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Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion, Jul. Here 'tis : this is it. [Gives a ring. I would have been a breakfast to the beast, Pro. How ! let me see: Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. Why this is the ring I gave to Julia. O, heaven be judge, how I love Valentine, Jul, 0, cry your mercy, Sir, I have mistook ; Whose life's as tender to me as my soul ; This is the ring you sent to Silvia. And full as much (for more there cannot be,)
[Shows another ring. I do detest false perjur'd Proteus :
Pro. But, how cam’st thou by this ring? at Therefore be gone, solicit me no more.
my depart, Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next I gave this unto Julia. to death,
Jul. And Julia herself did give it me; Would I not undergo for one calm look ? And Julia herself hath brought it hither. 0, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd," Pro. How! Julia ! When women cannot love where they're belov’d. Jul. Behold her that gave aim* to all thy Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's be
And entertain'd them deeply in her beart: Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root ? For whose dear sake thou didst then rend' thy O Proteus, let this habit make thee blush ! faith
Be thou asham'd, that I have took upon me Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths Such an immodest raiment; if shame live Descended into perjury, to love me. [two, In a disguise of love : Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou hadst It is the
lesser blot, modesty finds, [minds. And that's far worse than none; better have Women to change their shapes, than men their
Pro. Than men their minds ? 'tis true: 0 Than plural faith, which is too much by one:
heaven! were man Thou counterfeit to thy true friend !
But constant, he were perfect : that one error Pro. In love,
Fills him with faults ; makes him run through Who respects friend!
all sins: Sil. All men but Proteus.
Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins : Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy Can no way change you to a milder form, More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye? I'll woo you like a soldier, at arms' end ; Val. Come, come, a hand from either : And love you 'gainst the nature of love, force Let me be blest to make this happy close ? you.
Twere pity two such friends should be long foes. Sil. O heaven!
Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish Pro. I'll force thee yield to my desire.
for ever. Vul. Ruffian let go that rude uncivil touch ;
Jul. And I have mine.
Enter OUTLAWS, with Duke and THURIO. Val. Thou common friend, that's without Out. A prize, a prize, a prize! faith or love.
Val. Forbear, I say; it is my lord the duke. (For such is a friend now,) treacherous man! Your grace is welcome to a man disgrac'd, Thou hast beguild my hopes ; nought but mine Banish'd Valentine. eye
Duke. Sir Valentine ! Could have persuaded me: Now I dare not say Thu. Yonder is Silvia ; and Silvia's mine. I have one friend alive; thou would'st disprove Val. Thurio give back, or else embrace thy
death; Who should be trusted now, when one's right Come not within the measure of my wrath : Is perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus, (hand Do not name Silvia thine ; if once again, I am sorry, I must never trust thee more, Milan shall not behold thee. Here she stands, But count the world a stranger for thy sake. Take but possession of her with a touch ;The private wound is deepest: 0 time, most I dare thee but to breathe upon my lovecurst!
Thu. Sir Valentine, ! care not for her, I; 'Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the I hold him but a fool, that will endanger vorst!
His body for a girl that loves him not: Pro. My shame and guilt confounds me.- I claim her not, and therefore she is thine. Forgive me, Valentine: if hearty sorrow Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou, Be a sufficient ransom for offence,
To make such means for her as thou hast done, I tender it here; I do as truly suffer,
And leave her on such slight conditions.As e'er I did commit.
Now, by the honour of my ancestry, Val. Then I am paid;
I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine, And once again I do receive thee honest :- And think thee worthy of an empress' love. Who by repentance is not satisfied, (pleas'd; Know then, I here forget all former griefs, Is nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again.By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'd :- Plead a new state in thy unrivall’d merit, And, that my love may appear plain and free, To which I thus subscribe, -Sir Valentine, All that was mine in Silvia, I give thee. Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd; Jul. O me, unhappy!
[Faints. Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd her. Pro. Look' to the boy.
Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made Val. Why, boy! why wag ! how now? what
me happy. is the matter?
I now beseech you, for your daughter's sake, Look up; speak.
To grant one boon that I shall ask of you. Jul. O'good Sir, my master charg'd me Duke. I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it To deliver a ring to madam Silvia ;
be. Which, out of my neglect was never done. Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept Pro. Where is that ring, boy?
* Direction. † An allusion to cleaving the pin in archers, + Felt, experienced.
Length of my sword.
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 him; 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 thee;
Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts. along, Come, let us go; we will include all jars That you will wonder what hath furtuned. With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity, Come, Proteus; 'tis your penance, but to hear
Vel. 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; smile:
One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. Conclude + Masks, revela
MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
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.
Juliet, beloved by Claudio.
Mrs. OVER-DONE, a Bawd.
Lords, Gentlemen, Guards, Officers, and other A JUSTICE.
THOMAS, Two Friars.
Are not thine own so proper,* as to waste SCENE I.-An Apartment in the Dukes
Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.
Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do; Palace.
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 not. Spirits are not finely Escal. My lord.
touch'd, Duke. Of government the properties to un- But to fine issues:t nor pature 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;
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 remeinber: 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.
(Erit 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. Jf 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 1: It is lord Angelo.
To the hopeful execution do I leave you
Of your commissions.
Ang. Yet, give leave, my lord,
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 scopes 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. Endowments.
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
1 Gent. Ay, and more. Their loud applause, and ares* 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 heavens give safety to your pur- Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy; poses !
but so sound, as things that are hollow: thy 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 BAWD. Esca. 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 Tu 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. 'Tis so with me:- Let us withdraw to thousand of you all. gether,
1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee? And we may soon our satisfaction have
Buwd. Marry, Sir,' that's Claudio, signior Touching that point.
Baud. Nay, but I know, 'tis so: I saw him
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. i 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,+ 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? i Gent. I think, or in any religion.
Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite Baud. What, is there a maid with child by of all controversy : As for example; Thou thy- bím? 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, between us.
have you? Luicio. I grant; as there may between the Baid. 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 thee: I had as lief be a list of an English ker- the city?
Bawd. And what shall become of those in sey, as be pil'd, 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 gone 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 contession, learn to begin thy the suburbs be pull'd down? health; but, whilst I live, forget to drink after Clo. To the ground, mistress. thee. 1 Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong; commonwealth! What shall become of me?
Bawd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the have I not? 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou lack no clients: though you change your place,
Clo. Come; fear not you; good counsellors art tainted, or free. Lucio, Behold, behold, where madam Miti- tapster still. Courage; there will be pity taken
you need not change your trade; I'll be your gation comes! I have purchased as many dis- on you: you that have worn your eyes almost eases under her roof, as come tom
out in the service, you will be considered. 2 Gent. To what, I pray?
Bawd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster? I Gent. Judge.
Let's withdraw. • Hailings. Measure. 1 A cut of the same cloth. | A jest on the loss of hair by the French disease. * Corona veneris.
The sweating sickness
Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the (I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this 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.
ous art 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 tick comes this restraint ?
tack. I'll to her. Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio,
Claud. 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, bath 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 ;s 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, 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; contract, 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
(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. That 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 de Or 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, Freshly 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, indeed, 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 Clurd. I have done so, but he's not to be found.
Enter on her probation.
+ Prompt. * Gaoler. + Voraciously devour. Completely armed.
Retired. Yearly circles.
Showy dress resides, T Strictness.
** Since. | Ticklish.