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As many as you please. Claud. Ay, but to die, and go we know not where Duke. Bring them to speak, where I may be To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot; conceal'd,

This sensible warm motion to become Yet hear them. (Exeunt Duke and Provost. A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit

Claud. Now, sister, what's the comfort? To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside

Isab. Why, as all comforts are; most good in In thrilling regions of thick-ribbed ice; Lord Angelo, having affairs to heaven, (deed: To be imprison'd in the viewless winds, Intends you for his swift ambassador,

And blown with restless violence round about Where you shall be an everlasting leiger :

The pendent world, or to be worse than worst Therefore your best appointment make with speed; of those, that lawless and incertain thoughts To-morrow you set on.

Imagine howling !-'tis too borrible! Claud.

Is there no remedy? The weariest and most loathed worldly life, Isab. None, but such remedy, as, to save a head, That age, ache, penury, and imprisonment To cleave a heart in twain.

Can lay on nature, is a paradise Claud.

Bat is there any ? To wbat we fear of death. Isab. Yes, brother, you may live ;

Isab. Alas! alas! There is a devilish mercy in the judge,

Claud.

Sweet sister, let me live : If you'll implore it, that will free your life, What sin you do to save a brother's life, But fetter you till death.

Nature dispenses with the deed so far, Claud.

Perpetual duranoe? That it becomes a virtue. Isab. Ay, just, perpetual durance; a restraint,

Isab.

O, you beast ! Though all the world's vastidity you had,

0, faithless coward! 0, dishonest wretch! To a determin'd scope.

Wilt thon be made a man out of my vice? Claud.

But in what nature ? Is't not a kind of incest, to take life [think? Isab. In such a one as (you consenting to't) From thine own sister's shame? What should I Would bark your honour from that trunk you bear, Heaven shield, my mother play'd my father fair! And leave you naked.

For such a warped slip of wilderness Claud.

Let me know the point. Ne'er issu'd from his blood. Take my defiance !
Isab. O, I do fear thee, Claudio; and I quake, Die ; perish! might but my bedding down
Lest thou a feverous life should'st entertain, Reprieve thee from thy fate, it should proceed :
And six or seven winters more respect

I'll pray a thousand prayers for thy death,
Than a perpetual honour. Dar’st thou die? No word to save thee.
The sense of death is most in apprehension;

Claud. Nay, hear me, Isabel.
And the poor beetle, that we tread upon,

Isab.

0, fy, fy, fy! In corporal sufferance finds a pang as great Thy sin's not accidental, but a trade: As when a giant dies.

Mercy to thee would prove itself a bawd : Claud.

Why give you me this shame? | 'Tis best that thou diest quickly. (Going.) Think you I can a resolution feich

Claud,

O hear me, Isabella. From flowery tenderness? If I must die,

Re-enter Duke.
I will encounter darkness as a bride,
And hug it in mine arms.

Duke. Vouchsase a word, young sister, but one
(grave
Isab. What is your will?

[word. Isab. There spake my brother; there my father's Did utter forth a voice! Yes, thou must die :

Duke. Miglit you dispense with your leisure, I Thou art too noble to conserve a life

would by and by have some speech with you : the In base appliances. This ontward-sainted deputy,– satisfaction I would require, is likewise your own Whose settled visage and deliberate word Nips youth i'the head, and follies doth enmew,

Isab. I have no superfluous leisure; my stay As falcon doth the fowl,-is yet a devil;

must be stolen out of other affairs; but I will His filth within being cast, he would appear

attend you a while. A pond as deep as hell.

Duke. (To Claudio, aside.) Son, I have overClaud. The princely Angelo?

heard what hatb past between you and your sister. Isab. O, 'tis the cunning livery of hell,

Angelo had never the purpose to corrupt her ; The damned'st body to invest and cover

only he hath - made an essay of her virtue, to

practise his judgment with the disposition of naIn princely guards! Dost thou think, Claudio, If I would yield him my virginity,

tures; she, baving the truth of honour in her, hath Thou might'st be freed?

made him that gracious denial, which he is most Claud.

