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Isab. I have ta'en a due and wary note upon'l: Prov. What ho, abhorson! Where's Abbor.
Are there no other tokens Abhor. Do you call, sir ?
Isab. No, none, but only a repair i' the dark; to morrow in your execution: If 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 į 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. Duke.
'Tis well borne up, discredit our mystery.
Abhor. A bawd, sir ? Fie upon him, he will I have not yet made known to Mariana A word of this:-What, ho! within ! come forth! cher will
turn the scale. Prov. Go to, sir ; you weigh equally : a fen
(Ezit. Re-enter Mariana.'
Clo. Pray, sir, by your good favour (for,
surely, sir, a good favour you have, but that pray you, be acquainted with this majd ;
you have a hanging look,) do you call, sir, your She comes to do you good. Isab.
I do desire the like. Occupation 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: Mari. Good friar, I know you do ; and have tery:
and your whores, sir, being members of
my occupation, using painting, do prove my 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 mystery there hand,
cannot imagine. Who hath a story ready for your ear:
Abhor. Sir, it is a mystery. shall attend your leistire ; but inake haste ; Clo. Proof The vaporous night approaches.
Abhor. Every true man's apparel fits your Mari. Will'i please you walk aside ? thief: If it be too little for your thief, your true
(Ereuni Mariana and Isabella. man thinks it big enough if it be too big for Duke. () place and greatness; millions of false your thief, yonr 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
Prov. Are you agreed ?
Clo. Sir, I will serve him: for 1 do find, your And rack thee in their fancies |--Welcome 'bawd: he doth oftener ask forgiveness.
hangman is a more penitent trade than your How agreed ?
Prov. 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 Jf you advise it.
you have occasion to rise me for your own turn, Duke.
It is not my consent, you shall find ine 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,
| Ereunt 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. Duke. Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all :
Look, here's the warrant, Claudio, for thy Sith that ihe justice of your title to him
death : Doth flonrish the deceit. Come, let us go ;
'Tis now dead midnight, and by eight to-morrow Our corn's to reap, for yet our ulth's to sow.
Thou must be made immortal. Where's Bar
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 : Enter Provost and Clowa.
He will not wake. Prov. Come hither, sirrah: Can you cut off a
Who can do good on him? man's head ?
Well, go, prepare yourself. But hark, what Clo. If the man be a bachelor, sir, I can: bnt
(Knocking within. if he be a married man, he is his wife's head, Heaven give your spirits comfort I (Erit Clauand I can never cut off a woman's head.
dio.] By and by : Prod. Corne, sir, leave me your snatehes, and I 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 executiouer, who in his office lacks a helper: if you will cake it on you Duke. The best and wholesomost spirits of the Lo assist him, it 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 1 umpitied whipping : for you have been a noto- Prov. None, since the curfew rung; rions bawd.
Not Isabel ? Clo. Sir, I have been an walawful 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? vome instruction from my fellow partner. Duke.
There's some in hop
Proo. 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-Prou. A man that apprehends death no more tice;
dreadfully, but as a drunken sleep: carelesa, 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. rannous;
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
escape hence, he would not : drunk many times [Knocking within.-Provost goes oul. a day, if not many days entirely drunk. We This is a gentle provost : Seldom when have very often awaked him, as if to carry him The steeled gaoler is the friend of men. - to execution, and showed hom a seeming war How now? What noise ? That spirit's possess'd rant for it: it hath not moved him at all. with haste,
Druke. 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 begniles Provost returns, speaking to one at the door.
me: but in the boldness of my eanning, I will
lay mysell in hazard. Claudio, whom here you Prou. There he must stay, until the officer Arise to let him in ! he is call'd up.
have a warrant 10 execute, is no greater forfeit
to the law than Angelo who hath sentenced Duke. Have you no countermand for Claudio yet, him: To make you understand this in a maniBut he must die to-morrow ?
fested effect, I crave but four days respite ; for Prot.
None, sir, none. the which you are to do me both a present and Drike. As near the dawning, Provost, as it is, a dangerous courtesy. You shall hear more ere morning. Prou.
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
hour limited ; and an express command, under No countermand; no such example have we : Besides, upon the very siege of justice,
penalty, to deliver his head in the view of
Angelo ? I may make my case as Claudio's, Lord Angelo hath to the public ear Professed the contrary.
to cross this in the smallest.
