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you all.

Nordo I think the man of safe discretion,

Lucio. French crown* more. That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. 1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases ir. Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes ! me: but thou art full of error; I am sound. Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happi-, Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy,

but so sound, as things that are hollow : thy bones Duke. I thank you : fare you well. [Exit. are hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee.

Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave
To have free speech with you; and it concerns me

Enter Bawd.
To look into the bottom of my place:
A power I have; but of what strength and nature 1 Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the
I am not yet instructed.

most profound sciatica ? Ang. 'Tis so with me:-Let us withdraw to- Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, gether,

and carried to prison, was worth live thousand of And we may soon our satisfaction have Touching that point.

1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee? Escal.

I'll wait upon your honour. Bawod. Marry,sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio.

[Exeunt. 1 Genl. Claudio to prison ! 'tis not so.

Bawd. Nay, but I know, 'tis so: I saw him arSCENE II.-A street. Enter Lucio and two rested; saw him carried away; and, which is Gentlemen.

more, within these three days his head's to be

chopped off. Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come not to composition with the king of Hungary, why, have it so: art thou sure of this?

Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not then all the dukes fall upon the king.

Bard. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting I Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the madam Julietta with child. king of Hungary's!

Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised Gent. Amen.

to meet me two hours since; and he was ever preLiscio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious'cise in promise-keeping. pirate, that went to sea with the ten command

2 Gent. Besides you know, it draws something ments, but scraped one out of the table.

near to the speech we had to such a purpose. 2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ?

1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the proLucio. Ay, that he razed.

clamation. I Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to com- Lucio. Away; let's go learn the truth of it. mand the captain and all the rest from their func

[Ereunt Lucio and Gentlemen. tions; they put forth to steal: there's not a soldier

Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, sweat ;5 what with the gallows, and what with doth relish the petition well that prays for peace.

poverty, I am custom-shrunk. How now? what's 2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it.

the news with you? Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never wast where grace was said.

Enter Clown.
2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least.
1 Gent. What ? in metre?

Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison.
Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language. Bawd. Well; what has he done?
I Gent. I think, or in any religion.

Clo, A woman,
Lacio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite

Bawd. But what's his offence ? of all controversy : as for example; thou thyself Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. art a wicked villain, despite of all grace.

Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him? I Genl. Well, there went but a pair of sheers Clo. No; but there's a woman with maid by him: between us."

you have not heard of the proclamation, have you? Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists Bard. What proclamation, man? and the velvet: thou art the list.

Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must I Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good be pluck'd down. velvet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: Bawd. And what shall become of those in the I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be city ? pil'd, as thou art pild, for a French velvet. Do Clo. They shall stand for seed: they had gone I speak feelingly now?'

down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them. Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indecd, with Bowd. But shall all our houses of resort in the most painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of suburbs be puli'd down? thine own confession, learn to begin thy health ; Clo. To the ground, mistress. but, whilst I live, forget to drink alter thee. Bawd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the

I Gent. I think I have done myself wrong ; commonwealth! What shail become of me? have I not?

Clo. Come; sear not you: good counsellors lack 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art no clients: though you change your place, you need tainted, or free.

not change your trade; I'll be your tapster still. Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitiga- Courage; there will be pity taken on you: you that tion comes! I have purchased as many diseases have worn your eyes almost out in the service, you under her roof, as come to

will be considered. 2 Gent. To what, I pray ?

Baud. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster? let's 1 Gent. Judge.

withdraw. 2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a year. Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, lcd by the pro1 Gent. Ay, and more.

Ivost to prison: and there's madam Juliet. Ex,

(1) Measure. (2) A cut of the same cloth.
(3) A jest on the loss of hair by the French disease.

(4) Corona Veneris.
(5) The sweating sickness,

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SCENE III.-' he same.-Enter Provost,' Clau-l. Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found.

dio, Juliet, and Officers; Lucio, and two Gen- I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service: ticmen.

This day my sister should the cloister enter,

And there receive her approbation : Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to Acquaint her with the danger of my state;. the world?

Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends Bear me to prison, where I am committed. To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay him; Prov. I do it not in evil disposition,

I have great hope in that: for in her youth
But from lord Angelo by special charge.

