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tation: and, to bar your offence herein too, I 1 Lady. I, madam. durst attempt it against any lady in the world. Queen. Despatch.
(Ereunt LADIES Post. You are a great deal abused* in too Now, master doctor; have you brought thost bold a persuasion; and I doubt not you sus
drugs? tain what you're worthy of, by your attempt. Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay: here they lach. What's that?
are, madam: [Presenting a small Bai. Post. A repulse: Though your attempt, as But I beseech your grace, (without oflence; you call it, deserve more;
a punishment too. My conscience bids me ask;) wherefore you Phi. Gentlemen, enough of this: it came in
(pounds, too suddenly; let it die as it was born, and, I Commanded of me these most poisonous compray you, be better acquainted.
Which are the movers of a languishing death; Iach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my But, though slow, deadly? neighbour's, on the approbationt of what I Queen. I do wonder, doctor, have spoke.
Thou ask'st me such a question: Have 1 Dost Post. What lady would you choose to assail? Thy pupil long? Hast thou not learn'd me bow
Jach. Yours; whom in constancy, you think, To make perfumes? distil? preserve? yea, 50, stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand That our great king himself doth woo me oft ducats to your ring, that, commend me to the For my confections? Having thus far pro court where your lady is, with no more advan
ceeded, tage than the opportunity of a second confe- (Unless thou think'st me devilish,) is't not meet rence, and I will bring from thence that ho- That I did amplify my judgement in nour of hers, which you imagine so reserved. Other conclusions ?* Twill try the forces
Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to of these thy compounds on such creatures as it: my ring I hold dear as my finger; 'tis part We count pot worth the hanging, (but rose of it.
human,) Iach. You are a friend, and therein the wiser. To try the vigour of them, and apply If you buy ladies' flesh at a million a dram, you Allayments to their act; and by them gather cannot preserve it from tainting: But, I see, Their several virtues, and effects. you have some religion in you, that you fear.
Cor. Your highness
[heart: Post. This is but a custom in your tongue; Shall from this rictice but make hard you you bear a graver purpose, I hope.
Besides, the seci. these effects will be lach. I am the master of my speeches; and Both noisome ? i infectious. would undergo what's spoken, I swear.
Queen. 0, went thee, Post. Will you ?-I shall but lend my diamond till your return:-Let there be covenants
Enter PisaniO. drawn between us: My mistress exceeds in goodness the hugeness of your unworthy think-Here comes a flattering rascal; upon him ing: I dare you to this match : here's my ring. Will I first work: he's for his master, Aside. Phi. I will have it no lay.
And enemy to my son.—How now, Pisanio! lach. By the gods it is one:- If I bring you Doctor, your service for this time is ended; no sufficieut testimony that I have enjoyed the Take your own way. dearest bodily part of your mistress, my ten
Cor. I do suspect you, madam; thousand ducats are yours; so is your diamond But you shall do no harm.
(Aside. • too. If I come off, and leave her in such hon- Queen. Hark thee, a word.—. (To PISANIO. our as you have trust in, she your jewel, this Cor. [-4 side.) I do not like her. She doth your jewel, and my gold are yours:-provided, think, she has I have your commendation, for my niore free Strange lingering poisons:I do know her spirit
And will not trust one of her malice with Post. I embrace these conditions; let us have A drug of such damn'd nature: Those, she has, articles betwixt us :-only, thus far you shall Will stupify and dull the sense awhile: answer. If you make your voyage upon her, Which first, perchance, she'll prove on cats, and give me directly to understand you have
and dogs; prevailed, I am no further your enemy, she is Then afterward up higher; but there is not worth our debate: if she remain unseduc- No danger in what show of death it makes, ed, (you not making it appear otherwise,) for More than the locking up the spirits a time, your ill opinion, and the assault you have made To be more fresh, reviving. She is fool'd to her chastity, you shall answer me with your With a most false effect; and I the truer, sword.
