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Enter Leonato and his brother.Enter Leonato and his brother Antonio MA V.i.1
Brother. ANTONIO 
If you goe on thus, you will kill your selfe,If you go on thus, you will kill yourself; MA V.i.1
And 'tis not wisedome thus to second griefe,And 'tis not wisdom thus to second griefsecond (v.)support, assist, reinforceMA V.i.2
Against your selfe.Against yourself. MA V.i.3.1
Leon. LEONATO 
I pray thee cease thy counsaile,I pray thee, cease thy counsel, MA V.i.3.2
Which falls into mine eares as profitlesse,Which falls into mine ears as profitless MA V.i.4
As water in a siue: giue not me counsaile,As water in a sieve. Give not me counsel, MA V.i.5
Nor let no comfort delight mine eare,Nor let no comforter delight mine ear MA V.i.6
But such a one whose wrongs doth sute with mine.But such a one whose wrongs do suit with mine.suit (v.)
old form: sute
match, compare, equate
MA V.i.7
Bring me a father that so lou'd his childe,Bring me a father that so loved his child, MA V.i.8
Whose ioy of her is ouer-whelmed like mine,Whose joy of her is overwhelmed like mine, MA V.i.9
And bid him speake of patience,And bid him speak of patience; MA V.i.10
Measure his woe the length and bredth of mine,Measure his woe the length and breadth of mine, MA V.i.11
And let it answere euery straine for straine,And let it answer every strain for strain,answer (v.)
old form: answere
live up to, correspond to, be equal to
MA V.i.12
strain (n.)
old form: straine
[unclear meaning] strand; extreme degree; pang, stress
As thus for thus, and such a griefe for such,As thus for thus, and such a grief for such, MA V.i.13
In euery lineament, branch, shape, and forme:In every lineament, branch, shape, and form;lineament (n.)line, feature, characteristic, attributeMA V.i.14
If such a one will smile and stroke his beard,If such a one will smile and stroke his beard, MA V.i.15
And sorrow, wagge, crie hem, when he should grone,And, sorrow wag, cry ‘ hem!’ when he should groan,wag (v.)
old form: wagge
talk foolishly, utter silly remarks
MA V.i.16
wag (n.)
old form: wagge
fellow, lad, mischievous boy
hem (int.)make a noise like ‘hmm’
Patch griefe with prouerbs, make misfortune drunke,Patch grief with proverbs, make misfortune drunkpatch (v.)patch over, cover upMA V.i.17
With candle-wasters: bring him yet to me,With candle-wasters – bring him yet to me,candle-waster (n.)burner of midnight oil, someone who wastes candles by reading late at nightMA V.i.18
And I of him will gather patience:And I of him will gather patience. MA V.i.19
But there is no such man, for brother, menBut there is no such man; for, brother, men MA V.i.20
Can counsaile, and speake comfort to that griefe,Can counsel and speak comfort to that grief MA V.i.21
Which they themselues not feele, but tasting it,Which they themselves not feel; but, tasting it, MA V.i.22
Their counsaile turnes to passion, which before,Their counsel turns to passion, which beforepassion (n.)passionate outburst, emotional passageMA V.i.23
Would giue preceptiall medicine to rage,Would give preceptial medicine to rage,preceptial (adj.)
old form: preceptiall
consisting of precepts, full of wise instructions
MA V.i.24
Fetter strong madnesse in a silken thred,Fetter strong madness in a silken thread,fetter (v.)restrain, overcome, suppressMA V.i.25
Charme ache with ayre, and agony with words,Charm ache with air and agony with words. MA V.i.26
No, no, 'tis all mens office, to speake patienceNo, no; 'tis all men's office to speak patienceoffice (n.)task, service, duty, responsibilityMA V.i.27
To those that wring vnder the load of sorrow:To those that wring under the load of sorrow,wring (v.)writhe, struggle, twist [as if in pain]MA V.i.28
But no mans vertue nor sufficiencieBut no man's virtue nor sufficiencysufficiency (n.)
old form: sufficiencie
competence, ability, capability
MA V.i.29
To be so morall, when he shall endureTo be so moral when he shall endure MA V.i.30
The like himselfe: therefore giue me no counsaile,The like himself. Therefore give me no counsel;like, thethe sameMA V.i.31
My griefs cry lowder then aduertisement.My griefs cry louder than advertisement.advertisement (n.)
