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Upon some stubborn and uucourteous parts
We had conceiv'd against him : Maria writ
The letter, at sir Toby's great importance*;
In recompence whereof, he hath married her.
How with a sporttul malice it was follow'd,
May rather pluck on laughter than revenge ;
If that the injuries be justly weigh'd,
That have on both sides past.

Oli. Alas, poor fool! how have they baffledt thee!

Clo. Why, some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon them. I was ove, sir, in this interlude; one sir Topas, sir; but that's all one :-By the Lord, fool, I am not mad ;-But do you remember? Madam, why laugh you at such a barren rascal ? an you smile not, he's gagg'd: And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges. Mal. I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you.

(Exit. Oli. He hath been most notoriously abus'd.

Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to peace :He hath not told us of the captain yet; When that is known and golden time conventsi, A solemn combination shall be made Of our dear souls- Meantime, sweet sister, We will not part from hence.-Cesario, come; For so you shall be, while you are a man; But, when in other habits you are seen, Orsino's mistress, and liis fancy's queen. (Exeunt.

SONG.

Clo. When that I was and a little tiny boy,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,

For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came to man's estate,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,

• Importunacy.

+ Cheated.

Shall serve. 'Gainst knude and thief men shut their gate,

For the rain it raineth every day.
But when I came, alas! to wive,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
By swaggering could I never thride,

For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came unto my bed,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
With toss-pots still had drunken head,

For the rain it raineth every day.
A great while ago the world begun,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that's all one, our play is done,
Aud we'll strive to please you every day.

[Erit.

This play is in the graver part elegant and easy, and in some of the lighter scenes exquisitely humorous. Ague-cheek is drawn with great propriety, but his character is, in a great measure, that of natural fatuity, and is therefore not the proper prey of a satirist. The soliloquy of Malvolio is truly comic; he is betrayed to ridicule merely by his pride. The marriage of Olivia, and the succeeding perplexity, though well enough contrived to divert on the stage, wants credibility, and fails to produce the proper instruction required in the drama, as it exhibits no just picture of life.

JOHNSON.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Vincentio, duke of Vienna,
Angelo, lord deputy in the duke's absence.
Escalus, an ancient lord, joined with Angelo in

the deputation.
Claudio, a young gentleman.
Lucio, a fantastic.
Two other like gentlemen.
Varrius, a gentleman, servant to the duke.
Provost.
Thomas,

two friars.
Peter,
A Justice.
Elbow, a simple constable.
Froth, a foolish gentleman.
Clown, servant to Mrs. Over-done.
Abhorson, an executioner.
Barnardine, a dissolute prisoner.

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Isabella, sister to Claudio.
Mariana, betrothed to Angelo.
Juliet, beloved by Claudio.
Francisca, a nun.
Mistress Over-done, a band.

Lords, gentlemen, guards, officers, and other at

tendants.

Scene, Vienna.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

ACT I.

SCENE I. An apartment in the Duke's palace.

Enter Duke, Escalus, Lords, and attendants.

Duke.
ESCALUS-
Escal. My lord.

Duke. Of government the properties to unfold,
Would seem ip me to affect speech and discourse;
Since I am put to know that your own science,
Exceeds, in that, the lists* of all advice
My strength can give you : then no more remains
But 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 pregnantt 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.

[Erit an attendant.

* Bounds.

+ Full of.

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