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Vincentio, duke of Vienna..
Cloron, servant to Mrs. Over-done. Angelo, Lord deputy in the duke's absence.
Abhorson, an executioner. Escalus, an ancient lord, joined with Angelo in Barnardine, a dissolute prisoner.
the deputation. Claudio, a young gentleman.
Isabella, sister to Claudio. Lucio, a fantastic.
Mariana, betrothed to Angelo. Two other like gentlemen.
Juliet, beloved by Claudio. Varrius, a gentleman, servant to the duke.
Francisca, a nun. Provosl.
Mistress Over-done, a bawd. Peter,
Lords, gentlemen, guards, officers, and other ato A Justice.
lendanls. Elbow, a simple con slable. Froth, a foolish gentleman.
Thomas, tro friars.
Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thec.
Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do; SCENE I.-An apartment in the Duke's palace. Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues Enter Duke, Escalus, Lords, and attendants.
Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike
As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd, Duke.
But to fine issues :' nor nature never lends
The smallest scruple of her excellence, ESCALUS,
But, like a thrilty goddess, she determines Escal. My lord.
Herself the glory of a creditor,
In our remove, be thou at full oursell;
Take thy commission.
Now, good my lord, As art and practice hath enriched any
Let there be some more test made of my metal, That we remember: there is our commission, Before so noble and so great a figure From which we would not have you warp.-Call Be stamp'd upon it. hither,
No more evasion : I say, bid come before us Angelo.
We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice
(Eril an attendant. Proceeded to you; therefore take your honours. What figure of us think you he will bear?
Our hastc from hence is of so quick condition, For you must know, we have with special soul That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd Elected him our absence to supply;
Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, Lent him our terror, drest him with our love; As time and our concernings shall importune, And given his deputation all the organs
How it goes with us; and do look to know of our own power: what think you of it? What doth befall you here. So, fare you well: Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth
To the hopeful execution do I leave you To undergo such ample grace and honour,
Of your commissions. It is lord Angelo.
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 scruple : your scope' is as mine own; I come to know your pleasure.
So to enforce, or qualify the laws, Duke.
As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand;
Angelo, There is a kind of character in thy life,
I'll prívily away: I love the people, That, to the observer, doth thy history
But do not like to stage me to their eyes : Fully unfold: thyself and thy belongings:
Though it do well, I do not relish well Are not thine own so proper, as to waste
Their loud applause, and aves8 vehement; (1) Bounds. (2) Full of. (3) Endowments.
(5) For high purposes. (6) Interest. ( So much thy own property,
(7) Extent of power, 18) Hailings.
Nor do I think the man of sate discretion, 1 Lucio. A French crown' more.
Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes ! me: but thou art full of error; 'I am sound.
but so sound, as things that are hollow: thy bones Drike. I thank you : fare you well. (Eril. are hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee.
Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave
most profound sciatica ? Ang. 'Tis so with me:-Let us withdraw too! Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, gether,
and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of And we may soon our satisfaction have Touching that point.
I Gent. Who's that, I pray thee? Escal.
I'll wait upon your honour. Bawd. Marry,sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio.
(Exeunt. 1 Gent. Claudio to prison ! 'tis not so.
| Baud. Nay, but I know, 'tis so: I saw him arSCENE II. A street. Enter Lucio and two rested; saw him carried away; and, which is Gentlemen.
more, within these three days his head's to be
chopped off. Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, comel Licio. But, after all this fooling, I would not not to composition with the king of Hungary, why, have it so : art thou sure of this ? then all the dukes fall upon the king.
Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting I Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the madam Julietta with child. king of Hungary's!
Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised 2 Gent. Amen. Licio. Thou concludest like the sanctimoniouslcise in promise-keeping.
to meet me two hours since; and he was ever prepirate, that went to sea with the ten command-1 2 Gent. Besides you know, it draws something ments, but scraped one out of the table.
near to the specch we had to such a purposc. 2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ?
I Gent. But most of all, agrceing with the proLucio. Ay, that he razed.
clamation. I Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to com- Lucio. Away ; let's go learn the truth of it. mand the captain and all the rest from their func
(Ereunt Lucio and Gentlemen. tions; they put forth to steal: there's not a soldier Barod. Thus, what with the war, what with the of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before mcat, sweat is what with the gallows, and what with doth relish the petition well that prays for peace. poverty, I am custom-shrunk. How now? what's 2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it.
the news with you ? Lucio. I believe thee; fór, I think, thou never | wast where grace was said.
Enter Clown. 2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least. 1 Gent. What ? in metre?
Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison. Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language. Bawd. Well; what has he done? 1 Gent. I think, or in any religion.
Clo. A woman. Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite Bard. But what's his offence ? of all controversy : as for example; thou thyself Clo, Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. art a wicked villain, despite of all grace.
| Bavod. Whai, is there a maid with child by him ? I Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers Clo. No; but there's a woman with maid by him: between us."
you have not heard of the proclamation, have you? Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists Bawd. What proclamation, man? and the velvet: thou art the list.
Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must I Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good be pluck'd down. velvet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: Bawd. And what shall become of those in the I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as belcity? pild, as thou art pild, for a French velvet. Dol Clo. They shall stand for seed: they had gone I speak feelingly now ?
down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them. Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with Buwd. But shall all our houses of resort in the most painful feeling of thy speech: I will, ont of suburbs be pull'd down? thine own confession, learn to begin thy health ;/ Clo. To the ground, mistress, but, whilst I live, forget to drink after thec. Bawd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the
I Gent. I think I have done myself wrong ; commonwcalth! What shall become of me? have I not?
