"Proud Man, Dressed In A Little Brief Authority"
Context: Claudio, a young gentleman of Vienna, is arrested on a charge of fornication under an old and long unobserved law. He faces a penalty of death for a technical violation of the law, for upon a true contract and promise of marriage, delayed only because of some formal difficulties about dowry, Claudio has got his beloved, Juliet, pregnant. Arrested, Claudio sends to his sister, Isabella, for help. She, a novice in a convent, goes to the duke's deputy, Angelo, who holds power and enforces the strict law in Duke Vincentio's absence. She pleads for Claudio's life to no avail. But, as she gains confidence, she attacks man's presumptuous exercise of authority.
ISABELLA. . .O, it is excellentTo have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannousTo use it like a giant.. . .Merciful Heaven,Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous boltSplits the unwedgeable and gnarled oakThan the soft myrtle. But man, proud man,Dressed in a little brief authority,Most ignorant of what he's most assured,. . .Plays such fantastic tricks before high heavenAs make the angels weep;. . .