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How now,

So far beneath your soft and tender breeding, May rather pluck on laughter than revenge;
And since you call'd me master for so long, If that the injuries be justly weigh'd,
Here is my hand; you shall from this time be That have on both sides past.
Your master's mistress.

Oii. Alas, poor fool! how have they baffled thee! Oli.

A sister ? —you are she. Clo. Why, some are born greut, some achieve Re-enter FABIan with Malvol10.

grealness, and some hare greatness thrown upon

them. I was one, sir, in this interlude; one sir ToDuke. Is this the madınan ?

pas, sir; but that's all one: - - By the Lord, fool, I Oli.

Ay, my lord, the same: am not mad ;But do you remember? Madam, Malvolio?

why laugh you at such a barrten ra: cal? an you Mal.

Madam, you have done me wrong, smile nol, he's gugg'd: And thus the whirligig of Notorious wrong.

time brings in his revenges. Oli. Have I, Malvolio? no.

Mal. lll be revenged on the whole pack of you. Mal. Lady, you have. Pray you peruse that letter.

[Exit. You must not now deny it is your hand,

Oli. He hath been most notoriously abused. Write from it, if you can, in hand, or phrase; Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to a peace:Or say, 'tis not your seal, nor your invention: He hath not told us of the captain yet; You can say none of this: Well, grant it then, When that is known and golden time convents,, And tell me, in the modesty of honor,

A solemn combination shall be made Why you have given me such clear lights of favor; of our dear souls:— Mean time, sweet sister, Bade me come smiling, and cross-gartered to you, We will not part from hence.- Cesario, come, To put on yellow stockings, and to trown

For so you shall be while you are a man: Upon sir Toby, and the lighter people:

But, when in other habits you are seen, And, acting this in an obedient hope,

Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen. (Exeunt. Why have you suffer'd me to be imprison'd,

SONG. Kept in a dark house, visited by the priest, And made the most notorious geck, and gull, Clo. When that I was and a little tiny boy, That e'er invention play'd on ? tell me why.

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Oli. Alas, Malvolio, this is not my writing,

A foolish thing was but a toy,
Though I confess much like the character:

For the rain it raineth every day.
But out of question, tis Maria's hand.
And now I do bethink me, it was she

But when I came to man's estate,
First told me, thou wast mad; then cam'st in smiling,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, And in such forms which here were presuppos'd

'Gainst knave and thief men shut their gate, Upon thee in the letter. Prythee, be content:

For the rain it raineth erery day. This practice hath most shrewdly pass d upon thee;

But when I came, alas! to wive, But when we know the grounds and authors of it,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge

By suuggering coulil I never thrive, Of thine own cause.

For the rain it raineth every day. Fab.

Good madam, hear me speak; And let no quarrel, nor no brawl to come,

But when I came unto my bed, Taint the condition of this present hour,

When hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Which I have wonderd at. In hope it shall not,

With toss-pots still had drunken heari, Most freely I confess, myself and Toby

For the rain it raineth every day.
Set this device against Malvolio here,
Upon some stubborn and uncourteous parts

A great while ago the world begun,
We had conceived against him: Maria writ

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, The letter, at sir Toby's great importance ;3

But that's all one, our play is done, In recompense whereof, he hath married her.

And we'll strive to please you every day. How with a sportful malice it was follow'd,

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VINCENTIO, Duke of Vienna.

Froth, a foolish gentleman.
ANGELO, Lord Deputy in the Duke's absence. Clown, Servant to Mrs. Overdone.
Escalus, an ancient Lord, joined with Angelo in ABRORSON, an Executioner.
the deputation.

BARNARDINE, a dissolute Prisoner.
CLAUDIO, a young Gentleman.
Lucio, a Fantastic.

ISABELLA, Sister to Claudio.
Two other like Gentlemen.

MARIANA, betrothed to Angelo.
Varrius, a Gentleman, Servant to the Duke. JULIET, beloved by Claudio.

Two Friars.

Mistress OVERDOXE, a bawd.
A Justice.

Lords, Gentlemen, Guards, Oficers, and other Elbow, a simple Constable.



SCENE I.-An Apartment in the Duke's Palace. As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd

But to fine issues: nor nature never lends
Enter Duke, Escalus, and Lords.

The smallest scruple of her excellence,
Duke. Escalus,-

But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Esc. My lord.

