Speeches (Lines) for Balthasar
in "Much Ado about Nothing"

Total: 11

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1

II,1,487

(stage directions). [Drawing her aside]

Balthasar. Well, I would you did like me.


2

II,1,490

Margaret. So would not I, for your own sake; for I have many
ill-qualities.

Balthasar. Which is one?


3

II,1,492

Margaret. I say my prayers aloud.

Balthasar. I love you the better: the hearers may cry, Amen.


4

II,1,494

Margaret. God match me with a good dancer!

Balthasar. Amen.


5

II,1,497

Margaret. And God keep him out of my sight when the dance is
done! Answer, clerk.

Balthasar. No more words: the clerk is answered.


6

II,3,860

Don Pedro. Come, Balthasar, we'll hear that song again.

Balthasar. O, good my lord, tax not so bad a voice
To slander music any more than once.


7

II,3,865

Don Pedro. It is the witness still of excellency
To put a strange face on his own perfection.
I pray thee, sing, and let me woo no more.

Balthasar. Because you talk of wooing, I will sing;
Since many a wooer doth commence his suit
To her he thinks not worthy, yet he wooes,
Yet will he swear he loves.


8

II,3,872

Don Pedro. Now, pray thee, come;
Or, if thou wilt hold longer argument,
Do it in notes.

Balthasar. Note this before my notes;
There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting.


9

II,3,882

(stage directions). [The Song]

Balthasar. Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never:
Then sigh not so, but let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey nonny, nonny.
Sing no more ditties, sing no moe,
Of dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leafy:
Then sigh not so, &c.


10

II,3,896

Don Pedro. By my troth, a good song.

Balthasar. And an ill singer, my lord.


11

II,3,906

Don Pedro. Yea, marry, dost thou hear, Balthasar? I pray thee,
get us some excellent music; for to-morrow night we
would have it at the Lady Hero's chamber-window.

Balthasar. The best I can, my lord.


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