Duke. By the vow of mine order, 1 warrant Enter a Messenger.
you, if my instructions may be your guide. Let Duke. This is his lordship's man.
ihis Barnardi ne be this morning executed, and Prov. And here comes Claudio's pardon.
his head borne to Angelo. Mess. My lord hath sent you this note ; and
Prov. Angelo hath seen them both, and will y me this further charge, that you swerve not discover the tavour. from the smallest article of it, neither in time,
Duke. O, death's a great disguiser : and you matter, or other circumstance. Good-morrow! nay add to it. Shave the head, and tie the for, as I take it, it is almost day.
beard; and say, it was the desire of the penitent Prop. I shall obey him. (Esrit 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 sin,
(Aside. opon this, more than thanks and good fortune, For which the pardoner himself is in :
by the saint whom I profess, I will plead against Bence hath offence his quick celerity,
it with my life. Wen it is borne in high authority :
Prov. Pardon me, good father; it is against When vice makes mercy, mercy's so extended, my path, 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. I told you : Lord Angelo, belike, thinking Duke. You will think you have made no ofme remiss in mine office, awakens me with this fence, if the duke avouch the justice of your unwonted putting on : methinks, 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. Prod. [Rearls.) Whatsoever you may hear to Yet since I see you fearful, that neither my the contrary, let Claudio be executed by four of coat, integrity, nor my persuasion, can with the clock : and, in the afternoon, Barnardine; ease attempt you, J will go further than ! for my betler satisfaction, let me have Clau- meant, to pluck all fears out of you. Look dio's head sent me by five. 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. Thus fail not signet is not strange to you. to do your office, as you will answer it at Prov. I know them both. your peril.
Duke. The contents of this is the return of What say you to this, sir?
the duke ; you shall anon overread it at your Tuke. What is that Barnardine, who is to be pleasure : where you shall find, within these executed in the afternoon ?
iwo days he will be here. This is a thing that Prov. A Bohemian born; önt 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 tepor; perchance, of the duke's Duke. How came it that the absent duke had death; perchance, entering into
some monas not 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. ner to do so.
Put not yourself into amazement, how these Prov. His friends still wrought 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, Fernment of Lord' Angelo, came not to an un- and off with Barnardine's head: I will give
him a present shrift, and advise him for a better Duke. Is it now apparent?
place. Yet you are amazed : but this shall abProov
. Most manifest, and not denied by him- solutely resolve you. Come away; it is almost Rell.
SCENE III. Another Room in the same. Prov. Now, sir, how do you find the prisoner?
Duke. A creature uuprepar'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 dumnable. were mistress Overdone's own house, for here Prov.
Here in the prison, father, bc many of her old customers. First, here's There died this morning of a cruel lever young master Rash : he's in for a commodity One Ragozine, a most notorious pirate, of brown paper and old ginger, nimescore 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 epe master Caper, at Or Ragozine, more like 10 Claudio T the suit of master Three-pile the mercer, for Duke. 0, 'tis an accident that heaven provides ! some four suils of peach-colour'd satin, which Despatch it presently; the hour draws on nuw peachres him a beggat. 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-spür, and master Scarve- Persuade this rude wreich willingly to die. lackey the rapier and dagger man, and young Pruv. This shall be done, good father, preDrop-heir thai kill'd Insty Pudding, and master sently. Forthright the tilter, and brave master Shoe-tie But Bernardine nius die this afternoon : the great traveller, and wild Hall-can that And how shall we continue Claudio, stabb'd Pons, and, I think, forty more : all great To save me froin the danger that might come, doers in ont trade, and are now for the Lord's if he were known alive 1 Sake.
Duke. Let this be done :- Put them in secret Enter Abhorson
holds, Alhor. Sirrah, bing Barnardine hither Both Barnardine and Claudio: Ere twice Clo. Master Barnardime! you must rise and The sun hath inade his journal greeting to te hang'd, master Barnardine!
The under generation, you shall find
Your safety manifested.
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, raaster Barnardine, awake till you to enter publickly: him I'll desire are executed, and sleep afterwards
To meet me at the consecrated fount, Abhor. Go in to him, and fetch him out. A league below the ciiy; and from thence, Clo. He is coming, sr, he is coming : I hear By cold gradation and weal-balanced form, bais straw rustle.
We shall proceed with Angelo.
Prov. Here is the nerd; I'll camy it myself. Barnar. How now, Abhorson ? what's the Duke. Cinvenient 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.
IEril Barnar. You rogue, I have been drinking all Isab (Within. ) Peace, ho, he here ! night, I am not fitted for't.
Duke. The tongue of Isabel :-She's come to Clo.' 0, the betier, 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 youl, sir, here comes your ghostly father; Do we jest now, think you?
