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Here is my hand; you shall from this time bo May rather pluck on laughter than revenge;
Your master's mistress.

If that the injuries be justly weigh’d,
A sister ?-you are she. That have on both sides past.

Oli. Alas, poor fool! how have they baffled thee!
Re-rnter FABIAN, with MALVOLIO.

Clo. Why, some are ború great, some achieve Duke. Is this the madman ?

greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon them. Oui.

Ay, my lord, this same: I was one, sir, in this interlude; one sir Topas, How now, Malvolio ?

sir ; but that's all one : - By the Lord, fool, I am Mal. Madam, you have done me wrong, not mad ; - But do you remember? Madam, why Notorious wrong.

laugh you at such a barren rascal ? an you smile not, Oli.

Have I, Malvolio? no. he's gagg'd: And thus the whirligig of time brings Mal. Lady, you have. Pray you, peruse that in his revenges. letter:

Mal. I'U be revenged on the whole pack of you. You must not now deny it is your hand,

[Erit. Write from it, if you can, in hand, or phrase ; Oli. He hath been most notoriously abus'd. Or say, 'tis not your seal, nor your invention : Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to a peace: You can say none of this : Well, grant it then, He hath not told us of the captain yet; And tell me, in the modesty of honour,

When that is known and golden time convents, Why you have given me such clear lights of favour; A solemn combination shall be made Bade me come smiling, and cross-garter'd to you. Of our dear souls - Mean time, sweet sister, To put on yellow stockings, and to frown

We will not part from hence. - Cesario, come; Upon sir Toby, and the lighter people :

For so you shall be, while you are a man ; And, acting this in an obedient hope,

But, when in other habits you are seen,
Why have you suffer'd me to be imprison'd, Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen. (Exeunt.
Kept in a dark house, visited by the priest,
And made the most notorious geck, and gull,

That e'er invention play'd on ? tell me why.
Oli. Alas, Malvolio, this is not my writing,

Clo. When that I was and a little tiny boy,
Though I confess, much like the character :

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, But, out of question, 'tis Maria's hand.

4 foolish thing was but a toy, And now I do bethink me, it was she

For the rain it raineth every day. First told me, thou wast mad; then cam'st in

But when I came to man's estate, smiling,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, And in such forms which here were presuppos'd

'Gainst kenave and thief men shut their gate, Upon thee in the letter. Pr'ythee, be content :

For the rain it raineth every day.
This practice hath most shrewdly pass'd upon thee :
But, when we know the grounds and authors of it, But when I came, alas ! to wive,
Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
Of thine own cause.

By swaggering could I never thrive,
Good madam, hear me speak;

For the rain it raineth every day.
And let no quarrel, nor no brawl to come,

But when I came unto my bed,
Taint the condition of this present hour,
Which I have wonder'd at. In hope it shall not,

With hey hn, the wind and the rain,
Most freely I confess, myself, and Toby,

With toss-pots still had drunken head,

For the rain it raineth every day.
Set this device against Malvolio here,
Upon some stubborn and uncourteous parts

A great while ago the world begun,
We had conceiv'd against him : Maria writ

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, The letter, at sir Toby's great importance ;

But that's all one, our play is done, In recompense whereof, he hath married her.

And we'll strive to please you every day. How with a sportful malice it was follow'd,






FICESTIO, Duke of Vienna.

Frori, a foolish gentleman.
ANGELO, lord deprdy in the Duke's absence. Clown, servant to Mrs. Over-done.
Esculus, an ancient lord, joined with Angelo in the Abhorson, an executioner.

BARNARDINE, a dissolule prisoner.
Carmo, a young gentleman.
Lowo, a fantastick.

ISABELLA, sister to Claudio,
Two other like gentlemen.

MARIANA, betrothed to Angelo. Yunes, a gentleman, servant to the Duke. JULIET, beloved by Claudio.


Mistress OVER-DONE, a bawd,
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Enter AxGELO.


Look, where he comes. Eater Dusz, Escalus, Lords, and Attendants, Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will, Dista. Escalus,

I come to know your pleasure, Escal My lord.


