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Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue ? Escal. I am going to visit the prisoner : Fare But who comes here?
Duke. Peace be with you! Enter Escalus, Provost, Bawd, and Officers.
Exeunt Escalus and Provost.
He, who the sword of heaven will bear, Escal. Go, away with her to prison.
Should be as holy as severe ; Bavd. Good my lord, be good to me; your Pattern in himself to know, honour is accounted a merciful man: good my Grace to stand, and virtue go; Jord.
More nor less to others paying, Escal. Double and treble admonition, and than by self-offences weighing: still forfeit in the same kind ? This would make Shame to him, whose cruel striking mercy swear, and play the tyrant.
Kills for faults of his own liking! Prov. A bawd of eleven years' continuance, Twice treble shame on Angelo, may it please your honour.
To weed my vice, and let his grow! Baud. My lord, this is one Lucio's informa- 0, what may man within him hide, tion against me: mistress Kate Deep-down was Though angel on the outward side 1 with child by him in the duke's time, he pro- How inay likeness, made in crimes, mised her marriage; his child is a year and a Making, practice on the times, quarter old, come Philip and Jacob: I have To draw with ille spiders' strings kept it myself; and see how he goes about to Most pond'rous and substantial things! abiise me.
Craft against vice I must apply: Escal. That fellow is a fellow of much li- With Angelo 10-night shall lie cense : --let him be called before us.-Away His old betrothed, but despised; with her to prison: Go to; no more words. So disguise shall, by the disguis'd, (Ereunt Bawd and Officers) Provost, my bro-Pay with falsehood false exacting, ther Angelo will not be alter'd, Claudio must And perform an old contracting [Erit. die tomorrow : let him be furnished with divines, and have all charitable preparation : if my brother wrought by my pity, it should not
ACT IV. be so with him. Prod. So please you, this friar hath been with
SCENE I. A Room in Mariana's House. him, and advised him for the entertainment of Mariana discovered sitting; a Boy singing. death.
Take, oh take those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworn; Duke. Not of this country, though my chance
And those eyes, the break of day,
Lights that do mislead the morn: is now To use it for my time: I am a brother
But my kisses bring again, Of gracious order, late come from the see,
bring again, In special business from his holiness.
Seals of love, but seald in vain, Escal. What news abroad i' the world?
seal'd in vain. Duke. None, but that there is so great a fever Mari. Break off thy song, and haste thee on goodness, that the dissolution of it must cure quick away; it: novelly is only in request; and it is as dan- Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice gerous to be aged in any kind of course, as it Hath often stillid my brawling discontent.-is virtuous to be constant in any undertaking,
[Exit Boy, There is scarce truth enough alive, to make societies secure; but security enough, to make
Enter Duke. fellowships accurs'd: much upon this riddle I cry you mercy, sir ; and well could wish runs the wisdom of the world. This news is You had not found me here so musical: old enough, yet it is every day's news. I pray Let me excuse me, and believe me so,you, sir, of what disposition was the duke ? My mirth it much displeas'd, but pleas'd my Escal. One, that, above all other strifes, con
Wo. tended especially to know himself.
Duke. 'Tis good : though musick oft hath such Duke. What pleasure was he given to ?
a charm, Escal. Rather rejoicing to see another merry, To make bad, good, and good provoke to harm, than merry at any thing which professed to I pray you, tell me, hath any body inquired for make him rejoice: a gentleman of all tem-me here to-day ? much upon this time have 1 perance. Buí leave we him to his events, with promis'd here to meet. a prayer they may prove prosperous; and let Mari. You have not been inquired after : I me desire to know how you find Claudio pre- have sat here all day. pared. I am made to understand, that you have lent him visitation.
Enter Isabella. Duke. He professes to have received no sinis Duke. I do constantly believe you :-The time ter measure from his judge, but most willingly is come, even now. I shall crave your forbearhumbles himself to the determination of justice: ance a little; may be, I will call upon you anon, yet had he framed to himself, by the instruction for some advantage to yourself. of his frailty, many deceiving promises of life; Mari. I am always bound to you. [Exit. which I, by my good leisure, have discredited Duke. Very well met, and welcome. to him, and now is he resolved to die.
What is the news from this good deputy ? Escal. You have paid the heavens your func- Isab. He hath a garden circummur'd with tion, and the prisoner the very debt of your brick, calling. I have labour'd for the poor gentle- Whose western side is with a vineyard back'd; man, to the extremest shore of my modesty ; And to that vineyard is a planched gate, but my brother justice have I found so severe, That makes his opening with this bigger key : that he hath forced me to tell him, he is indeed This other doth command a little door, -justice.
