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Pompey the great. Pompey, you are partly a bawd, Pompey, howsoever you colour it in being a tapfter. .

II.

5. . For proude and paynted parragenns,

• And monstrous breched beares,
- This realme almoft hath cleanc diftroy'd,

" Which I reporte with teares.com 9. « And chefely those of eache degree

- Who monstrous hoje delyght,
" As monsters fell , have done to us

. Most grevus hurte and spyte.
os As now of late in lesser thinges

". To furnyshe forthe theare pryde,
- With woole, with flaxe, with hare also,

To make theare bryches wyde.
19. - What hurte and damage doth ensew

16 And fall upon the poore,
* For want of woll and flax of late

" Which monnstrus hofe devore.. 14. « But heare hath so possessed of late

" The bryche of every knave,
16 That none one beast nor horfe can tell

- Which waye his tale to faufe. 23. « And that with speede to take awaye

" Great bryches as the cause
« Of all this hurte, or calse to make

« Some sharpe and houlsome lawes, 39. « So that in fyne the charytie

" Whiche Chryften men shoulde save,
By dyvers wayes is blemyshed,

1. To boulster breaches brave.
40. « But now for that noe remedye

“ As yet cann wel be founde,
so I wolde that suche as weare this hcare

" Weare well and trewly bounde,
41, " With every heare a louse to have,

« To stuffe iheir breyches oute;
And then I trust they wolde not weare
« Nor bcare fuche baggs about."

Finis,

Are you not? come, tell me true; it shall be the better for you.

Clo. Truly,fır, I am a poor fellow, that would live.

Escal. How would you live, Pompey? by being a bawd? What do you think of the trade, Pompey? is it a lawful trade?

Clo. If the law would allow it, fir.

Escal. But the law will not allow it, Pompey; nor it shall not be allowed in Vienna.

Clo. Does your worship mean to geld and spay all the youth in the city?

Escal. No, Pompey.

Clo. Truly, fir, in my poor opinion, they will to't then: If your worship will take order' for the drabs and the knaves, you nced not to fear the bawds. ·

ESCAL. There are pretty orders beginning, I can tell you: it is but heading and hanging.

Clo. If you head and hang all that offend that way but for ten year together, you'll be glad to give out a commillion for more heads. If this law hold in Vienna ten year, I'll rent the fairest house in it, after three pence a bay: - If you live to see this come to pass, lay, Pompey told you so.

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In consequence of a diligent inspection of ancient pi&ures and prints, it inay be pronounced that this ridiculous fathion appeared in the early part of queen Elizabeth's reign , then declined, and recomnienced at the beginning of that of James the First. STEEVENS.

take order - i. e. take measures. So, in Othello : 6. Honest Iago hath ta'en order for't." STEEVENS. 8 I'll rent the fairest house in it, after three pence a bay :] A bay of building is, in many paris of England, a common term, of which the best conception that ever I could obtain, is, that it is the space betweco the main beams of the roof; fo that a barn crossed twice with beams is a barn of three bays.. JOHNSON.

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Escal. Thank you, good Pompey: and, in requital of your prophecy, hark you, -I advise you, , let me not find you before me again upon any complaint whatsoever, no, not for dwelling where you do; if I do, Pompey, I shall beat you to your tent,

prove a shrewd Cæsar to you; in plain dealing, Pompey, I shall have you whipt: so for this time, Pompey, fare you well.

Cio. I thank your worship for your good counsel; but I shall follow it, as the flesh and fortune shall better determine. Whip me? No, no; let carman whip bis jade; The valiant heart's not whipt out of his trade.

( Exit. ESCAL. Come hither to me, mafter Elbow; come hither, master conftable. How long have you

becn in this place of constable ?

Elb. Seven year and a half, sir.

Escal. I thought, býyour readiness ' in the office, you had continued in it some time: You say, seven years together?

ELB. And a half, fir,

Escal. Alas! it hath been great pains to you! They do you wrong to put you so oft upon't: Are there not men in your ward sufficient to serve it?

that by the yearly birth - The large-bay'd barn doth fill," &c. I forgot to take down the title of the work from which this instance is adopted. Again, in Hall's Virgidemiarum, lib. IV:

ci His rent in faire respondence must arise,
os To double trebles of his one yeares price ;
5. Of one bayes breadth, God wot, a filly cote
Whose thatched spars are furr'd with fluttish foote."

STEEVENS. - by your readiness-] Old copy m the readiness. Correded by Mr. Pope. In the MSS. of our author's age, ye, and yf. for so they were frequently written) were easily confounded. MALONE.

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ELB. Faith, fir, few of any wit in such matters : as they are chosen, they are glad to choose 'me for them; I do it for some piece of money, and go through with all.

Escal. Look you, bring me in the names of some fix or seven, the most fufficient of your parish.

ELB. To your worship's house, fır?

Escal. To my house: Fare you well. [Exit ElBow. ] What's o'clock, think you?

JUST. Eleven, fir.
ESCAL. I pray you home to dinner with me.
Just. I humbly thank you.

ESCAL. It grieves me for the death of Claudio; But there's no remedy.

Just. Lord' Angelo is severe.
ESCAL.

It is but needful:
Mercy is not itself, that oft looks so; .
Pardon is still the nurse of second woe:
But yet, - Poor Claudio!-- There's no remedy.
Come, fir.

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Enter Provost, and a Servant.
Serv. He's hearing of a cause; he will come

straight. I'll tell himn of

you. Prov. Pray you, do. [ Exit Servant. ] I'll know His pleasure; may be, he will relent: Alas, He hath but as offended in a dream! All fects, all ages smack of this vice; and he To die for it!

Enter ANGELO,

ANG.

Now, what's the matter, provoft? Prov. Is it your will Claudio shall die to-morrow? Ang. Did I not tell thee, yea? hads thou not

order? Why dost thou ask again? PROV.

Left I might be too rash : Under your good correction, I have seen, When, after execution, judgement hath Repented o'er his doom. ANG.

Go to; let that be mine: Do you your office,

office, or give up your place, And you

thall well be spar'd. PROV.

I crave your honour's pardon.--What shall be done, fir, with the groaning Juliet? She's very near her hour. ANG.

Dispose of her To some more fitter place; and that with speed.

Re-enter Servant.

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SERV. Here is the fifter of the man condemn'd, Desires access to you. ANG.

Hath he a fifter? Prov. Ay, my good lord; a very virtuous maid, And to be Mortly of a sisterhood, If not already. ANG, Well, let her be admitted.

[Exit Servant. See you,

the fornicatress be remov'd; Let her have needful, but not lavish, means; There shall be order for it.

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