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I hope it is some pardon, or reprieve, (Exit Clau.
Duke. What is that Barnardine, who is to be execut For the most gentle Claudio.--Welcome, father. ed in the afternoon? Enter Duke.
Prov. A Bohemian born; but here nursed up and Duke. The best and wholesomest spirits of the night bred: one that is a prisoner nine years old.
Duke. How came it that the absent duke had not Envelop you, good provost! Who call'd here of late ?
either deliver'd him to his liberty, or executed him ? I Prov. None, since the curfew rung. Duke.
have heard, it was ever his manner to do so.
Prov. His friends still wrought reprieves for him : Prov. No.
And, indeed, his fact, till now in the government of Duke. They will then, ere't be long. Prov. What comfort is for Claudio ?
lord Angelo, came not to an undoubtful proof. Duke.
There's some in hope.
Duke. Is it now apparent ? Prov. It is a bitter deputy.
Prov. Most manifest, and not denied by himself.
Duke. Hath he borne himself penitently in prison ! Duke. Not so, not so ; bis life is parallel'd
How seems he to be touch'd ? Even with the stroke and line of his great justice;
Prov. A man that apprehends death no more dreadHe doth with holy abstinence subulue That in himself, which he spurs on his power
fully, but as a drunken sleep ; careless, reckless, and To qualify in others: Were he meala
fearless of what's past, present, or to come; insensible With that which he corrects, then were lie tyrannous;
of mortality, and desperately mortal. But this being so, he's justo—[Knocking within.] Now
Duke. He wants advice. are they come.
(Prov. goes out.
Prov. He will hear none: he hath evermore had the This is a gentle provost : Seldom, when
liberty of the prison; give him leave to escape hence, he The steeled gaoler is the friend of men, —
would not: drunk many times a day, if not many days How now? what noise ? that spirit's possess ‘d with | entirely drunk. We have very often awakel him, as if haste,
to carry him to execution, and show'd him a seeming That wounds the unsisting postern with these strokes.
warrant for it: it hath not moved him at all.
Duke. More of him anon. There is written in your Provost returns, speaking to one at the door.
brow, provost, honesty and constancy; if I read it not Prov. There he must stay, until the officer
truly, my ancient skill beguiles me ; but, in the bold. Arise to let him in; he is call'd up.
ness of my cunning, I will lay myself in bazart. ClauDukc. Have you no countermand for Claudio yet, dio, whom here you have a warrant to execute, is no But he must die to-morrow?
greater forfeit to the law than Angelo who hath sen Prov. None, sir, none.
tenced him: To make you understand this in a maniDuke. As near the dawning, provost, as it is,
fested effect, I crave but four days respite ; for the You shall hear more ere morning.
which you are to do me both a present and a dangerProv.
ous courtesy. You something know ; yet, I believe, there comes Prov. Pray, sir, in what ? No countermand ; no such example have we :
Duke. In the delaying death. Besides, upon the very siege of justice,
Prov. Alack ! how may I do it ? having the hour Lord Angelo bath to the public ear
limited ; and an express command, under penalty, to Profess'd the contrary.
deliver his head in the view of Angelo? I may make Enter a Messenger.
my case as Claudio's, to cross this in the smallest. Duke. This is his lordship's man.
Duke. By the vow of mine order, I warrant you, if Prov. And here comes Claudio's pardon.
my instructions may be your guide. Let this Bastar. Mess. My lord hath sent you this note ; and by me,
dine be this morning executed, and his head borne te this further charge, that you swerve not from the small- | Angelo. est article of it, neither in time, matter, or other circum
Prov. Angelo hath seen them both, and will discover
the favour. stance. Good-morrow; for, as I take it, it is almost day. Prov. I shall obey him. [Erit Messenger.
Duke. O, death's a great disguiser : and you may
; Duke. [Aside.] This is his pardon ; purchas'd by add to it. Shave the head, and tie the beard ; and say, such sin,
it was the desire of the penitent to be so bared before For which the pardoner himself is in:
his death : You know, the course is common. If any Hence hath offence his quick celerity,
thing fall to you upon this, more than thanks and good When it is borne in high authority :
fortune, by the saint whom I profess, I will plead aWhen vice makes mercy, mercy's so extended, gainst it with my life. That, for the fault's love, is the offender friended. Prov. Pardon me, good father; it is against my oath. Now, sir, what news ?
