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Duke. Were you sworn to the duke, or to the deputy i

Prou. To him, and to his substitutes.

Duke. You will think you have made no offence, if the duke avouch the justice of your dealing?

Prov. But what likelihood is in that?

Duke. Not a resemblance, but a certainty. Yet since I see you fearful, that neither my coat, integrity, nor my persuasion, can with ease attempt you, I will

Il go further than I meant, to pluck all fears out of you. Look you, sir, here is the hand and seal of the duke; You know the character, I doubt' not; and the signet is not strange to you."". Prov. I know them both.

289 Duke: The contents of this is the return of the duke.; you shall anon'over-read it at your pleasure; where your shall-finel, within these two days he will be here. This is a thing; that. Angelo knows not: for he this very day receives letters of strange tenor; perchance of the duke's death; perchance, entering into some monastery ; but, by. chance, nothing of what is writ. Looks the unfolding star calls up the shepHerd: Put Adt ybirself into amazement, how these things should be? all difficulties are but easy when they are known! Call your executioner, and off

Barnardine's head': I will give him a present shrift, and advise thith for a better place. Yet you are Camaz’d; but this shall absolutely resolve you. Come away; it is alinosi cheat dawa. 3. Eisteret:] 304

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SCENE IV.

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Enter Clown.

'uke. Were you sworn to the duke, or to the ity? ov. To him, and to his substitutes. ke. You will think you have made no offence

, i uke avouch the justice of your dealing? 280 10. But what likelihood is in that? fe. Not a resemblance, but a certainty. Yet since ou fearful, that neither my coat, integrity, nor rsuasion, can with ease attempt you, I will go -- than I meant, to pluck all fears out of you. oll, sir, here is the hand and seal of

duke; ow the character, I doubt not; and the signet range to you. I know them both.

989 The contents of this is the return of the ou shall anon over-read it at your pleasure; u shall find, within these two days he will be his is a thing; that Angelo knows not : for y day receives letters of strange tenor; perthe duke's death; perchance, entering into astery; but, by chance, 'nothing of what ook, the unfolding star calls' up the shepAot yourself into anazement, how these Id bei all difficulties are but easy when town!'' Call your executioner, and off

dine's head: I will give him a present dvise hith for a better place. Yet you are

this shall absolutely resolve you. Come I'most clear dawa. 25. Exemt:] 304

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. Clown. I am as well acquainted here, as I was in

our house of profession : one would think, it were is mistress Over-done's own house, for here be many “ of her old customers. First, here's young master " Rash; he's in for a commodity of brown paper and “old ginger, ninescoreand seventeen pounds; of which “ he made five marks, ready money: marry, then gin.:"ger was not much in request, for the old women were w all dead. Then is there here one master Caper, at “ the suit of master Three-pile the mercer, for some “ four suits of peach'd-colour'd satin, which now

peaches him a beggar. · Then have we here young :Dizy, and young master Deep-vow, and master

Copper-spur, and master Starve-lacky the rapier * and dagger inan, and young Drop-heir that kill'd

lusty Pudding, and master Forth-right the tilter, " and brave master Shoe-tye the great traveller, and “ wild Half-can that stabb’d Pots, and, I think, forty "more; 'all great doers in our trade, and are now in se for the Lord's sake."

324 Enter ABHORSON. Abhor. Sirrah, bring Barnardine hither.

Clown. Master Barnardine! you must rise and be hang’d, master Barnardine !

Abhor.

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Abhor. What, ho, Barnardine!

Barnar. [Within.] A pox o'your throats! Who makes that noise there? What are you?

330 Clown. Your friends, sir; the hangman : You must be so good, sir, to rise and be put to death.

Barrer. [Within.] Away you rogue, away; I am sleepy...

Abhor. Tell him, he must awake, and that quickly too.

Clown. Pray, master Barnardine, awake till you are executed, and sleep afterwards.

Abhor. Go in to him, and fetch him out.

Clown. He is coming, sir, he is coming ; I hear his straw rustle:

341 Enter BARNARDINE. Abhor. Is the axe upon the block, sirrah? Clown. Very ready, sir.

Barnar. How, now, Abhorson! what's the news with you?

Abhor. Truly, sir, I would desire you to clap into your prayers į for, look you, the warrant's come,

Barnar. You rogue, I have been drinking all night, I am not fitted for't.

Clown. Oh, the better, sir; for he that drinks all night, and is hang'd betimes in the morning, may sleep the sounder all the next day.

Enter Duke. Abhor. Look you, sir, here comes your ghostly father; Do we jest now, think you?

Duke.

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vor. What, ho, Barnardine ! rrar. [Within.] A pox o'your throats! Who s that noise there ? What are you ? 339 un. Your friends, sir; the hangman : You be so good, sir, to rise and be put to death. ner. (Within.] Away you rogue, away;

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MEASURE FOR MEASURE. Duke. Sir, induced by my charity, and hearing how hastily you are to depart, I am come to advise you, comfort you, and pray with you.

Barnar. Friar, not I; I have been drinking hard all night, and I will have more time to prepare me, or they shall beat out my brains with billets: I will not consent to die this day, that's certain. 361

Duke. Oh, sir, you must: and therefore, I beseech you, look forward on the journey you shall go.

Barnar. I swear, I will not die to-day for any man's persuasion.

Duke. But hear you,

Barnar. Not a word : if you have any thing to say to me, come to my ward; for thence will not I to-day.

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Enter Provost. Duke. Unfit to live, or die : “Oh, gravel heartlm“ After him, fellows; bring him to the block." 370

[Exeunt ABHORSON and Clown. Prou. Now, sir, how do you find the prisoner ?

Duke. A creature unprepar'd, unmeet for death;
And, to transport him in the mind he is,
Were damnnable.

Prov. Here in the prison, father,
There dy'd this morning of a cruel fever
One Ragozinc, a inost notorious pirate,
A man of Claudio's years ; his beard and heady
Just of his colour; What if we do omit
This reprobate, till he were well inclin'd;

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And satisfy the deputy with the visage
Of Ragozine; more like to Claudio ?

Duke. O, 'tis an accident that heaven provides!
Dispatch it presently; the hour draws on
Prefix'd by Angelo: See, this be done,
And sent according to command; whiles !
Persuade this rude wretch willingly to die.

Prou. This shall be done, good father, presently.
* But Barnardine must die this afternoon :")
And how shall we continue Claudio,
To save me from the danger that might come,
If he were known alive?

Duke. Let this bc done, ---Put them
In secret holds, both Barnardine and Claudio:
Ere twice the sun hath made his journal greeting
To the under generation, you shall find
Your safety manifested.

Prov. I am your free dependent.
Duke. Quick, dispatch, and send the head to An-
gelo.

[ Exit Provost. Now. will I write letters to Angelo,

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The provost, he shall bear them, whose contents
Shall witness to him, I am near at home;
And that, by great injunctions, I am bound
To enter publickly: him I'll desire
To meet me at the consecrated fount,
A league below the city; and from thence,
By cold gradation and weal-balanced form,
We shall proceed with Angelo.

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