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Cleo. Take thou no care; it shall be heeded. Of eyes again so royal! Your crown's awry

Clown. Very good : give it nothing, I pray 1'll mend it, and then play. you, for it is not worth the feeding,

Enter the Guard, rushing in. Cleo. Will it eat me?

1 Guard. Where is the queen? Clown. You nust not think I am so simple, Char.

Speak soruy, wake her not. but I know the devil hiinself will not eat a 1 Guard. Cæsar hath sentwoman: I know, that a woman is a dish for Char.

Too slow a messenger. tbe gods, if the devil dress her not. But,

[Applies the Asp. truly, these same whoreson devils do the gods O, come; apace, despatch: I partly feel thee. great harm in their worden; for in every ten i Guard. Approach, oh! All's not well : that they make, the devils mar five.

Cæsar's beguiled. (Cæsar ;-call him. Cleo. Well, get thee gone; farewell.

2 Guard. There's Dolabella sent from Clown. Yes, forsooth; I wish you joy of 1 Guurd. What work is here ?-Charmian, the worm. [Erit. is this well done?

[princess Re-enter Iras, with a Robe, Crown, &c. Char. It is well dove, and fittiog for a

Cleo. Give me my robe, put on my crown;1 Descended of so many royal kings, Immortal longings in me: Now no more (have Ab, soldier !

[Dies. The juice of Egypt's grape shall moist this lip:

Enter DOLABELLA. Yare, yare*, good Iras; quick.—Methinks I Dol. How goes it here? Antony call; I see him ronse himself [hear 2 Guard.

All dead. To praise my noble act; I hear him mock Dol.

Cæsar, thy thoughts The luck of Cæsar, which the gods give men

Touch their effects in this : Thyself art coming To excuse their after wrath : Husband, I com.e: To see perform’d the dreaded act, which thou Now to that name my courage prove my title! So sought'st to hinder. I am fire and air ; my other elements

Within, A way there, way for Cæsar! I give to baser life.-So,-have you donc ?

Enter CÆSAR, and Attendants. Come, then, and take the last warinth of my Dol. O, sir, you are too sure an augurer ; lips.

(well. That you did fear, is done. Farewell, kind Charmian ;-Iras, long fare


Bravest at the last : (Kisses them. Tras falls und dies. She leveli'd at our purposes, and being royal, Have I the aspic in my lips? Dost fall ? Took her own way. The manner of their If thou and nature can so gently part,

I do not see them bleed.

[deaths ? The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, (still? Dol.

Who was last with them? Which hurts, and is desired. Dost thou lie 1 Guard. A simple countryman, that brought If thus thou vanishest, thou tellst the world This was his basket.

(her tigs; It is not worth leave-taking.


Poison'd then. Chur. Dissolve, thick clond, and rain; that 1 Guard.

O Cæsar, The gods themselves do weep! [I may say, This Charmian lived but now; she stood, and Cleo.

This proves me base: I found her trimining up the diadem [spake: If she first meet the curled Antony,

On her dead rnistress; tremblingly she stood, He'll make demand of her; and spend that And on the sudden dropp'd. kiss (wretch, Cas.

O noble weakness! Which is my heaven to have. Come, mortal If they had swallow'd poison, 'twould appear

[To the Asp, which she applies to her By external swelling: but she looks like sleep,

As she would catch another Antony
With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate In her strong toil of grace.
Of life at once untie : poor venomous fool, Dol.

Here, on her breast, Be angry, and despatch. 0, couldst thou There is a vent of blood, and something blown: speak!

The like is on her arin.

[lig-leaves That I might hear thee call great Cæsar, ass I Guurd. This is an aspic's trail: and these Uupoliciedt!

Have slime upon them, such as the aspic leaves Chur. O eastern star!

Upon the caves of Nile.

Peace, Feace !

Most probable, Dost thou not see my baby at my breast, That so she died; for her physician tells me, That sucks the nurse asleep?

She hath pursued conclusions ý infinite Char.

