Enter Provost.

Prov. Here is the head, I'll carry it myself.

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

Isáb. Hoa, by your leave.-
Duke. Good morning to you, fair and 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, Isabely from the world ; His head is off, and sent to Angelo.

Ifab. Nay, but it is not fo.

Duke. It is no other. Shew your wisdom, daughter, in your closeft 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 Jabel?
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 surely find
By every fyllable a faithful verity.
The Duke comes home to-morrow; dry your eyes;
One of our convent, and his confeffor,
Gives me this instance : already he hath carry'd
Notice to Escalus and Angelo,
Who do prepare to meet him at the gates,
Vol. I.



There to give up their pow'r. If you can, pace your wisdom
In that good path that I would wish it go,
And you shall have your bosom on this wretch,
Grace of the Duke, revenges to your heart,
And gen'ral honour.

Ifab. I'm directed by you.

Duke. This letter then to Friar Peter give;
"Tis that he sent me of the Duke's return :
Say, by this token, I defire 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
Accufe him home, and home. For my poor felf,
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. Good even ;
Friar, where's the Provo?

Duke. Not within, Sir.

Lucio. Oh, pretty Isabella, I am pale at mine heart, to see thine eyes fo 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, Ifabel, 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 knoweft not the Duke fo well as I do ; he's a better woodman, than thou tak 'ft 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.

Dnke. 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 elle have marry'd me to the rotten medlar.

Duke. Sir, your company is fairer than honeft : rest 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 fhall stick,

[Exeunt SCENE changes to the Palace.

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

the other.
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 difpatch 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 at your house : give notice to such men of fort and suit, as are to meet him. Escal. I shall, Sir : fare you well. R


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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 againft it! but that her tender fhame Will not proclaim against her maiden loss, How might the tongue me? yet reason dares her: (17) 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, With ransom of such shame. Would yet, he had livd ! Alack, when once our grace we have forgot, Nothing goes tight; we would, and we would not.


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SCENE changes to the Fields without the Town.



Enter Duke in his own Habit, and Friar Peter

Hese letters åt fit time deliver me.? 379.11

The Provoft knows Our purpose, and our plot: The matter being afoot, keep your instruction, And hold you ever to our special drift"; Tho' fometimes


do blench from this to that, As cause doth minifter: go, call at Flavius' house, And tell him, where I stay, give the like notice Unto Valentius, Rorland, and to Cralus,

aluqive to And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate syrit But send me Flavius first.

*Vio Peter. It shall be speeded well.

[Exit Friar.

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Enter Varrius.
Duke. I thank thee, Varrius; thou hast made good hafte:
Come, we will walk. There's other of our friends
Will greet us here anon, my gentle Varrius. [Exeunt.

Enter Isabella and Mariana.
Ijab. To speak fo indirectly, I am loth:
I'd say the truth ; but to accuse him so,
That is your part ; yet I'm advisd to do it,
He says, t'availful purpose. (18)

Mari. Be rul'd by him.

Ilab. Besides, he tells me, that if peradventure
He speak against me on the adverse side,
I should not think it strange; for 'tis a physick,
That's bitter to sweet end.

Mari. I would, Friar Peter
Isab. Oh, peace; the Friar is come.

Enter Peter.
Peter. Come, I have found you out a stand most fit,
Where you may have such vantage on the Duke,
He shall not pass you. Twice have the trumpets sounded:
The generous and graveft citizens
Have hent the gates, and very near upon
The Dake is entring: therefore hence, away. (Exeunt.

(18) He says to vail full purpose ] Thus the old Copies, I don't know, what Idea our Editors form'd to themselves, of -vailing full purpose; but, I'm persuaded, the Poet meant, as I have "restor'd; viz. to a Purpose that will stand us in Atead, that will profit us,

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