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MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
SCENE I. An Apartment in the Duke's Palace.
Enter DUKE, ESCALUS, Lords, and Attendants.
Escal. My lord.
Duke. Of government the properties to unfold, Would seem in me to affect speech and discourse; Since I am put to know, that your own science, Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice My strength can give you: Then no more remains But that to your sufficiency, as your worth is able, And let them work. The nature of our people, Our city's institutions, and the terms For common justice, you are as pregnanta in, As art and practice hath enriched any That we remember : There is our commission, From which we would not have you warp.-Call hi
ther, I say, bid come before us Angelo.
[Erit an Attendant.
What figure of us think you he will bear?
Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth
Look, where he comes.
3 Endowments. 4 So much thy own property.
Hold therefore, Angelo;
Now, good my lord,
No more evasion :
honours. Our haste from hence is of so quick condition, That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, As time and our concernings shall importune, How it
with and do look to know What doth befall
Yet, give leave, my lord, That we may bring you something on the way.
Duke. My haste may not admit it; Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do With any scruple : your scope 7 is as mine own; So to enforce, or qualify the laws, As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand ; I'll privily away: I love the people, But do not like to stage me to their eyes :
7 Extent of power. VOL. II.
Though it do well, I do not relish well,
Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes !
ness. Duke. I thank
Enter Lucio and two Gentlemen.
Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come not to composition with the king of Hungary, why, then all the dukes fall
the king. 1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the king of Hungary's ! 2 Gent. A en.
Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious pirate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, but scraped one out of the table.
2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ?
i Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to command the captain and all the rest from their functions ; they put forth to steal : There's not a soldier of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish the petition well that prays for peace.
2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it.
Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never wast where grace was said.
2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least.
Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite of all controversy : As for example; Thou thyself art a wicked villain, despite of all grace.
i Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers between us.'
Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists and the velvet : Thou art the list.
1 Gent. And thou the velvet : thou art good velvet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be pild, as thou art pild, for a French velvet. 2 Do I speak feelingly now?
" A cut of the same cloth. 2 A jest on the loss of hair by the French disease.