Duke. Were you sworn to the duke, or to the deputy ? Prov. I told you: Lord Angelo, belike, thinking me
Prov. To him, and to his substitutes. remiss in mine office, awakens me with this unwonted Duke. You will think you have made no offence, if putting on: methinks, strangely; for he hath not used the duke avouch the justice of your dealing? it before.
Prov. But what likelihood is in that ? Duke. 'Pray you, let's hear.
Duke. Not a resemblance, but a certainty.
Yet Prov. [Reads.] Whatsoever you may hear to the con- since I see you fearful, that neither my coat, integrity, trory, let Claudio be executed by four of the clock; and, nor my persuasion, can with ease attempt you, I will in the afternoon, Barnardine: for my better satisfac- go further than I meant, to pluck all fears out of you. tion, let me hare Claudio's head scnt me by five. Let Look you, sir, here is the hand and seal of the duke. this be duly perform d; with a thought, that more de
You know the character, I doubt not; and the siguet pends on it than we must yet deliver. Thus fail not to
is not strange to you. do your office, as you will answer it on your peril.
Prov. I know them both. What ay :ou to this, sir ?
Duke. The contents of this is the return of the duke ;
you shall anon over-read it at your pleasure ; where | Duke. Sir, induced by my charity, and hearing how you shall find, within these two days he will be bere. hastily you are to depart, I am come to advise you, This is a thing, that Angelo knows not : for he this comfort you, and pray with you. very day receives letters of strange tenor ; perchance, Barn. Friar, not I; I have been drinking hard all of the duke's death ; perchance, entering into some night, and I will have more time to prepare me, or monastery; but, by chance, nothing of what is writ.- they shall beat out my brains with billets: I will not Look, the unfolding star calls up the shepherd : Put consent to die this day, that's certain. not yourself into amazement, how these things should
Duke. O, sir, you must: and therefore, I beseech be: all difficulties are but easy when they are known.
you, look forward on the journey you shall go. Call your executioner, and off with Barnardine's head:
Barn. I swear, I will not die to-day for any man's I will give him a present shrift, and advise bim for a
persuasion. better place. Yet you are amazed ; but this shall ab- Duke. But hear you,sulately resolve you. Come away; it is almost clear
Barn. Not a word; if you have any thing to say to down.
me, come to my ward; for thence will not I today. SCENE III.- Another Room in the same. Enter
Duke. Unfit to live, or die: 0, gravel heart!
After him, fellows; bring him to the block.house of profession: one would think, it were mistress
[E.re. Abhor. and Clown. Overdone's own house, for here be many of her old Prov. Now, sir, how do you find the prisoner? customers. First, here's young master Rash; he's in
Duke. A creature unprepar'd, unmeet for death; for a commodity of brown paper and old ginger, nine
And, to transport him in the mind he is, score and seventeen pounds ; of which he made five
Were damnable. marks, ready money : marry, then, ginger was not
Prov. Here in the prison, father, mueh in request, for the old women were all dead.
There died this morning of a cruel fever Thes is there here one master Caper, at the suit of
One Ragozine, a most notorious pirate, master Three-pile the mercer, for some four suits of || A man of Claudio's years ; his beard, and head, peach-colour'd satin, which now peaches him a beggar. | Just of his colour: What if we do dmit Then have we here young Dizy, and young master
This reprobate, till he were well inclined; Deep-vow, and master Copper-spur,and master Starvelekey the rapier and dagger-man, and young Drop-heir of Ragozine, more like to Claudio ?
And satisfy the deputy with the visage that killd lusty Pudding, and master Forthright the
Duke. 0, 'tis an accident that heaven provides! tiler, and brave master Shoe-tie the great traveller, | Despatch it presently; the hour draws on and wild Half-cann that stabb'd Pots, and, I think, | Prefix'd by Angelo : See, this be done, ferty more; all great doers in our trade, and are now
And sent according to command ; whiles I for the Lord's sake.
Persuade this rude wretch willingly to die.
