Craft against vice I must apply; With Angelo to-night shall lie His old betrothed but despis’d; So disguise shall, by the disguis’d, Pay with falsehood false exacting, And perform an old contracting.
Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all; He is your husband on a pre-contract: To bring you thus together ’tis no sin, Sith that the justice of your title to him Doth flourish the deceit.
Come hither, Mariana:— Say, wast thou e’er contracted to this woman?
She should this Angelo have married; was affianced to her by oath, and the nuptial appointed: between which time of the contract and limit of the solemnity her brother Frederick was wrecked at sea, having in that perished vessel the dowry of his sister.
] This is that face, thou cruel Angelo, Which once thou swor’st was worth the looking on: This is the hand which, with a vow’d contract, Was fast belock’d in thine; this is the body That took away the match from Isabel, And did supply thee at thy garden-house In her imagin’d person.