old form: aduertisement
advice, warning, instruction
MA V.i.32
Broth. ANTONIO 
Therein do men from children nothing differ.Therein do men from children nothing differ. MA V.i.33
Leonato. LEONATO 
I pray thee peace, I will be flesh and bloud,I pray thee, peace. I will be flesh and blood; MA V.i.34
For there was neuer yet Philosopher,For there was never yet philosopher MA V.i.35
That could endure the tooth-ake patiently,That could endure the toothache patiently, MA V.i.36
How euer they haue writ the stile of gods,However they have writ the style of gods, MA V.i.37
And made a push at chance and sufferance.And made a push at chance and sufferance.chance (n.)misfortune, mischance, mishapMA V.i.38
push (n.)attack, assault, thrust
sufferance (n.)distress, suffering, hardship
Brother. ANTONIO 
Yet bend not all the harme vpon your selfe,Yet bend not all the harm upon yourself; MA V.i.39
Make those that doe offend you, suffer too.Make those that do offend you suffer too. MA V.i.40
Leon. LEONATO 
There thou speak'st reason, nay I will doe so,There thou speak'st reason; nay, I will do so.reason (n.)reasonable view, sensible judgement, right opinionMA V.i.41
My soule doth tell me, Hero is belied,My soul doth tell me Hero is belied, MA V.i.42
And that shall Claudio know, so shall the Prince,And that shall Claudio know; so shall the Prince, MA V.i.43
And all of them that thus dishonour her.And all of them that thus dishonour her. MA V.i.44
Enter Prince and Claudio.ANTONIO 
Brot. Here comes the Prince and Claudio hastily.Here comes the Prince and Claudio hastily. MA V.i.45
Enter Don Pedro and Claudio MA V.i.45
Prin. DON PEDRO 
Good den, good den.Good-e'en, good-e'en. MA V.i.46.1
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Good day to both of you.Good day to both of you. MA V.i.46.2
Leon. LEONATO 
Heare you my Lords?Hear you, my lords! MA V.i.47.1
Prin. DON PEDRO 
We haue some haste Leonato.We have some haste, Leonato. MA V.i.47.2
Leo. LEONATO 
Some haste my Lord! wel, fare you wel my Lord,Some haste, my lord! Well, fare you well, my lord;fare ... well (int.)
old form: fare you wel
goodbye [to an individual]
MA V.i.48
Are you so hasty now? well, all is one.Are you so hasty now? Well, all is one.all is one; that's / it's all oneit makes no difference, it's one and the same, it doesn't matterMA V.i.49
Prin. DON PEDRO 
Nay, do not quarrell with vs, good old man.Nay, do not quarrel with us, good old man. MA V.i.50
Brot. ANTONIO 
If he could rite himselfe with quarrelling,If he could right himself with quarrelling, MA V.i.51
Some of vs would lie low.Some of us would lie low.lie lowbe killed, find oneself deadMA V.i.52.1
Claud. CLAUDIO 
Who wrongs him?Who wrongs him? MA V.i.52.2
Leon. LEONATO 
Marry yu dost wrong me, thou dissembler, thou:Marry, thou dost wrong me, thou dissembler, thou!marry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryMA V.i.53
dissembler (n.)hypocrite, deceiver, charlatan
Nay, neuer lay thy hand vpon thy sword,– Nay, never lay thy hand upon thy sword; MA V.i.54
I feare thee not.I fear thee not. MA V.i.55.1
Claud. CLAUDIO 
Marry beshrew my hand,Marry, beshrew my hand,beshrew, 'shrew (v.)curse, devil take, evil befallMA 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
Leonato. LEONATO 
Tush, tush, man, neuer fleere and iest at me,Tush, tush, man, never fleer and jest at me;fleer (v.)
old form: fleere
jeer, grin scornfully, laugh mockingly
MA V.i.58
I speake not like a dotard, nor a foole,I speak not like a dotard nor a fool,dotard (n.)old fool, senile idiotMA V.i.59
As vnder priuiledge of age to bragge,As under privilege of age to brag MA V.i.60
What I haue done being yong, or what would doe,What I have done being young, or what would do MA V.i.61
Were I not old, know Claudio to thy head,Were I not old. Know, Claudio, to thy head,head, to one'sto one's face, frankly, openlyMA V.i.62
Thou hast so wrong'd my innocent childe and me,Thou hast so wronged mine innocent child and me MA V.i.63
That I am forc'd to lay my reuerence by,That I am forced to lay my reverence by,reverence (n.)
old form: reuerence
respected state, venerable condition
MA V.i.64
And with grey haires and bruise of many daies,And with grey hairs and bruise of many days, MA V.i.65
Doe challenge thee to triall of a man,Do challenge thee to trial of a man. MA V.i.66
I say thou hast belied mine innocent childe.I say thou hast belied mine innocent child.belie (v.)slander, tell lies aboutMA V.i.67
Thy slander hath gone through and through her heart,Thy slander hath gone through and through her heart, MA V.i.68
And she lies buried with her ancestors:And she lies buried with her ancestors – MA V.i.69
O in a tombe where neuer scandall slept,O, in a tomb where never scandal slept, MA V.i.70
Saue this of hers, fram'd by thy villanie.Save this of hers, framed by thy villainy! MA V.i.71
Claud. CLAUDIO 
My villany?My villainy? MA V.i.72.1
Leonato. LEONATO 
Thine Claudio, thine I say.Thine, Claudio; thine, I say. MA V.i.72.2
Prin. DON PEDRO 
You say not right old man.You say not right, old man. MA V.i.73.1
Leon. LEONATO 
My Lord, my Lord,My lord, my lord, MA V.i.73.2
Ile proue it on his body if he dare,I'll prove it on his body if he dare, MA V.i.74
Despight his nice fence, and his actiue practise,Despite his nice fence and his active practise,nice (adj.)adept, skilful, dexterousMA V.i.75
fence (n.)fencing ability, skill at swordplay
His Maie of youth, and bloome of lustihood.His May of youth and bloom of lustihood.lustihood (n.)lustiness, youthful vigour, robustnessMA V.i.76
Claud. CLAUDIO 
Away, I will not haue to do with you.Away! I will not have to do with you. MA V.i.77
Leo. LEONATO 
Canst thou so daffe me? thou hast kild my child,Canst thou so daff me? Thou hast killed my child;daff (v.), past form daft
old form: daffe
put off, deflect, sidetrack
MA V.i.78
If thou kilst me, boy, thou shalt kill a man.If thou kill'st me, boy, thou shalt kill a man. MA V.i.79
Bro. ANTONIO 
He shall kill two of vs, and men indeed,He shall kill two of us, and men indeed; MA V.i.80
But that's no matter, let him kill one first:But that's no matter, let him kill one first. MA V.i.81
Win me and weare me, let him answere me,Win me and wear me; let him answer me.win (v.)gain advantage [over], get the better [of]MA V.i.82
wear (v.)
