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Can lay on nature, is a paradise
between which time of the contract, and limit of the To what we fear of death.
solemnity, her brother Frederic was wrecked at sea, Isab. Alas! alas!
having in that perish'd vessel the dowry of his sister. Claud.
Sweet sister, let me live : But mark, how heavily this befell to the poor gentleWhat sin you do to save a brother's life,
woman : there she lost a noble and renowned brother, Nature dispenses with the deed so far,
in his love toward her ever most kind and natural; That it becomes a virtue.
with him the portion and sinew of her fortune, her Isab. 0, you beast !
marriage-dowry; with both, her combinate husband, 0, faithless coward! O, dishonest wretch!
this well-seeming Angelo. Wilt thou be made a man out of my vice!
Isab. Can this be so ! Did Angelo so leave her? Is't not a kind of incest, to take life
Duke. Left her in her tears, and dry'd not one of From thine own sister's shame! What should I think? them with his comfort ; swallowed his vows whole, Heaven shield, my mother play'd my father fair ! pretending, in her, discoveries of dishonour : in few, For such a warped slip of wilderness
bestowed her on her own lamentation, which she yet Ne'er issu'd from his blood. Take my defiance : wears for his sake; and he, a marble to her tears, is Die ; perish! might but my bending down
washed with them, but relents not. Reprieve thee from thy fate, it should proceed : Isab. What a merit were it in death, to take this I'll pray a thousand prayers for thy death,
poor maid from the world! What corruption in this No word to save thee.
life, that it will let this man live -- But how out of Claud. Nay, hear me, Isabel.
this can she avail? Isab.
0, fie, fie, fie : Duke. It is a rupture that you may easily heal : and Thy sin's not accidental, but a trade :
the cure of it not only saves your brother, but keeps Mercy to thee would prove itself a bawd .
you from dishonour in doing it. 'Tis best that thou diest quickly.
(Going Isab. Show me bow, good father. Claud.
O hear me, Isabella. Duke. This fore-named maid hath yet in her the Re-enter Duke.
continuance of her first affection ; his injust unkindIsab. What is your will! Duke. Vouchsafe a word, young sister, but one word. ness, that in all reason should have quenched her love,
hath, like an impediment in the current, made it more Duke. Might you dispense with your leisure, I would violent and unruly. Go you to Angelo; adswer his by and by have some speech with you : the satisfaction requiring with a plausible obedience ; agree with his I would require, is likewise your own benefit.
demands to the point : only refer yourself to this adIsab. I have no superfluous leisure ; my stay must vantage; -first, that your stay with him may not be be stolen out of other affairs; but I will attend you long; that the time may have all shadow and silence a while.
in it; and the place answer to convenience: this being Duke. (To Claudio, aside] Son, I have overheard granted in course, now follows all. We shall advise what hath passed
between you and your sister. Angelo this wronged maid to stead up your appointment, goin made an essay of her virtue, to practise his judgment after, it may compel him to her recompense : and here, with the disposition of natures : she, having the truth by this, is your brother saved, your bonoar untainted, of honour in her, hath made him that gracious denial the poor Mariana advantaged, and the corrupt deputy which he is most glad to receive: I am confessor to scaled. The maid will I frame, and make fit for his Angelo, and I know this to be true ; therefore
prepare attempt. If you think well to carry this as you may, yourself to death: do not satisfy your resolution with the doubleness of the benefit defends the deceit from hopes that are fallible: tomorrow you must die; go reproof. What think you of it? to your knees, and make ready.
Isab. The image of it gives me content already; and, Člaud. Let me ask my sister pardon. I am so out I trust, it will grow to a most prosperous perfection. of love with life, that I will sue be rid of it.
Duke. It lies much in your holding up : haste you Duke. Hold you there: farewell. [Exit Claudio. speedily to Angelo; if for this night he entreat you to
his bed, give him promise of satisfaction. I will preRe-enter Provost.
sently to St. Luke's; there, at the moated grange, reProvost, a word with you.
sides this dejected Mariana : at that place call upon Prov. What's your will, father!
me; and despatch with Angelo, that it may be qnickly. Duke. That now you are come, you will be gone : leave me a while with the maid; my mind promises good father.
Isab. I thank you for this comfort ; fare you well,
(Exeunt severally. with my habit, no loss shall touch her by my company. Prov. In good time.
