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But for thee, fellow, fellow, thy words are madness: Since when, my watch hath told me, toward my grave
Three months this youth hath tended opon me;

I have travell’d but two hours.
But more of that anon.- :-Take him aside.

Duke, 0, thon dissembling cub! what wilt thou be, Oli. What would my lord, but that he may not have, Wheu time hath sow'da grizzle on thy case? Wherein Olivia may seen serviceable?

Or will not else thy craft so quickly grow, Cesario, you do not keep promise with me.

That thine own trip shall be thine overthrow? Fio. Madamı?

Farewell, and take her; but direct thy feet, Drike. Gracious Olivia,

Where thou and I henceforth may never meet.
Oli. What do you say,

Cesario? ---Good my lord, - Vio. My lord, I do protest,-
Tio. My lord would speak, my duty hushes me. Oli. 0, do not swear;
Oli. If it be aught to the old tune, my lord,

Hold little faith, though thou hast too much fear.
It is as fat and fulsome to mine ear,

Enter Sir AndREW AGUE-CHEEK, with his head broke. As bowlirz aiter music.

Sir And. For the love of God, a surgeon! send one Dule. Stillso cruel?

presently to Sir Toby. Oli, Still so constant, lord,

Oli. What's the matter? Duhe. What! to perverseness? you uncivil lady, Sir And. He has broke my head across, and has given To whose ingrate and mauspicious altars

sir Toby a bloody coxcomb too: for the love of God, My sonl!he faithfull'st offerings hath breath'd out, your help! I had rather than forty pound I were at That e'er devotion tender'd! What shall I do? home. Oli. Even what it please my lord, that shall become Oli. Who has done this, sir Andrew ? him.

Sir And. The count's gentleman, one Cesario : we Pule. Why should I not, had I the heart to do it, took him for a coward, but he's tłe very devil inLike to the Egyptian thief, at point of death,

cardinate. Kill what I love; a savage jealousy,

Duke. My gentleman, Cesario? That sometime savours nobly?-But hear me this : Sir And. Od's lifelings, here heis:-- You broke my Since you to pou-regardance cast my faith,

head for nothing; and that, that I did, I was set on to And that I partly know the instrument

do't by sir Toby. That screws me from my true place in your favour, Vio. Why do you speak to me? I never hurt you : Live you, the marble-breasted tyrant, still; You drew your sword upon me, without cause; But this your minjon, whom, I know, yon love, But I bespake you fair, and hurt you not. And whom, by heaven I swear, I tender dearly, Sir And. If a bloody coxcomb be a hurt, you have Him will I tear out ofthat cruel eye,

lurt me; I think, you set nothing by a bloody coxcomb. Where he sits crowned in his master's spite..

Enter Sir Toby Belcu, drunk, led by the Clown. Come, boy, with me; my thoughts are ripe in mischief: Iere comes sir Toby halting, you shall hear more: but I'll sacrifice the lamb that I do love,

if he had not been in drink, he would have tickled you To spite a raven's heart within a dove. [Going othergates than he did.

Vio. And I, most jocund, apt, and willingly, Duke. How now, gentleman ? how is't with you?
To do you rest, a thousand deaths would die,

Sir To. That's allone; he has hurt me and there's the

[Following, end on’t.-Sot, did'st see Dick surgeon, sot? Oli. Where çocs Cesario ?

Clo. O he's drunk, sir Toby, au hour agone; his eyes 120. After him I love,

were set at eighti'the morning. More than ilovethese eyes, more than my life, Sir To. Then he's a rogne. After a passy-measure, or More, by all mores, thane'er I shalllove wife: a pavin, i hate a drunken rogie. Ifido feigti, you witnesses above,

Oli. Away with him! Who hath made this havock Punish my lile, fortainting of my love!

with thein? Oli. Alime, detested ! how am I beguild!

Sir And. I'll help you, sir Toby, because we'll be l'iv. Who does begnile you? who docs do you dressed together. wrong?

