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For what thou hast not, still thou striv'st to get; The sense of death is most in apprehension ;
Why give you me this shame ?
And hug it in mine arms. Do curse the gout, serpigo,a and the rheum, Isab. There spake my brother; there my father's For ending thee no sooner: Thou hast nor youth,
grave nor age;
Did utter forth a voice ! Yes, thou must die: But, as it were, an alter-dinner's sleep,
Thou art too noble to conserve a life Dreaming on both: for all thy blessed youth In base appliances. This outward-sainted deputy, Becomes as aged, and doth beg thee alms Whose settled visage and deliberate word or palsied eld ; and when thou art old, and rich, Nips youth i'the head, and follies doth enmer,' Thou hast neither heat, affection, limb, nor beauty, As falcon doth the fowl,—is yet a devil; To make thy riches pleasant. What's yet in this,' His filth within being cast, he would appear That bears the name of life? Yet in this life A pond as deep as hell. Lie hid more ihousand deaths: yet death we fear, Claud.
The princely Angelo? That makes these odds all even.
Isub. 0, 'tis the cunning livery of hell, Claud.
I humbly thank you. The damned'st body to invest and cover To sue to live, I find, I seek to die;
In princely guards ! Dost thou think, Claudio, And, seeking death, find life: Let it come on. Ir I would yield him my virginity,
Thou mightest be freed?
0, heavens! it cannot be.
Isah. Yes, he would give it thee, from this rank Isab. What, ho! Peace here ; grace and good offence, company!
So to offend him still: This night's the time Prov. Who's there? come in : the wish deserves That I should do what I abhor to name, a welcome.
Or else thou diest to-morrow. Duke. Dear sir, ere long I'll visit you again. Claud.
Thou shalt not do't. Claud. Most hüly sir, I thank you. Isab. My business is a word or two with Claudio. I'd throw it down for your deliverance
Isab, 0, were it but my life, Prov. And very welcome. Look, signior, here's As frankly as a pin. your sister.
Thanks, dear Isabel. Duke. Provost, a word with you.
Isab. Be ready,Claudio, for your deathto-morrow. Prov. As many as you please.
Claud. Yes.-Has he affections in him, Duke. Bring them to speak, where I may be that thus can make him bite the law by the nose, conceald,
When he would force it ? Sure it is no sin;
Isab. Which is the least ? Isab. Why, as all comforts are; most good in- Claud. If it were damnable, he, being so wise, decd;
Why, would he for the momentary trick, Lord Angelo, having affairs to heaven,
Be perdurablylo fined ?-0, Isabel ! Intends you for his swift ambassador,
Isab. What says my brother! Where you shall be an everlasting liver:
Death is a fearful thing. Therefore your best appointments make with speed;
Isab. And shamed life a hateful. To-morrow you sct on.
Claud. Ay, but to do die, and go wc know not Claud. Is there no remedy?
where; Isab. None, but such remedy, as, to save a head, To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot; To cleave a heart in twain.
This sensible warm motion to become Claud.
But is there any ? A kneaded cold ; and the delighted spirit Isab. Yes, brother, you may live;
To hathe in fiery floods, or to reside There is a devilish mercy in the judge,
In thrilling regions of thick-ribbed ice; If you'll implore it, that will free your life,
To be imprison'd in the viewless!! winds, But fetter you till death.
And blown with restless violence roundabout Claud. Perpetual durance ?
The pendent world; or to be worse than worst Isab. Ay, just, perpetual durance; a restraint, for those, that lawless and incertain thoughts Though all the world's vastidity you had, To a determin'd scope.
Imagine howling !-'tis too horrible!
The wearied and most loathed worldly life,
That age, ache, penury, and imprisonment
Can lay on nature, is a paradise
Isab. Alas! alas !
Sweet sister, let me live: Isab. O, I do fear thee, Claudio ; and I quake
What sin you do to save a brother's life, Lest thou a feverous life should'st entertain,
Nature dispenses with the deed so far, And six or seven winters more respect
That it becomes a virtue. Than a perpetual honour. Dar'st thou die?
0, you beast ! (1) Affects, affections. (2) Leprous eruptions. (3) Old age. (4) Resident. (5) Preparation.
