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Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, I would have been a breakfast to the beast, Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. O, heaven be judge, how I love Valentine, Whose life's as tender to me as my soul; And full as much (for more there cannot be,) I do detest false perjur'd Proteus : Therefore be gone, solicit me no more.
Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to death,
Would I not undergo for one calm look?
Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love,
Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths Descended into perjury, to love me. [two, Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou hadst And that's far worse than none; better have
Who should be trusted now, when one's right
'Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the worst!
Pro. My shame and guilt confounds me.-
I tender it here; I do as truly suffer,
Val. Then I am paid;
And once again I do receive thee honest:-
Val. Why, boy! why wag! how now? what is the matter?
Look up; speak.
Jul. O good Sir, my master charg'd me To deliver a ring to madam Silvia; Which, out of my neglect was never done. Pro. Where is that ring, boy?
+ Felt, experienced.
[Gives a ring.
Jul. Here 'tis: this is it. Pro. How! let me see: Why this is the ring I gave to Julia. Jul. O, cry your mercy, Sir, I have mistook; This is the ring you sent to Silvia.
[Shows another ring. Pro. But, how cam'st thou by this ring? at my depart,
I gave this unto Julia.
Jul. And Julia herself did give it me; And Julia herself hath brought it hither. Pro. How! Julia!
Jul. Behold her that gave aim to all thy
And entertain'd them deeply in her heart:
It is the lesser blot, modesty finds, [minds.
But constant, he were perfect: that one crror Fills him with faults; makes him run through all sins:
Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins:
Val. Come, come, a hand from either:
Jul. And I have mine.
Enter OUTLAWS, with DUKE and THURIO. Out. A prize, a prize, a prize!!
Val. Forbear, I say; it is my lord the duke. Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd, Banish'd Valentine.
Duke. Sir Valentine!
Thu. Yonder is Silvia; and Silvia's mine. Val. Thurio give back, or else embrace thy death;
Come not within the measure of my wrath:
Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I;
Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou,
I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, To grant one boon that I shall ask of you.
Duke. I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it
Are men endued with worthy qualities;
Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts.
What think you of this page, my lord?
Val. I warrant you, my lord; more grace than boy.
Duke. What mean you by that saying?
That you will wonder what hath fortuned.-
SCENE I.-An Apartment in the DUKE'S
Enter DUKE, ESCALUS, Lords, and Attendants.
Duke. Of government the properties to unfold, [course; Would seem in me to affect speech and disSince I am put to know, that your own science, Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice My strength can give you: Then no more remains
I say, bid come before us Angelo.-
Are not thine own so proper, as to waste Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee. Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do; Not light them for themselves: for if our virtues 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
In our remove, be thou at full ourself;
Ang. Now, good my lord,
Let there be some more test made of my metal,
Duke. No more evasion:
We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice
Ang. Yet, give leave, my lord,
As to your soul seems good. Give me your I'll privily away: I love the people,
+For high purposes. Extent of power.
But do not like to stage me to their eyes:
Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in
Duke. I thank you: Fare you well. [Exit.
And we may soon our satisfaction have
Escal. I'll wait upon your honour. [Exeunt.
SCENE II-A 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.
Lucio. 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? Lucio. Ay, that he razed.
1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to command the captain and all the rest from 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 prays 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? a dozen times at least. 1 Gent. What? in metre?
Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language. 1 Gent. I think, 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 the list.
1 Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good velvet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: I had as lief 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 under her roof, as come to2 Gent. To what, I pray?
1 Gent. Judge.
1 Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica?
Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of you all.
1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee?
Bawd. Marry, Sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio,
1 Gent. Claudio to prison! 'tis not so.
Baud. 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?
Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting madam 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
Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison.
Bawd. But what's his offence?
Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him?
Clo. No; but there's a woman with maid by him: You have not heard of the proclamation, have you?
Bawd. What, proclamation, man.
Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be pluck'd down.
Bawd. And what shall become of those in the city?
Clo. They shall stand for seed: they had gone down too, but that a wise burgher put in
Bawd. But shall all our houses of resort in the suburbs be pull'd down?
Clo. To the ground, mistress. Bawd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the commonwealth! What shall 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. [Exeunt.
SCENE III.-The same.
Enter PROVOST, CLAUDIO, JULIET, and Officers;
Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus
I pr'ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service:
When she will play with reason and discourse, And well she can persuade.
Lucio. I pray, she may; as well for the en
Bear me to prison, where I am committed.
comes this restraint?
Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio,
As surfeit is the father of much fast,
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 offence, Claudio? Claud. What, but to speak of would offend again.
Lucio. What is it? murder?
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. -Is lechery so look'd after? Claud. Thus stands it with me:--Upon a true I got possession of Julietta's bed; contract, You know the lady; she is fast my wife, Save that we do the denunciation lack 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; Or 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, Or in his eminence that fills it up, I stagger in:-But this new governor Awakes me all the enrolled penalties, Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the wall
So long, that nineteen zodiacst have gone round, 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.
Lucio. I warrant, it is: and thy head stands so tickles on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and appeal to him.
Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found. * Gaoler. + Voraciously devour.
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 ticktack. I'll to her.
Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio.
Claud. Come, officer, away.
SCENE IV.-A Monastery.
How I have ever lov'd the life remov'd ;§
Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting laws, [steeds) (The needful bits and curbs for headstrong Which for these fourteen years we have let sleep;
Even like an o'ergrown lion in a cave,
For terror, not to use; in time the rod [crees,
Fri. It rested in your grace [pleas'd:
Duke. 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 I bid them do: For we bid this be
When evil deeds have their permissive pass, And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my father,
I have on Angelo impos'd the office;