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are chosen, they are glad to choose me for them; I do it for some piece of money, and go through with all.
Escal. Look you, bring me in the names of some fix or feven, the most sufficient of your parish.
Elb. To your worship’s house, fir?
Escal. To my house: Fare you well. [Exit Elbow.] What's o'clock, think you ?
Juft. Eleven, fir.
Juft. Lord Angelo is fevere.
It is but needful :
Enter Provost, and a Servant.
Prov. Pray you, do. [Exit Servant.] I'll know
Now, what's the matter, provost ?
Left I might be too rash :
Go to; let that be mine:
I crave your honour's pardon.-
Dispose of her
Hath he a lifter?
Well, let her be admitted. (Exit Serpant.
Enter Lucio and ISABELLA. Prov. Save your honour lo
[Offering to retire. Ang. Stay a little while.7.-ETO ISAB.] You are welcome : What's
Ifab. 6 Your bonour, which is so often repeated in this scene, was in our au. thor's time the usual mode of address to a lord. It had become antiquated after the Restoration ; for Sir William D'Avenant in his alteration of this play has substituted your excellence in the room of it. MALONI.
1 It is not clear why the Provost is bidden to stay, nor when he goes out. JOHNSON.
The entrance of Lucio and Isabella thould not, perhaps, he made till after Angelo's speech to the Provost, who had only announced a lady, and seems to be detained as a witness to the purity of the deputy's conversation with her. His exit may be fixed with that of Lucio and Isabeila. He Cannot remain longer, and there is no reason to think he departs before.
RITSON Stay a little wbile, is said by Angelo, in answer to the words, “ Seat your honour ;" which denoted the Provost's intention to depart. Isabella uses the same words to Angelo, when the goes out, near the conclusion of this scene. So also, when se offers to retire, on finding her fuit ineffectwal: $6 Heaven keep your honour !" MALONE.
And not my
Ifab. I am a woeful suitor to your honour,
Well; what's your suit ?
the matter? Ijab, I have a brother is condemn'd to die : I do beseech you, let it be his fault,
Heaven give thee moving graces!
O just, but severe law!
[Retiring, Lucio. [TO ISAB.] Give't not o'er so ; to him again, in.
Isab. Must he needs die ?
Maiden, no remedy.
Ang. I will not do't.
But can you,
$ This is obscure; perhaps it may be mended by reading:
For wbicb I must now plead; but yet I am
At war, 'twixt will, and will not. Yet and ye are almost undistinguishable in an ancient manufoript. Yet no alteration is necessary, fince the speech is not unintelligible as it now Aands. JOHNSON,
9 i. e. let his fault be condemned, or extirpated, but let not my brother himself suffer, MALONE.
Ang. Look, what I will noi, that I cannot do. ijab. Bult might you do't, and do the world no wrong, If lo your
heart were touch'd with that remorse? As mine is to him? Ang.
He's sentenc'd ; 'tis too late. Lucii. You are too cold.
ceremony that to great ones ’longs,
Ang. Pray you, begone,
Ifib. I would to heaven I had your potency,
(Afide. Ang. Your brother is the forfeit of the law, And
you but waste your words. Isab.
Alas! alas !
'then will breathe within your lips, Like man new made. 4
Ang. Remorse, in this place, as in many others, fignifies pity. See Orbelic, Act III. STEEVENS.
3 This is false divinity. We should read are. WARBURTON. I fear, the player, in this instance, is a better divine than the prelate. The souls that WERE, evidently refer to Adam and Eve, whose tranfgref. sion rendered them obnoxious to the penalty of annihilation, but for the remedy which the author of their being moit graciously provided. The learned Bishop, however, is more luccessful in his next explanation.
HENLIT. A This is a fine thought, and finely expressed. The meaning is, that
Be you content, fair maid;
Ifab. To-morrow! O, that's sudden! Spare hiin, spare
have committed it. Lucio,
Ay, well said. Ang. The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept :6 Those many had not dard to do that evil, If the first man that did the edict infringe, Had answer'd for his deed : now, 'tis a wake; Takes note of what is done ; and, like a prophet, Looks in a glass,8 that shows what future evils, (Either now, or by remiffness new-conceiv'd,
And mercy will add such a grace to your person, that you will appear as amiable as a man come fresh out of the band's of his Creatnr.
WARBURTON. I rather think the meaning is, You will then change the severity of your prefent character. In familiar speech, You would be quite another man.
JOHNSON. You will then appear as tender-hearted and merciful as the first man was in his days of innocence, immediately after his creation. MALONE,
I incline to a different interpretation :--And you, Angelo, will breathe new life into Claudio, as the Creator animated Adam, by “ breathing into his nostrils the breath of life." HOLT WHITE. 5 i. e. when it is in season. So, in The Merry Wives of Windsor :
and of the season too it shall appear. STEEVENS. 6 Dormiunt aliquando leges, moriuntur nunquam, is a maxim in our law.
HOLT WHITE. 7 The word man has been supplied by the modern editors. I would rather read
If be, the first, &c. TYRWHITT. Man was introduced by Mr. Pope. MALONE.
8 This alludes to the fopperies of the beril, much used at that time by cheats and fortune-tellers to predict by WARBURTON.
The heril, which is a kind of crystal, hath a weak tincture of red in it Among other tricks of Astrologers, the discovery of patt or future events was supposed to be the consequence of looking into it. See Aubrey's Mfcellanies, p. 165. edit. 1721. REED.