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the name of: but I could then have looked on Iach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours bim without the help of admiration ; though the of Italy. catalogue of his endowments had been tabled by Post. Being so far provoked as I was in Franca, bis side, and I to peruse him by items.

I would abate her nothing; though I profess Phi. You speak of him, when he was less fur- myself her adorer, not her friend. nished, than now he is, with that which makes Tach. As fair, and as good (a kind of band-in. him both without and witbin,

hand comparison), had been something too fair, Prench. I have seen him in France: we had and too good, for any lady in Britany. If she very many there, could behold the sun with as went before others I have seen, as that diamond firm eyes as he.

of yours out-lustres many I have beheld, I could Iach. This matter of marrying his king's not but believe she excelled many: but I have daughter (wherein he must be weighed rather by not seen the must precious diamond that is, nor her value, than his own) words him, I doubt not, you the lady. a great deal from the matter.

Post. I praised her, as I rated her: so do I French. And then his banishment:

my stone. Iach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that Iach. What do you esteem it at? weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours, Post. More than the world enjoys. are wonderfully to extend him; be it but to fortify - Iach. Either your unparagoned mistress is dead, ber judgment, which else an easy battery might or she's outprized by a trifle. lay fat, for taking a beggar without more quality. Post. You are mistaken: the one may be sold, But how comes it, he is to sojourn with you? or given; if there were wealth enough for the purHow creeps acquaintance?

chase, or merit for the gift: the other is not a Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; thing for sale, and only the gift of the gods. to whom I have been often bound for no less than Iach. Which the gods have given you ?

Post. Which, by their graces, I will keep. Énter Posthumus.

Iach. You may wear her in title yours: but, Here comes the Briton: let him be so entertained you know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of your ponds. Your ring may be stolen too: so, of knowing, to a stranger of his quality:—I beseech your brace of unprizable estimations, the one is you all, be better known to this gentlemen ; whom but frail, and the other casual ; a cunning thief, I commend to you, as a noble friend of mine : or a that-way-accomplished courtier, would hazard how worthy be is, I will leave to appear hereafter, the winning both of first and last. rather than story him in his own hearing.

Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplished French. Sir, we have known together in Orleans. a courtier, to convince the honour of my mistress;

Post. Since when I have been debtor to you if, in the holding or loss of that, you term her for courtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and frail. I do nothing doubt, you have store of yet pay still.

thieves ; notwithstanding, I fear not my ring. French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness : Phi. Let us leave here, gentlemen. I was glad I did atone my countryman and you ; Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy it had been pity, you should have been put together signior, I thank him, makes no stranger of me; with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon we are familiar at first. importance of so slight and trivial a nature.

Iach. With five times so much conversation, I Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young should get ground of your fair mistress : make her traveller; rather shunned to go even with what go back, even to the yielding ; bad I admittance, I heard, tban iu my every action to be guided by and opportunity to friend. others' experiences: but, upon my mended judg- Post. No, no. ment (if I offend not to say it is mended), my Iach. I dare, thereon, pawn the moiety of my quarrel was not altogether slight.

estate to your ring ; which, in my opinion, o'erFrench. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitre- values it something : but I make my wager rather ment of swords; and by such two, that would, against your confidence, than her reputation : and, by all likelihood, have confounded one the other, to bar your offence. herein too, I durst attempt it or have fallen both.

against any lady in the world. Iach. Can we, with manners, ask what was Post. You are a great deal abused in too bold a the difference?

persuasion; and I doubt not you sustain what French. Safely, I think; 'twas a contention in you're worthy of, by your attempt. public, which may, without contradiction, suffer Iach. What's that? the report. It was much like an argument that Post. A repulse: though your attempt, as yon fell out last night, where each of us fell in praise call it, deserves more; a punishment too. of our country mistresses; this gentleman at that Phi. Gentlemen, enough of this : it came in tso time vouching (and upon warrant of bloody affir- suddenly; let it die as it was born, and, I pray mation), his to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, you, be better acquainted. Constant-qualified, and less attemptible, than any Iach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my the rarest of our ladies in France.

neighbour's, on the approbation of what I spoke. luch. That lady is not now living ; or this Post. What lady would you choose to assail ? godileman's opinion, by this, worn out.

