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Two British Captains.
of Morgan. Guiderius,
sons to Cymbeline, disguised under Queen, wife to Cymbeline.
the names of Polydore and Cadwal, Imogen, daughter to Cymbeline by a former queen. Arviragus, supposed sons to Belarius.
Helen, woman to Imogen.
Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, Tribunes, AppaA French Gentleman, friend to Philario.
ritions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a SpaCaius Lucius, general of the Roman Forces.
nish Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, Captains, A Roman Captain.
Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
Philario, friend to Posthumus, } Italians.
As he was born. The king, he takes the babe
To his protection ; calls him Posthumus; SCENE I.-Britain. The Garden behind Cymbe- Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber : line's Palace.
Puts him to all the learnings that his time
Could make him the receiver of; which he took,
As we do air, fast as 't was minister'd ; and I Gent. You do not meet a man, but frowns : our In his spring became a harvest : Liv'd in court, bloods
(Which rare it is to do,) most prais'd, most lord : No more obey the heavens, than our courtiers A sample to the youngest ; to the more mature, Still seem, as does the king's.
A glass that feated them; and to the graver, 3 Gent.
But what's the matter? A child that guided dotards : to his mistress, I Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his king. For whom he now is banish'd,-her own price dom, whom
Proclaims how she esteem'd him and his virtue ; He purpos'd to his wife's sole son, (a widow, By her election may be truly read, That late he married,) hath referr'd herself What kind of man he is. Unto a poor, but worthy, gentleman : She's wed. 2 Gent.
I honour bim Her husband banish'd ; she imprison'd : all [ded ; Even out of your report. But, 'pray you, tell me Is outward sorrow; though, I think, the king Is she sole child to the king ? Be touch'd at very heart.
His only child. 9 Gent.
None but the king ? He had two sons, (if this be worth your hearing, 1 Gent. He, that hath lost her, too : so is the Mark it,) the eldest of them at three years old, queen,
l' the swathing clothes the other, from their nur. That most desir'd the match : But not a courtier,
sery Although they wear their faces to the bent Were stolen ; and to this hour no guess in knowOf the king's looks, hath a heart that is not Which way they went.
(ledge Glad at the thing they scowl at.
How long is this ago ? 2 Gent. And why so ? I Gent. Some twenty years.
(vey'd ! 1 Gent. He that hath miss'd the princess, is a 2 Gent. That a king's children should be so conthing
So slackly guarded! And the search so slow, Too bad for bad report ; and he that hath her, That could not trace them! (I mean, that married her,-alack, good man ! 1 Gent.
Howsoe'er 'tis strange, And therefore banish'd,) is a creature such Or that the negligence may well be laugh'd at, As, to seek through the regions of the earth Yet is it true, sir. For one his like, there would be something failing 2 Gent.
I do well believe you. In him that should compare. I do not think, 8 Gent. We must forbear: Here comes the queen, So fair an outward, and such stuff within,
(Ereunt. Endows a man but he.
SCENE II.-The same. 2 Gent.
You speak him far. 1 Gent. I do extend him, sir, within himself;
Enter the Queen, Posthumus, and Imogen. Crush him together, rather than unfold
Queen. No, be assur'd, you shall not find me, His measure duly.
After the slander of most step-mothers, (daughter, 9 Gent,
What's his name, and birth ? Evil-ey'd unto you : you are my prisoner, but I Gent. I cannot delve him to the root : His Your gaoler shall deliver you the keys father
That lock up your restraint. For you, Posthumus, Was call d Sicilius, who did join his honour, So soon as I can win the offended king, Against the Romans, with Cassibelan,
I will be known your advocate : marry, yet But had his titles by Tenantius, whom
The fire of rage is in him; and 'twere good, He serv'd with glory and admir'd success : You lean'd unto his sentence, with what patience So gain'd the sur-addition, Leonatus :
Your wisdom may inform you. And had, besides this gentleman in question,
Please your highness, Two other sons, who, in the wars o' the time, I will from hence to-day. Died with their swords in hand; for which, their Queen.
