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Enter a Messenger.

limited, and an express command, under penalty, to Duke. This is his lordship's man.

deliver his head in the view of Angelo? I may make Proo. And here comes Claudio's pardon. my case as Claudio's, to cross this in the smallest. Mes. My lord hath sent you this note; '[giving a

Duke. By the vow of mine order, I warrant you: paper] and by me this further charge, that you if my instructions may be your guide, let this Barswerve not from the smallest article of it, neither in nardine be this morning executed, and his head borne time, matter, or other circumstance. Good morrow; to Angelo. for, as I take it, it is almost day.

Proo. Angelo hath seen them both, and will disProv. I shall obey him. [Exit Messenger. cover the 'favor. Duke. This is his pardon; purchas'd by such sin,

Duke. O! death's a great disguiser, and you may

[ Aside. add to it. Shave the head, and tie the beard ; and For which the pardoner himself is in:

say, it was the desire of the penitent to be so bared Hence hath offence his quick celerity,

before his death : you know, the 6 course is common. When it is born in high authority.

If any thing fall to you upon this, more than thanks When vice makes mercy, mercy's so extended, and good fortune, by the saint whom I profess, I will That for the fault's love is th' offender friended. plead against it with my life. Now, sir, what news?

Prov. Pardon me, good father: it is against my Prov. I told you: Lord Angelo, belike thinking oath. me remiss in mine office, awakens me with this un Duke. Were you sworn to the Duke, or to the wonted a putting on; methinks strangely, for he hath deputy ? not used it before.

Prov. To him, and to his substitutes. Duke. Pray you, let's hear.

Duke. You will think you have made no offence, Prov. [Reads.] “Whatsoever you may hear to if the Duke bavouch the justice of your dealing. the contrary, let Claudio be executed by four of the Prov. But what likelihood is in that? clock; and, in the afternoon, Barnardine. For my Duke. Not a resemblance, but a certainty. Yet better satisfuction, let me have Claudio's head sent since I see you ' fearful, that neither my coat, integme by five. Let this be duly perform'd; with a rity, nor my persuasion, can with ease attempt you, thought, that more depends on it than we must yet I will go farther than I meant, to pluck all fears out deliver. Thus fail not to do your office, as you will of you. Look you, sir; here is the hand and seal answer it at your peril."—What say you to this, sir ? of the Duke: you know the character, I doubt not,

Duke. What is that Barnardine, who is to be exe- and the signet is not strange to you. cuted in the afternoon ?

Prov. I know them both. Prov. A Bohemian born; but here nursed up and

Duke. The contents of this is the return of the bred: one that is a prisoner nine years bold.

Duke: you shall anon 'over-read it at your pleasure, Duke. How came it, that the absent Duke had where you shall find, within these two days he will not either deliver’d him to his liberty, or executed be here. This is a thing that Angelo knows not, him ? I have heard, it was ever his manner to do so. for he this very day receives letters of strange tenor;

Prov. His friends still wrought reprieves for him: perchance, of the Duke's death ; perchance, entering and, indeed, his fact, till now in the government of into some monastery; but, by chance, nothing of Lord Angelo, came not to an undoubtful proof.

what is m writ. Look, the unfolding star calls up Duke. It is now apparent ?

the shepherd. Put not yourself into amazement Prov. Most manifest, and not denied by himself. how these things "should be: all difficulties are but

Duke. Hath he borne himself penitently in prison ? easy when they are known. Call your executioner, How seems he to be touch'd ?

and off with Barnardine's head: I will give him a Prov. A man that apprehends death no more present oshrift, and advise him for a better place. dreadfully, but as a drunken sleep; careless, reck- | Yet you are amazed, but this shall absolutely P resolve less, and fearless of what's past, present, or to come : you. Come away; it is almost clear dawn. [Exeunt. insensible of mortality, and desperately mortal. Duke. He wants advice.

