The Bodleian First Folio

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Reference: G4r - Comedies, p. 79

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Measure for Measure. An.

In most vneuen and distracted manner, his actions

show much like to madnesse, pray heauen his wisedome

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bee not tainted: and why meet him at the gates and re­

liuer ou rauthorities there?

Esc.

I ghesse not.

Ang.

And why should wee proclaime it in an howre

before his entring, that if any craue redresse of iniustice,

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they should exhibit their petitions in the street?

Esc.

He showes his reason for that: to haue a dispatch

of Complaints, and to deliuer vs from deuices heere­

after, which shall then haue no power to stand against

vs.

Ang.
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Well: I beseech you let it bee proclaim'd be­

times i'th' morne, Ile call you at your house: giue notice

to such men of sort and suite as are to meete him.

Esc.

I shall sir: fareyouwell.

Exit. Ang. Good night.
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This deede vnshapes me quite, makes me vnpregnant And dull to all proceedings. A deflowred maid, And by an eminent body, that enforc'd The Law against it? But that her tender shame Will not proclaime against her maiden losse,
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How might she tongue me? yet reason dares her no, For my Authority beares of a credent bulke, That no particular scandall once can touch But it confounds the breather. He should haue liu'd, Saue that his riotous youth with dangerous sense
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Might in the times to come haue ta'ne reuenge By so receiuing a dishonor'd life With ransome of such shame: would yet he had liued. Alack, when once our grace we haue forgot, Nothing goes right, we would, and we would not.
Exit.
Scena Quinta. [Act 4, Scene 5] Enter Duke and Frier Peter. Duke.
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These Letters at fit time deliuer me, The Prouost knowes our purpose and our plot, The matter being a foote, keepe your instruction And hold you euer to our speciall drift;, Though sometimes you doe blench from this to that
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As cause doth minister: Goe call at Flauia's house, And tell him where I stay: giue the like notice To Valencius, Rowland, and to Crassus, And bid them bring the Trumpets to the gate: But send me Flauius first.
Peter.
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It shall be speeded well.
Enter Varrius. Duke. I thank thee Varrius, thou hast made good hast, Come, we will walke: There's other of our friends Will greet vs heere anon: my gentle Uarrius. Exeunt.
Scena Sexta. [Act 4, Scene 6] Enter Isabella and Mariana. Isab. To speake so indirectly I am loath,
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I would say the truth, but to accuse him so That is your part, yet I am aduis'd to doe it, He saies, to vaile full purpose.
Mar. Be rul'd by him.

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Isab. Besides he tells me, that if peraduenture
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He speake against me on the aduerse side, I should not thinke it strange, for 'tis a physicke That's bitter, to sweet end.
Enter Peter. Mar. I would Frier Peter Isab. Oh peace, the Frier is come. Peter.
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Come I haue found you out a stand most fit, Where you may haue such vantage on the Duke He shall not passe you: Twice haue the Trumpets sounded. The generous, and grauest Citizens
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Haue hent the gates, and very neere vpon The Duke is entring: Therefore hence away.
Exeunt.
Actus Quintus. Scœna Prima. [Act 5, Scene 1] Enter Duke, Uarrius, Lords, Angelo, Esculus, Lucio, Citizens at seuerall doores. Duk. My very worthy Cosen, fairely met, Our old, and faithfull friend, we are glad to see you. Ang. Esc.
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Happy returne be to your royall grace.
Duk. Many and harty thankings to you both: We haue made enquiry of you, and we heare Such goodnesse of your Iustice, that our soule Cannot but yeeld you forth to publique thankes
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Forerunning more requitall.
Ang. You make my bonds still greater. Duk. Oh your desert speaks loud, & I should wrong it To locke it in the wards of couert bosome When it deserues with characters of brasse
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A forted residence 'gainst the tooth of time, And razure of obliuion: Giue we your hand And let the Subiect see, to make them know That outward curtesies would faine proclaime Fauours that keepe within: Come Escalus,
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You must walke by vs, on our other hand: Andgood supporters are you.
Enter Peter and Isabella. Peter. Now is your time Speake loud, and kneele before him. Isab. Iustice, O royall Duke, vaile your regard
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Vpon a wrong'd (I would faine haue said a Maid) Oh worthy Prince, dishonor not your eye By throwing it on any other obiect, Till you haue heard me, in my true complaint, And giuen me Iustice, Iustice, Iustice, Iustice.
Duk.
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Relate your wrongs; In what, by whom? be briefe: Here is Lord Angelo shall giue you Iustice, Reueale your selfe to him.
Isab. Oh worthy Duke,
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You bid me seeke redemption of the diuell, Heare me your selfe: for that which I must speake Must either punish me, not being beleeu'd, Or wring redresse from you: Heare me: oh heare me, heere.
Ang.
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My Lord, her wits I feare me are not firme: She hath bin a suitor to me, for her Brother Cut off by course of Iustice.
Isab. By course of Iustice. Ang. And she will speake most bitterly, and strange. Isab. Most

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