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Are not thine own so 'proper, as to waste

2 Gent. Amen. Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.

Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do, pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues but scraped one out of the table. Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike

2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ? As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd, Lucio. Ay, that he razed. But to fine bissues; nor nature never lends

1 Gent. Why? 'Twas a commandment to comThe smallest scruple of her excellence,

mand the captain and all the rest from their funcBut, like a thrifty goddess, she determines

tions: they put forth to steal. There's not a soldier Herself the glory of a crcditor,

of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth Both thanks and cuse. But I do bend my speech relish the petition well that prays


peace. To one that can my part in him d advertise :

2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. Hold, therefore, Angelo:'[ Tendering his commission. Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never wast In our ® remove be thou at full ourself;


grace was said, Mortality and mercy in Vienna

2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least. Live in thy tongue and heart. Old Escalus,

1 Gent. What, in metre? Though first in question, is thy 6 secondary:

Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language. Take thy commission.

? Giving it. 1 Gent. I think, or in any religion. Ang Now, good my lord,

Lucio. Ay; why not? Grace is grace, despite of Let there be some more test made of my metal, all controversy: as for example; thou thyself art a Before sp noble and so great a figure

wicked villain, despite of all grace. Be stamp'd upon it.

1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers beDuke. No more evasion :

tween us. We have with a bleaven'd and prepared choice Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists and Proceeded to you; therefore, take your honors. the velvet: thou art the list. Our haste from hence is of so quick condition, 1 Gent. And thou the velvet? thou art good velThat it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd vet: thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee. I Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be pil'd, As time and our concernings shall 'importune, as thou art P pil’d, for a French velvet."'Do I speak 1 How it goes with us; and do look to know, feelingly now? What doth befall you here. So, fare you well: Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most To the hopeful execution do I leave you

painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine Of your commissions.

own confession, learn to begin thy health ; but, Ang.

Yet, give leave, my lord, whilst I live, forget to drink 4 after thee. That we may bring you something on the way.

1 Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong, have Duke. My haste may not admit it;

I not? Nor need you, on mine honor, have to do

2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast, whether thou art With any scruple: your « scope is as mine own, tainted, or free. So to enforce, or qualify the laws

Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand. comes ! I'll privily away: I love the people,

1 Gent. I have purchased as many diseases under But do not like to stage me to their eyes.

her roof, as come to Though it do well, I do not relish well

2 Gent. To what, I pray? Their loud applause, and 'aves vehement,

Lucio. Judge. Nor do I think the man of safe discretion,

2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a-year. That does affect it. Once more, fare you well.

1 Gent. Ay, and more. Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes !

Lucio. A French crown more. Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happiness ! 2 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me; Duke. I thank you. Fare you well. [Exit. but thou art full of error: I am sound.

Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy; but so To have free speech with you; and it concerns me sound as things that are hollow: thy bones are hol. To look into the bottom of my place:

low; impiety has made a feast of thee. A power I have, but of what strength and nature


Enter Bawd.
I am not yet instructed.
Ang. 'Tis so with me. Let us withdraw together,

1 Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the And we may soon our satisfaction have

most profound sciatica ? Touching that point.

Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, Escal. I'll wait upon your honor. [Exeunt. and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of SCENE II.-A Street.

2 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee?

Bawd. Marry, sir, that's Claudio; signior Claudio. Enter Lucio and two Gentlemen.

1 Gent. Claudio to prison! 'tis not so. Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come Bawd. Nay, but I know, 'tis so; I saw him arnot to mcomposition with the king of Hungary, why rested; saw him carried away; and, which is more, then, all the dukes fall upon the king.

within these three days his head is to be chopped 1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the

off. king of Hungary's !

Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have

Art thou sure of this? " Thine own so proper," I. e., so much thine own property.--" Fine issues," i, e., high purposes.-"Use," i. e., interest - "One that can ny part in him advertise," i. e, Measure.- i. e., we are both of the same piece.-p Vel. one already conversant with the duties of my office.- Ab. vet was esteemed according to the richness of the pile : but sence.--"Mortality," i. e., sentence of death. --5 Deputy.- pild means aleo bald.--The allusion is to the loss of hair by h Matured ; deliberate. - Require.-- * Extent of power. å loathsome disease. The cup of an infected person was 1 Hailings; salutations.-_- Terins; egreement.

formerly thought contagious.

you all.

it so.

