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It is your fault that I have lov'd Posthumus.
You bred him as my play-fellow; and he is
A man worth any woman; overbuys me
Almost the sum he pays.


What! art thou mad?

Imo. Almost, sir: heaven restore me!--Would I were A neat-herd's daughter, and my Leonatus

Our neighbour-shepherd's son!


Re-enter QUEEN.

Thou foolish thing!

[To the Queen.

They were again together: you have done
Not after our command. Away with her,
And pen her up.


Beseech your patience.-Peace!

Dear lady daughter, peace!-Sweet sovereign,

Leave us to ourselves; and make yourself some comfort

Out of your best advice.


Nay, let her languish


A drop of blood a day; and, being aged,

Die of this folly!



Fie!-you must give way:

Here is your servant.-How now, sir? What news?
Pis. My lord your son drew on my master.


No harm, I trust, is done?



There might have been,

But that my master rather play'd than fought,
And had no help of anger: they were parted
By gentlemen at hand.


I am very glad on't.

Imo. Your son's my father's friend; he takes his part.To draw upon an exile!-Oh brave sir!—

We have already seen frequency of this old

the Rev. Mr. Dyce has endeavoured to re-introduce, has been the source of much corruption in the language of our early dramatists. that he has gone the length of arguing, on account of the blunder, that "wild world" (as the text of "Antony and Cleopatra " properly stands in nearly every edition from 1623 down to the time of Malone) ought to be the poor and trite expression, "vile world:" see this Vol. p. 250.

I would they were in Afric both together,
Myself by with a needle, that I might prick
The goer back.—Why came you from your master ?

Pis. On his command. He would not suffer me
To bring him to the haven: left these notes
Of what commands I should be subject to,
When 't pleas'd you to employ me.

This hath been
Your faithful servant: I dare lay mine honour,
He will remain so.

I humbly thank your highness.
Queen. Pray, walk a while.

About some half hour hence,
Pray you, speak with me. You shall, at least,
Go see my lord aboard : for this time, leave me.



A Public Place.

Enter CLOTEN, and two Lords. 1 Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt: the violence of action hath made you reek as a sacrifice. Where air comes out, air comes in; there's none abroad so wholesome as that you

vent. Clo. If my shirt were bloody, then to shift it-Have I hurt him?

2 Lord. [Aside.] No, faith ; not so much as his patience.

1 Lord. Hurt him? his body's a passable carcass, if he be not hurt: it is a thoroughfare for steel, if it be not hurt.

2 Lord. [Aside.] His steel was in debt; it went o' the backside the town.

Clo. The villain would not stand me. 2 Lord. [Aside.] No; but he fled forward still, toward


your face.

1 Lord. Stand you! you have land enough of your own; but he added to your having, gave you some ground.

3 Lord. [Aside.] As many inches as you have oceans.- Puppies!

Clo. I would they had not come between us.

2 Lord. [Aside.] So would I, till you had measured how long a fool you were upon the ground.

Clo. And that she should love this fellow, and refuse me!

2 Lord. [Aside.] If it be a sin to make a true election, she is damned.

1 Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty and her brain go not together: she's a good sign, but I have seen small reflection of her wit.

2 Lord. [Aside.] She shines not upon fools, lest the reflection should hurt her?

Clo. Come, I'll to my chamber. Would there had been some hurt done!

2 Lord. [Aside.] I wish not so: unless it had been the fall of an ass, which is no great hurt. Clo. You'll go with us ? .

? 1 Lord. I'll attend your lordship. Clo. Nay, come ; let's go together. 2 2 Lord. Well, my lord. .



A Room in CYMBELINE's Palace.


Imo. I would thou grew'st unto the shores o' the haven,
And question’dst every sail : if he should write,
And I not have it, 'twere a paper lost, ,
As offer'd mercy is. What was the last
That he spake to thee?

It was, his queen, his queen!
Imo. Then wav'd his handkerchief?

