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Are men endued with worthy qualities; What think you of this page, my lord ? Forgive them what they have committed here, Duke. I think the boy hath grace in bim; he And let them be recall'd from their exile :

blushes. They are reformed, civil, full of good,

Val. I warrant you, my lord; more grace And fit for great employment, worthy lord.

than boy. Duke. Thou hast prevail'd: I pardon them, Duke. What mean you by that saying ? and the;

Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. along, Come, let us gu; we will include* all jars That you will wonder what hath furtuned.“ With triumphs,i mirth, and rare solemnity, Come, Proteus; 'tis your penance, but to hear

Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold The story of your loves discovered : With our discourse to make your grace to That done, our day of marriage shall be yours; sliite

One feast, one house, one mutual happiness.

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MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

PERSONS REPRESENTED

VINCENTIO, Duke of Vienna.

Clown, Servant to Mrs. Over-done. ANGELO, Lord Deputy in the Duke's absence. ABHORSON, an Executioner. Escalus, an ancient Lord, joined with Angelo BARNARDINE, a dissolute Prisoner.

in the deputation. Claudio, a young Gentleman.

ISABELLA, Sister to Claudio. Lucio, a Fantastic.

MARIANA, betrothed to Angelo.
Two other like Gentlemen.

Juliet, beloved by Claudio.
VARRIUS, a Gentleman, Servant to the Duke. Francisca, a Nun.
PROvost.

Mrs. OVER-DONE, a Bawd.
PEONAS; }Two Friars.

Lords, Gentlemen, Guards, Officers, and other A Justice.

Attendants.
ELBOW, a simple Constable.
FROTH a foolish Gentleman.

SCENE, Vienna.

ACT I.

Are not thine own so proper,* as to waste SCENE I.-An Apartment in the Duke's

Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.
Palace.

Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do;

Not light them for themselves: for if our virtues Enter Duke, ESCALUS, Lords, and Attendants. Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike Duke. Escalus,

As if we had them. Dot. Spirits are pot finely Escal. My lord.

touch'a, Duke. Of government the properties to un- But to fine issues:t nor nature never lends fold,

(course; The smallest scruple of her excellence, Would seem in me to affect speech and dis- But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Since I am put to know, that your own science, Herself the glory of a creditor, Exceeds, in that, the lists* of all advice Both thanks and use. But I do bend my speech My strength can give you: Then no more re- To one that can my part in him advertise ; mains

[able, Hold therefore, Angelo;
But that to your sufficiency, as your worth is In our remove, be thou at full ourself;
And let them work. The nature of our people, Mortality and mercy in Vienna
Our city's institutions, and the terms

Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escalus, For common justice, you are as pregnantt in, Though first in question, is thy secondary: As art and practice hath enriched any

Take thy commission. That we remember: There is our commission, Ang. Now, good my lord, From which we would not have you warp.- Let there be some more test made of my metal, Call hither,

Before so noble and so great a figure I say, bid come before us Angelo.

Be stamp'd upon it.

[Exit an Attendant. Duke. No more evasion : What figure of us think you he will bear? We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice For you must know, we have with special soul Proceeded to you; therefore take your honours. Elected him our absence to supply;

Our haste from hence is of so quick condition; Lent him our terror, drest him with our love; That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion’d And given his deputation all the organs

Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, Of our own power: What think you of it? As time and our concernings shall importune, Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth

How it goes with us; and do look to know To undergo such ample grace and honour, What doth befall you here. So, fare you well: It is lord Angelo.

To the hopeful execution do I leave you

Of your commissions.
Enter ANGELO.

Ang. Yet, give leave, my lord,
Duke. Look, where he comes.

That we may bring you something on the way. Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will, Duke. My haste may not admit it; I come to know your pleasure.

Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do Duke. Angelo,

With any scruple: your scopeş is as mine own; There is a kind of character in thy life, So to enforce, or qualify the laws, That, to the observer, doth thy history As to your soul seems good. Give me your Fully unfold: Thyself and thy belongingst I'll privily away: I love the people, [hand;

* So much thy own property. + For high purposes. # Bounds. + Full of. 1 Endowments. * Interest,

Extent of pow«r

But do not like to stage me to their eyes:

2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a year. Though it do well, I do not relish well

I Gent. Ay, and more. Their loud applause, and aves* vehement,

Lucio. A French crown* more. Nor do I think the man of safe discretion, 1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. me: but thou art full of error; I am sound. Ang. The beavens give safety to your pur- but so sound, as things that are hollow:

thy

Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy; poses! Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in bones are hollow; impiety has made a feast happiness.

of thee. Duke. I thank you: Fare you well. (Exit.

