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Enter Leonato Gouernour of Messina, Innogen his wife, Hero his Enter Leonato, Governor of Messina, Hero, his MA I.i.1.1
daughter, and Beatrice his Neece, with a messenger.daughter, Beatrice his niece, with a Messenger MA I.i.1.2
Leonato.LEONATO 
I Learne in this Letter, that Don Peter of Arragon, I learn in this letter that Don Pedro of Arragon MA I.i.1
comes this night to Messina.comes this night to Messina.Messina (n.)[pron: me'seena] port in Sicily, S ItalyMA I.i.2
Mess. MESSENGER 
He is very neere by this: he was not three He is very near by this; he was not three MA I.i.3
Leagues off when I left him.leagues off when I left him. MA I.i.4
Leon. LEONATO 
How many Gentlemen haue you lost in thisHow many gentlemen have you lost in this MA I.i.5
action?action?action (n.)campaign, military action, strategyMA I.i.6
Mess. MESSENGER 
But few of any sort, and none of name.But few of any sort, and none of name.name (n.)reputation, fame, renownMA I.i.7
sort (n.)class, level, social rank
Leon. LEONATO 
A victorie is twice it selfe, when the atchieuer brings A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings MA I.i.8
home full numbers: I finde heere, that Don Peter hath home full numbers. I find here that Don Pedro hath MA I.i.9
bestowed much honor on a yong Florentine, called bestowed much honour on a young Florentine calledFlorentine (n.)someone from Florence, ItalyMA I.i.10
Claudio.Claudio. MA I.i.11
Mess. MESSENGER 
Much deseru'd on his part, and equally remembred Much deserved on his part and equally rememberedequally (adv.)to an equal degree, justlyMA I.i.12
remember (v.)
old form: remembred
commemorate, acknowledge, reward, recognize
by Don Pedro, he hath borne himselfe beyond by Don Pedro. He hath borne himself beyond MA I.i.13
the promise of his age, doing in the figure of a the promise of his age, doing, in the figure of a MA I.i.14
Lambe, the feats of a Lion, he hath indeede better bettred lamb, the feats of a lion; he hath indeed better bettered MA I.i.15
expectation, then you must expect of me to tell you how.expectation than you must expect of me to tell you how. MA I.i.16
Leo. LEONATO 
He hath an Vnckle heere in Messina, wil be veryHe hath an uncle here in Messina will be very MA I.i.17
much glad of it.much glad of it. MA I.i.18
Mess. MESSENGER 
I haue alreadie deliuered him letters, and I have already delivered him letters, and MA I.i.19
there appeares much ioy in him, euen so much, that ioy there appears much joy in him; even so much that joy MA I.i.20
could not shew it selfe modest enough, without a badg of could not show itself modest enough without a badge ofmodest (adj.)moderate, reasonable, mild, limitedMA I.i.21
bitternesse. bitterness. MA I.i.22
Leo. LEONATO 
Did he breake out into teares?Did he break out into tears? MA I.i.23
Mess. MESSENGER 
In great measure.In great measure. MA I.i.24
Leo. LEONATO 
A kinde ouerflow of kindnesse, there are no faces A kind overflow of kindness; there are no faceskind (adj.)
old form: kinde
showing natural feeling, acting by nature
MA I.i.25
truer, then those that are so wash'd, how much better is truer than those that are so washed. How much better is MA I.i.26
it to weepe at ioy, then to ioy at weeping?it to weep at joy than to joy at weeping! MA I.i.27
Bea. BEATRICE 
I pray you, is Signior Mountanto return'd fromI pray you, is Signor Mountanto returned frommountanto (n.)[directional thrust in fencing] fencer, duellistMA I.i.28
the warres, or no?the wars, or no? MA I.i.29
Mess. MESSENGER 
I know none of that name, Lady, there wasI know none of that name, lady; there was MA I.i.30
none such in the armie of any sort.none such in the army of any sort.sort (n.)class, level, social rankMA I.i.31
Leon. LEONATO 
What is he that you aske for Neece?What is he that you ask for, niece? MA I.i.32
Hero. HERO 
My cousin meanes Signior Benedick of PaduaMy cousin means Signor Benedick of Padua. MA I.i.33
Mess. MESSENGER 
O he's return'd, and as pleasant as euer he O, he's returned, and as pleasant as ever hepleasant (adj.)facetious, joking, drollMA I.i.34
was.was. MA I.i.35
Beat. BEATRICE 
He set vp his bils here in Messina, & challeng'dHe set up his bills here in Messina, and challengedbill (n.)