[Exit. SCENE II. The Street before the Prison. Duke. The hand that hath made you fair, hath made Enter Duke, as a Friar ; to him Elbow, Clown, and you good : the goodness that is cheap in beauty, makes beauty brief in goodness; but grace, being the soul of
Officers. your complexion, should keep ihe body of it ever fair. Elb. Nay, if there be no remedy for it, but that you The assault, that Angelo hath made to yoo, fortune will needs buy and sell men and women like beasts, hath convey'd to my understanding; and, but that we shall have all the world drink brown and white frailty hath examples for his falling, I should wooder bastard. at Angelo. How would you do content this sab Duke, 0, heavens! what stuff is here ! stitute, and to save your brother?
Clo,'Twas never merry world, since, of two usaries, Isab. I am now going to resolve him: I had rather the merriest was pat down, and the worser allowed by my brother die by the law, than my son should be un order of law a furr'd gown to keep him warm ; and lawfully born. But o, how much is the good duke furr'd with fox and lamb-skins too, to signify, that deceived in Angelo! If ever he return, and I can craft, being richer than innocency, stands for the speak to him, I will open my lips in vain, or dis-facing. cover his government. Duke. That shall not be much amiss : yet, as the friar.
Elb. Come your way, sir :--Bless you, good father matter now stands, he will avoid your accusation; he Duke. And you, good brother father: What offence made trial of you only. Therefore, fasten your ear on hath this man made you, sir ? my advisings to the love I have in doing good, a re EIL. Marry, sir, he hath offended the law; and, sir, medy presents itself. I do make myself believe, that we take him to be a thief too, sir; for we have found you may most aprighteously do a poor wronged lady a upon him, sir, a strange pick-lock, which we have merited benefit; redeem your brother from the angry sent to the deputy. law: do no stain to your own gracious person; and Duke. Fie, sirrah ; a bawd, a wicked bawd! much please the absent duke, if, peradventure, he shall The evil that thou causest to be done, erer return to have hearing of this business.
That is thy means to live: do thoa but think Isab. Let me hear you speak further; I have spirit What 'tis to cram a maw, or clothe a back, to do any thing that appears not foul in the truth of From such a tilthy vice : say to thyself, -my spirit.
From their abominable and beastly touches Duke. Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful. I drink, I eat, array myself, and live. Have not you heard speak of Mariana, the sister of Canst thou believe iby living is a life, Frederic, ihe great soldier, who miscarried at sea ? So stinkingly depending? Go, mend, go, mend.
Isab. I have heard of the lady, and good words Clo. Indeed, it does stink in some sort, sir; but yet, went with her name.
sir, I would prove
(sin, Duke. Her should this Angelo bave married; was Duke. Nay, if the devil have given the proofs for affianced to her by oath, and the nuptial appointed : Thou wilt prove his. Take him to prison, oficer ;
Correction and instruction must both work,
Duke. I never heard the absent duke much detected Ere this rude beast will profit.
for women ; he was not inclined that way. Elb. He must before the deputy, sir; he has given Lucio. O, sir, you are deceived. him warning: the deputy cannot abide a whoremaster; Duke. 'Tis not possible. if he be a whoremonger, and comes before him, be Lucio. Who? not the duke ? yes, your beggar of were as good go a mile on his errand.
fifty ;--and his use was, to put a decat in her clackDuke. That we were all, as some would seem to be, dish : the duke had crotchets in him : he would be Free from our faults, as faults from seeming, free! drunk too; that let me inform you.
Duke. You do him wrong, surely.
Lucio. Sir, I was an inward of his : a shy fellow Elb. His neck will come to your waist, a cord, sir. was the duke: and, I believe, I know the cause of his
Clo. I spy comfort; I cry, bail : here's a gentleman, withdrawing. and a friend of mine.
