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To undergo such ample grace and honour,
Enter LEOPOLD, and ANGELO.
Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will, 1 come to know your pleasure.
Ang. Now, good my lord,
Duke. We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice Proceeded to you ; therefore take your honours.
Angelo kneels, and receives his commission.]
Ang. Yet, give leave, my lord,
Duke. My haste may not admit it:
(Exeunt LEOPOLD, and FREDERICK. Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do With any scruple : your scope is as mine own, So to enforce, or qualify the laws, As to your soul seems good. 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
[Exit Duke, 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. 'T is so with me:-Let us withdraw together, And we may soon our satisfaction have Touching that point. Escal. I'll wait upon your honour.
[Exeunt Angelo, and EscaLUS.
The Garden of a Monastery.
Enter Friar PetER, and the Duke. Duke. No, holy father ; throw away that thoughts Believe not that the dribbling dart of love Can pierce a complete bosom: why I desire thee To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends Of burning youth.
Peter. May your grace speak of it?
Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you
Peter. Gladly, my lord.
(The needful bits and curbs to headstrong steeds)
Peter. It rested in your grace
Duke. I do fear, too dreadful :
[Exeunt the Duke, and Friar Peter.
Enter LEOPOLD, Lucio, and FREDERICK. 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.
Fred. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the king of Hungary's!
Lucio. Thou conclud'st like the sanctimonious pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, but scrap'd one out of the table.
Leo. Thou shalt not steal ?
Fred. Why, 't was 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.
Leo. I never heard any soldier dislike it.
Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never wast where grace was said.
Enter Mrs. OVERDONE. Fred. Ilow now! Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica?
Over. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, and carry'd to prison, was worth five thousand of you all.
Lucio. Who's that, I pray thee?
Over. Nay, but I know, 't is so : I saw him arrested; saw him carry'd away: and, which is more, within these three days his head is to be chopp'd off. Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have
Art thou sure of this? Over. I am too sure of it: and, they say, it is for getting madam Julietta with child.
Lucio. Believe me, this may be : he promis'd to meet me two hours since ; and he was ever precise in promise-keeping. Away; let's go learn ihe truth of it.
Exeunt Lucio, LEOPOLD, and FREDERICK. Over. Thus, what with the war, what with the gailows, and what with poverty, I am custom-shrunk. .
Pom. Yonder man is carry'd to prison.
Pom. No; but there's a woman with maid by him: You have not heard of the proclamation, have you u?
Over. What proclamation, man?
Pam. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be pluck'd down.
Over. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the commonwealth !--What's to do here?
Poni. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the pro. post to prison. Over. Let's withdraw.
(Exeunt Mrs. OVERDONE, and POMPEY. Enter Provost, CLAUDIO, and two Apparitors. Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to the
world? Bear me to prison, where I am committed.
Prov. 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.
Enter Lucio, FREDERICK, and LEOPOLD. Lucio. Wly, how now, Claudio ? whence comes this restraint ?
Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty : As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope by the immoderate use