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Measure for Measure

Act I, Scene 1

An apartment in the DUKE'S palace.
 
[Enter DUKE VINCENTIO, ESCALUS, Lords and Attendants]
 
DUKE VINCENTIO
Escalus.
 
ESCALUS
My lord.
 
DUKE VINCENTIO
          ,       ,         ,       ,      2    ,
      Of go|vernment,| the pro|perties | to unfold,
              ,        ,     2    ,       ,               ,
      Would seem | in me | to affect | speech and | discourse,
            ,       ,         ,        2      ,     ,
      Since I | am put | to know,| that your own | science
          ,          ,          ,         ,        ,
      Exceeds |(in that)| the lists | of all | advice
             ,            ,           ,         ,        ,
5     My strength | can give | you: then | no more | remains
            ,     ,     2     ,    2      2       ,          x
      But that,| to your suf|ficiency,| as your worth | is able,
           ,           ,         ,     3  3     ,      o
      And let | them work:| the na|ture of our peo|ple,
           ,       ,     ,         ,          ,
      Our ci|ty's in|stitu|tions, and | the terms
           ,       ,           ,          ,        ,
      For com|mon jus|tice, you're | as preg|nant in
          ,          ,          ,         ,     ,
10    As art,| and prac|tise, hath | enriched | any
        ,    2    ,         ,         ,       ,
      That we re|member:| there is | our com|mission,
             ,       2       ,      ,          ,           ,
      From which,| we would not | have you | warp; call*| hither,
         ,          ,        ,        ,    ,
      I say,| bid come | before | us An|gelo:
            ,       ,        ,           ,          ,
      What fig|ure of | us think | you, he | will bear.
           ,           ,         ,          ,         ,
15    For you | must know,| we have | with spe|cial soul
        ,       ,         ,        ,       ,
      Elec|ted him | our ab|sence to | supply:
        ,             ,          ,            ,          ,
      Lent him | our ter|ror, dressed | him with | our love,
           ,    2     ,    ,       ,         ,      ->
      And gi|ven his de|puta|tion all | the or||gans
        2       ,   ,        ,      ,          ,
      Of our / own pow|er: what | think you | of it?
 
ESCALUS
         ,     ,      ,     ,        ,
20    If a|ny in | Vien|na be | of worth
          ,     ,         ,       ,          ,      ->
      To un|dergo | such^am|ple grace,| and ho||nor,
       ,     2      ,    ,
      It | is Lord^An|gelo.
 
DUKE VINCENTIO
                              ,               ,
                            Look where | he comes.
 
[Enter ANGELO]
 
ANGELO
       ,         ,   2    ,         ,         ,
      Always | obe|dient to | your gra|ce's will,
          ,         ,           ,
25    I come | to know | your plea|sure.
 
DUKE VINCENTIO
                                         ,    ,
                                        An|gelo:
             ,       ,        ,     2    ,         ,
      There is | a kind | of cha|racter in | thy life,
            ,      2   ,         ,         ,     ,
      That to | the obser|ver, doth | thy his|tory
       ,          ,         ,         ,        ,       2->
      Fully | unfold:| thyself,| and thy | belong||ings
           ,           ,        ,        ,        ,
30    Are not | thine^own | so pro|per, as | to waste
           ,      ,         ,          ,         ,
      Thyself | upon | thy vir|tues, they | on thee:
         Tx    T     Tx         ,         ,        ,
      Heaven doth with us,| as we,| with tor|ches do,
            ,           ,           ,          ,        ,       2->
      Not light | them for | themselves:| for if | our vir||tues
           ,         ,         ,           ,       ,
      Did not | go forth | of us,| twere^all | alike
          ,       ,          ,       x                ,        ,
      As if | we had | them not:| Spirits are | not fine|ly touched, (pickup later)
         2     ,     ,            ,       ,       ,
35    But to fine | issues:| nor na|ture ne|ver lends
            ,         ,       ,        ,      ,
      The smal|lest scru|ple of | her ex|cellence,
       ,      2      ,        ,         ,      ,
      But like a | thrifty | goddess,| she de|termines
           ,         ,      ,      ,     ,
      Herself | the glo|ry of | a cre|ditor,
              ,          ,        ,        ,          ,
      Both^thanks,| and use;| but I | do bend | my speech
          ,          ,         ,      2     ,      ,
40    To one | that can | my part | in him ad|vertise;
        T    T    T     ,   __
      Hold therefore | Ange|lo: (picked up from before)
          ,        ,         ,         ,         ,
      In our | remove,| be thou | at full,| ourself;
          ,    ,        ,      ,     ,     ->
      Morta|lity | and mer|cy in | Vien||na
        ,      2       ,           ,          ,    ,
      Live | in thy tongue,| and heart:| old^Es|calus
               ,          ,         ,        ,     ,     o ->
45    Though first | in ques|tion, is | thy se|conda||ry.
        ,            ,      2
      Take thy | commis|sion.
 
