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tremest shore of my modesty; but my brother justice have I found so severe, that he hath forced me to tell him, he is indeed—justice. Duke. If his own life answers the straitness of his proceeding, it shall become him well; wherein, if he cuance to fail, he hath sentenced himself. Escal. I am going to visit the prisoner: Fare you well. Duke. Peace be with you! Ereunt Escalus and Provost. He, who the sword of heaven will bear, Should be as holy as severe; Pattern in himself to know, Grace to stand, and virtue go; More nor less to others paying, Than by self-offences weighing. Shame to him, whose cruel striking Kills for faults of his own liking ! Twice treble shame on Angelo, To weed my vice, and let his grow! 0, what may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side : How may likeness," made” in crimes, Making practice on the times, Draw with idle spiders' strin Most pond’rous and substantial things! Craft against vice I must apply: With Angelo to-night shall lie His old betrothed, but despis'd; So disguise shall, by the disguis'd, Pay with falsehood false exacting,

And perform an old contracting. [Erit.
SCE.NTE I.—A room in Mariana's house. Mari-

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(2) Trained.

! Appearance. (4) Planked, wooden.

is come, even now. I shall crave your forbearance
a little; may be, I will call upon you andn, so
some advantage to yourself.
.Mari. I am always bound to you. [Erit.
Duke. Very well met, and welcome.
What is the news from this good deputy
Isab. He hath a garden circummur'do with brick,
Whose western side is with a vineyard back'd;
And to that vineyard is a planched" gate,
That makes his opening with this bigger key:
This other doth command a little door,
Which from the vineyard to the garden leads;
There have I made my promise to call on him,
Upon the heavy middle of the night.
Duke. But shall you on your knowledge find
this way ?
Isab. I have ta'en a due and wary note upont;
With whispering and most guilty diligence,
In action all of precept, he did show me
The way twice o'er.
of. Are there no other tokens
Between you 'greed, concerning her observance”
No, none, but only a repair i' the dark;
And that I have possess’do him, my most stay
Can be but brief: for I have made him know,
I have a servant comes with me along
That stays" upon me; whose persuasion is,
I come about my brother.
Duke. 'Tis well borne up.
I have not yet made known to Mariana
A word of this:—What, ho! within : come forth!

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(8) Sallies.

É Inquisitions, inquiries. (10) Gild or varnish over.

3) Walled round.

5) Informed. (6) Waits.

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Prov. What comfort is for Claudio !
Duke. There's some in hope.
Prov. It is a bitter deputy.
Duke. Not so, not so; his life is parallel'd
Even with the stroke and line of his great justice;
He doth with holy abstinence subdue
That in himself, which he spurs on his power
To qualify” in others: were he meal’d.”
With that which he corrects,then were he tyrannous;
But this being so, he's just.—Now are they come.—
Knocking within—Provost goes out.
This is a gentle provost: Seldom, when
The steeled gaoler is the friend of men.
How now 1 *W. noise That spirit's possess'd
with haste,
That wounds the unsisting postern with these

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toe clock; and, in the afternoon, Barnardine : for my better satisfaction, let me hare Claudio's i.ead sent me by fire. Let this be duly perform'd; orith a thought, that more depends on it than we ots! yet deliter. Thus fail not to do your office, o you trill answer it at your peril. What say you to this, sir? Duke. What is that Barnardine, who is to be executed in the afternoon Pror. A Bohemian born; but here nursed up 1nd bred : one that is a prisoner nine years old.” Duke. How came it, that the absent duke had not either deliver'd him to his liberty, or executed him " I have heard, it was ever his manner to do so. Prop. His friends still wrought reprieves for him : and, indeed, his fact, till now in the governof lord Angelo, came not to an undoubtful root. p Duke. Is it now apparent? Prop. Most manifest, and not denied by himself. Duke. Hath he borne, himself penitently in prison? How seems he to be touch'd Pror. A man that apprehends death no more dreadfully, but as a drunken sleep; careless, reckless, and fearless of what’s past, present, or to come; insensible of mortality, and desperately mortal. Duke. He wants advice. Pror. He will hear none : he hath evermore had the liberty of the prison; give him leave to escape hence, he would not: drunk many times a day, it not many days entirely drunk. We have very often awaked him, as if to carry him to execution, and show'd him a seeming warrant for it: it hath not inov’d him at all. Duke. More of him anon. There is written in your brow, provost, honesty and constancy: If I read it not truly, my ancient skill beguiles me; bnt in the boldness of my cunning, I will lay myself in hazard. Claudio, whom here you have a warrant to execute, is no greater forfeit to the law than Angelo who hath sentenced him: to make you understand this in a manifested effect, I crave but four days respite; for the which you are to do me both a present and a dangerous courtesy. Prop. Pray, sir, in what? Duke. In the delaying death. Prop. Alack! how may I do it? having the hour limited; and an express command, under yo. to deliver his head in the view of Angelo I may make my case as Claudio's, to cross this in the smallest. Duke. By the vow of mine order, I warrant you, if my instructions may be your guide. Let this Barnardine be this morning executed, and his head be borne to Angelo. Prov. Angelo hath seen them both, and will discover the favour.”

