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Isab. And shamed life a hateful.

Leave me awhile with the maid: my mind promises Claud. Ay, but to die, and go we know not where; with my habit no loss shall touch her by my company. To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot;

Proo. In good time.

[Escit Provost. This sensible warm motion to become

Duke. The hand that hath made you fair hath A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit

made you good: the goodness that is chief in beauty To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside

makes beauty brief in goodness; but grace, being In thrilling region of thick-ribbed ice;

the soul of your complexion, shall keep the body of To be imprison'd in the a viewless winds,

it ever fair. The assault, that Angelo hath made to And blown with restless violence round about you, fortune hath convey'd to my understanding; The pendent world; or to be worse than worst and, but that frailty hath examples for his falling, I Of those that lawless and incertain thoughts should wonder at Angelo. How will you do to conImagine howling !-'tis too horrible.

tent this substitute, and to save your brother? The weariest and most loathed worldly life,

Isab. I am now going to resolve him. I had rather That age, ache, penury, and imprisonment my brother die by the law, than my son should be Can lay on nature, is a paradise

unlawfully born. But O, how much is the good duke To what we fear of death.

deceived in Angelo! If ever he return, and I can Isab. Alas! alas!

speak to him, I will open my lips in vain, or discover Claud.

Sweet sister, let me live. his government. What sin you do to save a brother's life,

Duke. That shall not be much amiss; yet, as the Nature dispenses with the deed so far,

matter now stands, he will avoid your accusation: he That it becomes a virtue.

made trial of you only. Therefore, fasten your ear Isab. O, you beast !

on my advisings: to the love I have in doing good a O, faithless coward ! O, dishonest wretch!

remedy presents itself. I do make myself believe, Wilt thou be made a man out of my vice?

that you may most i uprighteously do a poor wronged Is't not a kind of incest to take life

lady a merited benefit, redeem your brother from the From thine own sister's shame? What should I think? angry law, do no stain to your own gracious person, Heaven shield, my mother play'd my father fair, and much please the absent duke, if, peradventure, For such a warped slip of wilderness

he shall ever return to have hearing of this business. Ne'er issu'd from his blood. Take my d defiance: Isab. Let me hear you speak farther. I have spirit Die ; perish! might but my bending down

to do any thing that appears not foul in the truth of Reprieve thee from thy fate, it should proceed. my spirit. I'll pray a thousand prayers for thy death,

Duke. Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful. No word to save thee.

Have you not heard speak of Mariana, the sister of Claud. Nay, hear me, Isabel.

Frederick, the great soldier who miscarried at sea? Isab.

O, fie, fie, fie! Isab. I have heard of the lady, and good words Thy sin's not accidental, but a trade.

went with her name. Mercy to thee would prove itself a bawd:

Duke. Her should this Angelo have married; he 'Tis best that thou diest quickly. [Going. was affianced to her by oath, and the nuptial apClaud.

O hear me, Isabella ! pointed: between which time of the contract, and Re-enter DUKE.

Elimit of the solemnity, her brother Frederick was Duke. Vouchsafe a word, young sister; but one word. wrecked at sea, having in that perish'd vessel the Isab. What is your will?

dowry of his sister. But mark how heavily this beDuke. Might you dispense with your leisure, I fel to the poor gentlewoman : there she lost a noble would by and by have some speech with you: the and renowned brother, in his love toward her ever satisfaction I would require, is likewise your own most kind and natural; with him the portion and benefit.

sinew of her fortune, her marriage-dowry; with both, Isab. I have no superfluous leisure: my stay must

her "combinate husband, this well-seeming Angelo. be stolen out of other affairs; but I will attend you

Isab. Can this be so ? Did Angelo so leave her? a while.

