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I come to visit the afflicted spirits

Which the air beats for vain. O place! O form!
Here in the prison : do me the common right How often dost thou with thy case I, thy habit,
To let me see them, and to make me know Wrench awe from fools, and tie the wiser souls
The nature of their crinies, that I may minister To thy false seeming? Blood thou still art blood,
To them accordingly. [were needful. Let's write good angel on the devil's horit,
Prov. I would do more than that, if more 'Tis not the devil's crest.

Enter Servant.
Look, here comes one; a gentlewoman of mine, How now, who's there?
Who falling in the fames of her own youth, Serv.

One Isabel, a sister,
Hath blister'd her report : She is with child ; Desires access to yon.
And he that got it, sentenc'd: a young man Ang. Teach her the way. (Exit Serv.
More fit to do another sach offence,

O beavens ! Than die for this.

Why does my blood thus master to my heart; Duke.

When must he die? Making both it unable for itself, Prov. As I do think, to-morrow:

And dispossessing all the other parts I have provided for you ; stay a while. Of necesary fitness?

[swoons ; ITO JULIET. So play the foolish throngs with one that And you shall be conducted. [carry? | Come all to help him, and so stop the air Duke. Repent you, fair one, of the sin you By which he should 'revive': and even so Juliet. I do; and bear the shame most The generals, subject to a well-wish'd king, patiently.

[your conscience, Quit their own part, and in obsequious fondDuke. I'll teach you how you shall arraign


[love And try your penitence, if it be sound, Crowd to his presence, where their untaught Or hollowly put on.

Must needs appear offence.
I'll gladly learn.

Duke. Love you the man that wrongd you? How now, fair maid?
Juliet. Yes, as I love the woman that Isab. I am come to know your pleasure.

[ful act Ang. That you might know it, would much Duke. So then, it seems, your most offence- better please me, Was mutually committed ?'

Than to demand what 'tis. Your brother cannot Mntually,

live. Duke. Then was your sin of heavier kind Isab. Even so ?-Heaven keep your honour! than his.

[Retiring. Juliet. I do confess it and repent it, father. Ang. Yet may he live a while; and, it may Duke. 'Tis meet so, daughter : But lest you As long as yon, or I: Yet he must die. [be,

Isab. Under your sentence? as that the sin hath brought you to this shame,

Ang. Yea.

(reprieve, Which sorrow is alwaystoward ourselves, not Isab. When, I beseech you? that in his

[love it, I Longer, or shorter, he may be so fitted, Showing; we'd not spare . heaven, as we That his soul sicken not. [as good But as we stand in fear,

Ang. Ha! Fye, these filthy vices! It were Juliet, I do repent me, as it is an evil; To pardon him, that hatli from nature stolen and take the shaine with joy.

A man already made, as to remit [image,

There'rest. Their saucy sweetness, that do coin heaven's Pour partner, as I hear, most die to-morrow, In stamps that are forbid : 'tis all as easy

going with instruction to him.- Falsely to take away a life true made, Grace go with you! Benedicite! [Erit. As to put mettle in restrained means, Juliet. Must die to-morrow! 0, injurious To make a false one.

(in earth. That respites

me a life, whose very comfort[kove, Isab. 'Tis set down so in heaven, but not is still a dying horror!

Ang. Say you so ? then I shall pose you Tis pity of him. [Exeunt. quickly. - SCENE IV. A Room in Angelo's House.

Which Irad you rather, That the most just law

Now took your brother's life ; or, to redeem Enter ANGELO. Ang. When I would pray and think, I Give up your body to snch sweet uncleanness,

(words; As she that he hath stain'd? To several subjects: heaven hath my empty


Sir, believe this,
Whilst my invention, hearing not my tongue, I had rather give my body'than my soul.
As if I did but only chew his name;
Anchors on Isabel : Heaven in my mouth,

Stand: I talk not of your soul: Our compell'd

more for number than accompt. [sins Sed in my heart, the strong and swelling evil Isab.

How say you ? of my conception : The state, whereon Ang Nay, I'l? not warraut that ; for I can bike a good thing, being often read, (studied, speak Grown feard and tedious; yea, my gravity," Against the thing I say. Answer to this --Wherein (let no man hear me) I take pride, 11, now the voice of the recorded law,

life : • Spare to offend heaven.


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Might there not be a charity in sin,


Else let my brother die, To save this brother's life?

If not a feodary T, but only he, Isab.

Please you to do't, Owe **, and succeed by weakness. I'll take it as a peril to my soul,


Nay, women are frail too. It is no sin at all, but charity. (soul, Isab. Ay, as the glasses where they view

Ang. Pleas'd you to do't, at peril of your themselves; were equal poise of sin and charity.

