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Barnar. Friar, not I: I have been drinking hard all night, and I will have more time to prepare me, or they shall beat out my brains with billets: I will not consent to die this day, that's certain.

Duke. Oh, Sir, you must; and therefore, I beseech you, look forward on the journey you shall go.

Barnar. I swear, I will not die to day for any man's persuasion.

Duke. But hear you,

Barnar. Not a word: if you have any thing to say to me, come to my ward; for thence will not I to day.

[Exit. S CE N E IX.

Enter Provost.


Duke. NFIT to live, or die: oh, gravel heart !

After him, fellows: bring him to the block.
Prov. Now, Sir, how do you find the prisoner?

Duke. A creature unprepar'd, unmeet for death;
And, to transport him in the mind he is,
Were damnable.

Prov. Here in the prison, father,
There dy'd this morning of a cruel fever
One Ragozine, a most notorious pirate,
A man of Claudio's years; his beard, and head,
Just of his colour: What if we omit
This reprobate, 'till he were well inclin'd;
And satisfy the deputy with the visage
Of Ragozine, more like to Claudio ?

Duke: O, 'tis an accident, that heav'n provides :
Dispatch it presently; the hour draws on
Prefixt by Angelo: fee, this be done,
And fent according to command; while I
Persuade this rude wretch willingly to die.

Prov. This shall be done, good father, presently:
But Barnardine must die this afternoon:
And how shall we continue Claudio,



Ijab.H Duke. Good morning to you, fair and

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 fun hath made his journal greeting
To th' under generation, you lhall find
Your fafety manifested.

Prov. I am your free dependant.
Duke. Quick, dispatch, and send the head to Angelo.

[Exit Provost.
Now will I write letters to Angelo,
(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 publicly: him I'll delire
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 Provost.
Prov. Here is the head, I'll carry it myself.

Duke. Convenient is it: make a swift return;
For I will commune with


of such things, That want no ears but

yours. Prov. I'll make all speed.

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

Duke. The tongue of Isabel.--She comes to know, If yet her brother's pardon be come hither: But I will keep her ign'rant of her good, To make her heav'nly comforts of despair, When it is least expected.


Enter Isabel. by leave.

gracious daughter.



Isab. The better, giv'n me by so holy a man: Hath yet the deputy sent my brother's pardon?

Duke. He hath releas'd him, Isabel, 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 clofest patience.

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

Isab. Unhappy Claudio! wretched Isabel !
Injurious world! moft damned Angelo !

Duke. This nor hurts him, nor profits you a jot:
Forbear it therefore, give your cause to heav'n:
Mark, what I say; which you shall furely find
By ev'ry syllable a faithful verity.
The Duke comes home to-morrow; dry your eyes;
One of our convent, and his confessor,
Gives me this instance: already he hath carry'd
Notice to Escalus and Angelo,
Who do prepare to meet him at the gates, (wisdom
There to give up their pow'r. If you can, pace your
In that good path that I would wish it go,
And you shall have your bofom on this wretch,
Grace of the Duke, revenges to your heart,
And gen'ral honour.

Isab. I'm directed by you.

Duke. This letter then to Friar Peter give;
'Tis That he fent me of the Duke's return:
Say, by this token, I desire his company
At Mariana's house to night. Her cause and yours
I'll perfect him withal, and he shall bring you
Before the Duke, and to the head of Angelo
Accuse him home, and home. For my poor self,
I am.combined by a sacred vow,
And shall be absent. Wend you with this letter:
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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Enter Lucio. Lucio,

OOD even;

Friar, where's the Provost? Duke. Not within, Sir.

Lucio. Oh, pretty Isabella, I am pale at mine heart, to see thine eyes fó red; thou must be patient; I am fain to dine and fup with water and bran; I dare not for my head fill my belly: one fruitful meal would set me to'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.

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

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

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

Lucio. I was once before him for getting a wench with child.

Duke. Did you such a thing?

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

Duke. Sir, your company is fairer than honeft : reft

you well.

Lucio. By my troth, I'll go with 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. SCENE

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Changes to the Palace.

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

E Ang. In most uneven and distracted manner. His actions shew much like to madness: pray heav'n, his wisdom be not tainted! and why meet him at the gates, and deliver our authorities there?

Escal. I guess not.

Ang. And why should we proclaim it in an hour before his entering, 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 dispatch 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 your

house: give notice to such men of sort and suit, 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. For my authority bears a credent bulk; That no particular scandal once can touch, But it confounds the breather. He should have liv'd, Save that his riotous youth, with dangerous sense, Might in the times to come have ta’en revenge; By so receiving a dishonour'd life,


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