Lucio. Well, then imprison him: If Imprison. ment be the due of a' bawd; why, 'tis his right: Bawd is he, doubtless, and of antiquiry too ; båwd - born. Farewell, good Pompey: Commend me to the prison, Pompey: You will turn good husband now, Pompey; you will keep the house.

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Lucio. No, indeed, will I not, Pompey; it is not the wear. I will pray, Pompey, to increase your bondage: if you take it' not patiently, why, your meltle is the more : Adieu, trusty Pompey. Bless you, friar.

Duke. And you.
Lucio. Does Bridget paint still, Pompey? Ha pi**
Elb. Come your ways , Sir; come.
Clo. You will not bail me then", Sir?

Lucio. Then, Pompey? 'nor now. -- What news abroad, friar? What news?

Elb. Come your ways, Sir; come. * Lucio. Go, -'to kennel, Pompey, go:

[Exeunt Elbow, Clown, and Officers. What news, friar, of the Duke? Duke. I know none : Can you tell

me of any? Lucio.

he is with the Emperor of Russia; other some, he is in Rome : But where is hė, think you?

Duke. I know not where: Burt wheresoever, I wish him well.

Lucio. It was a mad fantastical trick of him, to steal from the state, and

11 surp the beggary he never born to. Lord Angelo, dukes it well in his absence; he puts transgression to't.

Duke. He does well in't.

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Lucio, A little more lenity toʻlechery/would do no harm iu him; something too crabbed that way, friar

Duke. It is too general a vice, and severity must cilve it, - Lucio. Yes, in good sooth, the vice is of a great kindred; it is well ally'd : but it is impossi. ble to extirp it quite, friar, till eating and drink. ing be put down. They say, this Angelo was not made by man and woman, after the downright way of creation : Is it true, think yon?,

Duke. How should-hę be made then ? e Lucio. Some report, a sea. maid spawnd him: Some, that he was begot between two stock. fish.

But it is certain , that when he makes water his urine is cougeald ice; that I know to be true: and he is a. motion, ungenerative, that's infallible. Duke. You are pleasant, Sir; and speak apace.

Lucio.. Why; what a ruthless thing is this in him, for the rebellion of a cod. piece, to take away the life of a man? Would the Duke, that is absent, have done this? Ere he would have hang'd å man for the getting a hundred bastards, he would have paid for the nursing a thousand: He had some feeling of the sport :: he knew the service, and that instructed him to mercy.

Duke. I never heard the absent Duke misch de tected for women; he was not inclined that way,

Lucio. O, Sir, you are deceived.

Duke. 'Tis not possible. · Lucio. Who? not the Duke? yes, your beggar of fifty; and' his use was ,

to put a ducat in her clack • dish: the Duke had crotchets in him : He would be drunk 100; that let me inform you.


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Duke. You do him wrong, surely. Lucio. Sir, I was an inward of his : A shy fel. low was the Duke: and, I believe, I know the cause of his withdrawing.

Duke. What, I pr’ythee, might be the cause ?

Lucio. No, pardou; -miltis a secret must be lock'd within the teeth and the lips : but this. I can let your understand, - The greater file of the subject hold the Duke to be wise.

Duke. Wise? why, no question but he was:

Lucio. A very, supperficial, ignorant, unweighing. fellow.

Duke. Either this is envy in you, folly, or maistaking; the very stream of his life, and the business he hath helmed, must, upon a warranted need, give him a better proclamation. Let him be ' but testimonied in his owu bringings forth, and he shall appear to the envious, a scholar, a statesman, and a soldier: Therefore, you speak un skilfully; or, if your knowledge be-more, it is much.darken'd in your malice.

Lucio. Sir, I know him, and I love him.

Duke. Love talks with better knowledge, and knowledge with dearer love.

Lucio. Come, Sir, I know what I know..

Duke, I can hardly believe that ,., . know not what you speak. But, if ever the Duke return, (as our prayers are he may,) :let me desire you to make your answer before him: If it be honest you have spoke, you have courage to maintain it: I am bound to call upon you; and, I pray you, your name?

Lucio. Sir, my name is Lucio; well known to the Duke.

Duke. He shall know you better, Şir, if I may live to report yoll.

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Lucio. I fear you not.

Duke.' 0, yon hope the Duke will return no more; or you imagine me too unhurtful an oppo. site. Bilt, indeed, I can do you little harm: you'll forswear this again.

Lucio. I'll be hang'd first: thou art deceived in me, friat. ' But no more of this : Canst thou tell, if Claudio die to• morrow, or no?

Duke. Why should he die, Sir ?

Lucio. 'Why? for filling a bottle with a tundish. I would, the Duke, we talk of, were return'd again: this ungenitur'd agent will uppeople the province with continency: sparrows must žot build in his house caves , because they are lecherous. The Duke yet would have dark deeds darkly answer'd; he would never bring them to liglit : would he were return'd! Marry, this Clau. dio is' condemn'd for untrussing. Farewell, good friar;" I pr’ythec; pray for me.

The Duke, I say to thee again, would eat mutton on Fridays. He's now past it; yet,' and I say to thee, he would mouth with a beggar, though she smelt brotvn bread and garlick: say, that I said so. Farewell.

[Exit. Duke. No might nor greatness in morality Dan Censure 'scape; back · Wounding calumuy The whitest virtue strikes : What King so strong, Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue? But who comes here?

Enter ESCALLUS, Provost, Bawd, and Officers. Escal. Go, away with her to prison.

Bawd. Good my Lord, be good to me; your Honour is 'accounted a merciful man:' 'good my Lord.


Escal. Double and treble admonition, and still forfeit in the same kind? This would make mercy swear, and play the tyrant.

Prov. A bawd of eleven years continuariçe, may it please your Honour.

Bawd. My Lord, this is one Lucio's informa. tion against me: mistress Kate Keep-down was with child by him in the Duke's time, he promised her marriage; his child is a year and a quar. ter old, come Philip and Jacob; I have kept it myself and see how he goes about to abuse me. Escal. That fellow is a fellow of much licence : let him be called before us."

Away with her to prison: Go to; no more words. [Exeunt Bawd and Officers.] Provost, my brother' Angelo will not be alter'd, Claudio must die tomorrow : let him be furnished with divines, and have all charitable preparation; if my brother wrought by my pity, it should not be só with him.

Prov. So please you, this friar hath been with him," and advised him for the entertainment of death.

Escal. Good even, good father.
Duke. Bliss and goodness on you!
Escal. Of whence are you?
Duke. ' Not of this country, though my chance

is now;
To use it for my time: I am a brother
Of gracious order, laie come from the see;
In special business from his holiness.

Escal. What news' abroad is the world? Duke. None', but that there is so great a fever on goodness, that the dissolurion of it must care it: novelty is only in request; and it is as dans gerous to be aged in any kind of course, as it is virtuous to be coustant in any undertaking. There

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