Measure for Measure

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Mariana, and Boy singing


Take, O take those lips away

That so sweetly were forsworn;
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word See Topics: Frequency count

And those eyes, the break of day,

Lights that do mislead the morn:
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count

But my kisses bring again, bring again;

Seals of love, but sealed in vain, sealed in vain.
seal (n.) 2 pledge, promise, token, sign

Enter Duke as a friar


Break off thy song, and haste thee quick away.

Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice

Hath often stilled my brawling discontent.
brawling (adj.) clamorous, noisy, tumultuous

Exit Boy

I cry you mercy, sir, and well could wish

You had not found me here so musical.

Let me excuse me, and believe me so,

My mirth it much displeased, but pleased my woe.


'Tis good, though music oft hath such a charm
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.

I pray you tell me, hath anybody inquired for me here

today? Much upon this time have I promised here to



You have not been inquired after. I have sat

here all day.

Enter Isabella
constantly (adv.) 1 assuredly, firmly, certainly, confidently


I do constantly believe you. The time is come even

now. I shall crave your forbearance a little. May be I
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count
forbearance (n.) 1 patience, restraint, moderation

will call upon you anon for some advantage to yourself.
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count


I am always bound to you.



Very well met, and welcome.

What is the news from this good deputy?


He hath a garden circummured with brick,
circummured (adj.) walled around

Whose western side is with a vineyard backed;

And to that vineyard is a planched gate,
planched (adj.) boarded, wooden, made of planks

That makes his opening with this bigger key.

This other doth command a little door

Which from the vineyard to the garden leads.

There have I made my promise,

Upon the heavy middle of the night,
heavy (adj.) 8 gloomy, dark, overcast

To call upon him.


But shall you on your knowledge find this way?


I have ta'en a due and wary note upon't.

With whispering and most guilty diligence,

In action all of precept, he did show me
precept (n.) 1 detailed direction, precise instruction

The way twice o'er.


                         Are there no other tokens

Between you 'greed concerning her observance?
observance (n.) 4 compliance, carrying out what has to be done


No, none, but only a repair i'th' dark,
repair (n.) 2 coming, arrival, approach

And that I have possessed him my most stay
most (adj.) maximum, utmost
possess (v.) 1 notify, inform, acquaint

Can be but brief. For I have made him know

I have a servant comes with me along,

That stays upon me, whose persuasion is
persuasion (n.) 2 belief, impression, understanding
stay on / upon (v.) wait for, await

I come about my brother.
bear up (v.) 2 sustain, support, uphold


                         'Tis well borne up.

I have not yet made known to Mariana

A word of this. What ho, within. Come forth.

Enter Mariana

I pray you, be acquainted with this maid;

She comes to do you good.
like, the the same


                         I do desire the like.


Do you persuade yourself that I respect you?
respect (v.) 2 bear in mind, consider


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


Take then this your companion by the hand,

Who hath a story ready for your ear.

I shall attend your leisure, but make haste.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

The vaporous night approaches.
vaporous (adj.) misty, damp-filled, foggy


Will't please you walk aside?

Exeunt Mariana and Isabella


O place and greatness, millions of false eyes
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

Are stuck upon thee. Volumes of report
stick (v.) 1 be placed, be fixed

Run with these false and most contrarious quests
contrarious (adj.) 1 conflicting, contrary, contradictory
quest (n.) 1 inquiry, pursuit, investigation

Upon thy doings; thousand escapes of wit
escape (n.) 1 outburst, outbreak, sally
wit (n.) 3 reasoning, thinking, deliberation
wit (n.) 5 mind, brain, thoughts

Make thee the father of their idle dream,

And rack thee in their fancies.

Enter Mariana and Isabella
fancy (n.) 5 imagining, flight of fancy, fanciful thought
rack (v.) 5 torment, torture, scourge

                         Welcome, how agreed?


She'll take the enterprise upon her, father,

If you advise it.


                         It is not my consent,

But my entreaty too.


                         Little have you to say

When you depart from him but, soft and low,

‘ Remember now my brother.’


                         Fear me not.


Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all.
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

He is your husband on a pre-contract.
pre-contract (n.) pre-nuptial agreement

To bring you thus together, 'tis no sin,

Sith that the justice of your title to him
title (n.) 1 [legal] right, claim, entitlement

Doth flourish the deceit. Come, let us go;
flourish (v.) 1 embellish, adorn, add lustre to

Our corn's to reap, for yet our tilth's to sow.
tilth (n.) 3 crop, harvest


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