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;
5Since 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,
10Our 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,
15I 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,
20And given his deputation all the organs
Of our own power: what think you of it?