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That most ungrateful boy there, by your side,

Priest. A contract of eternal bond of love, From the rude sea's enrag'd and foamy mouth Confirm'd by mutual joinder of your hands, Did I redeem ; a wreck past hope he was :

Attested by the holy close of lips, His life I gave him, and did thereto add

Strengthen'a by interchangement of your rings ; My love, without retention, or restraint,

And all the ceremony of this compact All his in dedication : for his sake,

Seal'd in my function, by my testimony: Did I expose myself, pure for his love,

Since when, my watch hath told me, toward my grave, Into the danger of this adverse town ;

I have travelled but two hours. Drew to defend him, when he was beset;

Duke. O, thou dissembling cub! what wilt thou be, Where being apprehended, his false cunning When time hath sow'd a grizzle on thy case! (Not meaning to partake with me in danger), Or will not else thy craft so quickly grow, Tanghit him to face me out of his acquaintance, That thine own trip shall be thine overthrow ?

Farewell, and take ber; but direct thy feet, While one would wink; denied me mine' own purse, Where thou and I benceforth may never meet. Which I had recommended to his use,

Vio. My lord, I do protest, Not half an hour before.


0, do not swear : Vio. How can this be?

Hold little faith, though thou hast too much fear. Duke. When came he to this town?

Enter Sir Andrew Ague-cheek, with his Head broke. Ant. To-day, my lord ; and for three months before

Sir And. For the love of God, a surgeon ; send one (No interim, not a minute's vacancy),

presently to sir Toby. Both day and night did we keep company.

Oli. What's the matter?
Enter Olivia and Attendants.

Sir And. He has broke my head across, and has Duke. Here comes the countess ; now heaven walks given sir Toby a bloody coxcomb too: for the love of on earth.

God, your help: I had rather than forty pound, 1 But for thee, fellow, fellow, thy words are madness : were at home. Three months this youth bath tended upon me;

Oli, Who has done this, sir Andrew ! But more of that anon. -Take him aside.

Sir And. The count's gentleman, one Cesario: we Oli. What would my lord, but that he may not have, took him for a coward, bat he's the very devil incarWherein Olivia may seem serviceable ? Cesario, you do not keep promise with me.

Dule. My gentleman, Cesario? Vio. Madam ?

Sir And. 'od's lifelings, here he is :-Yoa hroke my Duke. Gracious Olivia,

[lord, head for nothing; and that that I did, I was set on Oli. What do you say, Cesario ?Good my to do't by sir Toby. Fio. My lord would speak, my duty hushes me. Vio. Why do you speak me? I never hurt you:

Oli. If it be aught to the old tone, my lord, You drew your sword upon me, without cause ; It is as fat and fulsome so mide ear,

But I bespake you fair, and hurt you not. As howling after music.

Sir And. If a blood y coxcomb be a hurt, you have Still so cruel ?

hurt me; I think, you set nothing by a bloody coxOli. Still so constant, lord.

comb. Duke. What! to perverseness? you uncivil lady, Enter Sir Toby Belch, drunk, led by the Clown. To whose ingrate and unauspicious altars

Here comes sir Toby halting, you shall hear more : My soul the faithful'st offerings hath breath'd out, but if he had not been in drink, he would have tickled That e'er devotion tender'd! What shall I do?

you othergates than he did. Oli. Even what it please my lord, that shall be Duke. How now, gentleman ? how is't with you ! come bim.

Sir To. That's all one; he has hurt me, and there's Duke. Why should I not, had I the heart to do it, the end on't. Sot, didst see Dick surgeon, sot! Like to the Egyptian thief, at point of death,

Clo. O, he's drunk, sir Toby, an hour agone; bis Kill what I love; a savage jealousy,

eyes were set at eight i'the morning. That sometime savours nobly?-But hear me this: Sir To. Then he's a rogue. After a passy-measure, Since you to non-regardance cast my faith,

or a pavin, I hate a drunken rogue. And that I partly kuow the instrument

oli. Away with him : Who hath made this havock That screws me from my true place in your favour, with them? Live you, the marble-breasted tyrant, still ;

Sir And. I'll help you, sir Toby, because we'll be But this your minion, whom, I know, you love, dressed together. And whom, by heaven I swear, I tender dearly, Sir To. Will you help an ass-head, and a coxcomb, Him will I tear out of that cruel eye,

and a knave! a thin-faced knave, a gull! Where he sits crowned in his master's spite. Oli, Get him to bed, and let his hart be look'd to. Come boy, with me; my thoughts are ripe in mis [Exeunt Clown, Sir Toby, and Sir Andrex. I'll sacrifice the lamb that I do love,


Enter Sebastian.
To spite a raven's heart within a dove. [Going.
Vio. And I, most jocund, apt, and willingly,

Seb. I am sorry, madam, I have hurt your kinsman;

Bat, had it been the brother of my blood, To do you rest, a thousand deaths would die.

