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Clo. Come, fear not you; good counsellors lack He can command, lets it straight feel the spur : no clients : though you change your place, you need | Whether the tyranny be in his place, not change your trade; I'll be your tapster still. Or in his eminence ihai fills it up, Courage ; there will be pity taken on you': you that I stayger in :-But this new governor have worn your eyes almost out in the service, you Awakes me all the enrolled penalties, will be considered.

Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the wall Bawd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster? So long, that nineteen zodiacks’ have gone round, Let's withdraw.

And none of them been worn; and, for a name, Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the pro- Now puts the drowsy and neglected act vost to prison : and there's madam Juliet. (Ereunt. Freshly on me :--'uis surely, for a name.

Lucio. I warrant, it is: and thy head stands so SCENE III. The same. Enter Provost,' Clau-tickled on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she

DIO, JULIET, and Officers; Lucio and two Gen- be in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, tlemen.

and appeal to him. Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus ko Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found. the world ?

I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service: Bear me to prison where I am committed.

This day my sister should the cloister enter, Proy. I do it not in evil disposition,

And there receive her approbation :: But from lord Angelo by special charge.

Acquaint her with the danger of my state; Claud. Thus can the derni-god, Authority, Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends Make us pay down for our offence by weight. To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay him; The words of heaven;-on whom it will, it will ;

I have great hope in that: for in her youth On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just.?

There is a pronel' and speechless dialect, Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio ? whence comes Such as moves men; besides, she hath prosperous this restraint ?

Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty; When she will play with reason and discourse, As surfeit is the father of much fast,

And well she can persuade. So every scope by the immoderate use

Lucio. I

pray, she may: as well for the encouTurns to resiraint : Our natures do pursue,

ragement of the like, which else would stand under (Like rats that ravin' down their proper bane) grievous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy life, A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die.* who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost

Lucio. if I could speak so wisely under an arrest, at a game of tick-tack." I'll to her. I would send for certain of my creditors : And yel, Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio. to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of

Lucio. Within two hours, freedom, as the morality of imprisonment.-What's

Claud. Come, officer, away.

[Ereunt. thy offence, Claudio ? Claud. What, but to speak of, would offend again.

SCENE IV. A Monastery. Enter DUKE and Lucio. What is it? murder

Friar Thomas. Claud. No.

Duke. No; holy Father; throw away that thought; Lucio. Lechery?

Believe not that the dribbling dart of love Claud. Call it so.

Can pierce a complete bosom:"? why I desire thee Prov. Away, sir ; you must go.

To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose Claud. One word, good friend :-Lucco, a word More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends

[Takes him aside. Of hurning youth. Lucin. A hundred if they'll do you any good.

May your grace speak of it? Is lechery so look'd afier ?

Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you Cluud. Thus stands it with me:-Upon a truc How I have ever lov'd the life remov'd ;' contract,

And held in idle price to haunt assemblies, I got possession of Julietta's bed ;s

Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps. 14 You know the lady ; she is fast my wife,

I have delivered to lord Angelo Save that we do the denunciation lack

(A man of stricturels and firm abstinence,) Or outward order: this we came not to,

My absolute power and place here in Vienna, Only for propagation of a dower

And he supposes me travelld to Poland ;
Remaining in the coffer of her friends ;

For so I have strew'd it in the common ear,
From whom we thought it meet to hide our love, And so it is receiv'd: Now, pious sir,
Till time had made them for us.

But it chances, You will demand of me, why I do this?
The stealth of our most mutual entertainment, Fri. Gladly, my lord.
With character too gross, is writ on Juliet.

Duke. We have strict statutes and most biting Lucio. With child, perhaps?

laws, Claud. Unhappily, even so.

(The needful bits and curbs for headstrong steeds,) And the new deputy now for the duke,

Which for these fourteen years we have lot sleep; Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness; Even like an o'ergrown lion in a cave, Or whether that the body public be

That goes not oui to prey: Now, as fond fathers, A horse whereon the governor doth ride,

Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch, Who, newly in the seat, that it may


Only to stick it in their children's 1 i. e. gaoler.

ing such a dower as her friends might heareafter he. 2 Authority being absolute in Angelo, iz finely styled sow on her, when time had reconciled them to her by Claudio, the denigol, whose decrees are as litle to clandestine marriage. The verb is as obscurely used bé questioned as the words of learen. The poet al. by Chapman in the Sixteenth book of the Odyssey : Judes to a passage in St. Paul's Epist. to the Romans,

- to try if we ch. ix. v. 15--18: 'I will have mercy on whom I will

Alone may propagate to victory have mercy:

Our bold encounters.' 3 To ravin is to voraciously devour.

