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Tongue far from heart) play with all virgins fo.
Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mocking me.
thus; Your brother and his lover having embrac'd, As those that feed grow full, as blossoming time That from the seedness the bare fallow brings To teeming foyson; so her plenteous womb Expresseth his full tilth and husbandry. isab. Some one with child by him my cousin
Isab. Adoptedly, as school-maids change their names,
Lucio. This is the point.
Unless you have the grace by your fair prayer
Isab. Doth he so
Lucio. Has censur'd him already;
Lucio. Assay the power you have.
Lucio. Our doubts are traitors;
Isab. I'll see what I can do.
Lucio. I take my leave of you.
Enter Angelo, Escalus, a Justice, and attendants.
A N G E L 0.
Escal. Ay, but yet Let us be keen, and rather cut a little, Than fall, and bruise to death. Alas! this gentleman, Whom I would save, had a most noble father ; Let but your Honour know, Whom I believe to be most ftrait in virtue, That, in the working of your own affections, Had time coher'd with place, or place with wishing, Or that the resolute acting of your
blood Could have attain'd th' effect of your own purpose; Whether you had not sometime in your
life Err'd in this point, which now you censure him, And pull'd the law upon you.
Ang. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus,
For I have had such faults; but rather tell me,
Ang. See, that Claudio
Enter Elbow, Froth, Clown, and Officers. Elb. Come, bring them away; if these be good people in a common-weal, that do nothing but use their abuses in common houses, I know no law, bring
Ang. How now, Sir, what's your name? and what's the matter?
Elb. If it please your Honour, I am the poor Duke's conftable, and my name is Elbow; I do lean upon justice, Sir, and do bring in here before your good Honour two notorious benefactors.
Ang. Benefactors ? well; what benefactors are they? are they not malefactors ?
Elb. If it please your Honour, I know not well what they are ; but precise villains they are, that I am sure of; and void of all profanation in the world, that good christians ought to have.
Escal. This comes off well ; here's a wise Officer.
Ang. Go to: what quality are they of? Elbow is your name? Why dost thou not speak, Elbow ?
Clown. He cannot, Sir; he's out at elbow.
Ang. What are you, Sir?
Elb. He, Sir? a tapiter, Sir 3 parcel-bawd; one that serves a bad woman; whose house, Sir, was, as they say, pluckt down in the suburbs ; and now the profeffes a hot-house ; which, I think, is a very ill house too.
Escal. How know you that?
Elb. My wife, Sir, whom I deteft before heay'n and your Honour,
Escal. How ! thy wife?
Élb. Ay, Sir ; whom, I thank heav'n, is an honeft woman ;
Escal. Doft thou detest her therefore?
Elb. I say, Sir, I will deteft my self also, as well as the, that this house, if it be not a bawd's house, it is pity of her life, for it is a naughty house.
Escal. How dost thou know that, constable ?
Eib. Marry, Sir, by my wife ; who, if she had been a woman cardinally given, might have been accused in fornication, adultery, and all uncleanness there.
Escal. By the woman's means ?
Elb. Ay, Sir, by, mistress Over-don's means, but as he spit in his face, so she defy'd him.
Clown. Sir, if it please your Honour, this is not so,
Elb. Prove it before these varlets here, thou honous rable man, prove it,
Escal. Do you hear, how he misplaces ?
Clown. Sir, she came in great with child; and longing (saving your Honour's reverence) for stew'd prewns; Sir, we had but two in the house, which at that very diftant time stood, as it were, in a fruit-dish, a dish of some three pence; (your Honours have seen such dishes; they are not China dishes, but very good dishes.) • ĘScal. Go to, go to; no matter for the dish, Sir. : Clown. No, indeed, Sir, not of a pin; you are there: in in the right: but to the point; as I say, this mis; tress Elbow, being, as I say, with child, and being grcat belly'd, and longing, as I said, for prewns; and having but Two in the dish, as I said; master Froth , here, this very man, having eaten the rest, as į said,