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Than beauty could displayed.—But mark me; 1 Which seems a little fouler than it is,
To be received plain, I'll speak more gross: To pluck on others.
Ang. Believe ine, on mine honour,
My words express my purpose. Ang. And his offence is so, as it appears Isub. Ha! little honour to be much believ'd, Accountant to the law upon that pain.* And most pernicious purpose!-Seeming, seen Isab. True.
ing !* Ang. Admit no other way to save his life, I will proclaim thee, Angelo; look for't: (As I subscribet not that, nor any other, Sign me a present pardon for my brother, But in the loss of question, t) that you, his sister, Or, with an outstretch'd throat, I'll tell the Finding yourself desir'd of such a person, Aloud, what man thou art.
(world Whose credit with the judge, cr own great Ang. Who will believe thee, Isabel ? place,
My unsoil'd name, the austereness of my life. Could fetch your brother from the manacles My voucht against you, and my place i'the of the all-binding law; and that there were Will so your accusation overweigh, (state, No earthly mean to save him, but that either That you shall stifle in your own report, You must lay down the treasures of your body And smell of calumny. I have begun; To this supposed, or else let him suffer; And now I give my sensual race the rein: What would you do?
Fit thy consent to my sharp appetite; Isab. As much for my poor brother, as myself: Lay by all nicety, and prolixioust blushes, That is, Were I under the terms of death, That banish what they sue for; redeem thy The impression of keen whips I'd wear as By yrelding up thy body to my will; [brother And strip myself to death, as to a bed (rubies, or else he must not only die the death, That longing I have been sick for, ere l'd yield But thy unkindness shall his death draw out My body up to shame.
To lingering sufferance: answer me to-morrow, Ang. Then must your brother die.
Or, by the affection that now guides me inost, Isab. And 'twere the cheaper way:
I'll prove a tyrant to him: As for you, Better it were, a brother died at once, Say what you can, my false o'erweighs your Than that a sister, by redeeming him,
[Exit. Should die for ever.
Isab. To whom shall I complain? Did I tell Ang. Were not you then as cruel as the sen
this, That you have slander'd so?
(tence Who would believe me? O perilous mouths, · Isab. Ignomyộ in ransom, and free pardun, That bearin them one and the self-same tongue Are of two houses: lawful mercy is
Either of condemnation or approof! Nothing akin to foul redemption.
Bidding the law make court'sy to their will; Ang. You seem'd of late to make the law a Hooking both right and wrong to the appetite, tyrant;
To follow as it draws! I'll to my brother: And rather prov'd the sliding of your brother Though he hath fallen by prompture of the A merriment than a vice.
blood, Isab. O, pardon me, my lord; it oft falls out, Yet hath he in him such a mind of honour, To hare what we'd have, we speak not what that had he twenty heads to tender down
On twenty bloody blocks, he'd yield them up, something do excuse the thing I hate, Before his sister should her body stoop For his advantage that I dearly love.
To such abhorr'd pollution. Ang. We are all frail.
Then, Isabel, live chaste, and, brother, die : Isab. Else let my brother dic,
More than our brother is our chastity. If not a feodary,ll but only he,
I'll tell him yet of Angelo's request, Owe, f and succeed by weakness.
And fit his mind to death, for his soul's rest. Ang. Nay, women are frail too.
[Exit. Isab. Ay, as the glasses where they view themselves;
Enter DUKE, CLAUDIO, and Provost. In profiting by them. Nay, call us ten times Duke. So, then you hope of pardon from lord For we are soft as our complexions are,
Angelo? And credulous to false prints.*
Claud. The miserable have no other medicine, Ang. I think it well:
But only hope: And from this testimony of your own sex,
I have hope to live, and am prepard to die. (Since, I suppose, we are made to be no stronger
Duke. Be absoluteş for death; either death, Than faults may shake our frames,) let me be shall thereby be the sweeter. Reason thus with
[life, bold;I do arrest your words; Be that you are,
If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing That is, a woman; if you be more, you're none; That none but fools would keep: a breath thou If you be one, (as you are well express'd
(Servile to all the skiey influences,) (art, By all external warrants, show it now,
That dost this habitation, where thou keep'st, By putting on the destin'd livery.