Enter Isabella Duke. Sir, induced by my charily, and hearing how hastily you are to depart, I am come
Isab. Ho, by your leave. to advise you, comfort you, and pray with you.
Duke. Good morning to you, fair and greclove Barnar. Friar, not 1; I have been drinking
Janghter. 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 that's certain
Isab. Nay, but it is not so.
It is no other ;
Barnar. I swear, I will not die to-day for any Show your wisdom, danghter, in your close man's persuasion.
patience. Duke. But hear you.
Isab. O, I will to him, and pick on his eyes. Barnar. Not a word ; if you have any thing! Duke. You shall not be admitted to his
sight. 10 say to me, come to my waru ; for themse Injurious world! Most damned Angelo ! will not I to-day.
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 him to the block. Mark what I say, which you shall find
(Exeunt Abhorson and Clown. By every syllable a faithful Terity;
The duke comes home to-morrow ;-uay, 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 well.
This deed unshapes me quite, makes me unprego
And by an eminent body, that enfore'd ay, by this token, I desire his company The law against it But that her tender shame At Mariana's house to-night. Her cause, and will not proclaim against her maiden lons, yours,
How might she tongue me? Yet reason dares 1'11 perfect him withal; and he shall bring you her 3-nu: Before the duke; and to the head of Angelo For my authority bears a credent bruk, Accuse him home, and home. For my poor That no particular scandal once can tonch, self,
But it confounds the breather. He should have
By so receiving a dishonour'd life,
With ransom of such shrine. 'Would yet he had
liv'd ! Lucio.
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,
(Eszil. Lucio. O, pretty Isabella, I am pale at mine heart, to see thine eyes so red : thou must be SCENE V. Fields without the Town. patient: I am fain to dine and sup 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 to'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, 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. Duke. Sir, the duke is marvellous little be: Though sometimes you do blench from this to holden to your reports; but the best is, he lives As canse doth minister. Go, call at Flavius' pot in thein. Lucio. Friar, thou knowest not the duke so and tell him where I stay: give the like notice
house, well as I do: he's a better woodman than thou To Valentinus, Rowland, and to Crassus, takest him for. Duke. Well, you'll answer this one day. Fare But send me Flavius first.
And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate ? ye well.
It shall be speeded well. Lucio. Nay, tarry; I'll go along with thee ;
(Erit Friar. can tell thee pretty tales of the duke.
Enter Varrius. Duke. You have told me too many of him already, sir, if they be true ; if not true, none
Duke. I thank thee, Varrius; thou hast made were enough.
good haste: Lucio. I was once before him for getting a Coine,
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?
(Ereunt. Lucio. Yes, marry, did f; but was fain to SCENE VI. Street near the City Gate. forswear it; they would else have married
me to the rotten medlar.
Enter Isabella and Mariana.
Isab. To speak so indirectly, I am luath ; Lucio. By my troth, I'll go with thee to the That is your part : Yet I'm advis’d to do it;
I would say the truth; but to accuse him so, lane's end : If bawdy talk offend you, we'll have very little of it: Nay, friar, I am a kind
He says, to 'vailfull purpose.
Be ruld by him. of burr, 1 shall stick.
Isab. Besides, he tells me, that, is peradventure SCENE IV. A Room in Angelo's House.
He speak against me on the adverse side,
I should not think it strange; for 'uis a physick, Enter Angelo and Escalus.
That's bitter to sweet end.
Mari. I would, friar Peter-
O, peace; the friar is come. vouch'd other Ang. In most uneven and distracted manner.
Enter Friar Peter. His actions show much like to madness: '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 autho- Where you may have such vantage on the duke, rities there?
He shall not pass you; Twice have the trumpets Escal. I guese 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 apon redress of injustice, they should exhibit their The duke is ent'ring; therefore hence, away. petitions in the street ?
Her inainess hath the oddest frame of sense, SCENE 1. A publick place near the City Gate. As e'er I heard in madness.
Such a dependency of thing on thing, Mariana (veil'd,) Isabella, and Peter, at a dis- Isab.
O, gracious duke, tance. Enter at opposite doors, Duke, Var- Harp not on that ; nor do not banish reason rius, Lords ; Angelo, Escalus, Lucio, Provost, For inequality : brut let your reason serve Officers, and Citizens.
To make the truth appear, where it seems hid; Duke My very worthy cousin, fairly met: And hide the false, seen.s true. Our old and faithful friend, we are glad to see you. Duke.
Many that are not mad, Ang. and Escal. Happy return be to your royal Have, sure, more lack of reason. -What would grace!
in probation of a sisterhood, Forerunning more requital.
