefore | give me no*| counsel,
            ,      ,   ,              ,      ,
      My griefs | cry lou/der than | adver|tisement.
 
ANTONIO
            ,       ,           ,        ,          x
      Therein | do men | from chil|dren no|thing differ.
 
LEONATO
          ,           ,     ,             ,           ,
      I pray | thee peace,| I will | be flesh | and blood,
            ,          ,      ,        ,     ,
      For there | was ne|ver yet | philo|sopher,
             ,         ,     .    T    T   T       ,
      That could | endure | the toothache pa|tiently,
          ,      ,           ,          ,          ,
      Howev|er they | have writ | the style | of gods,
            ,        ,          ,          ,      ,
      And made | a push | at chance | and suf|ferance.
 
ANTONIO
            ,     T   T   .    T      ,          ,
      Yet bend | not all the harm | upon | yourself,
        ,    ,                   ,          ,       ,
      Make those / that do | offend | you, suf|fer too.
 
LEONATO
        ,             ,     ,          2      T   T  T
      There thou*| speakst rea/son, nay^I | will do so.
           ,           ,         ,     ,       ,
      My soul | doth^tell | me, He|ro is | belied,
            ,            ,    2   ,     ,                ,
      And that | shall Claud|io know,| so shall | the prince,
           ,         ,           ,        ,      ,
      And all | of them | that thus | dishon|or her.
 
ANTONIO
             ,            ,           ,   2   ,     ,
      Here comes | the prince | and Clau|dio has|tily.
 
DON PEDRO
            ,          ,
      Good^den,| good^den.
 
CLAUDIO
                                ,         ,        ,
                          Good^day | to both | of you.
 
LEONATO
        ,             ,
      Hear you | my lords?
 
DON PEDRO
                            ,     2         ,    2   ,
                           We have some | haste Leo|nato.
 
LEONATO
             ,      .   T     T     T          ,         ,
      Some haste | my lord! Well, fare | you well | my lord,
       ,             ,      ,      T    T   .  T
      Are you | so* has|ty now?| Well, all is one.
 
DON PEDRO
       ,         ,    ,          2       T   T   T
      Nay, do | not quar/rel with us,| good old man.
 
ANTONIO
          ,           ,          ,           ,      ,
      If he | could right | himself | with quar|reling,
        ,        ,          T   T
      Some of | us would | lie low.
 
CLAUDIO
                                     T       ,
                                    Who | wrongs him?
 
LEONATO
       ,        ,           ,            2    ,          ,
      Marry | thou dost | wrong me,| thou dissem|bler, thou:
       T     Tx   T          ,      ,          ,
      Nay, never lay | thy hand | upon | thy sword,
          ,          ,
      I fear | thee not.
 
CLAUDIO
                          ,          ,          ,
                         Marry | beshrew | my hand,
          ,            ,          ,      T    T    .   T
      If it | should give | your age | such cause of fear,
           ,          ,      ,    ,                 ,
      In faith | my hand | meant no/thing to | my sword.
 
LEONATO
        T     T    T      Tx    T    .    T        ,
      Tush, tush, man,| never fleer and jest | at me,
          ,      T    T  .  T        ,        ,
      I speak | not like a dot|ard, nor | a fool,
          ,      ,      ,        ,         ,
      As un|der pri|vilege | of age | to brag,
           ,          ,      2     ,      .   T    T    T
      What I | have done | being young,| or what would do,
           ,        ,      ,    ,   2             ,
      Were I | not^old,| know Clau/dio to | thy head,
                    ,    ,            ,   2      ,          ,
      Thou* hast / so wronged | mine^in|nocent child | and me,
           ,         ,         ,         ,         ,
      That I | am forced | to lay | my reve|rence by,
                   ,    ,            ,         ,      ,
      And with / grey hairs | and bruise | of ma|ny days,
            ,          ,        ,      ,      ,
      Do* chal|lenge thee | to tri|al of | a man,
         ,            ,        ,          ,   2      ,
      I say | thou* hast | belied | mine^in|nocent child.
            ,               ,     ,             ,            ,
      Thy slan|der hath / gone through | and through | her heart,
                  ,   ,        ,         ,  ,
      And she / lies bur|ied with | her an|cestors:
      ,          ,           ,       ,        ,
      O in | a tomb | where ne|ver scan|dal slept,
        T    T   .   T       ,         ,   ,
      Save this of hers,| framed by | thy vil/lany.
 