Duke. Left her in her tears, and dried not one of Duke. [TO Claudio.] Son, I have overheard what them with his comfort ; swallowed his vows whole, hath past between you and your sister. Angelo had pretending in her discoveries of dishonor: in few, never the purpose to corrupt her; only he hath made bestowed her on her own lamentation, which she an essay of her virtue, to practise his judgment with yet wears for his sake, and he, ?as marble to her the disposition of natures. She, having the truth of tears, is washed with them, but relents not. honor in her, hath made him that gracious denial

Isab. What a merit were it in death to take this which he is most glad to receive: I am confessor to poor maid from the world! What corruption in this Angelo, and I know this to be true; therefore, pre- this can she avail ?

life, that it will let this man live !—But how out of pare yourself to death. Do not satisfy your fresolution with hopes that are fallible: to-morrow you and the cure of it not only saves your brother, but

Duke. It is a rupture that you may easily heal; must die. Go; to your knees, and make ready. Claud. Let me ask my sister pardon. I am so

keeps you from dishonor in doing it. out of love with life, that I will sue to be rid of it.

Isab. Show me how, good father. Duke. & Hold you there: farewell. [Exit Claudio continuance of her first affection: his unjust unkind

Duke. This fore-named maid hath yet in her the Re-enter Provost.

ness, that in all reason should have quenched her Provost, a word with you.

love, hath, like an impediment in the current, made Proo. What's your will, father?

it more violent and unruly. Go you to Angelo: anDuke. That now you are come, you will be gone. swer his requiring with a plausible obedience : agreo

*Invisible; unseen. Suspended. Wildness. Refusal. h"In good time," I. e., a la bonne heure ; very well; 80 - Established habit. -- "Do not satisfy your resolution," be it.- Uprightly - Appointed time. Betrothed. "Bei, e., do not extinguish, quench your resolution.-- "Hold stowed her on her own lamentation," i. o., gave her up to you there," i. e., continue in that resolution.

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with his demands to the point; only a refer yourself | master: if he be a whoremonger, and comes before
to this advantage,-first, that your stay with him him, he were as good go a mile on his errand.
may not be long, that the time may have all shadow Duke. That we were all, as some would seem to be,
and silence in it, and the place answer to conveni- From our faults, as faults from seeming, free!
ence. This being granted in course, and now follows
all: we shall advise this wronged maid to stead up

Enter Lucio.
your appointment, go in your place; if the encounter

El. His neck will come to your waist, a 'cord, acknowledge itself hereafter, it may compel him to

sir. her recompense; and here by this is your brother Clo. I spy comfort: I cry, bail. Here's a gensaved, your honor untainted, the poor Mariana ad- tleman, and a friend of mine. vantaged, and the corrupt deputy bscaled.

The

Lucio. How now, noble Pompey! What, at the maid will I frame, and make fit for his attempt. If wheels of Cæsar? Art thou led in triumph ? What, you think well to carry this, as you may, the double- is there none of Pygmalion's images, newly made ness of the benefit defends the deceit from reproof. 5 woman, to be had now, for putting the hand in the What think you of it?

pocket and extracting it clutch'd? What reply? Isab. The image of it gives me content already, Ha! What say'st thou to this tune, matter, and and, I trust, it will grow to a most prosperous per- method ? Is't not drown'd i' the last rain ? 'Ha! fection.

What say'st thou, 2 troth? Is the world as it was, Duke. It lies much in your holding up.

Haste man?

Which is the way? Is it sad, and few words, you speedily to Angelo: if for this night he entreat or how? The trick of it? you to his bed, give him promise of satisfaction. I

Duke. Still thus, and thus: still worse !
will presently to St. Luke's; there, at the moated Lucio. How doth my dear morsel, thy mistress ?

grange, resides this dejected Mariana : at that place Procures she still ? Ha!
call upon me, and despatch with Angelo, that it may Clo. Troth, sir, she hath eaten up all her beef,
be quickly.

and she is herself in the h tub.
Isab. I thank you for this comfort.

Lucio. Why, 'tis good; it is the right of it; it well, good father.

[Exeunt. must be so: ever your fresh whore, and your pow

der'd bawd: an unshunn'd consequence; it must SCENE II.-The Street before the Prison.