You know the peril :-father
I'll fetch a turn about the garden, pitying (Then old and fond of issue,) took such sorrow, The pangs of barr'd affections ; though the king That he quit being ; and his gentle lady,
Hath charg'd you should not speak together. Big of this gentleman, our theme, deceas'd
Exit Queen. Ha'
No; I rather added
Sir, I something fear my father's wrath; but nothing, It is your fault that I have lov'd Posthumus: (Always resery'd my holy duty,) what
You bred him as my playfellow; and he is His rage can do on me: You must be gone ; A man, worth any woman; overbuys me And I shall here abide the hourly shot
Almost the sum he pays. Of angry eyes; not comforted to live,
What !- art thou mad But that there is this jewel in the world,
Imo. Almost, sir : Heaven restore me!-'Would That I may see again.
A neat-herd's daughter! and my Leonatus [I were Post. My queen! my mistress !
Our neighbour shepherd's son!
Thou foolish thing My residence in Rome, at one Philario's;
They were again together : you have done Who to my father was a friend, to me
[To the Queen.
Not after our command. Away with her, Known but by letter: thither write, my queen,
And pen her up. And with mine eyes I'll drink the words you send,
Queen. 'Beseech your patience :-Peace, Though ink be made of gall.
Dear lady daughter, peace ;-Sweet sovereign,
Leave us to ourselves; and make yourself some
Be brief, I pray you:
Nay, let her languish
Die of this folly !
Fye!- you must give way: Pays dear for my offences.
(Exit. Here is your servant.- Huw now, sir ? What news? Post.
Should we be taking leave Pis. My lord your son drew on my master.
There might have been, Were you but riding forth to air yourself,
But that my master rather play'd than fought, Such parting were too petty. Look here, love; And had no help of anger : they were parted This diamond was my mother's : take it, heart; By gentlemen ai hand. But keep it till you woo another wife,
I am very glad on't. When Imogen is dead.
Imo. Your son's my father's friend; he takes his Post. How ! how ! another?
To draw upon an exile !-O brave sir ! (part. You gentle gods, give me but this I have,
I would they were in Africk both together; And sear up my embracements from a next Myself by with a needle, that I might prick With bonds of death!- Remain thou here
The goer back.-Why came you from your master? (Putting on the ring.
Pis. On his command : He would not suffer me While sense can keep it on! And sweetest, fairest, To bring him to the haven : left these notes As I my poor self did exchange for you,
Of what commands I should be subject to, To your so infinite loss; so, in our trifles
When it pleas'd you to employ me. I still win of you: For my sake, wear this;
This hath been It is a manacle of love; I'll place it
Your faithful servant; I dare lay mine honour, Upon this fairest prisoner.
He will remain so. [Putting a bracelet on her arm.
I humbly thank your highness. Imo.
O, the gods !
Queen. Pray, walk a while. When shall we see again?
About some half hour hence,
I pray you, speak with me: you shall, at least,
Alack, the king!
SCENE III.- A publick Place.
Enter Cloten and Two Lords.
1 Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; Thou art poison to my blood.
the violence of action hath made you reek as a saPost.
The gods protect you ! crifice: Where air comes out, air comes in : there's And bless the good remainders of the court ! none abroad so wholesome as that you vent. I am gone.
(Exit. Clo. If my shirt were bloody, then to shift itImo. There cannot be a pinch in death Have I hurt him ? More sharp than this is.
2 Lord. No, faith ; not so much as his patience. Cym. 0 dislogal thing,
[Aside. That should'st repair my youth; thou heapest
1 Lord. Hurt him ? his body's a passable carcass, A year's age on me!
if he be not hurt: it is a thoroughfare for steel, if Imo. I beseech you, sir,
it be not hurt. Harm not yourself with your vexation; I
2 Lord. His steel was in debt : it went o'the backAm senseless of your wrath; a touch more rare side the town.
[Aside. Subdues all pangs, all fears.
