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And yet, alas, now I remember me,

And made the most notorious geck®, and gull,
They say, pooi gentleman, he's much distract. That e'er invention play'd on? Tell me why.

Oli. Alas, Malvolio, this is not my writing,
Re-enter Clown, with a Letter.

Though, I confess, much like the character,
A most extracting frenzy of mine own

But, out of question, 'tis Maria's hand. From my remembrance clearly banish'd his.- And now I do bethink me, it was she How does he, sirrah?

First told me, thou wast mad: then cam'st in smilClo. Truly, madam, he holds Belzebub at the

IDA, stave's end, as well as a man in his case may do: And in such forms which here were presupposed he has here writ a letter to you, I should have Upon thee in the letter. Prythee, be content: given it you to-day morning ; but as a madman's This practice hath most shrewdly pass'd upon thee; epistles are no gospels, so it skills not much, when But, when we know the grounds and authors of it, they are deliver'd.

Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge
Oli. Open it, and read it.

On thine own cause.
Clo. Look then to be well edified, when the fool Fab. Good madam, hear n.e speak;
delivers the madman.-By the Lord, madam, - And let no quarrel, nor no brawl to come,
Oli. How now ! Art thou mad ?

Taint the condition of this present hour,
Clo. No, madam, I do but read madness : an your Which I have wonder'd at. In hope it shall not,
ladyship will have it as it ought to be, you must Most freely I consess, myself, and Toby,
allow vor.

Set this device against Malvolio here, Oli. Pr'ythee, read i' thy right wits.

Upon some stubborn and uncourteous parts Clo. So I do, madonna ; but to read his right wits, We had conceived against him: Maria writ is to read thus: therefore perpend, t my princess, The letter, at Sir Toby's great importance t; and give ear.

In recompence whereof, he hath married her. Oli. Read it you, sirrah.

(To Fabian. How with a sportful malice it was follow'd, Fab. [Reads.j By the Lord, madam, yori wrong me, May rather pluck on laughter than revenge: and the world shall know it ; though you have put If that the injuries be justly weigh’d, me into darkness, and given your drunken cousin That have on both sides pass'd. rule over me, yet have I the benefit of my senses as Oli. Alas, poor fool! how have they baffled well as your Ladyship: I have your own letter that

thee! induced me to the semblance I put on ; with the which C'lo. Why, some are born great, some atchieve I doubt not but to do myself much right, or you mu greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon them. shame. Think of me as you please. I leave my duty I was one, Sir, in this interlude ; one Sir Topas, Sir; a littie unthought of, and speak out of my injury. but that's all one ;-By the Lord, fool, I am not mad!

The madly-used Malvolio. -But do you remember? Madam, uhy laugh you at Oli. Did he write this?

such a barren rascal ! An you smile not, he'sgagg'd: Clo. Ay, madam.

And thus the whirligig of time brings in his reDuke. This savours not much of distraction.

venges. Oli. See him deliver'd, Fabian ; bring him hither. Mal. I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you. (Exit Fabian.

(Exit. My lord, so please you, these things further thought Oli. He hath been most notoriously abused. on,

Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to peace -
To think me as well a sister as a wife.

He hath not told us of the captain yet;
One day shall crown the alliance ou'l, so please you, When that is known, and golden time convents,
Here at my house, and at my proper cost.

A solemn combination shall be made
Duke. Madam, I am most apt to embrace your of- of our dear souls--Mean time, sweet sister,

We will not part from hence--Cesario, come; Your master quits you ; (To Viola.) and, for your For so you shall be, while you are a man; service done him,

But, when in other habits you are seen,
So much against the mettle f of your sex,

Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen. [Exeunt.
So far beneath your soft and tender breeding,
And since you call'd me master for so long,

Here is my hand ; you shall from this time be
Your master's mistress.

Clo. When that I was and a little tiny boy,
Ou. A sister ?-You are she.

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,

A foolish thing was but a toy,
Re-enter Fabian, with MALTOL10.

For the rain it raineth every day.
Duke. Is this the madman?

But when I came to man's estate,
Oli. Ay, my lord, this same :
How now, Malvolio?

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
Mal. Madam, you have done me wrong,

'Gainst knave and thief men shut their gate, Notorious wrong.

For the rain it raineth every day. Oli. Have I, Malvolio ? No.

