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VINCENTIO, Duke of Vienna.
An ancient Lord, join'd with Angelo in the
Isabella, Sister to Claudio.
Guards, Officers, and other Attendants.
Escal. My. Lord.
Science Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice My strength can give you: then no more remains: Put 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 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, I say, bid come before us angelo : What figure of us, think you, he will bear? For you must know, we have with special roll Elected him our Absence to supply; Lent him our Terror, dreft him with our Love; * The story is taken from Cinthio's Novels, December 8. November 5.
And giv’n his Deputation all the organs
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Enter Angelo Duke. LOOK, where he comes.
Ang. Always obedient to your Grace's will, I come to know your pleasure.
Ang. Now, good my lord,
Duke. Come, no more evasion : We have with a prepar'd and * level'd choice Proceeded to you ; therefore take your honours. Our hafte from hence is of so quick condition, That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion’d Matters of needful value. We shall write to you, As time and our concernings shall importune, How it goes with us; and do look to know What doth befał you here. So, fare you' well. To th’hopeful execution do I leave you Of your Commissions.
Ang. Yet give me leave, my lord, That we may bring you something on the way. , Duke. My hafte
not admit it ;
I love the people;
[Exit. Escal. I shall defire you, Sir, to give me leave To have free speech with you; and it concerns me To look into the bottom of my Place : A pow'r I have, but of what strength and nature I am not yet instructed.
Ang. 'Tis so with me : let us withdraw together; And we may foon our satisfaction have Touching that point.
Escal. I'll wait upon your honour. [Exeunt. * Leaven'd choice] We should read level'd choice. . The Allusion is to Archery, when a Man has fix'd upon his Object, after taking Aim.