Was sent to by my brother : One Lucio Ang. You make my bonds still greater: As then the messenger Duke. O, your desert speaks loud; and I should Lucio. That's !, an't like your grace wrong it,
I came to her from Claudio, and desir'd her To lock it in the wards of covert bosom, To try her gracious fortune with lord Angelo, When it deserves with characters of brass For her pour brother's pardon. A forted residence, 'gainst the tooth of time,
That's he, indeed. And ruzure of oblivion : Give me your hand, Duke. You were not bid to speak. And let the subject see, to make them know Lucio.
No, my good lord ; That outward courtesies would fain proclaim
Nor wish'd to hold my peace. Favours that keep within.-Come, Escalus; Duke.
I wish you now then; You must walk by us on our other hand, 'Pray you, take note of it: and when you have And good supporters are you.
A business for yourself, pray heaven, you then
Lucio. I warrant your honour. F. Peter. Now is your time ; speak loud, and Duke. The warrant's for yourself ; take heed kneel before him.
to it. Isab. Justice, o royal duke ! Veil your regard Isab. This gentleman told somewhat of my tale. Upon a wrong'd, I'd faiu have said, a maid? Lucio. Right.
worthy prince, dishonour not your eye Duke. It may be right; but you are in the wrong By throwing it on any other object,
To speak before your time.--Proceed. Till you have heard me in my úne complaint, Isab.
I went And given me justice, justice, justice, justice ! To this pernicious caitif' deputy. Duke. Relate your wrongs: lu what? By Duke. That's somewhat madly spoken. whom? Be brief:
Pardon it : Here is Lord Angelo shall give you justice ! The phrase is to the matter. Reveal yourself to him.
Duke. Mended again : the matter :-Proceed. Isab.
O, worthy duke, Isa). In brief,- to set the needless process by, You bid ine seek redemption of the devil: How ! persnaded, how ! pray'd, and kneeld, Hear me yourself ; for that which I must speak How he refelld me, and how I reply'd ; Must either punish me, not being believ'd, (For this was of much length,) ihe vile conOr wring redress from you; hear me, o, hear clusion me, here.
I now begin with grief and shame to utter : Ang. My lord, her wits, I fear me, are not firm: He would not, but by gift of my chaste body She hath been a suitor to me for her brother, To his concupiscible intemperate lust, Cut off by course of justice.
Release my brother; and, aner much debatement, Isab.
By course of justice! My sisterly remorse confutes mine honour, Ang. And she will speak most bitterly, and And I did yield to him. But the next morn be strange.
times, Isab. Most strange, but yet most truly, will I His purpose surfeiting, he sends a warrant speak:
For my poor brother's head. That Angelo's forsworn; is it not strange ? Duke.
This is most likely ! That Angelo's a murderer; is't not strange ? Isab. O, that it were as like as it is true ! That Angelo is an adulterous thief,
Duke. By heaven, fond wretch, thou know'st A hypocrite, a virgin-violator;
not what thou speak'st; Is it not strange, and strange 1
Or else thou art suborn'd against his honour, Duke.
Nay, ten times strange. In hateral practice: First, his integrity Isab. It is not truer he is Angelo,
Stands without blemish : --next, it imports nc Than this is all as true as it is strange ;
renson, Nay, it is ten times true; for truth is truth That with such vehemency he should pnrsue To the end of reckoning.
Faulls proper to himself: if he had so offended Duke.
Away with her :-Poor soul, He would have weigh'd thy brother by himself, She sneaks this in the infirmity of sense.
And not have cut him off: Some one bath set Isab. O prince, I conjure thee, as thou believ'st you on; There is another comfort than this world, Confess the truth, and say by whose advice That thou neglect me not, with that opinion Thou cam'st here to complain. That I am touch'd with madness: make not im- Isab.
And is this all ? possible
Then, oh, you blessed ministers above, That which but seems unlike : 'tis not impossible, Keep me in patience; and, with ripen'd time, But one, the wicked'st caitiff on the ground, Unfold the evil which is here wrapt ip May seem as shy, as grave, as just, as absolute, In countenance !-Heaven shield your grace from As Angelo; even so may Angelo,
wo, In all his dressings, characts, titles, forms, As I, thus wrong'd, hence unbelieved go! Be an archvillain, believe it, royal prince, Duke. I know, you'd sain be gone : An officer ! If he be less, he's nothing; but he's more, To prison with her :- Shall we thus permit Had I more name for badness.
A blasting and a scandalous breath to fall Duke.
By mine honesty, On him so near us? This needs must be a practice. If she be mad (as I believe no other,)
-Who knew of your intent, and coming hither 1