Which from the vineyard to the garden leads; Duke. If his own life answer the straitness There have I made my promise to call on him, of his proceeding, it shall become hun wen; Upon the heavy middle of the night. wherein, if he chance to fail, he hath sentenced Duke. But shall you on your knowledge find himself.
Isab. I have ta'en a due and wary note upon't: Prov. What ho, Abhorson! Where's Abhor.
Abhor. Do you call, sir ?
Prov. Sirrah, here's a fellow will help you Isab. No, none, but only a repair i' the dark; tomorrow in your execution : Ti you think it And that I have possess'd him, my most stay
meet, compound with him by the year, and let Can be but brief; for I have made him know, him abide here with you ; if not, use him for I have a servant comes with me along,
the present, and dismiss him: He cannot plead That stays upon me; whose persuasion is, his estimation with you ; he hath been a bawd. I come about my brother.
Abhor. A bawd, sír ? Fie upon him, he will Duke.
"Tis well borne up, discredit our mystery.
turn the scale.
Clo. Pray, sir, by your good favour (for,
surely, sir, a good favour you have, but that I pray you, be acquainted with this maid;
you have a hanging look,) do you call, sir, your She comes to do you good. Isab.
I do desire the like. Toccupation a mystery?
Abhor. Ay, sir; a mystery. Duke. Do you persuade yourself that I respect Clo. Painting, sir, I have heard say, is a mys Marł. Good friar, I know you do ; and have my occupation, using painting, do prove my
tery: and your whores, sir, being members of found it. Duke. Take then this your companion by the should be in hanging, if I should be hang'd, I
occupation a mystery : but what inystery there hand,
cannot imagine. Who hath a story ready for your ear:
Abhor. Sir, it is a mystery.
Abhor. Every true man's apparel fits your Mari. Will't please you walk aside? thief: if it be too little for your thief, your une
(Ereuni Mariana and Isabella. man thinks it big enough; if it be too big for Duke. () place and greatness; millions of false your thief, your thief thinks it little enough : so eyes
every true man's apparel fits your thief. Are stuck upon thee ! volumes of report Run with these false and most contrarious
Re-enter Provost. quests
Prov. Are you agreed ? Upon thy doings! thousand scapes of wit
Clo. Sir, I will serve him: for 1 do find, your Make thee the father of their idle dream, And rack thee in their fancies -Welcome 'bawd: he doth oftener ask forgiveness.
hangman is a more penitent trade than your How agreed?
Proo. You, sirrah, provide your block and Re-enter Mariana and Isabella. your axe, to-morrow four o'clock.
Abhor. Come on, bawd: I will instruct thee Isab. She'll take the enterprise upon her, in my trade ; follow. father,
Clo: I do desire to learn, sir ; and, i hope, if If you advise it.
you have occasion to use me for your own turn, Duke. It is not my consent,
you shall find me yare : for, truly, sir, for your But my entreaty too.
kindness, I owe you a good turn. Isab.
Little have you to say, Prov. Call hither Barnardine and Claudio: When you depart from him, but, soft and low,
(Exeunt Clown and Abhorson. Remember now my brother.
One has my pity ; not a jot the other, Mari.
Fear me not.
Being a murderer, though he were my brother.
Look, here's the warrant, Claudio, for thy
death : Sith that the justice of your title to hin Doth flourish the deceit. Come, let us go;
'Tis now dead midnight, and by eight to-morrow
Thou must be made immortal. Where's Bar Our corn's to reap, for yet our tilth's to sow.
Claud. As fast lock'd up in sleep, as guiltless SCENE II. A Room in the Prison.
When it lies starkly in the traveller's bones :
He will not wake.
Who can do good on him ? man's head ? Clo. If the man be a bachelor, sir, I can: but
noise ? if he be a married man, he is his wife's head, Heaven give your spirits comfort ! [Erit Clauand I can never cut off a woman's head.
dio.] By and by :Prov. Come, sir, leave me your snatches, and 1 hope it is some pardon, or reprieve, yield me a direct answer. To-morrow morning
For the most gentle Claudio.-Welcome, father. are to die Claudio and Barnardine: Here is in
Enter Duke. our prison a common executioner, who in his office lacks a helper: if you will take it on you Duke. The best and wholesomest spirits of the to assist him, ii shall redeem you from your night gyves; if not, you shall have your full time of Envelope you, good Provost! Who call'd bers imprisonment, and your deliverance with an of late ? unpitied whipping : for you have been a noto Prov. None, since the curfew rung. rious ba wd.
