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Isab. What is your will ?

them with his comfort; swallowed his vows whole, Duke. Might you dispense with your leisure, I pretending, in her, discoveries of dishonour : in would by and by have some speech with you : the few, bestowed her on her own lamentation, which satisfaction I would require, is likewise your own she yet wears for his sake; and he, a marble to her benefit.

tears, is washed with them, but relents not. Isab. I have no superfluous leisure; my stay Isab. What a merit were it in death, to take this must be stolen out of other affairs; but I will at-poor maid from the world! What corruption in tend you a while.

this life, that it will let this man live !-But how Duke. [To Claudio, aside.] Son, I have over-lout of this can she avail ? heard what hath past between you and your sister. Duke. It is a rupture that you may easily heal; Angelo had never the purpose to corrupt her; only and the cure of it not only saves your brother, but he hath made an essay of her virtue, to practise his keeps you from dishonour in doing it. judgment with the disposition of natures; she, hav- Isab. Show me how, good father. ing the truth of honour in her, hath made him that! Duke. This fore-named maid hath yet in her the gracious denial which he is most glad to receive : continuance of her first affection; his unjust unI am confessor to Angelo, and I know this to be kindness, that in all reason should have quenched true; therefore prepare yourself to death : Do not her love, hath, like an impediment in the current, satisfy your resolution with hopes that are fallible : made it more violent and unruly. Go you to Anto-morrow you must die; go to your knees, and gelo; answer his requiring with a plausible obemake ready.

dience ; agree with his demands to the point: only Claud. Let me ask my sister pardon. I am so refer yourself to this advantage,-first, that your ont of love with life, that I will sue to be rid of it. stay with him may not be long; that the time may Duke. Hold you there; Farewell.

have all shadow and silence in it; and the place

Exit Claudio.answer to convenience: this being granted in Re-enter Provost.

course, now follows all. We shall advise this

wronged maid to stead up your appointment, go in Provost, a word with you.

your place; if the encounter acknowledge itself Prov. What's your will, father?

hereafter, it may compel him to her recompense : Duke. That now you are come, you will be gone: and here, by this, is your brother saved, your honLeave me a while with the maid ; my mind pro- our untainted, the poor Mariana advantaged, and mises with my habit, no loss shall touch her by the corrupt deputy scaled. The maid will I frame, iny company.

and make fit for his attempt. If you think well to Prov. In good time.

[Exit Provost. carry this as you may, the doubleness of the benefit Duke. The hand that hath made you fair, hath defends the deceit from reproof. What think you made you good : the goodness, that is cheap in of it? beauty, makes beauty brief in goodness; but grace, Isab. The image of it gives me content already; being the soul of your complexion, should keep the and I trust, it will grow to a most prosperous perbody of it ever fair. The assault, that Angelo hath | fection. made to you, fortune hath convey'd to my under- Duke. It lies much in your holding up: Haste standing; and, but that frailty hath examples for you speedily to Angelo; if for this night he entreat his falling, I should wonder at Angelo. How you to his bed, give him promise of satisfaction. would you do to content this substitute, and to I will presently to St. Luke's; there, at the moated save your brother.

grange resides this dejected Mariana: At that Isab. I am now going to resolve him: I had ra. place call upon me; and despatch with Angelo, ther my brother die by the law, than my son should that it may be quickly. be unlawfully born. But o, how much is the good Isab. I thank you for this comfort : Fare you duke deceived in Angelo' If ever he return, and I well, good father.

[Exeunt severally. can speak to him, I will open my lips in vain, or discover his government.

SCENE II.-The Street before the Prison. Duke. That shall not be much amiss : Yet, as the matter now stands, he will avoid your accusa

Enter Duke, as a Friar : to him Elbow, Clown, and

Officers. tion; he made trial of you only. Therefore, fasten your ear on my advisings; to the love I have in Elb. Nay, if there be no remedy for it, but that doing good, a remedy presents itself. I do make you will needs buy and sell men and women like myself believe, that you may most uprighteously do beasts, we shall have all the world drink brown a poor wronged lady a merited benefit; redeem and white bastard. your brother from the angry law; do no stain to Duke. O, heavens! what stuff is here? your own gracious person, and much please the clo. 'Twas never merry world, since, of two absent duke, if, peradventure, he shall ever return usuries, the merriest was put down, and the worser to have hearing of this business.

