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Ang. We must not make a scare-crow of the law, Setting it up to fear : the birds of prey, And let it keep one shape, till custom iuake it Their perch, and not their terror. A scal. Ay, but yet Let us be keen, and rather cut a little, Than fall, and bruise to deatu : Alas ! this gettlemati, whom I would save, had a most noble father. Let but your honour know, § (whom I believe to be most strait in virtue,) that, in the working of your own affections, Had time cohei'd with place, or place with wishing, or that the resolute acting of your blood could have attain'd the ellect of your own purpose, Whether you had not sometime in your life Err’d in this point which now you censure him, And pull'd the law upon you. Ang, "Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus, Another thing to fall. I not deny, The jury, passing on the prisoner's life, May, in the sworu twelve, have a thief or two Gualtier than him they try : What's open made to Justice, That justice seizes. What know the laws, That thieves do pass ou thieves 1 'Tis very pregnant, * The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it, Because we see it ; but what we do not see, We tread upon, and never think of it. You may not so extenuate his offence, For ** I have had such faults : but rather tell me, When I, that censure to him, do so offend, Let Inine own judgment pattern out my death, And nothing come in partial. Sir, he must die. Ascal. Be it as your wisdom will. Ang. Where is the provost 7 Prov. Here, if it like your honour. Ang. See that Claudio Be executed by nine to-umorrow mortling : Bring him his confessor, let him be prepared ; For that's the utmost of his pilgrimage. (Exit Provost. Escal. Well, heaven forgive him ; and forgive us all ! Some rise by siu, and some by virtue fall : Some run from brakes it of vice, and answer none :

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Had answer'd for his deed : now, 'tis awake ;
Takes uote of what is done; and, like a pro-
phet,
Looks in a glass, that shows what future evils,
(Either now, or by remissness new-conceiv'd,
And so in progress to be hatch'd and born,)
Are now to have no sticcessive degrees,
But, where they live, to end.
Isab. Yet show some pity.
Ang. I show it most of all, when I show
justice ;
For then I pity those I do not know,
which a dismiss'd offence would after gall;
And do him right, that answering one foul
wrong,
Lives not to act another. Be satisfied ;
Your brother dies to-morrow ; be content.
Isab. So, you must be the first that gives this
sentence ;
And he, that suffers : Oh I it is excellent
To have a giant's strength ; but it is tyrannous
To use it like a giant.
Ilucio. That's well said.
Isab. Could great men thunder
As Jove himself does, Jove would ne'er be quiet,
For every pelting, * petty officer,
Would use his heaven for thunder; nothing but
thunder.—
Merciful heaven
Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous
bolt,
Split'st the unwedgeable and gnarled + oak,
Than the soft myrtle : Oh but man, proud man l
Drest in a little brief authority;
Most ignorant of what he's most assur’d—
His glassy essence,—like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven,
As make the angels weep : who, with our spleens,
Would all themselves laugh mortal.
Lucio. Oh to him, to him, wench : he will
relent ;
He's coming, I perceive’t.
Prov. Pray heaven, she win him |
Isab. We cannot weigh our brother with our-
self :
creat men may jest with saints: 'tis wit in them ;
But, in the less, foul profanation.
Lucio. Thou'rt in the right, girl ; more o'that.
Isab. That in the captain's but a choleric
word,
Which in the soldier is flat blasphemy.
Ilucio. Art advis'd o’ that 7 more on't.
Ang. Why do you put these sayings tupon me?
Isab. Because authority, though it err like
others.
Hath yet a kind of medicine in itself,
That skins the vice o' the top : Go to your
bosom ;
Knock there; and ask your heart, what it doth
know
That's like my brother's fault: if it confess
A natural guiltiness, such as is his,
Let it not sound a thought upon your tongue
Against my brother's life.
A ng. She speaks, and 'tis
such sense, that my sense breedo with it.-
Fare you well.
Isab. Gentle my lord, turn back.
Ang. I will bethink me :-Come again to-
norrow.
Isab. Hark, how I'll bribe you : Good my
lord, turn back.
Ang. How I bribe me
Isab. Ay, with such gifts, that heaven shall
share with you.
J.ucio. You had marr'd all, else.
Isab. Not with fond shekels of the tested i
gold,
or stones, whose rates are either rich, or poor,
As fancy values them : but with true prayers,
That shall be up at heaven, and enter there,
Ere sunrise; prayers from preserved 3 souls,

