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that thou wouldst discover if thou couldst, let him continue in his courses, till thou know'st what they are.
Elb. Marry, I thank your worship for it :- Thou seest, thou wicked varlet now, what's come upon thee; thou art to continue now, thou varlet; thou art to continue. Escal. Where were you born, friend ?
[T. FROTH. Froth. Here in Vienna, Sir. Escal. Are you of fourscore pounds a year ? Froth. Yes, and't please you, Sir. Escal. So.—What trade are you of, Sir ? [To the CLOWN. Clo. A tapster ; a poor widow's tapster. Escal. Your mistress's name? Clo. Mistress Over-done. Escal. Hath she had any more than one husband ? Clo. Nine, Sir; Over-done by the last. Escal. Nine! Come hither to me, master Froth. Master Froth, I would not have you acquainted with tapsters; they will draw you, master Froth, and you will hang them: Get you gone, and let me hear no more of you.
Froth. I thank your worship: For mine own part, I never come into any room in a taphouse, but I am drawn in.
Escal. Well; no more of it, master Froth: farewell. [Exit FROTH.]-Come you hither to me, master tapster; what's your name, master tapster ?
Escal. 'Troth, and your bum is the greatest thing about you; so that in the beastliest sense, you are Pompey the great. Pompey, you are partly a bawd, Pompey, howsoever you colour it in being a tapster. Are you 'not ? come, tell me true; it shall be the better for you.
Clo. Truly, Sir, I am a poor fellow, that would live.
Escal. How would you live, Pompey? by being a bawd? What do you think of the trade, Pompey? is it a lawful trade ?
Člo. If the law would allow it, Sir.
Escal. But the law will not allow it, Pompey; nor it shali not be allowed in Vienna.
Clo. Does your worship mean to geld and spay all the youth in the city ? Escal. No, Pompey.
Clo. Truly, Sir, in my poor opinion, they will to't then: If your worship will take order* for the drabs and the knaves, you need not to fear the bawds.
Escal. There are pretty orders beginning, I can tell you: It is but heading and hanging.
Clo. If you head and hang all that offend that way but for ten year together, you'll be glad to give out a commission for more heads.. "If this law hold in Vienna ten year, I'll rent the fairest house in it, after threepence a bay: If you live to see this come to pass, say, Pompey told you so.
Escal. Thank you, good Pompey: and in requital of your prophecy, hark you, - 1 advise you, let me not find you before me again upon any complaint whatsoever, no, not for dwelling where you do; if I do, Pompey, I shall beat you to your tent, and prove a shrewd Cæsar to you; in plain dealing, Pompey, I shall have you whipt: so for this time, Pompey, fare you well.
Clo. I thank your worship for your good counsel ; but I shall follow it, as the flesh and fortune shall better determine. Whip me? No, no; let carman whip his jade; The valiant heart's not whipt out of his trade.
[Exit. Escal. Come hither to me, master Elbow; come hither, master Constable. How long have you been in this place of constable ?
Elb. Seven year and a half, Sir.
Escal. I thought, by your readiness in the office, you had continued in it some time: You say, seven years together ? Elb. And a half, Sir.
Escal. Alas! it'hath been great pains to you! They do you wrong to put you so oft upon't: Are there not men in your ward sufficient to serve it?
Elb. Faith, Sir, few of any wit in such matters : as they are chosen, they are glad to choose me for them; I do it for some piece of money, and go through with all.
Escal. Look you, bring me in the names of some six or seven, the most sufficient of your parish.
Elb. To your worship's house, Sir ?
Escal. To my house : Fare voú well. [Exit ELBOW.] What's o'clock, think you ?
Just. Eleven, Sir.
Escal. It grieves me for the death of Claudio;
Just. Lord Angelo is severe.
Escal. It is but needful :
[Exeunt. SCENE II.-Another Room in the same.
Enter PROVOST and a SERVANT.
Prov. Pray you, do. [Exit SERV.) I'll know
Ang. Did I not tell thee, yea? hadst thou not order ?
Prov. Lest I might be too rash:
Ang. Go to; let that be mine:
shall well be spared.
Ang. Dispose of her
Prov. Ay, my good lord; a very virtuous maid,
Enter Lucio and ISABELLA. Prov. Save your honour!
[Offering to retire. Ang. Stay a little while.—[To ISAB.] You are welcome: What's Isab. I am a woeful suitor to your honour, Please but your honour hear me.
Ang. Well; what's your suit?
Isab. There is a vice, that most I do abhor,
Ang. Well; the matter?
just, but severe law ! I had a brother then.-Heaven keep your honour! [ Retiring.
Lucio. [TO ISAB.] Give't not o'er so: to him again, entreat him; Kneel down before him, hang upon his gown;
your will ?
You are too cold: if you should need a pin,
Isab. Must he necds die ?
Isab. Yes; I 'do think that you might pardon him,
Ang. I will not doʻt.
Ang. He's sentenced ; 'tis too late.
Ang. Pray you, begone.
be thus ?'
[Aside. Ang. Your brother is a forfeit of the law, And you but waste your words.
Isab. Alas! alas !
Ang. Be you content, fair maid;
Isab. To-morrow ? O, that's sudden! Spare him, spare him:
+ Be assured.
# When in season.
Ay, well said. Ang. The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept: Those many had not dared to do that evil, If the first man that did the edict infringe, Had answer'd for his deed: now, 'tis awake; Takes note of what is done; and, like a prophet, Looks in a glass, that shows what future evils (Either now, or by remissness new-conceived, And so in progress to be hatch'd and born), Are now to have no successive degrees, But, where they live, to end.
Isab. Yet show some pity.
Ang. I show it most of all, when I show justice;
Isab. So you must be the first, that gives this sentence;
Lucio. O, to him, to him, wench: he will relent;
Isab. We cannot weigh our brother with ourself:
Lucio. Thou’rt in the right, girl; more o' that.
Lucio, Art advised o' that? more on't.