An apartment in the DUKE'S palace.
Enter DUKE VINCENTIO, ESCALUS, Lords and Attendants
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 city's institutions, and the terms
For common justice, you're as pregnant in
As art and
practise hath enriched any
That we remember. There is our commission,
From which we would not have
you warp. Call hither,
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, dress'd him with our love,
And given his deputation all the organs
our own power: what think you of it?
If any in Vienna be of worth
To undergo such ample grace and honour,
It is Lord Angelo.
Look where he comes.
Always obedient to your grace's will,
I come to know your pleasure.
There is a kind of character in thy life,
That to the observer doth thy history
Fully unfold. Thyself
and thy belongings
Are not thine own so proper as to waste
Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee.
doth with us as we with torches do,
Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues
Did not go forth of us,
'twere all alike
As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd
But to fine issues, nor Nature never
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 my part in him advertise;
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.
Now, good my lord,
Let there be some more test made of my metal,
Before so noble and so great a figure
stamp'd upon it.
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