SCENE III.-Another Room in the Same. Prov. He will hear none. He hath evermore

Enter Clown. had the liberty of the prison : give him leave to escape hence, he would not: drunk many times a day,

Clo. I am as well acquainted here, as I was in our if not many days entirely drunk. We have very oft house of profession; one would think, it were misawaked him, as if to carry him to execution, and

tress Over-done's own house, for here be many of show'd him a seeming warrant for it: it hath not her old customers. First, here's young Mr. Rash; moved him at all.

he's in for a commodity of brown paper and old ginDuke. More of him anon. There is written in ger, ninescore and seventeen pounds, of which he your brow, provost, honesty and constancy: if I read made five marks, ready ? money: marry, then, ginger • it not truly, my ancient skill beguiles me; but in the was not much in request, for the old women were boldness of my cunning I will lay myself in hazard. all dead. Then is there here one Mr. Caper, at the Claudio, whom here you have warrant to execute, is suit of master Three-pile the mercer, for some four no greater forfeit to the law, than Angelo who hath suits of peach-color'd satin, which now "peaches sentenced him. To make you understand this in a

him a beggar. Then have we here young Dicy, and manifested ® effect, I crave but four days' respite, for young Mr. Deep-vow, and Mr. Copper-spur, and Mr. the which you are to do me both a present and a

Starve-lackey, the rapier and dagger-man,


young dangerous courtesy. Prov. Pray, sir, in what?

Countenance. -Practice.- Vindicate. Ji" Fearsul," i.

e., so fearful; so apprehensive.-k" Attempt," i. e., tempt; Duke. In the delaying death.

induce.-1"Over-read it," i. e., read it over._m" What is Prov. Alack! how may I do it, having the hour writ,". i. e., what is here written (the Duke pointing to the

letter in his hand). — “Should be," i. e., can be.-0 *" Putting on," i. e., spur; incitement.— Nine years in pris- ent shrift," i, e., an immediate confession:-P Convince. - An 00.- Crime ; offence.--. "In the boldness of my cunning," allusion to the practice of money-lenders, who make advan: 1 e, in confidence of my sagacity.- "In a manifested effect" ces partly in unsalable goods-such as brown paper and old Le, by manifest proof.

ginger, and partly in cash.— Impeaches.

A pres



Drop-heir that kill'd Lusty Pudding, and Mr. Forth. Of Ragozine, more like to Claudio ?
right the tilter, and brave Mr. Shoe-tie the great Duke. O, 'tis an accident that heaven provides !
traveller, and wild Half-can that stabb'd Pots, and, Despatch it presently: the hour draws on
I think, forty more, all great doers in our trade, and Prefix'd by Angelo. See, this be done,
are now in for the Lord's a sake.

And sent according to command, whiles I

Persuade this rude wretch willingly to die.

Prov. This shall be done, good father, presently. Abhor. Sirrah, bring Barnardine hither. Clo. Mr. Barnardine! you must rise and be hang'd, And how shall we continue Claudio,

But Barnardine must die this afternoon; Mr. Barnardine.

To save me from the danger that might come, Abhor. What, ho, Barnardine!

If he were known alive? Barnar. [Within.] A pox o' your throats! Who makes that noise there? What are you?

Duke. Let this be done.-Put them in secret holds

Both Barnardine and Claudio : Clo. Your friends, sir; the hangman. You must

Ere twice the sun hath made his d journal greeting be so good, sir, to rise and be put to death. Barnar. ( Within.] Away, you rogue, away! I am

To @ yonder generation, you shall find

Your safety ? manifest. sleepy.

Prov. I am your free dependant.
Abhor. Tell him, he must awake, and that quickly

Duke, Quick, despatch, and send the head to

[Exit Provost. Clo. Pray, master Barnardine, awake till you are

Now will I write letters to Angelo, executed, and sleep afterwards.

(The provost, he shall bear them) whose contents Abhor. Go in to him, and fetch him out. Clo. He is coming, sir, he is coming: I hear his Shall witness to him, I am near at home,

And that by great injunctions I am bound straw rustle.

To enter publicly: him I'll desire

To meet me at the consecrated fount,
Abhor. Is the axe upon the block, sirrah? A league below the city; and from thence,
Clo. Very ready, sir.