Shakspeare uses 'To propagate their states,' for to im. 4 So, in Chapman's Revenge for Honour:

prove or promote their conditions, in Timon of Athens, Like poison'd rais, which, when they've swallowed Act i. Sc. I. The pleasing bane, 'rest not until they drink,

7 Zodia's, yearly circles. 8 Tickle, for ticklish. And can rest then much less, unul they burst.

9 i. e. enter on her noriciate or probation. 5 This speech is surely tno intelicate to be spoken 10 Prone, is prompt or ready: concerning Juliet before her face. Claudio may there

11 Jouer au tric trac is used in French in a wanton fore be supposed to speak to Lucio apart.

6 This singular mode of expression has not been sa. 12 A complete bosom' is a bosom completely armed tisfactorily explained. The old sense of the word is 13 i. e. retired.

promoting, inlarging, increasing, spreading. It ap 14 Bravery is showy dress. Keeps, i, e. resides. pears that Claudio would say: 'for the sake of promot 13 Stricture; strictness.

with you.


For terror, not to use ; in time the rod

He should receive his punishment in thanks :
Becomes more mock'd than fear'd: so our decrees, He hath got his friend with child.
Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead;

Isab. Sir, mock me not :-your story.
And liberty plucks justice by the nose ;

Lucio. 'Í'is true, I would not,-though 'tis my The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart

familiar sin Goes all decorum.

With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest, Fri. It rested in your grace

Tongue far from heart,-play with all virgins so : To unloose this tied-up justice, when you pleas'd : I hold you as a thing ensky'd, and sainted; And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd,

By your renouncement, an immortal spirit; Than in Lord Angelo.

And to be talked with in sincerity, Duke.

I do fear, too dreadful : As with a saint, Sith 'was my fault to give the people scope, Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mocking me. "Twould be my tyranny to strike, and gall them Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth, For what I bid them do: For we bid this be done,

'tis thus : When evil deeds have their permissive pass, Your brother and his lovers have embrac'd : And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my As those that feed grow full; as blossoming time, father,

That from the seedness the bare fallow brings I have on Angelo impos'd the office ;

To teeming foison; even so her plenteous womb Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home, Expresseth his full tilth' and husbandry. And yet my nature never in the sight,

Ísab. Some one with child by him ?-My cousin To do it sland r: And to behold his sway,

Juliet? I will, as 'twere a brother of your order,

Lucis. Is she your cousin ? Visit both prince and people : there'ore, I pr’ythee, Isab. Adoptedly; as school-maids change their Supply me with the babit, and instruct me

names, How I may formally in person bear me

By vain though apt affection. Like a true friar. More reasons for this action, Lucio.

She it is. At our more leisure shall I render you;

Isab. O let him marry her! -Only, this one :-Lord Angelo is precise ;


This is the point. Stands at a guard' with envy; scarce confesses The duke is very strangely gone from hence ; That his blood flows, or that his appetite

Bore many genilemen, myself being one,
Is more to bread than stone: Hence shall we see, In hand, and hope of action : but we do learn
If power change purpose, what our seemers be. By those that know the very nerves of state,

[Ereunt. His givings out were of an infinite distance SCENE V. A Nunnery. Enter Isabella and From his true-meant design. Upon his place, FRANCISCA.

And with full lines of his authority,
Isab. And have you nuns no further privileges ? Is very snow-broth; one who never feels

Governs Lord Angelo ; a man, whose blood
Fran. Are not these large enough?

The wanton stings and motions of the sense ; Isab. Yes truly ; I speak not as desiring more;

But doth rebate” and blunt his natural edge But rather wishing a more strict restraint

With profits of the mind, study and fast. Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of Saint Clare.

He (to give fear to uselú and liberty, Lucio. Ho! Peace be in this place? (Within, which have, for long, run by the hideous law, Isah. Who's that which calls?

