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That sets them on : Let 'me have way, my Lord, To find this practice out,

Duke. Ay, with my heart; And puuish them' unto your height of plea

sure. Thou foolish friar; and thou pernicious womart, Compact with her that's gone! think’st thou, thy

oaths, Though they would swear down beach particular

saint, Were testimonies against his worth and credit, That's seal'd in approbation? You, Lord Escalura, Sit with my cousin; lend him your kind pains To find out this abase, whence is deriv'd. There is another friar that set them on; Let him be sent for. F. Peter. Would he were here, my Lord; for

he, indeed, Hath set the women on to this complaint : Your provost knows the place where he abides, And he may fetch him.

Duke. Go, do it instantly. [Exit Provost. And you, my noble and well-warranted cousin, Whom it concerns to hear this matter forth, Do with your injuries as seems you best, In any chastisement: I for a while Will leave you ; but stir not you, till you have

well Determined upon these slanderers.

Escal. My Lord, we'll do it thouroughly. [Exit Duke.] Signior Lucio, did not you say,. you knew that friar Lodowick' to be a dishoirest person?

Lucio. Cucullus non facit monachum; honest in nothing, but in his clothes ; and one that hath spoke nosť villainous speeches of the Duke.

2. Escal. We shall entreat you to abide here till he come, and enforce them against him: we shall find this friar a notable feilow.

Lucio. As any in Vienna, on my, word.

Escal. Call that same Isabel here once again; [To an Attendant.] I world speak with her: Pray you, my Lord, give me leave to question; you shall see how I'll handle her.

Lucio. Not beiter thau lie, by her own report. A Escal. Say you?

Lucio. Marry, Sir, I think, if you handied her privately, she would sooner confess; perchance, publickly she'll be ashamed.

Re-enter Officers ,' with ISABELLA ; the Dake, in

the Friar's habit, and Provost.

Escal. I will go darkly to work with ler.

Lucio. That's the way; for women' are light at midniglit.

Escal. Come on, Mistress ; [To ISABELLA.] here's a gentlewoman rcuies all that you have said.

Lucio. My Lord , - here comes the rascal I spoke of; here with the provost.

Escal. In very good time: speák uot you to him, till we call upon you.

Lucio. Mum.

Escal, Come Sir: Did you set these women on to slander Lord Angelo? they have confess'd

you did.

Duke. 'Tis false.
Escal. How! know you where you are !
Duke. Respect to your great place! and let tho

devil Be sometime; honour'd for liis burning throne: Where is the Duke ? 'iis he should hear me speak.

Escal. The Duke's in us; and we will hear

you' speak : Look, you speak justly.

Duke. Boldly, at least: But, O, poor souls, Come you to seek the lamb here of the fox? Good night to your redress. Is the Duke gond? Then is your cause gone too.

The Duke's unjust,
Thus 10 retort your manifest appeal,
And put yonr trial in the villain's mouth,
Which here you come to accuse.

Lucio. - This is tlie rascal; this is he I spoke of.
Escal,, Why, thou unreverend and unhallow'd

Is't not enough, thou hast subora'd these women
To accuse this worthy nan; but, in foul mouth,
And in the witness of his proper ear,
To call him villain?
And then to glance from him to the Duke himself;
1o tax him with jujustice? Take him hence;
To the rack with him: - Well touze you joint

by joint, But we will know this purpose: What!

unjust? Duke. Be not so hot; the Duke Dare no more stretch this finger of mine, than he Dare rack his own; his subject am I not, Nor here provincial: My business in this state Made me a looker on here in Vienna, Where I have seen corruption boit and bubble, Till it o'er•run the stew : laws, for all faults; But faults 81) countenanc'd, that the strong sta.

tutes Stand like the forfeits in a barber's shop, As much in mock as mark. Escal: Elauder to the side! Away with him to


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Ang. What can you vouch against him, Signior

Lucio ?
Is this the man, that you did tell us of ?

Lucio. 'Tis he, my Lord. Come hitler , good. man bald,

• pate; Do you know me? Duke. I remember you, Sir, by the sound of your voice : I met you at the prison, in the abs bence of the Duke.

Lucio, 0, did you soAnd do you remember what you said of the Duke ?

Duke. Most notedly, Sir.

Lucio. Do you so, Sir? And was the Duke a Reshmonger, a fool, and a coward, as you then reported him to be?

Duke. You must, Şir, change persons with me, ere you make that my report: you, indeed, spoke so of him; and much more, much worse.

Lucio. O thon damnable fellow! Did not I pluck thee by the nose, for thy speeches ?

Duke. I protest, I love the Duke, as I love myself.

Ang. Hark! how the villain would close now, after his treasonable abuses. Escal. Such a fellow is not to be talk'd withal :

Away with him to prison: Where is the provost? Away with him to prison; lay bolts eneugh upon him: let him speak uo more: Away with those giglots too, aud with the oiler : confederate companion

[The Provost lays hands on the DUKE.' Duke. Stay, Sir; stay a while. Ang. What! resists he? Help him, Lucio.

Lucio. Come, Sir; come, Sir; come, Sir; foh, Sir:. Why, you bald . pated, dying rascal! :you unst be hooded, must, you?, Show your knave's visage, with a pox to you! Show your sheep.


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biting face, and be hang'd an hour! VVill's not off ? [Pulls off the friar's kood, and discovers the Duke. i Duke. Thou art the first knave,' that c'er made

a Duke. First, Provost, let me bait. these gentle three :' Sneak not away, Sir; [To Lucto.] for the friar

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Must have a word anoit: the lay hold of him.!

Lucio. This may prove worse than hanging. Duke. What you have spoke, I pardon; sit you

down. [To EscaLUS. We'll borrow place of him: - Sir, by your leave;

;" (TO ANGELO. Hast thou or word, or wit, or impudence, That yet can do thee office? If thou hast, Pely upon it till my tale be heard, ki And hold no onger out: :

Ang. O ny drcad Lord, I should be guiltier than my guiltiness, To think I cau be undiscernable, When I perceive, your Grace, like power divine, Hath look'd upon my passes : Then good Prince, Ho longer session "hold upon my shame, But let my trial be: mine own confession; Immediate sentence then, and sequerit death, Is all the grace I beg.

Duke. Come hither, Mariana : Say, wast thou e'er contracted to this 'woman?

sing. I was, my Lord. Duke. Go take ler hence, and marry her in.

stantly. Do you the office, friar; which consummate,, Return him here again : - Go with him, Provost.




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