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Cym. O thou vile one!
2 Lord. No; but he fled forward still, toward Imo. Sir,
(Aside. It is your fault that I have loved Posthumus : 1 Lord. Stand you! You have land enough of You bred him as my playfellow; and he is your own: but he added to your having; gave you A man, worth any woman; overbuys me
some ground. Almost the sum he pays.
2 Lord. As many inches as you have oceans: Cym.
What!-art thou mad ? | Puppies ! Imo. Almost, sir; Heaven restore me!-'Would Cio. I would they had not come between us. I were
2 Lord. So would I, till you had measured box A neat-herd's daughter and my Leonatus long a fool you were upon the ground. [Aside. Our neighbour shepherd's son !
Clo. And that she should love this fellow, and
refuse me! Re-enter QUEEN.
| Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty and Cym.
Thou foolish thing! her brain go not together : She's a good sign, but I They were again together : you have done have seen small reflection of her wit. 3
[ To the QueeN. 2 Lord. She shines not upon fools, lest the reflecNot after our command. Away with her,
tion should hurt her.
[ Aside. And pen her up.
Clo. Come, I'll to my chamber: 'Would there Queen. 'Beseech your patience: -- Peace, had been some hurt done! Dear lady daughter, peace;
Sweet sovereign, 2 Lord. I wish not so; unless it had been the fall Leave us to ourselves ; and make yourself some of an ass, which is no great hurt.
Clo. You'll go with us? Out of your best advice. ?
1 Lord. I'll attend your lordship. Cym.
Nay, let her languish Clo. Nay, come, let's go together. A drop of blood a day; and, being aged,
2 Lord. Well, my lord.
[E Die of this folly!
SCENE IV. - A Room in Cymbeline's Palace. Enter PISANIO. Queen. Fye! - you must give way :
Enter IMOGEN and PISANIO. Here is your servant. — How now, sir? What news?
Imo. I would thou grew'st unto the shores o'the Pis. My lord your son drew on my master.
Ha! | And question’dst every sail : if he should write, No harm, I trust, is done ?
And I not have it, 'twere a paper lost
There might have been, As offer'd mercy is. What was the last
'Twas, His queen, his queen! By gentlemen at hand.
Imo. Then wav'd his handkerchief?
And kiss'd it, madam. Imo. Your son's my father's friend; he takes his Imo. Senseless linen! happier therein than I!part.
And that was all ? To draw upon an exile ! - O brave sir !
No, madam ; for so long I would they were in Africk both together ; As he could make me with this eye or ear Myself by with a needle, that I might prick Distinguish him from others, he did keep The goer back. - Why came you from your master? | The deck, with glove, or bat, or handkerchief,
Pis. On his command: He would not suffer me Still waving, as the fits and stirs of his mind To bring him to the haven : left these notes Could best express how slow his soul sail'd on, Of what commands I should be subject to,
How swift his ship. When it pleas'd you to employ me.
Thou shouldst have made him Queen.
This hath been As little as a crow, or less, ere left
Madam, so I did. Pis.
I humbly thank your highness. Imo. I would have broke mine eye-strings; crack d Queen. Pray, walk a while.
them, but Imo.
About some half hour hence, To look upon him ; till the diminution I pray you speak with me: you shall, at least, Of space had pointed him sharp as my needle: Go see my lord aboard : for this time, leave me.
Nay, follow'd him, till he had melted from
Have turn'd mine eye, and wept. — But, good
When shall we hear from him ?
Pis. Clo. Have I hurt him?
Be assur'd, madam, 2 Lord. No, faith; not so much as his patience.
With his next 'vantage. 4 [ Aside.
Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had i Lord. Hurt him? his body's a passable carcass, How I would think on him, at certain hours,
Most pretty things to say: ere I could tell him, if he be not hurt : it is a thoroughfare for steel if it Such thoughts, and such; or I could make him swear be not hurt. 2 Lord. His steel was in debt.
3 To understand the force of this idea, it should be remem. Clo. The villain would not stand me.
bered that anciently almost every sign had a motto, or some
attempt at a witticism underneath it. Cattle-keeper.
