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l'the posture of a whore.
Antony call ; I see him ronse himself Iras.
O the good gods! To praise my noble act; I hear him mock Cleo. Nay, that is certain.
The luck of Cæsar, which the gods give men Iras. I'll never see it; for, I am sure, my nails To excuse their after wrath: Husband, I come ; Are stronger than mine eyes.
Now to that name my courage prove my title! Cleo.
Why, that's the way I am fire, and air; my other elements To fool their preparation, and to conquer I give to baser life.So,-have you done? Their most absurd intents.-Now, Charmian ?- Come then, and take the last warmth of my lips. Enter Charmian.
Farewell, kind Charmian :-Iras, long farewell.
[Kisses them. Iras falls and dies. Show me, my women, like a queen ;-Go fetch Have I the aspick in my lips ? Dost fall ? My best attires ;-I am again for Cydnus, If thou and nature can so gently part, To meet Mark Antony :--Sirrah, Iras, go.-, The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, Now, noble Charmian, we'll despatch indeed : Which hurts, and is desir'd. Dost thou lie still 3 And, when thou hast done this chare, I'll give If thus thou vanishest, thou tell'st the world thee leave
It is not worth leave-taking.
This proves me base :
If she first meet the curled Antony, Guard.
Here is a rural fellow, He'll make demand of ber; and spend that kiss, That will not be denied your highness' presence; Which is any heaven to have. Come, mortal He brings you figs.
wretch, Cleo. Lei him come in. How poor an instruiment
[To the Asp, which she applies to her
Breast. May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty.
With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate My resolution's plac'd, and I have nothing
of life at once untie ; poor venomous fool, Of woman in me: Now from head to foot
Be angry, and despatch. O, could'st thou speak I
Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,
O, break! O, break! That kills and pains not?
Cleo. As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as geuClown. Truly I have him: but I would not be
tle, his biting is immortal ; those, that do die of it, What should I stay-( Falls on a Bed and dies. the party that should desire you to touch him, for 0 Antony !-Nay, I will take thee too :do seldom or never recover. Cleo. Remember'st thou any that have died on't?) Char. In this wild world ?-So fare thee well. Clown. Very many, men and women too.
I Now boast thee, death! in thy possession lies heard of one of them no longer than yesterday : A lass unparallel'd.-Downy windows, close; a very honest woman, but something given to And golden Phæbus never be beheld lie; as a woman should not do, but in the way of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry; of honesty Show she died of the biting of it, I'll mend it, and then play. what pain she felt.–Truly, she makes a very
Enter the Guard, rushing in. good report o' the worm : But he that will believe all that they say, shall never be saved by 1 Guard. Where is the queen ? half that they do. But this is most fallible, the
Speak softly, wake her not. worm's an odd worm.
1 Guard. Cæsar hath seniCleo. Get thee hence; farewell.
Too slow a messenger. Clown. I wish you all joy of the worm.
Applies the Asp. Cleo. Farewell. [Clown sets down the Basket. 0, come; apace, despatch; I paruly feel thee. Clown. You must think this, look you, that the
1 Guard. Approach, ho! All's not well : Ca. worm will do his kind.
sar's beguilld. Cleo. Ay, ay; farewell.
2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Cæsar: Cloron. Look you, the worm is not to be trust
-call him. ed, but in the keeping of wise people ; for, in
1 Guard. What work is here ?- Charmian, ia deed, there is no goodness in worm.
this well done? Cleo. Take thou no care ; it shall be heeded.
Char. It is well done and fiting for a princess Clown. Very good : give it nothing, I pray you, Descended of so many royal kings. for it is not worth the feeding.
Ab, soldier !
Dol. How goes it here?
All dead. I know that a woman is a dish for the gods, if Guard. the devil dress her not. But, truly, these same
Cæsar, thy thoughts whoreson devils do the gods great harm in their Touch their effects in this: Thyself art coming women; for in every ten that they make, the To see perform'd the dreaded act, which thou devils niar five.
