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To look upon him; till the diminution for courtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and
Be assur'd, madam, bore, upon importance of so slight and trivial a With his next vantage.
nature. Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young Most pretty things to say: ere I could tell him, traveller: rather shuon'd to go even with what How I would think on him, at certain hours, I heard, than in my every action to be guided Such thoughts, and such ; or I could make him by others' experiences: but, upon my mended The she's of Italy should not betray (swear judgment (if I offend not to say it is mended), Mine interest, and his honour; or have charg'd my quarrel was not altogether slight. him,
French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitreAt the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight ment of swords; and by such two that would, To encounter me with orisons, for then
by all likelihood, have confounded one the other, I am in heaven for him : or ere I could
or have fallen both. Give him that parting kiss, which I had set Jach. Can we, with manners, ask what was Betwixt two charming words, comes in my
the difrerence ? father,
French. Safely, I think : 'twas a contention And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north, in publick, which may, without contradiction, Shakes all our buds from growing.
suffer the report. It was much like an argument Enter a Lady.
that fell out last night, where each of us fell in
praise of our country inistresses: This gentleLady.
man at that time vouching and upon warrant Desires your highness' company.
of bloody affirmation), his to be more fair, virImo. Those things I bid you do, get them I will attend the queen.
tuous, wise, chaste, constant-qualified, and less [despetch'd.
attemptible, than any the rarest of our ladies Pis. Madam, I shall.
[Errunt. Iach. That lady is not now living; or this SCENE V.
gentleman's opinion, by this, worn out. Rome. An Apartment in Philario's House. Post. She holds her virtue still, and I my mind, Enter PEILARIO. IACHIMO, Frenchman, a Dutch Iach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours man, and a Spaniard.
of Italy. Inch. Believe it, sir: I have seen him in Bri- I would abate her nothing; though I profess
Post. Deing so far provoked as I was in France, tuin: he was then of a crescent note, espected myself her adorer, not her friend. to prove so worthy, as since he liath been allowed the name of : but I could then have looked on hand comparison), had been something too fair,
lach. As fair, and as good (a kind of hand-inhim
without the help of admiration: though the and too good, for any lady in Britany. If she catalogue of his endowments had been tabled went before others I have seen, as that diamond by his side, and I to peruse him by items.
Phi. You speak of him when he was less fur- of yours ont-lustres many I have beheld, I could nished, than now he is, with that which makes not but believe she excelled many : but I have him both without and within.
not seen the most precious diamond that is, nor
[my stone. French. I have seen him in France : we had you the lady. very many there, could behold the sun with as
Post. I praised her, as I rated her: so do I
lach. What do you esteem it at? firm eyes as he.
Post. More than the world enjoys. Iach. This matter of marrying his king's daughter (wherein he must be weighed rather
Tach. Either your unparagoned mistress is by her value, than his own), words him, I doubt dead, or she's out priz'd by a trifle.
Inst. You are mistaken: the one may be sold, not, a great deal from the matter. French. And then his banishment :
or given; if there were wealth enougii for the lach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that purchase, or merit for the gift: the other is not weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours
a thing for sale, and only the gift of the gods.
lach. Which the gods have given you? are wonderfully to extend him; be it but to fortify her judgment, which else an easy battery
Post. Which, by their graces, I will keep.
Iach. You may wear her in title yours: but, might lay flat, for taking a beggar without inore quality. But how comes it, he is to sojourn with you know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring you? How creeps acquaintance ?
ponds. Your ring may be stolen too: so, of your Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; brace of unprizeable estimations, the one is but to whom I have been often bound for no less frail, and the other casual: a cnnning thief, or than my life :
a tbat-way accomplished courtier, would hazard
the winning both of first and last. Enter POSTHUMUS.