As mice by lions,) hath pick'd out an act, Fran. It is a man's voice : Gentle Isabella,

Under whose heavy sense your brother's life Turn you the key, and know his business of him ;

Falls into forfeit: he arrests him on it;
You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn :

And follows close the rigour of the statute,
When you have vow'd, you must not speak with men, To make him an example: all hope is gone,
But in the presence of the prioress :
Then, if you speak, you must not show your face; To sofien Angelo: And that's my pith

Unless you have the grace" by your fair prayer
Or, if you show your face, you must not speak. Of business 'twixt you and your
He calls again;

pray you, answer him.


Has censur'di? him Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls ? Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath Enter Lucio.

A warrant for his execution. Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be ; asthose cheek-roses

Ysab. Alas! what poor ability's in me Proclaim you are no less! Can you so stead me,

To do him good ? As bring me to the sight of Isabella,

Lucin. Assay the power you have. A novice of this place, and the fair sister

Isah. My power! Alas! I doubt, To her unhappy brother Claudio ?


Our doubts are traitors, Isab. Why her unhappy brother ? let me ask ; And make us lose the good we oft might win, The rather, for I now must make you know By fearing to attempt : Go to Lord Angelo, I am that Isabella, and his sister.

And let him learn to know, when maidens sue, Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly greets Men give like gods; but when they weep and kneel, you:

All their petitions are as freely theirs Not to be weary with you, he's in prison.

As they themselves would owels them. Isab. Woe me! For what?

Isab. I'll see what I can do. Lucio. For that, which, if myself might be his Lucio.

But speedily, judge,

Isab. I will about it straight;

Isab: Doth he so seek his

life poor brother.

I i. e. on his defence.

For who is she so fair, whose unrear'd womb 2 The old copy reads :

Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry ?"
Sir, make me not your story.'

8 Full line, extent. The emendation is Mr. Malone's.

9 To rebate is to make dull : Aciem ferri hebetare, 3 This bird is said to draw pursuers from her nest hy | Baret. crying in other places. This was formerly the subject 10 i. e. to intimidate use, or practices long countenan. or a proverb, The lapwing cries most, farthest from ced by custom. her nest,' i. e. longue far from heart. So, in The Co. 11 i. e. power of gaining favour. medy of Errors :

12 To censure is to judge. This is the poet's general Adr. Far from her nest the lapwing cries away; meaning for the word, but the editors have given him My heart prays for him, though my tongue do curse.' several others. Here they interpret it censured, sen. 4 Ferness and truth, in few and true words.

tenced. We have it again in the next scene : 5 i. e, his mistress.

• When I that censure him do so offend, 6 Teeming foison is abundant produce.

Let mine own judgment pattern out my death." 7 Tilth is uillage. So in Shakspeare's third Sonnet: 13 To ove is to have, to possess.

No longer staying but to give the mother!

their abuses in common houses, I know no law; Notice of my atlair. I humbly thank you :

bring them away. Commend me to my brother : soon at night Ang. How now, sir! What's your name ? and I'll send bim certain word of my success.

whai's the matter? Lucio. I take my leave of you.

Elb. If it please your honour, I am the poor Isab.

Good sir, adieu. duke's constable, and my name is Elbow ; I do lean (Ercunt. upon justice, sir, and do bring in here before your

good honour two notorious benefactors.

Ang. Benefactors! Well; what benefactors are ACT II.

they ? are they not malefactors ?

Elb. Ii' it please your honour, I know not well SCENE I. A Hall in Angelo's House. Enter what they are : but precise villains they are, that I D. ANGELO, Esc&us, a Justice, Provost, 2 Officers, am sure of; and void of all profanation in the world, and other Atlenuants.

that good christians ought to have. Ang. We must not make a scare-crow of the law,

Escal. This comes off' well;13 bere's a wise officer. Setting it up to fears the birds of prey,

Ang. Go to:

What quality are they of? Elbow And let it keep one shape, till custom make it

is your name? Why dost thou not speak, Elbow ? Their perch, and not their terror.

Clo. He cannot, sir ; he's out at elbow. Escal.

