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Sir, a good favouryou have, but that you have a hanging look;) do you call, Sir, youroccupation a mistery? Abhor. Ay, Sir; a mistery.
Clown. Painting, Sir, I have heard say, is a mistery. and your whores, Sir, being members of my occupation, ufing painting, do prove my occupation a mistery: but what mistery there should be in hanging, if I should be hang'd, I cannot imagine. Clown. Sir, it is a mistery. Abhor. Proof.
Clown. Every true man's apparel fits your thief. If it be too little for your thief, your true man thinks it big enough. If it be too big for your thief, your thief thinks it little enough; so every true man's ap
Clown. Sir, I will serve him: for I do find, your hangman is a more penitent trade than your bawd; he doth oftner ask forgiveness.
Prov. You, firrah, provide your block and your ax to-morrow, four o'clock. Abhor. Come on, bawd, I will instruct thee in
my trade; follow.
Clown. I do defire to learn, Sir; and I hope, if you have occasion to use me for your own turn, you shall find me yare: for, truly, Sir, for your kindness I owe you a good turn.
S CE NE VI.
When it lies ftarkly in the traveller's bones :
Prov. Who can do good on him ?
Prov. None, since the curphew rung.
Duke. Not so, not so ; his life is parallel'd
(Knock again. Provost goes out.
Duke. Have you no countermand for Claudio yet,
Duke. As near the dawning, Provost, as it is, You shall hear more ere morning.
Prov. Happily; You something know; yet, I believe, there comes No countermand; no such example have we : Besides, upon the very fiege of justice, Lord Angelo hath to the public ear Profest the contrary:
Enter a Messenger. Duke. T Prov
. And here comes Claudio's pardon. Mes. My lord hath sent you this note, and by me the further charge, that you swerve not from the smallest article of it, neither in time, matter, or other circumstance. Good morrow; for as I take it, it is almost day. Prov. I Mall obey him.
[Exit Messenger. Duke. This is his pardon, purchas'd by such sin, For which the pardoner himself is in : Hence hath offence his quick celerity, When it is borne in high authority ; When vice makes mercy, mercy's so extended, That, for the fault's love, is th’ offender friended. Now, Sir, whạt news?
Prov. I told you: lord Angelo, be-like, thinking me remiss in mine office, awakens me with this unwonted putting on; methinks, strangely; for he hath not us'd it before. Duke. Pray you, let's hear.
Provoft reads the letter. Whatsoever, you may hear to the contrary, let Claudia be executed by four of the clock, and in the afternoon Barnardine: for my better satisfaction, let me have Claudio's
head sent me by five. Let this be duly perform’d, with a
Duke. What is that Barnardine, who is to be exe-, cuted in the afternoon?
Prov. A Bohemian born; but here nurst up and bred; one, that is a prisoner nine years old.
Duke. How came it, that the absent Duke had not either deliver'd him to his liberty, or executed him? I have heard, it was ever his manner to do so.
Prov. His friends still wrought reprieves for him, and, indeed, his fa&t, 'till now in the government of lord Angelo, came not to an undoubtful proof.
Duke. Is it now apparent ?
Duke. Hath he born himself penitent in prison ? how seems he to be touch'd ?
Prov. A man that apprehends death no more dreadfully, but as a drunken sleep; carelefs, reckless, and fearless of what's past, present, or to come; insensible of mortality, and desperately mortal.
Duke. He wants advice.
Prov. He will hear none; he hath evermore had the liberty of the prison: give him leaye to escape hence, he would not : drunk
times a day, if not many days entirely drunk.
oft awak'd him, as if to carry him to execution, and fhew'd him a seeming warrant for it; it hath not mov'd him at all.
Duke. More of him anon. There is written in your brow, Provost, honesty and constancy; if I read it not truly, my ancient skill beguiles me; but in the boldness of my cunning, I will lay myself in hazard. Claudio, whom here you have warrant to execute, is no greater forfeit to the law than Angelo, 'who hath sentenc'd him. To make you understand this in a
manifested effect, I crave but four days respite; for the which you are to do nie both a present and a dangerous courtesy.
Prov. Pray, Sir, in what?
Prov. Alack ! how may I do it, having the hour limited, and an express command, under penalty, to deliver his head in the view of Angelo? I
make my case as Claudio's, to cross this in the smallest.
Duke. By the vow of mine Order, I warrant you, if my instructions may be your guide: let this Barnardine be this morning executed, and his head borne to Angelo.
Prov. Angelo hath feen them both, and will discover the favour.
Duke. Oh, death's a great disguiser, and you may add to it; fhave the head, and tie the beard, and say it was the desire of the penitent to be so barb'd before his death ; you know the course is common. If any thing fall to you upon this, more than thanks and good fortune; by the Saint whom I profess, I will plead against it with my life.
Prov. Pardon me, good father; it is against my oath.
Duke. Were you sworn to the Duke, or to the deputy ?
Proú. To him, and to his fubftitutes.
Duke. You will think you have made no offence, if the Duke avouch the justice of your dealing?
Prov. But what likelihood is in that?
Duke. Not a resemblance, but a certainty. Yet fince I see you fearful, that neither my coat, integrity, nor my persuasion, can with ease attempt you, I will go further than 1 meant, to pluck all fears out of you. Look you, Sir, here is the hand and seal of the Duke; you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you. Prov. I know them both.