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gallowses! I speak against my present profit, but my wish hath a preferment in't.
Enter CYMBELINE, BELARIUS, GUIDERIUS, ARVIRAGUS,
PISANIO, Lords, Officers, and Attendants.
I never saw
No tidings of him?
To my grief, I am
Bow your knees.
Arise, my knights o' the battle: I create you
Enter CORNELIUS and Ladies.
Hail, great king!
Whom worse than a physician
Cor. With horror, madly dying, like her life;
She alone knew this; And, but she spoke it dying, I would not Believe her lips in opening it. Proceed.
Cor. Your daughter, whom she bore in hand to love With such integrity, she did confess Was as a scorpion to her sight; whose life,
8 — whom she bore in hand to love] i. e. whom she pretended to love, or led to believe that she loved. In “ Measure for Measure," Vol. ii. p. 21, we had the expression,
“ Bore many gentlemen, myself being one,
In hand, and hope of action.”
But that her flight prevented it, she had
O most delicate fiend!
Cor. More, sir, and worse. She did confess, she had
Heard you all this, her women?
Enter LUCIUS, IACHIMO, the Soothsayer, and other Roman Prisoners, guarded ; POSTHUMUS behind, and IMOGEN.
Thou com’st not, Caius, now for tribute : that
Luc. Consider, sir, the chance of war: the day Was yours by accident; had it gone with us, We should not, when the blood was cool, have threat
en'd Our prisoners with the sword. But since the gods Will have it thus, that nothing but our lives May be call’d ransom, let it come: sufficeth, A Roman with a Roman's heart can suffer: Augustus lives to think on't; and so much For my peculiar care. This one thing only I will entreat: my boy, a Briton born, Let him be ransom'd: never master had A page so kind, so duteous, diligent, So tender over his occasions, true, So feat', so nurse-like. Let his virtue join With my request, which, I'll make bold, your highness Cannot deny: he hath done no Briton harm, Though he have serv'd a Roman. Save him, sir, And spare no blood beside. Cym.
I have surely seen him :
I humbly thank your highness.
No, no; alack !
9 SQ FEAT,) So neat, ready, clever, in this instance : it also sometimes means fine or brave, according to Minsheu. See p. 141.
i His favour is familiar to me.) Here, as in many other places, "favour" is used for countenance. See Vol. vii. p. 24, &c.
: I know not why, nor wherefore,] “ Nor” was added by Rowe, and is necessary to the sense.
There's other work in hand.-I see a thing
The boy disdains me,
What would'st thou, boy? I love thee more and more; think more and more What's best to ask. Know'st him thou look'st on?
speak; Wilt have him live? Is he thy kin? thy friend ?
Imo. He is a Roman; no more kin to me,
Wherefore ey’st him so?
Ay, with all my heart,
Imo. Fidele, sir.
Thou art my good youth, my page; I'll be thy master: walk with me; speak freely.
[CYMBELINE and IMOGEN converse apart. Bel. Is not this boy reviv'd from death? Arv.
One sand another
Gui. The same dead thing alive.
But we saw him dead.
It is my mistress! Since she is living, let the time run on,