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rou speedily to Angelo ; if for this night he entreats, Lucio. How doth my dear morsel, thy mistress ? you to his bed, give him promise of satisfaction. I Procures she still ? Ha ? will presently to St. Luke's; there, at the moated Clo. Troth, sir, she hath eaten up all her beef, grange,' resides this dejected Mariana ; at that and she is hersell in the tub.s place call upon me; and despatch with Angelo, Lucio. Why, 'tis good; it is the right of it; it that it may be quickly.
must be so: ever your fresh whore, and your pow. Isab. I thank you for this comfort: fare you well, der'd bawd: an unshunn'd consequence; it must good father.
[Exeunt severally. We so: art going to prison, Pompey?
Clo. Yes, faith, sir. SCENE II.—The street before the prison. Enter Lucio. Why, 'tís not amiss; Pompey: farewell:
Duke, as a friar; to him Elbow, Clown, and go;, say, I sent thee thither.' For debt, Pompey? Officers,
E!b. For being a bawd, for being a bawd. Elb. Nay, if there be no remedy for it, but that
Lucio. Well, then imprison him: if imprisonyou will needs buy and sell men and women like ment be the due of a bawd, why, 'tis his
right: beasts, we shall have all the world drink brown and bawd is he, doubtless, and of'antiquity too ; băwdwhite bastard. 2
born. Farewell, good Pompey: commend me to Duke. O, heavens! what stuff is here?
the prison, Pompey: you will turn good husband Clo. 'Twas never merry world, since, of two now, Pompey ; you will keep the house. usuries, the merriest was put down, and the worser Clo. I hope,'sir, your good worship will be my allow'd by order of law a furr'd gown to keep bail. him warm; and furr'd with fox and lamb-skins Lucio. No, indeed, will I not, Pompey; it is not too, to signify, that craft, being richer than inno- the wear. I will pray, Pompey, to increase your cency, stands for the facing.
bondage: if you take it not patiently, why, your Elb. Come your way, sir :-Bless you, good fa- mettle is the more. Adieu, trusty Pompey. -Bless ther friar. Duke. And you, good brother father : What
Dukt. And you. offence hath this man made you, sir ?
Lucio. Does Bridget paint still, Pompey? Ha ? Elb. Marry, sir, he hath offended the law: and, Elb. Come your ways, sir; come. sir, we take him to be a thief too, sir ; for we have Clo. You will not bail me then, sir ? found upon him, sir, a strange pick-lock," which
Lucio. Then, Pompey? nor now.–What news we have sent to the deputy.
abroad, friar ? 'what news?
Lucio. Go,—to kennel, Pompey, go:
[Exeunt Elbow, Clown, and Officers.
Lucio. Some say, he is with the emperor of RusCanst thou believe thy living is a lise,
sia; other some, he is in Rome: but where is he; So stinkingly depending ? Go, mend, go, mend. think you ?
Clo. Indeed, it does stink in some sort, sir ; but Duke. I know not where: but wheresoever, I yet, sir, I would prove
wish him well. Duke. Nay, if the devil have given thee proofs Lucio. It was a mad fantastical trick of him, to for sin,
steal from the state, and usurp the beggary he was Thou wilt prove his. Take him to prison, officer; never born to. Lord Angelo dukes it well in his Correction and instruction must bolh work, absence; he puts transgression to't. Ere this rude beast will profit.
Duke. He does well'in't. Elb. He must before the deputy, sir; he has Lucio. A little more lenity to lechery would do given him warning: the deputy cannot abide a no harın in him: something too crabbed that way, whoremaster: if he be a whoremonger, and comes friar. before him, he were as good go a mile on his errand. Duke. It is too general a vice, and severity must
Duke. That we were all, as some would seem to be, cure it.
|kindred ; it is well ally'd: but it is impossible to
extirp it quite, friar, till eating and drinking be put Elb. His neck will come to your waist, a cord,“ sir. down. They say, this Angelo was not made by
Clo. I spy comfort; I cry, bail : here's a gentleman and woman, after the downright way of creaman, and a friend of mine.
tion : is it true, think you ? Lucio. How now, noble Pompey? What, at the
Duke. How'should he be made then ? heels of Cæsar ? Art thou led in triumph? What,
Lucio. Some report, a sea-maid spawn'd him :is there none of Pygmalion's images, newly made some, that he was begot between two stock-fishes : woman, to be had now, for putting the hand in the but it is certain, that when he makes mater, his pocket, and extracting it clutch'd ? What reply? urine is congeald ice; that I know to be true : and Ha? What say'st thou to this tune, matter, and he is a motion ungenerative, that's infallible. method ? Is't not drown'd i' the last rain ? Ha?
