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That this may be some error, but no madness, Now go with me, and with this holy man,
Yet doth this accident and flood of fortune

Into the chantry by : there, before him,
So far exceed all instance, all discourse,

And underneath that consecrated roof, That I am ready to distrust mine eyes,

Plight me the full assurance of your faith; And wrangle with my reason, that persuades me That my most jealous and too doubtful sou To any other trust, but that I am mad,

May live at peace: He shall conceal it, Or else the lady's mad; yet, if 'twere so,

Whiles you are willing it shall come to note She could not sway her house, command her followers, What time we will our celebration keep Take, and give back, affairs, and their despatch, According to my birth.

What do you say? With such a smooth, discreet, and stable bearing, Seb. I'll follow this good man, and go with you ; As, I perceive, she does : there's something in't, And, having sworn truth, ever will be truc. That is deceivable. But here comes the lady. Oli. Then lead the way, good father; And

heavens so shine, Enter OLIVIA and a Priest.

That they may fairly note this act of mine! Oli. Blame not this haste of mine: If you mean

(Exeunt. well,

ACT V.

SCENE I. The Street before Olivia's House. come again. I go, sir; but I would not have you

to think, that my desire of having is the sin of Enter Clown and FABIAN.

covetousness : but, as you say, sir, let your bounty Fab. Now, as thou lovest me, let me see his letter. take a nap, I will awake it anon. [Exit Clown. Clo. Good master Fabian, grant me another

Enter ANTONIO and Officers. request. Fab. Any thing.

Vio. Here comes the man, sir, that did rescue me. Clo. Do not desire to see this letter.

Duke. That face of his I do remember well; Fab. That is, to give a dog, and, in recompense, Yet, when I saw it last, it was besmear'd desire my dog again.

As black as Vulcan, in the smoke of war :

A bawbling vessel was he captain of,
Enter Duke, Viola, and Attendants.

For shallow draught, and bulk, unprizable; Duke. Belong you to the lady Olivia, friends ? With which such scathful grapple did he make Clo. Ay, sir ; we are some of her trappings. With the most noble bottom of our fleet,

Duke. I know thee well; How dost thou, my That very envy, and the tongue of loss, good fellow?

Cry'd fame and honour on him. What's the Clo. Truly, sir, the better for my foes, and the

matter? worse for my friends.

1 off. Orsino, this is that Antonio, Duke. Just the contrary; the better for thy friends. That took the Phænix, and her fraught, from Candy; Clo. No, sir, the worse.

And this is he, that did the Tiger board, Duke. How can that be?

When your young nephew Titus lost his leg : Clo. Marry, sir, they praise me, and make an ass Here in the streets, desperate of shame, and state, of me; now my foes tell me plainly I am an ass : In private brabble did we apprehend him. so that by my foes, sir, I profit in the knowledge of Vio. He did me kindness, sir ; drew on my side; myself; and by my friends I am abused : so that, But, in conclusion, put strange speech upon me, conclusions to be as kisses, if your four negatives I know not what 'twas, but distraction. make your two affirmatives, why, then the worse for Duke. Notable pirate! thou salt-water thief! my friends, and the better for my foes.

What foolish boldness brought thee to their merries, Duke. Why, this is excellent.

Whom thou, in terms so bloody, and so dear, Clo. By my troth, sir, no; though it please you Hast made thine enemies? to be one of my friends.

Ant.

Orsino, noble sir, Duke. Thou shalt not be the worse for me ; Be pleas'd that I shake off these names you give me. there's gold.

Antonio never yet was thief, or pirate, Clo. But that it would be double-dealing, sir, I Though, I confess, on base and ground enough, would you could make it another.

Orsino's enemy. A witchcraft drew me hither : Duke. O, you give me ill counsel.

That most ingrateful boy there, by your side, Clo. Put your grace in your pocket, sir, for this From the rude sea's enrag'd and foamy mouth once, and let your flesh and blood obey it.

Did I redeem ; a wreck past hope he was: Duke. Well, I will be so much a sinner to be a His life I gave him, and did thereto add double dealer; there's another.