Not Isabel ? Clo. Sir, I have been an unlawful bawd, time Prov. No. out of mind; but yet I will be content to be a Duke. They will then, ere 't be long. lawful hangman. I would be glad to receive Prov. What comfort is for Claudio ? some instruction from my fellow partner.
There's some in hop
Prot. It is a bitter deputy.
Duke. Hath he borne himself penitently in Duke. Not so, not so ; his life is parallel'd prison? How seems he to be touch'd ? Even with the stroke and line of his great jus Prov. A man that apprehends death no more tice;
dreadfully, but as a drunken sleep: careless, He doth with holy abstinence subdue
reckless, and fearless of what's past, present, or That in himself which he spurs on his power to come: insensible of mortality, and despeTo qualify in others : were he meal'd
rately mortal. With that which he corrects, then were he ty. Duke. He wants advice. rannoils;
Prov. He will hear none: he hath evermore But this being so, he's just-Now are they had the liberty of the prison; give him leave to come.
escape hence, he would not : drunk many times [Knocking within.- Provost goes out. a day, if not many days entirely drunk. We This is a gentle provost : Seldom when have very often a waked him, as if to carry him The steeled gavler is the friend of inen. to execution, and showed him a seeming warHow now? What noise ? That spirit's possess'd rant for it: it hath not moved him at all. with haste,
Duke. More of him anon. There is written That wounds the unsisting postern with these in your brow, Provost, honesty and constancy: strokes.
if I read it not truly, my ancient skill beguiles Provost returns, speaking to one at the door.
me: but in the boldness of my cunning, I will
lay myself in hazard. Claudio, whom here you Pror. There he must stay, until the officer Arise to let him in ! he is call'd up.
have a warrant to execute, is no greater forfeit
to the law than Angelo who hath sentenced Ditke. Have you no countermand for Claudio yet, him: To make you understand this in a maniBut he must die to-morrow ? Prod.
fested effect, I crave but four days respite ; for
None, sir, none. the which you are to do me both a present and Duke. As near the dawning, Provost, as it is, a dangerous courtesy. You shall hear more ere morning. Proo.
Prov. 'Pray, sir, in what?
Duke. In the delaying death. You something know; yet, I believe, there
Prov. Alack ! how may I do it ? having the comes No countermand ; no such example have we : penalty, to deliver his head in the view of
hour limited ; and an express command, under Besides, upon the very siege of jnstice, Lord Angelo hath to the public ear
Angelo? I may make my case as Claudio's, Professed the contrary.
to cross this in the smallest.
Duke. By the vow of mine order, I warrant Enter a Messenger.
you, if my instructions may be your guide. Let Duke. This is his lordship's man.
this Barnardine be this morning executed, and Proo. And bere comes Claudio's pardon.
his head burne to Angelo. Me=s. My lord hath sent you this note; and Prov. Angelo hath seen them both, and will py me this further charge, that you swerve not discover the favour. from the smallest article of it, beither in time,
Duke. 0, death's a great disguiser : and you maiter, or other circumstance. Good-morrow!!nay add to it. Shave the head, and tie the lor, as I take it, it is almost day.
beard; and say, it was the desire of the penitent Proc. I shall obey him. (Erit Messenger. to be so bared before his death: You know, the Duke. This is his pardon ; purchas'd by such course is common. If any thing fall to you
(Aside. upon this, more than thanks and good fortune, For which the pardoner himself is in : by the saint whom I profess, I will plead against Hence hath offence his quick celerity,
it with my life. W n it is borne in high authority :
Prov. Pardon me, good father; it, is against When vice makes merey, mercy's so extended, my oath. That for the fault's love, is the offender friend Duke. Were you sworn to the duke, or to the ed.
deputy ? Now, sir, what news?
Prov. To him, and to his substitutes. Proo. Itoli you : Lord Angelo, belike, thinking Duke. You will think you have made no of. me remiss in mine office, awakens me with this fence, if the duke avouch the justice of your cnwonted putting on: methiuks, strangely ; for dealing? he hath not used it before.
Prov. But what likelihood is in that? Duke 'Pray you, let's hear.
Duke. Not a resemblance, but a certainty, Pror. [Rearls. Whatsoever you may hear to Yet since I see you fearful, that neither my the contrary, let Claudio be erecuted by four of coat, integrity, nor my persuasion, can with the clock: and, in the afternoon, Barnardine; ease attempt you, I will go further than I for my better salisfaction, let me have Clau- meant, to pluck all fears out of you. Look dio's had sent me by fire. Let this be duly you, sir, here is the hand and seal of the duke. performed ; with a thought, that more depends You know the character, 1 doubt not; and the on it than we must yet deliver. Thu: fail not signct is not strange to you. to do your office, as you will answer it at Prov. I know them both. volt peril.
