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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.



A Room in Angelo's House.

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 dispatch 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,
As are to meet him.

I shall, sir : fare you well.

Ang. Good night.-
This deed unshapes me quite, makes me unpregnant,
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 ?


For my authority bears a credent bulk,
That no particular 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! Alack, when once our grace we have forgot, Nothing goes right; we would, and we would not 60.



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 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.

[Exit Friar.


Duke. I thank thee, Varrius ; thou hast made good

haste: Come, we will walk : There's other of our friends Will greet us here anon, my gentle Varrius. [Exeunt.


Street near the City Gate.


Isab. To speak so indirectly, I am loth;
I would say the truth; but to accuse him so,
That is your part: yet I'm advis'd to do it;
He says, to veil full purpose.

Be rul'd by him. Isab. Besides, he tells me, that, if peradventure He speak against me on the adverse side,

I should not think it strange; for 'tis a physick,
That's bitter to sweet end.

Mari. I would, friar Peter-

O, peace; the friar is come.

Enter Friar Peter 61.

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

The generous and gravest citizens
Have hent the gates, and very near upon
The duke is ent'ring; therefore hence, away.



A publick Place near the City Gate. MARIANA (veil'd) ISABELLA, and Peter, at a di

stance. Enter at opposite doors, Dukr, 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

Duke. Many and hearty thankings to you both.
We have made inquiry of you ; and we hear
Such goodness of your justice, that our soul
Cannot but yield you forth to publick thanks,
Fore-running more requital.

You make my bonds still greater. Duke. O, your desert speaks loud; and I should

wrong it,
To lock it in the wards of covert bosóm,
When it deserves with characters of brass
A forted residence, 'gainst the tooth of time,
And razure of oblivion : Give me your hand,
And let the subject see, to make them know
That outward courtesies would fain proclaim
Favours that keep within.-Come, Escalus;
You must walk by us on our other hand ;-
And good supporters are you.

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