allow'd by order of law a furr'd gown to keep him Isab. Let me hear you speak further ; I have warm ; and furr'd with fox and lamb-skins too, to spirit to do any thing that appears not foul in the signify, that craft, being richer than innocency, truth of my spirit.

stands for the facing. Duke. Virtue is bold, and goodness never fear. Elb. Come your way, sir -Bless you, good ful. Have you not heard speak of Mariana the father friar. sister of Frederick, the great soldier, who miscar. Duke. And you, good brother father : What ried at sea ?

offence hath this man made you, sir ? Isab. I have heard of the lady, and good words Elb. Marry, sir, he hath offended the law; and, went with her name.

sir, we take him to be a thief too, sir ; for we Duke. Her should this Angelo have married; was have found upon him, sir, a strange pick-lock, affianced to her by oath, and the nuptial appointed : which we have sent to the deputy. between which time of the contract, and limit of Duke. Fye, sirrah; a bawd, a wicked bawd! the solemnity, her brother Frederick was wrecked The evil that thou causest to be done, at sea, having in that perish'd vessel the dowry of That is thy means to live : Do thou but think his sister. But mark, how heavily this befel to the What 'tis to cram a maw, or clothe a back, poor gentlewoman : there she lost a noble and re-From such a filthy vice : say to thyself, nowned brother, in his love toward her ever most From their abominable and beastly touches kind and natural; with him the portion and sinew I drink, I eat, array myself, and live. of her fortune, her marriage-dowry; with both, Canst thou believe thy living is a life, her combinate husband, this well-seeming Angelo. So stinkingly depending ? Go, mend, go, mend.

Isab. Can this be so ? Did Angelo so leave her ? Clo. Indeed, it does stink in some sort, sir; but Dukce. Left her in her tears, and dry'd not one of yet, sir, I would prove

Duke. Nay, if the devil have given thee proofs, extirp it quite, friar, till eating and drinking be put for sin,

| down. They say, this Angelo was not made by Thou wilt prove his. Take him to prison, officer ; man and woman, after the downright way of creCorrection and instruction must both work, ation: Is it true, think you ? Ere this rude beast will profit.

Duke. How should he be made then ? Elb. He must before the deputy, sir; he has Lucio. Some report, a sea-maid spawn'd him:-given him warning: the deputy cannot abide a Some, that he was begot between two stock-fishes : whoremaster: if he be a whoremonger, and comes But it is certain, that when he makes water, his before him, he were as good go a mile on his urine is congeal'd ice ; that I know to be true: and errand.

he is a motion ungenerative, that's infallible. Duke. That we were all, as some would seem to be, Duke. You are pleasant, sir; and speak a pace. Free from our faults, as faults from seeming, free ! Lucio. Why, what a ruthless thing is this in him,

for the rebellion of a cod-piece, to take away the Enter Lucio.

life of a man? Would the duke, that is absent, have Elb. His neck will come to your waist, a cord, sir. done this? Ere he would have hang'd a man for Clo. I spy comfort; I cry, bail : Here's a gentle the getting a hundred bastards, he would have paid man, and a friend of mine.

for the nursing a thousand : He had some feeling Lucio. How now, noble Pompey? What, at the of the sport; he knew the service, and that in heels of Cæsar ? Art thou led in triumph ? What structed him to mercy. is there none of Pygmalion's images, newly madel Duke. I never heard the absent duke much de. woman, to be had now, for putting the hand in the tected for women; he was not inclined that way. pocket and extracting it clutch'd ? What reply? Lucio. O, sir, you are deceived. Ha? What say'st thou to this tune, matter, and Duke. "Tis not possible. method ? Is't not drown'd i' the last rain ? Ha?! Lucio. Who? not the duke ? yes, your beggar What say'st thou, trot? Is the world as it was, of fifty ;- and his use was, to put a ducat in her man? Which is the way? Is it sad, and few words clack-dish: the duke had crotchets in him: He Or how? The trick of it?

would be drunk too; that let me inform you. Duke. Still thus, and thus ! still worse !

Duke. You do him wrong, surely. Lucio. How doth my dear morsel, thy mistress? Lucio. Sir, I was an inward of his : A shy fellow Procures she still ? Ha?

was the duke: and, I believe, I know the cause of Clo. Troth, sir, she hath eaten up all her beef, his withdrawing and she is herself in the tub.