Duke. The contents of this is the return of What say yon to this, sir?
the duke ; yon shall anon overread it at your Dheke. What is that Barnardine, who is to be pleasure : where you shall find, within these executed in the afternoon ?
two days he will be here. This is a thing that Prov. A Bohemian born; bnt here nursed up Angelo knows not: for he this very day receives and bred: one that is a prisoner nine years old. letters of strange tenor; perchance of the duke's Duke. How came it that the absent'duke had death; perchance, entering into some monaspot either deliver'd him to his liberty, or exe- tery; but, by chance, nothing of what is writ. cuted him? I have heard, it was ever his man- Look, the unfolding star calls up the shepherd. Der to do so.
Put not yourself into amazement, how these Prop. His friends still wronght reprieves for things should be: all difficulties are but easy him: And, indeed, his fact, till now in the go- when they are known. Call your executioner, vernment of Lord' Angelo, came not to an un- and off with Barnardine's head : I will give doubtful proof.
him a present shrift, and advise him for a better Duke. Is it now apparent?
place. Yet you are amazed : but this shall abProv. Most inanifest, and not denied by him solutely resolve you. Come away; it is almost
SCENE IIL. Another Room in the same. Prov. Now, sir, how do you find the prisoner ? Enter Clown.
Duke. A creature unprepar'd, unmeet for
death; Clo. I am as well acquainted here, as I was And, to transport him in the mind he is, in our house of profession : one would think it were damnable. were mistress Over-done's own house, for here
Here in the prison, father, be many of her old customers. First, here's There died this morning of a cruel fever young master Rash: he's in for a commodity One Ragozine, a most notorious pirate, of brown paper and old ginger, ninescore and A man of Claudio's years: his beard and head, seventeen pounds; of which he made five marks, Just of his colour: What if we do omit ready money : marry, then, ginger was not This reprobate, till he were well inclined; much in request, for the old women were all And satisfy the deputy with the visage dead. Then is there here one master Caper, at Or Ragozine, more like to Claudio ? the suit of master Three-pile the mercer, for Duke. 0, 'tis an accident that heaven provides! some four suits of peach-colourd satin, which Despatch it presently; the hour draws on now peaches him a beggar. Then have we Prefix'd by Angelo; See, this be done, here young Dizy, and young master Deep-vow, And sent according to command ; whiles I and master Copper-spur, and master Starve- Persuade
this rude wretch willingly to die. lackey the rapier and dagger man, and young Prov. This shall be done, good father, preDrop-heir thai kill'd lusty Pudding, and inaster sently. Forthright the tilter, and brave master Shoe-tie But Barnardine niust die this afternoon : the great traveller, and wild Half-can that And how shall we continue Claudio, stabb'd Potts, and, I think, forty more : all great to save me from the danger that might come, doers in our trade, and are now for the Lord's If he were known alise ? sake.
Duke. Let this be done :-Put them in secret Enter Abhorson.
holds, Abhor. Sirrah, bring Barnardine hither. Both Barnardine and Claudio: Ere twice Clo. Master Barnardine! you must rise and The sun hath made his journal greeting to be hang'd, master Barnardine!
The under generation, you shall find
Your safety manifested.
Quick, despatch, Clo. Your friends, sir; the hangman : You And send the head to Angelo. (Erit Provost. must be so good, sir, to rise and be put to death. Now will I write letters io Angelo, Barnar. (Within. Í Away, you rogue, away; The provost, he shall bear them, -whose conI am sleepy.
tenis Abhor. Tell him he must awake, and that Shall witness to him, I am near at home; quickly too.
And that, by great injunctions, I am bound Clo. 'Pray, master Barnardine, awake till you to enter publickly: him I'll desire are executed, and sleep afterwards.
To meet me at the consecrated fount,
We shall proceed with Angelo.
Prov. Here is the nead; I'll carry it myself. Barnar. How now, Abhorson ? what's the Duke. Convenient is it : Make a swift return; news with you?
For I would commune with you of such things, Abhor. Truly, sir, I would desire you to clap That want no ear but yours. into your prayers; for, look you, the warrant's Prov.
I'll make all speed. come.
[Erit. Barnar. You rogue, I have been drinking all Isab. (Within. ) Peace, ho, be here ! night, I am not fitted 'for't.
Duke. The tongue of Isabel :-She's come to Clo'o, the better, sir; for he that drinks all know, night, and is hanged betimes in the morning, If yet her brother's pardon be come hither : may sleep the sounder all the next day. But I will keep her ignorant of her good, Enter Duke.
To make her heavenly comforts of despair,
When it is least expected. Abhor. Look you, sir, here comes your ghostly father; Do we jest now, think you ?
