SCENE III. – Another Room in the same. Abhor. Truly, sir, I would desire you to clap in

to your prayers; for, look you, the warrant's Enter Clown.

come. Clo. I am as well acquainted here as I was in Barnar. You rogue, I have been drinking all our house of profession: one would think it were night; I am not fitted for 't. Mistress Overdone's own house, for here be many Clo. O, the better, sir; for he that drinks all of her old customers. First, here's young Master night, and is hanged betimes in the morning, may Rash; he's in for a commodity of brown paper and sleep the sounder all the next day. old ginger, ninescore and seventeen pounds; of

Enter DUKE. which he made five marks, ready money: marry, then, ginger was not much in request, for the old Abhor. Look you, sir, here comes your ghostly women were all dead. Then is there here one father. Do we jest now, think you ? Master Caper, at the suit of one Master Threepile Duke. Sir, induced by my charity, and hearing the mercer, for some four suits of peach-colored how hastily you are to depart, I am come to advise satin, which now peaches him a beggar. Then you, comfort you, and pray with you. have we here young Dizy, and young Master Barnar. Friar, not I; I have been drinking Deepvow, and Master Copperspur, and Master hard all night, and I will have more time to preStarvelackey the rapier-and-dagger man, and young pare me, or they shall beat out my brains with bilDropheir that killed lusty Pudding, and Master lets. I will not consent to die this day, that's Forthright the tilter, and brave Master Shoetie the certain. great traveler, and wild Halfcan that stabbed Pots, Duke. O, sir, you must: and therefore, I beand I think forty more; all great doers in our

seech you, trade, and are now in for the Lord's sake. Look forward on the journey you shall go.

Barnar. I swear I will not die to-day for any Enter ABHORSON.

man's persuasion. Alhor. Sirrah, bring Barnardine hither. Duke. But hear you —

Clo. Master Barnardine! you must rise and be Barnar. Not a word: if you have anything to hanged, Master Barnardine.

say to me, come to my ward; for thence will not Abhor. What, ho, Barnardine!

I to-day.

[Exit. Barnar. [within.] A pox o' your throats ! Who makes that noise there? what are you?

Enter Provost. Clo. Your friends, sir; the hangman: You must be so good, sir, to rise, and be put to death. Duke. Unfit to live or die : 0, gravel heart !

Barnar. [within.] Away, you rogue, away; I After him, fellows; bring him to the block. am sleepy.

[Exeunt ABHORSON and Clown. Abhor. Tell him he must awake, and that Prov. Now, sir, how do you find the prisoner? quickly, too.

Duke. A creature unprepared, unmeet for Clo. Pray, Master Barnardine, awake till you

death ; are executed, and sleep afterwards.

And to transport him in the mind he is Abhor. Go in to him, and fetch him out. Were damnable.

Clo. He is coming, sir, he is coming; I hear Prov. Here in the prison, father, his straw rustle.

There died this morning, of a cruel fever, Abhor. Is the axe upon the block, sirrah? One Ragozine, a most notorious pirate, Clo. Very ready, sir.

A man of Claudio's years; his beard and head

Just of his color. What if we do omit

This reprobate till he were well inclined; Barnar. How now, Abhorson ? what's the And satisfy the deputy with the visage news with you ?

Of Ragozine, more like to Claudio ?

Duke. 0, 't is an accident that heaven provides! Duke. He hath released him, Isabel, from the Despatch it presently; the hour draws on

world : Prefixed by Angelo. See this be done,

His head is off, and sent to Angelo. And sent according to command; whiles I

Isab. Nay, but it is not so. Persuade this rude wretch willingly to die.

Duke. It is no other : Prov. This shall be done, good father, presently. Shew your wisdom, daughter, in your close paBut Barnardine must die this afternoon :

tience. And how shall we continue Claudio,

Isab. O, I will to him, and pluck out his eyes. To save me from the danger that might come Duke. You shall not be admitted to his sight. If he were known alive?

Isab. Unhappy Claudio ! Wretched Isabel ! Duke. Let this be done:- Put them Injurious world ! Most damnéd Angelo ! In secret holds, both Barnardine and Claudio : Duke. This nor hurts him, nor profits you a Ere twice the sun hath made his journal greeting

jot: To the under generation, you shall find

Forbear it, therefore; give your cause to heaven. Your safety manifested.

Mark what I say; which you shall find Prov. I am your free dependent.

By every syllable a faithful verity: Duke. Quick, despatch, and send the head to The Duke comes home to-morrow; nay, dry your Angelo. [Exit Provost.

eyes; Now will I write letters to Angelo

One of our convent, and his confessor, The Provost he shall bear them — whose contents Gives me this instance : already he hath carried Shall witness to him I am near at home; Notice to Escalus and Angelo; And that, by great injunctions, I am bound Who do prepare to meet him at the gates, To enter publicly; him I 'll desire

There to give up their power. If you can, pace To meet me at the consecrated fount,

your wisdom A league below the city; and from thence, In that good path that I would wish it go; By cold gradation and weal-balanced form, And you shall have your bosom on this wretch, We shall proceed with Angelo.