So to be false with her. lach. Your hand; a covenant: We will have Queen. No further service, doctor, these things set down by lawful counsel, and Until I send for thee. straight away fo: Britain; lest the bargain Cor. I humbly take my leave. (Erit. should catch cold, and starve: I will fetch my Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou ? Dost gold, and have our two wagers recorded.
thou thinl., in time Post. Agreed.
She will not quench;t and let instructions enter (Exeunt POSTHUMUS and Iachimo. Where folly now possesses? Do thou work; French. Will this hold, think you?
When thou shalt bring me word, she loves my Phi. Signior lachimo will not from it. Pray,
son, let us follow 'em.
[Exeunt. I'll tell thee, on the instant, thou art then SCENE VI.--Britain.- A Room in CYMBE
As great as is thy master: greater; for
His fortunes all lie speechless, and his name LINE's Palace.
Is at last gasp: Return he cannot, por Enter Queen, LAD! Es, and CORNELIUS. Coatinue where he is : to shift his being, Queen. Whiles yet the dew's on ground, ga- And every day, that comes, comes to decay
Is to exchange one misery with another; ther those flowers; Make haste: Who has the note of them?
+ 1. e. Grow cool.
To change his abode.
A day's work in him: What shalt thon expect, Arm me, audacity, from head to foot!
[The Queen drops a box: Pisanio takes
Imo. [Reads.]-He is one of the noblest note, So much as but to prop him?-Thou tak’st up
to whose kindness I am most infinitely tied. ReThou know'st not what; but take it for thy flect upon him accordingly, as you value your labour:
LEONATUS, It is a thing I made, which hath the king Five times redeem'd from death : I do not But even the very middle of my heart (1):
So far I read aloud : know What is more cordial --Nay, I pr’ythee, také is warm’d by the rest, and takes it thankfulIt is an earnest of a further good
You are as welcome, worthy Sir, as I That I mean to thee. Tell thy mistress how
Have words to bid you; and shall find it so, Think what a chance thou changest on; but what! are men mad? Hath nature given The case stands with her; do't, as from thyself. In all that I can do.
think Thou hast thy mistress still; to boot, my son, To see this vaulted arch, and the rich crop
them eyes Who shall take notice of thee : l'll move the or sea and land, which can distinguish 'twixt To any shape of thy preferment, such [king As thou'lt desire; and then myself, I chiefly,
The fiery orbs above, and the twinn'd stones That set thee on to this desert, am bound
Upon the number'd beach? and can we not To load thy merit richly. Call my women:
Partition make with spectacles so precious Think on my words. [Érit Pisa.1-A Sly and 'Twixt fair and foul ? constant knave;
Imo. What makes your admiration ? Not to be shak'd: the agent for his master;
Iach. It cannot be i'the eye; for apes and And the remembrancer of her, to hold [that,
monkeys, The hand fast to her lord.—I have given him Twixt two such shes, would chatter this way, Which, if he take, shall quite unpeople her
Contemn with mows* the other: Nor i'the Of liegers* for her sweet; and which she, For idiots, in this case of favour, would,
judgement; after, Except she bend her humour, shall be assur'd Be wisely definite : Nor i’the appetite ;
Sluttery, to such neat excellence oppos'd, Re-enter Pisanio, and LADIES. Should make desire vomit emptiness, To taste of too.—So, so ;-well done, well Not so allur’d to feed.
Imo. What is the matter, trow? done : The violets, cowslips, and the primroses,
Iach. The cloyed will, Bear to my closet;Fare thee well, Pisanio ; | That tub both fill’d and running,) ravening first
(That satiate yet unsatisfied desire, Think on my words.
[Exeunt Queen and LADIES. The lamb, longs after for the garbage. Pis. And shall do:
Imo. What, dear Sir, But when to my good lord I prove untrue,
Thus raps you? Are you well? I'll choke myself: there's all I'll do for you.
Iach. Thanks, madam; well :—Beseech (Exit. My man's abode where I did leave him: he
you, Sir, desire [To PISANIO. SCENE VII,-Another Room in the sume. Is strange and peevish. Enter IMOGEN.