Herself the glory of a creditor,
Duke. Of government the properties to unfold, Both thanks and use: but I do bend my speech
Would seem in me t' affect speech and discourse, To one that can my part in him advertise;
Since I am put to know, that your own science Hold, therefore, Angelo:
Exceeds in that the lists of all advice

In our remove, be thou at full ourself;
My strength can give you: Then no more remains Mortality and mercy in Vienna
But that to your sufficiency, as your worth is able, Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escalus,
And let them work. The nature of our people, Though first in question, is thy secondary.
Our city's institutions, and the terms

Take thy commission.
For common justice, y'are as pregnant in


Now, good my lord, As art and practice hath enriched any

Let there be some more test made of my metal, That we remember: There is our commission, Before so noble and so great a figure From which we would not have you warp. 'Call Be stamp'd upon it. hither,


No more evasion: I say, bid come before us, Angelo.

We have with a leaven'd and prepar'd choice What figure of us think you he will bear!

Proceeded to you; therefore take your honors. For you must know, we have with special soul Our haste from hence is of so quick condition, Elected him our absence to supply;

That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion d' Lent him our terror, drest him with our love, Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, And given his deputations all the organs

As time and our concernings shall importune, Of our own power: What think you of it?

How it goes with us, and do look to know Esc. If any in Vienna be of worth

What doth befall you here. So, fare you well : To undergo such ample grace and honor,

To th' hopeful execution do I leave you It is lord Angelo.

of your commissions. Enter ANGELO.


Yet, give leave, my lord,

That we may bring you something on the way. Duke.

Look, where he comes. Duke. My haste may not admit it;
Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will, Nor need you, on mine honor, have to do
I come to know your pleasure.

With any scruple: your scope is as mine own, Duke.


So to enforce or qualify the laws
There is a kind of character in thy life,
That, to th' observer, doth thy history

As to your soul seems good:- Give me your hand:

I'll privily away; I love the people, Fully unfold: Thyself, and thy belongings, But do not like to stage me to their eyes: Are not thine own so proper, as to waste

Though it do well, I do not relish well Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.

Their loud applause, and aves vehement: Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do, Nor do I think the man of safe discretion Not light them for themselves: for if our virtues That does a flect it. Once more, fare you well. Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike

Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes, 6



Esc. Lead forth, and bring you back in happiness! Lucio But, aster all this fooling, I would not Duke. I thank you.-- fare you well. (Exit. have it so: art thou sure ot' this!

Esc. I shall desire you, sir, io give me leave Bawd. I am 100 sure of it; and it is for getting To have free speech with you; and it concerns me Madam Julietta with child. To look into the bottom of my place:

Lucio. Believe me, this may be: hie promised to A power I have, but of what strength and nature, meet me two hours since; and he was ever precise I am not yet instructed.

in promise-keeping. Ang. Tis so with me :- Let us withdraw to

Besides, you know, it draws something gether,

near to the speech we had to such a purpose. And we may soon our satisfaction have

1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the proTouching that point.

clamation. Esc.

I'll wait upon your honor. Lucio. Away ; let's go learn the truth of it. (Exeunt.

(Exeunt Lucio und Gentlemen. SCENE II.-A Street.

Baud. Thus, what with the war, what with the

sweat;s what with the gallows, and what with pov. Enler Lucio, and two Gentlemen.

erty, I am custom-shrunk. How now! wbat's the

news with you? Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come not to composition with the king of Hungary, why

Enter Clown. then all the dukes tall upon the king.

Clown. Yonder man is carried to prison. 1 Gent. Heaven grani us its peace; but not the Bawd. Well; what has he done ? king of Hungary's !

Clun. A woman. 2 Gent. Amen.

Band. But what's his offence? Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious

Clown. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, Buwd. What, is there a maid with child by him? but scraped one out of the table.

Cluun. No; but there's a woman with maid by 2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ?

him: you have not heard of the proclamation, have Lucio. Ay, that he razed. 1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to com

Bard. What proclamation, man! mand the captain and all the rest from their func

Clown. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna tions; they put forth to stea!: there's not a soldier must be pluck'd down. of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth Buwd. And what shall become of those in the relish the petition well that prays for peace. city? 2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them.

Clown. They shall stand for seed: they had goro wast where grace was said.

Bawd. But, shall all our houses of resort in the 2 Gunt. No? a dozen times at least.

suburbs be 1 Gent. What? in metre?

pulled down?

Clown. To the ground, mistress. Lucio. In any proportion,' or in any language. Buwd. Why, here's a change indeed in the com1 Gent. I think, or in any religion.

monwealth: what shall become of me? Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite of all controversy : as, for example, thou thyself art a lack no clients. Though you change your place,

Clown. Come, fear not you; good counsellors wicked villain, despite of all grace. i Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers ster still. Courage; there will be pity taken on you:

you need not change your trade; I'll be your tapbetween us.) Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists you that have worn your eyes almost out in the

service, you will be considered. and the velvet: thou art the list.

