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the report.

The smallness of a gnat to air ; and then

thy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, rather Have turn'd mine eye, and wept. But, good than story him in his own hearing. Pisanio,

French. Sir, we have known together in OrWhen shall we hear from him ?

leans. Pis.

Be assur'd, madarn, Post. Since when I have been debtor to you for With his next vantage.

courtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet pay Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had still. Most pretty things to say : ere I could tell him, French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness : I How I would think on him, at certain hours, was glad I did atone my countryman and you ; it Such thoughts, and such ; or I could make him had been pity, you should have been put together

with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon The shes of Italy should not betray

importance of so slight and trivial a nature. Mine interest, and his honour; or have charg'd Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young him,

traveller : rather shunned to go even with what I At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight, heard, than in my every action to be guided by others' To encounter me with orisons, for then

experiences: but, upon my mended judgment, (if I am in heaven for him ; or ere I could

I offend not to say it is mended,) my quarrel was Give him that parting kiss, which I had set not altogether slight. Betwixt two charming words, comes in my father, French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north, of swords; and by such two, that would, by all Shakes all our buds from growing.

likelihood, have confounded one the other, or have

fallen both. Enter a Lady.

Iach. Can we, with manners, ask what was the Lady.

The queen, madam, difference ? Desires your highness' company.

French. Safely, I think : 'twas a contention in Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them publick, which may, without contradiction, suffer despatch'd.

It was much like an argument that fell I will attend the queen.

out last night, where each of us fell in praise of our Pis. Madam, I shall. (Ereunt. country mistresses : This gentleman at that time

vouching, (and upon warrant of bloody affirmation,) SCENE V. — Rome. An Apartment in Philario's his to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, constantHouse.

qualified, and less attemptible, than any the rarest

of our ladies in France. Enter PHILARIO, Iachimo, a Frenchman, a Dutch

Tach. That lady is not now living; or this gentleman, and a Spaniard.

man's opinion, by this, worn out. Iach. Believe it, sir: I have seen him in Britain : Post. She holds her virtue still, and I my mind. he was then of a crescent note; expected to prove Iach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours of so worthy, as since he hath been allowed the name Italy. of: but I could then have looked on him without the Post. Being so far provoked as I was in France, help of admiration; though the catalogue of his I would abate her nothing ; though I profess myself endowments had been tabled by his side, and I to her adorer, not her friend. peruse him by items.

Iach. As fair, and as good, (a kind of hand-inPhi. You speak of him when he was less furnish- band comparison,) had been something too fair, and ed, than now he is, with that which makes him too good, for any lady in Britany. If she went beboth without and within.

fore others I have seen, as that diamond of yours outFrench. I have seen him in France : we had very lustres many I have beheld, I could not but believe many there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes she excelled many : but I have not seen the most

precious diamond that is, nor you the lady. Iach. This matter of marrying his king's daugh- Post. I praised her as I rated her : so do I my ter, (wherein he must be weighed rather by her stone. value, than his own,) words him, I doubt not, a Iach. What do you esteem it at? great deal from the matter.

Post. More than the world enjoys. French. And then his banishment :

Iach. Either your unparagoned mistress is dead, lach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that weep or she's outprized by a trifle. this lamentable divorce, under her colours, are won- Post. You are mistaken : the one may be sold, or derfully to extend him; be it but to fortify her judg-given ; if there were wealth enough for the purment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, for chase, or merit for the gift: the other is not a thing taking a beggar without more quality. But how for sale, and only the gift of the gods. comes it, he is to sojourn with you? How creeps

Iach. Which the gods have given you ? acquaintance ?

Post. Which, by their graces, I will keep. Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; to Iach. You may wear her in title yours: but, you whom I have been often bound for no less than my know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds.

