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MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
Enter Duke, Escalus, Lords, and Attendants.
D zike. Of government the properties to unfold, W ould seem in me t' affect speech and discourse; Since I am put to know that your own science Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice M y 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 ’re as pregnant in As art and practice hath enriched any hat we remember. There is our commission, [Giving it. rom which we would not have you warp.-Call hither, say, bid come before us Angelo.- [Exit an Attendant. nat figure of us think you he will bear? or, you must know, we have with special soul lected him our absence to supply; ent him our terror, drest him with our love,
d given his deputation all the organs
scal. If any in Vienna be of worth
Of our own
To undergo s
Look where he comes.
[Tendering his commission.
[Gives it. Ang.
Now, good my lord,
No more evasion :
Yet, give leave, my lord,
Duke. My haste may not admit it;
W ith any scruple : your scope is as mine own,
I 'll privily away. I love the people,
Their loud applause and aves vehement;
That does affect it. Once more, fare you well.
To have free speech with you ; and it concerns me
I am not yet instructed.
A nd we may soon our satisfaction have
Touching that point. Escal.
I'll wait upon your honour.
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
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 sed with the ten commandments, but scraped one out of the table.
2 Gent. “Thou shalt not steal ?” Lucio. Ay, that he razed.
rent. Why, 'twas a commandment to command the captain and me rest from their functions: they put forth to steal. There's not
oldier of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, doth relish the petition well that prays for peace.
Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it.
ucio, I believe thee ; for I think thou never wast where grace was said.
Gent. No? a dozen times at least.
i Gent. I think, or in any religion.
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 shears between us.
Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists and the velvet : thou art the list.
I Gent. And thou the velvet : thou art good velvet ; thou art a three-piled piece, I warrant thee. I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be piled, as thou art piled, for a French velvet. Do I speak feelingly now?
Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most painful feeling of thy speech : I will, out of thine own 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?
Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation comes! I have purchased as many diseases under her roof, as come to
2 Gent. To what, I pray?
i Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me; but thou art full of error: I am sound.
Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy ; but so sound as things that are hollow : thy bones are hollow ; impiety has made a feast of thee.
Enter Mistress OVERDONE. i Gent. How now! Which of your hips has the most profound sciatica ?
Mrs Ov. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of you all.
2 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee?
Mrs Ov. Nay, but I know 'tis so: I saw him arrested; saw him carried away; and, which is more, within these three days his head is to be chopped off.
Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not have it so. Art thou sure of this ?
Mrs Ov. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting madam Julietta with child.
Czecio. Believe me, this may be: he promised to meet me two hours since, and he was ever precise in promise-keeping.
2 G ent. Besides, you know, it draws something near to the speech re ha d to such a purpose.
G ent. But most of all, agreeing with the proclamation. Czecio. Away! let's go learn the truth of it.
[Excunt Lucio and Gentlemen. I s Ov. Thus, what with the war, what with the sweat, what with the gallows, and what with poverty, I am custom-shrunk.
Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river.
Clo. No; but there's a woman with maid by him. You have not. heard of the proclamation, have you? M rs Ov. What proclamation, man? Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be plucked down. 11rs Ov. And what shall become of those in the city?
Clo. They shall stand for seed: they had gone down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them.
N rs Ov. But shall all our houses of resort in the suburbs be pulled down?
Clo. To the ground, mistress.
Mrs Ov. Why, here's a change indeed in the commonwealth ! What shall become of me?
Clo. Come ; fear not you: good counsellors lack no clients : mough you change your place, you need not change your trade ; I'll be your tapster still. Courage! there will be pity taken on you: you
have worn your eyes almost out in the service, you will be
Mrs Ov. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster ? Let's withdraw.
slo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the provost to prison ; and there's madam Juliet.
SCENE III.— The Same.
Enter Provost, Claudio, Juliet, and Officers. laud. Fellow, why dost thou shew me thus to the world ? Bear me to prison, where I am committed.