Measure for Measure

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Enter Duke, Claudio, and Prouost.Enter Duke, as a friar, Claudio, and Provost MM III.i.1
So then you hope of pardon from Lord Angelo?So then you hope of pardon from Lord Angelo? MM III.i.1
The miserable haue no other medicineThe miserable have no other medicine MM III.i.2
But onely hope:But only hope: MM III.i.3
I'haue hope to liue, and am prepar'd to die.I have hope to live, and am prepared to die. MM III.i.4
Duke. DUKE 
Be absolute for death: either death or lifeBe absolute for death: either death or lifeabsolute (adj.)
resolved, positive, settled in mind
MM III.i.5
Shall thereby be the sweeter. Reason thus with life:Shall thereby be the sweeter. Reason thus with life: MM III.i.6
If I do loose thee, I do loose a thingIf I do lose thee, I do lose a thing MM III.i.7
That none but fooles would keepe: a breath thou art,That none but fools would keep; a breath thou art, MM III.i.8
Seruile to all the skyie-influencesServile to all the skyey influencesskyey (adj.)

old form: skyie
coming from the sky, planetary
MM III.i.9
servile (adj.)

old form: Seruile
subordinate, controlled [by]
That dost this habitation where thou keepstThat dost this habitation where thou keep'stkeep (v.)

old form: keepst
lodge, live, dwell
MM III.i.10
Hourely afflict: Meerely, thou art deaths foole,Hourly afflict. Merely, thou art death's fool,merely (adv.)

old form: Meerely
completely, totally, entirely
MM III.i.11
For him thou labourst by thy flight to shun,For him thou labour'st by thy flight to shun, MM III.i.12
And yet runst toward him still. Thou art not noble,And yet runn'st toward him still. Thou art not noble,still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
MM III.i.13
For all th' accommodations that thou bearst,For all th' accommodations that thou bear'staccommodation (n.)
amenity, convenience, comfort
MM III.i.14
Are nurst by basenesse: Thou'rt by no meanes valiant,Are nursed by baseness. Thou'rt by no means valiant,baseness (n.)

old form: basenesse
socially inferior trait, plebeian quality
MM III.i.15
For thou dost feare the soft and tender forkeFor thou dost fear the soft and tender forkfork (n.)

old form: forke
forked tongue
MM III.i.16
Of a poore worme: thy best of rest is sleepe,Of a poor worm. Thy best of rest is sleep,worm (n.)

old form: worme
serpent, snake
MM III.i.17
And that thou oft prouoakst, yet grosselie fearstAnd that thou oft provok'st, yet grossly fear'stoft (adv.)
MM III.i.18
provoke (v.)

old form: prouoakst
call forth, invite, invoke
grossly (adv.)

old form: grosselie
stupidly, senselessly, foolishly
Thy death, which is no more. Thou art not thy selfe,Thy death, which is no more. Thou art not thyself, MM III.i.19
For thou exists on manie a thousand grainesFor thou exists on many a thousand grains MM III.i.20
That issue out of dust. Happie thou art not,That issue out of dust. Happy thou art not, MM III.i.21
For what thou hast not, still thou striu'st to get,For what thou hast not, still thou striv'st to get,still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
MM III.i.22
And what thou hast forgetst. Thou art not certaine,And what thou hast, forget'st. Thou art not certain, MM III.i.23
For thy complexion shifts to strange effects,For thy complexion shifts to strange effects,effect (n.)
sign, mark, token, manifestation
MM III.i.24
strange (adj.)
remarkable, startling, abnormal, unnatural
complexion (n.)
natural trait, disposition, temperament, nature
After the Moone: If thou art rich, thou'rt poore,After the moon. If thou art rich, thou'rt poor, MM III.i.25
For like an Asse, whose backe with Ingots bowes;For, like an ass, whose back with ingots bows,ingot (n.)
bar of precious metal, gold bar
MM III.i.26
Thou bearst thy heauie riches but a iournie,Thou bear'st thy heavy riches but a journey, MM III.i.27
And death vnloads thee; Friend hast thou none.And death unloads thee. Friend hast thou none, MM III.i.28
For thine owne bowels which do call thee, fireFor thine own bowels, which do call thee sire,bowels (n.)
children, offspring
MM III.i.29
The meere effusion of thy proper loinesThe mere effusion of thy proper loins,mere (adj.)

old form: meere
complete, total, absolute, utter
MM III.i.30
proper (adj.)
very, own
Do curse the Gowt, Sapego, and the RheumeDo curse the gout, serpigo, and the rheumserpigo (n.)