But when I came, alas ! to wive, Mal. Lady, you have. Pray you, peruse that With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, letter:

By su aggering could I never thrive,
You must not now deny it is your hand,

For the rain it raineth every day.
Write from it, if you can, in hand, or phrase;
Or say, 'tis not your seal, nor your invention :

But when I came unto my bed,
You can say none of this : well, grant it then

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
And tell me, in the modesty of honour,

With toss-pots still had drunken head,
Why you have given me such clear lights of favoar: For the rain it raineth every day.
Bade me come smiling, and cross-garter'd to you,
To put on yellow stockings, and to frown

A great while ago the world begun,
Upon Sir Toby, and the lighterý people:

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, And, acting this in an obedient hope,

But that's all one, our play is done, Why have you suffer'd me to be imprison’d,

And we'll strive to please you every day. Kept in a dark house, visited by the priest,

(Erit. • Voice. * Attend. Frame and constitution,

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VINCENTIO, Duke of Vienna.

| Clown, Servant to Mrs. Over-done. ANGBLO, Lord Deputy in the Duke's absence. ABHORSON, an Executioner. ESCALU s, an ancient Lord, joined with Angelo in BARNARDINE, a dissolute Prisoner. the deputation.

ISABELLA, Sister to Claudio. CLAUDIO, a young Gentleman.

MARIANA, betrothed to Angelo. Lucio, a Fantastic.

JUWIT, beloved by Claudio.
Two other like Centlemen.

VARrjus, a Gentleman, Servant to the Duke. Mis. OVER-DONE, a Bawd.
}Two Friars.

Lords, Gentlemen, Guards, Officers, and other

Elbow, a simple Constable.

Scene, Vienna.
FROTH, a foolish Gentleman.

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To one that can my part in him advertise ;

Hold therefore, Angelo;
SCENE 1.-An Apartment in the Duke's Palace. In our remove, be thou at full ourself;

Mortality and mercy in Vienna
Enter DUKE, ESCALUS, LORDS, and Attendants. Live in thy tongue and heart: old Escalus,
Duke. Escalus,

Though first in question, is thy secondary:

Take thy commission.
Escul. My lord.
Duke. Or government the properties to unfold,

Ang. Now, good my lord,

Let there be some more test made of my metal,
Would seem in me to affect speech and discourse; Before so noble and so great a figure
Since I am put to know, that your own science, Be stamp'd upon it.
Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice

Duke. No more evasion :
My strength can give you : then no more remains,

We have, with a leaven's and prepared choice,
But that to your sufficiency, as your worth is able,

Proceeded to you ; therefore take your honours
And let them work. The nature of our people, Our haste from hence is of so quick condition,
Our city's institutions, and the terms,
For common justice, you are as pregnant + in,

That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion's

Matters of needful value. We shall write to you,
As art and practice hath enriched any

As time and our concerning shall importune,
That we reinember : there is our commission,
From which we would not have you warp.—Call bi-What doth befal you here. So, fare

How it goes with us; and do look to know

you well: ther,

To the hopeful execution do I leave you I say, bid come before us Angelo.

Of your commissions.

(Erit an Altindant. What figure of us think you he will bear?

Ang. Yet, give leave, my lord,

That we may bring you something on the way.
For you must know, we have wi:h special soul
Elected him our absence to supply;

Duke. My haste may not admit it;

Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do
Lent him our terror, drest hin with our love;
And given his deputation all the organs

With any scruple : your scope is as mine own;

So to eniorce, or qualify the laws, of our own power: What think you of its Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth

As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand;

I'll privily away: I love the people, To undergo such ample grace and honour,

But do not like to stage me to their eyes:
It is lord Angelo.

Though it do well, I do not relish weli

Their loud applause, and aves + vehement;

Nor do I think the man of safe discretion, Duke. Look, where he comes.

That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will,

Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes! I come to know your pleasure.

Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in hapo Duke. Angelo,

piness! There is a kind of character in thy life,

Duke. I thank you: fare you well. (Exit. That, to the observer, doth thy history

Escal. I shall desire you, Sir, to give me leave Fully unfold: thyself and thy belongings i

To have free speech with you; and it concerns me Are not thine own so propery, as to waste

To look into the bottom of my place:
Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.

A power I have ; but of whai strength and nature
Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do; I am not yet instructed.
Not light them for themselves: for if our virtues Ang. Tis so with me :-Let us withdraw together,
Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike

And we may soon our satisfaction have
As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely Touching that point.