old form: weare
possess, enjoy, have
Come follow me boy, come sir boy, come follow meCome, follow me, boy; come, sir boy, come, follow me; MA V.i.83
Sir boy, ile whip you from your foyning fence,Sir boy, I'll whip you from your foining fence;fence (n.)defence, barrier, protectionMA V.i.84
foining (n./adj.)
old form: foyning
[fencing] thrusting, lunging
Nay, as I am a gentleman, I will.Nay, as I am a gentleman, I will. MA V.i.85
Leon. LEONATO 
Brother.Brother – MA V.i.86
Brot. ANTONIO 
Content your self, God knows I lou'd my neece,Content yourself. God knows I loved my niece;content (v.)calm [down], settle, relaxMA V.i.87
And she is dead, slander'd to death by villaines,And she is dead, slandered to death by villains, MA V.i.88
That dare as well answer a man indeede,That dare as well answer a man indeed MA V.i.89
As I d are take a serpent by the tongue.As I dare take a serpent by the tongue. MA V.i.90
Boyes, apes, braggarts, Iackes, milke-sops.Boys, apes, braggarts, Jacks, milksops!ape (n.)fool, idiot, jackassMA V.i.91.1
Jack (n.)
old form: Iackes
Jack-in-office, ill-mannered fellow, lout, knave
Leon. LEONATO 
Brother Anthony.Brother Antony – MA V.i.91.2
Brot. ANTONIO 
Hold you content, what man? I know them, yeaHold you content. What, man! I know them, yea,content (adj.)contented, patient, accepting, undisturbedMA V.i.92
And what they weigh, euen to the vtmost scruple,And what they weigh, even to the utmost scruple –scruple (n.)tiny amount, last ounceMA V.i.93
Scambling, out-facing, fashion-monging boyes,Scambling, out-facing, fashion-monging boys,scambling (adj.)contentious, rough, quarrelsome, turbulentMA V.i.94
fashion-monging (adj.)fashion-following, dealing in fashions, dandified
That lye, and cog, and flout, depraue, and slander,That lie and cog and flout, deprave and slander,flout (v.)insult, abuse, mockMA V.i.95
deprave (v.)
old form: depraue
defame, disparage, deride
cog (v.)cheat, swindle, hoodwink, wheedle
Goe antiquely, and show outward hidiousnesse,Go anticly, show outward hideousness,anticly, antiquely (adv.)grotesquely, like a buffoon, in an antic mannerMA V.i.96
And speake of halfe a dozen dang'rous words,And speak off half a dozen dangerous words,dangerous (adj.)
old form: dang'rous
threatening, severe, menacing
MA V.i.97
How they might hurt their enemies, if they durst.How they might hurt their enemies, if they durst; MA V.i.98
And this is all.And this is all. MA V.i.99
Leon. LEONATO 
But brother Anthonie.But, brother Antony – MA V.i.100.1
Ant. ANTONIO 
Come, 'tis no matter,Come, 'tis no matter; MA V.i.100.2
Do not you meddle, let me deale in this.Do not you meddle, let me deal in this.deal (v.)