Your ring may be stolen too: so, of your brace of Enter PostHUMUS,

unprizeable estimations, the one is but frail, and

the other casual; a cunning thief, or a that-wayHere comes the Briton: Let him be so entertained accomplished courtier, would hazard the winning amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of your know- both of first and last. ing, to a stranger of his quality. - I beseech you all, Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplished be better known to this gentleman ; whom I com- a courtier, to convince the honour of my mistress; mend to you, as a noble friend of mine : How wor- if. in the holding or loss of that, you term her frail.

as he.

life :

Ldo nothing doubl, you have store of thieves; not- these things set down by lawful counsel, and straight withstanding I fear not my ring.

away for Britain ; lest the bargain should catch Phi. Let us loave here, gentlemen.

cold, and starve : I will fetch my gold, and have our Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy signior, two wagers recorded. I thank him, makes no stranger of me; we are Post. Agreed. (Ereunt Posthumus and IACHIE familiar at first.

French. Will this hold, think you ? Iach. With five times so much conversation, I Phi. Signior Iachimo will not from it. Pray, let should get ground of your fair mistress : make her us follow 'em.

[Ereuni. go back, even to the yielding ; had I admittance, and opportunity to friend.

SCENE VI. Britain. A Room in Cymbeline's Post. No, no.

Palace. lach. I dare, thereupon, pawn the moiety of my estate to your ring; which, in my opinion, o'er

Enter Queen, Ladics, and CORNELIUS. values it something: But I make my wager rather Queen. Whiles yet the dew's on ground, gather against your confidence, than her reputation : and,

those flowers; to bar your offence herein too, I durst attempt it Make laste: Who has the note of them ? against any lady in the world.

1 Lady.

I, madam. Post. You are a great deal abused in too bold a Queen. Despatch.

[Ereunt Ladies. persuasion; and I doubt not you sustain what you're Now, master doctor; have you brought those drugs? worthy of, by your attempt.

Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay : here they are, Iach. What's that ?

madam :

[Presenting a small bu. Post. A repulse : Though your attempt, as you But I beseech your grace, (without offence; call it, deserve more; a punishment too.

My conscience bids me ask ;) wherefore you have Phil. Gentlemen, enough of this: it came in too Commanded of ine these most poisonous compounds, suddenly ; let it die as it was born, and, I pray you, Which are the movers of a languishing death ; be better acquainted.

But, though slow, deadly? lach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my neigh Queen.

I do wonder, doctor, bour's, on the approbation of what I have spoke. Thou ask'st me such a question : Have I not been

Post. What lady would you choose to assail ? Thy pupil long ? Hast thou not learn’d me how

Iach. Yours; whom in constancy, you think, To make perfumes ? distil? preserve ? yea, so, stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats That our great king himself doth woo me oft to your ring, that, commend me to the court where For my confections? Having thus far proceeded, your lady is, with no more advantage than the op- (Unless thou think’st me devilish,) is't not meet protunity of a second conference, and I will bring That I did amplify my judgment in from thence that honour of hers, which you imagine Other conclusions? I will try the forces 80 reserved,

Of these thy compounds on such creatures as Pust. I will wage against your gold, gold to it : We count not worth the hanging, (but none human,) iny ring I hold dear as my finger ; 'tis part of it. To try the vigour of them, and apply

Jack. You are a friend, and therein the wiser. If Allayınents to their act; and by them gather
you buy ladies' Alesh at a million a dram, you cannot Their several virtues, and effects.
preserve it from tainting : But, I see you have some Cor.

Your highness religion in you, that you fear.

Shall from this practice but make hard your heart: Post. This is but a custom in your tongue ; you Besides, the seeing these effects will be Lear a graver purpose, I hope.

Both noisome and infectious. Iach. I am the master of my speeches; and would Queen.

0, content thee. undergo what's spoken, I swear.

Enter Pisanio. Post. Will you? I shall but lend my diamond till your return :- - Let there be covenants drawn Here comes a flattering rascal ; upon him [Asile. between us : My mistress exceeds in goodness the

Will I first work: he's for his master, hugeness of your unworthy thinking : I dare you to And enemy to my son.

Pisanio ? this match: here's my ring.

Doctor, your service for this time is ended; Phi. I will have it no lay.

