Duke. Be not amaz'd; right noble is his blood.- And tell me, in the modesty of honour,
If this be so, as yet the glass seems true,

Why you have given me such clear lights of favour;
I shall have share in this most happy wreck: Bade me come smiling, and cross-garter'd to you,
Boy,thou hast said to me a thousand times, (To Vio.) To put on yellow stockings, and to frown
Thou never should'st love woman like to me. Upon sir Toby, and the lighter people :

Vio. And all those sayings will I over-swear; And, acting this in an obedient hope,
And all those swearings keep as true in soul, Why have you suffer'd me to be imprison’d,
As doth that orbed continent the fire

Kept in a dark house, visited by the priest,
That severs day from night.

And made the most notorious geck, and gull, Duke.

Give me thy hand; That e'er invention play'd on? tell me why. And let me see thee in thy woman's weeds.

Oli. Alas, Malvolio, this is not my writing, Vio. The captain, that did bring me first op shore, Though, I confess, much like the character: Hath

my maid's garments: he, upon some action, But, out of question, 'tis Maria's hand. Is now in durance ; at Malvolio's suit,

And now I do bethink me, it was she [smiling, A gentleman, and follower of my lady's.

First told me, thou wast mad; then cam'st in Oli. He shall enlarge him: Fetch Malvolio And in such forms which here were presuppos'd And yet, alas, now I remember me, [hither : Upon thee in the letter. Pr’ythee, be content: 'They say, poor gentleman, he's much distract, This practice hath most shrewdly pass'd upon thee; Re-enter Clown, with a letter.

But, when we know the grounds and authors of it,

Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge A most extracting frenzy of mine own

of thine own cause. From my remembrance clearly banish'd his.

Fab. How does he, sirrah?

Good madam, hear me speak; Clo. Truly, madam, he holds Belzebub at the

And let no quarrel, nor no brawl to come,

Taint the condition of this present hour, stave's end, as well as a man in his case may do : he has here writ a letter to you, I should have given Most freely I confess, myself,

and 'Toby,

Which I have wonder'd at. In hope it shall not, it you to-day morning ; but as a madman's epistles Set this device against Malvolio here, are no gospels, so it skills not much, when they are Oli. Open it, and read it.

Upon some stubborn and uncourteous parts

[delivered. Clo. Look then to be well edified, when the fool

We had conceiv'd against him : Maria writ delivers the madman :-By the Lord, madam,-

The letter, at sir Toby's great importance; Oli, How now! art thou mad?

In recompense whereof, he hath married her. Clo. No, madam, I do but read madness: an your May rather pluck on laughter than revenge ;

How with a sportful inalice it was follow'd, ladyship will have it as it ought to be, you must Oli. Pr’ythee, read i'thy right wits. [allow vox.

If that the injuries be justly weigh’d, Clo. So I do, madonna; but to read his right That have on both sides past. wits, is to read thus: therefore perpend, my prin

Oli. Alas, poor fool! how have they baffled thee! cess, and give ear.

Clo. Wby, some are born great, some achieve Oli. Read it sirrah.

(To Fabian.) greatness, and some have greatness thrown you,

upon them. Fab. (reads.) By the Lord, madam, you wrong

I was one, sir, in this interlude; one sir Topas, me, and the world shall know it: though you have sir; but that's all one :- By the Lord, fool, I am put me into darkness, and given your drunken cousin

not mad ;-But do you remember? Madam, why rule over me, yet have I the benefit of my senses as

laugh you at such a barren rasca!? an you sınile noi, well us your ladyship. I have your own letter that he's gagg’d: And thus the wbirligig of time brings induced me to ihe semblance I put on; with the

in his revenges. which I doubt not but to do myself much right, or

Mal, I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you. you much shame. Think of me as you please. I

[Erit. leave my duty a little unthought of, and speak out of

Oli. He hath been most notoriously abus'd. my injury. The madly-used MALVOLIO.

Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to a peace: Oli. Did he write this?