Escal. I'll wait upon your honour. (Ereunt.
But to fine issues || : nor nature never lends
The smallest scruple of her excellence

SCENE II.-A Street.
But like a thrifty goddess, she determines
Herself the glory of a creditor,

Enter Lucio, and Two GENTLEMEN.
Both thanks and use 1. But I do bend my speech Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come

not to composition with the king of Hungary, why,
• Bounds. + Fall of. | Endowments. then all the dukes fall upon the king.
So much thy own property.
For high purposes.

• Extent of power.


I Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the Clo. A woman. king of Hungary's !

Bawd. But what's his offence 2 Gent. Amen.

Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him pirate, that went to sea with the ten command- Clo. No; but there's a woman with maid by ments, but scraped one out of the table.

him: you have not heard of the proclamation, 2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ?

have you? Lacio. Ay, that he razed.

Bawd. What proclamation, man? I Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to command Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be the captain and all the rest from their functions; pluck'd down. they put forth to steal : there's not a soldier of us Bawd. And what shall become of those in the all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth re- city ? lish the petition well that prays for peace.

Člo. They shall stand for seed: they had gone 2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. down too, but that wise burgher put in for them.

Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never Bawd. But shall all our houses of resort in the wast where grace was said.

suburbs be pulled down? 2 Gent. No? A dozen times at least.

Clo. To the ground, mistress. 1 Gent. What? In metre?

Bawd. Why here's a change, indeed, in the comLucio. In any proportion", or in any language. monwealth! What shall become of me? I Gent. I think, or in any religion.

Clo. Come, fear not you : good counsellors lack Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace, is grace, despite of no clients : though you change your place, you all controversy; as for example; thou thyself art a need not change your trade; I'll be your tapster wicked villain, despite of all grace.

still. Courage; there will be pity taken on you: I Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers you that have worn your eyes almost out in the between us t.

service, you will be consider'd. Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists Buwd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster ? Let's and the velvet: thou art the list.

withdraw. 1 Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good vel- Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the vet; thou art a three-piled piece, I warrant thee : Provost to prison ; and there's madam Juliet. I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be

(Ereunt. piled, as thou art piled, for a French velvet I. Do I speak feelingly now?

SCENE III.-The Same. Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with

Enter Provost®, CLAUDIO, JULIET, and OFFICERS; most painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of

Lucio, and Two GENTLEMEN. thineown confession, learn to begin thy health ; but whilst I live, forget to drink after thee.

Claud. Fellow, why dost thou shew me thus to the I Gent. I think, 1 have done myself wrong; have

world? I not?

Bear me to prison, where I am committed. 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art

Prov. I do it not in evil disposition, tainted, or free.

But from lord Angelo by special charge. Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation

Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, comes! I have purchased as many diseases under

Make as pay down for our offence by weight.her roof, as come to

The words of heaven;-on whom it will, it will; 2 Gent. To what, I pray?

On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just. 1 Gent. Judge.

Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio? Whence comes 2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a-year.

this restraint? 1 Gent. Ay, and more.

Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty; Lucio. A Prench crown $ more.

As surfeit is the father of much fast, 1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me :

So every scope by the immoderate use but thou art full of error: I am sound.

Turns to restraint: our natures do pursue, Lucio, Nay, not as one would say, healthy; but (Like rats that ravint down their proper bane,) so sound, as things that are hollow : thy bones are

A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die. hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee.

Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest,

I would send for certain of my creditors : and yet, Enter BawD.

to say the truth, I had as lieř have the foppery of 1 Gent. How now? Which of yoar hips has the freedom, as the morality of imprisonment.- What's most profound sciatica?

thy offence, Claudio? Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, Claud. What, but to speak of would offend again. and carried to prison, was worth iive thousand of

Lucio. What is it? Murder?

Claud. No. 1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee?

Lucio. Lechery? Baud. Marry, Sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio. Claud. Call it so, I Gent. Claudio to prison ! 'Tis not so.

Prov. Away, Sir; you must go. Bawd. Nay, but I know, 'tis so: I saw him ar

Claud. One word, good friend :-Lucio, a word rested : saw him carried away; and, which is

[Takes him aside. more, within these three days his head's to be chop

Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good. ped off.

Is lechery so look'd after ? Lucio. But after all this fooling, I would not have

Claud. Thus stands it with me :-Upon a true it so : Art thou sure of this?

contract, Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting I got possession of Julietta's bed ; madam Julietta with child.

You know the lady; she is fast my wife, Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised to Save that we do the denunciation lack meet me two hours since; and he was ever precise of outward order: this we came not to, in promise-keeping.

