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A Roman Captain.
CORNELIUS, a Physician.
Sons to Cymbeline, disguised under QUEEN, Wife to Cymbeline.
the names of Polydore and Cadwal, INOGEN, Daughter to Cymbeline by a former Queen.
HELEN, Woman to Imogen.
Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, Tribunes, Apparitions,
a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a Spanish A French Gentleman, Friend to Philario.
Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, Captains, Soldiers,
Messengers, and other Altendants.
You speak him far.
1 Gent. I do extend him, sir, within himself; Cymbeline's Palace.
Crush him together, rather than unfold
His measure duly.
2 Gent. What's bis name, and birth?
Was call’a Sicilius, who did join his honour
But had his titles by Tenantius, whom
But what's the matter? He serv'd with glory and admir'd success ;
And bad, besides this gentleman in question,
Big of this gentleman, our theme, deceas'd
None but the king ? As he was born. The king, he takes the babe 1 Gent. He, that hath lost her,too: so is the queen, To bis protection; calls him Posthumus ; That most desir'd the match : But not a courtier, Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber: Although they wear their faces to the bent Puts him to all the learnings that his time Of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not Could make him the receiver of; which he took, Glad at the thing they scowl at.
As we do air, fast as 'twas minister'd ; and 2 Gent. And why so?
In bis spring became a harvest : Liv'd in conrt,
A child that guided dotards: to his mistress,
What kind of man he is,
I honour him
I am gone.
Even out of yoar report. But, 'pray you, tell me, | With bonds of death !-Remain thou here,
(Putting on the ring.) 1 Gent.
His only child While sense can keep it on! And sweetest, fairest, He had two sons, (if this be worth your hearing, As I my poor self did exchange for you, Mark it,) the eldest of them at three years old, To your so infinite loss; 80, in our trifles I'the swathing clothes the other, from their nursery I still win of you: For my sake, wear this; Were stolen ; and to this hour, no guess in know- It is a manacle of love; 1'il place it Which way they went.
[ledge Upon this fairest prisoner: 2 Gent. How long is tbis ago ?
(Putting a bracelet or her arm.) 1 Gent. Some twenty years. (vey'd! Imo.
0, the gods ! 2 Gent. That a king's children should be so con When shall we see again? So slackly guarded! and the search so slow,
Enter CYMBELINE and Lords. That could not trace them!
Alack, the king! 1 Gent.
Howso'er 'tis strange, Cym. Thou basest thing, avoid! bence from my Or that the negligence may well be laugh'd at,
sight! Yet is it true, sir.
If, after this command, thou fraught the court 2 Gent.
I do well believe you. With thy unworthiness, thou diest: Away!
The gods protect yoa!
(Erit. Enter the Queen, POSTHUMUS, and IMOGEN.
Imo. There cannot be a pinch in death Queen. No, be assur’d, you shall not find me, More sharp than this is. daughter,
O disloyal thing, After the slander of most step-mothers,
That should'st repair my youth; thou heapest Evil-ey'd unto you: you are my prisoner, but
A year's age on me! Your gaoler shall deliver you the keys,
I beseech you, sir, That lock up your restraint. For you, Posthumus, Harm not yourself with your vexation; I So soon as I can win the offended king,
Am senseless of your wrath; a touch more rare I will be known your advocate: marry, yet, Sabdues all pangs, all fears. The fire of rage is in him; and 'twere good,
Past grace? obedience! You lean'd unto bis sentence, with what patience Imo. Past hope, and in despair; that way, past Your wisdom may inform you.
Please your highness, Cym. That might'st have had the sole son of my I will from hence to-day.
Imo. O bless'd, that I might not! I chose an eagle, Queen.
You know the peril And did avoid a pattock. I'll fetch a turn about the garden, pitying
Cym. Thou took'st a beggar; would'st bare made The pangs of barr'd affections; though the king
A seat for baseness.
[my tbrese Hath cbarg'd you should not speak together. [Exit. Imo.
No; I rather added Imo.
A lustre to it. Dissembling courtesy! How fine this tyrant
O thou vile one! Can tickle where she wounds -My dearest hus Imo.
It is your fault that I have lov'd Posthumas: I something fear my father's wrath, but nothing, You bred him as my play-fellow; and he is (Always reserv'd my holy duty,) what
A man, worth any woman ; overbuys me
What!-art thou mad? of angry eyes; not comforted to live,
Imo. Almost, sir : Heaven restore me!-'Woald But that there is this jewel in the world,
I were That I may see again.