old form: deale
proceed, behave, conduct oneself
MA V.i.101
Pri. DON PEDRO 
Gentlemen both, we will not wake your patienceGentlemen both, we will not wake your patience.wake (v.)urge, arouse; or: trouble, disturbMA V.i.102
My heart is sorry for your daughters death:My heart is sorry for your daughter's death, MA V.i.103
But on my honour she was charg'd with nothingBut, on my honour, she was charged with nothing MA V.i.104
But what was true, and very full of proofe.But what was true and very full of proof. MA V.i.105
Leon. LEONATO 
My Lord, my Lord.My lord, my lord – MA V.i.106.1
Prin. DON PEDRO 
I will not heare you.I will not hear you. MA V.i.106.2
Leo. LEONATO 
No No? MA V.i.106.3
come brother, away, I will be heard. Exeunt ambo. Come brother, away. I will be heard. MA V.i.107
Bro. ANTONIO 
And shall, or some of vs will smart for it.And shall, or some of us will smart for it. MA V.i.108
Exeunt Leonato and Antonio MA V.i.108
Prin. DON PEDRO 
See, see, here comes the man we went to seeke. See, see; here comes the man we went to seek. MA V.i.109
Enter Benedicke.Enter Benedick MA V.i.109
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Now signior, what newes?Now, signor, what news? MA V.i.110
Ben. BENEDICK 
Good day my Lord.Good day, my lord. MA V.i.111
Prin. DON PEDRO 
Welcome signior, you are almost come to Welcome, signor; you are almost come to MA V.i.112
part almost a fray.part almost a fray. MA V.i.113
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Wee had likt to haue had our two noses snaptWe had like to have had our two noses snapped MA V.i.114
off with two old men without teeth.off with two old men without teeth. MA V.i.115
Prin. DON PEDRO 
Leonato and his brother, what think'st thou? Leonato and his brother. What think'st thou? MA V.i.116
had wee fought, I doubt we should haue beene too yong Had we fought, I doubt we should have been too youngdoubt (v.)fear, be afraid [for], feel anxious [for]MA V.i.117
for them.for them. MA V.i.118
Ben. BENEDICK 
In a false quarrell there is no true valour, I In a false quarrel there is no true valour. Ifalse (adj.)sham, spurious, not genuine, artificialMA V.i.119
came to seeke you both.came to seek you both. MA V.i.120
Clau. CLAUDIO 
We haue beene vp and downe to seeke thee, for we We have been up and down to seek thee, for we MA V.i.121
are high proofe melancholly, and would faine haue itare high-proof melancholy, and would fain have ithigh-proof (adj.)
old form: high proofe
tested to the highest level, of proven strength
MA V.i.122
fain (adv.)
old form: faine
gladly, willingly
beaten away, wilt thou vse thy wit?beaten away. Wilt thou use thy wit?wit (n.)mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuityMA V.i.123
Ben. BENEDICK 
It is in my scabberd, shall I draw it?It is in my scabbard; shall I draw it? MA V.i.124
Prin. DON PEDRO 
Doest thou weare thy wit by thy side?Dost thou wear thy wit by thy side? MA V.i.125
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Neuer any did so, though verie many haue beenNever any did so, though very many have been MA 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 the MA V.i.127
minstrels, draw to pleasure vs.minstrels – draw to pleasure us. MA V.i.128
Prin. DON PEDRO 
As I am an honest man he lookes pale, As I am an honest man, he looks pale. MA V.i.129
art thou sicke, or angrie?Art thou sick, or angry? MA V.i.130
Clau. CLAUDIO 
What, courage man: what though care kil'd What, courage, man! What though care killed MA 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
Ben. BENEDICK 
Sir, I shall meete your wit in the careere, and you Sir, I shall meet your wit in the career, an youcareer (n.)
old form: careere
[of a horse in a combat] charge, gallop, course
MA V.i.133
and, an (conj.)if, even if
charge it against me, I pray you chuse another subiect.charge it against me. I pray you choose another subject.charge (v.)attack, assail, stormMA V.i.134
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Nay then giue him another staffe, this last wasNay, then, give him another staff; this last wasstaff (n.)
old form: staffe
(plural ‘staves’) spear, lance
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broke crosse.broke cross.cross (adv.)
old form: crosse
across, in the middle
MA V.i.136
Prin. DON PEDRO 
By this light, he changes more and more, I By this light, he changes more and more; Ichange (v.)change countenance, turn paleMA V.i.137
thinke he be angrie indeede.think he be angry indeed. MA V.i.138
Clau. CLAUDIO 
If he be, he knowes how to turne his girdle.If he be, he knows how to turn his girdle.girdle, turn one's
old form: turne
find an outlet for anger, put up with it
MA V.i.139
Ben. BENEDICK 
Shall I speake a word in your eare?Shall I speak a word in your ear? MA V.i.140
Clau. CLAUDIO 
God blesse me from a challenge.God bless me from a challenge!bless (v.)
old form: blesse
guard, protect, safeguard
MA V.i.141
Ben. BENEDICK  
(aside to Claudio) MA V.i.142
You are a villaine, I iest not, You are a villain; I jest not. MA V.i.142
I will make it good how you dare, with what you dare, I will make it good how you dare, with what you dare, MA V.i.143
and when you dare: do me right, or I will protest your and when you dare. Do me right, or I will protest yourprotest (v.)make protestation, avow, affirm, proclaimMA V.i.144
right, do onegive one satisfaction
cowardise: you haue kill'd a sweete Ladie, and her death cowardice. You have killed a sweet lady, and her death MA V.i.145
shall fall heauie on you, let me heare from you.shall fall heavy on you. Let me hear from you. MA V.i.146
Clau. CLAUDIO 
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
Prin. DON PEDRO 
What, a feast, a feast?What, a feast, a feast? MA V.i.148
Clau. CLAUDIO 
I faith I thanke him, he hath bid me to a caluesI'faith, I thank him; he hath bid me to a calf's MA 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 mostcapon (n.)chicken, castrated cockerel [bred for eating]MA V.i.150
curiously, say my knife's naught, shall I not finde a curiously, say my knife's naught. Shall I not find acuriously (adv.)skilfully, carefully, proficientlyMA V.i.151
wood-cocke too?woodcock too?woodcock (n.)
