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interlude; one sir Topas, sir; but that's all one:-By the Lord, jool, 1 um not mud, But do you remember? Madam, why laugh you at such a barren rascal? an you smile not, he's gagg'd: And thus the whirligig of uime brings in his revenges.

Mal. Pll be revenged on the whole pack of you.

[Exit. Vli. He hath been most notoriously abus'd. Duke. Porsue him, and entreat him to a

peace : He hath not told us of the captain yet;, When that is known and golden time con

vents, A solemn combination shall be made Of onr dear souls- Mean time, sweet sister, We will not part from hence.-Cesario, come, For so you shall be, while you are a man; But, when in other habits you are seen, Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen.

[Exeunt.

SONG. Clo. When that I was and a little tiny boy,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, i A foolish thing was but a toy,

For the rain it raineth every day. But when I cume to man's estate,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 5. Gainst knave and thief men shut their

gate,
For the rain it raineth every day.
But when I came, alus! to wive,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
By swaggering could I never thrive,

FO rain it raineth every day.
But when I came unto my bed,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, With toss-pots still had drunken head,

For the rain it raineth every day. A great while ago the world begun,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, But that's all one, our play is done, And we'll strive to please you every day.

[Exit.

• Shalt serve.

This play is in the graver párt elegant and easy, and in some of the lighter scenes exquisitely humorons. Ague-cheek is drawn with great propriety, but his character is, in a great measure, that of natural fatuity, and is therefore not the proper prey of a satirist. The soliloquy of Malvolio is truly comic; he is betrayed to ridicule merely by his pride. The marriage of. Olivia, and the succeeding perplexity, though' well enough contrived to divert on the stage, wants credibility, and fails to produce the proper instruction required in the drama, as it exhibits no just picture of life.-JOHNSON.

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MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

Persons represented.
VINCENTIO, duke of Vienna.

A JUSTICE.
ANGELO, lord deputy in the duke's absence. ELBOW, a simple constable.
ESCALUS, an ancient lord, joined with Froth, a foolish gentleman.
Angelo' in the deputation.

Clowk, servant to Mrs. Over-done.
CLAUDIO, a young gentleman.

ABHORSON, an executioner. Lucio, a fantastic.

BARN ARDINE, a dissolute prisoner, Two other like gentlemen.

ISABELLA, sister to Claudio. VARRIUS, a gentleman, servant to the duke. MARIANA, betrothed to Angelo. PROVOST,

JULIET, beloved by Claudio.

FRANCISCA, & nun.
PETER,

MISTRESS OVER-DONB, a bawd.
Lords, Gentlemen, Guards, Officers, and other Attendants.

Scene,-Vienna.

THOMAS, two friars.

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

That, to the observer, doth thy history, Enter DUKE, Escalus, Lords, and At- Fully unfold : Thyself and thy belongings

Are not thine own so propery, as to waste tendants,

Thyself upon thy virtues, thein on thee. Duke. Escalus,

Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do ; Escal. My lord.

Not light them for themselves: for if our Duke of government the properties to Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike (virtues

[course; As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely Would seem in me to affect speech and dis- touch'd, Since I am pat to know, that your own science, But to fine issues 11: 'nor nature never lends Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice The smallest scruple of her excellence, My strength can give you : Then no more But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines remains

[able, Herself the glory of a creditor, [speech But that to your sufficiency, as your worth is Both thanks and use. But I do bend my And let them work. The nature of our people. To one that can my part in lim advertise; Our city's institutions, and the terms

Hold therefore, Angelo ; For common justice, you are as pregnant † in, In our remove, be thou at full vurself ; As art and practice hath enriched any Mortality and mercy in Vienna That we remember: There is our commission, Live in thy tongue and heart : Old Escalas, From which we would not have you warp.- Though first in question, is thy secondary : I say,bid come before us Angelo.--[Call hither, Take thy commission. [Evit an Attendant.

Ang.

Now, good my lord, What figure of us think you he will bear ? Let there be some more test made of my metal, For you must know, we have with special soul Before so noble and so great a figure Elected him our absence to supply ;

Be stamp'd upon it. Lent him our terror, drest him with our love ; Duke.

