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THE PRAYERS OF MAIDENS EFFECTUAL. Go to lord Angelo, And let him learn to know, when maidens sue, Men give like gods; but when they weep and kneel, All their petitions are as freely theirs As they themselves would owe* them
ALL MEN FRAIL.
Let but your honour know,t (Whom I believe to be most strait in virtue,) That, in the working of your own affections, Had time coherd † with place, or place with wishing, Or that the resolute acting of your blood Could have attained the effect of your own purpose, Whether you had not some time in your life Errd in this point which now you censure him, And pull’d the law upon you.
THE FAULTS OF OTHERS NO JUSTIFICATION OP
"Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus, Another thing to fall. I not deny, The jury, passing on the prisoner's life, May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two Guiltier than him they try: What's open made to
justice, That justice scizes. What know the laws, That ihieves do pass on thieves?
'Tis very preg. nant.|| The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it, Because we see it; but what we do not see, We tread upon, and never think of it. You may not so extenuate his offence, Fort I have had such faults; but rather tell me, When I, that censure** him, do so offend, Let mine own judgment pattern out my death, And nothing come in partial. • Have. + Examine.
Suited. § Pass judgment. U Plain.
Because. ** Sentence.
MERCY FREQUENTLY MISTAKEN.
MERCY IN GOVERNORS COMMENDED.
THE DUTY OF MUTUAL FORGIVENESS
Yet show some pity.
Ang. I show it most of all, when I show justice, For then I pity those I do not know, Which a dismiss'd offence would after gall; And do him right, that, answering one foul wrong, Lives not to act another.
THE ABUSE OF AUTHORITY.
0, it is excellent To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous To use it like a giant. Could great men thunder, As Jove himself does, Jove would ne'er be quiet, For every pelting,* petty officer, Would use his heaven for thunder; nothing but
thunder. Mercisul heaven! Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt, Split'st the unwedgeable and gnarledt oak, * Paltry.
Than the soft myrtle-0, but man, proud man!
THE PRIVILEGE OF AUTHORITY.
Hark, how I'll bribe you.
Isab. Not with fond shekels of the tested* gold,
TIIE POWER OF VIRTUOUS DUTY. Is this her fault, or mine? The tempter, or the tempted, who sins most? Ha Not she; nor doth she tempt: but it is 1, That lying by the violet, in the sun, Do, as the carrion does, not as the flower, Corrupt with virtuous season. Can it be, 'That modesty may more betray our sense Than woman's lightness? Having waste ground
enough, Shall we desire to raze the sanctuary, And pitch our evils there? : 0, fy, fy, fy!
Attested, stamped. | Preserved from the corruption of the world. See 2 Kings, x. 27.
What dost thou? or what art thou, Angelo?
LOVE IN A GRAVE SEVERE GOVERNOR.
FORNICATION AND MURDER EQUALLED. It were as good To pardon him, that hath from nature stolen A man already made, as to remit Their saucy sweetness, that do coin heaven's ima In stamps that are forbid: 'tis all as easy Falsely to take away a life true made, As to put mettle in restrained means, To make a false one * Profit.
LOWLINESS OF MIND.
Ang. Thus wisdom wishes to appear most bright,
TEMPORAL FAR BETTER THAN ETERNAL DEATH.
Better it were, a brother died at once,
The miserable have no other medicine,
REFLECTIONS ON THE VANITY OF LIFE.