old form: Sapego
type of spreading skin disease
MM III.i.31
rheum (n.)

old form: Rheume
catarrh, head-cold, coughing and spluttering
For ending thee no sooner. Thou hast nor youth, nor ageFor ending thee no sooner. Thou hast nor youth nor age, MM III.i.32
But as it were an after-dinners sleepeBut as it were an after-dinner's sleep,after-dinner (n.)
period following dinner, afternoon
MM III.i.33
Dreaming on both, for all thy blessed youthDreaming on both, for all thy blessed youth MM III.i.34
Becomes as aged, and doth begge the almesBecomes as aged, and doth beg the alms MM III.i.35
Of palsied-Eld: and when thou art old, and richOf palsied eld: and when thou art old and rich,eld (n.)
old age, advanced years
MM III.i.36
Thou hast neither heate, affection, limbe, nor beautieThou hast neither heat, affection, limb, nor beautylimb (n.)

old form: limbe
functioning organ, strength of limb
MM III.i.37
heat (n.)

old form: heate
desire, passion, libido
affection (n.)
desire, passion, lustful feeling
To make thy riches pleasant: what's yet in thisTo make thy riches pleasant. What's yet in this MM III.i.38
That beares the name of life? Yet in this lifeThat bears the name of life? Yet in this life MM III.i.39
Lie hid moe thousand deaths; yet death we feareLie hid more thousand deaths; yet death we fear,mo, moe (adj.)
more [in number]
MM III.i.40
That makes these oddes, all euen.That makes these odds all even. MM III.i.41.1
I humblie thanke you.I humbly thank you. MM III.i.41.2
To sue to liue, I finde I seeke to die,To sue to live, I find I seek to die, MM III.i.42
And seeking death, finde life: Let it come on.And, seeking death, find life. Let it come on. MM III.i.43
Enter Isabella.Enter Isabella MM III.i.44
What hoa? Peace heere; Grace, and goodWhat, ho! Peace here, grace and good MM III.i.44 MM III.i.45
Who's there? Come in, the wish deserues aWho's there? Come in. The wish deserves a MM III.i.46
welcome.welcome. MM III.i.47
Duke. DUKE 
Deere sir, ere long Ile visit you againe.Dear sir, ere long I'll visit you again. MM III.i.48
Most holie Sir, I thanke you.Most holy sir, I thank you. MM III.i.49
My businesse is a word or two with Claudio.My business is a word or two with Claudio. MM III.i.50
And verie welcom: looke Signior, here's yourAnd very welcome. Look, signor, here's your MM III.i.51
sister.sister. MM III.i.52
Duke. DUKE 
Prouost, a word with you.Provost, a word with you. MM III.i.53
As manie as you please.As many as you please. MM III.i.54
Duke. DUKE 
Bring them to heare me speak, where I may beBring me to hear them speak, where I may be MM III.i.55
conceal'd.concealed. MM III.i.56
Duke and Provost retire MM III.i.57
Now sister, what's the comfort?Now, sister, what's the comfort? MM III.i.57
Why,Why, MM III.i.58
As all comforts are: most good, most good indeede,As all comforts are: most good, most good indeed. MM III.i.59
Lord Angelo hauing affaires to heauenLord Angelo, having affairs to heaven, MM III.i.60
Intends you for his swift Ambassador,Intends you for his swift ambassador, MM III.i.61
Where you shall be an euerlasting Leiger;Where you shall be an everlasting leiger.lieger, leiger (n.)
resident ambassador, representative, envoy
MM III.i.62
Therefore your best appointment make with speed,Therefore your best appointment make with speed;appointment (n.)
preparation, arrangement, coming to terms
MM III.i.63
To Morrow you set on.Tomorrow you set on.set on (v.)
go forward, advance, proceed
MM III.i.64.1
Is there no remedie?Is there no remedy? MM III.i.64.2
None, but such remedie, as to saue a headNone, but such remedy as, to save a head, MM III.i.65
To cleaue a heart in twaine:To cleave a heart in twain. MM III.i.66.1
But is there anie?But is there any? MM III.i.66.2
Yes brother, you may liue;Yes, brother, you may live; MM III.i.67
There is a diuellish mercie in the Iudge,There is a devilish mercy in the judge, MM III.i.68
If you'l implore it, that will free your life,If you'll implore it, that will free your life, MM III.i.69
But fetter you till death.But fetter you till death.fetter (v.)
restrain, overcome, suppress
MM III.i.70.1
Perpetuall durance?Perpetual durance?durance (n.)
confinement, imprisonment, incarceration
MM III.i.70.2
I iust, perpetuall durance, a restraintAy, just. Perpetual durance, a restraint, MM III.i.71
Through all the worlds vastiditie you hadThough all the world's vastidity you had,vastidity (n.)

