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Measure for Measure: Act II, Scene 3

Measure for Measure
Act II, Scene 3

A room in a prison.

  1. Enter Duke disguised as a friar and Provost, meeting.

Duke

1
  1. Hail to you, Provost! So I think you are.

Provost

2
  1. I am the Provost. What’s your will, good friar?

Duke

3 - 8
  1. Bound by my charity and my blest order,
  2. I come to visit the afflicted spirits
  3. Here in the prison. Do me the common right
  4. To let me see them, and to make me know
  5. The nature of their crimes, that I may minister
  6. To them accordingly.

Provost

9 - 15
  1. I would do more than that, if more were needful.
  2. Enter Juliet.
  3. Look, here comes one; a gentlewoman of mine,
  4. Who, falling in the flaws of her own youth,
  5. Hath blister’d her report. She is with child,
  6. And he that got it, sentenc’d; a young man
  7. More fit to do another such offense
  8. Than die for this.

Duke

16
  1. When must he die?

Provost

17 - 19
  1.                   As I do think, tomorrow.
  2. To Juliet.
  3. I have provided for you. Stay a while,
  4. And you shall be conducted.

Duke

20
  1. Repent you, fair one, of the sin you carry?

Juliet

21
  1. I do; and bear the shame most patiently.

Duke

22 - 24
  1. I’ll teach you how you shall arraign your conscience,
  2. And try your penitence, if it be sound,
  3. Or hollowly put on.

Juliet

25
  1.                     I’ll gladly learn.

Duke

26
  1. Love you the man that wrong’d you?

Juliet

27
  1. Yes, as I love the woman that wrong’d him.

Duke

28 - 29
  1. So then it seems your most offenseful act
  2. Was mutually committed?

Juliet

30
  1.                         Mutually.

Duke

31
  1. Then was your sin of heavier kind than his.

Juliet

32
  1. I do confess it, and repent it, father.

Duke

33 - 37
  1. ’Tis meet so, daughter, but lest you do repent
  2. As that the sin hath brought you to this shame,
  3. Which sorrow is always toward ourselves, not heaven,
  4. Showing we would not spare heaven as we love it,
  5. But as we stand in fear

Juliet

38 - 39
  1. I do repent me as it is an evil,
  2. And take the shame with joy.

Duke

40 - 43
  1.                              There rest.
  2. Your partner, as I hear, must die tomorrow,
  3. And I am going with instruction to him.
  4. Grace go with you, Benedicite!
  1. Exit.

Juliet

44 - 46
  1. Must die tomorrow? O injurious love,
  2. That respites me a life whose very comfort
  3. Is still a dying horror!

Provost

47
  1.                          ’Tis pity of him.
  1. Exeunt.
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