Measure for Measure

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Enter Duke, Escalus, Lords, and Attendants

 

DUKE

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Escalus.

 

ESCALUS

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My lord.

 

DUKE

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Of government the properties to unfold

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Would seem in me t' affect speech and discourse,
affect (v.) 3 assume, display, put on, practise in an artificial way
discourse (n.) 1 conversation, talk, chat

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Since I am put to know that your own science
put (v.) 1 force, make, compel
science (n.) 1 knowledge, learning

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Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice
list (n.) 3 boundary, limit, confines

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My strength can give you. Then no more remains
strength (n.) 3 mental capacity, intellectual power

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But that, to your sufficiency, as your worth is able,
sufficiency (n.) competence, ability, capability

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And let them work. The nature of our people,

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Our city's institutions, and the terms
institution (n.) custom, usage, practice
term (n.) 3 state, condition, circumstance

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For common justice, y'are as pregnant in
pregnant (adj.) 5 well-versed, knowledgeable

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As art and practice hath enriched any
art (n.) 1 knowledge, learning, scholarship, science

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That we remember. There is our commission,
commission (n.) 1 warrant, authority [to act]

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From which we would not have you warp. Call hither,
warp (v.) 3 deviate, turn away, diverge

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I say, bid come before us Angelo.

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Exit an Attendant

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What figure of us think you he will bear?
figure (n.) 3 copy, image, likeness

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For you must know, we have with special soul
soul (n.) 2 inner conviction, personal impulse

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Elected him our absence to supply,
elect (v.) 1 pick out, choose, select
supply (v.) 1 fill up, take [the place of], occupy, substitute

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Lent him our terror, dressed him with our love,
terror (n.) power to inspire dread

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And given his deputation all the organs
deputation (n.) 1 delegation, appointment as deputy
organ (n.) 1 agent, instrument, means

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Of our own power. What think you of it?
power (n.) 3 authority, government

 

ESCALUS

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If any in Vienna be of worth

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To undergo such ample grace and honour,
undergo (v.) 2 support, sustain, bear

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It is Lord Angelo.

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Enter Angelo

 

DUKE

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                         Look where he comes.

 

ANGELO

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Always obedient to your grace's will,

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I come to know your pleasure.

 

DUKE

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                         Angelo,

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There is a kind of character in thy life
character (n.) 1 distinctive sign, stamp, trait

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That to th' observer doth thy history

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Fully unfold. Thyself and thy belongings
belonging (n.) 1 attribute, capability, personal quality

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Are not thine own so proper as to waste
proper (adj.) 4 personal, private, individual

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Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee.

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Heaven doth with us as we with torches do,

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Not light them for themselves: for if our virtues

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Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike

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As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touched
finely (adv.) nicely, delicately, subtly
touch (v.) 6 test the quality [of], put to the test

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But to fine issues, nor Nature never lends
fine (adj.) 6 subtle, intricate
issue (n.) 4 action, deed, proceeding
nature (n.) 6 natural order, ungoverned state, way of the world [often personified]

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The smallest scruple of her excellence
scruple (n.) 1 tiny amount, last ounce

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But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines

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Herself the glory of a creditor,

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Both thanks and use. But I do bend my speech
bend (v.) 1 aim, direct, level, turn
use (n.) 7 profit, interest, premium

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To one that can my part in him advertise.
advertise, advertize (v.) 2 make known, instruct, inform about

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Hold therefore, Angelo:

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In our remove be thou at full ourself.
remove (n.) 1 change of residence, departure

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Mortality and mercy in Vienna

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Live in thy tongue and heart. Old Escalus,

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Though first in question, is thy secondary.
question (n.) 3 consideration, contention
secondary (n.) deputy, agent, second-in-command

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Take thy commission.

 

ANGELO

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                         Now, good my lord,

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Let there be some more test made of my metal

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Before so noble and so great a figure
figure (n.) 3 copy, image, likeness

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Be stamped upon't.

 

DUKE

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                         No more evasion.

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We have with leavened and prepared choice
leavened (adj.) carefully considered, well-thought-out

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Proceeded to you; therefore take your honours.

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Our haste from hence is of so quick condition
condition (n.) 3 nature, state, circumstances
quick (adj.) 9 hasty, hurried

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That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestioned
prefer (v.) 1 promote, advance, recommend
unquestioned (adj.) unconsidered, unexamined, not inquired into

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Matters of needful value. We shall write to you,

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As time and our concernings shall importune,
concerning (n.) concern, affair, matter
importune (v.) 1 urge, press

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How it goes with us, and do look to know

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What doth befall you here. So fare you well.

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To th' hopeful execution do I leave you
execution (n.) 2 exercising, putting into operation

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Of your commissions.

 

ANGELO

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                         Yet give leave, my lord,

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That we may bring you something on the way.
bring (v.) 1 accompany, conduct, escort
something (adv.) 2 a little, to some extent

 

DUKE

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My haste may not admit it;

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Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do

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With any scruple. Your scope is as mine own,
scruple (n.) 2 suspicion, misgiving, doubt

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So to enforce or qualify the laws

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As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand.

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I'll privily away: I love the people,
privily (adv.) secretly, privately, stealthily

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But do not like to stage me to their eyes;
stage (v.) put on stage, put on public display

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Though it do well, I do not relish well

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Their loud applause and aves vehement,
ave (n.) acclamation, ovation, welcoming shout

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Nor do I think the man of safe discretion

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That does affect it. Once more, fare you well.
affect (v.) 5 cultivate, aim at, seek out

 

ANGELO

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The heavens give safety to your purposes!
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan

 

ESCALUS

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Lead forth and bring you back in happiness!

 

DUKE

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I thank you. Fare you well.

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Exit

 

ESCALUS

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I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave

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To have free speech with you, and it concerns me
concern (v.) 1 be important to, be the concern of
free (adj.) 9 frank, undisguised, open

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To look into the bottom of my place.
bottom (n.) 2 total extent, basis, foundation
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank

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A power I have, but of what strength and nature
power (n.) 5 exercise of power, authoritative action

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I am not yet instructed.

 

ANGELO

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'Tis so with me. Let us withdraw together,

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And we may soon our satisfaction have

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Touching that point.

 

ESCALUS

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                         I'll wait upon your honour.

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Exeunt
wait on / upon (v.) 1 accompany, attend

 
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