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Die of this folly!
[Exit. Clo. Come, I'll to my chamber : "Would there Enter Pisanio.
had been some hurt done!
2 Lord. I wish not so; unless it had been the Queen. Fie !you must give way: fall of an ass, which is no great hurt. (Aside. Here is your servant.-How now, sir? What news! Clo. You'll go with us?
Pis. My lord your son drew on my master. 1 Lord. I'll attend your lordship.
Ha! Clo. Nay, come, let's go together.
2 Lord.' Well, my lord.
There might have been,
Enter Imogen and Pisanio.
Imo. I would thou grew'st onto the shore's o'the
haven, Imo. Your son's my father's friend; he takes || And question dst every sail : if he should write,
his part.To draw upon an exile ! brave sir!
And I not have it, 'twere a paper lost
As offer'd mercy is. What was the last I would they were in Afric both together;
That he spake to thee? Myself by with a needle, that I might prick
'Twas, His queen, his queen! The goer back.-Why came you from your master?
Imo. Then wav'd his handkerchief Pis. On his command: He would not suffer me
And kiss'd it, madam. To bring him to the haven : left these notes
Imo. Senseless linen! happier therein than 1! Of what commands I should be subject to,
And that was all ? When it pleas'd you to employ me.
No, madam; for so long Queen.
This hath been As he could make me with this eye or ear Your faithful servant: I dare lay mine honour
Distinguish him from others, he did keep He will remain so. Pis. I humbly thank your highness. Still waving, as the fits and stirs of his mind
The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchief, Queen. Pray, walk a while. Imo. About some half hour hence, How swift his ship.
Could best express how slow his soul sail'd on, I pray you, speak with me : you shall, at least,
Thou should'st have made him Go see my lord aboard: for this time, leave me.
As little as a crow, or less, ere left
(Exeunt. To after-eye him. SCENE III.-A public place. Enter Cloten,
Madam, so I did. and two Lords.
Imo. I would have broke mine eye-strings: 1 Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; | To look upon him ; till the diminution
crack'd them, but the violence of action hath made you reek as a sac- of space had pointed him sharp as my needle: rifice : Where air comes out, air comes in : there's | Nay, follow'd him, till he had melted from none abroad so wholesome as that you vent. Clo. If my shirt were bloody, then to shift it-Have turn'd mine eye, and wept.-But, good Pi
The smallness of a gnat to air; and then Have I hurt him? 2 Lord. No, faith; not so much as his patience. When shall we hear from him?
Pis. 1 Lord. Hurt him? his body's a passable car. With his next vantage.3
Be assurd, madam, cass, if he be not hurt: it is a thoroughfare for steel,
Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had if it be not hurt. 2 Lord. His steel was in debt; it went o’the How I would think on him, at certain hours,
Most pretty things to say : ere I could tell him, backside the town.
(Aside. Such thoughts, and such; or I could make him swear Clo. The villain would not stand me.
The shes of Italy should not betray 2 Lord. No; but he fled forward still, toward | Mine interest, and his honour ; or have charg'd him, your face.
(Aside. At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight, 1 Lord. Stand you! You have land enough of To encounter me with orisons, for then your own but he added to your having ; gave you I am in heaven for him; or ere I could some ground. 2 Lord. As many inches as you have oceans : Betwixt
two charming words, comes in my father,
Give him that parting kiss, which I had set Puppies !
[ Aside. And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north, Clo. I would, they had not come between us.
Shakes all our buds from growing. 2 Lord. So would I, till you had measured how long a fool you were upon the ground. (.Aside.
Enter a Lady. Clo. And that she should love this fellow, and
The queen, madam, fuse me! 2 Lord. If it be a sin to make a true election, Desires your highness' company.
Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them desshe is damned.
(Aside. i Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty | I will attend the queen.
patch'd. and her brain go not together :' She's a good sign,
Madam, I shall. (Exe. but I have seen small reflection of her wit.2
2 Lord. She shines not upon fools, lest the re-||SCENE V.- Rome. An apartment in Philario's flection should hurt her.
house. Enter Philario, lachimo, a Frenchman,
a Dutchman, and a Spaniard. (1) Her beauty and sense are not equal.
(2) To understand the force of this idea, it should Iach. Believe it, sir: I have seen him in Britain be remembered that anciently almost every sign had a motto, or some attempt at a witticism, under (3) Opportunity. neath it.