Pis. I was going, Sir,
To give him welcome. [Exit PISANIO. Imo. A father cruel, and a step-dame false; Imo. Continues well my lord? His health, A foolish suitor to a wedded lady, [band!
3 'beseech you? That hath her husband banish'd ;-0, that hus- Iach. Well, madam. My supreme crown of grief! and those re- Imo. Is he dispos'd to mirth? I hope, he is.
peated Vexations of it! Had I been thief-stolen,
Iuch. Exceeding pleasant; none a stranger
The Briton reveller.
Iach. I never saw him sad.
There is a Frenchman his companion, one
An eminent monsieur, that, it seems, much Pis. Madam, a noble gentleman of Rome; A Gallian girl at home: he furnaces [loves Comes from my lord with letters.
The thick sighs from him; whiles the jolly lach. Change you, madam?
Briton The worthy Leonatus is in safety,
(Your lord, I mean,) laughs from's free lungs, And greets your highness dearly.
[Presents a Letter. Can my sides hold, to think, that man,—who Imo. Thanks, good Sir:
By history, report, or his own proof, (knows You are kindly welcome.
What woman is, yea, what she cannot choose Iach. All of her, that is out of door, most | But must be will his free hours languish for rich!
[ Aside. Assured bondage? If she be furnish'd with a mind so rare,
Imo. Will my lord say so? She is alone the Arabian bird; and I
Iach. Ay, madam? with his eyes in flood Have lost the wager. Boldness be my friend! with laughter. * Ambassadors.
Making mouths. + Shy and foolish.
It is a recreation to be by,
(As I have such a heart, that both mine ears And hear him mock the Frenchman: But, Must not in haste abuse,) if it be true, heavens know,
How should I be reveng'd? Some men are much to blame.
luch. Should he make me Imo. Not he, I hope.
Live like Diana's priest, betwixt cold sheets ; lach. Not he: But yet heaven's bounty to- Whilst he is vaulting variable ramps, wards him might
In your despite, upon your purse? Revenge it. Be us'd more thankfully. In himself, 'tis I dedicate myself to your sweet pleasure; much;
[lents, More noble than that runagate to your bed; In you,-which I count bis, beyond all ta- And will continue fast to your affection, Whilst I am bound to wonder, I am bound Still close, as sure. To pity too.
Imo. What ho, Pisanio! Imo. What do you pity, Sir?
lach. Let me my service tender on your lips. lach. Two creatures, heartily.
Imo. Away!--I do condemu mine ears, that Imo. Am I one, Sir?
(able, You look on me; What wreck discern you in so long attended thee.- If thou wert honourDeserves your pity ?
Thou would'st have told this tale for virtue, Tach. Lamentable! What!
(strange. To hide me from the radiant sun, and solace For such an end thou seek'st; as base, as I'the dungeon by a snuff?
Thou wrong'st a gentleman, who is as far Imo. I pray you, Sir,
From thy report, as thou from bonour; and Deliver with more openness your answers Solicit'st here a lady, that disdains (anio!To my demands. Why do you pity me? Thee and the devil alike.- What ho, Pislach. That others do,
The king my father shall be made acquainted I was about to say, enjoy your
-But Of thy assault: if he shall think it fit, It is an office of the gods to venge it,
A saucy stranger, in his court, to mart Not mine to speak on't.
As in a Romish stew, and to expound Imo. You do seem to know
[you, His beastly mind to us; he hath a court Something of me, or what concerns me; 'Pray He little cares for, and a daughter whom (Since doubting things go ill, often hurts more He not respects at all.- Whai ho, Pisanio!Than to be sure they do: for certainties Tach. O happy Leonatus! I may say; Either are past remedies; or, timely knowing, The credit, that thy lady hath of thee, [ness The remedy then born,) discover to me Deserves thy trust, and thy most perfect good. What both you spur and stop.*
Her assur'd credit!-Blessed live you long! Iach. Had I this cheek
A lady to the worthiest Sir, that ever To bathe my lips upon; this hand, whose touch, Country call'd his! and you his mistress, only Whose every touch, would force the feeler's For the inost worthiest fit ! Give me your par. soul
don. To the oath of loyalty; this object, which I have spoke this, to know if your affiance Takes prisoner the wild motion of mine eye, Were deeply rooted; and shall make your lord, Fixing it only here: should I (damn'd then,) That which he is, new o'er: And he is one Slaver with lips as common as the stairs The truest manner'd; such a boly witch, That mount the Capitol ; join gripes with That he enchants societies unto him: hands
(as Half all men's hearts are his. Made hard with bourly falsehood (falsehood, Imo. You make amends. With labour;) then lie peeping in an eye, Iach. He sits 'mongst men, like a descended Base and unlustrous as the smoky light
god : That's fed with stinking tallow; it were fit, He hath a kind of honour sets him off, That all the plagues of hell should at one tinie More than a mortal seeming. Be not angry, Encounter such revolt.
