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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
Of our own power: Whit lb ink you of itt

Escat. If any in Vienna be of worth
To undergo such ample grace and honour,
Jt is lord Angelo.

Enter Angxlo.

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;
Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do
With any simple : your scopeU is as mine own;
So io enforce, or qualify tbe law?,
As to your soul seems good. Give me your

I'll privily away: I love tbe people,
Rut do not like to siage me to their eyes:
Though it do well, I do not relish well
Their loud applause, and ares% vehement:
Nor do I think the man of safe discretion.
That does affect it. Once more, fare you well.
Ang. Tbe heavens give safety to your pur-
poses I

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
Touching that point.

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

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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.

Enter Bawd.

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*

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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.
So every scope by tbe immoderate use
Turns to restraint : Our natures do pursue,
(Like rats that ravin t down their proper bane,)
A thirsty evil ; and when we drink, we die.

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. No.

Lucio. Lechery?

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.
—Is lechery *° look'd after?
Claud. Thus stands it with me:—Upon a trnc
com met,
I got possession of Julielta's bed;
You know the lady; she is fast my wife,
Save that we do tbe denunciation lark
Of outward order : this we came not to,
Only for propagation of a dower
Remaining in the coffer of her friends;
From whom we thought it meet to hide our love.
Till time bad made them for us. But it chances.
The stealth of our most mutual entertainment.
With character too gross, is writ on Juliet.
Lucio. With child, perhaps?
Claud. Unhappily, even so.
And ihe new deputy now for the duke,—
Whether it he the fault and glimpse of newness:
Or whether that the body public he
A horse whereon the governor doth ride.
Who, newly In the seat, that It may know
He can command, lets it straight feel tbe spur:
Whether the tyranny be in his place,
Or in his eminence that tills it up,
I stagger in But this new governor
Awakes me all tbe enrolled penalties,
Which bave, like unscout'd armour, hung by the

So long, that nfnetecn zodiacs* have gone round,
And none of tbem been worn ; and, for a name,
Now puts the drowsy and neglected act
Freshly on me :—'lis surely, for a name.

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:
This day my sister should the cloister enter,
And there receive her approbation : J
Acquaint her with the danger of my slate;
Implore her, in my voire, that she make friends
To tbe strict deputy; bid ber:» If assay him;
I have great hope in that : for in Iter youth
There is a prone $ and speechless dialect,
Such as moves men; besides, she hath pros-
perous ait

When she will play with reason mid discomse,
And well she can persuade.

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.
Enter Duke and Friar Thomas.
Duke. No; holy father; throw away that

Relieve not that the dribbling dart of love
Cau pierce a complete bosom : [| why 1 desire

To give me secret harbour, hath a pinpose
More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends
Of burning youth.

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
And held in idle price to haunt assemblies,
Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery

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I have delivered to lord Angelo
(A nun of stricture, * and Ann abstinence,)
My absolute power and place here iu Vicuna,
Aiid be supposes me travell'd to Poland ,
For so I have strew'd it in tbe common ear,
And so it is receiv'd: Now, pioas Sir,
You w ill demand of me, wby I do this!
FrU Gladly, my lord.

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;
Even like an o'ergrown lion in a cave,
That goes not out to prey: Now, as fond fathers
Having bound up tbe threatening twigs of birch.
Only to stick it iu their children's sight,
For terror, not to use: in rime the rod
Becomes more mock'd tban fear'd: so oar de-

Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead;
And liberty plucks justice by tbe nose;
Tbe baby beats tbe nurse, aud quite athwart
Goes all decorum.

Fri. It rested in your grace
To unloose this tled-up justice, when you pleas'd;
And it in you more dreadful would hate seem'd
Tban in lord Angel.).

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;
Who may, in the ambush of my uame, strike |

And yet my nature never in the sight,
Tc do it slander : Aud to behold his sway,
I will, as 'twere a brother of your oid<-r,
Visit both prince and people: tbercfoie, I pr'y-

Supply me with the habit, and instruct me
How I may formally in person bear me
Like a true friar. More reasons for this ac-

At onr more leisure shall I render you;
Only, this one :—Lord Angelo is precise;
Stands at a guard $ with envy ; scarce confesses
That his blood flow*, or that bis appetite
Is more to bread than stone: Hence shall we see.
If power change purpose, what our scemers be.


SCENE V.—A Nunnery.
Enter Isabella and Fbancisca.

Isab. And have you nuns no further privi-
leges 1

Fran. Are not these large enough f
Isab. Yes, truly: 1 speak not as desiring

But rather wishing a more strict restraint
Upon the sisterhood, tbe votarists of saint Clare.

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
As bring me to the sight of Isabella,
A novice of this place, and tbe fair sister
To her unhappy brother, Claudio 1

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:
He hath got his friend with child.
Isab. Sir. make me not your story.*
Lucio. It is true.
I would not—though 'tis my familiar sin
With maids to seem tbe lapwing, and to jest,
Tongue far from heart,—play with all virgins so;
I hold you as a thing enskied and sainted;
By your renouncement, an Immortal spirit;
And to be talk'd with lu siucertty,
As wllb a saiut.
Isab. You do blaspheme tbe good, in mock-
ing me.

Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth,* 'tis thus:

Your brother and his lover have emurae'd:
As those that feed grow full ; as blossoming tint**.
That from the seedueas the bare fallow brings
To teeming foisoa ; J even so her plenteous womb
Expresseth his full tilth § and husbandry.

Isab. Some one with child by cousin Juliet f . Is she your I Adopledly ; as

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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
Already; aud, as I bear, tbe provost hath
A warrant for bis execution.

Isab. Alas t what poor ability's in me
To do him good f

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.

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