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And given his deputation all the organs of our own power : What think you of it f

Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth To undergo such ample grace and honour, It is lord Augelo.

Enter ANG Elo.

Look. Look, where he comes. A mg. Always obedient to your grace's will, 1 come to know your pleasure. Duke. Angelo, There is a kind of character in thy life, That, to the observer, doth thy history Faily unfold : Thyself and thy belongings • Are not thine own so proper, t as to waste Thyself upon thy virtues, then 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 touch'd, But to fine issues; : nor 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 advértise; Hold therefore, Angelo ; In our renove, be thou at full ourself; Mortality and inercy in Vienna Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escalus, Though first in question, is thy secondary : Take thy conninission. Ang. Now, good my lord, Let there be some more test made of my metal, Before so noble aud so great a figure Be stamp'd upon it. Duke. No more evasion : we have with a leaver'd and prepared choice Proceeded to you ; therefore take your honours. our haste from hence is of so quick condition, That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, As time and our concernings shall impôrtune, How it goes with us ; and do look to know what doth befall you here. So, fare you well : To the hopeful execution do I leave you of your cominissions. Ang. Yet, give leave, my lord, That we may bring you something on the way. Duke. My haste inay not admit it ; Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do with any scruple : your scope || is as mine own ; So to enforce, or qualify the laws, As to your soul seeins good. hand ; I'll privily away : I love the people, font do not like to stage me to their eyes : Though it do well, I do not relish well Their loud applause, and aves" vehement: Nor do I think the unan of safe discretion, That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes | Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happiness. Duke. I thank you : Fare you well. [Erit. Escal. I shall desire you, Sir, to give me leave To have free speech with you ; and it concerns To look into the bottom of my place : [ine A power I have ; but of what strength and naI am not yet instructed. (ture Ang. 'I is so with me :-Let us withdraw togetler, And we may soon our satisfaction have Touching that point. Borul. I'll wait upon your honour.

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come not to composition with the king of Hungary, why, then all the dukes fall upon the king. 1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the king of Hungary's 1 2 Gent. Amen. Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, but scraped one out of the table. 2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal t Lucio. Ay, that he razed. 1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to com. mand the captain and all the rest from their functions ; they put forth to steal : There's not a soldier of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish the petition well that prays for peace. 2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never wast where grace was said. 2 Gent. No 7 a dozen 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 why not Grace is grace, despite of all controversy: As for example; Thou thyself art a wicked villain, despite of all grace. 1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers between us. * Lucio. I grant ; as there may between the lists and the velvet; Thou art the list. 1 Gent. And thou the velvet : thou art good velvet : thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee : I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be pil'd, as thou art pil'd, for a French velvet. : Do I speak feelingly now 1 Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most painful feeling of thy speech : I will, out of thine own confession, learn to begin thy health ; but, whilst I live, forget to drink aster thee. Gent. I think I have done myself wrong ; have i not ? 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art tainted, or free. Lucio. Fehold, behold, where madam Mitigation comes " I have purchased as unany diseases under her roof, as come to2 Gent. To what, I pray 7 1 Gent. Judge. 2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a year. 1 Gent. Ay, and more Lucio. A French crown 5 more. 1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me : But thou art full of error ; I 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.

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1 Gent. How now 7 Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica Bawd. Well, well ; there's one yonder arrested, and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of you all. 1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee ? Bawd. Marry, Sir, that's Claudio, Claudio. 1 Gent. Claudio to prison 'tis not so. Rawd. Nay, But I know, 'tis so ; I saw him arrested ; saw him carried away ; and, which is more, within these three days his head's to be chopped off. Lucio. But, aster all this fooling, I would not have it so : Art thou sure of this t Band. I am too sure of it : and it is for getting madan Julietta with child. Lucio. Believe me, this may be : he promised to meet me two hours since ; and he was ever precise in promise-keeping: 2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws some


