By William Shakespeare
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What limitless heartsease needs to kings overlook that non-public males get pleasure from? And what have kings that privates haven't too, store rite, keep common rite? And what paintings thou, thou idol rite? what sort of god paintings thou, that suffer’st extra Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers? What are thy rents? What are thy comings-in? O rite, exhibit me yet thy worthy. what's thy soul of adoration? artwork thou aught else yet position, measure, and shape, growing awe and worry in different males? in which thou paintings much less chuffed, being feared, Than they in fearing. What drink’st thou oft, rather than homage candy, yet poisoned flattery? O be ill, nice greatness, And bid thy rite provide thee healing. Think’st thou the fiery fever will exit With titles blown from adulation? Will it provide position to flexure and coffee bending? Canst thou, while thou command’st the beggar’s knee, Command the future health of it? No, thou proud dream That play’st so subtly with a king’s repose. i'm a king that locate thee, and that i comprehend ’Tis now not the balm, the sceptre, and the ball, The sword, the mace, the crown imperial, The intertissued gown of gold and pearl, The farced identify working fore the king, The throne he sits on, nor the tide of pomp That beats upon the excessive shore of this global. No, no longer a lot of these, thrice-gorgeous rite, no longer a lot of these, laid in mattress majestical, Can sleep so soundly because the wretched slave Who with a physique crammed and vacant brain will get him to leisure, full of distressful bread; by no means sees horrid evening, the kid of hell, yet like a lackey from the increase to set Sweats within the eye of Phoebus, and all evening Sleeps in Elysium; subsequent day, after sunrise Doth upward thrust and aid Hyperion to his horse, And follows so the ever-running 12 months With ecocnomic labour to his grave. And yet for rite this kind of wretch, polishing off days with toil and nights with sleep Had the forehand and vantage of a king. The slave, a member of the country’s peace, Enjoys it, yet in gross mind little wots What watch the King retains to keep up the peace, Whose hours the peasant most sensible benefits. degree for degree, Act I, Scene 1 DUKE: of presidency the houses to spread would appear in me t’affect speech and discourse, considering that i'm positioned to understand that your individual technology Exceeds in that the lists of all recommendation My power may give you. Then not more continues to be yet this: in your sufficiency, as your worthy is ready, And allow them to paintings. the character of our humans, Our city’s associations and the phrases For universal justice, you’re as pregnant in As paintings and perform hath enriched any That we take into account. He provides Escalus papers. there's our fee, From which we'd now not have you ever warp. (To a lord) name hither, I say bid come prior to us Angelo. (To Escalus) What determine people imagine you he'll endure? For you need to comprehend we've got with detailed soul Elected him our absence to provide, Lent him our terror, dressed him with our love, And given his deputation all of the organs Of our personal energy. What imagine you of it? ESCALUS: If any in Vienna be of worthy To suffer such considerable grace and honour it truly is Lord Angelo.