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An honest one, I warrant; who desery'd
coward But by example (0, a sin in war, Damn’d in the first beginners !) ’gan to look The way that they did, and to grin like lions Upon the pikes o’ the hunters. Then began A stop i’ the chaser, a retire; anon, A rout, confusion thick: forth with they fly, Chickens, the way which they stoop'd eagles; slaves, The strides they victors made. And now our cowards (Like fragments in hard voyages) became The life o' the need : having found the back-door open Of the unguarded hearts, Heavens, how they wound ! Some slain before; some dying ; some, their friends,
1 The country Base,] i.e. The country game of prison-base, or prison-bars, mentioned by many old writers by the name of base; but by Drayton in his “ Polyolbion,” Song 30, called “ prison-base."
O’er-borne i’ the former wave: ten chac'd by one,
This was strange chance:
Post. Nay, do not wonder at it: you are made
Preserv'd the Britons, was the Romans' bane.”
Lord. Nay, be not angry, sir.
'Lack! to what end?
Farewell; you are angry.
But yield me to the veriest hind, that shall
Enter Two British Captains, and Soldiers. 1 Cap. Great Jupiter be prais'd! Lucius is taken. 'Tis thought, the old man and his sons were angels.
2 Cap. There was a fourth man, in a silly habit, That gave th' affront with them. 1 Cap.
So 'tis reported;
Post. A Roman,
Lay hands on him ; a dog !
service As if he were of note. Bring him to the king.
Enter CYMBELINE, attended; BELARIUS, GUIDERIUS,
ARVIRAGUS, PISANIO, and Roman Captives. The Captains present PosTHUMUS to CYMBELINE, who delivers him over to a Jailer; after which, all go out.
3 - after which, all go out.] It was not unusual on our old stage to begin a scene with a dumb show, as scene 2 of this Act; but it was by no means common to terminate a scene in this way. Ritson was evidently mistaken, when he said that “the business of the scene was entirely performed in dumb show," unless he considered the dumb show a scene by itself.
Enter PostHUMUS, and Two Jailers.
1 Jail. You shall not now be stolen; you have locks
upon you: So, graze as you find pasture. 2 Jail.
Ay, or a stomach.
[Exeunt Jailers. Post. Most welcome, bondage, for thou art a way I think, to liberty. Yet am I better Than one that's sick o' the gout; since he had rather Groan so in perpetuity, than be cur'd . By the sure physician, death, who is the key T' unbar these locks. My conscience, thou art fetter'd More than my shanks, and wrists: you good gods, give
The penitent instrument to pick that bolt,
You rather mine, being yours; and so, great powers,
[He sleeps. Solemn Music Enter, as an Apparition, SICILIUS
LEONATUS, Father to PostHUMUS, an old Man, attired like a Warrior ; leading in his Hand an ancient Matron, his Wife and Mother to PostHUMUS, with Music before them : then, after other Music follow the Two young Leonati, Brothers to PostHUMUS, with Wounds as they died in the Wars. They circle PostHUMUS round, as he lies sleeping.
Sici. No more, thou thunder-master, show
Thy spite on mortal flies:
Rates and revenges.
Whose face I never saw;
Attending nature's law.
Thou orphans' father art)
From this earth-vexing smart.
But took me in my throes;
A thing of pity!
Moulded the stuff so fair,
As great Sicilius' heir.