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Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison. Baud. Well; what has he done t Clo. A woman. Band. But what’s his offence? Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by hint Clo. No ; but there's a woman with "maid by him : You have not heard of the proclamation, have you? Fawd. What proclamation, man f Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be pluck'd down. awd. And what shall become of those in the city f Clo. They shall stand for seed : they had gone down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them. Bated. But shall all our house sof resort in the suburbs be pull'd down? Clo. To the ground, mistress. Bawd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the commonwealth ! What shall become of me? . Clo. Come; fear not you ; good counsellors lack no clients: though you change your place, you need not change your trade; I'll be you tapster still. Courage; there will be pity taken on you : you that have worn wour eyes almost out in the service, you will be considered. Bawd. What'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. [Ercunt.

SOENE III.-The same.

Enter Provost, t Claudio, JUli ET, and Q/ficers ; Lucio, and two Gentlemen.

Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to the world f 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 for our offence by weight.— The words of heaven;–on whom it will, it will; On whom it will not, so ; yet still 'tis just. Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio 2 whence comes this restraint 1 Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio,

o ; As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope by the inmoderate use Turns to restraint : Our natures do pursue, (Like rats that ravin 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, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom, as the morality of imprisonment.—What's thy offence, Claudio !

oud. What, but to speak of would offend again.

Lucio. What is it? murder 7

Claud. No.

Lucio. Lechery f

Claud. Call it so.

Prov. Away, Sir; you must go.

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Claud. One word, good friend:-Lucie, a were with you. [Takes him aro. Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any go —Is lechery so look’d after f Claud. Thus stands it with Ine :-Upen a true contrict, I got possession of Julietta's bed; You know the lady; she is fast Bay wife, Save that we do the 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 or *. Till time had made them for us. But it cores. The stealth of our most mutual entertaito. With character too gross, is writ on Juliet. Lucio. With child, perhaps? Claud. Unhappily, even so. And the new deputy now for the duke.— Whether it be the fault and glimpse of oroes: Or whether that the body public be A horse whereon the governor doth ride, Who, newly in the seat, that it may aftes He can command, lets it straight feel the spur: Whether the tyranny be in his place, Or in his eminence that fills it up, I stagger in :-But this new governor Awakes me all the enrolled penaltics, Which have, like unscour’d armour, hung by the wall So long, that nineteen zodiacs • bave gose re-e. And none of them been worn ; and, for a saro, Now puts the drowsy and neglected act Freshly on me :-'tis surely, for a same. Lucio. I warrant, it is: and thy head stand so tickle + on thy shoulders, that a milk-o-o-, if she be in love, many sigh it off. Send of the duke, and appeal to him. Claud. I have done so, but he’s met to be found. I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service : This day my sister should the cloister emier, And there receive her approbation: ; Acquaint her with the danger of Iny state: Implore her, in my voice, that she make friesis To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay hio; I have great hope in that : for in ber yours There is a prone ; and speechless dialect, Such as moves men ; besides, she hate prosperous art When she will play with reason and discourse, And well she can persuade. Lucio. I pray, she may ; as well for the ene couragement of the like, which else would sus: under grievous imposition; as for the en root of thy life, who I would be sorry should be . foolishly lost at a game of tick-tack. I'll to et. Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucie. Ltucio. Within two hours, Claud. Come, officer, away. (Ertant.

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1 have delivered to lord Angelo
oA man of stricture, * and firm abstitience,)
My absolute power and place here in Vienna,
And he supposes me travelPa to Poland;
For so I have strew’d it in the common ear,
And so it is receiv'd : Now, pious Sir,
You will demand of ine, why I do tuis 7
Fri. Gladly, my lord.

Enter Lucio.
Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be ; as thcée cheek

Proclaim you are no less Can you so stead me
As bring me to the sight of Isabella,
A novice of this place, and the fair sister
To her unhappy brother, Claudio !

Isab. Why her unhappy brother? let me ask *

Duke. we have strict statutes, and most biting | The rather, for I now must make you know

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I am that isabella, and his sister.