Hourly afilict: merely, thou art death's tool; Isah. I have no tongue butone: gentlemy lord, For him thou labour'st by thy flight to shun, Let me entreat you speak the former language. And yet run'st toward him still : Thou art not Ang. Plainly conceive, I love you.
noble; Isub. My brother did love Juliei; and you tell For all the accommodations that thou bear'st, That he shall die for it.
[me, Are nurs’d in buseness: Thou art by no means Ang. He shall not, Isabel, if you give me
For thou dost fea. 'he soft and tender fork Isab. I know, your virtue hath a licence in't, Of a poor worm: Th, hest of rest is sleep, Penalty. + Agree to. 1 Conversation. * Hypocrisy.
† Attestativa. imamiay. | Associate. $ Own. ** Impressions. Reluctant
that thou vry provok'st; yet grossly fear'st Isub. O, I do fear thee, Claudio; and I quake
And six or seven winters more respect
As when a giant dies.
In base appliances. This outward-sainted de But, as it were, an after-dinner's sleep,
puty,Dreaming on both: for all thy blessed youth
Whose settled visage and deliberate word
His filth within being cast, he would appear
(this, Claud. The princely Angelo?
The damned'st body to invest and cover
Thou might'st be freed.
Claud. 0, heavens! it cannot be. And, seeking death, find life: Let it come on.
Isab. Yes, he would give it thee, from this
rank offence, Enter ISABELLA,
So to offend him still: This night's the time Isab. What, ho! Peace here; grace and good That I should do what I abhor to name, company!
Or else thou diest to-morrow. Prov. Who's there? come in : the wish de.
Claud. Thou shalt not do't.
Isub. 0, were it but my life,
Ás frankly as a pin.
Isab. Be ready, Claudio, for your death to
Cland. Yes.--Has he affections in him, Duke. Provost, a word with you.
That thus can make him bite the law by the nose, Prov. As many as you please.
When he would force it? Sure it is no sin; Duke. Bring them to speak, where I may be Or of the deadly seven it is the least. conceal’d,
Isab. Which is the least?
Why, would he for the momentary trick
Isab. What says my brother? Lord Angelo, having affairs to heaven,
Claud. Death is a fearful thing; Intends you for a swift ambassador,
Isab. And sbamed life a hateful. Where you shall be an everlasting leiger:
Claud. Ay, but to die, and go we know not Therefore your best appointments make with
where; To-morrow you set on.
(speed; To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot: Claud. Is there no remedy?
This sensible warm motion to become
[head, To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside Claud. But is there any?
In thrilling regions of thick-ribbed ice;
To be imprison'd in the viewless|| winds,
Of those, that lawless and incertain thoughts
Imagine howling !'tis too horrible!
age, ache, penury, and imprisonment
Can lay on nature, is a paradise Claud. But in what nature!
To what we fear of death. Isab. In such a one as (you consenting to't) Isab. Alas! alas! Would bark your honour from that trunk you
Claud. Sweet sister let me live: And leave you naked.
[bear, What sin you do to save a brother's life, Claud. Let me know the point.
Nature dispenses with the deed so far, * Affects, affections,
+ Leprous eraptions.
That it becomes a virtue.
* Shut up.
Laced robes. . Vastness of extent.
Isab. O, you beast !
Duke. That shall not be much amiss: Yet, as O, faithless coward! (), dishonest wretch! the matter now stands, he will avoid your acWilt thou be made a man out of my vice? cusation ; he made trial of you only.—ThereIs't not a kind of incest, to take life
fore, fasten your ear on my advisings; to the From thine own sister's shame? What should I love I have in doing good, a remedy presents think?