Duke. Of government the properties to unfold, There is a kind of character in thy life,
Would seemn in me to affect speech and discourse ; That, to the observer, doth thy history
Ssee I am put to know, that your own science Fully unfold: Thyself and thy belongings
Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice

Are not thine own so proper, as to waste My strength can give you: Then no more re-Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee. mains

Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do ; Beat that to your sufficiency, as your worth is able, Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues And let them work. The nature of our peoples Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike Da city's institutions, and the terms

As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd,
Fa cemon justice, you are aş pregnant in, But to fine issues : nor nature never lends
As at and practice hath enriched any

The smallest scruple of her excellence,
That we remember : There is our commission, But, like a tlirifty goddess, she determines
From which we would not have you warp. - Call Herself the glory of a creditor,

Both thanks and use. But I do bend my speech I say, bid come before us Angelo —

To one that can my part in him advertise ;

(Exit an Attendant. Hold therefore, Angelo;
What figure of us think you he will bear? In our remove, be thou at full ourself:
For you must know, we have with special soul Mortality and mercy in Vienna
Elected him our absence to supply;

Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escalus, Las hám our terror, drest him with our love ; Though first in question, is thy secondary: had give his deputation all the organs

Take thy commission. Of our own power: What think you of it?


Now, good my lord, Erot. If any in Vienna be of worth

Let there be some more test made of my metal. To andergo such imple grace and honour, Before so noble and so great a figure

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you well.

No more evasion :

1 Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good vel-
We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice vet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: I
Proceeded to you; therefore take your honours. had as lief be a list of an English kersy, as be pil'd,
Our haste from hence is of so quick condition, as thou art pil'd, for a French velvet. Do I speak
That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd feelingly now?
Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, Lucio. I think thou dost ; and, indeed, with most
As time and our concernings shall importune, painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine
How it goes with us; and do look to know own confession, learn to begin thy health ; but whilst
What doth befall you here. So, fare you well : I live, forget to drink after

thee. To the hopeful execution do I leave you

i Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong; have Of your commissions.

I not? Ang.

Yet, give leave, my lord, 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art That we may bring you something on the way. tainted, or free. Duke. My haste may not admit it;

Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do comes! I have purchased as many diseases under With any scruple: your scope is as mine own: her roof, as come to So to enforce, or qualify the laws

2 Gent. To what, I pray? As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand; 1 Gent. Judge. I'll privily away: I love the people,

2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a-year. But do not like to stage me to their eyes:

1 Gent. Ay, and more. Thougb it do well, I do not relish well

Lucio. A French crown more. Their loud applause, and aves vehement:

i Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me: Nor do I think the man of safe discretion,

but thou art full of error; I am sound. That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy ; but

Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes ! so sound, as things that are hollow : thy bones are
Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happiness. | hollow : impiety has made a feast of thee.
Duke. I thank you: Fare

(Exit. Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave

Enter Bawd. To have free speech with you; and it concerns me I Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the To look into the bottom of my place:

most profound sciatica ? A power I have; but of what strength and nature

Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, I am not yet instructed.

and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of Ang. 'T'isso with me:-Let us withdraw together,


all. And we may soon our satisfaction have

1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee? Touching that point.

Bawd. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio. Escal.

I'll wait upon your honour. 1 Gent. Claudio to prison ! 'tis not so.

(Exeunt. Bawd. Nay, but I know, 'tis so: I saw him arSCENE II.-A Street.

rested; saw him carried away; and, which is more, Enter Lucio and two Gentlemen.

within these three days his head's to be chopped off.

Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come

have it so: Art thou sure of this ? not to composition with the king of Hungary, why,

Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting then all the dukes fall upon the king.

madam Julietta with child. 1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised to king of Hungary's!

meet me two hours since; and he was ever precise 2 Gent. Amen.

in promise-keeping. Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious

2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, near to the speech we had to such a purpose. but scraped one out of the table.

1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the pro2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ?

clamation Lucio. Ay, that he razed.

Lucio. Away; let's go learn the truth of it. 1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to command

Exeunt Lucio and Gentlemen. the captain and all the rest from their functions;

Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the they put forth to steal: There's not a soldier of us sweat, what with the gallows, and what with poverty, all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish I am custom-shrunk. How now? what's the news the petition well that prays for peace.

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.

Bawd. Well; what has he done? 1 Gent. What? in metre?

Clo. A woman. Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language. Bawd. But what's his offence ? 1 Gent. I think, or in any religion.

Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite of Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him? all controversy: As for example ; Thou thyself art Clo. No; but there's a woman with maid by him: a wicked villain, despite of all grace.

You have not heard of the proclamation, have you? * 1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers Bawd. What proclamation, man ? between us.

Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists pluck'd down. and the velvet: Thou art the list.