Duke. You are pleasant, sir; and speak apace. What say'st thou, trot? Is the world as it
Lucio. Why, what a ruthless thing is this in
was, man? Which is the way? Is it sad, and few him, for the rebellion of a cod-piece, to take away words? Or how? The trick of it?
the life of a man? Would the duke, that is absent, Duke. Still thus, and thus ! still worse !
have done this? Ere he would have hang'd a man
for the getting a hundred bastards, he would have (1) A solitary farm-house. (2) A sweet wine. (3) For a Spanish padlock.
(5) Powdering tub. (6) Stay at home. Tied like your waist with a rope.
Lucio. A very
paid for the nursing a thousand : he had some feel-, Duke. No might nor greatness in mortality ing of the sport; he knew the service, and that in- Can censure 'scape; back-wounding calumny structed him to mercy.
The whitest virtue strikes : What king so strong, Duke. I never heard the absent duke much de-'Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue ? tected' for women; he was not inclined that way. But who comes here ?
Lucio. O, sir, you are deceived.
Enter Escalus, Provost, Bawd, and Officers, Lucio. Who? not the duke ? yes, your beggar of Escal. Go, away with her to prison. fifty ;-and his use was, to put a ducat in her clack Bawd. Good my lord, be good to me; your hom dish: the duke had crotchets in him : he would be nour is accounted a merciful man: good my lord. drunk too; that let me inform you.
Escal, Double and treble admonition, and still Duke. You do him wrong, surely.
forfeit' in the same kind ? This would make mercy Lucio. Sir, I was an inward of his : a shy fellow swear, and play the tyrant. was the duke: and, I believe, I know the cause of Prov. A bawd of eleven years continuance, may his withdrawing.
it please your honour. Duke. What, I pr’ythee, might be the cause? Bard. My lord, this is one Lucio's information
Lucio. No,--pardon ;-'tis a secret must be aguinst me: mistress Kate Keep-down was with lock'd within the teeth and the lips ; but this I can child by him in the duke's time, he promised her let you understand, - The greater file of the sub-marriage; his child is a year and a quarter old, ject held the duke to be wise.
come Philip and Jacob: I have kept it myself; and Puke. Wise ? why, no question but he was. sec how he goes about to abuse me.
perficial, ignorant, unweighinga Escal. That fellow is a fellow of much license: fellow.
- let him be called before us.-Away with her lo Duke. Either this is envy in you, folly, or mis- prison: Go to; no more words. (Exeunt Band and taking, the very stream of his life, and the business Officers.). Provost, my brother Angelo will not be he hath helmed,“ must, upon a warranted need, alter'd, Claudio must die to-morrow; let him be give him a better proclamation. Let him be bui furnished vith divines, and have all charitable pretestimonied in his own bringings forth, and he shall paration : il my brother wrought by my pity, it appear to the envious, a scholar, a statesman, and should not be so with him. a soldier: therefore, you speak unskilfully; or, if Prov. So please you, this friar hath been with him, your knowledge be more, it is much darken’d in and advised him for the entertainment of death. your malice.
Escal. Good even, good father. Lucio. Sir, I know him, and I love him.
Duke. Bliss and goodness on you! Duke. Love talks with better knowledge, and Escal. Of whence are you? knowledge with dearer love.
Duke. Not of this country, though my chance is Lucio. Come, sir, I know what I know.
