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May rather pluck on laughter than revenge ;

But when I came to man's estate, If that the injuries be justly weigh'd,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, That have on both sides past.

'Gainst knave and thief men shut their gate, Oli. Alas, poor fool! how have they baffled' thee! For the rain it raineth every day. Clo. Why, some are born great, some achieve

But when I came, alas ! to wive, greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon them. I was one, sir, in this interlude; one sir To

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, pas, sir; but that's all one :-By the Lord, fool, I

By swaggering could I never thrive,

For the rain it raineth every day. am not mad ;-But do you remember? Madam, why laugh you al such a barren rascal ? an you But when I came unto my bed, smile not, he's gagg’d: And thus the whirligig of With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, time brings in his revenges.

With toss-pots still had drunken head, Ma. I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you. For the rain it raineth every day.

[Exit. Oli. He hath been most notoriously abus'd. A great while ago the world begun,

Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to peace :- With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, He hath not told us of the captain yet;

But that's all one, our play is done, When that is known, and golden tíme convents, And we'll strive to please you every day: A solemn combination shall be made

(Exit. Or our dear souls-Meantime, sweet sister, We will not part from hence.-Cesario, come;For so you shall be, while you are a man;

This play is in the graver part elegant and easy, But, when in other habits you are seen, and in some of the lighter scenes exquisitely humo Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen. (Exeunt. rous. Ague-cheek is drawn with great propriety,

but his character is, in a great measure, that of SONG.

natural fatuity, and is therefore not the proper prey

of a satirist. The soliloquy of Malvolio is truly Clo. When that I was and a little tiny boy, comic; he is betrayed to ridicule merely by hís

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, pride.' The marriage of Olivia, and the succeedA foolish thing was but a toy,

ing perplexity, though well enough contrived to For the rain it raineth every day. divert on the stage, wants credibility, and fails to

produce the proper instruction required in the dra (1) Cheated. (2) Shall serve. ma, as it exhibits no just picture of life.


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Vincentio, duke of Vienna.

Clown, servant to Mrs. Over-done.
Angelo, lord deputy in the duke's absence. Abhorson, an executioner.
Escalus, an ancient lord, joined with Angelo in Barnardine, a dissolute prisoner.

the deputation. Claudio, a young gentleman.

Isabella, sister to Claudio. Lucio, a fantastic.

Mariana, betrothed to Angelo.
Two other like gentlemen.

Juliet, beloved by Claudio.
Varrius, a gentleman, servant to the duke. Francisca, a nun.

Mistress Over-done, a bawd.
Iwo friars.

Lords, gentlemen, guards, officers, and other at A Justice.

tendants. Elbow, a simple cor slable. Froth, a foolish gentleman.

Scene, Vienna,


Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.

Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do; SCENE I. -An apartment in the Duke's palace. Not light them for themselves: for if our virtues Enter Duke, Escalus, Lords, and attendants. Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike

As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd, Duke.

But to line issues :5 nor nature never lends

The smallest scruple of her excellence, Escalus,

But, like a thristy goddess, she determines Escal. My lord.

Herself the glory of a creditor,
Duke, or government the properties to unfold, Both thanks and use. But I'do bend my speech
Would seem in me to affect speech and discourse ; To one that can my part in him advertise ;
Since I am put to know that your own science, Hold therefore, Angelo;
Exceeds, in that, the lists' of all advice

In our remove, be thou at full oursell;
My strength can give you : then no more remains Mortality and mercy in Vienna
But that to your sufficiency, as your worth is able, Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escalus,
And let them work. The nature of our people, Though first in question, is thy secondary:
Our city's institutions, and the terms

Take thy commission.
For common justice, you are as pregnant? in, Ang.

Now, good my lord, As art and practice hath enriched any

Let there be some more test made of my metal, That we remember: there is our commission, Before so noble and so great a figure From which we would not have you warp.-Call Be stamp'd upon it. hither,


No more evasion : I say, bid come before us Angclo.

We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice

(Exit an attendant. Proceeded to you; therefore take your honours. What figure of us think you he will bear? Our haste froin hence is of so quick condition, For you must know, we have with special soul That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd Elected him our absence to supply ;

Matters of necdful value. We shall write to you, Lent him our terror, drest him with our love; As time and our concernings shall importune, And given his deputation all the organs

How it goes with us; and do look to know of our own power: what think you of it? What doth befall you here. So, fare you well : Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth

To the hopeful execution do I leave you
To undergo such ample grace and honour, Of your commissions.
It is lord Angelo.


Yet, give leave, my lord, Enter Angelo.

