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Nor do I think the man of safe discretion,

Lucio. A French crown* more.
That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. 1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in

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 boitom 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 ? Ing. "Tis so with me:-Let us withdraw to- Bavod. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, gether,

and carried to prison, was worth five 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. Baud. Marry,sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio.

(Ereunt. 1 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 Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not not to composition with the king of Hungary, why, have it so : art thou sure of this? then all the dikuas fall upon the king.

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

Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised 2 Gent. Amen.

to meet me two hours since; and he was ever preLucio. 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 mants, 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. mind the captain and all the rest from their func

(Ereint 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 ;s 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 wa t where grace was said.

Enler Clown. 2 Genl. No? a dozen times at least. I Gent. What? in metre?

('lo. Yonder man is carried to prison. Laicis. In any proportion, or in any language. Binod. Well; what has he done? I Gent. I think, or in any religion.

Clo. A woman. Luciɔ. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite Band. But what's his offence ? of all controversy : as for example; thou thyself Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar liver. art a wicked villain, despite of all grace.

Brwd. What, is there a maid with child by him ? I Gen. Well, there went but a pair of sheers Clo, No; but there's a woman with maid by him: bet peen us.

you have not heard of the proclamation, have you ? Lueio. I tant; as there may between the lists Bawi. What pruclamation, man? and the velvet: thou art the list.

Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must ! Genl. And thou the velvet: thou art good be pluck'd down. Telvet; thou art a three-pil'd picce, I warrant thee: Bawd. And what shall become of those in the I had as lies be a list of an English kersey, as be city ? pild, as thou art pil'd, for a French velvet.I Do C!o. They shall stand for sced: they had mone I svak feelingly now?'

down too, but ihat a wise burgher put in for them. Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with Buwi!. 'But shu all our houses of resort in the most painful feeling of thy speech: 'I will, out of suburbs be pull'd down? thine ovu confession, learn to begin thy health ;! Clo. To the ground, mistress. bul, whilst I live, forget to drink after thee. Bawu. Vhv, 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 ? Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art no clients: though you change your place, you necd tainted, or free.

not change your trade; I'll be your tapster stille 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 vour eyes almost out in the service, you under her roof, as come to

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

Baud. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster ? let's I Gent. Jud re.

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. (Exe.. (1) Measure. (2) A cut of the same cloth.

(4) Corona Veneris. (s) A jest on the loss of hair by the French disease. (5) The sweating sickness.

art

with you.

SCENE III. - The same.--Enter Provost, ' Clau-1 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 state ; the world?

Implore her, in my voice, ihat she make friends Bear me to prison, where I am committed. To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay him; Prov. I do it noi 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 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 encourageLucio. 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 lite, Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost As surfeit is the father of inuch 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 ravino down their proper bane,) Claud. Come, officer, away.

(Excunt. 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 certain 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; thy oftence, Claudio ? Claud. 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.

Fri.

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 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 aller ? Claud. Thus stands it with me :-Upon a true My absolute power and place here in Vienna,

(A man of stricture, 10 and firm abstinence,) contract, I 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,

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 ihe cofler of her friends;

Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biling

laws From whom we thought it meet to hide our love,

(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 slcep ; The stealth of our most mutual entertainment,

Even like an over-grown lion in a cave,
With character too gross, is writ on Juliet.
Lucio. With child, perhaps ?

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

Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch,

Only to stick it in their children's sight,
And the new deputy now for the duke,-
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;

And liberty plucks justice by the nose;
Who, newly in the seat, that it may know
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,

Fri,

It rested in your grace
Or in his eminence that fills it up,
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,

Than in lord Angelo. Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the

Duke.

I do fear, too dreadful : wall 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, For what I bid them do: for we bid this be done, Now puts the drowsy and neglected act 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 after the duke, Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home, and appeal to himn.

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

9) Showy dreso resides. (10) Strictnous. (5) Enter on her probation. (8) Prompt. (11) Since.

To do it slander: and to behold his sway, To teeming foison ;* even so her plenteous wonub 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 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 therr 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

Lucio.

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,

Lucio.

This is the points If power change purpose, what our scemers 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. 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 lines 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. With profits of the mind, study and fast.
Isab.

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:
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; 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'd® hlo Enter Lucio.

Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath

A warrant for his execution. Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be ; as those check- 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

Lucio.

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?

Lucio.

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 mother10 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

Isab.

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

(Exeunt. 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 scarecrow 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) Hare. (10) Abbess. (11) Scare.

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me.

