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A strain of rareness ; and I grieve myself,
O gracious lady,
Do't, and to bed then.
But to win time
Talk thy tongue weary; speak.
Not so, neither;
1 It is probable that the first, as well as the last, of these metaphorical expressions is from falconry. A bird of prey may be said to be disedged, when the keenness of its appetite is taken away by tiring, or feeding upon some object given to it for that purpose.
2 Blind, which is not in the old copy, was supplied by Hanmer. 3 To have thy bow unbent ; alluding to a hunter.
My purpose would prove well. It cannot be,
Imo. Some Roman courtesan.
No, on my life.
Why, good fellow,
If you'll back to the court, — Imo. No court, no father; nor no more ado With that harsh, noble, simple, nothing; That Cloten, whose love-suit hath been to me As fearful as a siege. Pis.
If not at court, Then not in Britain must you bide. Imo.
Where then ? Hath Britain all the sun that shines ? Day, night, Are they not but in Britain ? l’ the world's volume Our Britain seems as of it, but not in it; In a great pool, a swan's nest. Pr’ythee, think There's livers out of Britain. Pis.
I am most glad You think of other place. The ambassador, Lucius the Roman, comes to Milford-Haven To-morrow. Now, if you could wear a mind Dark as your fortune is; ? and but disguise That, which, to appear itself, must not yet be,
1 This line requires some word of two syllables to complete the measure. Steevens proposed to read :
“ With that harsh, noble, simple, nothing, Cloten ;
That Cloten,” &c. ? To wear a dark mind is to carry a mind impenetrable to the search of others. The next lines are obscure. “ You must (says Pisanio) disguise that greatness which, to appear hereafter in its proper form, cannot yet appear without great danger to itself."
But by self-danger; you should tread a course
O for such means !
Pis. Well, then, here's the point.
Nay, be brief.
First, make yourself but like one.
1 Full of view appears to mean of ample prospect, affording a complete view of circumstances which it is your interest to know.
2 This character of the weasel is not mentioned by naturalists. Weasels were formerly, it appears, kept in houses instead of cats, for the purpose of killing vermin.
3 i. e. wherein you are accomplished.
And, doubling that, most holy. Your means abroad
Thou art all the comfort
Pis. Well, madam, we must take a short farewell ; Lest, being missed, I be suspected of Your carriage from the court. My noble mistress, Here is a box; I had it from the queen; What's in't is precious; if you are sick at sea, Or stomach-qualmed at land, a dram of this Will drive away distemper.—To some shade, And fit you to your
manhood ;-may Direct you to the best! Imo.
Amen; I thank thee.
[Exeunt. SCENE V. A Room in Cymbeline's Palace.
Enter CYMBELINE, Queen, Cloten, Lucius, and Lords.
Cym. Thus far; and so, farewell.
Thanks, royal sir.
Cym. Our subjects, sir,
you A conduct over land, to Milford-Haven. Madam, all joy befall your grace, and you !
1 « As for your subsistence abroad, you may rely on me.” 2 We'll make our work even with our time; we'll do what time will allow. 3 i. e. equal to, or have ability for it.
4 We should, apparently, read “ his grace and you," or "your grace and yours.”
Cym. My lords, you are appointed for that office; The due of honor in no point omit.So, farewell, noble Lucius. Luc.
Your hand, my lord. Clo. Receive it friendly; but from this time forth I wear it as your enemy. Luc.
Sir, the event Is yet to name the winner; fare you well. Cym. Leave not the worthy Lucius, good my
lords, Till he have crossed the Severn.—Happiness!
[Exeunt Lucius and Lords. Queen. He
goes hence frowning; but it honors us, That we have given him cause. Clo.
'Tis all the better : Your valiant Britons have their wishes in it.
Cym. Lucius hath wrote already to the emperor How it goes here. It fits us, therefore, ripely, Our chariots and our horsemen be in readiness. The powers that he already hath in Gallia Will soon be drawn to head, from whence he moves His war for Britain. Queen.
'Tis not sleepy business; But must be looked to speedily, and strongly.
Cym. Our expectation that it would be thus,
[Exit an Attendant. Queen.