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The smallness of a gnat to air; and then
When shall we hear from him?
Be assur'd, madam,
With his next vantage.
French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness: I was glad I did atone my countryman and you; it
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 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.
The shes of Italy should not betray
At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight,
Give him that parting kiss, which I had set
Enter a Lady.
despatch'd. I will attend the queen. Pis.
thy he is, I will leave to appear hereafter, rather But, good 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. Safely, I think: 'twas a contention in Imo. Those things I bid you do, get them publick, 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.
Madam, I shall. [Exeunt.
Iach. 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.
The queen, madam, difference?
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 :
Iach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours, are wonderfully to extend 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?
French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement of swords; and by such two, that would, by all likelihood, have confounded one the other, or have fallen both.
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, 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 outlustres 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
Iach. What do you esteem it at?
Phi. His father and I were soldiers together; to whom I have been often bound for no less than my
Iach. Can we, with manners, ask what was the
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 you all, be better known to this gentleman; whom I commend to you, as a noble friend of mine: How wer
Iach. Either your unparagoned mistress is dead, or she's outprized 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.
Iach. 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-wayaccomplished courtier, would hazard the winning both of first and last.
Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplished a courtier, to convince the honour of my mistress ; if in the holding or loss of that, you term her frail.
I do nothing doubt, you have store of thieves; notwithstanding 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.
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, thereupon, pawn the moiety of my 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 in too bold a persuasion; and I doubt not you sustain what you're worthy of, by your attempt.
Iach. What's that?
Iach. 'Would I had put my estate, and my neighbour's, on the approbation of what I have spoke.
I, madam. Queen. Despatch. [Exeunt Ladies. Now, master doctor; have you brought those drugs? Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay here they are, madam : [Presenting a small bor.
Post. A repulse: Though your attempt, as you But I beseech your grace, (without offence; call it, deserve more; a punishment too. My conscience bids me ask ;) wherefore you have Commanded of me these most poisonous compounds, Which are the movers of a languishing death; But, though slow, deadly?
Phil. Gentlemen, enough of this: it came in too suddenly; let it die as it was born, and, I pray you, be better acquainted.
Post. What lady would you choose to assail? Iach. 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 opprotunity of a second conference, and I will bring from thence that honour of hers, which you imagine so reserved,
Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: my ring I hold dear as my finger; 'tis part of it.
Jach. You are a friend, and therein the wiser. If you buy ladies' flesh at a million a dram, you cannot preserve it from tainting: But, I see you have some religion in you, that you fear.
Post. This is but a custom in your tongue; you Lear a graver purpose, I hope.
Iach. I am the master of my speeches; and would undergo what's spoken, I swear.
Post. Will you? I shall but lend my diamond till your return: — Let there be covenants drawn between us: My mistress exceeds in goodness the hugeness of your unworthy thinking: I dare you to this match: here's my ring.
Phi. I will have it no lay.
Iach. By the gods it is one: - If I bring you no sufficient testimony that I have enjoyed the dearest bodily part of your mistress, my ten thousand ducats are yours; so is your diamond too. If I come off, and leave her in such honour as you have trust in, she your jewel, this your jewel, and my gold are yours: - provided, I have your commendation, for my more free entertainment.
these things set down by lawful counsel, and straight away for Britain; lest the bargain should catch cold, and starve: I will fetch my gold, and have our two wagers recorded.
Post. I embrace these conditions; let us have articles betwixt us: - only, thus far you shall answer. If you make your voyage upon her, and give me directly to understand you have prevail'd, I am no further your enemy, she is not worth our debate: if she remain unseduced, (you not making it appear otherwise,) for your ill opinion, and the assault you have made to her chastity, you shall an5.ver me with your sword.
Iach. Your hand; a covenant : We will have
Post. Agreed. [Exeunt POSTHUMUS and IACHING.
Phi. Signior Iachimo will not from it. Pray, let
SCENE VI. -Britain. A Room in Cymbeline's
Enter QUEEN, Ladies, and CORNELIUS.
Make haste: Who has the note of them?
O, content thee.
Here comes a flattering rascal; upon him [Aside.
Strange lingering poisons: I do know her spirit,
Then afterward up higher; but there is
No further service, doctor,
I humbly take my leave.
[Exit. Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou? Dost thou think, in time
She will not quench; and let instructions enter
[The QUEEN drops a box: PISANIO takes it up.
For idiots, in this case of favour, would
Not to be shak'd: the agent for his master;
The cloyed will,
Imo. What is the matter, trow?
What, dear sir,
O, that hus
Re-enter PISANIO and Ladies.
To taste of too. So, so;
I was going, sir,
SCENE VII. Another Room in the same.
Is strange and peevish.