He hath not told us of the captain yet;

When that is known, and golden time convents, Clo. Ay, madam. Duke. This savours not much of distraction.

A solemn combination shall be made Oli, See him delivered, Fabian; bring him hither. of our dear souls.—Meantime, sweet sister,

[Exit Fabian.

We will not part from hence.-Cesario, come; My lord, so please you, these things further thought For so you shall be, while you are a man; To think me as well a sister as a wife, [on, But, when in other habits you are seen, One day shall crown the alliance on’t, so please you, Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen. [Exeunt. Here at my house, and at my proper cost.

SONG. Duke. Madam, I am most apt to embrace your offer.

Clo. When that I was and a little tiny boy, Your master quits you ; (To Viola.) and, for

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, your service done him,

A foolish thing was but a toy, So much against the mettle of your sex,

For the rain it raineth every day. So far beneath your soft and tender breeding,

But when I came to man's estate, And since you call'd me master for so long,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Here is my hand; you shall from this time be

'Gainst knave and thief men shut their gate, Your master's mistress.

For the rain it raineth every day.
sister?--you are she.

But when I came, alas! to wive,
Re-enter FABIAN, with MALVOLIO.

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
Duke. Is this the madman ?

By swaggering could I never thrive,

For the rain it raineth every day. Oli.

Ay, my lord, the same : How now, Malvolio?

But when I came unto my bed, Mal. Madam, you have done me wrong,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
Notorious wrong.

With toss-pots still had drunken head,
Have I, Malvolio ? no.

For the rain it raineth every day.
Mal. Lady, you have. Pray you, peruse that A great while ago the world begin,
You must not now deny it is your hand, [letter:

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Write from it, if you can, in hand, or phrase ;

But that's all one, our play is done, Or say, 'tis not your seal, nor your invention:

And we'll strive to please you every day. You can say none of this : Well, grant it then,



Act IV. Scene 2.


FROTH, a foolish Gentleman. ASGELO, Lord Deputy in the Duke's absence.

Clown, Servant to Mrs. Over-done. BSCALUS, an ancient Lord, joined with Angelo in the ABHORSON, an Executioner. deputation.

BARNARDINE, a dissolute Prisoner.
CLAUDIO, a young Gentleman.
Lucio, a Fantastic.

ISABELLA, Sister to Claudio.
Two other like Gentlemen.

MARIANA, betrothed to Angelo. VARRIUS, a Gentleman, Servant to the Duke.

JULIET, beloved by Claudio. Prorost.

FRANCISCA, a Nun. THOMAS, -PETER,-two Friars.

Mistress OVER-DONE, a Bawd. A Justice.

Lords, Gentlemen, Guards, Officers, and other ELBOW, a simple Constable.

SCENE,- Vienna.


There is a kind of character in thy life, SCENE I.-An Apartment in the Duke's Palace.

That, to the observer, doth thy history Enter DUKE, Escalus, Lords, and Attendants.

Fully unfold: Thyself and thy belongings Duke. Escalus,

Are not thine own so proper, as to waste Escal. My lord.

Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.

Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do; Duke. Of government the properties to unfold, Would seemn in me to affect speech and discourse; Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues Since I am put to know, that your own science

Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike

Asif we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch’d, Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice (mains

But to fine issues : nor nature never lends
My strength can give you : Then no more re-
But that to your sulliciency, as your worth is able, But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines

The smallest scruple of her excellence,
And let them work. The nature of our people,
Our city's institutions, and the terms

Herself the glory of a creditor,
For common justice, you are as pregnant in,

Both thanks and use. But I do bend my speech As art and practice hath enriched any,

To one, that can my part in him advertise ; That we remember: There is our commission,

Hold therefore, Angelo; From which we would not have you warp; --Call Mortality

and mercy in Vienna

In our remove, be thou at full ourself : I say, bid come before us Angelo.

