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PERSONS REPRESENTED. Cymbeline, king of Britain.
Cornelius, a physician. Cloten, son to the queen by a former husband. Two Gentlemen. Leonatus Posthumus, a gentleman, husband to Two Gaolers.
Imogen. Belarius, a banished lord, disguised under the Queen, wife to Cymbeline. name of Morgan.
Imogen, daughter to Cymbeline by a former queen. Guiderius,
sons to Cymbeline, disguised under Helen, woman to Imogen. Arviragus, I wal, supposed sons to Belarius. the names of Polydore and Cad
Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, Tribunes, AppaPhilario, friend to Posthumus,} Italians.
ritions, a Soothsayer, a Dutch Gentleman, a lachimo, friend to Philario,
Spanish Gentleman, Musicians, Officers, CapA French Gentleman, friend to Philario.
tains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other AttendCaius Lucius, general of the Roman forces.
ants. A Roman Cuptain. I'wo British Captains. Pisanio, servant to Posthumus.
Scene, som nes in Britain ; sometimes in Italy.
His measure duly*
and birth? SCENE I.-Britain. The garden behind Cym- 1 Gent. I cannot delve him to the root: His father beline's palace. Enter Two Gentlemen. Was call'd Sicilius, who did join his honour,
Against the Romans, with Cassibelan; 1 Gentleman.
But had his titles by Tenantius, 4 whom
He serv'd with glory and admir'd success :
Two other sons, who, in the wars o'the time, 2 Gent.
But what's the matter? Died with their swords in hand; for which their i Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his king
father dom, whom
(Then old and fond of issue,) took such sorrow, He purpos'd to his wife's sole son (a widow, That he quit being; and his gentle lady, That late he married,) hath referr'd herself Big of this gentleman, our theme, deceas'd Unto a poor but worthy gentleman: She's wedded; || As he was born. The king, he takes the babe Her husband banish'd; she imprison'd: all To his protection; calls him Posthumus; Is outward sorrow; though, I think, the king
Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-charnber : Be touch'd at very heart.
Puts him to all the learnings that his time 2 Gent.
None but the king ? Could make him the receiver of; which he took, 1 Gent. He, that hath lost her, too: so is the || As we do air, fast as 'twas minister'd; and queen,
In his spring became a harvest : Liv'd in court, That most desir'd the match : But not a courtier, ll (Which rare it is to do,) most prais'd, most lovid: Although they wear their faces to the bent A sample to the youngest ; to the more mature, Of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not A glass that feated them; and to the graver, Glad at the thing they scowl at.
A child that guided dotards : to his mistress, 2 Gent.
And why so ? For whom he now is banish'd,-her own price 1 Gent. He that hath miss'd the princess, is a thing || Proclaims how she esteem'd him and his virtue; Too bad for bad report : And he that hath her, By her election may be truly read, (I mean, that married her,-alack, good man What kind of man he is. And therefore banish'd) is a creature such
I honour him As, to seek through the regions of the earth Even out of your report. But, 'pray you, tell me, For one his like, there would be something failing Is she sole child to the king? In him that should compare. I do not think
His only child. So fair an outward, and such stuff within, He had two sons (if this be worth your hearing, Endows a man but be.
Mark it,) the eldest of them at three years old, 2 Gent.
You speak him far.2 I'the swathing clothes the other, from their pursery 1 Gent. I do extend him, sir, within himself; Werestolen: and to this hour, no guess in knowledge Crush him together, rather than unfold
Which way they went.
How long is this ago ? (1) Inclination, natural disposition.
1 Gent. Some twenty years. (2) i. e. You praise him extensively.
(3) My praise, bowever extensive, is within his (4) The father of Cymbeline. merit.
(5) Formed their manners. VOL. II
I am gone.
2 Gent. That a king's children should be so con- || You gentle gods, give me but this I have, vey'd!
And sear up my embracements from a next So slackly guarded! And the search so slow, With bonds of death --Remain thou here That could not trace them!
(Putting on the ring. 1 Gent.
Howsoe'er 'tis strange,While sense can keep it on! And sweetest, fairest, Or that the negligence may well be laugh'd at, As I my poor self did exchange for you, Yet is it true, sir.
To your so infinite loss; so, in our trifles 2 Gent. I do well believe you.
