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

Total: 52

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1

III,3,1323

Are you good men and true?

2

III,3,1326

Nay, that were a punishment too good for them, if
they should have any allegiance in them, being
chosen for the prince's watch.

3

III,3,1330

First, who think you the most desertless man to be
constable?

4

III,3,1334

Come hither, neighbour Seacole. God hath blessed
you with a good name: to be a well-favoured man is
the gift of fortune; but to write and read comes by nature.

5

III,3,1338

You have: I knew it would be your answer. Well,
for your favour, sir, why, give God thanks, and make
no boast of it; and for your writing and reading,
let that appear when there is no need of such
vanity. You are thought here to be the most
senseless and fit man for the constable of the
watch; therefore bear you the lantern. This is your
charge: you shall comprehend all vagrom men; you are
to bid any man stand, in the prince's name.

6

III,3,1348

Why, then, take no note of him, but let him go; and
presently call the rest of the watch together and
thank God you are rid of a knave.

7

III,3,1353

True, and they are to meddle with none but the
prince's subjects. You shall also make no noise in
the streets; for, for the watch to babble and to
talk is most tolerable and not to be endured.

8

III,3,1359

Why, you speak like an ancient and most quiet
watchman; for I cannot see how sleeping should
offend: only, have a care that your bills be not
stolen. Well, you are to call at all the
ale-houses, and bid those that are drunk get them to bed.

9

III,3,1365

Why, then, let them alone till they are sober: if
they make you not then the better answer, you may
say they are not the men you took them for.

10

III,3,1369

If you meet a thief, you may suspect him, by virtue
of your office, to be no true man; and, for such
kind of men, the less you meddle or make with them,
why the more is for your honesty.

11

III,3,1375

Truly, by your office, you may; but I think they
that touch pitch will be defiled: the most peaceable
way for you, if you do take a thief, is to let him
show himself what he is and steal out of your company.

12

III,3,1380

Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more
a man who hath any honesty in him.

13

III,3,1385

Why, then, depart in peace, and let the child wake
her with crying; for the ewe that will not hear her
lamb when it baes will never answer a calf when he bleats.

14

III,3,1389

This is the end of the charge:—you, constable, are
to present the prince's own person: if you meet the
prince in the night, you may stay him.

15

III,3,1393

Five shillings to one on't, with any man that knows
the statutes, he may stay him: marry, not without
the prince be willing; for, indeed, the watch ought
to offend no man; and it is an offence to stay a
man against his will.

16

III,3,1399

Ha, ha, ha! Well, masters, good night: an there be
any matter of weight chances, call up me: keep your
fellows' counsels and your own; and good night.
Come, neighbour.

17

III,3,1405

One word more, honest neighbours. I pray you watch
about Signior Leonato's door; for the wedding being
there to-morrow, there is a great coil to-night.
Adieu: be vigitant, I beseech you.

18

III,5,1582

Marry, sir, I would have some confidence with you
that decerns you nearly.

19

III,5,1585

Marry, this it is, sir.

20

III,5,1588

Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little off the
matter: an old man, sir, and his wits are not so
blunt as, God help, I would desire they were; but,
in faith, honest as the skin between his brows.

21

III,5,1594

Comparisons are odorous: palabras, neighbour Verges.

22

III,5,1596

It pleases your worship to say so, but we are the
poor duke's officers; but truly, for mine own part,
if I were as tedious as a king, I could find it in
my heart to bestow it all of your worship.

23

III,5,1601

Yea, an 'twere a thousand pound more than 'tis; for
I hear as good exclamation on your worship as of any
man in the city; and though I be but a poor man, I
am glad to hear it.

24

III,5,1610

A good old man, sir; he will be talking: as they
say, when the age is in, the wit is out: God help
us! it is a world to see. Well said, i' faith,
neighbour Verges: well, God's a good man; an two men
ride of a horse, one must ride behind. An honest
soul, i' faith, sir; by my troth he is, as ever
broke bread; but God is to be worshipped; all men
are not alike; alas, good neighbour!

25

III,5,1619

Gifts that God gives.