Iach. Yours; whom in constancy, you thinks Pust. She holds her virtue still, and I my mind stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats

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to your ring, that, commend me to the court | Thy pupil long? Hast thou not learn'd me hop where your lady is, with no more advantage than To make perfumes ? distil? preserve ? yea, so, the opportunity of a second conference, and I will That our great king himself doth woo me oft bring from thence that honour of hers, which you For my confections? Having thus far proceeded, imagine so reserved.

(Unless you think'st me devilish) is't not meet Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: That I did amplify my judgment in my ring I hold as dear as my finger; 'tis part of it. Other conclusions? I will try the forces

Iach. You are a friend, and therein the wiser. Of these thy compounds on such creatures as If you buy ladies' flesh at a million a dram, you We count not worth the hanging(but none human), cannot preserve it from tainting. But, I see, To try the vigour of them, and apply vou have some religion in you, that you fear. Allayments to their act; and by them gather

Post. This is but a custom in your tongue; Their several virtues and effects. you bear a graver purpose, I hope.

Cor. Your highness Iach. I am the master of my speeches; and Shall from this practice but make hard your heart: would undergo what's spoken, I swear.

Besides, the seeing these effects will be Post. Will you?-I shall but lend my diamond Both noisome and infectious. fill your return.—Let there be covenants drawn Queen. O, content thee. between us. My mistress exceeds in goodness

Enter Pisanio. the hugeness of your unworthy thinking: I dare Here comes a flattering rascal; upon him (aside. you to this match; here's my ring.

Will I first work: he's for his master, Phi. I will have it no lay.

And enemy to my son.- -How now, Pisanio ?-Iach. By the gods, it is one :- -If I bring you Doctor, your service for this time is ended Do sufficient testimony that I have enjoyed the Take your own way. dearest bodily part of your mistress, my ten thou- Cor. I do suspect you, madam ; sand ducats are yours; so is your diamond too. But you shall do no harm.

[aside. If I come off, and leave her in such honour as you Queen. Hark thee, a word.- (to Pisanio. have trust in, she your jewel, this your jewel, and Cor. [aside.] I do not like her. She doth think, my gold, are yours: provided I have your com

she has mendation, for my more free entertainment. Strange lingering poisons : I do know her spirit,

Post. I embrace these conditions : let us have And will not trust one of her malice with articles betwixt us :--only thus far you shall an- A drug of such damn'd nature : those, she has,

If you make your voyage upon her, and Will stupify and dull the sense awhile ; give me directly to understand you have prevailed, Which first, perchance, she'll prove on cats, and I am no further your enemy, she is not worth our

dogs ; debate; if she remain unseduced (you not making Then afterward up higher ; but there is it appear otherwise), for your ill opinion, and the No danger in what show of death it makes, assault you have made to her chastity, you shall More than the locking up the spirits a time, answer me with your sword.

To be more fresh, reviving. She is fool'd Iach. Your hand ; a covenant. We will have With a most false effect; and I the truer, these things set down by lawful counsel, and So to be false with her. straight away for Britain ; lest the bargain should Queen. No further service, doctor, catch cold, and starve: I will fetch my gold, and Until I send for thee. bave our two wagers recorded.

Cor. I humbly take my leave.

[ezit. Post. Agreed. [exeunt Posthumus and Iachimo. Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou? Dost

thou French. Will this hold, think you ?

think, in time Phi. Signior Iachimo will not from it. Pray, She will not quench; and let instruction enter let us follow 'em.