I must have done no less, with wit, and safety.

(Following. You throw a strange regard upon me, and
Oli. Where goes Cesario?
After him I love,

By that I do perceive it hath offended you;
More than I love these eyes, more than my life,

Pardon me, sweet ore, even for the vows

We made each other but so late ago.
More by all mores, than'e'er I shall love wife
If I do feign, you witnesses above,

Duke. One face,one voice,one habit,and two persons; Panish my life, for tainting of my love!

A natural perspective, that is, and is not. Oli. Ah me, detested ! how am I beguild!

Sob. Antonio, O my dear Antonio !
Vio. Who does beguile you? who does do you wrong? Since I have lost thee.

How have the hours rack'd and tortor'd me,
Oli. Hast thou forgot thyself? Is it so long! -
Call forth the holy father. [Exit an Attendant.

Ant. Sebastian are you?

Seb. Duke.

Fear'st thou that, Antonio? Come away. (To Viola. Oli, Whither, my lord 1-Cesario, husband, stay.

Ant. How have you made division of yourself? Duke. Husband !

An apple, cleft in two, is not more twin oli.

Than these two creatures. Which is Sebastian ?
Ay, husband ; Can he that deny !

Oli. Most wonderful!
Duke. Her husband, sirrah?

No, my lord, not I.

Seb. Do I stand there? I never had a brother:

Nor can there be that deity in my nature,
Oli. Alas, it is the baseness of thy fear,
That makes thee strangle thy propriety:

Of here and every where. I had a sister,
Fear not, Cesario, take thy fortunes up;

Whom the blind waves and surges have devour'd :Be that thou know'st thou art, and then thou art

of charity, what kin are you to me! [To Viola.

What countryman? what name! what parentage ! As great as that thou fear'st.-0, welcome, father!

Tio. Of Messaline : Sebastian was my father ; Re-enter Attendant and Priest.

Sach a Sebastian was my brother too, Father, I charge thee, by thy reverence,

So went he suited to his watery tomb: Here to unfold (though lately we intended

If spirits can assume both for in and suit To keep in darkness, what occasion now

You come to fright us. Reveals before 'tis ripe), what thou dost know,


A spirit I am, indeed; Flath newly past between this youth and me. But am in that dimension grossly clad,

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Which from the womb I did participate.


A sister?--you are she. Were you a woman, as the rest goes even,

Re-enter Fabian, with Malvolio. I should my tears let fall upon yonr cheek,

Duke. Is this the madman ! And say-Thrice welcome, drowned Viola!

Oli. Vio. My father had a mole upon his brow.

Ay, my lord, this same:

How now, Malvolio? Seb. And so had mine.


Madam, you have done me wrong, Vio. And died that day when Viola from her birth Notorious wrong. Had namber'd thirteen years.


Have I, Malvolio ? no. Seb. O, that record is lively in my sonl!

Mal. Lady, you have, Pray you, pernse that letter: He finish'a, indeed, his mortal act,

You must not now deny it is your hand,
That day that made my sister thirteen years. Write from it, if you can, in hand, or phrase ;
Vio. If nothing lets to make us happy both,

Or say, 'tis not your seal, nor your invention :
Bat this my masculine usurp'd attire,

You can say none of this: Well, grant it then, Do not embrace me, till each circumstance

And tell me, in the modesty of honour, of place, time, fortune, do colere, and jamp, Why you have given me such clear lights of favour ; That I am Viola : which to confirm,

Bade me come smiling, and cross-garter'd to you, I'll bring you to a captain in this town, Where fie my maiden weeds; by whose gentle help, Upon sir Toby, and the lighter people :

To put on yellow stockings, and to frown I was preserv'd, to serve this noble count:

And, acting this in an obedient hope, All the occurrence of my fortane since

Why have you suffer'd me to be imprison'd, Hath been between this lady, and this lord.

