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Measure for Measure: Act 4, Scene 1

Measure for Measure
Act 4, Scene 1

Scene 1

The moated grange at St. Luke’s.

  1. Enter Mariana, and Boy singing.
  1. Song.

Boy

3 - 8
  1. Take, O, take those lips away,
  2. That so sweetly were forsworn,
  3. And those eyes, the break of day,
  4. Lights that do mislead the morn;
  5. But my kisses bring again, bring again,
  6. Seals of love, but seal’d in vain, seal’d in vain.
  1. Enter Duke disguised as a friar.

Mariana

10 - 17
  1. Break off thy song, and haste thee quick away.
  2. Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice
  3. Hath often still’d my brawling discontent.
  4. Exit Boy.
  5. I cry you mercy, sir, and well could wish
  6. You had not found me here so musical.
  7. Let me excuse me, and believe me so,
  8. My mirth it much displeas’d, but pleas’d my woe.

Duke

18 - 21
  1. ’Tis good; though music oft hath such a charm
  2. To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
  3. I pray you tell me, hath any body inquir’d for me here
  4. today? Much upon this time have I promis’d here to meet.

Mariana

22
  1. You have not been inquir’d after. I have sat here all day.
  1. Enter Isabel.

Duke

24 - 26
  1. I do constantly believe you. The time is come even now. I
  2. shall crave your forbearance a little. May be I will call
  3. upon you anon for some advantage to yourself.

Mariana

27
  1. I am always bound to you.
  1. Exit.

Duke

29 - 30
  1. Very well met, and well come.
  2. What is the news from this good deputy?

Isabella

31 - 38
  1. He hath a garden circummur’d with brick,
  2. Whose western side is with a vineyard back’d;
  3. And to that vineyard is a planched gate,
  4. That makes his opening with this bigger key.
  5. This other doth command a little door,
  6. Which from the vineyard to the garden leads;
  7. There have I made my promise upon the heavy
  8. Middle of the night to call upon him.

Duke

39
  1. But shall you on your knowledge find this way?

Isabella

40 - 43
  1. I have ta’en a due and wary note upon’t.
  2. With whispering and most guilty diligence,
  3. In action all of precept, he did show me
  4. The way twice o’er.

Duke

44 - 45
  1.                     Are there no other tokens
  2. Between you ’greed concerning her observance?

Isabella

46 - 51
  1. No; none but only a repair i’ th’ dark,
  2. And that I have possess’d him my most stay
  3. Can be but brief; for I have made him know
  4. I have a servant comes with me along,
  5. That stays upon me, whose persuasion is
  6. I come about my brother.

Duke

52 - 57
  1.                          ’Tis well borne up.
  2. I have not yet made known to Mariana
  3. A word of this. What ho, within! Come forth!
  4. Enter Mariana.
  5. I pray you be acquainted with this maid,
  6. She comes to do you good.

Isabella

58
  1.                           I do desire the like.

Duke

59
  1. Do you persuade yourself that I respect you?

Mariana

60
  1. Good friar, I know you do, and have found it.

Duke

61 - 64
  1. Take then this your companion by the hand,
  2. Who hath a story ready for your ear.
  3. I shall attend your leisure, but make haste,
  4. The vaporous night approaches.

Mariana

65
  1. Will’t please you walk aside?
  1. Exit with Isabella.

Duke

67 - 74
  1. O place and greatness! Millions of false eyes
  2. Are stuck upon thee. Volumes of report
  3. Run with these false, and most contrarious quest
  4. Upon thy doings; thousand escapes of wit
  5. Make thee the father of their idle dream,
  6. And rack thee in their fancies.
  7. Enter Mariana and Isabella.
  8. Welcome, how agreed?

Isabella

75 - 76
  1. She’ll take the enterprise upon her, father,
  2. If you advise it.

Duke

77 - 78
  1.                   It is not my consent,
  2. But my entreaty too.

Isabella

79 - 81
  1.                      Little have you to say
  2. When you depart from him, but soft and low,
  3. Remember now my brother.”

Mariana

82
  1.                            Fear me not.

Duke

83 - 88
  1. Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all.
  2. He is your husband on a pre-contract:
  3. To bring you thus together ’tis no sin,
  4. Sith that the justice of your title to him
  5. Doth flourish the deceit. Come, let us go,
  6. Our corn’s to reap, for yet our tithe’s to sow.
  1. Exeunt.
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