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Benedicke, didst thou note the daughter of signior Benedick, didst thou note the daughter of SignorMA I.i.152
Leonato?Leonato?MA I.i.153
Is she not a modest yong Ladie?Is she not a modest young lady?MA I.i.155
No, I pray thee speake in sober iudgement.No, I pray thee speak in sober judgement.MA I.i.160
Thou think'st I am in sport, I pray thee tell meThou thinkest I am in sport; I pray thee tell meMA I.i.166
truely how thou lik'st her.truly how thou likest her.MA I.i.167
Can the world buie such a iewell?Can the world buy such a jewel?MA I.i.169
In mine eie, she is the sweetest Ladie that euer I In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that ever IMA I.i.175
lookt on.looked on.MA I.i.176
I would scarce trust my selfe, though I had sworne I would scarce trust myself, though I had swornMA I.i.182
the contrarie, if Hero would be my wife.the contrary, if Hero would be my wife.MA I.i.183
If this were so, so were it vttred.If this were so, so were it uttered.MA I.i.199
If my passion change not shortly, God forbid itIf my passion change not shortly, God forbid itMA I.i.202
should be otherwise.should be otherwise!MA I.i.203
You speake this to fetch me in, my Lord.You speak this to fetch me in, my lord.MA I.i.206
And in faith, my Lord, I spoke mine.And in faith, my lord, I spoke mine.MA I.i.208
That I loue her, I feele.That I love her, I feel.MA I.i.211
And neuer could maintaine his part, but in theAnd never could maintain his part but in theMA I.i.218
force of his will.force of his will.MA I.i.219
If this should euer happen, thou wouldst beeIf this should ever happen, thou wouldst beMA I.i.248
horne mad.horn-mad.MA I.i.249
To the tuition of God. From my house, if I had To the tuition of God. From my house, if I hadMA I.i.260 –MA I.i.261
My Liege, your Highnesse now may doe mee good.My liege, your highness now may do me good.MA I.i.269
Hath Leonato any sonne my Lord?Hath Leonato any son, my lord?MA I.i.273
O my Lord,O, my lord,MA I.i.275.2
When you went onward on this ended action,When you went onward on this ended action,MA I.i.276
I look'd vpon her with a souldiers eie,I looked upon her with a soldier's eye,MA I.i.277
That lik'd, but had a rougher taske in hand,That liked, but had a rougher task in handMA I.i.278
Than to driue liking to the name of loue:Than to drive liking to the name of love;MA I.i.279
But now I am return'd, and that warre-thoughtsBut now I am returned and that war-thoughtsMA I.i.280
Haue left their places vacant: in their roomes,Have left their places vacant, in their roomsMA I.i.281
Come thronging soft and delicate desires,Come thronging soft and delicate desires,MA I.i.282
All prompting mee how faire yong Hero is,All prompting me how fair young Hero is,MA I.i.283
Saying I lik'd her ere I went to warres.Saying I liked her ere I went to wars.MA I.i.284
How sweetly doe you minister to loue,How sweetly you do minister to love,MA I.i.291
That know loues griefe by his complexion!That know love's grief by his complexion!MA I.i.292
But lest my liking might too sodaine seeme,But lest my liking might too sudden seem,MA I.i.293
I would haue salu'd it with a longer treatise.I would have salved it with a longer treatise.MA I.i.294
You know me well, I am hee.You know me well; I am he.MA II.i.147
How know you he loues her?How know you he loves her?MA II.i.152
Thus answere I in name of Benedicke,Thus answer I in the name of Benedick,MA II.i.157
But heare these ill newes with the eares of Claudio:But hear these ill news with the ears of Claudio.MA II.i.158
'Tis certaine so, the Prince woes for himselfe:'Tis certain so; the Prince woos for himself.MA II.i.159
Friendship is constant in all other things,Friendship is constant in all other thingsMA II.i.160
Saue in the Office and affaires of loue:Save in the office and affairs of love;MA II.i.161
Therefore all hearts in loue vse their owne tongues.Therefore all hearts in love use their own tongues.MA II.i.162