Bawd. I am too sure of it; and it is for getting A thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die. madam Julietta with child.

Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised to I would send for certain of my creditors. And yet, meet me two hours since, and he was ever precise to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of in promise-keeping.

freedom, as the morality of imprisonment.-What's Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something thy offence, Claudio ? near to the speech we had to such a purpose. Claud. What but to speak of would offend again.

1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the procla Lucio. What is it? murder? mation.

Claud. No. Lucio. Away: let's go learn the truth of it. Lucio. Lechery?

[Èxeunt Lucio and Gentlemen. Claud. Call it go. Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the Prov. Away, sir! you must go. & sweat, what with the gallows, and what with pov Claud. One word, good friend.-Lucio, a word erty, I am custom-shrunk. How now? what's the with you.

[Takes him aside, news with you?

Lucio. A hundred if they'll do you any good.-Is Enter Clown. lechery so look'd after!

[tract, Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison,

Claud. Thus stands it with me:-Upon a true conBawd. Well: what has he done ?

I got possession of Julietta's bed: Clo. A woman.

You know the lady; she is fast my wife, Bawd. But what's his offence ?

Save that we do the pronunciation lack Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river.

Of outward order: this we came not to, Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him? Only for procuration of a dower

Clo. No; but there's a woman with maid by him. Remaining in the coffer of her friends, You have not heard of the proclamation, have you? From whom we thought it meet to hide our love, Bawd. What proclamation, man?

Till time had made them for us. But it chances, Clo. All I bawdy houses in the suburbs of Vienna The stealth of our most mutual entertainment must be pluck'd down.

With character too gross is writ on Juliet. Bawd. And what shall become of those in the

Lucio. With child, perhaps ? city?

Claud. Unhappily, even so. Clo. They shall stand for seed: they had gone Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness,

And the new deputy now for the duke down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them. Bard. But shall all our houses of resort in the A horse whereon the governor doth ride,

Or whether that the body public be suburbs be pull'd down? Clo. To the ground, mistress.

Who, newly in the seat, that it may know Bavd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the com- He can command, lets it straight feel the spur; monwealth! What shall become of me?

Whether the tyranny be in his place, Clo. Come; fear not you: good counsellors lack Or in his eminence that fills it up, no clients : though you change your place, you need I stagger in ;- but this new governor not change your trade; I'll be your tapster still. Awakes me all the enrolled penalties, Courage! there will be pity taken on you; you that which have, like unscour'd armor, hung by the wall have worn your eyes almost out in the service : you And none of them been worn; and, for a name,

So long, that nineteen 'zodiacks have gone round, will be considered.

Bard. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster ? Let's Now puts the drowsy and neglected act withdraw.

Freshly on me :'tis surely, for a name. Clo, Here comes signior Claudio, led by the

Lucio. I warrant, it is; and thy head stands so provost to prison ; and there's madam Juliet.

6tickle on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be [Exeunt.

in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and

appeal to him. SCENE III.-The Same.

Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found. Enter Provost, Claudio, and Officers. I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service. Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to And there receive her approbation :

This day my sister should the cloister enter, th' world! Bear me to prison, where I am committed.

Acquaint her with the danger of my state; Prov. I do it not in evil disposition,

Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends But from lord Angelo by special charge.

To the strict deputy; bid herself essay him: Claud. Thus can the demi-god, authority,

I have great hope in that; for in her youth Make us pay down for our offence by weight.

There is a prone and speechless dialect, The words of heaven ;-on whom it will, it will;

Such as moves men: beside, she hath prosperous art,

When she will play with reason and discourse, On whom it will not, so: yet still 'tis just. And well she can persuade. 3 Enter Lucio and two Gentlemen.

