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With ransom of such shame. 'Would yet, he had
liv'd! Alack, when once our grace we have forgot, Nothing goes right; we would, and we would not.
Changes to the Fields without the Town.
HESE letters at fit time deliver me.
Duke. T The provojt knows our purpose, and our
Enter Isabella and Mariana.
O speak , am :
Mari. Be rul'd by him.
Isab. Besides, he tells me, that if peradventure
Mari. I would, Friar Peter-
founded : The generous and graveft citizens Have hent the gates, and very near upon The Duke is entring: therefore hence, away. (Exeunt.
A CT V. § C E N E I.
A public Place near the City.
Enter Duke, Varrius, Lords, Angelo, Escalus, Lucio,
and Citizens at several Doors.
you. Ang. & Escal. Happy return be to your royal
Grace! Duke. Many and hearty thanks be to you both: W 'e made enquiry of you, and we hear Such goodness of your justice, that our soul Cannot but yield you forth to public thanks, Forerunning more requital. Ang. You make my bonds still greater.
.Duke Oh, your desert speaks loud; and I should
wrong it, To lock it in the wards of covert bosom, When it deserves with characters of brass A forted residence, 'gainst the tooth of time, And razure of oblivion. Give me your hand, And let the subjects fee, to make them know That outward courtesies would fain proclaim Favours that keep within. Come, Escalus; You must walk by us on our other hand: And good supporters are you.[As the Duke is going out.
Entér Peter and Isabella. Peter. W 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 maid: oh, worthy Prince, dishonour not your eye By throwing it on any other objea, 'Till you have heard me in my true complaint, And given me justice, justice, justice, justice. Duke. Relate 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: oh, hear me, hear me.
Ang. My lord, her wits, I fear me, are not firm:
Ifab. Course of justice!
Isab. Most strange, but yet most truly, will I speak; That Angelo's forsworn, is it not strange? That Angelo's a murth’rer, is't not strange? That Angelo is an adult'rous thief, An hypocrite, a virgin-violater; Is it not ftrange, and strange?
Duke. Nay, it is ten times strange.
Isab. It is not truer he is Angelo,
Duke. Away with her: poor soul,
Isab. O prince, I conjure thee, as thou believ'st There is another comfort than this world, That thou neglect me not; with that opinion That I am touch'd with madness. Make not im
Duke. By mine honesty,
Isab. Gracious Duke,
Duke. Many, that are not mad,
Isab. I am the fifter of one Claudio, Condemn'd
the act of fornication
Lucio. That's I, an't like your Grace:
Isab. That's he, indeed.
have A business for yourself; pray heav'n, you
then Be perfect.
Lucio. I warrant your Honour. .
Duke. It may be right, but you are in the wrong To fpeak before your time. Proceed.
Isab. I went
Duke. That's fomewhat madly spoken.
Ifab. Pardon it:
Duke. Mended again: the matter;-proceed.
Isab. In brief; (to set the needless Process by, How I persuaded, how I pray'd and kneelid, How he repelld me, and how I reply'd ; For this was of much length) the vile conclusion I now begin with grief and shame to utter. He would not, but by gift of my chaste body To his concupiscent intemp'rate luft, Release my brother; and after much debatement,