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Nordo I think the man of safe discretion,

That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. -ing. The heavens give safety to your purposes! Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happi

neSS. Duke. I thank you: fare you well. [Erit. Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave To have free speech with you; and it concerns me To look into the bottom of my place: A power I have ; but of what strength and nature I am not yet instructed. .ing. 'Tis so with me:—Let us withdraw together, And we may soon our satisfaction have Touching that point. Escal. I’ll wait upon your honour. Ereunt.

SCENTE II.--1 street. Enter Lucio and two Gentlemen.

Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come not to composition with the king of Hungary, why, then all the dukes fall upon the king. 1 Gent, Heaven grant us its peace, but not the king of Hungary's 2 Gent. Amen. Loucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, but scraped one out of the table. 2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal 7 Lucio. Av. that he razed. 1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to command the captain and all the rest srom their functions; they put forth to steal: there's not a soldier of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish the petition well that o for peace. 2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never wast where grace was said. 2 Gent. No 2 a dozen times at least. 1 Gent. What? in metre 2 Lucio. In any proportion," or in any language. 1 Gent. I o, or in any religion. Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite of all controversy ; as for example; thou thyself art a wicked villain, despite of all grace. 1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers between us.” Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists and the velvet; thou art theist. 1 Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good welvet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: i had as lies be a list of an English kersey, as be pil'd, as thou art pil'd, for a French velvet.” Do I speak feelingly now ! Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine own confession, learn to begin thy health; but, whilst I live, forget to drink after thee. 1 Gent. I think I have done myself wrong ; have I not ? 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art tainted, or free. --Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation comes I have purchased as many diseases inder her roof, as come to— 2 Gent. To what, I pray ? 1 Gent. Judge. 2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a year. 1 Gent. Ay, and more. ! Measure. (2) A cut of the same cloth. 3) A jest on the loss of hair by the French disease.

Lucio. A French crown" more.

1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me: but thou art full of error; I am sound.

Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy, but so sound, as things that are hollow : thy bones are hollow ; impiety has made a feast of thee.

Enter Bawd.

1 Gent. How now 7 Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica 7 Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, and orio to prison, was worth five thousand of you all. I Gent. Who's that, I pray thee? Bawd. Marry, sir,that's Claudio, signior Claudio. 1 Gent. Claudio to prison' 'tis not so. Bawd. Nay, but I know, 'tis so: I saw him arrested; saw him carried away; and, which is more, within these three days his head's to be chopped off. Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have it so : art thou sure of this 2 Bancil. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting inadam Julietta with child. Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised to meet me two hours since; and he was ever precise in promise-keeping. 2 Gent. Besides you know, it draws something near to the speech we had to such a purpose. 1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the proclamation. Lucio. Away; let's go learn the truth of it. Ereunt Lucio and Gentlemen. Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the sweat;" what with the gallows, and what with poverty, I am custom-shrunk. How now? what's the news with you ?

Enter Clown.

Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison.
Bawd. Well; what has he done?
Clo. A woman.

Bawd. But what's his offence 2

Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him 7 Clo. No ; but there's a woman with maid by him:

you have not heard of the proclamation, have you?

Bawd. What proclamation, man 7

Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be pluck'd down.

Bawd. And what shall become of those in the

ity Clo. They shall stand for seed: they had gone down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them. Bawd. But shal; all our houses of resort in the suburbs be pull'd down 7 Clo. To the ground, mistress. Bard. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the commonwealth ! What shail become of me? Clo. Come; fear not you: good counsellors lack no clients: though you change your place, you need not change your trade; I’ll be your tapster still. Courage; there will be pity taken on you: you that have worn your eyes almost out in the service, you will be considered. Bawd. What’s to do here, Thomas Tapster? let's withdraw. Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the provost to prison: and there's madam Juliet. I Ere.

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4) Corona Veneris. 5) The sweating sickness.

SCE.N'E III.—The same.—Enter Provost," Claudio, Juliet, and Officers; Lucio, and two Gentiemen.

Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to the world? Bear me to prison, where I am committed. Pror. I do it not in evil disposition, But from lord Angelo by special charge. Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, Make us pay down for our offence by weight.— The words of heaven;–on whom it will, it will; On whom it will not, so ; yet still 'tis ". Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio? whence comes this o Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint: our natures do pursue (Like rats that ravin’ down their proper bane,) A thirsty evil; and when we ... we die. Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I would send for certain of my creditors: and yet, to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom, as the morality of imprisonment.—What's thy oftence, Claudio ! Claud. What, but to speak of would offend again. Lucio. What is it ! murder? Claud. No. Lucio. Lechery 7 Claud. Call it so. Prov., Away, sir; you must go. Claud. One word, good friend:—Lucio, a word with you. [Takes him aside. Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good.— ls lechery so look'd after Claud. Thus stands it with me:—Upon a true contráct, I got possession of Julietta's bed; You know the lady; she is fast my wife, Save that we do the denunciation i. k Of outward order: this we came not to, Only for propagation of a dower Remaining in the coffer of her friends; From whom we thought it meet to hide our love, Till time had made them for us. But it chances, The stealth of our most mutual entertainment, With character too gross, is writ on Juliet. Lucio. With child, perhaps? Claud. Unhappily, even so. And the new deputy now for the duke,— Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness; Qr whether that the body public be A horse whereon the governor doth ride, Who, newly in the seat, that it may know He can command, lets it straight feel the spur: Whether the tyranny be in his place, 9r in his eminence that fills it up, I o in :-But this new governor Awakes me all the enrolled penalties, Which "...i like unscour'd armour, hung by the wa So long, that nineteen zodiacs have gone round, And none of them been worn; and, for a name, Now !". the drowsy and neglected act Freshly on me:–’tis surely for a name. Lucio. I warrant it is: and thy head stands so tickle on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and appeal to him.

