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M E A SU RE

F OR

M E A SU R E.

DRAMATIS

PERSONÆ.

VINCENTIO, Duke of Vienna.
Angelo, Lord-deputy in the Duke's absence.
ESCALUS, an ancient Lord, joint Deputy with Angelo.
CLAUDIO, a young Gentleman.
Lucio, a Fantastick.
Two Gentlemen.
VARRIUS, a Gentleman, Servant to the Duke.
Provost.
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two Friars.
Peter,
Elbow, a simple Constable.
Froth, a foolish Gentleman.
Clown, Servant to Mrs. Over-DON.
ABHORSON, an Executioner.
BARNARDINE, a dissolute Prisoner.

THOMAS,

I s A BELLA, Sister to CLAUDIO.
MARIANA, betrothed to ANGELO.
Juliet, beloved of CLAUDIO.
FRANCISCA, a Nun.
Mistress OVER-DON, a Bawd.

Guards, Officers, and other Attendants.

SCENE Vienna.

The Story is taken from Cinthio's Novels. Dec. 8. Nov. 5.

MEASURE

MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

ACT I.

SCENE I.

A Palace.

Enter Duke, Escalus, and Lords.

E

Duke.
SCALUS!

Escal. My lord.

Duke. Of government the properties t’unfold
Would seem in me t'affect speech and discourse;
Since I am not to know, that

your own science
Exceeds, in that, the list of all advice
My stength can give you: then no more remains,
But that to your fufficiency you join
A will to serve us as your worth is able,
And let them work. The nature of our people,
Our city's institutions, and the terms
Of common justice, y’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 hither,

[To the attendants.
I say, bid come before us Angelo :
What figure of us think you he will bear?
For you must know, we have with special soul
Elected him our absence to supply;
Lent him our terror, dress’d him with our love;
And giv’n his deputation all the organs

OF

Of our own power: say, what think you of it?

Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth
To undergo such ample grace and honour,
It is lord Angelo.

SCENE II.

Enter Angelo. Duke. Look, where he comes.

Ang. Always obedient to your grace’s will,
I come to know your pleasure.

Duke. Angelo,
There is a kind of character in thy life,
That, to th'observer, doth thy history
Fully unfold: thyself and thy belongings
Are not thine own so proper, as to waste
Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee:
Heav'n doth with us, as we with torches do,
Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues

forth of us, 'twere all as if
We had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd,
But to fine issues; nature never lends
The smallest scruple of her excellence,
But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines
Herself the glory of a creditor,
Both thanks, and use. But I do bend my speech
To one that can in my part me adertise;
Hold therefore, Angelo :

[Giving bim bis commission.
In our remove, be thou at full ourself.
Mortality and mercy in Vienna
Live in thy tongue and heart: old Escalus,
Though first in question, is thy secondary.
Take thy commission.

Ang. Now, good my lord,
Let there be some more test made of my metal,
Before so noble and so great a figure
Be stamp'd upon it.

Duke.

Did not go

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