That we may bring you something on the way.

Duke. My haste may not admit it;
Look, where he comes.

Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do
Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will,

With any scruple: your scope* is as mine own; I come to know your pleasure.

So to enforce, or qualify the laws, Duke.


As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand; There is a kind of character in thy life,

I'll prívily away: I love the people, That, to the observer, doth thy history,

But do not like to stage me to their eyes : Fully unfold: thyself and thy belongings'

Though it do well, I do not relish well Are not thine own so proper, as to waste

Their loud applause, and aves& vehement; (1) Bounds. (2) Full of. (3) Endowments.

(5) For high purposes. (6) Interest. So much thy own property.

77) Extent of power. (8) Hailings.

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you all.

Nor do I think the man of safe discretion,

Lucio. A French crown' more. That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. 1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases ira Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes ! me: but thou art full of error; 'I am sound. Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happi Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy

but so sound, as things that are hollow thy bones Duke. I thank you : fare you well. (Exil. are hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee.

Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave To have free speech with you; and it concerns me

Enter Bawd. To look into the bottom of my place: A power I have; but of what strength and nature i Gent. How now? Which of your hips has tho I am not yet instructed.

most profound sciatica? Ang. 'Tis so with me:--Let us withdraw to Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, gether,

and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of And we may soon our satisfaction have Touching that point.

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

I'll wait upon your honour. Baud. Marry,sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio.

(Exeunt. 1 Gent. Claudio to prison ! 'tis not so.

Barod. Nay, but I know, 'tis so: I saw him arSCENE II.-A street. Enter Lucio and two rested; saw him carried away; and, which is Gentlemen.

more, within these three days his head's to be

chopped off. Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come Lucio. But, after all this fooli I would not not to composition with the king of Hungary, why, have it so: art thou sure of this? then all the dukes fall upon the king.

Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting 1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the madam Julietta with child. king of Hungary's!

Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised 2 Gent. Amen.

to meet me two hours since; and he was ever preLiicio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious cise in promise-keeping. pirate, that went to sea with the ten command

2 Gent. Besides you know, it draws something ments, but scraped one out of the table.

near to the spcech we had to such a purpose. 2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ?

i Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the proLucio. Ay, that he razed.

clamation. I Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to com

Lucio. Away; let's go learn the truth of it. mand the captain and all the rest from their func

(Exeunt Lucio and Gentlemen. tions; they put forth to steal : there's not a soldier

Bavd. Thus, what with the war, what with the of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, sweat ;' what with the gallows, and what with doth relish the petition well that prays for peace.

poverty, I am custom-shrunk. How now ? what's 2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it.

the news with you? Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never wast where grace was said.

Enter Clown.
2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least.
1 Gent. What? in metre?

Clo, Yonder man is carried to prison.
Lucio. In any proportion,' or in any language. Bawd. Well; what has he done?
I Genl. I think, or in any religion.

Clo. A woman. Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite Bard. But what's his offence ? of all controversy as for example; thou thysell Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar viver. art a wicked villain, despite of all grace.

Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him ? I Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers Clo, No; but there's a woman with maid by him: between us.

you have not heard of the proclamation, have you ? Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists Bawd. What proclamation, man? and the velvet: thou art the list.

Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must 1 Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good be pluck'd down. relvet; thou art a three-pil'd picce, I warrant thee: Bawd. And what shall become of those in the I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be city ? pil'd, as thou art pild, for a French velvet.: Do Clo. They shall stand for secd: they had pone I speak feelingly nowy

down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them. Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with Burd. But shall all our houses of resort in the most painful feeling of thy speech: 'I will, out of suburbs bc pulld down? thine own consession, learn to begin thy health ;! Clo. To the ground, mistress. but, whilst I live, forget to drink after thee. Bawil. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the

1' Gent. I think I have done myself wrong ; commonwealth! What shail become of me? have I not?

Clo. Come; sear not you: good counsellors lack 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art no clients: though you change your place, you need tainted, or free.

not change your trade ; I'll be your tapster still. Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitiga. Courage; there will be pity taken on vou: you that tion comes! I have purchased as many diseases have worn your eyes almost out in the service, you under her roof, as come to

will be considered. 2 Gent. To what, I pray ?

Baud. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster? let's 1 Gent. Judge.

withdraw. 2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a year. Clo. Here comes simnior Claudio, led by the pro1 Gent. Ay, and more.

vost to prison: and there's madam Juliet. (Exe.

(1) Measure. (2) A cut of the same cloth.
(3) A jest on the loss of hair by the French disease.

(4) Corona Veneris.
(5) The sweating sickness.

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