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Measure for Measure

Act I, Scene 4

A nunnery.
 
[Enter ISABELLA and FRANCISCA]
 
ISABELLA
            ,          ,        ,        ,    2  ,
      And have | you nuns | no far|ther pri|vileges?
 
FRANCISCA
           ,            ,        ,
      Are not | these large | enough?
 
ISABELLA
      <- ___    ,       T   T    T      2   ,        ,
         Yes | truly;|| I speak not | as desi|ring more,
      <-     ,         ,            ,     ,          ,
        But ra||ther wish|ing a / more strict | restraint
      <-  ,          ,       ,         ,     ,          ,        T   ->
5       Upon || the sis|terhood,| the vo|tarists | of Saint || Clare.
 
LUCIO [Within]
       T    T         ,           ,
      Ho? Peace | within | this place.
 
ISABELLA
      <-        ,              ,  ->
        Who's that || which calls?
 
FRANCISCA
          ,       ,      ___     ,        ,    ,     ->
      It is | a man's | voice:| Gentle || Isa|bella
        ,     ,         ,            ,         ,          ,
      Turn | you the | key, and || know his | business | of him;
      <- T   T   T         ,     ,         T   T  T     oo
10      You may; I || may not:| you are | yet unsworn:|
            ,           ,           ,          ,           ,
      When you | have vowed,| you must | not speak | with men,
       ,            ,         ,        ,     ,
      But in | the pre|sence of | the pri|oress;
            ,         ,           ,          ,           ,
      Then if | you speak,| you must | not show | your face;
          ,         ,           ,          ,          ,
      Or if | you show | your face,| you must | not speak:
           ,        ,        ,         ,       ,
15    He calls | again:| I pray | you an|swer him.
 
[Exit]
 
ISABELLA
        ,             ,     ,         x            ,
      Peace and | prospe|rity:| Who is it | that calls?
 
[Enter LUCIO]
 
LUCIO
        ,   ,                 ,     2        ,     ,
      Hail vir/gin (if | you be)| as those cheek-|roses
           ,          ,         ,         ,          ,       2->
      Proclaim | you are | no less:| can you | so stead || me,
           ,      ,   2        ,        ,    ,
      As bring | me to the | sight of | Isa|bella,
         ,       ,          ,        2      ,     ,
20    A no|vice of | this place,| and the fair | sister
                , ,      ,         ,    ,
      To her / unhap|py bro|ther Clau|dio?
 
ISABELLA
       ,           ,      ,         ,        ,
      Why her | unhap|py bro|ther? Let | me ask,
           ,       ,       ,           ,          ,
      The ra|ther for | I now | must make | you know
      ,   2       ,    ,       ,         ,
      I am that | Isa|bella,| and his | sister.
 
LUCIO
       ,    2        ,           ,          ,        ,
25    Gentle and | fair: your | brother | kindly | greets you;
       ,    2      ,        ,          ,        ,
      Not to be | weary | with you;| he's in | prison.
 
ISABELLA
      __    __         ,
      Woe | me;| for what?  (pickup later)
 
LUCIO
            ,      ,            ,           ,         ,
      For that,| which if | myself | might be | his judge,
       ,              ,          ,       ,          ,
      He should | receive | his pu|nishment,| in thanks:
       ,         ,           ,           ___
30    He hath | got his | friend with | child.
 
ISABELLA
      ___     ,        ,          ,
      Sir,| make me | not your | story.
 
LUCIO
            ,     2       ,             ,      2   ,   2   ,
      'Tis true;| I would not,| though 'tis | my fami|liar sin,
             ,          ,         ,    ,              ,
      With maids | to seem | the lap|wing, and | to jest
         ,                 ,       ,              ,        ,
      Tongue, far*| from heart:| play with | all vir|gins so:
          ,     ,    2      ,        ,            ,
35    I hold | you as a | thing en|skyed, and | sainted,
           ,         ,               , ,         x
      By your | renounce|ment, an / immor|tal spirit,
       ,             ,           ,       ,    ,
      And to | be talked | with in | since|rity,
           ,        ,
      As with | a saint.  (pickup from before)
 
ISABELLA
           ,         ,           ,         ,       ,
      You do | blaspheme | the good,| in mock|ing me.
 
LUCIO
       ,              x      ,              ,            ,
40    Do not | believe it:| fewness,| and truth;| 'tis thus,
            ,        ,         ,       ,         ,
      Your bro|ther and | his lo|ver have | embraced;
           ,            ,            ,         ,    2      ,
      As those | that feed,| grow* full:| as blos|soming time
             ,          ,                ,   ,         ,
      That from | the seed|ness, the / bare fal|low brings
          ,          x       2   ,         ,    2     ,
      To tee|ming foison:| even so | her plen|teous womb
          ,               ,    ,          ,      ,
45    Expres|seth his / full tilth,| and hus|bandry.
 
ISABELLA
        ,               ,         ,        ,       ,    ,
      Some one | with child | by him?| My cou|sin Ju||liet?
 