Clo. The villain would not stand me. Сут.
Past grace ? obedience ? 2 Lord. No; but he fled forward still, toward Imo. Past hope, and in despair; that way, past your face.
[queen! 1 Lord. Stand you! You have land enough of Cym. That might'st have had the sole son of my your own: but he added to your having; gave you
Imo. O bless'd, that I might not. I chose an some ground. And did avoid a puttock.
[eagle, 2 Lord. As many inches as you have oceans : Cym. Thou took'st a beggar; would'st have Puppies !
[Aside. A seat for baseness.
(made my throne Clo. I would, they had not come between us.
2 Lord. So would I, till you had measured how he was then of a crescent note ; expected to prove long a fool you were upon the ground. (Aside. so worthy, as since he hath been allowed the name
Clo. And that she should love this fellow, and of: but I could then have looked on him without refuse me!
the help of admiration ; though the catalogue of 2 Lord. If it be a sin to make a true election, she his endowments had been tabled by his side, and I is damned.
[ Aside. to peruse him by items. 1 Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty and Phi. You speak of him when he was less furnishher brain go not together : She's a good sign, but ed, than now he is, with that which makes him I have seen small reflection of her wit.
both without and within. 2 Lord. She shines not upon fools, lest the re- French. I have seen him in France: we bad very flection should hurt her.
[Aside. many there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes Clo. Come, 111 to my chamber : "Would there as he. had been some hurt done !
Iach. This matter of marrying his king's daugh2 Lord. I wish not so; unless it had been the fall ter, (wherein he must be weighed rather by her of an ass, which is no great hurt.
(Aside. value, than his own,) words him, I doubt not, a Clo. You'll go with us ?
great deal from the matter. 1 Lord. I'll attend your lordship.
French. And then his banishment :Clo. Nay, come, let's go together.
Iach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that weep 9 Lord. Well, my lord.
[Exeunt. this lamentable divorce, under her colours, are won. SCENE IV.-A Room in Cymbeline's Palace,
derfully to extend him; be it but to fortify her judg.
ment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, for Enter Imogen and Pisanio.
taking a beggar without more quality. But how Imo. I would thou grew'st unto the shores o'the comes it, he is to sojourn with you ? How creeps
acquaintance ? haven,
Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; to And question'dst every sail : if he should write,
whom I have been often bound for no less than my And I not have it, 'twere a paper lost, As offer'd mercy is. What was the last That he spake to thee ?
Enter Posthumus. Pis.
'Twas, His queen, his queen! Here comes the Briton: Let him be so entertained Imo. Then wav'd his handkerchief? Pis,
And kiss'd it, madam.
amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of your Imo. Senseless linen ! happier therein than 1!4. knowing, to a stranger of his quality.-I beseech
you all, be better known to this gentleman ; whom And that was all ?
I commend to you, as a noble friend of mine: How Pis. No, madam ; for so long
worthy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, ra. As he could make me with this eye or ear
ther than story him in his own hearing: Distinguish him from others, he did keep
French. Sir, we have known together in Or. The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchief, leans. Still waving, as the fits and stirs of his mind
Post. Since when I have been debtor to you for Could best express how slow his soul sail'd on,
courtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet pay How swift his ship.
still. Imo. Thou should'st have made him
French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness : 1 As little as a crow, or less, ere left
was glad I did atone my countryman and you ; it To after-eye him.
had been pity, you should hare been put together Pis. Madam, so I did.
with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon Imo. I would have broke mine eye-strings ; importance of so slight and trivial a nature. crack'd them, but
Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young To look upon him; till the diminution
traveller : rather shunned to go even with what I Of space had pointed him sharp as my needle :
heard, than in my every action to be guided by Nay, follow'd him, till he had melted from The smallness of a gnat to air ; and then
others' experiences : but, upon my mended judgHave turn'd mine eye, and wept.--But, good ment, (if I offend not to say it is mended,) my When shall we hear from him?
quarrel was not altogether slight.