(8) Laced robes. (9) Freely. (10) Lasting's. 16) Vastncss of ostent. (7) Shut up.
O, faithless coward! 0, dishoncst wretch!
Duke. That shall not be much amiss : yet, as the Wilt thou be made a man out of my vice? matter now stands, he will avoid your accusation ; Is't not a kind of incest, to take life
he made trial of you only. Therefore, fasten your From thine own sister's shame? What should I ear on my advisings; to the love I have
good, a remedy presents itself. I do make myself Heaven shield, my mother play'd my father fair! believe, that you may most uprighteously do a poor For such a warped slip of wilderness!
wronged lady a merited benefit; redeem your broNe'er issu'd from his blood. Take my defiance: ther from the angry law; do no stain to your own Die; perish! migh: but my bending down gracious person; and much please the absent duke, R::prieve thee from thy fate, it should proceed : it, peradventure, he shall ever return to have hear I'll pray a thousand prayers for thy death, ing of this business. No word to save thee.
Isab. Let me hear you speak further; I have Claud. Nay, hear me, Isabel.
spirit to do any thing that appcars not foul in the Isab.
0, fic, fie, fie! truth of my spirit. Thy sin's not accidental, but a trade :)'
Duke. Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful. Mercy to thee would prove itself a bawd: Have not you heard speak of Mariana, the sister of 'Tis best thou diest quickly.
[Going. Frederick, the great soldier, who miscarried at sea ? Claud.
O hear me, Isabella. Isab. I have licard of the lady, and good words
went with her name. Re-enler Duke.
Duke. Her should this Ange!, have married; was Duke. Vouchsafe a word, young sister, but one affianced to her by oath, and the nuptial appointed: word.
between which time of the contract, and limit of the Isab. What is your will ?
solemnity, her brother Frederick was wrecked at Duke. Might you dispense with your leisure, I sea, having in that perish'd vessel the dowry of his would by and by have some speech' with you: the sister. But mark, how heavily this befel to the poor satisfaction I would require, is likewise your own gentlewoman: there she lost a noble and renowned benefit.
brother, in his love toward her ever most kind and Isab. I have no superfluous leisure; my stay must natural; with him the portion and sinew of her for. be stolen out of other affairs; but I will attend you tune, her marriage-dowry; with both, her combia while.
nate husband, this well-seeming Angelo. Duke. [To Claudio, aside.] Son, I have over- Isab. Can this be so ? Did Angelo so leave her? heard what hath passed between you and your sis
Duke. Left her in her tears, and dry'd not one of ter. Angelo had never the purpose to corrupt her; them with his comfort; swallowed his vows whole, only he hath made an essay of her virt:e, to practise pretendins, in her, discoveries of dishonour: in few, his judgment with the disposition of natures: she, bestowed' her on her own lamentation, which she having the truth of honour in her, hath made him yet wears for his sake; and he, a marble to her that gracious denial which he is inost glad to re- tears, is washed with them, but relents not. ceive; I am confessor to Augelo, and I know this to Isab. What a merit werc it in death, to take this be true; therefore prepare yourself to death: do not poor maid from the world! What corruption in this satisfy your resolution with hopes that are fallible: life, that it will let this man live !-But how out of la-morrow you must die; go to your knces, and this can she avail ? inake ready.
Duke. It is a rupture that you may easily heal : Cloud. Let me ask my sister pardon. I am so and the cure of it not only saves your brother, but out of love with life, that I will sue to be rid of it. kerps you from dishonour in doing it. Duke. Hold you ther: farewell. [Ex. Claud.
Isab. Show me how, good father.
Duke. This forc-named maid hath yet in her the Re-enter Provost.
continuance of her first aflcetion; his unjust unProvost, a word with you.
kindness, that in all reason should have quenched Pror. What's your will, father?
her love, hath, like an impediment in the current, Duke. That now you are come, you will be gonc: made it more violent and unruly. Go you to Anleave me a while with the maid ;' iny mind promises gelo; answer his requiring with a plausible obedi. with my habit, no loss shall touch her by my coin- ence; agree with his demands to the point: only pany.
refer yourself to this advantage,-first, that your Pror. In good time.