Sir To. Will yon help an ass-head, and a coscomb, 01. Bastion forgot thyself? is it so long? and aknave? a thin-faced knave, a gall? Call forth the body father,

[Exit an åttendant, Oli. Get him to bed, and let his hurt belook'd to! Duke. Comeara !

(7', Viola.

[Exeunt Clown, Sir Toby, and Sir Andrew. O'. Whitbor, mi lord?-Cesario, husband, stay.

Enter SEBASTIAN, Duke. Hisband?

Seb. I am sorry, madam, I have hurt your kinsman; Oli. Ay, husband; can he that deny?

But, had it been the brother ofmy blood, Dube. Her husband, sirrah?

I must have done no less, with wit, and safety. T'io. No, my lord, notl.

You throw a strange regard upon me, and Oli. Alas, it is the baseness of thy fear,

By that I do perceive it hath offended you; 'That makrs thee strangle thy propriety:

Pardoa mc, sweet one, even for the vows
Fearpat, Crsario, take thy fortues up;

We made each other but solate ago.
Be that thruidow'st thou art, and then thou art Duke. One fuce, one voice. one habit, and two per-
As great as that thou fear'st.--0, welcome, father!
Re-enter Attendant, and Priest,

A natural perspective, that is, and is not.
Father, I charge thce, by thy reverence,

Sch. Antonio, O my dear Antouio! Jere to unfold (though lately we intended

Uow have the hours rach'd aud tortar'd me, To keep in darkness, what occasion now

Since I have lost thee. Reveals before 'tis ripe,) what thou dost know

Ant. Sebastian are you? Hath newly past between this youth and me.

Seb. Fear'st thou that, Antonio? Priest. A confractof eternal bond of love,

Ant. Ilow have you made division of yourself? – Confirm'd by mutual joinder of your hands,

Ar apple, cleft in two, is not more twin,
Attested by the holy close oflips,

Thanthese two creatores. Whieh is Sebastian?
Strengthen'd by interchangement of your rings; Oli. Most wonderful!
And all the ceremony ofthis compict

Seb. Doistand there? I ever had a brother:
Seald in my fumetion, by my testimony:

Nor can there be that deity in my nature,

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For charity, what kin are you to me? [To Viola. give ear!
What countryman? what name? what parentage? Oli. Read it you, sirrah !

[To Fabian. Vio. Of Messaline: Sebastian was my father; Fab. [reads.] By the Lord, madam, you wrong me, Such a Sebastian was my brother too,

and ihe world shall know it: though you have put me So went he suited to his watery tomb:

into darkness, and given your drunken cousin rule If spirits can assume both form and suit,

over me, yet have I the benefit of my senses as well, You come to fright us.

as your ladyship. I have your own letter that induSeb. A spirit I am, indeed;

ced me to the semblancel put on; with the which I But am in that dimension grossly clad,

doubt not but to do myself much right, or you much Which from the womb I did participate.

shame. Think of me as you please. I leave my duty Were you a woman, as the rest goes even,

a little unthought of, and speak out of my injury. I should my tears lct fall upon your cheek,

The madly-used Malyol10.
say: Thrice welcome, drowned Viola !

Oli. Did he write this?
Vio. My father had a mole upon his brow.

Clo. Ay, madam.
Seb. And so had mine.

Duke. This savours not much of distraction.
Vio. And died that day, when Viola from her birth Oli. See him delivered, Fabian; bring him hither!
Had number'd thirteen years.

[Exit Fabian. Seb. O, that record is lively in my soul !

My lord, so please you, these things further thought on,
He finished, indeed, his mortal act

To think me as well a sister as a wife,
That day, that made my sister thirteen years. One day shall crown the alliance on't, so please you,
Vio. If nothing lets to make us happy both, Here at my house, and at my proper cost.
But this my masculine usurp'd attire,

Duke. Madam, I am most apt to embrace your offer.-
Do not embrace me, till each circumstance

Your master quits you, To Viola.] and, for your Of place, time, fortune, do cohere, and jump,

service done him,
That I am Viola : which to confirm,

So much against the mettle of your sex,
I'll bring you to a captain in this town,

So far beneath your soft and tender breeding,
Where lie my maiden weeds; by whose gentle help And since you call’d me master for so long,
I was preserv'd, to serve this noble count:

Here is my hand; you shall from this time be
All the occurrence of my fortune since

Your master's mistress.
Hath been between this lady, and this lord.