The shes of Italy should not betray
with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon Mine interest, and his honour; or have charg'd him, importance 9 of so slight and trivial a nature. At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight, Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young To encounter me with orisons 5, for then
traveller : rather shunnid to go even with what I I am in heaven for him : or ere I could
heard, than in my every action to be guided by Give him that parting kiss, which I had set others' experiences : but, upon my mended judgBetwixt two charming words, comes in my father, ment, (if I offend not to say it is mended,) my And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north, quarrel was not all altogether slight. Shakes all our buds from growing.
French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement
of swords; and by such two, that would, by all Enter a Lady
likelihood, have confounded one the other, or have Lady.
The queen, madam, fallen both. Desires your highness' company.
Iach. Can we, with manners, ask what was the Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them de- difference ? spatch'd.
French. Safely, I think : 'twas a contention in I will attend the queen.
publick, which may, without contradiction, suffer Pis. Madam, I shall.
the report. It was much like an argument that fell [Ereunt. out last night, where each of us fell in praise of our
country mistresses : This gentleman at that time SCENE V. An Apartment in Philario's vouching, (and upon warrant of bloody affirmation) House.
his to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, constant, Enter PhilaRIO, Iachimo, a Frenchman, a Dutch- of our ladies in France.
qualified, and less attemptable, than any the rarest man, and a Spaniard.
lach. That lady is not now living ; or this genIach. Believe it, sir: I have seen him in Britain : tleman's opinion, by this, worn out. he was then of a crescent notes, expected to prove Post. She holds her virtue still, and I my mind. so worthy, as since he hath been allowed the name Iach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours of: but I could then have looked on him without of Italy. the help of admiration; though the catalogue of his Posi. Being so far provoked as I was in France, endowments had been tabled by his side, and I to I would abate her nothing ; though I profess myself peruse him by items.
her adorer, not her friend. ? Phi. You speak of him when he was less fur- lack. As fair, and as good, (a kind of hand-innished, than now he is, with that which makes him hand comparison,) had been something too fair, and both without and within.
too good, for any lady in Britany. If she went beFrench. I have seen him in France: we had very fore others I have seen, as that diamond of yours many there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes out-lustres many I have beheld, I could not but as he.
believe she excelled many : but I have not seen the Iach. This matter of marrying his king's daugh- most precious diamond that is, nor you the lady. ter, (wherein he must be weighed rather by her value, Post. I praised her, as I rated her : so do I my than his own,) words him, I doubt not, a great deal stone. from the matter.
Iach. What do you esteem it at ? French. And then his banishment :
Post. More than the world enjoys. Iach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that lach. Either your unparagoned mistress is dead, weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours, are or she's outpriz'd by a trifle. wonderfully to extend 7 him ; be it but to fortify her Post. You are mistaken : the one may be sold, judgment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, or given: if there were wealth enough for the purfor taking a beggar without more quality. But how chase, or merit for the gift: the other is not a thing comes it, he is to sojourn with you? How creeps for sale, and only the gift of the gods. acquaintance ?
Jach. Which the gods have given you ? Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; to Post. Which, by their graces, I will keep. whom I have been often bound for no less than my Iach. You may wear her in title yours: but, you life :
know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds. Enter PostHUMUS.
Your ring may be stolen too: so, of your brace of
unprizeable estimations, the one is but frail, and the Here comes the Briton : Let him be so entertained other casual ; a cunning thief, or a that-way accomamongst you, as suits with gentlemen of your plished courtier, would hazard the winning both of knowing, to a stranger of his quality. - I beseech first and last. you all, be better known to this gentleman; whom Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplished I commend to you, as a noble friend of mine : How a courtier, to convince 3 the honour of my mistress; worthy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, rather if, in the holding or loss of that, you term her frail. than story him in his own hearing.
I do nothing doubt, you have store of thieves; notFrench. Sir, we have known together in Orleans. withstanding I fear not my ring.
Post. Since when I have been debtor to you for Phi. Let us leave here, gentlemen. courtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet pay Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy sigstill.
nior, I thank him, makes no stranger of me; we French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness : I are familiar at first. was glad I did atone 8 my countryman and you ; it Iach. With five times so much conversation, J had been pity, you should have been put together should get ground of your fair mistress : make her 5 Meet me with reciprocal prayer. 6 Increasing in fame. 9 Instigation.
i Destroyed. 7 Praise him.
go back, even to the yielding; had I admittance, , SCENE VI. Britain. A Room in Cymbeline's and opportunity to friend.
