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If these be they, I know not how to wish
Be pleas'd a while. -
This is he;
0, what am I
No, my lord;
And at first meeting lov'd;
Cor. By the queen's dram she swallow'd.
O rare instinct !
21 Fierce is vehement, rapid.
Hath to it circumstantial branches, which Distinction should be rich in 25.- Where? how liv'd
And when came you to serve our Roman captive?
My good master,
Happy be you! Cym. The forlorn soldier, that so nobly fought, He would have well becom'd this place, and grac'd The thankings of a king.
25 i. e. which ought to be rendered distinct by an ample narrative.
26. Your three motives' means the motives of you three. So in Romeo and Juliet, both our remedies' means "the remedy for us both.'
27 Intergatories was frequently used for interrogatories, and consequently as a word of only five syllables. See vol. iii. p. 287, note 17. Thus in Novella, by Brome, Act ii. Sc. 1:
--- Then you must answer
To these intergatories.' la The Merchant of Venice, near the end, it is also tbus used :
And charge us there upon intergatories.'
I am, sir,
I am down again: [Kneeling.
Kneel not to me;
You holp us, sir,
Rome, Call forth your soothsayer: As I slept, methought, Great Jupiter, upon his eagle back'd, Appear’d to me, with other spritely shows28 Of mine own kindred: when I wak’d, I found This label on my bosom; whose containing Is so from sense in hardness, that I can Make no collection29 of it; let him show His skill in the construction.
28 Spritely shows are groups of sprites, ghostly appearances.
29. A collection is a corollary, a consequence deduced from premises So in Davies's poem on The Immortality of the Soul :
• When she from sundry arts one skill doth draw ;
Gath'ring from divers sights one act of war;
These her collections, not the senses are.'
Read, and declare the meaning. Sooth. [Reads.] When as a lion's whelp shall, to himself unknown, without seeking find, and be embraced by a piece of tender air; and when from a stately cedar shall be lopped branches, which, being dead many years shall after revive, be jointed to the old stock, and freshly grow; then shall Posthu
end his miseries, Britain be fortunate, and flourish in peace and plenty. Thou, Leonatus, art the lion's whelp; The fit and apt construction of thy name, Being Leo-natus, doth import so much: The piece of tender air, thy virtuous daughter,
[To CYMBELINE. Which we call mollis aer; and mollis aer We term it mulier : which mulier I divine, Is this most constant wife: who, even now, Answering the letter of the oracle, Unknown to you, unsought, were clipp'd about With this most tender air. Cym.
This hath some seeming.
Her speech is nothing,
The hearers to collection.'
30. It should apparently be, · By peace we will begin.' The Soothsayer says, that the label promised to Britain peace and plenty: To which Cymbeline replies, •We will begin with peace, io fulfil the prophecy.'
To pay our wonted tribute, from the which
Sooth. The fingers of the powers above do tune
Laud we the gods; And let our crooked smokes climb to their nostrils From our bless'd altars! Publish we this peace To all our subjects. Set we forward: Let A Roman and a British ensign wave Friendly together: so through Lud's town march: And in the temple of great Jupiter Our peace we'll ratify; seal it with feasts. Set on there :-Never was a war did cease, Ere bloody hands were wash'd, with such a peace.
31 i. e. have laid most heavy hand on. Many such elliptical passages are found in Shakspeare. Tbus in The Rape of Lucrece :
• Only he hath an eye to gaze on beauty,
And dotes on whom he looks [on] gaivst law and duty.'
The queen is spotless