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That least is toward in thine eternal cell, Fall'n on the inventors' heads : all this can 1 Pusat thou so many princes, at a shot,
Truly deliver. so bloodily hast struck ?
Fort. Let us haste to hear it, I Amd. The sight is dismal ;
And call the noblest lo the audience. sd our affairs from England come too late : For me, wili sorrow I embrace my fortune; The ears are senseless, that should give us bearing, I have some rights of memory in this kingdom, To tell him, his commandment is fulfillid,
Which now to claiin my vantage doth invite me. That Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead: Hor. Or that I shall have also cause to speak, here should we have our thanks?
| And from his mouth whose voice will draw on Hor. Not from his mouth,
niore: Had it the ability of life to thank you;
But let this same be presently perforin'd He never gave commandment for their death.
Even while men's minds are wild; lest more misBut since, so jumpt upon this bloody question,
Fort Let four captains
For he was likely, had he been put on,
Speak loudly for him.Or accidental judgments, casual slaugliters; Take up the bodies :-Such a sight as this ti deaths put on by cunning, and forced cause ; Becomes the field, but here shews much amies, And, in this upshot, -purposes mistook
Go, bid the soldiers shoot. (A dead March.
(Exeunt, bearing off the dead Bodies ; after which • Le The king's. + By chance. Polish.
« Peal of Ordnance is shot off:
CYMBELINE, King of Britain.
CORNELIUS, a Physician.
name of Morgan. GUIDERIUS, Sons to Cymbeline, disguised under 1MOGEN, Daughter to Cymbeline, by a former ARVIRAGUS,
the names of Polydore and Cad. HELEN, Woman to Imogen.
wall, supposed Sons to Belarius. PHILARIO, Friend to Posthumus, lachiyo, Friend to Philario,
Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, Tribunes, AppariS;} Italians.
tions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a SpaA FRENCH GENTLEMAN, Friend to Philario.
nish Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, Captains, CAIUS Lucius, General of the Roman Forces.
Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
Scene, sometimes in Britain ; sometimes in Italy.
(Then old and fond of issue), took such sorrow,
That he quit being; and his gentle lady, SCENE 1.-Britain.--The Garden behind Cymbe. Big of this gentleman, our theme, deceased line's Palace.
As he was born. The king, he takes the babe
To his protection ; calls him Posthumus ;
Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber : i Gent. You do not meet a man, but frowns : our Puts him to all the learnings that his time bloods •
Could make him the receiver of; which he took, No more obey the heavens, than our courtiers; As we do air, fast as 'twas minister'd; and Still seem, as does the king's.
In his spring became a harvest : lived in court, 2 Gent. But what's the matter ?
(Which rare it is to do), most praiser, most loved : 1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his king. A sample to the youngest; to ihe more mature, dom, whom
A glass that feated. thenı; and to the graver, He purposed to his wife's sole son (a widow, A child that guided dotards : to his mistress, That late he married), hath referr'd herself
For whom he now is banish'd,-her own price Unto a poor but worthy gentleman : she's wedded; Proclaims how she esteem'd liim and his virtue; Her husband banish'd; she imprison'd: all
By her election may be truly read, Is outward sorrow; thongh, I think, the king
What kind of man he is. Be touch'd at very heart.
2 Gent. I honour him 2 Gent. None but the king?
Even out of your report. But, 'pray you, tell ine, i Gent. He, that hath lost her, too : so is the Is she sole child to ine king? queen,
2 Gent. His only child. That most desired the match : but not a courtier, He had two sons (if this be worth your hearing, Although they wear their faces to the bent
Mark it), the eldest of them al three years old, Of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not
l' the swathing clothes the other, from their Glad at the thing they scowl at.
nursery 9 Gent. And why so?
Were stolen : and to this hour, no guess in know1 Gent He that hath miss'd the princess, is a
Which way they went.
2 Gent. That a king's children should be so conAs, to seek through the regions of the earth
1 Gent. Howsoe'er 'tis strange, Endows a man but he.
Or that the negligence may well be laugh'd at, 2 Gent. You speak him far t.