CLAUDIO
           ,
      My* vil|lany? /
 
LEONATO
                        ,     ,   2     ,        ,
                      Thine Clau|dio, thine | I say.
 
DON PEDRO
            ,          ,          ,
      You* say | not^right | old^man.
 
LEONATO
                                           ,         ,
                                      My lord,| my lord,
             ,         ,        ,     ,        ,
      I'll prove | it on | his bo|dy if | he dare,
          ,           ,      ,       2       ,         ,
      Despite | his nice | fence, and his | active | practise,
           ,         ,           ,         ,      ,
      His May | of youth,| and bloom | of lus|tihood.
 
CLAUDIO
        ,              ,    ,        ,         ,
      Away,| I will / not have | to do | with you.
 
LEONATO
              ,          ,          ,            ,          ,
      Canst^thou | so* daff | me? Thou | hast killed | my child,
       .   T     T    T    ,                  ,       ,
      If thou killst me,| boy, thou*| shalt^kill | a man.
 
ANTONIO
       ,           ,   ,                 ,       ,
      He shall | kill two / of us,| and men | indeed,
             ,            x      ,          T   T    T
      But that's | no* matter,| let him | kill one first:
       ,             ,         ,         ,       ,
      Win me | and wear | me, let | him an|swer me,
             ,     2    ,      ,         ,           ,    2
      Come* fol|low me boy,| come sir | boy, come*| follow me
           ,           ,          ,           ,        ,
      Sir boy,| I'll whip | you from | your foin|ing fence,
       ,        ,   2       x            ,
      Nay, as | I am a | gentleman,| I will.
 
LEONATO
                                              ,
                                             Brother.
 
ANTONIO
           ,          ,          ,         ,          ,
      Content | yourself,| God^knows | I loved | my niece,
             x       ,     ,               ,         ,
      And she is | dead, slan/dered to | death by | villains,
             ,         ,     ,          ,        ,
      That dare | as well | answer | a man | indeed,
       . T   T    T       ,        ,          ,
      As I dare take | a ser|pent by | the tongue.
        T     T     T           ,       ,
      Boys, apes, brag|garts, Jacks,| milksops*.
 
LEONATO
                                       ,         ,  2
                                      Brother | Antony. (overlap)
 
ANTONIO
        ,     2      T     T   T        ,           ,
      Hold you con|tent, what man?| I know | them, yea
            ,           ,       x    2       ,        ,
      And what | they weigh,| even to the | utmost^|scruple,
        ,               ,         ,       ,         ,
      Scrambling,| out^fac|ing, fash|ion-mon|ging boys,
            ,         ,          ,         ,           ,      ->
      That lie,| and cog,| and flout,| deprave,| and slan||der,
       ,    ,   2          ,     ,         ,     2
      Go | anticly | and show | outward | hideousness,
            ,          ,       ,       ,          ,
      And speak | of half | a doz|en dange|rous words,
            ,            ,           ,   2     ,          ,
      How they | might^hurt | their^en|emies,^if | they durst.
            ,        ,
      And this | is all. \\
 
LEONATO
           ,        ,    ,
      But bro|ther An|tony.
 
ANTONIO
                             ,                x
                           Come, 'tis | no matter,
          ,         ,        ,         ,         ,
      Do not | you med|dle, let | me deal | in this.
 
DON PEDRO
        x           ,              ,      ,          ,
      Gentlemen | both, we | will not | wake your | patience
           ,         ,      ,           ,           ,
      My heart | is sor|ry for | your daugh|ter's death:
           ,       ,      ,           ,             ,      2->
      But on | my ho|nor she | was charged | with noth||ing
            ,          ,         ,      ,         ,
      But what | was true,| and ve|ry full | of proof.
 