Escal,

Ay, but yet Escal. How know you that? Let us be keen, and rather cut a little,

Elb. My wife, sir, whom I detest?? before hea. Than fall, and bruise to death: alas! this gentleman, ven and your honour, Whom I would save, had a most noble father. Escal. How! thy wife? Let but your honour' know'

Elb. Ay, sir; whom, I thank heaven, is an (Whom I believe to be most strait in virtue,)

honest woman, That, in the working of your own affections,

Escal. Dost thou detest her therefore ? Had time coher'da with place, or place with wishing, Elb. I say, sir, I will detest myself also, as well Or that the resolute acting of your blood as she, that this house, if it be not a bawd's house, Could have attain'd the effect of your own purpose, it is pity of her life, for it is a naughty house. Whether you had not sometime in your life,

Esca!. How dost thou know that, constable ? Err'd in this point which now you censure him, Elb. Marry, sir, by my wise ; who, if she had And pull'd the law upon you.

been a woman cardinally given, might have been Ang. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus, accused in fornication, adultery, and all uncleanliAnother thing to fall. I not deny,

ness there. The jury, passing on the prisoner's life,

Escal. By the woman's means ? May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two Elb. Ay, sir, by mistress Over-done's means : Guiltier than him they try: what's open made to but as she spit in his face, so she defied him. justice,

Clo. Sir, if it please your honour, this is not so. That justice seizes. What know the laws, Elb. Prove it before these varlets here, thou That thieves do passò on thieves ? 'Tis very preg- honourable man, prove it. nant,

Escal. Do you hear how he misplaces ? The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it,

{To Angelo. Because we see it; but what we do not sce, Clo. Sir, she came in great with child; and longWe tread upon, and never think of it.

ing (saving your honour's reverence) for stew'd You may not so extenuate his offence,

prunes : sir, we had but two in the house, which at Pors I have had such faults ; but rather tell me, ihat very distant time stood, as it were, in a fruitWhen I, that censure him, do so offend, dish, a dish of some three-pence: your honours have Let mine own judgment pattern out my death, scen such dishes; they are not China dishes, but And nothing come in partial. Sir, he must die. very good dishes. Escal. Be it as your wisdom will.

Escal, Go to, go to: no matter for the dish, sir, Ang.

Where is the provost ? Clo. No, indeed, sir, not of a pin; you are there. Prov. Here, if it like your honour.

fore in the right: but, to the point : as I say, this Ang.

See that Claudio mistress Elbow, being, as I say, with child, and beBe executed by nine to-morrow morning :

ing great belly d, ard longing, as I said, for prunes; Bring him his confessor, let him be prepar'd; and having but two in the dish, as I said, master For that's the utmost of his pilgrimage. (Ex. Prov. Froth here, this very man, having eaten the rest, as Escal. Well, heaven forgive him; and forgive I said, and, as I say, paying for them very honestly ; us all!

-for, as you know, master Froth, I could not give Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall: you three-pence again. Some run from brakes? of vice, and answer none; Froth. No, indeed. And some condemned for a fault alone.

Clo. Very well : you being then, if you be re

member'd, cracking the stones of the foresaid Enter Elbow, Froth, Clown, Officers, &c.

prunes. Elb. Come, bring them away: if these be good

Froth. Ay, so I did, indeed. people in a common weal, that do nothing but use

Clo. Why, very well: I telling you then, if you their abuses in common houses, I know no law; be remember'd, that such a one, and such a one, bring them away.

were past cure of the thing you wot of, unless they Ang. How now, sir! what's your name? and kept very good diet, as I told you. what's the matter?'

Froth. All this is true. Elb. If it please your honour, I am the poor

Clo. Why, very well then. duke's constable, and my name is Elbow; I do

Escal. Come, you are a tedious fool: to the pur lean upon justice, sir, and do bring in here before pose.-What was done to Elbow's wife, that fre your good honour two notorious benefactors.

hath cause to complain of? Come me to what was Ang. Benefactors ? Well ; what benefactors are

done to her. they ? are they not malefactors ?

Clo. Sir, your honour cannot come to that yet. Elb. If it please your honour, I know not well

Escal. No, sir, nor I mean it not. what they are: but precise villains they are, that I

Clo. Sir, but you shall come to it, by your hoam sure of; and void of all profanation in the nour's leave: and I beseech you, look into master world, that good Christians ought to have.

Froth here, sir ; a man of fourscore pound a year; Escal. This comes off well;' here's a wise officer. whose father died at Hallowmas :--Was't not ai

Ang. Go to: what quality are they of ? Elbow Hallowmas, master Froth ? is your name? Why dost thou not speak, Elbow ?

Froth. Ad-hollond 13 eve. Clo. He cannot, sir; he's out at elbow.

Clo. Why, very well; I hope here be truths Ang. What are you, sir ?

he, sir, sitting, as I say, in a loweri4 chair, sir ; Elb. He, sir? a tapster, sir; parcelio-bawd;

one have a delight to sit : have you not?

'twas in the Bunch of Grapes, where, indeed, you that serves a bad woman; whose house, sir, was,

Froth. I have so; because it is an open room, as they say, pluck'd down in the suburbs; and now she professes's a hot-house, which, I think, is a

and good for winter. very ill house too. (1) Examine. (2) Suited. (3) Pass judgment. (9) Well told. (10) Partly. (11) Keeps a bagnio.

Plain. (5) Because. (6) Sentence. (12) For protest. (13) Eve of All Saints day. Thickest, thorny paths of vice. (8) Wealth.) (14) Easy.

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