So sought'st to hinder. Cleo. Well, get thee gone ; farewell.
Within. A way there, a way for Cæsar! Clown. Yes, forsooth; I wish you joy of the
Enter Cæsar, and Attendants. worm.
[Exit Re-enter Iras, with a Robe, Crown, &c.
Dol. O, sir, you are too sure an augurer ;
That you did fear, is done. Cleo. Give me my robe, put on my crown; I. Cæs.
Bravest at the last have
She levell'd at our purposes, and, being royal, Immortal longings in me: now no more Took her own way. The manner of their deaths? The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip :- I do not see them bleed. Yaré, yare, good Iras ; quick. -Metlinks, I hear Dol
Who was last with them?
1 Guard. A simple countryman, that brought| 1 Guard. This is an aspick's trail: and these her figs;
fig-leaves This was his basket.
Have slime upon them, such as the aspick leaves Cees. Poison'd then.
Upon the caves of Nile. 1 Guard. 0 Caesar, Cres.
Most probable, This Charmian lived but now ; she stood, and that so she died; for her physician tells me, spake :
She hath pursu'd conclusions infinite I found her trimming up the diadem
Of easy ways to die. Take up her bed ; On her dead mistress; tremblingly she stood, And bear her women from the monument : And on the sudden dropp'd.
She shall be buried by her Antony: Cres.
O noble weakness - No grave upon the earth shall clip in it If they had swallow'd poison, 'twould appear A pair so famous. High events as these By external swelling: but she looks like sleep, Strike those that make them: and their story in As she would catch another Antony
No less in pity, than his glory, which In her strong toil of grace.
Brought them to be lamented. Our army shall, Dol.
Here, on her breast, In solemn show, attend this funeral; There is a vent of blood, and something blown: And then to Rome.---Come, Dolabella, see The like is on her arm.
High order in this great solemnity. [Exeunt
PERSONS REPRESENTED. CYMBELINE, King of Britain.
A Roman Captain. T100 British Captains CLOTEN, Son to the Queen by a former Hus- PISANIO, Servant to Posthumus. band.
CORNELIUS, a Physician.
IMOGEN, Daughter to Cymbeline by a former
Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, 'Tribunes, ApPHILARIO, Friend to Posthumus, } Italians. paritions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, IACHIMO, Friend to Philario,
a Spanish Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, A French Gentleman, Frienıl to Philario. Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Az CAIUS LUCIUS, General of the Roman Forces. tendants.
SCENE-sometimes in Britain ; sometimes in Italy.
So fair an outward, and such stuff within, SCENE I. Britain. The Garden behind Cym- Endows a man but he. beline's Paince.
2 Gent. You speak him far.
I Gent. I do extend him, sir, within himself; Enter Two Gentlemen.
Crush him together, rather than unfold 1 Gent. You do not meet a man but frowns: His measure only. our bloods
2 Gent. What's his name, and birth ? No more obey the heavens, than our courtiers; 1 Gent. I cannot delve him to the root : His Still seem, as does the king's.
father 2 Gent.
But what's the matter? Was call'd Sicilius, who did join his honour i Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his king. Against the Romans, with Cassivelan; dom, whom
But had his titles by Tenantius, whom He purpos 'd to his wife's sole son (a widow He serv'd with glory and admir'd success; That late he married.) hath referr'd herself So gain'd the sur-addition, Leonatus: Unto a poor but worthy gentleman: She's wed. And had, besides this gentleman in question, ded;
Two other sons, who, in the wars o' the time, Her husband banish'd ; she imprison'd; all Died with their swords in hand; for which their Is ontward sorrow; though, I think, the king
father Bc touch'd at very heart.
(Then old and fond of issue) took such sorrow, 2 Gent.