O, heavens! it cannot be. I glad to receive: I am confessor to Angelo, and I Isab. Yes, he would give it thee, from this rank

know this to be true ; therefore prepare yourself offence,

to death: Do not satisfy your resolution with hopes So to offend bim still : This night's the time

that are fallible : to-morrow you must die ; go to That I should do what I abhor to name,

your knees, and make ready. Or else thou diest to-morrow.

Claud. Let me ask my sister pardon. I am so out Claud.

of love with life, that I will sue to be rid of it.

Thou shalt not do't. Isab. O, were it but my life,

Duke. Hold you there : Farewell. [Exit Claudia. I'd throw it down for your deliverance

Re-enter Provost. As frankly as a pin.

Provost, a word with you. Claud.

Thanks, dear Isabel. Prov. What's your will, father? Isab. Be ready, Claudio, for your death to-morrow. Duke. That now you are come, you will be gone : Claud. Yes.-Has he aflections in him,

Leave me awhile with the maid; my mind proThat thus can make him bite the law by the nose, mises with my habit, no loss shall touch ber by my When he would force it? Sure it is no sin;

company. Or of the deadly seven it is the least.

Prov. In good time.

[Exit Provost. Isab. Which is the least ?

Duke. Tbe hand, that hath made you fair, bath Claud. If it were damnable, he, being so wise, made you good : the goodness, that is cheap in Why, would he for the momentary trick

beauty, makes beauty brief in goodness; but grace, Be perdurably fin'd ?-O Isabel !

being the soul of your complexion, should keep the Isab. What says my brother?

body of it ever fair. The assault, that Angelo bath Claud,

Death is a fearful thing. made to you, fortune hath convey'd to my underIsab. "And shamed life a hateful.

standing; and, but that frailty bath examples for his

falling, I should wonder at Angelo. How would Duke. It lies much in your holding up: Haste you do to content this substitute, and to save your you speedily to Angelo; it for this night he entreat brother?

you to his bed, give him promise of satisfaction. I Isab. I am now going to resolve him: I had ra will presently to St. Luke's; there, at the moated ther my brother die by the law, than my son should grange, resides this dejected Mariana: Atthat place be unlawfully born. But 0, how much is the good call upon me; and despatch with Angelo, that it duke deceived in Angelo! If ever he return, and I may be quickly; can speak to him, I will open my lips in vain, or Isab. I thank you for this comfort: Fare you discover his government.

well, good father.

(Exeunt severally. Duke. That shall not be much amiss : Yet, as the matter now stands, he will avoid your accusation; Scene II.The Street before the Prison. be made trial of you only.— Therefore, fasten your ear on my advisings ; to the love I have in doing Enter Duke, as a Friar; to him Elbow, Clown, good, a remedy presents itself. I do make myself

and Officers. believe, that you may most oprighteously do a poor wronged lady a merited benefit; redeem your bro

El. Nay, if there be no remedy for it, but that ther from the angry law; do po stain to your own beasts, we shall have

all the world drink brown and

you will needs buy and sell men and women like gracioas person;

and much please the absent duke, white bastard. il, peradventure, he shall ever return to have hear. ing of this business.

Duke. O, heavens! what stuff is here? Isab. Let me hear you speak further; I have usuries, the merriest was put down, and the worser

Clo. 'Twas never merry world, since, of two spirit to do any thing that appears not foul in the allow'd by order of law a furr'd gown to keep him truth of my spirit. Duke. Virtue is bold, and goodness never fear

warm; and furr'd with fox and lamb-skins too, to fal. Have you not heard speak of Mariana,

the sister signify, that craft, being richer than innocency, of Frederick, the great soldier, who miscarried at

stands for the facing.

Elb. Come your way, sir :- Bless you, good sea?

father friar. Isab. I have heard of the lady, and good words went with her name.