(4) Meet me with reciprocal prayer.
he was then of a crescent note;' expected to prove lach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours oi 80 worthy, as since he hath been allowed the name Italy. of : but I could then have looked on him without the Post. Being so far provoked as I was in France, help of admiration ; though the catalogue of his en- I would abate her nothing; though I profess my. dowments had been tabled by his side, and I to self her adorer, not her friend. 8 peruse him by items.
lach. As fair, and as good (a kind of hand-inPhi. You speak of him when be was less furnish-| hand comparison,) had been something too fair, and ed,2 than now he is, with that which makes3 him too good, for any lady in Britany. If she went beboth without and within.
fore others I have seen, as that diamond of yours French. I have seen him in France: we had very || out-lustres many I have beheld, I could not bút bemany there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes lieve she excelled many: but I have not seen the as he.
most precious diamond that is, nor you the lady. lach. This matter of marrying his king's daugh- Post. I praised her, as I rated her : so do I'my ter (wherein he must be weighed rather by her || stone. value, than his own,) words him, I doubt not, a Iach. What do you esteem it at? great deal from the matter.
Post. More than the world enjoys. French. And then his banishment:
lach. Either your unparagoned mistress is dead, Iach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that weep or she's out-priz’d by a trifle. this lamentable divorce, under her colours, are won- Post. You are mistaken : the one may be sold, or derfully to extend him ; be it but to fortify her || given; if there were wealth enough for the purchase, judgment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, or merit for the gift: the other is not a thing for sale, for taking a beggar without more quality. But how | and only the gift of the gods. comes it, he is to sojourn with you? 'How creeps lach. Which the gods have given you? acquaintance ?
Post. Which, by their graces, I will keep. Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; to lach. You may wear her in title yours : but, you whom I have been often bound for no less than my know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds. life
Your ring may be stolen too: so, of your brace of
unprizeable estimations, the one is but frail, and the Enter Posthumus.
other casual; a cunning thief, or a that-way-accomHere comes the Briton : Let him be so entertained|plished courtier, would hazard the winning both amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of your of first and last. knowing, to a stranger of his quality.--I beseech Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplished you all, be better known to this gentleman; whom a courtier, to convince the honour of my mistress; I commend to you, as a noble friend of mine : How if, in the holding or loss of that, you term her frail. worthy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, I do nothing doubt, you have store of thieves; not. rather than story him in his own hearing. withstanding, I fear not my ring.
French. Sir, we have known together in Orleans. Phi. Let us leave here, gentlemen.
Post. Since when I have been debtor to you for Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy sig. courtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet pay || nior, I thank him, makes no stranger of me; we still.
are familiar at first. French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness : I Iach. With five times so much conversation, S was glad I did atones my countryman and you; It || should get ground of your fair mistress : make her had been pity, you should have been put together go back, even to the yielding; had I admittance, with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon and opportunity to friend. importance of so slight and trivial a nature. Post. No, no.
Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young lach. I dare, thereon, pawn the moiety of my traveller ; rather shunn'd to go even with what i||estate to your ring; which, in my opinion, o'erheard, than in my every action to be guided by || values it something : But I make my wager rather others' experiences : but, upon my mended judg-|| against your confidence, than her reputation : and, ment (if I offend not to say it is mended,) my quar- | to bar your offence herein too, I durst attempt it rel was not altogether slight.
against any lady in the world. French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement Post. You are a great deal abused 10 in too bold of swords; and by such two, that would, by all a persuasion; and I doubt not you sustain what likelihood, have confounded? one the other, or have you're worthy of, by your attempt. fallen both.
lach. What's that? Iach. Can we, with manners, ask what was the Post. A repulse: Though your attempt, as you difference?
call it, deserve more ; a punishment too. French. Safely, I think : 'twas a contention in Phi. Gentlemen, enough of this: it came in too public, which may, without contradiction, suffer the suddenly; let it die as it was born, and, I pray you, report. It was much like an argument that fell out be better acquainted. last night, where each of us fell in praise of our coun- Iach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my try mistresses : This gentleman at that time vouch-|| neighbour's, on the approbationil of what I have ing (and upon warrant of bloody affirmation,) his | spoke. to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, constant- Post. What lady would you choose to assail? qualified, and less attemptible, than any the rarest lach. Yours; whom in constancy, you think, of our ladies in France.
stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats lach. That lady is not now living; or this gentle-to your ring, that, commend me to the court where man's opinion, by this, worn out.
your lady is, with no more advantage than the opPost. She holds her virtue still, and I my mind. || portunity of a second conference, and I will bring
(1) Increasing in fame. (2) Accomplished. (3) Forms him. (4) Praise. (5) Reconcile. (6) Importunity, instigation. (7) Destroyed.