LEONATO
           ,         ,
      My lord,| my lord.
 
DON PEDRO
                           ,      T    T   T
                        I will | not hear you.
 
LEONATO
       T   T   T         x         ,          ,
      No come bro|ther, away,| I will | be* heard.
 
ANTONIO
            ,          ,        ,          ,          ,
      And shall,| or some | of us | will smart | for it.
 
[Exeunt LEONATO and ANTONIO]
 
DON PEDRO
See, see; here comes the man we went to seek.
 
CLAUDIO
Now, signior, what news?
 
BENEDICK
Good day, my lord.
 
DON PEDRO
Welcome, signior: you are almost come to part almost a fray.
 
CLAUDIO
We had like to have had our two noses snapped off with two old men without teeth.
 
DON PEDRO
Leonato and his brother. What thinkest thou? Had we fought, I doubt we should have been too young for them.
 
BENEDICK
In a false quarrel there is no true valor. I came to seek you both.
 
CLAUDIO
We have been up and down to seek thee; for we are high-proof melancholy and would fain have it beaten away. Wilt thou use thy wit?
 
BENEDICK
It is in my scabbard: shall I draw it?
 
DON PEDRO
Dost thou wear thy wit by thy side?
 
CLAUDIO
Never any did so, though very many have been beside their wit. I will bid thee draw, as we do the minstrels; draw, to pleasure us.
 
DON PEDRO
As I am an honest man, he looks pale. Art thou sick, or angry?
 
CLAUDIO
What, courage, man. What though care killed a cat, thou hast mettle enough in thee to kill care.
 
BENEDICK
Sir, I shall meet your wit in the career, and you charge it against me. I pray you choose another subject.
 
CLAUDIO
Nay, then, give him another staff: this last was broke cross.
 
DON PEDRO
By this light, he changes more and more: I think he be angry indeed.
 
CLAUDIO
If he be, he knows how to turn his girdle.
 
BENEDICK
Shall I speak a word in your ear?
 
CLAUDIO
God bless me from a challenge.
 
BENEDICK
You are a villain; I jest not: I will make it good how you dare, with what you dare, and when you dare. Do me right, or I will protest your cowardice. You have killed a sweet lady, and her death shall fall heavy on you. Let me hear from you.
 
CLAUDIO
Well, I will meet you, so I may have good cheer.
 
DON PEDRO
What, a feast, a feast?
 
CLAUDIO
In faith, I thank him; he hath bid me to a calf's head and a capon; the which if I do not carve most curiously, say my knife's naught. Shall I not find a woodcock too?
 
BENEDICK
Sir, your wit ambles well; it goes easily.
 
DON PEDRO
I'll tell thee how Beatrice praised thy wit the other day. I said, thou hadst a fine wit: True, said she, a fine little one. No, said I, a great wit: Right, says she, a great gross one. Nay, said I, a good wit: Just, said she, it hurts nobody. Nay, said I, the gentleman is wise: Certain, said she, a wise gentleman. Nay, said I, he hath the tongues: That I believe, said she, for he swore a thing to me on Monday night, which he forswore on Tuesday morning; there's a double tongue; there's two tongues. Thus did she, an hour together, transshape thy particular virtues: yet at last she concluded with a sigh, thou wast the properest man in Italy.
 
CLAUDIO
For the which she wept heartily and said she cared not.
 
DON PEDRO
Yea, that she did: but yet, for all that, an if she did not hate him deadly, she would love him dearly: the old man's daughter told us all.
 
CLAUDIO
All, all; and, moreover, God saw him when he was hid in the garden.
 
DON PEDRO
But when shall we set the savage bull's horns on the sensible Benedick's head?
 
CLAUDIO
Yea, and text underneath, Here dwells Benedick the married man?
 
BENEDICK
Fare you well, boy: you know my mind. I will leave you now to your gossip-like humor: you break jests as braggarts do their blades, which God be thanked, hurt not. My lord, for your many courtesies I thank you: I must discontinue your company: your brother the bastard is fled from Messina: you have among you killed a sweet and innocent lady. For my Lord Lackbeard there, he and I shall meet: and, till then, peace be with him.
 