There is a prones and speechless dialect,
Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, Such as moves men; besides, she hath prosperous
Make us pay down for our offence by weight.---
The words of heaven ;-on whom it will, it will; When she will play with reason and discourse.
On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just. Lucio. I pray she may: as well for the encourage-

Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio ? whence comes ment of the like, whích else would stand under this restraint ?

grievous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy life, Cland. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost As surfeit is the father of much fast,

at a game of tick-lack. I'll to her. So every scope by the immoderate use

Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio. Turns to restraint: our natures do pursue

Lucio. Within two hours, (Like rats that ravin? down their proper bane,) Claud. Come, officer, away.

(Ercunt. A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die.

Lucio. If I could speak so wisely’under an arrest, SCENE IV.A monastery. Enter Duke and I would send for ceriain of my creditors: and yet,

Friar Thomas.
to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of
freedom, as the morality of imprisonment. - What's Believe not that the dribbling dart of love

Duke. No; holy father; throw away that thought;
ihy oflence, Claudio ?
Cland. What, but to speak of would offend again. Can pierce a complete bosom: why I desire thee
Lucio. What is it? murder ?

To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose
Claud. No.

More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends Lucio. Lechery?

Of burning youth. Claud. Call it so.


May your grace speak of it ? Prov. Away, sir; you must go.

Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you Claud. One word, good friend :-Lucio, a word How I have ever lov'd the life remord ;*

(Takes him aside. And held in idle price to haunt assemblies, Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good. I have delivered to lord Angelo

Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps.'
Is lechery so look'd after ?
Claud. Thus stands it with me :-Upon a truel (A man of stricture,° and firm abstinence,)

My absolute power and place here in Vienna,
I got possession of Julietta's bed;

And he supposes me travellid to Poland;

For so I have strew'd it in the common ear,
You know the lady; she is fast my wise,

And so it is receiv'd: now, pious sir,
Save that we do the denunciation lack
Of outward order: this we came not to,

You will demand of me, why I do this ?
Only for propagation of a dower

Fri. Gladly, my lord. Remaining in the coffer of her friends;

Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting
From whom we thought it meet to hide our love, l(The needful bits and curbs for headstrong steeds,)

Till time had made them for us. But it chances, which for these fourteen years we have let sleep;
The stealth of our most mutual entertainment,
With character too gross, is writ on Juliet.

Even like an over-grown lion in a cave,
Lucio. With child, perhaps ?

That goes not out to prey: now, as fond fathers Claud. Unhappily, even so.

Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch, And the new deputy now for the duke,

Only to stick it in their children's sight, Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness;

For terror, not to use; in time the rod Or whether that the body public be

Becomes more mock'd, than fear'd : so our decrees, A horse whereon the governor doth ride,

Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead;
Who, newly in the seat, that it may know The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart
He can command, lets it straight feel the spur:

Goes all decorum.
Whether the tyranny be in his place,
Or in his eminence that fills it up,


It rested in your grace I stagger in :-But this new governor

To unloose this tied-up justice, when you pleas'd: Awakes me all the enrolled penalties,

And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd, Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the

Than in lord Angelo. wall


I do fear, too dreadful:
So long, that nineteen zodiacs' have gone round, "Twould be my tyranny to strike, and gall them

Sith" 'twas my fault to give the people scope,
And none of them been worn; and, for a name,
Now puts the drowsy and neglected act

For what I bid them do: for we bid this be done,

When evil deeds have their permissive past,
Freshly on me :-'tis surely for a name.
Lucio. I warrant it is : and thy head stands so

And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my tickle on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she I have on Angelo impos’d the office;

father, be in love, may sigh it off. Send aster the duke, Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home and appeal to him.

And yet my nature never in the sight, (1) Gaoler. (2) Voraciously devour. (7) Completely armed. (8) Retired. (3) Yearly circles. (4) Ticklish.

(9) Showy dress resides. (10) Strictness. 15) Enter on her probation. (6) Prompt. (11) Since.