Post. Your Italy contains none so accom. Here comes the Briton: Let him be so enter. plished a courtier, to convince the honour of tained amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of my mistress; if, in the holding or loss of that, your knowing, to a stranger of his quality.-Iyou terin her frail. I do nothing doubt, you beseech you all, be better known to this gentle- have store of thieves; notwithstanding I fear man; whom I commend to you, as a noble not my ring. friend of mine : How worthy he is, I will leave Phi. Let us leave here, gentlemen. to appear hereafter, rather than story him in his Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy own hearing.
[leans. signior, I thank him, makes no stranger of me: French. Sir, we have known together in Or- we are familiar at first. Post. Since when I have been debtor to you lach. With five times so much conversation,
I should get ground of your fair mistress; make
SCENE VI. her go back, even to the yielding; had I admittance, and opportunity to friend.
Britain. A Room in Cymbeline's Palace. Post. No, no.
Enter Queen, Ladies, and CORNELIUS. Iach. I dare, therenpon, pawn the moiety of Queen. Whiles yet the dew'son ground, gather my estate to your ring; which, in my opinion,
those flowers ; o'er-values it something: But I make my wager Make haste : Who has the note of them? rather against your confidence, than her repu 1 Lady.
1, madam, tation; and, to bar your offence herein too, I Queen. Despatch.
Ereunt Ladies. durst attempt it against any lady in the Now, master doctor; have you brought those world.
drugs? Post. You are a great deal abused in too bold Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay: here they a persuasion; and I doubt not you sustain what are, madam : (Presenting a small Bož. you're worthy of, by your attempt.
But I beseech your grace (without offence ; Iach. What's that?
My conscience bids me ask); wherefore you have Post. A repulse: Though your attempt, as you Commanded of me these most poisonous comcall it, deserve more; a punishment too.
pounds, Phi. Gentlemen, enough of this; it came in which are the movers of a languishing death ; too suddenly; let it die as it was born, and, I But, though slow, deadly? pray you, be better acquainted.
I do wonder, doctor, Tach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my Thou ask'st me such a question: Have I not been neighbour's, on the approbation of what I have Thy pupil long? Hast thou not learn’d me how spoke.
To make perfumes ? distil ? preserve ? yea, so, Post. What lady would you choose to assail? That our great king himself doth woo me oft
lach. Yours; whom in constancy, you think, For my confections? Having thus far proceeded stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand (Unless thou think'st me devilish), is't not meet ducats to your ring, that, commend me to the That I did amplify my judgment in court where your lady is, with no more advan. Other conclusions? I will try the forces tage than the opportunity of a second conference, of these thy compounds on such creatures as and I will bring from thence that honour of hers, We count not worth the hanging (but none huwhich you imagine so reserved,
To try the vigour of them, and apply (man), Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: Allayments to their act; and by them gather my ring I hold dear as my finger; 'tis part of it. Their several virtues and effects. lach. You are a friend, and therein the wiser. Cor.
Your highness If you buy ladies' flesh at a million a dram, you Shall from this practice but make hard your cannot preserve it from tainting: But, I see,
heart, you have some religion in you, that you fear. Besides, the seeing these effects will be
Post. This is but a custom in your tongue; Both noisome and infectious. you bear a graver purpose, I hope.
0, content thee.-Tach. I am the master of my speeches; and
Enter PISANI, would undergo what's spoken, I swear. Here comes a flattering rascal; upon him Post. Will you?-I shall but lend my diamond
(ilside, till your return:-Let there be covenants drawn Will I first work: he's for his master, between us: My mistress exceeds in goodness and enemy to my son.-How now, Pisanio?-the hugeness of your unworthy thinking: I dare Doctor, your service for this time is ended; yon to this match: here's my ring.
Take your own way. Phi. I will have it no lay.
I do suspect you, madam; lach. By the gods it is one: if I bring you But you shall do no harm.
(Aside. no sufficient testimony that I have enjoyed the Queen.
Hark thee, a word.dearest bodily part of your mistress, my ten
[To PISANIO. thousand ducats are yours : so is your diamond Cor. (Aside.] I do not like her. She doth think too. If I come off, and leave her in such honour she has as you have trust in, she your jewel, this your Strange lingering poisons: I do know her spirit, jewel, and my gold are yours:-provided, I have And will not trust one of her malice with your commendation, for my more free enter- A drug of such damn'd nature: Those, she has, tainment.
