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Measure for Measure

Act II, Scene 2

Another room in the same.
 
[Enter Provost and a Servant]
 
SERVANT
            ,        ,       ,                 ,      ,
      He's hea|ring of | a cause;| he will / come straight,
             ,         ,
      I'll tell | him of | you.
 
PROVOST
                                  ,         ,          ,
                                Pray | you do;| I'll know
            ,         ,    2     ,        ,      ,
      His plea|sure, may|be he will | relent;| alas
           ,         ,      ,       ,       ,
5     He hath | but as | offen|ded in | a dream,
            ,         ,       ,       2       ,         ,
      All sects,| all a|ges smack | of this vice,| and he
          ,         ,
      To die | for it?
 
[Enter ANGELO]
 
ANGELO
                        ,         2       ,        ,
                       Now, what's the | matter | Provost?
 
PROVOST
        x            ,    ,   2           ,      ,
      Is it your | will Clau/dio shall | die to|morrow?
 
ANGELO
           ,        ,          ,      ,       2       ,
10    Did not | I tell | thee yea?| Hadst thou not | order?
            ,          ,       ,
      Why dost | thou ask | again?
 
PROVOST
           ,          ,         ,
      Lest^I | might be | too rash:  (trimeter with prev)
       ,             ,        ,        ,          ,
      Under | your good | correc|tion, I | have seen
            ,      ,   ,         ,         ,
      When af|ter ex|ecu|tion, judg|ment hath
         ,       ,          ,
15    Repen|ted ore | his doom.
 
ANGELO
          ,         ,         ,
      Go to;| let that | be mine,  (trimeter with prev)
          ,         ,               ,   ,          ,
      Do you | your o|ffice, or / give up | your place,
           ,            ,          ,
      And you | shall well | be spared.
 
PROVOST
          ,           ,          x
      I crave | your ho|nor's pardon:  (trimeter with prev)
        ,       2       ,            2      ,        ,   ,
20    What shall be | done sir,| with the groa|ning Ju|liet?
             ,      ,          ,
      She's ve|ry near | her hour.
 
ANGELO
                                       ,        ,
                                  Dispose | of her
                  ,   ,        ,           ,           ,
      To some / more fit|ter place;| and that | with speed.
 
[Re-enter Servant]
 
SERVANT
        ,            ,       ,        ,          ,
      Here is | the sis|ter of | the man | condemned,
          ,      ,           ,
25    Desires | access | to you.
 
ANGELO
                                  ,    2     ,
                                Hath he a | sister?
 
PROVOST
       ,               ,       ,     ,    2     ,
      Aye my | good* lord,| a ve|ry vir|tuous maid,
           ,        ,       ,      ,       ,
      And to | be short|ly of | a sis|terhood,
          ,       ,
      If not | alrea|dy.
 
ANGELO
                          ,         ,      2   ,      ->
30                      Well:| let her | be admit||ted,
       ,       2     ,     ,        ,       ,
      See | you the for|nica|tress be | removed,
       ,               ,              ,   ,        ,
      Let her | have need|ful, but / not la|vish means,
              ,         ,        x
      There shall | be or|der for it.
 
[Enter ISABELLA and LUCIO]
 
PROVOST
                                       ,          ,
                                     Save your | honor.
 
ANGELO
        ,       ,         ,              ,           ,             ,  ->
35    Stay a | little | while: you're | welcome:| what's your || will?
 
ISABELLA
      ,           ,        ,        ,          ,   ->
      I / am a | woeful | suitor | to your || honor,
         ,      2        ,        ,
      Please but your | honor | hear me.
 
ANGELO
      <- __       ,             ,  ->
        Well:|| what's your | suit.
 
ISABELLA
        ,              ,           ,        ,     ,
      There / is a | vice that | most I || do ab|hor,
              ,       ,             ,           ,        ,
40    And | most de|sire should | meet the || blow of | justice;
            ,         ,           ,            ,        ,
      For which | I would | not plead,|| but that | I must,
            ,         ,          ,            ,       ,
      For which | I must | not plead,|| but that | I am
          ,       T     T    T       T   T
      At war | 'twixt will, and || will not.
 
