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I'll gladly learn. Duke. Love you the man that wrong'd you Juliet. Yes, as I love the woman that wrong'd him.
Duke. So then, it seems, your most offenceful act was mutually committed ? Juliet.
Mutually. Duke. Then was your sin of heavier kind than his. Juliet. I do confess it, and repent it, father. Duke. 'Tis meet so, daughter: But lest you do re
Juliet. I do repent me, as it is an evil;
[Exit. Juliet. Must die to-morrow! O, injurious love', That respites me a life, whose very comfort Is still a dying horror! Prov.
'Tis pity of him. [Exeunt.
A Room in Angelo's House.
Ang. When I would pray and think, I think and pray To several subjects: heaven hath my empty words ;
But lest you do repent,] i. e. take care, lest you repent (not so much for your fault, as it is an evil,] as that the sin hath brought you to this shame.
Showing we'd not spare heaven,) i. e. spare to offend heaven. | There rest.] Keep yourself in this temper.
O, injurious love,] Probably should be law.
Whilst my invention", hearing not my tongue,
One Isabel, a sister,
Teach her the way. (Exit Serv.
3 Whilst my invention,] i. e. imagination.
with boot,] Boot is profit, advantage, gain. 5 Which the air beats for vain.) or vanity.
case,] for outside; garb. ? Let's write good angel on the devil's horn,
'Tis not the devil's crest.] This whole passage, as it stands, appears to me to mean : 0) place! ( form! though you wrench awe from fools, and tie even wiser souls to your false seeming, yet you make no alteration in the minds or constitutions of those who possess, or assume you. Though we should write good angel on the devil's horn, it will not change his nature, so as to give him a right to wear that crest. M. Mason.
So play the foolish throngs with one that swoons ;
How now, fair maid ?
I am come to know your pleasure. Ang. That you might know it, would much better
please me, Than to demand what 'tis. Your brother cannot live. Isab. Even so ?-Heaven keep your honour !
[Retiring. Ang. Yet may he live a while ; and it may be, As long as you, or I: yet he must die.
Isab. Under your sentence?
Isab. When, I beseech you ? that in his reprieve
Ang. Ha! Fye, these filthy vices ! It were as good
Isab. 'Tis set down so in heaven, but not in earth.
Ang. Say you so ? then I shall poze you quickly. Which had you rather, That the most just law
$ The general,] i. e. generality,
that hath from nature stolen, 8c.] i. e. that hath killed a
Now took your brother's life: or, to redeem him,
Sir, believe this,
Ang. I talk not of your soul: Our compellid sins
How say you ?
Please you to do't,
Ang. Pleas'd you to do't, at peril of your soul',
Isab. That I do beg his life, if it be sin,
Nay, but hear me: Your senses pursue not mine: either you are ignorant, Or seem so, craftily; and that's not good.
Isab. Let me be ignorant, and in nothing good, But graciously to know I am no better.
· I had rather give my body than my soul.] She means, I think, I had rather die, than forfeit my eternal happiness by the prostitution of my person. Malone.
2 Pleas'd you to do't, at peril, &c.] The reasoning is thus : Angelo asks, whether there might not be a charity in sin to save this brother ? Isabella answers, that if Angelo will save him, she will stake her soul that it were charity, not sin. Angelo replies, that if Isabella would save him at the hazard of her soul, it would be not indeed no sin, but a sin to which the charity would be equivalent. JOHNSON.
Ang. Thus wisilom wishes to appear most bright,
Ang. And his offence is so, as it appears Accountant to the law upon that pain *.
Ang. Admit no other way to save his life,
Isab. As much for my poor brother, as myself:
Then must your brother die.
3 Proclaim an enshield beauty – ] i. e. shielded beauty.
5 As I subscribe not that,] To subscribe means, to agree to. Milton uses the word in the same sense.
* But in the loss of question,) i. e. conversation.