old form: vastiditie
vastness, immensity, enormity
MM III.i.72
To a determin'd scope.To a determined scope.scope (n.)
range, reach, extent
MM III.i.73.1
determined (adj.)

old form: determin'd
confined, limited, restricted
But in what nature?But in what nature? MM III.i.73.2
In such a one, as you consenting too't,In such a one as, you consenting to't, MM III.i.74
Would barke your honor from that trunke you beare,Would bark your honour from that trunk you bear,bark (v.)

old form: barke
strip the bark from, tear away
MM III.i.75
And leaue you naked.And leave you naked. MM III.i.76.1
Let me know the point.Let me know the point. MM III.i.76.2
Oh, I do feare thee Claudio, and I quake,O, I do fear thee, Claudio, and I quakefear (v.)

old form: feare
fear for, worry about, be anxious about
MM III.i.77
Least thou a feauorous life shouldst entertaine,Lest thou a feverous life shouldst entertain,entertain (v.)

old form: entertaine
cherish, harbour, welcome
MM III.i.78
feverous (adj.)

old form: feauorous
feverish, restless
And six or seuen winters more respectAnd six or seven winters more respectrespect (v.)
value, have regard for, prize
MM III.i.79
Then a perpetuall Honor. Dar'st thou die?Than a perpetual honour. Dar'st thou die? MM III.i.80
The sence of death is most in apprehension,The sense of death is most in apprehension,apprehension (n.)
conception, grasping by the mind, awareness
MM III.i.81
And the poore Beetle that we treade vponAnd the poor beetle that we tread upon MM III.i.82
In corporall sufferance, finds a pang as great,In corporal sufferance finds a pang as greatsufferance (n.)
distress, suffering, hardship
MM III.i.83
corporal (adj.)

old form: corporall
bodily, physical
As when a Giant dies.As when a giant dies. MM III.i.84.1
Why giue you me this shame?Why give you me this shame? MM III.i.84.2
Thinke you I can a resolution fetchThink you I can a resolution fetch MM III.i.85
From flowrie tendernesse? If I must die,From flowery tenderness? If I must die, MM III.i.86
I will encounter darknesse as a bride,I will encounter darkness as a bride, MM III.i.87
And hugge it in mine armes.And hug it in mine arms. MM III.i.88
There spake my brother: there my fathers graueThere spake my brother. There my father's grave MM III.i.89
Did vtter forth a voice. Yes, thou must die:Did utter forth a voice. Yes, thou must die. MM III.i.90
Thou art too noble, to conserue a lifeThou art too noble to conserve a life MM III.i.91
In base appliances. This outward sainted Deputie,In base appliances. This outward-sainted deputy,appliance (n.)
compliance, subservience; or: means, expedient
MM III.i.92
base (adj.)
dishonourable, low, unworthy
Whose setled visage, and deliberate wordWhose settled visage and deliberate wordsettled (adj.)

old form: setled
calm, steadfast, composed
MM III.i.93
visage (n.)
face, countenance
Nips youth i'th head, and follies doth emmewNips youth i'th' head, and follies doth enewenew (v.)

old form: emmew
drive into the water
MM III.i.94
As Falcon doth the Fowle, is yet a diuell:As falcon doth the fowl, is yet a devil. MM III.i.95
His filth within being cast, he would appeareHis filth within being cast, he would appearcast (v.)
calculate, reckon, estimate
MM III.i.96
A pond, as deepe as hell.A pond as deep as hell. MM III.i.97.1
The prenzie, Angelo?The precise Angelo?precise (adj.)

old form: prenzie
puritanical, strictly moral, scrupulously correct
MM III.i.97.2
Oh 'tis the cunning Liuerie of hell,O, 'tis the cunning livery of hell,livery (n.)

old form: Liuerie
uniform, costume, special clothing
MM III.i.98
The damnest bodie to inuest, and couerThe damned'st body to invest and cover MM III.i.99
In prenzie gardes; dost thou thinke Claudio,In precious guards. Dost thou think, Claudio,guard (n.)

