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VINCENTIO, Duke of Vienna.
Isabella, Sister to Claudio.
Guards, Officers, and other Attendants,
The Story is taken from Cinthio's Novels. Dec. 8. Nov. 5.
MEASURE for MEASURE.
A C T I. S CE N E I.
P P A LA CE.
Enter Duke, Escalus, and Lords.
Escal. My lord.
Duke.Of Government the propertiest'unfold Would seem in me t' affect speech and discourse;
Since I am not 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 you joyn A will to serve us as your worth is able, And let them work.'' The nature of our people, Our city's institutions, and the terms Of common justice, y'are as pregnant in, As art and practice hath enriched any That we remember. There is our commission,
From 1 But that to your sufficiency you add
Due diligency, as your worth is able;
From which we would not have you warp. Call hither,
[To the Attendants.
Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth
Enter Angelo. Duke. Look where he comes.
Ang. Always obedient to your Grace's will, I come to know your pleasure.
Duke. Angelo, There is a kind of character in thy life, That, to th' observer, doth thy history Fully unfold: thy self and thy belongings Are not thine own so proper, as to waste Thy self upon thy virtues, 2 /them on thee: Heav'n doth with us, as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere 3/all as if We had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd, But to fine issues; nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Her felf the glory of a creditor, Both thanks, and use. But I do bend my speech To one that can + 'in my part me advertise; Hold therefore, Angelo : [Giving him his commission, In our remove, be thou at full our self.
Mor2 they 3 alike as if
4 my part in him advertise ;
Mortality and mercy in Vienna
Ang. Now, good my lord,
Duke. Come, no more evasion :
Ang. Yet give leave, my lord,
Duke. My haste may not admit it;
Their loud applause, and Ave's vehement:
Ang. The heav'ns give safety to your purposes !
[Exit. Escal. I shall desire you, Sir, to give me leave To have free speech with you; and it concerns me
Το 3 write to you,
To look into the bottom of my place:
Ang. 'Tis so with me: let us withdraw together,
SCE N E III.
The Street. Enter Lucio, and two Gentlemen. Lucio. TF 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. Heav'n grant us its peace, but not the King of Hungary's!
2 Gent. Amen!
Lucio. Thou conclud't like the sanctimonious pyrate, that went to sea with the ten commandments, but scrap'd one out of the table.
2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ? Lucio. Ay, that he raz'd.
1 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 thankfgiving 'after' meat * doth' relish the petition well that prays
Lucio. I believe thee: for I think thou never wast where graće was said.
2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least. i Gent. What? in meeter ? Lucio. • Not in any profession, or in any language, 911 think, or in any religion.'
''2 Gent. 6 before 8 In any proportion, 9 1 Genl. I think, or in any religion.