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Hath blister'd her repori : She is with hilu; Halog both it unable for itself,
Of necessary fitness?
So play the foolish throngs with one that swoons ; Duke. When must he die ?
Come all to help him, and so stop the air
By which he should revive: and even so
Quit their owu purt, and in obsequious foodness Duke. Repent you, fair one, of the sin you Crowd to bis presence, where their untaught love carry ?
Must needs appear offence. Juliet. I do; and bear the shame most patiently.
Enter Is A BELLA. Dake. I'll teach you how you shall arraign your conscience,
How now, fair maid ? And try your penitence, if it be sound,
Isab. I am come to know your pleasure. Or hollowly put on.
Ang. Tbat you might know it, would much betJuliet. I'll gladly learn.
ter please me, Duke. Love you the man that wrongd you?
Than to demand what 'tis. Your brother cannot Juliet. Yes, as I love the woman that wrong'd
Isab. Even so ?-Heaven keep your honour ! Duke. So then, it seems, your most offenceful act
[Retiring. was mutually committed ?
Ang. Yet may he live a while ; and it may be, Juliet. Mutually.
As long as you, or I: yet he must die. Duke. Then was your sin of heavier kind than Isab. Under your sentence ? bis.
Ang. Yea. Juliet. I do confess it, and repent it, father. Isab. When, I beseech you ? that in his repriere, Duke. 'Tis meet so, daughter : but lest you do Longer, or shorter, he may be so fitted, repent,
That his soul sicken not. As that the sin hath brought you to this shame,- Ang. Ha! Fy, these filthy vices! It were as Which sorrow is always toward ourselves, not
To pardon him, that hath from nature stolen
Their saucy sweetness, that do coin Heaven's Juliet. I do repent me, as it is an evil;
image, And take the shame with joy.
In stamps that are forbid : 'tis all as easy
There rest. Falsely to take away a life true made,
[Exit. Isab. 'Tis set down so in heaven, but not in Juliet. Must die to-morrow! 0, injurious love,
earth. That respites me a life, whose very comfort Ang. Say you so ? then I shall poze you quickly. Is still a dying horror!
Wiiih hid you rather, That the most just law Prov. 'Tis pity of him. (Ezeunt. Now took your brother's life; or, to redeem bim,
Give up your body to such sweet uncleanness, SCENE IV.-A Room in Angelo's House. As she that he hath stain'a ?
Sir, believe this,
soul. Ang. When I would pray and think, I think and Ang. I talk not of your soul ; Our compellid sins pray
Stand more for number than accompt. To several subjects : Heaven hath my empty word : Isab.
How say you?
I, now the voice of the recorded law,
To save this brother's life?
Please you to do't,
To bave it added to the faults of mine,
And nothing of your, answer.
Nay, but bear me : How now, who's there?
Your senso pursues not mine : either you are Serp. One Isabel, a sister,
ignorant, Desires access to you.
Or seem so, craftily; and that's not good. Ang
Teach her the way. [Exit Serv. Isav. Let me be ignorant, and in nothing good, O hravens !
But graciously to know I am no better. Why does my blood thus muster to my herrt: Ang. Thus wisdom wishes to appear most bright,
When it dotb tax itself: as these black masks Isab. I know, your virtue liath a license
Believe me, on mine honour, Your brother is to die.
My words express my purpose. Isab, So.
Isab. Ha! little honour to be much believed, Ang. And his offence is so, as it appears And most pernicious purpose !-Seeming, seemAccountant to the law upon that paio.
ing Isab. True.
I will proclaim thee, Angelo; look for't : Ang. Admit no other pay to save his life, Sign me a present pardon for my brother, (As I subscribe not that, nor any other.
Or, with an outstretch'd throat, I'll tell the world But in the loss of question,) that you, his sister, Aloud, what man thou ort. Finding yourself desir'd of such a person,
Who will believe thee, Isabel ? Whose credit with the judge, or own grưat place, My unsoil'd name, the austereness of my life, Could fe:ch your brother fron: the manacles My vouch against you, and my place i' the state, Of the all-binding law; and that there were Will so your accusation overänigh, No eartbly mean to save him, but that either That you shall stifle in your own report, You must lay down the treasures of your body And smell of calumny. I have begun; To this supposed, or else let him suffer;
And now I give my sensual race the rein: Wbat would you do?