I still win of you: For my sake, wear this; 1 Gent. We must forbear: Here comes the queen, It is a manacle of love ; I'll place it and princess.
(Exeunt. Upon this fairest prisoner.
(Putiing a bracelet on her arm. SCENE II.-The same. Enter the Queen, Pos
O, the gods! thumus, and Imogen.
When shall we see again? Queen. No, be assur'd, you shall not find me,
Enter Cymbeline and Lords. daughter, After the slander of most step-mothers,
Alack, the king! Evil-ey'd unto you : you are my prisoner, but Cym. Thou basest thing, avoid! hence, from my Your gaoler shall deliver you the keys
sight! That lock up your restraint. For you, Posthumus, If, after this command, thou fraught the court So soon as I can win the offended king,
With thy unworthiness, thou diest: Away!
The gods protect you! You lean'd unto his sentence, with what patience And bless the good remainders of the court! Your wisdom may inform you.
Please your highness, Imo. There cannot be a pinch in death I will from hence to-day.
More sharp than this is.
O disloyal thing,
I beseech you, sir, [Exit Queen. Harm not yourself with your vexation ; Imo.
O, Am senseless of your wrath; a touch more rare Dissembling courtesy ! How fine this tyrant Subdues all pangs, all fears. Can tickle where she wounds !-My dearest hus- Cym.
Past grace? obedience? band,
Imo. Past hope, and in despair ; that way, past I something fear my father's wrath; but nothing.
grace. (Always resery'd my boly duty, what
Cym. That might'st have had the soles son of His rage can do on me : You must be gone;
my queen! And I shall here abide the hourly shot
Imo. O bless'd, that I might not! I chose an Of angry eyes; not comforted to live,
eagle, But that there is this jewel in the world, And did avoid a puttock. That I may see again.
Cym. Thou took'st a beggar; would'st have made Post.
My queen! my mistress!
No; I rather added
A lustre to it.
Sir, Who to my father was a friend, to me
It is your fault that I have lov'd Posthumus :
Almost the sum he pays.
What !-art thou mad!
Imo. Almost, sir: Heaven restore me !-'Would Queen.
Be brief, I pray you:
(Aside. To walk this way: I never do him wrong,
Re-enter Queen. But he does buy my injuries, to be friends; Сут.
Thou foolish thing !-Pays dear for my offences.
(Exit. They were again together: you have done Post. Should we be taking leave
[To the Queen. As long a term as yet we have to live,
Not after our command. Away with her, The loathness to depart would grow: Adieu ! And
pen Imo. Nay, stay a little :
Queen. 'Beseech your patience :-Peace, Were you but riding forth to air yourself, Dear lady daughter, peace ;-Sweet sovereign, Such parting were too petty. Look here, love; Leave us to ourselves; and make yourself some This diamond was my mother's : take it, heart;
comfort But keep it till you woo another wife,
Out of your best advice.8 When Imogen is dead.
Nay, let her languish Post.
How ! how ! another?-- A drop of blood a day; and, being aged, (1) Close up.
(2) Sensation. (3) Fill. (6) A kite. (7) Cattle-keeper's. (4) A more exquisite feeling. (5) Only. (8) Consideration.
Die of this folly!
(Exit. Clo. Come, I'M to my chamber: 'Would there
had been some hurt done! Enter Pisanio.
2 Lord. I wish not so; unless it had been the Queen.
Fie !--you must give way: fall of an ass, which is no great hurt. (Aside. Here is your servant.-How now, sir? What news? Clo. You'll go with us? Pis. My lord your son drew on my master. 1 Lord. I'll
attend your lordship. Queen.
Ha! Clo. Nay, come, let's go together. No harm, I trust, is done?
2 Lord. Well, my lord.
(Exeunt. There might have been, But that my master rather play'd than fought,
SCENE IV.-A room in Cymbeline's palace. And had no help of anger: they were parted
Enter Imogen and Pisanio. By gentlemen at hand.
Imo. I would thou grew'st unto the shore's o'the Queen. I am very glad on't.
haven, Imo. Your son's my father's friend; he takes and question'dst every sail : if he should write, his part.
And I not have it, 'twere a paper lost To draw upon an exile –O brave sir!
