And given his deputation all the organs come not to composition with the king of Huqof our own power : What think you of it? gary, wby, then all the dukes fall upon the Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth

kiog. To undergj such ample grace and honour, i Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not It is lord Angelo.

the king of Hungary's !

2 Gent. Amen. Enter ANGELO.

Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious Look. Look, where he comes.

pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandAng. Always obedient to your grace's will, ments, but scraped one out of the table. I come to know your pleasure.

2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ? Duke. Angelo,

Lurio. Ay, that be razed. There is a kind of character in thy life,

I Gent. Wby, 'twas a commandment to com. That, to the observer, doth thy history

mand the captain and all the rest from their Fally unfold : Thyself and thy belongings functions ; they put forth to steal : There's not Are not thine own so proper, † as to waste a soldier of us all, that, in the thanksgiving Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.

before meat, doth relish the petition well that Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do ; prays for peace. Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues 2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike

Lucio. I believe thee ; for, I think, thou never As if we had them not. Spirits are uot finely wast where grace was said. tonch'd,

2 Gent. No ? a dozen times at least. Bot to fine issues ; t nor nature never lends I Gent. What? in metre? The smallest scruple of her excellence,

Lucio. In any proportion, * or in any language. But, like a thrifty goddess, sbe determines

I Gent. I think, or in any religion. Herself the glory of a creditor,

Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite Both thanks and use. $ But I do bend my speech of all controversy : As for example ; Thou thyTo one that can my part in him advertise ; self art a wicked villain, despite of all grace. Hold therefore, Angelo ;

1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers In our reinove, be thou at full ourself ;

between us. + Monality and inercy in Vienna

Lucio. I grant; as there may between the Lire in ihy tongue and beart: Old Escalus, lists and the velvet ; Thou art the list. Though first in question, is thy secondary :

I Gent. And thou the velvet : thou art good Take thy commission.

velvet : thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant Ang. Now, good my lord,

thee : I had as lief be a list of an English ker. Let there be some more test made of my metal, sey, as be pil'd, as thou art pil'd, for a French Before so noble and so great a tigure

velvet. I Do I speak feelingly now! Be stamp'd upon it.

Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with Duke. No more evasion :

most painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out We have with a leaver'd and prepared choice of thine own confession, learu to begin thy Proceeded to you ; therefore take your honours. health ; but, whilst I live, forget to drink aster Our baste from bence is of so quick condition, thee. That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd Gent. I think I have done myself wrong ; Matters of needful value. We sball write to you, have I not? As time and our concernings shall importune, 2 Gent. Yes, that thou bast; whether thou How it goes with us; and do look to know art tainted, or free. What doth befall you here. So, fare you well : Lucio. Bebold, behold, where madam Miti. To the bopeful execution do I leave you

gation comes! I have purchased as many disof your cominíssions.

eases under her roof, as come to Ang. Yet, give leave, my lord,

2 Gent. To what, I pray? Tbat we may bring you something on the way. 1 Gent. Judge. Duke. My baste may not admit it;

2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a year. Nos need you, on mine honour, have to do

1 Gent. Ay, and more With any scruple : your scope | is as mine own; Lucio. A French crown 6 more. So io enforce, or qualify the laws,

1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in As to your soul seeins good. Give me your me : But thou art full of error; I am sound. hand;

Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy : I'll privily away: I love the people,

but 80 sound, as things that are hollow : thy Bat do not like to stage me to their eyes : bones are bollow; impiety bas made a feast Tbough it do well, I do not relish weli

of thee. Their loud applause, and aves I vehement: Nor do I think the man of safe discretion,

Enter BAWD. That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. I Gent. How now? Wbich of your bips has Ang. The heavens give safety to your pur. the most profound sciatica ? poses !

Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder ar. Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in rested, and carried to prison, was worth five happiness.

thousand of you all. Duke. I thank you : Fare you well. (Erit. I Gent. Who's that, I pray thee?

Escal. I shall desire you, Sir, to give me leave Bawd. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, signior To have free speech with you ; and it coureros Claudio. To look into the bottom of my place : (me 1 Gent. Claudio to prison ! 'tis not so. A power I have ; but of what strength and wa- Baud. Nay, But I know, 'tis 80 ; I saw bim I am not yet instructed.

(ture arrested ; saw bim carried away ; and, wbicb is Ang. 'Tis so with me :-Let us withdraw to more, within these three days his bead's to be getler,

chopped off. And we may soon our satisfaction have

Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not Touching that point.

bave it so : Art thou sure of this? Escul. I'll wait upon your bouoor. (Ereunt. Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for get

ting madain Julietta with child. SCEVE II.-A Street.

