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MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

PISCENTIO, Duke of Vienna.

Froth, a foolish gentleman.
ANGELO, Lord Deputy in the Duke's absence Clowx, Servant to Mrs. Overdone.
Escalus, an ancient Lord, joined with Angelo in A Bhorson, an Executioner.
the de putation.

BARNARDINE, a dissolute Prisoner.
(LCD10, a young Gentleman.
Lrcio, a Fantastic.

ISARELLA, Sister to Claudio. The other like Gentlemen.

MARIANA, betrothed to Angelo.
VaReIUs, a Gentleman, Servant to the Duke. JULIKT, beloved by Claudio.
Prorost.

FRANCISCA, a Niin.
THOMAS,
PETER,
} Two Friars.

Mistress OVERDONE, a bawd.
Justice.

Lords, Gentlemen, Guards, Officers, and her ELBOW, a simple Constable.

Attendants.
SCENE.- Vienna.

ACT I.

SCENE I.–An Apartment in the Duke's Palace. As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touchd

But to fine issues: nor nature never lends
Enter Duke, Escalos, and Lords.

The smallest scruple of her excellence,
Duike. Escalus,

But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Ex. My lord.

Herself the glory of a creditor,
Duke of government the properties to unfold, Both thanks and use: but I do bend my speech
Would seem in me t' affect speech and discourse, Toone that can my part in him advertise;
Since I am put to know, that your own science Hold, therefore, Angelo:
Escends in that the lists of all advice

In our remove, be thou at full ourself;
Ms strength can give you: Then no more remains Mortality and mercy in Vienna
But that to your sutficiency, as your worth is able, Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escalus,
And let them work. The nature of our people, Though first in question, is thy secondary.
Cur city's institutions, and the terms

Take thy coinın ission.
For common justice, y' are as pregnant in

Ang.

Now, good my lord, As art and practice hath enriched any

Let there be some more test made of my metal, That we remember: There is our commission, Before so noble and so great a figure Fron which we would not have you warp. 'Call Be stamp'd upon it. hither,

Duke.

No more evasion : I say, bid come before us, Angelo.-.

We have with a leaven'd and prepar'd choice What figure of us think you he will bear!

Proceeded to you; therefore take your honors. For you must know, we have with special soul Our haste from hence is of so quick condition, Elected him our absence to supply;

That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd Lent him our terror, drest him with our love, Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, And given his deputations all the organs

As time and our concernings shall importune, Ofnur own power: What think yon of it?

How it goes with us, and do look to know Ex. If any in Vienna be of worth

What doth befall you here. So, fare you well : To underzo such ample grace and honor,

To th' hopeful execution do I leave you

Of your commissions.
Enter ASGELO.

Ang.

Yet, give leave, my lord,

That we may bring you something on the way. Look, where he comes. Duke. My haste may not admit it; Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will, Nor need yoʻi, on mine honor, have to do

With any scruple: your scope is as mine own, There is a kind of character in thy life,

Angelo,

So to enforce or qualify the laws That, to th' ybserver, doth thy history

As to your soul seems good:- Give me your hand:

I'll privily away; I love the people,
Fully unfo :— Thyself, and thy belongings, But do not like to stage me to their eyes:
Ale not the own so proper, as to waste

Though it do well, I do not relish well
Thyseli ion thy virtues, them on thee.
Heaven oth with us, as we with torches do,

Their loud applause, and ares vehement:

Nor do I think the man of safe discretion pot lighthem for themselves: for if our virtues That does allect it. Once more, fare you went.. Did nok, forth of us, 'twere all alike

Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes 6

81

It is Lord Angelo

Duke.

lcome to know your pleasure.

Duke.

you?

Esc. Lead forth, and bring you back in happiness! Lucio But, after all this focling, I would not Duke. I thank you.- Fare you well. (Exit. have it so: art thou sure of this!

Esc. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave Bawd. I am too sure of it; and it is for getting To have free speech with you; and it concerns me Madam Julietta with child. To look into the bottom of my place:

Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised to A power I have, but of what strength and nature, meet me two hours since; and he was ever pree.se I am not yet instructed.

in promise-keeping. Ang. "Tis so with me :- Let us withdraw to- 2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something gether,

near to the speech we had to such a purpose. And we may soon our satisfaction have

1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the proTouching that point.

clamation. Esc.

I'll wait upon your honor. Lucio. Away; let's go learn the truth of it. [Exeunt.

| Exeunt Lucio and Gentlemen. SCENE II.- A Street.

Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the

sweat;s what with the gallows, and what with porEnter Lucio, and two Gentlemen.

erty, I am custom-shrunk. How now! what's the

news with you! Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come not to composition with the king of Hungary, why

Enter Clown. then all the dukes tall upon the king.

Clown. Yonder man is carried to prison. I Gent. Heaven grant us its peace; but not the

Bawd. Well; what has he done ! king of Hungary's!

Clown. A woman. 2 Gent. Amen.

Bawd. But what's his offence! Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious

Clwn. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments,

Bawd. What is there a maid with child by him! but scraped one out of the table.

Clown. No; but there's a woman with maid by 2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ?

him: you have not heard of the proclamation, have Lucio. Ay, that he razed. 1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to com

Bard. What proclamation, man? mand the captain and all the rest from their func

Clown. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna tions; they put forth to steal: there's not a soldier must be pluck'd down. of us all, inat, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth

Bawd.' And what shall become of those in the relish the petition well that prays for peace.

city? 2 Gent.' I never heard any soldier dislike it. Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them.

Clown. They shall stand for seed: they had gore wast where grace was said.

Bawd. But, shall all our houses of resort in the 2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least.

suburbs be pulled down? i Gent. What? in metre?

Clown. 'To the ground, mistress. L'icio. In any proportion, or in any language. Bawd. Why, here's a change indeed in the con

1 Gent. I think, or in any religion. all controversy : as, for example, thou thyself art a lack no clients. Though you change your plare, L'icio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite of monwealth: what shall become of me?

Clown. Come, fear not you; good counsellors wicked villain, despite of all grace. i Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers ster still. Courage; there will be pity taken on you:

you need not change your trade; I'll be your tap between us.? L'icio. I grant; as there may between the lists you that have worn your eyes almost out in the

service, you will be considered. and the velvet: thou art the list. i Gent. And thou the velvet : thou art good vel- let's withdraw.

Bawd. What's to do here? Thomas Tapstet, vet: thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: I Clown. Here comes Signior Claudio, led by the had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be provost to prison: and there's madam Juliet. pil'd, as thou art pild, for a French velvet.I Do I speak feelingly now?

[E.ceur! Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most

SCENE III.- The same. painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine

Enter Provost, CLAUDIO, JULIET, and Officers. own confession, learn to begin thy health ; but, whilst I live, forget to drink after thee.

Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me u 1 Gent. I think I have done myself wrong; have to the world. Bear me to prison, where I am I not?

committed. 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art Prov. I do it not in evil disposition, tainted, or free.

But from lord Angelo by special charge. Lucio. Behold, behold, where Madam Mitigation

('laud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, comes! I have purchased as many diseases under Make us pay down for our offence by weight. her roof, as come to

The words of heaven; on whom it will, it will; 2 Gent. To what, I pray ?

On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just. 1 Gent. Judge.

Enter Lucio. 2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a year. 1 Gent. Ay, and more.

Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio ? whence come L'icio. A French crown. more.

this restraint ? | Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, lb me: but thou art full of error; I am sound.

erty: Licin. Nay, not as one would say, healthy, but As surfeit is the father of much fast, $0 sound, as things that are hollow: thy bones are So every scope by the immoderate use hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee.

Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue

(Like rats that ravin down their proper bane) Enter Bawd.

A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die. i Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest most profound sciatica ?

I would send for certain of my creditors: And yet Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder, arrested, to say the truth, 1 had as lief have the foppery of and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of freedom, as the morality of imprisonment—what

thy offence, Claudio? 1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee?

Claud. What, but to speak of wouk' offend again Bawd. Marry sir, that's Claudio, Signior Claudio. Lucio. What is it? murder 1 Gent. Claudio to prison! 'tis not so.

Claud. No. Buwd. Nay, but I know 'tis so: I saw him ar- Lucio. Lechery? rested; saw him carried away; and, which is more,

Claud. Call it so. within these three days bis head's to be chopped off. Prov. Away, sir; you must go. 1 Measure. 9A cut of the same cloth.

C'aud. Une word, good friend - I.ucio, a word

with you. A jest on the loss of hair by the French disease.

[Takes him ande Corona Vencris.

The sweating si knese.

you all.

Luci. A hundred, if they'll do you any good. Recomes more muckd than fear a. ou vur verrees Is lechery so look'd alter!

Dead to intliction, to themselves are dead; liaud. Thus stands it with me:- - Upou a true And liberty plucks justice by the nose; contract,

The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart I got possession of Julietta's bed;

Goes all decorum. You know the lady; she is fast my wife,

Fri.