Fit thy consent to my sharp appetite; Isaó. As much for my poor brother, as myself: Lay by all nicety, and prolixious blushes, That is, Were I under the terms of death, That banish what tbey sue for; rederm thy brother The impression of keen whips I'd wear as rubies, By yielding up thy body to my will ; And strip myself to death, as to a bed
Or else he must not only die the deatb, That longing I bave been sick for, ere I'd yield But thy unkindness shall his death draw out My body up to shame.
To lingering sufferance : answer me to-morrow, Ang.
Then must your brother die. Or, by the affection that now guides me most, Isab. And 'twere the cheaper way:
I'll prove a tyrant to him: As for you, Better it were, a brother died at once,
Say what you can, my false o'erweighs your true. Than that a sister, by redeeming him,
[Erit. Sbould die for ever.
Isab. To wbom shall I complain ? Did I tell this, Ang. Were not you then as cruel as the sentence Who would believe me? O perilous mouths, That you have slander'd so?
That bear in them one and the self-same tongue, Isab. Ignominy in ransom, and free pardon, Either of condemnation or approof! Are of two houses: lawful mercy is
Bidding the law make court'sy to their will; Nothing akin to foul redenuption.
Hooking both right and wrong to the appetite, Ang. You seem'd of late to make the law a tyrant; To follow as it draws ! I'll to my brother : And rather prop'd the sliding of your brother Though he hath fallen by prompture of the blood, A merriment than a vice.
Yet hath he in him such a mind of bonour, Isab. O, pardon me, my lord; it oft falls out, That had be twenty heads to tender down To have wbat we'd have, we speak not what we On twenty bloody blocks, he'd yield them up, mean :
Before his sister should her body stoop something do excuse the thing I hate,
To such abhorr'd pollution. for his advantage that I dearly love.
Then Isabel, live chaste, and, brother, die : Ang. We are all frail.
More than our brother is our chastity. Isab.
Else let my brother die, I'll tell him yet of Angelo's request, If not a feodary, but only he,
And fit bis mind to death, for his soul's rest. [ Exit. Ofe, and succeed by weakness. Ang.
Nay, women are frail too. Isab. Ay, as the glasses wbere they view them
SCENE I.-A Room in the Prison.
I think it well :
Enter DUKE, CLAUDIO, and Provost. And from this testimony of your own sex, (Since, I suppose, we are made to be no stronger Duke. So, then you hope of pardon from Lord Than faults may shake our frames,) let me b.
Claud. The miserable have no other medicine I do arrest your words; Be that you are,
But only hope : That is, a woman ; if you be more, you're none;
I bave hope to live, and am prepar'd to die. If you be one, (as you are well express'd
Duke. Be absolute for de..tb; either death, or life, By ail external warrants,) show it now,
Shall thereby be the sweeter. Reason thus wib By putting on ihe destin'd livery.
lite, Isab. I bare no tongue but one : gentle, my lord, If I do lose thee, I do lose a ibing Let me entreat you speak the former language.
That pone but fools would keep: a breath thou art, Ang. Plainly conceive, I love you.
(Servile to all the skiey influences) Isab. My brother did love Juliet'; and you tell me. That dost this habitation, where thou keep'st, That he sball die for it.
Hourly afflict: merely, thou art death's fool; Ang. He sball not, Isab:1, if you give me love. For him thou labour'st by thy flight to shun,
And yet run'st toward him still: Thou art not noble; Would bark your bonour from that trunk you bear,
Let me know the point. valiant ;
Isab. O, I do fear thee, Claudio ; and I quake, For thou dost fear the soft and tender fork
Lest thou a feverous life should'st entertain,
And six or seven winters more respect
Why give you me this shame? For thy complexion sbifts to strange effects,
I can a resolution fetch After ihe moon : If thou art rich, thou art poor; From flowery tenderness ? If I must die, For, like an ass, whose back with ingots bows, I will encounter darkness as a bride, Thru bear'st thy heavy riches but a journey, And hug it in mine arms. And death unloads theo : Friend hast thou none; Isab. There spake my brother ; there my father's For thine own bowels, which do call thee sire,
grave The mere effusion of thy proper loins,
Did utter fortb a voice ! Yes, thou must die : Do curse the gout, serpigo, and the rheum, Thou art too noble to conserve a life For ending thee no sooner: Thou hast nor youth, In base appliances. This outward-sainted deputy, nor age ;
Whose settled visage and deliberate word But, as it were, an after-dinner's sleep,
Nips youth i'the bead, and follies doth enmew, Dreaming on both : for all thy blessed youth As falcon dotb the fowl,—is yet a devil; Becomes as aged, and doth beg the alms
His filth within being cast, he would appear
The princely Angelo ?
If I would yield him my virginity, Claud.
