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Measure for measure

Measure for measure

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 By William Shakespeare
M
EASURE
F
OR
M
EASURE
V
OLUME
I B
OOK
VIII
 
 Dramatis Personae
V
INCENTIO
the Duke.
A
NGELO
Deputy.
E
SCALUS
an ancient Lord.
C
LAUDIO
a young gentleman.
L
UCIO
a fantastic.Two other gentlemen.(FIRST GENTLEMAN)(SECOND GENTLEMAN)Provost. (PROVOST) A Justice. (JUSTICE)
VARRIUS
.
P
ETER
two friars.
T
HOMAS
E
LBOW
a simple constable.
F
ROTH
a foolish gentleman.
P
OMPEY
servant to Mistress Overdone.
A
BHORSON
an executioner.
B
ARNARDINE
a dissolute prisoner.
I
SABELLA
sister to Claudio.
M
ARIANA
betrothed to Angelo.
J
ULIET
beloved of Claudio.
F
RANCISCA
a nun.
M
ISTRESS
O
VERDONE
a bawd. Lords, Officers, Citizans, Boy, and Attendants.(SERVENT)(MESSENGER)
S
CENE
Vienna.
 
Volume I Book VIII 
 
5
 Measure for Measure
ACT I
SCENE I
 An apartment in the DUKE’s palace.[Enter DUKE VINCENTIO, ESCALUS, LORDS and ATTENDANTS]
 DUKE VINCENTIO
Escalus.
ESCALUS 
My lord.
 DUKE VINCENTIO
Of government the propertiesto unfold,Would seem in me to affect speech and discourse;Since I am put to know that your own scienceExceeds, in that, the lists of all adviceMy 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 termsFor common justice, you’re as pregnant inAs art and practise hath enriched anyThat 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?For you must know, we have with special soulElected him our absence to supply,Lent him our terror, dressd him with our love,And given his deputation all the organsOf our own power: what think you of it?
ESCALUS 
If any in Vienna be of worthTo undergo such ample grace and honour,It is Lord Angelo.
 DUKE VINCENTIO
Look where he comes.
[Enter ANGELO]
 ANGELO
Always obedient to your grace’s will,I come to know your pleasure.
 DUKE VINCENTIO
Angelo,There is a kind of character in thy life,That to the observer doth thy historyFully unfold. Thyself and thy belongingsAre not thine own so proper as to wasteThyself upon thy virtues, they on thee.Heaven doth with us as we with torches do,Not light them for themselves; for if our virtuesDid not go forth of us, ’twere all alikeAs if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch’dBut to fine issues, nor Nature never lendsThe smallest scruple of her excellenceBut, like a thrifty goddess, she determinesHerself the glory of a creditor,Both thanks and use. But I do bend my speechTo one that can my part in him advertise;Hold therefore, Angelo:In our remove be thou at full ourself;Mortality and mercy in ViennaLive in thy tongue and heart: old Escalus,Though first in question, is thy secondary.Take thy commission.
 ANGELO
Now, good my lord,Let there be some more test made of my metal,Before so noble and so great a figureBe stampd upon it.
 DUKE VINCENTIO
No more evasion:We have with a leaven’d and prepared choice

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