Enter Bawa.
Escal. I shall desire you, Sir, to give me leave
To have free speech with you; and it concerns

1 Gent. How now? Which of your hips has To look into the bottom of my place: [me

the most profound sciatica? A power I have; but of what strength and na

Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arI am not yet instructed.

(ture rested, and carried to prison, was worth five Ang. "T'is so with me:-Let us withdraw to thousand of you all. gether,

i Gent. Who's that, I pray thee? And we may soon our satisfaction have Bawd. Marry, Sir, that's Claudio, signior Touching that point.

Claudio. Escal. I'll wait upon your honour. [Excunt.

1 Gent. Claudio to prison ! 'tis not so.

Baud. Nay, but I know, 'tis so: I saw him SCENE II.-A Street.

arrested; saw him carried away; and, which is Enter Lucio and two GENTLEMEN.

more, within these three days his head's to be

chopped off. Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not come not to composition with the king of Hun have it so: Art thou sure of this? gary, why, then all the dukes fall upon the Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getking.

ting madam Julietta with child. 1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not Lucio. Believe

me, this may be: he promised the king of Hungary's!

to meet me two hours since; and he was ever 2 Gent. Amen.

precise in promise-keeping, Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious 2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws somepirate, that went to sea with the ten command-thing near to the speech we had to such a ments, but scraped one out of the table.

purpose. 2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal?

1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the Lucio. Ay, that he razed.

proclamation. 1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to com- Lucio. Away; let's go learn the truth of it. mand the captain and all the rest from their

[Exeunt Lucio and GENTLEMEN. functions; they put forth to steal: There's not Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with a soldier of us all, that, in the thanksgiving the sweat,t what with the gallows, and what before meat, doth relish the petition well that with poverty, I am custom-shrunk. How now? prays for peace.

what's the news with you? 2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never

Enter Clown. wast where grace was said.

Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison. 2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least.

Baud. Well; what has he done? 1 Gent. What? in metre?

Clo. A woman. Lucio. In any proportion,t or in any language. Baud. But what's his offence? 1 Gent. I think, or in any religion.

Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by of all controversy: As for example; Thou thy him? self art a wicked villain, despite of all grace. Clo. No; but there's a woman with maid by 1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers him: You have not heard of the proclamation,

have you? Lucio. I grant; as there may between the Bawd. What, proclamation, man. lists and the velvet: Thou art the list.

Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna 1 Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good must be pluck'd down. velvet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant Baud. And what shall become of those in thee: I had as lief be a list of an English ker- the city? sey, as be pild, as thou art pil'd, for a French Clo. They shall stand for seed: they had velvet. Do I speak feelingly now? Lució. I think

thou dost; and, indeed, with one down too, but that a wise burgher put in most painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out Baud. But shall all our houses of resort in of thine own confession, learn to begin thy the suburbs be pull'd down? health; bui, whilst I live, forget to drink after Clo. To the ground, mistress.

Bawd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the 1 Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong; commonwealth! What shall become of me?

Clo. Come; fear not you; good counsellors 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou lack no clients: though you change your place, art tainted, or free.

you need not change your trade; I'll be your Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Miti- tapster still. Courage; there will be pity taken gation comes! I'have purchased as many dis- on you: you that have worn your eyes almost eases under her roof, as come to2 Gent. To what, I pray?

out in the service, you will be considered.

Bawd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster? 1 Gent. Judge.

Let's withdraw. * Hailings. + Measure. A cut of the same cloth. | A jest on the loss of hair by the French disease,

* Corona venena.

+ The sweating sickness.

between us.

thee.

have I not

Ous art

Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me nis kind service: provost to prison : and there's madam Juliet. This day my sister should the cloister enter,

(Exeunt. And there receive her approbation :* SCENE III.-The same.

Acquaint her with the danger of my state;

Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends Enter Provost,* CLAUDIO,Juliet, and Officers; To the strict deputy; bid herself assay him; Lucio, and two Gentlemen.

I have great hope in that: for in her youth Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus There is a pronet and speechless dialect, to the world?

Such as moves men; besides, she hath prosperBear me to prison, where I am committed. Prov. I do it not in evil disposition,

When she will play with reason and discourse, But from lord Angelo by special charge.

