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man denies all that you have said. A marble monument !

Lucio. My lord, liere comes the rascal I spoke Ang. I did but smile 'till now;

of; here with the Provost. Now,good my lord, give me the scope of justice; Escut. In very good ime:-speak not you to My patience here is touch'd: I do perceive, 5 him, 'till we call upon you. These poor informal' women are no more

Lucio. Mum. But instruments of some more mightier member, Escul. Come, sir; Did you set these women That sets them on: Let me have way, my lord, on to slander lord Angelo? they have confessid To find this practice out.

you did. Dike. Ay, with my heart;

10 Duke', 'Tis false. And punish them unto your height of pleasure.- Escul. How! know you where you are? [devil Thou roolish friar, and thou pernicious woman, Duke. Respect to your great place! and let the Compact with her that's gone! think’st thou thy Be sometime honour'd for his burning throne: oaths,

saint, Where is the duke? 'tis he should hear me speak. Though they would swear down each particular 15 Escal. The duke's in us; and we will hear you Were trstimonies against his worth and credit, Look, you speak justly.

[speak: That's seal'd in approbation?--You, lord Escalus, Duke. Boldly, at least:-But, oh, poor souls, Sit with my cousin; lend him your kind pains Come you to seek the lamb here of the fox? To tind out this abuse, whence tis deriv’d.- Good night to your redress: Is the duke gone ? There is another friar, that set them on; 20 Then is your cause gone too. The duke's unjust, Let him be sent for.

[indeel, Thus to retort your manifest appeal', Piter. Would he were here, my lored; for he, And put your trial in the villain's inouth, Hath set the women on to this complaint:

Which here you come to accuse. Your provost knows the place where he abides, Lucio. This is the rascal; this is he I spoke of. And he may fetch him.

125 Escul. Why, thou unreverend and unhallow'd Duke. Go, do it instantly.-

friar! And you, my noble and well-warranted cousin, Is't not enough, thou hast suborn'd these women Whom it concerns to hear this matter torth, To accuse this worthy man; but, in toul mouth, Do with your injuries as seeins you best,

and in the witness of his proper ear, In any chastisement; I for a while

130 To call him villain? Will leave you ; stir not you till you have well And then to glance from bim to the duke himself, Determined upon these slanderers. [Erit. To tax him with injustice :-Take him hence;

Escal. My lord, we'ildo it thoroughly. - Signior To the rack with him: We'll touse you joint by Lucio, did not you say, you knew that triar Lo

joint, dowick to be a dishonest person?

35 But we wil know this purpose: What? unjust ? Lucio. Cucullus non facit monachum: honest Duke. Be not so hot; the duke in nothing, but in his cloaths; and one that hath Dare no more stretch this finger of mine, than he spoke most villainous speeches of the duke. Dare rack his own; bis subject I am not,

Escal. Weshali intreat you to abide here till he Nor here provincial*: My business in this state come, and enforce them against him: We shall 40 Made me a looker-on here in Vienna, find this friar a notable tellow.

Where I have seen corruption boil and bubble, Licio. As any in Vienna, on my word.

Tüll it o'er-run the stew: laus, for all faults; Escul. Call that same Isabel here once again ;) But faults so countenanc'd that the strong statutes I would speak with her: Pray you, my loral, give stand like the torteits in a barber's shop", me leave io question; you shall see how I'll handle 45 As much in mock as maik.,

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Escul. Siander to the state! Away with him to Lucio. Not better than he, by her own report. Ang. What can you vouch against him, signior Esul. Say you?

Is this the man, that you did tell us of? [Lucio? Lucio. Marry, sir, I think, if you handled her Licio. "Tis he, my lord. Come bither, goodprivately, she should sooner contess; perchance, 50 man bald-pate: Do you know me? publichiy she'll be ashanged.

Duht. I remember you, sir, hy the sound of Enter i juhe in the Friar's khit, and Protost. your voice: I met you at the prison, in the abIsab:lle is brought in.

ence of the duke. Escal. I wili go darkly to work with her.

Lucio. Oh, did you so? And do you remember Lucio. That's the way; for women are light a: 5.5 hot pot suid oi thi chune? midniglit.

Duke llost notediy, sir. Escul. Coine on, mistress; here's a gentlewo- Lucio. Do you so, s1? And was the duke a

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i Informal siznities out of their senses. ? That is, from beginning to end. * Meaning, to refer your appeal against Angelo to Inzelulinet. * That is, not belonging to this province:

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flesh-monger, a fool, and a coward, as you then littorney'd at your service. reported him to be?