(8) Lover,-- speak of her as a being I reve rence, not as a beauty whom I enjoy.
(9) Overcome. (10) Deceived. (11) Proof
from thence that honour of hers, which you imagine || To try the vigour of them, and apply so reserved.
Allayments to their act; and by them gather Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: Their several virtues, and effects. my ring I hold dear as my finger ; 'tis part of it. Cor.
Your highness Iach. You are a friend, and therein the wiser. Shall from this practice but make hard your heart. If you buy ladies' flesh at a million a dram, you Besides, the seeing these effects will be cannot preserve it from tainting : But, I see, you Both noisome and infectious. have some religion in you, that you fear.
O, content thee. Post. This is but a custom in your tongue; you
Enter Pisanio. bear a graver purpose, I hope.
Iach. I am the master of my speeches; and Here comes a flattering rascal; upon him (Aside.
Post. Will you ?–1 shall but lend my diamond And enemy to my son.—How now, Pisanio? till your return -Let there be covenants drawn Doctor, your service for this time is ended; between us : My mistress exceeds in goodness the Take your own way. hugeness of your unworthy thinking : I dare you Cor.
I do suspect you, madam; to this match: here's my ring.
But you shall do no harm.
[ Aside. Phi. I will have it no lay.
Hark thee, a word. lach. By the gods it is one :-If I bring you no
(To Pisanio. sufficient testimony that I have enjoyed the dearest Cor. (Aside.) I do not like her. She doth think, bodily part of your mistress, my ten thousand du
she has cats are yours; so is your diamond too. If I come Strange lingering poisons : I do know her spirit, off, and leave her in such honour as you have trust And will not trust one of her malice with in, she your jewel, this your jewel, and my gold A drug of such damn'd nature: Those, she has, are yours :-provided, I have your commendation, Will stupify and dull the sense a while; for my more free entertainment.
Which first, perchance, she'll prove on cats, and Post. I embrace these conditions ; let us have dogs; articles betwixt us :-only, thus far you shall answer. Then afterward up higher; but there is If you make your voyage upon her, and give me No danger in what show of death it makes, directly to understand you have prevailed, I am no More than the locking up the spirits a time, further your enemy, she is not worth our debate : To be more fresh, reviving. She is fool'd if she remain unseduced (you not making it appear with a most false effect; and I the truer, otherwise,) for your ill opinion, and the assault you|| So to be false with her. have made to her chastity, you shall answer me Queen.
No further service, doctor, with your sword.
Until I send for thee. lach. Your hand; a covenant: We will have
I humbly take my leave. these things set down by lawful counsel, and
(Exit. straight away for Britain ; lest the bargain should Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou? Dost thou catch cold, and starve: I will fetch my gold, and think, in time have our two wagers recorded.
She will not quench ;; and let instructions enter Post. Agreed. (Exe. Posthumus and Iachimo. Where folly now possesses? Do thou work; French. Will this hold, think you?
When thou shalt bring me word, she loves my son, Phi. Signior Iachimo will not from it. Pray, let I'll tell thee, on the instant, thou art then us follow 'em.
(Exeunt. || As great as is thy master : greater ; for SCENE VI.-Britain. A room in Cymbeline's|| Is at last gasp: Return he cannot, nor
His fortunes all lie speechless, and his name palace. Enter Queen, Ladies, and Cornelius.
Continue where he is : to shift his being, Queen. Whiles yet the dew's on ground, gather Is to exchange one misery with another ; those flowers;
And every day, that comes, comes to decay Make haste: Who has the note of them? A day's work in him: What shalt thou expect, 1 Lady.
1, madam. To be depender on a thing that leans : Queen. Despatch.
(Exeunt Ladies. Who cannot be new built; nor has no friends, Now,master doctor; have you brought those drugs? [The Queen drops a box: Pisanio takes it up, Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay: here they are, So much as but to prop him?
Thou tak'st up madam : [Presenting a small box. Thou know'st not what; but take it for thy labour: But I beseech your grace, (without offence; It is a thing I made, which hath the king My conscience bids me ask;) wherefore you have Five times redeem'd from death : I do not know Commanded of me these most poisonous com-|| What is more cordial :-Nay, I pr’ythee, take it; pounds,
It is an earnest of a further good Which are the movers of a languishing death; That I mean to thee. Tell thy mistress how But, though slow, deadly?