ANGELO
                                              T         ,       o
                                            Well:| the mat|ter?
 
ISABELLA
      <-    ,        ,        ,         ,         ,
45      I have || a bro|ther is | condemned | to die:
      <-   ,        ,          ,        ,         ,
        I do || beseech | you let | it be | his fault,
      <-     ,         ,
        And not || my bro|ther.
 
PROVOST [Aside]
                                  x       ,          ,        ,
                               Heaven | give thee | moving | graces.
 
ANGELO
           ,          ,          ,         ,       x
      Condemn | the fault,| and not | the ac|tor of it,
           ,        ,            ,          ,        ,
50    Why ev|ery fault's | condemned | ere it | be done:
        ,      2       ,      ,        ,       ,
      Mine were the | very | cipher | of a | function
           ,           ,             ,       ,         ,
      To fine | the faults,| whose fine | stands in | record,
           ,     ,   2       ,
      And let | go by the | actor.
 
ISABELLA
          ,             ,   ,
      O just,| but se/vere law:  (trimeter with prev)
      ,    2     ,          ,      2       ,          ,
55    I had a | brother | then; heaven | keep your | honor.
 
LUCIO
        ,    2       ,        ,    2    ,        ,
      Give it not | ore so:| to him a|gain, en|treat him,
               ,        ,           ,      ,          ,
      Kneel* down | before | him, hang | upon | his gown,
       ,               ,        ,             ,       ,
      You are | too* cold:| if you | should need | a pin,
            ,           ,            ,         ,           x
      You could | not with | more* tame | a tongue | desire it:
       ,          ,    oo
60    To him,| I say.|
 
ISABELLA
        ,        ___    ___
      Must he | needs | die?
 
ANGELO
       ,           ,    ,
      Maiden,| no re|medy.   (trimeter with prev two?)
 
ISABELLA
       T   T  T     ,                ,      ,    2
      Yes: I do | think that | you might | pardon him,
           ,          x          ,       ,     2       ,
      And nei|ther heaven,| nor man | grieve at the | mercy.
 
ANGELO
          ,          x
65    I will | not do it.
 
ISABELLA
                               ,         ,         ,
                          But can | you if | you would?
 
ANGELO
        ,             ,           ,       ,       ,
      Look what | I will | not, that | I can|not do.
 
ISABELLA
            ,           x          ,         ,          ,
      But might | you do it | and do | the world | no wrong
          ,          ,             ,             ,        ,
      If so | your heart | were touched | with that | remorse,
           ,      2    ,
70    As mine | is to him?
 
ANGELO
                                 ,            ,           ,
                           He's sen|tenced, 'tis | too* late.
 
LUCIO
You are too cold.
 
ISABELLA
            ,         ,   ,             ,         ,
      Too late?| Why no:| I that | do speak | a word
              x        ,      ,        T     T
      May call it | again:| Well, be|lieve this
      <- T     ,    ,                 ,     ,     ___
        No || cere|mony | that to / great ones | longs,
                  ,      ,      ,           ,       ,
75    Not the / king's crown;| nor the | depu|ted sword,
           ,           ,          ,         ,         ,
      The mar|shal's trun|cheon, nor | the jud|ge's robe
          ,                 ,    ,         ,        ,
      Become | them with / one half | so good | a grace
          ,       ,        ,      3    3    ,       3   3    ,
      As mer|cy does:| if he | had been as you,| and you as he,
       ,                  ,            ,         ,         ,
      You would | have slipped | like him;| but he | like you
             ,           ,         ,
80    Would not | have been | so stern.
 
ANGELO
                                         ,             ,
                                       Pray you | be gone.
 
ISABELLA
          ,           x     ,             ,     ,
      I would | to heaven | I had | your po|tency,
           ,         ,    ,          2     ,         ,
      And you | were I|sabel:| should it then | be thus?
       ,              ,           ,         ,       ,
      No: I | would tell | what twere | to be | a judge,
            ,       ,    2
85    And what | a pri|soner.
 
LUCIO
                                   ,             ,            ,
                             Aye touch | him; there's | the vein.
 
ANGELO
            ,        ,      ,        ,        ,
      Your bro|ther is | a for|feit of | the law,
           ,          ,            ,
      And you | but waste | your words.
 