old form: woodcocke
type of game bird, thought to be easily tricked or snared; simpleton
MA V.i.152
Ben. BENEDICK 
Sir, your wit ambles well, it goes easily.Sir, your wit ambles well; it goes easily. MA V.i.153
Prin. DON PEDRO 
Ile tell thee how Beatrice prais'd thy wit the I'll tell thee how Beatrice praised thy wit the MA V.i.154
other day: I said thou hadst a fine wit: true saies she, other day. I said, thou hadst a fine wit. ‘ True,’ said she, MA V.i.155
a fine little one: no said I, a great wit: right saies ‘ a fine little one.’ ‘No,’ said I, ‘ a great wit.’ ‘ Right,’ says MA V.i.156
shee, a great grosse one: nay said I, a good wit: iust she, ‘ a great gross one.’ ‘ Nay,’ said I, ‘ a good wit.’ ‘ Just,’ MA V.i.157
said she, it hurts no body: nay said I, the gentleman said she, ‘ it hurts nobody.’ ‘ Nay,’ said I, ‘ the gentleman MA V.i.158
is wise: certain said she, a wise gentleman: nay is wise:’ ‘ Certain,’ said she, ‘ a wise gentleman.’ ‘ Nay,’ MA V.i.159
said I, he hath the tongues: that I beleeue said shee, said I, ‘ he hath the tongues.’ ‘ That I believe,’ said she,tongue (n.)(plural) foreign languageMA V.i.160
for hee swore a thing to me on munday night, which he ‘ for he swore a thing to me on Monday night, which he MA V.i.161
forswore on tuesday morning: there's a double forswore on Tuesday morning. There's a doubleforswear (v), past forms forsworn, forsworedeny, repudiate, refuse to admitMA V.i.162
tongue, there's two tongues: thus did shee an howre tongue: there's two tongues.’ Thus did she, an hour MA V.i.163
together trans-shape thy particular vertues, yet at last together, trans-shape thy particular virtues; yet at lasttrans-shape (v.)transform, transmute, alter the shape ofMA V.i.164
she concluded with a sigh, thou wast the proprest man she concluded with a sigh, thou wast the properest manproper (adj.)
old form: proprest
good-looking, handsome, comely
MA V.i.165
in Italie.in Italy. MA V.i.166
Claud. CLAUDIO 
For the which she wept heartily, and said sheeFor the which she wept heartily, and said she MA V.i.167
car'd not.cared not. MA V.i.168
Prin. DON PEDRO 
Yea that she did, but yet for all that, and if Yea, that she did; but yet, for all that, an ifan if (conj.)ifMA V.i.169
shee did not hate him deadlie, shee would loue him dearely,she did not hate him deadly, she would love him dearly.deadly (adv.)
old form: deadlie
extremely, implacably, to the death
MA V.i.170
the old mans daughter told vs all.The old man's daughter told us all. MA V.i.171
Clau. CLAUDIO 
All, all, and moreouer, God saw him when heAll, all; and, moreover, God saw him when he MA V.i.172
was hid in the garden.was hid in the garden. MA V.i.173
Prin. DON PEDRO 
But when shall we set the sauage Bulls But when shall we set the savage bull's MA V.i.174
hornes on the sensible Benedicks head?horns on the sensible Benedick's head? MA V.i.175
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Yea and text vnder-neath, heere dwells Benedicke Yes, and text underneath, ‘Here dwells Benedick,text (v.)engrave, write, inscribeMA V.i.176
the married man.the married man ’? MA V.i.177
Ben. BENEDICK 
Fare you well, Boy, you know my minde, I willFare you well, boy; you know my mind. I willfare ... well (int.)goodbye [to an individual]MA V.i.178
leaue you now to your gossep-like humor, you breakeleave you now to your gossip-like humour; you breakgossip-like (adj.)
old form: gossep-like
gossiping, tattling, chattering
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humour (n.)
old form: humor
mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
iests as braggards do their blades, which God be jests as braggarts do their blades, which, God be MA V.i.180
thanked hurt not: my Lord, for your thanked, hurt not. (To Don Pedro) My lord, for your MA V.i.181
 MA V.i.181
manie courtesies I thank you, I must discontinue your many courtesies I thank you; I must discontinue your MA V.i.182
companie, your brother the Bastard is fled from company. Your brother the Bastard is fled from MA V.i.183
Messina: you haue among you, kill'd a sweet and innocent Messina. You have among you killed a sweet and innocent MA V.i.184
Ladie: for my Lord Lackebeard there, he and I shall lady. For my Lord Lackbeard there, he and I shall MA V.i.185
meete, and till then peace be with him.meet; and till then, peace be with him. MA V.i.186
Exit MA V.i.186
Prin. DON PEDRO 
He is in earnest.He is in earnest. MA V.i.187
Clau. CLAUDIO 
In most profound earnest, and Ile warrant In most profound earnest; and, I'll warrantwarrant (v.)assure, promise, guarantee, confirmMA V.i.188
you, for the loue of Beatrice.you, for the love of Beatrice. MA V.i.189
Prin. DON PEDRO 
And hath challeng'd thee.And hath challenged thee. MA V.i.190
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Most sincerely.Most sincerely. MA V.i.191
Prin. DON PEDRO 
What a prettie thing man is, when he goes in What a pretty thing man is when he goes in MA V.i.192
his doublet and hose, and leaues off his wit.his doublet and hose and leaves off his wit!doubletman's close-fitting jacket with short skirtMA V.i.193
hose (n.)[pair of] breeches
Clau. CLAUDIO 
He is then a Giant to an Ape, but then is an ApeHe is then a giant to an ape; but then is an ape MA V.i.194
a Doctor to such a man.a doctor to such a man.doctor (n.)scholar, model of intelligenceMA V.i.195
Prin. DON PEDRO 
But soft you, let me be, plucke vp my heart, But, soft you, let me be; pluck up, my heart,pluck up (v.)