None but the king ? That he quit being; and his gentle lady, i Gent. He, that hath lost her, too : so is the Big of this gentleman, our theme, deceas'd queen,
As he was born. The king, he takes the babe 'That most desir'd the match: But not a courtier, To his protection; calls him Posthumus: Although they wear their faces to the bent Breeds him, and makes him of his bedchamber : of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not Puts him to all the learnings that his time Glad at the thing they scowl at.
Could make him the receiver of: which he took, 2 Gent.
And why so? As we do air, fast as 'twas minister'd; and i Gent. He that hath miss'd the princess, is a In his spring becaune a harvest: Liv'd in court thing
(Which rare it is to do) most prais'd, most lov'd: Too bad for bad report : and he that hath her, A sample to the youngest ; to the more maturo (I mean, that married her,-alack, good man - A glass that feated them; and to the graver, And therefore banish'd,) is a creature such A child that guided dotaris; to his mistress, As, to seek through the regions of the earth For whom he now is banishid, --her own price For one his like, there would be something failing Proclaims how she esteem'd him and his virtue. In him that should compare. I do not think, By her election may be truly read,
I am gone.
What kind of man he is.
Were you but riding forth to air yourself, 2 Gent.
I honour him Such parting were too petty. Look here, love, Even out of your report. But, 'pray you, tell me, This diamond was my mother's: take it, heart Is she sole child to the king ?
But keep it till you woo another wife, 1 Gent.
His only child. When Imogen is dead. He had two sons (if this be worth your hearing, Post.
How ! howl another Mark it,) the eldest of thein at three years old, You gentle gods, give me but this I have, ['the swathing clothes the other, from their And sear up my embracements from a next nursery
With bonds of death !-Remain, remain thou Were stolen: and to this hour, no guess in know- here
(Putting on the Ring. ledge
While sense can keep it on! And sweetest, fairest, Which way they went.
As I my poor self did exchange for you, 2 Gent.
How long is this ago ? To your so infinite loss; so, in our trifles i Gent. Some twenty years.
I still win of you: For my sake, wear this ; 2 Gent. That a king's children should be so It is a manacle of love ; Pil place it convey'd!
Upon this fairest prisoner. So slackly guarded ! And the search so slow,
[Putting a Bracelet on her Arm. That could not trace them!
0, the gods ! 1 Gent.
Howsoe'er 'tis strange, When shall we see again!
Enter Cymbeline and Lords.
Alack, the king! 1 Gent. We must forbear: Here comes the
Cym. Thon bascst thing, avoid ! hence, from queen and princess.
my sight! SCENE II. The same.
If, after this command, thon franght the court
With thy unworthuness, thou diest : Away! Enter the Queen, Posthumus, and Imogen. Thou art poison to my blood. Queen. No, be assurd, you shall not find me, and bless the good remainders of the court,
The gods protect you ! daughter, After the slander of most step-mothers,
[Erit. Evil-eyed unto you: you are my prisoner, but
Imo. There cannot be a pinch in death Your gaoler shall deliver you the keys
More sharp than this is. That lock up your restraint. For you, Posthu
O disloyal thing, mus,
That should'st repair my youth; thou heapest So soon as I can win the offended king,
A year's age on me! I will be known your advocate: marry, yet
I beseech yoni, sir, The fire of rage is in him: and 'twere good,
Harm not yourself with your vexation : I You lean'd
unto his sentence, with what patience Am senseless of your wrath ; a roueh more rare Your wisdom may inform you.
Subdues all pangs, all fears.
Past grace ? obedience ? I will from hence to-day.
Imo. Past hope, and in despair; that way, pasi Queen. You know the peril :
grace. I'U fetch a turn about the garden, pitying
Cym. That might'st have had the sole son of The pangs of barr'd affections: though the king Imo. o bless'd, that I might not! I chose an
! Hath charg'd you should not speak together.
[Erit Queen. eagle, Imo.
And did avoid a putlock. Dissembling courtesy ! flow fine this tyrant
Cym. Thou took'st a beggar; would'st have Can tickle where she wounds!
