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back. Why came you from your master? Pis. On his command: He would not suffer me To bring him to the haven: left these notes Of what commands I should be subject to, When it pleas'd you to employ me.
I humbly thank your highness.
Queen. This hath been Your faithful servant: I dare lay mine honour, He will remain so. Pis. Queen. Pray, walk a-while. Imo. About some half hour hence, pray you, speak with me: you shall, at least, Go see my lord aboard: for this time, leave me.
A PUBLICK PLACE.
Enter Cloten, and two Lords.
1 Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; the violence of action hath made you reek as a sacrifice: Where air comes out, air comes in: there's none abroad so wholesome as that you vent.
Clo. If my shirt were bloody, then to shift itHave I hurt him?
2 Lord. No, faith; not so much as his patience. [Aside.
1 Lord. Hurt him? his body's a passable carcass, if he be not hurt: it is a thoroughfare for steel, if it be not hurt.
2 Lord. His steel was in debt; it went the back
side the town.
Clo. The villain would not stand me.
2 Lord. No; but he fled forward still, toward your face. [Aside.
1 Lord. Stand you! You have land enough of your own but he added to your having; gave you some ground.
2 Lord. As many inches as you have oceans: Puppies! [Aside.
Clo. I would, they had not come between us.
2 Lord. So would I, till you had measured how long a fool you were upon the ground. [Aside. Clo. And that she should love this fellow, and refuse me!
2 Lord. If it be a sin to make a true election, she is damn'd. [Aside.
1 Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty and her brain go not together: She's a good sign, but I have seen small reflection of her wit.
2 Lord. She shines not upon fools, lest the reflection should hurt her. [Aside. Clo. Come, I'll to my chamber: 'Would there had been some hurt done!
2 Lord. I wish not so; unless it had been the fall of an ass, which is no great hurt.
Clo. You'll go with us?
1. Lord. I'll attend your lordship. Clo. Nay, come, let's go together. 2 Lord. Well, my lord.
A ROOM IN CYMBELINE'S PALACE.
Enter Imogen, and Pisanio.
Imo. I would thou grew'st unto the shores o'the haven,
And question'dst every sail: if he should write,
As offer'd mercy is.
That he spake to thee?
'Twas, His queen, his
Imo. Then wav'd his handkerchief?
And kiss'd it, madam. Imo. Senseless linen! happier therein than I!— And that was all?
To after-eye him.
Thou should'st have made him
Madam, so I did.
Imo. I would have broke mine eye-strings; crack'd them, but
To look upon him; till the diminution
space had pointed him sharp as my needle:
Nay, follow'd him, till he had melted from
The smallness of a gnat to air; and then
When shall we hear from him?
With his next vantage.
Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had Most pretty things to say: ere I could tell him, How I would think on him, at certain hours, Such thoughts, and such; or I could make him
The shes of Italy should not betray
Mine interest, and his honour; or have charg'd him,
At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight, To encounter me with orisons, for then
I am in heaven for him; or ere I could
Be assur'd, madam,
Enter a Lady.
I will attend the
Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them de
The queen, madam,
Madam, I shall.
AN APARTMENT IN PHILARIO'S HOUSE.
Enter Philario, Iachimo, a Frenchman, a Dutchman, and a Spaniard.
Iach. Believe it, sir: I have seen him in Britain: he was then of a crescent note; expected to prove so worthy, as since he hath been allowed the name of: but I could then have look'd on him without the help of admiration; though the catalogue of his endowments had been tabled by his side, and I to peruse him by items.
Phi. You speak of him when he was less furnish'd, than now he is, with that which makes him both without and within.
French. I have seen him in France: we had very many there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes as he.
Iach. This matter of marrying his king's daughter, (wherein he must be weigh'd rather by her value, than his own,) words him, I doubt not, a great deal from the matter.
French. And then his banishment:-
Iach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours, are wonderfully to extend him; be it but to fortify her judgment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, for taking a beggar without more quality. But how comes it, he is to sojourn with you? How creeps acquaintance?