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Your brother and his lover have embrac'd :
She it is.
This is the point.
? To teeming foison;] Foison is plenty.
In hund, and hope of action:] To bear in hand is a common phrase for to keep in expectation and dependance; but we should read :
- with hope of action. Johnson.
- to give fear to use -) To intimidate use, that is, practices long countenanced by custom.
Under whose heary sense your brother's life
Isal. Doth he so seek his life?
Has censur'd hiin?
Isal. Alas! what poor ability's in me
Assay the power you have.
Our doubts are traitors,
Isab. i'll see what I can do.
Lucio. I take my leave of you.
certain wone of you. cood sir, adient.
2 Has censur'd him -] i, e. sentenced him. I would owe-] To owe, in this place, is to have.
SCENE I. A Hall in Angelo's House.
Enter Angelo, Escalus, a Justice, Provost,
Officers, and other Attendants. Ang. We must not make a scare-crow of the law, Setting it up to fear the birds of prey, And let it keep one shape, till custom make it Their perch, and not their terror. Escal.
Ay, but yet Let us be keen, and rather cut a little, Than fall, and bruise to death: Alas! this gentleman, Whom I would save, had a most noble father. Let but your honour know, (Whom I believe to be most strait in virtue,) That, in the working of your own affections, Had time coher'd with place, or place with wishing, Or that the resolute acting of your blood Could have attain'd the effect of your own purpose, Whether you had not sometime in your life Err’d in this point which now you censure him, And pull’d the law upon you.
Ang. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus, Another thing to fall. I not deny, The jury, passing on the prisoner's life, May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two Guiltier than him they try : What's open made to
justice, That justice seizes. What know the laws,
* Provost,] The Provost here, is not a military officer, but a kind of sheriff or gaoler.
That thieves do pass on thieves ?: 'Tis very preg
Escal. Be it as your wisdom will.
Where is the provost ?
See that Claudio
Exit Provost. Escal. Well, heaven forgive him! and forgive
us all! Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall : Some run from brakes of vice,' and answer none; And some condemned for a fault alone.
Enter Elbow, Froth, Clown, Officers, &c.
Elb. Come, bring them away: if these be good people in a common-weal, that do nothing but use their abuses in common houses, I know no law; bring them away.
5 That thieves do pass on thieves?] pass or decide.
6 'Tis very pregnant,) 'Tis plain that we must act with bad as with good; we punish the faults, as we take the advantages that lie in our way, and what we do not see we cannot note.
?- brakes of rice', -] The commentators have not decided the meaning of this word. By brakes of vice may be meant a collection, a thicket of vices. Brake was also the name of an engine of torture.
Ang. How now, sir! What's your name? and what's the matter?
Elb. If it please your honour, I am the poor duke's constable, and my name is Elbow; I do lean upon justice, sir, and do bring in here before your good honour two notorious benefactors.
Ang. Benefactors? Well; what benefactors are they are they not malefactors ?
Ell. If it please your honour, I know not well what they are : but precise villains they are, that I am sure of; and void of all profanation in the world, that good christians ought to have.
Escal. This comes off well; here's a wise officer.
Ang. Go to: What quality are they of? Elbow is your name? Why dost thou not speak, Elbow? Clo. He cannot, sir; he's out at elbow. Ang. What are you, sir ?
Ell. He, sir ? a tapster, sir; parcel-bawd; one that serves a bad woman; whose house, sir, was, as they say, pluck'd down in the suburbs ; and now she professes a hot-house, which, I think, is a very ill house too.
Escal. How know you that ?
Elb. My wife, sir, whom I detest before heaven and your honour,
Escal. How! thy wife?
Ell. Ay, sir; whom, I thank heaven, is an honest woman,
Escal. Dost thou detest her therefore ?
Elt. I say, sir, I will detest myself also, as well as she, that this house, if it be not a bawd's house, it is pity of her life, for it is a naughty house.
Escal. How dost thou know that, constable?
Elb. Marry, sir, by my wife; who, if she had been a woman cardinally given, might have been
whom I detest -] He designed to say protest,