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toward my

Confirm’d by mutual joinder of your hands, A natural perspective, that is, and is not.
Attested by the holy close of lips,

Seb. Antonio, O my dear Antonio !
Strengthened by interchangement of your rings; How have the hours rack'd and tortur'd me,
And all the ceremony of this compáct

Since I have lost thee! Seal'd in my function, by my testimony:

Ant. Sebastian are you? Since when, my watch hath told


Fear'st thou that, Antonio? grave,

Ant. How have you made division of yourself!-I have travelld but two hours.

An apple, cleft in two, is not more twin Duke. O thou dissembling cub!what wilt thou be, Than these two creatures. Which is Sebastian? When time hath sow'd a grizzle on thy case ? Oli. Most wonderful ! Or will not else thy craft so quickly grow,

Seb. Do I stand there? I never had a brother: That thine own trip shall be thine overthrow ? Nor can there be that deity in my nature, Farewell, and take her; but direct thy feet, Of here and every where. I had a sister, Where thou and I henceforth may never meet. Whom the blind waves and surges have devour'd: Vio. My lord, I do protest, —

Of charity, what kin are you to me? [To Viola. Oli.

0, do not swear; What countryman? what name? what parentage ? Hold little faith, though thou hast too much fear. Vio. Of Messaline : Sebastian was my father; Enter Sir ANDREW AGUE-CHEEK, with his head Such a Sebastian was my brother too, broken.

So went he suited to his watery tomb: Sir And. For the love of God, a surgeon; send If spirits can assume both form and suit


You come to fright us. one presently to sir Toby.


A spirit I am, indeed; Oli. What's the matter? Sir And. He has broke my heail across, and has But am in that dimension grossly clad,

Which from the womb I did participate. given sir Toby a bloody coxcomb too: for the love of God, your help: I had rather than forty pound, I should my tears let fall upon your cheek,

Were you a woman, as the rest goes even,
I were at home.

And say— Thrice welcome, drowned Viola!
Oli. Who has done this, sir Andrew ?
Sir And. The count's gentleman, one Cesario:

Vio. My father had a mole upon his brow.

Seb. And so had mine. we took him for a coward, but he's the very devil incardinate.

Vio. And died that day when Viola from her birth

Had number'd thirteen years.
Duke. My gentleman, Cesario!
Sir And. Od's lifelings, here he is :-You broke He finished, indeed, his mortál act

Seb. O, that recórd is lively in my soul! my head for nothing; and that that I did, I was set That day that made my sister thirteen years. on to do't by sir Toby.

Vio. If nothing lets to make us happy both, Vio. Why do you speak to me? I never hurt you: You drew your sword upon me, without cause;

But this my masculine usurp'd attire,

Do not embrace me, till each circumstance
But I bespake you fair, and hurt you not.
Sir And. If a bloody coxcomb be a hurt, you That I am Viola: which to confirm,

Of place, time, fortune, do cohere, and jump, have hurt me; I think, you set nothing by a bloody I'll bring you to a captain in this town, coxcomb.

Where lie my maiden weeds; by whose gentle help Enter Sir Toby Belch, drunk, led by the Clown. I was preserv'd, to serve this noble count: Here comes Sir Toby halting, you shall hear more:

All the occurrence of my fortune since but if he had not been in drink, he would have Hath been between this lady and this lord. tickled you othergates' than he did.

Scb. So comes it, lady, you have been mistook: Duke. How now, gentleman? How is't with you?

[To OLIVIA. Sir To. That's all one; he has hurt me, and there's But nature to her bias drew in that. the end on't.-Sot, did'st see Dick surgeon, sot?

You would have been contracted to a maid; Clo. O he's drunk, sir Toby, an hour agone; Nor are you therein, by my life, deceived, his eyes were set at eight i’ the morning.

You are betroth'd both to a maid and man. Sir To. Then he's a rogue. After a passy-mea

Duke. Be not amaz’d; right noble is his blood.sure, or a pavin;* I hate a drunken rogue.

If this be so, as yet the glass seems true, Oli. Away with him: Who hath made this havoc I shall have share in this most happy wreck: with them?

Boy, thou hast said to me a thousand times, Sir And. I'll help you, sir Toby, because we'll

[To Viola. be dressed together.

Thou never shouldst love woman like to me. Sir To. Will you help an ass-head, and a cox

Vio. And all those sayings will I over-swear; comb, and a knave? a thin-faced knave, a gull ?