Duke. What, I pr'ythee, might be the cause ? Lucio. Why, 'tis good; it is the right of it: it Lucio. No, pardon ;-'tis a secret must be lock'd must be so: Ever your fresh whore, and your pow. within the teeth and the lips : but this I can let der'd bawd: An unshunn'd consequence : it must you understand, The greater file of the subject be so : Art going to prison, Pompey?

held the duke to be wise. Clo. Yes, faith, sir.

Duke. Wise? why, no question but he was. Lucio. Why 'tis not amiss, Pompey: Farewell; Lucio. A very superficial, ignorant, unweighing Go; say, I sent thee thither. For debt, Pompey? | fellow. Or how

Duke. Either this is envy in you, folly, or misElb. For being a bawd, for being a bawd. taking; the very stream of his life, and the business

Lucio. Well, then imprison him: If imprison. he hath helmed, must, upon a warranted need, give ment be the due of a bawd, why, 'tis his right : him a better proclamation. Let him be but testi. Bawd is he, doubtless, and of antiquity too : bawd-monied in his own bringings forth, and he shall apborn. Farewell, good Pompey : Commend me to pear to the envious, a scholar, a statesman, and a the prison, Pompey: You will turn good husband soldier: Therefore, you speak unskilfully; or, if now, Pompey ; you will keep the house.

your knowledge be more, it is much darken'd in Clo. I hope, sir, your good worship will be my your malice.

Lucio. Sir, I know him, and I love him. Lucio. No, indeed, will I not, Pompey; it is not! Duke. Love talks with better knowledge, and the wear. I will pray, Pompey, to increase your knowledge with dearer love. bondage : if you take it not patiently, why, your | Lucio. Come, sir, Ik

Lucio. Come, sir, I know what I know. mettle is the more : Adieu, trusty Pompey.--Bless

Duke. I can hardly believe that, since you know you, friar.

not what you speak. But, if ever the duke return, Duke. And you.

(as our prayers are he may,) let me desire you to Lucio. Does Bridget paint still, Pompey ? Ha? make your answer before him: If it be honest you Elb. Come your ways, sir ; come.

have spoke, you have courage to maintain it: I am Clo. You will not bail me then, sir?

bound to call upon you; and, I pray you, your Lucio. Then, Pompey ? nor now.-What news name? abroad, friar? What news?

Lucio. Sir, my name is Lucio; well known to the Elb. Come your ways, sir; come.

duke. Lucio. Go-to kennel, Pompey, go :

Duke. He shall know you better, sir, if I may (Ereunt Elbow, clown, and Officers. I live to report you. What news, friar, of the duke ?

Lucio. I fear you not. Duke. I know none : Can you tell me of any ? Duke. O, you hope the duke will return no more : Lucio. Some say he is with the emperor of Rus or you imagine me too unhurtful an opposite. But, sia; other some, he is in Rome : But where is he, indeed, I can do you little harm : you'll forswear

this again. Duke. I know not where : But wheresoever, I Lucio. I'll be hang'd first: thou art deceiv'd in wish him well.

me, friar. But no more of this: Canst thou tell, if Lucio. It was a mad fantastical trick of him, to Claudio die to-morrow, or no ? steal from the state, and usurp the beggary he was! Duke. Why should he die, sir? never born to. Lord Angelo dukes it well in his Lucio. Why? for filling a bottle with a tun-dish. absence; he puts transgression to't.

I would, the duke, we talk of, were return d again: Duke. He does well in't.

this ungenitur'd agent will unpeople the province Lucio. A little more lenity to lechery would do with continency; sparrows must not build in his no harm in him: something too crabbed that way, house-eaves, because they are lecherous. The duke friar.

1 yet would have dark deeds darkly answer'd; he Duke. It is too general a vice, and severity must would never bring them to light: would he were cure it.

return'd! Marry, this Claudio is condemnd for Lucio. Yes, in good sooth, the vice is of a great untrussing. Farewell, good friar; I pr'ythee, pray kindred; it is well ally'd: but it is impossible to for me. The duke, I say to thee again, would eat

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mutton on Fridays. He's now past it; yet, and I' Escal. I am going to visit the prisoner: Fare say to thee, he would mouth with a beggar, though you well. she smelt brown bread and garlick : say, that 1 Duke. Peace be with you ! said so. Farewell.

