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of your prophecy, hark you; I advise you, let me not find you before me again upon any complaint whatsoever ; no, not for dwelling where you do: if I do, Pompey, I shall beat you to your tent, and prove a shrewd Cæsar to you : in plain dealing, Pompey, I shall have you whipt. So, for this time, Pompey, fare
Clown. I thank your worship for your good counsel. [Afide.] But I shall follow it, as the flesh and fortune Thall better determine. Whip me? No, no: let carman whip his jade; The valiant heart's not whipt out of his trade. [Exit.
Escal. Come hither to me, master Elbow; come hither, master constable. How long have you been in this place of constable ?
Elb. Seven years and a half, fir.
Escal. I thought, by your readiness in the office, you had continued in it fome time: You say, seven years together?
Elb. And a half, sir.
Escal. Alas! it hath been great pains to you; they do you wrong to put you so oft upon't : Are there not men in your ward sufficient to serve it?
Elb. Faith, fir, few of any wit in such matters : as they are chosen, they are glad to chuse me for them. I do it for some piece of money, and go through with
Escal. Look you, bring me in the names of some fix or seven, the most sufficient of your parish.
Elb. To your worship's house, fir ?
Escal. To my house : Fare you well. (Exit Elbow. What's a clock, think you ?
Juft. Eleven, fir.
Escal. It grieves me for the death of Claudio:
Just. Juft. Lord Angelo is severe.
Escal. It is but needful:
Enter Provost, and a Servant. Serv. He's hearing of a cause; he will come
straight : l'll tell him of you.
Prov. Pray you, do. I'll know
Ang. Did not I tell thee, yea? hadst thou not order? Why doft chou ask again?
Prov. Lest I might be too rash.
Ang. Go to ; let that be mine :-
Prov. I crave your honour's pardon. -
To some more fitting place; and that with speed.
Serv. Here is the sister of the man condemn’d, Desires access to you.
Ang. Hath he a fifter ?
Prov. Ay, my good lord ; a very virtuous maid, And to be shortly of a fifter-hood, If not already. Ang. Well, let her be admitted.
Enter Lucio and Isabella.
come; what's your will?
Ang. Well; what's your suit?
Ijab. There is a vice, that most I do abhor,
Ang. Well; the matter ?
Stay get a while. - -] It is not clear why the provost is biddden to stay, nor when he goes out. JOHNSON.
9 For which I must not plead, but that I am
At war, 'twixt will, and will not.)
For which I must now plead; but yet I am
'owixt will, and will not. Yet and ye are almost undiftinguishable in a manufcript. Yet no alteration is necessary, since the speech is not unintelligible as it now stands. JOHNSON.
I do beseech you, let it be his fault,
Prov. Heaven give thee moving graces !
Ang. Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it! Why, every fault's condemn'd, ere it be done : : Mine were the very cypher of a function, To find the faults, whose fine stands in record, And let go by the actor.
Isab. O juft, but severe law!
intreat him ;
Isab. Must he needs die ?
him, And neither heaven, nor man, grieve at the mercy.
Ang. I will not do’t.
Ang. He's sentenc'd ; 'tis too late.
And you as he, you would have sipt like him ;
Ang. Pray you, be gone.
Ijab. I would to heaven I had your potency, And you were Isabel ! should it then be thus ? No, I would tell what 'twere to be a judge, And what a prisoner.
Lucio. [ Aside.] Ay, touch him : there's the vein.
Ang. Your brother is a forfeit of the law, And you but waste your words. .
Isab. Alas! alas ! Why, all the souls that were, were forfeit once ; And He, that might the 'vantage best have took, Found out the remedy. How would you be, If He, which is the Top of judgment, should But judge you, as you are? Oh, think on that : And mercy then will breathe within your lips, Like man new made ?.
Ang. Be you content, fair maid. It is the law, not I, condemns your brother : Were he my kinfman, brother, or my fon, It should be thus with him:-he muft die to-morrow, Isab. To-morrow? Oh! that's sudden. Spare him,
spare him. He's not prepar’d for deach! Even for our kitchens We kill the fowl, of season; shall we serve heaven
-all the fouls that were, -] This is false divinity. We Thould read, are. WARBURTON.
2 And mercy then will breath within your lips,
Like man new made,] : This is a fine thought, and finely expressed. The meaning is, that mercy will add such a grace to your person, that you will
a appear es amiable as a man come fresh out of ibe hands of his Creator,
WARBURTON. I rather think the meaning is, You would then change the severity of your present character, In familiar speech, You would be quite another mar. JOHNSON.