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FRIENDSHIP'S AGONY. BASSANIO. Good cheer, Antonio! What,
man ? courage yet! The Jew shall have my flesh, blood, bones, and
all, Ere thou shalt lose for me one drop of blood. ANTONIO.
a tainted wether of the flock, Meetest for death; the weakest kind of fruit Drops earliest to the ground, and so let me: You cannot better be employ’d, Bassanio, Than to live still, and write mine epitaph.
MERCHANT OF VENICE, A. 4, s. 1.
FRIENDS IN SIN ARE SELDOM
FRIENDS IN NEED. NORTHUMBERLAND, thou ladder wherewithal The mounting Bolingbroke ascends my throne, The time shall not be
hours of age More than it is, ere foul sin, gathering head, Shall break into corruption: thou shalt think, Though he divide the realm, and give thee half, It is too little, helping him to all; And he shall think, that thou, which know'st
To plant unrightful kings, wilt know again,
K. RICHARD II., A. 5, s. 1.
your own science
FRIENDS IN COUNCIL:-ON
GOVERNMENT. DUKE. Escalus,Of government the properties to unfold, Would seem in me to affect speech and discourse; Since, I am put to know, that Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice My strength can give you: Then no more re
mains Put that to your sufficiency, as your worth is
able, And let them work. The nature of our people, Our city's institutions, and the terms For common justice, you are as pregnant in, As art and practice hath enriched any That we remember: There is our commission, From which we would not have you warp.— Call
hither, I say, bid come before us Angelo. What figure of us think you he will bear? For you must know, we have with special soul Elected him our absence to supply; Lent him our terror, drest him with our love; And given his deputation all the organs Of our own power: What think you of it?
ESCALUS. If any in Vienna be of worth To undergo such ample grace and honour, It is lord Angelo.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE, A. 1, s. 1.
FRIENDS IN COUNCIL-THE DIFFI
CULTY OF BEING GENTLE, AND
Believe not that the dribbling dart of love
keeps. I have deliver'd to lord Angelo (A man of stricture, and firm abstinence, My absolute power and place here in Vienna, And he supposes me travell’d to Poland; For so I have strewed it in the common ear, And so it is receiv’d: Now, pious sir, You will demand of me, why I do this ? We have strict statutes, and most biting laws, (The needful bits and curbs for head-strong
steeds) Which for these fourteen years we have let
sleep; Even like an o'er-grown lion in a cave, That
goes not out to prey: Now, as fond fathers,
It rested in your grace
I do fear, too dreadful :
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 ambush of my name, strike
home, And yet my nature never in the sight, To do it slander: And to behold his sway, I will, as 'twere a brother of your order, Visit both prince and people : therefore, I
pr’ythee, Supply me with the habit, and instruct me How I may formally in person bear me Like a true friar. More reasons for this action, At our more leisure shall I render you; Only, this one :-Lord Angelo is precise; Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses That his blood flows, or that his appetite Is more to bread than stone: Hence shall we see, If power change purpose, what our seemers be.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE, A. 1, s. 4.
FRIENDS IN COUNCIL-THE GREAT
Look, where he comes. ANGELO. Always obedient to your grace's
I come to know your pleasure.
touch'd, But to fine issues : nor nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use. But I do bend my speech To one that can my part in him advertise ; Hold therefore, Angelo ; In our remove, be thou at full ourself : Mortality and mercy in Vienna Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escalus, Though first in question, is thy secondary : Take thy commission. No more evasion : We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice Proceeded to
you; therefore take your honours. Our haste from hence is of so quick condition, That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd Matters of needful value. We shall write to
you, As time and our concernings shall importune, How it goes with us; and do look to know What doth befall you here. So, fare you well: To the hopeful execution do I leave you Of your commissions. ANG.
Yet, give leave, my lord,