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And must be buried but as an intent
Merely, my lord. Duke. Your suit's unprofitable ; stand up, I say.md I have bethought me of another fault:Provost, how came it, Claudio was beheaded At an unusual hours 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
Give up your keys.
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.
TExit Provost. Escal. I am sorry, one so learned and so wise As you, lord Angelo, have still appear'd, Should slip so grossly, both in the heat of blood, And lack of temper'd judgment afterward.
Ang. I am sorry, that such sorrow I procure : And so deep sticks it in my penitent heart, That I crave death more willingly than mercy; Tis my deserving, and I do entreat it.
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'sav'd, That should have died when Claudio lost his head; As like almost to Claudio, as himself.
- [Unmuffles CLÀUDIO. Duke. If he be like your brother, To ISABELLA.7.
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 ine 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.
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. Slandering 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,
[Exeunt. 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,