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| From fasting maids, whose minds are dedicate
To nothing temporal.
Ang. Well ; conne to me
To-morrow.
Lucio. Go to ; it is well ; away. ,
[Aside to Isabella.
Isab. Heaven keep your honour safe
Ang. Amen : for I
Am that way going to temptation, ,
Where prayers cross.
Isab. At what hour to-morrow
Shall I attend your lordship f
Ang. At any time 'fore moou.
Isab. Save your honour!
[Ereunt Lucio, Isabel LA, and Provost.
A ng. From thee; even from thy virtue —
What's this what's this? Is this her fault, or
mine of
The tempter, or the tempted, who sins most f
Ha I
Not she ; nor doth she tempt: but it is I,
That lying by the violet in the sun,
Do, as the carrion does, not as the flower,
Corrupt with virtuous season. Can it be,
That modesty may more betray our sense
Than woman's lightness Having waste ground
enough,
Shall we desire to raze the sanctuary,
And pitch our evils there f * 0 fie, fle, fle !
What dost thou ? or what art thou, Angelo 7
Dost thou desire her foully, for those things
That make her good Oh let her brother live :
Thieves for their robbery have authority. -
When judges steal themselves. What? do I
love her,
That I desire to hear her speak again,
And feast upon her eyes : What is't I dream on 7
O cunning enemy, that, to catch a saint,
With saints dost bait thy hook Most dangerous
Is that temptation, that doth goad us on
To sin in loving virtue: never could the strum-
pet,
With all her double vigour, art, and nature,
Once stir my temper; but this virtuous maid
Subdues me quite ;-Ever, till now,
When men were fond, I simil'd, and wonder'd
how. [Erit.

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Duke. I'll teach you how you shall arraign your conscience, And try your penitence, if it be sound, Or hollowly put on. Juliet. I'll gladly learn. Duke. Love you the inan that wrong'd you ? Juliet. Yes, as I love the womau that wrong'd hiun. Duke. So then, it seems, your most offenceful act Was mutually committed t Juliet. Mutually. Luke. Then was your sin of heavier kind than his. Juliet. I do confess it, and repent it, father. Duke. 'Tis meet so, daughter : But lest you do repent, As that the sin hath brought you to this shame, Which sorrow is always toward ourselves, not heaven; Showing, we'd not spare * heaven, as we love it, But as we staud in fear, Juliet. I do repent me, as it is an evil; And take the shame with joy. Duke. There rest. Your partner, as I hear, must die to-morrow, And I am going with instruction to him.— Grace go with you ! Benedicite ' [Erit. Juliet. Must die to-morrow I O injurious love, That respites me a life, whose very comfort Is still a dying horror Pror. 'Tis pity of him. [Ereunt. SCENE IV - A Room in ANG elo's House.

Enter ANG El

Ang. When I would pray and think, I think and pray To several subjects: leaven hath my empty words; Whilst my invention, hearing not my tongue, Anchors on Isabel : Heaven in Iny mouth, As if I did but only chew his name; And in my heart, the strong and swelling evil of my conceptiou : The state, whereon i studied, Is like a good thing, being often read, Grown, fear'd and tedious ; yea, my gravity, Wherein (let no mau hear me.) I take pride, Could I, with boot, change for an idle plume, Which the air beats for vain. O place 0 form : How often dost thon with thy case, I thy habit, Wrench awe from fools, and tie the wiser souls To thy false seening Blood, thou still art blood : Let's write good angel on the devil's horn, 'Tis not the devil's crest.

Enter Serv ANT.

How now, who's there t
Serv. One Isabel, a sister,
Desires access to you.
Ang. Teach her the way.
O heavens !
Why does my blood thus muster to my heart;
Making both it unable for itself,
And dispossessing all the other parts
Of necessary fitness :
So play the foolish throngs with one that swoons,
Come all to help him, and so stop the air
By which he should revive : and even so
The general, § subject to a well-wish'd king,
Quit their own part, and in obsequious fondness
Crowd to his presence, where their tuntaught
love
Must needs appear offence.