Duke. I can hardly believe that, since you know To use it for my time: I am a brother not what you speak. But, if ever the duke return Of gracious order, late come from the see, (as our prayers are he mav,) let me desire you to in special business from his holiness. make your answer before him: if it be honest you Escal. What news abroad i' the world ? have spoke, you have courage to maintain it: I am Duke. None, but that there is so great a fever bound to call upon you; and, I pray you, your on goodness, that the dissolution of it must cure it; name?
povelty is only in request; and it is as dangerous to Lucio. Sir, my name is Lucio; well known to be constant in any kind of course, as it is virtuous the duke.
to be constant in any undertaking. There is scarce Duke. He shall know you better, sir, if I may truth enough alive, io muke societies secure; but live to report you.
security enough, to make fellowships accurs'd: Lucio. I fear you not.
much upon this riddle runs the wisdom of the world. Duke, 0, you hope the duke will return no more; This news is old enough, yet it is every day's news, or you imagine me too unhurtful an opposite. But, I pray you, sir, of what disposition was the duke ? indeed, I can do you little harm: you'll forswear Escal. One, íhat, above all other strifes, contend. this again.
ed especially to know himself. Lucio. I'll be hang'd first: thou art deceived in Duke. What pleasure was he given to ? me, friar.. But no more of this : can'st thou tell, ir Escal. Rather rejoicing to see another merry, Claudio dic to-morrow, or no?
than merry at any thing which profess'd to make Druke. Why should he die, sir ?
him rejoice; a gentleman of all iemperance. But Lucio. Why? for filling a bottle with a tun-dish. leave we him to his events, with a prayer they may I would, the duke, we talk of, were return'd again : prove prosperous: and let me desire to know how this ungenitur'd agent will unpeople the province you find Claudio prepared. I am made to underwith continency ; sparrows must not build in his stand, that you have lent him visitation. house-eaves, because they are lecherous. The duke Duke. He professes to have received no sinister yet would have dark deeds darkly answer'd; he measures from his judge, but most willingly humwould never bring them to light: would he were bles himself to the determination of justice : yet return'd! Marry, this Claudio is condemned for had he framed to himself, by the instruction of his untrussing. Farewell, good friar; I pr’ythee, pray frailty, many deceiving promises of life; which I, for me. Th» duke, I say to thee again, would eat by my good leisure, have discredited to him, and mutton on Fridays. He's now past it; yet, and I now is he resolved to die. say to thee, he would mouth with a beggar, though Escal. You have paid the heavens your function, she smelt brown bread and garlic : say, that I said and the prisoner the very debt of your calling, so. Farewell.
(Exit. have labour'd for the poor gentleman, to the cxSuspected. (2) The majority of his subjects. (6) Have a wench. (7) Transgress. Inconsiderate. (4) Guided. (5) Opponent,
tremest shore of my modesty; but my brother jus-is come, even now. I shall crave your forbearance tice have I found so severe, that he hath forced me a little; may be, I will call upon you anon, for to tell him, he is indeed-justice.
some advantage to yourself. Duke. If his own life answers the straitness of Mari. I am always bound to you. (Exit. his proceeding, it shall become him well; wherein, Duke. Very well met
, and welcome. if he chance to fail, he hath sentenced himself. What is the news from this good deputy? Escal. I am going to visit the prisoner: Fare Isab. He hath a garden circummurds with brick,
Whose western side is with a vineyard back'd; Duke. Peace be with you!
And to that vineyard is a planched gate, [Ereunt Escalus and Provost. That makes his opening with this bigger key: He, who the sword of heaven will bear,
This other doth command a little door, Should be as holy as severe;
Which from the vineyard to the garden leads; Pattern in himself to know,
There have I made my promise to call on him, Grace to stand, and virtue go;
Upon the heavy middle of the night. More nor less to others paying,
Duke. But 'shall you on your knowledge find Than by sell-offences weighing.
this way? Shame to him, whose cruel striking
Isab. I have ta'en a due and wary note upon't ; Kills for faults of his own liking !
With whispering and most guilty diligence, Twice treble shame on Angelo,
In action all of precept, he did show me To weed my vice, and let his grow!
The way twice o'er. O, what may man within him hide,
Are there no other tokens Though angel on the outward side!
Between you 'greed, concerning her observance ? How may likeness,' madea in crimes,
Isab. No, none, but only a repair i' the dark; Making practice on the times,
And that I have possess'd' him, my most stay Draw with idle spiders' strings.
Can be but brief: for I have made him know, Most pond'rous and substantial things!
