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these things set down by lawful counsel, and straight away for Britain; lest the bargain should catch cold, and starve: I will fetch my gold, and have our two wagers recorded. Post. Agreed.
(Exeunt Posthumus and Iachimo. French. Will this hold, think you?
Phi. Signior (achimo will not from it. Pray, let as follow 'em,
Britain. A room in Cymbeline's palace.
Enter Queen, Ladies, and Cornelius.
Queen. Whiles yet the dew's on ground, gather
those flowers; Make haste: Who has the pote of them? 1 Lady.
I, madam. Queen. Despatch.
(Exeunt Ladies. Now, master doctor; have you brought those drugs? Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay: here they are, madam:
[Presenting a small box. But I beseech your grace, (without offence; My conscience bids me ask); wherefore you have Commanded of me these most poisonous compounds, Which are the movers of a languishing death; But, though slow, 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 perfumes? distil? preserve? yea, so, That our great king himself doth woo me oft For my confections ? Having thus far proceeded (Unless thou think'st me devilishı), is't not meet That I did amplify iny judgement in
Other conclusions*? I will try the forces
O, content thee.
Here comes a flattering rascal ; upon him [Aside.
I do suspect you, madam;
Hark thee, a word.
[To Pisanio. Cor. (Aside.] I do not like her. She doth think,
No further service, doctor,
[Erit. Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou? Dost thou
think, in time
[The Queen drops a bor: Pisanio takes it up.
. i.e. Grow cool.
* To change his abode.
Not to be shak'd : the agent for his master;
Re-enter Pisanio, and Ladies. To taste of too.-So, so;-well done, well done: The violets, cowslips, and the primroses, Bear to my closet: l'are thee well, Pisanio; Think on my words. [Ereunt Queen and Ladies. Pis.
And shall do: But when to my good lord I prove untrue, I'll choke myself: there's all I'll do for you. [Erit.
Another room in the same.
Enter Imogen. Imo. A father cruel, and a step.dame false; A foolish suitor to a wedded lady, That hath her husband banish'd:-0, that husband! My supreme crown of grief! and those repeated Vexations of it! Had I been thief.stolen, As my two brothers, happy! but most miserable Is the desire that's glorious: Blessed be those, How mean soe'er, that have their honest wills, Which seasons comfort.-Who may this be? Fye!
Enter Pisanio and Iachimo.
Change you, madam? The worthy Leonatus is in safety, And greets your highness dearly.
[Presents a letter. Imo.
Thanks, good sir : You are kindly welcome. Iach. All of her, that is out of door, most rich!
[Aside. If she be furnish'd with a mind so rare, She is alone the Arabian bird; and I Have lost the wager. Boldness be iny friend ! Arm me, audacity, from head to foot! Or, like the Parthian, I shall flying fight; Rather, directly fly.
Imo. [Reads.]-He is one of the noblest note, to whose kindness I am most infinitely tied. Reflect upon him accordingly, as you value your truest
LEONATUS, So far I read aloud: But even tlie very middle of my heart Is warm'd by the rest, and takes it thankfullyYou are as welcome, worthy sir, as I Have words to bid you; and shall find it so, In all that I can do. lach.
Thanks, fairest lady.-What! are men mad? Hath vature given them eyes To see this vaulted arch, and the rich crop Of sea and land, which can distingnish 'twixt The fiery.orbs above, and the twivn'd stones Upon the number'd beach ? and can we not Partition make with spectacles so precious 'I'wixt fair and foul? Imo.
What makes your admiration ? lach. It cannot be i'the eye; for apes and mon
keys, 'Twixt two such shes, would chatter this way,
and Contemn with mows* the other : Nor i'the judge
* Making mouths.