I hunably thank you. Thon might'st be freed? To sue to live, I find, I seek to die;
0, beavens! it cannot be. And, seeking death, find life : Let it come on. Isab. Yes, he would give it thee, from this rank
offence, Enter ISABELLA.
So to offend bim still : This pight's the time Isab. What, ho! Peace bere ; grace and good That I should do what I abhor to name, company !
Or else thou diest to-morrow. Prov. Who's there? come in : the wish deserves Claud.
Thou shall not do l. a welcome.
Isab. O, were it but my life,
As frankly as a pin.
Thanks, dear Isabel. Prov. And very welcome. Look, signior, here's Isab. Be ready, Claudio, for your death to-mor. Duke. Provost, a word with you.
Claud. Yes.-Has he affections in him, Prov.
As many as you please. That thus can make him bite tbe law by the nose, Duke. Bring them to speak, where I may be When he would force it? Sure it is no sin : conceal'd,
Or of the deadly seven it is the least. Yet hear them. [Exeunt Duke and Provost. Isab. Which is the least?
Claud. Now, sister, what's the comfort ? Claud. If it were damnable, he, being so wise, Isab. Wby, as all comforts are ; most good in Why, would be for the momentary trick deed :
Be perdurably fin'd !- Isabel ! Lord Angelo, having affairs to heaven,
Isab. What says my brother? Intends you for his swift ambassador,
Death is a fearful thing. Where you shall be an everlasting leiger :
Isab. And shamed life a bateful. Therefore your best appointment make with speed; Claud. Ay, but to die, and go we know not where; To-morrow you set on.
To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot; Claud.
Is there no remedy? This sensible warm motion to become Isab. None, but such remedy, as, to save a bead, A kneaded clod ; and the deligbted spirit To cleave a heart in twain.
To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside Claud.
But is there any ? In thrilling regions of thick-ribbed ice; Isab. Yes, brother, you may live;
To be imprison's in the viewless winds, There is a devilish mercy in the judge,
And blown with restless violence round about If you'll implore it, that will free your life, The pondent world ; or to be worse thau worst But fetter you till death.
Of those, that lawless and incertain thoughts Claud.
Perpetual durance ? Imagine howling !-'tis too horrible ! leab. Ay, just, perpetual durance; a restraint, The weariest and most loathed worldly life, Though all the world's vastidity you had,
Tbat age, ach, penury, and imprisonment To a determined scope.
Can lay on nature, is a paradise Claud.
But in what natura ? To what we fear of death. Isab. In such a one as (you consenting to't) Isab. Alas! alas !
Swert sister, let me live : duke deceived in Angelo! If ever he return, and I 'bat sin you do to save a brother's life,
can speak to him, I will open my lips in vain, or Nature dispenses with the dead so far,
discover bis government. That it becomes a virtue.
Duke. That shall not be much amiss : Yet, as Isab. O, you beast !
the matter now stands, he will avoid your accusa 0, faitbless coward ! O, dishonest wretch ! tion; he made trial of you only.-Therefore, fasten Wilt thcu be made a man out of my vice? your ear on my advisings; to the love I bave in Is't not a kind of incest, 10 take life
doing good, a remedy presents itself. I do make From thine own sister's shame? Wbat should I myself believe, that you may most uprighteously do think?
a poor wronged lady a merited benefit; redeem your Heaven shield, my mother play'd my fa: her fair! brother from the angry law ; do no stain to your For such a warped slip of wilderness
own gracivus person ; and much please the ab-ent Ne'er issu'd from his blood. Take my defiance : duke, if, peradventure, he shall ever return to have Die ; perish! might but my bending down hearing of this business. Repriere thee from thy fate, it sbould proceed : Isab. Let me bear you speak further; I have I'll pray a thousand prayers for thy death, spirit to do any thing that appears not foul in the No word to save them.
truth of my spirit. Claud. Nay, heur me, Isabel.
Duke. Virtue is bold, and goodness never fear. Isab. .
O, fy, fy, fy ! ful. Have you not heard speak of Mariana the sis. Thy sin's not accidental, but a trade :
ter of Frederick, the great soldier, who miscarried Mercy to tbee would prove itself a bawd:
at sea ? 'Tis best that thou diest quickly. (Going Isab. I have beard of the lady, and good words Claud.
O hear me, Isabella. went with her name.