[fair! itself. I do make myself believe, that you may Heaven shield, my mother play'd my father most uprighteously do a poor wronged lady a For such a warped slip of wilderness* merited benefit ; redeem your brother from the Ne'er issu'd from his blood. Take my defiance:t angry law; do no stain to your own gracious Die; perish! might but my bending down person ; and much please the absent duke, if, Reprieve thee from thy fate, it should proceed : beradventure, he shall ever return to have hear. I pray a thousand prayers for thy death, ing of this business. No word to save thee.
Isab. Let me hear you speak further; I have Claud. Nay, Hear me, Isabel.
spirit to do any thing that appears not foul in Isab. O, fie, fie, fie !
the truth of my spirit. Thy sin's not accidental, but a trade :
Duke. Virtue is bold, and goodness never Mercy to thee would prove itself a bawd: fearful. Have you not heard speak of Mariana "Tis best that thou diest quickly. [Going. the sister of Frederick, the great soldier, who Claud. O hear me, Isabella.
miscarried at sea ?
Isab. I have heard of the lady, and good Re-enter Duke.
words went with her name. Duke. Vouchsafe a word, young sister, but Duke. Her should this Angelo have married one word.
was affianced to her by oath, and the nuptiad Isab. What is your will ?
appointed : between which time of the contract, Duke. Might you dispense with your leisure, and limit of the solemnity, her brother FredeI would by and by have some speech with you : rick was wrecked at sea, having in that perish'd the satisfaction I would require, is likewise your vessel the dowry of his sister. But mark, how own benefit.
heavily this befel to the poor gentlewoman : Isab. I have no superfluous leisure; my stay there she lost a noble and renowned brother, must be stolen out of other affairs; but I will in his love toward her ever most kind and naattend you a while.
tural ; with him the portion and sinew of her Duke. [To CLAUDIO, aside.] Son, I have over- fortune, her marriage-dowry; with both, her beard what lath past between you and your combinate* husband, this well-seeming Angelo. sister. Angelo had never the purpose to cor- Isab. Can this be so ? Did Angelo so leave rupt her; only he hath made an essay of her her? virtue, to practise his judgement with the dis- Druke. Left her in her tears, and dry'd not position of natures: she, having the truth of one of them with his comfort, swallowed his bonour in her, hath made him that gracious de- vows whole, pretending, in her, discoveries Dial which he is most glad to receive: I am of dishonour': 'in few, bestowedt her on ber consessor to Angelo, and I know this to be true; own lamentation, which she yet wears for his therefore prepare yourself to death: Do not sake ; and he, a marble to her tears, is washed satisfy your resolution with hopes that are fal- with them, but relents not. kble : to-morrow you must die; go to your Isab. What a merit were it in death, to take knees, and make ready.
maid from the world! What corrupClaud. Let me ask my sister pardon. I am tion in this life, that it will let this man live! 80 out of love with life, that I will sue to be But how out of this can she avail ? rd of it.
Duke. It is a rupture that you may easily Duke. Holds you there : Farewell.
heal: and the cure of it not only saves your [Exit. Claudio. brother, but keeps you from dishonour in doing
it. Re-enter PROVOST.
Isub. Show me how, good father. Provost, a word with you.
Duke. This fore-named maid hath yet in her Prod. What's your will, father?
the continuance of her first affection; his unDuke. That now you are come, you will be just unkindness, that in all reason should have gode : Leave me a while with the maid; my quenched her love, hath, like an impediment mind promises with my habit, no loss shall in the current, made it more violent and unruly. touch her by my company.
