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Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye,
Biron's Mirthfulness described.
eye begets occasion for his wit;
Did not the heavenly rhetoric of thine eye
('Gainst whom the world cannot hold argument) Persuade
heart to this false perjury? Vows, for thee broke, deserve not punishment. A woman I foreswore ; but, I will prove,
Thou being a goddess, I foreswore not thee : My vow was earthly, thou a heavenly love ;
Thy grace being gain’d, cures all disgrace in me : Vows are but breath, and breath a vapour is ;
Then thou, fair sun, which on my earth dost shine, Exhal'st this vapour vow; in thee it is :
If broken, then, it is no fault of mine ;
* Chapman, a dealer or seller.
The Power of Love.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, announces his intention to leave his dominions and travel in Poland. Taking leave of his friends, he deputes Angelo, assisted by Escalus (both of them lords of his court), to govern in his absence. Instead, however, of taking his departure, the Duke disguises himself as a friar, and remains in Vienna, being desirous of ascertaining how justice is administered when he is an absentee. No sooner has he disappeared from the court than Angelo, reviving an obsolete law, commits Claudio, a young gentleman in love with Juliet, to prison, and inhumanly condemns him to death. Isabella, Claudio's sister, a lady of exalted character, who is about to enter a nunnery, becomes a suppliant to Angelo for her brother's life; she however, sues in vain, and Claudio is left for execution. An interview between the brother and sister takes place in the prison, and their conversation is overheard by the Duke, who thus is made aware of the harsh manner in which Angelo is overstraining the laws. At length the Duke throws off his disguise, and condemns Angelo to death, whom he, however, subsequently pardons at the intercession of Isabella. Claudio is released and marries Juliet, and the Duke himself, charmed with the nobility of character and piety of Isabella, offers her his hand. Dr. Johnson, speaking of “ Measure for Measure,” says: “The light or comic part is very natural and pleasing ; but the grave scenes (a few passages excepted), have more labour than elegance; the plot is rather intricate than artful.”
Virtue given to be Exerted. Heaven doth with us as we with torches do ; Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 't were all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd,
But to fine issues : nor nature never lends
Eloquence and Beauty.
Angelo's Character as a Governor described.
+ Facile, ready.
The Duty of Forgiveness.
How would you be,
then will breathe within your lips, Like man new made.
The Abuse of Power.
The Abuse of Authority.
The Privilege of Authority. That in the captain's but a choleric word, Which in the soldier is flat blasphemy.
* Mean, despicable.