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Vincentio, Duke of Vienna.
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 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 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 hithere I say, bid come before us Angelo.
[Exit an Attendant. What figure of as think you he will bear?
For you must know, we have with special soul
Escal. If any in Vienua be of worth
Look, where he comes.
Now, good my lord,
No more evasion :
Proceeded to you; therefore take your honours.
Yet, give leave, my lord,
Duke. My haste may not admit it;
Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes!
Ang. "'is so with me:-Let us withdraw together, And we may soon our satisfaction have Touching that point. 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, '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, thai
, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish the petition well that
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.
1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers be tween 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-pild piece, I warrant thee: I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be pild, as thot art pild, for a French velvet. Do I speak feelingly now
Lució. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most painful feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine ows confession, learn to begin thy health; but, whilst I live forget to drink after thee.
i Gent. I think I have done myself wrong; have I not
2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art tainted or free.
Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation comes! I have purchased as many diseases under her roof, as come to