ISABELLA
                                         ,      ,
                                       Alas,| alas:
           ,          ,            ,          ,         ,
90    Why all | the souls | that were,| were for|feit once,
           ,          ,          ,         ,           ,
      And he | that might | the van|tage best | have took,
             ,         ,    ,                ,   ,
      Found^out | the re|medy:| how would / you be,
          ,          ,        ,         ,           ,
      If he,| which is | the top | of judg|ment, should
            ,      ,             ,          ,          ,
      But judge | you, as | you are?| Oh, think | on that,
           ,       ,            ,          ,           ,
95    And mer|cy then | will breathe | within | your lips
            ,     T    T
      Like man | new-made.
 
ANGELO
                           T      2     ,            ,
                          Be | you content,|(fair* maid)
       ,   2       ,         ,        ,          ,
      It is the | law, not | I, con|demn your | brother,
        ,            ,        ,         ,       ,
      Were he | my kins|man, bro|ther, or | my son,
       ,       2       ,      2       ,         ,      ,
100   It should be | thus with him:| he must | die to|morrow.
 
ISABELLA
         ,        ,             x       ,           ,
      Tomor|row? Oh,| that's sudden,| spare him,| spare him:
            ,         ,           ,     ,       ,         ,
      He's not | prepared | for death;| even | for our | kitchens
           ,          ,        ,         ,          ,      ,
      We kill | the fowl | of sea|son: shall | we serve | heaven (hex with prev)
             ,        ,           ,       ,     ,
      With less | respect | than we | do mi|nister
        2      ,        T      T     T         ,        ,          ->
105   To our gross | selves? Good, good | my lord,| bethink || you;
       ,      x                 ,          ,        ,
      Who | is it that | hath died | for this | offense?
               ,      ,        ,     2
      There's ma|ny have | commit|ted it.
 
LUCIO
                                           ,            ,
                                          Aye,| well* said.
 
ANGELO
           ,          ,           ,            ,          ,
      The law | hath not | been dead,| though it | hath slept.
             ,     ,          ,         ,        ,     ->
110   Those^ma|ny had | not dared | to do | that e||vil,
       ,         ,           ,        ,     2     ,
      If | the first,| that did | the e|dict infringe
           ,         ,          ,     ,            ,
      Had an|swered for | his deed.| Now 'tis | awake,
              ,         ,         ,     ,      2     ,
      Takes^note | of what | is done,| and like^a | prophet
        ,     2      ,            ,           ,       ,
      Looks in a | glass that | shows what | future | evils
        2     ,        ,       ,         ,        ,
115   Either now,| or by | remiss|ness, new-|conceived,
           ,       ,    ,              ,            ,
      And so | in pro|gress to | be hatched,| and born,
           ,         ,     ,      ,            ,
      Are now | to have | no suc|cessive | degrees,
            ,           ,        ,
      But here | they live | to end.
 
ISABELLA
                                          ,          ,    2->
                                    Yet show | some pi||ty.
 
ANGELO
          ,         ,        ,        2    ,     ,
120   I show | it most | of all,| when I show | justice;
            ,       ,      ,        ,         ,
      For then | I pi|ty those | I do | not know,
        ,             ,         ,            ,       ,
      Which a | dismissed | offense,| would af|ter gall
           ,         ,           ,      ,     T    T    T
      And do | him right,| that an|swering | one foul wrong
             ,        ,      ,        ,    ,     __
      Lives^not | to act | ano|ther. Be | satis|fied;  (hex with prev)
            ,         ,       ,        ,        ,
125   Your bro|ther dies | tomor|row; be | content.
 
ISABELLA
          ,          ,         ,            ,           ,         2->
      So you | must be | the first | that gives | this sen||tence,
           ,         ,         ,     2    ,      ,
      And he,| that suf|fers: Oh,| it is ex|cellent
           ,       ,           ,       ,    2      ,   2
      To have | a gi|ant's strength;| but it is | tyrannous
          ,         ,       ,
      To use | it like | a gi|ant.
 
LUCIO
                                      ,             ,
130                                That's | well* said.
 
