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Finding yourself defir'd of such a person,
Ang. Then must your brother die.
Ijab. And 'twere the cheaper way Better it were, a brother dy'd at once ; Than that a sister, by redeeming him, Should die for ever.
Ang. Were not you then as cruel as the sentence, That you have Nander'd so ?
Ijab. Ignominy in ransom, and free pardon,
Ang. You seem'd of late to make the law a tyrant,
Isab. Oh pardon me, my lord ; it oft falls out,
Ang. We are all frail.
The old editions read all hans we should read, building law. from which the Better it were a brother dy'd lo: Editois hive made all holding ; once, yet M-. Theobald has binding in Than that a fifter, by redeeming one of his copies.
him, 8 a brother dy d at once ) Pure Should die for ever.
If not a feodary, but only he, 9
Ang. Nay, women are frail too.
Isab. Ay, as the glasses where they view themselves ; Which are as easy broke, as they make forms.' Women !-help heav'n! men their creation mar,
In profiting by them. Nay, call us ten times frail ; For we are loft as our complexions are, And credulous to false prints, 3
Ang. I think it well; And from this testimony of your own sex, Since, I suppose, we're made to be no ftrorger, Than faults may shake our frames, let me be bold. I do arrest your words : Be That you are, That is, a woman; if you're more you're none ; Jf
you be one, as you are well express'd By all external warrants, shew it now, By putting on the destin'd livery.
Isab. I have no tongue but one. Gentle my lord, Let me intreat you, speak the former language. +
9 If not a foedary, but only he, * To owe is in this place, to &c.] 1 bis is so obscure, but the own, to bold, to have poifeilion. allufion so fine, that it deserves
-Glassesto be explain'd. A feodary was Which are as easy broke, one, that in the times of vassa.
they make forms, ] lage held lands of the chief lord, Would it not be better to read, under the tenuse of paying rent take forms ? and service : which tenures were * In profiting ly them.) In imicallid feuda amongst the Goths. tacing them, in taking them for Now, says Angelo, we are all examples. “ frail ; yes, replies Isabella; if 3 And credulous to false prints.] " all mankind were not feoda- i.e. take any impreffion. Warb. “ ries, who owe what they are
Speak the F'RMER “ to this tenure of imbecillity, language.) We should read for" and who succeed each other MAL, which he hare uses for by the same enure, as well plain, direct.
WARBURTON. as my brother, I would give Isabella answers to this circum
The comparing locutory courtship, that the has mankind, lying under the weight but one tongue, he does not unof original sin, to a feodary, who deritand this new phrase, and owes suit and service to his lord, desires him to talk his former is, I think, not ill imagined. language, that is, to talk as he WARBURTON. caine before.
"! him up."
Ang. Plainly conceive, I love you.
Isab. My brother did love Juliet ; And you tell me, that he shall die for it.
Ang. He shall not, Isabel, if you give me love,
Ifab. I know, your virtue hath a licence in't, ?
Ang. Believe me, on mine honour,
Ijab. Ha! little honour to be much believ'd,
Ang. Who will believe thee, Isabel ?
My vouch against you, and my place i'ch' state,
5 I know
virtue hath a his vouch, has something fine. licence in't,) Alluding to the li. Vouch is the testimony one man cences given by Miniflers to bears for another. So that, by their Spies, to go into all suf- this, he insinuates his authority pected companies and join in the was so great, chat his denial would language of Malecon enos, have the same credit that a vouch WARBURTON. or testimony has in ordinary case?.
:. 6 — feeming, seeming !
WARBURTON. Hypocrisy, hypocrily; counter I believe this beauty is merely feit virtue.
imaginary, and that vouch a7 My vouch against you,] The gain't means no more than de.. calling his denial of her charge, nial.
As for you,
Or else he must not only die the death,
8 — die the death.] This Midfimmer Nig!t's Dream. Preseems to be a solemn phrase for pere to die the date death inflicted by law. So in 9 — prompture | Sagger
tion, tempatisii, ia tigation.
À CT III.
Enter Duke, Claudio, and Provost.
O, then you've hope of pardon from lord Angelo?
Claud. The miserable have no other medicine, But only Hope: I've hope to live, and am prepar’d to
die. Duke. Be absolute for death : 9 or death or life, Shall thereby be the sweeter. Reason thus with life, If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing, That none but fools would keep; ' a breath thou art Servile to all the skiey influences That do this habitation,' where thou keep'st,
9 Be abfolate for death.) De Tragedy of Tancred and Sigildetermined to die, without any munda, Act 4. Scene 3. hope of life. Horace.
Not that she Recks this -The hour which exceeds expe&ta life tion will be welcome.
And Shakespeare in The Two GenThat none but fools would tlemen of Verona, keep.) But this reading is not Recking as little what betidets on y contrary to all Sense and Reason ; but to the Drilt of this
WARBURTON. moral Discourse. The Duke, in The meaning seems plainly his assum'd Character of a Friar, this, that none but fools would with is endeavouring to instil into the to keep life; or, none but fools condemn'd Prisoner a Refigna- would keep it. if choice were riop of Mind to his Sentence ; allowed. A sense, which, whebut the sense of the Lines, in ther true or not, is certainly ia. this Reading, is a direct Persua. five to Suicide : I make no Doubt, 2 That do this habitation ) but the Poet wrote,
This reading is fubitiluted by Tbat none but fools would reck. Sir Thomas Hanmer, for that i. e, care for, be anxious about, deft, regret the loss of, So in the