Prov. This shall be done, good father, presently. Bhor. Sirrah, bring Barnardine hither.
But Barnardine must die this afternoon : Clown. Master Barnardine! you must rise and be And how shall we continue Claudio, kang d, master Bartardine.
To save me from the danger that might come, Asker. What, ho, Barnardine!!
If he were known alive? Barn. (Wihin.) A pox o' your throats! Who makes Duke. Let this be done ;-Put them in secret holds, that noise there? What are you?
Both Barnardine and Claudio: Ere twice Clown. Your friends, sir; the hangman : You must The sun hath made his journal greeting to be s good, sir, to rise and be put to death.
The under generation, you shall find Barn. (Within.] Away, you rogue, away; I am Your safety manifested. sleepy.
Prov. I am your free dependant. 45h9r. Tell him, he must awake, and that quickly Duke.
And send the head to Angelo. [Exit Provost. Clown. Pray, master Barnardine, awake till you are Now will I write letters to Angelo,executed, and sleep afterwards.
The provost, he shall bear them,--whose contents Abher. Go in to him, and fetch him out.
Shall witness to him, I am near at home; Clown. He is coming, sir, he is coming ; I hear his And that, by great injunctions, I am bound traw rustle.
To enter publicly: him I'U desire
To meet me at the consecrated fount,
A league below the city; and from thence, Clonen. Very ready, sir.
By cold gradation and weal-balanced form, Barn. How now, Abhorson ? what's the news with
We shall proceed with Angelo. you?
Re-enter Provost. Abhor. Truly, sir, I would desire you to clap into Prov. Here is the head ; I'll carry it myself. your prayers; for, look you, the warrant's come. Duke. Convenient is it: Make a swift return;
Bari. You rogue, I have been drinking all night, I For I would commune with you of such things, an not fittel for't.
That want no ear but yours. Cleron. O, the better, sir; for he that drinks all Prov.
I'll make all speed. [Erit. night, and is hang d betimes in the morning, may sleep Isab. [1ł"ithin.] Peace, ho, be here! the sounder all the next day.
Duke. The tongue of Isabel :-She's come to know, Enter Duke.
If yet her brother's pardon be come hither: Abher. Look you, sir, here comes your ghostly fa- But I will keep her ignorant of her good, ter: Do we jest now, think you?
To make her heavenly comforts of despair,
When it is least expected.
Duke. Did you such a thing?
Lucio. Yes, marry did I: but I was fain to forswear
it; they would else bave married me to the roiten Isab. Ho, by your leave.
medlar. Duke. Good morning to you, fair and gracious
Duke. Sir, your company is fairer than honest: Rest daughter. Isab. The better, given me by so holy a man.
Lucio. By my troth, I'll go with thee to the lane's Hath yet the deputy sent my brother's pardon ? Duke. He hath releas'd him, Isabel, from the world ; l of it: Nay, friar, I am a kind of burr, I shall stick.
end: if bawdy talk offend you, we'll have very little His head is off, and sent to Angelo. Isah. Nay, but it is not so.
[Exeunt. Duke. It is no other:
SCENE IV.-A room in Angelo's house. Enter AnShow your wisdom, daughter, in your close patience.
gelo and Escalus. Isab. O, I will to him, and pluck out his eyes.
Esca. Every leller he hath writ hath disvonch'd Duke. You shall not be admitted to his sight.
other. Isab. Unhappy Claudio! Wretched Isabel !
Ang. In most uneven and distracted manner. His Injurious world! Most damned Angelo !
actions show much like to madness: pray heaven, his Duke. This por hurts him, nor profits you a jot: wisdom be not tainted! And why meet him at the Forbear it therefore ; give your cause to heaven.
gates, and re-deliver our authorities there? Mark what I say; which shall find
Esca. I guess not. By every syllable, a faithful verity:
Ang. And why should we proclaim it in an hour be The duke comes home to-morrow :-nay, dry your fore his entering, that, if any crave redress of injus eyes;
ice, they should exhibit their petitions in the street ? One of our convent, and his confessor,
Esca. He shows his reason for that: to have a desGives me this instance: Already he hath carried
patch of complaints ; and to deliver us from devices Notice to Escalus and Angelo ;
hereafter, which shall then have no power to stand Who do prepare to meet him at the gates,
against us. There to give up their power. If you can, pace your Ang. Well, I beseech you, let it be proclaimd: wisdom
Betimes i' the morn, I'll call you at your house: In that good path that I would wish it go;
Give notice to such men of sort and suit, And you shall have your bosom on this wretch,
As are to meet him. Grace of the duke, revenges to your heart,
I shall, sir; fare you well. [Erit. And general honour.