Let euerie eye negotiate for it selfe,Let every eye negotiate for itself,MA II.i.163
And trust no Agent: for beautie is a witch,And trust no agent; for beauty is a witchMA II.i.164
Against whose charmes, faith melteth into blood:Against whose charms faith melteth into blood.MA II.i.165
This is an accident of hourely proofe,This is an accident of hourly proof,MA II.i.166
Which I mistrusted not. Farewell therefore Hero. Which I mistrusted not. Farewell therefore, Hero!MA II.i.167
Yea, the same.Yea, the same.MA II.i.169
Whither?Whither?MA II.i.171
I wish him ioy of her.I wish him joy of her.MA II.i.177
I pray you leaue me.I pray you, leave me.MA II.i.181
If it will not be, Ile leaue you. If it will not be, I'll leave you.MA II.i.184
Not sad my Lord.Not sad, my lord.MA II.i.266
Neither, my Lord.Neither, my lord.MA II.i.268
Silence is the perfectest Herault of ioy, I wereSilence is the perfectest herald of joy; I wereMA II.i.282
but little happy if I could say, how much? Lady, as youbut little happy, if I could say how much. Lady, as youMA II.i.283
are mine, I am yours, I giue away my selfe for you, andare mine, I am yours; I give away myself for you andMA II.i.284
doat vpon the exchange.dote upon the exchange.MA II.i.285
And so she doth coosin.And so she doth, cousin.MA II.i.292
To morrow my Lord, Time goes on crutches,Tomorrow, my lord. Time goes on crutchesMA II.i.330
till Loue haue all his rites.till love have all his rites.MA II.i.331
And I my Lord.And I, my lord.MA II.i.345
Yea my good Lord: how still the euening is,Yea, my good lord. How still the evening is,MA II.iii.36
As husht on purpose to grace harmonie.As hushed on purpose to grace harmony!MA II.iii.37
O very well my Lord: the musicke ended,O, very well, my lord: the music ended,MA II.iii.39
Wee'll fit the kid-foxe with a penny worth.We'll fit the kid-fox with a pennyworth.MA II.iii.40
O I, stalke on, stalke on, the foule sits. IO, ay; stalk on, stalk on, the fowl sits. – IMA II.iii.94
did neuer thinke that Lady would haue loued any man.did never think that lady would have loved any man.MA II.iii.95
Faith like enough.Faith, like enough.MA II.iii.105
Baite the hooke well,Bait the hook well;MA II.iii.110
this fish will bite.this fish will bite.MA II.iii.111
She did indeed.She did, indeed.MA II.iii.114
He hath tane th'He hath ta'en theMA II.iii.123
infection, hold it vp.infection; hold it up.MA II.iii.124
'Tis true indeed, so your daughter saies: shall'Tis true, indeed, so your daughter says. ‘ ShallMA II.iii.129
I, saies she, that haue so oft encountred him with I,’ says she, ‘ that have so oft encountered him withMA II.iii.130
scorne, write to him that I loue him?scorn, write to him that I love him?’MA II.iii.131
Now you talke of a sheet of paper, I rememberNow you talk of a sheet of paper, I remember MA II.iii.136
a pretty iest your daughter told vs of.a pretty jest your daughter told us of.MA II.iii.137
That.That.MA II.iii.141
Then downe vpon her knees she falls, weepes,Then down upon her knees she falls, weeps,MA II.iii.148
sobs, beates her heart, teares her hayre, praies, curses, Osobs, beats her heart, tears her hair, prays, curses – ‘ OMA II.iii.149
sweet Benedicke, God giue me patience.sweet Benedick! God give me patience!’MA II.iii.150
To what end? he would but make a sport of it,To what end? He would make but a sport of itMA II.iii.157
and torment the poore Lady worse.and torment the poor lady worse.MA II.iii.158
And she is exceeding wise.And she is exceeding wise.MA II.iii.162
Hero thinkes surely she wil die, for she saies sheHero thinks surely she will die; for she says sheMA II.iii.173
will die, if hee loue her not, and shee will die ere shee makewill die, if he love her not; and she will die, ere she makeMA II.iii.174
her loue knowne, and she will die if hee wooe her, ratherher love known; and she will die if he woo her, ratherMA II.iii.175