[Exit an Attendant. Though first in question, is thy secondary :

thy tongue and heart: old Escalus, What figure of as, think you, he will bear? For you must know, we have with special soul

Take thy commission. Elected him our absence to supply;


Now, good my lord, Lent him our terror, drest bim with our love;

Let there be some more test made of my metal,

Before so noble and so great a figare
And given bis deputation all the organs.
Of our own power : What think you of it?

Be stamp'd upon it.

No more evasion ;
Escal. Ifany in Vienna be of worth

We have with a leaven's and prepared choice To undergo sach ample grace and honour, It is lord Angelo.

Procoeded to you; therefore take your honours.

Qar baste from bence is of so quick condition, Enter ANGELO.

That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion's Duke. Look, where he comes.

Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will, As time and our concernings shall importune, I come to know your pleasure.

How it goes with us; and do look to know Duke.


What doth befall you here. So, fare you well:

[hither, | Live

you all.


To the hopeful execution do I leave you

1 Gent. Ay, and more. of your commissions.

Lucio. A french crown more. Ang.

Yet, give leave, my lord, 1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me : That we may bring you something on the way. but thou art full of error; I am sound. Duke. My baste may not admit it;

Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, bealthy; but Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do so sound, as things that are hollow: thy bones are With any scruple : your scope is as mine own; hollow : impiety has made a feast of thee. So to enforce, or qualify the laws,

Enter Baud. As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand;

I Gent. How now? which of your hips has the I'll privily away: I love the people,

most profound sciatica ? But do not like to stage me to their eyes :

Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, Though it do well, I do not relish well

and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of Their loud applause, and aves vehement: Nor do I think the man of safe discretion, That does atlect it. Once more, fare you well.

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

Bard. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, siguior Claudio. Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes!

1 Gent. Claudio to prison ! 'tis not so. Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happi

Baud. Nay, but I know, 'tis so: I saw him ar

rested ; saw Duke. I thank you: Fare you well.

him carried away; and, which is more, (Exit.

within these three days his head's to be chopped off. Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave

Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not To have free speech with you ; and it concerns me

have it so : Art thou sure of this? To look into the bottom of my place :

Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting A power I have; but of what streugth and nature

madam Julietta with child. I am not yet instructed.

Lucio. Believe me, this may be ; he promised Ang. "İ'is so with me :-Let us withdraw toge

to ineet me two hours siuce; and he was ever preAnd we may soon our satisfaction have [ther,

cise in promise-keeping; Touching that point. Escal. I'll wait upon your bonour. (Exeunt. near to the speech we had to such a purpose.

2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something SCENE II.-A Street.

1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the proEnter Lucio and tico Gentlemen.

clamation. Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come

Lucio. Away ; let's go learn the truth of it. not to composition with the king of Hungary, why,

[Exeunt Lucio and Gentlemen. then all the dukes fall upon the king.

Baud. Thus, what with the war, what with the 1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the sweat, what with the gallows, and what with poking of Hungary's!

verty, I am custom-shrunk. How now? what's

the news with you ? 2 Gent. Amen. Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious

Enter Clown. pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison. but scraped one out of the table.

Bawd. Well; what has he done? 2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ?

Clo. A woman. Lucio. Ay, that he razed.

Bawd. But what's his offence? 1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to command Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar rirer. the captain and all the rest from their functions; Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him? they put forth to steal : There's not a soldier of us Clo. No; but there is a woman with maid by him: all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth re You have not heard of the proclamation, bave you? lish the petition well, that prays for peace.

Bawd. What proclamation, man? 2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be

Lucio. I believe thee ; for, I think, thou never pluck'd down. wast where grace was said.

Bawd. And what shall become of those in the city? 2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least.