Ay, but yet

Ang. What are you, sir ? Let us be keen, and rather cut a little,

Elb. He, sir ? a tapster, sir; parcel-bawd ; one Than fall,4 and bruise to death : Alas! this gentle-that serves a bad womanwhose house, sir, was man,

as they say, plucked down in the suburbs; and now Whom I would save, had a most noble father.

she professest. a hot-house, which, I think, is a very

ill house too. Let but your bonour know," (Whom I believe to be most strait in virtue,)

Escal. How know you that? That, in the working of your own affections,

Elh. My wife, sir, whom I detest?s before hea. Had time coher'u' with place, or place with wishing,

ven and your honour, -Or that the resolute acting of your blood

Escal. How! thy wife? Could have aitain'd the effect of your own purpose,

Elb. Ay, sir ; whom, I thank heaven, is an ho

nest woman, — Whether you had not sometime in your life Err'd in this point which now you censure him,"

Escal. Dost thou detest her therefore? And pull'd the law upon you.

Elb. I say, sir, I will detest myself also, as wel: Ang. "Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus,

as she, that this house, if it be not a hawd's house, Another thing to fall. I not deny,

it is pity of her life, for it is a naughty house. The jury, passing on the prisoner's life,

Escal. Ilow dost thou know that constable ? May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two

Elb. Marry, sir, by my wife ; who, if she had Guiltier than him they try: What's open made to

been a woman cardinally given, might have been justice,

accused in fornication, adultery, and all uncleanli. That justice seizes. What know the laws,

ness there. That thieves do pass' on thieves ? 'Tis very preg

Escal. By the woman's means? nant,

Elb. Ay, sir, by mistress Over-done's means. The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it,

but as she spit in his face, so she defied him. Because we see it; but what we do not see,

Clo. Sir, if it please your honour, this is not so. We tread upon, and never think of it.

Elb. Prove it before these varlets here, thou hoYou may not so extenuate his offence,

nourable man, prove it. Forio I have had such faults; but rather tell me,

Escal. Do you hear how he misplaces ? When I, that censure him, do so offend,

[T, ANGELO. Let mine own judgment pattern out my death,

Clo. Sir, she came in great with child; and longAnd nothing come in partial. Sir, he must die.

ing (saving your honour's reverence,) for stew'd Escal. Be it as your wisdom will.

prunes:16 sir, we had but two in the house, which Ang.

Where is the provost ? at that very distant time stood, as it were, in a fruitProv. Here, if it like honour.

dish, a dish of some three pence; your honours your Ang.

See that Claudio have seen such dishes; they are not China dishes, Be executed by nine to-morrow morning :

but very good dishes. Bring him his confessor, let him be prepared ;

Escal. Go to, go to: no matter for the dish, sir. For that's the utmost of his pilgrimage.

Clo. No indeed, sir, not of a pin; you are therein

[Erit Provost. in the right: but to the point: As I say, this misEscal. Well, heaven forgive him; and forgive us

tress Elbow, being, as I say, with child, and being all !

great belly'd, and longing, as I said, for prunes ; Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall :11

and having but two in a dish, as I said, master Some run from brakes'? of vice, and answer none; I said, and, as I say, paying for them very honesta

Froth here, this very man having eaten the rest, as And some condemned for a fault alone. Enter Elbow, Froth, Clown, Officers, fc.

ly ;-for, as you know, master Froth, I cou'd not

give you three pence again, Elb. Come, bring them away; if these be good Froth. No, indeed, people in a common-weal, that do nothing but use

12 The first folio here ready-Some run froin brakes 1 i. e. the abhess.

of ice.' The correction was made by Rowe. Brakes 2 A kind of sheriff or jailer, so called in foreign coun. most probably here signify thorny perplerities; but a tries.

brake was also used to signify a trap or snare. Thus 3 To fear is to affright.

in Skelton's Ellinour Rummun : 4 i. e. throw down; to fall a tree is still used for to It was a stale to take the devil in a brake.' fell it.

And in Holland's Leaguer, a Comedy, by Sh. Marmion. 5 j. e. to examine. 6 i. e. suired.

her I'll make 7 To complete the sense of this line for seems to be A stale to catch this courtier in a brake.' required : -- wbich now you censure him for.' But There can be no allusion to the instrument of torture Shakspeare frequently uses elliptical expressions. mentioned by Steevens. A brake seems to have sigui.

