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Vicentio, duke of Vienna.
Escalus, an ancient lord, joined with Angelo in the deputation.
Lucio, a fantastick.
Varrius, a gentleman, servant to the king.
? two friars.
Elbow, a simple constable.
Clown, servant to Mistress Over-done.
Abhorson, an executioner.
Isabella, sister to Claudio.
Lords, gentlemen, guards, officers, and other attendants.
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, Would seem in me to affect speech and discourse; Since I am put to know that your own science, Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice
My 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 terms
For common justice, you are as pregnant † in,
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 soul Elected him our absence to supply; Lent him our terror, drest him with our love; And given his deputation all the organs Of our own power: what think you of it? Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth To undergo such ample grace and honour, It is lord Angelo.
+ Full of.
Look, where he comes.
As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd,
The smallest scruple of her excellence,
Both thanks and use §. But I do bend my speech
In our remove, be thou at full ourself;
Live in thy tongue and heart: old Escalus,
Now, good my lord,
+ So much thy own property.