Isab. Oh, give me pardon, Ditke. You must, sir, change persons with me, That I, your vassal, have employ'd and pain'd ere you make that my report: you, indeed, spoke Your unknown sovereignty. so o hiin; and much more, much worse. 5 Duke. You are pardon’d, Isabel:

Lucio. () thou damnable fellow! Did not I And now, dear maid, be you as free * to us. pluck thee by the nose, for thy speeches? Your brother's death, I know, sits at your heart:

Duke. I protest I love the duke, as I love my And you may marvel, why I obscur'd myself, self.

Labouring to save his life; and would noi rather Ang. Hark! how the villain would close now, 10 Make rash remonstrance of my hidden power, aiter his treasupable abuses.

Than let him be so lost. Oh, most kind maid, Eschal. Such a fellow is not to be talked withal ; It was the swift celerity of his death, Away with him to prison :- Where is the provost: Which I did think with slower foot came on,

- Away with him to prison; lay bolts enough upon Thatbrain'd' my purpose. Butpeace be with him! him: let him :perk no more:

-way with those 15 That life is better life, past fearing death, [fort, giglots' too, and with the othur confederate com- Than that which lives to fear: make it your companion. [The Prorost lays hanits on the Duke. So happy is your brother, Duke. Stay, sir ; stay a w wbiie.

Re-inter Ang lo, Variana, Peter, and Provost. Ang. What! resists he? Help him, Lucio. Isub. I do, my lord.

[here, Lucio. Come, sir; come, sir; come, sir; toh, 20 Duke. For this new-marry'd ınan, approaching sir: Why, you bald-pated, lying rascal! youinust Whose salt imaginatioa yet hath wrong'd be hooded, must you? Shew your knave's visage, Your well-clefended honour, you must pardon bim with a pox to you! sbew your sheep-biting tace, For Mariana's sake: But as he adjudg'u your broand be hang'd an hour! Will’t not 011?

(Being criminal in double violation [ther, [Pullsofihe Friar's hood),rendiliscovers the Duke. 25 Of sacred chastity; and of promise-breach, Duke. Thou art the first knave, that e'er mad'st Thereon dependant, for your brother's lite) a luke.

The very mercy of the law cries out First, provost, let me bail these gentle three: Most audible, even from his proper tongue, Sneak lot away, sir; [to Lucio.) for the friar and An Angelo for Claudio, death for d ath. Must bave a word anon:- :-lay hold ou isim. [you 30 Haste still pays haste, and leisure answers leisure;

Lucio, This may prove worse than hanging. Like doth quit like, and Alcusure still for Ileasure. Dithe. What you have spoke, I pardon; sit you Then, Angelo, thy fault's thus manifested;[tage':. down.

[To Esculus. Which though thou would'st deny, denies thee vanWe'll borrow place of him:--Sir, by your leave: We do condemn thee to the very block

[To Angelo.35 Where Claudio stoop'd to deail, and with like I last thou or word), or wit, or impudence,

haste;-That yet can do thee office? If thou hast, Away with him. Rely upon it till my tale be heard,

Mari. Oh, my most gracious lord, And hold no longer out.

I hope, you will not mock me with a husband ! Ang. O my clread lord,

10 Duke. It is your husband mock'd you with a I should be guillier than my guiltiness,

husband : To think I can be undiscernible,

Consenting to the safeguard of your honour, Then I perceive your grace, like power divine, I thought your marriage fit; else imputation, Hatlı look'd upon my passes 2: Then, good prince, For that he knew you, might reproach your life, No longer session hold upon my shame, 45 And choak your good to come: for his possessions, But let my trial be mine own confession.

Although by contiscation they are ours, Immediate sentence then, and sequent death, We do enstate and widow you withal, Is all the grace I beg.

To buy you a better husband.
Duke. Come hither, Mariana :-

Mari. Oh, my dear lord,
Say, wast thou e'er contracted to this woman? 150I crave no other, nor no better man.
Ang. I way, my lord.