Duke. And you, good brother father: What Duke. Her should this Angelo have married ; was

offence hath this man made you, sir? affianced to her by oath, and the nuptial appointed: sir, we take him to be a thief too, sir; for we have

Elb. Marry, sir, he hath offended the law; and, between wbich time of the contract, and limit of found upon him, sir, a strange pick-lock, which we the solemnity, her brother Frederick was wrecked have sent to the deputy: at sea, having in that perish'd vessel the dowry of his sister. But mark, how heavily this befel to the

Duke. Fy, sirrah; a bawd, a wicked bawd!

The evil that thou causest to be done, poor geotlewoman: there she lost a noble and reRowned brotber, in his love toward her ever most

That is thy means to live: Do thou but think kind and natural; with bim the portion and sinew of From such a filthy vice: say to thyself,

What'tis to cram a maw, or clothe a back, ber fortune, her marriage-dowry; with both, her from their abominable and beastly touches combinate husband, this well-seeming Angelo. Isab. Can this be so? Did Angelo so leave her?

I drink, I eat, array myself, and live. Duke. Left her in her tears, and dry'd not one of Canst thou believe thy living is a life, then with his comfort; swallowed bis vows whole,

So stinkingly depending ? Go, mend, go, mend.

Clo. Indeed, it does stink in some sort, sir; bat pretending in her discoveries of dishonour: in few, bestowed her on ber own lamentation, which yet, sir, I would provesbe yet wears for his sake; and he, a marble to her

Duke. Nay, if the devil have given thee proofs tears, is washed with them, but relents not.

for sin, Isab. What a merit were it in death, to take this Thou wilt prove his. Take him to prison, officer;

Correction and instruction must both work, poor maid from the world! What corruption in this lise, that it will let this man live! But how out of

Ere this rude beast will profit. this ean she avail ?

Elb. He mast before the deputy, sir; he has and the care of it not only saves your brother, but before him, he were as good go a mile on his

Duke. It is a rupture that you may easily heal: given him warning: the deputy cannot abide a keeps you from dishonour in doing it. Isab. Show me how, good father.

errand. Dake. This fore-named maid hath yet in her the

Duke. That we were all, as some would seem to be, continuance of her first affection ; his anjast unkind- Free from our faults, as faults from seeming free bess, that in all reason should have quenched her

Enter Lucio, love, hath, like an impediment in the current, made it more violent and unruly. Go you to Angelo; an EU. His neck will come to your waist, a cord, sir. *xer bis reqairing with a plausible obedience; agree Clo. I spy comfort ; I cry, bail : Here's a gentlesith bis demands to the point: only refer yourself to man, and a friend of mine. this advantage,-first, that your stay with him may Lucio. How now, noble Pompey? What, at the not be long; that the time may have all shadow and heels of Cæsar ? Art thou led in triumph ? Wbat, silence in it; and the place answer to convenience: is there none of Pygmalion's images, newly made this being granted in course, now follows all. We woman, to be had now, for putting the hand in the skall advise this wronged maid to stead up your pocket, and extracting it clutch'd? What reply? appointmeat, go in your place; if the encounter Ha? What say'st thou to this tune, matter, and acknowledge itself hereafter, it may compel him to method? Is't not drown'd i' the last rain ? Ha? ber recompense: and here, by this, is your brother What say'st thou, trot? Is the world as it was, saved, your honour untainted, the poor Mariana man? Which is the way? Is it sad, and few words? advantaged, and the corrupt deputy scaled. The Or how? The trick of it? maid will I frame, and make fit for his attempt. If Duke. Still thus, and thus! still worse! read think well to carry this as you may, the double Lucio. How doth my dear morsel, thy, mistress ? ness of the benefit defends the deceit from reproof. Procures she still? Ha? Wbut think you of it?