Yet is it true, Sir. i Gent. I do extend him, Sir, within himself; 2 Gent. I do well believe you. Crush him together, rather than unfold
1 Gent. We must forbear: here comes the queen, His measure duly 1.
(Exeunt. 2 Gent. What's his name, and birth? 1 Gent. I canuot delve him to the root : his fa
SCENE II.-The same. ther Was call'd Sicilius, who did join his honour,
Enter the QUEEN, POSTHUMUS, and I MOGEN. Against the Romans, with Cassibelan;
Queen, No be assured, you shall not find
ine, But had huis titles by Tenantius 5, whom He served with glory and admired success : After the slander of most step-mothers, So gain'd the suraddition, Leonatus :
Evil-eyed unto you: you are my prisoner, but And had, besides this gentleman in question, Your gaoler shall deliver you the keys Two other sons, who, in the wars o' the time, That lock up your restraint. For you, Posthumus, Died with their swords in hand; for which their so soon as I can win the offended king, father
I will be known your advocate: marry, yet
The fire of rage is in him ; and 'twere good, • Inclination, natural disposition.
You lean'd unto his sentence, with what patience + i. e. You praise him extensively.
Your wisdom may inform yoni. * My praise, bvwever extensive, is within his merit. The father of Cymbeline.
• Pormed their manners.
Past. Please your highness
took'st a beggar ; wouldst have made I will from hence to-day.
iny throne Queen. You know the peril :
A seat for baseness.
Imo. No; I rather added
(Exit Queen. Inno. Sir, laa. O
It is your fanlt that I have loved Posthumus: Dissembling courtesy! How fine this tyrant You bred him as my playfellow ; and he is Can tickle where she wounds - My dearest hus. A man, worth any woman; overbuys me band,
Almost the sum le pays. I something fear my father's wrath ; but nothing Cym. What - Art thou niad ! (Always reserved niy holy duty), what
Imo. Almost, Sir: Heaven restore mel—'Would his rage can do on me : you must be gone ;
I were And I shall here abide the hourly shot
A neat-herd's daughter and my Leonatas
Our neighbour shepherd's son !
Cym. Thou foolish thing! 0, iady, weep no more ; lest I give cause
They were again together : you have done To be suspected of more tenderness
[10 the Queen. Than doth become a man! I will remain
Not after our command. Away with her,
Qucen. 'Beseech your patience :-Peace,
Dear lady daughter, peace ;-Sweet sovereign, Kurwn but by letter : thither write, my queen, Leave us to ourselves; and make yourself some And with mine eyes I'll drink the words you send,
comfort Trough ink be made of gall,
Out of your best advice t.
Cym. Nay, let her languish
A drop of blood a day; and, being aged, Queen. Be brief, I pray you:
Die of this folly !
(Exit. If the king come, I shall incur I know not How much of his displeasure :-Yet l'll move him
(Aside. Queen. Fie !-You must give way: To palk this way: I never do him wrong,
Here is your servant.- How now, Sir? What news Bat he does buy my injuries, to be friends;
Pis. My lord your son drew on my master. Pays dear for ny offences.
(Exit. Queen. Ha! Past. Should we be taking leave
No harm, I trust, is done? As long a term as yet we have to live,
Pis. There might have been, The lothness to depart wauld grow : Adieu ! But that my master rather play'd than fought, Imo. Nay, stay a little :
And had nó help of anger ; thiey were parted Here you bul riding forth to air yourself,
By gentlemen ai hand. Sach parting were too pelty. Look here, love; Queen. I am very glad on't. This diamond was my mother's : take it, heart; Imo. Your son's iny father's friend; he takes his But keep it till you woo another wife,
part.When Imogen is dead.
To draw upon an exile !-O brave Sir! Past. How! how! Another |
I would they were in Afric both together; Lee gentle gods, give me but this I have,
Myself by with a needle, that I might prick Ard sear up my embracements froni a next The goer back.- Why came you from your master With bonds of death !--Remam thou here
Pis. On his command : he would not suffer me
(Putting on the Ring. To bring him to the haven : left these notes While sense t can keep it on! And sweetest, fairest, Of what commands I should be subject to, As I my poor self did exchange for you,
When it pleased you to employ me. To your so infinite loss; so, in our trifles
Queen. This hath been I still win of you: for my sake, wear this; Your faithful servant : I dare lay mine honour It is a manacle of love ; I'll place it
He will remain so. Upon this fairest prisoner.
Pis. I humbly thank your highness. (Putting a Bracelet on her Arm. Queen. Pray, walk a while. Imo. O, the gods!
Imo. About some half hour bence, When shall we see again!
I pray yon, speak with me : you shall, at least,
Go see my lord aboard : for this time, leave me. Enter CYMBELINE and LORDS.