By cold gradation and well-balanc'd form, Barnar. How Abhorson ? what's the news We shall proceed with Angelo. with you?

Re-enter Provost. Abhor. Truly, sir, I would desire you to clap into

Prov. Here is the head; I'll carry it myself. your prayers; for, look you, the warrant's come. Barnar. You rogue, I have been drinking all For I would commune with you of such things,

Duke. Convenient is it. Make a swift return, night: am not fitted for't.

That want no ear but yours. Clo. O! the better, sir; for he that drinks all


I'll make all speed. (Exit. night, and is hang'd betimes in the morning, may

Isab. [Within.] Peace, ho, be here ! sleep the sounder all the next day,

Duke. The tongue of Isabel.-She's come to know, Enter Duke.

If yet her brother's pardon be come hither; Abhor. Look you, sir; here comes your ghostly But I will keep her ignorant of her good, father. Do we jest now, think you ?

To make her heavenly comforts of despair, Duke. Sir, induced by my charity, and hearing When it is least expected. how hastily you are to depart, I am come to advise

Enter ISABELLA. you, comfort you, and pray with you.

Isab. Ho! by your leave.

[daughter. Barnar. Friar, not I: I have been drinking hard all night, and I will have more time to prepare me,

Duke. Good morning to you, fair and gracious or they shall beat out my brains with billets. I will Hath yet the deputy sent my brother's pardon ?

Isab. The better, given me by so holy a man. not consent to die this day, that's certain. [you, Duke. O, sir, you must; and therefore, I beseech His head is off, and sent to Angelo.

Duke. He hath releas'd him, Isabel, from the world. Look forward on the journey you shall go. Barnar. I swear, I will not die to-day for any

Isab. Nay, but it is not so.

Duke. man's persuasion.

It is no other. ' [ Catching her. Duke. But hear you,

Show your wisdom, daughter, in your close patience. Barnar. Not a word: if you have any thing to

Isab. O! I will to him, and pluck out his eyes.

Duke. You shall not be admitted to his sight. say to me, come to my ward ; for thence will not I to-day.


Isab. Unhappy Claudio! Wretched Isabel !

4 Perjurous world! Most damned Angelo! Enter Provost.

Duke. This nor hurts him nor profits you a jot: Duke. Unfit to live, or die. 0, 'grovelling beast-Forbear it therefore ; give your cause to heaven. After him, fellows: bring him to the block.

Mark what I say to you, which you shall find [Excunt ABHORSON and Clown. By every syllable a faithful verity.

[eyes: Proo. Now, sir; how do you find the prisoner? The duke comes home to-morrow;-nay, dry your

Duke. A creature unprepar'd, unmeet for death; One of our convent, and his confessor, And, to transport him in the mind he is,

Gives me this 'instance. Already he hath carried Were damnable.

Notice to Escalus and Angelo, Prov.

Here in the prison, father, Who do prepare to meet him at the gates, [wisdom There died this morning of a cruel fever

There to give up their power. If you can, 6 pace your One Ragozine, a most notorious pirate,

In that good path that I would wish it go, A man of Claudio's years; his beard, and head,

And you shall have your b bosom on this wretch, Just of his color. What if we do omit

Grace of the duke, revenges to your heart, This reprobate, till he were well inclin'd,

And general honor. And satisfy the deputy with the visage

• Alluding to the custom of prisoners begging "for the d Daily (from the French journalier).- " Yonder generaLord's sake."-Spiritual. "Transport bim," i. e., remove tion," i. e., the antipodes. Information.-- Direct * Your him from one world to the other.

bosom," i. e., your heart's desire; your wish.

I am directed by you.

Ang. Well, I beseech you, let it be proclaim'd: Duke. This letter, then, to friar Peter give; Betimes i' the morn, I'll call you at your house. 'Tis that he sent me of the duke's return :

Give notice to such men of sort and 'suit, Say, by this token, I desire his company

As are to meet him. At Mariana's house to-night. Her cause, and yours Escal.