(Exit Provost. stay with him may not be long; that the time may Duke. The hand that hath make you fair, hath have all shadow and silence in it; and the place made you good: the goodness, that is cheap in answer to convenience: this being granted in beauty, makes beauty brief in goodness; but grace, course, now follows all
. We shall advise this being the soul of your complexion, should keep the wronged maid to stead up your appointment, go in body of it ever fair. The assault, that Angelo hath your place; is the encounter acknowledge itsell made to you, fortune hath convey'd to my under-hereafter, it may compel him to her recompense; standing; and, but that frailty hath examples for and here, by this, is your brother saved, your hohis falling, I should wonder at Angelu. How would nour intainice, the poor Mariana advant.iged, and you do to content this substitute, and io save your
the corrupt deputy scaled. The maid will I frame, brother?
and make fit for his attempt. If you think well to 1:ab. I am now going to resolve hin: I had carry this as you may, the doubleness of the benefit rather my brother die by the law, than my son detends the deceit from reproof. What think you should be unlawfully born. But (), how much is of it? the good duke deceived in Angelo! If cver he rc
Isab. The image of it gives me content already ; turn, and I can sprak to him, I will open my lips and, I trust, it will grow to a most prosperous perin vain, or discover his government.
Duke. It lies much in your holding up: haste (1) Wildness. (2) Refusal. 13) An established habit.
(5) Betrothed. (6) Gave her up to her sorrows. (4) Continue in that resolution.
17) Have recourse to. (8) Over-roached.
you speedily to Angelo; il for this night he entrcat, Lucio. How doth my dear morsel, thy mistress? you to his bed, give him promise of satisfaction. Procures she still ? Ha? will presently to St. Luke's; there, at the moated Clo. Troth, sir, she hath eaten up all her bees, grange,' resides this dejected Mariana ; at that and she is hersell in the tub.5 place call upon me; and despatch with Angelo, Lucio. Why, 'tis good; it is the right of it; it that it may be quickly.
must be so: ever your fresh whore, and your powe Isab. I thank you for this comfort: fare you well, der'd bawd: an unshunn'd consequence; it must good father.
(Exeunt severally. be so: art going to prison, Pompey?
Clo. Yes, faith, sir. SCENE II.-The street before the prison. Enter Lucio. Why, 'tis not amiss, Pompey: farewell:
Duke, as a friar ; lo hiin Elbow, Clown, and go;, say, I sent thee thither.' For debt, Pompey ? Officers,
Elb. For being a bawd, for being a bawd. Elb. Nay, if there be no remedy for it, but that Lucio. Well, then imprison him: if imprisonyou will needs buy and sell men and women like men be the due of a bawd, why, 'tis his right: beasts, we shall have all the world drink brown and bawd is he, doubtless, and of antiquity too; bave white bastard. 2
born. Farewell, good Pompey: cominend me to Duke. O, heavens! what stuff is here?
the prison, Pompey: you will turn good husband Clo. 'Twas never merry world, since, of two now, Pompey; you will keep the house. usuries, the merriest was put down, and the worser
hope, sir, your good worship will be my allow'd by order law a furr'd gown to keep bail. him warm; and furr'd with fox and lamb-skins
Lucio. No, indeed, will I not, Pompey; it is not too, to signify, that craft, being richer than inno- the wear.” I will pray, Pompey, to increase your cency, stands for the facing.
bondage: if you take it not patiently, why, your Elb. Come your way, sir :-Bless you, good fa- mettle is the more. Adieu, trusty Pompey: --Bless ther friar. Duke. And you, good brother father : What
Duke. And you. offence hath this man made you, sir ?
Lucio. Does Bridget paint still, Pompey? Ha? Elb. Marry, sir, he hath offended the law: and, Elb. Come your ways, sir; come. sir, we take him to be a thief too, sir; for we have Clo. You will not bail me then, sir ? sound upon him, sir, a strange pick-lock, which
Lucio. Then, Pompey? nor now.-What news we have sent to the deputy.
abroad, friar? what news ? Duke. Fie, sirrah; a bawd, a wicked bawd!
Elb. Come your ways, sir; come.
