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Mrs. Ov. And what shall become of those in From which we thought it meet to hide our the city ?
[chances, Clo. They shall stand for seed : they had Till time had made them for us. But it gone down too, but that a wise burgher put in The stealth of our most mutual entertainment, for them.
With character too gross, is writ on Juliet. Hrs. Ov. But shall all our houses of resort Lucio. With child, perhaps ? in the suburbs be pulled down?
Claud. Unhappily, even so. Clo. To the ground, mistress.
And the new deputy now for the duke,Mrs. Ov. Why, here's a change indeed' in Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness, the commonweath! What shall become of me? Or whether that the body public be
Clo. Come; fear not you: good counsellors A horse whereon the governor doth ride, lack no clients : though you change your place, Who, newly in the seat, that it may know you need not change your trade ; I'll be your He can command, lest it straight feel the spur; tapster still. Courage! there will be pity Whether the tyranny be in his place, taken on you : you that have worn your eyes Or in his eminence that fills it up, almost out in the service, you will be con- I stagger in :--but this new governor sidered.
(ster ?' Let's withdraw. Awakes me all the enrolled penalties, Mrs. Oo. What's to do here, Thomas Tap- Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the wall
(round, the provost to prison ; and there's madam So long, that nineteen zodiacks have gone Juliet.
(Exeunt. And none of them been worn ; and, for a name,
Now puts the drowsy and neglected act
Freshly on me :-'tis surely, for a name. Enter Provost, Claudio, Juliet, and Officers ; Lucio. I warrant it is : and thy head stands Lucio and two Gentlemen.
so tickle on thy shoulders, that a milkmaid, if Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after the to the world? duke, and appeal to him.
[found. Bear me to prison, where I am committed. Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be
Prov. I do it not in evii disposition, I prythee, Lucio, do me this kind service ; But from Lord Angelo by special charge. This day my sister should the cloister enter,
Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, And there receive her approbation :
There is a prone and speechless dialect,
And well she can persuade. (Like rats that ravin down their proper banen) Lucio. I pray she may ; as well for the en. A thirsty evil ; and when we drink, we die. couragement of the like, which else would
Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an stand under grievous imposition, as for the arrest, I would send for certain of my creditors : enjoying of thy life, who I would be sorry and yet, to say the truth, I had as lief have should be thus foolishly lost at a game of tickthe foppery of freedom as the morality of im- tack. I'll to her. prisonment.-What's thy offence, Claudio ? Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio. Claud. What, but to speak of would offend
Lucio. Within two hours.--again, Lucio. What is it? murder ?
Claud. Come, officer, away! [Excunt.
Scene IV.-A Monastery.
Enter Duke and Friar Thomas.
word with you. [Takes him aside. thought : Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any Believe not that the dribbling dart of love gool.---Is lechery so looked after ?
Can pierce a complete bosom. Why I desire Claud. Thus stands it with me :
thee true contract,
To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose I got possession of Julietta's bed :
More grave and wrinkled than the aims and You know the lady ; she is fast my wife, or burning youth.
(ends Seve that we do the denunciation lack
May your grace speak of it. Of outward order : this we came not to, Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than Only for propagation of a dower
How I have ever loved the life remov'd ; (you Remaining in the coffer of her friends ; And held in idle price to haunt assemblies,
Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of Saint I have deliver'd to Lord Angelo (keeps Clare.
[place! (4 man of stricture, and firm abstinence) Lucio. [Within.] Ho! Peace be in this My absolute power and place here in Vienna, Isab.
Who's that which calls ? And he supposes me travell'd to Poland ; Fran. It is a man's voice. Gentle Isabella : For so I have strew'd it in the common ear, Turn you the key, and know his business of And so it is receiv'd. Now, pious sir,
him : You will demand of me, why I do this? You may, I may not ; you are yet unsworn. Fri. Gladly, my lord.