8 An old forensic torm, signifying to pass judgment, fied an engine or instrument in general, or sentence.

13 i. e. is well told. The meaning of this phrase, when 9 Full of force or conviction, or full of proof in il. seriously applied to speech, is This is well delivered,' self. So, in Othello, Act ii. Sc. 1, 'As it is a most preg.

this story is well cold. But in the present instance it nant and unfore'd position.'

is used ironically. 10 i. e, cause I have had such faults.

14 Professes a hot house, i. e. keeps a bagnio. Il This line is printed in Italics as a quotation in the 15 Detest, for protest, or attest. first folio.

16 A luvourite dish, anciently common in brothels

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Clo. Very well : you being then, if you be re- the poor duke's officer :-Prove this, thou wicked member'd, cracking the stones of the aforesaid Hannibal, or I'll have mine action of battery on prunes.

thee. Froth. Ay, so I did, indeed.

Escal. If he took you a box of th' ear, you might Clo. Why, very well: I telling you then, if you have your action of slander too. be remember'd, that such a one, and such a one, Elb. Marry, I thank your good worship for it : were past cure of the thing you wot of, unless they What is't your worship's pleasure I should do with kept very good diet, as I iold you.

this wicked caitiff? Froth. All this is true.

Escal. Truly, officer, because he has some ofClo. Why, very well then.

fences in him, that thou wouldst discover if thou Escal. Come, you are a tedious fool: to the couldst, let him continue in his courses till thou he hath'cause to complain of? Come me to what purpose; -What was done to Elbow's wife, that knows what they are.

Elb. Marry, I thank your worship for it:-Thou was done to her.

see'st, thou wicked varlet now, what's come upon Clo. Sir, your honour cannot come to that yet. thee; thou art to continue now, thou varlet ; thou Escal. No, sir, nor I mean it not.

art to continue.
Clo. Sir, but you shall come to it, by your ho Escal. Where were you born, friend?
nour's leave: And, I beseech

look into master

[To FROTH. Froth here, sir ; a man of fourscore pound a year; Froth. Here in Vienna, sir. whose father died at Hallowmas:-Was't not at Escal. Are you of lourscore pounds a year ? Hallowmas, master Froth ?

Froth. Yes, and't please you, sir. Froth, All-holland' eve.

Escal. So.-What trade are you of, sir ? Clo. Why, very well; I hope here be truths :

(To the Clown. He, sir, sitting, as I say, in a lower? chair, sir ; Clo. A tapster; a poor widow's tapster. 'l was in the Bunch of Grapes, where, indeed, you

Escal. Your mistress's name? have a delight to sit : Have you not ?

Clo. Mistress Over-done. Froth. I have so; because it is an open room,

Escal. Hath she had any more than one husband? and good for winter.

Clo. Nine, sir; Over-done by the last. Clo. Why, very well then:-I hope here be Escal. Nine ! -Come higher to

me, master truths.

Froth. Master Froth, I would not have you acAng. This will last out a night in Russia, quainted with tapsters; they will draw you, master When nights are longest there : I'll take my leave, Froth, and you will hang them: Gei you gone, And leave you to the hearing of the cause;

and let me hear no more of you. Hoping, you'll find good cause to whip them all. Froth. I thank your worship; for inine own part, Escal. I think no less; Good morrow to ur I never come into any room in a taphouse, but i lordship.

(Erit ANGELO. am drawn in. Now, sir, come on: What was done to Elbow's Escal. Well; no more of it, master Froth : farewife, once more?

well. (Exit Froth.)-Come you hither to me, Clo. Once, sir ? there was nothing done to her master iapster; what's your name, master tapster ?

Clo. Pompey. Elb. I beseech you, sir, ask him what this man Escal. What else ? did to my wise.

Clo. Bum, sir. Clo. I beseech your honour, ask me.

Escal. 'Troth, and your bum is the greatest thing Escal. Well, sir: What did this gentleman to about you: so that, in the beastliest sense, you are her?

Pompey the great. Pompey, you are partly a Clo. I beseech you, sir, look in this gentleman's bawd, Pompey, howsoever you colour it in being a face :-Good master Froth, look upon his honour; tapster. Are you not? come,

tell me true; it shall 'tis for a good purpose : Doth your honour mark be the better for you. his face?

