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Enter Angelo and ESCALUS. Escal. Every letter he hath writ hath disvouch'd other.
Ang. 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?
Escal. I guess not.
Ang. 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 ?
Escal. He shows his reason for that: to have a despatch of complaints; and to deliver us from devices hereafter, which shall then have no power to stand against us.
Ang. Well, I beseech you, let it be proclaim’d: Betimes i' the morn, I'll call you at your house: Give notice to such men of sort and suit, 3 As are to meet him. Escal, I shall, sir: fare you well.
[Exit. Ang. Good night.This deed unshapes me quite, makes me unpreg
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,
3- sort and suit,] Figure and rank, or perhaps, his vassals bound to hold suit and service to their over-lord.
How might she tongue me? Yet reason dares her?
—no:4 For my authority bears a credent bulk, That no particular scandal once can touch, But it confounds the breather. He should have
liy’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 ransome of such shame. 'Would yet he had
liv'd! Alack, when once our grace we have forgot, Nothing goes right; we would, and we would not.
Fields without the Town.
Enter Duke in his own habit, and Friar PETER. Duke. These letters at fit time deliver me.
[Giving letters. The provost knows our purpose, and our plot. The matter being afoot, keep your instruction, And hold you ever to our special drift; Though sometimes you do blencho 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,
4 Yet reason dares her?-no:] Yet does not reason challenge or incite her to accuse me no, (answers the speaker,) for my authority, &c. To dare, in this sense, is yet a schoolphrase. MALONE. 5 m y authority bears a credent bulk, .
That no particular scandal, &c.] Credent is creditable, ine forcing credit, not questionable.
6 -- you du blench] To blench is to start off.
And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate;
It shall be speeded well.·
good haste: Come, we will walk: There's other of our friends Will greet us here anon, my gentle Varrius.
Street near the City Gate.
Enter ISABELLA and MARIANA.
Be ruld by him.
O, peace; the friar is come.
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
ACT V. SCENE I. A publick place near the City Gate.
MARIANA, (veild,) ISABELLA, and Peter, at a dis
tance. Enter at opposite doors, Duke, VARRIUS, Lords; ANGELO, Escalus, Lucio, Provost, Officers, and Citizens.
Duke. My very worthy cousin, fairly met:Our old and faithful friend, we are glad to see you. Ang. and Escal. Happy return be to your royal
grace! Duke. Many and hearty thankings to you both., We have made inquiry of you; and we hear Such goodness of justice, that our soul Cannot but yield you forth to publick thanks, Forerunning more requital. Ang.
You make my bonds still greater. . Duke. O, your desert speaks loud; and I should
? The generous, fc.] i. é. the most noble, &c.
You must walk by us on our other hand;
Peter and ISABELLA come forward.
F. Peter. Now is your time; speak loud, and
kneel before him.
Be brief :
O, worthy duke,
here. Ang. My lord, her wits, I fear me, are not firm: She hath been a suitor to me for her brother, Cut off by course of justice. Isab.
By course of justice! Ang. And she will speak most bitterly, and
9 Vail your regard —] i. e, condescend to look, from higher things, upon, &c.