Clo. They shall stand for seed: they had gone 1 Gent. What? in metre?

down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them. Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language. Baud. But shall all our houses of resort in the 1 Gent. I think, or in any religion.

suburbs be pull'd down? Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite of Clo. To the ground, mistress. all controversy : As for example ; Thou thyselfart Bawd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the coma wicked villain, despite of all grace.

monwealth! What shall become of me? 1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers Clo. Come; fear not you : good counsellors lack between us.

no clients : though you change your place, you Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists need not change your trade; I'll be your tapster and the velvet: Thou art the list.

still. Courage ; there will be pity taken on you : 1 Gent. And thou the velvet : thou art good vel- you, that have

worn your eyes almost out in the vet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: service, you will be considered. (withdraw. I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be Bawd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster ? Let's pil'd, as thou art pil'd, for a French velvet. Do I Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the prospeak feelingly now?

vost to prison; and there's madam Juliet. (Exeunt. Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most

SCENE III.-The same. painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine own confession, learn to begin thy health ; but,

Enter Provost, ClaudiO, JULIET, and Officers; whilst I live, forget to drink after thee.

Lucio, and two Gentlemen. 1 Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong ; Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to have I not?

[tainted or free

the world? 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast ; whether thou art Bear me to prison, where I am committed.

Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation Pro. I do it not in evil disposition, comes ! I have purchased as many diseases under | But from lord Angelo by special charge. her roof, as come to

Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, 2 Gent. To what, I pray ?

Make us pay down for our offence by weight.I Gent. Judge.

The words of heaven ;-on whom it will, it will; 2 Gent, To three thousand dollars a-year. On whom it will not, so; yet still ’uis jast.

with you.

Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio ? whenoe comes Believe uot, that the dribbling dart of love this restraint ?

Can pierce a complete bosom : why I desire thee Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose As sarfeit is the father of much fast,

More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends So every scope by the immoderate use

Of burning youth. Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue,


May your grace speak of it? (Like rats that ravin down their proper bane,) Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you A thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die. How I have ever lov'd the life remov'd;

Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an ar And held in idle price to haunt assemblies, rest, I would send for certain of my creditors : Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps. And yet, to say the truth, I had as lief have the I have deliver'd to lord Angelo soppery of freedom, as the morality of imprison- (A man of stricture, and firin abstinence,) ment. - What's thy offence, Claudio ?

My absolute power and place here in Vienna, Claud. What, but to speak of would offend again. And he supposes me travell’d to Poland; Lucio. What is it? murder?

For so I have strew'd it in the common ear, Claud. No.

And so it is receiv'd: Now, pious sir, Lucio. Lechery?

You will demand of me, why I do this? Claud. Call it so.

Fri. Gladly, my lord.

(laws, Prov. Away, sir; you must go.

Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting Claud. One word, good friend :-Lucio, a word (The needfal bits and curbs for head-strong steeds,)

(Takes him aside.) Which for these fourteen years we have let sleep ; Lacio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good. Even like an o'er-grown lion in a cave, Is lechery so look'd after ?

That goes not out to prey: Now, as fond fathers Claud.' Thas stands it with me :-Upon a true Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch, I got possession of Julietta's bed; [contráct Only to stick it in their children's sight, You know the lady; she is fast my wife,

For terror, not to use; in time the rod Sare that we do the denunciation lack

Becomes inore mock'd than fear'd: so our decrees, Of outward order: this we came not to,

Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead; Only for propagation of a dower

And liberty plucks justice by the nose ;
Remaining in the coiler of her friends;

The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart
From whom we thought it meet to hide our love, Goes all decorum.
Till time had made them for us. But it chances, Fri.

It rested in your grace
The stealth of our most mutual entertainment, To unloose this tied-up justice, when you pleas'd :
With character too gross, is writ on Juliet. And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd,
Lacio. With child, perhaps ?

Than in Lord Angelo. Claud. Unhappily, even se.


