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controversy : As for example: Thou thyself art a wicked villain, despite of all grace.

1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of shears between


Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists and the velvet : Thou art the list.

I Gent. And thou the velvet : thou art good velvet ; thou 'rt a three-piled piece, I warrant thee: I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be piled, as thou art piled, 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.

i Gent. I think I have done myself wrong; have I not?

2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art tainted or free.

Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation comes! I have purchased as many diseases under her roof as come to

2 Gent. To what, I pray ?
Lucio. Judge.
2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a a-year.
1 Gent. Ay, and more.
Lucio. A French crown more.

1 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. I Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica ?

a Dollars—a quibble upon dolours.

Bawd. Well, well; there 's one yonder arrested, and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of you all.

1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee ? Bawd. Marry, sir, that 's Claudio, signior Claudio. 1 Gent. Claudio to prison ! 't is not so.

Bard. Nay, but I know 't is so : I saw him arrested; saw him carried away; and, which is more, within these three days his head 's to be chopped off.

Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have it 80 : Art thou sure of this?

Bawd. I am too sure of it, and it is for getting madam Julietta with child.

Lucio. Believe me, this may be : he promised to meet me two hours since; and he was ever precise in promisekeeping.

2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something near to the speech we had to such a purpose.

1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the proclamation. Lucio. Away ; Let's go learn the truth of it.

[Exeunt Lucio and Gentlemen. Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the sweat, what with the gallows, and what with poverty, I am custom-sbrunk. How now? what's the news with you?

Enter Clown. Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison. Bard. Well; what has he done? Clo. A woman. Bawd. But what 's his offence ? Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him?

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

Bawd. What proclamation, man?

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

Bard. And what shall become of those in the city ?

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

Barod. But shall all our houses of resort in the subqurbs be pulled down?

Clo. To the ground, mistress,

Bawd. Why, here 's a change, indeeil, in the commonwealth! What shall become of me?

Clo. Come; fear not you: 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.

Bawd. What is to do here, Thomas Tapster? Let's withdraw.

Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the provost to prison ; and there 's madam Juliet. [Exeunt.

SCENE III.--The same. Enter Provost, Claudio, Juliet, and Officers; Lucio

and two Gentlemen. Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to the

world? Bear me to prison, where I am committed.

Pro. I do it not in evil disposition, But from lord Angelo by special charge.

Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, Make us pay down for our offence by weight. -The words of Heaven ;-on whom it will, it will; On whom it will not, so; yet still 't is just. Lucio, Why, how now, Claudio ? whence comes this

restraint? Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty : As surfeit is the father of much fast,

a To pay down by weight is to pay the full price or penalty.

So every scope, by the immoderate use,
Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue
(Like rats that ravin a down their proper bane)
A thirsty evil, and when we drink we die.

Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I would send for certain of my creditors: And yet, to sày the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom as the morality of imprisonment.-What's thy offence, Claudio ?

Claud. What but to speak of would offend again.
Lucio. What! is 't murther?
Claud. No.
Lucio. Lechery?
Claud. Call it so.
Pro. Away, sir; you must go.
Claud. One word, good friend :-Lucio, a word with

[Takes him aside.
Lucio. A hundred, if they 'll do you any good.-
Is lechery so look'd after ?
Claud. Thus stands it with me:-Upon a true con-

I got possession of Julietta's bed;
You know the lady; she is fast my wife,
Save that we do the denunciation lack
Of outward order: this we came not to,
Only for propagation

of a dower
Remaining in the coffer of her friends;
From whom we thought it meet to hide our love,
Till time had made them for us. But it chances,
The stealth of our most mutual entertainment,
With character too gross, is writ on Juliet.

Lucio. With child, perhaps ?

Unhappily, even so.
And the new deputy now for the duke,
Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness;
Or whether that the body public be

& Ravin-devour greedily.

A horse whereon the governor doth ride,
Who, newly in the seat, that it may know
He can command, lets it straight feel the spur;
Whether the tyranny be in his place,
Or in his eminence that fills it up,
I stagger in :-But this new governor
Awakes me all the enrolled penalties,
Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the

So long, that nineteen zodiacs have gone round,
And none of them been worn; and, for a name,
Now puts the drowsy and neglected act
Freshly on me :—'t is surely for a name.

Lucio. I warrant, it is : and thy head stands so tickle on thy shoulders, that a milkmaid, if she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and appeal to him.

Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found.
I prithee, Lucio, do me this kind service;
This day my sister should the cloister enter,
And there receive her approbation ;a
Acquaint her with the danger of my state;
Implore her in my voice, that she make friends
To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay bim;
I have great hope in that: for in her youth
There is a prone b and speechless dialect,
Such as moves men; beside, she hath prosperous art
When she will play with reason and discourse,
And well she can persuade.

Lucio. I pray she may: as well for the encouragement of the like, which else would stand under grievous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy life, who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost at a game of ticktack. I'll to her.

a Approbation--probation.

b Prone. It appears to us that the word is here used in the sense of humble.


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