0, break! 0, break! Or easy ways to die.- Take up her bed ; Cleo. As sweet as balm, as soft as air, as And bear her women from the monument :gentle,

She shall be buried by her Antony : O Antony !-Nay, I will take thee too :- No grave upon the earth shall clip || in it

(Applying another Asp to her Arm. A pair so famous. Hiyh events as these What should I stay-(Falls on a Bed, &: dies. Strike those that make them; and their story is Char. In this wild world ?-So, fare thee No less in pity, than his glory, which well.

Broug't them to be lamented. Our army shall Now boast thee, death! in thy possession lies In solemn show, attend this funeral ; A lass unparallelld.-Downy windows, close; And then to Rome.- Comne, Dolabella, see And golden Phebus never be beheld

High order in this great solemnity. (Exeunt • Make haste. + Unpolitic, to leave me to myself. Graceful appearance. § Tried experiments,


Persons represented. CYMBELINE, King of Britain.

CORNELIUS, a physician. CLOTEN, son to the Queen by a former hus. Two Gentlemen. band.

Two Gaolers. LBONATUS POSTHUMUS, a gentleman, husbund to Imogen.

Queen, wife to Cymbeline. BELARIUS, a banished lord, disguised under luogen, daughter to Cymbeline by a former the name of Morgan.

sons to Cymbeline, disguised Helen, woman to Imogen.
GUIDERIUS, under the names of Poly Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, Tribunes,

dore and Cadwal, silp-
posed sons to Belurius.

Apparitions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch

Gentleman, a Spanish Gentleman, MxPHILAR10, friend to Posthumus.

Italians. IACHIMO, friend to Philario.

sicions, Oficers, Captains, Soldiers, A French Gentleman, friend to Philario.

Messengers, and other Attendants. Caius Lucius, general of the Roman forces. Scene, --sometimes in Britain; sometimes A Roman Captain. Two British Captains. in Italy. PISANIO, servant to Posthumus.

SCENE I. Britain. The Garden behind So fair an outward, and such stuff within,
Cymbeline's Palace.

Endows a man but he.
Enter Two Gentlemen.

2 Gent.

You speak him far t.

1 Gent. I do extend him, sir, within him. 1 Gent. You do not meet a man, but frowns: Crush him together, rather than unfold (self; our bloods #

His measure duly I. No more obey the heavens, than our courtiers; 2 Gent. What's his name, and birth ? Still seem, as does the king's.

I Gent. I cannot delve him to the root: 2 Gent. But what's the matter?

His father 1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his was call's Sicilius, who did join his honour, kingdom, whom

Against the Romans, with Cassibelan; He purposed to bis wife's sole son, (a widow, But had his titles by Tenantius ß, whom That late he married,) hath referr'd herself Ile served with glory and admired success : Unto a poor but wortby gentleman : She's So gain'd the sur-addition, Leonatus : wedded;

Aud had, besides this gentleman in question, Her husband bavish'd; she imprison'd: all Two other sous, who, in the wars o'the time, Is ontward sorrow; though I think, the king Died with their swords in hand; for which Be touch'd at very heart.

their father

(row, 2 Gent.

None but the king ? (Then old and fond of issue,) took such sor1 Gent. He, that hath lost her, too : 80 is That he quit being; and his gentle lady, the queen,

[tier, Biy of this gentleman, our theme, deceased That most desired the match : But not a cour. As he was born. The king, he takes the babe Although they wear their faces to the bent To bis protection; calls him Posthumus; [ber : Of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamGlad at the thing they scowl at.

Puts him to all the learnings that his time 2 Gent. And why so?

(a thing Could make him the receiver of; which be I Gent. He that laih miss'd the princess, is

took, Too bad for bad report : and he that hath her, ! As we do air, fast as 'twas minister'd; and (I mean, that married her,-alack, good man! In his spring became a barvest : Lived in And therefore banish’d) is a creature such


[loved : As, to seek through the regions of the earth (Which rare it is to do,) most praised, most for one his like, there would be something A sample to the youngest; to the more ma failing

ture, La bim that should compare. I do not think, A glass that feated | them; and to the graver,

• Inclination, natural disposition. + i.e., You praise him extensively. My praise, however extensive, is within his merit.

· The father of Cymbeline Formed their manners.