I have a servant comes with me along, Craft against vice I must apply:
That stays upon me; whose persuasion is, With Angelo to-night shall lie
I come about my brother. His old betrothed, but despis'd;
'Tis well borne up. So disguise shall, by the disguis'd,
I have not yet made known to Mariana Pay with falsehood false exacting,
A word of this :-What, ho! within ! come forth ! And perform an old contracting.
She comes to do you good.
I do desire the like,
Duke. Do you persuade yourself that I respect SCENE 1.A room in Mariana's house. Mariana discovered silting; a Boy singing, Mari. Good friar, I know you do ; and have
found it. SONG,
Duke. Take then this your companion by the Take, oh take those lips away,
hand, That so sweetly were forsworn ;
Who hath a story ready for your ear: And those eyes, the break of day,
I shall attend your leisure ; but make haste; Lights that do mislead the morn :
The vaporous night approaches. But my kisses bring again,
Will't please you walk aside ? bring again, Seals of love, but seal'd in vain,
(Exeunt Mariana and Isabella. seal'd in vain. Duke. O place and greatness, millions of false Mari. Break off thy song, and haste thee quick are stuck upon thee! volumes of report
away ; Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice
Run with these false and most contrarious quests' Hath often stillid my brawling discontent.
Upon thy doings ! thousand 'scapes of wit
Make thee the father of their idle dream,
Re-enter Mariana and Isabella,
Isab. She'll take the enterprise upon her, father, Duke. 'Tis good : though'music oft hath such a
If you advise it,
It is not my consent,
But my entreaty too.
Little have you to say, I pray you, tell me, hath any body inquired for me here to-day? much upon this time have I promisa When you depart from him, but, soft and low, here to meet.
Remember now my brother. Mari. You have not been inquired after: I have
Fear me not, sat here all day.
Duke. Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all;
He is your husband on a pre-contract :
To bring you thus together, 'tis no sin ;
Doth Nourishi' the deceit, Come, let us go; (1) Appearance. (2) Trained. (3) Walled round. (4) Planked, wooden.
(8) Sallier, Informed. (6) Waits.
Since. (10) Gild or varnish over,
Inquisitions, in quirkes;
Our corn's to reap, for yet our tithe's' to sow. One has my pity; not a jot the other,
(Exeunt. Being a murderer, though he were my brother.
Look, here's the warrant, Claudio, for thy death:
'Tis now dead midnight, and by eight to-morrow Prov. Come hither, sirrah: can you cut off a Thou must be made inmortal. Where's Barnardine? man's head ?
Claud. As fast lock'd up in sleep, as guildless Clo. If the man be a bachelor, sir, I can: but if labour he be a married man, he is his wife's head, and I When it lies starkly in the traveller's bones: can never cut off a woman's head.
He will not wake. Prov. Come, sir, leave me your snatches, and Prov.
Who can do good on him? yield me a direct answer. To-morrow morning Well, go, prepare yourself. But hark, what noise ? are to die Claudio and Barnardine: here is in our
(Knocking within, prison a common executioner, who in his ofhce Heaven give your spirits comfort! (Exit Claudio. lacks a helper: if you will take it on you to assist
By and by :him, it shall redeem you from your gyves;a if not, I hope it is some pardon, or reprieve, you'shall have your full time of imprisonment, and for the most gentle Claudio. Welcome, father. your deliverance with an unpitied whipping ; for you have been a notorious ba wd.
Enter Duke. Clo. Sir, I have been an unlawful bawd, time
Duke. The best and wholesomest spirits of the out of mind; but yet I will be content to be a lawful hangman. I would be glad to receive some in- Envelop you, good provost! Who call'd here of late ?
night struction from iny fellow partner.
Prov. None, since the curfew rung. Prov. What ho, Abhorson! Where's Abhorson,
Not Isabel ? there?
Dike. They will then, ere't be long.
Prov. What comfort is for Claudio ? Prov. Sirrah, here's a fellow will help you to
There's some in hope. morrow in your execution: if you think him meet,
Prov. It is a bitter deputy. compound with him by the year, and let him abide Duke. Not so, not so ; his life is parallel'd here with you: if not, use him for the present, and Even with the stroke and line of his great justice; dismiss him: he cannot plead his estimation with He doth with holy abstinence subdue you; he hath been a bawd.