Kept in a dark house, visited by the priest, Seb. So comes it, lady, you have been mistook : And made the most notorious geck, and guil, But nature to ber bias drew in that. [To Olivia. That e'er invention play'd on tell me why. You would have heen contracted to a maid;

Oli. Alas, Malvolio, ihis is not my writing, Nor are you, therein, by my life, deceiv'd:

Thoagh I confess, much like the character: You are betroth'd both to a maid and man.

But, out of question, 'tis Maria's hand. Duke. Be not amaz'd; right noble is his blood. And now I do bethink me, it was she If this be so, as yet the glass seems true,

First told me, thou wast iad ; then cam'st in smiling, I shall have share in this most happy wreck : And in such forms which here were presuppos'd Boy, thou hast said to me a thousand times, (To Vio. Upon thee in the letter. Pr'ythee, be content: Thou never shouldst love woman like to me.

This practice hath most shrewdly pass'd upon thee; Vio. And all those sayings will I over-swear; But, when we know the grounds and authors of it, And all those swearings keep as true in soal, Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge As doth that orbed continent the fire

Of thine own cause. That severs day from night.


Good madam, hear me speak; Duke,

Give me thy hand; And let no quarrel, nor no brawl to come, And let me see thee in thy woman's weeds.

Taint the condition of this present hour, Vio. The captain, that did bring me tirst on shore, Which I have wonder'd at. In hope it shall not, Hath my maid's garments: he, upon some action, Most freely ! confess, myself, and Toby, Is now in durance: at Malvolio's suit,

Set this device against Malvono here, A gentleman, and follower of my lady's.

Upon some stubborn and ancourteous parts Oli. Heshallenlarge him.-FetchMalvolio hither: We had conceiv'd against him : Maria writ And yet, alas, now I remember me,

The letter, at sir Toby's great importance :
They say, poor gentleman, be's much distract.

In recompense whereof, he hath married her.
Re-enter Clown, with a Letter.

How with a sportful malice it was follow'd,
A most extracting phrensy of mine own

May rather pluck on laughter than revenge; From my remembranee clearly banish'd his.

If that the injuries be justly weigh'd, How does he, sirrah !

That have on both sides past. Clo. Truly, madam, he holds Belzebub at the stave's

Oli. Alus, poor fool! how have they baffled thee ! end, as well as a man in his case may do: he has here writ a letter to you, I should have given it you to-day ness, and some have greatness thrown upon them. I

Clo. Why, some are born great, some achieve greatmorning; but as a madman's epistles are no gospels, was one, sir, in this interlude; one sir Topas, sir ; but so it skills not much, when they are delivered.

that's ali one :-By the Lord, fool, I am not mad ;Oli. Open it, and read it. Clo. Look then to be well edified, when the fool a barren rascall an you smile not, he's gago'd: And

But do you remember! Madam, why laugh you at such delivers the madman :-By the Lord, madam,

thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges. Oli. Bow now ! art thou mad?

Mal. 1'11 be revenged on the whole pack of you. Clo. No, madam, I do but read madness: an your

(Exit ladyship will have it as it ought to be, you must allow Oli. He hath been most notoriously abus'd. vox.

Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to a peace :Oli. Pr'ythee, read i'thy right wits.

He hath not told us of the captain yet; Clo. So I do, madonna; but to read his right wits, is When that is known, and golden time convents, to read thus therefore, perpend, my princess, aad A solemn combination shall be made give ear.

Of our dear souls-Meantime, sweet sister, Oli. Read it you, sirrah.

[To Fabian. We will not part from hence. --Cesario, come; Fab. (Realsi By the Lord, madam, you wrong me, For so you shall be, while you are a man ; and the world shall know it: though you have put me But, when in other habits you are seen, into darkness, and given your drunken cousin rule over Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen. (Exeunt. me, yet have I the benefit of my senses as well as your

SONG. ladyship: I have your own letter that induced me to

Clo. When that I was and a little tiny boy, the semblance I put on, with the which I doubt not but to do myself much right, r you much shame. Think

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,

A foolish thing was but a toy, of me as you please. I leave my duty a little unthought

For the rain it raineth every day. of, and speak out of my injury. The madly-used Malvolio.

But when I came to man's estate, Oli. Did he write this!