old form: bils
notice, label, proclamation, placard
MA I.i.36
Cupid at the Flight: and my Vnckles foole reading Cupid at the flight; and my uncle's fool, readingflight (n.)archery contest, flight-shootingMA I.i.37
Cupid (n.)[pron: 'kyoopid] Roman god of love, son of Venus and Mercury; a winged, blindfolded boy with curved bow and arrows
the Challenge, subscrib'd for Cupid, and challeng'd him the challenge, subscribed for Cupid, and challenged himsubscribe for (v.)
old form: subscrib'd
vouch for, answer on behalf of
MA I.i.38
at the Burbolt. I pray you, how many hath hee kil'd andat the bird-bolt. I pray you, how many hath he killed andbird-bolt, burbolt (n.)short blunt-headed arrow for shooting birdsMA I.i.39
eaten in these warres? But how many hath he kil'd? foreaten in these wars? But how many hath he killed? For MA I.i.40
indeed, I promis'd to eate all of his killing.indeed, I promised to eat all of his killing. MA I.i.41
Leon. LEONATO 
'Faith Neece, you taxe Signior Benedicke too much, Faith, niece, you tax Signor Benedick too much;tax (v.)
old form: taxe
censure, blame, take to task, disparage
MA I.i.42
but hee'l be meet with you, I doubt it not.but he'll be meet with you, I doubt it not.meet (adj.)even, quits, revenged [on]MA I.i.43
Mess. MESSENGER 
He hath done good seruice Lady in these He hath done good service, lady, in these MA I.i.44
wars.wars. MA I.i.45
Beat. BEATRICE 
You had musty victuall, and he hath holpe to ease You had musty victual, and he hath holp to eatvictual (n.)
old form: victuall
(usually plural) provisions, supplies, food and drink
MA I.i.46
it: he's a very valiant Trencher-man, hee hath an excellent it; he is a very valiant trencher-man, he hath an excellenttrencher-man (n.)hearty eater, good feeder, man of appetiteMA I.i.47
valiant (adj.)worthy, fine, hearty
stomacke.stomach. MA I.i.48
Mess.MESSENGER 
And a good souldier too Lady.And a good soldier too, lady. MA I.i.49
Beat. BEATRICE 
And a good souldier to a Lady. But what is he to a And a good soldier to a lady. But what is he to a MA I.i.50
Lord?lord? MA I.i.51
Mess. MESSENGER 
A Lord to a Lord, a man to a man, stuft withA lord to a lord, a man to a man, stuffed withstuffed (adj.)
old form: stuft
full, complete, proven, stored up
MA I.i.52
all honourable vertues.all honourable virtues. MA I.i.53
Beat. BEATRICE 
It is so indeed, he is no lesse then a stuft man:It is so, indeed; he is no less than a stuffed man; MA I.i.54
but for the stuffing well, we are all mortall.but for the stuffing – well, we are all mortal. MA I.i.55
Leon. LEONATO 
You must not (sir) mistake my Neece, there is a You must not, sir, mistake my niece. There is a MA I.i.56
kind of merry war betwixt Signior Benedick, & her:kind of merry war betwixt Signor Benedick and her; MA I.i.57
they neuer meet, but there's a skirmish of wit betweenthey never meet but there's a skirmish of wit betweenwit (n.)mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuityMA I.i.58
them.them. MA I.i.59
Bea. BEATRICE 
Alas, he gets nothing by that. In our last conflict, Alas, he gets nothing by that. In our last conflict MA I.i.60
foure of his fiue wits went halting off, and now is the four of his five wits went halting off, and now is thehalt (v.)limp, proceed lamelyMA I.i.61
wits, also five wits
old form: fiue
faculties of the mind (common wit, imagination, fantasy, estimation, memory) or body (the five senses)
whole man gouern'd with one: so that if hee haue wit whole man governed with one; so that if he have witwit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental abilityMA I.i.62
enough to keepe himselfe warme, let him beare it for a enough to keep himself warm, let him bear it for abear (v.), past forms bore, borne
old form: beare
keep, present, show
MA I.i.63
difference betweene himselfe and his horse: For it is all the difference between himself and his horse; for it is all thedifference (n.)[heraldry] variation, distinguishing mark [on a coat-of-arms]MA I.i.64
wealth that he hath left, to be knowne a reasonable creature. wealth that he hath left, to be known a reasonable creature. MA I.i.65
Who is his companion now? He hath euery month Who is his companion now? He hath every month MA I.i.66
a new sworne brother.a new sworn brother.brother, sworn
old form: sworne brother
companion-in-arms, devoted friend
MA I.i.67
Mess. MESSENGER 
I'st possible?Is't possible? MA I.i.68
Beat. BEATRICE 
Very easily possible: he weares his faith but asVery easily possible: he wears his faith but asfaith (n.)constancy, fidelity, loyaltyMA I.i.69
the fashion of his hat, it euer changes with ye next the fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the next MA I.i.70
block.block.block (n.)[of hats] style, fashion, shape, mouldMA I.i.71
Mess. MESSENGER 
I see (Lady) the Gentleman is not in your bookes.I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your books.book (n.)
