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Iiab. No ceremony that to great ones 'longs; Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kinrilvgreets
Not the king's crown, nor the deputed sword, you,
The marshall's truncheon, nor the judge's robe. Not to be weary with you, he's in prison.
Become them with one half so good a grace, I*ab. Woe me! for what f
As mercy doth. Act I. Scene V.
Mart. Break off thy song, and haste thee quick away. F. Peter. Now is your time; speak loud, and knee!
Act IV. Scene I.' before him.
I Mb. Justice, O royal duke.
Aef V. Scene I.
And given his deputation all tbe organs
Escat. If any in Vienna be of worth
Look. Look, where be comes.
Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will, I come to know your pleasure.
Duke. Angelo, There is a kind of character in thy life, That, to the observer, doth thy history Fully unfold : Thyself and thy belonging * Are not thine own so proper, t 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 toueb'd,
But to Hne issues; X »°r nature never lends
The smallest scruple of her excellence.
But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines
Herself the glory of a creditor,
Both thanks and use. $ But I do bend my speech
To one that can my part in him advertise;
Hold therefore, Angclo;
In our remove, tie thou at full ourself;
Mortality and mercy in Vienna
Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escaliis,
Though first in question, is thy secondary:
Take thy commission.
Ang. Now, good my lord. Let there be some more test made of my metal, Before so noble and so great a figure Be stamp'd upon it.
Duke. No more eva'ioa: We have with a leaver'd ■in! prepared choice Proceeded to you; therefore take your honours. Our haste from hence is of so quick condition, That it prefers itself, and leaves unqueslion'd Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, As time and our concernings shall importune. How it goes with us ; and do look to know What doth befall you here. So, fare you well: To the boneful execution do I leave you Of your commissions.
Aug. Yet, give leave, my lord, That we may bring you something on the way.
Duke. My haste may not admit it;
I'll privily away: I love tbe people,
Etcal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happiness.
Duke. I thank you: Fare you well. [Exit.
Etcal. I shall desire you, Sir, to give mc leave To have free speech with you; and it concerns To look into tbe bottom of my place: [me A power I have; hut of what strength and naI am not yet instructed. [ture
Ang. *Tis so with me :—Let us withdraw together,
And we may soon nur satisfaction have
Escat. I'll wait upon your honour. [Exeunt.
SCENE JT.-A Street. Enter Lucio and two Gkntlbhrn. Lucio. If the duke with tbe other dukes
come not to composition with the king of Hungary, why, then all tbe dukes fall upon the king.
1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not tbe king of Hungary's 1
2 Cent. Amen.
Lucio. Thou concludest like tbe sanctimonious pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, but scraped one out of the table.
2 Gent. Thou sbalt not steal t
Lucio. Ay, that he razed.
1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to com. mand tbe captain and all the rest from their functions ; they put forth to steal : There's not a soldier of us alt, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relisb tbe petition well that prays for peace.
2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou uever
wast where grace was said.
2 Gent. No ? a dozeu 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 I w hy nnt? Grace is grace, despite of all controversy: As for example; Tbou thyself art a wicked villain, despite of all grace.
1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers between us. t
Lucio. I grant; as there maj, between the lists and tbe velvet; Thou ait the list.
1 Gent. And thou tbe velvet: thou art good velvet: tbou art a tbree-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be pll'd, as thou art pil'd, for a French velvet, t Do I speak feelingly now f
Isucw. I tbink tbou dost; and, indeed, with most painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine own confession, learn to begin thy health; but, whilst 1 live, forget to diink after thee.
Gent. I think 1 have done myself wrong; have I not f
2 Gent. Yes, that thou bast; whether thou art tainted, or free.
Lucio. I'ehold, behold, where madam Mitigation comes I I have purchased as many diseases under her roof, as come to—
2 Gent. To what, 1 pray t
1 Gent. Judge.
2 Gent. To three thonsand dollars a year. 1 Gent, Ay, and more
Lucio. A French crown $ more.
1 Gent. Tbou ait always figuring diseases in me : But thou art full of error; 1 am sound.
Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy: but so sound, as things that are hollow : thy bones are hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee.
1 Gent. How nowt Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica t
Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, and carrird to prison, was worth five thousand of you all.
I Gent. Who's that, I pray thee T
Bawd. Marry, Sir, that's Claudio, tigttior Claudio.
1 Gent. Claudio to prison I 'tis not so. Bawd. Nay, But I know, 'tis so; I saw Mm
arrested ; saw him carried away; and, which is more, within these three days his bead's to be chopped off.
Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have it so: Art thou sure of this 1
Bawd. 1 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 bours since; and he was eve precise in promise-keeping.
2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws some*
• Mflftime. ♦ A cut of the stmt cloth,
t A jen oo too Iom of hair by the French duett** ft Corona rnrm.
Clo. No; bur (here's a woman with maid by him: You have not heard of tbe proclamation, bave you?
Bau d. What proclamation, man 1
Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be plucVd down.
Batvd. And what shall become of those in tbe city?
Clo. They shall stand for seed : they had gone down too, but that a wise burgher put in for tbe m.
Bawd. But shall all onr house sof resort in tbe suburbs be pull'd downT
Clo. To tbe ground, mistress.
