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Proceeded to you ; therefore take your honours.
Our hafte from hence is of so quick condition,
That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd
Matters of needful value. We shall write to you,
As time and our concernings shall importune,
How it goes with us; and do look to know
What doth befal you here. So, fare you well.
To the hopeful execution do I leave you
Of your commissions.

Ang. Yet, give leave, my lord,
That we may bring you soniething on the way.

Duke. My haste may not admit it;
Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do
With any scruple : your scope

our scope is as mine own,
So to inforce, or qualify the laws,
As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand ;
I'll privily away. I love the people,
But do not like to stage me to their eyes :
Though it do well, I do not relish well
Their loud applause, and Ave's vehement;
Nor do I think the man of safe discretion,
That does affect it. One more, fare

One more, fare you well. Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes ! Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happi

ness ! Duke. I thank you : Fare you well. [Exit.


The allusion is to archery, when a man has fixed upon his object, after taking good aim. WARBURTON.

No emendation is necessary. Leaven'd choice is one of Shake, speare's harth metaphors. His train of ideas seems to be this. bave proceeded to you with choice mature, concocted, fermented, leavened. When bread is leavened it is left to ferment: a leavened choice is therefore a choice not hafty, but confiderate, not declar. ed as soon as it fell into the imagination, but suffered to work long ia the mind. Thus explained, it suits better with prepared than levell.d. JOHNSON.

6- your scope is as mine own. That is, Your amplitude of power. JOHNSON.


Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave To have free speech with you; and it concerns me To look into the bottom of my place: A power I have; but of what strength and nature I am not yet instructed. Ang. 'Tis fo with me :-Let us withdraw to

gether, And we may soon our satisfaction have Touching that point.

Escal. I'll wait upon your honour. [Exeunt.



Enter Lucio, and two Gentlemen. Lucio. If the Duke, with the other dukes, come not to composition with the king of Hungary, why, then all the dukes fall upon the king.

1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the king of Hungary's !

2 Gent. Amen.

Lucio. Thou conclud'st like the fanctimonious pirate, that went to sea with the Ten Commandments, but scrap'd one out of the table.

2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal?
Lucio. Ay, that he raz'd.

i Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to command the captain and all the rest from their functions; they put forth to steal. There's not a soldier of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish the petition well, that prays for peace.

2. Gent. I never heard any foldier dinike it.

Lucio I believe thee; for, I think, thou never wast where grace was said. 2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least,

1 Geni,


i Gent. What? 7 in metre?
Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language.
i Gent. I think, or in any religion,

Lucio. Ay, why not? Grace is grace, despight of all controversyo: As for example, thou thyself art a wicked villain, despight of all grace.

i Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers between us.'

Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists and the velvet. Thou art the list.

i Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good velvet ; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be pil'd, as

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-in metre?] In the primers, there are metrical graces, such as, I suppose, were used in Shakespeare's time. Johnson.

8 In any proportion, &c.] The Oxford editor gives us a dialogue of his own instead of this: and all for want of knowing the meaning of the word proportion, which fignifies measure : and refers to the question, Whar ? in merre? WARBURTON.

9 de pight of all controversy :) Satirically insinuating that the controverfies about grace were so intricate and endless, that the difputants unsettled every thing but this, that grace was grace ; which, however, in spite of controversy, still remained certain.

WARBURTON. I am in doubt whether Shakespeare's thoughts reached so far into ecclesiastical disputes. Every commentator is warped a little by the tract of his own profession. The question is, whether the second gentleman has ever heard grace. The first gentleman li. mits the question to grace in metre. Lucio enlarges it to yrace in any form or language. The first gentleman, to go beyond him, fays, or in any religion, which Lucio allows, because the nature of things is unalterable; grace is as immutably grace, as his merry antagonist is a wicked villain. Difference in religion cannot make 2 grace not to be grace, a prayer not to be holy; as nothing can make a villain not to be a villain. This seems to be the meaning, such as it is. JOHNSON.

there went but a pair of jneers bei wien us.] We are both of the same piece. JOHNSON.

So in the Maid of the Mill, by Beaumont and Fletcher." There went but a pair of sheers and a bodkin between them."



thou art pild, for a French velvet.* Do I speak feelingly now?

Lucio. I think thou doft ; and, indeed, with most painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine own confeßion, learn to begin thy health : but, whilst I live, forget to drink atter thee.

i Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong, have I


2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast, whether thou art tainted,

or free.

Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation comes ! I have purchas'd as many diseales under her roof, as come to

2 Gent. To what, I pray ?
i Gent. Judge.
2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a year.'
i Gent. Ay, and more.
Lucio. A French crown more.4

I Gent. * pild, as thou art pild, for a French velver.] The jeft about the pile of a French velvet alludes to the loss of hair in the French disease, a very frequent topick of our authour's jocularity. Lucio finding that the gentleman understands the difemper so well, and mentions it so feelinzly, promises to remember to drink his health, but to forget to drink afier him. It was the opinion of Shakespeare's time, that the cup of an infected person was contagious.

JOHNSON. The jest lies between the fimilar found of the words pill'd and pild. This I have elsewhere explained, under a passage in Henry VIII.

Pilld priest thou lieft." Steevens. 3 To three thousand dollars a year. ) A quibble intended between dollars and dolours. Hanmer.

The same jest occured before in the Tempeft. JOHNSON.

* A Frinch crown more.) Lucio means here not the piece of money fo called, but that venereal scab, which among the surgeons is ftiled corona Veneris. To this, I think, our author likewile makes Quince allude in Midsummer-Night's Dream.

Some of your French crowns have no hair at all, and oben you will play bare-faced.


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i Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me: but thou art full of error; I am found.

Lucio. Nay, not as one would say healthy; but so found, as things that are hollow: thy bones are hol. low; impiety hath ma le a feast of thee.

Enter Bawd. 1 Gent. How now, which of your hips has the most profound sciatica ?

Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, and carry'd to prison, was worth five thousand of


i Gent. Who's that, I pr’ythee?
Bawd. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio,
i Gent. Claudio to prison? 'tis not so.

Bawd. Nay, but I know, 'tis fo. I saw him arrestcd; saw him carry'd away ; and, which is more, within these three days his head is to be chop'd off.

Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have it so. Art thou sure of this?

Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting madam Julietta with child.

Lucio. Believe me, this may be. He promised to meet me two hours since, and he was ever precise in promise-keeping

2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something near to the speech we had to such a purpose.

i Gent. But most of all agreeing with the proclamation. Lucio. Away ; let's go learn the truth of it.


[Exeunt. Manet Bawd. Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the

For where these eruptions are, the full is carious, and the party becomes bald, THEOBALD.


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