-My dearest hus
made'my throne bund,
A seat for baseness. I something fear my father's wrath : but nothing A lustre to it.
No; I rather added (Always reserv'd my holy duty,) what His rage can do on me: You must be gone;
0 thon vile one! And I shall here abide the hourly shot
Sir, of angry eyes: not comforted to live,
It is your fault that I have lov'd Posthumus: But that there is this jewel in the world,
You bred him as my play fellow; and he is That I may see again.
A man, worth any woman: overbuys one
Almost the sun he pays. 0, lady, weep no more : lest I give cause
What l-art thou mad ? To be suspected of more tenderness
Imo. Almost, sir : Heaven! restore me!
'W Than doth become a man! I will remain
I were The loyal'st husband that did e'er plight troth.
A neat-herd's daughter! and my Leonatus My rcsidence in Rome, at one Philario's:
Our neighbour shepherd's son!
Thou foolish thing ! send,
They were again together : you have done Though ink be made of gall.
[To the Queen.
And pen her up.
Queen. 'Beseech your patience :-Peace, If the king come, I shall incur I know not Dear lady danghter, peace; Sweet sovereign, How much of his displeasure :-Yet l'll move Leave us to ourselves; and make yourself some him
[Aside. comfort To walk this way: I never do him wrong, Out of your best advice. But he does buy my injuries, to be friends : Cym.
Nay, let her languish Pays dear for my offences.
. A drop of blood a day; and, being aged, Post. Should we be taking leave Die of this folly!
[Erit. As long a term as yet we have to live, The loathness to depart would grow : Adieu !
Enter Pisanio.. Imo. Nay, stay a little :
Fic !-you must give away
Here is your servant.--How pow. sir ? What|And I not have it, "were a paper ost
As offer'd mercy is. What was the last.
Ha 1 Pis.
'Twas, His queen, his queen! No harm, I trust, is done?
Imo. Then wav'd his handkerchief?
And kiss'd it, madam
No, madam; for so long Queen.
I am very glad on 't. As he conld make me with this eye or ear Imo. Your son's my father's friend : he takes Distinguish him from others, he did keep his part.
The deck, with glove, or hai, or handkerchief, To draw upon an exile !-0 brave sir ! Still waving, as the fits and stirs of his mind I would they were in Africk both together; Could best express how slow his soul sail'd on, Myself by with a needle, that I might prick How swift his ship: The goer back.-Why came you from your Imo.
Thou should'st have made him master?
As little as a crow, or less, ere left
Madam, so I did.
Imo. I would have broke mine eye-strings; When it pleas'd you to employ me.
crack'd them, but Queen.
This hath been To look upon him; till the diminution Your faithful servant : 1 dare lay mine honour, of space had pointed him sharp as my needle: He will remain so.
Nay, follow'd him, till he had melted from Pis.
1 humbly thank your highness. The smallness of a gnat to air ; and then Queen. Pray, walk a while.
Have turn'd mine eye, and wept.---But, good
Be assurd, madam, [Exeunt. With his next vantage.
Imo. I did not take my leave of him, bnt had SCENE II!. A public place.
Most pretty things to say: ere I could tell him, Enter Cloten, and Two Lords. How I would think on him, at certain hours, 1 Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; Such thoughts, and such ; or I could make him the violence of action hath made you reck as a sacrifice: Where air comes out, air comes in : The shes of Italy should not betray there's none abroad so wholesome as that you Mine interest, and his honour; or have charg'd vert.
him, Clo. If my shirt were bloody, then to shift it-At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight Have I hurt him?
To encounter me with orisons, for then 2 Lord. No, faith : not so much as his patience. I am in heaven for him: or ere I could
| Aside. Give him that parting kiss, which I had set 1 Lord. Hurt him? his body's a passable car- Betwixt two charming words, comes in my
father, cass, if he be not hurt: it is a thoroughfare for steel, if it be not hurt.