I shall, sir: fare you well. [Exit. I'll a perfect him withal, and he shall bring you Ang. Good night.Before the duke; and to the head of Angelo This deed unshapes me quite, makes me 6 unpregnant, Accuse him home, and home. For my poor self, And dull to all proceedings. A deflowered maid, I am 'confined by a sacred vow.

And by an eminent "body, that enforc’d
And shall be absent. Wend you with this letter. The law against it !-But that her tender shame
Command these fretting waters from your eyes Will not proclaim against her maiden loss, [no;
With a light heart: trust not my holy order, How might she tongue me! Yet reason i dares her:
If I pervert your course.—Who's here?

For my authority bears & such a "credent bulk
Enter Lucio.

That no 'particular scandal once can touch,

Good even.

But it confounds the mbreather. He should have liv'a, Friar, where is the provost ?

Save that his riotous youth, with dangerous sense, Duke.

Not within, sir.

Might in the times to come have ta'en revenge, Lucio. O, pretty Isabella! I am pale at mine With ransom of such shame. Would yet he had liv'd!

For so receiving a dishonor'd life heart, to see thine eyes so red: thou must be patient, Alack! when once our grace we have forgot, I am fain to dine and sup with water and bran; dare not for my head fill my belly: one fruitful meal Nothing goes right: we would, and we would not. would set me to't. But, they say, the duke will be

[Erit. here to-morrow. By my troth, Isabel, I loved thy SCENE V.-Fields without the Town. brother: if the old fantastical duke of dark corners

Enter Duke, in his own habit, and Friar PETER. had been at home, he had lived. [Exit ISABELLA.

Duke. Sir, the duke is marvellous little beholding Duke. These letters at fit time deliver me. to your reports; but the best is, he lives not in them.

[Giving them. Lucio. Friar, thou knowest not the duke so well | The provost knows our purpose, and our plot. as I do: he's a better d woodman than thou takest | The matter being afoot, keep your instruction, him for.

And hold you ever to our special drift, Duke. Well, you'll answer this one day. Fare ye Though sometimes you don blench from this to that, well.

[Going. As cause doth minister. Go, call at Flavius' house, Lucio. Nay, tarry; I'll go along with thee. I can And tell him where I stay: give the like notice tell thee pretty tales of the duke.

7 Unto Valentius, Rowland, and to Crassus, Duke. You have told me too many of him already, And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate; sir, if they be true ; if not true, none were enough. But send me Flavius first.

Lucio. I was once before him for getting a wench F. Peter. It shall be speeded well. [Exit Peter. with child.

Duke. Did you such a thing?
Lucio. Yes, marry, did I; but I was fain to for-

Duke. I thank thee, Varrius ; thou hast made good swear it: they would else have married me to the Come, we will walk: there's other of our friends

haste. rotten medlar,

Duke. Sir, your company is fairer than honest. Will greet us here anon, my gentle Varrius. [ Exeunt. Rest you well.


SCENE VI.-Street near the City Gate. Lucio. By my troth, I'll go with thee to the lane's end. If bawdy talk offend you, we'll have very little

Enter Is ABELLA and MARIANA. of it. Nay, friar, I am a kind of burr; I shall stick.


Isab. To speak so indirectly, I am loath :

I would say the truth; but to accuse him so,
SCENE IV.-A Room in ANGELO's House. That is your part; yet I'm advis'd to do it,

He says, to ''vailful purpose.


Be rul'd by him. Escal. Every letter he hath writ hath disvouch'd Isab. Besides, he tells me, that if peradventure other.

He speak against me on the adverse side, Ang. In most uneven and distracted manner. I should not think it strange; for 'tis a physic, His actions show much like to madness: pray heaven, That's bitter to sweet end. His wisdom be not tainted!

Mari. I would, friar Peter And why meet him at the gates, and re-deliver


0, peace! the friar is come. Our authorities there?

Enter Friar PETER.
Escal. I guess not.
Ang. And why should we

F. Peter. Come; I have found you out a stand

most fit, Proclaim it 4 an hour before his entering, That if any crave redress of injustice,

Where you may have such vantage on the duke, They should exhibit their petitions

He shall not pass you. Twice have the trumpets In the street ?