When you have vow'd, you must not speak Duke. We have strict statutes, and most
with men, biting laws,
(steeds) But in the presence of the prioress : (face; (The needful bits and curbs to headstrong Then, if you speak, you must not show your Which for these fourteen years we have let Or, if you show your face, you must not speak. Even like an o'ergrown lion in a cave, (sleep ; He calls again ; I pray you, answer him. That goes not out to prey. Now, as fond
[birch, Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that Having bound up the threatening twigs of calls? Only to stick it in their children's sight
Enter Lucio. For terror, not to use ; in time the rod
Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be, -as those Becomes more mock'd than fear'd ; so our cheek-roses decrees,
Proclaim you are no less ! Can you so stead Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead; As bring me to the sight of Isabella, [me, And liberty plucks justice by the nose ; A novice of this place, and the fair sister The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart To her unhappy brother, Claudio ? Goes all decorum.
Isab. Why her unhappy brother? let me ask; Fri. It rested in your grace
The rather, for I now must make you know Tunloose this tied-up justice when you I am that Isabella, and his sister. pleas'd :
seem'd, Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly And it in you more dreadful would have greets you. Than in Lord Angelo.
Not to be weary with you, he's in prison. Duke.
I do fear, too dreadful : Isab. Woe me! for what? [his judge, Sith 'twas my fault to give the people scope,
Lucio. For that, which, if myself might be 'Twould be my tyranny to strike and gall them He should receive his punishment in thanks : For what I did them do : for we bid this be He hath got his friend with child. done,
Isab. Sir, make me not your story. When evil deeds have their permissive pass,
Lucio. 'Tis true. I would not-though 'tis And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my familiar sin my father,
With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest, I have on Angelo impos'd the office ; [home, Tongue far from heart-play with all virgins so: Who may, in th' ambush of my name, strike I hold you as a thing ensky'd and sainted ; And yet my nature never in the sight, By your renouncement, an immortal spirit ; To do it slander. And to behold his sway,
And to be talk'd with in sincerity, I will, as 'twere a brother of your order,
As with a saint
(ing me. Visit both prince and people : therefore, I Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mockpr'ythee,
Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth, Supply me with the habit, and instruct me
'tis thus : How I may formally in person bear me Your brother and his lover have embraced : Like a true friar. More reasons for this action As those that feed grow full ; as blossoming At our more leisure shall I render you ;
time, Only, this one :-Lord Angelo is precise ;
That from the seedness the bare fallow trings Stands at a guard with envy ; scarce confesses To teeming foison ; even so her plenteous That his blood flows, or that his appetite (see, womb Is more to bread than stone: hence shall we Expresseth his full tilth and husbandry. If power change purpose, what our seemers İsab. Some one with child by him ?-My be.
(Exeunt. cousin Juliet?
Lucio. Is she your cousin? (their names, SCENE V.-A Nunnery.
Isab. Adoptedly; as school-maids change
By vain, though apt, affection,
She it is.
This is the point. Isab. Yes, truly: I speak not as desiring The duke is very strangely gone from hence; more ;
Bore many gentlemen, myself being one, But rather wishing a more strict restraint In hand, and hope of action : but we do learn,
By those that know the very nerves of state, Had time coher'd with place, or place with His givings out were of an infinite distance
wishing. From his true-meant design. Upon his place, Or that the resolute acting of your blood And with full line of his authority,
Could have attain'd th' effect of your own Governs Lord Angelo ; a man whose blood
purpose, Is very snow-broth; one who never feels Whether you had not, some time in your life, The wanton stings and motions of the sense, Err'd in this point which now you censure But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge And pulld the law upon you.
(him, With profits of the mind, study and fast. Ang. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus, He to give fear to use and liberty,
Another thing to fall. I not deny, Which have, for long, run by the hideous law, The jury, passing on the prisoner's life, As mice by lions) hath pick'd out an act, May in the sworn twelve have a thief or two Under whose heavy sense your brother's life Guiltier than him they try. What's open Falls into forfeit : he arrests him on it ;
made to justice, And follows close the rigour of the statute, That justice seizes : what know the laws, To make him an example. All hope is gone, That thieves do pass on thieves? "Tis very Unless you have the grace by your fair prayer pregnant, To sosten Angelo : and that's my pith The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it, Of business 'twixt you and your poor brother. Because we see it ; but what we do not see Isab. Doth he so seek his life?
