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And why so ? i Gent. He that hath miss'd the princess is a thing Too bad for bad report: and he that hath her, (I mean, that married her,—alack, good man! And therefore banish d,) is a creature such As to seek through the regions of the earth For one his like, there would be something failing In him that should compare. I do not think So fair an outward, and such stuff within, Endows a man but he. 2 Gent.
You speak him far. a
2 Gent. What's his name, and birth ?
1 Gent. I cannot delve him to the root : His father, Was call'd Sicilius, who did join his honour, Against the Romans, with Cassibelan; But had his titles by Tenantius, whom He serv'd with glory and admir'd success : So gain'd the sur-addition, Leonatus : And had, besides this gentleman in question, Two other sons, who, in the wars o' the time, Died with their swords in hand; for which, their father (Then old and fond of issue) took such sorrow That he quit being; and his gentle lady, Big of this gentleman, our theme, deceas’d As he was born. The king, he takes the babe To his protection; calls him Posthumus Leonatus; Bieeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber : Puts to him all the learnings that his time Could make him the receiver of; which he took,
A You carry your praise far.
b The Gentleman says-i do extend him-appreciate his good qualities—but only within the real limits of what they are: instead of unfolding his measure duly, I crush him together compress his excellence.
As we do air, fast as 't was ininistered,
I honour him
His only child. He had two sons, (if this be worth your hearing, Mark it, the eldest of them at three years old, l' the swathing clothes the other, from their nursery Were stolen ; and to this hour no guess in knowledge Which way they went. 2 Gent.
How long is this ago ? I Gent. Some twenty years.
2 Gent. That a king's children should be so convey'd ! So slackly guarded! And the search so slow, That could not trace them! I Gent.
Howsoe'er 't is strange, Or that the negligence may well be laugh'd at, Yet is it true, sir.
2 Gent. I do well believe you. I Gent. We must forbear: Here comes the gentle.
man, The queen, and princess.
[E.ceunt. SCENE II.-The same. Enter the QUEEN, POSTHUMUS, and IMOGEN. Queen. No, be assurd, you shall not find me, daughter, After the slander of most step-mothers,
Evil-ey'd unto you: you are my prisoner, but
Please your highness,
You know the peril:-
Post. My queen! my mistress !
Be brief, I pray you :
If the king come, I shall incur I know not
Should we be taking leave
Imo. Nay, stay a little:
Post. How ! how! another ? -
[Putting on the ring.
[Putting a bracelet on her arm. Imo.
0, the gods! When shall we see again ?
Enter CYMBELINE and Lords. Post.
Alack, the king ! Cym. Thou basest thing, avoid ! hence, from my
sight! * This sentence is obscure; but the meaning of the crafty Queen appears to be, that the kindness of her husband, even when she is doing him wrong, purchases injuries as if they were benefits.
I am gone,
If after this command thou fraught the court
The gods protect you? And bless the good remainders of the court!
O disloyal thing,
I beseech you, sir,
Past grace ? obedience! Iro. Past hope, and in despair; that way, past grace. Cym. That mightst have had the sole son of my
Imo. O bless'd, that I might not! I chose an eagle, And did avoid a puttock.b
Cyn. Thou took'st a beggar; wouldst have nade A seat for baseness. Imo.
No; I rather added
Cym. O thou vile one!
What! art thou mad ?
a A higher feeling,