I do fear, too dreadful : And the new deputy now for the duke,

Sith 'twas my fault to give the people scope, Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness; 'Twould be my tyranny to strike, and call them Or whether that the body public be

For what I bid them do: For we bid this be done, A borse, whereon the governor doth ride,

When evil deeds have their permissive pass, Who, newly in the seat, that it may know

And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my He can command, lets it straight feel the spur : I have on Angelo impos'd the office; [father, Whether the tyranny be in his place,

Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home, Or in his eminence that fills it ap,

And yet my nature never in the sight, I stagger in :-But this new governor

To do it sländer: And to behold his sway, Awakes me all the enrolled penalties, (wall I will, as 'twere a brother of your order, Which have, like unscour'd' armour, hung by the Visit both prince and people ; therefore, I pr’ythee, So long, that nineteen zodiacs have gone round, Supply me with the habit, and instruct me And none of them been worn ; and, for a pame, How I may formally in person bear me Now puts the drowsy and neglected act

Like a true friar. More reasons for this action, Freshly on me :-'tis surely, for a name.

At our more leisure shall I render you; Lacío. I warrant, it is : and thy head stands so Only, this one :-Lord Angelo is precise ; tickle on the shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses, in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and That his blood flows, or that his appetite appeal to him.

Is more to bread than stone : Hence shall we see, Claud. I have done so, bat he's not to be found. If power change purpose, what our seemers be. pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service:

[Exeunt. This day my sister should the cloister enter,

SCENE V.-A Nunnery. And there receive ber approbation :

Enter Isabella and FRANCISCA. Acquaint her with the danger of my state ;

Isab. And have you nuns no further privileges ? Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends

Fran. Are not these large enougb? To the strict deputy; bid herself assay bim;

Isab. Yes, truly; I speak not as desiring more ; I have great bope in that: for in ber youth

But rather wishing a more strict restraint There is a prone and speechless dialect, Sach as moses men; beside, she bath prosperous art, Upon the sister-hood, the votarists of saint Clare.

Lucio. Ho! Peace be in this place! (Within.) When she will play with reason and discourse,


Who's that which calls ? Aed well she can persuade.

Fran. It is a man's voice : Gentle Isabella, Lucio. I pray, she may; as well for the encouragement of the like, which else would stand

under Turn you the

key, and know his business of him ; zrievous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy life. When you have vow'd, you must not speak with

may not; you are yet unsworn : be I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost But in the presence of the prioress : [men, at a game of tick-tack. I'll to her.

Then, if you speak, you must not shiew your lace; Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio. Lucis. Within two hours,

Or, if you shew your face, you must not speak.

[Erit. Claud, Come, officer, away.

He calls again; I pray you answer bim. [Exeunt.

Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls ?
SCENE IV-A Monastery.

Enter LUCIO.
Enter Duke and Priar Thomas.

Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be; as those cheek-roses Duke. No, boly father; throw away that thought; / Proclaim you are no less! Can you so stead me,

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As bring me to the sight of Isabella,

Commenil me to my brother: soon at night A novice of this place, and the fair sister

I'll send him certain word of my success. To ber unhappy brother Claudio ?

Lucio. I take my leave of you. Isab. Why ber unhappy brother ? let me ask; Isab.

Good sir, adieu. [Exeunt. The rather, for I now must make you know

ACT II. I am that Isabella, and his sister.

(you : Lacio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly greets

Scene I.--A Hall in Angelo's house. Not to be weary with you, he's in prison.

Enter ANGELO, ESCALUs, a Justice, Provost, Isab. Woe me! For what?


Officers, and other Attendants. Lucio. For that, which, if myself might be his Ang. We must not make a scare-crow of the law, He should receive his punishment in thanks : Setting it up to fear the birds of prey, He hath got his friend with child.

And let it keep one shape, till custom make it Isab. Sir, make me not your story.

Their perch, and not their terror.

It is true.

Ay, but yet I would not--though 'tis my familiar sin

Let us be keen, and rather cut a little, [man, With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest, Than fall, and bruise to death : Alas! this gentleTongue far from heart,--play with all virgins so: Whom I would save, had a most noble father. I hold you as a thing ensky'd, and sainted ; Let but your honour know, By your renouncement, an immortal spirit;

(Whom I believe to be most strait in virtue,) And to be talk'd with in sincerity,

That, in the working of your own affections, As with a saint.