Lucio. Believe me, this may be : he promised Enter Lucio and two GENTLEMEN.

to meet me two hours since ; and he was ever

precise in promise-keeping Lucio. If the duke with the other dukes 2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws some. • Endowments. + So mucb tby own property.

• Measure.

A cut of the same cloth. : Forbigh purposes.

luterest. i A jest on the loss of hair by the Frencli disease. I Extent of power. THilings.

Corona toneru.

Tbou'lt show thy mercy, and remorse, more

strange Than is thy strange apparent + cruelty :

Y And where I thou now exact'st the penalty, (Which is a pound of this poor merchant's Hesh,)

Ya Thou wilt not only loose the forfeiture,

Ве But, touch'd with human gentleness and love, Forgive a moiety of the principal ;

W Glancing an eye of pity on his losses,

Be That have of late so huddled on his back ; Be Enough press a royal merchant down, And pluck commiseration of his state

TH From brassy bosoms, and rough hearts of fint, Th From stubborn Turks and Tartars, never train'd! "To offices of tender courtesy. We all expect a gentle answer, Jew.

Th Shy. I have possess'd your grace of what is

And by our holy Sabbath have I sworn,
To have the due and forfeit of my boud :
If you deny it, let the danger light

l'pon your charter, and your city's freedom. Co
You'll ask me, why I raiher choose to have
A weight of carrioa flesh, than to receive
Three thousand ducats : i'll not answer that : Ne

it is my humour : 9 Is it answer'd ?
What my house be troubled with a rat,
And I be pleas'd to give ten thousand ducats
To have it baned ? What, are you answer'd yet?
Some men there are, love not a gaping pig ;

Some, that are mad, if tbey behold a cat;
And others, when the bagpipe sings i'lbe nose,

Ere Cannot contain their urine ; For affection, 1) Mistress of passion, sways it to the mood

Me or what it likes, or loaths : Now, for your an. Dr swer :

You As there is no firm reason to be render'd,

Tha Why he cannot abide a gaping pig; Why be, a barınless necessary cat ; Why he, a swollen bagpipe ; but of force Must yield to such inevitable sbame, As to offend, himself being offended; So can I give no reason, nor I will pot,

B More than a lodg'd hate, aud a certain loathing, I bear Antonio, That I follow thus

SI A losing suit against him. Are you answer'd ? Bass. This is no answer, thou unfeeling man,

G To excuse the current of thy cruelty. Shy. I am not bound to please thee with my

Thoi answer.

No, Bass. Do all men kill the things they do not love ?

of t Shy. Hates any man the thing he would not SA Bass. Every offence is not a hate at first.

G Shy. What, would'st thou have a serpent And sting tbee twice ?

Thou Ant. I pray you, think you question ** with To h the Jew :

That You may as well go stand upon the beach, Into And bid the main flood bate bis usual height;

Gove You inay as well use question with the wolf, Why he bath made the ewe bleat for the lamb;

Even You may as well forbid the mountain pines Aud, To wag their high tops, and to make no noise, Jofus When they are fretted with the gusts of heaven ; Are." You may as well do any tbioz most hard,

Ski As seek to sosteu ibat (lian which what's harder 1)

Thou His Jewish heart :-Therefore, I do beseech you, Repai Mahe no more offers, use no further ineans,

To cii But, with all brief and plain conveniency,

Du Let me have judgment, and the Jew bis will. Bass. For thy three thousand ducats here is A you six.

Where Shy. If every ducat in six thousand ducats, Nei Were in six parts, and every part a ducat,

To kn I would not draw them, I would have my bond.

Dua Duke. How shalt thou hope for mercy, reu. d'ring none 1

Go, gi

(Clei • Pity. + Seeming.

• Wherens. i l'articular fancy. l'rejudice.

stand, • Couvcraf.

very si





I have delivered to lord Angelo

Enter Lucio. (A man of stricture, and firin abstinence,)

Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be ; as thcte cheek My absolute power and place here in Vienna, And he supposes me travelPd to Poland; Proclaim you are no less! Can you so stead we For so I have strew'd it in the common ear, As bring me to the sight of Isabella, And so it is receiv'd: Now, pious Sir,

A novice of this place, and the fair sister
You will demand of me, why I do this?

To ber unhappy brother, Claudio ?
Fri, Gladly, my lord.

