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Her brother's ghost his paved bed would
And take her hence in horror.
Mari.

Isabel
Sweet Isabel, do yet but kneel by
Hold up your hands; say nothing:
They say, best men are moulded
And, for the most, become muc'
For being a little bad: so ma:
0, Isabel! will you not lend

Duke. He dies for Clar
Isab.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

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r; let me look upon him.
ld thou had'st done so by Claudio.

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Look, if it please you.
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Let him not die
In that he did

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For Angelo,
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mine honor, thou shalt marry

her.
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other forfeits.--Take him to prison : Pr our pleasure herein executed. Aucio. Marrying a punk, my lord, is pressing to ath, whipping, and hanging.

Duke. Slandering a prince deserves it.She, Claudio, that you wronged, look you restore. Joy to you, Mariana !-Love her, Angelo; I have confessed her, and I know her virtue.Thanks, good friend Escalus, for thy much goodness . There's more behind, that is more gratulate.'

1 « Her worth worth yours;" that is, « her value is equal to yours; the match is not unworthy of you.”

2 Incontinence.
3 Thoughtless practice.
4 i. e. more to be rejoiced in.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

at, for thy care and secrecy;

thee in a worthier place --
'n, that brought you home

for Claudio's;
1.-Dear Isabel,
rts your good;

incline,
is yours is mine.-
we'll show
"I should know.

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thou had'st done so by Claudio.

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Look that you love your wife; her worth, worth

yours. I find an apt remission in myself: And yet here's

one in place I cannot pardon ;You, sirrah, [To Lucio.] that knew me for a fool, a

coward,
One all of luxury, an ass, a madman;
Wherein have I so deserved of you,
That you extol me thus ?

Lucio. 'Faith, my lord, I spoke it but according to the trick : 3 If you will hang me for it, you may, but I had rather it would please you I might be whipped.

Duke. Whipped first, sir, and hanged after.-
Proclaim it, provost, round about the city ;
If any woman's wronged by this lewd fellow,
(As I have heard him swear himself, there's one
Whom he begot with child,) let her appear, ,
And he shall marry her: the nuptial finished,
Let him be whipped and hanged.

Lucio. I beseech your highness, do not marry me to a whore! Your highness said even now, I made you a duke; good my lord, do not recompense me in making me a cuckold.

Duke. Upon mine honor, thou shalt marry her.
Thy slanders I forgive; and therewithal
Remit thy other forfeits.—Take him to prison :
And see our pleasure herein executed.

Lucio. Marrying a punk, my lord, is pressing to death, whipping, and hanging.

Duke. Slandering a prince deserves it.She, Claudio, that you wronged, look you restore. Joy to you, Mariana !—Love her, Angelo ; I have confessed her, and I know her virtue.Thanks, good friend Escalus, for thy much goodness. There's more behind, that is more gratulate.

1 “ Her worth worth yours ;” that is, “ her value is equal to yours; the match is not unworthy of you.”

2 Incontinence.
3 Thoughtless practice.
4 i. e. more to be rejoiced in.

Thanks, provost, for thy care and secrecy;
We shall employ thee in a worthier place :-
Forgive him, Angelo, that brought you home
The head of Ragozine for Claudio's;
The offence pardons itself.—Dear Isabel,
I have a motion much imports your good;
Whereto if you'll a willing ear incline,
What's mine is yours, and what is yours is mine.-
So, bring us to our palace; where we'll show
What's yet behind, that's meet you all should know.

[Exeunt.

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The novel of Giraldi Cinthio, from which Shakspeare is supposed to have borrowed this fable, may be read in Shakspeare Illustrated, elegantly translated, with remarks, which will assist the inquirer to discover how much absurdity Shakspeare has admitted or avoided.

I cannot but suspect that some other had new-modelled the novel of Cinthio, or written a story which in some particulars resembled it, and that Cinthio was not the author whom Shakspeare immediately followed. The emperor in Cinthio is named Maximine: the duke in Shakspeare's enumeration of the persons of the drama, is called Vincentio. This appears a very slight remark; but since the duke has no name in the play, nor is ever mentioned but by his title, why should he be called Vincentio among the persons, but because the name was copied from the story, and placed superfluously at the head of the list by the mere habit of transcription? It is therefore likely that there was then a story of Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, different from that of Maximine, Emperor of the Romans.

Of this play, the light or comic part is very natural and pleasing, but the grave scenes, if a few passages be excepted, have more labor than elegance. The plot is rather intricate than artful. The time of the 'action is indefinite: some time, we know not how much, must have elapsed between the recess of the duke and the imprisonment of Claudio; for he must have learned the story of Mariana in his disguise, or he delegated his power to a man already known to be corrupted.* The unities of action and place are sufficiently preserved.

Johnson.

* The duke probably had learned the story of Mariana in some of his former retirements, “having ever loved the life removed.” And he had a suspicion that Angelo was but a seemer, and therefore stays to watch him.

BLACKSTONE.

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