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Clo. Ay, madam.

'Gainst knave and thief men shut their gate, Duke. Tbis savours not much of distraction.

For the rain it raineth every day. Oli. See him deliver'a, Fabian; bring him hither. But when I came, alas ! to wive,

(Exit Fabian.

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
My lord, so please you, these things further thought on, By swaggering could I never thrive,
To think me as well a sister as a wife,

For the rain it raineth every day.
One day shall crown the alliance on't, so please you, But when I came unto my bed,
Here at my house, and at my proper cost.

With hey, ho, the wine and the rain, Duke. Madam, I am most apt to embrace your offer.

With toss-pots still had drunken heart, Your master quitsyou ; [To V 10. ] and, for your service

For the rain it raineth every day. So much against the mettle of your sex, [done him, A great while ago the world begun, So far beneath your soft and tender breeding,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, And since you call'd me master for so long,

But that's all one, our play is done, Here is my hand; you shall from this time be

And we'll strive to please you every day. Your master's mistress.

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Vincentio, Duke of Vienna.

Froth, a foolish Gentleman.
Angelo, Lord Deputy in the Duke's absence. Cloren, Sertant to Mrs. Over-done.
Escalus, an ancient Lord, joined with Angelo in the Abhorson, an Executioner.

Barnardine, a dissolute Prisoner.
Claudio, a young Gentleman.
Lucio, a Fantastic.

Isabella, Sister to Claudio.
Two other like Gentlemen.

Mariana, bet rothed to Angelo. Varrius, a Gentleman, Servant to the Duke.

Juliet, beloved by Claudio. Provost

Francisca, a Nun.

Mis. Over-done, a Bawd. two Friars. A Justice.

Lords, Gentlemen, Guards, Officers, and other Elbow, a simple Constable.

SCENE, Vienna.



What doth befall you here. So, fare you weli:

To the hopeful execution do I leave you SCENE I. An Apartment in the Duke's Palace. of your commissions.


Yet, give me leave, my lord, Enter Duke, Escalus, Lords, and Attendants. That we may bring you something on the way.

Duke. My haste may not admit it; Duke. Escalus,

Nor need you, on mine honour, bave to do Escal. My lord.

With any scruple : your scope is as mine own; Duke. Or government the properties to unfold, So to enforce or qualify the laws, Would seem in me to affect speech and discourse; As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand; Since I am put to know that your own science, I'll privily away: I love the people, Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice

But do not like to stage me to their eyes : My strength can give you : then no more remains Though it do well, I do not relish well But that to your sufliciency, as your worth is able, Their loud applause, and aves vehement; And let them work. The nature of our people, Nor do I think the man of safe diseretion, Our city's institutions, aud the terms

That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. For common justice, you are as pregnant in,

Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes ! As art and practice hath enriched any

Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happiness. That we remember: there is onr commission,

Duke. I thank you : fare you well.

[Erit. From which we would not have you warp.--Call hither, Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave I say, bid come before us Angelo.--.

To have free speech with you; and it concerus me

[Exit an Attendant. To look into the bottom of my place : What figure of us think you he will bear!

A power I have ; but of what strength and nature For you must know, we have with special soul I am not yet instructed. Elected him our absence to supply

Ang. "T'is so with me :-Let us withdraw together, Lent hin our terror, drest him with our love; And we may soon our satisfaction have And given his deputation all the organs

Touching that point. Of our own power : what think you of it!


I'll wait upon your honoar. Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth

(Eseunt. To undergo such ample grace and honour,

SCENE II. A Street.
It is lord Angelo.
Enter Angelo

Enter Lucio and two Gentlemen.
Look, where he comes.

Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, coine not Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will, to composition with the king of Hungary, why, then, I come to know your pleasure.

all the dukes fall upon the king. Duke.