The case stands with her; do't, as from thyself. Queen.
I do wonder, doctor, Think what a chance thou changest on; but think Thou ask'st me such a question : Have I not been Thou hast thy mistress still; to boot, my son, Thy pupil long? Hast thou not learn'd me how Who shall take notice of thee: I'll move the king To make perfumes ? distil? preserve? yea, so, To any shape of thy preferment, such That our great king himself doth woo me oft As thou'lt desire; and then myself, I chiefly, For my confections? Having thus far proceeded That set thee on to this desert, am bound (Unless thou think'st me devilish,) is't not meet To load thy merit richly. Call my women: That I did amplify my judgment in
Think on my words.' (Exit Pís.]—A sly and Other conclusions I will try the forces
constant knave; of these thy compounds on such creatures as Not to be shak'd: the agent for his master ; We count not worth the hanging (but none human,)| And the remembrancer of her, to hold
(1) Recommendation. (2) Experiments. (3) i. e. Grow cool. (4) To change his abode.
The hand fast to her lord. I have given him that, || Not so allur'd to feed.
The cloyed will Except she bend her humour, shall be assur'd (That satiate yet unsatisfied desire,
That tub both fill'd and running,) ravening first Re-enter Pisanio, and Ladies.
The lamb, longs after for the garbage. To taste of too. So, so ;-well done, well done :
What, dear sir, The violets, cowslips, and the primroses, Thus raps you? Are you well? Bear to my closet : Fare thee well, Pisanio; Iach. Thanks, madam; well :—'Beseech you, Think on my words. (Exeunt Queen and Ladies. sir, desire
[To Pisanio. Pis. And shall do:
My man's abode where I did leave him : be
I was going, sir,
(Exit Pisanio SCENE VII.-- Another room in the same. En
Imo. Continues well my lord? His health, 'beter Imogen.
seech you? Imo. A father cruel, and a step-dame false; lach. Well, madam. A foolish suitor to a wedded lady,
Imo. Is he dispos’d to mirth? I hope, he is.
When he was here,
I never saw him sad.
There is a Frenchman his companion, one
An eminent monsieur, that, it seems, much loves
The thick sighs from him ; whiles the jolly Briton lach.
Change you, madam ? ||(Your lord, 'I mean,) laughs from 's free lungs, The worthy Leonatus is in safety,
cries, 0! And greets your highness dearly:
Can my sides hold, to think, that man, who knows
(Presents a letter. || By history, report, or his own proof, Imo.
Thanks, good sir : What woman is, yea, what she cannot choose You are kindly welcome.
But must be, --will his free hours languish for lach. All of her, that is out of door, most rich! Assured bondage ?
Will my lord say so? If she be furnish'd with a mind so rare,
lach. Ay, madam; with his eyes in flood with She is alone the Arabian bird; and I
laughter. Have lost the wager. Boldness be my friend! It is a recreation to be by, Arm me, audacity, from head to foot!
And hear him mock the Frenchman : But, heavens Or, like the Parthian, I shall flying fight;
know, Rather, directly fly.
Some men are much to blame. Imo. [Reads. He is one of the noblest note, to Imo.
Not he, I hope whose kindness I am most infinitely tied. Reflect lach. Not he: But yet heaven's bounty towards upon him accordingly, as you value your truest him might
LEONATUS. Be us’d more thankfully. In himself, 'tis much; So far I read aloud :
In you,—which I count his, beyond all talents But even the very middle of my heart
Whilst I am bound to wonder, I am bound
Imo. What do you pity, sir?
Am I one, sir? lach.
Thanks, fairest lady. You look on me; What wreck discern you in me, What! are men mad? Hath nature given them Deserves your pity ? eyes
Lamentable! What! To see this vaulted arch, and the rich crop To hide me from the radiant sun, and solace Of sea and land, which can distinguish 'twixt I'the dungeon by a snuff? The fiery orbs above, and the twinn'd stones Imo.
I pray you, sir, Upon the number'd beach ? and can we not Deliver with more openness your answers Partition make with spectacles so precious To my demands. Why do you pity me? "Twixt fair and foul?
Iach. That others do, Imo. What makes your admiration ? || I was about to say, enjoy your-But lach. It cannot be i'the eye; for apes and mon- It is an office of the gods to 'renge it, keys,
Not mine to speak on't. 'Twixt two such shes, would chatter this way, and Imo.
