Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

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DUKE VINCENTIO
20Repent you, fair one, of the sin you carry?
DUKE VINCENTIO
Pretty one, do you repent the sin you’re carrying?
JULIET
I do; and bear the shame most patiently.
JULIET
I do, and patiently bear the shame.
DUKE VINCENTIO
I’ll teach you how you shall arraign your conscience,
And try your penitence, if it be sound,
Or hollowly put on.
DUKE VINCENTIO
I’ll teach you how to examine your conscience, and to test if your repentance is real or insincere.
JULIET
25I’ll gladly learn.
JULIET
I’ll gladly learn.
DUKE VINCENTIO
Love you the man that wrong’d you?
DUKE VINCENTIO
Do you love the man who wronged you?
JULIET
Yes, as I love the woman that wrong’d him.
JULIET
Yes, as I love myself, the woman who wronged him.
DUKE VINCENTIO
So then it seems your most offenceful act
Was mutually committed?
DUKE VINCENTIO
So then it seems your sinful act was mutually committed?
JULIET
30Mutually.
JULIET
Mutually.
DUKE VINCENTIO
Then was your sin of heavier kind than his.
DUKE VINCENTIO
JULIET
I do confess it, and repent it, father.
JULIET
I do confess it, and repent it, father.
DUKE VINCENTIO
’Tis meet so, daughter: but lest you do repent,
As that the sin hath brought you to this shame,
35Which sorrow is always towards ourselves, not heaven,
Showing we would not spare heaven as we love it,
But as we stand in fear,—
DUKE VINCENTIO
That’s appropriate, daughter. But if you’re only sorry because your sin’s been found out, that’s being sorry for yourself, not for offending Heaven. We tend to repent out of fear of God, rather than love for him—
JULIET
I do repent me, as it is an evil,
And take the shame with joy.
JULIET
I repent because my act was evil. I’m happy to be ashamed of it.
DUKE VINCENTIO
40There rest.
Your partner, as I hear, must die to-morrow,
And I am going with instruction to him.
Grace go with you, Benedicite!
DUKE VINCENTIO
Maintain that attitude. I hear your partner must die tomorrow, and I’m going to give him spiritual guidance.
Grace go with you, and God bless you!