And all those swearings keep as true in soul, Oli. Get him to bed, and let his hurt be look'd to. As doth that orbed continent, the fire, (Exeunt Clown, Sir Toby, and Sir Andrew. That severs day from night.


Give me thy hand; Enter Sebastian.

And let me see thee in thy woman's weeds. Seb. I am sorry, madam, I have hurt

Vio. The captain, that did bring me first on shore,

Hath my maid's garments: he, upon some action, But had it been the brother of my blood,

Is now in durance; at Malvolio's suit,
I must have done no less, with wit, and safety. A gentleman, and follower of my lady's.
You throw a strange regard upon me, and

Oli. He shall enlarge him ;-Fetch Malvolio By that I do perceive it hath offended you;

hither: Pardon me, sweet one, even for the vows

And yet, alas, now I remember me, We made each other but so late ago.

They say, poor gentleman, he's much distract. Duke. One face, one voice, one habit, and two

Re-enter Clown, with a Letter. persons; • Otherways.

A most extracting frenzy of mine own

your kins


& Serious dances.

From my remembrance clearly banish'd his. That e'er invention play'd on? tell me why. How does he, sirrah?

Oli. Alas, Malvolio, this is not my writing, Clo. Truly, madam, he holds Belzebub at the Though I confess much like the character: stave's end, as well as a man in his case may do: he Butout of question, 'tis Maria's hand. has here writ a letter to you; I should have given it And now I do bethink me, it was she to you to-day morning; but as a madman's epis- First told me, thou wast mad; then cam’st in smiling, tles are no gospels, so it skills not much, when they And in such forms which here were presupposid are delivered.

Upon thee in the letter. Pr’ythee, be content: Oli. Open it, and read it.

This practice hath most shrewdly pass'd upon thee; Clo. Look then to be well edified, when the fool But when we know the grounds and authors of it, delivers the madman:-By the Lord, madam, Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge Oli. How now, art thou mad?

Of thine own cause.
Clo. No, madam, I do but read madness: an


Good madam, hear me speak; ladyship will have it as it ought to be, you must And let no quarrel, nor no brawl to come, allow vox."

Taint the condition of this present hour, Oli. Pr’ythee, read i' thy right wits.

Which I have wonder'd at. In hope it shall not, Clo. So I do, madonna; but to read his right Most freely I confess, myself and Toby wits, is to read thus: therefore perpend, my prin- Set this device against Malvolio here, cess, and give ear.

C'pon some stubborn and uncourteous parts Oli. Read it you, sirrah. [To Fabian. We had conceived against him: Maria writ

Fab. [Reads. By the Lord, madam, you wrong The letter, at sir Toby's great importance;' me, and the world shall know it: though you have In recompense whereof, he hath married her. put me into darkness, and given your drunken cou- How with a sportful malice it was follow'd, sin rule over me, yet have the benefit of my senses May rather pluck on laughter than revenge; as well as your ladyship. I have your own letter that If that the injuries be justly weigh'd, induced me to the semblance i put on; with the That have on both sides past. which I doubt not but to do myself much right, or Oli. Alas, poor fool! how have they baffled thre! you much shame. Think of me as you please. I Clo. Why, some are born great, some achieve Yeave

my duty a little unthought of, and speak out greatness, and some have greutness thrown upon of my injury. The madly used Malvolio. them. I was one, sir, in this interlude; one sir Oli. Did he write this?

Topas, sir; but that's all one :- By the Lord, Clo. Ay, madam.

fool, I am not mad;—But do you remember? Duke. This savors not much of distraction. Madam, why laugh you at such a barren rascal? Oli. See him deliver’d, Fabian ; bring him hither. an you smile not, he's gagg’d: And thus the whirli

[Exit Fabian. gig of time brings in his revenges. My lord, so please you, these things further thought Mal. I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you.

[cit. To think me as well a sister as a wife,

Oli. He hath been most notoriously abused. One day shall crown the alliance on't, so please you,

Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to a peace:Here at my house, and at my proper cost.

He hath not told us of the captain yet; Duke. Madam, I am most apt to embrace your When that is known and golden time convents," offer.