Go you to Angelo; answer his requiring with Prot. In good time. [Exit Provost. a plausible obedience; agree with his demands
Duke. The hand that hath made you fair, to the point: only refert yourself to this adhath made you good : the goodness, that is vantage,—first, that your stay with him may cheap in beauty, makes beauty brief in good not be long; that the time may have all shadow ness; but grace, being the soul of your com- and silence in it; and the place answer to conplexion, should keep the body of it ever fair. venience: this being granted in course, now The assault, that Angelo hath made to you, follows all. We shall advise this wronged fortune hath convey'd to my understanding;maid to stead up your appointment, go in your
and, but that frailty hath examples for his fall-place; if the encounter acknowledge itself ! ing, I should wonder at Angelo. How would hereafter, it may compel him to her recompense:
you do to content this substitute, and to save and here, by this, is your brother saved, your your brother?
honour untainted, the poor Mariana advanIsab. I am now going to resolve him: I had taged, and the corrupt deputy scaled.Ş The rather my brother die by the law, than my son maid will I frame, and make fit for his attempt. should be unlawfully börn. But 0, how inuch If you think well to carry this as you may, the is the good duke deceived in Angelo! If ever doubleness of the benefit defends the deceit be return, and I can speak to him, I will open from reproof. What think you of it? my lips in vain, or discover his government. Isub. The image of it gives me content • Wildness. + Refusal. * An established habit. * Betrothed. + Gave her up to her sorror I Continue in that resolution.
I Have recourse to. Over-reach.
already; and, I trust, it will grow to a most | Is it sad, and few words ? Or how? The trick prosperous perfection.
of it? Duke. lt' lies much in your holding up:
Duke. Still thus, and thus! still worse! Haste you speedily to Angelo; if for this night Lucio. How doth my dear morsel, thy mis. he entreat you to his bed, give him promise of tress ? Procures she still ? Ha? satisfaction. I will presently to St. Luke's; Clo. Troth, Sir, she hath eaten up all her there, at the moated grange, * resides this de- beef, and she is herself in the tub. ** jected Mariana: At that place call upon me;
Lucio. Why, 'tis good; it is the right of it; and despatch with Angelo, that it may be it must be so: Ever your fresh whore, and your quickly.
powder'd bawd: An unshunu'd consequence; Isub. I thank you for this comfort: Fare you it must be so : Art going to prison, Pompey! well, good father.
[Excunt screrally. Clo. Yes, faith, Sir.
Lucio. Why 'tis not amiss, Pompey: Fare-
Elb. For being a bawd, for being a bawd.
Lucio, Well, then imprison him: If imprisonElb. Nay, if there be no remedy for it, but that you will needs buy and sell men and wo
ment be the due of a bawd, why, 'tis his right:
Bawd is he, doubtless, and of antiquity too; men like beasts, we shall have all the world bawd-born. Farewell, good Pompey: Comdrink brown and white bastard.+
mend me to the prison, Pompey: You will turn Duke. (), heavens! what stuff is here? Clo. 'Twas never merry world, since, of two good husband now, Pompey; you will keep
the house.t usuries, the merriest was put down, and the worser allow'd by order of law, a furr'd gown my bail.
Clo. I hope, Sir, your good worship will be to keep him warm; and furr'd with fox and
Lucio. No, indeed, will I not, Pompey; it lamb-skins too, to signify, that craft, being richer is not the wear. I will pray, Pompey, to inthan innocency, stands for the facing. Elb. Come your way, Sir:-Bless you, good ly, why, your metile is the more : Adieu, trusty
crease your bondage : if you take it not patients father friar.
Pompey: -Bless you, friar. Duke. And you, good brother father: What
Duke. And you. offence hath this man made you, Sir?
Lucio. Does Bridget paint still, Pompey? Elb. Marry, Sir, he hath oflended the law ; | Ha? and, Sir, we take him to be a thiet too, Sir;
Elb, Come your ways, Sir; come. for we have found upon him, Sir, a strange Clo. You will not bail me, then, Sir ? pick-lock, which we have sent to the deputy.. Duke. Fie, sirrah; a bawd, a wicked bawd!
Lucio. Then, Pompey? nor now.What
news abroad, friar? What news ? The evil that thou causest to be done,
Elb. Come your ways, Sir; conie.
Lucio. Go,-10 kennel, Pompey, go:
[Exeunt Elbow, Clown, and Officers.
What news, friar, of the duke?