Bawit. What's to do here? Thomas Tapster, 1 Gent. And thou the velvet : thou art good vel

let's withdraw. vet: thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: I

Clown. Here comes Signior Claudio, led by the had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be provost to prison: and there's madam Juliet. pild, as thou art pild, for a French velvet. 3 Do I

(Exeunt. speak feelingly now? Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most

SCENE III.-The same. painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine

Enter Provost, CLAUDIO, JULIET, and Officers. own confession, learn to begin thy health; but, whilst I live, forget to drink alter thee.

Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus 1 Gent. I think I have done myself wrong; have to the world. Bear me to prison, where I am I not?

committed. 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art Pror. I do it not in evil disposition, tainted, or free.

But from lord Angelo by special charge. Lucio. Behold, behold, where Madam Mitigation (laud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, comes! I have purchased as many diseases under Make us pay down for our offence by weight.her roof, as come to

The words of heaven; on whom it will, it will; 2 Gent. To what, I pray ?

On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just. 1 Gent. Judge.

Enter Lucio. 2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a year. 1 Gent. Ay, and more.

Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio ? whence comes Lucio. A French crown. more.

this restraint ? i Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, libme: but thou art full of error; I am sound.

erty: Licin. Nay, not as one would say, healthy, but As surfeit is the father of much fast, so sound, as ihings that are hollow: thy bones are So every scope by the immoderate use hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee.

Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue

(Like rats that ravin down their proper bane) Enter Bawd.

A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die. 1 Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the

Lucio. if I could speak so wisely under an arrest, most profound sciatica ?

I would send for certain of my creditors: And yet, Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder, arrested, to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of freedom, as the morality of imprisonment.-What's

thy ollence, Claudio? 1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee!

Claud. What, but to speak of would offend again. Bawd. Marry sir, that's Claudio, Signior Claudio. Lucio. What is it? murder? 1 Gent. Claudio to prison ! 'tis not so.

Claud. No. Baod. Nay, but know 'tis so: I saw him ar

Lucio. Lechery? rested; saw him carried away; and, wbich is more,

Claud, Call it so. within these three days his head's to be chopped off Prov. Away, sir; you must go.

Claud. Une word, good friend:- Lucio, a word 1 Measure. A cut of the same cloth.

you all.

[Takes him aside. 1A jest on the loss of hair by the French disease, 4 Corona Veneris.

• The sweating sickness.

with you.

Licu). A hundred, if they'll do you any good. Becomes more mock d than fear d: so our decrees, Is lechery so look'd áiter !

Dead to intliction, to themselves are dead; Claud. Thus stands it with me: - Upon a true And liberty plucks justice by the nose; contract;

The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart I got possession of Julietta's bed;

Goes all decorum. You know the lady; she is fast my wife,


It rested in your grace Save that we do the denunciation lack

To unloose this tied-up justice when you pleas'd; Of outward order : this we came not to,

And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd, Only for propagation of a dower

Than in lord Angelo. Remaining in the coifer of her friends;


I do fear, too dreadful: Froin whom we thought it meet to hide our love, Sith 'twas my fault, to give the people scope, Till time had made thein for us. But it chances, 'Twould be my tyranny to strike, and gall them The stealth of our most inutual intercourse, For what I bid them do: For we bid this be done, With character too gross, is writ on Juliet.

When evil deeds have their permissive pass, Lucio. With child, perhaps?

And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my Clauil. Unhappily, even so.

father, And the new deputy now for the duke,

I have on Angelo imposed the office; Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness; Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home, Or whether that the body public be

And yet my nature never in the siyht, A horse whereon the governor doth ride,

To do it slander: And to behold his sway, Who newly in the seat, that it may know

I will, as 'twere a brother of your order, He can command, let's it straight tee. the spur: Visit both prince and people: therefore, I pr'ythee, Whether the tyranny be in his place,

Supply me with the babit, and instruct me Or in his eminence that fills it up,

How I may formally in person bear me I stagger in: - But this new governor

Like a true friar. More reasons for this action, Awakes me all the unrolled penalties, Which have, like unscoured armor, hung by the Only, this one:- Lord Angelo is precise;

At our more leisure shall I render you; wall

Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses So long, that nineteen zodiacs have gone round, That his blood flows, or that his appetite And none of them been worn; and for a name, Is more to bread than stone: Hence shall we see, Now puts the drowsy and neglected act

If power change purpose, what our seemers be. Freshly on me:-'tis, surely, for a name.

