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Do not call it sin in me,
That I am forsworn for thee:
Thou for whom even Jove would swear,
Juno but an Ethiop were;
And deny himself for Jove,
Turning mortal for thy love.

THE POWER OF LOVE.

But love, first learned in a lady's eyes,
Lives not alone immured in the brain;
But with the motion of all elements,
Courses as swift as thought in every power;
And gives to every power a double power,
Above their functions and their offices.
It adds a precious seeing to the eye;
A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind;
A lover's ear will hear the lowest sound,
When the suspicious head of theft is stopp'd;
Love's feeling is more soft, and sensible,
Than are the tender horns of cockled snails:
Love's tongue proves dainty Bacchus gross

in taste:
For valour, is not love a Hercules,
Still climbing trees in the Hesperides?
Subtle as sphinx, as sweet and musical
As bright Apollo's lute, strung with his hair;
And, when love speaks, the voice of all the gods
Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.
Never durst poet touch a pen to write,
Until his ink were temper'd with love's sighs;
0, then his lines would ravish savage ears,
And plant in tyrants mild humility.

WOMEN'S EYES.
From women's eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire,
They are the books,.the arts, the academies;

That show, contain, and nourish all the world;
Else, none at all in aught proves excellent.

ACT V.

JEST AND JESTER.

Your task shall be
With all the fierce* endeavour of your

wit To enforce the pained impotent to smile. [death?

Biron, To move wild laughter in the throat of It cannot be; it is impossible: Mirth cannot move a soul in agony.

Ros. Why, that's the way to chokea gibing spirit, Whose influence is begot of that loose grace, Which shallow laughing hearers give to fools: A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it.

SONG.
Spring. When daisies pied, and violets blue,

And lady-smocks all silver-white,
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue,

Do paint the meadows with delight,
The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men, for thus sings he,

Cuckoo;
Cuckoo, cuckoo,-0 word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear!
'When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,

And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,
When turtles tread, and rooks, and daws,
And maidens bleach their summer smocks,

* Vehement.

D

The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men, for thus sings he,

Cuckoo;
Cuckoo, cuckoo,–0 word of fear,

Unpleasing to a married ear!
Winter. When icicles hang by the wall,

And Dick the shepherd blows his nail, And Tom bears logs into the hall,

And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When blood is nipp'd, and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,

To-who;
Tu-whit, to-who, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel* the pot.
When all aloud the wind doth blow,

- And coughing drowns the parson's saw, And birds sit brooding in the snow,

And Marian's nose looks red and raw,
When roasted crabs 4 hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,

To-who;
Tu-whit, to-who, a merry note,
While
greasy

Joan doth keel the pot.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

ACT 1.

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, 'twere all alike
* Cool.

+ Wild appleg.

Asif we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd,
But to fine issues *: nor nature never lends
The smallest scruple of her excellence,
But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines
Herself the glory of a creditor,
Both thanks and uset.

So

THE CONSEQUENCE OF LIBERTY INDULGED. As surfeit is the father of much fast,

every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue, (Like rats that ravin down their proper bane), A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die.

ELOQUENCE AND BEAUTY.
In her youth
There is a prone and speechless dialect, (art
Such as moves men; beside, she hath prosperous
When she will play with reason and discourse,
And well she can persuade.

PARDON THE SANCTION OF WICKEDNESS.
For we bid this be done,
When evil deeds have their permissive pass,
And not the punishment.

A SEVERE GOVERNOR.

Lord Angelo is precise; Stands at a guard || with envy; scarce confesses That his blood flows, or that his appetite Is more to bread than stone: Hence shall we see. If power change purpose, what our seemers be.

* For high purposes.

§ Prompt.

+ Interest. * Voraciously devour.

I On his defence.

RESOLUTION.

Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win,
By fearing to attempt.

THE PRAYERS OF MAIDEN'S 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.

ACT II.

ALL MEN FRAIL.

Let but your honour know + (Whom I believe to be most straight 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 attain'd the effect of your own purpose, Whether you had not sometime 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 OF OUR OWN.

'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 seizes. What know the laws, +Examine.

# Suited.

# Have.

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