French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement
Be assur'd, madam, of swords; and by such two, that would, by al? With his next vantage.
likelihood, have confounded one the other, or have Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had
fallen both. Most pretty things to say : ere I could tell him, How I would think on him, at certain hours,
lach. Can we, with manners, ask what was the
difference ? Such thoughts, and such ; or I could make him The shes of Italy should not betray
French. Safely, I think : 'twas a contention in Mine interest, and his honour ; or have charg'a publick, which may,
without contradiction, suffer him,
the report. It was much like an argument that At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight,
fell out last night, where each of us fell in praise To encounter me with orisons, for then
of our country mistresses : This gentleman at that I am in heaven for him ; or ere I could
time vouching (and upon warrant of bloody affir. Give him that parting kiss, which I had set
mation) his to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, Betwixt two charming words, comes
in my father, the rarest of our ladies in France.
constant-qualified, and less attemptible, than any And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north, Shakes all our buds from growing.
Iach. That lady is not now living; or this gen
tleman's opinion, by this, worn out. Enter a Lady.
Post, She holds her virtue still, and I my mind. Lady.
The queen, madam,
lach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours of Desires your highness' company.
Italy. Imo. 'Those things I bid you do, get them de. I would abate her nothing; though I profess my.
Post. Being so far provoked as I was in France, I will attend the queen. Pis. Madam, I shall." (Exeunt. self her adorer, not her friend.
Iach. As fair, and as good, (a kind of hand-inSCENE V.-Rome. An Apartment in Philario's hand comparison,) had been something too fair, and House.
too good, for any lady in Britany. If she went beEnter Philario, lachimo, a Frenchman, a Dutch-fore others I ave seen, as that diamond of yours man, and a Spaniard.
out-lustres many I have beheld, I could not but be
lieve she excelled many : but I have not seen the Iach. Believe it, sir: I have seen him in Britain: most precious diamond that is, nor you the lady.
Post. I praised her as I rated her : so do I my Post. I embrace these conditions ; let us have stone.
articles betwixt us :-only, thus far you shall Iach. What do you esteem it at?
answer. If you make your voyage upon her, and Post. More than the world enjoys.
give me directly to understand you have prerail'd, lach. Either your unparagoned mistress is dead, I am no further your enemy, she is not worth our or she's outprized by a trifle.
debate: if she remain unseduced, (you not making Post. You are mistakep : the one may be sold, or it appear otherwise,) for your ill opinion, and the given; if there were wealth enough for the pur- assault you hare made to her chastity, you shall chase, or merit for the gift: the other is not a answer me with your sword. thing for sale, and only the gift of the gods.
lach. Your hand; a covenant : We will have Iach. Which the gods have given you?
these things set down by lawful counsel, and Post. Which, by their graces, I will keep. straight away for Britain ; lest the bargain should
Iach. You may wear her in title yours: but, you catch cold, and starve: I will fetch my gold, and know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds. have our two wagers recorded. Your ring may be stolen too: so,
of your brace of Post. Agreed. (Exeunt Posthumus and Iachimo. unprizeable estimations, the one is but frail, and French. Will this hold, think you? the other casual ; a cunning thief, or a that-way- Phi. Signior lachimo will not from it. Pray, accomplished courtier, would hazard the winning let us follow 'em.
(Ereunt. both of first and last.
Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplished SCENE VI.-Britain. A Room in Cymbeline's a courtier, to convince the honour of my mistress;
Palace. if, in the holding or loss of that, you term her frail.
Enter Queen, Ladies, and Cornelius. I do nothing doubt, you have store of thieves; notwithstanding I fear not my ring.