old form: bookes
(plural) good books, favour, regard
MA I.i.72
Bea. BEATRICE 
No, and he were, I would burne my study. ButNo; an he were, I would burn my study. But,and, an (conj.)if, whetherMA I.i.73
I pray you, who is his companion? Is there no youngI pray you, who is his companion? Is there no young MA I.i.74
squarer now, that will make a voyage with him to thesquarer now that will make a voyage with him to thesquarer (n.)brawler, swaggerer, quarrelsome personMA I.i.75
diuell?devil? MA I.i.76
Mess. MESSENGER 
He is most in the company of the right nobleHe is most in the company of the right noble MA I.i.77
Claudio.Claudio. MA I.i.78
Beat. BEATRICE 
O Lord, he will hang vpon him like a disease:O Lord, he will hang upon him like a disease. MA I.i.79
he is sooner caught then the pestilence, and the takerHe is sooner caught than the pestilence, and the taker MA I.i.80
runs presently mad. God helpe the noble Claudio, if heeruns presently mad. God help the noble Claudio! If hepresently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceMA I.i.81
haue caught the Benedict, it will cost him a thousandhave caught the Benedick, it will cost him a thousand MA I.i.82
pound ere he be cur'd.pound ere 'a be cured. MA I.i.83
Mess. MESSENGER 
I will hold friends with you Lady.I will hold friends with you, lady.hold (v.)keep, preserve, conserveMA I.i.84
Bea. BEATRICE 
Do good friend.Do, good friend. MA I.i.85
Leo. LEONATO 
You'l ne're run mad Neece.You will never run mad, niece. MA I.i.86
Bea. BEATRICE 
No, not till a hot Ianuary.No, not till a hot January. MA I.i.87
Mess. MESSENGER 
Don Pedro is approach'd.Don Pedro is approached. MA I.i.88
Enter don Pedro, Claudio, Benedicke, Balthasar, and Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, Balthasar, and MA I.i.89.1
Iohn the bastard. Don John the Bastard MA I.i.89.2
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Good Signior Leonato, you are come to meetGood Signor Leonato, are you come to meet MA I.i.89
your trouble: the fashion of the world is to auoid cost,your trouble? The fashion of the world is to avoid cost,cost (n.)outlay, expense, expenditureMA I.i.90
and you encounter it.and you encounter it.encounter (v.)approach, go to, move towardsMA I.i.91
Leon. LEONATO 
Neuer came trouble to my house in the likenesNever came trouble to my house in the likeness MA I.i.92
of your Grace: for trouble being gone, comfort shouldof your grace; for trouble being gone, comfort should MA I.i.93
remaine: but when you depart from me, sorrow abides,remain; but when you depart from me sorrow abides, MA I.i.94
and happinesse takes his leaue.and happiness takes his leave. MA I.i.95
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
You embrace your charge too willingly: IYou embrace your charge too willingly. Iembrace (v.)accept, avail oneself ofMA I.i.96
charge (n.)expense, cost, outlay
thinke this is your daughter.think this is your daughter. MA I.i.97
Leonato. LEONATO 
Her mother hath many times told me so.Her mother hath many times told me so. MA I.i.98
Bened. BENEDICK 
Were you in doubt that you askt her?Were you in doubt, sir, that you asked her? MA I.i.99
Leonato. LEONATO 
Signior Benedicke, no, for then were you a childe.Signior Benedick, no; for then were you a child. MA I.i.100
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
You haue it full Benedicke, we may ghesse byYou have it full, Benedick; we may guess byfull (adv.)fully, completely, properlyMA I.i.101
this, what you are, being a man, truely the Lady fathersthis what you are, being a man. Truly, the lady fathersfather (v.)show one's paternal origin, resemble one's fatherMA I.i.102
her selfe: be happie Lady, for you are like an honorableherself. Be happy, lady; for you are like an honourable MA I.i.103
father.father. MA I.i.104
Ben. BENEDICK 
If Signior Leonato be her father, she would notIf Signor Leonato be her father, she would not MA I.i.105
haue his head on her shoulders for al Messina, as like have his head on her shoulders for all Messina, as like MA I.i.106
him as she is.him as she is. MA I.i.107
Beat. BEATRICE 
I wonder that you will still be talking, signiorI wonder that you will still be talking, Signorstill (adv.)constantly, always, continuallyMA I.i.108
Benedicke, no body markes you.Benedick; nobody marks you.mark (v.)