1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the king There is a kind of character in thy life,

of Hungary's ! That, to the observer, doth thy history

2 Gent, Amen. Fully unfold : thyself and thy belongings

Lucio. Thou coneladest like the sanctimonious Are not thine own so proper, as to waste

pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.

but scraped one ont of the table. Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do;

2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ? Not light them for ourselves : for if our virtues Lucio. Ay, that he razed. Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike

1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to command As if we had them not. Spirits are nottinely touch'd, the captain and all the rest from their functions ; they But to fine issues: nor nature never lends

put forth to steal : there's not a soldier of as all, that, The smallest scruple of her excellence,

in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish the petiBut, like a thrifty goddess, she determines

tion well that prays for peace. Herself the glory of a creditor,

2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. Both thanks and use. But I do bend my speech Lucio. I believe thee ; for, I think, thou never wast To one that can my part in him advertise ;

where grace was said. Hold, therefore, Angelo;

2 Gent. No! a dozen times at least. In our remove, be thou at fall ourself;

1 Gent. What? in metre? Mortality and mercy in Vienna

Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language. Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escalas,

1 Gent. I think, or any religion. Though tirst in question, is thy secondary :

Lucio. Ay! why not! Grace is grace, despite of all Take thy commission.

controversy: as for example; thou thyself art a wicked Ang.

Now, good my lord, villain, despite of all grace. Let there be some more test made of my metal, 1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of shears beBefore so noble and so great a figuie

tween us. Be stamp'd upon it.

Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists and Duke." No more evasion :

the velvet : thou art the list. We have, with a leaven'd and prepared choice, I Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good velvet ; Proceeded to you; therefore take your honours. thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: I had Our haste froin hence is of so quick condition, as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be pil'd, as That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd thou art pil'd, for a French velvet. Do I speak Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, feelingly now! As time and our concernings shall importune,

Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most How it goes with us ; and do look to know

painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine own

with you.


confession, learn to begin thy health ; but, whilst I

Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty. live, forget to drink after thee.

As surfeit is the father of much fast, 1'Gent. I think I have done myself wrong! have so every scope by the immoderate use I not?

Turns to restraint : our natures do pursue 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art taint-(Like rats that ravin down their proper bane), ed, or free.

A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die. Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation Lucio if I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I comes ! I have purchased as many diseases under ber would send for certain of my creditors: and yet, to root, as come to

say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of free2 Gent. To what, I pray?

dom, as the morality of imprisonment.-What's thy 1 Gent. Judge.

offence, Claudio ? 2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a year.

Claud. What, but to speak of would offend again. 1 Gent. Ay, and more.

Lucio. What is it! munter! Lucio. A French crown more.

Claud. No. 1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me; Lucio. Lechery ! but thou art full of error: I am sound.

Claud. Call it so. Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy; but so Prou. Away, sir; you must go. sound, as things that are hollow : thy bones are hol. Claud. One word, good friend :-Lucio, a word low; impiety has made a feast of thee.

[Takes him aside. Enter Band.

Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good.1 Gent. How now? Which of yonr hips has the Is lechery so look'd after most profound sciatica!

Claud. Thus stands it with me :-Upon a true conBard. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, and I got possession of Julietta's bed:

[tract, carried to prison, was worth five thousand of you all.

You know the lady ; she is fast my wife, 1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee!

Save that we do the denunciation lack Bawd. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio. of outward order : this we came not to, 1 Gent. Claudio to prison ! 'tis not so.

Only for propagation of a dower Bawd. Nay, but I know, 'tis so; I saw him arrest- Remaining in the coffer of her friends; ed; saw him carried away; and, which is more, within From whom we thought it meet to hide our love, these three days his head's to be chopped off.

Till time had made them for us. But it chances, Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have The stealth of our most mutual entertainment, it so: art thou sure of this !

With character too gross, is writ on Juliet. Bawd. I ain too sure of it: and it is for getting

Lucio. With child, perhaps ! madam Julietta with child.

Claud. Unhappily, even so. Lucio. Believe me, this may be : he promised to and the new deputy now for the dake, meet me two hours since; and he was ever precise in

Whether be the fault and glimpse of newness; promise-keeping.

Or whether that the body public be 2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something near

A horse whereon the governor doth ride, to the speech we had to such a purpose.

Who, newly in the seat, that it may know 1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the procla- He can command, lets it straight feel the spur:

Whether the tyranny be in his place, Lucio. Away ; let's go learn the truth of it.

Or in his eminence that tills it up, [Exeunt Lucio and Gentlemen. I stagger in :-But this new governor Bawd. Thus,what with the war, what with the sweat, Awakes me all the enroll’d penalties, what with the gallows, and what with poverty, I am

Which have, like anscour'd armour, hung by the wall custom-shrunk. How now! what's the news with you! So long, that nineteeu zodiacs have gone round, Enter Clown.

And none of them been worn; and, for a name, Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison.


puts the drowsy and neglected act Bawd. Well; what has he done?