Will stupify and dull the sense awhile : Post. I embrace these conditions ; let us have Which first, perchance, she'll prove on cats, and articles betwixt us: only, thus far you shall Then afterward up higher: but there is (dogs; answer. If you make your voyage upon her, No danger in what show of death it makes, and give me directly to understand you have More than the locking up the spirits a time, prevailed, I am no further your enemy, she is To be more fresh, reviving. She is fool'd not worth our debate: if she remain unseduced with a most false effect; and I the truer, (you not making it appear otherwise), for your So to be false with her. ill opinion, and the assault you have made to Queen.
No further service, doctor, her chastity, you shall answer me with your Until I send for thee. sword.
I humbly take my leave. lach. Your hand; a covenant: We will have
(Erit. these things set down by lawful counsel, and Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou? Dost thou straight away for Britain; lest the bargain think, in time should catch cold and starve: I will fetch my She will not quench: and let instructions enter gold, and have our two wagers recorded. Where folly now possesses? Do thou work;
Post. Agreed. [Eceunt Post. and lacu. When thou shalt bring me word, she loves my French. Will this hold, think you?
I'll tell thee, on the instant, thou art then (son, Phi. Signior lachimo will not from it, Pray, As great as is thy master; greater; for let us follow 'em,
JE.ceunt. His fortunes all lie speechless, and his name
Is at last gasp : Return he cannot, nor So far I read alond;
In all that I can do.
Thanks, fairest lady.(The Queen drops a Bor: PISANJO tikes it up. What! are men mad? Hath nature given them So much as but to prop him ?- Thou tak'st up
eyes Thou know'st not what: but take it for thy To see this vaulted arch, and the rich crop labour :
Of sea and land, which can distinguish 'twist It as a thing I made, which hath the king The fiery orbs above, and the twinn d stones Five times redeem'd from death: I do not know Upon the number'd beach? and can we not What is more cordial :-Nay, I prythee, take it; Partition make with spectacles so precious It is an earnest of a further good
"Twixt fair and foul? That I mean to thee. Tell thy mistress how Imo.
What makes your admiration? The case stands with her; do't, as from thyself. Iach. It cannot be i' the eye; for apes and Thinkwhat a chance thou changeston; but think monkeys
(and Thou hast thy mistress still; to boot, my son, 'Twixt two suich she's, would chatter this way, Whoshall take notice of thee; I'll move the king Contemn with mows the other: Nori' the judge To any shape of thy preferment, such For idiots, in this case of favour, would (ment; As thou'lt desire; and then myself, I chiefly, Be wisely definite: Nor i' the appetite ; That set thee on to this desert, am bound Sluttery to such neat excellence oppos'd To load thy merit richly. Call my women :
Should make desire vomit emptiness, Think on my words. (Exit Pisa.)-A sly and Not so allur'd to feed. constant knave;
Imo. What is the matter, trow? Not to be shak'd: the agent for his master; lach.
The cloyed will And the remembrancer of her, to hold
(That satiate yet unsatisfied desire, The hand fast to herlord.--I have given him that That tub both fill'd and running), ravening first Which, if he take, shall quite unpeople her The lamb, longs after for the garbage. Of liegers for her sweet; and which she, after, I mo.
What, dear sir, Except she bend her humour, shall be assur'd Thus raps you? Are you well ? Re-enter PISANIO, and Ladies.
Iach. Thanks, madam; well:-'Beseech you, To taste of too.- So, 80 ;-well done, well done;
I was going, sir,
[Exit PisaNIO. But when to my good lord I prove untrue, Imo. Continues well my lord ? His health, I'll choke myself; there's all I'll do for you. lach. Well, madam.
(beseech you! (E.cit. Imo. Is he dispos'd to mirth? I hope, he is. SCENE VII. Another Room in the same.