Clo. Come ; fear not you: good counsellors lack 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art no clients : though you change your place, you need tainted, or free.
not change your trade; I'll be your tapster still. Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitiga- Courage; there will be pity taken on you: you that tion comes! I have purchased as many diseases have worn your eyes almost out in the service, you under her roof, as come to
will be considered. 2 Gent. To what, I pray?
Bawd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster ? let's I Gent. Judge."
withdraw. 2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a year. Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the proI Gent. Ay, and more,
Ivost to prison: and there's madam Juliet. (Eze, (!) Measure, (2) A cut of the same cloth.
(4) Corona Veneris. (9) A jest on the loss of hair by the French disease.! (6) The sweating sickness, ..
And there rec
SCENE III.-I'he same.- Enler Provost, Clau-1 Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found.
dio, Juliet, and Officers; Lucio, and two Gen- I pr'yihee, Lucio, do me this kind service: tleinen.
This day iny sister should the cloister enter,
And there receive her approbation : Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to Acquaint her with the danger of my state; the world?
Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends Bear me to prison, where I am committed. To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay him; Prov. I do it not in evil disposition,
I have great hope in that: for in her youth But from lord Angelo by special charge.
There is a prone and speechless dialect, Claud, Thus can the demi-god, Authority, Such as moves men; besides, she hath prosperous Make us pay down for our offence by weight.
art The words of heaven ;--on whom it will, it will; When she will play with reason and discourse. On whoin it will not, so; yet still 'lis just.
Lucio. I pray she may: as well for the encourage Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio ? whence comes ment of the like, which else would stand under this restraint?
grievous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy life, Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost As surfeit is the father of much fast,
at a game of tick-lack. I'll to her. So every scope by the immoderate use
Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio. Turns to restraint: our natures do pursue
Lucio. Within two hours, (Like rats that ravino down their proper bane,) Claud. Come, officer, away. (Exerunt. A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die.
Lucio. if I could speak so wisely under an arrest, SCENE IV.A monastery. Enter Duke and I would send for certain of my creditors: and vet,
Friar Thomas. to say the truth, I had as liet' have the foppery of Duke. No: holy father: throw away that thought; freedom, as the inorality of imprisonment.-What's
Believe not that the dribbling dart of love thy offence, Claudio ? Claud. What, but to speak of would offend again.
Can pierce a complete bosom :: why I desire thec
To give me secret harbour, bath a purpose Lucio. What is it? murder ?
More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends Claud. No.
of burning youth. Lucio. Lechery?
May your grace speak of it? Claud. Call it so.
Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you Prov. Away, sir; you must go.
|How I have ever lov'd the life remov'd;8 Claud. One word, good friend :-Lucio, a word?
And held in idle price lo haunt assemblies,
[Takes him aside. W with you.
"Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps.' Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good.-line delicato o Anch Is lechery so look'd aller ?
(A man of stricture, and firm abstinence,) Cluud. Thus stands it with me:-Upon a truel
My absolute power and place here in Vienna, contract,
And he supposes me travell’d to Poland; I got possession of Julietta's bed;
For so I have strew'd it in the common ear, You know the lady; she is fast my wife,
| And so it is receiv'd: now, pious sir, Save that we do the denunciation lack
You will demand of me, why I do this ? Or outward order: this we came not to,
Fri. Gladly, my lord. Only for propagation of a dower
Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biling Remaining in the cofler of her friends;
laws From whom we thought it mect to hide our love, I the needful bits and curbs for headstrong steeds) Till time had made them for us. But it chances, lWhich for these fourteen years we have let sleep: The stealth of our most mutual entertainment,
Even like an over-grown lion in a cave, With character too gross, is writ on Juliet,
That goes not out to prey: now, as fond fathers Lucio. With child, perhaps ?
Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch, Claud. Unhappily, even so.
Only to stick it in their children's sight, And the new deputy now for the duke -
For terror, not to use; in timc thc rod Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness;
I Becomes more mock'd, than fear'd: 80 our dccrecs Or whether that the body public be
Dead to intliction, to themselves are dead; A horse whereon the governor doth ride.
And liberty plucks justice by the nose ; Who, newly in the seat, that it may know
The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart He can command, lets it straight feel the spur:
Goes all decorum. Whether the tyranny be in his place,
* It rested in your grace Or in his eminence that fills it up,
To unloose this tied-up justice, when you pleas'd: I stagger in :-But this new governor
And it in you more dreadful would have secr'd,
Than in lord Angelo.
I do fear, too dreadful: wall
Sith" 'twas my fault to give the people scope, So long, that nineteen zodiacs have gone round, "Twould be my tyranny to strike, and call them And none of them been worn; and, for a naine, For what I bid them do: for we bid this be done, Now puts the drowsy and neglected act
When evil deeds have their permissive past, Freshly on me:- tis surely for a namc.
And not the punishment. Therefore, indced, my Lucio. I warrant it is: and thy head stands so
Cather. tickle* on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if shelin
1, it she I have on Angelo impos'd the office; be in love, may sigh it off. Send alter the duke, Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home and appeal to him.
And yet my nature never in the sight, (1) Gaoler. (2) Voraciously devour, (7) Completely armed. (8) Retired. 13) Yearly circles. (4) Ticklish. (9) Showy dress resides (10) Strictness, (5) Enter on her probation. (6) Prompt, (11) Since,