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Prefixt by Angelo. See, this be done,
And sent according to command ; while I
Persuade this rude wretch willingly to die.

Prov. This shall be done, good father, presently.
But Barnardine muft die this afternoon ;
And how shall we continue Claudio,
To save me from the danger that might come,
If he were known alive?

Duke. Let this be done ;
Put them in secret holds, both Barnardine and Claudio :
Ere twice the sun hath made his journal greeting
To th' under generation, ’ you shall find
Your safety manifested.

Prov. I am your free dependent.
Duke. Quick, dispatch, and send the head to An-
gelo.

[Exit Provost.
Now will I write letters to Ange'o,
(The Provost, he shall bear them ;) whose contents
Shall witness to him, I am near at home ;
And that, by great injunctions I am bound
To enter publickly; him I'll desire
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.

Enter Provoft.

Prov. Here is the head, I'll carry it myself.

Duke. Convenient is ir. Make a swift return;
For I would commune with you of such things,
That want no ears but yours.
Prov. I'll make all speed.

[Exit. Isab. [within] Peace, hoa, be here !

3 To th' under generation ) So editions to yonder : ye under and Sir Tho. Hanmer with true judg- yonder were confounded. ment. It was in all the former VOL. I.

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Duke.

Duke. The congue of Ifabel. -She comes to

know,
If yet her brother's pardon be come bicher:
Bui I will keep her ignorant of her good,
To make her heav'nly comforts of despair,
When it is lealt expected. *

S CE N E X.

En'er Isabel.

1/ib. Hoa, by your leave. Duke. Good Morning to you, fair and gracious

daughter. Ijab. T'he better, giv'n me by so holy a man. Hath yet the depury lent my brother's pardon?

Duke. He hach releas’d him, Ijabel, from the world; His head is off, and sent to Angelo.

Isab. Nay, but it is not so.

Duke. It is no other.
Shew your wisdom, daughter, in your closeft patience.

Ilib. Oh, I will to him, and pluck out his eyes.
Duke. You shall not be admitted to his fight,

I ab. Unhappy Claudio ! wretched Isabel?
Injurious world! most damined Angelo!

Duke This nor hurts him, nor profits you a jot; Forbcar it therefore, give your cause to heav’n. Mark, what I say ; which you shall surely find By ev'ry (ylable a faithful verity. The Duke comes home to.morrow ; dry your eyes ; One of our convent, and his confeffor, Gave me this inftarce : already he hath carry'd Notice to Escalus and Angelo, Whio do prepare to meet him at the gates, There to give up their pow'r. If you can, pace your In that good path that I would with it

go, [wisdom * A better reason might have the might with more keenness ac. been given It was necessary to cuse the Depaiy. kcep Tabella in ignorance, that

And

And
you
Thall have

your bosoın * on this wretch, Grace of the Duke, revenges to your heart, And gen’ral honour.

Isab. l'm directed by you.

Duke. This letter then to Frias Peter give ;
'Tis that he sent me of the Duke's return:
Say, by this coken, I desire his company
Ac Mariana's house to night. Her cause and yours
I'll perfect him witha), and he shall bring you
Before the Duke, and to ihe head of Angela
Accuse him home, and home. For my poor felf,
I am combin'd s by a sacred vow,
And shall be absent. Wend you with this lefter;
Command these fretting waters from your eyes
With a light heart; trust not my holy Order,
If I pervert your course. Who's here?

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Lucio, Good even;
Fiior, where's the Provot?

Duke. Not within, Sir,

Lucio. Oh, pretty Isabella, I am pale at mine heart, to see thine eyes lo red; thou must le 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 fet me co't.

But they say the Duke will be here to-morrow. By my troth, Isabel, I lov'd thy brother: if the old fantastical Duke of dark corners had been at home, he had liv'd.

[Exit Isabella.

- your bojom.] Your wish; comlinate behand of Mariana. your heare's defire.

If the cld, &c.] Sir Thomas s I am combin'd ly a sacred Hanmer reads, the cdd fantastical Tow.) I once thought this ihould Duke, buc old is a common word be confined, but Shakespeare uses in ludicrous language, as, there combine tor to bind by a pacz or was oli revelling agreement, lo he calls Angels the

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Duke.

Duke. Sir, the Duke is marvellous licile beholden to your reports; but the best is, he lives not in them.

Lucio. Friar, thou knoweft not the Duke so well as I do; he's a better woodman, 'than chou cak'st him for.

Duke. Well; you'll answer this one day. Pare 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.

Lacio. I was once before him for gitting a wench with child.

Duke. Did you such a thing?

Lucio. Yes, marry, did l; but I was fain to forswear it ; chey would else have marry'd me to the rosten medlar.

Duke. Sir, your company is fairer than honest : rest

you well.

Lucio. By my troth, I'll go wich 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 bur, I shall stick.

[Exeunt.

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Changes to the Palace.

Enter Angelo and Escalus. Efial. VERY letter, he hath writ, hath disvouch'd

the other. Ang. In most uneven and distracted manner. His actions fhew much like to madness, pray heav'n, his wisdom be not cainted. And why meet him at the gites, and deliver our authorities there?

Escal. I guess not.
Ang. And why Mhould we proclaim ic in an hour be-

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fore his entring, that if any crave redress of injustice, they should exhibit their petitions in the street ?

Escal. He shews his reason for that; to have a difpatch 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'th' morn; I'll call you at your house: give notice to such men of fort and suit, 8 as are to meet him. Escal. I shall, Sir : fare you well.

(Exit. Ang. Good night. This deed unshapes me quite, makes me unpregnant, And dull to all proceedings. A defloured maid ! And by an eminent body, that enforc'd The law against it ! but that her tender shame Will not proclaim against her maiden loss, How might she tongue me? yet reason dares her No.9 For my authority bears a credent bulk;' That no particular scandal once can touch, But it confound: the breather. He should have liv'd, Save that his riotous youth, with dangerous sense,

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Mr. Theobald reads yet reason him, we inexpresive from inexdares her note, Sir Tho. Hanmer, pressible, yet reason dares her : No. Mr. Particular i« private a French Upton, yet rcafon dares her-No, senle. No scandal from any pri. which he exp.ains thus : yet, says vate mouth can reach a man in Angelo, reason will givi ber ccu- my authority. rage- No, that is, it will not. I

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