Freshly on me :-'tis surely for a name. Clo. A woman.

Lucio. I warrant itis: and thy head stands so tickle Bawd. But what's his offence ?

on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be in love, Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river.

may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and appeal to bim. Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him? I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service :

Člaud. I have done so, bat he's not to be found. Clo. No ; but there's a woman with maid by him: This day my sister should the cloister enter, you have not heard of the proclamation, have you ! And there receive her approbation :

Bawd. What proclamation, man ?

Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be Acquaint her with the danger of my state ; pluck'd down.

Implore her, in my voice, that she inake friends Bawd. And what shall become of those in the city? I have great hope in that: for in her youth

To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay him; Clo. They shall stand for seed : they had gone down There is a prone and speechless dialect, too, but that a wise burgher put in for them. Bawd. But shall all our houses of resort in the When she will play with reason and discourse.

Such as moves men; beside, she bath prosperous art suburbs be pull'd down! Clo. To the ground, mistress.

Lucio. I pray she may as well for the encourage

ment of the like, which else would stand under grievBaud. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the commonwealth ! 'What shall become of me?

ous imposition; as for the enjoyieg of thy life, who I Clo. Come ; fear not you : good counsellors lack no would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost at a game

of tick-tack. I'll to her. clients : though you change yone place, you need not

Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio. change your trade; I'll be your tapster still. Courage;

Lucio. Within two hours, there will be pity taken on you : you that have worn Claud. Come, officer, away.

(Exeunt. your eyes almost out in the service, you will be considered.

SCENE IV. A Monastery. Barod. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster? let's withdraw.

Enter Duke and Friar Thomas. Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the provost Duke. No, holy father; throw away that thought; to prison : and there's madam Juliet. [Exeunt. Believe not that the dribbling dart of love SCENE III. The same.

Can pierce a complete bosom: why I desire thee

To give me secrei barbour, hath a purpose
Enter Provost, Claudio, Juliet, and Officers ;
Lucio, and two Gentlemen.

More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends

of burning youth. Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to the Fri.

May your grace speak of it? Bear ine to prison, where I am committed. [world! Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you Prov. I do it not in evil disposition,

How I have ever lov'd the lile remov'd ; But from lord Angelo, by special charge.

And held in idle price to haunt assemblies, Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps. Make us pay down for our offence by weight. I have delivered to lord Angelo The words of heaven ;--on whom it will, it will; (A man of stricture, and firm abstinence), On whom it will not, 80; yet still 'tis just.

My absolute power and place here in Vienna, Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio ? whence comes And he supposes me traveli'd to Poland; this restraint ?

For so I have strew'd it in the common ear,

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

That from the seedness the bare fallow brings You will demand of me, why I do this!

To teemin, foison ; even so her plenteous womb Fri. Gladly, my lord.

Expresseth his fall tilth and husbandry. Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting laws Isab. Someone with child by him!-- My cousin Juliet! (The needful bits and eurbs for head-strong steeds), Lucio. Is she your cousin ? Which for these fourteen years we have let sleep; Isab. Adoptedly; as school-maids change their Even like an overgrown lion in a cave,

By vain though apt affection.

[names, That goes not out to prey : now, as fond fathers Lucio.

She it is.
Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch, Isab. 0, let him marry her!
Only to stick it in their children's sight,


This is the point. Por terror, not to use ; in time the rod

The duke is very strangely gone from hence ;
Becomes more mock'd, than fear'd: so our decrees, Bore many gentlemen, inyself being one,
Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead;

In hand, and hope of action : but we do learn
And liberty plucks justice by the nose ;

By those that know the very nerves of state,
The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart His givings out were of an infinite distance
Goes all decorum.

From his true-meant design. Upon his place,
It rested in your grace

And with full line of his authority,
To unloose this tied-up justice, when you pleas'd : Governs lord Angelo; a man, whose blood
And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd, Is very snow-broth; one who never feels
Than in lord Angelo.