We tread upon, and never think of it. Lucio.
He's censur'd him You may not so extenuate his offence, Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath For I have had such faults ; but rather tell me, A warrant for his execution.
When I, that censure him, do so offend, Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me Let mine own judgment pattern out my death, To do him good?
And nothing come in partial. Sir, he must die. Lucio.
Assay the power you have. Escal. Be it as your wisdom will. Isab. My power! alas, I doubt,
Where is the provost ? Lucio.
Our doubts are traitors, Prov. Here, if it like your honour. And make us lose the good we oft might win, Ang.
See that Claudio By fearing to attempt. Go to lord Angelo, Be executed by nine to-morrow morning. And let him learn to know, when maidens sue, Bring him his confessor, let him be prepar'd ; Men give like gods; but when they wzep and For that's the utmost of his pilgrimage. All their petitions are as freely theirs (kneel,
(Exit Provost. As they themselves would owe them.
Escal. Well, heaven forgive him! and forIsab. I'll see what I can do.
give us all ! Lucio.
But speedily. Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall : Isab. I will about it straight;
Some run from brakes of vice, and answer No longer staying but to give the mother
none : Notice of my affair. I humbly thank you : And some condemned for a fault alone. Commend me to my brother : soon at night Enter Elbow, Froth, Clown, Officers, &c. I'll send him certain word of my success. Elb. Come, bring them away. If these be Lucio. I take my leave of you.
good people in a common-weal, that do noIsab. Good sir, adieu. (Exeunt. thing but use their abuses in common houses,
I know no law : bring them away.
Ang. How now, sir ! What's your name? ACT II.
and what's the matter ?
Elb. If it please your honour, I am the SCENE I.--A Hall in Angelo's House. poor duke's constable, and my name is Elbow : Enter Angelo, Escalus, a Justice, Provost,
I do lean upon justice, sir ; and do bring in
here before your good honour two notorious Officers, and other Attendants.
benefactors. Aug. We must not make a scare-scrow of Ang. Benefactors! Well; what benefactors the law,
are they? are they not malefactors ? Setring it up to fear the birds of prey,
Elb. If it please your honour, I know not And let it keep one shape, till custom make it well what they are : but precise villains they Their perch, and not their terror.
are, that I am sure of; and void of all proEscal.
Ay, but yet fanation in the world that good Christians Let us be keen, and rather cut a little, ought to have.
[officer. Than fall, and bruise to death. Alas! this Escal. This comes off well : here's a wise gentleman,
Ang. Go to: what quality are they of ? Whoni I would save, had a most noble father. Elbow is your name? why dost thou not Let but your honour know,
speak, Elbow? (Whom I believe to be most strait in virtue,) Clo. He cannot, sir ; he's out at elbow. That, in the working of your own affections, Ang. What are you, sir ?
Elb. He, sir? a tapster, sir ; parcel-bawd ; Clo. Sir, but you shall come to it, by your one that serves a bad woman; whose house, sir, honour's leave. And, I beseech you, look was, as they say, plucked down in the suburbs; into master Froth here, sir; a man of fourand now she professes a hot-house, which, I score pound a year; whose father died at Hal. think, is a very ill house too.
lowmas :- was't not at Hallowmas, master Escul. How know you that?
Froth. All-hallownd eve. [Froth ?Eld. My wife, sir, whom I detest before Clo. Why, very well; I hope here be truths. heaven and your honour,
He, sir, sitting, as I say, in a lower chair, sir ; Escal. How! thy wife? [honest woman, -- -'twas in the Bunch of Grapes, where, inElb. Ay, sir; whom, I thank heaven, is an deed, you have a delight to sit, have you not? Escal. Dost thou detest her therefore? Froth. I have so; because it is an open Elb. I say, sir, I will detest myself also, as room, and good for winter.
(truths. well as she, that this house, if it be not a Clo. Why, very well then ; I hope here be bawd's house, it is pity of her life, for it is a Ang. This will last out a night in Russia, naughty house.