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Ang. That you might know it, would mars better please ine, Than to demand what 'tis. Your brother to: live. Isab. Even so?—Heaven keep your heroer Retiring. Ang. Yet may he live a while ; and, it may be, As long as you or i : Yet he must die. Isab. Under your sentence 1 Ang. Yea. Isab. When, I beseech you ? that in his reprieve, Longer, or shorter, he may so be fitted, That his soul sicken not. Ang. Hal Fie, these filthy vices I it were is good To pardou bin, that hath from nature storm A man already made, as to reunit Their saucy sweetness, that do coin heroes image In stamps that are forbid : 'tis all as easy Falsely to take away a life true made, As to put mettle in restrained means, To make a false one. Isab. 'Tis set down so in heaven, but not in earth. Ang. Say you so then I shall pese yes quickly. Which had you rather, That the most jost tro. Now took your brother's life; or, to redeere usin, Give up your body to such sweet unclearliess, As she that he bath stain'd? Isab. Sir, believe this, I had rather give my body than my soul. Ang. I talk not of your soul : Our cumpero sius Stand more for number than accomptIsab. How say you ? Ang. Nay, I’ll not warrant that ; for I as speak Against the thing 1 say. Answer to this ;I, thow the voice of the recorded Haw, Pronounce a sentence ou your brother’s life: Migut there not be charity in sin. To save this brother's life? Isab. Please you to do.’t, I'll take it as a peril to my seal, It is no sin at ail, but charity. Ang. Pleas'd you to do’t, at perii of your sets, Were equal poise of sin and coality. Isab. That I do beg his life, if it be sin, Heaven, let Ine bear its you granuug of mos suit, Is that be sin, I'll make it my morn prayer To have it added to the faults of Inine, And nothing of your answer. Ang. Nay, but hear ine: Your sense pursues not mine: either you are ignorant, Or seem so, craftily; and that’s not good. Isab. Let me be ignorant, and in netting good, But graciously to know I am no better. Ang. Thus wisdom wishes to appear most bright, When it doth tax itself: as these black masks Proclaim an enshield " beauty ten times coer Than beauty could displayed.—But mark me , To be received plain, I'll speak more gress: Your brother is to die. Isab. So. Ang. And his offence is so, as it appears Accountant to the law upon that pain. : Jsab. True. Ang. Admit no other way to save his life, (As I subscribe i not that, nor any other, But in the loss of question, $) that yon, his sister, Finding yourself desir'd of such a person, Whose credit with the judge, or own great place, Could fetch your brother from the manaries Of the all-binding law; and that there were

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No earthly mean to save him, but that either
You must lay down the treasures of your body
To this supposed, or else let him suffer;
What would you do?
Isab. As much for my poor brother, as nyself:
That is, Were 1 under the terms of death,
The impression of keen whips I’d wear as rubies,
And strip myself to death, as to a bed
That longing I have been sick for, ere I'd yield
My body up to shame.
Ang. Then must your brother die.
Isab. And 'twere the cheaper way:
Better it were, a brother die at once,
Than that a sister, by redeemiug him,
Should die for ever.
A ng. Were not you then as cruel as the sen-
That you have slander'd so 7 [tence
Isab. Ignomy • in ransom, and free pardon,
Are of two houses: lawful mercy is
Nothing akin to foul redemption.
Ang. You seem'd of late to make the law a
tyrant ;
And rather prov'd the sliding of your brother
A merrinent than a vice.
Isab. O pardon me, my lord ; it oft falls out,
To have what we’d have, we speak not what
we unean :
I something do excuse the thing I hate,
For his advantage that I dearly love.
A me. We are all frail.
Isab. Else let my brother die,
if not a feodary, + but only he,
Owe, I and succeed by weakness.
Ang. Nay, women are frail too.
Isab. Ay, as the glasses where they view
themselves :
which are as easy broke as they make sorms.

Women l–Help heaven I men their creation inar In profiting by them. Nay, call us ten times

For we are soft as our complexious are,
And credulous to false prints. §
A ng. I think it well.
And from this testimony of your own sex,
(Since, I suppose, we are made to be no stronger
Tuan o may shake our frames,) let ine be
bold ;-
I do arrest your words: Be that you are,
That is, a woman ; If you be more, you're none:
If you be one, (as you are well express'd
By all external warrants,) show it now,
By putting on the destined livery.
Isab. I have no tongue but one : gentle my lord,
Let me entreat you speak the former language.

[frail

Ang. Plainly conceive, I love you. Isab. My brother did love Juliet ; and you tell That he shall die for it.

[ne, Ang.

. shall not, Isabel, if you give ine ove. Isab. I know, your virtue hath a licence in't, Which seeins a little fouler than it is, to pluck on others. A ng. Believe ine, on mine honour, My words express my purpose. 1sub. Ha! little honour to be much believ'd, And muost pernicious purpose l—Seeming, seeining ! || I will proclaim thee, Angelo ; look for’t : Sign me a present pardon for my brother, or, with an outstretch'd throat, I'll tell the Aloud, what man thou art. [world A ng. who will believe thee, Isabel ? My unsoil'd name, the austereness of my life, My vouch " against you, and my place i'the w ill so your accusation overweigh, [state, That you shall stille in your own report, And smell of calumny. I have begun ; And now I give my sensual race the rein : Fit thy consent to my sharp appetite : Lay by all nicety, and prolixious * * 'blushes,