than shee will bate one breath of her accustomedthan she will bate one breath of her accustomedMA II.iii.176
crossenesse.crossness.MA II.iii.177
He is a very proper man.He is a very proper man.MA II.iii.181
'Fore God, and in my minde very wise.Before God, and in my mind, very wise.MA II.iii.183
And I take him to be valiant.And I take him to be valiant.MA II.iii.186
Neuer tell him, my Lord, let her weare it out withNever tell him, my lord; let her wear it out withMA II.iii.198
good counsell.good counsel.MA II.iii.199
If he do not doat on her vpon this, I wilIf he do not dote on her upon this, I willMA II.iii.207
neuer trust my expectation.never trust my expectation.MA II.iii.208
Ile bring you thither my Lord, if you'l vouchsafe I'll bring you thither, my lord, if you'll vouchsafeMA III.ii.3 III.ii.4
I hope he be in loue.I hope he be in love.MA III.ii.16
You must hang it first, and draw it afterwards.You must hang it first, and draw it afterwards.MA III.ii.23
Yet say I, he is in loue.Yet say I, he is in love.MA III.ii.28
If he be not in loue vvith some woman, there is If he be not in love with some woman, there isMA III.ii.37
no beleeuing old signes, a brushes his hat a mornings,no believing old signs. 'A brushes his hat o' mornings;MA III.ii.38
What should that bode?what should that bode?MA III.ii.39
No, but the Barbers man hath beene seen withNo, but the barber's man hath been seen withMA III.ii.41
him, and the olde ornament of his cheeke hath alreadiehim and the old ornament of his cheek hath alreadyMA III.ii.42
stuft tennis balls.stuffed tennis-balls.MA III.ii.43
That's as much as to say, the sweet youth's inThat's as much as to say, the sweet youth's inMA III.ii.48 III.ii.49
And when was he wont to wash his face?And when was he wont to wash his face?MA III.ii.51
Nay, but his iesting spirit, which is now creptNay, but his jesting spirit, which is now creptMA III.ii.54
into a lute-string, and now gouern'd by stops.into a lute-string and now governed by stops.MA III.ii.55
Nay, but I know who loues him.Nay, but I know who loves him.MA III.ii.58
Yes, and his ill conditions, and in despight of all,Yes, and his ill conditions; and, in despite of all,MA III.ii.61
dies for him.dies for him.MA III.ii.62
'Tis euen so, Hero and Margaret haue by this'Tis even so. Hero and Margaret have by thisMA III.ii.69
played their parts with Beatrice, and then the two Bearesplayed their parts with Beatrice, and then the two bearsMA III.ii.70
will not bite one another when they meete.will not bite one another when they meet.MA III.ii.71
If there be any impediment, I pray you discouer If there be any impediment, I pray you discoverMA III.ii.83 III.ii.84
Who Hero?Who, Hero?MA III.ii.94
Disloyall?Disloyal?MA III.ii.97
May this be so?May this be so?MA III.ii.105
If I see any thing to night, why I should notIf I see any thing tonight why I should notMA III.ii.111
marry her to morrow in the congregation, where I marry her, tomorrow in the congregation, where IMA III.ii.112
shold wedde, there will I shame her.should wed, there will I shame her.MA III.ii.113
O mischiefe strangelie thwarting!O mischief strangely thwarting!MA III.ii.120
No.No.MA IV.i.5
Know you anie, Hero?Know you any, Hero?MA IV.i.13
O what men dare do! what men may do! O, what men dare do! What men may do!MA IV.i.17
what men daily do!What men daily do, not knowing what they do!MA IV.i.18
Stand thee by Frier, father, by your leaue,Stand thee by, Friar. Father, by your leave:MA IV.i.21
Will you with free and vnconstrained souleWill you with free and unconstrained soulMA IV.i.22
Giue me this maid your daughter?Give me this maid, your daughter?MA IV.i.23
And what haue I to giue you back, whose worthAnd what have I to give you back, whose worthMA IV.i.25
May counterpoise this rich and precious gift?May counterpoise this rich and precious gift?MA IV.i.26
Sweet Prince, you learn me noble thankfulnes:Sweet Prince, you learn me noble thankfulness.MA IV.i.28