[exeunt. Where folly now possesses ? Do thou work ; CENE VI. BRITAIN. A ROOM IN CYMBELINE'S When thou shalt bring me word, she loves my son,

I'll tell thee, on the instant, thou art then Enter Queen, Ladies, and Cornelius. As great as is thy master : greater ; for Queen. Whiles yet the dew's on ground, gather His fortunes all lie speechless, and his name those flowers ;

Is at last gasp: return he cannot, nor Make haste : who has the note of them ?

Continue where he is : to shift his being, 1 Lady. I, madam.

Is to exchange one misery with another ; Queen. Despatch.

(exeunt Ladies. And every day that comes, comes to decay Now, master Doctor ; have you brought those A day's work in him : what shalt thou expect, drugs?

To be depender on a thing that leans ? Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay; here they are, Who caunot be new built; nor has no friends, madam;

[presenting a small bor. [the Queen drops a box ; Pisanio takes it up But I beseech your grace (without offence; So much as but to prop him ?- Thou tak'st up My conscience bids me ask ;) wherefore you have Thou know'st not what; but take it for thy lalour: Commanded of methese most poisonous compounds, It is a thing I made, which bath the king Which are the movers of a languishing death; Five times redeem'd from death: I do not know But, though slow, deadly?

What is more cordial: Nay, I priythee, take it Queen. I do wonder, doctor,

It is an earnest of a further good 'Thou ask'st me such a question : Have I not been | That I mean to thee. Tell thy mistress how

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ment;

The case stands with her ; do't, as from thyself. Of sea and land, which can distinguish 'twist
Think what a chance thou changest on; but think The fiery orbs above, and the twinn'd stones
Thou hast thy mistress still; to boot, my son, Upon the number'd beach ? and can we not
Who shall take notice of thee: I'll move the king Partition make with spectacles so preciou
To any shape of thy preferment, such

'Twixt fair and foul ?
As thou'lt desire ; and then myself, I chiefly, Imo. What makes your admiration ?
That set thee on to this desert, am bound

Iach. It cannot be i'the eye; for apes and To load thy merit richly. Call my women:

monkeys, Think on my words. [exit Pisanio.)—A sly and 'Twixt two such shes, would chatter this way, and constant knave;

Contemn with mows the other: nor i'the judge-
Not to be shak'd: the agent for his master;
And the remembrancer of her, to hold

For idiots, in this case of favour, would
The band fast to her lord. I have given him that, Be wisely definite : nor i’the appetite;
Which, if he take, shall quite unpeople her Sluttery, to such neat excellence oppos'd,
Of liegers for her sweet ; and which she, after, Should make desire vomit emptiness,
Except she bend her humour, shall be assur'd Not so allur'd to feed.
Re-enter Pisanio and Ladies.

Imo. What is the matter, trow?
To taste of too._So, so ;-well done, well done : Iach. The cloyed will,
The violets, cowslips, and the primroses,

(That satiate yet unsatisfied desire,
Bear to my closet : fare thee well, Pisanio ; That tub both fill’d and running,) ravening first
Think on my words. [ereunt Queen and Ladics. 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. [e.r. Iach. Thanks, madam ; well :-Beseech you, SCENE VII. ANOTHER ROOM IN THE SAME.

sir, desire

[to Pisanio. Enter Imogen.

My man's abode where I did leave him : he Imo. A father cruel, and a step-dame false; Is strange and peevish. A foolish suitor to a wedded lady,

Pis. I was going, sir, That hath her husband banish'd :-0, that hus- To give him welcome.

(exit Pisanio. band!

Imo. Continues well my lord ? His health, 'beMy supreme crown of grief! and those repeated Iach. Well, madam.

[scech you? Vexations of it! Had I been thief-stolen,

Imo. Is he dispos'd to mirth? I hope, he is.
As my two brothers, happy! but most miserable Iach. Exceeding pleasant; none a stranger there
Is the desire that's glorious : blessed be those, So merry and so gamesome : he is call'd
How mean soe'er, that bave their honest wills, The Briton reveller.
Which seasons comfort.-Who may this be? Fie! Imo. When he was here,
Enter Pisanio and Iachimo.

