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Claud. Unhappily, even so. And the new deputy now for the duke, Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness; Or whether that the body public be A horse whereon the governor doth ride, Who, newly in the seat, that it may know He can command, lets it straight feel the spur: Whether the tyranny be in his place, Or in his eminence that fills it up, I staggerin :- But this new governor Awakes me all the enrolled penalties, Which have, like uuscour'd armour, hung by the wall So long, that nineteen zodiacks* have gone round, And none of them been worn; and, for a name, Now puts the drowsy and neglected act Freshly on me:-'tis surely for a name.

Lucio. I warrant it is : and thy head stands so ticklet on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and appeal to him.

Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found. I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service: This day my sister should the cloister enter, And there receive her approbationi: Acquaint her with the danger of my state ; Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends To the strict deputy; bid herself assay him ; I have great hope in that: for in her youth There is a proneg and speechless dialect, Such as moves men; beside, she hath prosperous art When she will play with reason and discourse. Lucio. I


she may: as well for the encouragement of the like, which else would stand under grievous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy life, who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost at a game of tick-tack. I'll to her.

* Yearly circles.

+ Ticklish. | Enter on her probationi Prompt.

Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio.
Lucio. Within two hours,
Claud. Come, officer, away.



A monastery.

Enter Duke and Friar Thomas.

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 thau the aims and ends Of burning youth. Fri.

May your grace speak of it? Duke. My holy sir,"none better knows than you How I have ever lov'd the life remov’dt; And held in idle price to haunt assemblies, Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keepsi

I have delivered to lord Angelo
(A man of strictureş, and firm abstinence),
My absolute power and place here in Vienna,
And he supposes me travell'd to Poland;
For so I have strew'd it in the common ear,
And so it is receiv'd: now, pious sir,
You will demand of me, why I do this?

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

laws (The needful bits and curbs for head-strong steeds), Which for these fourteen years we have let sleep; Even like an over-grown lion in a cavc,

* Completely armed.
# Showy dress resides,

+ Retired.


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 cbildren's sight,
For terror, not to use; in time the rod
Becomes more mock'd, than fear'd : so our decrees,
Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead;
And liberty plucks justice by the nose;
The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart
Goes all decorum.

It rested in your grace
To unloose this tied-up justice, when you pleas'd :
And it in you more dreadful would bave seem'd,
Than in lord Angelo.

I do fear, too dreadful:
Sith* 'twas my fault to give the people scope,
'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

father, 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 order, Visit both prince and people: therefore, I pr’ythee, 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, At our more leisure shall I render you; Only, this one:-Lord Angelo is precise ; Stands at a guardt with envy; scarce confesses That his blood Aows, or that his appetite Is more to bread than stone: hence shall we see, If power change purpose, what our seemers be.


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A nunnery:

Enter Isabella and Francisca.

Isab. And have you runs no further privileges ? Fran. Are pot 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. Ho! peace be in this place! [Within. Isab.

Who's that which calls? Pran. It is a man's voice: gentle Isabella, Turn you the key, and know his business of him ;


may not; you are yet answorn : When you have vow'd, you must not speak with men, But in the presence of the prioress: Then, if you speak, you must not show your face; Or, if you show your face, you must not speak. He calls again ; I pray you answer him,

[E.rit Francisca. Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls?

You may,

Enter Lucio,

Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be; as those cheek.


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 ?

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

He should receive his punishment in thanks :
He hath got his friend with child.

Isab. Sir, make me not your story*.

It is 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 talk'd with in sincerity,
As with a saiut.

Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mocking me. Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and trutht,'tis

thus : Your brother and his lover have embrac'd : As those that feed grow full; as blossoming time, That from the seedness the bare fallow brings To teeming foisont; even so her plenteous womb Expresseth his full tilthg and husbandry. Isab. Some one with child by him ?--My cousin

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

By vain though apt affection.

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

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

* Do not make a jest of me.
+ In few and true words.


Breeding plenty.

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