Duke. What, I pr’ythee, might be the cause ? Lucio. How pow, noble Pompey? What, at the heels Lucio. No,--pardon ; --'tis a secret must be lock'd of Cæsar! Art thou led in triumph ? What, is there within the teeth and the lips : but this I can let you pone of Pygmalion's images, newly made woman, to understand, --The greater file of the subject held the be had now, for putting the hand in the pocket, and duke to be wise. extracting it clutch'd ? What reply? Ha! Whatsay'st Duke. Wise? why, no question but he was. thou to this tane, matter, and method! Is't not drowa'a Lucio. A very superficial, igporant, unweighing i'the last rain ? Ha? What say'st thou, trot? Is the fellow. world as it was, man! Which is the way! Is it sad,
Duke. Either this is envy in yon, folly, or misand few words? Or how! The trick of it!
taking; the very stream of his life, and the business Duke. Still thus, and thus ! still worse !
be hath belmed, must, upon a warranted need, give Lucio. How doth my dear worsel, thy mistress ? him a better proclamation. Let him be bat testimoProcures she still! Ha!
nied in his own bringings forth, and he shall appear Clo. Troth, sir, she hath eaten up all her beef, and to the envious, a scholar, a statesman, and a soldier she is herself in the tub.
therefore, you speak noskilfully : or, if your knowLucio. Why, 'tis good; it is the right of it: it must ledge be more, it is much darken'd in your malice. be so: ever your fresh whore, and your powder'd Lucio, Sir, I know him, and I love him. bawd: an unshunn'd consequence; it must be so: art Duke. Love talks with better knowledge, and knowgoing to prison, Pompey!
ledge with dearer love. clo. Yes, faith, sir.
Lucio. Come, sir, I know what I know. Lucio. Why, 'tis pot amiss, Pompey: farewell : go: Duke. I ean hardly believe that, since you know not say, I sent thee thither. For debt, Pompey! Or how? what you speak. But, if ever the duke return (as our Elb. For being a bawd, for being a bawd,
prayers are he may), let me desire you to make your Lucio. Well, then imprison him if imprisonment answer before him: if it be honest you have spoke, be the due of a bawd, why, 'tis his right: bawd is he, you have courage to maintain it: I am bound to cali doubtless, and of antiquity too; bawd-born. Farewell, upon you; and, I pray you, your name. good Pompey : commend me to the prison, Pompey : Lucio. Sir, my name is Lucio ; well known to the you will turn good husband now, Pompey; you will doke. keep the house.
Duke. He shall know you better, sir, if I may live Clo. I hope, sir, your good worship will be my bail, to report you.
Lucio. No, indeed, will not, Pompey; it is not Lucio. I fear you not. the wear. I will pray, Pompey, to increase your bon Duke. 0, you hope the duke will return no more ; dage: if you take it not patiently, why, your mettle is or you imagine me too unhurtful an opposite. But, the more. Adieu, trusty Pompey.--Bless you, friar. indeed, I can do you little harm: you'll forswear this Duke. And you.
again. Lucio. Does Bridget paint still, Pompey? Ha! Lucio. I'll be hang'd first: thou art deceived in me, El. Come your ways, sir ; come.
friar. But no more of this : canst thou tell, if Claudio Clo. You will not bail me then, sir?
die to-morrow, or no! Lucio. Then, Pompey nor now.-What news Duke. Why should he die, sir! abroad, friar! wbat news!
Lucio. Why? for tilling a bottle with a tun-dish. I Elb. Come your ways, sir; come.
would, the duke, we talk of, were return'd again: this Lucio. Go,--to kennel, Pompey, go
ungenitar'd agent will un people the province with con[Exeunt Elbow, Clown, and Officers. tinency sparrows must not build in his house-eaves, What news, friar, of the duke!
because they are lecherous. The duke vet would have Duke. I know none : can you tell me of any! dark deeds darkly answer'd; he would never bring
Lucio. Some say, he is with the emperor of Russia; them to light: would he were return'd! Marry, this other some, he is in Rome : but where is he, think Claudio is condemned for untrussing. Farewell, good
friar; I pr'ythee, pray for me. The dake, I say to thee Duke. I know not where: but wheresoever, I wish again, would eat mutton on Fridays. He's now past him well.
it; yet, and I say to thee, he would mouth with a begLucio. It was a mad fantastical trick of him, to steal gar, though she smelt brown bread and garlick : say, from the state, and usurp the beggary he was never
that I said so. Farewell
(Exit born to. Lord Angelo dukes it well in his absence ; Duke. No might, nor greatness in mortality he puts transgression to't.
Can censure 'scape ; back-wounding calumny Duke. He does well in't.
