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Marr. Break off thy song, and haste thee quick away ;
Duke. 'Tis good : though music oft hath such a charm, To make bad, good, and good provoke to harm. I pray you, tell me, hath any body inquired for me here to-day? much upon this time have I promis’d here to meet.
Mari. You have not been inquired after : I have sat here all day. Duke. I do constantly believe you :
Enter ISABELLA. The time is come, even now. I shall crave your forbearance a little ; may be, I will call upon you anon for some advantage to yourself. Mari. I am always bound to you.
[Eicit. Duke. Very well met, and welcome. What is the news from this good deputy ?
Isab. He bath a garden circummurd with brick,'
Isab. I have ta’en a due and wary note upon't;
Duke. Are there no other tokens
On whose tops the pinks that grow,
Are of those that April wears.
Bound in those icy chains by thee. WARBURTON.
Isab. No, none, but only a repair i' th' dark;
Duke. 'Tis well borne up.
Isab. I do desire the like.
Duke. Take then this your companion by the hand,
[Exe. MARI. and ISAB.
Re-enter MARIANA and ISABELLA.
Isab. Little have you to say
Mari. Fear me not.
Duke. Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all : He is your
husband on a pre-contráct: To bring you thus together, 'tis no sin ; Sith that the justice of your title to him Doth flourish the deceit. Come, let us go ; Our corn's to reap, for yet our tithe's to sow. [Exeunt
Clown. If the man be a bachelor, sir, I can : but if he be a married man, he is his wife's head, and I can never cut off a woman's head.
Prov. Come, sir, leave me your snatches, and yield me a direct answer. To-morrow morning are to die Claudio and Barnardine : Here is in our prison a common executioner, who in his office lacks a helper: if you will take it on you to assist him, it shall redeem you from
your gyves ; if not, you shall have your full time of imprisonment, and your deliverance with an unpitied whipping ; for you
have been a notorious bawd. Clown. Sir, I have been an unlawful bawd, time out of mind; but yet I will be content to be a lawful hangman. I would be glad to receive some instruction from my fellow partner. Prov. What ho, Abhorson ! where's Abhorson, there?
Enter ABHORSON. Abhor. Do you call, sir ?
Prov. Sirrah, here's a fellow will help you to-morrow in your execution: If you think it meet, compound with him by the year, and let him abide here with you ; if not, use him for the present, and dismiss him ; He cannot plead his estimation with you; he hath been a bawd.
Abhor. A bawd, sir ? Fye upon him, he will discredit our mystery.
Prov. Go to, sir ; you weigh equally; a feather will turn the scale.
[Exit. Clown. Pray, sir, by your good favour, (for, surely, sir, a good favour you have, but that you have a hanging look,) do you call, sir, your occupation a mystery ?
Abhor. Ay, sir, a mystery.
Clown. Painting, sir, I have heard say, is a mystery ; and your whores, sir, being members of my occupation, using painting, do prove my occupation a mystery : but what mystery there should be in hanging, if I should be hang'd, I cannot imagine.
Abhor. Sir, it is a mystery.
Abhor. Every true man's apparel fits your thief: If it be too little for your thief, your true man thinks it big
enough ; if it be too big for your thics, your thief thinks it little enough : so every true man's apparel fits your thief.
Re-enter Provost. Prov. Are you agreed ?
Clown. Sir, I will serve him ; for I do find your hangman is a more penitent trade than your bawd; he doth oftener ask forgiveness.
Prov. You, sirrah, provide your block and your axe, to-morrow four o'clock.
Abhor. Come on, bawd ; I will instruct thee in my trade; follow.
Clown. I do desire to learn, sir ; and, I hope, if you have occasion to use me for your own turn, you shall find me yare : for, truly, sir, for your kindness, I owe you a good turn.
Prov. Call hither Barnardine and Claudio :
[Exeunt Clown and ABHORSON.
Clau. As fast lock'd up in sleep, as guiltless labour
Prov. Who can do good on him ?
Prov. None, since the curfew rung.
 Starkly--Stiffy. These two lines afford a very pleasing image. JOAN,
Duke. There's some in hope.
Duke. Not so, not so; his life is paralleld
(Provost goes out. This is a gentle provost : Seldom, when The steeled gaoler is the friend of men. How now? what noise ? that spirit's possess'd with haste, That wounds the unsisting postern with these strokes.
Provost returns, speaking to one at the door. Prov. There he must stay, until the officer Arise to let him in; he is call'd up.
Duke. Have you no countermand for Claudio yet, But he must die to-morrow ?
Prov. None, sir, none.
Duke. As near the dawning, provost, as it is,
Enter a Messenger.
Mess. My lord hath sent you this note ; and by me, this further charge, that you swerve not from the smallest ar. ticle of it, neither in time, matter, or other circumstance. Good-morrow ; for, as I take it, it is almost day. Prov. I shall obey him.
[Exit Messenger. Duke. [.Asi.] This is his pardon; purchas'd by such sin, For which the pardoner himself is in : Hence hath offence his quick celerity, When it is borne in high authority:
(5) Where he sprinkled, where he defiled. A figure of the same kind our author uses in Macbeth :-. The blood-boller'd Banquo." JOHNSON.
(6) i. e. seat of justice. Siege, French STEEVENS.