Only for propagation of a dower 2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something Remaining in the coffer of her friends; near to the speech we had to such a purpose.

From whom we thought it meet to hide our love. I Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the pro- Till time had made them for us. But it chances, clamation.

The stealth of our most mutual entertainment, Lucio. Away ; let's go learn the truth of it. With character too gross, is writ on Juliet. [Ercunt Lucio and Gentlemen.

Lucio. With child, perhaps? Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the Claud. Unhappily, even so. sweat, what with the gallows, and what with And the new deputy now for the duke poverty, I ain custom-shrunk. How now! What's

Whether it be the lault and glimpse of newness; the news with you?

Or whether that the body public be

A horse whereon the governor doth ride,
Enter Clown.

Who, newly in the seat, that it may know
Clo. Yonder mau is carried to prison.

He can command, lets it straight feel the spur; Bawd. Well; whal bas he done?

Whether the tyranny be in his place,

Or in his eminence that fills it up, • Measure. + A cut of the same cloth. I stagger in :-But this new governor 1 A jest on the loss of hair by the French disease. Corona Veneris. i The swcating sickness.

• Gaoler.

+ Voraciously devour.

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Awakes me all th' enrolled penalties,

Supply me with the habit, and instruct me Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the How I may formally in person bear me wall

Like a true friar. More reasons for this action,
So long, that nineteen zodiacs. have gone round, At our more leisure shall I render you
And none of them been worn; and, for a name, Only, this one :-Lord Angelo is precise ;
Now puts the drowsy and neglected act

Stands at a guard • with envy ; scarce confesses
Freshly on me :—'Tis, surely, for a name.

That his blood flows, or that his appetite Lucio. I warrant it is: and thy head stands so Is more to bread than stone: hence shall we see ticklet on thy shoulders that a milk.maid, if she If power change purpose, what our seemers be. be in love, inay sigh it off. Send after the duke,

[Ereunt, and appeal to him. Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found.

SCENE V.-A Nunnery.
I pr'ythee, Lacio, do me this kind service:

This day my sister should the cloister enter,
And there receive her approbation :

Isab. And have you nuns no further privileges ?
Acquaint her with the danger of my state;

Fran. Are not these large enough? Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends

Isab. Yes, truly: I speak not as desiring more; To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay him;

But rather wishing a more strict restraint I have great hope in that: for in her youth

Upon the sister-hood, the votarists of saint Clare. There is a prones and speechless dialect,

'Lucio. Ho! Peace be in this place! (Within. Such as moves men; beside, she hath prosperous

Isab. Who's that which calls?

Fran. It is a man's voice: gentle Isabella, art When she will play with reason and discourse,

Turn you the key, and know his business of him; And weil she can persuade.

You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn: Lucio. I pray, she may : as well for the encou.

When you have vow'd, you must not speak with ragement of the like, which else would stand under

men, grievous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy life, But in the presence of the prioress : who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly losť Then, if you speak, you must not shew your face; at a game of tick-tack. I'll to her.

Or, if you shew your face, you must not speak. Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio,

He calls again;

pray you answer him. Lucio. Within two hours,

(Erit Francisca. Claud. Come, officer, away.

Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls

Enter Lucio.
SCENE IV-A Monastery.

Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be; as those cheek
Enter Duke and Friar THOMAS.

Duke. No, holy father; throw away that thought; Proclaim you are no less! Can you so stead me,
Believe not that the dribbling dart of love
Can pieree a complete bosom l: why I desire thee

A novice of this place, and the fair’sister
To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose

To her untiappy brother Claudio ? More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends

Isab. Why her unhappy brother ? Let me ask ; Of burning youth.

The rather, for I now must make you know Fri. May your grace speak of it?

I am that Isabella, and his sister. Duke. My holy Sir, none better knows than you

Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly greets How I have ever loved the life removed 1;

you: And held in idle price to haunt assemblies,

Not to be weary with you, he's prison, Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery

Isab. Woe me! For what? keeps ,

Lucio. For that, which if myself might be his I have deliver'd to lord Angelo

judge, (A man of stricture # and firm abstinence,)

He should receive his punishment in thanks : My absolute power and place here in Vienna,

He hath got his friend with child. And he supposes me travellid to Poland;

Isab. Sir, make me not your story 1. For so I have strew'd it in the common ear,

Lucio. It is true. And so it is received: now, pious Sir,

I would not-though 'tis my familiar sin You will demand of me, why I do this ?

With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest, Fri. Gladly, my lord.