Bawd. And what shall become of those in the city ? Cia. They shall stand for seed: they had gone | Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness ; 20 too, but that a wise burgher put in for them. Or whether that the body public be

Bead. But shall all our houses of resort in the A horse whereon the governor doth ride, suburbs be pull'd down?

Who, newly in the seat, that it may know Cie. To the ground, mistress.

He can command, lets it straight feel the spur: Beed. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the com- | Whether the tyranny be in his

place, monwealth! What shall become of me?

Or in his eminence that fills it up, Cia Come; fear not you : good counsellors lack I stagger in: – But this new governor no clients: though you change your place, you need Awakes me all the enroll’d penalties, not change your trade; I'll be your tapster still. Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the Courage; there will be pity taken on you: you that

wall have worn your eyes almost out in the service, you So long, that nineteen zodiacks have gone round, will be considered.

And none of them been worn; and, for a name, Based. What's to do here, Thornas Tapster? Let's Now puts the drowsy and neglected act

Freshly on me : - 'tis surely, for a name. Ce. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the Lucio. I warrant, it is : and thy head stands so prosest to prison: and there's madam Juliet. tickle on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be

[Exeunt. in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and SCENE III.- The same.

appeal to him.

Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found. Ester Propost, CLAUDIO, JULIET, and Officers; I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service; Lucio and two Gentlemen.

This day my sister should the cloister enter,
Cad. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to And there receive her approbation :
the world?

Acquaint her with the danger of my state ;
Bear me to prison, where I am committed. Implore her in my voice, that she make friends
Pre. I do it not in evil disposition,

To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay him ;
Bat from lord Angelo by special charge.

I have great hope in that: for in her youth Cland. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, There is a prone and speechless dialect, Make us pay down for our offence by weight. — Such as moves men; beside, she hath prosperous art The Fords of heaven ;-on whom it will, it will ; When she will play with reason and discourse, Oa wbon it will not, so; yet still 'tis just.

And well she can persuade. Lucia. Why, how now, Claudio ? whence comes Lucio. I pray, she may : as well for the encouhis restraint?

ragement of the like, which else would stand under Cind. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: grievous imposition ; as for the enjoying of thy life, As surfeit is the father of much fast,

who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost Sesery scope by the immoderate use,

at a game of tick-tack. I'll to her. Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue,

Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio. (Like rats that ravin down their proper bane,)

Lucio. Within two hours, A thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die.

Claud. Come, officer, away.

Exeunt. Lac If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I would send for certain of my creditors : And yet,

SCENE IV.- À Monastery. to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedon, as the morality of imprisonment. - What's

Enter Duke and Friar THOMAS. by offence, Claudio?

Duke. No; holy father; throw away that thought; Claud. What, but to speak of would offend Believe not that the dribbling dart of love again.

Can pierce a complete bosom: why I desire thee Lucis. What is it? murder?

To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose Cad. No.

More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends Luxio. Lechery?

Of burning youtha Cod. Call it so.


May your grace speak of it? Pros. Avay, sir ; you must go.

Duke. My holy sir, none' better knows than you Claud. One word, good friend:- Lucio, a word How I have ever lov'd the life removed ;

(Takes him aside. And held in idle price to haunt assemblies, Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good. - Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps. Is leckery so look'd after?

I have deliver'd to lord Angelo Card. Thus stands it with me:- Upon a true (A man of stricture, and firm abstinence,) contract,

My absolute power and place here in Vienna, I got possession of Julietta's bed;

And he supposes me travell’d to Poland; You know the lady; she is fast my wife,

For so I have strew'd it in the common ear, Save that we do the denunciation lack

And so it is receiv'd: Now, pious sir, Of cutward order : this we came not to,

You will demand of me, why I do this? Only for propagation of a dower

Fri. Gladly, my lord. Retraining in the coffer of her friends ;

Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting From whorrt we thought it meet to hide our love,

laws, Till time had made them for us. But it chances, (The needful bits and curbs for head-strong steeds,) The stealth of our most mutual entertainment, Which for these fourteen years we have let sleep ; Vih character too gross, is writ on Juliet. Even like an o'er-grown lion in a cave, Lucis. With child, perhaps ?

That goes not out to prey: Now, as fond fathers Claud. Unhappily, even so.

Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch, and the new deputy now for the duke,

Only to stick it in their children's sight,

with you.