old form: gardes
trimming, trapping, adornment
MM III.i.100
If I would yeeld him my virginitieIf I would yield him my virginity, MM III.i.101
Thou might'st be freed?Thou might'st be freed? MM III.i.102.1
Oh heauens, it cannot be.O heavens, it cannot be. MM III.i.102.2
Yes, he would giu't thee; from this rank offenceYes, he would give't thee, from this rank offence,rank (adj.)
gross, outlandish, coarse
MM III.i.103
So to offend him still. This night's the timeSo to offend him still. This night's the timestill (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
MM III.i.104
That I should do what I abhorre to name,That I should do what I abhor to name, MM III.i.105
Or else thou diest to morrow.Or else thou diest tomorrow. MM III.i.106.1
Thou shalt not do't.Thou shalt not do't. MM III.i.106.2
O, were it but my life,O, were it but my life, MM III.i.107
I'de throw it downe for your deliueranceI'd throw it down for your deliverance MM III.i.108
As frankely as a pin.As frankly as a (n.)
trifle, triviality, insignificant amount
MM III.i.109.1
frankly (adv.)

old form: frankely
freely, unconditionally, unreservedly
Thankes deere Isabell.Thanks, dear Isabel. MM III.i.109.2
Be readie Claudio, for your death to morrow.Be ready, Claudio, for your death tomorrow. MM III.i.110
Yes. Has he affections in him,Yes. Has he affections in himaffection (n.)
desire, passion, lustful feeling
MM III.i.111
That thus can make him bite the Law by th' nose,That thus can make him bite the law by th' nose, MM III.i.112
When he would force it? Sure it is no sinne,When he would force it? Sure it is no sin,force (v.)
urge, press, enforce
MM III.i.113
Or of the deadly seuen it is the least.Or of the deadly seven it is the least. MM III.i.114
Which is the least?Which is the least? MM III.i.115
If it were damnable, he being so wise,If it were damnable, he being so wise, MM III.i.116
Why would he for the momentarie trickeWhy would he for the momentary tricktrick (n.)

old form: tricke
bauble, trifle, whim
MM III.i.117
Be perdurablie fin'de? Oh Isabell.Be perdurably fined? O Isabel!perdurably (adv.)

old form: perdurablie
eternally, everlastingly, for ever
MM III.i.118
fine (v.)

old form: fin'de
punish, impose a penalty [on]
What saies my brother?What says my brother? MM III.i.119.1
Death is a fearefull thing.Death is a fearful thing. MM III.i.119.2
And shamed life, a hatefull.And shamed life a hateful. MM III.i.120
I, but to die, and go we know not where,Ay, but to die, and go we know not where, MM III.i.121
To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot,To lie in cold obstruction and to rot;obstruction (n.)
deathly state, rigor mortis
MM III.i.122
This sensible warme motion, to becomeThis sensible warm motion to becomemotion (n.)
power to act normally, reaction, faculties
MM III.i.123
sensible (adj.)
sensitive, responsive, capable of feeling
A kneaded clod; And the delighted spiritA kneaded clod; and the delighted spiritkneaded (adj.)
compressed, compacted, moulded
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delighted (adj.)
endowed with delight
clod (n.)
lump, mass, piece of earth
To bath in fierie floods, or to recideTo bathe in fiery floods, or to reside MM III.i.125
In thrilling Region of thicke-ribbed Ice,In thrilling region of thick-ribbed ice,thrilling (adj.)
piercing, penetrating, bitterly cold
MM III.i.126
thick-ribbed (adj.)

old form: thicke-ribbed
densely surrounded, compacted
To be imprison'd in the viewlesse windesTo be imprisoned in the viewless windsviewless (adj.)

old form: viewlesse
invisible, unseeable
MM III.i.127
And blowne with restlesse violence round aboutAnd blown with restless violence round about MM III.i.128
The pendant world: or to be worse then worstThe pendent world; or to be worse than worstpendent (adj.)

old form: pendant
hanging in space, floating in the air
MM III.i.129
Of those, that lawlesse and incertaine thought,Of those that lawless and incertain thoughtincertain (adj.)

