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To undergo such ample grace and honour,
Enter LEOPOLD, and ANGELO.
Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will,
Duke. We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice Proceeded to you ; therefore take your honours.
[Angelo kneels, and receives his commission.]
To the hopeful execution do I leave you
Ang. Yet, give leave, my lord,
Duke. My haste may not admit it:
[Exeunt LEOPOLD, and FREDERICK. - Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do
With any scruple: your scope is as mine own,
Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes !
Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happiness! Duke. I thank you :-Fare you well.
[Exit Duke Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave To have free speech with you ; and it concerns me To look into the bottom of my place : A power I have; but of what strength and nature I am not yet instructed.
Ang. 'Tis so with me:-Let us withdraw together, And we may soon our satisfaction have Touching that point. Escal. I'll wait upon your honour.
[Exeunt Angelo, and EscALUS.
Enter Friar PETER, and the Duke.
Peter. May your grace speak of it?
Duke. „My holy sir, none better knows than you
Peter. Gladly, my lord.
Peter. It rested in your grace
Duke. I do fear, too dreadful: Sith 't was my fault, to give the people scope, ’T would be my tyranny, to strike and gall them For what I bid them do : For we bid this be done, When evil deeds have their permissive pass, And not the punishment. Therefore, my father, I have on Angelo impos'd the office; Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home : And, to behold his sway, I will, as 't were a brother of your order, Visit both prince and people : therefore, I pr’ythee, Supply me with the habit, and instruct me How I may formally in person bear me Like a true friar.-More reasons for this action, At our more leisure, shall I render you; Only, this one :-Lord Angelo is precise ; Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses That his blood flows, or that his appetite Is more to bread than stone : Hence shall we sce, If power change purpose, what our seemers be.
[Exeunt The Duke, and Friar Peter.
The Street, Enter LEOPOLD, Lucio, and FREDERICK. Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come not to composition with the king of Hungary, why, then all the dukes fall upon the king.
Fred. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the king of Hungary's !
Lucio, Thou conclud'st like the sanctimonious pi. rate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, but scrap'd one out of the table.
Leo. Thou shalt not steal ?
Fred. Why, 't was a commandment to command the captain and all the rest from their functions; they put forth to steal : There's not a soldier of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish thic perition well that prays for peace.
Leo. I never heard any soldier dislike it.
Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never wast where grace was said.
Enter Mrs. OVERDONE. Fred. How now? Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica ?
Over. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, and carry'd to prison, was worth five thousand of you all. * Lucio. Who's that, I pray thee? Over. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio. Fred. Claudio to prison ! 't is not so.
Over. Nay, but I know, 't is so : I saw him arrested; saw him carry'd away: and, which is more, within these three days his head is to be chopp'd off.
Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have it so. Art thou sure of this?
Over. I am too sure. of it: and, they say, it is for getting madam Julietta with child...
#child. . .. .. . .
Lucio. Believe me, this may be : he promis'd to meet me two hours since ; and he was ever precise in promise-keeping. Away; let's go learn ihe truth of it.
[Exeunt Lucio, LEOPOLD, and FREDERICK. Over. Thus, what with the war, what with the gallows, and what with poverty, I am custom-shrunk. .
Pom. Yonder man is carry'd to prison.
Over. What, is there a maid with child by him ?. • Pom. No; but there's a woman with maid by him: You have not heard of the proclamation, have you? Over. What proclamation, man?
Pam. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be pluck'd down.
Over. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the commonwealth !-- What's to do here?
Pon. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the pro. post to prison. Over. Let's withdraw.
[Exeunt Mrs. OVERDONE, and POMPEY. Enter Provost, CLAUDIO, and two Apparitors. Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to the
world? Bear me to prison, where I am committed.
Prov. I do it not in evil disposition,
Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority,
Enter Lucio, FredERICK, and LEOPOLD. 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 inmoderate use