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MEASURE FOR MEASURE
SCENE I. An Apartment in the DUKE's Palace.
Enter DUKE, ESCALUS, Lords, and Attendants.
DUKE. Of Government the properties to unfold
My strength can give you: then no more remains
For common justice, y' are as pregnant2 in
That we remember. There is our commission,
From which we would not have you warp.-Call hither,
What figure of us think you he will bear?
For you must know, we have with special soul
Lent him our terror, dress'd him with our love,
Of our own power. What think you of it?
To undergo such ample grace and honour,
Now, good my Lord,
Be stamp'd upon it.
No more evasion:
DUKE. My haste may not admit it;
That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. ANG. The Heavens give safety to your purposes ! ESCAL. Lead forth, and bring you back in happiness! DUKE. I thank you. Fare you well.
ESCAL. I shall desire you, Sir, to give me leave
To have free speech with you; and it concerns me
SEC. GENT. Amen.
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 King.
FIRST GENT. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the
King of Hungary's!
LUCIO. Thou conclud'st like the sanctimonious Pirate, that went to sea with the Ten Commandments, but scrap'd one out of the table.
SEC. GENT. Thou shalt not steal?
LUCIO. Ay, that he raz’d.
FIRST GENT. Why, 'twas a Commandment to command the Captain and all the rest from their functions: they