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Measure for Measure

Act II, Scene 4

A room in ANGELO's house.
 
[Enter ANGELO]
 
ANGELO
           ,           ,          ,         ,           ,
      When I | would pray,| and think,| I think,| and pray
          ,   2    ,            x          2    ,       ,
      To se|veral sub|jects: heaven | hath* my emp|ty words,
              ,      ,         ,        ,          ,
      Whilst my | inven|tion, hea|ring not | my tongue,
       ,           ,    ,       x             ,
      Anchors | on I|sabel:| heaven in | my mouth,
          ,      ,         ,      ,          ,
5     As if | I did | but on|ly chew | his name,
       ,    2       ,            ,           ,        ,
      And in my | heart the | strong and | swelling | evil
       ,   2     ,              ,           ,      ,       2->
      Of my con|ception:| the state | whereon | I stu||died
           ,        ,      ,            ,       ,
      Is like | a good | thing, be|ing of|ten read
                ,          ,   2     ,        ,     ,
      Grown* feared,| and te|dious: yea,| my gra|vity
            ,        ,         ,              ,    ,
10    Wherein |(let no | man hear | me) I / take pride,
            ,          ,       ,            ,       ,
      Could I,| with boot,| change for | an i|dle plume
                   ,    ,           ,        ,         ,
      Which the / air beats | for vain:| O place,| O form,
           ,       ,           ,          ,          x
      How of|ten dost | thou with | thy case,| thy habit,
              ,           ,          ,         ,       ,
      Wrench^awe | from fools,| and tie | the wi|ser souls
                 ,    ,          ,       ,         ___
15    To thy / false see|ming? Blood,| thou art | blood,
              ,           ,      ,        ,         ,
      Let's^write | good^an|gel on | the de|vil's horn
            ,         ,         ,          ,            ,
      'Tis not | the de|vil's crest:| How now?| Who's^there?
 
[Enter a Servant]
 
SERVANT
          ,    ,       ,            ,    ,    ,        ,  ->
      One I|sabel,| a sis|ter, de/sires ac||cess to | you.
 
ANGELO
        ,                ,         ,
      Teach / her the | way: oh,| heavens
       ,              ,           ,       ,        ,
20    Why does | my blood | thus mus|ter to | my heart,
       ,             ,     ,      ,        ,
      Making | both^it | una|ble for | itself,
           ,      ,        ,       ,        ,
      And dis|posses|sing all | my o|ther parts
          ,     ,     ,        o   oo
      Of ne|cessa|ry fit|ness?   |
           ,         ,          ,            ,            ,
      So play | the foo|lish throngs | with one | that swoons,
            ,         ,                ,   ,         ,
25    Come^all | to help | him, and / so stop | the air
           ,           ,         ,        ,      ,
      By which | he should | revive:| and e|ven so
           ,   2    ,    ,    2      T     T     T
      The gen|eral sub|ject to a | well-wished king
        ,           T    T    T      2   ,    2     ,       ->
      Quit their | own part, and | in obse|quious fond||ness
        ,       2     ,                         ,   ,     ,
      Crowd | to his pre|sence, where their // untaught love
             ,         ,        ,          ,            ,
30    Must^needs | appear | offense:| how now | fair* maid.
 
[Enter ISABELLA]
 
ISABELLA
      ,        ,         ,           ,
      I am | come to | know your | pleasure.
 
ANGELO
      <-      ,               x             ,     ,          ,
        That you || might know it,| would much | better | please me
      <-  ,            ,           ,          ,        ,        ,
        Than to || demand | what 'tis:| Your bro|ther can|not live.
 
ISABELLA
      ,      __    ,         ,          ,
      Even | so:| heaven | keep your | honor.
 
ANGELO
           ,         ,       ,          ,        ,
35    Yet may | he live | awhile:| and it | may be
           ,        ,       ,        ,         ,
      As long | as you,| or I:| yet he | must die.
 
