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An hypocrite, a virgin-violator;
Nay, ten times strange,
Away with her ;--Poor soul, She speaks this in the infirmity of sense. Isab. O prince, I conjure thee, as thou be
liev'st There is another comfort than this world, That thou neglect me not, with that opinion That I am touch'd with madness; make not impos
sible That which but seems unlike: 'tis not impos
sible, But one, the wicked'st caitiff on the ground, May seem as shy, as grave, as just, as absolute,' As Angelo; even so may Angelo, In all his dressings, characts, titles, forms, Be an arch-villain ; believe it, royal prince, If he be less, he's nothing; but he's more, Had I more name for badness. Duke.
By mine honesty,
O, gracious duke,
i as shy, as grave, as just, as absolute,] As shy; as reserved, as abstracted: as just ; as nice, as exact: as absolute; as complete in all the round of duty. Johnson.
do not banish reason
For inequality :) Do not suppose I am mad, because I speak · passionately and unequally. MALONE.
To make the truth appear, where it seems hid;
Many that are not mad, Have, sure, more lack of reason.- What would you
That's I, an't like your grace:
That's he, indeed. Duke. You were not bid to speak. Lucio.
No, my good lord ; Nor wish'd to hold my peace. Duke.
I wish you now then;
Lucio. I warrant your honour.
to it. Isab. This gentleman told somewhat of my tale. Lucio. Right.
Duke. It may be right; but you are in the wrong To speak before your time.- Proceed. Isab.
. I went To this pernicious caitiff deputy.
Duke. That's somewhat madly spoken.
Pardon it; The phrase is to the matter.
? And hide the false, seems true.) i.e. which seems true,
Duke. Mended again: the matter ;--Proceed.
Isab. In brief,—to set the needless process by,
This is most likely !
not what thou speak’st; Or else thou art suborn'd against his honour, In hateful practice: First, his integrity Stands without blemish :-next, it imports no rea
And is this all ?
4 How he refell’d me,] To refel is to refute,
7 In hateful practice :] Practice was used by the old writers for any unlawful or insidious stratagem,
Unfold the evil which is here wrapt up
Duke. I know, you'd fain be gone :-An officer ! To prison with her :-Shall we thus permit A blasting and a scandalous breath to fall On him so near us? This needs must be a practice. -Who knew of your intent, and coming hither? Isab. One that I would were here, friar Lodo
wick. Duke. A ghostly father, belike: Who know.8
that Lodowick? Lucio. My lord, I know him ; 'tis a medling
friar; I do not like the man: had he been lay, my lord, For certain words he spake against your grace In your retirement, I had swing'd him soundly. Duke. Words against me? This' a good friar,
Blessed be your royal grace!
We did believe no less. Know you that friar Lodowick, that she speaks of ?
F. Peter. I know him for a man divine and holy ;
A ver Peter i by, mylo
9 In countenance !) i. e. false appearance, hypocrisy.
Not scurvy, nor a temporary medler,
man; (To justify this worthy nobleman, So vulgarly' and personally accus'd,) Her shall you hear disproved to her eyes, Till she herself confess it. Duke.
Good friar, let's hear it. [ISABELLA is carried off, guarded ; and
MARIANA comes forward.
Mari. Pardon, my lord; I will not show my face,
What, are you married?
e his mere request,] i. e. his absolute request.
3 In this I'll be impartial;] Impartial was sometimes used in the sense of partial.