Lucio. Go-to kennel, Pompey, go:
(Exaunt Elbow, Clown, and Officers. From such a filthy vice : say to thyself, - What news, friar, of the duke? From their abominable and beastly touches
Duke. I know none : can you tell me of any ? I drink, I eat, array myself, and live.
Lucio. Some say, he is with the emperor of Rus. Canst thou believe thy living is a life,
sia ; other some, he is in Rome: but where is he, So stinkingly depending ? Go, mend, go, mend. think you ?
Clo. Indeed, it does stink in some sort, sir ; but Duke. I know not where: but wheresoever, I yet, sir, I would prove
wish him well. Duke. Nay, is the devil have given thee proofs Lucio. It was a mad fantastical trick of him, to
steal from the state, and usurp the beggary he was Thou wilt prove his. Take him to prison, officer; never born to. Lord Angelo dukes it well in his Correction and instruction must boih work, absence;
he puts transgression to't. Ere this rude beast will profit.
Duke.' He does well in't. Elb. He must before the deputy, sir; he has Lucio. A little more lenity to lechery would do given him warning: the deputy cannot abide a no harın in him : something too crabbed that way, whoremaster: if he be a whoremonger, and comes friar. before him, he were as good go a mile on his errand. Duke. It is too general a vice, and severity must
Duke. That we were all, as some would seem to be, cure it.
kindred; it is well ally'd: but it is impossible to
extirp it quite, friar, till eating and drinking be put Elb. His neck will come to your waist, a cord,“ sir. down. They say, this Angelo was not made by
Clo. I spy comfort; I cry, bail : here's a gentle man and woman, after the downright way of creaman, and a friend of mine.
tion: is it true, think you ? Lúcio. How now, noble Pompey? What, at the
Duke. How should he be made then ? heels of Cæsar ? Art thou led in triumph? What,
Lucio. Some report, a sea-maid spawn'd him :is there none of Pygmalion's images, newly made Some, that he was begot between two stock-fishes : woman, to be had now, for putting the hand in the but it is certain, that when he makes water, bis pocket, and extracting it clutch'd ? What reply? urine is congeald ice ; that I know to be true :' and Ha? What say'st thou to this tune, inatter,
and he is a motion ungenerative, that's infallible. method ? Is't not drown'd i' the last rain? Ha?
Duke. You are pleasant, sir; and speak apace. What say'st thou, trot? Is the world as it was,
Lucio. Why, what a ruthless thing is this in man? Which is the way? Is it sad, and few him, for the rebellion of a cod-piece, to take away words? Or how? The trick of it?
the life of a man? Would the duke, that is absent, Duke. Still thus, and thus ! still worse!
have done this? Ere he would have hang'd a man
for the getting a hundred bastards, he would have (1) A solitary farm-house. (2) A sweet wine. (3) For a Spanish padlock.
(5) Powdering tub. (6) Stay at home. 14) Tied like your waist with a rope.
paid for the nursing a thousand : he had some feel- Duke. No might nor greatness in mortality ing of the sport ; he knew the service, and that in- Can censure 'scape; back-wounding calumny siructed him to mercy,
The whitest virtue strikes : What king so strong, Thike. I nerer heard the absent duke much de- Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue ? tected' for women; he was not inclincu that way. But who comes here? Lucio. O, sir, you arc deceivcd. Dide, 'Tis not possible.
Enler Escalus, Provost, Bawd, and Officers. Lucio. Who? not the duke ? yes, your beggar or Escal. Go, away with her to prison. fifty ;-and his use was, to pui a ducat in her clack- Buwd. Good my lord, be good to me; your hodish: the duke had crotchets in him: he would be nour is accounted a merciful man: good my lord. that let me insorin you.