Tongue far from heart,-play with all virgins so :
Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting hold you as a thing enskied, and sainted ;

By your renouncement, an immortal spirit:
(The needful bits and curbs for headstrong steeds). And to be talk'd with in sincerity,
Which for these fourteen years we have let sleep; As with a saint,
Even like an o'ergrown lion in a cave,

Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mocking me.
That goes not out to prey; now, as fond fathers

Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth I. Having bound up the threatning twigs of birch,

'tis thus: Only to stick it in their children's sight,

Your brother and his lover have embraced : For terror, not to use; in time the rod

As those that feed grow full: as blossoming tim, Becomes more mock'd than fear'd: so our decrees, That from the seedness the bare fallow brings Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead;

To teemimg foison $; even so her plenteous womb And liberty plucks justice by the nose;

Expresseth his full tilth || and husbandry, The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart

Isab. Some one with child by him - My cousin Goes all decorum.

Juliet ?
Fri. It rested in your grace

Lucio. Is she your cousin ?
To unloose this tied up justice, when you pleased : Isab. Adoptedly; as school-maids change their
And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd,
Than in lord Angelo.

By vain though apt affection.
Duke. I do fear, too dreadful:

Lucio. She it is. Sith t 'twas my fault to give the people scope,

Isab. 0, let him marry her! Twould be my tyranny to strike, and gall them,

Lucio. This is the point. For what I bid them do: for we bid this be done,

The duke is very strangely gone from hence; When evil deeds have their permissive pass,

Bore many gentlemen, myself being one, And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, iny

In hand, and hope of action : but we do learn father,

By those that know the very nerves of state, I have on Angelo imposed the office;

His givings out were of an infinite distance Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home, From his true-meant design. Upon his place, And yet my nature never in the sight,

And with full lines of his authority, To do it slander: and to behold his sway.

Governs lord Angelo; a man, whose blood I will, as 'twere a brother of your order,

Is very snow-broth; one who never feels Visit both prince and people, therefore, I průythee, The wanton stings and motions of the sense ;

But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge • Yearly circles.

+ Ticklish. Enter on her probation. Prompt.

. On his defence. + Do not make a jest( f me. i Completely armed.


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With profits of the mind, study and fast.

Some run from brakes of vice, and answer nono, He (to give fear to use and liberty,

And some condemned for a fault alone,
Which have for long, run by the hideous law,
As mice by lions,) hath pick'd out an act,

Enter Elbow, Proti, Clown, OFFICERS, &c.
Under whose heavy sense your brother's life
Falls into forfeit: he arrests him on it;

Elb. Come bring them away: if these be good And follows close the rigour of the statute,

people in a common wealt, that do nothing but use To make him an example: all hope is gone,

their abuses in common houses, I know no law: Unless you have the grace* by your fair prayer

bring them away: To soften Angelo: and that's my pith

Ang. How now, Sir! What's your name? And what's Of business 'twixt you and your poor brother.

the matter? Isab. Doth he so seek his life?

Elb. If it please your honour, I am the poor duke's Lucio. Has censured + him

constable, and my name is Elbow ; I do lean upon Already; and as I hear, the Provost hath

justice, Sir, and do bring in here before your good A warrant for his execution.

honour two notorious benefactors. Isab. Alas! What poor ability's in me

Ang. Benefactors? Well; what benefactors are To do him good?

they? Are they not malefactors? Lucio. Assay the power you have.

Eld. If it please your honour, I know not well Isab. My power! Alas! I doubt,

what they are : but precise villains they are, that Lucio. Our doubts are traitors,

I am sure of; and void of all profanation in the And make us lose the good we ost might win,

world, that good Christians ought to have. By fearing to attempt : go to lord Angelo,

Eseul. This comes off well 1; here's a wise officer. And let him learn to know, when inaidens sue,

Ang. Go to: What quality are they of? Elbow is Men give like gods; but when they weepand kucel, your name? Why dost thou not speak, Elbow? all their petitions are as freely theirs

Clo. He cannot, Sir; he's out at elbow. As they themselves would owe them.

Ang. What are you, Sir? Isab. I'll see what I can do.

Elb. He, Sir? Å tapster, Sir; parcel- bawd; one Lucio. But, speedily.

that serves a bad woman; whose house, Sir, was, as Isab. I will about it straight;

they say, pluck'd down in the suburbs; and now she No longer staying but to give the mothers

professes || a hot-house, which, I think, is a very ill Notice of my affair. I humbly thank you:

house loo. Commend me to my brother : soon at night

Escal. How know you that? I'll send him certain word of my success.