It rested in your grace Save that we do the denunciation lack

To un loose this tied-up justice when you pleas d, outward order: this we came not to,

And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd, Ouy for propagation of a dower

Than in lord Angelo. Retraining in the corfer of her friends;

Duke.

I do fear, too dreadful: bron whom we thought it meet to hide our love, Sith 'twas my fault, to give the people scope, soll time had made them for us. But it chances, 'Twould be my tyranny to strike, and gall them The stealth of our most inutual intercourse, For what I bid them do: For we bid this be done, With character too gross, is writ on Juliet.

When evil deeds have their permissive pass, Lucio. With child, perhaps?

And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my Cloud. Unhappily, even so.

father, And the new deputy now for the duke

I have on Angelo imposed the office; Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness, Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike homs, Ur whether that the body public be

And yet my nature never in the sight, A borse whereon the governor doth ride,

To do it slander: And to behold his sway, Who newly in the seat, that it may know

I will, as 'twere a brother of your order, He can command, Jet's it straight fee. the spur: Visit both prince and people: therefore, I pr’ythee, Whether the tyranny be in his place,

Supply me with the habit, and instruct me ur in his eminence that fills it up,

How I may formally in person bear me I stagger in: - But this new governor

Like a true friar. More reasons for this action, À wakes me all the unrolled penalties,

At our more leisure shall I render you; Which have, like unscoured armor, hung by the Only, this one:- Lord Angelo is precise ; wall

Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses So long, that nineteen zodiacs have gone round, That his blood flows, or that his appetite And none of them been worn; and for a name, Is more to bread than stone: Hence shall we see, Nu puts the drowsy and neglected act

If power change purpose, what our seemners be. Freshly on me:-'tis, surely, for a name.

[Exeunt Lucil. I warrant, it is: and thy head stands so tieule on thy shoulders, that a inilk-inaid, if she be

SCENE V.- A Nunnery.
in lore, may sigla it off. Send after the duke, and
appeal to him.

Enter ISABELLA and FRANCISCA.
Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found.
I priythee, Lucio, do me this kind service:

Isab. And have you nuns no further privileges ? This day my sister should the cloister enter,

Fran. Are not these large enough? And there receive her approbation :

Isab. Yes, truly: I speak not as desiring more; Acquaint her with the danger ot' my state;

But rather wishing a more strict restraint Indore her, in my voice, that she make friends

Upon the isterhood, the votarists of saint Clare. 10 the strie deputy: bid herself assay him;

Lucio. Ho! Peace be in this place! [Within I have great hope in that: for in her youth

Isab.

Who's that which calls ? There is a prone and speechless dialect,

Fran. It is a man's voice : Gentle Isabella, Such is moves men: beside, she hath prosperous art Turn you the key, and know his business or' him; When she will play with reason and discourse,

You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn: And well she can persuade.

When you have vowed, you must not speak with Lacio. I pray, she may: as well for the encour

men, agement of the like, which else would stand under But in the presence of the prioress: ghevous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy life, Then, if you speak, you must not show your face; who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost or if you show your face, you must not speak. it a game of tick-tack. I'll to her.

He calls again; I pray you answer him. Cland. I thank you, good friend Lucio.

(Exit FRANCISCA. Lacio. Within two hours,

Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls? Ciaud. Come, officer, away.

[Ercunt.

Enter Lucio.

Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be; as those cheek-roses SCENE IV.- A Monastery.

Proclaim you are no less! Can you so stead me,

As bring me to the sight of Isabella,
Enter Duke and Friar Tuomas.

A novice of this place, and the fair sister

To her unhappy brother Claudio? wauke. No; holy father; throw away that thought; Isah. Why her unhappy brother ? let me ask; Bel ese not that the dribbling dart of love

The rather, for 1, now must make you know
Caa pierce a complete bosom: why I desire thee I am that Isabella, and his sister.
To give me secret harbor, hath a purpose

Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly greets Mae grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends

you: Of barain, youth.

Not to be weary with you, he's in prison.
May your grace speak of it! Isab. Woe me! For what?
Danke. My holy sir, none better knows than you Lucio. For that which if myself might be his
Fine I have ever lov'd the life remov'd;

judge,
And held in idle price to haunt assemlies, He should receive his punishment in thanks:
Where youth and cost, and witless bravery keeps. He hath got his friend with child.
I have deliver d to lord Angelo

Isah. Sir, make me not your story.. 4 nan of stricture and firm abstinence)

Lucio.