A solemn combination shall be made Your master quits you; [To Viola) and, for your of our dear souls:-Mean time, sweet sister, service done him,

We will not part from hence.-Cesario, come, So much against the mettle of your sex,

For so you shall be while you are a man: So far beneath your soft and tender breeding, But, when in other habits you are seen, And since you call’d me master for so long,

Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen. [Exeunt. Here is my hand; you shall from this time be

SONG. Your master's mistress. Oli. A sister?—you are she. Clo. When that I was and a little tiny boy,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Re-enter FABIAN with MaLVOLIO.

A foolish thing was but a toy, Duke. Is this the madman ?

For the rain it raineth every day.
Ay, my lord, the same:

But when I came to man's estate,
How now, Malvolio?
Mal. Madam, you have done me wrong,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Notorious wrong.

'Gainst knave and thief men shut their gate,

For the rain it raineth every day. Oli.

Have I, Malvolio? no.
Mal. Lady, you have. Pray you peruse that letter. But when I came, alas! to wire,
You must not now deny it is your hand,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Write from it, if you can, in hand, or phrase;

By swaggering could I never thrire, Or say, 'tis not your seal, nor your invention :

For the rain it raineth every day. You can say none of this: Well, grant it then,

But when I came unto my bed,
And tell me, in the modesty of honor,
Why you have given me such clear lights of favor;

When hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Bade me come smiling, and cross-gartered to you,

With toss-pots still had drunken head,

For the rain it raineth every day. To put on yellow stockings, and to frown Upon sir Toby, and the lighter people:

A great while ago the world begun, And, acting this in an obedient hope,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Why have you suffer'd me to be imprison’d,

But that's all one, our play is done, in a dark house, visited by the priest,

And we'll strive to please you every day. And made the most notorious geck,' and gull,

(Exit. * Voice. * Attend. Frame and constitution.

* Importunity.

Shall serve.


1 Fool.



VincentIO, Duke of Vienna.

Froti, a foolish gentlemen.
ANGELO, Lord Deputy in the Duke's absence. Clown, Servant to Mrs. Overdone.
Escalus, an ancient Lord, joined with Angelo in Abhorson, an Executioner.
the deputation.

BARNARDINE, a dissolute Prisoner.
Claudio, a young Gentleman.
Lucio, a Fantastic.

Is A BELLA, Sister to Claudio.
Two other like Gentlemen.

MARIANA, betrothed to Angelo. VARRius, a Gentleman, Servant to the Duke. Juliet, beloved by Claudio. Provost.

Francisca, a Nun.

Mistress OVERDONE, a bawd.
Two Friars.
A Justice.

Lords, Gentlemen, Guards, Officers, and other Elbow, a simple Constable.



SCENEI.-An Apartment in the Duke's Palace. Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.
Enter Duke, Escalus, and Lords.

Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do,

Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues Duke. Escalus,

Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike Esc. My lord.

As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd Duke. Of government the properties to unfold,

But to fine issues: nor nature never lends Would seem in me t'affect speech and discourse, The smallest scruple of her excellence, Since I am put to know, that your own science

But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Exceeds in that the lists of all advice

Herself the glory of a creditor, My strength can give you: Th no more remains Both thanks and use; but I do bend my speech But that to your sufficiency, as your worth is able, To one that can my part in him advertise ; And let them work. The nature of our people,

Hold, therefore, Angelo:
Our city's institutions, and the terms

In our remove, be thou at full ourself;
Por common justice, y'are as pregnant in
As art and practice hath enriched any

Mortality and mercy in Vienna

Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escalus, That we remember: There is our commission, From which we would not have you warp. Call Though first in question, is thy secondary.

Take thy commission. hither,


Now, good my lord, I say, bid come before us, Angelo,

Let there be some more test made of my metal, What figure of us think you he will bear?

Before so noble and so great a figure
For you must know, we have with special soul
Elected him our absence to supply;

Be stamp'd upon it.

No more evasion :
Lent him our terror, drest him with our love,

We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice And given his deputations all the organs

Proceeded to you; therefore take your honors. of our own power: What think you of it?

Our haste from hence is of so quick condition, Esc. If any in Vienna be of worth To undergo such ample grace and honor,

That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd It is lord Angelo.

Matters of needful value. We shall write to you,

As time and our concernings shall importune, Enter ANGELO.

How it goes with us, and do look to know Duke.

Look, where he comes. What doth befall you here. So, fare you well : Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will, To th' hopeful execution do I leave you I come to know your pleasure.

Of your commissions.