As offer'd mercy is.
What was the last I would they were in Afric both together;
That he spake to thee? Myself by with a needle, that I might prick
'Twas, His queen, his queen! The goer back. —Why came you from your master?
Imo. Then wav'd his handkerchief? Pis. On his coinmand : He would not suffer me
And kiss'd it, madam. To bring him to the haven: left these notes
Imo. Senseless linen! happier therein than I ! Of what commands I should be subject to, And that was all ? When it pleas'd you to employ me.
No, madam.; for so long Queen.
This hath been
As he could make me with this eye or ear Your faithful servant: I dare lay mine honour
Distinguish him from others, he did keep He will remain so.
The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchief, Pis.
I humbly thank your highness. Still waving, as the fits and stirs of his mind
Could best express how slow his soul sail'd on, 1 pray you, speak with me : you shall, at least,
Thou should'st have made him Go see my lord aboard: for this time, leave me.
As little as a crow, or less, ere left (Exeunt.
To after-eye him. SCENE III.-A public place. Enter Cloten,
Madam, so I did. and two Lords.
Imo. I would have broke mine eye-strings ;
crack'd them, but 1 Lord. Sir, I would advise you to shift a shirt; To look upon him ; till the diminution the violence of action hath made you reek as a sac. Of space had pointed him sharp as my needle ; rifice : Where air comes out, air comes in : there's | Nay, follow'd him, till he had melted from none abroad so wholesome as that you vent.
The smallness of a gnat to air ; and then Clo. If my shirt were bloody, then to shift it-Have turn'd mine eye, and wept.-But, good PiHave I hurt him?
Be assur'd, madam, 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,
Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had if it be not hurt. 2 Lord. His steel was in debt; it went o'the How I would think on him, at certain hours,
Most pretty things to say : ere I could tell him, backside the town.
[Aside. Such thoughts, and such; or I could make him swear Clo. The villain would not stand me. 2 Lord. No; but he fled forward still, toward Mine interest, and his honour ; or have charg?d him,
The shes of Italy should not betray
[Aside. At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight, 1 Lord. Stand you! You have land enough of To encounter me with orisons,4 for then your own : but he added to your baving ; gave you I am in heaven for him; or ere I could some ground.
Give him that parting kiss, which I had set 2 Lord. As many inches as you have oceans : Betwixt two charming words, comes in my father, Puppies !
(Aside. And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north, Clo. I would, they had not come between us. Shakes all our buds froni growing.
2 Lord. So would I, till you had measured how long a fool you were upon the ground. (Aside.
Enter a Lady. Člo. And that she should love this fellow, and
The queen, madam, re fuse me!
Desires your highness' company. 2 Lord. If it be a sin to make a true election,
Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them deg. she is damned.
patch'd. 1 Lord. Sir, as I told you always, her beauty I will attend the queen. and her brain go not together: She's a good sign,
Madam, I shall. (Exe. but I have seen small reflection of her wit.2
2 Lord. She shines not upon fools, lest the re-SCENE V.–Rome. An apartment in Philario's flection should hurt her.
house. Enter Philario, lachimo, a Frenchman,
a Dutchman, and a Spaniard. (1) Her beauty and sense are not equal.
(2) To understand the force of this idea, it should Iach. Believe it, sir: I have seen him in Britain : be remembered that anciently almost every sign had a motto, or some attempt at a witticism, under- (3) Opportunity neath it.
Meet me with reciprocal prayer.
he was then of a crescent note;' expected to prove, lach. You must not so far prefer ber 'fore ours of 80 worthy, as since he hath been allowed the name Italy. of: but I could then have looked on him without the Post. Being so far provoked as I was in France, help of admiration ; though the catalogue of his en- I would abate her nothing; though I profess mydowments had been tabled by his side, and I to self her adorer, not her friend. 8 peruse him by items.
lach. As fair, and as good (a kind of hand-inPhi. You speak of bim when he was less furnish-|| hand comparison,) had been something too fair, and ed,2 than now he is, with that which makes3 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 French. have seen him in France: we had very out-lustres many I have beheld, I could not but bemany there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes | lieve she excelled many : but I have not seen the
most precious diamond that is, nor you the lady. Inch. This matter of marrying his king's daugh- Post. I praised her, as I rated her : so do I'my ter (wherein he must be weighed rather by her stone. value, than his own,) words him, I doubt not, a Iach. What do you esteem it at? great deal from the matter.
