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From which we would not have you warp.—Call hither, I say, bid come before us Angelo.
[Exit an Attendant.
What think you of it?
Look, where he comes.
THEM on thee.] The old copy reads—they on thee." 5- to fine issues ;] for high purposes. 6 Both thanks and use.] Use of old signified interest of money.
7 To one that can my part in him advertise ;] i. e. to one, says Malone, who is already informed as to the duties of my office.
Hold, therefore, Angelo 8 :
Now, good my lord,
No more evasion :
Yet, give leave, my lord,
Duke. My haste may not admit it;
• Hold, therefore, Angelo :) In all probability, tendering Angelo his commission, as the Duke had previously given a similar document to Escalus. Having stated its import, he places it in the hands of Angelo at the concluding words of the speech,“ Take thy commission."
That does affect it. Once more, fare you well.
Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes ! Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happiness! Duke. I thank you. Fare you well.
[Exit. Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave To have free speech with you; and it concerns me To look into the bottom of my place: A power I have, but of what strength and nature I am not yet instructed.
Ang. 'Tis so with me. Let us withdraw together, And we may soon our satisfaction have Touching that point. Escal. I'll wait upon your honour.
Enter Lucio and two Gentlemen.
Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come not to composition with the king of Hungary, why then, all the dukes fall upon the king.
1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the king of Hungary's!
2 Gent. Amen.
Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, but scraped one out of the table.
2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ? Lucio. Ay, that he razed. 1 Gent. Why'? 'Twas a commandment to command the captain and all the rest from their functions: they put forth to steal. There's not a soldier of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish the petition well that prays for peace.
91 Gent. Why ?] It may be doubted whether what follows this interrogatory do not belong to Lucio, rather than to the gentleman who is thus made to ask a question and answer it himself. Ritson plausibly suggests that the observation afterwards, “In any proportion, or in any language,” belongs to the 2 Gent., and not to Lucio.
2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it.
Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never wast where grace was said.
2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least.
Lucio. Ay; why not? Grace is grace, despite of all controversy: as for example; thou thyself art a wicked villain, despite of all grace.
i Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers between
Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists and the velvet: thou art the list.
1 Gent. And thou the velvet : thou art good velvet: thou art a three-pild piece, I warrant thee. I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be pild, as thou art pild, for a French velvet? Do I speak feelingly now?
Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most painful feeling of thy speech : I will, out of thine own confession, learn to begin thy health ; but, whilst I live, forget to drink after thee.
1 Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong, have I
2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast, whether thou art tainted, or free.
1 Well, there went but a pair of sheers between us.] A proverbial expression to show that they were both cut off the same piece. It is of common occurrence in our old dramatists.
? — as be pild, as thou art pild, for a French velvet.] The point of this retort depends upon the similarity of sound between pild, in reference to the pile of velvet, and pilld, in reference to a person losing his hair.
Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation comess!
1 Gent. I have purchased as many diseases under her roof, as come to
2 Gent. To what, I pray?
2 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me; but thou art full of error: I am sound.
Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy; but so sound as things that are hollow: thy bones are hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee.
Enter Bawd. 1 Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica?
Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of you all.
2 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee? Bawd. Marry, sir, that's Claudio ; signior Claudio. 1 Gent. Claudio to prison ! 'tis not so.
Bawd. Nay, but I know, 'tis so: I saw him arrested; saw him carried away; and, which is more, within these three days his head to be chopped off. Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have it
Art thou sure of this? Bawd. I am too sure of it; and it is for getting madam Julietta with child.
3 Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation comes !) The old copies give the whole of this speech to Lucio, but the latter part of it probably belongs to I Gent. Pope, and Malone following him, took it altogether from Lucio, but there is no reason for depriving him of the observation respecting the approach of the Bawd, who enters just afterwards, thou the folios mark it here.
• To three thousand dollars a-year.] A quibble upon dollar and dolour. We meet with it again in “ The Tempest," A. II., sc. 1.