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Much Ado About Nothing - Act 5, scene 3
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Act 5, scene 3
Claudio appears at Leonato’s family tomb, has a song sung for Hero, and hangs a scroll on the tomb.Enter Claudio, Prince, and three or four ⌜Lords⌝ with
tapers, ⌜and Musicians.⌝
CLAUDIO 2602 Is this the monument of Leonato?
⌜FIRST⌝ LORD 2603 It is, my lord.
p. 185⌜CLAUDIO, reading an⌝ Epitaph.
2604 Done to death by slanderous tongues
2605 Was the Hero that here lies.
2606 5 Death, in guerdon of her wrongs,
2607 Gives her fame which never dies.
2608 So the life that died with shame
2609 Lives in death with glorious fame.
⌜He hangs up the scroll.⌝
2610 Hang thou there upon the tomb,
2611 10 Praising her when I am ⌜dumb.⌝
2612 Now music, sound, and sing your solemn hymn.
2613 Pardon, goddess of the night,
2614 Those that slew thy virgin knight,
2615 For the which with songs of woe,
2616 15 Round about her tomb they go.
2617 Midnight, assist our moan.
2618 Help us to sigh and groan
2619 Heavily, heavily.
2620 Graves, yawn and yield your dead,
2621 20 Till death be utterèd,
2622 Heavily, heavily.
2623 Now, unto thy bones, goodnight.
2624 Yearly will I do this rite.
2625 Good morrow, masters. Put your torches out.
2626 25 The wolves have preyed, and look, the gentle day
2627 Before the wheels of Phoebus, round about
2628 Dapples the drowsy east with spots of gray.
2629 Thanks to you all, and leave us. Fare you well.
2630 Good morrow, masters. Each his several way.
⌜Lords and Musicians exit.⌝
2631 30 Come, let us hence, and put on other weeds,
2632 And then to Leonato’s we will go.
2633 And Hymen now with luckier issue speed ’s,
2634 Than this for whom we rendered up this woe.