Isab. Why ber unhappy brother ? let me asks
Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting The rather, for I now must make you know

I am that Isabella, and his sister. (The Deedfni bits and curbs for headstrong Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly steeds)

greets you: Which for these fourteen years we bave let sleep ; Not to be weary with you, he's in prison, Even like an o'ergrown lion in a cave,

Isab. Woe me! For what? That goes tot ont to prey: Now, as ford fathers Lucio. For that, which, if myself might be Having bound up the threat'ving twigs of birch,

bis judge, Only to stick it in their children's sight, He should receive his punishment in thanks : For terror, not to use : in time the rod

He bath got his friend with child. Becomes more mock'd tban fear'd: so our de. Isab. Sir, make me not your story.. crees,

Lucio. It is true.
Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead; I would not--though 'tis my familiar sin
And liberty plucks justice by the nose ;

With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest, The baby bears the nurse, and quite atbwart Tongue far from beart,--play with all virgins so : Goes all decoro).

I hold you as a thing enskied and sainte! ;
Fri. It rested in your grace

By your renouncement, an iinmortal spirit;
To unioose this tied-up justice, when you pleas'd; And to be talk'd with in sincerity,
And it in you more dreadful would bave seemn'd, As with a saint,
Than in Jord Angel).

Isut. You do bla-pheme the good, in mockDuke. I do fear, too dreadfal :

ingine. Sith + 'twas my fault to give the people scope, Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth, Twould be my tyranny to strike, and gall them

'tis thus : For what I bid thein do: For we bid this be Your brother and his lover have embrac'd : done,

As those that feed grow full'; as blossoming time, When evil deeds have their permissive pacs, That from the seedness the bare fallow brings And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my To teeming foison ; 1 even so her plenteons womb father,

Expresseth his full tilth and husbandry. I have on Angelo impos'd the oflice ;

Isab. Some one with child by him My Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike

cousin Juliet

Lucio. Is she your cousin ? And yet my nature never in the sight,

Isab. Adoptedly; as school-maids change their Te do it slander : And to behold his sway,

I will, as 'twere a brother of your order, By vain though apt affection.
Visit buth prince and people : therefore, I pr’y. Lucio. She it is.

Isab. Oh ! let him marry her!
Sepply me with the habit, and instruct me Lucio. This is the point.
How I may formally in person bear me

The duke is very strangely gone from bence : Like a true friar. More reasons for this ac

Bore many gentlemen, myself being one, tion,

In haud, and hope of action : but we do learn Al our more leisure sball I render yout;

By those that know the very nerves of state, Only, this one :-Lord Augelo is precise ; His givings out were of an infinite distance Stands at a guards with envy ; scarce confesses From bis trire-meant design. Upon his place, Tbat bis blood flows, or that his appetite And with full line of his authority, Is more to bread tban stone : Hence shall we see, Governs lord Angelo; a man, whose blood If power change purpose, what our scemers be.

!s very snow-broth; one who never feels
(Ereunt. The wanton stings and motious of the sense ;

But doth rebate aud blunt bis natural edge
SCENE V.-A Nunnery.

With profits of the mind, study and fast.

He (to give fear to 1150 and liberty,
Enter ISABELLA and FRANCISCA. Which have, for long, run by the hideouis law,

As mice by lions,) hath pick'd out an act, Isab. And have you nuns no further privi. Under whose heavy sense your brother's life leges ?

Falls into forfeit: he arrests him on it;
Fran. Are not these large enough?

And follows close the rigour of the statute, Isab. Yes, truly : I speak noi as desiring To make him an example : all hope is gone, more :

Unless you have tbe grace { by your fair prayer Bnt rather wishing a more strict restraint

To soften Angelo : Aud that's my pith
Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of saint Clare; of business 'twixt you and your poor brother.

Lucio. Ho! Peace be in this place ! (Within.) Isab. Doth he so seek his life
Isab. Who's that wbich calls ?

Lucio. Has censur'd •* him
Fran. It is a man's voice : Gentle Isabella,
Taru you the key, and know his business of him; A warrant for bis executioni.

Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath
You may, I may pot ; you are yet unsworn : Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me
Wben you have vow'd, you inust not speak with To do bim good ?

Lucio. Assay the power you have.
But in the presence of the prioress :

Isab. My power! Alas! I doubt. Then, if you speak, you must not show your Lucio. Our doubts are traitors,

jace ; Or, if you show your face, you must not speak.

And make us lose the good we oft might wia,

By fearing to attempt : Go to lord Angelo, He calls again; I pray you, auswer him.

And let him learn to know, wben maidens sue,

(Eeit FRANCISCA. Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls ?

• Do not take a jest of me. + lu sew and true words. Breeding plenty Tilling:

I Extent. . Strictness,

+ Since.

I Power of gaining favour.
On his defence.

