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May rather pluck on laughter than revenge ;

But when I came to man's estate, Ir that the injuries be justly weigh'd,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, That have on both sides past.

'Gainst knave and thief men shut their gale, Oli. Alas, poor fool! how have they baffled' thee! For the rain it raineih every day.

Clo. Why, some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon

But when I came, alas ! to vive, Then.. I was one, sir, in this interlude ; one sir To

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, pas, sir ; but that's all one :-By the Lord, fool, I

By swaggering could I never thrive,

For the rain it raineth every day. on not mad ;--But do you remember? Madam, thy laugh you al such a barren rascal ? an you But when I came unto my bed, mile not, he's gagg'd: And thus the whirligig or With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, ime brings in his revenges.

With toss-pots still had drunken head, Ma. Pill be revenged on the whole pack of you. For the rain il raineth every day.

(Erit. Oli. He hath been most notoriously abus'd. A great while ago the world begun, Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to peace:

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, He hath not told us of the captain yet;

But that's all one, our play is done, When that is known, and golden time convents,?

And we'll strive to please you every day, A solemn combination shall be made

TErl Of our dear souls--Meantime, sweet sister, We will not part from hence.-Cesario, come ;For so you shall be, while you are a man;

This play is in the graver part elegant and easy But, when in other habits you are seen,

and in some of the lighter scenes exquisitely humo. Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen. (Exeunt. rous.. Ague-cheek is drawn with great propriety,

but his character is, in a great measure, that ol SONG.

natural fatuity, and is therefore not the proper prey

of a satirist. The soliloquy of Malvolio is truly Clo. When that I was and a little tiny boy, comic; he is betrayed to ridicule merely by his

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, pride. The marriage of Olivia, and the succeed. A foolish thing was but a loy,

ing perplexity, though well enough contrived in For the rain il reineth every day. divert on the stage, wants credibility, and fails to

produce the proper instruction required in the dra (1) Cheated. (2) Shall serve. ma, as it cxhibits no just picture of life.


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Vincentio, duke of Vienna.

Cloron, servant to Mrs. Over-done.
Angelo, lord deputy in the duke's absence. Abhorson, an executioner,
Escalus, an ancient lord, joined with Angelo in Barnardine, a dissolute prisoner.

the deputation. Claudio, a young gentleman.

Isabella, sister to Claudio. Lucio, a fanlastic.

Mariana, betrothed to Angelo.
Two other like gentlemen.

Juliet, beloved by Claudio.
Varrius, a gentleman, servant to the duke. Francisca, a nun.

Mistress Over-done, a bawd.

Lords, gentlemen, guards, officers, and other et A Justice,

tendants. Elbow, a simple cor stable, Froth, a foolish gentleman.

Scene, Vienna.

Thomas, } two friars.


ACT 1.

Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thce.

Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do; SCENE I. -An apartmenı in the Duke's palace. Not light them for themselves : for if our viriues Enter Duke, Escalus, Lords, and attendants.

Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike

As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd,

But to fine issues :' nor nature never lends
The smallest scruple of her excellence,

But, like a thristy goddess, she determines
Escal. My lord.

Herself the glory of a creditor,
Duke. Or government the properties to unfold, Both thanks and use. But I'do bend my speech
Would seem in me to affect speech and discourse; To one that can my part in him advertise ;
Since I am put to know that your own science, Hold therefore, Angelo;
Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice

In our remove, be thou at full oursell;
My strength can give you : then no more remains Mortality and mercy in Vienna
But that to your sufficiency, as your worth is able, Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escalus,
And let them work. The nature of our people, Though first in question, is thy secondary
Our city's institutions, and the terms

Take thy commission.
For common justice, you are as pregnant? in, Ang.

Now, good my lord, As art and practice hath enriched any

Let there be some more test made of my metal, That we remember: there is our commission, Before so noble and so great a figure From which we would not have you warp. ---Call Be stamp'd upon it. hither,


No more evasion : I say, bid come before us Angelo.-..

We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice

(Exit an attendant. Proceeded to you; therefore take your honours. What figure of us think you he will bear? Our haste from hence is of so quick condition, For you must know, we have with special soul That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestionid Elected him our absence to supply;

Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, Lent him our terror, drest leim with our love; As time and our concernings shall importune, And given his deputation all the organs

How it goes with us; and do look to know or our own power : what think you of it? What doth befall you here. So, fare you well: Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth

To the hopeful execution do I leave you To undergo such ample grace and honour,

or your commissions. It is lord Angelo.


Yet, give leave, my lord, Enter Angelo.

That we may bring you something on the way.

Duke. My haste may not admit it; Duke.

Look, where he comes. Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will,

With any scrúple: your scope' is as mine own; I come to know your pleasure.