Post. More than the world enjoys. French. And then his banishment:
lach. Either your unparagoned mistress is dead, Jach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that weep or she's out-priz'd by a trifle. this lamentable divorce, under her colours, are won- Post. You are mistaken : the one may be sold, or derfully to extend him; be it but to fortify her ||given; if there were wealth enough for the purchase, judgment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, for merit for the gift: the other is not a thing for sale, for taking a beggar without more quality. But how and only the gift of the gods. comes it, he is to sojourn with you? How creeps Jach. Which the gods have given you ? acquaintance?
Post. Which, by their graces, I will keep. Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; to lach. You may wear her in title yours : but, you whom I have been often bound for no less than my 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 Enter Posthumus.
other casual ; a cunning thief, or a that-way-accomHere comes the Briton : Let him be so entertained plished courtier, would hazard the winning both amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of your of first and last. 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 cominend to you, as a noble friend of mine : How lif
, 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.
French. Sir, we have known together in Orleans. Phi. Let us leave here, gentlemen.
Post Since when I have been debtor to you for Post. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy sigcourtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet paynior, I thank him, makes no stranger of me; we still.
are familiar at first. French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness : I lach. With five times so much conversation, I was glad I did atones my countryman and you; It should get ground of your fair mistress: make her had been pity, you should have been put together go back, even to the yielding; had I admittance, with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon and opportunity to friend. importance of so slight and trivial a nature. Post. No, no.
Post. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young lach. I dare, thereon, pawn the moiety of my traveller ; rather shunn’d to go even with what i estate to your ring; which, in my opinion, o'erheard, than in my every action to be guided by values it something : But I make my wager rather others' experiences: but, upon my mended judg-|| against your confidence, than her reputation : and, ment (if I offend not to say it is mended,) my quar- || to bar your offence herein too, I durst attempt it rel was not altogether slight.
against any lady in the world. French. ?Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement Post. You are a great deal abused 10 in too bold of swords; and by such two, that would, by all a persuasion; and I doubt not you sustain what likelihood, have confounded? one the other, or have you're worthy of, by your attempt. fallen both.
lach. What's that? Jach. Can we, with manners, ask what was the Post. A repulse: Though your attempt, as you difference?
call it, deserve more; a punishment too. French. Safely, I think : 'twas a contention in Phi. Gentlemen, enough of this: it came in too public, which may, without contradiction, suffer the suddenly; let it die as it was born, and, I pray you, report. It was much like an argument that fell out be better acquainted. last night, where each of us fell in praise of our coun- Iach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my try mistresses : This gentleman at that time vouch-|| neighbour's, on the approbationil of what I have ing (and upon warrant of bloody affirmation,) his spoke. to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, constant- Post. What lady would you choose to assail? qualified, and less attemptible, than any the rarest fach. Yours; whom in constancy, you think, of our ladies in France.
stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats lach. That lady is not now living ; or this gentle-to your ring, that, commend me to the court where man's opinion, by this, worn out.
your lady is, with no more advantage than the opPost." She holds her virtue still, and I my mind. || portunity of a second conference, and I will bring (1) Increasing in fame. (2) Accomplished. (8) Lover,-1, speak of her as a being I reve(3) Forms him. (4) Praise. (5) Reconcile. rence, not as a beauty whom I enjoy. (6) Importunity, instigation. (7) Destroyed. (9) Overcome. (10) Deceived.
(11) Proof, from thence that honour of hers, which you imagine|| To try the vigour of them, and apply so reserved.
Allayments to their act; and by them gather Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: Their several virtues, and effects. my ring I hold dear as my finger'; 'tis part of it. Cor.
Your highness Tach. You are a friend, and therein the wiser. | Shall from this practice but make hard your heart : If you buy ladies' flesh at a million a dram, you Besides, the seeing these effects will be cannot preserve it from tainting : But, I see, you | Both noisome and infectious. have some religion in you, that you fear.
O, content thee.-Post. This is but a custom in your tongue; you
Enter Pisanio. bear a graver purpose, I hope.
lach. I am the master of my speeches; and Here comes a flattering rascal; upon him (Aside. would undergo what's spoken, I swear.