LUCIO
       T  T    T     ,       oo
      Is she your | cousin?|
 
ISABELLA
        ,      ,         ,             ,             ,
      Adop|tedly,| as school-|maids^change | their names
           ,            ,       ,
      By vain,| though apt | affec|tion.
 
LUCIO
                                         ,        ,
50                                      She | it is.
 
ISABELLA
       ,             ,      ,
      Oh, let | him mar|ry her.
 
LUCIO
                                 ,             ,
                               This is | the point.
            ,        ,       ,         ,           ,
      The duke | is ve|ry strange|ly gone | from hence;
        ,         ,     2         ,   ,      ,
      Bore ma|ny gen|tlemen (my/self be|ing one)
           ,          ,        ,        ,      2      ,
55    In hand,| and hope | of ac|tion: but | we do learn,
           ,            ,         ,       ,          ,
      By those | that know | the ve|ry nerves | of state,
           ,        ,      ,    2      ,  2       ,
      His gi|vings-out,| were of an | infinite | distance
                   ,    ,         ,      ,          ,
      From his / true-meant | design:| upon | his place,
                    ,    ,        ,       ,     ,
      (And with / full line | of his | autho|rity)
       ,              ,    ,      ,            ,
60    Governs | Lord^An|gelo;| a man,| whose blood
          ,      ,     ,               ,       ,
      Is ve|ry snow-|broth: one | who ne|ver feels
           ,         ,          ,        ,         ,
      The wan|ton stings,| and mo|tions of | the sense;
            ,        ,          ,          ,         ,
      But doth | rebate,| and blunt | his na|tural edge
            ,        ,         ,     ,            ,
      With pro|fits of | the mind:| study,| and fast
       ,              ,        ,         ,     ,
65    He (to | give fear | to use,| and li|berty,
              ,          ,     ,            ,   2    ,
      Which have,| for long | run by | the hi|deous law,
           ,        ,                ,    ,        ,
      As mice,| by li|ons) hath / picked out | an act,
       ,             ,       ,           ,           ,
      Under | whose hea|vy sense,| your bro|ther's life
        ,          ,         ,       ,           x
      Falls in|to for|feit: he | arrests | him on it,
           ,         ,          ,       2       ,   ,
70    And fol|lows close | the ri|gor of the / statute
           ,     ,    2    ,            ,         ,
      To make | him an ex|ample:| all hope | is gone,
          ,          ,          ,                 ,     x
      Unless | you have | the grace,| by your / fair prayer
          ,       ,    ,          ,          ,         ,       ->
      To sof|ten An|gelo:| and that's | my pith || of bus|iness
          ,     ,                ,     ,
      'Twixt | you, and | your poor | brother.
 
ISABELLA
        ,       __
75    Doth he | so,
        ,          ,
      Seek his | life?
 
LUCIO
      <-        ,          ,      ,    ->
        Has || censured | him al|ready,
       ,    2      ,           ,          ,       ,     ->
      And as I | hear, the || provost | hath a | warrant
         2     ,   ,       2->
      For his ex|ecu||tion.
 
ISABELLA
        ,           ,      ,     ,        ,
80    Alas:| what poor | abi|lity's | in me,
          ,         ,
      To do | him good.
 
LUCIO
                           ,          x           ,
                        Assay | the power | you have.
 
ISABELLA
           ,       ,        ,
      My power?| Alas,| I doubt.
 
LUCIO
                                       ,           ,        o ->
                                Our doubts | are trai||tors
            ,         ,          ,        ,            ,  ->
85    And make | us lose | the good | we oft || might win,
          ,        ,       ,      ,             ,    , ->
      By fea|ring to | attempt:| go to || Lord^An|gelo
           ,          ,          ,           ,        ,  ->
      And let | him learn | to know,|| when mai|dens sue
       T    T    T      ,            ,           ,         ___  ->
      Men give like | gods: but || when they | weep and | kneel,
       ,             ,          ,         ,        ,   ->
      All their | peti||tions, are | as free|ly theirs
           ,           ,             ,         o ->
90    As they | themselves || would owe | them.
 
ISABELLA
            ,         ,        ,
      I'll see | what I | can do.
 
LUCIO
            ,     ,
      But spee|dily.
 
ISABELLA
                     ,     2    ,           ,
                     I will a|bout it | straight;
      <-      ,         ,        ,         ,         ,
        No | longer | staying,| but to | give the | mother
       ,    2      ,      ,        ,         ,
95    Notice of | my af|fair: I | humbly | thank you:
           ,        ,       ,          ,         ,
      Commend | me to | my bro|ther: soon | at night
             ,         ,         ,        ,        ,
      I'll send | him cer|tain word | of my | success.
 
LUCIO
          ,         ,         ,
      I take | my leave | of you.
 
ISABELLA
                                       ,       ,
                                 Good sir,| adieu.
 
[Exeunt]

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