Oli. A sister?-you are she.
Seb. So comes it, lady, you have been mistook :

Re-enter Fabian, with MALVOLIO.

(To Olivia. Duke. Is this the madman?
But nature to her bias drew in that.

Oli. Ay, my lord, the same:-
You would have been contracted to a maid;

How now, Malvolio?
Nor are you therein, by my life, deceiv'd,

Mal. Madam, you have done me wrong,
You are betroth'd both to a maid and man.

Notorious wrong.
Duke. Be not amaz’d; right noble is his blood.- Oli. Have I,

Ifthis be so, as yet the glass seems true,

Mal. Lady, you have. Pray you, peruse that letter:
I shall have share in this most happy wreck:

You must not now deny it is your hand,
Boy, thou hast said to me a thousand times, (To Viola. Write from it, if you can, in hand, or phrase;
Thou never should'st love woman like to me.

Or say, 'tis not your seal, nor your invention:
Vio. And all those sayings will I over-swear; You can say none of this. Well, grant itthen,
And all those swearings keep as true in soul,

And tell me, in the modesty of honour,
As doth that orbed continent the fire

Why you have given me such clear lights of favour;
That severs day from night.

Bade me come smiling, and cross-garter'd to you,
Duke. Give me thy hand;

To put on yellow stockings, and to frown
And let me see thee in thy woman's weeds!

Upon sir Tohy, and the lighter people?
l'io. The captain, that did bring me first on shore, And, acting this in an obedient hope,

's garments: he, upon some action, Why have you suffer'd me to be imprison'd;
Is now in durance; at Malvolio's suit,

Keptin a dark house, visited by the priest,
A geutleman, and follower of my lady's.

And made the most notorious geck, and gull,
Oli. He shall enlarge him. Fetch Malvolio hither : That e'er invention play'd on? tell me why?
And yet, alas, now I remember me,

Oli. Alas, Malvolio, this is not my writing,
They say, poor gentleman, he's much distract.

Though, I confess, much like the character:
Re-enter Clown with a letter.

But, out of question, 'tis Maria's hand.
A most extracting frenzy of mine own

And now I do bethink me, it was she
From my remembrance clearly banish'd his.-

First told me, thou wast mad; then cam’st in smiling,
How does he, sirrah?

And in such forms which here were presuppos'd
Clo. Truly, madam, he holds Belzebub at the stave's Upon thee in the letter. Priythee, be content!
end, as well as a man in his case may do: he has here This pratice hath most shrewdly pass'd upon thee;
writ a letter to you, I should have given it you to-day But, when we know the grounds and authors ofit,
morning; but as a madman's epistles are no gospels, so Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge
it skills not much, when they are delivered.

Of thine own cause.
Oli. Open it, and read it !

Fab. Good madam, hear me speak,
Clo. Look then to be well edified, when the fool de- And let no quarrel, nor no brawl to come,
livers the madman:- By the lord, madam,-
Oli. How now! art thou mad?

Taint the condition of this present hour,

Which I have wonder'd at. In hope, it shall not, Clo. No, madam, I do but read madness: an your Mostfreely I confess, myself, and Toby, ladyship will have it as it ought to be, you must al- Set this device against Malvolio here,

Upon some stubboru and uncourteous parts,
Oli. Pr’ythee, read i’thy right wits !

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The letter, at Sir Toby's great importance;

SONG, In recompense whereof he hath married her.

Clo. When that I was and a tiny little boy, Hoy with a sportful malice it was follow'd,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, May rather pluck on laughter, than revenge;

A foolish thing was but a toy; If that the injuries be justly weigh’d,

For the rain it raineth every day. That have on both sides past.

But when I came to man's estate, Oli. Alas, poor fool! how have they baffled thee!