Enter Isabella. Duke. Sir, induced by my charity, and hearing how hastily you are to depart, I am con
Isrb. Ho, hy your leave. to advise you, comfort you, and pray with you.
Duke. Good morning to you, fair and gracious
daughter. Barnar. Friar, not 1; I have been drinking hard all night, and I will have more time to
Isab. The better, given me by so holy a man. prepare me, or they shall beat out my brains Hath yet the deputy sent my brother's pardon ? with billets? I will not consent to die this day, Duke. He hath releas'd him, Isabel, from the
Isab. Nay, but it is not so.
It is no other ;
Show your wisdom, daughter, in your close man's persuasion.
patience. Duke. But hear you.
Isab.'o, 'I will to him, and pluck out his eyes. Barnar. Not a word ; if yon have any thing Isab. Unhappy Claudio ! Wretched Isabel I
Duke. You shall not be admitted to his sight. to say to me, come to my waru ; for thence will not I to-day.
Injurious world! Most damned Angelo !
Duke. This nor hurts him, nor profits you a Enter Provost.
jot : Duke. Unfit to live, or die: 0, gravel heart !- Forbear it therefore ; give your canse to heaven. After him, fellowe ; bring liim to the block. Mari what I say, which you shall find
[Exeunt Abhorson and Clown. By every syllable a faithful verity:,
The duke comes home to-morrow ;-nay, dry| Escal. He shows his reason for that: to have
a despatch of complaints: and to deliver us
Ang. Well, I beseech you, let it be proclaim'd:
As are to meet him.
I shall, sir; fare you we!!.
(Erit. Grace of the duke, revenges to your heart, Ang. Good night. And general honour.
This deed unshapes me quite, makes me unpreg18ab. I am directed by you.
nant, Duke. This letter then to friar Peter give; And dull to all proceedings. A deflower'd maid ! Tis that he sent me of the duke's return: And by an eminent body, that entore'd ay, by this token, I desire his company The law against it! --But that her tender shame At Siariana's house to-night. Her cause, and will not proclaim against her maiden loss, yours,
How might she tongue me? Yet reason dares 'll perfect him withal ; and he shall bring you her ?-no: Before the duke; and to the head of Angelo For my authority bears a credent bulk, Accuse him home, and home. For my poor That no particular scandal once can tonch, sell,
But it confounds the breather. He should have
With ransom of such shame. 'Would yet he had
Good even! Alack, when once our grace we have forgot, Friar, where is the Provost?
Nothing goes right; we would, and we would
Not within, sir,
SCENE V. Fields without the Town. patient: I am fain to dine and snp with water Enter Duke in his own habit, and Friar Peter. and bran; I dare not for my head fill my belly;
Duke. These letters at fit time deliver me. one fruitful meal would set me lo't : But they say the duke will be here to-morrow. By my The provost knows our purpose, and our plot.
[Giving letters. troth, Isabel, I lov'd thy brother: if the old The inatter being afoot, keep your instruction, fantastical duke of dark corners had been at And hold you ever to our special drift; home, he had lived.
(Exit Isabella. Though sometimes you do blench from this to Duke. Sir', the duke is marvellous little be.
that, holden to your reports; but the best is, he lives As canse doth minister. Go, call at Flavius' not in them.
And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate ?
It shall be speeded well.
Duke. I thank thee, Varrius; thou hast made were enough.
good luiste: Lurio. I was once before him for getting a Come, we will walk : There's other of our friends Wench with child.
Will greet us here anon, my gentle Varrius. Duke. Did you such a thing ?
Enter Isabella and Mariana.
Isab. To speak so indirectly, I am loath;
I would say the truth; but to accuse him so,
Be rul'd by him. of burr, I shall stick.
[Exeunt. Isab. Besides, he tells me, that, if peradventure SCENE IV. A Room in Angelo's House.
He speak against me on the adverse side,
I should not think it strange ; for 'tis a physick, Enter Angelo and Escalus.
That's bitter to sweet end.
Mari. I would, friar Peter
0, peace; the friar is come.
Enter Friar Peter. His actions show much like to mariness: 'pray F. Peter. Come, I have found you out a stand heaven, his wisdom be not tainted! And why most fit, meet him at the gates, and re-deliver our authó- Where you may have such vantage on the duke, rities there?
He shall not pass you; Twice have the trumpets Escal. I guess not.
sounded; Ang. And why should we proclaim it in an The generous and gravest citizens hour before his entering, that, if any crave Have hent the gates, and very near upon redress of injustice, they should exhibit their The duke is ent'ring; therefore hence, away. petitions in the street ?