Will I first work: he's for bis master, Post. Will you ?-I shall but lend my diamond And enemy to my son.—How now, Pisanio ?till your return :-Let there be covenants drawn Doctor, your service for this time is ended; between us : My mistress exceeds in goodness the Take your own way. hugeness of your unworthy thinking : I dare you
I do suspect you, madain; to this match: here's my ring.
But you shall do no harm.
(Aside. Phi. I will have it no lay.
Hark thee, a word. lach. By the gods it is one :-If I bring you no
(To Pisanio. sufficient testimony that I have enjoyed the dearest Cor. (Aside.) I do not like her. She doth think, bodily part of your mistress, my ten thousand du
she has cats are yours; so is your diamond too. If I come Strange lingering poisons : I do know her spirit, off, and leave her in such honour as you have trust And will not trust one of her malice with in, she your jewel, this your jewel, and my gold|| A drug of such damn'd nature : Those, she has, are yours :-provided, I have your commendation,'|| Will stupify and dull the sense a while'; for my more free entertainment,
Which first, perchance, she'll prove on cats, and Post. I embrace these conditions ; let us bave
dogs; articles betwixt us :--only, thus far you shall answer. Then afterward up higher; but there is If you make your voyage upon her, and give me No danger in what show of death it makes, directly to understand you have prevailed, I am no More than the locking up the spirits a time, further your enemy, she is not worth our debate : To be more fresh, reviving. She is fool'd if she remain unseduced (you not making it appear with a most false effect; and I the truer, otherwise,) for your ill opinion, and the assault you|| So to be false with her. have made to her chastity, you shall answer me Queen.
No further service, doctor, with your sword.
Until I send for thee. Iach. Your hand; a covenant: We will have
I humbly take my leave. these things set down by lawful counsel, and
(Exit. straight away for Britain ; lest the bargain should Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou ? Dost thou catch cold, and starve: I will fetch my gold, and
think, in time have our two wagers recorded.
She will not quench ;3 and let instructions enter Post. Agreed. (Exe. Posthumus and Iachimo. Where folly now possesses ? Do thou work; French. Will this hold, think you?
When thou shalt bring me word, she loves my son, Phi. Signior Iachimo will not from it. Pray, let|| I'll tell thee, on the instant, thou art then us follow 'em.
(Exeunt. As great as is thy master : greater; for SCENE VI.—Britain. A room in Cymbeline's Is at last gasp : Return he cannot, nor
His fortunes all lie speechless, and his name palace. Enter Queen, Ladies, and Cornelius.
Continue where he is : to shift his being, Queen. Whiles yet the dew's on ground, gather Is to exchange one misery with another; those flowers;
And every day, that comes, comes to decay Make haste: Who has the note of them ? A day's work in him: What shalt thou expect, 1 Lady.
I, madam. To be depender on a thing that leans : Queen. Despatch.
[Exeunt Ladies. Who cannot be new built ; nor has no friends, Now, master doctor; have you brought those drugs? (The Queen drops a box: Pisanio takes it up. Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay: here they are, So much as but to prop him ?-Thou tak’st up
madam: - [Presenting a small box. Thou know'st not what; but take it for thy labour : But I beseech your grace, (without offence; It is a thing I made, which hath the king My conscience bids me ask;) wherefore you have Five times redeem'd from death: I do not know Commanded of me these most poisonous com- | What is more cordial : ---Nay, I prythee, take it ; pounds,
It is an earnest of a further good Which are the movers of a languishing death ; That I mean to thee. Tell thy mistress how But, though slow, deadly?
The case stands with her; do't, as from thyself. Queen.
I do wonder, doctor, || Think what a chance thou changest on; but think
To make perfumes ? distil? preserve? yea, so, To any shape of thy preferment, such
Think on my words. (Exit Pís.)—A sly and Other conclusions?2 I will try the forces
constant knave; Of these thy compounds on such creatures as Not to be shak'd: the agent for his master ; We count not worth the hanging (but none human,) || And the remembrancer of her, to hold
(1) Recommendation. (2) Experiments. (3) i. e. Grow cool. (4) To change bis abode.