And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north, 2 Lord. His steel was in debt; it went o' the Shakes all our buds from growing. backside the town.
Enter a Lady. Clo. The villain would not stand me. 2 Lord. No; but he fled forward still, toward Lady.
The queen, madam, your face.
'[Aside. Desires your highness' company. 1 Lord. Stand you! you have land enough of Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them der your own: but he added to your having; gave
I will attend the queen. you some ground. 2 Lord. As many inches as you have oceans:
Madam, I shall. Puppies ! [ Aside.
[Exeunt. Clo. I would, they had not come between us.
SCENE V. 2 Lord. So would'1, till you had measured how long a fool you were upon the ground. [Aside.
Rome. An Apartment in Philario's House. Clo. And that she should love this fellow, and Enter Philario, lachimo, a Frenchman, a Dutchrefuse me!
man, and a Spaniard. 2 Lord. If it be a sin to make a true election, lach. Believe it, sir: I have seen him in Brishe is damned.
(Aside. tain: he was then of a crescent note, expected I Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty to prove so worthy, as since he hath been allowed and her brain go not together: She's a good sign, the name of: but I could then have looked on him bat I have seen small reflection of her wit.
without the help of admiration : though the cata2 Lord. She shines not upon fools, lest the re- logue of bis endowments had been tabled by his flection should hurt her.
[Aside. side, and I to peruse him by items. Clo. Come, I'll to my chamber: 'Would there
Fhi. You speak of him when he was less furhad been some hurt done!
nished, than now he is, with that which makes 2 Lord. I wish not so; unless it had been the him both without and within. fall of an ass, which is no great hurt. [Aside. French. I have seen him in France : we had Clo. You will go with us?
very many there, could behold the sun with as I Lord. I'll attend your lordship.
firm eyes as he. Clo. Nay, come, let's go together.
Tach. This matter of marrying his king'a 2 Lord. 'Well, my lord.
[Ereunt. daughter (wherein he must be weighed rather by SCENE IV. A Room in Cymbeline's Palace. her value, than his own,) words him, I doubt noi,
a great deal from the matter. Enter Imogen and Pisanio.
French. And then his banishment : Imo. I wonld thou grew'st unto the shore's Iach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that o the haven,
weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours And question'dst every sail : if he should write, are wonderfully to extend him ; be it but to fortify her judgment, which else an easy battery frail, and the other castal: a cunning thief, or might lay flat, for taking a beggar without more a that-way accomplished courtier, would hazard quality. But how comes it, he is to sojourn with the winning both of first and last. you? How creeps acquaintance?
Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplishPhi. His father and'I were soldiers together; ed a courtier, to convince the honour of my to whom I have been often bound for no less than mistress; if, in the holding or loss of that, you my life :
term her frail. I do nothing doubt, you have
store of thieves; notwithstanding I fear not my Entor Posthumus.
ring. Here comes the Briton: Let him be so entertain- Phi. Let us leave here, gentlemen. ed amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy your knowing, to a stranger of his quality.-- signior, I thank him, makes no stranger of me: beseech you all, be better known to this gentle- we are familiar at first. man; whom I commend to you, as a noble Iach. With five times so much conversation. friend of mine : How worthy he is, I will leave I should get ground of your fair mistress : makan to appear hereafter, rather than story him in his her go back, even to the yielding; had I admit own hearing.
tance, and opportunity to friend. French. Sir, we have known together in Or- Post. No, no. leans.
Tach. I dare, thereupon, pawn the moiety o Post. Since when I have been debtor to you for my estate to your ring; which, in my opinion, courtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet o'er-values it something: But I make my wager pay still.
rather against your confidence, than her repn French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness : tation : and, to bar your offence herein too, I I was glad I did atone my countryman and you; durst attempt it against any lady in the world. it had been pity, you shonld have been put to- Post. You are a great deal abused in too bold gether with so mortal a purpose, as then each a persuasion; and I doubt not you sustain what bore, upon importance of so slight and trivial a you're worthy of, by your attempt. nature.