(Exit.

Ereunt Escalus and Pro vost. Duke. No might nor greatness in mortality He, who the sword of heaven will bear, Can censure 'scape; back-wounding calumny Should be as holy as severe; The whitest virtue strikes : What king so strong, Pattern in himself to know, Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue ? Grace to stand, and virtue go; But who comes here?

More nor less to others paying, Enter Escalus, Provost, Bawd, and Officers.

Than by self-offences weighing.

Shame to him, whose cruel striking Escal, Go, away with her to prison.

Kills for faults of his own liking ! Band. Good my lord, be good to me; your Twice treble shame on Angelo, honour is accounted a merciful man: good my To weed my vice, and let his grow! lord.

0, what may man within him hide, Escal. Double and treble admonition, and still Though angel on the outward side! forfeit in the same kind ? This would make mercy How may likeness, made in crimes, swear, and play the tyrant.

Making practice on the times, Pron. A bawd of eleven years' continuance, may | Draw with idle spiders' strings it please your honour.

Most pond'rous and substantial things! Band. My lord, this is one Lucio's information Craft against vice I must apply: against me: mistress Kate Keep-down was with With Angelo to night shall lie child by him in the duke's time, he promised her His old betrothed, but despised; marriage ; his child is a year and a quarter old, So disguise shall, by the disguis'd, come Philip and Jacob : I have kept it myself; Pay with falshood false exacting, and see how he goes about to abuse me.

And perform an old contracting.

(Brit. Escal. That fellow is a fellow of much licence : let him be called before us.-Away with her to prison: Go to; no more words. (Exeunt Bawd and

ACT IV. Officers. Provost, my brother Angelo will not be alter'd, Claudio must die to-morrow: let him be SCENE I.-A Room in Mariana's House. furnish'd with divines, and have all charitable preparation. if my brother wrought by my pity, it

Mariana discovered sitting ; a Boy singing. should not be so with him.

SONG. Prov. So please you, this friar hath been with him, and advised him for the entertainment of

Take, oh take those lips away, death.

That so sweetly were forsworn ; Bscal. Good even, good father.

And those eyes, the break of day, Duke. Bliss and goodness on you !

Lights that do mislead the morn: Escul. Of whence are you?

But my kisses bring again, Duke. Not of this country, though my chance is

bring again, To use it for my time: I am a brother (now

Seals of love, but seal'd in vain, Of gracious order, late come from the see,

seal'd in vain. In special business from his holiness.

Mari. Break off thy song, and haste thee quick Escal. What news abroad i' the world?

away ; Duke. None, but that there is so great a fever on Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice goodness, that the dissolution of it must cure it:Hath often stillid my brawling discontent. novelty is only in request; and it is as dangerous to

(Exit Boy. be aged in any kind of course, as it is virtuous to be constant in any undertaking. There is scarce

Enter Duke. truth enough alive, to make societies secure; but I cry you mercy, sir; and well could wish security enough, to make fellowships accurs'd | You had not found me here so musical: much upon this riddle runs the wisdom of the Let me excuse me, and believe me so, world. This news is old enough, yet it is every My mirth it much displeas'd, but pleas'd my woe. day's news. I pray you, sir, of what disposition Duke, 'Tis good : though musict oft hath such was the duke ?

a charm, Escal. One, that, above all other strifes, con- To make bad good, and good provoke to harm. tended especially to know himself.

I pray you, tell me, hath any body inquired for me Duke. What pleasure was he given to ?

here to-day ? much upon this time have I promis'd Escal. Rather rejoicing to see another merry, here to meet. than merry at any thing which profess'd to make Mari. You have not been inquired after : I have him rejoice: a gentleman of all temperance. Butsat here all duy. leave we him to his events, with a prayer they may prove prosperous; and let me desire to know how

Enter Isabella you find Claudio prepared. I am made to under- Duke. I do constantly believe you :- The time stand, that you have lent him visitation.

is come, even now. I shall crave your forbearance Duke. He professes to have received no sinister a little ; may be, I will call upon you anon, for measure from his judge, but most willingly humbles some advantage to yourself. himself to the determination of justice : yet had he Mari. I am always bound to you. (Erit. framed to himself, by the instruction of his frailty, Duke. Very well met, and welcome. many deceiving promises of life; which I, by my What is the news from this good deputy? good leisure, have discredited to him, and now is Isab. He hath a garden circummur'd with brick, he resolved to die.