(The needful bits and curbs for headstrong Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly

steeds) which 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 the threat ning twigs of birch, only to stick it in their children's sight, For terror, not to use: in time the rod becomes more mock'd than fear'd : so omr decrees, Iread to infliction, to themselves are dead ; And liberty plucks justice by the nose; The baby beas the nurse, and quite athwart Goes all decortium. a'ri. it rested in your grace To unioase this tied-up justice, when you pleas'd ; And it in you more dreadful would have seein'd, "rhan in lord Angelo. Luke. I do fear, too dreadful : sith ’twas my fault to give the people scope, *rwould be my tyranny to strike, and gall them For what I bid then 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 Angelo impos'd the office ; who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home, And yet my nature never in the sight, tre do it slander: And to behold his sway, 1 will, as 'twere a brother of your order, visit both prince and people : therefore, I pr’ythee, supply me with the habit, and instruct me How I may formally in person bear one Like a true friar. More reasons for this action, At our more leisure shall I render you ; only, this one :—Lord Angelo is precise ; stands at a guard 5 with envy ; scarce confesses That his blood flows, or that his appetite is more to bread than stone: Hence shall we see, is power change purpose, what our seeinors be: [Ereunt.

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Isab. And have you nuns no further privileges 1 Fran. Are not these large enough 1 Isab. Yes, truly : I speak not as desiring in ore : But rather wishing a more strict restraint Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of saint Clare: Lucio. Ho! Peace be in this place : ['Within.) Isab. Who's that which calls 7 Fran. It is a man's voice: Gentle Isabella, Tarn you the key, and know his business of him ; You may, 1 Inay not ; you are yet unsworn: when you have vow’d, you inust not speak with men, But in the presence of the prioress : Then, is you speak, you must not show your face ; or, if you show your face, you must not speak. He calls again; I pray you, auswer him. [Erit FRA NoiscA. Isab. Peace and prosperity I Who is't that calls t

* Strictness. + Since.
* On his defence.

greets you :
Not to be weary with yots, he's in prison.
Isato. Woe me ! For what?
Lucio. For that, which, if myself might be
his judge,
He should receive his punishment in thanks:
He hath got his friend with child.
Isab. Sir, make ine not your story. *
Lucio. It is true.
I would not—though 'tis my familiar sin
With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest,
Tongue far from heart, play with all virgins so:
I hold you as a thing enskied and sainter: ;
By your renouncement, an immortal spirit;
And to be talk'd with in sincerity,
As with a saint.
Isab. You do bla-pheme the good, in mock-
ing ine.
Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth,t
'tis thus :
Your brother and his lover have embrac'd :
As those that feed grow full ; as blossomine time,
That from the seedness the bare fallow brings
To teeming foison ; ; eveu so her pleurteous womb
Expresseth his full tilth $ and husbandry.
Isab. Some one with child by him 1–My
cousin Juliet f
Lucio. Is she your cousin f
Isab. Adoptedly; as school-maids change their
By vain though apt affection.
Lucio. She it is.
Isab. Oh I let him marry her
Lucio. This is the point.
The duke is very strangely gone from hence:
Bore many gentlemen, myself being one,
In hand, and hope of action : but we do learn
By those that know the very nerves of state,
His givings out were of an infinite distance
From his true-meant design. Upon his place,
And with full line | 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 sense;
But doth rebate aud blunt his natural edge
with profits of the mind, study and 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,
Inder whose heavy sense your brother's life
Falls into forfeit : he arrests him on it;
And follows close the rigour of the statute,
To make him an example: all hope is gone,
Unless you have the grace" by your fair prayer
To soften Angelo: Aud that's my pith
of business 'twixt you and your poor brother.
Jsab. Doth he so seek his life t
Lucio. Has censur’d "" hitn
Already ; and, as I hear, the provost hath
A warrant for his execution.
Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me
To do him good
Lucio. Assay the power you have.
Isab. My power Alas! I doubt.
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 him learn to know, when maidens sue,

* Do not make a jest of me.

