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Lucio. Within two hours,
Claud. Come, officer, away.

SCENE W.

Even like an o'ergrown lion in a cave,
That goes not out to prey: Now, as fond fathers
Having bound up the threat’ning twigs of birch,
Only to stick it in their children's sight,
For terror, not to use; in time the rod
Becomes more mock'd, than feared : so our decrees,
Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead;

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And liberty plucks justice by the nose;
The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart
Goes all decorum.

Fri. It rested in your grace
To unloose this ty’d-up justice, when you pleasid:
And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd,
Than in lord Angelo.

Duke. I do fear, too dreadful :
Sith 'twas my fault to give the people scope, 392
'Twould be my tyranny to strike, and gall them,
For what I bid them do: For we bid this be done,
When evil deeds have their permissive pass,
And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my

A Monastery. Enter Duke and Friar THOMAȘ.
Duke. No; holy father; throw away that thought;-
Believe not that the dribbling 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
low I have ever lov'd the life remov'd; 298
and held in idle price to haunt assemblies,
Vhere youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps.
have deliver'd to lord Angelo
A man of stricture, and firm abstinence)
ly absolute power and place here in Vienna,
nd he supposes me travelled to Poland;
or so I have strew'd it in the common ear,
nd so it is receiv'd: Now, pious sir,
pu will demand of me, why I do this?

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Fri. Gladly, my lord.
Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting

laws
he needful bits and curbs for head-strong steeds)
zich for these nineteen years we have let sleep;

Even
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father,

order,

I have on Angelo impos'd the office;
Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home,
" And yet, my nature never in the sight
“ To do it slander:" And to behold his sway,
I will, as 'twere a brother of

your

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Visit both prince and people: therefore, I proythee,
Supply me with the habit, and instruct me
How I may formally in person bear me
Like a true friar More reasons for this action,
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At

At our more leisure shall I render you;
Only, this one :-Lord Angelo is precise ;
Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses
That his blood flows, or that his appetite
Is more to bread than stone: Hence shall we see,
If power change purpose, what our seemers be.

SCENE V.

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A Nunnery. Enter ISABELLA and FRANCISCA. Isab. And have you nuns no farther privileges ? Nun. Are not these large enough?

Isab. Yes, truly : I speak not as desiring more ;
But rather wishing a more strict restraint
Upon the sister-hood, the votarists of saint Clare.

Lucio. [Within] Ho! Peace be in this place!
Isab. Who's that which calls ?

Nun. It is a man's voice : Gentle Isabella,
Turn you the key, and know his business of him ;
You

may, I may not; you are yet unsworn : When

you

have vow'd, you must not speak with men, But in the presence of the prioress :

353 Then, if you speak, you must not shew

your Or, if you shew your face, you must not speak. He calls again; I pray you answer him.

[Exit FRANCISCA. is Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is’t that calls ?"

face ;

Enter

MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

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At our more leisure shall I render you;
Only, this one :-Lord Angelo is precise ;
Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses
That his blood flows, or that his appetite
Is more to bread than stone: Hence shall we see,
If power change purpose, what our seemers be.

SCENE V.

A Nunnery. Enter ISABELLA and FrancisCA.
Isab. And have you nuns no farther privileges ?
Nun. Are not these large enough?

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Isab. Yes, truly : I speak not as desiring more;
But rather wishing a more strict restraint
Jpon the sister-hood, the votarists of saint Clare,

Lucio. [Within] Ho! Peace be in this place!
Isab. Who's that which calls ?
Nun. It is a man's voice: Gentle Isabella,

the key, and know his business of him;
ou may, I may not; you are yet unsworn :
Ten you have vow'd, you must not speak with men,
it in the presence of the prioress :

353 if you speak, you must not shew your face ; , if you shew your face, you must not speak. calls again; I pray you answer him.

[Exit FRANCISCA fab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls ?"

Enter LUCIO.
Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be; as those cheek-roses
Proclaim you are no less! Can you so stead me,
As bring me to the sight of Isabella,
A novice of this place, and the fair sister
To her unhappy brother Claudio ?

