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I further know not.

I slew him there.


Let me end the story:

Marry, the gods forfend!

I would not thy good deeds should from my lips
Pluck a hard sentence: prithee, valiant youth,
Deny 't again.

I have spoke it, and I did it.
Crm. He was a prince.

Gui. A most incivil one: the wrongs he did me
Were nothing prince-like; for he did provoke me
With language that would make me spurn the sea,
If it could so roar to me: I cut off's head;
And am right glad he is not standing here
To tell this tale of mine.

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That headless man

Bind the offender,


Stay, sir king:

And take him from our presence.


This man is better than the man he slew,

As well descended as thyself; and hath.
More of thee merited than a band of Clotens

Had ever scar for. [To the Guard] Let his arms


They were not born for bondage.


Why, old soldier,

Wilt thou undo the worth thou art unpaid for,

By tasting of our wrath?

As good as we?

How of descent

292. incivil, clownish.

305. Had ever scar for, ever deserved by their wounds.


In that he spake too far.

Cym. And thou shalt die for 't.


We will die all three : 310

But I will prove that two on 's are as good


As I have given out him.
For mine own part unfold
Though, haply, well for you.

Gui. And our good his.


My sons, I must
dangerous speech,

Your danger's ours.

Have at it then, by leave.

Thou hadst, great king, a subject who

Was call'd Belarius.

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First pay me for the nursing of thy sons;
And let it be confiscate all, so soon

As I have received it.


Nursing of my sons!

Bel. I am too blunt and saucy: here's my

knee :

Ere I arise, I will prefer my sons;

Then spare not the old father. Mighty sir,
These two young gentlemen, that call me father
And think they are my sons, are none of mine;
They are the issue of your loins, my liege,
And blood of your begetting.


313. For mine own part. . dangerous, dangerous as regards myself.

How! my issue!



319. Assumed this age, become the old man you see.

Bel. So sure


as you your father's. I, old

Am that Belarius whom you sometime banish'd:
Your pleasure was my mere offence, my punish-


Itself, and all my treason; that I suffer'd

Was all the harm I did.

For such and so they are

Have I train'd up: those

These gentle princes

these twenty years arts they have as I

Could put into them; my breeding was, sir, as
Your highness knows. Their nurse, Euriphile,
Whom for the theft I wedded, stole these children
Upon my banishment: I moved her to 't,
Having received the punishment before,
For that which I did then: beaten for loyalty
Excited me to treason: their dear loss,

The more of you 'twas felt, the more it shaped
Unto my end of stealing them. But, gracious sir,
Here are your sons again; and I must lose
Two of the sweet'st companions in the world.
The benediction of these covering heavens
Fall on their heads like dew! for they are worthy
To inlay heaven with stars.

The service that you three have done is more
Unlike than this thou tell'st.

Thou weep'st, and speak'st.

I lost my


If these be they, I know not how to wish

A pair of worthier sons.


Be pleased awhile.

This gentleman, whom I call Polydore,

Most worthy prince, as yours, is true Guiderius:
This gentleman, my Cadwal, Arviragus,


younger princely son; he, sir, was lapp'd In a most curious mantle, wrought by the hand

338. those... as, such . . . as. 346. shaped unto, fell in with.

354. Unlike, unlikely.
361. curious, elaborate.




Of his queen mother, which for more probation

I can with ease produce.


Guiderius had

Upon his neck a mole, a sanguine star;

It was a mark of wonder.


This is he;

Who hath upon him still that natural stamp:
It was wise nature's end in the donation,
To be his evidence now.

O, what, am I

A mother to the birth of three? Ne'er mother

Rejoiced deliverance more. Blest pray you be,
That, after this strange starting from your orbs,
You may reign in them now! O Imogen,
Thou hast lost by this a kingdom.


No, my lord;

I have got two worlds by 't. O my gentle brothers,
Have we thus met? O, never say hereafter
But I am truest speaker: you call'd me brother,
When I was but your sister; I you brothers,

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And at first meeting loved;


O rare instinct !

Cor. By the queen's dram she swallow'd.
When shall I hear all through? This fierce

Hath to it circumstantial branches, which

Distinction should be rich in. Where? how lived you?

382. fierce abridgement, hurried summary.

383. circumstantial branches,

which distinction should be rich in, separate narratives which ought to be followed out in all their rich detail.

And when came you to serve our Roman captive?
How parted with your brothers? how first met

Why fled you from the court? and whither?

And your three motives to the battle, with

I know not how much more, should be demanded;
And all the other by-dependencies,

From chance to chance: but nor the time nor


Will serve our long inter'gatories. See,

Posthumus anchors upon Imogen,

And she, like harmless lightning, throws her eye
On him, her brothers, me, her master, hitting
Each object with a joy: the counterchange
Is severally in all. Let's quit this ground,
And smoke the temple with our sacrifices.
[To Belarius] Thou art my brother; so we'll hold

thee ever.

Imo. You are my father too, and did relieve


To see this gracious season.


All o'erjoy'd,

Save these in bonds: let them be joyful too,

For they shall taste our comfort.


I will yet do you service.


My good master,

Happy be you!

Cym. The forlorn soldier, that so nobly fought, He would have well becomed this place, and

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392. inter gatories, Tyrwhitt s conjecture for Ff interrogatories. 396. the counterchange, the look returning hers.


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