And kiss'd it, madam.
Imo. Senseless linen, happier therein than I !-
And that was all ?

No, madam ; for so long


but I have seen small reflection of her wit.] To understand (says Steevens) the whole force of Shakespeare's idea, it should be remembered that anciently almost every sign had a motto, or some attempt at a witticism, underneath it.

She shines not upon fools, lest the reflection should hurt her.] “ Reflection” is here used in a double sense-lest the reflection that she had shone upon fools might cause her annoyance.

As he could make me, with this eye or ear,
Distinguish him from others, he did keep
The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchief,
Still waving, as the fits and stirs of's mind
Could best express how slow his soul sail'd on,
How swift his ship.


Thou shouldst have made him

As little as a crow, or less, ere left

To after-eye him.


Madam, so I did.

Imo. I would have broke mine eye-strings, crack'd them,


To look upon him, till the diminution

Of space had pointed him sharp as my needle;
Nay, follow'd him, till he had melted from

The smallness of a gnat to air; and then

Have turn'd mine eye, and wept.-But, good Pisanio,
When shall we hear from him?


With his next vantage.

Be assur'd, madam,

Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had
Most pretty things to say: ere I could tell him,
How I would think on him, at certain hours,

Such thoughts, and such; or I could make him swear
The shes of Italy should not betray

Mine interest, and his honour; or have charg'd him,
At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight,
T'encounter me with orisons, for then

I am in heaven for him; or ere I could

Give him that parting kiss, which I had set

Betwixt two charming words', comes in my father,
And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north,
Shakes all our buds from growing'.

8 with THIS eye or ear.] In the folios, "with his eye or ear;" but the eye or ear which was to distinguish Posthumus was that of Pisanio: it was, doubtless, a mere error of the press. Coleridge (Lit. Rem. Vol. ii. p. 127) recommends the substitution of the for his of the folio, but it seems more likely that the letter t had dropped out.

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9 Betwixt two CHARMING words,] The old meaning of to "charm was to enchant, and in this sense we suppose it to have been used by Imogen in this passage: she would have set the kiss "betwixt two charming words," in order, perhaps, to secure it from "the shes of Italy." The allusion to them is an admirable preparation for what succeeds in the play.

1 SHAKES all our buds from GROWING.] Warburton substituted shuts for "shakes," and blowing for "growing," but without the slightest pretence. All

Enter a Lady.

The queen, madam,
Desires your highness' company.

Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them dispatch’d.-
I will attend the queen.
Madam, I shall.



Rome. An Apartment in PHILARIO's House.

Enter PHILARIO, IACHIMO, a Frenchman, a Dutchman, and a


Iach. Believe it, sir, I have seen him in Britain : he was then of a crescent note; expected to prove so worthy, as since he hath been allowed the name of; but I could then have looked on him without the help of admiration, though the catalogue of his endowments had been tabled by his side, and I to peruse him by items.

Phi. You speak of him when he was less furnished, than now he is, with that which makes him, both without and within.

French. I have seen him in France: we had very many there could behold the sun with as firm eyes as he.

Iach. This matter of marrying his king's daughter, (wherein he must be weighed rather by her value, than his own) words him, I doubt not, a great deal from the matter.

French. And, then, his banishment.

Iach. Ay, and the approbations of those, that weep this lamentable divorce under her colours, are wont wonderfully to extend him’; be it but to fortify her judgment, which else

the old copies agree; and Shakespeare has expressed the same thought, in nearly the same words, in his 18th Sonnet, cited by Steevens :

“Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May." Farmer quoted some lines from “ The Two Noble Kinemen," A. iii. sc. 1, in support of Warburton's changes, and Mr. Singer, re-quoting them without reference, commits Farmer's textual error: see Dyce's Beaumont and Fletcher, Vol. xi. p. 360. It is always dangerous to take a passage upon trust.

are wont wonderfully to extend him ;] “ Wont" is from the corr. fo. 1632, and some word of the kind is necessary. Other emendations by the same


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