old form: markes
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
MA I.i.109
Ben. BENEDICK 
What my deere Ladie Disdaine! are you yetWhat, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet MA I.i.110
liuing?living? MA I.i.111
Beat. BEATRICE 
Is it possible Disdaine should die, while shee hath Is it possible disdain should die while she hath MA I.i.112
such meete foode to feede it, as Signior Benedicke? Curtesie such meet food to feed it as Signor Benedick? Courtesymeet (adj.)
old form: meete
fit, suitable, right, proper
MA I.i.113
it selfe must conuert to Disdaine, if you come in her itself must convert to disdain, if you come in herconvert (v.)
old form: conuert
change, transform, alter
MA I.i.114
presence.presence. MA I.i.115
Bene. BENEDICK 
Then is curtesie a turne-coate, but it is certaine I Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain I MA I.i.116
am loued of all Ladies, onely you excepted: and I would am loved of all ladies, only you excepted; and I would MA I.i.117
I could finde in my heart that I had not a hard heart, for I could find in my heart that I had not a hard heart, for, MA I.i.118
truely I loue none.truly, I love none. MA I.i.119
Beat. BEATRICE 
A deere happinesse to women, they would elseA dear happiness to women; they would elsehappiness (n.)
old form: happinesse
good luck, success, good fortune
MA I.i.120
dear (adj.)
old form: deere
of great worth, valuable, precious
haue beene troubled with a pernitious Suter, I thankehave been troubled with a pernicious suitor! I thank MA I.i.121
God and my cold blood, I am of your humour for that, God and my cold blood, I am of your humour for that;humour (n.)mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]MA I.i.122
blood (n.)disposition, temper, mood
I had rather heare my Dog barke at a Crow, than a man sweare I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear MA I.i.123
he loues me.he loves me. MA I.i.124
Bene. BENEDICK 
God keepe your Ladiship still in that minde,God keep your ladyship still in that mind!still (adv.)constantly, always, continuallyMA I.i.125
so some Gentleman or other shall scape a predestinateSo some gentleman or other shall 'scape a predestinatepredestinate (adj.)fated, predestined, predictableMA I.i.126
scape, 'scape (v.)escape, avoid
scratcht face.scratched face. MA I.i.127
Beat. BEATRICE 
Scratching could not make it worse, and 'twereScratching could not make it worse, an 'twereand, an (conj.)if, even ifMA I.i.128
such a face as yours were.such a face as yours were. MA I.i.129
Bene. BENEDICK 
Well, you are a rare Parrat teacher.Well, you are a rare parrot-teacher.parrot-teacher (n.)
old form: Parrat teacher
chatterer, babbler, empty talker
MA I.i.130
rare (adj.)marvellous, splendid, excellent
Beat. BEATRICE 
A bird of my tongue, is better than a beast ofA bird of my tongue is better than a beast of MA I.i.131
your.yours. MA I.i.132
Ben. BENEDICK 
I would my horse had the speed of your tongue,I would my horse had the speed of your tongue, MA I.i.133
and so good a continuer, but keepe your way a Godsand so good a continuer. But keep your way a' God'scontinuer (n.)someone with staying-power, person who keeps goingMA I.i.134
name, I haue done.name, I have done. MA I.i.135
Beat. BEATRICE 
You alwaies end with a Iades tricke, I know you You always end with a jade's trick; I know youjade (n.)
old form: Iades
worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag
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of old.of old. MA I.i.137
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
This is the summe of all: Leonato, signior That is the sum of all, Leonato. Signor MA I.i.138
Claudio, and signior Benedicke; my deere friend Leonato, Claudio and Signor Benedick, my dear friend Leonato MA I.i.139
hath inuited you all, I tell him we shall stay here, at the hath invited you all. I tell him we shall stay here at the MA I.i.140
least a moneth, and he heartily praies some occasion may least a month, and he heartily prays some occasion may MA I.i.141
detaine vs longer: I dare sweare hee is no hypocrite, butdetain us longer. I dare swear he is no hypocrite, but MA I.i.142
praies from his heart.prays from his heart. MA I.i.143
Leon. LEONATO 
If you sweare, my Lord, you shall not be If you swear, my lord, you shall not be MA I.i.144
 MA I.i.145.1
forsworne, let mee bid you welcome, myforsworn. (To Don John) Let me bid you welcome, myforswear (v), past forms forsworn, forsworeswear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's wordMA I.i.145
Lord, being reconciled to the Prince your brother: I owe lord, being reconciled to the Prince your brother. I owe MA I.i.146
you all duetie.you all duty. MA I.i.147
Iohn. DON JOHN 
I thanke you, I am not of many words, but II thank you. I am not of many words, but I MA I.i.148
thanke you.thank you. MA I.i.149
Leon. LEONATO 
Please it your grace leade on?Please it your grace lead on? MA I.i.150
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Your hand Leonato, we will goe together.Your hand, Leonato; we will go together. MA I.i.151
Exeunt. Manet Benedicke and Claudio.Exeunt all except Benedick and Claudio MA I.i.151
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Benedicke, didst thou note the daughter of signior Benedick, didst thou note the daughter of Signor MA I.i.152
Leonato?Leonato? MA I.i.153
Bene. BENEDICK 
I noted her not, but I lookt on her.I noted her not, but I looked on her.note (v.)observe, pay attention [to], take special note [of]MA I.i.154