And well she can persuade. Cluud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, Lucio. I pray, she may; as well for the enMake us pay down for our offence by weight.- couragement of the like, which else would The words of heaven ;-on whom it will, it will; stand under grievous imposition; as for the On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just. enjoying of thy life, who I would be sorry

Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio? whence should be thus foolishly lost at a game of tickcomes this restraint?

tack. I'll to her. Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, Cland. I thank you, good friend Lucio. liberty:

Lucio. Within two hours, As surfeit is the father of much fast,

Claud. Come, officer, away. [Exeunt. So every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue,

SCENE IV.-A Monastery. (Like rats that ravint down their proper bane,)

Enter Duke and FRIAR THOMAS. A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die. Duke. No; holy father; throw away that

Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an thought; arrest, I would send for certain of my creditors: Believe not that the dribbling dart of love And yet, to say the truth, I had as lief have Can pierce a complete bosom: why I desire thee the foppery of freedom, as the morality of im- To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose prisonment.-What's thy offence, Claudio? More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends Claud. What, but to speak of would offend Of burning youth. again.

Fri. May your grace speak of it? Lucio. What is it? murder?

Duke. My holy Sir, none better knows than Claud, No.

you Lucio. Lechery?

How I have ever lov'd the life remov'd ;; Claud. Call it so.

And held in idle price to haunt assemblies, Prov. Away, Sir; you must go.

Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery, Claud. One word, good friend :-Lucio, a I have delivered to lord Angelo {keeps. word with you.

[Takes him aside. (A man of stricture, f and firm abstinence, Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good. My absolute power and place here in Vienna, -Is lechery so look'd after?

And he supposes me travell’d to Poland; Claud. Thus stands it with me:--Upon a true For so I have strew'd it in the common ear, I got possession of Julietta's bed; (contráct, And so it is receiv'd: Now, pious Sir, You know the lady; she is fast my wife, You will demand of me, why I do this? Save that we do the denunciation lack

Fri. Gladly, my lord. Of outward order: this we came not to,

Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting Only for propagation of a dower

laws,

(steeds) Remaining in the coffer of her friends; (The needful bits and curbs for headstrong From whom we thought it meet to hide our love, Which for these fourteen years we have let Till time had made them for us. But it chances,

sleep;, The stealth of our most mutual entertainment, Even like an o'ergrown lion in a cave, With character too gross, is writ on Juliet. Tkat goes not out to prey: Now, as fond fathers Lucio. With child, perhaps?

Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch, Claud. Unhappily, even so.

Only to stick it in their children's sight, And the new deputy now for the duke, For terror, not to use; in time the rod (crees, Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness; Becomes more mock'd, than fear'd: so our deOr whether that the body public be

Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead; A horse whereon the governor doth ride, And liberty plucks justice by the nose; Who, newly in the seat, that it may know The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart He can command, lets it straight feel the spur: Goes all decorum. Whether the tyranny be in his place,

Fri. It rested in your grace

(pleas'd : Or in his eminence that fills it up,

To unloose this tied-up justice, when you I stagger in :-But this new governor

And it in you more dreadful would have Awakes me all the enrolled penalties, Than in lord Angelo.

(seem'd, Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by Duke. I do fear, too dreadful: the wall

Sith** 'twas my fault to give the people scope, So long, that nineteen zodiacst have gone round, Twould be my tyranny to strike, and gall them and none of them been worn; and, for a name, For what I bid them do: For we bid this be Now puts the drowsy and neglected act

done, t'reshly on me :— tis surely, for a name. When evil deeds have their permissive pass,

Lucio. I warrant, it is: and thy head stands And not the punishment. Therefore, indees, so tickles on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid,

my father, if she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after I have on Angelo impos’d the office; [home, the duke, and appeal to him.

Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike Cilations. I have done so, but he's not to be found.

* Enter on her probation

Prompt + Voraciously devour. 1 Completely armed. * Yearly circles. Ticklish.

wy dess le: es. 1 Strictness.