No more evasion : And given his depntation all the organs We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice Of our own power: What think you of it? Proceeded to you; therefore take your honours.

Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth Our baste from hence is of so quick condition, To undergo such ample grace and honour, That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd It is lord Angelo.

Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, Enter ANGELO.

As time and our concernings shall impórtane, Duke.

Look, where he comes. How it goes with us; and do look to know Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will, What doth befall you here. So, fare you well: I come to know your pleasure.

To the hopeful execution do I leave you Duke.

Angelo, Of

your commissions. • Bounds. + Full of. | Endowments. So much thy own property. || For high purposes.

T Interest.

Escal.

the king.

1 Gent. And thon the velvet: thon art Ang.

Yet, give leave, my lorit,
That we may bring you something on the way: good velvet ; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I

Duke. My haste may not admit it ; warrant thee: I had as lief be a list of an
Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do English kersey, as be pild, as thou art pild,
With any scruple : your scope • is as mine for a French velvetil. Do I speak feelingly
So to enforce, or qualify the laws, [own; now?
As to your soul seems good. Give me your Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with
I'll privily away: I love the people, [hand ; most painful feeling of thy speech : will,
But do not like to stage me to their eyes : out of thine own confession, learn to begin
Though it do well, I do not relish well thy health ; but, whilst I live, forget to drink
Their loud applause, and aves + vehement; after thee.
Nor do I think the man of safe discretion,

I Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong;
That does affect it. Once more, fare you well, have I uot?
Ang. The heavens give safety to your 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast ; whether thon
purposes!

(happiness. art tainted, or free. Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam MiDuke. I thank you : Fare you well. [ Exit. tigation comes! I have purchased as many Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me diseases under her roof, as come to leave

[me

2 Gent. To what, I pray? To have free speech with you; and it concerns

i Gent. Judge. To look into the bottom of my place : (nature 2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a-year. A power I have ; but of what strength and 1 Gent. Ay, and more. I am not yet instructed.

(together, Lucio, A French crown & more. Ang. 'Tis so with me :-Let us withdraw 1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases And we may soon our satisfaction have in me; bat thou art full of error; I am sound. Touching that point.

Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy; I'll wait upon your honour, but so sound, as things that are hollow : thy

[Exeunt. bones are hollow; impiety has made a feast SCENE II. A Street.

of thee. Enter Lucio and two Gentlemen.

Enter Bawd. Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes,

1 Gent. How now? Which of your hips come not to composition with the king of has the most profound sciatica? Hungary, why, then all the dukes fall upon Buwd. Well, well; there's one yonder ar

rested, and carried to prison, was worth five 1 Gent. Heaven grant as its peace, but not thousand of you all. the king of Hungary's! ....

1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee? 2 Gent. Amen.

Bawd. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, sigpior Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimo Claudio. nious pirate, that went to sea with the ten I Gent. Claudio to prison ! 'tis not so. commandments,

but scraped one out of the Bawd. Nay, but I know, 'tis só : I saw table.

him arrested; saw him carried away ; and, 2 Gent. Thog sbalt not steal?

which is more, within these three days bis Lucio. Ay, that he razed.

head's to be chopped off, 1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would command the captain and all the rest from not bave it so : Art thou sure of this? their functions ; 'they put forth to steal : Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for There's not a soldier of us all, in the getting Juli with child. thanksgiving before meat, doth relish the Lucio. Believe me, this may be : he propetition well that prays for peace.

mised to meet me two hours since; and be 2Gent. I never heard any 'soldier dislike it. was ever precise in promise-keeping. Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou 2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws somenever wast where grace was said,

thing near to the speech we had to such a 2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least. purpose. I Gent. What? in metre?

1. Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the Lucio, In any proportion t, or in any proclaination.

Lucio. Away ; let's go learn the truth of it. i Gent. I think, or in any religion.

(Exeunt Luçio and Gentlemen. Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, de. Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with ipite of all controversy : As for example; the sweat **, what with the gallows, and what Thon thyself art a wicked villain, despite of with poverty, I am custom-shrunk. "How

now.? what's the news with you? 1 Gent. Well, there went' but a pair of

Enter Clown.

Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison. Lucio, I grant; as there may between the Bawd. Well; what has he done? lists and the velvet : Thou art the list. ,

Clo. A woman.1 + Hailings. I Measure. | A jest on the loss of hair by the French disease.

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Bawd. But what's his offence?

Claud. One word, good friend :-Lació, a Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river.

word with you.

(Ta'es him aside. Bawd. What, is there a maid with child Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any by him?

Is lechery so look'd after?

(goud. Clo. Nó; but there's a woman with maid Claud. Thus stands with me :~Upon a by him: You have not heard of the procla. true contract, mation, have you?

I got possession of Julietta's bed ; Bawa. What proclamation, man.

You know the lady; she is fast my wife, Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna Save that we do the denunciation lack must be pluck'd down.

Of outward order; this we came not to, Bawd. Aud what shall become of those in Only for propagation of a dower the city ?

Remaining in the coffer of her friends; [love, Clo, They shall stand for seed : they had From whom we thought it meet to hide oor gone down too, but that a wise burgher put Till time had made them for us. But it chances, in for them.

The stealth of our most mutual entertainment Bawd. But shall all our houses of resort in With character too gross, is writ on Juliet. the suburbs be pull'd down?

Lucio. With child, perhaps? Clo. To the ground, mistress.

Claud. Unhappily, even so. Bawd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the And the new deputy now for the dake, commonwealth! What shall become of me? Whether it be the fault and glimpse of 'ne

Clo. Come ; fear not you; good coun. Or whether that the body public be (ness; sellors Jack no clients: though you change A horse whereon the governor doth ride, your place, you need not change your trade; Who, newly in the seat, that it may know I'll be your tapster still. Courage; there will He can command, lets it straight feel the spor: be pitý taken on you: you that have worn Whether the tyranny be in his place, your eyes almost out in the service, you will Or in his eminence that fills it up, be considered.

I stagger in: -But this new governor Bawd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster ? Awakes me all the enrolled penalties, Let's withdraw. ;

Which have, like unscour'd armour hung, by Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the wall

[round, the provost to prison : and there's madam so long, that nineteen zodiacs to have gone Juliet.

[Exeunt. And none of them been worn; and, for a name, SCENE III. The same.

Now puts the drowsy and neglected act

Freshly on me:--'tis surely for a name. Enter Provost®, CLAUDIO, JULIET, and

Lucio. I warrant, it is: and thy head stands Officers ; LUCTO, and twó Gentlemen.

so tickles on thy shoulders, that a milk.maid, Claud. Pellow, why dost thou show me if she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after thus to the world?

the duke, and appeal to him. (found. Bear me to prison, where I am committed. Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be

Prov. I do it not in evil' disposition, I prythee, Lucio, do me this kind service: But from lord 'Angelo by special charge. This day my sister should the cloister enter,

Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, And there receive her approbation 1:
Make us pay down for our offence by weight.- Acquaint her with the danger of my state;
The words of heaven ;-on whom it will, it will; Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends
On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis jast, To the strict deputy; bid herself assay him;
Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio ? whence I have great hope in that: for in her youth
comes this restraint?

There is a prone I and speechless dialect, Claud. From too much liberty, my Lacio, Suchas moves men; beside, she hath pro As surfeit is the father of much fast, (liberty:

sperous art So every scope by the immoderate use When she will play with reason and discourse, Turns to restraint: Our natares do pursue, And well she can persuade! (Like rats that ravint down their proper bane,) Lucio. I pray, she may: as well for the en: A thirts , evit cond When we drink, weddies

couragement of the like, which else would Lució. IF T'could speak so wisely under an stand under grievons imposition; as for the enarrest, I would send for certain of my credi- joying of thy life, who I would be sorry should tors : And yet, to say the truth, I had as lief be thus foolishly lost at a game of tick-tack. have the foppery of freedom, as the mora. I'll to her. lity of imprisonment.-What's thy offence, Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio. Claudio ?

Lucio, Within two hours.
Claud. What, bat to speak of would offend Claud. Come, officer, away. [Exeunt.
Lucio. What is it? murder? [again.

SCENE IV. A Monastery.
Claud. No.
Lucio. Lechery?

Enter Duke and Friar THOMAS.
Claud. Call it so:

Duke. No; holy father; throw away that Prov. Away, sir; you must go.