26

III,5,1621

One word, sir: our watch, sir, have indeed
comprehended two aspicious persons, and we would
have them this morning examined before your worship.

27

III,5,1626

It shall be suffigance.

28

III,5,1633

Go, good partner, go, get you to Francis Seacole;
bid him bring his pen and inkhorn to the gaol: we
are now to examination these men.

29

III,5,1637

We will spare for no wit, I warrant you; here's
that shall drive some of them to a non-come: only
get the learned writer to set down our
excommunication and meet me at the gaol.

30

IV,2,1984

Is our whole dissembly appeared?

31

IV,2,1987

Marry, that am I and my partner.

32

IV,2,1991

Yea, marry, let them come before me. What is your
name, friend?

33

IV,2,1994

Pray, write down, Borachio. Yours, sirrah?

34

IV,2,1996

Write down, master gentleman Conrade. Masters, do
you serve God?

35

IV,2,1999

Write down, that they hope they serve God: and
write God first; for God defend but God should go
before such villains! Masters, it is proved already
that you are little better than false knaves; and it
will go near to be thought so shortly. How answer
you for yourselves?

36

IV,2,2006

A marvellous witty fellow, I assure you: but I
will go about with him. Come you hither, sirrah; a
word in your ear: sir, I say to you, it is thought
you are false knaves.

37

IV,2,2011

Well, stand aside. 'Fore God, they are both in a
tale. Have you writ down, that they are none?

38

IV,2,2015

Yea, marry, that's the eftest way. Let the watch
come forth. Masters, I charge you, in the prince's
name, accuse these men.

39

IV,2,2020

Write down Prince John a villain. Why, this is flat
perjury, to call a prince's brother villain.

40

IV,2,2023

Pray thee, fellow, peace: I do not like thy look,
I promise thee.

41

IV,2,2028

Flat burglary as ever was committed.

42

IV,2,2033

O villain! thou wilt be condemned into everlasting
redemption for this.

43

IV,2,2045

Come, let them be opinioned.

44

IV,2,2048

God's my life, where's the sexton? let him write
down the prince's officer coxcomb. Come, bind them.
Thou naughty varlet!

45

IV,2,2052

Dost thou not suspect my place? dost thou not
suspect my years? O that he were here to write me
down an ass! But, masters, remember that I am an
ass; though it be not written down, yet forget not
that I am an ass. No, thou villain, thou art full of
piety, as shall be proved upon thee by good witness.
I am a wise fellow, and, which is more, an officer,
and, which is more, a householder, and, which is
more, as pretty a piece of flesh as any is in
Messina, and one that knows the law, go to; and a
rich fellow enough, go to; and a fellow that hath
had losses, and one that hath two gowns and every
thing handsome about him. Bring him away. O that
I had been writ down an ass!

46

V,1,2281

Come you, sir: if justice cannot tame you, she
shall ne'er weigh more reasons in her balance: nay,
an you be a cursing hypocrite once, you must be looked to.

47

V,1,2288

Marry, sir, they have committed false report;
moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily,
they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have
belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust
things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves.

48

V,1,2324

Come, bring away the plaintiffs: by this time our
sexton hath reformed Signior Leonato of the matter:
and, masters, do not forget to specify, when time
and place shall serve, that I am an ass.

49

V,1,2380

Moreover, sir, which indeed is not under white and
black, this plaintiff here, the offender, did call
me ass: I beseech you, let it be remembered in his
punishment. And also, the watch heard them talk of
one Deformed: they say be wears a key in his ear and
a lock hanging by it, and borrows money in God's
name, the which he hath used so long and never paid
that now men grow hard-hearted and will lend nothing
for God's sake: pray you, examine him upon that point.

50

V,1,2390

Your worship speaks like a most thankful and
reverend youth; and I praise God for you.

51

V,1,2393

God save the foundation!

52

V,1,2395

I leave an arrant knave with your worship; which I
beseech your worship to correct yourself, for the
example of others. God keep your worship! I wish
your worship well; God restore you to health! I
humbly give you leave to depart; and if a merry
meeting may be wished, God prohibit it! Come, neighbour.

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