To do it slander: and to behold his sway, To teeming foison; even so her plenteous womb I will, as 'twere a brother of your order,

Expresseth his full tilth and husbandry.
Visit both prince and people: therefore, I pr’ythee, Isab. Some one with child by him ?--My cousin

Juliet ?
Supply me with the habit, and instruct me
How I may formally in person bear me

Lucio. Is she your cousin ?
Like a true friar. More reasons for this action,

Isab. Adoptedly: as school-maids change ther At our more leisure shall I render you;

names, Only, this one:-Lord Angelo is precise; By vain though apt affection. Stands at a guard' with envy; scarce confesses


She it is. That his blood flows, or that his appetite

Isab. O, let him marry her! Is more to bread than stone: hence shall we see,


This is the point. Il power change purpose, what our seemers be. The duke is very strangely gone from hence ;

(Exeunt. Bore many gentlemen, myself being one,

In hand, and hope of action: but we do learn SCENE V.A nunnery. Enter Isabella and By those that know the very nerves of state, Francisca.

His givings out were of an infinite distance Isab. And have you nuns no further privileges ? And with full line of his


From his true-meant design. Upon his place, Fran. Are not these large enough?

Governs lord Angelo; a man, whose blood Isab. Yes, truly: I speak not as desiring more; Is very snow-broth; one who never feels But rather wishing a more strict restraint

The wanton stings and motions of the sense ; Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of saint Clare.

But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge
Lucio. Ho! peace be in this place! [Within, With profits of the mind, study and fast.

Who's that which calls ? He (to give fear to use and liberty,
Fran. It is a man's voice: gentle Isabella,
Turn you the key, and know his business of him; As mice by lions,) hath pick'd out an act,

Which have, for long, run by the hideous law, You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn :

Under whose heavy sense your brother's life When you have vow'd, you must not speak with Falls into forfeit: he arrests him on it; men,

And follows close the rigour of the statute, But in the presence of the prioress :

To make him an example: all hope is gone, Then, if you speak, you must not show your face; Unless you have the grace" by your fair prayer Or, if you show your face, you must not speak.

To soften Angelo: and that's my pith He calls again; I pray you answer him. Of business 'twixt you and your poor brother.

[Exit Francisca.

Isab. Doth he so seek his life? Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls ? Lucio.

Has censur'de him Enter Lucio.

Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath

A warrant for his execution.
Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be; as those cheek- Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me

To do him good ?
Proclaim you are no less! can you so stead me, Lucio.

Assay the power you have. As bring me to the sight of Isabella,

Isab. My power! Alas! I doubt, A norice of this place, and the fair sister


Our doubts are traitors, To her unhappy brother Claudio ?

And make us lose the good we oft might win, Isab. Why her unhappy brother ? let me ask; By fearing to attempt: go to lord Angelo, The rather," for I now must make you know And let him learn to know, when maidens sue, I am that Isabella, and his sister.

Men give like gods; but when they weep and kneel, Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly All their petitions are as freely theirs greets you:

As they themselves would owe them. Not to be weary with you, he's in prison.

Isab. I'll see what I can do. Isab. Wo me! For what?


But speedily. Lucio. For that, which, if myself might be his Isab, I will about it straight; judge,

No longer staying but to give the motherlo He should receive his punishment in thanks : Notice of my affair. I humbly thank you : He hath got his friend with child.

Commend me to my brother : soon at night Isab. Sir, make me not your story. ?

I'll send him certain word of my success. Lucio.

It is true. Lucio. I take my leave of you. I would not-though 'tis my familiar sin


Good sir, adien. With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest,

[Ereunt. Tongue far from heart,-play with all virgins so : I hold you as a thing ensky'd, and sainted; By your renouncement, an immortal spirit; And to be talk'd with in sincerity,

ACT II. As with a saint. Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mocking SCENE I. A hall in Angelo's house. Enter

Angelo, Escalus, a Justice, Provost, Officers, and Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth,' attendants.

'tis thus : Your brother and his lover have embrac'd :

Ang. We must not make a scare-crow of the law As those that feed grow full; as blossoming time, Setting it up to fear" the birds of prey, That from the seedness the bare fallow brings And let it keep one shape, till custom make it

Their perch, and not their terror. (1) On his defence. (2) Do not make a jest of me. (3) In few and true words. (4) Breeding plenty. (7) Power of gaining favour. (8) Sentenced. (5) Tilling. (6) Extent.

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



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