(Exeunt. Post. Alack, the king! Cym. Thou basest thing, avoid ! Hence, from my
SCENE III.-A public place. sight! If, after this command, thou franght the court
Enter CLOTBN, and two LORDS. With thy unworthiness, thou diest : Away!
i Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; Thou art poison to my blood.
the violence of action hath inade 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.
(Erit. Clo. If my shirt were bloody, then to shift ita Imo. There cannot be a pinch in death
Have I hurt him ? More sharp than this is.
2 Lord. No, faith ; not so niuch as his patience. Cym. O disloyal thing,
(Aside. That shouldst repair my yonth: thou heapest I Lord. Hurt him ? his body's a passable carcase, À year's age on nie!
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 Am senseless of your wrath ; a touch more rare ý backside the town).
(Aside. Sabdues all pangs, all fears.
Clo. The villain would not stand me. Cym. Past grace? obedience ?
2 Los No; but he fled forward still, toward Ino. Past hope, and in despair ; that way, past your face.
I Lord. Stand you ! You have land enough of Cym. That might'st have had the sole || son of my yoаr own : but he added to your having: gave you
some ground, Imo. bless'd, that I might not! I chose an 2 Lori. As many inches as you have oceans : eagle,
(Aside. And did avoid a puttock .
Clo. I would, they had not come between us.
2 Lord. So would 1, till you had measured how • Close up. # Sensation.
long a fool you were upon the ground. (Aside. A more exquisite seeling.
Only. SA kite.
• Caule-keeper's. Consideration.
Olo. And that she should love this fellow, and he was then of a crescent note; expected to prove refuse me!
so worthy, as since he hath been allow'd the name in 2 Lord. If it be a sin to make a true election, she of: but I could then have look'd on him without is damn'd.
[Aside the help of admiration; though the catalogue of 1 Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty and his endowments had been tabled by his side, and her brain go not together : she's a good sign, but I to perose him by items. I have seen small reflection of her wit t.
Phi. You speak of him when he was less fur. 2 Lord. She shines not upon fools, lest the reflec- nish'd +, than now he is, with that which makes the tion should hart her.
[ A side. him both without and within. Clo. Come, I'll to my chamber : 'would there had French. I have seen him in France: we had very been some hurt done!
many there, could behold the sun with as firm 2 Lord. I wish not so ; unless it had been the fall eyes as he. of an ass, which is no great hurt.
(Aside. lach. This matter of marrying his king's daughClo. You'll go with us?
ter (wherein he must be weigh'd rather by her va1 Lord. I'll altend your lordship.
lue, than his own), words him, I doubt not, a great Clo. Nay, come, let's go together.
deal from the matter. 2 Lord. Well, my lord.
[Ereunt. French. And then his bani hment:
Iach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that SCENE IV.-A Room in Cymbeline's Palace,
weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours,
are wonderfully to extend g him; be it but to foro Enter IMOGEN and Pisanio.
tify her judgment, which else an easy battery
might lay flat, for taking a beggar without more Imó. I would thou grew'st unto the shores o' the quality. But how comes it, he is to sojourn with 41 haven,
you ? How creeps acquaintance ? And question’dst every sail : if he should write, Phi. His father and I were soldiers together ; to w And not have it, 'twere a paper lost
whom I have been often bound for no less than my As offer'd mercy is.
What was the last
Here comes the Briton : let him be so entertain'de Pis. And kiss'd it, madam.
amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of your Imo. Sen less linen! Happier therein than I!
knowing, to a stranger of his quality.-I beseech har And that was all ?
you all, be better known to this gentleman; whom Pis. No, madam; for so long
1 commend to you, as a noble friend of mine : how As he could make me with this eye or ear
worthy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, raDistinguish him from others, he did keep
ther than story him in his own hearing. The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchief,
French. Sir, we have known together in Orleaus. Still waving, as the tits 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 12 How swift his ship.
pay still. Imo. Thou shouldst have made him
French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness : In As little as a crow, or less, ere leit
was glad I did atone || my countryman and you; it To after-eye him.
had been pity, you should have been put together Pis. Madam, so I did.
with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon 其 Imo. I would have broke mine eye strings; importance of só 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 shunn'd lo 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
others' experience: but, upon my mended judge The smallness of a gnat to air; and then
ment (if I offend not to say it is mended), my quar. Have turn'd mine eye, and wepl.-But, good Pic rel was not altogether slight. sanio,
French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement When shall we hear from him?