It is true. Ky absolute power and place here in Vienna, I would not-though 'tis my familiar sin Ant be supposes me travell’d to Poland;

With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest, Faso I bave strewd it in the common ear, Tongue far from heart,-- play with all virgins so. And so it is receiv'd: Now, pious sir,

I hold you as a thing ensky'd, and sainted; Ta will demand of me, why I do this?

By your renouncement an immortal spirit; Fri. Gladly, my lord.

And to be talked with in sincerity, Dake. We have strict statutes, and most biting As with a saint. laws,

Isab. You do blaspheme the good in mocking me. (The needful bits and curbs for headstrong steeds.) Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth, Which for these fourteen years we have let sleep;

'tis thus: Even like an o'er-grown lion in a cave,

Your brother and his lover have embraced : That goes not out to prey: Now, as fond fathers As those that feed grow full; as blossoming time, Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch, That from the seedness the bare fallow brings voy to suck it in their children's sight,

• Do not make a jest of me. Far tertus, not to use; in time the rod

1 In few and true words,

To teeming foison;" even so her plenteous womb To make him an example: all hope is gone, Expresseth his full tilth" and husbandry.

Unless you have the grace by your fair prayer Isab. Some one with child by him?- My cousin To soften Angelo: And thai s my pith Juliet !

Of business 'twixt you and your poor bruther. Lucio. Is she your cousin ?

Isub. Doth he so seek his life? Isab. Adoptediy: as school-maids change their Lucio.

Has censur'de him naines,

Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath Ry vain though apt affection.

A warrant for his execution. Lucio.

She it is.

Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me
Isab. O, let him marry her!

To do him good?
Lucio.
This is the point. Luciu.

Assay the power you have.
The duke is very strangely gone from hence; Isab. My power! Alas! I doubt, -
Bore many gentlemen, myself being one,

Lucio.

Our doubts are traitor lu hand, and hope of action : but we do learn And inake us lose the good we oft might win, By those that know the very nerves of state, By fearing to attempt. Go to lord Angelo, His givings-out were of an infinite distance And let him learn to know, when maidens sue, From his true-meant design. Upon his place, Men give like gods; but when they weep and kneel And with full line of his authority,

All their petitions are as freely theirs Governs lord Angelo; a man, whose blood As they themselves would owe them. Is very snow-broth; one who never teels

Isab. i'll see what I can do. The wanton stings and motions of the sense ;

Lucio.

But speedily But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge

Isa). I will about it straight: With profits of the mind, study and fast.

No longer staying but to give the mother He (to give fear to use and liberty,

Notice of my affair. I humbly thank you:
Which have, for long, run by the hideous law, Commend me to my brother: soon at night
As mice by lions) hath pick'd out an act,

I'll send him certain word of my success.
Under whose heavy sense your brothers life Lucio. I take my leave of you.
Falls into forfeit! he arrests him on it;

Isab.

Good sir, adieu And follows close the rigor of the statute,

(Ereunt

ACT II.

SCENE 1.-A Hall in Angelo's House. Some rise by sin, and some by virtue tall.

Some run from brakes of vice, and answer none; Enter ANGELO, Escalus, Provost, Officers, and And some condemned for a fault alone. other Attendants.

Enter Elbow, Froth, Clown, Officers, &c. Ang. We must not make a scare-crow of the Elb. Come, bring them away: if these be good law,

people in a common weal, that do nothing buius Setting it up to fear the birds of prey,

Their abuses in common houses, I know no law And let it keep one shape, till custoin make it bring them away. Their perch and not their terror.

Ang. How now, sir! what's your name? and Escal.

Ay, but yet what's the matter? Let us be keen, and rather cut a little,

Elb. If it please your honor. I am the poor duket Than fall, and bruise to death: Alas! this gentle constable, and my name is Elbow; I do lean upon man,

justice, sir, and do bring in here before your good Whom I would save, had a most noble father.

honor two notorious benefactors. Let but your honor know,

Ang. Benefactors? Well; what benefactors are (Whom I believe to be most straight in virtue,)

they! are they not malefactors? That, in the working of your own affections, Had time coher'd with place, or place with wishing, what they are: but precise villains they are, that

Elb. If it please your honor, I know not well Or that the resolute acting of your blood Could have attain'd the etlect of your own purpose, world, that good christians ought to have.

am sure of; and void of all profanation in the Whether you had not some time in your life

Escal. This comes off' well;" here's a wise officer, Err'd in this point which now you censure him, And pull'u the law upon you.

