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Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, Make us pay down for our offence by weight. The words of heaven ;-on whom it will, it will ; On whom it will not, so; yet still ’tis just.
Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio ? whence comes this restraint ?
Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty;
Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I would send for certain of my creditors : And yet, to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom, as the morality of imprisonment.—What's thy offence, Claudio ?
Claud. What, but to speak of would offend again.
[Takes him aside.
? Like rats that ravin – ] To ravin was formerly used for eagerly or voraciously devouring any thing.
this we came not to,
From whom we thought it meet to hide our love,
Lucio. With child, perhaps ?
Claud. Unhappily, even so. And the new deputy now for the duke, Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness Or whether that the body public be A horse whereon the governor doth ride, Who, newly in the seat, that it may know He can command, lets it straight feel the spur: Whether the tyranny be in his place, Or in his eminence that fills it up, I stagger in :—But this new governor Awakes me all the enrolled penalties, Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the wall So long, that nineteen zodiacks have gone round, And none of them been worn; and, for a name, Now puts the drowsy and neglected act Freshly on me :—'tis surely, for a name.
Lucio. I warrant, it is: and thy head stands so tickles on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and appeal to him.
Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found. I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service:
Only for propagation of a dower
Remaining in the coffer of her friends ;] I suppose the speaker means—for the sake of getting such a dower as her friends might hereafter bestow on her, when time had reconciled them to her clandestine marriage. Steevens.
the fault and glimpse of newness ;] The fault and glimpse is the same as the faulty glimpse. And the meaning seems to be Whether it be the fault of newness, a fault arising from the mind being dazzled by a novel authority, of which the new gorernor has yet had only a glimpse,-has yet taken only a hasty survey; or whether, &c, Shakspeare has many similar expressions. MALONE.
so tickle - ] i. e. ticklish.
This day my sister should the cloister enter,
Lucio. I pray, she may: as well for the encouragement of the like, which else would stand under grievous imposition ; as for the enjoying of thy life, who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost at a game of ticktack. I'll to her.
Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio.
Enter Duke and Friar THOMAS. Duke. No, holy father; throw away that thought; Believe not that the drilbling dart of love Can pierce a complete bosom: why I desire thee To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends Of burning youth. Fri,
May your grace speak of it ?' Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you How I have ever lov’d the life remov'do;
her approbation :) i. e. enter on her probation.
prone and speechless dialect,] Prone, perhaps, may stand for humble ; as a prone posture is a posture of supplication.
* Believe not that the dribbling dart -) A dribber, in archery, was a term of contempt.
the life remov'd ;] i. e, a life of retirement.
And held in idle price to haunt assemblies,
It rested in your grace
I do fear, too dreadful :
witless bravery -] Bravery, or showy dress.
keeps.] i. e, dwells, resides. 3 Sith -] i, e. since.
And yet my nature never in the sight,
Enter ISABELLA and FRANCISCA.
Isab. And have you nuns no further privileges ?
Isab. Yes, truly: I speak not as desiring more;
Who's that which calls ? Fran. It is a man's voice: Gentle Isabella, Turn you the key, and know his business of him; You may,
may not; you are yet unsworn: When you have vow'd, you must not speak with men, But in the presence of the prioress: Then, if you speak, you must not show your
face: Or, if you show your face, you must not speak. He calls again : I pray you answer him.
[Exit FRANCISCA. Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls ?
• Stands at a guard – ] Stands on his defence.