Measure for Measure

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Enter Duke and Prouost.Enter Duke, disguised as a friar, and Provost MM II.iii.1
Duke. DUKE 
Haile to you, Prouost, so I thinke you are.Hail to you, provost – so I think you are. MM II.iii.1
I am the Prouost: whats your will, good Frier?I am the provost. What's your will, good friar? MM II.iii.2
Duke. DUKE 
Bound by my charity, and my blest order,Bound by my charity and my blessed order, MM II.iii.3
I come to visite the afflicted spiritsI come to visit the afflicted spirits MM II.iii.4
Here in the prison: doe me the common rightHere in the prison. Do me the common right MM II.iii.5
To let me see them: and to make me knowTo let me see them and to make me know MM II.iii.6
The nature of their crimes, that I may ministerThe nature of their crimes, that I may minister MM II.iii.7
To them accordingly.To them accordingly. MM II.iii.8
I would do more then that, if more were needfullI would do more than that, if more were needful. MM II.iii.9
Enter Iuliet.Enter Juliet MM II.iii.10.1
Looke here comes one: a Gentlewoman of mine,Look, here comes one: a gentlewoman of mine,gentlewoman (n.)
woman of good breeding, well-born lady
MM II.iii.10
Who falling in the flawes of her owne youth,Who, falling in the flaws of her own youth,flaw (n.)

old form: flawes
burst of passion, upsurge of feelings
MM II.iii.11
Hath blisterd her report: She is with childe,Hath blistered her report. She is with child,report (n.)
reputation, fame, renown
MM II.iii.12
blister (v.)

old form: blisterd
raise blisters on [as if branded on the forehead as a whore]; tarnish, stain
And he that got it, sentenc'd: a yong man,And he that got it, sentenced: a young man MM II.iii.13
More fit to doe another such offence,More fit to do another such offence MM II.iii.14
Then dye for this.Than die for this. MM II.iii.15
Duk. DUKE 
When must he dye?When must he die? MM II.iii.16.1
As I do thinke to morrow.As I do think, tomorrow. MM II.iii.16.2
I haue prouided for you, stay a while (To Juliet) I have provided for you; stay a while MM II.iii.17
And you shall be conducted.And you shall be conducted. MM II.iii.18
Duk. DUKE 
Repent you (faire one) of the sin you carry?Repent you, fair one, of the sin you carry? MM II.iii.19
I doe; and beare the shame most patiently.I do, and bear the shame most patiently. MM II.iii.20
Ile teach you how you shal araign your consciẽceI'll teach you how you shall arraign your consciencearraign (v.)

old form: araign
examine, interrogate, probe
MM II.iii.21
And try your penitence, if it be sound,And try your penitence, if it be sound,try (v.)
put to the test, test the goodness [of]
MM II.iii.22
Or hollowly put on.Or hollowly put on.hollowly (adv.)
insincerely, hypocritically, deceitfully
MM II.iii.23.1
Ile gladly learne.I'll gladly learn. MM II.iii.23.2
Duk. DUKE 
Loue you the man that wrong'd you?Love you the man that wronged you? MM II.iii.24
Yes, as I loue the woman that wrong'd him.Yes, as I love the woman that wronged him. MM II.iii.25
Duk. DUKE 
So then it seemes your most offence full actSo then it seems your most offenceful actoffenceful (adj.)

old form: offence full
sinful, wrongful, full of offence
MM II.iii.26
Was mutually committed.Was mutually committed? MM II.iii.27.1
Mutually.Mutually. MM II.iii.27.2
Duk. DUKE 
Then was your sin of heauier kinde then his.Then was your sin of heavier kind than his.heavy (adj.)

old form: heauier
grave, serious, weighty
MM II.iii.28
I doe confesse it, and repent it (Father.)I do confess it, and repent it, father. MM II.iii.29
Duk. DUKE 
'Tis meet so (daughter) but least you do repent'Tis meet so, daughter, but lest you do repentmeet (adj.)
fit, suitable, right, proper
MM II.iii.30
As that the sin hath brought you to this shame,As that the sin hath brought you to this shame, MM II.iii.31
Which sorrow is alwaies toward our selues, not heauen,Which sorrow is always towards ourselves, not heaven, MM II.iii.32
Showing we would not spare heauen, as we loue it,Showing we would not spare heaven as we love it,spare (v.)
avoid offending, refrain from causing distress to
MM II.iii.33
But as we stand in feare.But as we stand in fear –  MM II.iii.34
I doe repent me, as it is an euill,I do repent me as it is an evil, MM II.iii.35
And take the shame with ioy.And take the shame with joy. MM II.iii.36.1
Duke. DUKE 
There rest:There rest. MM II.iii.36.2
Your partner (as I heare) must die to morrow,Your partner, as I hear, must die tomorrow, MM II.iii.37
And I am going with instruction to him:And I am going with instruction to him.instruction (n.)
advice, good direction, counsel
MM II.iii.38
Grace goe with you, Benedicite.Grace go with you. Benedicite.benedicite (Latin v.)
[pron: bene'diysitee] may God be with you
MM II.iii.39
Exit.Exit MM II.iii.39
Must die to morrow? oh iniurious LoueMust die tomorrow? O injurious love, MM II.iii.40
That respits me a life, whose very comfortThat respites me a life whose very comfortrespite (v.)

old form: respits
save, prolong, grant
MM II.iii.41
Is still a dying horror.Is still a dying horror. MM II.iii.42.1
'Tis pitty of him. 'Tis pity of him. MM II.iii.42.2
Exeunt.Exeunt MM II.iii.42
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