My love, without retention, or restraint, Clo. Primo, secundo, tertio, is a good play; and all his in dedication : for his sake, the old saying is, the third pays for all: the tripler, Did I expose myself, pure for his love, sir, is a good tripping measure; or the bells of St. Into the danger of this adverse town; Bennet, sir, may put you in mind; One, two, three. Drew to defend him, when he was beset;

Duke. You can fool no more money out of me Where being apprehended, his false cunning, at this throw: if you will let your lady know, I am (Not meaning to partake with me in danger,) bere to speak with her, and bring her along with Taught him to face me out of his acquaintance,

may
awake
my bounty further.

And grew a twenty-years-removed thing,
Cl. Marry, sir, lullaby to your bounty, till i While one would wink ; denied me mine own purse,,,

you, it

Vio.

Which I had recommended to his use

No, my lord, nou l. Not half an hour before.

Oli. Alas, it is the baseness of thy fear, l'io. How can this be?

That makes thee strangle thy propriety : Duke. When came he to this town?

Fear not Cesario, take thy fortunes up; Ant. To-day, my lord ; and for three months Be that thou know'st thou art, and then thou art before,

As great as that thou fear'st. -0, welcome, father? (No interim, not a minute's vacancy,) Both day and night did we keep company.

Re-enter Attendant and Priest.

Father, I charge thee, by thy reverence,
Enter Olivia and Attendants.

Here to unfold (though lately we intended Duke. Here comes the countess ; now heaven To keep in darkness, what occasion now walks on earth.

Reveals before 'tis ripe,) what thou dost know, But for chee, fellow, fellow, thy words are madness : Hath newly past between this youth and me. Three months this youth hath tended upon me; Priest. A contract of eternal bond of love, But more of that anon. - Take him aside. Confirm'd by mutual joinder of your hands, Oli. What would my lord, but that he may not Attested by the holy close of lips, have,

Strengthen'd by interchangement of your rings; Wherein Olivia may seem serviceable ?

And all the ceremony of this compact Cesario, you do not keep promise with me.

Seald in my function, by my testimony: Vio. Madam?

Since when, my watch hath told me, toward my Duke. Gracious Olivia,

grave, Oli. What do you say, Cesario? Good my I have travelled but two hours. lord,

Duke. O, thou dissembling cub! what wilt thou Vio. My lord would speak, my duty hushes me.

be, Oli. If it be aught to the old tune, iny lord, When time hath sow'd a grizzle on thy case ? It is as fat and fulsome to mine ear,

Or will not else thy craft so quickly grow,
As howling after musick.

That thine own trip shall be thine overthrow ?
Duke.
Still so cruel ?

Farewell, and take her ; but direct thy feet,
Oli. Still so constant, lord.

Where thou and I henceforth may never meet. Duke. What! to perverseness? you uncivil lady, Vio. My lord, I do protest, To whose ingrate and unauspicious altars

Oli.

0, do not swear ; My soul the faithfull'st offerings hath breath'd out, Hold little faith, though thou hast too much fear. That e'er devotion tender'd! What shall I do? Oli. Even what it please my lord, that shall be- Enter Sir ANDREW AGUE-CHEEK, with his head broke. come him.

Sir And. For the love of God, a surgeon ; send Duke. Why should I not, had I the heart to do it, one presently to sir Toby. Like to the Egyptian thief, at point of death,

Oli. What's the matter ? Kill what I love; a savage jealousy,

Sir And. He has broke my head across, and has That sometime savours nobly ? - But hear me this : given sir Toby a bloody coxcomb too: for the love Since you to non-regardance cast my faith,

of God, your help: I had rather than forty pound, And that I partly know the instrument

I were at home.
That screws me from my true place in your favour, Oli. Who has done this, sir Andrew ?
Live you, the marble-breasted tyrant, still;

Sir And. The count's gentleman, one Cesario :
But this your minion, whom, I know, you love, we took him for a coward, but he's the very devil
And whom, by heaven I swear, I tender dearly, incardinate.
Him will I tear out of that cruel eye,

Duke. My gentleman, Cesario ? Where he sits crowned in his master's spite.

