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The tempter, or the tempted, who sins most? Ha!
her eyes? What is’t I dream on?
[Exit. 20 Sense for sensual appetite.
21 No language could more forcibly express the aggravated profligacy of Angelo's passion, which the purity of Isabella but served the more to inflame. The desecration of edifices devoted to religion, hy converting them to the most abject purposes of nature, was an eastern method of expressing contempt. See 2 Kings, x.
22 Dr. Johnson thinks the second act should end here.
A Room in a Prison.
Enter Duke, habited like a Friar, and Provost. Duke. Hail to you,
I think Prov. I am the provost: What's your will, good
When must he die?
shall be conducted.
I'll gladly learn.
i The folio reads flawes.
Duke. So then, it seems, your most offenceful act
do repent, As that the sin hath brought you to this shame,Which sorrow is always towards ourselves, not hea
Juliet. I do repent me, as it is an evil;
There rest 3.
[Exit. Juliet. Must die to-morrow! 0, injurious love *, That respites me a life, whose very
comfort Is still a dying horror! Prov.
'Tis pity of him. [Exeunt.
SCENE IV. A Room in Angelo's House.
Enter ANGELO. Ang. When I would pray and think, I think and pray To several subjects: heaven hath my empty words; Whilst my invention, hearing not my tongue,
2 i. e. not spare to offend heaven.
40 injurious love. Sir Thomas Hanmer proposed to read law instead of love. · Invention for imagination. So, in Shakspeare's 103d Sonnet:
•0 for a muse of fire, that would ascend
Anchors on Isabel : Heaven in my mouth,
who's there? Serv.
One Isabel, a sister,
Teach her the way. [Exit Serv. O heavens!
necessary fitness ? So play the foolish throngs with one that swoons ; 2 Boot is profit.
ide. 4 Shakspeare judiciously distinguishes the different operations of high place upon different minds. Fools are frighted and wise men allured. Those who cannot judge but by the eye are easily awed by splendour; those who consider men as well as conditions, are easily persuaded to love the appearance of virtue dignified
5. Though we should write good angel on the Devil's horn, it will not change his nature, so as to give him a right to wear that crest. This explanation of Malone's is confirmed by a passage in Lylys Midas, ' Melancholy! is melancholy a word for barber's mouth? Thou shouldst say heavy, dull, and doltish; melancholy is the crest of courtiers.'
Come all to help him, and so stop the air
I am come to know your pleasure. Ang. That you might know it, would much better
please me, Than to demand what 'tis. Your brother cannot
live. Isab. Even so ?-Heaven keep your honour!
[Retiring. Ang. Yet may he live awhile; and it may be, As long as you, or I: Yet he must die. Isab. Under
Isab. When, I beseech you? that in his reprieve, Longer, or shorter, he may be so fitted, That his soul sicken not. Ang. Ha! Fye, these filthy vices! It were as
good To pardon him, that hath from nature stolen A man already made?, as to remit Their saucy sweetness 8, that do coin heaven's image
6 i. e. the people or multitude subject to a king. So, in Hamlet: 'the play pleased not the million; 'twas caviare to the general. It is supposed that Shakspeare, in this passage, and in one before (Act i. Sc. 2), intended to flatter the ankingly weakness of James I. which made him so impatient of the crowds which flocked to see him, at his first coming, that he restrained them by a proclamation.
7 i. e. that hath killed a man.