Claud. CLAUDIO 
Is she not a modest yong Ladie?Is she not a modest young lady? MA I.i.155
Bene. BENEDICK 
Doe you question me as an honest man shouldDo you question me as an honest man should MA I.i.156
doe, for my simple true iudgement? or would you hauedo, for my simple true judgement? Or would you have MA I.i.157
me speake after my custome, as being a professed tyrantme speak after my custom, as being a professed tyranttyrant (n.)pitiless ruffian, cruel villainMA I.i.158
to their sexe?to their sex? MA I.i.159
Clau. CLAUDIO 
No, I pray thee speake in sober iudgement.No, I pray thee speak in sober judgement.sober (adj.)serious, sincere, not playfulMA I.i.160
Bene. BENEDICK 
Why yfaith me thinks shee's too low for a Why, i'faith, methinks she's too low for amethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
old form: me thinks
it seems / seemed to me
MA I.i.161
low (adj.)short, small
hie praise, too browne for a faire praise, and too little for high praise, too brown for a fair praise, and too little for MA I.i.162
a great praise, onely this commendation I can affoord her,a great praise; only this commendation I can afford her, MA I.i.163
that were shee other then she is, she were vnhandsome,that were she other than she is, she were unhandsome; MA I.i.164
and being no other, but as she is, I doe not like her.and being no other but as she is, I do not like her. MA I.i.165
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Thou think'st I am in sport, I pray thee tell meThou thinkest I am in sport; I pray thee tell mesport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentMA I.i.166
truely how thou lik'st her.truly how thou likest her. MA I.i.167
Bene. BENEDICK 
Would you buie her, that you enquier after her?Would you buy her, that you inquire after her? MA I.i.168
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Can the world buie such a iewell?Can the world buy such a jewel? MA I.i.169
Ben. BENEDICK 
Yea, and a case to put it into, but speake you Yea, and a case to put it into. But speak you MA I.i.170
this with a sad brow? Or doe you play the flowting iacke, this with a sad brow? Or do you play the flouting Jack,sad (adj.)serious, grave, solemnMA I.i.171
Jack (n.)
old form: iacke
Jack-in-office, ill-mannered fellow, lout, knave
flouting (adj.)
old form: flowting
mocking, scoffing, scornful
brow (n.)appearance, aspect, countenance
to tell vs Cupid is a good Hare-finder, and Vulcan a rareto tell us Cupid is a good hare-finder, and Vulcan a rareVulcan (n.)Roman god of fire, and the gods' blacksmith; his forge was under Mt Etna, and thus associated with destruction and hellMA I.i.172
Carpenter: Come, in what key shall a man take you to goe carpenter? Come, in what key shall a man take you to gogo (v.)
old form: goe
join, follow, be in tune
MA I.i.173
in the song?in the song? MA I.i.174
Clau. CLAUDIO 
In mine eie, she is the sweetest Ladie that euer I In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that ever I MA I.i.175
lookt on.looked on. MA I.i.176
Bene. BENEDICK 
I can see yet without spectacles, and I see noI can see yet without spectacles, and I see no MA I.i.177
such matter: there's her cosin, and she were not possestsuch matter; there's her cousin, an she were not possessedand, an (conj.)if, whetherMA I.i.178
with a furie, exceedes her as much in beautie, as the with a fury, exceeds her as much in beauty as the MA I.i.179
first of Maie doth the last of December: but I hope you first of May doth the last of December. But I hope you MA I.i.180
haue no intent to turne husband, haue you?have no intent to turn husband, have you?intent (n.)intention, purpose, aimMA I.i.181
Clau. CLAUDIO 
I would scarce trust my selfe, though I had sworne I would scarce trust myself, though I had sworn MA I.i.182
the contrarie, if Hero would be my wife.the contrary, if Hero would be my wife. MA I.i.183
Bene. BENEDICK 
Ist come to this? in faith hath not the world Is't come to this? In faith, hath not the world MA I.i.184
one man but he will weare his cap with suspition? shall one man but he will wear his cap with suspicion? Shall MA I.i.185
I neuer see a batcheller of three score againe? goe to yfaith,I never see a bachelor of threescore again? Go to, i'faith; MA I.i.186
and thou wilt needes thrust thy necke into a yoke, weare the an thou wilt needs thrust thy neck into a yoke, wear theand, an (conj.)if, whetherMA I.i.187
print of it, and sigh away sundaies: looke, don Pedroprint of it, and sigh away Sundays. Look, Don Pedroprint (n.)imprint, image, stamped impressionMA I.i.188
is returned to seeke you.is returned to seek you. MA I.i.189
Enter don Pedro, Iohn the bastard.Enter Don Pedro MA I.i.189
Pedr. DON PEDRO 
What secret hath held you here, that you What secret hath held you here, that you MA I.i.190
followed not to Leonatoes?followed not to Leonato's? MA I.i.191
Bened. BENEDICK 
I would your Grace would constraine mee to tell.I would your grace would constrain me to tell. MA I.i.192
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
I charge thee on thy allegeance.I charge thee on thy allegiance. MA I.i.193
Ben. BENEDICK 
You heare, Count Claudio, I can be secret as aYou hear, Count Claudio; I can be secret as a MA I.i.194
dumbe man, I would haue you thinke so (but on my allegiance, dumb man, I would have you think so; but, on my allegiance, MA I.i.195
marke you this, on my allegiance) hee is in loue, legiance, mark you this, on my allegiance – he is in love.mark (v.)