Sir And. Od’s lifelings, here he is :- You broke Come boy, with me; my thoughts are ripe in mis my head for nothing; and that that I did, I was chief :

set on to do't by sir Toby. I'll sacrifice the lamb that I do love,

Vio. Why do you speak to me? I never hurt To spite a raven's heart within a dove. (Going

you : Vio. And I, most jocund, apt, and willingly, You drew your sword upon me, without cause ; To do you rest, a thousand deaths would die.

But I bespake you fair, and hurt you not.

(Following. Sir And. If a bloody coxcomb be a hurt, you Oli. Where goes Cesario ?

have hurt me;

I think, you set nothing by a bloody Vio.

After him I love,

coxcomb. More than I love these eyes, niore than my life, More, by all mores, than e'er I shall love wife :

Enter Sir Toby Belch, drunk, led by the Clown. If I do feign, you witnesses above,

Here comes Sir Toby halting, you shall hear more : Punish my life, for tainting of my love!

but if he had not been in drink, he would have Oli. Ah me, detested! how am I beguil'd! tickled you othergates than he did. Vio. Who does beguile you ? who does do you Duke. How now, gentleman ? how is't with

wrong? Oli. Hast thou forgot thyself? Is it so long?- Sir To. That's all one; he has hurt me, and Call forth the holy father. [Erit an Attendant. there's the end on't. — Sot, did'st see Dick surgeon, Duke.

Come away. (To Viola. sot? Oli. Whither, my lord ? Cesario, husband, stay. Clo. O he's drunk, sir Toby, an hour agone; his Duke. Husband?

eyes were set at eight i'the morning. Oli.

Ay, husband, can he that deny ? Sir To. Then he's a rogue. Aiter a passy. mer Duke. Her husband, sirrah ?

sure, or a pavin, I hate a drunken rogue.

you?

Oli. Away with him: Who hath made this ha- Duke. Re not amaz'd; right noble is his blood. vock with them?

If this be so, as yet the glass seems true, Sir And. I'll help you, sir Toby, because we'll I shall have share in this most happy wreck : be dressed together.

Boy, thou hast said to me a thousand times, Sir To. Will you help an ass-head, and a cox

[ To Viola. comb, and a knave? a thin-faced knave, a gull ? Thou , ever should'st love woman like to me. Oli. Get him to bed, and let his hurt be look'd to. Vio. And all those sayings will I over-swear; (Ereunt Clown, Sir Toby, and Sir Andrew. And all those swearings keep as true in soul,

As doth that orbed continent the fire
Enter SEBASTIAN.

That severs day from night.
Seb. I am sorry, madam, I have hurt your kins- Duke.

Give me thy hand; man ;

And let me see thee in thy woman's weeds. But, had it been the brother of my blood,

Vio. The captain, that did bring me first on shore, I must have done no less, with wit, and safety. Hath

my
maid's

's garments : he upon some action, You throw a strange regard upon me, and

Is now in durance ; at Malvolio's suit, By that I do perceive it hath offended you ;

A gentleman, and follower of my lady's. Pardon me, sweet one, even for the vows

Oli. He shall enlarge him :- Fetch Malvolio We made each other but so late ago.

hither : Duke. One face, one voice, one habit, and two And yet, alas, now I remember me, persons;

They say, poor gentleman, he's much distract. A natural perspective, that is, and is not. Seb. Antonio, O my dear Antonio!

Re-enter Clown, with a letter. How have the hours rack'd and tortur'd me, A most extracting frenzy of mine own Since I have lost thee.

From my remembrance clearly banish'd his. Ant. Sebastian are you?

How does he, sirrah? Seb.

Fear'st thou that, Antonio? Clo. Truly, madam, he holds Belzebub at the Ant. How have you made division of yourself?- stave's end, as well as a man in his case may do : An apple, cleft in two, is not more twin

he has here writ a letter to you, I should have Than these two creatures. Which is Sebastian ? given it you to-day morning ; but as a madman's Ok. Most wonderful !

epistles are no gospels, so it skills not much, when Seb. Do I stand there? I never had a brother : they are delivered. Nor can there be that deity in my nature,

Oli. Open it, and read it. Of here and every where. I had a sister,

Clo. Look then to be well edifitd, when the fool Wbom the blind waves and surges have devour'd: delivers the madman: - By the Lord, madam, Of charity, what kin are you to me? (To V101.A. Oli. How now! art thou mad ? What countryman ? what name? what parentage ? Clo. No, madam, I do but read madness : an

Vio. Of Messaline : Sebastian was my father ; your ladyship will have it as it ought to be, you Such a Sebastian was my brother too,

must allow vor. So went he suited to his watery tomb :

Oli. Pr’ythee, read i'thy right wits. If spirits can assume both form and suit

Clo. So I do, madonna; bui to read his right You come to fright us.

wits, is to read thus : therefore perpend, my prinSeb.