Baud. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the commonwealth! What shall become of me f
Clo. Come; fear not you ; good counsellors lack no clients : though you chance your place, you need not chauge your trade; I'll be you tapster still. Courage; there will be pity taken on you: you that bave worn our ?yes almost out in the service, you will b# considered.
Bawd. Wbat'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.
SCENE III.—The same.
Enter Provost,t Cliuiho, Juliet, and Officers; Lucio, and two Gentlemen*
Claud. Fellow, why dost tbou show me thus to the world 1 Bear me to prison, where I am committed.
Prov. I do it not in evil disposition, But from lord Angelo by special charge.
Claud. Thus can the demi god, Authority, Make us pay down fur our offence by weight.— Tbe words of heaven on whom it will, it will; On whom it will not, so ; jret still Mis just.
Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio? whence comes this restraint t
Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty;
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, 1 had as lief have tbe foppery of freedom, as the morality of imprisonment.—What's thy offence, Claudio T
Claud. What, but to speak of would offend again.
Lucio. What is it* murder?
Claud. Cull it so.
Proj. Auay, Sir; you must en.
Claud, One word, good friend :—Lucio, a word wltb you. [Takes htm aside.
Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good.
So long, that nfnetecn zodiacs* have gone round,
Lucio. 1 warrant, i( is: and thy head stands so tickle t on thy shoulders, that a milk-inaid, if she be in love, many si«b it off. Send after tbe duke, and appeal to him.
Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found.
I pr'ylhee, Lucio, do me this kind service:
When she will play with reason mid discomse,
Lucio. 1 pray, she may; as well for the encouragement of the like, which else would stand under grievous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy life, who 1 would l>c sorry should be thus foolishly lost at a game of tick-tack. I'll to her.
Claud. I thank you, good friend Lncio.
Lucio. Within two bouis,
Claud. Come, officer, away. [Exeunt,
SCENE IF.—A Monastery.
Relieve not that the dribbling dart of love
To give me secret harbour, hath a pinpose
Fri. May your grace speak of it?
Duke. My holy Sir, uone better knows than
How 1 have ever lov'd the life remov'd ; 1
I have delivered to lord Angelo
Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biliut; laws,
(Tbe needful oils aud curbs for headstrong steeds)
Whlcb for these fourteen years we have let sleep;
Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead;
Fri. It rested in your grace
Duke. 1 do fear, too dreadful: Sith t 'twas my fault to five tbe people scope, 'Twould be my tyranny to strike, aud sail tuem For what I bid tbein do: For we bid this be done.
When evil deeds have their permissive pass. And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my father,
I have on Augclo linpos'd the office;
And yet my nature never in the sight,
Supply me with the habit, and instruct me
At onr more leisure shall I render you;
SCENE V.—A Nunnery.
Isab. And have you nuns no further privi-
Fran. Are not these large enough f
But rather wishing a more strict restraint
Lucio. Ho t Peace be iu this place I [IVUhln.]
Isab. Who's that which calls t
Fran. It is a man's voice : Gentle Isabella, Turn you the key, and know his business of him; You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn: When you have vow'd, you must not speak with men.
But lu the presence of tbe prioress: Then, if you speak, you must not show your face;
Or, If you show your face, you must not speak. He calls again; 1 pray you, auswer him.
. [£,(H Fkancisca. Isab. Peace and prosperity 1 Who Is'l that calls f
Enter Lucio. Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be ; as these cbeea roses
Proclaim von are no less 1 Can yon so stead me
Isab. Why her unhappy brother! let me ask The rather, for 1 now must make you know 1 am that Isabella, and his sister. Lucio. GenUe and fair, your brother kindly greets you: Not to be weary with you, he's in prison. Isab. Woe me I For what 1 Lucio. For that, which, if myself might be his judge,
He should receive bis punishment in thauks:
Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth,* 'tis thus:
Your brother and his lover have emurae'd:
Isab. Some one with child by cousin Juliet f . Is she your I Adopledly ; as
By vaiu though apt
Lucio. She it is.
Isab. Oh I let him marry her!
Lucio. This is tbe point. The duke is very strangely gone from hence: Bore many gentlemen, myself being one, hi baud, and hope of action: but we do leant By those that know tbe very nerves of state. His givings out were of an infinite distance From his true-meant design. Upon bis place, And with full Hue fl of his authority. Governs lord Angelo; a man, whose blood Is very snow-broth ; one who never feels The wanton stings and motions of the Bense; But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge With profits of the mind, study aud fast. He (to give fear to use and liberty. Which have, for long, run by the hideous law. As mice by lions,) hath pick'd out an act, Under whose heavy sense your brother's life Falls into forfeit: be arrests him on it; Aud follows close the rigour of the statute. To make him au example: all hope is gone. Unless yon have tbe grace U by your fair prayer To soften Angelo: And that's my pith Of business 'twixt you and your poor I
Isab. Doth he so seek bis life 1
Lucio. Has ccusur'd him
Isab. Alas t what poor ability's in me
Lucio. Assay tbe power you have.
Isab. My power I Alas! I donbt.
Lucio. Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt: Go to lord Angelo, And let hun learn to know, when maidens sue.