old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
MA I.i.196
With who? now that is your Graces part: marke how short With who? Now that is your grace's part. Mark how short MA I.i.197
his answere is, with Hero, Leonatoes short daughter.his answer is: With Hero, Leonato's short daughter. MA I.i.198
Clau. CLAUDIO 
If this were so, so were it vttred.If this were so, so were it uttered. MA I.i.199
Bened. BENEDICK 
Like the old tale, my Lord, it is not so, nor Like the old tale, my lord: 'It is not so, nor MA I.i.200
'twas not so: but indeede, God forbid it should be so.'twas not so; but, indeed, God forbid it should be so! MA I.i.201
Clau. CLAUDIO 
If my passion change not shortly, God forbid itIf my passion change not shortly, God forbid it MA I.i.202
should be otherwise.should be otherwise! MA I.i.203
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Amen, if you loue her, for the Ladie is verieAmen, if you love her; for the lady is very MA I.i.204
well worthie.well worthy. MA I.i.205
Clau. CLAUDIO 
You speake this to fetch me in, my Lord.You speak this to fetch me in, my lord.fetch in (v.)lead on, take in, trick into a confessionMA I.i.206
Pedr. DON PEDRO 
By my troth I speake my thought.By my troth, I speak my thought.troth, by myby my truth [exclamation emphasizing an assertion]MA I.i.207
Clau. CLAUDIO 
And in faith, my Lord, I spoke mine.And in faith, my lord, I spoke mine. MA I.i.208
Bened. BENEDICK 
And by my two faiths and troths, my Lord, IAnd by my two faiths and troths, my lord, I MA I.i.209
speake mine.spoke mine. MA I.i.210
Clau. CLAUDIO 
That I loue her, I feele.That I love her, I feel. MA I.i.211
Pedr. DON PEDRO 
That she is worthie, I know.That she is worthy, I know. MA I.i.212
Bened. BENEDICK 
That I neither feele how shee should be loued, That I neither feel how she should be loved, MA I.i.213
nor know how shee should be worthie, is the opinion that nor know how she should be worthy, is the opinion that MA I.i.214
fire cannot melt out of me, I will die in it at the stake.fire cannot melt out of me; I will die in it at the stake. MA I.i.215
Pedr. DON PEDRO 
Thou wast euer an obstinate heretique in the Thou wast ever an obstinate heretic in the MA I.i.216
despight of Beautie.despite of beauty.despite (n.)
old form: despight
contempt, scorn, disdain
MA I.i.217
Clau. CLAUDIO 
And neuer could maintaine his part, but in theAnd never could maintain his part but in the MA I.i.218
force of his will.force of his will. MA I.i.219
Ben. BENEDICK 
That a woman conceiued me, I thanke her: thatThat a woman conceived me, I thank her; that MA I.i.220
she brought mee vp, I likewise giue her most humbleshe brought me up, I likewise give her most humble MA I.i.221
thankes: but that I will haue a rechate winded in mythanks; but that I will have a recheat winded in mywind (v.)sound, blowMA I.i.222
recheat (n.)
old form: rechate
horn call for bringing hounds together
forehead, or hang my bugle in an inuisible baldricke, allforehead, or hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick, allbaldric, baldrick (n.)
