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Vincentio, duke of Vienna.
Lords, Gentlemen, Guards, Officers, and other
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 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 hi
ther, I say, bid come before us Angelo.
[Erit an Attendant,
2 Full of.
What figure of us think you he will bear?
Look, where he comes.
3 Endowments. 4 So much thy own property. 5 For high purposes.
Hold therefore, Angelo;
Now, good my lord,
No more evasion :
well : To the hopeful execution do I leave you
• 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 :