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Much Ado About Nothing

Act V, Scene 4

A room in LEONATO'S house.
 
[Enter LEONATO, ANTONIO, BENEDICK, BEATRICE, MARGARET, URSULA, FRIAR FRANCIS, and HERO]
 
FRIAR FRANCIS
          ,         ,         ,         ,     ,
      Did^I | not^tell | you she | was in|nocent?
 
LEONATO
       ,    2         ,           ,  2     ,       ,
      So are the | prince and | Claudio | who ac|cused her,
        ,         ,    2      ,      ,       ,
      Upon | the er|ror that you | heard de|bated:
            ,    ,               ,    ,           ,
      But Marg|aret | was in / some fault | for this,
           ,         ,           ,        ,       ,
      Although | against | her will | as it | appears,
                 ,     ,         ,          ,     ,
      In the / true course | of all | the ques|tion.
 
ANTONIO
       ,     2       ,          T     T     T         ,
      Well, I am | glad that | all things sort | so^well.
 
BENEDICK
           ,      ,     2     ,         ,          ,
      And so | am I,| being else | by faith | enforced
           ,      ,     ,   2    2     ,            x
      To call | young Clau/dio to a | reckon|ing for it.
 
LEONATO
        ,    ,                   ,      ,      ,
      Well daugh/ter, and | you gen|tlewo|men all,
            ,       ,       ,       ,          ,
      Withdraw | into | a cham|ber by | yourselves,
            ,        ,         ,           ,        ,
      And when | I send | for you,| come^hith|er masked:
             ,           ,   2    ,        ,          ,
      The prince | and Clau|dio prom|ised by | this hour
           x      ,          ,          ,        ,
      To visit | me, you | know your | office | brother,
       T    T   T    ,        ,         ,             ,     ->
      You must be | father | to your | brother's || daughter,
            ,               ,     ,    ,
      And give | her to / young Clau|dio.
 
ANTONIO
            ,         ,               ,     ,      ,
      Which^I | will do | with con/firmed coun|tenance.
 
BENEDICK
       ,          ,        ,            ,         ,
      Friar,| I must | entreat | your pains,| I think.
 
FRIAR FRANCIS
To do what signior?
 
BENEDICK
           ,     ,          ,        ,         ,
      To bind | me, or | undo | me, one | of them.
           ,     2  ,       ,       x               ,
      Signior | Leona|to, truth | it is good | signior,
             ,         ,      ,     2      ,        ,
      Your niece | regards | me with an | eye of | favor.
 
LEONATO
            ,         ,         ,                  ,    ,
      That eye | my daugh|ter lent | her, 'tis / most true.
 
BENEDICK
          ,    ,     2      ,         T   .  T    T
      And I | do with an | eye of | love requite her.
 
LEONATO
            ,           ,       ,          ,          ,
      The sight | whereof | I think | you had | from me,
             ,        ,           ,            ,            ,
      From Clau|dio, and | the prince,| but what's | your will?
 
BENEDICK
            ,       ,        ,    ,    ,
      Your an|swer sir | is en|igmat|ical,
           ,         ,         ,          ,           ,
      But for | my will,| my will | is, your | good^will
            ,            ,          ,        ,         ,
      May stand | with ours,| this day | to be | conjoined,
       ,         ,         ,    ,       ,
      In the | state of | hono|rable | marriage,
           ,            x     ,             ,           ,
      In which |(good friar)| I shall | desire | your help.
 
LEONATO
           ,          ,          ,
      My heart | is with | your lik|ing.
 
FRIAR FRANCIS
                                         ,         ,
                                        And | my help.
        T    T    .     T           ,    ,   oo
      Here comes the prince | and Clau|dio.|
 
[Enter DON PEDRO and CLAUDIO, and two or three others]
 
DON PEDRO
        ,   ,                  ,       ,
      Good mor/row to | this fair | assem|bly.
 