ANGELO
                                   ,         ,
                             Now good | my lord
            ,                 ,    ,      ,    2      ,
      Let there | be some / more test,| made of my | mettle,
          ,        ,       ,         ,        ,      2->
      Before | so no|ble, and | so great | a fi||gure
            ,         ,
50    Be stamped | upon | it.
 
DUKE VINCENTIO
                               ,     ,     ,
                              No | more e|vasion:
           ,        2   ,          ,        ,        ,
      We have | with a lea|vened, and | prepa|red choice
          ,     2    ,      ,           ,          ,
      Procee|ded to you;| therefore | take your | honors:
            ,            ,       2    ,     ,        ,
      Our haste | from hence | is of so | quick con|dition,
        ,    2      ,       ,            ,        ,
55    That it pre|fers it|self, and | leaves un|questioned
       ,     2       ,        ,       ,           ,     2
      Matters of | needful | value:| We shall | write to you
           ,         ,        ,       2       ,      ,
      As time,| and our | concer|nings shall^im|portune,
       ,         ,              ,         ,         ,
      How it | goes with | us, and | do look | to know
             ,        ,          ,         ,          ,
      What doth | befall | you here.| So fare | you well:
        2      ,       ,   ,       ,       ,         ->
60    To the hope|ful ex|ecu|tion do | I leave | you,
       ,       2    ,
      Of | your commis|sions.
 
ANGELO
                               ,           ,          ,
                              Yet | give leave |(my lord)
            ,         ,           ,         ,        ,
      That we | may bring | you some|thing on | the way.
 
DUKE VINCENTIO
       T   T    T     ,      ,
      My haste may | not ad|mit it,
      <-      ,          ,         ,        ,        ,
65      Nor need || you (on | mine^ho|nor) have | to do
      <-     ,       ,       o          ,         ,         ,
        With a||ny scru|ple:   | your scope | is as | mine^own,
       ,          ,         ,     ,         ,
      So to | enforce,| or qua|lify | the laws
       ,   2         T    T     T      ,              ,
      As to your | soul seems good:| Give me | your hand,
            ,     ,     ,        ,           x
      I'll pri|vily | away:| I love | the people,
           ,         ,         ,         ,           ,
70    But do | not like | to stage | me to | their eyes:
         ,             ,       ,        ,        ,
      Though it | do well,| I do | not re|lish well
              ,         ,         ,      ,     ,
      Their loud | applause,| and A|ves ve|hement;
       ,    2      ,          ,         ,       ,
      Nor do I | think the | man of | safe dis|cretion
             ,        ,          ,            ,          ,
      That does | affect | it. Once | more* fare | you well.
 
ANGELO
           ,         ,      ,        2      ,     ,
75    The hea|vens give | safety | to your pur|poses.
 
ESCALUS
             ,           ,           ,        ,      ,
      Lead^forth,| and bring | you back | in hap|piness.
 
DUKE VINCENTIO
          ,            ,          ,
      I thank | you, fare | you well.  \\
 
[Exit]
 
ESCALUS
          ,         ,          ,         ,         ,
      I shall | desire | you, sir,| to give | me leave
           ,      ,     ,                 ,    2      ,
      To have | free speech / with you;| and it con|cerns me
           ,       ,        ,       ,        ,
80    To look | into | the bot|tom of | my place:
          x         ,         ,            ,           ,       o ->
      A power | I have,| but of | what strength | and na||ture,
         ,        ,        ,        o
      I am | not yet | instruc|ted.
 
ANGELO
            ,         ,    ,    2       ,      ,
      'Tis so | with me:| let us with|draw to|gether,
           ,         ,         ,     ,         ,
      And we | may soon | our sa|tisfac|tion have
        ,     2         ,
85    Touching that | point.
 
ESCALUS
                                     ,     ,          ,
                            I'll | wait u|pon your | honor.
 
[Exeunt]

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