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A child that guided dotards : to his mistress, Who to my father was a friend, to me
For whom he now is banish'u,--her own price Known but by letter: thither write, my queen,
Proclaims how she esteem'd him and his vir. And with mine eyes I'll drink the words you
By her election may be truly read, [tue; Though ink be made of gall.

(send, What kind of man he is.

Re-enter Queen. 2 Gent. I honour him


Be brief, I pray you: Even out of your report. But, 'pray you, tell If the king come, I shall incur I know not Is she sole child to the king ?

How much of his displeasure: yet I'll move 1 Gent. His only child.


[Aside. He had two sons, (if this be worth your hear- To walk this way: I never do him wrong, Mark it,) the eldest of them at three ears old, But be does buy my injuries, to be friends; ľ tbe swathing clothes the other, from their Pays dear for iny offences.

(Exit. nursery


Should we be taking leave Were stolen : and to this hour, no guess in As long a term as yet we have to live, Which way they went.

The loathness to depart would grow: Adieu ! 2 Gent.

How long is this ago? Imo. Nay, stay a little : 1 Gent. Some twenty years. (convey'd! Were you but riding forth to air yourself,

2 Gent. That a king's children should be so Such parting were too petty. Look here, love; So slackly guarded ! And the search so slow, This diamond was my mother's : take it, That could not trace them!

heart; i Gent.

Howsoe'er 'tis strange, But keep it till you woo another wife,
Or that the negligence may well be laughed at, When Imogen is dead.
Yet is it true, sir.


How ! how! another 2 Gent.

I do well believe you. You gentle gods, give me but this I have, 1 Gent. We must forbear: Here comes the And sear up my embracements from a next queen, and princess. [Exeunt. With bonds of death !-Remain thou here. SCENE JI. The same.

[Putting on the Ring.

While senze t can keep it on! And sweetest, Enter the Queen, Post HUMUS, and IMOGEN.

fairest, Queen. No, be assured, you shall not find | As I my poor self did exchange for you, me, daughter,

To your so infinite loss; so, in our trifles After the slander of most step-mothers, I still win of you: For my sake, wear this ; Evil-eyed unto you: you are my prisoner, but It is a manacle of love; Î'll place it Your gaoler shall deliver you the keys (mus, Upon this fairest prisoner. That lock up your restraint. For you, Posthú

[Putting a Bracelet on her Arm. So soon as I can win the offended king,


0, the gods! I will be known your advocate: marry, yet

When shall we see again? The fire of rage is in him; and 'twere good,

Enter CYMBELINE and Lords. You lean'd unto his sentence with what pa- Post.

Alack, the king!
Your wisdom


you. [tience. Cym. Thou basest thing, avoid! hence, from Post. Please your highness,

my sight! I will from hence today.

If, after this command, thon fraught the court Queen.

You know the peril :- With thy unworthiness, thou diest: Away! I'll fetch a turn about the garden, pitying Thou art poison to my blood. The pangs of barr'd affections; though the


The gods protect you! king

And bless the good remainders of the court! Hath charged you should not speak together. I am gone.

[Erit. [Exit Queen. Imo. There cannot be a pinch in death Imo.

0 More sharp than this is. Dissembling courtesy! How fine this tyrant Cym.

O disloyal thing, Can tickle were she wounds!—My dearest That shouldst repair my youth; thou heapest husband,

[thing, A year's age on me! I something fear my father's wrath; but no- Imo.

I beseech you, sir, (Always reserved my holy duty,) what Harm not yourself with your vexation; I His rage can do on me: You must be gone; Am senseless of your wrath; a touch more And I shall here abide the hourly shot Subdnes all pangs, all fears. [rares Of angry eyes; nut comforted to live,


Past grace? obedience? But that there is this jewel in the world, Imo. Past hope, and in despair; that way, That I may see again.

past grace.

[of my queeni Post.

My gneen! my mistress ! Cym. That might'st have had the sole | son 0, lady, weep no more ; lest I give cause Imo. O bless'd, that I might not! I chose an To be suspected of more tenderness

And did avoid a puttock T.

(eagle Than doth become a man! I will remain Cym, Thou took'st a beggar; wouldst have The loyal'st husband that did e'er plight troth. made my throne My residence in Rome, at one Philario's; A seat for baseness.

• Close up.

Ś A more exquisite feeling.