Yet, give leave, my lord, There is a kind of character in thy life,

That we may bring you something on the way. That, to th' observer, doth thy history

Duke. My haste may not admit it; Fully unfold :-Thyself, and thy belongings, Nor need you, on mine honor, have to do Are not thine own so proper, as to waste With any scruple : your scope is as mine own,

you all.

So to enforce or qualify the laws

1 Gent. Judge. As to your soul seems good :-Give me your hand : 2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a year. I'll privily away; I love the people,

1 Gent. Ay, and more. But do not like to stage me to their eyes :

Lucio. A French crown more. Though it do well, I do not relish well

1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in Their loud applause, and aves vehement:

me: but thou art full of error; I am sound. Nor do I think the man of safe discretion

Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy, but That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. so sound, as things that are hollow: thy bones are

Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes ! hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee. . Esc. Lead forth, and bring you back in happiness!

Enter Bawd. Duke. I thank you.—Fare you well. [Exit.

i Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the Esc. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave To have free speech with you; and it concerns me

most profound sciatica ? To look into the bottom of my place:

Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder, arrested, A power I have, but of what strength and nature,

and carried to prison, was worth tive thousand of I am not yet instructed.

1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee? Ang. "Tis so with me:-Let us withdraw together, And we may soon our satisfaction have

Bawd. Marry sir, that's Claudio, Signior Claudio.

1 Gent. Claudio to prison! 'tis not so. 'Touching that point. Esc. I'll wait upon your.


Bawd. Nay, but I know 'tis so : I saw him ar[Exeunt.

rested ; saw him carried away; and, which is more,

within these three days his head's to be chopped off. SCENE II.-A Street.

Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not Enter Lucio, and two Gentlemen.

have it so: art thou sure of this?

Bawd. I am too sure of it; and it is for getting Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come

Madam Julietta with child. not to composition with the king of Hungary, why

Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised then all the dukes fall upon the king. 1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace ; but not the to meet me two hours since; and he was ever pre

cise in promise-keeping. king of Hungary's!

2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something 2 Gent. Amen. Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious near to the speech we had to such a purpose.

1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the propirate, that went to sea with the ten command

clamation. ments, but scraped one out of the table. 2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ?

Lucio. Away; let's go learn the truth of it.

[Exeunt Lucio und Gentlemen. Lucio. Ay, that he razed.

Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the 1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to command the captain and all the rest from their func- sweat;' what with the gallows, and what with tions ; they put forth to steal: there's not a soldier poverty, I am custom-shrunk. How now! what's

the news with you? of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish the petition well that prays for peace.

Enter Clown. 2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. Clown. Yonder man is carried to prison.

Lucio. I believe thee ; for, I think, thou never Buwd. Well; what has he done? wast where grace was said.

Clown. A woman. 2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least.

Bawd. But what's his offence? 1 Gent. What? in metre?

Clown. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. Lucio. In any proportion,' or in any language. Baud. What, is there a maid with child by him? 1 Gent. I think, or in any religion.

Clown. No; but there's a woman with maid by Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite of him: you have not heard of the proclamation, have all controversy: as, for example, thou thyself art a you ? wicked villain, despite of all grace.

Bawd. What proclamation, man? i Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers Clown. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna between us."

must be pluck'd down. Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists Bawd. And what shall become of those in the city! and the velvet: thou art the list.

Clown. They shall stand for seed: they had i Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good vel- gone down too, but that a wise burgher put in for vet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: I them. had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be Bawd. But, shall all our houses of resort in the pild, as thou art pil'd, for a French velvet." Do suburbs be pulled down? I speak feelingly now?

Clown. To the ground, mistress. Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most Bawd. Why, here's a change indeed in the compainful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine monwealth : what shall become of me? own confession, learn to begin thy health; but, Clown. Come, fear not you; good counsellors whilst I live, forget to drink after thee.

lack no clients. Though you change your place, 1 Gent. I think I have done myself wrong; have you need not change your trade; I'll be your I not?

tapster still. Courage; there will be pity taken on 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art you: you that have worn your eyes almost out in tainted, or free.

the service, you will be considered. Lucio. Behold, behold, where Madam Mitigation Bawd. What's to do here? Thomas Tapster, comes! I have purchased as many diseases under let's withdraw. her roof, as come to

Clown. Here comes Signior Claudio, led by the 2 Gent. To what, I pray?

provost to prison: and there's Madam Juliet.

[Exeunt. 1 Measure.

. A cut of the same cloth. 8 A jest on the loss of hair by the French disease.