Most mighty princess, that I have adventur Imo. My lord, I fear,
To try your taking of a false report; which Has forgot Britain.
[ment lach. And himself. Not I,
Honour'd with confirmation your great judge Inclin'd to this intelligence, pronounce
In the election of a Sir so rare, (him The beggary of his change ; but'tis your graces which you know, cannot err: 'The love I bear That, from my mutest conscience, to my tongue, Made me to fan you thus; but the gods made Charms this report out.
(don. Imo. Let me hear no more.
Unlike all others, chaffless. Pray, your par. luch. O dearest soul! your cause doth strike Imo. All's well, Sir: Take my power i' the
court for yours. With pity, that doth make me sick. A lady Iach. My humble thanks. I had almost forgot So fair, and fasten'd to an empery,t
To entreat your grace but in a small request, Would make the great'st king double! to be And yet of moment too, for it concerns partner's
Your lord; myself, and other noble friends, With tomboys, hir'd with that self-exhibitiong Are partners in the business. Which your own coffers yield! with diseas'd Imo. Pray, what is't? ventures,
lach. Some dozen Romans of us, and your That play with all infirmities for gold (stuff, lord,
(sums, Which rottennes, can lend nature! such boild (The best feather of our wing) have mingled As well might poison poison ! Be reveng'd; To buy a present for the emperor; Or she that bore you, was no queen, and you Which I, the factor for the rest, have done Recoil from your great stock.
In France: 'Tis plate, of rare device; and Imo. Reveng'd!
jewels, How should I be reveng’d? If this be true, Of rich and exquisite form; their values great;
And I am something curious, being strange, What you seem anxious to utter, and yet withhold, + Suvereign command.
Wantons. į Allowance, pension.
+ A stranger.
* To fan, is to winnow.
To have them in safe stowage; May it please Clo. Leonatus! a banished rascal; and he's To take them in protection?
[you another, whatsoever he be. Who told you of Imo. Willingly;
this stranger? And pawn mine honour for their safety: since 1 Lord. One of your lordship's pages. My lord hath interest in them, I will keep them Clo. Is it fit, I went to look upon him? Is In my bed-chamber.
there no derogation in't? lach. They are in a trunk,
1 Lord. You cannot derogate,* my lord. Attended by my men: I will make bold
Clo. Not easily, I think. To send them to you, only for this night; 2 Lord. You are a fool granted; therefore I must aboard to-morrow,
your issues being foolish, do not derogate. Imo. O, no, no.
(Aside. Iach. Yes, I beseech; or I shall short my Clo. Come, I'll go see this Italian : What I word,
have lost to day at bowls, I'll win to-night of By length’ning my return. From Gallia him. Come, go. I cross'd the seas on purpose, and on promise 2 Lord. I'll attend your lordship. To see your grace.
[Exeunt CLOTEN and first LORD. Imo, 'I thank you for your pains;
That such a crafty devil as is his mother But not away to-morrow?
Should yield the world this ass ! a woman, that Iach. O, I must, madam:
Bears all down with her brain ; and this her Therefore, I shall beseech you, if you please To greet your lord with writing, do't to-night: Cannot take two from twenty for his heart, I have outstood my time; which is material And leave eighteen. Alas, poor princess, To the tender of our present.