ISABELLA
        T     T    T      ,
      Could great men | thunder
      <-     ,         ,      __      ,            ,        ,
        As Jove | himself || does,| Jove would | nere be | quiet,
      <-     ,   2   ,        ,      ,   3  3->
        For ev||ery pel|ting pet|ty of|ficer
             ,           x            ,      ->
      Would use | his heaven || for thun|der;
       ,      2      ,        ,    2      x
135   No|thing but thun|der: mer|ciful heaven,
            ,        ,          ,          ,     2      ,
      Thou ra|ther with | thy sharp | and sul|phurous bolt
         ,              ,     ,          ,       ,
      Splitst the | unwedge|able | and gnar|led oak,
                   ,   ,              ,     ,     ___
      Than the / soft myr|tle: but / man, proud | man,
        ,           ,        ,         ,    ,
      Drest in | a lit|tle brief | autho|rity,
            ,     ,         ,           ,        ,
140   Most ig|norant | of what | he's most | assured,
             ,      ,          ,        ,      ,
      (His glas|sy es|sence) like | an an|gry ape
              ,        ,         ,                 ,     x
      Plays^such | fantas|tic tricks | before* / high heaven,
           ,         ,        ,          ,           ,
      As make | the an|gels weep;| who with | our spleens,
        T    T    T     T     T    T       o
      Would all them|selves laugh mor|tal.
 
LUCIO
           ,         ,         ,          ,        ,
145   Oh, to | him, to | him wench.| He will | relent,
            ,       ,           x
      He's co|ming: I | perceive it.
 
PROVOST
                                            x          ,        2->
                                    Pray heaven | she win || him.
 
ISABELLA
          ,        ,          ,         ,         ,
      We can|not weigh | our bro|ther with | ourself,
        T    T   .    T            ,           ,         ,
      Great men may jest | with saints:| 'tis wit | in them,
       ,    2        T    T   T     ,       o
150   But in the | less foul pro|fana|tion.
 
LUCIO
               ,         ,      __      ,        __
      Thou'rt^in | the right |(girl)| more of | that.
 
ISABELLA
        ,            ,          ,     2    ,       ,
      That in | the cap|tain's but | a chole|ric word,
             ,        ,              ,    ,      ,
      Which in | the sol|dier is / flat blas|phemy.
 
LUCIO
       ,     ,       ,          ,       __
      Art a|vised | of that?| more on | it.
 
ANGELO
       ,            ,           ,          ,   ,
155   Why do | you put | these say|ings u/pon me?
 
ISABELLA
          ,         ,    ,         2    ,        ,       ->
      Because | autho|rity,| though it err |like o||thers,
        ,       2    ,        ,    2    ,       ,
      Hath | yet a kind | of med|icine in | itself
             ,           ,      2     ,     ,   2        ,
      That skins | the vice | of the top.| Go to your | bosom,
        ,                 ,           ,           ,          ,
      Knock there*,| and ask | your heart | what it | doth know
               ,        ,           ,         ,        ,
160   That's like | my bro|ther's fault:| if it | confess
         ,    2    ,      ,          ,       ,
      A nat|ural guil|tiness,| such as | is his,
       ,             ,          ,        ,            ,
      Let it | not sound | a thought | upon | your tongue
          ,         ,           ,
      Against | my bro|ther's life.
 
ANGELO
             ,           ,           ,
      She speaks,| and 'tis | such sense  (trimeter with prev)
                  ,      ,       ,         ,         __
165   That my / sense breeds | with it;| fare you | well.
 
ISABELLA
       ,            ,      T    T
      Gentle | my lord,| turn back.
 
ANGELO
      T       2    ,            ,       ,       ,      ->
      I | will bethink || me: come | again | tomor|row.
 
ISABELLA
        ,     ,            ,           ,         T    T    T
      Hark,| how I'll || bribe you:| good my | lord turn back.
 
ANGELO
      <-___      T    T ->
        How?|| Bribe me?
 
ISABELLA
       T           ,      ,           ,                ,           ,  ->
170   Aye,| with such | gifts that | heaven || shall share | with you.
 
LUCIO
       ,           T    T    T
      You had | marred all else.
 