(stable? When nights are longest there : I'll take my Escal. How dost thou know that, con- leave,
Elb. Marry, sir, by my wife ; who, if she And leave you to the hearing of the cause ; had been a woman cardinally given, might Hoping you'll find good cause to whip them all. have been accused in fornication, adultery, Escal. I think no less. Good-morrow to and all uncleanliness there.
your lordship. [Exit Angelo. Escal. By the woman's means ?
Now, sir, come on: what was done to Elbow's Elb. Ay, sir, by mistress Overdone's means: wife, once more?
[her once. but as she spit in his face, so she defied him. Clo. Once, sir ? there was nothing done to Clo. Sir, if it please your honour, this is not Elb. I beseech you, sir, ask him what this
man did to my wife. Elb. Prove it before these varlets here, thou Clo. I beseech your honour, ask me. [her? honourable man ; prove it. (misplaces? Escal. Well, sir ; what did this gentleman to
Escal. [To Angelo.) Do you hear how he Clo, I beseech you, sir, look in this gentle
Clo. Sir, she came in, great with child, and man's face.-Good master Froth, look upon longing (saving your honour's reverence) for his honour ; 'tis for a good purpose.-Doth stewed prunes, sir ;--we had but two in the your honour mark his face? house, which at that very distant time stood, Escal. Ay, sir, very well. as it were, in a fruit dish, a dish of some Clo. Nay, I beseech you, mark it well. threepence ;- your honours have seen such Escal. Well, I do so.
[face? dishes ; they are not China dishes, but very Clo. Doth your honour see any harm in his good dishes,
[sir. Escal. Why, no. Escal. Go to, go to: no matter for the dish, Clo. I'll be supposed upon a book, his face
Clo. No, indeed, sir, not of a pin ; you are is the worst thing about him. Good, then ; if therein in the right :-but to the point. As I his face be the worst thing about him, how say, this mistress Elbow, being, as I say, with could master Froth do the constable's wife any child, and being great belly'd, and longing, as harm? I would know that of your honour. I said, for prunes ; and having but two in the Escal. He's in the right,-Constable, what dish, as I said, master Froth here, this very say you to it? man, having eaten the rest, as I said, and, as Elb. First, an it like you, the house is a I say, paying for them very honestly ;--for, respected house ; next, this is a respected felas you know, master Froth, I could not give low ; and his mistress is a respected woman. you threepence again,
Clo. By this hand, sir, his wife is a more Froth. No, indeed.
respected person than any of us all. Clo. Very well ;-you being then, if
be Elb. Varlet, thou liest ; thou liest, wicked remembered, cracking the stones of the fore- varlet. The time is yet to come that she was said prunes,
ever respected with man, woman, or child. Froth. Ay, so I did, indeed.
Clo. Sir, she was respected with him, before Clo. Why, very well ;--I telling you then, if he married with her. you be remembered, that such a one, and Escal. Which is the wiser here? Justice, or such a one, were past cure of the thing you Iniquity ?- Is this true? wot of, unless they kept very good diet, as I Elb. O thou caitiff ! O thou varlet ! O thou
Froth. All this is true. (told you, -- wicked Hannibal ! I respected with her, beClo. Why, very well then.
fore I was married to her?-If ever I was reEscal. Come ; you are a tedious fool; to spected with her, or she with me, let not your the purpose. What was done to Elbow's worship think me the poor duke's officer. wife that he hath cause to complain of? Come Prove this, thou wicked Hannibal, or I'll have me to what was done to her.
mine action of battery on thee. Clo. Sir, your honour cannot come to that Escal. If he took you a box o' the ear, you Escal. No, sir, nor I mean it not. (yet. I might have your action of slander too.
Elb. Marry, I thank your good worship for if you live to see this come to pass, say, Pomit. What is't your worship's pleasure I shall pey told you so. do with this wicked caitiff?