Art going to prison, Pompey?

Clo. Yes, faith, sir.
Enter DUKE, as a Friar; to him Elbow, Clown,

Lucio. Why 'tis not amiss, Pompey. Farewell. and Officers.

Go; say, I sent theo thither. For debt, Pompey,

or how? Elb. Nay, if there be no remedy for it, but that

Elb. For being a bawd, for being a bawd. you will needs buy and sell men and women like

Lucio. Well, then imprison him. If imprisonbeasts, we shall have all the world drink brown and

ment be the due of a bawd, why, 'tis his right: white d bastard.

bawd is he, doubtless, and of antiquity too; bawdDuke. O, heavens! what stuff is here?

born. Farewell, good Pompey: commend me to Clo. 'Twas never merry world, since, of two 'usan- the prison, Pompey. You will turn good husband ces, the merriest was put down, and the worser allow'd by order of law a furr'd gown to keep him

now, Pompey; you will keep the house.

Clo. I hope, sir, your good worship will be my warm; and furr'd with fox and lamb-skins too, to bail. signify that craft, being richer than innocency, stands

Lucio. No, indeed, will I not, Pompey; it is not for the facing.

the 'wear. I will pray, Pompey, to increase your Elb. Come your way, sir.-Bless you, good father

bondage: if you take it not patiently, why, your friar.

mettle is the more. Adieu, trusty Pompey.--Bless Duke. And you, good brother father. What offence hath this man made you, sir?

Duke. And you. Elb. Marry, sir, he hath offended the law: and, Lucio. Does Bridget paint still, Pompey? Ha! sir, we take him to be a thief too, sir; for we have

Elb. Come your ways, sir; come. found upon him, sir, a strange pick-lock, which we Clo. You will not bail me then, sir ? have sent to the deputy.

Lucio. Then, Pompey, nor now.-What news Duke. Fie, sirrah: a bawd, a wicked bawd!

abroad, friar? What news?
The evil that thou causest to be done,

Elb. Come your ways, sir; come.
That is thy means to live. Do thou but think

Lucio. Go; to kennel, Pompey, go.
What 'tis to cram a maw, or clothe a back,

[Exeunt Elbow, Clown, and Officers. From such a filthy vice: say to thyself,

What news, friar, of the duke ?
From their abominable and beastly touches

Duke. I know none. Can you tell me of any ?
I drink, I eat, array myself, and live.

Lucio. Some say, he is with the emperor of RusCanst thou believe thy living is a life

sia; other some, he is in Rome: but where is he, So stinkingly depending ? Go mend, go mend. think you?

Clo. Indeed, it does stink in some sort, sir; but Duke. I know not where; but wheresoever, I wish yet, sir, I would proveDuke. Nay, if the devil have given thee proofs for

Lucio. It was a mad fantastical trick of him, to Thou wilt prove his. Take him to prison, officer: steal from the state, and usurp the beggary he was Correction and instruction must both work,

never born to. Lord Angelo dukes it well in his Ere this rude beast will profit.

absence: he puts transgression to't.
Elb. He must before the deputy, sir; he has given Duke. He does well in't.
him warning. The deputy cannot abide a whore-

lj. e., His neck will be tied, like your waist, with a cord.
'"Refer yourself," i. e., have recourse to.- Overreach 8" Newly made woman," i, e., new courtesan. - The method

; stripped of his disguise. Solitary farmhouse. Bas. of cure for a certain disease was called the powdering-tub.
{ard was the name of a kind of sweet wine. “Usances," i Inevitable. Ther-$920," *. c., stay at home : allu.
i e., usurer.

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Lucio. A little more lenity to lechery would do no Lucio. I fear you not. harm in him: something too crabbed that way, friar. Duke. O! you hope the duke will return no more,

Duke. It is too general a vice, and severity must or you imagine me too unhurtful an - opposite. But, cure it.

indeed, I can do you little harm: you'll forswear Lucio. Yes, in good sooth, the vice is of a great this again. kindred: it is well allied; but it is impossible to Lucio. I'll be hang'd first : thou art deceived in extirp it quite, friar, till eating and drinking be put me, friar. But no more of this. Canst thou tell, if down. They say, this Angelo was not made by man Claudio die to-morrow, or no? and woman, after the downright way of creation : is Duke. Why should he die, sir? it true, think you ?