old form: plucke vp
take hold, get in control
MA V.i.196
soft (adv.)[used as a command] not so fast, wait a moment, be quiet
and be sad, did he not say my brother was fled?and be sad. Did he not say, my brother was fled?sad (adj.)serious, grave, solemnMA V.i.197
Enter Constable, Conrade, and Enter Dogberry, Verges, Watch, Conrade and MA V.i.197.1
Borachio.Borachio MA V.i.197.2
Const. DOGBERRY 
Come you sir, if iustice cannot tame you, sheeCome, you, sir; if justice cannot tame you, she MA V.i.198
shall nere weigh more reasons in her ballance, nay, andshall ne'er weigh more reasons in her balance. Nay, an MA V.i.199
you be a cursing hypocrite once, you must be lookt to.you be a cursing hypocrite once, you must be looked to.once (adv.)once and for all, in a wordMA V.i.200
and, an (conj.)if, whether
Prin. DON PEDRO 
How now, two of my brothers men bound? How now, two of my brother's men bound? MA V.i.201
Borachio one.Borachio one! MA V.i.202
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Harken after their offence my Lord.Hearken after their offence, my lord.hearken after (v.)
old form: Harken
inquire into, find out about
MA V.i.203
Prin. DON PEDRO 
Officers, what offence haue these men done?Officers, what offence have these men done? MA V.i.204
Const. DOGBERRY 
Marrie sir, they haue committed false report,Marry, sir, they have committed false report;false (adj.)treacherous, traitorous, perfidiousMA V.i.205
moreouer they haue spoken vntruths, secondarily theymoreover they have spoken untruths; secondarily, they MA V.i.206
are slanders, sixt and lastly, they haue belyed a Ladie,are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have belied a lady;belie (v.)
old form: belyed
slander, tell lies about
MA V.i.207
slander (n.)slanderer, disgraceful rogue
thirdly, they haue verified vniust things, and to concludethirdly, they have verified unjust things; and, to conclude,verify (v.)confirm, substantiate, prove correctMA V.i.208
they are lying knaues.they are lying knaves.knave (n.)
old form: knaues
scoundrel, rascal, rogue
MA V.i.209
Prin. DON PEDRO 
First I aske thee what they haue done, thirdlieFirst, I ask thee what they have done; thirdly, MA V.i.210
I aske thee what's their offence, sixt and lastlie why I ask thee what's their offence; sixth and lastly, why MA V.i.211
they are committed, and to conclude, what you lay to they are committed; and, to conclude, what you lay to MA V.i.212
their charge.their charge. MA V.i.213
Clau. CLAUDIO 
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 suted.by my troth, there's one meaning well suited.suited (adj.)
old form: suted
dressed up, set out, adapted
MA V.i.215
Prin. DON PEDRO 
Who haue you offended masters, that you Who have you offended, masters, that you MA V.i.216
are thus bound to your answer? this learned Constable are thus bound to your answer? This learned Constable MA V.i.217
is too cunning to be vnderstood, what's your offence?is too cunning to be understood; what's your offence?cunning (adj.)knowledgeable, skilful, cleverMA V.i.218
Bor. BORACHIO 
Sweete Prince, let me go no farther to mine Sweet Prince, let me go no farther to mine MA V.i.219
answere: do you heare me, and let this Count kill mee: Ianswer; do you hear me, and let this Count kill me. I MA V.i.220
haue deceiued euen your verie eies: what your wisedomes have deceived even your very eyes: what your wisdoms MA V.i.221
could not discouer, these shallow fooles haue brought to could not discover, these shallow fools have brought todiscover (v.)
old form: discouer
expose, uncover, give away
MA V.i.222
light, who in the night ouerheard me confessing to this light; who in the night overheard me confessing to this MA V.i.223
man, how Don Iohn your brother incensed me to slander to this man how Don John your brother incensed me to slanderincense (v.)incite, urge, set onMA V.i.224
the Ladie Hero, how you were brought into the Orchard, the Lady Hero; how you were brought into the orchard MA V.i.225
and saw me court Margaret in Heroes garments, how and saw me court Margaret in Hero's garments; how MA V.i.226
you disgrac'd her when you should marrie her: my villanie you disgraced her, when you should marry her. My villainy MA V.i.227
they haue vpon record, which I had rather seale they have upon record, which I had rather seal MA V.i.228
with my death, then repeate ouer to my shame: the Ladie with my death than repeat over to my shame. The lady MA V.i.229
is dead vpon mine and my masters false accusation: and is dead upon mine and my master's false accusation; and,false (adj.)treacherous, traitorous, perfidiousMA V.i.230
briefelie, I desire nothing but the reward of a villaine. briefly, I desire nothing but the reward of a villain. MA V.i.231
Prin. DON PEDRO 
Runs not this speech like yron through your bloud?Runs not this speech like iron through your blood? MA V.i.232
Clau. CLAUDIO 
I haue drunke poison whiles he vtter'd it.I have drunk poison whiles he uttered it. MA V.i.233
Prin. DON PEDRO 
But did my Brother set thee on to this?But did my brother set thee on to this?set on (v.)encourage, urge, inciteMA V.i.234
Bor. BORACHIO 
Yea, and paid me richly for the practise of it.Yea, and paid me richly for the practice of it.practice (n.)