old form: incertaine
uncertain, doubtful, dubious
MM III.i.130
Imagine howling, 'tis too horrible.Imagine howling, 'tis too horrible. MM III.i.131
The weariest, and most loathed worldly lifeThe weariest and most loathed worldly life MM III.i.132
That Age, Ache, periury, and imprisonmentThat age, ache, penury, and imprisonment MM III.i.133
Can lay on nature, is a ParadiseCan lay on nature is a paradise MM III.i.134
To what we feare of death.To what we fear of death. MM III.i.135
Alas, alas.Alas, alas. MM III.i.136.1
Sweet Sister, let me liue.Sweet sister, let me live. MM III.i.136.2
What sinne you do, to saue a brothers life,What sin you do to save a brother's life, MM III.i.137
Nature dispenses with the deede so farre,Nature dispenses with the deed so fardispense with (v.)
disregard, pardon, put up with
MM III.i.138
That it becomes a vertue.That it becomes a virtue. MM III.i.139.1
Oh you beast,O you beast! MM III.i.139.2
Oh faithlesse Coward, oh dishonest wretch,O faithless coward! O dishonest wretch! MM III.i.140
Wilt thou be made a man, out of my vice?Wilt thou be made a man out of my vice? MM III.i.141
Is't not a kinde of Incest, to take lifeIs't not a kind of incest to take life MM III.i.142
From thine owne sisters shame? What should I thinke,From thine own sister's shame? What should I think? MM III.i.143
Heauen shield my Mother plaid my Father faire:Heaven shield my mother played my father fair,shield (v.)
forbid [as exclamation]
MM III.i.144
For such a warped slip of wildernesseFor such a warped slip of wildernesswarped (adj.)
twisted, distorted
MM III.i.145
slip (n.)
seedling, sprig, shoot, cutting
wilderness (n.)

old form: wildernesse
wildness of character, licentiousness
Nere issu'd from his blood. Take my defiance,Ne'er issued from his blood. Take my defiance,defiance (n.)
renunciation, disowning, rejection; or: contempt
MM III.i.146
blood (n.)
blood relationship, kinship
Die, perish: Might but my bending downeDie, perish. Might but my bending down MM III.i.147
Repreeue thee from thy fate, it should proceede.Reprieve thee from thy fate, it should proceed. MM III.i.148
Ile pray a thousand praiers for thy death,I'll pray a thousand prayers for thy death, MM III.i.149
No word to saue thee.No word to save thee. MM III.i.150.1
Nay heare me Isabell.Nay, hear me, Isabel. MM III.i.150.2
Oh fie, fie, fie:O, fie, fie, fie! MM III.i.151
Thy sinn's not accidentall, but a Trade;Thy sin's not accidental, but a (n.)
regular line of work, recognized business
MM III.i.152
accidental (adj.)