[stantly:- Duke. Never crave him; we are definitive. Duke. Gu take her hence, and marry her in- Mari. Gentle my liege

[K'neeling. Do you the ofiice, friar; which consummate,

Duke. You do but lose your labour ;Return him here again :-Go with him, provost. Away withi him to death. --Now, sir, to you. [Errunt duglo, Variana, Peter, and Procost. 55

[To Lucio. Escul. My lord, I am more amaz'd at his dis- Mari. Oh, my good lord!-Sweet Isabel, take Than at the strangeness of it. (honour,

my part; Duhe. Come hither, Isabel :

Lend me your knees, and all my life to come Your triar is now your prince; As I was then I'll lend you, all my life to do you service. Advertising and holy to your business, 60 Duke. Against all sense you do importune her: Not changing heart with habit, I am still Should she kneel down, in mercy of this fact,

Giglot means a wanton girl. ? That is, my transactions. Attentive and faithful. * That is, as generous, by pardoning us also. · Meaning, which defeated it. 6 Meaning, Angelo's own tongue. That is, takes from thee all opportunity, all expedient of denial. & Sense here means reason and affection.

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Her brother's ghost his paved bed would break, For better times to come:- -Friar, advise him; And take her hence in horror.

I leave him to your hand.—What muftled fellow's Mari. Isabel,

that? Sweet Isabel, do yet but kneel by me;

Prov. This is another prisoner, that I sav'd, Hold up your hands, say nothing, I'll speak all. 5 Who should have dy'd when Claudio lost his head; They say best men are moulded out of faults; As like almost to Claudio, as himself. And, for the most, become much inore the better Duke. If he be like your brother, for his sake For being a little bad; so may my husband.

[To Isab, Oh, Isabel! will you not lend a kuee?

Is he pardon’d; And, for your lovely sake, . Duke. He dies for Claudio's death.

10 Give me your hand, and say you will be mine, Isub. Most bounteous sir, [Kneeling He is my brother too: But fitter time for that. Look, if it please you, on this man condemn’d By this, lord Angelo perceives he's safe; As if my brother iiv'a: I parily think,

Nethinks I see a quick’ning in his eye.A due sincerity govern'd his deeds,

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, Angelo, your evil quits ? you well: Till he did look on nie; in ce it is so,

15 Look, that you love your wife; her worth, worth Let him not lie: my brother had but justice,

yours. In that he did the thing for which he dy'd: I find an apt remission in myself; For Angelo,

And yet here's one in place I cannot pardon ;His act did not o'ertake his bad intent;

You, sirrah, that knew me for a tool, a coward, And must be bury'd but as an intent, [jects ;/20

[To Lucio, That perish'd by the way: thoughts üre no sub- One all of luxury, an ass, a madman; Intents, but merely thoughts.

Wherein have I deserved so of you, Mari. Merely, my lord.

[say.- That you extol me thus? Duke. Your suit's unprofitable; stand up, 1 Lucio. 'Faith, my lord, I spoke it but according I have bethought me of another fault :- |25|to the trick ?: if you will fiang me for it, you Provost, how came it, Claudio was beheaded may, but I had rather it would please you, I At an unusual hour?

might be whipp'd. Prov. It was commanded so.

Duke. Whipp'd first, sir, and hang'd aster. Duke. Ilad you a special warrant for the deed? Proclaim it, provost, round about the city; Proo. No, my good lord; it was by private 30 If any woman's wrong'd by this lewd tellow, message.

[tice: (As I have heard him swear himself, there's one Duke. For which I do discharge you of your of- Whom he begot with child) let her appear, Give up your keys.

And he shall marry her: the nuptial finishid, Pror. Pardon'me, noble Jord:

Let him be whipp'd and hang'd. I thought it was a fault, but knew it not; 35 Lucio. I beseech your highness, do not marry Yet did repent me after more advice':

ne to a whore! Your bighness said, even now, I For testimony whereof, one in the prison, made you a duke; good, my lord, do not recomThat should by private order else have dy'd, pense me, in making me a cuckold. I have reservd alive.

Duke. Upon mine honour, thou shalt marry her. Duke. What's he?

40 Thy slanders I forgive ; and therewithal Pror. His name is Barnardine. dio. Remit thy other forfeits *:-Take him to prison:

Duke. I would, thou had'st done so by Clau- And see our pleasure herein executed. Go, fetch him hither; let me look upon

hin. Lucio. Marrying a punk, my lord, is pressing to

[Erit Provost. death, whipping, and hanging: Escal. I am sorry, one so learned and so wise 45 Duke. Sland'ring a prince deserves it.lord Angelo, have still appear’d,

She, Claudio, that you wrong'd, look

you restore. Should slip so grossly, both in the heat of blood, Joy to you, Mariana! love her, Angelo; And lack of temper'd judgment afterward. I have confess'd her, and I know her virtue.

