Much Ado About Nothing (Act IV Scene 1), play by William Shakespeare. Benedick and Beatrice. 'Beatrice: Talk with a man out at a window? A proper saying! Benedick: Nay, but, Beatrice.' Painted by J D Watson, engraved by W Ridgway. William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright, baptised 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616. From 'Tales from Shakespeare' by Charles and Mary Lamb, 1807.