Queen. Whiles yet the dew's on ground, gather Phi. Let us leave here, gentlemen.
those flowers ; Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy signior, Make haste: Who has the note of them? I thank him, makes no stranger of me; we are 1 Lady
I, madam. familiar at first.
[Ereunt Ladies. Iach. With five times so much conversation, I Now, master doctor; have you brought those drugs? should get ground of your fair mistress : make her Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay: here they are, go back, even to the yielding; had I admittance,
[Presenting a small box. and opportunity to friend.
But I beseech your grace, (without offence; Post. No, no.
My conscience bids me ask ;) wherefore you have Iach. I dare, thereupon, pawn the moiety of my Commanded of me these most poisonous com. estate to your ring; which, in my opinion, o'er- pounds, values 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, doctor, against any lady in the world.
Thou ask'st me such a question : Have I not been Post. You are a great deal abused in too bold a Thy pupil long ? Hast thou not learn'd me how 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 5
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, deserve more; a punishment too.
That I did amplify my judgment in Phil. Gentlemen, enough of this : it came in too Other conclusions? I will try the forces suddenly; let it die as it was born, and, I pray of these thy compounds on such creatures as you, be better acquainted.
We count not worth the hanging, (but none hu. Iach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my neigh. To try the vigour of them, and apply (man, bour's, on the approbation of what I have spoke. Allayments to their act; and by them gather
Post. What lady would you choose to assail ? Their several virtues, and effects.
Your highness stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats Shall from this practice but make hard your heart : to your ring, that, commend me to the court where Besides, the seeing these effects will be your lady is, with no more advantage than the op. Both noisome and infectious. portunity of a second conference, and I will bring Queen.
0, content thee. from thence that honour of hers, which you imagine
Enter Pisanio. so reserved.
Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: Here comes a flattering rascal ; upon him (Aside. my ring I hold dear as my finger, 'tis part of it. Will I first work : he's for his master,
lach. You are a friend, and therein the wiser. And enemy to my son.-How now, Pisanio ?If you buy ladies' flesh at a million a dram, you Doctor, your service for this time is ended; cannot preserve it from tainting: But, I see you i Take your own way. have some religion in you, that you fear.
I do suspect you, madam ; Post. This is but a custom in your tongue; you But you shall do no harm.
!Aside. bear a graver purpose, I hope.
Hark thee, a word. lach. I am the master of my speeches; and
To Pisanio. would undergo what's spoken, I swear.
Cor. [Aside.] I do not like her. She doth think, Post. Will you ?-I shall but lend my diamond she has till your return :- Let there be covenants drawn Strange lingering poisons : I do know her spirit, between us : Ms mistress exceeds in goodness the And will not trust one of her malice with hugeness of your unworthy thinking: I dare you A drug of such damn'd nature: Those, she has, to this match : here's my ring.
Will stupify and dull the sense awhile : Phi. I will have it no lay.
Which first, perchance, she'll prove on cats, and Tach. By the gods it is one :-If I bring you no Then afterward up higher; but there is [dogs ; sufficient testimony that I have enjoyed the dearest No danger in what show of death it makes, bodily part of your mistress, my ten thousand More than the locking up the spirits a time, ducats are yours; so is your diamond too. If I To be more fresh, reviving. She is fool'd come off, and leave her in such honour as you with a most false effect; and I the truer, have trust in, she your jewel, this your jewel, and so to be false with her. my gold are yours :-provided, I have your com- Queen.
No further service, doctor, mendation, for my more free entertainment Until I send for thee.