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SCENE V.: A Nunnery.) Can pierce a complete bosom * : why I desire

Enter Isabella and FranciscA. » thee To give me secret barbour, hath a purpose Isab. And have you nung no further priviMore grave and wrinkled than the aims and leges? Of burning youth.

(ends Fran. Are not these large enough? (more; Fri,

May your grace speak of it? Isab. Yes, truly: I speak not as desiring Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than Bat rather wishing a more strict restraint How I have ever lov'd the life remov?dt; (you Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of saint And held in idle price to hannt assemblies,

Clare. Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery Lucio. Ho! Peace be in this place![Within.] I have delivered to lord Angelo (keeps 1. Isab.

Who's that which calls? (A man of stricture ý, and firm abstinence) Fran. It is a man's voice: Gentle Isabella, My absolute power and place here in Vienna, Turn you the key, and know bis business of him; And he supposes me travelld to Poland; You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn: For so I have strew'd it in the common ear, When you have vow'd, you must not speak with And so it is receiv’d: Now, pious sir, But in the presence of the prioress: (men, You will demand of me, why I do this? Then, if you speak,you must not show your face; Fri. Gladly, my lord. [biting laws, Or, if you show your face, you must not speak.

Duke. We have strict statates, and most He calls again; I pray you, answer him. (The needful bits and curbs for head-strong

(Erit FRANCISCA. steeds)

(sleep; Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that Which for these fourteen years we have let calls ? Even like an o'er-grown lion in a cave,

Enter LUCIÓ.
That goes not out to prey: Now, as fond'fathers Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be; as those
Having bound up the threatning twigs of birch, cheek-roses
Only to stick it in their children's sight, Proclaim you are no less ! Can you so stead me,
For terror, not to use; in time the rod (crees, As bring me to the sight of Isabella,
Becomes more mock’d, than fear'd: so our de- A novice of this place, and the fair sister
Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead; To her unhappy brother Claudio?
Aud liberty plucks justice by the nose; Isab. Why her unhappy brother? let me ask;
The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart The rather, for I now must make you know
Goes all decorum.

I am that Isabella, and his sister.
It rested in your grace

Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly To unloose this tied-up justice, when you greets you: pleas'd:

Not to be weary with you, he's in prison. And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd, Isab, Woe nie! For what? [his judge, Than in lord Angelo.

Lucio. For that, which, if myself. might be Duke,

I do fear, too dreadful : He should receive his punishment in thanks: Sith || 'twas my fault to give the people scope, He bath got his friend with child. 'Twould be my tyranny to strike, and gall them Isab. Sir, make me not your story **. For what I bid them do: For we bid this be Lucio.

It is true. done,

I would not-though 'tis my familiar sin ! When evil deeds have their

permissive pass, With maids to seen the lapwing, and to jest, And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, Tongue far from heart,-play with all virgins my father,

I hold you as a thing ensky'd, and sainted; (so: I have on Angelo impos'd the office; By your renouncement, an immortali spirit ; Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike, And to be talk'd with in sincérity; home,

As with a saint. And yet my natpre never in the sight,

Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mockTo do it slauder: And to behold his sway,

ing me.

['tis thus : I will, as 'twere a brother of your order, (thee, Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truthtt, Visit both prince and people: therefore, I pr’y. Your brother and his lover have embrac'd: Sopply me with the habit, and instruct me As those that feed grow full; as blossoming time, How I may formally in person bear me That from the seedness the bare fallow brings Like a true friar. More reasons for this action, To teeming foison ii; even so her plenteous At our more leisure shall I render you;

womb Only, this one :Lord Angelo is precise ; Expresseth his full tilth is and husbandry. Stands at a guard S with envy; scarce confesses Isab. Some one with child by him? - My That his blood flows, or that his appetite (see, Lucio. Is she your cousin? (cousin Juliet Is more to bread than stone: Hence shall we Isab. Adoptedly; as school-maids change If power change purpose, what our seemers By vain though apt affection. (their names (Exeunt. Lucio.

She it is.

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Completely armed.

On his defence,

+ Retired.

I Showy dress resides. Strictness. I Sinće. ** Do not make a jest of me.

tt In few and true words. Breeding plepty.

Ø Tilling.

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