[Exit]
 
DON PEDRO
He is in earnest.
 
CLAUDIO
In most profound earnest; and, I'll warrant you, for the love of Beatrice.
 
DON PEDRO
And hath challenged thee.
 
CLAUDIO
Most sincerely.
 
DON PEDRO
What a pretty thing man is when he goes in his doublet and hose and leaves off his wit.
 
CLAUDIO
He is then a giant to an ape; but then is an ape a doctor to such a man.
 
DON PEDRO
But, soft you, let me be: pluck up, my heart, and be sad. Did he not say, my brother was fled?
 
[Enter DOGBERRY, VERGES, and the Watch, with CONRADE and BORACHIO]
 
DOGBERRY
Come you, sir: if justice cannot tame you, she shall nere weigh more reasons in her balance: nay, an you be a cursing hypocrite once, you must be looked to.
 
DON PEDRO
How now? two of my brother's men bound. Borachio one.
 
CLAUDIO
Hearken after their offense, my lord.
 
DON PEDRO
Officers, what offense have these men done?
 
DOGBERRY
Marry, sir, they have committed false report; moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily, they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves.
 
DON PEDRO
First, I ask thee what they have done; thirdly, I ask thee what's their offense; sixth and lastly, why they are committed; and, to conclude, what you lay to their charge.
 
CLAUDIO
Rightly reasoned, and in his own division: and, by my troth, there's one meaning well suited.
 
DON PEDRO
Who have you offended, masters, that you are thus bound to your answer? this learned constable is too cunning to be understood: what's your offense?
 
BORACHIO
Sweet prince, let me go no farther 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 disgraced her, when you should marry her: my villany 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.
 
DON PEDRO
Runs not this speech like iron through your blood?
 
CLAUDIO
I have drunk poison whiles he uttered it.
 
DON PEDRO
But did my brother set thee on to this?
 
BORACHIO
Yea, and paid me richly for the practise of it.
 
DON PEDRO
       ,           ,            ,          ,      ,
      He is | composed | and framed | of treach|ery:
            ,        ,     ,          ,     ,
      And fled | he is | upon | this vil|lany.
 
CLAUDIO
              ,      ,         ,       ,        ,
      Sweet* He|ro, now | thy im|age doth | appear
                 ,   ,           ,        ,          ,
      In the / rare sem|blance that | I loved | it first.
 
DOGBERRY
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.
 
VERGES
Here, here comes master Signior Leonato, and the Sexton too.
 
[Re-enter LEONATO and ANTONIO, with the Sexton]
 
LEONATO
        ,             ,         ,        ,          ,
      Which is | the vil|lain? Let | me see | his eyes,
             ,        ,      ,       ,      ,
      That when | I note | ano|ther man | like him,
      ,          ,           ,          ,         ,
      I may | avoid | him: which | of these | is he?
 
BORACHIO
          ,            ,           ,         ,        ,
      If you | would know | your wrong|er, look | on^me.
 
LEONATO
Art thou the slave that with thy breath hast killed mine innocent child?
 
BORACHIO
Yea, even I alone.
 
LEONATO
       T   T   T    ,            2    ,          ,
      No, not so | villain;| thou beliest | thyself,
        T    T   .   T        ,    ,      ,
      Here stand a pair | of hon|ora|ble men,
          ,          ,          ,        ,        ,
      A third | is fled | that had | a hand | in it.
          ,           ,       ,         ,           ,
      I thank | you prin|ces for | my daugh|ter's death:
          ,         ,           ,         ,        ,
      Record | it with | your high | and wor|thy deeds,
              ,        ,     ,           ,           x
      'Twas brave|ly done,| if you | bethink | you of it.
 
CLAUDIO
      T   T   T     ,         ,          ,
      I know not | how to | pray your | patience,
          ,          ,        ,              ,           ,
      Yet^I | must^speak,| choose your | revenge | yourself,
          ,     ,   2        ,          ,      ,
      Impose | me to what | penance | your in|vention
           ,      ,        ,           ,         ,
      Can lay | upon | my sin,| yet sinned | I* not,
           ,       ,
      But in | mistak|ing.
 