Lucio. I pray, she may: as well for the encourLucio. Why, how now, Claudio? whence comes agement of the like, which else would stand under this restraint ?

grievous imposition, as for the enjoying of thy life, Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost at As surfeit is the father of much fast,

a game of * tick-tack. I'll to her. So every *scape by the immoderate use

Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio, Turns to restraint. Our natures do pursue,

Lucio. Within two hours. Like rats that dravin down their proper bane,


Come, officer; away! [Exeunt. "The sweat," i. e., the consequences of the curative process then in use for a certain disease.Jailer.-An allusion • Folly Yearly circles.-5 Ticklish. -" Receive her ap. to a passage in St. Paul's

Epistle to the Romans : "I will probation," i. e, enter on her noviciate, or probation. have mercy on whom I will have mercy."-Voraciously Prompt; ready.Tricktrack: the word is used in a wandevour.

ton sense.

SCENE IV.-A Monastery.

Lucio. [Within.] Ho! Peace be in this place!

Who's that which calls ?
Enter Duke, and Friar Thomas.

Fran. It is a man's voice. Gentle Isabella, Duke. No, holy father; throw away that thought: Turn you the key, and know his business of him: Believe not that the dribbling dart of love

You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn. Can pierce a complete a bosom. Why I desire thee When you have vow'd, you must not speak with men, To give me secret harbor hath a purpose

But in the presence of the prioress:
More grave and wrinkled, than the aims and ends Then, if you speak, you must not show your face;
Of burning youth.

Or, if you show your face, you must not speak.
May your grace speak of it?

*[Lucio calls. Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you He calls again: I pray you, answer him. How I have ever lov'd the life remov'd;

[Exit FRANCISCA. And held in idle price to haunt assemblies,

Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls ? Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps.

Enter Lucio. I have deliver'd to lord Angelo

Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be, as those cheek-roses (A man of d stricture, and firm abstinence)

Proclaim you are no less, can you so stead me,
My absolute power and place here in Vienna,

As bring me to the sight of Isabella,
And he supposes me travellid to Poland;
For so I have strew'd it in the common ear,

A novice of this place, and the fair sister
And so it is receiv'd. Now, pious sir,

To her unhappy brother Claudio ?

Isab. Why her unhappy brother ? let me ask, You will demand of me, why I do this?

The rather, for I now must make you know Fri. Gladly, my lord.

I Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting laws,

am that Isabella, and his sister.


Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly greets (The needful bits and curbs to head-strong steeds) Which for this fourteen years we have let sleep;

Not to be weary with you, he's in prison.

Isab. Woe me! for what?
Even like an o'er-grown lion in a cave,
That goes not out to prey: now, as fond fathers,

Lucio. For that, which, if myself might be his judge,

He should receive his punishment in thanks. Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch

He hath got his friend with child. Only to stick it in their children's sight,

Isab. Sir, make me not your 5 scorn. [familiar sin For terror, not to use, 'in time the rod's More mock'a, than fear’d; so our most just decrees, With maids to seem the flapwing, and to jest,

Lucio. 'Tis true. I would not, though 'tis my Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead, And liberty plucks justice by the nose;

Tongue far from heart, play with all virgins so: The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart

I hold you as a thing ensky'd, and sainted
Goes all decorum.

By your renouncement, an immortal spirit,
It rested in your grace

And to be talk'd with in sincerity,

As with a saint. To unloose this tied-up justice, when you pleas'd;

Isab. You do blaspheme the good in mocking me. And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd,

Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and 6 truth, 'tis Than in lord Angelo.

Your brother and his h lover have embrac'd: (thus: Duke. I fear, too dreadful :

As those that feed grow full ; as blossoming time, Sith 'twas my fault to give the people scope,

That from the seeding the bare fallow brings 'Twould be my tyranny to strike and gall them For what I bid them do: for we bid this be done,

To teeming 'foison, even so her plenteous womb When evil deeds have their permissive pass, (father, Expresseth his full k tilth and husbandry. (Juliet? And not due punishment. Therefore, indeed, my

Isab. Some one with child by him?-My cousin I have on Angelo impos'd the office,

Lucio. Is she your cousin ?

[names Who may, in th' ambush of my name, strike home, By vain, though apt, affection.

