• A Street.
    Enter LUCIO and two Gentlemen

    LUCIO

    If the duke with the other dukes come not to
    composition with the King of Hungary, why then all
    the dukes fall upon the king.

    FIRST GENTLEMAN

    Heaven grant us its peace, but not the King of
    5Hungary’s!

    SECOND GENTLEMAN

    Amen.

    LUCIO

    Thou concludest like the sanctimonious pirate, that
    went to sea with the Ten Commandments, but scraped
    one out of the table.

    SECOND GENTLEMAN

    10‘Thou shalt not steal’?

    LUCIO

    Ay, that he razed.

    FIRST GENTLEMAN

    Why, ’twas a commandment to command the captain and
    all the rest from their functions: they put forth
    to steal. There’s not a soldier of us all, that, in
    15the thanksgiving before meat, do relish the petition
    well that prays for peace.

    SECOND GENTLEMAN

    I never heard any soldier dislike it.

    LUCIO

    I believe thee; for I think thou never wast where
    grace was said.

    SECOND GENTLEMAN

    20No? a dozen times at least.

    FIRST GENTLEMAN

    What, in metre?
  • A street.
    LUCIO and two Gentlemen enter.

    LUCIO

    If our Duke, along with the other Dukes, can’t reach an agreement with the King of Hungary, they’re all going to attack him.

    FIRST GENTLEMAN

    May God give us peace—except not with Hungary.

    SECOND GENTLEMAN

    Amen.

    LUCIO

    You talk like the self-righteous pirate who went to sea with the Ten Commandments but cut out one of the commandments.

    SECOND GENTLEMAN

    Was it “Thou shalt not steal”?

    LUCIO

    Yep, that’s the one.

    FIRST GENTLEMAN

    Right, because that commandment would’ve put the captain and his pirate crew out of business—they went to sea to steal. When grace is being said before a meal, there’s not a soldier among us who likes a prayer for peace.

    SECOND GENTLEMAN

    I never heard any soldier say he dislikes it.

    LUCIO

    I believe you—I don’t think you’ve ever been at a table where they said grace.

    SECOND GENTLEMAN

    No? I’ve heard it a dozen times at least.

    FIRST GENTLEMAN

    What, in verse?