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To one that can my part in him advertise:
Hold therefore Angeló:

In our remove, be thou at full ourself:
Mortality and mercy in Vienna

Live in thy tongue and heart: Old Escalus,

Though first in question, is thy secondary.
Take thy commission.

Ang. Now, good my lord,

Let there be some more test made of my metal,
Before so noble and so great a figure
Be stamp'd upon it.

Duke. "No more evasion :"


We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice Proceeded to you: therefore take your honours.. “Our haste from hence is of so quick condition, "That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd "Matters of needful value." We shall write to you As time and our.concernings shall importune,.... 60 How it goes with us; and do look to know What doth befall you here. So, fare you well: To the hopeful execution do I leave you Of your commissions.

Ang. Yet, give leave, my lord,

That we may bring you something on the way.
Duke, My haste may not admit it;
Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do
With any scruple; your scope is as mine own
So to inforce, or qualify the laws,

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As to your soul seems good. "Give me your hand;"
I'll privily away: I love the people,


But do not like to stage me to their eyes:
Though it do well, I do not relish well
Their loud applause, and Ave's vehement;
Nor do I think the man of safe discretion,
That does affect it. Once more, fare you well.
Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes !
Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happi-a

Duke. I thank you: Fare you well.



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.



"The Street, Enter LUCIO, and two Gentlemen.

"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.

1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the "king of Hungary's!

2 Gent. Amen.

"Lucio. Thou conclud'st like the sanctimonious "pirate, that went to sea with the ten command"ments, but scrap'd one out of the table.

2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal?

"Lucio. Ay, that he raz'd.


"1 Gent. Why, 'twas 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 the petition well that prays for peace.

"2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. "Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never "wast where grace was said.

"" 2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least.

1 Gent. What, in metre?

"Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language. 66 1 Gent. I think, or in any religion.


Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despight "of all controversy: As for example; Thou thyself 66 art a wicked villain, despight of all grace.

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Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers be

"tween us.

"Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists "" and the velvet: Thou art the list.


"1 Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good vel"vet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee : "I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be "pil'd, as thou art pil'd, for a French velvet. Do "I speak feelingly now?

“ Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most " painful

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"painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine ❝ own confession, learn to begin thy health; · but,' "whilst I live, forget to drink after thee.

"1 Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong; have "I-not?



Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art ❝tainted, or free.

“Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation ❝comes! I have purchas'd as many diseases under "her roof, as come to

62 2 Gent. To what, I pray?

1 Gent. Judge.

"2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a year.

1 Gent. Ay, and more.

"Lucio. A French crown more.


"1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me : "but thou art full of error; I am sound..

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Lucio. Nay, not, as one would say, healthy; but ❝so sound, as things that are hollow: thy bones are hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee,

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"Enter Bawd.


"1 Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica ?

“Bawd. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, "and carry'd to prison, was worth five thousand of "you all.

1. Gent. Who's that, I pr'ythee?


"Bawd. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio.

41 Gent, Claudio to prison! 'tis not so..


"Bawd. Nay, but I know 'tis so: I saw him arrest"ed; 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?

"Bawd. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting "madam Julietta with child. 160

"Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised to "meet me two hours since; and he was ever precise "in promise-keeping.

"2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something "near to the speech we had to such a purpose.

66 1 Gent. But most of all agreeing with the pro"clamation.

"Lucio. Away; let's go learn the truth of it. "[Exeunt.

"Manet Bawd.

"Bawd. Thus, what with the war, what with the "sweat, what with the gallows, and what with po"verty, I am custom-shrunk. How now? what's "the news with you?

"Enter Clown.

"Clown. Yonder man is carry'd to prison.

"Bawd. Well; what has he done?

"Clown. A woman.

"Bazd. But what's his offence?


Clown. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river.


Bayd. What, is there a maid with child by him?


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