old form: accidentall
happening by chance, fortuitous
Mercy to thee would proue it selfe a Bawd,Mercy to thee would prove itself a bawd,bawd (n.)
pimp, procurer, pander, go-between
MM III.i.153
'Tis best that thou diest quickly.'Tis best thou diest quickly. MM III.i.154.1
Going MM III.i.154
Oh heare me Isabella.O hear me, Isabella. MM III.i.154.2
Duke comes forward MM III.i.155
Duk. DUKE 
Vouchsafe a word, yong sister, but one word.Vouchsafe a word, young sister, but one word. MM III.i.155
What is your Will.What is your will? MM III.i.156
Duk. DUKE 
Might you dispense with your leysure, I would byMight you dispense with your leisure, I would bydispense with (v.)
have done with, do away with, forgo
MM III.i.157
by and by (adv.)
shortly, soon, before long
and by haue some speech with you: the satisfaction Iand by have some speech with you. The satisfaction I MM III.i.158
would require, is likewise your owne benefit.would require is likewise your own benefit. MM III.i.159
I haue no superfluous leysure, my stay must beI have no superfluous leisure. My stay must be MM III.i.160
stolen out of other affaires: but I will attend you a while.stolen out of other affairs, but I will attend you a while.attend (v.)
listen [to], pay attention [to]
MM III.i.161
Duke. DUKE  
(aside) MM III.i.162
Son, I haue ouer-heard what hath past Son, I have overheard what hath passed MM III.i.162
between you & your sister. Angelo had neuer thebetween you and your sister. Angelo had never the MM III.i.163
purpose to corrupt her; onely he hath made an assay ofpurpose to corrupt her; only he hath made an assay ofpurpose (n.)
intention, aim, plan
MM III.i.164
assay (n.)
test, trial, measure
her vertue, to practise his iudgement with the dispositionher virtue to practise his judgement with the dispositiondisposition (n.)
control, direction, management
MM III.i.165
of natures. She (hauing the truth of honour in her) hathof natures. She, having the truth of honour in her, hathnature (n.)
personality, innate disposition, character
MM III.i.166
truth (n.)
virtue, integrity, uprightness
made him that gracious deniall, which he is most glad tomade him that gracious denial which he is most glad to MM III.i.167
receiue: I am Confessor to Angelo, and I know this toreceive. I am confessor to Angelo, and I know this to MM III.i.168
be true, therfore prepare your selfe to death: do not be true. Therefore prepare yourself to death. Do not MM III.i.169
satisfie your resolution with hopes that are fallible,satisfy your resolution with hopes that are fallible. MM III.i.170
to morrow you must die, goe to your knees, and makeTomorrow you must die. Go to your knees and make MM III.i.171
ready.ready. MM III.i.172
Let me ask my sister pardon, I am so out ofLet me ask my sister pardon. I am so out of MM III.i.173
loue with life, that I will sue to be rid of with life that I will sue to be rid of it. MM III.i.174
Duke. DUKE 
Hold you there: farewell: Hold you there. Farewell. MM III.i.175
Exit Claudio MM III.i.175
Enter Provost MM III.i.176
Prouost, a word with you.Provost, a word with you. MM III.i.176
What's your will (father?)What's your will, father? MM III.i.177
Duk. DUKE 
That now you are come, you wil be gone: leaueThat now you are come, you will be gone. Leave MM III.i.178
me a while with the Maid, my minde promises with myme a while with the maid. My mind promises with mypromise (v.)
assure, declare [to], tell plainly
MM III.i.179
habit, no losse shall touch her by my company.habit no loss shall touch her by my company.habit (n.)
dress, clothing, costume
MM III.i.180
In good time.In good time.time, in good
very well
MM III.i.181
Exit.Exit MM III.i.181
Duk. DUKE 
The hand that hath made you faire, hath made youThe hand that hath made you fair hath made you MM III.i.182
good: the goodnes that is cheape in beauty, makesgood. The goodness that is cheap in beauty makes MM III.i.183
beauty briefe in goodnes; but grace being the soule ofbeauty brief in goodness, but grace, being the soul of MM III.i.184
your complexion, shall keepe the body of it euer faire:your complexion, shall keep the body of it ever fair.complexion (n.)
natural trait, disposition, temperament, nature
MM III.i.185
the assault that Angelo hath made to you, FortuneThe assault that Angelo hath made to you, fortuneassault (n.)
attack, temptation, snare
MM III.i.186
hath conuaid to my vnderstanding; and but thathath conveyed to my understanding, and, but that MM III.i.187
frailty hath examples for his falling, I should wonder at frailty hath examples for his falling, I should wonder at MM III.i.188
Angelo: how will you doe to content this Substitute,Angelo. How will you do to content this substitute,substitute (n.)
subordinate, deputy, underling
MM III.i.189
content (v.)
please, gratify, delight, satisfy
and to saue your Brother?and to save your brother? MM III.i.190
I am now going to resolue him: I had rather myI am now going to resolve him. I had rather myresolve (v.)

old form: resolue
answer, respond to
MM III.i.191
brother die by the Law, then my sonne should be vnlawfulliebrother die by the law than my son should be unlawfully MM III.i.192
borne. But (oh) how much is the good Duke deceiu'dborn. But O, how much is the good Duke deceived MM III.i.193
in Angelo: if euer he returne, and I can speake toin Angelo! If ever he return and I can speak to MM III.i.194
him, I will open my lips in vaine, or discouer hishim, I will open my lips in vain, or discover hisdiscover (v.)

old form: discouer
reveal, show, make known
MM III.i.195
gouernment.government.government (n.)

old form: gouernment
self-control, self-discipline, moral conduct
MM III.i.196
Duke. DUKE 
That shall not be much amisse: yet, as the matterThat shall not be much amiss. Yet, as the matter MM III.i.197
now stands, he will auoid your accusation: he made triallnow stands, he will avoid your accusation; he made trialavoid (v.)

old form: auoid
repudiate, deny, reject
MM III.i.198
of you onelie. Therefore fasten your eare on my aduisings,of you only. Therefore fasten your ear on my advisings. MM III.i.199
to the loue I haue in doing good; a remedie presentsTo the love I have in doing good a remedy presents MM III.i.200
it selfe. I doe make my selfe beleeue that you may most itself. I do make myself believe that you may most MM III.i.201
vprighteously do a poor wronged Lady a merited benefit;uprighteously do a poor wronged lady a merited benefit, MM III.i.202
redeem your brother from the angry Law; doe no staineredeem your brother from the angry law, do no stainstain (n.)

old form: staine
disgrace, shame
MM III.i.203
to your owne gracious person, and much please theto your own gracious person, and much please the MM III.i.204
absent Duke, if peraduenture he shall euer returne toabsent Duke, if peradventure he shall ever return toperadventure (adv.)