** Senteuced. tt llare.


Gra. I have a wife, whom, 1 protest, I love ; In I would sbe were in beaven, so she could Entreat some power to change this currish Jew. T!

Ver. 'Tis well you offer it behind her back; TH The wish would make else an unquiet bouse. Shy. These be tbe Christian busbands : 11

have a daugbter'Would, any of the stock of Barrabas Had been ber basband, ratber than a Christian !

(Aside. A We trime time; I pray thee, pursue sentence. 12 Por. A pound of that same merchant's flesh Th

is tbine ; The court awards it, and the law doth give it.

Shy. Most rightful judge ! Por. And you must cut this flesh from off bis 1 breast;

Fo The law allows it, and the court awards it. TI Shy. Most learned judge !-A sentence ; come,

Por. Tarry a little ;--there is something else.-
This bond doth give thee bere no jot of blood ;
The words expressly are, a pound of flesh:

YC Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of Th

Hesh ;
But, in the cutting it, if thou dost sbed
One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and

Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate
Unto the state of Venice.
Gra. O upright Judge !-Mark, Jew ;-
learned judge!

To Shy. Is that the law ! Por. Thyself sbalt see the act :

Th For, as thou urgest justice, be assur'a, Thou shalt bave justice more than thou desir'st. Th Gra. O learned judge !-Mark, Jew ;-a learu. TH

ed judge! Shy. I take this offer then ;-pay the bond 116

And let the Christian go.

Bass. Here is the money.
Por. Soft!

Chaste ;-
The Jew sball have all justice ;--soft1-00 Th
He sball have nothing but the penalty.
Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned

judge! Por. Therefore, prepare thee to cut off the

flesh. Shed thou so blood ; nor cut thou less, nor more,

la But just a pound of Oesh: if thou tak'st more,

An Or less, tban a just pound,---be it but so much As makes it light, or beavy, in the substance, Or the division of the twentieth part Of one pour scruple ; nay, if the scale do turn

Ha But in the estimation of a hair, Tbou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate.

To Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jewi Now, iufdel, I have thee on the bip. Por. Why doth the Jew pause ? take the for.

feiture. Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go. Bass. I have it ready for thee ; here it is. An

l'ur. He hath refus'd it in the open court; He shall bave merely justice and bis bond.

Gra. A Daviel, still say 1; a second Daniel !- An I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word. fo

Shy. Sball I not have barely my principal !
Por. Thou shalt have notbing but the forfei-

To be so taken at thy peril, Jew.

Shy. Why then the devil give him good of it! of I'll stay no longer question.

Th Por. Tarry, Jew; The law hath yet another hold on you. It is enacted in the laws of Venice, If it be prov'd against an alien, That by direct or indirect attempts,

AN He seek the life of any citizen, The party, 'gainst the which be doth contrive, Shall seize one hall his goods; the other half Conses to the pri:y coffer of the state ; And the offender's life lies in the mercy of the duke only, 'gainst all othc. vuice.




he hath cause to complain of? Come me to Thon seest, thou wicked varlet now, what's come what was done to her.

upon thee; thou art to continue now, thou vas. Clo. Sir, your honour cannot come to that yet. let ; thou art to continue, Escal. No, Sir, por I mean it not.

Escal. Where were you born, friend? Clo. Sir, but you shall come to it, by your

[To FROTA. bobuur's leave : And, I beseech you, look into Froth. Here in Vienna, Sir. master Frocb here, Sir; a man of fourscore Escal. Are you of fourscore pounds a year? pound a year ; whose father died at Hallowmas : Froth. Yes, an't please you, Sir. -Was't not at Hallowmas, master Froth ?

Escal. So.-What lade are you of, Sir? Froth. All-hollond eve.

[To the CLOWN. Clo. Why, very well; I hope here be truths : Clo. A tapster ; a poor widow's tapster. He, Sir, sitting, as I say, in a lower + chair, Escal. Your mistress's name? Sir ;-'twas in the Bunch of Grapes, where, Clo. Mistress Over-done. iudeed, you have a delight to sit i Have you Escal. Hath she had any more than one bus

band. Froth I have so ; because it is an open room, Clo. Nine, Sir; Over-done by the last. and good for winter.

Escal. Nine I -Come hither to me, master Clo. Wby, very well then ;-I hope here be Froth. Master Froth, I would not have you actruths.

quainted with tapeters: they will draw you, master Ang. This will last out a night in Russia, Froth, and you will hang them : Get you gone, When nights are longest there : I'll take my and let me bear no more of you. leave,

Froth. I thank your worship: For mine own And leave you to the bearing of the cause ; part, I never come into any room in a taphouse, Huping, you'H find good cause to whip them all. but I am drawn in. Escal. I think no less : Good morrow to your Escal. Well; no more of it, master Froth; lordship.