Iach. What's that? Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young Post. A repulse: Though your attempt, as you traveller: rather shunn'd to go even wiih what call it, deserve more; a punishment too. I heard, than in my every action to be guided by Phi. Gentlemen, enough of this: it came in others' experiences: but, upon my mendel judg- too suddenly ; let it die as it was born, and, I anent (if I offend not to say it is mended,) my pray you, be better acquainted. quarrel was not altogether slight.
Iach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my French 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement neighbour's, on the approbation of what I have of swords; and by such two, that would, by all spoke. likelihood, have confounded one the other, or Post. What lady would you choose to assail ? have fallen both.
Iach. Yours; whom in constancy, you think, Jach. Can we, with manners, ask what was stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand the difference?
ducats to your ring, that, commend me to the French, Safely, I think : 'twas a contention court where your lady is, with no more advanin publick, which may, without contradiction, tage than the opportunity of a second conference, suffer the report. It was much like an argument and I will bring from thence that honour of hers, that fell out last night, where each of us fell in which you imagine so reserved. praise of our country mistresses : This gentle- Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: man at that time vouching (and upon warrant my ring I hold dear as my finger; 'tis part of it. of bloody affirmation,) his to be more fair, vir- Tach. You are a friend, and therein the wiser. tuous, wise, chaste, constant-qualified, and less If you buy ladies' flesh at a million a dram, you attemptible, than any the rarest of our ladies in cannot preserve it from tainting : But, I see France.
you have some religion in you, that you fear. lach. That lady is not now living; or this gen- Post. This is but a custom in your tongue; tleman's opinion, by this, worn out.
you bear a graver purpose, I hope. Post. She holds her virtue still, and I my mind. lach. I am the master of my speeches ; and Iach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours would undergo what's spoken, I swear. of Italy.
Post. Will you ?-I shall but lend my diamond Post. Being so far provoked as I was in France, till your return :-Let there be covenants drawn I would abate her nothing; though I profess my between us : My mistress exceeds in goodness self her adorer, not her friend.
the hugeness of your unworthy thinking: I dare lach. As fair, and as good, (a kind of hand-in- you to this match: here's my ring. hand comparison,) had been something too fair, Phi. I will have it no lay. and too good, for any lady in Britany. If she Iach. By the gods, it is one: If I bring yon went before others I have seen, as that diamond no sufficient testimony that I have enjoyed the of yours out-lustres many I have beheld, I could dearest bodily part of your mistress, my ten not but believe she excelled many : but I have thousand ducats are yours; so is your diamond not scen the most precious diamond that is, nor too. If I come off, and leave her in such ho you the lady:
nour as you have trust in, she your jewel, this Post. I praised her, as I rated her : so do I my your jewel, and my gold are yours :-provided stone.
I have your commendation, for my more free Iach. What do you esteem it at ?
entertainment. Post. More than the world enjoys.
Post. I embrace these conditions ; let us have Iach. Either your unparagoned mistress is dead, articles betwixt us:--only, thus far you shall or she's outpriz'd by a trife.
answer. If you make your voyage upon her, Post. You are mistaken: the one may be sold, and give me directly to understand you have or given; if there were wealth enough for the prevailed, I am no further your enemy, she is purchase, or merit for the gift: the other is not not worth our debate: if she remain unseduced a thing for sale, and only the gift of the gods. (you not making it appear otherwise,) for your Iach. Which the gods have given you ? All opinion, and the assault you have made to Post. Which, by their graces, I will keep. her chastity, you shall answer me with your Iach. You may wear her in title yours: but, sword. you know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring Iach. Your hand ; a covenant: We will have ponds. Your ring may be stolen too: so, of your these things set down by lawful counsel, and brace of unprizeable estimations, the one is but straight away for Britain; lest the bargain should