[Exeunt. Lucio. I warrant, it is: and thy head stands so tickle on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and

SCENE V.- A Nunnery. appeal to him.

Enter ISABELLA and Francisca.
Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found.
I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service:

Isab. And have you nuns no further privileges ? This day my sister should the cloister enter,

Fran. Are not these large enough? And there receive her approbation :

Isab. Yes, truly : I speak not as desiring more; Acquaint her with the danger of my state;

But rather wishing a more strict restraint Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends

Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of saint Clare. To the stric deputy: bid herself assay him;

Lucio. Ho! Peace be in this place! (Within I have great hope in that: for in her youth


Who's that which calls ? There is a prone and speechless dialect,

Fran. It is a man's voice: Gentle Isabella, Such as moves men: beside, she hath prosperous art Turn you the key, and know his business of him; When she will play with reason and discourse,

You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn : And well she can persuade.

When you have vowed, you must not speak with Lucio. I pray, she may: as well for the encour

men, agement of the like, which else would stand under But in the presence of the prioress: grievous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy life, Then, if you speak, you must not show your face; who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost or if you show your face, you must not speak. at a game of tick-tack. I'll to her.

He calls again; I pray you answer him. Cluud. I thank you, good friend Lucio.

(Exit FRANCISCA. Lucio. Within two hours,-

Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls? Claud. Come, officer, away.


Enter Lucio.

Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be; as those cheek-roses SCENE IV.- A Monastery.

Proclaim you are no less! Can you so stead me,

As bring me to the sight of Isabella,
Enter Duke and Friar THOMAS.

A novice of this place, and the fair sister

To her unhappy brother Claudio?
Duke. No; holy father; throw away that thought; Isab. Why her unhappy brother ? let me ask;
Bel eve not that the dribbling dart of love

The rather, for now must make you know
Can pierce a complete bosom: why I desire thee I am that Isabella, and his sister.
To give me secret harbor, hath a purpose

Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly greets More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends

yon: Of burning youth.

Not to be weary with you, he's in prison. Fri.

May your grace speak of it? Isab. Woe me! For what?
Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you Lucio. For that which if myself might be his
How I have ever lov'd the life remov'd;

And held in idle price to haunt assemblies, He should receive his punishment in thanks:
Where youth and cost, and witless bravery keeps. He hath got his friend with child.
I have deliver'd to lord Angelo

Isab. Sir, make me not your story.. (A man of stricture and firm abstinence)


It is true. My absolute power and place here in Vienna, I would not — though 'tis my familiar sin And he supposes me travellid to Poland;

With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest, For so I have strew'd it in the common ear,

Tongue far from heart,-play with all virgins so. And so it is receiv'd: Now, pious sir,

I hold you as a thing ensky'd, and sainted; You will demand of me, why I do this?

By your renouncement an immortal spirit; Fri. Gladly, my lord.

And to be talked with in sincerity, Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting As with a saint. law's,

Isab. You do blaspheme the good in mocking me, (The needfal bits and curbs for headstrong steeds.) Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth, Which for these fourteen years we have let sleep;

'tis thus: Even like an o'er-grown lion in a cave,

Your brother and his lover have embraced : That goes not out to prey: Now, as fond fathers As those that feed grow full; as blossoming time, Having bound up the threat’ning twigs of birch, That from the seedness the bare fallow brings Only to stick it in their children's sight,

•Do not make a jest of me. For terror, not to use; in time the rod

• In few and true words.


To teeming foison;" even so her plenteous womb To make him an example: all hope is gone,
Expresseth his full tilth and husvandry.

Unless you have the grace by your fair prayer
Isab. Some one with child by him? - My cousin To soften Angelo: And that's my pith

Of business 'twixt you and your poor brother.
Lucio. Is she your cousin ?

Isab. Doth he so seek his life? Isab. Adoptediy: as school-maids change their Lucio.

Has censur'de him names,

Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath By vain though apt affection.

A warrant for his execution. Lucio.

She it is.

Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me
Isab. 0, let him marry her!

To do him good ?
This is the point. Lucio.

