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Crush him together, rather than unfold
His measure duly.
What's his name, and birth?
I Gent. I cannot delve him to the root: His father
Was callid Sicilius, who did join his honour,
Against the Romans, with Cassibelan;
But had his titles by Tenantius, 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; wlio, 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,
That he quit being; and his gentle lady,
Big of this gentleman, our theme, deceas'd
As he was born. The king, he takes the babe
To his protection; calls him Posthumus:
Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber:
Puts to him all the learnings that his time
Could make him the receiver of; which he took,
As we do air, fast as 'twas minister'd; and
In his spring became a harvest: Liv'd in court,
(Which rare it is to do) most prais’d, most lov’d:
A sample to the youngest; to the more mature,
A glass that feated them; and to the graver,
A child that guided dotards: to his mistress,
For whom he now is banish'd,--her own price
Proclaims how she esteem'd bim and his virtue;
By her election may be truly read,
What kind of man he is.
I honour him
Even out of your report. But, 'pray you, tell me,
Is she sole child to the king?
His only child. He had two sons, (if this be worth your hearing, Mark it,) the eldest of them at three years old, ['the swathing clothes the other, from their nursery Were stolen; and to this hour, no guess in knowledge Which way they went. 2 Gent.
How long is this ago?
I Gent. Some twenty years.
2 Gent. That a king's children should be so convey'd! So slackly guarded! And the search so slow, That could not trace them! 1 Gent.
Howsoe'er 'tis strange, Or that the negligence may well be laugh’d at, Yet it is true, sir. 2 Gent.
I do well believe you. 1 Gent. We must forbear: Here comes the gentleman, The queen, and princess.
Enter the Queen, POSTHUMUS, and IMOGEN.
Queen. No, be assur'd, you shall not find me, daughter,
After the slander of most step-mothers,
Evil-ey'd unto you: you are my prisoner, but
Your gaoler shall deliver you the keys
That lock up your restraint. For you, Posthumus,
So soon as I can win the offended king,
I will be known your advocate: marry, yet
The fire of rage is in him; and 'twere good,
You lean'd unto his sentence, with what patience
Please your highness;
I will from hence to-day.
You know the peril:-
I'll fetch a turn about the garden, pitying
The pangs of barr'd affections; though the king
Hath charg'd you should not speak together.
[Exit Queen Imo.
O Dissembling courtesy! How fine this tyrant Can tickle where she wounds!—My dearest husband, I something fear my father's wrath; but nothing, (Always reserv'd my holy duty) what His rage can do on me: You must be gone; And I shall here abide the hourly shot Of angry eyes; not comforted to live,
But that there is this jewel in the world,
That I may see again.
My queen! my mistress!
O, lady, weep no more ; lest I give cause
To be suspected of more tenderness
Than doth become a man! I will remain
The loyal'st husband that did e'er plight troth.
My residence in Rome at one Philario's;
Who to my father was a friend, to me
Known but by letter: thither write, my queen,
And with mine eyes I'll drink the words you send,
Though ink be made of gall.
Be brief, I pray you: If the king come, I shall incur I know not How much of his displeasure:-Yet l'll move him (aside. To walk this way: I never do him wrong, But he does buy my injuries, to be friends; Pays dear for my offences.
Should we be taking leave
As long a term as yet we have to live,
The lothness to depart would grow: Adieu!
Imo. Nay, stay a little:
Were you but riding forth to air yourself,
Such parting were too petty. Look here, love;
This diamond was my mother's: take it, heart;
But keep it till you woo another wise,
When Imogen is dead.
How! how! another?
You gentle gods, give me but this I have,
And sear up my embracements from a next
With bonds of death!-Remain, remain thou here
[Putting on the Ring,
While sense can keep it on! And sweetest, fairest,
As I my poor self did exchange for you,
To your so infinite loss; so, in our trifles
I still win of you: For my sake, wear this;
It is a manacle of love; I'll place it
Upon this fairest prisoner. [Putting a bracelet on her arm.
O, the gods!
When shall we see again?
Enter CYMBELINE, and Lords. Pošt.
Alack, the king! Cym. Thou basest thing, avoid! hence, from my sight! If, after this command, thou fraught the court With thy unworthiness, thou diest: Away! Thou art poison to my blood. Post.
The Gods protect you! And bless the good remainders of the court! I am gone.
Imo. There cannot be a pinch in death
More sharp than this is.
O disloyal thing,
That thou should'st repair my youth; thou heapest
A year's age on me!
I beseech you, sir,
Harm not yourself with your vexation; I
Am senseless of your wrath; a touch more rare
Subdues all pangs, all fears.
Past grace? obedience? Imo. Past hope, and in despair; that way, past grace. Cym. That might’st have had the sole son of my queen!
Imo. O bless'd, that I might not! I chose an eagle, And did avoid a puttock. Cym. Thou took'st a beggar; would'st have made my
throne A seat for baseness. Imo.
No; I rather added
A lustre to it.
( thou vile one!
It is your fault that I have lov'd Posthumus:
You bred him as my play-fellow; and he is
A inan, worth any woman; overbuys me
Almost the sum he pays.
-art thou mad ? Imo. Alinost, sir: Hegyen restore me-'Wouid I were A neat-licra's daughter! and my Leonatus Our neiglingur shepherd's son!
Re-enter Queen. Сут.
Thou foolish thing! They were again together: you have done [To the Queen. Not after our command. Away with her, And pen her up. Queen.
'Beseech your patience:-Peace,
Dear lady daughter, peace;---Sweet sovereign,
Leave us to ourselves; and make yourself some comfort
Out of your best advice.
Nay, let her languish
A drop of blood a day; and, being aged,
Die of this folly!
Queen. Fy-you must give way:
Here is your servant.-How now, sir? What news?
Pis. My lord your son drew on my master.
No harm, I trust, is done?
There might have been,
But that my master rather play'd than fought,
And had no help of anger: they were parted
By gentlemen at hand.
I am very glad on’t.
Imo. Your son's my father's friend; he takes his parte
To draw upon an exile! - O brave sir!--
I would they were in Africk both together;
Myself by with a needle, that I might prick
The goer back.--Why came you from your master?
Pis. On his command: He would not suffer me
To bring him to the haven: left these notes
Of what commands I should be subject to,
When it pleas'd you to employ me.
This hath been
Your faithful servant: I dare lay mine honour,
He will remain so.
I humbly thank your highness.
Queen. Pray, walk a while.
About some half hour hence,
I pray you, speak with me: you shall, at least,
Go see my lord aboard: for this time, leave me. (Exeunt.