Ang. Good night.-
This deed unshapes me quite, makes me unpregnant, Duke. This letter then to friar Peter give;
And duil to all proceedings. A deflower'd maid! 'Tis that he sent me of the duke's return:
And by an eminent body, that enforc'd Say, by this token, I desire his company
The law against it !-But that her tender shame At Mariana's house to-night. Her cause, and yours,
Will not proclaim against her maiden loss, I'll perfect him withal; and he shall bring you
How might she tongue me? Yet reason dares her?Before the duke; and to the head of Angelo
no: Accuse him home, and home. For my poor self,
For my authority bears a credent bulk, I am combined by a sacred vow,
That no particular scandal once can touch, And shall be absent. Wend you with this letter:
But it con founds the breather. He should have liv'd, Command these fretting waters from your eyes Save that his riotous youth, with dangerous sense, With a light heart; trust not my holy order,
Might, in the times to come, have ta'en revenge,
By so receiving a dishonour'd life,
With ransom of such shame. 'Would yet he had
Good even !
Alack, when once our grace we have forgot,
Nothing goes right; we would, and we would not.
[Exit. to see thine eyes so red: thou must be patient: I am SCENE V.-Fields without the Toron. Enter Duke in fain to dine and sup with water and bran; I dare not
his own habit, and Friar Peter. for my head fill my belly; one fruitful meal would set Duke. These letters at fit time deliver me. me to't: But they say the duke will be here tomorrow.
[Giving letters. By my troth, Isabel, I lov'd thy brother: if the old The provost knows our purpose, and our plot. fantastical duke of dark-corners had been at home, he The matter being afoot, keep your instruction, bad lived.
[Exit Isab. And hold you ever to our special drift; Duke. Sir, the duke is marvellous little beholdin 10 | Though sometimes you do blench from this to that, your reports ; but the best is, he lives not in them. As cause doth minister. Go, call at Flavius' house,
Lucio. Friar, thou knowest not the duke so well as And tell him where I stay! give the like notice I do: he's a better woodman than thou takest him for. To Valentinus, Rowland, and to Crassus,
Duke. Well, you'll answer this one day. Fare ye And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate; nell.
But send me Flavius first. Luio. Nay, tarry ; I'll go along with thee; I can Peter. It shall be speeded well. [Eait Friar, tell thee pretty tales of the duhe.
Enter Varrius. Dukr. You have told me too many of him already, Duke. I thank thee, Varrius; thou hast made good sir, if they be trne; if not true, none were epoughi.
baste: Lucio. I was once before him for getting a wench Come, we will walk: There's other of our frier:ds with child.
Will greet us here anon, my gentle Varrius.[arunt.
81 SCENE II.-Street near the City Gate. Enter Isabel- Ang. My lord, her wits, I fear me, are not firm : la and Mariana.
She hath been a suitor to me for her brother, 1ss. To speak so indirectly, I am loth;
Cut off by course of justice.
Isab. I would say the truth: but to aecuse him
By course of justice! so, That is your part: yet I'm advis'd to do it;
Ang. And she will speak most bitterly, and strange. Hass, to veil full purpose.
Isab. Most strange, but yet most truly, will I speak:
That Angelo's forsworn ; is it not strange?
That Angelo's a murderer ; is't not strange? He speak against me on the adverse side,
That Angelo is an adulterous thief, I should not think it strange; for 'tis a physic,
An hypocrite, a virgin-violator ; That's bitter to sweet end.
Is it not strange, and strange?
Nay, ten times strange.