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Clo. Why, some are born great, some achieve great

'Gainst knave and thief men shut their gate, ness, and some have greatness thrown upon them.

For the rain itraineth every day. I was one, sir, in this interlude; one sir Topas, sir; but that's all one: - By the Lord, fool, I am not mad; But when I came, alas! tu wive, But do you remember? Madam, why laugh you at With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, such abarren rascal? an you smile not, he's gagg’d: By swaggering could I never thrive, And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.

For the rain it rainetli every day.
Mal. I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you.[Exit.

But when I came unto my bed,
Oli. He hath been most notoriously abus'd.
Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to a peace !-

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
He hath not told us of the captain yet;

With toss-pots still had drunken head,

For the rain it raineth every day.
When that is known, and golden time convents,
A solemn combination shall be made

A great while ago the world begun,
Of our dear souls.- Mean time, sweet sister,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, We will not part from hence.-Cesario, come!

But that's all one, our play is done, For so you shall be, while you are a man;

And we'll strive to please you every day. But, when in other habits you are seen,

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Persons of the dra m a. Vircestio, duke of Vienna.

Elbow, a simple constable. Ancelo, lord deputy in the duke's absence.

Froth, a foolish gentleman. Escalus, an ancient lord, joined with Angelo in the Clown, servant to Mrs Over-done. deputation.

Abhorson, an executioner. CLAUDIO, a young gentleman

Bernardine, a dissolute prisoner. Lucio, a fantastic.

ISABELLA, sister to Claudio. Two other like gentlemen.

MARIANA, betrothed to Angelo. Varuits, a genileman, servant to the duke. JULJET, beloved by Claudio. Provost.

Francisca, a nun. Thomas, } two friars.

Mistress Over-Dose, a bawd. PETER,

Lords, Gentlemen, Guards, Officers, and other AlA Justice.

tendants. SCENE,- Vienna.

A C Τ Ι.

What figure of us, think you, he will bear?

For you must know, we have with special soul SCENE I. – Anapartment in the Duke's palace. Elected him our absence to supply,

Enter Duke, EsCALUS, Lords, and Attendants. Lent him our terror, drest him with our love, Duke. Escalus, –

And given his deputation all the organs
Escal. My lord.

of our own power. What think you ofit?
Duke. Of government the properties to unfold, Escal, Ifany in Vienna be of worth
Would seem in me to affect speech and discourse; To undergo such ample grace and honour,
Since I am put to know, that your own science It is lord Angelo.
Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice,

My strength can give you. Then no more remains, Duke. Look, where he comes.
But that to yoursufficiency, as your worth is able, Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will,
And let them work. The nature of our people, Icome to know your pleasure.
Our city's institutions, and the terms

Duke. Angelo,
For common justice, yon are as pregnant in, There is a kind of character in thy life,
As art and practice hath enriched any,

That, to the observer, doth thy history
That we remember. There is our commission, Fully unfold: thyself and thy belongings
From which we would not have you warp.-Call hither, Are not thine own so proper, as to waste
I say, bid come before us Angelo. -

Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.
(Exit an Attendant. Heaven dout with us, as we with torches do ;

tween us.

Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues 2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it.
Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike,

Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never wast
As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch’d, where grace was said.
But to fine issues : nor nature never lends

2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least. The smallest scruple of her excellence,

1 Gent. What? in metre? But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines

Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language. Herself the glory of a creditor,

1 Gent. I think, or in any religion. Both thanks and use. But I do bend my speech Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite of all To one, that cau my part in him advertise;

controversy: as for example, thou thyself art a wickHold therefore, Angelo;

ed villain, despite ofall grace. In our remove, bethon at fullourself!

1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers beMortality and mercy in Vienna Live in thy tongue and heart. Old Escalus,

Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists and Though first in question, is thy secondary:

the velvet : thou art the list. Take thy commission!

1 Gent. And thou the velvet : thou art good velvet; Ang. Now, good my lord,

thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: I had as Let there be some more test made of my metal, lief be a list of an English kersey, as be pil'd, as thou Before so noble and so great a figure

art pil'd, for a French velvet. Do I speak feelingly Be stamp'd upon it.

now? Duke. No more evasion!