ISABELLA
       ,            ,
      Under | your sen|tence?
 
ANGELO
                              ,
                             Yea.  (tri with after)
 
ISABELLA
        ,           ,            ,        ,         ,
      When, I | beseech | you: that | in his | reprieve
        ,            ,        ,        ,         x
      (Longer,| or shor|ter) he | may be | so fitted
                   ,    ,      ,
40    That his / soul sick|en not.  (tri with before)
 
ANGELO
      __    ,            ,        ,        3    3     ,
      Ha?| Fie, these | filthy | vices:| It were as good
          ,       ,           ,          ,       ,      2->
      To par|don him,| that hath | from na|ture sto||len
         ,     ,   2      ,     2        ,
      A man | already | made, as to | remit
      <-       ,        ,           ,         ,     ,          ,
        Their sau||cy sweet|ness, that | do coin | heaven's | image
            ,           ,        ,          ,       ,      ->
45    In stamps | that are | forbid:| 'tis all | as e||asy,
        ,    ,        ,     ,       __      T    T   ->
      False|ly to | take a|way a | life || true made,
       T       ,     ,       ,       ,          ,  ->
      As | to put | metal | in re||strained | means
             ,       ___    ___
      To | make a | false | one.
 
ISABELLA
            ,      ,             x           ,        ,
      'Tis set | down so | in heaven,| but not | in earth.
 
ANGELO
       ,         ,         ,           ,          ,
50    Say you | so: then | I shall | pose you | quickly.
             ,         ,                     ,    ,   ,
      Which had | you ra|ther, that the // most just law
             ,          ,           ,     ,   2     ,
      Now* took | your bro|ther's life,| or to re|deem him
        ,             ,   2     ,      ,        ,
      Give up | your bo|dy to such | sweet un|cleanness
          ,          ,           ,
      As she | that he | hath stained?
 
ISABELLA
                                       ,        ,
55                                    Sir, be|lieve this.
       2     ,        ,        ,       ,         ,
      I had ra|ther give | my bo|dy, than | my soul.
 
ANGELO
          ,     ,              ,               ,     ,
      I talk | not of | your soul:| our com/pelled sins
        ,               ,         ,       2    ,
      Stand more*| for num|ber, than | for accompt.
 
ISABELLA
                                                        ,      T  ->
                                                   How say || you?
 
ANGELO
       T    T         ,         ,       3 3      ,
60    Nay I'll | not war|rant that:| for I can speak
          ,           ,        ,     ,            ,
      Against | the thing | I say:| answer | to this,
      _    ,          ,     2         ,       ,
      I |(now the | voice of the | recor|ded law)
            ,        ,         ,         ,           ,
      Pronounce | a sen|tence on | your bro|ther's life,
        ,            ,          ,     ,       ,
      Might there | not be | a cha|rity | in sin,
           ,          ,           ,
65    To save | this bro|ther's life?
 
ISABELLA
                                        ,              x
                                     Please you | to do it,
             ,        ,      ,      ,        ,
      I'll take | it as | a pe|ril to | my soul,
          ,       ,        ,         ,     ,
      It is | no sin | at all,| but cha|rity.
 
ANGELO
         ,               x         ,      ,          ,
      Pleased you | to do it | at pe|ril of | your soul
           ,        ,         ,         ,     ,
70    Were e|qual poise | of sin,| and cha|rity.
 
ISABELLA
           ,       ,          ,        ,       ,
      That I | do beg | his life,| if it | be sin
         x                x           ,        ,        ,
      Heaven let | me bear it:| you gran|ting of | my suit,
           ,        ,           ,             ,     x
      If that | be sin,| I'll make | it my /morn prayer,
           ,        ,      ,          ,          ,
      To have | it ad|ded to | the faults | of mine,
           ,        ,         ,
75    And no|thing of | your an|swer.
 