The whitest virtue strikes : What king so strong Lucio. A little more lenity to lechery would do no Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue ! harm in him: something too erabbed that way, friar. But who comes here!
Duke. It is too general a vice, and severity must Enter Escalas, Protrost, Baud, and officers. cure it.
Lucio. Yes, in good sooth, the vice is of a great Escal. Go, away with her to prison. kindred ; it is well ally'd : but it is impossible to Baud. Good my lord, be good to me; your honour extirp it quite, friar, till eating and drinking be put is accounted a merciful man : good my lord. down. They say, this Angelo was not made by man Escal. Double and treble admonition, and still forand woman, after the downright way of creation : is feit in the same kind ? This would make mercy swear, it trae, think you!
and play the tyrant. Duke. How should he be made then!
Prov: A bawd of eleven years eontinuance, may it Lucio. Some report, a sea-maid spawn'd him :- please your honour. Some, that he was begot between two stock-fishes :-- Bard. My lord, this is one Lacio's information but it is certain, that when he makes water, his urine against me: mistress Kate Keep-down was with child is congeald ice; that I know to be true : and he is a by him in the duke's time, he promised her marriage; motion ungeperative, that's infallibie.
bis child is a year and a quarter old, come Philip and Dule. You are pleasant, sir; and speak apace. Jacob : I have kept it myself; and see how he goes
Lucio. Why, what a ruthless thing is this in him, about to abuse me. for the rebellion of a cod-piece, to take away the life Escal, That fellow is a fellow of mach licence in of a man! Would the duke, that is absent, have done let him be call'd before us.-Away with her to prison this ! Ere he would have hang'd a man for the getting Go to; no more words. [ Exeunt' Bawd and Officers a hundred bastards, he would have paid for the nursing Provost, my brother Angelo will not be alter'd, a thousand: he had some feeling of the sport; he knew Claudio must die to-morrow : let him be furnish'd the service, and that instructed him to mercy. with divines, and have all charitable preparation :
if my brother wrought by my pity, it should not be Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice so with him.
Hath often still'd my brawling discontent.Prov. So please you, this friar hath been with him,
(Exit Boy. and advised him for the entertainment of death.
I cry you mercy, sir; and well could wish
You had not found me here so musical: Duke. Not of this country, though my chance is now
Let me excuse me, and believe me so, To use it for my time : I ain a brother
My mirth it much displeas'd, but pleas'd my woe. of gracious order, late come from the see,
Duke. "Tis good : though music oft hath such a In special business from his holiness.
charm, Escal. What news abroad i'the world ?
To make bad, good, and good provoke to harm. Duke. None, but that there is so great a fever on
I pray you, tell me, hath any body inquired for me goodness, that the dissolution of must cure it; no
here to-day? much upon this time have I promis'd
here to meet. velty is only in request; and it is as dangerous to be constant in any kind of course, as it is virtuous to be sat here all day.
Mari. You have not been inquired after : I have constant in any undertaking. There is scarce truth enough alive, to make societies secure ; but security
Enter Isabella. enough, to make fellowships accursed much upou Duke. I do constantly believe you the time is this riddle runs the wisdom of the world. This news come, even now. I shall crave your forbearance a is old enongh, yet it is every day's news. I pray you, little': may be, I will call upon you anon, for some sir, of what disposition was the duke?
advantage to yourself. Escal. One, that, above all other strifes, contended Mari. I am always bound to you.
[Erit. especially to know himself.
Duke. Very well met, and welcome. Duke. What pleasure was he given to ?
What is the news from this good deputy? Escal. Rather rejoicing to see another merry, than Isab. He hath a garden ircummur'd with brick, merry at any thing which profess'd to make him re Whose western side is with a vineyard back'd; joice; a gentleman of all temperance. But leave we And to that vineyard is a planched gate, him to his events, with a prayer they may prove pros. That makes his openiog with this bigger key: perous : and let me desire to know how you tind This other doth command a little door, Claudio prepared. I am made to understand, that which from the vineyard to the garden leads; you have lent him visitation.