Escal, Double und treble admonition, and still Dake. You do him wrong, surely.
forfeit' in the same kind ? This would make mercy Lacio. Sir, I was an inward of his : a shy fellow swear, and play the tyrant. was the duke: and, I believe, I know the cause of Prov. A bawd of eleven years continuance, may his withdrawing.
it please your honour. Duke. What, I pr’ythee, might be the cause ? Bawd. My lord, this is one Lucio's information Lucio
. No,--pardon ; 'tis a secret must be against me: mistress Kate Keep-down was with lock'd within the teeth and the lips; but this I can child by him in the duke's time, he promised her let you understand, The greater tile? of the sub-marriage; his child is a year and a quarter old, ject held the duke to be wisc.
come Philip and Jacob : I have kept it myself; and Duke. Wise? why, no question but he was. sce how he goes about to abuse me. Lucio. A very superficial, ignorant, unweighing? Escal. That Icllow is a fellow of much license : fellow.
-let him be called before us.-Away with her to Duke. Either this is envy in you, folly, or mis- prison: Go to; no more words. [Exeunt Bawd and taking; the very strz am of his life, and the business Officers.) Provost, my brother Angelo will not be he hath helmed, must, upon a warranted need, alter'd, Claudio must die 10-morrow; let him be give him a better proclamation. Let hiin be bui furnished with divines, and have ali charitable pretestimonied in his own bringing forth, and he shall paration: if my brother wrought by my pity, it appear to the envious, a scholar, a statesman, and should not be so with him. a soldier: therefore, you speak unskillully; or, Prov. So please you, this friar hath becn with him, Jour knowledge be more, it is much darken'd' in and advised him for the entertainment of death. four malice.
Escal. Good even, good father. Lucio. Sir, I know him, and I love him.
Duke. Bliss and goodness on you! Duke. Love talks with better knowledge, and
Escal. Of whence are you? knowledge with dearer lore.
Duke. Not of this country, though my chance is Lucio. Come, sir, I know what I know. Duke. I can hardly believe that, since you know To use it for my time: I am a brother not what you speak. But, if ever the duke return of gracious order, late come from the sce, (as our prayers are he may;) let me desire you to In special business from his holiness. make your answer before him: if it be honest you Escal. What news abroad i' the world ? have spoke, you have courage to maintain it: l'am Duke. None, but that there is so great a fever bound to call upon you; and, I pray you, your on goodness, that the dissolution of it must cure it; name?
povelty is only in request; and it is as dangerous to Lucia. Sir, my name is Lucio; well known to be constant in any kind of course, as it is virtuous
to be constant in any undertaking. There is scarcc Duke. He shall know you better, sir, if I may truth enough alive, to make societies secure; but
security enough, to make fellowships accursd: Lucio. I fear you not.
much upon this riddle runs the wisdom of the world. Duke. 0, you hope the duke will return no more; This news is old enough, yet it is every day's news. or you imagine me too unhurtful an opposite. But, I pray you, sir, of what disposition was the duke? indeed, I can do you little harm: you'll forswear Escal. One, ihat, above all other strises, contend
ed especially to know him Lucio. I'll be hang'd first: thou art deceived in Duke. What pleasure was he given to ? me, friar. But no more of this : can'st thou tell, if Escal. Rather rejoicing to see another merry, Claudio die to-morrow, or no?
than merry at any thing which profess'd to make Dike. Why should he die, sir?
bim rejoice; a gentleman of all temperance. But Lucio. Why? for filling a bottle with a t'ın-dish. leave we him to his events, with a prayer they may I would, the duke, we talk of, were return'd again : prove prosperous: and let me desire to know how this ungenitur'd agent will unpeople the province you find Claudio prepared. I am made to underwith continency; sparrows must not build
in his stand, that you have lent him visitation. house-eaves, because they are lecherous. The duke Duke. Ile professes to have received no sinister set would have dark decds darkly answer'd; he measures from his judge, but most willingly humwould never bring them to light: would he were bles himself to the determination of justice : yet return'd! Marry, this Claudio is condemned for had he framed to himself, by the instruction of his un russing. Farewell, good friar; I prythre, prav frailty, many deceiving promises of life; which I, for me. The duke, I say to thee again, would eat by my good leisure, have discredited to him, and mutton on Fridays. He's now past it'; yet, and I now is he resolved to die. say to thee, he would mouth with a beggar, though Escal. You have paid the heavens your function, she smelt brown bread and garlic : say, that I saill and the prisoner the very debt of your calling. I 50. Farewell.
[Exil, have labour'd for the poor gentleman, to the cx
live to report you.