Lucio. Some say, he is with the emperor of
Russia; other some, he is in Rome: But where Clo. Indeed, it does stink in some sort, Sir; Dike. I know not where: But wheresoever, but yet, Sir, I would prove
I wish him well. Dike. Nay, if the devil have given thee proofs Lucio, It was a mad fantastical trick of him, for sin,
(cer; to steal from the state, and usurp the beggary Thou wilt prove his. Take him to prison, ofli- he was never born to. Lord Angelo dukes it Correction and instruction must both work, well in his absence; he puts transgression to't. Ere this rude beast will profit.
Duke. He does well in't, Elb. He must before the deputy, Sir; he has Lucio. A little more lenity to lechery would given him warning: the deputy cannot abide do no harm in him: something too crabbed a whoremaster: it he be a whoremonger, and that way, friar. comes betore him, he were as good go a mile Duke. It is too general a vice, and severity on his errand.
must cure it. Duke. That we were all, as some would seem Lucio. Yes, in good sooth, the vice is of a to be,
(tree! great kindred; it is well allied: but it is imFree from our faults, as faults from seeming, possible to extirp it quite, friar, till eating and Enter Lucio.
drinking be put down. They say, this Angelo
was not made by man and woman, after the Elb. His neck will come to your waist, a downright way of creation : Isit true, think you? cord, ş Sir.
Duke. How should he be made then ? Clo. I spy comfort; I cry, bail: Here's a Lucio. Some report, a sea-maid spawn'd him: gentleman, and a friend of mine.
-Some, that he was begot between two stockLucio. How now, noble Pompey? What, at fishes:But it is certain, that when he makes the heels of Cæsar? Art thou led in triumph ? / water, his urine is congeal'd ice; that I know What, is there none of Pygmalion's images, i to be true: and he is a motiong ungenerative, newly made woman, to be had now, for putting that's infallible. the hand in the pocket and extracting itclutch'd? Duke. You are pleasant, Sir; and speak apace. What reply? "Ha? What say'st ihou to this Lucio. Why, what a ruthless thing is this in tune, matter, and method? Is't not drown'd him, for the rebellion of a cod-piece, to take i the last rain? Ha? What say'st thou, trot? Is away the life of a man? Would the duke, that the world as it was, man? Which is the way? is absent, have done this? Ere he would'hare slitary farm house. + A sweet winc.
* Powering tub.
Stay at home. For a Spanish padlock. Ticd like your waist with a rope. i Fashion,
hang'da man for the getting a hundred bastards, Duke. No might nor greatness in mortality be would have paid for the nursing a thousand : Can censure 'scape; back-wounding calumny He had some feeling of the sport; he knew the The whitest virtue strikes: What king so strong, service, and that instructed him to mercy. Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue?
Duke. I never heard the absent duke much | But who comes here? detected for women; he was not inclined that way.
Enter Escalus, Provost, Bawd, and Officers. Lucio, 0, Sir, you are deceived.
Escal. Go, away with her to prison. Duke. 'Tis not possible.
Baud. Good my lord, be good to me; your Lucio. Who? not the duke? yes, your beg- honour is accounted a merciful man: good my gar of fifty ;-and his use was, to put a ducat lord. in her clack-dish: the duke had crotchets in Escal. Double and treble admonition, and still him: He would be drunk too; that let me in- forfeit* in the same kind? This would make forin you.
mercy swear, and play the tyrant, Duke. You do him wrong, surely.