A spirit I am, indeed : cess, and give ear. But am in that dimension grossly clad,

Oli. Read it

you,
sirrah.

[To Fabian. Which from the womb I did participate.

Fab. (reads.] By the Lord, madam, you urang Were you a woman, as the rest goes even,

me, and the world shall know it: though you have I should my tears let fall upon your cheek, put me into darkness, and given your drunken cousin And say — Thrice welcome, drowned Viola ! rule over me, yet have I the benefit of my senses us

Vio. My father had a mole upon his brow. well as your ladyship. I have your own letter that Seb. And so had mine.

induced me to the semblance I put on; with the Vio. And died that day when Viola from her birth which I doubt not but to do myself much right, or Had number'd thirteen years.

you much shame.

Think of me as you please. I Seb. O, that record is lively in my soul !

leave my duty a little unthought of, and speak vut of He finished, indeed, his mortal act,

The madly-used Malvolio. That day that made my sister thirteen years.

Oli. Did he write this? Vio. If nothing lets to make us happy both

Clo. Ay, madam. But this my masculine usurp'd attire,

Duke. This savours not much of distraction. Do not embrace me, till each circumstance

Oli. See him delivered, Fabian ; bring him hither, Of place, time, fortune, do cohere, and jump,

[Exit Fabian, That I am Viola : which to confirm,

My lord, so please you, these things further thought I'll bring you to a captain in this town,

on, Where lie my maiden weeds ; by whose gentle help To think me as well a sister as a wife, I was preserv'd, to serve this noble count ;

One day shall crown the alliance on't, so please you, All the occurrence of my fortune since

Here at my house, and at my proper cost. Hath been between this lady and this lord.

Duke. Madam, I am most apt to embrace your Seb. So comes it, lady, you have been mistook :

offer.

[T. OLIVIA. Your master quits you ; [To Viola.) and, for youi But nature to her bias drew in that.

service done him, You would have been contracted to a maid ; So much against the mettle of your sex, Nor are you therein, by my life, deceiv’d,

So far beneath your soft and tender breeding, You are betroth'd both to å maid and man. And since you call'd me master for so long,

my injury.

Here is my hand ; you shall from this time be May rather pluck on laughter than revenge;
Your master's mistress.

If that the injuries be justly weigh'd,
Oli.
A sister? -- you are she. That have on both sides past.

Oli. Alas, poor fool ! how have they baffled thee!
Re-enter Fabian, with Malvolio.

Clo. Why, some are born great, some achieve Duke. Is this the madınan ?

greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon them. Oli.

Ay, my lord, this same: I was one, sir, in this interlude; one sir Topas, How now, Malvolio ?

sir ; but that's all one: - - By the Lord, fool, I am Mal. Madam, you have done me wrong, not mad; But do you remember? Madam, why Notorious wrong.

laugh you at such a barren rascal ? an you smile not, Oli.

Have I, Malvolio? no. he's gagg’d: And thus the whirligig of time brings Mal. Lady, you have. Pray you, peruse that in his revenges. letter:

Mal. I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you. You must not now deny it is your hand,

[Erit. Write from it, if you can, in hand, or phrase ; Oli. He hath been most notoriously abus’d. Or say, 'tis not your seal, nor your invention : Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to a peace: You can say none of this: Well, grant it then, He hath not told us of the captain yet ; And tell me, in the modesty of honour,

When that is known and golden time convents, Why you have given me such clear lights of favour; A solemn combination shall be made Bade me come smiling, and cross-garter'd to you. Of our dear souls — Mean time, sweet sister, To put on yellow stockings, and to frown

We will not part from hence. Cesario, come; Upon sir Toby, and the lighter people :

For so you shall be, while you are a man; And, acting this in an obedient hope,

But, when in other habits you are seen,
Why have you suffer'd me to be imprison'd, Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen. (Ereunt.
Kept in a dark house, visited by the priest,
And made the most notorious geck, and gull,

SONG.
That e'er invention play'd on ? tell me why.
Oli. Alas, Malvolio, this is not my writing,

Clo.