That in himself, which he spurs on his power Abhor. A bawd, sir ? Fie upon him, he will dis- To qualifye in others : were he meal'ds" credit our mystery.'
With that which he corrects, then were he tyrannous; Prov. Go to, sir; you weigh equally; a feather But this being so, he's just.-Now are they come.will turn the scale.
(Knocking within—Provost goes out. Clo. Pray, sir, by your good favour (for, surely, This is a gentle provost : Seldom, when sir, a good savour you have, but that you have a The steeled gaoler is the friend of men. hanging look,) do you call, sir, your occupation a How now? What noise ? That spirit's possess'd mystery?
with haste, Abhor. Ay, sir ; a mystery.
That wounds the unsisting postern with these Clo. Painting, sir, I have heard sav, is a mys
strokes. tery; and your whores, sir, being members of my occupation, using painting, do prove my occupa
Provost returns, speaking to one at the door. tion a mystery: but what mystery there should be in Prov. There he must stay, until the officer hanring, if I should be hang'd, I cannot imagine. Arise to let him in; he is call’d up: Abhor. Sir, it is a mystery.
Duke. Have you no countermand for Claudio yet, Clo. Proof.
But he must die to-morrow ? Abhor. Every trues man's apparel fits your Prov.
None, sir, none. thief: if it be too little for vour thief, your true man Duke. As near the dawning, Provost, as it is, thinks it big enough; if it be too big for your thief, You shall hear more ere morning. your thief thinks it little enough: so every true Prov.
Happily, 'o man's apparel fits your thief.
You something know; yet, I believe, there comes Re-enter Provost.
No countermand ; no such example have we:
Besides, upon the very siegell of justice, Prov. Are you agreed ?
Lord Angelo hath to the public ear Clo. Sir, I will serve him ; for I do find, your Profess'd the contrary. hangman is a more penitent trade than your bawd; he doth oftener ask forgiveness.
Enter a Messenger. Prov. You, sirrah, provide your block and your Duke. This is his lordship's man. axe, to-morrow four o'clock.
Prov. And here comes Claudio's pardon. Abhor. Come on, bawd; I will instruct thee in Mess. My lord hath sent you this note; and by my trade; follow.
me this further charge, that you swerve not from Clo. I do desire to learn, sir ; and, I hope, if you the smallest article of it, neither in time, matter, have occasion to use me for your own turn, you nor other circumstance.' Good morrow; for, as shall find me yare:for, truly, sir, for your kind-take it, it is almost day. ness, I owe you a good turn.
Prov. I shall obey him. [Erit Messenger Prov. Call hither, Barnardine and Claudio: Duke. This is his pardon; purchased by such. (Ereunt Clown and Abhorson. sin,
(Aside. (1) Tilth, land prepared for sowing. (2) Fetters. (6) Ready. (7) Stilly. (8) Moderate.
Trade. (4) Countenance. (5) Honest. (9) Defiled. (10) Perhaps. (11) Seat.
For which the pardoner himself is in:
Duke. O, death's a great disguiser : and you Hence hath offence his quick celerity,
may add to it. Shave the head, and tie the beard; When it is borne in high authority :
and say, it was the desire of the penitent to be so When vice makes mercy, mercy's so extended, bared before his death; you know, the course is That for the fault's love, is the offender friended. — common. If any thing fall to you upon this, more Now, sir, what news?
than thanks and good fortune, by the saint whom Prov. I told you: Lord Angelo, belike, think. I profess, I will plead against it with my life. ing me remiss in mine office, awakens me with this 'Prov. Pardon me, good father; it is against my unwonted putting on :' methinks, strangely; for oath. he hath not used it before.