Duke. Her should this Angelo bave married ; Duke. Vouchsafe a word, young sister, but one pointed : between which time of the contract, and
was affiancrd to ber by oach, and the nuptial ap. Ford. Isab. What is your will ?
limit of the solemnity, her brother Frederick was Duke. Might you dispense with your leisure, I wrecked at sea, having in that perish'd vessel the would by and by bave some speech with you: the befel to the poor gentlewoman : there she lost a
dowry of his sister. But mark, how heavily this satisfaction I would require, is likewise your own noble and renowned brother, in his love toward her benefit. Isab. I have no superfluous leisure ; my, stay and sinew of her fortune, her marriage-dowry ; with
ever most kind and natural; with him the portion must be stolen out of other affairs; but I will at- both, her combinate busband, this well-seeming tend you a s bile.
Angelo. Duke. [To CLAUDIO, aside.) Son, I have oror
Isab. Can this be so ? Did Angelo so leave her? heard what hath past between you and your sister. Angelo bad never the purpose to corrupt her: only them with his comfort; swallowed his vows whole,
Duke. Left her in ber tears, and dry'd not one of be hath made an essay of ber virtue, to practise his pretending, in her, discoveries of dishon ur; in judgment with the disposition of natures; she, few, bestowed her on her own lamentation, which baving ibe truth of bonour in her, hath made him she yet wears for his sake ; and be, a marble to ber that gracious denial whicb be is most glad to receive: I am confessor to Angelo, and I know this tears, is washed with them, but relents not.
Isab. What a merit were it in death, to take this to be true; therefore prepare yourself to death: poor maid from the world! What corruption in Do not satisfy your resolution with hopes that are this life, that it will let this man live !–But how fallible : to-morrow you must die ; go to your out of this can she avail? knees, and make ready, Claud. Let me ask my sister pardon. I am so out and the cure of it not only saves your brother, but
Duke. It is a rupture that you may easily heal , of love with life, that I will sue to be rid of it.
keeps you from dishonour in doing it. Duke. Hold you there : Farewell.
Isab. Show me how, good father.
Duke. This fore-named maid bath yet in her the
continuance of ber first affection; his unjust une Provost, a word with you.
kindness, that in all reason should have quenched Prov. What's your will, father?
her love, hath, like an impediment in the current, Duke. That now you are come, you will be gone : made it more violent and unruly. Go you to Leave me a while with the maid ; my mind pro- , Angelo; answer bis requiring with a plausible mises with my babit, no loss shall touch her by my obedience; agree with bis demands to the point : company.
Only refer yourself to this advantage,-first, that Prov. In good time.
[Exit Provost. your stay with bim may not be long; that the time Duke. The hand that hath made you fair, hath may have all shadow and silence in it; and the made you good: the goodness, that is cheap in place answer to convenience : this being granted in beauty, makes beauty brief in goodness; but grace, course, now follows all. We shall advise this wrongbeing the soul of your complexion, should keep the ed maid to stead up your appointment, go in your body of it ever fair. The assault, that Angelo bath place ; if the encounter acknowledge itself bereafter, made to you, fortune hath convey'd to my under- it may compel bim to her recompense : and here, standing; and, but that frailty hath examples for by this, is your brother saved, your honour un. bis falling, I should wonder at Angelo. How tainted, the poor Mariana advantaged, and the would you do to content this substitute, and to save corrupt deputy scaled. The maid will I frame, your brother.
and make át for his attempt. If you think well to Isab. I am now going to resolve him: I had ra. carry this as you may, the doubleness of the benefit iber my brother die by the law, than my son should defends the deceit from reproof. Wbat think you De unlawfully born. But O, how much is the good of it?
Isab. The image of it gives me content already; What say'st thol, trot? Is the world as it was and, I trust, it will grow to a most prosperous per- man? Which is the way? Is it said, and few words fection.
Or how? The trick of it? Duke. It lies much in your holding up: Haste Duke. Still thus, and thus! still worse ! you speedily to Angelo; if for this night be entreat Lucio. How doth my dear morsel, thy mistress ? you to his bed, give him promise of satisfaction. I Procures she still? Ha? will presently to St. Luke's; there, at the moated Clo. Troth, sir, she bath eaten up al? Le: beef, grange resides this dejected Mariana : At that place and she is herself in the tub. call upon me; and despatch with Angelo, that it Lucio. Why, 'tis good ; it is the righ, of it. it may be quickly.
must be so : Ever your fresh whore, and your Ísab. I thank you for this comfort: Fare you powder'd bawd: An unshunnid consequence ; it well, good father.
(Exeunt severally. must be so : Art going to prison, Pompey?
Clo. Yes, faith, sir. SCENE II.-The Street before the Prison. Lucio. Why 'tis not an iss, Pompey: Farewoll ; Enter Duke, as a Friar ; with him Elbow, Clown, Or how?'