He did incline to sadness; and oft-times
Pis. Madam, a noble gentleman of Rome ;-- Not knowing why.
Comes from my lord with letters.

Iach. I never saw him sad.
Iach. Change you, madam?

There is a Frenchman his companion, one, The worthy Leonatus is in safety,

An eminent monsieur, that, it seems, much loves And greets your highness dearly. [ presents a letter. A Gallian girl at home : he furnaces Imo. Thanks, good sir :

The thick sighs from him; whiles the jolly Briton You are kindly welcome.

(Your lori, I mean), laughs from's free lungs, Iach. All of her, that is out of door, most rich! cries, O!

[aside. “ Can my sides hold, to think, that man,-who If she be furnished with a mind so rare,

knows She is alone the Arabian bird ; and I

By history, report, or his own proof, Have lost the wager.

Boldness be my friend! What woman is, yea, what she cannot choose Arm me, audacity, from head to foot!

But must be, will his free hours languish for Or, like the Parthian, I shall flying fight; Assured bondage ? Rather, directly fly.

Imo. Will my lord say so

so? Imo. [reads.]

" He is one of the poblest note, Iach. Ay, madam, with his eyes in food with to whose kindnesses I am most infinitely tied. laughter. Reflect upon him accordingly, as you value your It is a recreation to be by, truest Leonatus.

And hear him mock the Frenchman : but, heaSo far I read aloud :

Some men are much to blame. (vens know, But even the very iniddle of my heart

Imo. Not he, I hope.

[him might Is warm'd by the rest, and takes it thankfully. Iach. Not he; but yet heaven's bounty towards You are as welcome, worthy sir, as I

Be us’d more thankfully. In himself, 'tis much ; Have words to bid you ; and shall find it 80 In you,—which I count his, beyond all talents, In all that I can do.

Whilst I am bound to wonder, I am bound lach. Thanks, fairest lady.

To pity too. What! are men mad ? Hath nature given them Imo. What do you pity, sir? eyes

Iach. Two creatures, heartily. To see this vaulted arch, and the rich crop

Imo. Am I one, sir ?

You look on me: what wreck discern you in me,| More noble than that runagate to your bed ; Deserves your pity ?

And will continue fast to your affection, Iach. Lamentable! What!

Still close, as sure. To hide me from the radiant sun, and solace

Imo. Wbat ho, Pisanio! I'the dungeon, by a snuff.

Iach. Let me my service, tender on your lips. Imo. I pray you, sir,

Imo. Away !--I do condemn mine ears, that Deliver with more openness your answers

have To my demands. Why do you pity me?

So long attended thee.--If thou wert honourable, Iach. That others do,

Thou would'st have told this tale for virtue, not I was about to say, enjoy your- -But

For such an end thou seek'st; as base, as strange. It is an office of the gods to venge it,

Thou wrong'st a gentleman, who is as far Not mine to speak on't.

From thy report, as thou from honour : and Imo. You do seem to know

Solicit'st here a lady, that disdains Something of me, or what concerns me; 'Pray you, Thee and the devil alike.- What ho, Pisanio! Since doubting things go ill, often hurts more The king my father shall be made acquainted Than to be sure they do: for certainties

Of thy assault: if he shall think it fit, Either are past remedies; or, timely knowing, A saucy stranger, in his court, to mart The remedy then born,) discover to me

As in a Romish stew, and to expound What both you spur and stop.