Iach. Exceeding pleasant: none a stranger
So merry and so gamesome : he is called
When he was here,
I never saw him sad.
(Your lord, I mean), laughs from's free lungs, Pis. Madam, a noble gentleman of Rome ;
cries O! Cornes from my lord with letters.
Can my sides hold, to think, that man,--who knows loch.
Change you, madam? By history, report, or his own proof, The worthy Leonatus is in safety,
What woman is, yea, what she cannot choose And greets your highness dearly.
But must be, - will his free hours languish for
(Presents a Letter. Assured bondage 1 Ima. Thanks, good sir: Imo.
Will my lord say so? You are kindly welcome.
lach. Ay, madam; with his eyes in flood with lach. All of her, that is out of door, most rich! It is a recreation to be by,
[langhter. [Aside. And hear him mock the Frenchman: Put, If she be furnish'd with a mind so rare,
heavens know, She is alone the Arabian bird; and I
Some men are much to blame. llave lost the wager. Boldness be my friend; Imo,
Not he, I hope. AI'm me, audacity, from head to foot!
lach. Not he: But yet heaven's bounty iw Or, like the Parthian, I shall flying fight :
wards him might Rother, directly fly.
Be us'd more thankfully. In himself, 'tis much; Imro. (Reads.)- He is one of the noblest note, 20 In you,--which I count his, beyond all talents, trhose kindnesses I am most infinitely tied. Reflect Whilst I am bound to wonder, I am bound kout him accordingly, as you value your truest To pity too.
. What do you pity, sir?
lach. Two creatures heartily.
Thon would'st have told this tale for virtue, not Imo.
Am I one, sir? For such an end thou seek'st; as base, as strange. You look on me? What wreck discern you in Thou wrong'st a gentleman, who is as far Deserves your pity ?
[me, From thy report, as thou from honour; and lach.
Lamentable! What! Solicit'st here a lady, that disdains To hide me from the radiant sun, and solace Thee and the devil alike.- What ho, Pisaniol'the dungeon by a snuff?
The king my father shall be made acqnainted Imo.
I pray you, sir, Of thy assault: if he shall think it fit, Deliver with more openness your answers A saucy stranger, in his court, to mart To my demands. Why do you pity me? As in a Romish stew, and to expound lach. That others do,
His beastly mind to us; he hath a court I was about to say, enjoy your-But
He little cares for, and a daughter whom It is an office of the gods to venge it,
He not respects at all.-What ho, Pisanio!Not mine to speak on't.
lach. O happy Leonatus ! I may say ; Imo.
You do seem to know The credit, that thy lady lath of thee, (ness Something of me, or what concerns me; 'Pray Deserves thy trust! and thy most perfect goodyoll
Her assur'd credit !-Blessed live you lung! (Since doubting things go ill, often hurts more A lady to the worthiest sir, that ever Than to be sure they do: For certainties Country call'd his! and you his mistress, only Either are past remedies; or, timely knowing, For the most worthiest fit! Give me your pardoni. The remedy then born), discover to me I have spoke this, to know if your affiance What both you spur and stop.
Were deeply rooted; and shall make your lord, lach.
Had I this cheek That which he is, new o'er: And he is one To bathe my lips upon; this hand, whose touch, The truest manner'd; such a holy witch, Whose every touch, would force the feeler's soul That he enchants societies unto him: To the oath of loyalty ; this object, which Half all men's hearts are his. Takes prisoner the wild motion of mine eye, Imo.
You make amends. Fixing it only here : should I (damu'd then), lach. He sits 'mongst nien, like a descended Slaver with lips as common as the stairs He hath a kind of honour sets him off, [god : That mount the Capitol; join gripes with hands More than a mortal seeming. Be not angry, Made hard with hourly falsehood (falsehood, as Most mighty princess, that I have adventur'd With labour); then lie peeping in an eye, To try your taking of a false report; which hath Base and unlustrous as the smoky light Honour'd with confirmation your great judg. That's fed with stinking tallow; it were fit, In the election of a sir so rare,
mert That all the plagues of hell should at one time Which you know, cannot err: the love I bear Encounter such revolt.
