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Measure for Measure

Act I, Scene 3

A monastery.
 
[Enter DUKE VINCENTIO and FRIAR THOMAS]
 
DUKE VINCENTIO
      __    ,      ,            2  ,            ,
      No:| holy | father,| throw^away | that thought,
           ,     ,               ,          ,         ,
      Believe | not that | the drib|bling dart | of love
             ,      2     ,      ,       ,    2     ,
      Can pierce | a complete | bosom:| why, I de|sire thee
           ,        ,       ,         ,       ,       ->
      To give | me se|cret har|bor, hath | a pur||pose
        ,      ,            ,            2      ,          ,
5     More | grave, and | wrinkled,| than the aims,| and ends
          ,         ,
      Of bur|ning youth.
 
FRIAR THOMAS
                          ,           ,     ,
                         May your | grace speak / of it?
 
DUKE VINCENTIO
          ,     ,      ,            ,           ,
      My ho|ly sir,| none bet|ter knows | than you
          ,        ,       ,           ,        ,
      How I | have e|ver loved | the life | removed
            ,       ,       ,          ,        ,        2->
10    And held | in i|dle price,| to haunt | assem||blies
              ,           ,     ,         ,         ,
      Where youth,| and cost,| witless | brave|ry keeps.
          ,       ,              ,   ,    ,
      I have | deli|vered to / Lord An|gelo
          ,         ,                ,   ,      ,
      (A man | of stric|ture and / firm ab|stinence)
          ,   2       x           ,       ,    2    ,
      My ab|solute* power,| and place | here in Vi|enna,
           ,       ,      ,    ,       2      ,
15    And he | suppo|ses me | travelled to | Poland,
            ,    2        ,          ,        ,       ,
      (For so | I have strewed | it in | the com|mon ear)
           ,       ,        ,     ___    ,       ___ ->
      And so | it is | received:| now |(pious || sir)
       ,             ,        ,    ,        ,      ->
      You will | demand | of me,| why I || do this.
 
FRIAR THOMAS
        ,           ,    oo   oo
      Gladly,| my lord.|    |
 
DUKE VINCENTIO
        2        ,      ,               ,     ,         ,
20    We have strict | statutes,| and most | biting | laws,
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        (The || needful | bits and | curbs to | headstrong weeds,)
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      Which for this | fourteen years,| we have / let slip,
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      Even | like an | oregrown lion | in a cave
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      That goes | not out | to prey:| Now* as fond | fathers,
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25    Having | bound^up | the threa|tening twigs | of birch,
       ,          ,         ,           ,           ,
      Only | to stick | it in | their chil|dren's sight
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      For ter|ror, not | to use:| in time | the rod
          ,              ,             ,         ,        ,
      Becomes | more* mocked,| than feared;| so our | decrees,
        ,           ,         ,          ,           ,
      Dead to | inflic|tion, to | themselves | are dead,
           ,     ,      ,    ,                  ,
30    And li|berty,| plucks jus/tice by | the nose;
           ,      ,           ,           ,         ,
      The ba|by beats | the nurse,| and quite | athwart
            ,       ,    2
      Goes^all | deco|rum.
 
FRIAR THOMAS
                              ,       ,          ,
                          It res|ted in | your grace
        2    ,            ,       ,          ,           ,
      To unloose | this tied-|up jus|tice, when | you pleased:
           ,       ,            ,         ,             ,
35    And it | in you | more* dread|ful would | have seemed
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      Than in Lord | Angelo.
 
DUKE VINCENTIO
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                             I do* fear:| too dreadful:
              ,         ,          ,         ,        ,
      Sith 'twas | my fault,| to give | the peo|ple scope,
               ,       ,     ,         ,           ,        2->
      'Twould be | my ty|ranny | to strike | and gall | them,
            ,       ,          ,      2    ,        2     ,
40    For what | I bid | them do:| for we bid | this be done
           ,       ,       ,              ,         ,
      When e|vil deeds | have their | permis|sive pass,
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      And not | the pun|ishment: there|fore indeed |(my fa||ther)
          ,        ,    ,       ,          ,      2->
      I have | on An|gelo | imposed | the of||fice,
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      Who may | in the am|bush of my | name, strike home,
           ,        ,       ,      ,         ,
45    And yet | my na|ture ne|ver in | the fight
          ,        ,        ,      2    ,          ,
      To do | in slan|der: And | to behold | his sway,
          ,     ,       2     ,         ,         ,
      I will,| as twere a | brother | of your | order,
       ,   2          ,           ,         ,      2     ,
      Visit both | prince, and | people:| therefore I | prithee,
          ,         ,         ,       ,         ,        ->
      Supply | me with | the ha|bit, and | instruct || me
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50    How | I may for|mally | in per|son bear
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      Like a true | friar:| More^rea|sons for | this ac||tion
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      At our / more lei|sure, shall | I ren|der you;
       ,           ,          ,    ,     2     ,
      Only,| this one:| Lord^An|gelo | is precise,
         ,     2      ,           ,        ,         ,
      Stands at a | guard with | envy:| scarce con|fesses
                   ,     ,      ,             ,     ,
55    That his / blood flows:| or that | his ap|petite
           ,         ,            ,       ,               ,
      Is more | to bread | than stone:| hence shall | we see
          ,        ,      ,            2     ,        ,
      If pow|er change | purpose:| what our see|mers be.
 
[Exeunt]

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