old form: practise
carrying out, performance, execution [of a plot]
MA V.i.235
Prin. DON PEDRO 
He is compos'd and fram'd of treacherie,He is composed and framed of treachery,frame (v.)
old form: fram'd
fashion, make, form, create
MA V.i.236
And fled he is vpon this villanie.And fled he is upon this villainy. MA V.i.237
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Sweet Hero, now thy image doth appeareSweet Hero, now thy image doth appear MA V.i.238
In the rare semblance that I lou'd it first.In the rare semblance that I loved it first.semblance (n.)likeness, image, depictionMA V.i.239
rare (adj.)marvellous, splendid, excellent
Const. DOGBERRY 
Come, bring away the plaintiffes, by this timeCome, bring away the plaintiffs; by this time MA V.i.240
our Sexton hath reformed Signior Leonato of the matter:our Sexton hath reformed Signor Leonato of the matter.reform (v.)malapropism for ‘inform’MA V.i.241
and masters, do not forget to specifie when time & And, masters, do not forget to specify, when time and MA V.i.242
place shall serue, that I am an Asse.place shall serve, that I am an ass. MA V.i.243
Con. 2. VERGES 
Here, here comes master Signior Leonato, andHere, here comes master Signor Leonato, and MA V.i.244
the Sexton too.the Sexton too. MA V.i.245
Enter Leonato.Enter Leonato and Antonio, with the Sexton MA V.i.245
Leon. LEONATO 
Which is the villaine? let me see his eies,Which is the villain? Let me see his eyes, MA V.i.246
That when I note another man like him,That, when I note another man like him, MA V.i.247
I may auoide him: which of these is he?I may avoid him. Which of these is he? MA V.i.248
Bor. BORACHIO 
If you would know your wronger, looke on me.If you would know your wronger, look on me. MA V.i.249
Leon. LEONATO 
Art thou thou the slaue that with thy breath hast kild Art thou the slave that with thy breath hast killedbreath (n.)utterance, speech, voiceMA V.i.250
mine innocent childe?Mine innocent child? MA V.i.251.1
Bor. BORACHIO 
Yea, euen I alone.Yea, even I alone. MA V.i.251.2
Leo. LEONATO 
No, not so villaine, thou beliest thy selfe,No, not so, villain, thou beliest thyself – MA V.i.252
Here stand a paire of honourable men,Here stand a pair of honourable men, MA V.i.253
A third is fled that had a hand in it:A third is fled, that had a hand in it. MA V.i.254
I thanke you Princes for my daughters death,I thank you, Princes, for my daughter's death; MA V.i.255
Record it with your high and worthie deedes,Record it with your high and worthy deeds. MA V.i.256
'Twas brauely done, if you bethinke you of it.'Twas bravely done, if you bethink you of it.bethink (v.), past form bethought
old form: bethinke
remember, recollect
MA V.i.257
Clau. CLAUDIO 
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 inventioninvention (n.)
old form: inuention
inventiveness, imagination, creative faculty
MA V.i.260
impose (v.)subject, put
Can lay vpon my sinne, yet sinn'd I not,Can lay upon my sin; yet sinned I not MA V.i.261
But in mistaking.But in mistaking. MA V.i.262.1
Prin. DON PEDRO 
By my soule nor I,By my soul, nor I; MA V.i.262.2
And yet to satisfie this good old man,And yet, to satisfy this good old man, MA V.i.263
I would bend vnder anie heauie waight,I would bend under any heavy weight MA V.i.264
That heele enioyne me to.That he'll enjoin me to. MA V.i.265
Leon. LEONATO 
I cannot bid you bid my daughter liue,I cannot bid you bid my daughter live, MA V.i.266
That were impossible, but I praie you both,That were impossible; but, I pray you both, MA V.i.267
Possesse the people in Messina here,Possess the people in Messina herepossess (v.)
old form: Possesse
notify, inform, acquaint
MA V.i.268
How innocent she died, and if your loueHow innocent she died; and if your love MA V.i.269
Can labour aught in sad inuention,Can labour aught in sad invention,aught (n.)anything, [with negative word] nothingMA V.i.270
invention (n.)
