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1 Gent. And thou the velvet : thou art good veiWe 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 fist of an English kersy, as be pil'd, Our haste froin 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
1 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 toSo to enforce, or quality the laws
2 Gent. To what, I pray? As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand; i 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. Though it do well, I do not relish well
Lucio. A French crown more. Their loud applause, and aves vehement:
1 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
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. 'Tis so 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.
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 ott:
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, then all the dukes fall upon the king.
Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting
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 Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments,
2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something
near to the speech we had to such a purpose. but scraped one out of the table.
I 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
[E.reunt 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 all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish I am custom-shrunk.
sweat, what with the gallows, and what with poverty,
How now? what's the news the petition well that prays for
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.
Rawl. And what shall become of those in the city? Cla. They shall stand for seed: they had gone | Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness; down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them. Or whether that the body public be
Baued. 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 Clo. To the ground, mistress.
He can command, lets it straight feel the spur: Baud. 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, Clo. 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, foi a name, Bawd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster? Let's Now puts the drowsy and neglected act withdraw.
Freshly on me : — 'tis surely, for a name. Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the Lucio. I warrant, it is : and thy head stands so provost to prison: and there's madam Juliet. tickle on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be
(Ereunt. 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. Enter Provost, CLAUDIO, JULIET, and Officers;
I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service;
This day my sister should the cloister enter,
Acquaint her with the danger of my state ; Bear me to prison, where I am committed.
Implore her in my voice, that she inake friends Pro. I do it not in evil disposition,
To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay him ; But from lord Angelo by special charge.
I have great hope in that : for in her youth Claud. 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 words of heaven ;-on whom it will, it will; When she will play with reason and discourse, On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just.
And well she can persuade. Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio ? whence comes Lucio. I pray, she may : as well for the encouthis restraint?
ragement of the like, which else would stand under Claud. 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 So every scope by the immoderate use,
at a game of tick-tack. I'll to her. Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue,
Ctuud. 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.
(Ereurt. Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I would send for certain of my creditors : And yet,
SCENE IV. A Monastery. to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of
Enter Duke and Friar THOMAS. freedom, as the morality of imprisonment. - What's thy 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 Lucio. What is it? murder ?
To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose Claud. No.
More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends Lucio. Lechery?
Of burning youth. Claud. Call it so.
May your grace speak of it? Prov. Away, 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 lechery so look”d after?
I have deliver'd to lord Angelo Claud. 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 outward 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. Remaining in the coffer of her friends ;
Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting From whom 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; With charac ter too gross, is writ on Juliet.
Even like an o'er-grown lion in a cave, Lucio. With child, perhaps?
That goes not out to prey: Now, as fend 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 sigli,
For wrror, rot 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 beart, - play with all virgins so : An:) liberty plucks justice by the nose ;
I hold you as a tlung ensky'd, and sainted;
And to be taik'd with in sincerity,
As with a saint.
'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 Isub. Some one with child by him? My cousisi 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.
This is the point. How I may formally in person bear me
The duke is very strangely gone from hence;
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
| Ereunl. Is very snow-broth; one who never feels
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 la:8, 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
Falls into forfeit : he arrests him on it;
To make him an example; all hope is gone,
Unless you have the grace by your fair prayer
To soften Angelo : And that's my pith
Of business 'twixt you and your poor brother.
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 norice of this place, and the fair sister
And let him learn to know, when maidens sue, To 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 night 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. Sir, make me not your story.
Good sir, adieu, Lucio. It is true.
SCENE I. - A Hall in Angelo's House. Elb. If it please your honour, I know not well
what they are : but precise villains they are, that I Enter ANGELO, Escalus, a Justice, Provost,
am sure of; and void of all profanation in the Oficers, and other Attendants.
world, that good christians ought to have. Ang. We must not make a scare-crow of the law, Escal. This comes off well; here's a wise officer. Setting it up to fear the birds of prey,
Ang. Go to: What quality are they of? Elbow And let it keep one shape, till custom make it is
your name? Why dost thou not speak, Elbow ? Their perch, and not their terror.
Clo. He cannot, sir; he's out at elbow. Escal.