Escal. Thank you, good Pompey; and, in Escal. Truly, officer, because he hath some requital of your prophecy, hark you :-I adoffences in him, that thou wouldst discover if vise you, let me not find you before me again thou couldst, let him continue in his cuurses, upon any complaint whatsoever ; no, not for till thou knowest what they are.
dwelling where you do: if I do, Pompey, I Elb. Marry, I thank your worship for it.- shall beat you to your tent, and prove a shrewd Thou seest, thou wicked varlet now, what's Cæsar to you ; in plain dealing, Pompey, I come upon thee; thou art to continue now, shall have you whipt : so, for this time, Pomthou varlet ; thou art to continue.
pey, fare you well. Escal. Where were you born, friend? Clo. I thank your worship for your good Froth. Here in Vienna, sir.
counsel; but I shall follow it, as the flesh and Escal. Are you of fourscore pounds a year?fortune shall better determine. Froth. Yes, an't please you, sir. [of, sir? Whip me! No, no; let carman whip his jade: Escal. So.-[ To Clown. What trade are you The valiant heart's not whipt out of his trade. Clo. A tapster ; a poor widow's tapster.
(Erit. Escal. Your mistress name?
Escal. Come hither to me, master Elbow ; Clo. Mistress Overdone.
come hither, master constable. How long Escal. Hath she had any more than one have you been in this place of constable ? husband?
Eld. Seven year and a half, sir. Clo. Nine, sir; Overdone by the last. Escal. thought, by your readiness in the
Escal. Nine !--Come hither to me, master office, you had continued in it some time. Froth. Master Froth, I would not have you You say, seven years together? acquainted with tapsters : they will draw you, Elb. And a half, sir. master Froth, and you will hang them. Get Escal. Alas, it hath been great pains to you gone, and let me hear no more of you. you! They do you wrong to put you so oft
Froth. I thank your worship. For mine upon't. Are there not men in your ward sufown part, I never come into any room in a ficient to serve it? taphouse, but I am drawn in.
Elb. Faith, sir, few of any wit in such matEscal. Well, no more of it, master Froth :ters : as they are chosen, they are glad to farewell. [Exit Froth.)-Come you hither to choose me for them ; I do it for some piece of me, master tapster, What's your name, money, and go through with all. master tapster ?
Escal. Look you bring me in the names of Clo. Pompey.
Escal. What else? some six or seven, the most sufficient of your Clo, Bum, sir.
Elb. To your worship's house, sir ? [parish. Escal. Troth, and your bum is the greatest Escal. To my house. Fare you well. thiag about you ; so that, in the beastliest
(Exit Elbow. senst, you are Pompey the great. Pompey, What's o'clock, think you ?
partly a bawd, Pompey, howsoever Fusé. Eleven, sir. you colour it in being a tapster. Are you not? Escal. I pray you home to dinner with me. come, tell me true: it shall be the better for Just. I humbly thank you. you.
(would live. Escal. It grieves me for the death of Clo. Truly, sir, I am a poor fellow that But there is no remedy.
(Claudio; Escal. How would you live, Pompey? by Just. Lord Angelo is severe.. being a bawd? What do you think of the Escal.
It is but needful. trade, Pompey? is it a lawful trade?
Mercy is not itself, that oft looks so ; Clo. If the law would allow it, sir.
Pardon is still the nurse of second woe : Escal. But the law will not allow it, Pom- But yet, poor Claudio !—There is no remedy: pey; nor it shall not be allowed in Vienna. Come, sir.
(Exeunt. Clo. Does your worship mean to geld and say all the youth of the city?
SCENE II.--Another room in Angelo's House. Éscal. No, Pompey. Clo. Truly, sir, in my poor opinion, they
Enter Provost and a Servant. i will to't then. If your worship will take Serv. lle's hearing of a cause ; he will order for the drabs and the knaves, you need i'll tell him of you.
(come straight : not to fear the bawds.
Prov. Pray you, do. (Exil Servant.] i'll Escal. There are pretty orders beginning. I know can tell you ; it is but heading and hanging. His pleasure ; may be he will relent. Alas!
Cls. If you head and hang all that offend He hath but as offended in a dream : that way but for ten year together, you'll be All sects, all ages smack of this vice; and he glad to give out a commission for more heads: To die for it! Ý this law hold in Vienna ten year, I'll rent
Enter Angelo. the fairest bouse in it after threepence a day : Ang. Now, what's the matter, provost?