The generous and P gravest citizens [sounded:

Have 9 hent the gates, and very near upon Escal. He shows his reason for that: to have a despatch of complaints, and to deliver us from de- | The duke is ent’ring: therefore hence, away. vices hereafter,

[Exeunt. Which shall then have no power to stand against us. {"Bort and suit," i. e., figure and rank.- Unready ; un.

prepared. -- Personage. Challenges ; incites.- Credita*** Perfect him," i. e., instract him fully of.-Go.- ble; unquestionable. - Private. - Utterer.- "Blench,” "Lives not in them,” i. e., depends not on them. “Wood- i.e., start off; fly off._ Availful; available.- " Generous man," i. e., one who hunted after women, as the woodman and gravest," i, e., noblest, highest in rank, and most respectbunts after deer - Contradicted.

ed.-- " Hent," i. e., taken possession of.


That I am touch'd with madness: make not impossible

That which but seems unlike. 'Tis not impossible, SCENE 1.-A public Place near the City Gate. But one, the wicked'st caitiff on the ground, Mariana, (veil’d,) Isabella, and PETER, at a dis. May seem as shy, as grave, as just, as absolute, tance. Enter at several doors, Duke, VARRIUS, In all his • dressings, 'characts, titles, forms, Lords; ANGELO, Escalus, Lucio, Prorost, Offi- Be an arch-villain. Believe it, royal prince: cers, and Citizens.

If he be less, he's nothing; but he's more,
Duke. My very worthy cousin, fairly met. Had I more name for badness.
Our old and faithful friend, we are glad to see you. Duke.

By mine honesty, Ang. and Escal. Happy return be to your royal If she be mad, as I believe no other, grace!

Her madness hath the oddest frame of sense,
Duke. Many and hearty thankings to you both. Such a dependency of thing on thing,
We have made inquiry of you; and we hear As e'er I heard in madness.
Such goodness of your justice, that our soul


O, gracious duke ! Cannot but yield you forth to public thanks, Harp not on that; nor do not banish reason Forerunning more *requital.

For incredulity; but let your reason serve Ang. You make my bonds still greater. To make the truth appear, where it seems hid,

Duke. O! your desert speaks loud; and I should And hide the false seems true. To lock it in the wards of covert b bosom, (wrong it, Duke.

Many that are not mad, When it deserves with characters of brass

Have, sure, more lack of reason. What would you A e forted residence 'gainst the tooth of time, Isab. I am the sister of one Claudio, [say? And razure of oblivion. Give me your hand, Condemn'd upon the act of fornication And let the subject see, to make them know To lose his head; condemn'a by Angelo. That outward courtesies would fain proclaim I, in probation of a sisterhood, Favors that keep within.-Come, Escalus; Was sent to by my brother; one Lucio You must walk by us on our other hand,

As then the messenger.And good supporters are you.


That's I, an't like your grace. Friar Peter and ISABELLA come forward.

I came to her from Claudio, and desir'd her F. Peter. Now is your time. Speak loud, and To try her gracious fortune with lord Angelo, kneel before him.

For her poor brother's pardon.

Isab. Isab. Justice, O royal duke! Vail your regard

That's he, indeed. [Kneeling

Duke. You were not bid to speak. Upon a wrong'd, I would fain have said, a maid!


No, my good lord; O worthy prince! dishonor not your eye

Nor wish'd to hold my peace. By throwing it on any other object,


I wish you now, then: Till you have heard me in my true complaint,

Pray you, take note of it; and when you have And given me justice, justice, justice, justice !

A business for yourself, pray heaven, you then Duke. Relate your wrongs : in what? by whom? Be perfect.

Lucio. Here is lord Angelo shall give you justice: (Be brief.

I warrant your honor. Reveal yourself to him.

Duke. The warrant's for yourself: take heed to it Isab. 0, worthy duke ! '[Rising.

