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A Street.
A street.
Enter LUCIO and two Gentlemen
LUCIO and two Gentlemen enter.



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.
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.


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FIRST GENTLEMAN
Heaven grant us its peace, but not the King of
Hungary’s!
FIRST GENTLEMAN
May God give us peace—except not with Hungary.

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

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SECOND GENTLEMAN
‘Thou shalt not steal’?
SECOND GENTLEMAN
Was it “Thou shalt not steal”?

LUCIO
Ay, that he razed.
LUCIO
Yep, that’s the one.




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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.
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 dislike it.
SECOND GENTLEMAN
I never heard any soldier say he dislikes it.


LUCIO
I believe thee; for I think thou never wast where
grace was said.
LUCIO
I believe you—I don’t think you’ve ever been at a table where they said grace.

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

FIRST GENTLEMAN
What, in metre?
FIRST GENTLEMAN
What, in verse?