Isab. Adoptedly; as school-maids change their And yet my nature never 3 in the sight,


She it is.
To draw on slander. And to behold his sway,
I will, as 'twere a brother of your order,

Isab. 0! let him marry her.
Visit both prince and people: therefore, I pr’ythee, The duke, ? who's very strangely gone from hence,


This is the point. Supply me with the habit, and instruct me How I may formally in person bear me

Bore many gentlemen, myself being one, Like a true friar. More reasons for this action,

In hand, and hope of action; but we do learn,

By those that know the very nerves of state, At our more leisure shall I render you;

His givings out were of an infinite distance Only, this one :-Lord Angelo is precise ;

From his true-meant design. Upon his place,
Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses

And with full 'line of his authority,
That his blood flows, or that his appetite
Is more to bread than stone: hence shall we see,

Governs lord Angelo; a man whose blood
If power change purpose, what our seemers be.

Is very snow-broth; one who never feels [Exeunt.

The wanton stings and motions of the sense,

But doth "rebate and blunt his natural edge
SCENE V.-A Nunnery.

With profits of the mind, study and fast.

He (to give fear to " use and liberty,

Which have for long run by the hideous law,
Isab. And have you nuns no farther privileges ?

As mice by lions,) hath pick'd out an act, Fran. Are not these large enough?

Under whose heavy sense your brother's life
Isab. Yes, truly: I speak not as desiring more,

Falls into forfeit: he arrests him on it,
But rather wishing a more strict restraint
Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of saint Clare.

An old proverb reads: "The lapwing cries most, farthest from her nest," i, e., tongue far from heart.-"Fewness and

truth," i. e., in few and true words. -— Mistre89.-" Teeming "A complete bosom," i. e., a bosom completely armed. - foison," i. e., breeding plenty.-Tillage.--Extent Make • Retired.--"Bravery” is showy dress. Strictness.-O" At dull. “To give fear to use," 1. e., to intimidate use, or a guard," i. e., on his defence,

practices long countenanced by custom.


And follows close the rigor of the statute,

And nothing come in partial. Sir, he must die. To make him an example. - All hope is gone, Escal. Be it as your wisdom will. Unless you have the & grace by your fair prayer Ang.

Where is the provost? To soften Angelo; and that's my pith

Enter Provost.
Of business 'twixt you and your poor brother.
Isab. Doth he so seek his life?

Prov. Here, if it like your honor.

Has bcensur'd him

See that Claudio Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath

Be executed by nine to-morrow morning. A warrant for his execution.

Bring him his confessor, let him be prepar'd, [vost. Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me

For that's the utmost of his pilgrimage. [Exit Pro To do him good ?

Escal. Well, heaven forgive him, and forgive us all! Lucio. Essay the power you have.

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall:

Some run from breaks of ice, and answer none, Isab. My power, alas ! I doubt. Lucio.

Our doubts are traitors, And some condemned for a fault alone. And make us lose the good we oft might win,

Enter ELBOW, FROTH, Clown, Officers, foc. By fearing to attempt. Go to lord Angelo,

Elb. Come, bring them away. If these be good And let him learn to know, when maidens sue, people in a common-weal, that do nothing but use Men give like gods; but when they weep and kneel, their abuses in common houses, I know no law: All their petitions are as freely theirs

bring them away. As they themselves would owe them.

Ang. How now, sir ? What's your name, and Isab. I'll see what I can do.

what's the matter? Lucio.

But speedily.

Elb. If it please your honor, I am the poor duke's Isab. I will about it straight,

constable, and my name is Elbow: I do lean upon No longer staying but to give the mother

justice, sir : and do bring in here before your good Notice of my affair. I humbly thank you: honor two notorious benefactors. Commend me to my brother; soon at night

Ang. Benefactors ! Well; what benefactors are I'll send him certain word of my success.

they ? are they not malefactors ? Lucio. I take my leave of you.

Elb. If it please your honor, I know not well Isab. Good sir, adieu. [Exeunt. what they are ; but precise villains they are, that I

am sure of, and void of all profanation in the world,

that good Christians ought to have. ACT II.

Escal. This comes off mwell: here's a wise officer.

Ang. Go to: what quality are they of? Elbow SCENE I.-A Hall in Angelo's House.

is your name: why dost thou not speak, Elbow?

Clo. He cannot, sir: he's out at elbow. Enter ANGELO, Escalus, a Justice, Officers, and Ang. What are you, sir? other Attendants.

