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My absolute Pow'r and Place here in Vienna ;
And he supposes ne travell’d to Poland;
For so I've strew'd it in the common ear,
And so it is receiv'd : row, pious Sir,
You will demand of me, why I do this?

Fri. Gladly, my lord.

Duke. We have stria Statutes and most biting Laws, The needful bites and curbs for head strong Steeds, ! Which for these nineteen years we have let deep; Even like an o'er-grown lion in a cave, 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 Children's fight, For terror, not to use; in time the rod Becomes more mock’d, chan fear'd : so our Decrees,

teen.

A mar of STRICT URE and let flip.) Por fourteen I have firm abstinence.

made no Souple to replace ainee a man of the exa&left con

I have alter'd the odd duet, and practised in the fub- Phrase of letting the Laws flip: dual of his passions. Ure an old for how does it fort with the word for use, practice, so erur d, Comparison that follows, of a habiluared to. WAR BURTON, Lion in his Cave that went not

Stritture may e-sily be used for out to prey ? But letting the Äricinels ; ure'is indeed an old Law sicep, adds a particular Proword, but, I think, always ap- priety io the thing represented, plied to things, never to perfons. and accords exactly too with the

In the copies, The needful Simile. It is the Metaphor too, Bits and Curbs for beadflrong that our Author feems fond of Weeds :) There is no matter uling upon this Occafion, in seof Analogy or Consonance, in veral other Passages of this Play, . the Mctaphors here: and, tho' The Law bath not been dead, tre Copies agree, I do not think, thóit hath slept ; the Author would have talk'd or

-Tis now awake. Pis aid Curbs for Weeds. On the ol er hand, nothing can be

And so, again, mre proper, than to compare

but this new Governor Perions oí unbridled Licentioujnef's Awakes me all th' enrolled Pro to headirono Sired's; and, in this

nalties ; Viex, bridling the Passions has

and for a Name been 'a phrale adopted by vur Now puts the drowiy and nigo belt Poets,

THEOBALO. lesed set 2 In former editions, which Freshly en me.

THEOBALD. for those fourteen cars we have

Dead

Dead to infiction, to themselves are dead;
And liberty plucks Justice by the nose ;
The baby beats the nurse, and quite achwart
Goes all decorum.

Fri. It rested in your Grace
T' unloose this ty'd up justice, when you pleas'd :
And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd,
Than in lord Angelo.

Duke. 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 ambulh of my name strike home,
And yet, my nature never in the light
To do it Rander. 3 And to behold his sway,
I will, as 'cwere a Brother of your Order,
Visit boch prince and people. Therefore, pr’ythee,
Supply me with the habit, and instruct me
How I may formally in person bear,
Like a true Friar. More reasons for this a tion
At our more leisure shall I render you ;
Only, this one:-Lord Ang lo is precise ;
Stan is at a guard + with envy; scarce confeff's
That his blood flows, or that his appetite
Is more to bread than stone : hence shall we fee,
If pow'r change purpose, what our feemers be. [Exeunt.

3 The text stood. So do in flan. der.) Sir Thomas Hanmer has very Heli correćied it thus,

To do ii flander. 4 Stani's at a guard.] Stands on terns of cerinus.

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Ifab. ND have you Nuns no further privileges ?

Nun. Are not these large enough?
Isab. Yes, truly; I speak not as desiring more ;
But rather wishing a more strict restraint
Upon the filter-hood, the votarists of Saint Clare.

Lucio. [wilbin.] Hoa! Peace be in this place !
1 b. Who's that which calls ?

Nun. It is a man's voice. Gentle Isabella, Turn you the key, and know his business of him; You may; I may not; you are yet unsworn : 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 shew your face; Or, if you thew your face, you must not speak. He calls again ; I pray you, answer him. (Exit Franc.

Ijab. Peace and prosperity! who is't that calls?

Enler Lucio.