Ay, but yet
Ang. What are you, sir ? Let us be keen, and rather cut a little,
Elb. He, sir ? a tapster, sir; parcel-bawd ; one Than fall, and bruise to death : Alas! this gentle that serves a bad woman ; whose house, sir, was, as man,
they say, pluck'd down in the suburbs; and now Whom I would save, had a most noble father. she professes a hot-house, which, I think, is a very Let but your honour know,
ill house too. (Whom I believe to be most strait in virtue,)
Escal. How know you that ? That, in the working of your own affections,
Elb. My wife, sir, whom I detest before heaven Had time coher’d with place, or place with wishing, and your honour, Or that the resolute acting of your blood
Escal. How! thy wife? Could have attain'd the effect of your own purpose, Elb. Ay, sir; whom, I thank heaven, is an Whether you had not sometime in your life
honest woman, — Err'd in this point which now you censure him,
Escal. Dost thou detest her therefore ? And pull'd the law upon you.
Elb. I say, sir, I will detest myself also, as well Ang. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus, as she, that this house, if it be not a bawd's house, Another thing to fall. I not deny,
it is pity of her life, for it is a naughty house. The jury, passing on the prisoner's life,
Escal. How dost thou know that, constable ? May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two Elb. Marry, sir, by my wife; who, if she had Guiltier than him they try : What's open mlade to been a woman cardinally given, might have been justice,
accused in fornication, adultery, and all uncleanliThat justice seizes. What know the laws,
ness there. That thieves do pass on thieves? 'Tis very preg
Escal. By the woman's means? nant,
Elb. Ay, sir, by mistress Overdone's means: but The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it, as she spit in his face, so she defied him. Because we see it; but what we do not see,
Clo. Sir, if it please your honour, this is not so. We tread upon, and never think of it.
Elb. Prove it before these varlets here, thou You may not so extenuate his offence,
honourable man, prove it. For I have had such faults ; but rather tell me,
Escal. Do you hear how he misplaces ? When I, that censure him, do so offend,
[To Angelo. Let mine own judgment pattern out my death, Clo. Sir, she came in great with child ; and And nothing come in partial. Sir, he must die. longing (saving your honour's reverence,) for stew'd Escal. Be it as your wisdom will.
prunes; sir, we had but two in the house, which at Ang.
Where is the provost ? that very distant time stood, as it were, in a fruitProv. Here, if it like your honour.
dish, a dish of some three-pence; your honours have Ang
See that Claudio seen such dishes; they are not China dishes, but Be executed by nine to-morrow morning :
very good dishes. Bring him his confessor, let him be prepar'd;
Escal. Go to, go to; no matter for the dish, sir. For that's the utmost of his pilgrimage.
Clo. No, indeed, sir, not of a pin; you are
(Exit Provost. therein in the right : but, to the point: As I say, Escal. Well, heaven forgive him! and forgive us this mistress Elbow, being, as I say, with child, and all!
being great belly'd, and longing, as I said, for Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall :
prunes ; and having but two in the dish, as I said, Some run from brakes of vice, and answer none; master Froth here, this very man, having eaten the And some condemned for a fault alone.
rest, as I said, and, as I say, paying for them very
honestly; Enter Elbow, FROTH, Clown, Officers, 8c.
- for, as you know, master Froth, I could
not give you three-pence again. Elb. Come, bring them away: if these be good Froth. No, indeed. people in a common-weal, that do nothing but use Clo. Very well: you being then, if you be rememtheir abuses in common houses, I know no law; ber’d, cracking the stones of the aforesaid prunes. bring them away.
Froth. Ay, so I did, indeed. Ang. How now, sir! What's your name ? and Clo. Why, very well : I telling you then, if you what's the matter?
be remember'd, that such a one, and such a one, Elb. If it please your honour, I am the poor were past cure of the thing you wot of, unless they duke's constable, and my name is Elbow ; I do kept very good diet, as I told you. lean upon justice, sir, and do bring in here before Froth. All this is true. your good honour two notorious benefactors.
Clo. Why, very well then. Ang. Benefactors? Well; what benefactors are Escal. Come, you are a tedious fool : to the they ? are they not malefactors ?
purpose. What was done to Elbow's wife, that
he hath cause to complain of? Come me to what Escrl. Truly, officer, becat se he hath some offences was done to her.
in him, that thou wouldst discover if thou couldsi, Clo. Sir, your honour cannot come to that yet. let him continue in his courses, till thou know'st Escal. No, sir, nor I mean it not.
what they are. Clo. Sir, but you shall come to it, by your ho- Elb. Marry, I thank your worship for it: nour's leave: And, I beseech you, look into master Thou seest, thou wicked varlet now, what's come Froth here, sir ; a man of fourscore pound a year ; upon thee; thou art to continue now, thou varlet; whose father died at Hallowmas : Was't not at
thou art to continue. Hallowmas, master Froth ?
