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Be rul’d by him.
Mari. I would, friar Peter-
0, peace; the friar is come.
Enter Friar PETER. F. Peter. Come, I have found you out a stand most fit, Where you may have such vantage on the duke, He shall not pass you; Twice have the trumpets
sounded : The generous' and gravest citizens Have hent the gates, and very near upon The duke is ent'ring; therefore hence, away. [Exeunt.
SCENE I. -A publick place near the City Gate.
MARIANA (veil'd), ISABELLA, and PETER, at a distance.
Enter at opposite doors, Duke, VARRIUS, Lords;
Duke. My very worthy cousin, fairly met:-
Ang. and Escal. Happy return be to your royal grace!
Duke. Many and hearty thankings to you both.
7 The generous, &c.] i. e, the most noble, &c. 8 Have hent the gates,] Have seized or taken possession of.
Cannot but yield you forth to publick thanks,
You make my bonds still greater. Duke. O, your desert speaks loud; and I should
PETER and ISABELLA come forward.
O, worthy duke,
Ang. My lord, her wits, I fear me, are not firm :
9- Vail your regard – ] i.e. condescend to look, from higher things, upon, &c.
She hath been a suitor to me for her brother,
By course of justice !
Isab. Most strange, but yet most truly, will I speak: That Angelo's forsworn ; is it not strange ? That Angelo's a murderer; is't not strange? That Angelo is an adulterous thief, An hypocrite, a virgin-violator; Is it not strange, and strange ? Duke.
Nay, ten times strange. Isab. It is not truer he is Angelo, Than this is all as true as it is strange: Nay, it is ten times true; for truth is truth To the end of reckoning. Duke.
Away with her ;-Poor soul, She speaks this in the infirmity of sense.
Isab. O prince, I conjure thee, as thou believ'st
By mine honesty,
1 —- as shy, as grave, as just, as absolute,] As shy; as reserved, as abstracted: as just; as nice, as exact: as absolute; as complete in all the round of duty. Johnson.
engel That sa desiran
O, gracious duke,
Many that are not mad, Have, sure, more lack of reason.—What would you say?
Isab. I am the sister of one Claudio,
That's I, an't like your grace:
That's he, indeed.
No, my good lord ;
I wish you now then ;
Lucio. I warrant your honour.
Duke. It may be right; but you are in the wrong
Duke. That's somewhat madly spoken. i— do not banish reason
For inequality ;] Do not suppose I am mad, because I speak passionately and unequally. Malone.
3 And hide the false, seems true.] i.e. which seems true.
Pardon it; The phrase is to the matter. Duke. Mended again: the matter ;-Proceed.
Isab. In brief,—to set the needless process by, How I persuaded, how I pray'd, and kneelid, How he refelld me`, and how I reply'd ; (For this was of much length,) the vile conclusion I now begin with grief and shame to utter: He would not, but by gift of my chaste body To his concupiscible intemperate lust, Release my brother; and, after much debatement, My sisterly remorse' confutes mine honour, And I did yield to him: But the next morn betimes, His purpose surfeiting, he sends a warrant For my poor brother's head. Duke.
This is most likely! Isab. O, that it were as like as it is true! Duke. By heaven, fond wretch", thou know'st not
what thou speak’st:
And is this all ?
- How he refell’d me,] To refell is to refute.
? In hateful practice :] Practice was used by the old writers for any unlawful or insidious stratagem.