Thon divine Imogen, what thou endur'st! Imo. I will write,
Betwixt a father by thy step-dame govern'd; Send your trunk to me; it shall safe be kept, A molber hourly coining plots; a wooer And truly yielded you: You are very welcome. More hateful than the foul expulsion is
[Exeunt. Of thy dear husband, than that horrid act ACT II.
Of the divorce be'd make! The beavens hold
firm SCENE I.-Court before CYMBELINE's Palace. The walls of thy dear honour; keep unshak'd Enter CLOTEN, and two LORDS.
That temple, thy fair mind; that thou may'st Clo. Was there ever man had such luck! To enjoy thy banish'd lord, and this great land!
stand, when I kissed the jack upon an up-cast,* to
[Exit. be hit away! I had a hundred pound on't: And then a whoreson jackanapes must take me SCENE II.-A Bed-chamber; in one part of it up for swearing; as if I borrowed mine oaths
a Trunk. of him, and might not spend them at my plea- Imogen reading in her Bed ; a LADY attending,
1 Lord. What got he by that? You have broke Imo. Who's there? my woman Helen? his pate with your bowl.
Ludy. Please you, madam, 2 Lord. If his wit had been like him that Imo. Wbat hour is it? broke it, it would have ran all out. [Aside. Lady.
Almost midnight, madam. Clo. When a gentleman is disposed to swear, Imo. I have read three hours then : mine it is not for any standers-by to curtail his
eyes are weak :oaths : Ha?
Fold down the leaf where I have left: To bed : 2 Lord. No, my lord ; nor [Aside.] crop the Take not away the taper, leave it burning; ears of them.
And if thou canst awake by four o'the clock, Clo. Whoreson dog!—I give him satisfac- I pr'ythee, call me. Sleep hath seiz'd me tion ? ?Would, he had been one of my rank !
[Exit LADY, 2 Lord. To have smelt like a fool.
[ Aside. To your protection I commend me, gods ! Clo. I am not more vexed at any thing in the From fairies, and the tempters of the night, earth,-A pox on't! I had rather not be so Guard me, beseech ye! noble as I am; they dare pot fight with me,
[Sleeps. Iachimo, from the Trunk. because of the queen my mother: every jack- Iach. The crickets sing, and man's o'er-laslave bath his belly full of fighting, and I must
bour'd sepse go up and down like a cock that nobody can Repairs itself by rest: Our Tarquin thus match.
Did softly press the rushes,t ere he waken'd 2 Lord. You are a cock and capon too; and The chastity he wounded. ---Cytherea, you crow, cock, with your comb on. [Aside. How bravely thou becom'st thy bed! fresh lily! Clo. Sayest thou?
And whiter than the sheets! That I might 1 Lord. It is not fit, your lordship should un
touch! dertake every companiont that you give offence But kiss; one kiss !-Rubies unparagon'd, to.
How dearly they do't !-"Tis her breathing that Clo. No, I know that: but it is fit, I should Perfumes the chamber thus: The flame o'the commit offence to my inferiors.
[lids, 2 Lord. Ay, it is fit for your lordship only. Bows toward her; and would under-peep her Clo. Why, so I say.
To see the enclosed lights, now canopied 1 Lord. Did you hear of a stranger, that's Under these windows : White and azure, lac'd come to court to-night?
With blue of heaven's own tinct. Bút my Clo. A stranger! and I know not on't!
design? 2 Lord. He's a strange fellow himself, and To note the chamber :- I will write all down :knows it not.
(A side. Such, and such, pictures :-There the win1 Lord. There's an Italian come; and, 'tis
dow :-Such thought, one of Leonatus' friends.
* 1.e. Degrade yourself, He is describing his fate at bowis, the jack is the small + It was anciently the custom to strew chambers with bowl at which the others are aimed.
† Fellow. rushes. 11. e. The white skin laced with blue veins.