My lord, I fear, Made me to fan you thus; but the gods nade Has forgot Britain.
Unlike all others, chailless. 'Pray your pardor. loch.
And himself. Not I, Imo. All's well, sir; Take my power i’ the Inclin'd to this intelligence, pronounce
court for yours. The beggary of his change; but 'tis your graces lach. My humble thanks. I had almost forgot That, from my mutest conscience, to my tongue, To entreat your grace but in a small request, Charms this report out.
And yet of moment too, for it concerns Imo.
Let me hear no more. Your lord; myself, and other noble frieuds, lach. O dearest soul! your cause doth strike Are partners in the business.
'Pray, wbar is't? With pity, that doth make me sick. A lady lach. Some dozen Romans of us, and your loni So fair, and fasten'd to an empery, [partner'd (The best feather of our wing), have mingled Would make the great'st king double! to be To buy a present for the emperor; (sums, With tomboys, hired with that self-exhibition Which I, the factor of the rest, have done Which your own cofiers yield! with diseas's In France: 'Tis plate, of rare device; and jeweis, ventures,
Of rich and exquisite form; their values great; That play with all infirmities for gold (stuff And I am something curious, being strange, Which rottenness can lend nature; such boild To have them in safe stowage; May it please you As well might poison poison! Be revengd; To take them in protection ? Or she, that bore you, was no queen, and you Imo.
Willingly; Recoil from your great stock.
And pawn mine honour for their safety: since Imo.
Reveng'd! Jy lord hath interest in them, I will keep them How should I be reverg'd? If this be true In my bed-chamber. (As I have such a heart, that both mine ears Tach.
They are in a trunk, Must not in haste abuse), if it be true, Attended by my men: I will make bold How should I be reveng'd ?
To send them to you, only for this night; Tach.
Should he make me I must a board to-morrow. Live like Diana's priest, betwixt cold sheets; Imo.
O no, no. Whiles he is vaulting variable ramps,
loch. Yes, I beseech; or I shall short my word, In your despite, upon your purse ? Revenge it. By length’ning my return. From Gallia I dedicate myself to your sweet pleasure ; I cross'd the seas on purpose, and on proinise More noble than that runagate to your bed; To see your grace. And will continue fast to your affection,
I thank you for your pains; Still close, as sure.
But not away to-morrow?
0, I must, madam: Ich. Let me my service tender on your lips. Therefore, I shall beseech you, if you please im. Away!-Ido condemn mine ears, that To greet your lord with writing, do't tonisht have
I have outstood my time; which is material So kung itended thee.--If thouwert honourable, To the tender of our present.
More hateful than the foul expulsion is
(Exeunt. The walls of thy dear honour; keep unshak'd
That temple, thy fair mind; that thou may'st
stand, Art seronù. To enjoy thy banish'd lord, and this great land!
A Bedchamber; in one Part of it a Trunk. Clo. Was there ever man had such luck! when
IMOGEN reading in her Ded; a Lady attending. I kissed the jack upon an upcast, to be hit Imo. Who's there? my woman Helen? away! I had a hundred pound on't: And then Laly.
Please you, madam. a whoreson jackanapes must take me up for Imo. What hour is it? swearing; as if I borrowed mine oaths of him, Lady,
Almost midnight, madam. and might not spend them at my pleasure. Imo. I have read three hours then; mine eyes
1 Lord. What got he by that? You have broke are weak:his pate with your bowl.
Fold down the leaf where I have left: To bed: 2 Lord. If his wit had been like him that Take not away the taper, leave it burning; broke it, it would have ran all out. (Aside. And if thou canst awake by four o'the clock,
Clo. When a gentleman is disposed to swear, I pr’ythee, call me. Sleep hath seiz'd me it is not for any standers by to curtail his oaths: wholly.