[me. Had time coher'd with place, or place with wishing, Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mocking Or that the resolute acting of your blood Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth, Could have attain'd the effect of your own purpose, 'tis thus :

Whether you had not, sometime in your life, Your brother and his lover have embrac'd :

Err'd in this point which now you censure him, As those that feed grow full; as blossoming time, And pull’d the law upon you. That from the seedness the bare fallow brings,

Ang. Tis one thing to he tempted, Escalas, To teeming foison ; even so her plenteous womb

Another thing to fall. I not deny, Expresseth his full tilth and husbandry.

The jary, passing on the prisoner's life, Isab. Some one with child by him !--My cousin May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two Juliet?

Guiltier than him they try : What's open made to Lucio. Is she your cousin ?


justice, Isab, Adoptedly; as school-maids change their that justice seizes. What know the laws, By vain, though apt affection.

That thieves do pass on thieves? "Tis very pregLucio. She it is.

nant, Isab. O, let him marry her! Lucio.

This is the point.

The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it,

Because we see it; but what we do not see,
The duke is very strangely gone from hence; We tread upon, and never think of it.
Bore many gentlemen, myself being one,

Yon may not so extenuate his offence,
In hand, and hope of action ; but we do learn For I have had such faults; but rather tell me,
By those that know the very nerves of state, When I, that censure him, do so offend,
His givings out were of an infinite distance

Let mine own judgment pattern out my death, From his true-meant design. Upon his place,

And nothing come in partial. Sir, he must die. And with full line of his authority,

Escal. Be it as your wisdom will. Governs lord Angelo; a man, whose blood


Where is the provost ? Is very snow-broth; one who never feels

Prov. Here, if it like your honour. The wanton stings and motions of the sense;


See that Claudio Bat doth rebate and blunt his natural edge

Be executed by nine to-morrow morning : With profits of the mind, study and fast.

Bring him his confessor, let him be prepar'd; He (to give fear to use and liberty,

For that's the utmost of his pilgrimage. Which have, for long, run by the hideous law,

(Esrit Provost. As mice by lions,) hath pick'd out au act,

Escal. Well, heaven forgive him! and forgive us Under whose heavy sense your brother's life

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall : (all! Falls into forfeit: lie arrests him on it;

Some run from brakes of vice, and answer none; And follows close the rigour of the statote,

And some condemned for a fanlt alone.
To make him an example: all hope is gone,
Unless you have the grace by your fair prayer

Enter ELBOW, Froth, Clown, Officers, fc. To soften Angelo : And that's my pith

Elb. Come, bring them away: if these be good Of business 'twixt you and your poor brother. people in a common-weal, that do nothing bat use Isab. Doth he so seek his life?

their abuses in common houses, I know no law; Lucio.

Has censur'd him bring them away. Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath

Ang. How now, sir! What's your name? and A warrant for his execution.

what's the matter? Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me

Elb. If it please your honour, I am the poor To do him good ?

duke's constable, and my name is Elbow ; do Lucio.

Assay the power you have. lean upon justice, sir, and do bring in here before Isab. My power! Alas! I doubt,

your good honour two notorious benefactors. Lucio.

Our doubts are traitors, Ang. Benefactors? Well; what benefactors are And make us lose the good we oft might win, they ? are they not malefactors? By fearing to attempt : Go to lord Angelo,

Élb. If it please your honour, I know not well And let him learn to know, when maidens sue, what they are : but precise villains they are, that I Men give like gods; but when they weep and kneel, am sure of; and void of all profanation in the All their petitions are as freely theirs

world, that good christians ought to have. As they themselves would owe them.

Escal. This comes off well ; here's a wise officer. Isab. I'll see wbat I can do.

Ang. Go to : What quality are they of? Elbow Lucio.

But, speedily. is yoаr name? Why dost thou not speak, Elbow? Isab. I will about it straight;

Clo. He cannot, sir; he's out at elbow. No longer staying but to give the mother

Ang. What are you, sir? Notice of my affair, I humbly thank yon:

Elb. He, sir? a tapster, sir; parcel-bawd; one

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