The adornment of her bed ;-The arras," | So, get you gone: If this penetrate, I will figures,
[story, consider your music the better :* if it do not, Why, such, and such :-And the contents o'the it is a vice in her ears, which horse-hairs, and Ah, but some natural notes about her body, cats-guts, nor the voice of unpaved eunuch to Above ten thousand meaner moveables boot, can never amend. (Exeunt MUSICIANS. Would testify, to enrich mine inventory: O sleep, thou ape of death, lie dull upon her!
Enter CYMBELINE and QUEEN, And be her sense but as a monument,
2 Lord. Here comes the king. Thus in a chapel lying !-Come off, come
Clo. I am glad, I was up so late; for that's [Taking off her Bracelet. the reason I was up so early: He cannot As slippery, as the Gordian knot was hard !
choose but take this service I have done, 'Tis mine; and this will witness outwardly,
fatherly.—Good morrow to your majesty, and As strongly as the conscience does within, To the madding of her lord. On her 'left
to my gracious mother. breast
Cym. Attend you here the door of our stern A mole cinque-spotted, like the crimson drops Will she not forth ?
daughter ? I'the bottom of a cowslip: Here's a voucher, Clo. I have assailed her with music, but she Stronger than ever law could make: this se- vouchsafes no notice. cret
[ta'en Will force him think I have pick'd the lock, and she hath not yet forgot him: some more time
Cym. The exile of her minion is too new; The treasure of her honour. No more.-To Must wear
the print of his remembrance out, what end ?
And then she's yours.
Queen. You are most bound to the king; ing late The tale of Tereus; here the leaf's turn's To orderly solicits; and be friended
(down: Prefer you to his daughter: Frame yourself Where Philomel gave up ;-I have enough: With aptness of the season:t make denials To the trunk again, and shut the spring of it. Increase your services: so seem, as if Swift, swift, you dragons of the night!-that You were inspir’d to do those duties which dawning
You tender to her; that you in all obey her, May bare the raven's eye: I lodge in fear ; Save when command to your dismission tends, Though this a heavenly angel, hell is here. And therein you are sepseless.
Clo. Senseless? Not so. One, two, three,-Time, time! [Goes into the Trúnk. The Scene closes.
Enter a MESSENGER.
Mess. So like you, Sir, ambassadors from
Cym. A worthy fellow,
Albeit he comes on angry purpose now; Lord, Your lordship is the most patient But that's no fault of his: We must receive man in loss, the most coldest that ever turned According to the honour of his sender; [him up ace.
And towards himself his goodness forespent Clo. It would make any man cold to lose.
on us 1 Lord. But not every man patient, after the We must extend our notice.-Our dear son, poble temper of your lordship; You are most When you have given good morning to your hot, and furious, when you win.
mistress, Clo. Winning would put any man into cour. Attend the queen, and us; we shall have need age: If I could get this foolish Imogen, I To employ you towards this Roman.-Come, should have gold enough: It's almost morn.
our queen. ing, is't not?
(Exeunt Cym. Queen, LORDS, and Mess. 1 Lord. Day, my lord.
Clo. If she be up, I'll speak with her; if not, Clo. I would this music would come: I am Let her lie still, and dream.-By your leave advised to give her music o' mornings; they
[Knocks. say, it will penetrate.
I know her women are about her; What
If I do line one of their hands ? 'Tis gold
Which buys admittance; oft it doth; yea, and Come on; tune: If you can penetrate her with
makes your fingering, so; we'll try with tongue too : Diana's rangers false themselves, yield up if none will do, let her remain; but I'll never Their deer to the stand of the stealer; and 'tis give o'er. First, a very excellent good-con
gold ceited thing; after a wonderful sweet air, with which makes the true man kill'd, and saves admirable rich words to it,--and then let her
the thief; consider.
Nay, sometime, hangs both thief and true
man : What Song.
Can it not do, and undo? I will make
One of her women lawyer to me; for
1 yet not understand the case myself. His steeds to water at those springs
By your leave.
(Knocks. On chalic'dt flowers that lies;
Enter a Lady.
Lady. Who's there, that knocks?
Clo. A gentleman.
Ludy. No more?
* Will pay you more for it.
+ With solicitations not only proper but well-timed.