Which are as easy broke as they make forms. Isab. That I do beg his life, if it be sin, Women !--Help heaven! men their creation Heaven, let me bear it! you granting of my suit,

If that be sin, I'll make it my morn prayer Iu profiting by them. Nay, call us ten times
To have it added to the faults of mine, For we are soft as our complexions are,
And nothing of your, answer.

And credulous to false prints tt.
Nay, but hear me : Ang.

I think it well Your sense pursues not mine : either you are And from this testimony of your own sex, ignorant,

(Since, I suppose, we are made to be no'stronger Or seem so, craftily; and that's not good. Than faults may shake our frames,) let me be Isab. Let me be ignorant, and in nothing

bold ;But graciously to know I am no better. (good, I do arrest your words; Be that you are, Ang. Thus wisdom wishes to appear most That is, a woman; if you be more, you're none; bright,

If you be one, (as you are well express'd When it doth tax itself: as these black masks By all external warrants,) show it now, Proclaim an enshield* beauty ten times louder By putting on the destin'd livery.. (lord, Than beauty could displayed.--But mark me; Isab. I have no tongue but one : gentle my To be received plain, I'll speak more gross: Let me entreat you speak the former Jangnage Your brother is to die.

Ang. Plainly conceive, I love you. Isab. So.

Isub. My brother did love Juliet : and you Ang. And his offence is so, as it appears That he shall die for it.

(tell me, Accountant to the law upon that pain t. Ang. He shall not, Isabel, if you give me Isab. True.


[in't Ang. Admit no other way to save his life, Isab. I know, your virtue hath a licence As I subscribe I not that, nor any other, Which seems a little fouler than it is, But in the loss of question) $, that you, his sister, To pluck on others. Finding yourself desir'd of such a person, Ang. Believe me, on mine honour, Whose credit with the judge,or own great place, My words express my purpose. Could fetch your brother from the manacles. Isab. Ha! little honour to be much believ'd : Of the all-binding law; and that there were And most pernicious purpose! — Seeming No earthly mean to save him, but that either seeming it! You miist lay down the treasures of your body I will proclain thee, Angelo; look fort: To this supposed, or else let him suffer ; Sign me a present pardon for my brother, What would you do?

(myself : Or, with an outstretch'd throat, I'll tell the Isab. As much for my poor brother, as Aloud, what man thou art.

(work That is, Were I under the terms of death, Ang, Who will believe thee, Isabel The impression of keen whips I'd wear as My unsoil'd name, the austereness of my life And strip myself to death, as to a bed (rubies, My vouch § ģ against you, and my place i'tlu That longing I have been sick for, ere I'd yield Will so your accusation overweigh, (state My body up to shame.

That you shall stitle in your own report, Ang:

Then must your brother die. And smell of calumny. I have begun; Isab. And 'twere the cheaper way in And now I give my sensual race the rein: Better it were, a brother died at onee, Fit thy consent to my sharp appetite; Than that a sister, by redeeming him, Lay by all nicety, and prolixious Ii II blushes, Should die for ever.

That banish what they sue for; redeem thy Ang. Were not you then as cruel as the By yielding up thy body to my will; [brother That you have slander'd so [sentence or else be must not only die the death,

Isab. Ignomy || in ransom, and free pardon, But thy unkindness shall bis death draw out, Are of two houses: Jawful mercy is

To lingering sufferance: answer me to-morrow, Nothing akin to foul redemption. (a tyrant; Or, by the affection that now guides me most

Ang. You seem'd of late to make the law I'll prove a tyrant to him : 'As for you, And rather prov'd the sliding of your brother Say what you can, my false o'erweighs you A merriment than a vice.


(Erit. Isab..0, pardon me, my lord; it oft falls Isab. To whom shall I complain i Did out,

(we mean : tell this, To have what we'd have, we speak not what Who would believe me? O perilous mouths I something do excuse the thing I hate, That bear in them one and the self-same tongu For his advantage that I dearly love.

Either condemnation or approof! Ang. We are all frail.

Bidding the løw make court’sy to their will • Enshielded, covered. Penalty Agree to. Ś Conversation. 11 Ignominy

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Hooking both right and wrong to the appetite, Before bis sister should her body stoop
To follow as it draws! I'll to my brother : To such abborr'd pollution.
Though he hath fallen by prompture of the Then Isabel, live chaste, and, brother, die :

More than our brother is onr chastity.
Yet hath he in him such a mind of hononr, I'll tell him yet of Angelo's request,
That had he twenty heads to tender down And fit his mind to death, for his soul's rest.
On twenty bloody blocks, he'd yield them up,

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SCENE I. A Room in the Prison. To sne to live, I find, I seek to dié :

And, seeking death, find life: Let it come on.
Enter DUKE, CLAUD10, and Provost.

