« AnteriorContinuar »
Cornelius, a physician.
Queen, wife to Cymbeline.
Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, Tribunes, Apparitions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a Spanish Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attend
Scen sometimes in Britain; sometimes in Italy.
His measure duly.* 2 Gent.
What's his name, and birth? 1 Gent. I cannot delve him to the root: His father Was call'd Sicilius, who did join his honour, Against the Romans, with Cassibelan; But had his titles by Tenantius,4 whom He serv'd with glory and admir'd success : So gain'd the sur-addition, Leonatus: And had, besides this gentleman in question, Two other sons, who, in the wars o'the time, Died with their swords in hand; for which their father
(Then old and fond of issue,) took such sorrow,
2 Gent. That a king's children should be so con- || You gentle gods, give me but this I have,
And sear up my embracements from a next
[Putting a bracelet on her arm.
So slackly guarded! And the search so slow,
Howsoe'er 'tis strange, Or that the negligence may well be laugh'd at, Yet is it true, sir. 2 Gent. I do well believe you. 1 Gent. We must forbear: Here comes the queen, and princess. [Exeunt. SCENE II.-The same. Enter the Queen, Posthumus, and Imogen.
Queen. No, be assur'd, you shall not find me,
After the slander of most step-mothers,
I will be known your advocate: marry, yet
Please your highness,
I will from hence to-day.
To walk this way: I never do him wrong,
Were you but riding forth to air yourself,
How! how! another?
Enter Cymbeline and Lords.
If, after this command, thou fraught3 the court
The gods protect you!
Past grace? obedience? Imo. Past hope, and in despair; that way, past grace.
Cym. That might'st have had the sole5 son of my queen!
Imo. O bless'd, that I might not! I chose an eagle, And did avoid a puttock.6
Cym. Thou took'st a beggar; would'st have made my throne
A seat for baseness.
A lustre to it.
No; I rather added
O thou vile one!
It is your fault that I have lov'd Posthumus:
(6) A kite.
Out of your best advice.8
I am very glad on't. Imo. Your son's my father's friend; he takes his part.
To draw upon an exile!-O brave sir!—
I humbly thank your highness. Queen. Pray, walk a while.
About some half hour hence, pray you, speak with me: you shall, at least, Go see my lord aboard: for this time, leave me.
[Exeunt. SCENE III-A public place. Enter Cloten, and two Lords.
Clo. Come, I'll to my chamber: 'Would there had been some hurt done!
2 Lord. I wish not so; unless it had been the fall of an ass, which is no great hurt. Clo. You'll go with us?
1 Lord. I'll attend your lordship.
backside the town.
Clo. The villain would not stand me.
2 Lord. No; but he fled forward still, toward your face.
1 Lord. Stand you! You have land enough of your own: but he added to your having; gave you some ground.
2 Lord. As many inches as you have oceans: Puppies!
Clo. I would, they had not come between us. 2 Lord. So would I, till you had measured how long a fool you were upon the ground.
Clo. And that she should love this fellow, and refuse me!
2 Lord. If it be a sin to make a true election, she is damned. [Aside.
1 Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty and her brain go not together: She's a good sign, but I have seen small reflection of her wit.2
2 Lord. She shines not upon fools, lest the reflection should hurt her. [Aside.
[Exeunt. SCENE IV-A room in Cymbeline's palace. Enter Imogen and Pisanio.
(1) Her beauty and sense are not equal. (2) To understand the force of this idea, it should be remembered that anciently almost every sign had a motto, or some attempt at a witticism, underneath it.
1 Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; the violence of action hath made you reek as a sacrifice: Where air comes out, air comes in: there's none abroad so wholesome as that you vent. Clo. If my shirt were bloody, then to shift it-Have turn'd mine eye, and wept.-But, good Pi
Madam, so I did.
Have I hurt him?
2 Lord. No, faith; not so much as his patience. When shall we hear from him? [Aside. Pis.
1 Lord. Hurt him? his body's a passable car-With his next vantage.3 cass, if he be not hurt: it is a thoroughfare for steel, if it be not hurt.
