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And must be buried but as an intent
Merely, my lord. Duke. Your suit's unprofitable; stand up, I say. I have bethought me of another fault:Provost, how came it, Claudio was beheaded At an unusual hour? Prov.
It was commanded so. Duke. Had you a special warrant for the deed ? Prov. No, my good lord; it was by private . message. Duke. For which I do discharge you of your
office: Give up your keys. Prov.
Pardon me, noble lord:
His name is Barnardine. Duke. I would thou had'st done so by Claudio. Go, fetch him hither; let me look upon him.
Ang. I am sorry, that such sorrow I procure:
Re-enter Provost, BARNARDINÉ, Claudio, and
This, my lord.
demn'd; But, for those earthly faults, I quit them all; And pray thee, 'take this mercy to provide For better times to come:- Friar, 'advise him; I leave him to your hand.—What muffled fellow's
that? Prov. This is another prisoner, that I say'd, That should have died when Claudio lost his head; As like almost to Claudio, as himself. .
PUnniuffles CLAUDIO. Duke. If he be like your brother, [TO ISABELLA.]
for his sake Is he pardon'd; And, for your lovely sake, Give me your hand, and say you will be mine, He is my brother too : But fitter time for that.. By this, lord Angelo perceives he's safe; Methinks, I see a quick’ning in his eye:Well, Angelo, your evil quits you well: Look that you love your wife; her worth, worth
Lucio. 'Faith, my lord, I spoke it but according
to the trick :: If you will hang me for it, you may, but I had rather it would please you, I might be whipp'd. .
Duke. Whipp'd first, sir, and hang’d after. . Proclaim it, provost, round about the city; If any woman's wrong'd by this lewd fellow, (As I have heard him swear himself, there's one Whom he begot with child,) let her appear, i And he shall marry her: the nuptial finishid, Let him be whipp'd and hang’d.
Lucio. I beseech your highness, do not marry me to a whore! Your highness said even now, I made you a duke; good my lord, do not recompense me, in making me a cuckold.
Duke. Upon mine honour, thou shalt marry her. Thy slanders I forgive; and therewithal Remit thy other forfeits:--Take him to prison: And see our pleasure herein executed.
Lucio. Marrying a punk, my lord, is pressing to death, whipping, and hanging.
Duke. Sland'ring a prince deserves it.
8 — according to the trick:] To the trick of the times,
9- that is more gratulate.] Some other reward in store for him, more acceptable than thanks.
Whereto if you'll a willing ear incline,
? Of this play, the light or comick part is very natural and pleasing, but the grave scenes, if a few passages be excepted, have more labour than elegance. The plot is rather intricate than artful. The time of the action is indefinite; some time, we know not how much, must have elapsed between the recess of the Duke and the imprisonment of Claudio; for he must have learned the story of Mariana in his disguise, or he delegated his power to a man already known to be corrupted. The unities of action and place are sufficiently preserved. Johnson.