Prescanned Shakespeare.com
presented by Acoustic Learning


Measure for Measure

Act IV, Scene 4

A room in ANGELO's house.
 
[Enter ANGELO and ESCALUS]
 
ESCALUS
Every letter he hath writ hath disvouched other.
 
ANGELO
In most uneven and distracted manner. His actions show much like to madness: pray heaven his wisdom be not tainted! And why meet him at the gates, and redeliver our authorities there
 
ESCALUS
I guess not.
 
ANGELO
And why should we proclaim it in an hour before his entering, that if any crave redress of injustice, they should exhibit their petitions in the street?
 
ESCALUS
He shows his reason for that: to have a dispatch of complaints, and to deliver us from devices hereafter, which shall then have no power to stand against us.
 
ANGELO
Well, I beseech you, let it be proclaimed betimes in the morn; I'll call you at your house: give notice to such men of sort and suit as are to meet him.
 
ESCALUS
I shall, sir. Fare you well.
 
ANGELO
Good night.
 
[Exit ESCALUS]
             ,         ,          ,       ,     2     ,
      This deed | unshapes | me quite,| makes me un|pregnant
            ,        ,        ,          2      x       ,
      And dull | to all | procee|dings. A de/flowered maid,
           ,       ,   2    ,       ,         ,
      And by | an em|inent bo|dy, that | enforced
           ,        ,          ,        2     ,        ,
      The law | against | it? But | that her ten|der shame
            ,         ,         ,          ,        ,
5    Will not | proclaim | against | her mai|den loss,
       ,       2         ,             ,        ,          ,
      How might she | tongue me?| Yet rea|son dares | her no,
           ,       ,   2    ,       2   ,         ,
      For my | autho|rity bears | of a cre|dent bulk,
            ,       ,   2     ,        ,          ,
      That no | parti|cular scan|dal once | can touch
       ,    2       ,           ,              ,            ,
      But it con|founds the | breather.| He should | have lived,
        ,          ,         ,           ,    2      ,
10   Save that | rio|tous youth | with dan|gerous sense
        ,              ,          ,           ,        ,
      Might in | the times | to come | have tane | revenge
          ,      ,            ,  ,         ,
      By so | recei|ving a / disho|nored life
            ,             ,    ,            ,      2      ,
      With ra|nsom of / such shame:| Would yet | he had lived.
         ,           ,          ,          ,        ,
      Alack,| when once | our grace | we have | forgot,
       ,               ,          ,          ,          ,
15   Nothing | goes right,| we would,| and we | would not.
 
[Exit]

← Previous Scene | Next Scene →


Home