(4) Ticklish.

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 o: 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; besides, she hath prosperous

art When she will play with reason and discourse. Lucio. I pray she may: as well for the ..". ment of the like, which else would stand under grievous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy 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. Lucio. Within two hours— Claud. Come, officer, away. [Ertunt.

SCE.N.E IV.- A monastery. Enter Duke and Friar Thomas.

Duke. No; holy father; throw away that thought; Believe not that the dribbling dart of love. Can pierce a cômplete bosom : why I desire thee To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends Of burning youth. Fri. May your grace speak of it? Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you How I have ever lov'd the life remov’d :” And held in idle price to haunt assemblies, Where youth, o cost, and witless bravery keeps.” I have delivered to lord Angelo A man of stricture,” and firm abstinence,) Iy absolute power and place here in Vienna, And he supposes me travell'd to Poland; For so I have strew'd it in the common ear, And so it is receiv'd : now, pious sir, You will demand of me, why I do this? Fri. Gladly, my lord. Duke. ".e have strict statutes, and most biting aws (The needful bits and curbs for headstrong steeds,) Which for these fourteen years we have let sleep; Even like an over-grown lion in a cave, That goes not out to prey: now, as sond fathers Having bound up the threatoning twigs of birch, Qnly to stick it in their children's sight, For terror, not to use ; in time the rod Becomes more mock'd, than fear'd : so our decrees, Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead; And o plucks justice by the nose; The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart Goes all decorum.

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rt. It rested in your grace To unloose this tied-up justice, when you pleas'd : And it in you more dreadful would have seem’d, Than in lord Angelo.

uke. 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 bid them do: for we bid this be done, When evil deeds have their permissive past, And no punishment. Therefore, indeed, my


I have on Angolo impos'd the office;
Wh9 may, in the ambush of my name, strike home
And yet my nature never in the sight,

1) Gaoler. (2) Woraciously devour. 3) Yearly circles. 5

Enter on her probation. (6) Prompt.

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To do it slander: and to behold his sway,
I will, as 'twere a brother of your order
Wisit 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,
At our more leisure shall I render you ;
Only, this one:—Lord Angelo is precise;
Stands at a guard" with envy; scarce confesses
That his blood flows, or that his appetite
Is more to bread than stone : hence shall we see,
If power change purpose, what our seemers be.

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Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be; as those cheekroses Proclaim you are no less' can you so stead me, As bring me to the sight of Isabella, A novice of this place, and the fair sister To her unhappy brother Claudio? Isab. Why her unhappy brother? let me ask; The rather, for I now must make you know I am that Isabella, and his sister. io. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly greets you : Not to be weary with you, he's in prison. Isab. Wo me! For what? Lucio, that, which, if myself might be his tidore He shows rocłive his punishment in thanks: He hath got his friend with child. Isab. Sir, make me not your story.” Lucio. It is true. I would not—though 'tis my familiar sin With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest, }; far from heart, play with all virgins so : I hold you as a thing ensky'd, and sainted; o renouncement, an immortal spirit; And to be talk’d with in sincerity, As with a saint. Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mocking

me. Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth,” 'tis thus: Your brother and his lover have embrac'd : As those that seed grow full; as blossoming time, That from the seedness the bare sallow brings

! On his defence. (2) Do not make a jest of me. 3) In few and true words. (4) Breeding plenty.

To teeming foison;" even so her plenteous womb
Expresseth his full tilth" and husbandry.
Isab. Some one with child by him?—My cousin
Juliet 7
Lucio. Is she your cousin 7
Isab. Adoptedly: as school-maids change their
By vain though apt affection.
Isab. O, let him marry her
Lucio. This is the point.
The duke is very strangely gone from hence;
Bore many o myself being one
In hand, and hope of action: but we do learn
By those that know the very nerves of state,
His givings out were of an infinite distance
From his true-meant design. Upon his place,
And with full line" of his authority,
Governs lord Angelo; a man, whose blood
Is very snow-broth; one who never seels
The wanton stings and motions of the sense;
But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge
With profits of the mind, study and fast.
He (to give fear to use and liberty,
Which have, for long, run by the hideous law,
As mice by lions,) hath pick'd out an ac
Under whose heavy sense your brother's life
Falls into forfeit : he arrests him on it;
And follows close the rigour of the statute,
o make him an example: all hope is gone,
nless you have the grace" by your fair prayer
To soften Angelo: and that's my pith
Of business 'twixt you and your poor brother.
Isab. Doth he so seek his life 2
Lucio. Has censur’do him
Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath
A warrant for his execution.
Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me
To do him good?
Lucio. Assay the power you have.
Isab. My power Alas! I doubt,
Lucio. Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win,
By searing to attempt: go to lord Angelo,
And let him learn to know, when maidens sue,
Men give like gods; but when they weep and kneel,
All their petitions are as freely theirs
As they themselves would owe” them.
#. I’ll see what I can do. But speedil
ucio. ut S ily.
Isab. I will about it straight; y
No longer staying but to give the mother”
Notice of my affair. I humbly thank you :
Commend me to my brother: soon at night
I'll send him certain word of my success.
#. I take my leave of you.

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SCE.NTE I.—A hall in Angelo's hottse. Enter Angelo, Escalus, a Justice, Provost, Officers, and attendants.

Jing. 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.

Power of gaining favour.

(5) Tilling. (6) Extent.

{} (8) Sentenced.

Have. (10) Abbess. (11) Scare.

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