+ Sensation.


TA kite.


No; I rather added comes in: there's none abroad so wholesome A lastre to it.

as that you vent. Cym. O thou vile one!

Clo. If my shirt were bloody, then to shift Imo.

Sir, it-Have I hurt him? It is your fault that I have loved Posthumus: 2 Lord. No, faith; not so much as his paYou bred him as my play fellow; and he is tience.

(Aside. A man worth any woman; overbuys me | Lord. Hurt him? his body's a passable Almost the sum he pays.

carcass, if he be not hurt: it is a thoroughfare Cym.

What! art thou mad? for steel if it be not hurt. Imo. Almost, sir: Heaven restore me!- 2 Lord. His steel was in debt; it went o'the Would I were

backside the town.

(Aside. A neat-herd's daughter! and my Leonatus Clo. The villain would not stand me. Our neighbour shepherd's son!

2 Lord. No; but he fled forward still, toRe-enter Queen. ward your face.

[Aside. Cym.

Thou foolish thing! i Lord. Stand you ! You have land enough They were again together: you have done of your own : bat he added to your having;

(To the Queen. gave you some ground. Not after our command. Away with her, 2 Lord. As many inches as you have oceans: And pen her up.


(Aside. Queen. 'Beseech your patience :-- Peace, Clo. I would, they had not come between us. Dear lady daughter, peace;-Sweet sovereign, 2 Lord. So would I, till you had measured Leave us to ourselves; and make yourself how long a fool you were upon the ground. Out of your best advice t. (some comfort

(Aside. Сут.

Nay, let her languish Clo. And that she should love this fellow, A drop of blood a day; and, being aged, and refuse me! Die of this folly!

(Exit. 2 Lord. If it be a sin to make a true elecEnter PISANIO. tion, she is damned.

[Aside. Queen.

Pie,- you must give way: 1 Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her Here is your servant.-How now, sir? What beauty and her brain go not together 1: She's news?

a good sign, but I bave seen small reflection Pis. My lord your son drew on my master. of her wit . Queen.

Ha! 2 Lord. She shines not opon fools, lest the No harin, I trust, is done?

reflection should hurt her.

(Aside. Pis.

There might have been, Clo. Come, I'll to my chamber: "Would But that my master rather play'd than fougbt, there had been some hurt done! And had no help of anger: they were parted % Lord. I wish not so; unless it had been By gentlemen at hand.

the fall of an ass, which is no great hort. Queen. I am very glad on't.

(Aside. Imo. Your son's my father's friend ; he Clo. You'll go with us? takes his part.

1 Lord. l'll

attend your lordship. To draw upon an exile !- brave sir! Clo. Nay, come, let's go together. I would they were in Afric both together; 2 Lord. Well, my lord.

(Exeunt. Myself by with a needle, that I might prick The goer back.-Why came you from your

SCENE IV. A Room in Cymbeline's Pam master?


lace. Pis. On his command: he would not suffer

Enter IMOGEY and PISANIO. To bring him to the haven : left these notes Imo. I would thou grew'st unto the shores Of what commands I should be subject to,

o'the haven, When it pleased you to employ me.

And question’dst every sail : if he should write, Queen.

This hath been And I not have it, 'were a paper lost Your faithful servant: I dare lay mine honour, As offer'd mercy is. What was the last He will remain so.

That he spake to thee? Pis. I humbly thank your highness.

Pis. 'Twas, His queen, his queen! Queen. Pray, walk a wbile.

Imo. Then waved his handkerchief Imo. About some half hour hence,


And kissed it, madam. I pray you, speak with me: you shall, at least, Imo. Senseless linen! happier therein than Go see my lord aboard: for this time, leave And that was all ?

(I! me.

(Exeunt. Pis.

No, madam ; for so long SCENE III. A public place.

As he could make me with this eye or ear.

Distinguish him from others, he did keep, Enter CLOTEN, und Two Lords.

The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchief i Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a Still waving, as the fits and stirs of his mind sbirt; the violence of action hath made you could best express how slow his soul sail'd reek as a sacrifice : Where air comes out, air / How swift his ship.

[on, • Cattle-keeper. + Consideration. | Her beauty and sense are not equal. To understand the force of this idea, it should be remembered that anciently almost every

sign had a motto, or some attempt at a witticism underneath it.