of swords; and by such two, that would, by all Pis. Be assured, madam,
likelihood, have confounded ** one the other, or With his next vantage 1.
have fallen both. Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had
Iach. Can we, with manners, ask what was the Most pretty things to say : ere I could tell him,
difference? How I would think on him, at certain hours,
French. Safely, I think : 'twas a contention in Such thoughts, and such ; or I could make nim public, which may, without contradiction, suffer swear
ihe report. It was much like an argument that fell The shes of Italy should not betray
out last nighi, where each of us fell in praise of Mine interest, and his honour ; or have charged our country mistresses: this gentleman at ihat time him,
vouching (and upon warrant of bloody affirma. At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight, tion), his to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, To encounter me with orisons, for then
constant-qualified, an less attemptible, than any I am in heaven for him ; or ere I could
the rarest of our ladies in France. Give him that parting kiss, which I had set
lach. That lady is not now living; or this gentle Betwixt two charming words, comes in my father, man's opinion, hy this, worn out. And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north, Post. She holds her virtue still, and I my mind. Shakes all our buds from growing.
lach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours of Enter a LADY.
Post. Being so far provoked as I was in France, Lady. The queen, madam,
I would abate her nothing; though I profess my. Desires your highness' company.
self her adorer, not her friend it. Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them de. lach. As fair, and as good (a kind of hand-in. spatch'd.
hand comparison), had been something too fair, and I will attend the queen.
too good, for any lady in Britany. If she went be. Pis. Madan, I shall.
(Ereunt. fore others I have seen, as that dianiond of yours
out-lustres many I have beheld, I could not but SCENE V.-Rome.-An Apartment in Philario's believe she excell'd many : but I have not seen House.
the most precious diamond that is, nor you the
lady. Enter PHILARIO, LACHYO, a FRENCH MAN, a
Post. I praised her, as I rated her; 60 do I my DUTCHMAN, and a SPANIARD.
stone. lack. Believe it, Sir; I have seen him in Britain :
lach. What do you esteem it at? • Her beauty and sense are not equal.
• Increasing in fame. + Accomplished. To understand the force of this idea, it should 1 Forms him.
6 Praise. be remembered that anciently alınost every sign # Reconcile. 1 Importunity, instigation. Jiad a motin, or some attempt at a witticisin, un. ** Destroyed. deneath it.
1 Opportunity. ++ Lover, -I speak of her as a being I reverence. Meet me with reciprocal prayer,
not as a beauty whom I enjoy.
Post. More than the world enjoys.
these things set down by lawful counsel, and lack. Either your unparagon'd mistress is dead, straight away for Britain ; lest the bargain should she's outprized by a trifle.
catch cold, and starve : I will fetch my gold, and Pest. You are mistaken : the one may be sold, have our two wagers recorded. or given ; if there were wealth enough for the pur- Post. Agreed. (Ereunt Posthumus and Inchimo. chase, or inerit for the gift: the other is not a French. Will this hold, think you? thing for sale, and only the gift of the gods.
Phi. Signior lachimo will not from it. Pray, let lech. Which the gods have given you?
us follow 'em.
(Exeunt. Pest. Which, by their graces, I will keep. lech. You may wear her in title yours: but, you SCENE VI.-Britain.-A Room in Cymbeline's kow, strange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds.
Palace. Your ring may be stolen tvo: co, of your brace of uprizeable estimations, the one is bit frail, and Enter QUEEN, LADIES, and CORNELIUS. the other casual; a cunning thief, or a that-wayaccomplish'd courtier, would hazard the winning
Queen. Whiles yet the dew's on ground, gather
those flowers ; both of first and last. Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplish'a Make haste : who has the note of them ?
1 Lady 1, madam. i courtier, to convince* the honour of my mis. tress; if, in the holding or loss of that, you term
(Ereunt Ladies. ber frail. I do nothing doubt, you have store of Now, master doctor ; have you brought those thieves; notwithstanding, I fear not my ring.
drugs? Pai. Let us leave here, gentlemen.
Cor. Pleaseth your higliness, ay : here they are, Pest. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy sis. But I beseech your grace, (without offence;
[Presenting a smali Box. nior, I thank him, makes no stranger of me; we are familiar at first.
My conscience bids we ask); wherefore you have lach. With five times so much conversation, I
Commanded of me these most poisonous compounds, should get ground of your fair mistress : make her
Which are the movers of a languishing death;
But, though slow, deadly?
