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Page. Well, what remedy?-Fenton, heaven give thee joy!
What cannot be eschew'd must be embrac'd. Fal. When night dogs run all sorts of deer are chas'd.
264 Mrs. Page. Well, I will muse no further. Master Fenton,
Heaven give you many, many merry days!
Let it be so. Sir John,
Ang. Always obedient to your Grace's will,
I come to know your pleasure.
Enter DUKE, ESCALUS, Lords, and Attendants. There is a kind of character in thy life,
Escal. My lord?
Duke. Of government the properties to unfold,
Would seem in me to affect speech and discourse,
My strength can give you: then no more remains,
I say, bid come before us Angelo.
That, to th' observer doth thy bistory
But to fine issues, nor Nature never lends
We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice 24 Proceeded to you; therefore take your honours.
Our haste from hence is of so quick condition 53
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.
Duke. I thank you. Fare you well. [Exit.
Second Gent. Yes, that thou hast, whether thou art tainted or free.
Lucio. Behold, behold, where Madam Mitigation comes! I have purchased as many diseases under her roof as come to
Second Gent. To what, I pray?
Second Gent. To three thousand dolours a
SCENE II.-A Street.
First Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me; but thou art full of error: I am sound. 57 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.
Enter MISTRESS OVERDONE.
more, within these three days his head to be Enter PROVOST, CLAUDIO, JULIET, and Officers. chopped off.
Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus
Bear me to prison, where I am committed.
But from Lord Angelo by special charge.
Re-enter LUCIO and two Gentlemen.
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,
Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I would send for certain of my creditors. 92 And yet, to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom as the morality of imprisonment. What's thy offence, Claudio?
Pom. All houses of resort in the suburbs
of Vienna must be plucked down.
Claud. What but to speak of would offend
Claud. One word, good friend. Lucio, a word [Takes him aside.
Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good.
Mrs. Ov. And what shall become of those in Is lechery so looked after? the city?
Pom. They shall stand for seed: they had gone down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them.
109 Mrs. Ov. But shall all our houses of resort in the suburbs be pulled down?
Pom. To the ground, mistress.
Mrs. Ov. Why, here's a change indeed in the commonwealth! What shall become of me?
Pom. Come; fear not you: good counsellors lack no clients: though you change your place, you 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.
Mrs. Ov. What's to do here, Thomas tapster? Let's withdraw.
Pom. Here comes Signior Claudio, led by the provost to prison; and there's Madam Juliet.
So long that nineteen zodiacs have gone round,
I prithee, Lucio, do me this kind service.
Such as move men; beside, she hath prosperous
Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead, 28
It rested in your Grace
I do fear, too dreadful: When she will play with reason and discourse, Sith 'twas my fault to give the people scope, 35 And well she can persuade. 197 'Twould be my tyranny to strike and gall them Lucio. I pray she may: as well for the en- For what I bid them do: for we bid this be done, couragement of the like, which else would stand When evil deeds have their permissive pass under grievous imposition, as for the enjoying And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, of thy life, who I would be sorry should be thus my father, foolishly lost at a game of tick-tack. I'll to her. Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio. Lucio. Within two hours. Ciand.
Come, officer, away!
SCENE III.-A Monastery.
Enter DUKE and FRIAR THOMAS.
I have on Angelo impos'd the office,
And yet my nature never in the sight
Supply me with the habit, and instruct me
Duke. No, holy father; throw away that How I may formally in person bear me
thought: Believe not that the dribbling dart of love