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What news abroad i’ th’ world?

Escalus
What news abroad i' th' world?
Vincentio, the Duke
None, but that there is so great a fever on goodness, that the dissolution of it must cure it. Novelty is only in request, and, as it is, as dangerous to be ag'd in any kind of course, as it is virtuous to be constant in any undertaking. There is scarce truth enough alive to make societies secure, but security enough to make fellowships accurs'd. Much upon this riddle runs the wisdom of the world. This news is old enough, yet it is every day's news. I pray you, sir, of what disposition was the Duke?
Escalus
One that, above all other strifes, contended especially to know himself.
Vincentio, the Duke
What pleasure was he given to?
Escalus
Rather rejoicing to see another merry, than merry at any thing which profess'd to make him rejoice; a gentleman of all temperance.

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Act 3
Scene 2
Line 222

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