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To meet me at the consecrated fount,
Duke. Convenient is it: Make a swift return:
[Exit. Isab. [within]. Peace, ho, be here!
Duke. The tongue of Isabel :-She's come to know,
Isab. The better given me, by so holy a man.
Duke. He hath released him, Isabel, from the world; His head is off, and sent to Angelo.
Isab. Nay, but it is not so.
Duke. It is no other:
Isab. O, I will to him, and pluck out his eyes.
Isab. Unhappy Claudio! Wretched Isabel !
Duke. This nor hurts him, nor profits you a jot:
Isab. I am directed by you.
* Your heart's desire.
Before the duke; and to the head of Angelo
Duke. Not within, Sir.
Lucio. O, pretty Ísabella, I am pale at mine heart, to see thine eyes so red : thou must be patient: I am fain to dine and sup with water and bran; I dare not for my head fill my belly; one fruitful meal would set me tot: But they say the duke will be here to-morrow. By my troth, Isabel, I loved thy brother: if the old fantastical duke of dark corners had been at home, he had lived.
[Exit ISABELLA. Duke. Sir, the duke is marvellous little beholden to your reports; but the best is, he lives not in them.
Lucio. Friar, thou knowest not the duke so well as I do: he's a better woodman than thou takest him for.
Duke. Well, you'll answer this one day. Fare ye well.
Lucio. Nay, tarry; I'll go along with thee; I can tell thee pretty tales of the duke.
Duke. You have told me too many of him already, Sir, if they be true; if not true, none were enough.
Lucio. I was once before him for getting a wench with child. Duke. Did you such a thing ?
Lucio. Yes, marry, did I: but was fain to forswear it; they would else have married me to the rotten medlar.
Duke. Sir, your company is fairer than honest : Rest you well.
Lucio. By my troth, I'll go with thee to the lane's end: If bawdy talk offend you, we'll have very little of it: Nay, friar, I am a kind of burr, I shall stick.
(Exeunt. SCENE IV.-A Room in ANGELO's House.
Enter ANGELO and ESCALUS. Escal. Every letter he hath writ hath disvouch'dt other. Ang. In most uneven and distracted manner. His actions show much like to madness: pray heaven, his wisdom be not tainted! And why meet him at the gates, and re-deliver our authorities there?
Escal. I guess not.
Ang. And why should we proclaim it in an hour before his entering, that, if any crave redress of injustice, they should exhibit their petitions in the street?
Escal. He shows his reason for that: to bave a despatch of complaints; and to deliver us from devices hereafter, which shall then have no power to stand against us. Ang. Well, I beseech you, let it be proclaim'd:
Betimes i' the morn, I'll call you at your house :
we would, and we would not. [Exit. SCENE V.-Tields without the Town. Enter DUKE in his own habit, and Friar PETER. Duke. These letters at fit time deliver me. [Giving letters. The provost knows our purpose, and our plot. The matter being afoot, keep your instruction, And hold you ever to our special drift; Though sometimes you do blench|| from this to that, As cause doth minister. Go, call at Flavius' house, And tell him where I stay: give the like notice, To Valentinus, Rowland, and to Crassus, And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate; But send me Flavius first. F. Peter. It shall be speeded well.
T.Exit FRIAR. Enter VARRIUS. Duke. I thank thee, Varrius; thou hast made good haste : Come, we will walk : There's other of our friends Will greet us here anon, my gentle Varrius.
[Exeunt. SCENE VI.-Street near the City Gate.
Enter ISABELLA and MARIANA.
Mari. Be ruled by him.
† Calls, challenges her to do it.
I should not think it strange; for 'tis a physic,
Mari. I would, friar Peter-
Enter Frar PETER.
ACT V. SCENE I.-A public Place near the City Gate. MARIANA (veiled), ISABELLA, and PETER, at a distance. Enter
at opposite doors, DUKE, VARRIUS, Lords ; ANGELO, ESCALUS, LUCIO, PROVOST, Officers and Citizens.
Duke. My very worthy cousin, fairly met:
Ang. and Escal. Happy return be to your royal grace !
Duke. O, your desert speaks loud; and I should wrong it,
PETER and ISABELLA come forward.
Isab, Justice, O royal duke? Vail your regard Upon a wrong d, I'd fain have said,
a maid ! O worthy prince, dishonour not your eye By throwing it on any other object, Till you have heard me in my true complaint, And give me justice, justice, justice, justice! Duke. Relate your wrongs : In what? By whom? Be brief: * Advantage
+ Most noble. # Seized.
Here is lord Angelo shall give you justice;
Isab. O, worthy duke,
Ang. My lord, her wits, I fear me, are not firm:
Isab. By course of justice !
Duke. Nay, ten times strange.
Isab. It is not truer he is Angelo,
Duke. Away with her :-Poor soul,
Isab. O prince, I conjure thee, as thou believ'st
Duke. By mine honesty,
Isab. O, gracious duke,
Duke. Many that are not mad,
Isab. I am the sister of one Claudio, Condemn'd upon the act of fornication
* Habits and characters of office.