Luciv. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most Wehave with a leaven'd and prepared choice painful feeling of thy speech. I will, out of thine Proceeded to you; therefore take your honours ! own confession, learn to begin thy health ; but, whilst Our haste from hence is of so quick condition, I live, forget to drink after thee. That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd 1 Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong; have not? Matters of needful value. Weshall write to you, 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art taintAs time and our concernings shall impórtune,

ed or free. Howit goes with us; and do look to know

Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation What doth befal you here; So, fare you well! comes! I have purchased as many diseases under her To the hopeful execution do I leave you

roof, as come toOf your commissions.

2 Gent. To what, I pray ? Ang. Yet, give leave, my lord,

1 Gent. Judge! That we may bring you something on the way.

2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a-year: Duke. My haste may not admit it;

1 Gent. Ay, and more. Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do

Lucio. A French crown more. With any scraple: your scope is as mine own: 1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me: but So to enforce, or qualify the laws,

thou art full of error; I am sound. As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand! Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy; but so I'll privily away: I love the people,

sound, as things that are hollow: thy bones are hollow; But do not like to stage me to their eyes :

impiety has made a feast of thee. Though it do well, I do not relish well

Enter Bawd. Their loud applause, and aves vehement;

1 Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the most Nor do I think the man of safe discretion,

profound sciatica? That does affect it. Once more, fare you well! Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, and Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes ! carried to prison, was worth five thousand of you all. Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happiness! 1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee? Duke. I thank you : fare you well. (Exit. Bawd. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio. Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave 1 Gent. Claudio to prison! 'tis not so. To have free speech with you; and it concerns me Bawd. Nay, but I know, 'tis so! I saw him arrested ; To look into the bottom of my place:

saw him carried away; and, which is more,

within A powers have; but of what strength and nature, these three days his head's to be ohopped off. I am not yet instructed.

Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have it Ang. 'Tis so with me:- let us withdraw together, so. Art thou sure of this? And we may soon our satisfaction have

Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting madam Touching that point.

Julietta with child. Escal. I'll wait upon your honour. (Exeunt. Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised to SCENE II.- A sireet.

meet me two hours since; and he was ever precise in Enter Lucio and two Gentlemen.

promise-keeping. Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come not 2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something near to composition with the king of Hungary, why, then to the speech we had to such a purpose. all the dukes fall upon the king.

1 Geni. But most of all, agreeing with the proclama1 Gent. Heaven grantus its peace, but not the king tion. of Hungary's!

Lucio. Away; let's go learn the truth of it! 2 Gent. Amen.

(Exeunt Lucio and Gentlemen. Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious pi- Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the sweat, Fate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, what with the gallows, and what with poverty, I am cubut scraped one out of the table.

stom-shrunk. How now? what's the news with you? 2 Gent, Thou shalt not steal ?

Enter Clown. Lucio. Ay, that he razed.

Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison. 1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to command

Bawd. Well; what has he done? the captain and all the rest from their functions, they clo. A woman. put forth to steal. There's not a soldier of us all, that, Bawd. But what's his offence ? in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish the peti- Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river.

Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him?

tion well, that prays for peace.

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Clo. No; but there is a woman with maid by him. You And the new deputy now for the dake,
have not heard of the proclamation, have you? Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness,
Bawd. What proclamation, man?

Or whether that the body public be
Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be A horse, whereon the governor doth ride,
pluck'd down.

Who, newly in the seat, that it may know Bawd. And what shall become of those in the city? He can command, lets it straight feel the spur:

Clo. They shall stand for seed: they had gone down Whether the tyranny be in his place, too, but that a wise burgher put in for them.

Or in his eminence, that fills it up, Bawd. But shall all our houses of resort in the suburbs I staggerin :-- but this new governor be pulld down?

Awakes me all the enrolled penalties, Clo. To the ground, mistress.

Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the wall Bawd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the com- So long, that nineteen zodiacs have gone round, monwealth! What shall become of me?