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By yielding up thy body to my will;
Or else he must not only die the death,
But thy unhindness shall his death draw out
To lingering sufferance: answer me to-morrow,
Qr, by the affection that now guides me most,
I'll prove a tyrant to him : As for you,
Say what you can, my false o'erweighs your

true. [Erif. Isab. . whom shall I complaint Did I tell this,

Who would believe me? O perilous mouths,
That bear in them one and the self-same tongue,
Either of condemnation or approof
Bidding the law make court’sy to their will ;
Hooking both right and wrong to the appetite
To follow as it draws f 1'll to my brother :
Though he hath fallen by prompture of the
blood,
Yet hath he in him such a mind of honour,
That had he twenty heads to tender down
On twenty bloody blocks, he'd yield them up,
Before his sister should her body stoop
To such abhorr'd pollution.
Then, Isabel, live chaste, and, brother, die :
More than our brother is our chastity.
I'll tell him yet of Angelo's request,
And fit his mind to death, for his soul's rest.
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Act 1 it. SCENE I.—A Room in the Prison.

Enter Duke, CLAudio, and Paovost.

Duke. So, then you hope of pardon from lord Angelo 2 Claud. The miserable have no other medicine, But only hope : I have hope to live, and am prepar'd to die. Duke. He absolute * sor death ; either death, or life, Shall thereby be the sweeter. life :If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing That none but fools would keep : a breath thou (Servile to all the skiey influences,) [art, That dost this habitation, where thou keep'st, Hourly afflict : merely, thou art death's soo! ; For him thou labour'st by thy flight to shun, And yet lun'st toward hiu still : Thou art not noble ; For all the accommodations that thou bear'st, Thou art by no ineans

Reason thus with

valiant ; For thou dost fear the soft and tender fork Of a poor worm : Thy best of rest is sleep, And that thou oft provok'st ; yet grossly fear'st Thy death, which is no more. Thou art not thyself; For thou exist'st on many a thousand grains That issue out of dust : Happy thou art not ; For what thou hast not, still thou striv'st to get ; And what thou hast, forget'st: Thou are not certain ; For thy complexion shifts to strange effects, * After the moon : if thou art rich, thou art poor; For, like an ass, whose back with ingots bows, Thou bear'st thy heavy riches but a journey, And death unloads thee : Friend hast thou none : For thine own bowels, which do call thee site, The mere effusion of thy proper loins, Do curse the gout, serpigo, ; and the rheum, For ending thee no sooner : Thou hast nor youth, nor age ; But, as it were, an after-dinner's sleep, Dreaming on both : for all thy blessed youth Becomes as aged, and doth bey the alums Of palsied eld; $ and when thou art old, and rich,

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Isab. What, hol Peace here; grace and good company I Prow. Who's there? come in ; the wish deserves a welcome. Duke. Dear Sir, ere long I'll visit you again. Claud, Most holy Sir, I thank you. Isab. My business is a word or two with Claudio. Prov. Aud very welcome. here's your sister. Duke. Provost, a word with you. Prow. As many as you please. IDuke. Bring them to speak, where I may be conceal’d, Yet hear then. [Erennt DC ke and Provost. Claud. Now, sister, what's the comfort t Isab. Why, as all conforts are ; most good in deed : Lord Angelo, having affairs to heaven, Intends you for a swift ambassador, Where you shall be an everlasting eiger: * Therefore your best appointment t make with To-morrow you set on. [speed ; Claud. Is there no remedy ? Isab. None, but such reinedy, as to save a head. To cleave a heart in twain. Claud. But is there any ? Isab. Yes, brother, you may live ; There is a devilish mercy in the judge, If you’ll implore it, that will free your life, But fetter you till death. Cland. Perpetual durance? Isab. Ay, just, perpetual durance ; a restraint, Though all the world's vastidity ; you had, To a determin'd scope. Claud. But in what nature ? Isab. In such a one as (you consenting to't) Would bark your honour from that trunk you And leave you naked. [bear, Claud. Let me know the point. Isab. Oh I I do fear thee, Claudio ; and I quake Lest thou a fev’rous life should'st entertain, And six or seven winters more respect Than a perpetual honour. Dar'st thou die? The sense of death is most in apprehensiou ; And the poor beetle, that we tread upon, In corporal sufferance finds a paug as great As when a giant dies. Claud. Why give you me this shame? Think you I can a resolution fetch From flowery tenderness? If I must die, I will encounter darkness as a bride, And hug in it mine arms. Isab. There spake my brother; father's grave Did utter forth a voice Yes, thon must die : Thou art too noble to conserve a life In base appliances. This outward-sainted deputy,+ Whose settled visage and deliberate word Nips youth i'the head, and soldies doth enmew, 5 As falcon doth the fowl, is yet a devil ; His filth within being cast, he would appear A pond as deep as hell. ('la ud. The princely Angelo 1 Isab. oh! tis the cunning livery of hell, The damned'st, body to invest and cover In princely guards Post thou think, Chandio, If I would yield him my virginity, Thou unight'st be freed.

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