Duke. Were you sworn to the duke, or to the Duke. Pray you, let's hear.
deputy? Prov. (Reads.) Whatsoever you may hear to Prov. To him, and to his substitutes. the contrary, letClaudio be executed by four of . Duke. You will think you have made no offence, the clock; and, in the afternoon, Barnardine : if the duke avouch the justice of your dealing ? for my better salisfaction, let me have Claudio's Prov. But what likelihood is in that? head sent me by five. Let this be duly perform'd; Duke. Not a resemblance, but a certainty. Yet with a thought, that more depends on it ihan we since I see you searsul, that neither my coat, in. muilst yet deliver. Thus fail not to do your office, tegrity, nor my persuasion, can with ease attempt as you will answer it at your peril.
you, I will go further than I meant to pluck all What say you to this, sir ?
fears out of you. Look you, sir, here is the hand Duke. What is that Barnardine, who is to be and seal of the duke. You know the character, I executed in the afternoon ?
doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you. Prov. A Bohemian born; but here nursed up Prov. I know them both. and bred: one that is a prisoner nine years old.” Duke. The contents of this is the return of the
Duke. How came it, that the absent duke had duke; you shall anon over-read it at your pleanot either deliver'd him to his liberty, or executed sure; where you shall find, within these two days him ? I have heard, it was ever his manner to do so. he will be here. This is a thing, that Angelo
Prod. His friends still wrought reprieves for knows not: for he this very day receives letters of him: and, indeed, his fact, till now in the govern- strange tenor ; perchance, of the duke's death; ment of lord Angelo, came not to an undoubtful perchance, entering into some monastery; but, by proof.
chance, nothing of what is writ.-Look, the un Duke. Is it now apparent ?
folding star calls up the shepherd: put not your Prov. Most manifest, and not denied by himself. self into amazement, how these things should be.
Duke. Hath he borne himself penitently in all disliculties are but easy when they are known. prison? How seems he to be touch'd?
Call your executioner, and off with Barnardine's Prov. A man that apprehends death no more head: I will give him a present shrift, and advise dreadfully, but as a drunken sleep; careless, reck-him for a better place. Yet you are amazed ; but less, and fearless of what's past, present, or to this shall absolutely resolve you. Come away; it come; insensible of mortality, and desperately is almost clear dawn.
SCENE III. Another room in the same. Enter Duke. He wants advice.
Clown. Prov. He will hear none : he hath evermore had the liberty of the prison; give himn leave to escape Clo. am as well acquainted here, as I was in our hence, he would not: drunk many times a day, il house of profession: one would think, it were misnot many days entirely drunk. We have very tress Over-done's own house, for here
many of often a waked him, as is to carry him to execution, her old customers. First, here's young master Rash; and show'd him a seeming warrant for it: it hath he's in for a commodity of brown paper and old not inov'd him at all.
ginger, ninescore and seventeen pounds; of which Duke. More of him anon. There is written in he made five marks, ready money : marry, then, your brow, provost, honesty and constancy: If I ginger was not much'in request, for the old women read it not truly, my ancient skill beguiles me ; were all dead. Then is there here one master Ca. bnt in the boldness of my cunning, I will lay my-per, at the suit of master Three-pile the mercer, for -self in hazard. Claudio, whom here you have a some four suits of peach-colourd satin, which now warrant to execute, is no greater forleit to the law peaches him a beggar. Then have we here young than Angelo who hath sentenced him: to make Dizy, and young master Deep-vow, and master
you understand this in a manifested effect, I crave Copper-spur, and master Starve-lackey the rapier but four days respite ; for the which you are to do and dagger-man, and young Drop-heir that kill'd me both a present and a dangerous courtesy. lusty Pudding, and master Forthright the tilter, and Prov. Pray, sir, in what?
brave master Shoe-tie the great traveller, and wild Duke. In the delaying death.
Half-cann that sta' b'd Pots, and, I think, forty Prov. Alack! how may I do it? having the hour more; all great doers in our trade, and are now for limited; and an express command, under penalty, the Lord's sake. to deliver his head in the view of Angelo? I may make my case as Claudio's, to cross this in the
Enter Abhorson. smallest.
Abhor. Sirrah, bring Barnardine hither. Duke. By the vow of mine order, I warrant you,
Clo. Master Barnardine! you must rise and be if my instructions may be your guide. Let this hang'd, master Barnardine. Barnardine be this morning executed, and his head
Abhor. What, ho, Barnardine! be borne to Angelo. Prop. Angelo hath seen them both, and will makes that noise there? What are you?
Barnar. (Within.) A pox o' your throats! Who discover the lavour.
Clo. Your friends, sir ; the hangman : you must (1) Spur, incitement. (2) Nine years in prison.