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A child that guided dotards : to his mistress, The pangs of barred affections: though the king For whom he now is banished, - her own price | Hath charged you should not speak together. [Exit. Proclaims how she esteemed him and his virtue; Imo. O, dissembling courtesy! How fine this By her election may be truly read

tyrant What kind of a man he is.

| Can tickle where she wounds !— My dearest hus2nd Gent. I honor him

band, Even out of your report. But 'pray you tell me, I something fear my father's wrath, but nothing Is she sole child to the king ?

(Always reserved my holy duty) what 1st Gent. His only child.

His rage can do on me : you must be gone; He had two sons (if this be worth your hearing, And I shall here abide the hourly shot Mark it): the eldest of them at three years old, Of angry eyes; not comforted to live, l'the swathing clothes the other, from their nursery But that there is this jewel in the world, Were stolen ; and to this hour, no guess in know- That I may see again. ledge

Post. My queen! my mistress ! Which way they went.

0, lady, weep no more; lest I give cause 2nd Gent. How long is this ago ? To be suspected of more tenderness 1st Gent. Some twenty years.

Than doth become a man! I will remain 2nd Gent. That a king's children should be so The loyal'st husband that did e'er plight troth. conveyed !

My residence in Rome, at one Philario's, So slackly guarded ! and the search so slow, Who to my father was a friend ; to me That could not trace them !

Known but by letter: thither write, my queen, 1st Gent. Howsoe'er 't is strange, And with mine eyes I'll drink the words you send, Or that the negligence may well be laughed at, Though ink be made of gall. Yet is it true, sir. 2nd Gent. I do well believe you.

Re-enter QTEEN. 1st Gent. We must forbear: here comes the Queen. Be brief, I pray you: gentleman,

If the king come, I shall incur I know not The queen and princess. [Exeunt. How much of his displeasure. — Yet I'll move him.

[Aside.
To walk this way: I never do him wrong,
SCENE II. The same.

But he does buy my injuries, to be friends ;
Pays dear for my offences.

[Erit. Enter the QUEEN, POSTHUMUS, and IMOGEN.

Post. Should we be taking leave Queen. No, be assured, you shall not find me, As long a term as yet we have to live, daughter,

The loathness to depart would grow : adieu ! After the slander of most stepmothers,

Imo. Nay, stay a little :
Evil-eyed unto you: you are my prisoner, but Were you but riding forth to air yourself,
Your jailer shall deliver you the keys

Such parting were too petty. Look here, love; That lock up your restraint. For you, Posthumus, This diamond was my mother's: take it, heart; So soon as I can win the offended king,

But keep it till you woo another wife,
I will be known your advocate: marry, yet When Imogen is dead.
The fire of rage is in him; and 't were good

Post. How! how! another? -
You leaned unto his sentence, with what patience You gentle gods, give me but this I have,
Your wisdom may inform you.

And sear up my embracements from a next
Post. Please your highness,

With bonds of death ! — Remain thou here, I will from hence to-day.

[Putting on the ring. Queen. You know the peril.

While sense can keep it on! And sweetest, fairest, I'll fetch a turn about the garden, pitying | As I my poor self did exchange for you,

To your so infinite loss; so, in our trifles

Would I were
I still win of you :- for my sake, wear this; A neatherd's daughter; and my Leonatus
It is a manacle of love; I'll place it

Our neighbor shepherd's son!
Upon this fairest prisoner.
[Putting a bracelet on her arm.

Re-enter QUEEN. Imo. O, the gods !

Cym. Thou foolish thing ! When shall we see again?

They were again together: you have done

[To the Queen. Enter CYMBELINE and Lordş.

Not after our command. Away with her, Post. Alack, the king !

And pen her up. Cym. Thou basest thing, avoid ! hence from my Queen. 'Beseech your patience :- Peace, sight!

