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Let the watch come forth

Dogberry
Let the watch come forth. Masters, I charge you in the
Prince’s name, accuse these men.
First Watchman
This man said, sir, that Don John, the
Prince’s brother, was a villain.
Dogberry 
Write down Prince John a villain. Why,
this is flat perjury, to call a prince’s brother villain!

O, villain! Thou wilt be condemned
into everlasting redemption for this!

Borachio
Master constable—
Dogberry
Pray thee, fellow, peace. I do not like thy
look, I promise thee.
Sexton, to Watch
What heard you him say else?
Seacoal
Marry, that he had received a thousand
ducats of Don John for accusing the Lady Hero
wrongfully.
Dogberry
Flat burglary as ever was committed.Acyrologia
Verges
Yea, by Mass, that it is.
Sexton
What else, fellow?
First Watchman
And that Count Claudio did mean,
upon his words, to disgrace Hero before the whole
assembly, and not marry her.
Dogberry, to Borachio
O, villain! Thou wilt be condemned
into everlasting redemption for this!Acyrologia

Sexton
What else?
Seacoal
This is all.
Sexton
And this is more, masters, than you can deny.
Prince John is this morning secretly stolen away.
Hero was in this manner accused, in this very
manner refused, and upon the grief of this suddenly
died.—Master constable, let these men be bound
and brought to Leonato’s. I will go before and show
him their examination. He exits.
Dogberry
Come, let them be opinioned.Acyrologia
Verges
Let them be in the hands—
Borachio
Off, coxcomb!
Dogberry
God’s my life, where’s the Sexton? Let
him write down the Prince’s officer “coxcomb.”
Come, bind them.—Thou naughty varlet!
Conrade
Away! You are an ass, you are an ass!Epimone
Dogberry
Dost thou not suspect my place? Dost
thou not suspect my years?Acyrologia, Epimone and Pysma
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 pietyAcyrologia
, 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,Anaphora and Mesodiplosis
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 everything
handsome about him.—Bring him away.—O, that I
had been writ down an ass!

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Act 4
Scene 2
Line 38

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