Imo. A father cruel, and a step-dame false ;
Imo. Is he dispos'd to mirth? I hope, he is.
Iach. Exceeding pleasant; none a stranger there
So merry and so gamesome: he is call'd
My supreme crown of grief! and those repeated
Change you, madaṁ?
You are kindly welcome.
As my two brothers, happy! but most miserable
Enter PISANIO and IACHIMO.
Pis. Madam, a noble gentleman of Rome · Comes from my lord with letters.
If she be furnish'd with a mind so rare,
Imo. [Reads.] He is one of the noblest note, to whose kindnesses I am most infinitely tied. Reflect upon him accordingly, as you value your truest
So far I read aloud :
But even the very middle of my heart
Is warm'd by the rest, and takes it thankfully..
Thus raps you? Are you well?
The thick sighs from him; whiles the jolly Briton
(Your lord, I mean,) laughs from's free lungs, | With tomboys, hir'd with that self-exhibition cries, 0!
Which your own coffers yield! with diseas'd ventures,
That play with all infirmities for gold
Can my sides hold, to think, that man,
Which rottenness can lend nature! such boil'd stuff,
Will my lord say so?
Iach. Ay, madam; with his eyes in flood with
It is a recreation to be by,
Some men are much to blame.
Not he, I hope. Iach. Not he: But yet heaven's bounty towards him might
Be us'd more thankfully. In himself, 'tis much;
Lamentable! What! To hide me from the radiant sun, and solace I'the dungeon by a snuff?
I was about to say, enjoy your- But
What both you spur and stop.
My lord, I fear,
Has forgot Britain.
Let me hear no more. Iach. O dearest soul! your cause doth strike my
With pity, that doth make me sick.
So fair, and fasten'd to an empery,
Should he make me
In your despite, upon your purse? Revenge it.
What ho, Pisanio!
So long attended thee. If thou wert honourable,
Thee and the devil alike. - What, ho! Pisanio!
Deserves thy trust; and thy most perfect goodness
You make amends.
Which you know, cannot err: The love I bear him
Imo. All's well, sir: Take my power i'the court
Iach. My humble thanks. I had almost forgot
Pray, what is't?
And pawn mine honour for their safety: since
They are in a trunk,
SCENE I.-Court before Cymbeline's Palace.
Clo. Was there ever man had such luck! when I kissed the jack upon an up-cast, to be hit away! I had a hundred pound on't: And then a whoreson jackanapes must take me up for swearing; as if I borrowed mine oaths of him, and might not spend them at my pleasure.
1 Lord. What got he by that? You have broke his pate with your bowl.
2 Lord. If his wit had been like him that broke it, it would have ran all out. [Aside.
Clo. When a gentleman is disposed to swear, it is not for any standers-by to curtail his oaths: Ha? 2 Lord. No, my lord; nor [Aside.] crop the ears of them.
Clo. Whoreson dog! I give him satisfaction? 'Would, he had been one of my rank!
Clo. A stranger! and I not know on't!
2 Lord. He's a strange fellow himself, and knows [Aside. 1 Lord. There's an Italian come; and, 'tis thought, one of Leonatus' friends.
Clo. Leonatus! a banished rascal; and he's another, whatsoever he be. Who told you of this stranger?
1 Lord. One of your lordship's pages.
By length'ning my return.
I cross'd the seas on purpose, and on promise
O, no, no.
or I shall short my
2 Lord. To have smelt like a fool. Clo. I am not more vexed at any thing in the earth, - A pox on't! I had rather not be so noble as I am; they dare not fight with me, because of the queen my mother: every jack-slave hath his belly full of fighting, and I must go up and down like a cock that no body can match.
2 Lord. You are a cock and capon too; and you crow, cock, with your comb on. [Aside. SCENE II..
- Clo. Sayest thou?
I Lord. It is not fit, your lordship should undertake every companion that you give offence to.
Clo. No, I know that: but it is fit, I should commit offence to my inferiors.
2 Lord. Ay, it is fit for your lordship only. Clo. Why, so I say.
1 Lord. Did you hear of a stranger, that's come to court to-night?
Clo. Is it fit, I went to look upon him? Is there no derogation in't?
1 Lord. You cannot derogate, my lord.
2 Lord. You are a fool granted; therefore your issues being foolish, do not derogate. [Aside. Clo. Come, I'll go see this Italian: What I have lost to-day at bowls, I'll win to-night of him. Come, go.
2 Lord. I'll attend your lordship.
IMOGEN reading in her bed; a Lady attending.
Imo. What hour is it?
Almost midnight, madam. Imo. I have read three hours then: mine eyes are weak:
Fold down the leaf where I have left: To bed:
IACHIMO, from the trunk.