Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 3

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POMPEY

Master Barnardine! you must rise and be hanged.
Master Barnardine!

POMPEY

Mister Barnardine! You’ve got to get up, and get onto the scaffold. Mister Barnardine!

ABHORSON

What, ho, Barnardine!

ABHORSON

Hey, Barnardine!

BARNARDINE

(Within) A pox o’ your throats! Who makes that
25noise there? What are you?

BARNARDINE

(offstage) Damn your throats! Who’s making all that noise? Who are you?

POMPEY

Your friends, sir; the hangman. You must be so
good, sir, to rise and be put to death.

POMPEY

Your friends, sir, the hangmen. Please be so
good, sir, as to rise and be put to death.

BARNARDINE

(Within) Away, you rogue, away! I am sleepy.

BARNARDINE

(offstage) Go away, scoundrel. Away! I’m sleepy.

ABHORSON

Tell him he must awake, and that quickly too.

ABHORSON

Tell him he has to wake up, and quickly too.

POMPEY

30Pray, Master Barnardine, awake till you are
executed, and sleep afterwards.

POMPEY

Please, Mister Barnardine, stay awake till you’re
executed, and sleep afterwards.

ABHORSON

Go in to him, and fetch him out.

ABHORSON

Get in there and fetch him.

POMPEY

He is coming, sir, he is coming; I hear his straw rustle.

POMPEY

He’s coming, sir, he’s coming. I hear the straw on his cell floor rustling.

ABHORSON

Is the axe upon the block, sirrah?

ABHORSON

Is the axe on the block, man?

POMPEY

35Very ready, sir.

POMPEY

Very ready, sir.
Enter BARNARDINE
BARNARDINE enters.

BARNARDINE

How now, Abhorson? what’s the news with you?

BARNARDINE

How goes it, Abhorson? What’s the news with you?

ABHORSON

Truly, sir, I would desire you to clap into your
prayers; for, look you, the warrant’s come.

ABHORSON

Actually, sir, I’d like you to get on with your prayers, because the warrant’s arrived.

BARNARDINE

You rogue, I have been drinking all night; I am not
40fitted for ’t.

BARNARDINE

You jerk, I’ve been drinking all night. I’m not ready for it.

POMPEY

O, the better, sir; for he that drinks all night,
and is hanged betimes in the morning, may sleep the
sounder all the next day.

POMPEY

Oh, all the better, sir, for he who drinks all night
and is hanged early in the morning may sleep better all the next day.

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