2 Lord. His steel was in debt; it went o'the
Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had
Be assur'd, madam,
am in heaven for him; or ere I could
Enter a Lady.
he was then of a crescent note;' expected to prove,
Iach. As fair, and as good (a kind of hand-in
Phi. You speak of him when he was less furnish-hand comparison,) had been something too fair, and ed,2 than now he is, with that which makes him too good, for any lady in Britany. If she went beboth without and within. fore others I have seen, as that diamond of yours out-lustres many I have beheld, I could not but believe she excelled many but I have not seen the most precious diamond that is, nor you the lady. Post. I praised her, as I rated her: so do I my stone.
French. I have seen him in France: we had very many there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes
lach. This matter of marrying his king's daughter (wherein he must be weighed rather by her value, than his own,) words him, I doubt not, a great deal from the matter.
French. And then his banishment:
Iach. What do you esteem it at? Post. More than the world enjoys. lach. Either your unparagoned mistress is dead, or she's out-priz'd by a trifle.
Post. You are mistaken the one may be sold, or given; if there were wealth enough for the purchase, or merit for the gift: the other is not a thing for sale, and only the gift of the gods.
Jach. Which the gods have given you? Post. Which, by their graces, I will keep. Iach. You may wear her in title yours: but, you know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds. Your ring may be stolen too: so, of your brace of unprizeable estimations, the one is but frail, and the other casual; a cunning thief, or a that-way-accomplished courtier, would hazard the winning both of first and last.
Here comes the Briton: Let him be so entertained amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of your knowing, to a stranger of his quality.-I beseech Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplished you all, be better known to this gentleman; whom a courtier, to convince the honour of my mistress; I commend to you, as a noble friend of mine: How if, in the holding or loss of that, you term her frail. worthy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, I do nothing doubt, you have store of thieves; notrather than story him in his own hearing. withstanding, I fear not my ring. Phi. Let us leave here, gentlemen. Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy signior, I thank him, makes no stranger of me; we are familiar at first.
French. Sir, we have known together in Orleans. Post Since when I have been debtor to you for courtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet pay still.
Jach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours, are wonderfully to extend4 him; be it but to fortify her judgment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, for taking a beggar without more quality. But how comes it, he is to sojourn with you? How creeps acquaintance?
Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; to whom I have been often bound for no less than my life:
French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness: I was glad I did atone5 my countryman and you; It had been pity, you should have been put together with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon importance of so slight and trivial a nature.
Iach. Can we, with manners, ask what was the difference?
lach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours of Italy.
Post. Being so far provoked as I was in France, would abate her nothing; though I profess myself her adorer, not her friend.8
French. Safely, I think: 'twas a contention in public, which may, without contradiction, suffer the report. It was much like an argument that fell out last night, where each of us fell in praise of our country mistresses: This gentleman at that time vouching (and upon warrant of bloody affirmation,) his to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, constantqualified, and less attemptible, than any the rarest of our ladies in France.
Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young traveller; rather shunn'd to go even with what I heard, than in my every action to be guided by others' experiences: but, upon my mended judgment (if I offend not to say it is mended,) my quarrel was not altogether slight.
French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement of swords; and by such two, that would, by alla likelihood, have confounded? one the other, or have fallen both.
(1) Increasing in fame.
Iach. That lady is not now living; or this gentleman's opinion, by this, worn out.
Post. She holds her virtue still, and I my
Iach. With five times so much conversation, I should get ground of your fair mistress: make her go back, even to the yielding; had I admittance, and opportunity to friend. Post. No, no.
Iach. I dare, thereon, pawn the moiety estate to your ring; which, in my opinion, o'ervalues it something: But I make my wager rather against your confidence, than her reputation: and, to bar your offence herein too, I durst attempt it against any lady in the world.
Post. You are a great deal abused 10 in too bold persuasion; and I doubt not you sustain what you're worthy of, by your attempt. lach. What's that?
Phi. Gentlemen, enough of this: it came in too suddenly; let it die as it was born, and, I pray you, be better acquainted.
Iach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my neighbour's, on the approbation of what I have spoke.
Post. What lady would you choose to assail? Jach. Yours; whom in constancy, you think, stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats to your ring, that, commend me to the court where your lady is, with no more advantage than the opmind.portunity of a second conference, and I will bring
Post. A repulse: Though your attempt, as you call it, deserve more; a punishment too.
(8) Lover,-1, speak of her as a being I reverence, not as a beauty whom I enjoy. (9) Overcome. (10) Deceived.