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thank him, makes no stranger of me; we are familiar at first.

lach. With five times so much conversation, I should get ground of your fair mistress: make her go back, even to the yielding ; had I admittance, and opportunity to friend.

Poft. No, no.

lach. I dare, thereupon, pawn the moiety of my estate to your ring; which, in my opinion, o'er-values it something: But I make my wager rather against your confi. dence, than her reputation : and, to bar your offence herein too, I durst attempt it against any lady in the world.

Post. You are a great deal abus’d in too bold a perfuasion ; and I doubt not you'd sustain what you're worthy of, by your attempt.

lach. What's that?

Pojt. A repulse: Though your attempt, as you call it, deserves more; a punishment too.

Phil. Gentlemen, enough of this: it came in too suddenly; let it die as it was born, and, I pray you, be bet. ter acquainted.

Jach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my neighbour's, on the P approbation of what I have spoke.

Poft. What lady would you chuse to affail ?

lach. Yours; who in constancy, you think, stands fo safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats to your ring, that, commend me to the court where your lady is, with no more advantage than the opportunity of a second conference, and I will bring from thence that honour of hers, which you imagine so reserv'd.

Poft. I will wager against your gold, gold to it: my ring I hold dear as my finger ; 'tis part of it. A great deal abus'd]-grossly deceived. P approbation)-proof.


lach. You are ? a friend, and therein the wiser. If you buy ladies' Aesh at a million a dram, you cannot preserve it from tainting : But, I see, you have fome religion in you, that you fear.

Poft. This is but a custom in your tongue: you bear a graver purpose, I hope.

lach. I am the master of my speeches; and would'undergo what's spoken, I swear.

Post. Will you ?-I shall but lend my diamond 'till your return :- Let there be covenants drawn between us : My mistress exceeds in goodness the hugeness of your unworthy thinking: I dare you to this match: here's my ring

Pbil. I will have it no lay.

lech. By the gods it is one: - If I bring you no sufficient testimony that I have enjoy'd the dearest bodily part of

your mistress, my ten thousand ducats are yours; so is your diamond too: If I come off, and leave her in such honour as you have trust in, the your jewel, this your jewel, and my gold are yours ;—provided, I have your commendation, for my more free entertainment.

Poft. I embrace these conditions ; let us have articles betwixt us :-only, thus far you shall answer. If you make

your voyage upon her, and give me directly to understand you have prevail’d, I am no further your enemy, she is not worth our debate: if the remain unseduc'd, (you not making it appear otherwise) for your ill opinion, and the assault you have made to her chastity, you shall answer me with


sword. lach. Your hand; a covenant; We will have these things set down by lawful counsel, and straight away for

9 a friend, ]-to the lady, and as such wisc, in not exposing her to hazard-afraid, and that's a proof of your wisdom. ' undergo]-undertake. 'If I bring you sufficient, &c. my ten thousand ducats are mine; &c.

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Britain ; left the bargain should catch cold, and starve: I will fetch my gold, and have our two wagers recorded.

Poft. Agreed. [Exeunt Posthumus, and Iachimo. French. Will this hold, think you ?

Pbil. Signior lachimo will not from it, Pray, let us follow 'em,


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Cymbeline's Palace. Enter Queen, Ladies, and Cornelius. Queen. Whiles yet the dew's on ground, gather those

flowers; Make hafte: Who has the note of them?

i Lady. I, madam. Queen. Dispatch.

[Exeunt ladies. Now, master doctor ; have you brought those drugs?

Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay: here they are, madam :
But I beseech your grace, (without offence;
My conscience bids me ask) wherefore you

Commanded of me these most poisonous compounds,
Which are the movers of a languishing death;
But, though now, deadly?

Queen. I wonder, doctor,
Thou ask'st me such a question: Have I not been
Thy pupil long ? Hast thou not learn'd me how
To make perfumes ? distill? preserve ? yea, so,
That our great king himself doth woo me oft

confections? Having thus far proceeded,
(Unless thou think’ft me devilish) is't not meet
That I did amplify my judgment in
Other conclusions? I will try the forces
& conclusions ?]-experiments,

MERCHANT OP Venice, Vol. II. p. 103, Laun,


For my

Of these thy compounds on such creatures as
We count not worth the hanging, (but none human)
To try the vigour of them, and apply
Allayments to their act; and by them gather
Their several virtues, and effects.

Cor. Your highness
Shall from this practice but make hard your heart ;
Besides, the seeing these effects will be
Both noisome and infectious.
Queen. O, content thee.

Enter Pifanio,
Here comes a flattering rascal; upon him [Afde.
Will I first work : he's for his master,
And enemy to my son.—How now, Pifanio ? -
Doctor, your service for this time is ended;
• Take your own way.

Cor. I do suspect you, madam; But you shall do no harm.

[Afde. Queen. Hark thee, a word.

[To Pisanio. Cor. (Afide.] I do not like her. She doth think, the

Strange lingering poisons: I do know her fpirit,
And will not trust one of her malice with
A drug of such damn'd nature: Those, she has,
Will ftupify and dull the fense a while:
Which first, perchance, she'll prove on cats, and dogs ;
Then afterward up higher : but there is
No danger in what shew of death it makes,
More than the locking up the spirits a time,
To be more fresh, reviving. She is foold
With a most false effect; and I the truer,
So to be false with her.

Takr your own way.) You are dismiffed,


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Queen. No further service, doctor,
Until I send for thee.
Cor. I humbly take my leave.

[Exit. Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou? Dost thou think,

in time
She will not " quench; and let instructions enter
Where folly now possesses? Do thou work:
When thou shalt bring me word, she loves my son,
I'll tell thee, on the instant, thou art then
As great as is thy master : greater; for
His fortunes all lie speechless, and his name
Is at last gasp : Return he cannot, nor
Continue where he is : *to shift his being,
Is to exchange one misery with anothers
And every day, that comes, comes to decay
A day's work in him : What shalt thou expect,
To be depender on a thing that leans ?
Who cannot be new built; nor has no friends,

(The Queen drops a phial: Pisanio takes it up.
So much as but to prop him? --Thou tak’st up
Thou know'st not what; but take it for thy labour :
It is a thing I make, which hath the king
Five times.redeem'd from death; I do not know
What is more cordial :-Nay, I pr’ythee, take it ;
It is an earnest of a further good
That I mean to thee. Tell thy mistress how
The case stands with her ; do't, as from thyself.
Think ? what a chance thou changest on; but think
: Thou hast thy mistress still; to boot, my son,

Who shall take notice of thee; move the king

o quench ;)-cool.
* lo shift bis being, )—to change his place of abode,

ibat leans ? ]--that is in a declining state. z ebat a chance tbou changeft on ;]-how likely thou art to better thy condition by such an exchange of service, or rather attachment.


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