There have I made my promise to call on him, Duke. He professes to have received no sivister Upon the heavy middle of the night. [way? measures from his judge, but most willingly humbles Duke. But shall you on your knowledge find this himself to the determination of justice : yet bad he Isab. I bave ta'en a due and wary note upon't ; framed to himself, by the instruction of his frailty, with whispering and most guilty diligence, many deceiving promises of life ; which I, by my In action all of precept, he did show me good leisure, have discredited to him, and now is heThe way twice o'er. resolved to die.
Are there no other tokens Escal. You have paid the heavens your function, Between you 'greed, concerning her observance ? and the prisoner the very debt of your calling. I have Isab. No, none, but only a repair i'the dark ; labour'd for the poor gentleman, to the extremest shore And that I have possess'd him, my most stay of my modesty ; but my brother justice have I found can be but brief: for I have made him know, so severe, that he hath forced me to tell him, he is I have a servant comes with me along, indeed-justice.
That stays upon me; whose persuasion is, Duke. If his own life answers the straitness of his
I come about my brother. proceeding, it shall become him well ; wherein, if he Duke
Tis well borne ap. chance to fail, he hath sentenced himself.
I have not yet made known to Mariana Escal. I am going to visit the prisoner : Fare you A word of this :- What, ho! witbin ! come forth !
Re-enter Mariana. Duke. Peace be with you! [Exeunt Escalus and Provost.
I pray you, be acquainted with this maid; He, who the sword of heaven will bear,
She comes to do you good. Should be as holy as severe ;
I do desire the like. Pattern in himself to know,
Duke. Do you persuade yourself that I respect you? Grace to stand, and virtue go:
Mari. Good friar, I know you do; and have found it. More nor less to others paying,
Duke. Take then this your companion by the hand, Than by sell offences weighing:
Who hath a story ready for your ear: Shame to him, whose cruel striking
I shall attend your leisure ; but make haste ; Kills for faults of his own liking!
The vaporous night approaches. Twice treble shame on Angelo,
Will't please you walk aside ? To weed niy vice, and let his grow!
[Exeunt Mariana and Isabella. 0, what may man within him hide,
Duke. O place and greatness, millions of false eyes Though angel on the outward side!
Are stuck upon thee ! volumes of report
Run with these false and most contrarious quests How way likeness, made in crimes, Making practice on the times,
Upon thy doings ! thousand 'scapes of wit
Make thee the father of their idle dream, Draw with idle spiders' strings
And rack thee in their fancies - Welcome! How Most pond'rous and substantial things! Craft against vice I must apply:
Re-enter Mariana and Isabella. With Angelo to-night shall lie
Isab, She'll take the enterprise upon her, father, His old betrothed, but despis'd ;
If you advise it. So disguise shall, by the disguis'd,
It is not my consent, Pay with falsehood false exacting,
But my entreaty too.
Little have you to say,
Remember now my brother.
Fear me not. SCENE I. A Room in Mariana's House. Duke. Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all : Mariana discovered silting; a Boy singing.
He is your husband on a pre-contract :
To bring you thus together, 'tis no sin ;
Sith that the justice of your title to him
Doth flourish the deceit. Come, let us goo;
Our corn's to reap, for yet our tithe's to sow. (Exeunt. And those eyes, the break of day,
SCENE II. A Room in the Prison.
Enter Protost and Cloron.
Prov. Come hitler, sirrah : can you cut off a man's
head? Seals of love, but seal'd in vain, seal'd in vain.
Clo. If the man be a bachelor, sir, I can : but if he
be a married man, he is his wife's head, aud I can Mari. Break of thy sons, and haste thee quick away; never cut off a woman's head.
Prov. Come, sir, leave me your snatches, and yield | But this being so, he's just.-Now are they come. me a direct answer. To-morrow morning are to die
[Knocking within.-Provost goes out, Claudio and Barnardine: here is in our prison a com- This is a gentle provest Seldom, when mon executioner, who in his office lacks a helper: if The steeled gaoler is the friend of men.- Chaste, you will take it on you to assist him, it shall redeem How now! What noise ? That spirit's possess'd with you from your gyves; if not, you shall have your fall That wounds the unsisting postera with these strokes. time of imprisonment, and your deliverance with an un
Provost returns, speaking to one at the Door. pitied whipping; for you have been a notorious bawd. Clo. Sir, I have been an unlawful bawd, time out of Arise to let him in; he is call'd up.