Whose western side is with a vineyard back'd; Escal. You have paid the heavens your function, And to that vineyard is a planched gate, and the prisoner the very debt of your calling. I That makes his opening with this bigger kes : have labour'd for the poor gentleman, to the ex This other doth command a little door, trerest shore of my modesty ; but my brother jus- Which from the vineyard to the garden leads; tice have I found so severe, that he hath forced me There have I made my promise to call on him, to tell him, he is indeed-justice.

Upon the heavy middle of the night. Duke. If his own life answer the straitness of his Duke. But shall you on your knowledge find proceeding, it shall become him well; wherein, if

this way? he chance to fail, he hath sentenced himself.

Isab, I have ta'en a due and wary note upon't ;

With whispering and most guilty diligence, compound with him by the year, and let him In action all of precept, he did show me

abide here with you; if not, use him for the preThe way twice o'er.

sent, and dismiss him: He cannot plead his esti. Duke.

Are there no other tokens nation with you; he hath been a bawd. Between you 'greed, concerning her observance? Abhor. A bawd, sir? Fye upon him, he will dis

Isab. No, none, but only a repair i' the dark ; credit our mystery. And that I have possess'd him, my most stay

Prov. Go to, sir ; you weigh equally; a feather Can be but brief : for I have made him know, will turn the scale.

(Exit. I have a servant comes with me along,

Clo. Pray, sir, by your good favour, (for, surely, That stays upon me; whose persuasion is,

sir, a good favour you have, but that you have a I come about my brother.

hanging look,) do you call, sir, your occupation a Duke.

'Tis well borne up. mystery? I have not yet made known to Mariana

Abhor. Ay, sir; a mystery. A word of this :- What, ho! within ! come forth! | Clo. Painting, sir, I have heard say, is a mys.

tery; and your whores, sir, being members of my Re-enter Mariana.

occupation, using painting, do prove my occupaI pray you be acquainted with this maid;

tion a mystery : but what mystery there should She comes to do you good.

be in hanging, if I should be hang'd, I cannot Isab.

I do desire the like. imagine. Duke. Do you persuade yourself, that I respect Abhor. Sir, it is a mystery. you?

[found it. Clo. Proof. Mari. Good friar, I know you do ; and have Abhor. Every true man's apparel fits your thief: Duke. Take then this your companion by the If it be too little for your thief, your true man hand,

thinks it big enough; if it be too big for your thief, Who hath a story ready for your ear :

your thief thinks it little enough : so every true I shall attend your leisure ; but make haste; man's apparel fits your thief. The vaporous night approaches.

Re-enter Provost. Mari,

Will't please you walk aside ?

[Ereunt Mariana and Isabella. Prov. Are you agreed ? Duke. O place and greatness. millions of false! Clo. Sir, I will serve him ; for I do find, your Are stuck upon thee ! volumes of report reyes hangman is a more penitent trade than your bawd: Run with these false and most contrarious quests ne coth ortener ask torg

he doth oftener ask forgiveness. Upon thy doings! thousand 'scapes of wit

Prov. You, sirrah, provide your block and your Make thee the father of their idle dream,

axe, to-morrow four o'clock And rack thee in their fancies ! Welcome ! How Abhor. Come on, bawd; I will instruct thee in agreed?

my trade; follow.

Clo. I do desire to learn, sir; and, I hope, if you Re-enter Mariana and Isabella.

have occasion to use me for your own turn, you Isab. She'll take the enterprize upon her, father shall find me yare : for, truly sir, for your kind. If you advise it.

ness, I owe you a good turn. Duke. It is not my consent,

Prov. Call hither Barnardine and Claudio : But my intreaty too.

(Exeunt Clown and Abhorson. Isab. Little have you to say,

One has my pity; not a jot the other, When you depart from him, but, soft and low,

Being a murderer, though he were my brother. Remember now my brother.

Enter Claudio. Mari.

Fear me not. Duke. Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all : Look, here's the warrant, Claudio, for thy death: He is your husband on a pre-contract :

'Tis now dead midnight, and by eight to-morrow To bring you thus together, 'tis no sin;

Thou must be made immortal. Where's Barnar. Sith that the justice of your title to him

dine?