Lrucio. Why? for filling a bottle with a tun-dish. Duke. How should he be made then ?

I would, the duke, we talk of, were return'd again: Lucio. Some report, a sea-maid spawn'd him: this i ungenitur'd agent will unpeople the province some, that he was begot between two stock-fishes; with continency; sparrows must not build in his but it is certain, that when he makes water, his house-eaves, because they are lecherous. The duke urine is congealá ice: that I know to be true; and yet would have dark deeds darkly answer'd; he he is a "motion ingenerative, that's infallible. would never bring them to light: would he were

Duke. You are pleasant, sir, and speak apace. return'd! Marry, this Claudio is condemn'd for unLucio. Why, what a ruthless thing is this in him, trussing. Farewell

, good friar; I prythee, pray for for the rebellion of a cod-piece to take away the life me. The duke, I say to thee again, would eat mutof a man? Would the duke that is absent have ton on Fridays. He's now past it; yet, and I say done this? Ere he would have hang'd a man for to thee, he would mouth with a beggar, though she the getting a hundred bastards, he would have paid smelt brown bread and garlic: say, that I said so. for the nursing a thousand. He had some feeling of Farewell.

[Exit. the sport: he knew the service, and that instructed Duke. No might nor greatness in mortality him to mercy.

Can censure 'scape: back-wounding calumny Duke. I never heard the absent duke much de- The whitest virtue strikes. What king so strong, tected for women : he was not inclined that way. Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue ? Lucio. O, sir! you are deceived.

But who comes here? Duke. 'Tis not possible.

Enter Escalus, Provost, Bawd, and Officers. Lucio. Who? not the duke? yes, your beggar of Escal. Go: away with her to prison ! fifty; and his use was, to put a ducat in her clack Bawd. Good my lord, be good to me; your honor dish. The duke had crotchets in him: he would is accounted a merciful man: good my lord. be drunk too; that let me inform you.

Escal. Double and treble admonition, and still Duke. You do him wrong, surely.

forfeit in the same kind? This would make mercy Lucio. Sir, I was an dinward of his. A shy fellow swear, and play the tyrant. was the duke; and, I believe, I know the cause of Prov. A bawd of eleven years' continuance, may his withdrawing

it please your honor. Duke. What, I pr'ythee, might be the cause ? Bawd. My lord, this is one Lucio's information Lucio. No,-pardon :-'tis a secret must be lock'd against me. Mistress Kate Keep-down was with within the teeth and the lips; but this I can let you child by him in the duke's time: he promised her understand, -the greater file of the subject held marriage ; his child is a year and a quarter old, the duke to be wise.

come Philip and m Jacob. I have kept it myself, Duke. Wise? why, no question but he was. and see how he goes about to abuse me! Lucio. A very superficial, ignorant, 'unweighing Escal. That fellow is a fellow of much license :-let fellow.

him be called before us.-Away with her to prison ! Duke. Either this is envy in you, folly, or mis- Go to; no more words. [Exeunt Bawd and Officers.] taking: the very stream of his life, and the business Provost, my brother Angelo will not be alter'd; he hath helmed, must, upon a warranted need, give Claudio must die to-morrow. Let him be furnished him a better proclamation. Let him be but testimo- with divines, and have all charitable preparation : nied in his own bringings forth, and he shall appear if my brother wrought by my pity, it should not be to the envious a scholar, a statesman, and a soldier. so with him. Therefore, you speak unskilfully; or, if your knowl Prov. So please you, this friar hath been with him, edge be more, it is much darken'd in your malice. and advised him for the entertainment of death, Lucio. Sir, I know him, and I love him.