Assay the power you have.
The duke is very strangely gone from hence; Isab. My power! Alas! I doubt, -
Bore many gentlemen, myself being one,


Our doubts are traitors,
In hand, and hope of action : but we do learn And make us lose the good we oft might win,
By those that know the very nerves of state, By fearing to attempt. Go to lord Angelo,
His givings-out were of an infinite distance

And let him learn to know, when maidens sue,
From his true-meant design. Upon his place, Men give like gods; but when they weep and kneel,
And with full line of his authority,

All their petitions are as freely theirs Governs lord Angelo; a man, whose blood

As they themselves would owe them. Is very show-broth; one who never feels

Isab. I'll see what I can do. The wanton stings and motions of the sense;


But speedily. But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge

Isab. I will about it straight: With profits of the mind, study and fast.

No longer staying but to give the mother He (to give fear to use and liberty,

Notice of my affair. I bumbly thank you : Which have, for long, run by the hideous law, Commend me to my brother: soon at night As mice by lions) hath pick'd out an act,

I'll send him certain word of my success. Under whose heavy sense your brothers life

Lucio. I take my leave of you. Falls into forfeit! he arrests him on it;


Good sir, adieu. And follows close the rigor of the statute,


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SCENE 1.-A Hall in Angelo's House. Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall:

Some run from brakes of vice, and answer none; Enter ANGELO, Escalus, Provost, Officers, and And some condemned for a fault alone. other Attendants.

Enter Elbow, Froty, Clown, Officers, &c. Ang. We must not make a scare-crow of the Elb. Come, bring them away: if these be good law,

people in a common weal, that do nothing but use Setting it up to fear the birds of prey,

iheir abuses in common houses, I know no law; And let it keep one shape, till custom make it bring them away. Their perch and not their terror.

Ang. How now, sir! what's your name? and Escal.

Ay, but yet what's the matter?' Let us be keen, and rather cut a little,

Elb. If it please your honor, I am the poor duke's Than fall, and bruise to death: Alas! this gentle-constable, and my name is Elbow; I do Jean upon man,

justice, sir, and do bring in here before your good Whom I would save, had a most noble father.

honor two notorious benefactors. Let but your honor know,

Ang. Benefactors? Well; what benefactors are (Whom I believe to be most straight in virtue,)

they? are they not malefactors?
That, in the working of your own aflections, Elb. If it please your honor, I know not well
Had time coher'd with place, or place with wishing, what they are: but precise villains they are, that I
Or that the resolute acting of your blood

am sure of; and void of all profanation in the
Could have attain'd the eilect of your own purpose, world, that good christians ought to have.
Whether you had not some time in your life

Escal. This comes off' well;& here's a wise officer. Err'd in this point which now you censure him, Ang. Go to: what quality are they of? Elbow And pull’d the law upon you.

is your name? Why dost thou not speak, Elbow ? Ang. 'Tis one thing to be temed, Escalus,

Clo. He cannot, sir; he's out at elbow. Another thing to fall. I not deny,

Ang. What are you, sir ? The jury, passing on the prisoners life,

Elb. He, sir? a tapster, sir; parcel: bawd: one May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two that serves a bad woman; whose house, sir, was, as Guillier than him they try: What's open made to they say, pluck'd down in the suburbs; and now justice,

she professes a hot-house, which, I think, is a very That justice seizes. What know the laws,

ill house too.
That thieves do pass on thieves? 'Tis very pregnant, Esca'. How know you that?
The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it, Elb. My wife, sir, whom I detest before heaven
Because we see it; but what we do not see,

and your honor,We tread upon and never think of it.

Escal. How! thy wife? You may not so extenuate his offence,

Elb. Ay, sir; wliom, 1 thank heaven, is an honest Fors I have had such faults; but rather tell me,

woman, When I that censure hin, do so otlend,

Escal. Dost thou detest her therefore !
Let mine own judgment pattern out my death, Elb. I say, sir, I will detest myself also, as well
And nothing come in partial. Sir, he must die. as she, that this house, if it be not a bawd's house,
Escal. Be it as your wisdom will.

it is pity of her life, for it is a naughty house. Ang.

Where is the provost? Escal. How dost thou know that, constable ? Prov. Here, if it like your honor.

Elb. Marry, sir, by my wife; who, if she had Ang.

See that Claudio been a woman cardinally given, might have been Be executed by nine to-morrow morning :

accused in fornication, adultery, and all uncleanliBring him his confessor, let him be prepared:

ness there. For that's the utmost of his pilgrimage.

Escal. By the woman's means? (Ereunt ANGELO and Provost.

Elb. Ay, sir, by mistress Over-done's means: but Escal. Well, heaven forgive him; and forgive us

1 Sentenced .Have. all!

• Thickets, thorny paths of rice. Wealth.

.Well told. + Partly. . Breeding plenty. • Tilling. 3 Because.

* Keeps a bagnio.

• For protest.

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