For terror, not to use; in time the rod

I would not though 'tis my familiar sin Becomes more mock'd, than fear'd: so our decrees, With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest, Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead; Tongue far from heart, - play with all virgins so And liberty plucks justice by the nose;

I hold you as a thing ensky'd, and sainted;
The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart By your renouncement, an immortal spirit;
Goes all decorum.

And to be talk'd with in sincerity,
It rested in your grace

As with a saint.
To unloose this tied-up justice, when you pleas'd: Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mocking me
And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd, Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truch
Than in lord Angelo.

'tis thus : Duke

I do fear, too dreadful : Your brother and his lover have embrac'd: Sith 'twas my fault to give the people scope, As those that feed grow full; as blossoming time, 'Twould be my tyranny to strike and gall them That from the seedness the bare fallow brings For what I bid them do: For we bid this be done, To teeming foison ; even so her plenteous womb When evil deeds have their permissive pass, Expresseth his full tilth and husbandry. And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my Isab. Some one with child by him ? My cousin father,

Juliet? I have on Angelo impos'd the office;

Lucio. Is she your cousin ? Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home, Isab. Adoptedly; as school-maids change their And yet my nature never in the sight,

names, To do it slander : And to behold his, sway,

By vain though apt affection. I will, as 'twere a brother of your order,


She it is.
Visit both prince and people: therefore, I pr’ythee, Isab. O, let him marry her!
Supply me with the habit, and instruct me


This is the point. How I may formally in person bear me

The duke is very strangely gone from hence;
Like a true friar. More reasons for this action, Bore many gentlemen, myself being one,
At our more leisure shall I render you ;

In hand, and hope of action : but we do learn
Only, this one : - Lord Angelo is precise ; By those that know the very nerves of state,
Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses His givings out were of an infinite distance
That his blood flows, or that his appetite

From his true-meant design. Upon his place,
Is more to bread than stone: Hence shall we see, And with full line of his authority,
If power change purpose, what our seemers be. Governs lord Angelo : a man, whose blood

(Exeunt. Is very snow-broth; one who never feels
SCENE V. -À Nunnery.

The wanton stings and motions of the sense ;

But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge

With profits of the mind, study and fast. Isab. And have you nuns no further privileges ?

He (to give fear to use and liberty, Fran. Are not these large enough?

Which have, for long, run by the hideous law, Isab. Yes, truly : I speak not as desiring more;

As mice by lions,) hath pick'd out an act, But rather wishing a more strict restraint

Under whose heavy sense your brother's life Upon the sister-hood, the votarists of saint Clare.

Falls into forfeit : he arrests him on it ; Lucio. Ho! Peace be in this place ! [Within. And follows close the rigour of the statute, Isab.

Who's that which calls ? To make him an example; all hope is gone, Fran. It is a man's voice : Gentle Isabella,

Unless you have the grace by your fair prayer Tum you the key, and know his business of him;

To soften Angelo: And that's my pith You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn :

Of business 'twixt you and your poor brother. When you have vow'd, you must not speak with men,

Isab. Doth he so seek his life? But in the presence of the prioress :


Has censur'd him Then, if you speak, you must not show your face;

Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath Or, if you show your face, you must not speak.

A warrant for his execution. He calls again; I pray you answer him.

(Exit Francisca. To do him good ?

Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls ?


Assay the power you have.
Enter Lucio

Isab. My power! Alas! I doubt,
Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be; as those cheek-roses Lucio.

Our doubts are traitors, Proclaim you are no less! Can you so stead me, And make us lose the good we oft might win, As bring me to the sight of Isabella,

By fearing to attempt : Go to lord Angelo, A notice of this place, and the fair sister

And let him learn to know, when maidens sue, Tu her unhappy brother Claudio ?

Men give like gods; but when they weep and kneel, Isab. Why her unhappy brother ? let me ask; All their petitions are as freely theirs The rather, for I now must make you know As they themselves would owe them. I am that Isabella, and his sister.

Isab. I'll see what I can do. · Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly greets Lucio.

But, speedily you:

Isab. I will about it straight; Not to be weary with you, he's in prison.

No longer staying but to give the mother Isab. Woe me? For what?

Notice of my affair. I humbly thank you : Lucio. For that, which if myself might be his judge, Commend me to my brother : soon at nigbat He should receive his punishment in thanks : I'll send him certain word of my success. He hath got his friend with child.

Lucio. I take my leave of you. Isab. Sír, make me not your story. I


Good sir, adiet Lucio. It is true.



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