Escal. Good even, good father. Duke. Love talks with better knowledge, and Duke. Bliss and goodness on you. knowledge with dearer love.

Escal. Of whence are you?

[now Lucio. Come, sir, I know what I know.

Duke. Not of this country, though my chance is Duke. I can hardly believe that, since you know To use it for my time: I am a brother not what you speak. But, if ever the duke return, of gracious order, late come from the See, (as our prayers are he may) let me desire you to In special business from his holiness. make your answer before him: if it be honest_you Escal. What news abroad is the world ? have spoke, you have courage to maintain it. I am Duke. None, but that there is so great a fever on bound to call upon you; and, I pray you, your name? goodness, that the dissolution of it must cure it:

Lucio. Sir, my name is Lucio, well known to the novelty is only in request; and as it is as dangerous duke.

to be aged in any kind of course, as it is virtuous to Duke. He shall know you better, sir, if I may live be constant in any undertaking, there is scarce truth to report you.

enough alive to make societies secure, but security

enough to make fellowships accurs'd. Much upon "Motion ingenerative." 1. e., a puppet without the power of generation. Accused..A «clack-dish" was a wooden Opponent. Emasculated. — Smelt of: Transgress ; dish with a movable cover, carried by beggars, which they offend. An allusion to the saints' daye, Philip and James, clacked to show that it was empty. Intinate. The or Jacobus.-** Wrought by," i, e, were actuated by: The greater file of the subject" 1. e, ce sunjority w his subjects. allusion is to those legal securities into which fellowship Inconsiderate-Guided ; managed

leads men to enter for each other,

you well.

this riddle runs the wisdom of the world. This | Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice news is old enough, yet it is every day's news. I Hath often still'd my brawling discontent. pray you, sir, of what disposition was the duke?

[E.cit Boy. Escal. One that, above all other strifes, con

Enter Duke, tended especially to know himself.

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cry you merey, sir; and well could wish Duke. What pleasure was he given to ?

You had not found me here so musical: Escal. Rather rejoicing to see another merry, than Let me excuse me, and believe me so, merry at any thing which profess'd to make him My mirth it much displeas’d, but pleus'd my woe. rejoice: a gentleman of all temperance. But leave Duke. 'Tis good : though music oft hath such a we him to his events, with a prayer they may prove charm, prosperous, and let me desire to know how you find to make bad good, and good provoke to harm. Claudio prepared. I am made to understand, that I pray you, tell me, hath any body inquired for me you have lent him visitation.

here to-day? much upon this time have I promis'd Duke. He professes to have received no sinister here to meet. measure from his judge, but most willingly humbles Mari. You have not been inquired after: I have himself to the determination of justice; yet had he sat here all day. framed to himself, by the instruction of his frailty,

Enter ISABELLA. many deceiving promises of life, which I, by my

Duke. I do constantly believe you.-The time is good leisure, have discredited to him, and now is he a resolved to die.

come, even now. I shall crave your forbearance a little : may be, I will call upon you anon,

for some Escal. You have paid the heavens the due of

advantage to yourself. your function, and the prisoner the very debt of your

Mari. I am always bound to you. calling. I have labor'd for the poor gentleman to

[Exit. the extremest shore of my modesty; but my brother What is the news from this good deputy?

Duke. Very well met, and welcome. justice have I found so severe, that he hath forced

Isab. He hath a garden dcircummur'd with brick, me to tell him, he is indeed-justice. Duke. If his own life answer the straitness of his And to that vineyard is a planched gate,

Whose western side is with a vineyard back'd; proceeding, it shall become him well; wherein if That makes his opening with this bigger key: he chance to fail, he hath sentenced himself.

This other doth command a little door, Escal. I am going to visit the prisoner. Fare which from the vineyard to the garden leads;

There have I made my promise upon the heavy Duke. Peace be with you!