old form: peraduenture
perhaps, maybe, very likely
MM III.i.205
haue hearing of this businesse.have hearing of this business. MM III.i.206
Let me heare you speake farther; I haue spirit toLet me hear you speak farther. I have spirit to MM III.i.207
do any thing that appeares not fowle in the truth of mydo anything that appears not foul in the truth of my MM III.i.208
spirit.spirit. MM III.i.209
Duke. DUKE 
Vertue is bold, and goodnes neuer fearefull: / HaueVirtue is bold, and goodness never fearful. Havefearful (adj.)

old form: fearefull
timid, timorous, frightened, full of fear
MM III.i.210
you not heard speake of Mariana the sister of Fredericke you not heard speak of Mariana, the sister of Frederick, MM III.i.211
the great Souldier, who miscarried at Sea?the great soldier who miscarried at sea? MM III.i.212
I haue heard of the Lady, and good words wentI have heard of the lady, and good words went MM III.i.213
with her name.with her name. MM III.i.214
Duke. DUKE 
Shee should this Angelo haue married: was affiancedShe should this Angelo have married, was affiancedaffiance (v.)
betroth, engage, promise solemnly
MM III.i.215
to her oath, and the nuptiall appointed: betweento her by oath, and the nuptial appointed, between MM III.i.216
which time of the contract, and limit of the solemnitie,which time of the contract and limit of the solemnity,limit (n.)
prescribed time, fixed period
MM III.i.217
solemnity (n.)

old form: solemnitie
celebration, jubilation, festivity
her brother Fredericke was wrackt at Sea, hauing in thather brother Frederick was wrecked at sea, having in thatwrack (v.)

old form: wrackt
wreck, shipwreck, lose at sea
MM III.i.218
perished vessell, the dowry of his sister: but marke howperished vessel the dowry of his sister. But mark howmark (v.)

old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
MM III.i.219
heauily this befell to the poore Gentlewoman, there sheheavily this befell to the poor gentlewoman. There shegentlewoman (n.)
woman of good breeding, well-born lady
MM III.i.220
befall (v.), past forms befallen, befell
happen, occur, take place, turn out
lost a noble and renowned brother, in his loue towardlost a noble and renowned brother, in his love toward MM III.i.221
her, euer most kinde and naturall: with him the portionher ever most kind and natural; with him the portionnatural (adj.)

old form: naturall
feeling proper affection, having normal feelings
MM III.i.222
and sinew of her fortune, her marriage dowry: withand sinew of her fortune, her marriage dowry; withsinew (n.)
mainstay, support, main strength
MM III.i.223
both, her combynate-husband, this well-seemingboth, her combinate husband, this well-seemingwell-seeming (adj.)
attractively looking, presenting a plausible appearance
MM III.i.224
combinate (adj.)

old form: combynate
betrothed, contracted, promised
Angelo.Angelo. MM III.i.225
Can this be so? did Angelo so leaue her?Can this be so? Did Angelo so leave her? MM III.i.226
Duke. DUKE 
Left her in her teares, & dried not one of themLeft her in her tears, and dried not one of them MM III.i.227
with his comfort: swallowed his vowes whole, pretendingwith his comfort, swallowed his vows whole, pretendingpretend (v.)
claim, avow, profess
MM III.i.228
in her, discoueries of dishonor: in few, bestow'd herin her discoveries of dishonour. In few, bestowed herfew, in (a)
in few words, in short, in brief
MM III.i.229
on her owne lamentation, which she yet weares for his sake:on her own lamentation, which she yet wears for his sake, MM III.i.230
and he, a marble to her teares, is washed with them, butand he, a marble to her tears, is washed with them, but MM III.i.231
relents not.relents not.relent (v.)
yield, give way, give up
MM III.i.232
What a merit were it in death to take this pooreWhat a merit were it in death to take this poor MM III.i.233
maid from the world? what corruption in this life, thatmaid from the world! What corruption in this life, that MM III.i.234
it will let this man liue? But how out of this can shee auaile?it will let this man live! But how out of this can she avail?avail (v.)

