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1 Gent. What, in metre?
Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language.
1 Gent. I think, or in any religion.

Lucio. Ay; why not? Grace is grace, despite of all controversy: as for example; thou thyself art a wicked villain, despite of all grace.

1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers between us. Lucio. I grant; as the

may between the lists and the velvet: thou art the list.

1 Gent. And thou the velvet ? thou art good velvet : thou art a three-pil'd piece, 1 warrant thee. I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be pil'd, as thou art pild, for a French velvet. Do I speak feelingly now?

Lucio: I thing thou dost; and, indeed, with most painful feeling of thy speech : I will, out of thine own confession, learn to begin thy health; but, whilst I live, forget to drink after thee.

1 Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong, have I not ?

2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast, whether thou art tainted, or free.

Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation comes !

1 Gent. I have purchased as many diseases under her roof, as come to2 Gent. To what, I pray ?

Ι Lucio. Judge. 2 Gent. To three thousand dollars? a-year. 1 Gent. Ay, and more. Lucio. A French crown more.

2 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me; but thou art full of error : I am sound.

Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy; but so sound as things that are hollow: thy bones are hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee.

Enter Bawd. 1 Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica ?

Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of you all. 2 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee ?

A quibble upon dolours.

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Bawd. Marry, sir, that's Claudio; signior Claudio. 1 Gent. Claudio to prison ! 't is not so.

Bawd. Nay, but I know, 't is so ; I saw him arrested ; saw him carried away; and, which is more, within these three days his head is? to be chopped off.

Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have it so. Art thou sure of this ?

Bawd. I am too sure of it; and it is for getting madam Julietta with child.

Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised to meet me two hours since, and he was ever precise in promise-keeping.

2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something near to the speech we had to such a purpose.

1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the proclamation. Lucio. Away: let's go learn the truth of it.

(Exeunt Lucio and Gentlemen. Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the sweat, what with the gallows, and what with poverty, I am custom-shrunk. How now ? what's the news with you?

Enter Clown. Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison. Bawd. Well : what has he done? Clo. A woman. Bawd. But what's his offence ? Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. Bawd. What, is there a maid with child by him ?

Clo. No; but there's a woman with maid by him. You have not heard of the proclamation, have you ?

Bawd. What proclamation, man?

Clo. All bawdy' houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be pluck'd down.

Bawd. And what shall become of those in the

city?

Clo. They shall stand for seed: they had gone down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them.

Bawd. But shall all our houses of resort in the suburbs be pull'd down?

Clo. To the ground, mistress.

Bawd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the commonwealth! What shall become of me?

3 4 Not in f. e. VOL. II.-2

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Clo. Come; fear not you: good counsellors lack no clients : though you change your place, you need not change your trade; I'll be your tapster still. Courage ! there will be pity taken on you; you that have worn your eyes almost out in the service : you will be considered.

Bawd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster ? Let's withdraw.

Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the provost to prison; and there's madam Juliet. [Exeunt.

SCENE III.-The Same.
Enter Provost, Claudio, and Officers.?
Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to

th' world?
Bear me to prison, where I am committed.

Prov. I do it not in evil disposition, But from lord Angelo by special charge.

Claud. Thus can the demi-god, authority, Make us pay down for our offence by weight.The words of heaven;2–

—on whom it will, it will; On whom it will not, so : yet still 't is just.

Enter Lucio and two Gentlemen.' Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio? whence comes this restraint ?

Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scape by the immoderate use Turns to restraint. Our natures do pursue, Like rats that ravin4 down their proper bane, A thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die.

Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I would send for certain of my creditors. And yet, to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom, as the morality of imprisonment.-What's thy offence, Claudio ?

Claud. What but to speak of would offend again. Lucio. What is it? murder ? Claud. No. Lucio. Lechery? Claud. Call it so. 1 Enter Provost, CLAUDIO, JULIET, and Officers; Lucio and two Gentlemen : in f. e. 2 An allusion to St. Paul's Ep. to Romans ix: 15. 3 Not in f. e. 4 Greedily devour

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Prov. Away, sir! you must go. Claud. One word, good friend.—Lucio, a word with you.

[Takes him aside. Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good.--Is lechery so look'd after ? Claud. Thus stands it with me :-Upon a true con

tract,
I got possession of Julietta's bed :
You know the lady; she is fast my wife,
Save that we do the pronunciation' lack
Of outward order : this we came not to,
Only for procuration of a dower
Remaining in the coffer of her friends,
From whom we thought it meet to hide our love,
Till time had made them for us. But it chances,
The stealth of our most mutual entertainment
With character too gross is writ on Juliet.

Lucio. With child, perhaps?

Claud. Unhappily, even so. And the new deputy now for the duke,– Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness, Or whether that the body public be A horse whereon the governor doth ride, Who, newly in the seat, that it may know He can command, lets it straight feel the spur; Whether the tyranny be in his place, Or in his eminence that fills it up, I stagger in ;-but this new governor Awakes me all the enrolled penalties, Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the wall So long, that nineteen zodiacks have gone round, And none of them been worn; and, for a name, Now puts the drowsy and neglected act Freshly on me :-'tis surely, for a name.

Lucio. I warrant it is; and thy head stands so tickle on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and appeal to him.

Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found.
I prythee, Lucio, do me this kind service.
This day my sister should the cloister enter,
And there receive her approbation:
Acquaint her with the danger of my state;

1 denunciation : in f. e. % propagation : in f. e.

Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends
To the strict deputy; bid herself essay him:
I have great hope in that; for in her youth
There is a prone and speechless dialect,
Such as moves men: beside, she hath prosperous art,
When she will play with reason and discourse,
And she can well persuade.

Lucio. I pray, she may: as well for the encouragement of the like, which else would stand under grievous imposition, as for the enjoying of thy life, who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost at a game of ticktack. I'll to her.

Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio.
Lucio. Within two hours.
Claud.

Come, officer; away! [Exeunt.
SCENE IV.-A Monastery.

Enter Duke, and Friar THOMAS.
Duke. No, holy father; throw away that thought :
Believe not that the dribbling dart of love
Can pierce a complete bosom. Why I desire thee
To give me secret harbour hath a purpose
More grave and wrinkled, than the aims and ends
Of burning youth.
Fri.

May your grace speak of it ?
Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you
How I havo ever lov'd the life remov'd;
And held in idle price to haunt assemblies,
Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps.
I have deliver'd to lord Angelo
(A man stricture, and firm abstinence)
My absolute power and place here in Vienna,
And he supposes me travell’d to Poland;
For so I have strew'd it in the common ear,
And so it is receiv’d. Now, pious sir,
You will demand of me, why I do this ?

Fri. Gladly, my lord.

Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting laws, (The needful bits and curbs to head-strong steeds) Which for this fourteen years we have let sleep; Even like an o'er-grown lion in a cave, That goes not out to prey : now, as fond fathers,

1 Tric-trac. 2 weeds : in f. e. 3 Old Eds. and Knight : slip. Theobald suggested the change also.

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