Enter Queen, Ladies, and CORNELIUS. estate to your ring; which, in my opinion, o'er
Queen. Whiles yet the dew's on ground, gather values it something : But I make my wager rather
those flowers; against your confidence, than her reputation : and, Make haste : Who has the note of them ? to bar your offence herein too, I durst attempt it
I, madam. against any lady in the world.
[Ereunt Ladies. Post. You are a great deal abused in too bold a Now, master doctor; have you brought those drugs? persuasion; and I doubt not you sustain what you're Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay: here they are, worthy of, by your attempt.
(Presenting a small Bar. Iach. What's that?
But I beseech your grace, (without offence; Post. A repulse : Though your attempt, as you My conscience bids me ask ;) wherefore you have call it, deserve more; a punishment too.
Commanded of me these most poisonous compounds, Phi. Gentlemen, enough of this: it came in too Which are the movers of a languishing death; suddenly; let it die as it was born, and, 1 pray you, But, though slow, deadly? be better acquainted.
I do wonder, doctor, Iach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my Thou ask'st me such a question : Have I not been neighbour's, on the approbation 4 of what I have Thy pupil long ? Hast thou not learn'd me how spoke.
To make perfumes ? distil ? preserve ? yea, so, Post. What lady would you choose to assail ? That our great king himself doth woo me oft
lach. Yours; whom in constancy, you think, For my confections? Having thus far proceeded, stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats (Unless thou think'st me devilish,) is't not meet to your ring, that, commend me to the court where That I did amplify my judgment in your lady is, with no more advantage than the op- Other conclusions ? 6 I will try the forces portunity of a second conference, and I will bring of these thy compounds on such creatures as from thence that honour of hers, which you imagine We count not worth the hanging, (but none human,) so reserved.
To try the vigour of them, and apply
Your highness Post. This is but a custom in your tongue: you Shall from this practice but make hard your heart: bear a graver purpose, I hope.
Besides, the seeing these effects will be Iach. I am the master of my speeches; and would Both noisome and infectious. undergo what's spoken, I swear.
O, content thee. Post. Will you ? — I shall but lend my diamond till your return :- - Let there be covenants drawn
Enter PISANO. between us : My mistress exceeds in goodness the Here comes a flattering rascal ; upon him (Aside. hugeness of your unworthy thinking : I dare you Will I first work': he's for his master, to this match : here's my ring.
And enemy to my son. — - How now, Pisanio ? Phi. I will have it no lay.
Doctor, your service for this time is ended; Iach. By the gods it is one :- If I bring you no Take your own way. sufficient testimony that I have enjoyed your mis- Cor.
I do suspect you, madam; tress, my ten thousand ducats are yours; so is your But you shall do no harm.
[ Aside. diamond too. If I come off, and leave her in such Queen.
Hark thee, a word. honour as you have trust in, she your jewel, this
(To Pisanio. your jewel, and my gold are yours : provided, I Cor. [Aside.) I do not like her. She doth think, have your commendation 5, for my more free enter
she has tainment.
Strange lingering poisons: I do know her spirit, Pust. I embrace these conditions ; let us have and will not trust one of her malice with articles betwixt us: - only, thus far you shall an- A drug of such a nature: Those she has,
If you make your voyage, and give me di- Will stupify and dull the sense awhile : rectly to understand you have prevailed, I am no
Which first, perchance, she'll prove on cats and dogs; further your enemy, she is not worth our debate : Then afterward up higher; but there is if she remain unseduced, (you not making it appear No danger in what show of death it makes, otherwise,) for your ill opinion, and the assault you More than the locking up the spirits a time, have made to her chastity, you shall answer me with To be more fresh, reviving. She is foold your sword.
With a most false effect; and I the truer, Iach. Your hand; a covenant: We will have so to be false with her. these things set down by lawful counsel, and straight
No further service, doctor, away for Britain ; lest the bargain should catch cold, Until I send for thee. and starve: I will fetch my gold, and have our two
I humbly take my leave. wagers recorded.
