Speeches (Lines) for Pompey
in "Measure for Measure"

Total: 60

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1

I,2,177

Yonder man is carried to prison.

2

I,2,179

A woman.

3

I,2,181

Groping for trouts in a peculiar river.

4

I,2,183

No, but there's a woman with maid by him. You have
not heard of the proclamation, have you?

5

I,2,186

All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be plucked down.

6

I,2,188

They shall stand for seed: they had gone down too,
but that a wise burgher put in for them.

7

I,2,192

To the ground, mistress.

8

I,2,195

Come; fear you not: good counsellors lack no
clients: though you change your place, you need not
change your trade; I'll be your tapster still.
Courage! there will be pity taken on you: you that
have worn your eyes almost out in the service, you
will be considered.

9

I,2,202

Here comes Signior Claudio, led by the provost to
prison; and there's Madam Juliet.

10

II,1,515

He cannot, sir; he's out at elbow.

11

II,1,536

Sir, if it please your honour, this is not so.

12

II,1,540

Sir, she came in great with child; and longing,
saving your honour's reverence, for stewed prunes;
sir, we had but two in the house, which at that very
distant time stood, as it were, in a fruit-dish, a
dish of some three-pence; your honours have seen
such dishes; they are not China dishes, but very
good dishes,—

13

II,1,548

No, indeed, sir, not of a pin; you are therein in
the right: but to the point. As I say, this
Mistress Elbow, being, as I say, with child, and
being great-bellied, and longing, as I said, for
prunes; and having but two in the dish, as I said,
Master Froth here, this very man, having eaten the
rest, as I said, and, as I say, paying for them very
honestly; for, as you know, Master Froth, I could
not give you three-pence again.

14

II,1,558

Very well: you being then, if you be remembered,
cracking the stones of the foresaid prunes,—

15

II,1,561

Why, very well; I telling you then, if you be
remembered, that such a one and such a one were past
cure of the thing you wot of, unless they kept very
good diet, as I told you,—

16

II,1,566

Why, very well, then,—

17

II,1,570

Sir, your honour cannot come to that yet.

18

II,1,572

Sir, but you shall come to it, by your honour's
leave. And, I beseech you, look into Master Froth
here, sir; a man of four-score pound a year; whose
father died at Hallowmas: was't not at Hallowmas,
Master Froth?

19

II,1,578

Why, very well; I hope here be truths. He, sir,
sitting, as I say, in a lower chair, sir; 'twas in
the Bunch of Grapes, where indeed you have a delight
to sit, have you not?

20

II,1,583

Why, very well, then; I hope here be truths.

21

II,1,591

Once, sir? there was nothing done to her once.

22

II,1,593

I beseech your honour, ask me.

23

II,1,595

I beseech you, sir, look in this gentleman's face.
Good Master Froth, look upon his honour; 'tis for a
good purpose. Doth your honour mark his face?

24

II,1,599

Nay; I beseech you, mark it well.

25

II,1,601

Doth your honour see any harm in his face?

26

II,1,603

I'll be supposed upon a book, his face is the worst
thing about him. Good, then; if his face be the
worst thing about him, how could Master Froth do the
constable's wife any harm? I would know that of
your honour.

27

II,1,612

By this hand, sir, his wife is a more respected
person than any of us all.

28

II,1,617

Sir, she was respected with him before he married with her.

29

II,1,642

Tapster; a poor widow's tapster.

30

II,1,644

Mistress Overdone.

31

II,1,646

Nine, sir; Overdone by the last.

32

II,1,659

Pompey.

33

II,1,661

Bum, sir.

34

II,1,667

Truly, sir, I am a poor fellow that would live.

35

II,1,670

If the law would allow it, sir.

36

II,1,673

Does your worship mean to geld and splay all the
youth of the city?

37

II,1,676

Truly, sir, in my poor opinion, they will to't then.
If your worship will take order for the drabs and
the knaves, you need not to fear the bawds.

38

II,1,681

If you head and hang all that offend that way but
for ten year together, you'll be glad to give out a
commission for more heads: if this law hold in
Vienna ten year, I'll rent the fairest house in it
after three-pence a bay: if you live to see this
come to pass, say Pompey told you so.

39

II,1,694

I thank your worship for your good counsel:
[Aside]
but I shall follow it as the flesh and fortune shall
better determine.
Whip me? No, no; let carman whip his jade:
The valiant heart is not whipt out of his trade.

40

III,2,1518

'Twas never merry world since, of two usuries, the
merriest was put down, and the worser allowed by
order of law a furred gown to keep him warm; and
furred with fox and lamb-skins too, to signify, that
craft, being richer than innocency, stands for the facing.

41

III,2,1539

Indeed, it does stink in some sort, sir; but yet,
sir, I would prove—

42

III,2,1552

I spy comfort; I cry bail. Here's a gentleman and a
friend of mine.

43

III,2,1568

Troth, sir, she hath eaten up all her beef, and she
is herself in the tub.

44

III,2,1574

Yes, faith, sir.

45

III,2,1584

I hope, sir, your good worship will be my bail.

46

III,2,1592

You will not bail me, then, sir?

47

IV,2,1887

If the man be a bachelor, sir, I can; but if he be a
married man, he's his wife's head, and I can never
cut off a woman's head.

48

IV,2,1899

Sir, I have been an unlawful bawd time out of mind;
but yet I will be content to be a lawful hangman. I
would be glad to receive some instruction from my
fellow partner.

49

IV,2,1915

Pray, sir, by your good favour,—for surely, sir, a
good favour you have, but that you have a hanging
look,—do you call, sir, your occupation a mystery?

50

IV,2,1919

Painting, sir, I have heard say, is a mystery; and
your whores, sir, being members of my occupation,
using painting, do prove my occupation a mystery:
but what mystery there should be in hanging, if I
should be hanged, I cannot imagine.

51

IV,2,1925

Proof?

52

IV,2,1933

Sir, I will serve him; for I do find your hangman is
a more penitent trade than your bawd; he doth
oftener ask forgiveness.

53

IV,2,1939

I do desire to learn, sir: and I hope, if you have
occasion to use me for your own turn, you shall find
me yare; for truly, sir, for your kindness I owe you
a good turn.

54

IV,3,2117

I am as well acquainted here as I was in our house
of profession: one would think it were Mistress
Overdone's own house, for here be many of her old
customers. First, here's young Master Rash; he's in
for a commodity of brown paper and old ginger,
ninescore and seventeen pounds; of which he made
five marks, ready money: marry, then ginger was not
much in request, for the old women were all dead.
Then is there here one Master Caper, at the suit of
Master Three-pile the mercer, for some four suits of
peach-coloured satin, which now peaches him a
beggar. Then have we here young Dizy, and young
Master Deep-vow, and Master Copperspur, and Master
Starve-lackey the rapier and dagger man, and young
Drop-heir that killed lusty Pudding, and Master
Forthlight the tilter, and brave Master Shooty the
great traveller, and wild Half-can that stabbed
Pots, and, I think, forty more; all great doers in
our trade, and are now 'for the Lord's sake.'

55

IV,3,2138

Master Barnardine! you must rise and be hanged.
Master Barnardine!

56

IV,3,2143

Your friends, sir; the hangman. You must be so
good, sir, to rise and be put to death.

57

IV,3,2147

Pray, Master Barnardine, awake till you are
executed, and sleep afterwards.

58

IV,3,2150

He is coming, sir, he is coming; I hear his straw rustle.

59

IV,3,2152

Very ready, sir.

60

IV,3,2159

O, the better, sir; for he that drinks all night,
and is hanged betimes in the morning, may sleep the
sounder all the next day.

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