You do seem to know Contemn with mows the other : Nor i'the judg. Something of me, or what concerns me; 'Pray ment;
you For idiots, in this case of favour, would (Since doubting things go ill, often hurts more Be wisely definite : Nor i'the appetite;
Than to be sure they do: For certainties Sluttery, to such neat excellence oppos'd, Either are past remedies; or, timely knowing, Should make desire vomit emptiness,
The remedy then born,) discover to me (1) Ambassadors. (2) Making mouths.
(3) Shy and foolish.
What both you spur and stop.!
Deserves thy trust; and thy most perfect goodness lach.
Had I this cheek Her assur'd credit --Blessed live you long!
That which he is, new o'er : And he is one
Half all men's hearts are his.
You make amends. That's fed with stinking tallow; it were fit, Iach. He sits 'mongst men, like a descended god That all the plagues of hell should at one time He hath a kind of honour sets him off, Encounter such revolt.
More than a mortal seeming. Be not angry, Imo.
My lord, I fear, Most mighty princess, that I have adventur'd Has forgot Britain.
To try your taking of a false report; which hath lach.
And himself. Not I, Honour'd with confirmation your great judgment Inclin'd to this intelligence, pronounce
In the election of a sir so rare, The beggary of his change; but 'tis your graces Which you know, cannot err: The love I bear him That, from my mutest conscience, to my tongue, Made me to fans you thus; but the gods made you, Charms this report out.
Unlike all others, chaffless. Pray, your pardon. Imo.
Let me hear no more. Imo. All's well, sir : Take my power i'the court lach. O dearest soul ! your cause doth strike my
for yours. heart
lach. My humble thanks. I had almost forgot With pity, that doth make me sick. A lady To entreat your grace but in a sinall request, So fair, and fasten'd to an empery,2.
And yet of moment too, for it concerns Would make the great'st king double! to be Your lord ; myself, and other noble friends, partner'd
Are partners in the business. With tomboys, hir'd with that self-exhibition Imo.
Pray, what is't? Which your own coffers yield! with diseas'd ven Iach. Some dozen Romans of us, and your lord tures,
(The best feather of our wing,) have mingled sums, That play with all infirmities for gold,
To buy a present for the emperor ; Which rottenness can lend nature ! such boil'dWhich I, the factor for the rest, have done stuff,
In France : 'Tis plate, of rare device; and jewels As well might poison poison ! Be reveng'd; of rich and exquisite form; their values great; Or she, that bore you, was no queen, and you And I am something curious, being strange, 6 Recoil from your great stock.
To have them in safe stowage; May it please you Imo.
Reveng'd! To take them in protection How should I be reveng'd? If this be true Imo.
Willingly; (As I have such a heart, that both mine ears And pawn mine honour for their safety : since Must not in haste abuse,) if it be true,
My lord hath interest in them, I will keep them How should I be reveng'd?
In my bed-chamber. lach. Should he make me Iach.
They are in a trunk,
To send them to you, only for this night ;
O, no, no. More noble than that runagate to your bed; lach. Yes, I beseech; or I shall short my word, And will continue fast to your affection, By length'ning my return. From Gallia Still close, as sure.
1 cross'd the seas on purpose, and on promise What ho, Pisanio!
To see your grace. lach. Let me my service tender on your lips. Imo.
I thank you for your pains; Imo. Away! I do condemn mine ears, that have But not away tomorrow? So long attended thee.-If thou wert honourable, Jach.
O, I must, madam; Thou would'st have told this tale for virtue, not Therefore, I shall beseech you, if you please For such an end thou seek'st; as base, as strange. To greet your lord with writing, do't to-night: Thou wrong'st a gentleman, who is as far I have outstood my time; which is material From thy report, as thou from honour; and To the tender of our present. Solicit'st here a lady, that disdains
I will write. Thee and the devil alike. What ho, Pisanio! Send your trunk to me; it shall safe be kept,
The king my father shall be made acquainted And truly yielded you: You are very welcome. Of thy assault: if he shall think it fit,
(Exeunt. A saucy stranger, in his court, to mart As in a Romish stew, and to expound His beastly mind to us; he hath a court He little cares for, and a daughter whom
ACT II. He not respects at all. What ho, Pisanio lach. O happy Leonatus ! I may say ;
SCENE 1.-Court before Cymbeline's palace.
Enter Cloten, and two Lords. The credit, that thy lady hath of thee,
Clo. Was there ever man had such luck! when (1) What you seem anxious to utter, and yet withhold.
(4) Allowance, pension. (2) Sovereign command. (3) Wantons. (5) To fan, is to winnow. (6) A stranger.