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Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most painful feeling of thy speech : I. will, out of thine own confession, learn to begin thy health ; but, whilst I live, forget to drink after thee.
1 Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong; have
I not? :;:
2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art tainted, or free.
Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation comes! I have purchased as many diseases under her roof, as come to
2 Gent. To what, I pray ?
1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me: but thou art full of error ; I am sound.
Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy; but sore sound, asthings that are hollow : thy bones are hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee.
i Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica ?
Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of
1 Gent. Who's that, I pray
thee? Bawid. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio.
3 Corona Veneris.
1 Gent. Claudio to prison! 'tis' not so.
Bawd. Nay, but I know, 'tis.so: I saw him arrested; saw him carried away; and, which is more, within these three days his head's to be chopped off.
Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have it so: Art thou sure of this ?
Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting madam Julietta with child.
Lucio. Believe me, this may be : he promised to meet me two hours since; and he was ever precise in promise-keeping.
2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something near to the speech we had to such a purpose.
1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the proclamation. Lucio. Away ; let's go learn the truth of it.
[Exeunt Lucio and Gentlemen. Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the sweat, 4 what with the gallows, and what with poverty, I am custom-shrunk. How now? what's the news with you?
Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison. Bawd. Well; what has he done? Clo. A woman. Bawd. But what's his offence ? Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him? Clo, No; but there's a woman with maid by him: You have not heard of the proclamation, have you?
4 The sweating sickness.
Bawd. What, proclamation, man.
Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be pluck'd down.
Bawd. And what shall become of those in the city ?
Clo. They shall stand for seed: they had gone down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them,
Bawd. But shall all our houses of resort in the suburbs be pull'd down?
Clo. To the ground, mistress.
Bawd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the commonwealth! What shall become of me?
Clo. Come; fear not you; good counsellors lack no clients : though you change your place, you need not change your trade; I'll be your tapster still. Courage; there will be pity taken on you: you that have worn your eyes almost out in the service, you will be considered.
Bawd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster? Let's withdraw.
Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the provost to prison : and there's madam Juliet. (Ereunt,
Enter Provost, 4 CLAUDIO, JULIET, and Officers;
Lucio, and two Gentlemen.' Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to the
world? Bear me to prison, where I m committed.
Prov. I do it not in evil disposition, But from lord Angelo by special charge.
Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, Make us pay down for our offence by weight.The words of heaven;-on whom it will, it will ; On whom it will not, so; yet still ’tis just.
Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio ? whence comes this restraint ?
Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue, (Like rats that ravins down their proper bane,) A thirsty evil ; and when we drink, we die.
Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I would send for certain of my creditors : And yet, to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom, as the morality of imprisonment.-What's thy offence, Claudio ?
Claud. What, but to speak of would offend again.
[Takes him aside.
5 Voraciously devour,
I got possession of Julietta's bed ;
Lucio. With child, perhaps ?
Claud. Unhappily, even so. And the new deputy now for the duke,Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness; Or whether that the body public be A horse whereon the governor doth ride, Who, newly in the seat, that it may know He can command, 'lets it straight feel the spur : Whether the tyranny be in his place, Or in his eminence that fills it up, I stagger in :-But this new governor Awakes me all the enrolled penalties; Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the wall So long, that nineteen zodiacks have gone round, And none of them been worn; and, for a name, Now puts the drowsy and neglected act Freshly on me :-'tis surely, for a name.
Lucio. I warrant, it is : and thy head stands so tickle? .on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and appeal to him.