His beastly mind to us; he hath a court Iach. Had I this cheek

He little cares for, and a daughter whom To bathe my lips upon; this hand, whose touch, He not respects at all. What ho, Pisanio ! Whose every touch, would force the feeler's soul Iach. O happy Leonatus! I may say ; To the oath of loyalty ; this object, which The credit that thy lady hath of thee, Takes prisoner the wild motion of mine eye, Deserves thy trust; and thy most perfect goodness Fixing it only here : should I (damn'd then), Her assur'd credit !-- Blessed live you long! Slaver with lips as common as the stairs

A lady to the worthiest sir, that ever That mount the Capitol ; join gripes with hands Country call'd his! and you his mistress, only Made hard with hourly falsehood, (falsehood, as For the most worthiest fit! Give me your pardon With labour); then lie peeping in an eye, I have spoke this, to know if your affiance Base and unlustrous as the smoky light

Were deeply rooted; and shall make your lord, That's fed with stinking tallow; it were fit, That which he is, new o'er : and he is one That all the plagues of hell should at one time The truest manner'd; such a holy witch, Encounter such revolt.

That he enchants societies unto him ; Imo. My lord, I fear,

Half all men's hearts are his. Has forgot Britain.

Imo. You make amends.

[god : Iach. And himself. Not I,

Iach. He sits 'mongst men, like a descended Inclin'd to this intelligence, pronounce

He hath a kind of honour sets him off, The beggary of his change; but 'tis your graces, More than a mortal sceming. Be not angry, That, from my mutest conscience, to my tongue, Most mighty princess, that I have adventur'd Charms this report out.

To try your taking of a false report; which hath Imo. Let me hear no more.

Honour'd with confirmation your great judgment Iach. O dearest soul! your cause doth strike | In the election of a sir so rare,

[him Which, you know, cannot err.

The love I bear With pity, that doth make me sick.

A lady

Made me to fan you thus; but the gods made you, So fair, and fasten'd to an empery,

Unlike all other's, chafiless. Pray, your pardou. Would make the great'st king double! to be part- Imo. All's well, sir : take my power i'the court

ner'd With tomboys, hir'd with that self-exhibition Iach. My humble thanks. I had almost forgot Which your own coffers yield! with diseas'd To entreat your grace but in a small request, ventures,

And yet of moment too, for it concerns That play with all infirmities for gold,

Your lord; myself, and other noble friends, Which rottenness can lend nature ! such boild Are partners in the business. 193.77 stuff,

Imo. Pray, what is't ?

[lord, As well might poison poison ! Be reveng'd ;

Iach. Some dozen Romans of us, and your Or she, that bore you, was no queen, and you (The best feather of our wing) have min led Recoil from your great stock.

To buy a present for the emperor ; (sums, Imo. Reveng'd!

Wbich I, the factor for the rest, have done How should I be reveng'd? If this be true, In France: 'tis plate, of rare device; and jewels, (As I have such a heart, that both mine ears Of rich and exquisite form; their values great ; Must not in haste abuse), if it be true,

And I am something curious, being strange, How should I be reveng'd ?

To have them in safe stowage; may it please you Iach. Should he make me

To take them in protection? Live like Diana's priest, betwixt cold sheets;

Imo. Willingly; Whiles he is vaulting variable ramps,

And pawn mine honour for their safety : sinco In your despite, upon your purse? – Revenge it. My lord hath interest in them, I will keep fiber I dedicate myself tn your sweet pleasure;

In my bed-chamber.

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TRUNK.

Iach. They are in a trunk,

But not away to-morrow? Attended by my mer: I will make bold

Tach. O, I must, madam: To send them to you, only for this night;

Therefore, I shall beseech you, if you please I must aboard to-morrow.

To greet your lord with writing, do't to-night: Imo. O, no, no.

I have outstood my time; which is material
Iach. Yes, I beseech; or I shall short my word, To the tender of our present.
By length'ning my return. From Gallia

Imo. I will write.
I cross'd the seas on purpose, and on promise Send your trunk to me; it shall safe be kept,
To see your grace.

And truly yielded you.—You are very welcome. Imo. I thank you for your pains;

[cxeuit. ACT II. SCENE I. COURT BEFORE CYMBELINE'S PALACE. 2 Lord. I'll attend your lordship. Enter Cloten and two Lords.