Take your own way. Iach. By the gods it is one: - If I bring you no


I do suspect you, madam ; sufficient testimony that I have enjoyed the dearest | But you shall do no harm.

[Asic bodily part of your mistress, my ten thousand ducats Queen.

Hark thee, a word. are yours; so is your diamond too. If I come off,

[To PISANIO. and leave her in such honour as you have trust in, Cor. (Aside. ] I do not like her. She doth think, she your jewel, this your jewel, and my gold are

she has yours : - provided, I have your commendation, for Strange lingering poisons : I do know her spirit, my more free entertainment.

And will not trust one of her malice with Post. I embrace these conditions; let us have A drug of such damn’d nature: Those, she has, articles betwixt us : only, thus far you shall | Will stupify and dull the sense awhile: answer. If you make your voyage upon her, and Which first, perchance, she'll prove on cats, anal give me directly to understand you have prevail’d, I

dogs; am no further your enemy, she is not worth our Then afterward up higher; but there is debate: if she remain unseduced, (you not making No danger in what show of death it makes, it appear otherwise,) for your ill opinion, and the More than the locking up the spirits a time, assault you have made to her chastity, you shall an- To be more fresh, reviving. She is fool'd 5.ver me with your sword.

With a most false effect; and I the truer, Iach. Your hand; a covenant : We will have So to be false with her.

How now,

No further service, doctor, Jach.

Change you,

madan ? Until I send for thee.

The worthy Leonatus is in safety. Cor. I humbly take my leave. And greets your highness dearly. [Presents a letter [Erit. Imo.

Thanks, good sir : Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou? Dost thou You are kindly welcome. think, in time

Iach. All of her, that is out of door, most rich ! She will not quench ; and let instructions enter

Aside. Where folly now possesses ? Do thou work ; If she be furnish'd with a mind so rare, When thou shalt bring me word, she loves my son, She is alone the Arabian bird ; and I I'll tell thee, on the instant, thou art then

Have lost the wager.

Boldness be my friend! As great as is thy master : greater ; for

Arm me, audacity, from head to foot! His fortunes all lie speechless, and his nanie

Or, like the Parthian, I shall flying fight; Is at last gasp : Return he cannot, nor

Rather, directly fly. Continue where he is : to shift his being,

Imo. [Reads.] He is one of the noblest note, to Is to exchange one misery with another ;

whose kindnesses I am most infinitely tied. Reflect And every day, that comes, comes to decay

upon him accordingly, as you value your truest A day's work in him: What shalt thou expect,

LEONATUS. To be depender on a thing that leans ?

So far I read aloud :
Who cannot be new built ; nor has no friends, But even the very middle of my heart

[The Queen drops a box : Pisanio takes it up. Is warm'd by the rest, and takes it thankfully.
So much as but to prop him? - Thou tak'st up You are as welcome, worthy sir, as I
Thou know'st not what; but take it for thy labour : Have words to bid you; and shall find it so,
It is a thing I made, which hath the king

In all that I can do. Five times redeem'd from death: I do not know Jach.

Thanks, fairest lady. What is more cordial : – · Nay, I pr’ythee, take it; What! are men mad ? Hath nature given them It is an earnest of a further good

eyes That I mean to thee. Tell thy mistress how To see this vaulted arch, and the rich crop The case stands with her; do't, as from thyself. Of sea and land, which can distinguish 'twixt 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 precious To any shape of thy preferment, such

'Twixt fair and foul ? As thou'lt desire ; and then myself, I chiefly,


What makes your admiration ? That set thee on to this desert, am bound

Jach. It cannot be i'the eye; for apes and monkeys, To load thy merit richly, Call my women : 'Twixt two such shes, would chatter this way, and Think on my words. (Exit Pisa.] - A sly and Contemn with mows the other. Nor i'the judge constant knave;

ment; Not to be shak'd : the agent for his master ;

For idiots, in this case of favour, would And the remembrancer of her, to hold

Be wisely definite : Nor i'the appetite;
The handfast to her lord. — I have given him that, Sluttery, to such neat excellence oppos'd,
Which, if he take, shall quite unpeople her

Should make desire vomit emptiness,
Of liegers for her sweet ; and which she, after, Not so allur'd to feed.
Except she bend her humour, shall be assur'd

Imo. What is the matter, trow?