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Isab. Why her unhappy brother ? let me ask;
The rather, for I now must make

you

know
I am that Isabella, and his sister.
Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly greets

you:
Not to be weary with you, he's in prison,

Isab. Woe me! For what ?
Lucio. For that, which, if myself might be his

judge,
He should receive his punishment in thanks :
He hath got his friend with child.
Isab. Sir, make me not your story.

372 Lucio. 'Tis true; I would not (though 'tis my

familiar sin With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest, Tongue far from heart) play with all virgins so: I hold you as a thing ensky'd, and sainted : “ By your renouncement, an immortal spirit;" And to be talked with in sincerity, As with a saint,

"* Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mocking me. " Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth,

'tis thus : " Your brother and his lover have embrac'da 382

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• As those that feed grow full; as blossoming time
" That from the seedness the bare fallow brings ,
“ To teeming foyson ; so her plenteous womb

Expresseth his full tilth and husbandry."
Isab. Some one with child by him :---My cousin

Juliet ?
Lució. Is she your cousin ?
Isab. Adoptedly; as school-maids change their

nanes,
By vain though apt affection.

Lucio, She it is.
Isab. O, let him marry her!

Lucio. This is the point.
The duke is very strangely gone from hence ;
“ Bore many gentlemen, myself being one,
“ In hand, and hope of action : but we do learn

By those that know the very nerves of state, “ His givings-out were of an infinite distance “ From his true-meant design,” Upon his place, And with full line of his authority, Governs lord Angelo; A man whose blood Is very snow-broth; one who never feels

409 “ The wanton stings and motions of the sense ; « But doth rebatę and blunt his natural edge “ With profits of the mind, study and fast." He “ (to give fear to use and liberty, “ Which have, for long, run by the hideous law, “ As mice by lions).” hath pick'd out an act, Under whose heavy sense your brother's life Falls into forfeit : he arrests him on it;

And

MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

" Is those that feed grow full; as blossoming time
** That from the seedness the bare fallow brings
* To teeming foyson ; so her plenteous womb
-- Expresseth his full tilth and husbandry."
Isab. Some one with child by him:-My cousin

Juliet
Lucio. Is she your cousin ?
Isab. Adoptedly; as school-maids change their

names,
By vain though apt affection.

Lucio. She it is. Isab. O, let him marry her! lucio. This is the point. The duke is very strangely gone from hence ; Bore many gentlemen, myself being one, in hand, and liope of action: but we do learn by those that know the very nerves of state, His givings-out were of an infinite distance from his true-meant design,” Upon his place, d with full line of his authority, verns lord Angelo; A man whose blood one who never feels

409 he wanton stings and motions of the sense ; ut doth rebatę and blunt his natural edge Vith profits of the mind, study and fast.” "(to give fear to use and liberty, Thich have, for long, run by the hideous law, 5 mice by lions)" hath pick'd out an act, r whose lieavy sense your brother's life into forfeit: he arrests him on it;

And follows close the rigour of the statute,
To make him an example : all hope is gone, 412
Unless

you

have the grace by your fair prayer
To soften Angelo : and that's my pith
Of business 'twixt

you
and your poor

brother. Isab, Doth he so seek his life?

Lucio. Has censur'd him
Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath
A warrant for his execution.

Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me
To do himn good?
Lucio. Assay the power you have.

492 Isab. My power! Alas! I doubt,--

Lucią. Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win,
By fearing to attempt : Go to lord Angelo,
And let him learn to know, when maidens sue,
Men give like gods; but when they weep and kneel,
All their petitions are as truly theirs
As they themşelves would owe them.

Isab. I'll see what I can do.
Lucio. Buț, speedily.

Isab. I will about it strait;
No longer staying but to give the mother
Notice of my affair. I humbly thank you:
Commend me to my brother: soon at night
I'll send him certain word of my success.

Lucio. I take my leave of you,
Isab. Good sir, adieu.

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