Queen. I do wonder, doctor,
Thou ask'st me such a question : have I not been lech. I dare, thereon, pawn the moiety of my Thy pupil long? Hast thou not learn’d me how estate to your ring; which, in my opinion, o'er. To make perfumes ? distil? preserve? Yea, so, Falnes it something : but I make my wager rather That our great king himselt'doth woo ine oft gainst your confidence, than her reputation : and, For my confections? Having thus far proceeded : to bar your offence herein too, I durst attempt it
(Unless thou think'st me devilishi), is't not meet against any lady in the world.
That I did amplity my judgment in Post. You are a great deal abnsed + in too bold a Oiher conclusions? I will try the forces persuasion, and I doubt not you sustain what you're of these thy compounds on such creatures as worthy of, by your attempl.
We count not worth the hanging (but none hulach. What's that?
man), Post . A repulse : though yonr attempt, as you | Alayments to their act; and by them gather
To try the vigour of them, and apply call it, deserve more; a punishment too. Phi. Gentlemeu, enough of this: it came in too
Their several virtues, and effects. saddenly ; let it die as it was born, and, I pray
Cor. Your highness you, be better acquainted.
Shall from this practice but make hard your heart: lech. 'Would I had put my estate, and my neigh. Besides, the seeing these effects will be boar's
, on the approbation t of what I have spoke. Both noisome and intectious. Post. What lady would you choose to assail?
Queen. 0, content thee.Jach. Yours; whom in constancy, you think,
Enter PisaniO. stands so safe. I will lay you ten thonsand ducals to your ring, that, commend me to the conrt where Here comes a flattering rascal; upon him (Aside. Four lady is, with no more advantage than the op
Will I first work : he's for his master, portunity of a second conference, and I will bring And enemy to my son:-How now, Písanio from thence that honour of hers, which you ima- Doctor, your service for this time is ended; gine so reserved.
Take your own way. Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to it:
Cor: I do suspect you, madam; my ring I hold dear as my finger; 'tis part of it.
But you shall do no harm.
(Aside: Jach. You are a friend, and therein the wiser. Queen. Hark thee, a word.- [To Pisanio. If you buy ladies nesh at a million a dram, you Cor. (A side.) I do not like her. She doth think, cannot preserve it from tainting : but, I see, you
she has Save some religion in you, that you fear.
Strange lingering poisons: I do know her spirit, Post. This is but a custom in your tongue ; you
And will not trust one of her malice with bear a graver purpose, I hope.
A drug of such damn'd nature : those, she has, lach. I am the
master of my speeches; and Will stupify and dull the sense awhile; would undergo what's spoken, I swear.
Which tirsi, perchance, she'll prove on cats, and Post. Will you ?-I shall bút lend my diamond dogs;
your return :-Let there be covenants drawn Then afterward up higher; but there is between us : my mistress exceeds in goodness the
No danger in what show of death it makes, hugeness of your unworthy thinking: I dare you
More than the locking up the spirits a time, to this match : here's my ring.
To be more fresh, reviving. She is fool'd
With a most false effect; and I the truer, lach. By the gods it is one :-If I bring you no
So to be false with her. saflicient testimony that I have enjoy'd the dear: Queen. No further service, doctor, est bodily part of your mistress, my ten thousand Until I send for thee. dacats are yours ; So is your diamond too. If I Cor. I humbly take my leave.
(Erit. come off, and leave her in such honour as you Queen, Weeps she still, say'st thou? Dost thou have trust in, she your jewel, this your jewel, and
think, in time my gold are yours:-provided, I have your com. She will not quench t; and let instructions enter mendation $, for my more free entertainment. Where folly now possesses ? Do thou work ; Post. I embrace these conditions ; let us have When thou shalt bring me word, she loves my son, arucles betwixt us :-only, thus far you shall an: I'll tell thee, on the instant, thou art then
As great as is thy master: greater; for save me directly to understand you have prevail
. His fortunes all lie speechless, and his name ed; I am no further your enemy, she is not worth Is at last gasp : return he cannot, nor our debate: if she remain unseduced (you not
Continue where he is : to shift his being I, making it appear otherwise), for your ili opinion, is to exchange one misery with another; good the assault you have made to her chastity, And every day, that comes, comes to decay
A day's work in him : What shalt thou expect, lach. Your hand; a covenant: we will have To be depender on a thing that leans ? + Deceived. Proof. • Experiments.
ti. e. Grow cool, Recommendation.
1 To change his abode.