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And with mine eyes I'll drink the words you send,
Imo. Nay, stay a little:
Post. How ! how! another?
Imo. O, the gods !
Enter CYMBELINE and LORDS.
Post. The gods protect you !
[Exit. Imo. There cannot be a pinch in death More sharp than this is.
Cym. O disloyal thing,
Imo. I beseech you, Sir,
Cym. Past grace ? obedience ?
+ A more exquisite feeling.
Cym. That mightst have had the sole son of my queen!
Imo. O bless'd, that I might not! I chose an eagle, And did avoid a puttock.*
Cym. Thou took'st a beggar; wouldst have made my throne A seat for baseness.
Imo. No; I rather added A lustre to it.
Cym. O thou vile one!
Cym. What !-art thou mad ?
Queen. 'Beseech your patience :-Peace,
Cym. Nay, let her languish
Pis. My lord your son drew on my master.
Pis. There might have been,
Queen. I am very glad on't.
Imo. Your son 's my father's friend; he takes his part.-
Pis. On his command: He would not suffer me
Your faithful servant: I dare lay mine honour,
Pis. I humbly thank your highness.
Imo. About some half-hour hence, 1 pray you, speak with me: you shall, at least, Go see my lord aboard : for this time, leave me. [Exeunt.
SCENE III.- A public place.
Euter CLOTEN and two LORDS. 1 Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; the violence of action hath made you reek as a sacrifice: Where air comes out, air comes in: there's none abroad so wholesome as that you vent.
Clo. If my shirt were bloody, then to shift it-Have I hurt him ?
2 Lord. No, faith; not so much as his patience. [Aside.
1 Lord. Hurt him? his body 's a passable carcass, if he be not hurt: it is a thoroughfare for steel, if it be not hurt.
2 Lord. His steel was in debt; it went o' the backside the town.
[Aside. Clo. The villain would not stand me. 2 Lord. No; but he fled forward still, toward your face. [Aside.
1 Lord. Stand you! You had land enough of your own : but he added to your having; gave you some ground.
2 Lord. As many inches as you have oceans: Puppies ! [Aside. Clo. I would, they had not come between us.
2 Lord. So would I, till you had measured how long a fool you were upon the ground.
[Aside. Clo. And that she should love this fellow, and refuse me! 2 Lord. If it be a sin to make a true election, she is damned.
[Aside. 1 Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty and her brain go not together: She's a good sign, but I have seen small reflection of her wit.*
2 Lord. She shines not upon fools, lest the reflection should hurt her.
[Aside. Clo. Come, I'll to my chamber: 'Would there had been some hurt done!
2 Lord. I wish not so; unless it had been the fall of an ass, which is no great hurt.
[Aside. Clo. You'll go with us? i Lord. I'll attend your lordship. Clo. Nay, come, let's go together. 2 Lord. Well, my lord.
[Excunt. SCENE IV.-A Room in CYMBELINE's Palace.
Enter IMOGEN and PISANIO.
* Anciently almost every sign had a motto, or some attempt at a witti. cism underneath it.
As offer'd mercy is.* What was the last
Pis. 'Twas, His queen, his queen!
Imo. Senseless linen! happier therein than I !
Pis. No, madam; for so long
Imo. Thou shouldst have made him
Imo. I would have broke mine eye-strings; crack'd them, but
Pis. Be assured, madam,
Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had
Enter a LADY.
Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them despatch'd.-
[Exeunt * 'Twere as great a loss as that of a pardon transmitted to a criminal. t Opportunity.
Meet me with reciprocal prayer.
SCENE V.- Rome. An Apartment in PHILARIO's House. Enter PHILARIO, IACHIMO, a FRENCHMAN, a DUTCHMAN, and
a SPANIARD. Iach. Believe it, Sir, I have seen him in Britain; he was then of a crescent note, * expected to prove so worthy, as since he hath been allowed the name of: but I could then have looked on him without the help of admiration; though the catalogue of his endowments had been tabled by his side, and I to peruse him by items.
Phi. You speak of him when he was less furnish'd than now he is, with that which makes t him both without and within.
French. I have seen him in France; we had very many there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes as he.
Iach. This matter of marrying his king's daughter (wherein he must be weighed rather by her value, than his own), words him, I doubt not a great deal from the matter. I
French. And then his banishment:
Iach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours, are wonderfully to extend & him; be it but to fortify her judgment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, for taking a beggar without more quality. But how comes it, he is to sojourn with you? how creeps acquaintance ?
Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; to whom I have been often bound for no less than my life :
Enter POSTHUMUS. Here comes the Briton: Let him be so entertained amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of your knowing, to a stranger of quality:-I beseech you all, be better known to this gentleman; whom I commend to you as a noble friend of mine: How worthy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, rather than story him in his own hearing.
French, Sir, we have known together in Orleans.
Post. Since when I have been debtor to you for courtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet pay still.
French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness: I was glad I did atone || my countryman and you; it had been pity, you should have been put together with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon importance of so slight and trivial a nature.
Post. By your pardon, Sir, I was then a young traveller : rather shunned to go even with what I heard, than in my every action to be guided by others' experiences: but, upon my mended judg. ment (if I offend not to say it is mended), my quarrel was not altogether slight.
French. Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement of swords; and by such two, that would, by all likelihood, have confounded** one the other, or have fallen both. * Increasing in fame.
† Forms him. #I. e. makes him over-estimated.
Praise him. 1 Reconcile. Matter.