El. He, sir? a tapster, sir; "parcel-bawd; one Ang. We must not make a scare-crow of the law, that serves a bad woman, whose house, sir, was, as Setting it up to ® fear the birds of prey,

they say, pluck'd down in the suburbs; and now she And let it keep one shape, till custom make it professes a "hot-house, which, I think, is a very ill

house too. Their perch, and not their terror. Escal.

Ay, but yet

Escal. How know you that ? Let us be keen, and rather cut a little,

Elb. My wife, sir, whom I Pdetest before heaven Than 'fall, and bruise to death. Alas! this gentleman,


your honor,Whom I would save, had a most noble father.

Escal. How! thy wife? Let but your honor & know,

Elb. Ay, sir; whom, I thank heaven, is an honest (Whom I believe to be most strait in virtue,)

woman, That, in the working of your own affections,

Escal. Dost thou detest her therefore ? Had time coher'd with place, or place with wishing,

Elb. I say, sir, I will detest myself also, as well Or that the resolute acting of your blood

as she, that this house, if it be not a bawd's house, Could have attain'd th' effect of your own purpose,

it is pity of her life, for it is a naughty house. Whether you had not, sometime in your life,

Escal. How dost thou know that, constable ? Err'd in this point, which now you censure him,

Elb. Marry, sir, by my wife; who, if she had been And pull'd the law upon you.

a woman cardinally given, might have been accused Ang. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus,

in fornication, adultery, and all uncleanliness there. Another thing to fall. I not deny,

Escal. By the woman's means? The jury, passing on la prisoner's life,

Elb. Ay, sir, by mistress Over-done's means; but May in the sworn twelve have a thief or two [tice, as she spit in his face, so she defied him. Guiltier than him they try: what's open made to jus

Clo. Sir, if it please your honor, this is not so. That justice seizes: what know the laws, [nant,

Elb, Prove it before these varlets here, thou honThat thieves do pass on thieves ? 'Tis very preg- orable man;

prove it. The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it,

Escal. [To Angelo.] Do you hear how he misBecause we see it; but what we do not see

places ? We tread upon, and never think of it.

Clo. Sir, she came in great with child, and longing You may not so extenuate his offence,

(saving your honor's reverence) for stew'd prunes : For I have had such faults; but rather tell me,

sir, we had but two in the house, which at that very When I, that censure him, do so offend,

distant time stood, as it were, in a fruit-dish, a dish Let mine own judgment pattern out my death,

of some three-pence: your honors have seen such dishes : they are not China dishes, but very good

dishes. 3"Grace," i, e., power of gaining favor. Sentenced.Have; possess. - Abbeag - Frighten.Throw down.& Examine - Suited.-Pass judgment Plain; full of " Comes off well," i. e, is well told. - Partly bawd. proof. Because

O" Professes a hot-house," 1 e., keeps a baguio.- Protest.

Escal. Go to, go to: no matter for the dish, sir. Clo. By this hand, sir, his wife is a more respect

Clo. No, indeed, sir, not of a pin ; you are therein ed person than any of us all. in the right; but to the point. As I say, this mis Elb. Varlet, thou liest: thou liest, wicked varlet. tress Elbow, being, as I say, with child, and being the time is yet to come that she was ever respected great belly'd, and longing, as I said, for prunes, and with man, woman, or child. having but two in the dish, as I said, master Froth Clo. Sir, she was respected with him, before he here, this very man, having eaten the rest, as I said, married with her. and, as I say, paying for them very honestly ;-for, as Escal. Which is the wiser here? Justice, or you know, master Froth, I could not give you three-Iniquity ?-Is this true ? pence again.

Elb. O thou caitiff! O thou varlet! O thou wicked Froth. No, indeed.

e Hannibal! I respected with her, before I was Clo. Very well: you being then, if you be remem- married to her?-If ever I was respected with her, ber'd, cracking the stones of the foresaid prunes. or she with me, let not your worship think me the Froth. Ay, so I did, indeed.

poor duke's officer.-Prove this, thou wicked • HanClo. Why, very well : I telling you then, if you nibal, or I'll bave mine action of battery on thee. be remember'd, that such a one, and such a one, Escal. If he took you a box o' th' ear, you might were past cure of the thing you wot of, unless they have your action of slander too. kept very good diet, as I told you.

Elb. Marry, I thank your good worship for it. Froth. All this is true.