Duke. O, death's a great disguiser: , and you may add to it. Shave the head, and tie the beard; and say, it was the desire of the penitent to be so bared before his death; ''. know, the course is common. . If anything fall to you upon this, more than thanks and good fortune, by the saint whom I profess, I will plead against it with my life. or. Pardon me, good father; it is against my oath. d o, Were you sworn to the duke, or to the eput }. To him, and to his substitutes. Duke. You will think you have made no offence, if the duke avouch the justice of your dealing Prov. But what likelihood is in that Duke. Not a resemblance, but a certainty. Yet skice I see you fearful, that neither my coat, integrity, nor iny persuasion, can with ease attempt you, I will go further than I meant, to pluck all fears out of you. Lock you, sir, he re is the hand and seal of the duke. You know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you. Prov. I know then both. Duke. The contents of this is the return of the duke; you shall anon over-read it at your pleasure; where you shall find, within these two days he will be here. This is a thing, that Angelo knows not: for he this very day receives letters of strange tenor; perchance, of the duke's death; perchance, entering into some monastery; but, by chance, nothing of what is writ.—Look, the un solding star ði, up the shepherd : put not your self into amazement, how these things should be. all difficulties are but easy when they are known. Call your executioner, and off with Barnardine's head : I will give him a present shrist, and advise him for a better place. W. you are amazed ; but this shall absolutely resolve you. Come away; it is almost clear dawn. [Ereuni.

SCENTE III.--Another room in the same. Enter Clown.

Clo. I am as well acquainted here, as I was in our house of profession: one would think, it were mistress Over-done's own house, for here be many of her old customers. First, here's young master Rash; he's in for a commodity of brown paper and old inger, ninescore and seventeen pounds; of which he made five marks, ready money: marry, then, ginger was not much in request, for the old women were all dead. Then is there here one master Caper, at the suit of master Three-pile the mercer, for some four suits of peach-colour'd satin, which now eaches him a beggar. Then have we here young izy, and of master Deep-vow, and master Copper-spur, and master Starve-lackey the rapier and dagger-man, and young Drop-heir that kill'd lusty Pudding, and master Forthright the tilter, and brave master Shoe-tie the great traveller, and wild Half-cann that stabb’d Pots, and, I think, forty more; all great doers in our trade, and are now for the Lord's sake.

Enter Abhorson.

..?bhor. Sirrah, bring Barnardine hither. Clo. Master Barnardine ! you must rise and be hang'd, master Barnardine. .1bhor. What, ho, Barnardine ! Barnar. [Within..] A pox o' your throats | Who makes that noise there? What are you?

(3) Countenance.

(1) Spur, incitement. (2) Nine years in prison,

Clo. Your friends, sir; the hangman: you must

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ay. Duke. Unfit to live, or die: 0, gravel heart!— After him, fellows; bring him to the block. [Ereunt Abhorson and Clown. Pror. Now, sir, how do you find the prisoner? Duke. A creature unprepar’d, unmeet for death; And, to transport him in the mind he is,

Were damnable.
ot. Here in the prison, father,

There died this morning of a cruel fever
One Ragozine, a most notorious pirate,
A man of Claudio's years; his beard, and head,
Just of his colour: What if we do omit
This reprobate, till he were well inclin’d ;
And satisfy the deputy with the visage
Of Ragozine, more like to Claudio !

Duke. O, 'us an accident that Heaven provides
Despatch it presently; the hour draws on
Prefix’d by Angelo: See, this be done,
And sent according to command; whiles I
Persuade this rude wretch willingly to die.

Pror. This shall be done, good father, presently. But Barnardine must die this asternoon: And how shall we continue Claudio, To save me from the danger that might come, Is he were known alive 2

Duke. ...hi be done;—Put them in secret


ourney you shall go. will not die i. for any

u have any thing to for thence will not I [Exit.

Both Barnardine and Claudio: Ere twice
The sun hath made his journal greeting to
The under generation,' you shall find
Your safety manifested.

Prop. I am your free dependant.

Duke. uick, despatch, And send the head to Angelo. [Ecil Provost. Now will I write letters to Angelo,The provost, he shall bear them,--whose contents Shall witness to him, I am near at home; And that, by great injunctions, I am bound To enter publicly: him I’ll desire To meet me at the consecrated fount, A league below the city; and from thence, By cold gradation and weal-balanced form, We shals proceed with Angelo.

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Isab. Ho, by your leave. Duke. Good morning to you, fair and gracious daughter. Isab. The better, given me by so holy a man. Hath yet the deputy sent my brother's pardon 1 Duke. oth releas'd him, Isabel, from the world; His head is off, and sent to Angelo. Isab. Nay, but it is not so. Duke. - It is no other: Show your wisdom, daughter, in your close pa

tience. Isab. O, I will to him, and pluck out his eyes. pike. You shalinoic admitted to his sight.

Isab. Unhappy Claudio ! Wretched Isabel !

