Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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ISABELLA

One that I would were here, Friar Lodowick.

ISABELLA

Someone I wish were here now, Friar Lodowick.

DUKE VINCENTIO

A ghostly father, belike. Who knows that Lodowick?

DUKE VINCENTIO

A holy ghost, probably. Who knows this Lodowick?

LUCIO

My lord, I know him; ’tis a meddling friar;
145I do not like the man: had he been lay, my lord
For certain words he spake against your grace
In your retirement, I had swinged him soundly.

LUCIO

My lord, I know him. He’s the sort of friar who’s always meddling in people’s business. I don’t like the man. If he hadn’t been a member of the clergy, I would have punched him out for certain words he spoke against your grace while you were away.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Words against me? this is a good friar, belike!
And to set on this wretched woman here
150Against our substitute! Let this friar be found.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Words against me? Some holy friar this is! And to set this wretched woman here against my replacement! Someone locate this friar.

LUCIO

But yesternight, my lord, she and that friar,
I saw them at the prison: a saucy friar,
A very scurvy fellow.

LUCIO

Just yesterday, my lord, I saw her and this friar at the prison. He’s a smart-aleck, a very nasty piece of work.

FRIAR PETER

Blessed be your royal grace!
155I have stood by, my lord, and I have heard
Your royal ear abused. First, hath this woman
Most wrongfully accused your substitute,
Who is as free from touch or soil with her
As she from one ungot.

FRIAR PETER

God bless your royal grace! I’ve stood by, my lord, and I’ve heard your royal ears deceived. First, this woman has wrongfully accused your replacement, who is as far from any sexual or moral misbehavior with her as she is from a virgin birth.

DUKE VINCENTIO

160We did believe no less.
Know you that Friar Lodowick that she speaks of?

DUKE VINCENTIO

I never believed anything else. Do you know this Friar Lodowick she’s talking about?

FRIAR PETER

I know him for a man divine and holy;
Not scurvy, nor a temporary meddler,
As he’s reported by this gentleman;
165And, on my trust, a man that never yet
Did, as he vouches, misreport your grace.

FRIAR PETER

I know him for a divine and holy man, not lowdown, and not someone who meddles in earthly pleasures, as this gentleman reports. And, trust me, he’s a man that never slandered your grace.

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