4 Corona Veneris. • The sweating sickness.

with you.

SCENE III.-The same.

I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service:

This day my sister should the cloister enter, Enter Provost, Claudio, JULIET, and Officers. And there receive her approbation:

Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to Acquaint her with the danger of my state; the world. Bear me to prison, where I am com- Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends mitted.

To the strict deputy: bid herself assay him; Pror. I do it not in evil disposition,

I have great hope in that: for in her youth But from lord Angelo by special charge.

There is a prone and speechless dialect, Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, Such as moves men: beside, she hath prosperous art Make us pay down for our offence by weight. When she will play with reason and discourse, The words of heaven; on whom it will, it will ;

And well she can persuade. On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just.

Lucio. I pray, she may: as well for the encou

ragement of the like, which else would stand under Enter Lucio.

grievous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy life, Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio? whence comes

who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost this restraint ?

at a game of tick-tack. I'll to her. Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio,

Claud. thank you, good friend Lucio. liberty :

Lucio. Within two hours, As surfeit is the father of much fast,

Claud. Come, officer, away. [Exeunt. So every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue

SCENE IV.-A Monastery. (Like rats that ravin down their proper bane)

Enter Duke and Friar THOMAS. À thirsty evil ; and when we drink, we die.

Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, Duke. No; holy father; throw away that thought; I would send for certain of my creditors: And yet, Believe not that the dribbling dart of love to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of Can pierce a complete bosom : why I desire thee freedom, as the morality of imprisonment.- What's To give me secret harbor, hath a purpose thy offence, Claudio ?

More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends Claud. What, but to speak of would offend again. Of burning youth. Lucio. What is it? murder ?


May your grace speak of it? Claud. No.

Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you Lucio. Lechery?

How I have ever lov'd the life remov'd; Claud. Call it so.

And held in idle price to haunt assemblies, Prov. Away, sir; you must go.

Where youth and cost, and witless bravery keeps. Claud. One word, good friend :-Lucio, a word I have deliver'd to lord Angelo

[Takes him aside. (A man of stricture and firm abstinence) Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good. My absolute power and place here in Vienna, Is lechery so look'd after?

And he supposes me travell’d to Poland; Claud. Thus stands it with me :-Upon a true For so I have strew'd it in the common ear, contract,

And so it is receiv'd: Now, pious sir, I got possession of Julietta's bed;

You will demand of me, why I do this? You know the lady; she is fast my wife,

Fri. Gladly, my lord. Save that we do the denunciation lack

Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting Of outward order: this we came not to,

laws, Only for propagation of a dower

(The needful bits and curbs for head-strong steeds) Remaining in the coffer of her friends;

Which for these fourteen years we have let sleep; From whom we thought it meet to hide our love, Even like an o'er-grown lion in a cave, Till time had made them for us. But it chances, That goes not out to prey: Now, as fond fathers The stealth of our most mutual intercourse, Having bound up the threat’ning twigs of birch, With character too gross, is writ on Juliet. Only to stick it in their children's sight, Lucio. With child, perhaps ?

For terror, not to use; in time the rod Claud. Unhappily, even so.

Becomes more mock'd than fear'd: so our decrees, And the new deputy now for the duke,

Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead;
Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness; And liberty plucks justice by the nose;
Or whether that the body public be

The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart
A horse whereon the governor doth ride,

Goes all decorum. Who newly in the seat, that it may know


It rested in your grace He can command, let's it straight feel the spur: To unloose this tied-up justice when you pleas'd: Whether the tyranny be in his place,

And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd, Or in his eminence that fills it up,

Than in lord Angelo. I stagger in :-But this new governor


I do fear, too dreadful: Awakes me all the enrolled penalties,

Sith 'twas my fault, to give the people scope, Which have, like unscour'd armor, hung by the "Twould be my tyranny to strike, and gall them wall

For what I bid them do: For we bid this be done, So long, that nineteen zodiacs have gone round, When evil deeds have their permissive pass, And none of them been worn; and for a name, And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my Now puts the drowsy and neglected act

father, Freshly on me:—'tis, surely, for a name. I have on Angelo imposed the office;

Lucio. I warrant, it is : and thy head stands so Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home, tickle on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be And yet my nature never in the sight, in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and to do it slander: And to behold his sway, appeal to him.

I will, as 'twere a brother of your order, Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found. Visit both prince and people: therefore, I pr’ythee,

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