[labour Doth flourish the deceit. Come, let us go:

Claud. As fast lock'd up in sleep, as guiltless Our corn's to reap, for yet our tithe's to sow.

When it lies starkly in the traveller's bones :
(E.reunt. He will not wake.
Prov.

Who can do good on him?
SCENE II.-A Room in the Prison.

Well, go, prepare yourself. But hark, what noise ?

[Knocking nithin. Enter Provost and Clown.

Heaven give your spirits comfort ! [Exit Claudio. Prov. Come hither, sirrah: Can you cut off a

By and by :man's head ?

I hope it is some pardon, or reprieve, Clo. If the man be a bachelor, sir, I can : but if For the most gentle Claudio.--Welcome, father. he be a married man, he is his wife's head, and I

Enter Duke. can never cut off a woman's head.

Prov. Come, sir, leave me your snatches, and Duke. The best and wholesomest spirits of the yield me a direct answer. To-morrow morning are

night

Date ? to die Claudio and Barnardine: Ilere is in our Envelop you, good provost! Who called here of prison a common executioner, who in his office Prov, None, since the curfew rung. lacks a helper: if you will take it on you to assist Duke.

Not Isabel : him, it shall redeem you from your gyves; if not, Pror'. No. you shall have your full time of imprisonment, and! Duke.

They will then, ere't be long. your deliverance with an unpitied whipping; for Prov, What comfort is for Claudio ? you have been a notorious bawd.

Duke.

There's some in hope. Clo. Sir, I have been an unlawful bawd, time Prov. It is a bitter deputy. out of mind: but yet I will be content to be a law Duke. Not so, not so; his life is parallel'd ful hangman. I would be glad to receive some in. Even with the stroke and line of his great justice; struction from my fellow partner.

He doth with holy abstinence subdue Prov. What ho, Abhorson! Where's Abhorson, That in himself, which he spurs on his power there?

To qualify in others : were he meal'd

With that which he corrects, then were he ty. Enter Abhorson.

rannous; Abhor. Do you call, sir?

But this being so, he's just.-Now are they come.Prov. Sirrah, here's a fellow will help you to

Knocking within.-Provost goes out. morrow in your execution: If you think it meet. This is a gentle provost: Seldom, when

The steeled gaoler is the friend of men.

gelo who hath sentenced him: To make you un. How now? What noise ? That spirit's possess'

dderstand this in a manifested effect, I crave but with haste,

(strokes. four days' respite ; for the which you are to do me That wounds the unsisting postern with these both a present and a dangerous courtesy. Provost returns, speaking to one at the door.

Prov. Pray, sir, in what?

Duke. In the delaying death Prov. There he inust stay, until the officer

Prov. Alack ! how may I do it? having the hour Arise to let him in; he is call'd up.

limited; and an express command, under penalty, Duke. Have you no countermand for Claudio yet, to deliver his head in the view of Angelo? I may But he must die to-morrow ?

make my case as Claudio's, to cross this in the Prou.

None, sir, none. smallest. Duke. As near the dawning, Provost, as it is, Duke. By the vow of mine order, I warrant you, You shall hear more ere morning.

if my instructions may be your guide. Let this Prov.

Happily, Barnardine be this morning executed, and his head You something know; yet, I believe, there comes borne to Angelo. No countermand; no such example have we:

Prov. Angelo hath seen them both, and will disBesides, upon the very siege of justice,

cover the favour. Lord Angelo hath to the public ear

Duke. 0, death's a great disguiser : and you may Profess'd the contrary.

add to it. Shave the head, and tie the beard ; and

say, it was the desire of the penitent to be so bared Enter a Messenger.

before his death : You know, the course is comDuke. This is his lordship's man.

mon. If any thing fall to you upon this, more than Prov. And here comes Claudio's pardon.

thanks and good fortune, by the saint whom I proMess. My lord hath sent you this note; and by fess, I will plead against it with my life. me this further charge, that you swerve not from Prov. Pardon me, good father : it is against my the smallest article of it, neither in time, matter, or oath. other circumstance. Good-morrow; for, as I take Duke. Were you 'sworn to the duke, or to the it, it is almost day.

deputy ? Prov. I shall obey him. [Erit Messenger. Prov. To him, and to his substitutes.