Isab. This gentleman told somewhat of my tale. You bid me seek redemption of the devil.

Lucio. Right. Hear me yourself ; for that which I must speak

Duke. It may be right; but you are in the wrong Must either punish me, not being believ'd,

To speak before your time.- Proceed. Or wring redress from you. Hear me, o, hear me, To this pernicious, caitiff deputy.


I went here!

>[Kneeling again. Ang. My lord, her wits, I fear me, are not firm:

Duke. That's somewhat madly spoken.

Isab. She hath been a suitor to me for her brother,

Pardon it: Cut off by course of justice.

The phrase is to the li matter.
By course of justice ! *[Rising:

Duke. Mended again: the matter?-_Now proceed. Ang. And she will speak most bitterly, and How I persuaded, how I pray'd, and kneela,

Isab. In brief,--to set the needless process by, 5 strangely. Isab. 6 Most strangely, yet most truly, will I speak. How he 'refell’d me, and how I replied, That Angelo's forsworn, is it not strange?

(For this was of much length) the vile conclusion That Angelo's a murderer, is't not strange?

I now begin with grief and shame to utter. That Angelo is an adulterous thief,

He would not, but by gift of my chaste body An hypocrite, a virgin-violator,

To his concupiscible intemperate lust, Is it not strange, and strange?

Release my brother; and, after much debatement, Duke.

Nay, it is ten times strange. My sisterly k remorse confutes mine honor, Isab. It is not truer he is Angelo,

And I did yield to him. But the next morn betimes, Than this is all as true as it is strange:

His purpose surfeiting, he sends a warrant Nay, it is ten times true ; for truth is truth

For my poor brother's head.

Duke. To th' end of reckoning:

This is most likely. Duke.

Away with her.-Poor soul! Isab. O, that it were as like, as it is 'true! She speaks this in th' infirmity of sense.

Duke. By heaven, m fond wretch! thou know'st not *** Isab. O prince, I conjure thee, as thou believ'st

what thou speak'st, There is another comfort than this world, That thou neglect me not, with that opinion

"Dressings," i, e., habiliments of office.-" Characts, **

i. e., characters; distinctive marks, -- "The false seems " Forerunning more requital," i. e., as an earnest of furtrue,"i. ., the falsity which now seems true.- " To the ther recompense. "To lock it in the wards of covert matter," i. e., suited to the matter. Refuted. - Pity.-ie, bosom," i. e., to conceal it in my heart. — Fortified. - "O that it had as much of the likeness as it has of the reality d! Vaií," i. e., lower; let fall.

of truth."- Foolish,

Neither, my

Or else thou art suborn'd against his honor,

First, let her show her face, and after speak. In hateful practice. First, his integrity

Mari. Pardon, my lord, I will not show my face, Stands without blemish: next, it imports no reason, Until my husband bid me. That with such vehemency he should pursue


What, are you married ? Faults proper to himself: if he had so offended, Mari. No, my lord. He would have weigh'd thy brother by himself, Duke.

Are you a maid ? And not have cut him off. Some one hath set you on: Mari.

No, my lord. Confess the truth, and say by whose advice

Duke. A widow then ? Thou cam'st here to complain.


lord. Isab. And is this all ? Duke.

Why, you Then, O! you blessed ministers above,

Are nothing then: neither maid, widow, nor wife ? Keep me in patience; and, with ripend time, Lucio. My lord, she may be a punk; for many of Unfold the evil which is here wrapt up (woe, them are neither maid, widow, nor wife. [cause In countenance !-Heaven shield your grace from Duke. Silence that fellow: I would, he had some As I, thus wrong'd, hence unbelieved go!

To prattle for himself. Duke. I know, you'd fain be gonc.-An officer! Lucio. Well, my lord. To prison with her.-Shall we thus permit

Mari. My lord, I do confess I ne'er was married ; A blasting and a scandalous breath to fall

And, I confess, besides, I am no maid:
On him so near us? This needs must be a practice. I have known my husband, yet my husband knows not
Who knew of your intent, and coming hither? That ever he knew me.