A neat-herd's daughter! and my Leonatus Post. My queen! my mistress !
Our neighbour shepherd's son! O, lady, weep no more; lest I give cause
Re-enter Queen. To be suspected of more tenderness
Thou foolish thing! Than doth become a man! I will remain
They were again together : you have
done The loyal’st husband that did e'er plight troth.
(To the Queen) My residence in Rome at one Philario's;
Not after our command. Away with her, Who to my father was a friend, to me
And pen her ap. Known but by letter: thither write, my queen, And with mine eyes I'll drink the words you send, Dear lady daughter, peace ;-Sweet sovereign,
Queen. 'Beseech your patience :-Peace,
Leave us to ourselves; and make yourself some
Be brief, I pray you:
Nay, let her languish If the king come, I shall incur I know not A drop of blood a-day; and, being aged, How much of his displeasure: Yet I'll move him Die of this folly!
Enter PISANIO. To walk this way: I never do him wrong,
Fy!-you must give way: But he does buy my injuries, to be friends;
Here is your servant.How now, sir? What news! Pays dear for my offences.
[Exit. Pis. My lord, your son, drew on my master. Post. Should we be taking leave Queen.
Ha! As long a term as yet we bave to live,
No barm, I trust, is done? The loathness to depart would grow : Adieu !
There might bare been, Imo. Nay, stay a little:
Bat that my master rather play'd than fought, Were you but riding forth to air yourself,
And bad no help of anger : they were parted Such party were too petty: Look here, love ; By gentlemen at hand. This diamond was my mother's: take it, heart; Queen. I am very glad on't. (part.But keep it till you woo another wife,
Imo. Your son's my father's friend; be takes his When I'mogen is dead.
To draw upon an exile !-O brave sir!Post. How! how ! another?
I would they were in Afric both together; You geotle gods, give me but this I have,
Myself by with a needle, that I might prick And sear up my embracements from a next
The goer back.–Why came you from your master?
Pis. On his command: He would not suffer me Pis.
Madam, so I did.
Imo. I would have broke mine eye-strings;
crack'd them, but
To look upon him; till the diminution
This hath been of space had pointed him sharp as my needle:
The smallness of a goat to air; and then
I humbly thank your highness. Have turn’d mine eye, and wept.- But, good Pisa-
When shall we bear from him?
Be assur’d, madam,
With his next vantage.
[Exeunt. Most pretty things to say: ere I could tell him, SCENE III.-A public Place.
How I would think on bím, at certain hours,
Such thoughts, and sach; or I could make him swear, 1 Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; Mine interest, and his honour; or have charg'a bim
The shes of Italy should not betray
To encounter me with orisons, for then
Give him that parting kiss, which I had set
And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north, 1 Lord. Hart bim? his body's a passable car
Shakes all our buds from growing. cass, if he be not hurt: it is a thoroughfare for
Enter a Lady. steel, if it be not hurt.
The queen, madam, 2 Lord. His steel was in debt; it went o'the Desires your highness' company, (patch’d. backside the town.
(A side.) Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them desClo. The villain would not stand me.
I will attend the queen. 2 Lord. No; but he fled forward still, toward Pis.
Madam, I shall. [Exeunt. 1 Lord. Stand you! You have land enough of Scene V.—Rome. An Apartment in Philario's
House. your own: bat be added to your having ; gave yon Enter PhilaRIO, IACHIMO, a Frenchman, a Dutchsome ground. 2 Lord. As many inches as you have oceans :
man, and a Spaniard. Puppies !
Iach. Believe it, sir: I have seen him in Britain : Clo. I would, they had not come between us.
he was then of a crescent note; expected to prove 2 Lord. So would I, till you had measured how so worthy, as since he hath been allowed the name long a fool you were upon the ground. (A side.)
of: but I could then have looked on him without Clo. And that she should love this fellow, and the help of admiration; though the catalogue of refuse me!
his endowments had been tabled by his side, and I 2 Lord. If it be a sin to make a true election, to perase him by items. she is damned.
Phi. You speak of him, when he was less fur1 Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty and nished, than now he is, with that which makes him her brain go not together: She's a good sign, but both without
and within. I have seen small reflection of her wit.