Enter Isa BELLA:

Isab. What, ho!' Peace here ; grace and Duke. So, then you hope of pardon from good company ! (serves a welcome. lord Angelo ? :D

(cine, Prov. Who's there? come in: the wish deClaud. The miserable have no other medi- Duke. Dear sir, ere long I'll visit you again. But only hope :

Claud. Most holy sir, I thank you. I have hope to live, and am prepard to die. Isab. My business is a word or two with Duke. Be absolute * for death; either death, Claudio. or life,

{with life, Prov. And very welcome. Look, signior, Shall thereby be the sweeter. Reason thus here's your sister. If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing {art, Duke. Provost, a word with you. That none but fools would keep: a breath thou Prou.

As many as you please. (Servile to all the skiey influences,)V.! Duke. Bring them to speak, where I may That dost this habitation, where thou keep’st, be conceald," Hourly affict: merely, thon art death's fool; Yet hear them. (Exeunt Duke and Provost. For him thou labour'st by thy flight to shun, Claud. Now, sister, what's the comfort? And yet run'st toward him still : Thou art not Isab. Why, as all comforts are ; most good noble;

Lord Angelo, having affairs to heaven, (in deed: For all the accommodations that thou bear'st, Intends you for his swift ambassador, Are nors'd. by baseness: Thou art - by no Where you shall be an everlasting leiger 1: means valiant;

Therefore your best appointment I make with For thou dost fear the soft and tender fork To-morrow you set on.

(speed; Of a poor worm : Thy best of rest is sleep, Claud.

Is there no remedy? And that thou oft provok'st; yet grossly, fear'st Isab. None, but such Thy death, which is no more. Thou art not To cleave a heart in

twainy, as to savé a

(head, ; thyself;


But is there any ?
For thou exist'st on many a thousand grains Isáb. Yes, brother, you may live;
That issue out of dust : Happy thou art not : There is a devilish mercy in the judge,
For what thou hast not, still thou striv'stto get; If you'll implore it, that will free your life,
And what thou hast, forget'st: Thou art not But fetter you till death.


Perpetual durance? For thy complexion shifts to strange effects +, Isab. Ay, just, perpetual durance; a reAfter the moon: If thou art rich, thou art poor; straint, For, like an ass, whose back with ingots bows, Though all the world's vastidity ** Thou bear'st thy heavy riches but a journey, To a determin'd scope. And death unloads thee: Friend liast thon bone; Claud.

But in what nature? For thine own bowels, which do call thee sire, Isab. In such a ope as (you consenting to't) The mere effusion of thy proper Joins, Would bark your honour from that trunk you Do curse the gout, serpigo f, and the rheum, And leave you naked.

[bear, For ending thee no sooner: Thou hast nor Claud.

Let me know the point. youth, nor age;

Isab. O, I do fear thee, Claudio; and I quake, But, as it were, an after dinner's sleep, Lest thou a feverous life should'st entertain, Dreaming

on both: for all thy blessed youth And six or seven winters more respect Becomes as aged, and doth beg the alms 1 Than a perpetual honour. Dar'st thou die? Of palsied elds; and when thou art old,and rich; The sense of death is most in apprehension ; Thou hast neither heat, affection, limb, por And the poor beetle, that we tread upon, beauty,

(this, In corporal sufferance finds a pang as great To make thy riches pleasant. . What's yet in As when a giant dies. I That bears the name of life? Yet in this life Claud. Why give you me this shame? Lie hid more thousand deaths: yet death we Think you I can a resolution fetch That makes these odds all event!' ; (fear, From flowery tenderness? If I minst die, Claud.

I bumbly thank you. I will encounter darkness as a bride, • Determined.

+ Affects, affections. I Leprous eruptions:-: Old age. 9 di Resident. 9 Preparation. * Vastness of extent. .


you had,


And hug it in mine arms. (father's grave From thine own sister's shame? What shonld

Isab. There spake my brother; there my I think? Did utter forth a voice! Yes, thon must die: Heaven shield, my mother play'd my father Thou art too noble to conserve a life [puty – For such a warped slip of wilderness [fair! In base appliances.' This outward-sainted de Ne'er issu'd from his blood. Take my de. Whose settled visage and deliberate word.