LEONATO
      <-  ,      ,          T      T   T        ,    ,
        Good || morrow | prince, good mor|row Clau|dio:
       ,     2     ,         ,         ,      ,
      We here^at|tend you,| are you | yet de|termined,
         ,        ,       ,         ,          ,        2->
      Today | to mar|ry with | my broth|er's daugh||ter?
 
CLAUDIO
             ,         ,          ,       ,     ,
      I'll hold | my mind | were she | an E|thiope.
 
LEONATO
        T   .    T     T          ,           x      ,
      Call her forth broth|er, here's | the friar | ready.
 
[Exit ANTONIO]
 
DON PEDRO
            ,       ,     ,           ,            x
      Good^mor|row Be|nedick,| why what's | the matter,
            ,           ,       ,    ,      ,
      That you | have such | a Feb|rua|ry face,
           ,         ,          ,           ,      ,
      So full | of frost,| of storm,| and cloud|iness.
 
CLAUDIO
          ,           ,       ,         ,        ,
      I think | he thinks | upon | the sav|age bull:
        ,           ,               ,          ,            ,
      Tush, fear*| not man,| we'll tip | thy horns | with gold,
           ,       ,      ,         ,          ,
      And all | Euro|pa shall | rejoice | at thee,
           ,       ,     ,        ,       ,
      As once | Euro|pa did | at lus|ty Jove,
            ,           ,         ,       ,          ,
      When he | would play | the nob|le beast | in love.
 
BENEDICK
        ,    ,                   ,  3 3   ,
      Bull Jove / sir, had | an am|iable low,
      <-      ,       T     T      T       ,           ,         ___
        And some || such strange bull | leaped your | father's | cow,
           ,        ,                ,   ,       ,
      And got | a calf | in that / same no|ble feat,
        T    T   .  T         ,           ,          ,
      Much like to you,| for you | have just | his bleat.
 
[Re-enter ANTONIO, with the Ladies masked]
 
CLAUDIO
            ,       ,           ,           ,       ,    2     ->
      For this | I owe | you: here | comes^oth|er reck||onings.
        ,       2     ,    ,          ,       ,
      Which | is the la|dy I | must seize | upon?
 
ANTONIO
             ,        ,        ,        ,         ,
      This same | is she,| and I | do give | you her.
 
CLAUDIO
            ,            ,      ,            ,           ,
      Why then | she's mine,| sweet let^|me see | your face.
 
LEONATO
       ,   ,                 ,                ,          ,
      No that / you shall | not, till | you take | her hand,
          ,           x           ,         ,      ,
      Before | this^friar,| and swear | to mar|ry her.
 
CLAUDIO
        ,              ,        ,          ,      x
      Give me | your hand | before | this ho|ly friar,
      ,            ,        ,         ,        ,
      I am | your hus|band if | you like | of me.
 
HERO
            ,        ,     ,             ,       ,
      And when | I lived | I was | your oth|er wife,
            ,          ,      ,      2      ,       ,
      And when | you loved,| you were my | other | husband.
 
[Unmasks]
 
CLAUDIO
        ,       ,
      Ano|ther He|ro?
 
HERO
                       ,        ,      ,
                      No|thing cer|tainer.
       T   T T     ,         T  T   T
      One Hero | died, but | I do live,
            ,      ,       ,       ,       ,
      And sure|ly as | I live,| I am | a maid.
 
DON PEDRO
           ,       ,      ,      ,         ,
      The for|mer He|ro, He|ro that | is dead.
 
LEONATO
            ,         ,           ,           ,        ,
      She died | my lord,| but whiles | her slan|der lived.
 
FRIAR FRANCIS
       ,            ,        ,        ,    ,
      All this | amaze|ment can | I qual|ify,
            ,  ,      2       ,       ,          ,
      When^af|ter that the | holy | rites are | ended,
             ,          ,             ,   ,        ,
      I'll tell | you large|ly of / fair He|ro's death:
        T   T   T     ,         ,      ,
      Meantime let | wonder | seem fa|miliar,
           ,         ,      ,        ,       ,
      And to | the chap|el let | us pre|sently.
 