French. I have seen him in France: we had very 2 Lord. She shines not upon fools, lest the re
many there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes flection should hurt her.
(Aside.) Clo. Come, I'll to my chamber: 'Would there
Iach. This matter of marrying his king's daughbad been some hurt done!
ter, (wherein he must be weighed rather by her 2 Lord. I wish not so; unless it had been the value, than his own,) words bim, I doubt not, a fall of an ass, which is no great hurt.
(Aside.) great deal from the matter. Clo. You'll go with us?
French. And then his banishment:1 Lord. I'll attend your lordship.
Iach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that clo. Nay, come, let's go together.
weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours, 2 Lord. Well, my lord.
[Exeunt. are wonderfully to extend him; be it but to fortify
her judgment, which else an easy battery might lay SCENE IV.-A Room in Cymbeline's Palace. flat, for taking a beggar without more quality. But Enter IMOGEN and PISANIO.
how comes it, he is to sojourn with you? How
Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; to
Here comes the Briton: Let him be so entertained
'Twas, His queen, his queen! amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of your knowImo. Then wav'd his handkerchief?
ing, to a stranger of his quality. I beseech you all, Pis.
And kiss'd it, madam. be better known to this gentleman; whom I comImo. Senseless linen! happier therein than I !- mend to you, as a noble friend of mine: How worAnd that was all ?
thy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, rather Pis.
No, madam; for so long than story him in his own hearing.
French. Sir, we have kuown together in Orleans.
Post. Since when I have been debtor to you for
was glad I did atone my countryman and you; it Imo.
Thou should'st have made him had been pity, you should have been pat together As little as a crow, or less, ere left
with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon To after-eye bim.
importance of so slight and trivial a nature,
Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young Phi. Gentlemen, enough of this; it came in too traveller ; rather shunned to go even with what I suddenly ; let it die as it was born, and, I pray you, heard, than in my every action to be guided by be better acquainted. others' experiences : but, upon my mended judg lach. 'Would I bad put my estate, and my neighment, (if I offend not to say it is mended,) my boar's, on the approbation of what I bave spoke. quarrel was not altogether slight.
Post. Wbat lady would you choose to assail? French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement Tach. Yours; whom in constancy, you think, of swords; and by such two, that would, by all stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats likelihood, have confounded one the other, or have to your ring, that, commend me to the court where fallen both.
[difference? your lady is, with no more advantage than the opIach. Can we, with manners, ask what was the portunity of a second conference, and I will bring
French. Safely, I think ; 'twas a contention in from thence that honour of bers, which you imagine public, which may, without contradiction, suffer so reserved. the report, It was much like an argument that fell Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: out last night, where each of us fell in praise of our my ring I hold as dear as my finger; 'tis part of it. country mistresses: This gentleman at that time Tach. You are a friend, and therein the wiser. If pouching, (and upon warrant of bloody affirmation,) you buy ladies' flesh at a million a dram, you canhis to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, constant not preserve it from tainting: But, I see, fou bare qualified, and less attemptible, than any the rarest some religion in you, that you fear. of our ladies in France.
Post. This is but a custom iv your tongue; you Iach. That lady is not pow living ; or this gen- bear a graver purpose, I hope. tleman's opinion, by this worn out.
Iach. I am the master of my speeches; and Post. She holds her virtue still, and I my mind. would undergo what's spoken, I swear.
lach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours Post. Will you ? I shall but lend my diamoed of Italy.
till your return :- Let there be covenants driwa Post. Being so far provoked as I was in France, between us : My mistress exceeds in goodvess tbe I would abate her nothing; though I profess my- hugeness of your ynworthy thinking: I dare yoa sell her adorer, not her friend.
to this match: here's my ring. Iach. As fair, and as good, (a kind of hand-in Phi. I will have it no lay. hand comparison,) had been something too fair, and lach. By the gods it is one:- If I bring you do too good for any lady in Britany. If she went be- sufficient testimony, that I have enjoyed the dearest fore others I have seen, as that diamond of yours bodily part of your mistress, my ten thousand ducats out-lustres many I have beheld, I could not but be are yours; so is your diamond too. IC I come off, lieve she excelled many: but I have not seen and leave her in such honour as you have trust in, the most precious diamond that is, nor you the she your jewel, this your jewel, and my gold are lady.