old form: inuention
inventiveness, imagination, creative faculty
sad (adj.)serious, grave, solemn
Hang her an epitaph vpon her toomb,Hang her an epitaph upon her tomb MA V.i.271
And sing it to her bones, sing it to night:And sing it to her bones, sing it tonight. MA V.i.272
To morrow morning come you to my house,Tomorrow morning come you to my house; MA V.i.273
And since you could not be my sonne in law,And since you could not be my son-in-law, MA V.i.274
Be yet my Nephew: my brother hath a daughter,Be yet my nephew. My brother hath a daughter, MA V.i.275
Almost the copie of my childe that's dead,Almost the copy of my child that's dead, MA V.i.276
And she alone is heire to both of vs,And she alone is heir to both of us. MA V.i.277
Giue her the right you should haue giu'n her cosin,Give her the right you should have given her cousin, MA V.i.278
And so dies my reuenge.And so dies my revenge. MA V.i.279.1
Clau. CLAUDIO 
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 dispose MA V.i.281
For henceforth of poore Claudio.For henceforth of poor Claudio. MA V.i.282
Leon. LEONATO 
To morrow then I will expect your comming,Tomorrow then I will expect your coming; MA V.i.283
To night I take my leaue, this naughtie manTonight I take my leave. This naughty mannaughty (adj.)
old form: naughtie
wicked, evil, vile
MA V.i.284
Shall face to face be brought to Margaret,Shall face to face be brought to Margaret, MA V.i.285
Who I beleeue was packt in all this wrong,Who I believe was packed in all this wrong,packed (adj.)
old form: packt
in league, acting as an accomplice
MA V.i.286
Hired to it by your brother.Hired to it by your brother. MA V.i.287.1
Bor. BORACHIO 
No by my soule she was not,No, by my soul, she was not, MA V.i.287.2
Nor knew not what she did when she spoke to me,Nor knew not what she did when she spoke to me, MA V.i.288
But alwaies hath bin iust and vertuous,But always hath been just and virtuous MA V.i.289
In anie thing that I do know by her. In anything that I do know by her. MA V.i.290
Const. DOGBERRY 
Moreouer sir, which indeede is not vnder Moreover, sir, which indeed is not under MA V.i.291
white and black, this plaintiffe here, the offendour did call white and black, this plaintiff here, the offender, did callwhite and black, underin black-and-white, written downMA V.i.292
mee asse, I beseech you let it be remembred in his me ass; I beseech you, let it be remembered in his MA V.i.293
punishment, and also the watch heard them talke of one punishment. And also, the watch heard them talk of one MA V.i.294
Deformed, they say he weares a key in his eare and a lock Deformed; they say he wears a key in his ear and a lock MA V.i.295
hanging by it, and borrowes monie in Gods name, the hanging by it, and borrows money in God's name, the MA V.i.296
which he hath vs'd so long, and neuer paied, that now which he hath used so long and never paid, that now MA V.i.297
men grow hard-harted and will lend nothing for Gods men grow hard-hearted and will lend nothing for God's MA V.i.298
sake: praie you examine him vpon that point. sake. Pray you, examine him upon that point. MA V.i.299
Leon. LEONATO 
I thanke thee for thy care and honest paines. I thank thee for thy care and honest pains. MA V.i.300
Const. DOGBERRY 
Your worship speakes like a most thankefull and Your worship speaks like a most thankful and MA V.i.301
reuerend youth, and I praise God for you.reverend youth, and I praise God for you. MA V.i.302
Leon. LEONATO 
There's for thy paines.There's for thy pains. MA V.i.303
Const. DOGBERRY 
God saue the foundation.God save the foundation!foundation (n.)charitable institutionMA V.i.304
Leon. LEONATO 
Goe, I discharge thee of thy prisoner, and IGo, I discharge thee of thy prisoner, and I MA V.i.305
thanke thee.thank thee. MA V.i.306
Const. DOGBERRY 
I leaue an arrant knaue with your worship,I leave an arrant knave with your worship;arrant (adj.)downright, absolute, unmitigatedMA V.i.307
knave (n.)
old form: knaue
scoundrel, rascal, rogue
which I beseech your worship to correct your selfe, for the which I beseech your worship to correct yourself, for the MA V.i.308
example of others: God keepe your worship, I wish your example of others. God keep your worship! I wish your MA V.i.309
worship well, God restore you to health, I humblie giue worship well; God restore you to health! I humbly give MA V.i.310
you leaue to depart, and if a merrie meeting may be you leave to depart; and if a merry meeting may be MA V.i.311
wisht, God prohibite it: come neighbour. wished, God prohibit it! Come, neighbour. MA V.i.312
Exeunt Dogberry and Verges MA V.i.312
Leon. LEONATO 
Vntill to morrow morning, Lords, farewell. Exeunt.Until tomorrow morning, lords, farewell. MA V.i.313
Brot. ANTONIO 
Farewell my Lords, we looke for you to morrow.Farewell, my lords; we look for you tomorrow. MA V.i.314
Prin. DON PEDRO 
We will not faile. We will not fail. MA V.i.315.1
Clau. CLAUDIO 
To night ile mourne with Hero. Tonight I'll mourn with Hero. MA V.i.315.2
Exeunt Don Pedro and Claudio MA V.i.315
Leon. LEONATO  

(to the Watch) MA V.i.316
Bring you these fellowes on, weel talke with Margaret, Bring you these fellows on. We'll talk with Margaret, MA V.i.316
how her acquaintance grew with this lewd fellow.How her acquaintance grew with this lewd fellow.lewd (adj.)wicked, vile, evilMA V.i.317
ExeuntExeunt MA V.i.317
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