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Might in the times to come have ta'en revenge ;
Changes to the Fields without the Town.
Enter Duke in his own Habit, and Friar Peter.
Duke. I thank thee, Varrius; thou hast made good
haste: Come, we will walk. There's other of our friends Will greet us here anon, 'my gentle Varrits. [Excuni.
2 we would, and we would not.] act beginning with the following Here undoubtedly the act should scene, proceeds without in. end, and was ended by the poet; terruption of time or change of for here is properly a cessation place. of action, and night intervenes, * Peter never delivers the leto and she place is changed, be ters, but tells his story without tween the passages of ihis scene any credentials. The poet forget and those of the next. The next the plot wbich he had formed.
Isab. To speak fo indirectly, I am loth :
Mari. Be rul'd by him.
Mari. I would, Friar Peter
Enter Peter. 4
Peter. Come, I have found you out at a stand most fit,
3 He says to vail fuli purpose.] very little force on the words, Thus the old Copies, Tuou's mean to hide the whole extent of know, what Idea our Editors our design, and theretoie che readform'd to themselves, of vailing ing may ítand; ve: I cannot but full purpose; but, I'm persuaded, think Mr. Theobald's alteration the Poet meant, as I have restord; either lucky or ingenious. To viz. to a Purpole that wi'l liand interpret words with such laxity us in stead, that will profit us. as to make full the same with be
THEODA:D. neficial is to put an end, at once, He says, to vail full purpose I tú all neceflity of emendation, for Mr. Thcobald alters it to. He jays, any word may then stand in the t'availful purpose; becaule he has place of another. no idea of the common reading. 4 Enter Peter.] This play has A good reason! Yet the common two Friars, either of whom reading is right. Full is fed might fingly have ferved. I for beneficial: and the meaning tooid therefore imagine that is, He says, it is to hide a bene- Friar Thomas, in the fit ati,, ficial purpose, that mujt not yet be might be changed, without any revealed. WARBURTON. harm, to Friar Peter; for why To vail full purpose, may, with should the Duke unnecefiarily
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Where you may have such vantage on the Duke,
Twice have the trumpets
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A publick Place near the City.
Our old and faithful friend, we're glad to see
you. Ang. and Escal. Happy return be to you royal Grace!
Duke. Many and hearty thanks be to you both:
Ang. You make by bonds ftill greater.
trust two in an affair which re- seems arbitrarily placed at the quired only one, The name of head of the scene. Friar Thomas is never mentioned s Have hent the gates.] Have in the dialogue, and therefore taken poffefsiun of the gates.
That outward courtesies would fain proclaim
Peler. Now is your time : speak loud, and kneel before him.
Isab. Justice, O royal Duke! * vail your regard Upon a wrong'd, I'd fain have said, a naid. Oh, worthy Prince, dishonour not your eye By throwing it on any other object, 'Till you have heard me in my true complaint, And giv'n me justice, justice, justice, justice. Duke. Relace your wrongs ; in what, by whom?
be brief. Here is lord Angelo shall give you justice; Reveal yourself to him.
Isab. Oh, worthy Duke, You bid me seek redemption of the devil. Hear me yourself, for that which I must speak Must either punish me, not being believ'd, Or wring redress from you : hear me, oh, hear me, ,
Isab. By course of justice !
Il b. Moft ftrange, but yet nost truly, will I speak.
Vail your regard.) That is, descend upon a wronged woman. withdraw your thoughts from To vail, is to lower. higher things; let your notice
That Angelo is an adult'rous thief,
Duke. Nay, it is ten times ftrange.
Ifab. It is not truer he is Argelo,
Duke. Away with her, poor soul,
Isab. O Prince, I conjure thee, as thou believ'st
In all his dressings, caracts, titles, forms,
Duke. By mine honesty,
Isab. Gracious Duke,
- truth is truth
-assby, as grave, as just, To th'end of reckning.) That as absolute.] As sy ; as reis, Truth has no gradations; served, as abstracted: as jull; nothing which admits of encrease as nice, as exact : as abjelute can be so much what it is, as truth as complete in all the round of is truth. There may be a strange duty. thing, and a thing more strange, s' In all his dreffings, &c. In but if a proposition be true there all his semblance of virtue, in can be none more true.
all his habiliments of cffice.