ANGELO
                                      ,          ,       2->
                                     Nay,| but hear || me.
             ,          ,          ,     ,          2     ,    3   3->
      Your sense | pursues | not mine:| either | you are ig||norant,
           ,          ,     ,          ,           ,
      Or seem | so* craf|tily;| and that's | not good.
 
ISABELLA
       ,    2      ,          ,        ,         ,
      Let me be | ignor|ant, and | in no|thing good,
           ,        ,        ,       ,         x
80    But gra|ciously | to know | I am | no better.
 
ANGELO
            ,       ,               ,    ,     ,
      Thus wis|dom wis|hes to ap//pear most bright,
            ,         ,        ,                 ,     ,
      When it | doth tax | itself:| as these / black masks
           ,       2     ,      ,        ,           ,
      Proclaim | an enshield | beauty | ten times^|louder
             ,       ,           ,           ,        o
      Than beau|ty could | displayed.| But mark | me,
          ,        ,       ,             T     T    T
85    To be | received | plain, I'll | speak more gross:
            ,        ,       ,
      Your bro|ther is | to die.
 
ISABELLA
                                 __
                                 So.
 
ANGELO
      <-     ,         ,         ,       ,       ,
        And his || offense | is so,| as it | appears,
      <-    ,         ,        ,      ,           ,
        Accoun||tant to | the law,| upon | that pain.
 
ISABELLA
                                                       __
90                                                    True.
 
ANGELO
         ,       ,       ,         ,          ,
      Admit | no o|ther way | to save | his life
        ,  2       ,           ,         ,     ,
      (As I sub|scribe not | that, nor | any | other,
       ,    2        ,         ,      2        ,          ,
      But in the | loss of | question) that | you, his | sister,
       ,     2       ,       ,          ,       ,
      Finding your|self de|sired of | such a | person,
        ,    ,          2        ,          T    T     T
95    Whose cre/dit with the | judge, or | own great place,
              ,           ,         ,         ,     ,
      Could fetch | your bro|ther from | the ma|nacles
                ,    ,        ,          ,            ,
      Of the / all-buil|ding law:| and that | there were
           ,        ,         ,          ,          ,      2->
      No^earth|ly mean | to save | him, but | that ei||ther
            ,          ,          ,    ,     2        ,
      You must | lay down | the trea|sures of your | body,
           ,         ,          ,        ,         ,       o ->
100   To this | supposed,| or else | to let | him suf||fer:
        T    T    T    __   oo
      What would you | do?|
 
ISABELLA
           ,               ,   ,         ,       ,
      As much | for my / poor bro|ther, as | myself;
            ,        ,    ,            ,          ,
      That is:| were I | under | the terms | of death,
         2    ,      2     ,      ,            ,        ,
      The impres|sion of keen | whips, I'd | wear as | rubies,
            ,         ,         ,         ,      ,
105   And strip | myself | to death,| as to | a bed,
             ,        ,           ,          ,          ,
      That long|ing have | been sick | for, ere | I'd yield
          ,     ,         ,
      My bo|dy up | to shame.
 
ANGELO
             ,          ,        ,
      Then must | your bro|ther die.  (tri with prev)
 
ISABELLA
            ,           ,       ,
      And twere | the chea|per way: (pickup after)
       ,            ,       ,         ,         ,
110   Better | it were | a bro|ther died | at once,
             ,       ,        ,      ,        ,
      Than that | a sis|ter, by | redee|ming him
              ,          x
      Should die | for ever.  (pickup from before)
 
ANGELO
            ,     ,      2      ,       ,        ,
      Were not | you then as | cruel | as the | sentence,
            ,           ,         ,
      That you | have slan|dered so?
 
ISABELLA
      <- ,    ,        ,             ,     ,
115     Igno|my in || ransom,| and free | pardon
      <-   2    ,     ,         ,        ,    ->
        Are of two | houses:|| lawful | mercy,
          ,        ,         ,         ,        2->
      Is no|thing kin | to foul || redemp||tion.
 
