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"Gods" in some sources (i.e. "Godes," "Goddes"), may suggest that the song originally began, "The Goddess of love . . .".' 30 Leander a famously and tragically loyal lover, who contrary to Benedick's (ironic?) estimate of his athletic prowess drowned while swimming the Hellespont. See 4.1.79n. Marlowe's poem Hero and Leander, was published in 1598, although echoes of the poem in MND suggest that Shakespeare knew it in manuscript. 31 Troilus another hapless hero of faith- ful love, loved and left by Criseyde, after he was assisted to her bed by her go-between uncle Pandarus; their story was celebrated by Chaucer in his poem Troilus and Cresyde and by Shakespeare himself in his play of 1601-2. 32 quondam erstwhile, bygone carpet-mongers literally, carpet salesmen, but Benedick seems to mean something along the lines of 'pretend lovers' (in the senses of fictional, literary and lightweight), or the twentieth-century 'bedroom warriors'; from the term 'carpet-knight', a lover as opposed to a fighter, one awarded a knighthood for service not in battle but at court, 'on carpet consideration' (77V 3.4.235) 34 verse Benedick's examples are literary ones. The versifying effects of love are noted elsewhere in Shakespeare's works, e.g. Berowne in LLL 4.3.13-14: 'By heaven, I do love, and it hath taught me to rhyme, and to be melancholy'; and Ham 2.2.119-20: 7 am ill at these numbers. I have not art to reckon my groans.'' 37 innocent childish (but perhaps omi- nously so, as suggesting the conse- quences of loving ladies) horn cuckold's horn; erect penis 38 hard (1) harsh, in sound, in import (because the horn was the mark of a cuckold), and in material substance, and hence (2) erect fool (1) speaker of nonsense, or babble {babbling comes from the term for the speech of infants); (2) a cuckolded father of bastards 39 ominous endings incompetent rhymes; inauspicious ends (to be brought to by love) 40 rhyming planet astrological sign conducive to verse-making; cf. 1.3.10- 11 : 'being as thou sayst thou art, born under Saturn'; and 2.1.306-9. festival terms (1) lighthearted, holiday language, cf. 1H4 1.3.46-7: 'With many holiday and lady terms / He questioned me'; (2) conventionally 37-8 'lady' . . . 'fool'] quotation marks as Pope; none in Q 40 nor] for F 302
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Much Ado About Nothing 5.2.61 Enter BEATRICE. Sweet Beatrice, wouldst thou come when I called thee? BEATRICE Yea, signor, and depart when you bid me. BENEDICK O, stay but till then. BEATRICE 'Then' is spoken; fare you well now. And yet, ere I go, let me go with that I came for, which is, with 45 knowing what hath passed between you and Claudio. BENEDICK Only foul words - and thereupon I will kiss thee. BEATRICE Foul words is but foul wind, and foul wind is but foul breath, and foul breath is noisome, therefore I 50 will depart unkissed. BENEDICK Thou hast frighted the word out of his right sense, so forcible is thy wit. But I must tell thee plainly: Claudio undergoes my challenge, and either I must shortly hear from him, or I will subscribe him a coward. 55 And I pray thee now tell me, for which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?
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