Ell. My wife, Sir, whom I detest before heaven Lucio. I take my leave of you.

and your honour,-Isab. Good Sir, adieu.


Escal. How ! Thy wife?

Elb. Ay, Sir; whom, I thank heaven, is an honest ACT II.


Escal. Dost thon detest her therefore ! SCENE I.- Hall in ANGELO's House. Elb. I say, Sir, I will detest myself also, as well Enter ANGELO, ESCALUs, a JUSTICE, PROVOST, as she, that this house, if it be not a bawd's house, it OFFICERS, and other Attendants.

is pity of her life, for it is a naughty house. Ang. We must not make a scare-crow of the law,

Escal, How dost thou know that, constable? Setting it up to fear || the birds of prey,

Elb. Marry, Sir, by my wite; who, if she had And let it keep one shape, till custom make it been a woman cardinally given, might have been Their perch, and not their terror.

accused in fornication, adultery, and all uncleanliEscál. Ay, but yet

ness there. Let us be keen, and rather cut a little,

Escal. By the woman's means? Than fall, and bruise to death : Alas! this gentleman,

Elb. Ay, Sir, by mistress Over-done's means : but Whom I would save, had a most noble father.

as she spit in his iace, so she defied him. Let but your honour know,

Clo. Sir, if it please your honour, this is not so. (Whom I believe to be most straight in virtue,)

Elb. Prove it before these varlets here, thou hus That, in the working of your own affections,

nourable man, prove it. Had time cohered** with place, or place with wish

Escal. Do you hear how he misplaces ? ing,

[To Angelo. Or that the resolute acting of your blood

Clo. Sir, she came in great with child; and longCould have attain'd the effect of your own purpose, prunes; Sir, we had but two in the house, which at

ing (saving your honour's reverence,) for stew'd Whether you had not sometime in your life Err'd in this point which now you censure him,

that very distant time stood, as it were, in a fruitAnd pull'd the law upon you.

dish, a dish of some three-pence; your honours have Ang. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus,

seen such dishes; they are not China dishes, but Another thing to fall. I not deny,

very good dishes. The jury passing on the prisoner's life,

Escal. Go to, go to; no matter for the dish, Sir. May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two

Clo. No, indeed, Sir, not of a pin; you are therein Guiltier than him they try: what's open made to

in the right; but, to the point : as I say, this misjustice,

tress Elbow, being, as I say, with child, and being That justice seizes. What know the laws,

great bellied, and longing, as I said, for prunes; and That thieves do pass H on thieves ? 'Tis very preg- here, this very man, having eaten the rest, as I said,

having but two in the dish, as I said, master Froth nant, 11 The jewel that we find we stoop and take it,

and, as I say, paying for them very honestly ;-10%, Because we see it: but what we do not see,

as you know, master Proth, I could not give you We tread upon, and never think of it.

three-pence again. You may not so extenuate his offence,

Froth. No, indeed. For $$ I have had such faults; but rather tell me,

Clo. Very well : you being then, if you be rememWhen I, that censure || || him, do so offend,

ber’d, cracking the stones of the foresaid prunes, Let mine own judgment pattern out my death,

Froth. Ay, so I did, indeed. And nothing come in partial. Sir, he must die.

Clo. Why, very well: I telling you then, if you be Escal. Be it as your wisdom will.

remember'd, that such a one, and such a one, were Ang. Where is the Provost ?

past cure of the thing you wot of, unless they kept Prov. Here, if it like your honour,

very good diet, as I told you. Ang. See that Claudio

Froth. All this is true. Be executed by nine to-morrow morning :

Clo. Why, very well then. Bring him his confessor, let him be prepared

Escal. Come, you are a tedious fool: to the purFor that's the utmost of his pilgrimage.

pose.-What was done to Elbow's wife, that he hath

[Erit Provost. cause to complain of? Come me to what was done Escal. Well, heaven forgive him! and forgive us

to her. all!

Clo. Sir, your honour cannot come to that yet. Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall :

Escal. No, Sir, nor I mean it not.

Clo. Sir, but you shall come to it, by your honour's • Power of gaining favour. + Sentenced. Have.

+ Wealth. Abbess. # Scare. Examine.

Thickest, thorny paths of vice. •• Suited. Pass judgment.

#1 Plain.

* Well told. Partly. | Keeps a bagniy. A Because. un Sentence.

For protest.

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