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To draw upon an exile ! - 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.

Queen. This hath been
Your faithful servant: I dare lay mine honour,
He will remain so.

Pis. I humbly thank your highness.
Queen. Pray, walk a while.

Imo. 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:

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SCENE III.--A public place.

Enter CLOTEN, and two Lords. i 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 I hurt him? 2 Lord. No, faith; not so much as Iris patience.

[Aside. i Lord. Hurt him? his body's a passable carcass, 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 backside the town.

[Aside, Clo, The villain would not stand me.

your face.

2 Lord. No; but he fled 'forward still, toward

[Aside. i 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 !

[Aside. 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. [Aside.

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 Lord. She shines not upon fools, lest the reflection should hurt her:

[Aside. 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 burt.

[Aside. Clo. You'll go with us? » Lord. I'll attend your lordship. Clo. Nay, come, let's go together. 2 Lord. Well, my lord...

[Exeunt.

SCENE IV.-A'room in Cymbeline's palace.

Enter IMOGEN and PISANIO. Imo. I would thou grew'st unto the shores o'the

haven, And. question’dst every sail : If he should write, And I not have it, 'twere a paper lost

As offer'd mercy is. What was the last
That he spake to thee?

Pis. "I was, His queen, his queen!
Imo. Then way'd his handkerchief?
Pis. And kiss'd it, madam.

Imo. Senseless linen! happier therein than I !
And that was all ?

Pis. No, madam ; for so long
As he could make me with this eye or ear
Distinguish him from others, he did keep
The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchief,
Still waving, as the fits and stirs of his mind
Could best express how slow his soul sail'd on,
How swift his ship.

Imo. Thou sliould'st have made him
As little as a crow, or less, ere left
To after-eye him.

Pis. Madam, so I did.
Imo. I would have broke mine eye-strings; crack'd

them, but
To look upon him; till the diminution
Of

space had pointed bim sharp as my needle: Nay, follow'd him, till he had melted from The smallness of a gnat to air; and then Have turn’d mine eye, and wept.-But, good Pisanio, When shall we hear from him?

Pis. Be assur'd, madam, With his next vantage.

Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had Most pretty things to say: ere I could tell him, How I would think on him, at certain hours, Such thoughts, and such; or I could make him swear, The shes of Italy should not betray Mine interest, and his honour; or have charg'd him, At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight, To encounter me with orisons, for then I am in heaven for him; or ere I could

Give him that parting kiss, which I had set
Betwixt two charining words, comes in my father,
And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north,
Shakes all our buds from growing.

Enter a Lady.
Lady. The queen, madam,
Desires your highness' company.
Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them des-

patch'd. I will attend the queen. Pis. Madamn, I shall.

[Exeunt.

SCENE V.-Rome. An apartment in

Philario's house.
Enter PHILARIO, IACHIMO, a Frenchman, a

Dutchman, and a Spaniard. lach. Believe it, sir: I have seen him in Britain : he was then of a crescent note; expected to prove so worthy, as since he hath been allowed the name of: but I could then have looked on him without the help of admiration; though the catalogue of his endowments had been tabled by his side, and I to peruse him by items.

Phi. You speak of him, when he was less furnished, than now he is, with that which makes him both without and within.

French. I have seen him in France: we had very many there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes as he.

Iach. 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 :

lach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours, are wonderfully to extend him; be it but to fortify ber 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

Enter PostHUMUS. Here comes the Briton: Let him be so entertained amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of

your

knowing, to a stranger of his quality.-1 beseech you all, be better known to this gentleman; whom I commend to you, as a noble friend of mine : How worthy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, rather than story him in his own hearing.

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.

French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness : I was glad I did atone my countryman

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.

Post. By. your pardon, sir, I was then a young traveller; rather shunned 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 all like

and you ;

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