Prov. To him, and to Duke. This is his pardon ; purchas'd by such sin, Duke. You will think you have made no offence,

Aside. if the duke avouch the justice of your dealing ? For which the pardoner himself is in:

Prov. But what likelihood is in that? Hence hath offence his quick celerity,

Duke. Not a resemblance, but a certainty. Yet When it is borne in high authority :

since I see you fearful, that neither my coat, inte. When vice makes mercy, mercy's so extended. grity, nor my persuasion, can with ease attempt you, That for the fault's love, is the offender friended. I will go further than I meant, to pluek all fears Now, sir, what news?

out of you. Look you, sir, here is the hand and Prov. I told you : Lord Angelo, belike, think-seal of the duke. You know the character, I doubt ing me remiss in mine office, awakens me with this not; and the signet is not strange to you. unwonted putting on : methinks, strangely; for hel Prov. I know them both. hath not used it before.

Duke. The contents of this is the return of the Duke. Pray you, let's hear.

duke ; you shall anon over-read it at your pleasure: Prov. [Reads. Whatsoever you may hear to the where you shall find, within these two days he will contrary, let Claudio be executed by four of the clock : be here. This is a thing, that Angelo knows not : and, in the afternoon, Barnardine: for my better satis- for he this very day receives letters of strange tenor: faction, let me have Claudio's head sent me by five. I perchance, of the duke's death ; perchance, enterLet this be duly perform'd; with a thought, that more ing into some monastery ; but, by chance, nothing depends on it than we must yet deliver. Thus fail not of what is writ. Look, the unfolding star calls up to do your office, as you will ansner it at your peril. the shepherd : Put not yourself into amazement, What say you to this, sir?

how these things should be: all difficulties are but Duke. What is that Barnardine, who is to be easy when they are known. Call your executioner, executed in the afternoon ?

and off with Barnardine's head: I will give him a Prov. A Bohemian born; but here nursed up present shrift, and advise him for a better place. and bred: one that is a prisoner nine years old. Yet you are amazed : but this shall absolutely

Duke. How came it, that the absent duke had resolve you. Come away ; it is almost clear dawn. not either deliver'd him to his liberty, or executed

[Ezeunt. him ? I have heard, it was ever his manner to do so.

SCENE III.-Another Room in the same.
Prov. His friends still wrought reprieves for him:
And, indeed, his fact, till now in the government

Enter Clown. of lord Angelo, came not to an undoubtful proof. Clo. I am as well acquainted here, as I was in Duke. Is it now apparent ?

our house of profession: one would think, it were Pror'. Most manifest, and not denied by himself. mistress Over-done's own house, for here be many of Duke. Hath he borne himself penitently in pri- her old customers. First, here's young master son? How seems he to be touch'd ?

Rash; he's in for a commodity of brown paper and Prov. A man that apprehends death no more old ginger, ninescore and seventeen pounds; of dreadfully, but as a drunken sleep; careless, reck- which he made five marks, ready money : marry, less, and fearless of what's past, present, or to come; then, ginger was not much in request, for the old insensible of mortality, and desperately mortal. women were all dead. Then is there here one Duke. He wants advice.

master Caper, at the suit of master Three-pile the Prov. He will hear none; he hath evermore had nercer, for some four suits of peach-colourd satin, the liberty of the prison : give him leave to escape which now peaches him a beggar. Then have we hence, he would not : drunk many times a day, if here young Dizy, and young master Deep-vow, not many days entirely drunk. We have very often and master Copper-spur, and master Starve-lackev awaked him, as if to carry him to execution, and the rapier and dagger-man, and young Drop-heir show'd him a seeming warrant for it: it hath not that kill'd lusty Pudding, and master Forthright the moved him at all.

I tilter, and brave master Shoe-tie the great traveller Duke. More of him anon. There is written in and wild Half-can that stabb'd Pots, and, I think. your brow, Provost, honesty and constancy: if I forty more ; all great doers in our trade, and are read it not truly, my ancient skill beguiles me; but now for the Lord's sake. in the boldness of my cunning, I will lay myself in hazard. Claudio, whom here you have a warrant

Enter Abhorson. to execute, is no greater forfeit to the law than An Ahhor. Sirrah, bring Barnardine hither,

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