(1) Suspected. (2) The majority of his subjects. (3) luconsiderate. (4) Guided. (5) Opponent.
(6) Have a wench.
tremest shore of my modesty; but my brother jus- is come, even now. I shall crave your forbearance tice have I found so severe, that he hath forced me a little; may be, I will call upon you anon, for to tell him, he is indeed—justice.
some advantage to yourself. Duke. If his own life answers the straitness of Mari. I am always bound to you. (Exil. his proceeding, it shall become him well; wherein, Duke. Very well met, and welcome. if he chance to fail, he hath sentenced himself. What is the news from this good deputy? Escal. I am going to visit the prisoner: Fare Isab. He hath a garden circummur'da with brick,
Whose western side is with a vineyard back'd; Duke. Peace be with you!
And to that vineyard is a plancheda gate, (Exeunt Escalus and Provost. That makes his opening with this bigger key: He, who the sword of heaven will bear,
This other doth command a little door, Should be as holy as severe;
Which from the vineyard to the garden leads; Pattern in himself to know,
There have I made my promise to call on him, Grace to stand, and virtue go;
Upon the heavy middle of the night. More nor less to others paying,
Duke. But 'shall you on your knowledge find Than by sell-offences weighing.
this way? Shame to him, whose cruel striking
Isab. I have ta'en a due and wary note upon't; Kills for faults of his own liking!
With whispering and most guilty diligence, Twice treble shame on Angelo,
In action all of precept, he did show me To weed my vice, and let his grow!
The way twice o'er. O, what may man within him hide,
Are there no other tokens Though angel on the outward side!
Between you 'greed, concerning her observance? How may likeness,' made' in crimes,
Isab. No, none, but only a repair i' the dark; Making practice on the times,
And that I have possess'ds him, my most stay Draw with idle spiders' strings
Can be but brief: for I have made him know, Most pond'rous and substantial things !
I have a servant comes with me along, Craft against vice I must apply:
That stays upon me; whose persuasion is, With Angelo to-night shall lie
I come about my brother. His old betrothed, but despis'd;
'Tis well borne up. So disguise shall, by the disguis’d,
I have not yet made known to Mariana Pay with falsehood false exacting,
A word of this:- What, ho! within ! come forth! And perform an old contracting.
She comes to do you good.
I do desire the like.
Duke. Do you persuade yourself I respect SCENE I room in Mariana's house, Mariapa discovered silting; a Boy singing. Mari. Good friar, I know you do; and have SONG,
Duke. Take then this your companion by the Take, oh take those lips away,
hand, That so sweetly were forsworn ;
Who hath a story ready for your ear: And those eyes, the break of day,
I shall attend your leisure ; but make haste; Lights that do mislead the morn :
The vaporous night approaches. But my kisses bring again,
Will't please you walk aside ? bring again, Scals of love, but seald in vain,
(Exeunt Mariana and Isabella. seald in vain. Dike. O place and greatness, millions of false Mari. Break off thy song, and haste thee quick are stuck upon thce! volumes of report
away ; Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice
Run with these false and most contrarious quests' Hath often stilld my brawling discontent.--.
pon thy doings ! thousard 'scapes of wit
(Eril Boy. Make thee, the father of their idle drcan, Enter Duke.
And rack thee in their fancies !-Welcome! How
Re-enter Mariana and Isabella.
Isab. She'll take the enterprise upon her, father, Duke. 'Tis good : though music oft hath such a
If you advise it.
It is not my consent, To make bad, good, and good provoke to harm.
But my entreaty too. I pray you, tell me, hath any body inquired for me when you depart from him, but, soft and low,
Little have you to say, here to-day? much upon this time have I promis'd Remeniber now my brother. here to meet, Mari, You have not been inquired after: I have
Fear me not, sat here all day.
Duke. Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all:
He is your husband on a pre-contráct:
To bring you thus together, 'tis no sin ;
Doth flourishiö the deceit. Comc, let us go; (1) Appearance. (2) Trained. 13) Walled round (4) Planked, wooden. (7) Inquisitions, inquiries. (8) Sallins, Loformed. (6) Waits.
(9) Since. (10) Gild or varnish over.