Middle of the night to call upon him. (way? [Exeunt ESCALUS and Provost. He, who the sword of heaven will bear,

Duke. But shall you on your knowledge find this

Isab. I have ta'en a due and wary note upon't: Should be as holy as severe; Pattern in himself to know,

With whispering and most guilty diligence, Grace to stand, % virtue to go;

In action all of precept, he did show me
More nor less to others paying,

The way twice o'er.
Duke.

Are there no other tokens
Than by self offences weighing.
Shame to him, whose cruel striking

Between you 'greed, concerning her observance ? Kills for faults of his own liking!

Isab. No, none, but only a repair i' the dark; Twice treble shame on Angelo,

And that I have 'possess'd him my most stay

Can be but brief : for I have made him know, To weed my vice, and let his grow!

I have a servant comes with me along, 0, what may man within him hide,

That 5 stays upon me; whose persuasion is, Though angel on the outward side!

I come about

my

brother. How may blikeness, "made in crimes,

Duke.

'Tis well borne up. * Masking practice on the times, Draw with idle spiders' strings

I have not yet made known to Mariana

A word of this.-What, ho! within! come forth. Most pond'rous and substantial things! Craft against vice I must apply.

Re-enter MARIANA. With Angelo to-night shall lie

pray you, be acquainted with this maid: His old betrothed, but despised:

She comes to do you good. So disguise shall, by the disguised,

Isab.

I do desire the like. Pay with falsehood false exacting,

Duke. Do you persuade yourself that I respect you ? And perform an old contracting.

[Exit. Mari. Good friar, I know you do, and have found it.

Duke. Take then this your companion by the hand,
Who hath a story ready for your ear.

I shall attend your leisure: but make haste;
ACT IV.

The vaporous night approaches.
Mari.

Will't please you walk aside ? SCENE I.-A Room at the moated Grange.

[Exeunt Mariana and ISABELLA. MARIANA discovered sitting : a Boy singing.

Duke. O place and greatness! millions of false eyes

Are stuck upon thee. Volumes of report
SONG.
Take, 0! take those lips away,

5 Run with base, false and most contrarious quests That so sweetly were forsworn;

Upon thy doings: thousand i escapes of wit
And those eyes, the break of day,

Make thee the father of their idle 6 dreams,

And rack thee in their fancies !
Lights that do mislead the morn:
* But my kisses bring again,

Re-enter MARIANA and ISABELLA.
Seals of love, but seală in vain.

Welcome! How agreed ? Mari. Break off thy song, and haste thee quick away:

Walled around. -- Wooden; planked (from the French

planche).- Informed.-- Waits. Inquisitions ; inquiries.Satisfied. -- Appearance. - Trained.

Sallies.

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Isab. She'll take the enterprize upon her, father, Clo. Sir, I will serve him; for I do find, your If you advise it.

hangman is a more penitent trade than your bawd: Duke. It is not my consent,

he doth oftener ask forgiveness. But my entreaty too.

Prov. You, sirrah, provide your block and your Isab. Little have you to say,

axe to-morrow, four o'clock. When you depart from him, but, soft and low,

Abhor. Come on, bawd; I will instruct thee in “Remember now my brother."

my trude : follow. Mari.

Fear me not.

Clo. I do desire to learn, sir; and, I hope, if you Duke. Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all. have occasion to use me for your own turn, you shall He is your husband on a pre-contract :

find me 'yare; for, truly, sir, for your kindness I To bring you thus together, 'tis no sin,

owe you a good turn. a Sith that the justice of your title to him

Prov. Call hither Barnardine and Claudio: Doth flourish the deceit. Come, let us go:

[Exeunt Clown and ABHORSON. Our corn's to reap, for yet our 1 field's to sow. Th' one has my pity; not a jot the other,

[Exeunt. Being a murderer, though he were my brother. SCENE II.-A Room in the Prison.

Enter CLAUDIO.

Look, here's the warrant, Claudio, for thy death: Enter Provost and Clown.

'Tis now dead midnight, and by eight to-morrow Prov. Come hither, sirrah. Can you cut off a Thou must be made immortal. Where's Barnardine? man's head?