And none of them been worn; and, for a name, Clo. Come; fear not you: good counsellors lack no Now puts the drowsy and neglected act clients: though you change your place, you need not Freshly on me: – - 'tis surely, for a name, change your trade; I'll be your tapster still. Courage! Lucio. I warrant, it is: and thy head stands so tickle there will be pity taken on you: you, that have worn on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be in love,may your eyes almost out in the service, you will be consi- I sigh it off. Send after the duke, and appeal to him! dered.

Člaud. I have dove so, but he's not to be found. Bawd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster? Let's I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service! withdraw !

This day my sister should the cloister enter,
Clo, Here comes signior Claudio, led by the provost And there receive her approbation.
to prison; and there's madam Juliet. (Exeunt. Acquaint her with the danger of my state;

Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends
SCENE III. - The same.

To the strict deputy; bid herself assay him;
Enter Provost, Claudio, Juliet, and Officers; I have great hope in that: for in her youth
Lucio, and two Gentlemen.

There is a prone and speechless dialect, Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to the Such as moves men ; beside, she hath prosperous art, world?

When she will play with reason and discourse, Bear me to prison, where I am committed !

And well she can persuade. Prov. I do it not in evil disposition,

Lucio. I pray, she may: as well for the encourageBut from lord Angelo by special charge.

ment of the like, which else would stand under grieClaud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority,

vous imposition, as for the enjoying of thy life, who I Make us pay down for our ofleuce by weight.- would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost at a game The words of heaven ;-on whom it will, it will; of tick-tack. I'll to her. On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just.

Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio. Lucio, Why, how now, Claudio? whence comes this Lucio. Within two hours, – restraint?

Claud. Come, officer, away!

[Exeunt. Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: As surfeit is the father of much fast,

SCENE IV. – A monastery. So every scope by the immoderate nise

Enter Duke and Friar Thomas. Turns to restraint: our natures do pursue

Duke. No, holy father; throw away that thought; (Like rats that ravin down their proper bane) Believe not, that the dribbling dart of love A thirsty evil; and, when we drink, we die.

Can pierce a complete bosom: why I desire thee
Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose
would send for certain of my creditors. And yet, to say More grave and wrinkled, than the aims and ends
the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom, as of burning youth.
the morality of imprisonment.-What's thyofl'ence, Fri. May your grace speak of it ?

.Duke. My holy sir, none better knows, than you,
Claud. What, but to speak of would offend again. How I have ever lov'd the life remov'd,
Lucio. What is it? murder?

And held in idle price to haunt assemblies,
Claud. No.

Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps. Lucio. Lechery?

I have deliver'd to lord Angelo Claud. Call it so.

(A man of stricture, and firm abstinence,) Prov. Away, sir ; you must go.

My absolute power and place here in Vienna, Claud. One word, good friend:-Lucio, a word with And he supposes me travell’d to Poland; you!

(Takes him aside. For so I have strew'd it in the common ear, Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good. -- And so it is receiv'd. Now, pious sir, Is lechery so look'd after?

You will demand of me, why I do this? Claud. Thus stands it with me:

upon a true con- Fri. Gladly, my lord. tract

Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting laws, I got possession of Julietta's bed;

(The needful bits and curbs for head-strong steeds) You kuow the lady; she is fast my wife,

Which for these fourteen years we havelet sleep, Save that we do the denunciation Iack

Even like an o'er-grown lion in a cave, Of outward order: this we came not to,

That goes not out to prey. Now, as fond fathers Only for propagation of a dower

Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch, Remaining in the coffer other friends;

Only to stick it in their children's sight, From whom we thought it meet to hide our love, For terror, not to use; in timethe rod Tilltime had made them for us. But it chances, Becomes more mock'd, than fear'd: so our decrees, The stealth of our most mutual entertaiument, Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead; With character too gross, is writ on Juliet.

And liberty placks justice by the nose; Lucio. With child, perhaps?

The haby beats the nurse, and quite athwart Claud. Unhappily, even so.

Goes all decorum.

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