Prov. There he must stay, until the officer mind, but yet I will be content to be a lawful hangman. I would be glad to receive some instruction from But he must die to-morrow?
Duke. Have you no countermand for Claudio yet, my fellow partner.
None, sir, none.
Duke. As near the dawning, Provost, as it is, Enter Abhorson.
You shall hear more ere morning. Abhor. Do you call, sir?
Happily, Prov. Sirrah, here's a fellow will help you to-morrow
You something know; yet, I believe, there comes in your execution : if you think him meet, compound Besides, upon the very siege of justice,
No countermand; no such example have we : with him by the
year, and let him abide here with you; Lord Angelo hath to the public ear if not, use him for the present, and dismiss him: he cannot plead his estimation with you; he hath been a
Profess'd the contrary. bawd.
Enter a Messenger. Abhor. A bawd, sir ? Fie-upon him, he will discredit Duke. This is his lordship's man. our mystery,
Prov. And here comes Claudio's pardon. Prov. Go to, sir, you weigh equally ; a feather will Mess. My lord hath sent you this note; and by ine turn the scale.
(Exit. this farther charge, that you swerve pot from the smallClo. Pray, sir, by your good favour (for, surely, sir, est article of it, neither in time, matter, nor other cira good favour you have, but that you have a hanging cumstance. Good morrow ; for, as I take it, it is allook), do you call, sir, your occupation a mystery! most day. Abhor. Ay, sir; a mystery.
Prov. I shall obey him.
[Exit Messenger. Clo. Painting, sir, I have heard say, is a mystery ; Duke. This is his pardon ; purchased by such sin, and your whores, sir, being members of my occupation,
[Aside. using painting, do prove my occupation a mystery For which the pardoner himself is in : but what mystery there should be in hanging, if I Hepce hath offence his quick celerity, should be hang'd, I cannot imagine.
When it is borne in high authority : Abhor. Sir, it is a mystery.
When vice makes mercy, mercy's so extended, Clo. Proof.
That for the fault's love, is the offender friended. Abhor. Every true man's apparel fits your thief: if Now, sir, what news! it be too little for your thief, your true man thinks it Prov. I told you : Lord Angelo, be-like, thinking me big enough; if it be too big for your thief, your thief remiss in mine office, awakens me with this unwonted thinks it little enough : so every true man's apparel putting on : methinks, strangely; for he bath not used fits your thief.
it before. Re-enter Provost.
Duke. Pray you, let's hear. Prov. Are you agreed?
Prov. [Reads) Whatsoever you may hear to the conClo. Sir, I will serve him ; for I do find, your hang- trary, let Claulio be executed by your of the clock; man is a more penitent trade than your bawd; he doth faction, let me have Claudio's head sent me by five. Let
and, in the afternoon, Barnardine: for my better satisoftener ask forgiveness. Prov. You, sirrah, provide your block and your pends on it than we must yet deliver. Thus fail
not to axe, to-morrow four o'clock. Abhor. Come on, bawd; I will instruct thee in my what say you to this, sir!
do your office, as you will answer it at your peril. trade; follow clo. I do desire to learn, sir ; and, I hope, if you eated in the afternoon !
Duke. What is that Barnardine, who is to be exehave occasion to use me for your own tam, you shall ind me yare : for truly, sir, for your kindness, I owe bred : one that is a prisoner pine years old.
Prov. A Bohemian born; but here nursed up and you a good turn. Prov. Call hither Barnardine and Clandio :
Duke. How came it, that the absent duke had not [ Exeunt Clour and Abhorson. have heard, it was ever his manner to do so.
either deliver'd him to his liberty, or executed him? I One has my pity ; not a jot the other,
Pror. His friends still wroaght reprieves for him Being a murderer, though he were my brother.
and, indeed, his fact, till now in the government of lord Enter Claudio.
Angelo, came not to an undoubtful proof. Look, here's the warrant, Claudio, for thy death :
Duke. Is it now apparent? 'Tis now dead midnight, and by eight to-morrow
Prov. Most manifest, and not denied by himself. Tbou must be made immortal, Where's Baruardine? Duke. Hath he borne himself penitently in prison !
Claud. As fast lock'd up in sleep, as guiltless labour How seems he to be touch'd ?
Prov. A man that apprehends death no more dreadHe will not wake.
fully, but as a drunken sleep; careless, reckless, and Prov.
