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Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye,
Biron's Mirthfulness described.
A merrier man,
Within the limit of becoming mirth,
eye begets occasion for his wit;
Did not the heavenly rhetoric of thine eye
Vows, for thee broke, deserve not punishment.
Thy grace being gain'd, cures all disgrace in me :
If broken, then, it is no fault of mine;
* Chapman, a dealer or seller.
The Power of Love.
But love, first learned in lady's eyes,
Above their functions and their offices.
Still climbing trees in the Hesperides ?
As bright Apollo's lute, strung with his hair;
And, when love speaks, the voice of all the gods Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.
Never durst poet touch a pen to write
Until his ink were temper'd with love's sighs:
From woman's eyes this doctrine I derive: They sparkle still the right Promethean fire; They are the books, the arts, the academes, That show, contain, and nourish all the world.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, announces his intention to leave his dominions and travel in Poland. Taking leave of his friends, he deputes Angelo, assisted by Escalus (both of them lords of his court), to govern in his absence. Instead, however, of taking his departure, the Duke disguises himself as a friar, and remains in Vienna, being desirous of ascertaining how justice is administered when he is an absentee. No sooner has he disappeared from the court than Angelo, reviving an obsolete law, commits Claudio, a young gentleman in love with Juliet, to prison, and inhumanly condemns him to death. Isabella, Claudio's sister, a lady of exalted character, who is about to enter a nunnery, becomes a suppliant to Angelo for her brother's life; she, however, sues in vain, and Claudio is left for execution. An interview between the brother and sister takes place in the prison, and their conversation is overheard by the Duke, who thus is made aware of the harsh manner in which Angelo is overstraining the laws. At length the Duke throws off his disguise, and condemns Angelo to death, whom he, however, subsequently pardons at the intercession of Isabella. Claudio is released and marries Juliet, and the Duke himself, charmed with the nobility of character and piety of Isabella, offers her his hand. Dr. Johnson, speaking of "Measure for Measure," says: "The light or comic part is very natural and pleasing; but the grave scenes (a few passages excepted), have more labour than elegance; the plot is rather intricate than artful."
Virtue given to be Exerted.
HEAVEN doth with us as we with torches do;
As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd,
But to fine issues: nor nature never lends
Both thanks and use.*
In her youth
Eloquence and Beauty.
There is a pronet and speechless dialect,
Such as moves men; beside, she hath prosperous art
Angelo's Character as a Governor described.
Lord Angelo is precise;
Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses
Is more to bread than stone: hence shall we see,
Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win,
ceremony that to great ones 'longs,
*Interest of money.
+ Facile, ready.
The Duty of Forgiveness.
Why, all the souls that were, were forfeit once,
Like man new made.
The Abuse of Power.
O, it is excellent
To have a giant's strength: but it is tyrannous
The Abuse of Authority.
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—
Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt,
Splitt'st the unwedgeable and gnarled oak,
Than the soft myrtle: O, but man, proud man!
Drest in a little brief authority:
Most ignorant of what he's most assured,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven,
As make the angels weep.
The Privilege of Authority.
That in the captain's but a choleric word, Which in the soldier is flat blasphemy.
* Mean, despicable.