Nips youth i'the head, and follies doth enmew*, Die; perish! might but my bending down
As falcon doth the fowl,—is yet a devil ; Reprieve thee from thy fate, it should proceed:
His filth within being cast, he would appear I'll pray a thousand prayers for thy death,
A pond as deep as hell.

No word to save thee.
The princely Angelo ? Claud. Nay, hear me,

Isab. O, 'tis the cunning livery of hell,

O, fye, fye, fye! The damned'st body to invest and cover Thy sin's not accidental, but a tradett: In princely guards t! Dost thou think, Claadio, Merey to thee would prove itself a bawd: If I would yield him my virginity,

'T'is best that thou diest quickly. [Going Thon might'st be freed?


O hear me, Isabella. Claud. 0, heavens! it cannot be.

Re-enter DUKE. Isab, Yes, he would give it thee, from this 1Duke. Vouchsafe a word, young sister, but rank offence,

one word. So to offend him still: This night's the time Isab. "What is your will? That I should do what I abhor to name, Duke. Might you dispense with your leisure, Or else thou diest to-morrow,

I would by and by have some speech with Claud.

Thou shalt not do't. you : the satisfaction I would require, is likeIsab. 0, were it but my life,

wise your own benefit. I'd throw it down for your deliverance » Isab. I have no superfluous leisure; my As frankly: as a pin.

stay must be stolen ont of other affairs ; but I Claud.

Thanks, dear Isabel. will attend you a while. 34 Isab. Be ready, Claudio, for your death to- Duke. (To CLAUDIO, aside.) Son, I have morrow.

overheard what hath past between you and Claud. Yes.--Has he affections in him, your sister. : Angelo had never the purpose to That thus can make him bite the law

the corrupt her; only he hath made an essay of nose,

her virtue, to practise bis judgment with the When he would force it ? Sure it is no sin ; disposition of natures: she, having the truth Or of the deadly seven it is the least. of honour in her, hath made him that gracious

Isab. Which is the least ? 1 (wise, denial which he is most glad to receive: I am Claud. If it were damnable, he, being so confessor to Angelo, and I know this to be Why, would he for the momentary trick true; therefore prepare yourself to death : Be perdurably 5 fim'd ?-0 Isabel!

Do not satisfy your resolution with hopes that, Isub. What says my brother?

are fallible: tomorrow you must die ; go to a Claud.

Deatb is a fearful thing your knees, and make ready: Isab. And shamed life a hateful. (where; Claud. Let me ask my sister pardon. I

Claud. Ay, but to die, and go we know not am $0 out of love with life, that I will sue to To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot;, be rid of it. '}. This sensible warm motion to become

Duke. Hoid + you there: Farewell. A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit

[Exit CLAUDIO. To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside

1. Re-enter Provost. In thrilling regions of thick-ribbed ice ; Provost, a word with you. To be imprison'd in the viewless it winds,',a'? Prov. What's your will, father? And blown with restless violence round about Duke. That now you are come, you will The pendent world ; or to be worse than wordt be gone: Leave me a while with the maid ; Of those, that lawless and unrertain thougbits my mind promises with my liabit, no loss Imagine howling !-'tis too horrible! shall touch her by my company. The weariest and most loathed worldly life, * Prov. In good tine. i '(tixit Provost. That age, ach, penury, and imprisonment Duke. The band that hath made you fair, Çan lay on'nature, is a paradise : it is hath made you good: the goodness, that is To what we fear of death.

cheap in beauty, makes beauty brief in goud. Isab. Alas! alas!

ness; but grace, being the soul of your comClaud.

Sweet sister, let me live : plexion, should keep the body of it ever fair. What sin yon do to save a brother's lite, T'be assault, that Angelo hath made to you, Nature dispenses with the deed so far,',. fortune hath convey'd to my understanding : That it becomes a virtue.

ans, but that frailty hath examples for his ne :: Isah 10, you,beast ! filling, I should wonder at Angelo.

How 0, faithless coward! 0, dishonest wretch would yon do to content this substitute, and Wilt thou be made a man ont of my vice ? to save your brother. Is't not a kind of incest, to take life liiwdi, oy Asu.il am now going to resolve him : I had Sbgt pp

mt Laced rohes ist Freely, !: Lastinglyas Invisible.,' .. Wilduess. ** Refusal. tt An established habit. 1. Continue in that resolution.