The cloyed will,
Re enter PISANIO and Ladies.

(That satiate yet unsatisfied desire, To taste of too. So, so; - - well done, well done : That tub both fill'd and running,) ravening first The violets, cowslips, and the primroses,

The lamb, longs after for the garbage. Bear to my closet : Fare thee well, Pisanio;


What, dear sir, Think on my words. [Ereunt Queen and Ladies Thus raps you ? Are you well ? Pis. And shall do:

Iach. Thanks, madam ; well : -'Beseech you, But when to my good lord I prove untrue,

sir, desire

[To Pisanio. I'll choke myself: there's all I'll do for you. [ My man's abode where I did leave him : he

Is strange and peevish.
SCENE VII. - Another Room in the same.

I was going, sir,
To give him welcome.


Imu. Continues well my lord ? His health, 'beImo. A father cruel, and a step-dame false ;

seech you? A foolish suitor to a wedded lady,

Jach. Well, madam. That hath her husband banish'd ; - 0, that hus- Imo. Is he dispos’d to mirth? I hope, he is. band !

Iach. Exceeding pleasant; none a stranger there My supreme crown of grief! and those repeated So merry and so gamesome: he is call'd Vexations of it! Had i been thief-stolen,

The Briton reveller.
As my two brothers, happy! but most miserable Imo.

When he was here,
Is the desire that's glorious : Blessed be those, He did incline to sadness; and oft-times
How mean soe'er, that have their honest wills, Not knowing why.
Which seasons comfort. — Who may this be? Fye! Iach.

I never saw him sad.

There is a Frenchman his companion, one
Enter Pisanio and IACHIMO.

An eminent monsieur, that, it seems, much loves
Pis. Madam, 2 noble gentleman of Rome. A Gallian girl at home : he furnaces
Comes from my lord with letters.

The thick sighs from him ; whiles the jolly Briton


Will my

say so?

In you,

(Your lord, I mean,) laughs froin's free lungs, | With tomboys, hir'd with that self-exhibition cries, 0!

Which your own coffers yield! with diseas'd ven. Can my sides hold, to think, that man, — who knouus

tures, By history, report, or his own proof,

That play with all infirmities for gold What woman is, yea, what she cannot choose

Which rottenness can lend nature ! such boil'd stuff, But must be, will his free hours languish for As well might poison poison! Be revengd: Assured bondage ?

Or she, that bore you, was no queen, and you Imo.

Iach. Ay, madam ; with his eyes in flood with

' "ecoil from your great stock.


How should I be reveng'd? If this be true, It is a recreation to be by,

(As I have such a heart, that both mine ears And hear him mock the Frenchman : But, heavens Must not in haste abuse,) if it be true, know,

How shall I be reveng'd ? Some men are much to blame.


Should he make me Imo.

Not he, I hope. Live like Diana's priest, betwixt cold sheets; Iach. Not he: But yet heaven's bounty towards Whiles he is vaulting variable ramps, him might

In your despite, upon your purse ? Revenge it. Be us’d more thankfully. In himself, 'tis much ; I dedicate myself to your sweet pleasure ;

- which I count his, beyond all talents, - More noble than that runagate to your bed ; Whilst I am bound to wonder, I am bound

And will continue fast to your affection, To pity too.

Still close, as sure. Imo. What do you pity, sir ?


What ho, Pisanio! Iach. Two creatures, heartily.

Iuch. Let me my service tender on your lips. Imo.

Am I one, sir? Imo. Away!- I do condemn mine ears, that You look on me; What wreck discern you in me,

have Deserves your pity ?

So long attended thee. — If thou wert honourable, lach.

