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As art and practice hath enriched any
[Exit an Attendant. What figure of us think you he will bear ? For
you must know, we have with special soul
of it? Escal. If
in Vienna be of worth To undergo such ample grace and honour, It is lord Angelo.
Look, where he comes.
5 So much thy own property.
6 i. e. high purposes. 7 Two negatives, not employed to make an affirmative, are common in Shakspeare's writings, so in Julius Cæsar:
• Nor to no Roman else.'
But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines
Now, good my lord,
No more evasion :
Yet, give leave, my lord,
8 i.e. Nature requires and allots to herself the same advantages that creditors usually enjoy~thanks for the endowments she has bestowed, and extraordinary exertions in those whom she has favoured ; by way of use (i.e. interest) for what she has lent.
9 i. e. to one who is already sufficiently conversant with the nature and duties of my office ;—of that office which I have now delegated to him.
10 i.e. I delegate to thy tongue the power of pronouncing sentence of death, and to thy heart the privilege of exercising mercy.
" A choice mature, concocted, fermented ; i. e. not hasty, but considerate.
As to your
Duke. My haste may not admit it; Nor need you on mine honour have to do With any scruple: your scope
12 is as mine own; So to enforce or qualify the laws,
soul seems good. Give me your hand; I'll privily away: I love the people, But do not like to stage me to their eyes : Though it do well, I do not relish well Their loud applause, and aves 13 vehement; Nor do I think the man of safe discretion, That does affect it. Once
well. Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes ! Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in hap
piness. Duke. I thank
well. [Erit. Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave To have free speech with you; and it concerns me To look into the bottom of my place: A
power I have; but of what strength and nature I am not yet instructed.
Ang. 'Tis so with me:-Let us withdraw together, And we may soon our satisfaction have Touching that point. Escal. I'll wait upon your honour.
[Exeunt. SCENE II. A Street.
Enter Lucio and two Gentlemen. Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come not to composition with the king of Hungary, why, then all the dukes fall upon the king.
1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the king of Hungary's!
2 Gent. Amen. Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious 12 Scope is extent of power.
13 Aves are hailings.
pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, but scraped one out of the table.
2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ? Lucio. Ay, that he razed.
1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to command the captain and all the rest from their functions ; they put forth to steal : There's not a soldier of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish the petition well that prays for peace. 2 Gent. I never heard
soldier dislike it. Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never wast where grace was said.
2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least. 1 Gent. What? in metre? Lucio. In any proportion", or in any language. 1 Gent. I think, or in any religion.
Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite of all controversy: As for example; Thou thyself art a wicked villain, despite of all grace.
1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of shears between us.
Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists and the velvet: Thou art the list.
1 Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good velvet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be pild, as thou art pild, for a French velvet 3. Do I speak feelingly now?
Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine
1 i. e. measure.
2 We are both of the same piece. 3 • Pild, for a French velvet.'- Velvet was esteemed according to the richness of the pile ; three-pil'd was the richest. But Pild also means bald. The jest allades to the loss of hair in the French disease. Lucio, finding the Gentleman understands the distemper so well, and mentions it so feelingly, promises to remember to drink his health, but to forget to drink after him. In old times the cup of an infected person
was thought to be contagious.
own confession, learn to begin thy health; but, whilst I live, forget to drink after thee.
1 Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong; have I not?
2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art tainted, or free.
Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation comes! I have purchased as many diseases under her roof, as come to
2 Gent. To what, I pray?
1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me: but thou art full of error; I am sound.
Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy; but so sound, as things that are hollow; thy bones are hollow : impiety has made a feast of thee.
Enter Bawd. 1 Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica?
Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of
1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee? Bawd. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio. 1 Gent. Claudio to prison! 'tis not so. Bawd. Nay, but I know, 'tis so;
I saw him arrested; saw him carried away; and which is more, within these three days his head's to be chopped off.
Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have it so: Art thou sure of this?
Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting madam Julietta with child.
Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised to