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Britain. The Garden behind Cymbe
Enter Two Gentlemen.
1 Gentleman. You do not meet a man but frowns: our bloods No more obey the heavens, than our courtiers; Still seem, as does the king's!... 2 Gent.
But what's the matter? 1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his king
dom, whom He purpos'd to his wife's sole son (a widow That late he married ), hath referr'd herself Unto a poor but worthy gentleman: She's wedded; Her husband banish'd; she imprison'd: all Is outward sorrow; though, I think, the king Be touch'd at very heart.
1. Our bloods [i. e. our dispositions or temperaments) are not more regulated by the heavens, by every skyey influence, than our courtiers are by the disposition of the king : when he frowns every man frowns.' Blood is used in old phraseology for disposition or temperament. So in King Lear:
6-Were it my fitness
To let these hands obey my blood.' And in The Yorkshire Tragedy, 1608:
. For 'tis our blood to love what we are forbidden The following passage in Greene's Never too Late, 4to. 1599, illustrates the thought: If the king smiled, every one in court was in bis jollitie ; if he frowned, their plomes fell like peacock's feathers, so that their outward presence depended on his inward passions.'
None but the king ? 1 Gent. He, that hath lost her, too: so is the queen, That most desir'd the match: But not a courtier, Although they wear their faces to the bent Of the king's looks, hath a heart that is not Glad at the thing they scowl at. 2 Gent.
And why so? 1 Gent. He that hath miss'd the princess, is a thing Too bad for bad report: and he that hath her, (I mean, that married her,--alack, good man! And therefore banish’d) is a creature such As, to seek through the regions of the earth For one his like, there would be something failing In him that should compare. I do not think, So fair an outward, and such stuff within Endows a man but he. 2 Gent.
You speak him far2 1 Gent. I do extend him, sir, within himself; Crush him together, rather than unfold His measure dulys. 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 honour4 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:
2 i. e. you praise him extensively. 3.
My eulogiam, however extended it may scem, is short of his real excellence; it is rather abbreviated than expanded.' Perhaps this passage will be best illustrated by the following lines in Troilus and Cressida, Act iii. Sc. 3:
no man is the lord of any thing,
Where they are extended. [i. e. displayed at length.] 4 I do not (say, Steevens) understand what can be meant by joining his honour against, &c. with, &c.' perhaps Shakspeare wrote:
---- did join his banner.' In the last scene of the play Cymbeline proposes that "a Roman and a British ensign should wave together.'
5 The father of Cymbeline.
And had, besides this gentleman in question,
I honour him
His only child. lle had two sons (if this be worth your hearing, Mark it), the eldest of them at three years old, I'the swathing clothes the other, from their nursery Were stolen: and to this hour,
knowledge Which way they went. 2 Gent.
How long is this ago ? 1 Gent. Some twenty years.
6 • This encomiam (says Johnson) is highly artful. To be at once in any great degree loved and praised is truly rare.'
? Feate is well-fushioned, proper, trim, handsome, well compact. Concinnus. Thus in Horman’s Vulgaria, 1519 :—He would himself in a glasse, that all thinge were feet. Feature was also used for fashion or proportion. The verb to feat was probably formed by Shakspeare himself.
8 "To his mistress' means as to his mistress
2 Gent. That a king's children should be so
Howsoe'er 'tis strange,
I do well believe you. gentleman I Gent. We must forbear : Here comes the queen The quin and princess.
Enter the Queen, POSTHUMUS, and IMOGEN.
Please your highness,
You know the peril:-
[Exit Queen. Imo.
0 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
1.I say I do not fear my father, so far as I may say it without breach of duty.'
His rage can do on me: You must be gone;
My queen! my mistress!
Re-enter Queen. Queen.
Be brief, I pray you: if the king come, I shall incur I know not How much of his displeasure:-Yet I'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 loathness 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 wife, When Imogen is dead. Post.
How! how! another ?. You gentle gods, give me but this I have,
a " He gives me valuable consideration in new kindness (purchasing, as it were, the wrong I have done him), in order to renew oor amity, and make no friends again.'