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From fasting maids, whose minds are dedicate
Well: come to me
LucIo. Go to; it is well; away. [Afde to IS ABEL.
Amen: for I
3. I am that way going to temptation,
Where prayers cross.] Which way Angelo is going to temptation, we begin to perceive; but how prayers cross that way, or cross each oiher, at that way, more than any other, I do not understand.
Isabella prays that his honour may be safe, meaning only to give him his title: his imagination is caught by the word honour: he feels that his honour is in danger, and therefore, I believe, answers thus :
I am that way going to temptation,
Which your prayers cross.
Save your honour !
From thee; even from thy virtue ! Johnson.
Sal. I would it might prove the end of his losses !
---lcad us not into temptation' - is here coulidered as croíhug or intercepting the onward way in which Angelo was going; this appointment of his for the morrow's meeting, being a premeditated exposure of himself to, temptation, which it was the general object of prayer to thwart.
At what hour to-morrow Shall I attend your lordship? ANG.
At any time 'fore noon, ISAB. Save your honour!
[Exeunt Lucio, ISABELLA, and Provost. ANG. From thee; even from thy virtue ! What's this? what's this? Is this her fault, or mine? The tempter, or the tempted, who fins most? Ha! 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 ? 6 Having waste ground
enough, Shall we desire to raze the sanctuary,
Ha!] This tragedy - Ha! ( which clogs the metre) was certainly thrown in by the player editors. STEEVENS.
it is I, That lying by the violet, in the fun, &c. ) I am not corrupted hy' her, but my own heart, which excites foul desires under the fame benign influences that exalt her purity, as the carrion grows putrid by those beams which increase the fragrance of the violet.
Than woman's lightness ? ] So, in Promos and Cassandra, 1578:
I do protest her modest wordes hath wrought in me a
freedome chayne. es What didst thou say?, lie, Promos fie, &c. STEEVENS. Sense has in this passage the same' fignification as in that above - that my sense breeds with it.” MALONE.
And pitch our evils there? 6 0, fie, fie, fie !
6 And pitch our evils there? ] So, in King Henry VIII :
6. Nor build their evils on the graves of great men. Neither of these paffages appears to contain a very elegant allu« fion.
Evils, in the present instance, undoubtedly ftand for forice, Dr. Farmer assures me he has seen the word evil used in this sense by our ancient writers; and it appears from Harrington's Metamorphosis of Ajax, &c. that privies were originally so ill.contrived, even in royal palaces, as to deserve the title of evils or nuisances.
STEEVENS. One of Sir John Berkenhead's queries confirms the foregoing observation :
Whether, ever since the House of Commons has been locked up, the speaker's chair has not been a close-stool? "
" Whether it is not seasonable to stop the nose of my evil?" Two CENTURIES OF PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD, Svo, no date.
MALONE, No language could more forcibly express the aggravated profligacy of Angelo's passion, which the purity of Isabella but served the more to inilame. · The defecration of edifices devoted to religion, by converting them to the most abjec purposes of nature, was an eastern method of exprefling contempt. See 2 Kings, X. 27.
Subdues me quite, Ever, till now,
[ Exit. S CE N E. 111.
A Room in a Prison.
I smild, and wonder'd how.] As a day must now intervene between this conference of Ilabella with Angelo, and the next, the act might more properly end here; and here, in my opinion, it was ended by the poet. JOHNSON. 3 I come to visit the afflicted spirits
Here in the prison: ] This is a scriptural expresion, very suitable to the grave character which the Duke allumes. • By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison."
I Pet. WHALLEY. 9 Who falling in the flames of her own youth,
Hath blister'd her report: ] Thcold copy reads --- flaws. Steevens.
And he that got it, fentenc'd: a young man
When must he die ?
Duke. Repent you, fair one, of the fin you carry ?
Who doth not fợc that the integrity of the metaphor requires we should read :
Hames of her own youth? WARBURTON. Who does, not see that, upon such principles, there is no end of correction? JOHNSON.
Dr. Johnson did not know, nor perhaps Dr. Warburton either, that Sir William D'Avenant reads flames initead of flaws in his Law against Lovers, a play almost literally taken from Measure for Measure, and Níuch ado about Nothing. FARMER.
Shakspeare has flaming youth in Hamiet; and Greene, in his Never too Late, 1616, says she measured the flames of youth by his own dead cinders.” Blijler'at her report, is disfigur'd her fame. Blister seems to have reference to the flames mentioned in the preceding line.
A similar use of this word occurs in Hamlet :
takes the rose
« And fets a blister there. STEEVENS.
my steps, which may they walk,"; instead of which way. Again, in this play of Measure for Measure, A& y. sc. i. edit. 1623 : give we your hand;
Yet, in his idle fire,
almos spent with hunger,