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Have henti the gates, and very near upon
ACT V. SCENE I.- A public place near the city gate.
Mariana (veiled,) Isabella, and Peter, at a distance. Enter at opposite doors, Duke, Varrius, Lords; Angelo, Escalus, Lucio, Provost, Oficers, and Citizens.
Duke. My very worthy cousin, fairly met :Qur old and faithful friend, we are glad to see you.
Ang.& Escal. Happy return be to your royal
Duke. Many and hearty thankings to you both. We bave made inquiry of you ; and we hear Such goodness of your justice, that our soul Cannot but yield you forth to public thanks, Forerunning more requital.
Ang. You make my bonds still greater.
Peter and Isabella come forward.
kneel before him.
. Upon a wrong'd, I'd fain have said, a maid !
o worthy prince, dishonour not your eye
O, worthy duke,
By course of justice !
Nay, ten times strange.
Away with her :-Poor soul, She speaks this in the infirmity of sense.
Isab. O prince, I conjure thee, as thou believ'st There is another comfort than this world, That thou neglect me not, with that opinion That I am touch'd with madness : make not im
That which but seems unlike : 'tis not impos
the wicked'st caitiff on the ground, May seem as shy, as grave, as just, as absolute, As Angelo; even so may Angelo, In all bis dressings, characts, titles, forms, Be an arch-villain : believe it, royal prince, If he be less, he's nothing ; but he's more, Had I more name for badness. Duke.
By mine honesty,
O, gracious duke
Many that are not mad, Have, sure, more lack of reason. What would
Isab. I am the sister of one Claudio,
That's I, an't like your grace :
That's be indeed. Duke. You were not bid to speak. Lucio.
No, my good lord ; Nor wish'd to hold my peace. Duke.
I wish you now then ; Pray you, take note of it ; and when you have
(1) Habits and characters of office,
A business for yourself, pray heaven, you then
honour. Duke. The warrant's for yourself; take heed
to it. Isab. This gentleman told somewhat of my tale, Lucio. Right.
Duke. It may be right; but you are in the wrong To speak before your time.
Pardon it; The phrase is to the matter.
Duke. Mended again : the matter :-Proceed.
Isab. In brief,--to set the needless process by,
This is most likely!
not what thou speak'st ;.
(1) Refuted. (2) Pity. (3) Foolish.
And not have cut him off: Some one hath set you on :
And is this all ?
Duke. I know, you'd fain be gone :-An officer !
Isab. One that I would were here, friar Lodowick. Duke. A ghostly father, belike :-Who knows
that Lodowick ? Lucio. My lord, I know him;'lis a meddling friar; I do not like the man : had he been lay, my lord, For certain words he spake against your grace In your retirement, I had swing'd! him soundly. Duke. Words against me? This' a good friar,
belike! And to set on this wretched woman here Against our substitute ?-Let this friar be found. Lucio. But yesternight, my lord, she and that
friar I saw them at the prison : a saucy friar, A very scurvy fellow.
F Peter. Blessed be your royal grace! I have stood by, my lord, and I have heard Your royal ear abus'd: First, hath this woman Most wrongfully accus'd your substitute; Who is as free from touch or soil with her, As she from one ungot. Duke.
We did believe no less. Know you that friar Lodowick, that she speaks of?