Lucio. Hail, virgin, (if you be) as those cheek-roses Proclaim you are no less ; can you so stead me, As bring me to the light of Isabella, A novice of this place, and the fair filter To her unhappy brother Claudio ?

ljub. Why her unhappy brother ? let me alk The rather, for I now must make you know I am that Ifabella, and his sister.

Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly greets you ; Not to be weary with you, he's in prison.

Isab. Wo me! for what?

Lucio. For that, which, if myself might be his judge, He should receive his punishment in thanks

He

He hach got his friend with child.

Isab. Sir, make me not your story. 5
Lucio. 'Tis true:-1 would not (tho’’tis my familiar

sin
With majds to seem the lapwing, and to jest,
Tongue far from heart) play with all virgins so.
I hold you as a thing en-lky'd, and sainted ;
By your renouncement, an immortal Spirit;
And to be talk'd with in sincerity,
As with a Saint.

Isab. You do blafpheme the good, in mocking me.

Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth, 'tis thus.
Your brother and his lover having embrac’d,
As those that feed grow full; as blossoming time?
That from the seedness the bare fallow brings
To teeming foyson, fo her plentious womb
Expresseth his full tilth and husbandry.

Isab. Some one with child by him? --my cousin Juliet?
Lucio. Is she your cousin ?
Ijab. Adoptedly, as school-maids change their names,

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5 make me not your fory.] to signify a lover's falfhord : and Do not, by deceiving me, make it seems to be a very old one : me a subject for a tale.

for Chaucer, in his Plowman's 'tis my familiar fin Tale, says--- And lapwings that With maids to seem the lap. well conith lie. WARBURTON.

wing,-) The Oxford Edi. 7 -as blafoming time tor's note, on this pasiage, is in That from the seedness the. bare these words. The lapwings fly fallow brings with seeming fright and anxiety To teeming foyfen; fo- As far from their neffs, to deceive the sentence now Itanas it is apthose who frek bir young. And parently engrammatical, I read, do not all other bird, do the Ac blooming time, &c. fame? But what has this to do That is, As they that feed grow with the infidelity of a general full, fo her womb now at blotin:lover to whom this bird is com ing time, at that time through pared. It is another qualioy of which the feed time proceeds to the tne lapwing, that is here alluded harvesi, her wombinows u hathas 10, viz. its perpetually Aying fo been doing. Lucio ludicrously low and so near the passenger, calls pregnancy blofoming time, that he thinks he has it, and then the time when fruit is promise.i, is suddenly gone again. This though not yet ripe. made it a proverbial expression

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By vain, tho' apt, affection.

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

Lucio. This is the point.
The Duke is very strangely gone from hence
Bore many gentlemen, 8 mylelf being one,
In hand and hope of action ; but we learn
By those that know the very nerves of state,
His givings out were of an infinite distance
From his true meant design. Upon his place,
And with full lines of his authority,
Governs lord Angelo; a man whose blood
Is very snow-broth; one who never feels
The wanton stings and motions of the sense ;
But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge
With profits of the mind, study and fait.
He, to give fear to * use and liberty,
Which have long time run by the hideous law,
As mice by lions, hath picke out an act,
Under whose heavy sense your brother's life
Falls into forfeit : he arrests him on it;
And loliows close the rigour of the Natute,
To make him an example. All hope's gone,
Unless you have the grace' by your fair prayer
To foften Angelo; and that's my pith of business!
'Twixt you and your poor brother.

Jib. Doth he fo
Seek for his life?

L!!cio. H'as censur'd him already ;
And, as I hear, the Provost hath a warant

8 Bore many gentlemen

-- give fear to ufe.) To in. In hand and hope of action ;-) timidate uje, ihat is, practices long To bear in hand is a common countenanced by custom. rhruie far to keep in cxpetation · Unless you have the grace-] and depordence, but, we should That is, the acceptablenels, the read,

power of gaining favour. With hope of action.

2 - pith of business) The - with full line.] With full inmoit past, the main of my extent, with the whole length message.

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