ANGELO
             ,          ,         ,         ,        ,      o ->
      You seemed | of late | to make | the law || a ty|rant,
           ,         ,          ,         ,         ,      2->
      And ra|ther proved | the sli||ding of | your bro|ther
         ,      ,        2    ,
120   A mer|riment,| than a vice.
 
ISABELLA
          ,       ,        ,        ,           ,
      Oh par|don me | my lord,| it oft | falls^out
           ,          ,           ,
      To have,| what we | would have,
           ,           ,         ,
      We speak | not what | we mean;    (trimeter with prev)
          ,         ,       ,          ,         ,
      I some|thing do | excuse | the thing | I hate,
           ,       ,         ,        ,       ,
125   For his | advan|tage that | I dear|ly love.
 
ANGELO
                ,    ,
      We are / all frail.
 
ISABELLA
                               ,        ,        ,
                         Else^let | my bro|ther die,
          ,       ,    ,        ,     ,
      If not | a fe|dary | but on|ly he
       ,              ,          ,        o
      Owe, and | succeed | thy weak|ness.
 
ANGELO
      ___    ,            ,     ___
130   Nay,| women | are frail | too.  (tetra with prev)
 
ISABELLA
       ,              ,        ,            ,           ,
      Aye, as | the glas|ses where | they view | themselves,
        ,      2      ,       ,          T    T    T
      Which are as | easy | broke as | they make forms:
        Tx     T    Tx      ,             ,       ,
      Women? Help heaven;| men their | crea|tion mar
          ,    2     ,          ,        2    ,             ,
      In pro|fiting by | them: nay,| call us ten | times*^frail;
           ,         ,     ,            ,        ,
      For we | are soft,| as our | complex|ions are,
           ,     2          ,      ,
135   And cre|dulous to / false prints.
 
ANGELO
                                           ,          ,
                                       I think | it well:
            ,          ,     ,      2        ,   ,
      And from | this tes|timo|ny of your / own sex
         ,    2      ,    2        ,        ,        ,
      (Since I sup|pose we are | made to | be no | stronger
              ,           ,            ,      ,            ,
      Than faults | may shake | our frames)| let me | be bold;
         ,       ,           ,          ,         ,
140   I do | arrest | your words.| Be that | you are,
            ,      ,       ,      2     ,             ,
      That is | a wo|man; if | you be more,| you're none.
          ,        ,        ,          ,         ,
      If you | be one |(as you | are well | expressed
          ,       ,       ,           ,        ,
      By all | exter|nal war|rants) show | it now,
          ,        ,        ,         ,    ,
      By put|ting on | the des|tined li|very.
 
ISABELLA
          ,          ,          ,     ,            ,
145   I have | no tongue | but one:| gentle | my lord,
       ,    2     ,           ,          ,        ,
      Let me en|treat you | speak the | former | language.
 
ANGELO
        ,            ,         ,         o
      Plainly | conceive | I love | you.
 
ISABELLA
          ,        ,          ,    ,
      My bro|ther did | love^Ju|liet,  (tetra with prev)
           ,      ,             ,          ,         ,
      And you | tell me | that he | shall die | for it.
 
ANGELO
           ,         ,   2     ,         ,         ,
150   He shall | not I|sabel* if | you give | me love.
 
ISABELLA
          ,          ,        ,       ,         x
      I know | your vir|tue hath | a li|cence in it,
              ,        ,       ,        ,        ,
      Which seems | a lit|tle fou|ler than | it is,
           ,        ,       2->
      To pluck | on o|thers.
 
ANGELO
           ,        ,         ,      o ->
      Believe | me on | mine^ho||nor,
           ,         ,         ,        o
155   My words | express | my pur|pose.
 
