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The cuckoo then, on every tree,
And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,
And maidens bleach their summer smocks,
Unpleasing to a married ear!
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,
And milk comes frozen home in pail,
And coughing drowns the parson's saw,
And Marian's nose looks red and raw,
Measure for Measure.
VIRTUE GIVEN TO BE EXERTED.
Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do;
THE CONSEQUENCE OF LIBERTY INDULGED.
ELOQUENCE AND BEAUTY.
In her youth
PARDON THE SANCTION OF WICKEDNESS.
For we bid this be done,
A SEVERE GOVERNOR.
Lord Angelo is precise ; Stands at a guard * with envy; scarce confesses That his blood flows, or that his appetite Is more to bread than stone: Hence shall we see, If power change purpose, what our seemers be.
Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt.
THE PRAYERS OF MAIDENS EFFECTUAL.
Go to lord Angelo, And let him learn to know, when maidens sue, Men give like gods; but when they weep and kneel, All their petitions are as freely theirs As they themselves would owet them.
ALL MEN FRAIL.
Ler but your honour knows, (Whom I believe to be most strait in virtue), That in the working of your own affections, Had time coherd § with place, or place with wishing, Or that the resolute acting of your blood Could have attain'd the effect of your own purpose, Whether yon bad not sometime in your life Err’d in this point which now you censure him, And pull'd the law upon you.
THE FAULTS OF OTHERS NO JUSTIFICATION OF OUR OWN.
'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus, Another thing to fall. I not deny,
* On his defence.
The jury, passing on the prisoner's life,
MERCY FREQUENTLY MISTAKEN. Mercy is not itself, that oft looks so; Pardon is still the nurse of second woe.
MERCY IN GOVERNORS COMMENDED.
No ceremony that to great ones ’longs,
THE DUTY OF MUTUAL FORGIVENESS.
Alas! alas !
* Pass Judgment.
Yet show some pity. Ang. I show it most of all, when I show justicc; 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.
THE ABUSE OF AUTHORITY.
0, it is excellent To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous To use it like a giant. Could great men thunder, As Jove himself does, Jove would ne'er be quiet, For every pelting *, petty officer,
[der.Would use his heaven for thunder; nothing but thunMerciful heaven ! Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt, Split'st the unwedgeable and gnarledt oak, Than the soft myrtle:-0, but man, proud man! Drest in a little brief authority ; Most ignorant of what he's most assurd,