Duke. He wants advicea

Prov. He will hear none : he hath evermone had the liberty of the prison; give him liberty to escape hence, he would nor: drunk many times a day, if not many days entirely drunk. We have very often awaked him, at if to carry him to exe. cution, and show'd him a seeming warrant for it: it hath not moved him at all.

Duke. More of him anón. There is written in your brow, Provost yk honesty and constancy: if I read it not truly, my ancient skill beguiles 'me; but in the boldness of my cunning, 1. will lay myself in hazardo Olandio, whom here you have a 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 your are to do me both a present and a dangerous courtesy.

Prov. Pray, Sir, in what?
Duke. In the delaying death.

Prov.. Alack! how may I do it? having the hour limited; and an express command, under penalty, to deliver his hcad in the view of Angelo? I may make my case as Claudio's, cross this in the smallest.

Duke. By the vow of mine order, I warrant you, if my instructions may be your guide. Let this. Barnardinc be this morning' executed, and his head borne to Angelo.

Prov. Angelo hath seen them both, and will discover the favour.

Duke. 0, death's a great disguiser: and you may add to it. Shave the bead, and tie the beard ; and say, it was .the desire of the penitent to be so bared before his death: You know, the course


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Prov. Pardon me, good father; it is against my oath.

Duke. Were you sworn to the Duke or to the deputy ?

Prov. To him, and to his substitutes..
Duke You will think you have made no offen.

if the Duke avouch the justice of your dealing?

Prov. But what likelihood is in that?

Duke. Not a resemblance, but a certainty. Yet since I see you fearful, that weither my coat, integrity, nor my persuasion, can with ease attempt you, I will go further than I meant, to pluck all fears out of you Look you, Sir, here is the hand and seal of the Duke. You know the cha. racter, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you.

Prov. I know them both.

Duke. The contents of this is the return of the Duke; you shall anon over - read it at your pleasure; where you shall find, within these two days he will be here. This is a thing, that An. gelo knows not: for he this very day receives letters of strange tenor; perchance, of the Duke's death; perchance, entering into some monastery; but, by chance, uothing of what is writ. Look, the unfolding star calls up the shepherd: Put not yourself into amazement, how these things should be: all difficuities are but easy when they are known. Call

your executioner, and off with Barnardine's head: I will give him present shrift, and advise him for a better place. Yet you

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Clo. I am as well acquainted here, as I was in our house of profession: oue would think, įt were mistress Over-done's own house, for here

of her old customers, First, here's young master Rash; he's in for a commodity of brown paper and old ginger, ninescore and seventeen pounds; of which he made five marks, ready money; marry,

theit, ginger was not much in request, for the old women were all dead. Then is there here one master Caper, at the suit of master Three-pile the mercer, for some four suits Cof peach-colourd satin, which now peaches him a beggar. Then have we here young Dizy, and young master Deep - vow and master Copper-spur, and master Starve - lacky, the rapier and daggerman, and young Drop heir that kill'd lusty Pudding, and master Forthright the tilter, and brave master Shoe tye the great traveller, and wild Half-can that stabb’d Pots, and, I think, forty more; all great doers in our trade, and are now for the Lord's sake.

Abhor. Sirrah, bring Barnardine hither.

Co. Master Barnardine! you must rise and be hang'd, master Barnardine!

Abhor. What, ho, Barnardine!

Barnar. [Within] A pox o’ your throats! Who makes that noise there? What are you?

Clo. Your friends, Sir; the hangman: You must, be so good, Sir, to rise and be put, to death.

Barnar. [Within.] Away, you rogue, away; I am sleepy.

Abhor. Tell him, he must awake, and that quickly too.

Clo. Pray, master Barnardine, awake till you are executed, and sleep afterwards.

Abhor. Go in to him, and fetch him out.

Clo. He is coming, Sir, he is coming; I hear his straw rustle.

Abhor. Is the axe upon the block, sirrah ?
Clo. Very ready, Sir.
Barnar. How now,

Abhorson? what's the news with you?

Abhor. Truly, Sir, I would desire you to clay into your prayers; for, look you, the warrant's come.

Barnar. You rogue, I have been drinking all night, I am not fitted fort.

Clo. 0, the better, Sir; for he that drinks all night, and is hang'd betimes in the morning, may sleep the founder all the next day.

Enter Duke. Abhor, Look you, Sir, here comes you ghostly father; Do we jest now, think you?

Duke. Sir, induced by my charity, and hearing how hastily you are to depart, , I, an come to advise you, comfort you, and pray with you.

Barnar. Friar, not I; I have been drinking hard all night, and I will have more time to


prepáre me, or they shall beat out my brains with billets: I will not consent to die this day, that's certain. Duke. 0, Sir, you must in and therefore, I be.

seech yoil, 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. Nòt a word : if you have any thing to say to me, come to my ward; for thence will not I do.day.


Enter Provost.
Duke. Unfit to live,' or die': 0, gravel heart !
After ħim, fellows; bring him to the block.

[Exeunt ABIORSON and Clown, Prov. Now, Sir, how do you find the prisonery

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 died 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 do omit This reprobate, till he were well inclin'd; And satisfy the deputy with the visage Of Ragozine, more like to Claudio ?

Duke.' 0, 'ris an accident that heaven provides ! Dispatch ic presently; the hour draws on Prefix'd by Angelo: See, this be done, . And sent according to command; whiles I Persuade this rude wretch willingly to die.

Prov. This shall be done, good father, presently. But Barnardin'c must die 'this afternoon;

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