Grace of the Duke, revenges to your heart,

And general bonor.
Re-enter Provost.

Isab. I am directed by you.
Prov. Here is the head; I'll carry it myself. | Duke. This letter, then, to Friar Peter give;

Duke. Convenient is it; make a swift return; 'T is that he sent me of the Duke's return: For I would commune with you of such things Say, by this token, I desire his company That want no ear but yours.

At Mariana's house to-night. Her cause and Prov. I'll make all speed. [Exit.

yours Isab. [within.] Peace, ho, be here!

I'll perfect him withal; and he shall bring you Duke. The tongue of Isabel; she's come to Before the Duke ; and to the head of Angelo know

Accuse him home and home. For my poor self, If yet her brother's pardon be come hither: I am combined by a sacred vow, But I will keep her ignorant of her good, And shall be absent. Wend you with this letter : To make her heavenly comforts of despair Command these fretting waters from your eyes When it is least expected.

With a light heart; trust not my holy order

If I pervert your course. — Who's here?

Enter LUCIO.
Isab. Ho, by your leave.
Duke. Good morning to you, fair and gracious Lucio. Good even !

Friar, where is the Provost ?
Isab. The better, given me by so holy a man. Duke. Not within, sir.
IIath yet the deputy sent my brother's pardon? | Lucio. O, pretty Isabella, I am pale at mine

heart to see thine eyes so red: thou must be pa- of injustice, they should exhibit their petitions in tient. I am fain to dine and sup with water and the street ? bran; I dare not for my head fill my belly; one Escal. He shows his reason for that: to have a fruitful meal would set me to 't: but they say the despatch of complaints; and to deliver us from deDuke will be here to-morrow. By my troth, Isa- vices hereafter, which shall then have no power to bel, I loved thy brother: if the old fantastical stand against us. Duke of dark corners had been at home, he had! Ang. Well, I beseech you, let it be proclaimed : lived.

[Exit ISABELLA. Betimes i' the morn, I'll call you at your house. Duke. Sir, the Duke is marvelous little beholden Give notice to such men of sort and suit to your reports; but the best is, he lives not in | As are to meet him. in them.

Escal. I shall, sir: fare you well. [Exit. Lucio. Friar, thou knowest not the Duke so Ang. Good night. — well as I do: he's a better woodman than thou This deed unshapes me quite, makes me unpregtakest him for.

nant Duke. Well, you 'll answer this one day. Fare And dull to all proceedings. A deflowered maid ! ye well.

| And by an eminent body that enforced Lucio. Nay, tarry; I'll go along with thee; I The law against it !-- But that her tender shame can tell thee pretty tales of the Duke.

Will not proclaim against her maiden loss, Duke. You have told me too many of him al- How might she tongue me? Yet reason dares ready, sir, if they be true: if not true, none were

her: no: enough.

For my authority bears a credent bulk, Lucio. I was once before him for getting a That no particular scandal once can touch, wench with child.

But it confounds the breather. He should have Duke. Did you such a thing ?

lived, Lucio. Yes, marry, did I: but was fain to for- Save that his riotous youth, with dangerous sense, swear it; they would else have married me to the Might in the times to come have ta'en revenge, rotten medlar.

By so receiving a dishonored life, Duke. Sir, your company is fairer than honest : With ransom of such shame. 'Would yet he had Rest you well.

lived ! Lucio. By my troth, I'll go with thee to the Alack, when once our grace we have forgot, lane's end: if bawdy talk offend you, we'll have Nothing goes right; we would and we would not. very little of it. Nay, friar, I am a kind of bur,

[Exit. I shall stick.


SCENE V. — Fields without the Town.
SCENE IV.- A Room in ANGELO's House.

Enter Duke in his own habit, and Friar PETER.
Enter ANGELO and Escalus.

Duke. These letters at fit time deliver me. Escal. Every letter he hath writ hath disvouched

[Giving letters. other.

The Provost knows our purpose and our plot. Ang. In most uneven and distracted manner. The matter being afoot, keep your instruction, His actions shew much like to madness: pray And hold you ever to our special drift; heaven his wisdom be not tainted! And why Though sometimes you do blench from this to meet him at the gates, and re-deliver our authori

that, ties there?

As cause doth minister. Go, call at Flavius' Escal. I guess not.

Ang. And why should we proclaim it in an And tell him where I stay: give the like notice 1 hour before his entering, that if any crave redress To Valentinus, Rowland, and to Crassus,


And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate; That is your part: yet I’m advised to do it;
But send me Flavius first.

He says, to veil full purpose.
F. Peter. It shall be speeded well. Mari. Be ruled by him.

[Exit FRIAR PETER. Isab. Besides, he tells me that, if peradventure

He speak against me on the adverse side,

I should not think it strange; for 't is a physic Duke. I thank thee, Varrius; thou hast made That's bitter to sweet end. good haste:

Mari. I would Friar Peter —
Come, we will walk : there's other of our friends Isab. O, peace; the friar is come.
Will greet us here anon, my gentle Varrius.