Lamentable! What! Thou would'st have told this tale for virtue, not To hide me from the radiant sun, and solace For such an end thou seek'st; as base, as strange. I'the dungeon by a snuff?

Thou wrong'st a gentleman, who is as far Imo.

I pray you, sir, From thy report, as thou from honour; and Deliver with more openness your answers

Solicit'st here a lady, that disdains To my demands. Why do you pity me?

Thee and the devil alike. – What, ho! Pisanio! Jach. That others do,

The king my father shall be made acquainted I was about to say, enjoy your


Of thy assault: if he shall think it fit, It is an office of the gods to venge it,

A saucy stranger, in his court, to mart Not mine to speak on't.

As in a Romish stew, and to expound Imo.

You do seem to know Flis beastly mind to us; be hath a court Something of me, or what concerns me; 'Pray you, He little cares for, and a daughter whom (Since doubting things go ill, often hurts more He not respects at all. – What ho, Pisanio!Than to be sure they do: For certainties

Iach. O happy Leonatus ! I may say: Either are past remedies ; or, timely knowing, The credit, that thy lady hath of thee, The remedy then born,) discover to me

Deserves thy trust; and thy most perfect goodness What both you spur and stop.

Her assur'd credit ! - Blessed live you long! Iach.

Had I this cheek, A lady to the worthiest sir, that ever 'To bathe my lips upon ; this hand, whose touch, Country call’d his! and you his mistress, only Whose every touch, would force the feeler's soul For the most worthiest fit! Give me your pardon. To the oath of loyalty'; this object, which

I have spoke this, to know if your affiance Takes prisoner the wild motion of mine eye, Were deeply rooted; and shall make your lord Fixing it only here : should I (damn'd then,) That which he is, new o'er: And he is one Slaver with lips as common as the stairs

The truest manner'd ; such a holy witch,
That mount the Capitol ; join gripes with bands That he enchants societies unto him :
Made hard with hourly falsehood (falsehood, as Half all men's hearts are his.
With labour;) then lie peeping in an eye,


You make amends. Base and unlustrous as the smoky light

Inch. He sits 'mongst men, like a descended gol: That's fed with stinking tallow; it were fit,

He hath a kind of honour sets him off,
That all the plagues of hell should at one time More than a mortal seeming. Be not angry,
Encounter such revolt.

Most mighty princess, that I have adventur'd
My lord, I fear,

To try your taking a false report ; which hath
Has forgot Britain.

Honour’d with confirmation your great judgment Iach.

And himself.
Not I,

In the election of a sir so rare,
Inclin’d to this intelligence, pronounce

Which you know, cannot err: The love I bear him The beggary of his change ; but 'tis your graces Made me to fan you thus; but the gods made you, That, from my mutest conscience, to my tongue, Unlike all others, chaffless. Pray, your pardon. Charms this report out.

Imo. All's well, sir : Take my power i’the court Imo.

Let me hear no more. lach. O dearest soul! your cause doth strike my Iach. My humble thanks. I had almost forgot heart

To entreat your grace but in a small request, With pity, that doth make me sick.

And yet of moment too, for it concerns So fair, and fasten'd to an empery,

Your lord; myself, and other noble friends, Would make the great’st king double! to be partner'd | Are partners in the business.

for yours.

A lady


Pray, what is't?


O, no, no
Inch. Some dozen Romans of us, and your lord, lüch. Yes, I beseech ; or I shall short my
The best feather of our wing) have mingled sums,

word, To buy a present for the emperor;

By length’ning my return. From Gallia
Which I, the factor for the rest, have done

I cross'd the seas on purpose, and on promise
In France : 'Tis plate, of rare device; and jewels, To see your grace.
Of rich and exquisite form; their values great ; Imo.

I thank you for your pains;
And I am something curious, being strange, But not away to-morrow ?
To have them in safe stowage; May it please you Iach.

O, I must, madam: To take them in protection?

Therefore, I shall beseech you, if you please Imo.

