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ty, I am custom shrunk. How now, what's the news with you?


Enter Clown.

Clown. Yonder man is carried to prison,
Bawd. Well, what has he done?
Clown. A woman.
Bawd. But what's his offence ?
Clown. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river.
Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him?

Clown. No; but there's a woman with maid by him. You have not heard of the proclamation, have you?

Bowd. What proclamation, man?

Clown. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna mut be pluck'd down.

Bawd. And what shall become of those in the city?

Clown. They shall stand for seed; they had gone down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them.

Bawd. But shall all our houses of resort in the suburbs be pullid down?

Clown. To the ground, mistress.

Bawd. Why here's a change, indeed, in the com. non-wealth. What shall become of me?

Clown, Come, fear not you ; good counsellors lack no clients; though you change your place, you need not change your trade: I'll be your tapster ftill. Courage, there will be pity taken on you ; you that have worn your eyes almost out in the service, you will be considered.

Bawd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapter ? let's withdraw.

Clown. Here comes Signior Claudio, led by the provost to prison ; and there's Madam Juliet.

[Exit Bawd and Clown.




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Enter Provost, Claudio, Juliet, and Officers. Lucio

and two Gentlemen.

Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to th'

world? Bear me to prison,' where I am committed.

Prov. I do it not in evil disposition, But from lord Angelo by special charge.

Claud. Thus can the Demi-god, Authority, Make us pay down, for our offence, by weight. The words of heaven; on whom it will, it will; On whom it will not, ro; yet still 'tis juft.

Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio? whence comes this restraint ?

Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty ; As surfeit is the father of much fast, So ev'ry scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint: our natures do pursue, Like rats that ravin down their proper bane, A thirsty evil; and when we drink we die.

Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I would fend for certain of my creditors; and yet, to

3 Thus can the Demi god, Au to be questioned as the words of thority,

beaven which pronounces its pleaMake us pay down, for our of. fire thus,I punijn and remit pa. fence, by weight

nishment according to my own un. The words of heaven; on whom controulable will, and yet wbo cam it will, it will;

jay what dost thou. -Make On shum it will not, so ; yet fill us pay down, for our offence, by

'tis juft.] The wrong point- weight, is a tine expression, to ing of the second line hath made fignify paying the full penalty. the passage unintelligible. There The metaphor is taken from pay. ought to be a full fiop at weight. ing money by weight, which is And the sense of the whole is always exact ; nor lo by tale, on this: The Demi-god, Authority, account of the practice of dimi. makes us pay the full penalty of our nithing the species. WARBURT. ofjence, and its decrees are as little. I lulpect that a line is loft.

Tay the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom, as the morality of imprisonment: what's thy offence, Claudio ?

Claud. What, but to speak of, would offend again,
Lucio. What is't, murder ?
Claud. No.
Lucio. Letchery ?
Cloud. Call it fo.
Prov. Away, Sir, you must go.
Claud. One word, good friend :

-Lucio, a word

with you.

Lucio. A hundred ; if they'll do you any gcod.
Is letchery so look'd after?
Claud. Thus ftands it with me ; upon a true con

I got poffeffion of Julietta's bed,
(You know the lady, she is fast my wife?
Save that we do the denunciation lack
Of outward order. This we came not to,
Only for propagation of a dower
Remaining in the coffer of her friends ;
From whom we thought it meet to hide our love,
Till time had made them for us. But it chances,
The stealth of our most mutual entertainment,
With character too groís, is writ on Juliet.

Lucio. With child, perhaps?

Claud. Unhappily, even fo. 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 fear, that it may know He can command, let's it strait feel the spur ; Whether the tyranny be in his Place,

4—the fault and glimpse of that toch can scarcely be right; miten refs] Fault and glimpse have we may read fafa for fault. To little relation to each other,

Or in his eminence that fills it up,
I stagger in :) but this new Governor
Awakes me all th' enrolled penalties,
Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by th'wall
So long that nineteen Zodiacks have gone round, s,
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 tickle on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if lhe be in love, may ligh 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 cloyster enter, And there receive her Approbation. Acquaint her with the danger of my state, Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends To the strict Deputy ; bid herself assay bim I have great hope in that ; for in her youth There is a prone and speechless dialect, Such as moves men! beside, she hath prosp'rous art When she will play with reason and discourse,


5 So long that nineteen Zoo mean a dialect which men are diacks have gone round.) The prone to regard, or a dialect paDuke in the Scene immediately tural and unforced, as those acfollowing, says,

tions seem to which we are prone.

Either of these interpretations is Which for these fourteen Years

sufficiently trained; but such diswe have let lip.

tortion of words is not uncomThe Author could not so dilo mon in our authour. For the agree with himself. 'Tis necef- fake of an easier sense we may sary to make the two Accounts read, correspond. THEOBALD.

In her zenith 6

prone and speechless dia. There is a pow's, and speechless leet.] I can scarcely teli what dialect, fignification to give to the word

Such as moves men. prone. Its primitive and trans. Or thus, lated senses are well known. The There is a prompt and

speecblef? authour may, by a prone dialect, dialeat.


And well she can persuade.

Lucio. I pray, 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.

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


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Enter Duke, and Friar Thomas. Duke. N

0; holy father.-Throw away that thought-

Believe not, that the dribbling dart of love 8 Can pierce a compleat bosom; why I desire thee To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose More grave, and wrinkled, than 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'd; And held in idle price to haunt Assemblies, Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps. I have deliver'd to lord Angelo A man of stricture and firm abftinence 9

7- under grievous impofition.] Think not that a breast compleatly I once thought it should be in- armed can be pierced by the dart quifition, but the present reading of love that comes futtering is probably right. The crime without force. would be under grievous penalties 9 A man of STRICTURE and imposed.

firm abftinence.) Stricture makes 8 Believe not that the dribbling no senle in this place. We should dart of love

read, Can pierce a compleat bofom.-]

A man

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