old form: baldricke
leather shoulder belt, strap [for holding a bugle, sword, etc]
MA I.i.223
women shall pardon me: because I will not do them thewomen shall pardon me. Because I will not do them the MA I.i.224
wrong to mistrust any, I will doe my selfe the right to trust wrong to mistrust any, I will do myself the right to trust MA I.i.225
none: and the fine is, (for the which I may goe the finer) I none; and the fine is, for the which I may go the finer, Ifine (n.)outcome, final result, conclusionMA I.i.226
fine (adj.)finely clothed, smartly dressed
will liue a Batchellor.will live a bachelor. MA I.i.227
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
I shall see thee ere I die, looke pale with loue.I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale with love. MA I.i.228
Bene. BENEDICK 
With anger, with sicknesse, or with hunger, my With anger, with sickness, or with hunger, my MA I.i.229
Lord, not with loue: proue that euer I loose more blood lord, not with love. Prove that ever I lose more blood MA I.i.230
with loue, then I will get againe with drinking, picke out with love than I will get again with drinking, pick out MA I.i.231
mine eyes with a Ballet-makers penne, and hang me vp mine eyes with a ballad-maker's pen and hang me up MA I.i.232
at the doore of a brothel-house for the signe of blinde at the door of a brothel-house for the sign of blind MA I.i.233
Cupid.Cupid. MA I.i.234
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Well, if euer thou doost fall from this faith,Well, if ever thou dost fall from this faith, MA I.i.235
thou wilt proue a notable argument.thou wilt prove a notable argument.argument (n.)subject of conversation, subject-matter, topicMA I.i.236
Bene. BENEDICK 
If I do, hang me in a bottle like a Cat, & shootIf I do, hang me in a bottle like a cat, and shootbottle (n.)wicker basketMA I.i.237
at me, and he that hit's me, let him be clapt on the at me; and he that hits me, let him be clapped on the MA I.i.238
shoulder, and cal'd Adam.shoulder, and called Adam.Adam Bellfamous 16th-c archerMA I.i.239
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Well, as time shall trie: Well, as time shall try:try (v.)
old form: trie
prove, ascertain, find out
MA I.i.240
In time the sauage / Bull doth beare tne yoake.‘ In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke.’ MA I.i.241
Bene. BENEDICK 
The sauage bull may, but if euer the sensibleThe savage bull may; but if ever the sensible MA I.i.242
Benedicke beare it, plucke off the bulles hornes, and set them Benedick bear it, pluck off the bull's horns and set them MA I.i.243
in my forehead, and let me be vildely painted, and in such in my forehead, and let me be vilely painted; and in such MA I.i.244
great Letters as they write, heere is good horse to hire: great letters as they write ‘ Here is good horse to hire,’ MA I.i.245
let them signifie vnder my signe, here you may see let them signify under my sign ‘ Here you may see MA I.i.246
Benedicke the married man.Benedick the married man.’ MA I.i.247
Clau. CLAUDIO 
If this should euer happen, thou wouldst beeIf this should ever happen, thou wouldst be MA I.i.248
horne mad.horn-mad.horn-mad (adj.)
old form: horne mad
[as of horned beasts] furious, enraged, raving mad
MA I.i.249
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Nay, if Cupid haue not spent all his Quiuer inNay, if Cupid have not spent all his quiver in MA I.i.250
Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly.Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly. MA I.i.251
Bene. BENEDICK 
I looke for an earthquake too then.I look for an earthquake too, then. MA I.i.252
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Well, you will temporize with the houres, inWell, you temporize with the hours. Intemporize (v.)compromise, conform, become amenableMA I.i.253
the meane time, good Signior Benedicke, repaire to Leonatoes, the meantime, good Signor Benedick, repair to Leonato's,repair (v.)
old form: repaire
come, go, make one's way
MA I.i.254
commend me to him, and tell him I will not failecommend me to him and tell him I will not failcommend (v.)convey greetings, present kind regardsMA I.i.255
him at supper, for indeede he hath made great him at supper; for indeed he hath made great MA I.i.256
preparation. preparation. MA I.i.257
Bene. BENEDICK 
I haue almost matter enough in me for such anI have almost matter enough in me for such anmatter (n.)means, capacity, wherewithalMA I.i.258
Embassage, and so I commit you.embassage; and so I commit you –embassage, ambassage (n.)message, errand, business, missionMA I.i.259
Clau. CLAUDIO 
To the tuition of God. From my house, if I had To the tuition of God. From my house, if I hadtuition (n.)care, safe-keeping, protectionMA I.i.260
it.it – MA I.i.261
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
The sixt of Iuly. Your louing friend, The sixth of July. Your loving friend, MA I.i.262
Benedick.Benedick. MA I.i.263
Bene. BENEDICK 
Nay mocke not, mocke not; the body of yourNay, mock not, mock not. The body of your MA I.i.264
discourse is sometime guarded with fragments, and thediscourse is sometime guarded with fragments, and thesometime (adv.)sometimes, now and thenMA I.i.265
guarded (adj.)ornamented, trimmed, tricked out
guardes are but slightly basted on neither, ere you floutguards are but slightly basted on neither. Ere you floutguard (n.)