Clo. Truly, sir, I am a poor fellow, that would Escal. Ay, sir, very well.

live. Clo. Nav, I beseech you, mark it well.

Escal. How would you live, Pompey? hy being Escal. Well, I do so.

a bawd? What do you think of the trade, Pompey? Clo. Doth your honour see any harm in his face? | is it a lawful trade? Escal. Why, no.

Clo. If the law would allow it, sir? Clo. I'll be supposed upon a book, his face is the Escal. But the law will not allow it, Pompey; worst thing about him: Good then; if his face be nor it shall not be allowed in Vienna. the worst thing about him, how could master Froth Clo. Does your worship mean to geld and spay do the constable's wifo any harm? I would know all the youth in the city ? that of your honqur.

Escal. No, Pompey. Escal. He's in the right : Constable, what say Clo. Truly, sir, in my poor opinion, they will to't

then: If your worship will take order for the Elb. First, an it like you, the house is a respect- drabs and the knaves, you need not to fear the ed house : next, this is a respected fellow; and bawds. his mistress is a respected woman.

Escal. There are pretty orders beginning, I can Clo. By this hand, sir, his wife is a more re- tell you: It is but heading and hanging. spected person than any of us all.

Clo. If you head and hang all that offend that El. Varlet, thou liest; thou liest, wicked varlet: way but for ten year together, you'll be glad to give the time is yet to come, that she was ever respect- out a commission for more heads. If this law hold ed with man, woman, or child.

in Vienna ten year, I'll rent the fairest house in it, Clo. Sir, she was respected with him before he after three pence a bay:5 if you live to see this married with her.

come to pass, say, Pompey told you so. Escal. Which is the wiser here? Justice, or Ini Escal. Thank you, good Pompey; and, in requity ? Is this true?

quital of your prophecy, hark you, ---I advise you, El. O thou caitiff! O thou varlet! O thou let me not find you before me again upon any comwicked Hannibal ! I respected with her, before I plaint whatsoever, no, not for dwelling where you was married to her? If ever I was respected with do; if I do Pompey, I shall beat you to your ient, her, or she with me, let not your worship think me

4 To take order is to take measures, or precautions. | All-holland Eve, the Eve of All Saints' day.

5 A bay is a principal division in building, as a barn 2 Every house had formerly what was called a low of three bays is a barn twice cross by beams. Coles chair, designed for the ease of sick people, and occa. in his Latin Dictionary defines "a bay of building, men. sionally occupied by lazy ones.

sura 24 pedum.? Houses appear to have been estimated 3 1. e, constable or clown

by the number of bays.


you to it?

and prove a shrewd Caesar to you; in plain deal. See you the fornicatress be remov'd: ing, Pompey, I shall have you whipt; 'so for this Let her have needful, but not lavish, means; time, Pompey, fare you well.

There shall be order for it. Clo. I thank your worship for your good counsel: but I shall follow it as the flesh and fortune shall

Enter Lucio and ISABELLA. beller determine.

Prov. Save your honour ? (offering to retire. Whip me? No, no; let carman whip his jade; Ang. Stay a little while. [To Is A B.) You are The valiant heart's not whipt out of his trade.

welcome : What's your will ?

[Erit. Isa. I am a woful suitor to your honour, Escal. Come hither to me, master Elbow; come Please but your homoar hear me. hither, master Constable. How long have you been Ang.

Well; what's your surt? in this place of constable ?

Isab. There is a vice, that most I do abhor, Elb. Seven year and a half, sir.

And most desire should meet the blow of justice; Escal. I thought, by your readiness in the office, For which I would not plead, but that I must; you had continued in it some time : You say, seven For which I must not plead, but that I am years together?

At war, 'twixt will, and will not. Elb. And a half, sir.


Well; the matter ? Escal. Alas! it bath been great pains to you! Isab. I have a brother is condemrd to die : They do you wrong to put you so oft upon't: Are I do beseech you, let it be his fault, there not men in your ward sufficient to serve it? And not my brother."

Elb. Faith, sir, few of any wit in such matters : Prov. Heaven give thee moving graces! as they are chosen, they are glad to choose me for Ang. Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it! them: I do it for some piece of mwney, and go Why, every fault's condemn’d, ere it be done : through with all.