ISABELLA
       ,         ,   ,              ,       ,
      Not with fond shekels of the tested gold,
            ,            ,       ,       ,        ,
      Or stones, whose rate are either rich, or poor
          ,     ,       ,              ,     x
      As fancy values them: but with true prayers,
             ,       ,       x         ,      ,
175   That shall be up at heaven, and enter there
           ,   ,    ,                 ,     ,
      Ere sunrise: prayers from preserved souls,
            ,        ,            ,        ,    ,
      From fasting maids, whose minds are dedicate
          ,        ,    2
      To no|thing tem|poral.
 
ANGELO
                              ,      ,        ,      ,     ->
                            Well:| come to | me to||morrow.
 
LUCIO
          ,          ,      ,
180   Go to:| 'tis well;| away.
 
ISABELLA
      <- ,          ,          ,        ,
        Heaven || keep your | honor | safe.
 
ANGELO
      <-   ,         ,         T   T   T      ,        ,       o
        A|men. For | I am || that way go|ing to | tempta|tion,
              ,        ,
      Where pray|ers cross.
 
ISABELLA
                             ,          ,      ,
                            At what | hour to|morrow,
            ,       ,           ,        o
185   Shall I | attend | your lord|ship?
 
ANGELO
      <-   ,       ,      T    T
        At a||ny time |'fore noon.
 
ISABELLA
                                     T          ,
                                   Save | your ho|nor.
 
[Exeunt ISABELLA, LUCIO, and Provost]
 
ANGELO
      <-  ,       ,           ,         ,       o
        From || thee: e|ven from | thy vir|tue.
      <-         ,               ,               ,    ,          ,
        What's^this? || What's^this?| Is this / her fault,| or mine?
            ,    ,     2        ,        T    T    T    __
190   The temp||ter, or the | tempted,| who sins most?| Ha?
           ,          ,          ,          ,      ,
      Not she:| nor doth | she tempt:| but it | is I,
        ,    ,               ,  2    ,        ,
      That, ly/ing by | the vi|olet in | the sun,
       ,           ,    2    ,     ,              x
      Do as | the car|rion does,| not as | the flower,
           ,          ,    2    ,        ,        ,
      Corrupt | with vir|tuous sea|son: Can | it be,
            ,     ,         ,        ,          ,
195   That mo|desty | may more | betray | our sense
            ,         ,          ,        ,        ,        ,  ->
      Than wo|man's light|ness? Ha|ving waste | ground e||nough,
               ,      ,         ,         ,   2
      Shall | we de|sire to | raze the | sanctuary
            ,         ,        ,      .  T    T    T
      And pitch | our e|vils there?| Oh fie, fie, fie:
             ,           ,         ,          ,    ,
      What dost | thou? Or | what art | thou An|gelo?
        ,             ,          ,       ,             ,
200   Dost thou | desire | her foul|ly, for | those things
             ,          ,        ,         ,         ,
      That make | her good?| Oh let | her bro|ther live:
         ,                 ,    2    ,        ,    ,
      Thieves for | their rob|bery have | autho|rity,
            ,        ,            ,       ,     2      ,
      When jud|ges steal | themselves:| What, do I | love her,
           ,       ,         ,          ,        ,
      That I | desire | to hear | her speak | again?
            ,       ,          ,           x          ,        2->
205   And feast | upon | her eyes?| What is it | I dream || on?
         ,       ,    ,       2     ,         ,
      O cun|ning e|nemy,| that to catch | a saint,
              ,            ,          ,          ,      ,
      With saints | dost bait | thy hook:| Most^dan|gerous
       ,             ,         ,           ,        ,
      Is that | tempta|tion, that | doth goad | us on
          ,        ,       ,        ,       ,            ,      2->
      To sin,| in lo|ving vir|tue: ne|ver could || the strum|pet,
            ,         ,       ,       ,          ,     2->
210   With all | her dou|ble vi|gor, art,|| and na|ture
             ,        ,        ,          ,     2     , ->
      Once^stir | my tem|per: but | this vir||tuous maid
           ,         ,     ,            ,
      Subdues | me quite:| Ever | till now,
            ,           ,         ,          ,         ,
      When men | were fond,| I smiled,| and won|dered how.
 
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