Clo. Troth, sir, she bath eaten up all her beef, Isab. The image of it gives me content already; and she is herself in the tub. and I trust, it will grow to a most prosperous per

Lucio. Why, 'tis good; it is the right of it: it lecting.

must be so: Ever your fresh whore, and your pow

der'd bawd: An unslunn'd consequence; it must Lucio. No,- pardon ;- 'tis a secret must be be so : Art going to prison, Pompey?

lock'd within the teeth and the lips : but this I can Clo. Yes, faith, sir.

let you understand, -The greater file of the subject Lucio. Why, 'tis not amiss, Pompey: Farewell : held the duke to be wise. Go; say, I sent thee thither. For debt, Pompey? Duke. Wise? why, no question but he was. Or how?

Lucio. A very superficial, ignorant, unweighing Elb. For being a bawd, for being a bawd. fellow.

Lucio. Well, then imprison him: If imprison Duke. Either this is envy in you, folly, or misment be the due of a bawd, why, 'tis his right: taking; the very stream of his life, and the business Bawd is he, doubtless, and of antiquity too: bawd he hath helmed, must, upon a warranted need, give born.-Farewell, good Pompey: Commend me to bim a better proclamation. Let him be bat testithe prison, Pompey: You will turn good husband monied in his own bringings forth, and be shall now, Pompey; you will keep the house. [bail. appear to the envious a scholar, a statesman, and

Clo. I hope, sir, your good worship will be my a soldier: Therefore, you speak unskilfully; or, if

Lucio. No, indeed, will I not, Pompey; it is not your knowledge be more, it is much darken'd in the wear. I will pray, Pompey, to increase your your malice. bondage: if you take it not patiently, why, your Lucio. Sir, I know him, and I love him. mettle

is the more. Adieu, trusty Pompey.-Bless Duke. Love talks with better knowledge, and you, friar.

knowledge with dearer love. Duke. And you.

Lucio. Come, sir, I know what I know. Lucio. Does Bridget paint still, Pompey? Ha? Duke. I can hardly believe that, since you know Elb. Come your ways, sir; come.

not what you speak. But, if ever the duke return, Clo. You will not bail me then, sir?

(as our prayers are he may,) let me desire you to Lucio. Then, Pompey? nor now.--- What news make your answer before him: If it be honest you abroad, friar? What news?

have spoke, you have courage to maintain it: I am Elb. Come your ways, sir; come.

bound to call upon you; and, I pray you, your Lucio. Go, -to kennel, Pompey, go:

name? (Exeunt Elbow, Clown, and Officers. Lucio. Sir, my name is Lucio; well known to What news, friar, of the duke ?

the duke. Duke. I know none: Can you tell me of any? Duke. He shall know you better, sir, if I may

Lucio. Some say, he is with the emperor of live to report you. Russia; other some, he is in Rome : but where is Lucio. I fear you not. he, think you?

Duke. O, you hope the duke will retarn no more ; Duke. I know not where : But wheresoever, I or you imagine me too unhurtful an opposite. But, wish him well.

indeed, I can do you little harm: you'll forswear Lucio. It was a mad fantastical trick of him to this again. steal from the state, and usurp the beggary he was Lucio. I'll be hang'd first: thou art deceiv'd in never born to. Lord Angelo dakes it well in his me, friar. But no more of this : Canst thou tell, if absence: he puts transgression to't.

Claudio die to-inorrow, or no? Duke. He does well in't.

Duke. Why should he die, sir? Lucio. A little more lenity to lechery would do Lucio. Why? for filling a bottle with a tun-dish. no harm in him: something too crabbed that way, I would, the duke, we talk of, were return'd again : friar.

this ungenitur'd agent will unpeople the province Duke. It is too general a vice, and severity must with continency; sparrows must not build in his cure it.

house-eaves, because they are lecherous. The duke Lucio. Yes, in good sooth, the vice is of a great yet would have dark deeds darkly answer'd; he kindred; it is well ally'd: but it is impossible to would never bring them to light: would he were extirp it quite, friar, tiil eating and drinking be put return'd! Marry, this Claudio is condemn'd for down. They say, this Angelo was not made by untrussing. Farewell, good friar; I pr’ythee, pray man and woman, after the downright way of crea for me. The duke, I say to thee again, would eat tion : Is it true, think you?

mutton on Fridays. He's now past it; yet, and I Duke. How should he be made then?

say to thee, he would mouth with a beggar, though Lucio. Some report, a sea-maid spawn’d him : she smelt brown bread and garlic: say, that I said Some, that he was begot between two stock-fishes : so. Farewell.