Isab. It is not truer he is Angelo,
Than this is all as true as it is strange :
Nay, it is ten times true ; for truth is truth
Away with her:-Poor soul, He shall not pass you; Twice have the trumpets She speaks this in the infirmity of sense. sounded;
Isab. O prince, I conjure thee, as thou believ'st The generous and gravest citizens
There is another comfort than this world, Have hent the gates, and very near upon
That thou neglect me not, with that opinion The duke is ent'ring; therefore hence, away. (Exe. || That I am touch'd with madness : make not impossible
May seem as shy, as grave, as just, as absolute,
As Angelo; even so may Angelo,
riana (veiled,) Isabella, and Peter, at a distance. Be an arch villain : believe it, royal prince, Enter et opposite doors, Duke, Varrius, Lords ; An- If he be less, he's nothing ; but he's more, pik, Esealus, Lucio, Provost, Officers, and Citizens. Had I more name for badness.
By mine honesty,
If she be mad, (as I believe no other)
Her madness hath the oddest frame of sense,
As e'er I heard in madness.
O, gracious duke, We have made inquiry of you ; and we bear
Harp not on that; nor do not banish reason Sari goodness of your justice, that our soul
For inequality : but let your reason serve Cantot but yield you forth to public thanks,
To make the truth appear, where it seems hid ; Yarerunning more requital.
And hide the false, seems true. Ang. You make my bonds still greater.
Many that are not mad, Duke. 0, your desert speaks loud; and I should
Have, sure, more lack of reason. What would you say? wrong it,
Isab. I am the sister of one Claudio, To leek it in the wards of covert bosom,
Condemnd upon the act of fornication When is deserves with characters of brass
To lose his head ; condemn’d by Angelo: A forted residence, 'gainst the tooth of time,
I, in probation of a sisterhood, And azure of oblivion : Give me your hand,
Was sent to by my brother: One Lucio April be the subject see, to make them know
As then the messenger ;That otwad courtesies would fain proclaim
That's I, an't like your grace: Favours that keep within.-Come, Escalus;
I came to her from Claudio, and desir'd her You must walk by us on our other hand ;
To try her gracious fortune with lord Angelo,
For her poor brother's pardon.
That's he, indeed. Peter. Now is your time; speak loud, and kneel Duke. You were not bid to speak. before him.
No, my good lord ; Lests. Justice, royal duke! Vail your regard
Nor wish'd to hold my peace. Upon a wrongid, I'd fain have said, a maid !
I wish you now then; O worthy prince, dishonour not your eye
Pray you, take note of it: and when you have
A business for yourself, pray heaven, you then
Lucio, I warrant your honour.
Isab. This gentleman told somewhat of my tale.
Lucio. Right. Reveal yourself to him.
Duke. It may be right; but you are in the wrong lah. O, worthy duke,
To speak before your time.- Proceed. You bid me seek redemption of the devil:
Duke. That's somewhat madly spoken. | Oparing rodreas from you: hear me, O, hear here
Parton it; u
The phinse is to the matter.
Duke. Mended again: the matter ;-Proceed.
Isab. In brief,-to set the needless process by,
This is most likely!
what thou speak'st;
And is this all ?
Duke. I know, you'd fain be gone :-An officer !
Isab. One that I would were here, friar Lodowick.
Duke. Words against me? This'a good friar, belike!
Lucio. But yesternight, my lord, she and that friar
Blessed be your royal grace !
We did believe no less.
Peter. I know him for a man divine and holy ;
Lucio. My lord, most villanously ; believe it.
Peter. Well, he in time may come to clear himself ; But at this instant he is sick, my lord, Of a strange fever : Upon his mere request, (Being come to knowledge that there was complaint latended 'gainst lord Augelo,) wame I hither,
To speak, as from his mouth, what he doth know
Coff, guarded; and Mariana comes forward.
Mari. Pardon, my lord ; I will not show my face,
What are you married ?
Are you a maid ?
No, my lord.
Neither, my lord.
Lucio. My lord, she may be a punk ; for many of
Lucio. Well, my lord.
Mari. My lord, I do confess I ne'er was married ;
Mari. Now I come toʻt, my lord :
Charges she more than me?
No ? you say, your husband.
Ang. This is a strange abuse :-Let's see thy face.
Know you this woman ?
Sirrah, no more.
Ang. My lord, I must confess, I know this woman;