Might you dispense with your leysure, I would
by and by haue some speech with you: the satisfaction I
would require, is likewise your owne benefit.
I haue no superfluous leysure, my stay must be
stolen out of other affaires: but I will attend you a while.
Son, I haue ouer‑heard what hath past between
you & your sister.
had neuer the purpose to cor
rupt her; onely he hath made an assay of her vertue, to practise his iudgement with the disposition of natures.
She (hauing the truth of honour in her) hath made him
that gracious deniall, which he is most glad to receiue: I
Angelo, and I know this to
be true, ther
fore prepare your selfe to death: do not satisfie your res
olution with hopes that are fallible, to morrow you
must die, goe to your knees, and make ready.
Let me ask my sister pardon, I am so out of loue
with life, that I will sue to be rid of it.
Hold you there: farewell:
Prouost, a word
What's your will (father?)
That now you are come, you wil be gone: leaue
me a while with the Maid, my minde promises with my
habit, no losse shall touch her by my company.
In good time.
The hand that hath made you faire, hath made
you good: the goodnes that is cheape in beauty, makes
beauty briefe in goodnes; but grace being the soule of
your complexion, shall keepe the body of it euer faire:
the assault that
Angelo hath made to you, Fortune hath
conuaid to my vnderstanding; and but that frailty hath
examples for his falling, I should wonder at
will you doe to content this Substitute, and to saue your
I am now going to resolue him: I had rather
my brother die by the Law, then my sonne should be vn
lawfullie borne. But (oh) how much is the good Duke
Angelo: if euer
he returne, and I can speake
to him, I will open my lips in vaine, or discouer his go
That shall not be much amisse: yet, as the ma
tter now stands, he will auoid your accusation: he made
triall of you onelie. Therefore fasten your eare on my
aduisings, to the loue I haue in doing good; a remedie
presents it selfe. I doe make my selfe beleeue that you
may most vprighteously do a poor wronged Lady a me
rited benefit; redeem your brother from the angry Law;
doe no staine to your owne gracious person, and much
please the absent Duke, if peraduenture he shall euer re
turne to haue hearing of this businesse.
Let me heare you speake farther; I haue spirit to
do any thing that appeares not fowle in the truth of my
Vertue is bold, and goodnes neuer fearefull:
Haue you not
heard speake of
Mariana the sister
dericke the great Souldier, who miscarried at Sea?
I haue heard of the Lady, and good words went
with her name.
Shee should this
Angelo haue married: was
fianced to her oath, and the nuptiall appointed: between
which time of the contract, and limit of the solemnitie,
Fredericke was wrackt at Sea, hauing in that