Enter Friar PETER
F. Peter. Come, I have found you at a stand

most fit,

Where you may have such vantage on the Duke SCENE VI. — Street near the City Gate. He will not pass you. Twice have the trumpets

Enter ISABELLA and MARIANA. The generous and gravest citizens

Have hent the gates, and very near upon
Isab. To speak so indirectly I am loath. The Duke is entering; therefore hence, away.
I would say the truth; but to accuse him so,



SCENE I. - A public Place near the City Gate. And let the subject see, to make them know

That outward courtesies would fain proclaim MARIANA (veiled), ISABELLA and PETER, at a

Favors that keep within. — Come, Escalus ; distance. Enter at opposite doors, DUKE, VAR

You must walk by us on our other hand; RIUS, Lords; ANGELO, ESCALUS, LUCIO, Pro

And good supporters are you. vost, Officers, and Citizens. Duke. My very worthy cousin, fairly met:

PETER and ISABELLA come forward. Our old and faithful friend, we are glad to see you. F. Peter. Now is your time; speak loud, and

kneel before him. , Happy return be to your royal grace ! | Escal. S

Isab. Justice, O royal Duke! Vail your regard Duke. Many and hearty thankings to you both. Upon a wronged —I'd fain have said, a maid ! We have made enquiry of you; and we hear O worthy prince, dishonor not your eye Such goodness of your justice, that our soul By throwing it on any other object, Cannot but yield you forth to public thanks, Till you have heard me in my true complaint, Forerunning more requital.

And given me justice; justice, justice, justice ! Ang. You make my bonds still greater.

Duke. Relate your wrongs : In what? by whom? Duke. O, your desert speaks loud ; and I should

Be brief:
wrong it

Here is Lord Angelo shall give you justice;
To lock it in the wards of covert bosom, Reveal yourself to him.
When it deserves with characters of brass

Isab. O, worthy Duke,
A forted residence, 'gainst the tooth of time You bid me seek redemption of the devil.
And razure of oblivion. Give me your hand, Hear me yourself; for that which I must speak

Must either punish me, not being believed, Have, sure, more lack of reason. What would Or wring redress from you. Hear me, 0, hear

you say? me, here.

Isab. I am the sister of one Claudio, Ang. My lord, her wits, I fear me, are not firm: Condemned upon the act of fornication She hath been a suitor to me for her brother, To lose his head; condemned by Angelo: Cut off by course of justice.

I, in probation of a sisterhood, Isab. By course of justice !

Was sent to by my brother : One Lucio Ang. And she will speak most bitterly and was then the messenger ;strange.

Lucio. That 's I, an 't like your grace : Isab. Most strange, but yet most truly, will II came to her from Claudio, and desired her speak :

To try her gracious fortune with Lord Angelo, That Angelo's forsworn; is it not strange ? For her poor brother's pardon. That Angelo 's a murderer; is 't not strange ? Isab. That's he, indeed. That Angelo is an adulterous thief,

Duke. You were not bid to speak. An hypocrite, a virgin-violator;

Lucio. No, my good lord; Is it not strange, and strange ?

Nor wished to hold my peace. Duke. Nay, ten times strange.

Duke. I wish you now, then : Isab. It is not truer he is Angelo,

Pray you take note of it: and when you have Than this is all as true as it is strange :

A business for yourself, pray heaven you then Nay, it is ten times true; for truth is truth Be perfect. To the end of reckoning.

Lucio. I warrant your honor. Duke. Away with her. — Poor soul, Duke. The warrant's for yourself; take heed She speaks this in the infirmity of sense.

to it. Isab. O prince, I conjure thee, as thou be Isab. This gentleman told somewhat of my tale. lievest

Lucio. Right. There is another comfort than this world,

Duke. It may be right; but you are in the That thou neglect me not, with that opinion

That I am touched with madness : make not im- To speak before your time. — Proceed.

Isab. I went
That which seems unlike. T is not impossible To this pernicious caitiff deputy.
But one, the wickedest caitiff on the ground, Duke. That's somewhat madly spoken.
May seem as shy, as grave, as just, as absolute, Isab. Pardon it;
As Angelo : even so may Angelo,

The phrase is to the matter.
In all his dressings, characts, titles, forms,

Duke. Mended again: the matter. — Proceed. Be an arch-villain. Believe it, royal prince, Isab. In brief — to set the deedless process by, If he be less, he's nothing; but he's more, How I persuaded, how I prayed and kneeled, Had I more name for badness.

How he refelled me, and how I replied Duke. By mine honesty,

(For this was of much length) - the vile concluIf she be mad (as I believe no other),

sion Her madness hath the oddest frame of sense, I now begin with grief and shame to utter : Such a dependency of thing on thing,

He would not, but by gift of my chaste body As ne'er I heard in madness.

To his concupiscible intemperate lust, Isab. O, gracious Duke,

Release my brother; and, after much debatement, Harp not on that; nor do not banish reason My sisterly remorse confutes mine honor, For inequality: but let your reason serve And I did yield to him: but the next morn beTo make the truth appear where it seems hid;

times, And hide the false seems true.

His purpose surfeiting, he sends a warrant Duke. Many that are not mad | For my poor brother's head.

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