Choker,

Retirer ** Since

And yet iny nature never in the sight, To teeming foison;* even so her plenteous womb
To do it slander: And to behold his sway, Expresseth his full tiltht and husbandry.
I will, as 'twere a brother of your order,

Isab. Some one with child by him ? --- My Visit both prince and people: therefore, I pr’y.

cousin Juliet? thee,

Lucio. Is she your cousin ? Supply me with the habit, and instruct me Isab. Adoptedly; as school-maids change How I may formally in person bear me

their names, Like a true friar. More reasons for this action, By vain though apt affection. At our more leisure shall I render you;

Lucio. She it is. Only, this one :-Lord Angelo is precise; Isab. 0, let him marry her! Stands at a guard* with envy; scarce confesses Lucio. This is the point. That his blood flows, or that his appetite The duke is very strangely gone from hence; Is more to bread than stone: Hence shall we see, Bore many gentlemen, myself being one, If power change purpose, what our seemers be. In hand, and hope of action : but we do learz

[Exeunt. By those that know the very nerves of state, SCENE V.-A Nunnery.

His givings out were of an infinite distance

From his true-meant design. Upon his place, Enter ISABELLA and FRANCISCA.

And with full linet of his authority,

Governs lord Angelo; a man, whose blood Isab. And have you nuns no further privi- Is very snow-broth; one who never feels leges ?

The wanton stings and motions of the sense; Frun. Are not these large enough?

But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge Isab. Yes, truly: I speak not as desiring more; With profits of the mind, study and fast. But rather wishing a more strict restraint He (to give fear to use and liberty, Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of saint Clare, which have, for long, run by the hideous law,

Lucio. Ho! Peace be in this place! [Within.] As mice by lions,) hath pick'd out an act, Isab. Who's that which calls?

Under whose heavy sense your brother's life Fran. It is a man's voice: Gentle Isabella, Falls into forfeit: he arrests him on it; Turn you the key, and know his business of him; And follows close the rigour of the statute, You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn: To make him an example: all hope is gone, When you have vow'd, you must not speak with Unless you have the graces by your fair prayer But in the presence of the prioress: [men, To soften Angelo: And that's my pith Then, if you speak, you must not show your Of business 'twixt you and your poor brother. face;

Isab. Doth he so seek his life? Or, if you show your face, you must not speak. Lucio. Has censur'd|| him He calls again; I pray you, answer him. Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath

(Exit FRANCISCA. A warrant for his execution.
Isub. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me
calls ?

To do him good ?
Enter Lucio.

Lucio. Assay the power you have.

Isab. My power! Alas! I doubt,Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be; as those cheek- Lucio. Our doubts are traitors,

And make us lose the good we oft might win, Proclaim you are no less! Can you so stead me, By fearing to attempt: Go to lord Angelo, As bring me to the sight of Isabella,

And let him learn to know, when maidens sue A novice of this place, and the fair sister Men give like gods ; but when they weep and To her unhappy brother, Claudio ?

All their petitions are as freely theirs (kneel, Isab. Why her unhappy brother? let me ask; As they themselves would owe them. The rather, for I now must make you know Isab. I'll see what I can do. I am that Isabella, and his sister.

Lucio. But speedily. Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly Isab. I will about it straight; greets you:

No longer staying but to give the mother* Not to be weary with you, he's in prison. Notice of my affair. I humbly thank you: Isab. Woe me! For what?

Commend me to my brother : soon at night Lucio. For that, which, if myself might be I'll send him certain word of my success. his judge,

Lucio. I take my leave of you. He should receive his punishment in thanks : Isab. Good Sir, adieu.

(Ereurt He hath got his friend with child. Isab. Sir, make me not your story.t

ACT II. Lucio. It is true.

SCENE I.-A Hall in Angelo's House. I would not-though 'tis my familiar sin With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest,

Enter Angelo, Escalus, a JUSTICE, PROVOST, Tongue far from heart,--play with all virgins so: Officers, and other Attendants. I hold you as a thing enskied, and sainted; Ang. We must not make a scare-crow of the By your renouncement, an immortal spirit; Setting it up to fearrt the birds of prey, (law, And to be talk'd with in sincerity,

And let it keep one shape, till custom make it As with a saint.

Their perch, and not their terror. Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mock- Escal. Ay, but yet ing me.

Let us be keen, and rather cut a little, Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth, Than fall, and bruise to death: Alas! this gen. 'tis thus:

tleman, Your brother and his lover have embrac'd: Whom I would save, had a most noble father As those that feed grow full; as blossoming time, Let but your honour know,tt at from the seedness the bare fallow brings

* Breeding plenty + Tiling. Exteri:. Als defence. + Do not make a jest of me. $ Power of gaining favour. | Sentenced. Have. a few und true words.

** Abbess.

++ Scare. 11 Examiz.

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