Dear lady daughter, peace :— Sweet sovereign, If, after this command, thou fraught the court Leave us to ourselves; and make yourself some With thy unworthiness, thou diest : away!

comfort Thou art poison to my blood.

Out of your best advice.
Post. The gods protect you,

Cym. Nay, let her languish
And bless the good remainders of the court! A drop of blood a-day; and, being aged,
I am gone.
[Exit. Die of this folly!

[Exit. Imo. There cannot be a pinch in death More sharp than this is.

Enter PISANIO. Cym. O disloyal thing,

Queen. Fie! — you must give way : That shouldst repair my youth, thou heapest Here is your servant. — How now, sir ? what A year's age on me!

news? Imo. I beseech you, sir,

Pisa. My lord your son drew on my master. . Harm not yourself with your vexation : I

Queen. Ha!
Am senseless of your wrath ; a touch more rare No harm, I trust, is done?
Subdues all pangs, all fears.

Pisa. There might have been,
Cym. Past grace ? obedience ?

But that my master rather played than fought, Imo. Past hope, and in despair; that way, past And had no help of anger: they were parted grace.

By gentlemen at hand. Cym. That mightst have had the sole son of my Queen. I am very glad on 't. queen!

| Imo. Your son 's my father's friend; he takes Imo. O blessed that I might not! I chose an his part. — eagle,

To draw upon an exile ! O brave sir ! And did avoid a puttock.

I would they were in Afric both together ; Cym. Thou took’st a beggar would have made Myself by with a needle, that I might prick my throne

The goer back. — Why came you from your A seat for baseness.

master ? Imo. No; I rather added

Pisa. On his command: he would not suffer me A lustre to it.

To bring him to the haven : left these notes
Cym. O thou vile one !

Of what commands I should be subject to,
Imo.
Sir,

When it pleased you to employ me.
It is your fault that I have loved Posthumus : ! Queen. This hath been
You bred him as my playfellow, and he is Your faithful servant: I dare lay mine honor
A man worth any woman; overbuys me He will remain so.
Almost the sum he pays.

Pisa. I humbly thank your highness. Cym. What! art thou mad ?

Queen. Pray walk awhile. Imo. Almost, sir : Heaven restore me!

Imo. About some half-hour hence,

I pray you, speak with me: you shall, at least,
Go see my lord aboard: for this time, leave me.

[Exeunt.

Clo. Nay, come, let 's go together.
2nd Lord. Well, my lord.

[Exeunt.

SCENE IV. - A Room in CYMBELINE's Palace.
SCENE III. – A public Place.

Enter IMOGEN and PISANIO.
Enter CLOTEN and two Lords.

Imo. I would thou grew'st unto the shores o' 1st Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a the haven, shirt; the violence of action hath made you reek And question’dst every sail : if he should write, as a sacrifice. Where air comes out, air comes in: And I not have it,'t were a paper lost there's none abroad so wholesome as that you As offered mercy is. What was the last vent.

That he spake to thee? Clo. If my shirt were bloody, then to shift it Pisa. It was, “ His queen, his queen!” Have I hurt him?

Imo. Then waved his handkerchief? 2nd Lord. No, faith; not so much as his patience. Pisa. And kissed it, madam.

[Aside. Imo. Senseless linen! happier therein than I!1st Lord. Hurt him ? his body's a passable car- And that was all ? cass, if he be not hurt : it is a thoroughfare for Pisa. No, madam; for so long steel, if it be not hurt.

As he could make me with this eye or ear 2nd Lord. His steel was in debt; it went o' the Distinguish him from others, he did keep backside the town.

[Aside. The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchief, Clo. The villain would not stand me.

Still waving, as the fits and stirs of his mind 2nd Lord. No; but he fled forward still, toward Could best express how slow his soul sailed on, your face.

[Aside. How swift his ship. 1st Lord. Stand you! You have land enough Imo. Thou shouldst have made him of your own: but he added to your having; gave As little as a crow, or less, ere left you some ground.