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1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the proclaumation.

Lucio. Away; let's go learn the truth of it.

{Earunt Lucio and Gex rit Max.

Ramed. Thus, what with the war, what with the sweat," what with the gallows, and what with poverty, I am custom-suiuluk. How uow t what's the news with you ?

Enter Clown.
Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison.
Baird. Well ; what has he done of
Cla. A woman.
Band. Hut what's his offence?

Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. t Bated. What, is there a nuaid with child by in t Clo. No ; but there's a woman with "maid by him : You have not heard of the proclamation, have you ? Rawd. What proclamation, man f Cla. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be pluck'd down. awd. And what shall become of those in the city f Clo. They shall stand for seed : they had gone down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them. Rawd. But shall all our house sof resort in the suburbs be pull'd down f Clo. To the ground, mistress. Bard. Why, here's a change, indeed, in *

commonwealth ! What shall become of me?
Clo. Come ; fear not you ; good counsellors
lack no clients: though you change your place, you

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service, you will be considered. I Bated. what's to do here, Thomas Tapster f | T Let's withdraw. An

Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the Ac provost to prison : and there's inadam Juliet. Im

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&OENE III.-The same. !
Enter Provost, t Claudio, Jult ET, and wi
Qjicers ; Lucio, and two Gentlemen. An
Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to | 1
the world f cot
Bear me to prison, where I am committed. unt
Prov. I do it not in evil disposition, of
But from lord Angelo by special charge. thu
Claud. Thus can the demi god, Authority, her
Make us pay down for our offence by weight.— s
The words of heaven;–ou whom it will, it will ; ; 1
On whom it will not, so ; yet still 'tis just. c
Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio 7 whence comes
this restraint :
Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio,
As surfeit is the father of much fast, 1.

So every scope by the in moderate use

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he hath cause to complain off Come me to what was done to her. Coo. Sir, your honour cannot come to that yet. Escal. No, Sir, nor I mean it not. Coto. Sir, but you shall come to it, by your thouour’s leave : And, I beseech you, look into master Floth here, Sir ; a man of fourscore pound a year ; whose father died at Hallowinas : —was’t not at Hallowmas, master Froth f Aoroth. All-hollond * eve. Clo. Why, very well ; I hope here be truths: He, Sir, sitting, as I say, in a lower t chair, sir ;—'twas in the Bunch of Grapes, where, judeed, you have a delight to sit : Have you not f Froth I have so ; because it is an open room, and good for winter. Cto. Why, very well then ;-I hope here be truths. A ng. This will last out a night in Russia, when o: are longest there : I'll take my eave, And leave you to the hearing of the cause ; Hoping, you'H find good cause to whip them all. Ascal. I think no less : Good morrow to your lordship. [E., it A No Flo. Now, Sir, come on ; What was done to Elbow's wife, once more ? Clo. Once, Sir there was nothing done to her airce. Elb. I beseech you, Sir, ask him what this man did to my wife. Clo. I beseech your honour, ask me. soat. Well, Sir : What did this gentleman to rt £'lo. I beseech you, Sir, look in this gentleman's face :-Good master Froth, look upon his honour; 'tis for a good purpose : Doth your honour mark his face r Escal. Ay, Sir, very well. Clo. Nay, I beseech you, mark it well. Escat. Well, I do so. Clo. Doth your honour see any harm in his face f A scal. Why, no. Clo. I'll be supposed : upon a book, his face is the worst thius' about him : Good then ; if his face be the worst thing about him, how could onaster Froth do the coustable's wife any harm I would know that of your honour. Escal. He's in the right: Constable, what say you to it? Ælb. First, an it like you, the house is a respected house; next, this is a respected fellow ; and his mistress is a respected woman. Clo. By this hand, Sir, his wife is a more re. spected person than any of us all. £1b. Varlet, thou liest ; thou liest, wicked var. let : the tine is yet to cone, that she was ever respected with man, woman, or child. 'lo. Sir, she was respected with him before he married with her. Æscal. Which is the wiser here f Justice or iniquity ? § Is this true t Alb. to thou caitist || 0 thou variet ! 0 thou wicked Hannibal I respected with her, before I was married to her if ever I was respected with her, or she with me, let not your worship think me the poor duke's officer :— Prove this, thou wicked Hannibal, or I'll have mine action of battery on thee. Escal. If he took you a box o' ear, you might have your action of slander too. Elb. Marry, I thank your good worship for it : What is't your worship's pleasure I should do with this wicked caititi o Escal. Truly, officer, because he hath some offences in hion, that thou wouldst discover if thou couldst, let him continue in his courses, till thou know'st what they are. Elb. Marry, I thank your worship for it :—

