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The soldier that did company these three
I am down again :
But now my heavy conscience sinks my knee,
As then your force did. Take that life, beseech
Which I so often owe: but your ring first;
Kneel not to me:
The power that I have on you is to spare you;
We'll learn our freeness of a son-in-law;
You holp us, sir,
As you did mean indeed to be our brother;
Post. Your servant, princes. Good my lord
Call forth your soothsayer: as I slept, methought
Appear'd to me, with other spritely shows
Of mine own kindred: when I waked, I found
409. fitment, proper equip
413. sinks, makes sink.
422. holp, helped.
430. containing, contents. 431. from sense, beyond comprehension.
432. Make no collection of it, draw no inference from it.
His skill in the construction.
Sooth. Here, my good lord.
Read, and declare the meaning. Sooth. [Reads] 'When as a lion's whelp shall, to himself unknown, without seeking find, and be embraced by a piece of tender air; and when from a stately cedar shall be lopped branches, which, being dead many years, shall after revive, be jointed to the old stock, and freshly grow; 440 then shall Posthumus end his miseries, Britain be fortunate and flourish in peace and plenty.' Thou, Leonatus, art the lion's whelp; The fit and apt construction of thy name, Being Leo-natus, doth import so much.
[To Cymbeline] The piece of tender air, thy virtuous daughter,
Which we call 'mollis aer;' and 'mollis aer'
My peace we will begin. And, Caius Lucius,
433. construction, interpretation.
449. who, i.e. Posthumus.
There is clearly some corruption.
And to the Roman empire; promising
To pay our wonted tribute, from the which
Whom heavens, in justice, both on her and hers,
Sooth. The fingers of the powers above do tune
Which I made known to Lucius, ere the stroke
Laud we the gods;
And let our crooked smokes climb to their nostrils
Friendly together: so through Lud's-town march:
Our peace we'll ratify; seal it with feasts.