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Clown. No; but there's a woman with maid by “ him : You have not heard of the proclamation, have'

181 Bawd. What proclamation, man?

Clown. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must “ be pluck'd down.

Bawd. And what shall become of those in the city?

Clown. They shall stand for seed: they had gone “ down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them.

" Bawd. But shall all our houses of resort in the “ suburbs be pull'd down?

Clown. To the ground, mistress.'

" Bawd. Why here's a change, indeed, in the com6 monwealth! What shall become of me?

192 " Clown. Come ; fear not you: good counsellors so lack no clients : though you change your place, you 6 need not change your trade; I'll be your tapster “ still. Courage : there will be pity taken on you : " you that have worn your eyes almost out in the “service, you will be considered.

" Bawd. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster ? bi Let's withdraw.

Clown. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the “ provost to prison ? and there's madam Juliet. 202

“[Exeunt Bawd and Clown,"

SCENE

SCENE III.

Enter Provost, CLAUDIO, JULIET, and Officers ;

LUCIO and two Gentlemen.

* Clown. No; but there's a woman with maid by
him: You have not heard of the proclamation, have'
you?

181
Bawd. What proclamation, man?
Clown. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must
be pluck'd down.
Bawd. And what shall become of those in the city:
Clown. They shall stand for seed: they had gone
down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them.
" Bawd. But shall all our houses of resort in the
suburbs be pull'd down?
Clown. To the ground, mistress.
Bawd. Why here's a change, indeed, in the com-
monwealth! What shall become of me? 199
Clown. Come; fear not you: good counsellors
lack no clients : though you change your place, you
aced not change your trade; I'll be your tapster
till. Courage: there will be pity taken on you:

212

Claud. Fellow, why dost thou shew me thus to the

world?
Bear me to prison, where I am committed.

Prov. I do it not in evil disposition,
But from lord Angelo by special charge.

Claud. Thus can the demi-god, authority,
Make us pay down for our offence by weight.-
The words of heaven ;--on whom it will, it will;
On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just.

Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio ? whence comes this restraint?

Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty:
As surfeit is the father of much fast,
So every scope by the immoderate use
Turns to restraint : Our natures do

pursue
(Like rats that ravin down their proper bane)
A thirsty evil; and, when we drink, we die.

Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I would send for certaimpof my creditors : And yet, to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom, as the morality of inprisonment.--What's thy offence, Claudio ?

223
Claud. What, but to speak of, would o.fend again.
Lucio. What is it? murder >
Claud. No.

Lucio

ou that have worn your eyes almost out in the ervice, you will be considered. Bawd. What's to 'do here, Thomas Tapster? et's withdraw. Clown. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the ovost to prison ? and there's madam Juliet. 208

[Ereunt Bawd and Clown."

SCENE

Lucio. Lechery?
Claud. Call it so.
Prov. Away, sir ; you must go.
Claud. One word, good friend :-Lucio, a word

with you.

Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good. Is lechery so look'd after ?

239 Claud. Thus stands it with me,-Upon a true cone

tract,
I got possession of Julietta's bed;
You know the lady; she is fast my wife,
Save that we do the denunciation lack
Of outward order : this we came not to,
Only for propagation of a dower
Remaining in the coffer of her friends;
From whom we thought it meet to hide our love,
Till time had made them for us. But it chances,
The stealth of our most mutual entertainment,
With character too gross, is writ on Juliet.

243 Lucio. With child, perhaps ?

Claud. Unhappily, even so.
And the new deputy now for the duke,
Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness ;
Or whether that the body public be
A horse whereon the governor doth ride,
Who, newly in the seat, that it may know
He can command, let's it straight feel the spur:
Whether the tyranny be in his place,

252 Or in his eminence that fills it up, I stagger in

-But this new governor
4

Awakes

Lucio. Lechery? laud. Call it so. Prov. Away, sir ; you must go. laud. One word, good friend :-Lucio, a word

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ucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good.. chery so look d after ?

239 aud. Thus stands it with me,–Upon a true con

tract, possession of Julietta's bed; know the lady; she is fast my wife, hat we do the denunciation lack tward order : this we came not to, or propagation of a dower iing in the coffer of her friends; hom we thought it meet to hide our love, e had made them for us. But it chances, ilth of our most mutual entertainment, aracter too gross, is writ on Juliet.

243
With child, perhaps ?
Unhappily, even so.
new deputy now for the duke -
it be the fault and glimpse of newness ;
r that the body public be
bereon the governor

doth ride,
may

know
ly in the seat, that it
imand, let's it straight feel the spur:
tyranny
be in his place,

25linence that fills it up, -But this new governor

Awakes

Awakes me all the enrolled penalties,
Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the

wall,
So long, that nineteen zodiacks have gone round,
And none of them been worn ; and, for a name,
Now puts the drowsy and neglected act
Freshly on me :-'tis, surely, for a name.

Lucio. I warrant, it is : and thy head stands so tickle on thy shoulders, that a inilk-maid, if she be in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and appeal to him.

264 Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found. I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service: This day my sister should the cloister enter, And there receive her approbation : Acquaint her with the danger of my state : Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay him ; I have great hope in that: for in her youth 272 There is a prone and speechless dialect, Such as moves men; beside, she hath prosperous art When she will play with reason and discourse, And well she can persuade. Lucio. I

may:

: as well for the encouragement of the like, “ which else would stand under "grievous imposition;" as for the enjoying of thy life, who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost at a game of tick-tack. I'll to her. Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio, 282

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Lucio. Within two hours,-
Claud. Come, officer, away.

[Excunt.

SCENE IV.

298

A Monastery. Enter Duke and Friar THOMAȘ. Duke. No; holy father; throw away that thought;Believe not that the dribbling dart of love Can pierce a complete bosom: why I desire thee To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends Of burning youth.

Fri. May your grace speak of it?

Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you How I have ever lov'd the life remov'd ; And held in idle price to haunt assemblies, Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps. I have deliver'd to lord Angelo (A man of stricture, and firm abstinence) My absolute power and place here in Vienna, And he supposes me travelled to Poland; For so I have strew'd it in the common ear, And so it is receiv'd : Now, pious sir, You will demand of me, why I do this?

302 Fri. Gladly, my lord, Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting

laws (The needful bits and curbs for liead-strong steeds) Which for these nineteen years we have let sleep ;

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