Speeches (Lines) for First Gentleman
in "Measure for Measure"

Total: 12

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# Act, Scene, Line
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1

I,2,101

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
Hungary's!


2

I,2,109

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
the thanksgiving before meat, do relish the petition
well that prays for peace.


3

I,2,118

Second Gentleman. No? a dozen times at least.

First Gentleman. What, in metre?


4

I,2,120

Lucio. In any proportion or in any language.

First Gentleman. I think, or in any religion.


5

I,2,124

Lucio. Ay, why not? Grace is grace, despite of all
controversy: as, for example, thou thyself art a
wicked villain, despite of all grace.

First Gentleman. Well, there went but a pair of shears between us.


6

I,2,127

Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists and the
velvet. Thou art the list.

First Gentleman. And thou the velvet: thou art good velvet; thou'rt
a three-piled piece, I warrant thee: I had as lief
be a list of an English kersey as be piled, as thou
art piled, for a French velvet. Do I speak
feelingly now?


7

I,2,136

Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most painful
feeling of thy speech: I will, out of thine own
confession, learn to begin thy health; but, whilst I
live, forget to drink after thee.

First Gentleman. I think I have done myself wrong, have I not?


8

I,2,143

Second Gentleman. To three thousand dolours a year.

First Gentleman. Ay, and more.


9

I,2,145

Lucio. A French crown more.

First Gentleman. Thou art always figuring diseases in me; but thou
art full of error; I am sound.


10

I,2,151

(stage directions). [Enter MISTRESS OVERDONE]

First Gentleman. How now! which of your hips has the most profound sciatica?


11

I,2,156

Mistress Overdone. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, Signior Claudio.

First Gentleman. Claudio to prison? 'tis not so.


12

I,2,169

Second Gentleman. Besides, you know, it draws something near to the
speech we had to such a purpose.

First Gentleman. But, most of all, agreeing with the proclamation.


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