Mine were the very cipher of a function, Escal. Look you, bring me in the names of some To fine the faults, whose fine stands in record, six or seven, the most sufficient of your parish. And let go by the actor. El. To your worship's house, sir ?


O just, but severe law! Es dl. To my house : Fare you well. [Exit El- I had a brother then.-Heaven keep your honoar ! Eow.) What's o'clock, think you ?

[Retiring. Just. Eleven, sir.

Lucio. (To IsaB.] Give't not o'er so: to him Escal. I pray you nome to dinner with me.

again, intreat him: Julst. I humbly thank you,

Kneel down before him, hang upon his gown; Escal. It grieves me for the death of Claudio; You are too cold; if you should need a pin, But there's no remedy.

You could not with more tame a tongue desire it: Just. Lord Angelo is severe.

To him, I say. Escal.

It is but needful : Isab. Must he needs die ? Mercy is not itself that oft looks so;


Maiden, no remedy, Pardon is still the mirse of second woe :

Isub. Yes; I do think that you might pardon him, But yet,--Poor Claudio!-There's no remedy. And neither heaven, nor man, grieve at the mercy. Come, sir,


Ang. I will not do't.

Isab. SCENE II. Another Room in the same. Enter

But can you, if you would 3

Ang. Look, what I will not, that I cannot do. Provost and a Servant.

Isab. But might you do't, and do the world no Serv. He's hearing of a cause; he will come

wrong, straight.

If so your heart were touch'd with that remorse I'll tell him of you.

As mine is to him? Prov. Pray you, do. (Exit Servant.) I'll know


He's sentenc'd ; 'tis too late. His pleasure : may be, he will relent: Alas,

Lucio. You are too cold.

[TO ISABELLA He hath but as offended in a dream!

Isab. Too late ? why, no; 1, that do speak a word,
All sects, all ages smack of this vice; and he May call it back again: Well, believes this,
To die for it!

No ceremony that to great ones longs,

Not the king's crown, 'nor the deputed sword,
Ang. Now, what's the matter, provost ? The marshal's truncheon, nor the judge's robe,
Prov. Is it your will Claudio shall die to-morrow? Become them with one ball so good a grace,
Ang. Did I not tell thee, yea? hadst thou not As mercy does. If he had been as you,

And you as he, you would have slipt like him ; Why dost thou ask again?

But he, like you, would not have been so stern. Prov. Leşt I might be too rash :

Ang. Pray you, begone. Under your good correction, I have seen,

Isab. I would to heaven I had yen pothus! When, after execution, judgment hath

And you were Isabel! should it then be Repented o'er his doom.

No; I would tell what 'twere to be a judge, Ang.

Go to; let that be mine: And what a prisoner. Do you your office, or give up your place,

Lucio. Ay, touch him: there's the vein. (Aside. And you shall well be spar'd.

Ang. Your brother is a forfeit of the law,

I crave
What shall be done, sir, with the groaning Juliet? Why, all the souls that wero, were

forfeit once ; our honour's pardon. And you but waste your words.

Alas! alas! She's very near her hour. Ang. Dispose of her

And He that might the vantage best have look, To some more fitter place; and that with speed.

Found out the remedy: How would you be,
Re-enter Servant.

If he, which is the top of judgment, should
Serv. Here is the sister of the man condemn'd, But judge you as you are? O, think on that
Desires access to you.

And mercy then will breathe within your lips, Ang.

Hath he a sister ? Like man new made. Praw. Ay, my good lord ; a very virtuous maid,


Be you content, fair maid ; And to be shortly of a sisterhood,

It is the law, not I, condemns your brother: If not already.

Were he my kinsman, brother, or my sorry Ang. Well, let her be admitted.

It should be thus with him ;-he must die to-morrow. (Erit Servant.

Isab. To-morrow? O, that's sudden! Spare him, 1 i. e. let my brother's fault die or be extirpated, but let not him suffer.

3 i. e. be assu of it. 2 i. e. to pronounce the fina or sentence of the law 4 "You will then be as tender-hearted and merciful upon the crime, and let the delinquent escape

as the first man was in luis days of innocence.

spare him :

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