ISABELLA
       T    Tx    T       ,        ,         ,
      Ha? Little ho|nor, to | be much | believed,
            ,        ,        ,         ,         ,       ->
      And most | perni|cious pur|pose: see|ming, see||ming.
      ,       2     ,            ,    ,      ,     2
      I | will proclaim | thee, An|gelo, | look for it.
        ,    2     ,         ,        ,        ,
      Sign me a | present | pardon | for my | brother,
       ,     2      T     T        T            ,          ,         ,  ->
160   Or with an | outstretched throat | I'll tell | the world || aloud
        T   T    T    ___   oo
      What man thou | art.|
 
ANGELO
       ,             ,          ,    ,
      Who will | believe | thee I|sabel?
      <-    ,     ,     ,             ,          ,       __
        My un||soiled name,/ the au|stereness | of my | life,
           ,         ,           ,         ,       2      ,
      My vouch | against | you, and | my place | in the state,
            ,         ,    ,      ,      ,
165   Will so | your ac|cusa|tion o|verweigh,
            ,           ,       ,         ,        ,
      That you | shall sti|fle in | your own | report,
            ,         ,     ,   ,           ,
      And smell | of cal|umny.| I have | begun,
           ,        ,        ,    2    ,          ,
      And now | I give | my sen|sual race | the rein:
           ,         ,        ,          ,     ,
      Fit thy | consent | to my | sharp^ap|petite,
            ,         ,     3   3    ,          ,    2
170   Lay* by | all nice|ty, and prolix|ious blush|es
      <-      ,      3    3       ,        o       ,          ,      o
        That ban||ish what they sue | for:   | redeem | thy bro|ther,
           ,        ,        ,     ,        ,
      By yiel|ding up | thy bo|dy to | my will,
           ,         ,         ,     ,          ,
      Or else | he must | not on|ly die | the death,
           ,        ,         ,           ,           ,
      But thy | unkind|ness shall | his death | draw^out
          ,    2     ,    2       ,       ,      ,       ->
175   To lin|gering suf|ferance: an|swer me | tomor||row,
       ,     3   3   ,               ,     ,          ,
      Or | by the affec|tion that / now guides | me most,
             ,        ,       ,         ,        ,
      I'll prove | a ty|rant to | him. As | for you,
       ,              ,         ,           ,            ,
      Say what | you can;| my false,| oreweighs | your true.
 
[Exit]
 
ISABELLA
           ,           ,        ,      ,        ,
      To whom | should I | complain?| Did I | tell this,
       ,              ,         ,   ,            ,
180   Who would | believe | me? O | peri|lous mouths
             ,         ,     ,     2        T    T     T
      That bear | in them,| one and the | self-same tongue,
       ,           ,      ,        ,       ,
      Either | of con|demna|tion, or | approof,
       ,             ,           ,       ,           ,
      Bidding | the law | make curt|sey to | their will:
        ,              ,           ,       2     ,     ,
      Hooking | both^right | and wrong | to the ap|petite,
          ,       ,        ,           ,       ,       ->
185   To fol|low as | it draws.| I'll to | my bro||ther,
         ,       2        x          ,         ,         ,
      Though | he hath fallen | by promp|ture of | the blood,
       ,      2      ,         ,        ,        ,
      Yet hath he | in him | such a | mind of | honor,
            ,         ,       ,         ,        ,
      That had | he twen|ty heads | to ten|der down
           ,       ,        ,            ,           ,
      On twen|ty bloo|dy blocks,| he'd yield | them up,
          ,         ,         ,          ,      ,
190   Before | his sis|ter should | her bo|dy stoop
           ,         ,         ,       o
      To such | abhorred | pollu|tion.
      <-     ,     ,     __      __          ,        ,
        Then I||sabel | live | chaste,| and bro|ther die;
        ,              ,         ,         ,     ,
      More than | our bro|ther, is | our chas|tity.
             ,         ,        ,     ,        ,
      I'll tell | him yet | of An|gelo's | request,
           ,          ,         ,                  ,     ,
195   And fit | his mind | to death,| for his / soul's rest.
 
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