Ang. I am sorry that such sorrow 1 procure: Thanks, good friend Escalus, forthymuch goodness: And so deep sticks it in my penitent heart, 50 There's more behind, that is more gratulate':That I crave death more willingly than mercy: Thanks, provost, for thy care and secrecy; 'Tis

my deserving, and I do enticat it. litta. !Ve shall employ thee in a worthier place:Rt-enter Provost, Barnurdine, Claudio, and ju- Forgive him, Angelo, that brought you home Duke. Which is that Barnardine?

The head of Ragozine for Claudio's: Prov. This, my lord.

55 The offence pardons itself.-Dear Isabel, Duke. There was a friar told me of this man: I have a motion much iinports your good; Sirrah, thou art said to have a stubborn soul, Whereto if you'll a willing ear incline, That apprehends no further than this world, What's mine is yours, and what is yours is inine: Andsquar'stthylifeaccordingly: thou’rtcondemn’d: so bring us to our palace; where we'll shew But, for those earthly fauls, I quit them all; 60 What's yet behind, that's meet you all should I pray thee, take this mercy to provide

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SOLINUS, Duke of Ephesus.

ANGELO, a Goldsmith. Egeon, a Alerchant of Syracuse.

A Merchant, Friend to Antipholis of Syracuse.

Trin Brothers and Dr. Pinch, a Schoolmaster and a Conjurer. ANTIPHOLIS of Ephesus, Sons to łgeon and Antipholis of Syracuse,

dimilia, but un- Emilia, Ilife to geon, an Abbess at Ephesus,

hnoun to each other. ADRIANA, Wife to Antipholis of Ephesus.'
Dromio of Ephesus, Ttrin Brothers and Slaves LUCIANA, Sister to Adriana.
DROMIO Of Syracuse, ) to the two Antipholis's. LUCE, Servant to Adriana
BALTHAZAR, a Jerchant.

A Courtezan.
Juilor, Officers, and other Attendants.

SCENE, Ephesus.

A CT I.
SCENE I.

my woes end likewise with the evening sun.

Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in briet, the cause The Duke's Palace.

Why thou departedst from thy native home; Enter the Duke of Ephesus, Ægeon, Jailor, unul And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus. viler Attendants.

5 Ægeon. A heavier task could not have been imÆgeon. PROCEED, Solinus, to procure my Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable: [pos’d, fall,

Yet, that the world may witness, that my end And, by the doom of death, end woes and all. Was wrought by nature,not by vile offence,

Duke. Merchant of Siracusa, plead no more; I'll utter what my sorrow gives me leave. I am not partial, to infringe our laws:

10 In Syracusa was I born; and wed The enmity and discord, which of late

Unto a woman, happy but for me, Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke And by me too, had not our hap been bad. Tomerchants, our well-dealing countrymen, With ker I liv'd in joy; our wealth increas'd, Who, wanting gilders to redeem their lives, By prosperous voyages I often made Have seal'd bis rigorous statutes with their bloods, (1510 Epidamnum, till my factor's death; Excludes all pity from our threat'ning looks. And he, great care of goods at random left, For, since the inortal and intestine jars

Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse; 'Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us,

From whom my absence was not six months old, It hath in solemn synods been decreed,

Before herself (almost at fainting, under Both by the Syracusans and ourselves, 20 The pleasing punishment that women bear) To admit no traffic to our adverse towns: Had inade provision for her following me, Nay, more; If auy, born at Ephesus,

And soon, and safe, arrived where I was, Be seen at Syracusan marts and fairs,

There she had not been long, but she became Again, if any, Syracusan born,

A joyful mother of two goodly sons; Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies,

25 And, which was strange, the one so like the other His goods confiscate to the duke's dispose, As could not be distinguish'd but by names. Unless a thousand marks be levied,

That very hour, and in the self-same inn, To quit the penalty, and to ransom him.

A poor mean woman was delivered Thy substance, valu'd at the highest rate,

Of such a burden, male twins, both alike: Cannot amount unto a hundred marks; 30 Those (for their parents were exceeding poor) Therefore, by law thou art condemn’d to die. I bought, and brought up to attend my sons. Aigeon. Yet this my comfort; when your words My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys, are done,

Made daily motions for our home return:

Unwilling Unwilling I agreed ; alas, too soon.

