• The moated grange at ST. LUKE’s.
    Enter MARIANA and a Boy

    BOY

    (sings) Take, O, take those lips away,
    That so sweetly were forsworn;
    And those eyes, the break of day,
    Lights that do mislead the morn:
    5But my kisses bring again, bring again;
    Seals of love, but sealed in vain, sealed in vain.

    MARIANA

    Break off thy song, and haste thee quick away:
    Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice
    Hath often still’d my brawling discontent.
    Exit Boy
    Enter DUKE VINCENTIO disguised as before
    10I cry you mercy, sir; and well could wish
    You had not found me here so musical:
    Let me excuse me, and believe me so,
    My mirth it much displeased, but pleased my woe.

    DUKE VINCENTIO

    ’Tis good; though music oft hath such a charm
    15To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
    I pray, you, tell me, hath any body inquired
    for me here to-day? much upon this time have
    I promised here to meet.

    MARIANA

    You have not been inquired after:
    20I have sat here all day.
  • The moated grange house at ST. LUKE’s.
    MARIANA and a Boy enter.

    BOY

    (singing) Take, oh take those lips away, that swore such sweet lies,
    and those eyes, which trick the morning by shining bright as the sun at dawn. But give back, give back my kisses, which seal my love, but seal it in vain, seal it in vain.

    MARIANA

    Stop singing, and leave, quickly. Here comes a man whose advice has often calmed me down.
    The Boy exits.
    DUKE VINCENTIO enters, disguised as a friar.
    I beg your pardon, sir. I wish you hadn’t found me listening to music. Please excuse me, and believe me, it drove away my joy and nurtured my sorrow.

    DUKE VINCENTIO

    That’s good, though music often has a magical power to make the bad seem good and encourage good people to misbehave. Please tell me, has anybody been asking for me here today? I promised to meet someone here about this time.

    MARIANA

    No one’s been asking for you. I’ve been sitting here all day.