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the state, and usurp the beggary he was never born to. Ļord Angelo dukes it well in his absence; he puts transgrefsion to't. DUKE. He does well in't. Lucio. A little more lenity to lechery would do no harm ia him; something too crabbed that way, Friar. Duke. It is too general a vice, and severity must cure it. LUCI0. Yes, in good footh, the vice is of a great kindred; it is well ally’d; but it is impoflible to extirp it quite, Friar, till eating and drinking be put down. They fay, this Angelo was not made by man and woman after the downright way.of creation. Is it true, think


u ? DUKE. How should be be made then ? Lucio. Some report a sea-maid spawa'd him. Some, that he was got between two stock-fishes. But it is certain, that when he makes -water, ķis urine is congeald ice; that I know to be true : and he is a motiog ungenerative, that's infallible. DUX E. You are pleafant, 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 a 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 much detected for women; he was not inclin'd, that way. Lucio. Oh, Sir, you are deceiv'd, DUKE. 'Tis pot possible. Lucio. Who, not the duke? yes, your beggar of fiftyand his use was, to put a ducket in her clack-dish. The

duke had crotchets in him. He would be drunk too, that let me inform you. Duke. You do him wrong, surely. Lucio. Sir, I was an inward of his. A shy fellow was the duke; and, I believe, I know the cause of his with-drawing. DUKE. What pr’ythee might be the cause ? Lucio. No-pardon’tis a secret must be lockt within the teeth and the lips. But this I can let you I understand. --The greater file of the fubject held the duke to be wise. DUKE. Wise? why, no question, but he was. Lucio. A very superficial, ignorant, unweighing fellow. Duke. Either this is envy in you, folly, or mistaking: 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 teftimonied in his own bringings forth, and he shall appear to the envious, a scholar, a ftatesman, and a soldier. Therefore, you speak unskilfully; 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, fince you 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 ? Luc10. Sir, my name is Lucio, well known to the duke. DUKE He shall know you better, Sir, if I may live to report you.

Lucio. I fear you not. Duke. O, you hope, the duke will return no more; or you imagine me too un urtful an opposite. · But, indeed, I can do you little harm; you'll forfwear this again. Lucio. I'll be hang'd first : thou art deceiv'd in me, Friar. But no more of this. Canst thou tell, if Claudio die tomorrow, or no? DUKE. Why should he die, Sir? Lucio. Why? for filling a bottle with a tun-dish. I would the duke, we talk of, were return'd again; this uogenitur'd agent will unpeople the province with continency. Sparrows must not build in his house-eavės, because they are lecherous. The duke yet would have dark deeds darkly answer'd; he would never bring them to light; would he were return'd! Marry, this Claudio is condemned for untrussing. Farewel, good Friar; I pr’ythee, piay for me. The dake, I say to thee again, would eat mutton on Fridays. He's not past it yet. - And I say to thee, he would mouth with a beggar, tho' she smelt of brown bread and garlick : say, that I said co, farewel.

(Exit. DUKE. No might nor greatness in mortality Can censure scape : back-wounding calumny The whitest virtue strikes. What king so strong, Can tie the gall up in the land'rous tongue ?.. But who comes here?

SCENE VII. Enter Escalus, provost, Bawd, and officers. ESCAL. Ġo, away with her to prison. BAwd. Good my lord, be good to me; your honour is ac- . counted 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 continuance, may it please

your honour.

Bawd. My lord, this is one Lucio's information against me; mistress Kate Keep-down was with child by him in the duke's time; he promis'd her marriage ; his child is a year and a quarter old, come Philip and Jacob: I have kept it myself; and see, how he goes about to abuse me. ESCAL. This sellow is a fellow of much licence; let him be call'd before us. Away with her to prison : go to; no more words. [Exeunt with the Bawd.] Provost, my brother Angelo will not be altered; Claudio must die to-morrow : let him be furnish'd with divines, and have all charitable preparation. If my brother wrought by my pity, it should not be so with him. Prov. So please you, this Friar has been with him, and advis'd 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, tho' my chance is now To use it for my time, I am a brother Of gracious order, late come from the fee In special business from his holiness. ESCAL. What news abroad i'th' world ? Duke. None, but that there is so great a fever on goodness, that the diffolution of it must cure it. Novelty is only in request; and it is as dangerous to be aged in any kind of course, as it is virtuous to be constant in any undertaking. There is scarce truth enough alive, to make societies secure; but security enough, to make fellowships accurft.

•Much upon this riddle runs the wisdom of the world; this news is old enough, yet it is every day's news. I pray you, Sir, of what disposition was the duke? Escal. One, that, above all other strifes, Contended specially to know himself. DUKE. What pleasure was he giv'n to ? Escal Rather rejoicing to see another merry, than merry at any thing which profest to make him rejoice. A gentleman of all temperance. But leave we him to his events, with a prayer they may prove prosperous ; and let me desire to know, how you find Claudio prepar'd: I am made to understand, that you

have lent him visitation. Duke He professes to have received no Guifter measure from his judge, but most willingly humbles himself to the determination of justice; yet had he fram’d to himself, by the instruction of his frailty, many deceiving promises of life ; which I by my good leisure have difcredited to him, and now he is resolved to die. Escal. You have paid the heav'ns your function, and the prisoner the very debt of your calling. I have labour'd for the poor gentleman, to the extremest shore of my modesty; but my brother justice have I found so severe, that he hath forc'd me to tell him, he is indeed Justice. Duke. If his own life answer the straitness of his proceeding, it shall become him well; wherein, if he chance to fail, he hath sentenc'd himself. Escal. I am going to vsit the prisoner; fare you well. (Exit.

DUKE. Peace be with you !
He, who the sword of heav'n will bear,

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