Claud. As fast lock'd up in sleep, as guiltless labor Clo. If the man be a bachelor, sir, I can; but if When it lies & starkly in the traveller's bones : he be a married man, he is his wife's head, and I He will not wake. can never cut off a woman's head.

Prov.

Who can do good on him? Prov. Come, sir; leave me your snatches, and yield Well, go; prepare yourself. But hark, what noise ? me a direct answer. To-morrow morning are to die

[Knocking within. Claudio and Barnardine: here is in our prison a com- Heaven give your spirits comfort !-By and by:mon executioner, who in his office lacks a helper: if

[Exit CLAUDIO. you will take it on you to assist him, it shall redeem I hope it is some pardon, or reprieve, you from your gyves; if not, you shall have your For the most gentle Claudio.-Welcome, father. full time of imprisonment, and your deliverance

Enter DUKE. with an unpitied whipping, for you have been a no

Duke. The best and wholesom'st spirits of the night torious bawd. Clo. Sir, I have been an unlawful bawd, time out

Envelop you, good provost! Who call'd here of late ? of mind; but yet I will be content to be a lawful

Prov. None, since the curfew rung.
Duke.

Not Isabel? hangman. I would be glad to receive some instruc

Prov. No. tion from my fellow partner.

Duke. There will then, ere't be long. Prov. What ho, Abhorson! Where's Abhorson,

Prov. What comfort is for Claudio? there?

Duke.

There's some in hope. Enter ABHORSON,

Prov. It is a bitter deputy. Abhor. Do you call, sir ?

Duke. Not so, not so: his life is parallel'd Prov. Sirrah, here's a fellow will help you to-Even with the stroke and line of his great justice. morrow in your execution. If you think it meet, He doth with holy abstinence subdue compound with him by the year, and let him abide That in himself, which he spurs on his power here with you; not, use him for the present, and to b qualify in others : were he 'meal'd with that dismiss him. He cannot plead his estimation with which he corrects, then were he tyrannous ; you: he hath been a bawd. Abhor. A bawd, sir? Fie upon him! he will dis- But this being so, he's just.—Now are they come.

[Knocking within. credit our mystery.

[E.rit Provost. Prov. Go to, sir; you weigh equally: a feather This is a gentle provost: kseldom, when will turn the scale.

[Exit. The steeled gaoler is the friend of men. [Knocking. Clo. Pray, sir, by your good favor, (for, surely, How now? What noise ? That spirit's possessed with sir, a good dfavor you have, but that you have a

haste, hanging look,) do you call, sir, your occupation a That wounds the resisting postern with these strokes. mystery? Abhor. Ay, sir; a mystery:

Re-enter Provost. Clo. Painting, sir, I have heard say, is a mystery; Prov. [Speaking to one at the door.] There he and your whores, sir, being members of my occupa must stay, until the officer tion, using painting, do prove my occupation a mys- Arise to let him in: he is call'd up. tery; but what mystery there should be in hanging, Duke. Have you no countermand for Claudio yet, if I should be hang'd, I cannot imagine.

But he must die to-morrow ? Abhor. Sir, it is a mystery.

Prov.

None, sir, none. Clo, Proof?

Duke. As near the dawning, provost, as it is, Abhor. Every true man's apparel fits your thief.

You shall hear more 'ere morning. Clo. If it be too little for your thief, your true man

Prov.

Happily, thinks it big enough; if it be too big for your thief, You something know; yet, I believe, there comes your thief thinks it little enough: so, every true No countermand: no such example have we. man's apparel fits your thief.

Besides, upon the very " siege of justice,
Re-enter Provost.

Lord Angelo hath to the public ear

Profess'd the contrary. Prov. Are you agreed ?

Handy: ready.-Strongly.-- Temper; modorate. De• Since.--Gild, or varnish over.- Fetters. Counte. filed. Seldom," i. e., seldom is it; it seldom happens, nance.- Honest.

"Perhaps. Seat.

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