Who can do good on him? fearless of what's past, present, or to come ; insensible Well, go, prepare yourself. But hark, what noise ? of mortality, and desperately mortal.
Duke. Be wants advice. Heaven give your spirits comfort ! (Exit Claudio. Prov. He will hear none: he hath evermore had By and by :
the liberty of the prison ; give him leave to escape I hope it is some pardon or reprieve,
hence, he would not: drunk many times a day, if For the most gentle Claudio. --Welcome, father. not many days entirely drunk. We have very often Enter Duke.
awaked him, as if to carry him to execution, and
show'd him a seeming warrant for it: it hath not Duke. The best and wholesomest spirits of the night moved him at all. Envelop you, good Provost! Who called here of late ! Duke. More of him anon. There is written in your Prov. None, since the curfew rung.
brow, Provost, honesty and constancy: if I read it Duke.
Not Isabel? not traly, my ancient skill beguiles me; but in the Prov. No.
boldness of my canning, I will lay myself in hazard. Duke, They will then, ere't be long, Claudio, whom here you have a warrant to execute, Prov. What comfort is for Claudio ?
is no greater forfeit to the law than Angelo who hath Duke.
There's some in hope. sentenced him: to make you understand this in a Prov. It is a bitter deputy.
manifested effect, I crave but four days respite ; for Duke. Not so, not so; his life is parallel'd the which you are to do me both a present and a danEven with the stroke and line of his great justice ; gerons courtesy. He doth with holy abstinence subdue That in himself, which he spars on his power
Prov. Pray, sir, in what ?
Duke. In the delaying death. To qualify in others; were he meal'd.
Prov. Alack! how may I do itt having the hour With that which he corrects, then were he tyrannous; limited ; and an express command, under penalty, to
deliver his head in the view of Angelo ! I may make Abhor. Truly, sir, I would desire you to clap into my case as Claudio's, to cross this in the smallest. your prayers; for, look you, the warrant's come.
Duke. By the vow of mine order, I warrant you, Barnar. You rogue, I have been drinking all night, if my instructions may be your guide. Let this Bar- I am not titted for't. nardine be this morning executed, and his head borne Clo. O, the better, sir ; for he that drinks all night, to Angelo
and is hang'd betimes in the morning, may sleep the Prov. Angelo hath seen them both, and will dis- sounder all the next day. cover the favour. Duke. 0, death's a great disguiser : and you may
Enter Duke. add to it. Shave the head, and tie the beard ; and Abhor. Look you, sir, here comes your ghostly fasay, it was the desire of the penitent to be so bared ther; do we jest now, think you! before his death : you know, the course is common. Duke. Sir, induced by my charity, and hearing how If any thing fall to you upon this, more than thanks hastily you are to depart, I am come to advise you, and good fortune, by the saint whom I profess, I will comfort you, and pray with you. plead against it with my life.
Barnar. Í riar, not I; I have been drinking hard Prov. Pardon me, good father, it is against my oath. all night, and I will have more time to prepare me, Duke. Were you sworn to the doke, or to the deputy? or they shall beat out my brains with billets: I will Prov. To him, and to his substitutes.
not consent to die this day, that's certain. Duke. You will think you have made no offence, Duke. 0, sir, you must and therefore, I beseech if the duke avouch the justice of your dealing? you, look forward on the journey you shall go. Prov. But what likelihood is in that !
Barnar. I swear, I will not die to-day for any Duke. Not a resemblance, but a certainty. Yet man's persuasion. since I see you fearful, that neither my coat, integrity, Duke. But hear you, nor my persuasion, can with ease attempt you, I will Barnar. Not a word ; if you have any thing to say go further than I meant, to pluck all fears ont of you. to me, come to my ward; for thence will not I toLook you, sir, here is the hand and seal of the duke. day.
[Exit. You know the character, I doubt not; and the siguet
Enter Prorost. is not strange to you. Prov. I know them both.