Do me the favour to dilate at full We came aboard:

What hath betall’n of them, and thee, till now. A league from Epidamnu!n had we sail'd,

Ægeon. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest Before the alwa s-wind-obeying decp

At eighteen years became inquisitive [care, Gave any tragic instance of our harin: 5 After bis brother; and importun'd me, But longer did we not retain much hope;

That his attendant (for his case was like,
For what obscured light the heavens d.d grant, Reft of his brother, but retain’d his name,)
Did but convey into our fearful minds

Might bear him company in quest of him:'
A doubtful warrant of immediate death ; [hrac’d, Whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see,
Which though myself would gladly have em-101 bazarded the loss of whom I lov’d.
Yet the incessant weezings of my wife,

Five summers have I spent in farthest Greece,
Weeping before, for what she saw must come, Roaming clean' through the bounds of Asia,
And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, And, coasting homeward, came to Ephesus;
That mourn di for fastion, ignorant what to fear, Hopeless to find, yet loth to leave unsought,
Forc'd me to seek delays for them and me. 15 Or ihat, or any place that harbours men,
And this it was,-fur other means were none.- But here must end the story of my life;
The sailors sought for safety by our boat, And happy were I in my timely death,
And left the ship, then sinking-ripe, to vis: Could all my travels warrant me they live. [mark'd
My wife, more careful for the latter-born,

Duke. Hapless Ageon, whom the fates have Had fastend him unto a small spare mast, 20 To bear the extremity of dire mishap ! Such as sea-faring men provide for storms; Now, trust me, were it not against our laws, To him one of the other twins was bound, Against my crown, my oath, my dignity, Whilst I had been like heedíul of the other. Which princes, would they, may not disannul, The children thus dispos'd, my wife and I, My soul should sue as advocate for thee. Fixing our eyes on whom our care was fix’d, 25 But, though thou art adjudged to the death, Fastend ourselves at either end the mast; And passed sentence may not be recalld, And floating straight, obedient to the stream, But to our honour's great disparagement, Were carry'd towards Corinth, as we thought. Yet will I favour thee in what I can; At length the silil, gazing upon the earth, Therefore, merchant, I'll limit thee this day, Dispers'd tho e vapours that otlended us ; 30 To seek thy help by beneficial help: And, by the benent of his wish'd light,

Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus ; The seas wax'd calm, and we discovered

Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the suin, Two ships from far making amain to us,

And live; if not, then thou art doom'd to die :-Of Corinth that, of Epidaurus this:

Jailor, take him to thycustody [Ex. Duke & train. But, ere they came. -Oh, let me say no more! 135 Jail. I will, my lord,

[wend', Gather the sequel by that went before. [so: Agcon. Hopeless, and helpless, doth Ægeon

Duke. Nay, forward, old man, do not break ofis But to procrastinate his lifeless end. For we may pity, though not pardon thee.

[Exeunt Aigeon and Jailor, Agron. On, had the gods done so, I had not now

SCENE II. Worthily terin'd them merciless to us!

401 For ere the ships could meet by twice tive leagues,

Changes to the Street. We were encountered by a mighty rock; Enter Antipholis of Syracuse, a Merchant, and Which being violently borne ipon,

Dromio.

(num, Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst,

Mer, Therefore give out, you are of EpidamSo that, in this unjust divorce of us,

45 Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate. Fortune had left to both of us alike

This very day, a Syracusan merchant What to delight in, what to sorrow for.

Is apprehended for arrival here; Hler part, poor soul! seming as burdened And, not being able to buy out his life, With leser weight, but not with lesser woe, According to the statute of the town, Was carry'd with more speed before the wind; 50 Dies ere the weary sun set in the west. And in our sight they three were taken up There is your money, that I had to keep: [host, Bv fishermen of Corinth, as we thought.

Ant. Go bear it to the Centaur, where we Ai length, another ship had seiz'd on is; And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee. And, knowing whom it was their hap to save, Within this hour it will be dinner-time: Gave helpful welcome to their shipwrech'dguests; 55 Till that, I'll view the manners of the town, And would have reft the fisher of his prey, Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings, Had not their b: rk been very slow of sail, (course. And then return, and sleep within mine inn; And therefore homeward did they bend their For with long travel I am stiff and weary. Thus have you heard me severed from my bliss;

[word, That by misfortune was my life prolong'd,

Dro. Many a man would take you at your To tell sad stories of my own mishaps. [for, Ind go indeed, having so good a means. Duhe. And, for the sakes of them thou sorrowesil

[Exit Dromio. ! Clean is still used in the North of England instead of quite, fully, completely. ? That is, 30,

Get thee away.

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