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" Alas ! alas ! Why, all the souls that were, were forfeit once; And He that might the vantage best have took, Found out the remedy: How would you be, If he, which is the top of judgment, should But judge you as you are? O, think on that; And mercy then... "
The Works of Shakespeare: the Text Carefully Restored According to the First ... - Page 51
by William Shakespeare - 1883
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Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare, Professor of English and Comparative Literature A R Braunmuller - Drama - 1991 - 213 pages
...And you but waste your words. ISABELLA Alas, alas! Why all the souls that were, were forfeit once, 75 And he that might the vantage best have took Found...remedy. How would you be If he, which is the top of judgement, should But judge you as you are? Oh, think on that, And mercy then will breathe within your...
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Lovers, Clowns, and Fairies: An Essay on Comedies

Stuart M. Tave - Humor - 1993 - 272 pages
...if he says her brother is a forfeit of the law she is ready with the remedy he said did not exist. Why all the souls that were, were forfeit once, And...remedy. How would you be, If he, which is the top of judgement, should But judge you as you are? Oh, think on that, And mercy then will breathe within your...
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Shakespeare Reread: The Texts in New Contexts

Russ McDonald - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 301 pages
...her at her task, and gradually her language warms and reveals her intellectual power and subtlety: Why, all the souls that were were forfeit once, And...mercy then will breathe within your lips, Like man new made. (73-79) The meter here is not much less regular than before, but Isabella's speeches now pour...
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Everybody's Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on the Tragedies

Maynard Mack - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 279 pages
...often heard in Shakespeare's plays — which in itself tells us much about him: . . . . Alas, Alas; Why, all the souls that were were forfeit once; And...top of judgment, should But judge you as you are? (2.2.72) Or, as Hamlet at about the same time was putting it in bis play: "Use every man after his...
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The Desire of the Nations: Rediscovering the Roots of Political Theology

Oliver O'Donovan - Political Science - 1999 - 304 pages
...But if that pure judgment were set loose among us, all would be destroyed, judge and judged alike. 'How would you be / If he which is the top of judgment...then will breathe within your lips / Like man new made!' (Measure 11.2). We should, therefore, not invoke it. But this does not mean there is no place...
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Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories ...

Victor L. Cahn - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 865 pages
...ii, 55). Gradually Isabella grows more impassioned, and her thoughts have more powerful implications: How would you be If He, which is the top of judgment,...mercy then will breathe within your lips. Like man new made. (II, ii, 75-79) Her address emphasizes the religious necessity of mercy, that Angelo's denial...
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Adaptations of Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology of Plays from the ...

Daniel Fischlin, Mark Fortier - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 320 pages
...prisoner. ANGELO Your brother is a forfeit of the law, And you but waste your words. ISABELLA Alas, alas; Why, all the souls that were were forfeit once, And...remedy. How would you be, If He, which is the top of judgement, should But judge you as you are? O think on that, And mercy then will breathe within your...
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莎士比亞通論: 喜劇

顏元叔 - Comedy - 2001 - 812 pages
...論據: An 芭 Isab. Your brother is a forfeit of the law, And you but waste your words. Alas, alas! Why, all the souls that were, were forfeit once, And...remedy. How would you be If He, which is the top of judgement, should But judge you as you are? 0, think on that, And mercy then will breathe within your...
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The Loves of Shakespeare's Women

Susannah York, William Shakespeare - Drama - 2001 - 112 pages
...truncheon, nor the judge's robe Become them with one half so good a grace As mercy does. Alas, alas! Why, all the souls that were were forfeit once, And...remedy. How would you be, If He, which is the top of judgement, should But judge you, as you are? O, think on that And mercy then will breathe within your...
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Shakespeare Survey: Volume 54, Shakespeare and Religions

Peter Holland - Literary Collections - 2001 - 372 pages
...and to the equally general extent of the compensatory sacrifice of Christ for the sins of the world. Why, all the souls that were, were forfeit once, And...the remedy. How would you be If He, which is the top ofjudgement, should But judge you as you are? O, think on that, And mercy then will breathe within...
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