There Leonato, take her backe againe,There, Leonato, take her back again,MA IV.i.29
Giue not this rotten Orenge to your friend,Give not this rotten orange to your friend;MA IV.i.30
Shee's but the signe and semblance of her honour:She's but the sign and semblance of her honour.MA IV.i.31
Behold how like a maid she blushes heere!Behold how like a maid she blushes here!MA IV.i.32
O what authoritie and shew of truthO, what authority and show of truthMA IV.i.33
Can cunning sinne couer it selfe withall!Can cunning sin cover itself withal!MA IV.i.34
Comes not that bloud, as modest euidence,Comes not that blood as modest evidenceMA IV.i.35
To witnesse simple Vertue? would you not sweareTo witness simple virtue? Would you not swear,MA IV.i.36
All you that see her, that she were a maide,All you that see her, that she were a maidMA IV.i.37
By these exterior shewes? But she is none:By these exterior shows? But she is none;MA IV.i.38
She knowes the heat of a luxurious bed:She knows the heat of a luxurious bed.MA IV.i.39
Her blush is guiltinesse, not modestie.Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty.MA IV.i.40
Not to be married,Not to be married,MA IV.i.41.2
Not to knit my soule to an approued wanton.Not to knit my soul to an approved wanton.MA IV.i.42
I know what you would say: if I haue knowne her,I know what you would say. If I have known her,MA IV.i.46
You will say, she did imbrace me as a husband,You will say she did embrace me as a husband,MA IV.i.47
And so extenuate the forehand sinne: And so extenuate the 'forehand sin.MA IV.i.48
No Leonato,No, Leonato,MA IV.i.49
I neuer tempted her with word too large,I never tempted her with word too large,MA IV.i.50
But as a brother to his sister, shewedBut, as a brother to his sister, showedMA IV.i.51
Bashfull sinceritie and comely loue.Bashful sincerity and comely love.MA IV.i.52
Out on thee seeming, I will write against it,Out on thee! Seeming! I will write against it.MA IV.i.54
You seeme to me as Diane in her Orbe,You seem to me as Dian in her orb,MA IV.i.55
As chaste as is the budde ere it be blowne:As chaste as is the bud ere it be blown;MA IV.i.56
But you are more intemperate in your blood,But you are more intemperate in your bloodMA IV.i.57
Than Venus, or those pampred animalls,Than Venus, or those pampered animalsMA IV.i.58
That rage in sauage sensualitie.That rage in savage sensuality.MA IV.i.59
Leonato, stand I here?Leonato, stand I here?MA IV.i.67
Is this the Prince? is this the Princes brother?Is this the Prince? Is this the Prince's brother?MA IV.i.68
Is this face Heroes? are our eies our owne?Is this face Hero's? Are our eyes our own?MA IV.i.69
Let me but moue one question to your daughter,Let me but move one question to your daughter;MA IV.i.71
And by that fatherly and kindly power,And, by that fatherly and kindly powerMA IV.i.72
That you haue in her, bid her answer truly.That you have in her, bid her answer truly.MA IV.i.73
To make you answer truly to your name.To make you answer truly to your name.MA IV.i.77
Marry that can Hero,Marry, that can Hero;MA IV.i.79.2
Hero it selfe can blot out Heroes vertue.Hero itself can blot out Hero's virtue.MA IV.i.80
What man was he, talkt with you yesternight,What man was he talked with you yesternightMA IV.i.81
Out at your window betwixt twelue and one?Out at your window betwixt twelve and one?MA IV.i.82
Now if you are a maid, answer to this.Now, if you are a maid, answer to this.MA IV.i.83
O Hero! what a Hero hadst thou beeneO Hero! What a Hero hadst thou been,MA IV.i.98
If halfe thy outward graces had beene placedIf half thy outward graces had been placedMA IV.i.99
About thy thoughts and counsailes of thy heart?About thy thoughts and counsels of thy heart!MA IV.i.100
But fare thee well, most foule, most faire, farewellBut fare thee well, most foul, most fair! Farewell,MA IV.i.101
Thou pure impiety, and impious puritie,Thou pure impiety and impious purity!MA IV.i.102