[Erit. Post. Agreed.
Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou? Dost thou [Ereunt Posthumus and IACHIMO.
think, in time French. Will this bold, think you ?
She will not quench; and let instructions enter Phi. Signior Iachimo will not from it. Pray let Where folly now possesses? Do thou work; us follow 'em.
(Exeunt. When thou shalt bring me word, she loves my son, 5 Recommendation,
I'll tell thee, on the instant, thou art then
If she be furnish'd with a mind so rare, As great as is thy master: greater ; for
She is alone the Arabian bird; and I His fortunes all lie speechless, and his name Have lost the wager. Boldness be my friend! Is at last grasp: Return he cannot, nor
Arm me, audacity, from head to foot! Continue where he is : to shift his being ?, Or, like the Parthian, I shall flying fight; Is to exchange one misery with another;
Rather, directly fly. And every day, that comes, comes to decay
Imo. [Reads.] – He is one of the noblest nole, to A day's work in him: What shalt thou expect, whose kindnesses I am most infinitely tied. Reflect To be depender on a thing that leans ?
upon him accordingly, as you value your truest Who cannot be new built; nor has no friends,
LEONATUS. [The Queen drops a Bor: PISANIO takes it up. So far I read aloud : So much as but to prop him ?- Thou tak'st up But even the very middle of my heart Thou know'st not what; but take it for thy labour : Is warm’d by the rest, and takes it thankfully. It is a thing I made, which hath the king
You are as welcome, worthy sir, as I Five times redeem'd from death: I do not know Have words to bid you ; and shall find it so, What is more cordial : — Nay, I pr’ythee, take it ; In all that I can do. It is an earnest of a further good
Thanks, fairest lady.
Partition make with spectacles so precious
What makes your admiration ? To load thy merit richly. Call my women : Iach. It cannot be i' the eye; for apes and monThink on my words. (Exit Pisa.] - A sly and
keys, constant knave; "Twixt two such shes, would chatter this way,
and Not to be shak’d: the agent for his master; Contemn with mows 8 the other : Nor i' the judgAnd the remembrancer of her, to hold
What is't, dear sir,
Iach. Thanks, madam ; well: -
[To Pisanio. To taste of too. So, so; -well done, well done: My man's abode where I did leave him : he The violets, cowslips, and the primroses,
Is strange and peevish.9 Bear to my closet: – Fare thee well, Pisanio ; Pis.
I was going, sir, Think on my words. (Exeunt Queen and Ladies. To give him welcome.
[Erit Pisanio. Pis. And shall do:
Imo. Continues well my lord ? His health 'beBut when to my good lord I prove untrue,
seech you? I'll choke myself: there's all I'll do for you. Iach. Well, madam.
[Erit. Imo. Is he dispos'd to mirth ? I hope he is. SCENE VII. - Another Room in the same.
lach. Exceeding pleasant ; none a stranger there
So merry and so gamesome : he is callid
The Briton reveller,
When he was here, A foolish suitor to a wedded lady,
He did incline to sadness; and oft-times That hath her husband banish'd ; - 0, that hus- Not knowing why. band!
I never saw him sad.
There is a Frenchman bis companion, one
An eminent monsieur, that, it seems, much loves As my two brothers, happy! but most miserable
A Gallian girl at home: he furnaces Is the desire that's glorious: Blessed be those,
The thick sighs from him ; whiles the jolly Briton How mean soe'er, that have their honest wills,
(Your lord, I mean,) laughs from's free lungs, Which seasons comfort.
cries 0! Who may this be? Fye!
Can my sides huld, to think, that man, — who knows Enter Pisanio and Lachimo.
By history, report, or his own proof, Pis. Madam, a noble gentleman of Rome;
What woman is, yea, what she cannot choose Comes from my lord with letters.
But must be, - will his free hours languish for lach.
Change you, madam? Assur'd bondage ? The worthy Leonatus is in safety,
Will my lord say so ? And greets your highness dearly.
Iach. Ay, madam ; with his eyes in food with [Presents a Letter.
Thanks, good sir : It is a recreation to be by, You are kindly welcome.
And hear him mock the Frenchman : But, heavens lach. All of her, that is out of door, most rich!
