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Or whether that the body public be
Lucio. I warrant, it is : and thy head stands so tickles on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and appeal to him.
Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found. I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service: This day my sister should the cloister enter, And there receive her approbation : Acquaint her with the danger of my state; Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay him ; I have great hope in that: for in her youth There is a prone and speechless dialect, Such as moves men ; beside, she hath prosperous art When she will play with reason and discourse, And well she can persuade.
Lucio. I pray, she may: as well for the encouragement of the like, which else would stand under grievous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy
- so tickle -] i. e. ticklish. 0 - her approbation : ] i. e. enter on her probation.
?- prone and speechless dialect,] Prone, perhaps, may stand for humble, as a prone posture is a posture of supplication.
life, who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost at a game of tick-tack. I'll to her.
Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio.
May your grace speak of it?
Fri. Gladly, my lord.
& Believe not that the dribbling dart,] A dribber, in archery, was a term of contempt.
- the life remov'd;] i. e, a life of retirement.
- witless bravery - ] Bravery, or showy dress. 2 keeps.] i. e. dwells, resides.
Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting
It rested in your grace
I do fear, too dreadful : Sith twas my fault to give the people scope, 'Twould be my tyranny to strike, and gall them For what I bid them do: For we bid this be done, When evil deeds have their permissive pass, And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my
father, I have on Angelo impos'd the office; Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home, And yet my nature never in the sight, To do it slander : And to behold his sway, I will, as 'twere a brother of your order, Visit both prince and people : therefore, I pr’ythee, Supply me with the habit, and instruct me How I may formally in person bear me Like a true friar. More reasons for this action,
3 Sith -] i, e. since.
At our more leisure shall I render you;
A Nunnery. Enter Isabella and Francisca. Isab. And have you nuns no further privileges ? Fran. Are not these large enough?
Isab. Yes, truly : I speak not as desiring more ; But rather wishing a more strict restraint Upon the sister-hood, the votarists of saint Clare.
Lucio. Ho! Peace be in this place! [Within. Isab.
Who's that which calls ? Fran. It is a man's voice : Gentle Isabella, Turn you the key, and know his business of him; You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn : When you have vow'd, you must not speak with
men, But in the presence of the prioress : Then, if you speak, you must not show your face ; Or, if you show your face, you must not speak. He calls again; I pray you, answer him.
[Exit FRANCISCA. Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls ?
Enter Lucio. Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be; as those cheek
• Stands at a guard -] Stands on his defence.
Proclaim you are no less! Can you so stead me,
Isal. Why her unhappy brother? let me ask;
Isal. Woe me! For what?
Isal. Sir, make me not your story:
It is true.
me. Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth,
'tis thus : s make me nof your story.] Perhaps, Do not dirert yourself with me, as you would with a story; but Mr. MALONE thinks we ought to read,—Sir, mock me not :—your story. 0- 'tis any familiar sin
Il'ith maids to scem the lapwing,] The modern editors have not taken in the whole similitude here: they have taken notice of the lightness of a spark's behaviour to his mistress, and compared it to the lapwing's hovering and Auttering as it Aies. But the chief, of which no notice is taken, is, " and to jest.” (See Ray's Proverbs.) « The lapwing cries, tongue far from heart ;" i, e. most farthest from the nest.