For thee Ile locke vp all the gates of Loue,For thee I'll lock up all the gates of love,MA IV.i.103
And on my eie-lids shall Coniecture hang,And on my eyelids shall conjecture hang,MA IV.i.104
To turne all beauty into thoughts of harme,To turn all beauty into thoughts of harm,MA IV.i.105
And neuer shall it more be gracious.And never shall it more be gracious.MA IV.i.106
Good day to both of you.Good day to both of you.MA V.i.46.2
Who wrongs him?Who wrongs him?MA V.i.52.2
Marry beshrew my hand,Marry, beshrew my hand,MA V.i.55.2
If it should giue your age such cause of feare,If it should give your age such cause of fear:MA V.i.56
Infaith my hand meant nothing to my sword.In faith, my hand meant nothing to my sword.MA V.i.57
My villany?My villainy?MA V.i.72.1
Away, I will not haue to do with you.Away! I will not have to do with you.MA V.i.77
Now signior, what newes?Now, signor, what news?MA V.i.110
Wee had likt to haue had our two noses snaptWe had like to have had our two noses snappedMA V.i.114
off with two old men without with two old men without teeth.MA V.i.115
We haue beene vp and downe to seeke thee, for we We have been up and down to seek thee, for weMA V.i.121
are high proofe melancholly, and would faine haue itare high-proof melancholy, and would fain have itMA V.i.122
beaten away, wilt thou vse thy wit?beaten away. Wilt thou use thy wit?MA V.i.123
Neuer any did so, though verie many haue beenNever any did so, though very many have beenMA V.i.126
beside their wit, I will bid thee drawe, as we do the beside their wit. I will bid thee draw, as we do theMA V.i.127
minstrels, draw to pleasure vs.minstrels – draw to pleasure us.MA V.i.128
What, courage man: what though care kil'd What, courage, man! What though care killedMA V.i.131
a cat, thou hast mettle enough in thee to kill care.a cat, thou hast mettle enough in thee to kill care.MA V.i.132
Nay then giue him another staffe, this last wasNay, then, give him another staff; this last wasMA V.i.135
broke crosse.broke cross.MA V.i.136
If he be, he knowes how to turne his girdle.If he be, he knows how to turn his girdle.MA V.i.139
God blesse me from a challenge.God bless me from a challenge!MA V.i.141
Well, I will meete you, so I may haue good cheare.Well, I will meet you, so I may have good cheer.MA V.i.147
I faith I thanke him, he hath bid me to a caluesI'faith, I thank him; he hath bid me to a calf'sMA V.i.149
head and a Capon, the which if I doe not carue most head and a capon, the which if I do not carve mostMA V.i.150
curiously, say my knife's naught, shall I not finde a curiously, say my knife's naught. Shall I not find aMA V.i.151
wood-cocke too?woodcock too?MA V.i.152
For the which she wept heartily, and said sheeFor the which she wept heartily, and said sheMA V.i.167
car'd not.cared not.MA V.i.168
All, all, and moreouer, God saw him when heAll, all; and, moreover, God saw him when heMA V.i.172
was hid in the garden.was hid in the garden.MA V.i.173
Yea and text vnder-neath, heere dwells Benedicke Yes, and text underneath, ‘Here dwells Benedick,MA V.i.176
the married man.the married man ’?MA V.i.177
In most profound earnest, and Ile warrant In most profound earnest; and, I'll warrantMA V.i.188
you, for the loue of, for the love of Beatrice.MA V.i.189
Most sincerely.Most sincerely.MA V.i.191
He is then a Giant to an Ape, but then is an ApeHe is then a giant to an ape; but then is an apeMA V.i.194
a Doctor to such a man.a doctor to such a man.MA V.i.195
Harken after their offence my Lord.Hearken after their offence, my lord.MA V.i.203
Rightlie reasoned, and in his owne diuision, andRightly reasoned, and in his own division; and,MA V.i.214
by my troth there's one meaning well my troth, there's one meaning well suited.MA V.i.215
I haue drunke poison whiles he vtter'd it.I have drunk poison whiles he uttered it.MA V.i.233
Sweet Hero, now thy image doth appeareSweet Hero, now thy image doth appearMA V.i.238