[Exit. -But it is certain, that when he makes water, hiş Duke. No might nor greatness in mortality urine is congeal'd ice; that I know to be true: and Can censure 'scape; back-wounding calumny he is a motion ungenerative, that's infallible. The whitest virtue strikes : What king so strong,

Duke. You are pleasant, sir; and speak apace. Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue ?

Lucio. Why, what a rathless thing is this in him, But who comes here? for the rebellion of a cod-piece, to take away the life of a man? Would the duke, that is absent, have

Enter Escalus, Provost, Bawd, and Officers. done this? Ere he would have hang'd a man for the getting a hundred bastards, he would have paid Escal. Go, away with her to prison. for the nursing a thousand: He had some feeling Bawd. Good my lord, be good to me; your of the sport; he knew the service, and that in honour is accounted a merciful man: good my lord. structed him to mercy,

Escal. Double and treble admonition, and still Duke. I never heard the absent duke much de- forfeit in the same kind ? This would make mercy tected for women; he was not inclined that way. swear, and play the tyrant. Lacio. O, sir, you are deceived.

Prov. A bawd of eleven years continuance, may Duke. 'Tis not possible.

it please your honour. Lucio. Who? not the duke? yes, your beggar of Bawd. My lord, this is one Lucio's information fifty;-and bis use was, to put a ducat in her clack against me: mistress Kate Keep-down was with dish: the duke had crotchets in him: He would be child by him in the duke's time, he promised her drunk too; that let me inform you.

marriage ; his child is a year and a quarter old, Duke. You do him wrong, surely,

come Philip and Jacob : I have kept it myself; and Lucio. Sir, I was an inward of his : A shy fellow see how he goes about to abuse me. was the duke: and, I believe, I know the cause of Escal. That fellow is a fellow of much license :-his withdrawing.

let him be called before us.--Away with her to Duke. What, I pr’ythee, might be the cause ? prison: Go to; no more words. [Exeunt Bared and

now

Oficers.) Provost, my brother Angelo will not be

ACT. IV. 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. sbould not be so with him.

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

Take, oh take those lips away, Escal. Good even, good father.

That so sweetly were forsworn; Duke. Bliss and goodness on you!

And those eyes, the break of day, Escal. Of whence are you?

Lights that do mislead the morn: Duke. Not of this country, though my chance is

But my kisses bring again,

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

Seals of love, but seald in vain,

seal'd in vain. Of gracious order, late come from the see, 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 still’d my brawling discontent.povelty 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

Enter Duke. constant in any andertaking. There is scarce truth I cry you mercy, sir; and well could wish, enough alive, to make societies secure; but se

You had not found me here so musical : curity enough, to make fellowsbips accurs’d: much Let me excuse me, and believe me so,,, upon this riddle runs the wisdom of the world. My mirth it much displeas’d, but pleas'd my woe. This news is old enough, yet it is every day's

Duke. 'Tis good : though music oft hath such a Dews. I pray you, sir, of wbat disposition was the

charm, dake? Escal. One, that, above all other strifes, con

To make bad, good, and good provoke to harm.

I pray you, tell me, hath any body inquired for me tended especially to know himself.

here to-day ? much upon this time have I promis'd Duke. W bat pleasure was be given to?

here to meet. Escal. Rather rejoicing to see another merry, Mari, You have not been inquired after : I have than merry at any thing which profess'd to make

sat here all day. him rejoice: a gentleman of all temperance. But

Enter ISABELLA. leave we him to his events, with a prayer they may prore prosperous ; and let me desire to know how Duke. I do constantly believe you :--

:-The time you find Claudio prepared. I am made to under- is come, even now. I shall crave yonr forbearance stand, that you have lent bim visitation.