Isab. One that I would were here, friar Lodowick, Lucio. He was drunk then, my lord: it can be no
Duke. A ghostly father, belike.- Who knows that better.

Duke. For the benefit of silence, 'would thou wert
Lucio. My lord, I know him: 'tis a meddling friar; so too!
I do not like the man: had he been lay, my lord, Lucio. Well, my lord.
For certain words he spake against your grace

Duke. This is no witness for lord Angelo. In your retirement, I had d swing'a him soundly. Mari. Now I come to't, my lord.

Duke. Words against me? This a good friar, belike. She that accuses him of fornication, And to set on this wretched woman here

In self-same manner doth accuse my husband; Against our substitute !-Let this friar be found. And charges him, my lord, with such a time,

Lucio. But yesternight, my lord, she and that friar When, I'll depose, I had him in mine arms,
I saw them at the prison. A saucy friar,

With all th' effect of love.
A very scurvy fellow.


Charges she more than me? F. Peter. Blessed be your royal grace!

Mari. Not that I know. I have stood by, my lord, and I have heard


No? you say, your husband. Your royal ear abus'd. First, hath this woman Mari. Why, just, my lord, and that is Angelo, Most wrongfully, accus'd your substitute,

Who thinks, he knows, that he ne'er knew my body, Who is as free from touch or soil with her,

But knows, he thinks, that he knows Isabel's. As she from one ungot.

Ang. This is a strange abuse.

Let's see thy face. Duke.

We did believe no less. Mari. My husband bids me; now I will unmask. Know you that friar Lodowick, that she speaks of ?

[Unveiling. F. Peter. I know him for a man divine and holy; This is that face, thou cruel Angelo, Not scurvy, nor a temporary meddler,

Which once, thou sworst, was worth the looking on: As he's reported by this gentleman;

This is the hand, which, with a vow'd contract, And, on my 'truth, a man that never yet

Was fast belock'd in thine: this is the body Did, as he vouches, misreport your grace.

That took away the match from Isabel, Lucio. My lord, most villainously believe it. And did supply thee at thy garden-house

F. Peter. Well; he in time may come to clear him- In her imagin'd person. But at this instant he is sick, my lord, (self,


Know you this woman? Of a strange fever. Upon his mere request,

Lucio. Carnally, she says. Being come to knowledge that there was complaint


Sirrah, no more. Intended 'gainst lord Angelo, came I hither,

Lucio. Enough, my lord.
To speak, as from his mouth, what he doth know Ang. My lord, I must confess, I know this woman;
Is true, and false ; and what he with his oath, And five years since there was some speech of marriage
And all probation, will make up full clear,

Betwixt myself and her, which was broke off,
Whensoever he's bconvented. First, for this woman, Partly, for that her promised proportions
To justify this worthy nobleman,

Came short of composition; but, in chief,
So vulgarly and personally accus'd,

For that her reputation was disvalued Her shall you hear disproved to her eyes,

In levity: since which time of five years Till she herself confess it.

I never spake with her, saw her, nor heard from her, Duke. Good friar, let's hear it. Upon my faith and honor.

Mari. (ISABELLA is carried off guarded ; and Mariana As there comes light from heaven, and words from

Noble prince, '[Kneeling. comes forward.

breath, Do you not smile at this, lord Angelo ?

As there is sense in truth, and truth in virtue, O heaven, the vanity of wretched fools !

I am affianc'd this man's wife, as strongly Give us some seats.—Come, cousin Angelo ; As words could make up vows: and, my good lord, In this I'll be impartial: be you judge

But Tuesday night last gone, in's ' garden-house, of your own cause.- Is this the witness, friar?

He knew me as a wife. As this is true

Let me in safety raise me from my knees, 2* In hateful practice," i. e., by hateful stratagem. False appearance. - Conspiracy- & Whipped. - - Temporary Summer-house." Her fortune, which was promised promeddler," i c., a meddler

in temporal matters. - Absolute. portionate to minc, fell short of the composition, i. e., contract - Cited ; summoned. Publicly.

or bargain.

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