To after-eye him. 2nd Lord. As many inches as you have oceans. — Pisa. Madam, so I did. Puppies !

[Aside. Imo. I would have broke mine eye-strings; C'lo. I would they had not come between us.

cracked them, but 2nd Lord. So would I, till you had measured To look upon him; till the diminution how long a fool you were upon the ground. [Aside. Of space had pointed him sharp as my needle:

Clo. And that she should love this fellow, and Nay, followed him till he had melted from refuse me!

The smallness of a gnat to air; and then 2nd Lord. If it be a sin to make a true election, Have turned mine eye and wept. — But, good she is damned.

[Aside.

Pisanio, 1st Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty When shall we hear from him?

but I have seen small reflection of her wit. With his next vantage.

2nd Lord. She shines not upon fools, lest the Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had reflection should hurt her.

[Aside. Most pretty things to say! Ere I could tell him Clo. Come, I'll to my chamber. 'Would there How I would think on him, at certain hours, had been some hurt done!

Such thoughts, and such; or I could make him 2nd Lord. I wish not so; unless it had been the

swear fall of an ass, which is no great hurt. [Aside. The shes of Italy should not betray Clo. You 'll go with us ?

Mine interest and his honor; or have charged him 1st Lord. I'll attend your lordship. | At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight,

To encounter me with orisons, for then

to whom I have been often bound for no less than I am in heaven for him; or ere I could. my life. — Give him that parting kiss, which I had set

Enter PosthumUS. Betwixt two charming words, — comes in my father,

Here comes the Briton : let him be so entertained And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north, amongst you as suits, with gentlemen of your Shakes all our buds from growing.

knowing, to a stranger of his quality. — I beseech

you all, be better known to this gentleman ; whom Enter a Lady.

I commend to you, as a noble friend of mine : how Lady. The queen, madam,

worthy he is I will leave to appear hereafter, rather Desires your highness' company.

than story him in his own hearing. Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them des- French. Sir, we have known together in Orpatched. —

leans. I will attend the queen.

Post. Since when I have been debtor to you for Pisa. Madam, I shall. [E.ceunt. courtesies which I will be ever to pay, and yet pay

still.

French. Sir, you o'errate my poor kindness. I SCENE V.- Rome. An Apartment in PHILARIO'S was glad I did atone my countryman and you; it House.

had been pity you should have been put together

with so mortal a purpose as then each bore, upon Enter PHILARIO, IACHIMO, a Frenchman, a

importance of so slight and trivial a nature. Dutchman, and a Spaniard.

Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young Tach. Believe it, sir. I have seen him in Britain : traveler; rather shunned to go even with what I he was then of a crescent note; expected to prove heard, than in my every action to be guided by so worthy as since he hath been allowed the name others' experiences : but, upon my mended judgof: but I could then have looked on him without ment (if I offend not to say it is mended), my the help of admiration, though the catalogue of quarrel was not altogether slight. his endowments had been tabled by his side, and French. Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitreI to peruse him by items.

ment of swords; and by such two that would, by Phi. You speak of him when he was less fur- all likelihood, have confounded one the other, or nished than now he is with that which makes him, have fallen both. both without and within.

Iach. Can we, with manners ask what was the French. I have seen him in France: we had difference? very many there could behold the sun with as firm French. Safely, I think; 't was a contention in eyes as he.

public, which may, without contradiction, suffer Iach. This matter of marrying his king's daugh- the report. It was much like an argument that ter (wherein he must be weighed rather by her fell out last night, where each of us fell in praise value than his own), words him, I doubt not, a of our country mistresses : this gentleman at that great deal from the matter.

time vouching (and upon warrant of bloody affirFrench. And then his banishment:

mation) his to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, Iach. Ay, and the approbations of those, that constant-qualified, and less attemptible, than any weep this lamentable divorce, and her dolours are the rarest of our ladies in France. wont wonderfully to extend him; be it but to Tach. That lady is not now living; or this genfortify her judgment, which else an easy battery tleman's opinion, by this worn out. might lay flat, for taking a beggar without more Post. She holds her virtue still, and I my mind. quality. But how comes it he is to sojourn with Iach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours you ? how creeps acquaintance ?

of Italy. Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; Post. Being so far provoked as I was in France,

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SCENE V.