When that I was and a litlle tiny boy, Though I confess, much like the character :

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, But, out of question, 'tis Maria's hand.

A foolish thing was but a toy, And now I do bethink me, it was she

For the rain it raineth every day. First told me, thou wast mad; then cam'st in

But when I came to man's estate, smiling,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, And in such forms which here were presuppos'd

'Gainst kenave and thief men shut their gate, Upon thee in the letter. Pr’ythee, be content:

For the rain it raineth every duy.
This practice hath most shrewdly pass'd upon thee:
But, when we know the grounds and authors of it, But when I came, alas ! to wive,
Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
Of thine own cause.

By swaggering could I never thrive,
Fab.
Good madam, hear me speak;

For the rain it raineth every day.
And let no quarrel, nor no brawl to come,

But when I came unto my bed, Taint the condition of this present hour,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Which I have wonder'd at. In hope it shall not,

With toss-pots still had drunken head,
Most freely I confess, myself, and Toby,

For the rain it raineth every day.
Set this device against Malvolio here,
Upon some stubborn and uncourteous parts

A great while ago the world begun,
We had conceiv'd against him: Maria writ

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, The letter, at sir Toby's great importance ;

But that's all one, our play is done, In recompense whereof, he hath married her.

And we'll strive to please you every day. How with a sportful malice it was follow'd,

Exit

MEASURE FOR

FOR MEASURE.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

VICENTIO, Duke of Vienna.

Froth, a foolish gentleman. ANGELO, lord deputy in the Duke's absence.

Clown, servant to Mrs. Over-done. Escalus, an ancient lord, joined with Angelo in the Abhorson, an executioner. deputation.

BARNARDINE, a dissolute prisjner.
CLAUDIO, a young gentleman.
Lucio, a fantastick.

ISABELLA, sister to Claudio.
Two other like gentlemen.

MARIANA, betrothed to Angelo. VARBIUS, a gentleman, servant to the Duke. JULIET, beloved by Claudio. Provost.

FRANCISCA, a nun. Thomas,

Mistress OVER-DONE, a bawd. PETER,

. A Justice.

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

Attendants.
SCENE,- Vienna.

ACT I.

SCENE I. – An Apartment in the Duke's

Enter ANGELO.
Palace.

Duke.

Look, where he comes. Enter Duke, Escalus, Lords, and Attendants. Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will, Duke. Escalus,

I come to know your pleasure. Escal. My lord.

Duke.

Angelo,
Duke. Of government the properties to unfold, There is a kind of character in thy life,
Would seeni in me to affect speech and discourse; That, to the observer, doth thy history
Since I am put to know, that your own science Fully unfold: Thyself and thy belongings
Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice

Are not thine own so proper, as to waste My strength can give you : Then no more re- Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee. mains

Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do ; But that to your sufficiency, as your worth is able, Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues And let them work. The nature of our people, Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike Our city's institutions, and the terms

Asif we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd, For common justice, you are as pregnant in,

But to fine issues : nor nature never lends
As art and practice hath enriched any

The smallest scruple of her excellence,
That we remember : There is our commission, But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines
Proin which we would not have you warp. - Call Herself the glory of a creditor,
hither,

Both thanks and use. But I do bend my speech I bid come before us Angelo. —

To one that can my part in him advertise ;

[Erit an Attendant Hold therefore, Angelo; What figure of us think you he will bear?

In our remove, be thou at full ourself: For

you must know, we have with special soul Mortality and mercy in Vienna Elected him our absence to supply;

Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escalus, Lent him our terror, drest him with our love; Though first in question, is thy secondary: And given his deputation all the organs

Take thy commission. Of our own power : What think you of it?

Ang.

Now, good my lord, Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth

Let there be some more test made of my metal, To undergo such ample grace and honour,

Before so noble and so great a figure It is lord Angelo.

Be stamp'd upon it.

say,

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