rather my brother, die by the law, than my yourself to this advantage, first, that your son should be unlawfully born, But 0, how stay with him may not be long; that the time much is the good duke deceived in Angelo! may have all shadow and silence in it; and If ever he return, and I can speak to him, I the place answer to convenience: this being will open my lips in vain, or discover his go-granted in course, now follows all. We shall

advise this wrouged maid to stead up your Duke. That shall not be much amiss : Yet, appointment, go in your place; if the enas the matter now stands, he will avoid your counter acknowledge itself hereafter, it may accusation; he made trial of you only.-compel him to her recompense: and here, by Therefore, fasten your ear on my advisings; this, is your brother saved, your honour unto the love I have in doing good, a remedy tainted, the poor Mariana advantaged, and presents itself. I do make myself believe, the corrupt deputy scaled 3. The maid will I that you may most uprighteously do a poor frame, and make fit for his attempt. If you wronged lady a merited benefit ; redeem your think well to carry this as you may, the doublebrother from the angry law; do no stain to ness of the benefit defends the deceit from your own gracious person; and much please reprouf. Wbat think you of it? the absent duke, if, peradventare, he shall Isab, The injage of it gives me content al.. ever return to have hearing of this business. ready; and, I trust, it will grow to a most

Isab. Let me hear you speak further; I prosperous perfection. þave spirit to do any thing that appears not Duke. It lies much in your holding up : foal in the truth of my spirit.

Haste you speedily to Angelo; if for this Duke. Virtue is bold, and goodness never night he entreat you to bis bed, give him pro13 fearful. Have you not heard speak of Ma- mise of satisfaction. I will presently to St.

riana the sister of Frederick, the great soldier, Luke's; there, at the moated grangel, resides who miscarried at sea ?

this dejected Mariana: At that place call up Isab, I have heard of the lady, and good ou me; and despatch with Angelo, that it may words went with her name,

be quickly. Duke. Her should this Angelo have mar- Isub. I thank you for this comfort: Fare ried; was affianced to her by oath, and the you well, good father. [Exeunt severally. nuptial appointed : between wbich time of SCÉNE TI. The Street before the Prison, the contract, and limit of the solemnity, her brother Frederick was wrecked at sea, having Enter DukB, as a Friar; to him ELBOW, in that perish'd vessel the dowry of his sister.

Clown, and Officers. But mark, how heavily this befel to the poor Elb. Nay, if there be no remedy for it, gentlewoman : there she lost a nuble and re-but that you will needs buy and sell men and nowned brother, in his love toward her ever women like beasts, we shall have all the world most kind and natural; with him the portion drink brown and white bastard J. and sine w of her fortune, her marriage-dowry; Duke, 0, heavens! what stuff is here? with both, her coinbinate * husband, this well- Clo. 'Twas never merry world, since, of seeming Angelo.

two usuries, the merriest was put down, and Isab. Can

this be so? Did Angelo so leave her? (the worser allow'd by order of law a furr'd Duke. Left her in her tears, and dry'd not gown to keep him warm; and furr'd with fox one of them with his comfort; swallowed his and lamb-skins too, to signify, that craft, being Vows whole, pretending, in her, discoveries richer than innocency, stands for the facing. of dishonour: in few, bestowed † her on her Eib. Come your way, sir :--Bless you, good own lamentation, which she yet wears for his father friar. sake; and he, a marble to her tears, is wasbed Duke. And you, good brother father: What with them, but relents pol.

offence hath this man made you, sir? Isab. What a merit were it ju death, to Elb. Marry, sir, he hath offended the law; = take this poor maid from the world! What and, sir, we take him to be a thief 100, sir;

corruption in this life, that it will let this man fer we have found upon him, sir, a strange live! But how out of this can she avail ? pick lock **, which we have sent to the deputy:

Duke. It is a rupture that you may easily Duke. Fye, sirrah;a bawd, a wicked bawd! heal: and the cure of it not only saves your The evil that thou causest to be done, brother, but keeps you from dishonour in That is thy means to live. Do thou but think doing it.

What'tis to cram a maw, or clothe a back, Isub. Show me how, good father. From such a filthy vice: say to thyself,Duke. This fore named naid hath yet in From their abominable and beastly touches her the continuance of her first affection; his I drink, I eal, array myself, and live. unjust unkindness, that in all reason should Canst thou believe thy living is a life, have quenched her love, hath, like an impe. So stinkingly dependiug?. Go, mend, go, mend. diment in the current, made it more violent Clo. Indeed, it does stink in some sort, sir; and onruly. Go you to Angelo; answer his but yet, sir, I would prove (proofs for sin, requiring with a plausible obedience; agree

Duke. Nay, if the devil have given thee with his demands to the point: only refer 1 Thou wilt prove his. Take him to prison, officer; • Betrothed.

+ Gave her up to her sorrows. ! Have recourse to. Over-reached. A solitary farm-house. A sweet wine. '** ** For a Spanish padlock.

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