old form: guardes
trimming, trapping, adornment
MA I.i.266
flout (v.)insult, abuse, mock
baste (v.)sew loosely, tack together, stitch up
old ends any further, examine your conscience, and so Iold ends any further, examine your conscience; and so Iend (n.)scrap, fragment, tag, endingMA I.i.267
leaue you. leave you. MA I.i.268
Exit.Exit MA I.i.268
Clau. CLAUDIO 
My Liege, your Highnesse now may doe mee good.My liege, your highness now may do me good.good, do one
old form: doe
make prosper, enable to succeed
MA I.i.269
liege (n.)lord, sovereign
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
My loue is thine to teach, teach it but how,My love is thine to teach; teach it but how, MA I.i.270
And thou shalt see how apt it is to learneAnd thou shalt see how apt it is to learnapt (adj.)fit, ready, preparedMA I.i.271
Any hard Lesson that may do thee good.Any hard lesson that may do thee good. MA I.i.272
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Hath Leonato any sonne my Lord?Hath Leonato any son, my lord? MA I.i.273
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
No childe but Hero, she's his onely heire.No child but Hero; she's his only heir. MA I.i.274
Dost thou affect her Claudio?Dost thou affect her, Claudio?affect (v.)love, like, be fond ofMA I.i.275.1
Clau. CLAUDIO 
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,action (n.)campaign, military action, strategyMA 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 hand MA 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-thoughts MA I.i.280
Haue left their places vacant: in their roomes,Have left their places vacant, in their rooms MA I.i.281
Come thronging soft and delicate desires,Come thronging soft and delicate desires,delicate (adj.)pleasure-seeking, voluptuous, self-indulgentMA I.i.282
All prompting mee how faire yong Hero is,All prompting me how fair young Hero is,prompt (v.)remind, put in mind, make reflectMA 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
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Thou wilt be like a louer presently,Thou wilt be like a lover presentlypresently (adv.)after a short time, soon, before longMA I.i.285
And tire the hearer with a booke of words:And tire the hearer with a book of words. MA I.i.286
If thou dost loue faire Hero, cherish it,If thou dost love fair Hero, cherish it, MA I.i.287
And I will breake with her: And I will break with her and with her fatherbreak (v.)
old form: breake
broach a matter, speak
MA I.i.288
wast not to this end,And thou shalt have her. Was't not to this end MA I.i.289
That thou beganst to twist so fine a story?That thou began'st to twist so fine a story? MA I.i.290
Clau. CLAUDIO 
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!complexion (n.)appearance, look, colouringMA 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.salve (v.)
old form: salu'd
make more acceptable, soften down, account for
MA I.i.294
treatise (n.)story, tale, narrative
Ped. DON PEDRO 
What need ye bridge much broder then the flood?What need the bridge much broader than the flood? MA I.i.295
The fairest graunt is the necessitie:The fairest grant is the necessity.grant (n.)
old form: graunt
granting, gift, reason for agreeing to a request
MA I.i.296
Looke what will serue, is fit: 'tis once, thou louest,Look what will serve is fit. 'Tis once, thou lovest,once (adv.)once and for all, in a wordMA I.i.297
look what (conj.)
old form: Looke
whatever
And I will fit thee with the remedie,And I will fit thee with the remedy.fit (v.)supply [with what is fit], satisfyMA I.i.298
I know we shall haue reuelling to night,I know we shall have revelling tonight; MA I.i.299
I will assume thy part in some disguise,I will assume thy part in some disguise MA I.i.300
And tell faire Hero I am Claudio,And tell fair Hero I am Claudio, MA I.i.301
And in her bosome Ile vnclaspe my heart,And in her bosom I'll unclasp my heart,unclasp (v.)
old form: vnclaspe
reveal, display, divulge
MA I.i.302
bosom, in one's
old form: bosome
privately, intimately
And take her hearing prisoner with the forceAnd take her hearing prisoner with the force MA I.i.303
And strong incounter of my amorous tale:And strong encounter of my amorous tale.amorous (adj.)expressing loveMA I.i.304
Then after, to her father will I breake,Then after, to her father will I break,break (v.)
old form: breake
broach a matter, speak
MA I.i.305
And the conclusion is, shee shall be thine,And the conclusion is, she shall be thine. MA I.i.306
In practise let vs put it presently.In practise let us put it presently.presently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceMA I.i.307
Exeunt.Exeunt MA I.i.307
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