But that it eats our victuals, I should think
Here were a fairy.

What's the matter, sir?
Bel. By Jupiter, an angel! or, if not,
An earthly paragon! Behold divineness
No elder than a boy!

Enter Imogen.

Imo. Good masters, harm me not: Before I enter'd here, I call'd; and thought To have begg'd, or bought, what I have took : Good

troth, I have stolen nought; nor would not, though I had

found Gold strew'd o'the floor. Here's money for my meat: I would have left it on the board, so soon As I had made my meal ; and parted With

prayers for the provider. Gui.

Money, youth?
Aro. All gold and silver rather turn to dirt!
As 'tis no better reckon'd, but of those
Who worship dirty gods.

I see, you are angry:
Know, if you kill me for my fault, I should
Have died, bad I not made it.

Whither bound?
Imo. To Milford-Haven, sir.

What is your name!
Imo. Fidele, sir: I have a kinsman, who
Is bound for Italy; he embark'd at Milford;
To whom being going, almost spent with hunger,
I am fallen in* this offence.

Pr’ythee, fair youth, . Think us no churls; nor measure our good minds, By this rude place we live in. Well encountered! 'Tis almost night: you shall have better cheer

* In, for into.

Eie you depart; and thanks, to stay and eat it.-
Boys, bid him welcome.

Were you a woman, youth,
I should woo hard, but be your groom.-In honesty,
I bid for you, as I'd buy.

I'll make't my comfort, He is a man; I'll love him as my brother :And such a welcome as I'd give to him, After long absence, such is yours:-Most welcome! Be sprightly, for you fall 'mongst friends. Imo.

'Mongst friends! If brothers ?-'Would it had been so, that they Had been my father's sons! then had my prize Been less; and so more equal ballasting To thee, Posthumus.

[Aside. Bel.

He wrings at some distress. Gui. 'Would, I could free't! Aro.

Or I; whate'er it be, What pain it cost, what danger! Gods ! Bel.

Hark, boys.

[Whispering. Imo. Great men, That had a court no bigger than this cave, That did attend themselves, and had the virtue Which their own conscience seal'd them, (laying by That nothing gift of differing* multitudes), Could not out-peer these twain. Pardon me, gods! I'd change my sex to be companion with them, Since Leonatus false. Bel.

It shall be so: Boys, we'll go dress our hunt.-Fair youth, come in: Discourse is heavy, fasting; when we have supp'd, We'll mannerly demand thee of thy story, So far as thou wilt speak it. Gui.

Pray, draw near. Aro. The night to the owl, and morn to the lark,

less welcome.

. Unsteady

Imo. Thanks, sir.

draw near




Enter two Senators and Tribunes.

1 Sen. This is the tenour of the emperor's writ: That since the common men are now in action 'Gainst the Pannonians and Dalmatians; And that the legions now in Gallia are Full weak to undertake our wars against The fallen off Britons; that we do incite The gentry to this business : He creates Lucius pro-consul: and to you the tribunes, For this immediate levy, he commands His absolute commission. Long live Cæsar!

Tri. Is Lucius general of the forces ? 2 Sen.

Ay. Tri. Remaining now in Gallia ? 1 Sen.

With those legions Which I have spoke of, whereunto your levy Must be supplyant: The words of your commission Will tie you to the numbers, and the time of their despatch. Tri. We will discharge our daty.



SCENE I. The forest, near the cade.

Enter Cloten.

Clo. I am near to the place where they should meet, if Pisanio have mapped it truly. How fit bis garments serve me! Why should his mistress, who was made by him that made the tailor, not be fit too? the rather (saving reverence of the word) for* 'tis said, a woman's fitness comes by fits. Therein I must play the workman. I dare speak it to myself (for it is not vain-glory, for a man and his glass to confer; in his own chamber, I mean), the lines of my body are as well drawn as his; no less young, more strong, not beneath him in fortunes, beyond him in the advantage of the time, above him in birth, alike conversant in general services, and more remarkable in single oppositions t; yet this imperseverant thing loves him in my despite. What mortality is ! Posthumus, thy head, which now is growing upon thy slioulders, shall within this hour be off; thy mistress enforced ; thy garments cut to pieces before thy face: and all this done, spurn her home to her father : who may, haply, be a little angry for my so rough usage: but nıy mother, having power of his testiness, shall turn all into my commendations. My horse is tied up safe: Out, sword, and toa sore purpose! Fortune, put them into my hand! This is the very de. scription of their meeting place; and the fellow dares not deceive me.


* i.e. Because.

+ In single combat.


Before the cave.

Enter, from the cave, Belarius, Guiderius, Arvira

gus, and Imogen. Bel. You are not well: [To Imogen.] remaju here

in the cave; We'll come to you after hunting. Aru.

Brother, stay here :

[To Imogen. Are we not brothers? Imo.

So man and man should be ; But clay and clay differs in dignity, Whose dust is both alike. I am very sick.

Gui. Go you to hunting, I'll abide with bim.

Imo. So sick I am not ;- yet am I not well :,
But not so citizen a wanton, as
To seem to die, ere sick : So please you leave me;
Stick to your journal* course: the breach of custom
Is breach of all. I am ill; but your being by me
Cannot amend me: Society is no comfort
To one not sociable: I'm not very sick,
Since I can reason of it. Pray you, trust me here:
I'll rob none but myself; and let me die,
Stealing so poorly.

I love thee; I have spoke it:
How much the quantity, the weight as much,
As I do love my father.

What? how? how ?
Aro. If it be sin to say so, sir, I yoke me
In my good brother's fault: I know not why
I love this youth ; and I have heard you say,
Love's reason's without reason; the bier at door,

* Keep your daily course.

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