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Iacb. Would I had put my estate and my neighbour's, on th' approbation of what I have spoke.

Post. What lady would you chuse to assail?

Iacb. Yours; who in constancy you think stands so sase. 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 conserence, I will bring from thence that honour of hers, which you imagine so reserv'd.

Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: my ring I hold dear as my finger, 'tis part of it.

Iacb. You are9' afraid,N and therein the wiser; if you buy ladies flesh at a million a dram, you cannot preserve it from tainting. But I see you have some religion in you, that you sear.

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

Iacb. 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 thoughts. I dare you to this match; here's my ring.

Phil. I will have it no lay.

Iacb. By the Gods, it is one. If I bring ''you sufRcientN testimony that I have enjoy'd the dearest bodily part of your mistress, my ten thousand ducats are 1' mineN so is your diamond too: if I come off, and leave her in such honour as you have trust in; (he your jewel, this your jewel, and my gold are yours i provided I have your commendation, for my more free entertainment.

Post. 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

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she is not worth our debate. If she remain unseduc'd, you not making it appear otherwise; for your ill opinion, and th' aflault you have made to her chastity, you shall answer me with your sword.

Iacb. Your hand, a covenant; we will have these things set down by lawsul counsel, and straight away for Britain, lest the bargain should catch cold, and starve. I will setch my gold, and have our two wagers recorded.

Pofi. Agreed. [Exeunt Posthumus and Iachimo.

Frencb. Will this hold, think you? Phil. Signior lachimo will not from it. Pray let us follow 'em. [Exeunt.

Cymbelinc'j Palace in Britain.

Enter Queen, Ladies, and Cornelius with a vial.
%"ITTHile yet the dew's on ground gather those

Make haste. Who has the note of them?
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 have
Commanded of me these most pois'nous compounds?
Which are the movers of a languishing death;
But though flow, deadly.

Queen. I do 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 persumes? distil? preserve? yea so,
That our great King himself doth woo me oft






For my consections? having thus far proceeded,
Unless thou think'st me dev'lish, is't not meet
That I did amplifie my judgment in
Other conclusions? I will try the forces
Of these thy compounds on such creatures as
We count not worth the hanging, but none human j
To try the vigour of them, and apply
Allayments to their act, and by them gather
Their scv'ral virtues, and efsects.

Cor. Your Highness
Shall from this practice but make hard your heart i
Besides, the seeing these efsects will be
Both noyfbme and insectious.

Queen. O, content thee.

Enter Pifanio.

Here comes a fiatt'ring rascal, upon him [Aside.
Will I first work; he's for his master's fake
An 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. [Aside. But you shall do no harm.

Queen. Hark thee a word. [To Pifanio.

Cor. I do not like her. She doth think /he has
Strange ling'ring poisons; I do know her spirit,
And will not trust one of her malice with
A drug of such damn'd nature. 3' ThatN she has
Will stupifie and dull the sense 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 fool'd
With a most false effect; and I the truer,
So to be false with her.


3 Those.

Queen. No surther service, Doctor, until I 4' send.N Cor. 5' I takeN 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 lye speechless, and his name

Is at last gasp. Return he cannor, nor

Continue where he is: to shift his being,

Is to exchange one misery with another;

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, and has no friends,

So much as but to prop him? Thou tak'st up

[Pifanio looking on the viai. Thou know'st not what; but take it for thy labour i It is a thing I make, which hath the King Five times redeemed from death; I do not know What is more cordial. Nay, I pr'ythce take it, It is an earnest of a surther good That I mean to thee. Tell thy mistress how The case stands with her; do't as from thy self: Think what a 6'changcN thou chancest on, but think Thou hast thy mistress still; to boot, my son, Who /hall take notice of thee. I'll move the King To any shape of thy preserment, such As thou'lt desire; and then myself, I chiefly That set thee on to this desert, am bound

To load thy merit richly. Call my women . ■

[Exit Pifanio. Think on my words. —— A fly and constant knave,

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Not to be shak'd; the agent for his master,
And the remembrancer of her to hold
The hand fast to her Lord. I've giv'n him that,
Which is he take, shall quite unpeople her
Of leigers for her sweet; and which she after
(Except she bend her humour) shall be assur'd
To taste of too.

Enter Pisanio, and Ladies.

So, so; well done, well done;

The violets, cowstips, and the prim-roses,

Bear to my closet; fare thee well, Pisanio,

Think on my words. [Exeunt Queen and Ladies.

Pis. "I shall do so :N But when to my good Lord I prove untrue, I'll choak my self; there's all I'll do for you. [Exit.

Imogens Apartment.

Enter Imogen alone:

Into. A Father cruel, and a stepdame false,
A foolish suitor to a wedded Lady,
That hath her husband banish'd — O, that husband!
My supream crown of grief and those repeated

Vexations of it had I been thief-stol'n,

As my two brothers, happy! but most miserable
Is the 8' degreeN that's glorious. Bless'd be those,
How mean soe'er, that have their honest wills,
Which seasons comfort. Who may this be? fie!

Enter Pisanio, and Iachimo.

Pis. Madam, a noble gentleman of Rome Comes from my Lord with letters.


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