The wanton stiags and motions of the sense;

I do fear, too dreadful : But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge
Sith 'twas my fault to give the people scope, With profits of the mind, study and fast.
"Twould be diy tyranny to strike, and gall them He (to give fear to use and liberty,
For what I Did them do : for we bid this be done, Which have, for long, run by the hideous law,
When evil deeds have their permissive pass, As mice by lions), hath pick'd out an act,
And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my father, Under whose heavy sense your brother's life
I have on Angelo impos'd the office ;

Falls into forseit: he arrests him on't:
Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home, And follows close the rigour of the statute,
And yet my nature never in the sight,

To make him an example: all hope is gone, To do it slander: and to behold his sway,

Unless you have the grace by your fair prayer
I will, as 'twere a brother of your order,

To soften Angelo : and that's my pith
Visit both prince and people : therefore, 1 priythee, Of business 'twixt you and your poor brother.
Supply me with the habit, and instruct me

Isab. Doth he su seek his life?
How I may formally in person bear me


Has censur'd him Like a true friar. More reasons for this action, Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath At our more leisure sball I render you ;

A warrant for his execution. Only, this one ;-Lord Angelo is precise

Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me Stands at a guard with envy : scarve confe

To do him good! That his blood flows, or that his appetite


Assay the power you have.
Is more to bread than stone : bence shall we see, Isab. My power! alas ! I doubt,
If power change purpose, what our seemers be. Lucio.

Our doubts are traitors, (Exeunt. And make us lose the good we oft might win, SCENE V. A Nunnery,

By fearing to attempt : go to lord Angelo,

And let bim learn to know, when maidens sue,
Enter Isabella and Francisca.

Men give like gods ; but when they weep and kneel,
Isab. And have you nans no further privileges ! All their petitions are as freely theirs
Iran. Are not these large enough!

As they themselves would owe them.
Isab. Yes, truly : I speak not as desiring more ; Isab. I'll see what I can do.
But rather wishing a more strict restraint


But speedily.
Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of saint Clare. Isab. I will about it straight;
Lucio. Ho! peace be in this place! [ Within No longer staying but to give the mother

Who's that which calls ? Notice of my atlair. I humbly thank you :
Pran. It is a man's voice: gentle Isabella,

Commend me to my brother: soon at night Turn you the key, and know his business of him; I'll send him certain word of my success. You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn :

Lucio, I take my leave of you. When you have vow'd, you must not speak with men,


Good sir, adieu. But in the presence of the prioress:

[Exeunt. Then, if you speak, you must not show your face ; Or, if you show your face, you must pot speak. He calls again ; 'I pray you answer him. (Erit.

Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls !

SCENE I A Hall in Angelo's House.
Enter Lucio.

Enter Angelo, Escalus, a Justice, Provost, Officers, Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be; as those cheek-roses

and Attendants. Proclaim you are no less! can you so stead me,

Ang. We must not make a scare-crow of the law, As bring me to the sight of Isabella,

Setting it up to fear the birds of prey, A novice of this place, and the fair sister

And let it keep one shape, till custom make it To her unhappy brother Claudio ?

Their pereh, and not their terror.
Isab. Why ber unhappy brother! let me ask; Escal.

Ay, but yet
The rather, for I now must make you know Let us be keen, and rather cut a little,
I am that Isabella, and his sister.

Than fall, and bruise to death: alas ! this gentleman, Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly greets Whom I would save, had a most noble father. you:

Let but your honour know Not to be weary with you, he's in prison.

(Whom I believe to be nuost strait in virtue), Isab. Woe me! for what?

That, in the working of your own affections, Lucio. For that, which, it myself might be his judge, Had time coher'd with place, or place with wishing, He should receive his punishment in thanks : Or that the resolute acting of your blood He hath got his friend with child.

Could have attain'd the effect of your own purpose, Isab. Sir, make me not your story.

Whether you had not sometime in your life Lucio.

It is true. Err'd in this point which now you censure him, I would not-though 'tis my familiar sin

And pa!l'd the law upon you.
With maids to seem the lapwing, and to je t,

Ang. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalas,
Tongue far from heart,-play with all virgins so : Another thing to fall. I not deny,
I hold you as a thing ensky'd, and sainted ; The jury, passing on the prisoner's line,
By your renouncement, an immortal spirit;

May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two,
And to be talk'd with in sincerity,

Guiltier than him they try : what's open made to jusAs with a saint.

That justice seizes. What know the laws, (tice, Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mocking me. That thieves do pass on thieves ? "Tis very pregnant,

Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth, 'tis The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it, Your brother and his lover have embrao'd: (thus: Because we see it; but what we do not see, As those that feed grow fyll; as blossoming time, We tread upon, and never think of it.

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