[Erit Lady. Ha?
To your protectiou I commend me, gods! 2 Lord. No, my lord; nor (aside) crop the ears From fairies, and the tempters of the night, of them.
Guard me, beseech ye! Clo. Whoreson dog !-Igive him satisfaction?
(Sleeps. IACHIMO, from the Trunk. Would, he had been one of my rank !
Iach. The crickets sing, and man's o'erla2 Lord. To have smelt like a fool. (Aside.
bour'd sense Clo. I am not more vexed at any thing in the Repairs itself by rest: Our Tarquin thus earth.--A pox on't! I had rather not be so noble Did softly press the rushes, ere he waken'd as I am ; they dare not fight with me, because The chastity he wounded.-Cytherea, of the queen my mother: every jack-slave hath low bravely thou becom'st thy bed! fresh lily! his belly full of fighting, and I must go up and And whiter than the sheets! That I might touch! down like a cock that nobody can match. But kiss; one kiss I-Rubies unparagon'd,
2 Lord. You are a cock and capon too: and How dearly they do't !--'Tis her breathing that you crow, cock, with your comb on. [Aside. Perfumes the chamber thus: The flame o'the Clo. Sayest thou ?
(lids, 1 Lord. It is not fit, your lordship should un- Bows toward her; and would underpeep her dertake every companion that you give offence To see the enclosed lights, now canopied to.
Under these windows : White and a zure, lac'd Clo. No, I know that: but it is fit, I should With blue of heaven's own tinct.--But my decommit offence to my inferiors.
sign? 1 Lord. Ay, it is fit for your lordship only. To note the chamber:- I will write all down: C'lo. Why, so I say.
Such, and such, pictures :-There the window : 1 Lord. Did you hear of a stranger, that's -Such come to court to-night?
The adornment of her bed :The arras, figures, Clo. A stranger! and not know on't! Why, such, and such: Aud the contents o'the
2 Lord. He's a strange fellow himself, and story,-knows it not.
(Aside. Ay, but some natural notes about her body, 1 Lord. There's an Italian come; and, 'tis Above ten thousand meaner moveables thought, one of Leonatus' friends.
Would testify, to enrich mine inventory : Clo. Leonatas / a banished rascal; and he's O sleep, thou ape of death, lie dull upon her! another, whatsoever he be. Who told you of And be her sense but as a monument, this stranger?
Thus in a chapel lying !-Come off, come off ;1 Lord. One of your lordship's pages.
[Taking off her Bracelet. Clo. Is it fit, I went to look upon him? Is As slippery, as the Gordian knot was hard !there no derogation in't?
'Tis mine; and this will witness outwardly, 1 Lord. You cannot derogate, my lord. As strongly as the conscience does within, Clo. Not easily, I think.
| To the madding of her lord. On her left breast 2 Lord. You are a fool granted; therefore your A mole cinque-spotted, like the crimson drops issues being foolish, do not derogate. [Aside. I' the bottom of a cowslip: Here's a voucher,
Clo. Come, I'll go see this Italian: What I Stronger than ever law could make: this secret have lost to-day at bowls, I'll win to-night of Will force him think I have pick'd the lock, him. Come, go.
[what end 2 Lord. I'll attend your lordship.
The treasure of her honour. No more.-TO [Exeunt CLOTEN and first Lord. Why should I write this down, that's riveted, That such a crafty devil as is his mother Screw'd to my memory? She hath been readShould yield the world this ass! a woman, that
ing late Bears all down with her brain; and this her son The tale of Tereus; here the leaf's turn'd down, Cannot take two from twenty for his heart, Where Philomel gave up; I have enough; And leave eighteen. Alas, poor princess, 'To the trunk again, and shut the spring of it, Thou divine Imogen, what thon endur'st! Swift, swift, you dragons of the night |--that Betwixt a father by thy step-dame govern'd; dawning A mother hourly coining plots; a wooer, May bear the raven's eye: I odge in fear;