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

And to that vineyard is a planched gate, Escal. You have paid the heavens your function, That makes his opening with this bigger key: and the prisoner the very debt of your calling. i This other doth command a little door, have labour'd for the poor gentleman, to the ex Which from the vineyard to the garden leads; tremest shore of my modesty; but my brother jastice There have I made my promise to call on him, bave I found so severe, that he hath forced me to Upon the heavy middle of the night. (way? tell bim, he is indeed—justice.

Duke. But shall you on your knowledge find this Duke. If bis own life answer the straitness of Isab. I have ta'en a due and wary note apon't; his proceeding, it shall become him well; wberein, With wbispering and most guilty diligence, if he chance to fail, he hath sentenced himself. In action all of precept, he did show me Escal. I am going to visit the prisoner: Fare The way twice o'er.

Duke.

Are there no other tokens Duke. Peace be with you!

Between you 'greed, concerning ber observance ? (Ereunt Escalus and Provost. Isab. No, none, but only a repair i' the dark; He, who the sword of heaven will bear,

And that I have possess'd him, my most stay Should be as boly as severe ;

Can be but brief: for I have made him know, Pattern in himself to know,

I have a servant comes with me along, Grace to stand, and virtue go;

That stays upon me; whose persuasion is, More nor less to others paying,

I come about my brother. Than by self-offences weighing:

Duke.

'Tis well borne up. Shame to him, whose cruel striking

I have not yet made known to Mariana Kills for faults of his own liking!

A word of this :—What, ho! within ! come forth! Twice treble shame on Angelo,

Re-enter MARIANA. To weed my vice, and let his grow! 0, what may man within him hide,

I pray you, be acquainted with this maid; Though angel on the outward side!

She comes to do you good. How many likeness, made in crimes,

Isab.

I do desire the like. Making practice on the times,

Duke. Do you persuade yourself, that I respect Draw with idle spiders' strings

you?

[found it. Most pond'rous and substantial things!

Mari. Good friar, I know you do, and have Craft against vice I must apply:

Duke. Take then this your companion by the band, With Angelo to-night sball lie

Who hath a story ready for your ear : His old betrothed, but despis'd;

I shall attend your leisure ; but make haste; So disguise shall, by the disguis'a,

The vaporous night approaches. Pay with falsehood false exacting,

Mari,

Will't please you walk aside ? And perform an old contracting.

[Exit.

[Exeunt Mariana and Isabella.

you well.

Duke. O place and greatness, millions of false bangman is a more penitent trade than your bawd; Are stuck upon thee! volumes of report [eyes he doth oftener ask forgiveness. Run with these false and most contrarious quests Prov. You, sirrah, provide your block and your Upon thy doings! thousand 'scapes of wit

axe, to-morrow, four o'clock. Make thee the father of their idle dream,

Abhor. Come on, bawd; I will instruct thee in And rack thee in their fancies – Welcome! How my trade ; follow. agreed?

Clo. I do desire to learn, sir; and I hope, if you

have occasion to use me for your own turn, you Re-enter MARIANA and ISABELLA.

shall lind me yare : for, truly, sir, for your kindness, Isab. She'll take the enterprise upon her, father, I owe you a good turn. If yon advise it.

Prov. Call bither Barnardine and Claudio: Duke. It is not my consent,

[Exeunt Clown and Abhorson. But my intreaty too.

One has my pity; not a jot the other, Isab.

Little have you to say, Being a murderer, though he were my brother. When yon depart from him, but, soft and low,

Enter CLAUDIO. Remember now my brother.

Look, here's the warrant, Claudio, for thy death : Mari. Fear me not.

'Tis now dead midnight, and by eight to-morrow Duke. Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all :

Thou must be made immortal. Where's BarnarHe is your husband on a pre-contráct:

dine?