Ang. Go to: what quality are they of? Elbow Ang. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus,

is your name? Why dost thou not speak, Elbow !

Clo. He cannot, sír; he's out at elbow, Another thing to fall. I not deny,

Ang. What are you, sir? The jury, passing on the prisoners life,

El. He, sir? a tapster, sir; parcelt bawd: one May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or trvo that serves a bad woman; whose house, sir, was, as Guiltier than him they try: What's open made to they say, pluck'd down in the suburbs; and now

justice, That justice seizes. What know the laws,

she professess a hot-house, which, I think, is a very

ill house too.
That thieves do pass on thieves ? 'Tis very pregnant, Esca'. How know you that?
The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it,
Because we see it; but what we do not see,

Elb. My wife, sir, whon I detest. before heaveni We tread upon and never think of it.

and your honor,

Escal. How ! thy wife? You may not so extenuate his oflence,

Elb. Ay, sir; whom, 1 thank heaven, is an honest For I have had such faults; but rather tell me, When I that censure him, do so offend,

Escal. Dost thou detest her therefore !
Let mine own judgment pattern out my death, Elb. I say, sir, I will detest myself also, as well
And nothing come in partial. Sir, he must die. as she, that this house, if it be not a bawd's boy?

Escal. Be it as your wisdom will.
Ang.
Where is the provost?

it is pity of her life, for it is a naughty house.

Escal. How dost thou know that, constable Prov. Here, if it like your honor.

Elb. Marry, sir, by my wife; who, if she had Ang.

See that Claudio been a woman cardinally given, might have been Be executed by nine to-morrow morning : Bring him his confessor, let him be prepared:

accused in fornication, adultery, and all uncleanli,

ness there. For that's the utmost of his pilgrimage.

Escal. By the woman's means? (Ereunt ANGELO and Provost.

Elb. Ay, sir, by mistress Over-done's means: but Escal. Well, heaver forgive him; and forgive us all!

1 Sentenced a Have. • Thickets, thorny paths of vice *Wealth.

+ Partly. • Breeding plenty tilling. a Because.

Keeps a bagnio.

• For protest

woman,

.Well told.

as he spit in his face, so she defied him.

C!0. By this hand, sir, his wife is a more res Clo. sir, if it please your honor, this is not so. pected person than any of us all.

Łh. Prove it before these varlets here, thou hon- Elb. Varlet, thou liest; thou liest, wicked varlet. orable man, prove it.

the time is yet to come, that she was ever respecte Escal Do you hear how he misplaces?

ed with man, woman, or child.

[TO A XGELO. Clo. Sir, she was respected with him before he Clo. Sir, she came in great with child; and long- married with her. ing (saving your honors reverence) for stew'd Escal. Which is the wiser here? justice or ini. prunes; sir, we had but two in the house, which at quity? Is this true! that very distant time stood as it were, in a fruit- Eib. o thou caitir! O thou varlet! 0 thou wickJish, a dish of some three-pence: your honors have ed Hannibal! I respected with her, before I was sen such dishes; they are not china dishes, but married to her? If ever I was respected with her, very good dishes.

or she with me, let not your worship think me the Escal. Go to, go to: no matter for the dish, sir. poor duke's officer:-- Prove this, thou wicked Han

Co. No. indeed, sir, not of a pin; you are there- nibal. or I'll have mine action of battery on thee. fore in the right; but, to the point: as I say, this Escal. If he took you a box o' the ear, you mistress Elbow. being, as I say, with child, and be- might have your action of slander too. ing great belly'd, and longing, as I said, for prunes; Elb. Marry, I thank your good worship for it: and having but two in the dish, as I said, master what is't your worship's pleasure I should do with Froth here, this very man, having eaten the rest, as this wicked caitiff? I said, and, as I say, paying for them very honestly; Escal. Truly, officer, because he hath some of - 10%. as you know, master Froth, I could not give fences in him. that thou wouldst discover if thou you three-pence again.

couldst, let him continue in his courses, till thou Froth. No, indeed.

know'st what they are. Cio. Very well: you being then, if you be re- Elb. Marry, I thank your worship for it:- thou member id, cracking the stones of the 'foresaid seest, thou wicked varlet now, what's come upon prunes

thee; thou art to continue now, thou varlet; thou Frota. Ay, so I did, indeed.

art to continue. Cio. Why, very well : I telling you then, if you Escal. Where were you born, friend! be re-sember'd, that such a one, and such a one,

[TO FROTH. were past care of the thing you wot of, unless they Froth. Here, in Vienna, sir. kept very good diet, as I told you.