DON PEDRO
                           ,        ,        ,
                          By | my soul | nor I:
           ,        ,     ,          ,         ,
      And yet | to sat|isfy | this^good | old^man,
      ,           ,         ,     ,        ,
      I would | bend un|der a|ny hea|vy weight,
             ,         ,        ,
      That he'll | enjoin | me to.  \\
 
LEONATO
         ,       ,         ,         ,         ,
      I can|not bid | you bid | my daugh|ter live,
        ,            ,    2     ,        ,          ,
      That were | impos|sible, but | I pray | you both,
           ,         ,       ,       ,      ,
      Possess | the peo|ple in | Messi|na here,
           ,     ,          ,         ,          ,
      How in|nocent | she died,| and if | your love
           ,       ,         ,       ,     ,
      Can la|bor ought | in sad | inven|tion,
        ,            ,    ,      ,          ,
      Hang her | an ep|itaph | upon | her tomb,
            ,        ,         ,       ,           ,
      And sing | it to | her bones,| sing it | tonight:
         ,       ,         ,     ,            ,
      Tomor|row mor|ning come | you to | my house,
            ,                  ,   ,       ,       ,
      And since | you could / not be | my son-|in-law,
          ,         x       ,  ,           2      ,
      Be^yet | my nephew:| my bro/ther hath a | daughter,
       ,            ,     ,        ,              ,
      Almost | the cop|y of | my child | that's dead,
           ,       ,         ,         ,        ,
      And she | alone | is heir | to both | of us,
            ,          ,            ,            x            x
      Give^her | the right | you should | have given | her cousin,
       .   T   T   T       ,
      And so dies my | revenge.
 
CLAUDIO
                                   ,      ,
                               O* no|ble sir!
           ,       ,         ,      ,     ,
      Your o|ver-kind|ness doth | wring tears / from me,
      ,         ,           ,       ,        ,
      I do^|embrace | your of|fer, and | dispose
            ,     ,          T    T  T _
      For hence|forth of | poor Claudi|o.  ??
 
LEONATO
         ,        ,    ,     2     ,          ,
      Tomor|row then | I will ex|pect your | coming,
          ,         ,         ,            ,       ,
      Tonight | I take | my leave,| this naugh|ty man
              ,         ,          ,          ,     ,
      Shall face | to face | be brought | to Mar|garet,
       ,          ,            ,         ,           ,
      Who I | believe | was packed | in all | this wrong,
        ,     x                ,
      Hired to it / by your | brother.
 
BORACHIO
       ,   2       ,             ,
      No by my | soul she | was not,  (tri with prev)
       T    T   T        2     ,        2      ,         ,
      Nor knew not | what she did | when she spoke | to me,
           ,        ,           ,         ,     ,
      But al|ways hath | been just | and vir|tuous,
         ,     ,          ,        ,        ,
      In a|nything | that I | do know | by her.
 
DOGBERRY
Moreover, sir, which indeed is not under white and black, this plaintiff here, the offender, 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 be 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 point.
 
LEONATO
I thank thee for thy care and honest pains.
 
DOGBERRY
Your worship speaks like a most thankful and reverend youth; and I praise God for you.
 
LEONATO
There's for thy pains.
 
DOGBERRY
God save the foundation.
 
LEONATO
Go, I discharge thee of thy prisoner, and I thank thee.
 
DOGBERRY
I leave an arrant knave with your worship; which I beseech your worship to correct yourself, for the example of others. God 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 prohibit it. Come, neighbor.
 
[Exeunt DOGBERRY and VERGES]
 
LEONATO
Until tomorrow morning, lords, farewell.
 
ANTONIO
Farewell, my lords: we look for you tomorrow.
 
DON PEDRO
We will not fail.
 
CLAUDIO
Tonight I'll mourn with Hero.
 
LEONATO
Bring you these fellows on. We'll talk with Margaret, how her acquaintance grew with this lewd fellow.
 
[Exeunt, severally]

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