[labour To bring you thus together, 'tis no sin;

Claud. As fast lock'd up in sleep, as guiltless Sith that ihe justice of your title to him Doth flourish the deceit. Come, let us go;

When it lies starkly in the traveller's bones :

He will not wake. Our corn's to reap, for yet our tithe's to sow.

Prov.

Who can do good on him? [Exeunt. Well, go, prepare yourself. But hark, what noise? SCENE II.-A Room in the Prison.

(Knocking within.) Enler Provost and Clown.

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

By and by:man's head?

I hope it is some pardon, or repriere, 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.

Duke. The best and wholesomest spirits of the Prov. Come, sir, leave me your snatches, and

night

[late? yield me a direct answer. To-morrow morning are Envelop you, good provost!. Who called here of to die Claudio and Barnardine: Here is in our pri

Prov. None, since the curfew rung. son a common executioner, who in his office lacks

Duke.

Not Isabel? a helper; if you will take it on you to assist him, it

Prov. No. shall redeem you from your gyves ; if not, you Duke. They will then, ere't be long. shall have your full time of imprisonment, and your Prov. What comfort is for Claudio? deliverance with an unpitied whipping; for you Duke.

There's some in hope. have been a notorious bawd.

Prov. It is a bitter depaty: Clo. Sir, I have been an unlawful bawd, time

Duke. Not so, not so ; his life is parallel'd out of mind; but yet I will be content to be a Even with the stroke and line of bis great justice; lawful hangman. I would be glad to receive some

He doth with holy abstinence subdue instruction from my fellow partner. [there? That in himself, which he spurs on his power Prov. What ho, Abhorson! Where's Abhorson, To quality in others : were he meald [nous; Enter ABHORSON.

With that which he corrects, then were he tyranAbhor. 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- This is a gente provost: Seldom, when

[Knocking within.-Provost goes out. morrow in your execution : If you think it meet, compound with him by the year, and let him abide

The steeled gaoler is the friend of men.

How now? What noise? That spirit's possess'd here with you; if not, use him for the present, and

with haste, dismiss bim : He cannot plead his estimation with

(strokes. you; he hath been a bawd.

That wounds the unsisting postem with these Abhor. A bawd, sir? Fy upon him, he will dis

Provost returns, speaking to one at the door. credit our mystery.

Prov. There he must stay, until the officer Prox. Go to, sir; you weigh equally; a feather Arise to let him in ; he is call'd up. will turn the scale.

[Exit.

Duke. Have you no countermand for Claudio yet, Clo. Pray, sir, by your good favoar, (for, surely, But he must die to-morrow?

Prov. sir, a good favour you have, but that you have a

None, sir, none. hanging look,) do you call, sir, your occupation a

Duke. As near the dawning, Provost, as it is,

You shall hear more ere morning. mystery? Abhör. Ay, sir, a mystery.

Prov.

Happily, Clo. Painting, sir, I have heard say, is a mystery; No countermand; no such example have we:

You something know; yet, I believe, there comes and your whores, sir, being members of my occupation, using painting, do prove my occupation a

Besides, upon the very siege of justice, mystery: but what mystery there should be in Lord Angelo hath to the public ear hanging, if I should be hanged, I cannot inagine.

Profess'd the contrary. Abhor. Sir, it is a mystery.

Enter a Messenger.
C'lo. Proof.

Duke. This is his lordship's man.
Abhor. Every true man's apparel fits your thies : Prov. And here comes Claudio's pardon.
Is it be too little for your thief, your true man

Mess. My lord hath sent you this note ; and by thinks it big enough ; if it be too big for your thief, me this further charge, that you swerve not from your thief thinks it little enough: so every true

the smallest article of it, neither in time, matter, man's apparel fits

or other circumstance, Good-morrow; for, as I

take it, it is almost day. Re-enter Provost.

Prov. I shall obey him. [Exit Messenger. Prov. Are you agreed?

Duke. This is his pardon; purchas'd by such sin, Clo. Sir, I will serve bim; for I do find, your

(Aside.)

your thief.

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