Escal. Are you of fourscore pounds a year? Froth. All this is true.

Froth. Yes, and 't please you, sir. Clo, Why, very well then.

Escal. So.—What trade are you of, sir? Escal Come, you are a tedious fool: to the pur

[To the Clown. pose.- What was done to Elbow's wife, that he Clo. A tapster: a poor widow's tapster. bath cause to complain of! Çome me to what was Escal. Your mistress's name? done to her.

Clo. Mistress (ver-done. Ch. Sir. your honor cannot come to that yet. Escal. Hath she had any more than one husEscu!. No, sir, nor I mean it not.

band! Clo. Sir, but you shall come to it, by your honor's Clo. Nine, sir; Over-done by the last. brave: and I beseech you, look into master Froth Escal. Nine! — Come hither to me, master Froth, bere, sir; a man of fourscore pound a year; whose Master Froth, I would not have you acquainted father died at Hallowmas:- Was't not at Hallow- with tapsters; they will draw you, master Froth, mas, master Froth!

and you will hang them: get you gone, and let me Frolk. All-hollondi eve.

hcar no more of you. Co. Why, very well: I hope here be truths: Froth. I thank your worship: for mine own part, he, sir, sitting, as I say, in a lower chair, sir;- I never come into any room in a taphouse, but I am twas in the Bunch of Grapes, where, indeed, you drawn in. bare a delight to sit: have you not!

Escal. Well; no more of it, master Froth: fareFrodh. I have so: because it is an open room, well. [Exit Frosh.) — Come you hither to me and good for winter.

master tapster ; what's your name, master tapster ? Clo. Why, very well then ;-I hope here be (lo. Pompey. truths.

Escal. Whai else? Ang. This will last out a night in Russia,

Clo. Bum, sir. When nights are longest there : I'll take my leave, Escal. 'Troth, and your bum is the greatest thing And leave you to the hearing of the cause; about you; so that, in the beastliest sense, you are Huping, you'll find good cause to whip them all. Pompey the kreat. Pompey, you are partly a Escal. I think no less : good morrow to your bawd. Pompey, howsoever you color it in being a lordship.

[Exit Avoklo. tapster. Are you not? come, tell me true; it shall ney, sir, come on: what was done to Elbow's wife, be the better for you. once more

Clo. Truly, sir, I am a poor fellow, that would ('le. Once, sir ? there was nothing done to her live.

Escal. How would you live, Pompey? by being ED. I beseerh you, sir, ask him what this man a bawd? What do you think of the trade, Pomdid to my wife?

pey? is it a lawful trade? Ca. I beseech your honor, ask me.

Clo. If the law would allow it, sir. Escal. Well, sir: what did this gentleman to her? Escal. But the law will not allow it, Pompey; ('lo. I beseech you, sir, look in this gentleman's nor it shall not be allowed in Vienna. ere:-Good master Froth, look upon his honor; Clo. Does your worship mean to geld and spay tis for good purpose: doth your honor mark his all the youth in the city ?"

Escal. No. Pompey. Escal. Ay. sir, very well.

Clo Truly, sir, my, poor opinion, they will Clo. Nay. I beseech you, mark it well.

to 't then: if your worship will take orders for the Erral Well, I do so.

drabs and the knaves, you need not to fear the Co. Doth your honor see any harm in his face? bawds. Escal. Why, no.

Escal. There are pretty orders beginning, I can L'lo. 111 he suppos'da upon a book, his face is tell you : it is but heading and hanging. te worst thing about him: good then; if his face Clo. If you head and hang all that offend that Be the worst thing about him, how could master way but for ten years together, you'll be glad to Froth do the constable's wife any harm? I would give out a commission for more heads. If this law know that of your honor.

hold in Vienna ten years, I'll rent the fairest house Excal. He's in the right: constable, what say you in it, after three-pence a day: if you live to see

this come to pass, say Pompey told you so. El. First, an it like you, the house is a respected Escal. Thank you, good Pompey: and, muze; next, this is a respected fellow; and his quital of your prophecy, hark you, - I advise you, bistress is a respected woman.

let me not find you before me again upon any cone 1 Ete of All Saints day.

, Eany.

Constable or Clown. . For cannibal. 2 Depoved, sworn.

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