[stone. yours :-provided, I have your commendation, for Post. I praised her as I rated her: so do I my my more free entertainment. Iach. What do you esteem it at?
Post. I embrace these conditions ; let us have Post. More than the world enjoys.
articles betwixt us :-only, thus far you shall anlach. Either your unparagoned mistress is dead, swer. If you make your voyage upon her, and gire or she's outprized by a trifle.
me directly to understand you have prevail d, I am Post. You are mistaken : the one may be sold, no further your enemy, she is not worth our de or given: if there were wealth enough for the pur- bate: if she remain anseduced, (you not making chase, or merit for the gift: the other is not a thing it appear otherwise,) for your ill opinion, and the for sale, and only the gift of the gods.
assault you have made to her chastity, you shall Iach. Wbich the gods have given you?
answer me with your sword. Post. Which, by their graces, I will keep. Iach. Your hand; a covenant: we will have
lach. You may wear her in title yours: but, you these things set down by lawful counsel, and straight know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds. away for Britain ; lest the bargain should catch Your ring may be stolen too: so, of your brace of cold, and starve: I will fetch my gold, and have unprizeable estimations, the one is but frail, and our two wagers recorded. the other casual; a cunning thief, or a that-way Post. Agreed. [Exeunt Posthumus and I achise. accomplished courtier, would hazard the winning French. Will this hold, think you? both of first and last.
Phi. Signior Iachimo will not from it. Prar, Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplished | let us follow 'em.
[Ereux!. a courtier, to convince the honour of my mistress;
Scene VI.-Britain. A Room in Cymbeline's if, in the holding or loss of that, you term her frail.
Palace. I do nothing doubt, you have store of thieves; notwithstanding, I fear not my ring.
Enter Queen, Ladies, and CORNELIUS. Phi. Let us leave here, gentlemen.
Queen. Whiles yet the dew's on ground, gather Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy signior,
those flowers: I thank him, makes no stranger of me; we are fa Make baste: Who has the pote of them? miliar at first.
I, madam, Iach. With five times so much conversation, I Queen. Despatch.
[Exeunt Ladies. should get ground of your fair mistress: make her Now, master doctor; have you brought those drugs? go back, even to the yielding; had I admittance, Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay: bere they are, and opportunity to friend.
madam : (Presenting a small bor.) Post. No, no.
But I beseech your grace, (without offence; Iach. I dare, thereon, pawn the moiety of my My conscience bids me ask; wherefore you have estate to your ring; which, in my opinion, o'erva- Commanded of me these most poisonous componuds, lues it something : But I make my wager rather Which are the movers of a languishing death; against your confidence, than her reputation : and, But, though slow, deadly? to bar your offence herein too, I durst attempt it Queen.
I do wonder, doetor, against any lady in the world.
Thon ask'st me such a question: Have I not been Post. You are a great deal abused in too bold a Thy pupil Jong? Hast thon not learn'd me bow persuasion; and I doubt not you sustain what To make perfumes ? distil? preserve? yea, so, you're worthy of, by your attempt.
That our great king himself doth woo me oft Iach. What's that?
For my confections? Having thus far proceeded, Post. A repulse: Though your attempt, as you (Unless thou think'st me devilish,) is 't not meet, call it, deserves more ; a punishment too.
That I did amplify my judgment in
Other conclusions ? I will try the forces
And shall do: Of these thy compounds on sach creatures as But when to my good lord I prove untrue, We count not worth the hanging, (but none human,) | I'll choke myself: there's all I'll do for you. [Exit. To try the vigour of them, and apply
Scene VII.-Another Room in the same. Allayments to their act; and by them gather Their several virtues, and effects.
Enter IMOGEN, Cor.
Imo. A father cruel, and a step-dame false; Shall from this practice but make hard your heart: A foolish suitor to a wedded lady, Besides, the seeing these effects will be
That hath her husbaud banish'd ;-0, that husband! Both noisome and infectious.
My supreme crown of grief! and those repeated Queen.
0, content thee,
Vexations of it! Had I been thief-stolen,
As my two brothers, happy! but most miserable Here comes a flattering rascal; upon him (Aside.) Is the desire that's glorious : Blessed be those, Will I first work : he's for his master,
How mean soe'er, that have their honest wills, And enemy to my son.--How now, Pisanio?-
Which seasons comfort.--Who may this be? Py! Doctor, your service for this time is ended;
Enter PISANIO and IACHIMO. Take your own way.