Injurious | Most damned Angelo !
Duke. This nor hurts him, nor profits you a jot
Forbear it therefore; give your cause to Heaven.
Mark what I say ; which you shall sind,
By every o a faithful verity:
#. duke comes home tomorrow ;—nay, dry you

One of our convent, and his confessor,
Gives me this instance: Already he hath carried
Notice to Escalus and Angelo;
Who do prepare to meet him at the gates,
There to give up their power. If you can, pace
your wisdom -
In that good o that I would wish it go;
And you shall have your bosom” on this wretch,
Grace of the duke, revenges to your heart,

And general honour.

Isab. I am directed by you. Duke. This letter then to friar Peter give; 'Tis that he sent me of the duke's return: Say, by this token, I desire his company At Mariana’s house to night. Her cause, and yours I'll perfect him withal; and he shall bring you Before the duke; and to the head of Angelo

(1) The antipodes. (2) Your heart's desire.

Accuse him home, and home. For my poor self,

I am combined by a sacred vow,
And shall be absent. Wendo you with this letter:
Command these fretting waters from your eyes
With a light heart; trust not my holy order,
If I pervert your course.—Who's here 1

Enter Lucio. ucio. Good even Friar, where is the provost? Duke. Not within, sir. Lucio. O, pretty Isabella, I am pale at mine heart, to see thine eyes so red: thou must be patient: I am fain to dine and sup, with water and bran; I dare not for my head fill my belly; one fruitful meal would set me to't: But they say the duke will be here to-morrow. o my troth, Isabel, I lov'd thy brother: if the old fantastical duke of dark corners had been at home, he had lived. Erit Isabella. Duke. Sir, the duke is marvellous little beholden to }. ". ; but the best is, he lives not in them. ucio. Friar, thou knowest not the duke so well as I do: he's a better woodman than thou takest him for. Duke. ye well. Lucio. Nay, tarry; I'll go along with thee; I can tell thee pretty tales of the duke. Duke. You have told me too many of him already, sir, if they be true; if not true, none were enough. Lucio. I was once before him for getting awench with child. Duke. Did you such a thing? Lucio. Yes, marry, did I : Thut was sain to forswear it; they would else have married me to the rotten medlar. Duke. Sir, your company is fairer than honest: Rest you well. Lucio. By my troth, I'll go with thee to the lane's end: If bawdy talk offend you, we'll have very little of it: Nay, friar, I am a kind of burr, I shall stick. Eweunt.

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Escal. Every letter he hath writ hath disvouch'd? other. .1ng. In most uneven and distracted manner. His actions show much like to madness: pray Heaven, his wisdom be not tainted And why meet him at the gates, and re-deliver our authorities there 2 Escal. I guess not. Jing. And why should we proclaim it in an hour before his entering, that if any crave redress of injustice, they should exhibit their petitions in the street? cal. He shows his reason for that: to have a despatch of complaints; and to deliver us from devices hereaster, which shall then have no power to stand against us. Jing. Well, I beseech you, let it be proclaim'd: Betimes i' the morn, I'll cais you at your house : Give notice to such men of sort and suit,” As are to meet him. Escal. I shall, sir: fare you well. .dng. Good night.— This deed unshapes me quite, makes me unpreg

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nant And dull to all proceedings. A deflower'd maid! And by an eminent body, that enforc’d

The law against it!—But that her tender shame
Will not proclaim against her maiden loss
How might she tongue me? Yet reason dares
her ?—no :
For my authority bears a credent' bulk,
That no o scandal once can touch,
But it confounds the breather." He should have liv'd,
Save that his riotous youth, with dangerous sense,
Might, in the times to come, have ta'en revenge,
By so receiving a dishonour’d life,
With ransom of such shame. *Would yet he
had liv'd :
Alock, when once our grace we have forgot,
Nothing goes right; we would and we would Ei

SCE.NTE V.—Fields without the tourn. Enter Duke in his own habit, and Friar Peter.

Duke. These letters at fit time deliver me. Giring letters. The provost knows our purpose, and our plot. The matter being afoot, keep your instruction, And hold you ever to our special drist; Though sometimes you do blench" from this to that As cause doth minister. Go, call at Flavius' house, And tell him where I stay: give the like notice, To Valentinus, Rowland, and to Crassus, And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate; But send me Flavius first. F. Peter. It shall be speeded well. t; Friar. Enter Warrius. Duke. I thank thee, Warrius; thou hast made ood haste; Come, we will walk: There's other of our friends Will greet us here anon, my gentle Warrius. [Ere.

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Enter Friar Peter. F. Peter. Come, I have found you out a stand

most fit, Where you may have such vantage” on the duke, He shall not pass you: Twice have the trumpets

sounded; The generous” and gravest citizens Have hent” the gates, and very near upon The duke is entoring; therefore hence, away.[Ere.


SCENTE I-7 public place near the city gate. Mariana (reiled,) Isabella, and Peter, at a distance. Enter at opposite doors, Duke, Warrius, Lords; Angelo, Escalus, Lucio, Provost, Osh cers, and Citizens.

Duke. My very worthy cousin, fairly met:—

1) Go. (i) Contradicted. (3) Figure and rank. 4) Calls, challenges her to do it. (5) Credit unquestionable. (6) Utterer.

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