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Thou seest, thou wicked varlet now, what's come upon thee; thou art to continue now, thou warlet ; thou art to continue, Escal. Where were you born, friend ? [To FR or it. Froth. Here in Vienna, Sir. Escal. Are you of fourscore pounds a year? Froth. Yes, an’t please you, Sir. Escal. So.—What trade are you of, Sir? [To the Clown, Clo. A tapster; a poor widow's tapster. Escal. Your mistress's name t ('so. Mistress Over-done. Escal. Hath she had any more than one husband. Clo. Nine, Sir ; Over-done by the last. Escal. Nine !—Come hither to me, master Froth. Master Froth, I would not have you acquainted with taptters: they will draw you, Inaster Froth, and you will haug thclu: Get you gone, and let ine hear no more of you. Froth. I thank your worship : For mine own part, I never come into any room in a taphouse, but I am drawn in. Escal. Well ; no more of it, master Froth : farewell. [E., it Footh.]—Colne you hither to ine, master tapster: what's your naume, master tapster ('lo. Pompey. Escal. What else? Clo. Bum, Sir. Fscat. "Troth, and your bum is the greatest thing about you ; so that, in the beastliest sense, you are Pompey the great. Pompey, you are partly a bawd, Pompey, howsoever you colour it in being a tapster. Are you not? come, tell ine true ; it shall be the better for you. l Clo. Truly, Sir, I am a poor fellow, that would lve. Escal. How would you live Pompey by being a bawd What do you think of the trade, Poinpey to is it a lawful trade 1 ('lo. If the law would allow it, Sir. Fscal. But the law will not allow it, Pompey; nor it shall not be allowed in Vienna. Clo. Does your worship mean to geld and spay all the youth in the city f Escal. No, Pompey. Clo. Truly, Sir, in my poor opinion, they will to’t then : If your worship will take order" for the drabs and the knaves, you need not to fear the bawds. Escal. There are pretty orders beginning, I can tell you : It is but heading and hanging. Clo. If you head and hang all that offend that way but for ten year together, you’il be glad to give out a commission for more heads. If this law hold in Vienna ten year, I'll rent the fairest house in it, after threepence a bav : If you live to see this coune to pass, say, Pompey told you so. Escal. Thank you, good Pompey: and, in requital of your prophecy, hark you, -s advise you, let me not find you before me again upon any complaint whatsoever, no, not for dwelling where you do : if I do, Pompey, I shall beat you to your tent, and prove a shrewd Caesar to you ; in plain dealing, Pompey, I shall have you whipt: so for this time, Pompey, sare you well. Clo. I thank your worship for your good counsel; but I shall follow it, as the flesh and sortune shall better deterinine. Whip met No, no ; let carman whip his jade; The valiant heart’s not whipt out his * orit. Escat. Come hither to me, master Elbow ; coine hither, master Constable. How loug have you been in this place of constable t Etb. Seven year and a bals, Sir. Escat. I thought, by your readiners in the office, you had continued in it some time: You say, seven years together 1

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