[ereunt Cloten and first Lord Clo. Was there ever man had such luck? when That such a crafty devil as is bis mother I kissed the jack upon an up-cast, to be hit away! Should yield the world this ass! a woman, that I had an hundred pound on't: and then a whore- Bears all down with her brain; and this her son son jackanapes must take me up for swearing ;'as Cannot take two from twenty for his heart, if I borrowed mine oaths of him, and might not And leave eighteen. Alas, poor princess, spend them at my pleasure.

Thou divine Imogen, what thou endur'st!' 1 Lord. What got he by that? you have broke Betwixt a father by thy step-dame governd; his pate with your bów.o. paniti A mother hourly coining plots; a wooer,

2 Lord. If his wit had been like him that broke More hateful than the foul expulsion is it, it would have ran all out.

[aside. Of thy dear husband, than that horrid act Clo. When a gentleman is disposed to swear, Of the divorce he'd make the heavens hold 'firin it is not for any standers-by to curtail his oaths: ha? The walls of thy dear honour; keep unshak'd ,

2 Lord. No, my lörd; nur [aside] crop the ears That temple, thy fair mind; that thou may'st of them.

stand, Clo. Whoreson dog!-I give him satisfactioa? To enjoy thy banish'd lord, and this great land! 'Would, he had been one of my rank !

[exit. 2 Lord. To have smelt like a fool. [aside. SCENE II. A BED-CHAMBER; IN ONE PART OF IT, A

Clo. I am not more vexed at any thing in the earth.- A pox on't! I had rather not be so noble Imogen, reading in her bed; a Lady attending, as I am. They dare not fight with me, because Imo. Who's there ? my woman Helen? of the queen my mother: every jack-slave hath Lady. Please you, madam. his belly full of fighting, and I must go up and Imo. What hour is it? down like a cock that nobody can match.

Lady. Almost midnight, madam. 2 Lord. You are a cock and capon too; and Imo. I have read three hours then: mine eyes you crow, cock, with your comb on. [aside.

are weak :Clo. Sayest thou?

Fold down the leaf, where I have left : To bed ; 1 Lord. It is not fit, your lordship should un- Take not away the taper, leave it burning; dertake every companion that you give offence to. And if thou canst awake by four o'the clock,

Clo. No, I know that: bút it is fit, I should I prythee, call me. Sleep hath seiz'd' me wholly. commit offence to my inferiors.

To your protection I commend me, gods!, 2 Lord. Ay, it is fit for your lordship only.

(erit Lady Clo. Why, so I say.

From fairies, and the tempters of the night, 1 Lord. Did you hear of a stranger, that's come Guard me, beseech ye!

(sleeps. to court to-night?

lach. (from the trunk] The crickets sing, and Clo. A stranger! and I not know on't!

man's o'er-labour'd sense 2 Lord. He's a strånge fellow himself, and Repairs itself by rest : our Tarquin thus knows it not.

[aside. Did softly press the rushes, ere he waken'd 1 Lord. There's an Italian come; and, 'tis The chastity he wounded.-Cytherea, thought, one of Leonatus' friends.

How bravely thou becom'st thy bed! fresh lily! Clo. Leonatus! a banished rascal; and he's | And whiter than the sheets! That I might touch! another, whatsoever he be. Who told you of this But kiss ; one kiss ! - Rubies unparagon'd, stranger ?

How dearly they do't !—'Tis her breathing that 1 Lord. One of your lordship’s pages:

Perfumes the chamber thus: The Hame o'the taper Clo. Is it fit, I went to look upon him? Is Bows toward her; and would under-peep her lids, there no derogation in't?

To see the enclosed lights, now canopied 1 Lord. You cannot derogate, my lord. Under these windows; white and azure, lac'd Clo. Not easily, I think.

With blue of heaven's own tinct. But my 2 Lord. You are a fool granted; therefore your design? issues being foolish, do not derogate. [aside. To note the chamber :-I will write all down

Clo. Come, I'll go see this Italian: What I Such, and such, pictures :- There the window:have lost to-day at bowls, I'll win to-night of

Such him. Coine, go.

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