I humbly take my leave. (Exit. So far I read aloud : Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou ? Dost thou Rut even the very middle of my heart think, in time
Is warm'd by the rest, and takes it thankfully. She will not quench ; and let instructions enter You are as welcome, worthy sir, as I Where folly now possesses ? Do thou work ; Have words to bid you; and shall find it so, When thou shalt bring me word, she loves my son, In all that I can do. I'll tell thee, on the instant, thou art then
Thanks, fairest ladyAs great as is thy master : greater ; for
What! are men mad ? Hath nature given them His fortunes all lie speechless, and his name To see this vaulted arch, and the rich crop [eyes Is at last gasp : Return he cannot, nor
Of sea and land, which can distinguish 'twist Continue where he is : to shift his being,
The fiery orbs above, and the twinn'd stones Is to exchange one misery with another ;
Upon the number'd beach ? and can we not
What makes your admiration ? Who cannot be new built; nor has no friends, Iach. It cannot be i'the eye; for apes and mon. (The Queen drops a bor : Pisanio takes it up.
keys, So much as but to prop him ? - Thou tak'st up 'Twixt two such shes, would chatter this way, and Thou know'st not what; but take it for thy labour: Contemn with mows the other : Nor i'the judg. It is a thing I made, which hath the king
For idiots, in this case of favour, would ment;
Should make desire vomit emptiness,
The cloyed will, Thou hast thy mistress still ; to boot, my son,
(That satiate yet unsatisfied desire, Who shall take notice of thee: I'll move the king That tub both fill' and running,) 'ravening first To any shape of thy preferment, such
The lamb, longs after for the garbage. As thou'lt desire ; and then myself, I chiefly,
What, dear sir, That set thee on to this desert, am bound
Thus raps you ? Are you well ? To load thy merit richly. Call my women:
Iach. Thanks, madam ; well :-'Beseech you, Think on my words. (Éxit Pisa.)-A sly and con
(To Pisanio. stant knave;
My man's abode where I did leave him : he
I was going, sir, The hand fast to her lord.-I have given him that, To give him welcome.
(Erit Pisanio. Which, if he take, shall quite unpeople her
Imo. Continues well my lord ? His health, 'be. or liegers for her sweet ; and which she, after, lach. Well, madam.
[seech you? Except she bend her humour, shall be assur'd Imo. Is he dispos'd to mirth ? I hope, he is.
lach. Exceeding pleasant ; none a stranger there Re-enter Pisanio and Ladies.
So merry and so gamesome: he is callid
When he was here,
I never saw him sad.
A Gallian girl at home: he furnaces
The thick sighs from him ; whiles the jolly Briton
(Your lord, I mean,) laughs from's free lungs, Imo. A father cruel, and a step-dame false :
cries, 0! A foolish suitor to a wedded lady, [band! Can my sides hold, to think, that man,-roho knomis That hath her husband banish'd ;-0, that hus. By history, report, or his own proof, My supreme crown of grief! and those repeated What woman is, yea, what she cannot choose Vexations of it! Had I been thief-stolen,
But must be,-nil his free hours languish for As my two brothers, happy! but most miserable
Assured bondage ! Is the desire that's glorious: Blessed be those,
Will my lord say so?
(know, Pis. Madam, a noble gentleman of Rome ;
Not he, I hope. Comes from my lord with letters.
Iach. Not he: But yet heaven's bounty towards Iach. Change you, madam ?
him might The worthy Leonatus is in safety,
Be us'd more thankfully. In himself, 'tis much; And greets your highness dearly. (Presents a letter. In you,- which I count his, beyond all talents, Imo.
Thanks, good sir : Whilst I am bound to wonder, I am bound
To pity too.
[Aside. lach. Two creatures, heartily. If she be furnish'd with a mind so rare,
Am I one, sir? She is alone the Arabian bird ; and I
You look on me; What wreck discern you in me, Have lost the wager. Boldness be my friend ! Deserves your pity ? Arm me, audacity, from head to foot!
Lamentable! What! Or, like the Parthian, I shall flying fight; To hide me from the radiant sun, and solace Rather, directly fly.
I'the dungeon by a snuff ? Imo. (Reads.] He is one of the noblest note, to Imo.
I pray you, sir, whose kindnesses I am most infinitely tied. Reflect Deliver with more openness your answers upon him accordingly, as you value your truest To my demands. Why do you pity me?
Leonatus. lach. That others do,