Thou shouldst have made him that weep this lamentable divorce, under her As little as a crow, or less, ere left

colours, are wonderfully to extend him; be To aftereye him.

it but to fortify her judgment, which else an Pis. Madam, so I did.

easy battery might lay flat, for taking a beggar Ino. I would have broke mine eye-strings; without more quality. But how comes it, he crack'd them, but

is to sojourn with you? How creeps acTo look upon him; till the diminution quaintance? Of space had pointed him sharp as my needle; Phi. His father and I were soldiers togeNay, follow'd him, till he had melted from ther; to whom I have been often bound for The smallness of a gnat to air; and then no less than my life : Have turn'd mine eye, and wept.-But, good

Enter POSTHUMUS. When shall we hear from him? [Pisanio, Here comes the Briton: Let him be so enterPis.

Be assured, madam, tained amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen With his next vantage *.

of your knowing, to a stranger of his quality.Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but I beseech you all, be better known to this had

gentleman; whom I commend to you as a Most pretty things to say: ere I could tell him, noble friend of mine : How worthy he is, I How I would think on him, at certain hours, will leave to appear hereafter, rather than Such thoughts, and such ; or I could make story bim in his own hearing. him swear

French. Sir, we have known together in The shes of Italy should not betray [him, Orleans. Mine interest, and his honour; or have charged Post. Since when I have been debtor to At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at mid- you for courtesies, which I will be ever lo pight,

pay, and yet pay still. To encounter me with orisoust, for then French. Sir, you o’er-rate my poor kindI am in heaven for him : or ere I could

Dess : I was glad I did atove** my country. Give him that parting kiss, which I had set men and you; it had been pity, you should Betwixt two charming words, comes in my have been put together with so mortal a pur. father,

pose, as then each bore, upon importance ft of And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north, so slight and trivial a nature. Sbakes all our buds from growing.

Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a Enter a Lady.

young traveller: rather shunn'd to go even Lady.

The queen, madam, with what I heard, than in my every action to Desires your highness' company.

be guided by others' experiences : but, úpon Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them my mended judgment, (if I offend not to say I will attend the queen. [despatch'd. it is mended,) my quarrel was not altogether Pis.

Madain, I shall. slight.

[Ereunt. French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbiSCENE V. Rome. An Apartment in Phi-trement of swords; and by such two, that

would, by all likelihood, have confounded II lario's House.

one the other, or have fallen both. Enter PHILARIO, IACHIMO, a Frenchman, lach. Can we, with manners, ask what was

a Dutchman, and a Spaniard. the difference? lach. Believe it, sir: I have seen him in French. Safely, I think : 'twas a contention Britain: he was then of a crescent notei, ex in public, which may, without contradiction, pected to prove so worthy, as since he hath suffer the report. It was much like an argubeen allowed the name of : but I could then ment that fell out last night, where each of us have looked on him without the help of ad- fell in praise of our country mistresses: This miration; though the catalogue of his endow- gentleman at that time vouching, (and upon ments had been tabled by his side, and I to warrant of bloody affirmation,) his to be more peruse him by items.

fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, constant qualified, Phi. You speak of him when he was less and less attemptible, than any the rarest of our furnished ý than now he is, with that which ladies in France. makes || him both without and within.

lach. That lady is not now living; or this French. I bave seen him in France: we gentleman's opinion, by this, worn out. had very many there, could behold the sun Post. She holds her virtue still, and I my with as firm eyes as he.

mind. lach. This matter of marrying his king's lach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore daughter, (wherein he must be weighed rather ours of Italy. by her value, than his own,) words him, I Post. Being so far provoked as I was in doubt not, a great deal from the matter. France, I would abate her nothing; though I

French. And then bis banishment: profess myself her adorer, not her friend 93.

Iach. Ay, and the approbation of those luch. As fair, and as good, (a kind of band• Opportunity + Meet me with reciprocal prayer.

| Increasing in fame.
|| Forms him.

Praise him.
** Reconcile.
# Importunity, instigation.

# Destroyed.
Sý Lover,-I speak of her as a being I reverence, not as a beauty whom I enjoy.

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