(Aside. Some men are much to blame. 7 To change his abode.
9 Shy and foolish.
- 'Beseech you,
What ho, Pisanio! Iach. Not he: But yet heaven's bounty towards Iach. Let me my service tender on your lips. him might
Imo. Away!- I do condemn mine ears, that hare Be us’d more thankfully. In himself, 'tis much So long attended thee. — If thou wert honourable, In you, -- which I count his, beyond all talents,- Thou wouldst have told this tale for virtue, not Whilst I am bound to wonder, I am bound For such an end thou seek'st; as base, as strange. To pity too.
Thou wrong'st a gentleman, who is as far Imo. What do you pity, sir ?
From thy report, as thou from honour; and Iach. Two creatures, heartily.
Solicit'st here a lady, that disdains Imo.
Am I one, sir? Thee and the devil alike. – What ho, Pisanio!You look on me: What wreck discern you in me, The king my father shall be made acquainted Deserves your pity ?
Of thy assault: if he shall think it fit,
A saucy stranger in his court, to mart To hide me from the radiant sun, and solace As in a Roman stew, he hath a court l' the dungeon by a snuff ?
He little cares for, and a daughter whom Imo.
I pray you, sir, He not respects at all. - What ho, - Pisanio!Deliver with more openness your answers
Iach. O happy Leonatus! I may say ; To my demands. Why do you pity me?
The credit that thy lady hath of thee, Iach. That others do,
Deserves thy trust; and thy most perfect goodness I was about to say, enjoy your But
Her assur'd credit ! Blessed live you long! It is an office of the gods to 'venge it,
A lady to the worthiest sir, that ever Not mine to speak on't.
Country callid his! and you, his mistress, only Imo.
You do seem to know For the most worthiest fit! Give me your pardon. Something of me, or what concerns me: 'Pray you I have spoke this, to know if your affiance (Since doubting things go ill often hurts more Were deeply rooted; and shall make your lord, Than to be sure they do: For certainties
That which he is new o'er: And he is one Either are past remedies; or, timely knowing, The truest manner'd; such a holy witch, The remedy then born,) discover to me
That he enchants societies unto him :
Half all men's hearts are his.
You make amends.
More than a mortal seeming. Be not angry, Takes prisoner the wild motion of mine eye, Most mighty princess, that I have adventur'd Fixing it only here: should I then join
To try your taking of a false report ; which hath With hands made hard with hourly falsehood, Honour'd with confirmation your great judgment (With falsehood as with labour,) it were fit
In the election of a sir so rare, That all the plagues of hell should at one time Which you know, cannot err: The love I bear him Encounter such revolt.
Made me to fan 5 you thus; but the gods made Imo. My lord, I fear,
you, Has forgot Britain.
Unlike all others, chaffless. Pray, your pardon. lach. And himself. Not I,
Imo. All's well, sir : Take my power i'the court Inclin'd to this intelligence, pronounce The beggary of his change ; but 'tis your graces Iach. My humble thanks. I had almost forgot That, from my mutest conscience, to my tongue, To entreat your grace but in a small request, Charms this report out.
And yet of moment too, for it concerns Imo.
Let me hear no more. Your lord; myself, and other noble friends, Iach. O dearest soul! your cause doth strike my Are partners in the business. heart
Pray, what is't? With pity, that doth make me sick. A lady Iach. Some dozen Romans of us, and your lord, So fair, and fasten'd to an empery,
(The best feather of our wing) have mingled sums, Would make the great'st king double ! to be part- To buy a present for the emperor; ner'd
Which I, the factor for the rest, have done With tomboys, hir'd with that self-exhibition 4 In France: 'Tis plate of rare device; and jewels, Which your own coffers yield! O 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, Recoil from your great stock.
To have them in safe stowage; May it please you Imo.
To take them in protection ? How should I be reveng'd? If this be true,
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.
They are in a trunk,
To send them to you only for this night :
I must aboard to-morrow. And will continue fast to your affection,
0, no, no. Still close, as sure.
lach. Yes, I beseech; or I shall short my word, ? What you seem anxious to utter, and yet withhold.
By lengthening my return. From Gallia 3 Sovereign command. • Allowance, pension.
5 To fan, is to winnow.