So to enforce, or qualify the laws, Dule.


As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand, There is a kind of character in thy life,

l'll prívily away: I love the people, That, to the observer, doth thy history

But do not like to stage me to their eyes : Fully unfold: thyself and thy belongings:

Though it do well, I do not relish well Are not thine own so proper,' as to waste Their loud applause, and avese vehement; (1) Bounds. (2) Full of. (3) Endowments.

(5) For high purposes.

16) Interest. 141 So much thy own property.

17) Extent of power

18) Hailings.


you all.

Nor do I think the man of sale discretion,

Lucio. A French crown* more.
That does affect it. Once more, sare 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-l. 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 scast 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 I 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- Barod. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, gether,

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

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

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

(Exeunt. I Gent. 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.

Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting 1 Genl. 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 preL:ucio. 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 ?

i 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

(Exeunt 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 ;' 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 Genl. 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 lcast.
I Gent. What ? in metre?

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

Clo. A woman.
Lucio. 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.

Bard. What is there a maid with child by him ? I Gent. 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 î Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists Bawd. 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. relvet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: Bard. 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 pil'd, 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, indeed, with Bawd. 'But shall all our houses of resort in the most painful feeling of thy speech: 'I will, out of suburbs be pull'd down? thinc own confession, learn to begin thy health ; Clo. To the ground, mistress. but, whilst I live, forget to drink after thee. Bawd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the

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

Clo. Come; fear 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 Geni. To what, I pray?

Bawd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster ? let's I Geni. Judge.

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

vost to prison: and there's madam Juliet. Ex! (1) Measure. (2) A cut of the same cloth.

(4) Corona Veneris. (3) A jesı on the loss of hair by the French disease. (6) The sweating sickness.

with you.

SCENE III.-' he same.- Enler Provost, Claul 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: tlemen.

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 stale ;. the world?

Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends Bear me to prison, where I am committed. To the strici 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 prone and speechless dialect,

Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, Such as moves men; besides, she hath prosperol Make us pay down for our offence by weight.

art 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 'uis 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 unde this restraint ?

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

at a game of tick-tack. 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.

(Exe:mt. 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 inorality of imprisonment.—What's Believe not that the dribbling dart of love

Duke. No; holy father; throw away that thought; Thy offence, Claudio ? Claud. What, but to speak of would offendagain. 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?

or burning youth.

Fri. Claul. 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, yood friend

:-Lucio, a word How I have ever lov'd the life remov'd ;

(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 ? Clau. Thus slands it with me:-Upon a truel(A man of stricture,' and firm abstinence,) contract,

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

And he supposes me travell'd to Poland;

For so I have strew'd it in the common ear,
You know the lady; she is fast my wife,
Save that we do the denunciation lack

And so it is receiv'd: now, pious sir,
Or 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

laws From whom we thought it meet to hide our love, Till time had made them for us. But it chances, which for these fourteen years we have let sleep ;

(The needful bits and curbs for headstrong steeds,) 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: 90 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

And liberty plucks justice by the nose; He can command, lets it straight feel the spur:

The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart

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.

Duke. 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 naine, Now puts the drowsy and neglected act

For what I bid them do: for we bid this be done, Freshly on me :-tis surely for a name.

When evil deeds have their permissive past, 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 after 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. 110) Strictness. (5) Enter on her probation. (6) Prompt. (11) Since.

To do it slander: and to behold his sway, To teeming foison;eren 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’ythec, Isab. Some one with child by him ?-My cousin Supply me with the habit, and instruct me

Juliet ? 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 their Al 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 Rows, or that his appetite

Isab. 0, let him marry her! Is more to bread than stone: hence shall we see,


This is the point. if 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 authority,

From his true-meant design. Upon his place, Fran. Are not these large enough? Isab. Yes, truly: I speak not as desiring more; Is very snow-broth; one who never feels

Governs lord Angelo; a man, whose blood 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.
Who's that which calls ? He (to give fear to use and liberty,

With profits of the mind, study and fast.
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:
When you have vow'd, you must not speak with Falls into forfeit: he arrests him on it;

Under whose heavy sense your brother's life 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 ; 1 pray you answer him.

or 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 ?


Has censur'de 13 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 roses

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 novice 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 knee., 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 speelily. 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 see the lapwing, and to jest,

(Ereuni. 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; Ind to be talk'd with in sincerity,

ACT II. As with a saint.

Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mocking SCENE 1.-A hall in Angelo's house. Enior Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth,' attendants.

Angelo, Escalus, a Justice, Provost, Officers, and 'tis thus : Your brotner 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 sear'' 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.

In few and true words. (4) Breeding plenty. Power of gaining favour. (8) Sentenced. Tilling. (6) Extent.

Have. (10) Abhess.

(11) Scare. N


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