Prov. A bawd of eleven years continuance, Lucio. Sir, I was an inward of his: A shy may it please your honour. fellow was the duke: and, I believe, I know Bawd. My lord, this is one Lucio's informathe cause of his withdrawing.
tion against me: mistress Kate Keep-down Duke. What, I pr’ythee, might be the cause? was with child by him in the duke's time, he Lucio. No,-pardon ;-'tis a secret must be promised her marriage; his child is a year and bck'd within the teeth and the lips : but this I a quarter old, come Philip and Jacob: I have can let you understand, -The greater filet of kept it myself; and see how he goes about to the subject held the duke to be wise.
abuse me. Duke. Wise? why, no question but he was. Escul. That fellow is a fellow of much li
Lucio. A very superficial, ignorant, unweigh-cence:-let him be called before us.-Away ingt fellow.
with her to prison: Go to; no more words. Duke. Either this is envy in you, foliy, or (Exeunt Bawd and Oficers.) Provost, my bromistaking; the very stream of his life, and the ther Angelo will not be alter'd, Claudio must business he hath helmed,ş must, upon a war- die to-morrow: let him be furnished with di. ranted need, give him a better proclamation. vines, and have all charitable preparation: if Let him be bút testimonied in his own bringings my brother wrought by my pity, it should not forth, and he shall appear to the envious, a be so with him. scholar, a statesman, and a soldier: Therefore, Prov. So please you, this friar hath been with you speak unskilfully; or, if your knowledge him, and advised hin for the entertainment of be more, it is much darken'd in your malice. death.
Lucio. Sir, I know him, and I love him. Escal. Good even, good father.
Duke. Love talks with better knowledge, Duke. Bliss and goodness on you! and knowledge with dearer love.
Escal. Of whence are you? Lucio. Come, Sir, I know what I know. Duke. Not of this country, though my chance Duke. I can hardly believe that, since you
is now know not what you speak. But, if ever the To use it for my time: I am a brother duke return, (as our prayers are he may,) let Of gracious order, late come from the see, me desire you to make your answer before him : In special business from his holiness. If it be honest you have spoke, you have cou- Escal. What news abroad i'the world ? rage to maintain it: I am bound to call upon Duke. None, but that there is so greata fever you; and, I pray you, your name?
on goodness, that the dissolution of it must Lucio. Sir, my name is Lucio; well known cure it: novelty is only in request; and it is as to the duke.
dangerous to be aged in any kind of course, as Duke. He shall know you better, Sir, if I it is virtuous to be constant in any undertaking. may live to report you.
There is scarce truth enough alive, to make Lucio. I fear you not.
societies secure; but security enough, to make Duke. O, you hope the duke will return no fellowships accurs’d: much upon this riddle more; or you imagine me too unhurtful an op- runs the wisdom of the world. This news is posite. | But, indeed, I can do you little harm : old enough, yet it is every day's news, I pray you'll forswear this again.
you, Sir, of what disposition was the duke? Lucio. I'll be hang'd first: thou art deceived Escal. One, that, above all other strifes, con. in me, friar. But no more of this: Canst thou tended especially to know himself. tell, if Claudio die to-morrow, or no?
Duke. What pleasure was he given to ? Duke. Why should he die, Sir ?
Escal. Rather rejoicing to see another merry, Lucio. Why? for filling a bottle with a tun- than merry at anything which profess'd to make dish. I would, the duke, we talk of, were him rejoice: a gentleman of all temperance. return'd again: this ungenitur'd agent will But leave we him to his events, with a prayer unpeople the province with continency; spar- they may prove prosperous; and let me desire rows must not build in his house-eaves, because to know how you find Claudio prepared. I am they are lecherous. The duke yet would have made to understand, that you have lent him dark deeds darkly answer'd; he would never visitation. bring them co light: would he were return'd! Duke. He prosesses to have received no Marry, this Claudio is condemn'd for untruss- sinister measure from his judge, but most wil. ing. Farewell, good friar; I pr’ythee, pray lingly humbles himself to the determination of for me. The duke, I say to thee again, would justice: yet had he framed to himself, by the eat mutton on Fridays. He's now past it; instruction of his frailty, many deceiving proyet, and I say to thee, he would mouth with a mises of life; which I, by my good leisure, beggar, though she smelt brown bread and have discredited to him, and now he is resolved garlic: say, that I said so. FareweH. [Exit. to die. • Suspected. + The majority of his subjects.
Escal. You have paid the heavens your fupeGuided. || Opponent.