Escal. Where were you born, friend? Froth. All-hollond eve.
[ To Froth Clo. Why, very well ; I hope here be truths : He, Froth. Here in Vienna, sir. sir, sitting, as I say, in a lower chair, sir ; - 'twas Escal. Are you of fourscore pounds a year? in the Bunch of Grapes, where, indeed, you have a Froth. Yes, and't please you, sir. delight to sit : Have you not?
Escal. So. Wbat trade are you of, sir ? Froth. I have so; because it is an open room,
[To the Clown. and good for winter.
Clo. A tapster ; a poor widow's tapster.
Clo. Mistress Over-done.
Clo. Nine, sir ; Over-done by the last. Hoping, you'll find good cause to whip them all. Escal. Nine! - Come hither to me, master Froth. Escal. I think no less : Good morrow to your Master Froth, I would not have you acquainted lordship.
[Erit ANGELO. with tapsters : they will draw you, master Fioth, Now, sir, come on : What was done to Elbow's and you will hang them : Get you gone, and let me wife, once more?
hear no more of you. Clo. Once, sir ? there was nothing done to her Froth. I thank your worship: For mine own
part, I never come into any room in a taphous, Elb. I beseech you, sir, ask him what this man but I am drawn in. did to my wife.
Escal. Well ; no more of it master Froth : fareClo. I beseech your honour, ask me.
well. (E.rit Froth.) Come you hither to me, Escal. Well, sir : what did this gentleman to her? master tapster ; what's your name, master tapster ?
Clo. I beseech you, sir, look in this gentleman's Clo. Pompey. face: Good master Froth, look upon his honour; Escal. What else? 'tis for a good purpose : Doth your honour mark Clo. Bum, sir. his face ?
Escal. "Troth, an your bum is the greatest Escal. Ay, sir, very well.
thing about you; so that, in the beastliest sense, Clo. Nay, I beseech you, mark it well.
you are Pompey the great. Pompey, you are partly Escal. Well, I do so.
a bawd, Pompey, howsoever you colour it in being Clo. Doth your honour see any harm in his face? a tapster. Are you not ? come, tell me true; it Escal. Why, no.
shall be the better for you. Clo. I'll be supposed upon a book, his face is the Clo. Truly, sir, I am a poor rellow, that would live. worst thing about him: Good then; if his face be Escal. How would you live, Pompey ? by being the worst thing about him, how could master Froth a bawd ? What do you think of the trade, Pompey? do the constable's wife any harm? I would know is it a lawful trade? that of your honour.
Clo. If the law would allow it, sir. Escal. He's in the right : Constable, what say Escal. But the law will not allow it, Pompey :
nor it shall not be allowed in Vienna. Elb. First, an it like you, the house is a respected Clo. Does your worship mean to geld and spay house; next, this is a respected fellow; and his all the youth in the city? mistress is a respected woman.
Escal. No, Pompey. Clo. By this hand, sir, his wife, is a more respected Clo. Truly, sir, in my poor opinion, they will to't person than any of us all.
then: If your worship will take order for the drabs Elb. Varlet, thou liest ; thou liest, wicked varlet : and the knaves, you need not to fear the bawds. the time is yet to come, that she was ever respected, Escal There are pretty orders beginning, I can with man, woman, or child.
tell you : It is but heading and hanging. Clo. Sir, she was respected with him before he Clo. If you head and hang all that offend that married with her.
way but for ten year together, you'll be glad to give Escal. Which is the wiser here? Justice, or Ini- out a commission for more heads. If this law hold quity ? Is this true?
in Vienna ten year, I'll rent the fairest house in it, Elb. O thou caitiff! O thou varlet! Othou after three-pence a bay : If you live to sec this come wicked Hannibal! I respected with her, before I to pass, say, Pompey told you so. was married to her? If ever I was respected with Escal. Thank you, good Pompey : and, in reher, or she with me, let not your worship think me quital of your prophecy, hark you, the poor duke's officer : · Prove this, thou wicked | let me not find you before me again upon any comHannibal, or I'll have mine action of battery on thee. plaint whatsoever, no, not for dwelling where you
Escal. If he took you a box o’ th' ear, you might do; if I do, Pompey, I shall beat you to your tent, have your action of slander too.
and prove a shrewd Cæsar to you ; in plain dealing, Elb. Marry, I thank your good worship for it: Pompey, I shall have you whipt : so for this time, What is't your worship's pleasure I should do with Pompey, fare you well. this wicked caitiff?
Clo. I thank your worship for your good counsel;
you to it?
I advise you,