In the rare semblance that I lou'd it first.In the rare semblance that I loved it first.MA V.i.239
I know not how to pray your patience,I know not how to pray your patience,MA V.i.258
Yet I must speake, choose your reuenge your selfe,Yet I must speak. Choose your revenge yourself;MA V.i.259
Impose me to what penance your inuentionImpose me to what penance your inventionMA V.i.260
Can lay vpon my sinne, yet sinn'd I not,Can lay upon my sin; yet sinned I notMA V.i.261
But in mistaking.But in mistaking.MA V.i.262.1
O noble sir!O noble sir,MA V.i.279.2
Your ouerkindnesse doth wring teares from me,Your over-kindness doth wring tears from me.MA V.i.280
I do embrace your offer, and disposeI do embrace your offer, and disposeMA V.i.281
For henceforth of poore Claudio.For henceforth of poor Claudio.MA V.i.282
To night ile mourne with Hero. Tonight I'll mourn with Hero.MA V.i.315.2
Is this the monument of Leonato?Is this the monument of Leonato?MA V.iii.1
Done to death by slanderous tongues,Done to death by slanderous tonguesMA V.iii.3
Was the Hero that here lies:Was the Hero that here lies:MA V.iii.4
Death in guerdon of her wrongs,Death, in guerdon of her wrongsMA V.iii.5
Giues her fame which neuer dies:Gives her fame which never dies.MA V.iii.6
So the life that dyed with shame,So the life that died with shameMA V.iii.7
Liues in death with glorious fame.Lives in death with glorious fame.MA V.iii.8
Hang thou there vpon the tombe,Hang thou there upon the tombMA V.iii.9
Praising her when I am dombe.Praising her when I am dumb.MA V.iii.10
Now musick sound & sing your solemn hymneNow, music, sound, and sing your solemn hymn.MA V.iii.11
Now vnto thy bones good night, Now, unto thy bones good night!MA V.iii.22
yeerely will I do this right.Yearly will I do this rite.MA V.iii.23
Good morrow masters, each his seuerall way.Good morrow, masters: each his several way.MA V.iii.29
And Hymen now with luckier issue speeds,And Hymen now with luckier issue speed'sMA V.iii.32
Then this for whom we rendred vp this woe. Than this for whom we rendered up this woe.MA V.iii.33
Ile hold my minde were she an Ethiope.I'll hold my mind, were she an Ethiope.MA V.iv.38
I thinke he thinkes vpon the sauage bull:I think he thinks upon the savage bull.MA V.iv.43
Tush, feare not man, wee'll tip thy hornes with gold,Tush, fear not, man, we'll tip thy horns with gold,MA V.iv.44
And all Europa shall reioyce at thee,And all Europa shall rejoice at thee,MA V.iv.45
As once Europa did at lusty Ioue,As once Europa did at lusty Jove,MA V.iv.46
When he would play the noble beast in loue.When he would play the noble beast in love.MA V.iv.47
For this I owe you: here comes other recknings.For this I owe you: here comes other reckonings.MA V.iv.52
Which is the Lady I must seize vpon?Which is the lady I must seize upon?MA V.iv.53
Why then she's mine, sweet let me see your face.Why, then she's mine. Sweet, let me see your face.MA V.iv.55
Giue me your hand before this holy Frier,Give me your hand; before this holy Friar,MA V.iv.58
I am your husband if you like of me.I am your husband, if you like of me.MA V.iv.59
Another Hero?Another Hero!MA V.iv.62.1
And Ile be sworne vpon't, that he loues her,And I'll be sworn upon't that he loves her,MA V.iv.85
For heres a paper written in his hand,For here's a paper written in his hand,MA V.iv.86
A halting sonnet of his owne pure braine,A halting sonnet of his own pure brain,MA V.iv.87
Fashioned to Beatrice.Fashioned to Beatrice.MA V.iv.88.1
I had well hop'd yu wouldst haue denied I had well hoped thou wouldst have deniedMA V.iv.110
Beatrice, yt I might haue cudgel'd thee out of thy Beatrice, that I might have cudgelled thee out of thyMA V.iv.111
single life, to make thee a double dealer, which out of single life, to make thee a double-dealer; which out ofMA V.iv.112
questiõ thou wilt be, if my Cousin do not looke exceeding question thou wilt be, if my cousin do not look exceedingMA V.iv.113
narrowly to thee.narrowly to thee.MA V.iv.114