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SCENE 1.---An apartment in the Duke's palace.
Enter Duke, ESCALUS, Lords, and Attendants.
Duke. Of government the properties to unfold,
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 soul
Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth
Look where he comes.
Though first in question, is thy secondary :
Now, good my lord,
No more evasion :
your commissions. Ang.
Yet, give leave, my lord,
Duke. My haste may not admit it;
any scruple : your scope is as mine own;
Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave
power I have ; but of what strength and nature I am not yet instructed.
Ang. 'Tis 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.
i 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.
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, that, 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.
i Gent. What? in metre?
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 between 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-pil'd piece, I warrant thee: I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be pil'd, as thou art pild, for a French velvet. Do I speak feelingly
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?
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
2 Gent. To what, I pray ?
1 Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me ; but thou art full of error; I am sound.