(Exit ANGÉLO. farewell. (Exit Froth.)-Coine you hither to Now, Sir, come on; What was done to Elbow's me, master tapster: what's your name, master wife, once more ?

tapster! Clo. Once, Sir ? there was nothing done to her Clo. Pompey. once.

Escal. What else ? Elb. I bescech you, Sir, ask him what this man Clo. Bum, Sir. did to my wife.

Escal. 'Troth, and your bum is the greatest Clo. I beseech your bonour, ask me.

thing about you, so that, in the beastijest sense, Escal. Well, Sir: What did this gentleman to you are Pompey the great. Pompey, you are her?

partly a bawd, Pompey, howsoever you colour it C'lo. I beseech yon, Sir, look in this gentle in being a tapster. Are you not come, tell me man's face :-Good master Froth, look upon his true ; it shall be the better for yoit. bonour; 'lis for a good purpose : Doth your Clo. Truly, Sir, I am a poor fellow, that would bonour mark his face ? Escal. Ay, Sir, very well.

Escal. How would you live Pompey? by being Clo. Nay, I beseech you, mark it well. a bawd? What do you think of the trade, PoinEscal. Well, I do so.

pey? is it a lawful trade ? Clo. Doth your honour see any barm in his Clo. If the law would allow it, Sir. face!

Escal. But the law will not allow it, Pompey ; Escal. Why, 10.

nor it sball not be allowed in Vienna. Clo. I'll be supposed t upon a book, bis face (lo. Does your worship mean to geld and is the worst thing about himn : Good then ; if his spay all the youth in the city? face be the worst thing about him, how could Escal. No, Pompey. master Froth do the coustable's wife any harm? Clo. Truly, Sir, in my poor opinion, they will I would know that of your bonour.

to't then : if your worship will take order for Escal. He's in the right : Constable, what say the drabs and the knaves, you need not to fear you to it!

the bawds. Elb. First, an it like you, the house is a re- Escal. There are pretty orders beginning, I spected bouse ; next, this is a respected fellow; can tell you : It is but beading and hanging. and bis mistress is a respected wonian.

Clo. if you bead and baog all that offend Clo. By tbis hand, Sir, his wife is a more re that way but for ten year together, you'll be spected person than any of us all.

glad to give out a commission for more beads. Elb. Varlet, thou liest ; thou liest, wicked var. If this law hold in Vienna ten year, I'll rent the let : the tine is yet to coine, that she was ever fairest house in it, after threepence a bav : If you respected with man, woman, or child.

live to see this coine to pass, say, Pompey told l'lo. Sir, she was respected with him before he you so. married with her.

Escal. Tbank you, good Pompey: and, in Escal. Wbich is the wiser bere? Justice or requital of your propbecy, hark you,-- 1 advise Iniquity ? 5 Is this true ?

you, let me not find you before me again upon Alo. O thou caitiff! O thou varlet! O thou any complaint whatsoever, no, not for dwelling wicked Hannibal ! f I respected with her, before wbere you do: if I do, Pompey, I shall beat I was married to her ? if ever I was respected you to your tent, and prove a shrewd Cæsar to wirb ber, or she with me, let not your worship you ; in plain dealing, Pompey, I shall have ibiok nie the poor duke's officer :-Prove this, you wbipi : so fur this time, Pompey, fare you thou wicked Hannibal, or I'll bave mine action of well. battery ou thee.

Clo. I thank your worship for your good coun. Escal. If he took you a box o' ear, you might sel; but I shall follow it, as the Besla and forhave your action of slander too.

tune sball better determine. Elb. Marry, I thank your good worship for it: Whip me ? No, no ; let carman whip his jade ; What is't your worship's pleasure I should do The valiant heart's not whipl out his trade.. with this wicked caititi?

(Erit. Escal. Truly, officer, because he hath some Escal. Come hither to me, master Elbow ; offences in bim, 'that ibon wouldst discover if come hither, master Constable. How long have tbou couldst, let bim continue in his courses, till you been in this place of constable ! ibou know'st what they are.

Elb. Seven year and a ball, Sir. Elb. Marry, I thank your worship for it :- Escal. I thought, by your readiners in the

office, you had continned in it some time : You • Eve of All Saints day.

+ Easy.

say, seven years together! Deposed, sworn.

$ Constable or clown. | For cannibal.

• Mensures.

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