old form: auaile
benefit, profit, prosper
MM III.i.235
Duke. DUKE 
It is a rupture that you may easily heale: and the cureIt is a rupture that you may easily heal, and the cure MM III.i.236
of it not onely saues your brother, but keepes you fromof it not only saves your brother, but keeps you from MM III.i.237
dishonor in doing it.dishonour in doing it. MM III.i.238
Shew me how (good Father.)Show me how, good father. MM III.i.239
Duk. DUKE 
This fore-named Maid hath yet in her the continuanceThis forenamed maid hath yet in her the continuancecontinuance (n.)
maintaining, keeping up, carrying on
MM III.i.240
of her first affection: his vniust vnkindenesse (thatof her first affection. His unjust unkindness, thatunjust (adj.)

old form: vniust
unfaithful, false [to honour]
MM III.i.241
in all reason should haue quenched her loue) hath (likein all reason should have quenched her love, hath, like MM III.i.242
an impediment in the Current) made it more violent andan impediment in the current, made it more violent and MM III.i.243
vnruly: Goe you to Angelo, answere his requiring with aunruly. Go you to Angelo, answer his requiring with arequiring (n.)
demanding, requesting as a right
MM III.i.244
plausible obedience, agree with his demands to theplausible obedience, agree with his demands to the MM III.i.245
point: onely referre your selfe to this aduantage; first, thatpoint. Only refer yourself to this advantage: first, thatrefer (v.)

old form: referre
entrust, commit, commend
MM III.i.246
advantage (n.)

old form: aduantage
benefit, gain, advancement, profit
your stay with him may not be long: that the time mayyour stay with him may not be long, that the time may MM III.i.247
haue all shadow, and silence in it: and the place answere tohave all shadow and silence in it, and the place answer to MM III.i.248
conuenience: this being granted in course, and nowconvenience. This being granted in course – and nowcourse, in
as a matter of course
MM III.i.249
convenience (n.)

old form: conuenience
fitness, appropriateness, propriety
followes all: wee shall aduise this wronged maidfollows all – we shall advise this wronged maid MM III.i.250
to steed vp your appointment, goe in your place: if theto stead up your appointment, go in your place. If thestead up (v.)

old form: steed vp
keep, maintain, fulfil, carry out [on behalf of someone]
MM III.i.251
encounter acknowledge it selfe heereafter, it may compellencounter acknowledge itself hereafter, it may compelencounter (n.)
liaison, intercourse, amorous affair
MM III.i.252
him to her recompence; and heere, by this is your brother him to her recompense, and here, by this, is your brother MM III.i.253
saued, your honor vntainted, the poore Mariana saved, your honour untainted, the poor Mariana MM III.i.254
aduantaged, and the corrupt Deputy scaled. The Maidadvantaged, and the corrupt deputy scaled. The maidscale (v.)
weigh up [as in a scales], evaluate, appraise
MM III.i.255
advantage (v.)

old form: aduantaged
benefit, help, aid
will I frame, and make fit for his attempt: if you thinkewill I frame and make fit for his attempt. If you thinkframe (v.)
prepare, make ready, prime
MM III.i.256
attempt (n.)
attack, assault
well to carry this as you may, the doublenes of thewell to carry this, as you may, the doubleness of thecarry (v.)
carry out, manage, conduct
MM III.i.257
benefit defends the deceit from reproofe. What thinke youbenefit defends the deceit from reproof. What think you MM III.i.258
of it?of it? MM III.i.259
The image of it giues me content already, and IThe image of it gives me content already, and Iimage (n.)
idea, conception, mental picture
MM III.i.260
trust it will grow to a most prosperous it will grow to a most prosperous perfection. MM III.i.261
Duk. DUKE 
It lies much in your holding vp: haste you speedilyIt lies much in your holding up. Haste you speedilyholding up (n.)

old form: vp
ability to maintain, power of sustaining
MM III.i.262
to Angelo, if for this night he intreat you to his bed,to Angelo. If for this night he entreat you to his bed, MM III.i.263
giue him promise of satisfaction: I will presently togive him promise of satisfaction. I will presently topresently (adv.)
immediately, instantly, at once
MM III.i.264
S. Lukes, there at the moated-Grange recides thisSaint Luke's. There, at the moated grange, resides thisgrange (n.)
country house, farmhouse
MM III.i.265
deiected Mariana; at that place call vpon me, and dispatchdejected Mariana. At that place call upon me, and dispatchdispatch, despatch (v.)
deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly
MM III.i.266
with Angelo, that it may be quickly.with Angelo, that it may be quickly. MM III.i.267
I thank you for this comfort: fare you wellI thank you for this comfort. Fare you well,fare ... well (int.)
goodbye [to an individual]
MM III.i.268
good father.good father. MM III.i.269
Exit.Exit MM III.i.269
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