Duke. Unfit to live, or die: 0, gravel heart ! Duke. The contents of this is the retarn of the After him, fellows; bring bim to the block. onke; you shall anon over-read it at your pleasure ,
(Exeunt Abhorson and Clown. *here you shall find, within these two days he will
Prov. Now, sir, how do you find the prisoner! be here. This is a thing, that Angelo knows not :
Duke. A creature upprepar'd, anmeet for death : for be this very day receives letters of strange teror;
And, to transport him in the mind he is,
Were damnable. percbance, of the duke's death ; perchance, entering
Prov. into some monastery; but, by chance, nothing of what
Here in the prison, father, is writ. Look, the unfolding star calls up the shep- There died this morning of a cruel fever herd : put not yourself into amazement, how these One Ragoine, a mo notorious pirate, things should be: all difficulties are but easy when A man of Claudio's years; his beard, and head, they are known. Call your executioner, and off with Just of his colour. What if we do omit Barnardine's head: I will give him a present shrift, This reprobate, till he were well incliu'd ; and advise him for a better place. Yet you are amazed And satisfy the deputy with the visage bat this shall absolutely resolve you. Come away; it Of Ragozine, more like to Claudio ! is almost clear dawn.
Duke. 0, 'tis an accident that beaven provides !
Despatch it presently, the hour draws on
Prefix'd by Angelo : See, this be done,
And sent according to coinmand; whiles I
Persuade this rude wretch willingly to die. Clo. I am as well acquainted here, as I was in our Prov. This shall be done, good father, presently. house of profession : one would think, it were mis- But Barnardine must die this afternoon tress Over-done's own house, for here be many of her And how shall we continue Claudio, old customers. First, here's young master Rash; he's To save me from the danger that might come, in for a commodity of brown paper and old ginger, If he were known alive? nine score and seventeen pounds; of which he made Duke. Let this be done ;-Put them in secret holds, five marks, ready money, marry, then, ginger was Both Barnardine and Claudio: Ere twice not much in request, for the old women were all the san bath made his journal greeting to dead. Then is there here one master Caper, at the The under generation, you shall find suit of master Three-pile the mercer, for some four Your safety manifested. saits of peach-colour'd satin, which now peaches him Prov. I am your free dependant. a beggar. Then bave we here young Dizy, and young
Quick, despatch, master Deep-row, and master Copper-spur, and mas And send the head to Angelo. [Exit Prorost. ter Starve-lackey the rapier and dagger-man, Now will I write letters to Angelo, young Drop-heir that kill'd lusty Pudding, and mas- The provost, he shall bear tben, --whose contents ter Forthright the tilter, and brave master Shoe-tie Shall witness to bim, I am near at home; the great traveller, and wild Half-can that stabb'd And that, by great injunctions, I am bonnd Potts, and, I think, forty more ; all great doers in To enter publicly : hiua I'll desire our trade, and are now in for the Lord's sake. To meet me at the consecrated fount,
A league below the city; and from thence,
By cold gradation and weal-balanced form,
We shall proceed with Angelo. Clo. Master Barnardine! you must rise and be hang'a, ma ter Barnardine!
Re-enter Provost. Alhor. What, hó, Barnardine!
Prov. Iere is the head , I'll carry it myself. Barnar. [Within A pox o'your throats! Who For I would commune with you of such things,
Duke. Convenient is it: Make a swift return; makes that noise there? What are you?
Clo. Your friends, sir; the hangman : you must be That want no ear but yours. so good, sir, to rise and be put to death
I'll make all speed. (Exit. Barnar. (Within) Away, you rogue, away; I am
Isab. [ Within) Peace, ho, be here! sleepy.
Duke. The tongoe of Isabel :- She's come to know, Athor. Tell him, he must awake, and that quickly But I will keep her ignorant of her good,
If yet her brother's pardon he come bither : too.
Clo. Pray, master Barnardine, awake till you are to make her heavenly comforts of despair, executed, and sleep afterwards.
When it is least expected. Abhor. Go in to him, and fetch him out.
Enter Isabella. Clo. He is coming, sir, he is coming; I hear his
Isab. Ho, by your leave. straw rustle.
[danghter. Duke. Good morning to you, fair and gracious Enter Barnardine.
Isab. The better, given me by so holy a man. Abhor. Is the axe upon the block, sirrah ! Hath yet the deputy sent my brother's pardon ! Clo. Very redy, sir.
Duke. He hath releas'd him, Isabel, from the world; Barnar. 'How now, Abhorson! what's the news His head is off, and sent to Angelo... with you?
Isab. Nay, but it is not so.