Pis. Madam, a poble gentleman of Rome; Cor.
I do suspect you, madam; Comes from my lord with letters. But you sball do no harm.
Change you, madam? Queen. Hark thee, a word.(To Pisanio.) | The worthy Leonatus is in safety. Cor. (Aside.) I do not like her. She doth think And greets your highness dearly. she bas
(Presents a letter.) Strange lingering poisons : I do know her spirit, Imo.
Thanks, good sir : And will not trust one of her malice with
You are kindly welcome. A drug of such damn'd nature : Those, she bas, Iach. All of her, that is out of door, most rich! Will stopify and dull the sense awhile : (dogs ;
(Aside.) Which first, perchance, she'll prove on cats, and If she be furnish'd with a mind so rare, Then afterward up higher; but there is
She is alone the Arabian bird ; and I No danger in what shew of death it makes, Have lost the wager. Boldness be my friend ! More than the locking up the spirits a time, Arm me, audacity, from head to foot! To be more fresh, reviving. She is fool'd
Or, like the Parthian, I shall flying fight; With a most false effect; and I the truer,
Rather, directly fly. So to be false with her.
Imo. (Reads.) He is one of the noblest note, to Queen.
No further service, doctor, whose kindnesses I am most infinitely tied. Reflect Until I send for thee.
upon him accordingly, as you value your truest Cor. I humbly take my leave. [Exit.
LEONATUS. Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou? Dost thou So far I read alond: think, in time
But even the very middle of my heart She will not quench ; and let instructions enter Is warm’d by the rest, and takes it thankfully.Where folly now possesses? Do thou work; You are as welcome, worthy sir, as I When thou shalt bring me word, she loves my son, Have words to bid you; and shall find it so I'll tell thee, on the instant, thou art then
In all that I can do. As great as is thy master: greater; for
Thanks, fairest lady.His fortunes all lie speechless, and his name What! are men mad? Hath nature given them eyes Is at last gasp: Return he cannot, nor
To see this vaulted arch, and the rich crop Continue where he is : to shift his being,
Of sea and land, which can distinguish 'twixt Is to excbange one misery with another;
The fiery orbs above, and the twinn'd stones And every day that comes, comes to decay Upon the number'd beach ? and can we not A day's work in bim: What shalt thou expect, Partition make with spectacles so precious To be depender on a thing that leans ?
'Twixt fair and foul ? Who cannot be new built; nor has no friends,
What makes your admiration? (The Queen drops a box : Pisanio takes it up.) Iach. It cannot be i'the eye; for apes and monSo much as bat to prop him?Thou tak’st up
keys, Thou know'st not what ; but take it for thy labour : 'Twixt two such shes, would chatter this way, and It is a thing I made, which hath the king
Contemn with mows the other : Nori'the judgment;
Slattery, to such neat excellence oppos’d,
The cloyed will, Who shall take notice of thee : I'll move the king (That satiate yet unsatisfied desire, To any shape of thy preferment, such
That tub both ill'd and running, ) ravening first As thou'lt desire; and then myself, I chiefly, The lamb, longs after for the garbage. That set thee on to this desert, am bound
What, dear sir, To load thy merit richly. Call my women : Thus raps you? Are you well ? Think on my words. (Exit Pisa.)- A sly and con Iach. "Thanks, madam; well :-'Beseech you, stant knave;
(To Pisanio.) Not to be shak'd: the agent for his master; My man's abode, where I did leave him: he And the remembrancer of her, to hold
Is strange and peevish. The band fast to her lord.- I have given him that, Pis.
I was going, sir, Which, if he take, shall quite unpeople her To give him welcome.
[Exit Pisanio. Of liegers for her sweet; and which sbe, after, Imo. Continues well my lord ? His health beExcept she bend her humour, shall be assor'd
seecb you? Re-enter PISANIO and Ladies.
Iach. Well, madam. To taste of too. So, so ;-well done, well done : Imo. Is he dispos’d to mirth? I hope, he is. The violets, cowslips, and the primroses,
Iach. Exceeding pleasant; pone a stranger there Bear to my my closet :--Fare thee well, Pisanio ; So merry and so gamesome : he is call’d Think op my words. [Exeunt Queen and Ladies. The Briton reveller.