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Ang. Stay a little while.-[To ISAB.) You are welcome: What's
Well, what's your suit ?
Well; the matter? Isab. I have a brother is condemn'd to die : I do beseech you, let it be his fault,
brother. Prov. Heaven give thee moving graces ! Ang. Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it! Why, every fault's condemn'd, ere it be done: Mine were the very cipher of a function, To find the faults, whose fine stands in record, And let go by the actor. Isab.
O just but severe law ! I had a brother then.—Heaven keep your honour!
[Retiring. Lucio. [T. ISAB.] Give't not o'er so: to him
again, intreat him : Kneel down before him, hang upon his gown; You are too cold, if you should need a pin, You could not with more tame a tongue desire it:
To him, I say.
Isab. Must he needs die ?
Maiden, no remedy. Isab. Yes; I do think that you might pardon him, And neither heaven, nor man, grieve at the mercy.
Ang. I will not do’t.
But can you if you would ?
Ang. Look, what I will not, that I cannot do. Isab. But might you do't, and do the world no
heart were touch'd with that remorse! As mine is to him ? Ang.
He's sentenc'd; 'tis too late. Lucio. You are too cold. [To ISABELLA. Isab. Too late? why, no; 1, that do speak a word, May call it back again : Well believe this, No ceremony that to great ones 'longs, Not the king's crown, nor the deputed sword, The marshal's truncheon, nor the judge's robe, Become them with one half so good a grace, As mercy does. If he had been as you, And you as he, you would have slipt like him; But he, like you, would not have been so stern.
Ang. Pray you, begone.
Isab. I would to heaven I had your potency, And you were Isabel ! should it then be thus No; I would tell what 'twere to be a judge, And what a prisoner.
Lucio. Ay, touch him: there's the vein. (Aside.
Ang. Your brother is a forfeit of the law,
Be you content, fair maid;
2 Be assured.
It is the law, not I, condemns your brother :
Isab. To-morrow? O, that's sudden! Spare him,
spare him :
He's not prepar'd for death! Even for our kitchens
have commited it. Lucio.
Ay, well said. Ang. The law hath not been dead, though it
hath slept : Those many had not dar'd to do that evil, If the first man that did the edict infringe, Had answer'd for his deed: now, 'tis awake; Takes note of what is done; and, like a prophet, Looks in a glass, that shows what future evils, (Either now, or by remissness new-conceiv’d, And so in progress to be hatch'd and born,) Are now to have no successive degrees, But, where they live, to end. Isab.
Yet show some pity. Ang. I show it most of all, when I show justice; For then I pity those I do not know, Which a dismiss'd offence would after gall; And do him right, that, answering one foul wrong, Lives not to act another. Be satisfied; Your brother dies to-morrow: Be content. Isab. So you must be the first that gives this
3 When in season.
And he, that suffers : 0, it is excellent
That's well said.
thunder. Merciful heaven! Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt, Split’st the unwedgeable and gnarled 5 oak, Than the soft myrtle :-0, but man, proud man! Drest in a little brief authority : Most ignorant of what he's most assurd, His glassy essence, - like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven, As make the angels weep : who, with our spleens, Would all themselves laugh mortal.
Lucio. O, to him, to him, wench: he will relent; He's coming, I perceive't. Prov.
Pray heaven, she win him! Isab. We cannot weigh our brother with ourself: Great men may jest with saints : 'tis wit in them; But, in the less, foul profanation.
Lucio. Thou’rt in the right, girl; more o' that. Isab. That in the captain's but a choleric word, Which in the soldier is flat blasphemy.
Lucio. Art advis'd o' that? more on't.
Isab. Because authority, though it err like others,
That's like my brother's fault : if it confess
She speaks, and 'tis Such sense, that my sense bleeds with it.-Fare
Isab. Gentle, my lord, turn back.
turn back. Ang. How ! bribe me? Isab. Ay, with such gifts, that heaven shall share
Lucio. You had marr'd all else.
Isab. Not with fond shekels of the tested gold,
Well: come to me
(Aside to ISABEL.
Amen: for I Am that way going to temptation, Aside Where prayers cross. Isab.
At what hour to-morrow Shall I attend your lordship?
6 Attested, stamped. 7 Preserved m the corruption of the world.