BENEDICK
        ,          T     Tx     T         ,     ,
      Soft and | fair, friar, which | is Be|atrice?
 
BEATRICE
      ,  ,                  ,      ,              ,
      I an/swer to | that name,| what is | your will?
 
BENEDICK
          ,          ,       2
      Do not | you love | me?
 
BEATRICE
                                  ,        ,            x
                             Why no,| no more | than reason.
 
BENEDICK
Why, then your uncle and the prince and Claudio have been deceived; they swore you did.
 
BEATRICE
        2     ,          ,
      Do not you | love me?
 
BENEDICK
                                   ,        ,            x
                            Troth^no,| no more | than reason.
 
BEATRICE
            ,        ,        ,    3 3     ,    ,
      Why then | my cou|sin Marg|aret and Ur|sula
            ,         ,           ,          ,          ,
      Are much | deceived,| for they | did swear | you did.
 
BENEDICK
             ,           ,          ,        ,         ,
      They swore | that you | were al|most sick | for me.
 
BEATRICE
             ,           ,           ,     T    T   .   T
      They swore | that you | were well-|nigh dead for me.
 
BENEDICK
            ,           x       ,            ,      ,
      'Tis no | such^matter.| Then you | do not | love me?
 
BEATRICE
       ,  ,                  ,       ,      ,
      No tru/ly, but | in friend|ly re|compense.
 
LEONATO
        ,    ,       2       ,          ,           x
      Come cous/in, I am | sure you | love the | gentleman.
 
CLAUDIO
            ,         ,         x           ,          ,
      And I'll | be sworn | upon it,| that he | loves^her,
             ,        ,       ,            ,    ,
      For here's | a pap|er writ|ten in / his hand,
         ,        ,                 ,    ,    ,
      A hal|ting son|net of his // own pure brain,
        ,      2      ,    ,
      Fashioned to | Bea|trice.
 
HERO
                                        ,      ,
                               And | here's a|nother,
        ,    2       ,          ,      x                  ,
      Writ in my | cousin's | hand, stolen / from her | pocket,
           ,     3   3   ,        ,     ,     ,
      Contain|ing her affec|tion un|to Ben|edick.
 
BENEDICK
A miracle. here's our own hands against our hearts. Come, I will have thee; but, by this light, I take thee for pity.
 
BEATRICE
I would not deny you; but, by this good day, I yield upon great persuasion; and partly to save your life, for I was told you were in a consumption.
 
BENEDICK
Peace. I will stop your mouth.
 
[Kisses her]
 
DON PEDRO
How dost thou, Benedick, the married man?
 
BENEDICK
I'll tell thee what, prince; a college of wit-crackers cannot flout me out of my humor. 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 purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any purpose that the world can say against it; and therefore never flout at me for what I have said against it; for man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion. 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.
 
CLAUDIO
I had well hoped thou wouldst have denied Beatrice, that I might have cudgelled thee out of thy single life, to make thee a double-dealer; which, out of question, thou wilt be, if my cousin do not look exceedingly narrowly to thee.
 
BENEDICK
Come, come, we are friends: let's have a dance ere we are married, that we may lighten our own hearts and our wives' heels.
 
LEONATO
We'll have dancing afterward.
 
BENEDICK
First, of my word; therefore play, music. Prince, thou art sad; get thee a wife, get thee a wife: there is no staff more reverend than one tipped with horn.
 
MESSENGER
           ,          ,         ,         ,          ,
      My lord,| your bro|ther John | is tane | in flight,
             ,             ,      T    T   .  T     ,
      And brought | with armed | men back to Mes|sina.
 
BENEDICK
Think not on him till tomorrow, I'll devise thee brave punishments for him: strike up pipers.
 
[Dance. Exeunt]

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