Go; say, I sent thee thither. For debt, Pompey? and Officers.
Elb. For being a bawd, for being a bawd. Elb. Nay, if there be no remedy for it, but that Lucio. Well, then imprison him: If imprisonyou will needs buy and sell men and women like ment be the due of a bawd, why, 'tis his rigbt beasts, we shall have all the world drink brown Bard is he, doubtless, and of antiquity too : bawdand white bastard.
born. Farewell, good Pompey: Commend me to Duke. O, heavens! what stuff is here ?
the prison, Pumpey : You will turn good husband Clo. 'Twas never merry world, since, of two now, Pompey; you will keep the house. Esuries, the merriest was put down, and the worser
hope, sir, your good worship will be my allow'd by order of law a furr'd gown to keep him bail. warm, and furr'd with fox and lamb-skins too, to Lucio. No, indeed, will I not, Pompey; it is not signify, that craft, being richer than innocency, the wear. I will pray, Pompey, to increase your stands for the facing.
hondage : if you take it not patiently, why, your Elb. Come your way, sir :-- Bless you, good mettle is the more : Adieu, trusty Pompey-Bless father friar. Duke. And you, good brother father. What of- Duke. And
you. sence bath this man made you, sir:
Lucio. Does Bridget paint still, Pompey ? Ha? Elb. Marry, sir, he hath offended the law; and, Elb. Come your ways, sir; come. ir, we take him to be a thief too, sir ; for we Clo. You will not bail me then, sir? I ave found upon him, sir, a strange pick-lock, Lucio. Then, Pompey? nor now.- What news wbich we have sent to the deputy.
abroad, friar? What news? Duke. Fy, sirrah ; a baxd, a wicked bawd! Elb. Come your ways, sir ; come. The evil thot thou causest to be done,
Lucio. Go,—to kennel, Pompey, go : That is thy means to live : Do thou but think
[Exeunt Elbow, Clown, and Officers. What 'tis to cram a maw, or clothe a back, What news, friar, of the duke? From such a filthy vice : say to thyself,-
Duke. I know none : Can you tell me of any ? From their abominable and beastly touches
Lucio. Some say he is with the Emperor of 1 drink, I eat, array myself, and live.
Russia ; other some, he is in Rome: But where is Canst thou believe thy living is a life,
he, think you ? So stinkingly depending? Go, mend, go, mend. Duke. I know not where : But wheresoever, I
Clo. Indeed, it does stink in some sort sir; but wish him well. yet, sir, I would prove
Lucio. It was a mad fantastical trick of him, to Duke. Nay, if the devil have given thee proofs steal from the state, and usurp the beggary he was for sin,
never born to. Lord Angelo dukes it well in his Thou wilt prove bis. Take him to prison, officer; absence; be puts transgression to't. (orrection and instruction must both work,
Duke. He does well in't. lre this rude beast will profit.
Lucio. A little more lenity to lechery would do Elb. He must before the deputy, sir; be has no harm in him : something too crabbed that way, given him warning: the deputy cannot abide a friar. wboremaster: if be be a whoremonger, and comes Duke. It is too general a vice, and severity must before him, he were as good go a mile on his cure it. errand,
Lucio. Yes, in good sooth, the vice is of a great Duke. That we were all, as some would seem to be, kindred ; it is well ally'd : but it is impossible to Free from our faults, as faults from seeming free! extirp it quite, friar, till eating and drinking be
put down. They say, this Angelo was not made Enter Li'cio.
by man and woman, after the downright way of creElb. His neck will come to your waist, a cord, ation : Is it true, think you ? sir.
Duke. How should he be made then ? Clo. I spy comfort ; I cry, bail : Here's a gen. Lucio. Some report, a sea-maid spawn'd him : tleman, and a friend of mine.
Some, that he was begot between two stock-fishes : Lucio. How now, noble Pompey? What, at the -But it is certain, that when he makes water, his heels of Cæsar? Art thou led in triumph ? What, urine is congeald ice : that I kuow to be true : and is there none of Pygmalion's images, newly made he is a motion ungenerative, that's infallible. woman, to be had now, for putting the hand in the Duke. You are pleasant, sir ; and speak apace. pocket and extracting it clutch'd! What reply! Lucio. Why what a ruthless thing is this in him, lla? What say'st thou to this tune, matter, and for the rebellion of a cod-piece, to take away the method? Is'í not drown'd i' the last rain? Ha? | life of a man ? Would iba duke, that is absent,