I would abate her nothing; though I profess my- Post. You are a great deal abused in too bold a self her adorer, not her friend.

persuasion: and I doubt not you sustain what you 're Iach. As fair and as good (a kind of hand-in- worthy of, by your attempt. hand comparison), had been something too fạir Tach. What's that? and too good for any lady in Britany. If she Post. A repulse : -- though your attempt, as you went before others I have seen, as that diamond of call it, deserves more; a punishment too. yours out-lustres many I have beheld, I could not Phi. Gentlemen, enough of this; it came in too but believe she excelled many: but I have not suddenly; let it die as it was born, and I pray you seen the most precious diamond that is, nor you be better acquainted. the lady.

| Iach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my Post. I praised her as I rated her: so do I my stone. neighbor's, on the approbation of what I have lach. What do you esteem it at?

spoke. Post. More than the world enjoys.

Post. What lady would you choose to assail ? lach. Either your unparagoned mistress is dead, Tach. Yours; whom in constancy you think or she's outprized by a trifle.

stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats Post. You are mistaken : the one may be sold or to your ring, that, commend me to the court where given, if there were wealth enough for the purchase, your lady is, with no more advantage than the or merit for the gift: the other is not a thing for opportunity of a second conference, and I will sale, and only the gift of the gods.

bring from thence that honor of hers which you Iach. Which the gods have given you ! imagine so reserved. Post. Which, by their graces, I will keep. Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to it:

Iach. You may wear her in title yours; but you my ring I hold as dear as my finger; 't is part of it. know strange fowl light upon neighboring ponds : Iach. You are a friend, and therein the wiser. your ring may be stolen too :— so, of your brace If you buy ladies' flesh at a million a dram, you of unprizable estimations, the one is but frail, and cannot preserve it from tainting : but I see you the other casual ; a cunning thief, or a that-way- have some religion in you, that you fear. accomplished courtier, would hazard the winning Post. This is but a custom in your tongue; you both of first and last.

bear a graver purpose, I hope. Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplished Tach. I am the master of my speeches; and a courtier, to convince the honor of my mistress; would undergo what's spoken, I swear. if in the holding or loss of that, you term her frail. Post. Will you ? – I shall but lend my diamond I do nothing doubt you have store of thieves; till your return. — Let there be covenants drawn notwithstanding, I fear not my ring.

between us. My mistress exceeds in goodness the Phi. Let us leave here, gentlemen.

hugeness of your unworthy thinking. I dare you Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy sig- to this match : here's my ring. nior, I thank him, makes no stranger of me; we Phi. I will have it no lay. are familiar at first.

Tach. By the gods it is one. — If I bring you Iach. With five times so much conversation, I no sufficient testimony that I have enjoyed the should get ground of your fair mistress; make her dearest bodily part of your mistress, my ten thougo back, even to the yielding; had I admittance, sand ducats are yours; so is your diamond too. and opportunity to friend.

If I come off, and leave her in such honor as you Post. No, no.

have trust in, she your jewel, this your jewel, and Iach. I dare thereupon pawn the moiety of my my gold are yours:- provided I have your comestate to your ring; which, in my opinion, o'er- mendation for my more free entertainment. values it something: but I make my wager rather Post. I embrace these conditions ; let us have against your confidence, than her reputation : and, articles betwixt us :—only, thus far you shall anto bar your offense herein too, I durst attempt it swer. If you make good your yauntage upon her, against any lady in the world.

| and give me directly to understand you have

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