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ELBOW, a simple constable.
Abhorson, an executioner.
Appears, Act IV. sc. 2; sc. 3.
ISABELLA, sister to Claudio.
Act IV. sc. 1; sc. 3; sc. 6, Act V. sc. 1.
Mariana, betrothed to Angelo.
JULIET, beloved of Claudio.
FRANCISCA, a nun.
Appears, Act I. sc. 5.
Lords, Gentlemen, Guards, Officers, and other
MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
SCENE I.-An Apartment in the Duke's Palace.
Enter Duke, Escalus, Lords, and Attendants. Duke. Escalus, 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 b 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 d For common justice, you are as pregnant in, As art and practice hath enriched any That we remember : There is our commission, From which we would not have you warp.--Call hither, I say, bid come before us Angelo.-[Exit an Attendant. What figure of us think you he will bear ?
å Put to know-equivalent to I cannot avoid knowing. b Lists-limits.
• We encounter at the onset one of the obscure passages for which this play is remarkable. We believe it may be read thus, without much difficulty: Then, no more remains : (to say on government) But that, (your science) to your sufficiency, (joined to your authority) as your worth (as well as your virtue) is ables (equal to the duty) and let them work (call them into action)
Blackstone explains this to mean the technical language of the courts.
For you must know, we have with special soul
Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth
Look, where he comes.
a Character has here the original meaning of something engraved or inscribed; thy life is thy habits. 6 Use-interest of money.
My part in him is. my part depnted to him, which he can advertise-direct his attention to-without my speech.
d Hold. The word hold is, we believe, addressed to Angelos and used technically in the sense of to have and to hold. Hold. therefore, our power, Angelo.
In our remove, be thou at full ourself:
Now, good my lord,
No more evasion :
Yet, give leave, my lord,
Duke. My haste may not admit it;
To have free speech with you; and it concerns me
Ang. 'T is so with me :-Let us withdraw together,
Escal I'll wait upon your honour. [Exeunt.
SCENE II.-A Street.
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 upon the king.
1 Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the king of Hungary's!
2 Gent. Amen.
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 ? Lucio. Ay, that he razed.
1 Gent. Why, 't was 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. 1 Gent. What? in metre? Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language. 1 Gent. I think, or in any religion. Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite of all