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Think you I can a resolution fetch
The princely Angelo?
O, heavens! it cannot be.
Thou shalt not do't.
The damned's me cunning livery in Angelo ?
4 f ollies doth enmew.] Forces follies to lie in cover, without daring to show themselves.
5 As falcon doth the fowl,] as the fowl is afraid to flutter while the falcon hovers over it.
6 His filth within being cast,] To cast a pond is to empty it of mud.
7 princely guards !) i. e. badges of royalty, or outward appearances. Some would read priestly guards, or sanctity.
8 from this rank offence,] from the time of my committing this offence, you might persist in sinning with safety.
I'd throw it down for your deliverance
Thanks, dear Isabel.
Isab. Which is the least?
Claud. If it were damnable, he, being so wise,
Isab. What says my brother?
Death is a fearful thing.
Isab. Alas! alas !
Sweet sister, let me live: ! Be perdurably fin’d?] Perdurably is lastingly.
- delighted spirit-] i. e. the spirit accustomed here to ease and delights.
_ viewless winds;} i. e. unseen, invisible. .. --
What sin you do to save a brother's life,
O, you beast!
Claud. Nay, Hear me, Isabel.
O, fye, fye, fye!
O hear me, Isabella.
Isab. What is your will ?
Duke. Might you dispense with your leisure, I would by and by have some speech with you: the satisfaction I would require, is likewise your own benefit. .
Isab. I have no superfluous leisure; my stay must be stolen out of other affairs; but I will attend you a while.
3 a warped slip of wilderness -] i. e. wildness.
Duke. (To CLAUDIO, aside.] Son, I have overheard what hath past between you and your sister. Angelo had never the purpose to corrupt her ; only he hath made an essay of her virtue, to practise his judgment with the disposition of natures; she, having the truth of honour in her, hath made him that gracious denial which he is most glad to receive: I am confessor to Angelo, and I know this to be true; therefore prepare yourself to death: Do not satisfy your resolution with hopes that are fallible :8 tomorrow you must die; go to your knees, and make ready. · Claud. Let me ask my sister pardon. I am so out of love with life, that I will sue to be rid of it. Duke. Hold you there: Farewell.
Re-enter Provost. Provost, a word with you.
Prov. What's your will, father?
Duke. That now you are come, you will be gone: Leave me a while with the maid; my mind promises with my habit, no loss shall touch her by my company. Prov. In good time.
[E.rit Provost. Duke. The hand that hath made you fair, hath made you good: the goodness, that is cheap in beauty, makes beauty brief in goodness; but grace, being the soul of your complexion, should keep the body of it ever fair. The assault, that Angelo hath made to you, fortune hath convey'd to my understanding; and, but that frailty hath examples for his falling, I should wonder at Angelo. How would
o Do not satisfy your resolution with hopes that are fallible :} i. e. Do not rest with satisfaction on hopes that are fallible.
? In good time : ] i.e. à la bonne heure, so be it, very well.