What is’t your worship's pleasure I shall do with Clo. Why, very well then.

this wicked caitiff! Escal. Come; you are a tedious fool: to the pur Escal. Truly, officer, because he hath some offences pose.-What was done to Elbow's wife, that he in him, that thou wouldst discover if thou couldst, hath cause to complain of? Come me to what was let him continne in his courses, till thou know'st done to her.

what they are. Clo. Sir, your honor cannot come to that yet. Elb. Marry, I thank your worship for it.—Thou Escal. No, sir, nor I mean it not.

seest, thou wicked varlet now, what's come upon Clo. Sir, but you shall come to it, by your honor's thee: thou art to continue; now, thou varlet, thou leave. And, I beseech you, look ? unto master Froth art to continue. here, sir; a man of fourscore pound a year, whose Escal. Where were you born, friend? father died at Hallowmas.-Was't not at Hallow Froth. Here in Vienna, sir. mas, master Froth ?

Escal. Are you of fourscore pounds a year? Froth. All-hallowed *eve.

Froth. Yes, an't please you, sir. Clo. Why, very well: I hope here be truths. Escal. So.-What trade are you of, sir ? He, sir, sitting, as I say, in a blower chair, sir ; Clo. A tapster; a poor widow's tapster. 'twas in the Bunch of Grapes, where, indeed, you Escal. Your mistress' name? have a delight to sit, have you not?

Clo. Mistress Over-done. Froth. I have so; because it is an open room, Escal. Hath she had any more than one husband ? and good for windows.

Clo. Nine, sir; Over-done by the last. Clo. Why, very well then : I hope here be truths. Escal. Nine !--Come hither to me, master Froth.

Ang. This will last out a night in Russia, Master Froth, I would not have you acquainted with When nights are longest there. I'll take my leave, tapsters; they will draw you, master Froth, and you And leave you to the hearing of the cause,

will hang them: get you gone, and let me hear no Hoping you'll find good cause to whip them all. more of you. Escal. I think no less. Good morrow to your Froth. I thank your worship. For mine own lordship.

[Exit ANGELO. part, I never come into any room in a taphouse, but Now, sir, come on: what was done to Elbow's wife, I am drawn in. once more?

Escal. Well; no more of it, master Froth: fareClo. Once, sir? there was nothing done to her once. well.—[ Exit Froth.)-Come you hither to me,

Elb. I beseech you, sir, ask him what this man master tapster. What's your name, master tapster? did to my wife.

Clo. Pompey. Clo. I beseech your honor, ask me.

Escal. What else ? Escal. Well, sir, what did this gentleman to her ? Clo. Bum, sir.

Clo. I besecch you, sir, look in this gentleman's Escal. 'Troth, and your bum is the greatest thing face.-Good master Froth, look upon his honor; 'tis about you; so that, in the beastliest sense, you are for a good purpose. Doth your honor mark his face ? Pompey the great. Pompey, you are partly a bawd, Escal. Ay, sir, very well.

Pompey, howsoever you color it in being a tapster. Çlo. Nay, I beseech you, mark it well.

Are you not ? come, tell me true: it shall be the Escal. Well, I do so.

botter for you. Clo. Doth your honor see any harm in his face? Clo. Truly, sir, I am a poor fellow that would live. Escal. Why, no.

Escal. How would you live, Pompey? by being Clo. I'll be supposed upon a book, his face is a bawd ? What do you think of the trade, Pomthe worst thing about him. Good then; if his face pey? is it a lawful trade ? be the worst thing about him, how could master Clo. If the law would allow it, sir. Froth do the constable's wife any harm? I would Escal. But the law will not allow it, Pompey; nor know that of your honor.

it shall not be allowed in Vienna, Escal. He's in the right. Constable, what say you Clo. Does your worship mean to geld and spay to it?

all the youth of the city? Elb. First, an it like you, the house is a respected Escal. No, Pompey. house ; next, this is a respected fellow, and his mis. Clo. Truly, sir, in my poor opinion, they will to't tress is a respected woman.

then. If your 3 lordship will take forder for the

• The eve of All Saints' day. A "lower chair" was an enoy chair, Deposed; sworn.

d“ Justice or Iniquity," i. e., constable or clown.-Cannibal. — To take order is to take measures, procautions.

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