Willingly ;

To greet your lord with writing, do't to-night : And pawn mine honour for their safety: since I have outstood my time; which is material My lord hath interest in them, I will keep them To the tender of our present. In my bed-chamber.


I will write.
They are in a trunk,

Send your trunk to me; it shall safe be kept, Attended by my men: I will make bold

And truly yielded you: You are very welcome. To send them to you, only for this night

[Excunt. I must aboard to-morrow.


SCENE I. — Corert before Cymbeline's Palace. Clo. Is it fit, I went to look upon him ? Is there Enter CLOTEN and Two Lords.

no derogation in't ?

1 Lord. You cannot derogate, my lord. Clo. Was there ever man had such luck! when I

Clo. Not easily, I think. kissed the jack upon an up-cast, to be hit away! I 2 Lord. You are a fool granted ; therefore your had a hundred pound on't: And then a whoreson issues being foolish, do not derogate. [Aside. jackanapes must take me up for swearing; as if I Clo. Come, I'll go see this Italian : What I have borrowed mine oaths of him, and might not spend lost to-day at bowls, I'll win to-night of him. Come, them at my pleasure.

go. 1 Lord. What got he by that? You have broke 2 Lord. I'll attend your lordship. his pate with your bowl.

[Exeunt Cloten and first Lord. 2 Lord. If his wit had been like him that broke That such a crafty devil as is his mother it, it would have ran all out.

[Aside. Should yield the world this ass ? a woman, that Clo. When a gentleman is disposed to swear, it is Bears all down with her brain; and this her son not for any standers-by to curtail his oaths : Ha? Cannot take two from twenty for his heart,

2 Lord. No, my lord ; nor (Aside.] crop the ears And leave eighteen. Alas, poor princess, of them.

Thou divine Imogen, what thou endur'st! Clo. Whoreson dog! - I give him satisfaction ? Betwixt a father by thy step-dame govern'd; 'Would, he had been one of my rank !

A mother hourly coining plots; a wooer, 2 Lord. To have smelt like a fool. [ Aside. | More hateful than the foul expulsion is

Clo. I am not more vexed at any thing in the of thy dear husband, than that horrid act earth, - A pox on't! I had rather not be so noble of the divorce he'd make! The heavens hold firm as I am; they dare not fight with me, because of the

The walls of thy dear honour; keep unshak'd queen my mother : every jack-slave hath his belly That temple, thy fair mind; that thou may'st stand, full of fighting, and I must go up and down like a

To enjoy thy banish'd lord, and this great land ! cock that no body can match.

[Erit. 2 Lord. You are a cock and capon too; and you crow, cock, with your comb on.

[Aside. SCENE II. A Bed-Chamber ; in one part of it a - Clo. Sayest thou?

Trunk. 1 Lord. It is not fit, your lordship should under

IMOGEN reading in her bed; a Lady attending. take every companion that you give offence to.

Clo. No, I know that: but it is fit, I should com- Imo. Who's there ? my woman Helen ? mit offence to my inferiors.


Please you, madam. 2 Lord. Ay, it is fit for your lordship only.

Imo. What hour is it? Clo. Why, so I say:


Almost midnight, madam. 1 Lord. Did you hear of a stranger, that's come Imo. I have read three hours then: mine eyes are to court to-night?

weak : Clo. A stranger! and I not know on't!

Fold down the leaf where I have left : To bed : 2 Lord. He's a strange fellow himself, and knows Take not away the taper, leave it burning ; it not.

[Aside. And if thou canst awake by four o’the clock, 1 Lord. There's an Italian come; and, 'tis thought, I pr’ythee, call me. Sleep hath seiz’d me wholly. one of Leonatus' friends.

[Erit Lady Clo. Leonatus! a banished rascal ; and he's an- To your protection I commend me, gods ! other, whatsoever he be. Who told you of this From fairies, and the tempters of the night, stranger ?

Guard me, beseech ye! i Lord. One of your lordship's pages.

(Sleeps. Iacuimo, from the trunk.

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