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Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation comes! I have purchased as many diseases under her roof, as come to
2 Gent. To what, I
i 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 so sound, as things that are hollow: thy bones are hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee.
Enter Bawd. i Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica?
Bawd. Well, well; there's one yönder arrested, and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of you all.
i Gent. Who's that, I pray thee?
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.
i Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the proclamation.
Lucio. Away; let's go learn the truth of it.
[Ereunt Lucio and Gentlemen. Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the sweat, what with the gallows, and what with poverty, I am custom-shrunk. How now? what's the news with you?
Clo. No; but there's a woman with maid by him: You have not heard of the proclamation, have you?
You have not hfa croclamation, man Vienna must be
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.
Enter Provost, CLAUDIO, JULIET, and Officers;
Lucio, and two Gentlemen,
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, li
berty: 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 ravin2 down their proper bane,) À 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?
As surfeit is he by the imunotures do purbane,)
? (Like rats that ravin -] To ravin was formerly used for eagerly or voraciously devouring any thing.
Claud. What, but to speak of would offend
again. Lucio. What is it? murder? Claud. No. Lucio. Lechery? Ciaud. Call it so. Prov. Away, sir; you must go. Claud. One word, good friend: Lucio, a word with you.
[Takes him aside. Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good.Is lechery so look'd after? Claud. Thus stands it with me:-Upon a true
contract, I got possession of Julietta's bed; You know the lady; she is fast my wife, Save that we do the denunciation lack Of outward order: this we came not to, Only for propagation of a dower Remaining in the coffer of her friends ;3 From whom we thought it meet to hide our love, Till time had made them for us. But it chances, The stealth of our most mutual entertainment, With character too gross, is writ on Juliet.
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 ;
3- this we came not to,
Remaining in the coffer of her friends ;] I suppose the speaker means for the sake of getting such a dower as her friends might hereafter bestow on her, when time had reconciled them to her clandestine marriage. STEEVENS.
4 the fault and glimpse of newness ;] The fault and glimpse is the same as the faulty glimpse. And the meaning seems to be Whether it be the fault of newness, a fault arising from the mind, being dazzled by a novel authority, of which the new governor has yet had only a glimpse, has yet taken only a hasty survey; or whether, &c. Shakspeare has many similar expressions. MALONE.
Or whether that the body public be is!
Lucio. I warrant, it is : and thy head stands so tickles on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and appeal to him.
Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found. I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service: This day my sister should the cloister enter, And there receive her approbation : Acquaint her with the danger of my state; Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay him ; I have great hope in that: for in her youth There is a prone and speechless dialect, Such as moves men ; beside, she hath prosperous art When she will play with reason and discourse, And well she can persuade.
Lucio. I pray, she may : as well for the encouragement of the like, which else would stand under grievous imposition ; as for the enjoying of thy
5- so tickle -] i. e. ticklish.
her approbation :] i. e. enter on her probation. - prone and speechless dialect,] Prone, perhaps, may stand for humble, as a prone posture is a posture of supplication.