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There to give up their power. If you can, pace your
wisdom In that good path that I would wish it go ; And you shall have
bosom 4 on this wretch,
I am directed by you.
Good even ! Friar, where is the provost? Duke.
Not within, sir. Lucio. O, pretty Isabella, I am pale at mine heart, to see thine eyes so red : thou must be patient : I am fain to dine and sup 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, Isabel, I lov'd thy brother:
if the old fantastical duke of dark corners had beeni at home, he had lived.
[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 knowest not the duke so well as I do: he's a better woodman than thou takest 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.
Duke. 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 was fain to for swear it ; they would else have married me to the rotten medlar.
Duke. Sir, your company is fairer than honest : 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 burr, I shall stick.
A Room in Angelo's House.
Enter ANGELO and ESCALUS. Escal. Every letter he hath writ hath disvouch'd 6 other.
Ang. In most uneven and distracted manner. His actions show much like to madness : pray heaven, his wisdom be not tainted! And why meet him at the gates, and re-deliver our authorities there?
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 shows his reason for that: to have a despatch 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:
7 Figure and rank.
And by an eminent body, that enforc'd
For my authority bears a credent' bulk,
Ficlds without the Town.
Enter Duke in his own habit, and Friar PETER.
* Calls, challenges her to do it.
9 Credit unquestionable. Start off.
And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate ;
It shall be speeded well.
[Exit Friar Enter VARRIUS. Duke. I thank thee, Varrius; thou hast made good
haste : Come, we will walk: There's other of our friends Will greet us here anon, my gentle Varrius. [Exeunt.
Street near the City Gate.
Enter Is A BELLA and MARIANA.
Be rul'd by him.
Mari. I would, friar Peter
O, peace; the friar is come.
Enter Friar PETER. F. Peter, Come, I have found you out a stand most fit,