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Subtle as sphinx, as sweet and musical,
JEST AND JESTER.
Your task shall be With the fierce* endeavour of your wit, To enforce the pained impotent to smile. Biron. To move wild laughter in the throat of
death: It cannot be; it is impossible: Mirth cannot move a soul in agony.
Ros. Why, that's the way to choke a gibing spiri:
And lady-smocks all silver-white,
Do paint the meadows with delight,
Cuckoo, cuckoo,-0 word of fear,
And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,
And maidens bleach their summer smocks,
Unpleasing to a married ear!, (Vinter. When icicles hang by the wall,
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,
And milk comes frozen home in pail,
Joan doth keel* the pot
When all aloud the wind doth blow,
And coughing drowns the parson's saw
And Marian's nose looks red and raw,
MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
ACT I. VIRTUE GIVEN TO BE EXERTED. HEAVEN doth with us, as we with torches do; Not light them for themselves: for if our virtues * Cool.
+ Wild apples.
Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike
THE CONSEQUENCE OF LIBERTY INDULGED.
ELOQUENCE AND BEAUTY,
PARDON THE SANCTION OF WICKEDNESS.
A SEVERE GOVERNOR.
Lord Angelo is precise;
| Interest. # Voraciously devour
& Prompt 1 On his defence
THE PRAYERS OF MAIDENS EFFECTUAL. 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 freely theirs As they themselves would owe* them
ALL MEN FRAIL, Let but your honour know,t (Whom I believe to be most strait in virtue,) That, in the working of your own affections, Had time coherd, with place, or place with wishing, Or that the resolute acting of your blood Could have attained the effect of your own purpose, Whether you had not some time in your life Err'd in this point which now you censure him, And pull'd the law upon you.
THE FAULTS OF OTHERS NO JUSTIFICATION OF
'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus, Another thing to fall. I not deny, The jury, passing on the prisoner's life, May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two Guiltier than him they try: What's open made to
justice, That justice seizes. What know the laws, That ihieves do pass on thieves? 'Tis very preg.
nant. The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it, Because we see it; but what we do not see, We tread upon, and never think of it. You may not so extenuate his offence, ForT I have had such faults; but rather tell me, When I, that censure** him, do so offend, Let mine own judgment pattern out my death, And nothing come in partial. * Have. + Examine.
Suited. § Pass judgment. || Plain.
Because. ** Sentence.
Alas! wils that were, were forfeit once;
MERCY FREQUENTLY MISTAKEN. Mercy is not itself, that oft looks so; l'ardon is still the nurse of second wo.
MERCY IN GOVERNORS COMMENDED.
THE DUTY OF MUTUAL FORGIVENESS
Yet show some pity!
Ang. I show it most of all, when I show justice, For then I pity those I do not know, Which a dismiss'd offence would after gall; And do him right, that, answering one foul wrong, Lives not to act another.
THE ABUSE OF AUTHORITY.
0, it is excellent To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous 'To use it like a giant. Could great men thunder, As Jove himself does, Jove would ne'er be quiet, For every pelting,* petty officer, Would use his heaven for thunder; nothing but
thunder. Merciful heaven! Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt, Split'st the unwedgeable and gnarledt oak, • Paltry.